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Judge Lucy Koh today rejected the settlement deal that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe had reached with tech workers over a lawsuit involving anti-poaching agreements, reports CNBC. According to Koh, the $324.5 million settlement number agreed upon in April is too low, and should be at least $380 million. A judge rejected a $324.5 million settlement Friday between tech workers and companies Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe in a lawsuit accusing the firms of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's employees. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the proposed settlement amount "falls below the range of reasonableness."Tech workers initially levied the class action anti-poaching lawsuit against the companies in 2011, accusing them of creating no-hire agreements and conspiring not to poach employees from one another in an effort to keep salaries lower. No-solicitation agreements revealed during the lawsuit dated back to 2005, involving Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, among others. The agreements prevented company recruiters from contacting employees placed on specific no-contact lists. The United States Department of Justice stepped in back in 2010, ordering the companies to stop entering anti-poaching agreements, but the class-action civil lawsuit brought against the companies by 64,000 employees will remain open until a suitable settlement can be reached. The suit originally asked for $3 billion in damages, a significantly higher number than the 324 million agreed upon in April. Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Intuit previously settled their cases for approximately $20 million. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update • Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 With Podcast Bug Fixes • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App

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Apps in the iOS and Mac App Stores have begun displaying details on Family Sharing, letting users know whether or not the feature is enabled for specific apps ahead of the launch of iOS 8 and Yosemite. A new Family Sharing listing has appeared in the Information section for each app, as noted by German site iFun.de [Google Translate]. For developers that have turned on Family Sharing, the section displays a "Yes" under the Family Sharing heading, while apps from developers that have opted not to allow Family Sharing or have yet to turn the setting on display "Not Available." Certain apps, like Sketchbook Mobile display a "Yes" for purchases after a set date, indicating that developers have the option to only allow Family Sharing for new purchases. First announced during June's Worldwide Developers Conference, Family Sharing for iOS 8 and Yosemite lets families of up to six people share content like apps, iBooks, music, movies, and more, across all of their iOS devices, provided their iTunes accounts use the same credit card. Family Sharing also lets families share photos, videos, a calendar, reminders, and more, to keep everyone in the family connected. Though Family Sharing is not yet fully functional, Apple has made steps towards implementing the service throughout the iOS 8 and Yosemite beta testing period. Shortly after WWDC, Apple began asking developers to enable the feature in their apps. Family Sharing works on a per-app opt-in basis, with Apple letting developers decide whether the feature is available for sharing. Early iOS 8 betas saw the addition of Family Sharing in the iCloud section of the settings app, and iOS 8 beta 2 and an Apple TV beta laid significant groundwork for Family Sharing, adding a new section for "Family Purchases" to the iOS App Store's purchased tab and a new iCloud Family setting for the Apple TV. Family Sharing is expected to be implemented and fully functional ahead of the public release of iOS 8, which will be available in September after the upcoming iPhone event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update • Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 With Podcast Bug Fixes • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App

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Following a major earthquake in China's Yunnan Province earlier this week that killed over 600 people and caused widespread damage, Apple has made a donation of 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) in support of relief efforts in the region, reports CRIENGLISH.com. Apple has also updated its Chinese home page to acknowledge the disaster. Apple CEO Tim Cook has also sent an email to company employees, shared by 9to5Mac, in which he expresses "deepest sympathies" to those affected and mentions Apple presence in the region and commitment to help.Team, Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China’s Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families. TimApple made a similar but larger donation in support of relief efforts following another earthquake in China last year, and the company has committed to charity support on a number of other occasions, including facilitating donations from iTunes Store users following such disasters as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Super Typhoon Haiyan last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update • Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 With Podcast Bug Fixes • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App

