Apple Operations International is registered in Cork, Ireland, but has “no physical presence at that or any other address,” according to the report. Indeed, the corporate entity has existed for 30 years and apparently never had a single employee. Of the three people on its board, all Apple employees, two live in California; 32 of its last 33 board meetings took place in Cupertino, and the Irish director participated in seven of them. Its assets are managed by a Nevada company, and held in bank accounts in New York.
The rotten financial Cork … er, core of Apple?
The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers.A statement from Apple • Referring to a malware incident which struck the computers of some of their employees today, believed to have been caused by the same code that hit Facebook last Friday. Apple said that a small amount fo employee systems were afflicted after visiting a website for software developers, where the malware was picked up, and that they’re currently working with law enforcement. They also indicated they’ll be releasing a software update soon, to safeguard users on the consumer end. source
Over the past six months, Google has begun to systematically replace core, Apple-made iOS apps with Google-made iOS apps. In July, Google launched Chrome for iPhone – a Safari replacement. Then, in October came Google Search – which included a voice search feature to compete with Siri. In December, Google launched Google Maps to replace Apple Maps, and a much-improved Gmail to replace Apple’s core Mail app. It also put out a new YouTube app, to replace the one that Apple removed during its last iOS upgrade.
In a way, Apple shot itself in the foot because, by dropping Google’s apps, they effectively allowed Google to prove is better at iOS app development than they are. (Barring the Gmail app, but that’s a different story.)
Expect iOS7 to have an updated design philosophy, because it’s beginning to feel dated now that developers are increasingly outpacing Apple itself at app design.