Art Gensler, architect who helped create Apple Store, dies at 85

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One of the many iconic Apple Stores Gensler had a hand in.
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Art Gensler, the pioneering American architect who founded the world’s largest architectural firm and played a key role in the iconic look of Apple Stores, died Monday at the age of 85.

To try and distill Gensler’s career into “he helped create the Apple Store” is doing him a big disservice. His firm, founded in 1965, operates in 50 countries and produces an annual revenue of $1.5 billion. Nonetheless, for Apple fans, his work on Apple Stores is one of his many indelible contributions.

And he once got fired by Steve Jobs for it.

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Apple allegedly overcharged customers by $2 billion.
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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs spells out a new strategy for Mac OS

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Steve Jobs introduced the world to OS X.
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May 11: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs spells out a new strategy for Mac OS May 11, 1998: As part of his mission to turn Apple around, Steve Jobs spells out the company’s strategy for the Mac operating system going forward.

The company will ship Mac OS 8.5 and the first customer release of an OS called Rhapsody that fall, he says at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The big news, however, is that Apple is hard at work creating a major new operating system called OS X.

iPhone faces production problems in India as COVID cases soar

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India has been hit hard by coronavirus pandemic.
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Production on iPhones made in India has hit a major hurdle as coronavirus cases have surged in the country. More than 50% of one Foxconn factory’s production capacity has reportedly been cut.

India has seen its number of coronavirus cases ramping up significantly in April. To date, there have been 22.9 million confirmed cases of COVID in India, while 249,992 people have reportedly died. However, the actual numbers are thought to be even higher.

Jamie Bell joins cast of Apple TV+ series about a time-hopping serial killer

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The latest cast member to join the show.
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Jamie Bell — best known for his titular role in Billy Elliot and appearances in Rocketman, King Kong, and other movies — is the latest actor to sign on for an Apple TV+ series.

Bell will act opposite Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale) and NarcosWagner Moura (“Narcos”) in an adaption of the time-traveling serial killer novel Shining Girls.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook G3 gets thinner, lighter and bronze-er

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The PowerBook G3 Lombard brought a "bronze" keyboard and some real enhancements.
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May 10: Today in Apple history: PowerBook G3 gets thinner, lighter and bronze-er May 10, 1999: The third-generation PowerBook G3 comes in 20% slimmer and 2 pounds lighter than its predecessor, but most people remember the laptop for its “bronze” keyboard.

Although it doesn’t get a new name to distinguish it from previous laptops in the lineup, fans call it “Lombard” after Apple’s internal code name (or simply the “PowerBook G3 Bronze Keyboard”).

7 Apple suppliers accused of using forced Uyghur labor

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Apple is accused of profiting off forced labor in China.
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Seven Apple suppliers in China are accused of using forced Uyghur labor, a report for The Information reveals.

The companies in question include Advanced-Connectek, AcBel Polytech, Avary Holding, CN Innovations, Luxshare Precision Industry, Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co., and Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co.

All participated in what are referred to by the Chinese government as “poverty alleviation programs.” However, these may not be exactly how they sound.

Prince Harry and Oprah’s new interview show comes to Apple TV+ this month

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Coming soon to Apple TV+.
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Apple finally revealed the release date for its upcoming documentary series co-created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. The Me You Can’t See, as it is now known, will debut May 21, the company said in a press release Monday.

First announced in 2019, before Harry and wife Meghan’s highly publicized split from the U.K.’s royal family, the series supposedly will focus on the “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places.”

Man allegedly uses iPhone to track victim’s car prior to robbery-murder

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Criminals used the iPhone's tracking capabilities to commit a robbery.
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A Florida man allegedly used an iPhone as a makeshift tracking device, attaching it with magnets to the car of a man he intended to rob, then using it to follow him to a party at a nearby apartment. Suspect Derrick Maurice Herlong and an unnamed accomplice then robbed the man and fatally shot another person, Orlando police said.

Apple awards $45 million to the company that helps make tough iPhone screens

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Corning's Silicon Valley research center.
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Apple is handing another $45 million to the company which makes Gorilla Glass for the iPhone. Announced Monday, Apple’s eight-figure award will help Corning “expand manufacturing” and “drive research and development” in the United States.

It’s part of Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund, dedicated to supporting American businesses that are creating the jobs of the future. But, like the recent $410 million cash injection to the company that makes laser components for the iPhone, it also helps out Apple’s future plans.