July 2, 2012

Apple has rolled out the new iCloud.com beta website for registered iOS and Mac developers. The new website was leaked prior to WWDC and is accessible at beta.icloud.com. The new iCloud.com beta does not include many changes, but Notes and Reminders applications have been built for the web. Also included is a new Find my iPhone and an improved Calendar application. (Via MacRumors).

After the break, we have added a screenshot tour of the new iCloud.com beta website for developers:

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Apple has announced on its Investor Relations website that its Q3 2012 results will be released on Tuesday, July 24th. The call will be held at 2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern time. Streaming will be available via QuickTime through Apple’s website.

Apple will release OS X Mountain Lion this month, and notably, Apple released OS X Lion – last year – on the day following their Q3 2011 earnings call. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer used the Q3 2011 call to announce OS X Lion’s availability on the following day. Perhaps Apple will take a similar approach this year, but that is just speculation. More details after the break: 

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As noted by MacStories, Apple will be adding a new Food and Drink category to the iTunes App Store. According to Apple’s email to select developers, the new category will go live in “the next few weeks.” The new app section will cover a slew of food related apps, but not shopping, dieting, or food-related games. Restaurant and bar finding apps, recipe apps, cooking and baking apps will be supported, though, per Apple’s email. In preparation for this new category, Apple is contacting developers of apps that have been deemed fit for the new category. Developers have the option to accept or decline addition to the new section.

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We have kept you updated on Apple’s warranty situation in Italy with the company forced to pay a $1.2 million fine imposed by Italian antitrust authorities after losing an appeal to the fine in March. Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato claimed Apple mislead consumers by selling its one-year AppleCare warranties without properly informing its customers of a two-year warranty mandatory by European Union law. Today, Reuters reported Apple is facing further fines and “temporary closure of its operations in Italy” if it doe not make changes to its warranty policies:

Apple Inc was threatened with the temporary closure of its operations in Italy and with further fines of up to 300,000 euros ($377,500) if it does not offer customers a free two-year warranty as demanded by Italian law… The AGCM said in its monthly bulletin that Apple was continuing to adopt unfair commercial practices in Italy and noted this could eventually lead to the closure of its Italian operations for up to 30 days.

In March, reports claimed that authorities from up to 10 other countries in the EU were considering requesting Apple make similar changes to AppleCare.

Update: Apple commented on the matter:

“We have introduced a number of measures to address the Italian competition authority concerns and we disagree with their latest complaint.”

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