Thursday Morning News

antennaApple’s financial results for the previous quarter were released, and in case you haven’t already heard, Apple just set the record for the most quarterly profit by any company, ever. Revenue was $74.6 billion with $18 billion profit, and the company also sold 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs. The full press release is on the Apple website, but Ars Technica reports the numbers are all well into the green — with the exception of iPads, who saw their sharpest year-on-year decline. For the record, TechCrunch says that’s $8.3 million dollars in profit per hour, every hour of every day for the past 90 days.

Six Colours posted up a few graphs comparing Apple’s quarterly financial results to previous quarters, and the graph of quarterly iPhone sales really drives home how effective the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been in terms of sales. While the iPad has experienced a drop compared to the year-ago quarter, 21.4 million units still comes in at number three for the past two years. MacStories did a similar thing with the graphs, but also included notes from the call and analysis from Twitter.

To put an Australian perspective on the numbers, Apple now has more cash in the bank (US $178 billion) than Australia does as a country (AU $138 billion) — Anthony Agius pointed out on Twitter the numbers from the Reserve Bank’s latest statistics, and while Apple’s cash reserves are in banks all around the world and not in one location, it’s kind of crazy.

Six Colours also has the transcript of what Apple CEO Tim Cook said to investors during the conference call, including the fact Apple shipped its billionth iPhone on November 22, a 64GB Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus. They’re saving it at Apple for posterity, which is kind of cool.

IfoAppleStore says Apple’s expansion in China is running full steam ahead, with a higher “expansion index” than any other country. Apple’s own expansion in Australia was slow and steady — even though we have more Apple Stores per capita than the US, we got them over a longer period of time.

Apple Pay is dominating contactless payments in the US, where Apple Pay accounts for more than two thirds of contactless payments. Cook said on the conference call that rolling Apple Pay out internationally was something they were looking into, but every country presented unique challenges — not to different from music licensing or the like, only more complicated because of banks, I assume.

Cook also let loose about the Apple Watch, which now has an almost-confirmed ship date of April. That puts the likely launch date sometime in March, in line with previous rumours on the subject.

If listicles are more your thing, a number of blogs covered Apple’s financials in list form. Macworld posted up six things about Apple’s best ever quarter, Vox had a summary of seven things we learned about Apple’s record-shattering quarterly profit, and Business Insider had 15 mind-blowing facts.

Australia’s second Apple TV channel is TenPlay, which gives us the good stuff: “new and established television shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia, Shark Tank, MasterChef Australia, The Bachelor Australia and many, many more”, according to Network Ten’s Chief Digital Officer.

9to5Mac rounded up the best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery cases, including models from Mophie and Incipio.

MacRumors reviewed the controversial signal-boosting case from Reach79, saying that while there was evidence to suggest it improved signal strength in certain conditions, the inconsistencies will likely make the investment not worth the asking price. Who would have thought?

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