The Sapphire glass Apple uses — and is rumored to use much more of with new handsets — is partly thanks to GT Advanced Technologies. They’ve recently announced their financial results for the second quarter, noting an $86 million loss as they pivot operations to align themselves with Apple. As the reliance on Sapphire increases, that big loss may be a distant memory in the near future.
This quarter appears to have been the haymaker for Xiaomi in China as, according to analysts at Canalys, the vendor tripled shipments in three months. What’s more, it would appear that Xiaomi has done what Apple - thus far - has been unable to do: they’ve out-shipped Samsung. Samsung’s shipments fell this quarter as well while Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, and Huawei all grew.
If you’re already excited for football season, we’ve got some good news for you. Apple TV will reportedly be getting NFL Now, the league-controlled digital experience announced earlier this year. More mobile-centric than other Apple TV offerings, it’s still the first time Apple TV is getting a dedicated football menu item.
All the hoopla around the upcoming iPhone 6, whether in one or two versions, might have made some forget that Apple has another expected device refresh coming soon. The folks over at Weibo, however, were sure to remind us about the next iPad Air, with new leaked photos that show the slight deviation that Apple will be making in the upcoming lightweight tablet.
Now that Apple and Beats are officially one and the same, some confusion has abounded about where Beats employees might end up. Previous reports suggested many (read: most) Beats employees would be let go, as their jobs were redundant with Apple. Subsequent reports placed the number of affected employees much lower, and the latest news points to zero firings -- for now.
Earlier today, Apple was granted preliminary court approval for its ebook settlement plan, something that resulted from claims that the company was in cahoots with five publishers to jack up digital book prices. The settlement is for $450 million, with the agreement being made back in June.
Now that Apple has officially welcomed (most of) the Beats team to Cupertino, we should start hearing how they’ll incorporate who they’re keeping into the mix. The latest report hints that Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will take over iTunes Radio for Apple. He will still run Beats Music, though, suggesting a merger of the services is incoming.
When Apple first decided to enter the automotive industry, they didn't decide to create the iCar. Rumors of the iWatch swirl - Apple's hired an army of watch and wearable-friendly professionals over the past several years, and they're making something new. But the quickest way to the top of your business is to turn it upside down - and the modern Apple model isn't above collaboration.
A new report is suggesting the iWatch, Apple’s wearable, will be delayed. Originally thought to launch in October, the iWatch is now thought to begin it’s run in November. The reason behind this is Sapphire glass, which analysts claim is in short supply. That’s hard to buy into when you look at the facts surrounding it, though.