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The Unicode Consortium today released a list of 38 emoji characters that are candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0, which is set to be released in the middle of 2016. These represent emoji that could be available on iOS and Mac devices in the future. Candidates include a range of different character emoji, from "face with cowboy hat to "drooling face" and "lying face." "Selfie," an emoji represented by a hand holding a camera, is also on the list, as is "shrug," and "handshake." As for food, emoji proposals include croissant, avocado, cucumber, bacon, potato, and carrot. There are also several proposed animal additions: fox face, eagle, duck, bat, shark, and owl. According to the Unicode Consortium, these emoji have been chosen for several reasons. Some are proposed based on expected high frequency of use or due to requests from online communities. Others on the list fill in gaps in existing emoji sets or are compatible with emoji characters in existing systems. Emoji candidates are not finalized so it's possible that some of the characters on the list could be removed before Unicode 9 is released in 2016, and it's also possible that additional characters could be added to the list. The emoji proposed for inclusion in Unicode 9 are separate from the emoji that will be included in Unicode 8. Unicode 8, which includes specifications for the emoji modifiers that Apple introduced with iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, is set to be released in mid-2015 and is currently in beta testing. Emoji additions proposed for Unicode 8 include zipper-mouth face, nerd face, thinking face, robot face, hugging face, hot dog, burrito, taco, cheese wedge, popcorn, and unicorn face, among others. It is not known if and when Apple will adopt the Unicode 8 and Unicode 9 emoji as it still has not added the Unicode 7 emoji that were finalized in June of 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Video Review: The MOS Kick is a Versatile Stand for Your iPhone • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors

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Over the past several years, BlackBerry has gone from one of the top smartphone manufacturers to a company that's struggling to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market. BlackBerry is hemorrhaging subscribers and losing revenue quarter after quarter as it attempts to turn the tide by focusing on marketing secure devices and software to its enterprise customers. An upcoming book by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal, explores the events that led to the rise and fall of BlackBerry, and an interesting excerpt was shared by The Wall Street Journal today, covering the iPhone's contributions towards BlackBerry's (then known as RIM) failure. As we've previously learned from Google execs, the launch of the iPhone, which stood apart from all other smartphones on the market at the time, took everyone by surprise. Not only was the iPhone incredibly different from its competitors, it also had features that carriers had previously denied other manufacturers like an App Store and a full web browser. Image via CIO One of RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis' first comments was "These guys are really, really good," but despite that fact, RIM failed to see the iPhone as a threat due to its lack of security and the fact that it had no keyboard, features RIM execs thought would make it unappealing to RIM's core consumers.If the iPhone gained traction, RIM's senior executives believed, it would be with consumers who cared more about YouTube and other Internet escapes than efficiency and security. RIM's core business customers valued BlackBerry's secure and efficient communication systems. Offering mobile access to broader Internet content, says Mr. Conlee, "was not a space where we parked our business."RIM executives did not understand the iPhone and were "incredulous" that people were purchasing it, realizing too late that form had become as important as function in the eyes of consumers. In an effort to combat the threat of the iPhone, RIM teamed up with Verizon to create a competing touch-based phone -- the Storm. Verizon pressured RIM into speeding up development on the phone, resulting in a product that was riddled with bugs and issues when it launched in 2008. Despite the flaws, the product was heavily marketed and RIM sold 1 million in two months, leading to a lot of unhappy customers who wanted to return or exchange their devices. The Storm was a spectacular failure that impacted RIM's relationship with Verizon, ruined its reputation, and cost upwards of $100 million. After the failure, the company was demoralized and at a crossroads, unsure of where to take the company going forward and how to compete with the iPhone and other smartphones in a landscape that was radically different from what the company knew. RIM was unable to fully recover from failure of the Storm and find its footing, eventually leading to the path that it's on today. "The Storm failure made it clear we were not the dominant smartphone company anymore, said RIM co-CEO Jim Balsille. "We're grappling with who we are because we can't be who we used to be anymore, which sucked...It's not clear what the hell to do." The full excerpt from the book is worth a read and can be found over at The Wall Street Journal. The book itself is coming out on May 26 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $21. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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Starting on Monday of this week, Apple began preparing to ship out the first batch of gold Apple Watch Editions to customers who pre-ordered in April. MacRumors readers have begun seeing credit card charges for the devices and have received shipping notifications and courier information from Apple. Some of the first Apple Watch Edition orders will begin arriving tomorrow. Image via MacRumors reader Calvin The Apple Watch Edition is available in yellow gold or rose gold and is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. Given its high price tag, the Apple Watch Edition delivery process is somewhat different than the delivery process of Apple's less expensive watches, with customers receiving emails asking them to set up a delivery time. iFixit's Kyle Wiens ordered a 38mm Apple Watch Edition with a Black Sport Band and shared his tracking information and courier emails with MacRumors. His order was initially placed on April 10 and shipped out on Thursday, May 21. His delivery date was originally set for Sunday, May 24, but was moved up to Saturday, May 23. Wiens tells MacRumors that while he initially ordered the Apple Watch Edition to do one of iFixit's traditional teardowns, he had second thoughts and ultimately decided iFixit couldn't afford to do the teardown. Wiens will be returning the Apple Watch Edition to Apple, but if an iFixit enthusiast has an Apple Watch Edition they wouldn't mind loaning out, he can do a non-destructive metallurgical analysis on the device. Thus far the Apple Watch Edition has only been available in small quantities in some of the luxury fashion boutiques that have featured the Apple Watch, and it's also been seen on the wrist of several celebrities and designers including Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jay Z, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharell Williams, and more. With shipments going out over the next few weeks, we may be seeing more Apple Watch Edition models in the wild. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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Following the release of Watch OS 1.0.1 on Tuesday, Apple Watch users have been noticing a problem concerning the frequency with which the Apple Watch sends heart rate data to the iPhone. Prior to the update, the Apple Watch sent heart rate information to the iPhone's Health app every 10 minutes, but now some users are seeing inconsistent update times. As highlighted by everythingiCafe on Wednesday, Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple's Support Communities have been complaining that their Apple Watches are sending data sporadically, with gaps up to eight hours in some cases. Before update on left, after update on right. Image via MacRumors forum member twisted-pixel. Many of the users are still seeing occasional updates to the Health app, but at unpredictable intervals that are not as frequent as the previous 10 minute update intervals, and some are also seeing duplicate readings. This bug is not affecting all users, as some people are still reporting regular data transfers, but for the users experiencing issues, unreported heart rate data seems to be irretrievable.I also noticed that my heart rate data in the health app for about a week period is gone and my heart rate data is now updating into the app intermittently. I spoke with Apple customer service this morning, but data could not be restored and their advice was to restart both the iPhone and the Watch, clean the sensor back, and keep an eye on it. That, unfortunately, has not fixed anything and I think there might be a bigger problem on our, er, hands (or wrists).For those unaware, the heart rate information collected by the Apple Watch's sensors is aggregated in the Health app on the iPhone, giving users a picture of their overall heart health throughout the day. With consistent 10 minute readings, the iPhone is able to provide clear and consistent data that wearers can share with doctors and use to make health evaluations. Data that is sent sporadically is less useful for these purposes, causing this bug to significantly impact the health tracking abilities of the Apple Watch for users who are affected. Some individuals experiencing issues have said that restarting their devices temporarily solves the problem, but the sporadic measurement times return shortly after. On the Apple Support Communities, one affected user who spoke with Apple suggested that his Apple Watch stopped sending heart rate measurements when he was actively moving. Apple is collecting information from users who call in with the issue, and some have been told that the company is working on a fix. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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While OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac. OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release."Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac’s Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac’s display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the report claims. "However, Control Center reportedly has been in flux during development, and could be pushed back again." A possible first look at Control Center for Mac on OS X from 2014 Apple is also reportedly working on a major new kernel-level security system called "Rootless" for OS X and iOS that will help curb malware and protect sensitive data by prohibiting users from accessing certain protected files on Mac and iOS devices. "Rootless" appears to be a permanent feature of iOS, much to the chagrin of the jailbreaking community, but can likely be disabled on OS X. Apple plans to enhance security one step further by converting many of its core IMAP-based applications on OS X and iOS, such as Notes, Reminders, and Calendar, to have an iCloud Drive backend. Apple expects there to be increased iCloud usage after the transition, so the company is reportedly upgrading its iCloud Drive and CloudKit servers to handle the additional load."With iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Apple plans to transition this sync process to iCloud Drive, which offers better end-to-end encryption and faster syncing than traditional IMAP servers. As an example of how this will work, when a user launches Notes in either of the new Apple operating systems, a splash page offering to move content from the IMAP server over to iCloud Drive will appear, making the transition easy for users."The company is also testing a new "Trusted Wi-Fi" feature that would enable Macs and iOS devices to connect to trusted wireless routers with no additional security measures, while non-trusted routers would have a heavily encrypted wireless connection. Apple could release the feature later this year or hold off until next year's OS X and iOS releases, according to the report. iOS 9 will reportedly support A5-based devices such as the iPhone 4s and iPad mini Apple is also said to be optimizing iOS 9 to better support older hardware, with the report claiming that even legacy A5-based devices including the iPhone 4s and original iPad mini will be compatible with the upcoming software update. The three-year-old iPad Air 2 and fifth-generation iPod touch, released in March 2012 and October 2012 respectively, are also powered by Apple A5 chips."Apple is now building a core version of iOS 9 that runs efficiently on older A5 devices, then enabling each properly performing feature one-by-one. Thanks to this new approach, an entire generation (or two) of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches will be iOS 9-compatible rather than reaching the end of the iOS line."Last, Apple is said to be preparing a major upgrade to its Swift programming language with “Application Binary Interface (ABI)" stability. Swift