1.2 billion iPhones, Watch & AirPods, non-democracies ban VPN, iPad sales rise, HomePod sounds, 64-bit Earth, Red Raven exclusive

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Apple has sold over 1.2 billion iPhones — In a conference call regarding Apple’s financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter that ended July 1, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has now sold over 1.2 billion smartphones. Many markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East grew iPhone sales by over 25%, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri.

Apple Watch sales up 50%; AirPods so popular Apple still can’t meet demand — In a conference call regarding Apple’s financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter that ended July 1, CEO Tim Cook said that sales of the Apple Watch were up over 50% in the June quarter, helping it maintain its position as the top selling smartwatch.
Cook also boasted that the AirPods have a 98% customer satisfaction. Alas, while Apple is “working hard to get them to customers as quickly as possible,” the company is still not able to meet demand, he added.

Tim Cook says Apple followed Chinese law in removing VPN apps from App Store — Responding to criticism surrounding Apple’s recent removal of VPN apps from the Chinese iOS App Store, CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday said the company was simply following new government regulations, as it would for any country in which it operates. Russia has followed suit – how can you tack dissent when people can mask themselves online?

iPad quarterly sales grow year-over-year for the first time since 2013, best non-holiday quarter in two years — Apple’s most recent quarter of iPad sales is not only the first time that iPad sales have grown year-over-year since 2013, but its best non-holiday quarter for sales of the tablet for two years.

The pleasantly alarming sounds of the Apple HomePod — We know what some of the alarm tones are going to sound like on the upcoming HomePod. [You can listen too, at that link.]

Google Earth iOS app updated to 64-bit, adds new features — iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps, and one app that had a lot of users concerned was Google Earth for iOS. The free app was sadly showing up as 32-bit, as it hadn’t been updated in quite a while. Today, Google finally updated the app with 64-bit compatibility and added a bunch of new features at the same time.

Apple to be exclusive retailer of ‘Red Raven’ camera kit — Professional digital cinema camera company Red Digital Cinema on Tuesday announced Apple will be the exclusive retailer of its US$15,000 Red Raven kit, which includes the Raven camera body, Sigma lens, carrying case and more. Along with the camera brain itself, which features a 9.9 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of up to 120fps capture at 4.5K resolutions, the kit contains Red’s DSMC2 4.7-inch Touch LCD monitor, DSMC2 Outrigger Handle, V-Lock I/O Expander and 120GB Mini-Mag SSD. Also included are two IDX DUO-C98 batteries with VL-2X charger, G-Technology ev Series Mini-Mag Reader, Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM lens and custom Nanuk carrying case.
Apple’s contribution to the set is a redemption code for Final Cut Pro X.