Apple today released its long-awaited diversity report, thereby granting the outside world a better look at the race and sex percentages for its many employees. Considering the perceived dominance of white males in the tech industry, the numbers are actually rather impressive.
Media outlets large and small appear to be tripping over themselves to report everything Apple might be planning for a rumored media event in early September, as the list of things we may or may not see gets bigger — including iOS 8 HealthKit, a new "anti-reflection" iPad, and of course, the iPhone 6, which all just so happen to be in today's Morning Report!
Apple's iOS has a reputation for being a more secure operating system than Google's Android, and as the Washington Post reports, it deserves it. Earlier this week reports from surveillance firm Gamma Group leaked that discussed the capabilities of its FinSpy software, and the documents listed an crucial caveat — the software won't work on iPhones unless the phone is jailbroken.
A common complaint heard from overseas Apple fans is that Apple Maps may work decently enough here in the States, but it's far less accurate for destinations within the borders of other countries. But that's apparently not the case in Britain. In fact, according to at least one 4G network provider in the United Kingdom, it's actually dominating Google Maps in terms of traffic.
This week's New App Recap has a clear focus on reinvention, as several apps in our lineup have been rebooted, refreshed, or otherwise reinvented with new versions that offer a fresh new look and feel. But don't change that dial, because we've also got a few new discoveries as well — so without further ado, let's dive in!
Are we really in the "post-PC" era? Apparently Microsoft doesn't think so, as Redmond is reigniting the old "Mac vs. PC" debate in a trio of new television commercials. (We all remember how that worked out for them with Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign.) Today's edition of the Morning Report also offers a glimpse inside Apple University, where employees learn how Cupertino makes its mojo — read on for the details!
Closer ever closer we creep to a potential release date for the newest iPhone. Will it look like these mockups? Probably, as despite Tim Cook's promises, leaks are endemic up and down the supply chain. And have we seen what the newest iPad Air will look like too? Yeah, probably that too. Nevertheless, there are still some Cupertino surprises we haven't anticipated, but let's take a look at some that might not be surprising anymore, as well as some other news percolating out there in the wide, wide world.
iOS 8 and Yosemite aren't even here yet, but already Apple is reportedly starting to update its iOS and Mac app descriptions to list whether an app support Family Sharing. Family Sharing is one of the most highly anticipated features of the new operating systems, as it allows you to share things like apps, photos, music, and more among members of a household.
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake tore through China's Yunnan province earlier this week, leaving roughly 600 people dead and destroying around 22,550 homes. In response, a report from the state-owned China Radio International says, Apple has donated around 10 million yuan (about $1.6 million) to assist with the relief efforts.
The so-called iPhone 6 is back in the news today, thanks to some lovingly detailed photo leaks from a luxury device supplier more than happy to show off just a few of the changes Apple may have in store for us next month. Readers can also kick off the weekend with a big App Store sale on productivity titles, along with a minor iTunes update that stomps out a few podcast bugs — it's all in this edition of the MacLife.com Morning Report!