This week was all about Apple's Q1 2015 earnings call which was made CEO Tim Cook on January 27, 2015. Here's what we learned:
From the press release:
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple also announced that it sold 74.4 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs and that iTunes brought in $4.7 billion. iPad sales were down 18% while iPhone and Mac sales reached an all-time record high, according to Cook.
“We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal.”
iPad users and strategy fans will want to keep an eye out for The Ember Conflict which just soft launched in Canada, New Zealand and several other territories outside the US. The game is a multiplayer fantasy title that allows players to command small 3 man armies in quick 5 minute battles. Each player also has 3 reserve units that they can deploy during a battle allowing gameplay to escalate into 6-on-6 death matches. The Ember Conflict is expected to launch worldwide in April.
Here are this week's most noteworthy iPad app releases for 01/25/15 to 01/31/15. Apple's Free App of the Week is ProCam 2. The photo editor will be free on the Apple App Store until 02/05/15. Also don't forget to check out our App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.
Ubisoft has released Heroes of Might & Magic III to the iPad after securing the rights to the franchise in 2002. The turn-based strategy game allows players to recruit and control an army of fantasy creatures. The game also features RPG elements where players can earn experience and use artifacts or spells to help their army gain an advantage in battle.
The third installment of the game follows Queen Catherine, who sets out to re-conquer the kingdom of Erathia after the disappearance of King Roland Ironfist and the assassination of her father King Gryphonheart. The iPad version of the game includes seven campaigns, 50 skirmish maps and multiplayer mode.
As expected iPad sales continue to slump as larger smartphones and laptops put the squeeze on the tablet market. That's why the iPad may have been left out of Apple's press release announcing the company's Q1 2015 earnings.
Apple attributed its $74.6 billion in revenue to "all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store," but failed to mention the iPad. The iPad wasn't a slouch in any sense, selling 21.4 million units, which was 18% less sold than the same period last year. Tim Cook did acknowledge on Tuesday during an investor conference call that the switch to larger iPhone displays may be eating up iPad sales.
"There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other."
Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that the Apple Watch is on schedule to begin shipping in April, not March like previous rumors have suggested. The announcement came during the company's Q1 2015 earnings call. Cook did not give a specific date for the watch's release, or shed more light on pricing.
Apple announced its new wearable device on September 9, 2014 during its iPhone 6 keynote at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. The watch will be available in two sizes and 34 models spread out through three collections, starting at $349 for the most basic model. It will support Apple Pay, iMessage, SMS Texts and Apple's Health app when it is paired with an iPhone. The Apple Watch will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Card battling games seemed to be plentiful at PAX South, which just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas this weekend. Carter Dotson of Touch Arcade got an early preview of a few titles starting with Nova Blitz. The game is being described as a "hyper-caffeinated Hearthstone " because it is a real-time strategy title where you only have seconds to draw and play your cards. It is currently in development with plans to release it on multi-platforms. You can download a PC demo of Nova Blitz from the official website and watch the hands-on video below.
A different type of card game previewed at PAX was Guild of Dungeoneering. The card-based dungeon-crawler was likened to the board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. In the game, players must use dungeon floor cards to build out a path for the protagonist to follow. Enemies are also fought using a different set of cards in 5 round battles. The game seems like one of the more interesting titles announced at PAX, even with the somewhat confusing description.
Arcane Wonders has released a companion app for its fantasy board game Mage Wars. The app allows players to easily keep track of statistics such as mana, channeling, health, damage, and initiative on their iPad. It also offers a full spellbook builder and a card database so you can prepare for your next battle on the go.
Mage Wars is role playing card game where players can play as one of four mage types and battle other mages to the death. The four different mage classes include: Beastmaster, Warlock, Wizard and Priestess. Each player uses his or her own book of magic to summon creatures and cast spells to defeat their opponents. The game uses an arena game board, dice, a spellbook, and miniatures to separate itself from other collectible card games.
Game of Thrones fans will be happy to know that the second episode of Telltale's mobile game series has received a release date. The episode titled "The Lost Lords" will be available as an in-app purchase on February 5th. You can hit the link above to watch the teaser trailer.
Mojang held an hour long Q&A talking about the latest update coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition. You can watch the YouTube video here or just check out this breakdown of all the important information.
Ironhide released an update for Kingdom Rush, showing once again why they're one of the best indie developers out there. The update adds the Castle Blackburn campaign from Frontiers to the original Kingdom Rush title. Ironhide also hinted that the third game in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, will receive its next update in February.
Telltale Games has released a teaser trailer for the second episode to its Game of Thrones series for mobile devices. The video posted to YouTube gives a brief glimpse of what players can expect from the second installment of the game titled "The Lost Lords".
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series is an episodic interactive game that takes place in the popular Game of Thrones Universe. The game follows the House Forrester, a noble family loyal to the Starks of Winterfell, who have been caught up in the War of the Five Kings. The game allows players to explore popular Game of Thrones locations, such as King’s Landing and The Wall, and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show.
Normally you need a cable subscription to stream live TV on your tablet or desktop, but NBC Universal announced on Tuesday that it will allow everyone to watch the Super Bowl festivities on February 1st. “Super Stream Sunday” will be available to anyone with the NBC Sports Live Extra app or users can live stream the event at NBCSports.com/liveextra using their computer. The 11 hours of continuous content will include everything from the actual game, to the Katy Perry half time show, and even a post-game presentation of The Blacklist. Here's a blurb and fine print from the official press release:
The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.