Apple’s 2012 Annual Report: More Employees, More Office Space, More Sales

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

NewImageApple today filed its 2012 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the document reveals a few interesting tidbits of information:

– Apple now has 72,800 “full-time equivalent” employees, up from 60,400 last year. The company also went from employing 2,900 “full-time equivalent” temporary employees and contractors to 3,300. 42,400 “full-time equivalent” employees are in the retail division, up from 36,000 last year.

– Apple went from 357 stores at the end of fiscal 2011 to 390 stores at the end of fiscal 2012, up 33 from the year prior. Apple earned an average of $51.5 million per store, up from $43.3 million last year. The average number of “full-time equivalent” employees per store grew from 100.8 to 108.7. Apple expects to open 30-35 new stores in 2013, with 75% of those located outside the US.

The Company’s headquarters are located in Cupertino, California. As of September 29, 2012, the Company owned or leased approximately 17.3 million square feet of building space, primarily in the U.S., and to a lesser extent, in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the Asia-Pacific regions. Of that amount approximately 10.9 million square feet was leased building space, which includes approximately 4.1 million square feet related to retail store space. Of the Company’s owned building space, approximately 2.6 million square feet that is located in Cupertino, California will be demolished to build a second corporate campus. Additionally, the Company owns a total of 1,077 acres of land in various locations.

As of September 29, 2012, the Company owned a manufacturing facility in Cork, Ireland that also housed a customer support call center and facilities in Elk Grove, California that included warehousing and distribution operations and a customer support call center. The Company also owned land in Austin, Texas where it will build office space and a customer support call center. In addition, the Company owned facilities for research and development and corporate functions in Cupertino, California, including land for the future development of the Company’s second corporate campus. The Company also owned data centers in Newark, California; Maiden, North Carolina; and Prineville, Oregon. Outside the U.S., the Company owned additional facilities for various purposes.

– As this document is designed mainly for prospective and current investors in the company, Apple also lists a number of risk factors that could affect investments in the company. These include “[Apple] could be found to have infringed on intellectual property rights”, the ability to “successfully manage frequent product introductions and transitions”, “the Company’s ability to obtain components in sufficient quantities”, and numerous more.

– Unlike last year, when Apple said it had no plans to pay a dividend,
the company now “expects to pay quarterly dividends in the future.”

The document is thick with financial information, including breakdowns of all sorts related to how the company makes money, invests its money, and pays taxes, among other things.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/apples-2012-annual-report-more-employees-more-office-space-more-sales/

Numerous iCloud Services Down for Up to 8% of Users [iOS Blog]

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

icloudstatus According to Apple’s iCloud System Status page, 8% of iCloud users cannot currently use any iCloud service except mail or iChat. The site gives no suggestion of a cause for the outage, nor a timetable for fixing it — other than to say services will be restored as soon as possible. On Tuesday, iCloud experienced a widespread FaceTime, iMessage and Game Center outage that lasted nearly two hours.

Update: It appears the outage is now limited to Documents in the Cloud only.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/numerous-icloud-services-down-for-up-to-8-of-users/

iPad Mini Confirmed to Carry Stereo Speakers

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In something of a surprise, Friday’s launch of the iPad mini will apparently mark the first time an iOS device carries stereo speakers. It appears that Apple’s move to the smaller Lightning dock connector has left enough space for an additional speaker along the bottom edge of the device, although the company has elected not to make a similar addition to the fourth-generation iPad.

There has been speculation about the iPad mini’s speaker setup ever since early case designs leaked showing two sets of small holes, one on each side of the Lightning port. Similar setups have been seen on iPhone models with one side housing a speaker and the other side a microphone for phone conversations. iPad models have, however, until now only contained a single off-center speaker grille.



Diagram from Apple’s iPad mini tech specs page

Apple did little to clear up the speculation at the iPad mini introduction last week, making no mention of stereo speakers and using the singular “speaker” on its tech specs page addressing the device’s input/output capabilities. Amazon seized upon the assumption that the iPad mini did not contain stereo speakers, using it as part of a checklist comparison touting the Kindle Fire HD on its front page.



But when the first wave of advance reviews of the iPad mini were released last night, The Verge‘s Joshua Topolsky mentioned that the device does indeed contain stereo speakers. Topolsky later highlighted the feature in a Tweet, noting that it had been confirmed by Apple.



Dual speaker grilles on iPad mini (Source: The Verge)

Seeking further confirmation, a 9to5Mac reader emailed Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller to ask about the situation, and Schiller responded to simply state “It is stereo.” Notably, Amazon has since removed the comparison checklist between the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad mini from its main page.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/ipad-mini-confirmed-to-carry-stereo-speakers/

Apple Preparing to Begin Testing of OS X 10.8.3 [Mac Blog]

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Six weeks after the release of OS X 10.8.2, Apple is preparing to begin testing on the next maintenance update to OS X Mountain Lion. AppleInsider notes that Apple has sent out invitations to select users asking them to participate in the testing process.

