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VMware today launched Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows apps on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro have 3D graphics acceleration with support for DirectX 10, Open GL 3.3, USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook. DirectX 10 support enables Mac users to run Windows virtual machines with native resolution on a 5K display, with USB-C support and Force Touch pass-through also in tow for the latest MacBook. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are available today for $79.99 and $199.99 respectively through the VMware Online Store, with upgrade options available for existing Fusion customers for between $49.99 and $119.99. Parallel users also get 40% off the latest versions of Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips Announces New Hue Wireless Dimming Kit • Apple Seeds Xcode 7 Beta 6 to Developers • 'Trade Show' Plans at San Francisco Theater Spark Speculation of Apple Event Location • Apple Stops Signing iOS 8.4 • Apple Partners With Popular YouTubers for Possible Upcoming Ad Campaign • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Imvio Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch

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Apple may soon end its $99 "One to One" tutoring program for Mac and iOS users, according to a source that has provided MacRumors with reliable information in the past. Our source says Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once. One to One is a long-running Apple program that allows customers who purchase a Mac to pay an additional $99 for one year of Mac, iPhone, and iPad instruction from Apple retail employees. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions. One to One members can get help with a wide variety of topics, like getting started with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac and using Apple services like iCloud, and iTunes. Training sessions on Apple apps, including Photos, Mail, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more, are also included.One to One will help you do more than you ever thought possible with your Mac. First, we'll set up your email, transfer your photos, music, and other files, and show you how to keep everything in sync with iCloud. Then, we'll work with you to create a curriculum tailored to your goals, learning style, and experience level.Apple is planning to fold its One to One service into free open workshops, amid some larger changes being made to Apple's teaching methods. In the near future, workshops will be restructured around themes like "Discover" and "Create," and will be more accessible on Apple's main website. Apple plans to honor existing One to One memberships until they expire, but will not sell new memberships to the program going forward. Customers who need assistance will still be able to sign up for dozens of free, open workshops. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Stops Signing iOS 8.4 • Apple Partners With Popular YouTubers for Possible Upcoming Ad Campaign • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Imvio Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta

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British power technology company Intelligent Energy has developed an iPhone 6 prototype with a built-in fuel cell that supports hydrogen cartridges delivering up to a week's worth of battery life, according to The Telegraph. It also demonstrated a hydrogen-powered MacBook Air. The patented fuel cell system, reportedly poised for its first major commercial deployment in cell towers across India over the next few weeks, creates electricity based on the chemical reaction of combining hydrogen and oxygen, which produces only small amounts of water vapor and heat as waste. Intelligent Energy also introduced a hydrogen-powered iPhone charger called Upp based on the same technology last year, but its latest breakthrough has seen it fit the fuel cell portion of the technology alongside an iPhone 6 battery pack without altering the size or shape of the smartphone. Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy:To our knowledge this has never been done before. We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with.The only cosmetic difference on the iPhone 6 prototype is the addition of rear vents allowing a small amount of water vapor to escape. The Telegraph reports the device it saw at the company's Loughborough, United Kingdom headquarters also had a modified headphone socket for refuelling hydrogen gas, although likely only because it was a prototype. Intelligent Energy plans to sell a disposable cartridge that will attach to the bottom of a smartphone and provide enough hydrogen-releasing powder "for a week of normal use," and the company's corporate finance chief Mark Lawson-Statham vaguely mentions having a "partner" on board -- speculated to be Apple, although both companies declined to comment as expected.Nevertheless, the rumours and clues are overwhelming. Apple has a series of patents around fuel cell technology on public record. In recent research on Intelligent Energy, Zeus Capital analyst Dr Tom McColm wrote that he believes it is working closely with Apple.The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are powered by 1,810 mAh and 2,915 mAh lithium-ion batteries respectively. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Stops Signing iOS 8.4 • Apple Partners With Popular YouTubers for Possible Upcoming Ad Campaign • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Imvio Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta

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Apple shares dipped below $100 in pre-market trading today amid a wider Dow Jones and stock market downturn, with AAPL fluctuating around the $98-$100 mark prior to the New York Stock Exchange opening bell at 9:30 AM Eastern. Apple shares last dipped below $100 in October 2014, four months after opening at $92.69 following a 7-for-1 split that took effect in June 2014. Apple shares closed at $105.76 on Friday Apple shares closed at $105.76 on Friday and are down over $35 from a 52-week high of $134.54 set on April 28, but many analysts remain bullish about the stock and believe that the current dip presents a buying opportunity for investors. The company is expected to announce new iPhones and iPads alongside the launch of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan through the end of October. Last March, Apple replaced AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is currently down over 500 points. The Dow Jones provides a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ, including American Express, Boeing, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Disney, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, JPMorgan and Chase, Microsoft, Verizon and Visa. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Imvio Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone

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Apple today launched an iSight Camera replacement program for the iPhone 6 Plus, which will see the company replacing the camera module in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices that have a faulty rear-facing camera. According to a new support page dedicated to the replacement program, some iPhone 6 Plus units that were sold between September of 2014 and January of 2015 could have a component that can fail and cause photos to look blurry. iPhone 6 Plus units that are producing blurry photos and have an eligible serial number will get their cameras replaced from Apple at no charge. Replacement units can be obtained through Apple's online support team, an Apple retail store, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Imvio Camera Lens Kit for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone

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Apple recently hired a senior engineer from Tesla Motors, presumably to work on its secret car project. As highlighted by Reuters, former Tesla Motors Autopilot Firmware Manager Jamie Carlson's LinkedIn page says he now works at Apple on "Special Projects." His profile doesn't go into detail on what he did for Tesla, but he was working on the company's autonomous vehicle firmware project and could be taking on a similar automotive firmware role at Apple. Reuters also points out several other previously unknown hires with similar expertise in autonomous driving, including Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen engineer, Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, and Xianqiao Tong, who developed driver assistance systems for NVIDIA. On their respecitve LinkedIn pages, McClain is listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer, Palakkode is listed as an engineer working within Apple's Special Projects Group, and Tong is listed as an R&D engineer. Last fall, Apple also hired Sanjai Massey, a Ford engineer who worked on connected and autonomous vehicles, Stefan Weber, a Bosch engineer who worked on driver assistance systems, and Lech Szumilas, a Delphi research scientist with former expertise in autonomous vehicles. Rumors have thus far disagreed over whether Apple's secret car project includes self-driving technology, but it's possible the company is exploring multiple avenues of development as the project is still in its early stages. A previous report from Reuters citing a source within the automotive industry suggested Apple was working on a self-driving electric car, but a report from The Wall Street Journal stated a self-driving car was not part of Apple's electric car efforts. Apple is said to have more than 200 employees working on the electric car, under the code name "Project Titan." Apple has been heavily recruiting automotive experts over the past several months, with many members on its team coming from companies like Tesla, Ford, GM, MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv, A123 Systems, General Dynamics, and more. High profile hires have included Tesla mechanical engineering manager David Nelson, Tesla senior powertrain test engineer John Ireland, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President Doug Betts, A123 Systems Chief Technology Officer Mujeeb Ijaz, and Paul Furgale, a researcher with a specialization in autonomous vehicles. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun

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With the recent release of the movie Straight Outta Compton detailing Dr. Dre's hip-hop group N.W.A, unsavory moments from Dre's past were unearthed as critics questioned why the movie didn't cover his abuse towards women. During the 1990s, Dr. Dre was accused of assaulting several women, including his girlfriend at the time Michel'le and television host Dee Barnes. In response to the allegations, Dr. Dre has given a statement to The New York Times apologizing for his actions and saying he deeply regrets what he did in his youth. "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I've been married for 19 years and every day I'm working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I'm doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again." He added: "I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."Dr. Dre has been employed at Apple for the past year, following the company's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, created by both Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Apple also gave a statement to The New York Times, supporting Dr. Dre."Dre has apologized for the mistakes he's made in the past and he's said that he's not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed."At Apple, Dr. Dre is working on Apple Music alongside Jimmy Iovine. Though he has no specific title, Dre has been involved with Beats 1 radio, hosting his own weekly show called "The Pharmacy" and has released two albums exclusively on Apple Music, including "Compton: A Soundtrack," the official soundtrack of the Straight Outta Compton movie, and "The Chronic," originally released in 1992. Note: Due to the controversial nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Questionable Rumor Points Towards Upcoming 'Smart Bands' For Apple Watch • Samsung Rumored to One-Up Apple's 'iPad Pro' With 18.4-Inch Android Tablet • Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun

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Amid rumors that Apple is working on a top-secret automotive project ranging from its own electric car to a CarPlay-related technology platform for vehicles, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG remains open to "different types" of cooperation with Apple, reports Reuters."Many things are conceivable," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in an interview with quarterly magazine Deutsche Unternehmerboerse published on Friday.Silicon Valley is becoming increasingly important for automakers as vehicles become more deeply integrated with the latest technologies such as CarPlay and Android Auto, and companies such as Apple and Google could play an even bigger role as self-driving vehicles hit the streets over the next five-plus years."Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this entire ecosystem around Apple and Google into the vehicle," Zetsche said. "That can be interesting for both sides."Last September, Apple hired former Mercedes-Benz R&D President and CEO Johann Jungwirth, who has over a decade of experience working on connected cars, autonomous driving, testing and regulatory affairs and more. According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked at Daimler between October 1997 and September 2014 and is now Director of Mac Systems Engineering at Apple. Apple Car rumors gained momentum in February when The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has hundreds of employees, including former Tesla, Ford and GM engineers, working on an electric vehicle at a top-secret research lab possibly located in the Sunnyvale area. The rumored project, known internally as "Project Titan," could be under testing at GoMentum Station, a former naval base in the Bay Area. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

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Samsung today launched a new promotion called Ultimate Test Drive, a program designed to get iPhone users to switch away from their Apple devices to Samsung ones (via Engadget). The Test Drive coincides with the launch of Samsung's newest devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. For just one dollar, you can try one of our latest Samsung phones for 30 days with no obligation. Your test drive kit will come with the phone of your choice, an activated sim card, and a step-by-step guide to help you start your test drive.To sign up for the promotion, iPhone users have to visit SamsungPromotions.com on their device and select their phone. Samsung tells Engadget that the promotion is compatible with any U.S. carrier. It's unclear whether Samsung will put a hold on trial-goers credit cards and, if so, how much that hold could be. Last year, T-Mobile launched a trial program for users to test out its network with an iPhone 5s for a week. T-Mobile placed a $699.99 hold on a user's credit or debit card, charging it if the phone wasn't returned at the end of the trial. Following the launch of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung has seen a significant profit drop in its mobile division as some of its customers opted to switch from Samsung devices to the larger-screened Apple devices. Before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, screen size was one of the major differentiators between Samsung and Apple's smartphones, but now Samsung must find other ways to differentiate from Apple. Thus far, the Korean company has focused on faster charging and the S6 Edge's curved display screen. The Ultimate Test Drive is Samsung's latest attempt to win back some customers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

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Apple today debuted a new iPhone-focused video featuring Apple Pay as part of its ongoing "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" advertising campaign. The video, available on the company's YouTube channel, features an iPhone being used to make different Apple Pay purchases. The iPhone is centric to the video and is shown going through several different Apple Pay transactions as a voiceover explains Apple Pay and its features in a clever rhyme. At the end of the video, Apple ends with its latest signature tagline, "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone." This is an iPhone. And this is Apple Pay. Which lets you shop in a faster, simpler way. For groceries, and kicks, toys, and your lunchtime fix. It's safer than a credit card and keeps your info yours. And you can already use it in over one million stores."Apple Pay" is the fifth ad in this particular campaign, which focuses on the different capabilities of the iPhone. Other videos in the series have included "Loved," "Hardware & Software," "Amazing Apps," and "Photos & Videos," each with catchy music, visuals, and voiceovers. In addition to its latest video ads, Apple also recently introduced a new iPhone-oriented web campaign, "Why There's Nothing Quite Like an iPhone," focusing on features that differentiate the iPhone from competing products. The mini site highlights the iPhone's integration of hardware and software, wide range of apps, camera, resistance to malware, Touch ID, and Apple Pay. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

