New iPhone to have 19% more battery life?

By now, we’ve all heard about Gizmodo’s little discovery: a prototype of the next generation iPhone. The tech blogs are buzzing about it, and it’s hard to browse the web for any period of time without seeing a picture of the device. While this is all great, one thing that many people are unaware of, [...]


Two new iPhone ads

If you have any interest in Apple products (and I bet you do considering you’re reading this,) then I’m sure you’re more than familiar with Apple’s creative ways of advertising its iPhones to the masses. The first ad, titled “Backpacker,” shows how the iPhone can be used to book hostels, share photos, and translate English speech [...]


Once Again, Apple Has Its “Best Non-Holiday Quarter Ever.” Best iPhone Sales Ever.

Apple has just announced its earnings for Q2 2010 — as we’ve come to expect from the company, it’s been another amazing quarter. Revenues were $13.5 billion destroying both their own and the Street’s estimates. Net quarterly profit came in at $3.07 billion — $3.33-a-share. The key blurb from CEO Steve Jobs in the release:

“We’re thrilled to report our best non-holiday quarter ever, with revenues up 49 percent and profits up 90 percent,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve launched our revolutionary new iPad and users are loving it, and we have several more extraordinary products in the pipeline for this year.”

The Street estimates had been earnings of $2.45-a-share on revenues of $12.04 billion. Apple’s own guidance (which is always low) had been between $2.06 to $2.18-a-share on revenues of $11 to $11.4 billion. So yeah, Apple killed it.

Other key numbers include that the company sold 2.94 million Macs (up 33% over last year), 8.75 million iPhones (up 131% over last year), and 10.89 million iPods (down 1% over last year) during the quarter. No direct iPad figures were given.

Last quarter, the holiday quarter, Apple solid 8.7 million iPhones, so the fact that they eclipsed that (and were up 131% versus a year ago) is very, very impressive. Of course, now that we all know the iPhone HD (or whatever you choose to call it) is coming, sale the next quarter might dip a bit (of course, everyone should have known new hardware was coming anyway, just as it does every Summer).

Apple also shifted guidance for next quarter upward considerably. CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted that revenue should be in the $13 billion to $13.4 billion range. Again, Apple always gives low numbers, so you can probably expect the actual numbers, when reported, to be much higher.

Below find notes from the earnings call:

On the call are CFO Peter Oppenheimer, COO Tim Cook, and Apple’s Treasurer.

Oppenheimer: Outstanding March quarter results exceeding our expectations. Best non-holiday quarter ever. Highest quarterly iPhone sales ever. Best Mac sales in a March quarter. Revenue up 49% over prior March quarter. iPhone sales more than doubled (over last year). Net income was up 91% over the year-ago quarter.

We just updated the MacBook Pro line. 3 and 4 weeks of Mac channel inventory. iPod sales were about equal (down 1%) — sales of iPod touch were up 61% year over year though. iPod revenue growth (12%) was the strongest growth in 2 years. Share is still over 70%.

3,500 new apps for the iPad so far. 185,000 apps overall.

All-time high for iPhone sales, beating our previous record last quarter. We have iPhone on 151 carriers in 88 countries. In Asia, Australia, Japan, and Europe, sales were strong.

Extremely pleased with iPad sales over the past few weeks. iPad with 3G will ship April 30 in the U.S.

$1.68 billion revenue from Apple Stores — way up from last year. 47 million visitors during the quarter – and increase of 20% over last year’s quarter. 40 to 50 new stores in 2010.

Gross margin was 41.7%.

Cash is $41.7 billion, up $1.9 billion from last quarter. The priority is preservation of capital.

Looking forward, iPad sales should be strong — and a new product transition should help sales (maybe the new iPhone?).

—————- Q&A Time ———————

Q: iPad is off to a fast start — any insights?

Cook: We don’t have enough experience to judge things yet. We’ll see how it goes. We’re thrilled with the sales so far.

Q: Were Mac sales slower in March due to the iPad?

