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Actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the leading role in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic being produced by Sony, reports Variety. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally in talks to play Jobs, but withdrew from negotiations earlier this month. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, the Steve Jobs biopic was originally set to be directed by "The Social Network" director David Fincher, who was said to be in talks with Sony earlier this year, but the director title went to Danny Boyle instead, who also directed the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire." When David Fincher was still attached to the project, he reportedly was hoping to cast Christian Bale in the lead role due to his undeniable resemblance to the former CEO. Christian Bale is also known for his ability to adapt to roles, shedding and gaining weight as necessary to accurately portray characters. Ashton Kutcher famously starred as Steve Jobs in the "JOBS" movie that focused on the former Apple CEO's younger years, but the Sony film will be quite different, using material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. The film, which has yet to receive a release date, will focus on three separate 30-minute scenes depicting three of Apple's product launches. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

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Apple appears to have mistakenly updated its iPad User Guide for iOS 8 [Direct Link] with screenshots that divulge details on the company's upcoming iPad updates. The screenshots, designed for its upcoming iOS 8.1 updates, suggests new iPads referred to as the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2" are coming tomorrow. Both tablets are confirmed to have Touch ID support as the guide specifically points towards Touch ID support and the design of the two tablets appears to be largely the same as the existing versions. Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, an upgraded camera, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option. It is unclear if the iPad mini will receive updates beyond Touch ID support as rumors have suggested Apple is aiming to focus on its larger, more popular tablet. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount

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Apple has plans to stop selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores as it prepares to launch its own Apple Watch in the coming months, reports Re/code. While it is not known why Apple plans to cease selling Fitbit products, its decision comes shortly after Fitbit told its users that it had no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit at the current time, as it was "working on other exciting projects" for its users. Fitbit's line of activity trackers is similar in function to the Apple Watch, offering its users the ability to track their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and stairs climbed. It also lets users track their sleep. Recent rumors have suggested Fitbit has several new devices in the works that will launch soon, with all of the above features plus a heart rate monitor. Apple sells many other types of fitness tracking devices both in its online store and in retail locations, including the UP from Jawbone and the Nike Fuelband, and it is unclear whether Apple will continue to sell these devices or if the ban is limited to Fitbit. The Fitbit won't be the first product Apple has stopped selling in recent weeks. Just last week, news surfaced that Apple was preparing to remove Bose audio products from its stores. While the reason for that removal was unclear, it was likely related to Apple's recent Beats Electronics acquisition. Apple has indeed gone ahead and started removing the headphones from its retail stores according to tips received by MacRumors and Twitter users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Skype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount

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Apple may be enhancing the iconic look of its Apple logo on upcoming products, claims Digitimes in a report sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain insiders. While the site has a sketchy history with Apple rumors, it does sometimes offer accurate information and this is a rather specific and unique claim that could mark an interesting visual change for Apple's future products. According to these anonymous sources, Apple has been developing new cutting and etching technology that will give the Apple logo a "3D-like" appearance. Apple is also planning to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and will use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. All Apple's products will feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the next-generation iMac, the sources detailed.Apple is actually expected to introduce the new iMac, which is presumably the machine the report refers to as the first with the new logo, at tomorrow's media event. The site also claims Apple will unveil its new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air at tomorrow's event, but this is all but confirmed to be false, as a report from the very reliable Re/code noted earlier this week that the Retina MacBook Air will not be introduced at the event. Apple will kick off its media event on Thursday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Apple is expected to unveil new iPads, new iMac models and the final details on OS X Yosemite. The possibility of a new Mac mini also was mentioned in one report earlier this year, but further details on this potential desktop refresh have been nonexistent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Apple's September iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event marked the first time the company held an event at the Flint Center on the campus of De Anza College since the introduction of the original iMac in 1998, and The Wall Street Journal reports the latest event resulted in Apple paying the college over $1 million for the privilege, including costs for campus