As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint finally made their way to the iPad, and they're already smashing successes just a day after their release. All three apps currently occupy the top three positions for free apps on the iPad App Store, and the fourth is occupied by Microsoft's redesigned OneNote. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella celebrated the news on Twitter, saying, "looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners!"
If you want to make a good watch, it's probably a good idea to court the Swiss. Apple's allegedly taking that advice to heart, reports The Financial Times (via MacRumors), but few watchmakers in the landlocked country are willing to lend their technical expertise to Apple (or to any other smartwatch maker, for that matter). In fact, the Swiss themselves are making no secret of their lack of desire to contribute to the excitement over smartwatches designed in other countries.
The latest word from the rumor mill suggests that two new iPhones from Apple will launch "as early as September," according to Japanese business publication Nikkei. The site's sources claim that Apple is well along in the production cycle for the supposed models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and that components such as the LCD driver chips and fingerprint sensors are already being produced.
Microsoft Office for iPad? After roughly three years of rumors and bogus launch windows, the whole project had started to seem like a myth. But today the Redmond computing company finally launched the iPad version of its widely used office suite, including its signature programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The launch was announced earlier this morning by Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO in the wake of Steve Ballmer's departure.
One unexpected benefit of Apple's ongoing legal battle with Samsung is that it allows us to see resources from Apple that might have remained secret for years. The latest comes from Greg Christie, a senior software engineer at Apple, who recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal regarding the iPhone's development with permission from Apple.
Apple might have passed one of its biggest milestones to date, but it looks as though the Cupertino company feels no reason to share it. That, or they're waiting to reveal it during one of the this year's product launches. Based on analyst estimates of around 38 million devices sold during this quarter (via Forbes), Apple likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone sometime between now and the last quarterly earnings call.
If you're one of the unlucky souls with kids who have made accidental in-app purchases with an iDevice recently, then Apple has some good news for you. The Cupertino company recently consented work to with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to cover in-app purchases, which means you might be able to get some of that money back if you fill out a special form.
Apple's fight to bring on-demand cable programming to Apple TV via Time Warner might have fallen apart in the wake of the media giant's upcoming merger with Comcast, but now the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's in similar talks with Comcast itself. Much as with the previous plan, the new deal would see the Cupertino company working hand-in-hand with Comcast to stream a wide variety of the service's channels for a monthly subscription.
iTunes Radio draws much of its inspiration from the streaming radio service Pandora, but the latest word from Billboard suggests that Apple might want to mimic the on-demand streaming model used by Spotify and Beats Music instead. That would make Apple's steaming music service more akin to Google Play Music, and the parties involved say it's likely the effort will lead to an official iTunes app for Android as well.
Jimmy Fallon may have won himself a few unintended laughs a couple of months ago when he awkwardly tried to hide his beloved MacBook from guest Bill Gates, but the incident hasn't dulled his love for the products coming out of Cupertino. Indeed, just last night the latest host of The Tonight Show used an iPad app to perform a doo-wop duet with singer Billy Joel, and the performance turned so many heads that Tim Cook himself linked it on Twitter.