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In March 2013, Apple introduced two-factor authentication to provide additional security for Apple IDs. It expanded the feature to several new countries earlier this year and introduced it to the company's iCloud.com website this September. This was after CEO Tim Cook promised to broaden use of its two-factor authentication system in the wake of a hacking incident that saw several celebrities' iCloud accounts hacked. The system requires a user to have a second "trusted" device that is used to verify a user's identity in addition to an extra security code called the "Recovery Key". However, in a new account from The Next Web's Owen Williams, that Recovery Key also has the potential to completely lock a person out of their account if they're being hacked. Williams found that someone had tried to hack his iCloud account. Apple's two-factor system kicked in and locked the account, denying entry to the would-be hacker while also denying entry to Williams. When he went to iForgot, Apple's account recovery service, he assumed two of his password, Recovery Key or trusted device would unlock his account, as he was led to believe by an Apple Support document. When I headed to the account recovery service, dubbed iForgot, I discovered that there was no way back in without my recovery key. That’s when it hit me; I had no idea where my recovery key was or if I’d ever even put the piece of paper in a safe place. I’ve moved since I set up two-factor on iCloud.Williams contends he took a screenshot of the Recovery Key and printed that out as well as taking a photo on his iPhone to keep as a backup, but could not locate either and was on the verge of losing his "digital life". He called Apple customer support and was told  that he had forfeited his Apple ID by losing his Recovery Key and that there was no way Apple could help him. He called back a second time. When she got back on the line, the story was just as bleak. “We take your security very seriously at Apple” she told me “but at this time we cannot grant you access back into your Apple account. We recommend you create a new Apple ID.”After a couple more days of talking to Apple customer support and even friends who worked at Apple, he continued to receive same responses: he was locked out of his account due to someone trying to hack into it and couldn't unlock it without a Recovery Key even though Apple's support document says it's possible with a trusted device. Eventually, Williams located his Recovery Key in what he calls the "depths" of his Time Machine backup, allowing him to finally unlock his account. Williams concludes with a warning that anyone with two-factor authentication should take far greater care in protecting and remembering where they store their Recovery Keys, as losing it could permanently lock a user out of their Apple ID with Apple unable to do anything to help. The entire account, which is a fascinating and worthwhile read, can be read at The Next Web. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Hearthstone Expansion 'Goblins vs Gnomes' Officially Launches • Typo Launches New iPhone 6 Keyboard, Avoiding Previous BlackBerry Lawsuit • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels

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Just a couple weeks after it was revealed that Natalie Portman was in talks to play an unspecified part in Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, Variety is reporting that the actress has decided to pass on the movie, though it's unclear why. Other actresses are already meeting with filmmakers over the potential role, and the film is still on track to begin filming in the Spring of 2015. The film is rumored to have several female parts, including Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan, and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Image via Deadline The trade magazine also notes that X-Men: Days of Future past star Michael Fassbender will star as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen will star as Steve Wozniak, possibly indicating that those two actors are now fully committed to the film. The movie has seen its share of ups and downs thus far, with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passing on the role of Steve Jobs before Sony Pictures dropped the movie due to a disagreement on the filming schedule with director Danny Boyle. The film was quickly picked up by Universal Pictures, however. The film, based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, will consist of three 30-minute scenes depicting three of Apple's product launches. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Hearthstone Expansion 'Goblins vs Gnomes' Officially Launches • Typo Launches New iPhone 6 Keyboard, Avoiding Previous BlackBerry Lawsuit • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels

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Back in October, Apple removed all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail stores around the world, but it appears the company may be planning to reintroduce Bose products to store shelves in the near future. According to a source that spoke to French Apple website iGen.fr [Google Translate], some Apple retail stores have begun receiving shipments of Bose products with orders to put the products back on store shelves next week. It was not clear why Apple removed Bose products from its retail stores, but the decision did follow Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and a July patent infringement lawsuit that Bose filed against Beats. In the lawsuit, Bose accused Beats Electronics of infringing on several patents related to noise cancellation and other audio technologies with its Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones. Shortly before Bose products were removed from Apple Stores, Beats and Bose agreed to settle the dispute between them, so it's possible that a planned removal and reinstatement of Bose products may be related to now-settled disagreement between the two companies. The move to remove Bose products from stores may have been initiated ahead of the settlement, with the products now able to return due to the end of the feud. While a return of Bose products to the Apple Store following the end of the lawsuit makes some sense, it remains unclear whether iGen.fr's information is accurate. Beats and Bose still offer competing products, and recently, Bose teamed up with the NFL to ban NFL players from wearing Beats headphones during games. Rather than taking offense at the move, however, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine was pleased with the attention the ban garnered Beats, saying "I can't believe I'm this lucky" and that it made Beats "look like superheroes." Bose products are not the only products that Apple has removed from its store shelves in recent months. The company also pulled Fitbit fitness accessories from its retail and online stores in November, without explanation. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Hearthstone Expansion 'Goblins vs Gnomes' Officially Launches • Typo Launches New iPhone 6 Keyboard, Avoiding Previous BlackBerry Lawsuit • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels

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TIME today posted its shortlist of people who are being considered for the publication's annual "Person of the Year" award, and Tim Cook is once again on the nomination list. TIME is recognizing Cook for the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and his recent decision to come out as gay. Back in late October, Tim Cook made the bold move of announcing his sexual orientation in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that his decision was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." Alongside Tim Cook, other nominees include the Ferguson protestors, the Ebola caregivers, Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region Masoud Barzani, and National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell. 2014 Person of the Year nominees, via TIMETim Cook, who introduced Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.TIME's Person of the Year award is given to "a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine" that has "for better or for worse done the most to influence the events of the year," with the publication's editorial team ultimately deciding on a winner. Tim Cook was previously nominated in 2012 alongside Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, Bill and Hilary Clinton, and the three scientists who discovered the Higgs Boson, but the award went to U.S. president Barack Obama. In 2013, the Person of the Year award went to Pope Francis, and in 2010, it went to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the only tech company CEO to receive the award since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos won in 1999. 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 • Typo Launches New iPhone 6 Keyboard, Avoiding Previous BlackBerry Lawsuit • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores

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Panic's file management app Transmit made its way to iOS with the launch of iOS 8, bringing several useful capabilities that took advantage of iOS features, including "Extensibility" options that let any app upload files to a server using Transmit and a "Send" feature that let files be shared to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive. As of last week, the function that let files be sent to Dropbox or iCloud Drive was removed from Transmit, at the request of Apple. As Panic explains in a blog post, Apple has asked the company to remove the "Send" feature from Transmit because Apple's rules state that apps cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless content was created in the app itself.In short, we're told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 -- "Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected" -- but oddly that page says nothing about iCloud Drive or appropriate uses for iCloud Drive.Though Panic is only barred from uploading files to iCloud Drive, the company says that it was forced to remove the "Send" feature entirely because the Share Sheet used to send documents to other services automatically lists iCloud, and it can't be altered. Immutable Share Sheet in iOS 8 By barring Transmit from uploading files to iCloud Drive and providing a Share Sheet that cannot be modified, Apple has effectively blocked Transmit from being able to send files to other third-party services like Box, Dropbox, Evernote, and more. Panic is hoping that its blog post will attract the attention of Apple employees who may be able to fix the frustrating position Apple has put the company in, either through making the Share Sheet alterable or by simply allowing Transmit to upload to iCloud Drive. iOS 8 brought quite a few changes to iOS, including Notification Center widgets, third-party keyboards, and deep integration between apps in the form of extensions. Apple has had difficulty sorting out how it wants various features in iOS 8 to be used, however, and the company's indecision and its unclear documentation has led to several instances where developers were asked to remove key functions from their apps. Useful Notification Center widget Launcher was pulled from the App Store in September, and more recently, Apple has asked apps like Neato and Drafts to remove widget functionality that violates the company's guidelines. There is some hope for Transmit, however, as Apple has reversed course on one notable removal request. In late October, Apple asked calculator app PCalc to remove the calculator functionality from its Notification Center widget, a decision that was later reversed after the issue received significant attention. Transmit can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Typo Launches New iPhone 6 Keyboard, Avoiding Previous BlackBerry Lawsuit • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores

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China's minister of the Cyberspace Administration recently sat down with Tim Cook for a meeting that included discussion about the Apple Watch and Chinese security concerns, reports China.com.cn (via Bloomberg Businessweek). Lu's visit to the U.S. also included meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cook was photographed showing off his wrist watch to Internet Information Officer Lu Wei, who is holding the device in his hand. Though the device is not identified in the source photo, it certainly appears to be the Apple Watch with white Sport Band frequently worn by Cook, and a translation of the original report quotes Cook as telling Lu he is the first outsider to see the watch. The comment is not strictly true as executives have shown the watch to others on occasion since its unveiling and it has been featured in Vogue China and at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, but Lu may be one of the first government officials to handle the device. Apple may face some regulatory hurdles with Apple Watch in China, as Lu reportedly reiterated to Cook that China is willing to open its markets to new products and technology, but the devices must face scrutiny before they are released. Each device must pass an official network security assessment that ensures national security is not being compromised, and the user's information is being accessed properly. Apple may be willing to subject its watch to Chinese government oversight to a certain degree, as China already is a hotbed for smartwatches with more than half of existing devices coming from Chinese companies. Most of these smartwatches are low quality, off-brand products available in the largely unregulated Chinese marketplace. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit

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In the latest phase of its Priceless Surprises promotion that rewards cardholders for simply using their credit and debit cards, MasterCard is partnering with Gwen Stefani to offer private performances, unique experiences, and other surprises for customers. The campaign comes with a new ad featuring Apple Pay and Stefani's new single, "Spark the Fire." To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a “Surprise launcher,” sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani’s new song, Spark The Fire. Surprises include everything from handbags and golf experiences to concert tickets, and even a chance to hang out with Gwen Stefani herself. The spot, directed by Sophie Muller of Wondros, exemplifies what the MasterCard platform is about: surprising cardholders with unbelievable prizes while also inspiring them to give, and share their own Priceless Surprises whether they’re paying with traditional credit, debit or prepaid cards or using innovative new payment options like Apple Pay.MasterCard previously featured Apple Pay and its Priceless Surprises program alongside the World Series in October, encouraging Apple Pay users to take advantage of the opportunity to win rewards such as tickets to World Series games and meet-and-greets with baseball stars. Credit card issuers have also proven to be firmly behind Apple Pay due in large part to increased security. Last month, Chase launched its own ad campaign featuring Fun front man Jack Antonoff's side project Bleachers using Apple Pay around Los Angeles while preparing for a rooftop concert. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison, $4.5 Million Fine in Leaked Secrets Case • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit

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Apple is continuing to expand its digital audio expertise with the recent addition of digital signal processing (DSP) expert Dana Massie to its team as an SoC Audio Architect. Massie has over 30 years of extensive experience working with DSP hardware and software architecture with high-profile companies such as Audience and Waves, as well as prior brief stints at Apple and NeXT. While at Audience for the past nine years, Massie was the Director of DSP chip architecture, focused on developing "the most advanced audio processing algorithms available for speech enhancement." Massie also formerly worked at Apple starting in 2002 as the manager of audio hardware. In his year-long stint, Massie was responsible for the audio input/output system on Apple desktops and notebooks. Apple and Audience have a history of working together, with Apple licensing Audience's voice processing technology to use in its iPhone 4 and 4s. The Cupertino company used a standalone voice processing chip from Audience in the iPhone 4 and opted to incorporate this signal processing functionality directly into the A5 chip used in the iPhone 4s. Audience's earSmart noise cancellation technology was a key component powering Siri in the iPhone 4s. Massie joined Apple this month as an SoC Audio Architect following a six-week sabbatical upon leaving Audience. It's unclear what his exact duties at Apple will involve, as Massie not surprisingly only says he will work on "audio stuff" in his LinkedIn profile. Given his work history, Massie may be tasked with improving either voice recognition technology or audio quality in upcoming Apple hardware. Massie joins other audio pioneers employed by Apple in recent years. The growing list includes Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited who was hired earlier this year and THX pioneer Tomlinson Holman who joined Apple in 2011. (Thanks, Manu!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million

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Apple today released the 2014 version of its iTunes Store awards, which highlights the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts of the year. Here are some of the top-level winners for 2014: Apps: iPhone App of the Year: Elevate - Brain Training iPhone Game of the Year: Threes! iPad App of the Year: Pixelmator iPad Game of the Year: Monument Valley Music: Best Artist: Beyoncé Best Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea Best New Artist: Sam Smith Movies: Best Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy Best Family Movie: The LEGO Movie Best Director: Richard Linklater Best Discovery: Obvious Child TV Shows: TV Show of the Year: Fargo Best Performances: True Detective, Season 1 Best Discovery: The Honorable Woman Best Breakthrough: Key & Peele, Volume 4 Books: Best Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Best Nonfiction: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs Apple has also given its end of the year charts for the most downloaded and top grossing iPhone and iPad apps. For the iPhone, Heads Up!, Facebook Messenger, and Clash of Clans finished as the top paid, top free, and top grossing app, respectively. For the iPad, Minecraft - Pocket Edition, YouTube, and Clash of Clans finished as the top paid, top free, and top grossing app, respectively. As customary for its end of the year listings, Apple has also highlighted various games and apps from a wide variety of categories. The company is also featuring content across the various genres and categories for each content type. A list of previous winners are also available here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million

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Apple today debuted a new ad for the iPad Air 2 named "Change" which showcases the new tablet being used in a wide variety of professions and situations. The ad shows the tablet being used by artists, motorcycle enthusiasts, photographers, and schoolteachers as its full-screen visuals shrink to resemble the form of the device itself. Apple has also posted a new "Change" section on its website, spotlighting the apps used inside of the ad such as illustration app Tayasui Sketches, cinematography app iStopMotion Plus, automotive app OBD Fusion, and AutoCAD 360. The ad is also backed by the song "Who Needs You", which is performed by American rock band The Orwells. The new "Change" ad campaign for the iPad Air 2 follows Apple's "Your Verse" campaign for the original iPad Air, which debuted last January and showed the specific use in the iPad in a number of dedicated fields. Those stories noted the iPad's use in mountaineering, sports, choreography, oceanography, travel, musical composition, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million

