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Apple on Wednesday released its 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report [PDF] and updated its Supplier Responsibility website, giving new details on its efforts to improve the lives of the workers that assemble its products. For its ninth annual progress report, Apple conducted 633 audits covering more than 1.6 million workers in 19 countries, and called an additional 30,000 workers to survey them on working conditions. One of Apple's main achievements in 2014 was putting an end to bonded labor. In October, the company told all of its suppliers that as of 2015, no worker employed on an Apple line could be charged recruitment fees. Employees have, in the past, faced significant fees levied against them by third-party recruiters, who offer them a job at an Apple factory in exchange for money. In some cases, they lose their passports until they're able to pay the fee. Apple previously prohibited excessive recruitment fees (defined as anything higher than a month's net wages) and required suppliers to reimburse any such fee, but the new ban goes further, preventing all bonded labor. Any supplier who uses bonded labor will need to repay all foreign contract workers in full going forward if they incur recruitment fees. Apple also made progress eliminating conflict minerals (those that benefit armed groups associated with human rights violations) from its supply chain. As of 2014, 135 smelters have complied with the Conflict-Free Smelter Program, and another 64 are in the process of verification. Four smelters would not commit to the program, and will be removed from Apple's supply chain. Apple achieved 92 percent compliance with its 60-hour maximum workweek mandate. On average, employees worked under 49 hours per week, and 94 percent of all workweeks included at least one day of rest every seven days. There were 16 cases of underage labor uncovered at six facilities in 2014, and in all cases, suppliers were required to pay for the worker's safe return home, continue to pay wages, and pay for education at a school chosen by the worker. A 16-year-old enrolled in Apple's Underage Labor Remediation Program, at school in Henan province, China. Apple often finds itself in the spotlight over the conditions at the factories where its product components are produced, but the Cupertino company has for many years held its suppliers to a strict code of conduct that prevents underage labor and provides safe, comfortable working conditions for workers. Apple's Supplier Responsibility Team conducts supplier audits on a regular basis so that Apple can continue to work towards improving conditions at supplier factories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Starbucks iOS App Gains Support for Apple Pay • LaCie Mirror Review: Hands-On With LaCie's Latest Designer Hard Drive • Award-Winning Dystopian Adventure Game 'République' Coming to Mac and PC • Parallels Desktop 10 Update Brings Windows 10 Technical Preview to Macs • iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock • Apple to Open Massive $850M Solar Farm in Monterey, California • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance

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There's a new mobile analytics report out from Citrix [PDF] and it it's filled with interesting data on mobile usage, including a tidbit that suggests iPhone 6 Plus owners use far more data than other iPhone owners. People who own the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as people who own the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus data usage is 10 times higher than data usage on the 3.5-inch iPhone 3GS. That last statistic isn't surprising -- along with a small screen, the iPhone 3GS is much slower with hardware that's almost six years old. Citrix suggests that the higher iPhone 6 Plus data usage is due to its users treating it like a tablet, consuming more media like streaming movies on the device.iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts subscribers when choosing a new device -- be careful to select a data plan that matches your super-sized screen. Clearly the phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus shows data usage patterns more akin to tablet usage. For mobile operators, this increase provides an opportunity to shift subscriber Wi-Fi usage towards mobile networks.Other details covering all smartphone usage (not just iOS) suggest that interest in mobile health apps is on the rise, with 78 percent of mobile health app users using fitness apps. Sports video watching on mobile devices is up from 21% in Q3 2014 to 50% in Q1 2015. The report also has an enterprise section, which confirms that iOS is still the dominant mobile platform. iOS devices are responsible for 64 percent of devices managed in the enterprise, compared to 27 percent for Android and 9 percent for Windows Mobile. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Award-Winning Dystopian Adventure Game 'République' Coming to Mac and PC • Parallels Desktop 10 Update Brings Windows 10 Technical Preview to Macs • iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock • Apple to Open Massive $850M Solar Farm in Monterey, California • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support

