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Yesterday, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, which brought improved Wi-Fi reliability after a number of users reported connection issues with the new operating system. However, Computerworld reports that a number of users on Apple's support forums are still claiming to have issues with Wi-Fi even after updating to OS X 10.10.1, with some saying that they are still not able to connect at all while others note that their Wi-Fi has remained significantly slow. The largest thread on Apple's support forums discussing the Wi-Fi problems in OS X Yosemite has grown to 1,120 replies with more users reporting issues with a number of Macs and a variety of router types. Members of the MacRumors forums have also reported problems with Wi-Fi after updating to 10.10.1 even when using their computer in different areas. One user even reported Wi-Fi issues with the iMac with Retina 5K Display and the newest Time Capsule networking device. Currently, some users are finding success with performing a clean install of Yosemite, running their routers in "Access Point" mode, switching their connection a 2.4 GHz band, or running a user-created script to restart OS X's Wi-Fi Monitor. However, there appears to be no general solution for users still having Wi-Fi issues. In addition to Wi-Fi issues, other users are reporting problems with OS X Yosemite's Dark Mode on non-Retina displays, unstable Bluetooth connections, and high CPU utilization. Apple has not issued an official statement on the reported users issues, although Apple support representatives have instructed users to remove excess preferred networks in the Network section of System Preferences and to reset the System Management Controller. It is likely that Apple will issue more fixes with forthcoming software updates to OS X Yosemite, although there is currently no timetable as to when those updates might come. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Snapchat and Square Partner Up for 'Snapcash' Money Transfers • AT&T Bumps 10 GB Mobile Share Plan to 15 GB for a Limited Time • OWC Introduces New ThunderBay 4 Mini Portable Storage With RAID 5 Option • iMessage Down for Some Users, Unrelated to iOS 8.1.1 Update [Update: Fixed] • Spotify and Uber Partnering for User-Generated Playlists During Car Trips • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2

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Earlier tonight, KTLA 5's The Tech Report aired a segment (via AppleInsider) centering around Apple Pay, which featured Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue using the mobile payments solution around Santa Monica. The segment, which can be viewed here, followed Cue and reporter Rich Demuro as the Apple executive utilized his iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay to purchase a meal at Panera Bread, sunglasses at Bloomingdale's, and merchandise from the Disney Store. For their meal at Panera Bread, Cue is shown utilizing Apple Pay inside of the restaurant's official app to pre-order food simply and securely. At Bloomingdale's, Cue is shown using Apple Pay and his iPhone at a payment terminal to purchase sunglasses, which he is required to sign for. However, Cue was not required to sign for the two dolls he purchased at the Disney Store with Apple Pay. Cue then notes that users will sometimes be required to sign for more expensive purchases made with Apple Pay in-store. The pair also visit an Apple Store to discuss Apple Pay on the company's new line of iPads. While users can't make in-store purchases with the iPad, Cue points out that users can still make in-app purchases with Apple Pay and Touch ID on the tablet. Cue also spoke on the security of Apple Pay and how tokenization helps keeps credit card numbers away from malicious users: You've seen these hacks that are happening in the systems where thousands of credit cards are getting exposed, and so you have try to protect that number. Well, with Apple Pay, the number that's being given to the terminal is a one-time number that's created for that transaction. A report from The New York Times over the weekend shed some light on Apple Pay's early successes, noting that the service doubled mobile wallet transactions at Walgreens and accounted for 50% of tap-to-pay purchases at McDonalds. Whole Foods shared earlier this month that it processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions between October 20 and November 6, and the service has increased consumer interest in the mobile payment area in general. Apple currently has 36 retail partners that accept Apple Pay in their stores as the service is available at more than 200,000 retail locations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Snapchat and Square Partner Up for 'Snapcash' Money Transfers • AT&T Bumps 10 GB Mobile Share Plan to 15 GB for a Limited Time • OWC Introduces New ThunderBay 4 Mini Portable Storage With RAID 5 Option • iMessage Down for Some Users, Unrelated to iOS 8.1.1 Update [Update: Fixed] • Spotify and Uber Partnering for User-Generated Playlists During Car Trips • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2

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Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store. According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it. First publicized by researchers in early November, WireLurker is a trojan that infected thousands of Chinese iOS and Mac users after they installed software from the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party app platform that delivered more than 400 infected OS X applications. WireLurker was able to attack iOS devices through Macs using USB, and was described as heralding "a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms." After being installed on a Mac, WireLurker would infect an iOS device using enterprise provisioning, making it the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices. At the time information was published on WireLurker, infected apps had already been downloaded more than 356,104 times. Apple quickly took steps to block the infected apps, preventing them from launching, and in a statement, it reminded users not to install software from untrusted sources. Just a week after WireLurker surfaced, another vulnerability in iOS was publicized by researchers. Called Masque Attack, it also infects iOS devices using enterprise provision profiles and is somewhat more dangerous, as it can replace existing apps with nearly undetectable fake versions. Though it hasn't been found in the wild, Masque Attack prompted a warning from the U.S. government and a statement from Apple, with the company once again encouraging customers to download apps only from trusted sources. Neither Masque Attack nor WireLurker are likely to affect the average iOS user as long as Apple's security features are not bypassed, as both apps circumvent the App Store and Mac App Store to install apps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Snapchat and Square Partner Up for 'Snapcash' Money Transfers • AT&T Bumps 10 GB Mobile Share Plan to 15 GB for a Limited Time • OWC Introduces New ThunderBay 4 Mini Portable Storage With RAID 5 Option • iMessage Down for Some Users, Unrelated to iOS 8.1.1 Update [Update: Fixed] • Spotify and Uber Partnering for User-Generated Playlists During Car Trips • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2

