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iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is expected to face limited earnings growth this year amid rumors that Apple's next-generation smartphone will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor, according to Taipei Times (via GforGames). The report cites Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu, who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year. [...] Pu said that although the migration to 8-megapixel and 13-megapixel lenses would remain strong among Chinese vendors of mid-tier and low-end phones, upgrades to 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses for flagship phones would be slow given the limited supply of CMOS sensors — used to convert light into electrons.While details surrounding the so-called "iPhone 6s" remain limited, this report is consistent with Largan Precision's stock price dipping early last year amid rumors the iPhone 6 camera would retain an 8-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, it was reported in November that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could have the "biggest camera jump ever" with a dual-lens, DSLR-quality system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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Ahead of tonight's telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled "Change" featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton. The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant's "All Or Nothing" entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and more. Apps shown throughout the add include Apple's GarageBand for songwriting, iMPC Pro for production, Serato Remote for live performances and Manual Camera for filming video. Billboard also reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services were the focus of much attention at a pre-Grammy party held by record producer Clive Davis. Apple is estimated to have paid upwards of $2 million for its Grammy ad. The new iPad ad follows rumors of a revamped Beats Music subscription service, with a report last week noting that Apple would be charging $7.99 per month for access on OS X , iOS, Apple TV, and Android. Apple is expected to relaunch Beats Music later this year, possibly at June during the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports [Update: Fixed] • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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Corning today unveiled a new material that it's been working on, which combines the strength of its existing Gorilla Glass with ultra scratch-resistance like that of sapphire, reports CNET. The material, which goes by the name "Project Phire," was shown off during an investor meeting by Corning Glass president James Clappin."We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."Corning's existing Gorilla Glass product is used in a range of smartphone and tablet displays, from Samsung's Galaxy line to Apple's own iOS lineup. Apple planned to move away from Corning's Gorilla Glass with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, switching instead to sapphire produced by GT Advanced, but was unable to use the material due to production issues that later saw the dissolution of the partnership between the two companies. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass is superior to sapphire due to sapphire's brittleness and tendency to shatter when dropped. Corning has on several occasions pitted Gorilla Glass against sapphire to highlight the former's benefits -- lighter weight, greater strength, and lower pricing. Gorilla Glass 4, Corning's most recent product, is even more resistant to shattering when it falls onto hard, rough surfaces than previous versions of Gorilla Glass, but it is unable to match the scratch resistant properties of sapphire crystal. Sapphire is second only to diamond when it comes to hardness, and Apple already uses the material to protect the iPhone's rear camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor from scratches. Apple's desire to produce iPhone displays with greater scratch resistance may make Corning's "Project Phire" material highly appealing to the company for use in next-generation devices, as it could potentially serve as a suitable replacement for sapphire. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini 2, Apps, and Apple Accessories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free

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In addition to a new Photos app and emoji improvements, yesterday's developer release of the first OS X 10.10.3 beta also includes new direct support for Google's 2-Step Verification when setting up Google services in the Internet Accounts section of System Preferences. 2-Step Verification is an optional security setting that requires users to enter not only their account password but also a unique code sent by Google via phone app, text message, or voice call to a previously registered device or phone number, greatly enhancing account security. Not all devices and apps support Google's 2-Step Verification, however, and as a backup Google also allows users to generate app-specific passwords to register a unique password for that device or app. The app-specific password can be revoked at any time by logging into the user's Google account for another time, making it easy to disable access on a device that has been lost or stolen. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, users setting up their machines to access Google accounts with 2-Step Verification enabled have had to use this app-specific password option. Users trying to log in with their standard Google account passwords are met with error messages informing them they need to use this option. OS X 10.10.2 requiring an app-specific password for a Google account protected with 2-Step Verification But as noticed by developer Jonathan Wight, the new OS X 10.10.3 beta now fully supports 2-Step Verification, allowing users to log in with their standard passwords and unique verification codes. OS X 10.10.3 requesting verification code after logging in with standard password The change makes logging in with 2-Step protected accounts much simpler and increases security by making sure the user attempting to log in has a secondary trusted device to provide the verification code. (Thanks, Sean!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Forces Users to Upgrade to Newest Adobe Flash Player to Patch Vulnerabilities • Hands-On Review of Oral-B's iPhone-Connected Bluetooth Smart Toothbrush • Philips Pulls Defective 1.7.1 Hue App Update After Crashing Reports • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9

