According to sources, Apple retail stores are changing "employee performance standards," affecting the customer experience and employee morale. Apparently, despite Apple's recent assertions to the contrary, stories of budget cuts persist. Will the superior shopping experience we've come to expect go away?
The rumor mill is surely heating up but we take everything with a grain of salt around here. Once bitten, twice shy, and all that. But where Apple is in the news there's always going to be sparks. Here's ten stories that we found hot on the site this week.
So, maybe Apple isn't making an HDTV after all? We'd actually be okay with that right now, given that Cupertino has plenty of cool stuff on their plate for the rest of the year, and frankly we're kind of sick of hearing analysts fawn over the possibility. (We're also not quite yet ready to buy a new HDTV for our own living room, so… just a little bit longer, hmm'kay, Apple?) This and several other stories make up our recap for this funky Friday, August 24, 2012.
When Tim Cook took over as Apple’s CEO in 2011, many pundits predicted the end of the company. Without Steve Jobs, they said, Apple was doomed. Since then Apple has become even more successful. Apple fans say that’s because Tim Cook is the right man for the job, the keeper of Steve Jobs’s flame, but critics say he just hasn’t had enough time to mess things up yet.
And the leaks just keep on coming! By now it should be clear that Apple is having a sixth-generation iPhone assembled in Asia, and you can now add a logic board to your pile of leaked photos from the handset.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Apple may be tapping into its vast mountain of cash with an eye toward buying The Fancy, a social commerce site that rivals Pinterest and has the backing of Twitter and Facebook co-founders.
It may not be the $37.4 billion windfall analysts were expecting, but Apple surpassed its own $34 billion estimates for its fiscal third quarter, with international sales making up 62 percent of the company's fortunes.
It may have been quietly slipped into a quote from CEO Tim Cook, but Apple has confirmed what we all assumed anyway: OS X Mountain Lion will be making its way onto the Mac App Store on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Although Jonathan Ive gets most of the spotlight for his sleek hardware designs, it's senior vice president of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield who's tasked with the job of making them a reality in recent years -- but that era is coming to an end.
It's hard to imagine that anything at Apple could be run more tightly than it was under Steve Jobs' rule, but a new report claims that CEO Tim Cook has been clamping down harder on quality control in the company's supply chain.