applications updated for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will have preinstalled code binaries that require less space and use less cellular data. The report claims that Apple plans to convert its own apps to Swift in 2016 as part of iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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An estimated 2.5 million Apple Watch orders have been processed in the United States in the first five weeks of availability, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). Extrapolating from the e-receipts of about 14,000 online shoppers who use Slice's services, more than half of the orders placed so far came on April 10, the first day of pre-orders, with the Apple Watch averaging 30,000 orders per day since. Daily Apple Watch order estimates in U.S. (first-day orders of nearly 1.5 million omitted) As Quartz points out, the Apple Watch saw a notable rise in order interest on April 24, the day most initial Apple Watch pre-orders that weren't high in demand, like the Leather Loop or Black Sport band, began arriving to customers. Social media posts and word of mouth that day no doubt helped Apple receieve a few extra orders, and it reaches back up to around 40,000 on a few days in April and May, but otherwise Apple's new wearable has seen a steady decline in order numbers since its launch date, according to the e-commerce shopping firm. Even with the steep decline following the start of pre-orders, Apple Watch sales are easily outpacing early sales of the iPod and iPhone, and slightly topping those of the iPad, although Apple's continually increasing user base since the debut of those devices gives the company momentum for each subsequent product family launch. Slice Intelligence's Apple Watch update today comes a few weeks after providing a break down of initial pre-orders for the wearable, which pegged 62 percent of customers as having pre-ordered the Apple Watch Sport and an unexpected popularity of the Space Gray case and Black Sport band. As with that data, a few factors should be taken into account when looking at Slice Intelligence's order estimates, including its data being limited to the United States and the relatively small pool of customer receipts examined. Today's report also falls in line with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction of the Apple Watch order demand beginning to slow down following a high launch period. Although Apple has yet to announced any sales numbers for the Apple Watch and doesn't plan to break the device out into its own reporting segment in financial results, the Apple Watch's entry into the company's upcoming brick-and-mortar retail locations in June could help boost the wearable's sales figures. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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Apple's desire to provide customers with live programming from local broadcasting stations in the United States could delay the company's plans to launch a streaming TV service in early fall, according to Re/code. The report also cites industry executives that do not believe Apple has reached any content deals with TV programmers yet, making it unlikely that the web-based TV service is announced at WWDC next month."Apple’s ambitions have complicated its negotiations with the broadcast TV networks, because most broadcasters don’t own all their local stations, and have an affiliate, or franchise system. Clearing the rights to show local programs and commercials takes some time — ABC, for instance, spent two years getting the rights to show live programming via its Watch ABC app, and its live streams remain limited to viewers in eight cities."The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Apple plans to unveil its streaming TV service at WWDC, anchored by popular networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and FX. The web-based TV service for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and other devices is expected to deliver a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 to $40 per month. The report claimed that the service will be available in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App for iOS Updated With Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

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Apple's new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn't include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s. In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration [Google Translate], the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple's claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at 2GB/s and 1.25GB/s, respectively, in QuickBench 4.0. Those read/write speeds far exceed the read/write speeds achieved by the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air, which also received faster flash storage that doubles the speeds available in previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Air machines. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro's performance is similar to the 13-inch MacBook Air. At speeds that reach 2GB/s throughput, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has the fastest storage of any of Apple's notebooks. It took 14 seconds to transfer an 8.76GB file to the machine, compared to 32 seconds for the slower Retina MacBook. With small files, read/write speeds exceed a gigabyte per second. Like the 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air, the revamped 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro uses a solid state drive manufactured by Samsung. As noted by MacGeneration, it does not use the faster NVM Express SSD protocol that the 13-inch model was updated to, suggesting future machines could see even greater performance improvements with a swap to the next-generation protocol and with continued leaps in SSD technology. Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is available from the online Apple Store at prices that start at $1,999. The notebooks continue to use Haswell processors, but should see performance boosts due to the faster solid state drives. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Activité Pop Review: Hands-On With Withings' Simple and Stylish $149 Activity Tracker • Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone • Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot

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We've had previous rumors suggesting Apple is working on split-screen multitasking capabilities for the iPad, and hints of the feature are buried within iOS 8, but thus far multitasking has not made its way into the hands of customers. In a post covering information on future iPad upgrades, 9to5Mac confirms split-screen multitasking is still in the works and on schedule to be released as part of iOS 9. Split-screen multitasking will display two apps side-by-side on the iPad's screen or two views of the same app, allowing users to see multiple documents in Pages at the same time, for example. As was first discovered in code buried within iOS 8, apps will be able to be arranged in multiple views, covering 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 of the screen in the latest iteration. Concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors) 9to5Mac warns that though the split-screen multitasking feature is slated for inclusion in iOS 9, it could be removed before the update's debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference if it is not ready in time as it was originally developed for the upcoming "iPad Pro." 9to5Mac previously said the multi-tasking feature would be included in iOS 8. Apple is also said to be working on a highly anticipated feature that customers have requested for years -- multi-user login support. This will allow multiple users to have unique profiles on a single iPad, with individual access to apps and documents. Multi-user support will not be ready when iOS 9 launches in the fall, but it could be released later in 2015 alongside the iPad Pro or in 2016. Both split-screen multitasking and multi-user login support are features that will be added to Apple's rumored larger-screened 12-inch iPad Pro, which may also include features like a USB-C port, a stylus, and a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display. The tablet, internally numbered "J98" and "J99" to represent Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models, will launch in late 2015, according to the latest rumors. Apple is said to be working to finish software and source hardware components for the device.Sources have confirmed that Apple is testing jumbo-sized iPads internally codenamed "J98″ and "J99," which are apparently larger versions of the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2, save for additional speaker holes. Given the large size of the iPad Pro's display, some apps may be redesigned to accommodate the larger screen real estate available on the 12-inch tablet, with Apple rumored to be working on new designs for Siri and Notification Center. Features tailored to the iPad Pro could work in the same way as features tailored to the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a unique layout in landscape mode to account for a larger display size. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch

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Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area. A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners) The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new staircases, and re-configuration of the back of house at the basement level with improved staff facilities."The proposal looks to enhance the ground floor sales area by removing the front part of the mezzanine and creating a double height entrance," reads Foster and Partners' project rationale. "This partial removal of the mezzanine also enhances the transparency from the street and floods the store with natural light. The interior front facade, with its full height arches, clad in natural Portland stone, can now be appreciated in its full extend. Moreover the visual connection between the two levels of retail is dramatically improved. This is key to the customer journey and the efficient use of the overall retail area."Foster and Partners will also be removing the four Apple logos found on the store's facade in order to allow more natural light inside and preserve the historic look of the building. The store's overall square footage will be reduced by 4,400 square feet, or around 25% of the current size, and the interior will consist of terrazzo floor, GFRC cladding on the walls and oak timber for all fittings and fixtures. Floor plan for remodeled Regent Street store interior (Foster and Partners) Apple plans to open a temporary store at 235 Regent Street to continue to serve customers during the remodeling process. The temporary location will be located at the basement level of the same building as the permanent store for a maximum of three years, accessible by a carefully designed lobby at ground level with a minimal steel staircase and a fully accessible lift. Apple's flagship Regent Street retail store opened in November 2004 and attracts over 4 million visitors per year. The iconic store was last expanded and remodeled in mid-2006 to become the largest Apple Store location at the time. Apple has contracted Foster and Partners for several other projects in recent months, including the design of Campus 2 and remodeling of Apple's flagship San Francisco store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch

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Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project."Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views."Transit features in Apple Maps were originally expected to launch alongside iOS 8 last year, but were delayed due to personnel issues and data inconsistencies within Apple. The company has reportedly "refined the data, added new cities, and developed a new push notifications system" since that time, however, and the feature is now ready to be unveiled at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Apple has been actively expanding its in-house routing team over the past few years through multiple job listings. In late April, for example, the company put out a job listing for a "Maps Software Engineer" part of the Routing team, as reflected by at least one Apple employee's LinkedIn profile. "As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps," the job description reads. Apple has also been making progress on its indoor mapping project, which will enable iOS users to navigate major buildings, offices and landmarks. The company has been using autonomous robots with iBeacon sensors to collect indoor mapping data, starting at its offices in Cupertino, although the feature may not go live this year. The indoor mapping project is in conjunction with Apple's van-based street mapping data collection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch

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At least one Apple Store in the United States appears to be now stocking standalone Apple Watch bands per the photo below submitted by MacRumors reader Alireza. The photo was allegedly taken at an Apple Store in Miami and appears to show both the Sport Band and Classic Buckle on the shelves. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan 'To Stay Afloat' • iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple's Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, has issued a research note to clients that claims Apple will announce its next iPhones in August ahead of a September launch. Apple has never unveiled an iPhone in August, having introduced the iPhone 4s in October 2011 and all subsequent iPhone models in September. The research note, a copy of which was first obtained by The China Post, also claims that Foxconn is expected to secure between 60% to 70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Kuo notes that Foxconn has a higher yield rate for iPhones, helping it secure the majority of orders, and adds that the Taiwanese manufacturing company will also serve as the sole assembler of the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad. Kuo previously predicted that the main selling point of the next iPhones will be Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. His other predicted features for the next iPhones, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new Rose Gold color option, improved Touch ID recognition, gesture control support, a new microphone added near the speaker and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific. iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it's down for you as well #iclouddown— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015 Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely for others. The issues follow a prolonged iTunes and App Store outage in early March and lengthy iTunes Connect and TestFlight downtime for developers earlier this month. This article will be updated to reflect any system status changes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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In its retail stores, Apple uses special Apple Watch display units to allow customers to test the Apple Watch ahead of making a purchase. The units, which have been available in stores since try-on appointments began on April 10, combine a functional Apple Watch (secured to prevent theft) with an iPad mini that gives details on various aspects of the device. Most of us probably haven't stopped to wonder about how these units work, but new Brazilian regulatory documents and images shared by BlogdoiPhone [Google Translate] give us a fascinating inside look at how Apple engineered the display units. According to BlogdoiPhone, Apple Watches inside the display cases have special bands that incorporate a Lightning cable, which plug into the case to connect to the iPad. When an app is opened on the Apple Watch, this connection relays data to the iPad on what's being viewed, letting the screen display additional information about each feature. The specialized Lightning port band connects to the hidden 6-pin diagnostic port on the Apple Watch, using it to establish a connection between the watch and the case. It is not clear if the diagnostic port connection also allows the Apple Watch to charge, either through the iPad or through a battery built into the unit, but such a function would explain how the Apple Watches manage to stay powered through a full day of continual usage by customers. One side of the unit also includes a USB-Type C port or a Lightning port, which we have previously heard is used to charge the entire unit on a nightly basis, so it's possible there's a built-in battery that powers both the iPad display and the Apple Watch during the day. It is not known if the Apple Watches used in the display units are identical to retail Apple Watches aside from the bands or if they are custom built with extra functionality, but there has been speculation that the Apple Watch can charge through the diagnostic port. Specifically, the engineers behind the Reserve Strap accessory in the works for the Apple Watch have said they have confirmed the port can be used for charging. Apple recently introduced band design guidelines for third-party accessory manufacturers, and while the guidelines say bands must not integrate magnetic chargers, there's no mention of the diagnostic port, leaving its full capabilities largely a mystery. On watches delivered to consumers, the 6-pin diagnostic port is hidden behind a cover that resembles the SIM slot on an iPhone 6. The Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications (or Anatel), where the documents and images originated, has approved the Apple Watch and the in-store display units, suggesting Apple is gearing up to begin selling the Apple Watch in additional countries in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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Apple's Beats Music and iTunes Radio streaming services are available in a limited number of countries, but Apple is working on launching its upcoming music service in a number of countries around the world. Previous rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming music service will launch in multiple countries when it debuts in June, and a new report from Billboard confirms that Apple is seeking to establish deals in Russia. According to Russian newspapers, leading Russian record labels have hinted at the negotiations and have suggested that Russia will be among the first countries where the new music service will launch. Apple is said to be working on deals with local labels that would expand its digital rights to streaming services. Currently, Russian iTunes users have access to music, movies, apps, and books through iTunes, as well as iTunes Match. Beats Music is only available in the United States, while iTunes Radio is available in Australia and the United States. When iTunes Radio launched in 2013, Apple promised to bring it to additional countries, with iTunes chief Eddy Cue saying a worldwide launch for iTunes Radio was a "top priority" and service was planned for "more than 100 countries." It is not clear why Apple's iTunes Radio expansion plans fell through, but the intricacies of establishing contracts in many countries around the world likely played a part, as did iTunes Radio's lukewarm reception. iTunes Radio is set to receive a major revamp alongside Beats Music, and while today's report doesn't state whether or not the Russian negotiations cover content for both streaming services, previous rumors have suggested that the new version of iTunes Radio, like the new streaming music service, will launch in multiple countries around the world. The new version of iTunes Radio may feature improved curation and exclusive radio shows hosted by notable DJs. Apple hired BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe earlier this year, along with a handful of other radio content producers. Exact details on Apple's new iTunes Radio service are not known, but Apple may attempt to make the service more palatable to users through better tailoring towards regional markets. As for the upcoming streaming music service, it's rumored to be similar to the existing Beats Music service, with a focus on curated content and artist exclusives. While iTunes Radio will remain free, the new Beats-based streaming service will reportedly cost $9.99 per month. Both the revamped iTunes Radio and the new streaming music service may debut in June, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, and both will be integrated into Apple's redesigned music app, introduced with iOS 8.4. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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Apple is planning a new "Home" app that would enable users to wirelessly discover, securely manage and control HomeKit-based accessories using an iOS device, according to 9to5Mac. The report also reiterates that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for all HomeKit connected devices. The report claims that Home could be introduced alongside iOS 9 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, although the app may not be finalized in time and could remain limited to internal usage by employees only. HomeKit was announced at WWDC last year as a software framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in the home, but the home automation platform has experienced delays since then and has yet to officially launch. Fortune reported last week that HomeKit was pushed back until August or September, but Apple has since confirmed that accessory announcements will begin in June. The rumored Home app would be the front-end platform for HomeKit, akin to the Health app and HealthKit on iOS 8, and reportedly has "fairly basic" functionality centered upon virtual rooms, the Apple TV and other features:Wirelessly discovering and setting up compatible HomeKit devices Creating a virtual representation of rooms in the home to easily organize and connect HomeKit devices Utilizing the Apple TV as a hub connecting all of the HomeKit devices Offering a series of screens to help users find new HomeKit devices and appsIf the Home app is not released, the report claims that Apple may elect for customers to control their HomeKit connected devices using Siri and accompanying App Store apps from accessory makers and developers. HomeKit partners confirmed to date, among others, include Belkin, Elgato, Schlage, iDevices and GE. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips. Spotify is introducing a new "Now" start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music's "The Sentence," which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify's "Now" music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user's tastes. Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines "running compositions written by the world's foremost DJs and composers" with song recommendations based on user listening history and multiple-genre playlists. It matches tempo when running and will be integrated into the Nike+ and Runkeeper apps. Other original (and exclusive) content will include radio shows presented by various artists like Icona Pop and Jungle, and "Dance Move of the Day" from Amy Poehler's Smart Girls brand. The biggest addition to Spotify comes in the form of video and news clips, letting users watch videos, listen to podcasts, and get news updates. This entertainment content will come from ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Condé Nast, ESPN, Fusion, Maker Studios, NBC, TED, and Vice Media. Spotify's push for more original content and its renewed focus on curated content mirrors some of what Apple is rumored to be doing with its upcoming Beats Music revamp. Beats Music is well-known for its human-curated content, which Apple will keep in the new service, and Apple may be introducing its own radio shows as well, possibly in a simultaneous iTunes Radio revamp. Apple is also rumored to be pushing for exclusive content from artists for its new music service, to set it apart from competing services. Some of this may come in the form of artist social networking pages built into the new music service, which will allow artists to share clips, videos, concert updates, and more. Spotify's new "Now" experience will begin rolling out to iPhone users today in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden. Spotify Running is also rolling out to iPhone users globally as of today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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Though iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are set to debut in three weeks at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we've heard little detail on the content Apple might include in the new operating system updates. Neither operating system is expected to get a major visual overhaul, but there may be one significant design change for both iOS and OS X -- a new system font. Apple has plans to use the new San Francisco font that was introduced with the Apple Watch to replace the Helvetica Neue font used in iOS 7/iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The font will be used for menu items, app names, and more, throughout the operating systems. Ever since switching to particularly thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, Apple has been chastised for using a font that emphasizes clean lines over readability, and San Francisco is intended to solve this. According to the sources familiar with the decision to move to the San Francisco type face on iOS and OS X, Apple higher-ups also believe that the new look will serve to refresh its familiar operating systems, helping iOS and OS X to avoid becoming stale. However, some Apple engineers have told us that they are not fans of the new font, which may look particularly rough on non-Retina screens.A condensed sans-serif that's not unlike Helvetica, San Francisco is the first new font Apple has designed in-house in many years. In the 80s and 90s, Apple used several fonts that were created in-house, but the company largely ceased making its own fonts in the early 1990s. Apple's early fonts were also named after major cities, so San Francisco pays homage to those first fonts. Chicago, New York, Geneva, Monaco, and Cairo are all fonts that were designed by early Apple graphic artist Susan Kare. Kare even designed her own font called San Francisco in 1984, but that now-obsolete typeface looked quite different than the San Francisco Apple introduced in 2014. San Francisco was created specifically for small displays like the Apple Watch, with extra