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The most recent iOS 9 beta added WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but when the beta was released last week, the feature was not functional. As of today, some users in the MacRumors forums who are running iOS 9 noticed a different message when attempting to activate the feature, and just hours later, WiFi calling began working for a limited number of AT&T subscribers. When attempting to activate WiFi calling in the Settings app, users who have access to the feature are receiving a welcome screen, a disclaimer, and a notice that WiFi calling has been activated and should be available within a few minutes. During the setup period, users are required to enter an address that emergency services will visit as a caller's location cannot be determined from a WiFi call. Following a short waiting period, WiFi calling becomes ready for use with the "Wi-Fi calling on This iPhone" option toggled on. While a few of our readers have had success getting the WiFi calling feature working, several other users do not have access, suggesting AT&T may be testing the feature in a limited number of areas ahead of launch. WiFi calling was first introduced with iOS 8, and shortly after the feature debuted, AT&T announced plans to support it. The company has not made any further announcements, but it is likely an official launch will come after iOS 9 is released to the public in September. An AT&T employee who is also a MacRumors reader says that his store has not received word on an upcoming launch, so official word on further availability of WiFi calling may still be a few weeks off. WiFi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor. It is similar in function to Apple's own FaceTime audio feature, and has thus far been limited to T-Mobile and Sprint users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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The smartphone market is largely dominated by Android and iOS, dividing smartphone users into two camps: those who stick with the Android operating system and those who use Apple's iPhones. Major players in the smartphone market like Apple, Google, and Samsung all aim to lure "switchers" with dedicated websites and tools for switching platforms, but new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF] suggests getting loyal smartphone users to change operating systems is a tough task. Over the course of the last two years, from 3Q 2013 to 2Q 2015, CIRP has learned that Android and Apple have both retained users at approximately the same rate, with Google having a slight edge. When choosing a new phone, 82 percent of Android users stuck with Android, and 78 percent of iOS users chose to continue using an iPhone. The data also suggests that Apple users switched over to Android at a slightly higher rate. 20 percent of new Android users previously had an iPhone, while 16 percent of new iOS users previously had an Android device. Customers purchasing their first smartphone were more likely to choose Android devices, with 62 percent of first time buyers picking Android and 24 percent of picking iOS."The dynamic between Apple iOS and Google Android is not well-understood," said Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. "Even the basic loyalty rate, the measure of how each operating system retains its own users, is not widely known. Conventional wisdom says the Apple 'ecosystem' promotes loyalty, while Android readily gives up users to iOS. Our analysis has a more nuanced view on operating system selection, and indicates Android user loyalty has caught up and even exceeds that of iOS."Among customers who switched to a new mobile carrier at the same time as switching smartphones, the numbers were in Android's favor. 79 percent of Android users stuck with Android, while only 51 percent of iPhone users who swapped carriers chose an iPhone. According to CIRP, switching from Android to iOS is more common when customers switch to AT&T or Verizon, while switching from iOS to Android is associated with a switch to T-Mobile or Sprint. CIRP attributes the high number of iPhone to Android switchers to T-Mobile and Sprint's "aggressive contracts and pricing." Apple often talks about the number of users switching from Android to iOS during its earnings calls and events, but Android vendors, like Google and Samsung, rarely mention the number of customers who switch from iOS to Android, so it often seems like Android customers are switching at a higher rate. CIRP's data, however, suggests the retainment rates and switching rates between iOS and Android are close, with customers largely remaining loyal to their platform of choice. During the company's last earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company was seeing its highest switcher rate from Android that it had "ever measured." CIRP's data was gathered from quarterly surveys of 4,000 U.S. subjects that activated a mobile phone from July 2013 to July 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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Apple aims to take on Google Now with the addition of several new intuitive features on iOS 9 for iPhone and iPad, including Proactive Suggestions, which provides contextually-aware recommendations for music, email, reminders, calendar events and more based on apps that you frequently open and the time of the day. With iOS 9 currently available in beta, ahead of a public release in September, several readers have shared their real-world experiences with Proactive Suggestions within the MacRumors discussion forums, providing a closer look at the new-and-improved assistant that will be available to all users next month. Music and Maps When you connect your iPhone to your car via Bluetooth, iOS 9 can automatically make suggestions for you based on your common tasks while driving. For example, if you often listen to music while driving, it is likely that playback controls or a suggested playlist will be displayed on the Lock screen. Meanwhile, if you are a daily commuter focused on getting from point A to point B in the fastest manner possible, iOS 9 can also learn to display real-time traffic updates and an approximate time it will take to reach your destination through Apple Maps notifications on the Lock screen. MacRumors forum member penajmz:"This is when I get in my car now every day. It's really nice and it started happening after the last beta. I get traffic and music app because I usually play music as soon as the Bluetooth connects."Netflix MacRumors forum member VSMacOne:"About a week and a half ago I switched from listening to Podcasts to watching Netflix during my morning run on the elliptical and this morning when I cut on my iPad I saw the Netflix icon in the lower left corner and then again in the multitask view in the same place where Handoff shows up but with the message Good Morning! This is really awesome."Games MacRumors forum member XTheLancerX:"I always wake up and check Clash of Clans in the morning. iOS 9 has noticed."iOS 9 can remember which games you play the most and when, such as Clash of Clans every morning, place the app in your multitasking view, provide Lock screen notifications and more so that you can easily pick up where you left off. In another real-world scenario, iOS 9 recognizes that MacRumors forum member Shirasaki often plays a Japanese game called ラブライブ! after plugging in EarPods into the headphone jack, so it automatically suggests the app and places it in the multitasking view on iPhone. Siri on iOS 9 will also feature quick connections for finding contacts, deeper search within apps, nearby places, news and other suggestions as a more intelligent assistant on iPhone and iPad. Siri can also be searched for a wider range of topics, understands what you are saying more accurately and delivers search results faster. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Noted Mobile Phone Leaker Believes 'iPhone 6c' Could Still Launch Alongside 'iPhone 6s' and '6s Plus' • LastPass Introduces Subscription-Free Mobile App Update • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders

