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Apple has begun emailing iCloud users who have enabled two-factor authentication on their Apple IDs, reminding them that application specific passwords will be required when trying to access iCloud data on third party apps starting tomorrow. In addition to the email reminders, Apple last week published a new support document educating users on how to use app-specific passwords. While the feature was originally intended to require the feature on October 1, it's unclear why two-factor authentication users are being reminded of it a week later. App-specific passwords are a new feature Apple introduced in mid-September, following the launch of two-factor authentication for accessing iCloud.com. The changes arrived after a hacking incident that saw the iCloud accounts of several celebrities compromised due to weak passwords. CEO Tim Cook has promised to improve iCloud security by increasing awareness around Apple's security features like two-factor authentication as well as a sending out email notifications whenever a device is restored, an account is accessed or a password change is attempted. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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With the iPhone 6, Apple debuted a new display technology called Retina HD, which resulted in wider viewer angles, higher resolutions, higher contrast and a thinner display. Developer Hamza Sood has now discovered frameworks within iOS 8.1 Beta 2 that contain '3x' assets that point to higher resolution displays in the new iPad models. While the assets don't confirm that Retina HD displays will be on the new iPad models, it does suggest that Apple is looking at introducing the feature. Currently, it is unclear as to which iPad models would receive Retina HD displays, although some rumors have pointed to the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro sporting a higher resolution. Apple did include a Retina HD display with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, as the larger device received a higher resolution than its smaller counterpart. Apple is expected to debut the new iPad Air (and potentially the next generation iPad Mini with Retina Display) at a media event on October 16 in its Cupertino campus. The company is also expected to introduce new iMacs, with at least the 27-inch variety coming with a Retina Display. It's also likely Apple gives a full overview of OS X Yosemite before its public launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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Apple saw its worldwide PC marketshare climb to 6.3 percent in the third quarter of 2014, launching it into the top five worldwide vendors, according to new data released from IDC. While Apple has long held a position as one of the top PC vendors in the U.S., it has not made it into the list of top five worldwide vendors in quite some time. With nearly 5 million shipments during the quarter compared to 4.5 million in the year ago quarter, Apple saw overall growth of 8.9 percent year over year, allowing it to edge out ASUS as the number five vendor. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer, meanwhile, held their top four positions. Lenovo, as usual, was the top worldwide PC vendor, with more than 15 million shipments and 20 percent marketshare. IDC's Preliminary Global PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q14 (In Thousands)Apple moved into the number 5 position on a worldwide basis, slightly overtaking ASUS. The company's steady growth, along with recent price cuts and improved demand in mature markets, has helped it to consistently outgrow the market.As for U.S. shipments, Apple retained its number three vendor position with more than 2.2 million shipments and 13 percent marketshare, up 9.3 percent year over year. HP and Dell held their positions as the top two vendors in the U.S., with 27.7 and 24 percent marketshare, respectively.

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Earlier today, an Apple representative told Reuters that the company was surprised by GT Advanced's decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, and The Wall Street Journal has now published some new information on the behind the scenes dealings between the two companies. According to inside sources, Apple was caught off guard by GT's filing because it had been working with GT to make sure the latter company would be able to pay all of its debts. Apple, aware of GT's weak cash position, also reportedly held off on asking for loan repayments on the $439 million GT has received so far. On Wednesday, Apple called the bankruptcy filing "a surprising decision." A person familiar with the matter said Apple had been working with GT to keep it solvent. In addition, Apple hadn't demanded repayment of loans as it could have, based on GT's weak cash position, people familiar with the matter said.As part of its loan agreement, Apple was entitled to ask GT Advanced for repayment if its cash holdings fell below $125 million, but Apple has opted not to demand repayment. In addition to holding off on asking for loan repayment, Apple is also attempting to help GT qualify for the final $139 million payment that Apple has thus far withheld from the company. GT has not yet received the payment because it has reportedly failed to deliver on the technical milestones that it was contractually obligated to meet under the original terms of the $578 million loan that Apple provided for purchasing equipment. Though Apple was widely rumored to be using GT Advanced sapphire for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays, the company opted to stick with Gorilla Glass, leading to troubles for GT Advanced. Apple provided GT with a facility and a loan to buy equipment, but was not required to purchase GT's sapphire, which has eaten into GT's cash pile. GT, meanwhile, has reportedly run into manufacturing issues that have impacted yield, explaining why Apple may have passed on sapphire screens for its new iPhones. GT is also subjected to exclusivity provisions limiting what it is able to sell to other companies. Apple's upcoming Apple Watch will use sapphire on some models, but GT's bankruptcy is unlikely to impact the production of that device as Apple can use sapphire from other sources. The future of sapphire display covers for iPhones is less certain, however, as there are few other sources where Apple can obtain enough high-quality sapphire. GT Advanced will have its first Chapter 11 bankruptcy court hearing tomorrow, where it is expected to divulge additional information on the reasons behind its bankruptcy filing. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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We're growing closer to the launch of the first hardware accessories that are compatible with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, as the company has recently published the final Made for iPhone (MFi) specifications for hardware developers. With the completed specifications, hardware manufacturers will be able to create products that are designed to integrate with the HomeKit platform. All developers creating hardware for HomeKit must follow Apple's MFi guidelines and incorporate the HomeKit technical specifications. As outlined by 9to5Mac, some of Apple's final HomeKit specifications cover the pairing and security of Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi connected HomeKit accessories. While we've already seen several products that will take advantage of HomeKit, including a smart USB charger and a line of connected home sensors, Apple's HomeKit supports a wide range of products like lightbulbs, locks, fans, thermostats, power outlets, garage doors, and more. Apple has also announced several partners already, including Philips and Honeywell. Connected home sensors with HomeKit integration from Elgato As Apple has worked to ready HomeKit for hardware developers, it has also been working on the software front. The latest beta of the Apple TV software, released alongside iOS 8.1 beta 2, includes explicit support for HomeKit, turning the Apple TV into something of a home automation hub. The new Apple TV software turns the Apple TV into a remote access HomeKit peer, and as described by AppleInsider, this allows HomeKit devices to sync with the Apple TV, possibly giving users a way to control connected devices even when away from home. In the future, an updated Apple TV set-top box could include long-rumored features like Siri support, letting users easily control HomeKit-connected devices from their living rooms through the Apple TV dashboard. HomeKit has been designed to work deeply with Siri, letting users control HomeKit hardware via voice commands. At its Worldwide Developers Conference, several potential uses for HomeKit were demoed. For example, when a user has HomeKit-compatible hardware installed, Apple's voice assistant Siri can be asked to "Close the garage, "Turn off the lights," or "Lower the temperature." Apple has plans to hold a Made for iPhone (MFi) summit November 12 through November 14, providing accessory manufacturers and developers with information on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and more, and with the finalized specification now available, we should be seeing additional hardware products with HomeKit support in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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As expected, Apple will be holding a media event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino headquarters campus, with the company today sending out media invitations for the event (via The Loop). The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific, and the invitations carry the tagline "It's been way too long". Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air (and possibly a new iPad mini), as well as updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to see its final overview before public launch, and one rumor has suggested updated Mac minis are also in the works and could see an announcement at the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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In the company's first public statement regarding the bankruptcy filing by its sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies earlier this week, an Apple spokesman tells Reuters the company was surprised by the filing and that it is now figuring out its next steps."We are focussed on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT's surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps," spokesman Chris Gaither said. GT reportedly fell into difficulty when Apple withheld a final $139 million prepayment loan, part of a roughly $580 million package intended to help GT start up operations at the Mesa, Arizona sapphire production plant owned by Apple. With Apple opting not to use sapphire for the display on the iPhone 6 and under no commitment to purchase sapphire from GT, the sapphire producer quickly started running out of cash. And with repayment on the Apple loan set to start in January, if not sooner, GT found itself needing to enter bankruptcy protection while reorganizing its business. While the Apple Watch will use sapphire on some models, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims GT's bankruptcy should have no impact on that product as Apple can source sapphire for that product from multiple sources. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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Well-known Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn today published images that reportedly show the design of Apple's next generation iPad Air 2. The pictured device has the same general form factor as the existing iPad Air, but includes a thinner 7 mm profile that measures roughly the same as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and thinner than the current 7.5 mm iPad Air. In line with previous rumors, the iPad Air 2 model also includes a home button with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Claimed iPad Air 2 mockup from Tinhte.vn While this latest report includes detailed photographs and a video, they only give us a hint at Apple's next-generation iPad as the device in the photos is described as a dummy model used by accessory manufacturers to test out and showcase their designs and not an actual iPad Air 2 unit leaked from a Foxconn assembly line. Similar to previous leaks, the iPad model has the same external design features seen in earlier leaks and in MacRumors' own dummy unit on hand since June. Tinhte dummy unit (left) vs. MacRumors dummy unit (right) Of perhaps most note, the Tinhte.vn and other dummy models include two distinctive small holes in the area of the rear camera -- one on the back and one of the side of the casing. The hole closest to the camera is undoubtedly for a microphone, while the other hole likely marks the presumed location of the mute/rotation switch, which is not depicted ini full on the models. Today's report and an earlier one have suggested this hole is for a microphone rather than simply marking the mute/rotation switch location, but we believe this interpretation is likely incorrect. Apple is expected to unveil its iPad Air 2 and possibly a new Retina iPad mini at a press event to be held on October 16. The next-generation iPad Air is rumored to included a faster A8 processor, anti-reflective display, Touch ID, and a gold color option. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Working Apple 1 Motherboard, Vintage Apple European Headquarters Flag to Be Auctioned • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

