Tomorrow- Apple reports Q1 results

Apple will announce its results for Q1 2015 tomorrow and there will be a number of items we will be looking out for:

1/ iPhone numbers: we expect these to be big and likely to set a record. Q1 covers the Christmas period and so sales of iPhone always hit a high watermark in this part of the year. But the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been a runaway success so we expect to see all-time records for the iPhone.

2/ Apple Watch: we are unlikely to get a launch date tomorrow- this will probably come later in March. But we will be watching out for hints from Cook as to which part of the next quarter they are looking to. 

3/ iPad: iPad sales have flattened and so it will be interesting to see what happened in the Christmas market. Did the iPad Air 2 help to boost numbers or are people waiting for the next big thing in the segment before upgrading? The iPad Air 2 was not a huge change from the first iPad Air and nor was the new iPad mini that different to the previous model. We expect relatively flat numbers and for the media to over exaggerate the "deflation of the iPad bubble."

4/ iPod numbers- watch these dwindle. It has been nearly two and a half years since Apple revised this segment and do you know anyone who bought one as a present this Christmas?? The iPod feels like Apple history.

5/ Mac figures on the rise: these have been rising at a strong and steady pace in recent years and we expect this to continue. The new MacBooks Pros and Airs along with the new retina Display iMacs mean that this should be a strong segment in Q1. 

Apple Beta of 10.10.2

Apple have released the fifth version of the 10.10.2 beta to developers, with a focus on WiFi and Mail.

We have held off giving our full recommendation to Yosemite until now due to the WiFi bug, but hopefully this next update will mean that 10.10 becomes a more stable OS. 

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Six Colors on a Stylus

Jason Snell is right in his analysis of a possible stylus for the iPad. It may appeal to some customers, but is likely to be an extra option and not something that the majority of iPad users would go for:

I admit that I have a difficult time ginning up enthusiasm for this particular tech unicorn. While I’m sure that artists and other pen-oriented niches would love an iPad that was better at accepting pen input, I’m not sure how large those niches really are.

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iPad Stylus a Sellout- Not Exactly...

Macworld UK ran an article this week discussing the possibility of a stylus with a new 12" iPad "Pro".

The article is entirely based on rumours. There is no evidence for this iPad or the stylus right now. They mention patents filed by Apple, something that is notoriously misleading as Apple file lots of these patent applications, the vast majority of which do not turn out as direct products. 

But it should be noted that if Apple ever did produce a stylus, it would be no great shock, despite the article's tag line which suggests this is a change of direction to the Jobs era. Apple regularly change their mind, or more accurately, redefine an area that it had fought against. One classic example is large screen phones. Remember the iPhone 5 adverts poking fun at large screens and pointing out how our thumb reaches from "here to here"? The iPhone 5's screen size was a "dazzling display of common sense" according to the commercial, only for Apple to launch the iPhone 6 Plus two years later [Link to advert via iSpot]

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Bid to Buy BBC3

Seems like a completely odd proposal, with no prospect of success in its current form. "BBC3" cannot be sold off. They could sell off some of the shows and possibly some of the infrastructure, but by its nature, the brand "BBC" cannot be sold to a company outside the main BBC? Right?

The end of the Road for MacUser Magazine

At one time I subscribed to both Macworld UK and MacUser, but like man I cancelled my subscription a number of years ago.  

Just seems odd to buy a printed magazine when everything is online. But still sad to see its demise, even if for sentimental reasons:

MacUser statement

Google Move into Domains

Interesting move by Google- to offer domain registration so you can use Google as your one stop shop for all things web. I can see a lot of small companies loving this, especially if Google focus on simplifying the process, and focusing in education so people don't need web experts to get up and running. 

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