The latest development in the Apple factory worker conditions saga is that Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers prior to the Fair Labour Association audit that’s currently in progress. According to one Hong Kong-based NGO Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), Foxconn was prepared for the inspection and “All underage workers, between 16-17 years old, were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments”…
According to Japanese technology website Macotakara, Apple will stick to the autumn launch for the sixth-generation iPhone 5. Citing only “reliable sources”, the website points out that yearly schedule is likely to remain a permanent fixture rather than the previous summer launch date of the previous models. While we hate to jump on the rumour mill this early in the game, the word on the street does seem to lead to the same conclusion…
The latest legal dispute with Apple involves use of the iPad trademark in China, which could halt iPad sales and ban exports putting the kibosh on the imminent iPad 3 launch. Last week, Chinese customs officials seized hundreds of units after near-bankrupt Shenzhen company Proview Technology claimed it’s the legal owner of the iPad trademark in China.
This week Apple unveiled the ninth major version of its Mac OS called OS X Mountain Lion. The new version will be launched in this summer and a preview release is available now for developers. If you’re wondering why “Mac” was omitted from the title it’s because Apple has officially dropped the name from the OS, signifying closer ties with its mobile counterpart iOS, which is used on the iPhone and iPad.
New evidence released by Business Week and Flurry indicates that Apple is winning the mobile app war against Android. The Apple App Store now attracts three times as many app submissions than Google’s Android Market, with many developers preferring iOS mainly because of the device fragmentation issues that continue to plague Android.
As the smartphone patent wars heat up, Apple has gone for the throat and filed a preliminary injunction against Samsung to ban sales of the Galaxy Nexus for allegedly infringing several key patents. Surprisingly, it’s not the hardware that Apple wants to ban but Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which they believe has stolen several ideas from their own iOS.
The patents in question cover simple actions such as clicking on a phone number to make a call, and sliding a finger across the screen to unlock it. Has Apple gone too far with the latest claims, and isn’t it about time the big tech companies got their heads knocked together and started to play fair?
On Thursday the FBI responded to a freedom of information request and released a secret report on the late Steve Jobs that detailed an investigation into his suitability for an export and trade advisory role in George W. Bush senior’s government in 1991. The 191-page document shines a light on many aspects of his personal life and business affairs, but are there any real revelations contained in the report?
In a move that’s likely to disrupt the notebook computer market even further, Apple looks set to totally revamp it’s entire 2012 MacBook Pro lineup, jettisoning optical storage and traditional hard disks in favour of fast Flash-based Solid State Storage (SSD) drives and a slimmer, lighter chassis much like the MacBook Air. That’s according to recent reports from authoritative Apple news sites such as AppleInsider and The Next Web.
The new lineup will also use Intel’s forthcoming Ivy Bridge microprocessor CPU architecture and chips which are slated to ship in April. The Air has been responsible for helping Apple’s notebook sales continue to rise despite a general downwards trend in the industry, and has led to creation of the new “ultra-book” category of laptops intended to complete with Apple’s popular thin-and-light models.
The Apple iPad 3 is hotly tipped to be announced during the first week of March, as rumours reach fever pitch about what to expect in the new device. Apple usually updates the iPad once a year and considering the iPad 2 was released in March 2011 at the Buena Yerba centre in san Francisco, it won’t come as a major surprise if the rumours pan out.
Mounting evidence points to an imminent announcement, which means the iPad 3 will be released several days or weeks later, and according to The Next Web Apple is already finalising the choice of apps to showcase and is busy organising the ad campaign…
Apple’s cloud-based music service iTunes Match has been available for several months now, and is helping to generate royalties for copyright holders that wouldn’t otherwise be made. Online music distribution company TuneCore says that Apple is creating money “out of thin air” and helping to support the artists on its books.