Satechi USB-C Hub is Small & Has Pass Through Power

4:30 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power

The owners of the 2015 12-inch MacBook have a small problem. There is only one USB-C port and no USB-A ports. The assumption has been that 3rd party hubs would solve that problem, and now, post CES, new ones are shipping. The Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power and two USB-A ports is small, light, and does a specific job very well.

Refurbished 4th Gen Apple TVs from Apple Store

3:52 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

4th Gen Apple TV and Remote

The Apple Store has refurbished 4th generation Apple TVs, the new models introduced this past fall. Apple has 32GB units for $129 and 64GB units for $169. They tend to go fast once we post them, so if you're interested, jump on it fast.

Report Claims iPhone 7 Plus to get Dual Cameras

9:58 AM EST, Jan. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone 7 Plus may sport dual cameras

When Apple updates the iPhone line this fall the larger display iPhone 7 Plus could include two rear-facing cameras. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the dual camera system will let iPhone 7 Plus users snap significantly higher quality photos by combining data from both lenses and may even include an optical zoom feature—something that hasn't been available on the iPhone before.

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Going dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus seems plausible, especially since Apple bought the camera sensor tech company LinX last year. It's too bad Apple likely won't include the new camera system on the iPhone 7, but it isn't a surprise since it doesn't offer optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Apple’s Tim Cook Jumps on Slowing iPhone Bandwagon

8:35 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Upside Down $AAPL

Reports that iPhone sales growth has slowed have been gathering steam for the last few months, and now even Apple CEO Tim Cook is jumping on the bandwagon. During Tuesday's quarterly conference call with analysts, Mr. Cook said he expects iPhone unit sales will decline during the March quarter. If so, it would be the first such decline in iPhone history.

Tim Cook’s Strategy: ‘We believe in investing in downturns’

6:50 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Apple & downturns

In Apple's fiscal Q1'16 Earnings Report, Apple CEO Tim Cook made frequent references to the worldwide macro-economic downturn since 2014. Most companies would retrench and cut back in R&D and other investment in a such a downturn. Not Apple. Apple's strategy is very different. In fact, we've see it work before. Mr. Cook spelled out his formula, again, for all to hear.

Apple Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

5:56 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Q1 2016 Apple Watch and Apple TV sales were probably pretty good

Apple doesn't break out quarterly Apple Watch and Apple TV sales, but based on the big jump in its "other" category—up 43 percent since the previous quarter—it's a safe bet both sold well through the holiday season. CEO Tim Cook also dropped a couple hints to back that up during the company's 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Apple: We Have 1 Billion Active Devices

5:25 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's a billion active Apple devices in the wild

Apple announced a big milestone during its 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday: a billion iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs are currently in use. That's actively used devices, not simply devices sold, and represents more than 25 percent growth year over year.

Apple Reports Record December Quarter Earnings. Again.

4:45 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

Gold Man Sacks and $AAPL

Apple Inc. turned in another record quarter Tuesday, with December quarter revenues of $75.9 billion and record earnings of $18.4 billion, or earnings per share of $3.28. The company just edged out revenues of $74.6 billion from the year ago quarter—missing consensus estimates in the process—but solidly beat year-ago EPS of $3.06. Gross margins came in at 40.1 percent.

D-Link Wi-Fi Hotspot: $59

3:09 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Check out the D-Link mobile router, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. You can connect up to eight devices, with plans through TruConnect. We have a deal on this device at $45, some 59 percent off retail. Check out the deal listing for details.

Do Apple Watch Sales Suck? Maybe Not

2:14 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Supply sources say Apple Watch isn't meeting sales expectations

Apple is dealing with weaker than expected Apple Watch sales and is cutting back its 2016 shipment forecast. That's the word on the street, but take it with a grain of salt because it's coming from parts supply chain sources.

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Supply chain sources saying Apple isn't meeting its Apple Watch sales expectations feels a little dubious. These are people who have very limited knowledge about Apple's plans, and certainly don't have access to the company's internal expectations or overall manufacturing schemes. Maybe Apple sold as many watches as it expected, or maybe not.

Barclays CEO Commits to March Apple Pay Launch

11:13 AM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Barclays finally commits to Apple Pay support in U.K.

Barclays' inability to commit to support Apple Pay—something other U.K. banks have offered for months—may finally be coming to an end. CEO Ashok Vaswani told a bank customer in an email that Apple Pay support is on the way, and it'll be available by the end of March.

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Holding back Apple Pay support has to have been really frustrating for Barclays customers. Now we get to wait and see if the bank really does start supporting Apple's NFC payment system in March.

AAPL Q1 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

10:53 AM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

AAPL Q1 2016 earnings report Tuesday January 26

Apple's first fiscal quarter earnings report for 2016 is set to start when the market closes this afternoon at about 5PM eastern time. Investors will be paying close attention to Apple's holiday season iPhone sales and will no doubt try to get solid iPad Pro sales figures from the company. Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer this afternoon for our coverage and analysis.

VirnetX Demands $532M from Apple in Patent Retrial

9:30 AM EST, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

VirnetX ups its damages demands to $532 million in Apple patent fight

First a Texas jury awarded VirnetX US$368.2 million from Apple over patent infringement claims, and now the company is asking a new jury to up that to $532 million. The demand comes as part of a patent infringement retrial where VirnetX claims secure network technologies Apple uses in FaceTime are being used without licensing.

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Apple's legal team should have their own parking spaces at the U.S. District Court House in eastern Texas considering how many patent trolls holding companies sue them.

How to Use the Command Line to Make the Dock Appear Faster on Your Mac

8:17 PM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

El Cap Dock

The Dock in OS X can be set to always be visible, or it can be set to appear only when you mouse over its location on the edge of your screen. There's a delay, however, between when you mouse over the edge and when the Dock actually appears, and some folks don't care for that. It turns out you can change this behavior.

MGG 589: You Cannot Defeat Physics

5:33 PM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Cool Stuff Found dominates the start here, including some travel tips, some iOS support tips, sorting out how iOS chooses its WiFi network, headphones for your eyes and one of your geeks' favorite utilities that is now available for El Capitan. Then it's onto diagnosing Safari CPU usage, Mail inconsistencies and more. Don't worry, Dave's headcold only makes him loopy in a good way for this episode. You'll love it and learn from it!