Planet of the Apps trailer is a prototype for bad TV


Reality show Planet of the Apps is coming soon to Apple Music.
Photo: Apple

Prepare yourself for Apple’s first teaser trailer for Planet of the Apps, because it’s a total cringe-fest.

Billing Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow as some of “the world’s most culturally influential entrepreneurs,” the Shark Tank ripoff pairs budding app developers with tech luminaries and venture capitalists who can help make their App Store dreams a reality.

Dr. Dre is leading Apple’s video charge


Dre's finally apologizing for his misogyny.
No, Apple hasn't forgot about Dre.
Photo: Beats

Dr. Dre is a major force in Apple’s push toward offering original video content, according to a new report from Variety.

“Dre’s purpose in life is to come up with something that moves the needle,” co-founder Jimmy Iovine says. “He’s done that really seriously a bunch of times. And now he’s experimenting with video. And what he does will be unique, and he will get there. My responsibility to Apple and to him is to put him in that position where he can.”

Prince’s biggest hits coming to Apple Music this month


There's a lot of singing along with Prince going on today.
News good enough to make doves cry.
Photo: Jimi Hughes/Wikipedia CC

Prince may have been one of the most high-profile celebrity deaths of 2016, but his music will live on via Apple Music starting February.

A new report claims that Prince’s Warner Music Group albums — including iconic hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” — will start streaming on February 12.

Liveblog: Apple hits new highs with doubleplusgood Q1 2017 earnings call


Get ready for Apple's most exciting earnings call of 2017.
Get ready for Apple's most exciting earnings call of 2017.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple is set to reveal its first quarterly earnings report of 2017 and, if Wall Street’s estimates are any indicator, it could be Apple’s biggest quarter ever.

After multiple quarters of declining revenues, today’s call could see the company return to growth, lifted by strong iPhone sales over the holidays and a burgeoning services business that has quickly become Apple’s second-biggest moneymaker.

Tim Cook and Luca Maestri are scheduled to hold an open call with investors today at 2 p.m. Pacific. As usual, Cult of Mac will be here liveblogging and analyzing all the action. Get prepped for the call with our guide on what to expect, and join the fun in the liveblog below.

Apple shatters records with blockbuster Q1 2017 earnings


Apple earnings
Tim Cook is thrilled with Apple's Q1 2017 results.
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Apple sold more iPhone units than ever before last quarter, a spasm of sales that finally returned the company to growth, as revealed today in Cupertino’s first earnings report of 2017.

With total revenues of $78.4 billion bringing in a profit of $17.9 billion, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is “thrilled” with the results. Wall Street is happy, too: AAPL shares are trading up significantly in after-hours trading.

Apple Music becomes official sponsor of FC Bayern Munich


Apple is sponsoring Germany's biggest soccer club.
Photo: FC Bayern Munich

Apple Music has announced its entry into the world of high profile sport sponsorship, by agreeing a sponsorship deal with top German soccer club FC Bayern Munich.

The club, which is the biggest in Germany, has revealed that as part of the deal it will be offering exclusive Apple Music playlists and other content.

How Apple’s next earnings call could surprise us all


The holidays were good to Apple.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

When Apple reveals its first quarterly earnings report of 2017 next Tuesday, the company could shock us with another record-breaking quarter.

The Q1 2017 earnings will cover Apple’s first full quarter of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales, and Apple should also get a big boost from the holiday shopping season, according to some Wall Street estimates. During its last earnings call, Apple predicted its revenue slump will end as the company finally returns to growth this quarter, but will it be enough to satisfy investors?

Here’s what to expect from Apple’s January 31 earnings report.

Apple is shifting its international iTunes business to Ireland


Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
Photo: Jan Zuppinger/Flickr CC

Undeterred by its massive tax bill from the European Commission, Apple has confirmed it is shifting its international iTunes business from Luxembourg to Ireland.

The move, which will take place on February 5, was announced in an email to developers today. However, Apple started planning for it last September when it transferred all developer accounts and around $9 billion in assets from Luxembourg to Ireland.