The Modest-Growth Edition Wednesday, May 3, 2017

iPhone Holds Steady While Macs And Services Keep Apple Growing In Q2 2017, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

So far, Apple is back to modest growth in 2017—iPhone unit sales are down just a little and iPad sales continue their precipitous slide, but iPhone revenue is actually up and the Mac, the Services division, and the Other Products divisions all posted solid growth.

Cook Suggests Apple Watch + Headphones Now At Least A $5b Per Year Business, by Ina Fried, Axios

On a conference call with analysts, CEO Tim Cook said that if the Apple Watch, along with Beats and AirPods headphones, were a stand-alone business, they would have revenue roughly equal to that of a Fortune 500 company.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Attributes A 'Pause' In iPhone Purchases To 2017 iPhone Rumors, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

During today's second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was seeing a "pause" in purchases of the iPhone, which he attributed to "earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones."

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Demand Was Stronger Towards iPhone 7 Plus Than We Expected', by Juli Clover, MacRumors

"One of the things we didn't get right was the mix between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus," said Cook. "Demand was much stronger towards the iPhone 7 Plus than we expected." Apple's misestimation of the popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus led to some shortages of the bigger-screened device during the December quarter.

Why Apple’s Services Business Is So Valuable, by Rani Molla, Recode

When Apple reported its second-quarter results yesterday, one of the first things it touted was the “strong momentum” of its Services business, which includes iTunes and Apple Music, the App Store, iCloud, Apple Pay and more.

While the company’s results are still mostly driven by the iPhone, it’s increasingly trying to portray Services as a growth narrative of its own.


Apple CEO Tim Cook: Why We’re Withholding Royalties Owed To Qualcomm, by Daniel Howley, Yahoo

“You can’t pay something when there is a dispute about the amount,” Cook said during Apple’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday.

Apple has an ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm (QCOM) that heated up last week. That’s when reports emerged that Apple had decided to withhold royalty payments to contract manufacturers that, in turn, pay money to Qualcomm. The move spurred Qualcomm to slash its profit and revenue forecasts.

Q2 2017 Call Transcript: Apple's Answers To Analyst's Questions, by Jason Snell, Six Colors


Updating Stored Credit Card Information For The App Store, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

How do I change the billing information for iPad app purchases?

Friday Labs Unveils New Minimalist & Easy-to-install Smart Lock W/ HomeKit Support, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The design of Friday Lock makes it the “world’s smallest and most stylish” smart lock, as well as easy to install. The smart lock is made to fit over the previous lock’s footprint, meaning that only a single color-coded plate is required to make the smart lock appear natural.


Virtual-reality Worlds Filled With Penguins And Otters Are A Promising Alternative To Painkillers, by Jo Marchant, Quartz

Over the last few decades, US doctors have tackled constant pain problems by prescribing ever-higher levels of opioid painkillers—drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, which belong to the same chemical family as morphine and heroin. These medications have turned out to be less effective for treating chronic pain than thought – and far more addictive. The surge in prescriptions has fed spiraling levels of opioid abuse and tens of thousands of overdose deaths.

Efforts to curb opioid prescriptions and abuse are starting to work. But with the spectacular failure of a drug-centric approach to treating chronic pain, doctors desperately need alternative ways to fight a condition that blights millions of lives. Jones is trying one, seemingly unlikely technological solution: virtual reality.

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Today, I learnt that Pizza Salad is a thing. I like a good pizza. And I like a good salad. Therefore, I think I will like this.

Or will I? (I like pizzas. I like tom yum chicken. But I did tasted a tom yum chicken pizza before...)


There are two food that I enjoy no matter how they are cooked. Eggs. And potato.


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