Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 15 November 2013

On November 15, 2013

 Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

In rare 1983 speech, Steve Jobs alluded to the iPad, Siri, the App Store, mainstream Internet connectivity, Google Maps and more – About a year and a half ago, I attended a startup event in Chicago which featured Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus as the keynote speaker. Kittlaus’ speech centered on the future of technology, though he did manage to relay a number of interesting tidbits about the history of Siri (i.e Steve Jobs wasn’t a fan of the name).

iOS 7.0.4 Download Released with Bug Fixes – iOS 7.0.4 has been released by Apple for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, with a build of 11B554a. The update includes several bug fixes and improvements, and addresses an issue with FaceTime calling that caused video chat and voice calls to fail continuously under some circumstances. Other small feature changes may be present, but have not been specifically mentioned or discovered yet.

New Book quotes Steve Jobs as calling Android founder Andy Rubin “big, arrogant f***” – Steve Jobs isn’t exactly a man known for keeping his thoughts to himself which is why excerpts from a new book found by Business Insider documenting the Google-Apple smartphone war is grabbing attention. According to the book written by Fred Vogelstein, Google was already working on its first Android-powered smartphone when Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.

Apple’s Schiller takes stand in Apple v. Samsung retrial, says iPhone was ‘bet-the-company’ product – As the Apple v. Samsung trial continues in San Jose, California, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller testified on Thursday, explaining the risks involved in developing and bringing to market a new device like the iPhone. Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller revealing the first-generation iPad mini.

iBooks And iTunes U Apps Finally Updated With iOS 7 Design Aesthetics – Apple’s well-documented redesign of its mobile OS with iOS 7 seems to have gone down rather well with iDevice users, and although most of the Cupertino company’s apps were updated shortly following its September release, today, iBooks and iTunes U have been added to the list.

iWork for iCloud Updated to Add Collaboration Features, Folders, More – Back at Apple’s October 22nd iPad Air event, the company also unveiled an update to its iWork for iCloud online productivity suite beta that included new real-time collaboration features, easier sharing, and more.

Apple Stores to join growing number of retailers open on Thanksgiving? – The company is planning to have some of its retail stores open on Thanksgiving, ifoAppleStore reported Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, as well as its retail locations in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami, among others, will be open on the holiday, the store-tracking site claims.

Getting started with iMovie 10 – When we last gathered in these hallowed halls, Apple had released Mavericks and I gave you a tour of its most visible new features.

AT&T And Verizon’s Retina iPad Mini With Cellular Backordered As Far As 28 Days – The iPad mini with Retina display was released a couple of days ago and according to previous reports, there was a good chance that would-be customers could face delays in getting their device due to production issues.

28 photos of Apple’s new ‘Mothership’ campus – If you thought your new office looked ultra-modern, wait until you get a peek at Apple’s next campus in Cupertino, California.

New Biography of Jony Ive Sheds Light on Apple’s Design ‘Genius’ – Despite numerous accolades for his role in creating a long line of iconic products at Apple, Jonathan Ive is a famously publicity-shy figure whose most visible contributions to Apple’s high-profile product launches typically come in the form of his participation in brief videos highlighting the design of the company’s latest devices.

Retina iPad mini gutted by iFixit – You’ll find a rather familiar set of bits inside the iPad mini with Retina display this week from the likes of iFixit. The folks notoriously attached to the term “teardown” have found this machine to work with a repairability rating of 2 out of 10 – not so fantastic – but the whole organization of this device’s innards are fantastically simple nonetheless.