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Apple has begun a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. As of February 20 in the United States and Canada (February 27 in other countries), users with affected machines will be able to visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to receive repairs for their MacBook Pros at no charge. Customers will be able to bring their MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or service provider or send it in via mail for repairs. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms: -Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen -No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on -Computer restarts unexpectedly Affected products include 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011 and the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro manufactured between Mid 2012 and Early 2013. Users can see whether their computers are affected by using the "Check Your Coverage" tool on Apple's site. Apple is contacting customers who already paid to have their machines repaired either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange a reimbursement. The company asks customers who paid for a repair for the issue and were not contacted to contact Apple. Apple will provide repairs until February 27, 2016, or three years from the MacBook's original date of sale, depending on which coverage period is longer. (Thanks, Philip!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT Launches Trio of New Apps Alongside a Rebrand of Original iOS App • 'Alto's Adventure' Now Available on App Store for iPhone and iPad • Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 'Top 25 Under 25' Artist Showcase • Google Updates 'Inbox' App With iPad Support • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog

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Fuel cells, which generate power via chemical reactions, aren't exactly new technology, having been invented in the 1830s, but they're seen by some as one of the next steps in the evolution of electrical power. In the not-so-distant future, we may adopt fuel cells for powering cars, homes, and a whole range of consumer electronics with clean energy. Intelligent Energy is one of the companies working to further fuel cell technology in the consumer space, having recently introduced its first hydrogen fuel cell iPhone charger, the "Upp." MacRumors went hands-on with the Upp to give fuel cell technology a try, and we spoke to Intelligent Energy's Corporate Development Director Julian Hughes, who shared some details about Intelligent Energy's fuel cell ambitions. The Upp, introduced in the U.K. in November, is a hydrogen micro generator that uses replaceable, refillable fuel cartridges to charge an iPhone. With a cartridge attached, the Upp becomes a PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) fuel cell, which transforms the chemical energy freed during a reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to electrical energy to power an electronic device. Since it's using a chemical reaction to create power, there's an audible clicking noise as the Upp releases water vapor while charging. There are two main parts to the Upp: the base charger, and the fuel cell cartridge that it ships with. Using the Upp is as simple as popping the cartridge into the bottom of the charger, plugging a Lightning cable into the USB port, (not included) and then plugging in an iPhone. A full fuel cell cartridge is able to provide up to five charges for an iPhone and the 5V/5W/1000mA output means it charges about as fast as a standard iPhone charger plugged into the wall. In practice, we saw 3.5 charges with an iPhone 6 Plus before the fuel cell was emptied, which can be tracked via a useful app the company has created. Once a fuel cartridge's power has been exhausted, it will need to be refilled at one of the many refilling stations in the UK, because there's no way for users to refill fuel cells at home. One of the main reasons that fuel cell technology has yet to go mainstream is cost, and that barrier is still very much present with the Upp. On top of the £149 ($220) for the charger, it costs £5.95 (~$9) for each fuel cartridge refill. Cost is the number one downside to the current iteration of the Upp charger, but bulk is also a negative factor. This isn't a charger that you pop in your pocket or your purse while you're out for the day -- it weighs over a pound, it's thick, and with the cartridge attached, it's much taller than an iPhone. The major benefit to the Upp is that its fuel cell cartridges don't lose power over time like traditional batteries, which means they'll be available indefinitely for emergencies. Power on demand with no need to recharge is the most appealing aspect of the Upp -- it could come in handy in a serious emergency situation where no other power source is available because it can sit for over 10 years with no degradation. Intelligent Energy also markets the Upp for off-the-grid outdoor use cases like camping and sailing. The current iteration of the Upp has some significant downsides when it comes to cost and size, but Intelligent Energy is committed to bringing fuel cell technology into the consumer space. According to Julian Hughes, in the future, the company will be able to produce smaller, cheaper, lighter fuel cells that will be able to power a whole range of devices from computers to wearable devices. The company's long-term goal is to bring people true mobility and independence from the power grid, creating fuel cells for all sorts of electronics. Hughes used the analogy of a webcam to describe the company's vision. In the 1990s, webcams were large, standalone cameras that were prohibitively expensive, but overtime, both cost and size decreased until we were able to embed webcams in our laptops. Hughes estimates that over the course of the next five years, we'll see some major steps forward in fuel cell technology, allowing Intelligent Energy to introduce new iterations of the Upp and other products without today's limitations. Today's Upp has limited usefulness, but the Upp of tomorrow could change the way we charge our phones. Consumer electronics are just one area that Intelligent Energy is involved in. The company's also developing automotive solutions and it's launched hydrogen fuel cell power units in India that power cell towers. If you're in the UK, you can purchase the Upp from the company's website. It costs £149.00 for a charger and a single fuel cell cartridge and £49.95 for an additional cartridge. Refills are priced at £5.95 and can be purchased at various locations in the UK. Intelligent Energy has plans to bring the Upp charger to the United States in the near future, at a price point around $200, with refills that cost around $5. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT Launches Trio of New Apps Alongside a Rebrand of Original iOS App • 'Alto's Adventure' Now Available on App Store for iPhone and iPad • Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 'Top 25 Under 25' Artist Showcase • Google Updates 'Inbox' App With iPad Support • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog

