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The Macalope Some analysts predicted a bad second quarter for Apple. The Macalope points out (once again) that their predictions did not match reality. Mac 911 You can use a third-party utility to set a schedule and other controls for Time Machine backups. And the utility is free. Stay Foolish Apple keeps its plans close to the vest. But it's also very careful about how it talks about its products, and a lot can be deciphered if you look at their words closely. Feature Apple has a bunch of new stuff on sale that Macworld readers would normally jump at the chance to buy. Here's why they didn't. Apple Weekly Update Apple launched a major update to every OS it makes, the second quarter was a monster, and the rest of the Spring Loaded announcements went up for sale. Feature Now that the Spring Loaded announcements are all on sale, let’s look at what Apple has in store for the rest of the year. News If you’ve been anxiously awaiting your chance to buy Apple’s new iMac or iPad Pro, your chance is here. Here's how to make sure your new stuff arrives on time. Feature Apple offers three versions of its new 24-inch iMa and they have very different feature sets. Here's our guide to help you buy the one you need. More Color Even after a string of impressive results, this quarter, covering the first three months of calendar 2021, is something special. Let's look inside the numbers. News Apple posted nearly $90 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2021, a March quarter record and the third-highest quarter of all time. News Higher-end MacBooks and iMacs demand more performance than the M1 delivers. Opinion macOS 11.3 Big Sur brings system support for the HomePod mini stereo pairs, but many problems remain. News Apple has reportedly begun production of the next-generation of Apple silicon due later this year. Updated The update includes improved support for iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs, new Safari features, and more. The Macalope Macs may cost more on paper, but PCs can have costs that aren't always calculated. The Macalope explains. Stay Foolish With the first event of 2021 behind us, let's take a look at what the company announced that may indicate what Apple may be working on for the rest of the year and beyond. Feature macOS Big Sur 11 was a big improvement. Apple can build on it to make the Mac experience even better. Feature Apple's 'Spring Loaded' event was jam-packed with new products. Here are the ones you're most excited to try and the ones you absolutely won't be buying. Apple Weekly Update It was quite a week for Apple. Updated Apple announced a lot of stuff at its Spring Loaded event, but not all of them made headlines. Here are a few things you may have missed.