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While Apple is rumored to be aiming for March as the launch month for the Apple Watch, Chinese company Hyperdon was at CES selling fake versions of the new Apple product called Smart Watch, according to Mashable. Fake Apple Watch known as the Hyperdon Smart Watch. Image via MashableThe watch's screen only displays when it's turned on, and many of its icons are blatant ripoffs of Apple designs. The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call.Mashable was able to purchase the watch for $27. It comes with a pedometer, stopwatch, alarm and a feature referred to as "Anti lost", which Mashable estimated could be used to alert a user to when the watch is out of Bluetooth range. The Smart Watch also has notifications from WeChat and other apps, but it requires downloading a "sketchy-looking APK" that appears to only work with jailbroken iPhones. It charges via USB cable and Hyperdon claims it can last for "up to 180 hours". Mashable was not able to test this claim. Hyperdon says it sells its products in retail stores in the U.S. and China, but did not detail where its locations are. Apple has continually suffered from counterfeit Apple products in China, with authorities breaking up counterfeit iPhone rings and shutting down fake Apple Stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: SVALT Launches Stylish Cooling Dock for Apple MacBooks • Nest Teams Up With Automatic for Energy Saving Temperature Tweaks Based on Vehicle Activity • Evernote Offering Automatic Document Scanning With New 'Scannable' iOS App • CES 2015: ibattz Claims Upcoming Power Banks Will Fully Charge in 15 Minutes [Updated] • Upcoming Plex Update to Add One-Click iTunes Library Import, New Music Features • CES 2015: Kensington Announces 'KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus' Battery Case for iPad Air 2 • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache

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Following a set of artist renditions that gave fans a basic look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air earlier this week, well-known 3D modeler and designer Martin Hajek has created a set of realistic renderings of the unannounced notebook on his blog. Hajek follows details found in previous reports of the machine, creating the model with an edge-to-edge keyboard relocating the on-board speakers to grilles above the keyboard. Though the display will be 12 inches diagonally, the new MacBook Air will keep roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model thanks to slightly narrower bezels surrounding the screen. Apple's further attempt to thin out the next generation of MacBooks continues in the Retina MacBook Air's alleged lack of a USB and MagSafe ports, amongst other traditionally expected inputs. The new MacBook will reportedly have just two ports: a headphone jack and a USB Type-C Port, alongside a pair of microphones lining the sides of the device. Hajek's renderings also mirror rumors suggesting the Retina MacBook Air will come in multiple color options that include the same Space Gray, Gold, and Silver colors the company has used since the iPhone 5s. Apple has yet to comment on the rumors swirling around the device, though supply chain sources believed the 12-inch MacBook could enter production sometime in early 2015. The full suite of Hajek's renderings can be found on his blog. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Evernote Offering Automatic Document Scanning With New 'Scannable' iOS App • CES 2015: ibattz Claims Upcoming Power Banks Will Fully Charge in 15 Minutes [Updated] • Upcoming Plex Update to Add One-Click iTunes Library Import, New Music Features • CES 2015: Kensington Announces 'KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus' Battery Case for iPad Air 2 • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration

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App Store customers worldwide set a new record in the first week of 2015, Apple announced today. According to the company, customers spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases in the first week of January, with New Year's Day marking the biggest day ever for App Store sales. As noted by Apple, this opening salvo for 2015 follows in the footsteps of a successful 2014 that saw billings rise 50 percent to generate over $10 billion in app revenue for developers, pushing total developer earnings since the App Store's inception to over $25 billion. The steady climb of user acceptance for iOS 8, along with the strong success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and App Store specials like the (Product) RED Holiday Campaign, undoubtedly contributed to the company's App Store success of the App Store over the past few months. “This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We're so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.” The company points to innovations like the new programming language Swift, graphics technology Metal, beta-testing program TestFlight, and the introduction of HealthKit and HomeKit as major reasons behind the flourishing of App Store development in the past year. Outside of the U.S., the addition of UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China was a significant move by the company in establishing an overseas presence in the country. Apple Pay's growing popularity in the U.S. has also been a factor in the App Store's success, especially with its added integration in popular apps like those from Target, OpenTable, and Ticketmaster. Apple isn't just celebrating a successful monetary year, but a job-creating one as well. The company has created or supported 1,027,000 jobs in the U.S., 627,000 of which are directly related to the inception of the iOS ecosystem and the App Store. Apple directly employs 66,000 employees in the United States. We’re proud to create 1M+ US jobs in all 50 states and ring in another record-breaking year for developers globally. http://t.co/kQeHQVCGou— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 8, 2015Beyond the App Store ecosystem and Apple's own employment, the company calculates it supports 334,000 jobs at other companies resulting from Apple's own spending and growth through the years. And with Apple Campus 2 under construction, the company expects to continue employment growth, supporting 41,100 jobs in the area upon its completion. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: ibattz Claims Upcoming Power Banks Will Fully Charge in 15 Minutes [Updated] • Upcoming Plex Update to Add One-Click iTunes Library Import, New Music Features • CES 2015: Kensington Announces 'KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus' Battery Case for iPad Air 2 • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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A user on China's Weibo microblogging site today posted a new photo (via Letem svetem Applem) simply labeled "iPad Pro". The photo shows what appears to be a mold for the rear shell of Apple's rumored larger tablet with a display in the range of 12-13 inches, although it is unclear whether this mold is supposed to be for an actual iPad Pro shell or for a dummy unit such as the one that surfaced in a photo last May. Few details can be discerned from the relatively poor quality photo, although it does appear to show faint details that could represent an Apple logo in the center and perhaps a rear camera feature in a corner. Exact size is also unknown, but it certainly appears larger than an iPad Air. The relatively simple design of the mold suggests this may be an unofficial mold being used create dummy units for manufacturers. Such units frequently, but not always, turn out to be accurately based on information leaking out of Apple's supply chain. Timing on a release for the iPad Pro has been in question for some time, with The Wall Street Journal reporting last October that Apple had pushed back production on the device in order to allow its suppliers to focus on the popular iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Reports have indicated the device could still launch in the April-June timeframe, but there have yet to be any apparently legitimate part leaks for the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Kensington Announces 'KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus' Battery Case for iPad Air 2 • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets

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Philips today added to its lineup of Lightning-equipped headphones with the new Fidelio NC1L. Similar to its predecessor the Fidelio M2L, the NC1L headphones use a 24-bit digital to analog converter to provide high-quality audio playback. As detailed by The Verge, the Fidelio NC1L headphones plug directly into the Lightning port, providing a direct digital connection to the phone and a power supply for the headphone's onboard noise cancellation technology. The Lightning connector power allows Philips to provide a valuable feature like noise cancellation without requiring the additional bulk of a battery. Digital Trends went hands-on with a prototype of the new headphones and found they offered solid performance.As for the performance, our initial audition of the cans impressed, as they blocked out an immense amount of ambient noise even at low volume levels. The set we tried out is only a prototype, and the final version will undergo some interior and exterior design changes. But even at the early stages, we’re excited about this technology.Designed for usage in a variety of environments, the Fidelio NC1L headphones also include multiple noise profiles suitable for making phone calls and for allowing ambient noise when awareness of your surroundings is necessary. The Fidelio NC1Ls should launch in North America in April for $299. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support

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Supplies of Apple's lowest priced iPod, the $49 iPod shuffle, are temporarily dwindling as shipping times on Apple's website drop to 7 - 10 days and Apple Retail Stores run out of stock around the country, reports 9to5Mac. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPod Shuffle are dwindling across Apple’s physical retail and online channels. In fact, Apple has warned its retail employees that Shuffle supplies will be short for an unspecified period of time and that customers seeking to buy a Shuffle via a retail store should be directed to Apple’s online store.The other two iPod lines, the nano and touch, aren't seeing the same dwindling of supplies as they both display 24 hour shipping times and are available now in most of Apple's retail stores. It's unclear why the shuffle is seeing supply problems, but one possibility is that Apple is seeing a temporary shortage of iPod shuffle components, impacting the company's ability to make new iPod shuffles. New York City appears to be the city mostly suffering from the iPod shuffle shortage, while the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Chicago seem to have a sporadic number of stores without any stock. Apple hasn't updated the iPod shuffle since September 2013. In early 2014, CEO Tim Cook said that the iPod was a "declining business". In September 2014, Apple discontinued the iPod Classic due to the difficulty in purchasing parts to manufacture it and a shrinking audience for the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support

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Apple today seeded a fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, nearly four weeks after the previous beta release. The interval between seeds was slightly longer than usual for recent updates, presumably due to the holiday pause. The new beta, build 14C94b, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Apple continues to ask developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Wi-Fi in particular has been an issue for some OS X Yosemite users since the operating system's October launch, and OS X 10.10.1 released in November failed to resolve all of those problems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet Connectivity to Popular Smart Lock • CES 2015: OWC's Transwarp Software Combines Traditional Hard Drive With SSD Cache • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support

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Following T-Mobile's recently announced "Data Stash" program allowing customers to roll over unused data to subsequent months, AT&T today announced it will launch a similar data program later this month. The new feature will be available at no additional charge to the 50 million users on the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans. "Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers," said Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value customers get this automatically." AT&T's new Rollover Data feature does differ in one important respect from T-Mobile's program. While T-Mobile's rollover data expires after 12 months, AT&T customers can roll over unused data for only one month, with users tapping into the rollover data only after their normal monthly allotment has been exhausted.As an example: If you have four lines and have a 15GB AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan and only use 10GB in a given month, you’ll roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available to use within the next month. If you were to only use 10GB in the second month, you’ll again roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available the next month. Bottom line: if you have unused plan data this month, it automatically rolls over to be used within the next month in case you need more than your plan’s allotment.AT&T will automatically enable the rollover feature on all Mobile Share Value plans starting January 25. Customers can track their rollover data using the MyAT&T mobile app [Direct Link] or on AT&T's website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp'

