Apple has well over $100 billion in cash, which is making many people across the globe wonder what the company should do with all that money. Investors would like to see it come back in larger dividends, while analysts believe it’s time for Apple to make some major moves and buy up smaller companies. Still others say Apple should do nothing with the cash and be content just holding on to it for security’s sake.
Apple has further detailed the way security works in iOS, including how the Touch ID system handles keeping fingerprint data safe as biometrics come under renewed scrutiny following Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch. The new iOS security whitepaper, quietly released this week, covers multiple aspects of data safety across devices like the iPhone and iPad, but is likely to be most interesting for the Touch ID scanner details and insight into the so-called Secure Enclave where Apple locks up fingerprint information.
Apple TV has added four new channels, with the compact set-top box gaining more ways to watch movies in addition to broadening cable TV access from ABC. The four fresh additions include "Watch ABC", which hooks into local ABC affiliate content for those with a valid subscription, Crackle, for streaming movies and TV shows, Bloomberg, for financial news, and KORTV, for Korean-language content.
In an effort to bring about a new wave of online any-machine working for those in the Apple universe, iWork for iCloud has been updated by the company with a list of new features this week. This update includes updates for the iCloud iterations of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, the whole lot of them still sitting pretty in the beta environment. While most updates work in each of the three apps, there are a few unique updates for Numbers and Keynote alone, as well.
Today Apple has released a form which shows the most recent round of government requests for data from Apple on their user base. What you're going to see is two charts, one that shows account requests, the other that shows device requests, the both of them detailed to a point by Apple insofar as what they can show the public and how they've been asked to present this information. Of course the U.S. government would rather not see any of this information released, and as such, Apple notes what restrictions have been placed on the data they're sharing.
The iOS 7.0.3 update is here, and it looks like the sensor malfunctions that have been plaguing iOS since its Sept. 2013 introduction are gone. The accelerometer, which had been reading 2 to 3 degrees off center, is now within normal parameters. This and other changes to Apple device behavior linked to the OS were detected yesterday by VentureBeat.
Apple has already talked a bit of software in terms of Mavericks, but they also have the apps that will be available for those using OS X, and iOS. In this case, we have word of an updated version of iWork. The talk of the updated iWork suite began with mention of how it has been completely rewritten and how it is now 64-bit. To that, Apple has said "its never been faster."
Apple has issued a recall for some MacBook Air notebooks, warning owners that the flash storage used in the ultraportables could fail and result in a loss of data. The "MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program" affects select 64GB and 128GB configurations of the notebook sold between June 2012 and June 2013, and will see Apple replace free of charge the potentially risky drives.