This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a lengthy memo to employees as a reflection of the soon-ending 2013 and the upcoming year of 2014, according to multiple sources. In the letter, Tim Cook discusses people experiencing Apple products this holiday season, the Apple products launched throughout 2013, and corporate initiatives. “This holiday season, tens of millions of people around the world, from all walks of life, are experiencing Apple products for the first time. Those moments of surprise and delight are magical, and they’re all made possible by your hard work,” Cook says in the beginning of the email.
Cook notes Apple’s new manufacturing process for the Assembled in the USA Mac Pro and calls iOS 7 an “extraordinarily ambitious project.” “We extended our lead in the smartphone market with iPhone 5s; launched iOS 7, an extraordinarily ambitious project; released OS X Mavericks for free to our customers; introduced the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display; and this week began shipping the Mac Pro from a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas,” Cook told employees. Cook also notes his pride over Apple reaching 50 billion App Store app downloads this year. Apple reached this milestone in approximately five years…
Cook also shares some details and reflects on the notable corporate initiatives in 2013. Cook reveals that Apple raised and donated “tens of millions of dollars” for initiatives such as Red Cross assistance for those affected by the typhoon disaster in the Philippines. Cook also notes that Apple is still the largest contributor to the Product(RED) foundation and notes his pride in Apple design chief Jony Ive’s contribution to the Sotheby’s Product(RED) auction earlier this year. Cook also discusses Apple’s contribution and fight for diversity, equality, and against discrimination. Cook previously made this clear to employees in a video message and at an Auburn University event.
Cook ends his email wishing his employees “Happy Holidays” and says “I am extremely proud to stand alongside you as we put innovation to work serving humankind’s deepest values and highest aspirations. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world for the opportunity to work at this amazing company with all of you.”
Perhaps most interestingly for customers excited about Apple’s future, Cook teases some big plans for 2014. “We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to love,” Cook tells employees. Apple is working on several new products for 2014 and beyond. Sources say that Apple is developing both a fitness, sensor-oriented smart watch and new Apple television products. Future Apple TV products will likely revolve around both voice and motion integration, and sources expect an Apple TV software revamp to launch alongside new hardware sometime next year. Apple is also developing larger iPhones, iPads, and higher-resolution Mac laptops.
The full email from Cook to employees can be read below:
This holiday season, tens of millions of people around the world, from all walks of life, are experiencing Apple products for the first time. Those moments of surprise and delight are magical, and they’re all made possible by your hard work. As many of us prepare to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve achieved together over the past year.
First and foremost, we introduced industry-leading products in each of our major categories in 2013, showing the breadth and depth of innovation at Apple. We extended our lead in the smartphone market with iPhone 5s; launched iOS 7, an extraordinarily ambitious project; released OS X Mavericks for free to our customers; introduced the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display; and this week began shipping the Mac Pro from a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. We also marked our 50 billionth download on the App Store – a milestone no one could have predicted we would reach so quickly.
Together we’ve shown the world that innovation at Apple goes beyond our products to the way we do business and how we give back to our community. This year, Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines, and we continue to be the largest contributor to (PRODUCT)RED, supporting the Global Fund in its fight against the spread of AIDS in Africa. Just a few weeks ago, Jony Ive led an unprecedented effort that brought money and awareness to eliminating the transmission of AIDS from mother to child.
And finally, Apple is standing up for what we believe is right. We know that equality and diversity make our company and our society stronger, so we’ve urged the U.S. Congress to support workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We are also laser focused on our contribution to several environmental initiatives and we will increase our efforts even more in this area in the future.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to love. I am extremely proud to stand alongside you as we put innovation to work serving humankind’s deepest values and highest aspirations. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world for the opportunity to work at this amazing company with all of you.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 2014, App Store, Apple, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iWatch, Macs, Tim Cook
It can be hard to keep up with all of the great Apple related deals available this Black Friday weekend, so we thought we’d make it easy for you. Here are all of the best deals available this weekend on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, iPods, iTunes gift cards, and a ton of great apps for both iOS and Mac. As always, 9to5Toys is tracking all the best Black Friday deals on other products as well as the latest discounts as they get announced.
Best Buy: Retina MacBook Pro up to $200 off, iMac $150 off, MacBook Air $150 off
MacMall: Black Friday Begins Now at MacMall: MacBook Airs $100 off, iPads $40 off, more
B&H: Some of the best deals on Macs if you want AppleCare included.
Best Buy: Best Buy offering iPhone 5s for $75 off all models on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon
Walmart: Walmart will credit YOU $30 to get an iPhone 5c on contract this Black Friday
T-Mobile: T-Mobile, regional carriers offering iPhone 5s and 5c for $0 down on Black Friday
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Discounted iTunes Gift Cards: Save up to 20% on future apps, music, movies, more. $100 gift card for $85 or $50 gift card for $40.
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During a talk at the LISA ’13 conference in Washington D.C earlier this month, a couple members from Google’s Macintosh Operations team explained how the company has been forced to develop its own set of tools to manage its fleet of roughly 43,000 Macs. The reason, according to Google engineers Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, is that Apple isn’t doing a great job at supporting its enterprise management tools. As the first slide of the presentation (pictured above) puts it, “While Apple won’t do much for you, there are tools out there you can use to keep your machines secure, up to date and useful.”
“We don’t use any of Apple’s tools to manage the Macs. Apple arguably produces two tools, Mac OS X server… and Apple Remote Desktop. It kinda breaks down when you get it over 50, 100, 200 machines that you’re managing… we’ve sort of lost their attention as far as enterprise management tools.”
During one slide (pictured above, right), Google uses the red line to represent the release of the iPhone while noting Apple’s remote desktop “hasn’t had a major revision to it since 2006.” To avoid using Apple’s management tools, Google has either developed its own tools or is using open source tools for everything from configuration, to package management, monitoring system levels and more. Google announced during the talk that one of the imaging tools it developed, CanHazImage, will soon be hitting open source.
While Google mentioned during the presentation that it supports four desktop OS platforms (OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) internally, it also said these days employees that want to use a platform other than Mac OS X “have to make a business case” to do so. Compare that roughly 40k monthly actives from Macs reported during the presentation to the 42,162 full-time employees at the company (not including Motorola). The Googlers also noted that the company managed to update from 10.7 to 10.8 for 99.5% of its fleet in 8 weeks and it’s currently trying to accomplish the same for 10.9 Mavericks.
You can watch or download the full presentation here.
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I often charge my iPhone through my Mac, and every time I plug it in, I inadvertently open up iPhoto as well. This isn’t a huge deal. It only takes a few seconds for the program to load and to then close out of it. But last night, after hundreds, maybe thousands of times doing this, I’d had enough. I decided to put an end to iPhoto automatically opening whenever I connected my iPhone or iPad to my machine. And it was really easy.
I found a number of ways to do this, but the two best tips came from TekRevue. The first way will stop iPhone from opening up automatically no matter what device you connect to your computer. The second way lets you pick and choose.
Disabling iPhoto for everything
This will disable iPhoto from automatically whether you plug in an iPhone, iPad, digital camera, or any other device your computer views as a camera. Simply open iPhoto, click on the iPhoto menu option in the upper left corner of your screen, select Preferences, and at the bottom of the first menu it pulls up you’ll see an option that says Connecting camera opens. Chances are it’s set to iPhoto, which is why it opens all the time. Just switch it over to No application and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that, while this prevents iPhoto from opening automatically, your connected devices will still show up when you open the program manually.
Disabling iPhoto for certain devices
If you don’t want iPhoto to open when you plug in your iPhone or iPad, but you do want it to open when you plug in your camera, try this: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Wait for iPhoto to load. Then click over to Finder, open your Applications list, and select Image Capture. When it opens, click the icon in the bottom left corner of the program that looks like a triangle or an eject button. When you do, it will likely be set to iPhoto by default. Instead, choose No application, and iPhoto will no longer load when you plug in this particular device.
Note that you’ll have to do this for each iPhone, iPad and/or camera you own, but it allows you to pick and choose what programs open automatically and for which devices.
I went with the latter option, because usually when I plug in my camera, it’s because I want to load some pictures into iPhoto.
