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Increased consumer interest in NFC mobile payments related to Apple's recent launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment service appears to be having benefits for other services as well, reports Ars Technica. A major beneficiary of this new consumer awareness of mobile transactions is Google Wallet, which reportedly has seen a marked increase in usage over the past few months. NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September. Now, a person with knowledge of the matter tells Ars that Google Wallet, which launched back in 2011 and saw tepid success in the ensuing three years, has had considerable growth in the last couple of months. According to our source, weekly transactions have increased by 50 percent, and in the recent couple of months, new users have nearly doubled compared to the previous month. Apple launched its mobile payment service in October with the support of major retailers and credit card companies. The service logged over 1 million card activations in the first three days of usage with overall positive reviews. The Apple Pay launch was not without controversy with both CVS and Rite Aid suspending their mobile payments shortly after the service made its official debut, moves that affected not only Apple Pay but all NFC-based payment services including Google Wallet. The two pharmacy chains, along with a number of other major retailers, are developing a competing service, CurrentC, which as currently implemented uses QR codes and an app to process transactions. The shutting down of NFC at these retailers has even resulted in an alliance between Android and iOS users on Reddit to boycott retailers involved in the CurrentC effort. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Jawbone Announces 'UP3' Wristband with New Sensors, 'Smart Coach' Functionality • Amazon Offers Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime Subscribers • AT&T Announces 'Next 24' Payment Plan, Allowing 30 Months to Pay Off Devices • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate

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French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [Google Translate] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches' pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen.fr has been reliable in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While Apple had announced that the Apple Watch would start at $350, which was widely assumed to be the price of the aluminum model, and estimates pegged the price of the gold Apple Watch at prices as low as $1,000 or as high as $5,000, there has been little information regarding the pricing of the stainless steel option. The site's sources also indicate that Apple still aims to release the Apple Watch by Valentine's Day 2015, which somewhat echoes an earlier report that said the company would be "lucky" to release the device by that timeframe. iGen.fr also mentions that manufacturers and resellers are preparing as if the Watch would release in mid-February 2015. Previously, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts said the Watch would release in Spring 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Offers Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime Subscribers • AT&T Announces 'Next 24' Payment Plan, Allowing 30 Months to Pay Off Devices • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15

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Following yesterday's news that Christian Bale had opted to pull out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, Variety has shared news that Michael Fassbender is now in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs. According to the site, Fassbender is in "early talks" with director Danny Boyle and Sony executives about possibly starring in the film. Fassbender, while less well known than Christian Bale and previous Jobs candidate Leonardo DiCaprio, has been in several high profile movies including Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, and The Counselor. He's perhaps most widely known for his role as Magneto in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Jobs' product launches including the debut of the Mac, the introduction of the NeXT Computer, and the release of the iPod. While it is unclear who will take on the role of Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jessica Chastain, from The Help is also being considered for an unspecified role in the film. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Offers Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime Subscribers • AT&T Announces 'Next 24' Payment Plan, Allowing 30 Months to Pay Off Devices • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15

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Law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe, specializing in class action lawsuits, has announced that it has launched an antitrust investigation into CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to stop accepting Apple Pay in their retail stores. The firm says that it is looking into a potential class action lawsuit that would aim to restore Apple Pay at CVS and Rite Aid stores, and it is currently asking to speak with consumers who may have been affected by the stores' decision to stop offering the payment method.In light of this situation, Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe is investigating whether CVS and Rite Aid violated the antitrust laws by banding together with other MCX members in a decision to boycott other payments systems, including Apple Pay. Consumers with phones that support Apple Pay may be able to participate in a class action to restore the service at CVS and Rite Aid retail stores.Both Rite Aid and CVS stopped accepting Apple Pay just over a week ago, disabling the NFC capabilities of their payment terminals to prevent it from being used. Rite Aid and CVS are both members of the Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX, a consortium of retailers developing their own barcode-based payment system called CurrentC. MCX has confirmed that all of its retail members, including CVS and Rite Aid, are subject to exclusivity agreements that prevent them from accepting alternate forms of payment at the current time, but all MCX members are free to leave at any point in time. MCX executives have said that the exclusivity agreements are "closer to months than years" and have been put in place to offer "breathing room" for the development of CurrentC. CurrentC is being tested in a limit number of markets at the current time, with a release planned for next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Offers Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime Subscribers • AT&T Announces 'Next 24' Payment Plan, Allowing 30 Months to Pay Off Devices • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15

