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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Watch Pre-Order Begins, iOS 8.3 Released and More

Among the more notable news items from last week, Apple began taking pre-orders for its highly anticipated Apple Watch at 12:01 AM Pacific time on Friday. As many pundits expected, the demand exceeded the initial supply and all models quickly ran out of stock, pushing estimated shipping times to 4-6 weeks for about half and to June for the other half. The pink band watch was even pushed back to July. The first unboxing video also emerged last week. Additionally, the Apple Watch became available for personal demos at many Apple Stores on Friday (by appointment), though it can only be ordered online.

Apple Watch 42mm Space Black model.

Also of note last week, Apple released iOS 8.3 on Wednesday. The upgrade features a new emoji interface plus several hundred new emojis, and the ability to change the ethnicity of the human emojis. Siri's voice was tweaked to sound more natural and she received several new languages. Message filtering for SMS/iMessages was introduced and a new setting allows you to download free

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple to Launch Streaming TV Service, Nintendo Enters Mobile Gaming and More

It hasn't been officially announced yet, but it came to light last week that Apple plans to launch a streaming TV service sometime this fall, likely in September. Details are scarce at the moment, but it is clear that Apple is negotiating with content providers including Disney/ABC, CBS, 21st Century Fox, Viacom and Discovery. Analysts believe the service will include around 25 channels and cost between $30 and $40 a month. Talks with Comcast (the parent company of NBCUniversal) have stalled, which some pundits believe could be problematic for launching the new service.

Nintendo plans to develop mobile games for iOS.

However, due to concessions it made during its acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcast may be obligated to offer content to Apple. Under the terms, online video services are considered equal to cable companies; as such, Comcast is

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: 'Spring Forward' Event Announced, FCC Votes for Net Neutrality and More

The most notable news item from Apple last week was the company's announcement of its Spring Forward event. Invitations for the media event were sent out on Thursday. It will be held at 9 AM PT on Monday, March 9, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It is widely expected that Apple will unveil new details about the Apple Watch such as cost, battery life and whether or not it is waterproof; and announce an official launch date for the highly anticipated wearable.

Spring Forward event announced for March 9.

Though it wasn't directly Apple related, another big story from last week that affects everybody (more so in the U.S.), was the FCC's Thursday vote to enforce net neutrality. Service providers will be regulated as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, which means that they will not be allowed to speed up

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Car for 2020, Public iOS 9 Beta and More

Although Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has neither confirmed nor even officially commented on it, it appears that the company plans to establish itself in the automobile industry. Since reports of Apple's mysterious minivans emerged, the past few weeks have been abuzz with rumors about Apple's intentions, enough so to warrant some serious investigation. The Wall Street Journal looked into the matter and found that Apple does indeed have a secret project codenamed "Titan" that appears to be involved with automobiles. Further investigation by Bloomberg found that, for the moment, Apple's goal is to have an electric car on the market by 2020. If done right, this could turn out to be another enormous source of revenue for Apple.

Apple electric car planned for 2020.

Other items of interest from last week:

After a successful public beta of OS X Yosemite, Apple plans to have a public iOS beta, which will be a first. The company is planning to release a public iOS 8.3 beta in mid March alongside the developer version. Apple also intends to

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple TV Rumors, Late February Media Event and More

Enthusiasts have been anticipating an Apple TV refresh for quite some time now, yet Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been very quiet on that front recently. It's possible that they are waiting for the dust to settle from the seemingly endless negotiations between content providers and cable/satellite companies. A report from re/code last week says that Apple is in talks with content providers, and may be looking to put together "bundles of programming - but not the entire TV lineup that pay-TV providers generally offer," to sell directly to consumers over the web, bypassing the cable companies altogether (though most cable providers also provide internet access, so that could quickly become a leverage point for them depending on what happens with net neutrality).

Apple weekly news roundup - Apple TV

Some other items of note from last week:

Apple last week admitted its connection to the camera-equipped minivans that have recently been spotted throughout the country. The slew of sightings has many speculating that Apple is testing autonomous "iCars," but AppleInsider offers some compelling arguments that the vans are contributing data to Apple's 3D FlyOver feature.

