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There's absolutely no shame in finishing second, especially when you're going up against the President of the United States. To wit, Time Magazine named Tim Cook the runner-up to its Person of the Year, giving the ultimate prize to President Barack Obama. According to Time, Cook is the first CEO of Apple to come to power "without blood on his hands." Prior to his stepping into Steve Jobs' former role, a CEO would be named when somebody got fired, Cook explained to Time. Cook, however, was handpicked by Jobs to replace him, and it appears Apple is in good hands moving forward. Since Cook took over, Apple has grown into the largest company ever and is worth than Google and Microsoft combined. He's... Read more...
In September, Apple ditched Google's mapping data in order to switch to its own maps app. The results were horrible, eventually causing CEO Tim Cook to issue a public apology for the maps fiasco. Apple's troubles didn't end there. Earlier this week, Australian authorities warned people against using Apple Maps and went so far as to call the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. Now, iOS users can rejoice: Google has issued its own mapping application for iOS that brings many of the must-have features people love back to iOS. With Google Maps for iOS, you'll get Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, and of course, Google's reliable maps. Users... Read more...
The inaccuracies in Apple's new mapping application have been well publicized. Apple has acknowledged issues, and CEO Tim Cook has even issued a public apology for the maps fiasco in iOS6. It's been a couple months since Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app and the company is still working to improve things. Although overhauling the maps app is no small undertaking, we're willing to bet Apple wishes they could change the PR surrounding Maps, especially since Australian authorities are calling the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. That's a serious accusation, but after several motorists ended up in a semi-arid national park where temperatures can reach... Read more...
For the first time in a long time, Apple may be feeling threatened by the competition. Windows 8 launched to the public today, and with it, so did Microsoft's 'Surface with Windows RT' tablet, Redmond's consumer oriented device and answer to the iPad. But is it a good enough answer? Predictably, Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't think so. What's a little unusual is that he's begun talking smack about Surface, a tactic Apple typically reserves for humorous advertising campaigns, like the infamous Mac vs PC commercials. "It's a fairly compromised, confusing product," Cook said during an earnings call, according to Business Insider. His critical remarks were in response to a question about Microsoft's... Read more...
Tim Cook is coming into his own as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple. After a little more than a year at the helm, he's managed to differentiate himself in a subtle, yet meaningful way from Steve Jobs, and he did it simply by apologizing for the situation with Maps in iOS 6. We'll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. If you're new to the Apple scene, understand that apologies don't come very often from the Cupertino company. When Steve Jobs was in charge, rather than apologize for a design defect in the iPhone 4 that caused a lot of dropped calls due to the antennae placement, he told people they were holding their phone wrong. Seriously. Now we have Tim Cook offering... Read more...
It seems hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple and handed the reigns to Tim Cook, then the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jobs passed away not long after, succumbing to pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. That means Cook has been at the helm without any input from Jobs for the majority of his short tenure as CEO, though Apple's accomplishments during the past year aren't his alone. Apple's roadmap was already laid by the time Cook took over, so it's really too early to issue Cook any kind of meaningful report card. We can, however, say that without a doubt the transition from the Jobs era to the Cook era has been mostly... Read more...
Apple recently took a PR hammering after the New York Times published a report claiming that labor conditions at the company's Chinese partner Foxconn continued to be poor--and that Apple knew about it and chose to do nothing. CEO Tim Cook blasted the allegations at the time, but has followed up nonetheless. Apple announced today that the Fair Labor Association will conduct "special, voluntary audits" of Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Chengdu. Unlike the suicides of 2009-2010, the recent accusations of poor monitoring relate to aluminum dust explosions at two Foxconn factories in May and December of 2011. Such risks are a known manufacturing hazard, and are seen as something which Apple,... Read more...
A couple of recent articles in The New York Times painted a less than rosy picture of Apple and its role in allegedly urging its suppliers in China to take shortcuts despite concerns to worker safety. It's a hot topic considering the multiple reports of poor working conditions at Foxconn, a top supplier of Apple's iDevices along with many other high profile clients, where suicide attempts appear to happen all too frequently. One of the reports is titled "In China, Human Costs are Built Into an iPad," a lengthy piece that goes into considerable detail about all aspects of the manufacturing process and includes some unflattering quotes about Apple. "Apple never cared about anything other than increasing... Read more...
Reports point to an October 4 event to unveil the next-generation iPhone, although it's still not confirmed by Apple itself. One problem with the rumor has already been pointed out: Moscone Center, where Apple usually holds these things, is booked by Oracle that day. What to do, what to do? AllThingsD, which earlier broke the Oct. 4 date, says it appears Apple will hold the event on its Cupertino campus, in its Town Hall Auditorium. Although it will be years before its new spaceship-style HQ is built, one which has a facility worthy of these types of events, Apple has held these types of events on-campus before. Town Hall Auditorium has been used on several occasions. Last October, Apple held... Read more...
It's official, we're in the wrong business. Don't get us wrong, playing with the latest hardware and sharing our experiences with our awesome reader base is a blast, and there aren't many things we'd trade this gig for. Being CEO of Apple is one of the few exceptions. Don't take it personal if you're a die hard Windows user, it's just that when a company offers a million shares of stock worth well over a quarter of a billion dollars, who would refuse the job? Not Tim Cook, who accepted the gig before we could submit our resume, and is now worth $390 million more than he was before he stepped in to fill Steve Jobs' shoes. "In connection with Mr. Cook's appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the... Read more...
There's tons of talk surrounding Apple right now, and for good reason. The man who directed a huge amount of Apple's comeback story has stepped aside as CEO, and there are plenty of unanswered questions moving forward. But it's important to note a few things. First, Tim Cook has been a monumental figure at Apple during Steve Jobs' periods of leave. He has been right there beside Jobs in the decision-making processes, and this whole "leader" thing won't be foreign for him. But potentially even more important is this: Jobs isn't leaving Apple. He's still employed there. He's the head of the Board of Directors, and so long as Steve is still at Apple, his thoughts will be valued highly. A new AP... Read more...
In the span of mere days, Google announced its intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility, HP halted webOS and PC production, and the TouchPad went on a fire sale at just $99. Now, Steve Jobs is stepping down as Apple's CEO. August has surely been a shocking month for the tech world. In fact, the news from Cupertino was so shocking, Apple's publicly traded stock was halted in after-hours trading. The assumption is that there will be a massive sell-off now that Jobs isn't at the helm, but at least the stop will allow people to digest news and figure out what's next for the company. Jobs has been "on leave" for some time, making a brief stop at WWDC to speak at what is now his final keynote as Apple... Read more...
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