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The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji. Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be "as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender". Unless the emoji calls out specific gender or racial cues, then a "generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette" should be used in its place. A forthcoming update, Unicode 8.0, plans to change all of that. It proposes to introduce a skin-tone modifier which could be added to certain emoji, allowing users to send any emotion using any skin tone. Plans even reach as far as to allow emoji couples to feature individually different skin tones. Planned for release in the middle of next year, Unicode 8.0's skin tone and racial diversity proposals are only proposed drafts at the current stage. Mockup via Emojipedia Although the wide acceptance of new emoji is rather slow-going (no major platforms yet support Unicode 7.0 emoji released earlier this year), Apple has shown previous interest in updating the diversity in its emoji lineup. Earlier in the year, Apple's then-vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, spoke to vocalized support in working with the Unicode Consortium and updating its emoji character offerings."Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard." The most recent major change to emoji on Apple platforms was for iOS 6, when the company expanded native support beyond Japan and made the feature accessible to all users without the use of a third-party app. 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 • Amazon Offers Unlimited Photo Storage for Prime Subscribers • AT&T Announces 'Next 24' Payment Plan, Allowing 30 Months to Pay Off Devices • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15

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Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership that will bring Dropbox support to Microsoft's suite of Office mobile apps. Microsoft will add this new Dropbox feature in upcoming versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad. The new Dropbox integration would allow Office users to open, edit and share files that are stored in Dropbox. After adding a Dropbox account to an Office app, users will be able browse their Dropbox contents, which appear alongside OneDrive and locally stored files. All mobile edits will be synced to Dropbox automatically with a sharing option available within the Office app.Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and editing in the native Office apps. And accessing Word, PowerPoint and Excel from your Dropbox app is just as easy. Navigate to the file you want, and the Dropbox app will open the Office app you need.This collaborative effort is only in the beginning stages, with plans to expand Dropbox integration to other Microsoft products over time. After updating its mobile apps in the coming weeks, Microsoft is planning to add Dropbox support to its Office online web apps early next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More

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A number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have been reporting an issue with the device that causes it to crash and remain stuck in a boot loop following a restart. The issue appears to primarily affect 128 GB models, particularly those with larger app libraries, and some suggest it may be a hardware problem associated with the increased storage available on that device. While the exact cause of the issues has not been determined, speculation by industry contacts speaking to BusinessKorea (via G for Games) suggests the problem may lie in the controller for the TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash included in the device. This issue reportedly is new to the iPhone as Apple previously has typically used MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash in its iPhone units. The only recourse for owners experiencing this boot loop is to bring their phone back to Apple and request a replacement.Some in the industry point out that considering that technical defects mainly occur in the 128GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus, there might be a problem in the controller IC of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash. [...] As numerous reports of low read performance of the Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO using TLC NAND flash have surfaced on the Internet, a problem in the controller IC is considered to be the more likely cause of the defects.The report says Apple could be facing a "huge potential recall" to address the issue, but the claim is purely speculative given that the prevalence of the problem has not been established and an exact cause remains undetermined. While Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have generally been praised since their release in September, the devices have experienced a few issues related primarily to software. In a problematic release, Apple's iOS 8.0.1 update disabled cellular service and Touch ID on the new iPhone models. Other reports pointed to a Bluetooth problem with owners claiming to have difficulty connecting to Bluetooth-enabled car stereo systems after purchasing a new iPhone model or updating their existing phone to iOS 8, an issue that appears to have been largely addressed with iOS 8.1. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More