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Apple may be building a stand for the Apple Watch at Galeries Lafayette, a high-end department store located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, according to a few news outlets based in France. Mac4Ever [Google Translate] reports that the stand would reside on the first floor of the department store, with possible expansion to other stores along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Image of the Galeries Lafayette via Mac4Ever Mac4Ever claims the current construction on the stand, which began at the beginning of February, is hidden as workers finish it up ahead of the Apple Watch launch in April. They also report that Angela Ahrendts, Apple's new retail chief, oversaw the setting up of the display and general organizational duties concerning the project. The fashion-focused FashionMag.com [Google Translate] added more details onto the rumor, and a slightly clearer picture of the ongoing construction of the possible Apple-leased space. The site reports that the project has taken the place of a small food court and a few lesser-known jewelry shops, and spans four balconies within the Galeries Lafayette. From what they could tell, it's located near the stores of Celine Saint Laurent and Miu Miu. Image of white tarps covering rumored Apple Watch stand via FashionMag.com As the Apple Watch nears its launch date, news and rumors on Apple's first wearable device have picked up steam. Most recently it was announced to be featured on the March cover of Self magazine on the wrist of model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel. Apple has also reportedly placed between 5 and 6 million orders for the initial run of the Watch, with the most expensive gold Apple Watch Edition expected to dominate the revenue of the wearable, despite having the least amount of orders placed compared to the lower tiers of the Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT Launches Trio of New Apps Alongside a Rebrand of Original iOS App • 'Alto's Adventure' Now Available on App Store for iPhone and iPad • Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 'Top 25 Under 25' Artist Showcase • Google Updates 'Inbox' App With iPad Support • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog

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Apple's alleged automotive team consisting of hundreds of employees working on an electric vehicle includes several former Tesla, Ford and GM employees, according to 9to5Mac. The report reveals that Apple has also recruited talent from smaller firms in the automotive industry and other fields, including A123 Systems, MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv, Concept Systems and General Dynamics. The list of recent hires from Tesla includes David Nelson, a mechanical engineering manager at the car maker until this month, and John Ireland, previously a senior powertrain test engineer at the company. Tesla's former head recruiter Lauren Ciminera also joined Apple in September and is likely responsible for recruiting additional engineers for the automotive team. The trio of hires surface just weeks after it was reported that Apple and Tesla continue to fight over top employees. Another notable hire is Mujeeb Ijaz, who most recently served as chief technology officer at A123 Systems. Ijaz led a team responsible for research and development for the company's leading lithium-ion energy storage technology. Prior to that, he worked at Ford as an electric and fuel cell vehicle engineering manager for nearly sixteen years. The hiring adds fuel to yesterday's report that Apple faces a lawsuit for poaching key employees from A123 Systems. The report adds that Apple has also recruited former Ford engineers David Perner and Jim Cuseo, although the latter has been with the company since 2010 as a product design lead and manager for the iMac. General Motors' Fernando Cunha recently joined Apple as well after working various engineering and product design roles at the auto maker since 2001. Dillon Thomasson of General Dynamics, Robert Gough of Autoliv, Hugh Jay of EMCO Gears and Rui Guan of Ogin are other new hires. Last week, multiple reports from credible sources claimed that Apple is developing an electric vehicle that is possibly autonomous in a top-secret research lab near its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Some reports say otherwise, claiming that Apple is working on expanding its dashboard presence through CarPlay. These hirings suggest that Apple may be working on a larger project after all, but it remains to be seen if a full-fledged electric vehicle is in the works. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT Launches Trio of New Apps Alongside a Rebrand of Original iOS App • 'Alto's Adventure' Now Available on App Store for iPhone and iPad • Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 'Top 25 Under 25' Artist Showcase • Google Updates 'Inbox' App With iPad Support • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog

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Back in October, the Apple Watch made its magazine cover debut with Vogue China, on the wrist of Chinese model Liu Wen. Now, as Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch in April, the device is seeing its U.S. magazine cover debut, featured in the March issue of Self magazine (via AppleInsider). Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will be wearing the Apple Watch Sport with a white fluoroelastomer band on the cover of the magazine. Self also has more in-depth coverage on the device, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS and WiFi in print and in photos. Aside from the I-want-to-be-Candice quality of our new March cover, notice anything else about the photo? The Apple Watch is getting a star moment, too, as Candice is the first woman to wear one on a magazine cover in the US. With the device starting at around $349 available next month, it's on our wishlist. (Even our editor-in-chief, Joyce Chang, can't wait to use her Apple Watch--check it out in our March Editor's Letter, available to download below.)Up until now, Apple's Apple Watch marketing has been heavily focused on fashion, but with the piece in Self, the company appears to be targeting fitness enthusiasts who might purchase the Apple Watch for its health-related functions -- step tracking and heart rate monitoring. It's likely that Self will be just one of many publications to feature the Apple Watch in the coming weeks as the device's launch approaches, and Apple is expected to market the Apple Watch to a wide range of potential customers. Apple's marketing efforts have been fairly reserved thus far, limited to an appearance at Parisian fashion boutique Colette in September, the Vogue China cover in October, and this month's Self issue, but there are hints that Apple is preparing for a major marketing push. As we reported last month, Apple asked some developers creating content for the Apple Watch to have their apps completed by mid-February, possibly to have apps ready to go for marketing or event purposes. As of this week, Apple is also reportedly inviting select developers to its Cupertino headquarters to put the finishing touches on many Apple Watch apps. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple is planning to begin Apple Watch sales in April, though a more specific date has not yet been shared. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks

