Due to a new state legislature in Mesa, Arizona, Apple could receive up to 20 years worth of tax breaks. Part of the reason for the long term tax break is because of Apple’s Solar-Powered Data Center located in Arizona, they fall under the category of “Sustainable redevelopment projects”, which gives them at least 10 years worth of equipment tax breaks, with a few other benefits helping to possibly stretch the tax breaks out to about 20 years.
Apple is gearing up to announce an update to their capital return program which is in April. This got investment firm RBC Capital Markets to believe that the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, making yet another reason to buy into the company’s stock. Read more
In recent news, Five months after a publication source better known as Macworld, had shipped their last print magazine in September, senior editor and Mac guru Chris Breen on Tuesday announced he will soon leave the publication to take on an unannounced part at Apple.
Research firm IDC published on Tuesday found Apple’s share of the Chinese smartphone market nearly doubled over the fourth quarter of 2014, meaning that smartphone manufacturers shipped around 107.5 million units. Read more
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (better known as the USPTO) on Wednesday simply denied five petitions for so-called inter partes review filed by Apple, which the company sought to challenged the validity of certain claims of three of VirnetX’s U.S. patents at stake. Read more
Apple already had 71 banks backing their new Apple Pay program, now they will have a few newcomers joining the party. Apple Pay launched late last year that would allow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus users to pay for various products in stores straight from their phone, thanks to the iPhone’s special Near Field Communication antenna.
According to User jk9357- a follower of the 9to5Mac.com website, Siri will be getting a voice upgrade in the new iOS 8.3 Beta. The new iOS 8.3 Beta will be bringing a lot of changes to how iPhones operate and the content that will be in Apps, one of these upgrades is the sound of how Siri pronounces words and her tone of voice.
Apple is reported to grow their recent iPhone dominance in China by launching Apple Pay in the region. With that said, the company’s efforts came across some problems, as China’s central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba have become a struggle to negotiate with, centering mainly around profit sharing, courtesy of MarketWatch. Read more
Recently, 41 patents were granted or awarded to Apple on Tuesday, this was by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patently Apple mentions quite a bit of Apple’s patents that they were granted, and leads us to a 3D virtual keyboard patent (as seen above). Read more
New statistics recently surfaced about Apple’s own data, and their adoption rate for iOS 8. In addition, the operating system (or iOS) is now at 73%, a small one percentage point up from when the company last did their update on iOS 8 adoption rate, which was two weeks ago. iOS 7 is of course behind at 24%, and 3% of devices are running a software version that is two or more years old. Read more