Apple to Create 500 Jobs in Cork, Ireland

Oh boy, Apple sure loves creating jobs for economies all around the world. Just last month, Apple revealed that the company had created over 500,000 jobs in the US. Then just a couple of weeks later into March, Apple started to hire for its R&D center in Israel. Now, reports that Apple is going to create 500 jobs in Cork, Ireland.

According to the report, Apple will be creating 500 new jobs at Apple’s European headquarters in Cork. The job will be rolled out over the next 18 months. At present, Apple already employed 2,800 people at its European headquarters. The Cork headquarters has long since moved away from manufacturing to focus on sales and technical areas for emerging markets instead.

The 500 new hires will be recruited to manage the expanding business. In addition, the company is expected to build a three story office block next to its current buildings in Hollyhill to accommodate the extra staff.

A spokesman for Apple said that the organization was excited to expand in Ireland. “Apple has been in Cork for over 30 years and we are thrilled to be expanding our presence there,” he said.

Apple Defends “4G” Branding for iPad in Australia

Last month, we reported that Apple was accused of 4G marketing claims on the new iPad by the Australian government. Then, within 24 hours, it was reported that Apple was offering refunds to people who bought its latest iPad on Telstra’s network in Australia. Now, Apple has filed a defense in Australia’s federal court this week disputing the accusations, reports The Australian.

Apple says the branding is technically correct despite the lack of compatibility with the country’s existing 4G networks. This statement is in regarding to an earlier accusation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that by including “4G” in the iPad’s branding it could potentially mislead buyers into thinking that the device would work on existing Australian 4G networks.

The third generation iPad uses the 700MHz and 2100MHz frequencies to connect with so-called 4G networks, but only the 2100MHz frequent is available for mobile communications use in Australia. Currently, the three carries use the UMTS standard on the 2100MHz band, marketing it as a 3G technology.

A full hearing is expected to begin in May.



Apple Giving Away Snow Leopard To MobileMe Customers For Free

Macgasm notes that Apple has started to notify some MobileMe users of a new upgrade program offering a free copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. This offer is being offered to provide users of Macs running older versions of Mac OS X the opportunity to upgrade to OS X Lion. In addition, this reduces cost of upgrading to OS X Lion, which is required to take full advantage of the features of iCloud.

In an article sent to MobileMe customers, Apple has recommended that potential customers get in touch with Apple to receive a free DVD of Snow Leopard so that users can upgrade to Lion, and move to iCloud. All you have to do is follow this link, log in to MobileMe with your Mobile Me account, and fill out your mailing information. Apple will then send you a Snow Leopard DVD for free.

Since OS X Lion is only available via the Mac App Store, users need to have Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed on their Macs. This allows users to access the store. Since MobileMe will be discontinued in favor of iCloud as of June 30th, Apple is encouraging MobileMe users to move their accounts to iCloud. Once again, it just goes to show how much Apple cares about its customers. I don’t know of any other company that would offer an entire OS for free so that users can use one of their products.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is still available via the Apple online store for $29 for users wishing to purchase it.

Apple Working on Local Backup Servers for iOS Devices Needing Genius Bar Replacement?

9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on a new hardware solution for its retail stores Genius Bars. This new tool will allow the staff to quickly back up devices that require replacement. Also, this device will allow users to move that data back onto the replacement devices. Normally, users are told to back up their devices before bringing them to the Genius Bar. However when users who fail to do so and then learn that their devices require replacement can lose valuable data.

According to the report, it is rumored that the systems will be a local wireless backup system, which will be capable of quickly getting data from an iCloud backup from a device and temporarily storing it while the device is replaced for the owner. After the replacement device is powered on and activated, Genius Bar staff will be able to quickly put back data onto the new device to provide the user with a fully-updated and functional replacement device. If this report does turn out to be, it will be awesome for customers. Just goes to show how much Apple cares about its customers.

The report indicates that if this does turn out to be true, Apple may introduce this in retail stores in mid-2013.

Apple and Samsung CEOs to Meet for Settlement Talks over Patent Issues

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for a while now. Today, FOSS Patents reports that the chief executives of Apple and Samsung, along with their general counsels, will meet within the next 90 days at a San Francisco courthouse for a court-moderated discussion. The discussion’s main goal will be to settle the long and on-going patent dispute between the two companies.

As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.

It is also reported that the settlement talks are  “semi-voluntary” meaning that the court can only compel the parties to meet and talk. However, this cannot force them to reach an agreement. In addition, it is also in the best interest of the two companies to make their most senior officials available for the discussions. This would demonstrate to the court a good effort has been made to resolve the dispute.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will represent the company and general counsel Bruce Sewell, while Samsung would send representatives from the parent company including CEO Gee-Sung Choi.

