If you're one of the few people who still thinks the iPad is primarily an entertainment device, Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen wants you to put that mindset away right now. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal today, van Paasschen states that he no longer uses a proper desktop computer at his job thanks to Apple's tablet.
Much has been made lately of Apple's harsh terms for third-party suppliers in the wake of the bankruptcy of GT Advanced, the company that was working with Apple to create sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and other devices. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal (via Cult of Mac), however, much of GT's failure to meet Apple's demands ultimately sprang from sloppy management.
This week, all our refurb Mac deals are from this year. With the approaching Black Friday deals coming up, there will be some pretty sweet pricing coming down the pike on Cupertino's line of products, so rather than offer you the lowest price models from 2012, it's the newest refurbs out there. So start your holiday shopping earlier than the mobs and hook up with some deals right now.
Apple spent all that money on Beats earlier this year, and they really, really want you to see what the service has to offer. And just to ensure that you have no excuse not to try it out, the company's reportedly going to start bundling it with iOS starting sometime next year. According to the Financial Times, that could happen as early as March.
Resentment has been growing against apps that call themselves "free" but bulge with in-app purchases and related microtransactions, and today Apple altered a bit of its wording on the App Store apparently in response to that sentiment. If only it weren't so awkward. Apps and games that used to read "Free" in the button reserved for prices with paid apps now display "Get," which seems inelegant to, say, "Download" or "Install."
Apple may have claimed that it was "opening up" to developers during this year's WWDC, but it appears to be struggling with this concept when it comes to widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center. First there was PCalc's calculator, which Apple backed down from removing following a social media uproar. Now it's asking note-taking app Neato to remove the keyboard that lets its users take notes within the widget itself.
Apple today released new patches for both Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The notes for both are rather small and the updates don't introduce any new features, but they do fix some problems that some users have struggled with for several weeks or more. And perhaps best of all, both appear to have gone live without the hiccups that characterized the launch of iOS 8.1.
The iPhone 6 Plus is a big hit, but according to research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (via MacRumors), it's the smaller iPhone 6 that's the big hit in the United States. Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone is outselling its big brother by 3 to 1, the firm reports, based on data pulled from the first 30 days the phone was available for purchase.
How bad is the "Masque Attack" we wrote about earlier this week? Well, considering that the U.S. Government is now warning people to watch out for it, it's something you'll probably want to take very seriously. It's a particularly nasty thing, too, as it can replace your legitimate apps with malware versions even on non-jailbroken devices.
To mix up our refurb presentations this week, we're going to show you the range from base model to the priciest option on the market. Depending on the week, Apple has just about every stop between the two points, so if you want more than the base but less than the biggest ticket, there's probably something for you.