I really, really, really wanted to hate the Apple Watch
Judging a book by its cover actually does work a lot of the time — but then there are some occasions when everything you thought you knew about a device ends up being wrong...
Apple just posted its earnings report for fiscal Q2 of 2015 and, as expected, the company reported yet another monster quarter. For the first three months of the calendar year, Apple posted earnings of $2.33 per share on the back of $58 billion in revenue. All in all, Apple’s March quarter was exceptionally strong; Wall Street analysts anticipated EPS of $2.14 on $55.96 billion in sales.
“The tremendous customer demand for our products and services in the March quarter drove revenue growth of 27 percent and EPS growth of 40 percent,” Apple CFO Luca Maestri said in a press release. “Cash flow from operations was also outstanding at $19.1 billion
The Apple Watch started shipping on Friday to some of the early buyers who were quick enough on the draw when preorders started, but many customers who have purchased the smartwatch still have to wait quite some time before their Watch finally ships. A new report from Slice Intelligence reveals that only 61% of Apple Watch orders placed in the U.S. will be delivered by the end of May, with as many as 38% still not having been assigned a ship date. More →
The first rule of Apple Watch: Never use it as a phone while in public without a headset. Never, ever!
The second rule of Apple Watch: Never talk on the Watch when you’re all by yourself either. Never! Well maybe sometimes. Or when you’re driving.
These are my current rules anyway, and they’re subject to change without notice. But read on to find out what it’s really like to talk on the Watch. More →
Verizon isn’t a company that we normally think of as a champion for consumers. However, it deserves a good deal of credit recently for its bold decision to start offering its FiOS customers slimmer bundles of channels that may or may not include ESPN on them. As Re/code reports, ESPN has now sued Verizon for allegedly violating its agreements to not break up its channels into smaller bundles. While ESPN may very well be in the right legally, I still can’t help but root for Verizon here. More →
Who would have thought that someone could make a hilarious movie starring a talking stuffed bear. But, alas, that’s exactly what Seth MacFarlane did with the 2012 movie Ted starring Mark Whalberg and Mila Kunis.
Building off of the success of the first film, an appropriately titled sequel called Ted 2, was put into production. The plot of the second film, naturally, centers on Ted getting married to Tami-Lynn and their efforts to adopt a baby.
With the Apple Watch, it’s never been easier to order products online. Not only does Apple’s new wearable support Apple Pay, but Amazon, not surprisingly, already released an Apple Watch app with one-click purchasing functionality that we just had a feeling would be too dangerous for its own good.
Anyone who listens to our podcast knows how unbelievably excited BGR founder Jonathan Geller has been leading up to the Apple Watch’s debut. You’ll also recall that I, on the other hand, really haven’t been excited at all on a personal level. Professionally, I’m beyond excited to see the biggest tech company on the planet branch out into an entirely new category that merges wearables with fashion. This could indeed become a massive piece of Apple’s business in the future, as practically everything in our lives becomes connected.
But personally, the Apple Watch initially didn’t pique my interest very much at all. Do I really want a device that’s going to completely replace the watch collection I love so much? Do I really want to add yet another digital device to my life? Worse yet, do I really want a device that can’t even replace any other digital device I own?
Yeah, I guess I do. More →
Is shutting off your critical thinking skills and simply buying something because it has an Apple logo on it a good idea? It’s very likely not, but that didn’t stop TheNextWeb cofounder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten from confessing that he’ll buy “ANYTHING” Apple sells him even if he doesn’t understand exactly why he’s buying it. More →
App developers have found plenty of ways to get creative with the widget support that Apple added to iOS recently. No, it’s not the same as having full-fledged home screen widgets like Android does, but iOS Notification Center widgets can still be quite useful. For example, a nifty new widget app called Uplify lets you launch apps, post to social networks or even send pre-configured messages through your favorite messaging app, all initiated right on your lock screen or from any other screen. More →
Apple on Monday released its second beta for iOS 8.4, which will be the last major release for iOS 8 until Apple unveils iOS 9 at WWDC this year. As we’ve seen before, the highlight of iOS 8.4 will be the launch of a completely new music application that will eventually serve as the basis for the music streaming service Apple is expected to unveil at WWDC. Interestingly, 9to5Mac notes that Apple has also released its first public beta for iOS 8.4 as well. More →
Over the weekend, Activision released the first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the next installment of the bestselling FPS on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 3 will be Treyarch’s first current-gen entry into the Call of Duty series, but it appears that the team has been heavily influenced by the futuristic setting of 2014’s Advanced Warfare.
Not that it matters very much how each company chooses to name its products, whether they’re smartphones, tablets, cars or tacos, but there actually is a legitimate reason that flagship Android smartphones from Samsung are named Galaxy “S.” Taking a walk down memory lane, Phone Arena has rediscovered what it is – and no, the “S” doesn’t stand for Samsung. More →