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It’s no secret that the iPhone has long had a pretty good camera onboard, snapping fast and highly detailed photos. Apple is so proud of the iPhone’s camera that it launched a “Shot on iPhone 6” series last year which showcases the shooting capabilities of the iPhone’s camera (when handled by a skilled photographer). However, Apple CEO Tim Cook proved last night that the person actually taking the picture is just as important as the actual camera hardware. A lucky Cook found himself on the field at Levi’s Stadium following the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, and whipped out his iPhone to take the following picture, which he posted to Twitter: Colorado Rocky Mountain High... Read more...
To outsiders looking in, it might seem as though Apple devices sell themselves. That isn't really the case, and if you pay attention to Apple's quarterly earnings reports, you'll notice that no matter how well the company performs, its stock price drops at the slightest hint that a particular product line or service isn't performing at peak levels. At present, it's the iPad line that has investors concerned, though Apple CEO Tim Cook believes a turnaround is ahead.Cook and a few other company bigwigs recently held a town hall meeting at Apple's headquarters to discuss the company's Q1 earnings and future plans. One of the topics raised was that of declining iPad revenue growth. Despite a slowdown... Read more...
Apple has become quite adept at tax avoidance by using the “Double Irish” loophole that effectively allows the company to shield its profits from tax authorities throughout Europe. Apple, however, is not alone, as companies like Microsoft and Google use similar schemes to save billions of dollars in taxes. Unfortunately for Apple, Italy has determined that the company was illegally shielding its taxable income by funneling cash through its Irish subsidiary, and it is forcing the American company to pay dearly. According to Italian prosecutors, Apple skipped out on 879 million euros ($958 million) in owed taxes between 2008 and 2013 with the Double Irish scheme, which allowed the company to take... Read more...
The debate over smartphone encryption is a contentious on these days in tech circles. On one side, you have companies like Apple and Google which employ full device encryption to secure user data and keep it out of prying eyes — even if those eyes belong to law enforcement. On the other side, you have politicians in Washington along with various city, state, and federal level enforcement agencies clamoring to get their hands on secret backdoors to defeat encryption (and criminals, and terrorists… so they say). Apple has been one of the strongest proponents of device encryption and has fought against subpoenas that would force its hand in divulging customer data. Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down... Read more...
Tim Cook might seem like a soft spoken, mild mannered man from Alabama — well at least compared to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs — but there are some topics that get one of America’s most high-profile execs really worked up. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s one of two things that none of us can avoid: taxes (with the other being death). Cook sat down with 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose for a segment that will air this Sunday, and the topic of discussion managed to crossover to taxes, and a visibly frustrated Cook did his best to explain Apple’s position on the billions of dollars that it holds overseas and has no intention of repatriating. Cook repeated the same refrain that we’ve heard from a number of... Read more...
Apple's catching some flak over its new Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s devices. It's a $99 case that promises to bump talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours (on LTE), and video playback up to 20 hours, but at the expense of an unsightly bulge on its backside, to name one of the complaints. What does Apple CEO Tim Cook think about the hump?"You know, I probably wouldn't call it a hump," Cook told Mashable during a recent coding event. "As you probably know from being a user of this now, one of the real insights here is, have you ever used other cases and tried to get them on?"Cook went on to talk about the case's construction and how easy it is to install and take off of iPhone... Read more...
If you were hoping to see some sort of hybrid iPad/MacBook computing device in the future, similar in concept to Microsoft’s Surface Book, keep dreaming. Building on past comments related to the subject, Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down, saying there’s no place for a hybrid iPad/MacBook in the marketplace. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook reiterated in an interview this weekend. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t making any friends on the PC side of the aisle this week. Cook took to the interview circuit this week to heavily promote the release of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and didn’t waste any time kicking some dirt in the eyes of PC fans around the world. When questioned on his thoughts about PCs, Cook wondered, “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” Many would take issue with those comments considering that those wanting a computer to do simple tasks like email, surfing the Internet and social networking don’t need to spend $1,000 to get the job done.Apple CEO Tim Cook But we’ll leave those comments behind, because... Read more...
On the eve of opening up sales for its highly anticipated 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a wide-ranging interview in which he talks about topics ranging the United Kingdom’s efforts to snuff out smartphone encryption and user privacy in the name of national security to future medical devices. The UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill [PDF], a newly proposed cybersecurity measure, would allow law enforcement officials and even spies to access internet connection records (ICRs) stored on your smartphone or on your computer. And how exactly would these parties have access to your data? Well, OEMs, ISPs, and even social networks would be required to decrypt users’ data communications... Read more...
Those calling on Apple to unify its mobile and desktop operating systems might be in for a long wait. During a discussion with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, Apple boss Tim Cook made it clear that he has no intention of combining iOS with OS X, which probably means a touchscreen iMac or MacBook isn't in the cards either."We don't believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile, Cook said, according to CNET. "We think it subtracts from both, and you don't get the best experience from either. We're very much focused on two."As smartphones and tablets become increasingly sophisticated and capable, there's a blurring of the line between mobile and desktop computing. There's also a need for interoperability,... Read more...
With the spotlight aimed primarily at Volkswagen these part few days (for all the wrong reasons), the German company is probably happy to hear that another company is grabbing headlines in the automotive space. And interestingly enough, the company drawing attention hasn’t never produced a vehicle, nor has it publicly stated that it will produce a vehicle — but all signs points towards the end game. The company we’re all talking about of course is Apple, and a new report from The Wall Street Journal today says that the Cupertino, California-based company’s electric car is labeled as a “committed project” and that it will launch in 2019. There’s no skirting around the fact that Apple has hired... Read more...
