You've got to hand it to Microsoft: They haven't given up on their quest to match Apple's retail expansion, and judging from today's Morning Report, the folks in Redmond will soon make Manhattan their next battle zone. We've also got an update on what one of the creators of the iPad are doing now, as well as Apple thumping its chest on European jobs, so click on and read all about it...
It wasn't too long ago — six weeks, to be precise — that ABC News launched its own channel on Apple TV, but already the network is reporting some impressive numbers. Most notably, users watch 50 percent more coverage from ABC News live on Apple TV than they do on desktop and mobile apps combined.
Disappointed that you don't have the funds to spend a small fortune on a lunch date with Apple CEO Tim Cook? Never fear: you might be able to acquire some of the most unintentionally humorous items from Apple's history through a current eBay auction. The pieces in questions are the business card, shirt, and lanyard of former Apple employee Sam Sung — and any follower of Apple news shouldn't have a hard time guessing why it'd make a fun acquisition.
Could Apple's "thermonuclear war" against Samsung finally be showing signs of cooling down? While the two smartphone giants apparently aren't ceding any patent ground in the lucrative U.S. market, there appears to finally be some peace in the rest of the world, except in China, where Cupertino now faces a setback with the government. It's all in today's Morning Report!
Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature has been credited with helping to push back the tide of iPhone thefts, and stories abound of users being reunited with their handsets after using the nifty feature. But when Derek Grant of Glasgow, Scotland used the feature to find his son's stolen iPhone, the day ended in tragedy.
Looks like we might not have to wait until October to see if all those rumors about the iPhone 6 are true, after all. According to a report, Apple will hold its announcement event for the device on September 9. Other sources have since lent credibility to the rumor with reports of their own.
The last full month of summer is now in full swing, and the vacation season will soon give way to new Apple products as the kids go back to school. Our Tuesday Morning Report has some insight on what to expect, including details on the latest OS builds, transitioning from Aperture and speculation on the future of Intel-powered Macs. It's all just a click away!
This morning Apple refreshed its betas for iOS and Mac OS X, adding a number of new, comparatively minor tweaks as iOS 8 and Yosemite both nudge ever closer to their official launches. But nestled among these tweaks is perhaps Apple's biggest surprise of all — it's updated the aging Apple TV interface to better resemble iOS 7.
Not too long ago, the sight of games like Fieldrunners or Angry Birds on iOS was enough to make our jaws drop; only a few years later, some of the most beloved hits of the comparatively recent desktop and console gaming generations are making their way to Apple's touchscreen devices. The latest is BioShock, and you'll reportedly be able to play the acclaimed 2007 dystopian first-person shooter on your iPad sometime later this year.
We're back with another eclectic mix of apps this week, including a couple of new ways to call or message others, updates to a trio of streaming and informational apps, and some impressive ways to save time and keep tabs on your small business expenses. Time to fire up the App Store and take this week's lineup for a spin!