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A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s. The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture. The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-shaped True Tone dual LED flash with the iPhone 5s and it is unlikely to deviate from that design in the next iPhone. Schematics are also included in one of the pictures, but do not appear to indicate the size of the device. Apple's next iPhone is said to come in two display sizes, one near 4.7 inches and the other at approximately 5.5 inches. The front of the device is not depicted, but rumors have indicated the iPhone 6 display could have an edge-to-edge design that does away with bezels. The upcoming phone, which may or may not be depicted in these photos, is also said to include an upgraded processor and an improved camera. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times). This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices. Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer and former Android Chief Andy Rubin. These executives will discuss how Android was developed outside the influence of Apple and iOS. Apple is expected to again call Phil Schiller to testify on the design, development, and marketing of iOS and associated hardware. Before the trial even begins, Samsung already has been handed a minor setback as reported by Re/code. Judge Koh rejected a motion by Korean company that objected to an instructional video describing the patent process because it includes references to Apple products. Samsung argued the newer video, shown above, was "highly prejudicial to Samsung" and asked that the jurors be shown an older, more neutral version. Koh disagreed. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via TechCrunch). These renderings show an ultrathin iPhone 6 that shaves at least 0.5 mm off the width of the current iPhone 5S, which measures 7.6 mm thick. The concept phone features curved edges and rounded buttons that are similar to early iPhone models. Other notable design elements include an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing. The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these renderings may or may not be representative of the next generation phone Apple is creating. Other iPhone 6 renderings based on earlier rumors imagine the smartphone with an iPod nano-inspired design or a bezel-less, tapered form factor. Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone sometime this Fall and may incorporate a larger display possibly made of sapphire, an improved processor and camera upgrades. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android, is listed as a potential witness. Mr. Rubin worked for Apple from 1989 to 1992. "Google will be a lot more front and center than in previous cases," said Michael Carrier, a patent expert and law professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "Google vs. Apple makes it more of a clash of the titans on the same turf." Apple's list of asserted patents include those for hyperlinking, background syncing of data, Siri's universal search capabilities, auto-complete, and slide-to-unlock. Samsung states that all of these features found on its Galaxy devices are Android features, except for slide-to-unlock functionality. The second trial covers more recent devices such as the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4/4s/5, the iPad 2/3/4, the iPad mini, and fourth and fifth generation iPod touch. Following the conclusion of the original patent lawsuit that covered older devices, and the subsequent damages retrial to redetermine a segment of the reward, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $890 million. A report last week also noted that Samsung plans to call Google's VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, and Todd Pendleton, Samsung's marketing chief for its U.S. telecoms division to the stand. Meanwhile, Apple expects to call marketing chief Phil Schiller and possibly former SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall among many others. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft's new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot. Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft's downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts. While Microsoft's apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that also earns Apple a 30 percent cut of each in-app purchase, making the current success of the apps beneficial to both companies. Microsoft Office apps for the iPad have been a long time coming, with Microsoft first indicating its intention to work on mobile Office apps in 2010. In early 2012, a prototype design of Office for iPad surfaced, but it wasn't until Satya Nadella took over as CEO that the apps actually saw a release. In the past, Microsoft has used the lack of Office productivity apps on the iPad as a main advertising point for its Surface Tablet, attempting to lure customers to the product on the strength of its popular productivity software. That strategy was largely unsuccessful, however, as the original Surface failed to catch on with consumers. All three of Microsoft's productivity apps can be downloaded from the App Store for free, with full functionality unlocked through an Office 365 subscription. While Office for iPad requires Office 365, Microsoft yesterday updated Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone to both allow viewing and editing for free, no subscription required. - Microsoft Word for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft Excel for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available    

