Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone X Has Been the Top Selling iPhone Every Week Since it Shipped

During today’s earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone X has “surpassed our expectations” and has been the “top selling iPhone” every week since it shipped in November.



Apple says the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus lineup brought in the highest revenue of any iPhone lineup in the company’s history.






Apple does not break down iPhone sales by model, but the company sold 77.3 million iPhones in total, which was below analyst expectations. iPhone average selling price was up thanks to the iPhone X, coming in at $796 compared to $695 in the year-ago quarter.



Cook also said that customer satisfaction is “off the charts” for the iPhone X, and that Face ID was “incredibly well received.”



Cook was asked about the future of the iPhone X and whether Apple sees its lineup expanding to encompass two iPhone X-style devices in the future, and he of course declined to respond.



He did, however, say that Apple is “thrilled” with the reception to the iPhone X, and that with its launch, the company was setting up the next decade of development. “That’s how we look at it, and that’s the reason it’s chock full of incredible innovations. So you can bet that we’re pulling that string,” Cook said.



Going forward, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said in answer to a question about slower growth in the coming quarter that Apple believes iPhone revenue will actually grow double digits compared to last year’s March quarter. iPhone sell-through growth, he says, will be accelerating compared to the December quarter.



Apple’s guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 includes expected revenue of $60-$62 billion and gross margin between 38 and 38.5 percent.

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Apple Did Not Consider How Battery Replacement Program Would Impact iPhone Upgrade Rates

During today’s earnings call covering the first quarter of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether investors should be concerned about slowing upgrade rates due to Apple’s battery replacement program and the fact that consumers may opt to replace their batteries instead of purchasing a new iPhone.






In response, Cook said that he couldn’t answer because it wasn’t something that Apple took into account. Apple “did not consider, in any way, shape, or form, what it would do to upgrade rates,” said Cook.

We did it because we thought it was the right thing to do for our customers. I don’t know what effect it will have for our investors. It was not in our thought process of deciding to do what we’ve done.

In the same answer, Cook said the iPhone has fantastic reliability, and that the previously-owned market is continually expanding, with customers handing down older iPhones and using trade-ins to get new devices. Cook said he believes customers handing their devices down is a positive, because “the more people on iPhone, the better.”



Following the revelation that Apple introduced power management features that slow older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns in devices with degraded batteries, Apple was accused of planned obsolescence and deliberately slowing devices to prompt customers to upgrade.



Apple has vehemently denied that the power management features were implemented to spur customers to upgrade, and the company has said that instead, the features were meant to expand the life of an iPhone for as long as possible.



Apple has apologized for the misinformation that has circulated about the power management features, and it has also introduced a program allowing customers to get $29 battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer. In iOS 11.3, Apple will provide more information about battery health and give customers the option to toggle off the power management feature all together.


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DecalGirl Surface Pro skins add stylish scratch protection

If you need some scratch protection and like fancy artwork, DecalGirl may be ideal for your Surface Pro.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro (2017) is in many ways the pinnacle of design. But sometimes you want to add scratch protection, maybe embellish it with some fresh designs.

I recently reviewed the Surface Pro Marimekko prints, but today I’m looking at the popular DecalGirl skins to see how they hold up.

At $25, the DecalGirl skins come in hundreds of designs, all licensed and credited to the artists who created them. You can upload your own artwork to make a custom one, as well. (Some schools use DecalGirl skins for their education PCs to make them more identifiable.)

Beat ‘em up ‘Raging Justice’ partners with Team17 for 2018 release

Raging Justice is tearing up the streets in 2018 with the help of Team17.

The streets of Big Smoke City aren’t for the faint-hearted at all. Gang lords and their thugs rule, and there’s danger around every corner. The city doesn’t need a hero, it needs someone who is tough and rough enough to take on the scum that festers in the streets. The goal is to clean up the streets by beating up everyone in sight.

Arthritis meds and UV light used to treat vitiligo

One of the patients at the beginning of treatment (left), and at three and six months ...

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that destroys skin pigment, leaving areas of skin looking like they’ve been bleached white. Although things like steroid creams may help in some cases, often there isn’t much that can be done. Help may be on the way, however, as doctors have had success using a combination of an arthritis drug and ultraviolet light.

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Jeff Bezos adds billions to his fortune as Amazon reports profit surge

Amazon’s share price soared over 4%, while Apple shares wobbled despite quarterly revenues, and Alphabet announced a loss

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, added another couple of billion to his fortune on Thursday as Amazon, the company he founded, announced it had made close to $2bn in profits in the three months running up to Christmas.

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Apple Watch Sees Best Quarter Ever With Series 3 Sales Up More Than 100% Compared to Series 2 Sales Last Year

Apple today said that the Apple Watch saw its best quarter ever in Q1 2018, with the new Series 3 models selling at twice the volume of the Series 2 models last year. Apple Watch saw a 50% growth in units and revenue for the fourth consecutive quarter.



When combined with sales of Beats headphones and AirPods, total revenue from wearables was up almost 70 percent year-over-year.






Apple’s “Other” category, which includes Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats, iPod, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories, was the major contributor to the company’s revenue, bringing in $5.5 billion.



Apple says wearables, including the Apple Watch, the AirPods, and Beats, were the second largest contributor to revenue growth after the iPhone.



Last year, in Q1 2017, Apple’s “Other” category was responsible for $4 billion in revenue, so overall revenue from that category was up $1.5 billion.

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