disruption and security. According to the records, the cost included a “disruption fee” to the college of $500,000, rental fees for campus buildings and around-the-clock security involving more than 35 officers from three departments. [...] The agreement was dated Aug. 14, almost a month before its event, but it refers to a confidentiality agreement signed in June by the district and Apple. The agreement specifies that confidentiality is a “key element,” in order to achieve the “surprise and delight that characterize” Apple’s marketing. Apple agreed to pay $55,000 to use the college’s Media and Learning Center, $92,000 for the Campus Center and nearly $10,000 for two parking lots. Apple was also responsible for restoring the balustrades surrounding the sunken garden where the temporary structure was located, at an estimated cost of $400,000 to $450,000.Campus police, Santa Clara County sheriffs, and Mountain View police all contributed to the security detail that was on site for nearly a month leading up to the event. Apple's next event takes place tomorrow, but will be a much smaller affair held in the Town Hall auditorium on the company's headquarters campus in Cupertino. The event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and the company is expected to unveil new iPads, introduce updated iMacs with a Retina display on at least the larger model, and offer a final look at OS X Yosemite before its public launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has landed the contract to produce Apple's A8X chip that will be featured in the company's forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad, according to Digitimes. The report notes that the processors will be intended for "Apple's next-generation iPad to be released in early 2015," and lines up with a report earlier year from Taiwan's TechNews which shared similar details. Apple's A8X chip as seen on a supposed logic board for the iPad Air 2 Sources close to the production of the A8X also state that the chip is being manufactured with the same 20-nanometer process used for the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the report also notes that the A8X's bigger system-on-a-chip may create potential yield rate issues for TSMC. Recent part leaks have indicated that the A8X chip will likely debut with the iPad Air 2, which is expected to be unveiled alongside the next-generation Retina iPad mini at an event this Thursday. It is unknown as to whether the company will also unveil the 12.9-inch iPad at the event, however the The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple was delaying mass production of the 12.9-inch iPad to deal with strong iPhone 6 Plus demand. A report from Bloomberg in August also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad would be launching in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained. His report also suggests that the 27-inch Retina Display iMac to begin shipments before the end of the year and reiterates that the new iPad Minis won't be a significant upgrade. Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013. We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don’t expect the event to boost supply chain shares much.Kuo goes on to once again suggest that a significant update to the iPad Mini isn't likely due to the iPad Air's larger "contribution to Apple's sales and earnings" and that iPad Mini is seeing limited development resources because Apple is working on a brand-new 12.9-inch iPad. The 27-inch Retina Display iMac is likely to begin shipments before the end of 2014, with the 21-inch Retina Display arriving sometime in the second half of 2015. The delay between the two models, Kuo suggests, is because of how difficult it is to develop two different sized high resolution panels at the same time. Finally, Kuo corroborates reports that new MacBook models will not make an appearance at the October 16 event as Apple is waiting on Intel's Broadwell chips before significantly upgrading their laptop line. This includes the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. Apple is holding its press event this Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM PT on its Cupertino campus. Besides new iPads and iMacs, Apple is also expected to announce the public launch date for OS X Yosemite. MacRumors will provide live coverage from the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band's new album "Songs of Innocence" was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent. In the apology, Bono says that the group "got carried away" with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on "might not be heard." Oops. Um. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.U2's newest album, "Songs of Innocence," was provided for free to 500 million iTunes users as part of Apple's September 9 iPhone event. As part of the promotion, apple pushed the album to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to download the album without user permission. The automatic downloads caused quite a bit of backlash, prompting Apple to create a tool to allow users to remove the free U2 album from their devices. Despite the negativity over the auto downloads, U2's partnership with Apple appears to have been wildly successful, with "Songs of Innocence" seeing 26 million downloads from iTunes users. Additionally, more than 81 million users are said to have "experienced" the album, via iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music. Apple's deal with U2 and Universal Music Group is worth an estimated $100 million and is said to be part of a "long-term relationship" that will see Apple and U2 continuing to partner up to promote innovation in music. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and Consoles • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours

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Apple's Thursday, October 16 event may see the debut of a new Retina iPad mini. While rumors about the new mini have been overshadowed by the iPad Air, it is expected to see a processor upgrade and the addition of Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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GT Advanced Technologies, Apple's sapphire partner, may have been seeing production problems and missing technical milestones as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal that examines GT's securities filings. It's widely known that Apple did not provide GT Advanced with a fourth and final $139 million loan payment aimed at giving the sapphire supplier a means to purchase vital equipment, but Apple also delivered its third payment to the company two months after it was expected. GT was set to receive a $103 million payment in February of 2014, but did not receive the payment until April 2014, two months later, as it had failed to meet Apple's requirements on time.The third payment, of $103 million, was due in February, but Apple did not make it until April, according to GT's securities filings. The final installment of $139 million was due in April, according to a GT securities filing. In August, GT said it expected the payment by October. But Apple never made the payment, because GT did not meet certain requirements, according to people familiar with the matter.Shortly after GT Advanced missed its February payment, the company's CEO, Thomas Gutierrez and its Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Squiller, set plans in motion to begin selling off stock. While the timing of their subsequent sales was subject to the schedules laid out in their trading plans, it is clear those plans were established after GT began having difficulties meeting its milestones. Gutierrez set up a pre-arranged Rule 10b5-1 sale in March, which saw him selling more than 9,000 shares of GT Advanced stock on September 8, a day ahead of Apple's iPhone announcement. Gutierrez also sold off stock throughout the year, netting more than $10 million before stock prices faltered after it became clear Apple was not using sapphire in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Squiller sold $1.2 million worth of stock in May and made plans to sell off additional shares throughout 2014, garnering another $750,000 before the company filed for bankruptcy. Squiller continues to hold more than 200,000 shares of GT stock, which have lost much of their value. Apple did end up making a total of three loan payments to GT Advanced totaling $440 million after signing an agreement in October of 2013, and the company also reportedly tried to help the supplier meet the requirements to receive the fourth payment ahead of GT's surprise Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. GT Advanced's deal with Apple was highly favorable to the Cupertino-based company, with the sapphire supplier taking on all of the risk. Apple supplied the facility and the loan for the company to purchase equipment, but GT was required to meet technical milestones to receive the money and it also signed contracts that prevented it from selling its sapphire to other companies. Apple, meanwhile, was under no obligation to purchase GT's sapphire. Details about the deal's deterioration have been coming out bit by bit, making it difficult to piece together exactly what went wrong. It appears that GT's failed to produce sapphire up to Apple's standards, leading the company to stick with Gorilla Glass instead of sapphire screens for its iPhones. GT Advanced has been able to supply little information on its bankruptcy filing, as it is bound by non-disclosure agreements that could see it paying $50 million in fines for each violation. Apple and GT Advanced have asked to keep court documents sealed, but The Wall Street Journal today filed a motion asking the court make the documents public. Following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, GT Advanced last week asked for permission to begin winding down operations at its Mesa, Arizona sapphire plant, suggesting the company plans to cease its sapphire production all together. Apple has said that it plans to focus on "preserving jobs" in Arizona, and is working with local and state officials as it considers its next steps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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IDG today announced plans to put its annual Macworld/iWorld Expo on hiatus, which means the San Francisco event planned for 2015 will no longer take place. Macworld/iWorld, held annually, has long been one of the major Mac-based trade shows, dating back to 1985. Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus. The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace.Though the shuttering of Macworld/iWorld comes as a surprise, the expo's popularity has been on the decline in recent years. Prior to 2009, Apple attended the event and used it to unveil new products, drawing thousands of attendees, but the company pulled out of the conference after 2009 and instead began hosting all of its own events. Along with the Macworld/iWorld hiatus, Macworld also recently laid off several of its editorial staff members and shut down its print magazine. IDG's wording "hiatus" in the statement suggests that Macworld/iWorld could potentially return in the future, and the company still plans to hold its enterprise-focused MacIT event in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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Apple is debuting its next-generation iPad Air this Thursday, with part leaks pointing towards an A8X chip, 2GB of RAM, and storage starting at 16GB. Rumors also suggest the updated tablet will feature Touch ID, an improved camera, a gold color option, and a new anti-reflective coating. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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With Apple's October media event coming up later this week, the company has reportedly already begun shipping mass quantities of new product into the U.S. and appears to be setting up for a Friday, October 24 availability date, according to a source that has provided accurate information to MacRumors in the past. The specific product being shipped was not identified by the source, but it likely is Apple's rumored upcoming iPad, though it is not clear which model -- the iPad Air 2, the Retina iPad mini 2, or both -- is being transported. Physical mockup of iPad Air 2 with Touch ID The timing would be consistent with Apple's usual strategy for such launches, coming just over a week after the product's introduction. With the exception of major new category products like the Apple Watch or those for which there are severe production constraints, Apple typically unveils a product and ships it within a short period of time if not on the same day. Last year, Apple announced the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on October 22 and launched the iPad Air on November 1, with the Retina iPad mini landing a few weeks later due to short supplies. Based on these shipping estimates, Apple likely will announce its new iPad Air 2 and possibly an updated Retina iPad mini on Thursday with a target launch date of October 24. There is no word yet on the possibility of pre-orders, but if Apple does offer a pre-order period, it will likely start very soon after the event in order to allow shipments to be positioned for delivery on launch day. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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Apple service providers will apparently soon be responsible for offering post-sales support for Beats headphones and speakers, reports Greek blog techingreek.com. The news comes from an internal memo dated today alerting official service providers to upcoming contract changes and future training documents regarding Beats products, and Apple's own retail stores will undoubtedly offer similar levels of support. This move to support Beats music hardware is a necessary part of Apple's broader integration of Beats' products and services into the Cupertino company following the recent merger of the two companies. Apple is stocking its online and retail stores with Beats products and also is expected to overhaul and rebrand the Beats streaming music service early next year. Apple acquired Beats Electronics and the Beats streaming music service earlier this year in a deal worth roughly $3 billion. As part of this merger, Apple gained a popular line of headphones and music accessories, a streaming music service, and the combined talent and music industry connections of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 • Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

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The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last Friday in protest over the FAA's decision to allow passengers to use their iPads, iPhones, and other small portable electronic devices in nearly all phases of flight. As outlined by the Associated Press (via TechCrunch), the lawsuit alleges that the FAA "acted improperly" and failed to follow proper protocol implementing the changes. A lawyer for the Association of Flight Attendants argued that portable electronic devices distract passengers from safety announcements and can "become dangerous projectiles." Dure argued that in greenlighting the expanded use of electronics, officials violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act. The act requires government agencies to give the public notice and the ability to comment when a rule is changed. That didn't happen properly, the union argues.FAA lawyer Jeffrey Sandberg responded to the AFA's allegations by suggesting portable electronic devices are "no more dangerous" than the books passengers have been allowed to keep out during landing and takeoff. The government agency also suggested that the policy change did not trigger the requirements for public notice. Officially implemented in October of 2013, the FAA's policy change on portable electronic devices allows smaller electronics, like iPhones and iPads, to be used during all phases of flight. Prior to the rule change, all electronics were required to be stowed away until an altitude of 10,000 feet was reached. Though devices can now be used during landing and takeoff, passengers are still required to place them into airplane mode, restricting cellular access. Usage of larger devices, like laptop computers, continues to be restricted for safety reasons. While the FAA enacted the policy change that allows passengers to use their devices in all phases of flight, airlines have always had control over the implementation of the rule. Individual airlines, as the FAA points out, have control over when and if passengers are able to use their electronic devices in flight. A judge hearing the case expressed a similar sentiment, telling the AFA that "Airlines have always had discretion on how to handle this." Thus far, the FAA has cleared 31 airline operators to allow passengers to use portable electronics during landing/takeoff and combined, those operators carry 96 percent of all U.S. commercial passengers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This Week • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18

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While the second-generation iPad Air has been the subject of a number of rumors ahead of its expected unveiling this Thursday, there has been less information about the Retina iPad mini, which is currently more or less identical to its larger sibling with the exception of display size. Apple has generally been assumed to be planning a parallel upgrade for the iPad mini this month, but an early September report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expressed some uncertainty, saying the iPad mini would receive only a minor upgrade such as Touch ID, "if any", this year. Kuo's report was followed by another from Taiwanese media claiming the Retina iPad mini 2 was likely to launch early in 2015 ahead of the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro". But now a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate] claims the second-generation Retina iPad mini does indeed appear set for an introduction alongside the iPad Air at this Thursday's press event. As part of this introduction, Apple also may update its Smart Cover and Smart Case lineup with new colors and a tweaked design compatible with these new tablets. While leaked iPad Air 2 components have been abundant, details on the upcoming Retina iPad mini 2 have been sparse, with a few reports claiming the device will receive only a modest upgrade as compared to the flagship iPad Air 2. The Retina iPad mini 2 is rumored to include only a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the A8 processor, as compared to the iPad Air 2, which may ship with a more powerful A8X processor, 2GB of RAM, Touch ID, a new gold color option, and more. Apple is holding its press event this Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM PT on its Cupertino campus. Besides a new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini 2, the company also is expected to introduce new iMacs as well as unveil the launch date for the final version of OS X Yosemite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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A fairly clear image of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend. Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining whether the chip is 1GB or 2GB. A 1GB chip would have an "8" in the second character slot, while a 2GB chip would have an "A" in the same spot. Because of the quality of the image, it is difficult to say for certain what the character is, but it does appear to be an "A" rather than an "8" given that it is narrower at the top and wider at the bottom. Multiple rumors have suggested that Apple will double the memory in the second-generation iPad Air, which would give it the power to support split-screen multitasking. Last week, an image depicting a 2GB Elpida RAM module surfaced, and it appears that photo showed a set of the same chips seen in the logic board. Apple has stuck to 1GB of RAM for several generations of devices, including the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple may have big plans in mind for the second-generation iPad Air 2 as it also appears to be gaining an A8X chip. While Apple used an A6X chip in the fourth-generation iPad, the iPad Air used the same A7 chip as the iPhone 5s clocked at a higher speed. The company was widely expected to utilize the same strategy in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for the iPad Air 2, but a faster A8X chip may have been utilized to power features like split-screen multitasking. There have also been some rumors of a "Retina HD" resolution for an upcoming iPad, which would likely require a more powerful chip. Along with 2GB of RAM and an A8X processor, the logic board image appears to depict a 16GB flash module (denoted by the "TDG" characters on the chip), suggesting that the second-generation iPad Air will continue to be offered with 16GB of storage at the low end. It's possible Apple could do what it did for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering a 16GB solution along with 64 and 128GB options, doing away with the 32GB tier of storage space and sliding the 64 and 128GB tiers down $100 from their current levels. Apple is expected to unveil the second-generation iPad Air at a media event that it is holding this Thursday on its Cupertino campus. The event may also see the debut of Retina iMacs and another preview of OS X Yosemite ahead of its public release. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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Apple today released the sixth Yosemite public beta for its beta testers, following the release of the fifth Yosemite public beta on Tuesday of last week alongside the second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite. The new public beta may carry the same build number as the third Yosemite golden master candidate seeded to developers later that same week. The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release. Apple is expected to launch Yosemite soon after the iPad event that it is planning to hold this Thursday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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With rumors of a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air circulating in recent months and the latest reports suggesting small-scale production has already begun, many have been wondering about Apple's plans for introducing the product. According to a new report from Re/code, the Retina MacBook Air will not be unveiled at this Thursday's media event. Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.In line with previous rumors, the report claims Thursday's event will focus on new iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. One source has also claimed updated Mac minis could appear at the event, but there has been little additional chatter about the possibility. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with Apple news and rumors. Apple's media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, and MacRumors will have full live coverage of the proceedings. There are likely to be additional leaks and rumors in the final lead-up to the event, so stay tuned as Apple prepares to finalize its product lineup for the holiday shopping season. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told CNBC in an interview that Apple is to blame for the decline of the country's two primary export industries, information technology (led by Nokia) and paper. "The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback," said Stubb in response to a question about Finland's business environment following the country's recently downgraded credit rating. While the comment certainly appears to be more of a pithy jest than an outright accusation against Apple, it does aptly describe how several of the country's major boom industries have seen their fortunes slip in the face of a changing marketplace. As noted by TechCrunch, this isn't the first time Stubb has singled out Apple in reference to his country's economic decline since he took over as Prime Minister in June of this year. Speaking in July, Stubb made a similar comment mentioning Apple. "We had two pillars we stood on: one was the IT industry, the other one was the paper industry," Stubb told Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri. "Nalle Wahlroos, president of (Swedish bank) Nordea, described it quite well when he said the iPhone knocked out Nokia and the iPad knocked out the forestry," accelerating the fall of paper demand. In the same conversation with Dagens Industri, Stubb quipped "Steve Jobs