Today, is WWDC day. In other words, all of tech stops to watch and see what Apple has reinvented to make the world a better place. This is the kick-off to Apple’s developer conference, which typically means we will see big updates to iOS and OSX. There may be new hardware involved, but this week is often reserved for the software side of things.
As Apple announces new features and versions of their operating systems, Android fans will sit back with a smirk and say things like, “We have been doing that on Android forever – how is that new?” or “Welcome to 2010, Apple fans.” Apple fans will respond back with, “But Apple did it better!” It’s a silly time, really, but one that we love to participate in. After all, the competition between Apple and Android hasn’t really slowed over the years. Tech fans are an opinionated bunch who like to take sides. (more…)
Hey, look, Apple finally decided to announce that it is buying Beats. The cost of the acquisition will run Apple $3 billion, a price that includes a purchase price of $2.6 billion plus another $400 million that will vest over time. Apple is buying both Beats Music and Beats Electronics.
This acquisition was first rumored back on May 8, so we aren’t exactly sure why it took Apple so long to announce it. Some think the delay was due to Dr. Dre’s YouTube celebration, where he spouted out drunkenly that he was “The first billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the motherf***in’ West Coast, believe it.” Either way, it’s all official now. (more…)
This year’s report of the 100 most valuable brands on the planet has a shake up on the top of the list. Apple’s brand worth, according to the Millward Brown BrandZ report has fallen 20 percent from last year’s ranking and allowed Google to step into the number one spot. (more…)
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google and Apple have decided to drop all lawsuits between each other and instead work toward “some areas of patent reform.” The lawsuits that have been called off are actually between Motorola and Apple, but since Google still technically owns Motorola until the proposed Lenovo deal is finalized, this was their problem to deal with. (more…)
According to a report out of Financial Times, Apple is currently negotiating a purchase of Beats Electronics to the tune of $3.2 billion. The deal could be made official as soon as next week, but from what sources state, a few terms have yet to be ironed out. If the deal does go through, for the $3.2 billion, it would be Apple’s largest acquisition to date. (more…)
In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.
As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report. (more…)
“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said ex-Apple employee Steve Wozniak in a recent interview with Wired. As we have always known, Steve is very supportive of Google’s Android effort, and frequently switches between Android and iOS devices, usually keeping a few different phones in his backpack at any given time. The man has no “brand loyalty” – he simply loves all technology. (more…)