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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode, we talk about Apple's June quarter financials. Some pundits say the numbers were "meh," while others say they were pretty decent overall. One respected industry outlet, however, erroneously reported that Mac sales were down in the U.S., whereas Apple reported that they increased in the double-digits. So we try to separate fact from fiction. We'll also discuss the Apple/IBM marketing deal, the OS X Yosemite Public Beta, which was released to up to one million Mac users on July 24, and some of the possibilities for new gear from Apple this fall.

    Our guests include Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer.

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    The Yosemite Report: Comfort and Delight

    July 24th, 2014

    As regular readers recall, while Apple was demonstrating OS X Yosemite at the World Wide Developers Conference, one of my long-time clients was freaked at the changes. Her response? "Yuk!" Maybe a little over-the-top, but it made sense if you believe Apple is busy destroying the look and feel of the Mac in favor of iOS because it's not the company's largest revenue generator.

    But you have to consider the reality, which is that Mac sales have increased faster than the overall PC market in 32 of the last 33 quarters. Except for a certain company doing industry analysis that claimed Mac sales in the U.S. actually declined the last quarter by 1.7%, Apple reported a double-digit increase. That company has never apologized for that and a similar error published in the March quarter.

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    The Apple Financials Mixed Bag Report

    July 23rd, 2014

    The earnings season for the June quarter is coming to an end, and, as has been the case in recent years, Apple's results get high priority in the media coverage. This time, there are different good or not-so-good reactions, more so than I usually see when Apple is in the headlines.

    So it's clear that Apple's financials represented somewhat of a mixed bag for Wall Street, yet were still a record for a June quarter. Total revenue came in at $37.4 billion, which was somewhat short of overall expectations, while profits totaled $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, which was slightly ahead of expectations. This compares to the year-ago quarter revenue of $35.3 billion, with profits at $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share.

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    OS X Yosemite: Closer and Closer, Inch By Inch

    July 22nd, 2014

    So Apple on Monday July 21 released the fourth developer preview of OS 10.10, also known as OS X Yosemite. As usual, some new features were added or modified, and there are loads of problems in the release notes that impact many significant parts of the new OS, including the Finder and Safari. Some may only be cosmetic, while others impact basic functionality.

    It is also rumored that the first public beta, available for up to one million users who signed up for the seed program, will be made available for download later this month, although there's not much time left to fix a decent number of the most irritating problems. Indeed it has been confirmed that this release will be the first one available to the public on Thursday, July 24.

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    Newsletter Issue #764: Writing About Apple in Ignorance

    July 20th, 2014

    At the same time that I read a report speculating about the feature set of the rumored iPhone 6, there was yet another headline suggesting that Samsung was poised to introduce a smartphone designed to compete head-on, which may be called Alpha. Of course, this is the way of the tech world. Apple puts out something, and tech pundits tout competing products that are intended to be "killers."

    So we had the iPod killer, the iPhone killer and the iPad killer. But none of these killers every actually sold more copies than the Apple gadget they competed with. Yes, more Android smartphones are sold than iPhones. But most are cheap models with which Apple never competes.

    When I mention Apple having higher sales, I'm referring to single models, not hundreds of products produced by dozens of manufacturers both small and large. That's a distinction that isn't always drawn by commentators who want you to believe that the iOS has been overwhelmed by Android, there's no room for a more profitable number two, and Apple might as well throw in the towel.

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