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Friday September 19

16:40
Simultaneous Voice/Data, HD Voice Now Available to Verizon...

Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE service is now functional, allowing Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the first time when connected to a 4G LTE or Wi-Fi network. MacRumors has confirmed that VoLTE is indeed working, enabling users to browse the web or access apps while on a voice call.

In addition to enabling simultaneous voice and data, Verizon's Advanced Calling features also allow for High-Definition voice calls, which are said to be more "natural-...

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12:47
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Use 20-Nanometer A8 Processor From TSM...

Apple's 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today.

While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power.

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple...

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09:41
Apple's Angela Ahrendts: A Phenomenal Start to a Hist...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior VP, Retail and Online Stores, was on hand at the Sydney Australia Apple Store this morning greeting the very first Apple fans in the world to get their hands on the exciting new iPhone 6.

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09:36
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Successfully Survive Second Dro...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete.

A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact.

A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came...

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09:14
Tim Cook Helps Kick Off iPhone 6 Sales at Palo Alto Retail...

With Apple's retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year's line.

Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow)
Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into...

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08:15
First Impressions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Sleek Look, Grea...

While the official reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were published several days ago, with the devices now making their way into customers' hands we are starting to see broader first impressions of the larger iPhones.

Case from MacRumors giveaway, based on rumored design specs (Photo by @adam_moreno)
Several posters in our forums have highlighted the high-quality "Retina HD" displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but have observed that apps yet to be optimized for the larger displays appear "quite blurry" or "'big' and disgusting" due to scaling issues.

Photo by jchiou
Another...

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07:09
Samsung weeps as iPhone 6 Mania Rocks around the Globe

Samsung wastes time and money on TV ads trying to bash Apples iPhone and yet races to copy Apple's next great thing at every turn. Yet what they can't copy is having passionate fans around the globe, willing to sleep for days outside Apple Stores just to be first in their city, State, Province and/or Country to own a shiny new smartphone. No, machines can't copy that. Today the iPhone 6 Plus ...

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06:07
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Go On Sale in U.S. and Canada to Huge...

Following launches in a number of other countries around the world earlier today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have now begun going on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with 8:00 AM Apple launch times in the eastern and central portions of the countries having already occurred.

As expected, supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been tight in some cases, although perhaps not as low as originally thought. Apple's own stores appear to have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus, with carrier stores in some cases having barely a handful of units to distribute.

iPhone 6 line at Toronto's Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts)
Lines at most stores, particularly Apple's own locations, are long in most cases, despite the company having offered pre-orders for delivery this year. As of 6:00 AM, the line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched...

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Thursday September 18

21:08
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Get Cracked in First Drop Test

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already underway in several countries, many companies have begun performing tests and benchmarks on the device. PhoneBuff has taken the two devices and put them through a drop test, dropping each on its back, side and front.

The iPhone 6 did well when dropped on the side and back, but unsurprisingly suffered when dropped on its face. The 6 Plus, on the other hand, cracked when it landed on the side. However, it sustained little further damage when falling on its face.

Based on this one test, both phones may have performed worse than the iPhone 5 design which was described as "very durable" and survived similar drops in a previous drop tests. Without standardized testing, it's hard to draw definitive conclusions...

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19:16
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown: Twice as Big a Battery as iPhone 5...

iFixIt is in the process of taking apart the new iPhone 6 Plus, currently on sale in Australia. Surprisingly, the team points out that the internal layout of the device is extremely similar to that of the iPhone 5s, except at a larger scale and with a bigger battery. The teardown's findings reveal the battery capacity of the device and some internal reorganization.

In removing the front panel from the rest of the device, the iFixIt team notes that there are "no noticeable booby traps", referring to the iPhone 5s' cable that ran from the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port. The battery in the device is listed at 2915mAh at 3.82 volts, in line with the previously leaked battery prototype for the device and giving the 6 Plus double the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s' 1560mAh and much larger than the iPhone 6's 1810mAh...

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17:09
Apple's FaceTime is targeted in a new Patent Infringe...

Secure Web Conference Corporation based out of Melville, New York has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime and ...

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16:09
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Launch Day: What to Expect

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch in the United States tomorrow, with Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and several major retailers offering the two devices for sale.

We've gathered up a list of U.S. locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, listed below, along with general opening times. Customers hoping for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock.

- Apple retail stores - 8 a.m local time
- Verizon Wireless - 8 a.m. local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary)
- AT&T - 8 a.m. local time
- T-Mobile - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m local time, but opening times vary
- Sprint - 8.a.m local time
- RadioShack - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. local time, but opening times vary
- Best Buy - 8 a.m. local time
- Sam's Club - 8 a.m. local time...

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13:55
Copycat Samsung is racing to Integrate PayPal into Next Wa...

On Monday PayPal came out swinging against Apple's new electronic wallet called Apple Pay. PayPal ran a full page ad in the New York Times basically saying that if Apple can't protect your Selfies, how will they be able to protect your finances? PayPal's PR man Rob Skinner explained why he's not running scared, as well as firing a good humored jibe about the truly dreadful live feed that Apple provided complete with timeouts, jumps and a Chinese translator. Skinner added that ,,,

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13:43
Photographer Tests iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Iceland, Demos F...

With every iteration of the iPhone, Apple aims to bring significant improvements to the device's camera. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no exception, packing in several new features like Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Panorama improvements, Slo-Mo video enhancements, and Optical Image Stabilization for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Professional photographer Austin Mann partnered with The Verge to test the cameras in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Iceland and came away with some impressive results.

One of the major new features in the new devices is Focus Pixels, which is the result of a new image signal processor. As described by Apple, Focus Pixels provides the sensor with more information about an image, which results in faster...

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12:24
FlightAware Offers Tool For Tracking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus P...

Apple began shipping out early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders on Thursday morning, and FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has created a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after receiving a tracking number.