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Rite Aid today announced that its 4,600 stores across the United States will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet starting August 15, nearly one year after infamously disabling support for the iPhone-based mobile payments service nationwide. “Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.” Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia • 'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch • iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market • Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders • How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement

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Rumors have all but confirmed the upcoming iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will include Force Touch, allowing the device to distinguish between a light tap and a deeper press to enable a wide range of new gestures. Force Touch has been built into the Apple Watch and the trackpads of the Retina MacBook and the newest Retina MacBook Pros, adding a whole new dimension to the way the devices are controlled. On the Apple Watch, Force Touch is used within apps to access different settings, and on the Mac, it can do things like previewing links in Safari, and accelerating rewind/fast forward speed in iMovie. Force Touch on the iPhone will work similarly to the way that it works on the existing devices that offer Force Touch, but there are some differences, according to information an inside source shared with 9to5Mac. Force Touch on the iPhone is said to be used primarily for "shortcut actions," letting users perform tasks within apps more quickly. In Maps, for example, using Force Touch on a point of interest will cause turn-by-turn directions to start up immediately, while force pressing on a song in the Music app will bring up a menu to save it to a playlist. Force pressing on certain apps on the Home Screen could open directly to specific sections of the app.Another feature in testing, according to one source, are shortcuts that appear after Force Touching an app icon on the Home screen. For example, if a user deep presses on the Phone app icon, he could choose to shortcut directly to the Voicemail tab. This could also apply to deep pressing the News app icon and being taken directly to either the Favorites or For You tabs.Aside from Force Touch, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, a revamped camera system with a 12-megapixel camera, improved Touch ID, and a chassis made of a new material with reinforcements at the weak points that previously caused some iPhones to bend. Rumors suggest the addition of Force Touch and the new reinforcements will cause the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to be 0.2mm thicker, a change that will be hardly noticeable to most users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders • How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps

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Following the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last September, some users began experiencing issues with the larger-sized smartphones bending in their pockets after normal day-to-day usage. The issue -- informally known as "Bendgate" -- became widespread after a video test revealed it does not take much force to cause a slight curvature in the device. iPhone 6 Plus bend test by Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy Apple later commented that an iPhone 6 Plus bending under normal use is "extremely rare," adding that it had received only nine complaints from customers about the issue at the time. The company said the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a "precision engineered unibody enclosure" constructed from 6000 series anodized aluminum and "stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations" on the devices. Nevertheless, it appears that Apple engineers have tweaked the design of the so-called "iPhone 6s" by strengthening the weak points of the smartphone's rear shell. A new YouTube video shared by Unbox Therapy shows that the areas around the Home and power buttons on the "iPhone 6s" appear to be notably thicker -- 1.9mm versus 1.14mm -- suggesting that Apple's next iPhones could be less susceptible to bending under normal usage. Interestingly, the video shows that the "iPhone 6s" rear shell is also slightly lighter, despite having a thicker shell at certain weak points. The purported "iPhone 6s" rear shell weighs in at 25 grams, compared to 27 grams for the iPhone 6 rear shell, suggesting that Apple could be using a new material such as the rumored 7000 Series anodized aluminum for its next-generation smartphones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders • How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps

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MacManiack, a reseller of iPhone, iPad, and Mac parts and accessories, has shared a new video that compares a purported "iPhone 6s" display with an existing iPhone 6 display. The side-by-side comparison reveals that the displays are very similar overall, with identical dimensions and the same placement of the FaceTime camera and proximity sensor, but the front panels do have some notable differences. The alleged "iPhone 6s" display has a new connector in the top-left corner that supports multiple rumors claiming the next-generation smartphone will be equipped with pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology. The "iPhone 6s" display also has slightly redesigned flex connectors, Touch ID is integrated in the LCD and digitizer connector, and the protective plate on the back of the LCD is glued in place. As the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" inches closer, multiple components for the upcoming smartphones have leaked from within the supply chain. Chinese phone repair company GeekBar shared three photos of an identical looking "iPhone 6s" display assembly last week, while photos of the device's purported rear shell, logic board, battery, and more parts have also surfaced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • American Express Introduces Apple Pay Support for Corporate Cards in the United States • iPad Mini 4 Again Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2 in New Design Renders • How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps

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The European Commission has failed to find evidence that Apple conspired with record labels to put a stop to free music streaming services, reports Re/code, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation. The European Commission spoke with multiple digital music services and record labels, but was not able to find evidence of illegal activity, putting an end to the probe. Investigators' "files will remain open," however, as Spotify continues with licensing talks with major labels. European regulators began scrutinizing Apple's discussions with record labels in April, over concerns Apple would use its influence to persuade music companies to put an end to free ad-supported music services such as Spotify. Apple Music, unlike Spotify, does not offer a free listening tier. Rumors later suggested Apple was indeed leveraging its power in the music industry to push record labels to stop offering licensing options for freemium music tiers, leading to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, both of which are ongoing. According to Re/code's sources, while the European Commission has found no evidence of collusion between Apple and record labels, it has also launched a separate investigation into Apple's App Store policies concerning competing music services.Separately, the EU has asked Spotify and other music streaming services for information pertaining to Apple's mobile App Store, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Regulators are seeking information on the restrictions Apple places on apps offered through the store.Apple's App Store policies are also currently being looked at by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, due to the 30 percent fee the company collects on app and subscription revenue. The FTC is concerned that Apple's fee and its policies, such as a ban on links to outside stores, are illegal under antitrust law. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features

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Continuing on with its "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" advertising campaign, Apple today updated its YouTube channel with a new "iPhone - Photos & Videos" ad that focuses on the photographic capabilities of the iPhone. The ad depicts an assortment of artfully arranged iPhones that display photos and videos in an assortment of different patterns. A voiceover accompanies the ad, pointing out the iPhone's popularity as a camera and its ease of use. Every day millions of amazing photos and videos are shot with iPhone. That's because the iPhone makes it easy for everyone to shoot amazing photos and video.The style of the video mimics the other ads that are part of this particular campaign, "Loved," "iPhone - Hardware & Software," and "Amazing Apps," all of which were released in July. As with those videos, Apple ends the "Photos & Videos" ad with the tagline "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone." Apple's latest campaign is the third series of ads for the iPhone, following an initial set of comedy ads from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and the "Shot on iPhone 6" campaign that highlights photos captured with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As part of its newest advertising efforts, Apple also recently introduced a "Why There's Nothing Quite Like an iPhone" web campaign that focuses on features that differentiate the iPhone from competing devices, pointing out the iPhone's integration of hardware and software, wide range of apps, camera, resistance to malware, Touch ID, and Apple Pay. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Bellabeat Review: The Leaf is a Pretty Activity Tracker, But the Accompanying App Needs Improvement • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features

