Apple Snags Luxury Watchmaker Exec Ahead of Rumored iWatch Launch

Apple has dropped just about all pretense as to whether or not it's working on a smartwatch by hiring one of the most high-profile executives in the luxury watch industry. "Our sales director left yesterday because he took a contract from Apple to launch the iWatch," Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH's luxury-watch division, which includes Swiss brands TAG Heuer and Hublot, told CNBC on Friday See also: Apple Testing iWatch With NBA Star Kobe Bryant, Report Says The executive Biver mentioned was not named, but a source in contact with 9to5Mac claimed that Apple hired Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's vice-president of sales and retail Read more...More about Apple, Watches, Iwatch, Tech, and Apps...

20 Years Ago, Apple and Kodak Launched the Digital Camera Revolution

Back in Apple's dark ages — during Steve Jobs' interregnum in the mid-1990s — the company experimented with some strange products. Everyone remembers the ill-fated Newton PDA, for instance, which was considered ahead of its time. Less memorable was the QuickTake 100, the first mass market color consumer digital camera First unveiled at the Tokyo MacWorld Expo on February 17, 1994, the QuickTake 100 went on sale 20 years ago from yesterday — June 20, 1994. It was priced at $749 and initiated the age of consumer digital photography. See also: Why History Is Against Amazon's 3D Phone One reason why the QuickTake 100 is not often mentioned as an Apple breakthrough — other than the fact that Jobs' himself had nothing to do with it — was that it's one of the few non-computer products Apple produced and one Apple itself didn't design. Read more...More about Apple, Steve Jobs, Digital Camera, Small Business, and...

Apple App Store Gets Better Search, Preview Videos and Beta Testing

Apple refreshed its popular App Store at WWDC on Monday. The newly updated store will offer improved search functionality, as well as app bundles, app previews and a new developer-friendly feature called TestFlight. See also: Apple Reveals iOS 8: Interactive Notifications, Health App and More App previews allow developers to include a short preview video next to the app, giving potential downloaders a look at how it functions before making a purchase. App bundles will allow developers to offer multiple apps for purchase in one bundled purchase price and download "I do read your emails," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to WWDC audience members' enthusiastic reaction to the new feature. "Users can buy multiple apps at a discounted price with just one tap." Read more...More about Software, Apple, Wwdc, App Store, and Apple App...

Apple’s Jony Ive on Design Theft, the Joy of Ignorance and the iWatch

In a rare and wide-ranging interview, Apple's design chief Jony Ive offers a few new insights into one of the most secretive technology companies on the planet — and explained why he, like his late mentor Steve Jobs, takes it personally when other companies are given a pass on designs that look remarkably similar to Apple's. "It's theft," Ive told London's The Sunday Times. "What's copied isn't just a design, it's thousands and thousands of hours of struggle. It's only when you've achieved what you set out to do that you can say, 'This was worth pursuing.' It takes years of investment, years of pain." Read more...More about Apple, Design, Steve Jobs, Iwatch, and Jony...