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AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Analysts Bullish About Earnings, D.C. Lobbying Increased and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares opened last week on Tuesday morning at $107.84 and made gains for the rest of the week, closing at $112.98 on Friday. Apple will announce its Q1 FY15 earnings tomorrow at 5 PM ET. Most analysts expect very positive numbers from the holiday quarter, and for that success to continue into Q2, as the iPhone 6 is still in very high demand, especially in China.

Apple lobbies in Washington up in 2014.

Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, expects record breaking sales of 73 million iPhones over the holiday quarter. He also estimates 61.3 million sales for Q2, which would be up from last year's second quarter. He believes the Apple Watch will launch in March and will sell just under 3 million units before the end of that quarter. He expects a 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to hit the shelves sometime before the end of April.

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Study Correlates iPhone Use with Education, Apple Execs' Earnings Revealed and More

Targeted search advertising firm, Chitika, last week released the results of an iPhone usage study that showed a positive correlation between iPhone usage and education level - states with a higher percentage of the population holding a Bachelor's or higher degree had a higher percentage of iPhone users. No geographic correlation was uncovered, but the study also showed a positive correlation with population density.

iPhone usage by state.

Apple last week released its executives' 2014 earnings. Newcomer Angela Ahrendts topped the list with $73.3 million, with the majority of it coming from a $70 million stock award. Tim Cook received a compensation increase and more than doubled his earnings from the previous year, going from $4.2 million to $9.5 million. To be clear, Tim Cook is the better compensated of the two. He received a $70 million stock award in 2013, and when he took over as CEO, he received a $378 million payout package plus $373 million in stock options.

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Apple Weekly News Roundup: Flexible iPhone Patent, iPad Pro Rumors and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) last week announced record breaking sales for the App Store. The first week of the new year set a new sales record with over half a billion dollars in app and in-app purchases, and New Year's Day was the biggest day in the App Store's history. Apple also reported that app sales were up 50% in 2014 and generated $10 billion for developers - 40% of the $25 billion total since the App Store opened in 2008.

Apple patents flexible electronic devices.

Apple's developer page reported last week that iOS 8 is now on 68% of all registered Apple devices.

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App Store Sets New Records for Start of New Year

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced that its App Store broke sales records during the first week of 2015. Details of its banner 2014 were released as well.

App Store sets sales records.

New Year's day proved to be the App Store's biggest day in its history and, with around half a billion dollars generated by app and in-app purchases, the week that followed was a record breaker as well. 2014 saw a 50% increase in app sales, which resulted in $10 billion in revenue for developers. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, praised the developer community: "We're so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.” $25 billion is the total revenue for developers since the App Store opened in 2008, which means the app market is growing at a tremendous rate, as last year's revenue alone represents 40% of the total.

What to Expect From Apple in 2015

2014 was a banner year for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Its stock underwent a 7-to-1 split and then reached an all time high after the launch of the iPhone 6 and its phablet counterpart, the iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite arrived and the Apple Watch was announced. Carplay debuted and Apple Pay was introduced and quickly became the largest mobile payment system in the known universe (in terms of registered credit cards). The company joined forces with IBM to launch IBM Mobile First for iOS, offering solutions for enterprise customers. Beats was acquired. Stock was bought back at an unprecedented rate and, although share prices have fluctuated a bit in recent weeks, the holiday quarter could be a record breaker.

What to expect from Apple in 2015

Apple has plenty more up its sleeve for 2015; here are a few products and upgrades to look for:

Apple Watch - This is the most sure-fire item on the list. The Apple Watch has been highly anticipated since the first whispers of an "iWatch" made their way to the rumor mill. It was officially announced in September, but there still has been no official announcement of a launch date. In its official press release, Apple says it will be available in "early 2015" at an opening price of $349. Valentine's Day seems to be on a lot of radars, but whatever the case, we expect it before April.

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