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Apple today released a series of three Apple Music ads focused on how the service helps users discover artists. The first ad is a 60-second spot highlighting a number of artists and sharing Apple's motivation for creating Apple Music, ending with the tagline "All the artists you love and are about to love. All in one place." Music has never had a bigger place in our lives. To have access nearly all the music in world at our fingertips is remarkable. And yet, there needs to be a place where artists and fans can discover one another. Where the entire experience, from playlists to radio to new releases, is powered by people who live and breathe music. A place that brings you the artists you love, as well as the artists you're about to love. That kind of place would be pretty great. And that's what we set out to do with Apple Music.Two other ads are artist-focused 30-second spots, with one featuring James Bay and the second featuring Kygo. As with the longer general "Discovery" spot, the artist ads are shot in black and white and end with the new tagline, but the artist ads include no spoken content, focusing only on the artists' work and then briefly overlaying a representation of their Apple Music pages with the Connect feature highlighted. The new ads come two weeks after Apple began an Apple Music ad campaign in a number of public spaces around the world, including billboards, signage at bus shelters and subway stations, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, and More • Zane Lowe Discusses Beats 1, Meeting Dr. Dre, Moving to Los Angeles and More • Seagate Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive With Lyve Integration • How to Recover Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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A group of filings posted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission website yesterday (via SlashGear) reveal impending upgrades for Apple's Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard accessories. Images accompanying the filings point to the Magic Mouse's successor to simply be titled "Magic Mouse 2," but no specific name for the new wireless keyboard has been revealed. The internals of both devices will see a notable overhaul in their Bluetooth capabilities, with each device getting a bump from Bluetooth 2.1 to Bluetooth 4.2. The upgrade will bring about Apple accessories that should see a noticeable increase in battery life and more robust communication between the input devices and the main computer. Also of note is the inclusion of integrated lithium battery packs, which users will have to charge instead of the swapping in traditional AA batteries as seen in the current generation of the Magic Mouse and Apple wireless keyboard. The change is noticeable on the wireless keyboard in particular, with Apple able to do away with the barrel shaped feature on the bottom of the existing keyboard where the replaceable AA batteries are housed. Both the Magic Mouse 2 and wireless keyboard have undergone testing with "pre-production" builds of each device, so the possibility of a release sometime before or on Apple's upcoming September iPhone media event may be likely. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, and More • Zane Lowe Discusses Beats 1, Meeting Dr. Dre, Moving to Los Angeles and More • Seagate Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive With Lyve Integration • How to Recover Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple's work on its much-rumored Apple Car is progressing, and the company is said to be scouting for secure locations in the Bay Area where the vehicle can be tested, reports The Guardian. Engineers working on the car project are said to have met with officials at GoMentum Station in May to explore the site as a possible testing facility, suggesting work on the car may be further along than previously thought if there are already prototypes ready for testing. GoMentum Station is a 2,100-acre former naval base run by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority that's located in the East Bay, approximately an hour and a half from Apple's Cupertino headquarters. The site, advertised as "the largest secure test facility in the world," is used to test both Connected Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles and is poised to become "the center of CV/AV research." In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote: "We would... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it]." [...] In late May, Jack Hall, program manager for autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, wrote to Fearon to postpone a tour of the facility but noted: "We would still like to meet in order to keep everything moving and to meet your testing schedule."What's most notable about today's rumor from The Guardian, aside from the fact that the project is nearly to the prototype phase, is the site's supposition that the vehicle is autonomous. Previous reports about the car, being developed under the code name "Project Titan," have disagreed about whether the car is self-driving. According to The Wall Street Journal, the car is electric but not autonomous, while Reuters has sources that say the project does indeed include self-driving cars. It's possible that Apple is exploring both autonomous and non-autonomous electric vehicles under the car project, but Apple's interactions with GoMentum Station don't offer insight into the company's plans as the site is for both autonomous and connected vehicles. Over the last several months, details on Apple's work on an electric car have been trickling out. Apple is said to have hundreds of employees working on the project, and has been recruiting many automotive experts. Apple has also reportedly met with several automobile manufacturers, and even went so far as to explore using the electric BMW i3 as the base for the Apple Car, though talks did not progress to the partnership stage. Apple is rumored to be aiming to launch its Apple Car in 2020, giving it five years of development time. Of course, the car is still in the early testing stages, and Apple often tests products that never see the light of day. There's a possibility that the Apple Car may never make it to market, even after years of testing, should Apple's plans for the vehicle not pan out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Zane Lowe Discusses Beats 1, Meeting Dr. Dre, Moving to Los Angeles and More • Seagate Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive With Lyve Integration • How to Recover Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes

