Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, January 30 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_january_30 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_january_30#comments Gallery News Apple Watch cloud Columns financial earnings Free iMac iTunes Movie Party Photos Steve Jobs Super Bowl iPad iPhone iPod Mac Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:57:30 +0000 MacLife Staff 21246 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Watch Event Clues, AAPL Stock Reaches New High, TUAW Closure http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_event_clues_aapl_stock_reaches_new_high_tuaw_closure <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's news, Apple might be preparing for another big media event showcasing the Apple Watch, judging by a request it recently sent a major developer. Elsewhere, Apple's stock hit yet another all-time high today, and on a more tragic note, long-running Apple blog TUAW will close as a result of recent cuts at AOL.</p><h3>Apple Asks Some Devs to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready By Next Month</h3><p>The Apple Watch won't show up on store shelves until <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_earnings_report_w_apple_watch_date_ios_patch_813" target="_blank">April</a>, according to CEO Tim Cook, but as <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/30/apple-developers-watch-apps-mid-february/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a> reports, the Cupertino company is asking at least one big (unidentified) app developer to have its Apple Watch apps ready to launch on the App Store by February 12.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/applewatch_0.jpg" width="620" height="388" /></p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/30/apple-watch-sighted-in-wild/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>It's currently not clear why Apple wants such an early launch date for this particular developer (and it's possible it contacted others), but there's little chance it means we'll see the long-awaited piece of wearable tech around Valentine's Day. More likely, it means that Apple either wants to have a few key apps ready for a big media event in February or March, or that it wants to check the battery life with third-party apps before it releases the unit into the wild.</p><p>In related news (also via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/30/apple-watch-sighted-in-wild/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>), "thousands" of Apple employees have reportedly been seen wearing Apple Watches in and around the San Francisco Bay area, indicating that Apple's all but ready for the device's launch.</p><h3>Apple Stock Reaches $120, a New All-Time High</h3><p>By now the news is probably a little old hat, but there's a new little tidbit regarding the impact of Apple's spectacular quarterly report for Q1 2015. As <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/01/30/shares-of-apple-reach-new-all-time-high-of-120-after-record-holiday-quarter?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a> notes, the news caused AAPL stock to shoot up to $120, representing a new record for the company and another boost to its seemingly inevitable market valuation of $700 billion.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/aapl.jpg" width="620" height="548" /></p><p>Apple's stock last record-breaking high was in November of 2014, when it reached $119 per share. Since then, it's danced around $110. Most investors, especially Carl Icahn, seem convinced that Apple stock could go up further still, and indeed, it'll be interesting to see what happens if the Apple Watch is as popular as Tim Cook and friends hope it is.</p><h3>AOL Said to Shutter TUAW</h3><p>As a part of a larger "restructuring" push that's also behind the tragic shuttering of well-known gaming site <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/" target="_blank">Joystiq</a>, AOL will reportedly be shutting down <a href="http://www.tuaw.com/" target="_blank">The Unofficial Apple Weblog</a>, better known as TUAW (via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/30/7949485/aol-shutting-down-tuaw-apple" target="_blank">The Verge</a>). The site is expected to close for good on Monday, February 2.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/tuaw_logo.jpg" width="620" height="432" /></p><p>TUAW is one of the old hands in the Apple news and reviews business, having been around since December of 2004. Its closure marks yet another step in a sad trend we've seen elsewhere. Earlier this month, the U.K.'s MacUser magazine closed its doors, and last September Macworld magazine ceased the publication of its print edition in order to focus on online content. In addition, Macworld <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/macworldiworld_expo_2015_canceled_event_hiatus" target="_blank">canceled</a> its long-running Macworld/iWorld Expo indefinitely.