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The Apple TV was the fourth most popular streaming media device in the United States in 2014, according to new data compiled by Parks Associates. Sales of the Apple TV were eclipsed by sales of devices from Roku, Google, and Amazon. Roku continues to be the most popular brand when it comes to streaming media devices, representing 34 percent of units sold, while Google and its Chromecast were responsible for 23 percent of device sales. Amazon's Fire TV was the third most popular choice, while Apple came in fourth. In 2013, the Apple TV was the third most popular streaming media device, but in 2014, it fell behind the newly introduced Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Combined, streaming media devices from Apple, Roku, Google, and Amazon were responsible for 86 percent of all streaming media device sales to U.S. broadband households. According to the data, almost 20 percent of U.S. households now own one or more streaming media players. When it comes to ongoing usage, Roku devices are unsurprisingly at the top of the list. 37 percent of households regularly use a Roku device, 19 percent use a Google Chromecast, 17 percent use an Apple TV, and 14 percent use an Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick. With a new Apple TV on the horizon, the streaming media device market could shift in Apple's favor in 2015 and 2016. The new Apple TV is a radical departure from the existing Apple TV, which has not been updated for several years. It will include a full App Store that supports games and apps, Siri integration, a refreshed design and operating system, more storage space, and a touch-based remote control. The Apple TV won't be able to compete with devices like the Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire TV on price, but it will bring a host of features not offered by other products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

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Apple today launched a new Apple Watch advertising effort in London, decorating the 24 windows of the Selfridges department store with a massive floral installation. Each window has flowers that were inspired by the flowers that can be found within the "Motion" face on the Apple Watch. Design magazine Wallpaper has shared photos and details on the installation, which uses 3D flowers created through a range of methods from resin casting to 3D printing. Each window also displays an Apple Watch with a watch face that matches the flowers. Image via Wallpaper There are eight different flower variations decorating the windows, each of which was scaled, sculpted, and hand-painted by artists, a process Wallpaper describes as "painstaking and meticulous as the original photography." Earlier this year, Apple Human Interface Chief Alan Dye explained the effort that went into each of Apple's "Motion" watch faces. Apple shot all of the animated flower, butterfly, and jellyfish photos used in the watch face. For the flowers in particular, Apple shot photos as they bloomed, with one single flower taking 285 hours and more than 24,000 shots. Image via Wallpaper For the window installation, artists created 24 large, 50 medium, 240 "small plus" and 5,525 small flowers, split across the aforementioned eight varieties. Paul Deneve, formerly the CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, had a hand in the window designs and gave a statement to Wallpaper.We are thrilled that the flowers of the Apple Watch face have inspired such a beautiful design and to see it come to life in this amazing installation, reflected in all 24 of Selfridges' historic windows,' says Paul Deneve, Apple's vice president of special projects.Apple's flower installation follows two other installations that have been used to decorate the Selfridges department store, including "Chromosphere," which displayed the Apple Watch in colored orbs of light, and "Butterflies," featuring a huge kaleidoscope of fluttering butterflies. Image via Retail Design World Selfridges in London is the home of the iconic Wonder Room, a section of the department store that sells luxury jewelry and watches. The Apple Watch is sold from a pop-up shop located towards the entrance of the Wonder Room, with all models from Sport to Edition available for purchase. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta • Apple Watch Expands to Retail Locations Outside of Apple Stores in France • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist

