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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Though it's not quite Friday, and many of you are still waiting to dig in to Thanksgiving dinners with family, many retailers are kicking off their Black Friday sales early this year. Stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, where some of the best deals are to be had, will be opening their doors to shoppers as early as 5 p.m. local time. While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies. Some of the deals won't be available until Black Friday actually rolls around, and details on exact sale times can be found in the roundup. iPhone Sam's Club is currently offering a $100 discount on the iPhone 6 in all capacities, which is one of the best deals available on the device. Best Buy is also offering a $100 discount on the device, but the deal is limited to the 16GB model. Frequent Walmart shoppers may want to purchase an iPhone there, as Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 and including a $75 Walmart gift card. The store will also be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $79, and that device also comes with a $75 gift card. iPhones purchased directly from Apple, including the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, will come with a $50 iTunes gift card. iPad Best Buy is discounting its entire stock of iPad Air 2 tablets by $100, which is the best deal available on Apple's newest iPad. The $100 discount applies to all colors and capacities, and brings the price of the 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air 2 down to $399. Best Buy is also discounting all of its iPad mini 3 stock by $75, dropping the price of the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only model to $324. Shoppers looking for an especially good deal may want to check out Best Buy's supply of iPad mini 2 tablets, which are discounted by $75 to $100. At $75 off, the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only iPad mini 2 is just $224.99, the lowest price we've seen on it yet. For those unable to shop at Best Buy, Target is also offering a solid deal on the iPad Air 2, providing a $140 Target gift card with any iPad Air 2 purchase (prices start at $499). Target is also offering $100 gift cards with the purchase of the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and original iPad Air in all colors and capacities. Macs Mac deals are a bit more limited than iPhone and iPad deals, but both Best Buy and MacMall are offering solid deals on Apple's range of MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac minis, and Mac Pros. Best Buy, for example, is selling the low-end 21.5-inch 1.4Ghz/8GB/500GB iMac for $899, a $200 discount and the lowest price we've seen on the machine. The retailer also has select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers for $150 off. MacMall is discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. Unlike many resellers, MacMall offers Apple machines with a variety of custom configurations, much like the online Apple Store, so the site's Black Friday section has a huge range of Macs at low prices. Notable deals from MacMall include the 15-inch 2.5Ghz/16GB/512GB Retina MacBook Pro for $2,298, a discount of $201, and the entry-level 13.3-inch 1.4Ghz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air for $898, a discount of $101. B&H Photo has a $200 discount on the new 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB 5K Retina iMac, dropping the cost down to $2,299, the lowest price we've seen yet. The site also has the 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB Mac Pro for $3,499, a discount of $500, and the 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro for $1,699.99, a discount of $300. Other Deals Many retailers are also offering deals on an array of Apple products, with Beats headphones being a popular discount item. Many stores are also offering iPod touches, Apple TVs, fitness accessories, and more at low prices, and a list of deals is located in the roundup. Alongside brick and mortar retailers, many online only shops are offering site-wide deals. Twelve South, for example, is planning to offer deep discounts on its products, Speck is offering 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases, and Casetify is offering an exclusive 25 percent off discount site wide for MacRumors readers with the discount code MACRUMORS. App developers are also discounting their products, and highly popular apps like Fantastical for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad are available at the lowest prices of the year, and Adobe's cutting the price of Elements 13 by 40 percent. Softorino, the company behind the WALTR app that makes it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iOS device, is offering an exclusive 49 percent off discount for MacRumors readers, and Pixelmator is offering its popular image editing app for 50 percent off, dropping the price to $14.99 for a limited time. A full list of discounts in the iOS and Mac App Stores can be found through our sister site AppShopper, which lists all apps that have seen recent price drops. Our Black Friday roundup will be updated throughout Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep an eye on it for the best Apple deals this holiday season. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these retailers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • President Obama Signs E-Label Act, Companies No Longer Required to Etch FCC Labels on Devices • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac

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Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily. The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them. Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at a time, releasing "Duo" and "Health" during the iPhone 6 event in September, "Huge" and "Cameras" in late September and "Reservations" and "Gamers" a couple days ago. "Voice Text" marks the first time Apple has released an iPhone 6 ad by itself. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline

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The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features. Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail. The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch faces that are included with the Apple Watch, including details about Complications -- specialized functions on a watch face like moon phases, sunrise and sunset, or, for the Apple Watch, stock quotes and weather. Apple Watch is first and foremost an incredibly accurate timepiece. It does everything a watch should, but in ways no other watch ever has. It's also connected to your calendar, your contacts, and your schedule. So in addition to showing you the time, Apple Watch actually understands what time means to you. It helps you be more productive and efficient. So you get more out of every moment.The New Ways to Connect page talks about the Friends feature that makes it easy to send messages, make a call, or reach out to other Apple Watch users. Wearers can send a tap, draw a picture, or share their heartbeat with other Apple Watch wearers, but they can also send and receive text messages, audio snippets, share a location, make phone calls and email right from the watch. Wearers can also use Handoff to start a call or email message from the Apple Watch and seamlessly transfer it to the iPhone. You won't just send and receive messages, calls, and mail more easily and efficiently. You'll express yourself in new, fun, and more personal ways. With Apple Watch, every exchange is less about reading words on a screen and more about making a genuine connection. Finally, the new Health and Fitness page talks about the different ways Apple Watch measures movement, as well as additional details on the included Workout app. The watch tracks movement, exercise and how often the wearer stands up throughout the day, giving subtle reminders as needed to encourage more movement. The watch uses its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, as well as Wi-Fi and GPS locations from the iPhone to follow movement as well. The Workout app shows real-time stats including time, distance, calories burned, pace and speed for running, walking and cycling. All data is tracked over time, making it easy for wearers to track their improvement. Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and there's nothing more personal than your health. Just as Apple Watch is designed to keep you more efficient, organized, and productive, it's also made to keep you moving. Because being active is vital to living a healthy life.The Apple Watch is scheduled to go on sale early next year, though Apple has not gotten any more specific than that. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser to Be Featured on iTunes Trailers This Friday • Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac • 'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Updated With More Photos, Special Edition w/Pulsing LED Sleep Light • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline

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MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off. We've listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall's full range of discounts can be found on its website. 2014 Retina MacBook Pro - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off - 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off - 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off - 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off - 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off 2014 MacBook Air - 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB - $898, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off - 13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off iPad Air 2 - 16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $459, $40 off - 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $589, $40 off - 64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $559, $40 off - 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $679, $50 off - 128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $649, $50 off - 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $754, $75 off 2013/2014 iMac - 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off - 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off - 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off - 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off - 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off - 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off 2013 Mac Pro - 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,698, $301 off - 4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,798, $201 off 2014 Mac mini - 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $468, $31 off - 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $658, $41 off - 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $948, $51 off MacMall will also be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20. In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores -- California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin -- making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Up to 65% Off for Black Friday • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users' Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More

