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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with at least one U.S. senator to discuss technology policy during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week, reports The Hill. According to the report, Cook sat down with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. Cook apparently met with Hatch to discuss the senator's innovation agenda for the upcoming 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene in January 2015. The pro-research and innovation plan addresses several critical technology issues including patent trolls, company trade secrets, and more. Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, laid out a plan to ensure that the United States continues to foster an environment that encourages research and innovation by addressing abusive patent litigation, protecting trade secrets, modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, strengthening cybersecurity, reforming immigration policy for high-skilled workers, reducing regulatory and tax burdens for innovators, and removing barriers to digital trade. Details of the conversation were not made available, nor is it known whether Cook met with any other senators during his D.C. trip. On Monday, the Apple CEO, along with (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, dropped by a Georgetown Apple Store in the city to mark World AIDS Day and Apple's contributions toward the (RED) campaign. Both Cook and Dugan tweeted photos from the visit. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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Apple this week is battling a decade-old class-action lawsuit by iPod owners angry that their media players were locked to Apple's iTunes ecosystem. Key pieces of evidence in the trial include email conversations among Apple executives and a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, both of which were made public for the first time this week as part of the court proceedings. According to CNN Money and Reuters, the question-and-answer session with Steve Jobs focused on Apple's response to RealNetworks and its Harmony music service. In 2004, RealNetworks created this competing music service that allowed users to download songs and play them on any media device, including the iPod. RealNetworks' iPod support incensed Apple, which published a press release accusing RealNetworks of hacking the iPod. Apple adopted this strategy following a series of emails between Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and CEO Steve Jobs. "How's this?" Jobs wrote. "We are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod." "I like likening them to hackers," Apple marketing chief Philip Schiller responded. When asked if this response to RealNetworks was "strong and vehement," Jobs replied, "They don't sound too angry to me when I read them," adding that, "A strong response from Apple would be a lawsuit." During the deposition, Jobs reportedly was snarky, asking "Do they still exist?" when referring to RealNetworks. Jobs also was evasive in his testimony, responding 74 times with "I don't remember," "I don't know" or "I don't recall." When he did answer questions, Jobs painted Apple as a company being held hostage by the major music labels, which required digital rights management (DRM) on iTunes music as part of their contract terms. Apple claimed it had to repeatedly update iTunes to patch holes in its DRM or risk forfeiting these contracts. The class action case started earlier this week and is being heard in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue are expected to testify as part of the ongoing court proceedings. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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The Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) today officially ended a 1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, reports the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD superintendent Ramon C. Cortines clarified that the district was not going to use "the original iPad contract" anymore. "We're not going to use the original iPad contract anymore," Cortines said Tuesday. "I think there have been too many innuendos, rumors, etc., and based on my reading of a great deal of material over Thanksgiving, I came to this conclusion. "As CEO and steward of a billion-dollar operation, I have to make sure things are done properly so they are not questioned."Cortines' official statement comes just a day after the FBI seized 20 boxes of documents from the L.A. school district as part of an investigation into the district's contract with Apple. The FBI is reportedly looking into the bidding that led to deal, which would have seen the district spending $500 million on iPads and curriculum and $800 million on staff, improved broadband, and other expenses. In question is the relationship between Apple executives and former L.A. superintendent John Deasy, who resigned in October. Deasy has said that he did not do anything wrong when securing the deal, but there has been speculation that the bidding process for the deal was modified to favor Apple and Pearson, the company providing content for the devices. The contract between the Los Angeles United School District and Apple was first suspended back in August after Deasy's ties to Apple executives first became apparent, but the district was still planning to spend millions of dollars on iPads up until this week. Apple's deal with the Los Angeles United School District was formed under Deasy in an effort to give all students in the district equal access to technology. A $30 million agreement was signed last year to facilitate an early rollout of the program to 47 schools, which was expected to lead to a larger deal between the two. Initial testing of the program saw quite issues come to light, after students discovered security workarounds to freely access content leading to a home use ban on the devices. Despite the cancellation of the current contract with Apple, the L.A. School District plans to continue moving forward with its technology program, shifting towards Chromebooks and other laptops. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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Mozilla's Firefox browser may soon make its way to iOS, according to a statement made by Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale at an internal Mozilla event. Relayed by Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk and shared by TechCrunch, Nightingale reportedly told Mozilla employees "We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." The statement about releasing Firefox for iOS marks a major shift in ideology for Mozilla, as the company has, in the past, repeatedly said that it would not offer a version of Firefox for iOS because of Apple's refusal to allow third-party browsers to use their own web engines. In 2013, then VP of product Jay Sullivan said that Moziila didn't "feel like it could build the browser it wants" on Apple's platform, and that it had "no plans" for an iOS version of Firefox. One of the major points of contention for Mozilla was Apple's refusal to allow the Firefox browser to carry over its rendering and JavaScript engines to iOS, as Apple imposes strict restrictions on third-party browsers and limits them to the company's own JavaScript engines. As a result, Safari is able to outperform other browsers on the platform. This limitation, along with an inability to set a third-party browser as the default browser, makes it difficult for companies like Chrome, Opera, and Firefox to create satisfactory browsing experiences on Apple's platform. Though little is known about Firefox's plans for iOS at the current point in time, it is likely Mozilla will need to continue to work within Apple's limits. Though Mozilla's Firefox browser for iOS will be subjected to Apple's restrictions, key Firefox features like accounts, customizable home panels, and data syncing will translate to iOS, helping Firefox users achieve a more seamless browsing experience on a range of devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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Apple is continuing to sort out its nebulous policies on Notification Center widgets, and has today told Drafts developer Agile Tortoise that the app's widget is not allowed to be used to create drafts or open the Drafts app. In a tweet, developer Greg Pierce says that he's been asked to re-submit Drafts without functionality for opening the app or creating a new note, which essentially removes all of the features of the Notification Center Widget.Welp. Enjoy the Drafts Today widget while it lasts. Apple has required me to re-submit w/o the buttons to create drafts or open the app…— Greg Pierce (@agiletortoise) December 2, 2014 Drafts 4, which was first introduced in October as an update to the existing Drafts app, is a popular note taking and text capture app that lets users post to a variety of social networks and perform various actions with notes like creating calendar events, emails, messages, and more. Like many other apps that have Notification Center widgets, the Drafts app widget lets users open the app directly, create a new draft, or create a new draft from what's on the clipboard. It has very little functionality in the Notification Center aside from simply opening up the Drafts app, which in the past, has seemed like an acceptable use of the Notification Center. Pierce, however, says that he's been told that the Today view in the Notification Center is "for information presentation only," a point of view that would rule out nearly all Notification Center apps. As Pierce points out, there are several similar apps that offer the exact same widget function as Drafts, such as Evernote, which also allows users to launch the Evernote app and new notes and other content from within the Notification Center. Drafts is one of a number of apps that have faced confusing rules and restrictions delivered by Apple's app review team. Back in October, Apple told the PCalc developers that calculator functions were not allowed in the Notification Center before changing its mind, and just a few weeks ago, Neato was told that it would have to remove the note taking functionality from its Notification Center widget. Apple's App Extension Guidelines suggest that Notification Widgets should have a "simple, streamlined UI," and "a limited number of interactive items," but its vague language has led developers to spend time and effort creating a variety of useful functions that are ultimately disallowed as Apple aims to refine how it wants the Notification Center to be used. It is not clear why Drafts has been singled out by Apple's app review team as it offers the same functionality as other widgets, but if the Drafts widget is removed, it's possible that many other similar widgets could be in danger of being in violation of the Notification Center widget rules. Drafts can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1 • Hands-On With Elgato Smart Power and Mophie Powerstation Plus External Batteries • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities

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Wells Fargo, one of Apple's early Apple Pay partners, has been heavily promoting the service, perhaps more than any other participating bank. In addition to sending out numerous Apple Pay emails to customers, launching promotions, and advertising Apple Pay on its website, Wells Fargo has also launched a new television commercial highlighting Apple Pay's speed and ease of use. In the ad, first shared by iSpot.tv, a man visits several different retail stores and uses Apple Pay to make his purchases at each location. With just a thumb on the Touch ID button, he breezes through each transaction, letting him return home in record time. Upon entering his house, he finds out he's interrupted his own surprise party. "You were supposed to be out shopping," says his wife after he interrupts the surprise party. "It went super quick," he responds, before a voice over goes on to tout Apple Pay. "With Apple Pay, using your Wells Fargo card just got easier. Done." Ahead of Apple Pay's launch, Wells Fargo began emailing its customers to let them know about the upcoming service, and the bank began allowing Apple Pay transactions on the service's October 20 release date. Just after Apple Pay debuted, Wells Fargo even introduced a promotion offering a statement credit of up to $20 for its customers who gave Apple Pay a try, which has recently been extended until January 1. Alongside Wells Fargo, Chase has also been heavily promoting Apple Pay. The bank recently launched a promotion giving its users a free David Guetta album for adding a Chase Visa card to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, and last week, it debuted an Apple Pay ad starring Fun front man Jack Antonoff. Wells Fargo and other banks have been highly supportive of Apple Pay due to the inherent security of the system, which offers many improvements over traditional credit and debit card payments. In addition to utilizing tokenization to keep credit card numbers secure, payments are authenticated via Touch ID, reducing the potential for fraudulent transactions that banks traditionally assume responsibility for. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities • Microsoft Acquires Email App Developer Acompli for Over $200 Million • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More

