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Apple to Deploy 1Password to Employees ➝

Jonathan Geller, reporting for BGR:

According to our source, after many months of planning, Apple plans to deploy 1Password internally to all 123,000 employees. This includes not just employees in Cupertino, but extends all the way to retail, too. Furthermore, the company is said to have carved out a deal that includes family plans, giving up to 5 family members of each employee a free license for 1Password. With more and more emphasis on security in general, and especially at Apple, there are a number of reasons this deal makes sense. We’re told that 100 Apple employees will start using 1Password through this initiative starting this week, with the full 123,000+ users expected to be activated within the next one to two months.

This is a big deal for sure, but let’s not put the cart before the horse when it comes to acquisitions. There’s quite a bit of information within this report regarding Apple deploying 1Password to employees, but there isn’t much evidence to say with certainty that an acquisition is in the works.

Here’s the relevant paragraph:

AgileBits’ annual revenue is said to be around the $5 million to $10 million range, and our source told us the company would most likely sell for two to three times revenue. Could Apple just be kicking the tires before diving in? Possibly, but it would seem unlikely at this point. Either this deal is the actual acquisition, structured in a way that provides additional annual revenue for a set number of years, or there’s something else going on. Jeff Shiner, the CEO of AgileBits, was overheard talking about the “Apple acquisition” in the glass conference room in the company’s Toronto office recently, but we have no firm details on what the context was or any specifics of the potential deal. We have reached out to both Apple and AgileBits for comment.

This might be the beginnings of an acquisition, but given the evidence presented, the claim is a bit weak. I think it would be wise for BGR to add “may be” to their headline.

However, if this is the beginnings of an acquisition and it goes half as well as their purchase of Workflow, it’s going to be great for users of Apple products.

Update: AgileBits has denied rumors that an acquisition is in the works through their 1Password Twitter account:

Rumours of my acquisition are completely false. My humans and I are happily independent and plan to remain so.

BGR: Apple to Discontinue iPad Mini ➝

Jonathan Geller, reporting for BGR:

First introduced in 2012, Apple’s iPad mini was a welcome alternative to the much larger, thicker, and heavier 9.7-inch iPad. There was no 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, so the iPad mini made a great choice for light reading and effortless web browsing, email, and gaming. The market doesn’t stand still, however, and we’re now looking at a redesigned iPad Pro to be launched this summer that should offer everything the current 9.7-inch iPad features, but in a smaller footprint with a larger 10.5-inch display.

On the other side, there’s the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is large enough to negate the need for a tablet for many users. The device you take everywhere, that’s always with you, that has the best camera, and that has everything else you need. The device that you already own. Therein lies the problem, and that’s why we have heard from a source close to Apple that the iPad mini is being phased out.

In hindsight, I should have realized that Apple was phasing out the iPad Mini when the new 9.7-inch model was released a couple of months ago. The new iPad costs $70 less than the Mini and features a larger screen and faster A-series chip.

But setting aside it’s pitiful internals, the iPad Mini is getting squeezed at both ends by smartphones with ever increasing screen sizes and lower cost tablets with larger displays. There isn’t a good reason for the Mini to exist anymore. But, I didn’t expect Apple to discontinue it.

My initial thought was that Apple would fix the iPad lineup’s pricing by releasing an aggressively costed Mini — maybe $199 or $249. That would give them an absurdly low price point to market knowing that many customers would opt for a more expensive model. It would also tidy-up the lineup from a logical standpoint — two consumer iPads at 7.9- and 9.7-inches alongside two pro models at 10.5- and 12.9-inches. But, alas, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

(Via Nick Heer.)

Apple Testing iPhone for T-Mobile USA ➝

Jonathan Geller reporting for the Boy Genius Report:

That’s right, you’re looking at photos of an iPhone prototype with T-Mobile USA 3G bands. The actual internal model is N94, and if you remember, the Verizon model is N92 while the standard GSM variant is N90. We have verified that the phone itself is running a test version of Apple’s iOS […] and it includes internal Apple test apps like Radar and Apple’s employee directory app.

There’s no way of knowing when or if the iPhone is actually coming to T-Mobile anytime soon. But if AT&T does manage to acquire T-Mobile, the iPhone will be coming to the carrier eventually.

iOS 4.3.2 May Be Coming Soon ➝

Jonathan Geller reporting for Boy Genius Report:

We’ve just been told by one of our Apple ninjas that the company is working on another iOS 4.3.x release: iOS 4.3.2. […] We’re told to expect the software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in about two weeks.