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Apple’s Tim Cook calls companywide meeting, solicits questions

Apple CEO Tim Cook (Credit: Apple) Apple CEO Tim Cook will be holding a special, companywide meeting on Tuesday. Writing to employees in an e-mail on Monday, Cook reassured them that “Apple’s business has never been stronger,” adding that he wants to hold an “employee communications meeting” at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday. Cook didn’t say what will be discussed at the meeting, but told employees that they can submit questions that will be answered during the meeting. Apple usually holds annual companywide meetings and blasts those across the globe through its internal service AppleWeb. However, most of those meetings occur after Apple’s first-quarter results are announced in the New Year, and not after its fiscal fourth quarter. It’s not ... Read More »

LG Display to get nod on Apple’s iWatch screen — report

(Credit: Sarah Tew and Christopher MacManus/CNET) Apple is close to awarding at least one company with a contract to supply displays for its long-rumored iWatch, according to a new report. LG Display is close to signing a deal with Apple to provide flexible organic light-emitting diode panels (OLED) for its iWatch smartwatch, Korea Herald reported on Tuesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the negotiations. LG Display, however, will be the secondary supplier, the news outlet’s sources say. Taiwan-based RiTDisplay will be Apple’s first choice. The iWatch has been rumored to be in the works for months. There was even talk about the possibility of Apple launching the device this year. After Apple’s media event last week turned ... Read More »

Apple said to unveil newfangled Brazil retail store by March

Apple’s Shanghai retail store in the Pudong district opened in 2010. (Credit: Apple) Apple is said to be opening its first retail shop in Brazil sometime in February or March — just in time for Carnival, Rio de Janeiro’s biggest party, and a couple of months ahead of the hugely popular FIFA World Cup. According to 9to5Mac, an inside source said that Apple is planning for February or March but construction and staffing could delay the opening. Apparently, the iPhone maker is looking to temporarily bring US retail employees to Brazil to help teach Apple’s retail practices to local workers. The store is said to be located in Rio de Janeiro’s Village Mall. While the dates for the grand opening ... Read More »

An ‘iPad Christmas’? Maybe not if you want an iPad Mini with Retina Display

Apple introduced the iPad Mini with Retina Display last week in San Francisco. (Credit: James Martin/CNET) Apple’s CEO feels confident the company will rake in tablet sales this holiday season. “I think it will be an iPad Christmas,” Tim Cook said. But that may not be the case if you want an iPad Mini with Retina Display. During a conference call Monday to discuss Apple’s fourth-quarter results, Cook alluded to possible shortages of the recently unveiled tablet. “It’s unclear whether we’ll have enough for the quarter or not,” said Cook. “You never really know the demand until after you start shipping.” Of course, being unable to meet demand would mean missing out on capitalizing on the shopping bonanza right before ... Read More »

Apple CEO: We’ve locked up 94% of education tablet market

(Credit: CNET) Apple continues to dominate the market for education tablets. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iPads make up 94 percent of the market for education tablet, a stat that he noted was impressive and unheard of in most businesses. “I’ve never seen a market share that high before,” Cook said Monday during a conference call with analysts. The company has attempted to push its tablets into the education arena with textbook support and discounts for bulk purchases. Schools represent a potential source of growth at a time when the iPad‘s market share dominance has eroded in the general consumer market. Cook said the education business represented a potential $1 billion market for Apple. Apple on Monday reported fiscal ... Read More »

With new iPads on the way, Wall Street homes in on iPhones

The first buyer of the iPhone 5S in Sydney, Australia, last month. (Credit: Seamus Byrne/CNET) Apple reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday, and once again all eyes are on the iPhone. That’s not a new story for Apple’s financial health, the bulk of which is fueled by the now six-year-old product line. But this quarter’s special. It includes, for the first time, two new iPhones — the 5S and 5C. Those phones hit store shelves last month and only eight days of initial sales are included as part of this quarter. Still, with a record 9 million phones sold in the opening weekend, Wall Street’s anticipating that Apple will post its highest-ever fourth-quarter revenue as a result. Apple’s expected to ... Read More »

Apple dig of the week: Is Microsoft ‘confused’?

Surface Pro 2. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) Is Microsoft confused? It is if you think hybrids are confusing. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made a thinly disguised dig at Microsoft this week. Here’s what he said (without mentioning Microsoft by name) at Apple’s event this week in San Francisco. They’re confused; they chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they will do next…what I can tell you is that we have a very clear direction. Invoking netbooks is a nice rhetorical trick as that conjures up crummy devices powered by bloated Microsoft software. That set the stage for his next comment: trying to turn laptops into tablets and vice versa. Microsoft ... Read More »

Apple’s plan to wipe out disc drives is nearly complete

Apple’s old Mac Pro, with two optical drives. It now has zero. (Credit: Apple) The disc drive is dead — or it’s at least issuing a triumphant death rattle. Not in PCs just yet, but certainly in Apple’s Macs. Earlier this week Apple introduced updated versions of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, alongside an all new Mac Pro. What wasn’t updated was Apple’s line of non-Retina MacBook Pros, the only Apple devices that were still sporting a disc drive. In fact, Apple axed the 15-inch version and trimmed the non-Retina line to a single, 13-inch machine. The company has whittled away at product lines like this in the past, and it’s usually a sign of imminent extinction. All this ... Read More »

Red Mac Pro to be auctioned off by Bono’s charity

A red Mac Pro (Credit: Sotheby’s) In photos, it looks a bit like the red pill from “The Matrix.” But it’s not. It’s the new Mac Pro. In red. The item will be up for auction on November 23 at Sotheby’s in New York City, as part of an auction hosted by (Product)RED, the charity fronted by U2′s Bono. The machine is expected to go for $40,000 to $60,000 at auction. Apple showed off the Mac Pro, with its normal black design, at a live event this week in San Francisco. It will cost $2,999 and ship in December. The red Mac Pro is just the latest of the items created by Apple design chief Jonathan Ive and fellow designer ... Read More »

iPad Air joins US Cellular’s lineup Nov. 8

Just call November 8 “Apple Day” for US Cellular. That’s when the carrier opens it registers for the iPad Air tablet, along with the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones. US Cellular will also sell the iPad Mini with Retina Display, though the company hasn’t shared a sale date yet. The cellular model of the 16GB iPad Air costs $629; it comes with Apple’s faster A7 processor and a lighter, thinner chassis that weighs just over a pound. (The Wi-Fi only version weighs just a pound in all). Read CNET’s hands-on impressions of the iPad Air for all the pros and cons. iPad Air hands-on (pictures) Source Article from Air joins US Cellular’s lineup Nov. 8 News – AppleLatest Apple ... Read More »

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