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As construction on Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, progresses, the two companies are already looking at expanding their available space. According to AppleInsider, several companies in the area are currently bidding on a potential expansion, which would possibly allow GT Advanced to put out even greater quantities of sapphire for use in Apple's products. While it remains unclear just how Apple will use the sapphire, there have been several strong hints and equipment orders pointing towards sapphire displays for the upcoming iPhone 6. Aerial view of Apple's existing facility (via AppleInsider) Announced in November, the Mesa, Arizona facility currently under construction will house approximately 700 employees with enough sapphire-making equipment to supply screens for Apple's entire line of iPhones – capacity is at 100 to 200 million sapphire displays per year, according to an analyst estimate. If the proposed expansion is also used for sapphire manufacturing, GT Advanced's output capabilities could increase even further. Public records from the U.S. International Trade Administration suggest that there are several vacant parcels of land adjacent to the area where Apple is already building.Although the exact purpose of the second unit is unknown, the build would likely be similar to Cascade's building as project planners are said to be fielding bids from existing construction companies and material suppliers. Firms actively working on the project include Rosendin Electric, Wesco Distribution and Graybar Electric, among others.While documents filed with the Foreign-Trade Zone Board in January suggested Apple was aiming to open the plant in February, construction is ongoing. The site does appear to be functioning in a partial capacity, however, powered by an array of temporary generators, possibly already producing sapphire for future products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support    

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Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino company. Swatch chief executive officer Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker has talked to several companies about their wearable products, but he is not interested in forging a partnership with any group. We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek told the Financial Times. “However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.” Hayek says his reluctance to work with Apple and similar companies comes from his desire to protect Swatch's advancements in ergonomic design, longevity and battery life, but he also has been critical of the iWatch, proclaiming publicly the smartwatch won't be "the next revolution" for Apple. iWatch concept from Hungarian freelance designer Gábor Balogh Jean-Claude Biver, president of Watches and Jewelry at LVMH, claims Apple unsuccessfully tried to poach employees from his Hublot brand as well as from other manufacturers who make precision parts for these luxury watches. "Apple has contacted some of my employees – I saw the emails personally," Mr Biver told a Swiss publication, claiming that all those who had been contacted refused the iPhone maker’s advances. Apple allegedly may launch the iWatch later this year as it prepares to expand its lineup of mobile devices to the wrist. The iWatch possibly may have a fitness focus with biosensors that enable users to track vital health statistics like heart rate, blood pressure and more. It is believed the band could share this data with Apple's Healthbook app, a health and fitness title expected to debut alongside iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support    

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Apple is ready to open its first retail store next week in Turkey, with a grand opening gala that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Located in Istanbul's Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the retail store will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, reports Elma Dergisi. The Turkish store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet in the heart of Istanbul's popular, multi-use shopping center. The Zorlu Center store is thought to feature a cubic glass ceiling, glass sides and in-store services such as a dedicated "Family Room" floor and dual Genius Bars, reports 9to5Mac. The structure is currently hidden behind barricades until its official debut. This Zorlu Center store is the first of several retail stores planned for Turkey as Apple makes inroads into this new market. Apple also met with Turkish government officials to equip Turkish school children with 10.6 million tablets in a new education initiative to bring cutting-edge technology into schools. Though negotiations appeared to be favorable for Apple, this bid eventually was awarded to Turkish company Telpa, which is providing tablets from General Mobile, a Turkish-owned company operating out of the United States. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support    

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Speaking at the inaugural Code/Media event held by technology website Re/code (via CNET), Roku CEO and founder Anthony Wood called the Apple TV "a money loser" for Apple, liking the product to an accessory for the iPad and questioning why Apple would want to sell more units of the device. Wood's remarks come as Apple is said to be preparing a new version of the Apple TV that will integrate with Comcast's network to enable a streaming TV service for users. "Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple," he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. "If you're losing money, why would you want to sell more?" Wood also commented on Amazon's upcoming set-top box debuting next month, as well as overall competition in the set-top media box market: “Every year about this time, the Amazon box comes up that they’re about to launch. And the new Apple TV is about to launch … We’ve been competing with Apple TV for six years now, and every year, we’ve grown,” Wood told Kafka. ”We’re in the TV platform business. Our goal is to be the operating system for TV.” The CEO also went on to tell the crowd that sales of the Roku doubled after Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV from $249 to $99 two years ago. Wood's comments are notable given that the Apple TV reportedly generated $1 billion last year, which was revealed by Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's 2014 shareholder's meeting. Roku refreshed its set-top box line with three new models joining its flagship Roku 3 last September, and also introduced a $50 HDMI streaming-stick to compete directly with Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV. Despite the Apple TV's growing popularity, however, a report last August from Parks Associates indicated that the Roku has proven to be more popular than Apple's set top box, as 14% of U.S. broadband households were said to be using streaming media boxes. Apple is expected to launch a new Apple TV sometime in the near future, with some rumors pointed to a refined set-top box that may include gaming and cable box-like capabilities in addition to the aforementioned streaming TV integration. A report from The Information also added details to the forthcoming device, claiming that it will feature a dramatically overhauled interface, which will blend TV listings with apps and video from the web, with Apple asking iOS game developers to make their titles compatible with its new product so that users can play games on their TV using iOS devices as controllers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software    

