Apple who have had a few big launches this year including the iPad and iPhone 4 have had a profitable 3rd quarter with a 78% increase in earnings. In the 3rd Quarter Apple made $15.7 billion in revenues and $3.25 billion in profits.
In the 3rd quarter, Apple sold 3.47 million Macs which was a 33% increase YoY. They also sold 8.4 million iPhone which was a 61% growth over iPhone sales from same quarter last year. Apple also sold 3.27 million iPad during this period and 9.41 million iPods including iPod Touch.
It was a phenomenal quarter that exceeded our expectations all around, including the most successful product launch in Apple’s history with iPhone 4,said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. iPad is off to a terrific start, more people are buying Macs than ever before, and we have amazing new products still to come this year.
Steve Jobs hinted that there will be more amazing new products coming this year, which is basically the new line of iPod Touch devices with 5MP camera and FaceTime which is expected in September and may also include other new products in the iPod family. The new devices may also include new Macs too.
Overall Apple generated over $4 billion cash during the quarter and are expecting about $18 billion revenue in the 4th quarter. This is definitely a good quarter for Apple and with the iPhone 4 just launched it would add to their revenue coffers.
Airtel, India’s largest cellular network provider, has announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India by October, just in time for the Diwali season.
It was announced earlier today that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries on July 30, but there was no mention of India in that list. Soon after that, Bharti Airtel was planning an iPhone 4 launch by October.
“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September – October timeframe”
said Bharti Airtel CEO, Sanjay Kapoor, after a CII conference.
The iPhone 4 will most probably be priced upwards of Rs. 40,000 in the Indian Market. The prices of the two iPhone 3GS models will likely be slashed from the current prices of Rs. 35500 and 41500 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.
The iPhone 4 is that latest iPhone by Apple which comes with the new iOS4 and sports some really good hardware. It has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB / 32 GB storage. It has an excellent 3.5 inch retina capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It has been plagued with signal reception problems lately.
Remember the sit back and watch feature YouTube introduced a few days ago? Now, is the best time to have a taste of it! The occasion?
Well, apparently, the Taiwanese media has an excellent sense of humor. They have released an animated video featuring the iPhone 4 and it should be a must-watch on everyone’s list. It really does not matter if you understand the language but you will feel it all translated in the back of your head.
It has covered almost everything that has gone wrong at Apple and you can see the video below.
If you are unable to see an embedded video, go to YouTube and watch it here.
I recommend you check out the comments on the video too.
Last week, we had told you about Planetbeing unlocking his iPhone 4. Now MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has managed to unlock his iPhone 4 as well. The method used by MuscleNerd is different than the one used by Planetbeing. According to this tweet from MuscleNerd, there are apparently 3 ideas/ways to unlock the iPhone 4. The method used by Planetbeing is the first one, while MuscleNerd used the second idea.
Now both the modders will compare their unlocking method to see which method is the fastest and easiest. The fastest and the most efficient method will then be used in the next version of ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 4. The 3rd idea will not be used by both the modders for now. It will be saved for the future, in all probability. Hopefully, the next version of ultrasn0w will be released within the next one month by the iPhone Dev team.
A lot has already been said about Apple’s misguided attempts at proving that the iPhone 4’s death grip problem is a non-issue. Their iPhone 4 press conference was a joke. Their attitude towards consumers was nothing but downright condescending. And finally, their ploy of diverting attention by bringing in products offered by competitors like RIM, Samsung and HTC was ludicrous.
Yesterday, both RIM and Nokia slammed Apple for not owning up to its mistakes. HTC, whose Droid Eris was also mentioned by Apple, is yet to issue an official statement. But, that doesn’t mean that they intend on keeping mum.
According to Apple’s tests, HTC Droid Eris lost as many as 4 bars, when held in a particular fashion. However, Eric Lin, HTC’s global PR and online community manager, has revealed to PocketLint that they have received very few reception related complaints. The approximate percentage of Eris owners who have formally complained regarding antenna problems is 0.016%. Apple has on the other hand admitted receiving complaints from 0.55% of users for this non-issue.
Yesterday, Apple tried to do what it does best – brainwash its customers. A defensive Steve Jobs pulled up statistics after statistics in an attempt to prove that the iPhone 4 antenna problems were a non-issue. He even went on to compare the high and mighty iPhone with mortal competitors from RIM and HTC. Obviously, other manufacturers aren’t pleased that Apple is dragging them into the controversy.
RIM and Nokia have formally issued statements slamming Apple for poor design choices. The essence of both the statements is same – while signal attenuation is a fact of life, most phones are carefully designed to ensure that normal usage won’t lead to dropped calls. Apple messed up by choosing aesthetics over usability.
Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.
Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.
Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.
In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.
If you missed the conference or did not see the Steve Jobs iPhone 4 conference video yet, here is something you have to know. Apple has promised that you can choose from one of the cases and Apple will send it to you. Since there is a shortage of bumpers with Apple, they will also provide users with third party options.
This offer is eligible for people who have already bought the iPhone 4 and who may purchase it before September 30th. In order to get your free bumper case, you will have to visit Apple’s website and select from available options. Though it is not very certain, the free bumper cases may also be available at Apple stores and AT&T stores across the nation.
However, the free bumper cases will not be available until late next week, so don’t expect to be able to do anything till then. We will try and post information as soon as the bumper cases are available online, so stay tuned.
In addition to that, Steve Jobs also demoed the Antenna "Death Grip" issues with several smartphones available in the market. If you missed the conference you can read the Apple iPhone 4 Conference Roundup we did earlier. In addition to that, Apple has now uploaded the July 16 iPhone 4 Press conference which was held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California.
You can watch the entire video of the iPhone 4 Press conference at the official Apple events site here. You may also be able to download the videos and view them offline on your PC or Mac OS X.
The EFF is reporting that the San Mateo police will return all items seized from the house of Gizmodo Editor, Jason Chen. The San Mateo police raided Jason Chen’s house after Apple filed an official complaint regarding the theft of an iPhone 4 unit, which was purchased by Gizmodo.
While this is most likely an entirely unrelated event, the timing certainly suites Apple quite well. Over the past few weeks, Apple has receiving a lot of heat from the blogosphere as well as the mainstream press for iPhone 4 hardware and software issues. Any amount of positive publicity will be certainly be welcomed by Apple.
Nevertheless, the withdrawal of the warrant doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the matter. The case is still open and the police can still move forward with it.
In addition to the free iPhone bumpers, Steve Jobs also said that if you are unhappy with the iPhone 4, you can return the undamaged device for a full refund. Steve Jobs quoted: "And, if you’re still not happy even after getting a case, you can bring your iPhone 4 back undamaged for a full refund. We are going to take care of everyone. We want every user to be happy â€” and if we can’t make them happy, we’ll give them a full refund."
So if you are unhappy with your iPhone 4 even after you get the free iPhone bumper, head over to your local AT&T or Apple store to return the device and get a full refund back.