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Quanta Computer has begun production on Apple's ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook and will look to ramp up its efforts beginning November, reports Digitimes. Despite these newest efforts however, the report also states that the notebook will not be ready in time for this holiday season. Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being, the sources said. As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated. Specifically, component makers are reportedly having issues with the new MacBook Air's ultrathin chassis, which is said to be slimmer than the current 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. The supply chain sources also add that the 12-inch MacBook Air will come with a touch-enabled Retina display. Rumors of an ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook from Apple have gained traction throughout the past few months, as reports from Jack March last month indicated that the notebook would launch in multiple color options and feature fanless internals. A fanless machine would also suggest that the machine would adopt an ultra low-power processor, such as the Broadwell-Y Core M processors recently announced by Intel. However, a touch-enabled Retina display seems less likely for the 12-inch MacBook, as the inclusion of one would greatly increase the cost of the machine. A multi-touch 12-inch MacBook would also likely conflict with Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is said to be launching early next year. March's report previously indicated Apple appears to be aiming for a mid-2015 launch for its 12-inch notebook. The notebook will reportedly come in silver, gold, and space gray options. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality

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Hours after Apple seeded the second iOS 8.1 beta to developers, developer Hamza Sood has located the Apple Pay setup screen in the Passbook app, the Apple Pay setup screen in the initial iOS 8.1 setup and Apple Pay setup on the iPad. Previously, Sood had found the Apple Pay setup screen within the Settings app. The setup prompt within Passbook is similar to the setup prompt to add passes, educating potential users on what the service is before providing a link to where users can input and scan their credit cards for use. Potential users have the choice to either input their credit card numbers via the keyboard or to take a photo of their card and have it inputted automatically. The iPad gets the same setup screen as the iPhone version, but does not mention the ability to use Apple Pay in a retail store as no current iPads contain the NFC technology required to use the feature and it is uncertain whether it could be included in future iPads. iOS 8.1 is likely to be the update to include Apple Pay, although Apple has not yet flipped the switch within the betas seeded to developers. Instead, the company seems to have been preparing the features behind-the-scenes. Alongside Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 is expected to include a host of bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, including a fix for Bluetooth connectivity problems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality

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A new report from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple's sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies' recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not affect its upcoming Apple Watch. However, he cautions that it does raise concerns about the possibility of future iPhones using sapphire displays. Bankruptcy has no impact on Apple Watch. As the Apple Watch sapphire cover lens uses an ingot of less than 6-inches, and as drop-test requirements aren’t so stringent as those of iPhone, general ingot manufacturing processes such as KY suffice for Apple Watch. This is why there are abundant sapphire ingot suppliers to choose from for Apple Watch. According to our survey, aside from GTAT, other Apple Watch sapphire ingot suppliers are Hansol (KR) and Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics (CN). We therefore don’t think GTAT’s bankruptcy will affect sapphire ingot supply to Apple Watch. ... but it raises uncertainties on iPhone touch panel use of sapphire cover lens.Kuo suggests that GT Advanced's ASF sapphire ingot isn't the only one it's considering to use for iPhone displays, though it is the company's preference due to the superior drop-test performance of GT Advanced's sapphire. And while Kuo believes that Apple still wants to use sapphire displays for iPhones, the bankruptcy of GT Advanced will likely result in bottlenecks in ASF sapphire production. Other sapphire ingot suppliers are unlikely to benefit, as they do not measure up to Apple's higher drop-test standards. Apple had been widely expected to include sapphire display covers on some iPhone 6 models, but that development did not arrive. As Kuo notes, Apple still plans to use sapphire displays for Apple Watch, as it uses an ingot less than 6-inches and Apple's standards for drop-tests on the Watch are not as stringent as those for iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality

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Apple's iPhone continues grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey, which asked approximately 7,200 teens with an average age of 16 years about their device usage habits and future buying plans. 67 percent of surveyed teens owned an iPhone, compared to 61 percent in the Spring survey, and 73 percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone. Much of Apple's gains in ownership came from Android, which lost five percentage points over the last several months. iPhone usage among teens may jump significantly in the next few months, as the survey was conducted just before the introduction of the larger-screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While iPad ownership remained high at 66 percent, there was no growth compared to the Spring survey. Android tablets also saw ownership numbers drop, and of customers planning to buy a tablet in the next six months, 60 percent plan to choose an iPad Air or iPad mini. As for the upcoming Apple Watch, interest among teenagers remains relatively low. Only 16 percent of teens said they would be interested in purchasing an Apple Watch for $350, down slightly from the Spring survey where 17 percent expressed interest. Munster's survey was, however, conducted before the Apple Watch was announced, so interest numbers may shift in the next Spring survey. Younger customers have always been important to Apple as it gives the company a chance to create lifelong customers. Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, for example, may have partially taken place as an effort to remain relevant among teenage users. In a survey of 10,000 students, a quarter believed the deal would make Apple more "cool," while 50 percent believed the acquisition would increase Apple's popularity among students. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Withheld $139 Million Payment from GT Advanced Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality

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Apple today released a second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, a week after releasing the first candidate golden master and the fourth public beta. The latest Yosemite update 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. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Updated] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More

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GT Advanced CEO Thomas Gutierrez sold over 9,000 shares of GT Advanced stock just a day before Apple announced the iPhone 6, reports The Wall Street Journal. The September 8 sale netted him approximately $160,000 at an average price of $17.38, before the company's stock dropped 13 percent to $14.94 on September 9 after it became clear the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus did not include sapphire screens. Along with the $160,000 he earned on September 8, Gutierrez sold shares on several other occasions throughout 2014, earning him more than 10 million dollars as GT stock rose on rumors that Apple would use its sapphire for the new iPhones.In a filing, GT said Gutierrez's share sale was part of a pre-arranged plan put in place on March 14, 2014. But there was no obvious pattern to his sales. In May, June and July, Gutierrez sold shares within the first three days of the month. But then he didn't sell additional shares until Sept. 8, two days after he received 15,902 previously restricted shares. (Gutierrez forfeited the remaining 6,670 shares to cover tax obligations.)GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, promising to continue operations as it goes through a transitional phase to reorganize its business. "Today's filing does not mean we are going out of business," said Gutierrez. "Rather, it provides us with the opportunity to continue to execute our business plan on stronger footing, maintain operations of our diversified business, and improve our balance sheet." Apple and GT Advanced first partnered in late 2013, with Apple building a 700-employee manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona that's run by GT Advanced. The deal also saw Apple funding GT's purchase of furnaces and other sapphire-making equipment through a $578 million loan, doled out over several months and subjected to certain capacity requirements. Under the terms of the agreement between Apple and GT Advanced, GT Advanced is required to pay back the $578 million loan over the course of five years. If the loan is not paid back, Apple is entitled to the equipment that GT Advanced purchased. When a deal was struck between the two companies, GT Advanced noted that sapphire production for Apple would result in substantially lower gross margins, but was confident that a recurring revenue stream would be beneficial for growth in the long run. Apple was widely expected to include sapphire display covers from GT Advanced on some iPhone 6 models, and it is unclear why sapphire was not used at all. GT filings did, however, suggest that the company saw poor sapphire yield rates, which may have impacted Apple's decision to stick with alternate materials. Apple is not subjected to any type of commitment to purchase sapphire from GT Advanced, and though the Apple Watch does indeed include a sapphire cover, it is unclear whether the sapphire being used is sourced from GT. GT's stock dropped approximately 90 percent after the company's bankruptcy announcement and has seen little gain since then. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Ledge' Protects Wrists From Sharp MacBook Edges • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Update: New MA and CT Stores Too] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More

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Used as an in-car hands-free system, Siri causes a high level of mental distraction while driving, according to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In a thorough study [PDF] that measured the cognitive workload of 45 drivers completing in-car tasks using various voice-based technologies, Siri's high complexity and low intuitiveness resulted in some of the highest levels of mental distraction. Using a five-category rating system, researchers measured Siri-based interactions like sending and receiving text messages and emails, updating Facebook or Twitter, and modifying calendar appointments. Various measurements to record distraction were taken during three separate experiments, in-car on residential streets, without driving, and in a driving simulator. Researchers tested Siri on an iPhone 5 with iOS 7, using a microphone and voice commands to make the setup both hands-free and eyes-free, with drivers unable to look at or make contact with the phone. Siri was found to produce the highest mental workload on the researchers' scale, and use of Siri in a car even resulted in two crashes during the simulator study. It was also given the lowest rating of intuitiveness along with the highest rating of complexity, due to its lack of consistency and its inflexibility when it came to voice commands. Common issues involved inconsistencies in which Siri would produce different responses to seemingly identical commands. In other circumstances, Siri required exact phrases to accomplish specific tasks, and subtle deviations from that phrasing would result in a failure. When there was a failure to properly dictate a message, it required starting over since there was no way to modify/edit a message or command. Siri also made mistakes such as calling someone other than the desired person from the phone contact list. Some participants also reported frustration with Siri's occasional sarcasm and wit.According to the researchers, interactions with Siri may improve over time as the voice assistant is able to learn accents and other characteristics of a user's voice, but many commands resulted in overly complex interactions that could be fixed via "improvements to the software design." Though the AAA study looked at the distraction level when using Siri directly on an iPhone, it did not look at CarPlay, Apple's new in-dash system that the company says is a "smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car." Other similar in-dash systems did, however, result in high levels of cognitive workload in a companion study, but cognitive demand varied highly based on the number of comprehension errors and the number of steps required to complete an action. Early CarPlay reviews have suggested that the system's Siri integration is improved compared to Siri on the iPhone, as it was judged to be easy to use with simple menus and navigation. The study comes ahead of a set of voluntary guidelines the AAA is planning to create, encouraging users to minimize their cognitive distraction by cutting back on the use of voice-based technologies while driving. According to the AAA, voice-based interactions within a vehicle result in "significant impairments" to driving that may "adversely affect traffic safety." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Update: New MA and CT Stores Too] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million

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Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8.1, build 12B407, to registered developers for testing purposes, just over a week after the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta. Apple has also released Apple TV Software beta 2 and Xcode 6.1 golden master seed 2. iOS 8.1 includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, including a fix for a Bluetooth connectivity problem, and it also includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October. Along with iOS 8.1, Apple is also simultaneously working on iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, all of which are expected to add new functionality to the operating system. iOS 8 has had a rough start, with Apple temporarily removing HealthKit ahead of the launch of iOS 8 and then releasing an unstable iOS 8.0.1 update that disabled the cellular and Touch ID service of many users. Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the issue, but several other problems have come to light, including a bug that causes iCloud Drive documents to be deleted. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Plastc' Smart Payment Card Aims to Replace Card-Stuffed Wallets • Apple Reportedly Shifting iPhone Production Balance More Toward iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 [Update: New MA and CT Stores Too] • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million

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Samsung's third quarter 2014 earnings are likely to disappoint as the company faces intense competition from both high-end and low-end competitors, even as Apple's newly launched iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are just starting to roll out. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is expected to announce a quarterly operating profit drop of up to 62 percent in what may be its fourth consecutive quarterly decline. Though it may see a marginal increase in smartphone shipments, Samsung's operating profit decline may be the result of lower handset selling prices and increased marketing costs as smartphone competition escalates. Samsung’s smartphone business is facing intense competitive pressure at the low-end from Chinese handset makers, and at the high-end from the iPhone. With the iPhone 6, Apple essentially wiped out Samsung’s distinguishing feature: a big screen size. And with the jumbo iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has now entered into the “phablet” segment that Samsung pioneered. Samsing's handset revenue is forming an uncomfortable trend. Squeezed from above & below even before iPhone 6/6 Plus pic.twitter.com/npOE9PS83U— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 7, 2014 While its mobile device division struggles, Samsung's components business is expected to increase 10 percent over the coming year, accounting for more than 40 percent of operating profits in 2015. One of Samsung's main component customers is Apple, although the iPhone maker has cut back significantly on its usage of Samsung parts. One major move away from Samsung came with the main A8 chip used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Apple turning to TSMC for the first time for chip production. Some industry sources believe Samsung to still be producing a portion of A8 chips, but so far it does not appear any have been seen in teardowns of the new devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening New Retail Store Near Venice, Italy This Saturday, October 11 • Report Claims 12.9-Inch iPad May Adopt Integrated iOS/OS X Operating System • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • Apple Releases New iTunes 12 Beta for OS X Yosemite

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After almost three weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 47 percent of devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. That marks a very slight increase in adoption over the past two weeks, as back on September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices. 47 percent of iOS users continue to stick to iOS 7, possibly due to a number of bugs that have plagued the launch of iOS 8. Just ahead of the launch of iOS 8, all HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store due to a major HealthKit bug. A fix was quickly released, but the update, iOS 8.0.1, disabled the cellular service and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. iOS 8.0.2 fixed the problems introduced with iOS 8.0.1 and brought several other bug fixes, but the publicity surrounding the iOS 8.0.1 issue may have discouraged some users from updating. Along with the critical bug introduced with iOS 8.0.1, several other problems have come to light. An iCloud Drive issue with the "Reset All Settings" option causes iCloud Drive documents to be deleted from iCloud, and multiple users have experienced problems with Bluetooth. Furthermore, iOS 8 users have complained of other issues with the operating system, including slow wi-fi speeds and excessive battery drain. Apple's iOS 8 adoption numbers closely mirror data from Mixpanel, which also puts iOS 8 adoption at 47 percent. iOS 8's adoption rate appears to be slower than iOS 7 adoption as Mixpanel's numbers last year put iOS 7 adoption at 69.7 percent 20 days after launch. Mixpanel iOS 8 adoption numbers, October 4 to October 7 In late September, Apple stopped signing iOS 7.1.2, making it impossible for iOS 8 users to downgrade back to a previous-generation operating system. The company is working to combat the issues facing iOS 8, however, simultaneously working on iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. iOS 8.1, seeded to developers last week, fixes at least one major problem, repairing the Bluetooth pairing issue many users have been facing. The update also includes support for Apple Pay, which is expected to debut in October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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According to Apple, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have "faster LTE download speeds" than the iPhone 5s, reaching up to 150Mbps thanks to the inclusion of the Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE chip, which supports LTE Advanced. A demonstration of the speed difference between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 when connected to a high-quality LTE network has been conducted by iClarified, suggesting the iPhone 6 is able to reach much higher speeds than the iPhone 5s. The test, which was conducted in London, Ontario, Canada on the Fido network, shows the iPhone 6 topping out at download speeds of 101Mbps while the iPhone 5s reaches 35Mbps. Upload speeds are similarly improved, reaching 27Mbps on the iPhone 6. According to iClarified, the tests, which were conducted using the Ookla SpeedTest.net app, were done in a spot in the city where the best reception was found.We were able to consistently reach speeds in the high 90s with the iPhone 6. The absolute highest download speed we were able to obtain was 111 Mbps. I'm confident that if the conditions were optimal we could have obtained even higher speeds.First introduced in 2013, LTE Advanced takes advantage of carrier aggregation technology, combining separate spectrums into a single faster connection to increase data speeds and network capacity. Several carriers offer the technology, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are Apple's first devices to support it. Because not all carriers support LTE Advanced and due to differences in connection strength, not all users may see increased speeds on Apple's new devices. Along with LTE Advanced, Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offer several other connectivity improvements, including support for up to 20 different LTE bands. With additional bands (7 more than the iPhone 5s), iPhone users are able to connect to more LTE networks when traveling abroad and LTE connections are available in more countries. The phones also include support for voice over LTE (VoLTE), improving voice quality and allowing some users to access voice and data simultaneously over LTE for the first time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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More than a decade ago, Walter Isaacson began working on a book to highlight the history of computers and the Internet, but the project was sidelined in early 2009 when he took on the task of writing Steve Jobs' authorized biography. That book, which debuted just weeks after Jobs' death in October 2011, topped best seller charts and revealed a number of interesting details about Jobs and Apple. Following the publication of Steve Jobs, Isaacson returned to his earlier project of documenting the history of computing, and that work debuts tomorrow as The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. While Apple and Jobs play relatively minor roles in the book, overall it offers an interesting look at how computers and the Internet developed into what they are today. Isaacson breaks his book into nearly a dozen different sections, highlighting a number of advancements along the way. It begins with Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage outlining their thoughts on a mechanical "Analytical Engine" in the 1830s and 1840s before jumping ahead nearly 100 years to Vannevar Bush and Alan Turing and their visions for the earliest computers that would follow soon after. Further sections address advances in programming, transistors, microchips, video games, and the early Internet before broaching the topics of the modern personal computer and the World Wide Web. Throughout the book, Isaacson focuses on the importance of teamwork rather than individual genius in the development of computers, frequently involving contrasting but complementary personalities of visionaries, technical experts, and managers. Popular examples include Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple, or Bob Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove at Intel, but the observation extends further as time and time again teams have been responsible for many of the biggest innovations.Innovation comes from teams more often than from the lightbulb moments of lone geniuses. This was true of every era of creative ferment. [...] But to an even greater extent, this has been true of the digital age. As brilliant as the many inventors of the Internet and computer were, they achieved most of their advances through teamwork.Isaacson also emphasizes the importance of building on previous discoveries, including collaboration both within and between generations of scientists. A number of characters in the book appear at multiple stages, often first as innovators themselves and later helping to foster discoveries by the next generation. Other observations include the various roles of government, academia, and business in the development of computing and how they frequently came together, particularly in the early days, to lead advancements. Isaacson also uses several cases to argue that innovation works best when different business models compete against each other, particularly in software development as with Apple's integrated systems vying with Microsoft's unbundled model while the free and open-source approach maintained its position in the market.Each model had its advantages, each had its incentives for creativity, and each had its prophets and disciples. But the approach that worked best was having all three models coexisting, along with various combinations of open and closed, bundled and unbundled, proprietary and free. Windows and Mac, UNIX and Linux, iOS and Android: a variety of approaches competed over the decades, spurring each other on -- and providing a check against any one model becoming so dominant that it stifled innovation.Packing the entire history of computing into 500 pages leaves some topics feeling brief or left out altogether, but Isaacson's book gives an interesting overview for those who may not be familiar with the technical advances stretching back decades that have given rise to the current state of the art. Focusing more on the people and relationships than the technical details, it offers some insight into how breakthroughs have been made and how some innovators have gained fame and fortune while others slipped into near obscurity. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support, Improved Touch ID Functionality • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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Apple is expected to hold an event on Thursday, October 16, where it will unveil the second-generation iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. Ahead of that event, The Michael Report claims to have acquired "pictures and illustrations" of the iPad Air 2 from "sources within Apple," although it has opted not to share such evidence publicly. While the site goes into significant detail about the iPad Air 2, it appears to be largely aggregating existing rumors about the device, adding little new information. Overall, the site claims the iPad Air 2 will have a slightly thinner body, something that has been claimed in previous reports and perhaps enabled by a new integrated display, as shown in early part leaks from April. Along with its display prediction, The Michael Report details several minor design changes that have previously been seen in an iPad Air 2 dummy unit, which MacRumors also has had on hand for several months, suggesting the site may be basing much of its information off of a replica device rather than actual information. For example, the site suggests that the second-generation iPad Air 2 will do away with the mute switch to "achieve [a] thinner profile," but that is likely an erroneous conclusion based on the unfinished design of the circulating dummy units rather than a legitimate leak as claimed by the site. On the iPad Air 2 dummy units, there is indeed a hole where the mute switch would normally be located. The Michael Report suggests this may be a microphone, but more likely, it is a pilot hole marking the location for the mute switch. Similar pilot holes have been seen for larger physical features such as SIM card trays in other dummy units and unfinished prototypes. Recessed volume buttons and pilot hole for mute switch from MacRumors' dummy unitThe mute/vibration switch is completely gone in the new redesign, with sources from within Apple telling us that it was a necessary move to achieve the thinner profile of the new tablets. [...] The microphones on the iPad Air 2 have been relocated from the top of the iPad Air (where it currently is; within the antenna band) to next to the back camera modules. One of them is to the right of the camera module, the other is to the left -- on the sides of the iPad Air.Other predictions from The Michael Report include recessed volume buttons, a redesigned speaker grille, and a microphone hole relocated near the rear camera, all design elements that have been previously seen in the iPad Air 2 mockups. When examining the dummy device, MacRumors did notice that the recessed volume buttons and hole for the mute switch had been moved higher on the device than on the original iPad Air, nearly in line with the rear camera. The reason for this design change is unclear. Echoing other previous rumors, the site's predictions include an upgraded A8 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, support for Touch ID and Apple Pay, and 2 GB of RAM, which has not been confirmed but is a rumored upgrade to support split-screen multitasking. Many of The Michael Report's predictions are based on previous rumors and are likely to be accurate, but some of the more unsubstantiated claims, like 2 GB of RAM and the lack of a mute switch are somewhat more nebulous. Another image of the iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6, The Michael Report came out with a similar roundup that it claimed was based on contact with Apple employees, but several of the predictions (seemingly based on rumors circulating at the time) turned out to be wrong, including "a waterproof and dust-proof enhanced sapphire glass screen" and an "iPhone 6L" nomenclature, among other things. Apple is expected to unveil its second-generation iPad Air on October 16, and it is possible the second-generation Retina iPad mini with support for Touch ID will also debut at that event. Apple is also expected to unveil Retina iMacs and provide a final look at OS X Yosemite before its public launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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The City of Cupertino, where Apple is building its spaceship-shaped second campus, has today shared an update on the progress of the campus along with a new aerial photo. Construction continues at a rapid pace, with workers on site throughout the weekday and weekend. Apple appears to have completed much of the foundation of the main circular building and concrete mixers have been on site for the last several weeks. Much of the construction continues to be hidden from view at street level, but heavy construction equipment is visible. Traffic around the area of the campus remains congested, as several roads continue to be shut down. Pruneridge Avenue is permanently closed, and there have been several lane reductions on Wolfe Road and Homestead Road, which surround the campus. Along with a new aerial photo shared by the city, a drone captured new footage of the building site over the weekend, giving a clearer picture of the ongoing construction. As seen in the video, several sections of the circular foundation are covered with concrete. According to a general project schedule, Apple plans to have street utilities and demolition complete by the end of the year, with earthwork continuing on until Q2 2015 and construction on the building itself lasting until the end of 2016. Apple's completed campus, located in close proximity to the company's existing Infinite Loop campus, will feature the iconic 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking facility capable of accommodating 2,400 cars, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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eBay seller kimberlyk1018 claims to have received a prototype iPhone 6 by accident and is auctioning the device with bids reaching over $89,000 since the auction's posting late last week. While the high bids are undoubdtedly not genuine, the auction is obviously attracting a significant amount of attention. According to a rather suspect story from the auction description, the device supposedly is a prototype 64 GB iPhone 6 that was shipped to the seller from Verizon Wireless. Apple does NOT let these phones out of their possession yet I was accidentally sent one upon renewing my contract. As you can see from the photos, iOS8 has not been placed on this device, rather it is in the true developer mode. There are no FCC markings on the rear of the device or a model number. This is the real deal!!! The lightening port is red which is a sure sign of a prototype. The authenticity of the device and the story behind it cannot be verified, but several photos that accompany the listing suggest it is not a consumer device. The device apparently does not include iOS 8, instead shipping with several development and testing apps that are similar to those seen on previously leaked prototypes. It also ships with a red-bordered Lightning port and lacks the FCC regulatory information that appears on all consumer iPhone models. If authentic, this unit joins several previous prototypes that have made their way from Apple to eBay's auction listings. Most of these earlier prototypes were quickly removed from the auction website, likely at Apple's request. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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GT Advanced Technolgies, Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, today announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize its businesses. The company remains positive that it will continue to be able to meet its obligations during this time of transition. GT indicated that as of September 29, 2014 it had approximately $85 million of cash. In addition, it is now seeking debtor-in-possession financing, which, once obtained, would provide the company with an immediate source of additional funds. These funding sources will enable GT to satisfy the customary obligations associated with the daily operation of its business, including the timely payment of employee wages and other obligations. [...] "GT has a strong and fundamentally sound underlying business," said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT. "Today's filing does not mean we are going out of business; rather, it provides us with the opportunity to continue to execute our business plan on a stronger footing, maintain operations of our diversified business, and improve our balance sheet. "We are convinced that the rehabilitative process of chapter 11 is the best way to reorganize, protect our company and provide a path to our future success. We remain committed to our roots in innovation and our diversification strategy. We plan to continue to operate as a technology leader across our core set of businesses."GT's finances have taken a significant hit as it has retooled to support its partnership with Apple, turning its focus to ramping up sapphire production for Apple rather than selling furnaces to other companies. Still, with Apple making a series of pre-payments to GT to help fund the new initiative, the circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy filing are not yet clear. Apple had been widely expected to include sapphire display covers on at least some iPhone 6 models, but the development did not come to pass. With Apple having no commitment to purchase sapphire from GT, it is possible that an unexpected decision by Apple to omit sapphire from the device put GT into a precarious financial position. Apple is planning to use sapphire on some versions of its upcoming Apple Watch, but it is unclear whether it is indeed sourcing sapphire from GT for the product, and if so, whether the quantities involved would be enough to support GT's investments thus far in the area. Update 7:47 AM: GT's stock, which was halted prior to the announcement, has resumed trading and is currently down 90 percent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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At its Adobe MAX conference today, Adobe is announcing updates for nearly all of its iOS apps, bringing new features that emphasize the creation of shapes and brushes along with enhanced syncing with the company's Creative Cloud services. The updates come alongside a new Creative SDK to allow developers to build mobile apps connecting to Creative Cloud, as well as a number of enhancements to the core Creative Cloud apps. Building on its existing Adobe Kuler app, which allows users to create color palettes using any photo and which is now being rebranded Adobe Color CC, the company is now rolling out two additional "Capture" apps for mobile: Adobe Brush CC, which turns photos into brushes for use throughout Photoshop and Illustrator apps, and Adobe Shape CC, which automatically converts high-contrast photos of objects into vector art for use in Illustrator. Adobe Shape CC (left) capturing a shape to be used in Illustrator (right) Meanwhile, the newest version of Adobe Photoshop Mix is now a universal app for both iPad and iPhone, while Adobe Photoshop Sketch brings new acrylic and pastel brushes and integration with brush sets created in Adobe Brush CC. Adobe Illustrator Line now allows users to utilize content from the Creative Cloud Market and includes new smart spacing and grid tools. Adobe Lightroom for iOS now allows specified users to comment on photos shared through Lightroom's web interface, and includes additional language support in addition to the ability to sync GPS information from the iPhone with Lightroom desktop. Adobe Illustrator Line Finally, Adobe Premiere Clip lets users edit video shot on an iPhone or iPad right from the device, or send to the full Premiere Pro CC for more advanced editing. Adobe Premiere Clip Core Creative Cloud apps are also seeing a number of updates today, including new 3D printing support for Photoshop CC, a new Curvature tool for Illustrator CC, interactive EPUB support for In Design CC, SVG and Synchronized Text support for Muse CC, and 4K/Ultra HD viewing support for Premiere Pro CC. All of Adobe's updated iOS apps require a free membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, while desktop apps like Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC require separate subscriptions. Download links for all of the apps can be found below, while the full set of updates for Creative Cloud are expected to be available to members by the end of the day. - Adobe Brush CC [Direct Link] - Adobe Shape CC [Direct Link] - Adobe Color CC [Direct Link] - Adobe Photoshop Sketch [Direct Link] - Adobe Photoshop Mix [Direct Link] - Adobe Lightroom for iPad [Direct Link] - Adobe Lightroom for iPhone [Direct Link] - Adobe Illustrator Draw [Direct Link] - Adobe Illustrator Line [Direct Link] - Adobe Premiere Clip [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone 6 Cases, and More • iPhone 6 Reservations in China Top Four Million • Hulu Updates 'Hulu Plus' with New Look, In-App Subscriptions • 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

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