Apple CEO Tim Cook saved Apple Stock (and, some say, the whole U.S. stock market) today with a well-timed e-mail after this morning's stock market tumble, although it's possible he'll get in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a result. In other news, you may soon be able to get a seven-day charge out of your iPhone, but now the question is whether Apple will actually pick up the somewhat unconvential technology involved.
Were you holding out for a new 4-inch iPhone among this fall's releases? It may not be coming, according to a new report. Elsewhere, the next iPad mini might be worth upgrading to, and Chinese police shut down a major fake-iPhone manufacturing facility.
There aren't too many people who can get Apple to change its tune on a particular issue, but apparently Taylor Swift is one of them. This weekend, she managed to get the Cupertino company to alter its stance on a thorny issue associated with Apple Music. In other news, the iconic iOS "Home" button might be going virtual, and Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms that, yes, all those gold devices are specifically meant for Chinese customers.
In today's Apple Daily, we get to see how the Apple Watch performs when it's worn while diving off an Olympic diving platform. In other news, we get a look at the first article ever written about Apple, and we find that Apple is extending its environmentally conscious initiatives in China.
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.