Apple today announced their financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 (the months of January, February, and March). Apple brought in $9.5 billion in profit off of $43.6 billion in revenue. In previous years Apple offered conservative guidance on revenue and profits, though recently they made the switched to publishing a range into which they realistically expect the fiscal results to fall. And Apple's results easily fell within that range.
Ten months ago at WWDC 2012 Apple introduced Siri Eyes Free for integrating Siri voice interactivity with automobiles. On the screen behind Scott Forstall were the logos of nine auto manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, and Toyota. To date, only one manufacturer has delivered: GM. They committed in November to integrating Siri into the youth-oriented Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, demoed the integration at CES 2013, and cars equipped with the feature finally started rolling off the assembly line in Michigan last month. Chevy has already started advertising Siri Eyes Free integration for the Sonic on television across the United States.
While nearly two million people have brought iPhones onto T-Mobile's network despite the carrier not offering the iPhone until the 12th of April, they've been saddled with service that's not as good as it could have been. According to TmoNews, that's set to change on April 5th, when T-Mobile plans to push a carrier update to iPhones on the network that will bring official visual voicemail and MMS to such devices as well as enabling LTE access for unlocked iPhone 5 users.
While Sony is working with Aaron Sorkin on an as-of-yet untitled film based on the official biography of Steve Jobs and independent filmmakers have already debuted their take on Steve Jobs with a portrayal by Ashton Kutcher in Jobs, for some those two films might skew too much towards the serious side of cinema. If you're looking for a, uh, lighter portrayal of the late Apple co-founder, then Funny or Die has good news for you, because that's what they're doing with iSteve.
Way back in the year 2011, the big box gadget retailer Best Buy surprised us with the launch of dedicated in-store miniature Apple stores, or if you prefer fancier Apple display sections with dedicated sales staff. The move has worked well for both Best Buy and Apple, offering prospective Apple customers and current Mac and iOS users more than one thousand new spots to go check out and pick up the latest gear from Cupertino.
Official movie tie-in apps are a dime-a-dozen these days, with every film studio looking to every avenue possible to promote their multi-million-dollar blockbusters. The latest is for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, which while not due in theaters until May of this year, has launched an app that attempts to draw you deeper into the the J.J. Abrams Star Trek universe. Or at least the promotions for the film.
Apple and HBO are engaged in talks to bring the pay-TV channel's HBO Go service to the Apple TV set-top box, according to a new report from Bloomberg. While many modern media distribution companies like Hulu and Netflix have embraced Apple TV, the more traditional outlets like the big broadcast channels and pay channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax have been more hesitant in their overtures. While most have apps available for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, the fact that the Apple TV is hooked up to a television - their turf - has always been a source of tension.
When Netbot was launched back in October of last year, we praised it as a fine client for the fledgling App.net service. Since then both the service and the app have evolved, with version 1.3 of Netbot gaining support for the new Messaging API. Additionally, in an effort to spur adoption of App.net, developer Tapbots has decided to reduce the price for Netbot to free.
At CES 2013, Chevy showed off Siri Eyes Free integration in the compact Sonic and subcompact Spark, and today Honda has announced that later this year they're bringing the same to three substantially larger vehicles in the corporate stable: the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX, or Acura ILX.
A clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled façade. Rectangular recessed lighting units. Cantilevered shelves. Rectangular tables arranged in a line in the middle of the store parallel to the walls and extending from the storefront to the back of the store. Yep, that's an Apple Store alright. And that's the wording that Apple included in their trademark application for the Apple Store design, inarguably as much of an icon for Apple as the patented designs of their products. The trademark was granted last week by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
When it comes to chemically-hardened glass, we smartphone types are definitely fans. When it comes to making our glass-fronted smartphones more durable, Corning has always been at the forefront, and their latest revelation in the form of Gorilla Glass 3 will prove to be even more of a protective force between our LCDs and the harsh world we live in.
