With all of the drama surrounding Wikileaks, who would have thought that Apple CEO Tim Cook would somehow find himself in the mix? Based on recently published emails, Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at Apple 3.0 reports that Cook in mid-2015 had a private meeting with John Podesta, formerly Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff and the current chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign.
Over the past few years, much has been written about BlackBerry’s historic fall from grace. In a turn of events that already has the trappings of a classic Business School 101 case-study, the famed Canadian tech giant once ruled the smartphone market with an iron fist before Apple swooped in out of nowhere and pushed them to the brink of irrelevance.
Once it became clear that Apple’s take on the modern-day smartphone was where the entire industry was headed, BlackBerry tried to implement all sorts of gimmicks, strategy re-shifts, and executive shuffling in an effort to stay afloat. Alas, there was nothing that BlackBerry could do to remain relevant in a smartphone market that quickly became a two-horse race between Apple and Android.
According to a report published in the Financial Times, Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group about a potential acquisition. McLaren is known for making cutting-edge supercars for the road and its competitive Formula One team, among other things.
Buying a niche supercar maker seems like a strange move for the world’s largest consumer technology company, but it could say a lot about Apple’s ambitions in the car space.
Ahead of the iPhone 7 launch on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has started doing the rounds on TV. The first stop was ABC’s Good Morning America, where Cook discussed everything from iPhone 7 design, to his morning runs and the future of augmented reality versus virtual reality.
Speaking about AR and VR, Cook said “my own view is that augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far, because this gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present talking to each other, but also have other things visually for both of us to see. Maybe it’s something we’re talking about, maybe it’s someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there’s a lot of really cool things there.”
Apple last week unveiled a bunch of new products during its iPhone fall event, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sharing the spotlight. There was no surprise one more thing at the end of the show — though you could argue that Apple began with one: Super Mario for iPhone. That means we did not get to see a brief MacBook announcement during the event that was focused on mobile devices and mobile experiences. But Apple is expected to refresh some of its Mac products this year, and Tim Cook hinted that’s going to happen sooner than you think. More →
We heard a few days ago that Barbra Streisand decided to pick up the phone and call none other than Tim Cook to demand a certain update in Siri. She wasn’t happy with the way Siri pronounces her name, and the Apple CEO obliged, letting her know that it’ll all be fixed come September 30th. Naturally, all tech blogs speculated that we’re going to get a new version of iOS on that date, likely the first iOS 10 release, though it would be a little late compared to Apple’s usual iOS rollout. But this isn’t about that at all. No, we’re just going to take a look at Streisand explaining the entire thing to Jimmy Fallon. More →
Apple sees augmented reality (AR) as a “core” technology, and the company is already doing “a lot of things” with AR. The news comes from Apple CEO Tim Cook who spoke at great length in an interview about his job and its challenges. More →
In most countries, the iPhone is the most expensive smartphone you can buy. The iPhone’s price can be quite prohibitive in certain markets where Apple would like to see growth, including China and India, and the company is apparently aware of the problem. Without committing to anything, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during his visit in India that Apple is considering making a cheaper iPhone, but he insisted that the company’s priority is shipping quality products. More →
Have you heard the latest news about Apple? Turns out the company is sinking. And fast. Yeah, after a wild few years of negligible and yawn-inducing innovations, Apple can no longer skate by via sheer momentum. The Apple Watch is a flop, iPhone sales are collapsing, and Tim Cook needs to be shown the door.
In the wake of Apple’s earnings report last week, the nonsensical observations above seem to be gaining traction among analysts, pundits and talking heads. It’s almost funny how a company that manages to rake in $50 billion in revenue and more than $10 billion in profits in just three months can so quickly go from a tech innovator to a tech has-been. But so it goes in the tech world where an inability to look at the big picture is par for the course.
Apple’s earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple’s most recent quarter marks the first time iPhone sales declined in company history.
Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we’ve reached ‘peak iPhone’ and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that the company has some interesting and innovative items in the product pipeline.
“We’ve got great innovation in the pipeline,” Cook said to Cramer. “New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people that have iPhones today to upgrade to new iPhones. We are going to give you things you can’t live without that you just don’t know you need today. That has always been the objective at Apple, to do things that really enrich people’s lives. That you look back on and you wonder, how did I live without this.”
The Apple vs. FBI war is far from over, with Apple CEO Tim Cook having explained – once again – in an extensive interview with Time this week why the Bureau is wrong looking to decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone at all costs.
In his tirade, he also pointed out to a fact that’s abundantly clear to many Internet users: intelligence agencies can collect plenty of data about anyone, without needing to break into devices. Cook called the “going dark” mantra a crock, saying that nobody really goes “dark.” Furthermore, he also made it clear that Apple would provide iCloud data, which is not encrypted, to law enforcement, as long as a lawful warrant has been obtained for that purpose.
Policy isn’t Donald Trump’s strong suit, but he sure does know how to rile up a crowd. And that’s exactly what he tried to do at a rally in South Carolina last month when he called for his fans to “boycott Apple” until the company is willing to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. More →
Apple CEO Tim Cook usually comes across as a relaxed and genial sort of person but he sounds hopping mad about how the FBI has behaved in its fight with the company over the iPhone used by the shooter in the San Bernardino massacre. In an extensive interview with Time this week, Cook unloaded on how the FBI and the federal government as a whole have tried to force the company to build an insecure version of its own operating system that could be used to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c. More →