According to FlightAware, users can check the "departure scan" in their UPS tracking information which may match a departure time and flight listed on the tracking page. Currently, the page is tracking UPS flights from Shenzhen, China to Anchorage, Alaska and Anchorage to Louisville, Kentucky, all of which are standard flight rounds for shipping companies.

Currently, many iPhones that will be shipping out to customers overnight and in the morning are aggregated in Kentucky, a worldwide UPS air hub known as Worldport. Apple appears to have shipped the majority of iPhone units using Next Day Air.

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are expected to...

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11:56
Gartner Thinks that the Apple Watch will trigger more Cons...

Gartner is predicting that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist worn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are about to ship a first product, while a year ago only two vendors were in that space. But let's be honest here, all...

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11:49
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly in Very Short Supply for In-Store...

Ahead of tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in a number of countries, customers who didn't place pre-orders for delivery have been lining up at Apple's retail stores and those of its carrier and retail partners hoping to obtain one first thing in the morning.

A new report from BGR claims, however, that those looking for an iPhone 6 Plus are likely to be disappointed, as the units are in extremely short supply.We are told that stores have been receiving shipments all throughout the day, and out of all the new iPhone 6 models received, typically only about 2-3% are iPhone 6 Plus units, and in only one color.

There is “no chance” of finding an iPhone 6 Plus unit to purchase tomorrow, we were told. Sources also said there are no 16GB iPhone 6 Plus devices to be found.The report notes that stores...

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10:20
SwiftKey's iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million Downloads...

Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] displacing Facebook Messenger from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States.

Moving beyond the charts to look at raw download numbers, the success of these new keyboards is even more clear, with SwiftKey telling MacRumors that its iOS 8 keyboard has just passed one million downloads in less than 24 hours.

SwiftKey saw a brief launch delay yesterday due to App Store processing, and thus it did not go live until around noon Pacific Time, meaning that it has reached the milestone in roughly 22 hours.

SwiftKey is certainly benefiting from its positioning as a free app compared...

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09:08
iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts

With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis. Most of the major keyboard makers were ready for the launch, introducing iOS 8 versions of their keyboards into the iOS App Store. One day after launch, three of these keyboards, including Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype, are now at the top of the top iOS paid and free charts in the U.S. and other countries.

Within 24 hours of their debut, paid keyboards Swype and Fleksy climbed to the top two spots in the U.S. paid iOS app chart, displacing popular...

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08:59
Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio...

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today.

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08:00
iOS 8 Downloads Cause Spike in Web Traffic as Adoption Rat...

Apple yesterday released iOS 8 to the public, opening the doors for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to download and install Apple's latest version of iOS on their devices. According to The Guardian, this release caused internet traffic to surge in the UK by as much as 60 percent compared to the same time the previous day as millions of iOS users rushed to update their devices.

LONAP web traffic data from iOS launch timeframe (blue) vs. previous day (red)
Data from LONAP shows that web traffic surged just as iOS 8 was released at 6:00 PM UK time. Traffic remained strong for several hours, with a peak at 8:00 PM in the UK as more than 70 gigabits per second were being transferred through LONAP's exchange.

iOS 8 adoption from Mixpanel

iOS 8 may have...

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06:47
A Stunner: A New Patent Surfaces Listing Steve Jobs as the...

Most Apple fans knew that Steve Jobs owned a super yacht called Venus that was designed by Philippe Starck's design company Ubik and built by Feadship. Knowing Steve Jobs, he likely had a hand in every aspect of the design. At a cost of US$100 million you could bet on that. In fact, to control his new yacht Jobs wanted to use an iPhone and/or an iPad. How do I know this? Simply put, I stumbled upon a new patent application earlier this morning while doing some research.

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05:10
Apple Working with U2 on New Music Format to Boost Digital...

Apple and U2 have a long history of working together, producing a special edition U2 iPod in 2008 and more recently releasing the band's latest album, "Songs of Innocence," for free. According to Time, Apple and U2 now are collaborating on a new music format that will boost digital music sales.

Details on the music format or the secret project surrounding it were not revealed, but U2's Bono says it will help musicians sell their music.Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming...

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04:17
Apple Records their Thirtieth Stylus Related Invention

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on developing a future advanced stylus. For the record, Apple now has 30 patent applications on advancing a stylus on record.

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02:10
Long Lines Forming for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch in Austr...

With Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going on sale in the first group of launch countries beginning on Friday, September 19, long lines have already started to form across the world as many anticipate the release of both devices. Apple retail customers in Australia will have the first opportunity to purchase the new handsets at 8 AM on Friday, as some have already begun lining up outside of the company's various retail locations. Currently, it is 7:10 PM on Thursday, September 18 throughout many parts of Australia.

Image credit: @beth_blanchard
One photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the...

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Wednesday September 17

18:47
Apple Aims for Greater Transparency With Comprehensive New...

Apple today launched a new privacy site that outlines all of the privacy features of Apple's products and services, offers tips on managing privacy, details government information requests, and explicitly states Apple's Privacy Policy.

The site comes alongside a letter on privacy from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who says that the company respects user privacy and protects it with "strong encryption." Privacy and security are of the utmost importance to Apple, according to Cook, and the company designs all of its hardware, software, and services with privacy in mind.

In the letter, Tim Cook says that Apple is aiming to be more transparent about what happens...

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17:30
Samsung Learns that Smartphones with Biometric Sensors hav...

In a new business report that was published in South Korea earlier this week we've learned that Samsung Electronics' smartphone sensor technology has been dragged down by technological and legal problems. The legal issue revolves around smartphones integrating biometric sensors have to be clearly labelled as medical devices. Whether this problem could spill over to the iPhone 6 being sold in certain countries like South Korea is unknown at this time.

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17:00
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.5 With Reliability Improvements,...

Apple today released OS X 10.9.5, after approximately a month of testing and two months after the release of OS X 10.9.4.

The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users, improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication and it improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server. Also included with OS X 10.9.5 is Safari 7.0.6.

