GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple

11 hours, 30 minutes ago · · News

Apple Factory?

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.

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Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT—terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"—secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

12:29 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · News

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.

Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

9:43 AM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · News

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

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I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.

Apple Q4 Earnings Sliced And Diced

9:52 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

Apple reported Q3 earnings information Monday. Kelly plays a little Fun With Math and shows some interesting stats about how Apple did over the last three months.

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.

Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Pay Support

6:31 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

Along with the release of iOS 8.1, Apple released Apple Store 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Monday. The update for the Apple retail store assistant app added support for Apple Pay, which was enabled in iOS 8.1.

China Holds Huge Potential for Apple with First Time iPhone Buyers

5:59 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · News

China isn't just a big market for Apple's iPhone, it has huge potential for new customers. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, half of iPhone 5S buyers in the country were new to the platform, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look to be in a position to drive that percentage up.