While many users have never forgiven Boxee for killing off its software clients, the company's hardware products continue to duke it out with bigger rivals -- and they've apparently been burning through cash in the process.
Apple may continue to neglect near-field communication (NFC), but that's only giving third-party developers incentive to find other ways for iPhone users to pay for goods, such as just saying your name.
As if Apple's "mission statement" video that kicked off WWDC 2013 wasn't already a good indication, Cupertino is stepping up its efforts to show how its products affect users, rather than focusing on specific features as rivals such as Samsung continue to do. You can see what we mean in today's recap, which also details a few products disappearing off the radar. Find out why!
Jony Ive's flatter, simpler design for iOS 7 largely received a warm welcome among critics at WWDC (despite numerous ribbings that it looked a little too close to the interface for the Windows Phone), but many expressed concerns that something about the icons looked a little ... off. Turns out there's a reason for that. According to Ive himself, as reported by The Next Web, Apple's usual team of designers only tweaked the icons; Apple's marketing and communications teams were responsible for the actual designs.
When Apple announced that iBooks would be coming to Mac OS X Mavericks this fall, the news struck many onlookers as a mere footnote compared to the rest of Monday's announcements. It turns out, however, that Apple's bookstore may be more significant than originally thought. As reported by MacRumors, Apple's iBookstore apparently accounts for more than 20 percent of all e-book sales in the United States, and it's possible that percentage will grow even wider once iBooks makes its way to Mac OS X.
The prettification of iOS wasn't the only thing that Apple introduced at WWDC--there was, after all, the good news about the wonderful PCIe memory and the beautiful and powerful new Mac Pro--but apparently investors aren't impressed. Apple stock has witnessed a minimal but steady decline since Monday's announcements, and today shares sit at $432 down from Monday's optimistic high of $441.
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As the Department of Justice's bizarre prosecution of Apple hits the halfway point of a scheduled three-week trial, there are some clues that perhaps the winds are shifting in favor of Cupertino. This entire case, which could only seem more sponsored by Amazon if its logo was displayed behind the judge's bench, started out with a great deal of hyperbole against Apple, as well as a judge that seemed to have decided the case before it began. Now, as the smoke clears from the DOJ's initial courtroom (and media) assault, it doesn't seem as clear-cut to everyone that Apple is the bad guy. In fact, it is even becoming obvious to many, including perhaps the judge, that Apple actually did not do anything illegal or unethical, and has actually greatly helped the eBook market since coming on the scene. Let's catch up on the last week and a half of this increasingly fascinating case.