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December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What appears to be a prototype for the original 2007 Apple iPhone was sold on EBay on Monday morning for $1,499. The rare Apple item was sold after receiving 37 bids. It's unclear if the device is authentic, but some aspects of its specs check out, especially because the prototype does not run Apple's iOS mobile operating system. Instead, the item description says the gadget runs on a special test software, which Apple has been known to use on other iOS device prototypes. "I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype," the seller wrote in the item description . "These were used to test the iPhone's various features.
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BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Owners of Apple devices have been upgrading to the radically redesigned iOS 7 that was released last Wednesday faster than any previous version. Apple reported Monday that 200 million iOS devices are running the new operating system. The company likes to tout the fact that the vast majority of its customers use the latest version of its mobile operating system. Apple argues that makes its experience superior to Android devices, which tend to be more fragmented with many running on much older versions of the Google operating system.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 According to statistics from Fiksu , a mobile analysts firm, more than 50% of all iOS devices have  upgraded to iOS 7. Indeed, the rush to upgrade last Wednesday led to long waits and error messages for many users who apparently overwhelmed Apple's servers.  The Fiksu report says that at this same point, less than 40% of users had upgraded to iOS 6, and less than 30% had upgraded to iOS 5.  The percentages are even more impressive considering there are far more devices running iOS than there were two years ago.  With Apple also announcing it sold a record 9 million new iPhones during the first weekend, investors sent the company's stock up $17.67 or 3.78% to $ 485.08.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple.com might be giving away some of Tim Cook's announcements planned for Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Nine to 5 Mac is saying that you can see some of what Apple has planned for its announcement Wednesday if you use the search function on the company's website. Among the secrets being divulged is the name of the next iPhone, which seems like it will be called the iPhone 5. Rumor roundup: The new iPhone If you go to this link , you can see various search results for the term "iPhone 5" that include a couple of URLs with the name in them.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Peter Pae
Apple's stock is on a tear following the electronics giant's announcement it would buy back $60 billion in stock and boost its dividend 15% to $3.05 a share. The huge buyback plan and dividend increase eclipsed a somewhat disappointing second-quarter earnings report in which profit dipped for the first time in a decade. The company also forecast that its earnings in the current quarter would be lower. Apple shares are up more than $20 to $426.79 in after-hours trading. The stock closed at $406.13, up $7.64, in regular trading.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
Losing your company $2 billion apparently causes investors to respect you less, according to a recent survey conducted by Barron's. After an investment group within JPMorgan was found to have lost $2 billion in trading, the bank's listing on Barron's annual survey dropped to 49th this year from 14th last year. After the loss, JPMorgan's chief executive apologized for the risky trading before a congressional committee. Apple again took the top spot, even after its leadership changed when Steve Jobs died last fall.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death sparked an outpouring of sentiment and statements from fellow chief executives and other major figures in Silicon Valley, government and the entertainment industry. IN TECHNOLOGY: Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder , reached at dinner with his son, said he was so overwhelmed by calls that he could not get in touch with his emotions: "People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself. " Tim Cook, Apple chief executive and Jobs' successor , in an email to employees: "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.… We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Officially, the Microsoft press conference Thursday in San Francisco was intended to take the wraps off the long-awaited version of its Office for iPad. While it's a big deal, it was also the first public appearance of Satya Nadella since becoming Microsoft chief executive this year. And that, as much as a product launch, was what drew dozens of reporters to a Microsoft office in the city.  Nadella, dressed in a snug, black T-shirt and speaking comfortably in front of a series of big monitors, said the event was the first in a series of opportunities he would take to begin laying out his vision for where he wants to take Microsoft.  "Our customers want to know where we're going and what is our innovation agenda," he said.  Broadly speaking, that strategy is "mobile-first, cloud-first.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
In the first change to Apple's leadership since the death of Steve Jobs last month, the company announced that Walt Disney Co. President and Chief Executive Robert Iger would be the Cupertino, Calif., electronics maker's newest board member. At the same time, Genentech Inc. Chairman Arthur Levinson, an Apple board member since 2005, will become the company's non-executive chairman, filling the role Jobs occupied briefly after his resignation as Apple's chief executive in August.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Here's one aspect of Steve Jobs' legacy that Tim Cook, his successor at the helm of Apple, must be hating Wednesday: the company's reputation for lowballing its sales and profit estimates. The company found itself in the odd position of reporting better results than it had projected -- and, more objectively, higher quarterly sales and profits than the year before -- yet having its stock hammered in after-hours trading. Why? Because analysts had predicted much higher sales and profits, and thus were surprised and disappointed.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
With fewer than nine hours left, an auction to have a fancy steakhouse lunch with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett has received a top bid of $775,100 Friday. The 14th charity auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time and raises money for Glide, a San Francisco anti-poverty nonprofit. The auction got off to a strong start earlier this week , but as of Friday it's still nowhere near the record $3.5 million one anonymous winner bid last year. PHOTOS: Warren Buffett in the news Buffett, however, may see some consolation in that his companionship is at least worth more than that of Apple Inc.'s chief executive, Tim Cook.
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