The latest in Apple's phenomenal run of holiday ads came out earlier in the week, and it focuses on a granddaughter who uses Apple's technology to create a contemporary duet with an old recording of her grandmother's. Today Apple released a followup video discussing how the ad was made, showing that its latest short is not just about bridging the gaps between two generation of people, but also between two generations of technology.
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.
Apple's upcoming A9 chips are reportedly rolling off the production line at a plant in Austin, Texas, according to South Korea's ET News (via iDownloadblog). While the labor might be homegrown, the company responsible for the chips is none other than Apple's longtime frenemy Samsung. And thus the cycle continues, as the iPhone maker continues to rely on its rival even as it continues to chastise the company for taking excessive "inspiration."
Tim Cook may have lost Time's Person of the Year award to the Ebola aid workers, but the Apple CEO nabbed the same award from the Financial Times. Considering the publication's economic focus, it's a far less disputable claim. After all, as the publication points out, Cook boosted Apple's revenues, introduced new product categories, and championed moral action over profit.
One of each is our promise this week. Some weeks we hook you up with six deals on MacBook Airs alone, but this week, we wanted to look a little closer and deliver up the very best deal we could find on one of each awesome Apple product, so let's see what's the best of the bunch. And with all your savings, let's see what kind of accessories you can snag up on the cheap as well.
Last July Apple made a surprise leap into enterprise when it partnered with IBM to combine the best aspects of Apple's hardware and software with IBM's extensive knowledge of working with enterprise data. Today the first fruits of that collaboration appeared in the form of 10 apps for iOS aimed at enterprise customers.
Today United Airlines announced its intentions to distribute iPhone 6 Plus units to its more than 23,000 flight attendants sometime in the second quarter of next year. With the help of Apple's latest handsets, flight attendants will be able to access company e-mails and perform most onboard functions and thereby replace many separate items once needed to do the same job.
After so many years of relying on Google Maps for key apps on iOS and OS X, Apple is almost completely free from its competition's navigation service. Today the Cupertino company dropped Google Maps from iCloud.com, specifically for its Find My iPhone service.
One of the great ways to get in on the Apple rumor writing racket is to scour the patents and the job listings. At least one of those bears fruit this week, plus keeping an eye on the Asian press, where so many Apple products are manufactured, also delivers some goods for your rumor mongering. So let's see what they've discovered and what else might be happening in the Apple news.
In September of this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook caused a bit of a stir when he said that "A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks that's "ridiculous," according to a new interview from TIME. He even managed to throw in a dig of his own at Apple.