More Apple Business Please: Today news out of Taiwan states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor OEM and the major chipmaker for Apple, is considering acquiring Qualcomm's plant in Taiwan that is engaged in the packaging and testing for chip, according to the reports.
According to a new report published late this afternoon, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are likely to be some of the big beneficiaries if a deal reached between China and the U.S. leads to slashed tariffs on a range of technology products around the world, including videogame consoles, advanced chips and prepaid cards.U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the deal Tuesday, saying it would "contribute to a rapid conclusion to the broader negotiations in Geneva."
Apple's product appeal is not only for the rich and famous around the world. It's also the favorite choice of dictators. A new report out of Seoul Korean today notes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a preference for Apple products which has led to a iPhone craze in their country, even though very few are likely to be in a position to get one.
Earlier today we posted a report about a possible Apple + Alibaba payment system alliance. If you had any doubts as to why Apple would be interested in such an alliance, perhaps this next report will open your eyes. According to a new report out of China today, Alibaba's global online transactions on China's "Singles Day" hit US$163.1 million in the first two minutes after the China-based e-commerce giant kicked off the world's largest online shopping frenzy Tuesday.
Cyber Security Nightmares Continue: Today the US Postal Service was hacked with 500,000 of its employee's personal data and possibly social security numbers has been compromised as reported on by CNBC. Days ago The Home Depot reported that hackers stole 53 million email addresses in the U.S. and Canada in addition to payment card data. In context, the news of the masque-attack on iOS devices is nothing compared to the cyber security nightmare that are out there today on a weekly basis.
Last week we reported that Apple rapidly moved to block malware from launching in China. This afternoon Reuters is reporting that researchers have warned that a bug in Apple's iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.
According to a new "Good Technology" report, Businesses of all sizes continue to evolve from point solutions to a full platform approach for mobility. As they do so they continue to adopt additional apps and the business impact of these apps continues to increase. Already this year, we've seen enterprise mobility move well beyond simple mobile device management (MDM) and basic email on smart devices. Noteworthy is the fact that the Good Technology report noted that Apple's iOS activations in the enterprise continued to grow in Q3 thanks to the iPhone 6. The report further noted that iOS reversed a decline in activation share and won share from Android.
The Irish love a good Fight: Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan said late on Friday that a European Commission case against Ireland over tax breaks given to Apple is likely to fail."My legal advice is that the Irish authorities will win the case quite easily and that there isn't a very strong case by the Commission," Noonan told journalists after a meeting in Brussels. His comments were broadcast on RTE.
Bloomberg TV briefly covered the Apple-GTAT saga today after the court unsealed GTAT's Chapter 11 Supplemental Declaration. Today Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson reminds us that while the unsealed document reveals some of Apple's hard hitting practices, the fact is that GTAT when accepting the deal pounded the table of how great an opportunity it was with them on Wall Street and enjoyed their stock rising 160% on their positive presentation.
There are two reports out of South Korea worth noting today. The first is that the standing controversy over the functional defects of the iPhone 6+ have been growing to the point where Apple has now taken the steps to stop its use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. The second story is that Government statistics show that the iPhone 6 is causing problems for Korean smartphone exports.
Siri, get your Master to set you Free: Amazon just launched a sexy new home device called Echo which is designed around your voice. It's always on. Simply ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you're able to stream your favorite music services like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora from your phone or tablet. Apple needs to set Siri free and Amazon's idea is very, very cool. If Apple was to reinvent Apple TV, this is what I'd it to do. It would really be an exciting device. Are you listening Apple?
Apple's iPhone 6 was to launch in China the same day it was in the US but hit a great political wall in China. After unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, Apple also had to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Despite that road bump, Apple's pre-orders for the iPhone 6 soared followed by iPhone mania hitting retails stores a week later. Apple's iPhone 6 is a huge hit in China. Maybe too big a hit as new malware is now beginning to hit a fraction of China's new iPhone users. Today Apple confirmed they're on top of this situation. However the timing of this new discovery feels a little like a FUD tactic – though from who, of course, is the $64,000 question.
On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned in the press as a possible new candidate, we'll wait for the movie to come out so that we don't have to backtrack every week. This time, Sorkin exclusively tells Emily Chang of Bloomberg TV that's it's been hard writing the Steve Jobs Character. Love him or hate him, there's more of this interview with Sorkin that will air later tonight on Studio 1.0 with Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang airs at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT.
This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies.Apple noted in their original press release that AppleCare for Enterprise would provide IT departments and end users with 24/7 assistance from Apple's award-winning customer support group, with on-site service delivered by IBM. AppleCare for the Enterprise has now officially gone live for businesses starting today.
Late last month we posted a report titled "Apple Revelations Point to Highest R&D Spending Since 2007." When reading about something like that, you naturally tend to think in the now and immediate in terms of the spending being for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Yet Apple's increase in R&D could be for other projects as well and one of them just might be for a new 3D capability coming to a future iDevice. This was revealed in an interesting yet murky supply chain rumor that had a credible fact supporting it.