Ahrendts joins Apple as the senior vice president for retail and online stores and will be responsible of overseeing the strategy, expansions and general operations of these stories. She will report direct to Tim Cook.
Ahrendts, who was chief executive at fashion retailer Burberry for almost 10 years, isn’t the first left-field choice Apple has made when it comes to retail personnel. Back at the start of last year, the firm surprisingly hired John Browett, formerly of UK retailer Dixons Retail, only for the exec to depart just 10 months later.
This latest recruitment may well fuel speculation that Apple is looking to ramp up [...]
WIMM makes an Android-based software platform specifically for wearable tech like smartwatches. But, the company went dark last year, and there was some speculation that WIMM had been acquired by Apple to work on its rumored iWatch device.
The purchase, which reportedly happened months ago, but has only now been uncovered, could mean Google plans to join rivals Apple and Samsung in offering a smartwatch. If so, the smartwatch would join Google's other "wearable tech" product, its Google Glass eyewear.