took our jobs," with the promise that "this is beginning to change." Apple may be an easy scapegoat for politicians to blame, but the Cupertino company is not responsible for Finland's struggles. While Apple did lead a revolution in the mobile phone industry with the iPhone, the Cupertino company did so by focusing on high-end handsets and not the entry-level phones that Nokia was selling by the millions. With a plethora of Android handset options at a variety of price points, Samsung instead was much a greater threat to the long-term survival of the Finnish company. Nokia has since sold its devices unit to Microsoft, tying its future to that of Windows Phone. Apple's iPad also is not to blame for the downturn in the paper industry, which has been in decline for years. The reasons for the slowdown in paper manufacturing are myriad and include the increasing use of email over traditional mail, the adoption of digital documents, and the steady decline in print magazine and newspaper subscriptions. With tablet shipments reaching only 200 million globally, the proliferation of Kindles and tablets, such as the iPad, are not yet significant enough to decimate the paper industry as Stubb implies. Ironically, Apple and other technology companies have been supporting Nokia even as its mobile phone sales decline. In 2011, Apple ended an ongoing patent battle with Nokia and has been paying the Finnish company an undisclosed amount to license cellular technology owned by the company. This intellectual property may be netting Nokia a collective $685 million per year from Apple and other technology companies. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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Ahead of Apple's Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this week, Apple today confirmed the launch of its new handset models in 36 additional countries and territories by the end of October. In its fastest rollout ever, Apple expects to launch the iPhone in 115 countries by the end of the year. The next round of launches coming this month will include countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. • Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco • Thursday, October 23: Israel • Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa • Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait • Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand Apple has been busy with new products this fall in a product lineup has been described by Eddy Cue as being "the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple." Apple already announced the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple watch at a press event held last month. An upcoming October event is expected to unveil new iPad models, new iMacs and possibly new Mac minis. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned

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Apple has begun preparing its retail employees and retail partners for the upcoming launch of its Apple Pay mobile payments service with a host of new training materials that show the feature in action, reports 9to5Mac. Users will be able to set up Apple Pay in Passbook or through the Settings app, as up to eight credit or debit cards be connected with an iTunes account or by scanning one in with the iPhone's camera. Every card connected to the service will allow users to access a number of features, including the ability to see a simple transaction list, the ability to turn on push notifications, and an area that allows quick access to a bank's phone number and an accompanying app. Passbook will also be able to automatically update an expired card with a new expiration date without the need to re-enter information. For Apple's own stores, a customer will be able to return an item simply by holding an iPhone near a payment terminal to give a list of their recent transactions. Receipts from Apple Store purchases will also not display a customer's contact information or credit card number, but will rather show just the last four digits of a device's Apple Pay ID. If Apple Pay is not working properly for an Apple Store customer, retail employees will be able to use the "Apple Pay Demo" diagnostic software that can determine whether a device is having a hardware problem or other issue. For non-hardware issues, customers will be referred to their appropriate credit card providers or banks. Apple's training materials note that its retail employee should emphasize the simplicity and security of Apple Pay to lure customers into using the service. All Apple Store employees will receive one hour of mandatory Apple Pay training this week ahead of the service's impending launch. The report also notes that Apple has already launched Apple Pay at its Caffe Macs cafeteria located in its 1 Infinite Loop headquarters. An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees that surfaced yesterday suggested that Apple Pay may be going live next Saturday, October 18. Apple Pay will be enabled on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through an update to iOS 8. The seeded versions of iOS 8.1 to developers first revealed hidden Apple Pay settings and set up screens, which may indicate that the service might be launching alongside the update. Apple is expected to detail full launch plans for Apple Pay and iOS 8.1 at its event this Thursday, October 16. The company is also expected to announce its next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, new iMacs with at least the 27-inch version receiving a high-resolution Retina display, and perhaps even a new Mac Mini. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing

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An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees designed to prepare them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18. A Saturday launch is unusual, but it could make sense as Apple Pay is designed for in-store shopping and a weekend debut would give customers time to try the service. It is, however, also possible that Apple Pay will go live shortly before the October 18 date, following the company's Thursday, October 16 iPad event, with support coming to Walgreens a day or two later. At its October 16 event, Apple is expected to debut a new iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and possibly a new Retina iPad mini. The event, which will also likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time before its public debut, would also be an opportune time to divulge more information about Apple Pay and possibly even launch the payments service. As announced on September 9, popular drug store Walgreens is one of Apple's major launch partners, along with other companies like McDonalds, Macy's, Staples, and more. According to the Walgreens memo, customers who have an iPhone 6 will be able to use Apple Pay in Walgreens stores by tapping their devices "to the upper portion of the pinpad to pay for their purchase." Earlier this week, USAA assistant vice president Vikram Parekh suggested the bank would begin supporting Apple Pay on November 7, leading many to believe the service might see an official launch on that date, but it is possible that USAA and other banks may roll out support at different times following the launch of Apple Pay. Apple originally promised an October launch for Apple Pay when it unveiled the service. Apple Pay will be enabled on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices through an update to iOS 8. iOS 8.1, which has already been seeded to developers, includes hidden Apple Pay settings and set up screens. With Apple Pay set to launch on or around the time of Apple's October 16 event, that also means we should be seeing iOS 8.1 at that time as well. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing

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Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable. The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring. Previous reports claimed that Apple's forthcoming iPads would receive Touch ID functionality, and these newest pictures likely confirm that the feature will at least be on the iPad Air 2. Meanwhile, the logic board image also shows what may be Apple's A8 processor along with RAM chips and other components. Currently, it is unknown as to whether the A8 chip on the iPad Air 2 will be clocked at a higher speed than the A8 chips found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The logic board also appears to contain a noticeably different layout when compared to the board from last year's iPad Air. For instance, the SIM slot appears to be directly on iPad Air 2's logic board, while the component was located in a separate compartment for the iPad Air. The front panel of the iPad Air 2 contains a more prolonged connector on its side and contains cutouts for the Touch ID home button and FaceTime HD camera. While the panel doesn't appear to be notably different when compared to the front panel for the iPad Air, some reports have claimed that the iPad Air will have an integrated display to make way for a thinner profile. Lastly, the volume control flex cable shows the up and down volume buttons and what may be a microphone. With this layout, it is possible that Apple may be getting rid of the mute/screen rotation switch to further reduce the tablet's overall thickness. Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Air 2 alongside the next-generation Retina iPad mini at a media event in Cupertino, California next Thursday, October 16. Other reports have also claimed that the company will announce updated Mac Minis and updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing

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Apple has started rolling out a new iTunes Store design for OS X Yosemite testers that have iTunes 12 installed. The revamped storefront takes several design elements from the iTunes Store and App Store on iOS, adopting a cleaner, flatter look that does away with a lot of shadowing and texture that was previously seen in the design. The revamped look fits in with the design of iTunes 12, which takes on the flatter, more iOS-like look seen across OS X Yosemite. For example, the top bar of the iTunes Store that currently displays cards in a rotating carousel for featured music, movies, apps, and TV shows in their respective categories has been flattened out into a scrollable banner with the new iTunes Store design, doing away with the previous card-style layout. The slight bit of shadowing that used to highlight app icons, music icons, and categories, has been eliminated and as can be seen in the screenshot below, Apple is using a slightly lighter and larger font for menu options. The light gray background of the existing store has now been replaced with a white background. Prominent rounded menu buttons have been eliminated in favor of flat, unobtrusive buttons as can be seen with the “Download” option in the individual App Store view shown below. Individual content pages have also lost all highlight shadowing, with screenshots and app icons flat against the background of the page. Movie, TV Show, and Music pages all have the same flattened design. While main content pages now have a white background, some individual movie, app, TV show, and music pages continue to have a colored background, that also adopts all of the flat interface elements. As noted by 9to5Mac, the new design has not yet been implemented on all pages, with some, like the gift card redemption page, continuing to use older interface elements. iTunes 12 will launch alongside OS X Yosemite, which is expected to be released to the public in late October. The operating system may be shown off one last time at Apple’s October 16 iPad event ahead of its official launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More • Boost Mobile to Offer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Starting October 17 With $100 Discount • Chinese Carriers Take One Million iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in First Six Hours • Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience • Apple Opening Second Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall • Apple Opening Princes Street Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18 • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing

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