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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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At Apple's introduction of the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, Phil Schiller noted that the machine's $2499 starting price compares favorably with some of the higher-end 4K displays on the market today for closer to $3000, leading some to wonder whether it would be feasible to use the iMac as an external display for something like a Mac Pro. For a number of years, iMacs have supported a feature known as target display mode, which allows them to serve as external displays for other computers, but as pointed out by TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino yesterday, the new Retina 5K iMac does not support this mode. The probable reason for this is also likely the reason why Apple did not announce a standalone Retina Thunderbolt Display yesterday: bandwidth limitations. The current DisplayPort 1.2 specification used over Thunderbolt 2 on Apple's latest Macs simply isn't capable of handling the bandwidth necessary for 5K video over a single cable. As a result, no current Mac, including the Mac Pro and Retina MacBook Pro models that do support 4K displays, can currently drive a 5K external display. Technically, Apple could allow another Mac to output video at a lower resolution and have the Retina iMac scale the content up to fit its display, but this would not be ideal and Apple has apparently elected not to support it as an option. As noted by Marco Arment, simple plug-and-play support for 5K external displays over a single cable will need the new DisplayPort 1.3 standard, but that won't be an option until Intel's Skylake platform, the successor to the upcoming Broadwell family, is launched.Doing it right will require waiting until DisplayPort 1.3 in Thunderbolt 3 on Broadwell’s successor, Skylake, which isn’t supposed to come out for at least another year — and Intel is even worse at estimating ship dates than I am, so it’s likely to be longer. [...] I’d estimate — granted, I’m wrong a lot — that Apple won’t ship a standalone 5K display until at least 2016, and it won’t work with any of today’s Macs, including the 2013 Mac Pro.Arment points out that Dell's upcoming 5K display uses dual DisplayPort 1.2 cables for connectivity but that no current Macs appear to support the setup and even if they did performance would likely not be ideal. Another potential product on the horizon is a Retina 21.5-inch iMac likely at 3840 x 2160 pixels, although it is unclear when Apple plans to launch such a machine. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts a second half of 2015 launch for the machine in a similar pattern to that seen with the MacBook Pro, where the larger 15-inch model received a Retina display option a number of months before the 13-inch model followed suit. 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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With yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple's iCloud Drive file storage system is now functional across the company's products. Many users were frustrated following the launch of iOS 8 last month by the incompatibility between the new iCloud Drive system used with that operating system and the previous Documents in the Cloud system used on OS X Mavericks. The difference in launch dates between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite temporarily left some users unable to sync their documents between devices if they elected to upgrade to iCloud Drive on their iOS devices. That issue is now fixed with OS X Yosemite launching to the public, and Craig Federighi gave a very brief walkthrough of the feature at yesterday's media event, outlining how Mac and iOS apps can automatically generate their own folders for file storage accessible across devices and platforms. iCloud Drive can also be used in a similar manner to Dropbox, Box, and other cloud storage services in that any type of file can simply be dragged and dropped into the iCloud Drive folder on Mac or iCloud.com and be synced across devices. Access is a bit more limited on iOS where there is no iCloud Drive app allowing access to all files, but the service still allows users of iCloud Drive-enabled apps to view and save files related to that app that are stored and synced with iCloud Drive. Apple's iWork updates yesterday extend compatibility beyond the core OS X and iOS apps, and APIs are available to allow third-party developers to offer iCloud Drive support for their apps. iCloud Drive taps into users' general iCloud storage allotments, with all users receiving 5 GB of space free of charge. But with iOS device backups and the upcoming iCloud Photo Library potentially requiring significant amounts of space, many users will find themselves looking to upgrade to paid storage tiers, which begin at $0.99 per month for 20 GB of space and go up to $19.99 per month for 1 TB. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Releases iTunes 12.0.1 Alongside OS X Yosemite

