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The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between Samsung and Apple, which accounted for 21.7% and 14.1% market share in the second quarter respectively. The rival tech companies finished well ahead of Chinese competitors Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo with a combined 35.8% market share during the three-month period ending June 30. Apple increased 2.4 percentage points to 14.1% during the second quarter compared to its 11.7% market share in the year-ago quarter, while market leader Samsung experienced a year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 24.8% to 21.7%. Apple closed the gap on the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with the company announcing it sold 47.5 million iPhones in the third quarter of the fiscal year earlier this week. Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the smartphone operating system race, trailed by Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo with 8.9%, 5.3% and 4.8% market share in the second quarter respectively. All other platforms accounted for a combined 45.2% quarterly market share. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Nourish' System Provides Supplements Based on Fitness Tracker & App Data • Apple Pay Adds 35 New Participating Issuers in United States • Apple Releases Flash Storage Firmware Update for 2015 MacBook Pros • Video Review: Catalyst's Waterproof Case Keeps Your iPhone 6 Dry, but With Some Drawbacks • Apple's Strict Bluetooth LE Security Requirements Slowing Rollout of HomeKit Accessories • Microsoft Introduces 'Send' iOS App for Quick, 'In-and-Out Email' • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth

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Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion, providing a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones to customers that purchase an eligible Mac, including the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Pro. Apple is also offering the option to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones for $100. Apple has outlined the full eligibility requirements for the program in its terms and conditions (PDF). In years past, Apple has launched its Back to School program during June or early July, with the second Tuesday of July being the target date for several years in a row, but this year's launch has come later in the month than expected. Apple's Back to School promotion will run from today through September 18, 2015 and is available in the United States and Canada. The program should also be available in additional countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Joe Rossignol contributed to this report. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Pay Adds 35 New Participating Issuers in United States • Apple Releases Flash Storage Firmware Update for 2015 MacBook Pros • Video Review: Catalyst's Waterproof Case Keeps Your iPhone 6 Dry, but With Some Drawbacks • Apple's Strict Bluetooth LE Security Requirements Slowing Rollout of HomeKit Accessories • Microsoft Introduces 'Send' iOS App for Quick, 'In-and-Out Email' • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time

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While the release of the Apple Watch has seen a boom in third-party docks and stands for the device, those accessories have needed the stock charger that Apple supplies to charge the Apple Watch. However, Apple will soon allow manufacturers to make official third-party Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac. Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple Watch charger The change is coming for manufacturers in Apple's Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad program, known more simply as the MFi program. This will allow manufacturers to obtain the charging pad at the end of the Apple Watch charging cable so that they can install them in their dock and stand accessories. Previously, users had to insert their own charging cables into third-party stands and docks, making those products a little complicated to set up. However, the charging components are currently only available in "sample quantities" and official plans for accessories with integrated chargers cannot be submitted for approval. It's unknown when the first Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers will be available. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Flash Storage Firmware Update for 2015 MacBook Pros • Video Review: Catalyst's Waterproof Case Keeps Your iPhone 6 Dry, but With Some Drawbacks • Apple's Strict Bluetooth LE Security Requirements Slowing Rollout of HomeKit Accessories • Microsoft Introduces 'Send' iOS App for Quick, 'In-and-Out Email' • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time

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Apple today seeded a second beta of iOS 9 to public beta testers, nearly two weeks after beta testers received access to the first public beta. Today's public beta offering has a build number of 13A4305g, which means content-wise, it's the same as the fourth iOS 9 beta that was seeded to developers yesterday. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program and already have the first public beta installed can update over-the-air. The beta includes the return of Home Sharing for music, which was removed in iOS 8.4, and it's the first beta that supports Apple's new iPod touch. Other changes include a new look for Handoff in the app switcher and a bug fix that once again allows the volume buttons on an iOS device to serve as a shutter for the camera. A full list of changes in the beta can be found in our iOS 9 beta 4 tidbits list. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Introduces 'Send' iOS App for Quick, 'In-and-Out Email' • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables

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The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that the Apple Watch captured 75.5% global smartwatch market share during its launch quarter, trailed by Samsung's estimated 7.5% market share. Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple sold 4 million Apple Watches in the second quarter of 2015, while runner-up Samsung sold an estimated 400,000 smartwatches during the three-month period ending June 30. Many analysts have adjusted their Apple Watch sales estimates following the company's earnings report on Tuesday, with the consensus now ranging between 2.2 million and 3 million units sold, so Strategy Analytics's 4 million estimate seems overly high. Nevertheless, it is clear that the Apple Watch has become the best-selling smartwatch since its release.Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “We estimate Apple Watch shipped 4.0 million units and captured a dominant 75 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q2 2015. Apple Watch launched in sixteen major countries and saw decent take-up from iPhone loyalists in the United States and elsewhere. Apple Watch has clearly raised the bar for the global smartwatch industry. The ball is now in the court of rivals, like Samsung, to respond.”The launch of the Apple Watch helped the overall smartwatch market grow an estimated 457% annually to reach a record 5.3 million units in the second quarter of 2015. Strategy Analytics reports that smartwatch shipments were higher in this quarter than throughout all of 2014, when Samsung led the market and an estimated 4.6 million smartwatches were shipped globally. Samsung held a commanding 73.6% global market share in the smartwatch market in the year-ago quarter, but the South Korean electronics maker now trails the Apple Watch by a significant margin. Apple Watch is currently available in the United States and eighteen other countries, and the wrist-worn device is set to launch in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey on July 31. Apple and Samsung together accounted for 8 in 10 smartwatches sold, similar to the two-horse race between the rival tech companies in the smartphone market. Strategy Analytics estimates that other manufacturers shipped a combined 900,000 smartwatches during the second quarter of 2015 for 17% market share, down from 26.4% market share in the year-ago quarter despite selling 600,000 more smartwatches. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple Watch sales "exceeded expectations" during the company's third quarter earnings report on Tuesday, but stopped short of providing any specific sales figures. Cook's only comment was that Apple Watch sales during its first nine weeks of availability were higher than sales of the original iPad and iPhone when those devices first became available for sale. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Introduces 'Send' iOS App for Quick, 'In-and-Out Email' • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables

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Most of our giveaways have focused on hardware products, but this week, we've partnered with Aspyr to set up a special one-of-a-kind giveaway. We've teamed up to offer our MacRumors readers a free copy of the ultra popular game Civilization V: Campaign Edition, which normally retails for $29. We've created a dedicated page for the giveaway. Head over there to get a promotion code for Civilization V: Campaign Edition that can then be redeemed within the Mac App Store. The promotion is open to readers worldwide. For those of you unfamiliar with Civilization V, it's a turn-based strategy game that lets players lead a civilization to world domination through time, waging wars, discovering technologies, trading with friendly nations, and interacting with some of the world's most powerful historical leaders. Civilization V: Campaign Edition includes the base game, the Babylon Civilization Pack with Nebuchadnezzar II, plus the Mongols Civilization and Scenario Pack. We're providing each of our readers with one promo code apiece, and codes will be available through July 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time or until all codes have been claimed. Codes will expire on August 4, so make sure to enter your promo code in the Mac App Store before then. Visit the giveaway page. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T Activation Fee for Contract Customers Rising to $45, New $15 Fee for 'Next' Customers • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying

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Apple has quietly changed its App Store policies and is no longer permitting iOS devices running pre-release software to be used to write App Store reviews. When attempting to write a review from a device that has iOS 9 installed, a popup is displayed that tells users reviews can't be submitted while using beta software. This is a much needed change that will prevent developers from having their App Store ratings and reviews affected by beta-related problems that are out of their control. As MacStories' Federico Vittici pointed out last week, negative App Store reviews left by beta testers have been an unaddressed issue for developers since Apple started providing beta software to public testers. When beta software is released, some customers fault developers for apps that crash or do not function properly with beta features, leading them to leave negative App Store reviews even though there are months to go until apps need to be ready for the new software. Following the release of the iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public betas a week and a half ago, developers began seeing a huge uptick in negative reviews. Many of them took to Twitter to share 1 star reviews that included comments like "Broken with iOS 9.0," and it appears Apple finally took notice of the issue.Gotta love 1-star reviews for iOS 9 Beta issues. https://t.co/6lrFn9cP65— Paul Mayne (@paulmayne) July 11, 2015 While it is no longer possible to write App Store reviews while running iOS 9, it is still possible to leave star ratings. It is not clear exactly when Apple made the change, but with both iOS 9 beta 3 and beta 4, App Store reviews are disabled. iOS 8.4.1, another pre-release iOS build, does still allow App Store reviews to be left, so it appears that this may be a change that affects only beta software that's been seeded to the public as part of Apple's public beta testing program. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps

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As expected, Apple did not share specific sales numbers on the Apple Watch during its third quarter earnings call, but Apple CEO Tim Cook did shed some light on how well the Apple Watch did during its first quarter of availability. According to Cook, Apple Watch sales "exceeded expectations" despite supply continuing to trail demand at the end of the quarter. "We feel really great about how we did," he said. Cook also pointed out that Apple Watch sales during their first few months of availability were higher than sales of the original iPad and iPhone when those devices first became available for sale. Apple includes the Apple Watch in its "Other Products" category in an effort to keep its competitors from getting a detailed look at its shipments. Other Products includes the Apple Watch, the iPod, the Apple TV, and accessories like Beats headphones. During the third quarter of 2015, the Other Products category saw $2.6 billion in revenue, up from $1.7 billion during the second quarter of 2015, a difference of nearly a billion. Cook said "it would not be inaccurate" to look at the sequential change or the year over year change and "assume that's the Apple Watch revenue," hinting that Apple Watch revenue in the quarter hovered around $1 billion or higher. Apple CFO Luca Maestri made a similar statement to the Associated Press, stating revenue from the Apple Watch amounted to "well over" the $952 million increase between the two quarters. Both Maestri and Cook also pointed out that iPod and accessory sales, which are also included in the category, are shrinking. Aside from analyst estimates that range from an estimated 2.85 million sales to 5.7 million, the $1 billion revenue difference between Q2 and Q3 is the closest we've come to learning how many devices Apple sold. Cook went on to say that beyond the "very good news in sales," Apple is excited about how the Apple Watch is positioned for the long term. There are now 8,500 apps available for the device, and the company is poised to release watchOS 2 in the fall, which will bring native apps and performance improvements. "We believe the possibilities for Apple watch are enormous," said Cook. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps

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Apple today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter and second calendar quarter of 2015. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $10.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $49.6 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $37.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 64 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on August 13 to shareholders of record as of August 10. Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 35.2 million a year earlier, while Mac sales registered 4.8 million units, up from 4.4 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales continued to decline, however, falling to 10.9 million from 13.3 million.“We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall.”Apple's guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 includes expected revenue of $49-51 billion and gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent. Apple will provide live streaming of its fiscal Q3 2015 financial results conference call at 2:00 PM Pacific, and MacRumors will update this story with coverage of the conference call highlights. Conference call starts at 2:00 PM Pacific - No need to refresh Loading live updates... Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are quite a few new features bundled into the release. There are some major additions, such as the promised return of Home Sharing for Music, and several other minor tweaks intended to refine the look and feel of the operating system. With approximately two months to go until release, iOS 9 is already feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what's coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we've rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 4 below. You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2, iOS 9 beta 3. Home Sharing - Home Sharing for music was removed in iOS 8.4 with the launch of the new music app and the new Apple Music service, but iTunes chief Eddy Cue said Apple was working to re-add the feature in iOS 9 and it has, in iOS 9 beta 4. iPod touch Support - People who purchased one of the new A8-based iPod touch devices last week can now upgrade those devices to iOS 9 beta 4. With this beta, Apple added a new installation profile for the device. Volume Button Photos - In iOS 9 beta 3, there was a bug that prevented the volume button from working as a shutter button for the iOS camera. That's been fixed in beta 4 and it's once again possible to snap a photo using the volume buttons on your iOS device. Notifications icon - In the Settings app, the icon that represents the Notification setting has been updated with a new red color. Picture in Picture for Podcasts - One of the iOS 9 features on the iPad is a multitasking Picture in Picture option that lets users watch a video while continuing to complete other tasks on their iPads. As of iOS 9 beta 4, this works with the Podcasts app. Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 4 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple should continue to release regular updates to iOS 9 at two to three week intervals throughout the beta testing period to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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Apple today seeded the fourth watchOS 2 beta to developers, two weeks after seeding the third watchOS 2 beta and more than a month after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to the first version of watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. Along with these features for developers, which will lead to much more complex and full-featured third-party Apple Watch apps, the update introduces new watch faces (photo albums and time-lapse), third-party Complications, Time Travel for viewing upcoming events in a watch face Complication, and a Nightstand mode that's activated when the watch is charging, displaying the time. watchOS 2 is currently only available to registered developers who have also installed iOS 9 on their iPhones. Apple plans to release the software to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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Apple today released the fourth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the third El Capitan beta and more than a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear what today's update adds to the operating system, but we will add any new features and bug fixes to this post as they're discovered. Previous betas have featured primarily under-the-hood fixes to improve performance and reliability. OS X El Capitan builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control feature, a new Split View feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and several new features for Safari, including Pinned Sites for housing frequently visited websites and a universal mute button that quiets all tabs. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is available to both registered developers and public beta testers. After testing is completed, Apple will release El Capitan to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, nearly two weeks after releasing the third beta and more than a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. Xcode 7 beta 4 is also available. It is not clear what changes today's beta will bring to iOS 9, but we'll update this post as we discover new features, tweaks, and bug fixes. iOS 9 beta 3, which preceded beta 4, brought several much-desired features to iOS 9 including the News app, an updated Music app with support for the Apple Music service and Beats 1 radio station, folders for selfies and screenshots, 4x4 app layouts for folders on the iPad, and more. iOS 9 is Apple's latest operating system, focusing on intelligence and proactivity with much improved Siri and Search functions, plus improvements to several apps like Notes, Maps, and Mail. iOS 9 also brings several highly desired features like split-screen multitasking for the iPad and performance boosts that improve battery life and optimize storage space. As of early July, iOS 9 is available to both developers and public beta testers. The software will be released to the public this fall after testing is complete. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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A growing number of users on Twitter are reporting issues with Apple Music, Beats 1, iTunes and the App Store as nominees are announced for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) exclusively on Beats 1. MacRumors can confirm that many of Apple's cloud-based services are currently not loading or displaying error messages in the United States and Canada. Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect service disruptions for some users for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, OS X Software Update, Beats 1 Radio and Volume Purchase Program. The issues have been ongoing for several users since approximately 10:15 AM Eastern. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

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Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will be available for purchase on the Apple Online Store in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey starting July 31 after 7:01 AM local time. Turkish customers should also have the option of in-store pickup at one of two physical Apple Store locations at the Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center in Istanbul. Apple Watch will now be available in over 20 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. New Zealand - Apple Watch Sport: NZ$599 to NZ$699 - Apple Watch: NZ$949 to NZ$1,949 - Apple Watch Edition: NZ$17,500 to NZ$30,000 Russia - Apple Watch Sport: 23,990 RUB to 27,990 RUB - Apple Watch: 37,990 RUB to 78,990 RUB - Apple Watch Edition: 660,000 RUB to 1,120,000 RUB Turkey - Apple Watch Sport: 1,249 TRY to 1,399 TRY - Apple Watch: 1,999 TRY to 3,899 TRY - Apple Watch Edition: 34,000 TRY to 56,000 TRY (Thanks, Vladislav!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features

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Facebook, Google, eBay, HP, Dell and other Silicon Valley companies weighed in on the ongoing Samsung and Apple patent case, siding with the Korean company in a "friend of the court" briefing filed on July 1 to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and first spotted by Inside Sources [PDF via AppleInsider]. The companies argue that the court ordering Samsung to turn over profits would lead to stifled innovation. If allowed to stand, that decision will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies, including [the briefing draftees], who spend billions of dollars annually on research and development for complex technologies and their components.The companies contend that technology like smartphones, which include thousands of different components in both hardware and software, is too complex to award profits, like Samsung is being ordered to do, based on individual component infringements. They argue that any company could then be opened up to patent infringement cases for insignificant features like a specific user interface creation that only appears on a single screen of an app, therefore stifling innovation. After the companies submitted their thoughts to the court, Apple responded by arguing their thoughts should be dismissed. The Cupertino company specifically called out Google, pointing out that the company has a strong interest in the case because its behind the Android operating system used by Samsung and that the Mountain View company cannot be an impartial "friend of the court". In mid-June, Samsung asked the court to reconsider a central part of a recent ruling that ensured Apple would receive $548 million in damages, with Samsung wanting the court to rehear the case with a full 12-judge roster rather than the 3-judge panel it used in the previous ruling. That previous ruling reduced Apple's reward from $900 billion to $548 million. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features

