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Apple Puts Final Cut Studio Back on Sale

Apple released Final Cut Pro X exclusively on the Mac App Store  in June, but many users  criticized the application for missing features and incompatibility with Final Cut Pro 7.    Today, MacRumors reports that Apple has put  the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale, possibly due to the mixed feedback on the new and completely redesigned Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Studio

MacRumors has confirmed with an Apple representative  that Final Cut Studio, part number MB642Z/A, is again available for $999 (and $899 for educational customers). Currently, the product is only available through the 800-number and is not available in Apple Retail Stores or on the Apple Online Store.

Final Cut Studio is a video editing packaging that includes Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5. After the launch of Final Cut Pro X, Apple discontinued the product.  Critics of the new product had complained that the abrupt discontinuation of the previous version of the software had made the transition more difficult. In addition, Apple had promised regular updates to Final Cut Pro X.

Update: The Loopt has received official word from an Apple spokesperson regarding their decision.

As we’ve done before with many end-of-life software products, we have a limited quantity of Final Cut Studio still available through Apple telesales to customers who need them for ongoing projects,an Apple spokesperson told The Loop.

 

New Glass Panels Arriving at Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store

Last month, it was reported that Apple has been working on a renovating the iconic glass cube surrounding the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan. Their new design  consists of switching larger panes of glass to  make for a cleaner appearance as the total number of panes is reduced from 90 to 15. Even though the store is being renovated, the store is still open 24/7 for customers.

Apple Store Cube Glass PanesTUAW notes that deliveries of the new glass panes have begun at the site. Workers are using a large crane to work through the night unpacking the large panes for installation.  According to Justin Parmer, who shot photos and a brief video of the video of the unloading process, the glass panes are roughly two inches thick. Going by the dimensions of the original cube, the new panes should be about  32 feet high by a little over 10 feet wide.

In addition, Apple is currently working on a gorgeous brand new store in New York’s Grand Central, which is expected to open later this year. The company is also working on another new store in Santa Monica, CA with a beautiful glass roof.

Apple’s Eddy Cue Promoted to Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services

Yesterday, MacRumors reported that Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president for Internet services, had been responding to customer emails redirected to him via Tim Cook. Today, 9to5Mac has discovered that Cue has been officially promoted to a senior vice president position, and will be reporting directly to Cook.

Eddy Cue

Apple has updated its executive page by adding a page for Cue to the list of senior executives. Earlier today, Tim Cook sent an internal email to Apple employees notifying them about the change.

Team,

It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team.

Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store, the revolutionary App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and Apple’s innovative iCloud services. He is a 22-year Apple veteran and leads a large organization of amazing people. He played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008.

Apple is a company and culture unlike any other in the world and leaders like Eddy get that. Apple is in their blood. Eddy and the entire executive management team are dedicated to making the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

Please join me in congratulating Eddy on this significant and well-deserved promotion. I have worked with Eddy for many years and look forward to working with him even closer in the future.

Tim

In addition to overseeing the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and iCloud, Cue will also be in charge of the iAd mobile advertising group at Apple. iAd had been led by Quattro Wireless founder Andy Miller, who joined Apple with their acquisition of Quattro last year. A few weeks ago, it was reported that Miller is leaving Apple to  take a position with a venture capital firm.

Cue has worked at Apple for 22 years and helped to create the first version of the company’s online store back in 1998. He also had a hand in building the iTunes Music Store, which launched in 2003, and the App Store, which debuted on the iPhone in 2008.

Apple Testing Remote Diagnostics Tool for iOS Devices?

HardMac reports that Apple has made an internal announcement that it has completed working on tools that will allow support technicians to utilize remote diagnostics on iOS devices. For example, receiving informations about a device’s state. In addition, the report notes that the new tools will allow Apple’s tech support to provide enhanced device support without customers having to bring their devices in to an Apple store or service center.

In effect, this systems operates entirely online. An email is sent to the device containing a URL (this can alsoo be entered by hand) and the device will connect via Mobile Safari and the telephone to start internal checks and sends the result of it to the Apple servers to which the service centres are connected.

The application is a web application, which can be accesed via iOS’s Safari browser, and can detect  the device’s Unique Device Identifier (UDID), device name, battery health and charging information, installed iOS version, and data on improper hangs and shutdowns.

iOS Diagnostics Tool

AppleInsider notes that this tool is similar to  iosdiags.apple.com  site, which apparently has been used for some time by Apple retail stores to wirelessly gather system information. When the site is run from a device, the results are sent back to the MobileGenius software used in-store by Apple’s Genius representatives. In addition, the data can also be read from the desktop iRepair software to which Geniuses have access to.

