Wednesday Morning News
The story for Apple’s quarterly financial results continues as it always has: a profit of $10.7 billion in Q3 2015 compares favourably to $7.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, and international sales now account for 64% of the quarter’s revenue, according to Apple’s press release. Tim Cook says there’s been a great start to the Apple Watch, and while specific sales numbers of Apple’s wearable haven’t been released by the company, perspective on Apple Watch sales numbers means we probably won’t know how it’s going for years to come.
We’re still waiting for full analysis of the quarterly sales conference call, but just quickly: 9to5Mac notes Apple’s cash hoard now sits at $202 billion, crossing the $200 billion mark for the first time. Only about 7% of that amount is actual cash (with the rest being made up of liquid assets), but financial analysts will tell you that it’s all the same. Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones, 10.9 million iPads, and 4.8 million Macs, as reported by Macworld.
With China being a big focus for Apple, it’s hardly surprising to read about 112% year-on-year revenue growth from the region, with AppleInsider saying China’s revenue now eclipses Europe, beating it $13.2 billion to $10.3 billion.
Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 9 to developers. The release comes right on time, with Apple’s usual two-week beta release schedule almost up. The release of iOS 9 beta 4 also brings back Home Sharing, and MacRumors already has a bunch of minor changes from the previous betas. All I want to know is: did they re-enable the cursor-trackpad feature for the iPhone? (No word on the corresponding release for the iOS 9 public beta, but it should be released sooner rather than later.)
Along the same lines, Apple has also released the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers, along with watchOS 2 beta 4. 9to5Mac says Apple Pay now works again in the fourth watchOS 2 beta, which was apparently broken. It’s cool though, we still don’t have Apple Pay in Australia so I’m not upset about this at all.
The Wall Street Journal says Apple is hiring automative experts for their rumoured car project, with the latest hire being Doug Betts, who previously was as Senior VP at Chrysler Group, where MacRumors reports he previously served as global head of operations.
Another day, another Apple lawsuit. This time AppleCare+ customers are complaining about the quality of replacement hardware, saying that the replacement devices they received were not “like new” despite wording saying they would be.
Over at the Loop, Dave Mark has an easy way for you to see a list of all the non-Apple software that’s installed on your Mac, via the System Information app (it used to be called “System Profiler”, if memory serves).
The release of a free version of Threes has been interesting for the developers, who put together a Storify saying it had doubled their daily income.
Macworld reflects on the Twentieth Anniversary Mac via a series of slides showing off various aspects of the iconic computer. Imagine if Apple released a tenth-anniversary iPhone, or even brought the Classic back for a twentieth-anniversary iPod.