We knew Apple’s new TV set-top box would be coming soon, but now we’ve got a date.
It’s a happy day for one lucky teen in Massachusetts — not only was his life probably saved by his Apple Watch’s heart monitor, but he also now has an amazing offer from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Elsewhere, the pope’s visit to New York City and Philadelphia may force some iPhone preorder customers to wait an extra day for their devices, and Apple has already released a patch for the infant iOS 9.
Apple Releases Bug-Fixing Patch for iOS 9
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have yet to officially hit shelves, but Apple has already released a new patch for iOS 9 that fixes several bugs. It’s officially called iOS 9.0.1, and you can download it through your iPhone or iPad as an over-the-air update via the Settings app.
Apple’s official announcement of the patch focuses on four key issues. As of the new update, users should no longer have problems completing the setup assistant while downloading iOS 9, and they should no longer have to worry about alarms and timers failing to play.
In addition, pausing videos in Safari and Photos should no longer cause the paused frame to look distorted, and users with a custom APN setup should no longer lose cellular data.
On the whole, those are some pretty significant bugs, so it’s probably a good idea to download the patch soon if you already have iOS 9 installed. And if all goes well, those are four fewer headaches that the Cupertino company has to worry about when their next big release hits in a couple of days.
Tim Cook Offers iPhone, Internship to Teen Saved By Apple Watch Heart Monitor
The Apple Watch may not focus on health to the extent that the earliest rumors claimed it would, but the features that it does have are already saving lives and leading to happy endings. Take the case of 17-year-old Paul Houle of Massachusetts, who noticed last week that his Apple Watch was telling him that his heart rate was still 145 two hours after football practice. The readings promoted Houle to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle-injury condition that releases a harmful toxin into the heart, liver, and kidneys.
“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there,” Houle told Cape Cod.com on Friday. “I’m very grateful for that heart rate monitor.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook learned about the incident over the weekend, and as CBS Local in San Francisco reports, he personally called Houle and told him that he’s offering him one of the brand new iPhones and (much, much better) a summer internship to Apple next year.
Not too shabby, especially considering that Business Insider reported earlier this year that Apple interns make around $6,700 per month along with the potential for overtime pay.
Pope’s Visit May Delay Preorder Pickups in NYC, Philly
Of all the things that could delay an iPhone launch, the pope probably seems relatively low on the list. But that’s just what Apple believes several zip codes in Philadelphia and New York City will be facing on Thursday and Friday when the pontiff visits the cities. In anticipation of the related delays, Apple is sending out messages to pre-order customers who might be affected.
Source: The Independent
One of the first to share the message was Gawker writer Sam Biddle, who showed in a tweet that his iPhone may not be ready for pickup on Friday on account of “traffic restrictions.” (Biddle didn’t seem too bothered by the announcement, as his accompanying commentary read “LOL COOL :)”.) Apple told Biddle and other users that it would make Saturday deliveries if their phones weren’t ready for pickup by September 25.
If you happen to live in New York City or Philadelphia, here is a list of the affected zip codes:
New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029
Philadelphia: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147
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Tim Cook appeared on Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show last night, and Colbert roasted Apple’s CEO with his usual charm.
Tim Cook dropped by the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue for a surprise visit today, and he was rather chatty about topics like changes to stock iOS apps and Siri privacy. In other news, it appears that developers will have to make their Apple TV games work with the Apple TV remote, no matter how complicated that ends up being.
Cook Answers Questions About Apps, Siri, and More at Fifth Avenue Store
Tim Cook is in New York today on the eve of his interview with Stephen Colbert tonight, and he made a surprise visit to the company’s iconic Fifth Avenue store along with Apple executive Eddy Cue. Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski happened to be around to interview the Apple CEO, and Cook was surprisingly open during the chat — even to the point of talking about upcoming changes that we haven’t yet heard about.
On the subject of Apple’s built-in iOS apps that some people never use (such as Stocks and Tips), for instance, Cook said that it’s possible that we may be able to remove them from our phones one day. But, he notes, it’s not as easy as many people seem to think it is.
“This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” Cook said. “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that.”
That isn’t the case with every app, though, and “over time,” Cook said, the company will attempt to find a way to allow users to delete them.
“It’s not that we want to suck up your real estate, we’re not motivated to do that. We want you to be happy. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at.”
