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Last month, new photos of a purported battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 revealed a 1,810 mAh capacity for the device, which is a modest improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery currently found in the iPhone 5s. Now, ESM-China electronics analyst Sung Chang Xu claims (Google Translate, via G for Games) that the final version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually feature a 2,100 mAh battery. Citing sources at supply chains across China, the analyst also adds that the previous images of the battery showed test units. A capacity of 2,100 mAh for the iPhone 6's battery would put it below competing phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 (2800 mAh) and the HTC One M8 (2600 mAh). However, Apple's traditionally tight hardware and software integration will likely contribute to a more robust overall battery life, as iOS 8 will most certainly be optimized for the iPhone 6. Xu has previously reported on a number of other rumors pertaining to the iPhone 6, claiming that the device will feature temperature, pressure and humidity sensors in addition to electronic image stabilization. In February, Xu also claimed that the iWatch will use optical sensors to measure heart rate and oxygen levels. Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 at an event on Tuesday, September 9, with a launch of the 4.7-inch version likely coming a week or so after the announcement. The event may also feature the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which is said to ship later this year or early next year due to production issues. Both iPhones are expected to feature a faster A8 processor, an improved camera, and a thinner chassis. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and Green • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer

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Apple and Samsung have issued a joint statement today announcing an agreement to drop all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg. “Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the companies said in the statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”The move is yet another signal that the long-running patent dispute between Apple and Samsung may be winding down, as it was reported in June that the two companies were trying to find "common ground". The two also agreed to drop their cross-appeal rulings on the ITC ban of older Samsung phones around the same time. In May, it was reported the two were looking to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. And earlier this year, it was reported that Tim Cook sat down with Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon in a mediation session. However, the two sides did not come to an agreement at that time. Apple has already settled patent disputes with other companies, like Google / Motorola Mobility in May of this year and HTC back in 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and Green • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer

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Sprint is abandoning plans to purchase T-Mobile US, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the site, Sprint and its parent company Softbank believe it would be too hard to gain regulatory approval for the deal, with Sprint planning to make an announcement on Wednesday.Sprint Corp. is ending its pursuit of T-Mobile US, according to people familiar with the matter. The company and its parent, SoftBank Corp. decided it simply would be too difficult to win approval from regulators, the people said.News that Sprint was working on a potential purchase of T-Mobile US first came in December of 2013, when The Wall Street Journal suggested Sprint was preparing a takeover bid. The deal, which could have been worth more than $20 billion, would have been subjected to significant regulatory scrutiny. In fact, the United States Justice Department met with Sprint board members to discuss the deal and expressed concerns about the merger. U.S. antitrust authorities reportedly believe that having four national carriers is necessary to maintain a competitive market. Japanese carrier Softbank purchased a 70 percent controlling interest in Sprint back in 2012, while T-Mobile is majority owned by German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom. This is the second time a T-Mobile purchase has fallen through. AT&T previously attempted to acquire T-Mobile but the deal fell through after being blocked by Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and Green • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer

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Our iPhone 6 roundup has been updated with the latest information. Several reliable media sources have reported Apple is planning to hold a major media event on September 9, where it will introduce the long-awaited larger-screened iPhone 6. Read our full roundup for details. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and Green • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer

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Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, reports Re/code. The company has reportedly scheduled a big media event for that date and in the past, September has been a month reserved for the introduction of new iPhones. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models compared to iPhone 5s Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 event will see the debut of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is expected to include an redesigned chassis, an A8 processor and an upgraded camera. The event may also see the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be experiencing production issues and may debut somewhat later than the 4.7-inch version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall

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July was a record-setting month for App Store revenue, according to Apple, seeing both record revenue numbers and a record number of customers making transactions. The company revealed the news to CNBC.Apple's app store saw record-setting revenue numbers in July, the company told CNBC. The Cupertino-based company also said that its app store saw a record number of customers making transactions.During the company's recent financial results call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part of Apple's business during the quarter that ended in June. iTunes billings grew 25 percent year over year to an all time quarterly high, and Apple saw iTunes revenue of $4.5 billion, largely due to the continued success of the App Store. As of June, Apple has had 75 billion cumulative App Store downloads, paying out a total of $20 billion to developers, with $5 billion paid in 2014 alone. According to app-tracking site AppShopper, there are 1,211,461 apps available in the App Store, including over 1 million iPhone apps and 610,000 iPad apps. Apple also has more than 21,000 Mac apps available in the Mac App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall

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In a commentary piece arguing for users to open up free guest networks on their Wi-Fi access points to the public, Re/code's Walt Mossberg shares the story of how Steve Jobs saw such networks as the future of Internet access, supplementing cellular networks to allow for faster and broader access for users. Mossberg notes that Jobs envisioned the open Wi-Fi networks during development of the original iPhone, which was hampered by a "lousy, sluggish cellular-data network." An open Wi-Fi network built on the cooperation of both business and private citizens who were wiling to share their Wi-Fi connections with strangers would have addressed this problem by offering another connectivity option for iPhone users.His idea was to get as many wireless router makers as possible to build in a “guest network” option — essentially a second Wi-Fi network, securely walled off from the rest of the home network, and with its own name. Then, he hoped that the industry would encourage people to share their bandwidth with strangers via these guest networks. That way, a smartphone user could walk around, moving from one Wi-Fi hotspot to another, without logging in — much like people using cellular data move from one cell tower to another.While there are certainly potential issues with security and bandwidth hogging by guest users, Mossberg argues that these issues are not insurmountable, and in fact some companies have made strides in this area. On a micro level, Apple's AirPort base stations have supported guest networks since 2009, and on a broader scale, some Internet service providers such as Comcast have been working to turn customers' home routers into Wi-Fi access points available to other customers as a public network. Use of Wi-Fi to supplement cellular coverage is also growing, with one example being T-Mobile's effort in the U.S. to route phone calls over a more reliable Wi-Fi network instead of the cellular connection. Apple is adding iPhone support for the feature as part of iOS 8 later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video

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Apple has been expanding its supply chain, bringing in companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to produce components for its iPhone and iPad devices. This supply chain diversification may benefit Apple, but it is having a negative effect on rival Samsung's chip manufacturing business, reports The Wall Street Journal. Since 2007, Samsung has enjoyed the coveted position of being the only manufacturer of Apple's Ax series of processors and their predecessors. But after several years of negotiations and technical work as the popularity of Apple's iOS devices has soared, Apple has brought TSMC on board to produce A-series chips for the next generation of devices. This transition away from Samsung as the sole supplier of the main chip for iOS devices is cutting into the Korean company's logic chip business. “Sales and profitability from System LSI (logic chip business) worsened as demand from main customers continued to decline,” Robert Yi, Samsung’s head of investor relations said last week.Samsung's logic chip division struggled in the just-ended quarter, and the outlook for the business is equally bleak with Samsung acknowledging the continued low demand from customers will remain an issue going forward. The sharp turnaround has led to analysts such as IBK Securities' Lee Seung-woo predicting losses of approximately 877 billion won ($848.5 million) for the division in 2014, compared to operating profits of 203 billion won ($196.3 million) in 2013 and 1 trillion won ($967.8 million) in 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More Data • Apple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 • Verizon Responds to FCC's Concerns Over Unlimited Data Throttling, Says Plan is Legal • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video

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The United States Department of Transportation has plans to pursue a ban on in-flight phone calls, reports The Wall Street Journal. In a speech last week at the International Aviation Club, general counsel of the Department Kathryn Thompson suggested restrictions were in the works, and a DOT spokesperson later confirmed the plans.A spokeswoman confirmed that the DOT is developing "a notice of proposed rulemaking" for publication in December. "At this point, there is no final determination" as to what the notice or the final rule will say, said another spokeswoman.The Department of Transportation's move to pursue a ban on in-flight cellular phone calls follows an FCC proposal to overturn the current restrictions that prevent airline passengers from making phone calls and using cellular data while in flight. The existing rules state that all cellular telephones on board an aircraft must be turned off when an aircraft leaves the ground in order to keep them from interfering with ground networks, but the FCC no longer believes in-flight interference is an issue. In 2013, the FCC officially relaxed its restrictions on the use of portable electronics in flight, allowing them to be used during landing and takeoff while in Airplane Mode. After the FCC suggested it might permit cellular phone usage in flight, the Department of Transportation, airlines, and several other consumer groups expressed concern over the disruption voice calls could introduce if permitted in flight. Though airlines have largely been against in-flight cell phone calls, they believe the final decision on in-flight calls should be left up to them rather than in government control."Airlines aren't clamoring to allow mobile-phone use during flight, and some have already said they'd prohibit it on their own flights," said Jeffrey Shane, general counsel for the International Air Transport Association, and a former senior Transportation Department policy maker. But Mr. Shane said some carriers may want to explore passenger-friendly ways to introduce calls, such as in-flight phone booths or quiet zones.The FCC is continuing to investigate the safety of allowing cell phone service on planes, and a ban on voice calls from the Department of Transportation, which supersedes any FCC decision, may result in a situation where customers are permitted to use cellular data in-flight for texting and web browsing but are banned from making voice calls. The Department of Transportation is expected to release more information on a potential ban in December. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS

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Apple's sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014, acknowledging publicly that the companies' facility in Mesa, Arizona is "commencing the transition to volume production.""The build-out of our Arizona facility, which has involved taking a 1.4 million square foot facility from a shell to a functional structure as well as the installation of sapphire growth and fabrication equipment, is nearly complete and we are commencing the transition to volume production," Gutierrez continued. "We remain confident about the long-term potential of the sapphire materials business for GT.Overall, GT reported a net loss of $86 million for the quarter, a result that is not unexpected given that the company is significantly restructuring itself as part of the Apple deal, essentially shutting down its sales of sapphire furnaces to other customers in order to devote all of those resources to setting up the Arizona facility for Apple. The facility is owned by Apple and being run by GT, with Apple providing some upfront financing to help get production rolling. GT allocated over $45 million to "sapphire production ramp up costs" during the quarter, with the company stating that those costs relate to "production inefficiencies and inventory losses" associated with building out its facilities and are not part of ongoing operations for the company. That amount is up from just $1.9 million in the prior quarter, signaling the company's massive move to launch production for Apple. Apple has used sapphire for the camera lens cover on several iOS devices and for the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s, but the company is pursuing a massive increase in sapphire usage for future products. The iPhone 6 display has been rumored to include a sapphire cover, but rumors are divided on whether the material will be included on all models or just higher-end models, as well as whether the entire cover will be full sapphire or a thinner lamination layer. Apple's rumored iWatch has also been speculated to include a sapphire cover, as the material is fairly common on high-end watches to minimize scratching. (Image: GT sapphire furnace) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom • Apple TV Beta Includes Redesigned Interface With iOS 7-Style Icons, Fonts • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS

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Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, tweaks, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 5, like previous betas, includes several minor interface modifications designed to make iOS 8 feel faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of all the enhancements that have been bundled into the new beta release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar changes in iOS 8 so far, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Health: According to the beta's release notes, Apple's Health app now collects Spirometry data. Spirometry tests measure lung function, tracking the volume and flow of air when inhaling and exhaling. The app has gained several new icons, the ability to export Health data, and a "Show When Logged" option to display Medical ID on the lock screen. There are also privacy settings for Health in the Settings app. SMS Relay: iOS 8 users are getting a popup that asks them to use their phone numbers for SMS Relay on their MacBooks, one of the new Continuity features between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Photos: Photos now displays a "Last Updated" notification to let users know when images were last synced to iCloud. There's also an option to store full resolution photos solely in iCloud while keeping device-optimized versions available on the iPhone to save storage space. iCloud icons: iCloud Drive, Backup, and Keychain have new icons in the iCloud section of the Settings app. The overall iCloud icon has also been updated, featuring a white cloud on a field of blue. WiFi Calling: When WiFi calling is enabled, it's now labeled T-Mobile WiFi at the top of the iPhone screen. Predictive text: There's now an option on the keyboard to toggle on predictive text. Additional features in iOS 8 beta 5 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8 at two or three-week intervals to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's launch. For more information on iOS 8's features, major and minor, make sure to check out our roundups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features

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Alongside iOS 8 beta 5, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the fourth Developer Preview and two months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite. DP 4, for example, added a revamped version of iTunes with a streamlined design and support for Family Sharing, while an earlier beta introduced a new Dark Mode. Today's Developer Preview is limited to registered developers, but last week, Apple made a version of OS X Yosemite available to the public as part of a wide-ranging beta test. The pre-release version of Yosemite available to those participating in the public beta program is not expected to receive as many updates as the developer version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features

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Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 8 to developers, two weeks after releasing the fourth beta update and two months since introducing the new mobile operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 12A4345d, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating mechanism on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages. Each beta update thus far has brought refinements and additional features to iOS 8, with beta 4, for example, bringing a new Tips app and a redesigned Control Center, among other improvements. Currently, iOS 8 is only available to registered developers, but the operating system is expected to be released to the public this fall after several beta iterations. We may be getting close to the end of the beta testing period, however, as one rumor has suggested iOS 8 beta 5 may be the final beta version while another indicates it's the second-to-last beta before a golden master. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features

