Why did Microsoft port Office to Apple’s iOS iPad before Android?

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple’s iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple’s minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google’s Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare? Gartner takes its data very seriously,…

Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant to boost output

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies’ Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned. While construction of the joint Apple-GT Advanced sapphire manufacturing facility is not yet complete, multiple companies are already posting bids to build out a…

Apple starts iBeacon product certification under ‘Made for iPhone’ program

In a push for wider iBeacon adoption, Apple on Tuesday released specification requirements under the “Made for iPhone” program for third-party manufacturers looking to build products incorporating the Bluetooth LE-based technology. According to Apple’s “Made for iPhone” program website, OEMs with products meeting the newly instituted criteria can now ask for iBeacon branding from Apple, opening the…