Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Motored Apps: On the first day of its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple (AAPL) executives touted plans to extend iOS’s reach right into users’ automobiles, the Washington Post notes. The company says that it is working with automakers to add full iOS integration to car dashboards next year. A number of major automakers have partnered with Apple to introduce iOS integration in their vehicles, including General Motors (GM), Mercedes-Benz, Honda (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY). Under the plan, cars will feature a touchscreen that is capable linking with iOS devices and displaying applications and other data. Apple is working on radio, messaging, navigation and telephone call functionality for the system.
Design Shift: During yesterday’s WWDC keynote, Apple gave attendees a peak at its upcoming Mac Pro, TechCrunch notes. The heavy-duty desktop powerhouse has not seen an update in several years, and Apple recently withdrew the Mac Pro from Europe due to new environmental restrictions. The new Mac Pro ditches the boxy silver mesh casing on the current model — sometimes unfavorable compared to a cheese grater — in favor of sleek black cylindrical design that is a fraction of its predecessor’s size. The exterior is made from aluminum and slides off to provide access to internal components. Inside are two workstation graphics cards, Xeon processors (up to 12 cores) and PCI Express flash storage. The new Mac Pro will be able to support ultra-high definition 4K video output for as many as three monitors. There are also six Thunderbolt 2 outputs, two Firewire ports and HDMI and Ethernet connections. Apple says the new Mac Pro will be assembled in the U.S. and is expected to hit stores later this year.
Relief: After falling as the WWDC and its much-anticipated announcement of Apple’s Internet radio service approached, shares of Pandora (P) rose yesterday as analysts decided the new service wouldn’t immediately threaten the company, Bloomberg noted. The low-key presentation of iTunes Radio suggested to some that Apple wouldn’t invest a large amount of money promoting the service, at least initially. Some analysts said Apple hadn’t provided enough details about the service to gauge its ultimate effect on Pandora. The CEO of Pandora noted that iTunes Radio would “match what other services have offered for years.” Pandora is available on both iOS and Google‘s (GOOG) Android operating system.
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