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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models are set to go into production next month, according to Bloomberg, and Apple may launch both sizes of the new device at the same time. Apple is ramping up on two bigger-screen iPhones, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. One model will have a 4.7-inch screen that may be available to ship to retailers around September, said two of the people. A larger 5.5-inch version is also being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time, the people said.Previously, reports indicated that issues with battery life and display technology for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may have caused Apple to delay the release of the larger version of the phone a couple months after the release of the 4.7-inch model. However, a report earlier this month said that Apple had solved the battery issues, though it wasn't apparent whether the 5.5-inch model would launch at the same time as the 4.7-inch model. Apple and its manufacturing partners have been ramping up for the launch of new iOS devices later this year, with Foxconn hiring a record new 100,000 employees to help assemble iPhone 6. Pegatron is also set to assist in the production of the new iPhones, with reports claiming Pegatron's production share could be as little as 15% to as large as 50%. Stock of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is likely to be lower than the 4.7-inch model, mostly due to the more complex manufacturing of the phone and the need for an increase in production efficiency for the device before the manufacturing volume for it can be increased. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Withings Debuts 'Activité' Fitness Tracker With Traditional Watch Design • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile

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Ahead of iOS 8 and the release of several new products later this year that will likely take advantage of Siri, Apple may be planning to bolster the virtual assistant with a range of new and improved languages. Apple has posted several different job listings for Siri Language Engineers that are "highly motivated and an "expert in foreign languages with strong software development skills." According to the listings, posted largely between June 10 and June 19, Apple is seeking engineers fluent in Japanese, Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Australian English, Arabic, Brazilian, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, Russian, British English, and Cantonese. Emphasized languages above are not currently supported by Siri.Come and join the team that teaches Siri how to understand and speak new languages. We are an extremely diverse and passionate group dedicated to bringing the future of intelligent assistants to the world.Each position's responsibilities include tasks like developing natural language processing code specific to each language, providing suggestions towards new product features tailored to home markets, and daily interactions with other teams at Apple. Along with fluency in the target language, applicants are expected to have a proven track record delivering product-quality code as well as iOS or OS X development skills and proficiency with Java, perl, and shell scripting. Apple has previously made several language related hires for its Siri team, recruiting a number of Cloud Services Engineering Interns fluent in a range of languages back in 2012 to work on support for additional languages for the service. At the current time, Siri understands and speaks English (US, UK, Australia, Canada), Spanish (US, Spain, Mexico), Chinese (China-Mandarin, Hong Kong-Cantonese, Taiwan-Mandarin), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Japanese (Japan), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), and Korean (Korea). While the current version of iOS 8 available to developers does not add any additional language capabilities to Siri, it is possible that a Siri expansion is on the horizon for a later version of iOS 8, perhaps iOS 8.1, or iOS 9. iOS 8, to be released to the public in the fall, does, however, feature a number of other Siri improvements including hands-free "Hey Siri" voice activation, Shazam integration, streaming voice recognition, and the ability to open the App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3 • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini

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Over the weekend, Apple's chief designer Jony Ive and musician Bono attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where Bono was honored with the LionHeart Award for his work with the (Product) RED campaign to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Ive during his interview at the Cannes Lion Festival During their appearance, Ive and Bono sat down for a 45 minute interview. While the entirety of the interview has not yet been shared, Cannes has posted a short highlights reel, with the first two minutes of the video featuring Bono. In the spot, Bono describes working with Steve Jobs on (Product) RED, recounting a particular conversation with Jobs over the parentheses that are part of the (Product) RED name logo. Jobs initially wanted to forgo the parentheses to keep anything from "interfering with the logo", but after a disagreement with Bono and some time to sleep on it, he conceded to the parentheses but never in Apple Stores. As described by AdWeek, though Ive and Bono are old friends and Apple has worked with (RED) for many years, Bono went on to complain on stage about Apple's quiet involvement in the project and the company's reluctance to put (RED) branding on products.Bono went so far as to stand up, pull out an official (Red) iPad cover and remove the device, illustrating to the audience that the only actual nod to the nonprofit was inside the cover and therefore always obscured by the tablet. "Where's the (Red) branding?" he asked Ive. "Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."Ive seemed unfazed by Bono's slights, noting that Apple and Product (RED) have a strong alliance. "We started in 2006 with one (RED) product, a nano, and now we've got well over half a dozen. It's been really, really special for us." Over the course of Apple's partnership with (RED), the company has released (RED) iPod nanos and shuffles, iPad Smart Covers, iPhone Bumpers, and iPhone 5s cases, with a portion of each sale going directly to the charity. Last year, Ive even teamed up with designed Marc Newson to create multiple one-of-a-kind products that were auctioned off by Sotheby's, with proceeds going to (RED). A range of items including solid gold EarPods and a red Mac Pro were auctioned, bringing in nearly $13 million. To date, Apple has raised approximately $70 million for (Product) RED, with 100 percent of that money going towards HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. The full interview may be shared by Cannes in the future, but in the meantime, a slideshow created on Storify gives the highlights of the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway

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Microsoft today announced several changes to its OneDrive cloud storage services, starting with a massive increase to 1 TB of storage for all Office 365 subscription plans. This expanded storage will be will be automatically added to existing Home, Personal, University or Business subscribers starting in July. While the 1TB feature is new for Home, Personal, and University users, this upgrade previously was announced for Office 365 Business subscribers. Today, OneDrive and Office are announcing a BIG change to that benefit for consumers, to the tune of 1 TB per user. That’s right–we’re increasing the OneDrive storage allotment included with Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University from 20 GB to 1 TB. That’s a whopping 50 times, or 5,000 percent increase in storage–and it’s going to be here before classes are in session!For OneDrive users who are not Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft has also sweetened the deal by boosting the free storage allotment from 7 GB to 15 GB. Prices for additional storage plans also are being slashed by 70 percent, with new monthly prices starting at $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). This Cloud storage expansion is one of several recent initiatives that encourage consumers to use Microsoft's Office platform. Earlier this year, Microsoft brought its Office suite to the iPad with tablet-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Redmond company also introduced a new Personal Office 365 subscription plan for individuals and a Home plan for families that complement its multi-user business subscriptions. Apple is of course also expanding its cloud storage services alongside iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite with the launch of iCloud Drive. Apple has yet to announce full details on iCloud Drive pricing, but at a minimum it includes options at 5 GB for free, 20 GB for $0.99/month, and 200 GB for $3.99/month, with higher tiers also available. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway

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A report from China Times (via GforGames) claims Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is expanding its 8-inch chip plant in order to produce Touch ID sensors for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. TSMC is planning to produce 120 million Touch ID units in 2014, a 233 percent year over year increase as the sensor expands beyond the flagship iPhone to other iOS devices. In line with a previous report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, today's report claims Apple and TSMC are using tin to increase the durability of the sensor compared to the current version found in the iPhone 5s. Supply chain sources say TSMC is scaling its mass production of new Touch ID units to begin delivery to Apple by early July, with third quarter production more than doubling over the previous quarter. A previous report had indicated that the first shipments of new Touch ID sensors began by early May, but these may still have been early batches for testing. Similar to the iPhone's Touch ID, the iPad version will support the expanded functionality made possible by iOS 8's new SDK that allows third-party apps to access the fingerprint scanner for verification purposes. Touch ID also is rumored to be part of a mobile payment system under development by Apple. Recent leaks hint at how the next-generation iPad Air and iPad Mini may appear with a Touch ID module and other design refinements such as a changed speaker grille and recessed volume buttons. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway

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Apple's manufacturing partners are gearing up for the launch of new iOS devices later this year, with primary partner Foxconn bringing on 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6, reports Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] as picked up by Reuters.Hon Hai Precision Industry will recruit over 100,000 people in mainland China to produce the newest iPhone from Apple Inc, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said, in what the report called the firm's largest single hiring spree in China.Supposed front panel and manufacturing mold for larger iPhone 6 Pegatron is reportedly also involved in iPhone 6 production, with early reports on Pegatron's production share ranging from 15% to 50%, but today's report and other recent ones have put Pegatron's share at closer to 30%. According to today's report, Pegatron is boosting its workforce by 30% to support production of the next iPhone. The company made a similar hiring surge last year in support of its role as the primary assembler for the iPhone 5c. The timing of these hiring surges is about right for the rumored iPhone 6 schedule, with production reportedly set to ramp up next month ahead of a launch around the usual September timeframe. Most of the iPhone 6 attention has focused on a rumored 4.7-inch model that is expected to represent the bulk of sale, but Apple is said to also be working on an even larger 5.5-inch model that may launch alongside or in the months following the debut of the 4.7-inch model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway

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Apple's Maps has been the subject of a significant amount of criticism since its launch with iOS 6. Apple had replaced Google Maps data with their own map data which had comparably worse coverage, especially in international markets. There had been enough outcry that Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter apologizing for Apple Maps. There had been hopes that the Apple Maps application would be improved with iOS 8 but internal politics were said to have delayed those plans. Still, Apple does seem to making efforts to improve their mapping data. In April, they started deploying notifications to let users know when problems had been fixed. Meanwhile, some users have recently noticed a significant improvement in POI (points of interest) data in their local Apple Maps. A discussion thread in MacRumors forums reports one user's experience. heyyoudvd writes:Over the past month, I've noticed a TON of changes. POI markers are being moved to their correct locations, names and information for POIs are being corrected, and tons of places are being added that simply weren't there before. I don't know if it's merely coincidence, but A LOT of these changes are the exact ones that I've been reporting to Apple. And I've noticed this happening on a weekly cycle. It seems like every Friday, a whole bunch of new changes are implemented in my neighborhood. All week, nothing happens, but then when I check on Friday/Saturday, I see that many of the suggestions that I had made during the week were suddenly implemented into the map, and its POIs suddenly look a whole lot better.The same user also posted to Reddit, where several others have confirmed the same improvements in data and quick turnaround time with corrections. Apple has made number of mapping-related company acquisitions in the past year, including Broadmap, Hopstop, Locationary, and Embark, and it's likely those acquisitions will be bundled into a future Maps update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature

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The first alleged parts from the larger 5.5" iPhone 6 have been shared by 9to5Mac. The image shows the front and back of an LCD backlight panel that measures ~14 centimeters or ~5.5 inches diagonally. The site claims this represents a part for the 5.5" iPhone 6 which has been rumored to be launching later this year. Apple is also expected to produce a 4.7" model as well. We've already seen some possible part leaks for the 4.7" model, but this is the first part leak for the 5.5" model. Reports had originally suggested the 5.5" model would be released after the initial 4.7" iPhone launch. More recently, however, we've heard that Apple may have solved whatever production challenges they ran into with the 5.5" model. Possible parts for the 4.7" iPhone 6 model that have leaked include the front panel, batteries, rear shell and chassis molds. Meanwhile, the same LCD backlight for the 4.7" model was photographed in May. For comparison: Alleged 4.7" iPhone LCD backlight The 4.7" and 5.5" backlights share a similar design with each other and with the iPhone 5S LCD backlight. The data connector between the 4.7" and 5.5" models do seem different, however. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Retiring Older Versions of Skype for Mac • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature

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Nearly a month ago, we noted that Apple was apparently working on iOS 7.1.2, as revealed in our web logs by the appearance of visits from devices running the operating system version on Apple's networks. At the time, we had no information on what the update would include, but suggested it was likely to include fixes for an email attachment encryption issue and problems for users leaving iOS for a different platform trying to disassociate their phone numbers from iMessage. In both cases, Apple acknowledged that it was working on fixes for the issues that would be included in a future software update, and iOS 7.1.2 will be the first public update released since those statements. MacRumors has now learned that Apple is indeed nearing a public release of iOS 7.1.2 and has begun seeding carrier partners with a version of it, termed build 11D257. Apple has apparently asked carriers to sign off on the update by Friday, June 27, indicating that a public release could occur the following week. According to sources, the build of iOS 7.1.2 does indeed address the email attachment encryption issue, as well as a bug in downloading emails. Also included in the update is a fix for a lock screen vulnerability that could allow access to "limited apps". While we can't say for certain, Apple may be referring to the "missed call" lock screen bug publicized earlier this month. Finally, iOS 7.1.2 is said to include both improvements to iBeacon connectivity and a bug fix related to data transfer with third-party accessories such as bar code scanners. There is no explicit mention of any fixes for iMessage, but they may still be quietly included in the release. Visits to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 7.1.2 Since the first appearance of iOS 7.1.2 in our web logs back in mid-May, traffic from devices running the upcoming operating system has increased fairly gradually with the exception of a spike on the day of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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Apple's iWatch is currently being tested by professional athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA to measure its fitness capabilities in rigorous training environments, reports 9to5Mac, citing a source with knowledge of the testing. Apple has reportedly invited several athletes, like LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant, to its Cupertino campus to discuss the iWatch.Apple is said to be working with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown, and a few other star athletes, including a player from the Boston Red Sox, on the testing project. The athletes are said to have signed non-disclosure-agreements regarding the existence of the upcoming Apple wearable device.Kobe Bryant was seen on the Apple campus back in May and is said to have met with Apple's chief designer Jony Ive, who has a leading role developing the iWatch. The athletes are likely testing out the multitude of health and fitness sensors built into the device, said to measure everything from sleep quality to heart rate to provide an overall picture of health. Kobe Bryant at the Apple campus in May, image via 9to5Mac The source also reiterates that Apple's iWatch will be "positioned as a fashion accessory," which is in line with previous reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo has predicted that Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, competing with low and high-end watches alike. At the higher end, the iWatch could retail for thousands of dollars. Both former Yves. St. Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who serves as a vice president, and Angela Ahrendts, in charge of retail stores, are said to be involved in marketing and strategies for selling fashion products at Apple locations. According to recent reports from reputable news outlets, the iWatch will come in at least two sizes, with one device having a screen size of 2.5 inches. The design is said to feature a slightly rectangular face that protrudes slightly from a band to create an arch shape around the wrist. The iWatch, which may launch at an October event, is also said to include a sapphire crystal display, a touch interface, integration with existing iOS devices, and wireless charging capabilities. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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Following Apple's announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month that iOS 8 would include support for third-party keyboards on a systemwide basis, a number of companies working on the technology indicated that they would be moving forward with plans to support iOS. Among those companies was TouchPal, with quickly released a video showing an early version of its sliding gesture keyboard in action. TouchPal has now released its first alpha version of its keyboard for iOS 8 to select media outlets, giving a good look at how third-party keyboard will work on iOS 8. Installation is straightforward, leveraging a traditional App Store app to add TouchPal as an option when adding new keyboard in the Settings app. Once TouchPal is added, users can simply rearrange their installed keyboards in their preferred order, and rotate through each one while in use by tapping the globe key. Users who have activated the emoji keyboard on their devices will be familiar with that process. Once activated, TouchPal is available anywhere a keyboard is traditionally used, such as in Mail, Messages, Safari, Notes, iWork apps, and third-party apps. TouchPal's keyboard is similar to the perhaps more well-known one from Swype, allowing users to drag a finger