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Just a day after releasing a new set of developer builds for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple today launched its public beta program for both upcoming operating systems. Apple had announced at WWDC last month that it would launch the public betas in July, and a new support document published yesterday regarding changes to two-factor authentication hinted a launch was imminent. iOS and Mac users interested in trying out the public betas can sign up on Apple's beta software program page. We'll be looking for any changes specific to the public beta versions, but they are almost certainly essentially identical to the developer seeds released yesterday. iOS 9 is the first major version of Apple's mobile operating system to see a public beta release, as the company did not initiate the program for iOS until iOS 8.3 earlier this year. OS X users may already be familiar with the public beta process, as a similar program was in place for OS X Yosemite last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated] • T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE Data in Canada and Mexico at No Additional Charge • Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities

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Following a beta testing period that began in March, Microsoft today announced the official launch of its next-generation office software designed for Mac users, Office 2016. The new Office 2016 software is the first major Mac release since Office 2011, and it brings new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with redesigned, Retina optimized interfaces, new features, and a focus on collaboration and cloud integration. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar Ribbon interface and powerful Task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.Office for Mac 2016 has adopted many elements previously found in the Windows version of Office and the mobile Office apps for better cross-platform familiarity. For example, Office for Mac now uses the Ribbon to organize tools and formatting options, plus there's a task pane for improved graphics customization in all three of the main Office apps, along with new themes and styles. The software includes a new Yosemite-style design that takes advantage of features like full-screen support, Retina displays, and multi-touch gestures, while cloud integration makes all Microsoft files available across a range of devices. Word 2016 for Mac includes a new Design tab for quickly customizing layouts, colors, and fonts while working on a document, and the multi-author experience has been improved. There's a sharing interface at the top right of the app that allows multiple people to work on the same document at once, with threaded comments to communicate. Excel 2016 for Mac's chart preview feature suggests the charts that best fit a set of data and it adds deeper data analysis functionality with PivotTable slicers for dealing with large amounts of data to find patterns. Shortcuts within Excel and the other Office apps have been updated to match their Windows counterparts, and there's improved autocomplete and a better formula builder that makes it easier to create spreadsheets and add data. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes an improved Presenter view that shows current slide, next slide, speaker notes, and a timer, much like the PowerPoint for iOS app. In the top left, the presenter sees exactly what the audience sees, including animations in real time, for a better idea of how a presentation is going. There's also a new animation pane for designing and tweaking animations, plus new slide transitions. Outlook for Mac, released last October, is also designed to work with the new Office apps, with push mail support, an improved conversation view, and message previews, as is OneNote for Mac, released in March of 2014. According to Microsoft, several major changes like improved Mail Merge for Word, Propose New Time in Outlook, and support for External Data Connections in Excel were added based on user feedback during the beta testing program. Microsoft plans to introduce new updates to the software at least once per quarter going forward. Office 2016 for Mac is available for all Office 365 subscribers users beginning today, and is officially supported on machines running the latest version of OS X, Yosemite. Office for Mac will also be available as a one-time purchase in September. Office 365 Personal, which includes Office access for 1 computer, 1 phone, and 1 tablet, is priced at $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. Office 365 Home, with access for 5 computers, 5 tablets, and 5 phones is priced at $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. There are also Office 365 plans designed for students and businesses at different price points. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others • T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE Data in Canada and Mexico at No Additional Charge • Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Apple released the third beta of iOS 9 to developers this morning, bringing some significant changes to the operating system, including the new Apple News app. First introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, "News" provides curated lists of personalized news content for iOS users, offering up content from popular websites and newspapers and displaying it in an iOS-friendly layout. We went hands-on with News to give our readers a detailed walkthrough of the app and the different features that it offers. News is built around topics and channels that are selected by each individual user, which are then used to populate an individualized "For You" tab that displays a list of stories each day. There's a Favorites section that display the sites you've added to a favorites list for quick browsing, a search feature for finding new content, and an Explore tab for casual browsing. Explore suggests topics or channels you might be interested based on what you've previously read. If you come across a favorite story, you can add it to the "Saved" section in News, and you're able to share stories with friends by using the Share Sheet when reading content. In Safari, there's also a feature that will let you add any RSS feed to News by visiting a site and choosing "Add to News." News includes more than a million topics, and as you read more stories, the app will get better at offering content that might interest you. Media content like photos and videos can be displayed full screen and there are features like built-in audio and photo galleries. News is only available in iOS 9 beta 3, which is limited to registered developers. Public beta testers will likely get access to News in the near future when the first public beta test is released, and the general public will be able to access the app when iOS 9 launches in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple today released the third beta of iOS 9, which has turned out to be the biggest update to the operating system so far. It adds a revamped Music app with access to Apple Music, the News app that was first unveiled at WWDC, a new two-factor authentication system, and several other smaller tweaks, along with the traditional performance improvements and bug fixes. With today's changes, the beta is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For beta testers and those eager to know what's coming in the OS ahead of its official release, we've rounded up a complete list of all of the new changes introduced in iOS 9 beta 3 below. News app - Today's beta is the first iOS 9 beta to include Apple's new News app, first announced at WWDC. The news app offers up a curated list of news stories based on each user's preferences and interests. The News app appears to be available only to U.S. users for the time being. Two-Factor Authentication - iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan include an entirely revamped two-factor authentication system that Apple says is more streamlined. App folders on iPad - App folders on the iPad now display apps in a 4x4 arrangement instead of a 3x3 arrangement, allowing users to see more apps in a folder at a glance. Photo app folders - There are new folders for selfies and screenshots in the Photos app, where face shots and screenshots are aggregated. Music app - The Music app in iOS 9 has been updated, giving beta testers access to Apple Music, Beats 1 radio, and Apple Connect. Music settings - There's a new option in the Settings app under "Music" to stream music at the highest quality while using a cellular connection. Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 3 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple should continue to release regular updates to iOS 9 at two to three week intervals throughout the beta testing period to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall, but a public beta test will come first and is expected in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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With the third betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple introduced a new two-factor authentication system. A support document accompanying the feature explicitly mentions that it's designed for "the public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan," suggesting public beta access to the operating systems is coming soon. When Apple introduced iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company promised that a public beta would be available beginning in July, so customers who are enrolled in Apple's public beta testing programs may not have much longer to wait to get access to the new software. It is not clear exactly when the public beta will be seeded to customers, but the wording in the support document suggests beta testers will be receiving access to the same third betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 that were seeded to developers this morning. Public beta tests for major software releases are a relatively new feature from Apple, introduced for OS X with OS X Yosemite last year and iOS with the release of iOS 8.3 in March of 2015. iOS and Mac users can sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program on the company's dedicated beta testing site. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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With the third betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple is introducing a revamped two-factor authentication system, according to both the beta release notes and a detailed support FAQ that outlines the changes. The new two-factor authentication system is different from Apple's existing two-step verification system, using "different methods" to trust devices and deliver verification codes. Apple also says it includes a "more streamlined user experience." Based on the support document, the new two-factor authentication system works similarly to the existing two-step verification system. Any device that you sign into using two-factor authentication in iOS 9 or El Capitan becomes a trusted device that can be used to verify identify when signing into other devices or services linked to an Apple ID. Apple recommends that iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan beta testers using the new two-factor