It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Apple front, although we've managed to round up all the news that's fit to print in today's Morning Report, including a look at what could be the latest design for Apple's USB power adapter, a peek at a schematic for the M8 processor, and details on how Apple plans to sell Beats Music to iTunes customers. Click on to read the details!
Two months have flown by since word of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics first surfaced, but only now has the Cupertino company gotten around to adding the brand's Beats Music app to the App Store's "Made by Apple" list.
Apple product owners should start expecting to see a lot more Beats Music in the months ahead, now that Cupertino has officially taken the reins of the streaming music service. One such integration has already appeared within an app update for one of Apple's forthcoming partners, and we've got that story — as well as a pair of updates from the iPhone maker's assembly line — in today's Morning Report.
We're back with another eclectic mix of apps this week, including a couple of new ways to call or message others, updates to a trio of streaming and informational apps, and some impressive ways to save time and keep tabs on your small business expenses. Time to fire up the App Store and take this week's lineup for a spin!
There have been countless rumors about the release date of the iPhone 6, but has the elusive day finally been identified? As far as we're concerned, Apple's latest and greatest smartphone can't hit soon enough. We've also got news regarding updates to two popular apps, plus lots of behind-the-scenes rumblings at Beats as their acquisition by Apple comes ever closer to finalization.
Perhaps feeling the heat after seeing the markup feature now included with OS X Yosemite, Evernote-owned Skitch debuted version 3.2 of its own free markup app for iOS last week. Featuring a top-to-bottom redesign, the app is said to make the entire process much easier than before, with additional helpful settings for Evernote users and new social PDF sharing. Curious what else happened over the weekend while you were spending time with Dad? Read on to find out more...
Apple and Beats isn't the only acquisition making headlines this week: TechCrunch reported Thursday that legendary suitcase manufacturer Samsonite is acquiring smartphone and tablet case maker Speck Products in an $85 million cash deal. Speck is one of the top four accessory makers for such devices, and with an estimated $2.3 billion worth of cases sold in the U.S. alone last year, it's not hard to imagine why Samsonite wants to enter that market. On the other hand, Apple may have overpaid for Beats Music, according to a new report. Read on to find out more!
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.
The $3.2 billion deal between Apple and Beats Electronics continues to make headlines, with more details seeming to confirm our previous report that the arrangment is less about overpriced headphones or streaming music services than the tastemakers running the company.
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...