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Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt: The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years. Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested the eight-year notes will give investors a yield of roughly 1.1% and the 12-year notes around 1.7%. Apple spoke with investors on Monday about issuing bonds and will use the proceeds of the sale for general corporate purposes, including share buybacks and dividend payments. This would mark first time that Apple would begin issuing bonds in Euros, with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs arranging the sale. This past April, Apple held a $12 billion bond sale, which followed a record $17 billion sale last year. Apple's bond offerings are a part of its expanded capital return program, which primarily involves a major stock buyback program and a quarterly dividend that aims to return more than $130 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Disney's 'Movies Anywhere' Service Now Allowing Users to View Films on iOS or Android • Samsung and TSMC Reportedly Still Competing for Rights to Produce Apple's A9 Chip • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More

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Following this afternoon's release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The iOS 8.1.1 beta comes two weeks after the release of iOS 8.1, which included support for Apple Pay, SMS Forwarding, and more. The beta, build 12B432, is available though Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta. As a minor update, iOS 8.1.1 includes fixes for several bugs, but major new features rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad, will be reserved for major iOS 8 updates that are also in development. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

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Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live in Cupertino?" Apple later confirmed the acquisition of Union Bay Networks to The Seattle Times, providing its standard acquisition statement: Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Union Bay Networks was a stealth startup focused on "enabling the next generation of networking for cloud computing and software defined datacenters," and seven out of nine former employees are said to have been hired by Apple, moving to an unknown office location. Apple's Seattle office is already home to more than 30 employees, and the company is hiring more, posting two software engineering positions in the city last week. Both positions mention a focus on the design and development of core infrastructure services, and both mention iCloud, suggesting Seattle is being positioned as the hub for Apple's future cloud development projects. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

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At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers like Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom. Those Apple-approved chips have begun shipping to smart home accessory makers, according to Forbes.These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed to me. That means we could begin seeing HomeKit-certified devices show up on store shelves sometime soon. Although Apple hasn’t officially launched HomeKit yet, device makers can at least start putting together their gadgets now that they have the wireless chip armed with the HomeKit firmware.Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom's senior director of embedded wireless, tells Forbes that smart home device makers are "getting ready" and that users should "expect to see new product launches in the next cycle of product releases." Bedrosian does caution that the firmware on the chips hasn't been finalized by Apple yet, and is essentially just a beta version of HomeKit. Broadcom and other chipmakers will be able to update the firmware remotely as HomeKit's feature set continues to be developed. According to Bedrosian, the smart home device market has been fragmented thus far, but HomeKit provides a reliable way to bridge protocols and create simple connections between various devices using iCloud. We've already seen several products that will take advantage of HomeKit, including a smart USB charger, a line of connected home sensors from Elgato, and the August Smart Lock, but Apple's HomeKit supports a wide range of products like lightbulbs, locks, fans, thermostats, power outlets, garage doors, and more. Apple has also announced several partners already, including Philips and Honeywell, and has finalized hardware specifications, bringing us one step closer to the launch of HomeKit. Apple has plans to hold a Made for iPhone (MFi) summit November 12 through November 14, providing accessory manufacturers and developers with information on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and more, and with chips shipping to manufacturers, we should be seeing additional hardware products with HomeKit support surfacing in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update to developers, nearly three weeks after first releasing OS X Yosemite to the public. The new beta, build 14B17, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and will be available through the Mac Dev Center shortly. While it is unclear what improvements the first update to OS X Yosemite will bring, there are several bugs in the operating system including a major Wi-Fi issue that has caused connection problems for a number of users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

