According to a report from Rabobank analyst Hans Slob, one of Apple’s key partners providing map data in the new Map app TomTom could be acquired by Apple. Today Bloomberg noted that Slob said there is 30% chance that Apple seeks to purchase TomTom in order to make quicker improvements to its new Maps app.
The Next Web reports that Apple has not allowed Microsoft to update its SkyDrive iOS app as Microsoft wants to add the ability for users to buy additional storage bypassing Apple in-app subscription service that provides the company with 30% share of revenue. TNW noted:
Last year, it was revealed that Apple has been working on a proposal for a Bluetoothkeyboard that compartible with the 2nd generation Apple TV.
"The ability to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV would obviously make for significantly easier text entry, simplifying such tasks as initial setup with iTunes Store accounts and Wi-Fi network passwords as well as day-to-day content searching."
Wired has posted several aerial photos of the site for Apple’s data center in Prineville, Oregon. While Apple has just started the construction on the first of two buildings for the site, construction of the tactical data center has already been completed. The reportnotes:
As Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that Apple is going to bring some part of Mac production to the U.S. in 2013, Bloomberg reports that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, is also seeking to expand its production in the country. A Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo said:
The Charlotte Observer reports that Apple is planning to double the size of its energy resources at its data center in Maiden, North Carolina to 10 megawatts.
"Fifty fuel cells adjacent to its $1 billion data center in Maiden are expected to be operating by January, Apple said in papers filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission. It will be fueled by “directed biogas” in which cleaned methane gas from a landfill is injected into a natural gas pipeline. [...]
According toCNET, Intel is actively working on reducing the power consumption of Ivy Bridge processors, which would allow using them in mainstream tablets and decreasing battery needs on small laptops such as the MacBook Air. The report said:
Today Primate Labs reported about the Geekbench results for the new 21.5-inch iMac showing fairly strong increase in performance compared to the previous generation of computers. The report focuses on the 21,5''iMacs, as the 27''models will not be available for 2-3 more weeks. The new iMacs scored about 25% higher than its counterpart launched in 2011 and even outperformed the high-end 27-inch iMac from 2011 by about 10%.
The newest version of iTunes, as expected, will be released in late October. However, the release of the software was delayed till late November. The Wall Street Journal believes that the programm will be released on Thursday. The reason for the delay was reportedly some technical problems.
The Oakland Tribune reports (via MercuryNews) that Apple concluded a deal with developer Peery Arrillaga for constructing a campus consisting from two buildings in Santa Clara, California, a short distance from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The report said:
Several Samsung senior executives were reportedly holding an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss Samsung's next moves in the case. Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun not present at that meeting trying to save the company’s component supply contracts with Apple. Kwon's primary responsibility is to oversee the company's component business, a division that maintains a close relationship with Apple.
Reportedly, the panels for the iPad mini have seen low yield rates. As a result, Apple may fall short of 10 million target and reach only 6 million mark for the shipments of the iPad mini in the fourth quarter.