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Apple recently made a major automotive hire that hints at the company's continued work on an electric car, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company hired Doug Betts, who previously served as the Senior Vice President of the Chrysler Group, where he was the global head of operations leading product service and quality. According to Betts' LinkedIn page, he began working at Apple in July. Aside from a role in "Operations," in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are no details on what he is doing at the company. Betts' LinkedIn profile suggests he made major customer satisfaction improvements and warranty cost reductions during his tenure at Chrysler, with job duties that included quality engineering, field issue problem solving, manufacturing operations, and supplier quality, among other tasks. Prior to working at Chrysler, Betts worked at Nissan, Toyota, and Michelin. Along with Betts, The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple also recently recruited a researcher, Paul Furgale, with a specialization in autonomous vehicles to join its team of employees working on its car project. The company is said to be seeking out other experts with robotics and machine experience, with Furgale recruiting both students and researchers.Earlier this year, Apple hired Paul Furgale a well-regarded autonomous vehicle researcher in Switzerland, and has begun recruiting other robotics and machine vision experts to work on a confidential project. Mr. Furgale had been deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, or ETH. Mr. Furgale previously had led a European Commission project called V-Charge that sought to develop self-parking vehicle technology.News of Apple's car project, code-named "Project Titan," leaked in February, but details on the top secret effort remain scarce. Apple reportedly has hundreds of employees working on developing an electric vehicle and has been recruiting talent from the automotive industry and other car-related fields, poaching employees from companies like Tesla, Ford, and GM. Rumors have thus far disagreed on whether Apple is focusing on self-driving capabilities for the vehicle. Rumors have suggested Apple is aiming to produce a car by 2020, but because Apple often works on projects that never make it to fruition, it's possible that its car plans could be shelved or delayed in the future if the company is unhappy with its progress. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station • Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25 • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos

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The NFL has long offered various packages that let football enthusiasts watch games on their mobile devices, but it's always been difficult to get that content on the Apple TV. That may be changing, however, according to a website dedicated to a revamped Game Pass program that the NFL plans to debut later this summer. For viewers in the United States, the NFL currently offers Game Rewind, with access to on-demand NFL games after they air on broadcast television. As of July 31, 2015, Game Rewind is being discontinued in favor of Game Pass, a consolidated service that will offer all 256 NFL season games on-demand as well as access to live out-of-market preseason games. Game Pass access will be added to the existing NFL Mobile app on the iPhone and the iPad, and the website indicates Game Pass content will also be available on "select connected TV devices" including the Apple TV. When the new Game Pass service is made available on the Apple TV, it'll be the first time the NFL has allowed full game broadcasts on Apple's set-top box, which is big news for football fans who are also cord cutters. At the current time, there's an NFL Now channel on the Apple TV, but this is limited to historic videos, breaking news, and game highlights, rather than complete games due to contracts with television providers. With the prior Game Rewind service, the NFL went so far as to disable AirPlay mirroring to the Apple TV in an effort to keep broadcasts limited to iOS devices. The new Game Pass works a lot like the former Game Rewind service. It includes live access to most preseason games, aside from those that are nationally broadcast, plus on-demand regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl games that are available after they air on broadcast television. Game Pass is available in the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, any U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths (including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), and Mexico. Pricing for the Game Pass is not yet listed. NFL fans outside of the United States already have access to an international "Game Pass" service that offers up live games and on-demand content, and while it confusingly shares the same name as the new service available in the U.S., it appears the international service will continue to be available. (Thanks, Tyler!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Znaps' Adds MagSafe-Style Connectivity to Your Lightning Cables • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30