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Apple is once again expanding its Reno, Nevada data center, adding several new data cluster buildings, reports Reno Gazette Journal. The upcoming expansion was documented in building permits filed recently with Washoe County. Apple's Reno data center (Source: Wired) This new round of expansion is expected to kick off the third phase of development for the center that was approved in 2012 and went live in 2013. Apple currently is in the second phase of construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of this summer."They just keep plugging along," said Trevor Lloyd, senior planner for Washoe County. "Apple keeps submitting plans … and it looks like they'll be expanding for a long time." Apple's latest plans will boost the number of buildings on the site to nine, including eight data cluster buildings and an administration building, with plenty of room for further expansion on the 2,220-acre property. As previously outlined by Wired, Apple's initial plans call for a cluster of eight small interconnected data buildings, which the recent building permits cover the completion of. A second facility of equal size is planned for future expansion. Apple also is building a solar panel farm that will generate up to 18–20 megawatts of power for data center operations and will supplement the plant's current geothermal power. While Apple improves its Reno data center operations, its proposal for a downtown facility has stalled, with Apple yet to submit building plans for a location in the Tessera District of Reno. "I haven't heard anything and, as far as I know, no one in the city has heard anything," said Bill Thomas, assistant city manager for Reno. "I'm not saying we won't hear from them but it's been silence on their end (as of now)." This downtown facility, which has been described as a "business and purchasing center", is part of Apple's original proposal and is required if the company is to receive up to $89 million in tax breaks on data center equipment over the next decade. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Refutes Report That It Banned Government Purchases of Apple Products • iPhone 6 Clone Passed Off as Real Product to Street-Goers in Prank Video • Apple Puts 20 Productivity Apps on Sale in iOS App Store for Limited Time • 1Password for iOS/Mac Gets Price Cut Ahead of Upcoming Free iOS 8 Update • Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 With Podcast Bug Fixes • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App

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Last month, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] shared some high-quality photos and a video of the purported rear shell of the iPhone 6. The part was in an intermediate stage of production, and thus had not been fully processed and polished, but it still offered a good look at the device's body. Feld & Volk has now received what it believes to be a completed iPhone 6 rear shell and has shared some new photos revealing a few features not highlighted in previous leaks. Among these is a good look at the volume button cutouts, which have now been recessed slightly in a change that will allow for a lower profile along the edges and decreased likelihood of accidental volume changes. Similar recesses for the volume buttons have been seen on a purported "perfect replica" and claimed actual rear shell for the next-generation iPad Air. Feld & Volk's photos also offer a look at the embedded Apple logo, something Apple has not used on the iPhone since the original iPhone back in 2007. Feld & Volk says the embedded logo is very similar to that seen on the original iPhone, but says it is made of "very extraordinary" scratch-resistant metal that it speculates could be a Liquidmetal alloy, although there is no specific evidence supporting that speculation. Another photo shows what seems to be an external camera ring, which measures 6.66 mm in diameter and reportedly fits perfectly on the rear camera hole of the shell. Leaked design drawings and physical mockups have indicated that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may see a protruding rear camera as seen on the current iPod touch, but so far those leaks have all pointed to a flush camera for the smaller 4.7-inch model, so it remains to be seen whether this camera ring does indeed pair with the rear shell of the 4.7-inch model. Finally, the set of parts includes a long flexible cable previously seen in another photo leak. As with the previous leak, Feld & Volk speculates that it could be for the home button, but given its length we wonder if it is actually a flex cable for an upcoming iPad. Apple is all but confirmed to be holding its annual iPhone media event on September 9, although it is unclear whether both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will be arriving simultaneously. At a minimum, the 4.7-inch model should launch in the first wave of countries roughly a week and a half after the event, based on past release patterns. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 With Podcast Bug Fixes • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App • Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and Green • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X

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Now that Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics is complete, the company has begun expanding its promotion of Beats products, giving the Beats by Dr. Dre line of accessories its own dedicated section in the Accessory portion of the Apple Online Store. Added yesterday, the Beats by Dr. Dre section joins "All Accessories," "Apple Accessories," "Exclusives," "Now Trending," and Gift Cards" on the top menu bar of the "Shop Accessories" section of the online store. Though Apple has long sold Beats products, the dedicated menu bar position gives the accessories far more prominence online. The section, first noticed by 9to5Mac, promotes Beats headphones, Beats in-ear headphones, Beats speakers, and Beats accessories like the Pill Dudes and Sleeves designed to hold Beats speakers. Apple is also continuing to show off the Beats line of headphones in its retail stores, with the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 and Studio over-ear headphones accompanying iPod touches in many retail locations. Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music became official last week, following U.S. regulatory approval of the deal. As of August 1, Beats Electronics shut down its own online store and began directing customers to the Apple Online Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to Developers • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App • Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • 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