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Apple is in court this week dealing with an ongoing class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of purposefully crippling competing music services and inflating prices by locking iPods and iTunes music to its own ecosystem. Evidence from Steve Jobs, in the form of a series of emails, has played a large role in the case so far, and today, the former Apple CEO was featured in the trial again, when a deposition videotaped in 2011 was shown in court. CNET has been attending the trial since it started earlier this week, and has relayed what Jobs had to say. In the deposition, taped six months before his death, Steve Jobs echoed much of what Eddy Cue said earlier in the week, suggesting Apple's contracts with record companies forced it to maintain airtight Digital Rights Management (DRM) policies that locked out music from other sources."We had pretty much black and white contracts with the labels," Jobs said in the deposition. Those contracts stipulated that if people violated Apple's FairPlay digital rights management system, a technology that would detect other music stores' song files and prevent users from loading them onto the iPod, "... that would be in clear violation of the licenses we had from the labels and they could cease giving us music at any time."Jobs went on to say that Apple was "very concerned" with RealNetwork's efforts to bypass Apple's DRM. In 2004, the competing music store reverse engineered the FairPlay DRM, gaining access to the iPod. Apple was unhappy with the move, painting RealNetworks as a hacker and later updating iTunes to once again prevent RealNetworks music from playing on the iPod. According to Jobs, preventing the iPod from playing music from competing services was "collateral damage" caused by record companies confusing demands asking Apple to both open its platform to competitors and prevent hacking via DRM. During the case, the plaintiffs have argued that Apple had an obligation to allow third-party companies to load music onto the iPod, and that its move to block competitors created a monopoly. Apple, meanwhile, has argued that pressure from record companies and a desire to protect customers from malicious content kept it from making iTunes and the iPod more accessible to third-party companies. Apple has also suggested that it did not have a monopoly in the market at the time as there were several other MP3 players available, including Microsoft's Zune. As noted by CNET, Jobs' deposition may somewhat undermine that argument, however, as he told the court "We were the only big company involved in this stuff at this time, the one with the deepest pockets." The iPod antitrust lawsuit, which seeks $350 million in damages, is expected to last for several more days, though Apple is currently attempting to get the case dismissed entirely, as one plaintiff has been removed from the lawsuit and another's iPod purchase dates are in question. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million

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Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as the major driving forces behind the creation of Apple computer, but there were also several other key employees in the early years who helped establish what is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. TechRepublic has published an in-depth profile and interview with Bill Fernandez, who was Apple's first employee when the company was incorporated in 1977. Fernandez, who helped build the first Apple I and Apple II computers and is credited with introducing Jobs and Wozniak, shares some details on working with a young Steve Jobs, the early days of Apple, and more in the piece. Image courtesy of Bill Fernandez, via TechRepublic Fernandez, who grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley, went to middle school with Steve Jobs, who he described as "nerdy, socially inept, and intellectual," qualities that led to a quick friendship.We both also were not at all interested in the superficial bases upon which the other kids were basing their relationships, and we had no particular interest in living shallow lives to be accepted. So we didn't have many friends."Jobs reportedly spent quite a bit of time over at Fernandez's house, which his mother had decorated in a "meticulous Japanese style" that Fernandez credits as an early influence on Jobs' interest in minimalist design. Fernandez was also a close friend of Steve Wozniak and introduced him to Steve Jobs, which led to the famous partnership between the two. After Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple, they hired Fernandez as an electronic technician and he became the first official full-time employee. According to Fernandez, he drew the first completed schematic of the working Apple II after reverse engineering Wozniak's design to standardize it for production. The schematic went on to be used to build the Apple II, making history."When Woz designed something, most of the design was in his head," said Fernandez. "The only documentation he needed was a few pages of notes and sketches to remind him of the overall architecture and any tricky parts. What the company needed was a complete schematic showing all the components and exactly how they were wired together."As the first Apple computers grew in popularity, the company began hiring more employees and started inching its way towards an IPO. Despite his position as one of the early employees, Fernandez, as a technician, was not able to advance in the company and wasn't offered stock options. "There was no growth path for me," he said, stating that he became bored and dissatisfied with the work. With no prospects for advancement, Fernandez left Apple just 18 months after he started working for the company. Fernandez later returned as a member of the technical staff after spending some time in Japan, going on to work on the first Macintosh. Though he was never officially awarded stock, Wozniak gave out shares of his own stock to many early employees, including Fernandez, Chris Espinosa, and Daniel Kottke. Bill Fernandez's full interview, which goes into far more detail about the early days of Apple and his life after leaving the company, can be read over at TechRepublic. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations to Maps, Siri Movie Showtimes in More Countries • TD Bank Aiming to Launch Apple Pay Support in Mid-December • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million