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_event_clues_aapl_stock_reaches_new_high_tuaw_closure#comments News AAPL Apple Watch Rumors speculation stock The Unofficial Apple Weblog Tim Cook TUAW Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:16:41 +0000 Leif Johnson 21245 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Tied With Samsung Shipments, Ampere Wireless Charging Case http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_tied_samsung_shipments_ampere_wireless_charging_case <!--paging_filter--><p>Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_earnings_report_w_apple_watch_date_ios_patch_813" target="_blank">insanely profitable quarter</a>, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter.</p><h3>Report: Apple Shipped As Many Phones As Samsung Last Quarter</h3><p>More news about the wider significance of Apple's record-breaking quarter continues to roll in, this time from <a href="http://blogs.strategyanalytics.com/WSS/post/2015/01/29/Apple-Becomes-Worlds-Largest-Smartphone-Vendor-in-Q4-2014.aspx" target="_blank">Strategy Analytics</a>, who claims that Apple tied with rival Samsung to dominate smartphone shipments for the quarter.</p><p>According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter (although Samsung's still well in the lead as regards the annual total). As a result, at least for the quarter, both companies could claim a market share of 19.6 percent.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/apple-samsung.png" width="520" height="337" /></p><p>It's worth noting that Strategy Analytics's conclusions are partly based on informed guesses, as Samsung stopped reporting the numbers of its shipments a few years ago. (IDC, for instance, <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150129005968/en/Tie-Apple-Closes-Gap-Samsung-Fourth-Quarter" target="_blank">reported a couple of hours ago</a> that Samsung shipped a slightly more impressive 75.1 million units.</p><p>The last time Samsung and Apple had a more or less equal share of the market was in Q4 2011. Samsung and Apple might be tied as regards shipments, but the news is much different on the profit scale. The Korean company's sales for the period ranging from October to December 2014 were down 27 percent from last year according to its <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/ir/ireventpresentations/earningsrelease/downloads/2012/20150129_conference_eng.pdf" target="_blank">own earnings report</a> released today, and the company's mobile sales were down a whopping 64 percent year over year. (Its semiconductor business is positively booming, though, in part due to widespread demand for them from companies like, yes, Apple.)</p><h3>'Ampere' Wireless Charging Case Turns Heads on Kickstarter</h3><p>If you're the type of person who likes to charge your iPhone on the go but doesn't like to bother with cumbersome extra accessories, you should check out Novelsys' new<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/670355041/ampere-worlds-first-smart-wireless-charging-phone" target="_blank"> Ampere sleeve on Kickstarter</a>. It looks like most other leather sleeves for the iPhone, but the quirk here is that it comes with a 2,700-mAh battery tucked inside that charges your phone wirelessly.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/670355041/ampere-worlds-first-smart-wireless-charging-phone/widget/video.html" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p><p>There's a (literally) small catch for us iPhone users in that we'll have to stick a tiny Lightning receiver on the bottom of our phones to get it to work as intended. But that seems like a small price to pay considering the convenience involved.</p><p>Right now, the real price you'll have to pay is a $75 pledge to Novelsys's Kickstarter for the project, and that's just for the early bird pricing. (And you'll want to hurry, as there's only 30 of those left as of this writing.) After that, the price jumps up slightly to $79.</p><p>Plenty of people are taking notice. The team asked for $60,000, but the project's already earned $75,259 on the strength of just 373 backers and there are still 15 days to go.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_tied_samsung_shipments_ampere_wireless_charging_case#comments News ampere Cases iphone kickstarter leather Samsung shipments wireless charging Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:58:16 +0000 Leif Johnson 21241 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple's Historic Profits, YouTube Dumps Flash, Jobs Biopic Casting http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apples_historic_profits_youtube_dumps_flash_jobs_biopic_casting <!--paging_filter--><p>According to Standard and Poor's, Apple made history yesterday when it released its quarterly earnings report as all those iPhone sales resulted in the most profitable quarter in history. Elsewhere, YouTube finally gives in and goes full HTML5, and Universal Pictures releases the final cast list for the Steve Jobs biopic.</p><h3>Apple Just Had the Most Profitable Quarter in History</h3><p>According to credit ratings leader Standard &amp; Poor's, the big numbers cited in Apple's quarterly earnings report yesterday weren't just a big deal by Apple standards. By S&amp;P's reckoning, Apple's net profit of $18 billion means it had the most profitable quarter<em> in history</em>, and by such a wide margin that the Cupertino company's record is well ahead of ExxonMobil's $15.9 billion reported in 2012.