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Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 may sport 1 GB of RAM, according to a leaked schematic shared by Chinese Apple repair firm GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games). The chart is said to come from an internal supply chain source, however it is unknown if the schematic is intended for the 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch iPhone 6. If the chart is indeed legitimate, the iPhone 6 would join the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c in sporting 1 GB of RAM. That amount of RAM would also be below competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, which both feature 2 GB of RAM. It is important to note that Apple has never emphasized the amount of RAM in the iPhone, instead choosing to focus on optimizing the user experience through tight software and hardware integration. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, with a launch for the 4.7-inch version likely coming around a week later. It is possible that the 5.5-inch version may also be launched at the same time, however reported production issues with the larger device may cause Apple to delay its launch until later this year or early next year. Both models of the iPhone 6 are expected to feature a thinner, curved design and come with a faster A8 chip, a new camera with stabilization, and iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

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Earlier this week, photos claiming to be of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced. The images were said to be sourced from Apple supplier Foxconn, and were shown in a production stage. Now, frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson shares a new photo of the accessory, further indicating that a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector may be on the horizon: The current Lightning cable (left) compared to new Lightning cable (right) While the USB connector on the current Lightning cable is attached to the bottom of its metal housing, the connector of the supposedly newer cable is attached to the center. The structure of the newer cable was also spotted in previous photos, and likely indicates that this is a reversible USB connector. It is also therefore possible that the new Lightning cable could utilize USB 3.0 technology, as current Lightning cables support only USB 2.0. Apple could start shipping new cables alongside forthcoming iOS devices starting with the iPhone 6. In addition to a reversible connector, the new Lightning cable could also feature support for high-definition audio playback on Made for iPhone accessories as rumored by Mac Otakara earlier this year. That report further claimed that Apple was preparing a new version of its In-Ear Headphones, which have not been updated since 2008. Apple also introduced Lightning Cable MFi specifications for headphones in June, paving the way for manufacturers to create products that connect directly to iOS devices via their Lightning port rather than through a regular 3.5mm headphone jack. Those products could also see integration with revamped Lightning cables. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

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Last month, a photo surfaced showing what looked very much in line with Apple's usual iPhone battery design but with a capacity of 1,810 mAh, higher than the 1,560 mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s. Speculation naturally pointed toward the new battery being for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with a number of observers being disappointed in the modest capacity increase considering the larger display slated for the device. Just last week, an analyst report claimed the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually include a 2,100 mAh battery, giving hope to those looking for a more substantial increase but lacking any evidence to support the claim. New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] now provide additional support for the original 1,810 mAh claim. The photos offer a good look at the batteries, which appear to contain the full set of regulatory and specification text as well as an Apple logo, with one photo showing the batteries in trays for shipment. (Click for larger) The one battery shown in closeup does include a manufacturing date of June, making it several months old, while the original leaked battery had a more recent manufacturing date of July. Still, the growing evidence for the 1,810 mAh battery suggests the analyst claim of a 2,100 mAh battery may indeed be incorrect. These new photos of the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 battery come just after other photos surfaced from a different source allegedly showing the battery for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. That battery checks in with a capacity of 2,915 mAh, potentially offering a significant increase in battery life depending on how much more power the device draws than its smaller sibling. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

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A purported photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery on Chinese site Apple Daily [Google Translate] (via Macotakara) alleges that the larger new iPhone could have a capacity of 2,915 mAH. The photo shows the battery carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675 and that it runs at 4.35 volts, although no model number is shown. While it's difficult to confirm the authenticity of the battery, it does appear to have markings similar to other Apple batteries and looks to have the necessary proportions to fit the 5.5-inch iPhone. Reports have claimed that the final battery capacity for the 4.7-inch model would be 2,100 mAh, so a battery capacity of 2,915 mAh would make sense for a phone less than an inch bigger. It would also put the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery closer to the specs of the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5's 2,800 mAh battery. Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 at an event on Tuesday, September 9, with the 4.7-inch model likely launching soon after introduction. The event may also introduce the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, but the model could only be released months later as Apple is having some production issues with the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal

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Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads. This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and more, can be found in the Quick Links section of the iOS App Store and the desktop iTunes Store. The addition of Beats Music to the Apps Made by Apple list follows its inclusion in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users, another move that will undoubtedly result in a high number of Beats Music app downloads. According to Appshopper, Beats Music's popularity has soared in recent weeks. It is currently ranked fourth in music and number 23 in overall free apps. As of May, Beats Music had garnered 250,000 subscribers, a number that has likely grown significantly with the app's prominent placement in the App Store and Apple's high-profile acquisition of the company. In contrast, Apple's iTunes Store has sold 35 billion songs and its existing streaming radio service, iTunes Radio, has more than 40 million listeners. Unlike many of the other apps listed in the Apps Made by Apple section, Beats Music is not free. While the app can be downloaded at no cost, it requires a monthly subscription priced at $9.99. Unlike several competing streaming music services, Beats Music does not offer a free ad-supported listening. According to rumors, Apple has plans to keep the Beats Music service as a standalone entity, separate from its own iTunes and iTunes Radio offerings. (Thanks, William!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today published a new report examining two factories operated by Apple-supplier Quanta Computer, finding several code violations related to working hours, recruitment policies, compensation, health and safety, and more in August of 2013 [PDF] (via TechCrunch). Factories examined included a Quanta facility in Shanghai and one in Changshu. Quanta is a long-time Apple partner that manufactures Apple's MacBook Air and much of the rest of the company's Mac lineup. Violations were found in both locations, with some of the more egregious issues including verbal abuse by supervisors, a hiring fee charged to workers by a broker or labor dispatch agent and long working hours. According to the report, 62 percent of workers in Changshu received no rest day for much of Q4 2012, working as many as 16 days in a row. Overall score summary of management functions at Changshu Many workers were also underpaid for sick leave and may have been uncompensated for up to an hour of work each day, based on clock in and clock out times. Some workers were forced into joining the All China Federation of Trade Unions, and there were several safety violations. Both of the factories fell short of the local requirements for indoor air quality, and neither had easy access to a shower/eyewash station in case of emergency. There was no active worker participation in the Employee Health and Safety committees, and flammable and toxic substances were stored improperly at Shanghai while chemicals at Changshu were not properly monitored. The Fair Labor Association provided a number of recommendations to improve conditions at the factory, and according to the report, Apple is using the recommendations to work with Quanta to fix each code violation. Apple released a statement on the FLA's Quanta inspection, stating that it has worked closely with Quanta to bring improvements to working conditions.Our suppliers must live up to the toughest standards in the industry if they want to keep doing business with Apple, which is the first and only technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association. We are committed to providing safe and fair working conditions for everyone in our supply chain. Last year we conducted 451 comprehensive, in-person audits deep into our supply chain so we could uncover problems and work with our suppliers to fix them. We track and report the weekly working hours for more than 1 million workers, and our 18-month Apple Supplier EHS Academy training program is raising the bar for environment, health and safety management in the industry. The Quanta facilities inspected by the FLA last year were included in our 2014 Supplier Responsibility report, which we released in February. Our own experts have audited these sites 16 times, most recently last month. In the year since the FLA’s visit, we have worked closely with Quanta to drive meaningful improvements in areas identified by both the FLA and Apple. Apple conducted four follow-up inspections on top of the annual audits of both facilities, to ensure the needed corrections are in place. This year, through the end of July, Quanta has averaged 86 percent compliance with our 60-hour workweek. Excessive overtime is not in anyone’s best interest, and we will continue to work closely with Quanta and our other suppliers to prevent it.Apple initially signed up for factory assessments by the Fair Labor Association back in 2012, following a rash of worker suicides at Foxconn, the factory responsible for assembling many of Apple's mobile devices. The FLA has since helped to improve working conditions in several of Apple's factories, with Apple aiming to bring all workplace compliance standards in line with the FLA's guidelines. Apple also maintains a Supplier Responsibility team that audits supply chain facilities to ensure compliance with Apple's strict code of conduct preventing underage labor and providing safe, comfortable living conditions for workers. An additional Supplier Responsiblity academic board also evaluates Apple's labor policies and practices and researches labor standards within the supply chain to create ethical working conditions wherever Apple products are produced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple today updated its Apple Leadership press page to add the bios