Just hours after we wrote that the new Mac Pro units would start shipping "by December 30," Apple has already updated its site to amend that agreeable shipping timeframe to "February." Considering the extended shipping estimates we saw for both the iPhone 5s and the iPad mini with Retina display, we should probably just start expecting these announcements with every major release.
After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.
The new Mac Pro still hasn't hit the tables of the Apple Store yet, but staff members at the Apple Store have already started to work with customers to determine the cost of build-to-order units of the long-awaited professional desktop. And as MacRumors reports, it ain't pretty. The site has since managed to get a hold of business owners looking to create their own custom units, and the prices go far beyond the base prices of $2,999 and $3,999.
If you visited the iTunes store over the weekend, you might have noticed that there's something very ... Beyonce about it. You can't escape it, really; the entire carousel at the top features ads for the singer's self-titled album that released exclusively on iTunes by surprise last Thursday. But as ABC News reports, that exclusivity paid out big for both iTunes and Beyonce herself.
It seems like it was only yesterday that Apple made a big splash about obtaining the rights to carry the Beatles' music on iTunes, and now the folks over in Cupertino are planning to honor that access with the release of 59 rare and unheard recordings under the name of The Beatles' Bootleg Recordings 1963. And you don't even have to wait that long. According to CNN Money, the so-called "bootleg album" will pop up on the iTunes store as early as tomorrow morning.
Unlike some people, Apple's apparently trying to make sure its long-rumored smartwatch is as ready as possible before it unleashes it upon the public. Thanks to Chinese site C Technology (via MacRumors), we now have another rough release date for the so-called iWatch, and it's expected to drop sometimes in October of next year. But that could all just be hot air; after all, just last month Digitimes said we'd see the device sometime in Q2 of next year.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
Only a few minutes with the iOS 7 version of Siri is enough to demonstrate that Apple's voice command software has much improved with the latest release, and as MacRumors reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has some new information on why that's the case.
When Scott Forstall, Apple's former senior vice president for iOS software, left Apple, many critics cheered. Forstall had come to represent everything about the "skeuomorphic" design aesthetic they had come to see as outdated, and Jony Ive's white-space heavy minimalist design became the new champion. So what do you do when you've left such a high position at Apple? Apparently, according to The Information (via MacRumors), you set out to make the world a better place.
One of the sad truths of the modern age is that so many things rely on computers, but comparatively few schools offer the chance to learn the coding that powers most programs. Code.org's "Hour of Code Youth Workshops" throughout this week aimto change all that, and Apple itself will be hosting one-hour educational sessions for teens and children this Wednesday at Apple retail stores throughout the United States.