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  • Apple and Dream Corps build career opportunities for Oakland coders
    by Apple Newsroom on February 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Apple and Dream Corps build career opportunities for Oakland coders<br/>As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple will partner with Oakland-based non-profit organization Dream Corps to bring educational and workforce development opportunities to young adults with a goal of career placement in the tech sector. <br/>The partnership will build on the success of Dream Corps’ #YesWeCode Initiative, which aims “to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector.” #YesWeCode has graduated four coding cohorts and has over a 60 percent job placement rate. <br/>“We are thrilled about launching this new initiative in Oakland,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Our hope is that by bringing expertise, stakeholders and resources together, we’ll be able to magnify the already impressive impact that Dream Corps is having in the Bay Area and across the nation and help a new generation of young people realize their potential.” <br/>“This partnership with Apple will help unlock the untapped genius and talent within those communities, which will allow a new generation to achieve their dreams.” <br/>Apple will provide technology as well as professional support, curriculum guidance and advocacy to individuals in middle and high school, college and beyond. Participants will be exposed to a number of skills and tools to enhance career prospects, with an emphasis on coding with Swift.&nbsp; <br/>Vien Truong is the CEO of Dream Corps. She’s the youngest of 11 children, born to an immigrant couple who migrated from Vietnam in the 1970s. She and her family have called Oakland home for decades. She joined Dream Corps in 2015 with the goal of expanding opportunities to young people in Oakland and beyond. <br/>“I see Dream Corps as a peace corps for the American Dream,” said Truong. “It’s about making sure that we can help support people who lived or grew up in communities like mine. And this partnership with Apple will help unlock the untapped genius and talent within those communities, which will allow a new generation to achieve their dreams.” <br/>Apple and Dream Corps’ coding programming is set to launch later this year in the Bay Area. Dream Corps is working with the Mayor's Office and the City of Oakland to identify and assess potential locations for a dedicated space to support this program and other related workforce development and social entrepreneurship efforts. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Rachel Wolf Tulley,Apple, rachel_tulley@apple.com , (408) 974-0078<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • A career in tech, built with coding and determination
    by Apple Newsroom on February 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    A career in tech, built with coding and determination<br/>Coming from a military family, Gerald Ingraham knew he would join the Marines. But after completing his service, and before he learned to code, the Californian says he was “a ship without a rudder and a sail.” <br/>The father of two spent 15 years alternating between administration and construction jobs that left him seeking greater fulfillment and financial stability. That need compounded when his eldest son was diagnosed with brain cancer and Ingraham and his wife struggled to keep pace with a growing pile of medical bills. <br/>Searching for options, Ingraham found a video online called “Are you too old to be a programmer?” He decided that he wasn’t and would teach himself how to code.  <br/>“The main thing that the Marine Corps teaches you is never to quit,” said Ingraham. “So I didn’t quit.” But after months of struggling with online tutorials, he knew he needed help. And that’s when he discovered the Dream Corps #YesWeCode initiative. <br/>Dream Corps was founded in 2015, with a mission to transform the criminal justice system while opening doors of opportunity for those who need it most. One of its main programs is #YesWeCode, which aims “to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector,” and was founded with support from the late musician Prince. The program has graduated four cohorts of approximately 25 people — and 60 percent have gone on to start new jobs in tech.&nbsp; <br/>“I’m finally doing something I chose, not something I just fell into because that was the only skill I had.” <br/>Now, <a href="https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/02/apple-and-dream-corps-build-career-opportunities-for-oakland-coders/" target="_blank">Apple and Dream Corps are partnering</a> to take that success even further as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Building on #YesWeCode’s established track record, the program will expand educational and workforce development opportunities to young adults in Oakland and eventually nationally, with a focus on coding with Swift.