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Well, this is, folks -- the last weekday before Moscone West blows up with Apple goodness on Monday, June 11 at 10am PST. You can count on MacLife.com to bring you all the latest, grooviest news as it flies out of San Francisco and makes its way across the internet, but in the meantime check out that nifty iOS 6 banner getting hung today. Then click on and read all about it and the rest of the news for Friday, June 8, 2012!
At this point, it should come as no surprise that Apple will introduce iOS 6 to developers on Monday at WWDC 2012. If you need further confirmation that this will happen, look no further than the spy shot above, which 9to5Mac posted this afternoon. Workers at Moscone West in San Francisco are busy hanging Apple banners for the event, and this one prominently shows “iOS 6” emblazoned across it. Looks like somebody’s going to get fired -- or maybe Apple just feels it has nothing to hide, given that iOS has been updated annually since 2008.
If you’ve watched an Apple keynote video, you’ve no doubt seen Apple vice president of product marketing Phil Schiller in action. While he may not be as high-profile as the late Steve Jobs, Schiller is perhaps equally as vital to the company’s success, which is why Bloomberg Businessweek has published an extensive profile of the VP ahead of Monday’s WWDC 2012 event. Among the tidbits of information revealed about Schiller is that the executive has not one but two pet names within the company: “Mini-Me” for being able to successfully channel his former boss so effectively, and “Dr. No, for his penchant to shoot down ideas,” according to a former manager. Schiller himself didn’t go on the record for the article, which ominously concludes with a look at how Apple’s current celebrity-powered Siri ads have failed to captivate.
As Apple and Samsung continue to duke it out over patents, some changes are happening behind the scenes of the South Korean consumer electronics giant. Reuters is reporting that Samsung Electronics Co. has shifted CEO Choi Gee-sung into a new role as the company’s head of corporate strategy at Samsung Group, the parent company that oversees 81 companies under the Samsung name. In his place, the company named Kwon Oh-hyun as CEO -- a man who’s no stranger to Apple as head of Samsung’s components business, many of which are used to make Cupertino’s iconic products, despite the patent wars going on at the other end of the business. NH Investment & Securities analyst Lee Sun-tae believes the move is an effort to “retain existing customer Apple” and also broaden relations with Microsoft, whose Windows 8 will begin powering tablets and PCs alike later this year.
Ape Entertainment and American Greetings Properties have announced the release of issue one of the classic 1985 Strawberry Shortcake comic book. Digitally recolored to enhance the fun and fruity colors that Strawberry Shortcake is known for, “The Great Pie Baking Contest” classic is available for the first time in digital format and features Strawberry, Huckleberry Pie, and all their friends. “Our initial release of the first-ever digital comics app for Strawberry Shortcake has exceeded expectations by ten fold. We’re very excited to offer those same fans a new digital twist on a proven classic,” said David Hedgecock, CEO of Ape Entertainment. “It’s an important series for us that helps teach fans about friendship and cooperation. It’s berry, berry special.” Strawberry Shortcake Comics Reader is a free universal app for devices with iOS 4.0 or later installed, and the classic issue is available as a 99-cent in-app purchase.
Speaking of Phil Schiller, a Rogue Amoeba customer wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a query on why the company’s Airfoil Speakers Touch app was recently pulled from the App Store. According to Cult of Mac, Schiller personally responded in defense of the move: “The story as I understand it is simple, and not accurately recounted on Rogue Amoeba’s website,” Schiller writes. “Rogue Amoeba’s app added a feature that accessed encrypted AirPlay audio streams without using approved APIs or a proper license and in violation of Apple’s agreements. Apple asked Rogue Amoeba to update their app to remain in compliance with our terms and conditions.” The app has since made a triumphant return to the App Store, although in a slightly altered form, as Schiller notes.
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(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)