Apple Gets Smart, Blocks iOS 9 Beta App Store Reviews

10:00 AM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9 beta testers blocked from App Store reviews

If you're running the beta version of iOS 9 good luck leaving App Store reviews. Apple finally disabled the ability to leave app reviews from devices running beta versions of iOS, which means third party developers getting hit with one star reviews because they can't release iOS 9 compatibility updates can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Thanks for finally listening, Apple. Developers shouldn't have ever had to suffer through inappropriate negative app reviews from public beta testers. It's good to see they won't have to any more.

Tim Cook’s Comments on Apple Watch Sales [Full Transcript]

8:50 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered extended commentary on Apple Watch and sales of the device during Tuesday's quarterly conference calls with analysts. The comments came in response to a question from Piper Jafray analyst Gene Munster, and Mr. Cook goes to great lengths to explain why Apple Watch is doing very well without actually telling how well it's actually doing. Click through for the full transcript.

Sorry, Apple Watch Sales Aren’t on the Decline

6:57 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Declining Apple Watch sales? Not according to Apple.

To loosely paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of declining Apple Watch sales were an exaggeration. What Mr. Twain really said was, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," but the sentiment is pretty much the same: Apple Watch sales were much healthier than some reports claimed.

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Sometimes even reasonable data analysis turns out to be way off base. I'm looking at you, Slice Intelligence.

Is the iPad Doomed? Not According to Apple CEO Tim Cook

6:45 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

iPad sales discussed in 2015Q3 earnings report

"I am still bullish on iPad." That's what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the iPad to investment analysts during the 2015 Q3 earnings report. Mr. Cook mentioned business initiatives with iBM, the new features of iOS 9 and the fact that the consumer upgrade cycle "will eventually occur." 

Tim Cook Says Users Love Apple Watch, Possibilities are Enormous

5:20 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch has 97 percent satisfaction rating

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Watch has a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, and that most owners wear their watch every day. Mr. Cook shared those statistics during the company's third fiscal earnings report for 2015 where he also said he was pleased with the smartwatch's "successful launch."

Apple Sells Record Macs and iPhones, but Misses iPhone Estimates

4:54 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Logo with Stock Graph

Apple reported revenues for the June quarter of $49.6 billion on Thursday, with earnings of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 earnings per share (EPS). The results exceeded Apple's own guidance and consensus estimates from Wall Street, and it was fueled by record third quarter sales of both Mac (4.8 million) and iPhone (47.5 million), all-time high revenue from services, and what Apple called "the successful launch of Apple Watch."

ilumi A21 Bluetooth LED Smartbulb: $49

2:39 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ilumi A21 Bluetooth LED Smartbulb

Check out the  ilumi A21 Bluetooth Smartbulb, a color-tunable LED light can control from your smartphone. Each bulb produces millions of colors, and the free companion app has built-in programs for a variety of lighting settings. It also has an expected lifespan of 20 years. Through our deal, you can get this smartbulb for $49, a discount of some 45 percent.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-21: Lots of Love for Apple Watch

1:43 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Despite the complaints about Apple Watch, it looks like most people really like theirs. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their perspective on why people love their Apple Watch even if they aren't completely satisfied with every feature. They also look at Apple's latest hire from the automotive industry and what that means for the secret Apple Car project.

Samsung’s New Allies in Apple Patent Fight: Google, Facebook

11:41 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung gets new allies in smartphone design patent fight against Apple

Samsung has some new allies in its fight to overturn Apple's big mobile device design patent win. Google, Facebook, HP, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for the ruling against Samsung to be overturned because it poses a serious risk to the ongoing development of new and useful technologies. In essence, they're saying to move technology forward they need to be able to copy competitor's designs without fear of repercussion.

AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Tuesday Afternoon

9:46 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple stock chart

Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings report is set to start at 5PM eastern time this afternoon. Analysts will be watching the numbers closely to see how many iPhones and iPads Apple sold, and are hoping to coax Apple Watch sales figures out of the company, too. The Mac Observer will be following Apple's announcements as they happen, so be sure to check in with us this afternoon for the latest earnings report news and analysis.

Sonos’s New PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition: None More Black (or White)

9:20 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.

Turning Off Apple Pay on Your Lost Apple Watch

8:55 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about the first thing you'll want to do if you lose your Apple Watch or if someone steals it: Remove your Apple Pay cards from the device! This is especially important to do if your Watch's passcode is easy to guess, so if you're the kind of person who uses "1234" to unlock all of his gadgets, this article's for you.

Apple Hires Auto Exec with Manufacturing Experience

9:42 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Carriage with Apple Logo

Apple has hired Doug Betts, a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive in charge of global quality at the legacy automaker. Mr. Betts's experience is in the world of automobile manufacturing—The Wall Street Journal called him an "auto industry manufacturing veteran"—and the hire could signal that Apple is getting more serious about building a car.

Non Techies Love Their Apple Watches More than Techies

7:19 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Wristly Apple Watch Customer Satisfaction Chart

97 percent of Apple Watch owners are either Somewhat Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the device, according to a survey from Wristly. The survey of some 800 Apple Watch owners places customer satisfaction above both the original iPhone and the original iPad—but even more interestingly, the survey suggests that non-techies love the device more than techies.

Turn Your iPhone into a Handheld Video Camera with Cinematic Smartcase on Kickstarter

6:05 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Kickstarter always has a goodly portion of tech gadgets. Lots of them are Apple-related, so it takes something special to make one stand out. Here's one that caught our eye: the Cinematic Smartcase, a case for your iPhone that turns it into a video capturing powerhouse. There's a a trigger on the handle for recording, various lenses, a cold shoe for lights or microphones, and even a live viewfinder to help you compose your shot. Here's where it gets clever: If you're due to upgrade to a new iPhone this fall, you might be inclined to skip this since it might not fit your new phone. However, if you contribute you can choose whether you want the one for your iPhone 6 or the one for your New-iPhone-That-We-Think-Comes-Out-In-October. You can also choose black or white. This is also a fully funded project, so you don't have to worry about whether or not it will reach its goal. But if you want to get one, funding options start at $199. It looks super neat, so head on over and check it out. You can see a sample video shot with the Cinematic Smartcase below:

TMO’s Jeff Gamet Talks Apple Music at SVMUG

5:55 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

Jeff Gamet talk about Apple Music at SVMUG

TMO own Jeff Gamet will be talking about Apple Music Monday evening, July 20, at Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group. Jeff will show off Apple Music's features, explain iTunes in the Cloud, sort out which devices are compatible with Apple's new streaming music service, and more.

Blinkist Premium 1 Year Subscription: $29.99

3:52 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blinkist on iPad and iPhone

Have you heard of Blinkist? They condense nonfiction books into something you can digest in 15 minutes, and we have a deal on a premium one year subscription for $29.99, which is a 62 percent discount. Check out the deal listing for more info.

That’s Embarrassing: Affair Site Ashley Madison Hit in Data Breach

1:59 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

User data from affair site Ashley Madison was stolen. So that's awkward.

Ashleymadison.com, the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-20: AshleyMadison Data Breach, Jeb Bush’s Tech Ad

1:05 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Data theft took an awkward turn when hackers made off with the complete customer database from the dating site AshleyMadison. Bryan Chaffin and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the data theft and potential repercussions, plus they look at Jeb Bush's commercial that feels like it's catering to Apple product users.