In today's Apple Daily, we get a look of what kinda-sorta-possibly may be some kind of mold for the rumored 12-inch "iPad Pro" as well as a look at a new hire that could mean great things for Apple's recent ventures into enterprise. In addition, be sure to check out what Apple's doing to express its support for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France.
'Leaked' Photo Claims to Show iPad Pro in Production
Yes, we're not even two weeks into the new year and already new Apple "leaks" are pouring in. Today, an image from Weibo circulated that is said to depict an object used in the production of the rumored "iPad Pro." At first glance, it looks like a mold; some other commentators, however, have speculated that it's something used in the machining process to shape the device's shell.
It certainly looks like it could have been made for some of Apple's more recent products, but without any reliable references for scale, it could just as easily be an apparatus for the production of an earlier iPad. (Why, it could even be for an Android tablet.) And naturally, as with seemingly all such "leaked" photos, the image quality leaves much to be desired.
The photo follows the release of another "leaked" photo posted on NowhereElse.fr earlier this week, which is said to show stereo speakers on the side of an iPad Pro. At the very least, the photos certainly seem to align with the rumors regarding the release of the device, which tend to say we'll see it sometime in the first half of this year.
Apple Shows Support for Charlie Hebdo on French Online Store
In an understated and classy show of support for the people who died in the attacks on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday, Apple has updated its French online store with a banner reading "Je Suis Charlie" at the bottom.
The phrase, meaning "I Am Charlie" in French, has been used by many organizations to express support for the magazine in the wake of the tragedy. Apple's display of support for the magazine's freedom of expression is especially poignant right now, as the company's retail stores are running a massive campaign focusing on works of art created with the Cupertino company's devices.
Word circulated earlier today that Google had donated $300,000 to ensure the publication could print one million copies of next week's issue, but the truth is a little more complex. The money is actually coming from The Digital Innovation Press Fund, and the money will come from Google through a "donation tax" via a settlement with the French government, according to The Guardian. Elsewhere, though, Google added its own "Je Suis Charlie" to its French homepage.
Apple Hires Longtime HP Exec to Help with Enterprise Initiatives
Apple is taking its new focus on enterprise markets quite seriously, it seems, to the point that the company has hired longtime Hewlett-Packard executive John Solomon to help with the project (via Re/code). Apple confirmed the hiring without specifying Solomon's role or title, but Re/code's sources say he'll help the Cupertino company "boost sales to big companies and government agencies with large technology budgets."
The site calls the hiring "significant," and indeed, Solomon spent two decades with HP in various roles before finally settling in as a vice president overseeing the company's printing and personal systems group. Solomon's connections could be integral in getting Apple products into government markets.
The news comes several months after Apple's widely publicized partnership with IBM to reach out to enterprise customers, and we've already seen the first "Mobile First" apps to emerge from their combined efforts. Apple's enterprise initiatives also include a specialized form of AppleCare for business customers.