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/tim-cook-september-12.jpg" width="620" height="297" /></p><p>As <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/28/apple-profit-record/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> notes, people all across the Internet have been trying to put these numbers in perspective. A Reddit user going by the name of <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/2tx1am/in_the_last_quarter_apple_brought_in_more_revenue/" target="_blank">Cal00</a> points out that Apple made more from its iPhone sales than Microsoft and Google made from their entire product lines. <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/27/apple-just-had-the-biggest-quarterly-earnings-of-any-company-ever/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> calculated that Apple made a profit of $8.3 million per hour.</p><p>As expected, Apple's massive success during the quarter springs mainly from the sale of 74.5 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, each featuring the larger screens that users had been wanting for years.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>YouTube Dumps Flash in Favor of HTML5</h3><p>In the early years of the iPhone, you didn't have to pay much attention to know that Steve Jobs had some serious issues with Flash, and that he steadfastedly refused to allow it on the newborn iOS. In 2010, he even wrote <a href="https://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/" target="_blank">a well-known memo</a> about it. At the time, many people called Jobs and Apple stubborn, if not backwards. But <a href="http://youtube-eng.blogspot.jp/2015/01/youtube-now-defaults-to-html5_27.html" target="_blank">yesterday </a>YouTube made the jump from Flash to Jobs's beloved HTML5, proving once again that the Apple co-founder's ideas were ahead of their time, not behind them.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/html5.jpg" width="620" height="373" /></p><p>From now on, YouTube will start playing videos with HTML5 regardless of whether you have Flash installed or not. The key advantage of HTML5 is that you can play it on almost any system, while Flash requires a plugin made for the specific operating system it's running on. In its announcement, Google acknowledged Apple's contributions to the dominance of HTML5 in a statement to <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2015/01/27/youtube-ditches-flash-for-html5-video-by-default/" target="_blank">VentureBeat</a>:</p><p>"These advancements have benefited not just YouTube’s community, but the entire industry," said YouTube. "Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Universal Pictures Releases Cast List for Steve Jobs Biopic</h3><p>Today Universal Pictures announced the cast list for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic directed by Danny Boyle, putting an end to scores of rumors that have popped up over the past few months as the project lost and gained both actors and directors. Most of the casting decisions were more or less common knowledge as of yesterday, but there are still some surprises in store (via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/310397/meet-official-cast-steve-jobs-movie/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>). For instance, we finally know which part Kate Winslet is playing.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/fassbender.jpg" width="620" height="387" /></p><p><strong>Above: Michael Fassbender&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Michael Fassbender of <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em> fame will play Steve Jobs, while Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. Michael Stuhlbarg of <em>Boardwalk Empire</em>&nbsp;will portray Andy Hertzfeld, Jeff Daniels took the role of Apple CEO John Sculley, and Adam Shapiro will be Avie Tevanian. Kate Winslet will play Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman (a key figure in promoting the first Mac), and the relatively unknown Sarah Snook will play PR personality Andrea Cunningham. Three actresses — Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, and Perla Haney-Jardine — will play Jobs's daughter Lisa as she ages from 5 to 19.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apples_historic_profits_youtube_dumps_flash_jobs_biopic_casting#comments News Flash history HTML5 iphone Kate Winslet Michael Fassbender quarterly report seth rogen Tim Cook YouTube Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:56:34 +0000 Leif Johnson 21237 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Earnings Report w/ Apple Watch Date, iOS Patch 8.1.3 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_earnings_report_w_apple_watch_date_ios_patch_813 <!--paging_filter--><p>It's quarterly report day at Apple, which means it's time once again for us to drop our jaws at the record amounts of cash Apple is raking in. (And while they were at it, they dropped some info on the Apple Watch's release date!) If you're still bummed out about some lingering bugs in iOS, never fear — there's a patch for that.