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Apple may be planning to discontinue its iPad mini lineup in order to focus its efforts on the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro," according to a somewhat questionable rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The site believes Apple will cease updating the 7.9-inch iPad mini next year, making the new iPad mini 3, released in October, the last tablet in the series. A preference towards larger screen sizes, the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, declining iPad sales, and "fierce competition" in the tablet market are said to have led to Apple's alleged decision to discontinue the tablet. It was a bit of a surprise when Apple announced a major update to the iPad Air in October, introducing an upgraded A8X processor, Touch ID, slimmer form factor, improved camera, and more in the iPad Air 2, while the iPad mini 3 gained no new features aside from Touch ID support. Rumors have suggested that the relatively minor update was due to the iPad mini's lack of popularity compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Air. Apple has been known to pull resources away from products that are not selling well. For example, Apple has been investing fewer resources in the iPod touch, a device that no longer receives regular updates. The fifth-generation iPod touch was released in 2012 and while the device received a major update at that time, only a few changes have been made since then, tweaking storage capacities and prices. It's possible the iPad mini could go the way of the iPod touch -- remaining in the product lineup but receiving few updates. Economic Daily News, much like Taiwanese news site Digitimes, appears to have some solid supply chain sources, but lack of context and ever-changing production plans have resulted in some serious rumor misses. For example, the site said that the iPad mini 3 would be 30 percent slimmer when it launched, and suggested the larger iPhone 6 Plus would not be called an iPhone. Some accurate information has come from Economic Daily News, however, including several correct rumors pointing towards Apple Watch sizing and release dates. Apple's "iPad Pro," which is said to be replacing the iPad mini as a companion to the iPad Air, is rumored to have a screen size between 12.2 and 12.9 inches. It's said to be slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2, coming in at around 7mm, and it may have stereo speakers and an ultra high-definition display. A release date for the iPad Pro remains unclear, as Apple was said to be targeting an early 2015 launch but pushed back production in order to focus on the iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015 • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon

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Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was "not right for the part," deciding to withdraw from the film. Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was "the best actor in a certain age range" to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition. Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple's product launches. While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain, from The Help, is also being considered for an unspecified role in the film. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store

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Composed of a large group of retailers aiming to introduce the QR code-based "CurrentC" payments system, Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the removal of Apple Pay support from Rite Aid and CVS, two prominent MCX members. Following a hacking incident and negative press focused on CurrentC's convoluted QR code payment process and privacy issues, MCX has been scrambling to reverse the public's negative perception of CurrentC. After a press conference last week where executives suggested MCX was under attack for "challenging the status quo" of large, entrenched payments systems, MCX chief operating officer Scott Rankin did an interview with USA Today to clear up more misconceptions about MCX and CurrentC. One of the major privacy complaints about CurrentC centered around a requirement that users provide both a social security number and a driver's license when signing up. According to Rankin, this is only necessary for the pilot test, and he does "not expect to have those requirements" when CurrentC launches in early 2015. Another issue has been CurrentC's ability to link to a customer's bank account, allowing merchants to avoid paying costly credit card fees, a feature Rankin says is actually based on customer preference. 75 percent of all purchases made at the 50 MCX merchants (including Walmart, Target, Lowe's, and more) are done with cash, debit cards, and gift cards, rather than with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. MCX has previously said CurrentC will accept debit and credit cards in addition to connecting directly to a checking account, and Rankin downplayed the focus on connecting to a user's bank account, saying that he doesn't expect it to be the most prevalent CurrentC payment method. Rankin also addressed the QR code payment process, which has been described as "convoluted" by the media. He called it "frictionless," but even described in his own words, it requires several steps beyond Apple Pay's one-finger Touch ID checkout process. MCX has said that it will explore NFC in the future if necessary. Here's how Rankin describes the checkout process with CurrentC. After the sale is rung up, and you say you want to pay via mobile, "You pull out the phone, open the app, click pay and a QR code is displayed. She scans it, and you're done. It's like when the QR code is sent to you by the airline and you use it for your boarding pass. It's frictionless."Finally, Rankin once again addressed the exclusivity agreements that bind all MCX members, stating that exclusivity terms are "closer to months than years." Rite Aid and CVS, as MCX members, were required to cease accepting Apple Pay to remain part of MCX, but are free to leave at any time. Meijer, another MCX member, has opted to continue offering Apple Pay support in its stores, It is not clear if Meijer has left MCX or if it is ignoring exclusivity restrictions. Rankin confirmed there are no fines for companies that leave MCX, but he did not address the large sums of money companies have already invested in the program. Rankin's full comments on CurrentC and MCX can be found at USA Today. MCX executives have plans to speak on CurrentC at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas this week, further explaining how CurrentC will benefit consumers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users • Original Apple-1 Sold by Steve Jobs Headed to Auction in December with $600,000 Estimate • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store

