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Intel yesterday launched new Haswell processors designed for high-end notebooks, which could be slated for use in an upcoming refresh of the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. As detailed by CPU World, Intel has released three new Core i5 chips and three new Core i7 chips that are all successors to the chips currently used in the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new processors provide a modest 200 MHz speed boost over existing Haswell chips. The Core i7-4770HQ chip at 2.2 GHz is a direct replacement for the Core i7-4750 used in the lower-end 2.0 GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, while the Core i7-4870HQ chip at 2.5 GHz is a direct replacement for the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro's existing Core i7-4850 chip at 2.3 GHz. The Core i7-4980HQ chip at 2.8 GHz replaces the high-end build-to-order Core-i7 4960 processor at 2.6 GHz. As for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros, the Core-i5 4278U, the Core i5-4308U, and the Core i7-4578U all offer the same 200 MHz jump over the existing Core i5-4258, Core i5-4288, and Core i7-4558 used in the three processors available for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, bringing the low-end up to 2.6 GHz, the mid tier to 2.8 GHz, and the high-end build-to-order option to 3.0 GHz. Earlier this year, an Intel roadmap revealed direct Haswell successors for the MacBook Air and the iMac, but at the time, there did not appear to be any chips available for a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro update. The chips in the roadmap designed for the MacBook Air were used in the April refresh as we expected, and the newly released chips are likely destined for an upcoming Retina MacBook Pro update. As these chips only offer a small 200MHz boost over existing chips, the fall Retina MacBook Pro refresh that has been previously rumored is likely to be only a minor update. A major Retina MacBook Pro update is unlikely until Intel's Broadwell chips are ready in 2015. Last week, a rumor suggested redesigned 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models were slated to enter production in August, but it is unclear what chips those machines might utilize as Intel has not yet released another set of Haswell chips suitable for a MacBook Air refresh. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook Debuts New Read-It-Later 'Save' Feature for iOS and Desktop • Netflix for Apple TV Gains 'Up Next' Feature for Automatic Episode Playback • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September

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Over the past several weeks, Samsung has released three different ads pitting its Galaxy S5 and its Galaxy Tab S against Apple's iPhone and iPad. Now the company is back today with a new anti-iPhone ad that highlights the Galaxy S5 as having the "screen your friends wish they had." The spot depicts an iPhone user sitting next to a Samsung user, with the two discussing the rumored larger screen of the upcoming iPhone 6. "iPhone might be getting a bigger screen," the iPhone owner tells his S5-toting friend. "That hasn't happened yet?" the friend replies as the two go on to compare their phones. You know that thing you've been waiting on for like two years and how it's supposed to be awesome and how it's going to blow your mind? Well, it's been here this whole time. But maybe you just like waiting.Immediate gratification is an advertising tactic Samsung has used before, with its new ad harkening back to its well-known 2011 commercial series that depicted iPhone owners waiting in long lines for new iPhones while enviously eyeing Samsung devices. The ad also includes Samsung's tagline "The Next Big Thing is Here," which reportedly infuriated Apple in the past. The company's Galaxy S5, introduced in back in February, includes a 5.1-inch display, but Samsung devices have had larger-sized screens for several years running. Apple is planning to address growing consumer demand for bigger displays with the iPhone 6, introducing two new models with 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is set to launch in September, while the larger 5.5-inch version may come somewhat later in 2014 or early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Netflix for Apple TV Gains 'Up Next' Feature for Automatic Episode Playback • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS

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Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 4 includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8 so far, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Tips: The Tips app that was first hinted at during WWDC has surfaced in iOS 8 beta 4, giving users tips on how to use iOS 8 on a weekly basis. For example, there are directions on using quick notification responses, sending voice messages, using notifications for Mail responses, activating Siri hands-free, and more. The Tips app is a default iOS app and cannot be uninstalled. Control Center: The Control Center has seen a redesign that removes the black borders around the icons on the top and bottom and turns icons white when activated. Display Settings: There's a new Display & Brightness section that's been unbundled from Wallpaper, with options to adjust screen brightness, text size, and activate bold text. HomeKit: The Privacy section of the Settings app has gained a new Home Data icon. Messages: The Messages section of the Settings app has new options for Message storage that includes separate expiration options for Audio and Video Messages. Bug Reporter: The Bug Reporter app that came installed by default in previous betas has been removed. Handoff and Suggested Apps: There are new options in the Setting app to toggle Handoff on and off. There's also a new section that allows users to toggle on Suggested Apps, which offer app suggestions relevant to location. This setting can be used to show only installed apps, or both installed apps and App Store apps. Safari Bookmarks: The icon for Bookmarks within Safari has been tweaked slightly. In the image below, the new version is on the top and the old version is on the bottom. Contacts: Under the Mail, Contacts, and Calendars heading in the Settings app, there's a new option to toggle off Favorites and Recents for Contacts within the App Switcher. Additional features in iOS 8 beta 4 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8 at two or three-week intervals to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's launch. iOS 8 is expected to be released to the public in the fall. For more information on iOS 8's features, major and minor, make sure to check out our roundups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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Alongside iOS 8 beta 4, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the third Developer Preview and over a month and a half after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. Apple has also released iTunes 12.0. 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. Yosemite is currently only available to developers, but Apple plans to offer a beta version of the software to Mac users at some point during the summer, possibly as early as this month. A source that spoke to 9to5Mac suggests the beta is coming in late July, though it could be pushed back until early August if Yosemite is not ready in time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 8 to developers, two weeks after releasing the third beta update and more than a month and a half since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4331d, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages. iOS 8 beta 4's Monday, July 21 release date was accurately predicted by BGR earlier in July. Currently, iOS 8 is only available to registered developers, but the operating system is expected to be released to the public this fall after several beta iterations. Based on past history, iOS 8 will likely be launched alongside new iPhones, and possibly the much-rumored iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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As part of a recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference presentation, forensic scientist and iPhone jailbreak expert Jonathan Zdziarski detailed several backdoor security mechanisms that are secretly included in iOS by Apple. These mechanisms make covert data collection easier for Apple and governmental authorities, reports Zdziarski via ZDNet. Zdziarski confirms that iOS is reasonably secure from attack by a malicious hacker, but notes that the mobile OS includes several forensic services and noticeable design omissions that make the OS vulnerable to snooping by forensic tools. These services, such as "lockdownd," "pcapd" and "mobile.file_relay," can bypass encrypted backups to obtain data and can be utilized via USB, Wi-Fi and possibly cellular. They also are not documented by Apple and are not developer or carrier tools as they access personal data that would be not used for network testing or app debugging purposes. While detailing these backdoors, Zdziarski makes it clear he is not a conspiracy theorist, but does want to know why Apple appears to be deliberately compromising the security of the iPhone and opening the door to professional, covert data access. I am not suggesting some grand conspiracy; there are, however, some services running in iOS that shouldn’t be there, that were intentionally added by Apple as part of the firmware, and that bypass backup encryption while copying more of your personal data than ever should come off the phone for the average consumer. I think at the very least, this warrants an explanation and disclosure to the some 600 million customers out there running iOS devices. At the same time, this is NOT a zero day and NOT some widespread security emergency. My paranoia level is tweaked, but not going crazy. My hope is that Apple will correct the problem. Nothing less, nothing more. I want these services off my phone. They don’t belong there. Zdziarski also notes that he isn't the only one aware of these backdoors. Several existing forensic software companies, such as Cellebrite and Elcomsoft, are already exploiting them as part of the forensic services they provide to law enforcement. Consumers who want to limit access to these backdoor services are advised by Zdziarski to enable a complex passcode in iOS and use the enterprise Apple Configurator application to set Mobile Device Management (MDM) restrictions and enable Pair locking which will delete all pairing records. This solution will block third-party forensic software, but won't protect the device contents if it is sent to Apple for analysis. Note: Due to the potentially political nature of this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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Earlier this month, we shared some high-quality photos and a video of what has been claimed to be the rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in rough form. uSwitch has now obtained a pair of photos showing the part in its completed state, revealing a polished finish and the removal of several interior physical features that had been part of the manufacturing process. While the part shows a much cleaner look now that it has been polished and cleaned up, the antenna breaks at the top and bottom, previously reported to be made of a non-conductive polymer, remain quite prominent. uSwitch primarily focuses on the shell's Apple logo, which as seen in previous leaks will change to an embedded version similar to that found on iPads rather than the printed version used in previous iPhones. The report suggests the embedded logo shown in the photos is indicative of a lighted Apple logo as has been speculated ever since the first leaks showing a cutout for the logo surfaced nearly two months ago. We do not, however, see any significant evidence that the logo on the iPhone 6 will be lighted. It seems more likely to us that the embedded logo is for aesthetic and/or radio transparency reasons. Unlike the in-progress shells seen earlier this month, the finished shell also shows the full set of camera holes, including the main one for the camera itself and smaller ones for the flash and rear microphone. Consistent with previous leaks, the flash hole is round, which some have considered suspect as Apple moved to a pill-shaped flash in the iPhone 5s to accommodate the new "TrueTone" dual-LED system. It is possible, however, that Apple and its partners have developed a new round version of the TrueTone flash. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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Apple today announced that it will hold its eight monthlong iTunes Festival in London this year, featuring 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse throughout September. Artists set to perform at this year's iTunes Festival include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and more. "The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free." As with past years, free tickets for the concerts will be avaliable through iTunes in a lottery system. The iTunes Festival will also be broadcast via Apple TV, iOS app, and the iTunes desktop application. The 8th annual iTunes Festival follows the first U.S. iTunes Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) this past March, which was held at the Moody Theater. The iTunes Festival in London last year featured performances from a number of artists including Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson, and Jessie J. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Chongqing, China on July 26 • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries

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Last week, a video posted by YouTube user Marques Brownlee showed the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 being put through a number of scratch tests and significant bending. Now, Brownlee has released another video putting the same display through more rigorous scratch tests, this time with two different types of sandpaper. Brownlee cites the Mohs scale of mineral hardness in his testing, which is a scale rating mineral hardness from 1-10. The iPhone 5s' Gorilla Glass display is rated at a 6.8, while sapphire crystal, which Apple uses for the iPhone 5s Touch ID home button, is rated at 9. The two sandpapers used for the test include garnet, which is rated at a 7 on the Mohs scale, and emery, rated slightly above an 8. Upon testing, both types of sandpapers were able to scratch the iPhone 6's front panel, but it did show better resistance than the Gorilla Glass display for the iPhone 5s. Notably, the sapphire Touch ID home button on the iPhone 5s did not display any marks after being scratched by the sandpaper. This would indicate that the alleged front panel from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is not sapphire crystal, but instead perhaps a next-generation version of Gorilla Glass. It is also possible that the panel could be a hybrid sapphire coated display, which was patented by Apple last year. A report last month claimed that Apple would only be using a sapphire display in the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 over concerns about high cost and limited supply. Earlier rumors had indicated that Apple would have enough sapphire glass for production of both iPhone 6 models and the iWatch in 2014. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 in early September with a release coming a few weeks later. It is unclear whether the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the device will launch at the same time, with recent reports claiming that the larger iPhone 6 will be released later this year or in early 2015. In addition to a larger display, both models of the iPhone are expected to include a faster A8 processor, a thinner profile, an improved camera, and Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures

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Intel's continued Broadwell delays may cause Apple to push back the release of its rumored 12-inch MacBook, reports Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate]. According to the site, the device will not ship until late 2014 or early 2015 as it is expected to use Intel's 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which have been delayed numerous times. The most recent rumors have suggested the U series Broadwell chips designed for use in Apple's MacBooks may not ship until February of 2015. Apple's 12-inch MacBook, which is said to include a Retina display, has been described as a successor to the MacBook Air. Rumors originally pointed towards a fall 2014 launch date with mass production beginning in the third quarter. News of the 12-inch MacBook first surfaced in October of 2013, with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo describing the device as a MacBook with the portability of the 11-inch MacBook Air but the productivity of the larger 13-inch model, with a high-resolution display. Rumors have also suggested the 12-inch MacBook will have a redesigned ultrathin chassis with a revamped trackpad design that doesn't incorporate a mechanical button as well as no fan assembly for quieter operation. Along with the 12-inch MacBook, Intel's Broadwell delays are likely having an impact on several of Apple's planned product releases. The first chips designed for Apple products are not expected to begin shipping until early 2015, and the chips designed for the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac may not ship until mid-2015, meaning Apple will be unable to launch significant product updates until the chips are ready. Though the 12-inch MacBook is delayed, a separate report from Economic Daily News [Google Translate], suggests new 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models are set to enter production next month. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide Accessory Discounts: Mini Jambox, Sony QX10, Apple Smart Covers, and More • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures

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Six months after the launch of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, analysts are expecting a slight rise in iPhone sales from last year, with little growth in sales of the iPad, according to new reports from Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune. Q3 2014 iPhone sales estimates from 15 Wall Street professionals and 11 amateurs range from 31.8 million to 42 million, averaging 35.88 million. During the year-ago quarter, Apple saw 31.24 million iPhone sales, and the estimated year-over-year change is 4.64 million or 14.85 percent growth. Q3 2014 iPad sales estimates from the 26 analysts range from 12.3 million to 16 million, averaging 14.43 million. During the year-ago quarter, Apple saw 14.62 million iPad sales, and the estimated year-over-year change is -0.19 million, or a slight -1.27 percent decline, which may not be as dramatic as the dip in sales during Q2 2014. Did sales bounce back in Q3? The 26 analysts Fortune polled are almost evenly divided on the question, with slightly more expecting iPad sales to be lower this quarter than they were the same quarter last year. The average estimate -- 14.35 million -- suggests that iPad sales were down sequentially and flat year over year. But behind that average is a rather wide range, from a high of 16 million (submitted by Asymco's Horace Dediu and Hilliard's Stephen Turner) to a low of 12.26 million (from Canaccord's T. Michael Walkley).Thus far in 2014, Apple has not released new iPad or iPhone models. The company is expected to launch several new devices in the fall, however, including the iPhone 6 and updated models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, which will lead to much stronger sales later in the year. Apple will announce its earnings for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2014 on Tuesday, July 22. The earnings release is posted just after 4:30 PM ET following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and More • Best Buy Offers Free iHome Speaker With $0 Down iPhone Purchase, Other Deals • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security

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The European Commission announced today that Apple has not adequately addressed the issue of unauthorized in-app purchases, providing "no concrete and immediate solutions" to the problem, reports Reuters. This subject of in-app purchases within free apps was the focus of a recent EU investigation following complaints from several consumer groups in European Union member countries. Apple said in a statement that it would address these concerns, but failed to disclose when and how it would make any necessary changes. Apple takes great pride in leading the industry in parental controls that are incredibly easy to use and help ensure a great experience for parents and children on the App Store. The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customizable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked. We've also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13. These controls go far beyond the features of others in the industry. But we are always working to strengthen the protections we have in place, and we're adding great new features with iOS 8, such as Ask to Buy, giving parents even more control over what their kids can buy on the App Store. Our goal is to continue to provide the best experience for our customers and we will continue to work with the EC member states to respond to their concerns. Apple faces legal action from European Union member countries if it is found to be in violation of the EU consumer protection law. The company currently is being investigated by Italy's Antitrust and Competition Authority, which is reviewing in-app purchasing policies for apps that are labeled as "free." Apple faced similar scrutiny in the US, recently settling with the FTC in an agreement that provided $32 million in refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items. Apple's lawyers had tattled on Google to the FTC in an effort to point out that Apple was not alone in experiencing issues with unauthorized in-app purchases by children, but the EU today praised Google for its changes to address the problem, including moves to ban the use of the word "free" when referring to apps with in-app purchases. Apple has implemented a series of changes in recent versions of iOS that prevent errant in-app purchases. iOS now requires users to enter their passcode before initiating an in-app purchase, notifies consumers before an in-app purchase is made and obtains express consent from consumers before billing them for an in-app purchase. More recently, Apple added an "Offers In-App Purchases" disclosure to app detail pages and inserted an "In-App Purchases" label for apps listed in its featured Top App Charts Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated]

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Following the premature posting of information about the program, Amazon today officially announced Kindle Unlimited, a new e-book and audiobook subscription service that provides unlimited access to 600,000 Kindle titles and thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 per month. Subscribers can access the content on any Kindle device or via the Kindle app on the iPad, iPhone or Mac. The Kindle Unlimited service includes high-profile Kindle titles such as The Hobbit and the Harry Potter series as well as popular audiobooks like The Hunger Games trilogy and Life of Pi. The service includes popular Kindle features including Highlights, X-Ray and Whispersync for Voice, which allows users to switch between listening and reading a book without losing their place. Amazon is offering Kindle Unlimited with a 30-day free trial that also includes a free three-month membership to the full Audible service with access to more than 150,000 audiobooks. After this trial period is over, subscribers must pay $9.99 per month for the Kindle Unlimited service and can opt to continue the additional Audible membership for $14.95 per month. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Photos of Construction Material Hint at Scale of Apple's Spaceship Campus • Upcoming Apple Store in Hanover, Germany Likely Opening in September • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated]

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Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is set to begin mass production on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 this month, according to local media cited by Reuters. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will begin production a month later, in August. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. Production of a 5.5-inch version will begin during the second week of August, it said.Foxconn is also set to hire around 100,000 additional workers to help meet future demand for the device, according to a Chinese state-run news agency. Fellow Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is also ramping up hiring, recruiting over 10,000 for its own facilities to help manufacture the iPhone. Additionally, it was reported last week that Foxconn was planning on deploying 10,000 robots to help employees with less intensive tasks like tightening screws. Apple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 6 in early September, with a release coming a couple weeks later in late September. While it's unclear whether both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will launch at the same time, the one-month delay in mass production could mean that the 5.5-inch is either available in lower quantities at first or will be announced at the same time as the 4.7-inch model and launch shortly after. Previously, it's been rumored the 5.5-inch model had been experiencing production issues. Other than larger displays, the iPhone 6 is expected to include a thinner, iPod touch-like design, an A8 processor, and an improved camera, potentially measuring 13 megapixels. The larger model is expected to come with a $100 price increase, optical image stabilization and greater storage capability. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down

