Apple releases 8GB iPhone 5C
This week Apple released a ‘mid-tier’ model in the iPhone 5C product line – the 8GB. It’s not a wide release and only being offered in a few countries – UK, France, Germany, Austrailia and China. Apple states that its strategy is to offer a lower-cost option that is compatible with LTE networks in countries where those networks are seeing rapid growth. The report from Apple also mentions that Apple may choose to not sell the 8GB model in the US due to the popularity of subsidized phones (16GB offered at $99 or less with contract).

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, speaks out about ‘Haunted Empire’
Former Wall Street Journal reporter, Yukari Iwatani Kane, recently released a book entitled ‘Haunted Empire,’ in which the transition of Apple from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook is discussed. Kane’s opinion is that Apple is in decline. Cook has debunked this with a statement calling the book, “nonsense.”

“This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple. It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over 85,000 employees that come to work each day to do their best work, to create the world’s best products, to put their mark in the universe and leave it better than they found it. This has been the heart of Apple from day one and will remain at the heart for decades to come. I am very confident about our future. We’ve always had many doubters in our history. They only make us stronger.”

Kane felt that with such a strong response from Apple’s CEO, the subject must have ‘touched a nerve.’

Apple Senior Vice-President of Design gives rare interview
UK publication The Sunday Times included Apple SVP of Design, Jony Ive, in a special “Makers” series. Ive spoke candidly about working at Apple. Within the article Ive states that he doesn’t consider any one product his ‘best work.’ He believes that people buy Apple products because people, “care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made.”

Christian Bale rumored to play Steve Jobs
As the Aaron Sorkin biopic about Steve Jobs begins to take shape, it’s been rumored that actor, Christian Bale may play the title role. David Fincher is in the running to direct and will more than likely commit to the project if Bale is involved.

Fortune releases World’s Greatest Leaders list
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is included in the inaugural list of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list along with Pope Francis, Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Cook sits at #33 on the list.

Apple Reseller Closing Its Doors
After 73 years of business, FirstTech is closing its doors. The Minneapolis retailer was the world’s first Apple reseller. Originally known as ‘Team Electronics,’ FirstTech began selling Apple’s first personal computers in the late 70s. Unforutnately, FirstTech hasn’t been able to keep the pace with Apple Retail Stores and is closing its doors at the end of March.

iOS 7.1 Update Causing Personal Hotspot Issues
The most recent system update of iOS, 7.1, is reportedly causing issues for users and their personal hotspots. Apple has disabled users from setting up hotspots on carriers that aren’t official iPhone partners. This has been noticed by users in Germany, India, Austria, Spain, Serbia, Thailand, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, and others.