November 4, 2013

The State of Arizona today announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The facility will create 700 jobs for manufacturing, and an additional 1,300 jobs for the construction and management of the new facility, In total, Apple will be bringing at least 2,000 new jobs to the United States thanks to this new facility.

In addition to the manufacturing facility, Apple will be constructing a new solar power grid in the city to power the manufacturing operations, according to Arizona’s announcement:

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While we haven’t received first weekend sales numbers from Apple yet, AT&T has just released a statement on iPad activations noting that it witnessed a 200% increase in iPad activations compared with last year’s launch:

“iPad activations on AT&T increased more than 200% over the past three days compared to last year’s launch weekend, driven by consumer excitement around the new iPad Air and the popularity of AT&T Mobile Share, which lets customers add an iPad to their existing data plan for just $10 a month.  We also saw strong demand for AT&T Next, which offers customers an iPad for $0 down on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.”

Apple hasn’t announced official numbers for its new iPad Air. It could perhaps be waiting for the iPad mini with Retina display to go on sale for that, as last year the company announced combined first weekend sales of three million units for the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. Those three million units didn’t include cellular models, however, which didn’t ship initially alongside WiFi only models with AT&T’s launch taking place weeks later. The three million units beat out Apple’s previous record of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only units of the iPad 3, which was the last iPad launch that included just one new device.

We’ve confirmed AT&T’s 200% number is referring to the iPad 4 and iPad mini launch, not iPad 3, which is slightly unfair given the fact cellular models of those devices had a soft launch weeks after Apple’s opening weekend of sales of WiFi models.

Earlier today, we reported that Fiksu has been tracking iPad Air adoption over its first weekend of sales and found overall adoption to be outpacing iPad 4 and iPad mini launches from last year by approximately four to one.  expand full story

As one of the last of Apple’s own iOS apps to get updated for iOS 7, Apple has just updated its Remote app for iPhone and iPad with a redesign to match its new operating system.

Version 4.0 of Remote adds a completely revamped UI that matches Apple’s other updated iOS apps and UI elements standard in iOS 7. The update also adds support for iTunes 11.

Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes. It is simpler, easier, and gives you new ways to browse your library and see upcoming songs with Up Next. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can add new songs to hear them next from iTunes on a Mac or PC, or an Apple TV. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were in front of your computer or Apple TV. Or play them from iCloud with iTunes Match on Apple TV. Change a song, pick a playlist, or browse your entire library from anywhere in your home. Control your Apple TV with the flick of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly tap out a title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen.

Other Apple iOS apps yet to get the iOS 7 update treatment include iTunes U, iBooks, and Find my Friends. Update: Apple has added 64-bit support to AirPort Utility.

Remote remains a free Universal download with iPhone and iPad compatibility. Screenshots of the redesigned app below:

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