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Microsoft is paying a 30-percent cut to Apple on Office 365 subscription purchases made within the Office for iPad apps released today, in line with Apple's in-app purchase requirements required of other brands reports Re/code. This was previously a sticking point between the two companies, and was rumored to be a large part of why Microsoft wouldn't release Office on the iPad. However, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is apparently more willing to work within Apple's requirements than ousted CEO Steve Ballmer. Year-long Office 365 subscriptions are available for in-app purchase for $100, with the subscription good for downloading Office on up to five tablets and five computers, Mac or PC computers, and Android, Windows or iOS tablets. Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter. Apple has taken a hard line with all manner of publishers that want to sell things, even subscriptions that go well beyond the iPad content — if anything is sold in the app, they have to use Apple’s method and hand over 30 percent.Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted to welcome Office for iPad to the App Store, with Nadella tweeting back that Microsoft was "excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers". During Nadella's press conference today, he said the company was looking to "empower people to be more productive" and to "do more across all devices". Microsoft Office for iPad is a free download from the App Store, with Office 365 Home Premium available for $10/month or $100/year good for five tablets and five computers, with an Office 365 Personal subscription good for one computer and one tablet coming later this year for $7/month or $70/year. There are also separate business options available as well, with billing based on total seats. - Microsoft Word for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft Excel for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously    

