Mac|Life - News en Apple Daily: Apple Tops Samsung in Smartphone Sales, Hires Own Security Force <!--paging_filter--><p>A new report shows just how impressive Apple's fourth quarter for 2014 was, and this one claims iPhones finally outsold Samsung handsets. In addition, Apple's now saying "no" to contracted security guards for most of its operations, opting instead to create its own security force.</p><h3>Gartner: Apple Overtook Samsung in Smartphone Sales in Q4 2014</h3><p>Apple's explosive fourth quarter for 2014 was reportedly good enough for the Cupertino company to emerge as the world's largest smartphone maker. According to a new report from <a href="" target="_blank">Gartner</a>, Apple beat Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales for the first time since 2011, thanks to 74.8 million smartphone sales compared to Samsung's 73 million.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/03/applechart.png" width="620" height="299" /></p><p>Impressive, but it's ultimately a tough call. Back in <a href="" target="_blank">January</a>, Strategy Analytics reported that Apple had actually tied for the fourth quarter. And the same cautionary footnote expressed then remains — namely, that Samsung doesn't officially report the numbers for its smartphone sales. As a consequence, most Samsung figures reported by research firms like Gartner are based on highly educated guesses.</p><p>It's also important to note that Apple may have dominated the fourth quarter, but its sales considerably lagged behind of those of Samsung for the entire year. The Korean tech giant sold an estimated 307.6 million smartphones in 2014, accounting for a 24.7 percent share of the market, while Apple's 191.4 iPhone sales allowed it to close the year with a 15.4 percent share of the smartphone market.</p><h3>Apple is Hiring Its Former Contracted Security Guards for Full-Time, In-House Positions</h3><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook once said that he wanted Apple to be a "force for good" under his tenure, and he appears to be extending that philosophy to a greater percentage of the workforce associated with the company. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">San Jose Mercury News</a>, Apple will no longer use contracted security guards for the majority of its operations. Instead, the guards will be members of Apple's own security team, and they'll share the same benefits enjoyed by other employees, such as full health insurance coverage, parental leave of absence, and contributions to retirement funds.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/03/security.jpg" /></p><p>That doesn't mean Apple will stop using contracted security guards entirely — indeed, the guards at Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" event on Monday largely won't be a part of Apple's workforce. Still, Apple has apparently already puts its words into action, as <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a> reports that some security guards with "Apple Security" shirts were reportedly seen watching over San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center over the weekend as crews prepared for the upcoming event.</p><p>Notably, most of the new security hires will come from the same group of contracted guards that's already used to working with Apple.</p><p>"We will be hiring a large number of full-time people to handle our day-to-day security needs," an Apple spokeswoman told the San Jose Mercury News. "We hope that virtually all of these positions will be filled by employees from our current security vendor and we're working closely with them on this process."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Store iphone Samsung Security security guards smartphone sales Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:22:45 +0000 Leif Johnson 21363 at Apple Daily: New Apple Watch Details; New Steve Jobs Bio; Mac Photos Beta <!--paging_filter--><p>Tim Cook relayed a lot of details about the upcoming Apple Watch to employees at the main Berlin Apple Store, and most of them leaked out into the public. Let's hope Cook still has some some surprises in store for next Monday! In other news, there's a new Steve Jobs biography on the way, and if you've been itching to try out the new Photos for Mac app, you can hop in today if you have beta access.</p><h3>Cook Spills 'Tons' of Details About Apple Watch During German Visit</h3><p>Apple's next big media event, thought to focus heavily on the Apple Watch, is still a week away, but Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently just can't contain his excitement about the device. Cook revealed some of the features of the upcoming watch to employees of Berlin's flagship store during a recent visit to Germany.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/03/cook.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p>According to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>,&nbsp;Cook said that with an Apple Watch, we'll be able to open the doors to hotel rooms (notably at Apple-loving Starwood Hotels) and order ahead of time from chains like Panera Bread, which is already in the process of making an Apple Watch app. We'll also apparently see a lot of health-related apps next Monday (although no specifics were given), and Cook has reportedly invited more than 100 developers to Cupertino to test and design apps ahead of time.</p><p>Cook also <a href="" target="_blank">mentioned</a> that the Apple Watch is expected to launch in Germany specifically in April — the same month it's set to launch in the United States — and that means it will likely launch in other European countries at the same time. (It's likely, however, they'll have to wait a week or two during the same month.)