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While the featured addition in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 developer seed was the new Photos app, Apple is addressing other issues with the forthcoming update, and one of these focus areas is emoji, which is seeing several changes and improvements. One immediately evident change is the menu option used to bring up the character palette where emoji and other symbols can be browsed and selected. The Character palette a is systemwide option generally accessed through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the menu item is called "Special Characters," while on OS X 10.10.3, it is labeled "Emoji & Symbols". The change offers a clearer description of what can be accessed through the menu item while specifically giving a strong visibility boost to emoji. Another significant change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3 is the apparent laying of groundwork to support skin tone modifiers proposed for the Unicode 8.0 standard. Apple noted almost a year ago that it was working with the Unicode Consortium to bring more diversity to emoji, and the proposed skin tone modifiers are a significant step in that direction. OS X 10.10.3 also appears to include a number of placeholders for new emoji in the character palette, but no images or descriptions have yet been added for these entries. Character palette showing placeholders for new emoji and an arrow on the "Man" emoji to provide access to skin tone options The skin tone modifier proposal would apply to certain skin-colored emoji, allowing users to select from a range of skin tones to best represent the message they wish to send via emoji. As can be seen in OS X 10.10.3, many of these skin-colored emoji now display an arrow that when clicked brings up a menu of options. Apparent incomplete implementation of skin tone modifier options for the "Man" emoji While the menu is currently non-functional, it does show the selected emoji followed by five instances of the emoji paired with a number one inside a black box. These are presumably incomplete implementations of skin tone modifiers, waiting for the Unicode Consortium to finalize its standards for Unicode 8.0. Just yesterday, the Unicode Technical Committee officially moved the technical report covering skin tone modifiers and other emoji changes for Unicode 8.0 to draft status, and Unicode 8.0 itself has been approved for beta release. In one other change for emoji in OS X 10.10.3, the pop-up emoji picker available in many apps has been transitioned from a paginated layout to a single larger vertical-scrolling page. Under OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the various emoji categories are contained on separate pages within the picker, with users needing to click on a toolbar along the bottom to change pages. Emoji picker in OS X 10.10.2 (left) with paginated categories vs. OS X 10.10.3 (right) with single scrollable page and category jumps In OS X 10.10.3, all emoji are displayed on a single page, and while they are still organized by category and users can still click toolbar buttons to quickly jump between categories, users can now also simply scroll the entire list if they wish. All of these changes come as emoji have exploded in popularity, spreading beyond their origin in Japan to be embraced worldwide as a quick, fun, and easy way to share a variety of emotions and thoughts, most commonly within messaging apps. As a result, Apple has been working to increase support for emoji across iOS and OS X, and this first OS X 10.10.3 developer build is a clear sign of that continued interest. (Thanks, Sachin!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'ControlAir' App Brings Finger Gesture Controls to Mac • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown'

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Apple and Tesla have been battling to recruit top talent from each other, according to a new report from Bloomberg Business. Tesla has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than they have from any other company. The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law. “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” says Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Apple declined to comment for this story.Former Apple employees say their decision to join Tesla was based on the company's electric cars and CEO Elon Musk, who is a similar figure to Jobs. Like Jobs, Musk pays a great deal of attention to the details of his products and is a strong, visionary leader. Musk reportedly has a soft spot for Apple and enjoys comparisons to Steve Jobs as well, one former Tesla employee tells Bloomberg. Apple's influence can be felt in the 17-inch touchscreen installed in Tesla's cars as well as its retail stores, both of which had former Apple employees in key roles. High profile former Apple employees at Tesla include Doug Field, Apple's former VP of Mac Hardware Engineering, who leads new vehicle development at the car company. Using top Silicon Valley talent, like former employees at Apple, allows Tesla to get a leg-up on competitors in the automobile industry. While Tesla has had success recruiting talent from Apple, Musk says that Apple has hired "very few people" from the car company despite offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases to its employees. Apple and Tesla have interacted in the past, with a report emerging in February 2014 that Apple had considered purchasing Tesla. Musk also revealed the two companies have had "conversations", though it isn't known whether those were about a potential acquisition, iOS integration in Tesla cars or battery technology. The report also provides an interesting look into other ways Apple has influenced one of the most talked about companies in Silicon Valley and is worth reading at Bloomberg Business. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Following the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta to developers this afternoon, the embargo has lifted for media outlets to publish their first impressions and hands-on reviews of the all-new Photos for OS X app. Below is a roundup of some of the more interesting comments and opinions about Photos for OS X, which combines iPhoto and Aperture into one for OS X Yosemite. The Wall Street Journal describes Photo for OS X as a significant improvement for users in the Apple ecosystem, adding that the app is less confusing to use than iPhoto thanks to an improved iCloud-based approach. It also found Photos for OS X to have snappier performance than iPhoto based on the Apple-provided demo notebook. "If you choose to turn it on, all of your Apple devices feed all their full-resolution photos into iCloud, making them all available over the Internet to the Photos apps on all your Apple devices. [...] You can see the advantage to all this when you edit photos. With iCloud, any change you make on one device will show up moments later everywhere