</p><h3>Apple Reports Yet Another Record-Smashing Quarter</h3><p>Apple released its quarterly earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 this afternoon, and true to recent fashion, the event was full of all kinds of smashed records and big numbers. In a single quarter, Apple sold a breathtaking 74.5 million iPhones and it generated a near-unimaginable $18 billion in profits.</p><p>Total revenue for the quarter reached $74.6 billion, which equates into $3.06 per diluted share. The massive push associated with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus amounted to a 46 percent increase in year-over-year sales, and Mac sales reached an all-time high of 5.52 million units, representing a 14 percent year-over-year sales increase.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/timcook.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>Alas, the iPad continued its slow decline with 21.4 million sales, falling down 18 percent from the previous year's Q1 report. But on the bright side for Apple, iTunes, the App Store, and other staples of the company's "Services" category brought in a record $4.8 billion.</p><p>The call was also notable in that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives took the time to relay some other impressive figures, such as how Apple's sold more than one billion total iOS devices to date. In addition, Cook dispelled the long-standing rumor that the Apple Watch would debut in March; instead, he says, it's set to ship in April.</p><p>In related news, earlier in the day analyst firm <a href="http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/media-alert-apple-takes-top-spot-china-first-time-smart-phones" target="_blank">Canalys</a> revealed that the popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped make Apple the brand with the most smartphone shipments to China. That not only puts the Cupertino company ahead of homegrown competitors like Xiaomi and Huawei, but also ahead of longtime Korean rival Samsung.</p><h3>Apple Releases Bug-Fixing Update for iOS</h3><p>Apple today released iOS 8.1.3, which contains a number of important bug fixes, including a particularly nasty remedy for a bug that kept many users from entering their Apple ID passwords for Messages and FaceTime. In addition, the patch reportedly fixes the issue that was preventing multitasking gestures from working on the iPad, and another that prevented Spotlight from listing results from apps.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/maxresdefault.jpg" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Elsewhere, the patch lessens the space needed to install an iOS update, and you can also access new "configuration options for education standardized testing." Unfortunately, as noted by MacRumors, the patch apparently doesn't fix the "GMT bug," which has caused calendar syncing issues for some users by inaccurately listing times.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_earnings_report_w_apple_watch_date_ios_patch_813#comments News Bugs earnings report iOS 8 iPad iphone iPod quarterly Tim Cook Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:06:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 21235 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Free on iTunes, Apple Pay and Photo IDs, Photos for iCloud.com http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_free_itunes_apple_pay_and_photo_ids_photos_icloudcom <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple apparently hasn't turned its back on free stuff, after all, even though ithe situation seemed a little iffy after the disappearance of the free iTunes Single of the Week. In other news, a Missouri lawmaker wants users to produce photo IDs every time they use Apple Pay and similar services in his state, and Apple introduced some simple but useful tools for its Photos for iCloud.com app.</p><h3>Apple Introduces 'Free on iTunes' Section</h3><p>For&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_companion_app_details_itunes_dumps_single_week" target="_blank">a few days there</a>, it looked as though the free U2 album kerfuffle had soured Apple on the idea of free products forever, but a new "Free on iTunes" section of iTunes shows that's far from the case. Many longtime users were initially sad to hear about the sudden disappearance of the "iTunes Single of the Week," but, if anything, this replacement — which includes songs as well as TV shows — makes the experience even better.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/freeonitunes.jpg" width="620" height="297" /></p><p>Sorry, international users — at least for now, the page only works for customers in the United States. But if you're a resident of Apple's home country, you'll be able to sample free episodes from SyFy's 12 Monkeys, MTV's Eye Candy, and others. More interested in music? Check out the offerings from bands like Jauz. Purity Ring, and Asking Alexandria.