Apogee Thunderbolt, staggering business, Trump’s transgender soldiers & STEM, Apple forests

Apogee adds direct monitoring support for its Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element hardware to Apple Logic Pro X — Audio equipment manufacturer Apogee has updated its Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element series audio interface software with Direct Monitoring support, allowing for latency-free recording and monitoring without additional hardware in Logic Pro X.

Apple does a ‘staggering’ business of $5,546 per square foot at its retail stores — With sales per square foot viewed as a major component of retail success, according to industry data provided by eMarkter, the #1 retailer in sales per square foot is Apple, which did a staggering US$5546 per square foot.

Apple’s Tim Cook speaks out against President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers — Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Wednesday to protest US President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers, joining other tech executives like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s own Jack Dorsey. But this hasn’t stopped Cook ‘helping’ Trump on his education policies.

Apple Wants to responsibly manage 1 million acres of forest — Apple has a new video in its series of Earth Day cartoons explaining the company’s environmentally-oriented accomplishments. The new one is called Can an apple grow a forest? and talks about how a dinner meeting with Senior VP Lisa Jackson led to the decision to buy or grow a forest. The result, according to the video, was an effort to put 1 million acres of forest under responsible management by 2020.