iPhones, iPads and Mac, oh my! Apple’s next big earnings call will be January 26

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On January 26, we find out how many millions of iPhones Apple sold over Christmas.
On January 26, we find out how many millions of iPhones Apple sold over Christmas.
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Mark your calendars. Apple is set to announce its Q1 2016 earnings January 26.

Apple confirmed today via its Investor Relations portal that it will be releasing financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 (re: September through December 2015) at 2 p.m. Pacific on January 26.

iPad was 2015’s most popular Twitter tech hashtag

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Tim Cook doesn't see big sales in the iPad mini's future.
We're talking about iPads more than ever.
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Given its slowing sales and the continued record smashing of its iPhone brethren, it’s easy to think of the iPad as the “also ran” of Apple’s iOS devices.

In fact, people continue to talk about the iPad an enormous amount — more than any other topic in tech, if you believe Twitter’s freshly-released list of 2015’s top trending topics.

Kids love iPads so much that being forced to watch TV is a punishment

Yep, kids love their iPads.
Yep, kids love their iPads.
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You might hear people talking about declining interest in the iPad, but try telling that to kids — who have expressed so much love for Apple’s tablet that last year it was named the #1 brand among children aged 6-12.

Now a new piece of research suggests that little ones are so use to using tablets as their primary “screen” that it’s a punishment to have their iPad privileges revoked and be made to watch regular old, non-touchscreen TV instead.

Satechi external batteries are like lightning in your pocket

The Satechi SX20 portable power station can charge up to four devices.
The Satechi SX20 portable power station can charge up to four devices.
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If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve got enough juice to go.

The electronics accessory company Satechi has made it easier to stay charged on the go with three new portable energy stations for pretty much anything with a USB port.