</p><p>Apple hasn't revealed a schedule for the new service, but it's likely that the Cupertino company will update the new section every week, judging from its own traditions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Missouri Lawmaker Wants to Require Photo IDs with Apple Pay, Similar Services</h3><p>You'd think that Apple would have already sufficiently demonstrated that using your fingerprint for Apple Pay is "identification" enough, but at least one Missouri lawmaker (via&nbsp;<a href="http://fox2now.com/2015/01/22/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-requiring-id-for-mobile-payments/" target="_blank">AP</a>) is having none of it. If Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis has his way, in fact, Missourians would be required to show their IDs to clerks when using Apple Pay (and any other mobile payment service, for that matter).</p><p>It's actually more complicated than that. Not only would our hypothetical Missourian have to show her driver's license or similar documentation, but the clerks would also have to write down the ID number of the person making the purchase and keep it in their records. If they don't, they're entirely accountable for fraudulent transactions.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/applepay.png" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>There's a couple of flaws here in that it's already uncommon for clerks to check ID cards for normal credit card purchases, and most mobile payment systems have some kind of enhanced security wall (such as Apple Pay's Touch ID) that keeps crooks from having a field day with spending. What's more, as <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/23/apple-pay-id-law-missouri/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> points out, it's far easier to fake an ID than a fingerprint.</p><p>The retailers themselves don't seem terribly concerned. According to a report in <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/inroads-made-by-apple-pay-propel-mobile-wallet-idea-1422231681" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> this morning, suppliers of point-of-sale systems saw a massive bump in interest following the release of Apple Pay last October. Brendan Lauber, an executive at Harbortouch, said that only 22 percent of the company's customers had mobile payment receptors installed prior to the release of iOS 8; following the launch of Apple Pay, 68 percent asked for systems that support mobile transactions.</p><p>"It’s like night and day," said Lauber.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Photos for iCloud Updated with New Features</h3><p>The Photos app for iCloud.com got a little better this weekend, as Apple upgraded the service to allow users to send photos from their iCloud library to anyone via e-mail. In addition, you can now zoom in on photos in the iCloud Photo Library itself (via <a href="http://www.ifun.de/icloud-fotos-mit-neuen-funktionen-72161/" target="_blank">i</a><a href="http://www.ifun.de/icloud-fotos-mit-neuen-funktionen-72161/" target="_blank">Fun.de</a>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/icloudzoom_0.jpg" width="620" height="361" /></p><p>The actual pace of Apple's updates for its iCloud Photos app might leave a little to be desired, but at least the iPhone maker has started a trend of packing worthwhile features into each patch. Last November, for instance, Apple enabled users to upload their own photos to the site from their computers. According to some supposedly inside sources, the reason for the relatively few updates pertaining to iCloud as a whole lies in a <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/icloud_progress_held_back_deep_organizational_issues_apple?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">culture of excessive fragmentation </a>within Apple's walls.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_free_itunes_apple_pay_and_photo_ids_photos_icloudcom#comments News Apple Pay iCloud iCloud.com iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus. Missouri Photos Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:32:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 21232 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, January 23 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_january_23 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_january_23#comments Gallery News 12-inch MacBook Air Apple Watch biopic blackberry Columns ipad pro Korea macbook air Movie Samsung Setve Jobs Stylus Super Bowl Tips tricks yosemite iPad iPhone Mac Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:30:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21223 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: 'Leaked' 12-Inch MacBook Air, China and Apple, iPhone Activations http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_leaked_12inch_macbook_air_china_and_apple_iphone_activations <!--paging_filter--><p>It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.