Earlier this week we reported that New York City was still struggling with a staggering tide of iPhone thefts, but the petty thievery involved in most of the instances pales in comparison to an incident yesterday in Germany. Likely traveling at full speed, a band of thieves stole around 70,000 Euros' worth of Apple products (or $95,200) in a truck. As Germany's N-TV reports (via 9to5Mac), it's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in James Bond films.
Over here in the States, Apple's retail locations are usually distinguished by their boxy, glassy, ultra-modern designs, but its new flagship store in Australia shows that Apple can still stun visitors with more traditional architecture. The store is located in Brisbane, and it'll finally open on January 17 after two years of setbacks. And luckily, a MacRumors reader named Phillip managed to get photos ahead of the launch.
So get this--according to Variety (via MacRumors), Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed for his work with The West Wing, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men, has submitted a screenplay to Sony based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. Sony tagged him as the screenwriter for the project back in may of 2012, and it looks as though he's finally wrapped up his draft.
Another year, another report of Apple products and crime in New York City. Today's take on the old story comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple products made up around 18 percent of all grand larcenies in New York in 2013. Put another way, almost one-fifth of the 47,000 items reported as stolen in the Big Apple last year were Apple products.
Now here's a fascinating turnaround. In an age when PC use in widely considered on the decline, Apple's share of the U.S. personal marketplace jumped from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent, reports Gartner (via AppleInsider). That's more impressive than it probably sounds. After all, the just in the last holiday quarter alone, Apple's share of the market soared 28.5 percent in the U.S. over its standing at the same time last year.
Today marks the anniversary of one of the most important milestones in Apple history--perhaps even in the history of contemporary technology. Seven years ago today, speaking at the Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone to the world. As MacRumors notes, at the time Jobs introduced it as a device that served as a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator all rolled up into one.
Last July, Apple lost an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. The lawsuit, initiated by Amazon, was a little odd from the beginning, what with the presiding judge announcing before the trial that she fully expected Apple to lose. Everything seemed to happen exactly the way Amazon needed it to happen; U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled against Apple, and included some very harsh sentencing that should help Amazon regain much of its lost eBook monopoly. But Apple is not giving up that easily.
So how's that iWatch coming along, anyway? MacRumors related a few facts it picked up today from The Information, which in turn reveals that Apple's long-awaited gem of wearable tech is mired under concerns about battery life, screen design, and the very process of building the device.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
It's hard to believe that three months have passed since the tumultuous launch of the iPhone 5s, but Chris Caso, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group, has an even bigger surprise in store. As Cult of Mac reports, Caso says that the iPhone 5s hasn't even slipped in sales in all that time, and the sales are doing more than enough to counterbalance the relatively poor sales of the iPhone 5c.