authentication system update all of their devices to iOS 9 or El Capitan for "the best experience." As outlined in the release notes, customers who use two-factor authentication with older devices may be required to use a six-digit verification code at the end of a password instead of in a dedicated verification field.If you enable two-factor authentication, iTunes purchases on Mac and Windows will require you to append a 6-digit code to the end of your password on every purchase. The 6-digit code will automatically be sent to your iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan devices.Older devices are also not able to receive two-factor authentication codes when used with devices running iOS 9 and El Capitan, but customers who stick with the older two-step verification system should not run into any issues as Apple tests the newer two-factor authentication system. Apple does not recommend that customers using two-step verification swap over to two-factor authentication until the feature is available to all. First introduced in March of 2013, two-factor verification is an opt-in system that increases the security of Apple ID accounts. Since its debut, Apple has been woking to expand two-factor authentication to cover several different services like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime. It is not entirely clear what other changes the new two-factor authentication system brings to iOS and Mac devices, but the switch to a new system may allow Apple to further extend the functionality of two-factor authentication in the future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple today seeded the third watchOS 2 beta to developers, just over two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 2 beta and a month after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. Along with these features for developers, which will lead to much more complex and full-featured third-party Apple Watch apps, the update introduces new watch faces (photo albums and time-lapse), third-party Complications, Time Travel for viewing upcoming events in a watch face Complication, and a Nightstand mode that's activated when the watch is charging, displaying the time. watchOS 2 is currently only available to registered developers who have also installed iOS 9 on their iPhones. Apple plans to release the software to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second beta and exactly a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 13A4293f, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. As promised by Eddy Cue last week, today's beta should include the updated Music app, allowing those running iOS 9 to access the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Other changes that are new in the third beta of iOS 9 will be added to this post as they are discovered. iOS 9 is Apple's newest operating system, focusing on intelligence and proactivity. It allows iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, providing recommendations on places we might like, apps we might like to use, and more. Siri is smarter in iOS 9, with the ability to create contextual reminders, and search is improved with new sources. Many of the built in apps have been improved, including Notes, Maps, and Mail. Apple Pay has been renamed to Wallet, and iOS 9 introduces split-screen multitasking for the iPad along with a revamped keyboard. In addition to these consumer-facing features, iOS 9 brings significant under-the-hood performance improvements. With battery optimizations, iOS devices have an additional hour of battery life, and a new Low Power Mode extends the battery even further. iOS updates take up less space in iOS 9, and many app install sizes are smaller due to a feature called app thinning. iOS 9 is capable of running on all devices that support iOS 8. iOS 9 is currently only available to developers, but Apple plans to introduce a public iOS 9 beta in July before the final release of the software in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple today released the third beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second El Capitan beta and a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. OS X El Capitan largely builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control feature, a new Split View feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and several new features for Safari, including Pinned Sites for housing frequently-visited websites and a universal mute button that quiets all tabs. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently only available to registered developers, but Apple plans to offer a public beta of the software in July. Following testing, El Capitan will see a final release in the fall of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Spotify is sending emails to its customers encouraging them to stop paying for the Spotify music service through Apple's App Store, reports The Verge. The email informs customers they can save $3 per month on their Spotify fees by canceling their App Store Spotify subscription and resubscribing through the Spotify website. Spotify subscriptions that people signed up for using the App Store are priced at $12.99 to account for the 30 percent fee that Apple collects for all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store. The same service is priced at $9.99 through Spotify's website. Customers who subscribe to Spotify through the App Store might mistakenly think that Spotify is more expensive than Apple's new streaming service, Apple Music, which is also priced at $9.99 per month. That's true, but only when the service is purchased via the App Store. Spotify's emails are accompanied by a step-by-step tutorial that walks customers through the process of turning off auto-renew on their App Store subscriptions and then instructs them to wait for the service to run out before resubscribing to the Spotify service on the web. Spotify continues to be the dominant on-demand streaming service in the music industry with 75 million active users and 20 million paid subscribers, but it is unclear what impact Apple Music will have on the company's business. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple plans to order a record-breaking 85 to 90 million units of its next-generation iPhone models combined by the end of the year from manufacturing partners including Foxconn and Pegatron, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report reiterates rumors that the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will feature both Force Touch and a new color option, likely rose gold or pink. The next-generation iPhones, which will reportedly enter mass-production starting next month, are expected to retain the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes with the same display resolutions. Apple may add a third assembler, Wistron, to help fulfill the record-breaking amount of iPhone orders, which tops the 70 to 80 million units Apple ordered for the initial production run of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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In a letter to Microsoft employees sent out this morning, company CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that over the next few months Microsoft will undergo a massive restructuring mainly focused on its phone business and which will see the loss of "up to 7,800 positions globally." In addition, the company will take a $7.6 billion impairment charge and an estimated restructuring cost of $750 million to $850 million as Microsoft attempts to rebuild its phone hardware division after its 2013 acquisition of Nokia's hardware units that has failed to generate momentum. In his letter to Microsoft employees, Nadella reaffirmed that he doesn't take such changes lightly, and that the company has plans for its future, with Microsoft moving from a hardware-focused phone strategy and pivoting to the building of a "vibrant Windows ecosystem."I don’t take changes in plans like these lightly, given that they affect the lives of people who have made an impact at Microsoft. We are deeply committed to helping our team members through these transitions. I am committed to our first-party devices including phones. However, we need to focus our phone efforts in the near term while driving reinvention. We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.As the iPhone and Android devices have taken increasingly large shares of the smartphone market, Microsoft's Windows Phone division and BlackBerry have struggled to compete, seeing their market shares fall to the low single digits in many countries. Nadella's suggestion of Microsoft's phone business shifting to a more software-focused angle could point towards services like Cortana -- already announced to be coming to iOS later this year -- seeing an increase in attention and focus from Microsoft in the coming months. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday voided $532.9 million in damages awarded to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in February in an iTunes-related patent lawsuit, reports Reuters. The report claims federal judge Rodney Gilstrap has set a new damages trial on September 14 after ruling that "his jury instructions might have 'skewed' jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay." Apple was initially ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC after a federal jury in the Tyler, Texas courtroom found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple countered that Smartflash LLC was exploiting the patent system to collect royalties.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”Smartflash LLC was originally seeking $852 million in damages, and claimed it was entitled to a percentage of sales of Apple products used to access iTunes, such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. Apple argued that $4.5 million was fair at most, claiming it does not infringe upon any of Smartflash LLC's inventions and that its patents are invalid. Apple likely still faces a fine of a different amount pending the results of the new damages trial scheduled for September, but the iPhone maker plans to appeal the decision. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video

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Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay. Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches. Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they're now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer was told the bank's system is not live and that customers who were able to mistakenly register early would be de-registered, so it is not clear if the registered cards will be able to be used to make purchases. Activating a Santander card with Apple Pay at this time requires U.K. users to set their region to U.S., add a card, and change their region back to U.K., at which point the card remains available in Passbook. It's clearly a workaround, but a sign that banks are preparing to accept Apple Pay in the near future. Other banks, like MBNA and Nationwide, are giving error messages like "Contact Card Issuer" and "Your Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support." It is not clear exactly when Apple Pay will become officially available in the United Kingdom, but during its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said the payments service would launch in July. Recently released employee training documents have suggested the launch could come next week, on Tuesday, July 14. 250,000 merchants are expected to support Apple Pay in the U.K. when it is released. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show

