• Thursday Morning News


    Apple has announced their second quarter financial results. The company posted revenue of $45.6 billion, with profits of $10.2 billion, both figures up against the numbers from the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and just over four million Macs. While the Mac numbers have been more or less the same for the past few quarters, the iPhone continues to be one of Apple's strongest sellers, proving that Apple is still a phone company.

    A post on 9to5Mac has a handful of interesting statistics from the earnings call. Apple currently has $150 billion in cash, iPads dominate the US education tablet market (and ordinary consumers are very happy with them too), and iPads generate four times the web traffic of all Android devices combined. Apple are also planning to return some capital to investors.

    Code revealed in the iOS 7.1 release hints at a possible Siri release on the Apple TV. Considering the rumours surrounding motion controls for the Apple TV (which sold some 20 million units in Q2), this new rumour regarding Siri looks and sounds an awful like the motion and voice controls of the Xbox One console.

    A former employee on Apple's security team has spoken out about how the company left users exposed to serious threats for weeks. A number of critical vulnerabilities were patched yesterday with the release of iOS 7.1.1, but those same vulnerabilites (already known to the hacker community) were fixed on the Mac weeks ago. The former employee says Apple needs to step up their game when it comes to security releases like this, and not release fixes on a per-platform basis.

    Speaking of iOS 7.1.1, it now includes labels for both paid and free apps that offer in-app purchases. MacRumors reports it's part of Apple's commitment to better inform users about the in-app purchases offered by apps, in an effort to prevent users from racking up large bills.

    David Smith has a few ideas on improving the App Store, and when I say a few, I really mean he's written an in-depth, five-part series of blog posts on the matter. It's not all criticism, either Smith says there's a lot of things Apple are doing right (and should keep doing), but particularly in regards to areas like search and app discovery, a number of small tweaks here and there would go a long way towards a better App Store.

    Over at the redesigned MacStories, Federico Viticci has a number of wishes for iOS 8. His list is long and extensive, so you might want to consider saving it to your read-later service of choice. Or jump straight in and binge, whatever suits you.

    Apple has released a firmware update for the 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule which fixes issues with the SSL/TLS implementation. If those acronyms sound familiar it's because, yes, Apple has patched Heartbleed in those products.

    If you're wondering where all the new Apple products are in 2014, here's your answer. On today's earnings call Apple CEO Tim Cook said it "means more to us to get it right than to be first", which sums up the company philosophy pretty nicely. It's exactly the same message Apple's "Intention" video from June last year conveyed.

    Apple's latest TV ad has a great backing track from the Pixies against a typical Apple montage of people doing cool stuff with their iPhone 5S devices, with the tagline "you're more powerful than you think" showing at the end. Apple has also launched a mini-site featuring the apps from the ad.
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