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Taiwanese website DigiTimes today reported the "iPad Pro" will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth quarter, corroborating a recent KGI report that said the rumored 12.9-inch tablet would enter mass production in September-October. "iPad Pro" mockup places 12.9-inch tablet alongside iPad Air and iPad mini The report claims the "iPad Pro" will be released in the fourth quarter, with an estimated 4-5 million shipments in 2015. DigiTimes reported in July that the "iPad Pro" could launch in mid-November as Foxconn prepared to start supplying components at the time, but the release timeframe remains uncertain. The report claims Sharp will be the main supplier of LCD displays for the tablet, while Foxconn subsidiary General Interface Solution (GIS) will provide touch panels. Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers of LCD assemblies and touch modules respectively, according to the report. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Square Enix today released a long-awaited port of Final Fantasy VII for iOS devices. Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series created for PlayStation and it continues to be one of the most popular Final Fantasy games. At E3, Square Enix promised to launch Final Fantasy VII before the end of the summer in 2015, so with tonight's release, the company is living up to its word. Square Enix has previously made the first six Final Fantasy games available on iOS devices, but Final Fantasy VII for iOS marks the first Final Fantasy port from a PlayStation game. According to Square Enix, the iOS version of Final Fantasy VII is a port of the PC version, with no changes or additions to the storyline.With its unshakeable monopoly over Mako energy production, the evil Shinra Electric Power Company holds tight to the reigns of wold power. One day, a Mako reactor serving the sprawling metropolis of Midgar is attacked and destroyed in a bombing raid by a revolutionary group calling themselves Avalanche. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra's elite "Soldier" unit takes part in the raid as a mercenary hired by Avalanche and sets events in motion that will draw him and his friends into an epic struggle for the fate of the planet itself...The iOS port of the game includes a virtual on-screen controller that's "designed not to obscure the action." It offers virtual analog or fixed 4-way digital control pad options and the opacity of the on-screen controls is adjustable. Also new to the iOS version of the game is an option to turn off enemy encounters in area maps and a Max Stats command to "become all-powerful in the blink of an eye." It's taken several years for Square Enix to bring Final Fantasy VII to the iOS App Store, largely due to space constraints. In 2013, Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita said that a release of Final Fantasy VII was years away because of space limitations. "It's that currently, space will be an issue," he said. "Phones won't be able to contain the space it takes. It's over a gigabyte. People are probably going to have to wait for a few years." In February of 2015, Apple expanded the size limitation on apps from 2GB to 4GB, paving the way for apps like Final Fantasy VII. According to the App Store description of the game, it takes 1.66GB of storage space, but requires more than 4GB of free space to download. Final Fantasy VII is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later, the third-generation iPad or later, and the iPad mini 2 or later, with Square Enix warning that the game may not perform well on earlier devices. iOS 8 or later is also required. Final Fantasy VII can be downloaded from the App Store for $15.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Samsung is planning to take its ongoing patent war with Apple to the United States Surpreme Court, reports the San Jose Mercury News. In court papers filed today, Samsung said that by November it would ask the Supreme Court to hear its latest appeal."The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote in a bid to hold off paying Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for the patent violations.Samsung's decision comes following a rejection from the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last week, where the court refused Samsung's request for a new trial. Samsung had asked the court to reconsider a decision earlier this year that left the company on the hook for a $548 million payout to Apple. Samsung and Apple have been battling over patent infringement issues since 2012, when a jury ruled Samsung willfully violated several Apple patents, resulting in $1 billion in damages. Since then, Samsung has been fighting the ruling, and over the course of several appeals and a partial retrial, has gotten the damages reduced to the aforementioned $548 million total. If Samsung is successful, the Supreme Court could throw out another $400 million in damages. Earlier this week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office invalidated a key iPhone design patent that was used in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit, handing down a non-final rejection that Samsung could use in its appeal to the Supreme Court. Samsung also has the backing of technology companies like Facebook, Google, eBay, HP, and Dell, who have claimed the ruling against Samsung would "lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies." Samsung may, however, have difficulty getting the Supreme Court to hear its case. Of the thousands of cases that the Supreme Court is asked to review each year, it agrees to hear approximately 100 to 150. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Apple today released the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the sixth El Capitan beta and two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has also re-seeded the fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. In recent weeks, Apple has been pushing rapid updates for OS X El Capitan, all of which have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public debut. Few design changes have been made in the most recent betas. OS X El Capitan is designed to improve features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on performance and user experience. A number of apps and processes on the Mac are much faster with El Capitan, and the introduction of Metal for Mac brings system-level graphics rendering that's 40 percent more efficient. As for user experience, El Capitan includes a new systemwide San Francisco font, a revamped Mission Control feature, a new Split View feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and several new features for Safari, including Pinned Sites for housing frequently visited websites and a universal mute button that quiets all tabs. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Intel has shared new details about its faster, more power-efficient Skylake processors at IDF 2015 in San Francisco. PCWorld reports that Intel engineers have suggested the sixth-generation Core processors could launch in around "two weeks," setting the stage for a possible announcement of new chips appropriate for Macs at the IFA Berlin trade show on September 4-9. Skylake processors will feature improved Iris Pro integrated graphics capable of driving up to three 4K monitors at 60Hz, whereas Haswell architecture could drive a single 4K monitor at 30Hz and Broadwell architecture could handle a single 4K monitor at 60Hz. Skylake will also have fixed-function support for 4K video processing in hardware and support for the latest APIs: DirectX 12, OpenCL 2 and OpenGL 4.4. Intel's six generations of processor graphics (Image: Ars Technica) PC World:That means Intel has dedicated transistors directly to the job of decoding and encoding 4K. In one demonstration showing playback of a 4K RAW video stream from a Canon video camera, playback was smooth using the Skylake graphics chip, while using just the CPU, it would constantly drop frames.Skylake architecture is also more power efficient thanks to a new power-saving feature called Speed Shift, which allows the CPU to intelligently adjust its power state for extended battery life. Skylake CPUs are also more efficient overall and feature eDRAM+, which can cache information, for increased performance. In June, Intel introduced Thunderbolt 3 with a USB Type-C connector and support for USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2 and PCI Express 3.0. The new spec, rumored to launch alongside Intel's next-generation Skylake chips, is capable of driving up to two 4K external displays at 60Hz or a single 5K display at 60Hz running off a single cable. Last month, a leaked Intel slide deck revealed that Skylake processors will provide a 10%-20% CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30% faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30% longer battery life. Intel's Skylake processors appropriate for the MacBook Air were also leaked last week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Earlier this week, we saw hints of Apple's work on iOS 9.1 in the MacRumors visitor logs, speculating Apple had begun work on the update as a way to test features on the much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" or the iPad mini 4 ahead of production. As it turns out, we were correct. This morning, analytics company AppSee found an "iPad6,8" with a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 in its logs. We asked AppSee to check what version of iOS the iPad had installed on it, and as it turns out, it's running iOS 9.1, suggesting Apple's work on iOS 9.1 coincides with the development of the iPad Pro. iOS 9.1 on the large-screened tablet in AppSee's logs suggests that's the operating system the iPad Pro will ship with, which rules out the possibility of a launch in September alongside the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Both iOS 9.1 and the iPad Pro will likely be unveiled at a separate event later in the year. Rumors this morning have also suggested the iPad Pro will be entering mass production in September or October, pointing towards a late October or November launch date. It's possible Apple plans to stick to the same October iPad unveiling timeline it's used for the past several years, introducing the iPad Pro in mid-October and shipping it at the end of the month. It is not clear what will be introduced in iOS 9.1, but the iPad Pro includes several features that could require a dedicated update, such as a pressure sensitive Force Touch display, a stylus, and a USB-C port that could support peripheral devices. Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be the first major new addition to the iPad lineup since the iPad mini was unveiled in 2012. At 12.9 inches, it's significantly larger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, and could bring a much-needed boost to Apple's flagging iPad sales. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered

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Back in April, we first heard rumors about Apple planning to use 7000 Series aluminum alloys for the upcoming "iPhone 6s," taking advantage of some of the expertise gained in using the material for the Apple Watch Sport to make for a stronger iPhone body compared to the 6000 Series aluminum used on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That device received significant "Bendgate" attention after some early users found the device bending slightly under pressure in their pockets. Increasingly reliable reports of 7000 Series aluminum for the iPhone 6s followed by hands-on impressions of a "stronger body" and ultimately some measurements showing thickening of the shell's weak points have all pointed toward Apple making some changes to improve the strength and durability of the next iPhone. MacRumors has recently received data on the elemental composition of the iPhone 6s shell, revealing that the aluminum alloy being used by Apple does indeed include roughly 5 percent zinc, which is in line with many 7000 Series alloys and not found in the iPhone 6 shell. A just-published video from Unbox Therapy is showing similar results, as well as test results showing a significantly stronger body more resistant to bending. Sample points on milled surface of iPhone 6s rear shell Interestingly, the data we received showed high iron levels of around 8 percent on average, although the iron composition varies significantly among test samples. Unbox Therapy, however, is not seeing particularly high levels of iron in its sample. We've been told that some iron can be introduced into the shell during the milling process, which can account for some of the variability in measurements shared with MacRumors. The small quantities of iron at levels seen by Unbox Therapy can be used to enhance durability and make the material easier to work with during the casting process. Elemental composition at each sample point As shown in electron microscope images shared with MacRumors, the iPhone 6s shell is covered with a roughly 10-micron thick anodized aluminum oxide layer to help protect against corrosion. The anodization layer also enables Apple to introduce dyes for various color options. Scanning electron microscope image showing 10-micron anodization with lighter aluminum color above. Chipped particle can also be seen. Unbox Therapy also subjected the iPhone 6 and 6s shells to bending tests, finding that while the iPhone 6 shell began experiencing significant bending at roughly 30 pounds of pressure, while the the iPhone 6s shell withstood at least twice as much pressure before bending. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at a media event on September 9. If tradition holds, the company would begin taking pre-orders a few days later and officially launch the new phone on Friday, September 18. The iPhone 6s should appear largely identical to the iPhone 6 but contain a number of hardware upgrades including Force Touch support, a new A9 chip with 2 GB of RAM, camera improvements, and more. A new rose gold or pink color option has also been rumored. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

