When the jury gathers in November to determine the new amount that Samsung owes Apple for copying the iPhone and iPad, Samsung would like it very much if no one was allowed to tell the jury about how it copied the iPhone and iPad. Also, Apple has decided to break down and take care of Breaking Bad viewers who didn't know they had to pay twice for the final season. Another week of adventures for the Cupertino legal team!
Oh, Microsoft… you're back at it again with a new generation of Surface tablets, but we can only imagine that buyers will forget all about them when Apple unveils its next iPad, presumably at a media event next month. But kudos to the Windows maker for adopting the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again…"
Lost amid all the tumult over the release of iOS 7, Apple unleashed another related surprise--the data limit for cellular downloads from the App Store and iTunes has been bumped up to 100 MB. Before, you had to connect to a Wi-Fi connection if you intended to download anything over 50 MB, and it was 20 MB before until Apple bumped up the cap last March.
Ever since the announcement of iTunes Radio earlier this year, commentators have tended to describe it as an Apple-branded version of Pandora with some elements of Spotify thrown in. But according to a recent report from Cnet, there may be more to it than that. Rather than relying on an algorithm to create song suggestions (in the matter of Pandora), Apple plans to hire musical experts to perfect their own take on streaming Internet radio.
Do you use a passcode on your iPhone? Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller thinks you should, and even has a new feature on the iPhone 5S that will let you make iTunes purchases with the touch of a finger.
Like music? Then you should head over to iTunes right after reading this. In a rare move for Apple, dozens upon dozens of hit songs from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and today are available for just $.69 a song. Normally this is the kind of thing you only find on Amazon, so you should take advantage of it while you can if you like to download all your music through iTunes.
Apple's cash hoard is well publicized. It is the stuff of legends — so much so, you'd almost expect there to be a dragon sitting on top of it, guarding it from would-be burglars. We don't live in a world where you can feast, sing some songs, and then set off with a band of dwarves in search of long forgotten gold; we just clog up the courts with frivolous lawsuits instead. And sometimes, that dragon guarding Cupertino's gold, more commonly known as the legal department, is more than enough to put an end to the journey of those seeking what they falsely believe is their share of the treasure. Let's take a look at the end of two such non-epic quests for Apple's gold.
If you enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness, it's a good time to be an Apple aficionado. As reported by MacRumors, the iTunes Movie Store is making the film available a full three weeks ahead of its official September 10 release for DVD.
We're getting closer and closer to Apple's fall event, which means more rumors are cropping up, leaks are making headlines, claimed leaks are competing for news cycle oxygen, and jockeying for a little time on Apple's hobby TV box thingamajig is becoming more interesting. Did you miss any of that this week? Well, climb aboard, kids, because we're gonna do the news in ten.
In a move that could signal that Apple is starting to take independent streaming radio stations more seriously, the Cupertino company sent an e-mail to multiple radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on mobile device and iTunes.