The Russian Communications Minister has asked for Apple source code to be handed over to the government in an effort to determine if spying is happening on their citizens with the use of Apple software and hardware. The request, which has been requested of other companies like Microsoft (in 2003) and SAP and comes in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden revelations about the US government along with public statements made about strengthening intelligence gathering on Russia. Interestingly, the statement from the Russian government comes on day that the US and Europe consider further sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
One of the killer features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that will be coming this fall is the ability to answer a call coming in on your iPhone on your Mac. I highlighted this in an article I wrote back in June on how Apple may very well move the enterprise telephony goalposts with this feature. This week Apple and IBM announced an agreement where the two giants will be working together to develop enterprise applications and solutions to get iPads and iPhones more into the enterprise. Putting the tumultuous history these companies have had in the past aside, it is becoming ever more clear that Apple has their eyes set on the enterprise with this combination of features and this agreement. We are now starting to see how the Apple enterprise play is starting to take shape.
Apple has released another new television advertisement today, highlighting the pleasures and challenges of parenthood which can be helped the iPhone. It is a quick 1 minute ad but it is packed with features of the iPhone itself along with apps that can help parents in their day-to-day… or day-int0-night.
As many of you have read by now, Apple announced to 9to5Mac this weekend that they are ending development on Aperture, their professional photo management and editing app, as well as their more consumer oriented iPhoto. The move comes in the wake of the announcements around OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014 where the new Photo of OS X was announced. So what does this mean for you if you use either of these apps today?
CUPERTINO, California—May 28, 2014—Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.
The jury in the Apple v. Samsung case reached a verdict yesterday that produced mixed results for both companies. At the end, both companies were found guilty of patent violations but with Samsung being the biggest infringer according to the jury. The result ended with Apple awarded a $119.6m settlement for damages.
Apple has posted the latest version of Safari, their web browser for Mac. Safari 7.0.3 fixes several issues and brings new levels of security to the browser. Most of the features in the update focus on usability such as improving how the address and search bar behaves and improving the credit card autofill support for site that can access them. Other improvements include support for generic top-level domains and improved sandboxing of the app on your Mac for improved security.
A big improvement in Safari 7.0.3 is the ability to disable push notifications from website in preferences of Safari.
Prior to this release, users had to go to System Preferences>Notifications to adjust this. Now you can do it directly from within Safari itself, saving time and searching.
The update is available now on your Mac directly from the App Store via the Updates page. It is free as always.
Today is a special day for Apple fans and the end of what has been a great and dare I say iconic way to connect your Apple devices to your Mac or PC. With Apple announcing the end of sale of the iPad 2 today the last device that used the 30 Pin Dock Connector has been retired. It has been a process that started two years ago and now every Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch uses the new and improved Lightning Connector for your syncing and accessory access needs.
The 30 Pin Dock Connector was introduced with the original iPod back in 2003 and it was replaced by the Lightning Connector introduced by Apple in 2012. Rarely does device connector stay in the market for 9 years but Apple managed to do it which speaks volumes to the thought and design that went into this connector in the first place. It also became the standard for accessory makers with literally millions of accessories sold with the connector.
So tonight raise a glass – virtually on your iPhone of course – to the 30 Pin Dock Connector. May it be remembered for years to come as the one connector that was very much a part of the success story that is Apple.
Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys. Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013. If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.
On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading. Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market. Why is that important? If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.
From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy. Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads. The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.
In case you missed it, Apple has provided a bit of an Easter Egg of sorts in celebration of the Mac’s 30th Anniversary. You can download a font of 30 years of Macs as a TTF file. Pretty cool eh?
I’ve put the TTF into my Dropbox and shared it so you can download it and install it yourself. Since it is TTF, you can install it on a PC or a Mac.