Apple Source Say No Drama in Christie Departure

8:52 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · · News

When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.

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The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.

Shakeup Cements Jony Ive’s Control Over Apple’s Software Design

6:41 PM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · · News

King Jony Ive

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.

Apple Reportedly Cements iWatch Suppliers for Q3 Intro

6:45 PM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · News

The Apple Crystal Ball

Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.

A Bluetooth Speaker Converted to an Old Wooden Stereo Console (Photos)

3:04 PM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · News

Orchestra

Do you remember the old record player and stereo that belonged to your grandparents? It was a piece of furniture. Four feet across, three feet tall, and 18-inches deep, and made of wood, it's taken decades to realize how cool it was. Jeffrey Stephenson has made a glorious stand for a Bluetooth speaker that will take you back to 1961.

Google Targets Apple TV, Fire TV with Android TV

11:54 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.

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Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?

Amazon’s A9 Search Leader Joins Apple

10:08 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · News

Benoit Dupin, formerly Amazon's vice president of A9 Search Technology, now works for Apple and may be part of the company's team working on search technology for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Maps. If so, that's a big win for Apple and a loss for Amazon because A9 is the core of Amazon's extensive site search system.

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Amazon's site searches may not always bring back the results we expect, but that doesn't mean Mr. Dupin can't be a strong asset to Apple's own Maps search features. Here's hoping for even more improvements to Maps.

Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

9:02 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · News

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

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iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.

Apple’s Incoming Retail Chief to Be Named Dame of the British Empire

6:34 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · News

Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts, the outgoing CEO of fashion retailer Burberry and the incoming head of Apple's worldwide retail operations, is set to be named a Dame of the British Empire. UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Ms. Ahrendts will be so named in a "low key" ceremony, and that she is believed to be starting her gig at Apple this month.

Apple Orders Sample 65-inch Displays Sparking TV Set Rumors (Again)

4:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · News

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has ordered “sample display panels” from a Korean display maker, according to a Korean analyst. Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities, told The Korean Herald that Apple has ordered samples and was working with a local company to produce them, but from there the story gets fuzzy, to be generous.