Believe it or not, there are still two companies out there that bring in more money than Apple—Walmart (1st) and Exxon Mobil (2nd). Fortune on Monday updated its Fortune 500 list of the largest companies based on revenue, and Apple moved up two spots from 5th to 3rd, just behind Exxon Mobil.
Apple efforts to open its own retail stores in India have failed so far, but that may change soon. The government is considering giving Apple a three-year exemption to the local sourcing requirement while establishing its in-country business and Foxconn builds a new factory.
Sinisa Durekovic, the chief navigation engineer at Harman International Industries, now works for Apple where he'll presumably lend his expertise to the company's electric car project and Maps service. HII is the company that makes the in-car satellite navigation systems used by Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Apple isn't talking about his job, but we're betting it involves the Apple Car's onboard navigation system.
Apple re-released iOS 9.3.2 for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Thursday—the company pulled the release for those devices after some users reported their devices had been bricked. The company posted a KnowledgeBase article with several sets of instructions and the following images for those encountering errors, and Bryan Chaffin walks us through it.
Apple's System Status site indicate that several services were down Thursday afternoon. As of this writing, affected services include the App Store, some, though not all iCloud services, the Mac App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, Photos, Mail Drop, and iWork for iCloud.
The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be diving into the Internet of Things and smart home devices at MacTech Pro in Denver on Wednesday, June 8th. If you haven't registered yet, TMO has a US$200 discount that's good for the Denver event and upcoming events in New York and Chicago, too.
In honor of Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday, the staff of The Mac Observer will be taking the day off. We will resume our regular coverage of the Apple Mac, iPhone, and iPad world on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.
The FBI's hopes for a laws to weaken encryption and require tech companies to build back doors through device security features seems to be crumbling because support in Congress is evaporating. A draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) isn't going to to be introduced, and even if it was, there isn't any support for it.
Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.
If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on Apple's payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.
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