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In an extensive research note covering Apple's product roadmap for 2014, KGI Securities Ming Chi Kuo reiterated expectations that Apple is working on a ultra slim 12" MacBook Air but also revealed a new low-cost iMac in the works. Kuo's predictions for the 12" MacBook Air match what was leaked in March from a reliable Chinese forum source. The new 12" MacBook Air will "redefine notebook user experience": - Thinner than current models - No fan - Buttonless trackpad - Higher resolution Display Kuo first predicted this ultra thin 12" MacBook Air late last year.We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era. We think the form factor will showcase a much improved clamshell structure, and that it will redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.Besides the 12" MacBook Air, Kuo reveals that a "low-priced" version of the iMac is coming. The new model will help compete with companies such as HP and Lenovo as well as grow market share in Asia. The 12" MacBook Air is not expected until late 2014, while the low-cost iMac may come mid-year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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Apple is set to release a slew of new products during the third quarter of 2014 according to KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who often provides reliable information on Apple’s product lineup. In a 2014 product roadmap, Kuo suggests Apple will introduce its first new product of the year, a lower-cost iMac, during the second quarter. Soon after, during the third quarter, Kuo predicts Apple will introduce an upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini, followed by an iWatch in two separate sizes, and a 4.7-inch iPhone. An upgraded Apple TV set-top box will come somewhat later, as will the rumored 12-inch ultra slim MacBook and upgraded Retina MacBook Pros. Later, in the fourth quarter, Apple will introduce the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be delayed due to issues with in-cell display technology. Along with his roadmap, Kuo also gives specific information on each of Apple’s upcoming products. - iWatch: Kuo believes the iWatch will ship during the end of the third quarter, offering biometric functionality, integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and a "fashionable appearance." As has been previously suggested, he predicts the device will come in two sizes, with a 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. It will also include a sapphire cover lens, biometric recognition, an NFC chip, wireless charging, a 200 to 250 mAh battery, and a slim and light design. Kuo also believes that Apple will offer the iWatch at multiple price points, with the most expensive version costing upwards of $1,000. - iPhone 6: Supporting previous iPhone 6 rumors, Kuo believes the device will come in two sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, with resolutions of 1334x750 (326ppi) and 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi), respectively. Both models will come with an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, LTPS display panels, optical image stabilization, and Touch ID. Kuo points to a 10 to 20 percent narrower bezel, a 6.5–7.0mm thickness, metal casings, and NFC integration. Mass shipments of the 4.7-inch version are expected in September, with the 5.5-inch version shipping later. Kuo suggests that only the 64GB 5.5-inch version will use sapphire displays. - iPad Air 2: The second-generation iPad Air is expected to adopt Touch ID, an A8 processor, and an improved camera with a resolution of eight megapixels. Kuo believes the second iPad Air could come earlier in the year than the previous iPad Air, which was released in October. - iPad mini with Retina Display: Like the iPad Air, a new Retina mini could gain an A8 processor and Touch ID, but Kuo believes it will retain the same form factor. He also suggests that the older iPad mini with Retina display could be sold at a lower cost. - 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Kuo believes that Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but he does not expect it to be launched in 2014. - 12-inch MacBook Air: As rumored, Apple is believed to be preparing an ultrathin MacBook Air that incorporates a touchpad without buttons and functions without a fan. It is also expected to include a higher-resolution display. - iMac: A lower-priced iMac is believed to be on the horizon, which Kuo says could help boost iMac shipments by up to 23 percent. It could be Apple’s first product launch of the year. - Apple TV: Apple is not expected to launch a full television set this year, but an upgraded set top box with an App Store and motion control technology is expected. While Kuo’s predictions do include many rumors that have previously surfaced over the past several months from a variety of sources, his roadmap gives a solid overview of what we might expect from Apple in 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • U.S. Mac Sales Fall in Winter Quarter, Global PC Market Sees Continued Sales Falloff • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D38 to Developers • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany

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Apple has confirmed the departure of Greg Christie, part of the original team behind the iPhone. His leaving the company was previously reported by 9to5Mac and was said to follow a falling out between Christie and Jony Ive, Apple's design chief. In an statement given to the Financial Times, Apple says that Christie has been planning to retire later this year and is still within the company. Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.Christie has worked with Apple since 1996 and was credited with the development of the "Slide to Unlock" feature of iPhones and iPads, though he is named as an inventor on hundreds of other patents. New York Times reporter Brian X. Chen tweeted that Christie's retirement was announced within the company "weeks ago". Was just told Apple VP Greg Christie's retirement was announced weeks ago. I don't know anything about Ive politics.