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...

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...