• Monday News

    Between being busy and there not being much news late last week, we have a bit of catching up to do here at the MacTalk news desk.

    So lets see what was making news at the end of last week and today.

    If you have ever found yourself having to many contacts to sync with iCloud then you will be pleased, and I suspect in the minority, to hear that Apple has lifted the limit from the pervious 25,000 contact limit to 50,000. I am not even sure I could come up with 25,000 contacts!

    Meanwhile it seems if you are in the market for a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro you might want to wait until WWDC. A slip in the shipping times, picked up by Macrmors, suggest that there is either some supply issues on the top end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro or the channel is being cleared ahead of a refresh.

    Apple has made another acquisition with Apple confirming to the New York Times that it has acquired Coherent Navigation, a GPS start Up. This will help out in their Maps team and is one of a number of purchases in the Maps space.

    The electric car wars continue, with 9to5Mac reporting that Tesla has hired the head Apple recruiter after Apple had hired theirs back in 2014. Apples former Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting Cindy Nicola has updated her Linked in profile to show her starting at Tesla in May.

    Meanwhile another front in the electric car wars may be winding down with reports that Apple and A123 systems are finishing an agreement to settle the lawsuit A123 had filed against Apple for poaching staff. According the the Boston Globe report this will prevent Apple appearing in court over the matter.

    Tim Cook has given the Commencement speech at George Washington University and you can watch it in the video below. In the speech he discusses meeting Steve Jobs for the first time, how now more than ever you don't have to choose between doing good and doing well and his early childhood interest in politics and technology.

    GW Commencement 2015 Tim Cook from GW Media Relations on Vimeo.

    Older MacTalkers may remember, most likely not fondly, the old Ping social network Apple used to have in iTunes. There may not be many great failures in Apple’s past, but Ping is likely one of them. Despite that 9to5Mac have revealed that the new relaunched streaming music service may well be going to include a social network component. They also believe it may simply be called Apple Music.

    There has been a lot of hype about HomeKit but Fortune are claiming that sources are telling them that the launch has been delayed. Whilst they indicate something around August or September, others are saying the delay may be only a month at most.

    We close out the news with reports that the delays in the Apple Watch may in fact have been nothing more than a shortage of staff. Macrumors has picked up the reports on a DigiTimes says the delays are linked to a severe labour shortage over the Chinese New year.

    See you all again tomorrow, enjoy your Monday.

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