In the news…
- In a rare communication, CEO Tim Cook wrote a message to CNBC about the company’s performance during the recent Chinese economic turmoil. He said: “As you know, we don’t give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on moves in Apple stock… I get updates on our performance in China every day… I can tell you that we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August. Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks.” CNBC article.
- In her latest video to retail store employees, Apple senior vice president of retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts, has told employees that the Apple Watch is “the greatest back to school item this year” as it can be used to cheat in class. “I don’t think the teachers have caught on to the Watch yet,” she said, adding that staff should tell students to “jump on it before the teachers do.” 9to5mac article.
- It seems the location for the unveiling of the next Apple gadgets has been located, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Sam Francisco, US. It is apparently booked for a conference, but there is no evidence of a trade show, conference, convention, or other event planned for the venue during those dates. Will we find out on 9 September? Hoodline article.
- While leaked bits of the new iPhone (6s?) have been seen already, a source has now provided photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components. Mac Rumors article.