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Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch "as early as September", according to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. The paper claims that the device is "expected" to be called the iPhone 6 and is "likely" to be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, in line with circulating rumors.Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers. Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp's Kameyama factory, Japan Display's Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset's display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models. Earlier this week, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich claimed that the 4.7-inch version might be the only model to launch later this year, with a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version unclear. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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In his first major public event as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella today headlined a media event to introduce Office for iPad, in line with earlier rumors. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad will go live today at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Microsoft's press conference is ongoing, and we will update this post with additional details as they are revealed. Word for iPad All three apps will be free downloads and will include viewing and presenting capabilities free of charge. Users wishing to edit or create documents with the apps will need an Office 365 subscription. Excel for iPad (via The Verge) Microsoft acknowledged soon after the introduction of the original iPad back in 2010 that it was looking at the possibility of bringing its Office suite to the tablet, and by early 2012 a reported prototype shown by The Daily. Microsoft's plans remained in flux, however, with the company reportedly reluctant to embrace the iPad as it sought to push forward with its own Windows tablet initiative with Surface. With Nadella now running Microsoft, the company has finally committed to releasing Office for iPad, although some argue that it is too late given that an entire generation of users have already moved on to embrace other mobile-friendly productivity solutions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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Following rumors of a March launch, it looks like April 2 will be the day Amazon introduces its Apple TV competitor, as Re/code notes that the company has sent out invitations to a "video business" media event for that date. The invitations feature a photo of a couch and popcorn, strongly suggesting that the event will indeed involve the rumored streaming video device, and Re/code's sources indicate that this will indeed be the topic for the event. The e-commerce giant has invited reporters to gather for an “update for our video business” in New York next Wednesday, April 2. The popcorn and couch in the image give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as does our previous reporting, which explained that Amazon has been preparing a Web-to-TV gadget for many months.A recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicated that Amazon's device is expected to be a dongle similar to Google's Chromecast, which plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of the user's television and then connects to either a USB port or outlet for power. Amazon's launch comes as Apple users continue to await the introduction of a revamped Apple TV. Rumblings had suggested Apple was considering a launch late last year, but nothing materialized. Newer rumors have suggested that Apple might make a March or April announcement ahead of a launch later in the year, but there have been no specific signs of an imminent event from Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an effort to encourage users to upgrade. Analytics firm Chitika is out with a new report today showing Mavericks usage at 40 percent of page impressions in the United States and Canada over the week of March 17-23. Apple's three previous operating system versions split almost all of the remaining 60 percent of the Mac user base nearly evenly. Almost exactly five months following Mavericks’ release, the operating system’s users are generating 40% of U.S and Canadian Mac OS X-based Web traffic, a figure that dramatically outpaces Mavericks’ predecessor, OS X Mountain Lion. At 40%, the share of OS X Web traffic generated by Mavericks users is approximately six percentage points higher than what OS X Mountain Lion achieved nearly 14 months following its public debut, and 13 percentage points higher [than] what was recorded at the seven-month mark.The report notes that while Mavericks is seeing strong upgrade rates relatively to previous versions of OS X, Mac adoption rates are much slower than seen for iOS, where 85 percent of devices are now running iOS 7. This disparity is likely due to a number of factors, including longer lifespans for Macs that may leave a higher percentage of machines ineligible for the latest OS version, as well as a more varied user base than may not be as tech savvy as mobile users and thus less likely to upgrade. Chitika is not the only analytics company tracking OS X usage, as GoSquared continues to maintain its tracker offering a real-time look at the distribution of OS X versions appearing on its network of sites. GoSquared is seeing an even higher rate of adoption for Mavericks of around 48 percent, with a similar even split of the three previous versions all around 15-16 percent. Net Applications is yet another analytics firm with a significant user base to measure data from, and that firm saw Mavericks with a 45 percent share of the OS X base in its February data. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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Tim Cook confirmed in a recent interview with ABC News' David Muir that Apple was manufacturing sapphire in its Arizona plant, but deflected any questions about how the company planned to use the material. Recent reports suggest the sapphire could land in the iPhone 6 or the iWatch as a display substrate, and a recent patent application lends some credibility to these rumors. As noted by AppleInsider, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application titled "Oleophobic coating on sapphire" that describes a method of applying an oil-repelling coating to a sapphire display for use in a mobile or portable electronic device. The patent details a multi-layer display material with a base sapphire layer, a transition layer that serves to bond the surface layer to the base layer and finally a surface layer with an oleophobic coating. Various embodiments described herein encompass a component with a substrate having an alumina base layer, a transition layer comprising alumina and silica, and a surface coating that preferentially bonds to the silica. The base layer may comprise a single-crystal sapphire. The transition layer may transition substantially continuously from about 100% alumina at the base layer to include substantial silica content at the surface coating, or to about 100% silica or silica glass at the surface coating. A surface layer may be formed on the transition layer, with a substantially silica content, for example substantially 100% silica or silica glass, and the surface coating may be oleophobic. A portable electronic device may comprise the coated component, the portable device may include a window, the oleophobic coating may be provided on an exterior surface of the window, and the window may also include a touch screen. Apple first used an oleophobic coating when it introduced the fingerprint-resistant material with the iPhone 3GS. The material has been used in subsequent products, including the current iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod touch, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. Apple last year signed a $578 million deal with materials manufacturer GT Advanced to produce sapphire in a new Mesa, Arizona plant currently under construction. Recent photos of the facility reveal significant building progress as the company moves closer to the plant's target operational date of June 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April    

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Sonnet has announced a 4U rackmount enclosure and expansion chassis for the new Mac Pro, allowing users to horizontally mount their Mac Pro in a standard data center rack with PCIe expansion capabilities. The xMac Pro Server includes three PCIe single-width expansion slots, with room for one double-width and one single-width card, Thunderbolt 2 compatibility, and a mounting kit for additional storage or optical drives. On the back, the rack includes three USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port, with a single USB 3.0 port on the front. It includes a 300W power supply and a 75W PCIe power connector for supplemental power to certain power-hungry PCIe cards. The new Mac Pro has become the object of desire, but a lustrous finish hides its true beauty—the massive power within. If you're a pro user in the video or audio industries, the Mac Pro offers the power you need, but lacks the built-in expandability you count on. In order to achieve this engineering feat, Apple® designers stripped away components and space to a minimum, taking out PCIe slots and drive bays, and packed the remaining components into a small cylinder. Its compact size makes the new Mac Pro more transportable and rackable, but prevents onboard installation of PCIe expansion cards. In addition, the computer still requires an enclosure to make it road- or rack-ready and provide convenient cable management. Sonnet's xMac Pro Server PCIe expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure addresses these issues and increases a Mac Pro's potential in a big way.Sonnet claims the xMac Pro Server will ship in June, offering a sign-up sheet for interested customers on its website. Pricing has not been announced. The company announced Thunderbolt docking stations nearly a year ago but the company has delayed shipment several times. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch    