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Apple's annual fall iPhone event will likely be held on Wednesday, September 9, reports BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, who has provided reliable information on event dates in the past. According to sources that spoke to BuzzFeed, the event will be held during the week of September 7, with September 9 targeted as the most likely date. The event's focus will be on the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both of which will feature a Force Touch display, an A9 processor, an improved camera, and a faster LTE chip, among other features. Apple may also unveil new iPads at the event, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro "seems to be a wildcard," says Paczkowski, meaning it could come at the event or at a later date. In addition to the iPhone and iPad, Apple is also expected to unveil the next-generation Apple TV. The Apple TV will be a huge update over its predecessor, featuring an updated A8 processor, a full App Store, a touch-based remote control, and Siri integration. It will, of course, include an entirely revamped body as well. With Apple unveiling the new iPhones on September 9, pre-orders, if available, are likely to kick off on Friday, September 11. The two devices are then likely to officially launch later in the month, perhaps on September 25. iPads and the Apple TV will probably launch during the same time frame. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase • Verizon Introduces New Monthly Service Plans, Eliminating Smartphone Subsidies for New Customers • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay

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Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are coming next month, and we've updated our iPhone 6s and 6s Plus roundup with details on expected features, an extensive list of part leaks, and a fantastic new video that walks through all of the changes we'll see in the new devices. Make sure to check it out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Following an interview yesterday with Evening Standard, Wired today posted an interview with Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, in which the Beats co-founder admits the company's need to work to make Connect a better platform for artists and fans alike, and even hints at a possible curation aspect for Apple TV, similar to that of the company's new streaming music service. "We all know one thing, we all have different television delivery systems, don't we all wish that the delivery systems were better, as far as curation and service?" he says. "They're all technically good. And Netflix is starting to cross the code because they're starting to make some original content. It is really good, but still I mean none of us make movies here right, so we're all punters, or what do you call them in the music business, fans right? We want to watch movies. Sit down with your girlfriend or a bunch of friends and try to find a movie online. That box helps you none -- it doesn't help. You're on your own. And eventually that will catch them unless somebody digs in and really helps the customer. And entertainment needs that, it needs to live and breathe." Iovine admits, however, that he wouldn't be the one spearheading such an innovation for the TV side of things, doubly noting that if such a curation aspect for Apple TV did appear, it probably won't be for some time. Speaking candidly with Wired, he said, "I'll tell you man, right now, this [music] is so daunting that I can't even think about anything else." Before WWDC this year, a brand-new A8-Based Apple TV Box was expected to premiere alongside a long-rumored Apple streaming content service. New rumors point towards a September reveal, alongside the new iPhones, for the set-top box, with no word yet regarding what stages of development the streaming service is in. No specific reference to in-depth curation has been made in the past regarding the next generation of Apple TV, however. Elsewhere in the interview, Iovine tackles the subject of Apple Music's Connect service, which allows artists to upload videos, songs, and short blog posts to keep fans up-to-date on the behind-the-scenes aspect of their work. As of yet, not much noise has been made coming out of the social network aspect of Apple Music, and Iovine knows the company has to work hard to make Connect what he and his team intended it to be in the first place. "We have to prove [Connect's value to artists], and we will slowly prove that. That will be the piece of the service that comes along last, or later, and we have some real plans," he tells WIRED. "We're building it out a lot more, it needs a lot of technical work as well. But we believe we'll get there and it'll be a great place for artists to communicate and with a lot of independence and freedom to do what they want to do. But we're still building it." Wired's full interview with Iovine is worth a read, with more in-depth looks behind the team that curates Apple Music for its users, his history in making and producing records for artists like Eminem and Dr. Dre, and even his opinions on Apple's old earbuds as a fuel for co-founding Beats. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today provided more information on the launch of the next series of iPhones, the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," noting that mass production on the smartphone line will begin in late August, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The production ramp-up will reportedly come roughly 1-2 weeks later than originally expected, but the change should not affect Apple's launch plans, which are anticipated involve a mid-September debut as has been typical for the past several years. iPhone 6s display assembly The analyst notes that Foxconn is manufacturing 60 percent of all iPhone 6s models, with Pegatron taking the remaining 40 percent. Foxconn will reportedly handle all of the manufacturing for the larger-screened "iPhone 6s Plus." Components for the iPhone 6s such as A9 chips and Force Touch-equipped display panels have been said to have been in production for several weeks now, and all of these components will be brought together at Foxconn's and Pegatron's facilities for final assembly. Apple is facing increasing demand for the new line of iPhones, and a few of Foxconn's factories -- such as the one in Zhengzhou -- are rumored to be ramping up overtime for employees heading into mass production just to be able to meet demand. GforGames also notes that slowing production of the iPhone 6 line ahead of the updated models is providing some breathing room for the manufacturing and production of the new iPhones. Earlier in the year, Kuo predicted a mid-to-late August time window for mass production on the new line of iPhones, so today's 1-2 week delay still falls inside the previous estimate. Recent rumors regarding the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" include the addition of Force Touch, a slightly thicker body to accommodate the new technology, camera improvements and perhaps a rose gold or pink color option. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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In late July, Best Buy announced plans to begin Apple Watch sales online and in its retail stores beginning on August 7, and as promised, Apple Watch sales have now kicked off, with the device available for purchase on Best Buy's website. Best Buy plans to offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless Steel Apple Watch collections. Models available online include all 38 and 42mm Apple Watch Sport models, and 38 and 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch models with Black Sport Band, White Sport Band, and Milanese Loop. Apple Watch purchases placed online ship immediately, and in-store pickup is also available. Best Buy will likely begin in-store sales of the Apple Watch when participating retail stores open in the morning across the United States. The Apple Watch is available in 100 Best Buy stores, with Best Buy planning to expand retail availability to more than 300 stores over the next few months. Best Buy is also selling a selection of Apple Watch Sport Bands and the Milanese Loop, plus the company is offering a wide range of Apple Watch accessories from third-party manufacturers, including charging stands, screen protectors, protective cases, and bands. Best Buy is the first major national retailer aside from Apple to sell the Apple Watch. Since the device's launch in April, it's been limited to the online Apple Store, Apple retail stores, and select boutiques around the world due to constrained supplies. Apple has managed to ramp up production and catch up with demand rapidly over the past few months, with the expansion to Best Buy coming less than two months after the Apple Watch became available for purchase in Apple's own retail stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Apple made a significant change to its online presence today, merging its Apple.com website with its once-separate online store, to create one main website. There is no longer a standalone store.apple.com website that is used for making purchases, and the "Store" tab that was once at the top of Apple.com has been removed. Instead, there's a universal shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. Purchasing an item is now done by clicking the "Buy" button on each individual product page, which links to the same purchasing menus that were present in the online store. Apple's main site includes direct links to Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, Music, and Support. Despite the major integration, Apple's main site is largely unchanged, as are the product pages. Locating accessories is somewhat more difficult, however, with the removal of the central store site and the lack of dedicated store sections. Accessing accessories is largely done by visiting the main product sections and clicking on banners like "Accessories for Apple Watch" and "Accessories for iPhone." Apple's integrated online store streamlines the shopping experience. Instead of viewing information about a product on the main site and then having to click over to the store, everything is now done in the same place. In a statement given to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said the change was done in an effort to create a simpler site for customers to learn about and shop for products. "We redesigned Apple.com knowing that our customers want to explore, research and shop in one place," said an Apple spokesperson in a statement. "The new Apple.com takes the very best of our existing site and our online store to give customers one simple destination to learn and buy without navigating between two different sites. We've also improved several of the site's features to make shopping easier than ever for our customers."The changes to the Apple.com site were made this afternoon and are live in the United States and several additional countries. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Apple introduced its 2015 Back to School promotion in late July, but it was initially limited to Apple's Retail Stores in a few select countries. As of today, the Back to School Program is also available in the Apple Online Store, and it has expanded to additional countries. With Apple's 2015 Back to School promotion, students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac will receive a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones or a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones at a $200 discount. Eligible Macs include the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro. The Mac mini, refurbished Macs, iPads, and iPhones are excluded from the 2015 Back to School program. Apple has added a link to the Back to School promotion on its main site, which takes users to the Education Store and details the promotion. Viewing any Mac in the Education Store also brings up information on the Back to School program. When an eligible Mac is added to a shopping cart, buyers will have the option to select their free Beats Solo2 headphones in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Blue, Gloss Pink, Gloss Gray, Gloss Red (Product RED), Gold, Silver, or Space Gray. Students hoping to take advantage of the $200 discount on Wireless Solo2 headphones will need to add them to the cart manually. This year's Back to School promotion is a significant