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Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches. The same notice can also be found in the app's Mac App Store description, as noted by MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have previously purchased Aperture will continue to be able to download it from the "Purchases" tab. Apple first announced the shuttering of both Aperture and iPhoto back in June, but the company did not specify at that time that the software would be removed from the Mac App Store entirely. Instead, it said only that there would be "no new development of Aperture" as it focused its resources on Photos for OS X. Our first look at Photos for OS X came last week alongside the developer launch of 10.10.3, as several sites were given preview copies of the software ahead of its release. Reviews have suggested that the Photos for OS X feature set lies somewhere in between that of the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. iPhoto users will find they have more control over photos with new tools, while Aperture users will be disappointed to find that many tools, like the loupe, brushable adjustments, and custom metadata are missing. The general opinion is that in its current iteration, the Photos for OS X software is not suitable for professional users, and those who currently use Aperture will want to continue with the software or switch to an alternative like Lightroom. The Photos for OS X software could see updates over the coming months to add more pro-oriented features such as third-party plugins, and there are certainly some benefits to the app -- it integrates with iCloud Photo Library, its editing tools are easy to use, and it's said to be much faster than iPhoto. Photos for OS X will be released in the spring when the OS X 10.10.3 update is seeded to the public. Ahead of the official launch, Apple is planning to do a public beta, though a date for that is unknown. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Award-Winning Dystopian Adventure Game 'République' Coming to Mac and PC • Parallels Desktop 10 Update Brings Windows 10 Technical Preview to Macs • iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock • Apple to Open Massive $850M Solar Farm in Monterey, California • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support

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Apple shares are currently valued at roughly $124 each in intraday trading, giving the Cupertino-based company a record-breaking market cap exceeding $720 billion. Apple stock continues to rise after the iPhone maker became the first U.S. company to close with a market cap over $700 billion on Tuesday, the same day in which CEO Tim Cook spoke live at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Apple shares have risen over 48% since the start of 2014, despite some critics suggesting that the company has faced a lack of innovation since the passing of late co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple has been particularly successful in China, which Cook claims has grown from a $1 billion to $38 billion market for the company in the past five years. Apple plans to expand from 19 to 40 retail stores in China over the next year to keep up with the high demand for its products in the world's most populous country. Apple announced its earnings results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 last month, posting revenue of $74.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. Apple sold a record-breaking 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, paving the way for the company to report the most profitable quarter of any corporation ever. Cook confirmed on Tuesday that Apple will announce any potential changes to stock buybacks or dividends during its April earnings call. The chief executive added that Apple does not need as much cash as it is generating for operations, assuring that it is committed to returning money to shareholders through its capital return program. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Award-Winning Dystopian Adventure Game 'République' Coming to Mac and PC • Parallels Desktop 10 Update Brings Windows 10 Technical Preview to Macs • iPhone Theft Continues to Drop in Three Major Cities Thanks to Activation Lock • Apple to Open Massive $850M Solar Farm in Monterey, California • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support

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Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the annual Goldman Sach's Technology and Internet Conference today, where he covered a range of topics from Apple's dedication to the environment, the major products the company launched in 2014, and his thoughts on the Apple Watch. When asked by Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn what makes the Apple Watch different from other smart watches on the market, Cook recalled the MP3 industry.If you think about the MP3 industry, we weren't the first company to make an MP3 player, there were lots of companies in this. They weren't used very much. They were fundamentally hard to use -- the user interface was bad and you almost needed a PhD to use them. They're not memorable. [...] I see the smart watch category very much like that. There are several things that are called smart watches, but I'm not sure you could name any. There hasn't been one that changed the way people live their lives. At Apple, that's our objective. We want to change the way you live your life.Cook went on to say that he believes the Apple Watch will do just that, impact people's lives in a meaningful way. He says that one of the major surprises will be the breadth of what the Apple Watch can do, and he expects that everyone will find something in the Apple Watch that they can't live without. Cook highlighted the many design options for the Apple Watch, its "fantastic" look, and the innovative ways of communication that it will enable. Cook says that he "constantly" uses Siri on his Apple Watch, and that he uses it when working out to measure activity. He also pointed out the feature that pings people when they've been sitting for too long, which he sees in use on a daily basis at Apple. During meetings, he says, towards the end of the hour, people will begin standing up as their Apple Watch alerts them to do so. "A lot of doctors believe sitting is the new cancer," he said. "Arguably, activity is good for all of us." Cook says that he is "super excited" about third-party apps that are being developed for the Apple Watch.I think everyone's going to have their favorite thing, just like when the App Store came out. Remember the saying 'there's an app for that? There's an enormous number of things it will do.Earlier this month, Tim Cook confirmed that the Apple Watch is still on track to launch in early 2015, with shipments that will begin in the month of April. Pricing will start at $349 for the lower-end version of the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference today, with the session kicking off at 3:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Pacific. Cook's presentation is being broadcast on Apple's website and MacRumors will be updating this post to summarize Cook's comments. Cook has spoken at the annual conference a number of times over the years, although he did not appear in 2014. While Cook has not made any major announcements at the venue in the past, he has at times offered an interesting perspective into Apple's business, so it generally worth paying attention to his comments. Cook will almost certainly be asked about Apple's blockbuster iPhone sales and earnings in the last quarter, the company's strategy for managing cash and capital return to investors, company philosophy and more, and he is generally fairly open and thoughtful in sharing his ideas on many topics. The company's future product plans are not, however, something he has shown willing to discuss, maintaining a long tradition of secrecy for the company. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You? • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this afternoon, beginning at 12:30 PM Pacific Time. While Cook was not present at last year's conference, he has attended many times in the past. Cook is not likely to make product announcements during today's session, but previous conferences have seen him divulging details on Apple's philosophies and business practices. In 2013, for example, he spoke about Apple's cash usage, innovation, design choices, retail strategy, iPhone growth, and more. Streaming audio of the Goldman Sachs conference will be available beginning at 12:30, and MacRumors will also provide highlights and coverage on what Cook has to share this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush

