7 biggest revelations from Apple’s historic earnings call

Tim Cook has a lot to be happy about. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook has a lot to be happy about. Photo: Apple

Apple wrapped up its earnings call this afternoon by announcing an unprecedented 74 million iPhone sales to go along with its $76.4 billion in revenue that broke the record for the most money made by a corporation in history.

While breaking down the Q1 2015 numbers, Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri also gave us some juicy details about what’s in store for 2015 by hinting at new products in the pipeline, as well as subtly dropping the Apple Watch’s release date.

We’ve combed through the numbers and the conference call and found seven huge new revelations every Apple fan needs to know:

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Apple Watch launch set for April, Tim Cook reveals

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Apple Watch will ship in April, according to Tim Cook. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

During today’s historic Apple earnings call, Tim Cook dropped a subtle bomb on Apple fans by revealing that the Apple Watch is slated to launch in April.

“I’m using it every day and I love it and I can’t live without it,” Cook said.

While he didn’t give a specific release date for the wearable, it’s the first time Apple’s narrowed down the launch beyond “early 2015.” Cook said Apple considers “early” to be sometime within the first four months of the year, so the Apple Watch is right on target.

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Apple shatters records with $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in profit for Q1 2015

Apple shattered records again this quarter. Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC

Apple shattered records again this quarter. Photo: Pierre Marcel/Flickr CC

The numbers are finally in for Apple’s Q1 2015 financial quarter, and just as predicted, Apple blew away its own projections with a record-breaking $74.6 billion in revenue, leading to $18 billion in net profits. Both profit and revenue topped Apple’s previous records set in Q1 2014.

Apple’s record-breaking quarter was aided in large part by unprecedented demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Total iPhone sales hit an astounding 74.5 million, while only 65 million was expected. The iPad experienced decent holiday sales, with 21.4 million sold, and Mac sales didn’t disappoint either. With 5.5 million sold, it’s no wonder Tim Cook called the quarter “simply phenomenal.”

Despite the better-than-expected performance, AAPL shares were down 3.51 percent to $109.53 per share by close of market today. Take a look at the impressive numbers in Apple’s announcement below:

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See geezers recoil in horror at Grand Theft Auto V’s ultraviolence

They're gonna cancel my insurance! Photo: React/YouTube

They’re gonna cancel my insurance! Photo: React/YouTube

The Grand Theft Auto series is known for its violence; you’re usually cast as a thug or criminal of some sort, and set loose on a rampage across an open world landscape, able to steal cars, beat up civilians, and even gun down the cops.

Watch as these older folks do just that in Grand Theft Auto V, reacting to the crazy violence with fear, loathing, and a little bit of evil joy.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with Wi-Fi and Spotlight fixes

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Along with this morning’s iOS 8.1.3 update, Apple also has some new goodies for Mac users with the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2.

The update fixes a problem that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect. The latest version also includes a number of bug fixes for Spotlight, Bluetooth headphones, iCloud Drive and VoiceOver, while also improving stability and security in Safari.

The update is available now in the Mac App Store. Here’s a full list of the changes:

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Apple reduces amount of free storage needed for updates with iOS 8.1.3

iOS 8.1.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update fixes a number of issues with FaceTime, Spotlight and iMessages, but the biggest addition is the giant reduction in free space you’ll need to install future updates.

iOS 8.1.3, released this morning, is available now as an over-the-air update in the Settings app of iOS or via direct download in iTunes. The new software increases stability and performance in addition to squashing a number of bugs.

Check out all the changes in the iOS 8 update below:

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Liveblog: Will Apple’s earnings call blow Wall Street’s mind?

Apple earnings call. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s earnings from last quarter will be historic. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are getting ready to announce Apple’s biggest earnings ever to investors this afternoon, and we’ll be on hand to liveblog all the action.

The results are expected to be historic, thanks to unprecedented demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in not only the US, but also China. Wall Street expects Apple to blow past its projected revenue of $63.5 billion to $66.5 billion and hit somewhere closer to an all-time high of $68 billion.

Analysts expect iPhone 6 sales to have topped more than 66 million, but Apple expert Ben Bajarin is predicting any number lower than 70 million would be a result of supply chain limitations, not demand. Mac sales are also expected to be strong, while the iPad remains the only wild card.

The call begins at 2 p.m. Pacific, but the liveblog action starts now. Keep this tab open and come back throughout the day for coverage of Apple’s biggest quarter ever.

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Indie productivity app Alfred refuses to let Apple steal its thunder

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A new companion app called Alfred Remote makes it easy to control your Mac from an iOS device. Photo: Alfred

Well, there goes Alfred.

That’s the first thought I had when I saw the new Spotlight in OS X Yosemite. I feared Apple had basically made my favorite little app launcher obsolete (we nerds call it “sherlocked”).

I was wrong.

It’s six months later, and Alfred is doing just fine, thanks largely to a vibrant community built around its power features, or workflows. Spotlight may be able to quickly launch an app from anywhere, but Alfred can tell the weather, eject attached hard drives, and control your Nest thermostat.

And now, after five years on the Mac, Alfred is making the leap to iOS with a new companion app called Alfred Remote. Released today, it’s not going to be useful for most people, but serious Alfred users will love it. If anything, it’s evidence that you can still build a great app and community around core features offered by Apple.

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Everyone has computer or mobile device data. That data can contain precious information that, if lost, could be disastrous for the owner of that data.

Don’t take the risk associated with the loss of important computer data. Get the IDrive 1TB Hard Drive & 10TB Cloud Backup Bundle, sale priced at 79% off for a limited time at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Mysterious dwarf planet gets NASA and space geeks buzzing

An illustration of Dawn reaching the dwarf planet Ceres. Illustration: NASA

An artist’s concept shows Dawn reaching the dwarf planet Ceres. Illustration: NASA

The dwarf planet named after the Roman goddess of motherly relationships will soon have a new friend. And scientists and space-exploration geeks here on Earth can’t wait for that friend, the space probe Dawn, to start dishing.

Dawn, launched in 2007 to visit two bodies within the asteroid belt past Mars, is scheduled to enter an orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres on March 6. Ceres is the largest mass in the asteroid belt and has an icy mantle that may harbor an internal ocean of water under its surface. Talk of water on a planetary body always leads to questions of life.

Ceres has long been a curiosity to astronomers and space observers, and its status — is it an asteroid? a dwarf planet? — has been hotly debated ever since its discovery in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi.

Never mind all that. What’s that white spot?

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