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During yesterday's iPad-centric media event, Apple executives announced that the first major update to iOS 8, iOS 8.1, would be released to the public on Monday, October 20. First seeded to developers at the end of September, iOS 8.1 promises to bring a quite a few significant features to the operating system, offering new services and finally allowing Yosemite users to access the full functionality of Continuity. While some major Continuity features like Handoff and Phone calls on the Mac are working for users who have both an iOS 8 device and a Mac running OS X Yosemite, other features, like SMS relay and Instant Hotspot will not be available until Monday, when iOS 8.1 is released. With SMS relay, both Macs (running Yosemite) and iOS devices like iPads are able to receive SMS messages that have been routed through a user's iPhone. Currently, while iPads and Macs can receive iMessages, SMS messages are limited to iPhones. When SMS relay is functional, an SMS message that has been received will be forwarded to iPads and Macs, and users will be able to answer all of their messages on any device. It's also possible to start SMS-based conversations directly on a Mac or iPad. Instant Hotspot is another facet of Continuity that will be enabled with iOS 8.1. This feature lets a Mac remotely activate the Personal Hotspot capabilities of an iPhone when the two devices are near each other. The Mac can automatically detect an iPhone with Hotspot and users can connect to a Hotspot via the Mac's Wi-Fi menu without needing to remove the iPhone from their pocket. While these two Continuity features were originally slated to launch alongside iOS 8, Apple added a small footnote to its iOS 8 press release suggesting the features were unfinished and would come with the iOS 8.1 update. iOS 8.1 will enable Apple Pay, a major new service and Apple's first foray into mobile payments. When Apple Pay becomes available on October 20, hundreds of retailers will be prepared to start taking payments using the service, and numerous banks will be on board. With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users can make purchases solely via their iPhone at any store that accepts contactless payments. Along with Apple Pay and Continuity features, iOS 8.1 will bring several other minor changes as well, as detailed during Thursday's event. Many users were unhappy with the disappearance of the Camera Roll, which Apple announced will be reinstated in iOS 8.1, and beta iCloud Photo Library access will be provided to all iOS 8.1 users. iCloud Photo Library is designed to store all of a user's photos and videos, making them accessible on all of their iOS devices. iCloud Photo Library is tied to a user's iCloud account, using the storage space of their iCloud plans. With iCloud Photo Library, photos are kept in the cloud with a smaller version available on iOS devices, taking up less storage space. iCloud Photo Library will also tie in to the upcoming Photos app for the Mac, but until that is available, iCloud Photo Library will only be available on iOS devices. Finally, iOS 8.1 may bring several bug fixes, including a fix for an ongoing Bluetooth issue that has caused some iOS 8 users to have trouble pairing their phones with their Bluetooth devices. Apple has not provided a time for the release of iOS 8.1, stating only that it plans to release the software on Monday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Releases iTunes 12.0.1 Alongside OS X Yosemite

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Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in the United States and several other countries around the world. Rumors have suggested that initial supplies of the iPad Air 2 might be somewhat constrained, so prospective buyers should make their purchases as soon as possible. All models are currently showing shipping estimates of 2-4 business days in the U.S. store. AT&T is also accepting pre-orders on cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with shipping estimates of 6-10 business days. Announced on October 16, Apple’s second-generation iPad Air offers several significant improvements over the original iPad Air, including a thinner design, an A8X chip, Touch ID, 802.11ac, support for LTE Advanced, an improved 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and an anti-reflective screen coating that cuts down on glare. The iPad mini 3 offers the same internals as the iPad mini 2 (aka the iPad mini with Retina display), but it does come with Touch ID and a new gold color option. Available in white/silver, white/gold, and black/space gray, the iPad Air 2 is available in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations, with the Wi-Fi only models priced at $499, $599, and $699, respectively. Wi-Fi + Cellular models carry a $130 premium over Wi-Fi models and are priced at $629/$729/$829 for 16/64/128GB capacities. The iPad mini 3 is also available in white/silver, white/gold, and black/space gray, and it also comes in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations. The corresponding Wi-Fi only models are priced at $399, $499, and $599, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular models are priced at $529, $629, and $729 for 16, 64, and 128GB configurations. Both models can be pre-ordered immediately from Apple's online store. The company has not yet provided information on when the iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 will be available in stores, giving an availability date of "later next week." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Releases iTunes 12.0.1 Alongside OS X Yosemite