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Amid rumors that Apple is hiring employees for a secret car project, the company is today facing a new lawsuit for poaching employees from battery manufacturing company A123 Systems. While the specific battery expertise of many of the employees is unknown, at least one of the employees had experience with developing battery technology for electric vehicles. According to a lawsuit shared by Law360 (via 9to5Mac) Apple recently hired five employees from A123 Systems to create a "large scale battery division," violating noncompete agreements that employees signed with the latter company. A123 filed suit Feb. 6 in Massachusetts Superior Court, alleging Apple hired away five employees who developed new battery technology and products and tested existing products, despite the fact that the employees were under contracts with noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure obligations. Since June, Apple has been mounting "an aggressive campaign to poach employees of A123 and to otherwise raid A123's business," the complaint said.The employees are said to have left under "suspicious circumstances," and A123 discovered correspondence between its former employees and Apple recruiters on company computers. A123 warned Apple about the noncompete contracts and sought assurance that Apple would not develop a competing business, but Apple reportedly stopped responding to A123's letters. According to its website, A123 Systems creates "advanced Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and energy storage systems," supplied to many vehicle manufacturers. Two of the employees that Apple hired, Dapeng Wang and Indrajeet Thorat, were PhD scientists who manned separate projects at A123, which the company has had to shut down because of difficulty finding replacements. Wang's LinkedIn profile lists him as a "Development Engineer" at A123 Systems, working on prismatic cell design and tests, among other things. Thorat's LinkedIn profile indicates he held the position of "Battery Research Engineer, Modeling" and A123, where he worked on batteries for hybrid vehicles.Designed experiments to understand/optimize performance of a cell for Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid vehicles (HEV and PHEVs), Grid energy storage and frequency regulation. Developed models to predict capacity fade and resistance rise during life of a cell under specific duty cycles.Other employees listed in the lawsuit are Mujeeb Ijaz (A123 CTO), Don Dafoe (Cell Product Engineering), and Michael Erickson (Battery Materials Scientist). Many of the employees' profiles list them as still with A123, and none have any listed association with Apple. Dafoe's profile lists a "Bay area startup" as his place of employment since January 2015. It is not clear what the A123 Systems employees hired by Apple are working on at the company or whether their work is related to the company's secret car project because Apple is constantly evolving its technology and working on a wide array of battery improvements for all of its future devices. The lawsuit suggests that A123 Systems is, however, concerned that Apple is working on something that competes with its own product lineup, which is focused on passenger and commercial electric vehicles. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Ultra-Premium' Bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $39.99 • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks

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Samsung today announced plans to purchase LoopPay, in an effort to compete with Apple's Apple Pay payments service. The two companies were in talks over a potential partnership in December about a payment system that would rival Apple Pay. LoopPay's technology stores payment information from a credit or debit card's magnetic stripe, transmitting payment details to card readers in lieu of a physical card. Because it works over a magnetic field, LoopPay works with 90 percent of existing card readers and does not require merchants to support NFC as Apple Pay does. Currently, LoopPay works through an app and a standalone hardware device (a case is one of the company's most popular LoopPay offerings), but Samsung may build the technology directly into phones in the future. With LoopPay's technology, upcoming Samsung devices may be able to replace credit cards much in the same way Apple Pay does, with Samsung customers able to wave their phones at payment terminals instead of swiping a card. According to Samsung, LoopPay will provide the company's customers with a "seamless, safe, and reliable" mobile wallet solution. LoopPay already markets itself as an alternative to Apple Pay and it's likely Samsung will build upon the technology to create a payment service that closely mirrors Apple's offering."This acquisition accelerates our vision to drive and lead innovation in the world of mobile commerce. Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal," said JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.The current version of LoopPay doesn't have the same security features that Apple Pay offers, like tokenization, but it does have some benefits, including the ability to store IDs, loyalty, and membership cards along with payment cards. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store

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Amid rumors that Apple is developing an electric vehicle, former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has shared his opinion on Apple's plans, suggesting the Cupertino company avoid getting into a business with such low margins. In an interview with Bloomberg, Akerson said that Apple may be underestimating the difficulty of operating in the car business, as it's hard to navigate regulatory and safety requirements. "A lot of people who don't ever operate in it don't understand and have a tendency to underestimate," he said"They'd better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing," he said of Apple. "We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they're getting into if they get into that."According to Akerson, Apple should stick with the iPhone, which has much higher margins than a car and none of the issues with safety. As highlighted by Bloomberg, while Apple made $18 billion in December with a gross margin of 39.9 percent, GM made just $2 billion with a gross margin of 14 percent. Akerson doesn't believe Apple should get into the car business, but he does admire Apple's entrance into the car infotainment arena with CarPlay. Speaking on his time as CEO of General Motors, Akerson said that he absolutely would have partnered with Apple. "I'd have turned over the infotainment and interconnectivity of every car." News of Apple's electric car plans surfaced last week after The Wall Street Journal shared details on a secret project at the company. Apple is said to have hundreds of employees working on the car in a secret research lab near its Cupertino headquarters. The car, which is electric, could potentially resemble a minivan. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison

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GIF Finder creator Matt Cheetham today announced that his popular GIF curating app will be pulled from the App Store following a lengthy back-and-forth with Apple. Cheetham faced stonewalling from the company thanks mostly to a few copyright issues of Disney-related characters within the app. Begun by Cheetham as a side project a few summers ago, the app used Tumblr and Imgur's APIs to discover and curate a collection of GIFs and images and distill them into categories or as search results for users to browse. It launched in 2012 and had nearly 90,000 downloads in the years since. Image via iDownloadBlog A recent update caused the app to crash on the iPad version when sharing a GIF, so Cheetham submitted an update to fix the issue. Instead of the usual okay from Apple, on January 25 he received a rejection notice for the update because the app "includes content or features that resemble various well-known, third-party marks, including Disney characters."Thank you for your response. However, in order to proceed with your application, we require documentation demonstrating your right to use the images included in your app and/or metadata, specifically addressing your right to copyrighted images. Otherwise, if you believe you can make the necessary changes to your application and/or metadata so that it does not infringe the rights of a third party, we encourage you to resubmit your revised application and/or metadata. Cheetham pointed out that he doesn't directly own the images and proceeded to offer copyright, disclaimers, and links to the Tumblr and Imgur terms of service, but he admitted it "all has fallen on deaf ears." He ultimately relented, pulling the crash-prone app from the storefront upon Apple's repeated requests for documentary evidence of his ownership of the content.At this point, I don't have the time or knowledge on how to fight this any further. I can't have an app in the store that I cannot support (and that crashes when attempting to use it's main function!), so today I am removing GIF Finder from sale and calling the project dead. There's lots of other really great GIF Finding apps out there that are packed edge to edge with content from various API's. I wish them all the best with their next update and only hope they can continue to slip them in under the radar as I appear to have done for the last 3 years. Apple and Disney's history is well-known, especially Steve Jobs' hand in the now Disney-owned Pixar Animation Studios, but Apple's crackdown on GIF Finder is unusual. GIF Finder has been in the App Store for three years without rousing attention and there are several other similar GIF apps in the App Store. Apple has recently been enforcing App Store policies that it's been lenient about in the past, rejecting a number of apps that included screenshots of violence or guns, causing developers to modify the shots or remove the imagery all together before being able to update or release their apps at all. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • UK Banks Introducing Touch ID Access to iPhone Apps • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison

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Earlier this week, in a report about the Apple Watch's missing health features, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple has placed 5 to 6 million Apple Watch orders with overseas suppliers ahead of the wrist-worn device's launch in April. The report specified that half of the first-quarter orders will be allocated to the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, while one-third of shipments will be for the mid-tier Apple Watch. The remaining orders will be for the expensive Apple Watch Edition. While the Apple Watch Edition will have the least amount of orders among the three models, with between 850,000 to 1 million units shipped, well-known Apple pundit John Gruber of Daring Fireball believes that the expensive gold model could account for the majority of Apple Watch revenue. Multiple reports claim that the Apple Watch Edition will cost over $4,000, making it one of the most expensive products the company has ever sold. "So as a business — if the WSJ’s sources are correct, and if Apple is correctly predicting demand — Apple Watch revenue will be dominated by the gold Edition units, accounting for double or more of the revenue from all the other models combined. The Edition models would thus do to the Apple Watch lineup as a whole what the iPhone, iPad, and Macintosh do to the entire phone, tablet, and PC industries, respectively: achieve a decided majority of the profits with a decided minority of the unit sales."Apple Watch will start at $349 for the entry-level Sport model, while pricing information for the other two models has not been confirmed. Apple will reportedly increase production of the Apple Watch Edition to over 1 million units per month in the second quarter, indicating that demand could be strong for the company's first new product since the iPad in 2010. Early sales predictions for the Apple Watch have been all over the map, ranging from between 8 million to over 26 million units during 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBC App for iOS Updated With Selective Live Streaming and Classic Catalog • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards

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BlackBerry today filed a second lawsuit against Typo Products, the startup backed by Ryan Seacrest, alleging that the second-generation Typo keyboard continues to infringe upon its intellectual property, reports The Hollywood Reporter. In a complaint lodged in a California federal court on Monday, BlackBerry claimed Typo "slavishly copied" its keyboards down to the "smallest detail."Just as they did with the Typo Keyboard, Defendants have again copied numerous proprietary BlackBerry designs and patents in the Typo2 Keyboard. The Typo2 Keyboard still blatantly copies BlackBerry's iconic keyboard trade dress designs that have been embodied in numerous BlackBerry smartphones from the 2007 BlackBerry 8800 to the current Q10 and Classic models. The Typo2 Keyboard also infringes numerous BlackBerry utility patents related to BlackBerry's proprietary keyboard design, backlighting and typing automation technologies.Typo Products first clashed with BlackBerry shortly after the former debuted its first-generation Typo iPhone keyboard case in late 2013. Backed by media personality Ryan Seacrest, the product was the result of a desire to create a physical keyboard for the iPhone after he and his partner Lauren Hallier saw many of their friends carrying two phones -- one for typing and correspondence, presumably a BlackBerry, and an iPhone for everything else. The Typo2 for the iPhone 6 The snap-on iPhone keyboard that Seacrest and Hallier developed looked very similar to a BlackBerry keyboard, which BlackBerry took offense to. BlackBerry sued and won an injunction against Typo Products, leading Typo to produce the Typo2, a second-generation keyboard that it claimed did not violate any BlackBerry patents. The $99 Typo2 features a sleeker design with a built-in keyboard that unfortunately blocks the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6. Though Typo Products claims that its second-generation offering does not infringe on BlackBerry patents, it continues to bear a visual resemblance to the keyboards BlackBerry has used in its products for years. According to BlackBerry, with the Typo2, Typo Products produced a "minimally modified derivative version" of the original Typo keyboard that continues to abuse BlackBerry's trade dress. The lawsuit cites a range of media reviews that compare the Typo2 to the BlackBerry, pointing out the marked similarities between the two, including a comment from one of our own forum members. BlackBerry's lawsuit also accuses the Typo2 of infringing on five BlackBerry patents. BlackBerry now has two lawsuits pending against Typo, for the original Typo keyboard and the Typo2. BlackBerry has also won an award of $860,000 after Typo continued selling its original keyboard in violation of the previously mentioned injunction. In the newest lawsuit, BlackBerry asks for "enhanced and exemplary" damages for Typo's continued infringement. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Totallee Scarf Review: A Look at One of the Thinnest iPhone 6/6 Plus Cases You Can Get • EA's 'The Sims 4' Now Available for Mac • Google Pulls 'Sparrow' Mail Apps From App Store to Focus on New 'Inbox' App • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID

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Touch ID could be headed to the next-generation MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, according to a sketchy rumor from Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw [Google Translate]. The report, citing sources, claims that the fingerprint scanner will be positioned above the trackpad on MacBooks and integrated directly into the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for desktop Mac users. The addition of a built-in fingerprint scanner on the latest MacBooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad would enable Apple to make an aggressive push into the mobile payments industry with Apple Pay. The NFC-based mobile payments platform is currently limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and will be compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 when paired with an Apple Watch. There are a few reasonable obstacles, however, that suggest this rumor may not be true. First, there is limited space above the trackpad on MacBooks for Apple to implement Touch ID, especially on the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air. Meanwhile, integrating Touch ID on the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad would be complex due to the need for secure wireless transmitting authentication. Apple.club.tw has shared reliable information in the past about Apple's upcoming product plans, leaking photos of components for next-generation products such as the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. Nevertheless, this rumor should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt until further information is known. Non-Retina MacBook Airs could be updated as soon as late February, while the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is expected to launch closer to mid-year. Keep an eye on MacRumors' Buyer's Guides for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for the latest advice and information about product refreshes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated]

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The upcoming February 25 episode of ABC's multiple Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family" will take place solely on a MacBook screen (via The Verge). The episode, being shot by director and series co-creator Steve Levitan, used an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to shoot every scene. The episode's story focuses on Claire Dunphy's (Julie Bowen) attempt to reach her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) by contacting various other members of the Dunphy/Pritchett clan via multiple forms of MacBook apps, all while stuck in an airport. The show will not only use various chat apps like Apple's own FaceTime and Messages, but include references to everything from Reminders to the now-obsolete iPhoto. Levitan mentioned that the idea for the episode came from his own experience communicating with his kids in college through the vast array of chat software available today."I have two daughters at college, and we do a lot of FaceTiming," he said at a recent press event in Los Angeles. He was working one day with a number of emails and websites open on his machine, when a video chat from his daughter popped up. On the screen he saw his work, his daughter, himself, and his wife doing something behind him all at the same time. "And I realized on that screen you could tell so much about my life. So the original idea was from there."The show has been a proponent of Apple-related gadgets in the past, with an early-series episode mostly dedicated to Claire's attempt to get Phil the original iPad. Apple was even reported to lend the show a slew of iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Pros for shooting the video chats and for allowing the show's editors to conduct post-production work once the shoot was done. The episode has been so long in production - with motion graphics artist John Brown at the head - the team had been working on it since OS X Yosemite itself was in beta. "It was frustrating to be like, 'Act one, totally locked,' and then come in Monday and hear the FaceTime notification has changed," Brown said. Besides a few slight liberties to the Apple OS X platform, including giving FaceTime the ability to handle multiple calls at once and a few aesthetic alterations to Yosemite's transparency options, The Verge reports the environment created by the episode "felt all too familiar." The episode, entitled "Connection Lost" airs Wednesday, February 25 on ABC. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated]

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Microsoft today released an update for its suite of Office apps on Apple's iPhone and iPad App Store for users running iOS 8. The 1.6 updates bring, along with the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, full support for saving and syncing documents via Apple's iCloud Drive service (via The Verge). Microsoft says users of its most popular software like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can now open, edit, and save their work to iCloud as a storage option in the "Places" section of each iOS app. The additional storage method doesn't require users to have an Office 365 subscription and comes as an alternative to Microsoft's own cloud storage option, OneDrive. As pointed out by The Verge, light restrictions on a few file types may hinder iCloud's usage on Microsoft's iOS apps, however.There’s also restrictions on filetypes, so while you can see a thumbnail preview of text in a document created with TextEdit on a Mac (stored on iCloud), you can’t access the document or edit it. Overall, it’s a fairly basic feature addition, but one that will please (and possibly frustrate) those who use iCloud on a regular basis.Microsoft most recently added a similar feature to flesh out its iOS offerings with a partnership with Dropbox that let users open, edit, and save their documents using the popular document-saving cloud app. The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps launched on the iPhone in early November, bringing free document creation and basic editing to the service. Microsoft Word [Direct Link], Microsoft Excel [Direct Link], and Microsoft PowerPoint [Direct Link] can all be downloaded from the App Store for free. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Efforts at Bringing Apple Pay to China Hitting Roadblocks • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated]

