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Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify to the House Judiciary Committee today as part of an ongoing investigation into potential antitrust concerns and anti-competitive behavior. Cook will appear alongside Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Head below for the full live blog of today’s hearing.

Prepared remarks

All four of the big tech executives have already shared a copy of their opening prepared remarks for today’s hearing. In Apple’s case, Tim Cook argues that Apple is not a dominant player in any of the markets in which it operates and that the App Store serves as a trusted place for users and developers alike.

The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee has been investigating the digital marketplace since last June.

‘Since last June, the subcommittee has been investigating the dominance of a small number of digital platforms and the adequacy of existing antitrust laws and enforcement,’ House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler and Antitrust Subcommittee chairman David Cicilline said in a joint statement earlier this month.

You can read the full prepared remarks from Cook, Bezos, Pichai, and Zuckerberg below:

How to watch the Tim Cook testimony

The US House will stream today’s hearing live on YouTube. All four of the big tech CEOs will appear in the hearing remotely via video conferencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch from the US House Judiciary Committee’s YouTube channel. Learn more in our full guide on how to watch right here.

Tim Cook’s testimony: Live blog

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McBath asks the four witnesses if they commit to improving the diversity of its senior leadership. All four say yes.

Neguse mentions Tile item trackers and the idea that Apple takes ideas from developers on its platforms.

“We run the App Store to help developers, not hurt them. We would never steal somebody’s IP.”

There’s no other word to describe this other than lie. Just look at how many of their apps in the AppStore have private entitlements and use private API. The Clips app doesn’t even ask you for camera permission, it gets it by default*

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) July 29, 2023

Rep. Neguse asks Cook about the App Store guidelines and whether developers are told not to clone apps.

Cook: “I’m not totally familiar but I believe that’s the case. We were getting a number of apps that were essentially the same thing.”

— kif (@kifleswing) July 29, 2023

 Rep. Scanlon asks Bezos if Amazon designated its own in-house products as “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bezos says this was not the case to the best of his knowledge.

Rep. Jordan asks Tim Cook, “is the cancel culture mob dangerous?”

Cook: “It’s something I’m not all the way up to speed on. If you’re talking about where somebody with a different point of view talks and they’re canceled, I don’t think that’s good. I think it’s good for people to hear different points of view and decide for themselves.”

Rep. Raskin asks Cook for clarity about the App Store commission. Cook explains that subscriptions start at 30% in the first year, then drops to 15% in the second year. 84% of apps pay nothing to Apple, Cook says. “There are enormous choices out there. If you’re a developer you can write for Android, Windows, Xbox, or Playstation,” he says.

Nadler asks about the Hey app debacle. Cook says that “Hey is in the store today and we’re happy they’re there.” He emphasizes that Apple receives 100,000 app submissions per day and it does make mistakes.

Nadler questions Tim Cook about a recent New York Times report, which detailed how Apple planned to take a cut from virtual experiences such as Airbnb and ClassPass, which were prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nadler asks if this is “pandemic profiteering.”

Cook: “We would never do that. A pandemic is a tragedy and it’s hurting Americans and all around the world. I believe the cases you’re talking about are cases where something has moved to a digital service which technically does need to go through our commission model. In both cases that I’m aware of, we are working with the developers.

“They’re not. We’re very p[roud of what we’ve done in education and we’re serving that market in a significant way. We will work with people who happen to move from a physical to a virtual world because of the pandemic.”

Steube asks all four witnesses if they believe that the Chinese government steals technology from the United States.

Cook: “I don’t know of specific cases where we have been stolen from by the government. I know of no case of ours where it’s occurred. I can only speak to first-hand knowledge.”

Zuckerberg says it’s a well-documented fact that China steals from American companies.

Johnson goes on to question why Facebook repackaged Onavo as the Facebook Research app and used it to pay teens to take surveys. Zuckerberg says he’s not aware of this.

Johnson asks Zuckerberg about Facebook’s acquisition of Onavo, and its eventual removal from the App Store. Zuckerberg says the app was not kicked out of the App Store, but rather removed when Apple changed its policies.

