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Apple Announces Q3 2014 Conference Call for July 22

Apple’s third quarter earnings report and conference call will take place on July 22nd, 2014, according to an Investor Relations update on Apple’s website first noted by setteBIT. Apple will provide a live audio webcast of the call.

Apple plans to conduct a conference call to discuss financial results of its third fiscal quarter on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET.

In the second quarter of 2014, Apple posted revenue of $45.6 billion and sold 16.4 million iPads, 43.7 million iPhones, and 4.1 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion.

For Q3 2014, Apple set its guidance at revenue between $36 billion and $38 billion, with gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. Apple didn’t release major new products since their Q2 earnings call, but updated its MacBook Air line with faster processors and announced its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for a total of $3 billion. The company also recently introduced a new entry-level iMac and upgraded its low-end iPod touch, but, more notably, held its annual WWDC in San Francisco where they announced iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and a variety of new technologies that will launch this Fall. Apple is rumored to introduce new versions of the iPhone, iPad, as well as a wearable device later this year.

In the year-ago quarter, Apple posted revenue of $35.3 billion. The company sold 14.6 million iPads, 31.2 million iPhones, and 3.8 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion.

We will provide live updates from the conference call on our site’s homepage on July 22nd starting at 2 PM PT.



Apple Releases OS X 10.9.4 with WiFi Fixes, Safari 7.0.5

Following the release of iOS 7.1.2, Apple also pushed OS X 10.9.4 to Software Update, bringing WiFi-related fixes and Safari 7.0.5 to Mavericks users.

The new version includes a fix for a bug that prevented Macs from automaticallty reconnecting to known WiFi networks and improves the reliability of wake from sleep. An issue that caused "the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup" has been fixed, and an updated version of Safari (7.0.5) is bundled with the update as well.

OS X 10.9.4 is available now from Software Update through the Mac App Store. You can find the direct download links below.


Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2

Apple released iOS 7.1.2 today, bringing a variety of bug fixes to iPhone and iPad users. The update, available over-the-air, improves iBeacon stability and connectivity (issues with the iBeacon APIs had been reported by a variety of hardware makers and app developers over the past few months), corrects a problem with the data protection class of Mail attachments (first reported in May), and includes fixes for third-party accessories.

Apple released the first major update to iOS 7, version 7.1, in March. iOS 7.1.2 is available now through Software Update on iOS and OS X (via iTunes).


Apple Announces Major Update to iTunes U App with Creation, Discussion Features for iPad

In a press release, Apple today announced version 2.0 of iTunes U for iOS, which will launch on July 8 and introduce new creation and discussion features for teachers and students on the iPad. In the update, teachers will be able to “create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time”, while students will “have everything they need to fully collaborate with their classmates and teachers”.

The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation capabilities on iPad, with the ability to directly add rich content and learning materials from iWork, iBooks Author or any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in camera on iPad, teachers can also capture photos and videos to incorporate real-world subject matter into any course, making relevant content available to all students in an instant.

Apple quoted Fraser Speirs, who rolled out the world's first 1:1 iPad program at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland, previously featured by Apple.

“iTunes U is the most powerful destination for bringing the entire educational experience to life on iPad,” said Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland. “By freeing teachers to create and organize courses right on iPad, educators can be better focused on enabling student participation both with the content and one another.”

With iTunes U 2.0, students will get a new Discussion area in the app to discuss topics with classmates, set up notifications for specific topics and replies, and interact with teachers, who will be able to act as moderators in the private forums.

iTunes U for iPad was originally launched in January 2012. Over 750,000 individual learning materials are available in the iTunes U app, and educators can create iTunes U courses in 69 countries.



Apple Airs New “Parenthood” iPhone 5s Commercial

Apple aired a new iPhone 5s commercial today, focusing on parents using iPhone apps and compatible hardware devices in their everyday lives. The ad is called "Parenthood", and it aired on the seventh anniversary of the iPhone's launch in the United States on June 30, 2007.

The new commercial follows the company's theme of "You're more powerful than you think", highlighting the capabilities of the iPhone 5s and its rich ecosystem of connected apps and accessories. While the first ad in the series put the spotlight on health and fitness-related activities, Parenthood depicts common scenarios of parenting life from early morning with a Withings baby monitor and the MyTeeth app to late evening, when the iPhone's flashlight is used to find a misplaced toy before a little girl goes to bed.

Throughout the video, Apple highlights an array of devices such as WeMo, a Tractive dog collar, a Kinsa smart thermomether, and Parrot's wireless sensor for plants. The iPhone is shown both as a portable computer to record the life and moments of a family as well as a device with apps that bring family members closer together or teach young kids to brush their teeth or draw. As Matthew Panzarino notes, the iPhone isn't a passive experience or a surrogate for a parent. Apple suggests that empowerment from apps and accessories is subtle but powerful, naturally integrated in a modern lifestyle with an interplay of hardware and software. And like its previous Strength commercial, the iPhone's portability isn't a demanding burden -- whether it's trying to exercise while pushing a stroller or snapping macro photos of shellfish with an attached lens, the iPhone's form factor allows the device to be a constant enjoyable addition to our daily lives.

At WWDC, Apple introduced HomeKit, a new set of APIs for developers of hardware accessories with dedicated apps to plug into for better integration with iOS and standardization. With Strength and Pareenthood, Apple isn't just promoting the iPhone as a phone: they're advertising a platform of experiences revolving around the iPhone, which, as the campaign implies, is a powerful message, narrated through familiar and relatable stories.

You can watch Apple's new Parenthood ad below.

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SoundCloud’s iPhone App Updated with a Stunning New Design

When we say all-new, we mean all-new. Designed and built from scratch. Easy and natural to use while you are out and about. Something that lets you hear more of what you want to hear.

So what makes the app special? It’s beautifully simple. You can control everything with your thumb. Tap anywhere to play and pause. Swipe to skip tracks. Slide along the waveform to explore a track and its artwork. Easy.

The SoundCloud team has done a fantastic job with version 3.0 of their iPhone app, it is simpler, cleaner and just stunning. I've only been using it for a short amount of time, but my favorite aspect is definitely the way they have designed the 'play' screen in the context of their "one thumb" interface notion - controls are hidden until needed and basic (but intuitive) gestures are used for skipping tracks and seeking.

However, one change to the app may disappoint some users, as SoundCloud have decided to remove the Record functionality from the app, which is now solely focused on listening. For those who still want to post music and audio to SoundCloud, they recommend an app such as AudioCopy. If you want to read more about the new SoundCloud app, you can check out the reviews posted by The Next Web and The Verge.

The new SoundCloud app is available on the App Store for free, an update to the iPad version is in the works.

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16 GB iPod Touch Now Available For $199, Comes in Colors and with a Rear-Facing Camera

Apple has today made a minor change to its iPod touch line up, updating the 16 GB iPod touch to now include a 5 megapixel rear-facing ("iSight") camera and is sold in the six vibrant colours that have previously been offered for the 32 GB and 64 GB models. The 16 GB iPod touch also receives a small price drop from US$229 to the new price of US$199.

Everything else about the device from its 4-inch Retina display, A5 chip and front-facing ("FaceTime") camera, remains identical to the previous model. One interesting tidbit is that the iPod touch loop is sold separately for the 16 GB model - yes, you'll have to pay an extra $9.00 to get one of those.

The refreshed 16 GB iPod touch is available today online and in US Apple Stores. Apple says in its press release that it will be coming to other countries in "the coming days".