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Apple today released iOS 7.1.2 to the public, more than two months after releasing iOS 7.1.1. iOS 7.1.2 is a minor update that focuses primarily on bug fixes and security improvements, repairing an email attachment encryption issue and fixing a bug with data transfer for third-party accessories. The update also includes improvements to iBeacon. - Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability - Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners - Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222Apple first began working on iOS 7.1.2 shortly after the release of iOS 7.1.1, sending the update to carrier partners for approval last week. The iOS 7.1.2 update can be downloaded via the software update tool in the Settings app on iOS devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon • GE Announces Line of 'Link' Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [Updated] • Corel Looking to Attract Aperture Users to AfterShot Pro 2 With $59 Pricing, Easy Migration • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Tokyo, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

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Leaked images, mockups and schematics suggest the iPhone 6 will be Apple's thinnest iPhone model to date, with a side profile approaching that of the 6.1 mm iPod touch. A new report from Chinese media sources (Via GforGames) suggests Apple may face yield issues with the next generation iPhone due to its decision to minimize the size of the handset. According to supply chain sources who spoke anonymously to China Times, Apple may use only one brightness enhancement film (BEF) in its LCD display as a space-saving measure. Current generation iPhone displays are supplied by Minebea and use two layers in order to improve readability in these backlit displays. This change to a single layer technology may cause yield issues as the one layer has to be of a higher quality in order to take the place of two. To meet demand for this new part, Apple allegedly is looking to OMRON and Radiant as suppliers to supplement the projected output from Minebea. Despite an earlier rumor that Apple was considering adopting "touch on display" technology for future iPhone models, this latest report claims Apple will continue to use the current in-cell display for its upcoming iPhone 6. Sources also claim the main suppliers for the iPhone will remain LG, JDI and Sharp, which was rumored to have been dropped from Apple's iPhone 6 supplier chain. According a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple was said to be replacing Sharp with Innolux due to "Moire" issues with Sharp's early sample panels. Though it won't comment on its role in future Apple products, Sharp did confirm it is betting big on Apple with an entire plant dedicated to producing displays for the Cupertino company, said Sharp Senior Executive Norikazu Hoshi in an interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via CNET). Similar to other companies that supply Apple, Sharp faces some risk in this strategy with large swings in monthly production due to Apple's once-a-year product refresh cycle. The No. 1 plant's output goes to just one company (Apple). If you look at just this plant, it certainly presents a high level of volatility risk. But if we make LCD panels for smartphones in large quantities at the No. 2 plant, we can absorb the impact even when the No. 1 plant is not doing so well. Sharp, Minebea and other Apple suppliers are gearing up for the expected mass production of the iPhone 6 which is rumored to begin in July. The iPhone 6 is expected to launch in September and may be available in both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon • GE Announces Line of 'Link' Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [Updated] • Corel Looking to Attract Aperture Users to AfterShot Pro 2 With $59 Pricing, Easy Migration • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Tokyo, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

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Apple today announced it is updating its iTunes U app with new iPad-related features that'll make it easier for teachers and students to use the tablet device for their online courses. These new features will be available starting July 8th. “Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.” The new app updates will allow teachers to create full courses completely on their iPad by importing content from iWork, iBooks Author or educational apps in the iOS App Store. Teachers also can use the camera on the device to incorporate photos and videos into the course material. iPad-owning students enrolled in an iTunes U course will benefit from the update with a new discussion feature that allows them to collaborate with both teachers and other students in the class. Students can follow discussions and receive push notifications when new topics are created or new comments are added to an existing discussions. The iTunes U app is a free download for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link: iTunes U] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon • GE Announces Line of 'Link' Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [Updated] • Corel Looking to Attract Aperture Users to AfterShot Pro 2 With $59 Pricing, Easy Migration • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Toyko, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