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Mobile analytics firm AppSee reports that an iPad with model identifier "iPad6,8" and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels -- likely the 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" -- has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the "iPhone8,1" and "iPhone8,2" in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus." A few months ago, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggested the 12.93-inch "iPad Pro" could have a 2,732×2,048 pixels resolution at 264 PPI based on Apple's @2x high-resolution modifier. Research firm DisplaySearch also reported in January that Apple had a tablet display with a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels and 265 PPI under development. With new devices beginning to show up in analytics, it is likely that Apple is nearing the final stages of testing new iPhone and iPad models that are expected to be announced in the near future. Apple is rumored to hold a media event on September 9 to unveil the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," but it remains unclear if the "iPad Pro" will also be announced or held back until later in 2015 or early 2016. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims the "iPad Pro" will have a Force Touch-enabled stylus and enter mass production in September or October. Kuo expects that Force Touch will become a standard feature on all Apple products, similar to how Siri, Touch ID, Retina displays and other features were released on one device before expanding to others. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fake 'iPhone 6s' Ad Envisions Colorful Versions of Apple's Next Smartphone • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

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Apple's long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will enter mass production sometime in September or October, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst also believes that the larger-screened iPad will come with a Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory for users to more easily navigate the increased surface area of the tablet. The latest rumors for the iPad Pro point towards the device being an unlikely candidate for next month's iPhone-centered media event, with a mid-to-late fall launch date somewhat lining up with Kuo's prediction today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music • Australian Banks Hold Back on Apple Pay Support Due to Fees

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Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with dual support for OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 and always-on access to Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition were also released for business customers, developers, designers and power users. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is virtualization software that enables users to use OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 side by side without rebooting, including full support for Windows and Mac apps. The software includes a setup assistant for switching from PC to Mac, one-click optimization settings, Linux and Google Chrome support, advanced security features and more. The latest version of Parallels Desktop also features Quick Look for Windows documents, Travel Mode for temporarily shutting down resource-intensive services to extend battery life, location services in Windows apps and easy upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Performance improvements include up to 50% faster boot and shut down times, up to 15% longer battery life and up to 20% faster tasks. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is $79.99 with a free 14-day trial available, while customers with Parallels Desktop 9 or newer can upgrade for $49.99. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Pro Edition both retail for $99.99 per year with faster 64GB virtual RAM / 16 vCPUs for each virtual machine and extended premium 24/7 phone and email support. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music • Australian Banks Hold Back on Apple Pay Support Due to Fees

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Apple will relocate iPod stock from the sales floor and back storage area to the accessory shelves and remove the iPad-based Smart Signs that sit next to many display devices starting on Wednesday, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The changes are an effort by Apple to simplify the shopping experience in its retail stores. Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.Apple's signature products, the iPad, Mac, iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch, have typically been stored in the back storage area of an Apple Store. A customer would have to talk to an Apple Store employee and tell them which model they would like to purchase and wait as their product was retrieved from the back. Apple's non-signature products, like Apple TV and Time Capsule, are available on the accessory shelves and are easily accessible by customers without having to consult with a retail employee. Now, customers will be able to simply walk up and pull their iPod of choice off of the store shelves. The demotion of the iPod from the main floor to the shelves is likely reflective of the iPod's decreased sales, as the device has become an increasingly minor business for Apple. The Cupertino company has also decreased the iPod's presence on its website, removing the iPod section from the website's top banner. Additionally, Apple is removing the iPad 2-based Smart Signs intended to educate customers about Apple products. Sources tell 9to5Mac that some customers would get confused using the Smart Signs, expecting them to be fully usable iPad demo units rather than simple ways to learn about a product. Instead, Apple will begin loading product information directly on the iPads, iPhones and Macs starting next week. With less clutter on the product tables, Apple plans to install more devices for customers to test on the sales floor. The changes to the retail stores follow Apple's move to merge its website and online store, also creating a more simplified shopping experience for customers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music • Australian Banks Hold Back on Apple Pay Support Due to Fees