</p><p>In addition, Cook noted that he sees Apple Pay as a global service, and that there's a chance that we could see it "in Europe generally this year."</p><h3>New Steve Jobs Biography to Hit Shelves on March 24</h3><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/03/becomingstevejobs-250x410.jpg" width="150" height="246" class="graphic-right" />There's currently a movie starring Michael Fassbender in the works based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, but that apparently isn't stopping anyone from attempting to tell the tale even better. On March 24, <em>Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader</em>&nbsp;will hit store shelves as well, and this latest effort purports to provide fascinating new stories about the Apple co-founder and to portray him as a man who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time."</p><p>The book was co-written by Brent Schlender, a journalist who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life for publications such as <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> and <em>Fortune</em>, and Rick Tetzeli, the executive editor at <em>Fast Company</em>. The biography is particularly notable since it draws so heavily on Schlender's own interviews with Jobs, and it's reportedly chock-full of new stories from other Apple worthies such as Eddy Cue and Jony Ive.</p><p>John Gruber of <a href="" target="_blank">Daring Fireball </a>(via <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>) received an advance copy of the book, and he claims that it's the "the book about Steve Jobs that the world deserves."</p><p>The book itself can be <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1425339631&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=becoming+steve+jobs" target="_blank">preordered</a> on Amazon for hardcover, Kindle, or Audible.</p><h3>Apple's Latest OS X Public Beta Includes New Photos App</h3><p>If you're enrolled in Apple's OS X open beta testing program, the company's got a special prize in store for you today — as of the latest build for OS X 10.10.3, you can now try out of the upcoming Photos for Mac OS X app.</p><p>The app is designed to replace both iPhoto and Aperture, although most of the people who've had a chance to try it out claims it improves on the former but falls considerably short of the options provided by the latter. Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/03/photosformac.jpg" width="620" height="390" /></p><p>The patch also comes with a page for picking emoji, which also categorizes emoji and introduces racially diverse emojis and skin-tone modifiers. There's even a new emoji for watches, which has amusingly been redesigned to resemble an Apple Watch.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Store Apple Watch Berlin biography Germany iOS 8 Mac OS X Panera Bread Photo Editing Photos Steve Jobs Tim Cook Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:56:32 +0000 Leif Johnson 21360 at The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, February 28 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery News Apple Event Apple Maps Columns Final Cut Pro X focus iCloud iCloud Drive iPad iphone Oscars Samsung Steve Jobs Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21350 at Apple Daily: Apple Watch Will Replace Car Keys; iOS 8.2 Monday Release? <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, Tim Cook claims that the Apple Watch could at last rid us of the need to carry car keys. In another news, we might see iOS 8.2 as early as next Monday.</p><h3>Tim Cook: Apple Watch Will Replace Car Keys, Hold Charge for a Day</h3><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook still won't say anything concrete about the so-called "iCar," but it's clear he has automobiles on his mind. In an interview at the Covent Garden Apple Store in London by the <a href="" target="_blank">Telegraph</a>, Cook said that the Apple Watch would eventually be able to "replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/cook.jpg" width="620" height="387" /></p><p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Leverne/Telegraph</a></strong></p><p>And that's about it. Cook apparently didn't mention whether this service could somehow be integrated into existing cars, if such a feature will have something to do with Apple's CarPlay service, or if it'll have to wait for technology that's still in the works.</p><p>In addition, Cook said that the iPhone's battery will last all day (which marks an improvement from some of the reports not long after the initial announcement), thanks to "special magnet technology" that's said to be as beautiful as it is efficient.</p><p>We'll know for for ourselves a little over a week from now. As always, we'll be on hand to report Apple's news during the event as it's announced.</p><h3>iOS 8.2 Could Be Here by Monday</h3><p>The next time Apple Daily rolls around, there's a good chance we'll be talking about the release of iOS 8.2., at least if the sources who spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">BGR</a> truly know their stuff. The patch, which contains supporting files for the upcoming Apple Watch, has long been suspected to appear sometime in March, but BGR's sources say it might be released to the public as early as Monday.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/iphone6.jpg" width="620" height="326" /></p><p>The date is significant, as that would put it exactly one week ahead of Apple's "Spring Forward" media event on March 9, which the Cupertino company is expected to use to unveil more information pertaining to the Apple Watch. The report also mentioned that two more betas might be in the works for iOS 8.3 (which places a heavy emphasis on new emoji) before its supposed release in April, even though the patch has already gone through two betas thus far.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Watch iOS 8 iPad iphone iPod London Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:00:17 +0000 Leif Johnson 21349 at Apple Daily: March 9 Media Event; iCloud & Apple Maps Updates <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has finally sent out invitations for its next media event, which will likely focus on pricing and peripherals for the upcoming Apple Watch. In other news, Apple has at last opened its iWork for iCloud to everyone, and the Cupertino company is adding spiffy little cosmetic features to Apple Maps.</p><h3>Apple to Hold Media Event on March 9; Apple Watch Set for April</h3><p>Apple's next big media event will take place on Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, according to invitations that the Cupertino company sent out this morning. The event will be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and it's widely thought that Apple will use the occasion to provide more details about the upcoming Apple Watch.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/spring.jpg" /></p><p>The clues aren't just in the timing, but in the name itself, which reads "Spring Forward" in reference to the switch to Daylight Saving Time that occurs on the day before in the U.S. And since most of us will be setting our non-digital clocks ahead an hour on that date, it'd be a nifty way to discuss a "time change" by revealing details such as the full pricing structure and specific accessories for the long-awaited piece of wearable tech.</p><p>While the event is thought to place a special focus on the Apple Watch, it's possible Apple will round off the event with slightly less groundbreaking announcements, such as the long-rumored launch of the 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display.</p><p>As for the Apple Watch itself, Cook said not long after the origibal reveal that the device would ship in April, and alleged insider sources who spoke with <a href="">MacRumors</a> claim that we'll see the launch more toward the start of the month than the end — possibly between April 6 and April 10.</p><h3>Apple Opens iWork for iCloud to Everyone</h3><p>Apple's <a href="">iWork for iCloud</a>&nbsp;suite of productivity apps just became a lot more useful, particularly for the poor saps out there who don't own an Apple device. As of today, the web-based versions of Apple's Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available for everyone.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/icloud.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>That was quick. News that the beta version embraced such inclusivity <a href="">dropped</a> on February 13, and apparently Apple determined that everything's working according to plan in that short a time. New users who sign up for an account through the site get access to 1 GB of free storage, which can then be used to edit and store documents for retrieval anywhere where there's an Internet connection (as long as it's through recent versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer).</p><p>In the past, Apple's iWork suite was limited to users who owned an Apple device, which greatly limited its appeal on professional circles in light of that glaring limitation in comparison to Google Drive or Microsoft office. With the doors now flung open, however, there's a chance that could change.</p><h3>Apple Brings Animated Landmarks to Apple Maps</h3><p>Apple's been busy lately trying to turn Apple Maps into something useful and interactive, whether it's through the upcoming inclusion of information from GasBuddy and GreatSchools that we <a href="">mentioned yesterday</a> or via those "mystery cars" that seem designed for a Google Street View-like service. But judging from new features introduced to its 3D Flyover map of London late yesterday (via the <a href="">Daily Mail</a>), it's also trying to make the service more fun.</p><p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Visitors who look up London through Apple's Maps app will now see some impressive little cosmetic features, such as the correct time on the famous tower housing Big Ben, and a constant spin on the London Eye (London's gigantic Ferris wheel). It's pure fluff, but it does help make Apple Maps stand out a bit from its competition. According to the Mail, Apple will start rolling out similar features for other cities within the coming weeks. In addition, Apple has also introduced new Apple Flyovers for several cities around the world (including Edinburgh, Venice, and Guadalajara).&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Maps Apple Watch iOS Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:46:22 +0000 Leif Johnson 21344 at Apple Daily: New Features Coming to Apple Maps, Big Gains for Apple Pay, & More <!--paging_filter--><p>Our Wednesday Apple Daily finds Final Cut Pro X making a comeback with the new Will Smith movie, and more than a million Chase cardholders signing up for Apple Pay. On the downside, Apple may lose half a billion dollars to a patent dispute over iTunes. Read on for all the details!</p><h3>Apple Focuses on Will Smith Feature Edited with Final Cut Pro X</h3><p>In the four years since Apple launched Final Cut Pro X, the reaction has mostly been negative. The $299 pro video-editing software has made headlines for the number of customers jumping ship to competitors like Adobe Premiere Pro, while Apple toiled away in the background refining the application.