We're back after an extended Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., and with only a week away from Apple's next media event, there's plenty to get excited about. Unfortunately, things are looking grim for the rumored iWatch, which appears to be stuck in not-quite-final testing, but Elgato's got a batch of new HomeKit-friendly accessories on the way to tide us over once iOS 8 hits the streets. Click to read more!
Earthquakes aside, Californians will have one less thing to worry about next year now that a new smartphone anti-theft bill has been signed into law. We've got all the details on that as well as an update to the iTunes Festival London lineup in today's Morning Report.
Are we really in the "post-PC" era? Apparently Microsoft doesn't think so, as Redmond is reigniting the old "Mac vs. PC" debate in a trio of new television commercials. (We all remember how that worked out for them with Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign.) Today's edition of the Morning Report also offers a glimpse inside Apple University, where employees learn how Cupertino makes its mojo — read on for the details!
You've got to hand it to Microsoft: They haven't given up on their quest to match Apple's retail expansion, and judging from today's Morning Report, the folks in Redmond will soon make Manhattan their next battle zone. We've also got an update on what one of the creators of the iPad are doing now, as well as Apple thumping its chest on European jobs, so click on and read all about it...
Fancy some two-day shipping with your next Amazon order? The Telegraph reported Thursday that Amazon Prime customers throughout the European Union can now enjoy the same 48-hour delivery service Americans already take for granted on more than three million products, all at no extra change. Europeans, before you go rushing off to place your next Amazon order, stick with us through the rest of the Overnight Recap!
eBay auctions can be exciting, but it's not quite as entertaining as having an auctioneer overseeing the whole process. Re/code reported Monday that eBay members will soon be able to join in the fun by way of livestreamed Sotheby's auctions for "fine art and other high-end collectables" — but you'll need deep wallets, because prices range from $5,000, all the way up to $100,000. Heck, for that kind of money, you could instead bid on a charity auction with an Apple SVP, and we've got one such offer in today's recap....
If you've ever used the app Knock to unlock your Mac with an iPhone, you've probably felt a little bit like living in the future. But the developer of that software has much grander designs in mind, with a forthcoming release eyeing the ability to automatically sign into everything you do on the Mac. No word on when such a feature might arrive, but the Knock folks are taking on beta testers to help out. And with that, here's a fresh round of updates before we enjoy a work-free 4th of July, and we'll see you back here on Monday, July 7!
Holding out for a new MacBook Air? DigiTimes reported Monday that Apple may be planning to introduce a new 12-inch model sometime in the third quarter of this year, presumably an attempt to distinguish between the 11-inch model which isn't much bigger than an iPad and the 13-inch ultrathin notebook. But bad news for 12-inch iPad holdouts: That device has apparently been delayed. Read on for other news items you may have missed yesterday!
Microsoft has tried a number of tactics to get the Apple faithful to switch over from iPads and MacBooks to their Surface tablets (which were partly meant to kill both markets with one stone), and so far it's failed rather dismally. But now the company is attempting to one of the most direct routes to winning your hearts — bring in your MacBook Air, and they'll give you a wad of store credit to put toward a Surface Pro 3.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.