On April 20, Apple is taking the wraps off a new Apple Store in Australia. Located at the Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne, the outlet is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. local time. The store is reportedly situated directly over the Samsung Experience outlet, which some believe draws from Apple’s retail design. That would be the fifth Apple Store in the greater Melbourne area. With over 4 million dwellers, Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia. The new outlet will be the company’s 19th store in the country, slightly less than a third of which were build just in the past two years.
On the 16th of April, blog M.I.C Gadget found out that a Chinese website 7659.com was distributing free pirated apps for iOS devices. The most striking fact was that the website used Apple enterprise app and Apple’s tools to allow Chinese users to install popular iPhone/iPad apps for free and without having to access the App Store. Although Apple has not commented on website’s activity yet, it is clear that the company will try to shut it down as soon as possible.
Apple used to consider Palm’s patents as useless ones, however it seems that executives of the “fruit company” have changed their mind. The company paid $10 million, or 1 billion yen in order to license Access’s patents. Access Co. is a company located in Japan, it produces software for set-top boxes, mobile devices, and some other products. PalmSource that owns the Palm OS was purchased by Access at the end of 2005. The agreement between Apple and Access was signed on the 31st of March. The deal covers the following smartphone patents: from Palm, Geoworks, and Bell Communications Research.
Last night, Apple updated its online store with a new feature, adding a scrollable menu bar that allows buyers to quickly scroll through items available for purchase in any of the four product categories. For instance, while devices like the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are displayed first in the Mac section, customers can check out refurbished versions, business and education models on an iPhone or iPad by scrolling to the right with a usual swipe gesture. For those visiting the Apple Store from a Mac, the mechanism is slightly different: they can access additional products by clicking an arrow to the right of the menu.
The “fruit company” has recently updated its official page revealing Apple statistics concerning to jobs that were created by the company both directly and indirectly. Analysis Group carried out a research in February 2012 and made a statement that iDevice maker created 307,250 jobs in United States. The figure includes iOS processor manufacturers, Corning employees who produce the better part of the Gorilla Glass for the iPhone, UPS and FedEx employees, and many more. It has been estimated that 291,250 working places were created in the iOS app industry, the majority of which are in retail and development.