At What Point Does Apple Stop Building Retail Stores in the U.S.?

4:40 PM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Ever since the first Apple retail stores opened in May of 2001 in Tysons Corner, VA and the Glendale Galleria, CA, new stores have been opening on a regular basis with the total in the U.S. now exceeding 250. At what point does adding new stores in the U.S. no longer make sense?

NFC for iPhone: The Rumor that Keeps on Giving

8:32 AM, May. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple is reportedly bringing NFC, or near field communication, technology to the iPhone 6, and has a payment deal in place with China UnionPay. NFC rumors appear ahead of every iPhone launch, so it isn't any surprise to see them popping up again, but claiming Apple has a payment service deal in place with China's bank card system is a new twist.

Video of Dr Dre Appears to Confirm Apple-Beats Deal

3:40 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Tyrese and Dr. Dre

A video posted to YouTube on the HipHop Loops channel appears to confirm a rumor that Apple is set to buy Beats for some US$3.2 billion. The video was filmed by rapper and actor Tyrese Gibson and features Dr. Dre claiming to be the first billionaire in hip hop.

Apple’s iPad Gets Another JD Power Award, Cheap Tablets Get Low Satisfaction

3:38 PM, May. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

D Power Award

Apple's iPad was king of customer satisfaction for tablets, according to JD Power's 2014 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1. The research company announced on Monday that it was giving the iPad its self-titled JD Power Award, and that an increase in cheap tablets has led to an overall decrease in customer satisfaction for the segment.

PR Queen Katie Cotton Leaving Apple

2:31 PM, May. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Katie Cotton

Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary queen of public relations, is leaving the company after 18 years of managing what is arguably the most successful PR department in corporate history. Bryan Chaffin explains her behind-the-scenes role at Apple and why her departure is a loss for the company.

Biotech Industry Bracing for Apple’s Brand of Disruption

7:10 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple in Biotech

Apple's hiring binge in the biotechnology field is already rattling the industry. According to Reuters, Apple scooping up chief medical officers, engineers, and others in field has some executives complaining, a sure sign they're worried. And, they should be. Apple is coming.

Kicking Trust in the Pants: NSA had Close Relationship with Apple, Google

2:38 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

The idea that Apple, Google, and other tech companies have always distanced themselves from the NSA may not be accurate thanks to emails that recently surfaced. The emails show communication between Google executives and the NSA, plus they mention other companies, including Apple, Microsoft, and HP, undermining the trust companies have been working so hard to maintain after the NSA's wide spread surveillance tactics were uncovered.

Biff, Pow! Amazon Throws Digital Comics a One-two Punch

1:43 PM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · Analysis

Amazon and ComiXology did more than ruffle a few feathers over the weekend with the release of a new iPhone and iPad ComiXology app that removed in-app purchase options. Instead, users now must go to the ComiXology website to view and purchase titles, heralding in a new Amazon-controlled age of digital comics.

Former Intel VP Paints a Future Where Apple ‘Found’ Search

9:17 PM, Apr. 28th, 2014 · · Analysis

Find This

Imagine a future where Apple disrupts the search market. Avram Miller, retired Intel vice president of business development, has done just that, painting that future in a (maybe, maybe not) fictional look back at how Apple developed that service, which he said would be called "Found." Bryan Chaffin love it.