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Apple: We Have 1 Billion Active Devices

5:25 PM, 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.

Do Apple Watch Sales Suck? Maybe Not

2:14 PM, 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, 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, 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, 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.

Analyst: New MacBooks Coming by June

5:08 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's MacBook Pro could get an update by June

Apple will release new MacBook models by June at the latest, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Considering Apple last updated the MacBook Pro in May 2015 with minor performance enhancements, this could be a sign the company is holding out for Intel's Skylake processors before rolling out new models.

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Updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models would be pretty awesome, especially if they also include USB C—and in the case of the MacBook Pro, the usual array of other ports, too.

Apple Adds Podcasts App to Apple TV

2:55 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple adds Podcasts app to 4th get Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Monday and it includes a Podcasts app. Podcast support has been a glaring omission from the latest Apple TV model ever since it shipped last September.

Cord Cutters: Where to Watch X-Files 2016

10:33 AM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

The new X-Files is available on iTunes and Fox Now

The X-Files returned to television Sunday night, and while Agents Mulder and Scully were hunting to see if the truth is still out there, cord cutters were staying away from Twitter to avoid spoilers. Luckily, there are legit ways to watch the new episodes assuming you're willing to wait a day.