Rep. Johnson asks Zuckerberg about how Facebook uses things like APIs and the Like button to learn about its competitors. Zuckerberg agrees and says this is common market research.

Rep. Gaetz questioning Pichai on preserving the neutrality of the Google platform. Pichai says that Google would take “strong action” against using political agendas to manipulate any of its platforms.

Cicilline questions Zuckerberg on why Facebook took so long to remove the incorrect and debunked hydroxychloroquine video on Monday.

We’re now moving into the third and final round of questioning. Cicilline kicks things off by asking Zuckerberg if he has a responsibility to remove harmful lies from Facebook. “I do not believe we have any incentive to have this content on our platform, except it’s often the most engaging,” Zuckerberg says.

McBath now questioning why Apple rejected an app from publisher Random House, at the same time Random House was refusing to join the iBooks Store.

Cook: “There are many reasons why the app might not go through the App Store gate. It might not work properly or there might be other issues.”

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

McBath goes on to question Apple’s removal of competing screen time applications from the App Store.

Cook: “We were concerned about the privacy and security of kids. The technology that was being used at the time was used MDM and it had the ability to take over a kid’s screen. There’s vibrant competition of parental controls out there.”

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

Rep. McBath: Does Apple have the ability to restrict apps from the App Store?

Cook: “If you look at the history of this, we’ve increased the number of apps from 500 to 1.7 million. We want every app we can on the platform.”

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

Rep. Neguse questions Bezos on e-commerce market share and AWS. “Does Amazon use AWS data to build competing services,” Neguse asks. “Not to my knowledge,” Bezos responds.

Demings says she is concerned that “Apple apps always win,” questioning Apple’s removal of third-party screen time apps

Cook: “The use of a technology called MDM placed kids’ data at risk and so we were worried about the safety of kids.”

Demings asks about a specific app used by the Saudi Arabian government that was not removed, despite using MDM technology. “I’m not familiar with that app. I’d like to look into this and get back to your office. We apply the rules to all developers evenly,” Cook says.

“There are over 30 parental controls on the App Store today, so there is plenty of competition. This is not an area where Apple gets any revenue at all,” Cook says.

Rep. Demings questions Zuckerberg about Facebook’s integration of third-party platforms, questioning why Facebook would cut off Pinterest but not Netflix. Zuckerberg “not familiar with that exchange,” but says Pinterest is a social competitor.

Rep. Armstrong asks Bezos about using aggregate data to compete with third-party sellers.

And we’re back after a brief recess.

Rep. Johnson questions Bezos on counterfeit products on Amazon. Bezos says Amazon works hard on this issue and that the company does a lot to prevent counterfeiting.

Rep. Steube is back with more questions for Sundar Pichai. This time, he wants to know why YouTube pulled the debunked hydroxychloroquine video.

Nadler questions Zuckerberg on inflated video views on Facebook and the effects that had on journalists. Zuckerberg “regrets the mistake.”

Rep. Gaetz is back with more questions for Google’s Pichai regarding the company’s dominance in the search industry, attempting to make a connection between Google manually alternating search results, bias, and fringe websites.

Rep. Raskin asks Bezos if Amazon prices the Echo device below cost. Bezos says if it’s on promotion, it might be below cost. “Our vision to this is that smart home speakers should answer to different wake words,” Bezos says.

Bezos’ answers are sometimes surprisingly honest:

Has Alexa been trained to promote buying Amazon products?

Bezos: “I don’t know… We do promote our own products”

— Geoffrey A. Fowler (@geoffreyfowler) July 29, 2023

Rep. Raskin asks Bezos about HBO Max coming to Fire TV. Bezos says it’s simply two large companies trying to negotiate the details.

Rep. Buck asks the four witnesses if they agree that if their respective companies would agree not to use slave labor. “I would love to engage on the legislation with you, Congressman, but let me be clear forced labor is abhorrent,” Cook says. He adds that Apple would terminate a supplier relationship if slave labor usage was discovered.

Jayapal asks Zuckerberg if Facebook has threatened to clone a competitor while also trying to acquire it. Zuckerberg says he is not aware of that happening, but Jayapal reminds him that he is under oath. The congresswoman questions Zuckerberg about copying Instagram and Snapchat, but Zuckerberg dodges and says he doesn’t remember those conversations.

