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Recent reports suggest Amazon may be preparing a smartphone with 3D capabilities to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets. New details from BGR and TechCrunch shed some light on this 3D feature and possibly provide us with our first look at the phone, which is partially hidden inside a case. According to BGR, multiple sources claim the phone will include a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, which is lower than the 1080p HD display in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 and less than the projected 1600x900 display that Apple may use in the iPhone 6. Under the hood, the Amazon phone is predicted to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. The biggest differentiator between Amazon's smartphone and those from Apple and Samsung is a 3D feature, which allegedly uses up to 4 cameras and additional sensors embedded in the phone. Amazon may use the 3D technology to showcase its own products, allowing users to explore a three-dimensional product images, claims BGR.Another smart use for the phone’s 3D effects is across Amazon’s various stores, such as its book store, music store and the main Amazon digital market. By shifting the position of the phone, users are able to see three-dimensional product images at different angles to reveal surfaces that cannot be seen in 2D photos. The 3D capability of the phone may also provide a parallax effect, similar to that in iOS 7. Amazon's implementation in its FireOS may be greatly exaggerated as compared to Apple's version and supposedly is limited to only a few key gestures, reports TechCrunch. According to our source, the flagship device, Duke, is powered by a heavily modified version of Android. It’s FireOS with extreme 3D parallax effects, similar to those found on iOS but greatly exaggerated. The screen itself is not 3D, but rather simulates a 3D effect. By way of four corner-mounted, front-facing cameras, a user can tilt the smartphone left or right to browse and access hidden side panels. We’re told that the 3D feature is very limited out of the box. At launch, there will be just a couple of added gestures built into the operating system that utilize this system. Rumors point to a possible announcement in the coming months with a target launch date of late September, but this may be subject to change. Amazon allegedly is showcasing the device to key developers as it tries to build third-party support for the platform before it is launched. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.” Introduced earlier this year, CarPlay is an iOS-driven system that allows an iPhone to tie into the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone, messages and music. CarPlay works in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which powers many existing in-car infotainment systems, including those from Pioneer. The service initially debuted in new 2014 car models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] has shared a photo of what are claimed to be batteries for the iPhone 6 spotted in a production tray. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the batteries do appear to share similar physical characteristics with other iPhone batteries. As the report notes, however, the positioning of the iPhone 6's battery appears to be modified as a metallic section present on current batteries appears to be now integrated along the side. This would indicate a potentially new form factor for the iPhone 6. A report last month indicated that Apple would begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, allowing the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other parts. If real, this new image would indicate that Apple has stepped up its battery production efforts ahead of the iPhone 6's launch. The leak follows a number of others in recent weeks, including an image from earlier this morning that allegedly depicted the front panel of the iPhone 6 as well as several photos that showed manufacturing molds hinting at a larger-screen iPhone. Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to be unveiled this fall and has been rumored to launch in sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. Various reports have noted that the 4.7 inch version will ship first, while the 5.5 inch version will ship sometime afterward due to production challenges. Both models of the next-generation iPhone are also rumored to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an enhanced camera with optical image stabilization. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also noted yesterday that Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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An alleged photo of what appears to be a front panel from Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 has surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via iPhone.fr, Google Translation). The image appears to show an individual in a factory-type setting holding up an iPhone 5s next to a much larger front panel that contains similar characteristics, including cutouts for a front-facing camera, ambient light sensor, ear speaker, and home button. However, the front panel also features a notably thinner bezel, which is consistent with previous rumors about the iPhone 6's slimmer design. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the leak is the latest among a number of others recently. This past weekend, several photos reportedly showed the details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6, which was followed by a photo yesterday that hinted at a 4.7-inch display. Last month, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged design drawings of what appeared to be 4.7-inch and 5.6-inch iPhone 6 models, with a photo showing cases for the larger iPhone surfacing shortly afterward. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 later this year, which may ship in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. Recent reports have indicated that the smaller 4.7 inch version will ship first in the fall, while the larger version may ship later this year or in early 2015 due to manufacturing challenges. Along with a larger screen, both models of the next-generation iPhone are rumored to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an upgraded camera featuring optical image stabilization. A report yesterday from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also stated that Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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LG will be the sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch as Apple looks to launch the device later this year in two sizes, according to a report from Korea's Naver [Google Translate, via GforGames]. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand The report notes that Apple is targeting to sell 9 million iWatch units by the end of the year with LG's collaboration, as the device itself will be released in September. The report also claimed that the iWatch will come in two different sizes of 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches, which falls in line with previous reports about the smartwatch. In February, a report from Korean publication Digital Daily shared similar details, noting also that LG would be the sole supplier of the panels for the iWatch, and that the Korean company would start mass production of the flexible displays starting in July 2014. Apple was rumored to have selected LG's panels because they were thin, light and provided adequate brightness with minimal power consumption; characteristics that the company is said to have been pursuing for the device's display. In addition to being released in two separate sizes and featuring a flexible display, the iWatch is also rumored to come with a multitude of biometric sensors and include integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In a research note last week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi also estimated that Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, with the highest-end selling for thousands of dollars. Apple is expected to reveal the iWatch later this year alongside iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Microsoft has added support for Apple's Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was released today as a developer preview. Microsoft announced this latest version of Windows Phone earlier this month and equipped the mobile OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor, Cortana. As noticed by Tom Warren of The Verge and reported by iMore, Microsoft has created a method that takes the data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card that is imported into Microsoft Wallet. Passbook passes are just collection of data that get rendered into a card and displayed in Apple's Passbook app. Think of the Passbook files like the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript data that makes up a webpage, and the Passbook app like the browser that renders the actual page. It looks like Windows Phone 8 is taking the same data and rendering a similar card out of it, and then pushing that card to Microsoft Wallet. It is not known whether Microsoft's system is operating independently of Apple or if the Redmond company has an agreement to convert the data to its own wallet. The service may not support iOS-specific features like Passbook updates and notifications, but the importing of data is apparently accurate. Windows Phone 8.1 supports Apple's Passbook natively. I've been using it for flights. Works perfectly pic.twitter.com/MFScqvEVU7— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 14, 2014 Passbook debuted in 2011 and was one of the major new apps bundled in iOS 6. The digital wallet permitted companies to store tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, gift cards and more in a centralized location on a user's iPhone and iPod touch. Apple has continued to update the service, allowing third-party apps to create Passbook passes and adding support for gift cards. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad

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Over the weekend, several photos surfaced reportedly showing details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6. While the manufacturing mold photos left it unclear as to the size of the device body it would yield, a new photo shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] shows a nearly identical mold with an iPhone 4s placed next to it for comparison. Calculations based on the comparison suggest that the mold could in fact yield a device with a display of roughly 4.7 inches, in line with the rumored size for the smaller of the two iPhone 6 models. One source of uncertainty lies in the shape of the mold, which is tapered. But Nowhereelse.fr believes that there are additional pieces yet to be attached to the bottom of the mold, pieces which would result in the iPhone's body being formed at the wider portion of the mold depression.Some of the holes that were drilled into the block in fact serve to fix the inserts which will form a crude which is then machined housing (finishes) using a CNC milling machine. Thus, and assuming that my theory is correct, the dimensions of the box will be determined by the widest part and not the bottom of the mold. In this assumption, I started to resize the photo to scale against me in reference to the size of the iPhone 4s. I then measured the dimensions of the widest part of the mold which is approximately 138mm long by 64mm wide.By superimposing and resizing an iPhone 5s image into the mold and aligning it with the wider portion of the depression, Nowhereelse.fr determines that the device's screen would be roughly 12 centimeters or 4.7 inches diagonally. iPhone 5s superimposed and resized to 4.7-inch display (Source: Nowehereelse.fr) Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch later this year, with the 4.7-inch model perhaps preceding an even larger 5.5-inch model by a few months. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today reported that Apple is negotiating with carriers for a $100 price increase on the iPhone 6 as the device gets larger and the company packs more technology into it. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund • iMovie for Mac Updated With Minor Feature Upgrades and General Improvements • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Launches for iPhone and iPad • Delivery Status Touch Updated with Revamped Background Notifications, Various Bug Fixes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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