else."Wired was also impressed with Photos for OS X, describing the software as a "vast improvement" over iPhoto and praising its new built-in photo editing tools. It believes that, while some professionals might opt for Adobe Lightroom and other tools, Photos for OS X is an ideal photo management and editing solution for most Mac users."Advanced users, particularly those operating on 5K iMacs or Mac Pros, may be happier eventually switching to Adobe Lightroom—though most of them probably have done so already. But for most of us, particularly recent Mac converts and people who may not fancy themselves serious photographers, Photos is a welcomely humble way to approach image editing." Even further praise of Photos for OS X was provided by Re/code, which described the software as a "huge improvement" over iPhoto with easy-to-use editing tools and seamless iCloud syncing. Its hands-on impressions found Photos for OS X to be lacking some advanced editing tools found in Aperture, however, noting that some users might opt for professional software."While Photos offers some advanced settings like white balance and level, it lacks some of the professional-level tools found in Aperture. For example, it doesn’t have brushable or curve adjustments and doesn’t support splitting and merging libraries. And you can’t add custom metadata fields in the app."The Verge went hands on with Photos for OS X and walked away impressed, noting that it handles large photo libraries much better alongside more powerful photo editing, sharing and syncing options. As with other publications, it found Photos for OS X to be more suitable for beginners than professionals."iPhoto was never one of Apple’s most beloved products. Every year, it seemed slower and less connected to the phone — the place where most photos are taken. Photos for OS X does a lot of things right, but mostly it’s just fast and tightly integrated with your other devices. It feels like a big step forward, even if feels overdue." Yahoo Tech claims that much of Photos for OS X will be a familiar experience for most Mac users, noting that power users will be impressed with the several photo parameters that can be adjusted. The review finds that Photos for OS X gives up some iPhoto features, however, including flags, star ratings, events, round-trip editing in other apps and sorting albums by keyword, title and rating. Many professional options from Aperture are also missing."If you’re happy with iPhoto and Aperture now, you should feel no hurry to switch over when Photos comes out this spring (as part of the free Yosemite 10.10.3 update), unless you want that iCloud Photo Library feature. Which would be understandable. [...] Someday, yes, there will be some OS X version that can’t run today’s iPhoto and Aperture at all. But that’s years away. In those years, Apple has plenty of time to bring Photos’ feature list up to code, and you can freely keep using iPhoto and/or Aperture and Photos, side-by-side on the same Mac."Overall, Photos for OS X appears to be a significant improvement for users migrating from iPhoto, but a step down in functionality for those coming from Aperture. A number of other publications have shared first impressions and hands-on reviews, including CNET, Engadget, Macworld, Mashable and SlashGear. Photos for OS X will be available as a public beta soon ahead of a Spring launch as a free update on OS X Yosemite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. OS X 10.10.3 includes the much-anticipated Photos app for Mac. The new is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. Recent rumors questioned the removal of mentions of the Photos app for Mac from Apple's website, suggesting it might be delayed, but today's beta release indicates that it is still on track for an early 2015 launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad • FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Swatch CEO Nick Hayek today revealed that the company has plans to manufacture and ship its own line of smartwatch devices with a launch target within the next three months, easily setting itself up against Apple's recent confirmation of an April launch date for the Apple Watch (via Bloomberg). Hayek previously displayed skepticism about smartwatches, in particular the idea of one from Apple, saying he didn't believe it would be "the next revolution." Hayek also previously dismissed the concept of a Swatch smartwatch initiative, arguing the company's highest-end devices should already be called smartwatches because "they make you look smart." Apple and Swatch were rumored at one point to be joining together for a smartwatch, but Swatch quickly denied those claims last summer. Now, building on the decades of experience Swatch has accumulated over the years, Hayek voices determination in the face of going practically head-to-head with Apple on the smart wearables front.“Entrepreneurs are practical people, and they care more about being successful than being consistent,” said Luca Solca, an analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. “Hayek has always said they have relevant technology for a smartwatch -- sensors, display, battery -- and seems to be set to make the most [of] it. Better to have an option and a hand in this category than not to. Nobody can yet say how relevant smartwatches will be in the end.” Some of the biggest claims Swatch makes about its upcoming smartwatch include the ability to connect to the Internet "without having to be charged," undoubtedly a direct shot at Apple's yet-to-be-confirmed battery life for the Apple Watch. The Swatch device will also include a form of mobile payments baked into the watch, but as of now will function only in a select few Switzerland-based grocery stores, with the company in talks to acquire more mobile payment retailer partners. Under the looming launch of the Apple Watch, several other high-end watchmakers have shifted gears and decided to delve into the smartwatch market, including TAG Heuer and Montblanc's "e-Strap" accessory band that attaches to traditional watches in lieu of buying an entirely new device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015

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Fourteen major U.S. hospitals have rolled out their own trials of Apple's HealthKit tool, with the pilot program earning praise among doctors for its ease of use and advanced tracking of various health metrics, reports Reuters. According to the news agency, eight hospitals trying out HealthKit are on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll which ranks the best hospitals, with the program seeing more of a positive reaction versus health tracking programs by Google and Samsung. Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans has been working with Apple and Epic Systems, Ochsner's medical records vendor, to roll out a pilot program for high-risk patients. The team is already tracking several hundred patients who are struggling to control their blood pressure. The devices measure blood pressure and other statistics and send it to Apple phones and tablets. "If we had more data, like daily weights, we could give the patient a call before they need to be hospitalized," said Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Dr. Richard Milani. Apple said that over 600 developers are integrating HealthKit into their health and fitness apps. The company has also hired Rana and John Halamaka, who act as two informal industry advisors that focus on health data privacy and industry introduction. Last September, it was reported that Duke University and Stanford University Hospital had begun trials with HealthKit, with representatives from both hospitals speaking highly about the program's convenience for patients and doctors. Apple introduced HealthKit alongside the new Health app in iOS 8 as a part of a new initiative into health and fitness tracking. HealthKit taps into data from the iPhone's various sensors along with compatible accessories to provide a more comprehensive picture of a user's health. The upcoming Apple Watch will also contain a number of sensors and health tracking features that seamlessly integrate with the Health app. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015

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Rumors about Apple's television plans have died down in recent months as no new product has appeared, but the company hasn't given up on TV. According to industry executives that spoke to Re/code, Apple is in talks with television programmers over deals that would see the company potentially offering a web TV service. Such a service would potentially allow Apple to offer a television service that would be streamed over the web, providing access to a bundle of channels from participating programmers. The service would not include a full lineup of channels like traditional cable, but it would offer a range of content delivered by Apple with its own interface. The theory is that Apple would put together bundles of programming -- but not the entire TV lineup that pay TV providers generally offer -- and sell it directly to consumers, over the Web. That means Apple wouldn't be reinventing the way TV works today, but offering its own version of it, with its own interface and user experience.Apple is reportedly far enough along in the development of such a service that it has been showing potential programming partners demos of the service, talks remain in the early stages -- pricing and a potential release timeline are unknown. Apple originally had very ambitious plans for revamping television, which included a desire to create a subscription television service that would replace existing cable subscription packages, but was unable to move forward with that idea due to pushback from content providers. After a string of failed negotiations, Apple scaled back on its television plans, aiming to wedge itself between cable companies and consumers by designing a set-top box that would play live television in lieu of a traditional cable box. Rumors suggested Apple was in talks with Comcast and Time Warner over such a service, which would also include cloud-based DVR functionality, but that did not materialize. Apple has repeatedly failed to reach deals with content providers due to a reluctance to change the status quo, but as Re/code points out, the television industry has been shifting towards web-based models in recent months, and both Sony and Dish have managed to establish deals with programmers to provide live TV and video-on-demand over the web. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015

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Typo Products, a company that developed a BlackBerry-esque keyboard case for the iPhone, must pay BlackBerry $860,000 for continuing to sell its Typo case despite being ordered to cease sales in March. The Typo keyboard was first announced in December of 2013 and was backed by media personality Ryan Seacrest (of American Idol fame). Seacrest reportedly invested $1 million into the product, which was the result of a desire to introduce a physical keyboard for the iPhone. According to Seacrest and his partner Lauren Hallier, they saw many of their friends carrying two phones -- one for typing and correspondence, presumably a Blackberry, and an iPhone for everything else. The keyboard that the duo developed, which snapped onto an iPhone, bore a marked resemblance to BlackBerry's signature keyboards, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the company. Original Typo iPhone case next to the BlackBerry Q10 Just a month after the Typo keyboard was announced, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit accusing Typo Products of "blatantly" copying the BlackBerry keyboard and infringing on BlackBerry patents. A judge agreed with BlackBerry, handing down the aforementioned injunction that banned the Typo from selling its keyboards, despite Typo's argument that it was not harming BlackBerry as BlackBerry was already losing market share. Typo ignored the injunction and continued selling its Typo keyboard cases, leading BlackBerry to file a contempt of court order in August, which resulted in today's $860,000 fine. BlackBerry had initially asked for $2.6 million in penalties, plus attorneys' fees for the violation. In addition to continuing to sell the original keyboard case, Typo Products introduced the Typo2 keyboard for the iPhone 6 in December of 2014, which it says does not infringe on any BlackBerry patents. Typo2 features a sleeker design with a built-in keyboard that unfortunately blocks the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6. Typo's website currently sells Typo2 keyboards for both the iPhone 5/5s and the iPhone 6. Typo2 for iPhone 6 In response to the fine levied against it, a Typo representative told Re/code that the ruling is "part of the ongoing patent litigation related to the initial Typo product" and that it "has no impact on the Typo 2." A BlackBerry representative only had this to say: "The court's order speaks for itself." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Tweetbot 2' Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free • Universal Pictures to Release Steve Jobs Movie on October 9 • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015

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Longtime Apple rival and supplier Samsung will be responsible for manufacturing the A9 chips for Apple's next-generation iPhone and iPad, Re/code confirmed today. Over the past several months, there's been a lot of confusion over whether Samsung or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would produce Apple's A9 chips, but recent rumors suggest that Samsung's technological advances have put it ahead of TSMC. Apple signed a chip production deal with TSMC back in 2013 with the hopes of diversifying its supply chain sources and reducing its reliance on Samsung because of ongoing legal battles, but it has been unable to break away from Samsung for its A-series processors. Both TSMC and Samsung produced 20-nanometer A8 and A8X processors for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, though TSMC handled the bulk of the orders. 20-nanometer A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, via Chipworks At a time when Samsung's mobile division is seeing profit loss due to flagging sales, the company's semiconductor business has helped to balance out some of the losses with continued growth. During the last quarter, Samsung's chip division earned 2.7 trillion won, making supplier relationships like the one that it has with Apple highly important to the company. Samsung is reportedly already manufacturing A9 chips for Apple, built on its 14-nanometer chip process that has outpaced TSMC's production capabilities. As detailed by Re/code, the 14-nanometer process will result in smaller chips that use less power.That's because Samsung holds a technological edge over TSMC when it comes to the latest manufacturing process. Samsung has managed to shrink the size of the transistors on its chips to 14 nanometers -- effectively packing more processing power into a smaller space and consuming less power. TSMC is still at 20 nanometers.Samsung has not confirmed that it is producing chips for Apple, but Samsung semiconductor president Dr. Kinam Kim said in October that Samsung is expecting chip profits to grow over the coming year thanks to demand for its 14-nanometer chips. Little is known about Apple's next-generation iPhone, but based on past releases and upgrade cycles, the new smartphones will use A9 chips and may feature updates to the camera. Rumors have also suggested that Apple may be planning to incorporate an A9 chip into its "iPad Pro," which may debut in the second or third quarter of 2014, and the A9 in some form will undoubtedly also make an appearance in 2015 iPad Air/mini upgrades. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7

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Apple may be planning to hold a special event during the month of February, according to French Apple-focused website iGen [Google Translate] (via iDownloadblog). The site's sources, which are often reliable, suggest that the event might take place during the last week of February, potentially on Tuesday, February 24. The event may see Apple once again showcasing the Apple Watch, which is set to debut in April, and it may also see the launch of the 12-inch MacBook Air. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the upcoming notebook will debut in March, which is in line with a late-February unveiling. Rendering of the 12-inch MacBook Air by Martin Hajek Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air is rumored to feature a new ultrathin design that does away with fans and introduces a revamped trackpad. It may include a low-power Core-M processor and it may be the first device to take advantage of the new reversible USB Type-C connector, which is much smaller and allows a USB cable to be inserted into a notebook in any orientation. Apple may also use the event to unveil additional details on the Apple Watch, such as pricing and battery life. An event showing off the Apple Watch could explain why Apple has been asking some developers to have their apps ready to launch in the App Store in mid-February, as we reported last week. It's possible that Apple will use apps from these developers to demonstrate additional capabilities of the watch. Though rumored, a February event is by no means confirmed at this point, and it is unclear what else Apple might cover in addition to the Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook Air. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7

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Apple is working on a new Beats-based paid music streaming service that will be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that the Apple-designed streaming service will also be available for Android and through a new Apple TV app in the works."Based heavily upon cloud streaming, Apple’s new service is centered around the user’s music library. A new search feature will be able to locate any song in the iTunes/Beats catalog, and users will be able to stream music from the catalog as well as add songs to their personal libraries. Users will be able to select specific tracks to store on their iOS devices and/or computers, or keep all songs solely in the cloud. Apple will also deeply integrate Beats Music’s Playlists, Activities, and Mixes features into the new service, letting users access a vast array of pre-made, human-curated playlists to fit various activities."The report adds that Beats Music users will be able to merge their existing account with an iTunes/Apple ID account for seamless transition to the new service. The app's design will shift away from the traditional red and black branding of Beats and feature a user interface that resembles the look and feel of iTunes and the stock Music app on iOS. New social features will also be included for sharing music and playlists with friends. Apple's new subscription-based service is expected to cost $7.99 per month, cheaper than the $9.99 per month charged by Beats Music and competing services such as Spotify, Rdio and Google Play Music. While the new Beats service will inevitably have some overlap with iTunes Radio, iTunes Match and the iTunes Store, the report claims that Apple will retain all three offerings. While Beats Music is available for Android, this new service will mark the first time that Apple develops an Android app in house. Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously expressed that he does not have an issue developing an app for Android if the circumstances make sense, but this will be the first time the company actually delivers on that idea. Unlike Beats Music, however, no Windows Phone app will be offered. Due to some personnel changes and other difficulties in the collaboration between Apple and Beats, which the iPhone maker acquired last year for $3 billion, the timeline for this new streaming service project remains in jeopardy. The report claims that while Apple originally planned to launch the service in March, sources claim that the company is now more likely to launch the service at WWDC in June. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Drops Many Data Plan Prices by $10 Per Month • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7

