Apple Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics

Apple today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion.

Apple is rumoured to be extremely interested in Beats Music subscription service however no new information is available concerning what Apple will do with Beats.

The entire Beats staff will be joining Apple and will work for Apple under Eddie Cue who oversees Apple’s content stores including the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBookstore, as well as Siri, Maps, iAd and Apple’s iCloud services.

Traditionally when Apple purchases a company the company falls under Apple’s branding and becomes totally Apple however is it difficult to see how Apple in incorporate Beats. We will most likely get some more information during WWDC next week.

Sources suggest that Apple will keep the Beats Music apps running on Android and Windows.

Apple Begins Decorating Moscone Centre for WWDC

Apple has begun installing banners at Moscone Centre in San Fransisco ahead of it’s WWDC conference which will start on Monday 2 June 2014.

WWDC 14, Write the code. Change the World
WWDC 14, Write the code. Change the World

More banners will surface as the week progresses which might hint at what Apple plans to talk about during the Keynote however banners advertising specific details will be covered until after the keynote.

Apple Are Never First to Market

Here is a lesson in Marketing and understanding Apple. We have posted about this before.

During the question and answer portion of today’s financial earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company has been slow to put products out in 2014, pointing towards the company’s attention to detail and its desire to “perform at a really high level of quality” that Apple’s customers expect. 

Cook noted that Apple did not ship the first MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet, but he said that the company did release the first “acceptable” and “modern” smartphone, tablet, and MP3 player when it launched the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

“We care about every detail and it takes us a bit longer to do that. That’s always been the case,” he said. “It means more to us to get it right than to be first.” 

Cook pointed towards examples in the marketplace where the clear objective was to be first, possibly referring to Samsung and its poorly received Galaxy Gear smart watch. Apple customers “want great, insanely great,” said Cook, and “that’s what we want to deliver.” 

According to Cook, Apple has many products in the pipeline that the company is excited about, but it is not yet ready to “pull the string on the curtain.” He did say, however, that Apple has expanded the number of things the company is working on behind the scenes.

f you ever wondered why Apple doesn’t release product with the latest technology…. It’s because they want to perfect it and make it work properly before they put it into their products and frustrate their customers.

Apple may not have released the first MP3 play but they sure did make the best. They may not have released the first Smartphone but they sure make the best. They may not have released the first Tablet but they sure make the best.

Apple Records Best Ever Q2 Financial Results

Apple announced financial results for the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, the best ever Q2 financial results Apple has recorded.

While many are predicting the demise of Apple, Apple seems to be growing and making more money than ever. You begin to wonder what data these people are looking at?

During the announcement Apple said that they would spilt their stocks 7 for 1, For every one stock a shareholder currently owned they will receive an additional 6 shares and the share price will drop to $80. Also Apple will pay dividend of $3.29 per share on the 12 May 2014 and Apple will spend $30 Billion buying it’s own shares back.

The most amazing thing is that Apple still have over $150 Billion on hand. That’s enough money to buy Facebook without talking a loan…

Steve Jobs Yacht Visited South Africa

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs he revealed that Steve jobs had been in the process of building a personal yacht. In 2012 the yacht was christened “Venus” with Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children participating in the event.

The yacht was previously stuck in Amsterdam after French designer Philippe Starck was waiting payment from Jobs Estate. The yacht has recently been spotted in Mexico. Upon investigation it was revealed that the yacht has made visits to Cape Town and Durban in 2011.

The really strange thing is that the visit to Durban happened 1 year before the yacht was launched and 6 months before Steve Jobs passed away. There are no photo’s or other evidence of the yacht being in South Africa.

WWDC to be held from the 2 – 6 June

Apple has announced that WWDC will be held from the 2 – 6 June 2014 at Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Every year Apple hosts WWDC for it’s developers to assist with developer programs, including the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program.

During WWDC Apple announces updates to iOS and OS X software with some minor product launches. It however has made some major product launches including some iPhone models.

During WWDC this year Apple is expected to announce iOS 8, an Apple TV and the iWatch.

App Store prices set to increase on the 1 April (No Joke)

Apple have sent out an email to developers with information about price changes in a number of countries. On that list South Africa is mentioned as getting a price increase on the App Store, iTunes Store, iBook Store due to the current exchange rate.

Many people have been enjoying the very low price on music in South Africa with many people who had US iTunes Accounts moving to South Africa accounts to get the better price. However that may all change with these price increases.

We are not sure what the increase will be like but they will start taking effect in the next 24 hours. Due to the fairly large increase in the exchange rate we are electing the prices to change significantly.

Mac turns 30!

24 January 1984 Steve Jobs took to the stage an d introduced the Macintosh, first mass-market personal computer featuring a graphical user interface and mouse. The world would never be the same…

Thirty years later and the Mac lives on in the for of the iMac. Although a slight change in name the iMac is the most recognised personal computer name in the world. Apple have used the term Mac in every one of their computers: Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.

Strangely the original Macintosh wasn’t that popular and didn’t sell very well.

The Mac will live on forever as the most popular personal computer…

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the original Apple Macintosh personal computer, iStore will be giving each customer who purchases a Mac, iPad or iPhone on the 24th of January an iStore gift voucher between the value of R200 and R10,000! 

iStoreOnline customers who purchase a Mac, iPad or iPhone on the 24th January will receive a R200 coupon that they can use on future online purchases.

Samsung Copy Apple

If the evidence that Samsung has been coping Apple for a number of years is not enough for you then maybe this will seal the deal. 

This weekend, Samsung began running new television ads for its Galaxy Gear smart watch. The ad from Samsung uses movie clips from “Star Trek”, “Dick Tracy”, “Knight Rider”, and others with actors using their watches to communicate.

In 2007 when Apple released the original iPhone they played a similar Ad, stringing together movie clips of characters answering the phone.