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As it works on introducing some major changes to the third-party accessory sections of its retail stores, Apple has launched a new section in its online store dedicated to "Apple Tested Cases." The new page is displayed alongside third-party iPhone and iPad cases and outlines the testing procedures for Apple-approved Made for iPhone/iPad (MFi) third-party cases that Apple sells both online and in its retail stores. Designed to reassure customers about the quality of the third-party accessories available from Apple, the site goes over several testing parameters that cases must meet, including design, camera, acoustics, sensors, and cellular and wireless. We analyze how a case fits, so you can still access every button, port, and jack. And a series of drop tests tells us the design is strong enough for day-to-day use.Each case must fit the iPhone or iPad exactly, leaving all ports and features accessible. The camera and flash must be unobstructed, cases can't interfere with FaceTime, phone calls, or audio sound, and sensors for ambient light and Touch ID must work the same with the case on and off. Cellular, Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity are also tested, with each case needing to meet Apple's standards for signal quality. Apple has long engaged in these testing procedures to make sure accessories are compliant with its MFi programs, but the launch of the "Apple Tested Cases" page marks the first time that Apple's prominently shared its testing guidelines with the public. The introduction of the page comes as Apple prepares to revamp the third-party accessory sections in many of its retail locations, cutting down on the number of accessories offered and packaging many of them in boxes that were co-designed by Apple to match the packaging of its own products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch • Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands • 'Showtime' Launches on Apple TV for $10.99 per Month • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show

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Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with MarketWatch. Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane. The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above indicates that sales dipped to as low as 4000 to 5000 units per day in late June. The data does not account for sales in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom or the twelve other countries where the Apple Watch is sold outside of the United States. Slice Intelligence claims that two-thirds of Apple Watches sold to date have been the entry-level Sport model, far outselling the more expensive stainless steel Watch and 18-karat gold Edition models that start at $549 and $10,000 respectively. The research firm also estimates that Apple has sold fewer than 2,000 luxury Apple Watch Edition models in the U.S. through June. Slice Intelligence previously estimated 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders at launch, an average 30,000 Apple Watch sales per day in late May and an estimated 2.8 million total sales as of mid June. The research firm's sales estimates are based on e-receipt data from online shoppers in the United States that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. Apple has not publicly disclosed any Apple Watch sales figures since the wrist-worn device launched in April, and will be grouping the device under its "Other Products" category, which combines sales of Apple Watch, iPod, Apple TV, Beats Electronics and accessories, in its quarterly fiscal reports. Apple's Q3 FY 2015 results are scheduled to be released on July 21 at 2:00 PM Pacific. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of eight new board of trustee members at his alma mater Duke University, where he earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988, the school announced today. Cook began serving his six-year term on July 1 and will assist the governing body in determining Duke University's educational mission and fiscal policies. Tim Cook speaking at Duke University in April 2013 The other new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. Duke University also appointed three observing members on the board, including Elastic Fabrics of America marketing executive and Duke alum Jack Boyd, recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Duke JD/MBA candidate Ben Shellhorn. Cook returned to Duke University in 2013 for his 25th reunion and participated in an hour-long dialogue with Fuqua School of Business Dean Bill Boulding and students about why Apple is successful, collaboration, ethical leadership, career planning, inspirational leaders, intuitions and more. The embedded playlist of videos above will play through each of the seven clips that the university shared. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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Apple has announced that its first retail store in Queens, New York, located at the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, will have its grand opening on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM local time. The new Apple Store at 90-15 Queens Boulevard will be open between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM on Monday-Saturday and between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Sunday. Apple's first retail store in Queens will mark its eight location in New York City, with six existing locations in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. Apple is also planning to open its first retail store in Brooklyn, having signed a long-term lease for a 20,000 square-foot building at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, although those plans are running behind schedule after the store missed its original April 2015 grand opening target. Apple Store at Queens Center under construction in late May (Twitter/Joe Calati) Apple recently opened its new Upper East Side store in Manhattan at 940 Madison Avenue, on the corner of 74th Street, on the site of a former banking complex built in 1921 that previously housed luxury retailer VBH. The company also plans to renovate its iconic Fifth Avenue store and temporarily relocate to the vacating FAO Schwarz toy store in the same General Motors Building plaza. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team experienced a data breach earlier today, resulting in 400 GB of its documents being leaked onto the Internet, reports The Guardian. The documents confirm Hacking Team's ability to infiltrate and monitor jailbroken iPhones on behalf of government law enforcement agencies like the NSA, as noted by Macworld. Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including specifically enumerated capabilities. iOS users should therefore take note that the long-running concern that jailbroken iPhones and iPads were susceptible to vulnerabilities that could include access by so-called state actors appears to be confirmed by the data breach.Hacking Team's software would need to be installed on a jailbroken iPhone, but the firm has the ability to jailbreak and infect a phone with its software via a malware-infected trusted computer the phone is connected to. In the firm's pricing list [PDF, requires Chrome], it's revealed hacking an iOS device costs €50,000 ($55,242) and includes "features" like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber chats, location, contacts and lists of calls. However, this service also includes a prerequisite of a jailbroken iPhone. Hacking Team uses a legitimate Apple enterprise signing certificate, which is used by corporations to create software that can easily be installed on employee devices, combined with jailbroken iOS devices to bypass iOS app installation protections. Additionally, Hacking Team developed the ability to create a malicious Newsstand app that could capture keystrokes and install monitoring software. Last year, researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab and Citizen Lab discovered components of Hacking Team's tools and how they were used by government agencies to steal data from mobile devices, but the full extent of the software hadn't been confirmed until now. Data breaching software and Apple devices have been in the news before, most famously in last year's celebrity iCloud data breach, where it was discovered that hackers were using ElcomSoft Phone Password Breaker, software intended for government and law agencies, to steal usernames and passwords to access iCloud backups. While much of the discussion around government agencies and citizen data has revolved around mass collection, Hacking Team's software is designed to attack individual devices rather than a vast network. It's likely that the exploits detailed in Hacking Team's documents will be addressed and patched up in future iOS and Mac software updates. 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 • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about. It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available," hinting that the features could return at a later date, and it appears that is indeed Apple's plan. While Home Sharing for music has been removed in iOS 8.4, the feature is still available for video. Home Sharing for music also remains available on the Mac and the Apple TV. It is unclear when Home Sharing for music will be introduced in iOS 9, but the next beta is expected later this week. In recent weeks, Apple has been embracing social media, with Eddy Cue answering several questions about Apple Music and related services. Cue also used Twitter to announce Apple's plans to pay artists during the Apple Music free trial after an open letter from Taylor Swift, and he informed users about an upcoming iOS 9 beta seed that will add Apple Music to the new operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by 9to5Mac. Apple has reportedly been working with several third-party accessory manufacturers on packaging design, helping to create a new look for boxes to better fit in with the packaging that's used for Apple's own products. Companies participating in Apple's revamped packaging efforts include Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. When these products are sold in Apple Stores, they'll be sold with simple, no-frills white boxes with minimal labeling as seen in photos. According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling. This shift is yet another in a string for third-parties that has included new environmental guidelines and a ban on leveraging early iPhone leaks.Apple's new head of retail, Angela Ahrendts, has been working to revamp the Apple Store experience in recent months, streamlining the purchasing process and reimagining both product discovery and customer-employee interactions. The packaging redesign is part of a larger effort to overhaul Apple's in-store accessory lineup, limiting the number of products that are sold for a more refined look. News of the revamped packaging was first shared by Mac Otakara [Google Translate] in June, and a sneak preview of what the accessory sections of Apple's retail stores might look like can be seen at the company's Upper East Side store in New York. Apple's Upper East Side store, image via Mark Lennihan, Associated Press Apple Store accessory sections are expected to begin seeing changes starting next week, which is when the new packaging will be introduced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone • How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