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Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri claims the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will differ in more than just display size, reports AppleInsider. According to Arcuri's supply chain checks, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may include a more powerful processor and a different touch module than the 4.7-inch model. A7 transistor die photo from Chipworks Details on the degree of processor difference between the two models were not provided, but the report suggests it may be more than a simple difference in clock speed as seen in the A7 used in the current iPads and iPhone 5s. The A7 in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.4 GHz, while the same chip in the Retina iPad mini and iPhone 5s is clocked at 1.3 GHz. Arcuri suggests the processor in the faster 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may actually have a larger die than the version found in the 4.7-inch model. This architectural change may hint at an A8 processor with a different graphics processor or possibly a new process for the fabrication of the chip. Besides two different processors, Arcuri also believes the two iPhone 6 models may ship with different touch modules, with TPK as the likely manufacturer. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone at a September event with the 4.7-inch model possibly arriving first and the 5.5-inch following up to several months later. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock' Coming to iOS Later This Summer • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features

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While many NFL fans have been hoping the Sunday Ticket subscription service will make its way to the Apple TV someday, the league appears set to make its first foray onto the set-top box with an upcoming NFL Now channel, reports 9to5Mac. Announced earlier this year for a launch this month, NFL Now is a personalized digital video library of on-demand news, features, highlights and more, as well as live streaming of press conferences and other events, but not games. The new service will be launching across a number of platforms later this month as the 2014 NFL season begins, but Apple TV support had not been confirmed. Sports content has been a major theme for Apple TV content, with MLB.tv, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter, and MLS Live subscription services all available on the platform. Other sports channels on Apple TV include Watch ESPN, action sports channel Red Bull TV, college-focused ACC + Campus Insiders, and cricket channel Willow. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems

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Taiwan-based accessory maker Yi Lin Enterprises has posted new photos on Weibo showing the purported rear shell of Apple's iPad Air 2 (Google Translate, via Mac Otakara). The images show off a gold housing with a number of design changes, including a new speaker grille with larger holes and a relocated rear microphone alongside the iSight camera. Last month, an alleged "perfect replica" of the iPad Air 2 surfaced, showing off a Touch ID home button for the device and recessed volume buttons along with the same refined speaker grille. The prototype followed the leak of a supposed front panel from the iPad Air 2 this past April, which showed an integrated display that may hint at a thinner form factor for the tablet. Apple's iPad Air 2 is expected to launch alongside the iPad mini 3 later this year, and is expected to include a faster A8 processor in addition to the aforementioned Touch ID fingerprint sensor and refined physical features. Rumors have also suggested that Apple is working on a larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, however recent reports have indicated that plans for the tablet may be on hold for the foreseeable future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Constructing Second Retail Store in Turkey, May Open This Fall • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems

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Apple launched a new television ad in its "You're More Powerful Than You Think" campaign, this time called "Dreams". The song in the ad is "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer O'Connor. It is the fourth ad in the series, with previous spots "Powerful", "Strength", and "Parenthood" focusing on the sheer variety of apps on the iPhone, workout apps, and apps for parents. Like the other ads, "Dreams" shows the iPhone used in various situations in everyday life, extended with apps from the App Store. Apps and accessories featured in the spot include: - Vaavud Wind Meter, an anemometer that plugs into the iPhone's headphone jack - Response Deck, an app for fire and EMS first responders - iTranslate Voice, a near-real time language translation app - Veterinary AliveECG, a portable heart monitor for pets - ForeFlight Mobile, a civil aviation mapping and weather app for pilots - SAM-1, an appcessory for measuring water pH and other data "Dreams" debuts just over a month after the previous spot, "Parenthood", was released at the end of June. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Beats Pill Mascots and Siri Join Forces in New 'Apple and Beats' Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery

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Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized today, and as the two companies merge into one, the positions some former Beats employees will take on at Apple are becoming clearer. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Ian Rogers, who serves as the CEO of Beats Music, will take Apple’s own iTunes Radio streaming music service under his wing, heading up both streaming music services. Rogers will likely report to Eddy Cue, the SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, who oversees all of Apple’s content stores.Rogers, a former Yahoo executive, will run both teams to create cohesion in Apple’s streaming-music options, according to the people familiar with the matter. Pandora and Spotify, the two-biggest streaming music services, each offer both a free ad-supported service and a subscription-based service.As previously reported, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre) are also expected to take on senior roles at the company, and while it remains unclear exactly what the duo will do at Apple, Iovine may also become involved with iTunes, securing deals and marketing opportunities. Earlier today, Apple posted a message on its website welcoming the Beats team to the family, as Beats shut down its own online store. While many former Beats employees are transitioning to Cupertino or continuing to work in a Los Angeles office, approximately 200 employees in human resources, finance, and other areas where there was overlap with Apple have only been given temporary positions as the company tries to find new roles for them. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts

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United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives. Obama has long supported the act, which was originally introduced via a 2013 "We the People" petition that gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling for cell phone unlocking to be made legal. It first became illegal to unlock a cell phone in January of 2013, after an exception in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act expired, restricting U.S. customers from shifting their service to other carriers or using their devices abroad with local SIM cards. Now that cell phone unlocking is once again legal, consumers and third-party unlocking services will be able to unlock paid-for cell phones and tablets without receiving express permission from carriers and without facing criminal penalties. The changes will make it easier for consumers to take their devices to the carrier of their choice after contractual obligations have been fulfilled and it will also be easier to use existing devices abroad.The bill not only restores the rights of consumers to unlock their phones, but ensures that they can receive help doing so if they lack the technological savvy to unlock on their own. The most important part of this joint effort is that it will have a real impact. As long as their phone is compatible and they have complied with their contracts, consumers will now be able to enjoy the freedom of taking their mobile service -- and a phone they already own -- to the carrier that best fits their needs. At a time when partisan gridlock all too often threatens progress on everyday issues that matter to consumers, working together we listened to your voices, and the American people benefited as a result.In December of 2013, U.S. cellular carriers and the FCC also came to an agreement over a set of voluntary principles that will make it easier for wireless customers to unlock their devices and switch from carrier to carrier after a contract has been fulfilled. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Air, AppleCare, and Apple Accessories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts

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Apple today updated its website with a new page celebrating its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next. The page also links visitors to the the front page of the revamped Beats Electronics website, which contains a message from the Beats team about joining Apple. As part of these changes, Beats Electronics also has confirmed the closure of its online store. Going forward, all transactions will be handled through Apple's Online Store and customers are advised to contact Apple about purchases made after August 1, 2014. Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music is moving forward, with the deal recently receiving regulatory approval from the European Commission. U.S. regulators are expected to weigh in on the deal in a decision to be announced sometime this quarter. In other acquisition news, Bloomberg also reported that Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. This stake was held by Vivendi's Universal Music Group. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests

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Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has published several high-resolution images purportedly showing flex cables from both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These latest images add to the growing number of flex cables and other internal components for the iPhone 6 that have surfaced in the past few months. These images include a possible look at the home button cables from both iPhone 6 models. The photos show two different designs for the part, each with a square section for the Touch ID sensor but distinct from the iPhone 5s part. While Apple's iPads are also rumored to be gaining Touch ID functionality this year, the parts shown in the photos are compact enough that they are much more likely to be for the iPhone. Another set of photos shows a flex cable with the ambient light/proximity sensors and a microphone. The corresponding part from the iPhone 5s includes the device's FaceTime camera, but the camera is not included on the purported iPhone 6 cable. As the rumored September launch of the iPhone 6 approaches, we expect to see additional part leaks, especially for the 5.5-inch model which may enter mass production in the coming month. Supply chain reports claim the 4.7-inch model entered mass production in July. Rumors suggest Apple may stagger the launch of the iPhone 6, introducing the 4.7-inch model in September and following that launch with the 5.5-inch version later in the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Delta Airlines Launches In-Flight Entertainment for iOS Devices Through Updated Apps • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests

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Echoing his earlier iWatch predictions, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today suggested (via AppleInsider) that Apple's iWatch will be available in limited quantities in 2014, with only three million devices hitting store shelves before the end of the year. Kuo says that while market predictions point towards shipments between 5 and 10 million smart watches before the end of 2014, his own prediction based on supply chain checks is at three million units due to the iWatch's late production date. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor Balogh Earlier this month, Kuo released a report pointing towards a November production date for the iWatch. Difficulties developing the screen for the device as well as its sapphire crystal cover are said to have slowed development on the iWatch, pushing back targeted production dates. "We believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple's existing products," Kuo wrote. Kuo believes that continued problems with the sapphire display for the iWatch may lead Apple to produce some of the devices with glass covers instead of sapphire. In the note, he also points towards TPK as the supplier for the iWatch's touch module. TPK's recent earnings report has suggested iWatch production has been delayed and will not begin until until the fourth quarter. Apple is said to be aiming to introduce the iWatch at an October event, which means it may debut before production even begins. In the event that the device does not enter production until November, Apple may launch the device well after it is first introduced, much like it did with the Mac Pro. As a result, the iWatch may be available in very limited quantities in 2014, with availability increasing in early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Intelligent Time Management App 'Timeful' Launches on iOS • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries

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Microsoft's Office for iPad apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint received a major update today that adds several new user-requested features to each app. All three apps have gained the ability to export files as PDFs, and each one has also gained new Picture Tools that let users crop to focus on the right part of an image. Third-party fonts have also been added to each app. Excel now includes improved external keyboard support to make the experience of using Excel on the iPad more like a desktop usage experience. There are more print options available, and a new "Flick to Select" feature lets users flick to select all data in a row or column. Word didn't gain new features beyond the Picture Tools, Fonts, and ability to send PDFs, but PowerPoint has seen some improvements. The app has a new Presenter View that lets users view and edit speaker notes, see next slides, and jump to other slides while presenting. Presenter tools allow for highlights and drawings to be erased within presentations, while new media features make it possible for users to play videos, sound effects, and background music while presenting. There are also new tools to insert videos from the Camera Roll and add/edit hyperlinks. Today's update is the second major update the Office software has gotten since its March release. Back in April, the three apps gained some important features that had been missing since launch, including the ability to print directly from the apps. Microsoft's Office for iPad apps have proven to be highly successful for the company and back in May, just over a month after the software had been released, the apps had seen more than 27 million downloads. Microsoft has committed to continually improving its Office for iPad apps, which now directly compete with Apple's own iWork suite including Numbers, Keynote, and Pages. All of the updates to the new Office apps are currently available and can be downloaded from the App Store for free. While the apps can be accessed for free, unlocking full capabilities, including editing and creating documents, requires an Office 365 subscription. - Microsoft Word for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft Excel for iPad [Direct Link] - Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free

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Apple's content delivery network is now live in the US and Europe, reports analyst Dan Rayburn of Frost & Sullivan (Via ArsTechnica). The CDN may deliver multiple terabits of data per second, allowing Apple to more efficiently to distribute software updates and other content to its customers. Apple's CDN apparently went live recently as current trace routes provided by Rayburn show that OS X downloads are piped directly from Apple to internet service providers, such as Comcast. Apple is paying for this direct route in order to avoid congestion and other issues during times of high volume traffic, such as when a new version of OS X is released. Other providers who possibly have negotiated these interconnect deals with Apple are rumored to include AT&T and Verizon, both of which have similar contracts with Netflix. Apple has not publicly commented on its CDN plans, but the company is expected to use the network to deliver iOS and OS X downloads, while gradually transitioning its iTunes and App Store away from Akamai and other Level 3 CDNs. "It’s too early to know how much traffic will come over and when, but Apple’s already started using their own CDN much faster than I expected. The pace of their build out and amount of money they are spending on infrastructure is incredible. Based on my calculations, Apple has already put in place multiple terabits per second of capacity and by the end of this year, will have invested well more than $100M in their CDN build out." Apple allegedly has been working on building this content delivery network for several years, with a rapid acceleration in the past year to bring the service online. The rollout of this network brings content delivery under Apple's direct control, helping to ensure its customers can access data reliably and quickly. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Now Replacing Damaged iPhone 5s Displays in Retail Stores • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free

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As part of its pending acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, Apple has begun making offers to Beats employees that will see roughly 200 of Beats' 700 positions phased out over the next few months. News of the job cuts was first reported by 9to5Mac yesterday, with additional detail provided by the New York Post. According to the reports, most of the job cuts will be in human resources, finance, and other areas where there is overlap between Apple and Beats staff. Some Beats employees will reportedly transfer to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, while others will remain at Beats' current facility in the Los Angeles area. Apple has issued a statement to Re/code confirming that some Beats employees have received only temporary offers from Apple as part of the transition.Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr’s explanation: “We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee. Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.”Apple's $3 billion deal to acquire Beats and its headphone and streaming music businesses has been approved by European regulators, but will not be finalized until U.S. regulators sign off on the deal. Apple indicated at the time the acquisition was announced that it expects the deal to close this quarter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vox Music Player Updated With SoundCloud Integration, New Organizational Features • Apple Launches New EFI Update 2.9.1 For 2011 MacBook Air to Solve Installation Problems • NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts • OWC Shares Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro Unboxing, SSD Tests • Instagram's Snapchat Competitor 'Bolt' Soft Launches in Three Countries • 'Signal' for iOS Lets Users Make Encrypted Voice Calls for Free • Kindle for iOS Updated With Syncing and Navigation Improvements

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