AAPL is Apple’s stock ticker on the NASDAQ exchange. AAPL went public on December 12, 1980 and has used AAPL ever since. Their IPO generated over $100 million, which was more than any IPO since 1967 when Ford Motor Company went public. Three hundred AAPL millionaires were created on that day.

Since then, there have been many more.

Apple's ASMR Venture, LOL Samsung, AAPL Buybacks with Charlotte Henry - ACM 520

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple has posted plenty of “Shot on iPhone”: videos, but four new ASMR videos mark the first time where the content is more about the experience than it is about the device that made it. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to discuss it. They also talk about Samsun’s lame decision to pull an old ad from its YouTube channel that mocked an Apple move that Samsung is following today. So lame. They also look at Apple’s gargantuan effort to buy $24 billion of its own stock in just the June quarter.

Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T's Fake 5G with Ken Ray - ACM 511

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.

iPhone China Sales Down 30% in Q1 2019

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Apple’s iPhone China sales are down 30% in Q1 2019. Huawei continues to dominate, capturing 34% of China’s smartphone market.

Apple’s performance in China is concerning, given that the worst quarter for iPhone shipments is usually Q2 or Q3, not Q1 when new devices are still fresh. Apple has acted to cut iPhone retail prices, which has largely relieved the pressure from its channel partners.

I wonder how much of iPhone sales in China were impacted by Chinese companies encouraging employees to boycott Apple in favor of Huawei.

How Apple News Affects Publishers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Great analysis as usual by Ben Thompson. He writes how the Apple News subscription might be good for certain publishers, and bad for others.

To that end, I am sure that a significant number of publications will sign up for Apple’s offering; clearly the company is confident enough to leak a date. And, frankly, many publications should: most publishers are already locked into the volume game when it comes to their editorial direction, and Apple News subscription payouts will be additive to the bottom line.

The main thing that concerns me is how revenue will be driven by clicks. I hope that Apple News doesn’t become a flood of yellow journalism.

Apple's Earnings, iPhone Pricing, and Mac Sales, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 499

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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It’s time to break down Apple’s earnings, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Jeff Gamet to do just that. They also discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even some sideways aspects of Apple’s iPhone strategy. They cap the show with a look at Apple’s one weird trick of goosing Mac sales, which is to release new Macs.