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Foxconn recently deployed robots to help assemble iPhones and other Apple devices, but so far the program may not be as successful as first anticipated. According to the Chinese economic website Jiemian (via G for Games), the first-generation Foxconn robots are not precise enough to meet Apple's standards. In the first stage of deployment, the "Foxbots" have been tasked with menial jobs that include the assembly of larger components and tightening screws. Unfortunately, the bots are proving to have an accuracy to 0.05 mm, which is above the 0.02 mm tolerance required to assemble Apple's products. Part of the issue involves the lineage of the robots, which were adapted from the car manufacturing industry. The larger, clunky robots are not designed with the flexibility necessary for the assembly of Apple's thin and complex devices. Foxconn reportedly is working on the second-generation Foxbot, but the technology still may need additional years of refinement before it can make a meaningful contribution to the assembly process. Foxconn has been seeking ways to improve production to meet Apple's demand for iPhone and iPad units. The company routinely increases its hiring ahead of planned Apple product launches with the company reportedly hiring up to 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6. The manufacturer also may be looking to enter the display market with a new display manufacturing plant in Taiwan. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Ten Holiday-Themed iTunes Radio Stations • Apple Begins Hiring for First Belgian Retail Store in Brussels • Apple Tentatively Approves Plans to Expand Reseller Network in India with 500 New Stores • Apple Questions Plaintiff iPod Purchase Dates in Ongoing Class-Action Lawsuit • Apple Campus 2 Event Space Costing Apple $161 Million, Fitness Center Priced at $74 Million • Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to Developers • Puzzle Game 'God of Light' Named App of the Week, Available for Free • Spotify Promotion Offers 3-Month Premium Subscription for $0.99 to New Customers

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Apple is continuing to work on improvements to its Maps app for iOS and OS X, and a new job listing suggests that better use of crowdsourcing and integration with Siri and Passbook are the next features the company will introduce to provide a better Maps experience. The job posting, first shared by 9to5Mac, seeks a "Maps Community Client Software Engineer" to join Apple's Maps team. The engineer will focus on "building and extending the Maps application to allow Apple to crowdsource improvements to the Maps experience," and the position calls for high-level UI development and refining of the "Report a Problem" feature in Maps. According to the job description, deeper integration between Maps and other system services like Passbook and Siri may be on the horizon to improve crowdsourcing.As an engineer working on Maps Community, your primary responsibility will be high-level UI development and architecture of the "Report a Problem" feature of the Maps application, and you will work closely with designers and engineers across the company to add new features and build the very best crowd-sourcing experience. You'll also be working on the frameworks and plugins that enable Maps to integrate deeply and seamlessly with parts of the system such as Siri and Passbook, to extend and enhance the feedback experience.Since Maps received a highly critical reception following its launch alongside iOS 6, Apple has gone to great lengths to improve the software by leaps and bounds. In addition to terminating several people involved with the Maps project and restructuring its entire executive structure, the company has also acquired a glut of mapping companies over the past several years, including C3 Technologies, Broadmap, Embark, Hopstop, WifiSlam, Locationary, and most recently, the developers behind Pin Drop. The company has also hired a range of "ground truth experts" around the world to improve the quality of the information given by its Maps app, and it's utilized crowdsourcing to introduce significant improvements to Points of Interest (POI) data. Apple is said to be working to add much-needed features like transit directions and indoor mapping improvements to Maps, but development has reportedly been stymied by internal issues and poor project management. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Promotion Offers 3-Month Premium Subscription for $0.99 to New Customers • Square Launches iOS App for Food Delivery Service Caviar • Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple's Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs • Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015 • iPhone 6 Plus Makes Up 41% of Large Phone Sales as iPhone 6 Leads iOS Devices • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1

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In an ongoing class action lawsuit that alleges Apple deliberately crippled competing music services by locking iPods and iTunes music to its own ecosystem, Apple iTunes chief Eddy Cue today testified on Apple's Digital Rights Management (DRM) policies. In the early days of iTunes and the iPod, all iTunes music purchases were encoded with Apple's FairPlay DRM, preventing music bought via iTunes from being played on music players other than the iPod. In the two-pronged antitrust lawsuit that covers both iTunes music being restricted to the iPod and iPods being unable to play content from third-party services, Apple's use of restrictive DRM is one of the major complaints against the company. According to Eddy Cue, in testimony shared by The Verge, Apple was against DRM but was forced to implement it in order to secure deals with record labels. FairPlay, developed by Apple, was not licensed to other companies to allow competing music services to play iTunes music because Apple "couldn't find a way to do that and have it work reliably."As issue, Cue said, were things like interoperability with the growing multitude of MP3 players. New devices from other companies would come out, and might not work with that system. "Others tried to do this, and it failed miserably," Cue said. "One of those was Microsoft." Cue also noted that when Apple first floated the idea of the iTunes Store to record labels, that they rebuked the idea because they had their own stores with DRM systems that could be different from song to song, and from device to device.With its FairPlay DRM, Apple essentially prevented iTunes music from being played on competing music players and it also kept competing music services, like RealNetworks, from selling music that could circumvent iTunes and play on the iPod. Apple also made several updates to iTunes that disabled workarounds developed by third-party music companies, and as revealed yesterday, it quietly deleted music downloaded from rival services by directing iPod owners to restore their devices to factory settings. According to Cue, allowing third-party music services to work with the iPod "wouldn't work," causing the integration between iTunes and iPod to fail. "There's no way for us to have done that and had the success we had," he said. In addition to arguing that its DRM was required for deals with record companies, Apple is also positioning its efforts to lock down iTunes and the iPod as a measure to protect consumers from hackers and malicious content. "If a hack happened, we had to remedy the hack within a certain time period," Cue told the court. If the problem wasn't fixed in a timely manner, record companies could pull their music from iTunes, so Apple had to push regular updates to iTunes and its DRM to prevent "hacks" circumventing the technology. The class action lawsuit, which has featured emails from Steve Jobs, began on Tuesday of this week and is being heard in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. Apple marketing head Phil Schiller is still expected to testify, and a video deposition taken from Jobs before his death is also expected to be heard before the court proceedings end. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Promotion Offers 3-Month Premium Subscription for $0.99 to New Customers • Square Launches iOS App for Food Delivery Service Caviar • Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple's Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs • Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015 • iPhone 6 Plus Makes Up 41% of Large Phone Sales as iPhone 6 Leads iOS Devices • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1