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The annual Macworld conference, which will see hundreds of companies showing off Apple-related apps and products, officially kicked off today with the innovation showcase for media and workshop attendees. While Apple stopped attending Macworld in 2009, causing the conference to shrink considerably, there are still a number of innovative products being demoed at the show, including the Petcube, the motion-controlled Ring, unique wearables from Lumo, and more. Many of the products at Macworld originated on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, including the Petcube, which reached full funding back in November of 2013. The Petcube is a small iPhone-connected cube equipped with a camera, motion detection, and a laser toy, allowing users to keep an eye on and play with their pets while they’re away from home. The first Petcube devices will launch in May of 2014, but the company is debuting its Petcube app [Direct Link] at Macworld, which is a sort of social network for pets at the current time. App functionality will be expanded in the future, first allowing users to interact with Petcubes placed in shelters and then letting them interface with their own cubes after the product ships. Petcubes can be preordered for $199. The Ring, another product being demoed at Macworld, also made its debut on Kickstarter. While wearing the somewhat bulky Ring on an index finger, users can make small gestures to interface via Bluetooth with an iPhone or iPad app, completing tasks like spelling out letters, opening apps like the camera, or making mobile payments. In a demonstration, the Ring's creators used it to write letters that were then transmitted to an iPad app and also demonstrated it opening the camera app. The current functionality of the Ring seems to be a bit limited, but the creators are planning to release an SDK for developers to incorporate its technology into their own apps. The Ring is expected to ship in July of 2014 and can still be preordered via Kickstarter for $185. Lumo is showing off its new Lumo Lift product, which is a small wearable device that is designed to track daily activity and improve posture as well. It comes in an array of colors and designs and can measure steps and calories burned like many other fitness devices. Lumo Lift is unique in its ability to keep an eye on posture, letting users know with a slight vibration when they slouch too often. The Lumo Lift can be preordered for $79 and will ship in the Summer of 2014. There are also several other products available that have been demoed at conferences like CES, including the Flir One thermal camera and the Livescribe 3 Smartpen that transfers traditional writing to iOS devices. A slew of up and coming apps are also available today, including video/photo hybrid Flashback and MotionPortrait, an app that takes photos and transforms them into 3D avatars. Macworld will continue through March 29, with the Expo Hall opening tomorrow morning. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch    

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Analytics firm App Annie has released its February data (via AppleInsider) on top-performing apps on iOS and Android for the month of February, highlighting how large developers have increasingly been able to leverage television commercials to help boost their rankings. Such tactics are obviously not within financial reach of most developers, but established players such as King and Big Fish Games have the resources to make an impact on television. In looking at the top App Store games by revenue in February, App Annie notes that King's Farm Heroes Saga leapt sixteen places from the previous month to land in seventh place, while Big Fish Casino moved up six places to just break into the top ten. Both games have benefited from television advertising in recent months, driving their visibility and user interest.Farm Heroes Saga made major gains in iOS revenue in February, giving publisher King three of the Top 10 positions. [...] Farm Heroes Saga received extensive TV and print campaigns in the United Kingdom and United States, and performed strongly in both markets. Another app receiving extensive TV commercials in the United States in February was Big Fish Casino, which made significant gains to join the Top 10 games by iOS revenue. It was interesting to note that the commercials for Big Fish Casino targeted female players, a marketing stance that has been adopted by several big game publishers in 2014.Long-standing top performers Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga have also seen significant television advertising in recent months. The Flappy Bird phenomenon was obviously strong in the month of February, with developer Dong Nguyen's .Gears Studio ranking number one in total App Store game downloads in February, despite having only three titles in the store and Flappy Bird itself having been taken down on the 9th of the month. Even so, Flappy Bird ranked as the most downloaded game for the month, while another title, Super Ball Juggling, placed seventh. And of course the rush of copycats also saw an impact, with a number of Flappy Bird clones seeing substantial success during the month, particularly in the wake of Flappy Bird's removal. At one point late last month, one-third of all new App Store games were either clones of Flappy Bird or inspired by the title. Only a small fraction of those titles seeking to ride on the popularity of Flappy Bird experienced success, but those that did saw very high numbers of downloads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement     

