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Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple, under the leadership of design head Jony Ive, reports Vanity Fair. Newson is a well-known industrial designer who has created a range of items for luxury retailers, and his work has even been shown off at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Newson has created everything from furniture to eye glasses, and he has been described by Vanity Fair as having a "love of color and of sensual curves," with his work taking on a "futuristic, vaguely Jetson-like flair." Mark Newson with Bono and Jonathan Ive Newson is a longtime friend of Jony Ive. Last year, Ive and Newson teamed up to create a range of products for an auction to benefit Product (RED), including an aluminum desk, a Leica camera, and a set of solid gold EarPods, among other items."Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation," Ive said in a statement provided to VF Daily. "He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective."According to the report, Newson will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, but will make frequent trips to the company's Cupertino headquarters. Newson is also said to have collaborated on some designs for Apple earlier this year, before joining the company. While Newson will work under Jony Ive, it is unclear which specific projects he will take on. When asked if he would work on the iWatch, Apple declined to comment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Ahead of the expected debut of Apple's wearable at Tuesday's media event, Jessica Lessin of The Information (via Business Insider) has shared some hints on what the device's battery life might be like. According to her report, employees familiar with the device have "set low expectations" for its battery life. Lessin did not give details on how long the iWatch's battery might last, but past rumors have suggested that battery life was one of the main areas Apple was struggling with during the device's development. 2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular displayIn the build-up to the new Apple Watch, it is easy to get seduced by the rumored features. Curved screen! Wireless charging! Jony Ive thinks it's slick! But--and I hate to burst everyone's bubble here--the appeal of the world's most highly anticipated wearable computer is going to come down to something a lot more mundane: battery life.News of battery life issues first surfaced in March of 2013, suggesting iWatch prototypes had been seeing poor battery life, in the range of a day or two. At the time, Apple was said to be aiming for four to five days before charging, but it's unknown if the company managed to hit that goal. In light of battery issues, Apple explored several different charging technologies for the device, including solar charging, motion charging, and wireless charging. Solar charging was a bust, but according to rumors, the final device will ship with wireless charging capabilities, which could help to reduce the burden of frequent charges. With just four days to go until Apple's wearable device is unveiled, rumors have been picking up. Recent information for the iWatch points towards two display sizes, a curved OLED display, a range of band options, a multitude of high-quality sensors, and NFC support, in addition to the aforementioned wireless charging. Though we expect to see the iWatch at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 event, many reputable sources have suggested the device won't ship to consumers until early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide

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As the launch of the iPhone 6 approaches, Apple continues to hold its title as the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States, making significant gains in share during the three month period ending in July. According to ComScore's latest numbers, the iPhone had a 42.4 percent share of the market, up from 41.4 percent in April. Samsung also saw small gains, jumping to 28.4 percent from 27.7 percent in April. Meanwhile, LG, Motorola, and HTC lost share, a trend that's been ongoing for several months. While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, due to the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make headway during the July period, however, as Android lost share, dropping to 51.5 percent from 52.5 percent during the April period. iOS, meanwhile, jumped from 41.4 percent share to 42.4 percent share. iOS is the only platform that continues to gain significant ground, with BlackBerry and Symbian losing share while Microsoft gained 0.3 percentage points. It will be interesting to watch ComScore's numbers in the coming months, as Apple may see gains in both handset and operating system share. The company is preparing to launch the iPhone 6, which will offer larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5-inches. Display size has been one of the major features differentiating the iPhone from larger Android phones, and the increase in size may encourage a number of Android users to switch to Apple's platform. Because ComScore's data tracks installed user base rather than new handset sales, it is more reflective of real-world usage but slower to respond to shifting market trends than some other studies. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide

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With just four days to go until we get our first look at Apple's wearable device, rumors are ramping up. New information suggests the iWatch will have a curved, flexible OLED display covered in sapphire, NFC support, and wireless charging capabilities. Check out our roundup for all of the latest rumors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide

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Following in the footsteps of China Mobile, Chinese carrier China Telecom has also begun taking preorders for the iPhone 6 ahead of the device's official launch in order to drum up interest with customers. As noted by TechCrunch, the site has a preorder page that sports rendered images of the iPhone 6, along with several suspect specifics about the device that have undoubtedly come from unconfirmed rumors. The preorder page depicts the 4.7-inch iPhone, which China Telecom suggests has a pixel density of 416, which would be in line with a 1704 x 960 resolution. While that resolution has been rumored for the iPhone 6, recent images of a supposedly functional device have leaned towards a 1334 x 750 resolution with a 326 ppi first proposed by Apple pundit John Gruber. An A8 processor and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor are highlighted in the image, which are two likely inclusions for the iPhone 6, but the image also points towards a 2,100 mAh battery. While that capacity has been rumored, there have also been several photos of an 1,810 mAh battery bearing an Apple logo and regulatory text. Finally, China Telecom's image suggest a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, another unsubstantiated rumor. According to TechCrunch, the graphic originally included a non-blurred version of the word "iPhone", but it was later updated by China Telecom, likely at Apple's request. Earlier this week, China Mobile began accepting preorders for the iPhone 6 and garnered more than 33,000 orders in just hours, pointing towards strong interest in the iPhone 6. Analyst predictions have suggested the iPhone 6 launch could bring a in more upgraders and Android switchers than normal, due to its larger display and redesigned body. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at a September 9 media event, which is now just under four days away. Rumors and part leaks have suggested the device will have an A8 processor, NFC support, and an upgraded camera. It's expected in two sizes -- 4.7 and 5.5 inches -- but it is unknown if both versions of the phone will ship to consumers at the same time due to production difficulties with the larger model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports

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A number of parts from Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 models have leaked in recent months, but a new photo set from Feld & Volk [Instagram page] offers some fresh details on the new devices. At the top of the list is the rear camera from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. As shown in comparison photos, the module is thinner and otherwise larger than the one from the iPhone 5s, but with Apple shaving down the iPhone's thickness, previous leaks have indicated the company has needed to create a slight protrusion on the rear of the device to accommodate the camera. Rear cameras from 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right) Feld & Volk says the rear camera does indeed appear to include optical image stabilization (OIS), as the camera assembly has some freedom to float within its module. Rumors have differed on whether the iPhone 6 will include OIS and if so, whether both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will support it. Rear cameras from 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right) Feld & Volk indicates the 5.5-inch camera module does not fit in the 4.7-inch rear shell the firm has on hand, suggesting the two iPhone 6 models will use different camera modules. Supply chain analysts have indeed predicted that OIS will be a differentiating factor for the larger iPhone 6 model. Inside rear camera module from 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Along with the rear camera, Feld & Volk also draws attention to several other parts, including protective mesh for the speaker and microphone holes, color-matched to the various iPhone color options. Speaker and microphone mesh for iPhone 6 While the iPhone 6 power button has been seen previously, Feld & Volk has highlighted the presence of a rubber seal around it, which is a new addition for the iPhone line. The seals would help increase dust and moisture resistance for the iPhone 6. iPhone 6 power button with rubber seal The photos are the latest in a long line of recent leaks from Feld & Volk, which has been working to acquire iPhone 6 parts in an effort to quickly release its own version of the device. The company specializes in luxury modified versions of the iPhone selling for thousands of dollars, and is planning to launch its iPhone 6 models as soon as possible after Apple's official announcement next Tuesday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS

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Dell yesterday unveiled its new $2500 27-inch 5K monitor (UP2715K) that boasts an impressive 5120 x 2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch. This ultra-high resolution places the monitor on par with Apple's Retina MacBook Pro, which has a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch, and would be the equivalent of a Retina 27-inch iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Dell does not detail the technology powering the monitor, but AnandTech believes the company is using Multi-Stream Transport (MST) to stitch together two 2560 x 2880 panels in order to provide 5120 pixels horizontally. Dell demoed the monitor to Maximum PC using a 5K H.265 video streamed from a workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro K5000 video card. As outlined in our display roundup, customers have been looking toward a higher-resolution large display from Apple for some time, whether it be a true Retina version of the existing display or a somewhat lower resolution 4K display, particularly since Apple has been touting the 4K capabilities of the new Mac Pro. Rumors of Retina iMacs date back to 2012, but the machines have yet to appear, likely due to both cost and technological constraints. With Dell listing its display at $2500, it is clear pricing remains a challenge for Apple's ambitions to launch Retina iMacs and standalone displays. Standalone displays may stand a better chance, as Apple has historically been willing to develop expensive large-screen displays priced in the thousands of dollars for its pro-level customers. An iMac almost certainly priced well north of $3000 could be a difficult proposition, however, so Apple may yet need more time for prices to come down before such a machine becomes commercially feasible. Besides its impressive resolution, Dell's monitor ships with Dell's PremierColor technology and an edge-to-edge glass that includes both anti-smudge and anti-reflective properties. Also included in the display is an integrated media reader, six USB ports and 16W Harmon Kardon speakers. Video out support includes dual DisplayPort 1.2 ports for 5K video and a miniDisplayPort for 4K operation. Dell's UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS

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With still a few days to go until Apple's media event where it will undoubtedly announce its launch plans for iOS 8, the company is already preparing to seed its carrier partners with an iOS 8.0.1 update for testing, according to BGR. Details on the update are unknown, as is a release timeframe, although last year Apple released a launch-day iOS 7.0.1 update for the iPhone 5s and 5c to fix a few bugs on those devices. Visits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks MacRumors has seen a significant increase in iOS 8.0.1 web log activity coming from Apple's networks over the past couple of weeks, although the first signs of the version appeared as long ago as mid-July. The last developer release of iOS 8 came one month ago in the form of iOS 8 beta 5, with the company likely holding back further seeds as it finalizes the software for its upcoming hardware. A sixth beta was reportedly seeded to carrier partners a couple of weeks ago, but with much more limited distribution for that release, developers have not had access to dig into it to look for new hints about the next-generation iOS devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta

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Motorola has officially launched its Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device featuring a circular 1.65-inch scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display, a leather band, "all-day" battery life, and a built-in pedometer and optical heart rate monitor. Motorola has also included wireless charging capabilities with an included dock and also states that the device is "water resistant." The Moto 360 can pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, as users can then receive notifications about weather, flight alerts, traffic, and more through Android Wear. The device also includes built-in Google Now functionality, as users can say "Ok Google" to send texts, set reminders, see directions, and more. Existing Android apps such as Facebook Messenger and Lyft also work with Moto 360. The launch of the Moto 360 comes less than a week before Apple's special September media event, which is rumored to feature the unveiling of its iWatch wearable device alongside the iPhone 6. According to recent reports, Apple's iWatch will pair with the iPhone and feature a flexible curved display, wireless charging, and number of advanced biometric sensors to track a range of health and fitness data. The device is also said to come in multiple sizes and material options when it launches, and incorporate near field communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments. Apple is said to be weighing a $400 price range for the device, and may start shipping it in early 2015. The Moto 360 will be available later today for $250 from Motorola's website, Google's Play Store and Best Buy. Motorola will also be releasing metal bands for its wearable device later this fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta

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Apple will add security alerts for iCloud users, broaden two-factor authentication and make a more aggressive effort to alert users about protecting their accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the recent hacking incident involving celebrities' iCloud accounts. To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple device; there were no notifications for or restoring iCloud data.Cook said the new notifications will begin in two weeks and will allow users to take action on potential hacking immediately, allowing them to either change the password to retake the account or alerting Apple's security team. Cook echoed Apple's previous press release on the hackings, stressing that the best prevention for future incidents are more human than technological. "When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece," he said. "I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That's not really an engineering thing."Apple will also broaden use of its two-factor authentication system, allowing it to also cover access to iCloud accounts from mobile devices like iPad and iPhone. Cook said the majority of Apple's users don't use two-factor authentication, so the company is planning on aggressively getting its users to turn on the feature. Cook also mentioned that had the celebrities been using two-factor verification, the hackers would not have been able to guess their security questions. Apple has previously explored expanding two-factor authentication to some iCloud services, but an official expansion of the feature had not yet been introduced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta

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Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0, adding several new improvements and design updates. The app now features new icons along the bottom bar, with the "Products" section renamed to "Shop" to make it easier for users to make purchases within the app. The overall app icon has shifted from a cart to a bag. There's also a new icon for "Stores," and an "Account" tab that replaces the previous "More" tab. Several other UI elements have been redesigned as well, giving the iPhone app a cleaner feel that's more in-line with the iPad version. According to Apple's release notes, it's now possible to start shopping on one device and seamlessly switch to another device, including a Mac or PC. The "Stores" tab also includes information about upcoming events at a user's local retail location, and the iPad app has been updated with the ability to create One to One reservations.What's New in Version 3.0 - Now start shopping on one device and finish on another, or even on your Mac or PC. - Find out about upcoming events and workshops at nearby Apple Retail Stores using the new Stores tab on your iPhone. - On iPhone and iPod touch, there's an all-new design with more refined navigation and imagery. - On iPad, you can now make One to One reservations.Apple's newly updated Apple Store app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

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Adding to this morning's report from The Wall Street Journal pointing towards a curved OLED screen for Apple's upcoming "iWatch", The New York Times has released several details about the wearable device, suggesting it will have a flexible display and wireless charging capabilities. Echoing past rumors, The New York Times says the iWatch will come in two separate sizes, focusing on health/fitness and mobile computing tasks, and that it will allow people to make purchases with included NFC support. Its flexible display is described as "unique," and Apple is said to have settled on wireless charging after a failed experiment with solar charging.It has a flexible display panel that is protected by a cover composed of sapphire, a type of tougher glass, they said. The device's circuit board, which includes its sensors and chips, was described as tiny, about the size of a postage stamp. For replenishing the battery, the smartwatch will rely on a wireless charging method. Apple had at one point tested solar charging for the watch, but that experiment failed.According to unnamed employees who spoke to The New York Times, Apple's iWatch is "one of Apple's most ambitious projects to date," with an "enormous" amount of time and money put into the health and fitness sensors in the device, which will be "much more" accurate than existing fitness devices. Rumors have suggested the iWatch will measure an array of different health-related metrics, from steps taken and sleep quality to blood pressure. The iWatch is said to take advantage of HealthKit, a set of APIs Apple introduced alongside iOS 8 that will integrate into existing health devices and apps, reporting data to a central location. It's also going to rely on Handoff, a Continuity feature that lets users seamlessly transition tasks from one iOS or Mac device to another. The report also echoes a litany of rumors that have suggested Apple's wearable device will not be available for purchase until 2015, despite Apple's plans to unveil the iWatch at its September 9 media event. The gap between the introduction of the iWatch and its debut will give Apple time to finish work on the device as well as providing an opportunity for developers to create new apps suited to the new form factor. (Image: 2.5-inch iWatch concept by SET Solutions) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

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In a lengthy article covering Apple's iWatch and iPhone 6 plans for next Tuesday's media event, The New York Times reports the iPhone 6 will support an optional "one-handed mode" to make it easier for users on the larger-screened devices.To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make typing with one hand difficult (the current iPhone has a 4-inch screen), some changes to the design of the iPhones’ software interface will allow people to type or use apps with just one hand — there will be a one-handed mode that can be switched on and off, two employees said.The report reiterates rumors that the iPhone 6 will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes, considerably larger than the 4-inch screen included on recent iPhone models. Apple has touted the ease of one-handed use on its current lineup as competitors have moved to even larger displays, and this new one-handed mode will clearly serve as an answer to Apple's own previous criticism of large-screen phones. Exactly how this mode will work is unclear, however. iPhone 5s next to physical mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 The New York Times also reiterates circulating rumors that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be priced higher than the 4.7-inch model, with both devices also including near field communications (NFC) to support a new mobile payments initiative. Apple's media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time next Tuesday, and Apple will be providing a live video stream of the event. MacRumors will also be providing coverage of the event with a liveblog and Twitter updates. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