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The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) yesterday announced a new Embedded DisplayPort Standard, version 1.4a, that the association claims "enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates." Along with other upgrades, the new standard will be able to take advantage of more advanced GPU video performance and display technologies, meaning a wider range of computing devices - laptops and all-in-one PCs like the iMac in particular - will be able to produce 8K content sometime next year. The new standard is for "embedded" panels with the ability to produce up to 8K quality display images, meaning eDP 1.4a won't work with external displays. The current DisplayPort standard is 1.2a, with VESA having announced the next-generation 1.3 standard with 5K support last September. Full support of DisplayPort 1.3 will, however, need to wait until Intel releases its next-generation Skylake chips late this year or early next year. Apple's current 5K Retina iMac uses a custom solution to manage its 5120 x 2880 display, and 8K displays supported under the future 1.4a standard would come in at 7680 x 4320 pixels. These higher-resolution displays at 8K should result a more power-hungry machine, but VESA claims its new Multi-SST Operation will support a Segmented Panel Display feature, bringing lighter, lower-cost display architecture to the new eDP standard. According to Vice President Bong-Hyun You of Samsung Display Co., Ltd., this new strategy can "reduce panel thickness, reduce power draw, and reduce cost."According to Craig Wiley, senior director of marketing at Parade Technologies, VESA board member, and editor for eDP 1.4a, “The adoption of eDP for embedded displays is now positioned for growth as eDP 1.4a has become highly optimized, especially at resolutions above quad HD. Compared to other embedded interfaces, it has the richest feature set along with the lowest power, wire count and EMI radiation, particularly when used with high-resolution panels. It will continue to evolve, along with DisplayPort, but with its own unique features specifically optimized for embedded applications such as all-in-one PCs, notebooks, tablets and smart phones.” Currently, only select high-end television support 8K video playback, and the highest quality display Apple device is last year's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display. Though not much content even exists to truly take advantage of an 8K display at this time, VESA's estimate of laptops, all-in-one PC's, and other devices gaining the new standard in 2016 may give enough time for the new technology to grow. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided reliable information about Apple's upcoming product plans in the past, claims that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID module with reduced reading errors for an improved and safer Apple Pay experience. "We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models."Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he expects the next-generation iPhone to ship in the third quarter of 2015, lining up historically with past releases of iPhones in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon and AT&T in Performance • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush

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Anki today announced a sequel to its innovative iOS-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Called "Anki Overdrive" and set for launch in September, it will include brand new cars, a customizable track - courtesy of magnetically interlocking track pieces and "bridges" that adjust track height - and even jump ramps (via Re/code). Originally debuted on stage at WWDC 2013, Anki has slowly grown support for the original Anki Drive by adding new cars and track support but keeping the same basic static roll-out mat technology. The sequel, which the company plans to announce today at the New York Toy Fair, will retain the same basic concept of using a smartphone to control a physical toy car around a track, battling against an A.I. opponent or other players. The Anki Overdrive starter kit, which will retail for $150 and come with two cars, will include 10 modular track pieces that the company says can create up to eight different track options out of the box. They'll also be selling "expansion packs" that will give users the ability to add four way intersections, U-turns, and jumps into the mix. Those expansion packs will cost between $10 and $30, and additional cars will be around $50. The team has boosted the software component, as well. Talking to Re/code, Anki co-founder Hanns Tappeiner said when the cars interact with a new, user-made track, they'll drive slowly and cautiously as they "map" the track to their memory, after which they'll begin speeding up. Tappeiner also highlights the potential for user imagination in weaving tracks around everyday household objects, not just limiting users to designated objects provided by Anki.Tappeiner and I combined the pieces from two of the starter kits to make one criss-crossing mega-track stretching across a conference table. As advertised, we were able to use the stuff already on the desk — soda cans, water bottles, computer cables — to buttress the rising and falling pieces of the track. Tappeiner also promised the much-loved meta game of advancing player levels - courtesy of the Anki Drive [Direct Link] companion app available as a free download - as you race and battle around tracks will remain firmly intact with Anki Overdrive. “Even though it’s a physical thing, we think of it as a video game,” Tappeiner said. “If this were a video game, every time you advanced a level you’d be in a different world.” Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed]

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Passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week, according to USA Today. It will become the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight. Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You'll be able to upgrade to available premium seats, too.Eddy Cue, Apple's VP for Internet software and services, told USA Today that "somebody else doing it always puts pressure on the other guy" and that other airlines could follow suit. JetBlue's flight attendants will have iPad minis outfitted with a special case that will accept both credit cards and Apple Pay. Starting next week, only intercontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco will accept Apple Pay, with additional flights in March and plans for all JetBlue flights to accept the payment service in June. Like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the upcoming Apple Watch will also work with the system. Cue notes that expanding Apple Pay into areas like travel is important. "Most people would prefer not to carry cash or worry about cash. There's a lot of opportunity there," Cue told USA Today. Apple would like to expand to subways and public transportation, but Cue said working with local governments and gaining funding for those initiatives moves slower than they would like. He says the eventual plan is to completely replace the wallet, and that Apple Pay is only the start. Apple has continued to work with third parties to expand Apple Pay's reach, most recently having ChowNow update nearly 700 food and restaurant apps with the payment service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed]

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Following last week's news of a mysterious Apple-leased vehicle roaming the streets of Northern California, an Apple employee has given some details to Business Insider, suggesting Apple is working on a project that will "give Tesla a run for its money."After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. [...] "Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money."According to the site's source, who was verified to be an Apple employee, Tesla employees are "jumping ship" and choosing to work at Apple because of this unidentified project. Last week's pictures unveiled a van that appeared to have multiple cameras on the top, similar to the vehicles Google uses for mapping. Given the van's similarity to other mapping vehicles, rumors have suggested that it is likely for an unspecified mapping project. Apple has been working to improve Maps in recent months, and it's possible the company is working on a feature that would compete with Google Street View. Photo of Apple van via Claycord Other speculation has ranged a bit more towards the fantastical, suggesting that Apple is perhaps working on a self-driving car, but this seems unlikely due to Apple's tendency to focus on just a few products at a time. "We have zero issue coming up with things we want to do, said Tim Cook last January. "We must focus on the very few that deserve all our energy." As Business Insider suggests, one probable project that could pique the interest of former Tesla employees is CarPlay. CarPlay, which brings an iOS-style interface to in-car infotainment systems, is still very much in the early stages. In the future, CarPlay, which is being built directly into many cars, could expand to offer a Tesla-style feature set. With the Tesla iPhone app, Tesla owners can turn on heating, lock and unlock doors from afar, flash the lights, and more. Deeper integration between iOS and in-car systems is also easily imaginable, given Apple's desire to allow users to transition easily from device to device, as with its new "Continuity" iOS 8/OS X Yosemite feature. In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at an expansion of Continuity and suggested it would be incredibly important going forward. "Use your imagination and think about where Continuity goes," he said. Statements from Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, have directly contradicted this Apple employees suggestion that Tesla employees are tempted by what Apple has to offer. In a report outlining the many employees Tesla has poached from Apple, Musk told Bloomberg that "very few people" had left Tesla for Apple, despite Apple's offer of a $250,000 signing focus and 60 percent salary increase. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac

