We here at Mac|Life have covered Apple's contributions to (Product) RED to fight AIDS often enough, but U2 frontman Bono attracted attention during an interview with Apple design chief Jony Ive last weekend when he suggested Apple itself wasn't doing enough to trumpet its $75 million in contributions. In the 45-minute interview, the singer and activist denounced Apple's comparative silence. Today, however, (Product) RED followed up with a blog post stated that it was all a "tease."
Samsung has already suffered significant losses in its latest patent trial with Apple, but a grievous slip on the part of the Korean tech giant's lawyers has left the company saddled with an additional $2 million fine for leaking the details of a patent deal between Apple and Nokia.
Last month we reported that L.A. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant had been seen hanging around Apple's offices in Cupertino, and at the time we speculated that he was in town to discuss endorsement deals regarding the rumored "iWatch." But a new report from 9to5Mac claims that he and other athletes from the NBA, NHL, and MLB have instead been visiting Tim Cook and friends to test the fitness capabilities of Apple's long-anticipated wearable tech.
Looks like the "iWatch" is going to be a real thing after all. After more than a year of speculation and occasionally outlandish rumors, Apple is apparently going to start production on the fabled device next month, reports Reuters. Allegedly, we'll actually see it in October. Based on the additional information in the report, the device will look only slightly like some of the more popular works of concept art we've seen.
One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
In case you haven't heard, there's a currently a major legal battle being fought between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group. While the battle wages on, Amazon is refusing to sell books by the popular publishing company. Apple isn't, however, and Re/code reports that the Cupertino company is even taking advantage of the situation by offering a sale on digital copies of Hachette titles.
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple's new senior vice president of retail, has only been on the job for a few weeks, but she's wasted no time in establishing herself as one of the company's most noteworthy and visible figures. Just yesterday we relayed the news about her enthusiastic discussion of "new technologies" from Cupertino; today we get a look at first official public appearance at the opening of the new Apple store in Tokyo, Japan.
If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.