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Apple, Visa Deal Could Make iPhone 6 Your Next Wallet

11:39 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Visa to have everything in place to make the iPhone 6 your new digital wallet this fall. The agreement would let iPhone owners pay for products and services just as they would with their credit card, but from their smartphone instead.

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A standardized system for using our iPhones just like our credit cards? Yes, please.

Canaccord: Get Ready for Big iPhone 6 Sales

10:25 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

iPhone 5S sales may not be as strong as most analysts would like, but that's nothing to worry about, according to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, because the iPhone 6 is coming and everybody wants one.

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Analysts are putting a lot of faith in the next iPhone, and that makes sense considering sales jump up when new models are introduced. 

Swatch: We Aren’t Making Apple’s iWatch

8:57 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Insider sources are claiming the fashion watch maker Swatch has teamed up with Apple to help the iPhone and iPad maker bring the rumored iWatch to market. Swatch, however, says that's not true and that the closest it has come to working with any smartphone maker was as an integrated circuit provider.

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Apple is most likely working alone on its wearable hardware, just as it has done for its computers, media players, smartphones, and tablets.

ACM 264: Diving Deep into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

7:35 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

There's a lot happening with Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited ebook service, so Jeff and Bryan invited Dave Hamilton on to go even deeper into the discussion they started on TMO's Daily Observations podscast last week. The result is a serious look at the changes the book industry is facing, and how that impacts publishers, retailers, authors, and readers.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23

1:27 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple earnings report time, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro on to share their perspective on the company's conference call with investors and analysts. They also took a look at a new class action lawsuit alleging Apple mistreated its employees in California.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

10:52 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh, but the Future Looks Bright

9:40 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple reported US$37.4 billion in revenue for its third fiscal quarter and 35.2 million iPhones sold, coming in below Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um's expectation of $38.2 billion. That may be disappointing, but it doesn't spell certain doom for Apple because Mr. Um sees the upcoming fall product launches as a big boost for the company's performance.

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iPhone sales were up for the quarter, but not up enough to please analysts. But Q4 will reportedly include new iPhone models and maybe the iWatch, so maybe Tim Cook can make them happy this time.

Apple: iTunes is the Fastest Growing Part of Our Business

6:20 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

iTunes billings are up 25 percent year over year and Apple says its little music, movie, and mobile app sales through the iTunes Store made up the fastest growing part of its business over the past three fiscal quarters. That includes the 75 billion App Store downloads the company previously announced earlier this month.

Apple to Shareholders: You get 47 Cents!

5:23 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple shareholders will be getting a dividend this quarter, according to company CFO Luca Maestri, to the tune of US$0.47 per share. Mr. Maestri shared that little tidbit during the iPhone and iPad maker's third fiscal quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-22

1:33 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has reportedly ordered a metric butt-load of big screen iPhones -- more than it's ever sold in a single quarter. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer some perspective on Apple's big numbers, plus they also take a look at the differences between Apple and Samsung marketing tactics.