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Claim forms sent for iPad 3G lawsuit

Customers who ordered an iPad 3G before June 7, 2010 have begun receiving claim forms for the class action settlement over misleading AT&T iPad data plans. Apple previously agreed to pay $40 to customers as the result of a suit based on AT&T advertising of an iPad unlimited data plan that was later eliminated. Some customers may also be eligible to receive a $20/month discount from AT&T on the carrier’s 5GB monthly plan. A website for the settlement offers more information. [via Apple Insider]

Apple annual report: R&D up $1.1 billion

Apple has filed its annual 10-K report with the SEC, revealing another jump in research and development expenses, among other details. The company spent $4.48 billion on R&D in 2013, a 32 percent increase from last year’s $3.38 billion expenditure. Apple also now has 80,300 full-time employees — last year, the number was 72,800. The report also notes that the company plans on opening “about 30 new retail stores” in 2014, with two-thirds of those stores to be located outside the U.S. The entire report can be viewed on Apple’s investor website.

Apple confirms battery drain in some iPhone 5s units

Apple has confirmed a problem with a “small number” of iPhone 5s units causing the battery to drain quickly, The New York Times reports. “We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5s devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer said. “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.” Apple did not say just how many phones were affected, although the report notes it could be “a few thousand phones.”

Steve Jobs’ childhood home granted historic designation

Steve Jobs’ childhood home — where Jobs co-founded Apple — was recently deemed worthy of historic designation, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The house, located at 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, Calif., was unanimously voted a “historic resource” by the Los Altos Historical Commission on Monday night. Any possible renovations to the house in the future would need to pass a review. Jobs built the first 100 Apple 1 computers at the home, which will eventually be listed on the Registry of Historic Places.

Notes from Apple’s Q4 2013 conference call

Apple’s Q4 2013 earnings conference call kicked off with Apple CEO Tim Cook saying “Apple’s business is stronger than ever” while briefly discussing the company’s new and upcoming products. Cook said the company sold 150 million iPhones and 71 million iPads during the 2013 fiscal year. Apple also made more than $16 billion in revenue from iTunes software and services. Cook also said the company earned a record revenue of $171 billion in the 2013 fiscal year. Apple completed 15 strategic acquisitions during the year.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer started his portion of the call by discussing the just announced quarterly results. Oppenheimer said both iPhone and iPad sales exceeded expectations in the quarter. He also spent a few moments detailing the upcoming iPads before discussing Mac sales.

Oppenheimer said iTunes earned 4.4 billion in the September quarter. App developers have earned $13 billion through the App Store — half of that amount was earned in the last year. Oppenheimer announced Apple has $146.8 billion in cash, with $5.2 billion offshore.

During the Q&A, Cook called new technologies in the iPhone 5s — such as the 64-bit processor and Touch ID — “the front end of a long road map.” Cook expressed a desire to see the iPhone business grow within each category, from the entry model 4s to the 5s. “We do need growth,” Cook said. “And we’re happy that we’ve seen that.”

Asked about new product categories in the second half of 2013 and first half of 2014, Cook said, “I didn’t say in April that you would see them in this year and the first half of next year.” He only said there would be “new products” this year and “across 2014.”

Cook was complimented on Apple’s growth in China. “We had a pretty good quarter in China,” Cook said. “We obviously we want to do better.” He pointed out the company was able to launch the new iPhones in the “first round” in China.

Asked about the difference in how often people are upgrading iPhones as compared to iPads, Cook said, “We do believe the announcement last week was our largest iPad announcement ever.” He also said, “iPad Air is an absolutely incredible product, the best iPad we’ve ever done. I think it’s going to be an iPad Christmas.”

When asked about the competition from low-priced Google devices, Cook concentrated on Apple’s improvements in the education sector. “We do see Chromebooks in some places ... but the vast majority of people are buying PC/Mac or an iPad,” he said. Apple’s share of tablets in education is 94 percent.

Cook said there’s still a “backlog” for the iPhone 5s, but supply is building as the company rolls out the device to new countries. In regards to possible supply issues with the upcoming iPad mini with Retina display, Cook said it’s “unclear” if Apple can meet demand for the quarter. Cook noted Apple knows how many new iPad mini units it has, but isn’t quite sure of how high demand will be. As for the iPad Air, he said, “I think we’ll have a very good weekend,” but “it’s not clear” that everyone who wants an iPad Air will be able to get one.

