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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was set to begin work on the movie after finishing work on The Revenant, but sources close to the actor have said that he plans to take a lengthy break soon. Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant). The report also notes that the movie will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who was said to be in talks with Sony Pictures this past April. According to information shared by Sorkin, the film will use material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing three of Apple's product launches. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is also working as a consultant on the film. Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic has yet to receive a release date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite • Steve Dowling Takes Over as Interim PR Chief at Apple • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans

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Apple today released a new version of the iTunes 12 beta for both developers and OS X Yosemite beta testers, following Monday's release of the Yosemite Golden Master Candidate and a fourth public beta. First introduced in July, iTunes 12 includes an "elegant new design" that also includes support for several iOS 8/Yosemite features, including Family Sharing. Apple has released several iTunes beta updates thus far, fixing small bugs and other issues, but with the third beta, the iTunes Store has a new look and a new layout. The iTunes Store and the iTunes Library are now integrated, with separate sections for Music, TV, apps, and more. Each separate section includes tabs for store content and a user's own library. iTunes 12 also includes improved playlists, a redesigned Info Window, and a new icon. Both iTunes 12 and OS X Yosemite remain in a beta testing phase, though a public release for the software is expected in October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Dowling Takes Over as Interim PR Chief at Apple • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal

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Apple has described its new Apple Pay payments service, which is designed to be the first step towards the company's goal of replacing the wallet, as "easy, secure, and private." Apple Pay includes several different features that offer customers much greater security than a traditional credit card, including Device Account Numbers that replace credit card numbers, dynamic security codes for each transaction, and biometric payment verification through the use of Touch ID. Ahead of the release of Apple Pay, TUAW's Yoni Heisler has taken an in-depth look at the security features built into the payments service, outlining the ways Apple is safeguarding customer information. While Apple Pay is built on existing NFC technology, Heisler's research suggests it is the first implementation of the EMVCo tokenization specification, a newly introduced security framework designed to cover emerging payment methods. According to former credit card executive Tom Noyes, this specification is "the most secure payments scheme on the planet." As previously rumored, Apple Pay utilizes a "token," which the company refers to as a Device Account Number, to replace a user's existing credit card number on the iPhone. A randomized 16-digit number, the Device Account Number ensures that no merchant is able to obtain a user's credit card number, protecting consumers from retail security breaches, as TUAW points out, because tokens are randomized numbers that cannot be decrypted back into a credit card number. Device Account Numbers, or tokens, are paired with a dynamically generated one-time use code that replaces the credit card's CCV with every transaction.Providing an additional layer of security, an Apple Pay-equipped iPhone at the time of each transaction also sends a dynamically generated CVV up the chain along with a cryptogram. The CVV is the three-digit string located on the back of your credit card and, in the case of Apple Pay, is a algorithmically-generated dynamic string that's tied directly to the token. The cryptogram itself "uniquely identifies the device" that created the token and, according to the EMV Payment Spec, is likely composed of encrypted data sourced from the token, the device itself, and transaction data. Note, though, that the precise components of the Apple Pay cryptogram aren't publicly known.As noted by Heisler, a Device Account Number can't be used in a transaction without an accompanying one-time use cryptogram, which verifies that the "token in transit originated from the device being used." Cryptograms also carry transaction information like the merchant's identity and the amount of money being charged. The transaction comprising the Device Account Number and accompanying cryptogram is further verified through the use of Touch ID, which essentially replaces insecure verification methods like passwords and PINs. According to a credit card executive who spoke to TUAW, token transactions as implemented by Apple "are a new and much higher standard of security for electronic payments."The amount of security built into provisioning tokens and supporting transactions is a new standard that I think will definitely shift fraud patterns going forward.Apple Pay is expected to go live in October, enabled through an update to iOS 8. Hints of Apple Pay have already been found in the iOS 8.1 beta, which was seeded to developers on Monday. TUAW's full look at the security behind Apple Pay, which covers tokens, Touch ID, and more, is well worth a read. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Dowling Takes Over as Interim PR Chief at Apple • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal

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Apple today has announced revisions to a number of components of its employee benefits packages in order to retain existing workers and attract new ones to the Cupertino company, reports Forbes. The changes, which target both full-time and part-time employees, were initiated by Human Resources vice president Denise Young Smith and detailed in an employee-wide memo shared with the publication."I don’t think these [benefits] would be immediately thought of," Young Smith told Fortune. "But for the first time we’ve probably got four generations in the workplace at the same time, and we need a plethora of programs." New and updated benefits include perks such as educational reimbursements, expanded donation matching, and more. One major change is in the parental leave policy following the birth of a child. With the new policy, expectant mothers can take up to four weeks before a delivery and up to 14 weeks after a birth, while fathers and other non-birth parents are eligible for up to six weeks of parental leave. The report also profiles Apple's new "wellness center" at its Cupertino headquarters designed to meet the medical needs of its employees. Employees can seek treatment while at work with appointment wait times as short as five minutes. The head of HR says 43,000 employees have already visited the center, which opened about a year ago and employs seven doctors plus a large team of chiropractors, physical therapists and dieticians. [...] Doctors work out of a central "pod" in the middle of the building, surrounded by a circle of examination rooms, which they enter through a different door than their patients. Inside, the paperless, minimalistic exam rooms hold a small table with an iPad and Apple monitor (what else?). Many of these changes have been spearheaded by Young Smith, who took over the lead human resources position earlier this year. Young Smith's emphasis on the company's employees is part of Tim Cook's overall focus on people as well as the products that make Apple successful. Besides these expanded employee benefits, Apple also has been working to improve working conditions overseas, requiring factory manufacturers to provide safe working conditions as part of the company's Supplier Responsibility initiative. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

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Earlier today, Pioneer kicked off the Paris Motor Show with the announcement it was making CarPlay available to select existing car audio receivers. The manufacturer also was present at the event showcasing CarPlay on its just-announced AppRadio 4 smartphone receiver in an exhibit that was recorded by French blog Mac4Ever. At a suggested retail price of $600, the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is positioned as the lowest-cost CarPlay system from Pioneer and ships with built-in support for CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free to provide on-dash and hands-free navigation, messaging and more. The AppRadio 4 CarPlay demo is only a minute long, but it shows decent responsiveness of the Apple-driven interface on the receiver's touchscreen display. Pioneer is among the first car audio manufacturers to add CarPlay support to aftermarket car receivers, allowing users to install the Apple technology into their existing cars. CarPlay also will debut in new automobile models from a variety of automobile makers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, Honda and others. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Adds CarPlay Support in Latest iOS Update • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

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A recent Apple patent application (via AppleInsider) reveals some of the company's efforts looking into ways of improving the Apple TV and iTunes desktop experience using iOS. The newly published patent application, titled "Browsing remote content using a native user interface," describes a mobile application that would serve as a second screen for a connected media device. Mobile devices and computers displaying native interfaces for viewing content and sending controls to media device This smarter iOS-based remote detailed in the patent moves away from the current Remote app that mimics a hardware remote by providing a robust Apple TV or iTunes interface on the mobile device. Users could then browse, search or perform other advanced functions right from the mobile device. The disclosed technology relates to receiving media signals from a media device and rendering a user interface that is native to the device receiving the media signals based on information encoded in the media signals. The device receiving the media signal interprets information received from the media device describing media content and semantic information describing a type of interface page, and displays the content based on the semantic information in a graphical user interface (GUI) on the electronic device based on the interpretation. Other descriptions in the patent application, which was filed in March 2013, suggest iOS owners could use the remote to search the web for information, such as the cast of the movie they are watching, and display that information on the big screen. Apple is rumored to be working on a new Apple TV that could launch sometime in 2015. The company reportedly is working with cable companies to negotiate access to live and on-demand content, but has run into numerous obstacles on the content front. The new Apple TV may include an App Store, Siri integration and more. It is not yet clear whether the device will be a cable-supported set-top box, an updated version of the current Apple TV, or a combination set-top box and streaming media device, as Apple has been rumored to be working on a variety of different options. As with many Apple patent applications showing unreleased inventions, there are no assurances the disclosed inventions will ever be released, but they can sometimes reveal hints about the company's areas of interest and research. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter for Mac Updated With Support for Multiple Photos and Photos in Messages • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer

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Designer Marc Newson recently spoke to architecture and design magazine Dezeen in his first interview since joining Apple. Though most of the conversation focuses on a new consumer beer machine he created along with Heineken, Newson does reveal some interesting tidbits about his current role at Apple. Marc Newson with Jonathan Ive, courtesy of Vanity Fair Newson confirms to Dezeen's Amy Frearson that he is working for Apple part-time and was hired for very specific reasons he would not disclose. He will remain in the UK while continuing to work on projects for his existing company. Amy Frearson: You've taken on quite a major role with Apple, do you think you'll still have time to work on these kinds of project as well? Marc Newson: Yes absolutely, because my role at Apple doesn't necessitate all of my time and that was for very specific reasons, so absolutely, my company still exists and I remain based in the UK. When asked about his role in the design of Apple's new Watch that is slated to arrive early next year, Newson was tight-lipped, answering only questions about the future of the traditional watch. Amy Frearson: Can you tell me if you were involved in the watch design? Marc Newson: Apparently I can't. PR Lady: Sorry we can't answer that, sorry. Amy Frearson: Maybe I could ask you another question. With your background in watch design, can you tell me what you think is the future of the traditional watch? Marc Newson: There will always be a place for mechanical watches. Apart from telling the time – which is all they do – they're about something completely different. You know, I think that the mechanical watch industry will continue to exist in much the same way as it does right now. To be honest I'm not really intimately aware of what's happening with the world of mechanical watches right now. Newson has worked closely with Apple lead designer Jony Ive, collaborating on several products for a Product (RED) benefit auction. Newson also is rumored to have worked on previous Apple products before officially joining the company. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays

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Samsung semiconductor head Kim Ki-nam today announced that the company will begin work on 14-nanometer processors for partners such as Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD before the end of 2014, reports ZDNet (via 9to5Mac). The comments indicate that Samsung will produce Apple's next-generation A9 chip to be used in next year's line of iPhones and iPads. Currently, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use the 20-nanometer A8 processor. It is also likely that the forthcoming iPad Air 2 and second-generation Retina iPad mini will utilize Apple's A8 chip. The report also states that Samsung is producing around 30% of the total volume of Apple's A8 chip, while TSMC is handling 70% of the production load. Teardowns of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus revealed A8 chips that were manufactured by TSMC, although it is possible that a select number of shipped devices contain chips produced by Samsung. Last year, it was reported that Apple signed a contract with Samsung to handle 30% to 40% of total A9 chip production, while TSMC would be getting the rest of the production load. A report from August stated that TSMC was ahead of schedule with its new 16-nanometer process, which was said to be for Apple's A9 chip. However, these latest comments from Ki-nam may indicate that Korean company has already won the bid to produce the A9 with its upcoming 14-nanometer process over TSMC's proposal. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays

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Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers. "CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer's implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."As previously announced, CarPlay is available through a firmware update for the $1400 AVIC--8000NEX, the $1200 AVIC--7000NEX, the $900 AVIC--6000NEX, the $750 AVIC--5000NEX and the $700 AVH--4000NEX. CarPlay is also compatible with Pioneer's new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4. First introduced in March, CarPlay utilizes the built-in dashboard display of an automobile to offer hands-free operation of the iPhone. With CarPlay, drivers are able to complete tasks like getting directions, making calls, and sending messages through Siri voice control. Other companies that sell aftermarket in-dash systems also plan to offer support for CarPlay in the near future, including Alpine and Clarion. The first CarPlay enabled cars are expected to come in 2014 as well, with Apple partnering with a wide range of manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, Honda, Mazda, Audi, and more. CarPlay for compatible Pioneer NEX in-dash systems is enabled through a firmware update that is available at no cost. It requires an iPhone 5 or later along with iOS 7.1 or newer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8 Translator Keyboard Introduces Easy Access Language Translation Capabilities • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays

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Apple has released a new Activation Lock Status tool (via iDownloadBlog) that will make it easier for people buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to avoid getting a device that is locked to another user. Accessible via iCloud.com, the Activation Lock Status Checker allows users to enter a Device IMEI or Serial number to check whether a device has Activation Lock turned on. Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 and is designed to prevent iPhones and iPads from being stolen. When Find My iPhone is enabled, it effectively locks an iOS device to a user's Apple ID account, and even when wiped, the device will require the original Apple ID and password. Activation Lock has cut down on iPhone-related thefts in major cities, but it has also affected users who purchase an iOS device used. If Activation Lock is enabled, a used iOS device will be entirely useless until unlocked by the original owner. If an iOS device does have Activation Lock enabled, Apple's tool will give users a clear warning that an Apple ID and password will be required before another user can activate the device. It also provides instructions on how to remove Activation Lock from a used device, which requires contacting the previous owner. Anyone who is purchasing or selling a used iOS device should find Apple's new tool very useful, as it can be used before a transaction takes place to ensure the iOS device will be usable by the new owner. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Reverses Course on Plan to Throttle Unlimited LTE Customers • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' App With iPhone 6 Support • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20

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Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first Apple mobile devices to come equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which supports much faster data throughput speeds. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to three times faster than existing 802.11n networks. iClarified has created a new video that compares the Wi-Fi speeds of the iPhone 6 Plus, which supports 802.11ac, to the iPhone 5s, which supports 802.11n, when connected to an AirPort Extreme. The site also created a custom app for the test. Both devices were freshly restored to iOS 8.0 and connected to the 2013 Apple AirPort Extreme. The router was placed 1.5 metres away from the smartphones and each iPhone was connected to the AirPort Extreme using a 5GHz-only network. No other devices were connected to the wireless network at the time of the test and the downloads were performed at separate times. We cut them together for comparison.As expected, the iPhone 6 Plus sees much faster connection speeds that reach 278.5 Mbps, while the iPhone 5s tops out at approximately 101.1 Mbps. While speeds are improved in this test, the actual speeds that users see in the real world will vary based on connection strength and other factors, as an actual ISP connection is generally the limiting factor for speeds when connecting to the Internet. When an 802.11ac Wi-Fi network is available, however, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users should see significant speed improvements. Along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offer several other connectivity improvements, including faster LTE with support for LTE Advanced and voice over LTE, which enables higher-quality phone calls. The iPhone 6 also supports calls over Wi-Fi, for access to high-quality voice connections even in areas where cellular connection is poor. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China

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iOS 8 has caused significant issues for some people who connect their phones to their cars and other devices via Bluetooth, according to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors' own user forums. MacRumors has also been receiving complaints on a near daily basis about the ongoing Bluetooth problems that iOS 8 users are seeing. It appears that after upgrading to iOS 8 or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users have trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems. The devices are seeing several different issues, refusing to pair entirely, neglecting to play audio over the speakers, or disconnecting when a call comes in.Now when I am connected via bluetooth, I place a call, and it says it's going over bluetooth, but it doesn't interrupt my car's music, and the audio doesn't play over the speakers. The only way I can talk to the person is if I press the Audio button on the phone and select speakerphone or iPhone as if it wasn't connected to the car.An ongoing thread on the MacRumors forums suggests that a wide range of different automobiles are having Bluetooth connectivity issues with devices running iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2, including Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Ford, and more. The Bluetooth pairing problems are not limited to automobiles, as iOS 8 users have also reported issues pairing with headphones, speakers, headsets, and more. According to one iPhone 6 owner experiencing issues, Apple support is aware of a compatibility issue between the Bluetooth "used on the iPhone 6 and some car/navigation Bluetooth." Apple is said to be working on a fix for the issue, but in the meantime, some users have had temporary