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As part of its upcoming payments initiative, Apple has reportedly negotiated deals for lower credit card transaction fees with several credit card issuers. According to Bank Innovation, Apple has entered into agreements with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America. The banks have agreed to allow all of Apple's transactions to be conducted as "card present," a set fee charged when a customer uses a card in a physical retail location. Typically, there's also a higher "card not present" fee that's charged when a card is used online, due to security issues. Apple's also managed to secure a lower "card present" fee on top of that, cutting its costs further.Beyond that, Apple has also managed to bump down the actual "card present" rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the talks. Normal "card present" discount rates, which are shared by issuers and networks but determined by the network, are about 1.5%, which means that Apple appears as though it will get around a 10% discount on the processing rate it will pay. Last quarter, Apple generated $4.5 billion of iTunes revenue -- this implies that Apple will save at least $27 million as a result of these deals with the banks. Of course, more revenue volume is expected upon launch of Apple's payments venture.Apple has reportedly been able to negotiate this lower rate by ensuring banks that transactions will be secure, both through the use of the NFC chip which reports location, and through Touch ID, which will be used to authenticate transactions. In addition to signing deals with several financial institutions, Apple has also managed to secure deals with major credit card companies Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, and it's also been speaking with various retailers about its upcoming payments service. Rumors have suggested that Apple's payment service will allow iPhone owners to use their devices to make payments both online and in retail stores, possibly linking credit cards to existing iTunes accounts. Apple is expected to announce its mobile payments initiative during its September 9 media event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

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Apple today updated its website to announce that it will indeed be streaming the September 9 iPhone event. A new Live page includes a countdown to the event and a note that it will host the event stream next Tuesday. Apple will also likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases