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In a new interview, Apple's Eddy Cue spoke with Fortune about the e-books pricing scandal that has plagued the company over the past several years. After a July 2013 judgment found the company guilty of conspiring to fix prices of electronic books, and a settlement in a class-action lawsuit was reached over the summer, the Apple negotiator at the center of the lawsuit has shared his thoughts on the case with Fortune ahead of Apple's appeals court appearance later this month. The specifics of the case lie in the opening of the iBooks Store and the 17 percent industry-wide increase in e-book prices following its unveiling in April of 2010. Cue, Apple's "master negotiator", played a key role in convincing five of the then-six major publishing houses to start selling e-books through Apple's new store alongside the launch of the iPad. Part of the deal involved a shift in the pricing model for the entire e-books industry, eliminating Amazon's previous pricing advantage in which it would sometimes sell books at a loss in order to attract customers to Kindle hardware and other Amazon products. These events led the Justice Department and thirty-three state attorneys general to sue Apple and those five publishing houses for horizontal price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act. While the publishing houses settled the lawsuits, Apple declined to do so and proceeded to trial in the federal case where the company was found guilty.“Is it a fact that certain book prices went up?” asks Cue. “Yes. If you want to convict us on that, then we’re guilty. I knew some prices were going to go up, but hell, the whole world knew it, because that’s what the publishers were saying: ‘We want to get retailers to raise prices, and if we’re not able to, we’re not going to make the books available digitally.’ At the same time, other prices went down too, because now there was competition in the market.” A settlement in the separate state and class-action consumer lawsuit worked out this past June sees Apple paying around $450 million if the company loses its appeal in the federal case and nothing if it wins. The case has dragged on far longer than most expect, and Cue argues that the company is fighting more for reputation than for monetary reasons. “We feel we have to fight for the truth,” says Cue. “Luckily, Tim feels exactly like I do,” he continues, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “which is: You have to fight for your principles no matter what. Because it’s just not right.” Cue met with all six CEOs of the major publishing houses before the original iPad launched, and discovered most wanted the cost of e-books at price points both he and Steve Jobs considered too high. Cue proposed price tiers tied to the suggested retail prices of the hardback versions of the books. As part of the shift to a new "agency model" of pricing similar to that used in the App Store, Cue also proposed a "most favored nation" clause, allowing Apple to match the price at which any retailer was selling a new e-book. When the iPad launched a few weeks later, most iBooks were priced between $12.99 and $14.99, higher than Amazon's typical $9.99 price point for best sellers but in the range of where publishers wanted to be selling their books. The agency model quickly became the industry standard, with Amazon also being required to adopt the pricing at the insistence of the publishers. The sequence of events led Judge Denise Cote to rule in July 2013 that Apple was guilty of e-book price-fixing. When asked how he looks back on the "nightmare", Cue plainly stated, "If I had it to do all over again, I’d do it again. I’d just take better notes." Apple will appear before the federal appeals court on December 15. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities • Microsoft Acquires Email App Developer Acompli for Over $200 Million • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More