of five vice presidents, including Paul Deneve, Lisa Jackson, Joel Podolny, Johny Srouji, and Denise Young Smith. The inclusion of several vice presidents on the executive team is a new move for the company, as the page previously only listed the company's lineup of senior vice presidents. Since taking over as CEO, Tim Cook has aimed to share the spotlight with his employees, letting company leaders like Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive take part in press interviews and lead Apple events. The addition of five new VPs to the press roster suggests Cook and the team at Apple are more open than ever, recognizing the efforts of an even larger number of key employees. Of the new executives joining the page, Paul Deneve and Lisa Jackson are relatively new hires, joining Apple in 2013. Deneve oversees special projects, while Jackson has a public-facing job overseeing Apple's environmental efforts. Joel Podolny, dean of Apple University and Denise Young Smith, who oversees Apple's human resources, were promoted to their roles early in 2014. The remaining VP, Johny Srouji, oversees hardware technologies, a role he has held for just over a year. The new additions to the executive press page also spotlight two additional women who hold important leadership roles at Apple, bringing the total number of females on the page to three, with Angela Ahrendts. Apple has faced criticism for its lack of female leadership in the past, which Cook has been aiming to remedy. According to diversity numbers released earlier this week, 72 percent of Apple employees in leadership roles are male. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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As Apple moves closer to launching its rumored health and fitness oriented iWatch, there has been significant focus on the types of sensors Apple might be looking to deploy. Among the intriguing options have been sensor-equipped earphones, which Apple has filed patent applications on in the past and which saw renewed attention following the posting of an unfounded rumor about EarPods with embedded biometric sensors earlier this year. Earphones with health and fitness sensors do continue to be a topic of interest, and other manufacturers are preparing to bring their own products to the wearables market later this year. One biometric headphone attracting attention is a new offering from Intel and SMS Audio, which has musician 50 Cent as a co-founder (via Re/Code). The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones include heart rate monitoring powered by Intel technology and feature SMS Audio's high-quality sound, comfort and fashion. The ear buds will use a combination of sensors, including an optical light sensor, to measure both resting and active heart rates. Powered by the smartphone's audio jack, the headphones will share their data with a variety of third-party apps, with RunKeeper integration available at launch. Intel and SMS Audio may be among the biggest names entering the sensor headphone market, but they are not alone. Earlier this year, LG released its own Bluetooth-connected, heart-rate-measuring earphones with mixed reviews. Hitting the market later this year are wireless Smart Earphones from FreeWavz, which monitors heart rate and other key fitness metrics. The Kickstarter-backed product reached its funding goal earlier this month and has a target ship date of October 2014. Beyond the ultimately false rumor of EarPods with biometric sensors and Apple's patent applications dating back a number of years, the company also recently hired former MIT researcher Eric Winokur as a Sensing Hardware engineer. Winokur is known for his work on wearable medical devices, including ear-worn sensors for cardiovascular monitoring. It is not known, however, whether Winokur is continuing his work on ear-worn sensors at Apple or if he is contributing more broadly to the biometrics team working on the iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple has officially added China Telecom as a data center provider in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move comes after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" by the Fuzhou city government, as Apple states that all data stored on the servers is encrypted. According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes Store in the region. "Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China," it said. The move could also help ease tensions between Apple and China as of late, as the country recently deemed iOS' location tracking services a "national security concern." Apple responded to those claims reiterating its commitment to privacy and stating that its Location Services exist to aide navigation features. China has become an important market for Apple, as the company has looked to improve its presence in the country as of late. Late last year, the company started selling the iPhone on China Mobile, the country's biggest carrier, and opened more retail stores throughout the region. CEO Tim Cook has also made a number of visits to China, meeting with Bejing's mayor and the Chinese Vice Premier to discuss opportunities. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple may be shipping a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB connector with forthcoming iOS devices, reports Chinese website Dianxinshouji.com (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr). The source shares a few photos of the new cables said to be from Apple supplier Foxconn, with the images showing a USB connector that is attached to the center of its metal casing. By comparison, the USB connector on Apple's current Lightning cable attach against the bottom of the metal housing's inner surface. While it is unable to tell for sure whether these cables are legitimate or not, it is possible that Apple could ship new Lightning cables to match the forthcoming USB 3.1 cables that will soon come with newer smartphones. As revealed last week by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the USB 3.1 Type-C cable comes with reversible ends and will start shipping next year. An Apple patent for a reversible USB connector also surfaced last month, perhaps further indicating that the company will look to equip its newer devices with new Lightning cables at some point. Furthermore, a report this past May from Mac Otakara claimed that Apple is preparing an upgraded Lightning cable to accommodate high-definition playback on Made for iPhone audio accessories, which may include a next-generation version of its In-Ear Headphones. Apple also introduced Lightning Cable MFi specifications for headphones in June, which could also be integrated with newer Lightning cables. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6, next-generation Retina iPad mini and iPad Air 2 by the end of this year, as a new Lightning cable could technically be packaged with those devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple today posted retail job listings for a future store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, indicating that the company may be soon opening its first store in the Middle East. The postings were initially spotted by ifoAppleStore and show typical openings for Specialists, Creatives, and Experts, as well as managerial positions for Store Leader and Market Leader. The report speculates that the store could already been under construction for an opening in February 2015 based on hiring schedules. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE, posing for photos at various Apple resellers and meeting with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. While the reason for his visit was unknown, it is possible that Cook may have been meeting with officials about the possibility of an Apple Retail Store in the region. Additionally, MacRumors received a tip last year that Apple was planning to open a flagship store at The Galleria in Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi, a luxury mall that opened late last year. The source claimed the store would not open for several years, but noted that it could be Apple's largest retail store to date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein is suing Apple on behalf of all of its shareholders over the company's anti-poaching agreements, reports Patently Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple's no-hire agreements with other companies including Google, Adobe, and Intel caused the company to grossly mismanage its assets, mislead its investors, breach the duty of "honest services", and hurt its overall value. The suit seeks damages for all shareholders through a jury trial, and names a number of Apple executives as individual defendants including current CEO Tim Cook and even former CEO Steve Jobs. The suit follows a rejection of a $324 million settlement proposal between the four tech companies and tech workers by a California court. In the filing's court documents, Judge Lucy Koh stated that the total settlement "falls below the range of reasonableness" when compared a $20 million settlement given last year by Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Intuit. Comparatively speaking, Apple and others should pay a minimum of $380 million. Employees of the various tech companies originally brought forth a lawsuit against the companies no-hire agreements in 2011, with a trial revealing anti-poaching tactics dating back to 2005. The United States Department of Justice intervened in the case in 2010, forcing the companies to stop engaging in anti-poaching agreements. However, the class-action civil lawsuit brought against the aforementioned companies by over 64,000 employees will remain open until a settlement has been reached. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook today took the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which is designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The challenge asks people to pour buckets of ice water over their heads (documented on film and shared on social media sites) and then tag three friends to do the same. Friends unwilling to complete the challenge are asked to donate money towards ALS, but as noted by The Verge, many participants have chosen to participate and donate money to the cause. According to Instagram and Twitter photos, Tim Cook had a bucket of ice water dumped on him at Apple's Cupertino campus this afternoon during the company's weekly beer bash, after being challenged by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller yesterday. Image courtesy of Instagram user world_of_possibilities Phil Schiller, who dumped a bucket of ice water over his head at a beach in Half Moon Bay, also challenged actor Chris O'Donnell. Cook has gone on to challenge Apple board member Bob Iger, musician Michael Franti, and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre. Phil Schiller takes the challenge Many notable celebrities and tech industry leaders have completed the ice bucket challenge in recent weeks, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. As of August 12, the challenge has raised more than $4 million in donations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

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Apple has plans to use a sapphire crystal display in the higher-end models of the two versions of the iPhone 6 that it plans to debut this fall, reports The Wall Street Journal. Because of the higher cost of sapphire, Apple may also charge more for the high-end versions of the devices.Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.Multiple iPhone 6 rumors have speculated that sapphire could be constrained to either the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the higher-end models due to cost and production issues, but The Wall Street Journal is the first mainstream publication to confirm those rumors. If Apple is only planning to use sapphire in the higher-end models of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, that could explain why a sandpaper test on a leaked iPhone 6 front panel revealed that it was not made of pure sapphire. Apple is investing a considerable amount of money into partner GT Advanced’s sapphire plant, shelling out more than $500 million to outfit the factory with high-output furnaces for sapphire production. Rumors have suggested GT Advanced has the capability to eventually produce enough sapphire to outfit 100 to 200 million iPhones, but other rumors have pointed towards high costs and production problems as limiting factors. Apple is also expected to use sapphire for the upcoming iWatch. Sapphire is seen as a desirable material due to its extreme durability and scratch resistance, but many smartphone manufacturers have suggested Apple’s plan to use the material is just a marketing gimmick due to its prohibitive cost. While Apple may not be able to produce the entire lineup of iPhone 6 displays in sapphire, rumors have suggested that when the factory is fully functional, it will give the company a way to produce massive quantities of sapphire at a low cost, which means a full sapphire lineup could be more feasible for future devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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After nearly three and a half years with only a minor processor bump, Apple late last year launched its redesigned Mac Pro, moving to a compact cylindrical design relying on a slew of Thunderbolt 2 ports for expandability. While the new machine began shipping in the last few days of 2013, extreme shortages of the machine persisted for months and it wasn't until two months ago that shipping estimates reached the "within 24 hours" level and Apple's own retail stores began stocking the Mac Pro for immediate purchase. Potential Mac Pro customers may now, however, be starting to look forward to the first update for the redesigned Mac Pro, as Intel appears set to launch new processors appropriate for the Mac Pro next month. As highlighted by Macworld UK, Intel's "Grantley" Xeon E5 v3 chips are nearly ready to ship as successors to the current "Romley" Xeon E5 v2 chips used in the Mac Pro. Intel announced last month that it had begun shipping at least some versions of the new Xeon E5 v3 chips to server makers, and widespread availability is reportedly set for September. ChipLoco outlined a significant set of E5-2600 v3 series chips, including several that recently became available for pre-order and could be used as an upgrade to the current top-of-the-line 2.7 GHz 12-core E5-2697 v2 chip found in the Mac Pro. The direct successor to the current chip is the 2.6 GHz 14-core E5-2697 v3 chip, although the new chip does come with a higher thermal rating and it is unclear whether that change would have any impact on Apple's willingness to use the chip in the Mac Pro. Other variants in the new high-end E5-269x v3 series range from 12 to 18 cores. Below the top end, Apple currently uses E5-1600 v2 series processors, and Intel is reportedly preparing a full set of successor v3 chips for launch next month. - 4-core: 3.7 GHz E5-1620 v2 moves to 3.5 GHz E5-1620 v3 or 3.7 GHz E5-1630 v3 - 6-core: 3.5 GHz E5-1650 v2 moves to 3.5 GHz E5-1650 v3 - 8-core: 3.0 GHz E5-1680 v2 moves to 3.2 GHz E5-1680 v3 As with the E5-2600 v3 series chips, these E5-1600 v3 series chips come with higher thermal ratings than their predecessors. All of the new chips in both series also support faster DDR4-2133 memory, which will also contribute to improved performance. On the graphics side, Apple uses customized versions of AMD's FirePro series of high-end graphics cards, although Apple's D300, D500, and D700 options can be roughly equated with AMD's W7000, W8000, and W9000 on the PC side. Over the last several months, AMD has been updating its FirePro cards, culminating with this week's introduction of four new cards, including the W7100 successor to the W7000 card. Alex4D summarizes how the W9100/W8100/W7100 cards introduced in recent months compare to their predecessors and collates a handy comparison chart showing how these new and old cards compare to Apple's D-series cards.At each level AMD have at least doubled the VRAM, added 40% more stream processors. The W8100 and W9100 have wider memory buses (so more information can be transferred for each command) and many more transistors. Although Apple can specify any number of stream processors, clock speeds or VRAM, these more recent cards show what AMD considers is the low-, medium- and high-end when it comes to PCs. For Mac owners perspective, they show how much card for a similar amount of money AMD can now make compared with the cards in the Mac Pro and 2012.As for when updated Mac Pro models might arrive, that remains unclear, but the good news is that the pieces supporting a potential upgrade are starting to fall into place. While Intel's new processors are reportedly scheduled to arrive next month, it is unlikely a Mac Pro upgrade is that close given Apple's usual iPhone focus for that month. But it seems possible an upgrade could be in the works by late this year or early next year depending on how Apple decides to space out its product launches and at what point it views the Mac Pro as in need of a boost. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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According to a report from Thailand's Thai Rath newspaper [Google Translate], Apple has already met with officials at the country's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to discuss the recent disclosure that two iPhone 6 models have been approved by the government agency for import into the Asian country. NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith earlier this week released the approval information on two "iPhone 6" models A1586 and A1524, reportedly in accordance with guidelines that require the public announcement of approved hardware. The declaration, which he also broadcast on Twitter, contained only the product name and model numbers, but no other details about the iPhone 6 handsets. As noted by several observers, the iPhone 6 approval was the first time a specific device was named in a Tweet by the NBTC secretary, making it an obvious deviation from usual practice. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s Apple is unsurprisingly upset with this public notification, claiming the disclosure released confidential information about its upcoming handset. The NBTC secretary countered Apple's assertion, arguing that that these announcements do not reveal confidential product details and are meant to protect consumers. He said Apple would be within its rights to penalize Thailand for this leak by canceling its plans to release the iPhone in Thailand later this year, but he stands by his decision to disclose the approval. Translation by a MacRumors reader:The Secretary General said that everything is done according to the protocol and on August 8 the NTBC has approved the two phone models. He insisted that all that was disclosed is not considered a trade secret and Apple only requested for the specification to remain a secret. As for the specs, the NBTC did not disclose anything.Apple requested a meeting with NBTC officials to discuss the situation, with Apple emphasizing that the new device may not necessarily be called "iPhone 6" but otherwise resolving the matter.Mr. Takorn said that representatives from Apple South Asia from the Singapore HQ arrived to “have a chat” with him and clarified that the 2 phone models may not use the name “iPhone 6” to market and the company want to make sure that the NBTC understands this fact. Apple in Singapore will also explain the situation to Apple in the US about this matter. Apple also reassured the NBTC that this “leak” has no effect in Apple’s plan to launch and sell the iPhone in Thailand.Rumors suggest Apple is working on two iPhone models for release in the upcoming months. The next generation handset is expected to be unveiled during a September 9 press event with a 4.7-inch model slated to go on sale shortly after the announcement. A larger 5.5-inch model may debut alongside the smaller model or up to a few months later. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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With under four weeks to go until the expected introduction of the iPhone 6, increasingly complex parts are continuing to leak. Just weeks ago, photos showing two bare logic boards similar to but distinct from corresponding parts from existing iPhones surfaced, lending credence to rumors of two larger iPhone 6 models. One of those logic boards has now been revealed in what appears to be a fully assembled state in a photo reposted by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate]. While several physical features such as the nano-SIM slot, a number of connectors for flex cable components, and a flash storage chip that appears to be from Toshiba are visible in the somewhat blurry photo, the most interesting components of the board unfortunately remain hidden under electromagnetic shielding. A silver component at the bottom of the board on the left is almost certainly the Wi-Fi module, although no identifiable markings can be seen. Annotated photo of iPhone 6 logic boards A second photo [Google Translate] shared by Apple.club.tw today shows a pair of flex cables also said to be from the iPhone 6. The cables appear to be the same as seen in a detailed photo of the front panel display assembly yesterday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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Apple supply partner Pegatron has won a contract that will see it produce 25 million of the estimated 50 million 4.7-inch iPhone 6 units to be shipped this year, reports DigiTimes. It was reported in January that the company would be awarded 50% of the orders, however a report in May pegged that number at 15%. The report also notes that the rest of the orders for the iPhone 6 are expected to go to Foxconn, who has helped produce iPhone 5s and other Apple devices. Pegatron's relationship with Apple is said to also have grown tighter recently, as the supplier has managed assembly for the iPad mini and the iPhone 5c throughout the past year. It is currently unknown which supplier will take care of orders for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, although the larger device could see constrained supply this year due to production challenges. Apple will publicly unveil the iPhone 6 for the first time at an event on September 9, with a launch for the 4.7-inch version likely coming a week later as with prior years. In addition to a larger display, the phone is expected to feature a thinner, curved bezel and incorporate a faster A8 chip, an advanced camera, and iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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Apple announced today that it is banning the use of benzene and n-hexande, two potentially hazardous chemicals, during final assembly for both iPhone and iPad, according to the Associated Press. Benzene is a carcinogen that has been linked to leukemia when not handled properly and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage. The decision announced Wednesday comes five months after the activist groups China Labor Watch and Green America launched a petition drive calling on Apple Inc. to abandon the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones.The Cupertino company conducted a four-month investigation at 22 factories and found no evidence that either benzene or n-hexane endangered the 500,000 workers at those factories. Four of the factories had traces of the two chemicals at "acceptable safety levels" while the other 18 contained no trace of either. Still, Apple decided to order its suppliers to stop using the two chemicals for final assembly for iPhones, iPads, Macs, iPods and accessories. The factories will also be required to test all substances to make sure the chemicals aren't present, even if they're not listed in the ingredients. The two chemicals are often found in cleaner used on machinery and electronics. However, Apple will still allow benzene and n-hexane at plants responsible for the early production phase of its devices, which are, for the most part, different from the final assembly plants. Apple is lowering the maximum amount of the two chemicals that can be used during early processes. Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of environmental initiatives, told the AP that the company wanted to be "responsive to concerns" and "crack down on chemical exposures". "We think it's really important that we show some leadership and really look toward the future by trying to use greener chemistries."The two chemicals aren't exclusively used by Apple's manufacturing processes, as other large tech companies have faced the same criticisms. Small traces of benzene can also be found in gasoline, cigarettes, paints, glues and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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Back in early July, Samsung launched a new Galaxy S5 ad calling iPhone users "Wall Huggers" and mocking the iPhone for having a short battery life while touting the battery-saving capabilities of its own newest flagship phone. Samsung has now expanded its "Wall Huggers" advertising campaign to select airports, according to CNET, displaying Galaxy S5 ads alongside power outlets. In addition to highlighting the Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode, the ads include the words "So you have the power to be anywhere but here," possibly poking fun at Apple's own recent line of app-focused advertising, which revolves around the tagline "You're more powerful than you think." First introduced in February, Samsung's 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint sensor, a water resistant casing, and a heart rate sensor, along with one of its most highly touted features, the Ultra Power Saving Mode. This mode activates a black and white display with limited app access when the phone's battery is low, cutting off LTE and disabling WiFi/Bluetooth to provide up to an additional 24 hours of standby time with less than 10 percent of battery left. While Apple does not have a similar power saving feature on the iPhone, it does provide users with quick access to settings like WiFi and Bluetooth, plus options to disable battery draining features like background app usage and location services. Apple's newest operating system, iOS 8, also includes battery saving functions like Battery Usage, which lets users keep an eye on apps that are draining too much power. Many people are hoping Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 will introduce better battery life, but signs have pointed towards only modest battery gains thus far. Various rumors suggest the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could get a battery between 1,800 and 2,100 mAh, a moderate improvement over 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s. Samsung's Galaxy S5 ads can be found at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and at the O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago. The advertisements may also expand to other airports in the future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products

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Following previous photo sets showing an unfinished 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear shell and assorted other parts in recent weeks, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] has shared another set of high-quality photos showing parts from the device. While many of the parts have already been seen, this new set provides our best look yet at some of those, as well as a few new ones. One photo shows the inside of the front panel and display assembly, with some of the components near the top pulled apart to give a good look at how the digitizer/LCD flex cables and earpiece come together with room for the front camera and proximity/ambient light sensors all packed into one small area of the device. Several other photos also highlight how the edges of the front panel taper. Those tapered edges should sit essentially flush with the edges of the rounded rear shell, providing for a sleek, nearly seamless look and feel for the iPhone 6. Also shown are extreme closeups of the power button and mute switch. The silver metal finish of the power button can be easily seen, and Feld & Volk says the volume buttons will be of very similar design and finish. The design of the mute switch is very different from that seen in other recent iPhones, as the new switch appears to pivot slightly on a pair of internal pins while switches on other recent iPhone models have been of a flat slider type. The design change may be due to the iPhone 6 having rounded sides as opposed to the flat sides seen since the iPhone 4. iPhone 6 power button iPhone 6 mute switch Finally, the set includes a high-quality photo of the SIM card tray, again showing the silver metal finish of the part. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at a media event on September 9. The device is expected to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, although it is unclear whether they will launch simultaneously or not. The first wave of launches is likely to come a week or two after the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time

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Before announcing an enterprise partnership with IBM, Apple reportedly had discussions with Hewlett-Packard over a mobile search product nicknamed "Enterprise Siri." Detailed in a report from The Information (via BusinessInsider), "Enterprise Siri" is an HP product designed to allow employees to ask their devices for company-specific information like financial data or product inventory numbers. According to The Information's report, though Apple held discussions with HP, the latter company has also been in talks with Google's Android unit for the past year over a potential partnership for the "Enterprise Siri" technology, which could lead to something like an enterprise version of Google Now for corporate data.The idea is for employees to be able to ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches for weather, traffic or restaurant locations. Google search doesn't currently offer any such integration with corporate databases and software applications, but it's an area Google has looked at as it tries to chip away at the iPhone's lead among business customers.Now that Apple has inked a deal with IBM to further its hold on the enterprise market, a deal with HP for a powerful enterprise search product could allow Google to gain ground as well. While more than 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies already use Apple devices in their businesses, Apple's recent partnership with IBM has the potential to skyrocket Apple's enterprise sales. As part of the deal, IBM will develop more than 100 industry-specific native apps that are built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad to draw new customers in industries like retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, and more. IBM will also offer Apple's iOS devices to its corporate customers and has plans to provide cloud storage, analytics services, and 24/7 assistance to enterprise customers under a new AppleCare plan. IBM's first apps will roll out this fall, with additional apps coming in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time

