Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
One of the most commonplace assumptions about Apple states that the company starts with design and works its way down to engineering, but a Fast Company interview with former Apple senior designer and user experience specialist Mark Kawano suggests that's not the case. According to Kawano, in many ways the engineers and designers at Apple are actually the same people.
It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will feature a sapphire glass display based on the rumors floating around. And like so many things coming out of Cupertino, that news has apparently attracted the attention of competitor Samsung, reports South Korea's ETNews, and now it's looking to bring the displays to its own devices.
We've heard a lot of talk over the last year about Apple's extensive efforts to incorporate green energy into its data centers and upcoming "spaceship" campus, but Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environmental initiatives, suggests the company wants to go much further. During Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference (via Cult of Mac), she noted that Apple wants to brings its green energy initiative to its retail stores as well.
It's almost time for the bulk of the latest batch of Apple rumors to end (and if the past few years have proved anything, it's almost time for a whole new set to begin). Apple today released its schedule for the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference and announced that it plans to hold its keynote on Monday, June 2 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco.
Apple demonstrated that it's continuing to improve iWork in the wake of the substantial overhaul last year with an update today that adds new features and upgrades the suite's effectiveness when sharing files in real time among large groups of people. In addition, it increased the maximum storage size for files and docs.
If you're looking for a piece of Apple history to hang on your walls, you probably can't get much better than two of the rainbow-themed Apple logos that once adorned the company's Cupertino headquarters from 1977 through 1998. And if you happen to have a sizable chunk of change sitting around, we've got some great news — they'll be auctioned on June 4 by British auction house Bonhams.
The news over the last few days has been swirling with speculation about Apple's possible acquisition of Beats Electronics, and most commentators assume that the Cupertino company wants to buy it for its pre-built music streaming service that's similar to Spotify. But Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson believes that's not the case. Instead, he states in an interview with Billboard, Apple primarily wants to secure Beats for the industry connections of co-founder Jimmy Iovine.
Famed Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa were spotted at Apple's campus in Cupertino today, and the report suggests that the basketball star might have been there to speak about the iWatch. An informant claims that Bryant was in town to speak with Jony Ive's team about "upcoming projects."
Last year the auction of an hour-long coffee meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at CharityBuzz dazzled the Internet as the winning figure reached $610,000. This year's auction just ended, but the winning bid of $330,001 isn't quite as impressive as the numbers in 2013.