Apple Q4 2013: 33.8m iPhones, 14.1m iPads, 3.5m iPods

Apple reported its fourth quarter 2013 financial results today, selling 33.8 million iPhones, a new record for the September quarter. It sold 26.9 million iPhones in Q4 2012. The company sold 14.1 million iPads in the fourth quarter, compared to 14 million in Q4 2012. Apple reported $37.5 billion quarterly revenue and a quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion — $8.26 per diluted share. In Q4 2012, Apple reported $36 billion quarterly revenue and a net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share.

Apple’s Board of Directors also declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company’s common stock, payable on Nov. 14 to shareholders of record, as of the close of business on Nov. 11. For the fiscal first quarter of 2014, Apple is providing guidance of revenue between $55 billion and $58 billion, and gross margin between 36.5 percent and 37.5 percent.

“We’re pleased to report a strong finish to an amazing year with record fourth quarter revenue, including sales of almost 34 million iPhones,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “We’re excited to go into the holidays with our new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iOS 7, the new iPad mini with Retina Display and the incredibly thin and light iPad Air, new MacBook Pros, the radical new Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks and the next generation iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS.”

“We generated $9.9 billion in cash flow from operations and returned an additional $7.8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the September quarter, bringing cumulative payments under our capital return program to $36 billion,” Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the release.

Update: A more detailed release reveals Apple’s dropping iPad sales numbers — the company sold 3.5 million iPods in Q4 2013, compared to 4.6 million iPods last quarter, and 5.3 million iPods in last year’s fourth quarter. In total, Apple has sold 382.78 Million iPods, 421.278 Million iPhones, and 169.18 Million iPads.

Apple to offer personal pickup for iPad Air

Apple will offer the personal pickup option for the upcoming iPad Air, according to recent reports. Customers will be able to reserve an iPad Air at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 1 and pick it up at an Apple store that day without a wait. The option to use personal pickup seems to indicate there won’t be any shortage of iPad Air supply on launch day. [via MacRumors]

Apple ordered to pay 12M euros for unpaid iPad fees

Apple has been ordered to pay 12 million euros to Copie France for iPads sold from March to December 2012, according to a report. While Apple collected fees from iPad consumers to be paid as renumeration for private copying, the money was apparently never actually paid to Copie France as required. French law requires payment for a number of devices and materials that can keep private copies of licensed material. Apple was ordered to pay 5 million euros in May for the same reason, and its total renumeration due has been estimated at 30 million euros. [via PC INpact]

Apple, others face anti-poaching class-action lawsuit

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe must face an anti-poaching class-action lawsuit representing more than 64,000 employees, Bloomberg reports. The employees claim their incomes were restricted by the companies agreeing not to recruit each other’s workers. According to the ruling of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, the suit represents technical employees, including software and hardware engineers, programmers, and web developers, among others. The original lawsuit from 2011 also included Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar; those companies settled out of court.

Tesla hires former Apple VP Doug Field

Tesla Motors has hired away Apple’s Doug Field, who worked at the company in design and engineering capacities since 2008. Field was most recently Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple, leading development of the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to a Tesla press release. His 2008 hiring from Segway was rumored at the time to be for a “moonshot” project, details of which were never confirmed. Field will be Vice President of Vehicle Programs at Tesla. [via Electrek]

Apple stores to open at 8 a.m. for iPad Air launch

Apple has confirmed on its website that its retail stores will open at 8 a.m. Nov. 1 for the launch of the iPad Air. Customers will also be able to order the iPad Air online on Nov. 1. Apple still lists the iPad mini with Retina display as “coming to stores later in November,” and will not be selling that model in stores during the Air launch.

Apple updates Find My iPhone for iOS 7

Following today’s release of iLife and iWork updates for iOS 7, Apple has also released an update to Find My iPhone providing a complete redesign for iOS 7. In keeping with the new iOS 7 design ethos, Find My iPhone 3.0 removes all of the traditional skeuomorphic elements in favour of the flatter iOS 7 user interface. The new update is primarily focused on UI redesign; a prior update already delivered an iOS 7 styled icon along with the new iOS 7 Find My iPhone features supporting Activation Lock and Lost Mode improvements.