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A purported schematic for the so-called "iPhone 6s" obtained by Engadget Japan (via BGR) reveals that the next-generation smartphone could have a thickness of 7.1mm, a slight increase over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively. The schematic also suggests that the "iPhone 6s" will still have a home button, while all other buttons and ports remain unchanged. The slight 0.2mm increase in thickness could be the result of Apple adding pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, enabling the smartphone's display to distinguish between a light tap and firmer press and complete different actions accordingly. The "iPhone 6s" is also rumored to adopt 7000 Series aluminum, which could possibly contribute to marginally different dimensions. The schematic is consistent with leaked photos of the "iPhone 6s" rear shell, which confirm that the handset will have only minor design changes. In particular, the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash are all identical to the iPhone 6. The lack of exterior design changes on the "iPhone 6s" is unsurprising given that "S" model iPhones have historically looked almost identical to the iPhone released one year prior. The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S, for example, each had virtually the same design as the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Instead, the focus of the "iPhone 6s" will likely be on internal improvements. Leaked photos of the "iPhone 6s" logic board reveal that the smartphone will likely feature Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, capable of theoretical LTE download speeds up to 300 Mbps, double the max speed of 150 Mbps in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The next iPhone is also rumored to feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, an updated NFC chip for Apple Pay and an improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'World's First Swim App' on Apple Watch Put to the Test in New Video • Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch • Apple Music Debuts Eminem's New Music Video, Announces Dr. Dre's Beats 1 Radio Show • TextBlade Update: An Inside Look at Production Troubles and New Info on Shipping Estimates • Video Review: Hands-On With Urban Armor Gear's iPad and iPhone 6 Plus Cases • How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X • Waterfield 'Dash MacBook Sleeve' Review: Slim With Adequate Protection for 12-Inch MacBook • Apple Music Connect's 'Clunky' Posting Process Detailed by Indie Artist

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New images of the logic board from the next-generation "iPhone 6s" have been obtained by 9to5Mac, a few days after the site shared photos from an unnamed source which showed that a new, updated Qualcomm LTE chip could be in store for the iPhone this year. Today's images suggest that, on top of the Qualcomm chip's faster LTE speeds and increased energy efficiency, the iPhone 6s will include fewer chips that are collectively more efficient, updated NFC hardware for Apple Pay, and likely the same 16GB entry-level capacity seen on current iPhones. The Toshiba flash memory chip shown in the photos has a 16GB capacity based on the "G7" in the part number, and was built using a 19nm production process. This suggests that the new line of iPhones this year will once again offer a starting storage option of 16GB, likely supplemented with the same 64GB and 128GB options at higher price points seen currently. While many have complained 16GB is not enough entry-level storage as HD video and space-hungry apps have proliferated, recently Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller claimed the company's cloud-focused services, like the just-launched Apple Music, help alleviate some of the storage stresses on low-end storage configurations. Other changes with iOS 9 such as smaller iOS update sizes and app thinning to load only the app assets needed for a particular device, will also help trim down storage needs. On the NFC side of the new iPhone, the new chip inside the iPhone 6s is again from NXP but with a new 66VP2 part number compared to the 65V10 part in the iPhone 6. Chip teardown experts at Chipworks were unclear, however, exactly what kind of improvements such a chip will bring to the new line of smartphones, although they posit it could be eliminating the need for a separate secure element processor altogether and folding the two into one chip. Echoing earlier rumors, today's images suggest once again that the iPhone 6s will remain identical in look and shape to its predecessor, as seen in a case maker's design drawings and logical for the continuation of the "S" generation trend. Any changes in dimensions would be negligible, leaving the device compatible with nearly all existing iPhone 6 cases and accessories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Music Connect's 'Clunky' Posting Process Detailed by Indie Artist • Apple Music Tidbits: Nicknames, Playlist Management, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPhone, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More • 'Beats 1 Plays' Live Tweets Songs Played on Beats 1 Radio • Kate Winslet Calls 'Steve Jobs' Shoot 'Extraordinary', Compares Lengthy Takes to Stage Productions • How to Disable Automatic Subscription Following Apple Music Trial • Olloclip Debuts New 'Studio' Mobile Photography System to Accompany Lenses • Replace the 'Apple Connect' Tab with a 'Playlists' Tab in Apple Music