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Starting this week, travelers on select Southwest Airlines flights will be able to listen to music streamed via Apple's Beats Music service. The airline today announced this new Beats Music option and provided a live demonstration onboard a 737 emblazoned with the Beats Music logo. Southwest adopted Beats Music in response to growing consumer interest in streaming music. "Southwest connects our Customers to what is important in their lives and in this case, it's music," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. "We continue to enhance our onboard offerings to remain current as our Customers' needs evolve, and with the addition of Beats Music on our entertainment portal, we're doing just that." The in-flight service is free and includes hundreds of music lists compiled by Beats' own expert curators. It is available on WiFi-enabled Southwest flights and is compatible with iOS, Android, and other devices. Apple purchased Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a $3 billion deal that was finalized earlier this year. As part of the deal, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined Apple and are reportedly using their music contacts and Apple's clout help make inroads in the streaming music market. Rumors suggest Apple is working to lower Beats' pricing and revamp the service early next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited has left the company he co-founded to work for Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Eastty joined Apple in September of this year as the Director of SoC (System on Chip) Audio Processing. Eastty's career in digital audio spans more than 40 years, including oversight of a pioneering digital audio team at Solid State Logic, a 13-year stint at Sony as a chief consultant engineer, and more than eight years as CTO at Oxford Digital. Most of his work has focused on digital audio and digital signal processing for audio equipment. "I’ve worked in the application of digital and computer technology to audio since I graduated from college and I still find the problems fascinating as well as the answers." Details on Eastty's role as Director of SoC Audio Processing are unknown, but he likely is using his DSP expertise to improve the audio quality of Apple's hardware. Earlier rumors suggested Apple was working to add support for 24-bit audio files in iOS 8 and create a new 24-bit capable version of its In-Ear headphones, but those reports have not yet panned out. Eastty is not the only audio pioneer hired by Apple in recent years. Back in 2011, Apple hired THX pioneer Tomlinson Holman to help "provide technical direction for the company in audio" as he reports on his LinkedIn profile. (Thanks, Manu!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Apple's October 20 debut for Apple Pay included support from many of the biggest banks in the United States, including Chase, Citi, Capital One, and Bank of America, but the company has said it has over 500 other banks working to roll out support for the mobile payments service. A few of the larger ones are listed on Apple's site as launching Apple Pay support "later this year", and it appears that this next wave is now beginning to roll out. Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the United States with over 5 million members, today announced the immediate launch of Apple Pay support."We're excited to make this new service available to our members starting today," said Randy Hopper, vice president of credit cards and business optimization at Navy Federal. "Our members live fast-paced and mobile lives. And, they have enthusiastically adopted our mobile banking solutions. Now, with Apple Pay, they'll be able to save time when shopping while having a safe and easy payment experience."USAA, another of Apple's key partners for the second wave, had previously announced plans to launch Apple Pay support this Friday, November 7, but several Reddit posters have noticed that support appears to have arrived a bit early. A third partner for the second wave, US Bank, has also apparently flipped the switch, as several posters on Twitter have reported Apple Pay support going live today. PNC Bank has also been telling customers it will launch Apple Pay support in the "next several weeks", with one Reddit poster being given a date of November 7, but again posters on Twitter are reporting support going live today. Update: According to a MacRumors poster, Barclaycard is also working today. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Following an initial pilot program at a pair of its properties, hotel chain Starwood today announced the official launch of its SPG Keyless program that will allow hotel guests to use their iPhones or Android phones to check in for their stays and unlock their doors via Bluetooth. The system will go live this Wednesday in ten hotels around the world under Starwood's Aloft, Element, and W brands and expand to 150 hotel comprising 30,000 hotel room doors by the end of next year. SPG Members must register their phone once through the SPG App and allow push notifications. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless. Guests will receive a push notification noting that they are checked in and the SPG App will update with his/her room number and Bluetooth key when the room is ready. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room. After ensuring his/her Bluetooth is enabled, the guest simply opens the SPG App, holds the smartphone to the door lock, waits for the solid green light and enters the room. Starwood's SPG: Starwood Hotels & Resorts app [Direct Link] has been updated today to support the iPhone check-in program, which is going live at hotels in Beijing, Cancun, Cupertino, Harlem, Doha, Hollywood, Hong Kong, New York City, and Singapore. Starwood is not the only hotel chain working on phone-based room keys, with Hilton previously announcing its intentions for a similar program including check-in and room selection via app available in 4,000 hotels by the end of this year and and mobile phone room keys rolling out in 2015. And just today Hilton has reiterated those plans, announcing pilot testing of room keys early next year with an initial rollout to its Conrad brand soon after and expansion to additional brands coming in the summer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Apple is planning to hold an investor call today ahead of a potential bond sale, reports The Wall Street Journal. A banker working on the deal says that Apple may begin issuing bonds in Euros, as Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group are said to be arranging the call.Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs Inc. are arranging a call for the firm with investors Monday, and a deal, possibly at least partly in euros, could come as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker has never issued debt in currencies other than the dollar before. Apple last entered the bond market in April with a $12 billion sale, which followed last year's $17 billion sale. The order book for Apple's bond offerings in April 2013 topped $40 billion, as investors oversubscribed and offered bids for more than twice the amount of debt issued. Apple's bond offerings are a part of its expanded capital return program, which centers around a major stock buyback program and a quarterly dividend. Apple has pledged to return more than $130 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Microsoft today launched a new ad targeting the MacBook Air and comparing the notebook to Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. The latest spot, which is titled "Let's Dance", features both laptops side-by-side and highlights the differences between the form and functionality of both. Microsoft first highlights the thickness of both devices, showing that the MacBook Air is 17mm thick while the Yoga 3 Pro measures in at 13mm thick. Next, both laptops are shown in a "tablet" and "tent" position, showcasing the Yoga 3 Pro's ability to fold back while the MacBook Air is unable to do the same. Microsoft finally highlights the Yoga 3 Pro's touchscreen, which is then shown as a non-feature on the MacBook Air. The new ad comes after Microsoft launched a new round of Surface Pro 3 ads targeting the MacBook Air in August, which showed off the tablet's versatility and power when compared to Apple's laptop. Microsoft has also released a number of ads comparing its "Cortana" virtual assistant on its Windows Phone platform to Apple's Siri virtual assistant on iOS, showing off the former's ability to integrate with a number of apps and perform contextually-aware tasks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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In a video message sent out to retail employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts revealed that the Apple Watch will be launching in the Spring of next year, reports 9To5Mac. The timeframe given is slightly more specific than Apple's own launch projection of "early next year", which was shared during its initial unveil of the Apple Watch back in September. "So, again, we do - you guys were hired because you're the best people in the world. And you know how to service customers, but we are sprinting a marathon and it's not going to stop. Right? We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring." The report also notes that Apple will be training its retail employees on how to introduce customers to the Apple Watch. Apple Retail Stores will allow customers to try on the wearable device and experience the different sizes and bands offered. The Apple Watch's presence at the company's retail stores are said to be a big emphasis for Ahrendts, who believes that sales of the device will help deepen relationships with customers. A source briefed on Apple's plans for the Apple Watch told The Information in September that the company would be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day." That report stated that Apple planned to have the watch ready to ship in time for the 2014 holiday season, but had problems finishing software development in time. Hints of a delay on the software side first surfaced shortly after the device's unveiling, as members of the press who were invited to spend some hands-on time with the devices noted that none of the display units were running the actual Watch OS operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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While Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors for most Macs are not shipping until early 2015 or even later, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display. The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. But as pointed out by CPU World, Intel now appears to have quietly added several new processor options to the Core M family. Internal roadmaps had targeted an early 2015 launch for these chips, but Intel's chip database shows the new chips as having launched this quarter. The new chips, which we understand Apple has indeed been testing with the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, include a new high-end 5Y71 chip running at 1.2 GHz with a max turbo of 2.9 GHz, two new mid-range chips arriving as 5Y51 and 5Y31, and a new low-end 5Y10c variant. As noted by CPU World, all of the new chips offer faster graphics than the initial batch of Core M chips, with base graphics frequencies moving from 100 MHz to 300 MHz across the board and turbo frequencies in some cases rising slightly to as high as 900 MHz. Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is the first PC to advantage of the first batch of Broadwell Core M chips, and performance has been lackluster. It is unclear, however, whether the issues are due more to Core M's limitations for the sake of power efficiency or to Lenovo's design decisions. Still, the new second batch of Core M chips appears to mark a significant step forward from the earlier versions while maintaining the same low power draw. The launch timing of Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air remains up in the air, with one rumor pointing to a likely mid-2015 launch. But with Intel moving forward on its Broadwell Core M chip lineup and perhaps accelerating its launch plans for those chips, it will be interesting to see if Apple looks to launch the new, thinner MacBook Air earlier in the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sam's Club Selling iPhone 6 as Low as $99 Starting November 15 • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look