OS X 10.9.5 will likely be the final update to Mavericks ahead of the release of OS X Yosemite, which is expected in October. OS X Yosemite brings several improvements to the operating system, including a revamped look and several new features that improve integration with iOS.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
Apple TV Updated With Beats...

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16:36
List of iOS 8 Apps That Offer Touch ID Integration

iOS 8, released to the public earlier today, included a slew of new APIs for developers. One of those APIs opened up Touch ID to third-party apps, letting developers use the fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes within apps.

Quite a few apps have been updated to take advantage of Touch ID integration, replacing passwords and PIN codes. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the most popular apps that have integrated Touch ID support below.

- 1Password (Free) [Direct Link] - Password management app 1Password allows Touch ID to replace a Master Password, providing access to the app.

- LastPass (Free) [Direct Link] - Like...

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15:57
A Deeper Look at New Apple, Under Tim Cook's leadersh...

After Apple's September ninth event where they introduced the iPhone 6 with a new 5.5 inch version, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Apple's Tim Cook has gone on a massive PR tour. In the past week we've covered the in-depth Charlie Rose interview and now a new Bloomberg Businessweek has surfaced where we find Tim Cook and his team really opening up about new Apple in ways much different than we found in the Rose interview.

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15:12
Comprehensive List of iOS 8 Apps with Notification Center...

iOS 8 was released today, which means hundreds of app developers are releasing newly updated apps that take advantage of all the APIs introduced with the operating system upgrade. Those include third-party keyboards, which we covered earlier today, and app extensions, a set of APIs that allows apps to interact in new and innovative ways.

One of the neatest app extension features lets developers create widgets that show up in the Today view of the Notification Center. These widgets let users interact with apps and get information at a glance. Several apps have been updated to take advantage of Notification Center widgets, and we've rounded up a comprehensive list below. Many of these app updates are already available, but some will be coming later today and tomorrow.

Dropbox (Free) [...

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13:41
'Epic Zen Garden' Metal Demo Shown Off at WWDC N...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled Metal, an API designed to improve game performance on iOS. Epic Games took the stage during the event to show off Epic Zen Garden, a game built using the Unreal 4 Engine and the Metal API.

The game, which was designed to show off the impressive graphic enhancement features possible with Metal, demonstrated an expansive world with a fully interactive environment. Users could touch a tree to send a cascade of leaves and cherry blossoms swirling to the ground or interact with a group of koi fish.

As of today, Epic Zen Garden is available for download, letting users see some of the things that will be possible in iOS games in the near future. The game supports a resolution of 1440 x 1080 at 30fps, and can display 3,500 butterflies at once. One of the major features of Metal is that it allows for more draw calls, letting a huge number of objects be...

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13:17
Apple Confirms HealthKit Bug, Promises Fix by End of Septe...

Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier today, we noted that Apple had begun pulling HealthKit-related apps from the App Store, apparently due to a last-minute issue that cropped up in the new operating system. The issue has put a significant dent in the usefulness of the Health app that was to be a key feature of iOS 8, while also subjecting a number of third-party developers to uncertainty about the fate of their apps.

While details on the issue are still unknown, Apple has confirmed to Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times that it has discovered a "bug" in HealthKit that will require a software update to fix. Unfortunately, Apple is not necessarily promising an immediate turnaround on the fix, saying only that the company is aiming to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month".

iOS 8 is available now to owners of...

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12:32
List of Third-Party Keyboards Now Available for iOS 8 User...

iOS 8, released to the public today, includes an API that allows developers to create system-wide third-party keyboards for the first time, which will let users select from a range of different keyboards with unique functions.

We've rounded up a list of the best third-party keyboards currently available to you find the keyboard best suited to you. Some of these keyboards are in the App Store now, while others will begin rolling out today following the launch of iOS 8.

SwiftKey (Free) - SwiftKey is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to type by dragging their fingers from key to key. Along with offering predictive suggestions, SwiftKey integrates with SwiftKey Cloud to let a user's preferences be backed up and synced across all devices.

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11:31
"Designed by Apple in California" is now a Regis...

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Designed by Apple in California" under ...

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11:31
iOS 8 Hidden Features Video: Battery Usage By App, Hidden...

Apple released iOS 8 to the public today, giving millions of users their first look at the new operating system. Along with all of the major features, like Continuity, Notification improvements, Messages upgrades, and the introduction of third-party keyboard/Touch ID access, there are also dozens of other minor tweaks and changes that have been introduced in iOS 8, both ahead of the OS's initial launch to developers and across the beta testing period.

Outlined in the video below are some of the most interesting and handy tweaks in iOS 8, including automatic credit card scanning, expanded weather options, quick access to contacts, a hands-free mode for Siri, hidden photos, and more.

We've been collecting and cataloguing minor feature changes to iOS 8 since the first beta was released, documenting the development of new features and providing a one-stop location for all the changes that have...

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10:58
Ive on Apple Watch: One of the Most Difficult Projects I...

In a wide ranging interview with Bloomberg covering culture changes at Apple, Tim Cook's personality, the company's move into Apple Pay, and the development of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Jeff Williams share some fascinating details on the work that went into creating Apple's new wearable device.

According to Jony Ive, Apple first began developing the Apple Watch three years ago, before wearables caught on in Silicon Valley. The Apple Watch, he says, is "probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on." A huge amount of research was conducted for the watch, which was touched on at Apple's introductory keynote event.

Apple invited several watch historians to speak at Cupertino, with one, French author and antique expert Dominique Fléchon saying that discussion centered around "the philosophy of...

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09:57
Apple may have just become a Regulated Financial Instituti...

A recent report posted by Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin after Apple announced their mobile payments service called "Apple Pay," brought up some rather interesting twists that should be noted, if only for interest sake. Levitin is one of 14 academics who write for a blog about credit, bankruptcy, consumers, and financial institutions. Levitin noted that Apple's ambition may have accidentally taken it where most companies fear to tread — into the land of financial regulation.