We dropped in on Corning to check out their new Gorilla Glass 3, and in their demonstrations it lived up to the pre-show announcement hype. Gorilla Glass 3 is tougher in all forms when compared to its competition and even its predecessor in the form of Gorilla Glass 2. It can withstand greater impact force, is harder to scratch, and can stand up to forces that are capable of denting equally-thick steel. It's tough stuff, folks.
Now, Apple has admitted to using Gorilla Glass in the iPhone, but as always, they never mention specifics. If we get an iPhone 5s sometime this year, what are the odds it'll be fronted by Gorilla Glass 3?
Set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival at the end this month, the jOBS biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the titular Steve Jobs, now has a date on which you can expect its wider release. Or at least a month: April 2013.
This time last year we were in Las Vegas, checking out CES 2012 when Corning decided to show off Gorilla Glass 2 in their booth. The demo of the 20% stronger yet 20% thinner chemically-hardened glass was impressive, but they've got something even better in store for next week at CES 2013: Gorilla Glass 3. According to Engadget, version three of Gorilla Glass is touted to be three-times more scratch resistant over its predecessor, while also offering up forty percent fewer visible scratches. In other words, it's straight-up tougher to scratch.
It's a rumor that's been making the rounds for quite some time, going back as far as March of 2011: Apple moving production of their custom ARM-based processors from Samsung to TSMC. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has increasingly been named as a principle benefactor of Apple's unhappy relationship with rival and former frenemy (now verging on full-time enemy) Samsung. Now, According to the AFP, the Taiwanese Commercial Times is reporting that TSMC has been contracted by Apple to produce the company's A6X chip.
It took a long while, but The Wall Street Journal has finally come to Apple's iOS Newsstand. The paper joins thousands of other publications that are publishing via the magazine/newspaper service, and like many, the Journal's gone for a traditional layout that echoes that of the dead tree version. That said, the Newsstand distribution of the Journal is significantly more flexible than its paper cousin, offering full-screen image viewing, three text sizes, social network sharing options (that frustratingly don't use the built-in iOS sharing and require separate authorizations), and faster navigation between articles. It's not quite the authentically-digital that is The Magazine, but it's better than the PNG/JPG images that many publications are unfortunately vomiting into Newsstand.
It's been a long time coming, but ESPN ScoreCenter for iPhone has finally been updated with a refreshed interface that mirrors that of its larger iPad-fitted version. The new interface ditches the swiping five-panel layout of the old ScoreCenter, opting instead for a simplified layout while adding support for ESPN's rapidly-growing video catalog and greatly improving app performance. Everything you liked about ScoreCenter is still there, while a lot of what you disliked has been excised or improved. And it's still free - can't beat that.
Since the beginning of the web, people have tried to bring the 24th century LCARS (Library Computer Access Retrieval System) Star Trek interface to today, but it hasn't gone well. LCARS has always been a touch interface for huge screens on the Enterprise and hand-held PADD tablets; it's never worked well for mouse-driven applications. The beauty of LCARS was that it looked futuristic on both screens big and small and was easy to fill with generic graphics that made it look like the Enterprise was busily going about its mission. With the availability of touchscreens in the form of modern smartphones and tablets, LCARS was ripe for a exploitation. With the Star Trek™ PADD for iPad and Star Trek™ PADD for iPhone apps you can get a serious doseage of Trek on your iDevice. The original PADD app was recently updated to version 2.0, coinciding with the release of PADD for iPhone, bringing the LCARS interface from the big screen to the small screen for real.
In the early days of the iPhone and later the iPad, pundits and consumers alike questioned how useful the devices could be without Microsoft's Office productivity suite. For many, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are synonymous with business and getting things done. The iPhone launched over five years ago, and the iPad is coming up on three years, but in all that time they've yet to have an official Microsoft Office app suite, and with more than 100 million units sold each, sales have clearly suffered tremendously. Microsoft now wants to put Office on iPhones and iPads, but Apple's not in any mood to negotiate.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is urging the Federal Aviaition Administration (FAA) to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during all phases of flight, according to a report by The Hill. The FAA has been studying the question of gadgets during these phases for some time, stating in March that they were reconsidering the policy and forming a committee in August to study their current policies, though no recommendations have yet been made.