The iPhone 5 and the iTunes Store go, uh, internationaler; Apple’s not abandoning Logic any more than your average Vulcan; and Brian Williams challenges Tim Cook to an on-air arm wrestling match. (Okay, I made the last one up.) The remainders for Monday, December 3, 2012 are black and white, and read all over.
The iPhone 5 is launching in more than 50 additional countries this month, Apple announced this morning. Among them are Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, and South Korea. What, no North Korea? (We’ve got more on how this puts Apple on track to hit its 100-market goal for the phone’s release by year’s end elsewhere on Macworld.com.)
Not only are some of the above countries getting the iPhone 5, but the iTunes Store is expanding to a few of them as well. Reports have the store going live in Russia, Lebanon, and Turkey, along with rumor of an official iTunes launch report in Russia. And here I was pretty sure that in Russia, iTunes Store launches you …
Reports last week of Apple’s pro audio group being ‘decimated’ are apparently untrue. Apple’s music product market chief, Xander Soren, responded to a customer inquiry by saying that the team was in place and already working on a new version of Logic Pro. But at the risk of feeding conspiracy theorists, I’ll note that if you rearrange the letters in ‘Xander Soren’ you get ‘Axons Render’, a clear indication this is nothing more than a clever artificial intelligence!
NBC’s Brian Williams interviews Tim Cook (Twitter)
NBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook a few weeks ago for a show that will air this Thursday. I look forward to the two trying to out-deadpan each other.
Apple Says It Was Unaware of Samsung Jury Foreman’s Suit (Businessweek)
For the record, the plaintiff thought it was more of a sports-coat-and-slacks combination.