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09:55
Apple Releases iOS 8 With Continuity, Third Party Access t...

Apple today released iOS 8 to the public, making the download available to all users who have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, 5th-generation iPod touch, or iPad mini. The update can be downloaded via iTunes or through an over-the-air update accessible by going to the Settings app and tapping General ---> Software Update.

While iOS 8 is currently available for download, it may take a few minutes for the update to propagate to all users due to demand. In past years, Apple's servers have been overwhelmed with traffic.

iOS 8 includes the same general design elements introduced with iOS 7, but introduces several under-the-hood improvements. Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of iOS 8, with Apple introducing several new "Continuity" features designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before."

The operating system also includes interactive notifications, app widgets in the...

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09:15
Apple Apparently Finds Last-Minute HealthKit Problems, Pul...

Apple appears to have discovered a significant last-minute issue with its HealthKit services for iOS 8, a problem that will result in a delay for the launch of new and updated apps that include HealthKit functionality. Apple reportedly has pulled HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store and is confirming this issue to affected developers. As highlighted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, both CARROT Fit and MyFitnessPal have disappeared from the App Store after being updated with HealthKit support earlier today.

Well that’s a relief. Just got a call from Apple, there’s nothing wrong with CARROT Fit. HealthKit is just broken and isn’t ready to launch.

— Brian Mueller (@BrianMueller333) September 17, 2014
While the exact issue is unclear, it is...

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08:56
Apple Said to Plan October 21 Media Event to Launch New iP...

With its iPhone 6 announcement completed, Apple reportedly is preparing a second announcement event that will will launch new iPad models, claims AppleInsider, citing a trusted insider familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics. The report points to the second half of October for the event, but The Daily Dot has gone a step further and predicted an October 21 event based on its own sources.A person familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics says Apple has set internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October, ahead of the planned unveiling of major new products during the second half of the month. That would align with an anticipated media event previously rumored to be held at some...

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07:54
LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & App...

In February 2013 Apple hired a high profile leader in AMOLED displays from LG Display. So it's no wonder that Apple's new Apple Watch display using an AMOLED display will be manufactured by LG Display. Reportedly LG Display will supply ...

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07:06
iPhone 6 Mania: Pre-Orders in Taiwan Sold out in 40 Minute...

Earlier this morning we reported that TSMC, Apple's A8 processor supplier, placed new follow-up orders for iPhone 6 parts due to high demand. Now the news continues ...

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06:37
TSMC has Placed Follow-Up Orders for iPhone 6 Parts to kee...

Projected sales for the iPhone 6 had been in the 80-100 million-range prior to its release on September ninth. Those projections may have a chance of becoming a reality with positive news out of Taiwan today in context with new demand for iPhone parts from TSMC.

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05:47
Foxconn Facing Display Shortages as it Struggles to Meet i...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supplies may continue to be constrained as Foxconn reportedly is struggling to keep up with demand for the handsets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Unlike previous years that saw Foxconn handling the launch of one flagship handset, the manufacturer is now tasked with producing two iPhone models that are in high demand. The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, is operating about 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou. The challenge is to manufacture two complicated new iPhones on a large scale at the same time because Foxconn is the sole assembler of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It also makes the majority of the iPhone 6 that comes with a 4.7-inch display, the people said. Foxconn reportedly has hired more than 200,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site to work on Apple's new iPhone. Even with this...

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05:29
Apple Files for the Apple "Pay" Trademark

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for Apple "Pay" under application number 86393745. For those of you, who missed the Apple Event that introduced Apple Pay, let it be said that "Apple Pay" is a mobile payment and digital wallet service ...

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Tuesday September 16

18:46
First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reviews: 'Thin and Sexy...

At its September 9 iPhone event, Apple provided multiple publications with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we have gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple's two new devices are essentially identical in design aside from the difference in screen size and the battery life/optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus, so we've chosen to combine the device reviews into one post.

Brad Molen, Engadget:
Both iPhones are thinner than their predecessor. Whereas the 5s was 7.6mm thick, the 6 comes in at 6.9mm, with the 6 Plus measuring a hair thicker at 7.1mm. I don't always subscribe to the "thinner is better" mantra, but it's a benefit in this case because larger iPhones wouldn't feel as comfortable if they had the same shape as...

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18:11
Part Two of the Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook now A...

In our report covering part one of the Charlie Rose interview with Tim Cook we noted that Rose gave us a teaser about part two of his interview. The teaser was Rose stating that he would ask Tim Cook: "What's beyond the Internet." That certainly got my attention to tune into part two. Yet the answer to that question was...

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17:52
Apple to Require App-Specific Passwords For Third-Party Ap...

Apple is now offering app-specific passwords for third-party apps that access iCloud, allowing users to generate unique one-time use passwords to sign into iCloud securely. In a support document, Apple describes app-specific passwords as a feature of two-step verification and states that app-specific passwords will be required to sign into iCloud when using a third-party app beginning on October 1, 2014.

If you use iCloud with any third party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use.App-specific passwords, which have long been used by other sites like Google, are a function of two-...

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13:46
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to iPhone

Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone.

The document includes information on moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add email accounts to the Mail app. It suggests using a third-party app (Copy My Data [Direct Link]) to transfer data like contacts, calendars, and photos.

Apple suggests Android users can transfer photos, videos, books, and music from Android devices to iPhones using iTunes on a Mac or PC, giving step-by-step instructions. The document also walks users through transferring various documents to iCloud, which can then be opened in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers via iCloud and...

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12:22
Official iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases Arriving Ahead of Frida...

