Monday's iOS 7.1 update brought a slew of documented changes and two surprise additions — update bundles customized for iPad models that are not known to have been publicly released.
In addition to updates for the company's latest iPhones and iPads, Apple's download server plays host to iOS 7.1 bundles targeted at iPads with model identifiers iPad4,3 and iPad4,6. As first noted by iClarified, those identifiers have not been seen before in the wild.
The Wi-Fi model of the iPad mini with Retina display is known as iPad4,4, while its cellular data-equipped counterpart bears the designation iPad4,5. iPad Air models are identified as iPad4,1 for Wi-Fi only and iPad4,2 when a cellular radio is added.
The intermediate nature of the iPad4,3 moniker suggests that these new models could simply be evolutionary hardware updates rather than totally new devices. They may be reserved, for instance, for tablets destined for China Mobile's unique TD-LTE network which have not yet received certification.
As Apple’s Finance department transitions into a new era under the watch of incoming CFO Luca Maestri, the team is seeking acquisition integration analysts. The new job position was posted earlier today on Apple’s job listings website. The listing is seeking an analyst who could examine companies acquired by Apple and assist in integrating that company’s resources into existing teams within Apple. The person will need to work on integration with the HR, Legal, IS&T, Real Estate, Operations, Finance, and Tax teams:... [Read More]
The Acquisition Integration Analyst will partner with Apple’s Corporate Development team to deliver the successful integration of acquired companies. For each acquisition, this person will drive multiple integration work streams, identify issues and drive decisions while coordinating with experts throughout Apple.
The person Apple is seeking today will act as a “central point of contact for integration information.” It seems likely that this person will work closely with Apple’s Mergers and Acquisitions head Adrian Perica. In addition to being a central point of contact, the job listing notes that the individual will need to “perform financial and integration diligence, establish the integration approach for smaller acquisitions, assist on larger, more complex transactions, and identify roles and responsibilities for integration team members”…
Apple looking to boost its Mergers and Acquisition team comes at a time in which Apple has been criticized by some for focusing on small acquisitions while companies like Google and Facebook are buying large firms for billions of dollars at a time. Apple’s culture has dictated an acquisition strategy that focuses on Apple acquiring smaller businesses that could be quickly integrated into the company and applied to future products or features. For example, Apple acquired a company called Siri that became the Siri feature in iOS. Apple’s Authentec acquisition in mid-2012 allowed for the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5s.
Based on today’s Apple job search, it seems that Apple will continue its acquisition strategy of integrating smaller businesses. However, the listing also corroborates Apple’s willingness for completing “larger, more complex transactions.” Apple CEO Tim Cook previously noted on multiple occasions that he is not against purchasing major firms if the companies could be properly integrated. Perhaps Apple seeking analysts for integrating acquisitions indicates that Apple is looking at more large companies or that Apple is looking to boost its rate of acquiring smaller businesses.
Thus far in 2014, Apple has acquired Burstly, the owner of the TestFlight app-testing platform and SkyRocket ad company, and Snappy Labs, the developer of advanced iPhone camera software. In 2013, Apple stepped up its rate of acquisitions by acquiring several mapping firms like HopStop, chip developers like Passif, data specialists like Topsy, and app developers such as Catch and Cue. Based on this new job listing, Apple’s large cash balance, and the rate of mergers over the past two years, it is
Russia's second largest carrier Megafon said its iPhone agreement with Apple requires it to sell 750,000 iPhones over three years and spend $28 million on marketing and promotion through 2016.
The terms of the agreement were spelled out in the carrier's 2013 financial report, which was released this week and reported by Reuters.
The details illuminate the type of agreements Apple makes with carriers. By specifying aggressive minimum sales and incorporating co-marketing budgets, Apple aligns carrier's goals with its own.
Reuters cited Sergei Libin, an analyst at Raiffeisen Research, as describing Megafon's minimum iPhone sales volume as "reasonable," adding that "I would not say it could sell much more than this."
Megafon stopped carrying Apple's iPhone in 2009 over a dispute regarding sales guarantees, but after four years it decided to return in January. Third place Russian carrier Vimpelcom similarly signed a deal with Apple last fall.
Apple's iPhone currently holds a 9 percent unit share of the overall smartphone market in Russia, but commands 20 percent of the industry's $5 billion in annual revenues, Reuters noted.
New Apple promotions from Walmart and Target may be enticing enough for holdouts to finally upgrade to the newest iPhone and iPad.
Walmart is getting aggressive and beating out Best Buy’s current $50 discount on iPhone 5s by dropping the price all the way down to $119, according to CNN Money. This is one of the lowest prices we have ever seen for Apple’s flagship smartphone. You can push the price even lower by trading in your old gadgets (smartphones, video games, tablets, more) for Walmart gift cards. The colorful iPhone 5c will be slashed to just $29. Both deals are for the 16GB models on a 2-year contract. Best Buy’s promotion is slightly better for our loyal readers who locked in their free $50 gift card from the electronics retailer.
Starting this Sunday, Target is guaranteeing a gift card of at least $150 for iPad 2 (or newer) trade-ins (via TechnoBuffalo). A quick comparison of other trade-in specialists like Gazelle show that $150 for a ‘good’ condition iPad 2 is slightly above market value. In addition to the inflated trade-in value, Target will also give you an extra $30 gift card if you purchase a new iPad from them. That means you can turn your outdated iPad 2 into a Retina iPad mini for just $220 out of pocket or less if your trade is worth more than the minimum amount. Target is also boosting used smartphone trade-ins by $50 when you purchase a new iPhone 5s/5c with a 2-year agreement.
Shares of Pixelworks surged more than 30 percent in premarket trading on Thursday, after the company revealed that Apple represented more than 10 percent of its revenue in 2013.
It's unknown exactly what Apple has purchased from Pixelworks, but the company makes video and pixel processing semiconductors and software, benefitting from high-resolution screens like Apple's Retina displays. Pixelworks says it delivers its technology as IP cores, semiconductors, software and custom ASIC solutions, allowing its customers to "deliver the highest video quality in a multitude of applications and form factors."
The target market for Pixelworks includes tablets, smartphones, and ultraportable notebooks — all markets where Apple competes — as well as large flat panel displays and digital projection systems.
Pixelworks' sales to Apple were disclosed on Wednesday in an official filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which was discovered by Mark Gomes of PTT Research. It marks the first time that a relationship between the two companies has been confirmed.
In addition to Apple, Pixelworks also revealed that NEC and Hitachi are a major customer, each also representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Past major customers to Pixelworks include Panasonic and Seiko Epson.
In all, revenue attributable to Pixelworks' top five customers in 2013, including Apple, Hitachi and NEC, represented 57 percent of the company's revenue in 2013.
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