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Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page. With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base. Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has seen an understandable decline as its successor has gained ground, with the older operating system dropping from 33 percent in December to 29 percent in January. Earlier iOS versions represent just 4 percent of the current App Store user base. Apple initially faced multiple issues following iOS 8's launch, including what has progressed to a lawsuit over storage space needed to install the OS on smaller GB devices, but the adoption rate has steadily increased as users have decided to upgrade and purchases of devices with iOS 8 preinstalled have increased. Apple has brought a number of bug fixes and addressed some more significant flaws with recent updates such as iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, and iOS 8.1.2. The company is also continuing to work on iOS 8.2, seeding a third beta to developers in mid-December. In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, iOS 8.2 will include support for integrating with the upcoming Apple Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp'

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The latest smartphone sales data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech highlights good news for Apple on the strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with Apple gaining share year-over-year in every country surveyed except for Japan. The report, focusing on the September-November 2014 period, points out that Android market share dropped in most European markets and saw its first decline in the U.S. since September 2013. In the surveyed period, Apple reached 42.5 percent of UK sales, up 12.2 percentage points from the same time in 2013. In the U.S., the Cupertino-based company's share of smartphone sales grew 4.3 points to reach 47.4 percent of the market, an unsurprising performance given the strong early sales of the company's latest iPhones. More data from Apple on October-December iPhone sales will be announced later this month when the company releases its quarterly earnings report. Apple's strong performance is being attributed in part to enthusiasm for the redesigned bodies and larger screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with the iPhone 6 leading the smartphone pack during the time period.“The iPhone 6 was the best selling phone in the three months through November 2014, capturing 19% of smartphone sales”, said Milanesi. Verizon and AT&T made up 57% of iOS sales while Verizon and T-Mobile were the top two carriers for Android accounting for 33.7% of all Android smartphones sold.Despite declines in many markets, Android remains the dominant platform in Europe with 69.9 percent of the market, although that number is down 3.2 percentage points from the same period in 2013. Kantar also notes that customers switching from Android to iOS remained at a steady 18 percent from 2013 to 2014, suggesting Apple's larger-screened phones have yet to represent significant motivation for switchers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp'

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At CES 2015, Antenna79 announced a new brand of cases called Reach79 , which claims to boosts signal strength and performance up to two times for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “We all want to get the most from our smartphones, and that’s exactly what Reach79 cases were designed to do,” said David Vigil, CEO, Antenna79. “Powered by patented antenna technology, Reach79 cases are the first performance-enhancing smartphone cases designed for speed. Each case is embedded with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna that works to increase your smartphone’s signal strength so your phone can do more for you.”Reach79 says that the stronger signal strength provided by its cases can improve battery life as the phone woudln't have to work as hard to pick up a signal. Additionally, the company says it improves user experience with less dropped calls and faster download speeds and greater signal coverage. The cases also come with military grade drop protection. The cases contain antenna technology that pairs with the antenna in the smartphone, granting increased signal strength for the device. Reach79 says the cases have been tested at CETECOM, a CTIA accredited facility that verified the cases can improve signal strength at an average of 1.6 times normal strength, with a peak performance of 2 times normal strength. However, the company does warn that user experience also depends on device, carrier and location. The Reach79 cases can be purchased starting today at the company's website. The iPhone 6 case is priced at $59.99 while the iPhone 6 Plus version is priced at $69.99. The cases currently come in black only, but Reach79 says additional colors are on the way in the first quarter of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp' • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens

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While Apple has yet to publicly announce a specific launch date for the Apple Watch beyond "Early 2015", sources speaking to 9to5Mac say the company is currently planning for a March debut in the initial wave of countries. Sources in the retail segment indicate that select store employees will undergo centralized Apple Watch training the week of February 9, with those employees in turn training others at their individual stores in the days leading up to the device's launch. One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch. These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.The report indicates Apple has been continuing to refine various aspects of the Apple Watch since its September unveiling, focusing mostly on software but also tweaking such components as the inductive charging mechanism. Developers are currently working with Apple's WatchKit tools and iOS 8.2 betas to build apps for Apple Watch, starting with lightweight Glances, actionable notifications, and iPhone-based apps that project portions of their interfaces to the watch. More powerful apps running directly on the Apple Watch will be possible later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp' • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens • CES 2015: Otterbox Reveals 2,600 mAh 'Resurgence' Power Case for iPhone 6