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Apple doesn't allow developers to create custom watch faces for the Apple Watch, preferring to maintain control over the general look of the device, but that hasn't stopped iOS developer Hamza Sood from tinkering with the Apple Watch and getting a custom watch face uploaded onto the device. In a tweet posted this afternoon, Sood shared a video of a custom animated watch face with multiple color options. After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch! Watch face source code is on GitHub: https://t.co/7ZvOz8nK34 pic.twitter.com/nQGJKlp6kt— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) August 18, 2015 The watch face source code that was used to create the custom watch face has been made available on GitHub and will require watchOS 2. Earlier this summer, Sood also joined several other developers in efforts to hack watchOS 2 to run truly native apps like Canabalt and a Flappy Bird clone. It is not clear if Apple has plans to allow third-party developers to create watch faces for the Apple Watch in the future, but it's possible that as watchOS and the Apple Watch mature, Apple will be less restrictive. For now, hacks like Sood's are the only way to get custom watch faces on the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Night Sky MiniScope Review: This iPhone Telescope is More Frustrating Than Fun • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music • Australian Banks Hold Back on Apple Pay Support Due to Fees

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Despite being announced just over two years ago, CarPlay is only now becoming a built-in option in select new 2015 and 2016 vehicles by Chevrolet, Honda, Volkswagen and other car manufacturers. The in-dash system enables drivers to use Siri for hands-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio and MLB At Bat. CarPlay touchscreen on dashboard of 2016 Corvette Stingray (Image: WSJ) With CarPlay starting to become a feature car buyers will be considering, Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal has published a timely review of CarPlay after testing the dashboard software inside a 2016 Corvette Stingray on a New York City road trip between midtown Manhattan and Rockaway Beach in Queens. Overall, she offered praise for CarPlay, but noted the service "isn’t a complete joyride" and lacks the useful functionality of some Google services. Stern first noted a positive experience using Siri to control Apple Music and make requests:But DJ Siri to the rescue! All week she has accurately taken my requests, playing them via Apple Music (but not Spotify or any other third-party apps). “Siri, Play ‘Little Red Corvette.’ ” “Siri, play me Madonna’s top songs.” “Siri, who sings this song?” She does it all—though I wouldn’t object if she were a tad faster.She also gave high marks to CarPlay's messaging capabilities and Siri's accuracy at transcribing words:Text-message integration is where CarPlay feels miles ahead of any competition from car makers or even Google. […] Siri was, surprisingly, better at helping me respond than Google’s built-in voice assistant. Siri accurately transcribed my words nearly every time. (She forgivably struggled a bit when I was driving with the roof down.)On the contrary, Stern found Apple Maps to be inferior to Google Maps at providing routing based on traffic conditions: When I got in the car to go to my friend’s baby naming, Apple Maps routed me through midtown Manhattan, showing a blissfully traffic-ignorant blue line all the way to the destination. Google Maps, however, knew that Park Avenue was closed. It routed me to the FDR Drive, on Manhattan’s east side. Ignoring Apple, and choosing Google’s route, I got there on time.The review concluded that Apple's services are "stuck in the slow lane" compared to Google Maps and Google Now:Siri also struggles when it comes to finding businesses. Sure, she can identify the closest gas stations, and she knows mega-retailers like Starbucks and Target. But when I told her to go to my favorite coffee shop in my New Jersey hometown, she found it… in Limerick, Ireland. Google knew what I was talking about right away. Google Now might have even guessed I wanted to go there, even before I searched. Culling information from your email, calendar and Web searches, Google’s prediction-based assistant swings into action when you plug your Android phone into an Android Auto-equipped car. In addition to displaying core information like weather and reminders, it anticipates your next destination.Nevertheless, Stern described CarPlay as the future of in-car technology and said that, if she were in the market for a car right now, she would add Apple's in-car software to her want list. The full-length review is a worthwhile read and provides a side-by-side comparison of CarPlay's maps, messaging, music, voice control and home screen features with Google's rival in-dash system Android Auto. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature • Apple Pay Gains 18 New Participating Issuers in United States • 'Square Cash' Introduces Apple Watch App For Easy Money Transfers on the Wrist • Misfit Partners With Speedo for New 'Speedo Shine' Swimming Activity Tracker • New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered • How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music • Australian Banks Hold Back on Apple Pay Support Due to Fees • Sprint's 'iPhone Forever' Program Ensures Customers Always Have the Newest iPhone

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