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/focus.png" /></p><p><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-size: small;">The silence from Cupertino ended today, with Apple launching a new "Final Cut Pro in Action" page on its website detailing how an upcoming Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith was edited entirely in 2K ProRes 4444 format — the first major studio release edited with Final Cut Pro X.</span></span></p><p>“We got exactly the film we set out to make,” remarked John Requa, who co-directed <em>Focus</em> with Glenn Ficarra. “What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Check out the Apple website</a> for the complete story of how <em>Focus</em> came to be.</p><h3>GasBuddy, GreatSchools Appear as New Apple Maps Data Sources</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a>&nbsp;that Apple has quietly added acknowledgements to both GasBuddy and GreatSchools in the built-in Maps app, suggesting iOS and Mac users may soon see gas prices, station locations, and school data populate search results.</p><p><img src="/files/u324771/apple_maps_0.png" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>A third service, Yext, is also new to Apple Maps, although that partnership was announced prior to turning up on the acknowledgments screen. Described as a service which "allows businesses to update their locations for multiple online sites at one time," Yext joins The National Land Survey of Finland Topographic Database as a new data source.</p><h3>Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9M in iTunes Patent Dispute</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg reported Wednesday</a> that a federal jury has awarded Texas-based Smartflash LLC the sum of $532.9 million in a lawsuit alleging that Apple's iTunes software infringed upon three of the company's patents. Smartflash originally sought $852 million in damages, an amount Apple's lawyers attempted to reduce to a mere $4.5 million.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/coin_dozer_app_620px.png" alt="Coin Dozer" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>The patents in question are described as covering "digital rights management and inventions related to data storage and managing access through payment systems," with third-party apps Coin Dozer and 4 Pics 1 Movie specifically cited as infringing upon Smartfish intellectual property. At least one of those developers, Game Circus LLC, was dismissed as a defendant last year. Apple plans to appeal the decision.</p><h3>Chase Confirms Over 1M Customers Have Set Up Apple Pay</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">AppleInsider reported Tuesday</a> that JP Morgan Chase has hit an impressive milestone with more than one million customers having activated credit or debit cards with Apple Pay, the mobile wallet service introduced with iOS 8.1 last fall. The news was announced during the company's 2015 Investor Day yesterday, and serves as more good news for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_pay_chase_visa_620px.png" alt="Apple Pay Chase card" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>"We were an early participant of Apple Pay," said Eileen Serra, CEO of Chase Card Services. "We do continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet."</p><p>Chase described Apple Pay customers as "younger with higher incomes," with 69 percent of card transactions coming from credit cards, with debit cards making up the remaining 31 percent.</p><p><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News apple daily Apple Maps apple news Apple Pay Chase data sources Final Cut Pro X GasBuddy Hollywood iTunes Patents iPhone Mac Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:55:32 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21340 at Apple Daily: Cook Remembers Jobs; 2014 iOS Sales; Samsung iPhone Memory <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple fans are once again remembering the life and times of Steve Jobs today on what would have been the 60th birthday of the legendary co-founder. In our Tuesday edition of Apple Daily, we'll find out how current CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that date, along with news that Samsung may still be in the iPhone memory game, the latest Apple acquisition, and how much of the smartphone market iOS and Android have gobbled up to date.</p><h3>Apple CEO Tim Cook Commemorates Steve Jobs's 60th Birthday</h3><p>It's been just over four years since the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but his predecessor certainly hasn't forgotten the influential legacy of the man who brought him into the Cupertino fold. On Tuesday morning, current CEO Tim Cook&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">started his day with a tweet</a>&nbsp;acknowledging Jobs' birthday on February 24.</p><p><img src="" alt="Steve Jobs holds Apple" width="620" height="300" /></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">"Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today," Cook wrote, capped off by a quote from his former mentor: "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."</span></p><p>Although Cook's influence has changed many things at Apple over the last four years, there's little doubt that the executive team and the iPhone maker's global workforce continue to live by those words. (For more Steve Jobs quotes, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.)