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Apple is gearing up to release new MacBook models in 2014 including a MacBook Air with Retina Display, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources. The story notes that while some Taiwan-based supply chain makers are expecting MacBook shipments in 2014 to fall to 10 million units, others are projecting higher numbers with the belief that Apple's will refresh of its notebook line later this year and release a Retina MacBook Air. However, other Taiwan-based supply chain makers hold the opinion that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014. Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with Retina display, the makers said. Last week, a forum post from a previously accurate source on Weiphone.com claimed that the MacBook Air would be updated soon, with new MacBook Pros to be released in September. Most notably, the report claimed that both will be accompanied by the release of a new slim 12-inch MacBook, which will come without a fan assembly and feature a redesigned trackpad. It is also possible that the new MacBook Air mentioned in the report and the slim 12-inch MacBook mentioned in the forum post could be the same laptop, which would fall in line with a report from NPD DisplaySearch last year claiming that Apple is planning to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air in 2014. That report added that the 12-inch MacBook Air would come with an ultra-high resolution 2304 x 1440 display, and was corroborated by the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo. The post also comments on Apple launching a larger iPad with a near 12-inch screen, however a report earlier this month claims that the project has since been put on hold due to development hurdles and incompatibilities with the existing iOS ecosystem. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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A few new insider details on the development of the original iPhone have come to light thanks to Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie, who gave an interview with The Wall Street Journal with permission from Apple, ahead of a new patent infringement trial against Samsung that is set to begin tomorrow. According to Christie, who joined the secret "purple" iPhone project after an invitation from Scott Forstall, his team was responsible for many key iPhone elements, such as sliding to unlock, placing calls from the address book, and more. He and his team spent countless hours perfecting details like the speed of scrolling, and the feel of bouncing back at the end of a list.He said his team "banged their head against the wall" over how to change text messages from a chronological list of individual messages to a series of separate ongoing conversations similar to instant messaging on a computer. He also said the team was "shockingly small." Apple declined to specify the number of members.Christie gave two progress reports to Jobs each month, in a small, windowless meeting room at the company's Cupertino headquarters. Few people had access to the room and even cleaning people were not allowed to enter. The secrecy surrounding the original iPhone's design was incredible, with Jobs even requiring employees to encrypt images of the device. Jobs was initially unhappy with Christie's progress on the device, and gave his team two weeks to improve."Steve had pretty much had it," said Mr. Christie, who still heads Apple’s user-interface team. "He wanted bigger ideas and bigger concepts."Christie's team was able to impress Jobs within the deadline, later giving presentations to Apple's design chief Jony Ive and Apple director Bill Cambell, who said the iPhone "would be better than the original Mac." All three approved the 2005 design, kicking off a "2 and a half year marathon" where the iPhone was designed from the ground up with Jobs clearing every minor detail, as has been noted in several previous reports of the iPhone’s development. Christie's details on the creation of the original iPhone come just ahead of a second major patent infringement lawsuit, set to begin tomorrow. Apple initially accused Samsung of grossly infringing on both its patents and its designs in 2011, a lawsuit that resulted in a $890 million penalty for the South Korean company in the United States. While the first lawsuit covered older devices, the second U.S. patent lawsuit between the two companies covers more recent products like the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy S III, the iPhone 5, and the iPad 4. The full interview on The Wall Street Journal, which is well worth reading, also includes additional tidbits on the secrecy behind the development of the iPhone, major last minute changes, and details on the original iPhone's unveiling. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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Apple has plans to expand its emoji set to include emojis that are non-caucasian, according to Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, who spoke to MTV Act (via The Verge). The company says it is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more characters to its emoji offerings. "Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."After originating in Japan, emoji were incorporated into Unicode, which allowed them to be used on multiple platforms. The character set has largely featured caucasian icons, however, which Apple aims to change. Apple's last change to emojis came with iOS 6, when the company added additional characters and made emoji accessible to all users. Previously, special apps were required to access emoji on iOS. iOS 7, released in late 2013, did not include any new emoji, but it is possible Apple could make some changes to the characters with iOS 8 later this year. 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 • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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Apple is beefing up its online retail team with the addition of former Delta Air Lines Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens, reports AdAge. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kupbens is now serving as Apple's Vice President of Online Retail after leaving Delta earlier this month. Kupbens originally jointed Delta in 2010 and before that, he spent eight years transitioning through several roles at Target, last serving as a vice president. During a 2013 AdAge conference, Kupbens spoke on the importance of "love brands" noting that every consumer has five brands “they really love.”"I used to work at Target and when you went to a cocktail party and you told people that you worked at Target, you know what they'd say?" he asked. "'I love Target! I'll give you a big hug!' You know what people say when you tell them at a cocktail party that you work at Delta? 'I hate you! You lost my bag! You had me on the tarmac for seven hours. I'm going to kill you!' It's different when you work for a love brand.”Like Target, Apple is undoubtedly a "love brand" for millions of people, inspiring its fans to wait in line for hours and even days for new products. Many companies even parody consumer dedication to the brand, with Samsung, for example, mocking Apple fans in an array of anti-iPhone commercials. Bob Kupbens will presumably work under Angela Ahrendts, who will begin her role a Senior Vice President at Apple in the coming months, leading both the company's retail and online teams. Ahrendts, who is currently transitioning out of her role as Burberry's CEO, will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. With the addition of Kupbens and Ahrendts, Apple will finally have strong leadership for its retail division. The company has been without a leader since John Browett was fired in October of 2012 during a significant management restructuring. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces [Updated] • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data    