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As part of its planned September 9th event, Apple is building a massive structure in front of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino, California. The structure is covered by a white barricade that conceals the details of the building underneath. Earlier photos gave us a hint of the building, but recent aerial footage captured using a drone piloted by Sachin Patel reveals the size and scope of the project (via 9to5Mac). The building sits in front of the Flint Center on top of the college's Sunken Garden and wraps around the sides of a pre-existing fountain. Speculation about the building has run the gamut from performance stage to model home, with the most reasonable prediction suggesting Apple may use the venue for product demonstrations. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 along with the iWatch at the event, which means it could use the building's ample space to showcase any home automation or fitness features of its new hardware. The Flint Center is the venue where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac. Apple has not held an event at the location for some time, opting instead to announce new products at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or its own Cupertino campus Town Hall theater. Due to this change in venue, it is not yet known whether Apple will be live streaming the announcement as it has done with its most recent press events. MacRumors, however, will be providing live coverage both on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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Apple's upcoming "iWatch", reportedly set to be unveiled at next Tuesday's media event, will include near field communications (NFC) technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. The technology, which has already been seen on a leaked iPhone 6 logic board, will likely be used to support a mobile payments initiative.NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes, people close to Apple said.The report goes on to claim the iWatch will be available in two sizes and carry a curved OLED display. And as extensively rumored, the device will include a variety of health and fitness sensors. The report also reiterates recent claims that while the iWatch will be unveiled next week, it will not begin shipping until somewhat later, perhaps not until early 2015.People familiar with Apple's plans said it is unlikely that Apple will release the smartwatch this year, because the Cupertino, Calif., company is still working out engineering kinks in production. Earlier in the year, Apple had targeted a November release, these people said. One person familiar with Apple's suppliers said there is "no way" that it will be able to ship the iWatch this year. However, Apple hasn't changed its timetable for component suppliers that are shipping parts as scheduled to Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc., the proposed device's manufacturer. Sources indicate Apple will accept pre-orders for the iWatch, but timing and pricing are unknown. A previous report from Re/code claimed Apple has been weighing pricing in the $400 range, although some models would be cheaper. (Image: iWatch concept from ifyoucouldseethefuture.com) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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In a bit of a surprise prediction, Apple may use its upcoming September 9 event to introduce the iPad Air 2 along with the iPhone 6 and iWatch, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research report released today. That plan would differ from Apple's announcement schedules in recent years that have seen the company unveil the iPhone in September and the iPad in October at a second press event. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air According to Kuo, Apple is preparing modest upgrades primarily for the iPad Air and not the iPad mini, because the larger iPad is more popular among consumers. While the iPad Air 2 is said to carry several improvements, including an anti-reflective display as previously rumored, the second-generation Retina iPad mini may receive only Touch ID support. In light of limited development resources and the fact that iPad Air contributes more to Apple’s sales and earnings than iPad mini, we think that only iPad Air 2 will see a major upgrade in specs this year, including anti-reflective coating for the cover lens, full lamination for the touch panel, a gold-colored metal casing, an A8 processor, Touch ID/ fingerprint recognition and an 8-megapixel rear camera. iPad mini may be upgraded with fingerprint recognition, if any.While Kuo doesn't address whether the updated iPad Air will be thinner than the current model, a recent report from Digitimes claimed the device will indeed be thinner, and a laminated display could help Apple shave a small amount from the device's thickness. Kuo claims that the anti-reflective display and full lamination will push back availability of the iPad Air 2 until October due to production issues with this new display. This delay may be fairly immaterial, however, as Kuo predicts iPad sales will continue to lag due to tablet market dynamics that see customers retaining their older iPad models instead of upgrading. Kuo has been among the most accurate analysts regarding Apple's product plans, having been first to correctly peg a number of features and launches over the past several years. He has, however, had some misses and so it will be interesting to see if his iPad predictions pan out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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In a research note released today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be announced next week at Apple's iPhone press event. Kuo believes Apple will stagger the launch with the 4.7-inch model arriving in mid-September and the 5.5-inch model following 5 to 10 weeks later. Kuo believes both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will face supply constraints at launch as demand likely will outpace Apple's ability to manufacture the device. Labor shortages at Foxconn will impact the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the 5.5-inch faces an additional hurdle due to production issues with assembly and other components. In line with earlier reports, Kuo says Apple will boost the internal storage of the iPhone to 128GB. Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will ship with this higher capacity option. It is unclear whether Apple will add the 128GB as a fourth storage option or drop the lower 16GB model, selling the iPhone 6 only in 32GB, 64GB or 128GB capacities. Though he previously has stated select premium iPhone 6 handsets will ship with a sapphire glass option, Kuo, in this latest report, addresses the possibility of a sapphire cover lens, which he claims Apple is abandoning due to drop test issues. Kuo also claims the iPhone will have a programmable, side-mounted power button and an internal barometer sensor for navigation and health-related purposes. Key spec forecasts – No sapphire cover lens, 128GB, built-in barometer pressure sensor & programmable power key (1) Due to drop test issues, neither 4.7-inch nor 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a sapphire cover lens, we believe; (2) as Apple has strong bargaining power on NAND Flash price, and in a bid to meet the large capacity demand of consumers as well as to differentiate themselves from competing models, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will come with 128GB; (3) a built-in barometer can provide more indoor navigation applications and health-management applications relating to spirometry; and (4) we predict (discussed in an earlier report) that the power key will be moved from the upper position to the side. We now further predict that the power key could be programmable to be integrated with specific applications, giving more input options in addition to being a power switch. Apple's iPhone 6 event will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California. Besides the possibility of a 128GB model, Apple may also add a new A8 processor, an improved camera with image stabilization and an enhanced Touch ID to its next generation iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note today with updated information on Apple's rumored iWatch wearable device. Echoing earlier reports, Kuo believes Apple will unveil the iWatch at its upcoming September event, with sales starting in 2015. This early announcement would create a buzz about the product and provide developers with adequate time to prepare apps for this new device. 2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular display According to Kuo, the iWatch may have a rectangular design and will include 8GB of internal storage with 512MB LPDDR3. The wristwatch will be available in two screen sizes of 1.3 and 1.5-inches in order to accommodate different wrist sizes. Apple may use between two to four different casing materials, with aluminum and gold as two likely options. The fact that wearable devices don’t need much memory explains our prediction of an 8GB version with 512MB built-in memory. We expect casing material to be of 2-4 different types, with aluminum the most likely as it has been widely used in Apple products. A gold casing option is also possible, to add a luxury image to the product. We believe iWatch will be rectangular in front/ panel side shape. And lastly, like some other wearable devices, we expect there to be a number of holes on the back side of the device that can be used to monitor users’ vital health signs such as heart rate. Rumors have suggested the iWatch will include several sensors to monitor vital health statistics such as heart rate, sleep activity and more. The band likely will sync with the iPhone and integrate with iOS 8's Health app, which will produce a comprehensive health profile using health and fitness data compiled from a variety of third-party sources. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