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Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April. Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple's new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple's existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X. A timeline is unclear, but Apple could be aiming for a June launch, sometime around its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 8.4 began appearing in MacRumors site logs towards the end of January, with usage spiking up at the beginning of February. The number of visits from devices running iOS 8.4 from both Apple IPs and non-Apple IPs remains relatively low, however, suggesting that development on iOS 8.4 is in the very early stages. Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 9 Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 9 iOS 8.2 has been in developer testing since November, and iOS 8.3, with wireless CarPlay support, a new emoji picker, and Apple Pay for China was just seeded to developers this morning. Along with its iOS 8 projects, Apple is also working on iOS 9, an update that may heavily focus on stability and optimization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac

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Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing. The beta, build number 12F5027d, also includes Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2. It is not clear at this time what the iOS 8.3 beta introduces, but it likely includes several bug fixes. As a .1 update, it may also introduce new features. Xcode 6.3, included with the beta, introduces a new version of the Swift language. According to Apple's release notes, Swift 1.2 includes "a number of noteworthy changes" to the language. Xcode 6.3 also includes enhancements to ease interoperability between Swift and Objective-C code. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ChowNow Updates Nearly 700 Food and Restaurant Apps With Apple Pay Support • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac

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With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization. Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was also a maintenance upgrade that resulted in improved performance and better efficiency.For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a "huge" focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to make efforts to keep the size of the OS and updates manageable, especially for the many millions of iOS device owners with 16GB devices.An operating system update that aims to optimize performance and fix lingering bugs will likely be welcome news to many iOS 8 users who have been unhappy with the state of the operating system. iOS 8 has suffered from an above average number of bugs since its September introduction, causing issues like slow Wi-Fi, battery drain, screen rotation problems, Bluetooth connectivity failures, and more. The last few minor iOS 8 updates, including 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.3 have all been focused on fixing some of these problems. Apple's goal of reducing the amount of space needed for an operating system update is also welcome news to users who have 16GB devices without much storage space left. iOS 8 has seen slower adoption rates than iOS 7, which many have attributed to its 2GB+ installation size. Work on iOS 9 is well underway at Apple, and site visits to MacRumors from Apple IP addresses on devices running the new OS have increased over the course of the past month, following the holidays. We first started seeing an uptick in visits from iOS 9 users in December, which declined around Christmas and has picked up once again. Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 9 An iOS 9 update that aims for bug fixes and performance improvements won't go entirely without new features -- there are still some rumored enhancements in the works that could be released in the next operating system update, including transit directions and indoor mapping abilities for Maps and split-screen multitasking for iPads. We'll get our first glimpse of iOS 9 at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, but a specific date is still forthcoming. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Share of Mobile Phone Profits Rises to 93% on iPhone 6 Launch • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad

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Medical device manufacturer DexCom over the weekend announced the company is developing an app for the upcoming Apple Watch that will display all of a user's glucose and blood sugar-related health data on their wrist (via The Wall Street Journal). The company, whose expertise lies in "continuous glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management," says the app is expected to be ready when the Apple Watch launches in April. The app would sync to existing monitors manufactured by DexCom that use a "hair's width sensor" located under the user's skin to measure and report blood glucose levels every five minutes, a more seamless process than traditional skin-prick glucose monitors, according to the company. Though most health-related apps have been closely scrutinized by the FDA in the past, The Wall Street Journal reports DexCom and a group of developers behind another diabetes-related application called NightScout have convinced the FDA to change course on health apps.The group’s effort challenged the slow pace of innovation and regulatory approval in the field. It also highlighted the growing role that Silicon Valley companies and software developers hope to have in monitoring and maintaining people’s health. Previously, the FDA considered glucose monitors and any associated software to be Class III medical devices, meaning they received the highest level of regulatory scrutiny. But the spread of NightScout, the system developed by the group of software engineers, and DexCom’s submission of a separate iPhone app for review prompted the FDA to change course last month. Subsequently, DexCom's monitors that require injection under a patient's skin will understandably remain Class III devices but the software that displays the data - such as the Apple Watch app - now only needs to be registered with the FDA without prior marketing approval. Alberto Gutierrez, director of the FDA’s Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, evoked the positive benefits of the app far outweigh any negatives, “We felt that the risks that the app imposed weren’t as high." Apple itself has been steadily moving towards a more health-concerned future, with the introduction of the Health app into iOS 8 as a preparation for the upcoming built-in fitness integration features of the Apple Watch. Major U.S. hospitals are rolling out their own trial programs with HealthKit, Apple's tools that leverage the iPhone's various motion-tracking sensors and peripheral accessories to track and log the history of a user's health data. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge

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The much-anticipated 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is believed to launch sometime in the middle of 2015, but a new rumor out of foreign news website Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] points to a smaller refresh of the existing MacBook Air line hitting as early as February 24. The website, citing sources from the Czech reseller network, states the update will come with no fanfare or keynote presentation, unsurprising considering a lack of major changes for the lineup. The company also won't discuss the long-rumored ultra-slim MacBook Air around the launch of the new refresh, hoping the "quiet" update tides users over until later in the year. If true, the focus on the fact that the update would be "minor" points to only slight bumps in areas like storage and processing power, with Apple choosing from 2.2GHz Core i5-5250U, 1.8GHz Core i5 chip, and 2GHz Core i7 processors, while keeping the well-known 11- and 13-inch form factors of current MacBook Airs. Intel launched the new Broadwell processors appropriate for the current MacBook Air lineup last month. Reports of the 12-inch MacBook Air have been swirling for over a year now, but the product missed the originally rumored timeframe of a 2014 launch. Rumored to be in mass production since last month and with claimed part leaks beginning to surface, the Retina MacBook Air is reported to launch sometime in the second quarter of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Releases Nostalgic TV Ad For Apple Pay • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge

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iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is expected to face limited earnings growth this year amid rumors that Apple's next-generation smartphone will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor, according to Taipei Times (via GforGames). The report cites Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu, who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year. [...] Pu said that although the migration to 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel lenses would remain strong among Chinese vendors of mid-tier and low-end phones, upgrades to 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses for flagship phones would be slow given the limited supply of CMOS sensors — used to convert light into electrons.While details surrounding the so-called "iPhone 6s" remain limited, this report is consistent with Largan Precision's stock price dipping early last year amid rumors the iPhone 6 camera would retain an 8-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, it was reported in November that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could have the "biggest camera jump ever" with a dual-lens, DSLR-quality system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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Ahead of tonight's telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled "Change" featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton. The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant's "All Or Nothing" entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and more. Apps shown throughout the add include Apple's GarageBand for songwriting, iMPC Pro for production, Serato Remote for live performances and Manual Camera for filming video. Billboard also reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services were the focus of much attention at a pre-Grammy party held by record producer Clive Davis. Apple is estimated to have paid upwards of $2 million for its Grammy ad. The new iPad ad follows rumors of a revamped Beats Music subscription service, with a report last week noting that Apple would be charging $7.99 per month for access on OS X , iOS, Apple TV, and Android. Apple is expected to relaunch Beats Music later this year, possibly at June during the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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Corning today unveiled a new material that it's been working on, which combines the strength of its existing Gorilla Glass with ultra scratch-resistance like that of sapphire, reports CNET. The material, which goes by the name "Project Phire," was shown off during an investor meeting by Corning Glass president James Clappin."We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."Corning's existing Gorilla Glass product is used in a range of smartphone and tablet displays, from Samsung's Galaxy line to Apple's own iOS lineup. Apple planned to move away from Corning's Gorilla Glass with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, switching instead to sapphire produced by GT Advanced, but was unable to use the material due to production issues that later saw the dissolution of the partnership between the two companies. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass is superior to sapphire due to sapphire's brittleness and tendency to shatter when dropped. Corning has on several occasions pitted Gorilla Glass against sapphire to highlight the former's benefits -- lighter weight, greater strength, and lower pricing. Gorilla Glass 4, Corning's most recent product, is even more resistant to shattering when it falls onto hard, rough surfaces than previous versions of Gorilla Glass, but it is unable to match the scratch resistant properties of sapphire crystal. Sapphire is second only to diamond when it comes to hardness, and Apple already uses the material to protect the iPhone's rear camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor from scratches. Apple's desire to produce iPhone displays with greater scratch resistance may make Corning's "Project Phire" material highly appealing to the company for use in next-generation devices, as it could potentially serve as a suitable replacement for sapphire. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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In addition to a new Photos app and emoji improvements, yesterday's developer release of the first OS X 10.10.3 beta also includes new direct support for Google's 2-Step Verification when setting up Google services in the Internet Accounts section of System Preferences. 2-Step Verification is an optional security setting that requires users to enter not only their account password but also a unique code sent by Google via phone app, text message, or voice call to a previously registered device or phone number, greatly enhancing account security. Not all devices and apps support Google's 2-Step Verification, however, and as a backup Google also allows users to generate app-specific passwords to register a unique password for that device or app. The app-specific password can be revoked at any time by logging into the user's Google account for another time, making it easy to disable access on a device that has been lost or stolen. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, users setting up their machines to access Google accounts with 2-Step Verification enabled have had to use this app-specific password option. Users trying to log in with their standard Google account passwords are met with error messages informing them they need to use this option. OS X 10.10.2 requiring an app-specific password for a Google account protected with 2-Step Verification But as noticed by developer Jonathan Wight, the new OS X 10.10.3 beta now fully supports 2-Step Verification, allowing users to log in with their standard passwords and unique verification codes. OS X 10.10.3 requesting verification code after logging in with standard password The change makes logging in with 2-Step protected accounts much simpler and increases security by making sure the user attempting to log in has a secondary trusted device to provide the verification code. (Thanks, Sean!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9