luck logging out of iCloud, forgetting connected Bluetooth devices, using the "Reset All Settings" and/or "Reset Network Settings" option on their iPhones and restarting, re-pairing their devices with their Bluetooth devices, and then logging back in to iCloud. Attempting to use "Reset All Settings" should be done with caution, however, as some users have noticed that all of their iCloud Drive documents have gone missing after using the feature. iOS 8 has not been Apple's most stable release. The operating system has seen several issues, including a major HealthKit bug that caused the company to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps just ahead of the public release of iOS 8 and a significant issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update, which disabled the cellular connection and Touch ID of many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2, released last week, fixed several major issues including the HealthKit bug, and Apple has plans to release another update in the near future, having already seeded iOS 8.1 to developers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Verizon Offers Double the Data for 'MORE Everything' Plans • Sprint Responds to AT&T's Promotion With Its Own Double Data Deal • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China

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Vogue editor Robert Sullivan today published a profile of Apple's Jony Ive, documenting his rise from a small London design firm to become one of the most recognized and respected designers in the world. The life-changing moment happened when Ive met Steve Jobs and the two "just clicked." Ive talks about feeling a little apart, like Jobs. "When you feel that the way you interpret the world is fairly idiosyncratic, you can feel somewhat ostracized and lonely"—big laugh here—"and I think that we both perceived the world in the same way." In his time at Apple, Ive has led design efforts on a number of iconic products including the iMac, iPhone, MacBook Pro and most recently the Apple Watch, which the company unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and which Ive showed to Sullivan weeks before its public unveiling. Speaking about the Apple Watch, Ive hopes to rekindle interest in a device the smartphone threatens to make obsolete."It’s strange when you’ve been working on something for three years . . ." he says, shaking his head. He describes the trajectory of clocks to watches: from a public clock in a Bavarian square to timepieces owned by royalty, to military chronometers, to the watch’s arrival, only at the beginning of the twentieth century, on the wrist. "It’s fascinating how people struggled with wearing this incredibly powerful technology personally." The cell phone, of course, killed the watch to some extent. Now he wants to reset the balance. Ive's emphasis with the Watch and all of his designs is simplicity. "Everything we’ve been trying to do," he says, "it’s that pursuit of the very pure and very simple." Ive also strives to foster an intimate connection between people and the technology they use, a philosophy that is apparent in the Apple Watch."You know how very often technology tends to inhibit rather than enable more nuanced, subtle communication?" he asks. This is the question that haunts the son of a craftsman: Is he making tools that improve the world or shut people down? "We spent a lot of time working on this special mechanism inside, combined with the built-in speaker" —he demonstrates on his wrist. You can select a chosen person, also wearing the watch, and transmit your pulse to them. "You feel this very gentle tap," he says, "and you can feel my heartbeat. This is a very big deal, I think. It’s being able to communicate in a very gentle way." The full interview and profile is an interesting look at Ive, his design philosophy, and the Apple Watch. Ive's careful design will be put to the test once again when the Apple Watch hits retail shelves early next year. The smartwatch will be available in a variety of configurations designed to appeal to athletes, fashionistas, and the everyday consumer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice

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Apple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to donate to City of Hope, which is a non-profit charity focusing on medical research and treatment. The page can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store as well as the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available. Apple will transfer 100% of each donation to City of Hope, as all donations will be billed to an iTunes account. With Apple currently holding 800 million iTunes accounts, the company has a large customer base that can take part in the donation program. Apple has conducted similar donation campaigns throughout the past few years, which include programs for Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in 2013, Superstorm Sandy relief in 2012, Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief in 2011, and Haitian earthquake relief efforts in 2010. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion

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Hours after Apple released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers and members of the public beta, the Cupertino company has begun asking developers to begin submitting their Yosemite apps to the Mac App Store. Additionally, developers can now submit their apps written in Swift to the Mac App Store as well. Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in OS X Yosemite, which will be available to millions of customers around the world later this fall. Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative new Swift programming language, and take advantage of advances in game technologies, Safari, iCloud, and more. To prepare your apps for the Mac App Store, download and build with the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed from the Mac Dev Center. With the latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store.The public release of the new OS is expected in late October and will include a redesigned interface and new features like Continuity, iCloud Drive and more. Thanks Justin! Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple is planning to offer its new 9.7-inch iPad, which has thus far been known as the iPad Air 2 unofficially, in a gold color choice in addition to the already available silver and space gray variations, reports Bloomberg. The new option would bring the iPad up to color parity with its iPhone models, which have been offered in three colors since last year's iPhone 5s. New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.Bloomberg's sources indicate that the new color choice may be an attempt to boost iPad sales, which dropped slightly in the past year. CEO Tim Cook previously said the iPad sales dip was a "speed bump". In early September, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would announce an iPad Air 2 with a gold option amongst other features like an anti-reflective display and the Touch ID Home button. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Microsoft today unveiled its next-generation Windows operating system, Windows 10, previewing the OS at an event in San Francisco focused on its corporate users. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 utilizes live tiles, but it also draws in design elements from Windows 7 to make it more appealing to users who have thus far opted not to upgrade to Windows 8. The Start menu and taskbar, interface elements that are familiar to all Windows users, are placed front and center in Windows 10 in an effort to make the OS "familiar, compatible, and productive, according to Microsoft's head of operating systems Terry Myerson. While Apple has managed to get the bulk of its user base to update to the newest version of OS X on a regular basis, Microsoft has had less success in recent years. As of April, 49 percent of Windows users continued to use Windows 7 (introduced in 2009), while 28 percent continued to use Windows XP, an operating system more than 12 years old. Windows 8 and 8.1 were installed on just 11 percent of devices in April. In a press release, Microsoft outlines some of the specific features that are coming to Windows 10: Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites. Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click. Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps. New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created. Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.In addition to introducing some familiar Windows 7 features into Windows 10, Microsoft is also hoping to focus on personalization, creating a Windows experience that is customized to each individual user's preferences. Windows 10, like Windows 8, will run on a wide range of devices, including both PCs and tablets, with "a tailored experience for each device." Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide.Many of the details on Windows 10 remain unknown at the time being, as the software is in the early development stages. Microsoft is aiming for a public release in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will provide beta testers with a technical preview of Windows 10 for laptops and desktops, with access on other devices coming later. With the program, Microsoft is hoping to make the development of Windows 10 the "largest-ever open collaborative development effort." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple and PayPal were in talks that would potentially have seen PayPal becoming a "preferred payment process" for Apple Pay, reports Bank Innovation, but those talks ended abruptly after PayPal inked a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor. Apple was reportedly so annoyed with the partnership between the two companies that it ended talks with PayPal and even went so far as to exclude PayPal from Apple Pay all together, not listing it as an acceptable payment platform in its developer documentation. But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe. PayPal's now-former president David Marcus was purportedly categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal's relationship with Apple. Donahoe won the day, however.Apple and PayPal appear to be in somewhat of a dispute following the introduction of Apple Pay and PayPal's exclusion, with the latter company recently launching an ad campaign that subtly attacks Apple and Apple Pay. In the advertisement, PayPal alluded to the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts and suggested PayPal was the safer platform for transferring money. Without a deal between the two companies, PayPal is facing significant competition from Apple Pay. In addition to allowing users to make purchases in retail stores with their phones, Apple Pay also lets users buy items in support apps using a debit or credit card connected with an iTunes account. PayPal works in a very similar way, letting users attach a credit or debit card and then make purchases through the service, alleviating the need to enter credit card details. Apple has plans to launch Apple Pay in the coming weeks, through an update to iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Pebble is dealing with the threat of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch by making jokes about the enthusiasm Apple employees have shown for the device. On its website, Pebble has a graphic of a gleeful Pebble, which says "Chill." Above that, are the words "Breathe, Jony. It's just a watch." Further down, Pebble advertises the seven day battery life of its smart watches. "Why measure battery life in days? 