Rumors suggest that Apple perhaps is preparing to officially expand the remote diagnostics to allow users to take advantage of it.

Apple Starts Offering Refurbished iPad 2 Models

Refurb iPad 2 price

iPad 2s are selling like hot cakes, and now the company has started to offer refurbished models. Earlier today, Apple begun offering refurbished iPad 2 models via its online store. Currently, no 16 GB models are available and the discounts are only at $50 off of pricing for brand-new units.  Both colors are offered  for both, and both carriers are offered for the two 3G models.

Models currently available in the U.S. online store include:

  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: both colors ($649)
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: all four carrier/color combinations ($679)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: all four carrier/color combinations ($779)

In addition, Apple offers the same return policy for refurbished iPads as brand-new units,  and also includes new batteries and outer shells, according to MacRumors. All other components of the iPad 2 are cleaned and tested during the refurbishing process. Also, if something’s amiss, Apple will replace that particular component. According to Apple’s website, refurbished iPad 2s are currently shipping in 1-3 business days.

Last month, Apple begun offering refurbished original iPad models for $299. Availabilty of those models have been scarce due to  customers taking advantage of the deep discounts.

iTunes Match is Streaming Even Though Apple Denies It

iTunes Match email

Yesterday, it was discovered that the developer beta of iTunes Match showed options for both streaming and downloading content from the cloud to a user’s device. Today, a new report from AllThingsD reveals that an Apple spokesperson claims that the service is not actually a streaming one.

While a video making the rounds today makes it seem as if Apple’s upcoming iTunes Match service will stream music from Apple’s servers to a user’s device, that’s not the case. An Apple spokesperson confirms that any music you want to access from your cloud-based lockerwill still need to be stored on your iPad, or iPhone, or whatever device you’re using to listen to the song.

The service appears to be streaming because begins playback instantly, but instead of true streaming it is downloading and storing the file while beginning simultaneous playback. It’s unknown whether the files are stored locally are of full quality or reduced bitrate.  Apple has been “deliberately vague” about how the iTunes Match service works.  “Apple’s system, as it’s currently constructed, still requires users to keep stuff on their machine in order to play with it,” the report said. Kafka suggested that  files that are not “downloaded” through iCloud but still played will sit in a “temporary cache” on the machine.  However, according to MacRumors  tracks appears to be downloaded to a local cache on the user’s device, allowing for fast access to any portion of the tracks.

Once the track has been fully played, it remains available in that cache and can be re-accessed without needing to re-stream, but it is not considered permanently downloaded and is  not counted  as being in the device’s music library.

According to the report, the lack of true steaming is not due to licensing hold-ups with record labels. The licenses were have said to been acquired in April.

The iTunes Match beta was made available to developers yesterday, and it allows users to “clone” their music library in the cloud by matching it with content available from iTunes. The service will cost $24.99 per year and is expected to launch this Fall.

Apple’s Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts in Asia Obstructed

Smart Store in China

Today, CNN reported  that in 2008, Apple recruited members of a global security team to address the growing problem of counterfeit iPods and iPhones in China. The articles notes that the company had difficulty winning the cooperation of Chinese authorities to investigate and shut down those responsible for the fake Apple products. Details regarding the case were revealed in documents from U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks last week.

According to the report, Apple’s efforts have been led by vice president for global security John Theriault, a former FBI special agent and Pfizer vice president who was hired by Apple after he led a successful campaign against production of counterfeit prescription drugs.  Don Shruhan, who worked under Theriault at Pfizer, serves as a director on Apple’s security team in Hong Kong.

The technology giant eventually organized a team in March 2008 to curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones, according to an electronic memo from the Beijing embassy dated September 2008.

Yet, three years after Apple moved to crack down on widespread counterfeiting and put pressure on China, progress has been slow. Gadget piracy isn’t a high priority for the Chinese government, the U.S. reports and experts say.

The leaked diplomatic cables reveal that Shurhan told Beijing embassy officials that he    was “afraid” of the amount of fake Apple products coming out of China and the company’s legal team’s inexperience in dealing with Chinese authorities. In addition, Indian officials discovered fake Apple products that had been shipped from China through Hong Kong.  The documents also reveal that Apple has struggled to get the Chinese government to act against factories and vendors producing and selling counterfeit versions of its products.

Earlier this month, it was reported that knockoff Apple stores in China also exist.

