As the clock in the top-right menu bar on my Mac approaches midnight, I am sitting here in an exhaustive state after the second Apple event in as many months ushered in a whirlwind of announcements pertaining to new iPads, new Macs, OS X Yosemite and more. It was an eventful day to say the least, no pun intended.
If you have been anticipating the release of the third-generation iPad mini with Retina display, do not get your hopes up. While the iPad mini 3 was in fact announced this afternoon at Apple’s special media event, the all-new tablet has the exact same design and hardware specifications as the last iPad mini with the exception of the Touch ID inclusion.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday announced at the company’s special media event that its brand new Apple Pay mobile payments service will officially launch in the United States on Monday as over 500 new banks agree to support the platform by next year. Apple Pay was announced last month at the company’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus event.
Morgan Stanley has good reason to believe that investing in Apple shares is probably a wise idea right now, adding the company to its “Best Ideas” list for stock investments. In a note to investors, analyst Katy Huberty predicted that Apple shares are “set for significant upside” due to high profit margins on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
In September, following the unveiling of iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple announced that it was giving away U2’s newest album, “Songs of Innocence” for free to over 500 million iTunes users.
Some people were upset when they found out that the album was automatically downloaded on their iOS devices, which led Apple to release a tool to help some remove it.
Following a report yesterday evening that claimed Ireland could be set to close its so-called “Double Irish” tax loophole that has saved Apple billions of dollars over the past two-plus decades, the Irish government on Tuesday announced that the country would in fact be phasing out the tax breaks for companies by next year. But, the party isn’t over yet.