The three biggest stories of the week1. Apple joins forces with Big Blue Apple and IBM announced a far-reaching partnership that will bring IBM services to iOS devices. In making the surprise announcement, the two companies said they would work together in four major ways:
In a message to employees soon after the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:
- a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
- unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
- new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
- new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.
This partnership brings together the best of both companies. It’s great news for Apple, IBM and for enterprise customers worldwide and I’m really excited to see it take off.We'll continue to follow this story in the weeks and months ahead. 2. Confusion grows over the 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' Fact: Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone in September. The big question is whether a 5.5-inch model will also arrive. One week ago, it looked like Apple wouldn't be launching a large screen iPhone in 2014 due to production issues. By Thursday, it looked like those issues had been resolved, allowing production on the 5.5-inch model to begin in August. At this point, it's really hard to determine which stories are correct. My gut tells me there will be no 5.5-inch iPhone this year. Luckily, we should find out very soon. For other iPhone 6 stories from this week, see:
3. Price fixing case resolved
To settle claims of e-book price fixing, Apple has conditionally agreed to pay $450 million in damages.
Along with the five major book publishers, Apple allegedly conspired to keep e-book prices high.
As Brent Dirks reported, "If Apple hadn’t agreed to the settlement, a damages trial was slated to begin in late August. The attorney generals in the case were expected to seek up to $840 million in compensation."
Thanks to the agreement, consumers are in line to receive $400 million in the settlement.
For further consideration
- DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package will be available for iOS devices and more without a dish
- Numerous app developer previews their Notification Center widget for iOS 8
- Atari announces Pridefest, its upcoming iOS game for the LGBT community
- Apple's iTunes Pass launches in the United States and Australia
- Paul McCartney relaunches 5 of his classic albums as iPad apps