Cook also responded to a question regarding new privacy concerns with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ always-on “Hey, Siri” feature. Anyone who’s really worried about it can just turn it off, he said, but he also pointed out that all the information collected by Siri remains on the phone itself and not in the cloud.
Buzzfeed’s interview is stuffed with other such tidbits, such as how Cook claims that “there’s no holding back” on Apple’s part when it comes to releasing new products. “As soon as products are ready, we’re going to release them,” Cook said. In addition, the interview revealed that Cook remains committed to keeping the Mac line a “key part” of the company’s strategy for the forseeable future, even though he notes that the iPad already meets the needs of many customers rather than a Mac desktop or laptop.
Apple TV Games Must Support Control with Apple TV Remote
In the days leading up to the announcement of the new Apple TV, many onlookers were excited about the device’s potential to emerge as a bona fide gaming machine. But as it turns out, there’s just one small catch. As noted by designer Dustin Westphal in a Touch Arcade article, Apple’s App Programming Guide for the new tvOS specifically claims that “Your game must support the Apple TV remote. Your game may not require the use of a controller.”
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Keep in mind that this is much the same situation that we see on the iPhone, where some games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas might be better played with a third-party Bluetooth controller, but those same games also support the option for touch gameplay. In both cases, Apple’s reasoning likely springs from the desire to avoid complaints and calls for refunds once customers realize they need a controller to play the game they just bought. The problem is that some game developers might be scared away from designing games for the Apple TV on account of the need to create controls schemes for the Apple TV remote, which could be even more cumbersome to use than iOS’s touch controls.
Unfortunately for game developers, this appears to be a recent change. A tweet from game developer Rusty Moyher last week shows that Apple did, in fact, claim that “You Can Require an Extended Game Controller” even though Apple claimed that such a measure was “highly discouraged.” It’s always possible that Apple could go back to the earlier wording, but at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see what the reception is like.
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At last, Apple has started selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its stores, although the selection is currently severely limited. In other news, we finally get to see the movie poster for the Steve Jobs biopic that’s been in the news for months, and Apple CEO Tim Cook received an, ahem, agreeable amount of Apple shares for his recent performance as CEO.
Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch Accessories in Stores
As a part of Apple’s continuing redesign of its retail experience, the Cupertino company today started selling third-party accessories for the Apple Watch in its stores. As noted by MacRumors, the first product available is ElevationLab’s $29.95 NightStand, which serves as both a charger and an alarm clock.
ElevationLab originally only offered the NightStand in blue, black, and red, but as a result of its new direct partnership with Apple, it’s now also possible to get the unit in pink, blue, green, black, and white (in Apple stores only) — specifically, the exact colors used for the Apple Watch Sport band. The device is also one of the few third-party devices so far to take advantage of watchOS 2’s upcoming Nightstand Mode, which turns the Apple Watch into an alarm clock while it’s charging.
Sources claim that the device is the only third-party Apple Watch accessory available for purchase in an Apple retail store at the moment, but that might change next month.
As an aside, the report also notes that Apple has indeed removed that iPad “smart signs” that used to provide pricing and information for products like iPads, iPhones, and Macs throughout the store; now, instead, you’ll have to take the slightly more awkward step of opening a dedicated pricing app to find out how much the device you’re handling actually costs.
Movie Poster for Danny Boyle’s Steve Job Biopic Revealed
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic is rapidly approaching its October wide release date, and now we even have an official poster for the highly anticipated film. The poster is designed with the same minimalist, white-space heavy design Apple products are known for, and it also recalls the cover of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography the film is based on. As a bonus, it features actor Michael Fassbender looking a little more like Steve Jobs than usual.
The film itself will first be shown as the highlight of the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 3. Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, but the film also stars Kate Winslet in the role of former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.
The film focuses on the action backstage on the eve of three major Apple product launches: the original Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.
Tim Cook Receives Performance-Based Award of $58 million in Apple Stock
Tim Cook just had a very good Monday, according to a new report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (via AppleInsider). As rewards for his tenure and performance, the Apple CEO received 560,000 vested restricted Apple stock units, which roughly amounts to a value of $58 million based on Apple’s current stock price. Cook didn’t sell any of the vested restricted stock units, and Apple reportedly withheld 290,836 units in order to stay within minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.
