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Apple has opted to equip the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with two separate accelerometers, as discovered in Chipworks' comprehensive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardown. There's a three-axis Bosch BMA280 accelerometer and what Chipworks believes is a MPU-6700 six-axis accelerometer from InvenSense. According to Chipworks, Apple may have decided to incorporate two accelerometers into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to both minimize power consumption and "improve the overall user experience." The InvenSense accelerometer has a range of functions, allowing it to operate in several different modes, but it can draw more power than the Bosch accelerometer due to its higher sensitivity. The maximum sensitivity of the InvenSense is at 16684 LSB/g, much higher than the Bosch's 4096. The InvenSense device can operate as a six axis inertial sensor, or as either a three-axis gyroscope or a three-axis accelerometer. It is rated to consume 3.4 mA in the six-axis mode, 3.2 mA in the gyroscope mode and 450 µA in the accelerometer normal mode. By contrast, the Bosch device operates as a 3-axis accelerometer only and it consumes 130 µA of current in the accelerometer normal mode. Both devices offer two low power levels of operation for the accelerometer function. The InvenSense device actually consumes less current in its lowest power mode, with a 1 Hz update rate. The main benefit of the InvenSense is full six-axis integration of the data by the on-chip digital motion processor (DMP). This will provide a direct benefit for gaming and other applications that need sophisticated inertial sensing capabilities. In addition the InvenSense provides significantly higher sensitivity than the Bosch device. The price however, is higher power consumption.The Bosch accelerometer is able to operate at a lower power than the InvenSense and it has a "much faster" cold start up time, at 3ms compared to 30ms, allowing it to be used when complete six-axis integration is unnecessary. Chipworks speculates that it may be used for tasks where higher sensitivity is unneeded, perhaps for rotating the screen from landscape to portrait mode or for pedometer functionality. According to Chipworks, the inclusion of two accelerometers in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is an example of Apple's "elegant engineering." A single InvenSense accelerometer would have enabled the device to work perfectly well, but the addition of the Bosch accelerometer allows for lower power consumption in the appropriate situations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27

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Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything that's currently known about the service into a roundup so users can get an idea of what to expect. With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using the NFC chip built into the devices. While Apple Pay will initially be restricted to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users will also be able to take advantage of the service if they purchase an Apple Watch after it is released. Apple has described Apple Pay as the most secure payment solution available, as it uses Device Account Numbers rather than storing credit card numbers and keeps all payment information in a dedicated chip on the iPhone, called the Secure Element. All payments are verified using Touch ID, which prevents someone who has stolen a device to make unauthorized purchases. Furthermore, if an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is stolen, its ability to make payments can be disabled through Find My iPhone. Apple has said that Apple Pay will be available beginning in October, enabled through an upcoming update to iOS 8. The Apple Pay roundup, like all of our other roundups is accessible through a dedicated index page that shows a full list of all available roundups ordered by most recent update. The roundup is also accessible directly through the "Roundups" tab in the top navigation bar on all MacRumors pages. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27

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Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to be adding support for high-definition audio playback in iOS 8 and shipping new EarPods with the iPhone 6 in order to support this 24bit/96kHz standard. Apple ultimately made no such announcements for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6, and Mashable has now confirmed with some testing that Apple's latest iPhone 6 does not currently support high definition audio playback. With the help of audio testing expert David Ranada, Mashable tested several sample .wav files encoded at a 96kHz sampling rate with 24 bits per sample. The tracks were played using third-party apps such as Onkyo's HF music player and recordings were made through the headphone jack to determine the quality of the audio output. The results show that iPhone 6 does not yet support HD audio playback, even though the audio hardware inside the phone may be capable of 24bit/96kHz output. According to teardown analyses, Apple's iPhone 6 includes the custom made Cirrus Logic 338S1201 chip, which is likely the successor to the Cirrus Logic CS42L61 chip used in previous iPhone models. Though also a custom build, the older CS42L61 chip is part of Cirrus Logic's CS42L51 family, which supports 24bit/96kHz HD audio. It's hard to conceive of Apple either creating a custom chip that's less capable than the equivalent off-the-shelf component, let alone downgrading the audio capabilities of the iPhone's DAC in subsequent generations. So it stands to reason the DAC on board the iPhone 6 is capable of sampling 24-bit/96kHz audio. It's possible, however, that Apple could later update iOS 8 with support for HD audio and enable the playback of hi-res music through the iPhone's headphone jack. Apple is accepting 24bit/96kHz uploads from musicians and is allegedly preparing to enable high-definition 24-bit downloads from iTunes. Customers who want HD audio sooner will have to look at Lightning-equipped audio devices such as the recently announced Fidelio M2L headphones from Philips. The Fidelio M2Ls will connect to an iPhone or iPad via the Lightning port and will support 24-bit audio using an internal DAC and amplifier built into the headphone unit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier this month, Apple removed all HealthKit-enabled apps from the iOS App Store due to an last-minute issue with the service. Addressing the issue, Apple promised it was working on a fix with the goal to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is now allowing apps with HealthKit features back into the iOS App Store. One of the first apps to debut with HealthKit today is FitPort [Direct Link], a replacement for the iOS 8 Health app. The fitness dashboard allows users both to view health stats pulled from Apple's Health database and to enter new data manually. Now that Apple is approving these apps, there should be a deluge of new HealthKit-capable apps appearing in the App Store in the coming days. Apple planned to fix the HealthKit issue with iOS 8.0.1, but problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices forced Apple to pull the update shortly after release. The company fixed these iOS problems and updated HealthKit in iOS 8.0.2, which was released late Thursday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Yesterday, it was revealed that security researchers from Red Hat uncovered a major exploit in the "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux. Named "Shellshock" by security experts, the exploit allows hackers to gain access to web connected devices and services through the use of malicious code. Now, an Apple spokesperson (via iMore) has commented on the matter, stating that the majority of OS X users are safe from the exploits and that the company is working to provide a software update for advanced UNIX users: The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users. The exploit was called "as big as Heartbleed" by security researcher Robert Graham, who was referring to a flaw discovered in the popular open-source software OpenSSL that affected 66% of the Internet earlier this year. Apple eventually announced that Heartbleed did not affect its software or key services, and also released updates for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule. It is likely that a fix for the Bash exploit will arrive relatively soon for users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2, its second update to iOS 8 designed to fix major issues introduced with iOS 8.0.1, which went out to iPhone owners on Wednesday. After installing iOS 8.0.1, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users found that their cellular service was disabled and that Touch ID was non-functional. Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, but not before numerous iPhone users were able to download the software. The company announced an investigation in the afternoon, and in the evening, released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to fix the problem via an iTunes restore to iOS 8. iOS 8.0.2 is available immediately as an over-the-air download and presumably fixes all of the issues that were introduced with iOS 8.0.1. iOS 8.0.1 contained a fix for a major HealthKit issue that was discovered just before the public release of iOS 8, prompting Apple to remove all HealthKit enabled apps from the App Store. Following iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2, these apps will be able to return to the App Store. The updates also bring fixes for third-party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, SMS/MMS messages, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple's recent iOS 8.0.1 issue, which saw the update disable the cellular connection and Touch ID functionality on numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, may have links to Apple's 2012 Maps debacle, reports Bloomberg. According to "people familiar with Apple's management structure," the same mid-level manager was in charge of overseeing quality assurance for both projects, having been moved to the iOS team after being removed from the Maps team.[The manager] was removed from the maps team after the software gave users unreliable directions and mislabeled landmarks, though he remained in charge of testing for iOS, said one person, who asked not to be identified since the information isn't public.The employee in question, who has worked at Apple since 2000, is in charge of a team of more than "100 people around the world" responsible for testing the software before it reaches consumers, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, engineers who test the new software often are unable to get the latest iPhones until they are available to customers, "resulting in updates that may not have gone through tests that are are rigorous as those for the latest handsets," and internal issues can also impact Apple's testing, which may explain how such a significant bug got through the testing process. Internal turf battles also can impact quality testing, according to a former senior manager. Teams responsible for testing cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity will sometimes sign off on a product release, then [the manager's] team will discover later that it’s not compatible with another feature, the person said.Released yesterday, iOS 8.0.1 contained a critical bug that caused the cellular service and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices to malfunction. Though the update was pulled after approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, numerous iPhone users were able to download the software, which effectively disabled their phones. Apple announced that it was investigating the situation in the afternoon, and yesterday evening, the company released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to fix the problem via an iTunes restore to iOS 8. Apple has seen several issues with iOS 8 in recent weeks, including a major bug with HealthKit that caused the company to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store ahead of the public release of iOS 8. Apple promised a quick fix, and iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to repair the issue and allow apps that use HealthKit back into the App Store. Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the bugs that were introduced with iOS 8.0.1. Update: This post has been updated to remove the individual's name. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple Online Stores around the world have begun accepting orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as part of a second wave launch that will see the devices become available in more than 20 additional countries. The two devices are now available for order online in multiple different countries, and will become available in local retail stores in the morning. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already on sale in stores in New Zealand, where it is just after 11:30 AM. Second wave launch countries for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Many countries where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available for purchase online are displaying shipping estimates of five to seven days for both devices, for all colors, carriers, and capacities. In many cases, these shipping estimates are better than the shipping estimates for new orders placed in first wave launch countries, but estimates may change as available supply per country dwindles. Initial iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Singapore topped 10 million during the first weekend that the devices were available for purchase, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said "exceeded expectations." Apple has plans to bring the new iPhones to 115 countries by the end of 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Earlier today, Apple released a statement to several different media outlets in response to reports about the iPhone 6 Plus bending within user pockets, stating that bending from normal use was "extremely rare" and suggesting only nine customers had complained about bending issues. In addition to outlining its rigorous testing policies, Apple has now invited reporters from both CNBC and The Verge to its testing facility to see the machines that it uses to test its products in person. The lab contains an array of different testing equipment, with Apple's head of engineering Dan Riccio telling CNBC the iPhone 6 was "the most tested product we have ever done" and that Apple had not tested another phone as exhaustively. "As we add more and more features, we have to find out a way to break them before customers do," Riccio told The Verge. According to Apple, 15,000 separate tests were conducted on both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. "The bottom line is that if you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it's going to deform," said Riccio. When asked about the reports of bending, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller, called them "extremely rare occurrences" reiterating to CNBC that out of millions of iPhones sold, Apple had only received nine complaints. He also told The Verge that Apple "designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use." Apple also outlined some of the different durability tests conducted on the iPhone 6 Plus to The Wall Street Journal, explaining that it's subjected to three-point bend tests, which place pressure on the iPhone to ensure it can handle reasonable force, and pressure-point cycling, which places "substantial" force on the enclosure hundreds of times. The iPhone is also subjected to torsion testing, which twists and torques the device, and there were sit tests simulating real-life scenarios. Torsion test image, courtesy of The VergeApple pointed to five different tests that new iPhones go through in the development process, including what is known as "pressure point cycling test" when it applies substantial force on the display and enclosure hundreds of times while the phone is held by the sides. Apple said this process bends the enclosure repeatedly to ensure that the iPhone can be bent and pressed at reasonable force throughout its life. Another test, according to Apple, is called the "sit test." This test simulates sitting on a hard surface with the phone in the back pocket of a pair of tight jeans. Apple said it runs the phones through thousands of cycles testing the phone in different positions.In addition to all of the above testing, Apple also tested the phone in real-life, handing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices out to "hundreds of company employees" to use in various situations to test for durability and performance. Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first surfaced on Monday, after multiple MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent subtly while in a pocket. The bending issue then went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands. Given the significant amount of media attention the bending has received over the course of the last few days, it has been difficult to determine how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. According to Apple, the number of affected users is comparatively low based on how many devices are now out in the wild. Despite keeping quiet on the issue for several days, Apple has directed support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. "In this case, as in many things, we tell customers that if you think something's occurred that shouldn't have with your device, go to AppleCare, go to The Genius Bar, and let them take a look at it," Schiller told The Verge. "And we'll see if your product is having an experience it shouldn't have and is covered under warranty." Additional photos of Apple's testing equipment and details on the testing process can be found in The Verge's original report on Apple's testing facility. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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At just under two years since its last update, the Mac mini seems to have become the forgotten part of Apple's Mac lineup, with a number of fans of the small desktop waiting for any word of a potential update. As they typically are with Mac products, rumors and leaks regarding the Mac mini's future have been relatively rare, with essentially nothing having appeared on the radar since a reference to a "Mid 2014" Mac mini surfaced on an Apple support page as a likely error several months ago. MacRumors has now received word that Apple is planning a Mac mini update possibly launching next month alongside new iPad models and presumably OS X Yosemite. While we have been unable to obtain corroborating information of an imminent update, the mere possibility of an update as soon as next month is likely to be welcome news to Mac mini fans. The single source has provided no additional details on what to expect in terms of a next-generation Mac mini, but has provided accurate information in the past. The timing of such an update would be a bit odd, as it is unclear what processors Apple would use in these machines. Next-generation Broadwell processors from Intel appropriate for the Mac mini are not scheduled to arrive until early next year, and the current Haswell processors are no longer cutting edge as Intel has been forced to prolong their shelf life due to continued delays with Broadwell. Still, the Mac mini is not generally intended to be a workhorse machine with the fastest processors (although they are popular as servers), so Apple may be willing to launch the updated models with Haswell refresh processors released earlier this year. The Mac mini typically uses the some of the same processors as the MacBook Pro except shifted several months later, meaning that an updated Mac mini released next month could use some of the processors from the late July MacBook Pro update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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The FBI has been in talks with Apple and Google about the way the technology companies are marketing the privacy features in their smartphones, according to FBI Director James Comey (via The Huffington Post). Comey says that he is concerned that the two companies are "marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law." Comey's remarks come following both privacy changes introduced with iOS 8 and a new privacy site that Apple introduced last week, explaining that the company has altered the way encryption works in iOS 8. Apple no longer stores the encryption keys for devices in iOS 8, making it impossible for it to unlock content on devices under police request. "Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access your data," reads its new privacy site. "So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8." Shortly after Apple announced the encryption changes to iOS 8, Google announced that the next generation of Android, set to be released next month, will also encrypt data by default, providing the same encryption protections to its smartphones that a passcode provides to iPhones. According to Comey, though he understands the need for privacy, he believes government access to electronic devices is necessary in some cases."I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyone's closet or their smart phone," he said. "The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened -- even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order -- to me does not make any sense."He goes on to say that one day, it may matter "a great, great deal" that the government be able to infiltrate "a kidnapper's or a terrorist or a criminal's device." His goal, he says, is to have a "good conversation" in the country "before that day comes." The exact nature of the talks between FBI officials and Apple and Google remains unknown, with Comey only stating that the discussion has been over the "marketing of their devices." Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and that they use the "strongest glass in the industry." The company went on to say that only nine customers had complained about bent iPhones, suggesting the issue is not as widespread as it has appeared in the media. It also stated that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have met or exceeded testing for strength and durability, and that bending in the iPhone 6 Plus during normal use is "extremely rare." Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first began trickling in on Monday, after several MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent while in a pocket. The bending issue went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands, which caused significant damage near the device's volume buttons. Given the media attention the bending received, it was difficult to tell how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. Though Apple kept quiet on the issue until today, the company has been directing its support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple has recently added the Mac Pro to the refurbished section of its online store, giving customers the opportunity to purchase the professional-level desktop at a 15 percent discount compared to a brand-new machine for the first time since the computer's December 2013 release. There are several different configurations available, ranging in price from $2,549 for the 3.7GHz quad-core machine with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage to $7,479 for the 2.7Ghz 12-core machine with 32GB RAM and 1TB storage. All available refurbished Mac Pro models ship within 3 to 5 business days. All of Apple's refurbished products, the Mac Pro included, have been thoroughly tested for reliability and come with the same one-year warranty offered with standard products. Apple's 2013 Mac Pro made waves when it was released, due to its radically redesigned cylindrical form factor and the fact that the machine is the first to be assembled in the United States. It features Ivy Bridge E processors, dual GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, and fast PCI Express-based flash storage. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Competition between mobile phone manufactures is fierce with handset companies using social media and other public platforms to call out their competitors. It's not surprising then to see a wave of tweets and comments from big name companies like Samsung and HTC mocking Apple following its recent iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy. LG and HTC were among the first to attack Apple, commenting on Twitter shortly after the #bendgate controversy began to escalate. At the same time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned the bending issue during the company's launch of its new Passport handset, saying "I challenge you to bend the Passport," reports CNET.Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets. #HTCOneM8— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) September 24, 2014 Our phone doesn't bend, it flexes...on purpose. #bendgate pic.twitter.com/d1DudxDQgf— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014 Samsung, Nokia Deutschland, and even candy maker and Android sponsor KitKat also joined in on the mockery, noting that their products don't bend. Curved. Not bent. #GALAXYNoteEdge pic.twitter.com/OTPIYlI07f— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) September 25, 2014These social marketing efforts are a response to Apple's controversy in which some iPhone 6 Plus users were accidentally bending their 5.5-inch handsets after placing them in their pockets. While the prevalence of the issue appears fairly low, photos of warped iPhone 6 Plus units spread like wildfire, with subsequent "bend test" videos showcasing how much the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to bending. According to The Next Web, Apple reportedly is looking into the issue "with an insane amount of detail." A support representative also confirmed Genius technicians may replace bent phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Such inspections typically reject bent iPhones for warranty coverage, however, and it is unclear how much latitude Geniuses will have with this issue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, with the latest report from Taiwan's TechNews (via G For Games) suggesting the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple's previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple's current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple shift away from using an "X" version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-resolution "iPad Pro", the graphics needs are likely high enough to require an enhanced main chip. In its recent report, TechNews also reiterates its previous claim that Apple's iPhone Air 2 will feature of RAM. This increased RAM would be a boost from the 1 GB present in both the current-generation iPad Air and the company's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. It also may serve to set the iPad Air 2 apart from the next Retina iPad mini, which is rumored to keep its current 1 GB RAM configuration. While the iPad Pro may land next year, Apple's iPad Air 2 is expected to be introduced sometime in the coming month. The new tablet may launch in time for the holiday shopping season with a redesign possibly including marginally a thinner body, redesigned speaker grille and other improvements such as Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple knew about an iCloud security flaw six months before it was utilized to hack celebrity accounts on the service, reports The Daily Dot. The company was notified of the exploit by independent security researcher Ibrahim Balic, who shared emails between himself and members of Apple's product security team. In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a "brute-force" hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations. Balic recommended to Apple that it should implement a feature in iCloud that prevents log-ins after a set number of failed attempts, and even reported the exploit through Apple's Bug Reporter. Balic was also the developer said to be behind the extended outage of Apple's Dev Center last year. In May 2014, Apple emailed Balic and questioned the validity of the exploit, stating that it "would take an extraordinarily long time" to find a valid authentication token to get into an iCloud account using the flaw. Balic states that Apple continued to ask him about the exploit and how it would be utilized. On September 1, 2014, hackers breached the iCloud accounts of many well-known actresses, downloading and leaking private photos and videos. While it was not initially known what caused the breach, The Next Web linked to a Python script on Github that may have been used for the hacking. The script utilized a brute-force like method which allowed hackers to keep guessing passwords without being locked out. Apple acknowledged later in the day that it was investigating the breach, ultimately leading to comments from CEO Tim Cook along with new security implementations. Those implementations included automatic emails when iCloud accounts are accessed via web browsers, automatic two-factor authentication for iCloud.com, and mandatory app-specific passwords for third-party apps accessing iCloud. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter

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Security researchers from Red Hat have uncovered a new exploit in the common "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux which can be used to deploy malicious code with minimal effort. Due to the ubiquity of the Bash shell, the exploit can affect a wide variety of different web-connected devices and properties, including unsecured websites, smart home appliances, servers, and more. Security researcher Robert Graham noted on his blog that the Bash exploit is "as big as Heartbleed," referring to the flaw discovered earlier this year in the popular OpenSSL software which secures connections between clients and servers: Internet-of-things devices like video cameras are especially vulnerable because a lot of their software is built from web-enabled bash scripts. Thus, not only are they less likely to be patched, they are more likely to expose the vulnerability to the outside world. Unlike Heartbleed, which only affected a specific version of OpenSSL, this bash bug has been around for a long, long time. That means there are lots of old devices on the network vulnerable to this bug. The number of systems needing to be patched, but which won't be, is much larger than Heartbleed. Heartbleed was said to have affected 66% of the Internet, although Apple announced in April that the exploit did not affect software or "key services." Apple also released updates for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule to better secure both web devices against Heartbleed. A topic discussing the Bash exploit on StackExchange also notes that Apple did not include a fix for the bug in its latest round of security updates that came alongside the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 last week. It is possible however that Apple will release a fix for OS X in the near future to address the exploit, similar to what it has done for other security issues in the past. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter

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Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.0.1, which ended up disabling cellular service and Touch ID on many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. Apple said that it was investigating the issue this afternoon, and it has now released a support document confirming that an iOS 8.0.2 update is in the works with a fix. In addition to announcing the upcoming update, the document also points users towards an interim fix involving reinstalling iOS 8 via iTunes. The document offers the same advice Apple support representatives have been giving to customers since the issue first surfaced, directing users to download iOS 8 and reinstall it on their devices using iTunes. Apple's specific steps are as follows:Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0. 1. Make sure that you're using the latest version of iTunes. 2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes. 3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won't restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0. 4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device: - iPhone 6 - iPhone 6 Plus 5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes: - Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update. - Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update. 6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.Apple has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 over-the-air update, but the software was available to customers for approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, leaving many users with broken devices. According to the Apple, iOS 8.0.2 is already in the works with a fix and will be ready "in the next few days." iOS 8.0.1 originally fixed a significant HealthKit bug that popped up just ahead of the public release of iOS 8. Apple pulled all HealthKit enabled apps from the App Store due to the issue, and iOS 8.0.1 fixed the original bug, allowing the apps to be redistributed. The update also included fixes for third-party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, SMS/MMS messages, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has been receiving a huge amount of attention over the last day, following reports of users seeing significant bending after placing the phone in a pocket. A video made yesterday demonstrated the just how far the iPhone 6 Plus is able to bend, and now the video's creator, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, has created a second video to test the iPhone 6 and several other Samsung devices. Surprisingly, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 6 Plus bent significantly near the volume buttons under the force inflicted by Hilsenteger, he is unable to do as much damage to the iPhone 6. Aside from a small dent, the phone remains intact. "This one is far more durable," he says. Based on his preliminary testing, Hilsenteger does not believe that iPhone 6 users will see the same issues that some iPhone 6 Plus users are seeing in regards to bending. As we noted yesterday, it's unlikely that the force Hilsenteger used in the original video will be replicated inside of a pocket, but photos of bent iPhone 6 Plus devices have suggested that it does not take much force to cause a slight curvature in the device. Bending issues are not limited to the iPhone 6 Plus, as bending has been seen in prior versions of the iPhone, including the iPhone 5 and 5s. Apple has not commented on the iPhone 6 Plus bending incidents, but iPhone 6 Plus owners can likely prevent bending by removing the phone from their pockets before sitting or by placing the device in a rigid protective case. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former SVP of products, Jonathan Rosenberg, recently published a new book entitled "How Google Works, which explores topics like corporate culture, strategy, talent, innovation, dealing with disruption, and more. The duo have done an interview with Bloomberg to promote the title, with Schmidt commenting on the state of affairs between iOS and Google and Apple's new larger-screened iPhones. According to Schmidt, competition between Apple and Google is more brutal than ever before, with "enormous, enormous racing" going on between the two companies, which ultimately has "enormous benefits for consumers worldwide." In fact I would say that this brutal competition between Apple and Google over Android and iOS has enormous benefits for consumers worldwide. If you look at the innovation on the Apple side and on the Google side, that competition which I think is the defining fight of the computer industry, it benefits global at the billions of people level.When questioned about how he feels driving past an Apple Store and seeing people lined up around the block to purchase an iPhone, Schmidt said "I'll tell you what I think. Samsung had these products a year ago." The interviewer further notes that nobody "had a huge party" and Schmidt reiterated that Samsung had larger phones first once again. "I think Samsung had the products a year ago. That's what I think." Re/code has also published a short excerpt from "How Google Works," where Schmidt writes about a meeting he had with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2010. During the meeting, Jobs made it clear that he believed Android was based on Apple's intellectual property, and Schmidt worried that a dispute was brewing.The two had sat outside at the California-cuisine-oriented cafe, discussing Google's growing mobile operating system, Android. Steve was convinced that the open-source operating system was built on intellectual property created by Apple. Eric responded that we hadn't used Apple's IP and had in fact built Android on our own. But his argument was to no avail. "They are going to fight us," he thought.The excerpt goes on to detail the friendship between Jobs and Schmidt and the release of the iPhone in 2007, which led to Schmidt stepping down from Apple's board due to the similarities between iOS and Android. It also covers the differences between Apple's closed system compared to Google's open system, and why both methods work. Apple's control model works not just because of Steve Jobs's excellence, but also because of how he organized the company. At Apple — just like Google — the leaders are product people with technical backgrounds. When you build a team of great, smart creatives, and put the world’s uber-smart creative in charge, then you have a good chance of being right most of the time. And when you are right most of the time, then a highly controlled model can yield tremendous innovation.Schmidt and Rosenberg's full 15 minute Bloomberg interview contains additional details on the relationship between Google and Apple and is well worth watching. Their new book, "How Google Works," can be ordered on Amazon for $24. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers behind Twitterriffic, has written a blog post warning iOS users about in-app browsers, which he says are "considered harmful." According to Hockenberry, and as outlined in a video, an in-app browser has the ability to record what's being typed, even at a secure login screen. This means an unscrupulous developer could potentially create an app with an in-app browser to capture the usernames and passwords of users who login to websites like Twitter or Facebook with the browser. Many existing apps use in-app browsers to allow users to do things like login with an already existing social media account simply to make the login process easier, but it appears there's also potential for abuse. A few things to note about what you're seeing: The information at the top of the screen is generated by the app, not the web page. This information could easily be uploaded to remote server. This is not phishing: the site shown is the actual Twitter website. This technique can be applied to any site that has a input form. All the attacker needs to know can easily be obtained by viewing the public facing HTML on the site. The app is stealing your username and password by watching what you type on the site. There's nothing the site owner can do about this, since the web view has control over JavaScript that runs in the browser.Hockenberry says that acquiring usernames and passwords works in both iOS 7 and iOS 8, and may also work in earlier versions of iOS, but he is quick to point out that it is not a bug, as the techniques demonstrated in the video can be used for "good as well as evil." Hockenberry does not have a clear solution in mind for Apple, as fixing the core behavior of both WebKit and UIWebView would require the company to update every version of iOS that included Safari and WebKit, but he does suggest the company could protect users with OAuth. As for end users, Hockenberry warns not to enter private information when using an app that's not Safari. Browsing web content is safe, but he recommends that users open a link in Safari if there are any concerns about private information. More details on the security of in-app browsers, OAuth, and Hockenberry's recommendations can be found in his original blog post. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Following the release of iOS 8.0.1 this morning, numerous of users found that their cellular service was disabled, reporting "No Service" messages after updating. Affected users also appear to be experiencing problems with Touch ID, which seems to be completely non-functional. It appears that the issue is limited to users who have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, but affected devices span several carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint in the United States. Rogers subscribers in Canada have reported issues, as have EE subscribers in the United Kingdom and Vodafone subscribers in Germany. Restarting an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus does not fix cellular functionality, nor does attempting to use "Reset Network Settings," but some users have reported that restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes or doing the initial install from iTunes fixes the cellular connection issues. Apple support has also recommended restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes to fix the problem.Looks like doing a restore of 8.0.1 at least so far has fixed the cell service issue. Not sure about Touch ID yet. Still developing..— Chris Beiting (@beiting) September 24, 2014 Users with an iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, or 5c have reported no issues, so iOS 8.0.1 is likely safe for those who do not have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. iPad owners have also had no problems with the update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple today released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, the new operating system released to the public last week. The new version arrives as build 12A402 and can be downloaded via an over-the-air update. The new update fixes an issue with HealthKit, which prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the App Store. The problem with HealthKit first came to light shortly before the public launch of iOS 8, and Apple opted to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store until a fix was available. Following today's update, apps that take advantage of the HealthKit API will once again be accepted into the App Store. As noted in yesterday's report on iOS 8.0.1, the update also fixes several other issues with third party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, and more. - Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store - Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode - Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library - Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages - Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases - Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups - Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from SafariApple will likely be releasing a second update to iOS 8 in the coming weeks, in order to enable Apple Pay, its mobile payment service expected to be released to the public in October. Update: It appears that there is an issue with iOS 8.0.1 causing cellular service to be disabled. Many early installers are reporting "No Service" messages after updating. There are also reports of problems with Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple may not be planning to launch the new Apple Watch until February 2015 or later, according to a new report from The Information (via Business Insider). When the Apple Watch was introduced earlier this month, Apple gave a non-specific "early 2015" timeline for its release, with no additional information on when we might expect to see the device.One person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch quipped that Apple would be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day." Apple has said only that the watch would ship in early 2015, and a spokeswoman did not comment for this article.According to the report, Apple initially planned to have the watch ready to ship in time for the 2014 holiday season, but had problems finishing software development in time. Hints of a delay on the software side first surfaced shortly after the keynote, as members of the press who were invited to spend some hands-on time with the devices noted that none of the display units were running the actual operating system, Watch OS. Instead, the devices displayed only screenshots of various functions and while some Apple employees gave demos of functional units, reporters were not able to explore the software themselves. Apple has also opted not to divulge the battery life of the device, possibly because it is continuing to tweak the Watch OS software for the best results. Concrete information on battery life likely can't be determined until software development is finished. Apple Watch includes several new cutting edge technologies that have not been incorporated into previous devices, including the pressure-sensitive Force Touch that can determine the difference between a tap and a press, and the Taptic Engine, Apple's unique haptic feedback vibration engine designed to deliver alerts in a subtle way. When it goes on sale in early 2015, the Apple Watch will be available in an array of materials and with several different band options, with pricing starting at $349. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide memo out to all employees this morning, thanking them for their hard work during the month of September, which saw the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 and the announcement of the Apple Watch. Cook also announced that Apple employees will be receiving additional vacation time during the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, as they have in past years. "Each of these introductions represents years of innovation and hard work by teams all across Apple," wrote Cook in the letter, which was first shared by 9to5Mac. "Many of you have put the best work of your lives into these amazing new products, which bring together world-class hardware, software, and services in the way only Apple can."Without you, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. Our people are the soul of our company, and we all need time to refresh and renew. To provide that time, and to recognize all of these achievements -- as well as your boundless talent and dedication -- I'm happy to announce that we're extending the Thanksgiving holiday this year. We will shut down with pay on November 24, 25 and 26 so our teams can enjoy the whole week off.Apple will be shutting down during the week of Thanksgiving, giving employees November 24, 25, and 26 off in addition to the actual holiday on November 27 and 28. While stores will remain open, retail employees will be given the same amount of time off, but at varying dates. International teams will also receive extra vacation. Apple routinely closes up shop for multiple days around Thanksgiving and Christmas, giving employees time off to spend the holidays with family. While iTunes Connect shuts down during the Christmas holidays, it has, in the past, remained functional over Thanksgiving leading to little end impact on customers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download

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