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Eddy Cue thinks 2014 will be the best product pipeline Apple’s had in 25 years, and according to the company’s latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cupertino is certainly pouring enough money into R&D to back him up.
Apple increased spending in research and development 36 percent year-over-year in Q3, with an extra $425 million being funneled into R&D in the last quarter alone.
The most important camera upgrade on the iPhone 6 won’t be on in the back, it’ll be the front-facing selfie-cam, and Sony says it’s ready to spend $345 million to make sure it has enough image sensors for future iPhones, iPads, and other tablets and smartphones.
Sony, Apple’s image sensor supplier for the iPhone and iPad, announced today that it is increasing its production capabilities of image sensors for smartphones and tablets by completing work on a factory it purchased from Renesas Electronics in northwestern Japan.
A group of former retail and corporate Apple employees are suing the iPhone-maker for alleged violations of the California Labor Code, claiming Apple never granted timely meal or rest breaks, and failed to promptly send out final paychecks as well.
The case was just bumped up to class-action status yesterday, opening it up to a trial by jury as the case expands to include over 20,000 current and former Apple employees in the state who could be affected by the ruling.
Tim Cook and newly-apointed CFO Luca Maestri are getting ready for Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call with investors. The call will reveal just how much cash the company raked in over the past three months and what they should expect later this year. We’ll be right here, liveblogging the whole thing.
Apple hasn’t released a new product this quarter, but investors on Wall Street are still bullish about the future of AAPL, sending the company’s stock price surging 26% since its last earnings report.
Whether Apple was able to beat expectations of $38.4 billion in revenue without an explosion of new sales will finally be known today at 2 p.m. Pacific, and we’ll be ready to dish out all the news and juicy tidbits Tim and the team tell investors.
So keep this page open for the full scoop on how ridiculously profitable Apple was last quarter, as well as what’s to come its “most exciting product pipeline in 25 years.”
Facing the end of his long, dominant NBA career, Kobe Bryant is branching out into the business world with Kobe Inc., and while he’s picked the brains of people like Oprah, Hillary Swank and Arianna Huffington, it was a meeting with Jony Ive at Apple Campus earlier this summer that caught the web’s attention.
What could one of the greatest basketball players of all-time learn from the world’s most famous designer? According to an interview with Bloomberg, the Black Mamba simply wanted to know how Ive approaches design and how he manages to see the world differently than everyone that makes hardware.
An NBA superstar reaching out to the world’s tech designer for help sounds like an odd fit, but Bryant says building an iPhone isn’t too different from developing a world-class basketball game because like building products, you approach both sequentially, piece by piece, to make it unstoppable.
Here’s the full interview:
iOS 8 just got a little bit closer to completion for its launch this fall with the release of iOS 8 beta 4 this morning. Apple didn’t add any major new changes (unless you’re a hardcore lover of Control Center), but the new beta is full of tiny little tweaks that will make your iPhone feel like new when iOS 8 drops in September.
We’re still combing through all the new features Apple just added to iOS 8 beta 4, but there are already some big additions like the new Tips app, an improved Control Center, new Handoff settings and little tweaks galore.
Here are all the little features Apple added to iOS 8 beta 4:
Apple seeded the 4th beta for OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers this morning with preview build 14A298i.
The Yosemite beta program still hasn’t been opened to the public, but anyone with a developer account can pick up the OS X Yosemite beta 4 download from the Mac Dev Center. The update can also be scooped up from the Mac App Store by clicking Software Update under your Apple menu.
The newest beta version of iOS 8 has been seeded to developers by Apple this morning, two weeks after the release of iOS 8 beta 3.
iOS 8 beta 4 can be downloaded via an over the air update. Developers can pick also it up from the iOS Dev Center or from the direct download links posted below. We’re still downloading the update on our devices and will let you know what we new goodies we find. In the meantime, get to downloading:
Picks of the week...
So you don't have to slog through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes Store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week.
This week we've found some soulful garage rock, a book to cure your summer wanderlust and a documentary about the world's biggest movie fan (made by the top names in the industry).
Shattered - Reigning Sound
Reigning Sound hasn’t released a new album in five years, but their musical craft is dialed in better than ever on Shattered, which features soulful garage rock that’s better than what everybody else is doing. If you’re not familiar with Reigning Sound, this the best album to fix that.
iTunes - $9.99
Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett
If you’ve got a serious case of summer wanderlust, you should go on an exploration of some of the world’s most unexpected and offbeat places in Alastair Bonnett’s Unruly Places. The writer's incredible tour includes places like moving villages, secret cities, no man’s lands and floating islands that will reinspire your geographical imagination.
iTunes - $11.99
If the release of Rio 2 doesn’t have you perking with excitement, Teenage — an insightful documentary about the chasm between adults and youth — just landed on iTunes. It's a hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture, from the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th.
iTunes - $4.99
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
The final installment of Harkness’ best-selling All Souls Trilogy is finally here, bringing witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband back from their adventures in England to face a whole new set of problems as they look for the final missing pages of the Book of Life — a mystical manuscript that contains the key to the origin of all supernatural beings.
iTunes - $11.99
Complete Surrender - Slow Club
Slow Club earned lots of comparisons to The White Stripes when they came out with their confident, folk-poppy debut, So Yeah, in 2009. Subsequent albums moved the duo to a richer, more diverse tone, though, and Complete Surrender continues the trend with some heavy doses of soul, making this one of best new summer albums for when you're ready to kick back and relax.
iTunes - $7.99
No one loved movies more than Roger Ebert, so it's only fitting that Martin Scorsese and one of the most acclaimed documentary directors, Hoop Dreams helmer Steve James, teamed up for Life Itself. The documentary, based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name, recounts the inspiring life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and dishes out a story that’s funny, painful and transcendent.
iTunes - $6.99
Mandatory Fun - "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic has been belting out novelty parody albums longer than I’ve been breathing, but there’s not a soul alive that can match him in a battle of satiric songy wit. The shtick might be getting a bit old, but seeing as how Mandatory Fun will probably be the last complete LP Yankovic releases, it’s worth a spin, if only to get reacquainted with the ridiculous dude that made songs by Chamillionaire and Coolio accessible for the teenage nerd scene.
iTunes - $9.99
The timeless story of Noah building a big-ass boat, gathering pairs of all the animals, and floating off into a new world purged of the horrific evils of man gets an upgrade with Russell Crowe donning the biblical prophet's mantle. This wild reimagining of the classic apocalyptic tale might not thrill you with its predictable plot, but the effects will blow you away even if Ray Winstone’s perfectly evil performance as Tubal-cain doesn’t.
iTunes - $19.99
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Four years after the last Scott Pilgrim book hit the shelves, creator Bryan Lee O’Malley is back with a brand new graphic novel, Seconds, and it’s full of nerdy awesomeness. This time around, O’Malley’s hero is a talented young female chef named Katie who’s in search of a second chance, and gets it in the form of magical mushrooms that can take her life from bad to good to perfect.
iTunes - $12.99
Google Search for iOS has got a new Easter that allows Android-hatin’ fanboys – or anyone else who just likes destroying things – to tear apart the GOOG’s childish logo, one letter at a time.
To find the Google Search easter egg just open the app to the main search screen and you’ll be able to drag, flick and drop letters from the Google logo anywhere on the screen. Titling right and left makes the letters float or fall based on your tilt, and if you want to restore order, each letter can be put back in its proper place.
If your app still has the Nelson Mandela logo you’ll have to wait for an update, but in the meantime, checkout the easter egg in action in the quick video below: