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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is preparing to buy self-driving car startup Drive.ai in a likely acquihire; Drive.ai has raised about $77M and was valued at about $200M in 2017   —  Apple Inc. is preparing to buy startup Drive.ai in a small deal that will bring more engineers with experience …
Jun 9, 2019, 7:05 PMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple's former head of App Store approvals, Phillip Shoemaker, discusses the review process, app rejections, competition between Apple and developers, and more   —  Apple Inc.'s former head of App Store approvals said he's worried about competition between the company and developers …
May 29, 2019, 2:00 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Current and former employees discuss how Apple's stores changed during Angela Ahrendts' tenure, with challenges around customer service festering   —  Web Smith's recent experience at his local Apple store in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has been an exercise in frustration.
May 7, 2019, 11:20 AMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: at WWDC, Apple will unveil iOS 13 with updated Maps, Reminders, and Messages apps, watchOS 6 with Calculator, Voice Memos, App Store, and more   —  Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month.
May 6, 2019, 7:56 AMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is readying AirPods-like wireless earbuds with built-in Alexa for as early as the second half of this year   —  - Company plans wireless earbuds for second half of this year  — Move is attempt to take Alexa mobile after flopped Fire phone
Apr 4, 2019, 4:15 PMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple promotes Adrian Perica, formerly M&A head, to VP of corporate development, reporting directly to Tim Cook; Perica previously reported to CFO Luca Maestri   —  - Perica gets visibility boost with spot on Apple executive page  — Company has historically resisted large acquisitions
Apr 3, 2019, 8:15 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Filing: Apple's Tim Cook, Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf, and execs and engineers from both companies to testify in the Apple vs Qualcomm trial starting Apr. 15   —  The Apple vs. Qualcomm trial kicking off in San Diego next month will feature a star-studded cast in the dispute over chips used in iPhones …
Mar 28, 2019, 5:50 PMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple's planned game subscription service for iOS will only include paid titles, not freemium ones, and will pay developers based on user play time   —  - Devices take a back seat to video, news, gaming subscriptions  — Company tries biggest strategy change since the iPhone in 2007
Mar 23, 2019, 10:55 AMIn context
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially   —  Apple Inc. signed Vox to be part of an upcoming subscription service for newspaper and magazine readers, according to a person familiar with the matter …
Mar 21, 2019, 8:40 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's video service will feature mostly content from partners at launch, with the first slew of its own shows coming later in the year   —  - IPhone maker is said to push for HBO, Showtime and Starz deals  — Magazine bundle, Apple Pay upgrades are also coming this month
Mar 13, 2019, 8:05 AMIn context

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