“Facebook is a case study, in my mind, of monopoly power, because your company harvests and monetizes our data, and then your company uses that data to spy on competitors and to copy, acquire and kill rivals,” Jayapal concludes.

Damnnnnn…. On Facebook cloning Instagram pre-sale:

“Instagram’s founder seemed to think that was a threat – he confided in an investor at the time that he feared you would *go into quote destroy mode* if he didn’t sell Instagram to you.”@RepJayapal

— Patrick McGee (@PatrickMcGee_) July 29, 2023

Rep. Jayapal asks Zuckerberg if Facebook copies features from competitors. Zuckerberg says Facebook adapts features that competitors first had.

Rep. Sensenbrenner pushes Zuckerberg on Instagram acquisition again, saying that it was the Obama administration FTC that approved the acquisition. “I have reached the conclusion that we do not need to change our antitrust laws. The question here is the enforcement of those laws,” Sensenbrenner said.

That concludes the first round of questions, and we move immediately into round two. Chairman Cicilline presses Bezos on whether sellers have alternative places to sell online.

McBath asks Bezos if sellers would still flock to Amazon if the company didn’t have monopolistic power. Bezos rejects “the premise of the questions.”

Rep. McBath questions Bezos about stifling third-party sellers on Amazon, including a textbook company that says they were restricted by Amazon. Bezos says that such behavior is not “systematically what’s going on.”

Rep. Neguse asks Zuckerberg about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. “WhatsApp was also both a competitor and complementary,” Zuckerberg said. “They competed with us in the area of social messaging which is an important space.”

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

Scanlon asks Bezos about Amazon’s acquisition of chúng tôi seeking details about Amazon’s pricing and trying to lower the deal cost. Bezos says he “doesn’t remember that at all.”

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

It’s Rep. Scanlon’s turn to ask questions to the witnesses: “We’d like to redirect you to antitrust law instead of fringe conspiracy theories,” she says. Rep. Jordan fights back, and Chairman Cicilline tells Jordan to “put your mask on.”

Rep. Demings questions Pichai about Google’s acquisition and the effects it had on user privacy.

Demings asks whether the more user data collected means more money for Google. “Most of the data we collect is to help users,” Pichai says.

Steube now asks Pichai why his campaign emails are being sent to “Junk” folders for Gmail users.

Rep. Steube questions Google’s Pichai about The Gateway Pundit, a far-right news website. Steube says the website was unavailable via Google Search until recently.

Rep. Jayapal questions Bezos about whether Amazon uses seller data to make competitive products. Bezos says it’s against company policy, but unclear if it’s happened in the past.

We’re back with Rep. Armstrong questioning Pichai about censoring conservative views and whether Google’s size protects it from criticism.

We’ve now entered a 10-minute recess while the committee “fixes a technical feed with one of our witnesses.”

Rep. Raskin asks Zuckerberg about election integrity, white supremacy, and social division in the US. Zuckerberg emphasizes that Facebook has hired over 30,000 people to protect against election interference.

Meanwhile, over in Bezos land:

— Claire Reilly (@reillystyley) July 29, 2023

Rep. Gaetz questions Google’s Pichai about working with the Chinese government, but not the US military.

Rep. Johnson asks “what’s to stop Apple from increasing App Store commissions to 50%?”

Cook emphasizes they’ve never raised commissions, and there is a competition for developers. “They can write their apps for Android, Windows, Xbox, Playstation. It’s like a street fight for market share.”

Johnson asks if Apple ever retaliates against developers who speak out about App Store concerns:

“We do not retaliate or bully people. It’s strongly against our company culture.”

Johnson asks Cook about Amazon’s agreement with Apple, is this program available to any developer?

Cook: “It’s available to anyone meeting the conditions.”

Rep. Johnson: Does Apple treat every app and every developer the same?

Cook: “We treat every developer the same. We have open rules. It’s a rigorous process. Because we care about privacy and quality, we do look at every app before it goes on. We apply these rules equally to everyone.”

Rep. Johnson asks Cook about the App Store.