&nbsp;These efforts are designed to reach learners in middle and high school, college and beyond, opening doors to careers in the tech sector. Apple will provide technology as well as professional support, curriculum guidance and advocacy. <br/>In 2017, Gerald Ingraham completed the #YesWeCode program while also working full-time. His dedication paid off a year later, when he landed a job as a software developer at a video game company. <br/>“I’m finally doing something I chose,” said Ingraham, “not something I just fell into because that was the only skill I had. I feel better about myself — and my oldest son told me how I’ve inspired him.”  <br/>That’s the same son Ingraham nurtured back to health after surviving brain cancer. He’s now in college studying business — inspired by a father who never quit, and proud to follow in his footsteps.  <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Rachel Wolf Tulley,Apple, rachel_tulley@apple.com , (408) 974-0078<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Behind the Mac creator celebrates his literary icon
    by Apple Newsroom on February 13, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Behind the Mac creator celebrates his literary icon<br/>Barry Jenkins on James Baldwin, Filming Black Skin and Filmmaking in the iPhone Era<br/>Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins says he “stumbled into filmmaking,” attending Florida State University for some years before discovering its film school. “I went to film school right at the turn between old school cinema and new school cinema,” Jenkins says, “so we actually learned to edit films on these things called flat beds … you have to actually physically cut the film and tape it back together. So, doing that for a full year and then transitioning to what they call non-linear editing, it was shocking. <br/>“But I took the lessons with me,” he continues. “Only make the cuts you absolutely have to make.” <br/>In last year’s Behind the Mac campaign that celebrates creators using Mac in their work, Jenkins is seen holding his MacBook Pro while standing under an umbrella in the rain. The director was exporting the final cut of his 2017 Academy Award-winning feature film, “Moonlight.” <br/>Trained in traditional and modern filmmaking, Jenkins blends his craft with digital equipment like his ARRI Alexa camera, MacBook Pro and even his new iPad Pro. “These Arri cameras and the Apple platform are the two things that have helped me become the maker that I am,” Jenkins says. <br/>His latest film, adapted from James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” is a cautionary tale about black life in America in the 1970s, spotlighting the hardships a young couple face navigating a changing world around them. The novel was published in 1974, six years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, and a decade after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. <br/>Baldwin’s literary tone is critical and unapologetic about his analysis of the state of the world around him. He crafts a delicate balance between the beauty and the brutality of America. <br/>In Jenkins’s adaptation, that balance is achieved through portraits of moments shared between Tish (played by KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), from the streets of Harlem to the West Village, to the bulletproof glass at the Manhattan Detention Complex — or the Tombs. <br/>“My job in making this film, from the craft standpoint, from the aesthetic standpoint, was about trying to translate interiority into sounds and images, and to do so with the words of James Baldwin.” <br/>To translate Baldwin’s words into moving pictures, Tish narrates the events that led to her and Fonny’s current status: in love, expecting and fighting for Fonny’s freedom after his wrongful arrest. <br/>“The movie is composed of memory streams and nightmares and so how does 19-year-old Tish, how does <em>she</em> view Harlem?” Jenkins continues. “How does <em>she</em> want to remember it? And once we hit on that, that’s when the whole world opened up for us.” <br/>“If Beale Street Could Talk” is the first English-language fiction adaptation of Baldwin, a feat with its own set of unique challenges. <br/>“Literature is a very interior medium, it’s all about the interior voice,” Jenkins says. “And cinema, it’s about externally acting out in a certain way. You know, sounds and images. You’re not necessarily allowed to be inside the character, and James Baldwin, the power of his writing is all about the interior voice. So my job in making this film, from the craft standpoint, from the aesthetic standpoint, was about trying to translate interiority into sounds and images, and to do so with the words of James Baldwin.” <br/>Shot on an ARRI Alexa 65, “Beale Street” gives audiences a close, intimate look at black life. Jenkins is grateful for the ability to capture the intimacies of black family and love, dreamed up by his literary icon, in such a large format. <br/>“The history of [cinema] is all tied to 35 mm emulsion,” Jenkins explains. “These cameras now are programmable computer chips so you can write the algorithms to dictate how they behave, how they perceive light. In the past, you were limited in some ways by how certain film stocks were created and what their dynamic range was. Now, whenever we set up to make a film, we can program the computer … from scratch. So right away, we’re building these cameras to prioritize darker colors, by which I mean darker skin tones. It’s