What to expect from Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings report

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Tim Cook and Luca Maestri will reveal Apple's Q2 earnings.
Apple made a ton of money last quarter.
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Is Apple’s product lineup too confusing? [Friday Night Fights]

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Do you find it difficult to choose Apple products?
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Apple currently offers more products than ever before. Whether you’re buying an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or even an Apple Watch, there are a bunch of options to consider before you hand over your cash in an Apple store.

Friday Night Fights bugHaving options is always a good thing, but has Apple’s product portfolio become too confusing for consumers? Does the company even have the resources to keep everything fresh and fully-supported, or is its larger lineup hurting its products?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether it’s time for Apple to streamline its product lineup.

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Merriam-Webster calls Apple fans ‘sheeple’

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Some Australian sheeple photographed in the wild.
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It is officially proper English to call compliant people — including Apple fans — “sheeple.”

The wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster revealed “sheeple” as the newest entry in the dictionary this morning. And according to the definition, Apple fans are a prime example of sheeple in the real world.

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Qualcomm: Apple is cutting off our iPhone royalties

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The Qualcomm/Apple standoff is getting nasty!
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The battle between Apple and Qualcomm is intensifying, with Qualcomm claiming that Apple is set to stop making licensing payments related to the iPhone.

The result of this is that Qualcomm will have to revise its earnings forecasts to give a smaller number, due to Apple cutting off one of its major sources of revenue until the dispute is resolved.

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iPhone growth stalls as Chinese smartphones surge

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The RED iPhone 7 hasn't given sales a boost.
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Growth in the smartphone industry isn’t dead yet, according to the latest report from the International Data Corporation which found smartphone shipments grew more than expected last quarter.

IDC predicted shipments would rise 3.6%, but the industry actually saw 4.3% growth in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Apple, most of the increase in shipments were triggered by a couple of Chinese companies.

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Apple Pay’s next step? Peer-to-peer payments

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Apple Pay could take on PayPal next.
Apple Pay could take on PayPal next.
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Apple is again working to deliver its own Venmo competitor that will allow fans to transfer money to one another using their iPhones, according to a new report.

Multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans expect the service to be unveiled later this year.

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iOS 11 will bring new focus on original videos from Apple Music

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Carpool Karaoke is just one of many original series Apple has planned.
Carpool Karaoke is just one of many original series Apple has planned.
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iOS 11 will deliver a new Music app with a focus on original videos, according to Jimmy Iovine. The Apple Music chief says the service could add many as 10 original video series by the end of this year, including Carpool Karaoke and will.i.am’s Planet of the Apps, while Apple is also in talks to secure content from J.J. Abrams and R. Kelly.

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Woolet is the smart wallet you’ll never lose [Review]

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Never worry about losing a wallet again.
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If you’ve ever lost a wallet, you’ll know it’s one of the most frustrating experiences. You have to cancel your cards, order a new driver’s license, and sometimes you’ll lose precious memories — like photos that can’t be replaced. But you’ll never have to go through that again with Woolet.

Woolet is a smart wallet that connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Every time you leave it behind, it sends an alert to your iPhone to remind you to go back and pick it up. It looks good and has plenty of space for cards and cash.

It’s also available in a travel size that’s big enough to carry your passport.

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What’s on my iPhone 7: Videographer edition

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These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
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Apple may be planning just 2 new iPhones for 2017

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'iPhone Edition' may not land this year after all.
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Apple will launch just two new iPhones this fall as opposed to three, according to a new report.

Fans were expecting updates to the existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models, plus a larger “iPhone Edition” with a different design, an OLED display, and additional features. But one supply chain source says “it’s not true.”

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