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While the featured addition in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 developer seed was the new Photos app, Apple is addressing other issues with the forthcoming update, and one of these focus areas is emoji, which is seeing several changes and improvements. One immediately evident change is the menu option used to bring up the character palette where emoji and other symbols can be browsed and selected. The Character palette a is systemwide option generally accessed through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the menu item is called "Special Characters," while on OS X 10.10.3, it is labeled "Emoji & Symbols". The change offers a clearer description of what can be accessed through the menu item while specifically giving a strong visibility boost to emoji. Another significant change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3 is the apparent laying of groundwork to support skin tone modifiers proposed for the Unicode 8.0 standard. Apple noted almost a year ago that it was working with the Unicode Consortium to bring more diversity to emoji, and the proposed skin tone modifiers are a significant step in that direction. OS X 10.10.3 also appears to include a number of placeholders for new emoji in the character palette, but no images or descriptions have yet been added for these entries. Character palette showing placeholders for new emoji and an arrow on the "Man" emoji to provide access to skin tone options The skin tone modifier proposal would apply to certain skin-colored emoji, allowing users to select from a range of skin tones to best represent the message they wish to send via emoji. As can be seen in OS X 10.10.3, many of these skin-colored emoji now display an arrow that when clicked brings up a menu of options. Apparent incomplete implementation of skin tone modifier options for the "Man" emoji While the menu is currently non-functional, it does show the selected emoji followed by five instances of the emoji paired with a number one inside a black box. These are presumably incomplete implementations of skin tone modifiers, waiting for the Unicode Consortium to finalize its standards for Unicode 8.0. Just yesterday, the Unicode Technical Committee officially moved the technical report covering skin tone modifiers and other emoji changes for Unicode 8.0 to draft status, and Unicode 8.0 itself has been approved for beta release. In one other change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3, the pop-up emoji picker available in many apps has been transitioned from a paginated layout to a single larger vertical-scrolling page. Under OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the various emoji categories are contained on separate pages within the picker, with users needing to click on a toolbar along the bottom to change pages. Emoji picker in OS X 10.10.2 (left) with paginated categories vs. OS X 10.10.3 (right) with single scrollable page and category jumps In OS X 10.10.3, all emoji are displayed on a single page, and while they are still organized by category and users can still click toolbar buttons to quickly jump between categories, users can now also simply scroll the entire list if they wish. All of these changes come as emoji have exploded in popularity, spreading beyond their origin in Japan to be embraced worldwide as a quick, fun, and easy way to share a variety of emotions and thoughts, most commonly within messaging apps. As a result, Apple has been working to increase support for emoji across iOS and OS X, and this first OS X 10.10.3 developer build is a clear sign of that continued interest. (Thanks, Sachin!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown'

