Apple iPad Forum
To land a contract with Apple is perhaps the dream of any supplier in the world. But to get the deal is one thing and to see it through is another one. An interesting new article from The Wall Street Journal has current Apple suppliers speak about how is it to work with Apple.
The recent partnership between sapphire manufacturer, GT Advanced Technologies and Apple, has recently come to an end, and with this occasion, longtime members of Apple’s supply chain have had some interesting things to share.
What most of them seem to agree on is that Apple is a ough but fair partner who offers component manufacturers a chance at success provided they take the proper precautions. The main advice that the companies shared is that suppliers shouldn’t promise things they cannot deliver. Apple's current suppliers believe that this was the reason why the sapphire manufacturer that partnered with Apple couldn’t deliver the material as promised.
Here are some more details about how GTAT failed to deliver the material:
Apple's reputation for being difficult is fueled by the fact that supply chain managers are constantly looking to squeeze costs. Here are some more details:
If you think the gold-colored iPad Air 2 looks exotic, then what about an iPad Air 2 decked out in 24K gold? Vietnam-based jewelers from the Karalux company are now offering Cupertino’s flagship tablet in 24K gold. And its price isn't as high as some of you might have expected, but that's probably because there are now diamonds glued to the tablet.
For around $1,173, you can get a 16GB model, which is more expensive by $674 than the original device bought straight from the Apple store. A 64GB version of the tablet draped in real gold costs about $1315. If you choose to buy one of these gold iPads, you will also get a gold-plated tie pin or a Zippo lighter with the same finish.
Customers can also order an iPad mini 3 with 24K gold finish. Karalux also unveiled a BlackBerry Passport that has received the same gold treatment. This company doesn't specialize just in customizing phones and tablets, but also in gold-plating supercars.
So, what do you think about this gold-plated iPad?
Apple has announced its campaign for World AIDS Day 2014 will be done in collaboration with (Product) RED. The company will offer a special Apps for (RED) section in the App Store that will contain 25 apps with exclusive new content that will benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Apple said that it will donate a portion of its retail and online sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said the following:
"Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give. For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well.”
The Apps for (RED) campaign in the App Store will run from today to Sunday, December 7, and will include special versions of apps like Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, DJay 2, Clear, Paper, and more. Bono, co-founder of (RED), also shared his input:
"Apple isn't just in the fight to end AIDS. They are setting a new bar for business. I couldn't be prouder to work with them.”
Apple and App Store developers will generate donations for (RED) in several ways over the next two weeks, as follows:
Telltale Games has announced some cast details about its forthcoming Game of Thrones episodic series, as well as releasing the first trailer.
It’s really exciting for fans of the TV series to hear that several cast members from that show will be reprising their roles in the game, as characters that the player’s characters from House Forrester get to interact with throughout the series.
These include Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Telltale says that other cast members are also set to be announced.
The new location of Ironrath, the home of House Forrester, is a stronghold surrounded by ironwood trees. The Forrester house words are “Iron from Ice,” which reflect their belief that, just as with the ironwood, the harsh, unforgiving weather conditions and grim landscape of their homeland in the North help to make them strong.
The storyline sees House Forrester under threat, however, and it’s the player’s job to try and save the noble House. The game will be played from five different viewpoints, each one being that of a character from House Forrester, either a family member, or someone who is in service to the house.
Source: Telltale Games
Following on from the launch of Skylanders Trap Team on iPad back in October, Activision has today announced the start of the #TrapAndPlaySweeps competition, as well as the arrival of Trap Team Starter Packs in Apple Retail Stores.
The three-week sweepstakes has been launched to celebrate the arrival of the game on iPad. All Portal Masters have to do to join in is tweet photos or videos of themselves playing Skylanders Trap Team to @SkylandersGame, using the #TrapAndPlaySweeps and #Skylanders hashtags.
There are some cool prizes to win, apparently, but Activision hasn’t divulged exactly what yet! The competition finishes on December 11, so be sure to get tweeting your photos if you want to enter.
As well as announcing the sweepstakes, Activision also announced that Skylanders Trap Team starter packs are now available at Apple Retail stores and the Apple Online Store.
This year, retailers have spilled the beans on their Black Friday sales a few good weeks before the big shopping day itself. This way, they want to make sure that customers know what they will be getting.
Joining Walmart and others, Best Buy has now announced its pre-Black Friday sales, and they seem to be pretty appealing. Among Best Buy's limited-time deals we find a first generation iPad Air and a fifth-gen iPod.
Both Apple products have been significantly discounted, and for the next three days, the retailers taking between $80 and $100 off all iPad Air models. Thus, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad Air model is available at just $319. Even if it comes with 2013-date hardware, it's still a pretty good deal.
Best Buy has also taken $50 off the price of the 64GB 5th gen iPod Touch model, making it available for just $249. Also, the Beats Solo HD On-Ear headphones have been discounted $70 and now cost just $99.
Other appealing deals include iHome’s AirPlay speaker system which is just $49.99 right now, normally $299.99, and the water-resistant Ultimate Ears Boom speaker is $20 off at $179.99.
These deals are good through Saturday, but the actual Black Friday promotions will begin on Thursday next week and will run through the weekend to Cyber Monday.
Back in April, this year, popular cloud storage service Dropbox has introduced the Carousel app for iPhone users. It allowed to upload and automatically organize into events photos and videos uploaded to Dropbox. Now the company feels that it's time to make the app available for iPad users, as well.
Carousel has been updated to version 1.7 with support for iPad users. Now, it's possible to view your photos and continue conversations on a bigger screen and there's now added support for posting to Instagram and WhatsApp, as well.
The iPad design is pretty much similar to the iPhone version, featuring a big grid of videos, supplemented by lightweight messaging features at the top and a scrolling timeline at the bottom. However, the app doesn't seem to impress iOS users too much, who don't view it to be much more different than what the Camera app can do.
Chris Lee, who leads product development for the projec, is confident in their project and says that this is just the beginning:
"For us Carousel is a long-term investment. There are a lot more exciting things that we’re really looking forward to sharing with you in the future. We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for how to make Carousel even more engaging."
Here are the main features of the app:
America First Credit Union is the 7th largest credit union in the United States in terms of total membership and 11th largest credit union in assets in the U.S. According to the latest data, America First has 109 branch locations, more than 642,000 members, and has over USD 6.1 billion in assets. And now it is ready to join the growing list of banks and card issuers adding support for Apple Pay.
Rich Syme, executive vice president at America First Credit Union, said the following in a recent press release:
“Security and privacy is our upmost priority when it comes to offering our members the latest in technology and mobile advancements. Apple Pay will bring a new level of efficiency for members, allowing them to pay with their mobile devices in a fast, easy and secure way.”
Brice Mindrum, mobile services manager for America First Credit Union, also weighed in:
“Offering Apple Pay to our membership is a testament to our dedication at America First to offering the most up-to-date technologies and something we’re very excited to provide for our members.”
This announcement follows shortly after the San Francisco Fire Credit Union announced Apple Pay support, as well. So, we can see that besides a few retailers, pretty much everybody is excited about the Apple Pay system.
Apple now lists a total of 18 card issuers but there's also a long list of banks that have already announced support.
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