May 4, 2014
It was a very good week for Apple fans, DirecTV stockholders, and Mac users. Not so much for Samsung, iOS devices users, or folks waiting for Apple to release a new product. Here are just a few of the stories we covered during the week that was.
The Big Three Stories of the Week1. 119 million reasons Apple is somewhat happy today On Friday, a California jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several of Apple’s key patents. As a result, Cupertino was awarded $119.6 million in damages. The decision was a win for Apple, but not the knockout blow they sought. The company hoped the jury would award them $2.2 billion in damages. Both sides next meet in Judge Lucy Koh’s courtroom on Monday. From there, the appeals process is likely to begin. 2. WWDC: The latest news Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins in four weeks. The primary focus of this year’s event could be on the next version of OS X, not iOS. As noted in a new report, Apple is moving iOS user interface developers to the OS X teams. This is because OS X 10.10 will “feature an end-to-end redesign, not dissimilar from the scope of the changes to the iPhone and iPad operating system with iOS 7 last year.” As a result, “Apple wants to heavily promote the new system to developers.” Meanwhile, a separate report said Tim Cook will not unveil the long-rumored "iWatch" or next-generation Apple TV at WWDC 2014. 3. Angela Ahrendts reports for duty Angela Ahrendts is finally on the job at Apple. The new senior vice president of retail and online stores arrived earlier this week. The former CEO of Burberry was tapped by Apple CEO Tim Cook to head the company’s retail operations last fall. It was always an understanding that she wouldn’t begin her new duties until spring. As noted on the Apple site, those duties include “the operation and expansion of Apple retail and online stores, which have redefined the shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Apple retail stores set the standard for customer service with innovative features like the Genius Bar, personal setup and one-to-one personal training to help customers get the most out of their Apple products.”
This Week’s Awesome App UpdatesWayward Souls was our Game of the Week, while Up Next celebrated being named AppAdvice’s App of the Week. But what were the best app updates this week? Beats Music is finally available on iPad. The streaming music service was founded in January by music producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Meanwhile, Snapchat also released a significant app update. The popular video sharing site now offers instant messaging and live video calling.
Head Scratcher of the WeekJust months after Comcast announced plans to purchase Time Warner Cable, a new media marriage could be in the preparation stage. AT&T is interested in acquiring DirecTV, according to The Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, a deal between the two companies would likely be worth at least $40 billion. DirecTV is the nation’s second largest pay TV provider after Comcast, while AT&T is the second largest mobile provider in the U.S. behind Verizon. Combined, they would rival Comcast-Time Warner Cable, a proposed merger that still needs regulatory approval. AT&T and Apple have traditionally had a very good relationship. Because of this, it could be possible that DirecTV could find a home on a next-generation Apple TV.
For further consideration
- Report: Apple’s Long-Rumored iWatch Has Entered Production In Small Quantities
- Apple’s Stock Split And WWDC
- The Atomyzer Could Be The Best Smelling Apple iPhone Case To Date
- Apple’s Eddy Cue And Craig Federighi Will Speak At The Code Conference In May
- Apple's Steve Jobs Tops CNBC's List Of The Top 25 Innovators
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