Apple has had a busy 2013. We've seen the release of the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as well as the launch of a new Mac Pro and an update to the iMac, Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. We've also seen new software from the company, including iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Here, we recap Apple's July.
The first day of July brought photographs of 'budget iPhones' that we described as “oddly garish.” They in fact turned out to be legitimate leaks of the iPhone 5c, which Apple eventually launched in September.
Early in July, Apple released the third beta version of the then upcoming iOS 7, which came with a number of fixes, tweaks (a new font, for example) and new features such as the app download animation. Towards the end of the month, the fourth iOS 7 beta was released, providing key evidence that the iPhone 5s would have a fingerprint sensor (it does).
On 10 July, it was reported that Apple had decided to withdraw its case against Amazon over the use of ''Appstore”. Apple had claimed that Amazon.com's use of the term Appstore was a violation of its rights, two years after first filing the lawsuit, the company decided it would end the case for good.
In other court news, Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing by a US district court judge. The antitrust lawsuit began in April 2012, and alleged that Apple and five publishers – Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan – can conspired to raise eBook prices. Apple maintained that it had done nothing wrong and later appealed the case.
Meanwhile, Samsung requested a retrial for a patent ruling that led to a $1bn infringement ruling against the company in a case brought by Apple.
In mid July, the tragic death of a Chinese woman who is believed to have been killed by an electric shock that occurred when she answered a call on her iPhone while it was charging caused Apple to launch an investigation into the safety third-party chargers.
July's 16th day brought a new version of Logic Pro to the Mac App Store. Logic Pro X – Apple's digital audio editing and MIDI sequencer software package – was described by Philip Schiller, Apple's VP of worldwide marketing, as Apple's “most powerful version yet”. It came with new tools, a new interface, and new features like Drummer, Flex Pitch, Track Stacks and the Arpeggiator.
On 21 July, Apple confirmed that its Developer Center had been hacked, and that the company was in the process of overhauling its security system before the portal went back online. The overhaul continued for several days, and some key parts of the site were restored eight days later.
Apple's earnings call on 23 July saw the company report a drop in profits on a roughly flat revenue for the April to June quarter, though results were ahead of analysts' expectations. Revenue was $35.3 billion, up 1 per cent from the same quarter in 2012, and profit was $6.9 billion, down 22 per cent. It was during this earnings call that Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company is “working hard on some amazing new products” that would arrive later in 2013 and in 2014.
Also in July, a rare Apple I computer sold at auction for $387k (around £260k), the iTunes Store celebrated its one billionth podcast subscription, Apple invited the public to try the iWork for iCloud beta and Bob Mansfield was dropped from Apple's leadership team.