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We've seen a steady stream of mockup devices that claim to represent the form factor of the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. According to sources for Nikkei (via GforGames), these mockups provide a fairly accurate look at Apple's upcoming iPhone hardware. Though they may reflect the overall design of the next generation iPhone, the mockups, thus far, have been produced quickly with low quality materials. This haphazard construction misses a few key design elements, the most notable of which such as a curved glass display that Nikeei sources say will seamlessly transition into the aluminum shell that encloses the device. This isn't the first report that claims the iPhone will feature a curved glass display. A rumor earlier this year from Mac Otakara and one from Bloomberg last year also claimed the iPhone 6 will ship with a curved display that will lay flush with the iPhone's round corners. Nikkei sources also say the white stripes on the back of the some mockups will not appear in the final version of the iPhone 6. These lines are thought to mark out the location of the back panels and are not actual design elements. As a result, the backing on the iPhone 6 may closely resemble the iPhone 5/5s. Apple is rumored to be preparing both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 for launch in September. The devices are thought to feature an A8 processor, an improved camera and a thinner design with oval buttons that are similar to the sixth generation iPod touch. The iPhone may be priced in tiers, with the larger 5.5-inch model costing $100 more than the 4.7-inch version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon • GE Announces Line of 'Link' Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [Updated] • Corel Looking to Attract Aperture Users to AfterShot Pro 2 With $59 Pricing, Easy Migration • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Toyko, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

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Apple today debuted a new iPhone 5s TV ad called "Parenthood", focusing on various iOS apps and products for parents. The song features "Life of Dreams" by singer-songwriter Julie Doiron and showcases apps such as My Teeth, Draw Animal, Pet Manager Pro, and Kinsa. Devices shown off in the ad include the Withings Withbaby baby monitor, Kinsa's smart thermometer, and the Parrot Flower Power. The ad ends with the "You're more powerful than you think" tagline, which was initially featured in Apple's first "Powerful" ad in April and in its "Strength" ad earlier this month. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon • GE Announces Line of 'Link' Smart LED Light Bulbs, Starting at $15 [Updated] • Corel Looking to Attract Aperture Users to AfterShot Pro 2 With $59 Pricing, Easy Migration • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Toyko, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Audi to Introduce CarPlay Compatible Cars in 2015 • Apple Rolls Out Section for 'Best New Game Updates' on App Store

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Following Apple's announcement that it plans to cease further development on its professional photo editing software, Aperture, Adobe has released a statement encouraging Aperture users to check out its Creative Cloud plan or its standalone Lightroom app, a longtime Aperture competitor. The company says it is committed to helping former Aperture and iPhoto customers transition to Lightroom. Put simply we're doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.Known as Aperture's biggest competitor, Lightroom is another solution for professional photo editing. Adobe has a Creative Cloud subscription plan aimed specifically at photographers, offering access to both Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 per month. While this plan used to be temporary, Adobe recently made it a permanent addition to Creative Cloud. Adobe also offers access to its full suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom, for $49.99 per month. Adobe has developed Lightroom mobile apps for both the iPhone and the iPad, both of which seamlessly connect to the desktop version of Lightroom, allowing users to edit and manage their library of photos on any device. While both Aperture and Lightroom offer similar professional photo editing capabilities, Lightroom has enjoyed regular updates as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, while Aperture has been falling behind for quite some time now. Lightroom received an update earlier this month, while Aperture was last updated in November of 2013. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated • Toyko, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Audi to Introduce CarPlay Compatible Cars in 2015 • Apple Rolls Out Section for 'Best New Game Updates' on App Store • Walmart Permanently Discounts iPhone 5c to $29 and iPhone 5s to $99 • MOS Reach Offers Modern Power Solution with Standard Socket, 2 USB Ports • POM Tracking Tags Keep Tabs on Objects, People via Bluetooth and GPS • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers

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Apple will no longer continue development on its professional photography application, Aperture, reports The Loop. Instead, the company is working on the Photos app for Mac that it introduced during the Worldwide Developer's Conference."With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. "When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS." The Photos app, combined with iCloud Library, is also designed to replace iPhoto. Aperture saw its last major version update to 3.5 on October 22, 3013, and since then, there's been one last minor update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rolls Out Section for 'Best New Game Updates' on App Store • Walmart Permanently Discounts iPhone 5c to $29 and iPhone 5s to $99 • MOS Reach Offers Modern Power Solution with Standard Socket, 2 USB Ports • POM Tracking Tags Keep Tabs on Objects, People via Bluetooth and GPS • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website

