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Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Sales are great, but we really like to know about device use. You can sell as many devices as you like, but if nobody uses them, it’s a short-term gain. Apple is great on both ends of that spectrum, and have announced their total App Store downloads, and they’re pretty surprising. Compared to this time last year, cumulative apps sold has a nearly 50% increase. That’s pretty significant for a single year, considering the App stores have been around for years.

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iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

In releasing their quarterly earnings, Apple also made available their device sales figures. As you might have guessed, iPhone sales were up over last quarter on the heels of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. They were also up over last year, showing a solid trajectory. The rest of Apple’s product lineup did equally well as a whole, but iPad sales continue to slide. That trend may only continue in the face of the iPhone 6 Plus, which will naturally eat at iPad mini sales.

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Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

This afternoon Apple announced their latest earnings, those for their own fiscal Q4 2014, for the three months that ended on September 27th, 2014. These earnings included a cool quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion USD while with $1.42 per diluted share, Apple raked in a quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. This quarter includes the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company's "biggest iPhone launch ever," according to CEO Tim Cook. Apple also drove a record $13.3 billion in cash flow from operations in this fiscal Q4 2014 quarter.

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Apple making 64-bit support mandatory soon

Apple making 64-bit support mandatory soon

Your shiny new iPhone is about to get apps that work with it properly. Via the Apple Developer page, we find that starting early next year, all apps must have 64-bit support. Those apps must also be built with the latest Apple developer environment, and utilize the latest iOS SDK. It’s a push toward the future, but not one that should come as a surprise. Apple did the same thing with iOS 7, which was more a push for visual upgrades.

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iPhone 6 Plus buy in China might come with tailored pants

iPhone 6 Plus buy in China might come with tailored pants

Be honest, now: you went into the Apple Store to check the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus out, didn’t you? When you did, I’d venture a guess that the iPhone 6 Plus just seemed a bit too big for most of you, and that’s alright. The biggest iPhone ever won’t please a lot of users, but for those who just can’t pass up the big screen, problems persist. A big concern is whether or not it will actually fit in your pocket, but one Chinese carrier thought ahead.

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Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Now that iOS 8.1 is here, so is Apple Pay! The update, which launched about 90 minutes ago (at the time we publish this article), brings in Apple Pay. For those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll get the ability to make purchases at several point-of-sale terminals via a myriad of banks (likely yours). For those without an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Pay is still usable. To help, we’ve put together a list of apps and stores where you can use Apple Pay.

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iOS 8.1 features detailed for your iPhone 5/5s

iOS 8.1 features detailed for your iPhone 5/5s

This afternoon iOS 8.1 launched for the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s, iPad, and basically every device from the past couple of years. We know what iOS 8.1 means for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what about the iPhone you have in your hand right now? What if you DIDN’T just go out and purchase a new iPhone this generation? What features do you get from this download if you've got previous-generation hardware without NFC? No Apple Pay for you, for starters.

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You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

Just as promised, iOS 8.1 has arrived, landing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and paving the way for Apple Pay among other features. The new software, officially announced by Apple last week during the same event it debuted the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iMac with Retina 5K Display, is a free download, though if past iOS releases are anything to go by, Apple's servers are likely to be hammered first thing and installations may be sluggish.

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Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

One of the biggest reasons why Apple Pay will be super simple for you to begin using in your everyday life is the roll-out of NFC payment checkouts due to Android. What’s that, you say? Android can let me pay with my phone too? Google Wallet was initiated quite a while ago, yes - and MOST Android-based smartphones with NFC inside can use it. Apple doesn’t require there to be an Apple Pay-specific checkout device present at every store, they only require a basic NFC-reading device which many major stories already have in place.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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