Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 223

Show 223 – February 5, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael & Zarn

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Our Aussie Apple Rambling

Story 1

Revenue and Earnings Per Share Hit New All-Time Records

Active Installed Base of Devices Reaches 1.3 Billion in January


US$88.3 Billion, up 13%

Earnings Per Share:

US$3.89, up 16%

International Sales:

65% of Quarters Revenue, all time record

“We’re thrilled to report the biggest quarter in Apple’s history, with broad-based growth that included the highest revenue ever from a new iPhone lineup. iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also achieved a significant milestone with our active installed base of devices reaching 1.3 billion in January. That’s an increase of 30 percent in just two years, which is a testament to the popularity of our products and the loyalty and satisfaction of our customers.”


Story 2

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77.3 Million


13.2 Million


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Story 3

Apple becomes Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, helps increase support for girls’ education

‘We believe that education is a great equalising force, and we share Malala Fund’s commitment to give every girl an opportunity to go to school” — Tim Cook

The Malala Fund is an advocacy group that champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, and quality education. Apple is becoming the fund’s first laureate partner to help significantly expand education and advocacy efforts.

From Apple:

With Apple’s support, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded by its Gulmakai Network and extend funding programs to India and Latin America with the initial goal of extending secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls.


Story 4

Apple Did Not Consider How Battery Replacement Program Would Impact iPhone Upgrade Rates

During today’s earnings call covering the first quarter of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether investors should be concerned about slowing upgrade rates due to Apple’s battery replacement program and the fact that consumers may opt to replace their batteries instead of purchasing a new iPhone.

In response, Cook said that he couldn’t answer because it wasn’t something that Apple took into account. Apple “did not consider, in any way, shape, or form, what it would do to upgrade rates,” said Cook.

We did it because we thought it was the right thing to do for our customers. I don’t know what effect it will have for our investors. It was not in our thought process of deciding to do what we’ve done.

In the same answer, Cook said the iPhone has fantastic reliability, and that the previously-owned market is continually expanding, with customers handing down older iPhones and using trade-ins to get new devices. Cook said he believes customers handing their devices down is a positive, because “the more people on iPhone, the better.”


Story 5

Nintendo officially announces new Mario Kart game coming to iOS


Mario Kart is under development. While specifics remain unclear, the company says the game will be released sometime in the next 13 months.

The news of a Mario Kart game for iOS comes following Nintendo’s previous releases of Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing. For years avid Mario Kart fans have wondered why Nintendo was so reluctant to bring Mario Kart to smartphones, but that is seemingly no longer the case.

Nintendo is staying quiet regarding details for Mario Kart for smartphones. The game will be called Mario Kart Tour, with a release coming in sometime before March 2019. More specific release information is unclear at this point, unfortunately.

Nintendo says the game is “now in development” but doesn’t specify how far along that development is. The company made the announcement on Twitter.


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Story 6

Steve Wozniak explains one big problem he has with the iPhone X


After initially holding out on picking up an iPhone X, Steve Wozniak said last month that Tim Cook sent him one. While he hasn’t shared much about his thoughts on the flagship iPhone to date, last week he described some of his biggest frustrations with the iPhone X in a talk at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm.

Wozniak didn’t share strong feelings when he announced that he wouldn’t be picking on an iPhone X right away, but rather that he was satisfied with his iPhone 8.

I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me.

After Cook sent Wozniak a X, he shared a reserved endorsement, saying “I kinda liked it.”

However, his latest thoughts on the iPhone X share criticism of the device. As reported by Business Insider, during his talk last week at the Nordic Business Forum, he brought up something that makes him mad which  is “when computers and machinery tricks you,’ and he used the iPhone X as an example.

The power button on the side does different things if you click it quickly, or if you click it twice, and a different thing if you click it a third time.

He went on to explain that “I like things to be as simple and understandable and direct.” As Business Insider notes, he thinks these iPhone X issues go against Apple’s vision of creating intuitive and simple devices.

He also brought up the different actions when you press the Side button with other buttons.

And if you push it with the volume button it does another thing. And if you push and hold the volume button it does another thing. Just, ugh!

It took me a few months to adjust to the new button combinations, particularly making sure to avoid holding down one of the volume buttons and the Side button for accidental 911 calls.



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