Apple’s Jonathan Ive featured in German exhibition

The Unofficial Apple Blog (TUAW) has discovered that Jonathan Ive’s work will be featured in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Arts and Crafts) in Hamburg, Germany. This museum is a design focused exhibition which opened last weekend, with plans to run until Jan. 15, 2012.

Jonathan Ive

The exhibit is called “Stylectrical: On Electro-Design That Makes History and will examine “the complex development processes of industrial electrical design in a cultural studies context.” The majority of the museum’s 300 exhibits during the show are Apple products designed by Jonathan Ive. In addition, the museum has offered an iOS app that will lead visitors through the exhibition.

Also, the exhibition will feature work by former Braun design lead Dieter Rams, who has influenced the design theories of Ive and Jobs.  In 2009, Rams in a 2009 documentary said that Apple is the only company designing products according to his ten principles of “good design”.

In 2009, Jonathan Ive was named the smartest designer in tech by Forbes Magazine.    “With the launch of his first product, the iMac G3, Ive turned the utilitarian gray desktop computer into a translucent, gumdrop-shaped fashion statement,” Forbes said.

Ive was also named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London in 2003 and was awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts, as noted by Apple in his executive bio on the company’s website.

“iTunes Match” Allows Streaming of Music

Earlier today, Apple released a new iTunes 6.1 beta with iTunes match to developers. iTunes Match is a new service that allows users to pay for an annual subscription that will make their  entire existing music collection (including songs not purchased through iTunes) available from Apple’s cloud servers as well.

Insanely Great Mac  not only has a nice walkthrough for the service, but also has discovered that iTunes Match is both a  streaming  and downloading service. This feature on your iOS devices means your music library won’t need to take up space on the device itself, as long as you have some sort of internet connection.

For $25/year, iTunes Match will scan your existing iTunes music library and allow you to access it from any of your iTunes-linked Macs or iOS devices. Existing songs in the iTunes music store will streamed straight from Apple’s servers (at 256kbps bitrate) without a need to upload the songs yourself. In addition, songs that don’t exist in iTunes will be uploaded to iCloud. Either way, up to 25,000 songs  will be accessible from your various computers and iOS devices.

When Apple first annouced the service at WWDC 2011, it wasn’t clear  that music can be either  streamed  or downloaded locally to any of your computers or devices. The service works the same way on Mac and iOS devices allowing you to have instant access  your entire music library from all of your Macs, iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches for only $25/year.

iTunes Match is expected to launch this fall with iOS 5.

 

Apple Seeds Developers New iTunes 6.1 Beta with iCloud iTunes Match

Today, Apple has released iTunes 6.1 beta to developers. iTunes 6.1 beta is the first release to support the    “scan and match” cloud access feature that Apple announced at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

iTunes Match Email

iTunes Match is a new service that allows users to pay for an annual subscription that will make their  entire existing music collection (including songs not purchased through iTunes) available from Apple’s cloud servers as well.

The service will support music collections up to 25,000 and costs $24.99 per year. The song limit does not count any songs purchased from iTunes, which are already accessible through Apple’s iCloud. In addition, the service is limited to music, and does not support the uploading of apps, audiobooks, books, movies, TV shows, ringtones or interactive content such as iTunes LP liner notes or iTunes Extras for movies.

Unlike services like Amazon’s cloud player or Google Music (yes, they still exist), iTunes Match does not require users to upload many gigabytes of data  that thousands of songs would involve. iTunes makes it easy for users to store songs in the cloud by automatically scanning the user’s library and then make those same songs available through iTunes’ song catalog.

Currently, this service is available for developer testing only, and Apple warns that any content copied up to its cloud servers during the test period may be erased. Apple advises that users testing the device should back up their original songs, and not delete any songs uploaded into the service.

Adobe Unveils PDF Creation App for iOS

Today, MacStories has discovered that Adobe  released a new iOS app called “CreatePDF”. “CreatePDF” is a $9.99  universal app allowing users to easily create PDFs on their iPhones or iPads. Adobe claims that  CreatePDF  brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobatto iOS devices. In addition, the app uses Adobe’s  online services for performance and quality, creating PDFs that offer quality and accessibility standards.

CreatePDF

CreatePDF

Upon installing, CreatePDF registers as a default app to open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, Adobe Illustrator drawings, Photoshop images and InDesign  files, in addition to Open Office and StarOffice documents and JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF images.

The app currently supports the following file formats:

  • MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDesign (indd)
  • Images JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • RTF, Text and WordPerfect
  • OpenOffice and StarOffice documents

The app works through iOS’s built in “Open in” menu, which allows third party apps to communicate with each other by sending documents to other applications that support specific file types, such as PDF, .doc, or plain text.

