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Apple and manufacturer partner GT Advanced parted ways after the sapphire supplier filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. While most Apple supplier relationships are kept secretive, the background story behind the GT-Apple partnership was revealed in a series of court documents filed by GT that were recently made public. A follow-up report by The Guardian provides an interesting look at how a deal with Apple often can make and sometimes break a supplier. While the report does not introduce any significant new information, it is a good summary of the chain of events and may help some readers get caught up on the story. In the case of GT, the outcome of its partnership with Apple was not favorable, with the supplier filing for bankruptcy in order to sever the ties between the two companies. On 9 September Cook showed off the new phones - without sapphire screens. By 10 September GTAT stock was down 25% to $12.78; by Friday 3 October it stood at $11.05. On Monday 6 October, GTAT filed for Chapter 11, and its stock plummeted to $0.80. Trading ceased on 15 October. Squiller says in the deposition that GTAT put itself into Chapter 11 bankruptcy (which protects a company from its creditors) simply to release itself from the Apple deal - and hence save the company. The narrative of the relationship by GT paints a bleak picture of Apple and includes allegations of deceptive "bait and switch" business practices on Apple's part and onerous contract terms that led to productions delays. When GT questioned the contract it was about to sign, Apple reportedly confirmed "similar terms are required for other Apple suppliers" and told GT to "put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement." In the end, GT failed to produce sapphire in suitable quality and sufficient quantity to meet Apple's demands. Instead of a success story, GT is an excellent example of what happens when a supplier goes all in with Apple and fails to scale its production technology fast enough. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay

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Just a couple days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability referred to as Masque Attack because of its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps with malicious ones, Apple has responded in a statement to iMore.  "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."Masque Attack works by luring a user to install an app outside of the iOS App Store by clicking a phishing link in a text message or email. For example, a user could be prompted to download a new app in a text message that says something like "Hey, try out Flappy Bird 2". A user is then directed to a website where they're prompted to download the app, which will install the fake app over the legitimate one using iOS enterprise provision profiles, making it virtually undetectable. Masque Attack in actionEarlier today, the United States government issued a warning about Masque Attack to iOS users. The vulnerability was discovered just a week after reports of malware called WireLurker surfaced. WireLurker is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using a USB cable. Both vulnerabilities are unlikely to affect the average iOS user as long as Apple's security features are not bypassed. Both WireLurker and Masque Attack can be avoided by staying away from suspicious apps and avoiding links that prompt users to install apps outside of Apple's App Stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States Justice Department has been using fake communications towers installed in airplanes to acquire cellular phone data for tracking down criminals, reports The Wall Street Journal. The program has reportedly been in place since 2007 and uses Cessna airplanes that operate out of "at least five" metropolitan-area airports. Aircraft in the program out outfitted with "dirtbox" devices produced by Boeing that are designed to mimic cellular towers, fooling cellphones into reporting "unique registration information" to track down "individuals under investigation." According to the WSJ, these devices let investigators gather "identifying information and general location" data from thousands of cellular phones in one flight, and Apple's encryption policies don't prevent the collection of data. Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal. The device being used by the U.S. Marshals Service identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal, even though it doesn't, and forces all the phones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. Even having encryption on one's phone, such as Apple Co. 's iPhone 6 now includes, doesn't prevent this process. The technology is aimed at locating cellphones linked to individuals under investigation by the government, including fugitives and drug dealers, but it collects information on cellphones belonging to people who aren't criminal suspects, these people said. They said the device determines which phones belong to suspects and "lets go" of the non-suspect phones.The fake tower devices are able to interrupt calls on "certain phones," with authorities attempting to minimize harm by ensuring they doesn't interrupt emergency calls, and the technology can pinpoint a suspect's cellphone location down to three meters. The program is run by the U.S. Marshals Service, and some individuals involved have raised concerns about the legality of the operation and "if there are effective procedures" in place to safeguard the handling of data acquired, as it is said to capture data from thousands of non-criminal individuals as well. It is not known how often the flights take place as the WSJ's sources did not divulge that information, but they reportedly "take place on a regular basis." Justice Department officials did not confirm or deny the existence of the program when questioned, stating that a discussion of the matter could "allow criminal suspects or foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance capabilities," but a representative said that Justice Department agencies comply with federal law and seek court approval for their activities. A Verizon spokesperson said that the company was not aware of such a program and did not participate, while spokespeople from AT&T and Sprint declined to comment. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States Federal Trade Commission has met with Apple representatives several times over the past few months to discuss Apple's privacy practices covering health data collection, reports Reuters. The FTC is reportedly seeking assurance that Apple will prevent health data collected by the Apple Watch and other iOS devices via the Health app from being used without express user consent.The two people, both familiar with the FTC's thinking, said Apple representatives have met on multiple occasions with agency officials in recent months, to stress that it will not sell its users' health data to third-party entities such as marketers or allow third-party developers to do so.An Apple spokesperson told Reuters that the company "works closely with regulators around the world" to make its built-in data protections clear. "We've been very encouraged by their support," she said, adding that Apple's new health-focused initiative, HealthKit, had been designed "with privacy in mind." While the FTC declined to comment, Reuters does not believe that the government agency will launch a formal inquiry into Apple's data protection policies, though it is clearly taking a great interest in the Apple Watch, which collects data like heart rate and movement, and HealthKit, which allows Apple's Health app to aggregate health-related data from various apps and accessories. Though it hasn't even hit the market, other government officials have also taken an interest in the Apple Watch. In September, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for information on what data Apple plans to collect with the device, how the information will be stored, and what Apple's policies are for apps that access health information. Earlier this year, ahead of the Apple Watch's debut, Apple released new guidelines for HealthKit APIs, which also applies to the Apple Watch. In the document, Apple explains that HealthKit information will not be stored in iCloud and that apps attempting to store health-related data in iCloud will be rejected. It also clearly states that apps will not be able to share data with third parties without express user consent. In recent months, Apple has attempted to make its privacy policies more transparent, creating a comprehensive new privacy site that details all of its privacy practices. Tim Cook also spoke on privacy in a recent interview, stating that users "have a right to privacy" and that the company "tries not to collect data." "Our business is based on selling [products]," he said. "Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States government today issued a bulletin warning iPhone and iPad users about the recent "Masque Attack" vulnerability, a security flaw that first surfaced on Monday of this week, reports Reuters. Masque Attack is a vulnerability that can allow malicious third-party iOS apps to masquerade as legitimate apps via iOS enterprise provision profiles. Written by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams, the bulletin outlines how Masque Attack spreads -- luring users to install an untrusted app through a phishing link -- and what a malicious app is capable of doing.An app installed on an iOS device using this technique may: -Mimic the original app's login interface to steal the victim's login credentials. -Access sensitive data from local data caches. -Perform background monitoring of the user's device. -Gain root privileges to the iOS device. -Be indistinguishable from a genuine app.The post also advises iOS users to protect themselves by avoiding apps that have been installed from sources other than the App Store or an organization they're affiliated with, avoiding tapping "Install" on third-party pop-ups when viewing web pages, and tapping "Don't Trust" on any iOS app that shows an "Untrusted App Developer Alert." Masque Attack in action Computer security alerts issued by the government are fairly rare, and only 13 have been sent over the course of 2014. Other vulnerabilities that have prompted alerts include Heartbleed and an SSL 3.0 flaw called "Poodle." FireEye, the team that discovered Masque Attack, has notified Apple about the vulnerability, but it has not been patched in the recent iOS 8.1.1 beta thus far. It also affects iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, and 8.1, and as of today, Apple has not yet commented on Masque Attack. Masque Attack, along with WireLurker, another vulnerability outlined earlier this month, is unlikely to affect the average iOS user so long as Apple's security features are not bypassed. Masque Attack works by circumventing the iOS App Store to install apps, while WireLurker is similar, infecting machines via third-party software downloaded outside of the Mac App Store. Both WireLurker and Masque Attack can be avoided by staying away from suspicious apps and avoiding links that prompt users to install apps outside of Apple's App Stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday

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Supplies of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display have been slowly dwindling ahead of the holidays, and as of this week, shipping estimates for both standard and custom configurations have slipped to two to three weeks. At launch on October 16, shipping estimates were briefly at a day before slipping to 3 to 5 days, later moving to 7 to 10 days before slipping again on Monday. The base Retina iMac, with a 3.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB fusion drive, is in stock at many retail Apple Stores around the country and can be picked up same day, but when ordered from the online store, it carries the same two to three week shipping estimate as all custom configurations. While Retina iMacs ordered from the online Apple Store may not arrive until December, some Apple resellers have available stock that will ship much earlier. Amazon, for example, has the base model in stock available with Amazon Prime shipping and a $50 discount. MacMall has the base model in stock for immediate shipping, plus the site has several machines with various custom configurations on hand, which it says will ship in five to seven days. MacMall is also offering a discount of $50 on much of its stock. Other stores like Best Buy and B&H Photo also have the base Retina iMac in stock and available to ship immediately. Equipped with a 5120 x 2880 "5K" Retina screen, Apple's newest iMac has received largely positive reviews for its impressive display, and configured with a 4.0GHz processor and 32GB of RAM, the higher-end Retina iMac models are able to outperform the low-end Mac Pro. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple's market capitalization reached a record high today, breaking the $660 billion mark to sit in the range of $662-664 billion for much of the day's trading so far. The new high breaks a previous closing record of $658.15 billion set on September 19, 2012 and intraday high of nearly $661 billion reached two days later. Market capitalization measures the market value of a business and is calculated by multiplying the stock price by the number of available shares. Apple comfortably leads all U.S. companies in market capitalization, with its closest competitors being Microsoft and Exxon, which have market capitalizations of just over $400 billion each. Fourth-place Google falls sits at roughly $370 billion. While Apple's share price has been routinely setting new records since surpassing its previous September 2012 high in August, it has taken a bit longer for Apple to return to its record market capitalization levels as the company's expanded stock buyback program has reduced the number of outstanding shares. Apple's stock has surged 17 percent in just the four weeks since Apple's October media event and subsequent earnings announcement where the company announced strong fiscal Q4 2014 earnings fueled by the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and record Mac sales. The company's share price is up approximately 50 percent over the past twelve months. Apple last quarter reported $8.5 billion in profit on $42.1 billion in revenue with sales of 39 million iPhones, 12.31 iPads and 5.5 million Mac units. While Mac and iPhone revenue climbed, iPad sales slumped with quarterly revenue dropping 14 percent year over year and 10 percent from the previous quarter. iPad sales are expected to temporarily rebound in the upcoming quarter following the introduction of the new iPad Air 2, with holiday season discounts expected to propel sales of Apple hardware. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior VP of Design, made a rare public appearance at the Design Museum in London yesterday (via Cult of Mac). At the event, he discussed everything from his view on the future of design to his opinions on failure with museum director Deyan Sudjic.We shouldn’t be afraid to fail - if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it.The talk with Sudjic also included a roomful of up-and-coming design students, with Ive offering additional perspective on the design process and rejection."The best ideas start as conversations. A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end. At the start of the process the idea is just a thought - very fragile and exclusive. When the first physical manifestation is created everything changes. It is no longer exclusive, now it involves a lot of people." Ive also mentioned, "There are 9 rejected ideas for every idea that works." Photo by @nickcorston) Unfortunately for those design hopefuls listening to Ive, the odds of working in his team are slim. Apple's Industrial Design team is notoriously difficult to get into, in large part because its members never leave the company. The eighteen-person team hasn't seen a single member leave for fifteen years. "I like to work in a small team," Ive told Sudjic. "There is only 18 of us on the design team. Nobody has ever left." Ive also touched on how to gain experience in the field, design studies in schools today, and the difference between making something different and making it better.Our goal is to desperately make the best products we can. We’re not naive. We trust that if we’re successful and we make good products, that people will like them. And we trust that if people like them, they’ll buy them. And we figured out the operation and we’re effective. We know what we’re doing, so we’ll make money, but it’s a tough sequence.Ive has famously remained out of the spotlight for much of his tenure at Apple, but has opened up considerably since taking on new responsibilities for software design and more recently with the impending launch of the Apple Watch. Recent appearances have included an awards ceremony hosted by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a Vanity Fair summit in San Francisco. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Customers looking for discounts on Apple products this Black Friday have two more retailers to add to their shopping lists -- Staples and Radio Shack. Black Friday discount website BFads recently published leaked sales flyers from both retailers in advance of the biggest shopping day of the year. Staples is offering discounts on a variety of Apple gear, including $80 off the 16GB iPad Air WiFi ($319), $60 off the Retina iPad mini 2 ($239), $70 off the iPad with Retina Display ($279) and $20 off the Apple TV ($79). The office supplier also is taking 10 percent off all Beats by Dr Dre headphones and 15 percent off all iTunes gift cards of $50 or more. As an added bonus, customers with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can save time during checkout by using Apple Pay. Radio Shack isn't offering any discounts on iPad or iPhone models, but the retailer still is lowering prices on the Apple TV ($85), iPod Touch 16GB 5th generation ($149), and iTunes gift cards (15 percent off). Other Apple-related items going on sale include the Beats Solo HD Drenched headphones ($69.99 After Mail-in Rebate) and a variety of Apple iPhone and iPad accessories. For even more Black Friday sales, be sure to check out our Black Friday roundup. We are updating that page with additional deals on Apple-related items as they are announced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Chip suppliers within the Apple Watch supply chain have begun "gearing up" to start production for Apple's new device, according to a new report from Digitimes. Chip orders are estimated to be around 30 - 40 million units for a debut in early 2015. Digitimes had previously reported, prior to Apple's September 9 event, that the device was at the engineering verification test stage and needed to complete product verification testing before entering mass production. It appears that the Apple Watch has now passed that milestone and is beginning to enter mass production for its debut in early 2015. Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts had previously revealed that the device would debut in Spring 2015, with several reports indicating that Apple was aiming for Valentine's Day 2015 as a potential launch date. Apple Watch pricing will start at $350 for the aluminum version, while the stainless steel and gold editions will reportedly retail for prices starting at $500 and $4,000 respectively. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers

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Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and that the time needed for component yield and assembly to improve will push back production until 2Q 2015. Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg suggested the iPad Pro might be released in early 2015, but an October report from The Wall Street Journal indicated Apple had delayed its planned December mass production of the tablet in order to focus its attention on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, leaving a potential iPad Pro release date up in the air. Mockup of 12.9-inch iPad Pro next to 13-inch MacBook Air Little is known about the iPad Pro aside from its 12.2 to 12.9-inch display size, which dwarfs the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3. Rumors have also suggested that it will offer the same A8X processor introduced with the iPad Air 2 along with an ultra high resolution display and a 7mm-thick form factor that's similar to existing iPads. Kuo's report also focuses on forecasting iPad shipments, which he believes will fall 54.5 percent quarter over quarter to just 9.8 million units during the first calendar quarter of 2015. He points towards the lack of new applications and a saturation of the tablet market as the basis for his prediction.We believe that, in a major shift, while Apple (US) used to be able to use new form factor designs to boost demand, it has failed to do so this time around. The lighter and thinner iPad Air 2 will face strong headwinds in increasing sales in 1Q15, we believe; we also hold that this means that iPad, along with the entire tablet market, is faced with structural challenges characterized by a lack of new applications and market saturation. We don't think these challenges will be easily overcome by upgraded specs, new form factor designs or lower prices.Kuo's estimate is rather low, considering Apple sold 16.35 million million iPads during the first calendar quarter of 2014, but iPad sales have been down for the past three quarters in a row. During the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple sold 12.3 million iPads, down from 14.1 million units in 2013. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the drop in iPad sales is just a "speed bump" that the company will overcome. He told investors earlier this year that "significant innovation can be brought to the iPad," and suggested Apple was working on such improvements. The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be Apple's first step towards bolstering its iPad lineup, and the company is also said to be working on new iPad features, like split-screen multitasking. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers

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As of today, popular office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple's Apple Pay payments service in its retail stores across the United States, according to information shared with MacRumors.Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. In Staples over 1,400 stores in the United States, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability.When Apple Pay was first announced, Staples was listed as one of the retailers implementing in-store support for the payments service "later this year" along with Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Walt Disney World. Staples has been an eager Apple Pay partner, initially promising support for the service back in September. The Staples iOS app has included Apple Pay support since it first launched on October 20, and when Staples announced Apple Pay integration, it said that in-store availability would be rolling out "within a few weeks." Apple first teamed up with Staples last year, with the two striking a deal that saw Staples selling Apple products in its U.S. stores for the first time beginning in September. Since then, Staples has gone on to heavily promote Apple products both online and in stores, offering frequent deals. With the addition of Staples, Apple Pay now has 34 retail partners, including competing office supply store Office Depot and other major retailers like Macy's, Disney, Foot Locker, Petco, Walgreens, and Toys R Us. Apple Pay is also accepted in any store that supports NFC contactless payments. Retailers have largely been silent on the popularity of Apple Pay during its first month of availability, but Whole Foods' chief information officer told The Wall Street Journal that the company had processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the 17 days following its October 20 debut. That