apple inc (AAPL) Key Developments
Apple Promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer
May 26 15
Apple announced that designer Jony Ive has been promoted to chief design officer. Jony's design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and, more recently, software UI to the look and feel of Apple retail stores, the new campus in Cupertino, product packaging and many other parts of the company. Cook announced that Howarth and Dye will take on Ive's managerial work, and that the roles will change officially on 1 July.
TomTom Extends Global Agreement with Apple
May 19 15
TomTom announced that it has renewed and extended its global agreement with Apple for maps and related information.
Apple Introduces 27-Inch iMac with Retina 5K Display
May 19 15
Apple updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac® with Retina 5K display featuring a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro features the amazing Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac®. With built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback, the Force Touch trackpad allows to click anywhere with a uniform feel and customize the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The new trackpad supports a range of new gestures, including the new Force click, and APIs are available for third-party developers to incorporate Force Touch capabilities into their apps. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features up to 2.5 times faster flash storage than the previous generation, with throughput up to 2GBps, and offers an additional hour of battery life, with up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes® movie playback. In addition, MacBook Pro with Retina display discrete graphics deliver up to 80% faster performance using new AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics for editing video in Final Cut Pro® X, rendering 3D images in pro graphics apps or playing high-resolution games. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, the new $1,999 iMac with Retina 5K display has 67% more pixels than a 4K display, and features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. The new iMac also includes 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation. The top-end iMac with Retina 5K display now starts at $2,299 and features a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Every new Mac comes with OS X® Yosemite, the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps, and Continuity features that make working across Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. Photos, iMovie® and GarageBand®, and iWork® come free with every new Mac. Photos for OS X keeps growing photo and video collection automatically organized, easy to navigate and accessible across all of compatible Apple devices using iCloud® Photo Library. iMovie lets easily create beautiful movies, and can use GarageBand to make new music or learn to play piano or guitar. The iWork suite of Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® makes it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud let create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.
Apple Settles Poaching Lawsuit from A123 Systems
May 14 15
Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it by A123 Systems. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though the move now brings to a close the complaint from A123 that Apple was poaching employees who had previously signed non-disclosure agreements with the company. As part of these agreements, employees were prohibited from working for competitors for one year after leaving A123-which didn't quite hold up in this case, it seems. The poaching, which is alleged to have taken place between the middle of last year and the beginning of this year, centered on five employees in total. According to A123, Apple was grabbing ex-A123 employees that were allegedly responsible for some of the company's more important developments related to lithium-ion batteries and chemical engineering. And when these employees left A123, those projects came to a screeching halt.
Ericsson Files Suits Against Apple Inc. in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands
May 8 15
Ericsson has filed suits against Apple Inc. in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands. Ericsson had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer has now expired. The proceedings in these countries were recently initiated and refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications. Ericsson announced that for more than two years it has been trying to reach an agreement with Apple on a global license for its patents on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory, but the companies have failed to reach an amicable resolution.