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China Earns Apple $10B, Ready for More

56 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook said China accounted for almost US$10 billion of its $45.6 billion 2014 second fiscal quarter revenue, and he sees plenty more opportunity in the country. China has been seen as a growth place for the company, and it seems that's exactly what's happening.

Apple Opens Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta to the Public

10 hours, 17 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple made a rare move this week by opening up the beta of OS X 10.9.3 to all users with an Apple ID. The company typically offers access to beta versions of its operating system to members of its paid developer program and doesn't let average users get their hands on updates until locking in shipping versions.

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Offering a pubic beta of OS X 10.9.3 is an interesting move considering this isn't something Apple typically does. It'll be interesting to see if the company offers similar public betas in the future.

Apple Patches SSL Bug in AirPort Base Station

11 hours, 15 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple updated the software for its 2013 model AirPort Extreme Base Station on Tuesday to address what it called " security improvements related to SSL/TLS." That, by chance, also happens to be the core of the problem in the OpenSSL heartbleed bug the company said doesn't affect any of its products, although Apple didn't mention the flaw by name.

Apple Rolls Out 6.1.1 Update for 2nd, 3rd Gen Apple TV

1:09 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released Apple TV Update 6.1.1 for the second and third generation Apple TV on Tuesday along side iOS 7.1.1 for the iPhone and iPad. So far, there aren't any details available about what's included in the update, but it seems likely that it's intended to keep the Apple TV software in step with the new iOS 7.1.1 update.

Jailbroken iPhones Give Up Apple IDs in Malware Attack

11:45 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone jailbreak community is facing a malware threat that steals user's Apple IDs and passwords. Since the threat targets only iPhones and iPads that have been hacked to allow the installation of unauthorized apps, most users are safe.

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People may complain about Apple's "walled garden" approach to the App Store, but it does help keep out malicious threats like Unflod.

Report Claims Rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Delayed Until 2015

10:01 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may or may not be planning on shipping an iPhone model with a 5.5-inch display, but that isn't stopping insider sources from saying it's delayed and won't ship until some time in 2015. Sources claim the rumored device is real, and that production issues will keep Apple from releasing it until next year.

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Apple is undoubtedly testing multiple iPhone screen sizes, but calling a rumored 5.5-inch model delayed isn't accurate. Apple hasn't announced the device, or promised a shipping date. What's more likely is that people with limited access to parts of the company's supply chain are misinterpreting what little they know about Apple's test products.

Apple Hires FDA Expert Divya Nag for Health and Fitness Team

9:08 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's list of health and fitness experts just got longer now that the company has hired FDA approval expert Divya Nag. Her expertise with the FDA's medical approval process makes her a good fit for the iPhone and iPad maker's health and fitness plans for the rumored iWatch and other wearable products that may be in development.

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Considering the long list of health and fitness related hires Apple has made over the past couple years, it isn't a question of what it's working on, but instead a question of which features it will have.

Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better Gross Margins

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Interview

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.

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Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.