Smashed records, short supplies and other takeaways from Apple’s record Q3


Smashed records, short supplies and other takeaways from Apple's record Q3
Apple broke records in multiple types of revenue last quarter, from Macs to Services. And its installed base of user hit a new record, too.
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Apple just revealed that its made heaps of money last quarter. It broke all kinds of revenue records, and Mac, iPhone and iPad contributed strongly to the total.

But there are also some dark clouds in Apple future. Read on to get the good news and bad from the company’s most recent financial earnings results.

Apple earnings blow past analysts’ estimates yet again


Apple earnings blow past analysts’ estimates yet again
Apple had another record-breaking quarter, with strong growth in iPhone, Mac, iPad, Services, etc.
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Apple took in $81.4 billion in revenue during its most recent financial quarter, up 36% from the same quarter of last year. And profits were up as well, with earning per share hitting $1.30.

Market analysts just can’t keep up with how well the iPhone-maker is doing. These results beat expectations handily.

Upgrades might make next-gen iPad Air more ‘Pro’


iPad Air 4 comes in a range of colors.
The iPad Air 5 could look quite a bit like its predecessor while also getting upgraded features.
Screenshot: Apple

The difference between the current 10.9-inch iPad Air and the 11-inch iPad Pro is relatively slim. And now it seems more of the features of the Pro tablet are moving to the Air. Apple is reportedly going to build on the powerful 2020 model with an iPad Air 5 that offers a dual-lens camera and optional 5G. Plus, the tablet is getting a processor upgrade.

These changes would make it a stronger mid-range tablet in Apple’s product lineup.

Latest iPadOS 15 beta makes big changes to Safari


Latest iPadOS 15 beta makes big changes in Safari
Apple isn’t exactly walking back some of the biggest changes in iPadOS 15. But it’s giving users to option to do so.
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Apparently responding to criticism of the Safari redesign in iPadOS 15, a beta released Tuesday makes significant changes to the layout of the Safari web browser. The newest iteration gives users the option to view the Address Bar very much like it looks in iPadOS 14. But those who prefer can keep the new compact view.

Mophie clip-on power bank costs half what Apple’s does [Review]


Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini review
The Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini is quite small for something that doubles the battery life of an Phone 12.
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Double your iPhone 12’s battery life by attaching the Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini. The two devices connect magnetically with Apple’s MagSafe system, and power flows wirelessly. It’s really simple.

I took the 5000 mAh power bank on a recent holiday to truly put it to the test. It came though with flying colors. And it costs far, far less than Apple’s similar MagSafe Power Bank.

Evidence grows for iPad mini’s expanding screen


Evidence grows for iPad mini expanding screen
The next iPad mini could have a larger display than any of its predecessors. But still stay “mini.”
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The iPad mini 6 screen will increase to 8.3 inches, according to a report from a display industry expert. This is just the latest leak to indicate that Apple is about to dramatically improve the design of its smallest tablet.

A larger screen should make the computer easier and more fun to use. Especially as the whole device will reportedly stay about the same size.

Facebook’s cloud gaming service finally launches on iPhone


Facebook’s cloud gaming service finally launches on iPhone and iPad
After over a year of delays, the real Facebook Gaming service is available for iPhone and iPad.
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Add Facebook to the list of companies offering a gaming service for iPhone. There’s a lengthy list of titles available on day one, including strategy, role playing, trivia and other types of games.

But don’t look for these in the App Store — Apple’s stringent rules on gaming services caused Facebook Gaming to be introduced as a web app instead.

mini-LED display might add luster to next iPad mini. Or might not. [Updated]


Gorgeous mini-LED display could add luster to next iPad mini
An iPad mini with a mini-LED screen seems appropriate.
Concept: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The 2021 iPad mini will be Apple’s next tablet with a mini-LED display, according to information leaking from a component supplier. This type of screen looks better than the standard LCD used in many current iPads.

But an display industry expert claims there’s no truth to this report.

Even so, Apple allegedly won’t reserved the display tech for tablet much longer. mini-LED displays will also supposedly be used in upcoming MacBook Pro models.

High-flying Jetpack Joyride+ rockets onto Apple Arcade


Jetpack Joyride+ debuted on Apple Arcade on Kuly 23
Pretend you got the jetpack you always wanted in Jetpack Joyride+ on Apple Arcade.
Photo: Halfbrick Studios

Jetpack Joyride+ launched on Apple Arcade Friday, allowing subscribers to play the classic game without the hassle of in-app purchases.

Strap on a jetpack and fly through an endless runner. Or ride a mechanical dragon or giant mech while wearing a crazy costume — the game offers all these modes.