very freeing.” <br/>Beyond the new cameras, filmmaking still requires a bit of magic. Enter the editor. <br/>Joi McMillon is a longtime Jenkins collaborator. One of the two Oscar-nominated editors on “Moonlight,” she “breathes” Avid on the Mac Pro. McMillon worked with Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton to bring the film to life. <br/>In one scene, Fonny and Daniel (Brian Tyree Henry) spend hours in Fonny’s apartment catching up, moving from small talk to something troubling for Daniel. <br/>“It’s kind of like a scene within a scene, and they change up the lighting and the angle and so as an audience member, you’re not exhausted by being somewhere for that long,” McMillon explains. “There’s now new information in each section of that part of the film.” <br/>Jenkins wanted the audience to feel the energy being transferred between Fonny and Daniel. A camera slides slowly between them, a progression deeper and deeper into Daniel’s mind and Fonny’s reaction. <br/>“There’s such warmth on Fonny and Daniel’s skin and yet what they’re talking about is so dark and scary and I just love the juxtaposition of that,” McMillon says. “The way it’s shot makes you feel like you’re sitting at the table with them.” <br/>That immersion is now a Jenkins staple. Audiences sat at a similar table in a diner in “Moonlight,” and even floated in the ocean with those characters. <br/>Today Jenkins, McMillon and the “Beale Street” family are once again on the awards circuit. The film is nominated for three Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), Best Original Music Score (Nicholas Britell) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins). <br/>“Even the old school cats that are embracing these new tools … they get down and dirty digitally.” <br/>Up next: An Amazon series based on Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Jenkins jokes this will round out his artistic bucket list: “Make a movie about where I was from, and that became ‘Moonlight.’ I also wanted to adapt my favorite author, and that’s ‘Beale Street.’ And the last was I wanted to make something about the condition of American slavery. And that’s ‘The Underground Railroad.’” <br/>As Jenkins ticks off his list, he acknowledges a new class of filmmakers he says he’s sure will lap him soon. “Even the old school cats that are embracing these new tools … they get down and dirty digitally,” Jenkins says. “Steven Soderbergh has been working almost exclusively off the iPhone for the last few years.” (Soderbergh’s latest film, “High Flying Bird,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 8 and premiered on Netflix last month.) <br/>“You can kind of make any damn thing right now, whether with your phone or with a DSLR,” he says. “The world is a young filmmaker’s oyster.” <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Jennie Orphanopoulos,Apple, jennieo@apple.com,(408) 221-6621<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple announces Health Records feature coming to veterans
    by Apple Newsroom on February 11, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Apple announces Health Records feature coming to veterans<br/>Working with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Apple announced that the Health Records on iPhone feature will be available soon to veterans. For the first time, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone. <br/>“We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.” <br/>With Health Records on iPhone, veterans across the US will be able to see medical information from participating institutions — including the VA — organized into one view all in the Health app. Health records data includes allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and is displayed along with other information in the Health app like Apple Watch data. This means VA patients will get a single, integrated snapshot of their health profile whenever they want quickly and privately. All Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. <br/>“When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives.” <br/>“Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We’re excited to bring this feature to veterans across the US.” <br/>Health Records on iPhone will be the first record-sharing platform of its kind available to the VA, which is the largest medical system in the United States providing service to more than 9 million veterans across 1,243 facilities. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Semonti Stephens,Apple,semonti_stephens@apple.com,(408) 974-8473<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple names Deirdre O’Brien senior vice president of Retail and People
