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TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-05: iPad Pro Design Rumors, HBO Now for Apple TV

1:46 PM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street is that Apple may include USB ports on the rumored 12-inch iPad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that makes sense, and why Apple would considering changing up its iPad design. They also look at HBO's plan to offer its content through a subscription outside of cable and satellite TV packages.

Analyst: Apple Watch a $26B Business by 2018

11:37 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Watch could be a US$26 billion business for Apple in only three years, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner. She thinks Apple will outsell all other smartwatch makers after Apple Watch ships in the coming weeks, although she sees only a limited impact on Apple's overall business from smartwatch sales.

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It's interesting to see analysts saying Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will be a huge success, but that the company won't be as successful overall because it refuses to join the race to the bottom in the smartphone market.

Reports Claim 12-inch iPad to Copy Microsoft Surface Tablet, Shipping in September

10:28 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be more like Microsoft's Surface tablet, assuming the latest round of rumors are correct. Insider sources claim Apple is looking at including USB 3.0 ports on the bigger screen model so users could attach keyboards and mice, along with external hard drives. Sources also claim Apple won't release the new model until September instead of this spring as some had hoped.

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Apple most likely has experimented with additional ports on prototype iPads, but expecting to see USB ports on shipping models just doesn't seem likely. Seeing a spring launch for a bigger model didn't seem like much of a possibility, either, so saying it's delayed is wrong. iPad Pro simply wasn't on the spring schedule.

Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV

9:07 AM, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

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Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-worker Stance in Silicon Valley

11:38 AM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is making a positive move with contract workers in Silicon Valley by hiring its own security staff. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to bring its contract security staff in house and how that fits in with the Silicon Valley economy. They also have some thoughts on Nissan-Renault's praise for Apple's plans for electric cars.

Apple’s Security Contractors are about to Become Employees

10:44 AM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has decided to transition its on-site contract security force into company employees at key Silicon Valley locations. Apple's decision follows a similar move by Google last October, and is being praised by local union representatives as a positive economic change.

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Seeing Apple take a positive stance on local employee conditions instead of just overseas factory workers is great. Hopefully moves like this from Apple and Google will set an example other Silicon Valley tech companies will follow.

Apple Working on Settlement with A123 after Hiring Battery Employees

9:36 AM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A new court filing revealed Apple is working on reaching an out of court settlement with A123 Systems after getting hit with a lawsuit for hiring away key vehicle battery employees. Apple requested an extension on Tuesday for its response to A123's lawsuit saying it is exploring a potential resolution with the company.

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Apple had to know going into these hires that a lawsuit was a very real possibility. That means there's a good chance the company is ready to throw enough money at the problem to make A123 System's lawsuit go away.

$415M Settlement in Apple, Google Anti-poaching Case gets Preliminary OK

2:34 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The US$415 million settlement Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the employee anti-poaching lawsuit brought by Silicon Valley employees has a preliminary greenlight. Judge Lucy Koh chose not to deny the settlement amount and instead has scheduled a new hearing where it will likely get her official nod of approval.

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The companies involved in the employee anti-poaching scheme were essentially caught red-handed. It's good to see this case closing in on a real settlement so everyone who was impacted by not being able to land a better job can finally move on.