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Apple component purchases point to iPhone 6 and iWatch within weeks

by Kenny Hemphill on 25 July 2014 in News

A recent Apple filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission shows a significant increase in spending on manufacturing and components, according to Morgan Stanley analyst, Katy Huberty. The company’s expenditure on ‘off balance sheet commitments’ for third party contractors and components rose 22% in the quarter which ended on 30 June, compared to the [...]

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Yosemite public beta now available from Mac App Store

by Kenny Hemphill on 24 July 2014 in News

The public beta of OS X Yosemite, the next release of Apple’s Mac OS, is now available on the Mac App Store. Users who applied take part in the public beta program on Apple’s website and who received a redemption code from Apple can now use that code to download the beta. Apple has asked [...]

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Strong Mac and iPhone sales drive another record quarter for Apple

by Kenny Hemphill on 23 July 2014 in News

Apple posted another record-breaking set of quarterly results yesterday, helped along by some impressive sales numbers for the Mac and iPhone. Net profit rose to $7.7bn from $6.9bn in the same quarter last year, while sales rose to $37.4bn from $35.2bn. Gross margin, a number on which investors keep a very close eye, rose to [...]

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iTime patent grant signals Apple smart watch is on the way

by Kenny Hemphill on 22 July 2014 in News

Apple was granted a patent yesterday that provides comprehensive details of the workings of a wrist-worn computer which incorporates sensors and other circuitry and which connects to other devices such as iPhones, iPads, and personal computers. In one illustration (above) the patent calls the device ‘iTime.’ Much of the patent description refers to fitting a [...]

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Apple announces eighth annual iTunes Festival

by Kenny Hemphill on 21 July 2014 in News
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Apple has announced that its iTunes Festival of live music will again take place in September at London’s Roundhouse. Featured acts include Blondie, Robert Plant, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Kylie, and Chrissie Hynde. As usual, all performances will be streamed live to a dedicated iOS app and will also be available on Apple TV. Apple promised [...]

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Microsoft’s Nokia integration costs 18,000 workers their jobs

by Kenny Hemphill on 17 July 2014 in News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has told staff that the company will cut ‘up to’ 18,000 jobs as it works towards ‘synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services,’ following its acquisition of the Finnish phone maker last year. Around 12,500 of the lost jobs are expected to come from Nokia. Nadella said that 13,000 [...]

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