    by Apple Newsroom on February 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Apple names Deirdre O’Brien senior vice president of Retail + People <br/>Angela Ahrendts Plans April Departure After Five Successful Years<br/>Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Deirdre O’Brien is taking on new responsibilities for Apple’s retail and online stores in an expanded role as senior vice president of Retail + People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. After five transformative years leading the company’s retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts plans to depart Apple in April for new personal and professional pursuits. <br/>In her expanded role, Deirdre will bring her three decades of Apple experience to lead the company’s global retail reach, focused on the connection between the customer and the people and processes that serve them. She will continue to lead the People team, overseeing all People-related functions, including talent development and Apple University, recruiting, employee relations and experience, business partnership, benefits, compensation, and inclusion and diversity.  <br/>“At Apple, we believe our soul is our people, and Deirdre understands the qualities and strengths of our team better than anyone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For more than three decades, she has helped keep Apple focused on serving customers and enriching lives. She’s an exceptional leader and she’s been a vital partner to our retail teams around the world since the very beginning. I am thrilled to work alongside Deirdre in her new role, and I know our 70,000 retail employees will be, too.” <br/>“People come to Apple to do the best work of their lives, and our retail teams show their passion every day, in every interaction, all around the world,” said Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of Retail + People. “It is the opportunity of a lifetime to work with, and learn from, such a talented, diverse and imaginative team. I am looking forward to this journey, and to continuing the important work of the People team in supporting all of Apple’s amazing employees.” <br/>Apple today operates 35 online stores and 506 retail stores on five continents, staffed by teams who are dedicated to enriching lives and serving their communities. Every Apple retail store location offers innovative programs for customers, including Today at Apple, designed to unlock creativity, inspire learning and encourage connection. <br/>“I want to thank Angela for inspiring and energizing our teams over the past five years,” said Tim Cook. “She has been a positive, transformative force, both for Apple’s stores and the communities they serve. We all wish her the very best as she begins a new chapter.” <br/>“The last five years have been the most stimulating, challenging and fulfilling of my career. Through the teams’ collective efforts, Retail has never been stronger or better positioned to make an even greater contribution for Apple,” said Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail. “I feel there is no better time to pass the baton to Deirdre, one of Apple’s strongest executives. I look forward to watching how this amazing team, under her leadership, will continue to change the world one person and one community at a time.” <br/>Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Amy Bessette,Apple, abessette@apple.com,(408) 862-8012<br/>Nick Leahy,Apple, nleahy@apple.com, (408) 862-5012<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple marks Heart Month in February
    by Apple Newsroom on February 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Apple marks Heart Month in February<br/>During Heart Month, Apple will offer an Activity Challenge on Apple Watch and heart health events in Apple Stores in San Francisco, Chicago and New York to educate consumers on their heart health and encourage them to get active and live a better day. <br/>“Cardiovascular disease takes many forms and some are fully preventable through lifestyle changes like increased physical activity and better nutrition. It’s always great to see patients make those positive changes, especially with the help of Apple Watch,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health. “Other conditions are more challenging to pinpoint like Afib and this is where we hope to help people access and understand information about their heart health through our irregular rhythm notification and ECG app.” <br/>Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common form of irregular heart rhythm and if left untreated can result in stroke. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates AFib can affect up to two percent of the younger population and nine percent of those 65 years and older in the US. The ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature were introduced on Apple Watch last year, which help users identify signs of AFib. Apple continues to receive letters from customers who explain Apple Watch has helped them identify heart conditions, seek medical treatment, lose weight and get more active. <br/>“Apple Watch users have told us since the beginning it has motivated them with everything from Activity Sharing to Challenges to all of the different workouts available all right from the wrist,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of fitness for health technologies. “We hope this Activity Challenge and these conversations about heart health will motivate more customers to make regular physical activity a part of their lives.” <br/>In recognition of Heart Month, Apple will host special Today at Apple sessions, “Heart Health with Apple,” in stores in New York, Chicago and San Francisco with celebrity fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins, Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, Jay