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Wed, Jul 22, 2015The Watch-Unknown Edition

Apple’s Q3 2015: iPhones And Macs Up, iPads Down, Apple Watch Unknown, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Apple broke quarterly records with $10.7 billion in profit and $49.6 billion in revenue, compared to $7.7 billion in profit and $37.4 billion in revenue in Q3 of 2014. Its gross margin was 39.7 percent. These results easily beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $46 billion and $48 billion and profit margins between 38.5 and 39.5 percent.

Macs Up, iPads Down, As Apple Bucks The Death Of The PC, by Davey Alba, Wired

Apple Plans To Increase Watch's Retail Availability In Anticipation Of Major Holiday Demand, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Speaking during the company's third quarter results call, Cook said that Apple is preparing to expand channel availability, hinting at an increase in points of sale and/or inventory.

"We're convinced that the Watch is going to be one of the top gifts of the holiday season," Cook said.

‘It’s Tim’: What Apple’s CEO Told Analysts, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Every quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to financial analysts for a little while after the company’s earnings are announced. This quarter was no different. Presented here, a transcript of everything Cook said on the call.

We've Sold Lots Of 'Others'

There should be a unit of sales for products whose sales you're bragging about but not disclosing. Let's call it a Kindle.

— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) July 21, 2015


How To Use Your Mac To Maximize Your Concert Experience, by Lesa Snider, Macworld

With all the effort and expense it takes to attend a concert, a smart person makes the most of it—starting far before the concert happens and extending well after the final encore. In this column, you’ll learn how to use your Mac to milk every last drop of enjoyment from your concert experiences.

Apple, IBM Unveil Another 10 Enterprise Apps, by MacNN

These Boston Friends Just Made Tinder For Food, by Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston Globe

“As a twenty-something, we are all constantly combating the impulse to just eat-out or pick something up,” Homan told “But Tender gets you psyched about the prospect of making food, and it makes it easy to do so.”

The app provides users not just with an endless scroll of the Internet’s food porn, but also their corresponding recipes.

Tip: Removing Previous Versions Of Files, by Dan Moren, Six Colors


App Store Reviews No Longer Allowed In Prerelease iOS Versions, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Testers running Apple's fourth iOS 9 beta, currently for developers only, are able to access the iOS App Store as usual, but no longer have the ability to post reviews. Attempting to do so now results in an error pop-up that reads, "This feature isn't available. You can't write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS."

Sounds Great!

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— Oscar Godson (@oscargodson) July 21, 2015


Tim Cook Personally Expedited This Guy’s Apple Order, by Susie Poppick, Time

Five hours later, Charles got a call from an Apple rep claiming that Tim Cook personally asked her to call about his photo order—and bumped his order delivery date up to Wednesday, July 22.

How The Apple Store Took Over The World, by Ana Swanson, Washington Post

What was the secret to Apple’s success? As the map above suggests, part of the recipe was Apple's tendency to try things out over and over again and let its ideas evolve in a better direction -- like it has also done with its products.

Apple Music, Beats 1, iTunes And App Store Experiencing Issues During VMA Nominee Announcements, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

FTC Investigation Into Apple Heats Up, Music Streaming Services Hit With Subpoenas, by Micah Singleton, The Verge

The FTC has launched an investigation into Apple’s dealings with competing music streaming services in its App Store, according to multiple sources. The investigation is targeting Apple’s 30 percent fee charged to subscription services who sign up new users through the App Store.

Inside Spotify’s Hunt For The Perfect Playlist, by David Pierce, Wired

If you use Spotify, it knows what you like and what you don’t like. It knows you like alt-rock, that you love the country songs you claim you hate, and that for all the game you talk, you never listen to that deep-cut Dylan record.

To prove it, Spotify is introducing a new feature today called Discover Weekly. It’s a completely personalized playlist (updated, you know, weekly) full of songs Spotify is pretty sure you’re going to want to hear. Some hits, some new stuff, that Foreigner song you’ve never been able to get out of your head. My first 29-song list has a little more girl-pop than I might have picked—but I’m digging it.

Cell Phones: The Indicator And Key In Treating Depression?, by Greg Watry, R&D Magazine

A new study from Northwestern Univ. proposes cell phones may be great monitors for depression, and researchers are in the midst of exploring how mobile apps can be used to treat the mood disorder.

Parting Words

This confuses me on an almost daily basis.

— Steven Frank (@stevenf) July 21, 2015

Thanks for reading.