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Apple today began selling the 38mm Modern Buckle band on a standalone basis, marking the first time the Modern Buckle band has been available for purchase since the Apple Watch launched on April 24. Over the course of the last several months, all other bands have become readily available, but the Modern Buckle bands in all sizes and colors has continued to say "Currently unavailable," with no prospective ship date given. The only way to get a Modern Buckle band prior to this morning was to purchase it alongside an Apple Watch. The Modern Buckle is made from Granada leather sourced from a single small tannery in France, which may explain why it has been available in such limited quantities. The Modern Buckle also includes a unique magnetic buckle closure and the leather of the band is reinforced with Vectran weave to keep it from stretching. All sizes and colors of the Modern Buckle band -- including Brown, Black, Soft Pink, and Midnight Blue -- are in stock. Orders placed today will deliver between August 24 and September 1, with in-store pickup being unavailable at this time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications

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Apple today introduced a new Link Bracelet Kit, which is equipped with six additional stainless steel links to make the 42mm Link Bracelet able to fit wrists that exceed 205mm. The six links expand the band by up to 40mm, for a maximum size of 245mm. The Link Bracelet is Apple's only modular band, with size that can be adjusted by adding or removing links. That makes it the only band that can be expanded in this way, and with six additional links, it'll be the band best suited for wrists larger than 215mm, which is where the Classic Buckle maxes out. While Apple Watch bands were designed to fit a wide range of wrist sizes [PDF], from 135mm to 215mm, but there have been complaints that the Apple Watch bands are not large enough for bigger wrists. Quite a few people on Apple's support forums have requested XL-sized bands, and Apple's effort to introduce a kit for the Link Bracelet is its first move towards offering an expanded range of sizes. Apple's Link Bracelet Kit is priced at $49 and available for purchase immediately through the company's online site. It ships out in 5 to 7 business days Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications

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Apple is expected to announce new iPhones and iPads over the next month or so in preparation for the holiday shopping season, but it remains unclear which iPad models in particular will be unveiled. It is widely believed that a new iPad mini 4 will be announced, but rumors about the iPad Air 3 and so-called "iPad Pro" and their respective release dates have been inconsistent thus far. A new report from Taiwanese blog DigiTimes offers some further details, corroborating a previous rumor that Apple is not planning an iPad Air 3 right now and focusing its efforts on the iPad mini 4. The report claims that Apple's upstream supply chain is readying components for the fourth-generation tablet, noting that it will only have minor upgrades over the current iPad mini. Recent reports suggest the upcoming 7.9-inch tablet will likely be a slimmed down version of the iPad Air 2 and support split-view multitasking. DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, so its latest report should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Moreover, the more reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara reported in July that an A9-based iPad Air 3 is still possible for 2015, so Apple's roadmap remains unclear and could change between now and the forthcoming iPhone and iPad event. Apple has faced six consecutive quarters of declining iPad sales year-over-year as the broader tablet market continues to decline. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T Introduces New Mobile Share Value Plans With More Data • Apple Pay Coming 'Very Soon' to Lloyds Bank in United Kingdom • Apple Watch Now Available at Best Buy in Canada and Harvey Norman in Australia • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications

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The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected Samsung's latest appeal in its patent infringement case with Apple without comment, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The appeal was Samsung's effort to get the court to reconsider a central part of the ruling, which would account for $400 million of the $548 million in damages owed to Apple. Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury's verdict that the South Korean tech giant's smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple's design patents.Samsung's only legal option to overturn the latest verdict is to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision comes weeks after Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies sided with Samsung in the case, arguing that forcing Samsung to turn over profits from devices that infringed Apple patents would stifle innovation. This decision is the latest turn in the ongoing patent war between Samsung and Apple. In 2012, a jury ruled that Samsung willfully infringed Apple patents and awarded the Cupertino company $1 billion in damages. The award was slightly reduced after it was determined the jury erred in its judgment. Earlier this year, a U.S. appeals court reversed a significant part of the decision, cutting the award down to $548 million. In mid-June, Samsung asked the court to reconsider its latest appeal, targeting $400 million of the $548 million it owed to Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps

