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Apple's 2014: By The (Ridiculously Large) Numbers By Clip Syndicate Apple had quite a fiscal 2014, introducing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, not to mention its a high-profile acquisition of Beats Electronics. It also put up some impressive financial numbers on Monday, once again beating expectations for its fourth quarter earnings that ended Sept. 28. For the 2014 fiscal year, Apple sold 169.2 million iPhones, 68 million iPads and 18.9 million Macs. Apple's shareholders must be pretty happy about its success. The company's shares are 37.3% higher in the past 12 months, easily outpacing the broader S&P 500 benchmark index, which rose by 8.9%.

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TechCrunch Tries Out Apple Pay In The Real World By Clip Syndicate Apple released iOS 8.1 today, and with it comes the ability to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. TechCrunch decided to try it out by going to two nearby businesses that already accept Apple’s NFC-powered mobile payments: Walgreens and McDonald’s. Getting the 6 Plus ready for Apple Pay took less than a minute. The Passbook app opened, tapped the “Add” button, selected the Credit/Debit Card menu item introduced in iOs 8.1, and was presented with a form to enter the selected card’s number, expiration date, and security code. There was also an option to scan the details of the card in with the camera.

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Man Says His IPhone 6 Bent And Then Caught On Fire By Clip Syndicate What happens when an iPhone bends too much? One man says his bent so much it punctured the battery and caught fire, causing second-degree burns to his leg. Entrepreneur Phillip Lechter and his family were riding in a rickshaw in Tucson, Ariz., when the vehicle hit a trolley track in the road. The impact sent him into the side of the metal rickshaw. ...Read More »
Death Of The Wallet? An Exploration Of Mobile Payments By Clip Syndicate Apple Pay -- which combines near-field communications with Touch ID biometrics and tokenization may be the tipping point that helps reluctant consumers take the mobile payment plunge. While today’s Apple Pay launch is exciting for iPhone owners, it must be reiterated that Apple is neither the first, nor the only player in the mobile payments space. ...Read More »
IOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your IPhone And IPad By Clip Syndicate Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your phone on your Mac, the return of “Camera Roll,” the public beta of iCloud Library and more.

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Apple Eyes $5 Per Month For Beats Music, Report Says By Clip Syndicate Apple's Beats Music could be substantially cheaper, if Apple gets its way. Recode is reporting that the iPhone maker is sounding out the music labels on the possibility of offering its Beats Music streaming service for $5 per month. Beats Music is currently offered at $10 per month. Sources told Recode that $60 is the same amount that heavy iTunes users pay each year to download music from Apple's marketplace. ...Read More »
Apple Reports Stellar 4th Quarter By Clip Syndicate Apple handily beat Wall Street's estimates Monday, reporting earnings per share of $1.42 and revenues of $42.12 billion for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 28. Apple also said international sales accounted for 60% of revenues for the quarter. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook said in a press release, “Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus." The company sold 39.3 million iPhones for the quarter, topping analysts' estimates of 37.8 million units. Mac sales were also higher than predicted, coming in at 5.5 million versus the expected 4.85 million.

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Apple Sold 39.3M IPhones During The IPhone 6 Launch Quarter, 12.3M IPads And 5.5M Macs By Clip Syndicate The hardware quarter saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales. iPhone growth is the most impressive stat here, and it’s easy to see why the device fared so well this quarter: this is the first partial quarter of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability, and by all accounts, including Apple’s own, this is the most successful iPhone launch of all time.

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Apple Sells Better-than-expected 39.3 Million IPhones In Sept Quarter By Clip Syndicate Apple posted better-than-expected revenue after its best new-iPhone launch on record, pushing sales of the smartphone to 39.27 million in the September quarter. Sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus began in September, helping Apple chalk up a 12.2 percent jump in revenue last quarter to $42.12 billion. That surpassed the roughly 38 million some on Wall Street had expected, and did not include sales in China, its largest market outside of the United States.

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First Impressions Of The IPad Air 2 By Clip Syndicate The public has come to expect every Apple product refresh will be thinner, lighter and have a better camera—and the iPad Air 2 that Apple unveiled on Thursday checks all those boxes. It also now includes the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor, which replaces passwords with your thumbprint.

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