'Cuz we can." This is a reference to the poor battery life seen in other smart watches, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360, both of which last less than a day before requiring a charge. Though Apple has not announced battery life of the Apple Watch, rumors have suggested that it will last for about a day, requiring nightly charging. It is likely, however, that the company is continuing to make tweaks to improve battery as much as it can, which is why no specific information on battery has been released. Pebble also touts its customizability and its relatively low cost while poking a bit of fun at some of Apple's Apple Watch statements. "Overpriced trophy watch wasn't on our to-do list," reads the site. "Pebble is made by real people, for real people keeping it real," it says, wrapping up with the following statement: "Just to recap, we made a watch. We didn't solve global warming." In addition to highlighting the capabilities of the product with sly references to the Apple Watch, Pebble has also announced plans to cut the prices of both the Pebble and the Pebble Steel. The standard Pebble watch now retails for $99, while the more recently introduced Pebble Steel retails for $199. Both options are quite a bit more affordable than the Apple Watch, which is said to start at a price of $349. Pebble has also introduced new health and fitness capabilities for Pebble devices. Following an update, Pebble users are now able to track activity non-stop and monitor their sleep habits. Additionally, Pebble watches will be available in more retail locations, including Sam's Club, Fry's Electronics, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Back in April 2013, it was announced that Apple had agreed to a $53 million settlement in a class action lawsuit involving iPhone and iPod touch units that may have been improperly denied warranty coverage due to liquid damage indicators having been triggered in the devices. The settlement, which covers iPhones denied warranty coverage on or before December 31, 2009 and iPod touches denied coverage on or before June 30, 2010, stems from Apple's use of triggered liquid damage indicators as sufficient reason for denying warranty coverage. Given the timeframe for the issue, the settlement is limited to iPhone 3GS and earlier and third-generation iPod touch and earlier models. With the indicators' manufacturer, 3M, acknowledging the indicators could be at least partially triggered by humidity and not necessarily direct liquid contact, some owners pursued a case against Apple for improperly denying warranty coverage. Apple did later adjust its procedures to require additional visual inspection for liquid damage on devices where the indicators had been triggered, but for those who had already paid out of pocket to replace their devices, the case continued. As outlined on the settlement home page, administrators finally began sending out settlement checks to eligible claimants last week, and a number of MacRumors readers have reported receiving their checks over the past few days. Owners of several different iPhone models have reported receiving checks for $251.55, with some reporting amounts as high as $300 while others have received smaller amounts for affected iPod touch units. Users receiving checks have until January 21 to cash or deposit them. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system. The latest update for developers can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release, which is expected in late October. The current build may or may not be a final version of OS X Yosemite, depending on the outcome of final testing. As an example, Apple last year seeded its planned golden master build to developers on October 3, although it did release a second golden master version a few weeks later just ahead of the public release on October 22. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Apple is reportedly finalizing the details on its upcoming Apple Watch as it prepares to begin mass production of the device ahead of its launch early next year. Mass production of the smartwatch device may begin January 2015, reports Taiwanese news source AppleDaily (via G For Games). According to the news report, Apple is working only with long-time manufacturing partner Quanta to produce the device. This contradicts an earlier report suggesting Quanta would be handling the bulk of the production with Inventec supplementing the supply.Quanta has allegedly received Apple’s heads-up and has begun making preparations (which involve increasing its worker head count to 4 million). Even more, it is said that Apple and Quanta have entered a deal which prohibits the Taiwanese company from manufacturing/assembling smartwatches for Apple’s rival OEMs.Inventec was among several assembly companies said to be vying for Apple Watch orders months ago, but Quanta may have won an exclusive arrangement due to the complexity associated with manufacturing the device. Apple says its Watch is unlike any device it has ever made, with cutting edge sensor and haptic feddback technologies. Given the advanced features of the device, it's not surprising Apple has selected to work with only one manufacturer as it streamlines the production process, as others may have been unable to meet Apple's standards. Relatively reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously reported that Apple