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The teardown experts at iFixit have promptly torn down Apple's refreshed 16 GB iPod touch, a day after the device was announced and went on sale. The $199 iPod touch is Apple's new entry-level touch model, adopting the camera and color options of the existing fifth-generation models. The teardown analysis of the 2014 16 GB model found no significant changes from Apple's current 32 GB and 64 GB iPod touch models, which were released in 2012. This "refreshed" device includes the same components as the existing 32 GB iPod touch variant, but with half the storage. At least, that’s the way this camera-laden, 16 GB iPod Touch came to be. We delved inside Apple’s “refreshed” device and found the same components we’d seen in Touches of yesteryear, but with 16 GB of on-board flash memory. So it’s not really that this 16 GB variant gains a camera — instead, it loses half of its 32 GB of storage.Apple has on occasion taken the opportunity of minor product updates to test out new components, but there is little evidence of that occurring with the new iPod touch. Several of the chips have slightly different part numbers than seen on the original fifth-generation iPod touch teardown, but it is not uncommon for such components to be tweaked at times over a product's lifetime. Overall, the layout of the logic board components on the new iPod touch appears identical to that of the original fifth-generation model, providing no evidence of any significant internal changes. Besides hardware components, the 16 GB iPod touch also shares the same poor repairability of its higher capacity counterparts. As noted in iFixit's original teardown of the fifth-generation iPod touch, the device received a 3 out of 10 repairability score because of its non-removable battery and linked components that must be replaced in groups. Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is recognized for its ultrathin form factor and its bright color options, but the hardware is more than a generation behind, with an A5 processor and 5-megapixel iSight camera that put the device's internals on par with the iPhone 4s. Even with the relatively dated hardware, however, it is unclear when we should expect a more substantial upgrade for the line. Apple traditionally uses its September event to unveil new iPod hardware, but with iPod sales in decline and this recent refresh and price drop to rekindle interest in the device, it is unlikely that Apple will make further changes to its iPod touch lineup in the immediate future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rolls Out Section for 'Best New Game Updates' on App Store • Walmart Permanently Discounts iPhone 5c to $29 and iPhone 5s to $99 • MOS Reach Offers Modern Power Solution with Standard Socket, 2 USB Ports • POM Tracking Tags Keep Tabs on Objects, People via Bluetooth and GPS • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website

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posted 28 days ago on mac rumors
Apple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2. Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter, and MacRumors' own testing also revealed the same crashing-after-launch issue. While the app will temporarily open after being tapped, it closes automatically just seconds later. The Podcasts app was last updated to version 2.1.2 with minor bug fixes on May 29, so it is unclear what is causing the app to crash. Podcasts is one of Apple's most poorly rated apps and has been widely criticized for performance issues, with users complaining about syncing problems, podcasts being deleted, and more. Apple attempted to resolve some of these issues with Podcasts version 2.1, which introduced improved episode browsing, Siri integration, and syncing fixes, but the app continues to have a two star rating in the App Store. As of iOS 8 beta 2, Podcasts is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices, meaning it can no longer be deleted. This change is expected to make its way into the public release of iOS 8, coming later this year. The crashing issue appears to have begun this morning and it is unknown when a fix might be available. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MOS Reach Offers Modern Power Solution with Standard Socket, 2 USB Ports • POM Tracking Tags Keep Tabs on Objects, People via Bluetooth and GPS • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects

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Following a report from The Information yesterday claiming that Apple is building hardware to work with the new HomeKit home automation standard announced for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac is making similar claims. Details on the devices under consideration are scant, although the company is said to be beyond the exploratory stage of product development. Apple already sells one household product in the form of the Apple TV, which Macworld's Chris Breen argues is the logical hub for HomeKit, but Apple's smart home ambitions allegedly extend beyond the living room.The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to compete directly with Google’s Nest as the Cupertino-company feels it can build products that can gain usage wider than that of thermostats and smoke detectors. It is likely that Apple is building advanced speaker systems or control panels for homes, the sources say. It is possible that Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics and the audio company’s existing speaker systems play into this vision. While Apple is expected to expand its product lineup with the iWatch, perhaps a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and possibly a revamped Apple TV this year, the company's HomeKit-integrated hardware is thought to be further down the roadmap in Apple's future product lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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The third beta release of iOS 8 will not occur until Tuesday, July 8, according to a report from BGR. That timeframe would mark a three-week interval following the release of the second beta last week. Apple commonly begins seeding versions of its major new iOS versions on roughly two-week intervals, moving to three-week intervals later in the testing period as work progresses. For example, with iOS 7 last year, the second and third betas arrived two weeks after their predecessors with the fourth beta shifting to a three-week interval. Apple did, however, then follow that with several intervals of around a week as it pushed out an urgent bug fix. iOS 6 followed a similar pattern without the interim bug fix, seeing a two-week interval leading up to the second beta before quickly shifting to three-week intervals for the third and fourth betas. BGR has a good, but not perfect, track record in predicting iOS beta releases, so it seems likely that there will be no iOS 8 beta release next week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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Japenese blog Mac Otakara today published a video showing what is claimed to be the rear shell from a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 5s and several iPhone 6 mockups. Similar to earlier photos, the Mac Otakara shell includes a complex internal structure and cutouts for the camera, flash and Apple logo. In line with previous rumors, the shell is significantly thinner than the iPhone 5s and has all of the anticipated cutouts for the iPhone 6, including a mute switch and elongated volume buttons similar to those on the current iPod touch. The shell also houses a cutout for a SIM card tray and possibly the power button, which may be moved from to the top edge to the side to make it more accessible when using the larger phone single-handed. Apple may unveil both the 5.5-inch and the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 simultaneously, with September 19 as a possible launch date. Based on Apple's past releases, a media event to introduce the new hardware would come roughly a week and a half prior to that date. Both models are said to include a faster A8 processor and new camera options that may see the 4.7-inch version ship with an advanced lens and the 5.5-inch version exclusively use optical image stabilization to improve photo quality. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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Following our report from earlier today, Apple has launched its new entry-level 16 GB fifth-generation iPod touch, while also cutting the price on the current 32/64 GB iPod touch, offering them for $249 and $299, respectively. The new iPod touch is available in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. The 16 GB model now offers the same features as the larger capacity models, although the Loop wrist strap is sold separately on the 16 GB model and included with 32 and 64 GB models. The fifth-generation iPod touch originally debuted in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but Apple expanded the lineup with a lower-cost, silver-only 16GB model that shipped without a rear camera and lower price point of $229. This new $199 16GB model replaces the $229 model in Apple's iPod touch lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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posted 29 days ago on mac rumors
Apple appears to be planning on launching a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. The new iPod touch would be a 16GB version of the current 32/64GB iPod touch, coming in six different colors with a rear camera and a lower price tag of $199. Separately, iGen.fr reports that they have heard that a new iPod touch will indeed be launching on Tuesday of next week. Their source did not directly corroborate the pricing and specs, but did say it was a single model only, and not a revision of the entire iPod touch line. Apple initially launched the 32/64GB fifth-generation iPod touch in October of 2012 with a $299 price tag, but later added a lower-cost silver-only 16GB iPod touch that stripped key features like a rear camera to lower the cost to $229. As time passes and technology advances, component prices often drop, which may be why Apple is planning to bring feature parity to its iPod touch lineup nearly two years after the original launch of the fifth-generation iPod touch. Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch has been lauded for its ultrathin design and its bright colors, but spec wise, the product is inferior to the current iPhone 5s, with only an A5 chip and a 5-megapixel iSight camera, which may be another reason Apple is launching a lower-cost version of the device. It is unclear what will happen to the existing 16GB iPod touch, but Apple could choose to lower the price of that device even further or discontinue it in favor of the new version with a rear camera. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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Earlier today it was reported that the iPhone 6 would launch in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, indicating that Apple may not launch a 16 GB variant of the next iPhone and leaving many wondering whether Apple would introduce a third 128 GB variant. Now Chinese site Wei Feng [Google Translate] is reporting that Apple may introduce a 128 GB variant only for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. 5.5" iPhone 6 model via TechSmartt The site says that the storage size difference would act as a major differentiator between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models other than display size, allowing people to get a true "phablet" experience with lots of storage space to save various documents and data. This would partly mirror Apple's iPad models, which allow for up to 128 GB of storage while iPhones only allow up to 64 GB of storage. However, if Apple abandons the 16 GB model and introduces a 128 GB variant for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 only, it would mean the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 only has two storage size variants, going against Apple's trend of releasing iOS devices with at least three different storage size options. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to launch this September with a thinner design, a faster processor, and an improved camera. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is also rumored to exclusively have optical image stabilization to also differentiate it from the smaller iPhone 6, which will instead have an advanced lens module. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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Apple's (Product) RED contributions towards the fight against AIDS now total $75 million, according to a blog post on the (RED) website. The post, which thanks Apple for its generous contributions, notes that the company is (Product) RED's biggest partner. (RED) also addresses commentary from U2 frontman Bono, who leads the charity. At the Cannes Lions festival earlier this week, Bono and Apple design chief Jony Ive gave an interview where Bono commented on Apple's reluctance to use heavy (RED) branding, calling it "modesty run amok." According to the (RED) blog post, Bono was simply teasing Ive and Apple about its reluctance to "take credit for its charitable work," going on to say that his humor was taken out of context and confirming that both Bono and (RED) are "so grateful" to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and the rest of Apple's employeesIn a reminder that humor doesn't always travel out of context, some of Bono's teasing and faux outrage at Apple's modesty were reported as actual criticism of the company. Nothing could be further from the truth of course. Bono has been one of Apple's biggest supporters, pushing back publicly on those who have made negative assumptions about the company's charitable work, simply because they don't shout it from the rooftops. That modesty is their right, and in many ways admirable.According to The Loop's Shaun King, Apple may be planning to increase support for (RED) in the coming months. Following Bono's interview, King posted the following: "Great to see Bono calling Apple out on their "understated" approach to this issue. But you'll see that change within six months," clarifying in the comments that Apple will boost exposure for (RED). It is unclear how Apple will boost exposure, but in the past, the company has released several different (RED) branded products, including iPod nanos and shuffles, iPad Smart Covers, iPhone Bumpers, and more, with a portion of the purchase price going directly to the charity. It has also decorated its Apple retail locations with red logos for World AIDS day and last year, Ive teamed up with designer Marc Newson to create a range of one-of-a-kind products that were auctioned off by Sotheby's, with the proceeds going to (RED). In total, with all of its partners, which includes Apple, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and others, (Product) RED has raised more than $250 million to fight AIDS since it was founded in 2006. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E25 to Developers • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design