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Alabama Representative Patricia Todd is introducing a new anti-discrimination bill that will share a name with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Called the Tim Cook Economic Development Act, the forthcoming bill aims to put an end to work-place discrimination based on sexual orientation. Todd was inspired to name the bill in honor of Tim Cook after he condemned discrimination against LGBT employees in Alabama in October after being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor. "As a state, we took too long to step toward equality," Cook said during his acceptance speech. "We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage, and we are still too slow on equality for the LGBT community." Just days after giving that speech in Alabama, Tim Cook came out as gay himself in an inspiring letter published by Bloomberg Businessweek. In the announcement, Cook said that publicly sharing his sexuality was done in an effort to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people who insist on their equality." Earlier this week, a report from BuzzFeed suggested Apple was initially hesitant to have Tim Cook's name associated with the bill. Todd originally announced her plan to add Tim Cook's moniker to the act just days after he came out as gay, but after a phone call from an Apple employee who "expressed concern" over the usage of Cook's name, she agreed not to use the Apple CEO's name after all."I did get a call from Apple asking me not to name it the Tim Cook bill," she told BuzzFeed News. "They don't want their corporation tied up in the political battle. I understand where they are coming from. I quickly said I would not name it after him."After BuzzFeed published details on Todd's conversation with Apple, the company reversed course and released a statement saying Cook was "honored" to hear about the bill being named after him. Tim was honored to hear that State Rep. Todd wanted to name an antidiscrimination bill after him, and we're sorry if there was any miscommunication about it," Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet wrote in an email. "We have a long history of support for LGBT rights and we hope every state will embrace workplace equality for all.Todd also reportedly received a call from Apple's legal head Bruce Sewell, who "apologized profusely" and said there had been an Apple representative trying to protect the company from controversy. He went on to tell Todd "I'm here to assure you we support this 100 percent," and he said Cook was glad to see his speech in Alabama had inspired action. Even before coming out as gay, Tim Cook has had a long history of supporting equality. In 2013, he lectured on equality at his alma mater Auburn University, and during that same year, both he and Apple publicly supported the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and released a statement in support of Supreme Court gay marriage rulings. Earlier this year, Cook and Apple marched in support of the LGBT community during the 44th annual Pride parade in San Francisco, and the company has a dedicated section about diversity on its website highlighting its deep commitment to equality and human rights. 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 • Spotify Promotion Offers 3-Month Premium Subscription for $0.99 to New Customers • Square Launches iOS App for Food Delivery Service Caviar • Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple's Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs • Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015 • iPhone 6 Plus Makes Up 41% of Large Phone Sales as iPhone 6 Leads iOS Devices • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1

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Apple today announced that it will once again join Code.org's "Hour of Code" campaign, hosting a free one-hour introduction on the basics of computer programming at various Apple Stores on December 11. The company also plans to host other workshops and special events for Computer Science Education week, from December 8 to 14. "Hour of Code" is an initiative that's sponsored by non-profit website Code.org, which hosts a variety of tools for learning and teaching programming. Each year, the site hosts a global movement aimed at reaching millions of students through a free workshop that teaches basic programming techniques.Computer Science Education Week is December 8-14. We're supporting Code.org by hosting workshops and other special events at your local Apple Store. Join us on December 11 for the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming.Along with the one-hour workshop being hosted at many Apple Stores around the world, Apple has also set up special events featuring developers and engineers that will take place over the course of the week in select cities. The Apple Store in SoHo, New York, for example, will feature the team behind Hopscotch, a visual programming language designed for young programmers, and the Apple Store on Regent Street in London will feature NaturalMotion, the team that has created games like Clumsy Ninja. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Square Launches iOS App for Food Delivery Service Caviar • Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple's Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs • Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015 • iPhone 6 Plus Makes Up 41% of Large Phone Sales as iPhone 6 Leads iOS Devices • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries

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Apple is reportedly planning to expand its 2015 iPhone lineup to include a new 4-inch model, according to Asian sources [Google Translate] cited by G for Games. The smaller form factor would bring back the ease of one-hand usage that was lost when Apple introduced its larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. The supply chain sources suggest the new phone may debut in the second half 2015 with female users as the targeted audience for the smaller phone. Even without a new 4-inch model, Apple's history of product lineups suggests the 4-inch iPhone 5s would remain in the lineup in 2015 as the low-end offering once the current models slide down and the iPhone 5c is presumably discontinued. But if Apple wants to maintain a 4-inch option beyond the 2015 lineup, it would make sense to invest in an updated version of that size as the iPhone 5s ages. Still, the sourcing on today's rumor is not entirely clear and a track record is unknown, so it is difficult to assess the potential validity of the claim. As a result, we would not put too much stock in it for the time being until or unless additional information surfaces in the coming months. Even without a new 4-inch model this year, iPhone sales have been strong for the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, with Apple setting a new sales record in the first weekend of availability. While the iPhone 6 is outselling the 6 Plus, the larger handset is holding its own in the phablet market, accounting for 41 percent of large-screened smartphone sales in the past three months. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple's Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs • Starbucks Launches 'Mobile Order & Pay' for iPhone in Portland, National Rollout Coming in 2015 • iPhone 6 Plus Makes Up 41% of Large Phone Sales as iPhone 6 Leads iOS Devices • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech

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Third-party keyboards like Swype and Fleksy promise to make typing on iPhones and iPads faster with features like predictive text and swiping, but new third-party keyboard NinType goes even further, combining taps, swipes, and shortcuts to allow users to type more than 100 words per minute. Created by app developer Yose Widjaja, NinType's magic comes from its ability to support two-handed swipe-based gestures for spelling out words. Using two thumbs, it's possible to use a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly. The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference. NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that's designed to walk users through all of the app's features, and it is deeply customizable with a top bar that can be arranged to a user's liking, different visual effects, extensive shortcut options, and settings for nearly every aspect of the keyboard. There are a number of handy gestures in NinType, including a swipe on the spacebar to move the cursor, a swipe on the backspace key to quickly delete words, edge slides for inserting punctuation, and flick to autocomplete. MacRumors went hands-on with the NinType keyboard to show off how it works and to highlight some key features like themes and the ability to easily insert emoji. NinType also includes features like a built-in calculator, support for multiple languages, a tool for counting words typed per minute, and a "word transformer" mode for stylizing the words that you type. Like most iOS 8 keyboards, NinType occasionally experiences some hiccups that cause it to fail to show up at times, but this appears to be more of an issue with iOS than with NinType itself. Aside from that, we ran into a few crashing problems during our time testing the keyboard, but the developer has been hard at work pushing updates and resolving any lingering issues. NinType is available for both the iPhone and the iPad and can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface

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Between 2007 and 2009, Apple stealthily deleted content that iPod owners had downloaded from rival music services, reports The Wall Street Journal. The information came to light during an ongoing class action iPod lawsuit that Apple is fighting in court this week, where the Cupertino company is accused of having violated antitrust law by locking its original iPods to the iTunes ecosystem. According to plaintiff attorney Patrick Coughlin, a user who downloaded music from a competing music service to iTunes and then tried to sync the content to an iPod would receive a nondescript error message. The vague message would advise the iPod owner to restore the device to its factory settings, deleting the music that had been downloaded from a rival service and preventing it from being played. Apple security director Augustin Farrugia defended the vague error message, stating that Apple didn't want to "confuse users" by providing them with too much information. Farrugia also said the company's efforts to delete music acquired from third-party sources was done in an effort to protect consumers from hackers and malicious content. Yesterday, lawyers for the plaintiffs shared both a videotaped deposition and emails written by Steve Jobs as evidence that Apple had deliberately stymied competing music services after the launch of the iPod. In the correspondence, the former Apple CEO hatched a plan to accuse competing music service RealNetworks of hacking the iPod when it offered song downloads that could be played on the device. The class action lawsuit began on Tuesday of this week and is being heard in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. Both Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and iTunes chief Eddy Cue are expected to testify during the court proceedings. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface

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Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have seen significant improvement, with many models in the online Apple Store now carrying a shipping estimate of 3 to 5 days in the United States. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in all colors and from all carriers in 16 and 64GB configurations now ship within 3 to 5 days, while the more constrained 128GB versions ship within 7 to 10 days. Though the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have been severely constrained since their September debut, Apple has been working hard to improve supplies. The company has reportedly delayed mass production on the iPad Pro to focus on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, a move that's bolstered available supply. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stock first began improving in late November, with 16GB iPhone 6 Plus supplies jumping to a 7 to 10 day shipping estimate after sitting at three to four week shipping estimates for several weeks. 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 Plus devices have seen the biggest increase in supply, because as of late November, 64GB devices carried a shipping estimate of 2 to 3 weeks while 128GB devices carried a shipping estimate of 3 to 4 weeks. iPhone 6 supply has also been steadily improving, going from 7 to 10 days in November to 3 to 5 days today. In store supply of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus has also seen significant improvement, and many stores across the country list availability of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations. Tracking tool iStockNow can be used to find where iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices are available. During Apple's fourth quarter earnings call on October 20, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was "far outstripping" supply and that the company was "not close" to having a supply/demand balance at that time, but based on the improved shipping times, the company could come close to meeting its supply goals before the end of the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6