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Bloomberg reports that Apple will be unable to deliver their rumored live TV-over-internet streaming service for the Apple TV until 2016. Content negotiations are reportedly stalling the launch of the service, which Apple had hoped to be ready for their rumored September 9th media event. The company wanted to introduce this year a live TV service delivered via the Internet, but is now aiming for 2016, said people familiar with Apple’s plans. Apparently, pricing of the new TV service is one of the main hurdles in the negotiations. Bloomberg reports that Apple wants to offer "a package of popular channels" for $40/month, a significant discount from the average cable bill. A new Apple TV set top box, however, is still said to be ready for release. The new Apple TV is rumored to have a touch-based remote control and full app store. Apple is expected to announce the new Apple TV on September 9th. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Speck Announces New CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps

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Apple has released updated diversity numbers that provide a breakdown of the company's workforce based on gender, race and ethnicity in 2015. The new data reveals that Apple hired over 11,000 women globally over the past year, a 65% increase over the previous year, in addition to 2,200 Black employees, a 50% year-over-year increase, and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66% increase over the previous year. Apple says that is has hired more diverse candidates in 2015 than any year to date, with the percentage of new hires in the past year broken down as follows: 35% Women (Global), 19% Asian (U.S.), 13% Hispanic (U.S.), 11% Black (U.S.). Apple's global gender split is now 69% male and 31% female, a marginal change from last year's 70% male-30% female split. Apple CEO Tim Cook:Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available to hire. We must address the broad underlying challenges, offer new opportunities, and create a future generation of employees as diverse as the world around us. We also aspire to make a difference beyond Apple.Apple's overall race and ethnicity breakdown in the United States is now 54% White, 18% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 8% Black, 2% Multiple, 1% Other and 6% Undeclared. The data reflects the past year through June 27, 2015 and varies when broken down into individual categories including tech, non-tech, leadership, retail and retail leadership. 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 iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus'

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At Samsung's big press conference today in New York, the company announced two new flagship smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, both of which include large "phablet" sized screens that poise them to be direct competitors to the iPhone 6 Plus. They each include the same 5.7-inch display with 4GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear cameras, and 5-megapixel front cameras, and even the ability to record 4K video. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ (left) with the Galaxy Note5 (right) The Galaxy S6 Edge+ keeps its predecessor's curved screen design, but increases its screen size from 5.1-inches to 5.7-inches, which is even larger than the iPhone 6 Plus' 5.5-inch screen. Otherwise, the phone's internals are only slight bumps from the last generation, with the same rear and front cameras and only a slight RAM increase from the S6 Edge's 3GB. The other phone announced today, the Galaxy Note5, is being aimed at a more enterprise-friendly market, with Samsung describing the smartphone as having an "unmatched set of productivity tools" with the traditional stylus removable from the bottom of the device. Samsung notes that today's upgrades confirm its commitment to the emerging larger-screened smartphone market, "which Samsung boldly pioneered in 2011 with the original Galaxy Note." The company also announced a new accessory for each of the new smartphones unveiled today, a physical keyboard case that snaps over the phone's display, effectively covering the bottom portion of the 5.7-inch screen for the advantage of typing on a physical BlackBerry-like keyboard. Once snapped on, the phone recognizes the accessory, and the OS shrinks itself accordingly. The case works in tandem with the phone's touch screen underneath it, so it doesn't require any additional battery or Bluetooth connectivity to function as key presses become sensed by the screen underneath the keypad when pressed down. Unfortunately, Samsung didn't provide any definitive release date or price for the accessory at today's event. In addition to the new line of smartphones, Samsung provided more details on its own mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, which launches in Korea on August 20 and in the United States on September 28. The company noted that Samsung Pay will be pre-loaded on select Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ devices, with a free software update bringing the service to older-model Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones starting in mid-August. The service's biggest difference from Apple Pay is that it will work at any standard checkout terminal with a magnetic stripe reader meant for traditional credit cards, contrasting with Apple Pay's need for a terminal with an NFC reader. • SIMPLE: To make a payment on Samsung Pay, users can simply swipe up, scan their fingerprint and pay. • SAFE: Samsung Pay uses tokenization, Samsung KNOX, and fingerprint authentication to provide secure payments and reduce the security risks inherent to plastic cards. • VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE: With Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies, Samsung Pay works with most existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals. That means it’s the only mobile payment service that works virtually anywhere you can swipe your credit card or debit card. Once it's set up, users will be able to initiate Samsung Pay from the lock screen and choose a credit card, authenticating their purchase with a passcode or the fingerprint scanner the company introduced with the original Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Since the service doesn't absolutely require NFC terminals, although it does work with them as well, users will just need to swipe their phone along the traditional slot made for tangible credit cards to see their payments go through with Samsung Pay. Samsung also unveiled the first glimpse of a new Gear S2 Smartwatch at today's event, opting for a smaller and rounded watch face over the original Gear S' large, rectangular screen. The company didn't provide many more details besides a quick glimpse at the watch's design and basic operating system, which bears some resemblance to the apps seen on Apple Watch's watchOS. The company promised a full reveal for the smartwatch is to come sometime next month. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are globally launching today, and select United States customers who opt-in for one of the new smartphones -- or have an older-model Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge -- will be able to enter a beta trial of Samsung Pay starting on August 25. Both new phones will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and, the new option, Silver Titanium. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus'

