January 23, 2007 |
German and French consumer groups have joined a Scandinavian-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said. Currently, songs purchased and downloaded through iTunes are designed to work with Apple's market-leading iPod players but not competitors' models. In June, consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claimed that Apple was violating contract and copyright laws in their countries.
December 6, 2007 |
Google Inc. added buttons to its home page for Apple Inc.'s iPhone so users can check e-mail, view their calendars and track blogs on a single site. The tabs appear at the top of Google's page where iPhone users go to search the Web. Previously, users had to go through more steps to switch between applications. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google is using the popularity of the iPhone and competing mobile devices to lure advertisers.
April 12, 2007 |
Apple Inc. has started selling movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.'s film library on its iTunes website, advancing an effort to obtain material that can be downloaded and played on Apple's iPod and a new set-top box. MGM is selling rights to about 100 movies to Apple, said Derek Mains, a spokesman for Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple. Films from MGM boost the iTunes catalog to more than 500 films. MGM won't be offering new releases, Mains said. The titles will sell for $9.99 each.
June 23, 2007 |
Apple Inc.'s digital music store iTunes became the third-largest U.S. music retailer with 10% of the market in the fourth quarter, overtaking Amazon .com, according to a survey by NPD Group. The report highlights the growing strength of digital music as physical sales of compact discs continue to slide. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was the market leader with a 15.8% share, followed by Best Buy Co. with 13.8%, according to the survey of 40,000 people. Amazon fell to No. 4 with 6.7%.
September 11, 2007 |
Apple Inc. said it had sold its millionth iPhone, a few weeks ahead of schedule, reassuring investors who had worried that last week's price cut signaled weak demand for the phone. Apple's shares, which fell more than 9% last week after Wednesday's price cut announcement, rose $4.94 to $136.71. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple cut the price of its first mobile phone to $399 from $599 and said it would sell 1 million units by the end of September.
November 22, 2007 |
Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and the iPod media player, agreed to pay $10 million to settle a patent-infringement lawsuit by Burst.com Inc. over technology that stores audio and video files. The settlement, which isn't yet final, provides Apple with a license to Burst.com's patents, plus a pledge that Burst won't sue Apple again over future patents, Burst said. Burst, a three-employee company based in Santa Rosa, Calif.
September 29, 2007 |
Apple Inc. General Counsel Donald Rosenberg is leaving for cellphone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. after 10 months in the post. Oracle Corp. General Counsel Daniel Cooperman will replace Rosenberg on Nov. 1, Apple said Friday. Rosenberg joined Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple in November, when the maker of iPods and Macintosh computers was in the thick of a stock option scandal.
August 29, 2009 |
Apple Inc.'s iPhone will go on sale in China in the fourth quarter. China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. will sell the iPhone 3G and the 3GS models. The deal isn't exclusive, Apple said, so other carriers will also be able to offer the iPhone in China. Apple will compete with Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry and handsets powered by Google Inc.'s Android software in China.
August 22, 2007 |
Apple Inc. signed agreements with three mobile-phone operators that will give them exclusive rights to sell its new iPhone in Europe, the Financial Times reported. T-Mobile of Germany, Orange in France and O2 in Britain each will give Apple 10% of sales from phone calls and data transfers made over the devices. The pacts would give the iPhone its first overseas foothold. The IPhone went on sale in the U.S. on June 29.
December 25, 2009 |
Santa arrived early for Apple Inc. shareholders: The stock surged $6.94, or 3.4%, on Thursday to close at a record high of $209.04. That topped the previous closing high of $207 on Nov. 17. The buzz continues to build about the company's widely anticipated -- albeit unconfirmed -- tablet computer. The Financial Times reported that Apple has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in late January, most likely for a product announcement. An Apple tablet, which some speculate might be called the "iPad," is expected to be a cross between the iPhone, with its touch-sensitive screen and numerous useful applications, and the Amazon Kindle reading device, with its much larger screen.