While shipping vendors have been instructed to hold deliveries of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus until Friday's official launch date, there is no such restriction on the official Apple cases designed for the new devices. As a result, several MacRumors readers and others who placed orders for cases when iPhone pre-orders went live last Friday have already begun receiving their case orders.

iLounge has shared some good photos of the brown leather iPhone 6 Plus case. The cases are very similar to the leather iPhone 5s cases with a microfiber interior to protect the iPhone itself, although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases have an open bottom edge where as the iPhone 5s cases are enclosed with distinct holes for the various physical features.

At least one MacRumors reader has received his black leather case for the...

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11:53
iCloud.com Now Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication

Apple's two-factor authentication system is now enabled for iCloud.com, with the site asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor authentication enabled to access various iCloud.com apps.

Access to iCloud.com apps like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is restricted until the verification code is entered on the website, but Find My iPhone remains accessible.

Users also receive an email when their Apple ID is used to sign into iCloud via the web browser, a feature that was implemented following the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts that led to hundreds of photos being shared on the Internet.

Following the hacking incident, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to improve iCloud security by expanding two-factor authentication and sending out security emails when a device is...

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11:41
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shown Off in Early Hands-On Videos

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won't be available to consumers until Friday, September 19, but some devices have been trickling out early ahead of the phone's launch. Korean site UNDERkg has managed to get both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, sharing hands-on videos and photos.

The first video focuses on the 4.7-inch gold iPhone 6, walking through all of the features including the display, the Touch ID home button, the protruding lens, and the power button, which has been relocated to the right side of the device for easier one-handed access.

In the video, the iPhone 6 is also compared to earlier models of the iPhone, like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 3G, as well as Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5 and Alpha. The device is shown running iOS 8, with...

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11:37
While the Federal Appeals Court has just Thrown out the Vi...

In November 2012 we reported that Apple lost their FaceTime Patent Lawsuit to VirnetX. A US court had ruled that Apple should pay damages to a Connecticut-based company because its FaceTime video chat tool had infringed the firm's patents. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million. The sum was about half the amount VirnetX had originally demanded. Today a federal appeals court threw out a jury order ...

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10:35
iPhone 6 Plus Might Be Limited to 1 GB of RAM

Part leaks have previously suggested that the iPhone 6 has just 1 GB of RAM, much like its predecessor the iPhone 5s, but the memory status of the iPhone 6 Plus has thus far remained a mystery, leading many to hope that the larger device has been upgraded to 2 GB of RAM.

New information suggests that the iPhone 6 Plus may not be getting a memory upgrade, and will continue to offer 1GB of RAM like the iPhone 6. A screenshot allegedly from an iPhone 6 Plus depicting what appears to be iPhone monitoring app System Status has surfaced on a Korean message board (via Phone...

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10:14
Actually LG Dislikes Samsung more than Apple

On the topic of competition, Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently told Charlie Rose that he viewed Google as their top competitor. When pressed as to why it wasn't Samsung, Cook noted that it's Google that supplies Android to Samsung, and others. C'mon Charlie, did you really think ....

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08:15
Foxconn Factory Worker Detained Over iPhone 6 Shell Leaks

A Foxconn worker is being detained after being accused of stealing six iPhone 6 rear shells from the factory line and reselling them to an unidentified party in Shenzhen, China, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing details in Chinese newspaper Taihang Daily. The thefts started in late July and netted the 40-year-old male factory worker a total of 6,000 yuan ($960).

The suspect, identified only with the surname Qiao, allegedly responded to an advertisement that offered to purchase "parts from Apple Inc. at high prices." Qiao snuck out his first shell on July 24 and shipped the product to an address in Shenzhen."On July 24, according to the article, Qiao hid one shell in his pocket and successfully avoided the security check by leaving at the peak of quitting...

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07:53
Samsung Vows to Advance Tizen OS in Wearables & Beyond

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was asked who Apple's number one competitor was. Although Charlie Rose thought it was Samsung, Cook made it clear it was really Google who supplies Android to Samsung and others. That was a nice slap in Samsung's face who truly believes that they're Apple's toughest competitor. While it's a long standing fact that Samsung has been attempting to get their Tizen OS off the ground, they've run into some rather embarrassing missteps thus far. But like a dog on a bone ...

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07:28
Apple Approving iOS 8-Optimized Apps, but Extensions Not W...

Following last week's iPhone and Apple Watch media event, Apple officially invited developers to begin submitting their iOS 8 apps for App Store review ahead of tomorrow's public release of the new operating system. While a number of developers have been tweaking their apps to work better with iOS 8 over the past few months, the major step forward comes as apps begin to support the new functionalities supported in iOS 8.

Apple has already begun approving some of these iOS 8-optimized apps, but a few high-profile developers are finding that some of their highly anticipated extensions are not working properly in the updated apps being distributed through the App Store. While only a small subset of iOS users are affected due to limited distribution of the iOS 8 golden master released to developers last week, the issue has been a concerning one for developers trying to diagnose it.

One example is ...

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05:48
Apple was Granted 65 Patents Today Covering Advanced Hapti...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents relating to the iPhone, advanced haptics, GarageBand, liquid metal and a few design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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03:10
Apple Wins Third Patent Covering iOS Metaphors for Aging F...

In February 2011 HP first introduced an innovative feature for their new TouchPad tablets running WebOS called "Touch to Share." HP Fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation. In that same month we posted a granted patent report that described something similar that Apple had been working on. Of course in typical Apple fashion, the concepts envisioned appeared to be far more creative as they implement gesturing with Physics Metaphors.

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01:10
Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plu...

The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances.

The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that developers...

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Monday September 15

18:32
Apple's Tim Cook Gets Fired Up about Privacy & Ap...

On Sunday we posted a report titled "One More Thing: The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook," that covered part one of a two part interview. The topics were many from their womb to tomb business model to their reasoning for partnering with IBM. Tonight the Charlie Rose Show released a small 3 minute segment where Cook talked about Privacy and Apple Pay.

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16:38
Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy.

Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible and that he believes that people "have a right to privacy."

Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have a key.

Our business is based on selling [products]. Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product.As he has stated previously, Cook says that no one has backdoor access to Apple's servers. "We would...