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Amid persistent rumors of substantial upgrades, the current Apple TV is beginning to show its age, losing ground in the streaming media device marketplace to rival Google Chromecast and Roku in the first three quarters of 2014, according to market researcher Parks Associates as reported by CNET. Apple's decline comes at a time when interest in streaming media devices is on the upswing, with 10 percent of households buying at least one media player this year. Despite a decent drop in market share over the past year amid increased competition, Roku remains the leader among set-top boxes and streaming media sticks, accounting for 29 percent of the market in the 9-month period, down from 46 percent in 2013. Google's Chromecast stick had a strong showing in 2014, climbing to the number two slot with 20 percent market share and knocking the Apple TV down to number three. With 17 percent share, the Apple TV remains in front of Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, which together accounted for 10 percent market share, although the Fire TV stick is just now rolling out to consumers. The Apple TV was first introduced in 2007 and has been updated periodically during its seven-year lifespan. It currently remains in its third generation with the last major hardware update released in March 2012, followed by a minor revision in January 2013. Multiple rumors this year hinted at a refreshed Apple TV hardware with App Store integration, Bluetooth controller support, and more, but those rumors have yet to pan out. Though its Apple TV hardware has been essentially unchanged for over two and a half years, Apple continues to make improvements to the software and add new channels to the Apple TV lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities • Microsoft Acquires Email App Developer Acompli for Over $200 Million • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More

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As a longtime key retail partner for Apple, RadioShack is once again offering the iPhone this holiday season, but finding the phone on the retailer's shelves may be difficult, reports Mitch Nolen for Seeking Alpha. According to Nolen, RadioShack stores nationwide are reporting massive shortages in iPhone units with most models not available in stores during the important holiday shopping season. RadioShack currently advertises the iPhone on its website with no ability to purchase the phone online. Users instead are directed to find a RadioShack store to purchase a unit, but many stores do not stock the iPhone, offering only a "Ship To Store" option that takes several days to fulfill. This method of inventory is markedly different from competitors like Best Buy, which sell the iPhone online, in-store and via an in-store pickup option. RadioShack franchise owner Gary Mahan claims his sales have plummeted 30 percent year-over-year due to declining stock, with a major lost opportunity this Black Friday. Mahan believes that if he had received the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, his one store on the Oregon coast could have made an extra $1,000 in profit over the Black Friday weekend, which would have been a happy holiday gift for him, he says. He couldn't speculate how that $1,000 in lost profit opportunity might extrapolate to other stores in RadioShack's chain of 5,387 corporate-owned and franchised locations. The reasons for low inventories aren't clear, as Apple and other partners have managed to maintain some store supplies even amid high demand, but RadioShack's shortages may be due to the retailer's tenuous financial position. The company is close to being delisted from the New York Stock exchange and may be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to protect it from its creditors. RadioShack's cash on hand at the end of last quarter had fallen to just $30 million, down from $440 million a year earlier and leaving the company unable to afford shutdown costs involved in a planned closure of 1,000 stores. To minimize risk as its cash dwindles, the retailer may be reducing standing inventory and changing to an on-demand model that supplies devices when customers order them in store. Apple also may be withholding inventory, opting to ship its popular iPhone models to retailers with higher-volume sales. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Wozniak to Star in an Upcoming Reality TV Show Focusing on Futuristic Tech • Sprint Offering to Halve Wireless Bills for Customers Switching From AT&T or Verizon • Elgato Launches Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K Resolution Support • Realmac Software Launches 'Typed', a Markdown Writing App Featuring a Minimal Interface • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Toledo, Ohio Saturday, December 6 • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities • Microsoft Acquires Email App Developer Acompli for Over $200 Million • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More

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Last week, Japanese magazine Mac Fan published possible schematics depicting the design of a 12.2-inch "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus". The schematics suggested that the larger-screened tablet would carry dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the device. Now, YouTube user Canoopsy (via Nowhereelse.fr) has created a video showing how an iPad Air Plus with those dimensions would measure up to Apple's other devices including the company's current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Some reports have noted that the larger iPad would carry a 12.9-inch display, however Mac Otakara has suggested a 12.2-inch display for the device in two of its reports. A 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus is of course shown to be much bigger than Apple's current line of iPhones and bigger than the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2, as it even approaches the display size of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The iPad Air Plus is said to also feature a new A9 processor and dual top and bottom speakers for improved audio. Mac Otakara claims that the iPad Air Plus and a new iPad mini 4 may launch between April and June of 2015. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also suggested earlier this month that the iPad Pro may not enter production until the second quarter of 2015 as Apple shifts its production resources towards improving supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Dropbox for iOS Gains File Renaming Capabilities • Microsoft Acquires Email App Developer Acompli for Over $200 Million • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More • Google's Chromebooks Overtake Apple's iPads for First Time in U.S. Education Market • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday

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Apple this week is scheduled to appear in court and face accusations that it deliberately crippled competing music services and players in an iPod class action lawsuit from 2005, reports The New York Times. The trial will feature testimony from Steve Jobs, whose emails and a videotaped deposition taken before his death will play an important part in the plaintiffs' case. The complaint focuses on Apple's older iPod models, which only supported music purchased on iTunes and songs downloaded from CDs. Also being disputed is Apple's FairPlay system of encoding purchased music, which limited music playback to the iPod and not competing MP3 players. In the suit, consumers claim Apple violated antitrust law by deliberately limiting interoperability with competitors, while exclusively promoting its products and services. The email testimony is expected to paint Steve Jobs as an aggressive businessman who worked hard to ensure the success of the iPod and iTunes. This success often came at the expense of smaller competitors, which were not allowed to connect to Apple's popular iPod ecosystem. In one already released email, Jobs addresses Apple's lack of support for the-then upcoming MusicMatch music store. "We need to make sure that when Music Match launches their download music store they cannot use iPod," he wrote. "Is this going to be an issue?" Part of the case also involves Apple's interactions with RealNetworks, which devised a workaround in 2004 that allowed content from its music store to be played on the iPod. In an angry statement released to the media, Apple accused RealNetworks of hacking the iPod and threatened to disable this functionality in future iPod software updates. To counteract Jobs' testimony, Apple is expected to argue that updates to the iPod and iTunes were designed to improve the platform for the consumer and not cripple competing devices. The company also likely will point out that the price of the iPod has gone down over the years, despite Apple's alleged monopolistic behavior. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More • Google's Chromebooks Overtake Apple's iPads for First Time in U.S. Education Market • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light

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According to a new survey conducted by analysts at UBS, interest in the smartwatch market is continuing to grow ahead of the Apple Watch launch early next year. Of the 4,000 respondents asked to partake in the survey across four different countries, about 10 percent cited that they are "very likely" to buy a smartwatch in the next year. Based on projections of Apple's iPhone sales and the current installed base of iPhones compatible with the Apple Watch, the analysts predict Apple will sell 24 million Apple Watches within the first nine months.Figure 10 indicates that 10% of respondents (401 out of 4,000) are very likely and 17% (682 out of 4,000) somewhat likely to buy a smartwatch in the next 12 months. That is a three-fold increase vis-à-vis the 386 respondents claiming to already own a smartwatch and a four-fold increase if we assume that around one-third of the currently owned smartwatches are actually fitness bands. Based on an estimate of 240 million iPhones compatible with Apple Watch being in customers' hands by the end of 2015, UBS suggests this could translate to 24 million Apple Watches sold in the first 9-12 months of availability, depending on supplies. In a smaller survey of customers who registered as very likely to purchase a smart watch, the Apple Watch placed second to the Samsung Gear in buying intentions, although UBS expects those positions to reverse once the Apple Watch becomes available. The analysts also expect the new Apple wearable to redefine the category much like previous products from the company have done for their respective technological categories. Despite first-version limitations in daily charging and iPhone tethering, UBS sees significant potential for the Apple Watch and predicts it will become the spiritual successor to the iPhone in the long-term.Cellular and battery technology is not yet sufficiently miniaturized to fit in the Watch and allow independent functioning. We would think the ability to do so is maybe five years away. In fact, the screen size differential may mean that the Watch and the iPhone will prove complements rather than substitutes. Arguably that is the way the iPad and Mac might be playing out, different products for different jobs. Given that about two-thirds of Apple's profit is generated by the iPhone, the company has to be concerned about the longer-term threat of replacement technology, whether it be a leap in handset technology or loss of key functions to wearables. With a sophisticated user interface and third-party apps coming on, Apple may be readying for the time when the Apple Watch encroaches on the smartphone market. The Apple Watch is set to launch in "early 2015", reportedly in the "spring" according to an internal video from retail chief Angela Ahrendts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More • Google's Chromebooks Overtake Apple's iPads for First Time in U.S. Education Market • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light