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Alongside his resignation from Apple's board of directors after 17 years of service, Intuit chairman Bill Campbell spoke with Fortune about his time with the company, sharing some insights about the company he first became associated with over 30 years ago as a marketing executive. Bill Campbell at Apple's "Celebrating Steve" event relating the story of Steve Jobs trying out Siri Among the topics touched on by Campbell was the conflict he faced while serving on Apple's board while also assisting Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt, a situation not always embraced by longtime friend Steve Jobs.“Steve would say, ‘If you’re helping them you’re hurting me.’ He would yell at me,” recalls Campbell, whose normal banter typically needs to be sanitized for most publications. “ I’d say, ‘I can’t do HTML, come on. I’m just coaching them on how to run their company better.’” He continued in both roles for years.Long seen as "Steve's guy" on the Apple board, Campbell also had praise for Tim Cook, who has been officially at the helm of Apple for nearly three years now.“Apple is an institution now,” he said. “Tim’s done an amazing job of building bench strength within the organization. There’s a whole set of new and smart people who are taking over. You’re watching that company grow up.” [...] “Tim is a calm, thoughtful guy,” he said. “He studies things and thinks about them, makes a decision, and moves on.”Highlighting his feelings on Cook, Campbell notes that Cook has thoughtfully offered to make a contribution in Campbell's honor to recognize his service to Apple. That unspecified contribution will involve Campbell's home town in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down

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Apple today issued a press release announcing that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock has joined its board of directors. BlackRock, which owns 2.82 percent of Apple, is a well-known investment management corporation, co-founded by Wagner in 1988. Wagner will replace Bill Campbell, who has served on Apple's Board of Directors for 17 years."Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple's board of directors," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world."Earlier this month, a report from The Wall Street Journal suggested Tim Cook was looking to add new members to Apple's Board of Directors, as several members of the existing board are older than 63 and have served for more than a decade. Art Levinson, Apple's chairman, said in the company's press release that the board "conducted an exhaustive search" for someone who could strengthen the board's "breadth of talent and background." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down

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Smartphone manufacturer Kyocera, known for its line of rugged phones, is developing a new smartphone that utilizes a sapphire display, according to new teaser video published today. The video teases a product called "Sapphire Shield," which Kyocera says is a "truly affordable pure sapphire display." According to a Kyocera representative that spoke to MacRumors, Kyocera's Sapphire Shield display will be used in upcoming Kyocera smartphones, giving the devices a competitive edge when it comes to durability. Kyocera's official video follows an unofficial video leaked last week by a YouTube user and shared by CNET, comparing Kyocera's sapphire display to a piece of impact resistant glass. The two displays are scratched with rocks, presumably concrete, and while the glass is irreversibly marred, the sapphire comes away unscathed. The sapphire display also manages to survive a drop test that shatters the standard glass. Kyocera is the first mainstream smartphone company to officially announce plans to utilize a sapphire display, but rumors have suggested that Apple is also planning to use a sapphire display in at least some models of the iPhone 6. Stress tests on the rumored front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 were published earlier this month showing the panel's extreme durability as it withstood scratching and bending, but it remains unclear if the front panel is indeed sapphire or the almost-equally-tough Gorilla Glass. Major smartphone companies like LG have researched sapphire, but have largely said that sapphire is impractical due to the material's limited supply and its high cost. In a report last week, one smartphone representative suggested the only reason to use sapphire was for marketing purposes, given the much lower price of Gorilla Glass. Currently, luxury smartphone manufacturer Vertu uses sapphire displays in devices that cost upwards of $10,000. Apple's partnership with GT Advanced, however, reportedly allows it to create sapphire at a much lower price point and Kyocera also claims that its own sapphire is "affordable." Kyocera has not released details on when its sapphire-covered smartphone might debut, but we may get our first look at a mainstream sapphire smartphone later this year if Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, due to be introduced in September, does indeed utilize the material. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's 'Hearthstone' Expansion 'Curse of Naxxramas' Launching July 22 for Mac/iOS • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down