— Brian X. Chen (@bxchen) April 9, 2014 Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple is planning to expand and improve marketing efforts by partnering with four new digital ad agencies, including WPP's AKQA, Interpublic Group's Huge, Area 17, and Kettle, reports Ad Age. The agencies will work on digital strategy and user experience, among other things.The scope of the work being assigned across the agencies is broad, and will likely include user experience and digital strategy, among other elements, according to people familiar with the matter.According to Ad Age, Apple's new partnerships will not affect existing relationships, such as that with TBWA/Media Arts Lab. Apple's longtime advertising partner was recently in the spotlight after the Apple vs. Samsung trial surfaced a heated email correspondence between the agency and Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller. Apple and Schiller were unhappy with the TBWA's early 2013 advertising efforts, but those relationship wrinkles were apparently ironed out as Apple has continued to work with the agency, producing the successful "Photos Every Day" and "Music Every Day" advertisements in late 2013. Apple also works with several other digital shops and in 2013, the company began working on doubling the size of its in-house creative design team, likely as a response to increased pressure from Samsung. Samsung's "The Next Big Thing" advertising campaign reportedly infuriated Apple executives, leading to its troubles with its own advertising agencies. According to a recent report, Apple spent $351 million on advertising in the U.S. in 2013, while Samsung spent $363 million. In years past, Samsung has far outspent Apple on advertisements, but that gap appears to have narrowed as Apple has made moves to improve its marketing campaigns. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple is considering a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store as iTunes Radio has failed to stop declining music downloads, reports Billboard. As reported earlier this year, the company may create an on-demand music streaming service similar to Spotify in order to boost sales as well as an Android iTunes app. "iTunes Radio hasn’t solved the problem of refreshing the iTunes store," said a senior label executive. "While listeners are clicking the buy buttons, the traffic it is driving is in the low single digits of listeners."Only one to two percent of iTunes Radio listeners go on to buy songs and digital music sales were down some 5.7 percent in 2013, according to a January report. Overall music downloads have been declining upwards of 15 percent while iTunes is also losing money to competitors like YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora. iTunes still accounts for upwards of 40 percent of U.S. music sales revenue and iTunes Radio is the third largest music streaming service after Pandora and iHeartRadio, but it has not thus far generated the sales that Apple expected. According to the report, Apple's options for improving iTunes are being debated internally and among the company's content partners as it works to overcome competition from Android and an increasing consumer preference for streaming music services.Meanwhile, in the U.S., Apple is losing its most valuable customers. "Two-thirds of its high-value customers are now in subscription services," said one source. "That has been an eye-opener for them."While iTunes Radio allows users to create radio stations based on song selections, an on-demand service similar to Spotify would potentially allow users to select songs at will and could carry a monthly fee. iTunes Radio is available for free and supported by ads, with Apple also making its iTunes Match service available to customers. With an on-demand subscription service, Apple could supply all music models customers are interested in, offering a la carte downloads via iTunes, free music via iTunes Radio, and a premium on-demand service. According to one music executive, Apple has radical plans for iTunes in store, which could lead to a "completely different" experience in three to five years. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple's Vice President of Human Interface Greg Christie is set to depart from the company after clashing with Jony Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design who oversees and guides the Human Interface teams, reports 9to5Mac. Ive first took on a role "providing leadership" for the Human Interface teams in late 2012, following Scott Forstall's departure from the company. Christie has led much of Apple's software design and reports to Craig Federighi, who oversees development of iOS and OS X, but Christie interacts with Ive during design meetings. Christie's team was responsible for redesigning iOS 7, which reportedly led to disagreements with Ive.Sources say that Christie's upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive. When Ive tasked Apple's Human Interface team with redesigning iOS 7 to include an entirely new look, Christie and Ive reportedly clashed over design direction, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie's leadership of the team during the new operating system's development.Following Christie's departure, software design will fall under Ive's umbrella, with software designers working alongside Ive's industrial design team rather than Federighi's group. Christie, who has worked for Apple since 1996, was one of the original software engineers who developed iOS for the first iPhone. He recently did an interview with The Wall Street Journal detailing the development of the original iPhone and he testified in the second Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, telling the court that the "Slide to Unlock" feature he's credited with inventing is an essential iPhone feature. Along with "Slide to Unlock," Christie has been instrumental in developing many important iPhone features, with hundreds of Apple patents in his name. It is unclear what he plans to do after his departure or when he will officially depart from the company. Following the departure of Scott Forstall, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on the importance of collaboration and noted that the merging of software and hardware design was needed to take Apple's collaborative efforts to the next level. Last year, Ive and Federighi also spoke on collaboration and how they worked together to create iOS 7. With Ive taking full control over software design with Christie's departure, the integration between Apple's software and hardware may improve even further. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Dropbox today announced several new products for its desktop and mobile consumers, including Mailbox for OS X and a new photo and video sharing app called Carousel. Carousel is a standalone app that is designed to organize a user's entire collection of photos stored via Dropbox, separating them into an event-based timeline that also highlights important moments and supports private messages. Photos automatically backup to Dropbox and sync across all platforms. They can also be shared in batches with and saved to other users' timelines via email or phone number, regardless of whether or not the user has a Dropbox account. According to Dropbox, the app, deemed "one place for all your memories" backs up photos to Dropbox, with storage being tied to the amount of space in a user's Dropbox account.We'd like you to meet Carousel: a gallery for all the photos and videos from your life. It combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs up new ones as you take them. Carousel sorts all these memories by event so you can easily travel back in time to any photo from any date. And unlike other mobile galleries, the size of your Carousel isn't constrained by the space on your phone, which means you can finally have your entire life's memories in one place.While Dropbox already allows automatic camera uploads and image storage, photos are generally dumped into a single folder that doesn't offer many organizational options. Carousel will bring a whole new photo viewing and sharing experience that will make it much easier for users to browse through their image collections. The app will be live later today. Along with Carousel, Dropbox has also announced plans to bring its popular Mailbox app for iOS to the desktop. There are few details available on the OS X version of the app, but it will likely function similarly to the iOS app, allowing users to "snooze" messages and organize them into lists. There's no prospective launch date on the horizon, but Dropbox is accepting beta signups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple recently hired two high-level baseband hardware engineers who left their longtime positions at Broadcom to join the team at Apple, reports AppleInsider. The discovery of these recent hires follows a report earlier this week that suggests Apple is assembling a team of engineers to develop its own baseband chips for future iPhone models. This baseband hardware controls the radio functions of a device, handling cellular connectivity details such as signal generation, modulation and more. The first hire in January 2014 was RF engineer Xiping Wang, who spent over ten years at Broadcom as a Design Engineer and manager of Hardware Development Engineering. Wang was followed by principal engineer and Chip Lead Paul Chang, who joined Apple in February 2014. At Broadcom, Chang was a hardware lead, overseeing the team that developed baseband transceivers for Nokia and Samsung mobile devices. All together, Apple has assembled at least 30 mid- and senior-level baseband software and hardware engineers from Broadcom and current iPhone baseband vendor Qualcomm over the past three years. Apple is also advertising more than 50 additional openings related to RF chip design, an indication that the build-up is not yet complete. Apple currently purchases its baseband hardware from Qualcomm, but has recently made acquisitions that would bring more of its chip development in-house. Last year, Apple acquired low-power wireless chip provider Passif Semiconductor and is in talks to acquire Renesas SP Drivers, a division of Renesas Electronics that develops chips for smartphone displays. These acquisitions are part of a larger move by Apple to control the development and production of its core technologies. This push started with the development of Apple's ARM-based "A" series processor that powers its iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. The A7 is the most recent processor in the series and is described as providing "desktop class" performance for Apple's mobile devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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With a goal to overhaul the online payments industry and a new revolving credit facility worth $200 million, analysts and technology pundits are wondering where Square is headed next. At least one theory proposed by Re/Code explores the possibility of an Apple acquisition. Both Apple and Google have been rumored to be in talks with Square in the past year about a possible acquisition, but no firm offers have been made. Square is not actively trying to sell the company, but it would entertain a premium offer insider sources claim, unless it was from Google. Either way, a sale to Google would disappoint Dorsey, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. For one, he was reportedly put off by Google after being involved in acquisition talks between his former company, Twitter, and the search giant. He also believes, sources said, that his company’s design aesthetic and values match up much more closely with Apple than Google. Square has close ties to Apple with its hardware chief Jesse Dorogusker leaving his position as director of engineering for the iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories at Apple to join the mobile payments startup. A Square acquisition would be beneficial for both Apple and Square claims Re/Code. Square's future would be secured by Apple's cash reserves and its favorable position in retail, while Apple would be able to use Square's payment expertise to jump start any plans it has for a mobile payment system. Apple, though, may be ready to enable online purchases via an iPhone, but it likely is not ready for the robust offline system offered by Square. But Apple’s entrance into mobile payments is much more likely to start with services that use its iPhones to help make online purchases easier to consummate rather than moving into offline payments, industry sources say. Square wouldn’t be of much help in that regard. As such, Apple has soured on the idea of making an acquisition offer to Square for now, according to sources familiar with the company’s thinking. Apple may be developing a mobile payment service that would allow consumers to pay for physical goods using information stored in their iTunes accounts. The company is thought to have moved Jennifer Bailey from her position in Apple's online stores to a new role that places her in charge of building a payment service for the company. Apple already has the underpinnings of such a payment system with the millions of credit cards stored in customer's iTunes accounts and its Passbook digital wallet app. CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of mobile payments during a recent earning conference call, saying there is "a big opportunity on the platform." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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According to Japanese website EMSOne [Google Translate, via G for Games], Apple is planning to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July with the larger 5.5-inch version to enter mass production in September. The report notes that both versions of the next-generation iPhone will go on sale at some point during the fourth quarter of this year, with the 4.7-inch iPhone being announced and released earlier than the 5.5-inch iPhone. Renderings of iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") based on leaked schematics The news comes as a report from Reuters last month stated that Apple would begin production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May for the device's release this fall. The report also noted that the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 would be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and would start production several months after the 4.7-inch version. A report last month from Japanese newspaper Nikkei stated that the iPhone 6 could launch "as early as September" and will be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. This contrasted a claim from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who said that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 might be the only model to launch later this year, as a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version was unclear. Internal documents from the second ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung also indicate that Apple is poised to release a larger phone, as a slide deck from an April 2013 presentation showed that customers want less expensive and most notably, larger screen smartphones. In addition to a larger display, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to feature a durable, sapphire screen, and a thinner, bezel-free design in addition to processor and camera upgrades. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple seems to be testing a new notification feature in its Maps application, based on a report and screenshots captured by a MacRumors reader. The user reported an error to Apple in the Maps app on April 6 and was given an option to receive a notification when the issue was resolved, with Apple sending a push notification on April 8 indicating the problem had been fixed. It appears that the feature is still in testing at this point and it is unclear when it might be made available to all users. The initial user who first spotted the feature says that the option has only appeared intermittently, but a MacRumors forum user was able to confirm that he had seen it as well. MacRumors has been unable to reproduce it. While Apple has allowed users to report errors since Maps first debuted in September of 2012, the company has not previously provided notifications that let users know when a problem has been fixed. Notably, Google currently includes support for a similar feature in its mapping service, notifying users via email about the progress of a reported problem or suggested edit. News of the notification feature comes as Apple continues to work hard on improving its mapping app after facing significant criticism over data inaccuracies when the app first launched alongside iOS 6. Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for Maps after the problematic launch, stating that the company was "extremely sorry" for the frustration it had caused, promising to work "non stop" until Maps was improved. Maps notifications would allow users to know that Apple is actively listening to reports and working diligently on fixing errors. Apple's mapping application has been notable for providing potentially dangerous information at times, as it has directed drivers in Alaska onto an airport taxiway used by the Fairbanks International Airport and directed motorists in Victoria, Australia to the middle of the wilderness. Screenshots showing the correction notification: Push notification and notice that Maps data has been corrected Apple has hired dozens of "ground truth" experts around the world to improve the quality of its mapping service and acquired a number of mapping apps throughout the past year, including HopStop, Locationary, BroadMap, and Embark. It is also likely that Apple features major improvements to the Maps app in iOS 8, such as adding transit directions for the first time and enhancing points of interest. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Three Apple suppliers have delivered samples of flexible circuit boards for the iWatch as the device is now expected to be unveiled in September, reports DigiTimes. Screen-centric iWatch concept by DesignerEI Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources. The news follows a report yesterday from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News which indicated that the iWatch will launch in the third quarter of this year, with Apple targeting production of 65 million units by the end of 2014. A reveal in September would mean that the device would be released shortly thereafter, most likely alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. While details about the iWatch have been slim, most reports have pointed to the device featuring biometric sensors to track a number of health-related statistics, including UV light exposure, heart rate, and skin temperature. Apple is also said to be releasing a “Healthbook” app with iOS 8 that will work with the iPhone and iWatch to track other health statistics like weight, heart, rate, and calories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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In the ongoing Samsung vs. Apple lawsuit, two experts hired by Apple took the stand on Tuesday to explain to the jury why Samsung deserves to pay $2 billion in damages for infringing on Apple's patents. First up was John Hauser, a professor of marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who argued (via CNET) that the specific features patented by Apple, such as slide to unlock, made Samsung's devices far more appealing to consumers. To reach that conclusion, Hauser surveyed 966 Samsung device users (507 phone owners and 459 tablet owners) to measure the percentage of consumers who would buy devices with specific features, including universal search, background syncing, quick links, automatic word correction, and slide-to-unlock, among others. Those metrics were then used to determine how much people would pay for the Apple-patented features that Samsung included in its devices, with Hauser coming to the conclusion that customers would shell out $32 to $102 for each feature. "The features that were enabled by the patents at issue in this case have a measurable impact on consumer demand for Samsung devices," Hauser said during his testimony Tuesday.During cross examination, Samsung objected to Hauser's methodology, which had concluded that Samsung largely sold devices due to the features copied from Apple, and criticized it for overlooking the importance of the Samsung brand and the Android operating system. Following Hauser's testimony, MIT-trained economist Chris Vellturo took the stand (via Re/code) to explain how Apple arrived at its $2 billion number. The damages, he said, are a mix of lost profits and estimated reasonable royalties on the millions Samsung devices