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T-Mobile is offering a significant discount on its iPhone lineup for Cyber Monday, most notably taking $100 off the 64GB model of the new iPhone 6. Instead of just a straight cash discount, the carrier is offering a memory upgrade that boosts the storage of the smartphone without additional cost to the customer. The carrier's upgrade offer allows you to buy a 16GB model iPhone 6 and receive a free upgrade to the 64GB model, a $100 savings. The promotion also extends to the iPhone 5s and 5c, with T-Mobile upgrading the 32GB iPhone 5s to the 64GB version and the 8GB iPhone 5c to the 32GB model. T-Mobile's promotion runs until midnight Pacific Time tonight. This offer is one of several promotional pushes by the carrier designed to attract new customers to its cellular network. Earlier this year, T-Mobile introduced a generous $350 per line termination fee bonus and phone buyback program to customers who switch carriers. It also recently launched an iPhone "test drive" program that allows customers to try an iPhone on T-Mobile for seven days without cost. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google's Chromebooks Overtake Apple's iPads for First Time in U.S. Education Market • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday

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As it has done for the past three years, Apple is once again recognizing December 1 as World AIDS Day at its retail locations by coloring their Apple logos red for the occasion. Several Apple Stores in the United States and the United Kingdom are expected to change the color of their logos, with images from Twitter showing that the company's store in Sydney, Australia has already adjusted its logo. The Apple Store in Sydney, Australia (Image credit: @AusNewsNetwork) Last week, Apple announced a new campaign for World AIDS Day 2014 done in collaboration with (Product) RED which saw the launch of a special Apps for (RED) section in the App Store and a donation initiative. The Apps for (RED) section is active until December 7 and contains 25 well known apps with the proceeds benefiting the Global Fund to fight AIDS. All of Apple's customers who purchased a select Apple product on Friday, November 28 received a special (RED) iTunes gift card, and during December 1, Apple will donate a portion of every sale at its retail and online stores to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple sells a number of (Product) RED items where a percentage of the profits are donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Throughout the past, those items have included iPod nanos and shuffles, iPad Smart Covers, iPhone Bumpers, iPhone cases, and more. This past June, (Product) RED announced that Apple had contributed $75 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

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Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published some possible schematics depicting the design of the larger-screened "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus" in its January issue, which have been shared by Mac Otakara [Google Translate] along with some information about the upcoming device. The schematics suggest the tablet will include a 12.2-inch LCD display, and it points towards dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the larger tablet. Many rumors have suggested a size of 12.9-inches for the larger tablet, but this is the second report from Mac Otakara that has suggested the device will have a 12.2-inch display. The "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus" as Mac Fan calls it, is said to include a new A9 processor that's an upgrade from the A8X processor in the iPad Air 2, which is a bit of a deviation from previous rumors that have indicated the larger-screened tablet will use the same A8X processor introduced in the iPad Air 2. Along with an upgraded processor, the tablet is said to have dual top and bottom speakers to allow for improved stereo audio, and design wise, the iPad Pro may look similar to the existing iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini. Mac Fan also believes that Apple is working on an iPad mini 4, which will be equipped with the same A8X processor found in the iPad Air 2 and a thinner design that more closely resembles Apple's latest iPad Air. With the launch of the iPad mini 4, Mac Fan says both the iPad mini and the iPad mini 3 will be discontinued. According to the report, both of these tablets may launch between April and June of 2015, which is in line with previous iPad Pro rumors. Earlier this month, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the iPad Pro may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, following rumors that Apple had pushed back production to focus its attention on improving iPhone 6 Plus supply. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available • Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only) • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines

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While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies. Apple Online and Retail Apple kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below: - iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c - iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini - Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro - iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano - Apple TV ($25) - Beats by Dr. Dre ($25): headphones and speakers Gift cards available both on Apple's online store and in retail locations iPhone Deals Sam's Club is currently offering a $100 discount on the iPhone 6 in all capacities, which is one of the best deals available on the device. Best Buy is also offering a $100 discount on the device, but the deal is limited to the 16GB model. Frequent Walmart shoppers may want to purchase an iPhone there, as Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 and including a $75 Walmart gift card. The store will also be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $79, and that device also comes with a $75 gift card. iPhones purchased directly from Apple, including the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, will come with a $50 iTunes gift card. iPad Deals Best Buy is discounting its entire stock of iPad Air 2 tablets by $100, which is the best deal available on Apple's newest iPad. The $100 discount applies to all colors and capacities, and brings the price of the 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air 2 down to $399. Best Buy is also discounting all of its iPad mini 3 stock by $75, dropping the price of the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only model to $324. Shoppers looking for an especially good deal may want to check out Best Buy's supply of iPad mini 2 tablets, some of which are discounted by $75 to $100. For those unable to shop at Best Buy, Target is also offering a solid deal on the iPad Air 2, providing a $140 Target gift card with any iPad Air 2 purchase (prices start at $499). Target is also offering $100 gift cards with the purchase of the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and original iPad Air in all colors and capacities. Mac Deals Mac deals are a bit more limited than iPhone and iPad deals, but both Best Buy and MacMall are offering solid deals on Apple's range of MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac minis, and Mac Pros. Best Buy, for example, is selling the low-end 21.5-inch 1.4Ghz/8GB/500GB iMac for $899, a $200 discount and the lowest price we've seen on the machine. The retailer also has select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers for $150 off. Best Buy: - 13.3-inch Non-Retina MacBook Pro - $899.99, $200 off - 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB iMac - $899.99, $200 off - 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air - $779.99, $120 off - 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB MacBook Air - $1,049.99, $150 off - 13.3-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro - $1,349.99, $150 off - 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB iMac - $1,649.99, $150 off MacMall is discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. Unlike many resellers, MacMall offers Apple machines with a variety of custom configurations, much like the online Apple Store, so the site's Black Friday section has a huge range of Macs at low prices. Notable deals from MacMall include the 15-inch 2.5Ghz/16GB/512GB Retina MacBook Pro for $2,298, a discount of $201, and the entry-level 13.3-inch 1.4Ghz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air for $898, a discount of $101. MacMall: 2014 Retina MacBook Pro - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off - 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off - 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off - 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off 2014 MacBook Air - 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $798, $101 off - 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB - $898, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off iPad Air 2 - 16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $459, $40 off - 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $589, $40 off - 64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $559, $40 off - 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $679, $50 off - 128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $649, $50 off - 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $754, $75 off 2013/2014 iMac - 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off - 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off - 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off - 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off - 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off - 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off 2013 Mac Pro - 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,698, $301 off - 4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,798, $201 off 2014 Mac mini - 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $468, $31 off - 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $658, $41 off - 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $948, $51 off B&H Photo has a $200 discount on the new 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB 5K Retina iMac, dropping the cost down to $2,299, the lowest price we've seen yet. The site also has the 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB Mac Pro for $3,499, a discount of $500, and the 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro for $1,699.99, a discount of $300. Other Deals Many retailers are also offering deals on an array of Apple products, with Beats headphones being a popular discount item. Many stores are also offering iPod touches, Apple TVs, fitness accessories, and more at low prices, and a list of deals is located in the roundup. Online Retailers - Twelve South - 50 percent off BookArc Mod for Mac, GhostStand for Mac, and HoverBar 3 for iPad - Speck - 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases - Casetify - exclusive 25 percent off discount site wide with the discount code MACRUMORS. - Ten One Design - 50 percent off site wide plus free shipping iTunes Gift Cards - $100 iTunes Gift Card Multipack - $79.47, $20.53 off - $50 iTunes Gift Card - $39.98, $10 off Software - Fantastical for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad are available at the lowest prices of the year, - Adobe Elements 13 discounted by 40 percent. - WALTR - exclusive 49 percent off discount for MacRumors readers - Pixelmator - 50 percent off ($14.99) - AppShopper - running of discounts on iOS and Mac apps Our Black Friday roundup will be updated throughout Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep an eye on it for the best Apple deals this holiday season. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these retailers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac

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Apple has just kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and as previously announced, the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below: - iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c - iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini - Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro - iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano - Apple TV ($25) - Beats by Dr. Dre ($25): headphones and speakers Apple's (RED) Black Friday shopping promotion will last for a single day and the deals are available both in-store and online. Along with (RED) gift cards, Apple also plans to donate a portion of retail sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Alongside Apple, many other retailers are offering significant discounts on Apple products and accessories. While some of the deals began yesterday ahead of Black Friday, many of the discounts are still available and will be valid through the end of the day. Best Buy and MacMall are offering significant discounts on a range of different Macs, with prices up to $200 off, and Best Buy is also discounting its entire iPad stock by up to $100. Target is offering gift cards up to $140 on the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, while Sam's Club has the best deal on the iPhone 6, offering it for $100 off. Online only stores are also offering deals, with Twelve South, for example, discounting several products and Speck offering 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases. Following in the footsteps of retailers, app developers are discounting their apps in the iOS and Mac App Stores, and a list of popular discounted apps can be found at our sister site AppShopper. A full list of all the Black Friday deals on Apple products and accessories is located in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, which is being updated throughout the day with new deals. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac

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