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Apple today released iOS 8.4.1 to the public, roughly six weeks after releasing iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service and one month after first seeding the first iOS 8.4.1 beta to registered developers for testing purposes. Today's iOS 8.4.1 update is Build 12H321 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the using the Software Update tool in the Settings app on iOS devices. iOS 8.4.1 is a minor update that includes under-the-hood performance improvements, bug fixes, and security updates. Throughout the testing period, no outward-facing changes were discovered in the beta, and Apple's release notes specifically mention only Apple Music improvements and fixes. It's likely iOS 8.4.1 will be one of the last updates to the iOS 8 operating system. iOS 9, iOS 8's successor, has been in testing since June and is on track to be released in the fall alongside new iPhones. iOS 9 builds on the features introduced in iOS 8 and adds both new content and underlying performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update

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Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, an under-the-hood update that introduces bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements. OS X 10.10.5 is being released to the public after two developer betas and one month of testing. The OS X 10.10.5 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Today's update notably includes a fix for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation vulnerability that could allow malware to gain root access to a Mac. Earlier this month, a DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit was found to be in use in the wild, so this is an update that all Mac users running Yosemite will want to install as soon as possible.This update: - Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail - Fixes an issue in Photos that prevents importing videos from GoPro cameras - Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.OS X 10.10.5 is likely to be one of the last updates to OS X Yosemite, which will soon be retired in favor of its successor, OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Currently in testing, OS X El Capitan builds on the features introduced with Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Once OS X El Capitan is available for download, OS X Yosemite will see only minor maintenance updates designed to fix security flaws and other major bugs. OS X El Capitan is expected to be released to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update

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The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth profile of industrial designer Marc Newson, a longtime friend of Apple design chief Jonathan Ive who joined the Cupertino-based company in September 2014. The interview touches upon a number of topics, ranging from Newson's creative process and design philosophies to his favorite artists and fashion designers. Apple designers Marc Newson (left) and Jonathan Ive (right) via Vanity Fair Just months after reports claimed Apple is actively researching and developing an electric and possibly self-driving vehicle, Newson added fuel to those rumors by referring to the automotive industry as one of his design pet-peeves. The designer said that while cars used to encapsulate "everything that was good about progress," the industry is now "at the bottom of a trough."My design pet-peeve is: the automotive industry. There were moments when cars somehow encapsulated everything that was good about progress. But right now we’re at the bottom of a trough.Newson's comments certainly do not imply that Apple is working on a vehicle, but it is clear that multiple executives at the Cupertino-based company are car enthusiasts. Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue joined Ferrari's Board of Directors in November 2012, while Ive has owned several luxury vehicles ranging from Aston Martins and Fiats to Bentleys and Land Rovers. Jonathan Ive's previous Aston Martin DB9 supercar The New Yorker also reflected on how Newson and Ive are "car guys" in February:He and Newson are car guys, and they feel disappointed with most modern cars; each summer, they attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where vintage sports cars are exhibited and raced in the South of England. “There are some shocking cars on the road,” Ive said. “One person’s car is another person’s scenery.” To his right was a silver sedan with a jutting lower lip. Ive said, quietly, “For example.” As the disgraced car fell behind, I asked Ive to critique its design: “It is baffling, isn’t it? It’s just nothing, isn’t it? It’s just insipid.” He declined to name the model, muttering, “I don’t know, I don’t want to offend.” (Toyota Echo.)It was reported in February that Apple has hundreds of employees, including former Tesla, Ford and GM engineers, working on an electric vehicle at a top-secret research lab possibly located in the Sunnyvale area. The much-rumored initiative, known internally as "Project Titan," likely remains in the early stages of research and development, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple hopes to begin production in 2020. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iHome's HomeKit-Compatible 'iSP5 SmartPlug' Now Officially Available • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update

