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Low-cost iPad boosts tablet shipments

iPad Sales

It's no secret that overall tablet sales have been on a steady decline, and even the mighty iPad hasn't been immune to the slump. The iPad over the past few years has been designated to a mere footnote in Apple's quarterly reports, until this week when the iPhone-maker reported a 15% year-on-year increase in tablet sales.

Apple on Tuesday reported accelerating growth in its latest quarter results, including a 7 percent year-over-year increase in revenue at $45.4b. This resulted in $8.72 profit for the quarter from 41m iPhones, 11.4m iPads, and 4.29m Macs sold. Apple only moved 9.9 million iPads in the same quarter last year.

How to show your support for Apple in battle over encryption with the FBI

SaveSecurity.org

The nonprofit group, Fight for the Future, is looking for support in its campaign to save security. The group plans to hold a rally outside the San Bernardino Courthouse where Apple will take on the FBI over iPhone security on March 22nd. Pro-encryption advocates can leave a message of support for Apple on SaveSecurity.org. The messages will then be displayed outside the courthouse on the day of Apple's hearing.

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Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings: iPad sales continue to tumble

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple on Tuesday released its official Q1 2016 earnings report which ended on December 26, 2015. The company announced a "record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion." That's a large increase from the previous quarter when Apple posted $51.5 billion in revenue and $11.1 billion in profit. Apple also announced that it sold 74.8m iPhones, 16.1m iPads and 5.3m Macs over the holidays. Individual Apple Watch sales were once again not announced due to "competitive reasons."

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Apple confirms September 9th media event and live stream

Hey Siri, give us a hint

Apple today has sent on invitations to select members of the press for a special media event to be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The press conference will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. Apple is expected to announced the iPhone 6s, and possibly its next-generation Apple TV or iPad mini 4.

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Apple reports 'record revenue' but declining iPad sales in Q3 2015 earnings report

Apple Q3 2015

Apple today posted its third quarter earnings report for 2015. Once again iPad sales have taken a tumble with Apple moving 10.9 million units for its fiscal 2015 third quarter which ended on June 27, 2015. The number of iPad shipments is down from the 13.2 million units Apple sold in the same quarter of 2014. The iPhone-maker also announced another " all-time record revenue" of $49.6 billion, with a quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion. The press release attributes the record revenue to successful iPhone and Mac sales, plus a "successful launch of Apple Watch".

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Tablet Sales Declining Due to Longer Device Lifecycles

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad may see its first year of decline as "worldwide tablet growth is expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014," according to the market research company IDC. Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, said iPad sales are decreasing due to the longer lifecycle of tablets. This means tablet owners tend to upgrade to newer models less than they do with smartphones.

IDC 2014 tablet report

"What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years," said Reith.

Reith believes Apple's support of older devices is what is driving people to hang on to their tablets longer than expected. For example, an Apple product such as the iPad 2 normally has three years before it stops supporting the newest iOS release, and the device still has plenty of life even after it is discontinued.

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Top Apple (AAPL) and iOS Stories the Week: iPad 2, Apple Watch and iPhone 4s Get Some Love

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The update improved stability and performance for both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2, and patched the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8 devices. Apple also released its WatchKit SDK and first beta for iOS 8.2 to developers on Tuesday. According to the release notes, iOS 8.2 along with WatchKit allows developers to create apps for the Apple Watch, which is launching next year.

Apple Watch

Apple dealt a blow to Freemium games by replacing the "Free" download button with a "Get" button on the App Store. The move is to help identify apps that claim to be free but include in-app purchases. It was also a big week for sequels on the App Store. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Earn to Die 2 and the prequel Kingdom Rush Origins were all released this week and blew up the Top Paid App Charts.

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Top Apple (AAPL) and iOS News of the Week: Pangu Mac Version Released, Black Friday and More

After a bumpy start, the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak is now secure and Team Pangu released the final, or close to final, version for both Mac and Windows last Sunday. iPhone and iPad users can now jailbreak any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1. It was also revealed that iOS 8.1.1 contains a patch that will break Pangu, so anyone considering jailbreaking should upgrade to iOS 8.1 before the next update is released. You can learn how to jailbreak your iPad or iPhone using Mac OS X here or using Windows here.

Target Black Friday 2014

A new jailbreak also means developers are releasing new tweaks that take advantage of the features found in iOS 8. You can find a list of the latest noteworthy iOS 8 supported tweaks and JB apps in our weekly App Store and Cydia recap every Saturday.

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