With the newly revamped free iCloud service fast approaching its fall release, one of the warts in Apple’s otherwise beautiful system has been gaining a lot of attention in recent months: The inability to consolidate multiple Apple IDs into one, particularly for existing MobileMe users stuck with one for iTunes purchases and another for everything else.
Almost curiously on the heels of the criticism of Steve jobs' lack of a public record of philanthropy, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today that the company has launched a new charitable matching program for its employees. The company is offering to match employees' personal charitable contributions up to $10,000 per year.
There is little doubt that China is the next location for explosive growth for Apple, where in recent months fake stores have popped up on the radar to take advantage of the company’s popularity there. Soon, mainland China will enjoy a 3G-equipped iPad 2 like the rest of us, as well as a retail store opening in neighboring Hong Kong.
There’s no doubt that new CEO Tim Cook’s intentions are pure. As Apple’s Board of Directors swiftly confirmed, there is no one more capable of stepping into Steve Jobs’ shoes, and no one more eager to stay true to Apple’s culture and DNA. But no matter how much wisdom Steve has imparted on Cook or how many late-night phone calls they have, decisions no longer go through Jobs. And as with any regime change, things will be different, no matter how reassuring Tim’s words are.
Now, that doesn’t mean Apple’s going to suddenly start selling iPhones with slide-out keyboards, but some noticeable changes might be in store over the next year or so. Click through for a look at what we might be seeing a little different this time next year.
Steve Jobs mentioned his firm belief in Tim Cook that he'll be able to handle the duties of CEO just fine when he wrote his resignation letter to Apple's board this week. Now it appears Apple's board feels the same way about their new CEO, as they presented Cook with a tidy bonus in an SEC filing. What's the bonus, you ask? Oh, just 1 million restricted shares of Apple stock!
Roberto Baldwin finds it so hard to sing goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
There really was only one Apple news story this week; no use pretending otherwise. Sure, there were a couple other stories about Google or someone else, and we'll mention a couple of them, but the big news was the big news. After a successful run, the like of which we have never seen, Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, stepped down from his position steering Apple's day to day operations. So let's cue that highlight reel of the one and only, Mr. Reality Distortion Field.
We already know how most of you feel about Steve Jobs’ departure as CEO of Apple this week, but what about some of the company’s manufacturing partners in Asia? A new report claims that the resignation will have minimal impact on them, particularly because new CEO Tim Cook was already overseeing most of that business in the first place.
If Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field had a Bizarro counterpart, Tim Cook would almost certainly be at the controls. Raised on the mundane minutia of Apple's inventory chain and gross margins, Cook doesn't evoke adoration among Apple fanboys and girls; in fact, most of them wouldn't even recognize Apple's new CEO if they passed him on a Cupertino street.
Yesterday, many skeptics came out of the woodworks with concerns that Jobs' exit from Apple could affect the quality of Apple's products and innovations in the future. Tim Cook, the man who has replaced Steve Jobs, has released an internal email to Apple employees to assure them that nothing is going to change.
In the email, exclusive to Ars Technica, Tim Cook expresses his excitement for "Apple's bright future" and adds that "we are really looking forward to Steve's ongoing guidance and inspiration as our chairman."
Shortly before the stock markets closed this evening, news broke that Steve Jobs would be stepping down as CEO of Apple. This news came as a shock to many in the Apple community, and that shock seems to have also affected Apple stock price in after-hours trading.