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Apple reportedly planning to combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps by 2021

February 20th, 2019
Apple reportedly planning to combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps by 2021

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A new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman suggests that Apple is serious about combining apps across the iOS and macOS App Stores. The iPhone make is reportedly planning on expanding Project Marzipan, a multistep initiative that will allow developers to create an app only once and have it work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. Apple may reveal the first steps of this program as early as June 2019 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

We first heard about Marzipan back in 2017, but this is the first hint of Apple's tentative schedule for its rollout and application. The company may debut an SDK later this year that will allow developers to port iPad apps to Mac computers. While they will still have to submit two separate apps to the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store, the SDK reportedly makes it so developers only have to write the underlying code once.

By next year, Apple plans to expand the SDK to include iPhone apps, meaning developers could port iPhone apps to Macs in the same way. By 2021, developers may be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, creating one application that works across all of those Apple devices (what the report calls a "single binary"). At this stage, developers will not have to submit multiple versions of apps to different app stores—and Apple may be able to merge its separate stores into one, all-encompassing app store.

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Apple says iPhones were down 15% last quarter, but everything else was up 19%

January 30th, 2019
Close-up image of phones prominently displayed on a wooden table in a brightly lit, streetside store.

Enlarge / iPhones are seen at an Apple Store in Tianjin, China. (credit: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Apple today shared its fiscal first-quarter revenue with shareholders. As investors feared and as previously warned, Apple posted revenue of $84.3 billion for the quarter ending in December, missing revenue expectations in the quarter by around $4 billion.

CEO Tim Cook primarily credited macroeconomic conditions in China and their impact on iPhone sales in that region for the failure to meet expectations. That said, the company reported that every part of its business besides the iPhone was up year over year, as was overall revenue in the United States and Europe. The quarter was its second best ever in terms of revenue.

Investors were waiting for the report with bated breath after the company announced earlier this year that it expected to miss its revenue target for the quarter. Apple stock has taken a considerable tumble in recent months thanks to fears about smartphone market saturation, trade tensions between the United States and China, and other unfavorable market conditions in China.

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Microsoft Office is now available in the Mac App Store

January 26th, 2019
Promotional graphics used for Office 365 in Apple's Mac App Store.

Enlarge / Promotional graphics used for Office 365 in Apple's Mac App Store. (credit: Apple)

The suite of Microsoft Office applications is now available for download directly in Apple's Mac App Store for the first time. Previously, Mac users had to download the applications from Microsoft's website.

The apps included are: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive. You can download them individually, or as part of a bundle.

Office 365 is subscription based. That means the software package is free to download, but you'll have to pay a subscription fee to get any use out of it. Users have the option of subscribing through their Apple accounts, which plays into Apple's efforts to convince app developers to use subscription models on its platforms to bolster reliable revenue.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1

December 5th, 2018
The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio.

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple simultaneously released minor software updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TV boxes today with iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1.

The focus is on bug fixes and security, so none of them introduce major new features. But iOS comes closest by expanding the haptic touch feature on iPhone XR to notification previews, making it possible to hide the sidebar in the iPad's news app while in landscape orientation, and by bringing a couple of improvements to FaceTime—namely, the ability to capture Live Photos (those brief animated pictures) from a two-person FaceTime call and a one-tap way to flip between the rear and front cameras during a call.

Just note that to take a Live Photo during a FaceTime call, the person on the other end has to have the feature enabled. The toggle is located in the FaceTime panel in the Settings app.

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While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services hit $10 billion in revenue

November 1st, 2018
One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event.

Enlarge / One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event. (credit: Apple)

Apple announced on its earnings call today that it had surpassed its revenue estimates for Q4 2018. The iPhone maker boasted $62.9 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $60-62 billion it previously estimated, as well as $14.1 billion in profit, up from $11.5 billion in the previous quarter.

"We're thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which we shipped our two billionth iOS device, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store, and achieved the strongest revenue and earnings in Apple's history,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

Apple sold 46.8 million iPhones, 9.6 million iPads, and 5.2 million Macs in the final quarter of 2018. While that represents a 14 percent increase in iPhone sales when compared to last quarter, it's about the same number of iPhones sold this time last year. However, year-over-year revenue from iPhone sales was up by 29 percent, thanks to the increase in iPhone prices.

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Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “more in the making” Brooklyn event

October 27th, 2018
One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event.

Enlarge / One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event. (credit: Apple)

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At 10am EDT (7am PDT, 2pm GMT) on Tuesday, October 30, Apple will host another live event to announce new products. We're expecting new iPad Pro models and maybe new Macs—but you never know what surprises might be in store. We'll be liveblogging the event right here, so come back for the latest news when the event begins.

The new iPad Pros are expected to adopt several design elements that should be familiar to users of the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR, like near-edge-to-edge displays and Face ID. We're also expecting Apple to introduce new features that will appeal to software developers and creative professionals, like external monitor support. There's still a lot we don't know about these devices, though, and Tuesday will be the day for filling in the blanks.

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What Apple might announce at its October 30 “special event” in Brooklyn

October 26th, 2018
The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros.

Enlarge / The 10.5-inch (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pros. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This coming Tuesday, Apple will host its second live product announcement even of the fall. While September's event focused on three new iPhone models and an updated Apple Watch, we expect this event to include updates to the iPad Pro that would add new power user features and bring the device closer in design to the company's latest iPhones. We wouldn't be surprised to see some new Macs, too.

The event will take place at the Howard Gilman Opera House and Brooklyn Academy of Music. The last event was at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, but it's not unusual for the company to branch out to new locations that fit the theme of the products being introduced. For example, the company introduced its education-targeted iPads at a school in Chicago earlier this year.

To that point, creative work seems to be the implied focus of the products coming this week. There's the venue, yes, but Apple also accompanied members of the press' invitation with the words "there's more in the making" and a series of artists' renditions of its logos in various styles, pictured here.

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