“The App Store is a feature of the iPhone, much like the camera is,” Cook says.

— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) July 29, 2023

Rep. Ken Buck questions Google’s Pichai about the company’s ties to China, the reasoning for dropping out of the JEDI military contract, etc.

Rep. Buck also points to the Genius vs Google lyrics disagreement.

Nadler asks Zuckerberg whether Instagram should be broken off as a separate business today if the initial reason for the acquisition was to stifle a potential competitor. Zuckerberg cites unanimous approval from the FTC.

“With hindsight, it probably looks obvious that Instagram would have reached the scale that it has today but at the time it was far from obvious. We invested heavily in building up the infrastructure.”

Rep. Nadler now questions Zuckerberg about Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram.

Zuckerberg says it was a very successful acquisition, Instagram now reaches more people than ever thought possible.

Rep. Nadler references newly-leaked emails that show Zuckerberg was worried “Instagram can hurt” Facebook. “In the space of mobile photos and camera apps, which was growing, they were a competitor,” Zuckerberg says today.

Rep. Sensenbrenner pivots back to censorship. Asks Zuckerberg about censorship of content including hydroxychloroquine, particularly mentioning Donald Trump Jr. Zuckerberg reminds Sensenbrenner that it was Trump Jr.’s Twitter account was reprimanded, not his Facebook account.

Cicilline pushes Pichai on whether Google used web traffic surveillance to find competitive threats:

Pichai: “We try to understand trends from data, which we can see, which can be used to improve our products for our users, but we are really focused on improving our products.”

Now, it’s time for questioning. First up is Chairman Cicilline, who questions Google’s Pichai about whether or not Google steals content and privileges from other businesses.

This is related to allegations from Yelp that Google stole reviews and other content.

Pichai: “With respect, I disagree with that characterization.”

Finally, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is delivering his opening statement.

Statement by Mark Zuckerberg to the US House Committee on the Judiciary

Third, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is reading his prepared remarks.

“In the more than a decade since the App Store debuted, we have never raised the commission or added a single fee. In fact, we have reduced them for subscriptions and exempted additional categories of apps. The App Store evolves with the times, and every change we have made has been in the direction of providing a better experience for our users and a compelling business opportunity for developers.”

Read Tim Cook’s full opening statement to today’s antitrust committee

“Just as American leadership in these areas is not inevitable, we know Google’s continued success is not guaranteed. Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving.”

You can read Pichai’s full prepared remarks here.

“Every day, Amazon competes against large, established players like Target, Costco, Kroger, and, of course, Walmart—a company more than twice Amazon’s size. And while we have always focused on producing a great customer experience for retail sales done primarily online, sales initiated online are now an even larger growth area for other stores.”

You can read the full text of his prepared remarks here.

Chairman Cicilline invites the four witnesses to unmute their WebEx stream and swear in:

“I’ll just cut to the chase: big tech is out to get conservatives.”

“If it doesn’t end, there have to be consequences.”

Here’s a look at the WebEx setup for this remote hearing:

“These dominant platforms now comprise the essential infrastructure for the 21st century.

“Being big is not necessarily bad. In America, you should be rewarded for your success. My colleagues and I have a great interest in what your companies do with that accumulated power.”

We also know that the tech marketplace is driven by data — there are

And here we go… kicking off with an opening statement from Chairman David Cicilline emphasizing the bipartisan nature of this investigation.

“Our two objectives have been to document competition problems in the digital economy, and to evaluate whether the current antitrust framework is able to properly address them.”

“As gatekeepers of the digital economy, these platforms enjoy the power to pick winners and losers, shake down small businesses and enrich themselves while choking off competitors”

President Trump weighs in:

If Congress doesn’t bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders. In Washington, it has been ALL TALK and NO ACTION for years, and the people of our Country are sick and tired of it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2023

Update: The antitrust hearing has been delayed for approximately 30 minutes, so we now expect a start sometime between 9:30 a.m. PT and 10 a.m. PT/12:30 pm and 1 p.m. ET.

For a more Google-focused look at today’s hearing, be sure to check out our sister site 9to5Google.

The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. The process will start with opening remarks from all four of the CEOs: Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos.