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German carrier Deutsche Telekom has once again launched an online reservation service for customers interested in purchasing the next-generation iPhone, as spotted by Apfelpage.de. The new early bird system promises preferred delivery of future smartphone models to customers that sign up with a valid email address and mobile phone number. Deutsche Telekom does not specifically mention the much-rumored "iPhone 6s" or "iPhone 6s Plus" by name, but the reservation service launching just weeks before Apple is expected to launch new iPhones is unlikely a mere coincidence. In September 2011, the carrier rolled out a similar ticket-based reservation service nearly one month before the iPhone 4s was introduced. The reservation service is essentially a pre-order system that functions on a first-come, first-served basis, allowing new and existing customers to provide their contact information, redeem a reservation ticket via SMS or email and receive preferred delivery of Apple's next-generation iPhone to their door without needing to wait in line at an Apple Store or Deutsche Telekom store. Google Translate:By registering the reservation service you have bookmarked for a preferred delivery of pending smartphone innovations. The sooner you reserve and redeem your reservation, the sooner you can expect a delivery and have to stand in line in no snake. You get your device conveniently delivered to your door.(Thanks, Marco!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia

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Apple today released an update to Boot Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10, according to a new support document. The update, Boot Camp 6, is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X. However, several MacRumors forum members have noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp, Apple's tool to allow Intel Mac owners to dual boot OS X and Windows. Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad. Windows 10 support is only available on select Macs with OS X Yosemite and the latest version of Boot Camp, which will automatically download the support software (drivers) needed to use Windows 10 on a Mac. Boot Camp requires an authentic copy of Windows 10 for a new installation, which can be purchased from Microsoft in an ISO file or USB stick for $119. Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free from within their Windows partition as long as the user's software is completely up to date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia

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Apple is working with more than 40 technology companies to make the iPad a better work tool, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The initiative, which is called the Mobility Partner Program (MPP), is an effort to change the way business is done and boost lagging iPad sales. The initiative is a bet that Apple, which has never been a big player in the $2 trillion annual spending on workplace technology, can grab a bigger slice of the market by reshaping the nature of work in mobile-friendly settings—where Apple has an edge.Apple's partners in the program include smaller companies like accounting firm Xero, digital cash register company Revel Systems, and field-service software firm ServiceMax. Some partners, like Xero, have been invited to train Apple business specialists while other undisclosed partners were invited to an Apple sales conference in March, an event that is typically closed to company outsiders. Within the program, Apple reviews its partners' apps and makes suggestions on their work. Apple has also suggested that companies who make complementary apps work together to make their apps compatible, ensuring a richer experience for users. In fact, the partnership has also worked in the reverse, with the Cupertino company's partners getting Apple in touch with business customers in a way it hasn't before. However, the program is still shrouded in secrecy. It's unclear which companies are participating in the program, and some of Apple's partners don't even know the other participating companies or what their role is in selling apps. Apple also doesn't want companies to refer to the program by its given name, MPP, in public. The new initiative is similar to the exclusive partnership Apple and IBM forged last year, in which IBM will begin selling iOS devices to corporate customers and develop 100 industry-specific native apps. As iPad sales continue to shrink and the tablet market continues to decline, it's likely Apple feels boosting enterprise sales of its tablets could offset lack of consumer demand. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia

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Apple yesterday began contacting some customers who recently purchased third-generation Apple TVs, informing them that their devices had shipped with an unspecified faulty part and offering an exchange for a brand-new unit shipped from the company. Unlike some other repair or recall programs, Apple has not posted a public advisory about the issue, suggesting it is a small batch of affected units. As a result, the company is proactively reaching out to owners of the devices known to be defective and offering an exchange. Our defective Apple TV was purchased just a few weeks ago, and other affected customers are likely to have purchased their devices in a similar timeframe. Replacement Apple TV shipped overnight from AppleHi Mitchel, I understand the concern, Apple typically does not reach out to customers proactively this way. I just need you to confirm that you have this device and to make sure I have the right shipping address (i see that below). I will then send you a new apple tv, we will email FedEx labels to send back the old one then once we get the old one, we will send you an iTunes gift card for the troubles.Some users receiving emails from Apple may not have experienced any issues with their Apple TVs, as workers at the Help Desk have noted the company is taking preventative measures in identifying devices with the faulty part before any problems may arise. Because Apple is contacting affected users individually and has not posted an information page on the Apple TV issue, it's likely that only a very small number of people purchased a faulty Apple TV. Readers do not need to worry whether their Apple TVs are defective, as anyone with a bad device will be contacted directly by Apple. Those who have been contacted, however, should be reassured that this is a legitimate replacement program initiated by Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages • Apple Joins NFC Forum to Work on Developing Future NFC Specifications • The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure Among Most Played Artists on Beats 1 • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia

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Nearly three years after the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) was founded in August 2012, several U.S. retailers and restaurants belonging to the consortium will begin publicly testing their Apple Pay rival CurrentC in Columbus, Ohio over the coming weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal. CurrentC is a mobile payments solution that requires scanning a QR code with a smartphone for contactless payment from a checking account, gift card or private label debit or credit card. The service does not currently accept major bank-issued credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard as retailers look to avoid costly fees. Public testing of CurrentC is set to begin just as MCX's three-year exclusivity window expires this week, allowing retailers to explore other mobile payment solutions. Yesterday, MCX member Rite Aid reversed course and will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet on August 15, in addition to Android Pay when available. Best Buy, a founding member of MCX, also began accepting Apple Pay for in-app purchases in April and announced that full Apple Pay support is coming to Best Buy stores in the U.S. later in 2015. The electronics trial will be monitoring CurrentC's limited trial run but has not confirmed that it will be implementing the platform in stores. Other MCX members include 7-Eleven, Alon Brands, CVS, Darden Restaurants, HMSHost, Hy-Vee, Lowe's, Michaels, Publix, Sears, Shell, Sunoco, Target and Walmart, some of which have confirmed plans to launch CurrentC in the future. Other retailers remain in the process of exploring contactless payment solutions or installing the necessary infrastructure to support smartphone-based transactions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Store App Updated With Support for Gift Card Purchases • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement

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Files within OS X El Capitan indicate the upcoming iPad mini 4 will support full Split View multitasking, suggesting its internal specs will be on par with the iPad Air 2. An OS X El Capitan resource file first located by developer Hamza Sood and 9to5Mac from the Safari 9 browser depicts an iPad mini with two apps side-by-side, which is how the Split View feature works. Responsive design mode, which gives developers a way to test different layouts in Safari 9, also allows developers to simulate a Split View layout on an iPad mini 3. The iPad mini 3 does not support Split View, offering further proof that the iPad mini 4 is likely to be the tablet that supports Split View. iOS 9 introduces multitasking for the iPad, and while two of the features, Picture-in-Picture and Slide Over, are available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, the true Split View multitasking feature is only available on the iPad Air 2 because it has 2GB of RAM and a robust A8X processor. To support Split View, the upcoming iPad mini 4 will need to have internal specs that match or exceed those of the iPad Air 2. It's likely the device will include Apple's A8X processor or the A9 processor that's being used in its 2015 iOS devices, with 2GB of RAM also being a strong possibility. Multitasking on the iPad in iOS 9 Specs for the iPad mini 4 have not yet been confirmed, as rumors have focused primarily on the external design of the device. It's expected to look like a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, with a much slimmer 6.1mm body and iPad Air 2-style design features. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States

