He went on to say that the problem of not having enough women in tech was still rampant. There aren’t enough female roll models in tech today, and Apple too is sort of the problem. At its Apple Watch event in March only 1 woman was part of the presentation, however, Cook said things will be very different at WWDC 2015.
Two devices from Lutron and Insteon are already available while others such as Elgato, Ecobee and iHome will soon unveil their connected home devices. The devices have broken cover just a week ahead of Apple’s WWDC event and exactly a year after Apple announced HomeKit.
A US appeals court has thrown out Apple’s trademark finding that the appearance of the iPhone can be protected. This means 40% of the $930 million verdict which Apple had won must be reconsidered, even though the prior patent infringement verdict was upheld. The ruling is important from the perspective because it says making a phone with the general appearance of an iPhone isn’t illegal.
Apple announced that the strong sales in the country was driven by gift-buying for the Chinese new year. The company registered a 71% increase in revenue to $16.8 billion in China, and growth wasn’t just driven by the rich, but infact by the expanding middle class.
The company has partnered with distribution giant Brightstar as it sets in motion plans to increase sales from 1 million units in 2014 to 7 million units by 2018