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Will Apple Ceo Tim Cook Make A Game Console?

Will Apple CEO Tim Cook make a Game Console?

As many of you know, I’ve often been critical on these pages of Apple’s inability to fully capitalize on the living room. I’m a firm believer that the company has a real opportunity to be a dominant force in home entertainment, and yet, it hasn’t done anything to prove that. So far, the Apple TV is the best offering it has, and most would agree, that that device is still just a “hobby.”

Exactly why Apple has been so loath to fully double down on the living room is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s because the company is so focused on mobile products, like the iPad and iPhone. Or perhaps it simply doesn’t see any opportunity in the living room.

However, my guess is that Steve Jobs didn’t see a good reason to chase after the dominance of another space until his company could fully cement its position in the mobile market. What’s more, I’m not convinced that Jobs wanted Apple to be another Sony, offering a host of home-theater products that only some people like.

And while I understand that idea, I do believe that the single product Jobs should have launched is a game console.

The way I see it, the game console is the centerpiece of any home-theater set-up. For many folks, it’s the device they use to watch movies, stream Netflix content, and play games. It’s an all-in-one option.

And yet, during his tenure as CEO at Apple, Jobs never provided any indication that he would try and take on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in the gaming space.

But will Tim Cook?

I think he should. Looking around the App Store, it has become abundantly clear that Apple is now, at the very least, a game seller. And at the very most, the company is no different from Nintendo, offering a portable device that lets owners play video games, while relying on third parties to develop those titles.

What’s more, Apple’s devices have been stealing significant market share away from other makers of portable-gaming products, thanks to the average consumer’s desire to pick up their phone, check e-mail, play a few levels in a game, and then place a call.

Given Apple’s success in the mobile gaming space, why shouldn’t Tim Cook want to compete in the living room with a game console? After all, Apple has proven that it understands how to build a gamer-friendly device, it has a marketplace in the App Store to offer digital titles to customers, and it has the cash on hand to develop a device that could set a new standard in the gaming market.

At this point, there’s simply no compelling reason for Apple’s new CEO to not at least consider offering a game console. The video games industry is ready for a new entrant to shake things up and start it on a new path.

Why shouldn’t the Tim Cook-led Apple be that agent of change?

Apple ‘Spring Loaded’ April Event: News Hub And Live Blog

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Apple is holding its first special event of the year today, and we expect a combination of iPad announcements, AirTags, and more.

Apple’s live stream will begin at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, and you can follow along in 9to5Mac’s Apple Event News Hub for the latest coverage. Head below and refresh throughout the event for more.

What to expect during Apple’s April Event

If you haven’t been following along with the rumors, here’s a quick recap of everything Apple could announce at today’s event. Not all of these are set in stone, but they are all possibilities:

How to watch the ‘Spring Loaded’ Apple Event

The April Apple Event is once again completely virtual due to the pandemic. Apple is streaming the event video directly from Apple Park, and we expect it to be pre-recorded. Things will kick off at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

Apple makes it easy to watch from any of your devices. Here’s our full guide to doing so via Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more:

Apple Event Live Blog

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And that’s a wrap…60 minutes on the dot. Stay tuned for more coverage on 9to5Mac throughout the rest of the day.

11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, 12.9-inch starts at $1099. Order on April 30, available in the second half of May

New white Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses a new display that uses Liquid Retina XDR, 1000 nits of full brightness, 16000 nits peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

Center Stage is a new feature to track your location during a video call using a new 12MP ultra-wide front-facing camera

The new iPad Pro also supports 5G connectivity, mmWave 5G in the US only

New iPad Pro supports Thunderbolt and USB-4 support, “fastest and most versatile port ever on an iPad”

The new iPad Pro features 2x faster storage access and a new 2TB storage configuration for the first time

Now it’s time for the iPad Pro: M1 chip on the inside with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU

The new iMac comes in seven different colors. It starts at $1299 for the base model, and scales to $1499. Order on April 30 and available in the second half of May.

New Magic Keyboard color-matched to the iMac with support for Touch ID for the first time

The new iMac features a 24-inch display with Apple Silicon M1 inside. There’s also a 1080p FaceTime camera on the front.