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Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu saw just two new iPhones in its data logs in July, casting doubt on this morning's rumors suggesting an iPhone 6c launch is still a possibility. Last month, Fisku began seeing two unknown iPhone models in its logs, with the identifiers "iphone8,1" and "iphone8,2," which likely correspond to the next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone and the next-generation larger-screened 5.5-inch iPhone, expected to be called the "iPhone 6s" and the "iPhone 6s Plus," respectively. The current iPhone 6 Plus is "iphone7,1," while the iPhone 6 "iphone 7,2." Fiksu's data includes 87 unique "iphone 8,1" devices and 67 unique "iPhone 8,2" devices, with no hints of a third unidentified model that might represent the rumored smaller-screened iPhone 6c, suggesting such a device is not being tested. While the absence of a third iPhone model in Fiksu's data does not entirely rule out the possibility of an iPhone 6c launch, when combined with previous rumors, the release of such a device alongside the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus seems unlikely. Rumors indicate that while Apple did initially consider launching a 4-inch iPhone 6c in 2015, those plans were scrapped due to concerns the device could cannibalize sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which Apple wants to offer as a lower-cost solution when the next-generation iPhones are released. Other rumors have suggested the iPhone 6c was never intended for 2015, with Apple perhaps planning to launch a smaller-screened phone in 2016. Despite rumors that have seemingly ruled out an iPhone 6c launch, well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass or @evleaks sent out a tweet last night hinting that Apple might still release an iPhone 6c. "Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently," he wrote, without providing additional information. According to Fiksu's data, the "iphone8,1" and "iphone8,2" in its logs are using a wide range of apps, including travel, games, and lifestyle apps. While the majority of usage is coming from the US, the site has also seen hits from Germany and Brazil. Apple is expected to launch its next-generation iPhones in September, likely on September 9. The iPhone event may also see the debut of new iPads and it is said to include the new Apple TV. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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Details on Intel's upcoming 15-watt 6200U - 6600U Skylake processor lineup were shared today by Fanless Tech, giving us a look at what we can expect from the processors that will likely be used in Apple's next MacBook Air update. Click to view larger version The 2.3GHz i5-6200U and the 2.4GHz i5-6300U chips are appropriate for the lower-end MacBook Air models, while the 2.5GHz i7-6500U and the 2.6GHz i7-6600U would be used in the higher-end MacBook Air models. All four chips include Intel HD 5200 graphics. Click to view larger version It is not clear when Intel plans to release the Skylake chips appropriate for the MacBook Air, but with full specs now available, it seems launch is imminent, perhaps planned for next week's Intel Developer Forum. According to the information available, 28-watt chips appropriate for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will not be launching until 2016. Launch dates are equally unclear for the rest of the Skylake lineup, as today's leak only covers chips that would be used in the MacBook Air. Click to view larger version Intel's Skylake processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent boost in CPU performance over Broadwell, plus lower power consumption and improved Intel HD integrated graphics performance. Better energy efficiency will also lead to up to 30 percent longer battery life. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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The most recent iOS 9 beta added WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but when the beta was released last week, the feature was not functional. As of today, some users in the MacRumors forums who are running iOS 9 noticed a different message when attempting to activate the feature, and just hours later, WiFi calling began working for a limited number of AT&T subscribers. When attempting to activate WiFi calling in the Settings app, users who have access to the feature are receiving a welcome screen, a disclaimer, and a notice that WiFi calling has been activated and should be available within a few minutes. During the setup period, users are required to enter an address that emergency services will visit as a caller's location cannot be determined from a WiFi call. Following a short waiting period, WiFi calling becomes ready for use with the "Wi-Fi calling on This iPhone" option toggled on. While a few of our readers have had success getting the WiFi calling feature working, several other users do not have access, suggesting AT&T may be testing the feature in a limited number of areas ahead of launch. WiFi calling was first introduced with iOS 8, and shortly after the feature debuted, AT&T announced plans to support it. The company has not made any further announcements, but it is likely an official launch will come after iOS 9 is released to the public in September. An AT&T employee who is also a MacRumors reader says that his store has not received word on an upcoming launch, so official word on further availability of WiFi calling may still be a few weeks off. WiFi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor. It is similar in function to Apple's own FaceTime audio feature, and has thus far been limited to T-Mobile and Sprint users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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The smartphone market is largely dominated by Android and iOS, dividing smartphone users into two camps: those who stick with the Android operating system and those who use Apple's iPhones. Major players in the smartphone market like Apple, Google, and Samsung all aim to lure "switchers" with dedicated websites and tools for switching