Would you take a bath in ice-cold water to help raise awareness for a disease that affects nearly 6,000 Americans each year? That's exactly who two of Apple's most high-profile executives did this week, and the challenge continues to be passed on to others. Today's Morning Report also looks at Apple's Chinese iCloud data and what to look forward to with Shutterfly's cloud-based photo service now that it's out of beta.
Looks like we might not have to wait until October to see if all those rumors about the iPhone 6 are true, after all. According to a report, Apple will hold its announcement event for the device on September 9. Other sources have since lent credibility to the rumor with reports of their own.
Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.
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!
With the release of the iPhone 6 still a few months off into the future and some of the biggest leaks already out there on the table, all the explosions this week were up in the skies, courtesy of the world's fireworks manufacturers. That doesn't mean there weren't some good news tidbits dropped this week, including some iPhone 6 rumors plus a little something for the Apple image-editing faithful.
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
Everyone remembers that classic series of "Get a Mac" ads pitting a cool Mac against an uptight PC, but when is the last time Apple had a truly memorable marketing campaign? With any luck, there could be another one on the horizon.
Could a new day be dawning at Apple? Judging from a pair of recent reports, the Cupertino company is looking to put on a friendlier face, both in public relations and with former retail partners like Costco.
Wondering if brash T-Mobile US CEO John Legere will be out of a job after Sprint gobbles up the scrappy rival carrier? According to Bloomberg, Legere may actually wind up installed as CEO of the combined company, leaving current Sprint CEO Dan Hesse cashing unemployment checks instead — presumably with a big severance package for his troubles. Just the mere thought of it is probably enough to give Verizon Wireless and AT&T nightmares...