The Week: Most Recent The Digital Age:The Apple Universe recent posts.en-usWed, 13 Feb 2013 10:07:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent The Digital Age:The Apple Universe from THE WEEKWed, 13 Feb 2013 10:07:00 -0500The rumored Apple smartwatch is probably happening after all<img src="" /></P><p>First,&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em> reported&nbsp;that Apple was working on some sort of curved-glass smartwatch, a wearable computer that would presumably do a lot of the things iPhones and iPads&nbsp;do. Then <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>'s sources said the same thing. Now a third confirmation has arrived, with <em>Bloomberg</em> reporting that, yes, Apple is working on a sparkly new gadget you can wear around your wrist.</p><p><em>Bloomberg</em> says that 100 product designers are already working on the not-so-secret project, which suggests the device is pretty far along in its development cycle. Rumors suggest the electronic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:07:00 -05006 things we learned from Tim Cook's Goldman Sachs keynote<img src="" /></P><p>Charged with the keynote address at the Goldman Sachs investor conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook used the opportunity to talk about the world's most valuable technology company with the usual platitudes. "Magic," "experience," and "innovation" were common refrains for the 52-year-old Apple chief, whose first full year at the helm saw the company reach record-setting peaks, and, more recently, chart worrying slides downward. But if you cut through all the marketing jargon, a few markers in the speech give a pretty good sense of where Apple and its products are headed in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:10:00 -0500Why Apple's rumored curved-glass smartwatch would be a hit<img src="" /></P><p>Would you rather wear a computer over your face, &agrave;&nbsp;la Google's Project Glass, or a little do-anything gadget on your wrist?</p><p>Soon enough, you'll probably have your pick. According to Nick Bilton at <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em>, Apple is reportedly developing a curved-glass smartwatch that presumably probably does a lot more than tell time. Picture "a watch that doubled as a computer, two-way radio, mapping device, or television," says Bilton. "Dick Tracy had one. As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond." (Physically, the device would look a lot like a glass bracelet wrapped around your entire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:53:00 -0500WATCH: The first clip of Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs<img src="" /></P><p><object id="flashObj" width="600" height="397" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" data=";isUI=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2114822098001&amp;;playerID=1250536613001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAABIWNF7qE~,EJbsvFObVfJEm7rEo1Xk3nNXqnvaIG9q&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value=";isUI=1" /><param name="flashvars" value="videoId=2114822098001&amp;;playerID=1250536613001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAABIWNF7qE~,EJbsvFObVfJEm7rEo1Xk3nNXqnvaIG9q&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="swliveconnect" value="true" /><param name="pluginspage" value="" /></object></p><p>Sure, the resemblance is uncanny. But when news broke several months ago that Ashton Kutcher &mdash; yes, he of of <em>Punk'd&nbsp;</em>fame &mdash; was billed to play Apple founder Steve Jobs in a dramatic role, many wondered the same thing: Uh, really?</p><p>In the clip from&nbsp;<em>iJOBS</em>&nbsp;(which will premiere at the upcoming&nbsp;Sundance Film Festival, and open nationwide on April 19),&nbsp;Kutcher's Jobs relentlessly pesters Steve Wozniak&nbsp;(Josh Gad) to build a personal computer, using his infamous "reality distortion field" to expound on a revolutionary new operating system that could change the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:45:00 -0500Will Apple stock ever reach $700 again?<img src="" /></P><p>Just last year, Apple was a tech investor's dream, and its stock hit $700 in September as gadget junkies snapped up Apple's industry-dominating iPhones and iPads. Since then, however, Apple's stock has been in a prolonged slide. Even when the company announced better-than-expected quarterly profits of $13.1 billion and record sales of (47.8 million) and iPads (22.9 million), its stock dove by as much as 12 percent early Thursday. What went wrong? Apple's profits went flat, fueling fears that its dominance is slipping as it tweaks old gadgets instead of unveiling game-changing new ones. With Samsung...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:10:00 -05005 things we learned from Apple's disappointing earnings report<img src="" /></P><p>Apple just had the kind of disappointing quarter most companies would die for. The Cupertino tech juggernaut posted $13.1 billion in net profit &mdash; $13.81 a share &mdash; topping Wall Street estimates, on $54.5 billion in revenue, roughly in line with expectations. It sold a record number of iPhones (47.8 million) and iPads (22.9 million), and did all this in a fiscal first quarter that was a week shorter than last&nbsp;year's. Nonetheless, Apple's stock slumped 11 percent in after-hours trading. That probably says as much about investors as it does about Apple, but here are five things we...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:12:00 -0500Got a new iPad for Christmas? 11 must-have apps<img src="" /></P><p>If you unwrapped a new iPad or iPad Mini on Christmas, congratulations! Someone really cares about you. But unless you're already iSavvy, navigating the labyrinth that is Apple's App Store can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are a few of our favorite apps to help get you on your way:</p><p class="p2"><strong>1. Google Chrome</strong><br />You're going to spend a lot of time browsing the web. Maybe you're even reading this website<em> right now</em> using Apple's native Safari browser. If you like the speed and no-nonsense sensibility of Chrome on your desktop, you'll love the iPad version of Google's browser. Need to search for something? Just...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:35:00 -0500Why does Google build apps for its rival Apple's iPhone?<img src="" /></P><p>There isn't any other way to say it: Apple and Google really don't like each other. Apple CEO Steve Jobs vowed to destroy the Google geniuses behind the Android operating system for allegedly stealing the basic mechanics of the iPhone. Apple and Google-partner Samsung are constantly at one another's throats&nbsp;over patents. And most recently new Apple CEO Tim Cook gave two of Google's most popular products &mdash; Google Maps and YouTube &mdash; the boot from iOS 6.