Apple executives have good reason to celebrate today after landing an Emmy for the company's 2013 holiday commercial, which seems to offer some vindication from recent criticisms of Cupertino's latest marketing efforts. The iPhone 6 also makes another appearance in today's Morning Report, along with a known Apple copycat striking again with its latest mobile OS.
That's a wrap on this mid-May week, which kicked off with rumors that the nation's second-place carrier AT&T may be making a grab for DirecTV in a deal valued at $50 billion. According to Bloomberg, the deal would stack satellite television onto AT&T's existing nationwide wireless, landline, and broadband internet services. AT&T has also been busy with other services, as you'll discover in our Thursday recap...
You may not have heard of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi just yet, but something tells us the departure of a prominent executive from Google's Android team to that company might change that in the future.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.