AWT News Update: October 23, 2015

Friday means a slow news day, so this is a short podcast today before we go into the weekend:

  • Apple's 4th quarter earnings will be released next Tuesday, and Wall Street expects good numbers
  • iCloud for Windows 5 is released, bringing support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication
  • Guess what smartphone one a blind camera shootout on an Android website?
  • The Watch will launch in India on November 6, just before Diwali!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 23, 2015. Like most Fridays, it’s pretty quiet so this will be short.

Next Tuesday Apple will announce the results of its fourth fiscal quarter for 2015, and Wall Street is expecting a lot. In numbers supplied in a research note from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, the consensus estimates show an expected revenue report of $51 billion with gross margins of about 39.3%. iPhone sales are expected to be in the range of 47.8 million, vastly outnumbering last year’s same quarter total of 39 million. For the Mac, sales are expected to be in the range of 5.7 million compared to 5.5 in the year ago quarter, while fewer iPads will be sold — 10.5 million this year compared to 12.3 million in the September 2014 quarter. We’ll have full coverage of Apple’s earnings on Tuesday, October 27 as soon as the numbers are released.

Apple today release iCloud for Windows version 5.0, adding support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication. The company suggests that users have Windows 7, 8 or 10 installed, and the software supports Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2013. If you’re using Outlook 2016 on your Wintel box, you’ll need to access iCloud Mail, Contacts and Calendars on the website.

Despite having the worst specifications of the bunch in terms of resolution and aperture, the iPhone 6s ended up being the winner of Android Authority’s blind smartphone camera shootout over the 23 megapixel Sony Xperia Z5, and the 16 megapixel Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and LG G4. The reviewer’s individual photo comments seemed to put the iPhone at the tail end in terms of how he interpreted the various test photos. After 7,810 readers voted on what they felt was the best camera based on the photos, not knowing what smartphone took the pictures, the iPhone 6s came in first with 38.2% of the votes.

Finally, if you happen to be listening to this podcast in India, you will be happy to know that the Apple Watch will launch in your country on November 6. Yesterday, just prior to the opening of the first two Apple Stores in the United Arab Emirates next Thursday, the Watch went on sale in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Today, the Watch is available in Chile, the Phillipines, and South Africa.

I’ll be back Monday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.