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Retail News - Apple boss: "Steve was a visionary. My role was never to replace him”
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Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook. In his first live interview as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook was keen to emphasise that he would not be operating as a Steve Jobs replacement for the tech giant. "Steve was a visionary. My role was never to replace him," Cook told the Wall Street Journal during an interview for the paper’s annual All Things Digital conference in California.

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Retail News - Apple’s Jonathan Ive receives knighthood
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Apple iPad, The British designer of the Apple iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad will be knighted today at Buckingham Palace. Described by Steve Jobs as his “spiritual partner”, Jonathan Ive has led the Apple design team since 1996. Now senior vice-president of industrial design, Sir Jonathan told the Daily Telegraph he is “both humbled and sincerely grateful” for the "absolutely thrilling honour”.

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Retail News - Apple chief to receive knighthood

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list. Ive has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) and can now style himself as Sir Jonathan. Raised in Chingford, Ive began working for Apple in 1992 and has since been the brains behind many of its iconic products.

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Retail News - Steve Jobs book set to be Amazon’s 2011 best seller

Launched on Monday in physical form, the new biography on Apple’s late chief executive is likely to Inc’s best-selling book of 2011. “The way things are trending, it could very likely be our top-selling book of the year,” Amazon spokeswoman Brittany Turner said in a statement.

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Retail News - Apple stuns Wall Street with missed expectations

Apple Inc blamed the rumours surrounding the new iPhone for its disappointing results, which for the first time in years came beneath Wall Street expectations. Shares in the electrical mogul fell 7 per cent in extended trading on Tuesday, taking around USD 27 billion off the value of what one of the world’s most valuable companies.

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And so begins a sad day for the technology industry: Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.

Jobs said that he can “no longer meet the duties and expectations as Apple's CEO” in a resignation letter to Apple's board of directors.The iconic businessman and visionary ran the company from its creation in 1976 until he was ousted in 1985, and again, 20 years later, when he returned to bring the company back from the brink of failure.

Under Jobs' watch Apple has released hit after hit: the iMac, the iPod, the MacBook Pro and now the small family of iPad tablets.

Tim Cook is to pick up where Jobs left off, and this is by no means a surprise. Cook has been running Apple's day-to-day operations as COO since 2007. He served as temporary Apple CEO in 2004 and 2009 while Jobs underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant. The general consensus in the technology industry is that, although Cook lacks the charisma that Jobs was so widely known for, Apple remains in capable hands.

Steve Jobs' departure is by no means the end of Apple, but it is something of a poignant day for technology enthusiasts everywhere as we say goodbye to a man that helped change the face of the 21st century.

P.S. here's a lovely little video from a 1984 keynote speech.

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They say the greatest compliment is imitation, but it’s not likely Steve Jobs will see it that way, after a spate of Apple stores pop up across China and Ecuador.

As one of the world’s most coveted brands it’s not surprising that manufacturers are trying to tap into Apple’s mysterious hold on consumers, but the latest reports suggest a number of fake retailers could now be giving Apple a run for its money.

This new generation of copy cats don’t waste their time producing fake replicas of iPods, iPhones or iPads, instead they sell genuine Apple products in fake Apple stores, where even the staff believe they are working for the electronics giant.

Although it is unknown how the products are procured, the stores use budget imitations of Apple’s urban cement and wooden store design, with staff members even bearing the Apple logo on uniforms.

According to reporters visiting the fake stores in Quito, Ecuador, and Kunming, China, at first glance it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference.

Photos from Bird Abroad blog, read the article and see all the original photos here.

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Apple Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs is set to unveil a swathe of revolutionary software this evening at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

iCloud, iOS5 and Mac Lion OSX are to be launched this evening at the conference in San Francisco.

As is usually the case with Apple launches, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive. It is generally understood that Apple’s new software launches will be revolutionary as the company attempts to step up its game in response to the success of Android and Spotify.

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No prizes for guessing Apple profits would beat estimations, as net income for the past three months to March reached an impressive 85 percent increase from the same period a year ago. iPhone sales led the results with a rise of 113 percent to USD 18.65 million.The good news continued through their quarterly net profits of USD 5.99 billion (£3.6 billion), which is a 95 percent increase on the USD 3 billion it made last year. Revenue reached USD 24.67 billion, experiencing an 83 percent rise.Although Steve Jobs hailed the results as showing Apple “firing on all cylinders,” there were some obvious areas for improvement, most notably their iPad tablet sales coming in beneath expectations at 4.69 million units. iPod sales were also down by 17 percent from the previous year at just 9 million units.Mr Jobs closed his statement with the promise of “innovation on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year."

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According to City AM, APPLE chief executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave, two years after taking a six-month break when he underwent a liver transplant.Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, said chief operating officer Tom Cook would take responsibility for day-to-day operations but he would continue to be chief executive and be involved in major strategic decisions."At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health," Jobs, 55, wrote in an email to staff published on a regulatory newswire. "I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can."  Read more on City AM

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