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While Apple touted the power of the new A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2 at the company's media event last week, the company as usual opted not to disclose exact specifications on the part, leaving the details up to rumor and speculation until the device starts making its way into the hands of users and teardown experts. But with Apple shipping out orders to customers for delivery as soon as tomorrow, it appears that at least one user has already gotten his or her hands on the iPad Air 2 and run a Geekbench 3 benchmarking test on it (via Gizmobic). If the result is genuine, and Primate Labs founder John Poole tells MacRumors that it appears to be, it reveals that the A8X contains an unusual triple-core CPU configuration running at 1.5 GHz and paired with 2 GB of RAM. The extra core and 100 MHz faster clock speed compared to the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus means iPad Air 2 scores roughly 13 percent higher on single-core benchmarks and 55 percent higher on multi-core benchmarks than Apple's latest iPhones. More details will undoubtedly be unveiled in the coming days as teardown experts take the iPad Air 2 apart and chip experts examine the internal layout of the chip. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide Deals: Discounts on the Original iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 • T-Mobile to Offer $0 Down iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders Tomorrow • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25 • Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China • iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads

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Yesterday, Primate Labs highlighted some Geekbench 3 benchmarking results for the new 3.5 GHz 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, unsurprisingly showing the machine performing better than slower-clocked Core i5 chips in non-Retina models but below that of high-end Core i7 chips also available in the machines since their late 2013 introduction. Primate Labs' John Poole noted that once benchmarks for the high-end Retina 5K iMac with Intel's 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K chip started appearing, they could show the new iMac outperforming the low-end Mac Pro, and that is indeed the case as revealed today and highlighted in an updated version of Poole's blog post from yesterday. The 4.0 GHz Retina 5K iMac clocks in with a score of 4438 on the single-core 64-bit benchmarking test, while multi-core testing achieves a score of 16407. Across the two tests, the new high-end Retina iMac scores 11-13 percent higher than the fastest non-Retina model due to the faster processor included on the Retina model. Compared to the low-end Mac Pro, which runs on a quad-core 3.7 GHz Xeon E5-1620 v2, the high-end Retina iMac clocks in over 13 percent higher on multi-core testing, although it is unsurprisingly outclassed by higher-level Mac Pro models carrying processors with more cores. Both Retina iMac processor options outperform all Mac Pro models on single-core benchmarks, but this is unsurprising as the Xeon processors used in the Mac Pro sacrifice single-core clock speed for many more cores and other benefits that enhance performance for professional-level applications that can take advantage of the multiple cores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • T-Mobile to Offer $0 Down iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders Tomorrow • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25 • Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China • iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row

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Earlier this week, web censorship blog Great Fire suggested that hackers aligned with Chinese authorities were using man-in-the-middle attacks in order to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users that visited Apple's iCloud.com website. In a newly released support document (via The Wall Street Journal), Apple has confirmed that it is aware of the "intermittent organized network attacks" on iCloud users, but says that its own servers have not been compromised.Apple is deeply committed to protecting our customers' privacy and security. We're aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously. These attacks don't compromise iCloud servers, and they don't impact iCloud sign in on iOS devices or Macs running OS X Yosemite using the Safari browser.Apple's support document goes on to stress the importance of digital certificates, suggesting that users who see an invalid certificate warning in their browser while visiting iCloud.com should not proceed. The company also outlines how users can verify that their browser is connected to iCloud.com and not a third-party man-in-the-middle website. Apple asks users to make sure that a green lock icon is visible in Safari and that the message "Safari is using an encrypted connection to www.icloud.com" is displayed when the lock icon is clicked. Apple also has verification instructions for both Chrome and Firefox. Unfortunately, many of the victims falling prey to the fake iCloud sites are not using secure browsers that issue warnings when fake websites are visited. According to Great Fire, many Chinese users access the Internet through popular Chinese browser Qihoo, which does not let users know that a fake site is harvesting their information. The attack works by redirecting Chinese users attempting to access iCloud.com to a fake website that resembles the iCloud website. Users that log into the fake site provide attackers with logins and passwords that can be used to access contacts, messages, photos, and documents stored within iCloud. Though Great Fire has suggested that Chinese authorities may be involved in the attacks, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry (via CNBC) said that Beijing was "resolutely opposed" to hacking. Chinese users should switch to a trusted browser like Firefox or Chrome to avoid falling prey to the fake iCloud.com website, or use a VPN to bypass the redirection and log in directly to iCloud.com. Two-factor authentication should also be turned on as it can prevent unauthorized users from logging into an iCloud account even when a username and password are obtained. 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 • T-Mobile to Offer $0 Down iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders Tomorrow • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25 • Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China • iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row