Blahnik, senior director of fitness for health technologies, and Julz Arney and Craig Bolton from the Apple Fitness Technologies team. Attendees will hear a discussion about heart health and participate in a new Health &amp; Fitness Walk, which was co-created with Jeanette for participants to take a brisk walk with Apple Watch around their community. <br/><ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/today/event/exclusive-jeanette-jenkins-021119/6499418535969065833/" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>: </strong>Apple Union Square, February 11, 2019, 6 p.m.: Dr. Sumbul Desai, Jeanette Jenkins, Julz Arney</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.apple.com/today/event/exclusive-jeanette-jenkins-022119/6500795602807719277/?sn=R594" target="_blank">New York</a>: </strong>Apple Williamsburg, February 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Sumbul Desai, Jeanette Jenkins, Jay Blahnik</li> <li><strong>Chicago: </strong>Apple Michigan Avenue, February 27, 2019, 6 p.m.: Dr. Sumbul Desai, Nancy Brown, Jeanette Jenkins, Craig Bolton</li> </ul> <br/>Apple will offer a new Apple Watch Activity Challenge to promote heart health, where anyone who closes their Exercise Ring seven days in a row from February 8-14 will earn a special badge and stickers for Messages on Valentine’s Day.<sup>1</sup> <br/>To register for a Heart Health with Apple session, visit <a href="http://apple.com/today" target="_blank">apple.com/today</a> or visit the Sessions tab in the Apple Store App. <br/><sup>1</sup> In order to see the Activity challenge, users must update their iPhone to iOS 12.1.3 and Apple Watch to watchOS 5.1.3.<br/>Press Contacts<br/>Semonti Stephens,Apple,semonti_stephens@apple.com,(408) 974-8473<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple Music takes flight on American Airlines
    by Apple Newsroom on January 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Apple Music takes flight on American Airlines<br/>Apple Music Subscribers can Stream Over 50 Million Songs, Playlists and Music Videos on US Flights<br/>Starting Friday, Apple Music subscribers can enjoy their access to over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos on any domestic American Airlines flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi with no Wi-Fi purchase required. American Airlines is the first commercial airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi. <br/>“For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music. “With the addition of Apple Music on American flights, we are excited that customers can now enjoy their music in even more places. Subscribers can stream all their favorite songs and artists in the air, and continue to listen to their personal library offline, giving them everything they need to truly sit back, relax and enjoy their flight.” <br/>“Our guests want to make the most of their time when flying us. That’s why we’re investing in faster Wi-Fi, a variety of entertainment options, and why we’re so excited to introduce Apple Music to more of our customers,” said Janelle Anderson, vice president of Global Marketing at American. “Providing customers with more ways to stay connected throughout each flight is one way to show we value their business and the time they spend with us.” <br/>Apple Music subscribers on American Airlines flights can enjoy the world’s most exciting new music and unique city-themed playlists for their journey, in addition to exclusive content such as in-depth artist interviews and today’s hottest sounds on the Beats 1 global livestream. To enjoy Apple Music during flight, customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can connect to Wi-Fi at no cost and log in with their Apple Music subscription. Customers who don’t already have an Apple Music subscription can get Apple Music, sign up onboard and receive free access for three months. Apple Music is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV, PC, Android, CarPlay, HomePod, Sonos and Amazon Echo. &nbsp; <br/>Visit <a href="https://applemusic.com/americanairlines/" target="_blank">applemusic.com/americanairlines</a> to learn more and listen onboard starting February 1.&nbsp; <br/>Apple loves music. With iPod and iTunes, Apple revolutionized the music experience by putting a thousand songs in your pocket. Today, Apple Music takes this to the ultimate with over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists and daily selections from the world’s best music experts including Beats 1 Radio, a global live stream. Since 2015, Apple Music has welcomed tens of millions of subscribers in 115 countries. Streaming seamlessly to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod and CarPlay, Apple Music is the most complete music experience on the planet. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Brian Bumbery,Apple,bumbery@apple.com,(424) 326-4156<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple Reports First Quarter Results