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Ahead of Apple's September 9 event, in which the company is expected to finally show off the much-rumored iWatch, an Apple designer told the New York Times (via 9to5Mac), in a larger piece about fashion and technology, that Jony Ive is bragging that the iWatch could endanger traditional watchmakers. According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.While part leaks for the device have been nonexistent and solid information about the device's capabilities have been hard to come by, rumors have indicated the wearable may have NFC capabilities, tight integration with iOS 8, features related to health and fitness and that it would serve as an accessory device to the iPhone. Rumors have suggested the iWatch will be introduced at Apple's September 9 event and will likely launch in early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mobee Debuts Discreet 'Magic Hub' for iMac/Apple Display With 4 USB 3.0 Ports • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight

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Communications chip maker Broadcom today announced a new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip designed for smartphones. Capable of data throughput speeds of up to 650 Mbps, the BC4358 is Broadcom's second chip to use 2x2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output), bringing up to twice the Wi-Fi performance with 25 percent more power efficiency than 1x1 MIMO chips. MIMO is a technology that utilizes multiple antennas for both the transmitter and receiver to improve communication performance. Apple has adopted MIMO technology in the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.Today's content-centric consumer spends an average of 4–5 hours a day on Wi-Fi1. With 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth, consumers can download content two times faster, stream videos with less buffering and connect to multiple Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices concurrently (e.g. listen to music while playing a game) without interference issues.According to Broadcom, the new chips are already in production and will begin shipping in smartphones during the third quarter of 2014, which means the timing could possibly be right for inclusion in the iPhone 6. According to Broadcom, its BCM4358 chip includes improved location accuracy that's accurate "down to one meter" for better indoor location-based services, which aligns with Apple's own indoor mapping aspirations. It's also the first chip that enables Angle-of-Arrival direction finding technology, another feature Apple could make use of. Rumors have suggested Apple is working on indoor mapping features for a future iOS 8 update. It isn't known if Apple's iPhone 6 will use this specific chip, but Broadcom is one of Apple's partners, supplying chips for both its desktop and mobile devices. Apple uses Broadcom chips in its line of Macs that support 802.11ac, including the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 will likely support 802.11ac, which has been included in Apple's Macs since 2013. 802.11ac, or "Gigabit" Wi-Fi is designed to offer speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight • New Aerial Video Shows Significant Construction Progress at Apple Campus 2

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Several rumors circulating today have suggested that Apple might be planning to somehow involve U2 in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6. A tipster told MacRumors that the iPhone 6 will come preloaded with the new U2 album, and there's also been some unverified chatter on Twitter from reporters in Ireland pointing towards that possibility. Most of the rumors seem to come from a recent video shoot U2 did in Dublin, which was conducted in secrecy with "black sheets strategically placed to obscure what was happening from public view." Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to snap a blurry photo of the shoot, and he says the "focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone." It is impossible to tell what device is depicted in the photo, however, or if the shoot revolved around the iPhone. Looks like @U2 new album maybe preloaded on to iPhone6. The focus of the "video" on the bridge last week was a phone pic.twitter.com/CUY4rKTSM9— Stephen Browne (@Stephenbrow) September 3, 2014 A U2 fan site pointed out by a Reddit user may also be a source of the rumors, as Julian Lennon, son of late Beatles frontman John Lennon and friend to U2, reportedly told the site "I think they are shooting an Apple commercial." According to CNET's Shara Tibken, it's also possible that Bono might be a "special musical guest" at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9. The event will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, and Apple is in the midst of constructing a massive structure on site.Adding to iPhone 6 U2 rumors, I hear Bono may be special musical guest on 9-9-14. #iPhone6— Shara Tibken (@sharatibken) September 3, 2014 It is unknown what the structure is, but some have suggested it could be a stage. San Jose Mercury News interviewed a Cupertino resident who had been observing the ongoing construction and said "It looked like a sound stage going up for a rock concert behind Flint Center." Apple and U2 have had a long partnership, as Steve Jobs and Bono were good friends. Starting in 2004, Apple released several special edition U2 iPods, which included the band's signatures and U2's music. Apple has also been a longtime partner of (Product) RED, a charity founded by Bono. It is unknown if these whispers and hints of a U2 iPhone 6 tie-in and possible performance are accurate, but it appears to be a possibility given all of the circumstantial evidence. Apple has plans to debut its iPhone 6 on September 9, which is, coincidentally, the same day that the first single for U2's newest album is rumored to debut. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight • New Aerial Video Shows Significant Construction Progress at Apple Campus 2

