Apple posts Q3 2016 results →

Apple has posted its Q3 results:

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Looking at these breakdowns, I can’t help but wonder if the iPad has finally found its natural leveling point at around 10 million units a quarter. iPad revenue was actually up a touch, probably thanks to the iPad Pro.

For a lot more detail and coverage of the call itself, check out Jason and Dan’s coverage at Six Colors.

Here are some charts:

Revenue

Q3 2016 Revenue

iPhone Sales

Q3 2016 iPhone Sales

iPad Sales


Q3 2016 iPad Sales

Mac Sales

Q3 2016 Mac sales

Apple Music Customers Getting iTunes Match with Audio Fingerprinting →

Jim Dalrymple with good news for Apple Music users:

Apple has been quietly rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprint to all Apple Music subscribers. Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn’t always match the correct version of a particular song. We’ve all seen the stories of a live version of a song being replaced by a studio version, etc.

Using iTunes Match with audio fingerprint, those problems should be a thing of the past.

In addition to this, iTunes Match is now part of Apple Music. Pay for the latter and you get the former for free.

I’d love to hear why Apple didn’t do this when Apple Music first rolled out. Hopefully the days of people having their metadata nuked from on high are behind us.

Summer 2001: The Final iMac G3s 

By the time the summer of 2001 rolled around, Apple was well into the OS X transition. Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah had shipped, and Puma was right around the corner.

The company itself was just a few months away from shipping the iPod, but was already on the road to recovery. The Digital Hub Strategy was taking shape. Apple’s notebook line was maturing, but of course, a lot of this success was built on the back of iMac G3.

At Macworld New York 2001, Steve Jobs took the wraps off the fastest-ever lineup of iMac G3s:

$999 $1299 $1499
500 MHz 600 MHz 700 MHz
128 MB RAM 256 MB 256 MB
20 GB HDD 40 GB 60 GB
CD-RW CD-RW CD-RW

The low-end iMac available in Indigo and Snow, with the 600 and 700 MHz models for sale in Snow and Graphite.

These machines were on sale from July 2001 until January 2002, when Jobs announced the iMac G4.

iMac G4

The iMac G4 was a huge break from the CRT-based design of the G3, and is one of my all-time favorite iMacs.

The G3 did survive this announcement, though. The 600 MHz model, was available in either Snow or Graphite for $999, while a 500 MHz Indigo could be picked up for $799.

Eventually, the Graphite and Indigo were silently dropped from the lineup, leaving just the Snow.

iMac G3 is Snow

This machine stayed on sale until March 2003.

2003!

That’s five years after the original Bondi machines showed up. It’s really incredible how much better the iMac became using that original design. Apple iterated on them, making them better and cheaper over time. The original machines ran Mac OS 8.1, while the last ones are capable of running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. The iMac carried the Macintosh platform into the 21st century on its curved, colorful Mac.

It’s the computer that really did help save Apple.

For that, we should all be grateful to these machines.

iOS 10 bringing national organ donor registration to iPhone →

Apple PR:

Apple and Donate Life America announced today that, for the first time ever, iPhone users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10. Through a simple sign up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go.

This is great, and another example of Tim Cook’s Apple doing good in the world.

Today’s Hackintoshes →

Way back in 2009, I ran OS X Leopard on a Dell Mini 9 netbook, after screwing around with it on an HP Mini 1000. When I gave up on the project, I think I just assumed Hackintoshes weren’t really a thing anyone cared about.

I’ve seen articles here and there over the last few years about running Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, but it seems that it’s actually pretty easy to get a Hackintosh up and running. Here’s Mike Rundle:

A few weeks back, I was at a baseball game with a bunch of my wife’s coworkers when I started talking to a developer named Ian who said he just got done building a Hackintosh and it was amazing. To be honest, I hadn’t thought about the Hackintosh community in years, I actually forgot it was still a thing. Ian said the community was now organized around a website called TonyMacx86.com and it had hardware guides, build tutorials, forums, lots of updates, and had been extremely lively in the past 18 months or so as it’s now easier than ever to build a Hackintosh. When he told me how fast his custom Mac was (faster than any iMac and most Mac Pros), and how little it cost (around $1,200–1,300) it struck me as impossible.

The hardware Rundle lists is impressive. His box is a legitimately powerful computer.

Like with my netbooks seven years ago, running OS X on something without an Apple logo on its case comes with problems. Graphics drivers can bring down a system, software updates are the enemy and some services like iMessages are very tricky to get running on non-Apple hardware.

As long in the tooth as most Macs have become, I totally understand why someone may build their own box. $1200 goes a lot farther when it comes to custom parts than a Mac mini. None of this is to mention how much fun tinkering can be.

All that aside, this is a young man’s game. My MacBook Pro may have outdated Intel silicon, but I know that it was all designed to work with the software it runs. That still counts for a lot in my mind.

Science on the Mac →

Filed under “webpages Apple forgot were published:”

The Mac platform is the simple solution for complex scientific research. It lets you leverage all the power and utility of UNIX, even if you never look at a line of code.

Run anything and everything your work depends on, including scripts, open source and commercial software, and even Windows. Program in any language from C++ to Python. And publish and present your work with easy-to-use multimedia tools. The Mac is intuitive, so you’re free to focus on your research. And top-performing Intel processors let that research happen faster than ever.

RIP, Thunderbolt Display 

Apple's Thunderbolt Display

It seems that Apple has discontinued the Thunderbolt Display. Here’s Matthew Panzarino:

The current Mac’s display is 5k and can be extended (in lower res) to the existing Thunderbolt Display which runs at 2560×1440 but I can tell you from personal experience that the difference in resolution sucks from a usability standpoint.

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Apple introduced the Thunderbolt Display way back in 2011:

With just a single cable, users can connect a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display and access its FaceTime camera, high quality audio, and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports. Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features an elegant, thin, aluminum and glass enclosure, and includes a MagSafe connector that charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”

The display never saw a hardware update, even after MagSafe 2 replaced the old charging standard, not to mention when Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 started showing up on Macs of all sizes.

I gotta say, there’s nothing so sad in the entirety of the Apple universe as using a $10 MagSafe adaptor with a $1,000 display.1

The real question here is what happens next. Clearly, the external display business is not one Apple is super excited about, but I can see Apple wanting to offer a nice 5K external display to users who want it. My guess is that more Thunderbolt Displays have sold than one might think, and those users are often the most demanding of their hardware.

I really do hope there’s a Thunderbolt 3/USB C/Magic Unicorn Tears external 5K display on its way. While it’d require a new MacBook Pro, living in an all-Retina world sounds really appealing.2

If that’s still a few months out on the horizon, why pull the plug on the non-Retina Thunderbolt Display now? Or is this a sign that Apple’s packing up their desktop display business?


  1. Trust me on that; I have a Thunderbolt Display on my desk. 
  2. Seriously, Apple. Take. My. Money. 

Snell, on macOS Sierra →

Jason Snell at Six Colors:

The X is dead—long live macOS. With this fall’s release of macOS Sierra, Apple is bringing some familiar iOS features to the Mac, along with interesting interactions with iOS hardware, a dramatic expansion of iCloud, a major update to Photos, and a lot more. I’ve spent the past few days using an early beta, and here are some first thoughts about where Apple is taking the Mac in 2016.

There are a lot of previews of macOS Sierra floating around today, but this is the one you should read. Lots of nerdy little details.