According to the filing, Apple’s total shareholder return (TSR) had to fall within the top third of the Standard & Poor 500 in order for Cook to receive the stock. Apple ranked 46th, which was within the 90th percentile. Had Apple only reached the middle third, Cook would have received only 50 percent of the given award. If Apple had ranked in the bottom third, Cook wouldn’t have received any restricted Apple stock units at all.
But, of course, he did well, and that brings his total current stock to approximately 1.17 million AAPL shares, with an additional 4.76 million set to vest in 700,000-unit batches in 2016 and 2021. Also, 1.68 million more will vest in six annual installments beginning in August of 2016.
In line with Cook’s stated desire to make Apple “a force for good,” Cook stated last year that he plans to give his entire fortune away once he pays for the college education of his young nephew.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook saved Apple Stock (and, some say, the whole U.S. stock market) today with a well-timed e-mail after this morning’s stock market tumble, although it’s possible he’ll get in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a result. In other news, you may soon be able to get a seven-day charge out of your iPhone, but now the question is whether Apple will actually pick up the somewhat unconvential technology involved.
Tim Cook E-mail Saves Apple Stock from Fall, But Draws Ethics Concerns
The stock market had an “interesting” time this morning after the Dow plummeted by 1,000 points owing to fears associated with the Chinese economy, and Apple felt the pain along with the rest of the market. Early this morning, Apple stock stood at $94.87, well below the record highs it reached in recent months. As it turns out, it was also a good time to buy Apple stock. As of the time of writing, Apple stock had climbed back to a daily high of $108.80 before slipping to $104.25 in after-hours trading.
You can thank Apple CEO Tim Cook for the significant surge, which occurred after Cook sent an e-mail to Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money this morning regarding Apple’s situation in China. That’s an exceedingly rare move for both Cook and Apple as a whole, as news about the company’s financial state usually doesn’t emerge until Apple’s widely followed quarterly earnings reports.
“Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last two weeks,” Cook said in the e-mail.
Cook, who had a surprise live on-air chat on Cramer’s show back in March, also suggested that his e-mail was also directed at investors as a whole in the wake of today’s events, and Cramer thus posted it not long after.
“As you know, we don’t give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on Apple Stock,” Cook said. “But I know your question is on the minds of many investors.”
Unfortunately, while Cook’s e-mail had the seemingly desired effect of saving Apple stock for the day (and, by some estimations — via Talking New Media — the entire U.S. stock market), lawyers who spoke with MarketWatch claim that Cook’s e-mail possibly violated the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fair Disclosure regulation.
According to the regulation itself:
“The regulation provides that when an issuer, or person acting on its behalf, discloses material nonpublic information to certain enumerated persons (in general, securities market professionals and holders of the issuer’s securities who may well trade on the basis of the information), it must make public disclosure of that information.”
Hydrogen Fuel Cells May Boost iPhone Battery Life to Seven Days
A British company by the name of Intelligent Energy is convinced that the iPhone of the future should at least partially run on hydrogen fuel cells, and to prove that the concept works, they recently built a working iPhone 6 that included the fuel cells without altering almost any the existing internal components of the device. Impressive, to say the least, especially considering how thin the iPhone 6 is to begin with. In addition, the team reportedly showed off a hydrogen-powered MacBook Air.
The appeal here is that the hydrogen fuel cells could stretch the device’s power to around a week and thus help users avoid the daily (and sometimes more) charges needed with today’s iPhones. The only waste products of the technology are apparently a little bit of water vapor and a small amount of heat. The current rechargeable USB battery would remain with Intelligent Energy’s design; the fuel cells would largely be there in cases of emergency.
According to The Telegraph, who saw a prototype, the only alteration Intelligent Energy made to the device was to redesign the headphone jack so it doubles as a refilling port for the hydrogen. The report notes, however, that there would be a separate port for refills in any device that ships with the technology. This may or may not be an iPhone, although Intelligent Energy is apparently “working closely” with our favorite Cupertino company, although the Intelligent Energy didn’t single out Apple by name. In addition, neither company has issued a statement detailing the extent of that relationship.
According to Mark Lawson-Statham, Intelligent Energy’s corporate finance chief, any consumer products with the technology are still “a couple of years out.” He hints that it could happen sooner, but that depends on “how quickly…our partner [which may or may not be Apple] wants to press the button and get on with it.”
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