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Apple on Thursday posted a video depicting its participation in the 2015 edition of the San Francisco Pride Parade, which celebrates support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.
This year's event took place on June 27 and 28. On the second day, thousands of Apple workers marched in unison, accompanied by friends and family. The video shows Apple staff carrying a larger banner and wearing custom-designed t-shirts, as well as a brief shot of CEO Tim Cook in the crowd.
Apple products are casually featured in some segments, such as one in which a gay couple holds hands and one of the men is wearing an Apple Watch.
The 2015 Pride Parade was especially momentous, following on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. It also marked the parade's 45th anniversary.
Apple has long been a supporter of LGBT causes, for instance being one of the first American companies to offer equal benefits to same-sex partners. In 2008, Apple donated to the opposition of a California ballot measure intended to ban same-sex marriage.
Cook himself is gay, and has periodically spoken in favor of pro-LGBT causes. In late June, the company promoted LGBT content on iTunes.
During the first half of 2015 Americans streamed some 135 billion audio tracks and music videos over the Internet, despite the absence of any major new services such as Apple Music, according to newly-published data from market research firm Nielsen.
That number was almost double the amount from the first half of 2014, Nielsen said. The streaming tally includes not just dedicated music services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora, but also YouTube, which hosts music videos and has been highlighting them through offerings like its Music Key service, still in beta.
At the same time, 2015 digital downloads dipped 10.4 percent to 531.6 million, and overall album sales fell 4 percent to 116 million.
Apple Music, which launched on Tuesday, may be critical to keeping Apple relevant in the music sphere. The iTunes Store is still the world's most successful music download outlet, but its fortunes have begun to decline as more and more people opt for streaming, which provides access to nearly inexhaustible content.
It remains to be seen how Apple will fare against its chief rival in the streaming space, Spotify. Whereas Spotify offers a free, ad-supported tier in addition to a $10-per-month Premium subscription, Apple has opted to gate all on-demand content behind a $10 monthly fee, leaving only Beats 1 and Apple Music Radio open to everyone. Users do however get three free months of full access.
Spotify is also available on more platforms, whereas Apple Music is currently limited to iOS devices and the Mac and Windows versions of iTunes. It should arrive on Android devices and the Apple TV sometime this fall.
After announcing the change in a company-wide memo last month, Apple today has officially updated Jony Ive’s executive bio on Apple.com to reflect his new role as Chief Design Officer. Ive was promoted from Senior Vice President of Design earlier this year. Ive’s bio notes that he reports directly to Tim Cook and is responsible for all design at Apple, including retail, Apple Campus 2, software, and hardware.
Apple this evening has also added executive bios for Alan Dye, the new Vice President of User Interface Design, and Richard Howarth, the new Vice President of Industrial Design. The bios for both Howarth and Dye note that they also report to CEO Tim Cook. The memo shared earlier this year implied that Howarth and Dye would report to Ive, but that must have changed at some point between now and then.
Howarth will focus on hardware and has been part of the iPhone team since the device launched in 2007. Dye will focus on software on both desktop and mobile devices and played a major role in the iOS 7 redesign as well as the design of watchOS.
Ive’s new executive bio reads as follows:
Jonathan Ive is Apple’s Chief Design Officer, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Jony is responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Campus 2 and Apple’s retail stores, as well as new ideas and future initiatives.
Dye’s role is described as follows:
Alan Dye is Apple’s vice president of User Interface Design, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.
Alan joined Apple in 2006 as creative director with the Marketing Communications team, following previous design lead roles at Kate Spade and Ogilvy & Mather.
Before joining the User Interface team, Alan led global design efforts across all aspects of communications, from identity and packaging, through retail and interactive experiences.
And below is Howarth’s role:
Richard Howarth is Apple’s vice president of Industrial Design, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.
Richard joined Apple in 1996 and has been involved in the design of nearly every Apple product since the original iMac. He’s led the design of each generation of iPhone and most recently, Apple Watch. As head of the Industrial Design group, Richard leads a multinational team of extraordinarily talented designers, CAD sculptors and model makers responsible for creating and imagining the future of Apple products.
Apple’s executive design shakeup was revealed earlier this year and centers around Jony Ive wanting to take on a smaller role and spend more time with his family and in his home country of England. Ive will still be in charge of the design teams overall, but the day-to-day management will be handed by Dye and Howarth.
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Announced through its Apple Maps vehicles webpage, the new mapping areas to be scanned between July 15 and July 30 are limited to the U.S. The company will be continuing data acquisition in other states, as well as England and Ireland.
Upcoming Apple Maps vehicle locations:
Colorado - Denver
Florida - Escambia County (Pensacola)
Idaho - Ada County (Boise)
Indiana - Marion County (Indianapolis)
Kentucky - Jefferson County (Louisville)
Maryland - Baltimore
Minnesota - Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)
Missisippi - Harrison County (Gulfport)
New Mexico - Santa Fe
Ohio - Hamilton County (Cincinnati)
Oregon - Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
South Dakota - Pennington County (Rapid City)
Wyoming - Laramie County (Cheyenne)
In states already being surveyed, Apple is extending coverage to: Fresno, Kern County (Bakersfield), San Joaquin County (Stockton), Stanislaus County (Modesto) Monterey, Sacramento and Ventura County (Oxnard) in California; East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge) in Louisiana; and Bexar County (San Antonio) and Harris County (Houston) in Texas.
After months of speculation, Apple in June confirmed ownership of mysterious vans with advanced sensor arrays seen driving on U.S. roadways, saying the vehicles are gathering data for an internal mapping initiative. While the company painted the project in broad strokes, claiming it will "improve" Apple Maps, equipment mounted on each van's roof suggests work on a Google Street View competitor.
Apple has since marked mapping vehicles in the U.S. and UK with an "Apple Maps" label and a link to maps.apple.com.
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