Sunday, January 15, 2012

A week of Apple rumor confirmations

CNET - The technology world spent this past week with its collective eyes glued to the Consumer Electronics Show. But there was a truckload of news in Apple land, including announcements that confirmed three high-profile rumors.

Amid the product unveilings going on at CES in Las Vegas, Apple quietly sent out invites to an education-related event that it’s holding next week in New York. That matched up with rumors from last week claiming the company was gearing up for an event across the country from its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

That confirmation was joined by two others. Target confirmed that it was, in fact, building special displays for Apple products in 25 of its stores as part of a larger initiative to bring boutique shopping experiences into the fold. That was joined by a report from Bloomberg, with Apple confirming that it had purchased Anobit, a chipmaker it was rumored to have bought in early December.

For more on these and other stories, read on.

Apple Talk Weekly is a collection of some of the week’s top Apple news and rumors. It appears every Saturday, and is curated by CNET’s Apple reporter, Josh Lowensohn.


Apple holding education event next week

Smack dab in the middle of the Consumer Electronics Show, Apple stole some of the thunder, sending out invites to a special event it’s holding next week at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The event, which takes place on the 19th, is rumored to focus on Apple’s iBookstore and text books.
(Credit: Apple)
iPhone 4S launches in China, then stumbles

This week brought the iPhone 4S to customers in China, but things got off to a rough start. Apple’s flagship store in Beijing didn’t open on time, and later said it wouldn’t be selling the device at all. An angry crowd threw eggs at the store, and several fights broke out between customers. In a statement, Apple said it would not be selling the device in two of its Chinese retail stores, pushing shoppers to purchase one on the Web instead.

Apple unveils supplier list in supplier report

Yesterday, Apple published the 2012 edition of its supplier report, its audit of the suppliers that it says manufacture 97 percent of its products. The big surprise was a full listing of third-party companies it uses, information that up till now had not been shared with the public. Alongside the release of the report, Apple joined the Fair Labor Association, a third-party auditing group that will keep tabs on what goes on in those factories and issue publicly available reports.            More