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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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At today's media event that saw the debut of new iPads and a new Retina iMac, Apple announced that its Apple Pay mobile payments solution will launch on Monday, October 20 alongside iOS 8.1, which will enable the service. According to Apple, more than 500 additional banks have signed on to support Apple Pay, as have dozens of additional retailers. In store payments with Apple Pay will require the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, as they both include NFC chips, and the Apple Watch will also be able to be used to make in-store payments when it launches. The iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 5s, and the newly released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can make online purchases with Apple Pay in apps that support it."Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your finger," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The reaction to Apple Pay has been amazing. We continue to add more Apple Pay ready banks, credit card companies and merchants, and think our users will love paying with Apple Pay."Apple places a heavy emphasis on security with Apple Pay, and the company's Apple Pay press release once again points out that Apple Pay does not store actual card numbers, replacing them instead with a Device Account Number in the Secure Element, pairing them with a one-time use code that verifies each payment along with Touch ID. Apple Pay protects personal information by preventing stores from seeing a user's credit card number, name, and more. It also does not collect transaction information, keeping transactions between the user, the merchant, and the user's bank. Credit cards and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard, and Visa, are supported by Apple Pay, and several banks, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Capital One, and more have signed up to partner with Apple on the payments initiative. Apple Pay will be accepted at any retail location that can take contactless payments, and in addition, Apple has signed up with specific retailers like Whole Foods, Macy's, Sephora, Staples, and more, to ensure Apple Pay will be accepted in those stores. A number of retailers have also signed up to accept Apple Pay payments within their apps, including Target, Uber, Panera Bread, Lyft, and more. Apple Pay will be available in the United States beginning on Monday, October 20, following the release of iOS 8.1. Apple suggests that prospective Apple Pay users contact their banks to determine their card's Apple Pay eligibility, as some banks may not support all card types. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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' • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support

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Just over a month after it introduced the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple is back with another media event where it is expected to show off new iPads, new iMacs including high-resolution Retina displays on some models, and likely a final look at OS X Yosemite before its imminent public launch. Photo by Nilay Patel Today's event is being held at the Town Hall auditorium on Apple's Cupertino headquarters campus and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV. Live Video Stream of Apple's October 2014 iPad and Mac Media Event In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event unfolds. Highlights and separate news stories regarding the event announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Subscribe to the MacRumors Mailing List: I also want to be entered in MacRumors' regular giveaways (rules) Apple's online stores around the world are currently down in advance of the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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' • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles

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Ahead of today's special iPad and Mac event, Apple has made its "Apple Events" channel available on the Apple TV. Image credit: iDownloadBlog In addition to live streaming on the Apple TV, Apple will also be streaming the event live on its website. In order to watch the stream, users will need to be running Safari on Mac or iOS. Apple is expected to introduce a number of new products at the event, including the iPad Air 2, the next-generation Retina iPad mini, and new iMacs with at least the 27-inch model sporting a high-resolution Retina display. An update published in error to the company's iPad User Guide for iOS 8 revealed some details about the new iPads which will feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple is also expected to preview OS X Yosemite one final time before its official launch, and some rumors have even claimed that the company may announce updated Mac Minis. Apple's keynote kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and MacRumors will also be providing a live blog and live tweets via the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes' • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week