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The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th, 2014 with an Apple Media event. The actual launch will likely take place a couple of weeks later. Some of the first rumors of any new Apple iPhone seems to come from the case manufacturers. There's a huge financial incentive for case manufacturers to be early to market with case designs for a new iPhone. The first leaked schematics for the iPhone 6 were published in March, 2014 and the first cases based on the designs started appearing shortly thereafter. These case-design leaks aren't always correct, but this time there have been part leaks as well. Our iPhone 6 roundup goes into great detail about what we know so far. During our early iPhone 6 research, we obtained a batch of 200 rumored 4.7" iPhone 6 cases with our logo on it. We thought they might be useful on day one of iPhone 6 launch, or could simply serve as a MacRumors souvenir if the specs turn out to be not-quite-right. So, we're giving away 200 4.7" iPhone 6 cases to 200 of our mailing list members selected at random. To be clear, these cases might not even fit the real iPhone 6-- but that's part of the appeal. The case colors will be distributed at random, but possibilities include red, blue, grey, and frosted clear. We'll be giving out other prizes over time to our mailing list subscribers. Official rules are available here. For this initial prize, we have to limit it to U.S. mailing addresses only, due to the cost of shipping 200 items internationally. iPhone 6 case giveaway contest deadline is midnight (Eastern) on the evening of Thursday, August 21st. Winners will then be picked and mailed their cases, hopefully in time for September 9th. Our mailing list provides readers with regular updates to the biggest stories on MacRumors. Subscribe to our Mailing List and Enter to Win: I agree to the rules and want to be entered in the giveaway. If you are already a member of our mailing list, you still have to fill out this entry form (and check the agree checkbox) to get entered. You won't be added to our mailing list twice. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update

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Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand, announced earlier this week that the agency has approved Apple's application to distribute two iPhone 6 models in the country, reports Manager Online [Google Translate]. The Secretary also tweeted word of the approval from his @TakornNBTC Twitter account. Google Translate version of Tantasith's Tweet Apple reportedly filed the import application on August 5 and received certification of equipment and a written approval notice on August 8 for two iPhones with model numbers A1586 and A1524. According to government regulations, these approvals must be announced publicly, but details on the iPhone 6 handsets referenced in the documents remain sealed. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 in early September with retail sales to follow in the weeks following the announcement. Apple reportedly is prepping two iPhone models, with a 4.7-inch version slated to launch first this fall and a 5.5-inch version that could launch either alongside or up to several months later than the smaller version. An application for approval in Thailand over a month prior to the device's expected introduction is unusual and suggests Apple may be planning for a very large number of countries in the initial wave of launches. For the iPhone 5s, Thailand was part of the second wave of launches that took place on October 25, 2013, and the company reportedly did not apply for approval in the country until September 16, 2013. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update

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New reports from Chinese media sources (Google Translate, via G for Games) claim that the iPhone 6 has entered a final product validation testing stage ahead of mass production before its launch this fall. Apple is reportedly working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory to produce a small number of units to ensure quality control standards have been implemented, as the device will then be mass produced at Apple's various supply partners. Previously, a report last month claimed that Apple had already begun mass production for the iPhone 6, however it is possible that reported production issues may have led to delayed testing and output. It is also unknown whether this final testing stage is for both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, as Apple has reportedly had issues in producing the latter's sapphire display and battery life. Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to be announced at a launch event on Tuesday, September 9. In addition to a larger screen, the device will likely incorporate a thinner, rounded form factor and feature a faster and more efficient A8 chip, as well as an improved camera with stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader • Full 'Skylanders Trap Team' Game Coming to iPad With Bluetooth Controller, Energy Portal • Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated] • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pros, Apps, and Apple Accessories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update

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