deviation from the deals offered in past years. Previously, Apple provided iTunes or Apple Store gift cards in amounts between $50 to $100 with the purchase of a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Apple's Back to School promotion will run until September 18, 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are a few new features and tweaks bundled into the release. WiFi calling for AT&T users has been introduced and is coming soon, Apple's debuted several new wallpapers, and there are tweaks to CarPlay and the iPhone keyboard. Several bugs have been fixed in iOS 9 beta 5, and features like News and Siri Suggestions are working more smoothly than ever. With approximately a month and a half to go until release, iOS 9 is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what's coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we've rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 5 below. You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2, iOS 9 beta 3, iOS 9 beta 4. Wallpapers - Today's update includes a wide selection of new wallpapers, introducing images featuring close ups of feathers, flowers, plants, and more. Many older wallpapers have been removed, so people running iOS 8.4 should save their favorites now before they're deleted with the launch of iOS 9. WiFi Calling for AT&T - Beta 5 adds WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but attempting to turn the option on results in a message saying WiFi calling is not yet available. The addition of the setting heralds the imminent release of the feature for AT&T users. Previously, WiFi calling was limited to T-Mobile and Sprint. There's also a new WiFi Assist feature that will "automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor." Apple Music - There's a new "Shuffle All" option at the top of My Music when in Song, Album, or Genre view. It'll play all songs in a music library on shuffle mode. Keyboard tweaks - On the iPhone, the keyboard has been tweaked and simplified with new shift and backspace keys. Handoff - Handoff functionality has been changed in iOS 9 beta 5. Previously, Handoff had an option that would allow users to see lock screen suggestions for Apps in the App Store for a relevant location, but now only installed apps will be displayed. In the Settings app, Handoff options under General -> Handoff & Suggested Apps, the option to display App Store apps has been removed. Regulatory info - The General portion of the Settings app has a new "Regulatory" section that displays regulatory information for iOS devices. This was information was previously hidden (and is still located) in General --> About --> Legal. CarPlay - The CarPlay interface has been updated, changing the way images are displayed behind music controls and adding the ability to heart songs that are playing through Beats 1 radio or Apple Music. Siri Suggestions - The Siri Suggestions interface has been tweaked slightly, removing the labels for calling and messaging a contact. Only icons are displayed now. Text Replacements - In the Settings app, the section where you can create shortcuts for keys has been renamed "Text Replacements." WiFi animation - There's a new animation that's used when WiFi is turned off. Instead of the bars disappearing one by one, the WiFi symbol now fades to gray before disappearing. Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 5 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is expected to release at least one or two more update to iOS 9 before the operating system's official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall alongside new iPhones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Microsoft today announced the release of an early version of its Windows Bridge software, which is designed to let software developers quickly port iOS, Android, and web apps to the Windows platform. As of today, Windows Bridge for iOS is available as an open-source project under the MIT license and can be downloaded on GitHub. With Windows Bridge, iOS developers can begin testing the software that will let them convert iOS apps built for x86 and x64 processor architectures to a format that will run on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. As outlined by Microsoft, Windows Bridge for iOS includes four components to construct Windows apps using existing Objective-C code: an Objective-C compiler, Objective-C runtime, iOS API headers/libs, and Visual Studio IDE integration.We're releasing the iOS bridge as an open-source project under the MIT license. Given the ambition of the project, making it easy for iOS developers to build and run apps on Windows, it is important to note that today's release is clearly a work-in-progress -- some of the features demonstrated at Build are not yet ready or still in an early state. Regardless, we'd love for the interested and curious to look at the bridge, and compare what we're building with your app's requirements. And, for the really ambitious, we invite you to help us by contributing to the project, as community contributors -- with source code, tests, bug reports, or comments. We welcome any and all participation in building this bridge.Microsoft first announced its plans for Windows Bridge at its April BUILD conference for developers, demonstrating an iPad app that had been converted to a Windows 10 app. Tools designed to help developers create Windows apps from their iOS apps could be a huge boon for Microsoft, as app availability has always been one of the major downsides to Microsoft's Windows mobile devices. Both Google Play and the iOS App Store have always had far more apps than are available on Windows, so Microsoft is hoping its new tools will encourage developers to spend time creating Windows apps, heavily boosting the number of available Windows apps. As of July, there were 1.6 million Google Play apps, 1.5 million App Store Apps, 400,000 Amazon Appstore apps, and 340,000 Windows Phone Store apps. Microsoft plans to release a completed version of Windows Bridge in the fall. Windows Bridge for web apps became available alongside the launch of Windows 10, and Windows Bridge for Android is available as a technical preview by invitation only. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks

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Apple today seeded the fifth watchOS 2 beta to developers for testing purposes, more than two weeks after seeding the fourth watchOS 2 beta and nearly two months after announcing the new operating system update at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires the iOS 9 beta to be installed and can be downloaded over-the-air using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. Caution should be used when installing this beta, as downgrading the software on the Apple Watch is not possible. watchOS 2 is the first major update to watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2 introduces several new features that developers can use to improve their Apple Watch apps, including native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone. The software also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and other sensors like the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer for the first time. With the new tools for developers, Apple Watch apps will be more complex and full-featured. Other features in watchOS 2 include new watch faces (photo albums and time-lapse), third-party Complications, Time Travel, and a Nightstand mode that's activated when the watch is charging, displaying the time. watchOS 2 is currently only available to registered developers who have also installed iOS 9 on their iPhones. Apple plans to release the software to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips

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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, more than two weeks after releasing the fourth beta and two months after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center. Apple has also seeded Xcode 7 beta 5. It is not yet known what updates today's beta will bring, but each of the prior beta updates have introduced some significant new features and tweaks as Apple works to refine the operating system ahead of its launch. We'll update this post to add new features as they're found. iOS 9 beta 4 brought the return of Home Sharing for music and it fixed a bug that had prevented the iPhone's volume buttons from being used as a camera shutter. It also introduced a new look for Handoff in the app switching interface. In addition to providing developers with five betas, Apple has also seeded two iOS 9 betas to public beta testers. The company plans to release iOS 9 to the public in the fall, likely alongside new iPhones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips

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In a new interview with Evening Standard, Apple Music executive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine sat down to talk about everything from the launch of Apple Music to the company's dramatic reversal of its free trial royalties policy following Taylor Swift's public dismissal of the service in an open letter. Iovine depicts a conversation between himself, Eddy Cue and Apple CEO Tim Cook that ultimately resulted in the support of Taylor Swift's -- and many musicians backing the pop star -- opinions on the service. “Eddy [Cue, Apple senior VP] woke up on Sunday morning,” says Iovine. “He called me and said, ‘This is a drag’. I was like, ‘Yeah, maybe there’s some stuff she doesn’t understand’. He said, ‘Why don’t you give Scott [Borchetta, Swift’s label boss] a call? I called Scott, I called Eddy back, Eddy and Tim [Cook, Apple CEO] called me back and we said, ‘Hey, you know what, we want this system to be right and we want artists to be comfortable, let’s do it’.” Later in the interview, Iovine mentions an aim for more personality in the Apple Music experience, attempting to avoid the use of numbers and algorithms curating music for its users, and hiring experts for the job of building the playlists that fill out each Apple Music user's personalized "For You" section. Still, the Apple Music executive mentions a "numbing" amount of music streaming services available to customers -- from Spotify to Rdio and the newly-launched Tidal -- as a definite hurdle for the new streaming service to clear. “There’s a lot of [them],” he says, disdainfully. “Music deserves elegance and the distribution right now is not great. It’s all over the place and there are a bunch of utilities. That’s the best you can find. It’s basically a really narrow, small, inelegant way to have music delivered. So it’s sterile, programmed by algorithms and numbing.” As Iovine says: “Algorithms don’t understand the subtlety and the mixing of genres. So we hired the best people we know. Hired hundreds of them.” The entirety of Evening Standard's interview with Iovine is worth a read, as it touches more on his background with Steve Jobs, his early-industry struggles with competitors like Napster, and the difficulties of hiring Zane Lowe away from the BBC and into Apple Music's 24/7 Beats 1 DJ position. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017 • Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips

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In an interview with USA Today, Apple's Eddy Cue reveals that Apple Music currently has 11 million users taking advantage of the initial three-month trial period, with two million of those taking advantage of the family plan that will cost $14.99 per month once the trial ends. A single-user membership will be priced at $9.99 per month. "We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.The officially announced milestone of 11 million users is roughly in line with the rumored ten million users shared by HITS Daily Double last week. Cue notes Apple is "releasing updates as fast as we can" to address bugs and other issues with Apple Music amid duplication and mislabeling complaints. Jimmy Iovine also contributed to the interview, highlighting some of the challenges of reaching users in certain countries and age demographics while noting Apple believes it can use its leverage to bring many of those users on board for a subscription music service. On a separate note, Cue shared some new App Store numbers, noting that July set a record with $1.7 billion in App Store transactions thanks to strong performance in China. Apple has now paid out $33 billion to developers since the App Store debuted in 2008. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips • Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S. • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

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Nearly four months after release, the new 12-inch MacBook is starting to become available for personal pickup in Apple Stores in the United States. Previously, some stores have had sporadic stock for walk-in customers, but it now appears that stock is substantial enough for Apple to offer personal pickup. The personal pickup option isn't universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available. While some Apple Stores and Best Buys have had sporadic stock for walk-ins, most Apple Stores around the world have only had the unit on display. In the MacRumors' forums, users have been reporting which stores around the world have had the new MacBook on display, whether they were available to purchase or not and how many units they had left in stock. The MacBook is currently showing shipping estimates of at least 1 - 2 weeks when ordered online. Comparatively, both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are showing shipping estimates of at least 1 business day. Pricing for the 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299 for the entry-level model with 256 GB of storage while the higher-end model starts at $1,599 with 512 GB of storage and a slightly faster dual-core Intel Core M processor. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips • Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S. • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

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Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, nearly one week after seeding the second 10.10.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Today's beta, build 14F25a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center. The first OS X 10.10.5 beta did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements. Because we're just a couple of months away from the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 will likely be one of the last updates to Yosemite, designed to prepare the operating system for its imminent retirement. It will, of course, continue to get bug fixes and minor repairs even after El Capitan's release to patch security flaws and fix other issues. Over the course of its lifespan, OS X Yosemite has received four updates. The first two brought bug fixes and security improvements, while OS X 10.10.3, the most significant update to Yosemite, introduced the new Photos app, Force Touch APIs, new emoji features, and more. OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, introduced multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates TestFlight App With Support for iOS 9, watchOS 2 Features • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips • Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S. • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

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Apple yesterday won a significant ruling against a group lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user who sued the Cupertino company after claiming that switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone interfered with her receipt of text messages (via Bloomberg). The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, noted in her complaint originally filed in May 2014 that an inability to unlink her phone number from iMessage prevented her from receiving text messages sent by iPhone users to her Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android. The lawsuit claimed users switching away from the iPhone to other devices were "penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts" due to the issue, with Moore and her lawyers alleging Apple failed to successfully elaborate on the "interference" that switching platforms would cause. The lawsuit sought group status for the claim, which would automatically include all affected users and potentially result in a significant settlement or court judgment, but U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh yesterday ruled the suit can't continue as a group lawsuit because it wasn't clear enough that all included members were actually affected by the occurrence described by Moore. Koh decided there was no direct "contractual breach or interference" relating to a problem within the iMessage system itself, thereby giving Apple a victory on the case.Even if Moore is correct in arguing iMessage has “systematic flaws that could result in the disruption of text messaging services, that determination does not assist the court in determining whether iMessage actually caused the proposed class members to suffer any interference,” Koh wrote in her ruling. The ruling is a win for Apple because allowing the case to proceed stood to increase the iPhone maker’s potential costs in defending the case, and could have given plaintiffs leverage to negotiate a deal. The lawsuit began in May of 2014, with customers noting iMessage issues after switching over to a non-Apple platform since the service was introduced in 2011. Despite Apple's move to address the issue by offering a tool for users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, it was ruled last November that the company would indeed face a federal lawsuit on the iMessage issue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pei Wei Restaurants Begin Accepting Apple Pay • Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States • Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music • Video Review: The SVALT D's Built-In Fan Sets it Apart From Other MacBook Docks • 'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips • Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S. • Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans • Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Exclusively for Apple Music

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