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Apple will be celebrating Earth Day 2014 next Tuesday, April 22 throughout its various retail locations and at its main campus, reports 9to5Mac. The company will color its logos in green for the occasion, as employees will wear special shirts with an event planned at Apple's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Apple last celebrated Earth Day in 2006 by holding a free computer takeback program in honor of the event. Apple has remained active in its environment efforts throughout the past few years, which include powering its data centers with 100% renewable energy, expanding its recycling program, and reporting on its carbon footprint. Last May, Apple also hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to lead the company's environmental responsibility efforts. Environmental activist group Greenpeace also featured Apple as a "green energy innovator" in its latest report earlier this month, praising the company for its commitment to renewable energy after taking issues with previous efforts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Apple is working on a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, reports Bloomberg. The company has plans to partner with music discovery service Shazam to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.Along with Shazam, several other apps, including SoundHound, offer music and media identification capabilities. The apps use the iPhone’s microphone to listen to short sound clips, matching songs against a database and providing additional information like lyrics and purchase links. Shazam is also capable of recognizing television shows and other media, so it is possible Apple’s iOS identification feature could offer similar capabilities. According to Bloomberg, the feature will be directly integrated into iOS and will not need to be downloaded as a standalone app. It will function with Siri, allowing users to ask what song is playing.The song-identification feature will be integrated into the mobile software in the same way that Twitter Inc.’s service is currently incorporated, meaning consumers don’t need to separately download it. Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple's voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like "what song is playing," to find out the tune’s details, one person said.Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple has plans to revamp its iTunes music store in order to boost flagging digital music sales. The company is said to be considering iTunes for Android and an on-demand streaming music service similar to Spotify. A song identification feature could be released as part of the same iTunes overhaul, and it’s also possible that high resolution song downloads are in the works. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Yahoo is working on two internal projects to optimize its mobile search and monetization in order to convince Apple to make Yahoo the default search engine on iOS reports Re/code. The WSJ reported last year that Apple and Yahoo had been in discussions of how to integrate Yahoo's services more prominently in iOS, beyond powering the Weather and Stocks apps. The report says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is preparing detailed presentations to present to Apple executives showing what its new mobile search product could look like. There are a pair of internal projects, code-named "Fast Break" and "Curveball", that are part of Yahoo's redesign of its mobile search engine. That has not happened as yet officially — it’s just the big honking goal of the Yahoo effort, said sources. Still, several said Mayer has already buttonholed a few Apple executives on the topic, including its powerful SVP of design Jony Ive, who knows the former Google exec well. “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search,” said one person working on the effort. “It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly.”Currently, Yahoo and Microsoft are in the midst of a 10-year search and advertising partnership, something Mayer is trying to get out of. At the same time, Microsoft's Bing provides the backend for Apple's Siri web search feature. Google is the default search engine in the Safari iOS browser, with Yahoo and Bing available as user-selectable options. Apple already replaced Google's Maps app with its own mapping application as default. According to the Re/code report, a new and expanded agreement between Apple and Yahoo is not imminent -- Apple has yet to be pitched on the new products. Instead, it's part of a longer term play to bring the two companies closer together. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Earlier this year, Google unveiled "Project Tango," an experimental smartphone that incorporates 3D sensors to allow users to map indoor and outdoor environments. Reports suggested that the smartphone's 3D capabilities were powered by the Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chip, but as it turns out, Project Tango is also powered by Apple technology. Alongside two Myriad 1 vision co-processors, Project Tango utilizes a PrimeSense Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip [PDF], technology that Apple acquired when it purchased PrimeSense late last year. The unexpected PrimeSense chip was discovered in a teardown of the Project Tango smartphone by iFixit that was posted this morning.This appears to be PrimeSense's new Capri PS1200 SoC 3D imaging chip, unexpected for a couple of reasons: Just last year, Apple bought PrimeSense, manufacturer of the Kinect's 3D vision hardware. Speculators assumed we would be seeing this hot new hardware in an upcoming iOS device, with intent of mapping 3D spaces. Looks like Tango beat Apple to the punch with their own tech?Google's Project Tango smartphone is one of the first mobile devices to use the diminutive Capri 3D sensor and it offers a glimpse at what Apple could possibly do with the technology in the future. Project Tango is essentially a mapping tool, capturing the world around each user to provide directions, dimensions, and environmental maps. Google also has plans to use the technology to create immersive augmented reality games and apps that merge the digital world with the real world. According to iFixit, Project Tango works very similarly to the original Microsoft Kinect, which also used technology developed by PrimeSense. Tango displays a bright grid of dots that are captured by IR sensors to build a depth map. Along with the Capri 3D chip and the Myriad vision co-processors, Project Tango incorporates four separate cameras to capture its environment. Amazon is said to be working on a similar device that incorporates multiple cameras for 3D mapping and with Google and Amazon both working on 3D projects, it is reasonable to assume that Apple is also experimenting with the technology. There have been no hints that Apple intends to incorporate PrimeSense technology in the upcoming iPhone 6, but motion control capabilities similar to the Kinect have been rumored for the next-generation Apple TV set-top box, so the first Apple device to use PrimeSense technology may very well be the Apple TV. Project Tango proves that PrimeSense's 3D chips are ready for mobile devices and it is likely that the company is continuing development on its Capri chips, improving the technology for possible inclusion in future iPads and iPhones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior

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Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market. The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year. Hyundai’s latest Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems are already recognized for their beautiful, yet intuitive interface and advanced feature set. Our engineers took advantage of the vivid eight-inch touchscreen to integrate CarPlay for an experience that iPhone users will instantly recognize. CarPlay allows an iPhone to integrate into the car's infotainment system, providing Siri voice-controlled access to messaging, voice calls, Maps and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed option in new 2014 luxury models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and will be added to existing 2014 Pioneer receivers as an aftermarket add-on. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall

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New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case's exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday. The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with a claim from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the case also includes a hole for a button along the upper right side of the device, which may be the new location of the power button. Rectangular volume control buttons similar to the fifth-generation iPod Touch are also notably present. Rectangular volume (1) and right side power (2) cutouts (Annotated by Nowhereelse.fr) Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch in two sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. The majority of leaks so far have depicted the 4.7-inch version, as it is reportedly on track for a release this fall. Apple is said to have been running into production issues with the 5.5-inch version, with that model likely seeing a release later this year or early next year. Along with a larger screen, Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to include a thinner profile, upgraded A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved camera featuring optical image stabilization. A report earlier this week from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also claimed that Apple is negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in Six More Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall

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Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have announced a voluntary agreement to include anti-theft technology on all smartphones beginning next year, according to a report by Re/code. The pledge has device makers agreeing that all devices going on sale after July of 2015 will have capabilities to remotely wipe data and to prevent the device from being reactivated without the owner's permission. A number of state and local lawmakers praised the agreement, though it was panned as inadequate by California state Sen. Mark Leno, who has proposed a mandatory kill-switch law. “The wireless industry today has taken an incremental yet inadequate step to address the epidemic of smartphone theft,” Leno said in a statement. “Only weeks ago, they claimed that the approach they are taking today was infeasible and counterproductive. While I am encouraged they are moving off of that position so quickly, today’s ‘opt-in’ proposal misses the mark if the ultimate goal is to combat street crime and violent thefts involving smartphones and tablets.”The senator pointed out that all smartphones must have similar kill switch features, or violent street crime and thefts will continue to occur as at least some of the device thefts will still be profitable. A federal bill introduced earlier this year would mandate the inclusion of such a smartphone "kill switch" after California introduced a similar bill. It is likely that Apple's Activation Lock, introduced alongside iOS 7, satisfies the requirements of the agreement already. Activation Lock effectively disables a stolen smartphone by preventing it from being wiped and reactivated without an Apple ID and password. Apple's Find My iPhone also allows for devices to be remotely wiped and locked. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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As we progress further into 2014, iPhone 6 rumors have begun to pick up, with case designs, schematics, molds, and alleged iPhone parts surfacing over the past few weeks to give hints at what Apple's larger iPhone might look like. Today Japanese site Mac Otakara [Google Translation] (via 9to5Mac) has shared some additional images of iPhone 6 mockups and accessories being displayed in several different booths at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. One image shows a physical iPhone 6 mockup that has allegedly been used to create cases for the next version of the iPhone next to an iPhone case made using the dummy version. While few details can be gleaned from the model, it does appear to be larger in size with rectangular volume buttons and a sleep/wake power button on the right hand side of the device, which is in line with some previous rumors. It also possesses a round camera flash, as was described in schematics that leaked in March. The site has also published a video displaying some lightning cables aimed at the iPhone 6 as well as a close-up look at the iPhone 6 mockup. It is unclear whether the mockups and the cases are representative of the actual iPhone 6, but thus far, the iPhone 6 leaks coming out of Asia have all shared many of the same design similarities outlined above. Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to come in two sizes, at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The majority of leaks we have seen so far have depicted the 4.7-inch version, as it is said to be in production for a September or October release. The 5.5 version has seen some production delays, which could see it being released later in 2014 or in early 2015. In addition to two display sizes, the iPhone 6 is expected to include an upgraded A8 processor, camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization, slimmer bezels, a thinner chassis, and Touch ID support. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Microsoft today started selling its Office 365 Personal subscription, a less expensive version of Office 365 that targets individual users. The cloud-based subscription service provides access to online versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, online storage in OneDrive and a block of Skype calling minutes. The new personal option allows subscribers to connect one PC or Mac desktop computer and one tablet, including the iPad, to the online service. It will cost $69 per year or $6.99 per month. Customers who require more connections can sign up for the Office 365 Home plan, which is geared towards families with support for up to five desktops and five tablets. The new Office 365 Personal plan is available for purchase at Office365.com. It also is available at Microsoft Stores and through Microsoft’s online and retail partners. Microsoft also offers Office 365 business plans, which are priced by the number of users and are designed for real-time, online collaboration using the Office 365 suite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Recent reports suggest Amazon may be preparing a smartphone with 3D capabilities to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets. New details from BGR and TechCrunch shed some light on this 3D feature and possibly provide us with our first look at the phone, which is partially hidden inside a case. According to BGR, multiple sources claim the phone will include a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, which is lower than the 1080p HD display in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 and less than the projected 1600x900 display that Apple may use in the iPhone 6. Under the hood, the Amazon phone is predicted to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. The biggest differentiator between Amazon's smartphone and those from Apple and Samsung is a 3D feature, which allegedly uses up to 4 cameras and additional sensors embedded in the phone. Amazon may use the 3D technology to showcase its own products, allowing users to explore a three-dimensional product images, claims BGR.Another smart use for the phone’s 3D effects is across Amazon’s various stores, such as its book store, music store and the main Amazon digital market. By shifting the position of the phone, users are able to see three-dimensional product images at different angles to reveal surfaces that cannot be seen in 2D photos. The 3D capability of the phone may also provide a parallax effect, similar to that in iOS 7. Amazon's implementation in its FireOS may be greatly exaggerated as compared to Apple's version and supposedly is limited to only a few key gestures, reports TechCrunch. According to our source, the flagship device, Duke, is powered by a heavily modified version of Android. It’s FireOS with extreme 3D parallax effects, similar to those found on iOS but greatly exaggerated. The screen itself is not 3D, but rather simulates a 3D effect. By way of four corner-mounted, front-facing cameras, a user can tilt the smartphone left or right to browse and access hidden side panels. We’re told that the 3D feature is very limited out of the box. At launch, there will be just a couple of added gestures built into the operating system that utilize this system. Rumors point to a possible announcement in the coming months with a target launch date of late September, but this may be subject to change. Amazon allegedly is showcasing the device to key developers as it tries to build third-party support for the platform before it is launched. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.” Introduced earlier this year, CarPlay is an iOS-driven system that allows an iPhone to tie into the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone, messages and music. CarPlay works in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which powers many existing in-car infotainment systems, including those from Pioneer. The service initially debuted in new 2014 car models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] has shared a photo of what are claimed to be batteries for the iPhone 6 spotted in a production tray. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the batteries do appear to share similar physical characteristics with other iPhone batteries. As the report notes, however, the positioning of the iPhone 6's battery appears to be modified as a metallic section present on current batteries appears to be now integrated along the side. This would indicate a potentially new form factor for the iPhone 6. A report last month indicated that Apple would begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, allowing the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other parts. If real, this new image would indicate that Apple has stepped up its battery production efforts ahead of the iPhone 6's launch. The leak follows a number of others in recent weeks, including an image from earlier this morning that allegedly depicted the front panel of the iPhone 6 as well as several photos that showed manufacturing molds hinting at a larger-screen iPhone. Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to be unveiled this fall and has been rumored to launch in sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. Various reports have noted that the 4.7 inch version will ship first, while the 5.5 inch version will ship sometime afterward due to production challenges. Both models of the next-generation iPhone are also rumored to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an enhanced camera with optical image stabilization. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also noted yesterday that Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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An alleged photo of what appears to be a front panel from Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 has surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via iPhone.fr, Google Translation). The image appears to show an individual in a factory-type setting holding up an iPhone 5s next to a much larger front panel that contains similar characteristics, including cutouts for a front-facing camera, ambient light sensor, ear speaker, and home button. However, the front panel also features a notably thinner bezel, which is consistent with previous rumors about the iPhone 6's slimmer design. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the leak is the latest among a number of others recently. This past weekend, several photos reportedly showed the details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6, which was followed by a photo yesterday that hinted at a 4.7-inch display. Last month, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged design drawings of what appeared to be 4.7-inch and 5.6-inch iPhone 6 models, with a photo showing cases for the larger iPhone surfacing shortly afterward. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 later this year, which may ship in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have indicated that the smaller 4.7 inch version will ship first in the fall, while the larger version may ship later this year or in early 2015 due to manufacturing challenges. Along with a larger screen, both models of the next-generation iPhone are rumored to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an upgraded camera featuring optical image stabilization. A report yesterday from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also stated that Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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LG will be the sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch as Apple looks to launch the device later this year in two sizes, according to a report from Korea's Naver [Google Translate, via GforGames]. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand The report notes that Apple is targeting to sell 9 million iWatch units by the end of the year with LG's collaboration, as the device itself will be released in September. The report also claimed that the iWatch will come in two different sizes of 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches, which falls in line with previous reports about the smartwatch. In February, a report from Korean publication Digital Daily shared similar details, noting also that LG would be the sole supplier of the panels for the iWatch, and that the Korean company would start mass production of the flexible displays starting in July 2014. Apple was rumored to have selected LG's panels because they were thin, light and provided adequate brightness with minimal power consumption; characteristics that the company is said to have been pursuing for the device's display. In addition to being released in two separate sizes and featuring a flexible display, the iWatch is also rumored to come with a multitude of biometric sensors and include integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In a research note last week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi also estimated that Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, with the highest-end selling for thousands of dollars. Apple is expected to reveal the iWatch later this year alongside iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Microsoft has added support for Apple's Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was released today as a developer preview. Microsoft announced this latest version of Windows Phone earlier this month and equipped the mobile OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor, Cortana. As noticed by Tom Warren of The Verge and reported by iMore, Microsoft has created a method that takes the data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card that is imported into Microsoft Wallet. Passbook passes are just collection of data that get rendered into a card and displayed in Apple's Passbook app. Think of the Passbook files like the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript data that makes up a webpage, and the Passbook app like the browser that renders the actual page. It looks like Windows Phone 8 is taking the same data and rendering a similar card out of it, and then pushing that card to Microsoft Wallet. It is not known whether Microsoft's system is operating independently of Apple or if the Redmond company has an agreement to convert the data to its own wallet. The service may not support iOS-specific features like Passbook updates and notifications, but the importing of data is apparently accurate. Windows Phone 8.1 supports Apple's Passbook natively. I've been using it for flights. Works perfectly pic.twitter.com/MFScqvEVU7— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 14, 2014 Passbook debuted in 2011 and was one of the major new apps bundled in iOS 6. The digital wallet permitted companies to store tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, gift cards and more in a centralized location on a user's iPhone and iPod touch. Apple has continued to update the service, allowing third-party apps to create Passbook passes and adding support for gift cards. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad

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Over the weekend, several photos surfaced reportedly showing details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6. While the manufacturing mold photos left it unclear as to the size of the device body it would yield, a new photo shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] shows a nearly identical mold with an iPhone 4s placed next to it for comparison. Calculations based on the comparison suggest that the mold could in fact yield a device with a display of roughly 4.7 inches, in line with the rumored size for the smaller of the two iPhone 6 models. One source of uncertainty lies in the shape of the mold, which is tapered. But Nowhereelse.fr believes that there are additional pieces yet to be attached to the bottom of the mold, pieces which would result in the iPhone's body being formed at the wider portion of the mold depression.Some of the holes that were drilled into the block in fact serve to fix the inserts which will form a crude which is then machined housing (finishes) using a CNC milling machine. Thus, and assuming that my theory is correct, the dimensions of the box will be determined by the widest part and not the bottom of the mold. In this assumption, I started to resize the photo to scale against me in reference to the size of the iPhone 4s. I then measured the dimensions of the widest part of the mold which is approximately 138mm long by 64mm wide.By superimposing and resizing an iPhone 5s image into the mold and aligning it with the wider portion of the depression, Nowhereelse.fr determines that the device's screen would be roughly 12 centimeters or 4.7 inches diagonally. iPhone 5s superimposed and resized to 4.7-inch display (Source: Nowehereelse.fr) Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch later this year, with the 4.7-inch model perhaps preceding an even larger 5.5-inch model by a few months. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today reported that Apple is negotiating with carriers for a $100 price increase on the iPhone 6 as the device gets larger and the company packs more technology into it. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes

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Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek (Via StreetInsider). Carriers initially are refusing to negotiate on the iPhone's $199 base price, but they may not be able to resist as the iPhone 6 is shaping up to be 2014's blockbuster handset. "The possibility may at first seem far-fetched in light of investor concerns regarding possible carrier subsidy and handset price cuts due to smartphone saturation and lack of differentiation," Misek comments. "But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subs if they do not offer it." Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, with rumors suggesting the phone will be available with a 4.7-inch touchscreen display at first. A larger 5.5-inch version may follow at the end of this year or early next year. Along with a larger display, the next-generation iPhone may include a thinner design, Apple's new A8 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone 6 is expected to run iOS 8, which may feature a new Healthbook app, improved Maps and a possible Siri API. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes

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Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. Alpine's offering, which will likely be the first aftermarket device to support CarPlay, is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700. While CarPlay will be found in a number of announced and upcoming vehicles from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, and Honda, the integration of the system into older vehicles has been a topic of much discussion in recent months. Pioneer Electronics expressed interest in implementing CarPlay compatibility with its existing and future products, only to back away from its comments soon after. Other companies, such as Kenwood, have indicated to MacRumors that CarPlay is only being looked at for integration and that adoption is not currently imminent. Recently, automotive peripheral company Clarion also hinted at the possibility of bringing CarPlay its aftermarket in-dash systems. In an email to MacRumors, the firm noted that it has been working with Apple "from the start" and that it would be further developing its Smart Access in-car infotainment system and CarPlay for different purposes. Ultimately, the company stated that it will support CarPlay in both its aftermarket and OEM products at some point in the future. Apple announced its CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature last month at the Geneva International Motor Show. The feature allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music. The feature was included in Apple's iOS 7.1 update and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff

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NDS4iOS, a Nintendo DS emulator that runs on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iOS devices, is now available to install through an over-the air download, reports TouchArcade. Similar to the first version of the popular GBA4iOS Game Boy emulator, NDS4iOS requires a device's date to be set back to a prior date, specifically February 8, 2014. The emulator allows users to play Nintendo DS ROMs directly on their iPads and iPhones, and is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1 and above. NDS4iOS also includes features such as Dropbox integration and iOS 7 controller support, as well as a settings menu that contains options for control pad style and position. Although several emulators such as the iMAME arcade emulator have snuck into the App Store via shell apps in the past, they are usually pulled by Apple within hours or days after being released. However, NDS4iOS is able to overcome Apple’s restrictions as it bypasses the App Store entirely. Instead, the emulator can be installed directly on an iOS device by visiting its official website and tapping a download link. The initial release of NDS4iOS follows a major update to GBA4iOS in February, which added controller skins for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games as well as iOS 7 controller support, Dropbox integration, and a in-app web browser that can be used to download games from any ROM website. The emulator also temporarily allowed non-jailbroken users to install GBA4iOS without a date change via an Apple Enterprise certificate, however that was revoked soon afterwards. NDS4iOS is available to install now through the emulator’s official website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff

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A new set of leaks showing alleged manufacturing molds and chassis sketches of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo [Google Translate, via GforGames]. The photos are said to come from a factory belonging to Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, as the first set of images show very detailed drawings of the chassis for a smartphone-type device, while the second set images are said to be of the manufacturing die used for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. While the validity of the images cannot be confirmed, the leak follows a number of others in the past few months. Last month, another set of images posted on Weibo depicted an alleged iPhone 6 model under development at Foxconn, while Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged design drawings of what appeared to be 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models. This was followed by a photo reportedly showing cases designed for the larger next-generation iPhone that were consistent with the design drawings. Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, which has been heavily rumored to come in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have noted that the smaller 4.7 inch version will ship in the third quarter of 2014, while the larger version may ship later this year or early next year due to production challenges. Along with a larger screen, both models of the next-generation iPhone are said to include a thinner design, new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers

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Amazon is gearing up to release its long-rumored smartphone later this year to directly compete with offerings from Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the company has been showing off prototypes of its handsets to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks, with Amazon likely announcing the phone by the end of June and launching it by the end of September. The people said Amazon hopes to distinguish its phone in a crowded market with a screen capable of displaying seemingly three-dimensional images without special glasses, these people said. They said the phone would employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram, the people said. Rumors of the phone first surfaced in July of 2012, where it was reported that the company was working with Foxconn on the device. Last May, another report noted that the smartphone would join other products to complement Amazon’s popular line of Kindle tablets and E-readers. The news comes as Apple is expected to ship its next-generation iPhone later this year, which may come in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have noted that the 4.7 inch version will ship in the third quarter of 2014, while the larger version may ship later due to production issues. Along with a larger screen, both models of the iPhone 6 are expected to include a faster A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House

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London-based streaming-music service Bloom.fm says it has been blocked from advertising on Apple's iAd network because it is a threat to the Cupertino company's iTunes radio, reports CNET. Similar to iTunes Radio, Bloom.fm offers genre and artist-based streaming radio stations with a library of over 22 million tracks. "We were surprised at Apple's decision to ban us from their iAd network as their iTunes Radio service isn't even available in the UK," the spokesman told CNET. "Bloom.fm gives you 22 million tracks for £1 a month -- the price of a single download on iTunes -- so I can see why they'd want to protect their business." Apple may be blocking Bloom.fm as it prepares to launch its iTunes Radio service in the U.K. The service debuted in the U.S. alongside the release of iOS 7 last fall and was recently extended to Australia. It is expected to debut in the U.K. sometime in early 2014. Over the past several months, some iPhone owners in the U.K. have reported intermittent connections to the iTunes Radio service, suggesting Apple is in the final stages of preparing the product for an imminent launch. Bringing iTunes Radio to countries worldwide is a top priority for Apple, says senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue, who confirmed the company plans to offer the service "in more than 100 countries." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase

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Don Melton has a long history with Steve Jobs and Apple, working at NeXT and then moving to Apple where he is known for his work on Safari and WebKit. To commemorate Steve Jobs' birthday earlier this year, Melton recounted his memorable encounters with Jobs in a post he recently published on his blog. Melton was not a confidant of Jobs, just an employee who had the opportunity to be around the Apple co-founder on occasion. Jobs likely thought of Melton as the “Safari Guy” and knew Melton's real name, which was considered an honor. Melton recounts the first time he met Steve Jobs at a NeXT presentation in the late 80s that unfortunately was scheduled during everyone's lunch break. Like many encounters with Jobs, Melton remembered Jobs' demeanor, but not a word of what he said. Obviously he wanted us to quiet down. You could tell because he paused several times for us to hush ourselves. And out of respect, awe, and probably some fear, we all tried our best to do so. But, dammit, the room was now packed and that many people just swallowing food makes a lot of noise. Sitting so close, I felt especially self-conscious. Who the hell scheduled him to speak at that time? Knucklehead. It’s entirely possible that person was taken out later and shot. Anyway, I do remember Steve’s seriousness and apparent impatience that day. But not a thing he said. Melton paints Jobs not as a "mercurial ogre or cartoon autocrat," but as a very busy CEO with little time for “yes men,” timid employees or those who didn't know what they were doing. Steve expected excellence. Which is why he so often got it. He knew when something was right, but he didn’t always tell you what he wanted when it wasn’t. And he was very clear when he didn’t like it. Some misinterpreted this behavior as being overly critical, but it was actually time-saving clarity, albeit uncomfortable on occasion. Melton has several interesting tidbits about his work on Safari, including Jobs' distaste for the stand-alone bookmarks window in the web browser and the decision to add a page load indication into Safari's address bar, a design decision that eventually hurt Safari's reputation because the "in-your-face progress bar made it seem slower to the user." Beyond his work persona, Melton also shares some stories about the personal side of Jobs, the real man who has children and, at one point, a cranky new puppy. Melton ends his story with his somber memories of Steve in his final years, dealing with a disease that "had ravaged him." Melton's piece is long, but worth a read for his insight into a corporate leader who was intense, but also real. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase

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A photo reportedly showing cases designed for the larger iPhone 6 has been posted by Mobile Fun (via Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While exact sizes are not apparent from the photo and no comparison with existing iPhone cases sizes is shown, the cases are said to be for 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models, consistent with design drawings published by Japanese magazine MacFan late last month. Most sources have been reporting that the larger iPhone 6 will carry a 5.5-inch display, although the MacFan drawings and a few other sources have continued to point to a 5.7-inch display. It is not entirely clear whether these cases are based on the same design drawings or come from another source, but they do appear to be very consistent with the drawings. Like the drawings and our renderings based on them, the cases include a hole for a button on the left side of the top edge of the device. This has been presumed to be the power button for the iPhone 6, which would be a change from its current location on the right side of the top edge. Side (1) and top (2) button cutouts (Annotated by Nowhereelse.fr) The cases also include a cutout along the right side of the case, a feature that is also shown in the design drawings. The purpose of the cutout is unknown, but it is possible that this could in fact be the power button given that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed earlier this week that the power button would move to the side of the device. If this is indeed the case, then the function of the top button on the iPhone 6 drawings becomes unknown. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase

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Apple today released a statement to Re/code that iOS, OS X and "key web services" were unaffected by the widely publicized security flaw known as Heardbleed which was disclosed earlier this week.“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key web-based services were not affected,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.Heartbleed was a security flaw in the popular open-source software OpenSSL which helps provide secure connections between clients and servers. Due the ubiquity of OpenSSL, Heartbleed is believed to have affected approximately 66% of the internet. Security blogger Bruce Schneier describes the issue as "Catastrophic" and on "the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." The flaw allowed servers to leak server memory to a malicious attacker, allowing hackers to extract login/password and other private data from a server. Users are recommended to change their passwords on all services that may have been affected. Washable provides a list of services where you should change your password. Fortunately, MacRumors Forums was unaffected by the security flaw. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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