spacing between each letter to increase legibility on the wrist. Since its debut, there has been speculation that it could be brought to iPhones and Macs in the future, due to its clean look on larger Retina displays in addition to the small display of the Apple Watch. That idea was further reinforced with the introduction of the Retina MacBook, which uses the San Francisco font for the lettering on the keyboard. We may get our first official glimpse of San Francisco as a system-wide iOS and OS X font on June 8, when Apple is expected to show off iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 for the first time. Not much else is known about the two operating systems, but Apple may be opting to focus more on internal upgrades, improvements, and bug fixes over external changes to further polish features introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple iPhone Lightning Dock Review: Simple Design With Broad Compatibility, but Some Stability Concerns • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims Apple Watch demand may be slowing down, resulting in shipment forecasts being revised down by 20% to 30% to 5-6 million units in the third quarter. Kuo expects total Apple Watch shipments to fall within the 15 million range for the 2015 fiscal year, lower than the consensus of 20-30 million units, but remains upbeat about the Apple Watch and long-term wearable trends. KGI Securities conducted a survey that reveals most Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in June, and concludes that 2Q15 production output is likely sufficient for the orders placed so far. Kuo also notes that over 80% of orders are for larger 42mm models, implying a male-dominated customer mix based on the assumption that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively. "We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally earlier than those of 42mm. We believe this is because demand for 38mm watches is significantly below that of 42mm ones. We estimate that 42mm models account for over 80% of sales. Assuming that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively, the Apple Watch has attracted mostly men."Kuo concludes that the Apple Watch, like the original iPhone, has potential with several areas that could be improved. In particular, he says the Apple Watch has a lack of killer apps, not very useful Digital Crown, insufficient battery life, room for form factor improvement, sometimes sluggish processing and response times and iPhone dependance for most settings and internet access. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store • Apple Rejects 'Breaking' App Due to One Small Mention of Android in a Screenshot • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set

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Apple is considering a major corporate office expansion in northern San Jose, California, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The report claims that Apple is shopping at least two properties that it could lease in the city: Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway and the 1.5-million-square-foot Coleman Highline development site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway With limited real estate options remaining in its Cupertino, California hometown, Apple has expanded to nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in recent years. But with a growing demand for additional office space, beyond its existing One Infinite Loop and upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, the company could soon make its first big splash in San Jose, the largest city in Silicon Valley."If Apple does do some kind of expansion into North San Jose, it may have more to do with simple availability than anything else given the lack of building sites closer to Apple’s home," the report claims. "That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but simply the path of progress. And San Jose could finally be in the middle of it."The report claims that some other companies including Tesla have shown interest in the real estate properties, and notes that it is possible the company does not sign a deal in the end. San Jose is home to a number of large technology companies, including Adobe, Cisco, eBay and IBM, but has failed to attract heavyweights such as Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. Roughly 25% of Apple employees live in San Jose per a 2013 economic impact study prepared for Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Olloclip Debuts New Telephoto + Wide-Angle 'Active Lens' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Automatic Unveils New App Gallery and Car Adapter With Real-Time Data Support • How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch • Carl Icahn Still Believes in Apple HDTV as AAPL's Market Cap Surpasses $750 Billion • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set • Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States • Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks

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Apple today added several iPad Air 2 models to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase. Released in October of 2014, the iPad Air 2 features a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, plus a triple-core A8X processor, an 8-megapixel camera Touch ID, and a gapless display with an anti-reflective screen coating. Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2. All models are discounted by 15 to 17 percent, dropping prices by $80 to $160. For the entry-level Wi-Fi only 16GB model, the discount lowers the price to $419 from the original $499 price tag. That price point beats many sale prices from third-party vendors, and as with all of Apple's refurbished products, the iPad Air 2 models come with a full 1-year warranty, a new battery, and a new outer shell. Apple's refurbished inventory fluctuates on a regular basis based on available supply, so models that are available today may not be available tomorrow. The refurbished iPad Air 2 models can be purchased immediately from the online store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mophie Watch Dock Review: Charge Your Apple Watch on a Simple $60 Aluminum and Leather Stand • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set • Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States • Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks • How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad • Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote • 'Audiobooks for Audible' iOS App Gains CarPlay Support • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More

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During a recent visit to China, Tim Cook met with employees at Apple's China headquarters and confirmed that the company is aiming to have the Apple Watch in Apple retail stores by June in multiple countries around the world, including China. In the meeting, details of which were shared by 9to5Mac, Cook reportedly told employees that the Apple Watch launch "could not be going better," and joked that he wished the company had more operational staff for a smoother launch. Apple's plan to start selling the watch in stores by the end of the month of May was first hinted at by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who said in an employee memo in April that the Apple Watch would be available exclusively online through May. The Apple Watch's launch was highly unusual for Apple, as it saw the company foregoing its traditional lines in favor of accepting orders entirely online. According to Ahrendts, orders were handled in that way to ensure customers had the best possible ordering experience without long in-store lines and wait times. Supply constraints were also a factor, with rumors suggesting Apple lost time due to faulty taptic engines produced by a supplier in China. Ahrendts has promised that the Apple Watch ordering process is not representative of how all of the company's product launches will be handled in the future. "We love our launches we do in stores," she told employees. "Have absolutely no fear, this is a unique situation." Though the Apple Watch will continue to be available through Apple solely online until June, Apple has allowed some high-end fashion boutiques around the world to sell the Apple Watch to customers. In the United States, Maxfield in Los Angeles, California is the only retail location that has had the Apple Watch in stock, and customers continue to line up on a daily basis to attempt to get a device without needing to wait online. Apple has been working hard to overcome supply issues and many Apple Watch orders have been shipping out ahead of their estimated delivery dates. Even the Apple Watches in shortest supply -- the Link Bracelet, the Modern Buckle, and the Leather Loop -- have begun shipping to consumers. It's unlikely Apple will be entirely caught up on shipments by the time June rolls around, but for models that are more common, like the Sport, shipping estimates have been slowly improving, suggesting there will enough inventory to begin sales in stores in June. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set • Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States • Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks • How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad • Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote • 'Audiobooks for Audible' iOS App Gains CarPlay Support • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Journeyman Leather Messenger Bag from Intrepid Bag Co

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Apple today released the first software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1. Released to the public on April 24, the Apple Watch initially shipped with version 1.0 of Watch OS, the operating system unique to the Apple Watch and deeply linked to iOS. The new software can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to Settings --> General --> Software Update. Apple has been steadily shipping Apple Watch devices out to customers, but supplies remain constrained and some versions of the Apple Watch have not yet shipped out. Customers receiving an Apple Watch shortly after today's update will need to update the software on the device after taking it out of the box. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set • Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States • Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks • How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad • Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote • 'Audiobooks for Audible' iOS App Gains CarPlay Support • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Journeyman Leather Messenger Bag from Intrepid Bag Co

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While the high-end 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display was discounted from $2,499 to $2,299 today, Apple has raised the prices on several other products in Europe and Canada as the U.S. dollar continues to remain strong against the euro and other international currencies. The affected countries in the European Union include Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and multiple others. iMac prices increased by between €150 to €300 in Europe per configuration All non-Retina 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models in affected countries are now between 150 to 300 euros more expensive starting today. The base configuration iMac, for example, increased from €1,099 to €1,249, while the high-end 27-inch iMac without Retina display rose from €1,799 to €2,099. Prices may vary slightly between countries due to applicable local taxes and tariffs. Apple also increased the price of the Mac Pro by between 400 to 600 euros, with the base model going from €2,999 to €3,399 and the high-end configuration now priced at €4,599 up from €3,999. The base model Mac mini increased 50 euros to €569, while the mid-tier and top-tier configurations were bumped up 100 euros to cost €819 and €1,129 respectively. 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air prices have not changed. Mac Pro prices increased by between $200 to $400 in Canada per configuration Meanwhile, the price of non-Retina 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models increased by $100 to $150 in Canada as conversion rates continue to fluctuate. Similarly, the Mac Pro now costs between $200 to $400 more in Canada depending on the configuration, and Mac mini prices rose by between $50 to $120. The prices of various Mac accessories, including the Magic Mouse and USB-C adapters, also rose in both Europe and Canada. Apple last raised prices in Europe, Canada, Australia and other regions in early March. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gene Munster Faces the Prospect of No Apple Television Set • Apple Pay Gains 35 More Participating Issuers in United States • Starbucks Partners With Spotify for Interconnected Loyalty Programs, In-Store Song Picks • How to Use Siri on iPhone and iPad • Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote • 'Audiobooks for Audible' iOS App Gains CarPlay Support • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, Retina iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Journeyman Leather Messenger Bag from Intrepid Bag Co

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