The first build of a new OS X version typically appears a few days after such invitations are sent out, suggesting that we may see the first beta of OS X 10.8.3 appearing late this week or early next week.

There is no word yet on what changes and improvements will be included in the update, and the amount of time each release spends in testing can vary significantly, so there is no estimate yet on when OS X 10.8.3 can be expected to make its way to a public release.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/apple-preparing-to-begin-testing-of-os-x-10-8-3/

Apple Sending Out iTunes Match Renewal Notices to U.S. Users

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

With two weeks to go until the one-year anniversary of the public launch of iTunes Match in the United States, Apple is sending out emails reminding user who have opted for auto-renewal that their credit cards will be charged the next $24.99 annual fee on November 14.

Continue to enjoy your entire music collection in iCloud on your iOS devices, iTunes, and Apple TV. iTunes Match stores not only your songs purchased on the iTunes Store, but all of the other great music you have acquired over the years, including music from CDs.

This is just a reminder that your subscription for iTunes Match will automatically renew on 11/14/12 and you will be charged $24.99 at that time. To view your subscription or change your auto-renewal settings, sign in to iTunes on your computer and go to your Account Information page.



Additional information on subscribing to iTunes Match or turning off auto-renewal is available in an Apple support document.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/apple-sending-out-itunes-match-renewal-notices-to-u-s-users/

Apple’s ‘Master Negotiator and Product Resuscitator’ Eddy Cue Profiled

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With Apple’s management changes announced earlier this week, several current executives have seen expansions of their responsibilities. Among those is Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president for Internet Software and Services, who is seeing Siri and Maps added to his portfolio.

Cue’s responsibilities have grown substantially throughout during his 23 years at Apple, from the company’s online store to the iTunes Store to the App Store. More recently, Cue has added the iBookstore, iCloud, and iAd to his responsibilities, and just over a year ago he was promoted to the senior executive team.

CNET today published a profile of Cue, offering an interesting glimpse of the executive who has reportedly played a crucial role in holding Apple’s content services together in a landscape that involves frequently contentious negotiations with third parties.

The 48-year-old Cuban-American played a major role in the creation of Apple’s Web store, iTunes, and iPods. And as Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, he’s kept the peace with key partners and helped fix product messes. Few people know that five years ago, he helped prevent the relationship between Apple and the large record companies from collapsing when the sides almost “went nuclear.” When MobileMe, the division that oversaw Apple’s Web services and software, appeared to run hopelessly off track, it was Cue who salvaged the operation and transformed it into iCloud.

The entire lengthy profile is a solid background on the challenges faced by Cue and how his calm temperament served as a bridge between Steve Jobs and media executives involved in negotiations.

“If you were going to be successful with Steve you couldn’t compete for oxygen,” [former Warner Music executive Paul] Vidich said. “You had to allow him to be him and shine in the greater glory that Steve sought for himself, and Eddy had this calm demeanor. He never said: ‘Hey look at me,’ to anyone. He just did a great job.”

“Eddy doesn’t care about those other guys, the flashy executives who want the spotlight,” said an executive who has negotiated with Cue. “He’s the kind of person who is happy to be in the engine room making sure that everything is clicking along.”

Cue certainly remains busy, not only maintaining the ever-increasing stable of licensing agreements with content providers across music, movies, books, and more, but also taking on the more recent challenges of building out iCloud and now fixing Siri and Maps.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/apples-master-negotiator-and-product-resuscitator-eddy-cue-profiled/

Apple Begins Selling the Nike+ FuelBand in Stores and Online [iOS Blog]

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Apple has started selling the Nike+ FuelBand (in two new colors) in Apple Retail Stores and the Online Store in the US, Canada and the UK. In some ways it’s surprising that it took this long for Apple to begin carrying the wristband which launched early this year; we noted Monday that Apple likes to carry app-enabled accessories.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is a Nike board member and noted fitness enthusiast and has disclosed in the past that he wears a FuelBand.

The Nike+ FuelBand is an innovative wrist-based device that tracks and measures the user’s activity during any given day and designates a score for the activity in the form of NikeFuel. NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards all users of the Nike+ FuelBand equal scoring for the same activity regardless of their physical make up. The Nike+ FuelBand also captures and displays time, calories and steps. An intuitive mobile application allows the user to review all the activity captured by the product.

The Nike+ FuelBand is available for $149 in a number of sizes, both in Apple Retail Stores and online.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/31/apple-begins-selling-the-nike-fuelband-in-stores-and-online/

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