</p><h3>'Leaked' Photos Reportedly Show Parts from 12-Inch MacBook Air</h3><p>Just in time for weekend speculation fun, a set of photos have <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.ifanr.com/486176&amp;hl=en&amp;langpair=auto|en&amp;tbb=1&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">popped up on iFanr</a> purporting to show the lid and display for the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. The photos are noticeably less fuzzy than the usual leaked fare, and they helpfully show the parts stacked alongside a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad for comparison.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/backpanel.jpg" width="620" height="649" /></p><p>There's some doubt about the authenticity of the photos, however, in that they show that the traditional backlit Apple logo for MacBooks has been traded out for the polished metal logo common to iPads. For its part, iFanr believes Apple might have chucked the widely beloved backlit Apple in favor of making the unit ever so slightly thinner.</p><p>Also missing are the gray bezels common to most new MacBook Air models, which means that Apple might be extending the glass to the edges of the unit as seen with the MacBook Pro. That sounds lovely, but it <em>does</em> clash with an earlier rumor that the device would have the familiar gray bezels. Of course, there's always a good chance that Apple simply changed its mind.</p><h3>Tim Cook Reportedly Agrees to Let China Search Products for Security Flaws</h3><p>China's massive market means a lot to Apple—so much, in fact, that Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly agreed to let the country's officials inspect its products for security flaws, according to <a href="http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2015/01/21/350845.html" target="_blank">The Beijing News</a> (via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/23/apple-china-security-inspections/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>). The officials are supposedly interested in finding "back doors" that would grant the Cupertino company (or anyone else, for that matter) access to private data stored in the units.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/screen_0.jpg" width="620" height="329" /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Calligraphy exhibit for the upcoming Apple Store in&nbsp;</span><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MAsPtCNMTI" target="_blank">Hangzhou, China</a>.</p><p>Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office, had expressed concerns last year that Apple might be afforded a window into Chinese state secrets through its devices. Cook assured Wei that this was not the case in a well-publicized visit, but the official apparently wanted to check out the products for himself.</p><p>The danger of such a decision is that it might reveal some secrets about how Apple designs its own software, which could in turn lead to leaked knowledge regarding how to exploit the vulnerabilities. But if it means staying in China's billion-strong market, that's a chance that Cook's apparently willing to take.</p><h3>Half of All Phones Activated in Q4 2014 Were iPhones</h3><p>Just in case you needed any more proof that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are wildly popular, consider the latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partner, which states that Apple accounted for half of all phone activations in the United States for Q4 2014 (via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/01/23/apple-captured-half-of-us-mobile-phone-activations-in-q4-demand-still-at-record-high" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>).</p><p>"Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5% of US sales," says Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/cirp.jpg" width="620" height="421" /></p><p>Keep in mind that, at 500, the data sampling is quite small for reaching such sweeping conclusions, and that 86 percent of activations came from consumers who'd upgraded from an earlier iPhone. Still, Apple has certainly accomplished a major feat here, and impressively enough, CIRP reports that 25 percent of new iPhone users were former Samsung users and that 15 percent came from LG phones.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_leaked_12inch_macbook_air_china_and_apple_iphone_activations#comments News China CIRP iphone leaks Mac MacBook macbook air Rumors speculation Tim Cook Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:59:51 +0000 Leif Johnson 21222 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Watch Battery, BlackBerry and Forced App Ports, Apple Salaries http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_battery_blackberry_and_forced_app_ports_apple_salaries <!--paging_filter--><p>According to a new blog post from BlackBerry's CEO, the U.S. government needs to force developers to make their apps available across all platforms, and he specifically singles out Apple as representing part of the problem. Elsewhere, there's new information from "inside sources" regarding the battery life for the upcoming Apple Watch, as well as specifics on how much key Apple executives made last year.