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Apple in 2023: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has released his ninth annual Apple report card, featuring ratings and quotes from a select group of Apple commentators, including many from TidBITS.

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Apple’s Q1 2024 Returns to Revenue Growth on Strong iPhone and Services Performance

Apple reported an overall 2% increase in revenues thanks to strong iPhone sales and record Services income, but some product categories—iPads and Wearables—and the key Greater China region suffered double-digit revenue declines for the quarter.

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The EU Forces Open Apple’s Walled Garden

Apple is making major changes to how it distributes iOS apps in the EU due to the European Commission’s Digital Markets Act, but the company is making it clear that it’s only doing so under duress.

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App Store Apps May Start Including Payment Links to External Websites

The Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit is finally over. Although Apple won on most counts, the judge ruled it had to allow developers to link to external payment systems rather than using in-app purchases. That may start happening soon.

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Apple to Stop Selling Two Apple Watch Models in the US Due to Import Ban

An ITC import ban has caused Apple to stop selling its new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the US. Order soon if you want one, or choose an Apple Watch SE, which remains for sale.

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Do You Use It? Apple Services See Widely Varying Popularity

The results of our poll asking which Apple services TidBITS readers use are in, with iCloud+ proving the most popular by far, followed by a surprisingly strong showing from Apple TV+. Apple Arcade and Apple Fitness+ brought up the rear, but remember, TidBITS readers aren’t representative of the overall Apple audience.

Michael E. Cohen 7 comments

Apple Reports Record Q4 2023 Profits Despite 1% Revenue Drop 

Foreign exchange headwinds and a relative scarcity of new products during the quarter flattened Apple’s revenue figures compared to its results from a year ago, although its profits were up 13%.

Adam Engst 32 comments

Apple “Scary Fast” Event Scheduled for 30 October 2023

Apple has announced a special virtual event for the day before Halloween with a spooky graphic and tagline. Will the announcements be a trick or treat?

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NewClimate Institute Reacts to Apple’s Carbon Neutral Apple Watch Claims

While noting that Apple is doing a better job than most multinationals with regard to the transparency and integrity of its climate pledges and strategies, the NewClimate Institute finds that Apple’s claims of carbon neutrality somewhat exaggerated.

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Five Unexpected Announcements from Apple’s Wonderlust Event

Sure, Apple announced the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2 at its Wonderlust event on 12 September 2023. But we weren’t expecting these additional announcements.

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Apple “Wonderlust” Event Scheduled for 12 September 2023

Apple has announced an event for 12 September 2023, teasing it to the press with the word “Wonderlust.” We expect new iPhones and Apple Watches, likely accompanied by release dates for iOS 17 and watchOS 10.

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Apple Q3 2023 Earnings Down 1% on Exchange Rates

Citing “foreign exchange headwinds” and “difficult compares” for its Mac and iPad results from the year-ago quarter, Apple reported a total revenue decline of about 1%. On the other hand, Services revenues continued to expand, and product sales to emerging markets were up. In short, Cupertino isn’t worried.

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Apple Card Savings Hits $10 Billion in Deposits

Apple has revealed the value of deposits in Apple Card Savings accounts, perhaps as part of its negotiations with Goldman Sachs, which is reportedly looking to leave the relationship due to losses.

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Apple to Expand Accessibility Options in 2023

Apple has announced a slew of new and improved accessibility features that it plans to bring to the next versions of its operating systems in 2023.

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Apple’s Q2 2023 Slightly Down on Exchange Rates and “Macroeconomic Conditions”

The one-two punch from foreign exchange rates and “macroeconomic conditions” rocked Apple’s profits in the just-concluded quarter below last year’s results, but only by a little.