Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page.
Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update.
The company says that only some users are affected and currently “unable to access multiple services and stores or make purchases.”
Following the outage earlier this week, which also hit some of Apple’s own stores, Apple blamed the outage on “an internal DNS error at Apple,” and apologized to customers for the inconvenience.
Update: Apple says all services are restored.
Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.
According to Apple's California court filing, plaintiffs Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara did not present facts supporting claims that iPhone and iPad buyers were intentionally misled about the amount of usable disk space available on new devices running iOS 8. Apple was first slapped with the lawsuit in December.
"Like all software ever written, Apple's iOS mobile operating system—which enables the device to function—uses a portion of a device's resources, including its storage capacity," Apple said.
Plaintiffs argue that, while they knew iOS 8 would eat up some disk space, the operating system was larger than expected at between 600MB and 1.3GB. They were not able to "reasonably anticipate" the size of iOS 8 as compared to previous versions of Apple's mobile operating system, the filing said. The suit also asserts Apple used unanticipatedly low device capacity to sell customers subscription-based iCloud storage plans.
In its motion to dismiss, Apple said the argument suffers from two fundamental flaws, the first being plaintiffs' inability to produce evidential statements from Apple or other sources that would have lead them to such expectations. Secondly, plaintiffs failed to mention the cited subscription iCloud storage plans only apply to upgraded service options. Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage space with every new device purchase, more than enough to cover iOS 8's alleged large size.
Further, Apple notes plaintiffs only purchased 16GB versions of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, as well as an unidentified iPad model, but are suing over 8GB and 16GB iPhone, iPad and iPod products. Plaintiffs, therefore, lack standing in asserting their complaint.
Apple requests the suit be dismissed with prejudice.
Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.
A preponderance of evidence suggests Apple performed an "acqui-hire" of key Acunu employees in late 2013, though an exact timeline is currently unknown. From the end of 2013, and moving into early 2014, at least seven software engineers, including founding CEO and CTO Tim Moreton, left Acunu and are now working for Apple in some capacity.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Moreton uprooted from the UK and is now serving as an iCloud manager in San Francisco. He left Acunu in December 2013.
Former Acunu chief product officer and head engineering Andrew Byde left the firm in January 2014 and is currently a senior software engineer working out of Apple's London offices. On his LinkedIn bio, Byde says his current position "involves "Big Data" at the largest scale — high quality reliable scalable engineering."
Other former Acunu employees now working at Apple include software engineers Richard Low, Nicolas Favre-Felix, and Sam Overton. Tellingly, Overton is continuing work with distributed systems at Apple and is involved in the "development of highly available distributed systems for structured storage." Another software engineer left Acunu for Apple in December 2013 before moving on to Google.
Grzegorz Milos left his seat as Acunu's kernel team lead in early 2013 and entered Apple in December 2014 as an iCloud engineer focusing on CloudKit technology. Another former Acunu kernel engineer just joined Apple in February as part of the iCloud team.
In addition to the mass employee migration, UK executive agency Companies House London lists Acunu as registered to 100 New Bridge Street in London, the official registered address of Apple Europe. This same address was used to register Camel Audio when Apple took control of the digital instrument effects developer in February.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bloomberg reported on the purchase earlier today.
Acunu started life in 2009 with founding talent made up of researchers and engineers from Cambridge University and Oxford University. Although Acunu's website is no longer in service, a cached snapshot from August 2014 still exists on the Web. As the firm described itself at the time:
Acunu Analytics offers low latency analytics, powering dashboards and embedded applications for infrastructure monitoring, web analytics, IoT and other high arrival rate applications. Wherever high velocity data in motion must be analyzed immediately, Acunu Analytics delivers powerful operational intelligence.
During an interview published by Planet Cassandra in 2013, Moreton revealed that Acunu worked with banks that collect financial market data to understand activity patterns in trading environments. Among the firm's duties was spotting anomalies and performing risk analysis.
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Apple's 4-inch iPhone 5s (left) and iPhone 5c were the last models to sport 4-inch displays
The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.
According to hit-or-miss publication DigiTimes reports Apple's 2015 iPhone lineup will consist of the usual "S" designation, which brings evolutionary changes like processor speed bumps, alongside a brand new "C" class.
Industry sources are reportedly referring to Apple's supposed next-generation 4-inch device as the "iPhone 6C," a take on the low-end, polycarbonate-bodied iPhone 5c that debuted in 2013. As an entry-level product, the 6C is rumored to run on current generation A8 system-on-chip silicon, while the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will run an unannounced A9 chip.
All models will get NFC, Touch ID fingerprint recognition and Gorilla Glass-covered low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) panels like those seen in the current iPhone 6 series, the report said. Apple partner suppliers Japan Display and LG will provide stock for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6C, while Sharp is said to help out with iPhone 6S Plus.
Finally, the publication said Wistron is expected to manufacture the iPhone 6C, while Foxconn and Pegatron handle high-volume 6S assembly.
Rumors that Apple would return to the 4-inch form factor first surfaced in December, when analyst Timothy Arcuri said the device may come with purpose-built components to alleviate manufacturing costs.
Although Apple's big-screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were extremely successful, helping move 74.5 million iPhones over the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, some longtime users were put off by the move to larger display sizes. Even as a "budget" model, a next-generation 4-inch iPhone could satisfy customers who want the latest hardware, but not at the cost of device size.
TechCrunch is reporting that Apple recently acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in fast and cost-effective database software. According to FoundationDB’s website, the company’s software can perform a whopping 14.4 million random writes per second. And all this at just 1 penny per 3.6 million database writes.
While it remains to be seen just what Apple has in mind with its most recent acquisition, many believe it likely is geared towards bolstering and improving the technologies that power Apple’s key services, such as the App Store, iTunes, and iCloud.
TechCrunch further speculates that the acquisition may have something to do with Apple’s rumored TV service which will purportedly launch sometime this fall.
Of course, there is always Apple’s rumored over-the-top TV service, which some reports claim is coming our way later this year. The need to be able to serve video at scale there will likely require bolstering systems…
It’s one thing for iOS users to experience a few growing pains with a new iOS update that they download for free. The stakes are understandably much higher when consumers are paying for a cable service and expect a seamless experience all around. Assuming that Apple’s streaming TV service initiative is legit and on the company’s roadmap, they’re not going to have a few tries to get it right. Nor will they be afforded the luxury of an understanding public. To that end, applying FoundationDB’s database expertise and software into the equation is entirely plausible.
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