Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use an iPad at home for fear that they would become technology addicts. According to a leading child psychologist it’s a whole lot more serious than that, however — giving very young children an iPad to play with may be “tantamount to child abuse.” Describing it as “playing Russian roulette with […]
Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on the „The Late Show with Stephen Colbert“ tonight, with the interview covering a number of topics including the iPhone 6s, the possibility of an Apple Car, and Cook’s and Apple’s efforts in social responsibility.
During the portion of his monologue highlighting the show’s guests, Colbert poked fun at Apple with a couple of jokes, initially announcing Cook as „Cello Apple Time Cook“ thanks to autocorrect and joking that the interview would be great but that Cook would release a cooler updated version of it in three months.
The interview kicked off with Colbert showing off a rose gold iPhone 6s before proceeding to ask Cook about the device, leading with making sure the charger hasn’t changed. Colbert and Cook the discussed and showed off 3D Touch and Live Photos, with Colbert quipping regarding 3D Touch „If I hang up on someone hard enough, will it actually hit them on the other side?“
Addressing comments from Uber CEO Kalanick during an interview on The Late Show last week about Apple working on a car, Cook as usual brushed off the question by noting Apple investigates a lot of things.
One of the key topics of the interview was Cook’s emphasis on charity and responsibility to future generations, with Cook noting „We want to leave the world better than we found it“ and pointing toward his own decision to come out as gay last year as an example of a sacrifice made to help others. Cook cited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote of „What are you doing for others?“ as his daily inspiration.
That sense of social responsibility extends to Apple’s business, Colbert noted, with Cook highlighting Apple’s code of conduct for suppliers and efforts in human rights and the environment, noting „We want to leave the world better than we found it.“
Colbert wrapped up the segment by asking Siri what he should ask Cook, with Siri responding „Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise.“
Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of Apple’s streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today.
Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers’s official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed „Europe-based company in an unrelated industry“ on the west coast. He is credited for hiring Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who worked at BBC Radio 1 from 2002 to 2015.
Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio station built into Apple Music, featuring a mix of the latest music and guest appearances from artists such as Drake, Dr. Dre, The Weeknd, Eminem, Pharrell Williams and others.
Apple’s scored another exclusive for its Beats 1 radio station, with MTV today announcing plans to unveil its 2015 Video Music Award (VMA) nominees exclusively on Beats 1. MTV will reveal the list of nominees on Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the Beats 1 „Charts“ show hosted by Brooke Reece and Travis Mills.
— Beats 1 (@Beats1)
Since its June 30 launch, the Beats 1 radio station has seen several world first song releases and exclusive interviews, being the first platform to play Pharrell’s Freedom and air an interview with Eminem before his Phenomenal music video debuted on Apple Music.
Apple is aiming to lure customers to Apple Music and its Beats 1 radio station by offering content that is unavailable on other music services. In addition to premiering world first songs on Beats 1, Apple Music is the only service that offers Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic and Taylor Swift’s 1989.
One of the ways Apple will draw customers to Apple Music is through exclusive content that’s unavailable on other music services. Pharrell will release his new single „Freedom“ exclusively on the platform, Taylor Swift has already promised to make her 1989 album available on Apple Music, and now Apple has confirmed that Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic will also make its streaming music debut on the service.
Released in 1992, The Chronic has never before been made available on any streaming music service, including the hip hop star’s own Beats Music service.
As outlined by Rolling Stone, the site that first reported the news, the album had been the subject of an ongoing legal battle between Dr. Dre and his former label Death Row Records, which may be the reason why it’s been previously unavailable. Dre received full digital rights to The Chronic in 2011 and is free to release the album on Apple Music.
Exclusive content will likely be an ongoing feature in Apple Music, with Apple working to secure deals with a number of artists. Ahead of Apple Music’s debut, the company was rumored to be in talks with dozens of high-profile musical acts like Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift.
In addition to sharing exclusive songs and album releases on Apple Music, Apple is also hoping to engage artists and customers through its Apple Music Connect platform, a social network that lets artists share photos, videos, and other content with fans.
The company’s worldwide 24/7 live radio station, Beats 1 radio, will also feature one-of-a-kind content like interviews and music curated by celebrities. Eminem, a close friend of Dr. Dre, will be the first Beats 1 interviewee following tomorrow’s launch of Apple Music and Beats 1, and Dr. Dre will host his own radio show on the station.
Apple has suspended audio accessory maker Monster’s right to make licensed accessories for Apple devices following a lawsuit Monster filed against Apple-owned Beats Electronics in January, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Monster produces Lightning charging cables and headphones that are certified to work with Apple devices under Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process, and it has done so since 2005. As of May 5, Apple is ending its agreement with Monster and will no longer allow the company to make MFi certified accessories.
Monster’s general counsel David Tognotti said Noreen Krall, Apple’s chief litigation counsel, told him that their agreement was being terminated, effective May 5, because the relationship between the two companies is no longer „mutually beneficial“ in the wake of Monster’s lawsuit. According to Mr. Tognotti, Ms. Krall said the suit would „destroy the working relationship“ between Apple and Monster.
Monster’s lawsuit accused Beats Electronics, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and HTC of conspiring to acquire Monster’s portion of Beats Electronics through a fraudulent deal. Well before Beats Electronics was bought by Apple, Monster designed and sold Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. That ended in 2011, after Beats sold 51 percent of the company to HTC and invoked a change of ownership clause in the Beats/Monster deal.
Beats Electronics later repurchased HTC’s stake in the company and convinced Monster CEO Noel Lee to sell a portion of his 5 percent stake as well. According to Lee, this was a „sham transaction“ designed to exclude Monster from profits from Beats by Dre sales and later, profits from the Apple acquisition, which would have been more than $100 million had he retained his stake in the company.
With Apple ending its MFi agreement with Monster, Monster will be required to change its packaging and rework some products that use licensed technology. The headphones in the image above, for example, are described as including Apple ControlTalk® microphone, music, and volume control. Apple is permitting Monster to continue to sell accessories through September, but the company is not allowed to produce new MFi-certified cables and headphones.
According to Monster, 900 of its more than 4,000 products produced since 2008 have been made under the MFi program, and the company has paid out more than $12 million in licensing fees since that date. Monster lawyer David Tognotti says the move is excessive and „shows a side of Apple that consumers don’t see very often.“ „Apple can be a bully,“ he said.