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At its Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco, Google today announced Android Auto, its answer to Apple's CarPlay. Much like CarPlay, Android Auto is designed to bring the Android experience to a car's in-dash infotainment system. As described by Google, Android Auto is contextually aware and puts the apps that users need front and center on the car's dashboard. Google stressed that Android Auto is "completely voice enabled," relying on Google Now much the way CarPlay relies on Siri for voice commands. Google also noted that it's able to offer a completely personalized experience that is mobile, working with any Android Auto compatible car as it is reliant on an Android phone. Android Auto integrates deeply with Google Maps, providing drivers with access to all Google Maps features like local search, personalized suggestions, live traffic information, and turn-by-turn navigation. On stage, Android Auto was demoed planning a trip to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Android Auto was first asked how late the museum was open, providing a response, before it was ordered to navigate to the location, where it offered turn-by-turn directions. It was also demoed composing and sending messages entirely via voice. Like CarPlay, Android Auto integrates with several different app partners to provide music and other audio, such as MLB at Bat, Pandora, Spotify, Songza, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and more. Google also announced 40 new partners for its Open Automotive Alliance, which is a group of "technology and auto industry leaders" that are committed to bringing Android to cars in 2014. The goal of the alliance is to make "technology in the car safer, more seamless, and more intuitive for everyone." According to Google, Android Auto will be available in 25 different car brands, with the first cars rolling off dealer lots before the end of the year. Google is also releasing an Android Auto SDK in the coming weeks so developers can create apps for the platform. Apple's CarPlay is also expected to be available in several different cars before the end of the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3

