Apple shatters records with blockbuster Q1 2017 earnings

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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 pulls tool that helped identify stolen iOS devices

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The Activation Lock checker has mysteriously disappeared.
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Apple has pulled its iCloud Activation Lock page which helped users find out if an iOS device was locked to an iCloud account.

The tool could be used to verify that a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wasn’t stolen before you purchased it — but the website’s URL now leads to an error page.

How Apple’s next earnings call could surprise us all

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The holidays were good to Apple.
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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.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces us to the iPad

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Did you own an original iPad?
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 January 27, 2010: Steve Jobs publicly unveils the iPad for the first time.

Aside from the name, which some people joke online sounds like a female sanitary product, the iPad is immediately met with critical acclaim. “The last time there was this much excitement over a tablet, it had some commandments written on it,” the Wall Street Journal quips.

When it goes on sale it becomes Apple’s fastest-selling new product ever.

Now anyone can try Apple’s new iOS and Mac beta software

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Grab iOS 10.3 beta 1 while it's hot.
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Starting today, all public testers can get in on the new iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 betas released to developers earlier this week.

If you’re already a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can grab iOS 10.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 1 immediately. If not, just sign up if you want to get early access to upcoming iOS features like Find My AirPods and the new Night Shift mode for Macs.

Everything new in iOS 10.3: Hidden keyboard, AirPods finder and more

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There's a lot to love in iOS 10.3.
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Apple gave developers their first look at the next big update for iOS 10 yesterday, and it packs a surprising number of new features.

The public will have to wait a few weeks (or months) to get their hands on the new goodies packed inside iOS 10.3, which brings improvements for AirPods, iPads and more.

Here are all the new additions coming soon to iOS devices near you.

New iOS controllers give you that Nintendo Switch feeling

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The new Gamevice controller for iPad mini.
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If you like the idea of the new Nintendo Switch but you do all your gaming on iOS, the latest controllers from Gamevice are going to be right up your alley.

Like Nintendo’s latest console, they slap physical buttons and analog sticks onto the sides of your iPhone and iPad. They’re also powered by your iOS device so there’s no need to charge a battery, and they bring the headphone jack back to your iPhone 7.