It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.
New Apple Watch info has been making the rounds recently, but this week was more about the cool and creative things going on in the world of Apple: turning your iPhone into an infrared camera, seeing an iPhone launched into space, and conceptual renders of a Mac that blends modern and classic sensibilities. We guess strapping iPhones to every part of your body is creative, too, but not in a good way.
CES is now behind us, but news associated with the show is still rolling in, such as how we'll need to own an Apple TV if we expect to use Siri to interact with HomeKit-compatible devices remotely. Elsewhere, we learn about some smuggling antics in China and Xiaomi's struggles with copycatting, as well as Apple's rankings on Flickr and new support for the Apple Watch in the iOS 8.2 beta.
BBC One's documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" aired in the UK today, but ahead of the broadcast, the network published a story detailing what it discovered when it investigated the mines in Indonesia and factories in China where Apple's product supplies are made and gathered. Apple released a statement addressing the documentary.
Christmas may only be a week away, but you won't have to wait that long to unwrap a trio of Apple-related news items. Our Thursday Morning Report offers a few hints about Apple Pay expansion beyond the U.S., follows up on Cupertino's recent (Product) RED campaign, and delivers a big update for Mac-loving Instagram users. You know the drill: Click and read on!
Apple's done a lot (particularly under the tenure of CEO Tim Cook) to bolster its reputation as a "force for good," but an upcoming documentary for BBC One aims to show that it hasn't been enough. The program, entitled "Apple's Broken Promises," features Richard Bilton's Panorama team going undercover in China and Indonesia to learn how workers are treated by Apple's suppliers.
If you've been experiencing restless sleep at night worrying about whether or not there will be enough Apple Watches to go around at launch early next year, get some shuteye: Our Thursday Morning Report has an update on those pesky yield issues that have been vexing suppliers. We'll also take a look at a new Mac photo viewer application and spread some good news for LTE iPad fans in China, and you can read all about it with just a single click!
Barely a day after The New York Times published a piece on Palo Alto Networks' discovery of "WireLurker," a new malware threat in China that infects both Macs and iOS devices through USB transmission, Apple has already taken steps to neutralize the damage. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company noted that the harmful software was "available from a download site aimed at users in China," and now it's preventing affected users from even opening the harmful apps on their Macs.
The runaway success of the iPhone 6 Plus no doubt proves to Apple that big is in, but is that success enough to make the Cupertino company turn its back on one of its most highly rated devices? Apparently so, according to a dubious new rumor from Taiwan's Economy Daily News, which claims that Apple plans to discontinue the device in favor of the long-rumored, gigantic 12.2-inch "iPad Pro."
It's widely known that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had a dark side, so why not go straight to The Dark Knight himself to play the iconic CEO on the big screen? Our Thursday Morning Report includes details on Sony's ambitious biopic, as well as Apple's pending retail invasion of China, plus Google's new take on email. Click and consume!