New Apple TV 4K confirmed: A12 Bionic processor, high refresh rate support, new color balance feature, more

Now we’re getting a sneak peak at Ted Lasso season 2

AirTags are now official, customizable with emoji and words, safety features to discourage unwanted tag detection, $29 for one or $99 for four. Pre-orders begin on Friday, with the first orders shipping on April 30

Apple announces new purple iPhone 12 color, available for pre-order on Friday

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions officially announced, allowing listeners to support podcast creators directly

Apple Card Family officially announced with support for multiple users

And we’re live…Tim Cook is taking us on a walk through Apple Park while talking about Apple’s commitment to green energy

The stream is now live on Apple’s website:

Much like the Apple Online Store, apparently the Discover tab of the Home app is also down ahead of the event

It sounds like Apple has a “massive production” in store for us…

Tim Cook is real to kick things off:

It’s a beautiful spring morning for an #AppleEvent! See you soon. chúng tôi Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 20, 2023

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Live Blog: Apple’s Q3 Earnings Call

To coincide with Apple’s Q3 2013 earnings release, the company will hold a live conference call to discuss the results at 2 PM Pacific/ 5 PM Eastern Time. Below, we will have a full live blog of the proceedings. We’ll be nothing things of interest.

– Waiting for the call to start

– Oppenheimer speaking now. New June record for iPhone sales. Overall revenue up 1% for the year ago quarter. Gross margin and revenue both at the high end of the predicted range. Diluted earnings of $7. 47.

– Talking iPhone. 20% increase YOY. iPhone sales ahead of expectations. Apple is very pleased about this, especially in both developed and emerging markets. iPhone 5 remains by far the most popular iPhones, but Apple is happy with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S sales. 4-6 weeks of iPhone channel inventory. 51% sales increase in the U.S. iPhone once again achieves #1 spot in smartphone market. 39% share.

– iPhone top selling smartphone in Japan. 66% growth.

– 93% loyalty rate among iPhone owners. iPhone continues to lead in terms of customer experience. iPhone earns top JD Power spot (9 consecutive times). Also highly satisfied based on several other surveys. Also a smartphone choice for enterprise, business, and government clients.

– American Airlines, Cisco, GE, and more have deployed more than 25,000 iPhones each. Government agencies are supporting and managing thousands of iPhones on their networks (and creating their own apps).

– Turning to Mac, Apple was pleased with 3.8 million Mac sales. Decline, yet higher than expectations. Oppenheimer talking the new MacBook Airs and Mac Pro. Assembled in US, available later this year.

– Oppenheimer now talking OS X Mavericks with iBooks and Maps, Finder Tags/Tabs, new Technologies for performance, new Safari. Available this fall.

– Oppenheimer talking education: 1.1 million iPad unit sales to Education. Talking about massive iPad rollout to Los Angeles district.

– iTunes Store generates 4.3 billion dollars in the June quarter. Best App Store week ever in the last week of the quarter.

– Oppenheimer talking recently added content to Apple TV and iTunes. Big Movie and TV show episode download numbers. Apple Developers have made over 11 billion dollars in App Store sales, half of which within the last four quarters. 900 billion iMessages, 125 billion photos, 8 trillion push notifications. Thanks for the security and popularity of iOS, iPhone 5 is by far the most activated device in the enterprise.

– Oppenheimer talking iWork for iCloud beta coming in the fall. Apple also excited about iOS 7 this fall, with new design, Control Center, new Multitasking, Photos, etc.

– Oppenheimer talking Retail numbers.

– Oppenheimer also discussing debt offering and share purchase program.

– Now discussing the expectations for the next quarter.

– Moving on to Q/A.

– “We are on track to have a very busy fall, and go into more detail in October.”

– Asking about smartphone growth slowing perspective. Cook: From a growth point-of-view, our key catalyst will always be new products and services in both existing and new categories. Additionally, we have opportunities and distribution from retail expansion and carrier relationships. There are more market expansion opportunities. “I think we have lots of growth opportunities,” Cook says. He also doesn’t think the higher-end of the smartphone market has reached a peak. Cook says iPad web share data means the iPad has hit 84% of tablet web traffic. Cook also talking iPad growth in education.

