Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of Q2’s Sting

7:06 PM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · · News

Apple Music numbers are on the rise even as overall company numbers declined

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.

Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

9:12 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · · News

Apple's Q2 2016 earnings conference call is scheduled for this afternoon

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

FBI Drops NY iPhone Unlock Case, Fails to get Precedent Again

9:28 AM, Apr. 25th, 2016 · · News

FBI gets passcode for Jun Feng's iPhone

The FBI dropped its New York iPhone unlocking case against Apple, although this time instead of buying a hack, someone handed over the passcode. Unconfirmed reports claim it was the suspect in the case, Jun Feng, who pleaded guilty last year to drug-related charges. That's one more case where the FBI failed to land the encryption-hacking precedent it wants.

Apple Faces Censorship Dilemma in China

11:20 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · · News

No movies for you: China shuts down Apple's iTunes movies and iBooks stores

Apple's relationship with China may not be as friendly as we were led to believe because the government shut down the iTunes Movies store and iBook Store only six months after they launched. The decision may be a sign of hostility towards foreign companies, or it may be censorship to block the state-banned movie Ten Years.

The Evolution of MacOS/OS X and Windows in Side-by-Side Animations

4:14 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · · News

OS Evolutions

OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.

Patent Troll Scores $24.9M from Apple over Siri

11:45 AM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · · News

Apple to pay out $25M for Siri patent infringement

Marathon Patent Group just scored US$24.9 million from Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit settlement related to Siri voice control on the iPhone and iPad. If you aren't familiar with MPG, they're a non-practicing patent holding company representing the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In other words, a patent troll.

PSA: Apple’s Quarterly Earnings Report Delayed Until Tuesday, April 26th

7:17 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · · News

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Apple announced Thursday that it was delaying its quarterly conference call until Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. The decision to delay the announcement by one day was made to allow people to attend the memorial service for Bill Campbell, a former Apple board member and advisor to the late Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley execs. Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday, April 18th.

MacBook gets Speed Bump, Better Battery, Rose Gold Color

9:25 AM, Apr. 19th, 2016 · · News

Now you can get the MacBook in pink, er, Rose Gold

Apple updated the MacBook on Tuesday with faster processors, longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold finish. The company also said the Macbook is "the future of the notebook," hinting at what we can expect from the next major MacBook Pro refresh.

Wondering When Apple’s WWDC Will Be? Ask Siri

6:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · News

WWDC announced by SIri

Apple appears to have introduced us to a new way of announcing when its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will be. We always i expect it June at Moscone West in San Francisco, but the exact date is generally unknown until Apple makes an announcement. Except...when you ask Siri.