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Natalie Portman may take on a role in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports Deadline. It is not clear what part she may play, but there are said to be several female roles in the movie, including the part of Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan. Portman is a well known actress that has starred in high profile movies like Black Swan and V for Vendetta. Most recently, Portman has had a leading role in the last two Thor movies, Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Image via Deadline Earlier this week, the Steve Jobs biopic was picked up by Universal Studios after being dropped by Sony Pictures. The film has had trouble finding a leading man to take on the role of Steve Jobs, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale both turning down the role. Michael Fassbender, best known for his role as Magneto in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, has reportedly signed on to play Steve Jobs. Seth Rogen is also rumored to be in talks to possibly play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain has also been in talks for a role in the film, which was written by Aaron Sorkin. Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire, will direct. The biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, is said to consist of three continuous 30-minute scenes depicting three of Apple's product launches. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, is reportedly gearing up to produce sapphire displays for Apple's next generation of mobile devices, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan. Foxconn has reportedly reached an agreement to build a display factory on an over 300-acre plot of land adjacent to an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where the company had been reported last month to be looking into such a facility. Just last week, Foxconn was also reported to be planning a new iPhone display plant in Taiwan.The China Economic Weekly reported Tuesday that Foxconn has signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in Henan Province, central China, to set up a display factory on a 133-hectare plot of land next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant. The new factory is expected to manufacture sapphire displays for the next generation of the Apple devices, the report said.Rumors of Apple's continued interest in sapphire displays for the iPhone come less than two months after the company's previous sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy. Apple had been widely expected to use sapphire displays on at least some models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but that turned out to not be the case as production difficulties apparently prevented the move and led to the collapse of the partnership between the two companies. According to the new reports, Apple "has not given up on a plan to use sapphire displays in its next-generation smartphones." Market observers, however, reiterated that Apple plans to cautiously evaluate the sapphire displays to determine feasibility and avoid shortages. Following the reports concerning the adoption of sapphire displays in the next generation of iPhone, shares of Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers rose sharply. Share prices of local sapphire firms had been depressed following Apple's decision to not adopt sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Beyond the iPhone, Apple also plans to use sapphire displays in higher-end models of its upcoming Apple Watch, a plan Asia Securities Investment Consultant analyst Chang Chih-cheng says will boost local Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers in the near-term far more than rumors of the iPhone 6s or 7, as rivals see the possible benefits of the scratch-resistant display and adopt it for their own devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Industry sources indicate Apple is planning to lean heavily on Samsung as a component supplier for both new iPhone 6 builds and the upcoming Apple Watch, reports BusinessKorea (via G for Games). If true, this would be a marked change from Apple's reported goal of lessening its reliance on Samsung by seeking alternative suppliers for critical hardware components. According to the report, Apple is looking to Samsung to supply RAM, NAND flash storage, and batteries for future iPhone 6 production, supplementing or replacing current suppliers for those components. NAND flash has been a particular area of concern for Apple according to recent news reports, with the company's decision to use cheaper and slower TLC (triple-level cell) flash memory for larger-capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models being blamed for sporadic crashing issues. Apple has reportedly moved to stop the use of its current TLC NAND flash chips and supposedly is back at the negotiating table with the South Korean supplier.At first, Apple discussed with Samsung about the supply of NAND flash for the iPhone 6. Due to problems with prices, Toshiba's TLC NAND flash was used in the 128GB models, and components made by SK Hynix, Toshiba, and SanDisk were used in the 64GB models. However, as overseas IT news sites reported functional defects in the 128GB models, Apple is said to be considering whether or not to replace the TLC NAND flash made by Toshiba with Samsung's own TLC NAND flash. If Apple and Samsung strike a deal, Samsung will supply both DRAM and NAND flash to the iPhone 6.Beyond the iPhone 6, the same Korean industry sources also claim Samsung will supply Apple with application processors for the Apple Watch, which is slated to debut in early 2015. Apple touts the Apple Watch as using a new "S1" module for the internals that seals nearly all of the internal components into a single resin-filled package for durability. The individual components of the S1 are undoubtedly being provided by several different manufacturers, but according to today's report the main application processor portion will be coming from Samsung. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, according to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans. Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It is likely that Apple will stop production of the iPhone 5c to streamline its iPhone lineup, as every handset would then likely be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple's iPhone 5c saw lower-than-expected sales after its debut in 2013 due to high demand for the then-flagship iPhone 5s. Apple did attempt a renewed push late last year to promote the iPhone 5c, debuting ads for the device on popular blogging platform Tumblr and on websites like Yahoo.com. Other reports also suggested that Apple cut iPhone 5c production significantly while ramping up iPhone 5s production to meet customer demand last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Now Available for Mac • Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014 as iPad Sees First Yearly Decline • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week'

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Apple renewed its maps and search partnership with Google in 2010, but with that contract reportedly set to end in 2015, both Yahoo and Microsoft are actively vying to be the next default search provider for Apple's Safari products, reports The Information. Both Microsoft and Yahoo have existing relationships with Apple, with Yahoo providing stock data to iOS and Microsoft supplying Siri with Bing search results. Executives from both companies have reportedly already approached Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, about a potential agreement that could see one of them displace Google to become the default search engine for iOS devices and Macs. There is no indication Apple has made any decision which company, if any, will replace Google. Yahoo has approached Apple in the past about expanding their relationship on mobile, although things moved in the opposite direction with iOS 8 as Apple cut out middle-man Yahoo for weather data and instead began sourcing data directly from The Weather Channel. Yahoo has also reportedly been working on a revamp of its mobile search in hopes of landing an agreement with Apple to be the default search provider on iOS, but for now the companies are still in the discussion stages as Apple's deal with Google remains in effect for the time being. Microsoft was said to be in the running for the 2010 deal with its Bing services, but Apple ultimately opted to extend its deal with Google that has seen Apple reportedly receiving in excess of $1 billion per year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhones in Limited-Time Passport 'Trade-Up' Program • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback

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Apple's stock continues its strong recent performance, hitting another milestone today with a market capitalization of $700 billion and once again setting a new standard as the highest market cap in history before pulling back slightly. The mark comes less than two weeks after Apple's market cap passed $660 billion to set its first new high in two years. The company's market capitalization has doubled since Tim Cook was named CEO in August 2011. Apple's stock is up nearly 60 percent over the past year and up 24 percent since the company's October 16 media event, which was followed just days later by a strong earnings report. Looking forward, Apple is expected to show blockbuster iPhone sales for the holiday quarter, and Wall Street is anticipating continued strong performance into 2015 as Apple looks to add yet another product category to its mix with the Apple Watch. While Apple has been routinely setting new stock price highs for months, the new standards for market capitalization have not come until more recently, as the company's aggressive stock buyback program has reduced the number of shares available on the market. With market capitalization calculated as the share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding, the share price has had to reach higher levels to make up for the lower number of shares. Apple's current share price of just under $120 is equivalent to nearly $835 on a pre-split basis. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

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Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs. Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start shooting in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available to shoot. Sony, however, wanted to shoot a little later, which would have clashed with Fassbender's schedule as he was set to shoot X-Men: Apocalypse. Earlier this month, Christian Bale dropped out of the film despite Sorkin confirming his involvement. Fassbender stepped into the role shortly afterward and actors Jessica Chastain and Seth Rogen have recently emerged as potential cast members, with Rogen possibly playing Steve Wozniak. The film is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high profile product launches, including NeXT, the debut of the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod debut in 2001. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

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Apple today launched two new ads featuring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are once again voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and highlight features like the iPhone 6's gaming capabilities and its ability to relay phone calls to Macs and iPads. In the first humorous ad, entitled "Gamers," the focus is on the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with the ad showing off the recently released multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory. "The A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level. I mean if you're into that kind of thing," says Fallon, before bantering with Timberlake about the gameplay. The second ad, entitled "Reservations," highlights Continuity and the ability for the iPhone to relay calls to Macs and iPads. "Did you know you can use an iPhone 6 to make a call from almost any Apple device?" asks Fallon before the two go on to make silly calls from a variety of devices, including a Mac and an iPad. The new ads launched today are the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads that Apple has released starring Fallon and Timberlake. The first two ads, "Duo" and "Health" were shown off during the iPhone 6's September debut, and two additional ads, "Huge" and "Cameras," were released later in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

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Over the past several years, Apple has expressed an interest in both virtual reality and augmented reality, and has applied for a number of patents related to both technologies. The company has explored a goggle-like video headset that would possibly allow for 3-D viewing, much like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it's looked into a motion-sensing virtual 3D user interface for iOS devices, and it's explored 3-D "hyper-reality" displays. While many companies are following in the footsteps of Oculus VR and have already introduced virtual reality hardware, there has been little to no hint that the technology mentioned in Apple's numerous patents will ever come to fruition. Apple's interest in the virtual reality arena does not appear to have waned, however, and it may even be picking up. A new job posting on Apple's site for an "App Engineer" (via 9to5Mac) suggests that the company is continuing to explore virtual and augmented reality, at least on the software side. The job listing seeks a software engineer to help the company "create next generation software experiences" designed to integrate with "Virtual Reality systems."We are looking for a software engineer to develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences. The individual must be able to take participate in collaborative and iterative UI design through the implementation phases & complete performant user experience code for product delivery. This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing.It is not clear, of course, what Apple means by "Virtual Reality systems," which could refer to a full-on hardware experience, an augmented reality app experience, or something else entirely, but augmented reality and virtual reality have become increasingly important areas for development. Headsets like the Oculus Rift are beginning to catch on, and Google has been experimenting with augmented reality, both in its Ingress game for iOS and Android and with "Project Tango," an ambitious experimental smartphone that will provide 3-D mapping capabilities and immersive augmented reality games. Apple is in possession of technology that's quite similar to what's used in Google's Project Tango, which Apple acquired in 2013 with the purchase of 3-D mapping company PrimeSense. PrimeSense famously developed the original Kinect, and its technology could be used as the backbone for virtual/augmented reality interfaces and games. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