    by Apple Newsroom on January 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Apple Reports First Quarter Results<br/>Services, Mac and Wearables Set New All-Time Revenue Records<br/>EPS Reaches All-Time High at $4.18<br/>Cupertino, California — January 29, 2019 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended December 29, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $84.3 billion, a decline of 5 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $4.18, up 7.5 percent. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue. <br/>Revenue from iPhone® declined 15 percent from the prior year, while total revenue from all other products and services grew 19 percent. Services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19 percent over the prior year. Revenue from Mac® and Wearables, Home and Accessories also reached all-time highs, growing 9 percent and 33 percent, respectively, and revenue from iPad® grew 17 percent. <br/>“While it was disappointing to miss our revenue guidance, we manage Apple for the long term, and this quarter’s results demonstrate that the underlying strength of our business runs deep and wide,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our active installed base of devices reached an all-time high of 1.4 billion in the first quarter, growing in each of our geographic segments. That’s a great testament to the satisfaction and loyalty of our customers, and it’s driving our Services business to new records thanks to our large and fast-growing ecosystem.” <br/>“We generated very strong operating cash flow of $26.7 billion during the December quarter and set an all-time EPS record of $4.18,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned over $13 billion to our investors during the quarter through dividends and share repurchases. Our net cash balance was $130 billion at the end of the quarter, and we continue to target a net cash neutral position over time.” <br/>Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2019 second quarter: <br/><ul style="list-style-position: inside;"> <li>revenue between $55 billion and $59 billion</li> <li>gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent</li> <li>operating expenses between $8.5 billion and $8.6 billion</li> <li>other income/(expense) of $300 million</li> <li>tax rate of approximately 17 percent</li> </ul> <br/>Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.73 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 14, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2019. <br/>Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2019 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 29, 2019 at <a href="https://www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/" target="_blank">www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/</a>. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. <br/>Apple periodically provides information for investors on its corporate website, <a href="https://www.apple.com/" target="_blank">apple.com</a>, and its investors relations website, <a href="https://investor.apple.com/" target="_blank">investor.apple.com</a>. This includes press releases and other information about financial performance, reports filed or furnished with the SEC, information on corporate governance and details related to its annual meeting of shareholders. <br/>This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the effect of global and regional economic conditions on the Company's business, including effects on purchasing decisions by consumers and businesses; the ability of the Company to compete in markets that are highly competitive and subject to rapid technological change; the ability of the Company to manage frequent introductions and transitions of products and services, including delivering to the marketplace, and stimulating customer demand for, new products, services and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that shifts in the mix of products and services and in the geographic, currency or channel mix, component cost increases, price competition, or the introduction of new products, including new products with higher cost structures, could have on the Company’s gross margin; the dependency of the Company on the performance of distributors of the Company's products, including cellular network carriers and other resellers; the inventory and other asset risks associated with the Company’s need to order, or commit to order, product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components, services and new technologies essential to the Company's business, including components and technologies that may only be available from single or limited sources; the dependency of the Company on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties, many of which are located outside of the US and which may affect the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered to the Company; the effect of product and services design and manufacturing defects on the Company’s financial performance and reputation; the dependency of the Company on third-party intellectual property and digital content, which may not be available to the Company on commercially reasonable terms or at all; the dependency of the Company on support from third-party software developers to develop and maintain software applications and services for the Company’s products; the impact of unfavorable legal proceedings, such as a potential finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of changes to laws and regulations that affect the Company’s activities, including