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Apple Inc. Press Releases: Important Notice for Certain AC Wall Plug Adapters & World Travel Adapter Kit Customers

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Apple Inc. Press Releases

Press Releases from Apple, Inc.

Important Notice for Certain AC Wall Plug Adapters & World Travel Adapter Kit Customers http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2016/01/28Important-Notice-for-Certain-AC-Wall-Plug-Adapters-World-Travel-Adapter-Kit-Customers.html Jan 28th 2016, 15:00

CUPERTINO, California — January 28, 2016 — Apple® today announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac® and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide.

The recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.

Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected plug adapters. Customers should visit www.apple.com/support/ac-wallplug-adapter for details about how to exchange the affected adapters for new, redesigned ones.

An affected two-prong plug adapter has either four or five characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. Visit the program website for more details on how to identify an affected adapter.

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, OS X, 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 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts: Colin Smith Apple colins@apple.com (408) 862-1171

Starlayne Meza Apple starlayne@apple.com (408) 974-3391

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Apple Inc. Press Releases: Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

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Apple Inc. Press Releases

Press Releases from Apple, Inc.

Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2016/01/26Apple-Reports-Record-First-Quarter-Results.html Jan 26th 2016, 21:30

CUPERTINO, California — January 26, 2016 — Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $74.6 billion and net income of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.1 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter's revenue.

"Our team delivered Apple's biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world's most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices."

"Our record sales and strong margins drove all-time records for net income and EPS in spite of a very difficult macroeconomic environment," said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO. "We generated operating cash flow of $27.5 billion during the quarter, and returned over $9 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends. We have now completed $153 billion of our $200 billion capital return program."

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2016 second quarter: revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion gross margin between 39 percent and 39.5 percent operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion other income/(expense) of $325 million tax rate of 25.5 percent Apple's board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.52 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2016.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2016 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 26, 2016 at www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

Q1'16 Earnings Supplemental Material

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company's estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company's reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company's products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company's gross margin; the inventory risk 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 and services essential to the Company's business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company's dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company's international operations; the Company's reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company's dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company's products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company's sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 26, 2015, and its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2015 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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, OS X, 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 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contact: Kristin Huguet Apple khuguet@apple.com (408) 974-2414

Investor Relations Contacts: Nancy Paxton Apple paxton1@apple.com (408) 974-5420

Joan Hoover Apple hoover1@apple.com (408) 974-4570

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March Event Could See Launch of iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 and New Apple Watch Bands

Michael Robert

Apple is rumored to be planning to host a March event to unveil new products, but exact details on what will be shown off at the event have been in flux. An early December rumour from 9to5Mac suggested Apple would use the event to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch, but a report from TechCrunch indicated that rumor was false - no Apple Watch 2 is in the works for an early 2016 launch. 

Instead, TechCrunch shared information indicating something smaller but still watch-related could be introduced in March, perhaps a minor update to add a FaceTime camera or new bands and partnerships similar to Apple's collaboration with Hermès. In a new report on what may come out at the March event, 9to5Mac backtracks on earlier claims of an Apple Watch 2 and instead agrees with TechCrunch, pointing towards a new Apple Watch lineup with new bands but no hardware changes.

Leaked photo of purportedly new 4-inch iPhone to the right of an iPhone 5

Leaked photo of purportedly new 4-inch iPhone to the right of an iPhone 5

At its September 2015 event, Apple introduced its Hermès partnership and debuted new colors for several Apple Watch bands, and we may see the same kind of update at the March event. New colors for existing bands and bands in new materials may be in the works. Apple is also planning to release watchOS 2.2 at or shortly after the event. 

Apple's March event may also see the debut of the rumored 4-inch iPhone, now thought to be called the "iPhone 5se" to reflect its position as a successor to the iPhone 5s. The device is said to have an iPhone 5s-style exterior with iPhone 6-style curved cover. Internally, it will feature an A8 or A9 processor, NFC support for Apple Pay, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and while it won't have 3D Touch, it will be capable of taking Live Photos. 

Previous rumors have suggested we could also see the next-generation iPad Air at the March event, as it is said to be debuting in the spring of 2016. 

Though no Apple Watch 2 update is planned for early 2016, a second-generation update is undoubtedly in the works. It's possible Apple could be planning to release a new Apple Watch in the fall months alongside the iPhone 7. 

Apple's plans for a March event remain tentative, and should products not be ready for release, there's a possibility that it could be canceled in favor of an online-only unveiling and announcement for the 4-inch iPhone and new Apple Watch bands.



iPad Pro now available online

Michael Robert

You can now order your iPad Pro online through iBar...

iPad Pro Wifi

iPad Pro Wifi + Cellular



New Apple TV now available online

Michael Robert

The all New Apple TV in now available online in South Africa.

The all-new Apple TV brings a revolutionary experience to the living room based on apps built for the television. It's built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote.



New Apple TV available in South Africa in November

Michael Robert

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Core Group has announced that the new Apple TV will be available in Apple Premium Resellers and selected Apple Authorised Resellers from early November.

Apple TV gives viewers access to an incredible selection of movies and music from iTunes, and content from YouTube. You can also share personal content onto a big screen via AirPlay, iCloud Photo Sharing, and iMovie Theatre.

The new Apple TV delivers an all-new experience with Touch and Siri, and powerful new hardware. 

Key features of the new Apple TV include:

  • With Siri and just your voice, it's easy to find movies, navigate onscreen and control playback.
  • New Siri Remote with Touch surface makes navigating fast and fluid.
  • 3D effects make posters, icons and other images pop off the screen and come to life.
  • Supports popular Apple TV features such as Airplay and Family Sharing.
  • Available in 32GB or 64GB options to store apps for the whole family.

Apple TV 32GB

R2 499

Apple TV 64GB

R3 499


Apple TV Remote

R1 299

Apple TV Remote Loop

R299



iPhone 6 16GB on sale in South Africa

Michael Robert



iPad Mini 4 now available online in South Africa

Michael Robert

The iPad Mini 4 is now available online in South Africa from iBar Online.

Apple updated the iPad Mini at it's recent media event when apple announced the iPhone 6s, the all new Apple TV and the iPad Pro.

iPad Mini 4



Best iPhone 6s Plus deals

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Best iPhone 6s Plus deals on Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and CellC

Vodacom MTN Telkom CellC
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