equates to an estimated one percent of all Whole Foods transactions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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In late October, Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg at the site's inaugural Code Conference, answering questions about iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. While we initially covered the interview when it took place, Re/code has now posted the full video footage of Joswiak's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching for Apple enthusiasts. Your browser does not support iframes. During the interview, Joswiak apologized for the iOS 8.0.1 bug that bricked many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, commented on the Apple Pay situation with Rite Aid and CVS, and hinted at possible Apple Watch pricing. Joswiak's interview occurred at the same time as Tim Cook's October interview with The Wall Street Journal, and a full video of that appearance was also released earlier this week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing. Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app. Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister service, Google Play Music. Alongside YouTube Music Key, the YouTube apps for iOS and Android and YouTube.com have been updated with a new section dedicated to music videos, which provides recommended mood-based playlists and features trending music. The new focus on music will also highlight full-length albums and artist pages. YouTube Music Key is currently in beta, with access going to the company's "biggest music fans" first before seeing a wider worldwide launch. YouTube users who receive an invite to the Music Key beta will receive six months of access for free. Customers who sign up for Google Play Music will get immediate access to the YouTube Music Key beta. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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The larger-screened iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been less popular with Android switchers than analysts initially predicted, according to new data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). A survey revealed that fewer iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform in 2014 compared to the number of buyers who switched from Android to an iPhone in 2013. In 2014, 12 percent of iPhone buyers reported formerly owning an Android phone, while 23 percent reported being former Android customers in 2013. The launch of the iPhone 5s also saw a higher number of customers coming from BlackBerry and Windows Devices. "The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners." said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80% of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65% after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in September 2013. Android owners accounted for a much smaller share of buyers immediately after this year's iPhone launch, and with smartphones so prevalent in the US, we also saw a smaller percentage of iPhone buyers moving from basic phones."Former Android owners who were already accustomed to larger screens were more likely to buy the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus than iPhone owners who were upgrading to a new device. 31 percent of former Android owners chose the iPhone 6 Plus, while only 25 percent of existing iPhone owners opted for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus over the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The data also shows that those who did switch from Android in 2014 tended to go for more expensive flagship iPhones. In September of 2014, 85 percent of former Android owners who bought an iPhone chose the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, while only 52 percent of former Android owners who bought an iPhone chose the iPhone 5s in 2013. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, analysts suggested the larger screens of the two devices could cause a massive spike in upgrades and lure an unprecedented number of former Android users who desired bigger displays. In anticipation of a large number of Android switchers, Apple even launched a guide designed to walk Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone. During Apple's most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple had seen a huge numbers of upgraders along with many first time buyers, including both customers who had never had a smartphone and switchers from Android. Cook also explained that demand was "far outstripping" supply, with no clear date for supply/demand balance in sight. Though it appears that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may not have been highly popular with Android switchers, it is important to note that CIRP gathered its data from just 300 Apple customers who purchased an iPhone in the 30 days following the device's September 19 launch. A survey encompassing 300 customers is a very small sample size relative to the number of people who have purchased one of Apple's new devices, a figure that had already hit 10 million during launch weekend. It will be interesting to see if the balance between upgraders and Android switchers shifts over time, as it's possible that iPhone users already on Apple's timetable may be more inclined to upgrade their devices right away while Android users may be waiting for their contracts to expire. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014