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Apple has taken its online store down to prepare for the launch of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders. When Apple announced the two new tablets, it said pre-orders would be available starting on October 17, although the company did not specify when exactly pre-orders would start. Given the short amount of time between the announcement of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 and the start of pre-orders, it is unclear whether other retailers and carriers will be prepared to offer iPad pre-orders. Apple's iPad Air 2, which includes several upgrades like Touch ID, an A8X chip, an improved camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an anti-reflective screen, is available in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Pricing in the United States starts at $499 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model and goes as high as $849 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad mini 3, which has been updated with Touch ID and a new gold color option, is also available in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations. Pricing for the iPad mini 3 begins at $399 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model and goes as high as $729 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. Apple has not announced when the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 will be in stores or when the two tablets will begin shipping out to customers, giving only an availability date of "later next week." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Releases iTunes 12.0.1 Alongside OS X Yosemite • Pixelmator Launching Full-Fledged Image Editing App for iPad Later This Year

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After today's media event that saw the introduction of new iPads and new Macs, members of the press were invited to experience all of Apple's new products. Several sites have posted first impressions of Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, which we've summarized to give users an overview of the company's newest desktop and its ultra high-resolution screen. Engadget says that the new 27-inch iMac has a "stunning display" with great viewing angles, and was left impressed with the all-in-one's image quality even at a resolution of 5120 x 2880. Brightness is said to be "level throughout" with no bleeding. The website also praised the extra screen real-estate that the new 27-inch Retina iMac will allow for video editing. TechCrunch says that the iMac's display shows "full resolution photos with zoomed crops that look better than most originals coming out of the camera" and credits Apple for fitting such a panel into the same tapered design. The screen is noted as being a "huge step up" from the one found on the Retina MacBook Pro. Overall, the new 27-inch iMac is described to be "the future of desktop computing" and is even said to be right up there with Apple's Mac Pro in terms of choices for power users. Ars Technica praises the new 27-inch iMac's color, contrast, and viewing angles, and thinks that the faster Radeon M290X or M295X GPUs with 2GB and 4GB of RAM respectively are solid upgrades over the Nvidia GeForce GT 700M GPUs found in Apple's non-Retina iMacs. However, the website did take issue with the desktop's price for what it offers internally: The only thing we can really complain about based on our hands-on time is the price, which isn’t bad for what you’re getting but is still objectively pretty high. We’re glad to see Fusion Drives become standard (something we’d honestly like to see on every iMac and Mac Mini Apple ships), but 8GB of RAM seems a little low for a power-user-focused, $2500 computer. And the big drawback of all-in-one computers still applies—the machine’s internals are going to feel their age much faster than the display itself will. Finally, The Verge calls the desktop's new 5K display "incredible" with a crisp, sharp and accurate picture despite it being a bit reflective. The website notes that it initially worried about performance issues with the iMac now powering an ultra high-resolution screen, but a demonstration proved that performance "doesn't seem to be an issue." The new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is shipping today. The base model starts at $2,499 and comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Build-to-order configurations can also be outfitted with a 4.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics processor. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pixelmator Launching Full-Fledged Image Editing App for iPad Later This Year • Apple Debuts New Smart Covers and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters

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Following today's media event that saw Apple introduce new iPads and a new Retina iMac, Apple released OS X Yosemite to the public, after several months of beta testing. OS X Yosemite is available from the Mac App Store as a free download for all eligible Macs. [Direct Link] First introduced at WWDC in June, OS X Yosemite will do for the Mac what iOS 7 did for iOS devices. The new operating system introduces redesign that focuses on a flatter, more modern look that emphasizes translucency, smarter controls, and streamlined toolbars. OS X Yosemite doesn't just bring a fantastic new look to the Mac, it also includes several major features introduce unprecedented levels of integration between iOS and OS X. With Continuity features like Handoff, for example, users can begin a task on one device and finish it on another with a seamless transition. SMS relay features, meanwhile, will let Mac users answer calls from their iOS devices. Other improvements include a "Today" view in Notification Center that integrates with third-party apps and an improved Spotlight search that pulls data from new sources. Several core apps have been updated with new features, with Safari gaining a revamped look and Mail gaining tools like Mail Drop, for handling large attachments, and Markup, for annotating images right within email messages. Macs will need 2GB of RAM to run Yosemite, along with 8GB of storage. Snow Leopard must be installed for Mac App Store access, but the Yosemite software itself is available as a free download, much like Mavericks was last year. Update: Many users are seeing a "Temporarily Unavailable" error when attempting to download Yosemite as it just hit the App Store, but it should be available shortly. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pixelmator Launching Full-Fledged Image Editing App for iPad Later This Year • Apple Debuts New Smart Covers and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters

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After Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 at its media event today, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with the new tablet. Several sites have now begun publishing their hands-on first impressions of the iPad Air 2, which we've gathered up below to provide an overall impression of the new device. Image courtesy of Gizmodo TechCrunch says that although the iPad Air 2's resolution is the same as the iPad Air, the display looks better than the previous models. By combining screen components, Apple has made "things look a lot more touchable". The effect is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which makes the display seem like a "high resolution mock-up, rather than an actual display you can interact with and change." Image courtesy of The Verge Gizmodo notes that Apple shaving off .04 pounds and 1.4 mm from iPad Air makes the iPad Air 2 feel lighter than the smaller iPad mini 3 even though it's a quarter of a pound heavier than Apple's new 7.9-inch tablet. Not only is it way, way thinner than the smaller iPad mini 3 — and this will sound crazy — but it feels lighter too. Even though it's nearly a quarter of a pound heavier, the 6.1mm-thin chassis is so thin and easy to lift with a single hand that it makes the mini seem downright fat by comparison. I feel like I could hold it over my head in bed without any worry of smacking myself. Not something I can say about any other 10-inch tablet.The Verge has similar thoughts on the iPad Air 2's thinness, saying it feels like "there's almost nothing left to take away" and that holding the device is like "you're holding a screen and nothing more." The Verge also noted that the new 8 MP camera is much improved over the iPad Air. One thing is that is definitively better is the new camera, which is now 8 megapixels; it's a lot faster and shots seemed a lot clearer, at least in Apple's hectic demo room. Apple made a big deal out of this camera and the interesting apps people are building for the iPad that use the camera; we've fought it for years but tablet photography seems to be a thing now.TechCrunch shares similar sentiments about the iPad Air 2's camera, noting that the camera improvements are good enough to make some consider the tablet as a worthy camera choice. The Verge also points out that the lack of a mute switch next to the volume rocker feels like a "casualty of thinness", and that although users can mute the device by holding down the volume-down button or lock the orientation in Control Center, the lack of the mute switch makes both things less convenient. Pre-orders for the new iPad Air 2 begin tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week. Prices for the iPad Air 2 begin at $499 for 16 GB with Wi-Fi. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pixelmator Launching Full-Fledged Image Editing App for iPad Later This Year • Apple Debuts New Smart Covers and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters

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Historically, users purchasing cellular versions of iPads have had to choose their carrier at the time of purchase, with Apple shipping a device specifically configured for use on that carrier. But with the iPad Air 2, Apple is launching a new "Apple SIM" included with devices purchased in the United States and United Kingdom. For U.S. users in particular, the Apple SIM allows users to easily move among AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint by taking advantage of short-term data plans as needed. And with EE participating in the UK, even access while abroad is simplified. And of course the system should work equally well for UK customers traveling abroad to the United States. Apple outlines the Apple SIM on its iPad Air 2 wireless feature page:One SIM. Many options. The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.Apple notes in an explanatory pop up on its iPad Air 2 store page that Verizon is not a participating carrier and Verizon customers will need to visit Verizon stores to activate cellular service on their devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes'

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Apple has posted the full video of today's iPad and Mac event on its website. The video should also be made available later this afternoon on the Apple Keynotes podcast, which can be found on the iTunes Store. [Podcast link: Keynotes, Keynotes in HD, Keynotes in 1080p HD] Media Event Highlights: Apple Announces iPad Air 2 with Thinner Profile, Touch ID, and A8X Processor Apple Announces iMac with Retina 5K Display for $2,500 Apple Announces New Mac Mini Starting at $499 Apple Announces iPad Mini 3 with Touch ID Home Button OS X Yosemite Available Today, iOS 8.1 Coming Monday Apple Pay Launching This Monday, October 20 with iOS 8.1 Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes'

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At today's media event, Apple announced the next-generation iMac model with a Retina 5K display carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels, as expected from recent rumors. Featuring 14.7 million pixels, the new iMac offers improved improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy. Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.The base iMac with a Retina 5K display will be available with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive starting at $2,499 with shipping beginning today. The new Retina iMac models can be upgraded with 4.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics processor. All Retina iMac models come standard with two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The remainder of the iMac lineup has not been updated, with the 21-inch model still starting at $1,099 and the 27-inch iMac without a Retina 5K Display starting at $1,799. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Announces iPad Mini 3 with Touch ID Home Button • Apple Announces iPad Air 2 with Thinner Profile, Touch ID, and A8X Processor • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Pay Launching This Monday, October 20 with iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues

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At today's media event, Apple introduced the all new iPad Air 2. The second-generation tablet features an ultra thin profile that's just 6.1mm thick, much thinner than the 7.5mm original iPad Air. The significantly thinner design was enabled through the use of a gapless laminated display panel that also produces sharper images. In addition to a thinner chassis, the new iPad Air also includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a faster A8X processor, a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, and an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by up to 56 percent. According to Apple, the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than the first-generation iPad Air and its A8X chip features a 2nd-generation 64-bit architecture which is 40% faster than the A7 used in the first iPad Air in terms of CPU performance up to 2.5x faster when it comes to GPU performance. Like its predecessors, the iPad Air 2 gets 10 hours of battery life and it also includes an M8 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation. Apple has added a Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad Air 2, which was said to be the "most requested feature from customers." With Touch ID, iPad Air 2 owners can use their tablets to make Apple Pay purchases within apps that support the Apple Pay API. The iPad Air 2 does not have NFC support and thus cannot be used to make purchases in retail stores. The iPad Air 2 has gained 802.11ac Wi-Fi with multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) capabilities. Apple states that the iPad Air 2 contains 2.8x faster performance with support for speeds up to 866 Mbps on Wi-Fi and now contains 20 LTE bands for faster LTE with support for speeds up to 150 Mbps via LTE Advanced. Apple has also included a new 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPad Air 2, which features an f/2.4 aperture and can record 1080p HD video. For the first time, the camera can take 43 megapixel panoramas and burst mode photos, and it is also able to shoot time lapse and 120 FPS Slo-Mo video. The front-facing FaceTime camera on the iPad Air 2 has also been improved, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in 81 percent more light. It lets users take burst mode selfies, single-shot HDR photos, and HDR videos. Pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 will begin on Friday, October 17, and the tablet will begin shipping at the end of next week. Available in gold, silver, and space gray, the iPad Air 2 is available with 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacities, priced at $499, $599, and $699, respectively, for the Wi-Fi models. Cellular models are also available and are priced $130 higher, at $529, $629, and $729. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes'

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During today's media event, Apple announced that OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Macintosh operating system, will launch today on the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite will be available for free to all users with an eligible machine, and iOS 8.1 will also be available on Monday for Apple's mobile devices. As detailed in our comprehensive OS X Yosemite roundup, the new operating system brings a new iOS 7-style design with an emphasis on translucency, smarter controls, and streamlined toolbars. There are also several new features, including Continuity, which expands integration between iOS 8 and OS X, allowing users to accept phone calls on their Macs and seamlessly transition tasks from one device to another. Yosemite also includes iCloud Drive, plus new features and designs for several key apps like Mail, Messages, and Safari. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Pay Launching This Monday, October 20 with iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free

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Today at its media event in Cupertino, Apple announced a brand-new Mac mini, a popular Mac computer that hadn't been updated since October 2012. The new Mac mini starts at $499, $100 less than the previous $599 starting price. “People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”The new Mac mini comes with 4th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 with up to 90 percent faster graphics than the previous generation, PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Apple also claims it's the "world's most efficient desktop". The new Mac mini begins shipping today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes'

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Today at its media event in Cupertino, Apple announced the iPad mini 3 with Touch ID Home button and a new gold color option. These updates appear to be the only significant changes over the previous generation, with the new model continuing to use the A7 chip from the original Retina iPad mini. In addition to gold, the iPad mini 3 also comes in the previous space gray and silver color options. The pricing will start at $399 for 16 GB Wi-Fi version, with 64 GB and 128 GB variations priced at $499 and $599 respectively. As usual, Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the iPad mini 3 will be priced at a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi only models. iPad mini 3 will be available for pre-order tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week. Alongside the iPad mini 3, Apple is continuing to sell the iPad mini 2 in 16 GB ($299/$429) and 32 GB ($349/$479) variants. The original 16 GB non-Retina iPad mini is also still available for ($249/$379). Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Bring Back Camera Roll in iOS 8.1 • Apple Will Release WatchKit in November for Developers • Apple October 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Removed From NASDAQ Exchange • Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues • Facebook's 'Safety Check' Allows Users to Notify Others of Safety During Disasters • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes'

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