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Construction at Apple's Spaceship campus is continuing at a rapid pace, according to new images posted to Twitter by KCBS news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi. Cervi has been taking aerial shots of the campus to track construction progress for the last several months. In the most recent set of images, the perimeter walls that will house the foundation of the building appears to be growing closer to completion, indicating a significant amount of construction has taken place since June, when the wall first started going up. Cervi also mentions "underground tunnels" in one tweet, referring to deep furrows in the dirt. The new #Apple #spaceship HQ is getting closer to launch! #applesnewhq http://t.co/MRudPxa8t3 pic.twitter.com/IduUDeXIOG— Ron (@Sky1Ron) July 17, 2014Pruneridge Avenue, the road that runs through the campus, has remained closed since last month, and traffic in Cupertino around the campus continues to be somewhat congested. Apple has closed off several sidewalks in the area and a large green privacy fence keeps the entire area hidden from view at street level. The completed Apple campus 2, located in close proximity to the company's existing Infinite Loop campus, will feature the famous 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking facility able to accommodate 2,400 cars, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. Said to be the "most energy efficient building of its kind," Apple's new campus will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy and populated with more than 7,000 trees. Apple hopes to finish the first phase of construction on the campus in 2016. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple ID Two-Step Verification Now Available in 59 Countries • Facebook Launches Exclusive 'Mentions' App for Verified Public Figures • Apple Explores Detecting User Behavior Patterns to Enhance Device Security • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps

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Debate among analysts over just how widespread Apple's use of sapphire displays will be in the iPhone 6 continues to rage, with The Korea Herald reporting on a new research note from NPD DisplaySearch Korea's Brian Huh putting Apple's sapphire display capacity at 45 million units for the iPhone 6 launch. With the iPhone 6 predicted to launch in an initial batch nearing 70 million units, Apple would not be able to use sapphire across the entire lineup.“Apple’s sapphire material supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, appears capable of producing the glass for around 45 million smartphones. Still, only the iPhone 6’s most premium models may adopt it due to its high cost and a possible supply (set aside) for the iWatch,” said Brian Huh, a senior analyst at NPD DisplaySearch Korea, at its touch conference in Seoul. He said the 64GB version of either the 5.5-inch or 4.7-inch model is likely to adopt the glass. The iPhone 6 will reportedly come in 32GB and 64GB models.Separately, Huh also believes Apple will eventually use sapphire for its laptop displays, although manufacturing complexities and costs at those sizes would be challenging for Apple. Huh is certainly not the first to suggest that sapphire may be limited to high-end iPhone 6 models, with previous reports from Taiwanese media and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo making similar claims. A second research report from JPMorgan publicized by Taipei Times (via GforGames) claims Apple's sapphire display production may only be around 10 million units through the end of the year.“Sapphire covers will also be restricted to high-end iPhones, possibly the 128GB [gigabyte] ones,” the brokerage said in the report. [...] “Due to various challenges related to the new cover material, we believe the production output for sapphire covers will be low,” JPMorgan analysts said. “Sapphire ingot yield rates could be as low as below 50 percent for this size, and finished sapphire smartphone covers may cost as much as US$40 to US$45 versus below US$10 for finished Gorilla glass.”In line with another recent report, JPMorgan also believes even the iWatch may see sapphire limited to certain models. On the flip side, one of the staunchest advocates claiming Apple will be able to launch sapphire displays throughout the iPhone 6 lineup has been Matt Margolis, who has been digging deeply into regulatory and import filings related to the sapphire plant in Arizona being run by Apple and GT Advanced Technologies. Margolis early this year pegged Apple's sapphire display capacity in excess of 100 million units per year, and perhaps as high as 200 million units, with the facility in operation since very early this year. Margolis reiterated those predications just last month, noting that the plant 2,500 furnaces on hand to handle larger sapphire boules that would give Apple plenty of capacity to cover all models of the iPhone 6 as well as the rumored iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier

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Apple's iPhone 6 could feature Sony's Exmor IMX220 camera sensor, according to a post on Chinese Sony enthusiast forum Digi-Wo (Google Translate, via G for Games). The Exmor IMX220 features a 13-megapixel, 1/2.3'' sensor and can record videos in 1080p. The sensor would also be a sizable improvement over the camera currently in the iPhone 5s, which uses an 8-megapixel, 1/3.2'' sensor. Sony's Exmor IMX220 camera sensor (via Alibaba) Past rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 will retain the same 8-megapixel sensor found in the iPhone 5s, with Apple instead choosing to offer improved image stabilization for more clear photos. A report last month also noted that an optical image stabilization system will be exclusively featured in the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, while the smaller 4.7-inch version utilizes an improved lens module. Notably however, the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s have used incremental versions of Sony's IMX145 sensor, as Apple could choose implement a new sensor from the company for the iPhone 6. Sony is also expected to use a 20-megapixel version of the IMX220 in its Sony Xperia Z3 flagship device that is slated to ship later this year. While Digi-Wo does not have a track record with Apple-related rumors, the website has offered accurate information on past Sony products before their release, and recently offered leaked photos of the Xperia Z3. Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to be announced this fall at a special media event. The device is expected to come in two sizes of 4.7 and 5.5-inches, although it is not known if the larger sized iPhone 6 will ship alongside the smaller version. In addition to an improved camera, the iPhone 6 will feature a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor, and Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier

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New photos of a purported battery from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (via Nowhereelse.fr, Google Translate) appears to show a capacity of 1,810 mAh for the upcoming device. If legitimate, that capacity would be a modest improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, and would be in line with a report earlier this month that estimated the 4.7-inch iPhone 6's battery to be between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh. A capacity of 1,810 mAh would place the iPhone 6 behind competing phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), which were both released earlier this year. However, Apple's traditionally tight hardware and software integration may contribute to a greater overall battery life, as iOS 8 will likely be optimized for the iPhone 6 to allow for the best performance. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at some point in September. The device will likely be released in two sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, and is likely to feature a thinner profile with curved edges, a faster A8 processor, and an improved camera. It is currently unknown if the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions will launch simultaneously, as recent reports have suggested the latter will launch after October or early in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung • Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Pass in United States [Updated] • 'Google Wallet' Updated With Card Support, Money Request Feature, and More • T-Mobile to Offer Accessories on 24-Month Payment Plan With $0 Down • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier

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NFL Sunday Ticket, a popular sports package provided by DirecTV, will be offered as a standalone subscription for the first time in 2014, letting users who do not subscribe to DirecTV service access NFL Sunday Ticket games on their Macs and iOS devices. Though no announcement has been made, a promotional page noticed by AppleInsider details DirecTV's new standalone plan, which provides full NFL Sunday Ticket access starting at $199.99. Introducing NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV. NFL football for all. Now you can access live, out-of-market NFL games without a DIRECTV satellite TV account--no matter what team you follow! NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV lets you stream games on your computer, tablet, phone, or game console. All while keeping up with real-time player stats and your fantasy teams.NFL Sunday Ticket has long been accessible on iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, but in prior years, it has required a monthly subscription to DirecTV's satellite cable service and a satellite dish. Now users can get access on a variety of devices with three separate plans. The lowest tier plan, available for $199.99, allows NFL Sunday Ticket access on computers, tablets, and phones, while a $239.99 console plan allows access on console devices. MAX, the highest tier priced at $329.99, offers access on computers, tablets, phones, and consoles, plus access to Red Zone Channel, which shows every touchdown from every game, and access to DirecTV Fantasy Zone, offering live looks at fantasy plays. All three plans also offer real-time stats and scores along with the ability to track favorite players. Standard NFL Sunday Ticket plans for DirecTV subscribers begin at $240, going up to $324 for a MAX subscription. The website does not mention Apple TV access, but a 2010 rumor pointed towards an NFL Sunday Ticket channel on the device, which could come to fruition this year following the announcement of the standalone subscriptions. While DirecTV previously offered a streaming package for subscribers unable to get reliable DirecTV service and tested a console-based subscription plan last year, the new NFL Sunday Ticket standalone offerings expand the service to a much wider range of cord cutters who still want access to live sports. The changes to NFL Sunday Ticket come following DirecTV's pending acquisition by AT&T, which is awaiting regulatory approval. DirecTV is also set to renegotiate its NFL contract later this year. Sunday Ticket for iPad [Direct Link] Sunday Ticket for iPhone [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier • iStick Flash Drive with USB and Lightning Allows File Transfers Between Mac and iOS Devices • USPTO Preliminarily Denies Apple's 'Touch ID' Trademark Application • iOS 7 Adoption Hits 90% Ten Months After Release • Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Trade-In Program to Australia

