The Mixed-Bag Edition Friday, August 4, 2023

iPhone Sales Are Down, But Apple’s Subscriptions Are Growing Fast, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple posted its third-quarter earnings for 2023, and they were a bit of a mixed bag. Overall, the company beat the expectations of analysts who were predicting things would be grimmer, but hardware revenue was down compared to last year.

Almost all of Apple's hardware product categories sold less this quarter than they did in the same quarter in 2022.

Apple Surpasses 1 Billion Paid Subscriptions As Active Devices Are Double That, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Now the company has achieved a major milestone, more than 1 billion paid subscriptions, fueling another all-time services revenue record as active Apple devices also hit a record high.

This Is Tim: Apple’s Q3 2023 Analyst Call, Transcribed, by Six Colors

"Apple remains a champion of innovation, a company fueled by boundless creativity, driven by a deep sense of mission, and guided by the unshakable belief that a great idea can change the world. Looking ahead, we’ll continue to manage for the long term, always pushing the limits of what’s possible and always putting the customer at the center of everything we do."


Seven Tips For Eliminating Inbox Addiction, by The Sweet Setup

Of all the things you can do to make your inbox more calm, the biggest thing BY FAR is to eliminate what I call the Just Checks.

The Just Checks are all the times when you’re not quite sure what to do, so you reach for your phone to “just check” social media. Or “just check” your messages. Or “just check” your email.


Apple, Samsung Halt India Laptop Imports After Sudden Curbs, by Sankalp Phartiyal, Bloomberg

Regulators on Thursday surprised the world’s biggest PC makers when they made licenses mandatory for import of electronics from small tablets to all-in-one PCs without a license. Laptop makers had been bracing for some government measures aimed at reducing reliance on imports and boosting local production, but the sudden licensing imposition caught the industry off-guard, people familiar with the matter said, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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