Apple rarely makes statements on issues outside of the tech world, but when it does, it's usually on issues pertaining to the LGBT community. Today, as CNBC reports, Apple joined more than 80 companies in signing a letter condemning Arizona's bill SB1062, which now faces a possible veto by Governor Jan Brewer. Apple's public criticism has a special meaning for Arizona as the Cupertino giant is on the verge of opening a sapphire glass facility in the state that will create around 2,000 new jobs.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
Looking to use this Thanksgiving to head to your local Apple Store? Contrary to what you may have heard earlier, you won't be able to if you live in the United States. Several key locations were expected to stay open for the American holiday, but on what appears to be a direct order from Tim Cook, these locations will be closed as well so employees can spend time with their families.
In one of Apple's rare but notable forays into activism, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written an editorial for The Wall Street Journal in support of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The editorial, which was published this morning, compares Apple's own policies with those allowed by current U.S. law.
So how was everyone's first weekend with the iPad Air? We managed to place our online order in the wee hours of Friday morning for in-store pickup later the same day, and our local Apple retail store apparently only had a handful of folks lining up to get theirs when the doors opened. Were you among the first to buy one this past weekend? If so, chime in with your thoughts on Apple's latest tablet in the comments below.
As he was wrapping up his Macworld 2007 keynote--you know, the one with the iPhone--Steve Jobs quoted Wayne Gretzky, comparing his playing philosophy to Apple's: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." It was a testament to Apple's innovation, its ability to see three steps ahead of its competitors.
The Mac. The iMac. OS X. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad.
Critics like to point to this track record as proof that Apple is no longer innovating, no longer skating to where the puck is headed. There's a certain perverse logic this line of thinking: if tens of millions of people will rush out to buy a new iPhone just because it has a better camera or a fingerprint sensor, then Apple could conceivably rest on its laurels, failing to realizing the tide is turning before it's too late.
You almost have to wonder what John McCain would think of the following. Earlier today, a man named Mark Menacher filed a small claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Time Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego, claiming that he objects to the automatic downloads of iOS 7 install files that occurred on "legacy" phones such as the iPhone 4S.
Apple's recent gold iPhone 5s partnership with British luxury brand Burberry must have been quite the success, because Cupertino has now managed to hire away the company's CEO for its own retail efforts.