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Rumors suggesting Siri will make its way into OS X have been circulating for years, but the personal assistant has yet to debut on the Mac. A new patent application published by the U.S. patent and Trademark Office and spotted by AppleInsider revives these rumors with the description of an intelligent assistant for the desktop that provides features far beyond the current dictation available in OS X. The patent application, which was filed in February of this year and based on a provisional application from a year earlier, describes a system that in one iteration can sit in the dock, waiting for touch input or voice commands to activate a personal assistant in a manner similar to Siri in iOS. The assistant would then perform tasks based on input by the user. The same system can function as a third hand, allowing users to interact physically with a mouse and keyboard while simultaneously performing a secondary task using their voice. Methods and systems related to interfaces for interacting with a digital assistant in a desktop environment are disclosed. In some embodiments, a digital assistant is invoked on a user device by a gesture following a predetermined motion pattern on a touch-sensitive surface of the user device. In some embodiments, a user device selectively invokes a dictation mode or a command mode to process a speech input depending on whether an input focus of the user device is within a text input area displayed on the user device. In some embodiments, a digital assistant performs various operations in response to one or more objects being dragged and dropped onto an iconic representation of the digital assistant displayed on a graphical user interface. In some embodiments, a digital assistant is invoked to cooperate with the user to complete a task that the user has already started on a user device. Though Apple is bringing some aspects of iOS to OS X such as Reminders, Apple has yet to integrate Siri into its desktop platform. The feature was not mentioned when Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, and there is no known evidence in the current beta version of Yosemite that suggests Apple may integrate its personal assistant into future versions of the desktop OS. Still, it is clear Apple is thinking about ways to bring Siri-like features to OS X. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Square-Enix Releases Turn-Based RPG 'Dragon Quest IV' for iOS • United Airlines Rolls Out Passport Scanning for International Flights to iOS App • Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • 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

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VentureBeat today posted a detailed overview of features that are said to be built into Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, with the outline provided by an unspecified source. While many of the proffered specifications in VentureBeat's outline echo past rumors, there are a few new specific details worth highlighting. According to the site's source, Apple will introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones at its upcoming September 9 event, but while the 4.7-inch version will ship in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won't ship until up to a month later. This is in line with rumors suggesting the 5.5-inch iPhone isn't entering mass production until August or September, a month to two months after production is said to have began on the 4.7-inch iPhone. iPhone 5s with mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models Feature wise, VentureBeat points towards a new 2.0GHz A8 chip, NFC capabilities, and 802.11ac WiFi, all of which have been mentioned in previous rumors as possible specifications for the iPhone 6. The site does get into some specifics, however, suggesting the device will use Qualcomm's MDM9x35 cellular modem along with an NFC chip made by NXP and a WiFi chip from Broadcom. Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor is said to include minor improvements that "speed up read times, cut down on false rejections, and improve security for mobile payments and biometrics," and the source suggests the iPhone 6 will not use a sapphire screen.We've also heard rumors that the new screens will be made of ultra-durable sapphire glass. Our source says the screens are made of an extremely hard material that's slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire. That corroborates an earlier video report showing that the purported iPhone 6 screen is harder than previous models' screens but softer than sapphire crystal.While a front panel said to be for the 4.7-inch iPhone has undergone some testing that suggests it may not be composed of sapphire, many rumors have pointed towards the use of a pure sapphire crystal display or sapphire laminated glass display in at least one of the iPhone 6 models. The volume of sapphire production at Apple's Arizona sapphire plant run by GT Advanced also points towards the heavy use of the material and it is unlikely that all of the company's sapphire is being allocated towards the iWatch. During Q2 2014 alone, GT Advanced spent over $45 million on "sapphire production ramp up costs, and previous rumors have suggested the plant can output enough sapphire to outfit approximately 100 to 200 million iPhones. In addition to outlining possible features for the iPhone 6, VentureBeat also suggests that Apple is experimenting with special connectivity between the iPhone and Beats headphones using the Lightning connector. Apple did recently introduce a Lightning Cable MFi specification for headphones, making such a project a possibility.Our source adds that Apple has also been playing around with some technology that would form a special "handshake" between iPhones and Beats headphones. This consists of a chip that would authenticate Beats headsets on iPhones using the Lightning connector. Whether or not that feature materializes is anybody's guess.VentureBeat's sources have not been particularly reliable in the past. For example, the site recently suggested Apple was pairing up with Swatch to develop the iWatch, a rumor that was quickly shot down by Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. The site's source also "stresses" that the listed features may not be the "final spec list" for the iPhone 6, so the overall reliability of the provided information is unclear. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • 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

