In today's Apple Daily, a new report reveals the names of many former automotive engineers who now work at Apple, all while battery maker A123 files a lawsuit against the Cupertino company in protest of its alleged poaching. In other news, a huge stand is apparently being built to promote the Apple Watch in a mall along the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and Apple has finally launched a repair program to service 2011-2013 MacBook Pros with faulty video performance.
Apple executives have good reason to celebrate today after landing an Emmy for the company's 2013 holiday commercial, which seems to offer some vindication from recent criticisms of Cupertino's latest marketing efforts. The iPhone 6 also makes another appearance in today's Morning Report, along with a known Apple copycat striking again with its latest mobile OS.
Everything we had heard about a bigger, 5.5-inch model of the rumored iPhone 6 pointed to a release in early 2015, months after the smaller 4.7-inch version is expected to launch. But the extra wait may now be avoided, thanks to Apple finding a solution to a pesky battery problem.
The charging times for the iPhone have steadily gotten better over the last few years, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, it's possible that you'll be able to plug the device in and charge it from 0 percent to 100 percent in just half a minute. An Israeli startup by the name of StoreDot revealed the technology at Microsoft's Think Next Conference using standard smartphone batteries, and they claim it'll even be portable.
If you've been buying ATG-branded replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro from Best Buy either directly or via the Geek Squad, you might want to check if any third-party batteries you've bought there have been getting a little too hot lately. Best Buy announced a recall today on 5,100 third-party replacement batteries for Apple's popular notebook after the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 13 incidents in which the batteries went up in flames. In one case, the fires even caused serious leg injury.
We love showing off all the great refurbed Macs out there because we think maybe people don't realize the incredible bargains on machines that are in tip-top form. A big knock in consumer circles is that Apple products are expensive, but they're killer products and here we've got some of them at killer prices. So if brand-new looks like it's several months more of ramen dinners away, look on the discount side of things. You won't be disappointed.
Some accessories are so clever that we wonder why Apple didn’t just fold them into the product’s original design. And with the Magic Charger, a lovely rechargeable-battery solution for the Magic Mouse, you might end up wishing that Apple actually had made it.