AWT News Update: April 27, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple annouces record financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter
  • Apple has made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters
  • The company is adding another $50 billion to its capital return program
  • A research firm estimates 376,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were delivered over the weekend
  • Three Made for iPhone hearing aids are now controllable from the Apple Watch

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 27, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Providing fast and simple location-based notes, photos, and sound recordings from the Apple Watch or iPhone, WhereNotes will bring up reminders whenever you arrive at a pre-determines spot. 

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015, and blew away all estimates. Revenues were $58 billion with a quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion or $2.33 per diluted share. Contributing to the record quarter were sales of over 61 million iPhones — that’s up 40 percent over the year ago quarter — nearly 4.6 million Macs, up 10 percent over last years quarter, and services including the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, Apple Care, and Apple Pay, which were up 9 percent over last year to almost $5 billion.
During the quarterly earnings call, Apple announced that it had made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters and that the Apple Watch App Store now has 3,500 available apps. Best Buy is now offering Apple Pay in its app and will support it at all US stores later this year. 

Apple also noted that it will be adding another $50 billion to its capital return program, bringing the total cash returned to shareholders by the end of March 2017 to $200 billion. The company will also raise its dividend to shareholders from the$0.47 per share set in February of 2015 to $0.52 per share. 

In case you’re wondering how many Apple Watches pre-orders were delivered over the launch weekend, research firm Slice Intelligence estimates that the number was about 376,000 or about 22 percent of all US pre-orders. Slice believes that another 547,000 Watches will ship between today and June 11, with no dates issued for another 639,000 units.

And now some accessibility news. The TruLink app, by Starkey Laboratories, will allow users of its Made for iPhone hearing aids to control many device functions with the Apple Watch. Made for iPhone certified hearing aids can be purchased from health care providers. Additionally, hearing aid manufacturers, ReSound and BeltOne, have released updates to their apps to allow for Apple Watch control. To find these three apps, simply search for "Hearing Aids" in the App Store section of the Apple Watch app.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.