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Though it's only been two months since Apple held its 25th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the likely dates for its 26th conference have already surfaced. Apple's 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will most likely commence on June 8, 2015, and last through June 12, 2015, according to dates blocked out on the Moscone Center's 2015 summer schedule. While the aforementioned dates are earmarked as just a "Corporate Event" on Moscone's website, in previous years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), the same non-specific Corporate Event during the June time period has turned out to be a placeholder for WWDC. The June 8 to 12 time period reserved at Moscone West also coincides with a multi-year convention calendar for the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau that was discovered in 2010. Thus far, the listed dates, which cover potential WWDC events from 2010 to 2015, have been accurate for the past four conferences. It is, of course, possible that the generic Corporate Event label pertains to another event unrelated to WWDC, but based on past history, it seems to point towards Apple's events. It is also possible that Apple could opt to its schedule, but at this point in time, June 8, 2015 appears to be the tentative date for the next Worldwide Developers Conference. An official confirmation of the dates for the 26th Worldwide Developers Conference will not come until the first few months of 2015, when Apple makes an announcement and begins ticket sales. In 2014, Apple announced its June 2 WWDC on April 3. Tickets to Apple's 2014 conference were distributed via a lottery system due to high demand, and it's possible tickets for the 2015 WWDC will be handled in the same way. Though it's early to predict possible product introductions at next year's conference, based on past history, Apple will likely highlight both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Yosemite's successor. The timing may also coincide with the launch of some of Intel's Broadwell chips, making it an ideal event to unveil updated Broadwell-based MacBooks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • 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

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Roughly six weeks ago, ABC News launched a new Apple TV channel offering a wide range of live and on-demand content from both national and select local feeds. Based on the first 30 days of availability, ABC News has now put together an infographic that offers a look at how the channel is being used. Among the interesting observations: - Live video usage on Apple TV, which accounts for 20 percent of channel views, is 50 percent higher than on mobile and desktop combined. - Apple TV viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit than desktop users. - Peak usage for the ABC News Apple TV channel falls at 9 PM Eastern Time, likely due to that time period encompassing evening viewing hours for most of the United States. Click for full infographic Alongside today's usage data release, ABC News is also announcing the addition of three new local stations to the channel: Albuquerque (KOAT), Boston (WCVB), and Honolulu (KITV). The new additions join the original nine local stations made available on the channel at launch. Apple has been adding new channels to the Apple TV at a fairly rapid pace, at least in the United States, although many of them require authentication through an existing cable service provider. The company has long been rumored to be working on a more powerful set-top box, but the latest rumors have suggested the device is unlikely to arrive until 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • China Said to Ban Government Purchases of Apple Hardware Amid Heightened Security Concerns • 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

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Several years ago, Apple rolled out a new page on its site touting job growth associated with its businesses in the United States, calculating that included over 300,000 workers directly tied to the company and its business partners, as well as over 200,000 more workers that were part of the App Store economy. The total number is now approaching 600,000 workers, driven largely by increases in the App Store segment over the past two years. Now, Apple is bringing the same public relations effort to Europe, with a series of pages touting Apple's job creation numbers in Europe, as noted by The Wall Street Journal.Throughout our history, we have created entirely new products - and entirely new industries - by focusing on innovation. This has resulted in nearly 630,000 European jobs at Apple and at developers and businesses supported by Apple. In addition, the App Store has created hundreds of thousands of jobs that previously did not exist in the European economy, enabling developers to launch new companies and earn $6.5 billion from App Store sales worldwide.Out of the 630,000 European jobs cited by Apple, the company includes nearly 500,000 related to the App Store economy, with Apple highlighting the $6.5 billion in developer payments the represents over 30 percent of the total $20 billion paid out by Apple worldwide. The remaining 132,000 European jobs cited by Apple are related to the company itself, including its own employees and those at suppliers and resellers. Country-specific versions of the pages, such as for France and Italy, share largely the same information, although each has a unique "Spotlight on Developers" section sharing quotes from and links to select developers from those countries. Apple also puts a special spotlight on its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, where the company now employs 4,000 workers. Apple notes that it is the city's largest private employer, housing roughly 10% of Apple's corporate employees and supporting an additional 2,500 jobs at other companies providing services to Apple in Cork. 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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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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