And it’s as easy as that. I plugged in my iPhone this morning, then instinctively grabbed my mouse, ready to force close iPhoto before it even fully opened. But then, when it didn’t open, I breathed a quick sigh of relief and opened it anyway – I had a couple of photos I needed to upload.
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Apple’s next event is upon us, and it’s likely to be action-packed. As Apple says: it has “a lot to cover.” So besides the speculation that rings in from the word cover (new Smart Covers, anyone?), Apple has some new tablets, computers, and software to discuss. Read our full roundup of what to expect (and not expect) on Tuesday, October 22nd, from Apple:
Mavericks: OS X Mavericks is Apple’s next Mac OS, and it’s packed with new features that bring the OS more in-line with iOS, while still focusing on the pro market. The OS gains Maps and iBooks functionality, but also introduces some speed improvements, multiple-monitor-support, and a souped up Finder application. We already reported several times that sources say Mavericks will launch toward the end of October, and now we’re hearing some more specifics on that: sources say that Apple is currently planning to release OS X Mavericks via the Mac App Store this week.
These people say that Apple will provide final release details and pricing for the new software at its October 22nd Media Event. Apple has internally discussed releasing Mavericks publicly as soon as on the event day, but sources say that a release between Wednesday and Friday is just as likely. Additionally, Apple is preparing its retail staff to install the new OS on store computers later this week. The price? Currently uncertain, but we speculate that it will be around the $19 required for Mountain Lion.
As a side note, some readers are reporting that the Mavericks GM build has silently been updated from build 13A598 to 13A603, but we have not been able to independently verify the claims. It’s unclear if this tweaked GM (assuming it is real) will push the release back, but that is certainly plausible.
Macs: Besides the new Mac OS, expect talk of a release timeframe (read: month) and pricing for the Mac Pro (read: expensive!), the likely introduction of new Retina MacBook Pros with improved battery life (thanks to Intel’s Haswell chips), an improved FaceTime chat camera, and 802.11ac WiFi. Apple previously said that the trash can-lookalike Mac Pro would arrive in the fall, while multiple sources say that the Retina MacBook Pros are constrained in a pre-WWDC MacBook Air-like fashion. Earlier this month, Apple beefed up the iMac’s specs, but a new Mac mini launch is yet to occur. Perhaps this week, too, but that’s not certain.
Software: Also on the docket for later this year: a new version of iWork for both Mac and iOS, but it’s uncertain if those software products will gain spotlight at Yerba Buena. In terms of iWork-sidekick iLife, expect redesigned versions for iOS, potentially with some fancy new letterpress card functionality in the iPhoto app (remember Cards?).
iPads: Of course, the main attraction will be fresh iPads: expect a thinner/lighter full-sized iPad that looks like a “jumbo iPad mini”, a refreshed iPad mini with a Retina display (unless supply constraints rain on the parade), and faster chipsets in both models; the 64-bit A7 in all likelihood.
The camera technology in the iPads is starting to look dated in comparison to the iPhone, so expect some upgrades in both the front and rear camera departments.
One thing currently uncertain for the new iPads: Touch ID. Sources have said it’s unlikely that Apple will bring the fingerprint security technology across its tablet line this fall, but some (probably fake) “leaked photos” want us to believe otherwise.
Apple TV: One thing not to count on: a new Apple TV. We’ve been hearing strong whispers for the past few months that Apple is making progress on a new version of the Apple TV (with a motion-controlled variant to arrive in the coming years), but it does not sound like any new hardware is in the cards for this week (or, at least, to ship imminently).
Apple has previewed versions of the Apple TV several months before launch, so an introduction this week with a ship date well into the future would not come without precedent. Leaning towards no Apple TV talk, however, are new reports of small water drops on previous Apple TV claims and multiple sources telling us that supply of the current Apple TV is readily available.
Coverage: Apple Director Al Gore says Apple watchers should “tune in” to the event, and you can do just that at 9to5Mac. No matter what goes down on Tuesday, October 22nd, we’ll be covering late-breaking-news from before the keynote, the actual proceedings, and we will be providing all of the follow-up coverage you come to expect after the event.