</p><h3>Apple Should Be Forced to Port iMessage to BlackBerry, CEO Says</h3><p>BlackBerry isn't taking its slow fall from favor too well. In a<a href="https://r-login.wordpress.com/remote-login.php?action=auth&amp;host=blogs.blackberry.com&amp;id=17235670&amp;back=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.blackberry.com%2F2015%2F01%2Fblackberry-net-neutrality%2F%3Futm_content%3Dbufferb052c%26utm_medium%3Dsocial%26utm_source%3Dtwitter.com%26utm_campaign%3Dbuffer&amp;h=" target="_blank"> blog post </a>published yesterday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen asserts that the U.S. government should support "application/content neutrality" in addition to net neutrality. The upshot of this? Developers would be required to make all apps and content available to all platforms.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/chen.jpg" width="620" height="398" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://utbblogs.com/blackberry/is-john-chen-planning-to-stop-making-blackberry-mobile-phones-no/" target="_blank">UTB Blogs</a></strong></p><p>Chen doesn't beat around the bush, as he specifically singles out Apple as evidence of the system working against BlackBerry.</p><p>"Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple’s iMessage messaging service," Chen says in his post. "Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them."</p><p>That's quite the assertion, especially coming from a company that was famously loath to port its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service on other platforms until recently.</p><p>"Neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet," Chen goes on to say. "All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Rumor: Apple Targeting 19-Hour Battery Life for Apple Watch</h3><p>We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of the Apple Watch, but thanks to the chatty inside sources who hang out with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/22/apple-targets-for-apple-watch-battery-life-revealed-a5-caliber-cpu-inside/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>'s Mark Gurman, we have a better idea of what to expect from the device's battery life.</p><p>The reports state that Apple's current version of the Apple Watch offers around 2.5 hours' worth of processor-intensive activities such as games, 3.5 hours for the continuous use of standard apps, and four hours of active fitness tracking. Apple reportedly wants the device's mixed usage (i.e., sporadic use punctuated by periods of inactivity) to add up to around 19 hours, but that may not be possible with the first generation.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/applewatchcrown.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p>According to Gurman, Apple had hoped for better numbers, but was unable to attain them even after significant delays to tinker with the battery. That's unfortunate, as "2.5 to 4 hours of active application use" sounds dismal on paper.</p><p>On the bright side, that kind of usage requires staring at your wrist for multiple hours at a time. The Apple Watch (and any kind of watch, really) is designed primarily as an occasional use device, which means that even if it doesn't reach the targeted 19-hour battery life, it should come reasonably close. And consider this — when the original iPhone came out, Apple only promised five hours' worth of "talk, video, and browsing."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Made $9.2 Million Last Year; Angela Ahrendts Earned $73 Million</h3><p>Last year was a good year for Apple financially, and it stands to reason that it would be a good year for its executives as well. And boy, according to Apple's latest <a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/320193/000119312515017607/d774604ddef14a.htm" target="_blank">SEC filing</a>, was it <em>ever</em>.</p><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook raked in $9.22 million for the year, which came from a $1.7 million salary and non-equity incentive compensation amounting to 6.7 million. That's more than double the $4.3 million in compensation Cook received in 2013.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/2014comp.jpg" width="620" height="292" /></p><p>But Cook's numbers look almost impoverished compared to the earnings of new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who earned $73 million in cash and stock. Her actual salary was "only" $400,000, but the former Burberry CEO also received a $500,000 bonus and $70 million in Apple stock for her first year with the Cupertino company. That's a significant step up from the $37 million she was making at Burberry.</p><p>The filing also lists salaries from other Apple executives, including Eddy Cue and Jeff Williams, who both made over $24 million all total, and new CFO Luca Maestri, who brought home $14 million.