It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.
According to a new blog post from BlackBerry's CEO, the U.S. government needs to force developers to make their apps available across all platforms, and he specifically singles out Apple as representing part of the problem. Elsewhere, there's new information from "inside sources" regarding the battery life for the upcoming Apple Watch, as well as specifics on how much key Apple executives made last year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook may not have won TIME's Person of the Year award, but he continues to win the hearts of editors of purely economic publications. The latest is CNN Money, where Cook just won the award for CEO of the Year over other worthies such as BlackBerry's John Chen, GM's Mara Barra, and T-Mobile’s John Legere.
Christmas may only be a week away, but you won't have to wait that long to unwrap a trio of Apple-related news items. Our Thursday Morning Report offers a few hints about Apple Pay expansion beyond the U.S., follows up on Cupertino's recent (Product) RED campaign, and delivers a big update for Mac-loving Instagram users. You know the drill: Click and read on!
This week saw news of two different Apple Watches on the market, but one isn't available yet, and one was released and was all bought up before most of you even had a chance. Intrigued? You should be. This week also saw what might be the final parting of Apple and Google Maps, and Cupertino partnering with, of all companies, IBM. And Mac continues to heat up as a gaming platform. That and more below the fold.
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.
Remember last year, when investors were screaming for Tim Cook to step down because he apparently wasn't the right man to lead Apple? My, how times have changed. Today Time magazine released its shortlist of candidates for Person of the Year, and there's Tim Cook, holding his own among seven other worthy candidates.
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.
How big is too big for an iPad? Our Tuesday Morning Report has a followup on yesterday's iPad Pro news, complete with a video comparing what such a device might look like compared to current iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro models. Steve Jobs is also making headlines again, as is his successor Tim Cook, who popped into Georgetown yesterday to commemorate World AIDS Day. Click to read all the details!
Another day, another story about Apple breaking records for its market value. But this time, it's really, really impressive. Today the Cupertino company's market capitalization shot over $700 billion for the first time before slipping a bit in after-hours trading. The current share price stands at $119.65 at the time of writing, which translates into around $837 if Apple's stock split from earlier in the year is taken out of the equation.