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Apple on Monday posted a listing to its Jobs at Apple page describing an Engineering Project Manager position for "Apple Search," sparking speculation the company could be working on a full-fledged search engine for use on OS X and iOS platforms. As first highlighted by Cult of Mac, the most recent position would be based in San Francisco and asks for applicants who are "technical, driven and creative," with the ability to "manage back end operations projects for a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users." Though Apple's website lists the job as posted February 2, 2015, entries on other job sites indicate it was originally posted on November 19, 2014. Though the wording appears to hint at a new service, in all likelihood the job's parameters are covering Apple's already-existing search platform, largely embodied in Spotlight. Another job, posted in mid-January, supports the Spotlight probability thanks to frequent mentions of the updated Spotlight Suggestions service. While gaining attention thanks to the use of the term "Apple Search," the new listings are less likely to be aimed at an entirely new Apple-based search engine and more likely cover ongoing efforts to improve Spotlight. Job listings have in the past hinted at the company's work on upcoming projects, but most of the time - as with patents - they are more of an intriguing tease into what may or may not be going on behind the scenes. Apple is facing some search engine decisions this year, however, with Google's search engine contract with Apple reportedly set to expire in 2015. That is most likely to be resolved, however, by an extension of the contract for an additional term or perhaps a shift to another provider such as Yahoo or Microsoft, both of which are reportedly lobbying for the lucrative deal. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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For the first time since 2012, sales of Apple's iPhone overtook sales of Android devices by a slight margin during the October to December 2014 period in the United States, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (via TechCrunch). Apple's iPhone took a 47.7% sales share of the U.S. smartphone market while Android accounted for 47.6%, with Windows Phone accounting for 3.8% of sales. In the US, Apple iOS overtook Android for the first time since this time in 2012, albeit by the slimmest 0.1% margin," reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “While the success of the iPhone 6 and 6Plus is unprecedented, this quarter’s performance also points to Apple having its strongest portfolio ever. With a range of devices available at different price points in both contract and pre-pay Apple was able to take advantage of a weaker Android offering at the premium end of the market. Kantar also notes that the iPhone 6 was the best selling smartphone in the United States, and that the iPhone's market share rose 6.2% in Europe during the holiday quarter. By comparison, Android's share declined 3.8% overall in Europe, as Italy was the only country to experience market share growth. In China, Apple grew 2.2% to claim a 21.5% market share, with the growth attributed to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. During the company's earnings call last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought more Android switchers and new customers than prior models. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold a record 74.5 million units during the holiday quarter, with a 46% growth when compared to last year and Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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There have been multiple sightings of a mysterious van with a strange apparatus on its roof in Concord, CA and, according to CBS affiliate KPIX 5, the car is leased to Apple. Bay Area blog Claycord posted photos of the Dodge Caravan earlier today. Photo via Claycord One possible use for the car could be for a mapping project, as the cameras on top of the vehicle are similar to other mapping cars. The Cupertino company has been planning on significantly improving its Maps application though, with plans for transit directions, improved points-of-interest data, indoor mapping and more. It would be likely that Apple would be prepping a feature similar to Google Street View or Bing StreetSide. As noted by AppleInsider, Google's Street View cars use a total of 15 5-megapixel cameras to stitch together its images. Apple's leased minivan appears to have similar technology, with 12 cameras that could be used to stitch together images for a Street View-like picture. Claycord noted that the Apple car looked similar to a self-driving Dodge Caravan spotted in New York in September 2014.Technology analyst Rob Enderle, who spoke to KPIX, also agreed that it's a self-driving car rather than a mapping car. “Too many cameras,” said Enderle. “It has cameras that are angled down at all four corners of the vehicle.”However, Apple is not one of the six companies who have a permit for testing driverless cars. Enderle says it wouldn't matter, noting that Apple could have a partnership with a manufacturer that allows them to lease and test a driverless car without a partner. An Apple spokesperson told KPIX that the company had no comment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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After widespread complaints over the past five months, the so-called "GMT bug" affecting iOS 8 calendar users appears to have been at least partially fixed. Without installing a software update, several users on the Apple Support Communities, Google Calendar Help Forum, Twitter and MacRumors forums are reporting that calendar events are now syncing in the proper time zone on iOS 8.1.3 and earlier versions. Given that users were not required to take action, it is speculated that Google may have quietly fixed the issue on their backend. A significant number of users have been voicing their complaints about the GMT bug since iOS 8 was released in September. In short, the bug causes calendar items to be synced in the GMT time zone regardless of location. One particular topic posted within the Apple Support Communities about the issue has received over 300,000 views and close to 800 replies, although Apple has yet to officially address the bug in iOS 8.1.3 or previous software updates. For that reason, some calendar users syncing with Microsoft Exchange or other services may still experience syncing issues until a wider fix becomes available. Apple appears to be aware of the GMT calendar bug after listing it in iOS 8.2 beta 5's release notes and, as corroborated by multiple reports, should include a proper fix for the issue in the public release of iOS 8.2. Many users are upset that a fix has taken this long, considering that multiple software updates have been released since the bug was uncovered, but the good news