TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 04/30-05/06

Last week started out slow in Apple news but picked up quite a bit as the week neared its end.  2 Apple execs will speak at the re/code conference, the new SVP of Retail started, Apple makes a new hire, iOS 8 features may be delayed and more on the Week In Review....

Cue & Federighi to speak at Code Conference

Code Conference is the new All Things D Conference and is set to kick off May 27th. The 2 execs will be speaking on the 2nd night of the conference with the CEO's from Microsoft & GM speaking on the first night.

We are very excited to have both Cue and Federighi at the event to talk about a range of things about the company that remains at the center of the action, especially in the important mobile sector. From the shifting entertainment and communications landscape to the fast-moving wearables space to, well, everything digital, these two play a very important role.


Apple releases new MacBook Air

As 9to5mac predicted last week, Apple has released an updated MacBok Air. The new MaBook Air starts at just $899 and comes with the latest Intel Haswell processors.  The price on all MacBook Airs has dropped by $100 as well.  

Slightly more power for less money, thats a win all around!


iWatch enters production for fall release

9to5mac via China Times is reporting that production of small quantities of the device have begun and will be ready for a 2nd half release.  The report also says Apple is using a new process that will bundle multiple sensors onto a single chip.  

iWant my dang iWatch already!!!!!


Apple begins shipping sapphire 

Checks find GT’s Arizona factory likely stared producing sapphire last month. Our own checks found that for the first time GT shipped some small quantities of sapphire made in its Arizona fab to one of Apple’s partners in China who is in charge of making sapphire covers.

One step closer to the next gen iPhone


WWDC to focus on OS X with some iOS 8 features pushed to iOS 8.1

Mark Gurman of 9to5mac is reporting that Apple will be heavily promoting he next version of Mac OS X, possibly named  Yosemite, over iOS 8. His sources say that iOS developers are being placed on the OS X team to finish the redesign of OS X.  

Over the past few months, I have reported that Apple is working on several different projects for consideration in iOS 8. The list includes a Healthbook application for aggregating various health statistics from App Store apps and third-party medical/fitness devices, an updated Maps app with public transit directions support, a standalone iTunes Radio application to boost usage, VoLTE calling support, TextEdit and Preview apps, and various enhancements across the system.

While all of these features have been considered for iOS 8.0 and its launch later this year, sources are now saying that Apple has begun work on iOS 8.1, and that some of the notable features in the works for the first release of iOS 8 could potentially shift back to iOS 8.1.

His article also goes on to talk about iPhone 6 technology and more software related items.  Definitely worth a read.  

Angela Ahrendts out of Burberry and in at Apple

Christopher Bailey officially took over as Burberry CEO replacing Angela Ahrendts. Ahrendts profile has been removed from the Burberry website and been added to the Apple executive page.  

The hire was announced back in October and the transition finally happened.  It will be interesting to see what kind of changes Angela will make as SVP of Retail.  Apples prior SVP was not very successful in the role as he only lasted a short while with the company.  

(Editor note: Shocker! A woman in an executive position at Apple!!)

Apple expanding indoor mapping

Apple has hired CEO and co-founder of Wifarer, a start up that offers tools to help consumers navigate malls, museums and other venues, Philip Stanger. Stanger will work in a leadership role at Apple. Hit the source for more details on the company and how Apple could incorporate their technology into its maps.


Apple expands iTunes in the Cloud & iTunes Match coverage area

Users in Germany are now able to access previously purchased TV shows and movies on their devices and Apple TV.  

On the other side of the world, users in Japan now have access to the iTunes Match service.   

No Apple TV update at WWDC

Re/code is reporting that WWDC will not feature a new Apple TV or Apple TV software and that the focus of the event will be on iOS 8 & Mac OS X.  

There is a problem with the recode link.  Here is a link to 9to5mac that has a quote from their story.  

Verdict reached in Apple v Samsung patent trial

After weeks of Apple slamming Samsung & Samsung defending themselves, the jury came back with a decision. They have decided that Samsung did in fact infringe on 2 patents and awarded Apple $119.6 million dollars. They also found Apple infringed on a Samsung patent and awarded them $158k.  Apple had this to say:

“We are grateful to the jury and the court for their service. Today’s ruling reinforces what courts around the world have already found: That Samsung willfully stole our ideas and copied our products. We are fighting to defend the hard work that goes into beloved products like the iPhone, which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers.”


Apple buys LED display company

Apple has confirmed its purchase of LuxVue technology.  The company has been working on low powered micro LED screens. Apple had this to say: 

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans”

cough iWatch cough


That does it for last weeks Apple news. If you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment or reach out to me on twitter.