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At today's Google I/O event in San Francisco, Google demoed its Android Wear platform and announced availability of the first Android Wear devices. First announced in March, Android Wear is designed to bring the Android platform to a range of wearable devices from several of Google's manufacturing partners. As described on stage, Google has designed Android Wear with many of the features and functions that rumors have suggested Apple's own iWatch might include. Android Wear supports screens of multiple sizes and styles, including both square and circular. With its always-on display and card-based UI, it displays information like notifications and location-based reminders. Largely controlled by voice via Google Now integration, Android Wear also supports contextual apps that display information at a glance and it also integrates with several sensors, such as those that monitor steps taken and even heart rate on supported devices. It includes Google Maps support, offering turn-by-turn directions on the wrist and it can be used to control other devices, such as speakers. Android Wear devices are reliant on a connected smartphone, much like the iWatch is expected to be reliant on the iPhone. Apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store are able to include a wearable portion, which is automatically installed on a compatible Android Wear device when downloaded on a smartphone, extending available app functionality to the wrist. On stage, demonstrations of Android Wear gave a clear idea of what we might expect from other wearables in the future, including the iWatch. A Lyft car was ordered via a simple voice command, with the watch automatically detecting a location. Ordering the car, payment, and update notifications on the driver's location were all displayed directly on wrist, without the need to access a smartphone. Samsung Gear Live Google announced the release of the full Android Wear SDK, along with the launch of the first devices supporting Android Wear. The LG G Watch is available for order today, as is the Samsung Gear Live, a new Samsung watch that supports Android. The platform's first circular watch taking advantage of the round UI, the Moto 360, will be available later this summer, and additional devices are in development by various partners. By focusing on a platform rather than a device of its own, Google has managed to get Android onto wrists several months ahead of Apple. According to the most recent rumors, Apple's much-rumored smart watch won't launch until later this year, possibly at an October event. The iWatch expected to have a strong focus on health and fitness, with more than ten sensors to collect various types of data. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3

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Apple's proposed acquisition of Beats Electronics is facing its first regulatory hurdle after the Cupertino company announced the deal last month. As reported by Reuters, European Union's Antitrust Commission is expected to make a decision on the purchase by July 30. The EU regulators can approve the deal unconditionally, demand concessions if they have anti-competitive concerns or order a full investigation if they need more convincing that the acquisition will be a benefit and not a detriment to competition. The pending $3 billion deal includes both Beats Electronics, which offers headphones and speakers, and Beats Music, a streaming music subscription service. Under the deal, Beats executives Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple, giving the company a significant boost to its music industry connections. Besides the EU, regulators in the United States also must examine the deal and determine whether there are any concerns with competition. Barring any unforeseen regulatory issues, Apple expects the transaction to close sometime next quarter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3

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Apple will look to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on Friday, September 19, according to a new report from Chinese web portal Tencent (Google Translate, via GforGames) citing inside sources. The news comes after German carrier Deutsche Telekom was reported to be informing customers of a similar release date for the device. The report also notes that Apple will launch 32GB and 64GB capacities of the phone for 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1008), indicating that Apple may launch the iPhone 6 without a 16GB model. Notably, 5,288 yuan is the current price for the 16GB iPhone 5s in China, while the 32GB iPhone 5s is listed at 6,088 yuan. A September launch would be consistent with the past two iPhone launches, as Apple also typically launches new products on a Friday. A report from Bloomberg earlier this week also claimed that Apple may launch the larger 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 and the 4.7-inch version simultaneously, with previous reports indicating that issues with battery and display technology would hold up the larger device's launch. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 is expected to feature a thinner design, a faster A8 processor, and more. The iPhone 6 is also expected to feature an improved camera, with the larger 5.5-inch version exclusively utilizing optical image stabilization and the smaller device featuring an advanced lens module. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID

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Rumors have suggested Apple's next-generation iPhone may include camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization with modules produced by sensor company InvenSense, but according to a new prediction from Pacific Crest Securities analysts John Vinh and Kevin Chen, optical image stabilization may be a feature limited to just the larger 5.5-inch iPhone. Citing a cost premium of $4 to $5 for optical image stabilization over traditional auto focus solutions, the two analysts believe that Apple will use the feature as a differentiating factor between the 4.7-inch iPhone and the more premium 5.5-inch iPhone.We believe the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 smartphone camera will support optical image stabilization (OIS) and anticipate that it will represent one of several opportunities at Apple that will benefit InvenSense. In our analysis, we believe Apple chose to only include OIS camera technology in the larger iPhone 6 given that there is still a significant cost premium ($4 to $5) over standard auto focus solutions and that it provides a point of differentiation between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the step-up model (5.5-inch)Optical image stabilization (OIS) is designed to reduce shake and stabilize photos and videos using either a lens with built-in stabilization or a separate sensor. In the past, this has been limited to traditional digital cameras, but recently, cell phone manufacturers like Google, HTC, Nokia have been incorporating OIS systems in order to improve photo quality. Currently, the iPhone 5s uses software-based image stabilization techniques, which are seen as inferior to OIS. Comparison image courtesy of Electronics 360 Apple aims to improve photo quality with each iteration of the iPhone, so new image stabilization techniques make sense for the next-generation phone. The company also has a history of limiting features to its flagship offering, such as Touch ID for the iPhone 5s, and it appears that the 5.5-inch iPhone may be the higher-end 2014 model. Rumors have suggested that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might include a $100 price premium over the 4.7-inch version and that it might be the only model to receive a sapphire crystal screen. Along with optical image stabilization for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone, Chen and Vinh are also "increasingly confident" that the iPhone 6 will support NFC, based on supply chain conversations. This is in line with previous rumors that have suggested NFC may finally be deployed in the iPhone 6 ahead of an upcoming mobile payment solution. While it was initially thought that Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would launch first due to manufacturing issues with the 5.5-inch version, it seems Apple may have solved those problems. A report from Bloomberg earlier this week has suggested both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhones may launch simultaneously later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iWork for iCloud Gets Minor Update, Will Remember Last Used Settings • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID

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Earlier this month, Apple began cracking down on some of the methods developers use to monetize their apps, rejecting some apps that offered rewards for viewing videos and sharing content on social networks. Developers were understandably upset about this policy change, as offering opt-in ads in the form of rewards for video watching provided a way to generate revenue without significantly disrupting gameplay. Providing in-game currency, extra lives, or another incentive for watching an advertisement has become common in freemium games. Apple now appears to have reversed course on its decision to reject apps for using these promotional methods, with TechCrunch noting that Apple has ceased rejecting apps for using incentivized ads and has changed its opinion on some previously rejected apps. Now we're hearing that things have changed. Sources in the video ad industry have reported that app rejections related to this matter have now declined, indicating the policy is being rolled back. We're also hearing that some of the initial, and more worrisome, rejections are being undone -- that is, the apps are being allowed back in the App Store.While Apple is allowing developers to continue to offer an in-app reward for users who watch a video or post about an app on social media, the company is still rejecting apps that offer incentives to users for reviewing an app, rating an app, or downloading another app, as reviews and ratings can affect an app's position on the Top Charts. Manipulating the App Store charts is explicitly forbidden in Apple's app guidelines under rule 3.10, which states that developers who attempt to "manipulate or cheat the user reviews or chart ranking in the App Store with fake or paid reviews or any other inappropriate methods" can be removed from the Developer program. Thus, under Apple's new rules, developers appear to be able to allow users to watch ads for other apps, but are unable to encourage users to download those apps.Basically, developers are fine to reward viewing video ads, whether for their own apps, those belonging to others, or brand ads, but they can't reward anything that also has a direct download piece to it.This change will likely be a relief to developers who rely on such incentives to promote their apps to a wider audience. iOS 8 is will also bring several changes to the App Store that will help increase app discovery, including an improved App Store search algorithm, an "Explore" feature that makes it easier to find apps, and app bundles that offer several apps together for a discounted price. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Confirms 'MLB at Bat' Support on CarPlay Website • Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac

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Demand for the next generation iPhone remains strong in the months before its expected fall debut, claims a report from RBC Capital Markets analysts. According to a 4,000 person survey conducted by RBC, half of consumers who plan to upgrade their phone in the next three months intend to buy an iPhone and a quarter of those would be willing to pay $100 more for their iPhone to have a 5.5-inch screen over the other rumored size of 4.7 inches. Customers know about and are interested in the next iPhone, with 74 percent of survey respondents stating they are aware of Apple's possible fall iPhone launch and fifty percent claiming they are interested in buying an iPhone for their next phone. Primarily, customers are looking for performance improvements and a large screen in their next iPhone handset. While ~49% of smartphone purchasers are inclined to buy the next Apple product, we learned that the main driving factor for sales surround performance improvements (battery life 33%, processor 18%, camera 12%). In our view, these results are positive for AAPL, as we would not be surprised to see improvements to both battery life and processing speed with the iPhone 6. Finally, beyond performance improvements, we also learned that screen size could materially impact sales, as 23% of participants surveyed are inclined to purchase a larger screen iPhone. These customers not only want a larger phone, they also are willing to pay for it, with more than one quarter of respondents willing to pay a $100 premium to buy a 5.5-inch iPhone for $299 instead of the current $199 for the 16GB iPhone 5s and presumably the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. This echoes an earlier report from Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, who also says consumers are showing an increasing willingness to pay a $100 price premium for a larger device. Analysts expect the next iPhone to cause iPhone sales to surge as consumers upgrade to the large-screened handset. This demand could translate into a 15 to 20 percent jump in unit sales, year over year, claims RBC. Besides the iPhone 6, Apple also is expected to unveil the iWatch and refresh its iPad lineup later this year in what Eddy Cue says is "the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers

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ABC News is launching a new Apple TV channel today, bringing access to live and on-demand content to Apple's set-top box. The channel offers a variety of news and entertainment offerings, including local news in select markets and access to five decades of historical footage from ABC's archives. As with many of the recent channel additions to the Apple TV, ABC News is only available to users in the United States for the time being, although ABC says availability will expand worldwide "in the coming weeks". ABC News on Apple TV offers more choices for how, when and where to get the video content you want. Unlike other news offerings, ABC News provides a robust line-up of original and on-demand content and up to four live streaming events at once, allowing viewers to select and view the live news they care about most. From court trials and breaking news to the daily White House press briefing, live continuous coverage of the day’s top stories, videos and more are instantly accessible with ABC News on Apple TV.Among the features on the new ABC News channel: - 24/7 access to live and on-demand video with four separate live video streams to choose from. - Video news updates on the hour and four to five live reports per day to cover breaking news. - Local content from nine television stations around the United States: WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno), and WISN (Milwaukee). - Curated stories and videos highlighting the top news stories of the moment, updated throughout the day. - 50 years of historical footage from ABC News' archives, including "This Week in History" and "The Day in Pictures" features. The Disney/ABC/ESPN media conglomerate has had a close relationship with Apple for a number of years, driven in large part by Disney's acquisition of Pixar, which was owned by Steve Jobs. As a result of the transaction, Jobs became Disney's largest individual shareholder and retained a seat on Disney's board of directors. The fruits of that relationship can be seen on Apple TV, which offers an existing Watch ABC channel, a trio of Disney television channels, a Watch ESPN channel, and three channels (A&E, Lifetime, History) from Disney/ABC's joint venture with Hearst Corporation. Disney is also a part owner of the Hulu subscription service that is available on Apple TV. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects • Nest Announces Developer API, Integrates With Mercedes, Google, IFTTT and More • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers

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Digitimes reports that Apple's new 12" MacBook Air will enter mass production in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Quanta Computer is reportedly responsible for the assembly of the new machine which falls in between the 11" and 13" MacBook Air lines. Their sources have not heard of any changes to the existing 11" and 13" MacBook Air models. Digitimes' sources were able to confirm some small internal changes to the machine, but the new MacBook Air is said to look similar to the existing models:The 12-inch MacBook Air features some design changes such as the battery and the internal layout, while its industrial design will be similar to its existing counterparts using an unibody aluminum chassis, the sources detailed. Some market watchers expect the machine to feature a Retina display.First word of a 12" MacBook Air came from analyst Ming Kuo in October, 2013. Kuo described the new machine as thinner than the existing MacBook Air and that it would incorporate a Retina Display. A Chinese forum post from a user who had previously leaked accurate information added that the 12" MacBook Air would feature a "new trackpad design" and would have no fan. Previous rumors have predicted that the 12" MacBook Air will be announced between Q3 and Q4 2014, so approximately September/October of this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile

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