Apple Seeds Build 12D74 of OS X Beta 10.8.3 to Developers [Mac Blog]

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple today seeded build 12D74 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, marking the twelfth beta iteration of the newest version of Mountain Lion. 10.8.3 was first seeded to developers in November of 2012.

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Build 12D74 comes two weeks after build 12D68 and features no listed changes. Registered developers can download the update on Apple’s Developer Page.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/apple-seeds-build-12d74-of-os-x-beta-10-8-3-to-developers/

Apple Executives and Directors Required to Hold 3x – 10x Base Salary in AAPL Stock

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple has changed its corporate bylaws [PDF] to require executives officers to hold three times their annual base salary in stock, with Non-Employee Directors holding five times their annual retainer and Tim Cook required to hold ten times his annual base salary in stock.

The requirement for executives went into effect February 6th, while the requirement for Cook and the Directors went into effect back in November.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Calpers discussed the new executive-ownership requirement with the Apple board before the meeting, according to Anne Simpson, head of corporate governance for Calpers, who declined to elaborate. The fund has long regarded executive stock ownership “as standard good practice,” she said. “It’s part of our conversation with all companies we engage.” Ms. Simpson said in an interview Wednesday that “there are other changes in the works related to executive pay.”

Proposal No. 5, an item that was voted on at the recent Apple Shareholder’s Meeting, would have required executives to hold 33 percent of their equity pay until retirement. Apple felt this requirement was too onerous and instead adopted stockholding requirements relating to base yearly salary.

The base salaries of most senior executives will be $875,000 for 2013, while Tim Cook’s salary will be $1.4 million this year. Non-employee board members receive a $50,000 yearly retainer.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/apple-executives-and-directors-required-to-hold-3x-10x-base-salary-in-aapl-stock/

YouTube App Updated with ‘Send to TV’ Feature, Now Pairs with Smart TVs and Consoles [iOS Blog]

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Google today updated its YouTube for iOS app, making its “Send to TV” feature available for the iPhone and the iPad.

Send to TV lets users pair iDevices with televisions that support Google TV, allowing YouTube content to be streamed directly to the television. The functionality of Send to TV is similar to Apple’s AirPlay, without the need for an Apple TV.

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With the new feature, YouTube users on the same Wi-Fi network can control video playback on the TV and create playlists using the app. Send to TV also functions with both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, though use with consoles requires manual pairing with the iOS app.

YouTube has also been updated with YouTube Capture integration, stability improvements, and improved streaming over slow Wi-Fi connections.

The universal YouTube app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/youtube-app-updated-with-send-to-tv-feature-now-pairs-with-smart-tvs-and-consoles/

Apple’s Polycarbonate iPhone with 4.5-Inch Display Arriving for $330 in 2014?

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

iphone3gsJapanese blog Macotakara reports (via AppleInsider) that Apple’s plans for a lower-cost iPhone have now been pushed back to 2014, with the company reportedly planning to use a polycarbonate body similar to that seen on the discontinued white plastic MacBook. Apple is said to be targeting a price of $330 for unsubsidized models, significantly lowering the cost of entry in markets where carrier subsidies are uncommon.

The lower-cost iPhone is also said to include a 4.5-inch display, larger than the 4-inch display that debuted last September with the iPhone 5. Apple has been rumored to be developing both larger and cheaper iPhone models, although most observers have expected the lower-cost iPhone to adopt a screen size in line with either the iPhone 4S or perhaps the iPhone 5 in order to help Apple save on costs. Digitimes last month was the first source to claim that the lower-cost iPhone would carry a larger screen with a launch later this year, but it later backtracked from those claims in noting that a larger iPhone would not launch this year.

Macotakara suggests that the plastic iPhone will measure somewhat thicker than the iPhone 5 given the thicker material being used for the casing, but that the device will otherwise be very similar to the current design.

Finally, the report claims that the iPhone 5S to be launched later this year will adopt a dual-LED flash system for the rear camera. iLounge had previously claimed that the iPhone 5S will include an improved flash, along with an enhanced rear camera sensor and a processor bump.

Macotakara has offered accurate information on Apple’s plans in the past, including details on the iPod nano and iPod touch redesigns launched last year, but it has had some misses including a rumor that the iPod nano would add Wi-Fi capabilities to support iTunes in the Cloud.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/apples-polycarbonate-iphone-with-4-5-inch-display-arriving-for-330-in-2014/

iPad Mini Sales Overtaking iPad Sales Faster Than Apple Expected

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Sales of the iPad mini are cannibalizing sales of the iPad, according to a report from NPD DisplaySearch. January shipments of tablet panels between 7 and 9 inches eclipsed shipments of larger panels, indicating an unexpected shift in consumer preference for a smaller form factor tablet.

Shipments of 9.7-inch panels (the iPad) fell from 7.4 million in December to 1.3 million in January, while shipments of 7.9-inch panels (the iPad mini) rose to over 5 million. Smaller tablet panels, including those used for the iPad mini, the Kindle Fire, and the Google Nexus, saw total shipments of 14 million.

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In December, NPD estimated that Apple would sell 40 million iPads minis and 60 million iPads during 2013, but the January sales numbers suggest that the mini will outsell the iPad.

As we noted in December, Apple had planned to sell 40M iPad minis (7.9”) and 60M iPads (9.7”) in 2013. However, the reality seems to be the reverse, as the iPad mini has been more popular than the iPad. We now understand that Apple may be planning to sell 55M iPad minis (7.9”) and 33M iPads (9.7”) in 2013.

For much of December and January, the iPad mini was in short supply due to low yield rates of the mini’s display panels, with shipping times up to a week. Apple finally reached supply-demand balance earlier this month, which will facilitate even greater sales of the smaller tablet.

During Apple’s January earnings call, Apple executives addressed cannibalization fears, indicating that the company is not worried about iPad mini sales overtaking iPad sales.

Cannibilization is a huge opportunity for us. We never fear it because if we do, someone else will do it. iPhone has cannibalized iPod, that doesn’t worry us. iPad has on the Mac, and that doesn’t concern us.

Currently, the full-sized iPad is an attractive choice because of its Retina display, but Apple is rumored to be releasing a second generation iPad mini with Retina later this year.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/ipad-mini-sales-overtaking-ipad-sales-faster-than-apple-expected/

Apple Has Sold 8 Million iPads to Worldwide Educational Institutions [iOS Blog]

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Today, Apple revealed to TechCrunch that the company has sold more than 8 million iPads to educational institutions worldwide, accounting for some 6.6% of total iPads sold, with 4.5 million of those to U.S. based schools.

In a number of Apple’s quarterly earnings calls over the past couple of years, Apple executives have repeatedly shared details of large transactions to educational institutions and of an iPad adoption rate by educational institutions that was unlike any Cook had seen before.

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In the Q3 2012 conference call, the company noted that a school district in Texas purchased 11,000 iPads, and then went on to talk about the recent price drop of the iPad 2 to $399:

I think it’s particularly helping in K-12. The adoption rate of iPad in education is something I’d never seen from any technology product in history. Usually, education tends to be a fairly conservative institution in terms of buying or K-12 does and we’re not seeing that at all on the iPad.

Though the 8 million number is impressive, Apple has been in talks with the Turkish government over a $4.5 billion deal that would provide as many as 15 million tablets to schoolchildren in that country.

Apple today said that 1 billion pieces of free content have been downloaded from its iTunes U service since its inception.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/apple-has-sold-8-million-ipads-to-worldwide-educational-institutions/

What Apple’s and Google’s Headquarters Plans Reveal About Their Cultures [Mac Blog]

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

The very different designs for Apple’s and Google’s planned headquarters buildings are a reflection of their corporate personalities, argues a professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

In an interview with Professor Brian Schermer by digital news site Quartz (via Business Insider), the workplace design expert comments on the two companies’ respective plans for their new headquarter buildings.

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Apple is … inscrutable. We don’t see the interiors. I have no idea how Apple would organize the building into different work groups. [It] is very tightly controlled. Maybe the Apple employee is somebody who’s attracted to that pure, shared vision — the Jony Ive aesthetic. [It is] an architecture that [one] is meant to behold. The company is shooting for timeless beauty.

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Google’s business is somewhat sprawling and disheveled. They started off with search, and now they are getting into hardware, like Pixel and Google Glass. Similarly, their next campus is a thicket of ideas and places to be. The Google vision is perhaps to recruit people who are attracted to the serendipity of messiness. Architecture can be a very abstract language, but Google is wearing its heart on its sleeve. It’s trying to say that you can really inhabit this space.

Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned Apple’s new campus at yesterday’s shareholders meeting, reiterating that Apple plans to move into the facility in 2016, with construction potentially beginning later this year.

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/28/what-apples-and-googles-headquarters-plans-reveal-about-their-cultures/

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