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Apple may have its rumored loyalty rewards program ready for the holiday shopping season, claims Bank Innovation. The loyalty program originally was thought to be launching alongside "Apple Pay 2.0" in October 2015, but recent reports suggest Apple may be pushed it ahead by a year due to merchant demand. The loyalty program looks like it will come this year, based on Digiday’s timetable. This was unexpected — many had assumed the program would wait until the launch of Apple Pay 2.0, tentatively scheduled for October 2015. It looks like market demand pushed the timetable up to this holiday season, which my sources within the retail industry have said for sme time is “super unlikely.” A previous report from Digiday, described as being "pretty accurate" by Bank Innovation sources, claims Apple plans to monetize its mobile payment system by integrating iAds with Apple Pay. This iAds portion of the loyalty system allegedly will use iBeacons and Bluetooth LE to push targeted ads with a "tap-to-buy" button to customers while they are visiting a participating merchant. One way they’ve [Apple] thought up is, say you’re in a Duane Reade, hypothetically. You get a push notification from Pepsi that they’ve worked out a deal with Duane Reade that you can get a free case of Pepsi. Just pick it up and use Apple Pay at the counter. Apple Pay officially launched yesterday and is compatible with major payment network, including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. In-store NFC payments will require the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, while those devices and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to make online purchases with Apple Pay. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • T-Mobile to Offer $0 Down iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Pre-Orders Tomorrow • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25 • Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China • iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row

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Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication. Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States where Apple has focused its efforts on getting credit card companies, banks, and retailers on board, international iPhone owners can also take advantage of Apple Pay if they have a supported U.S.-based credit card, as documented in Whirlpool forums and pointed out by Australian Beau Giles. Users in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere have also successfully used Apple Pay. To use Apple Pay in countries outside the U.S., Giles notes that iPhone owners need to change the region for their phones from their home countries to the United States. This enables Apple Pay, which will accept participating credit cards issued by U.S. banks.To show the Apple Pay settings, simply open the Settings app on your iPhone (or iPad mini 3 or iPad Air 2), tap on General, Tap on Language & Region, and tap on ‘Region’. Change it to the United States. Now you should be able to visit Passbook and see the option to set up Apple Pay.Once an iPhone is configured with the appropriate U.S. credentials, international owners can use Apple Pay at point-of-sale terminals that support NFC payments. Australians, for example, can use Apple Pay at locations that accept MasterCard PayPass, Visa payWave, or American Express ExpressPay payments. As Giles points out, the situation is not ideal for natives of countries outside of the U.S., as using a U.S. credit card for these purchases will incur currency conversion fees that can increase costs significantly. But for U.S. users traveling abroad or for international users who have U.S. credit cards and simply want to try out the service, Apple Pay does indeed function internationally. Though Apple Pay is officially supported in the U.S. for the time being, the mobile payment solution is designed to work with existing payment terminals around the world. Once banks begin to work with Apple and offer support for Apple Pay, the expansion of the program into international countries should be relatively easy. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Turkey This Saturday, October 25 • Apple Looking to Produce More iPhone 6 Plus Units Due to Strong Demand in China • iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support

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iFixIt has conducted their teardown of the brand new Mac mini, finding that the new device is more difficult to open than previous models. They've also discovered that the RAM is soldered onto the machine, which was first discovered late last week. The team found that gaining entry into the new desktop is more difficult than previous models. Instead of a twistable bottom cover, the new Mac mini requires a plastic opening tool to pop off the cover. Underneath that is a new solid door that blocks easy access to the RAM and fan. The door uses what iFixIt calls "the smallest Torx Security screw" they've ever seen, requiring their tool design team to prototype a new screwdriver to open the desktop. Inside, the Mac mini now sports a new AirPort card that connects straight to a PCIe slot rather than via a cable. Unlike past Mac minis, the new version only contains one SATA port. Previously, Mac mini users could upgrade their desktops with an extra hard drive. However, iFixIt notes that there is an extra socket that could potentially be used for a SSD blade via a PCIe cable. Oddly, the new Mac mini's power supply is identical to both the 2012 and 2011 models. Finally, iFixIt gave the new Mac mini a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is a worse score than the 2012 Mac mini's 8 out of 10. Although disassembly is straight forward, the team noted that the presence of Torx security screws and soldered on RAM made it more difficult to repair than previous models. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Royals and Giants Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay for Concessions During World Series • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization

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Following the release of OS X Yosemite with new Spotlight Suggestions, some users noted that Apple's Spotlight privacy policy began offering a warning letting users know that search terms were being uploaded to Apple's servers, with some of the info being forwarded to Microsoft's Bing search engine. The search terms were being shared with Apple in order to enable Spotlight's new capabilities, which include searching sources like the Mac App Store, Wikipedia, and the web. When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and phrases will be forwarded from Apple to Microsoft's Bing search engine.While Apple noted directly within Yosemite's Spotlight preferences that the search terms were collected only to improve Spotlight Searches and directed users to turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web searches in System Preferences if they didn't want their data uploaded, the issue still received quite a bit of attention over the course of the weekend, with one developer even uploading a Python script to prevent Apple from collecting data. Apple has now given a statement on Spotlight Suggestions to iMore, stating that the company is "absolutely committed" to protecting user privacy and that Spotlight Suggestions minimizes the information that's sent to Apple."We are absolutely committed to protecting our users' privacy and have built privacy right into our products," Apple told iMore. "For Spotlight Suggestions we minimize the amount of information sent to Apple. Apple doesn't retain IP addresses from users' devices. Spotlight blurs the location on the device so it never sends an exact location to Apple. Spotlight doesn't use a persistent identifier, so a user's search history can't be created by Apple or anyone else. Apple devices only use a temporary anonymous session ID for a 15-minute period before the ID is discarded. "We also worked closely with Microsoft to protect our users' privacy. Apple forwards only commonly searched terms and only city-level location information to Bing. Microsoft does not store search queries or receive users' IP addresses. "You can also easily opt out of Spotlight Suggestions, Bing or Location Services for Spotlight."As Apple says in the statement that it gave to iMore, users that are concerned about their data being uploaded to Apple's servers can easily disable the new features by going to System Preferences --> Spotlight and unchecking both the boxes for "Spotlight Suggestions" and "Bing Web Searches." Along with offering users its privacy policy directly in the System Preferences app under "About Spotlight Suggestions & Privacy," Apple has also updated its iOS 8 Privacy website to make it clear that limited user data is collected and that the data the company does acquire is obscured by an anonymous identifier. Introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Spotlight Suggestions allow Apple's Spotlight feature to give users search suggestions from sources like Wikipedia, the iTunes Store, and Maps. For example, it's now possible to search for an app in the Mac App Store using Spotlight, or look for a specific term on Wikipedia without needing to access Safari or another web browser. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399

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iOS 8.1, released to the public earlier today, included Apple Pay support as its most notable feature, but it also brought several other updates to the mobile operating system, including iCloud Photo Library. With iOS 8.1, the iCloud Photo Library beta is now available to all iOS 8 users, as is a new iCloud Photos app that can be found within iCloud.com. First introduced during WWDC, iCloud Photo Library stores all of the photos and videos that a user takes in iCloud, making them available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Macs through iCloud.com. It will also work with the Photos app that Apple is creating for the Mac, which is expected in early 2015. iCloud Photo Library. You’re never without your camera. Now you’ll never be without your photos. Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud — giving you the freedom to access your library from any device, anytime you want. So you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are.iCloud Photo Library is designed to keep all of a user's photos synced on all of their devices at all times. When an image is edited on an iOS device in the Photos app with Apple's built-in editing tools, those changes are immediately uploaded to iCloud and visible on other devices right away. iCloud Photo Library is also designed to free up valuable storage space on iOS devices. Full high-resolution photos and videos are stored in the cloud, while smaller versions of the images are displayed on devices, taking up far less storage space. iCloud Photo Library uses the iCloud storage space of each user, with 20GB of storage space available for $0.99 per month. Apple's iCloud storage plans go up to 1TB, which is priced at $19.99 per month. iCloud Photo Library can be enabled on iOS devices in the Settings app by going to iCloud > Photos and toggling on "iCloud Photo Library." The Settings app also lets users choose whether to optimize iPhone storage or download and keep original full-sized photos on their devices. Once iCloud Photo Library is enabled, images and videos stored on iOS devices will be automatically uploaded to the cloud. They can be viewed as usual within the Photos app for iOS, and on the web, they can be viewed through the new iCloud Photos app on iCloud.com. In the iCloud Photos app, users can perform several actions that are also available in the iOS version of the Photos app. Images can be favorited, which sends them to a special "Favorites" album, they can be downloaded in full resolution, or deleted, which removes the photos from iCloud Photo Library on all devices. From the main "Moments" view, it's also possible to click on the "Select Photos" option to delete or download multiple images at once. iCloud Photo Library does not appear to be working flawlessly at the current point in time, which is likely why it's still given "beta" status. In MacRumors own testing, deleting some photos from the iCloud Photos app did not delete the photos from the iPhone 6 Plus they were taken on. A later sync even returned the photos to iCloud.com. While iCloud Photo Library was available to developers during the iOS 8 beta testing period, Apple opted to pull it from the iOS 8 golden master ahead of iOS 8's public release and demote it to beta status. The reason behind iCloud Photo Library's removal from the release version of iOS 8 was unclear, but it is possible Apple delayed the release in light of the negative press iCloud received in early September due to the celebrity photo leak. With Apple having taken significant steps to bolster the security of iCloud, adding two-step verification and sending security emails when changes are made to iCloud or a device is restored, the company appears ready to let the public have full access to the new photo storage feature. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399

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Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the balance between supply and demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during today's earnings call, stating that demand is far outstripping supply despite a satisfactory production ramp-up. Cook noted that available data makes it unclear as to when supply will catch up with demand, and that the company was "not close" to having a balance between supply and demand at the end of Q4 2014. Supplies for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have remained tight since the launch of both devices last month, as new iPhone 6 orders still show a shipping estimate of 7-10 business days while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3-4 weeks. It is worth noting that the iPhone 6 has been mostly available at Apple's own stores and other retail locations, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a constrained supply in-store. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple delayed plans to mass produce the larger 12.9-inch iPad in order to shift its resources towards the iPhone 6 Plus as it has remained unsatisfied with the production output from its suppliers for its larger iPhone. A report from earlier this month also stated that the company is shifting its production balance towards the iPhone 6 Plus which may gradually improve its supplies of the larger phone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399

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During today's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that "obviously" the company is working on new products, but that he was going to keep things in the "cone of silence."I'm not sure what to say. I'm not going to give any hints. We look at a lot of different things and we're fortunate to have a lot of creative people here that want to change the world and have a lot of great ideas.Cook went on to say that Apple's "creative engine" had never been stronger and the company had never been more passionate, as evidenced with Apple's recent launches of Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Apple Pay, said Cook, is "classic Apple," with the company taking something old and outdated and focusing on making something "very elegant." Cook also extolled the virtues of Continuity, which allows Macs and iOS 8 devices to integrate in new and innovative ways. "Use your imagination and think about where Continuity goes," said Cook. He went on to say that it would be "incredibly important" going forward for customers. Cook said that Apple's investors should look at what Apple's done and what it has delivered, along with the skills of the company. Apple is the "only company on the planet" that has the ability to integrate hardware and software at a "world class level" according to Cook, but the company always has "more ideas than resources" to deal with. He also said as a personal investor, he "feels great" about products that are coming up in 2015. While Cook declined to mention what products Apple might be working on, rumors have suggested the company has several new devices in the works that could significantly boost future sales, including a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and a 12.9-inch iPad, dubbed the "iPad Pro" by the media. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Sells Record-Breaking 5.5 Million Macs in Q4 2014 • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399

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During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple purchased 20 companies over the course of 2014, including seven companies during the fiscal fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies purchased, some remain known, but many remain unknown. Apple's biggest purchase of fiscal 2014 was Beats Electronics, which the company bought for $3 billion in May. With the acquisition, it gained Beats popular line of headphones, the Beats Music music service, and it took on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, as executives. Other recent known acquisitions in fiscal 2014 include iPad-publishing platform Prss, book recommendation platform BookLamp, radio streaming app Swell, social recommendation service Spotsetter, and low-power display company LuxVue. Last quarter, Apple announced that it had acquired 30 companies thus far in fiscal 2014, which brings the total number of acquisitions since last October up to approximately 37. While some of those acquisitions were known, many of Apple's acquisitions were kept quiet, going under the radar. The technology from Apple's acquisitions will undoubtedly make its way into future products and updates, and details on its acquisitions may become apparent over time. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was "on the prowl" for additional companies to acquire and that Apple is always looking at acquisition space to avoid letting "money burn a hole in our pocket." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iTunes by the Numbers: $4.6B Revenue for Q4, $18B Total Revenue in 2014, 85B App Store Downloads • Apple Sells 12.3 Million iPads in Q4 2014, Sales Down for Third Quarter in a Row • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2

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Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $42.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $37.5 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.01 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 60 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.47 per share, payable on November 13 to shareholders of record as of November 10. The company currently holds $155.2 billion in cash and marketable securities. For the full fiscal year, Apple generated $182.8 billion in sales, a new record for the firm, with $38.5 billion in net income. In fiscal 2013, Apple made $35 billion on $170.9 billion in sales. In 2014, Apple sold 18.9 million Macs and just shy of 14.4 million iPods, its lowest total for that category since 2004. It sold a record 169.2 million iPhones on the year, up 150 million from 2012, and the company has now sold more than 590 million smartphones in total. It sold 68 million iPads in 2014 and the company has now sold 237.2 million tablets."Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.”Apple's guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 includes expected revenue of $63.5-66.5 billion and gross margin between 37.5 and 38.5 percent. Apple will provide live streaming of its fiscal Q4 2014 financial results conference call at 2:00 PM Pacific, and MacRumors will update this story with coverage of the conference call highlights. Live Updates - No need to refresh Loading live updates... Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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With Apple Pay enabled through an update to iOS 8.1 earlier today, users are now able to use Apple's payments service in a variety of retail locations. Apple's Apple Pay launch partner McDonald's is one location that's already accepting Apple Pay payments, as demoed in the video below. Making an Apple Pay purchase is so simple that giving a food order becomes the most lengthy part of the ordering process. As seen in the video created by YouTube user John Ross, McDonald's payment systems are set up to accept contactless payments. Ross, who is using an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.1 installed, makes his order and then pays by opening his card in Passbook and holding a finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It takes a couple of tries as the cashier appears to forget to press a button, but once a payment is ready to be accepted, it took only seconds for Ross to make the payment. After the payment was accepted by McDonald's, the Passbook screen displayed a check mark and there was a confirmation beep to let Ross know his payment had gone through. The transaction data was also displayed directly on the Passbook screen after payment was made. During the transaction, at no point did the cashier see Ross's card or his name, and his card number (replaced with a unique Device Account Number in Passbook) was not stored by McDonald's, keeping the transaction completely private. Apple Pay is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail locations as it requires the NFC chip built into those devices to function. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus along with the iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 will be able to make purchases in participating apps, however, and when it is released, the Apple Watch will be able to be used in retail stores to make Apple Pay payments. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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With the release of Yosemite, Apple introduced a public beta test for the first time, allowing more than a million consumers to sign up for and participate in the Yosemite beta. In past years, beta testing new Mac software has been left up to developers and a select number of Apple Seed members. It appears that Apple found Yosemite's public beta testing to be successful, as the company today sent out an email that suggests it will continue to offer public beta tests for OS X software in the future. In an email that thanks Yosemite testers, Apple says that members of the OS X Beta Program will continue to be offered beta versions of OS X software updates. Thanks for participating in the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. As you know, OS X Yosemite brings an elegant redesign, continuity features for using your Mac, iPhone, and iPad together, and major enhancements to the apps you use every day. And it's now available for free from the Mac App Store. Please install the release version of OS X Yosemite. As a member of the OS X Beta Program, you will continue to be offered beta versions of OS X software updates on any Mac that you installed the beta on. However, if you prefer to stop receiving beta updates, please click here.Over the course of the beta testing period, Apple seeded six separate public betas to beta testers. While public beta testers received fewer updates than developers early on, towards the end of the beta testing period, updates became more frequent and the final beta that was sent out mirrored the third golden master sent to developers. It is unclear if Apple will seed minor OS X updates to the beta testing public, or if the next major public beta test will come in 2015 with the release of the next-generation OS X 10.11 Mac operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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While Apple Pay will work in any store that accepts contactless payments, Apple has partnered up with several retailers for the launch of Apple Pay, to ensure the mobile payment service will work smoothly in those locations. In retail stores, only iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can take advantage of Apple Pay, as payments require NFC. Retail partners that will begin accepting Apple Pay payments today or in the immediate future include Aeropostale, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdales, Champs, Chevron, DuaneReade, Foot Locker (including Lady Footlocker, Run by Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, and House of Hoops), FootAction, Macy's Nike, Office Depot, Petco (and Unleashed), Radioshack, Six:02, Sports Authority, Texaco, Toys R Us, Walgreens, and of course, Apple's own retail stores. Fast food locations now accepting Apple Pay include McDonald's, Subway, and Panera Bread, while grocery stores accepting the payments service include Wegmans and Whole Foods Market. Apple Pay can also be used within apps on devices that support Touch ID, which includes the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple's upcoming iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2. Apple's iPhone 5s does not appear to be compatible according to the Apple Pay website, even though it has Touch ID. Over the weekend, Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue said that he expects most initial Apple Pay transactions to take place within apps. Apple's app launch partners, which will begin accepting Apple Pay payments through app updates going out today, include AirBnB, Chairish, Disney Store, Fancy, Groupon, Hotel Tonight, Houzz, Instacart, Lyft, MLB.com, OpenTable, Panera Bread, Spring, Staples, Target, Tickets.com, and Uber. Apple's own Apple Store app now accepts Apple Pay payments as well. Apple Pay updates for the above listed apps should be trickling out beginning today now that Apple Pay is live. Bank apps are also being updated with Apple Pay support, and Capital One and Navy Federal Credit Union have already launched apps with Apple Pay updates. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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Now that iOS 8.1 has been released to the public, we're getting our first look at what Apple Pay looks like on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay isn't immediately obvious when iOS 8.1 is installed -- users will need to open up Settings or Passbook to see various Apple Pay features. The initial setup for Apple Pay can be done through Passbook. Tapping the "+" icon in Passbook will allow users to add a card. If a card is already associated with an iTunes account, users can tap choose to use that card, or enter another one using the camera. The camera roll will capture a card number, expiration date, and user's name, requiring the security code on the card to verify the number with the bank. The verification process takes just a few seconds for most cards that are currently working with Apple Pay, after which the card can immediately be used for purchases. Some cards require additional verification steps, such as phone calls and emails. All cards stored in Passbook will be stacked on top of each other in Passbook's traditional style, with tap pulling a specific card to the forefront of the app. Apple Pay's neatest features are buried in the Settings menu, located under the new "Passbook and Apple Pay" section. Each credit card listed added to Passbook is listed here, along with Transaction Defaults like billing address, shipping address, email, and phone number. Tapping on one of the cards provides specific information about the card, allowing users to see the last digits of the card number, the last digits of the Device Account Number that replaces the card number in transactions, and it also provides contact information for the bank behind the card, as well as an app download. Each card also includes a list of recent transactions that have been made, and with some cards, transactions made in stores that don't support Apple Pay will be listed right alongside Apple Pay transactions. This settings area is also where a card can be removed from Apple Pay. After being set up, Apple Pay can be used within stores and within participating apps to make purchases with a single touch. When in a store, making a purchase is as simple as holding an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus near a contactless payment terminal with a finger on Touch ID, can be seen in the demo video below from The Verge. According to Apple, Apple Pay will work with more than 200,000 stores that support contactless payments, and it has partnered with several retailers like Walgreens, Macy's, and Whole Foods to ensure support in those locations. Apple Pay also works for purchases made in participating apps like Uber, Starbucks, and Apple's own Apple Store app. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' iOS App With Apple Pay Support • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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Apple today released iOS 8.1, its first major update to iOS 8. First seeded to developers at the end of September, iOS 8.1 brings quite a few significant features to the operating system. The update activates Apple Pay, enables Yosemite users to access Continuity features like SMS relay and Instant Hotspot, offers all iOS 8 users access to iCloud Photo Library, fixes several bugs, and more. iOS 8.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download and after updating, it will allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to access Apple Pay, Apple's new payment service. With Apple Pay, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be used to make payments in both retail stores that support NFC and participating apps. Also included in iOS 8.1 is support for SMS relay, a Continuity feature designed to allow Macs (running Yosemite) and iOS devices like iPads to receive SMS messages routed through a user's iPhone. Instant Hotspot is also enabled through the iOS 8.1 update, letting Mac users remotely activate the Personal Hotspot capabilities of an iPhone when two devices are near each other. Along with those major features, iOS 8.1 reinstates the Camera Roll, which was removed with iOS 8, and it gives all iOS 8 users access to iCloud Photo Library, Apple's new cloud-based photo storage solution. The removal of the Camera Roll turned out to be a controversial decision, with Apple opting to re-add it after iOS users asked for the feature to be returned. iOS 8 has not been Apple's smoothest software release, with users encountering quite a few bugs in the operating system. While multiple issues were fixed with iOS 8.0.2, released in late September, iOS 8.1 fixes several other bugs, including a problem that caused some iOS 8 users to have trouble pairing their phones with their Bluetooth devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite

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Apple's new Retina iMacs, released last Thursday, have been showing up in Geekbench benchmarks, giving us a look at how the new machine's performance compares to the non-Retina iMacs released in 2013 and still being sold. A Geekbench 3 result for the base 3.5GHz Core i5 Retina iMac has been shared by John Poole of Primate Labs, displaying just slight performance increases over the 3.4GHz Core i5 model used in the late 2013 iMac. The 4.0GHz Core i7 Retina iMac has yet to be benchmarked, but should see performance that exceeds that of existing Core i7 iMacs due to its faster processor. In both single-core and multi-core performance, the new Retina iMac offered moderately faster speeds, which is unsurprising as the machines continue to use Haswell processors that have been clocked slightly higher. More significant performance boosts in the iMac won't be seen until 2015, when Intel's Broadwell chips become available. Compared to the 2013 Mac Pro lineup, the Retina iMac offers faster single-core performance, but all 2013 Mac Pro models beat out the iMac when it comes to multi-core performance. Results for the Core i7 iMacs are expected to be similar, but according to Poole, the higher-end Retina iMac may be faster than the 4-core Mac Pro. Though the new iMac continues to use Haswell processors, its claim to fame is its Retina 5K display, which has an impressive resolution of 5120 x 2880, and its reasonable price, which starts at just $2,499. Apple's new Retina iMacs are available for purchase from the online Apple Store, with new orders shipping out in 5 to 7 days. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Authorities Allegedly Harvesting iCloud Logins Using Redirected Dummy Site • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite

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As previously reported, Apple plans to relaunch its recently acquired Beats Music subscription early next year and hopes to offer the service with with a lowered monthly cost. According to new "industry scuttlebut" relayed to Re/code, Apple is pushing music labels to cut streaming music subscription prices in half to $5 per month. The logic of Apple’s argument, relayed by people who’ve heard the pitch secondhand: Apple’s best iTunes buyers spend about $60 a year on downloaded music — $5 a month. So if subscription services dropped that low, any download buyers that switched over to the streaming model would generate just as much revenue for the music labels. And, more important, the market of potential subscribers would get much larger. Any reduction offered to Apple would be available to other services, making it less likely music industry executives would approve of a 50 percent discount. Re/code notes Apple will more likely meet the music labels in the middle with a monthly fee in the range of $7-8. While Apple negotiates the terms for its Beats Music streaming service, rival Spotify is upping the ante with a new Spotify Family plan. Similar to Rdio's Unlimited Family plan, Spotify Family allows a premium subscriber to add up to four additional members for $4.99/month each, a 50 percent discount off the regular $9.99 individual premium plan. Spotify announced the family plans today and will roll then out globally in the coming weeks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Dropbox for iOS Updated with Touch ID Integration, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom

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Ahead of the launch of Apple Pay tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal has posted an overview of the mobile payments service with some insight from Apple about what it expects from it over the coming months. Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that he expects the biggest share of early Apple Pay transactions to be in-app purchases. Currently, in-app purchases require users to sign into their iTunes account and set up a new card if one isn't registered already. Apple Pay will allow users to simply use the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on a device to complete an in-app purchase. Cue also spoke on how the company sees its roll-out of the service: "We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together,” said Eddy Cue , Apple’s senior vice president in charge of Internet software and services, in an interview. “There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge." While the company's mobile payments solution will also allow shoppers to physically buy items in-store using their iPhones, many of Apple's partners have yet to receive the payment terminals needed to process transactions. However, Apple expects many merchants to upgrade their terminals in the next year which will help the service. Apple Pay will not be compatible with corporate credit cards, prepaid cards, or even store cards like Macy's popular credit card offering. Macy's spokesman Jim Sluzewski stated that he expects Apple to add support for the Macy's card eventually. The article also notes that Apple Pay on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will only be compatible with in-app purchases and cannot be used to purchase items in-store. This is likely due to their lack of an near-field communication (NFC) antenna, which is what the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use to interact with compatible payment terminals. The Apple Watch will have an NFC chip when it launches early next year and will allow users to make in-store Apple Pay transactions. A report from Digiday also claims that Apple will integrate Apple Pay with its iAd business, citing sources familiar with the matter. The move would allow advertisers to embed a "tap-to-buy" button in their mobile ads, and would be similar to what Facebook and Twitter did for their services earlier this year. Apple is also said to be working in iAd's new retargeting feature with Apple Pay, which would allow retailers to push targeted ads with buy buttons to users. Apple is expected to integrate Apple Pay with iAd by the end of this year. Apple Pay will be launching tomorrow, October 20 alongside iOS 8.1 and will be compatible with credit cards and debit cards from major payment networks including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Several banks including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Capital One and more are also listed as partners. In-store payments will Apple Pay will require the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and will also be supported by the Apple Watch when it launches later this year. All three aforementioned devices plus the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 will be able to make online purchases with Apple Pay. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant

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The newly refreshed Mac mini is seeing improved single-core performance over the previous models, but decreased multi-core performance, according to a newly released GeekBench benchmark. John Poole of Primate Labs says that the upper tier Late 2012 Mac minis, which had quad-core Ivy Bridge processors, saw better multi-core performance than the new Late 2014 models, which have dual-core Haswell processors. Unlike single-core performance multi-core performance has decreased significantly. The "Good" model (which has a dual-core processor in both lineups) is down 7%. The other models (which have a dual-core processor in the "Late 2014" lineup but a quad-core processor in the "Late 2012" lineup) is down from 70% to 80%.Poole notes that Apple may have switched to dual-core processors in some Late 2014 Mac minis because Haswell dual-core processors use one socket to connect the logic board and processor while Haswell quad-core processors use different sockets. This would mean Apple would have to design and build two separate logic boards specifically for the Mac mini, while other Macs use the same logic boards across its individual line. This trade-off didn't exist with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors because both of its dual-core and quad-core processors used the same socket. Another option, according to Poole, is that Apple could have went quad-core across its new Mac mini line, but it would have made it difficult for Apple to hit the $499 price point. Despite the decreased quad-core performance, the single-core performance of the new Mac mini is in line with other Macs' performance jumps from Ivy Bridge to Haswell. Base configurations for the Mac mini are currently available for purchase on Apple's online store with pricing starting at $499 and will ship in one to three days. Custom configurations ship within three to five days. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flickr Launches Updated iOS App with Full iPad Optimization • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant

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After going more than two years without an update, Apple's Mac mini was refreshed yesterday, adding Haswell processors, Intel HD 5000/Iris graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCI-based flash storage options for the higher-end models. Unfortunately, the upgrade was disappointing to some Mac mini fans as Apple stopped offering a build-to-order quad-core processor upgrade and dual-drive storage options that exceed 1TB. Many have speculated that the Mac mini also includes soldered RAM, which has now been confirmed by Macminicolo's Brian Stucki. According to Stucki, the RAM in the Mac mini is "not user accessible," which means those who purchase Mac minis are limited to 16GB of RAM that must upgraded when purchasing the machine from Apple. All three Mac mini models can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB of RAM, with the upgrade priced at $300 for the base model and $200 for the mid and high-end models. While the RAM is not upgradeable, Stucki says that it is possible to replace or upgrade the hard drive, but doing so may void the warranty. Apple's new Mac mini starts at $499 and comes in three separate base configurations. On the low end, the Mac mini ships with a 1.4Ghz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 5000. At the middle tier, the Mac mini comes with a 2.6Ghz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive, and Intel Iris Graphics. At the high end, the Mac mini ships with a 2.8Ghz dual-core Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and Intel Iris Graphics. Base configurations of the Mac mini are currently available for purchase from the online Apple Store and will ship in one to three days. Custom configurations ship within three to five days. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant • Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option

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Though the new iMac with 5K Retina display was just released yesterday, iFixit has already acquired and disassembled one of the new machines, giving us a look at what's underneath the iMac's ultra thin display. Apple's newest iMac continues to use many of the same design elements from previous iMacs, including an easily accessible RAM upgrade slot on the back of the device. With the RAM slot, users will be able to install their own RAM modules with little trouble. The 5K display, which has a resolution of 5120 x 2880, was manufactured by LG Display, the same supply partner that has manufactured iMac displays for Apple in the past. Aside from the display, iFixit found that the Retina iMac internals look much like the internals of the 2013 iMac, with the sole difference being a wider display data cable. Along with an AMD Radeon M290X GPU and i5-4690 processor from Intel, the iMac contains SK Hynix 256 MB GDDR5 SGRAM. It uses the same SanDisk PCIe SSD as the late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, with Marvell Controller, and it uses the same AirPort/Bluetooth card that was used in the 2013 27-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display earned a repairability score of 5 out of 10, the same score earned by the 2013 27-inch iMac. iFixit pointed out that the RAM, hard drive, and CPU are user replaceable with some adhesive cutting, but removing the glass and LCD panel from the machine remains a difficult task for all those but the most dedicated do-it-yourselfers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • OWC Announces RAM Upgrade Kits for New Retina iMac, Up to 32GB for $399 • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant • Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option

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OS X Yosemite has brought some major changes to Apple's Mail app, and those changes aren't limited to a simple visual overhaul. Mail may have a new look, but it also has several new features like Mail Drop and Markup. With Markup, you can annotate images and PDFs from directly within the Mail app. For example, when composing an email message and attaching a PDF, it's possible to use various tools to add signatures, emphasis, and more. The same is possible with an image -- simply attach a file in a message that's being composed and right click on it, selecting Markup. Markup has a set of tools at the top that allow users to create shapes, write text words, and insert signatures. There are different brushes that can be used, along with a color palette and various font options. Users can enter various shapes, such as stars, circles, squares, speech bubbles and more, and there's a magnifying glass that will magnify sections of text or photos. A crop tool also allows for simple image edits, and there's a pen tool for free-handed writing or drawing. Markup's neatest feature is a signature tool that lets users insert a signature using the trackpad of a MacBook or a camera. With the trackpad, clicking begin and then signing a name with a finger on the trackpad will create a signature that's automatically entered into a document. There's also an option that allows users to write a signature on a white piece of paper and use a Mac's FaceTime camera to import it into the document. It's a little bit finicky getting the camera to recognize the signature, but once it's lined up properly, the feature works well. Along with Markup, Mail has a new feature called Mail Drop that lets users send large file attachments of up to 5GB using iCloud. Composing an email message and attaching a file that would normally be too large to send will prompt Mail to ask a user if they would like to use Mail Drop to deliver the message. When the Mail Drop option is selected, the person receiving the email will receive the file attachment as normal if they're using Mail, while non-Mail users will receive a message with a download link that allows them to download the file directly from iCloud. Files are stored in iCloud for several days before being deleted. MacRumors did not experience any issues getting Mail Drop to function with files ranging in size from 10MB to over 1GB, but some users on the Apple Support forums have been having trouble with the feature. Because Mail Drop works based on a sender's file size limits rather than a receiver's, users have run into an issue where they can send a file that is below their own maximum file size threshold, but above a receiver's file size limits. For example, sending a 10MB message from an email account that has a 30MB file size limit to an email account that has a 6GB file size limit will not activate Mail Drop and turn the file into a clickable link that can be downloaded from iCloud. Therefore, the person sending the message will get a bounce back reply that the user can't accept a message of that size, even if the receiver also has Mail Drop. According to Apple, Mail Drop can only be used to send files that "exceed the maximum size allowed by the provider of your email account," which means there is no way for a user to select a custom file size threshold to activate Mail Drop to avoid the above situation. It is not clear if Apple has plans to implement manual size controls for Mail Drop, but for the time being, it appears that Mail Drop may not be useful for all users in certain situations. Released to the public yesterday, OS X Yosemite can be downloaded from the Mac App Store at no cost. It runs on all machines that were capable of running OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks, and it requires 8GB of storage space and 2GB of RAM. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant • Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option • Apple Updates iWork for iOS and Mac with Yosemite and Continuity Support

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Yesterday, Apple launched OS X Yosemite which brought a complete redesign to the OS and a number of features like Continuity, an enhanced Notification Center with widget support, iCloud Drive, and more. A number of developers have updated their apps to take advantage of those new features, and we've rounded up some of the most notable apps for Yosemite below. 1Password ($34.99 for a limited time, usually $49.99) [Direct Link] Popular password manager 1Password has received a number of new features that integrate with OS X Yosemite including support for Dark Mode, iCloud Drive compatibility for enhanced syncing between devices, and Wi-Fi sync which now works with attachments. The 1Password mini menubar attachment has also been refined, bringing faster access and new shortcuts. Coinverter (Free public beta) [Direct Link] Daft Logic Studio brings its iOS currency converter to the Mac with a flat look that is in line with the rest of OS X Yosemite and a Notification Center widget that can display multiple conversions at once. The full version of Coinverter for Mac will launch soon, and interested users can participate in a free public beta. Wunderlist (Free) [Direct Link] To-do app Wunderlist for Mac has received an update to 3.1.0 and brings a number of new features for OS Yosemite, including a custom Today widget in the Notification Center, a custom Share extension that works in Safari, and full Handoff support which allows users to edit lists between devices. The app has also received a redesign that allows for quicker access to list elements. Pocket (Free) [Direct Link] Read-it-later service Pocket has received an update that now features its own share extension that allows users to save content in a number of apps, and a new design that gives a flat look. The service has also now integrated some of its premium features like full text search and suggested tags, along with a number of improvements like a dark mode for reading. Deliveries ($4.99) [Direct Link] Developer Junecloud has launched a Mac version of its popular Delivery Status touch app, and features its own Notification Center widget that allows users to track their packages along with the ability to share a shipment over email, iMessage, or AirDrop. PCalc ($9.99) [Direct Link] Advanced calculator PCalc is now compatible with OS X Yosemite and includes its own Notification Center Widget to perform calculations, Handoff support, and the ability to import custom calculator layouts created on iOS via iCloud. The newest version of the app also includes new themes, preferences, bug fixes, and more. Monity ($0.99 until October 19) [Direct Link] Monity is a system monitoring widget made for OS X Yosemite which can be accessed in the Today view inside of Notification Center. The widget can monitor a number of OS X statistics including system uptime, app processes, memory usage, battery life, network activity, and more. CloudApp (Free) [Direct Link] File and screenshot sharing app CloudApp has received a new update for OS X Yosemite which allows users to record their screen at 60 frames a second and a share extension that allows users to share content from their Mac to the service. CloudApp also supports Dark Mode and contains a number of performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • List of Cases Available for Apple's New iPad Air 2 • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus See Low-Key Launch in China as Uber Delivers Phones in Shanghai • Belkin Announces Keyboard Cases and Folio Covers for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 • Apple Updates iLife Apps and Aperture for Yosemite • Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom • GT Advanced to Eliminate 727 Jobs at Mesa, Arizona Plant • Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option • Apple Updates iWork for iOS and Mac with Yosemite and Continuity Support

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