Apple just made a mind-blowing amount of money

Apple iPhone 6

Apple posted its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 – the period ending December 27, 2014 – and the results are mind-blowing.

Thanks to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple sold more phones than in any previous quarter. With markedly different designs and new features, the new handsets finally gave old iPhone users a good reason to upgrade, and interest in large phablet-style phones has never been higher.

But that wasn’t Apple’s only record – the company also made more money from Mac and App Store sales.

And perhaps the biggest milestone of all is that with $18.04 billion (about £11.87b, AU$22.72b) in profit, Apple just made more money in a single quarter than any other company in history, according to TechCrunch.

Apple vs natural gas

Apple reportedly unseated Gazprom, a Russian natural gas company, beating its record by a couple of billions. The iPhone maker now holds five of the top 20 of these records, the other 15 all belonging to oil and gas companies. Holy crap.

Vastly increased sales in China helped in this area as well, it seems.

As far as the nitty gritty, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Compare that to 51 million iPhones sold during the same period the year prior.

And the company’s total revenue grew 30% year-over-year to $74.6 billion (about £49b, AU$94b).

For the second quarter Apple predicts revenue between $52 billion (about £34b, AU$65b) and $55 billion (about £36b, AU$69).


LG Ice Cream Smart debuts in Korea as the company’s second clamshell smartphone

LG Ice Cream Smart debuts in Korea as the company's second clamshell smartphone

LG on Sunday officially announced the Ice Cream Smart, its second smartphone to have a clamshell form factor – after the Wine Smart. As we assumed last week, when we first heard about the Ice Cream Smart, the new handset is the modern successor to LG’s Ice Cream KF350 from 2008.

The Ice Cream Smart runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and is available starting this week in South Korea, in two color variants: mint and pink. The smartphone costs about $277, and doesn’t have an external display (like Samsung’s range of Android clamshells).

The screen of the LG Ice Cream Smart is a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) one, similar to the display of the Wine Smart. The new handset is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor (probably a Snapdragon 400, though LG doesn’t mention this), has 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. Other features include LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, DMB-TV, Bluetooth 4.0, VGA front-facing camera, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 1700 mAh battery.

We guess the Ice Cream Smart could be successful among users who still like clamshells and don’t need the latest and greatest features. Mind you, this seems to be a Korea-only device (LG is well known for often launching unusual handsets in its home country, without introducing them in other markets).

ZTE Blade V2 is a 64-bit affordable smartphone that’s good for selfies

ZTE Blade V2 is a 64-bit affordable smartphone that's good for selfies
ZTE has a new 64-bit smartphone that’s been included in the company’s Blade series (and this time it’s not an iPhone 6 wannabe). Called ZTE Blade V2, the new handset won’t impress anyone with its specs and design – that’s why we’re expecting it to be very affordable.

It seems that the Blade V2 is an improved version of the Blade Vec 4G that was released last year. The most significant improvements include the presence of a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor (instead of the Snapdragon 400 that’s powering the older handset), and a 5 MP front-facing camera that lets you take selfies using gesture controls. There’s also a slightly larger battery: 2400 mAh, instead of the 2300 mAh one of the Blade Vec 4G.

Running Android KitKat, the ZTE Blade V2 sports a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Furthermore, it features LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory.

ZTE didn’t say when and where the Blade V2 will be launched. However, since the promo video that presents it – embedded below – is in English, we assume the handset will be available internationally.

Samsung Galaxy S6 will reportedly copy one crucial iPhone feature

Samsung Galaxy S6 will reportedly copy one crucial iPhone feature

Galaxy S6 getting a new fingerprint scanner?

By Michael Rougeau  January 16th


Samsung Galaxy S6 will reportedly copy one crucial iPhone feature
No more swiping for fingerprint recognition?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is rumored to be a major redesign compared to the Galaxy S5, with a new look and materials and massively improved specs.

Now we’ve learned of one additional way in which the Galaxy S6 might differ from its predecessor, while at the same time becoming more similar to the iPhone: its fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy S6 will do away with the swipe-style fingerprint reader and gain one more similar to Apple’s TouchID sensor, with touch-based recognition in the home button instead of a sensor that requires users to swipe a finger, according to SamMobile.

That also means a larger home button than previous Galaxy phones, altering the line’s design in a very noticeable way.

Seems legit

The site heard this from “highly credible sources,” and it has a pretty good track record on these things, so this could be legit.

Less certain is what processor the S6 will include, as rumors say it won’t be the Snapdragon 810.

OnePlus One to get a stable Android Lollipop

Adventurous OnePlus One owners can already install an alpha version of an Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM, or a CyanogenMod 12 nightly build on their handsets, but what about a final, stable update to Lollipop? Well, this should be available pretty soon, and it’s coming from Cyanogen.

According to Android Central, Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik confirmed that current plans are to offer a final Lollipop / CyanogenMod 12 build to OnePlus One users next month (February). As previously reported, customers who are buying the OnePlus One from India should not expect to receive updates from Cyanogen. Instead, they’ll have to wait for OnePlus to polish its own Android 5.0 ROM.

Meanwhile, after selling about 1 million OnePlus One handsets, OnePlus is busy with the development on the OnePlus Two, which should be introduced in the second, or third quarter of this year. Even more, another, different new smartphone from the company could be released this year – reportedly, this one could cater more to users who “appreciate design over specs.”

Xiaomi Mi5 Leak Reveals Thin Flagship

Chinese giant Xiaomi has been readying its new smartphone flagship, the Mi5 or Mi4 S, and the device has already been leaked numerous times. However, we have received perhaps our most concrete leak so far today with the design of the handset laid bare a week before its January 15th launch date.

As you can see by the image above, the handset will be very thin at 5.1mm thick (and made of metal) and is meant to come loaded with high end specs such as a Full HD screen (possible Quad HD depending the rumor) and a Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor paired with 3GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Reveals the Redmi 2

Redmi 2
Redmi 2

Xiaomi has raised the curtain on its new budget smartphone, the Redmi 2, a follow up to 2014’s Redmi 1S handset. The Chinese company launched the device on Sunday as it plans another year of growth after selling over 60 million smartphones in 2014. The new Redmi 2 is more of an evolutionary step over the last model as opposed to a radical overhaul.

It comes with the same 720p resolution 4.7-inch screen as the Redmi 1S, while memory configuration (1GB), 8GB of one board storage (expandable), and the 8 megapixel rear camera have also been retain. Changes include a bump to the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, an improved 2 megapixel front facing camera, a 2200 mAh battery, and the inclusion of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

I expect the Redmi 2 will be in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in due course, upgrading it to Google’s latest and greatest. The big change here is that Xiaomi has given the Redmi 2 LTE connectivity, something the older device lacked. The new smartphone supports WCDMA, GSM, TD LTE, and LTE FDD pipelines.
The handset will link up to major Chinese networks. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is already available for pre-order, but you can probably guess that it will be exclusive to China and the Southeast Asian market, at least for now. It is available in white, black, green, yellow and pink, while it carries a price of $112.60 (equivalent Chinese). Price is of course the clinching factor in deciding whether those modest specs are any good and luckily it seems Xiaomi has got the mix just right once more.