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Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" has reportedly been in the works for some time, although the most recent rumors have indicated the company has pushed back its plans for the device as it seeks to give its manufacturing partners time to catch up to iPhone 6 Plus demand. Development work on the project is likely still continuing and a new report from Mac Otakara claims to share some new details on the device. According to the report, the larger iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, somewhat smaller than the 12.9-inch measurement most commonly rumored for the device. Sources also indicate the device will contain speakers and microphones on both the top and bottom edges, opening the door to an improved stereo audio experience.Product design concept seems to be based on iPad Air 2, pair of speakers and microphones will be added on top-side not only bottom’s pair. iPad Pro might be capable for supporting stereo audio.As for thickness, the report claims the iPad Pro will not match the 6.1 mm measurement of the new iPad Air 2 but will still be quite thin, coming in around the same 7 mm mark as the iPhone 6 (6.9 mm) and iPhone 6 Plus (7.1 mm). The report also includes a rough illustration, and while the sourcing of the illustration is unclear, it appears to show a row of holes presumably representing a speaker along the top edge of the device next to the power button. Mac Otakara has a relatively strong (but by no means perfect) track record with Apple product rumors, most recently accurately predicting the arrival of the iPad mini 3 last month alongside a relatively specific claim of new Smart Cover and Smart Case color options that did turn out to be true. Some of the site's previous major claims that were accurate included details on redesigns for the iPod touch and iPod nano back in 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Boost Monthly Wireless Data in Ongoing Competition • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look • Beats by Dre Debuts Special Edition Hello Kitty Headphones for 40th Anniversary

