What's New With Apple?
President Obama gave a tip of the hat to Apple in his recent State of the Union address, mentioning that the company will begin producing a line of Mac computers in the U.S., thus bringing some production home from overseas. In other Apple news:
Price Reduction: Apple is reducing prices on its MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The price of the 13-inch version has been dropped from $1699 to $1499. The price of the 13-inch MacBook air has also been dropped, from $1499 to $1399.
Antitrust Litigation: The Justice Department began litigation last year against Apple and 5 major publishers for violating antitrust laws by working together to raise the prices of e-books (and to keep them higher than discounted prices offered by Amazon).
Just a few days ago, Macmillan became the last of the major publishers to settle the lawsuit, sidestepping an admission of guilt, but stating that the potential risks of going to trial had become too many. Apple, as the only remaining defendant in the case, must also weigh the risks of going to trial, which could result in the company having to pay large amounts in damages.
Leading the Japanese Market: The popularity of the iPhone has propelled Apple to the top of the Japanese mobile phone market. This is the first time that local companies have been surpassed in popularity. Currently, Sharp is holding second place and Fujitsu is in third.
New Weather App: One of the newest and best rated Apps available for iPhone is Haze, a weather app that predicts the weather and gives you tips on what weather-related gear to have on hand, all with a minimal interface. The reviews say that it's pretty user-friendly with some practice. It's available for $0.99.