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In a set of artist renditions, 9to5Mac offers a look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The renditions and details shared in the report are consistent with previous reports on the machine, although plans do sometimes change during the development process. As previously described in rumors, the next MacBook Air will have roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model, but include a 12-inch display nestled inside narrower bezels. The machine's keyboard will also extend from edge to edge while the speakers move to a set of grilles above the keyboard. Comparison of 12-inch Retina MacBook Air (left) with current 11-inch MacBook Air (right) As part of Apple's effort to reduce the thickness of the MacBook Air, the new 12-inch model will do away with nearly all of the ports currently found on the machine, including the usual USB and MagSafe ports. Instead, the machine's sides will include only a headphone jack, a pair of microphones, and a USB Type-C port that appears set to handle both connectivity and charging. Apple's new Retina MacBook Air is expected to run on new Broadwell Core M to allow for the thin, fanless design and perhaps come in multiple color options similar to the company's iPhone and iPad lineups. The machine has been rumored to be entering production as soon as this month, although it is unclear whether Apple may wait until its Worldwide Developers Conference in June to launch the device or introduce it earlier in the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • CES 2015: Misfit Introduces Connected, Color-Changing 'Bolt' Light Bulb • Kensington Unveils 'MiniSaver Mobile Lock' for Use With Ultra-Thin Laptops and Tablets • CES 2015: Incipio and Insteon Debut New Home Automation Solutions With HomeKit Support • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp' • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens • CES 2015: Otterbox Reveals 2,600 mAh 'Resurgence' Power Case for iPhone 6

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Schlage, a division of technology-focused safety and security company Allegion, has announced at CES this year the Schlage Sense, a touch-pad enabled smart lock for homeowners that most notably allows users to command Siri to unlock their doors thanks to integration with Apple's HomeKit. The company's first Bluetooth-enabled lock, the Schlage Sense allows users to simply enter a code to gain access to their house using the back-lit touchpad or a smartphone with a free-to-download app. HomeKit integration also brings added security and end-to-end encryption and authentication when the Schlage Sense lock interacts with a user's smartphone via the app.The Schlage Sense system has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 codes at the same time through a dedicated, easy-to-use app, which offers an additional layer of key-free convenience. The Schlage Sense app allows individuals to create and delete access codes, check on lock status and view activity, as well as update settings and check battery life without requiring residents to connect to an existing home automation system or pay a monthly subscription charge.The company also promises that, thanks to Built-in-Alarm Technology that sends out alerts any time it senses potential door attacks, the new lock provides the highest rating of security certified by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. Schlage Sense will become the latest in the brand's growing portfolio of keyless door locks, which also includes the Schlage Touch and Schlage Connect. The new lock will come in two styles - Camelot and Century - and a variety of finishes - Matte Black, Satin Nickel and Aged Bronze - that the company claims will match any home's aesthetic. Schlage Sense will be made available nationwide in select stores and online retailers "later in 2015." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fitbit Now Shipping Charge HR and Surge Fitness Bands • CES 2015: Energous Demos Wire-Free Universal Device Charging With 'WattUp' • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens • CES 2015: Otterbox Reveals 2,600 mAh 'Resurgence' Power Case for iPhone 6 • CES 2015: Shure Announces Line of Portable Digital Microphones for iOS and Mac • CES 2015: Volkswagen Adding CarPlay Support in Late 2015 • Apple to Announce Q1 2015 Earnings on January 27 • CES 2015: Adonit Debuts New Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses with Improved Grip, Carrying Clip

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AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini. The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers' Mobile Share plans. Mobile Share allows customers to pay for a monthly data allotment that is shared between smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. Beyond cellular connectivity, the Modio smartcase also includes its own 4,600 mAh battery to support up to 10 hours of use, along with a microSD card slot that can be used to store up to 32 GB of media and other files. Case owners can install the accompanying AT&T Modio Data application to monitor data usage and manage cellular plan details. The AT&T Modio smartcase for iPad mini is listed on AT&T's website as coming soon, with a version for larger iPad Air models to follow. Pricing and exact launch dates for the new cases has yet to be announced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens • CES 2015: Otterbox Reveals 2,600 mAh 'Resurgence' Power Case for iPhone 6 • CES 2015: Shure Announces Line of Portable Digital Microphones for iOS and Mac • CES 2015: Volkswagen Adding CarPlay Support in Late 2015 • Apple to Announce Q1 2015 Earnings on January 27 • CES 2015: Adonit Debuts New Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses with Improved Grip, Carrying Clip • Google Launches 'Google Cast' for Audio Streaming as AirPlay Alternative With a Twist • CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More

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As indicated yesterday, Apple has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store. Pricing for the SIM-free versions of both phones are the same as the other unsubsidized models. The 16, 64, and 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 are sold for $649, $749, and $849 respectively, while the 16, 64, and 128GB configurations of the iPhone 6 Plus run $100 higher than the aforementioned iPhone 6 models. The SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the same as the full-priced, carrier-specific models that have been sold by Apple since the launch of both phones. For example, the iPhone 6 models offered by T-Mobile have been unlocked since launch, although it is unknown why Apple chooses to advertise both. The SIM-free and T-Mobile versions of the iPhone 6 can be used with a number of GSM carriers around the world, as a user only needs to provide a compatible Nano SIM for cellular connectivity. All storage capacities and colors of the SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are shown as ready to ship within 3-5 business days. The phones are also expected to be offered at Apple's retail locations starting today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Hexoskin Debuts Line of Connected Biometric Shirts for Kids and Teens • CES 2015: Otterbox Reveals 2,600 mAh 'Resurgence' Power Case for iPhone 6 • CES 2015: Shure Announces Line of Portable Digital Microphones for iOS and Mac • CES 2015: Volkswagen Adding CarPlay Support in Late 2015 • Apple to Announce Q1 2015 Earnings on January 27 • CES 2015: Adonit Debuts New Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses with Improved Grip, Carrying Clip • Google Launches 'Google Cast' for Audio Streaming as AirPlay Alternative With a Twist • CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More

