Michael Bromwich, appointed by U.S. Judge Denise Cote in the wake of the anti-trust charges leveled against Apple for iBooks deals, is once again under fire in the op ed pages of a prominent publication. This time it's the Wall Street Journal, but the accusation remains the same — that Bromwich abused his role by investigating aspects of the company that have nothing to do with the case, and in the process has billed Apple over $2.65 million for his "services".
IDC has released the numbers for smartphone shipments by vendor for Q4 2014. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi is on top with a 13.7 percent market share in the fourth quarter — up from 6.5 percent over the previous year. Perhaps more interesting, however, is that it looks like Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped it jump up to the number two spot in the fourth quarter, with a 12.3 percent market share — up from 5 percent just the quarter prior.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has ordered between 5 and 6 million Apple Watch units. The order is apparently comprised of all three upcoming models: the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition. As reported earlier, the entry-level Sportis said to make up half of this initial run, with the stainless steel Apple Watch making up one-third.
Apple has reportedly run into a few roadblocks in its efforts to bring Apple Pay to China. The company has been in negotiations to bring the payment system over, but they are apparently facing delays due to resistance from regulators and UnionPay, China's credit and debit card system operator.
An upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family, titled Connection Lost, was shot entirely with Apple's iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. The idea came from co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan, who drew on his own real-life experiences — staying in touch with his daughters, who are away at college, over FaceTime.
The Cricket World Cup is currently underway in Australia and New Zealand, and Indian carrier Reliance has announced today that it is partnering with Twitter to provide free access to the microblogging service to its customers for the duration of the event. If you're a Reliance subscriber, you can now browse the latest tweets from the Cricket World Cup on Twitter without incurring any data charges.
Jony Ive is the subject of an unprecedented profile by Ian Parker that delves into Ive's history with Apple, the design process for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and much more. Ive himself was interviewed numerous times, and it includes comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, executives Jeff Williams and Bob Mansfield, peers in the design community, members of Apple's design team, and Laurene Powell Jobs.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today is publishing new proposed rules for "small unmanned aircraft systems" — commonly (but not entirely accurately) referred to as "drones" — that would require an operator certificate and the user to be at least 17 years old. The proposed rules also would dictate when and where and how such "unmanned aerial systems," such as (but not limited to) the type controlled by iPhones and iPads could be flown:
BBC Radio 1 has announced that popular DJ, Zane Lowe, will be leaving this March to join Apple. While Apple doesn't operate a BBC-style radio service, they do operate iTunes, including the iTunes Radio service in the US and Australia, recently acquired the Beats Music service as well, and have repeatedly said they value human curation when it comes to music.