Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Respected: For the seventh consecutive year, Apple (AAPL) has been named the “World’s Most Admired Company” by Fortune. Apple beat out technology rival Google (GOOG) — which slipped from second place last year to third this year — and online retail giant Amazon (AMZN) to take the top spot once again. The list is compiled by scoring 1,400 global companies based on data obtained from surveys of executives and analysts. Other companies among the top 10 most admired companies in the world were: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), Starbucks (SBUX), Coca-Cola (KO), Walt Disney (DIS), FedEx (FDX), Southwest Airlines (LUV) and General Electric (GE). In fact, the highest ranking non-U.S. company to make the list was German auto giant BMW which took 14th place. Apple’s major mobile device rival Samsung placed 21st on this year’s list.
Second Try: Another film exploring the life of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter notes. The new film will be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. David Fincher is reportedly set to direct the film, whose script will be penned by Aaron Sorkin. Fincher helmed The Social Network, which charted the rise of social media giant Facebook (FB) and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. An earlier film based on Jobs’ experience founding Apple starring Ashton Kutcher, hit theaters last year, but generated just $35 million in box office ticket sales.
Quick Spread: Within two days of the release of a critical security patch, more than 13% of North American iOS users had downloaded it, AppleInsider notes. Apple issued the iOS 7.0.6 patch on Friday to cover a previously-unknown vulnerability in website security certificate (SSL) checks in iOS. According to research firm Chitika, 13.3% of iPhone and iPad owners in the U.S. and Canada had installed the patch 48 hours after it launched, based on the firm’s analysis of Internet traffic. On Wednesday, Apple also released a software patch to eliminate a similar SSL vulnerability in its Mac operating system.
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