Report Claims iPhone 7 Plus to get Dual Cameras

9:58 AM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · 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 Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

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

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.

Do Apple Watch Sales Suck? Maybe Not

2:14 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · 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 · · 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.

VirnetX Demands $532M from Apple in Patent Retrial

9:30 AM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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.