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Apple Q2 2015 conference call: Just the highlights!

Apple has just announced the company's Q2 2015 financial results and, as always, a conference call follows.

The call includes statements and a question and answer session. We'll have a complete transcript available after the show. In the meantime, here are live updates of only the most important details and revelations. We're updating as the call happens, so refresh your browser for the latest highlights.

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Apple to give back $200 billion to its shareholders by end of March 2017

Apple plans to give a ton of money back to its very, very happy shareholders, with a total of $200 billion to be sent out to those stock owners by the end of March 2017.

Apple is able to accomplish this feat because it is increasing its current capital return program by over 50%.

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Apple announces Q2 2015 results: 61.1 million iPhones, 12.6 million iPads, 4.5 million Macs, $13.6 billion in profits

Apple has announced the company's financial results for Q2 2015 and they include 61.1 million iPhones, 12.6 million iPads, 4.5 million Macs, $13.6 billion in profits.

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Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

During a recent meet-up, a slide showed that Apple considered Siri to be on its third generation architecture.

Like any major online service, Siri is constantly being updated behind the scenes to improve stability, scalability, and performance. This presentation is specific called out Apache Mesos as helping with all of that, as well as efficiency and latency, and the ability to more easily build out additional services. The Mesosphere blog:

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Final Apple Q2 2015 earning estimates

Apple reports its second quarter earnings at 1:30pm PT, 4:30pm ET today.

The numbers for AAPL will certainly be big, the real questions is how big? Everything from iPhone to iPad to Mac sales, revenue from services like iTunes and the App Store, and profits from Apple Retail and Online will determine that. (It's early for the Apple Watch and Apple has said the company won't be breaking those numbers out anyway, at least not yet.) As usual, analysts professional and amateur alike have made their predictions.

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Discover credit card members in the US will be able to use Apple Pay starting this fall

The Discover credit card company has reached an agreement with Apple that will allow members in the US to start using Apple Pay this fall.

Discover said back in September they were "in discussions" to support Apple Pay but they were not among the launch partners when the payment service launched in October.

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EE announces Q1 2015 earnings, closes quarter with 9.3 million 4G customers

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

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Apple's HealthKit goes live for 80,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai

HealthKit aims to bring patients and medical professionals together with great technology and careful consideration for privacy.

That's the challenge faced by Apple, hospitals, and customers alike, who want to take advantage of everything connected devices make possible, but in a way that's responsible, practical, and secure. HealthKit, which syncs data between the Health app on the iPhone, the Apple Watch, over 900 apps, and a broad range of medical and fitness peripherals, with doctors and researchers, aims to accomplish all of that and more. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of the leading healthcare facilities in the U.S., has just begun the largest HealthKit integration yet.

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Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via iTunes

Apple has set up a donation page to help facilitate donations to the American Red Cross, flagged to help the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake.

The nation of Nepal has suffered a devastating earthquake that has killed thousands. Apple has set up a donation page on iTunes to help raise money for American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.

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Jony Ive and Marc Newson open Condé Nast luxury conference [Updated with video]

Apple's Jony Ive and Marc Newson sat down at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference to talk about luxury and craftsmanship in the 21st century.

Ive, Apple's SVP of Design, and Newson opened the conference, an event that was first announced last month. They talked about bringing craftsmanship to something that would be mass produced, like the Apple Watch.

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