Call it the calm after the storm: Now that OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and Retina iMacs have hit the streets, Apple is likely to get a little quieter leading up to the holiday season — but not before touting huge sales for the iPhone 6 during Monday's quarterly earnings announcement. Cupertino had a bit to say about Spotlight privacy yesterday as well, and our Tuesday Morning Report also looks at a couple of new software offerings for OS X as well.
Apple this afternoon released its financial report for Q4 2014 ahead of a media event elaborating on the numbers, and the numbers themselves were as big as expected in the wake of evidence of impressive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. All total, the company reported $42.1 billion in revenue (with 60 percent of it coming from international markets), which amounts to an impressive $8.5 billion in profits. What's more, that's up considerably from the $37.5 billion Apple reported last year.
If all goes well, today could mark the beginning of a bright new future for Apple. The Cupertino company today rolled out its long-awaited iOS 8.1 patch, which at last unleashes Apple Pay out into the wild for use at companies like Walgreens and McDonald's. It's a big step for both Apple and its users, so if you're nervous about jumping in blindly, be sure to check out the handy guide we've prepared.
In just a few short hours, iPhone 6 owners will be able to download iOS 8.1 and start using Apple Pay at retail stores — but before you head out to the store, there are a few limitations you should be aware of, as outlined in our Monday Morning Report. We've also got some bummer news about upgrading RAM in the new Mac mini (spoiler: you can't), and a unique solution for making eye contact while chatting on an iPad. Click ahead to read more!
The big deal of the week was of course Apple's unveiling of the new iPad Air models, but they also dropped a gorgeous big screen iMac down for us to drool over and then slipped us Yosemite Thursday. With iOS 8.1 set to drop Monday, Apple is pretty much dominating the weekend. Those stories and more of what else happened in Apple news this week.
As Tim Cook and company promised at yesterday’s Apple event, the latest products in the company’s iPad line — iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — are now available for preorder via Apple’s website. If you’re planning to get in on the ground floor with Apple’s thinnest, most powerful tablets yet, there’s no reason to wait; you can head over and place your order right now.
Last month's official launch of iCloud Drive didn't go off too well, to put it lightly, largely because of the inability of devices running Mac OS X Mavericks to sync with the newly launched iOS 8. But that's all changed with yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, reportedly, so feel free to try it out this weekend. (The catch, of course, is that you have to download Yosemite.)
Normally stories about lines outside Apple stores precede the launch of a new iPhone, but over in New York, the lines have showed no sign of abating since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus a few weeks ago. Analyst Walter Piecyk captured a shot of the line snaking around the company's famed cubed retail outlet on Fifth Avenue this morning, and it could easily be mistaken for a photo from September.
Apple treated Mac users to a same-day announcement for the release of OS X Yosemite, and will follow with iOS 8.1 (and Apple Pay) on Monday. But there were a few details Cupertino left out, including the unique Apple SIM preinstalled with new cellular iPad models, as well as iWork and iLife updates for Mac. We've got the scoop on those in today's Morning Report to close out the week, so click on and read along.
Following the updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage again to introduce the updates for the iPad. "The technology is jam packed in this incredibly thin and light package," he said, noting that the device is "everywhere" and that 225 million have been sold to date. "It's transforming the way we communicate," he added.