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New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from AnandTech revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought. Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner workings of the iPad Air 2 in the days following its launch, but a new image of the A8X die provided to AnandTech reveals the layout of the Apple-designed chip. The die photo shows the A8X includes eight-core graphics, even larger than the 6-core GX6650 graphics from Imagination Technologies previously assumed to be in the chip.To get right down to business then, the die shot confirms what we had begun suspecting: that A8X has an 8 cluster Series6XT configuration. All 8 GPU clusters are clearly visible, and perhaps unsurprisingly it looks a lot like the GPU layout of the GX6450. To put it in words, imagine A8’s GX6450 with another GX6450 placed right above it, and that would be the A8X’s 8 cluster GPU.AnandTech was unable to share the source's actual image of the die, but Chipworks has just provided MacRumors with a similar image showing the eight graphics cores taking up a substantial portion of the A8X's die. The photo also shows the new triple-core CPU and a number of other features included on the chip. A8X die photo from Chipworks Uncertainty over the A8X graphics stems from Imagination's public list of Series6XT graphics offerings, which tops out with the 6-core GX6650, but the new die photo reveals that Apple has employed a semi-custom design essentially pairing two quad-core packages on the chip to yield eight-core graphics. Thanks to its licensing agreements with Imagination, Apple is free to modify the GPU designs developed by the graphics company, and Apple's position as a key investor in Imagination almost certainly gives it advance access to Imagination's pipeline, allowing such custom designs to be launched just nine months after Series6XT was announced. Other gathered information includes details about the A8X's size and design. The die shot places the A8X at roughly 128mm2, only a bit larger than the 123 mm2 A6X used the last time Apple developed a custom "X" chip for the iPad. Compared to other models on the market, the A8X is a bit larger than NVIDIA’s 118mm2 GK107 GPU but also smaller than Intel’s 130mm2 2C+GT2 Haswell CPU. Design-wise, the A8X otherwise appears to have not drastically changed much from the A8, besides slight tweaks to make the eight-cluster design functional and the addition of a third CPU core. Just yesterday, Imagination announced its next-generation Series7XT designs, and given the timing of this year's announcements and releases, the new graphics are likely to make their way into Apple's A9-series chips for inclusion in its 2015 iOS devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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Apple may open a new retail store and corporate campus in downtown Los Angeles, according to a report in Downtown LA Examiner (via ifoAppleStore). The new location would be situated in the historic Broadway Trade Center, which opened in 1908 as Hamburger's Department Store and occupies almost a full city block. Apple's expansion in Los Angeles would be part of a 10-year-long "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative that has been working to revitalize the downtown district by attracting high-profile retailers and other businesses to the area. According to the report's sources, Apple has signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet of space in the Broadway building.Rumors swirling are Apple Corp will have a campus in the building with multiple uses such as office space, residential, and retail. There is also talk of Apple opening up a branch for their recent 3 Billion dollar purchase of Beats By Dre, which is a critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.The inclusion of a residential component for the project does not seem to make much sense for Apple, so the mention does draw some skepticism to the entire report. The rumored campus wouldn't be Apple's first LA location, as the company already operates several retail stores in the Southern California city and its suburbs, and Beats has its main headquarters in nearby Culver City. Apple has been expanding both its retail and corporate presences, opening a number of new stores around the world as well as offices in Seattle, Boston and Cambridge, England. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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Following the appearance of a regulatory filing last week, Beats Electronics today announced the launch of its new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product release since Apple's acquisition of Beats officially closed. The new headphones are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones introduced the day after the Apple-Beats deal was announced. Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the “b” button and volume buttons on the ear cup. Its rechargeable battery allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalkTM cable and enjoy your music.The new Solo2 Wireless headphones, which are available in red, black, white, and blue, will be available through Apple and other retailers later this month at a retail price of $299.95. The red version is a Verizon Wireless exclusive through the end of 2014. Alongside the launch of the Solo2 Wireless headphones, Beats is also announcing new "Royal Edition" color options for the wired version of Solo2. The Royal Edition includes a "satin, iridescent finish" in Stone Grey, Hunter Green, Imperial Violet, Blush Rose, or Sapphire Blue, available later this month at the same $199.95 pricing as the original Solo2 headphones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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After seven and a half weeks of availability, Apple's mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of iOS devices, according to the latest data posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the past two weeks, which means iOS 8 adoption has jumped eight percent in the past month. During Apple's October 16 iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13. Before that, as of September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices, indicating that adoption is steadily increasing after several weeks of stagnation. The boost in iOS 8 adoption follows the October 20 release of iOS 8.1, which included several new features like Apple Pay that likely have enticed users to upgrade. Other desired features included SMS Forwarding, Instant Hotspot, iCloud Photo Library beta access and the return of the Camera Roll. iOS 8's initial release was plagued by a number of bugs that may have scared some users away. All HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store prior to the launch of iOS 8 due to a major HealthKit bug. iOS 8.0.1, a fix to that issue, introduced new bugs that disabled cellular service and Touch ID for thousands of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 was soon released, fixing the bugs of the previous release but introducing several other bugs. And finally, iOS 8.1 fixed many more issues with the previous updates, providing the most stable version of iOS 8 yet. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac

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Nautilus, the company behind the Bowflex line of exercise equipment, today announced that its Bowflex Max Trainer models have gained HealthKit integration, making them one of the first fitness products to support Apple's new health initiative. Support will also be coming in the near future for the company's Nautilus 616 cardio product lineup. With HealthKit integration, Bowflex users can now see their Bowflex workouts displayed in Apple's Health app, which is able to offer up dashboard data like calories burned, heart rate, time spent working out, and distance traveled. Data is acquired from the existing Bowflex Max Trainer app that transfers workout data from the exercise equipment using Bluetooth. The Bowflex Max Trainer workout equipment, which starts at $999, is designed to burn more calories than competing treadmills and ellipticals, featuring 14-minute interval workouts. Nautilus's line of cardio equipment, which is gaining HealthKit support in the near future, includes a range of elliptical, treadmill, and upright and recumbent bikes. "As one of the first fitness equipment companies to support Apple HealthKit, Nautilus, Inc. continues to lead the category by offering the latest health and fitness tools to help consumers achieve their fitness goals," said Rob Murdock, Vice President/General Manager of Nautilus, Inc. "Studies prove that digital connectivity and the ability to track progress play a critical role in keeping people motivated and engaged. We are dedicated to leveraging these tools and engaging consumers to better understand and manage their health and fitness."Introduced alongside the iOS 8 Health app as part of a fitness and health-focused initiative, HealthKit is designed to tap into data from sensors within the iPhone and integrate with existing health and fitness apps and hardware. Information gathered from third-party apps like the Bowflex software is aggregated in the Health app to provide an overall picture of a person's activity levels. HealthKit experienced a few hiccups when iOS 8 was first released, with Apple initially withholding HealthKit functionality from third-party apps due to a bug, but as of the iOS 8.0.2 update in September, HealthKit has been fully functional. With HealthKit widely available to third-party developers, several fitness-related apps have begun to support the feature, including Pocket Yoga, 7 Minute Workout, CARROT Fit, and more. Several hardware products with accompanying apps have also gained HealthKit support, including the Jawbone UP and the Withings Smart Body Analyzer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners. According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless. Moore is seeking both class-action status and unspecified damages from Apple. In court documents, Apple argued that there's no law covering technology that "simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should," and that it did not claim iMessage and Messages would be able to recognize when iPhone users switched to non-iPhone devices.In a Monday night decision, Koh said Moore deserved a chance to show Apple disrupted her wireless service contract and violated a California unfair competition law, by blocking messages meant for her. "Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple's intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship," Koh wrote.An inability to receive messages after switching from an iPhone to an Android or Windows device is an issue that has affected many former iPhone users over the years. It occurs when iMessages sent from other iPhone owners are routed to a deactivated iPhone rather than being forwarded as a text message to an active smartphone. Earlier this week, Apple introduced a tool that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in order to prevent the issue from occurring. Prior to the launch of the web tool, there was no way for users to effectively remove themselves from the iMessage system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Construction at Apple's spaceship is progressing at a rapid pace, with workers on site at the campus seven days a week. A new photo shared by the City of Cupertino suggests Apple is almost finished with the foundation of the structure and has begun construction on the actual circular-shaped building. Back in October, the foundation was nearly done, so it is not surprising that construction has progressed to the actual structure itself. Though much of the construction is hidden behind privacy walls, Apple continues to have two enormous concrete mixers on site, as well as other heavy construction machinery. Over the weekend, a YouTube user who has been capturing a series of videos of the Campus 2 site with a drone shared a new video, which depicts the walls that are going up now that the foundation is mostly complete. The area around the campus continues to see heavy traffic at all times of the day due to ongoing roadwork, and several streets are seeing daily road closures as construction workers aim to complete necessary upgrades in a timely manner. Pruneridge Avenue has been permanently closed, and both Wolfe Road and Homestead Road are heavily congested. According to Apple's project schedule, roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, while earthwork and the planting of trees will continue on until mid-2015. Full demolition is expected to end during the first quarter of 2015, while building construction is expected to last until the end of 2016. Apple's completed campus will feature the iconic 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking facility capable of accommodating 2,400 cars, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. A second phase of construction will see Apple building several additional satellite facilities for research and development. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Major retailers are gearing up for the upcoming holiday shopping season, which officially kicks off on the post-Thanksgiving shopping day of Black Friday. Following leaked Black Friday sales flyers from both Sam's Club and Target, Best Buy today published its door buster deals ahead of the November 28 shopping holiday. Similar to Target, Best Buy is discounting all iPad Air 2 models, with prices starting at $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only version. While Target is offering a $140 gift card, Best Buy is offering a more straightforward but smaller $100 discount off the purchase price of the device. Best Buy also is slashing the price of the iPad mini 3 by $75, lowering the cost of Apple's latest tablet to $324.99 for the base 16GB WiFi model. Customers looking for Mac hardware can save up to $200 on select MacBook Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and non-retina iMac models. Other sale items include the 16GB iPhone 6, which is being sold for $100 with a new two-year customer agreement, the 5th generation iPod touch 16GB ($149), the Apple TV ($89), a $100 iTunes gift card ($85) and select third-party accessories. Best Buy is opening its retail stores in the early morning hours on Black Friday, with times varying by region. Shoppers can visit Best Buy's Black Friday website to find the specific retail hours for their local stores. For additional Black Friday discounts, check out our Black Friday roundup, where we are aggregating published Black Friday deals on Apple products and related Apple accessories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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An Alibaba executive said today that the Chinese e-commerce company and Apple are currently in talks over a partnership to provide a payments solution for China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The comments were shared by Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai, who also noted that the partnership would focus on Apple's presence in China and that the details are still being worked out. A partnership between both companies could potentially see Alibaba's Alipay electronic payments service integrate with Apple Pay to provide a comprehensive mobile payments solution for the Chinese market. The comments from Tsai come weeks after Alibaba founder Jack Ma noted that he was interesting in teaming up Apple in the payments sector. Earlier this year, Alipay overtook PayPal to become the largest mobile payments platform in the world with an estimated $150 billion in transactions processed in 2013. Alibaba also noted that the service has 300 million registered users and 100 million mobile users. Integrating Alipay with Apple Pay would be the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China, which has grown over the past few years. Last year, Apple struck a deal with country's biggest carrier China Mobile and has opened a number of new retail stores in populated areas like Shanghai and Shenzhen. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Apple is planning an aggressive expansion into the enterprise market, hiring a sales team focused on talking with key enterprise customers, reports Reuters. The sales team may also work alongside "a dozen or so" developers focused on creating corporate-facing apps. Apple is said to have developed partnerships with several app development startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, both of which build customized industry-specific apps. ServiceMax, for example, already has customers that could be valuable to Apple, including Procter & Gamble and DuPont. Apple is also pursing other relationships with similar corporate app developers, possibly for an initiative aimed at providing custom-made apps for corporate customers. Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple's plans who could not speak publicly provided additional details on how the iPhone maker is working behind the scenes. The iPhone maker has worked closely with a group of startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, that already specialize in selling apps to corporate America. The two people familiar with the plans, but who could not speak publicly about them, say Apple is already in talks with other mobile enterprise developers to bring them into a more formal partnership.In addition to forming partnerships with app developers, Apple is also said to be sending sales teams to speak with the chief information officers of major companies, including Citigroup, which is already in talks to sign up for an enterprise package with Apple. Earlier this year, Apple announced a major enterprise-focused partnership with IBM, with IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers and developing more than 100 industry-specific native apps that are built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad in six sectors: banking, government, insurance, retail, travel, transportation, and telecommunications. According to the most recent earnings call, IBM's first apps will be coming before the end of the year. Apple has also developed a special AppleCare for Enterprise, which includes on-site repairs handled by IBM. Apple's major enterprise push may be an effort to boost flagging iPad sales by attracting a new market and introducing new use cases. iPad sales have been on the decline in recent months, and during its October earnings call, Apple announced sales were down for the third straight quarter in a row. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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