The European Commission on Tuesday announced that it has reached the “preliminary view” that a corporate tax deal granted to Apple in Ireland constitutes illegal state aid. Meanwhile, Apple continues to stress that it does not receive selective tax treatment in Ireland and is subject to the same tax laws as countless other international companies doing business in the country.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent related to a glasses-free interactive holographic display device that utilizes laser beams, micro lenses and sensors to show holographic images of objects. The futuristic sounding invention has a two-dimensional panel that is capable of supporting touch screen technology.
Samsung is reportedly gearing up to provide Apple with 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch panels for the upcoming iPad Air 2 and so-called “iPad Pro” respectively. According to Taiwanese blog DigiTimes, citing a Korea-based news source, Samsung will begin manufacturing the panels in the coming months ahead of making shipments before the end of 2014.
The Apple Watch has made its first public appearance on Tuesday at the Colette fashion boutique shop during Paris Fashion Week, as part of an exclusive one-day preview of the smartwatch. According to multiple reports, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition have been on display since 11:00 AM local time in Paris.
Following the news that Apple has gained regulatory approval on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, the Cupertino-based company announced on Tuesday that the two smartphones will launch in the world’s most populous country on Friday, October 17. Apple will begin accepting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in China on Friday, October 10.
If you needed any more evidence that Apple is planning to position the Apple Watch as a fashion item, look no further than the smartwatch being on display at the Colette fashion boutique in Paris. The photos surface just hours after the French fashion retailer was reported to be hosting a one-day in-store experience showcasing the Apple Watch on September 30 in partnership with Apple.
Earlier this year, Steven Lamar, a pioneer of Beats headphones in 2006, filed a complaint against Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that claimed he was owed royalties on certain models of headphones that the celebrity-endorsed brand sells. Now, Apple is firing back with a lawsuit against Lamar for allegedly falsely claiming that he is a Beats co-founder.
Just a few hours ago, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.1 beta to registered developers for testing on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. The pre-release software update contains a number of changes that we’ve outlined ahead. We’ll be keeping this post updated with any other new features and improvements as we uncover them.