The trial accusing Apple of e-book price-fixing began at the beginning of June. The Department of Justice filed the antitrust lawsuit in April 2012, alleging that Apple and five publishers - Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan - had conspired to raise e-book prices. The publishers, however, had all settled, agreeing to stop prohibiting wholesale discounts and to pay a cumulative $164m (about £107m), earmarked to benefit consumers.
By the end of the month Apple's lawyers had tried to prove that at no point did Apple try to coordinate the activities of the publishers to fix prices. The trial came to a close in mid July when a US district court judge found Apple guilty, Apple has said that it will appeal the decision, and maintains that it has done nothing wrong.
We saw the first rumours that a gold iPhone was on the way after photographs of components apparently destined for the new iPhone 5S emerged online.
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a speech at his alma mater, the Fuqua School of Business, in which he revealed why he decided to take the job at Apple in 1998, what ethics means to him, what to look for in people, writing your own rules, and who his biggest inspiration has been.
On 10 June we all tuned in for the WWDC keynote, launching a new MacBook Air with an all day battery, 3451808, and announcing that iOS 7 would be "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone, packed with amazing new features and a stunning new UI”. The new iOS was previewed, but the company didn’t reveal when it would launch. 3451839 Also previewed was the new Mac operating system. The biggest surprise was that Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks wasn’t named after a cat.
Also unveiled at the WWDC event was the new Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro sports a cylindrical design that differs dramatically from the previous Mac Pro’s aluminium tower design that dates back to 2003 when the Power Mac G5 was launched. Both the Mac Pro and the new MacBook Air machines used PCIe flash, bypassing SATA SSD, another first from Apple.
Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive was given a new job title. As Senior Vice President of Design Ive is now the head of design at the company, rather than 'Industrial Design' as his previous job title stated.
Early in June news spread about the US National Security Agency (NSA) program - code-named PRISM - under which the NSA has reportedly been monitoring the Internet activities of Americans. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz) wasn’t too happy about this, comparing America to communist Russia.
In response to the PRISM accusations, Apple published an open letter on its site, outlining its policies for responding to government requests for information and promising to work to safeguard user privacy.
Woz finished off the month talking about Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs movie, the history of Apple and the 'lousy' Macintosh, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby, the NSA scandal, iOS 7, the new Mac Pro and lots, lots more. (Woz likes to talk).