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_battery_blackberry_and_forced_app_ports_apple_salaries#comments News Angela Arendts Apple Watch battery Battery Life blackberry earnings iMessage iOS 8 John Chen SEC Tim Cook Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:16:27 +0000 Leif Johnson 21216 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iPhone's Gains in South Korea, Apple Buys Musicmetric, Seek XR http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_iphones_gains_south_korea_apple_buys_musicmetric_seek_xr <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, we learn that Apple's making some serious inroads into Samsung's native South Korea. In addition, word just dropped that the Cupertino giant bought a British music analytics company last year (presumably to improve Beats Music), and one of the iPhone's best thermal imagining attachments gets an upgrade.</p><h3>Apple Nabs a 33% Smartphone Market Share in Samsung's Home Turf</h3><p>Samsung historically (and understandably) has a massive lead in smartphone sales over Apple in its home base of South Korea, but the Cupertino company has been eating away at that dominance with its recent successes. According to the <a href="http://www.counterpointresearch.com/applepulsenov2014" target="_blank">latest report </a>from Counterpoint Research, Apple commanded a full 30 percent of sales in the country last November.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/counterpoint.jpg" width="620" height="401" /></p><p>The jump is part of a larger trend that sees Apple finding a new strengths in Asian markets. In Japan, Apple accounted for 51 percent of all smartphone sales in October and November, and the iPhone 6 helped Apple's smartphone sales in China increase by 45 percent year-over-year. Worldwide, in fact, Apple's year-over-year iPhone sales grew by 26 percent.</p><p>Impressive, but South Korea remains the big news here.</p><p>“No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20 percent market share in the history of Korea’s smartphone industry," says Counterpoint's Tom Kang. "It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung. But iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have made a difference here, denting the competition’s phablet sales."</p><p>Kang adds that Apple probably would have been even more successful in the region had supplies of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus not been so strained early on.</p><h3>Apple Acquires Music Analytics Startup Semetric</h3><p>Apple may have bought Beats with the intention of getting a leg up on the streaming music business, but after dropping a cool $3 billion on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's company, it's apparently still not finished forking out more cash to improve the service. Today <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/21/apple-buys-musicmetric-british-startup-beats" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> reported that Apple bought British music analytics service Semetric late in 2014, presumably with the intention of improving Beats Music ahead of its rumored relaunch under the iTunes banner later this year.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/musicmetrics.jpg" width="620" height="372" /></p><p>Semetric is the company behind Musicmetric, which is aimed at helping labels and artists better understand who's listening to their music and how. Currently, it tracks venues outside of iTunes such as YouTube videos and BitTorrent downloads, but there's a small chance that might change in Apple's hands. On the other hand, Musicmetric also analyzes the consumption of films, e-books, games, and TV shows, so Apple might extend the service to cover the full library of its digital offerings.</p><p>Currently there's no word from Apple regarding how much the acquisition cost them, and thus far the company has only released its usual canned statement it shoots out when it acquires smaller companies. Last year, though, Spotify spend $100 million on the similar Echo Nest service, which may point to how much Apple's pockets were emptied in the wake of the Semetric deal.</p><h3>Seek XR Brings Optical Zoom to Thermal Imaging in iOS</h3><p>One of the niftier gadgets for the iPhone is the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review_seek_thermal_camera" target="_blank">Seek Thermal attachable infrared camera</a>, which allows you to look at heat signatures from objects like hot water pipes and living creatures (and presumably roleplay as the Predator or Batman from the Arkham Asylum games).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/01/seek-807x420.jpg" width="620" height="323" /></p><p>It's been out since late last year, but it's been missing a key optical zoom function that would make it ideal for spotting wildlife in the forest or some such. Seek Thermal's<a href="http://obtain.thermal.com/product-p/lead-xr-lt.htm" target="_blank"> new Seek XR </a>remedies that problem with an optical zoom that reportedly works up to 2,000 feet.</p><p>Alas, the long-awaited feature also bumps up the price from $199 for $299, but seeing as how the zoom greatly augments the usefulness of the device, it's probably well worth it.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_iphones_gains_south_korea_apple_buys_musicmetric_seek_xr#comments News heat imaging iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 musicmetrics Samsung Seek semetrics South Korea Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:05:40 +0000 Leif Johnson 21213 at http://www.maclife.com