Cook calls talk of the trade-in program “rumor.” He’s really dancing around this one.

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 23, 2013

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 23, 2013

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 23, 2013

Incredible question by this guy. What’s your *Real* philosophy on sales?

— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 23, 2013

– Question about iOS 7 in the Car. Cook says having something in the automobile is very important, this is something that people want, and this is something that Apple can do better than anyone else.

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Mediastack: Live News And Blog Articles Rest Api

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Live Blog: Apple’s Fiscal Year Q2 2023 Earnings Call

For all of the details from Apple’s earnings release, check out our full coverage here. Tim Cook had the following to say regarding the release:

“We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter. Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose.”

As usual, we’ll have live coverage of Apple’s earnings call in this post. The call will begin at 2PM PT/5PM ET, with Tim Cook will likely speaking first, followed by CFO Luca Maestri. A question and answer session will round out the call.

Check out all of the details from the call below:

Tim Cook:

Recapping earlier numbers, “we feel great about this performance”

Strong performance despite headwinds, high demand for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone active installable grew by double digits year over year

Services revenue “well on the way” to a Fortune 100 company size, again topping $7 billion

App Store revenue up 40 percent year-over-year, number of developers offering apps increases by 26 percent

“Double digit” growth for Apple Music & iCloud subscriptions

AirPods: Demand still greatly exceeds supply

Beats, Apple Watch, and AirPods combined are size of Fortune 500 company

165 million “paid subscriptions” such as Apple Music & iCloud

Apple Pay: Live in 45 markets, 4.5 million transactions in U.S. alone

Messages: “great momentum,” 380,000 messages per second during Super Bowl

Tim says he’s “very excited” for WWDC (SHOCKER!)

Talks up Apple’s latest environment report, reiterates earlier numbers that can be found here

“Excited” about Apple Park, main building will house 13,000 employees under one roof

Apple will continue to invest in U.S. market, spent $50 billion in U.S. last year

Created 2 million jobs

 Now on to Luca Maestri to reiterate some of the earlier numbers from Apple’s release….

Luca Maestri:

iPhone ASP hit $655 thanks to continued demand for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Double digit revenue growth in U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Turkey

iPhone channel inventory reduced by 1.2 million during quarter

Services up 18 percent year over year

iPad channel inventory flat, iPad “very successful” in segment of market where it competes

New enterprise record for March, Capitol One has given associates Macs & Apple Watch

Volkswagen has selected iPhone for “corporate standard”

AAPL expects to return about $89 billion during next 8 quarters

Question and Answer

On withholding payments from Qualcomm:

Luca says Apple made it very clear they are accruing, no intentions on paying more than what’s currently accruing

On iPhone 7 Plus demand and initial supply shortages:

Tim says Apple initially struggled with the breakdown between 7 and 7 Plus, but lesson learned and balance has been restored

On China:

Tim says first half 2023 performance much better than first half of 2024

Mac revenue up 20 percent in China

Apple sold highest number of Plus models ever during Q2

Traffic in retail stores in China up 27 percent year over year, still “very important ” to Apple

7 out of 10 highest traffic stores now located in China

More color on 165 million subscriber numbers:

Same number quoted at 150 million

“Sense of momentum” thanks to 15 million growth

Number of paying accounts growing, while average payment per account also growing

Is there an opportunity for Apple to do more in wearables as some say Watch is disappointing?

Apple Watch represents a “key product” for Apple, company took its time to make it right versus launching first

Really proud of growth of Apple Watch business

Add the Beats + AirPods business and wearables are Fortune 500-size for Apple

Watch business is hard and competitors are falling out, but Apple still committed

“Really great pipeline”

iPhone at 9 year low in purchasing intent?

Apple believes slowing purchase cycle is partly due to increasing reports about what next iPhone will feature (HA!)

Tim says he hasn’t looked at the data in detail

Channel reduction coming for iPhone in June quarter?

Apple doesn’t provide guidance for channel inventory, goal is always to have optimal weeks + level


Third largest smartphone market behind China and United States

Now that 4G is going up, huge opportunity for Apple and growth

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