is that the bug finally appears to be nearly resolved. Follow along in our GMT bug thread on the forums for the latest information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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For several months leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was heavily speculated that the smartphones would be equipped with sapphire crystal displays. Those rumors failed to materialize, however, as Apple opted to continue using ion-strengthened Gorilla Glass for its displays. Just weeks later, Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy in what turned out to be a dramatic fallout between the two companies over strict contract terms and sapphire production issues. (Image via MKBHD) While GT Advanced experienced difficulties with both the quality and quantity of sapphire, it is possible that Gorilla Glass was the better choice for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after all. TIME reported in September that sapphire, in its current form, has several properties that are less ideal than glass, including being thicker and heavier, more expensive, unable to transmit as much light and less durable after exposure to normal wear and tear. Sapphire also has up to double the screen reflectance of glass, especially under bright light, which could make it difficult to read the screen. The reflective issue in particular could soon be a thing of the past, however, as DisplayMate confirmed to MacRumors that it has lab tested new sapphire technology that it believes will be a major breakthrough for smartphone displays. The display calibration and evaluation company found the production-ready enhanced sapphire to be at an advantage over both regular sapphire and glass based on the results of its testing, and predicted that "rapidly falling production costs" could make the material go mainstream in the near future."We have just lab tested an important new sapphire technology that significantly lowers the screen reflectance of sapphire to much lower than glass, turning its former major disadvantage into a major new advantage," said Dr. Raymond Soneira, DisplayMate President. "A technical note, this isn't an Anti-Reflection AR coating, which would scratch off easily and defeat sapphire's tremendous scratch resistance - so the enhanced sapphire is now number one in scratch resistance, low reflectance and performance in high ambient light. In addition, displays using it could run with lower screen brightness and result in increased running time on battery."While Apple's recent partnership with GT Advanced made it clear that the iPhone maker is certainly interested in sapphire, it remains unknown if and when the company will ever use the material for the iPhone or other products. A number of smaller smartphone makers such as Huawei, Kyocera and Vertu have already turned to sapphire crystal displays, and these new technologies lay the foundation for Apple and other handset makers to follow suit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 8, is installed on 72 percent of iOS devices almost five months after it first launched in September of 2014, according to new numbers Apple shared on its App Store support page for developers. Installation numbers are up 9 percent since mid-December and have jumped 3 percent since January 20, following the launch of iOS 8.1.3 at the end of the month. As iOS 8 adoption grows, the number of users running iOS 7 has dropped to 25 percent. 3 percent of users continue to use an earlier operating system. iOS 8 adoption has been somewhat slower than iOS 7 adoption, as iOS 7 was running on 80 percent of devices in January of 2014, compared to iOS 8’s 69 percent adoption rate at that same time. Possible explanations for the slower adoption rate include the large amount of storage space required to update to iOS 8 and the major bugs the operating system has experienced. Excitement over iOS 7’s complete visual redesign may have also driven a larger number of upgrades. Apple has resolved many of the initial bugs that were found in iOS 8 with several operating system updates, including iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, iOS 8.1.2, and iOS 8.1.3, which has led to an uptick in adoption, and the company has also made an effort to inform customers that it’s possible to install iOS 8 via iTunes to alleviate storage space issues. Though adoption of iOS 8 has been slower than iOS 7 adoption rates, Apple is still way ahead of Android. The latest version of Android (5.0, aka Lollipop), released in November, is currently only installed on 1.6 percent of Android devices. The vast majority of Android users are still running KitKat, which was released in October 2013, or even Jelly Bean, which first debuted in June 2012. Android updates often take a long time to propagate to customers because of the large number of different Android-based devices on the market. Android updates must go through carriers and cell phone manufacturers, who like to build their own apps and interfaces into the operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Continues to Lead in Mobile Ad Revenue Despite Increasing Competition From Android • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year

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Apple's next major iOS update, iOS 8.2, includes the WatchKit API and support for the Apple Watch, so it's been widely assumed that the software will launch alongside the device. According to sources that spoke to BGR, iOS 8.2 may not be released at the same time as the Apple Watch after all, coming instead in March. An unspecified March release date means the software could come just a week or so ahead of the Apple Watch, or over a month, depending on the specific launch date of the Apple Watch. Tim Cook recently confirmed the Apple Watch will be released in April, but he did not narrow down the month-long timeframe. It is not clear why Apple might choose to launch the update ahead of the Apple Watch, as it is heavily focused on the device aside from some bug fixes and other minor improvements to the iOS 8 software. As we reported last week, Apple has been asking some high-profile developers to have their Apple Watch apps ready by mid-February, a request that could be related to a potential March software launch and accompanying event. BGR has been fairly accurate with its iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7 beta release dates, most notably targeting March of 2014 for the launch of iOS 7.1, which turned out to be accurate. The site has, however, been wrong on some occassions, like when it inaccurately predicted the launch of iOS 7 beta 6 and beta 7. Apple has seeded five iOS 8.2 betas to developers thus far, and the most recent beta was released just yesterday. We've already been seeing hints of what the Apple Watch will be capable of thanks to developer efforts thus far, and Apple Watch sightings have been picking up as employees in Cupertino test the device ahead of its launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses

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With filming on the upcoming Steve Jobs film underway in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, thousands of people responded to a casting call over the weekend, hoping to be included as extras in scenes being filmed at the Flint Center where Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh in 1984. As reported by CNET's Shara Tibken, well over 2,000 people showed up in 80s-inspired attire to be extras for a scene in the upcoming movie, but hundreds including Tibken herself were turned away due to the overwhelming fan response to the casting call. I thought I'd have no trouble getting onto the movie set at the Flint Center here since I was "confirmed" as an extra and arrived at the designated time. Silly me. After years of covering the lines at Apple events and product launches, I should have known better.Potential extras began lining up at 5 AM despite instructions to arrive between 9 and 10 AM, with one member of the casting company calling the response "absolutely overwhelming."According to the notice to be an extra, I was to take part in a scene from 1984 (which was evidently to be the Mac launch). It recommended that men have "big long sideburns" and that women should wear blouses that are "boxy in cut with larger shoulders." Everyone was supposed to wear layers. [...] There were plenty of Cosby sweaters and plaid, flannel button-ups. And many women sported side ponytails and leg warmers, which didn't seem quite appropriate for Apple shareholders (Jobs introduced the Mac during a stockholder meeting in 1984).According to one of the line minders, the film will be shooting in the Bay Area for another six to seven weeks, giving aspiring extras additional opportunities to try for a spot in the film, which is planned for release next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • HTC Calls Out Apple and Samsung in New Rap Video 'Hold the Crown' • Hands-On With Olloclip's New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint [Updated] • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale [Updated] • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler plans to submit a proposal that would allow the agency to regulate Internet service much like a public utility, reports The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The move would let the FCC introduce strong rules that could prevent Internet providers from creating "fast lanes" letting certain sites pay for faster speeds.It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to industry analysts, lobbyists and former F.C.C. staff members.Net neutrality, which is the principle that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, has been a major topic of discussion in recent months as the FCC in 2014 approved commercially reasonable "Open Internet" net neutrality rules that could potentially allow companies to pay for better service. In November, President Obama urged the FCC to instead implement strong rules to protect net neutrality, following a four tenet path that would prevent ISPs from blocking or throttling Internet sites. Obama's proposal also called for the prevention of paid prioritization, keeping companies from shelling out money for faster speeds, and it suggested greater transparency between ISPs and their customers. More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here's a big reason we've seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That's a principle known as "net neutrality" -- and it says that an entrepreneur's fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student's blog shouldn't be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.Obama's call for stronger net neutrality rules caused FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to reverse course from his original plan that did allow for paid prioritization, and he is said to be aiming to submit the new proposal to FCC commissioners on Thursday. Wheeler may, however, aim for a "light-touch approach" to the plan, avoiding meddling in pricing decisions. A vote on the proposal is expected on February 26. Apple has been working on developing its own content delivery network and has been pursuing deals with various ISPs to ensure the efficent delivery of content to customers, but it's possible these types of deals will no longer be allowed if the FCC's newest proposal is implemented. 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 • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

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Apple plans to take over the Mesa, Arizona factory where GT Advanced was formerly producing sapphire boules, transforming the facility into a massive $2 billion data center, reports CNBC. The data center will reportedly act as a "command center" for Apple's global data network. According to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the center will house 150 full-time Apple employees and its construction at the 1.3 million square foot facility will create 300 to 500 additional jobs.BIG NEWS: #Apple making $2 billion investment in our state. First #SB49, now this. Arizona is open for business! http://t.co/pPunvL7Wjf.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 2, 2015 In a statement, Apple called the investment one of the largest it had ever made and pledged that the facility would run on 100 percent renewable energy like the company's other data centers."This multibillion-dollar project is one of the largest investments we've ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S. Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm," Apple said in a statement on the project.After GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy and abandoned the Mesa, Arizona plant, there were questions about what Apple would do with the facility. GT Advanced's closure caused a massive loss of jobs in the area, but Apple pledged to find a way to repurpose the location. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • RadioShack May Close Half of its Retail Locations, Sell Other Half to Sprint • Pebble Unfazed by Apple Watch, Plans New Hardware and Software in 2015 • Apple Planning to Raise Reported $5 Billion in Bond Sale • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Tianjin, China on February 7 • Apple Releases New Version of 'The Song' Ad for Chinese New Year • Hands-On Review of the Revamped Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini Styluses • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • 'Vine Kids' for iOS Launches With Streamlined Interface and Focus on Kid-Friendly Content

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