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.2

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.2, its latest update to its venerable media management app. The latest version introduces support for OS X Mavericks, along with support for Arabic and Hebrew languages and performance and stability improvements. The latest version of iTunes can be downloaded via OS X Software Update or the “Check for Updates” options found within the iTunes app, or directly from Apple at http://www.itunes.com.

iLife and iWork app updates now live on App Store

The anticipated updates to Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now live on the App Store. Announced at the company’s iPad Event earlier today, the entire set of apps have been updated for iOS7 along with 64-bit support for the A7-equipped iPhone 5s and new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display models. All of the apps now include tighter iCloud integration, with iWork supporting new features to allow users to collaborate on documents across devices and platforms.

All of the apps now sport a 2.0 version number, and are a free update for existing users as well as available for free for anybody activating a new iOS device after September 1, 2013. Garageband is now available as a free download for anybody, with additional sounds and instruments available via in-app purchase.

Apple quietly changes iPad Air, Retina mini batteries

Apple’s new iPads — the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display — have quietly undergone significant battery changes from their prior incarnations, iLounge has learned. The iPad Air actually has a much smaller battery than the fourth-generation iPad — 32.4-Watt-hours compared to the previous model’s 42.5-Watt-hours; as a result, the battery should recharge faster, coming closer to the four-hour refueling times required from the iPad and iPad 2 than the five- to six-hours of the last two iPads.

Meanwhile, the Retina iPad mini is moving up to 23.8-Watt-hours from 16.3-Watt-hours in the original iPad mini—a 46% increase in battery size that will change how the new model works with external battery packs. Apple is now including a 10W charger to reduce recharging time. To read about the battery changes and more under-the-radar features in the new iPads, read our newest Ten Things You Didn’t Know article.

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

During today’s Apple event, Apple announced it would be discontinuing the fourth-generation iPad, and keeping the second-generation iPad in its lineup. The iPad 2 stays the same price, starting at $399 for the least expensive model. Apple also announced the original iPad mini would remain in its lineup, with its price now starting at $299 for the base model.

Updated Smart Cover, Smart Case launching with new iPads

In addition to the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple today announced new protective options for both devices.

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The polyurethane Smart Cover will cost $39 for either model. A brand new leather Smart Case will cost $79 for the iPad Air, and $69 for the iPad mini.

Apple debuts second-gen iPad mini with Retina display

Apple unveiled its second-generation iPad mini today, the first iPad mini with a Retina display. Like the iPad air, the new mini also features the 64-bit A7 chip and Wi-Fi 802.11n with MIMO. The new mini comes in silver and space gray.

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Wi-Fi versions of the second-generation iPad mini are priced at $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB), $599 (64GB), and $699 (128GB). The Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the device are priced at $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), $729 (64GB), and $829 (128GB), respectively. The new iPad mini will be available “later in November.”

Live updates from Apple’s 2013 iPad Event

Apple is holding a special event today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California to unveil the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini, alongside updated iLife and iWork software—and quite possibly some surprises. In addition to individual stories discussing the developments as they happen, we’re providing this running, updated feed of what’s taking place at the event. If you have computer or iOS device access, you can watch the proceedings for yourself at Apple’s web site, otherwise enjoy our text-based coverage as the event takes place, and afterwards.

iPad: Apple sold 170m iPads as of this month. 475,000 apps just for iPad. iPad Air introduced as the fifth-generation iPad’s name. New A7 chip is inside. iPad 2 lives on for $399, amazingly. iPad mini 1G drops to $299, and Retina iPad mini starts at $399.

Apps: Apple announces 1 million apps in the App Store, downloaded 60 billion times. All new iLife apps for iOS + Mac, including flattened and simplified iMovie, flattened iPhoto, and 64-bit support for A7-series devices. Free with iOS devices, starting today. iWork also free, available today.

Mac: Retina MacBook Pros now $200 less expensive, featuring new components, and 13” model is thinner and lighter than before. OS X Mavericks released today, free to all Mac users of Snow Leopard or newer machines.

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Today’s Apple event to stream live on web, Apple TV

Today’s Apple event will be streamed live on Apple’s web site and on Apple TV. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific. This morning, the Apple Events icon popped up on the Apple TV main page, followed by the announcement on Apple.com.

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It’s expected that Apple will unveil a fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini with Retina display today. Recent speculation suggests that the company could also debut iPad covers, and other accessories are also likely for the new models.

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