platforms, but new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF] suggests getting loyal smartphone users to change operating systems is a tough task. Over the course of the last two years, from 3Q 2013 to 2Q 2015, CIRP has learned that Android and Apple have both retained users at approximately the same rate, with Google having a slight edge. When choosing a new phone, 82 percent of Android users stuck with Android, and 78 percent of iOS users chose to continue using an iPhone. The data also suggests that Apple users switched over to Android at a slightly higher rate. 20 percent of new Android users previously had an iPhone, while 16 percent of new iOS users previously had an Android device. Customers purchasing their first smartphone were more likely to choose Android devices, with 62 percent of first time buyers picking Android and 24 percent of picking iOS."The dynamic between Apple iOS and Google Android is not well-understood," said Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. "Even the basic loyalty rate, the measure of how each operating system retains its own users, is not widely known. Conventional wisdom says the Apple 'ecosystem' promotes loyalty, while Android readily gives up users to iOS. Our analysis has a more nuanced view on operating system selection, and indicates Android user loyalty has caught up and even exceeds that of iOS."Among customers who switched to a new mobile carrier at the same time as switching smartphones, the numbers were in Android's favor. 79 percent of Android users stuck with Android, while only 51 percent of iPhone users who swapped carriers chose an iPhone. According to CIRP, switching from Android to iOS is more common when customers switch to AT&T or Verizon, while switching from iOS to Android is associated with a switch to T-Mobile or Sprint. CIRP attributes the high number of iPhone to Android switchers to T-Mobile and Sprint's "aggressive contracts and pricing." Apple often talks about the number of users switching from Android to iOS during its earnings calls and events, but Android vendors, like Google and Samsung, rarely mention the number of customers who switch from iOS to Android, so it often seems like Android customers are switching at a higher rate. CIRP's data, however, suggests the retainment rates and switching rates between iOS and Android are close, with customers largely remaining loyal to their platform of choice. During the company's last earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company was seeing its highest switcher rate from Android that it had "ever measured." CIRP's data was gathered from quarterly surveys of 4,000 U.S. subjects that activated a mobile phone from July 2013 to July 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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Apple aims to take on Google Now with the addition of several new intuitive features on iOS 9 for iPhone and iPad, including Proactive Suggestions, which provides contextually-aware recommendations for music, email, reminders, calendar events and more based on apps that you frequently open and the time of the day. With iOS 9 currently available in beta, ahead of a public release in September, several readers have shared their real-world experiences with Proactive Suggestions within the MacRumors discussion forums, providing a closer look at the new-and-improved assistant that will be available to all users next month. Music and Maps When you connect your iPhone to your car via Bluetooth, iOS 9 can automatically make suggestions for you based on your common tasks while driving. For example, if you often listen to music while driving, it is likely that playback controls or a suggested playlist will be displayed on the Lock screen. Meanwhile, if you are a daily commuter focused on getting from point A to point B in the fastest manner possible, iOS 9 can also learn to display real-time traffic updates and an approximate time it will take to reach your destination through Apple Maps notifications on the Lock screen. MacRumors forum member penajmz:"This is when I get in my car now every day. It's really nice and it started happening after the last beta. I get traffic and music app because I usually play music as soon as the Bluetooth connects."Netflix MacRumors forum member VSMacOne:"About a week and a half ago I switched from listening to Podcasts to watching Netflix during my morning run on the elliptical and this morning when I cut on my iPad I saw the Netflix icon in the lower left corner and then again in the multitask view in the same place where Handoff shows up but with the message Good Morning! This is really awesome."Games MacRumors forum member XTheLancerX:"I always wake up and check Clash of Clans in the morning. iOS 9 has noticed."iOS 9 can remember which games you play the most and when, such as Clash of Clans every morning, place the app in your multitasking view, provide Lock screen notifications and more so that you can easily pick up where you left off. In another real-world scenario, iOS 9 recognizes that MacRumors forum member Shirasaki often plays a Japanese game called ラブライブ! after plugging in EarPods into the headphone jack, so it automatically suggests the app and places it in the multitasking view on iPhone. Siri on iOS 9 will also feature quick connections for finding contacts, deeper search within apps, nearby places, news and other suggestions as a more intelligent assistant on iPhone and iPad. Siri can also be searched for a wider range of topics, understands what you are saying more accurately and delivers search results faster. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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Rite Aid today announced that its 4,600 stores across the United States will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet starting August 15, nearly one year after infamously disabling support for the iPhone-based mobile payments service nationwide. “Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.” Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders • How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement

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