If you know anyone that’s been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a “junk” folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they don’t use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They can’t even be hidden unless you jailbreak — but jailbreaking can have some unwanted consequences if you aren’t careful. In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed, Apple’s Tim Cook was surprisingly open about the wishes of some iOS users to be able to remove these junk apps. Users either want them gone to reclaim whatever little storage space their taking up, or more likely, to end the process of creating a junk folder in the first... Read more...
Wall Street is a fickle bunch; they build you up only to knock you down just as quickly. Such is the case for Apple, which this afternoon reported its fiscal Q3 2015 earnings. By almost any account, Apple had a stellar quarter, reporting revenue of $49.6 billion (a 33 percent increase year-over-year) and net profit of $10.7 billion ($1.85 per diluted share). Gross margin also was up slightly year-over-year, increasing from 39.4 percent to 39.7 percent. In a telling reminder that Apple depends heavily on markets other than the U.S. for the bulk of its revenue, the company reported that an incredible 64 percent of its quarterly revenue came from international sales. China sales grew an astounding... Read more...
Apple had some rather sedate announcements for both OS X (El Capitan) and iOS (iOS 9) earlier today, and with the exception of Split View for iPads, nothing was really groundbreaking. That same sentiment carries over to Apple’s newest operating system: WatchOS. WatchOS was first shown off last year at the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus keynote, and Apple is already looking to its second iteration of the Apple Watch's operating system: WatchOS 2. The biggest addition to WatchOS 2 is the support for native apps. For anyone that’s used an Apple Watch, you know that third-party apps can sometimes be a chore to endure as they are basically running on your iPhone and beamed over to the Apple Watch. That leads... Read more...
Apple boss Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at an orientation session for winners of his company's WWDC Scholarship Program. While at the event, he took selfies with students and talked about a number of subjects, including one that's been a point of focus several major technology companies during the past year -- diversity.When asked why Apple needed to put more effort in ensuring its workforce is a diverse one, Cook got straight to the point."It's the future of our company," Cook said. "I view these people that I talk to today as the future generations of the company, and they will either be a part of it directly or a part of the ecosystem. And either way -- when I think of Apple, I think... Read more...
Apple chief Tim Cook came out swinging during EPIC's Champions of Freedom event in Washington where he was being honored for corporate leadership. His remotely beamed acceptance speech talked about privacy and security, and without calling out other big tech firms by name, he took shots at companies and competitors like Facebook and Google. "I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information," said Cook. "They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company... Read more...
Apple is riding high these days. The company is coming off a blockbuster [calendar] Q4 in which it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones. Apple’s stellar performance was enough to put it ahead of Samsung in global smartphone sales for the quarter. Likewise, Apple made a record $18 billion in profit for fiscal Q1 on sales of $74.6 billion. With this in mind, Fortune sat down with CEO Tim Cook in a wide-ranging interview that gives more than a bit of insight into the man behind the seemingly unstoppable Apple freight train. Apple is definitely a different company under the leadership of Cook; just look to the company’s philanthropic efforts, a focus on environmental and social issues, and even making... Read more...
You have to hand it to Apple, it thinks big. Apple executives are confident in their products and seem to have a pretty good idea about what customers want. The “Apple Way” has also allowed Apple to become the world’s largest listed company. However, with Apple’s success comes more than a bit of arrogance. This time around, CEO Tim Cook is wagging his finger at the competition with regards to the upcoming Apple Watch (which will retail from $349 to $17,000). In a new interview with Fast Company, Cook describes why his competitors have “gotten it wrong” with the current crop of smartwatches. “The inputs that work for a phone, a tablet, or a Mac don’t work as well on a smaller screen,” Cook explains.... Read more...
Over the past week, rumors have persisted that Apple is preparing to enter the auto manufacturing business. This speculation was first fueled by the appearance of Chrysler minivans dotting the country that are registered to Apple, Inc. The Wall Street Journal took things a bit further, reporting that Apple has been hiring former, high-level auto industry employees, and has roughly 100 people working on an electric vehicle under the codename “Titan.” Needless to say, many folks in the auto industry are rightly skeptical of a new entry from Apple. Breaking into the auto market is not exactly easy, and building a fully functional, crash tested, and consumer-ready electric vehicle complete with a... Read more...
Smartwatches running Google’s Android Wear operating system have been on the market since mid-2014 and roughly 720,000 units have been sold to date according to Canalys. Apple, on the other hand, has much higher expectations for its first entry into the nascent smartwatch market. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is requesting production of five to six million units of the Apple Watch for its April launch. Apple is looking to blanket three sectors of the market with a “Good, Better, Best” approach. The entry-level model is the aluminum-clad Apple Watch Sport, while the mid-range Apple Watch comes with a natural or black stainless steel case. The top range model is... Read more...
The Apple Watch is one of the most highly anticipated consumer electronics device launches set for this spring. Although Apple sought to bring the smartwatch to consumer in early 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook clarified last month that the device will actually land sometime in April. We already know quite a bit about what the Apple Watch can do. We know that it will mainly serve as a secondary display for your iPhone (which will power most of its functions) and will display incoming notifications, quickly give you easily digestible bits of information (stock quotes, weather, calendar events, etc.), track your heart rate, and provide fitness monitoring. Oh, and by the way, it also happens to tell time... Read more...
Apple took an important step in making good on CEO Tim Cook’s promise to make Apple’s new campus “the greenest building on the planet.” The company announced that it plans to spend $850 million as part of a massive, 25-year solar power purchase agreement with a solar power farm in California. The farm, which will belong to Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar, has yet to be built. However, following its completion in 2016, the farm will supply Apple with up to 130 megawatts of power from what has been dubbed the “California Flats Solar Project.” The Monterey County solar farm will power the ring-shaped Apple headquarters that is currently under construction.   “We expect... Read more...
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