Friday Morning News
The latest in Apple’s acquisitions is Emotient, a facial expression startup. Emotient’s primary use case was analysis of consumer reaction to ads, determining whether a response was positive or negative based on facial expressions. For once, there’s little to no speculation on what Apple may do with the company, but here’s mine: what about photo streams that automatically collate the best photos from your trip overseas? That’d be pretty cool.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission just published Apple’s annual proxy statement, in turn revealing the highest-paid Apple execs. Of Apple’s six executives, CEO Tim Cook isn’t even in the top five when it comes to direct compensation for their position, bringing home a little over $10.2 million last year. Apple’s other execs — Luca Maestri, Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Dan Riccio, and Bruce Sewell — all brought home somewhere in the vicinity of $25 million last year.
Speaking of Apple execs, COO Jeff Williams says Apple is constantly takes the heat on child labour because it’s one of the companies that actively goes out looking for it. Good guy Apple, taking one for the team by putting the spotlight on child labour, and by extension, itself.
Soon enough, there will be 30 Apple Retail locations in China, with the second this month announced yesterday. Given that we’re just 8 days into the new month, that’s impressive and scary, all at the same time.
AppleInsider’s look at a recent Apple patent tells us that Apple is exploring a multi-camera system for the iPhone that’s designed to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to smartphone photography. Optical zoom using a second sensor would allow for more accurate focus and sharper photos, if the patent turns out to be the real deal.
The Verge says Apple’s actually investigated putting two cameras in the iPhone before, with the dual cameras capable of simultaneous recording. John Gruber has also mentioned in the past that Apple’s dual-camera system would bring DSLR-image quality to the smartphone.
MacStories has a quick review of Vidyo, but by the time you read this it will be too late. Vidyo’s claim to fame before it was removed from the App Store was screen recording on-device, simulating a mirrored AirPlay connection to the device itself to make the magic happen.
Dave Mark of The Loop claims WWDC will happen in the middle of June, based on previous WWDC dates.
9to5Mac takes a look at even more USB-C accessories from CES.
Some may be upset about the lack of Mac support for the Oculus Rift, but Oculus has made it pretty clear of the high hardware requirements, and the fact of the matter is, Apple doesn’t place hardware high on their priority scales.
Apple World Today writes about the Safari’s twelfth birthday, before which Macs ran Internet Explorer as their primary web browser. I remember those times, back when I was in high school and the “Mac lab” was a brand-new thing.