Apple today reported its sales numbers for the fourth calendar quarter of 2013 and first fiscal quarter of 2014, noting they sold a whopping 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. The company also sold 4.8 million Macs and made above $4 billion from iTunes services alone. Apple is seeing record numbers across most of its product lines and has sold 3.8 million more iPhones than it did in the year ago quarter.
Things may not be great at the Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store after the heavy snowfall, as a snowblower reportedly shattered one of the glass panels at the store. the Fifth Avenue Apple Store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and was reportedly open after the incident as well. The damage was done to one of the 15 glass panels installed at the iconic store a couple of years ago.
While many of us are waiting for Apple to shed some light on its sales figures for the last quarter, which they will surely reveal at the earnings call next week, there are analysts making predictions, of course. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty expects iPhone sales to be 54-55 million units for the last quarter, which is extremely impressive if true and may set a new record for the company. In contrast, Apple sold only 47.8 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2013, so it’s a pretty big jump if accurate.
Apple is now officially offering iPhone 5c screen replacements in its retail stores, a service previously limited to the iPhone 5. Apple began fixing screens in-store with the iPhone 5 in June of 2013. The company either replaces the screens under the standard one year warranty, AppleCare, or, if the customer pays out of pocket, the company will typically take less than an hour to replace the screen.
Late last year, Apple begin rolling out iBeacon technology in its retail stores, allowing customers to use the Apple Store app on their iPhone to find more information about the products available. On Thursday, Shopkick announced that American Eagle Outfitters will begin rolling out the new iBeacon technology. If iBeacon proves successful in American Eagle, Shopkick will eventually roll out the tech to Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, JCPenney, Old Navy, and a number of other retailers.
On Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare TV appearance on CNBC to discuss Apple’s deal with the largest mobile carrier in the world: China Mobile. China Mobile has over 700 million subscribers and is now going to be selling the iPhone 5s in the country.
With students in New Zealand and Australia heading back to school, Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion. Apple is offering up free gift cards with the purchase of any new iPad, iPhone, or Mac. The gift cards are not limited to any specific store and can be used with the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore.
Those seeking a good deal on a new computer can now buy a refurbished 2013 15″ Retina Macbook Pro at Apple’s Online Store. Apple typically adds its latest MacBooks to the refurbished store after the company begins to receive malfunctioning units and fixes them up for sale. The company also offers the refurbished units as replacements for customers that come to the Genius Bar with a defective unit.
Apple is expected to open a new Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia, after it was set back multiple times because of construction issues with the developer. It was initially reported that Apple had given up on the location and was planning to build it elsewhere. However, Apple refiled blueprints with the city in 2013, and construction on the site began once again. Apple has announced they will be opening up their new flagship Apple Store in Brisbane on January 17th in the MacArthur Chambers building.
Can’t wait until the end of March to get together with the Apple faithful to talk apps? Then don’t. Renaissance—a three-day conference built around a fast-paced single track of sessions on the business, design, and technology of apps—is returning to San Francisco from January 29th through the 31st, bringing with it over 50 speakers and exhibitors.
Our last Apple lawsuit wrap-up for 2013 features Cryptocat. He may sound like a wise-cracking cartoon animal in sunglasses who promotes dental hygiene, but no, he’s just a guy who’s mad his app was rejected from the App Store. Also, did you know every time you take a picture with your iPhone and send it to someone you’re violating a patent? Feel guilty? Make it up to Apple by standing with them when the big warranty rumble with Australia begins down at the shipyard at midnight.
Apple’s acquisitions for 2014 have already begun with the company picking up SnappyLab, the one man team behind the popular burst photo app SnappyCam. SnappyCam is an application on the App Store that allows users to take full-resolution pictures at 20 to 30 frames per second, which is something that Apple could include in its own Camera application in iOS 7.