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14:43
Angry Apple Fans demanded a way to remove the Free U2 Albu...

." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world. ." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world.

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12:55
Kantar Thinks that Apple's Holistic Approach to the S...

The Kantar-Group is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks. In their latest report published today, they tackle the Apple Watch. Kantar believes that the Apple Watch has tremendous growth ahead in 2015 as they roll out three variants of their smartwatch. According to Kantar, the key to Apple's future success will be in their holistic approach to the smartwatch market.

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12:49
Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Priva...

Though it won't be released until early 2015, Apple's new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives.

In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information.

In his letter, the Attorney General noted several areas of concern, including:

-Whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded;

-If and how Apple will review application privacy policies to...

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11:57
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Popping Up in China, Vietnam Ah...

Though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not expected to be delivered to customers and released to stores until Friday, September 19, some devices have already begun showing up in Vietnam and China.

According to Dan Tri [Google Translate] an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were spotted in a Red River restaurant in Vietnam by an AP reporter, who confirmed the legitimacy of the devices.

The reporter is said to have tested features like Messages and Siri to confirm that the devices seen in Vietnam were real, and Dan Tri snapped several photos of the two phones. The images show off the size difference between the two models and how...

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10:49
Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple today released the third Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the second Yosemite public beta on August 21. The last developer beta, Developer Preview 7, was released on September 2.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.

It's likely the new public beta includes content released in the last developer update, version 7, which included a new look for Dark Mode, several tweaked icons, and the removal of the "Software Update" option from the main Apple menu.

Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may introduce new iPads.

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10:43
Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album

During Apple's keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission.

The move upset users who did not want to have U2's album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user's devices. According to Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr, who gave a statement to Re/code, customers were asking Apple how to delete the album after it was distributed, which has led Apple to create both a tool and a support document that outlines the process for removing the album from iCloud.

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10:34
Retina iMacs and Apple Displays Within Reach as New Displa...

With Dell having announced its upcoming 5120 x 2880 "5K" display that would be the equivalent of a Retina 27-inch iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display and Apple rumored to be launching its own such display later this year, connectivity options for such displays have now taken a significant step forward with today's official release of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification by the Video Electronics Standards Association (via 9to5Mac).

The new standard offers a 50 percent increase in bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, or 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data once overhead is accounted for.The increased bandwidth enables...

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09:54
Photos From Inside a 747 Flying iPhone 6 Units to the U.S.

As retailers prepare to begin sending out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders to customers, shipping company employees behind the scenes are working hard to transport the phones from China to the United States. One MacRumors reader who works in shipping has posted photos of 195,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders that he flew from China to Alaska in a 747, which will then be sent on to Chicago.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus orders in cargo plane, courtesy of goforblacksky. Yep, that's what I do. I fly stuff. Privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6's in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It'll be on the ground at O'hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You're welcomeAccording to the...

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08:16
Samsung Shows Brave Face in Light of Apple's iPhone 6...

Silly Samsung is trying once again to mock Apple's products. This time around they're mocking the iPhone 6 Plus for copying the Galaxy Note smartphone that debuted in 2011. That's funny, because Samsung ...

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08:08
Duke and Stanford Begin Patient Trials With Apple's H...

Duke University, Stanford University Hospital, and medical device manufacturers are working with Apple on patient trials involving Apple's new HealthKit API, reports Reuters. Apple mentioned the trials in its recent September press event, but did not provide any details on the health parameters or patient groups being studied.

Speaking to Reuters, Duke University's Ricky Bloomfield, internal medicine pediatrician and director of mobile strategy, confirmed the research institution will use HealthKit to track vital health parameters such as blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer or heart disease. iOS 8's HealthKit API will gather this health-related information from a variety of sources and compile it so patients and doctors...

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07:25
T-Mobile's iPhone 'Test Drive' Program Upgr...

Several months ago, T-Mobile US launched an iPhone "test drive" program allowing users to test an iPhone 5s on the carrier's network for seven days free of charge. The program helps users decide if T-Mobile's coverage is satisfactory in the areas they frequent, and also gives users unfamiliar with the iPhone a free introduction to the platform.

With Apple ready to release new iPhone hardware and software, T-Mobile has informed Re/code that it will continue offering the program and plans to upgrade the test drive units to iOS 8 within days of its public launch this Wednesday. T-Mobile also has plans to begin offering iPhone 6 units through the testing program, but it will take some time for those to become available as supplies will be tight in the early weeks after release and they...

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07:08
Korean Brokers Foresee Samsung Experiencing another Drop

In a string of reports that we covered this past June and July (one, two and three) we hammered home the fact that Samsung's financials would plunge due to poor Galaxy S5 phone sales. In the end, poor Galaxy S5 sales hurt Samsung's financials badly despite the false exuberance that Android website reports portrayed about the Galaxy 5 being a smash hit. Today, a new Korean report is stating that Samsung Electronics is expected to suffer another earnings shock in the third quarter ...

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06:24
Apple's iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Smash All Previous Record...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook exuberantly stated in a press release issued earlier this morning that the "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled ...

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05:44
Stanford & Duke Prepare Major Trials with Apple's...

Apple first introduced HealthKit to their developers this past June and their Health app will debut with iOS 8 for the iPhone 6 on September 19. The new Health app will provide iPhone 6 users with an easy‑to‑read dashboard of their health and fitness data. Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi ...

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05:38
Apple Confirms Record-Breaking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-Ord...

Apple today announced that it processed more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in the first day of pre-launch sales. Demand was strong for the phone with pre-orders pushing out availability of the handset to October.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.” After announcing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its September press event, Apple will begin selling the two phones in its retail stores and through third-part retailers and carriers starting on September 19th.

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Sunday September 14

18:41
New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Commercial Attacks Apple for iPh...

Samsung has introduced a new ad for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, talking about how the company first introduced the Galaxy Note series in 2011 and popularized the "phablet" form factor while calling out Apple for making the similarly sized iPhone 6 Plus three years later.

The ad begins recounting the history of the Galaxy Note before talking about some of the features of the device, like multi-window multitasking and its S-Pen stylus. The ad then shows articles from online publications criticizing Samsung for releasing the original Galaxy Note due to the device's large size before showing articles praising Apple for releasing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Finally, the ad shows select tweets from users criticizing Apple for releasing the iPhone 6 Plus three years after Samsung started the Galaxy Note line of devices. The commercial ends with the release date for the new device.

Samsung has continually created advertising going after Apple, its...

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10:54
One More Thing:The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Co...

If you ever really want to know more about Apple's CEO Tim Cook, then watching the Charlie Rose interview that originally aired last Friday is by far one of the best ways of doing that in one sitting. It's hard to believe that there's actually another concentrated hour of that interview to be aired on Monday. The first hour covered a lot of territory that we touch on in this report and on Monday, Charlie Rose will talk to Tim Cook about "What comes after the internet?" That question alone will have me tuning in on Monday.

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08:38
Hon Hai May end up Selling the iPhone 6 in China as an MVN...

provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which the MVNO provides services to its customers. An MVNO enters into a business agreement with a mobile network operator to obtain bulk access to network services at wholesale rates, and then sets retail prices independently. A news story out of China on Friday claims that Hon Hai will ...

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Saturday September 13

12:10
Apple Updates their Logo Trademarks to Reflect Apple Pay

The Afternoon prior to the big Apple Event on September ninth, Apple's legal representation in China filed two trademark filings to update the international classes relating to their Apple logo.

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10:44
iPhone 6 Begins Shipping to Customers for Sept 19th Delive...

Apple begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on Friday, September 12th. The first of those orders are beginning to ship to customers. Verizon sent notices to customers today with tracking numbers for their early orders.


Despite the early shipping, FedEx will hold shipments for simultaneous delivery on launch day -- Friday, September 19th. Despite the coordinated effort, some new iPhones may slip through and arrive a day early or so.

Readers on our forums are tracking their shipments and order status in various threads:

- The "I just bought/ordered/shipped/received my new iPhone 6/6 Plus" thread
- iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sprint Pre-Order Thread!
- T-Mobile....

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10:26
Core Wireless uses Former Nokia Patents to Sue Apple

Core Wireless, headquartered in Luxembourg with an office in Texas, had their attorney Bunsow, De Mory, Smith & Allison file a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday. What makes this an interesting case is that many of the patents listed in this case are Nokia patents. They note on their website that Core Wireless holds one of the world’s largest patent portfolios related to mobile communications networks – and that "all 2,000 patents and applications were originally filed by Nokia ...

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06:20
Tim Cook Talks up Apple TV, Steve Jobs and the Future with...

In a new Charlie Rose interview that aired last night, Tim Cook talked about the late Steve Jobs, Apple TV, the acquisition of Beats and that Apple is working on 'blow away" products that haven't been rumored on thus far. When you think of Apple's ...

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Friday September 12

18:57
Shipping Estimates for iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Slipping to 7-1...

Pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 in the United States have dwindled significantly since pre-orders kicked off last night, with most models of the device now displaying shipping estimates of 7 to 10 days. The new shipping estimates mean customers who place an order now will likely be receiving their phones in October rather than September.

While there are still a some AT&T and Verizon iPhone 6 models available in space gray and gold, silver models for most carriers have now sold out. T-Mobile continues to have some availability in gold, with space gray models carrying shipping estimates of 7 to 10 days.

Though it has taken nearly a day for Apple to run out of most iPhone 6 models available to ship on 9/19, supplies of the larger iPhone 6 Plus were much more limited. Apple's online store was down until...

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15:48
Apple, Square Acquisition Talks Went South Over $3B Offer

Earlier this year, Apple and Square were rumored to be in talks over a possible acquisition, but no deal materialized. According to a new report from TechCrunch, talks between the two companies failed over purchase price.

Apple is said to have wanted to purchase Square for approximately $3 billion, an offer that Square felt was too low given its valuation at the time.Separately, TechCrunch has heard that Square and Apple were in acquisition talks, but that Square walked away. Apple wanted the company to come aboard, but the discussed price was a sticking point: Apple wanted to buy Square for around $3 billion, one source said. Square, valued at the time at a firm 66 percent delta to that price point, declined to accept. Apple also showed Square a raft of hardware that would compete with Square's...

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15:18
High-End 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch Could Cost Up to $1,200

The Edition version of Apple's 18-karat gold Apple Watch could cost around $1,200, reports TechCrunch. The site consulted with "jewelers familiar with the material" Apple uses for the Apple Watch Edition, basing an estimate on the size and weight of the device.

18-karat yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with Red Modern Buckle band
Chad Rickicki, a watch expert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said that a case the size and shape of the Apple Watch in 18 carat gold would cost about $600 to make. The rest -- the electronics and markup could double that price.

That doesn't mean that all of the Apple Watches will rest in the rarified air of haute horlogerie. The lower end sport versions will start at $349 and presumably the standard versions, simply called Apple Watch, will receive a premium over...

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14:28
Tim Cook Speaks on Steve Jobs, Apple's Interest in TV...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two-part interview, and the first segment is airing today. In a series of video clips, Tim Cook talks about Steve Jobs, Apple's Beats Electronics acquisition, the Apple TV, and Apple's plans for the future.

In the first clip, Cook again comments on Steve Jobs' ongoing influence at Apple, saying Jobs is in his heart and deep in Apple's DNA. "His spirit will always be the foundation of the company," says Cook. Cook also gives one other interesting tidbit about Jobs -- his fourth floor office has remained untouched since his passing.

In a second clip, Cook says the hardest decisions Apple makes "are all the things not to work on." When asked if television is one of those areas, Cook said that TV is an area that Apple "continues to have great interest in." He went on to say that TV is one of those things "stuck back in the 70s," and he admits that with 20 million users, the Apple TV has "far exceeded the hobby label."...