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Apple has agreed to lease office space in the Two Union Square skyscraper in downtown Seattle, according to Bloomberg. The report claims that Apple will occupy the 44th floor and half of the 45th floor in the 56-story office building, which is roughly 30,000-square-foot space that can house 120 to 200 employees based on standard corporate leasing ratios. Seattle has become a hotbed recently for Silicon Valley companies because of its talent pool and lower cost of living compared with the San Francisco Bay Area, with Amazon, Facebook, Google and Alibaba Group among the tech giants with offices in the region. Apple opened its first engineering office in Seattle last year after acquiring Union Bay Networks. Apple has hired more than 9,000 employees in the last year and now has a worldwide headcount of about 115,000, according to the report. The company's existing Seattle office focuses on core infrastructure services such as iCloud, suggesting the northwestern city could serve as a hub for its rumored high-speed content delivery network for faster cloud services. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash

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While some critics within the tech media have heavily scrutinized the Apple Watch since its launch, new survey data shared by Techpinions suggests that the true mass market sentiment toward the wrist-worn device is overwhelmingly positive. In particular, the survey found that traditionally "non-tech" users liked the Apple Watch more than those with a closer connection to the tech industry. According to research firm Wristly and Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin, overall customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch is 97%, which is the highest customer satisfaction rating of any previous first-generation Apple product. Wristly determined that rating by combining the "Very Satisfied/Delighted" (66%) and "Somewhat Satisfied" boxes together (31%). The survey data is based on the Wristly Apple Watch Owner Network, a diversified panel of over a thousand Apple Watch buyers. Wristly says that it asked respondents a series of pre-qualification questions to ensure that the panel did not skew towards early adopters and instead represented a healthy range of consumers. Among those profiled, Wristly found 34% to be "tech insiders" and 53% to be "non-tech" users.What has been fascinating about the Wristly Apple Watch Panel is how diverse it is across the adoption cycle spectrum. We have those on the bleeding edge of adoption all the way through mainstream consumers who aren’t buying it for the sake of Apple fanaticism or love of tech and gadgetry but because they saw the utility and usefulness of the product right off the bat. They are all represented in our panel.Apple Watch customer satisfaction was found to be higher than the original iPhone and iPad, which scored 92% and 91% ratings respectively, although satisfaction levels were contrasting among different types of users. "Non-tech" users and "tech insiders" were most satisfied with the Apple Watch, while "app builders" were slightly less satisfied, with less than half choosing the "Very Satisfied" box. Apple has not publicly disclosed any official Apple Watch sales figures to date, and will be grouping the wrist-worn device under its "Other Products" category in quarterly earnings reports. Apple Watch global sales estimates range between 2.8 million and 5.7 million ahead of the company's third quarter fiscal results set to be announced on Tuesday at 2:00 PM Pacific. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash

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Ten days after releasing its first two iPhone ads using the new tagline of "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone," Apple today debuted a third ad in the series. The new ad, entitled "Amazing Apps" focuses on the array of apps available in the App Store. This is an iPhone. And it comes with something amazing: an App Store with over one and half million of the best apps available. That's over one and a half million hand-picked, awe-inspiring, just plain surprising, who knew a phone could do that apps. If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone.The latest campaign is the third series of ads for the iPhone, following an initial set from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and a more recent "Shot on iPhone 6" campaign that focuses on the phone's camera capabilities. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash

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In a new research note outlining his predictions for Apple's recently completed financial quarter and beyond, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shares his thinking about some of Apple's upcoming product plans that will provide sales momentum in the latter portion of the year. -Apple Watch: Kuo remains conservative about the Apple Watch, pegging Apple's second quarter shipments at roughly 3.9 million and growing to 5.5 million in the current quarter as supply shortages ease and availability expands to more countries. As a result, he believes it will be difficult for Apple to reach Wall Street consensus estimates for 15 million units total through the end of the year, though analyst estimates have seen wide variations and Apple is indicated it will not be reporting Apple Watch unit sales in its financial results. Notably, Kuo believes Apple could launch the Apple Watch Sport in new color options to match iPhone 6s colors later this year, anodizing the watch's aluminum casing with yellow and rose gold. Kuo and other sources have previously pointed to a new iPhone color (reportedly rose gold) and Kuo indicated months ago that Apple could use new casing options for the Apple Watch later this year. - iPhone: Kuo believes Apple shipped roughly 54.2 million iPhones during the second calendar quarter, and he predicts that number will fall to 40.1 million in the current quarter as sales slow ahead of the "iPhone 6s" launch and shipments of the new device may get off to a somewhat slow start due to "low yield of Force Touch." - iPad: Apple's iPad sales continue to slide, with Kuo predicting the company shipped just 8.8 million in the current quarter. He believes a thinner and lighter iPad mini that is essentially a smaller version of the iPad Air 2 could begin shipping at the tail end of the quarter, helping boost overall shipments to 11 million units during the third calendar quarter. Apple's iPad launches typically come in October, however, so shipments may not begin until the fourth quarter. In line with a recent report claiming Apple may not introduce a new iPad Air this year, Kuo does not mention any pending updates to that device. He also does not address the even larger "iPad Pro" that has been rumored to launch later this year. - Mac: Kuo predicts strong Mac shipments of 5.3 million units for the second quarter, rising to over 5.8 million in the current quarter, which is traditionally Apple's best quarter on the strength of back to school sales. He sees Apple releasing new iMacs late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter, helping to sustain Mac demand. Kuo has a solid track record based on information from Apple's supply chain, but he does occasionally make incorrect predictions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash

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As we noted earlier this week, Apple has yet to launch its annual "Back to School" promotion that in recent years has launched in early July and offered educational customers free $50-$100 Apple Store or iTunes/App Store gift cards with the purchase of a Mac or iOS device, in addition to the usual educational discount available on some products. With the usual timeframe having come and gone and no signs of an imminent launch for the promotion, many have speculated Apple has decided to end the long-running program. According to Consomac.fr [Google Translation], however, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in her latest video message to store employees this week revealed that she will "share a little bit more insight" on the Back to School situation with them in next week's video.I'm sure many of you are thinking also 'but is there anything else for Back to School'? Well, I need you to wait until next week's video and I'll share a little bit more insight with you then.Ahrendts' comment does not confirm that the usual Back to School promotion will be launching in the near future, but the report notes her "enthusiastic tone" suggests the company will be offering something for customers. Ahrendts is in Tokyo this week and recorded her weekly message from there, but the reason for her trip is unknown. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Telescope for Your iPhone From iCandiApps • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash

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Apple Music appears to be experiencing some issues today, with some users reporting continual 503 errors for the last several hours. When attempting to play an Apple Music song via iTunes, an error message that says "The shared library 'Cloud Music Library' is not responding." More annoying than debilitating, the error can be dismissed and music will play after another attempt to connect. The error also seems to pop up occasionally when no music is being played. Errors are being reported by MacRumors readers, redditors, and people on Apple's Support Communities. Apple's System Status page is not reporting an outage at this time and the 503 error does not appear to be affecting all users. It is not clear what is causing the issue or when it will be fixed by Apple. Since its June 30 debut, Apple Music has experienced a few outages, including an hour-long Beats 1 radio outage on launch day. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup

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Apple is objecting to GT Advanced Technologies' financing plan over concerns that it would undermine its existing settlement reached with the bankrupt sapphire crystal supplier last year, reports Re/code. GT Advanced reached a settlement with Apple in October 2014 after failing to produce sapphire crystal of the quality desired by the Cupertino-based company for potential use in future products. GT Advanced is attempting to restructure by raising $95 million through a loan agreement under the supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New Hampshire, but the financing plan is contingent on the company receiving enough insurance money to repair any damage to sapphire furnaces following a fire at its former Mesa, Arizona facility a few months ago. GT Advanced's inspection equipment damaged in Mesa facility fire last May Apple argues that GT Advanced already determined damage at the facility to be minimal, adding that the terms of the loan agreement give lenders too much leverage to foreclose on the sapphire furnaces that GT Advanced is supposed to sell in order to repay Apple. A group of GT Advanced shareholders have also reportedly questioned why the company needs to raise money nine months into bankruptcy. GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy last October after it became clear the company was spending over one million dollars per day to run its operations, despite being unable to produce sapphire acceptably by Apple's standards. The company began winding down its sapphire production and decommissioning the furnaces to prepare them for storage and resale through the end of last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More • A Closer Look at Apple's New iPod Touch Colors and Features • Ztylus Review: This Modular Lens and Case System Protects Your Phone and Improves Your Photos • Situ Scale Review: This Smart Scale Needs a Smarter App • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup

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