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Apple Music's main draw is its focus on curation and its ability to learn about your music preferences to provide recommendations that suit your tastes. Apple's new Music app focuses heavily on content discovery, with an entire "For You" section dedicated to recommendations. According to Apple, its music experts "handpick songs, artists, and albums based on what you listen to and like," and this content is what populates the "For You" section. Apple's explained that "For You" recommendations get better over time based on "whether you love a song or not," but the company hasn't explicitly spelled out how to best use likes and listens to better tailor Apple Music to your tastes. To clear up confusion on how recommendations work, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has spoken directly with Apple to get some insight on how the "Like" feature in Apple Music works to affect recommendations, and he's penned a useful guide on liking from the information he obtained. Any song played from Beats 1 radio, a default radio station, a curated playlist, or from a search can be liked by expanding the miniplayer and tapping the heart icon. You can essentially heart anything that's playing via Apple Music. As Dalrymple explains, tapping the heart button on a song you like influences the content that's then displayed in the "For You" section of Apple Music. As more content is liked, the feature gets a better idea of each individual user's tastes, and is able to offer up a more tailored selection of music. Music that's added to a library and music that's played in full also affects "For You."Tapping the heart does affect "For You," the section of Apple Music that's custom built with playlists, albums and songs tailored to your individual tastes. For You also takes into account music you add to your library and full plays you listen to. Skips aren't really taken into account, because there are so many reasons you may skip a song--maybe you're just not in the mood for it right now.Radio stations created from individual songs, done by tapping on the hamburger button when any song is playing and choosing "Start Station," work a bit differently. Instead of displaying a heart, these playlists display a star. Tapping the star allows you to choose "Play More Like This" or "Play Less Like This" to tune a radio station to your particular tastes at that time without affecting overall "For You" recommendations. Pressing on any album or playlist recommendation in "For You" gives you an option to customize the section even more, by choosing "I Don't Like This Suggestion." It appears that this customization option is limited to iOS devices for the time being, as Apple Music on Mac doesn't offer this menu. Apple Music's ability to offer up intensively tailored song recommendations over time may be one of the reasons why Apple insisted on giving users a three month trial to experience the service. Regularly liking songs and culling the "For You" section of recommendations that aren't suitable should vastly change the quality of suggestions over the course of the next few months. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Beats 1 Plays' Live Tweets Songs Played on Beats 1 Radio • Kate Winslet Calls 'Steve Jobs' Shoot 'Extraordinary', Compares Lengthy Takes to Stage Productions • How to Disable Automatic Subscription Following Apple Music Trial • Olloclip Debuts New 'Studio' Mobile Photography System to Accompany Lenses • Replace the 'Apple Connect' Tab with a 'Playlists' Tab in Apple Music • Beats 1 Radio Accepting Song Requests from Listeners • Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac With New Electronic/Hip Hop Synths and Drummers • Getting Started With Apple Music and Beats 1 on iOS, Mac and PC

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A sketchy and unconfirmed internal document posted by an alleged Foxconn employee on Chinese microblogging website Weibo (via PhoneArena) corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone could feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording and 240 FPS slow-motion capabilities. Weibo user KJuma has since removed the pair of leaked documents he shared on the Twitter-like service, but not before the images began making their rounds on the web. The documents also corroborate multiple rumors claiming the so-called iPhone 6s ("N66") and iPhone 6s Plus ("N71") will have 2GB of RAM. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, issued a note to investors in May with eleven predictions for the next iPhone, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor and A9 processor with 2GB of RAM were among the new features he listed. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Disable Automatic Subscription Following Apple Music Trial • Olloclip Debuts New 'Studio' Mobile Photography System to Accompany Lenses • Replace the 'Apple Connect' Tab with a 'Playlists' Tab in Apple Music • Beats 1 Radio Accepting Song Requests from Listeners • Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac With New Electronic/Hip Hop Synths and Drummers • Getting Started With Apple Music and Beats 1 on iOS, Mac and PC • Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4 With 'Discoveryd' Process Removal • Apple Loses Appeal in E-Books Price Fixing Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay $450 Million Fine

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