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Before Apple unveiled the Apple Watch last September, reports indicated the device would come with 10 sensors to track health and fitness data, leading some healthcare professions to find the unveiled Apple Watch's health features disappointing. In a new report, the Wall Street Journal offers a look at the original Apple Watch health features that were dropped due to consistency problems. Apple began developing the watch about four years ago, with a focus on health and fitness. It’s not unusual for Apple to experiment with many technologies or shift focus during product development, but the watch was especially challenging, people familiar with the matter said. Internally, the project became known as a “black hole” sucking in resources, one of these people said.The Apple Watch originally featured censors that measured the conductivity of skin, allowing the device to detect stress levels and heart-rate monitoring similar to an electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG. Apple also experimented with ways to detect blood pressure or how much oxygen is in a user's blood. However, a mix of consistency problems and potential oversight caused Apple to switch the focus of the device from health-related to a more general do-everything product. The skin conductivity features didn't perform well with people who had hairy arms or dry skin, while results varied depending on how tight an Apple Watch was worn on users' wrists. Additionally, if Apple decided to use the health date to provide "health or behavioral advice", the Cupertino company would have to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulators. While these features were dropped for the first version of the Apple Watch, sources tell WSJ that they could appear in future versions of the device, echoing a Reuters report from September. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company's objective with Apple Watch is to "change the way people live their lives" and that people would be surprised by the breadth of what the device can do, which includes activity monitoring, reminding users to stand up after a certain time period and non-verbal communication with friends. Apple is currently asking developers to have their Apple Watch apps ready by mid-February, with some developers traveling to Apple's Cupertino headquarters for help. Cook has confirmed the Apple Watch will launch in April. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will make five to six million units for the first quarter, with half of those units being the entry Apple Watch Sport and one-third being the mid-tier stainless-steel Apple Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive

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Apple has invited third-party developers to its headquarters in Cupertino, California to allow them to test and finalize apps for the Apple Watch, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that developers have been arriving at One Infinite Loop this month to work with Apple engineers on finishing WatchKit-based apps in categories such as sports, productivity and finance."The developers invited by Apple to Cupertino range from those behind titles for sports applications and productivity software. Apple has also been meeting with banks to work on WatchKit applications that assist with the Apple Watch’s Apple Pay functionality. Besides U.S.-based banks, Apple has been working on WatchKit apps with developers from Germany-based banks, which indicates Apple is likely in talks with more foreign banks to expand Apple Pay to more countries across the world."MacRumors reported a few weeks ago that some developers have been asked to have Apple Watch apps readied by this month, although this report claims that Apple seems to be operating on a more urgent timeline, possibly in order to ensure that some apps are finalized for an upcoming marketing initiative or media event. In the meantime, Apple has reportedly been holding workshops to train retail employees about the Apple Watch in Los Angeles, Cupertino, Austin and Atlanta. Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the Apple Watch will launch in April. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive

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Google's security team Project Zero recently announced some changes to its bug disclosure policy after controversially exposing Apple and Microsoft security flaws when the companies failed to meet the 90-day deadline. The new disclosure deadline has a 14-day grace period and excludes weekends and public holidays, providing tech companies with more time to properly address security vulnerabilities in their software."We now have a 14-day grace period. If a 90-day deadline will expire but a vendor lets us know before the deadline that a patch is scheduled for release on a specific day within 14 days following the deadline, the public disclosure will be delayed until the availability of the patch."Project Zero is a security team consisting of experienced programmers that look through the code of Google and several of its competitors to discover security flaws, like those uncovered in OS X Yosemite back in January. The team immediately discloses any vulnerabilities found to vendors, providing them with a 90-day deadline to release a software patch before sharing the vulnerabilities with the public. The role of Google playing security watchdog for other companies has been the subject of much debate, with some believing that the company has a disingenuous agenda and others claiming that it is taking appropriate action. Google claims that it holds itself to the same 90-day policy it enforces on other tech companies, with bugs in the pipeline for Chrome and Android that are subject to the same deadline policy. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive

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LG Electronics today announced a new device in the line of Android Wear smartwatch products, called the LG Watch Urbane. Planned for a full unveiling at Mobile World Congress next month, the watch is said to combine the traditional aspects of a luxury timepiece with the "high-tech flare" of a modern smartwatch. The LG Watch Urbane follows in the footsteps of LG's previous foray into the world of smartwatches with the LG G Watch R, launched last October. LG says while the G Watch R was designed with a more active lifestyle in mind, the Watch Urbane has taken a more formal, classic route that will suit both men and women. Despite the formal look, the Watch Urbane is powered by a smartwatch-style touch-based interface that is compatible with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or above. “The LG Watch Urbane’s classic design and smart features make it the perfect smartwatch to complement our G Watch and G Watch R, which were designed as more casual and active devices,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG Watch Urbane is an important part of our strategy to develop wearable devices that are worn and viewed as everyday accessories, not electronic gadgets.” The LG Watch Urbane includes the same 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display as the LG G Watch R - which was the first smarwatch to include such a display - but features a narrower bezel this time around, offering it that more formal, sleeker look touted by LG. The watch comes in gold and silver options with a natural leather strap that can be replaced by any 22mm wide band, according to the company. Not many specific details were given on the device's smartwatch capabilities, but LG confirmed the LG Watch Urbane will be able to measure a user's heart rate for fitness purposes thanks to a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor built into the device. Other key factors, like pricing and whether the new Android-based smartwatch will hit around the Spring launch of the Apple Watch, was not yet disclosed by LG. Key Specifications: - Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 - Operating System: Android Wear™ - Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi) - Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm - Memory: 4GB eMMC/ 512MB LPDDR2 - Battery: 410mAh - Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer / PPG (Heart Rate Sensor) - Colors: Gold / Silver - Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67) LG's newest foray into the increasingly crowded world of smartwatches is the latest in a long line of companies announcing new iterations of older products, or new products altogether, preparing to do battle with Apple's April launch of the Apple Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Media Player App 'VLC' Slowly Returning to the App Store • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive

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Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has been interviewed in an exhaustive profile with The New Yorker, in which he discusses a number of topics ranging from Steve Jobs to the Apple Watch. The interview provides a rare glimpse inside Apple's design studio at Two Infinite Loop at its Cupertino headquarters, as Ive shares some of his experiences working at Apple over the past few decades. The iconic designer recounts how Jobs visited Apple's design studio upon returning to Apple in 1997 and quickly bonded with Ive, solidifying a longtime friendship between the two."During the visit, Ive said, Jobs 'became more and more confident, and got really excited about our ability to work together.' That day, according to Ive, they started collaborating on what became the iMac. Soon afterward, Apple launched its 'Think Different' campaign, and Ive took it as a reminder of the importance of “not being apologetic, not defining a way of being in response to what Dell just did.” He went on, 'My intuition’s good, but my ability to articulate what I feel was not very good—and remains not very good, frustratingly. And that’s what’s hard, with Steve not being here now.'"Ive also claimed that the Apple Watch was conceived soon before the passing of Jobs, who died in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Apple CEO Tim Cook added that Apple was looking at multiple categories of products at the time and thinking about which ones to do."The Apple Watch—the first Apple device with a design history older than its founder, or its designer—was conceived 'close to Steve’s death,' Ive said. It’s hard to build a time line of this or any other Apple creation: the company treats the past, as well as the future, as its intellectual property. But, in 2011, there may have been a greater appetite than usual for investigations of new products. One could imagine that executives were eager to act, in anticipation of grief, market upheaval, and skeptical press."Ive went on to discuss how he believes that, while millions of people may be willing to use an iPhone that looks the same as others, the same mindset does not carry over to a wrist-worn device like the Apple Watch. Ive recognized a need for the Apple Watch to be highly customizable, with different sizes, watch bands and different alloys of aluminum, stainless steel and gold.Ive’s position was that people were “O.K., or O.K. to a degree,” with carrying a phone that is identical to hundreds of millions of others, but they would not accept this in something that’s worn. The question, then, was “How do we create a huge range of products and still have a clear and singular opinion?” […] If variety was a perceived necessity, it was also an opportunity. “We could make aluminum, and stainless steel, and gold, and different alloys of gold,” Ive said. The full-length interview goes into further detail about Ive's design philosophies that went into creating the Apple Watch, alongside some interesting anecdotes and excerpts from other Apple executives such as Tim Cook, Bob Mansfield and Jeff Williams. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers

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A largely unmarked van with rooftop cameras, similar to the one originally spotted roaming Bay Area streets earlier this month, has been captured on video in Palo Alto, California. MacRumors obtained the footage from reader Jonathan Shiu, who recently recorded the van driving past Juana Briones Park on Clemo Avenue, a residential side street located approximately 10 miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. It has been increasingly speculated that these fifth-generation Dodge Caravans, which are reportedly leased to Apple, are part of the company's work on an electric car, but it is also possible that the vans are being used for a project similar to Google's Street View. It is conceivable that the rooftop cameras are being used to either collect mapping data for Apple Maps or as sensors to assist with self-driving initiatives. Earlier this week, the Financial Times reported that Apple is hiring automotive experts to work in a top-secret research lab located near the company's headquarters. The Wall Street Journal soon followed up with a report claiming that Apple has hundreds of employees working on developing an electric vehicle, and Reuters added that the project will involve self-driving cars. Apple is likely in the early stages of research and development for any electric car project, and it is fully possible that the iPhone maker scraps the initiative before it ever reaches the public. With both Google and Tesla already invested in electric and self-driving vehicles, it will be interesting to see if Apple enters the industry or remains on the sidelines in the months and years ahead. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers

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French website Nowhereelse.fr has shared new photos for another possible third-party case for the so-called "iPad Pro" tablet. The black protective cover has cutouts for a Lightning connector, rear-facing camera and microphone, volume rocker, mute switch and power button, consistent with previous iPad Air and iPad mini designs. The case does not have a cutout on the left side like the purported iPad Pro case that surfaced last month, nor does it have speaker cutouts due to having a different design that leaves the top and bottom edges exposed. This second third-party case appears to originate from a Chinese accessory maker that also makes cases for the iPad Air 2, providing yet another side-by-side comparison of how much larger the iPad Pro could be alongside current iPad models. The veracity of the source is questionable, but this case is largely consistent with past leaks. The photos lack an object for size reference, but the case does appear to be large enough to house the iPad Pro, which has been rumored to feature a 12.2-inch to 12.9-inch screen. A lack of physical hardware and component leaks for the oft-rumored iPad Pro has resulted in these third-party cases providing the clearest hints about the sizing, features, and design of the 12-inch tablet. The iPad Pro is rumored to feature a triple-core A8X or A9 processor, 2GB of RAM and Touch ID, and may ship with an optional stylus. Multiple reports claim that Apple will begin to mass produce the iPad Pro, also referred to as the "iPad Air Plus," in the first half of 2015. Another report claims that the tablet could launch between April and June. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers

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Noted DJ Zane Lowe, who has headed up BBC Radio 1's popular evening new music show for over a decade, is leaving the broadcaster next month to join Apple, reports BBC News. Lowe has won a number of awards for his radio show and other work over the years, and was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for his role in writing and producing Sam Smith's album "In The Lonely Hour." Zane said: "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. "The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans." During his time on the station, the New Zealand-born DJ has become well known for championing emerging talent and many acts have made their breakthrough after having one of their tracks named as "hottest record in the world" on Zane's show.While Lowe has apparently not publicly stated what role he will take on at Apple, The Guardian says it will involve the company's iTunes Radio streaming music service. Lowe's role will likely include more than iTunes Radio at some point, however, with Apple currently working toward a revamp of the Beats Music subscription streaming service it acquired last year. Part of the plan reportedly involves folding Beats into the iTunes brand and integrating it with OS X and iOS. As a result, there may be some changes in store for iTunes Radio, which has reportedly seen a lukewarm reception and has only expanded to Australia since its U.S. launch in late 2013, despite rumors of a number of other countries receiving access by early 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • From the Forums: Apple Watch Size Comparison • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers

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Following up on yesterday's series of reports about a "top-secret research team" at Apple working on an electric car, Reuters now weighs in with its own source claiming the project involves a self-driving electric car.Technology giant Apple is learning how to make a self-driving electric car and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, an automotive source familiar with the talks said on Saturday. The Cupertino, California-based maker of phones, computers and watches is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing automotive software or individual components, the source said. "They don't appear to want a lot of help from carmakers," the source, who declined to be named, said.The source's of claim of self-driving capabilities for the vehicle directly contradicts yesterday's Wall Street Journal report, which specifically stated a self-driving car was not part of the effort. Reuters' source is from the automotive industry rather than at Apple directly, so it is unclear how complete the source's information is. Apple would not be the only major technology company working on self-driving cars, as Google has been working on such a project for a number of years and has made significant progress in the area. Major car manufacturers are also working hard on technology that would make their cars at least somewhat autonomous. Google's prototype self-driving car Yesterday's report from The Wall Street Journal provided a fair bit of detail on Apple's efforts, noting that Tim Cook approved the project last year. Former Ford engineer and longtime Apple design vice president Steve Zadesky given permission to build a team of up to 1,000 employees largely from within the company to work on the project at a Silicon Valley location separate from Apple's main campus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers • Buyer's Guide Valentine's Day Edition: Discounts on iPad, iPhone, Apple Accessories, and More

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Following up on today's report suggesting that Apple is recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts to work in a secret research lab, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is developing an electric vehicle. According to the publication's sources, Apple has hundreds of employees working to design an Apple-branded minivan-like electric vehicle under the code name Project Titan. The large size of the team indicates that the company is serious about the project, but it's possible that Apple may not go through with plans to create a car despite its current research efforts. Apple may decide not to proceed with a car. In addition, many technologies used in an electric car, such as advanced batteries and in-car electronics, would be useful to other Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad. Apple often investigates technologies and potential products, going as far as building multiple prototypes for some things that it won't ever sell. Any product would take several years to complete and obtain safety certifications. Apple executives have reportedly flown to Austria to meet with contract manufacturers of high-end cars, like Magna Steyr. Rumors that Apple is working on a vehicle first started circulating last week after mysterious vans equipped with cameras and leased to Apple were spotted on Bay Area streets. Speculation led some to believe the cars were for a possible mapping project, while others postulated that they were self driving vehicles. It's not known if the vans are related to Apple's rumored electric car project, but they roused enough interest to lead to its discovery. Earlier this week, an Apple employee who saw the car rumors told Business Insider that Tesla employees had been leaving the car company to work on an Apple project that was "too exciting to pass up" and that would "give Tesla a run for its money." That rumor led Financial Times to discover Apple's efforts to recruit vehicle experts, such as former Mercedes-Benz R&D President and CEO Johann Jungwirth, who joined Apple back in September, which in turn led to the uncovering of the full scope of "Project Titan" at Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • White House Announces Apple Pay Support for Federal Payment Cards • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers • Buyer's Guide Valentine's Day Edition: Discounts on iPad, iPhone, Apple Accessories, and More

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple's goal with the Apple Watch is to "change the way you life your life," and that everyone is going to find a feature they can't live without in the device. He also recently shared news that the Apple Watch will be released in April. Check out our roundup to find out more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID • Candy Crush Saga Players Spent Over $1.3 Billion on In-App Purchases in 2014 • Fleksy Keyboard Adds New Themes, Extensions, and Valentine's Day Content • Apple Reverses Course, Allows Marijuana Apps in Marijuana-Legal States [Updated] • Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive • Apple Introduces TestFlight Groups for Organizing Beta Testers • Buyer's Guide Valentine's Day Edition: Discounts on iPad, iPhone, Apple Accessories, and More • NBC Launches Extensive 'SNL' App Ahead of 40th Anniversary Special

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