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Development on new features for iCloud is being held up by "deep organizational issues," according to a new report from The Information, which suggests organizational problems are complicating iCloud products and holding up releases. Much of The Information's report requires a subscription to access, but the article's introduction gives a hint at what's going wrong at Apple. With iOS 8, Apple introduced some major overhauls to iCloud, including iCloud Drive, which allows users to see all of their files in a dedicated folder on the Mac, similar to Dropbox, and iCloud Photo Library, an ambitious project that lets users upload all of their photos to iCloud. It seems these features may not be as fully fleshed out as Apple would like, especially when it comes to iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library wasn't released to the public until iOS 8.1, and it remains in a beta testing phase, with speculation suggesting that iCloud's negative public image due to hacked celebrity accounts and photo leaks may have led to its delay.Apple is great at building hardware and software that runs on it. But it has long struggled to build services reliant on software that runs remotely rather than on devices. While company executives say they are making progress, interviews with nearly a dozen current and former Apple employees paint a different picture. Deep organizational issues are holding up releases and complicating products.According to The Information, Apple's "photo vision" has yet to be "fully realized," with internal problems like the lack of a centralized iCloud team leading to iCloud Photo Library's delayed beta release and the lack of the Photos for Mac app, which isn't expected to be completed until 2015. Photos for Mac, which will integrate with iCloud Photo Library for a complete photo editing and management system, is said to be taking on elements of both iPhoto and Aperture, two apps that Apple has opted to discontinue in favor of the Photos for Mac app. Launching iCloud Photo Library without a companion Mac app leaves a major piece of the iCloud puzzle missing, as users are not able to edit iCloud Photo Library photos natively on their laptops and desktop computers. While iCloud Photo Library will remain incomplete for some months yet, Apple has been adding features to the iCloud Photos web app as a stopgap measure. Just last week, the company added a much-needed upload feature to its iCloud.com website, allowing users to add photos to iCloud Photo Library outside of their iOS devices for the first time. iCloud Photo Library is not the first Apple service that's been delayed by organizational issues within the company. iOS in the Car, which later became CarPlay, saw development issues ahead of its official launch as it did not fit neatly into an existing hardware or software category. Internal issues have also been said to be affecting the development of the Maps app and the introduction of new features, like transit directions, due to poor planning, project management issues, and an ongoing loss of developers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Luxury Watchmakers Cracking Down on 'Pirated' Smartwatch Faces • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App

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As part of its campaign announced late yesterday to support the upcoming World AIDS Day, Apple has also confirmed its annual Black Friday sale on November 28, which is branded this year as the (RED) Special Shopping Day Promo. The U.S. promotion is offering (RED) gift cards to customers who purchase a qualifying product on Black Friday. Unlike last year, Apple is including the iPhone in the (RED) promotion this year, offering a $50 gift card for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c purchases except for those made with no money down through the online store. Gift card amounts for other products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware. Some of these amounts are lower than last year's Black Friday sale, which provided $150 gift cards for Mac hardware, $75 for the iPad Air and $50 on iPods. This year's sale includes the following hardware and gift card values: - iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c - iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini - Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro - iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano - Apple TV ($25) - Beats by Dr. Dre ($25): headphones and speakers The (RED) Special Shopping Day Promo begins on November 28 and lasts for one day or while supplies last. This Black Friday sale is part of Apple's recently announced World AIDS Day campaign, and in addition to the gift cards for customers on Friday, Apple will also donate a portion of its retail and online sales from Black Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More • Magpul Updates Its Popular 'Field Case' for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Hands-On With Olloclip's New 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus • Things for iOS Now Free as Apple's Featured 'Free App of the Week' • Apple Continues to Boost Maps Efforts with New Business Data Providers • 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback • 'Sync Solver' Allows Fitbit Users to View Fitness Related Data in Apple's Health App • Mophie Launches 'Powerstation Plus' External Batteries With Integrated Cables, 2.4A Charging

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