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October 5, 2011 | David Sarno and Jessica Guynn
Apple began its new era with a creation unlike anything it had produced in years: disappointment. Instead of a major new product, the electronics giant unveiled an updated version of the iPhone 4 that it released 16 months ago. Even the name, iPhone 4S, resembled the old phone. Most observers had expected that in the company's first unveiling without co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple would try to show it was still capable of wowing crowds with stunning new devices. Immediately after the company showed off its updated smartphone, shares of Apple plunged nearly 5%. Though they largely recovered by the time the market closed, investors agreed that Tuesday's unveiling was not Apple's best performance.
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BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Michael Hiltzik
Is Apple losing its grip? Most people asking that question are referring to the maps app that comes bundled with iPhone 5. The app, which is Apple's attempt to wean its users off a superb map program created by its archrivals at Google, is a spectacular flop, the NFL replacement ref of the software world. It's so bad that Apple chief executive Tim Cook has issued a formal apology  for it. But when will Cook apologize for the disaster that is Lion upgrade 10.7.5? That's an upgrade to the operating system I installed, unwisely, on my iMac desktop, a superb performer on which I haven't lost 10 minutes of work since I acquired it in mid-2010.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products.  "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Along with the news that there would not be a native YouTube app on iOS 6, Apple injected some humor -- a very unusual move for the Cupertino, Calif., company -- and "Rickrolled" its developers in a recent change log for its next mobile operating system. As you might know, Rickrolling is emailing someone a link that claims to go to a particular website but actually sends them to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " In this instance, Apple was explaining the proper way to embed videos in iOS 6 and used the Rickroll as its example.
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.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Apple Inc. under the leadership of Steve Jobs was never known for giving particularly good guidance to Wall Street when it came to how much the tech giant might earn. Things appear to have gotten a whole lot uglier under Tim Cook. There are 42 analysts that track Apple's stock, and every single one of them got it wrong. Apple turned in third-quarter earnings of $9.32 a share. Analysts' estimates were for $10.37, with the lowest projection coming in at $9.45 and the highest at $12.51.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor, according to his death certificate released Monday. The Apple Inc. co-founder and chairman died around 3 p.m. Wednesday in his Palo Alto home, the certificate noted. Apple and Jobs' family announced his death Wednesday but did not provide details about the time, place or cause. Jobs resigned as Apple chief executive Aug. 24. He had been diagnosed in 2003 with a neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas, and he underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Apple's stock barely budged after the technology giant unveiled the iPhone 5, which it bills as the world's thinnest smartphone. Investors seemed to shrug off the announcement -- but that's not entirely shocking. Apple shares have, on average, fallen 1.4% the day the company launched all of the previous incarnations of the iPhone, according to Morgan Stanley. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 The investment bank said the week after Apple announcements haven't been all that hot either.
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