Last year Apple CEO Tim Cook auctioned off a coffee date with himself on CharityBuzz, and it was a smashing success (to put it lightly). By the time the bidding ended 20 days later, a staggering $610,000 had been raised. The bidding has started once again over at CharityBuzz as of today, and as before, the proceeds are going to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. This time, however, the lucky winner will be treated to a full-fledged lunch with Cook at Apple's headquarters.
GameStop, the popular video game retailer and reseller, is apparently getting into the Mac business in a big way. And not just for games; as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (via MacRumors), the company's looking to expand the operations of "Simply Mac" stores across the United States to provide Apple products to (increasingly few) locations that still don't have access to an Apple retail store.
Today marked the delivery of Apple's latest quarterly earnings results, as well as the latest time that the Cupertino company has exceeded Wall Street expectations. Most analyst predictions forecast that the iPhone maker would bring in only $43 billion during Q2 2014, but Apple beat those expectations with earnings of $45.6 billion. That represents $10.6 billion in profits.
For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as The Loop reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.
It's been a while since we've seen Apple employ the same competitive snark that we see in advertising from its rivals, but the Cupertino company today played a rare hand in the form of a full-page ad lightly poking fun at its ongoing legal battle with Samsung. The ads chiefly appear overseas (for now), and read "There are some things we want every company to copy."
Remember those days when environmentalists used to jump on Apple all the time for its practices? Those days seem long behind us, indeed, this morning Apple unveiled its "Better" campaign to demonstrate its contributions to making the world a better place — aside, you know, from dependable and intuitive tech. To celebrate the initiative, YouTube's "Unofficially Apple" released a video on YouTube showcasing the environmentally friendly nature of Apple's new campus.
In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.
It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will come in two larger screen sizes, but that extra real estate raises the important question of how Apple plans to handle the resolution. As a user named "Pi is exactly 3" on The Verge's Apple forums notes (via Cult of Mac), it'll likely remain the same if past history proves anything.
We already know that Apple makes incredible profits, but it's sometimes dizzying to realize just how profitable the iPhone maker is. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Cupertino company generates more income than Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Cisco combined.
We've heard a lot of good things about the so-called iPhone 6, but the word from Peter Misek, an analyst from Jefferies, is that Apple is trying to get carriers to raise the price of the device by a full $100, up from its base cost of $199. At the moment, carriers are allegedly fighting the Cupertino company's advances, but that could change as the iPhone is the only significant smartphone scheduled for launch later this year.