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  • Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results

    July 21, 2015

    Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended June 27. The company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record third-quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services, and the successful launch of Apple Watch. “We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Introduces Best iPod touch Yet

    July 15, 2015

    Apple has introduced the best iPod touch yet and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink, and blue. The iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor. “iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store, and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product Marketing. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8-megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, and movies.”Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Introducing Apple Music — All The Ways You Love Music. All in One Place.

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day, and a new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music with the expertise of world-class experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting June 30 in over 100 countries. “We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio, and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Previews iOS 9

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side, or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email, or using any other app. “iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over, or Picture-in-Picture.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Announces News App for iPhone and iPad

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone and iPad, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts. “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN, and Bloomberg.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Announces OS X El Capitan

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps, and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering systemwide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors. “OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps, and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight, and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Previews New Apple Watch Software

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch. Starting today, developers can take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs to build new app experiences. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications, and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends, and Digital Touch. “We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favorite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many new experiences developers will dream up now that they have access to even more innovative features of Apple Watch.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today announced Apple Pay is adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the U.S., expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the U.S. “Apple Pay has kicked off a new era of payments and our users love the incredibly easy, secure, and private way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re bringing our customers the most requested features with support for rewards and store-issued cards, and expanding how and where Apple Pay is accepted, which truly transforms the way people pay.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Pay Coming to the UK

    June 8, 2015

    Apple today announced that starting next month, Apple Pay will be available to customers in the UK, bringing them the easy, secure and private way to pay. At launch, over 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay, with support from eight of the UK’s most established banks, across all of the major credit and debit card networks. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants, and many of our users’ favorite apps.” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and New $1999 iMac with Retina 5K Display

    May 19, 2015

    Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and faster discrete graphics. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors, and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac to $2,299. “The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives in China

    May 11, 2015

    Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multiyear project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests that provide fiber for pulp, paper, and wood products. “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. “We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect — and create — as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.” Apple also announced its intent to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China. Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

    April 27, 2015

    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac, and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion

    April 27, 2015

    Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11 percent to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. “We believe Apple has a bright future ahead, and the unprecedented size of our capital return program reflects that strong confidence,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While most of our program will focus on buying back shares, we know that the dividend is very important to many of our investors, so we’re raising it for the third time in less than three years.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Apple iMac Review: A Reason to Get a Desktop Computer

    December 7, 2012

    Reviewing the new iMac on ABC News, Joanna Stern says the desktop has “as much sex appeal” as iPad and iPhone. “Even if you aren’t a tech enthusiast,” Stern writes, “this is a machine — or perhaps sculpture — you can admire.” Stern says the improved display’s sharpness makes looking at photos and video “an immersive experience,” and she praises the iMac’s enhanced computing power, including Fusion Drive. “Apple has built the system with the most powerful desktop parts around,” she says. Read more: abcnews.go.com

  • PC Mag: iMac is Editor’s Choice

    December 7, 2012

    PC Mag has added Apple’s new iMac to its Editor’s Choice list for high-end all-in-one desktops. Reviewer Brian Westover says the iMac is “faster and more responsive, offering larger, smarter storage.” He put the iMac through its paces with a number of media and processing tests and found that it led competitors by a healthy margin. He concludes, “With its beautiful design and quality fabrication, the iMac 27-inch is the best all-in-one desktop we’ve ever seen.”Read more: pcmag.com

  • Apple Puts Eye into iDevices

    November 29, 2012

    Reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald, Garry Barker describes how Apple accessibility technology has enabled disabled users to thrive both personally and professionally. Barker tells the story of David Woodbridge, a technology manager for a large non-profit who has been blind since childhood. Woodbridge uses VoiceOver and other assistive technologies in Apple’s iOS devices daily. “With VoiceOver I can support not only myself but also my boys and my wife,” said Woodbridge. “For example, if my wife gets an SMS when she is driving I can call up VoiceOver on her iPhone to read the message to her and we can reply using Siri, which is one of the great iOS developments, getting better all the time.”Read more: smh.com.au

  • NFL Playbooks: There’s an App for That

    November 9, 2012

    Katie Linendoll of ESPN.com reports that across the NFL teams “are trading in their 500-page printed playbooks for iPad.” Linendoll notes that iPad and an app called PlayerLync have revolutionized how the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and San Diego Chargers share plays and distribute practice and game film among coaches and players. “It changes the way you prepare,” says Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme. “You can come off the practice field, get in the cold tub and watch film in the cold tub on your iPad.” Read more: espn.go.com

  • Innovative Education in China with Mac

    November 9, 2012

    In a country where education has emphasized test taking and memorization, RDFZ XISHAN, an experimental middle school in Beijing, is the first school in China to participate in a Mac one-to-one program, which provides each student with a MacBook Pro. The program has transformed learning at the school into a collaborative and engaging experience — without sacrificing test scores. Says school principal Shu Dajun: “It’s no longer simply the teacher teaching and students studying. Everyone is equal in the creating and sharing of knowledge.” Read more: apple.com/education

  • Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days

    November 5, 2012

    Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad — double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only third-generation iPad models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the U.S. and in many more countries later this year. Read more: apple.com/ipad

  • Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

    October 25, 2012

    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. “We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Cutting-Edge Curriculum with Final Cut Pro X