in one continuous motion as they spell out the word. Based on the pattern drawn by the user, TouchPal suggests several options for the intended word, with highest-ranked option highlighted in the middle of the suggestions bar. Hitting the space bar or touching the word accepts the suggestion. Numbers and common punctuation marks are input right from the main keyboard screen simply by flicking up or down on the proper key. Additional punctuation marks and emoticons are available by tapping the "12#" key at the lower left. In our testing, there were definitely some glitches, particularly when switching between keyboards, but it is still early in the development process and Apple and third-party keyboard companies will continue to refine their implementations in the coming months leading up to the public release of iOS 8 this fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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Apple iWatch rumors are starting to heat up, and we've updated our roundup to reflect the latest news. Apple's iWatch may be available in multiple sizes up to 2.5 inches, with 10 different sensors to measure various health-related metrics, and wireless charging capabilities. Check out our full iWatch roundup for more information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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iOS 8 will include a revamped Weather app with data provided by the Weather Channel instead of Yahoo, which previously powered Apple's weather app for years. This switchover of weather services allegedly was masterminded by former Yahoo board member and Weather Channel CEO David Kenny after he assumed his leadership role at the weather information company last year, reports Re/Code. Kenny allegedly negotiated a deal with Apple that cut Yahoo out of the loop that provided weather data for iOS. In earlier iOS versions, Yahoo was the provider linked in the Weather app, but the actual meteorological data came from the Weather Channel. Kenny lured Apple away from Yahoo by offering a sweeter deal that included additional technology and more robust weather information than was made available to Yahoo. As a result, the Weather app in iOS 8 now includes a nine-day weather forecast, up from five days in iOS 7, details such as sunrise/sunset times and a new "Today" weather summary located at the bottom of the app. Though Yahoo reportedly was in talks with Apple about featuring Yahoo services more prominently in iOS, the internet company didn't realize the Weather Channel was making a power play for iOS, and let this high-profile deal slip away. “Yahoo had been renting ocean-front property for years and did not realize the lease was up, and the Weather Channel slipped right in and took it,” said a Yahoo exec, who said the company acted too late to save the deal. “It’s a high-profile loss.” This provider change is a big blow to Yahoo, which as recently as April wanted to increase its role in iOS by making Yahoo the default search engine on iOS. Apple's decision to drop Yahoo as it weather source also calls into question the search company's future involvement in the iOS Stocks app. Similar to earlier versions of the Weather app, the iOS Stocks app pulls its stock information from Yahoo Finance. Though not confirmed, some believe Apple could choose Bloomberg, CNBC or Reuters over Yahoo for its stock data in future versions of iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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The Yo messaging app [Direct Link] debuted earlier this year and recently rocketed up the iOS App Store charts, where it currently sits at number five among top free iPhone apps in the United States. The simplistic app that does nothing more than allow users to ping contacts with a simple "Yo" message may be gaining traction with its quirky ease of use, but a hack, confirmed by Yo founders to TechCrunch, may put users' personal information at risk. According to the TechCrunch report, a student at Georgia Tech discovered a flaw that allows a nefarious user to discover the phone number of another Yo user, spoof a message from any Yo member and send a text-based push notification to recipient devices. Yo founder Or Arbel confirmed to TechCrunch the service was having "security issues," but did not provide details on the vulnerability, only stating that the issues will be resolved soon. Founder Or Arbel has now confirmed that Yo was “having security issues”. He told TechCrunch: “Some of the stuff has been fixed and some we are still working on. We are taking this very seriously.” He said he could not reveal which hacks were still live. He said the company has brought in a specialist security team to deal with the issues Arbel said he hoped the security problems would be fixed “in next few hours.”According to Valleywag, the idea for Yo came from Israeli investor and Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg, who wanted an easy way to communicate with his secretary. Developer Or Arbel ran with the idea and created the Yo app, which Hogeg uses. Life Before Us LLC, the company created by Abel, recently received $1 million in angel funding to continue development of the Yo app. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Air Stylus' Turns Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet for Your Mac • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Build 13E19 to Developers • Retina iPad Mini as Low as $300 With Best Buy EDU Discounts • Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates, Expanded Creative Profile • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash

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