Apple's been hard at work ensuring that the working conditions at its Asian suppliers are up to its standards, even to the point of banning a fairly common Asian hiring practice. In other news, the Cupertino company extended two-factor authentication to more services and increased the maximum app file size on the App Store.
Looks like Apple's finally starting to "double down on secrecy." Apple's former global supply manager, Paul Devine, who went to trial way back in 2010 for leaking and selling company secrets to component makers in Asia, was finally sentenced on Friday to one year in prison and to pay a $4.5 million fine. It could have been worse, especially considering that Devine's sentence was originally supposed to last a full 20 years.
It may seem hard to believe for those of us who take it for granted, but there are still many parts of the world where the iTunes Store is not available. Thankfully, there are now 12 less places without it across Asia today.
Perhaps bored with sharing our national secrets, the shadowy group known as WikiLeaks has turned their attention to Apple with the release of new documents that show Cupertino organized a task force in 2008 to “curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones” in China.
What’s the next best thing to selling stolen iPods? Apparently, making your own counterfeit versions. That’s what the Los Angeles Port Police discovered this week after seizing more than $10 million worth of fake Apple products from a downtown warehouse.
We know we've certainly had a toasty summer here in the States. We also know that our cellular devices can have a hard time keeping cool, especially the iPhone at times. Apparently in Asia, iPhone users are also beginning to discover that the device also doesn't really take well to 95 percent humidity either.