    October 25, 2012

    At Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, 17,000 on-campus and online students learn modern techniques in filmmaking, sound mixing, game development, and more using the most current digital tools. For film and video students, that includes editing in Final Cut Pro X. Says school information officer Isis Jones: “We want technology to disappear for the students so they can focus strictly on craft. The simplicity, speed, and flexibility of Final Cut Pro X has made that possible for all of our students.” Read more: apple.com/finalcutpro

  • Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days

    November 5, 2012

    Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad — double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only third-generation iPad models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the U.S. and in many more countries later this year. Read more: apple.com/ipad

  • Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

    October 25, 2012

    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2012. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. “We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.” Read more: apple.com/pr

  • Cutting-Edge Curriculum with Final Cut Pro X

    October 25, 2012

    At Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, 17,000 on-campus and online students learn modern techniques in filmmaking, sound mixing, game development, and more using the most current digital tools. For film and video students, that includes editing in Final Cut Pro X. Says school information officer Isis Jones: “We want technology to disappear for the students so they can focus strictly on craft. The simplicity, speed, and flexibility of Final Cut Pro X has made that possible for all of our students.” Read more: apple.com/finalcutpro

  • Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

    October 23, 2012

    Apple today introduced a new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro, featuring a stunning Retina display and all-flash storage in a compact design. At a mere 0.75 inches and 3.57 pounds, the remarkably portable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s available today through the Apple Online Store and Apple Retail Stores, starting at $1,699 (U.S.).Read more: apple.com/macbook-pro

  • Apple Introduces All-New iMac

    October 23, 2012

    Apple today unveiled a completely new iMac with a stunning ultrathin design and brilliant display with reduced reflection. Also featuring third-generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics, and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive, the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made. Apple also updated the Mac mini, so it’s now up to twice as fast and has integrated graphics that are up to 65 percent faster than the previous generation. The 21.5-inch iMac, starting at $1,299 (U.S.), will be available in November through the Apple Online Store and Apple Retail Stores. The 27-inch iMac, starting at $1,799 (U.S.), will be available in December. Mac mini, starting at $599 (U.S.), is available today. Read more: apple.com/imac

  • iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top Five Million

    September 24, 2012

    Apple today announced that it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5 — just three days after its launch on September 21 — and that more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Read more: apple.com/iphone

  • iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours

    September 17, 2012

    Apple today announced that pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply, and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.Read more: apple.com/iphone

  • Going to Extremes with Aperture

    September 17, 2012

    To cover extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz’s record attempt to run the 189-foot Palouse Falls in Washington State, photographer Lucas Gilman brought state-of-the-art gear, including a MacBook Pro running Aperture software. Aperture’s fast import browsing allowed Gilman to see sharp preview images even before his huge RAW files had finished downloading and to begin making selects while still in the field. Since then, Gilman upgraded his workflow by adding a MacBook Pro with Retina display. He says, “Aperture and the MacBook Pro with Retina display have worked seamlessly to provide the most fluid image workflow I’ve ever used.” Read more: apple.com/aperture

  • iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top Five Million

    September 24, 2012

    Apple today announced that it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5 — just three days after its launch on September 21 — and that more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Read more: apple.com/iphone

  • iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours

    September 17, 2012

    Apple today announced that pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply, and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.Read more: apple.com/iphone

  • Going to Extremes with Aperture

    September 17, 2012

    To cover extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz’s record attempt to run the 189-foot Palouse Falls in Washington State, photographer Lucas Gilman brought state-of-the-art gear, including a MacBook Pro running Aperture software. Aperture’s fast import browsing allowed Gilman to see sharp preview images even before his huge RAW files had finished downloading and to begin making selects while still in the field. Since then, Gilman upgraded his workflow by adding a MacBook Pro with Retina display. He says, “Aperture and the MacBook Pro with Retina display have worked seamlessly to provide the most fluid image workflow I’ve ever used.” Read more: apple.com/aperture

  • Apple Unveils New iTunes

    September 12, 2012

    Apple today announced the new iTunes for Mac and PC, featuring a redesigned player, seamless integration with iCloud, and a new look for the world’s most popular online music, apps, TV, and movie stores. The new iTunes features a simpler, cleaner interface that keeps your favorite iTunes content at the forefront. With iCloud integration, music, movie, and TV purchases made on any of your iOS devices or computers is displayed in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC, ready to play, anytime. And the redesigned iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore make buying your favorite content on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC simpler than ever. The new iTunes will be available in October as a free download at www.itunes.comRead more: apple.com/itunes

  • Controlling Your Home with the Touch of an iPad

    August 31, 2012

    At Forbes.com, Morgan Brennan reports on the new 8000-square foot Savant Experience Center, a typical “swanky” Manhattan apartment with one special difference — it’s automated with Apple technology. Brennan writes that nearly every feature of the multi-room center, including lighting, window shades, temperature, and even a hidden flat-screen television can be “easily controlled with Apple products like iPadiPhone, and iPod touch-embedded remote controls” running TrueImage software by Savant Systems. Brennan quotes Savant Systems CEO Robert Madonna, who notes: “Anyone who can afford to buy an iPhone can essentially have a piece of automation in their home.” Read more: forbes.com

  • Hands-On Learning with iPad

    August 31, 2012

    In a new take on hands-on learning, faculty at Northwest Kansas Technical College are using 

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