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Apple and Tesla have been battling to recruit top talent from each other, according to a new report from Bloomberg Business. Tesla has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than they have from any other company. The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law. “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” says Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Apple declined to comment for this story.Former Apple employees say their decision to join Tesla was based on the company's electric cars and CEO Elon Musk, who is a similar figure to Jobs. Like Jobs, Musk pays a great deal of attention to the details of his products and is a strong, visionary leader. Musk reportedly has a soft spot for Apple and enjoys comparisons to Steve Jobs as well, one former Tesla employee tells Bloomberg. Apple's influence can be felt in the 17-inch touchscreen installed in Tesla's cars as well as its retail stores, both of which had former Apple employees in key roles. High profile former Apple employees at Tesla include Doug Field, Apple's former VP of Mac Hardware Engineering, who leads new vehicle development at the car company. Using top Silicon Valley talent, like former employees at Apple, allows Tesla to get a leg-up on competitors in the automobile industry. While Tesla has had success recruiting talent from Apple, Musk says that Apple has hired "very few people" from the car company despite offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases to its employees. Apple and Tesla have interacted in the past, with a report emerging in February 2014 that Apple had considered purchasing Tesla. Musk also revealed the two companies have had "conversations", though it isn't known whether those were about a potential acquisition, iOS integration in Tesla cars or battery technology. The report also provides an interesting look into other ways Apple has influenced one of the most talked about companies in Silicon Valley and is worth reading at Bloomberg Business. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Following the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta to developers this afternoon, the embargo has lifted for media outlets to publish their first impressions and hands-on reviews of the all-new Photos for OS X app. Below is a roundup of some of the more interesting comments and opinions about Photos for OS X, which combines iPhoto and Aperture into one for OS X Yosemite. The Wall Street Journal describes Photo for OS X as a significant improvement for users in the Apple ecosystem, adding that the app is less confusing to use than iPhoto thanks to an improved iCloud-based approach. It also found Photos for OS X to have snappier performance than iPhoto based on the Apple-provided demo notebook. "If you choose to turn it on, all of your Apple devices feed all their full-resolution photos into iCloud, making them all available over the Internet to the Photos apps on all your Apple devices. [...] You can see the advantage to all this when you edit photos. With iCloud, any change you make on one device will show up moments later everywhere else."Wired was also impressed with Photos for OS X, describing the software as a "vast improvement" over iPhoto and praising its new built-in photo editing tools. It believes that, while some professionals might opt for Adobe Lightroom and other tools, Photos for OS X is an ideal photo management and editing solution for most Mac users."Advanced users, particularly those operating on 5K iMacs or Mac Pros, may be happier eventually switching to Adobe Lightroom—though most of them probably have done so already. But for most of us, particularly recent Mac converts and people who may not fancy themselves serious photographers, Photos is a welcomely humble way to approach image editing." Even further praise of Photos for OS X was provided by Re/code, which described the software as a "huge improvement" over iPhoto with easy-to-use editing tools and seamless iCloud syncing. Its hands-on impressions found Photos for OS X to be lacking some advanced editing tools found in Aperture, however, noting that some users might opt for professional software."While Photos offers some advanced settings like white balance and level, it lacks some of the professional-level tools found in Aperture. For example, it doesn’t have brushable or curve adjustments and doesn’t support splitting and merging libraries. And you can’t add custom metadata fields in the app."The Verge went hands on with Photos for OS X and walked away impressed, noting that it handles large photo libraries much better alongside more powerful photo editing, sharing and syncing options. As with other publications, it found Photos for OS X to be more suitable for beginners than professionals."iPhoto was never one of Apple’s most beloved products. Every year, it seemed slower and less connected to the phone — the place where most photos are taken. Photos for OS X does a lot of things right, but mostly it’s just fast and tightly integrated with your other devices. It feels like a big step forward, even if feels overdue." Yahoo Tech claims that much of Photos for OS X will be a familiar experience for most Mac users, noting that power users will be impressed with the several photo parameters that can be adjusted. The review finds that Photos for OS X gives up some iPhoto features, however, including flags, star ratings, events, round-trip editing in other apps and sorting albums by keyword, title and rating. Many professional options from Aperture are also missing."If you’re happy with iPhoto and Aperture now, you should feel no hurry to switch over when Photos comes out this spring (as part of the free Yosemite 10.10.3 update), unless you want that iCloud Photo Library feature. Which would be understandable. [...] Someday, yes, there will be some OS X version that can’t run today’s iPhoto and Aperture at all. But that’s years away. In those years, Apple has plenty of time to bring Photos’ feature list up to code, and you can freely keep using iPhoto and/or Aperture and Photos, side-by-side on the same Mac."Overall, Photos for OS X appears to be a significant improvement for users migrating from iPhoto, but a step down in functionality for those coming from Aperture. A number of other publications have shared first impressions and hands-on reviews, including CNET, Engadget, Macworld, Mashable and SlashGear. Photos for OS X will be available as a public beta soon ahead of a Spring launch as a free update on OS X Yosemite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. OS X 10.10.3 includes the much-anticipated Photos app for Mac. The new is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. Recent rumors questioned the removal of mentions of the Photos app for Mac from Apple's website, suggesting it might be delayed, but today's beta release indicates that it is still on track for an early 2015 launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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