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Just a day ahead of Apple's own iPad event that will see it introducing a range of new products including new iPads and a Retina iMac, Google has unveiled its next version of Android and three new Nexus devices, including the 5.9-inch Nexus 6 smartphone, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player, an Apple TV-style set-top box that comes equipped with a gamepad (sold separately). Google's new Nexus 6 will be one of the biggest "phablets" on the market, and at 5.96-inches, it's even larger than Apple's recently introduced iPhone 6 Plus, which measures in at 5.5-inches. The phone features a 493 ppi AMOLED Quad HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a feature Apple offers with its larger iPhone 6 Plus. It also includes a Quad-Core 2.7Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, dual front facing speakers, and a 3220 mAh battery. The Nexus 6's battery can be recharged using Motorola's Turbo Charge technology, which provides up to six hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge. Available in midnight blue or cloud white for $649 unlocked, the phone comes equipped with 32 or 64GB of internal storage. The Nexus 9 tablet, designed in collaboration with HTC, is Google's answer to the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini. Coming in at 8.9-inches, it is sized between Apple's two tablets and features a thin bezel, brushed aluminum sides, and a nine hour battery life. Like Apple's iPhones, it comes in black, gold, and white, and it features a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3Ghz processor. It comes equipped with front-facing HTC speakers, an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 1.6-megapixel front facing camera, and an optional magnetic keyboard. It has a 6700 mAh battery and front facing HTC speakers. Both the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet will ship with Android 5.0, aka Lollipop. Lollipop includes 5,000 new APIs and features "Material Design," to provide a consistent experience across a range of different devices. Lollipop lets users mute incoming calls and notifications with a new feature similar to Apple's built-in "Do Not Disturb" function, and there's a battery saver feature that can extend battery life by up to 90 minutes. Lollipop also supports multiple user accounts, a popular feature iOS users have hoped that Apple would implement. Along with the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, Google has unveiled a new set-top box, the Nexus Player, which is the first device that runs Android TV. Designed in collaboration with ASUS, the round hockey puck-style Nexus Player is designed to compete with the Apple TV, serving as a streaming media player for movies, music, and videos. It's also a gaming device, letting users play Android games on their TVs with a game controller, and it includes both Chromecast support and voice control. Apple too is said to be aiming to introduce an updated Apple TV with gaming capabilities and Siri integration, but it remains unclear when that device might debut. Google's Nexus 6 smartphone will be available for preorder beginning on October 29, while the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player will be available for preorder beginning on October 17. Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available on all three devices and on the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, and Google Play edition devices "in the coming weeks." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Reddit Acquires Popular Reddit-Browsing App 'Alien Blue', Makes it Temporarily Free • Jimmy Iovine: NFL Banning Beats Makes Us 'Look Like Superheroes' • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week

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Apple's new mobile payments service, Apple Pay, may be enabled shortly after its Thursday iPad-centric media event, according to internal information leaked from various retailers and credit card companies. Employees that work for one of Apple's major Apple Pay credit card partners have already finished their Apple Pay training and have been told that the payments service will be released on Monday, October 20, according to an employee who shared the information with MacRumors. Similarly, a lengthy internal memo from Panera Bread obtained by 9to5Mac also suggests that Apple will launch Apple Pay on Monday, October 20.As you are aware, Panera is a featured partner with Apple in their announcement of the iPhone 6 and the new Apple Pay platform. Now, we are excited to share that Apple is very close to releasing Apple Pay and actually planning to launch on October 20th.Panera, like many other Apple retail partners, is currently training its employees on how to accept Apple Pay payments through the company's Verifone point-of-sale-systems. Panera has provided a short training video for managers and cashiers, along with an FAQ and talking points. Last week, an internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees suggested that Apple was planning to launch Apple Pay on October 18, so it is a bit unclear when Apple Pay will actually go live for consumers. A weekend debut is an odd choice for Apple, lending credence to the Monday, October 20 date. USAA, one of Apple's bank partners, has said that it plans to begin supporting Apple Pay on November 7, suggesting that retailers and banks will begin rolling out support for the service at different times. Whether planned for October 18 or October 20, the launch of Apple Pay appears to be imminent, and as Apple Pay will be enabled via an update to iOS 8, the launch of iOS 8.1 is also coming in the next few days. First seeded to developers in late September, iOS 8.1 contains hidden references to Apple Pay. Apple Pay's exact debut date will likely be revealed during Apple's October 16 media event, which will see the company introducing a new iPad Air, a new Retina iPad mini and a Retina iMac. Both of Apple's new iPads include support for Touch ID and will allow users to make purchases within apps using Apple Pay. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Popular premium cable channel HBO has announced plans to introduce a web-only subscription service designed for cable cutters in the coming months. According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who spoke at an investor presentation (via Re/code), the company will begin offering standalone HBO service that does not require a cable subscription in 2015."That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. "So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them."HBO's decision to offer a standalone subscription is a major victory for cord cutters and the first major shift away from cable-only access to premium content. Cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast have been highly resistant to piecemeal pricing and companies like HBO have been reluctant to shift away from traditional cable delivery models in order to avoid upsetting existing revenue streams. The television industry's reluctance to shift to a new content delivery model that strays away from cable has long been rumored to be the major reason why Apple has been unable to deliver the revolutionary television experience that it originally envisioned. Early rumors suggested Apple was aiming for an a la carte subscription television service that would replace existing cable packages, but the company eventually scaled back on its TV ambitions and is now said to be working with cable companies on a deal that would see it providing cable content overlaid with an Apple TV-style interface. According to Plepler, HBO will work with "current partners" on its upcoming standalone service, which possibly suggests that the web-only version may allow Apple TV users to access HBO content on their set-top boxes without a cable subscription, but details on the product are scarce at this time. It is not clear if the standalone service will be the same as the service provided to cable subscribers who opt for HBO, but presumably, the deal will give those who purchase the web-only subscription access to the company's most popular shows like "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Tomorrow's iPad-centric event may see Apple divulging more details on its upcoming payment service, including a release date. Ahead of the event, we've updated our Apple Pay roundup with an in-depth explanation of how Apple Pay works, the security behind the technology, Apple's partners, a prospective release date, and more. If you've got questions on Apple Pay, make sure to take a look at the roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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AT&T is no longer offering Beats Music subscriptions to its subscribers as an add-on service, according to an AT&T employee who spoke to MacRumors. The cellular company has ceased giving customers the option to sign up for Beats Music when purchasing a new phone plan and the Beats Music website has been updated to remove its "Subscribe with AT&T" options. AT&T employees have also been instructed to stop selling Beats Music subscriptions to customers, suggesting the partnership between Beats Music and AT&T has come to an end following Apple's Beats acquisition. AT&T subscription options formerly offered on the Beats Music Pricing page Beats Music and AT&T first struck an exclusive deal shortly before the service's initial debut, with AT&T offering multiple Beats Music subscription options, including a family pack that allowed users to share Beats Music with up to five family members. AT&T also offered extended trial periods of up to 90 days and promoted the music service to customers both online and in-store. It's likely the deal between Beats Music and AT&T has ended due to Apple's $3 billion purchase of both Beats Music and Beats Electronics in May, but it is unclear why AT&T has been able to continue to offer Beats Music subscriptions up until October. Rumors have suggested that Apple has plans to rebrand Beats Music, and its upcoming retooling may also be the reason behind the dissolution of the AT&T partnership. Along with changing the Beats Music name, Apple is said to be planning to introduce new features and it is also hoping to offer the service at a lower cost, asking music labels to cut their rates. It is unknown when Apple plans to reveal its revamped music service, but rumors have hinted that its debut could come alongside the 2015 Grammy Awards in February, which means that Apple engineers and designers are likely already hard at work on the rebranding. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Apple is holding a media event tomorrow where it is expected to introduce a new 27-inch Retina iMac. Details are scarce, but find out what we know in our updated iMac roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Ahead of tomorrow's media event that will likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time ahead of the software's public release, apps that contain support for Yosemite-only features have begun hitting the Mac App Store. PCalc, a popular calculator app for Mac, for example, has been updated with full support for OS X Yosemite, offering a Notification Center Widget and Handoff capabilities. The arrival of Mac apps with Yosemite support suggests that the new operating system will be debuting shortly after the upcoming media event, possibly arriving as soon as tomorrow. Apple has seeded three separate Yosemite GM candidates, suggesting the software is nearing completion. OS X Yosemite introduces a system-wide redesign that brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with a heavy emphasis on translucency. The update includes a redesigned dock, a new look for windows, and a new "Dark Mode" option. Along with a redesign, Yosemite also offers a range of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in the Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for key apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Like OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite will be available to all Mac users as a free download. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the leading role in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic being produced by Sony, reports Variety. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally in talks to play Jobs, but withdrew from negotiations earlier this month. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, the Steve Jobs biopic was originally set to be directed by "The Social Network" director David Fincher, who was said to be in talks with Sony earlier this year, but the director title went to Danny Boyle instead, who also directed the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire." When David Fincher was still attached to the project, he reportedly was hoping to cast Christian Bale in the lead role due to his undeniable resemblance to the former CEO. Christian Bale is also known for his ability to adapt to roles, shedding and gaining weight as necessary to accurately portray characters. Ashton Kutcher famously starred as Steve Jobs in the "JOBS" movie that focused on the former Apple CEO's younger years, but the Sony film will be quite different, using material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. The film, which has yet to receive a release date, will focus on three separate 30-minute scenes depicting three of Apple's product launches. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Apple appears to have mistakenly updated its iPad User Guide for iOS 8 [Direct Link] with screenshots that divulge details on the company's upcoming iPad updates. The screenshots, designed for its upcoming iOS 8.1 updates, suggests new iPads referred to as the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2" are coming tomorrow. Both tablets are confirmed to have Touch ID support as the guide specifically points towards Touch ID support and the design of the two tablets appears to be largely the same as the existing versions. Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, an upgraded camera, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option. It is unclear if the iPad mini will receive updates beyond Touch ID support as rumors have suggested Apple is aiming to focus on its larger, more popular tablet. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount

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Apple has plans to stop selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores as it prepares to launch its own Apple Watch in the coming months, reports Re/code. While it is not known why Apple plans to cease selling Fitbit products, its decision comes shortly after Fitbit told its users that it had no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit at the current time, as it was "working on other exciting projects" for its users. Fitbit's line of activity trackers is similar in function to the Apple Watch, offering its users the ability to track their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and stairs climbed. It also lets users track their sleep. Recent rumors have suggested Fitbit has several new devices in the works that will launch soon, with all of the above features plus a heart rate monitor. Apple sells many other types of fitness tracking devices both in its online store and in retail locations, including the UP from Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband, and it is unclear whether Apple will continue to sell these devices or if the ban is limited to Fitbit. The Fitbit won't be the first product Apple has stopped selling in recent weeks. Just last week, news surfaced that Apple was preparing to remove Bose audio products from its stores. While the reason for that removal was unclear, it was likely related to Apple's recent Beats Electronics acquisition. Apple has indeed gone ahead and started removing the headphones from its retail stores according to tips received by MacRumors and Twitter users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount

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Apple may be enhancing the iconic look of its Apple logo on upcoming products, claims Digitimes in a report sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain insiders. While the site has a sketchy history with Apple rumors, it does sometimes offer accurate information and this is a rather specific and unique claim that could mark an interesting visual change for Apple's future products. According to these anonymous sources, Apple has been developing new cutting and etching technology that will give the Apple logo a "3D-like" appearance. Apple is also planning to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and will use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. All Apple's products will feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the next-generation iMac, the sources detailed.Apple is actually expected to introduce the new iMac, which is presumably the machine the report refers to as the first with the new logo, at tomorrow's media event. The site also claims Apple will unveil its new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air at tomorrow's event, but this is all but confirmed to be false, as a report from the very reliable Re/code noted earlier this week that the Retina MacBook Air will not be introduced at the event. Apple will kick off its media event on Thursday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Apple is expected to unveil new iPads, new iMac models and the final details on OS X Yosemite. The possibility of a new Mac mini also was mentioned in one report earlier this year, but further details on this potential desktop refresh have been nonexistent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Apple's September iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event marked the first time the company held an event at the Flint Center on the campus of De Anza College since the introduction of the original iMac in 1998, and The Wall Street Journal reports the latest event resulted in Apple paying the college over $1 million for the privilege, including costs for campus disruption and security. According to the records, the cost included a “disruption fee” to the college of $500,000, rental fees for campus