the Company’s ability to offer products or services to customers in different regions; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with its international activities, including complying with laws and regulations affecting the Company’s international operations; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s retail stores; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s investments in new business strategies and acquisitions; the impact on the Company's business and reputation from information technology system failures, network disruptions or losses or unauthorized access to, or release of, confidential information; the ability of the Company to comply with laws and regulations regarding data protection; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; political events, international trade disputes, war, terrorism, natural disasters, public health issues, and other business interruptions that could disrupt supply or delivery of, or demand for, the Company’s products; financial risks, including risks relating to currency fluctuations, credit risks and fluctuations in the market value of the Company’s investment portfolio; and changes in tax rates and exposure to additional tax liabilities. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates. <br/>Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. <br/>Press Contact <br/>Kristin Huguet,Apple,khuguet@apple.com,(408) 974-2414<br/>Investor Relations Contacts<br/>Nancy Paxton,Apple,paxton1@apple.com,(408) 974-5420<br/>Matt Blake,Apple,mattblake@apple.com,(408) 974-7406<br/>© 2019 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.<br/> […]

  • Apple announces new Today at Apple sessions
    by Apple Newsroom on January 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Apple announces new Today at Apple sessions<br/>Over 50 New Sessions Now Available<br/>Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a new Today at Apple release with sessions in three new and expanded formats — Skills, Walks and Labs — which offer hands-on group sessions focused on photography, video, music, coding, app development, art and design and more. The new sessions are free at every Apple Store worldwide and allow visitors to find the right session for their interests and skill level in order to unlock their creativity, inspire learning and encourage connection. <br/>Since the launch of Today at Apple in 2017, Apple has held over 18,000 free sessions a week attended by millions of participants around the world. This newest release expands on the most popular types of Today at Apple sessions, Walks and Labs, providing visitors even more opportunities to get more out of their products, find inspiration in their community and discover guidance from world-class creators. <br/>“Since the beginning, Today at Apple has been about educating and inspiring the communities we serve. These new sessions are an opportunity to unlock the creative potential in all of our customers,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “There is a session for everyone at Today at Apple and we can’t wait to see what you will create.”<br /> <br/>Three Today at Apple session formats facilitate learning and creativity: <br/><ul> <li><strong>Skills</strong>&nbsp;are meant for those interested in learning new creative techniques to go further with our products, such as making a quick video with the Clips app or editing photos on iPhone. New Skills sessions include Notes and Chords with GarageBand, Sketching Ideas in Notes, Photo Editing Techniques and more.</li> </ul> <br/><ul> <li><strong>Walks</strong> invite customers to venture outside of the store with a Creative Pro, where they will explore their surroundings, connect with their community and put new skills to use across passions like photography, music or health.&nbsp;New Walks include Capturing Cinematic Shots, Creating Soundscapes with GarageBand and a Health and Fitness Walk, Staying Motivated co-created with fitness expert Jeanette Jenkins.</li> </ul> <br/><ul> <li><strong>Labs</strong> help customers experiment with creative techniques and complete the session with the beginning of a project. Many Labs have been co-created with world-renowned artists and makers. Building on the success of Labs with Florence Welch and photographer Chase Jarvis, skilled customers can find inspiration in new Labs like Beat Making with Swizz Beatz, Small Screen Magic with Zach King and Drawing Treehouses with Foster + Partners.</li> </ul> <br/>Today at Apple is also a great resource for families and kids of all ages interested in photography, coding, art and design and more. Labs like Fun Family Portraits, the Sphero Robot Obstacle Challenge and Make Your Own Emoji are built specifically to educate and spark creativity in younger visitors.<br /> <br/>Today at Apple includes sessions designed specifically for educators so teachers can learn new ways of bringing technology into their classroom, with Labs like App Design and Prototyping and Class Projects with Clips, based on the Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curriculums. <br/>To further enrich the Today at Apple experience in every store, Apple is upgrading the existing fleet of stores with design elements that greatly increase the store’s Today at Apple sessions and capacity. These upgrades include the addition of The Forum, an area of the store with a large video wall and seating, serving as a meeting place for the local community and home for Today at Apple. Some stores will add Avenues and, where possible, a grove of trees with integrated seating.<br /> <br/>To find and register for a new session, visit <a href="https://www.apple.com/today/" target="_blank">www.apple.com/today</a> or the Sessions tab in the Apple Store App. <br/>Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Nick Leahy,Apple, nleahy@apple.com, (408) 862-5012<br/>Ashley Rivera,Apple,ashley_rivera@apple.com,(408) 862-1381<br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]

