Would you take a bath in ice-cold water to help raise awareness for a disease that affects nearly 6,000 Americans each year? That's exactly who two of Apple's most high-profile executives did this week, and the challenge continues to be passed on to others. Today's Morning Report also looks at Apple's Chinese iCloud data and what to look forward to with Shutterfly's cloud-based photo service now that it's out of beta.
Perhaps not so coincidentally, iTunes boss Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine were both scheduled to speak Wednesday at the inaugural Code Conference, appearances that were hastily consolidated after yesterday's news.
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts has only been at the helm of Apple Retail for three short weeks, but a new report claims the latest veep plans to shake up the future of Cupertino's brick-and-mortar stores in a number of ways.
Amazon kicked off the weekend by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...
After a decade as chief financial officer during Apple's biggest financial windfall in history, Peter Oppenheimer is riding off into the sunset of retirement later this year, no longer the voice of Cupertino's quarterly financial calls.
Late last year, Apple shocked music lovers by being the first to debut a new, unannounced Beyonce album as an iTunes exclusive — and now Cupertino is lobbying executives to provide them with more of the same.
Few would disagree that the original iPhone was revolutionary, but a former Apple senior director apparently feels otherwise, going so far as to dismiss the iconic smartphone for not being all that fantastic.
It's not the first time iTunes chief Eddy Cue has stepped in to accept an honor on behalf of his former boss, but this time, the Apple senior VP gave an emotional speech about Steve Jobs at the same time.
So how was everyone's first weekend with the iPad Air? We managed to place our online order in the wee hours of Friday morning for in-store pickup later the same day, and our local Apple retail store apparently only had a handful of folks lining up to get theirs when the doors opened. Were you among the first to buy one this past weekend? If so, chime in with your thoughts on Apple's latest tablet in the comments below.