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Amazon appears to be testing a new e-book and audiobook subscription service it's calling "Kindle Unlimited," which brings unlimited access to 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks for a fee of $9.99 per month. According to information discovered by users on the KBoards Kindle forum (via Gigaom) the Kindle Unlimited service will be available on all devices, including the iPhone and the iPad likely via Amazon's Kindle app. Amazon has pulled the pages that were found this morning, but information on the service can still be seen through Google Cache and a single test page. The now defunct Kindle Unlimited section on Amazon.com lists several popular e-book titles, including Water for Elephants, Life of Pi and the entire series of Harry Potter and Hunger Games books. The titles appear to mirror many of those available through Amazon's existing Kindle Owners' Lending Library, a service that allows Kindle-owning Amazon Prime subscribers to rent free e-books. There are several existing e-book subscription services like those from Oyster and Scribd, but Amazon has a larger catalog of books to offer, advertising more than 600,000 titles compared to Oyster's 500,000 and Scribd's 400,000, plus more than 7,000 audiobooks. Thus far, Kindle Unlimited appears to include books from publishers like Open Road Media, Workman, Algonquin, Bloomsbury, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is unknown when Amazon might officially launch its Kindle Unlimited subscription service and thus far, it has not made a statement regarding the test pages. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier • iStick Flash Drive with USB and Lightning Allows File Transfers Between Mac and iOS Devices • USPTO Preliminarily Denies Apple's 'Touch ID' Trademark Application • iOS 7 Adoption Hits 90% Ten Months After Release • Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Trade-In Program to Australia

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According to court records filed on Wednesday, July 16, Apple will pay $450 million as part of an out-of-court settlement with class action lawyers and state district attorneys over e-book price fixing, reports Reuters. Apple first reached a settlement agreement with the 33 U.S. states and territories involved in the lawsuit in June, successfully avoiding a lengthy and expensive damages trial. Settlement details were sealed at that time, however, pending court approval. $400 million of the $450 million is earmarked for consumers. The settlement is contingent on a pending appeals case Apple filed in February with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. In the filing, Apple asked the court to overturn the original ruling that found the company guilty of conspiring to fix e-book prices."We have obviously studied Judge Cote's July 2013 ruling in detail, and believe that the 2nd Circuit will agree with her conclusion that Apple did violate federal antitrust laws," said Steve W. Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and lead attorney representing the consumer class. "In any case of this magnitude, there are high degrees of uncertainty, and Apple's appeal of Judge Cote's well-reasoned ruling is an example of that uncertainty."Though found guilty, Apple has maintained its innocence throughout the dispute, claiming that it "kick-started competition in a highly concentrated market, delivering higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation." Should Apple's appeal be successful, sending the claim back to District Court, the company will pay out $50 million to settle consumer damages claims. If the appeals court reverses the initial decision entirely, Apple will pay no damages. Along with $450 million in damages, Apple has also been subjected to several penalties levied by the U.S. Department of Justice, including an order to hire an external antitrust monitor. Publishers involved in the case, including Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin also settled for a total of $166 million, which has already been making its way to customers in the form of refunds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier • iStick Flash Drive with USB and Lightning Allows File Transfers Between Mac and iOS Devices • USPTO Preliminarily Denies Apple's 'Touch ID' Trademark Application • iOS 7 Adoption Hits 90% Ten Months After Release • Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Trade-In Program to Australia

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Months before Apple is expected to release its next-generation iPhone, functional iPhone 6 clones already are starting to appear in China's mobile phone marketplace. One of the first clones, the Wico i6, is profiled by 86DIGI (via Nowhereelse.fr) in a two-part hands-on video. (Note: Contains fairly loud soundtrack of The Carpenters' "Top of the World") Like most clones, the Wico i6 is quite detailed for a fake, with authentic-looking FCC labeling and the characteristic Apple branding. The phone also closely mimics the rumored styling of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with a thin chassis that houses a side-mounted power button and elongated volume buttons. Wico isn't the only clone maker ready to enter the mobile phone black market, however. Chinese clone maker Goophone has also announced (via GizChina.com) that it is preparing the Goophone i6 for release in August, ahead of Apple's expected September iPhone launch. The GooPhone also borrows its styling from the rumored schematics of the iPhone 6 and pairs it with a quad-core Mediatek MT6582 chipset, 1GB RAM and 13 megapixel rear camera. Similar to previous Goophone clones, the i6 model is powered by the Android operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Paul McCartney Re-Releases Five Popular Albums as iPad Apps • Logitech Unveils New Protection+ Case and +Trip Car Mount for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 • Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash • iPhone 6 Battery Supply Woes Alleviated With Addition of New Supplier • iStick Flash Drive with USB and Lightning Allows File Transfers Between Mac and iOS Devices • USPTO Preliminarily Denies Apple's 'Touch ID' Trademark Application • iOS 7 Adoption Hits 90% Ten Months After Release • Apple Expands iPhone and iPad Trade-In Program to Australia

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