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With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before writing new data. But unfortunately for users looking to install third-party SSDs into their machines, Apple only officially supports TRIM on Apple-branded SSDs. Workarounds such as Trim Enabler have naturally been developed to enable TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, but a new lineup of SSDs released earlier this month by Austrian firm Angelbird claims to be the first third-party SSD to support SSD right out of the box with no need for additional software tweaking. Exactly how Angelbird has achieved native TRIM support on Mac is unclear, as the company has not responded to requests for comment. French site MacBidouille reports [Google Translate], however, that Angelbird's SSDs appear to simply be masquerading as genuine Apple SSDs, thereby qualifying for native TRIM support. While the method appears rather questionable and likely to draw Apple's attention, the drive could still be an appealing option for users looking for the easiest possible solution for upgrading to an SSD OS X Yosemite has added yet another wrinkle for third-party SSD users, as the new kext signing security measure included in the new operating system means that Yosemite systems will refuse to load modified drivers such as those used by TRIM-enabling software. Cindori, the company behind Trim Enabler, is for now recommending that users interested in enabling TRIM on third-party SSDs with Yosemite disable the kext-signing check entirely. The company acknowledges that turning off this global setting is far from ideal and "for most users it will not be worth it", but for now it is the only solution. Angelbird has not specified whether its SSDs bypass the Yosemite TRIM issues, but if the drives do indeed simply qualify as Apple SSDs due to the way the model number is presented, it is possible that native TRIM support may still function under Yosemite. Angelbird's SSD wrk lineup is available in three capacities: 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB starting at an MSRP of $99.99. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Halloween Deals: Discounts on Scary Movies, Apps, Apple Accessories, and More • Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy • Apple Opening New Retail Store in Lille, France Soon • Refurbished 2014 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Now Available in Apple's Online Store • Skype for iPhone Updated With 'Smarter and Faster' Chat and Photo Management Tools • Flipboard for iOS Updated with New 'Topics' Feature and Redesigned Look • Beats by Dre Debuts Special Edition Hello Kitty Headphones for 40th Anniversary • Buyer's Guide: 20% Off iTunes Gift Cards, Halloween Discounts on Most Mophie, Speck, and Griffin Products

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