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The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, but some of the craziest and most interesting products were already on display on Sunday at CES Unveiled, a media-focused pre-event that traditionally highlights many of the best products coming out at CES. I was on-hand at CES Unveiled to represent MacRumors and managed to navigate through the madness of food and drink booths and throngs of press to get a look at some of the neatest products you can expect to see across 2015. There were multiple different wearable devices on display, ranging from traditional activity trackers to Belty, a smart belt that expands and contracts to fit your waistline, but a couple of new options stood out. Withings' new Activité Pop, for example, is an analog-style smart watch that you'll actually want to wear on your wrist. Though it looks like a traditional watch, the Activité Pop, like the first Activité watch, can track steps and sleep. It's also water resistant, so it's one of the few activity trackers that can be used while swimming, and its eight-month battery life means there's no need to hassle with charging on a daily basis. This new version is lightweight and feels great on the wrist, though the watch face itself is a bit thick, especially on small wrists like mine. The first Activité watch was prohibitively expensive at $450, but the new Pop version is just $149, making it a viable competitor to existing offerings like the Jawbone UP and Fitbit for those who want activity tracking in a traditional-looking watch form. I also had an opportunity to check out the Zensorium Being, a rather bulky wrist-worn wearable device that tracks heart rate, activity, and sleep, like many other trackers. The Being goes above and beyond existing activity trackers though, promising to track mood much like an old 80's-style mood ring. There wasn't a working version available, but it supposedly measures mood using a combination of factors like heart rate and blood pressure, mapping it into "zones" that include Distress, Excited, Normal, and Calm. The Being's design wasn't the greatest (and it seems a bit too thick to be worn comfortably during sleep), but the long list of unique features made it one of the standout wearables at the show. Info on battery life was a bit nebulous, with two to three days promised, but if you're really into the mood tracking, you can pre-order today for $169. Along with a slew of activity tracking options, CES Unveiled hinted at another trend that's going to be hot this year --- sensors on everything. There was a Connected Cycle that was hugely popular at the show, and there was even a company demoing some upcoming connected snowboard bindings that can analyze your snowboarding skills in real-time. As a huge tea fan I was thrilled to see both a connected coffee maker and a connected tea maker from Smarter, both of which can have your morning cup of caffeine ready to go before you're even out of bed. The tea maker has been around since 2013, but the coffee maker is new to CES and syncs with several different fitness bands and is able to adjust the strength of your coffee based on sleeping data. Perfect Bake was also on-hand to show off its newest product, a scale that connects to your smartphone to make sure every recipe you attempt comes out perfectly. Using the bowls that sit atop the scale, it measures each and every ingredient as its poured in to prevent any mistakes. If you over pour the flour for a cookie recipe, for example, it'll adjust all the other ingredients to fix the mistake, and if you're short on an ingredient, it will modify the portion size. Only have a half a cup of chocolate chips? It'll tell you exactly how many cookies you can make. For its functionality, the Perfect Bake is surprisingly affordable (just $69.99) and its ability to adjust on the fly makes it useful for beginning cooks and seasoned bakers alike. Wearable devices and smartphone-connected sensor-laden products are two of the major product categories we'll see at CES this year, and if CES Unveiled is any indication, a third major category may be cameras. Netatmo showed off its newest product, a home monitoring camera called "Welcome," which touts facial recognition as its defining feature. I met up with Netatmo and got a close look at the "Welcome," which is a slim, sleek aluminum cylinder that has a lot of features to offer. It's smaller than a Pringles can, has a high-quality design, and looks like it will fit nicely into any decor. This isn't a hidden camera though --- it's very clearly a camera and has a red light when its recording, so it can't be used secretly. Welcome can monitor everyone who comes into a house, keeping track of spouses and kids or alerting you when an intruder enters by scanning each face and capturing photos/videos. It can even track movement (not faces) at night with its infrared LED and it works with Welcome Tags (to be sold separately) that can be attached to doors and windows to detect any movement. Welcome was designed with a huge focus on privacy, and unlike options like Dropcam that store video in the cloud, all content is stored locally on an SD card in the device. There are backup photos sent to the cloud in case an intruder enters the house, but no video is recorded to the cloud. Netatmo doesn't have details on pricing for Welcome right now, but plans to ship in Q2 2015. Another camera based product that looked intriguing was the new Narrative Clip 2, a wearable camera that's designed to capture a photo every minute of every day to allow its users to capture moments from their daily lives that they might not think to photograph. I've always been a fan of Narrative, which is just a tiny little disk that you can clip onto a shirt or collar, and this new version is much better than the previous iteration. It's got an 8-megapixel camera, better light sensitivity, and a wider angle. It will upload all of your photos through a wi-fi/Bluetooth connection, and it has new interchangeable clips. It's pricy at $199, but for people who are looking to capture snapshots of their daily lives (imagine it on a trip!), it's invaluable. Narrative 2 will ship later this year. CES Unveiled was overwhelming with the sheer number of people and products available to see, but a few other things that caught my eye were the iSketchnote, the SleepPhones, and the MyBrain. Watching demos of the iSketchnote was fun, and it's definitely one of the products I'll be picking up myself. Basically, you stick a notepad on the Slate, a Bluetooth-connected writing platform, and then sketch or write as you normally would with an included ink pen. Everything you write or draw is transferred to the iPad, where it can be further edited or shared. It'll be shipping in early 2015 for $179. SleepPhones have apparently been around for a while, but the company is introducing a new version that uses inductive charging in April of 2015. The SleepPhones are essentially ultra thin headphones embedded into a soft headband so they can be worn while sleeping. I got a chance to try them on and could barely feel the hardware embedded inside. As someone who regularly wears earbuds in bed, I thought these were a much more comfortable alternative. Finally, the last crazy/interesting product I got to check out at CES Unveiled was the Melomind from MyBrain Technologies, a super goofy-looking EEG headband that aims to reduce stress. According to the developers, it measures electric activity in the wearer's brain and connects to an accompanying app to play soothing music. This headset didn't look particularly comfortable and it's pricy at $299, but it could be a promising solution for sufferers of stress. Make sure to keep an eye on the MacRumors iOS and Mac blogs over the course of the next few days, as we'll be sharing all of the cool products that we come across at CES this year. 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Apple will begin offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting tomorrow on its online store and at its retail locations, reports 9to5Mac. Pricing will remain the same alongside the other unsubsidized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 selling for $649/$749/$849 respectively, while the 16/64/128GB versions of the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for $749/$849/$949. As with other unlocked devices, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow users to insert a nano-SIM card from a compatible GSM network for cellular voice, texting, and data connectivity. Apple launched unlocked versions of the iPhone 5s last year in November, which followed the release of carrier-specific models in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Cast' for Audio Streaming as AirPlay Alternative With a Twist • CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More • CES 2015: Connected Kitchen Gadgets Proliferate With Scales, Food Printers, and Coffee Makers • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging

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iDevices today announced its upcoming Switch smart plug, a HomeKit-enabled device that allows users to remotely control a variety of devices around the home. The system takes advantage of the existing iDevices Connected app to give users control over the plug, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet and connects to the home's Wi-Fi network to provide control over a device plugged into Switch. With HomeKit integration for Switch, users will be able to take advantage of a number of iOS features in the system, including the ability to use Siri to control their devices. Switch requires no dedicated hub device or subscription services, making it simple to set up.- Siri – Switch’s HomeKit integration provides an easy, secure way to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your own commands to control multiple home settings. For example, you can automatically turn off lamps connected to your iDevices Switch, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat to the desired temperature, all with one command. - Remote Access – iDevices designed a custom IoT cloud for Switch so that users can access their home from wherever they are with no additional hub required. - Create Custom Events and Schedules – Through the iDevices Connected app, users are able to design custom events (or schedules) that fit their lifestyle. The iDevices Switch has the unique ability to remember events and make sure they happen even when the user is away. Switch also includes several personalization options including the ability to upload photos from around the home to personalize the control app and make it easier to identify devices, as well as a built-in highlight on the Switch itself with customizable color choices. Switch launches later in the first half of 2015, and The Verge says the device will cost $49.99. iHome is also announcing a similar iSP5 SmartPlug smart plug that will launch later this year, but details remain scant at this time. Like iDevices' Switch, iHome's SmartPlug supports HomeKit and is a Wi-Fi enabled plug that allows users to control individual devices without the need for a hub. iHome does tout that multiple SmartPlugs can be grouped together into "scenes" to control various devices together. Pricing and an exact launch timeframe for SmartPlug have yet to be announced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Cast' for Audio Streaming as AirPlay Alternative With a Twist • CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More • CES 2015: Connected Kitchen Gadgets Proliferate With Scales, Food Printers, and Coffee Makers • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging

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Just over a month after sparking discussion of a possible new 4-inch iPhone in 2015 based on supply chain sources speaking to Taiwanese media, Chinese site Feng.com now claims [Google Translate, via G for Games] its own sources are seeing no indication of such a device. Feng.com's sources claim the Cupertino company has not placed any orders with its supply chain related to a new 4-inch version of the iPhone for release in 2015. While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have sold well in the few months they've been released to the public, some users continue to prefer the smaller 4-inch display seen on models of the past few years.Wei Feng network today through Apple's supply chain has learned about the 4-inch screen iPhone 6s argument is just a hype. Supply chain sources said that Apple has not made ​​any new production tasks iPhone 4 inches to parts of the supply chain, and therefore will be launched on 4-inch screen Apple iPhone 6s argument is not true - at least so far.Since the original report by Taiwanese media last month, rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone have been picked up by a few other sources including analysts in the region, but it is unclear how independent those follow-up reports truly are. As such, there is so far very little to support the existence of such a device. Apple of course continues to sell 4-inch iPhones in the form of the iPhone 5s and 5c, and if the company holds true to form the iPhone 5s will continue to be sold as an entry-level option even following the expected late 2015 iPhone update. Without direct support for technologies such as NFC for direct Apple Pay usage, however, the device is missing some key features and if Apple does want to continue offering a smaller device beyond the 2015 lineup, it will need to develop an updated model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Cast' for Audio Streaming as AirPlay Alternative With a Twist • CES 2015: Belkin and Elgato Announce New Home Automation Sensors for Windows, Doors, and More • CES 2015: Connected Kitchen Gadgets Proliferate With Scales, Food Printers, and Coffee Makers • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging

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Amidst the new and upcoming product launches at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, mobile marketing firm TapSense today unveiled its plans for a "programmatic ad platform" targeting Apple's upcoming wearable, the Apple Watch. The platform is promised to provide a full suite of programming solutions, including an SDK for app developers and programmatic APIs for brands, to get them started on making advertisements for the new Apple Watch. Though the platform not yet released, TapSense hopes the service provides businesses with a proof-of-concept demonstration on how ads can be delivered to customers using the new technology.“Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) are the next frontiers in the mobile revolution. We are excited to announce industry’s first programmatic ad platform for Apple Watch developers and brands. ” said Ash Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO of TapSense. “While most of our competitors are focused on banner ads and legacy platforms, we are focused on innovation and next generation platforms. Apple Watch has the potential to be a category disruptor similar to iPod or iPhone and we believe that it provides great opportunities for brands and developers to deliver engaging experiences to consumers.” With no official comment by Apple on how ads will officially integrate with the new technology, third-party developers using the WatchKit SDK will be left to fill in the blank spaces. As highlighted by Reuters, brands and ad firms are mainly looking at delivering ad content through interactive wallpapers found on the Watch dial. TapSense chief executive Ash Kumar is well aware of toeing the line between informative and annoying, however, noting that businesses could use the customizable face of the Apple Watch to notify customers of special deals, but only ever within an already-open app.[M]oderation is key. Push notifications and banner ads on smartphones can be turn-offs. Some marketers advise avoiding showing ads to users who typically click out of them or delivering the same ad too many times to any one user. "If it feels like your smartwatch is turning into a spam box, you will take it off," said Padden Guy Murphy, who heads business development and public policy at car-sharing service Getaround.TapSense points to "hyper-local targeting" and Apple Pay integration as allowing for consumer-friendly versions of ads on the Apple Watch. The former suggests that because the Watch is far more accessible on a user's wrist than a phone is in a pocket and that it uses a tethered iPhone's GPS, this makes it a more ideal device to deliver location-based coupons and ads in more meaningful ways, such as an ad for a car service while a customer browses transit delays. The latter perspective argues that most coupons and offers simply aren't redeemed due to hassle, and thinks that Apple's one-two punch of the Watch and Apple Pay could result in more ease of use in coupon-redeeming on the consumer side, and higher profits on the business side. Still a few months out from release of the Apple Watch, TapSense's visions of a well-received ad platform, by consumers and businesses alike, is a ways off from fruition. As Jeff Malmad, North American mobile director at media agency Mindshare, pointed out to Reuters, the new platform will also need to cover some similar ground that smartphones have tread over the past few years, particularly in regards to allowing users to opt in to the ads they care about, and block the ones they don't. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging • CES 2015: 'DroneMobile' App Allows GPS Vehicle Tracking, Remote Start, and More • CES 2015: Kwikset Unveils 'Kevo Plus' Remote Lock Access, 'Works With Nest' Thermostat Integration • CES 2015: Griffin Introduces New Cable Organizers for Home, Office and Car

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The Apple Watch may not be launching for a few more months, but that hasn't stopped accessory makers from showing off their ideas at CES this week. iOS device stand and accessory maker Standzout is one of the early entrants, announcing its upcoming Bandstand docking station and showing off prototypes of the accessory at CES. The new Bandstand dock was designed from the ground up for Apple's upcoming Watch, offering both a watch stand and charging functionality in a single dock. The new Bandstand dock features a pivoting platform that will securely hold the Watch and allow users to adjust the angle of the display for optimal viewing. More than just a holder, the Bandstand will support induction charging of the Apple Watch using Apple's upcoming cable while also providing a pair of USB ports for charging additional devices. Though the device is on display at CES, pricing and availability details are not yet available as the company will need to finalize the design to ensure compatibility as more information on Apple Watch becomes available. The Bandstand claims to be the "first great Apple Watch accessory", but it certainly won't be the last. With Apple Watch's launch approaching, other vendors are no doubt preparing their offerings and will be making announcements in the coming weeks and months. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging • CES 2015: 'DroneMobile' App Allows GPS Vehicle Tracking, Remote Start, and More • CES 2015: Kwikset Unveils 'Kevo Plus' Remote Lock Access, 'Works With Nest' Thermostat Integration • CES 2015: Griffin Introduces New Cable Organizers for Home, Office and Car

