Apple’s general counsel and senior vice president is now on the board of a company that manages ski resorts around the U.S.
Bruce Sewell, Apple senior vice president and general counsel, joined the board of directors at Vail Resorts, a resort operator in the U.S.
Sewell came over to Apple from Intel in 2009, and has been with the company during its substantial legal efforts against Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and others over patents and other intellectual property.
According to its webpage, Vail Resorts and its subsidiaries are the leading mountain resort operator in the U.S., with resorts in Colorado, California, Nevada, Wyoming and the Caribbean.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Bruce’s caliber and extensive experience join our board,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company. “Bruce brings with him an incredible background in managing complex issues in companies growing around the globe with high levels of consumer passion and incredible track records of creativity and innovation.”
For the first time this year Apple’s stock briefly dipped below $500 a share on Monday.
The firm’s share price dipped above and below the $500 mark throughout early morning trading, and stabilized out at around the $503 mark after the opening bell
The latest drop in Apple stock, falling more than $15 a share, was triggered by news that orders for parts that go into the iPhone 5 have been cut because demand for the phones is weaker than expected.
The WSJ report, which cited unnamed people familiar with the matter, said orders for iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter are about half what was expected. Orders for other types of components have also been reduced, the WSJ article said. The Journal said it was told Apple notified the suppliers of the order cut last month.
Still, the news has clearly unsettled investors as it reinforces concerns that the iPhone 5 is not selling as well as the company had hoped. As of publication, the stock was hovering around $503 a share.
A judge approved Eastman Kodak Co.’s long-awaited sale of digital-imaging patents to a collection of technology giants, albeit for much less than the company originally wanted.
Judge Allan L. Gropper of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan signed off on the deal, which should take about 45 days to close because of international approvals that are still needed, Kodak said.
The judge called the price “disappointing” but said it moves the case forward.
Tim Cook is on his second visit to China as Apple CEO this week, and during an interview with local reporters on Thursday, he confirmed that the cellular version of the iPad mini will be arriving in the nation in late January. The Wi-Fi only model arriving in China on December 7, just over a month after it launched in the United States.
The cellular iPad mini was awarded its Chinese network licenses back December, so we had a feeling its launch would be fairly close. Once those licenses are gained, Apple likes to get devices on sale pretty quickly. The iPhone 5 went on sale in China on December 14, just over two week after it gained regulatory approval.
Cook acknowledged that Apple devices take longer to arrive in China because of the time it takes for them to be approved. However, he also noted that the company is making an effort to decrease those wait times, The Next Web reports. Apple could apply for approval in advance of a device’s unveiling, of course, but it would almost certainly lead to leaked information. Read more
A report from Digitimes says that Apple will release a low-cost version of the iPhone for emerging markets, like China, where consumers are increasingly demanding cheaper devices. Digitimes’ sources said that low-cost device would be radically different from any iPhone before it:
“Apple will roll out a low-cost version of the iPhone for China and other emerging markets in the second half of 2013, according to supply-chain sources,” DigiTimes said. “Some sources claimed that they have seen the sample of the low-cost iPhone, which will come with a larger display, meeting the prevailing trend for the adoption of 5-inch displays for high-end models. They added that the low-priced iPhone will also have a brand-new exterior design.”
If DigiTimes’ sources are correct, Apple’s “low-cost iPhone” could easily look like a Galaxy S3 smartphone, and given its “low cost,” it might even compete with Samsung’s prices, too.
Separate sources tell Digitimes that Apple is planning to work with China Mobile on a TD-SCDMA version of the iPhone to expand its footprint in the country. This might contradict other reports which have indicated that Apple is simply waiting for China Mobile to grow out its LTE network. Even though Mobile is the world’s largest cellular carrier, its incompatibility has let China Unicom and China Telecom control official Chinese iPhone sales.
Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad in March 2013, claims Japanese blog Macotakara, citing an “inside source”.
This new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the current one, with iPad mini design elements, the report claims. Read more
The retail giant ups the ante on iTunes gift card deals. Holiday shoppers looking for a gift for their favorite Apple fan can save $ 10 on an iTunes gift card via Walmart.
The retail company is now offering a $ 50 electronic iTunes gift card for $ 40. That seems to be the only deal since Walmart is selling all other iTunes gift cards at their regular prices.
Buyers who opt for the deal receive an initial confirmation e-mail from Walmart and then a second e-mail with access to a PIN. After receiving the PIN, you can then send the card as a gift to your recipient. The turnaround seems to vary, however. Some buyers chiming in on the offer say they got the PIN e-mail within 15 minutes, while others said it took a couple of days. Read more
Looking to boost its mobile mapping app, the tech giant is rumored to be discussing data-sharing with the location check-in service. Days after Google launched its Google Maps iOS app, rumors are circulating that Apple is making another play to beef up its own mobile mapping service.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is said to have been talking to social network Foursquare about integrating user data into Apple’s maps app. Apparently, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue has been meeting with Foursquare representatives over the past few weeks about how the service uses data to find locations and business listings. Read more
In this infographic by wireless internet provider Zing Broadband, they take a look at how a load time of something as simple as 1 second, can impact your site. The larger your site is, the bigger the impact on your site is for a conversion.
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