You can purchase CreatePDF for $9.99 in the App Store.

[image credit: MacStories]

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch in Australia Delayed Again Due to Apple Suit

About a month ago, Apple got approval for a temporary ban against Samsung tablets in Australia. Australia became the first market to see Apple win over Samsung in the patent dispute between the two companies. Samsung agreed to delaying the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country and provide Apple with samples of a version of the device specific for that country at least one week ahead of the launch.

Galaxy Tab 10.1Today, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Samsung has again agreed to delay the launch of the device in Australia. The company was originally set to launch the Galaxy Tab on September 12th, but now the date has been pushed back to September 30th. The agreement was made after Samsung provided Apple with samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple undoubtely still considered Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to still infringe upon its intellectual property rights. In addition, Apple requested new injunctions to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the dispute can be resolved.

Apple’s counsel said that while the modified version had “some reduced functionality” it “will still infringe”. They sought orders from the court re-affirming the previous block on sales of the US model and asked for a new order to prevent the sale of the Australian version at least until a hearing can take place at the end of September.

Samsung has also shown intresest to invalidate Apple’s design patents and will be filing claims against Apple for infringement by the iPad. A formal hearing in Apple’s case against Samsung has been scheduled for September 26th and 29th.

Apple Awards Tim Cook 1,000,000 Shares of Stock as CEO

Tim Cook CEOFew days ago, Steve Jobs’ resigned as Apple’s CEO and became the chairman of board. Today, Apple has filed a form 8-K with the SEC due to the recent corporate changes at the company. An 8-K is the report companies must file    with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about.

This filing notifies  investors of the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO  Jobs'; appointment as Chairman of the Board; COO Tim Cook’s promotion to CEO; and the appointment of Cook to the Board. In addition, Tim Cook will receive 1,000,000 shares of Apple. Fifty percent of Cook’s  restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021. Cook is receiving 500,000 shares of Apple stock in 2016, and 500,000 more shares in 2021, but as long as he stays employed at the company.

In connection with Mr. Cook’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook  1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.

At today’s closing stock valuation, one million shares of Apple would be worth $383.6 million.  A restricted stock unit (RSU), is a form of compensation valued in terms of company stock, but the stock is not issued at the time of the grant.

Hacker Behind Jailbreakme.com Hired As Apple Intern

Comex's TweetAnnounced via Twitter, “Comex”, the famous hacker behind Jailbreakme.com is joining Apple as an intern. He became famous last year when he released a web-based JailbreakMe exploit for iPhone 4.  JailBreakme.com made it extremely easy for iOS users to jailbreak their devices by simply visiting the site.

It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored. So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.

Forbes first interviewed Comex as Nicholas Allegra, a 19-year old Brown University student from  Chappaqua, NY. In the interview, Allegra said jailbreaking is    “like editing an English paper… You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.” Allegra has been on leave from Brown University since last winter looking for an internship.

Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency analyst and one of the first people to hack the original iPhone in 2007, was impressed by Allegra’s hack. I didn’t think anyone would be able to do what he’s done for years,he said. Now it’s been done by some kid we had never even heard of. He’s totally blown me away.

In addition, Allegra discovered a new exploit in Apple’s PDF renderer to run custom software to crack iOS devices. A few days after, Apple patched the bug.  Allegra didn’t specify what he will be working on at Apple.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook e-mails employees: “Our best years lie ahead”

Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, and Phil Schiller

Yesterday, Steve Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO from his day to day duties with the Cupertino technology company and appointed Tim Cook as Apple’s new CEO. Following his ascension, Tim Cook today sent out a company-wide email assuring employees that nothing will change at Apple.

The email from Cook, obtained by Ars Technica, says that he aims to address any concerns that employees might have about the trasition. Cook also said that Apple is not going to change.

 “I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change.” – Tim Cook

He said that the company has been built by Steve Jobs, and has a  “culture that is unlike any in the world.” Cook promised that Apple will “stay true to that,” because it’s in the company’s DNA.

“I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.” – Tim Cook

Tim Cook has worked for Apple and with Jobs for over 13 years. He is known to be an operational genius who may lack the charisma and vision of Jobs, but many say he can keep the company headed in the right direction.

Analysts have expressed concern over Apple’s future in short-term with Cook. In addition, they view the transition as a change years in the making, with Apple’s executives being prepared for a new era without Jobs as CEO.

The full text of Tim Cook’s email can be read below:

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim