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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earlier this week, a report suggested Apple was planning a "dramatic overhaul" of its iTunes Music store to combat declining music downloads, which could include an on-demand streaming music service and an Android version of iTunes. Apple may also be planning to add high resolution audio downloads to iTunes as part of the revamp, allowing users to download lossless 24-bit audio files. According to music blogger Robert Hutton, who cites an unspecified source, Apple is going to roll out hi-res iTunes music downloads in early June, possibly at WWDC.For several years, Apple have been insisting that labels provide files for iTunes in 24 bit format - preferably 96k or 192k sampling rate. So they have undeniably the biggest catalog of hi-res audio in the world. And the Led Zeppelin remasters in high resolution will be the kick off event - to coincide with Led Zep in hi-res, Apple will flip the switch and launch their hi-res store via iTunes - and apparently, it will be priced a buck above the typical current file prices. That's right - Apple will launch hi-res iTunes in two months.Apple has been working on offering music in a 24-bit format for several years, with a 2011 report suggesting the company was in talks with record labels to increase the quality of iTunes Music. Currently, Apple sells audio files on iTunes in 16-bit lossy AAC format encoded at 256 kbps to minimize file size. High-definition 24-bit downloads are said to offer better detail, greater depth, and a deeper bass response compared to traditional 16-bit music downloads, but the file sizes are much larger. Though Apple only offers 16-bit audio files at present, the company does encourage artists to submit music in a 24-bit 96kHz resolution, which it uses to "create more accurate encodes." Apple accepts the audio files as part of its Mastered for iTunes program, an initiative that has produced higher quality music for the iTunes Store. Because Apple has already accepted 24-bit files for years, it does, presumably, have a large catalog of high quality audio files that could be offered for sale, reportedly at a premium of $1 over traditional iTunes tracks. Hi-res audio has been gaining popularity in recent years, with music sites such as HDtracks securing deals with multiple major record labels. Recently, musician and song writer Neil Young launched a Kickstarter project for the PonoPlayer, a $399 digital music player designed to play high resolution audio files. Thus far, the project has earned over $5.7 million, suggesting there is indeed a sizable demand for hi-res audio. Should Apple choose to begin selling 24-bit audio tracks, it could quickly dominate competing sites given its existing user base and boost its digital downloads by appealing to audiophiles unhappy with the current quality of iTunes tracks. Thanks Phil Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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Our iPhone 6 roundup has been updated with the latest information. All signs now point to 4.7" and 5.5" screen sizes for the iPhone 6. The 4.7" model is expected around September of this year, while the 5.5" model may be delayed until the very end of the year. Apple's new sapphire crystal display may be in limited supply, however, and may only ship on the high end (64GB 5.5" iPhone 6) model. Read full roundup for details. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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iPhone 6 rumors have thus far pointed towards a device that includes a larger screen and a thinner chassis than the existing iPhone 5s. Supporting those rumors, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] has shared a case maker's iPhone 6 model from Chinese case manufacturer Elam, which shows an ultra thin form factor very similar to that found in recent schematics. The iPhone case model appears to have rounded corners and a single unified volume switch, which is different from the separate volume buttons in the iPhone 5s. It's also a slight deviation from earlier design drawings, which showed separate rectangular volume buttons, suggesting this model may come from a different source. Though not depicted on the case model, separate rumors have pointed towards a relocated power button, either on the top left edge of the device or on the side of the device, to improve one-handed use on a larger device. Currently, the power button is located on the top right edge of the iPhone. Bezels are also not visible, but rumors have indicated they could be 10 to 20 percent thinner than the bezels of the iPhone 5s and the phone itself may be 6.5mm to 7mm thick. Earlier this week, MacRumors published a set of renderings based on the schematics that share similarities with the case model, depicting what the finished iPhone 6 might look like. iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to come in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent rumors have indicated the 4.7 inch version will be available to ship in in the third quarter of 2014, while the larger version may ship somewhat later due to production delays. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a 1334x750 Retina display with 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5-inch version will have a 1920x1080 screen with 401 pixels per inch. Along with a larger screen, both versions of the iPhone 6 are expected to include an upgraded A8 processor, Touch ID, 1GB of RAM, and camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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T-Mobile US, which has been shaking up the cellular industry in the United States with a series of promotions and policy changes, today made several announcements intended to attract tablet customers to the carrier. There are two key pieces to the initiative: - LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi: Under Apple's standard pricing, LTE iPad models are priced $130 higher than their Wi-Fi equivalents, but T-Mobile's limited time promotion will allow customers to purchase an LTE iPad from the carrier at Wi-Fi pricing.If you’re stuck on Wi-Fi, you can now come to T-Mobile and upgrade to a 4G LTE-enabled model for nothing down and pay no more than you’d pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, with any postpaid activation on a 1GB or more mobile internet plan with no annual service contract. For example, pay the Wi-Fi price of $499 instead of $630 for the 4G LTE-enabled 16GB iPad Air.24-month interest-free financing with zero money down is also available for qualified customers. - Bonus 1GB of free data per month through 2014: T-Mobile already offers a free 200 MB data package for tablet owners, and with today's announcement, T-Mobile voice customers can receive an additional 1 GB of free data per month through the end of the year.And, for both new and existing customers, T-Mobile is offering $10 off its most popular internet data plans starting April 12th through the end of 2014. For voice customers, what that means is you can get up to 1GB of 4G LTE data free every month through the end of the year. Combined with the 200 MB of free data you already automatically get every month with T-Mobile’s previously announced “Free Data for Life” offer that comes to nearly 1.2GB of free 4G LTE data every month through the end of 2014. If you love living beyond the Wi-Fi zone – and want to keep enjoying that tablet freedom beyond 2014 – you can get it starting at just $10 a month with voice service next year.T-Mobile also continues to offer its ETF buyouts, allowing customers stuck on service contracts with another carrier to trade-in their devices and receive credits for the termination fees paid to the other carrier. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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Intel may release an update to its desktop Haswell processors in May, according to a report in TechPowerUp that cites Hermitage Akihabara as its source. The report claims Intel will launch its new processors, including its flagship Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets. These next generation Haswell chips will include Intel's Z97 chipset, which provides support for faster and larger M.2 SATA Express drives. The new Haswell desktop processors will offer a 100 MHz bump in clock speeds and will be a direct successor to most of the chips currently used in the iMac, with the exception of the low-end 21.5-inch iMac, which uses a special i5-4570R chip enhanced with Intel's Iris 5200 integrated graphics. Intel may have a compatible replacement processor under development, but leaked information has not yet revealed this corresponding model. These chips may lay the groundwork for an iMac refresh that Apple is planning in 2014. Apple allegedly has a low-priced iMac model in the works, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research note published this week. This less expensive model may be Apple's first major product launch in 2014 and could boost iMac shipments by up to 30 percent. Our surveys indicate that Apple’s last iMac model, released at end-2012 with an all-new-design, shipped fewer-than-expected units in the worldwide market. We think the price was set too high and the model failed to make an impact in critical foreign markets like China. We thus think Apple may offer a budget iMac model to push shipments among non-US markets in the face of solid competition from Levono (CN), HP (US) and other rivals. Though Intel's desktop processors may be slated for a refresh as early as next month, the timing for the release of the mobile processors used in Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are not yet known. The latest information leaked earlier this year by VR-Zone suggests low-end models of Intel's next-generation Broadwell processor may debut in Q3 2014, with the roadmap for high-end processors compatible with Apple's MacBook line still up in the air. Speed bumped versions of the current Haswell chips in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro may appear at the end of 2014, but that release date still is uncertain at this point and would only provide a small upgrade heading into Broadwell next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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Research firm ChangeWave (via Fortune) has released the results of a new survey, showing that interest among early-adopter and professional consumers in a larger-screen iPhone 6 is at an all time high. 40% of respondents indicated they are 'very likely' or 'somewhat likely' to buy an iPhone 6 that is described as having a "larger screen size" and a "faster processor" along with an "updated iOS operating system" at a starting price of $199 with a two year contract. “This is the highest level of demand for an unannounced Apple model in a ChangeWave survey – stronger than we’ve seen in previous years for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 models prior to their announcements,” said Andy Golub of 451 Research. “Speculation over a larger screen iPhone is clearly striking a chord with consumers.” Internal memos from the second ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung indicate that Apple is eager to release a larger phone, as a slide deck from an April 2013 presentation showed that customers want less expensive and notably, larger screen smartphones. Apple will likely unveil its next-generation iPhone later this year, as it has done with previous models. Unlike past iterations however, the iPhone 6 may come in two versions, including one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a larger 5.5-inch screen that will be released later. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a narrower bezel that surrounds a thinner design along with a faster A8 processor and an upgraded camera. According to a research note from well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the high-end models of the iPhone 6 may also feature a durable, sapphire display as Apple is expected to become temporarily limited by the low supply yields of the material. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections

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In a 2014 product roadmap that outlines all of Apple's plans for the year, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo revealed his predictions for Apple’s much-rumored iWatch, which may ship as soon as the third quarter of 2014. According to Kuo, the iWatch will come in two separate sizes to accommodate different sized wrists: 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches. Multiple sizes for the device were first predicted in late 2013, though the original rumor pointed towards displays of 1.3 and 1.7 inches. Both watches will include flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect the device from scratches. Along with a multitude of biometric sensors, coupled in a system-in-a-package design, Kuo predicts the iWatch will include integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, along with a "fashionable appearance," an NFC chip, and a slim and light design. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor BaloghWe are confident on Apple's ability to make wearable devices with good fashion sense, which sets Apple apart from rivals.Kuo believes many of the iWatch's mechanical parts may be constructed using liquid metal and that it may include an "innovative" antenna design that allows for wireless charging functionality. Battery life has been a major challenge for Apple when it comes to iWatch development and Kuo forecasts a 200 to 250mAh battery for the device that will provide at least a one day of operating power. Earlier reports have suggested the company is aiming for three to four days of battery life, however, and Kuo does note that the battery will be longer than "most wearable devices" due to the company's "vertically integrated operating system and key components." Kuo suggests Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, competing with low and high-end watches alike. At the high end, Kuo suggests Apple's iWatch could sell for thousands of dollars.Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars. Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials. The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars.Apple's iWatch is not expected until the end of the year, but Kuo believes it will be the most important product of 2014, outshining even the iPhone 6. He is estimating shipments of 5.5 million units in 2014, which will rise to 30 to 50 million units in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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Apple may be preparing to feature its Touch ID fingerprint sensor on updated models of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini that will be released later this year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note. We think the upgraded iPad Air will be launched earlier in 2014 than the iPad Air was in 2013. The biggest changes will be A8 processor, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition), and main camera resolution of 8MP. ...We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display. Regarding the next-generation iPad Air, Kuo adds that the tablet will launch at an earlier point than the original iPad Air did in November of last year. Kuo also notes that Apple is likely to cut the price of the existing Retina iPad mini, and that the newer model will feature the same form factor with an upgraded processor and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The researcher also once again speaks on the possibility of the long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad, stating that Apple is actively working on the device and gearing it towards uses in entertainment and productivity. However, Kuo notes that the product is unlikely to come out in 2014, falling in line with what he stated in his previous reports from this past February and last October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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In an extensive research note, the well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has shared additional details about his expectations for the next iPhone model, expected to be called the iPhone 6. Perhaps the biggest change that Kuo mentions is a move of the sleep/wake button from the top of the iPhone to the side, to better facilitate one-handed operation on larger iPhones. In line with previous rumors, Kuo believes the new 4.7-inch model will come with a 1334x750 Retina display at 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5" will see a 1920x1080 screen at 401 ppi. Both devices will have the same aspect ratio to the iPhone 5, meaning apps will not need to be redesigned for the second time in three years. The iPhone 6 will include a new A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, Touch ID, a narrower bezel by 10 to 20 percent, and the phone to be thinned to 6.5-7.0mm (the current iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick). He also expects Apple to finally include NFC chips in its smart phones. Renderings of iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") based on leaked schematics For the 4.7", Kuo says the narrower bezel will still allow one-handed operation along with a better visual experience because of the bigger screen. He believes shipments could approach 60 million units by the end of the year. The 5.5" phone won't be operable with one hand, but Kuo says some smartphone users prioritize the visual experience over one-handed use. He believes the more profitable phone it could cannibalize sales of the iPad mini, as well as smaller tablets and phablets form competitors. He expects the 5.5" iPhone 6 to debut later in the holiday quarter, with shipments just below 9 million units for the year. The 5.5" iPhone will also see a significantly larger battery -- 50% to 70% more watt-hours than the iPhone 5s -- to power the larger screen, and also because there will be more real estate inside the case. It's unclear if the larger screen will utilize all the extra battery or if device life will improve. Kuo says only high-end iPhones -- like the 64GB 5.5" iPhone 6 -- may include a sapphire screen cover due to supply constraints, though he says the company will want to begin integrating Touch ID sensing into the screen in the future and will need sapphire glass for accuracy. He expects the iPhone's rear camera to remain at 8 megapixels and f2.2 aperture, but it will see an adoption of optical image stabilization technologies to improve image quality without increasing pixel number, a frequent goal of Apple's in the past. Finally, Kuo expects production of the iPhone 4s and 4 to be ended, with the iPhone 5s and 5c filling as the more inexpensive options in Apple's smartphone lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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In an extensive research note covering Apple's product roadmap for 2014, KGI Securities Ming Chi Kuo reiterated expectations that Apple is working on a ultra slim 12" MacBook Air but also revealed a new low-cost iMac in the works. Kuo's predictions for the 12" MacBook Air match what was leaked in March from a reliable Chinese forum source. The new 12" MacBook Air will "redefine notebook user experience": - Thinner than current models - No fan - Buttonless trackpad - Higher resolution Display Kuo first predicted this ultra thin 12" MacBook Air late last year.We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era. We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.Besides the 12" MacBook Air, Kuo reveals that a "low-priced" version of the iMac is coming. The new model will help compete with companies such as HP and Lenovo as well as grow market share in Asia. The 12" MacBook Air is not expected until late 2014, while the low-cost iMac may come mid-year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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Apple is set to release a slew of new products during the third quarter of 2014 according to KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who often provides reliable information on Apple’s product lineup. In a 2014 product roadmap, Kuo suggests Apple will introduce its first new product of the year, a lower-cost iMac, during the second quarter. Soon after, during the third quarter, Kuo predicts Apple will introduce an upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini, followed by an iWatch in two separate sizes, and a 4.7-inch iPhone. An upgraded Apple TV set-top box will come somewhat later, as will the rumored 12-inch ultra slim MacBook and upgraded Retina MacBook Pros. Later, in the fourth quarter, Apple will introduce the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be delayed due to issues with in-cell display technology. Along with his roadmap, Kuo also gives specific information on each of Apple’s upcoming products. - iWatch: Kuo believes the iWatch will ship during the end of the third quarter, offering biometric functionality, integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and a "fashionable appearance." As has been previously suggested, he predicts the device will come in two sizes, with a 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. It will also include a sapphire cover lens, biometric recognition, an NFC chip, wireless charging, a 200 to 250 mAh battery, and a slim and light design. Kuo also believes that Apple will offer the iWatch at multiple price points, with the most expensive version costing upwards of $1,000. - iPhone 6: Supporting previous iPhone 6 rumors, Kuo believes the device will come in two sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, with resolutions of 1334x750 (326ppi) and 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi), respectively. Both models will come with an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, LTPS display panels, optical image stabilization, and Touch ID. Kuo points to a 10 to 20 percent narrower bezel, a 6.5–7.0mm thickness, metal casings, and NFC integration. Mass shipments of the 4.7-inch version are expected in September, with the 5.5-inch version shipping later. Kuo suggests that only the 64GB 5.5-inch version will use sapphire displays. - iPad Air 2: The second-generation iPad Air is expected to adopt Touch ID, an A8 processor, and an improved camera with a resolution of eight megapixels. Kuo believes the second iPad Air could come earlier in the year than the previous iPad Air, which was released in October. - iPad mini with Retina Display: Like the iPad Air, a new Retina mini could gain an A8 processor and Touch ID, but Kuo believes it will retain the same form factor. He also suggests that the older iPad mini with Retina display could be sold at a lower cost. - 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Kuo believes that Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but he does not expect it to be launched in 2014. - 12-inch MacBook Air: As rumored, Apple is believed to be preparing an ultrathin MacBook Air that incorporates a touchpad without buttons and functions without a fan. It is also expected to include a higher-resolution display. - iMac: A lower-priced iMac is believed to be on the horizon, which Kuo says could help boost iMac shipments by up to 23 percent. It could be Apple’s first product launch of the year. - Apple TV: Apple is not expected to launch a full television set this year, but an upgraded set top box with an App Store and motion control technology is expected. While Kuo’s predictions do include many rumors that have previously surfaced over the past several months from a variety of sources, his roadmap gives a solid overview of what we might expect from Apple in 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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Apple has confirmed the departure of Greg Christie, part of the original team behind the iPhone. His leaving the company was previously reported by 9to5Mac and was said to follow a falling out between Christie and Jony Ive, Apple's design chief. In an statement given to the Financial Times, Apple says that Christie has been planning to retire later this year and is still within the company. Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.Christie has worked with Apple since 1996 and was credited with the development of the "Slide to Unlock" feature of iPhones and iPads, though he is named as an inventor on hundreds of other patents. New York Times reporter Brian X. Chen tweeted that Christie's retirement was announced within the company "weeks ago". Was just told Apple VP Greg Christie's retirement was announced weeks ago. I don't know anything about Ive politics.— Brian X. Chen (@bxchen) April 9, 2014 Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple is planning to expand and improve marketing efforts by partnering with four new digital ad agencies, including WPP's AKQA, Interpublic Group's Huge, Area 17, and Kettle, reports Ad Age. The agencies will work on digital strategy and user experience, among other things.The scope of the work being assigned across the agencies is broad, and will likely include user experience and digital strategy, among other elements, according to people familiar with the matter.According to Ad Age, Apple's new partnerships will not affect existing relationships, such as that with TBWA/Media Arts Lab. Apple's longtime advertising partner was recently in the spotlight after the Apple vs. Samsung trial surfaced a heated email correspondence between the agency and Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller. Apple and Schiller were unhappy with the TBWA's early 2013 advertising efforts, but those relationship wrinkles were apparently ironed out as Apple has continued to work with the agency, producing the successful "Photos Every Day" and "Music Every Day" advertisements in late 2013. Apple also works with several other digital shops and in 2013, the company began working on doubling the size of its in-house creative design team, likely as a response to increased pressure from Samsung. Samsung's "The Next Big Thing" advertising campaign reportedly infuriated Apple executives, leading to its troubles with its own advertising agencies. According to a recent report, Apple spent $351 million on advertising in the U.S. in 2013, while Samsung spent $363 million. In years past, Samsung has far outspent Apple on advertisements, but that gap appears to have narrowed as Apple has made moves to improve its marketing campaigns. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple is considering a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store as iTunes Radio has failed to stop declining music downloads, reports Billboard. As reported earlier this year, the company may create an on-demand music streaming service similar to Spotify in order to boost sales as well as an Android iTunes app. "iTunes Radio hasn’t solved the problem of refreshing the iTunes store," said a senior label executive. "While listeners are clicking the buy buttons, the traffic it is driving is in the low single digits of listeners."Only one to two percent of iTunes Radio listeners go on to buy songs and digital music sales were down some 5.7 percent in 2013, according to a January report. Overall music downloads have been declining upwards of 15 percent while iTunes is also losing money to competitors like YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora. iTunes still accounts for upwards of 40 percent of U.S. music sales revenue and iTunes Radio is the third largest music streaming service after Pandora and iHeartRadio, but it has not thus far generated the sales that Apple expected. According to the report, Apple's options for improving iTunes are being debated internally and among the company's content partners as it works to overcome competition from Android and an increasing consumer preference for streaming music services.Meanwhile, in the U.S., Apple is losing its most valuable customers. "Two-thirds of its high-value customers are now in subscription services," said one source. "That has been an eye-opener for them."While iTunes Radio allows users to create radio stations based on song selections, an on-demand service similar to Spotify would potentially allow users to select songs at will and could carry a monthly fee. iTunes Radio is available for free and supported by ads, with Apple also making its iTunes Match service available to customers. With an on-demand subscription service, Apple could supply all music models customers are interested in, offering a la carte downloads via iTunes, free music via iTunes Radio, and a premium on-demand service. According to one music executive, Apple has radical plans for iTunes in store, which could lead to a "completely different" experience in three to five years. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple's Vice President of Human Interface Greg Christie is set to depart from the company after clashing with Jony Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design who oversees and guides the Human Interface teams, reports 9to5Mac. Ive first took on a role "providing leadership" for the Human Interface teams in late 2012, following Scott Forstall's departure from the company. Christie has led much of Apple's software design and reports to Craig Federighi, who oversees development of iOS and OS X, but Christie interacts with Ive during design meetings. Christie's team was responsible for redesigning iOS 7, which reportedly led to disagreements with Ive.Sources say that Christie's upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive. When Ive tasked Apple's Human Interface team with redesigning iOS 7 to include an entirely new look, Christie and Ive reportedly clashed over design direction, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie's leadership of the team during the new operating system's development.Following Christie's departure, software design will fall under Ive's umbrella, with software designers working alongside Ive's industrial design team rather than Federighi's group. Christie, who has worked for Apple since 1996, was one of the original software engineers who developed iOS for the first iPhone. He recently did an interview with The Wall Street Journal detailing the development of the original iPhone and he testified in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, telling the court that the "Slide to Unlock" feature he's credited with inventing is an essential iPhone feature. Along with "Slide to Unlock," Christie has been instrumental in developing many important iPhone features, with hundreds of Apple patents in his name. It is unclear what he plans to do after his departure or when he will officially depart from the company. Following the departure of Scott Forstall, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on the importance of collaboration and noted that the merging of software and hardware design was needed to take Apple's collaborative efforts to the next level. Last year, Ive and Federighi also spoke on collaboration and how they worked together to create iOS 7. With Ive taking full control over software design with Christie's departure, the integration between Apple's software and hardware may improve even further. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Dropbox today announced several new products for its desktop and mobile consumers, including Mailbox for OS X and a new photo and video sharing app called Carousel. Carousel is a standalone app that is designed to organize a user's entire collection of photos stored via Dropbox, separating them into an event-based timeline that also highlights important moments and supports private messages. Photos automatically backup to Dropbox and sync across all platforms. They can also be shared in batches with and saved to other users' timelines via email or phone number, regardless of whether or not the user has a Dropbox account. According to Dropbox, the app, deemed "one place for all your memories" backs up photos to Dropbox, with storage being tied to the amount of space in a user's Dropbox account.We'd like you to meet Carousel: a gallery for all the photos and videos from your life. It combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs up new ones as you take them. Carousel sorts all these memories by event so you can easily travel back in time to any photo from any date. And unlike other mobile galleries, the size of your Carousel isn't constrained by the space on your phone, which means you can finally have your entire life's memories in one place.While Dropbox already allows automatic camera uploads and image storage, photos are generally dumped into a single folder that doesn't offer many organizational options. Carousel will bring a whole new photo viewing and sharing experience that will make it much easier for users to browse through their image collections. The app will be live later today. Along with Carousel, Dropbox has also announced plans to bring its popular Mailbox app for iOS to the desktop. There are few details available on the OS X version of the app, but it will likely function similarly to the iOS app, allowing users to "snooze" messages and organize them into lists. There's no prospective launch date on the horizon, but Dropbox is accepting beta signups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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