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Despite the fact that there are still five days to go until Apple's September 9 media event, customers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new devices have already begun lining up at the flagship 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City. Apple is expected to announce the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at the event, along with its much-rumored wearable device and possibly a mobile payments initiative. Only the iPhone 6 is expected to ship to consumers in September however, and not until later in the month. People camping out now may be waiting more than two weeks to get their hands on one of Apple's new devices. Campers waiting outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store, via CNBC As is typical, many of the campers lining up early are participating in publicity stunts to garner recognition for their companies, given the media attention early waiters tend to receive. Campers seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each year in order to outdo past campers. For the launch of the iPhone 5c/5s, campers began showing up on September 6, but people are going to even further extremes this year. CNBC interviewed several of the campers, some of which arrived before the month of September even began. Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz, representing BuyBackWorld, arrived on Sunday, August 31 with the hope of beating a previous record for camping out for an iPhone. They plan to wait for 19 days, a day longer than the 18 day record. Ceballo and Cruz have already profited, accepting $1,250 to give up the first place in line to Jason and Moon Ray, who are promoting a health app. Apple's iPhone 6 event will take place on Tuesday, September 9, but it remains unclear which devices will be unveiled and which will be available for shipping in the near future. Both the company's wearable device and its 5.5-inch iPhone may not ship until later in the year or early 2015, leaving campers to pick up a 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Based on past timelines, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could become available beginning on Friday, September 19. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nokia Preparing to Launch New Offline Maps App for iOS • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight • New Aerial Video Shows Significant Construction Progress at Apple Campus 2

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Not content to allow Samsung to steal the spotlight, Sony today also kicked off the IFA 2014 conference with its own press event that unveiled new wearable devices, new smartphone photography accessories, and several new mobile devices. Sony's newest hardware is slated to arrive in the coming months with price points that are yet to be determined. Perhaps most relevant to Apple fans given Apple's impending wearable device announcement is Sony's pair of announcements in that area, starting with the new SmartBand Talk that embeds a low-power, 1.4-inch e-ink display into a fitness tracker. The band also includes a microphone and speaker for phone calls, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing to a smartphone. Rounding out the feature set is IP68 waterproofing, accelerometer and altimeter sensors, and integration with Sony's Lifelog lifestyle-tracking app. In the more full-featured watch segment, Sony also introduced its new SmartWatch 3, the successor to the SmartWatch 2 and the first Android Wear smartwatch from the Japanese company. The smartphone companion syncs notifications from a compatible Android device and offers 4 GB of on-the-go music storage. Sony's SmartWatch 3 enters a growing Android Wear marketplace, competing directly with similar smartwatch offerings from Motorola and LG. Sony also added to its lens-style camera line with the new 30x zoom DSC-QX30 and the E-mount interchangeable lens ILCE-QX1, These lens-style cameras improve mobile photography by combining an image sensor with a compact lens that fits onto an iOS or Android smartphone and communicates with the mobile phone via Wi-Fi. The DSC-QX30 is a 30x optical zoom lens with Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, while the QX1 allows photographers to use their existing Sony Alpha E-mount lenses on their mobile phone. Besides its wearables and smartphone photography products, Sony also expanded its Xperia Z-series smartphone and tablet lineup with the new extended-battery life Xperia Z3 smartphone, the Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone, and the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact. These new Xperia devices are notable as they support PS4 Remote Play, allowing users to pair their mobile device with a DualShock controller and play PS4 games on the phone or tablet. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6 • Apple Begins Inviting AppleSeed Members to Test iCloud for Windows Beta • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Atlanta on Saturday, September 6 • Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Gain Support for Monthly Subscription Purchases • Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page • Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight • New Aerial Video Shows Significant Construction Progress at Apple Campus 2 • AT&T Offers $100 Bill Credit for New Next Line Activations

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