  • Apple Entrepreneur Camp kicks off as app developer earnings hit new record
    by Apple Newsroom on January 28, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Apple Entrepreneur Camp kicks off as app developer earnings hit new record<br/>Inaugural Session Provides Unprecedented Access to Apple Labs, Engineers, Business and Marketing Expertise<br><br> App Developer Earnings Reach $120B Since 2008 App Store Launch<br/>Today, Apple opens its doors to 11 female-founded app development companies for the inaugural session of Entrepreneur Camp. The program is designed to provide female app creators with the tools needed to thrive in today’s global app economy. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned $120 billion, with more than a quarter of that in the past year alone. <br/>An industry first, Entrepreneur Camp is a two-week immersive hands-on technology lab where participants work one-on-one with Apple experts and engineers to significantly accelerate their apps. The program also includes sessions on design, technology and App Store marketing, as well as ongoing guidance and support from an Apple Developer Relations representative. The curriculum will help developers take advantage of cutting-edge Apple technologies, including optimizing for the A12 Bionic chip, integrating Core ML, building new experiences with ARKit and more. Each participating company will also receive two tickets to WWDC and complementary membership to the Apple Developer Program for one year. <br/>“The App Store is the new digital Main Street, and creative developers are tapping into the vast potential of the global app economy.” <br/>“In the past, starting a small business often meant having to invest in overhead, inventory or retail space. Today, a world of opportunity opens up with some coding skills and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Esther Hare, Apple’s senior director, Worldwide Developer Marketing and executive sponsor, Women@Apple. “The App Store is the new digital Main Street, and creative developers are tapping into the vast potential of the global app economy. We hope that this program helps to inspire women around the world to learn to code, join the iOS development community and share in the thriving app economy.” <br/>The apps selected for the first session of Entrepreneur Camp are: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bites/id1285503275?mt=8" target="_blank">Bites</a> by Warehouse Apps LLC; Camille by Ohhh, Inc.; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cuco-meds-pill-reminder/id1202953264?mt=8" target="_blank">CUCO: Lembrete de Medicamentos</a> by CUCO Health; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deepr-dating-app/id1441236131?mt=8" target="_blank">Deepr</a>&nbsp;by Mental Mobile, LLC; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/defekt/id1367644508?mt=8" target="_blank">D’efekt</a> by Tatevik Gasparyan, Nané Toumanian and Vahagn Khachikyan; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hopscotch-coding-for-kids/id617098629?mt=8" target="_blank">Hopscotch</a> by Hopscotch Technologies; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lactapp/id1040787494?mt=8" target="_blank">LactApp</a> by LactApp Women Health; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pureple-outfit-planner/id628106373?mt=8" target="_blank">Pureple</a>&nbsp;by Iceclip LLC; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/statues-of-the-la-paz-malec%C3%B3n/id1384303234?mt=8" target="_blank">Statues of the La Paz Malecón</a> by Estudio Chispa; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weparent-top-coparenting-app/id1441850251?mt=8" target="_blank">WeParent</a> by FamTerra Inc.; and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seneca-connect/id1350551544?mt=8" target="_blank">Seneca Connect</a> by Seneca Women. <br/>Entrepreneur Camp will hold sessions on a quarterly basis, with up to 20 app companies accepted for each round. To be admitted to the program, app-driven businesses must be female founded, co-founded or led, and have at least one woman on the product development team. They must also have a working app or prototype. For more information on Apple Entrepreneur Camp or to apply, visit <a href="https://developer.apple.com/entrepreneur-camp/" target="_blank">developer.apple.com/entrepreneur-camp</a>. <br/>Press Contacts<br/>Tammy Levine,Apple,tammy_levine@apple.com,(408) 862-8600<br/>Stephanie Saffer,Apple, ssaffer@apple.com ,(408) 974-5160 <br/>Apple Media Helpline,media.help@apple.com,(408) 974-2042<br/> […]