Apple's annual shareholder meeting is one of its most un-Apple-like gatherings. Attendance is limited to company shareholders and press, CEO Tim Cook and other executives often take questions, and attendees are asked to not take their electronic devices into the meeting. All of that adds up to an interesting trickle of information from a variety of sources around the Web, which we've collected for you in one easy-to-digest package.
Turn on the Apple TV
By all accounts, Cook spent a good chunk of time discussing the Apple TV on Friday, telling shareholders that the company had sold more than $1 billion worth of the set-top boxes (and related content) in the last year.
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"It's a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days," he told the crowd, according to Reuters.
Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco translated that figure into units, saying that Apple has cumulatively sold around 28 million of the devices since 2007, with total revenue of about $3.5 billion.
Dediu also described the Apple TV as "the fastest growing hardware product in Apple's line-up," and estimated its growth at 80 percent year-over-year.
Elsewhere, Apple launched a promotion for the Apple TV on Friday, with purchasers between February 28 and March 5 eligible for a $25 iTunes Store gift card. That spurred renewed speculation that the company is clearing inventory ahead of a spring update to the set-top box.
Apple also updated a few figures on the number of iMessages sent every day -- a staggering 40 billion -- and the number of FaceTime video calls -- 15 to 20 million. Earlier this week, in OS X 10.9.2, Apple added to Macs the ability to make FaceTime audio calls, a feature added to iOS devices last fall in iOS 7.
Cash on the barrel
Apple's store of cash has been a contentious issue over the past couple of years. According to CNBC, Cook on Friday promised an update on the company's capital return program within 60 days -- which would put it right around the time of Apple's next quarterly financial call in late April.