Apple is turning away developers who try to submit apps with guns in their screenshots or icons. But this isn’t a case of Apple introducing new rules to the App Store, so much as it is one of the company finally enforcing rules that have been there all along.
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It’s hard to truly understand Apple’s astronomical size until you put things into context. With $178 billion in cash as of last quarter, you can start easily comparing the company to the gross domestic product (GDP) of large countries.
In fact, Apple would be the world’s 55th richest country right now, according to the latest data from World Bank.
Tim Cook made a big stand for climate change yesterday by announcing Apple’s plan to invest $850 million in a solar farm that will power the company’s Cupertino campus as well as all retail operations in California.
“We know at Apple that climate change is real,” Cook said yesterday. “Our view is that the time for talk is past and the time for action is now.”
Apple has already put its money where its mouth is by powering all data centers with renewable energy, but the Monterey solar farm is the biggest thing Apple’s ever done in renewable energy, and breaks the record as the biggest-ever solar procurement deal for a company that’s isn’t a utility.
Unlike Apple, which is more comfortable (and lucrative) than ever with its business strategy, here in 2015 Samsung is having a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a freedom-fighting Internet of Things company making smart refrigerators and connected TVs? Is it a Xiaomi competitor, turning out cheaper smartphones than ever for the developing Indian market?
Like a deer in headlights, the company seems to be skittishly veering from one idea to the next, without any real understanding of what it needs to do to once again be competitive.
Of course, there is one idea that has worked for Samsung in the past, and with its mobile division falling on hard times, that strategy seems to be one the South Korean tech giant is more than happy to return to: copying Apple.
Boom! That’s the sound of AAPL stock hitting yet another all-time high Tuesday, making Apple the first $700 billion company in history.
Microsoft made history in 2000 when it became the first company to close at $600 billion, so this feat must make Tim Cook and the entire Apple team incredibly proud.
The Apple rumors are crazy this week...
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The Apple Watch has been the biggest rumor for years, but now that its about to launch, is Apple about to explore self-driving cars next? We've also got reports of a possible Apple Search engine, a breakthrough that could bring sapphire to the iPhone 6s, and many more mad rumors.
Which rumors are real and who’s just pretending? Step up to the crystal ball and find out.
Apple TV update on the way?
The Rumor: Apple is negotiating with networks on a Sling-TV type of service.
The Verdict: Definitely. In fact, we've been hearing this same rumor for about two years now. It looks like the biggest hurdle for an Apple TV update is the company just doesn't have the relationships with content providers, like Dish and others do.
If you see a stylus, they blew it...
The Rumor: Apple is getting really serious about making a stylus.
The Verdict: This is starting to sound believable. We've dismissed the idea of Apple making a stylus for years -- mostly because of one silly Steve Jobs quote -- but Apple's stylus ambitions are looking more serious after multiple patents have shown the company is at least thinking about styluses. It's still too early to tell if the 12-inch iPad Pro will come with one. If it does, Apple better pack some amazing features into it, or my pencil might steal the show.
Samsung's still copying
The Rumor: Samsung's Galaxy S6 will be just another iPhone clone.
The Verdict: Yep! Samsung made a name for itself in the smartphone world by copying Apple. With the S5 they tried to move away from their copying, but no one bought it. Looks like Samsung learned its lesson and has decided to take the hit in legal fees, and will just copy Apple to keep marketshare.
The Rumor: Sapphire screens could be coming to the iPhone 6s.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. DisplayMate just made a major breakthrough with Sapphire, turning its weakest property -- screen reflectance -- and turned it into a strength. Enhanced sapphire is now number one in scratch resistance, low reflectance and performance in high ambient light compared to Gorilla Glass. Apple's problem wasn't with sapphire glasses properties though, it was that it's really hard to produce en masse, so I'm still doubtful we'll see it in the iPhone 6s.
Say hi to the new iCar
The Rumor: Apple is working on a self-driving car.The Verdict: Ask again later. The most exciting rumor in months popped up this week when Apple was spotted driving around SF and NYC in vans with a funky camera array on top. Some Apple fans have said it's totally obvious that it's for Street View, but could something even crazier be afoot?
Apple Watch event in March?
The Rumor: Apple will hold an Apple Watch event in March.
The Verdict: This sounds right, even if its coming from BGR which has a dismal track record when it comes to Apple rumors. Tim Cook already revealed that Apple Watch will ship in April, so a March event to announce pricing and pre-order dates sounds right.
Goodbye Google, hello Apple Search?
The Rumor: Apple is looking to take on Google Search.
The Verdict: No way! A new job posting indicates Apple wants to improve its search powers, but a full blown search engine capable of beating Google sounds way outside of Apple's realm. Maybe they're using it to improve some other features. Search is hard an Look what happened to Microsoft when it tried.
It’s time for another weekly dose of all the great stuff from our intrepid news hounds and reporters within the digital confines of Cult of Mac Magazine.
Buster has the lowdown on eight of the hot new features in Apple’s upcoming Photos for Mac, and he also takes a good long look at the mysterious vans owned by Apple that have been spotted around the San Francisco area. If you need to protect your precious new iPhone, Stephen drops a video spotlight on five cases you’ll want to consider for your fancy Apple smartphone. Rob digs deep into a new digital comic — companion to the Midnight Star video game — and how the award-winning team brings the game world to life. Jim drops in on a hip retro gaming shop in Portland, too, coming back with some stunning pictures of this old boys (and girls!) club.
All that and more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine – check out our top stories below, and then click on through to get your own copy for free.
Apple and Tesla are in the midst of an intense bidding war for each other’s employees, according to Bloomberg. Tesla has so far poached more Apple staffers than any other company at 150, and Apple has tried to unsuccessfully lure Tesla’s people with big paychecks.
Tesla’s obsession with stealing Apple’s talent is mainly due to one man: Elon Musk.
Apple’s retail stores are one of Cupertino’s crown jewels, and the envy of pretty much every tech company out there. A new rumor suggests that online retail giant Amazon might soon be looking to replicate Apple’s success with its own line of brick-and-mortar stores. But how will they get them? By buying up old Radio Shack stores and rebranding them.
The fate of GT Advanced Technologies’ failed sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona, has been decided. After committing to repurposing the 1.3-million-square-foot facility, Apple revealed today that it will invest $2 billion in making it a global command center for all of its cloud networks.
The company plans to have 150 full-time employees based in Mesa to operate the center once it’s built, and there will be an accompanying solar farm to power the facility with 100% renewable energy.