Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 261

Show 261 – Nov 7, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth, Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Hope your feeling better Zarn!

Story 1

Apple release 4th Quarter Earnings

Revenue Up 20 Percent

EPS (earnings/share) Up 41 Percent

BOTH Sept Qtr Records

Services Revenue of $10 Billion Reaches New All-Time High

“We concluded a record year with our best September quarter ever, growing double digits in every geographic segment. We set September quarter revenue records for iPhone and Wearables and all-time quarterly records for Services and Mac,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated $19.5 billion in operating cash flow and returned over $23 billion to shareholders in dividends and share repurchases in the September quarter, bringing total capital returned in fiscal 2018 to almost $90 billion.” 

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2019 first quarter:

  • revenue between $89 billion and $93 billion
  • gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent
  • operating expenses between $8.7 billion and $8.8 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $300 million
  • tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

For us the biggest news is that Apple will no longer declare how many units it sold of, say, iPhones or Macs.  Only the Revenue figures.

Apple were the only company that was doing that, but no more!

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Story 2

Apple Price Hikes

An interesting point that I had over looked was made aware to me today.  Revenue growth, which is what shareholders / buyers want can now only be achieved by higher prices.  Apple have accepted that they have reached a market share that they don’t expect to grow hugely, so more margin is needed.

Secondly, making it worse in Australia is the AU$ exchange rate – on the day products are released!


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Discussions about other audio podcast

Discussions about Old Time Radio, Superman and Batman shows

Discussions about a Netflix show


October Event – iPads

Lets talk iPad

Portable ?? Powerfull

over 400 Million iPads sold

More iPads last year sold

most popular computer in the World

NEW iPad Pro


squared up edges – iPhone 4ish

new pencil

John Ternus – VP Hardware Eng

LCD edge to edge top to bottom

Liquid Retina Display

10.5” now 11” display same foot print

12.9” now 8.5 x 11 paper

5.9mm thin

12.9 25% less volume

Face ID

Always right side up

No Home Button

A12X Bionic

10B Trans +

8 core CPU – up 35%

7 core GPU – 2 x speed

Multi core work loads 90% faster

All day battery life

5T operations per second – neural engine

new fast storage controller

up to 1Tb storage


new capabilities

chargeout to iPhone from USB-C

Apple Pencil – 

magnetical connects

charges wirelessly

tap twice to switch modes

Smart Keyboard Folio

2 screen angles

Shaan Pruden – Snr Dir World Wide Dev Marketing

talks apps

Autodesk coming to iPad

Assassins Creed coming to iPad

120 frames / second

2K games demo

NBA 2K mobile

awesome quality

Adobe Demo

showing Photoshop and Project Arrow (ar design tool)

on the new iPad

Back to John


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12.9” AU$1529





2nd Gen Pencil

AU$199 (Old Pencil AU$145)

3rd Gen Keyboard 

11” AU$269

12.9” AU$299

18W Charger

orders today

available next week

back to Tim Cook

ios12 first month more systems than any other

60% already running iOS12

Today 12.1 dual sim support, new FaceTime

Ends with Musical Performance


Lana De Rey

Surprising to me ~ No mention of the artwork on the invite


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October Event – the rest

Tim Cook

Hear today to talk about our most creative products

Starting with the Mac

Video ~ Behind the Mac

Half of Mac buyers world wide, new to Mac

China 76%

100 Million Macs – major milestone

Mojave – why its so good

Especial love one Mac in particular, the MacBook Air

Its time for a NEW MacBook Air.

Retina Display

Laura Legros Sen Dir Hardware Eng

13.3” display

4 x resolution = 4 million pixels

48% more colour

Touch ID

T2 Security Chip

Butterfly Keyboard ???

Forcetouch Trackpad

Audio – 25%, 2 x Bass, wide stereo 3 Mic array

2 x Thunderbolt 3

CPU Intel i5 dual core

up to 16Gb

up to 1.5TB

12 web browsing

13 hours iTunes movie watching

17% less volume 

15.6mm – 10% thinner

2.75 pounds

Of course enviro friendly

100% recycled Aluminium – Long Cheer

Video about the alloy

3 colours – 

starts 8GB / 1.6 DC i5 / 128GB


starts 8GB / 1.6 DC i5 / 256GB


order today – available next week

Back to Tim Cook

There another small BUT mighty Mac users waiting for!

Here it comes

Video – Mac mini

Tom Boger Mac product marketing – great interview on Rene Ritchie podcast Vector.

Tom Boger agreed to get his first Mac when still at school, painted every room in his parents home over the holiday break!

He the went on to be an Apple ambassador at his college!!

He then went to work at Apple, and has been there ever since!!!

Space Grey

Beast on the inside

starts 4 cores, also 6 cores – NOT MOBILE

60% GPU

5 x times faster

now up to 64GB Memory

Storage – all SSD – up to 2TB

T2 security chip

HEVC video faster

new thermal – double airflow


ether unto 10GB


4 x USB – C

2 x USB – A

from AU$1249

upgrade to i7

order today available next week

100% recycled Alu

Recycled plastic foot

Back to Tim Cook

About Apple Stores

Today at Apple Sessions – another BIG cheer

Angela – no last name needed

another BIG cheer

at all 505 stores

now hosting 18,000 sessions a week

announces 60 newly designed sessions

3000 Apple creatives at Stores

Back to Tim Cook

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Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

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