The week in Apple news: iPad Air 3 and iPhone 7 rumors, Apple’s new executives, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 18, 2015.


Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 18, 2015

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iphone2 ipadair3 rumors

From Macworld’s Oscar Raymundo:

According to MacRumors, this new iPad Air 3 model will be released in the first half of the year, but it will be missing the 3D Touch feature. Why not? MacRumors quoted “production issues within Apple’s supply chain.” The report is based on a research note by KGI Securities analysts.

60 minutes apple

From iMore’s Harish Jonnalagadda:

Jony Ive will give Charlie Rose a look inside “Apple’s secret design studio” in an upcoming episode of 60 Minutes that will be aired on Sunday, December 20 at 7:30PM ET & 7PM PT on CBS.

jeff williams

From Macworld’s Caitlin McGarry:

“Jeff is hands-down the best operations executive I’ve ever worked with,” [Apple CEO Tim] Cook said in a press statement.

Apple Taps Grey’s Tor Myhren to Lead Marketing Communications (AdvertisingAge)
Here’s Johny Srouji: Apple’s newest executive pioneered company’s custom A-series chips (AppleInsider)

apple taiwan lab

From Macworld’s Caitlin McGarry:

Apple took over a production facility once occupied by Qualcomm and has recruited some 50 workers to develop new OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays, according to a Bloomberg report.

Apple buys former chip fab in North San Jose (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

ibm apple mac sales

From Market Realist’s Puneet Sikka:

Another important factor that is helping Apple is IBM’s rapid adoption of Mac for its employees. IBM has already deployed 30,000 Macs and continues to add 1,900 more every week.

IBM-Apple deal reaches key milestone with 100th enterprise app (Macworld)
IBM and Apple can put Watson’s A.I. insights inside Apple Watch (ComputerWorld)

apple irish tax

From Financial Times’ Christian Oliver, Jim Brunsden, and Vincent Boland:

The investigation into whether Dublin has offered illegal preferential tax terms to Apple is one of the European Commission’s most closely followed cases, as Brussels pursues a crackdown on corporate tax avoidance across the EU.

apple store ifc hong kong

From IDG News Service’s Martyn Williams:

To win its argument, Samsung first has to persuade the Supreme Court to even hear the case. The court receives around 10,000 such appeals annually and has the time and energy to hear about 75 cases. And then, Samsung would have to successfully argue the case outlined in its appeal. Both are far from certain.

Apple facing second (unrelated) lawsuit over excess data usage, this one for iPhone 5/5s (AppleInsider)

samsung supreme court

From AppleInsider:

The mall at the International Finance Center is home to Apple’s first-ever store in Hong Kong, having originally opened in 2011. The building is a waterfront commercial development in the city’s Central District, featuring a four-story shopping center.

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