In case you haven’t ventured within a 50-foot radius of Twitter today, Apple debuted its highly-anticipated new iPhone 6 this afternoon. Because it’s hard to keep track of all those new features — NFC chip! f2.2 aperture! A8 processor! — and also because everything’s way more fun when it’s in list form, Betabeat has pooled its efforts to create a definitive list of the iPhone 6’s new features, ranked from most to least exciting. Read More
WWDC is the yearly conference Apple holds for developers, and is often when Apple debuts its most exciting new products before they release. This year, while the Internet is lighting up with live-tweeters and people frantically searching for a preorder page, you can kick back and watch a live-stream of Tim Cook preaching to his most loyal congregation. Read More
It’s not every day that we find ourselves sympathetic to Apple’s attorneys but a weird bobblehead-like plastic sculpture of Steve Jobs, created by a sculptor with the deeply obnoxious handle XVALA (we suspect XVALA’s last name is CAPSLOCK), might just have us rooting for the legal eagles from Cupertino. Apple’s lawyers are famous for squashing attempts to co-opt or appropriate any aspect of the Apple brand, and this certainly qualifies.
As Slashgear reports, the sculpture is of Jobs in his trademark mock turtle and jeans wielding an iPhone and standing on Apple’s classic bitten apple logo.
As seen in photos it’s an almost comically creepy image but the press release about the show featuring the sculpture claims the real twist is in the materials used to create the… thing: Read More
Today would have been the 57th birthday of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in October, 2011. Fans have taken note by trending birthday wishes on Twitter and celebrating at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Brendan McElroy and Seth Rogers, who the Post dubbed “a pair of Mac-obsessed entrepreneurs,” set the event for 3 to 5 p.m. today and planned quite a party. Or, as Mr. McElroy termed the event on Twitter, quite a “guerilla bday party“: Read More
Tourists this week may be disappointed: Construction workers put up plywood walls around Apple’s iconic store at the southeast corner of Central Park, obscuring the most-Flickr’ed structure in the city. Apple plans to remove the glass panes and replace them, possibly with a smaller number of larger glass panes, as part of the revamping of the cube and plaza originally built in 2005.
The plans filed with the city were vague: “REMOVE & REINSTALL GLASS CUBE AT PLAZA. REMOVE BOLLARDS & INSTALL NEW PAVERS AT CUBE PERIMETER.” This work will leave the store headless for a few weeks, as it necessitates temporary removal of the cube.
As with all Apple news, speculation abounds! Read More
Last November Betabeat broke the story of Fei Lam, an enterprising young teenager from Queens who built a business selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits.
Now the white iPhone is finally out and Fei Lam’s business is no more. In fact, he shut it down after Apple’s first cease-and-desist letter. But Apple isn’t finished. Read More
The MTA is attempting to woo Apple back to Grand Central Station after rumors that the retailer expressed interest, then disinterest, in putting a store there, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Apparently restauranteur Charlie Palmer is closing his restaurant Métrazur July 1, and the MTA feels pressure to pull in a big-name retailer. News of the negotiations has leaked slowly as the famously tight-lipped company has a near-lock on real estate news sources in the city. Fun fact: Grand Central Station is one of just four New York landmarks that are photographed more than “the cube,” Apple’s store on Fifth Ave.
Apple’s plans to bring the world’s largest iStore to Grand Central always seemed to defy all laws of taste, landmarks preservation and possibly even physics.
Apparently, Apple has reached the same conclusion, because a source close to the M.T.A. has confirmed that the company has backed out of plans to bring computers to Read More
Magazine publishers were some of the first big believers in the potential of Apple’s iPad, with Conde Nast saying they expected as much as 40% of their revenues would come from tablet devices in the future.
But the romance has quickly soured, as publishers push back against Apple’s increasingly domineering stance to subscriptions and advertising. Read More