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 here at Mac|Life know that Apple's a pretty big deal, but we had little idea that its worth reaches astronomical proportions. According to a colorful new report from Brand Finance, a notable brand consulting agency, Apple's $104.7 billion brand value is worth "more than the cost of the Apollo Space Program in today's dollars."
Steve Jobs was famous for his temper; Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, has cultivated a more calm and easygoing demeanor. That makes the few times when he actually does lose his temper all the more noteworthy. The latest incident occurred at during Friday's meeting with Apple shareholders, when Cook lashed out at a member of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, telling them to "get out of [Apple] stock" if they disagreed with Apple's policies.
Social networking is a great tool for groups or businesses to communicate with the masses, but getting the message out across multiple services can be like pulling teeth. Like most everything these days, there’s an iPhone app for just such a purpose — no toothache necessary. Postcard is a free app for iPhone that simplifies the task of cross-posting to multiple social networks at once. Rather than switching between different apps or services, you'll simply tap out your missive once and then sit back as it’s posted to the relevant websites of your choosing.
Facebook's at it again. Today the social media giant acquired the popular messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion, according to the SEC filing that popped up earlier today. Broken down, that's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock, a possible $3 billion in restricted stock. (That would actually bring the total up to $19 billion. Yeesh.)
With a bit of flair, Yahoo News Digest dials down its mountain of news coverage to find the top articles and deliver them to your iPhone as rich, twice-daily bulletins. Much like its weather app, Yahoo! has crafted a delightfully simple interface that lets you read and navigate articles with ease. Each digest (delivered at 8am and 6pm ET) presents around 10 stories from a variety of subjects.
It's hard to believe that three months have passed since the tumultuous launch of the iPhone 5s, but Chris Caso, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group, has an even bigger surprise in store. As Cult of Mac reports, Caso says that the iPhone 5s hasn't even slipped in sales in all that time, and the sales are doing more than enough to counterbalance the relatively poor sales of the iPhone 5c.
Do software companies have an obligation to keep new features around after they've been introduced? Apple has become somewhat notorious for yanking iWork and iLife features in the name of iOS app feature parity, and companies like Twitter are actively adding and then removing new options all in the name of experimentation — including the ability to direct message users who don't follow you, which headlines today's overnight recap.
Well, it was bound to happen eventually--ads have finally come to the iOS version of Google Maps. They're called "relevant ads," and they pop up on the bottom of the screen every time you enter a search.