that have been accused of infringing on Apple's patents."It's a very large market and Samsung has made a lot of sales into that market," Vellturo said, before getting into the specifics of how he came to his estimate. Samsung's alleged infringement, he said, came at a time of dramatic growth in the market as many people were buying their first smartphone. "It's a particularly significant period for Samsung to have been infringing," Vellturo said, adding that one's first smartphone purchase is a key determining factor in future phone and tablet purchases. He added that Samsung was behind in ease of use and took Apple's know-how to aid its effort to be more competitive. In the original Apple vs. Samsung trial, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $890 million in damages. The latest suit focuses on newer devices, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4/4s/5, the iPad 2/3/4, the iPad mini, and fourth and fifth generation iPod touch. Following today's expert testimony, Apple is nearing the end of its case against Samsung. Next week, Samsung will present its infringement case against Apple, where it is asking for $7 million in damages. The entire trial is expected to continue until April 29 or 30, at which point the jury will enter deliberations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Apple's iPhone continues to grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey [PDF], which asked 7,500 teens about their device preferences. 61 percent of teens now own an iPhone, compared to 55 percent from a survey conducted in October 2013 and 40 percent in the fall of 2012. 67 percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone, up slightly from October's survey. When it comes to tablets, 60 percent of teens own one, up from 56 percent in the fall. 66 percent of those own an iPad (55% full-sized, 11% mini), which is down slightly from 68 percent, with ownership shifting further towards the mini. 18 percent of teens who don't own a tablet expect to buy one in the next sixth months and of those prospective buyers, 66 percent plan to choose an iPad. The Spring 2014 survey also covered prospective teen interest in an Apple smart watch, which the company is said to be developing. Of the 7,500 teenagers surveyed, six percent currently own a smart watch and 17 percent of teens would buy an iWatch if Apple were to sell it for $350 or less.The bigger takeaway from our survey is that 17% of teens suggested they would be interested in an iWatch, which we believe is an indication of consumer thirst for not only the iWatch specifically, but the new product categories that have been promised by Apple.In the past, Samsung has attempted to position its Galaxy phones as the choice for teenagers by portraying the iPhone as "uncool," but this marketing tactic appears to be largely unsuccessful given the segment's growing interest in Apple products. Despite the iPhone's popularity, the iPad has become slightly less popular with teenagers as competitors like Google and Kindle have released more affordable options. Android tablets in particular have seen consistent growth among teens, even after the launch of the Retina iPad mini and the thinner and lighter iPad Air. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Since Microsoft Office for iPad was released shortly after Satya Nadella took the reins at Microsoft, many assumed that he had given the final go ahead for the release of the software. As it turns out, it was actually outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer who gave the green light for the launch of the project. The details come from a new "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit with Microsoft's Office for iPad team. On the post, a user asked how many of the company's recent moves could be attributed to Ballmer and the team states that the decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Microsoft's Office for iPad Testing LabThe decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Steve Ballmer approved the plan to ship Office for iPad. -- Kaberi, Technical Product Manager, Office for iPadOffice for iPad was in development for years before it was released to the public in March, with hints of the software first appearing in 2011 and a prototype surfacing in 2012. Microsoft was initially focusing on bringing the Office software to its own line of touch-based tablets before bringing it to the iPad, but the company reversed course earlier this year and launched the software. The team commented on the delay:Since we were designing Office for iPad from a "blank slate" so to speak, we wanted to take the time to deliver the highest possible quality Office experience that is fully optimized for the iPad. A wise man once said, "Details matter, it's worth waiting to get it right." That rings true for how we thought about it.Han-yi Shaw, Group Program Manager & Design Manager for Office for iPadThus far, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have done well in the App Store, hitting the top of the Free App Store Charts within a single day. Microsoft announced last Friday that the apps had reached a collective 12 million downloads since release, and they remain the top three free iPad apps in the App Store. Though Microsoft's apps are available for free from the App Store, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription, which is priced at $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Apple receives a 30 percent cut of subscriptions that are purchased within the App Store, making the apps lucrative for both companies. Aside from giving details on the release of Office for iPad, the Microsoft Team also gave out information on when to expect new features. Printing, a feature lacking from the existing version of the software is "a high demand feature that [Microsoft] intends to introduce in due course." When asked about a possible update to Office for Mac, the team did not hint at a release date, only confirming that the software is indeed in the works. They did note that Office for iPad has sped up development on Office for Mac, however, as the code for the products is shared and the development platforms are similar. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2nd with a keynote address from Apple CEO Tim Cook. iOS 8 is the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are a number of other possible topics, including OS X 10.10, Apple TV, MacBook Airs, and the long rumored iWatch. Read full article for more details. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Late last month, a set of alleged design drawings was published by Japanese magazine MacFan, showing dimensions for upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models. It's not uncommon for us to see design and case leaks in the months leading up to the new iPhone release. In some cases, as with the iPhone 5C, early design leaks turn out to be quite close to the final product, though in other instances they turn out to be inaccurate. Based on those drawings, MacRumors commissioned designer Ferry Passchier to create some full product renderings of the rumored iPhone 6. While these aren't the first renderings, we asked Ferry to also show how they would compare in size to existing devices such as the iPhone 5s and iPad mini. iPhone 6 (4.7") and iPhone 6 (5.7") The iPhone designs in the drawings include several differences compared to the iPhone 5s. The top power button has been moved from the right side to the left side of the device. The rear camera on the larger model is also shown as protruding slightly from the rear shell, as is the case with the current iPod touch. The camera flash has also reverted back to a round-design unlike the one found on the iPhone 5s. Left to Right: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 (4.7"), iPhone 6 (5.7"), iPad mini This image shows how the new iPhone 6 design compares to the existing product line. The iPhone 5s is depicted on the left with a 4" screen, while the iPad mini (7.9") is on the far right. In between are the rumored 4.7" and 5.7" iPhone 6 from the design document. Over the weekend, an Apple slide deck from April 2013 surfaced from the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent trial, illustrating Apple's awareness that smartphone growth was coming from the low end of the market and in phones with screens larger than the iPhone's 4-inch display. With the slides noting that "customers want what we don't have", it's clear why Apple is reportedly planning to increase the size of the iPhone's display with this year's models. The iPhone 6 is expected to debut this fall, although a recent report from Reuters claims that the larger version may not be ready to launch at that time. We can't be certain these schematics are accurate, but Apple clearly sees the need to address the larger smartphone market. We expect more leaks in the future as production of the iPhone 6 begins ramping up. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Samsung is the leader in mobile advertising, significantly outspending all its rivals on commercials that target the U.S. market. Though still number one, the Korean company's advertising dollar lead is shrinking, reports the Wall Street Journal, with Samsung's rivals increasing their advertising spending by 33 percent year over year in 2013. According to ad research company Kantar Media, the top seven U.S. smartphone makers spent over $1.3 billion in 2013 on advertisements for print, TV online, radio and outdoor venues. Apple spent $351 million last year, with the bulk of that money ($339 million) going toward TV ads. While Apple increased its spending 5 percent year over year on mobile phone ads, Samsung scaled back its advertising efforts, reducing its U.S. advertising by 10 percent in 2013 to $363 million. The gap between Samsung and Apple now has narrowed to $12 million, which is less than the $68 million gap in 2012. Samsung is known for its aggressive Galaxy marketing campaigns, which routinely target rival devices. Samsung's clever tagline "The next big thing" reportedly infuriated Apple executives and lead to a tense email exchange between Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller and the company's longtime ad agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab. Despite outspending Apple in advertising dollars, Samsung trails Apple in U.S. smartphone subscribers, with 26.7 percent market share as compared to Apple's 41.6 percent. Apple's market share continues to grow, but the overall rate of adoption is slowing as the smartphone market approaches saturation. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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Benoit Dupin, the Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left his position at the online retailer to join Apple, reports 9to5Mac. Dupin's profile recently was removed from Amazon's A9 website, and Dupin's LinkedIn profile now reflects his new position as Director at Apple. At Amazon, Dupin worked in the A9 group, which powers product search and advertising throughout Amazon's international web stores. Dupin has experience working with search infrastructure, search experience and search relevance at Amazon. He also held positions at HP, Easyplanet and Canon Research France. Dupin is joining Apple as a possible replacement for the exiting Cathy Edwards of Chomp, who joined Apple when the Cupertino company acquired the smartphone app search engine. Edwards served as the Director of Evaluation and Quality for Apple Maps, iTunes Store and App Store. Dupin will assume a similar role as Edwards, bringing his search expertise to those product areas within Apple. Dupin's exact role at Apple in not known, but his search expertise could be utilized in Apple's Maps as well as its iTunes and App Store, all of which have been criticized for their undependable search results. The company regularly tweaks its search algorithm within its App Store, recently adding a new search suggestion feature for iOS owners. Apple also is rumored to be working on improving the Maps experience in iOS 8 with new transit Directions and improved points of interest data. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening

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An alleged bill of materials for Apple’s upcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the product will launch in the third quarter of this year, reports Taiwan’s Economic Daily News [Google Translation] (via DigiTimes). iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand The report claims that the iWatch itself will be manufactured by Apple supplier Quanta Computer, with Richtek Technology and TPK supplying chips and sapphire touch panels, respectively. Meanwhile, the device’s processor is said to be developed by Apple, with chip production being outsourced to Samsung. In total, Apple is said to be targeting production of 65 million iWatch units by the end of 2014. Notably, two suppliers mentioned in the report have been linked to previous stories about iWatch production, albeit with contrasting details. In November, Quanta Computer was rumored to have landed a contract to mass produce the iWatch for a Q2 2014 release, while a report this past February claimed that Apple had chosen TPK to supply flexible AMOLED panels for iWatch. While the exact features of the iWatch are currently unknown, past rumors have indicated that the device will feature biometric sensors to track a number of health-related statistics, including sleep activity, UV light exposure, and heart rate. A “Healthbook” companion app is also said to be in the works for iOS 8, which would integrate with the iPhone and iWatch to monitor and track other health statistics. To this point, most reports have pointed to a release later in the year for the iWatch alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. A Q3 2014 release as indicated by the Economic Daily News would mean that the device could be unveiled by Apple sooner, possibly at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates

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Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch may include a UV light exposure sensor provided by Texas-based Silicon Labs, according to a new research note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis (via AppleInsider). The digital ultraviolet sensor, which was announced in February, is described by Silicon Labs as “ideal for activity-tracking wrist and arm bands, smart watches and smartphone handsets.” In addition to tracking UV sun exposure, the sensor is also said to track heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry levels and provide proximity and gesture control. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor Balogh These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple’s upcoming iWatch (late 2H14 or early 2015). Past reports have indicated that Apple is preparing to include the ability to monitor a number of health-related metrics in the iWatch such as heart rate, sleep activity, movement, perspiration levels, and skin temperature. Apple is also said to be developing a “Healthbook” app for iOS 8 which would help the iWatch monitor and track health statistics like weight, heart rate, calories and step counts in conjunction with the iPhone. Over the past year, Apple has also hired a number of health experts in fields related to heart rate monitoring and fitness tracking, including two executives from pulse-oximetry company Masimo and others from C8 MediSensors, a company that develops non-invasive blood monitoring sensors. While details on the iWatch have been mostly limited, more information on the product is likely to be revealed as the product’s release grows closer. It is unknown when Apple plans to release the iWatch itself, but a fall release date alongside iOS 8 and the next-generation iPhone is likely. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers

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Adobe's professional photo editing software Lightroom has finally made its way to iOS devices with Adobe's new Lightroom mobile app for the iPad, allowing photographers who use the desktop version of Lightroom to edit and organize photos from anywhere. Lightroom mobile is not a standalone app, requiring both a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud and Lightroom 5 to function. Integrating seamlessly with the full version of Lightroom 5 for PCs and Macs, Lightroom mobile allows users to log in to the app with an Adobe ID to access the library of content stored in a desktop version of Lightroom. The app downloads Smart Previews of files from the desktop app, allowing for very fast content transfers between the desktop and the mobile app.The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad, delivering photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilizing new Smart Preview technologies to free professional-class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Lightroom mobile is built on a powerful synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.Smart Previews do require an ongoing Internet connection to sync back and forth between Adobe's servers to prevent iPad users from having to download huge files, but files can also be downloaded in full for offline editing if preferred. Lightroom mobile supports much of the same functionality as the desktop version of Lightroom, offering users access to metadata and a basic editing toolbar that contains desktop presets (except for custom presets) and adjustment tools for altering shadows, clarity, contrast, and more. There are also crop and rotate tools for manipulating photos, and a simple three finger tap on the screen displays the before and after when editing. All of the adjustments made within Lightroom mobile are automatic and sync to Lightroom on the desktop, with history states saved as well, making all iterations of a final image visible at a glance. Adobe's new app has been designed with mobile productivity in mind and it is not, at this time, designed to replace the desktop version of Lightroom for editing. Adobe envisions it as more of a quick-use tool, allowing users to sort through images and make quick edits on files to determine what might need further editing via the desktop. Swiping through a huge number of images and using quick touch gestures to mark favorites can be done somewhat more quickly on a tablet, for example. Adobe's Lightroom mobile has intuitive gestures that include a two-finger tap as an app-wide gesture that controls a number of different functions, including toggling metadata, turning on the histogram, and more. Images are grouped by folders specified in Lightroom and displayed in a grid gallery. Tapping an image allows it to be viewed full screen and a simple swipe up or down allows it to be flagged for editing or rejected. Lightroom mobile also has some powerful organizational capabilities, letting users sort images by different aspects like capture time, file name, modification time, and more. Photos in Lightroom mobile can be saved to the camera roll or shared via social networking sites and images taken with the iPad can also be set to import directly into the app – and the desktop version of Lightroom via syncing. The app also contains built-in slideshow functionality, allowing users to use their Lightroom photos in presentations. Adobe purposefully left some features out of Lightroom mobile so the simple touch experience wouldn't be overwhelmed with a glut of unnecessary functions. Custom created presets are not available, for example, nor are star labels. The company did make it clear, however, that it is open to adding additional features that its customers want in Lightroom mobile in the future. With Lightroom mobile, photos will also be viewable and shareable on Lightroom.Adobe.com. While Lightroom mobile is limited to the iPad 2 or later at this time, Adobe does has plans for an iPhone version later this year. Lightroom mobile for the iPad is available as a free download [Direct Link] but using it will require an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Access to the app is included with following plans: Creative Cloud Complete ($49.99/month), the Photoshop Photography Program ($9.99/month), which includes access to both Photoshop and Lightroom, Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition ($29.99/month) and Creative Cloud for teams ($69.99/month/user). Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers

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Because of overwhelming demand for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple enacted a lottery to determine who would be able to attend the 2014 event, accepting entries from Thursday, April 5 to April 7 at 10:00 AM PT. The ticket lottery has now ended and Apple has begun notifying lottery winners by email. According to the WWDC site, all applicants who submitted an entry were supposed to know if they had won (or lost) by 5 PM PT, but it appears the emails are taking a bit longer to be sent out. In 2012, Apple sold tickets on a first come first serve basis, with the available tickets selling out in just under two hours. A year later, in 2013, those tickets were gone in just two minutes, though Apple later invited additional developers to attend. Demand for WWDC prompted Apple to reinstate its Tech Talk sessions for developers throughout the fall of 2013, which will likely be repeated this year. Lottery winners will be able to purchase an all-inclusive ticket for the Worldwide Developers Conference that includes access to Sessions, Labs, and special events for $1,599. 200 scholarship tickets are also available for students. Apple's 2014 WWDC event is set to begin on June 2 and will likely open with a keynote where the company will unveil upcoming hardware and software products, giving us glimpses of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, among other things. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers

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iOS 7 adoption continues to grow, with Apple seeing the operating system on 87 percent of devices connected to the App Store, according to Apple's App Store developer support page. The numbers come seven months after the operating system's original release and two months ahead of the expected preview of iOS 8 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in two month's time. Apple has traditionally seen speedy adoption of its new iOS releases because it makes it easy for customers to upgrade to the new operating system without too much trouble, and it's likely that iOS 8 will see similar adoption after its expected release this fall. iOS 8 is expected to include upgrades to Apple's Maps app, including possible support for public transit directions and enhanced points of interest, a Healthbook app that assists users in aggregating personal health data like blood pressure, heart rate, and more -- perhaps in concert with a smart watch product -- as well as improvements to Siri and iTunes Radio, two of the more recent additions to Apple's mobile operating system. In contrast to Apple, Google sees only 5.3% of its users running the latest version of its Android operating system, version 4.4 or KitKat, which came out in October 2013 -- a month after iOS 7 was released. The increasing adoption rate of iOS 7 has also led to a drop in iOS 6 usage, with the older operating system now installed on just 11 percent of devices. 2 percent of devices are using older versions of iOS. In early December, iOS 7 usage was at 74 percent, jumping to 78 percent later in December, 80 percent in late January and 85 percent towards the end of March. Apple's data, which comes directly from the App Store, represents concrete iOS 7 adoption information for developers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers • Nest Stops Selling 'Protect' Smoke Detectors Over Safety Concerns

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Multiple insider details on Apple and its business practices are surfacing during the company's second patent trial with Samsung, including a series of tense emails between Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller and Apple's longtime ad agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab (via BusinessInsider). Following the January 2013 release of an article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?" Schiller emailed Media Arts Lab and told them "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around…." In the article, The Wall Street Journal lauds Samsung's aggressive marketing campaign for the Galaxy S3, which had the clever tagline "The next big thing is already here." Samsung has argued that the campaign was a tipping point for the company and that it infuriated Apple executives as the advertising was coming at a time when Apple's own advertising was in a slump. Following Schiller's email about the WSJ article, the ad agency wrote back a lengthy email outlining a plan to put the iPhone back in the spotlight, unfortunately comparing Apple in 2013 to Apple in 1997, when the company was on the brink of going out of business. The email went on to suggest that the agency be given more freedom to experiment with ideas and that Apple needs to consider specific questions, such as company behavior, sales approaches, and product roadmaps. Schiller was "shocked" by the email he received from Media Arts Lab, both at the reference to 1997 and the idea that the team should be given free rein to create ideas that had not been pitched in Marketing and Communication (Marcom) meetings. The advertising agency quickly penned an apology to Schiller and a few weeks later, another email exchange indicated Apple was happy with the advertisements the company was creating for the iPad, but still dissatisfied with iPhone advertising. Schiller noted that he watched Samsung's pre-Super Bowl ad, saying "I can't help but think 'these guys are feeling it'". While it's clear there was some serious tension between Apple and its advertising agency in 2013, the two did not end up parting ways. Later in the year, Apple launched its "Music Every Day" and "Photos Every Day" ads, which turned out to be highly successful. Apple followed it up with a heartwarming iPhone 5s commercial, ending out the year on a high note and picking up advertising in 2014 with the current "Your Verse" campaign. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections • LaCie Unveils Three New Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions for 4K Video Editing • Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Germany • Sprint Offers Up To $650 For New Framily Subscribers • Apple's First Turkish Store Opens to Press, Tim Cook Won't Attend Grand Opening • iPhone 5s Demand Wanes in China, While Interest in iPhone 6 Accelerates • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers • Nest Stops Selling 'Protect' Smoke Detectors Over Safety Concerns

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