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Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

While Apple has finally settled and moved past the antitrust cases surrounding its ebooks business practices, it like a similar situation is building up against the new Apple Music subscription service. The well-known consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has published letters to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, asking them to look into Apple's attempts to "dominate the subscription music sector" in violation of antitrust laws.

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Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

Apple’s new 2015 Back to School offer: free Beats headphones with Mac purchase

While many have been left wondering what happened to Apple's annual Back to School promotion, last week retail chief Angela Ahrendts promised an update, and here it is: Those who qualify for the education pricing discount and buy an eligible Mac will get a free pair of the Beats Solo2 headphones. Unfortunately for potential iPad customers, no part of the promo applies to tablet purchases, unlike the last few years. The offer is not yet highlighted on Apple's website, but begins today, July 23rd in retail stores, and on August 6th on the online store.

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Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Today we're breaking down all the information available to us on sales of the Apple Watch in the first quarter it's been on the market. While we can pinpoint the exact in-store date and pre-order dates for the device, these dates are irrelevant. Apple and Strategy Analytics have already given us all the information we need to get a basic assessment of the number of units sold as well as a basic outline of how much revenue Apple likely makes per Apple Watch sold.

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Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

This morning USA Today compared sales of the Apple Watch to sales of Microsoft smartphones. As if they were the same sort of device. They've suggested that the Apple Watch was "beaten by Microsoft's phone." USA Today, do you know that these are different products? Do you not realize that Apple also has a smartphone, and that the Apple Watch is not a smartphone? Let's compare apples to apples instead of apples to orange here, for a moment. Let's compare smartwatches to smartwatches and phones to phones.

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Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

This afternoon we're having a peek at a few images of what the iPhone 7 might look like next year. While this year we're almost certainly set to have another "s" release with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with similar designs to last year's hardware, next year we'll have a seven, and an opportunity for revival. Industrial designer and CAD artist Ivo Maric has a few images he's shared to shed some light on to this potential retro revision, complete with flat edges.

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iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

Apple just implemented a small, but important change to its App Store policies that is likely to have app developers crying out with joy. Simply put, users with devices running pre-release versions of the iOS software, such as the recent versions of the iOS 9 beta, can no longer leave reviews for apps. This may seem harsh, or anti-consumer, but it's actually to protect developers' apps from having their reputation trashed by negative reviews based on bugs and crashes — things to expect from a beta anyway.

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Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple has detailed its financials for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015 year, and as expected there are a lot of good talking points. We’ve already dug into some of the relevant numbers, but are taking a moment to talk about the Apple Watch specifically. Apple shies away from getting too specific about it smartwatch’s sales numbers, though CEO Tim Cook did say that the quarter was a “great start for Apple Watch”.

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iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

This afternoon Apple's earnings call for their fiscal Q3 2015 suggested that sales of the iPad continue to fall. What's odd about this particular reveal is the fact that revenue is beginning to be quite obviously lower than the Mac. Where this past quarter was the first quarter in several years that iPad revenue was lower than the Mac, it was by less than a couple hundred million dollars. Now the difference is by nearly $1.5 billion. Meanwhile UNITS of the iPad continue to outsell the Mac, for what its worth.

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Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple's Q3 2015 earnings report this afternoon suggested that a revenue of $49.6 billion was lead by sales in China and the iPhone. While the Apple Watch was also on the docket, Apple did not reveal any sort of sales numbers on the device. Instead the company suggests that sales of the Apple Watch surpassed their "Other" category, which isn't saying a whole lot. This earnings report was mostly reserved for the 35 percent year over year growth in sales of the iPhone.

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NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

The NFL has offered a subscription streaming service for a while, but it has been limited in both availability and what it offers. That will be changing with NFL Game Pass, a new service that updates its previous offering to include support for additional devices like Apple TV and gaming consoles. Game Pass will, for the most part, be replacing Game Rewind, and it’ll bring on-demand streaming of past regular season games. Unfortunately, live streaming options will still be limited.

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