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13:44
Apple Pay Details: Apple Gets .0015% Cut of Purchases, Hig...

Apple's ambitious new mobile payment initiative, Apple Pay, was announced on Tuesday during the company's iPhone event. Many questions still linger about the service, but information is beginning to trickle out from various sources as retailers, banks, and credit card companies prepare for the service's October launch.

According to a new report from The Financial Times, Apple stands to make quite a bit of money from its payments service. Banks and payment networks will be forking over .0015 percent of each purchase to Apple, which equates to 15 cents out of a $100 purchase.They are also paying hard cash for the privilege of being involved: 15 cents of a $100 purchase will go to the iPhone maker, according to two people familiar with the terms of the agreement, which are not public. That is an unprecedented deal, giving Apple a share of the payments' economics...

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12:06
Apple Pushes iCloud Photo Library Back to Beta as SMS Cont...

Though iCloud Photo Library was available during the iOS 8 beta testing period, Apple appears to have demoted it to beta status and removed it from the iOS 8 golden master, the software that will be distributed to the public next week.

Apple has also stripped mentions of iCloud Photo Library from its iCloud preview page, where it used to be prominently featured at the top of the site. Apple's preview page now focuses on iCloud Drive, the new iCloud storage plans, Family Sharing, and iCloud Photo Sharing, with iCloud Photo Library getting no mention at all.

It is unclear why Apple has demoted iCloud Photo Library back to beta status and removed it from the golden master, but it is possible that the company has decided to push it back in light of the negative press iCloud has received in recent weeks due to the celebrity photo leak.

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11:26
Four of Apple's iOS 7 Icons are now Registered Tradem...

This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published four of Apple's latest registered trademarks covering iOS 7 icons for iPhoto, ...

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10:04
'Incredible' Response to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as...

Despite some significant hurdles that saw the U.S. Apple Online store remaining down until almost 3 AM Pacific Time and issues with ordering in the Apple Store app, it appears that Apple has set a new record for iPhone orders with last night's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders.

An Apple representative who spoke to Re/code mentioned that a new record had been set, but did not comment on the number of devices that were sold.An Apple representative said that the overnight sales of the new iPhones set a record, though Apple did not say how many have been sold.

"Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight," Apple told Re/code.Apple's statement follows a similar comment from AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega, who said "It's amazing to see the volume" in reference to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus orders. De la Vega went on to...

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08:55
U2 Manager Discusses $100M 'Songs of Innocence'...

As part of its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch announcement, Apple featured U2's latest "Songs of Innocence" album, making it the company's biggest album release ever by providing the title to 500 million iTunes customers for free. The album and its lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" are the cornerstone of an upcoming marketing campaign by Apple that is worth an estimated $100 million, although the deal has received some criticism from users who do not wish to have the album added to their iTunes accounts and in some cases automatically downloaded to their devices.

But the deal is a significant one by any measure, and...

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08:16
Walmart and Best Buy Opt Out of 'Apple Pay' as A...

At its "Apple Pay" introduction earlier this week, Apple outlined a host of partners for the mobile payments initiative, ranging from credit card companies to the banks that issue the cards to retailers representing over 220,000 retail locations in the United States. Questions have remained, however, about how willing other retailers will be to sign on to the program and how quickly those that do will be able to get up and running.

In the wake of Apple's announcement, several major retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy were in fact quick to state that they do not plan to support Apple Pay, as noted by The Wall Street JournalBest Buy and Wal-Mart are instead backing a retailer-owned mobile technology group called Merchant Customer Exchange, which also counts Target Corp. among its members....

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07:30
AT&T Executive: 'Amazing to See the Volume'...

While Apple's launch-day supplies for the iPhone 6 are holding up fairly well so far, the larger iPhone 6 Plus has been sold out as shipping estimates move to 3-4 weeks. Overall, demand appears to be high as many expected, with the new form factor and larger displays serving to entice new and upgrade customers.

AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega addressed the iPhone 6 launch in comments at the the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference this morning, citing "amazing" volume with hundreds of thousands of orders taken according to Fierce Wireless."It's amazing to see the volume," he said, adding that the "systems are rocking" and "everything is going well." He said demand for the new phones is "better than last year and they're better than the prior year [before that...

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05:45
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Order Shipping Estimates Sl...

Approximately four hours after Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Store shipping estimates for new orders of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus have now slipped beyond their original September 19 delivery date in the United States.

The larger 5.5-inch model now shows an estimated ship time of 3-4 weeks, pushing online availability of the handset into October. Customers still may be able to secure select configurations for launch day in-store pickup, but availability varies based on geographic location.

Those who attempted to pre-order the iPhone 6 at Apple's after 12:01 AM PST experienced a number of problems, including frequent crashes and errors with Apple's own Apple Store app on both the iPhone and iPad. Apple's own online store also did not go up until more than an hour after the target Midnight start time.

Customers may still be to purchase launch-day iPhone 6 Plus units by going to an Apple Retail Store on September 19...

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02:53
Apple Now Taking Pre-Orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...

Three hours after it began taking pre-orders via the Apple Store app, Apple has now begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through its official U.S. online store. Currently, all iPhone 6 models are showing a delivery date of September 19, while all iPhone 6 Plus models are estimated to ship in 7-10 business days.

Apple's online store comes online once again as many users experienced technical problems while attempting to pre-order both models on the Apple Store app. Several U.S. carriers including AT&T and Verizon have also been experiencing problems with pre-orders, with both of their respective sites crashing for many users. Those interested in buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus directly from Apple's website should likely do so right away, as supplies are sure to run out within the next...

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Now Available for Pre-Order

Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

Several U.S. carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are also accepting pre-orders for the devices. Multiple retail stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart will be accepting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders when the stores open in the morning, at varying times.

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