The amazing growth of the App Store has catapulted Apple’s iTunes division to a position as one of the most valuable businesses in the world, grabbing more revenue than established stalwarts such as Xerox and CBS.
Flappy Bird was “a problem,” the iWatch may not be everything you had hoped, (us too), Touch ID may stand pat in the next-gen iPhone, all that sapphire glass Apple is making may all wind up on the iWatch, and oh yeah, we reviewed some cool headphones. All this and more in the MacTrast News Digest for February 11, 2014.
Strange but true: We may soon live in a world where Apple’s iPhones are built by Google robots. Google’s robotic division is reportedly assisting Foxconn to “speed up robot deployment” at its factories.
A federal appeals court has denied Apple’s attempt to discontinue e-books antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich’s operations until the court hands down a ruling on a request to remove the external compliance monitor.
New reports suggest Apple’s new sapphire glass plant in Arizona will be turning out materials for Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch,” and not for use as screens in the next-generation of iPhones as believed.
Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor will remain exactly as is in the next iPhone, if a new rumor from semi-reliable source DigiTimes is to be believed. The report says Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC), will manufacture the sensor using the same 8-inch processing method used for the current batch.
The “iWatch” – Apple’s much-rumored entry into the wearable device marketplace – has been depicted in the past as a standalone device that operates as a smartwatch, while monitoring everything from the users’ blood pressure, to their level of hydration, to their glucose levels.
Apple has launched its iTunes Radio music streaming service in its first non-U.S. market, as the service debuts today in Australia.
States and cities looking to woo projects such as Apple’s Mesa, AZ sapphire plant would do well to use that city’s actions as a case study for attracting such projects to their area.
In an open letter to Apple shareholders on Monday, investor Carl Icahn, he of the activist bent, says he is dropping his efforts to push Apple to purchase more of its stock back from shareholders. He says the recent stock purchases by the company are “so close” to equaling his original targets.
The United States Justice Department has reprimanded Samsung for the use of standards-essential or FRAND patents in its efforts to obtain an import ban against some older Apple products being brought into the U.S.
Chevrolet’s new “The Connected Chevrolet Equinox” commercial shows off the Equinox’s Siri Eyes Free integration. It also demonstrates why it’s a good idea not to have Siri read your texts to you while your significant other is in the car with you…
Apple is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with the addition of a Beatles channel on Apple TV.
It’s finally Friday, and in today’s MacTrast News Digest, we have Apple buying back more pieces of itself, as well as buying a whole lot more Sapphire Glass making equipment, Tim Cook says be patient good stuff is on the way, there’s a possible March release for iOS 7.1, and Apple Stores in the 1970s? All this and more in the MacTrast News Digest for February 7, 2014.
A report today says that Apple is prepping iOS 7.1, the first significant update for Apple’s iOS since iOS 7, for a March release.
What would an Apple Store have looked like in the 1970s? Would it have resembled a waterbed or a hot tub store? That’s the question that a report from CNET brings to mind.