The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a business competition watchdog organization, has forced Apple to make modifications to its refund policy to bring it in line with consumer protection legislation in that country.
China Mobile will increase its spending on device subsidies in 2014 in an attempt to boost smartphone sales and entice customers to try its new high-speed wireless network.
Apple has announced that their new Mac Pro will be available starting Thursday, December 19th, thereby delivering on their self-imposed December deadline for the release of the completely redesigned computer. Prices start at $2,999 (USD).
An unnamed Qualcomm employee says Apple’s iPhone 5s with its 64-bit A7 processor was a “hit in the gut,” even though a Qualcomm official put on a brave public face, saying at the time that there was no consumer benefit from the chip.
The Reno Gazette Journal reports that construction of Apple’s solar powered data center is coming right along, but not without its share of controversy. The major reduction in property taxes Apple is receiving as part of the deal has some wondering if it’s all worth it.
Google has released its annual list of the most popular search terms entered by its users, and Apple’s iPhone 5s took third place for the year. Gee, why would anyone be interested in that?
Apple has announced their “Best of 2013″ list, honoring songs, books, apps, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that they say were the best among those released in 2013.
Apple began running their 2013 holiday ad on national TV Monday night, and it’s a heartwarming tale of a modern family, the iPhone 5s, and AirPlay.
Apple last week made moves to halt the “unconstitutional” compliance monitoring that has been imposed upon it as part of the government’s e-book antitrust lawsuit. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice defended the monitor’s actions, and urged that the oversight continue.
A survey of Chinese consumers suggests that a deal between and China Mobile to sell the iPhone to the carrier’s customers holds the potential to incrementally boost Apple’s phone sales in the country by at least 12 million units in the 2014 calendar year.
Last Tuesday saw Apple CEO Tim Cook receive a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater, Auburn University. Video from the New York event has surfaced on the university’s YouTube channel. (Via AllThingsD.)
As the expected release of the new Mac Pro nears, three new sets of benchmarks have appeared online via Geekbench 3. In related news, the Apple business team is now providing price quotes for the multi-core speed demon.
Christmas came early for those who have the Apple “12 Days of Gifts” app installed on their iOS devices, as Sunday saw Apple give a preview gift to its customers.
In the wake of the scandal involving the death of a 15-year-old Pegatron worker, the Apple supplier has revealed that it uses facial recognition technology in an attempt to verify the identity of workers.
Retina iPad mini supply constraints appear to be easing a bit, as the device is now beginning to appear in AT&T and Verizon stores in the U.S., while Apple’s online store ship-by dates have improved to one-to-three business days.
China Mobile seems to be aggressively promotion Apple’s iPhone and iPad line in the run up to their launch on their network later this month. The wireless provider has devoted a majority of at least one of its retail locations to the iOS devices.