buildings and around-the-clock security involving more than 35 officers from three departments. [...] The agreement was dated Aug. 14, almost a month before its event, but it refers to a confidentiality agreement signed in June by the district and Apple. The agreement specifies that confidentiality is a “key element,” in order to achieve the “surprise and delight that characterize” Apple’s marketing. Apple agreed to pay $55,000 to use the college’s Media and Learning Center, $92,000 for the Campus Center and nearly $10,000 for two parking lots. Apple was also responsible for restoring the balustrades surrounding the sunken garden where the temporary structure was located, at an estimated cost of $400,000 to $450,000.Campus police, Santa Clara County sheriffs, and Mountain View police all contributed to the security detail that was on site for nearly a month leading up to the event. Apple's next event takes place tomorrow, but will be a much smaller affair held in the Town Hall auditorium on the company's headquarters campus in Cupertino. The event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and the company is expected to unveil new iPads, introduce updated iMacs with a Retina display on at least the larger model, and offer a final look at OS X Yosemite before its public launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has landed the contract to produce Apple's A8X chip that will be featured in the company's forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad, according to Digitimes. The report notes that the processors will be intended for "Apple's next-generation iPad to be released in early 2015," and lines up with a report earlier year from Taiwan's TechNews which shared similar details. Apple's A8X chip as seen on a supposed logic board for the iPad Air 2 Sources close to the production of the A8X also state that the chip is being manufactured with the same 20-nanometer process used for the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the report also notes that the A8X's bigger system-on-a-chip may create potential yield rate issues for TSMC. Recent part leaks have indicated that the A8X chip will likely debut with the iPad Air 2, which is expected to be unveiled alongside the next-generation Retina iPad mini at an event this Thursday. It is unknown as to whether the company will also unveil the 12.9-inch iPad at the event, however the The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple was delaying mass production of the 12.9-inch iPad to deal with strong iPhone 6 Plus demand. A report from Bloomberg in August also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad would be launching in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained. His report also suggests that the 27-inch Retina Display iMac to begin shipments before the end of the year and reiterates that the new iPad Minis won't be a significant upgrade. Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013. We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don’t expect the event to boost supply chain shares much.Kuo goes on to once again suggest that a significant update to the iPad Mini isn't likely due to the iPad Air's larger "contribution to Apple's sales and earnings" and that iPad Mini is seeing limited development resources because Apple is working on a brand-new 12.9-inch iPad. The 27-inch Retina Display iMac is likely to begin shipments before the end of 2014, with the 21-inch Retina Display arriving sometime in the second half of 2015. The delay between the two models, Kuo suggests, is because of how difficult it is to develop two different sized high resolution panels at the same time. Finally, Kuo corroborates reports that new MacBook models will not make an appearance at the October 16 event as Apple is waiting on Intel's Broadwell chips before significantly upgrading their laptop line. This includes the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. Apple is holding its press event this Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM PT on its Cupertino campus. Besides new iPads and iMacs, Apple is also expected to announce the public launch date for OS X Yosemite. MacRumors will provide live coverage from the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band's new album "Songs of Innocence" was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent. In the apology, Bono says that the group "got carried away" with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on "might not be heard." Oops. Um. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.U2's newest album, "Songs of Innocence," was provided for free to 500 million iTunes users as part of Apple's September 9 iPhone event. As part of the promotion, apple pushed the album to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to download the album without user permission. The automatic downloads caused quite a bit of backlash, prompting Apple to create a tool to allow users to remove the free U2 album from their devices. Despite the negativity over the auto downloads, U2's partnership with Apple appears to have been wildly successful, with "Songs of Innocence" seeing 26 million downloads from iTunes users. Additionally, more than 81 million users are said to have "experienced" the album, via iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music. Apple's deal with U2 and Universal Music Group is worth an estimated $100 million and is said to be part of a "long-term relationship" that will see Apple and U2 continuing to partner up to promote innovation in music. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Apple's Thursday, October 16 event may see the debut of a new Retina iPad mini. While rumors about the new mini have been overshadowed by the iPad Air, it is expected to see a processor upgrade and the addition of Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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