Today's Apple Daily Digest kicks off in style with Beyonce's new album setting record iTunes sales, Apple's update to Mavericks - 10.9.1, President Obama's meeting with Tim Cook and Mac Pro's insane upgrade options.
More than 800k albums sold in 3 days
Music industry can continue to argue if Apple's iTunes was a boon or bane to a then fledgling industry in US, but Apple continues to silence their nay sayers buy continuing strong music (and media) sales and more artists reaping benefits from the digital age of iTunes that Apple created more than a decade ago. Beyonce made news a few days back by releasing her new album as an iTunes exclusive and without any prior hoopla and this raised quite a few eyebrows [ABC News] and even made enemies [Target refuses to sell Beyonce's new album citing iTunes exclusive digital release as the cause]. But Apple today announced in a press release that this new album shattered the previous iTunes album sales record by selling more than 800k units in three days. Not bad huh!
Apple releases 10.9.1 released to solve Mail issues in Mavericks
Apple today released the first major update to the recently released Mavericks, their desktop and laptop OS. The update is squarely aimed at (squashing) bugs related to Mail issues, mainly with Gmail integration, that have plagued a surprisingly large number of Mavericks users. As ZDNET reported sometime back, the issue that many Mail users seem to be facing while working with Gmail accounts is that the mails are not being displayed instantaneously and sometimes can be delayed by multiple days. Speculations are that this is caused by repeated re-indexing of older mails (a bug) that forces Mail to download GBs (occasionally) of data repeatedly.
Apple's information page on the update released today lists the issues addressed with this update and Mail fixes are at the top. Now whether this update solve the predominant Mail issues, we will have to wait and see. Here is the list of fixes (from 10.9.1) according to Apple;
- Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings
- Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail
- Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail
- Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji
- Fixes an issue that prevented iLife and iWork apps from updating on non-English systems
- Addresses an issue that may cause multiple prompts to unlock “Local items” keychain
- Addresses an issue that may cause Japanese keyboards to retain a previously used language
- Includes Safari 7.0.1
- Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to become unresponsive when filling out forms on fedex.com, stubhub.com, and other websites
- Improves Credit Card Autofill compatibility with websites
- Improves VoiceOver compatibility with facebook.com
- Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar
President Obama to meet Tim Cook
The recent (unfortunate) issues that have plagued a great initiative healthcare.gov are well know [CNN], and we know that President Obama's administration is working around the clock to get them resolved. But when problems of this nature raise, who else to look for help other than the tech industry stalwarts. And looks like that is exactly what the President had in his mind when he called for a meeting with top executives of pretty much all the most relevant and top technology companies in the US currently, including Time Cook, according to TIME. Of course when there are so many important people involved in one meeting, a more broader agenda is imminent and looks like the topics also include the recent issues of NSA "spying" (or national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures) and the general growth of technology sector in the US. The list of invitees for this meeting is long and lets hope something substantial results from this meeting.
- Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
- Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
- Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
- Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
- Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
- Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
- Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
- Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
- Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global
- Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
- Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
- Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
- Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
- Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
Apple's new Mac Pro could cost more than your next car
Apple's insanely re-invented Mac Pro was announced sometime back [October 2013] and is to be released this December. Though more than half the month of December has already passed, there hasn't been any announcement from Apple on the actual release date. But tidbits have started trickling down from many sources. Macrumors reports that on top of the base price of $2999 and $3999, the Mac Pro can be configured to cost as much as or more than your next car (depending on your ride).
From apparent price quotes that big business customers have got from Apple for the New Mac Pro, Macrumors has put together a list of upgrades and their potential prices. And the numbers range from some hundreds of dollars for SSD upgrades to thousands of dollars for higher number of cores. Apple's Mac Pro has never been a consumer machine, not even a pro-sumer machine. It has always been for people who can benefit from using Apps that can take advantage of multiple cores, like video editors, people involved with advanced science simulations, etc. So these number should not surprise anybody and from the recently leaked Geekbench scores, I am sure the new Mac Pro will be worth every penny!