Cook: If you look at the previous March we announced a new iMac and new Mac mini, this year we didn’t have that, so you can’t judge it on that, really.

Q: What about WiFi vs. 3G iPad?

Cook: Too early to tell what the mix will be.

Q: Why not put guidance higher for next quarter?

Oppenheimer: Some of it is lower iTunes sales (people use gift cards after the holidays). Mac sales should be up. iPod should decline year over year, as it has been doing. iPhone, we’re not sure. iPad is also a wait-and-see with the 3G version coming and it coming to other countries in May.

Q: Why was iPhone so good? It was staggering.

Cook: We had some staggering growth rates. 474% in Asia Pacific region. 183% growth in Japan. 133% growth in Europe. A lot of this was adding new carrier partners.

Q: What about China?

Cook: China has been interesting. Up 9 times year over year. Through the first half of this fiscal year, our revenue from China is almost $1.3 billion — that’s up over 200% year over year. (That includes Hong Kong.)

Q: How quickly can you ramp up iPad production?

Cook: We’ve done well versus our planned capacity. There isn’t a production problem — demand in the U.S. was just too high. It’s a good problem to have.

Q: Component pricing?

Cook: The DRAM market is constrained.

Q: What about the iAd business? Is this a profit center?

Oppenheimer: We’re putting our toes in the water. Don’t expect much from us this calendar year. We’ll learn going forward.

Q: What about AT&T?

Cook: They continue to work hard, and are making improvements. I think this will continue. Surveys back this up.

Q: What about carriers?

Cook: There are only three main countries with exclusive deals: United States, Germany, and Spain. We’ve expanded in the others beyond one carrier and we’ve seen sales grow. But that doesn’t mean that will always happen. We look at it on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are you open minded about iPad pricing?

Cook: We have nothing to say on that, but we’re priced very aggressively right now.

Q: Accounting for the iPad — do you defer a portion of the revenue? Charge for iPad OS updates?

Oppenheimer: We’ll discuss that on the July conference call after the iPad is out there.

Q: China updates?

Oppenheimer: Tim talked a bit about the revenue, in terms of retail stores, we’ll open 2 in Shanghai. We should have 25 open by end of 2011.

Q: Apple has been aggressive about the patents. How should we think of legal expenses?

Oppenheimer: We’ve definitely factored in legal expenses into our forward-looking numbers.

Q: Can you talk about the different ways to move the iPhone?

Cook: The smartphone market is a great market to be in. And the iPhone is outgrowing the market by 3x. The numbers are even better outside the U.S. (in terms of growth). We’ve learned a lot.

Q: About the Apple TV — what’s going on there?

Cook: Units were up 34% year over year. But it’s still very small — it’s still a hobby for the company. If you look at the other markets Apple is in — computers are 300 million units a year, call phones are 1.2 billion per year, MP3 players are 100 million per year. These are enormous markets. The market for Apple TV is not, in our view, nearly that large yet. That’s why we classify it as a hobby. Don’t want to trick people. But a number of us love the product, and use the product. We continue to think there’s something interesting there.

Q: More about iAds?

Oppenheimer: As I commented earlier, we’re just putting our toes in the water now.

Q: iPad cannibalization of the Mac?

Cook: So far there’s nothing pointing to that yet. But we don’t know yet, it’s too early. Remember, we just announced new MacBook Pros too. With the iPad in terms of netbooks — to me it’s a no brainer. ”It’s sort of 100 to 0. I can’t think of a single thing a netbook does well.

Q: But there’s no category for the iPad market yet, right?

Cook: I think Steve set this up well in January. The iPad is between the mobile phone and a notebook. There is so much you can do on an iPad. We already have the ecosystem with the App Store. Now we have a bigger canvas.

Q: What about the iPhone price? Should there be lower service plans?

Cook: We do everything that we can to try and get the best deal possible for the consumer. I feel like each of our carrier partners agree. When we dropped the iPhone 3G to $99, we were sort of surprised that so many people were still spending $199 for the iPhone 3GS. People want extremely innovative products.

Q: Margins for iPads — what about accessories?