</p><p class="p1">Then the unthinkable happened: Fans started turning on Apple. Even the most gushy tech critic had to admit that Apple's replacement...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:58:00 -0500Why Apple really needs to start selling TVs<img src="" /></P><p>The Apple TV is coming. Or it isn't. Or perhaps, at the very least, it's being tested. That's the nebulous takeaway from a new <em>Wall Street Journal</em> report, which claims Apple is "working with component suppliers in Asia to test several TV-set designs," according to "people familiar with the situation." Adding fuel to rumors that Apple is hot on joining Microsoft, Sony, and Google in the land-grab for your living room as a way to extend its offerings beyond mobile and personal computing, the report says that suppliers like Japan's Sharp (known for large, high-resolution screens) and FoxConn&nbsp...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:14:00 -05004 nightmare scenarios involving Apple Maps<img src="" /></P><p>Apple has already been thoroughly skewered by just about everyone for the poor redesign&nbsp;of its Maps feature. As a result, the company has parted ways with big names involved in the application's nightmare roll-out, from iOS chief Scott Forstall to Maps team leader Richard Williamson. CEO Tim Cook was even forced to issue a rare public apology to the company's zealous clientele, even though some of the furor directed at the app may be overblown. Now, Apple has a new maps-related blemish to deal with: In a story widely circulated on Monday, Australian police called iOS Maps "potentially life...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:32:00 -0500The 3 best reasons to download iTunes 11 now<img src="" /></P><p>Apple promised a new version of iTunes by November, and it's keeping that promise&hellip; barely. On Thursday, the company finally released iTunes 11, a badly needed update to its media app which vastly improves on its clunky predecessor with a completely rebuilt user interface. We <em>could</em> go through all the changes one by one, but the bottom line is: Try it, you'll like it. If you're even slightly hesitant about whether or not to upgrade, here are the three most compelling reasons to get the new iTunes now:</p><p class="p2"><strong>1. It's a lot faster</strong><br />Older versions of iTunes were admittedly slow. <em>Painfully</em> slow. But iTunes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:48:00 -0500iHeist: How thieves stole $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis from JFK airport<img src="" /></P><p>Want to get your hands on a glitzy new iPad Mini? You have a few options: Walk into any Apple retail store, place an online order, or &mdash; if you're feeling daring and immoral &mdash; steal a truckload full of the gadgets from one of America's busiest airports.</p><p class="p2">In a caper eerily reminiscent of the central scheme in the 1990 mobster flick <em>Goodfellas</em>, two savvy thieves allegedly managed to seize $1.5 million worth of the coveted new tablet from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this week. According to the <em>New York Post</em>, some 3,600 iPads just arrived from China were taken...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Nov 2012 10:55:00 -0500The Apple shake-up: What it says about CEO Tim Cook<img src="" /></P><p>"Now the Tim Cook era at Apple really begins," says Jessica E. Lessin at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. Cook, who succeeded the legendary Steve Jobs as the head of Apple in 2011, this week sacked two top executives: Scott Forstall, the head of Apple's mobile software division, and John Browett, who recently took over the company's hugely popular retail stores. While Browett was promoted by Cook, Forstall was an Apple veteran who "midwifed" iOS, the much-envied operating system that has become the gold standard of the smartphone universe, says Erika Morphy at <em>Forbes</em>. "He was close enough to Steve Jobs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 31 Oct 2012 10:42:00 -0400Steve Jobs' mysterious iMac-controlled yacht<img src="" /></P><p>What if the design trendsetters at Apple created luxury watercraft? There is no iYacht, of course, but before he died, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs&nbsp;designed and started building his own yacht. Now, a year after he passed away, Jobs' 260-foot vessel, the <em>Venus</em>, has formally launched in the Netherlands, at a ceremony attended by Jobs' wife, Laurene, and their three children.&nbsp;</p><p>The yacht was built by Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries, and designed by Jobs and celebrated French minimalist designer Philippe Starck. (Watch video of the yacht below.) There's more than a taste of Apple...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 30 Oct 2012 11:35:00 -0400Is the iPad Mini too expensive?<img src="" /></P><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook finally showed the world the iPad Mini on Tuesday, capping off months of hearsay and speculative blog posts. Critics who briefly got to try it out generally came away with positive first impressions. "From a hardware standpoint, the iPad Mini is the nicest of the smaller tablets out there," says Joanna Stern at <em>ABC News</em>. At 7.9 inches, it's as thin as a pencil and lighter than a pad of paper, perfectly replicating the user experience of its full-sized sibling. One number, however, raised a few critics' eyebrows: The device's $329 starting price tag, which is a full $130 higher...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 24 Oct 2012 12:05:00 -0400Everything you need to know about Apple's iPad Mini event<img src="" /></P><p>The iPad Mini, which approached near-mythological status in the weeks leading up to its debut, finally saw daylight Tuesday, when Apple revealed the smaller, more-affordable tablet to a crowd of Apple fanatics and tech critics in San Jose, Calif. For months, many speculated that Apple was working on a budget version of its market-leading iPad to stymie the market gains of competitors like Google (with the Nexus 7 tablet) and Amazon (with the Kindle Fire HD) in the 7-inch tablet realm. But a smaller iPad was hardly the only new product Apple had up its sleeve today. Here, everything you need to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 23 Oct 2012 15:50:00 -0400