John Gruber of Daring Fireball legitimately has the inside scoop on a whole lot of Apple-related information. So, when he says something is coming, you can bet that it probably is. Thus is the case with Apple’s next big update to iOS 7. According to Gruber, “a little birdie” told him that Apple’s iTunes Festival at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) will be watchable from a special app that requires iOS 7.1. If his information is correct, that means Apple will launch iOS 7.1 prior to March 11, which is when the festival begins.
MagBak is hoping that lightening will strike twice with their second generation iPad mount, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Their first Kickstarter campaign funded in 3 days and reached over a total of $70,000, which is impressive considering they started with a $15,000 goal.
Google has glasses, Apple (supposedly) has a watch. It appears that Intel may be in the market for wearable computing, as well. According to a recent report from TechCrunch, the software company has just purchased health tracker developer Basis for between $100 and $150 million. Interestingly, Apple and Google were both supposedly bidding for the same company.
Yesterday, Apple officially announced the launch of iOS in the Car under its new name, “CarPlay.” Initially, the feature is scheduled to be ready to drive off the lot in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo vehicles by the end of this year. All three manufacturers have already been showing off CarPlay in Geneva at the biggest car convention in the world.
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer may be best known for his role in the quarterly earnings calls. He is always on hand to explain money to investors and let the world know just how good the company is doing, financially. Today, Apple announced that Oppenheimer is retiring at the end of September to be replaced by current corporate controller and VP of Finance, Luca Maestri. This change over has been in the works for at least a year now and the future CFO appears to be following the same path that his predecessor did nearly 20 years ago.
Apple is increasing efforts to hire engineers and other supply chain related employees in China and Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday morning that employees are being poached from other tech firms such as HTC in an effort to meet increasingly short product cycle expectations and a wider range of product offerings. There are reportedly over 600 people employed by Apple in China, which is a key market for growth in the tech company’s future.
Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. On the celebration of his birth, 110 years later, Oceanhouse Media, creator of more than 50 Dr. Seuss iOS apps, is offering a huge discount on all titles by the children’s book author. The sale lasts until Thursday, March 6.
In addition to reducing the price of many Dr. Seuss books, Oceanhouse Media has also launched a promotional give-away for fans of the Cat in the Hat to win 10 Dr. Seuss digital book apps of their choice by entering either on Facebook or Instagram.
In December of 2013, Apple collaborated with Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records for exclusive rights to be the first to launch Beyonce’s fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on iTunes. The digital download became the fastest selling album ever on iTunes with more than 825,000 albums sold in the first three days. Apple wants more.
According to Billboard, Apple music chief Robert Kondrk has been “pressuring” major labels to release more exclusive albums on iTunes, leaving services like YouTube and Spotify behind and increasing download sales for the company.