Jimmy Fallon may have won himself a few unintended laughs a couple of months ago when he awkwardly tried to hide his beloved MacBook from guest Bill Gates, but the incident hasn't dulled his love for the products coming out of Cupertino. Indeed, just last night the latest host of The Tonight Show used an iPad app to perform a doo-wop duet with singer Billy Joel, and the performance turned so many heads that Tim Cook himself linked it on Twitter.
CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.
After a decade as chief financial officer during Apple's biggest financial windfall in history, Peter Oppenheimer is riding off into the sunset of retirement later this year, no longer the voice of Cupertino's quarterly financial calls.
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.