Rare photo shows Steve Jobs rocking Beats headphones


Photo: Beats
Did Steve Jobs like Beats headphones?
Photo: Beats

Apple acquired Beats a few years after co-founder Steve Jobs’ death, but a rare photo has surfaced showing the former Apple CEO rocking a pair of ugly Beats headphones.

Jobs had some familiarity with the Beats brand before Apple eventually bought it. As part of the new HBO documentary, “The Defiant Ones”, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine says he insisted all his friends test out the new headphones his company was developing. One of those friends was Steve Jobs, who was photographed wearing the headphones in a rarely seen picture:

Check out Jobs rocking the ugly headphones:

Tim Cook celebrates Independence Day with Franklin Roosevelt quote


Tim Cook
Tim Cook wishes everyone a happy July 4.
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It’s July 4, a.k.a. Independence Day — and to mark the occasion Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter with a message wishing everyone a happy holiday.

“Wishing everyone a happy #Independence Day!” he writes. He also includes a quote from former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taken from a speech Roosevelt gave in Washington D.C. on April 21, 1938: “Remember always that all of us … are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Apple Pay promo gives America’s National Parks a boost


Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park shot by Kevin Lu on iPhone 7 Plus.
Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park shot by Kevin Lu on iPhone 7 Plus.
Photo: Kevin Lu

America’s National Parks are getting a big boost from Apple during the month of July in the form of a new campaign aimed at raising awareness to preserve the classic landscapes.

Apple revealed today that it is starting a new Apple Pay promotion aimed at making it easier for anyone to help preserve the country’s national parks. Now whenever you use Apple Pay at any of Apple’s online or physical retail locations the iPhone-maker will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation.

Tim Cook meets Indian PM to talk local Apple stores


India Apple Stores
The closest thing India currently has to an Apple Store.
Photo: Lawrence Sinclair/Flickr CC

Tim Cook met with the prime minister of India over the weekend, concerning permission to open official Apple stores in the country.

This is something Apple has been chasing for some time now, but has yet to get off the ground. However, with Apple now officially selling iPhones that have been made in India, the hope is that it has sufficient leverage to get permission to open retail stores.

Steve Jobs Theater lights up in new Apple Park drone video


Steve Jobs Theater
It's nearly showtime at Steve Jobs Theater.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

The lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple Park campus looks nearly ready to host Apple events. Crews are working around the clock to finish the new Apple headquarters and the entire site is finally starting to come together now that landscaping is almost done.

A new drone video reveals there’s still some work to go on the theater and the main spaceship building, but road striping and landscaping are well underway. The video includes an incredible shot of the theater lit up at night with Apple Park in the background.

Check it out:

Relive 10 years of amazing iPhone innovation


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The iPhone sure has changed over the years.
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iPhone turns 10 The iPhone packed a lot into its first astonishing decade. Not only has the device itself evolved significantly since its promising-but-by-no-means-perfect beginnings, but it’s transformed Apple’s business — and many of our very lives — in the process.

All this week, Cult of Mac’s “iPhone Turns 10” series will look at the innovative device’s massive impact on worldwide culture. The iPhone, which launched on June 29, 2007, truly changed the world.

What iPhone milestones have passed since Steve Jobs introduced this stunning hybrid device, which combined a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device? Check out our handy guide to 10 years of iPhone history.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs returns to work after liver transplant


Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant earlier in the year.
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Jun22 June 22, 2009: Steve Jobs returns to work at Apple, a couple of months after undergoing a liver transplant as part of his cancer treatment.

Although Jobs has been steadily getting back into work for the past several weeks, the news is made official when a quote from him appears on a June 22 press release about iPhone 3GS sales. An Apple employee also alerts the media after spotting Jobs on campus.

With his return confirmed, everyone wants to know how long Jobs will continue to lead Apple.

Tim Cook pushes Trump for compulsory coding classes for kids


Tim Cook discusses Apple's enterprise ambitions at BoxWorks in San Francisco, September 2015.
Tim Cook thinks coding is one of today's most important subjects.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

During Monday’s White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Tim Cook pushed for the U.S. government to make coding a required class for kids.

This is something Cook has publicly discussed before. When Apple debuted its kid-focused Swift Playgrounds app, he said, “We believe coding should be a required language in all schools.”