Two New iPhone TV Ads Featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel Revealed

Today, a new iPhone commercial has aired from Verizon featuring Samuel L. Jackson on ESPN. The ad reportedly first aired on ESPN’s Sportscenter, which seems to be a Verizon-made commercial, reports The Next Web.

In the 30 second ad, Jackson uses Apple’s Siri as he makes gazpacho. He asks Siri software for cooking directions, where to buy ingredients, and to set timers.

The ad seems to be an Apple creation, with the three U.S. iPhone carriers — AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon featured in the end of the ad. A similar ad featuring Zooey Deschanel has aired too. Deschanel’s ad promotes Siri on Sprint’s network.

In the past, Apple has used celebrities like Bono in iPod commercials, but it is rare for them to do so. Will Ferrell also did a number of iPod ads a few years back.

Apple Reveals 2012 Final Cut Pro X Update with Multichannel Audio Editing and More

Last year, Apple released a brand new version of  Final Cut Pro called “Final Cut Pro X.” When it was first released, the company received a lot of criticism for the lack of features. Then in January, Apple updated Final Cut Pro X with multi cam support and more.

Now, Apple is planning a feature rich update to Final Cut Pro X that will offer many new features, including multichannel audio editing and dual viewers. In addition, the update will add support for RED cameras. The update will be available later this year.

Details regarding the upcoming given update were directly given by Apple to producer, editor and director Larry Jordan. He highlights some of the changes that Apple said are coming later this year on his personal blog. The new features were listed by Apple, but none of them were demoed.

Currently, it remains unknown when exactly the update will be available to Final Cut Pro X owners. Apple declined to give a specific date, but did say that the update would be available at some point in 2012.

Final Cut Pro X [Mac App Store] is available in the Mac App Store and is priced at $299.99. Apple also offers a free 30-day trial for download.

Apple Possibly Replacing White iPhone 4 Models with iPhone 4S?

9To5Mac has reported that Apple Geniuses–customer support representatives at Apple Stores–are now being told to replace select white iPhone 4 models with refurbished iPhone 4S models. Multiple commenters on their post have confirmed this swap at Apple Stores and through Verizon’s iPhone insurance plan. While we have not completely confirmed the iPhone 4 for 4S swap, the comments seem believable enough.

Apple iPhone 4S

While you should definitely take this report with a grain of salt, the reported reason for the swap is supply issues in the 16GB white iPhone 4 variant. Apple is known to upgrade customers when supply is low, as they previously upgraded first generation iPod Nano users to sixth generation iPod Nanos after they ran out of first gen replacements.

While Apple has not yet made a public statement about this swap, they have reportedly made an internal statement to their store employees about these inventory shortages.  This statement also claimed that the replacement iPhones must be previously refurbished models. The report did not say when Apple will resume giving customers the standard iPhone 4 as a replacement, so try to get your replacement quickly if you’re eligible!

To be eligible for this swap (or any Apple warranty replacement) your iPhone must have a hardware issue which is covered by Apple’s standard warranty. Your local Apple store must also be out of stock of 16GB white iPhone 4 variants, so don’t be disappointed if you walk away with a refurbished iPhone 4. If you successfully swap your damaged iPhone 4 for an iPhone 4S, please let us know in the comments below this post.

[9to5mac via Razorianfly]

Apple Releases Java Update to Remove Flashback Trojan

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple is working on their own software to detect and remove the flashback trojan which has infected 600,000 Macs. Last week, a Java update was released to fix the security flaw that the virus was attacking. Now, Apple has released  Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X.

Java OS X Lion update

This update removes “the most common variants of the Flashback malware.” Also, the update disables the automatic execution of Java applets, and, if automatic execution is re-enabled, will again disable it if no applets have been run for “an extended period of time”.

The update can be downloaded via Software Update. A separate Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8 is available for users on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Demand for iPhone 4S Continues to Grow

You know the phone that nobody wanted? Well, even six months after its launch, demand for the iPhone 4S continues to rise. ChangeWave has released new data that reveals 56 percent of polled customers who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days said that they will purchase the iPhone 4S. That’s up from 54 percent who planned to buy an iPhone 4S in the previous poll conducted in December.

Changwave iPhone 4S

While Apple continued to gain, its competitor Samsung stayed flat as 13 percent of consumers said they would purchase one of its smartphones. Motorola fell by one point to 6 percent. HTC came in third place, which stayed at 3 percent and Research in Motion somehow managed to grow by a point to 3 percent.

In fact, demand for the iPhone 4S in March was the second-highest share ever. Consumer demand for the iPhone was only higher in a poll conducted last September, when news about the iPhone 4S started to come out just before it was officially announced.