Oppenheimer: The accessory portfolio is good for us. Many of iPhone and iPod accessories work with the iPad too. Let’s give it a little time, great things will happen.

Q: Any insight into iPad apps?

Oppenheimer: We’re not focused on making a lot of money on the App Store — with the iPad or iPhone. We’re just above break-even.

Q: Are there completely new Apple customers just from the iPad?

Cook: I think so, but it’s too early to tell.

Q: Other products in the pipeline? Are those enhancements?

Oppenheimer: We’re not going to help our competitors, so I won’t answer that. But we’re very excited about upcoming products.

That’s a wrap.


NFC on Your iPhone and Tickets Via iTunes – Could it Happen?

A patent has provided a glimpse of what a future version of iTunes could be selling.  It describes a service called Concert Ticket +, where as one would expect, you can purchase an e-ticket to an event which is sent to your iPhone or iPod Touch and redeemable at the door. It won’t just be for [...]


How Apple managed to lose its new iPhone

If anything, Apple Inc. is known for its impenetrable security when it comes to unreleased products, especially iPhones. Despite this, Gray Powell, a 27 year old Software Engineer working for Apple managed to lose the device at a local bar. Here’s how. “On the night of March 18, he was enjoying the fine imported ales at [...]


iPhone prototype does in fact belong to Apple

I’ll admit it, I sincerely doubted the authenticity of the leaked images of the “new iPhone” that surfaced earlier this week. I was even a bit skeptical when Gizmodo posted their breakdown of the mysterious device (which was found on a barstool near Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.) Despite this, however, no doubt remains in my mind that [...]


FarmVille Could be Headed to iPhone, iPad and Android

Soon you’ll be able to play FarmVille on your mobile phone, not just your desktop web browser. Supported devices will probably include the iPhone, the iPad and Android smartphones, and some sort of text messaging-based play could be in the works too.

Speculation about this bubbled up when Tumblr blog Supererogatory discovered that the domain names farmvilleandroid.com, farmvilleipad.com, farmvilleiphone.com and farmvillesms.com were registered with DNStination Inc. DNStination is the third party that also holds farmville.com, the official website for Zynga’s very successful and popular online game.

We followed up with a spokesperson for Zynga, who said, “Zynga plans to expand to various mobile platforms. We cannot provide additional information at this time.”

That’s a confirmation that the company intends to offer mobile versions of the game, but those missing “additional details” include the platforms and the time frames. It’s also possible that some or all mobile versions could have only limited functionality compared to the Facebook and desktop web browser editions. We’ll have to wait to find out exactly how mobile virtual farming will work.

FarmVille has more than 80 million users, and it has achieved that primarily by becoming staple on Facebook. It’s so popular that non-players often search Google to find out how to block FarmVille updates from appearing in their news feeds.



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Video: Atari 2600 Emulator Running on iPhone

We’re starting Monday with some retro-gaming fun on the iPhone for your viewing pleasure!  The video below shows the iPhone running an Atari 2600 emulator, courtesy of Manomio, the team behind the C64 iPhone game. Graphically, it looks the same as the Atari console and therefore will look very basic to anyone who didn’t own and [...]


“Leaked” images of new iPhone actually a Japanese counterfeit?

Yesterday, Engadget posted what appeared to be images of the new iPhone, in a post titled, “iPhone 4G: is this it?” In light of new evidence, I don’t think it is, sorry Engadget. “There’s no way to tell for sure, but these photos which made their way into our hands certainly do a convincing job of [...]


AT&T now blocking employee vacations during the month of June

Boy Genius Report claims that “multiple sources” confirm that AT&T has in fact placed a block on employees taking vactaions this June. AT&T did the exact same thing last year, and the year before, to ensure that they had enough staff to deal with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G launches, respectively. “The only time AT&T [...]


