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Foxconn is reportedly planning to increase workers monthly wages in its mainland China factories from 2,200 yuan (US$350) to 4,000 yuan (US$630) by the end of next year. This would be an 82% increase and would match mainland wages with those available in Foxconn’s home base of Taiwan.
Pascal Cagni, Apple’s General Manager and Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, resigned this week after 12 years with the company.
A former Apple engineer has offered up the inside story of how the Apple logos on our Mac laptops went from being upside down when they were open and in use, to right side up, as they are today. It’s long been known that the late Steve Jobs eventually put through the change, but Mr. Moreno’s story shows us how that process actually worked.
Sprint announced on Friday a $100 credit if you trade in an iPhone from another carrier and purchase a new iPhone 4S along with a two-year contract. With AT&T and Verizon sunsetting their unlimited plans, Sprint is hoping to capitalize on the fact that it continues to offer unlimited data plans by making it easier for people to switch.
Verizon customers who currently have a $30 per month unlimited data plan will not be able to keep that plan after they migrate to 4G LTE. Verizon plans to offer a data share plan starting mid-summer and 4G LTE customers will have to move to that plan. No pricing details have yet been released regarding the new data share plan.
Apple’s iCloud service could soon include photo sharing (not just syncing), syncing of personal videos, and new access to Reminders and Notes in an upcoming upgrade. These features are rumored to be included in iOS 6 which is expected to be announced at WWDC in mid-June.
Apple’s “Maps” app will be updated in iOS 6 to use Apple-owned technologies to replace Google’s mapping data for the backend, according to online reports. Included is a new 3D mode that will reportedly be part of the re-engineered system.
Apple responded to a developer’s suggestion for multi-user support for the iPad with an e-mail saying it is a “known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.” The implication is that Apple could be working on adding support for multiple users in a future iOS update.
Apple has finally attributed OpenStreetMap as the source for geotagging map data in iPhoto for iOS, as noted Friday by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. While it didn’t take long after iPhoto for iOS was released in May for people to notice that it was using OpenStreetMap for its mapping features, there was no mention of the service in the app’s credits until now.
Just a couple of years ago there were at least five manufacturers of phones profiting in the market, but a new report by Asymco shows just how much that has changed. While there are still a handful of vendors in the market, only two - Apple and Samsung - are making any money.