"The Apple Watch is coming in April"
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The Apple Watch is coming in April
Brian Tong here and welcome to theapplebyte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple.
And this week it's a whole lot of good.
Now, the sexy headline comes straight from Tim Cook during Apple's recent earnings report which we'll get to in a bit.
Now, Cook said development for the Apple watch is right on schedule and they expect to begin shipping in April.
He also added, "My expectations are high on it.
I'm using it every day and I love it and I can't live without it." Oh, my goodness.
I mean, I just wonder how did Tim even survive a day before the Apple watch?
Life is already so tough, especially when you're the CEO of a multi billion dollar company.
My friends, the struggle is real.
Speaking of struggling, the Apple Watch's battery life might be something Cupertino is struggling with after a recent report from 9 to 5 Mac claimed that Apple is aiming for two and half to four hours of active use with the Apple Watch.
Now, don't freak out just yet.
That means, actually, interacting with the watch and not with the people around you.
They are targeting a goal of 19 hours of active and passive use combined or three days of standby time or four days if the watch is sleeping.
You know, since you probably paid a minimum $349 to have something sit on your desk for four days doing nothing.
Now, this is the first real intel we've heard about the battery life, but the report also says Apple may not be able to meet the 19 hour mixed used goal for the first gen.
This pretty much aligns with Tim Cook's previous comments that Apple expects that you'll be charging their smart watch daily, but this is one of those products that is screaming to me wait for the second gen.
Alright let's get to the earnings in.
Apple recently reported their first fiscal quarter of 2015.
And it was G- double O- D, good.
Posting a net quarterly profit of $18 billion on $74.6 billion dollars in revenue.
That's the most profitable quarter ever by any company.
No one has done it better.
Now Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter.
Up from 51 million a year earlier.
Maxwell at 5.5 million compared to 4.8 million the year before.
But iPad sales dipped to 21.4 million from 26 million last year.
The iPhone now makes up 69% of Apple's revenue and iPods, well they're bunched in that tiny slice of the pie called.
Now the iPhone 6 release was really the eye opener here.
Cook said there was some clear geographical preferences for the iPhone 6 versus the 6 Plus.
You can also thank China for the big jump in numbers for.
$16.1 billion in revenue, jumping up from 70% last year.
They'll have 20 Apple stores there very soon, and they'll be doubling that by mid-2016, so we can expect to see more big numbers in the future with all this.
Alright, iPad sales are down, and that probably won't change any time soon, with no major re-vamp coming in.
It's still a product that lasts a good two to three years easily.
I keep telling you all I'm a big fan of the iPad Pro for traveling, and these top notch renderings by Martin Hajek gives us an idea of what we might see when it releases.
Now he envisions the big bezel coming back.
Shows off a size comparison and, even includes details like the smudge and spit marks that all of you have on your iPads.
Plus, a glowing Apple logo stylus.
Cool in theory but, not cool if you have to recharge it.
Okay and some quick Apple software updates.
OS ten point ten point two brings some security fixes, wi-fi disconnecting issues are fixed and the ability to browse your iCloud drive and time machine.
And IOS 8.1.3 was also released and brings bug fixes, but the biggest improvement, reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update in the future.
And I know you all like that.
But, before we go, believe it or not.
Sometimes the Apple bite makes mistakes.
I know, crazy?
Huh?Well, last week we told you about how Apple got rid of the free iTunes song of the week and a lot of you wrote me and were mad about that so, on behalf of you, we threw out a bad Apple.
Well, right after that, Apple added a whole new section on the iTunes store called.
Free on iTunes.
That includes 16 songs and 22 full length TV episodes right now.
You know what?
The bad apple is on me.
I deserve that one.
And maybe that one.
Okay, okay, okay that's enough.
But my favorite [UNKNOWN] song [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN].
Alright that's gonna do it for this weeks show, you can always e-mail me.
See you at the applebyte at cnet.com or tweet me @briantong.
Thanks for watching.
We'll catch y'all next time for another bite of the apple.
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