Apple Seeds: Apple Facing Criticism of Retail Staff Compensation, Changed Marketing for OS X Security, More

Apple Seeds is iSource’s daily roundup of Apple-related stories for the most diehard of fans, or for the news junkie that has to have all of the day’s news:

Apple Under Fire For Retail Employee Compensation

The New York Times recently took a look at Apple’s retail stores, specifically, employee compensation. Nearly 70% of Apple’s US works are in retail, and each makes around $25,000 a year, which is meager in comparison to the $500,000 or so each retail worker generates in sales per year. Apple is reportedly relying on company devotion, and a large hiring pool, to keep it’s stores staffed. If you’re in Apple Retail, I’d be asking for a raise right about now. [Read More]

Apple Quietly Shifts Language in Security Section of OS X Lion Marketing

I suppose this is a sign of the times. After the recent malware attacks on OS X, Apple has quietly changed the language on their “Why you’ll love a Mac” OS X marketing page. Under the security section, the page formerly stated “It doesn’t get PC viruses”, and now states “It’s built to be safe.” Other minor changes have been made to the body copy as well. [Read More]

iOS 6 Beta 2 Releases to Developers

Just two week after Apple released the first iOS 6 developer beta at WWDC, a second beta (Build 10A5338d) has made it’s way to developers in the form of an over-the-air update weighing in at 332MB. Apple also released Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 2 and Apple TV Software beta 2.

Cricket Prepaid iPhone Sales Start as of Today

A few weeks back we reported that the iPhone was coming to Cricket, a prepaid wireless company. Today, the iPhone went on sale through the new carrier option, at $499 for the iPhone 4S and $399 for the iPhone 4. The monthly plan starts at $55 and offers unlamented calling, text messaging, and 2.3GB of data. [Read More]