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As documented in its quarterly earnings reports over the years, Apple reported total sales of 472 million iPhones between the device's 2007 launch and the end of 2013. With analyst estimates of over 38 million units for the current quarter ending in just a few days, the company has undoubtedly already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, a milestone that passed without mention from the Cupertino company, notes Forbes.The consensus would have placed the milestone sale around March 8 given that entering the quarter Apple had sold 472 million iPhones. So even if it proves a bit high as it did last quarter, we’ve crossed the point where it’s safe to assume that Apple has sold 500 million smartphones in less than 7 years. And the most recent 100 million took somewhere between 2-6 weeks less than the previous 100 million did.Apple is known for celebrating notable milestones, changing its homepage for the 30th anniversary of the Mac and setting up countdowns on its website for App Store milestones. The company reached the 50 billion app download milestone in May 2013 and awarded a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card to the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app. Even though Apple didn't announce the 500 million iPhone milestone, it is not without significance. Quarterly iPhone sales continue to rise consistently on a year-over-year basis, with the company selling a record 51 million iPhones in fiscal Q1 2014, up from 47.8 million in the same time period in the prior year. These next few quarters may see a slump in iPhone sales as Apple gears up for a possible fall launch of the iPhone 6. Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 is widely rumored to include a larger display, which could encourage a significant number of users to upgrade in 2014 and cause another spike in sales later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22%    

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Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs", is now available on Netflix's streaming service. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, the film is free for customers who subscribe to Netflix's $7.99 monthly unlimited streaming plan. Originally released in August 2013, the independent film received mixed reviews with many critics saying the movie focused too much on Apple and not enough on the character of Jobs, providing only a "skin-deep portrait" of the complex figure who lead Apple to greatness. It earned a 27% approval rating among critics and a 41% audience approval rating on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. "Jobs" also can be purchased via iTunes for $19.99 in high definition or $14.99 in standard definition. A 24-hour rental option is available for $4.99 (HD) or $3.99 (SD). Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22%    

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As first spotted by TIME Planner developer Olga Osadcha on Twitter (via MacStories), Apple has begun testing a related search suggestions feature for some users in the App Store. The new menu appears to overlay itself on top of an existing search query, giving users search suggestions in similar categories - for instance, searching for "calendar" gives related suggestions for "calendar planner" and "daily planner", while a search for "sports games" displays suggestions to "action games" and "RPG games". The suggestions box also appears to extend to some searches for specific terms, as searching for "twitter" will result in suggestions for "news apps" and the like. Suggested searches can also lead to more sub-suggested keywords, which can be made up of general phrases and specific company and product names. The results appear in a similar fashion to queries in Chomp, which was an app search startup acquired by Apple in 2012. It is therefore likely that Apple could be using some of the suggestion technology utilized in Chomp, as Apple's reported reason for acquiring the search engine was to improve the App Store search and app discovery. Apple added the single-tile styled result to the App Store in 2012, which was also based off of Chomp's layout. Currently, Apple's new App Store search suggestions are not appearing for all users, however that is likely to change as the feature undergoes more testing. It is also possible that the new search suggestions will not require a full update for iOS, as Apple is expected to roll out the new feature on top of the App Store's existing interface. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22% • Sketchy iPhone 6 Dummy Unit Surfaces in New Photos • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations    

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