Just two days after it emerged a French consumer fraud group is investigating Apple over its handling of battery-related performance issues on iPhones, Apple is now facing questions from government officials in its own country over the controversy.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Senator John Thune (R–S.D.), chairman of the Commerce Committee, has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking a series of questions about how the company decided to throttle processing performance in iPhones with older batteries.
In a letter to Chief Executive Tim Cook, a copy of which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal, Thune asked how Apple has tracked customer [...]
Apple today announced the official availability of fee waivers for its Apple Developer Program for nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities in the United States who plan to distribute free apps on the App Store.
Qualified organizations are able to apply for the waiver, which will provide a free annual membership to the Developer Program. Apple normally charges developers $99 per year.
Apple’s plan to offer free developer memberships to government and nonprofit apps in the United States was first highlighted in late December when its App Store guidelines were updated.
Apple’s new Membership Fee [...]
Apple could debut its first retail location within Saudi Arabia as soon as 2019, thanks to the government’s current push towards a „high-tech look“ for the country. Reuters reports today that officials in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh — including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — are currently in licensing discussions with both Apple and Amazon in an effort to entice major technology companies into the country.
Apple is rumored to be talking with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority, and a licensing agreement for Apple’s retail stores with the authority is expected to come by February 2018. The first location [...]
A cabinet minister of the government of India has given the clearest signal yet that the republic is ready to help Apple expand its iPhone manufacturing base in the country and consider its requests for concessions.
Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu was quoted on Sunday by the India Economic Times as saying the state was „very happy“ to help Apple in its aims, provided the company makes a formal proposal.
„Let us get a good proposal from them…We will be very happy to receive Apple, one of the top brands in the world. We are willing to find out if there is any difficulty they may face. We will be more than happy to resolve that [...]