</p><h3>Next-Gen iPhone Will Mostly Use Samsung Memory Chips</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Korea Times</em></a> reported late Monday that Samsung Electronics appears to still be very much in the Apple manufacturing game, despite rumors of an icier relationship between the two patent foes. An unnamed industry official claims Samsung will provide "at least half" of the DRAM chips needed for this year's presumed iPhone 6S, and the door appears to be open for Apple to increase that amount, should it become necessary. Samsung will also reportedly provide mobile processors for the same device, which is widely expected to arrive this fall.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/samsung_memory_chips_620px.png" alt="Samsung mobile memory chips" width="620" height="300" /></p><h3>Apple Acquires Audio Plug-In Developer Camel Audio</h3><p>Apple's music-centric software GarageBand and Logic Pro X could become a lot more powerful in the future, thanks to Cupertino's acquisition of music software plug-in maker Camel Audio. <a href="" target="_blank">According to The Loop</a>, the creators of Alchemy quietly closed their doors back on January 8, removing all products for purchase and limiting email and download support for previous purchases.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/camel_audio_alchemy_620px.png" alt="Camel Audio - Alchemy" width="620" height="300" /><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank">As noted by MacRumors</a>, Camel Audio's corporate registry now points to Apple's London address at 100 New Bridge Street, while the company's only director is listed as Heather Joy Morrison, one of Cupertino's fleet of attorneys. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the acquisition to The Loop in their typically standard way: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."</p><h3>iOS, Android Now Dominate 96.3 Percent of Smartphone Market</h3><p>Poor Microsoft and BlackBerry: <a href="" target="_blank">The latest quarterly smartphone data from IDC</a> is now available, and it shows Apple and Google absolutely dominating the worldwide market with 96.3 percent of shipments made during the fourth quarter of last year, a slight increase from 95.6 percent during the same quarter in 2013.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/iphone_hovers_over_earth_620px.png" alt="iPhone hovers over Earth" width="620" height="300" /><br /><br />Unfortunately, Android accounted for 76.6 percent of all smartphones sold, but considering how few iPhone models Apple actually has in the lineup, 19.7 percent is nothing to sneeze at — especially when it coincides with 46.1 percent year-over-year growth. (By comparison, Windows Phone holds a meager 2.8 percent share, while BlackBerry slipped into near-total irrelevance with 0.4 percent. Ouch!)</p><p>IDC released its calendar year 2014 data as well, painting very much the same picture, with iOS and Android again responsible for a whopping 96.3 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> News acquisitions android apple daily apple news Birthdays Camel Audio IDC music software Samsung Steve Jobs Tim Cook iPad iPhone Mac Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:58:18 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21337 at Apple Daily: Apple at the Oscars; Samsung Battery Experts; Editorial Content on iTunes <!--paging_filter--><p>If the rumors are true, Apple's trying to grab the best battery engineers it can find for its rumored electric car project — and it's apparently even enticing engineers over from Samsung. In other news, a new iPad ad made waves at the Oscars, Apple seems to be readying some editorial content for iTunes, and it's also building two massive data centers in Europe.</p><h3>Apple's iPad Ad Shines During Academy Awards</h3><p>Congratulations to <em>Birdman</em>, Eddie Redmayne, and Julianne Moore for their Oscar victories yesterday, but for Apple fans, the highlight of the show might be the iPad ad that aired during the broadcast. Narrated by&nbsp;Martin Scorsese, the ad showed how the tablet can be an invaluable tool for aspiring filmmakers, and embodies the aspirational spirit that has become synonymous with the Apple brand. In case you missed it, you can see the ad in its entirity below, or you can stop by Apple's "<a href="" target="_blank">Make a Film with iPad</a>" site, which also goes into detail about using apps like Final Draft Writer and GarageBand to become a fledgling filmmaker.</p><p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><h3>Apple Reportedly Poaching Battery Engineers from Samsung</h3><p>Last week we reported that battery maker <a href="" target="_blank">A123</a> is bringing a lawsuit against Apple on the grounds that the Cupertino company is allegedly poaching engineers (possibly in connection with its rumored electric car project), and now <a href="" target="_blank">The Korea Times</a> claims that Apple's also stealing battery engineers from chief rival Samsung. Specifically, the company is looking for engineers with experience in signal- and visual-processing management.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/samsung_mobile_phone_battery.jpg" width="620" height="342" /></p><p>The anonymous officials claim that Apple lures them over with "highly competitive benefits and large annual paychecks," which we've also heard from Elon Musk regarding Apple's attempt to win over engineers from Tesla. And regardless of whatever bad blood exists between the two companies, the officials claims that "Apple prefers to use Samsung's chip experts because they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge."