One of the most commonplace assumptions about Apple states that the company starts with design and works its way down to engineering, but a Fast Company interview with former Apple senior designer and user experience specialist Mark Kawano suggests that's not the case. According to Kawano, in many ways the engineers and designers at Apple are actually the same people.
The news over the last few days has been swirling with speculation about Apple's possible acquisition of Beats Electronics, and most commentators assume that the Cupertino company wants to buy it for its pre-built music streaming service that's similar to Spotify. But Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson believes that's not the case. Instead, he states in an interview with Billboard, Apple primarily wants to secure Beats for the industry connections of co-founder Jimmy Iovine.
Rumored mockups of an iPhone 6 simply refuse to die, with the latest popping up Friday afternoon on an Italian website (via MacRumors), showing how the device might stack up against a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Coincidentally, Samsung's latest Android smartphone also factors into one of the stories in our weekend recap, a story that also reveals the perils of speaking your mind on Twitter. Read on for that and much more!
If a new report out of China is to be believed, Apple's mythical "iWatch" has actually entered limited production this month ahead of a launch during the second half of this year. That lines up nicely to analyst expectations of a potential September announcement and the likely arrival of iOS 8, although exactly what the wearable device will do remains open to speculation — but you won't have to ruminate much with today's news recap, which is all about what's here and now...
It's said that all is fair in love and war, and apparently that extends to business as well, even if it means taking advantage of a competitor during one of the darkest moments in their corporate history.
Will your next iPhone cost you $100 more? As we reported Monday, at least one analyst seems to believe so, and like it or not, that could be the price of everyone clamoring for a bigger iPhone 6. Thankfully, other companies appear to be eyeing ways for their customers to actually save money, and we've got at least two such examples in today's news roundup...
Steve Jobs tends to get a bad rap on account of his near-insufferable nature and his demands for perfection, but a new book by Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull demonstrates how the famed animation studio partly changed the Apple co-founder for the better.
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.
A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
Last month we reported that David Fincher, the director behind such memorable films as Fight Club and The Social Network, is in talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography. Apparently those talks are still ongoing, although now Fincher claims he'll only direct the film if acclaimed actor Christian Bales performs in the lead role.