was planning a November production ramp for the Apple Watch, so a shift to January could indicate Apple believes it needs a bit more time to finalize the product's design. Apple is expected to begin selling the Watch starting in early 2015, with one insider saying Apple would be "lucky" to launch it in time for Valentine's Day on February 14. A production ramp beginning in January would indeed make it difficult for Apple to have significant quantities available in time for Valentine's Day purchases. The smartwatch will retail at a starting price of $349 for the base model, with several collections including 18-karat gold luxury options available at higher prices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Smart energy company Velvetwire today announced Powerslayer Blu, the latest addition to its Powerslayer lineup of USB chargers. This new model offers Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity and is compatible with Apple's HomeKit technology rolling out with iOS 8. Apple's vision for HomeKit is to make it easy for developers to allow users to control and interact with accessories around the home, leveraging BLE for energy-efficient communications. "We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices," said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. "By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we're offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple's HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent, energy-efficient devices that allow users to live more consciously without sacrificing convenience. We look forward to sharing Powerslayer Blu and future generations of our power-saving devices with the world."The Powerslayer Blu improves upon earlier Powerslayer models with HomeKit integration and iOS app support that gathers information from the charger using Bluetooth LE. Users can receive notifications about the charging status of their devices and view energy level information via Velvetwire's iOS app. The device also includes the option to switch between a fast, high-power charging profile and an energy conservation mode that maximizes battery life. The Powerslayer Blu will be available before the end of the year and will retail for $89. While the price tag is likely to be a hurdle for many potential customers, Powerslayer Blu serves as a good example of the potential of HomeKit to use iOS as a hub for bringing together devices from around the home. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple's current line of iPads. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early 2015, which may lead to Samsung becoming the top supplier of displays for the new tablet if other suppliers are unable to meet Apple's demands. Rendering of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to tensions between the two companies as they have become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, Samsung's technological advantages and production capacity as a display supplier have proven valuable to Apple over the years, as the Korean company even became Apple's top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014. The iPad Air 2 is rumored to feature a slightly thinner body, a faster A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to include a more powerful A8X processor to power its large, high-resolution display. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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The European Commission today announced the results of its formal investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, accusing the company of receiving illegal state aid from the country, reports The Wall Street Journal. In its findings, the regulatory body stated that deals between Apple and Ireland struck in 1991 and 2007 helped Irish authorities "confer a selective advantage upon Apple" that resulted in a lowering of its tax liability. The Commission also added that Apple's increase in sales for its business in Ireland appear to be inconsistent when related to comparable operating costs that would come with growth. Furthermore, the Commission notes that there was a reported increase in "sales income" by 415%, but states that most of the profit-generating work was done elsewhere. Accordingly, the Commission's of the opinion that through those rulings the Irish authorities confer an advantage on Apple. That advantage is obtained every year and on-going, when the annual tax liability is agreed upon by the tax authorities in view of that ruling. Apple's tax policies have been questioned on numerous occasions throughout the past few years, as the company is said to utilize multiple subsidiary companies located in the Irish city of Cork to move money around without significant tax penalties. This in due in part to an exemption in the region's law, which allows companies that are managed abroad but located in Ireland to be exempt from taxes. CEO Tim Cook defended the company's tax practices in 2013, calling for a tax reform and simplified corporate tax policies along with lower rates for repatriation. Apple and the Irish government will now have one month to respond to the findings published in the Commission's reports, as the case will likely take up to 18 months to reach a conclusion. In addition to its findings regarding Apple and Ireland, the European Commission also announced that it is investigating state aid cases involving coffee company Starbucks and car maker Fiat and their arrangements with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, respectively. 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 • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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