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Intel today announced the launch of a full set of "Broadwell-U" processors, opening the door for updated versions of Apple's MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The chip launch is essentially in line with a leaked timeline from last July that also pegs the release of more powerful Broadwell chips appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro as late as July or August of this year. As outlined by AnandTech, the new Broadwell-U chips include a set of four 28-watt chips ranging from 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz in base frequency and featuring new Iris 6100 integrated graphics. The Core i5-5257U, Core i5-5287U, and Core i7-5557U chips appear to allow for direct upgrades from the Haswell-U chips currently used in the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. While the new chips include only a 100 MHz CPU speed increase over their Haswell counterparts, a number of other improvements, especially with regard to graphics, should make for significantly improved performance. Broadwell-U chips appropriate for 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (top) and MacBook Air (bottom) (Source: AnandTech) On the MacBook Air front, Intel is offering four different 15-watt Broadwell-U chips that would be appropriate for the lineup, with all of the new chips carrying improved HD 6000 graphics. Base clock speeds range from 1.6 GHz to 2.2 GHz compared to the 1.4 GHz and 1.7 GHz options available in the current MacBook Air, and associated upgrades in Broadwell should yield significant performance improvements for the new chips. Looking at potential release dates for Apple's Broadwell systems, Intel tells AnandTech that the new Broadwell-U chips are already shipping to vendors, with the first systems based on the new chips expected by the end of the month. Systems based on chips using Iris graphics may be more toward the end of the current quarter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Toshiba Announces TransferJet Wireless File Transfer Dongle for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Cerevo Debuts XON SNOW-1 Smart Snowboard Bindings, Providing Real-Time Data Analysis • CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables • CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches • CES 2015: SleepPhones Announces Soft Wireless Headband Headphones With Induction Charging • CES 2015: 'DroneMobile' App Allows GPS Vehicle Tracking, Remote Start, and More • CES 2015: Kwikset Unveils 'Kevo Plus' Remote Lock Access, 'Works With Nest' Thermostat Integration • CES 2015: Griffin Introduces New Cable Organizers for Home, Office and Car

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Drone and headphone manufacturer Parrot has unveiled its new RNB6 in-dash car entertainment system at CES 2015, which features a 7-inch, 720p touchscreen with built-in support for Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free as well as Android Auto and Android Auto Voice. Parrot's RNB6 system also boasts a number of internal specs and features including Bluetooth 4.0 and configurable 5GHz Wi-Fi, as well as rear ports for GPS, HDMI, microphone input, ethernet, onboard diagnostics and USB devices. The in-dash system features a built-in dash camera with a wide-angle lens and full HD support, and also supports steering wheel control for UI navigation. Parrot did not give a suggested price for the RNB6, but noted that it would be shipping during the latter half of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CES 2015: Blue Spark Introduces 'TempTraq' Wearable Thermometer and iOS App • CES 2015: Griffin Unveils Line of New Charging Accessories Optimized for iOS Devices • CES 2015: Withings Reveals 'Activité Pop' Watch with Activity and Sleep Tracking Capabilities • LaCie Unveils Designer Mirror Hard Drive, New Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Drive • iCloud Photos Web App Experiencing Technical Difficulties • Phones4U iPhone and iPad Inventory Being Liquidated at Low Prices by UK Auction House • VLC Developer Confirms iOS App Will Relaunch in Early 2015 • Apple Campus 2 Site to Include Preserved Historic Barn

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A new internal sketch of Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro has surfaced by way of a Foxconn worker (via Nowhereelse.fr, Google Translate), showing what may be our first look at the large tablet and its physical features. The employee who captured the sketch notes that initial testing phases for the larger iPad were halted last summer after Apple received new prototypes, but adds that mass production on the device will begin soon. The source also notes that the tablet will be between 6.9 and 7.5mm thick, and feature four integrated speakers with two on the top and two on the bottom. Previous rumors have suggested that the iPad Pro is expected to feature a screen size between 12.2 and 12.9 inches along with an A8X processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Most recently, Japanese magazine Mac Fan published possible schematics of the upcoming device, which suggested that the tablet would carry a 12.2-inch LCD display and carry the name "iPad Air Plus". It is currently unknown as to when Apple would launch its larger-screened iPad, with reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that the tablet would not enter production until the second quarter of 2015 due to increased attention on iPhone 6 Plus production. However, with the supply of its larger phone greatly improving as of late, it is possible that Apple is now ready to put its full production efforts towards its larger iPad for a launch later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie Unveils Designer Mirror Hard Drive, New Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Drive • iCloud Photos Web App Experiencing Technical Difficulties • Phones4U iPhone and iPad Inventory Being Liquidated at Low Prices by UK Auction House • VLC Developer Confirms iOS App Will Relaunch in Early 2015 • Apple Campus 2 Site to Include Preserved Historic Barn • Syfy's Upcoming '12 Monkeys' TV Series to Integrate With Philips Hue Lighting System • Apple Adds New 14-Day Return Policy for iTunes Digital Goods in EU Countries • Adventure Platformer 'Icycle: On Thin Ice' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

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