</p><h3>Apple Seemingly Planning to Bring Editorial-Driven Entertainment Content to iTunes</h3><p>Something big's about to happen with the music side of Apple, and it's not just the rumored upcoming rebranding of Beats Music into something a little more iTunesy. As <a href="" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> notes, Apple's currently on the lookout for an <a href="" target="_blank">editorial producer</a> with "specific expertise in music journalism:" and who has a "broad pop culture background. Apple's especially interested in looking for editorial candidates who've already built up numerous connections from a "sea of freelancers" and write up some "lively copy" of his or her own.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/beats-apple.jpg" width="620" height="393" /></p><p>The signs suggest that Apple wants to introduce some kind of digital entertainment "magazine" to complement its iTunes offerings, but as TechCrunch points out, it's hard to see how this will work seeing as how Apple is both the retail outlet and the reviewer. But it's possible Apple already has some other associated staff members in place. Just a couple of weeks ago, DJ Zane Lower of BBC Radio 1 announced that he was leaving the British network for Apple, although the nature of his job isn't known aside from having a "global" scope.</p><h3>Apple Commits to Two Massive Data Centers in Europe</h3><p>Today Apple <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> that it's about to vastly expand its operations in Europe, thanks to a massive injection of cash amounting to $1.93 billion that'll go toward building two huge new data centers in County Galway in Ireland and Central Jutland in Denmark. The facilities will chiefly be used to provide a local European host for Apple's online services, such as iTunes, the App Store, iMessage, Apple Maps and Siri.</p><p>"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. Cook also played up the "advanced green buildings designs" to be used for the project, which Cook claims will operate with 100 percent clean and renewable energy sources such as wind power. The project apparently marks an improvement over Apple's existing green projects, as Cook claims the buildings will have the lowest environmental impact of Apple's data centers yet.</p><p>Both data centers are expected to measure 166,000 square feet and to go into business sometime in 2017.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News apple Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:23:21 +0000 Leif Johnson 21332 at The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, February 21 <!--paging_filter--> Gallery News Apple Watch automobile beginner's guide Cars finder icar iOS 9 Jony Ive macbook pro XtraFinder iPhone Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21323 at Apple Daily: Apple May Start Offering iOS Public Betas; Apple Cars on Road by 2020 <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, our favorite Cupertino company is supposedly getting ready to launch public betas for iOS after the success of its Mac OS X public beta program. In other news, Apple apparently wants to get its fancy (and, officially, still rumored) electric cars on the road by 2020.</p><h3>Apple Reportedly Ready to Offer iOS as a Public Beta</h3><p>Apple's launch of iOS 8 was, ahem, a tad <a href="" target="_blank">buggier</a> than it probably should have been, and to help prevent such problems from happening again, insider sources claim that Apple plans to launch iOS 8.3 as a public beta sometime in mid-March (via <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>). The public beta program for Mac OS X has apparently been a smashing success, and Apple hopes that iOS can enjoy that same success as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/ios8.jpg" width="620" height="419" /></p><p>Anonymous sources also claimed that Apple would reveal iOS 9 during June's Worldwide Developer Conference (as expected) and follow it up with a public beta and an official launch sometime in the fall. There are complications involved with an iOS public beta, of course, chiefly surrounding the ability to uninstall it and keep it from interfering too heavily with backed-up data. If Apple isn't too careful, it may end up with a ton of disgruntled testers on its hands.</p><h3>Apple Said to Want Electric Car on the Road by 2020</h3><p>If the growing pile of rumors are true, Apple's taking this whole electric car thing quite seriously — so seriously, in fact, that the Cupertino company apparently wants cars on the road by 2020 (via <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>). That's an aggressive timeline, as car development for established manufacturers usually takes around five to seven years.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/02/icar-main.jpg" width="620" height="284" /></p><p><strong>Concept via <a href="" target="_blank">SpyHollywood</a></strong></p><p>The big rush is apparently that both Tesla and GM are planning 2017 releases for electric cars that will cost around $40,000 and hold a charge for more than 200 miles, and Apple wants to get in on that movement while it's still fresh. The iPhone maker <a href="" target="_blank">reportedly</a> plans to have around 1,000 people working on its own project (codenamed "Titan") once it's in full swing, but right now, Bloomberg says, the team only numbers around 200. In yesterday's Apple Daily, we mentioned a few of the <a href="" target="_blank">known hires</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Apple Car electric car icar iOS iOS 8 iPad iphone public beta Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:46:40 +0000 Leif Johnson 21322 at