360iDev: Hands-on with Freeverse’s Warpgate HD and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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We got to play two of Freeverse's current and future offerings this past week at 360iDev. Warpgate HD was the first -- it's out now on the App Store, and is due out for the iPhone and iPod touch. It was originally designed for the iPhone, but it ended up being a good fit for the larger device, so they readied it for a launch release. It's a fun title, although it doesn't quite take full advantage of the bigger hardware yet; as you play the space trading simulation, you get the feeling that there could probably be a little more to it on the iPad. It's still a fun title, though.

We also got to play their upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies iPhone game adaptation, and being that we've been buddies with Freeverse ever since they were developing games for the Mac, we talked a little bit with them about their heritage and how their recent merger with Ngmoco has affected their outlook. Read on for more.

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Are you there iPhone 4 rear casing? It’s me, John


As we approach the summer, traditionally a season of boredom in gadget blogging, it’s nice to have a few delightful if dopey renders of upcoming Apple products to tide us over until CES. The run up to June 22 or whenever the next Apple event will happen allows us to speculate endlessly on topics we know nothing about!

Anyway, blah blah, new casing for an iPhone 4. It basically looks like an iPad that got hit with a shrink ray. Real? Probably not.

Apple is probably hard at work making the iPhone 4 as we speak. However, I doubt things like this will leak out this early and I doubt even more seriously it will look like this. They don’t tend towards massive departures from form like this.

iPhone OS 4 jailbreak released to developers, not you

Be clear on this: if you're not a jailbreak app developer then the redsn0w 0.9.5 beta release is not for you. The iPhone OS 4 jailbreak previously hinted at is for real and it's for devs only so that they can prep their wares for the summer update. Don't worry, it doesn't reveal anything new to Apple and no, it won't work on the iPad -- it's Mac OSX only, iPhone 3G only, and iPhone 4.0 beta 1 only for now. But hey, it's early days, at least you know it's out there and that people smarter than you are tending to things.

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New iPhone to be released in June?

SaskTel, the Canadian Mobile phone carrier that is responsible for providing cell service to the million or so residents of Saskatchewan, is currently in the process of building a new network to support the iPhone’s 3G connectivity. So, why do we care? Here’s why: President and CEO Robert Watson announced that “We’re building the 3G network [...]


Smule’s Glee app puts a song in your heart and on your phone

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Enthusiastic fans of Fox's hit teen angst 'n jazz hands show Glee refer to themselves as 'gleeks,' a portmanteau of glee and geek. It's a sure bet that the gleeks will be beside themselves when they hit the App Store today and see the new US$2.99 Glee app, which brings the show's musical numbers to life with your voice in the starring role.

Developed by Smule, the new app joins the company's suite of music makers (Ocarina, Leaf Trombone, I Am T-Pain, Magic Piano, etc.) as a social-vocal mashup that puts some serious geek power behind the simple act of singing. Add in the show's iTunes-dominating songs and what will undoubtedly be a nice promotional push from the network, and it's bound to be heading for the top of the paid charts.

Glee for iPhone is straightforward enough to use, although as is sometimes the case with memory-intensive apps in their first version, you may experience a bit of instability if you haven't restarted your phone in the past few weeks.
With headphones on and device in hand, you can select a song and go into karaoke/recording mode to lay it down. The app plays the backing track, displays the lyrics and shows you the pitch line for the melody and harmony parts.

Read on for more, including an interview with Smule's founder Dr. Ge Wang.

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Boxee seeks iPad and iPhone app developer, bigger slice of Apple pie

Hey there, got any Objective-C experience and a desire to help out a budding young company? You'll wanna hit that source link right quick, as Boxee is presently on the search for a Lead iPad and iPhone App Developer who will be responsible for starting the company's Mobile Applications team. It's no secret that Boxee is keen to get its media streaming software out on any and all hardware possible, and iPhone OS presents the company with an ever-expanding audience for its wares. Additional job requirements include a minimum of a year's professional development experience and that you'll have previously developed an app for the iPhone, though that last bit's not exactly a high hurdle to overcome. We like the added note that Android dev experience is "a plus," which suggests to us that the Mobile Apps team will eventually be spreading its wings beyond Apple's mobile OS as well.

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