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Apple today released Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks and a Safari 6.2.1 for older versions of OS X. The release comes nearly three weeks after the Safari betas were first seeded to developers. The new Safari builds can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite requires OS X 10.10 or 10.10.1, while Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks requires OS X 10.9.5 and Safari 6.2.1 for OS X Mountain Lion requires OS X 10.8.5. According to the release notes, Safari 8.0.1 fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices without iCloud Drive turned on, fixes an issue preventing saved passwords from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain, improves WebGL graphics performance on Retina displays, and allows users to import usernames and passwords from Firefox. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6

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Beats co-founder, music mogul, and Apple employee Jimmy Iovine was named as one of GQ's Men of the Year, and in an interview with the magazine, he unveiled some details on his efforts to establish a partnership with Apple, which famously led to the $3 billion acquisition that was Apple's biggest purchase ever. According to Iovine, who had an ongoing relationship with Steve Jobs, he worked hard to persuade Apple to purchase Beats because it was the only company that he wanted to work for. He also believed he had a lot to bring to the company, telling Apple execs that he would "plug" Apple's "hole in music," referring to the company's lack of presence in the streaming music arena. Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr. Dre and Eddy CueI convinced them that they had to buy this company. I said, "I don't want to work for anybody else. I want to do this at Apple. I know I can achieve this at Apple. I don't want to shop it. I wanna come here, to Steve's company. I know you guys; I know what you're capable of; I know you get popular culture. I know you have a hole in music right now; let me plug it." I think it was two years before they said yeah.Though he only joined Apple in 2014, Jimmy Iovine and Steve Jobs were longtime friend and had a close relationship. Iovine even collaborated with Apple on several projects, helping Steve Jobs sign deals with music labels in the early days of iTunes and working with Apple and U2 on a special edition iPod. Iovine even pitched a subscription music service to Apple way back in 2003, far before services like Pandora and Spotify exploded in popularity. Iovine does not have a specific title at Apple, but he reportedly has a senior role at the company alongside Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, and works under iTunes chief Eddy Cue. Given his experience in the music industry, there has been some speculation that Iovine is working to help Apple secure deals with record labels, establish relationships with artists, and create a connection with a younger audience. When announcing the Beats acquisition, Apple CEO Tim Cook called Iovine and Dre's talent and skills "really unique" and "very hard to find." In a later interview, Cook called the duo "off the charts creative geniuses," specifically citing Iovine's knowledge of the music industry as one of the major reasons he was hired. At the current time, Apple is said to be working on a rebranding of Beats Music that may see it incorporating the service into iTunes and cutting the subscription price. The new music streaming service is expected to be unveiled in early 2015, possibly ahead of the Grammy Awards in February. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pegatron May Handle More Than Half of 'iPhone 6s' Orders in 2015 • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification, which promises enhanced privacy measures, increased speed of data transfers, and an update that will allow Bluetooth Smart sensors to directly access the Internet. The group emphasizes connected home scenarios as being able to take the most advantage of Bluetooth 4.2's new direct Internet access feature, promising low-power connectivity using the standard and with IPv6 support available by year's end. “Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT.” The new 4.2 spec also promises speedier data transfers between devices, up to 2.5 times faster than previous versions. Bluetooth SIG promises that "increased data transfer speeds and packet capacity reduces the opportunity for transmission errors to occur and reduces battery consumption, resulting in a more efficient connection." The new privacy features also take aim at lowering power consumption, while protecting consumers from being tracked through their Bluetooth devices. As more retail stores and public places accept Bluetooth beacons and similar applications, Bluetooth SIG hopes to be at the forefront for protecting every user's personal and private information.The new privacy features put control back into the hands of the consumer by making it difficult for eavesdroppers to track a device through its Bluetooth connection without permission. For example, when shopping in a retail store with beacons, unless you’ve enabled permission for the beacon to engage with your device, you can’t be tracked. The standard Bluetooth 4.2 specificiation is available now, with the new direct Internet access feature due within a month. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with at least one U.S. senator to discuss technology policy during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week, reports The Hill. According to the report, Cook sat down with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. Cook apparently met with Hatch to discuss the senator's innovation agenda for the upcoming 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene in January 2015. The pro-research and innovation plan addresses several critical technology issues including patent trolls, company trade secrets, and more. Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, laid out a plan to ensure that the United States continues to foster an environment that encourages research and innovation by addressing abusive patent litigation, protecting trade secrets, modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, strengthening cybersecurity, reforming immigration policy for high-skilled workers, reducing regulatory and tax burdens for innovators, and removing barriers to digital trade. Details of the conversation were not made available, nor is it known whether Cook met with any other senators during his D.C. trip. On Monday, the Apple CEO, along with (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, dropped by a Georgetown Apple Store in the city to mark World AIDS Day and Apple's contributions toward the (RED) campaign. Both Cook and Dugan tweeted photos from the visit. 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 Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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