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Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point. The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology. According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points, resulting in much faster tracking of moving subjects that happens almost instantaneously. Image plane phase detection AF function using 192 AF points The sensor also includes support for full 21-megapixel HDR pictures and 4K HDR video, resulting in better lighting in high-contrast scenes. HDR or High Dynamic Range imaging captures separate images with different exposures, combining them into one image that improves detail and color.The new IMX230 is a type 1/2.4 stacked CMOS image sensor with a significantly improved 21 effective megapixels, and it is also equipped with a newly developed signal processing function. These features fulfill the growing needs in smartphone photography for high-speed autofocus (image plane phase detection AF) and clear, high-quality capture of bright and dark areas even in backlit scenes (HDR imaging). Image plane phase detection AF is a technology used in mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, and HDR imaging now supports not only 4K (4096 x 2160) high-resolution videos but also still images.HDR video from existing IMX135 sensor with 3.2 effective megapixels on left, IMX230 21-megapixel HDR image using IMX230 Sony is known for making some of the best image sensors available, and Apple has long used Sony sensors in its iOS devices. Sony's new image sensor will begin shipping in April of 2015, and while it is likely the new sensor technology will make its way into Apple's iPhones and iPads, it is unknown when that might occur. Apple does not typically use high-megapixel sensors in its iPhone or iPad, but Sony is planning on producing a 16-megapixel version of the IMX230 in 2015, which would be appropriate for iOS devices. It's possible Apple could use the 16-megapixel version of the IMX230 in the 2015 iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but it's also possible that the sensor won't be utilized until 2016 or later as Apple often uses slightly older sensors in its devices. Tom's Hardware believes that the next-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may incorporate either the upcoming 16-megapixel IMX240 sensor from Sony or the 13-megapixel IMX135, which Sony first introduced in January of 2013. It's not known exactly which sensor is used in the current iPhone and iPad, but camera experts have speculated that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use the Sony ISX014 sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor that Sony first introduced in October of 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T Bumps 10 GB Mobile Share Plan to 15 GB for a Limited Time • OWC Introduces New ThunderBay 4 Mini Portable Storage With RAID 5 Option • iMessage Down for Some Users, Unrelated to iOS 8.1.1 Update [Update: Fixed] • Spotify and Uber Partnering for User-Generated Playlists During Car Trips • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1

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After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3. iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1. According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system. iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is rumored to be working on. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for iOS 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly. The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update: - Improves Wi-Fi reliability - Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server - Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers - Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac. The update should fix several major issues that users have been seeing with OS X Yosemite, including a major Wi-Fi issue that’s caused connection problems for a number of users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody. The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?" Since the Surface Pro 3 was announced this past May, Microsoft has released several ads comparing the device to Apple's line of MacBooks. Back in August, the company released a series of ads sizing up the MacBook Air with the Surface Pro 3 for the first time, most likely for the then-impending back-to-school rush. Microsoft has also pitted the MacBook Air against Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro in another ad released earlier this month. All of the ads unsurprisingly position the Microsoft product as offering more versatility and a wider array of functionality compared to the MacBook Air. None of this is new, of course, as Apple and its products have long been popular targets in ads from a number of competitors including Microsoft, which has in the past compared its Cortana virtual assistant to Siri and the Surface RT to the iPad. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video. Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17. Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail uniform. The lanyard badge holders are distinctive to Apple and issued to current employees, but without the lanyard there will be more emphasis on employees introducing themselves to customers. Apple retail stores will also begin servicing Beats Electronics products starting tomorrow, as shown in an internal memo leaked by TechnoBuffalo late last week. Retail sources have confirmed to MacRumors that the leak is genuine and that most service will not take place at stores themselves, but instead be handled through mail-in depot channels. Issues with minor items such as cables, chargers, and cables will be handled in-store. These small modifications are part of a larger plan by Angela Ahrendts to revamp Apple's retail operations. Apple's recently appointed retail chief reportedly is focusing her efforts on mobile payments, expansion into China, and the customer's Apple Store sales experience. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal. Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand. "Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk," a source familiar with the deal said. During its recent conference call, Samsung confirmed that it is producing sample 14 nm chips for an unidentified customer with plans to mass produce the chips in 2015 and 2016. This latest Korean Times report claims Samsung will begin building the processors early next year in its South Korean plant with plans to expand production to the company's Austin, Texas facility and GlobalFoundries' New York factory in the coming year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Apple today announced that it is now accepting UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China. Established in 2002, UnionPay is the most popular payment card company in China with over 4.5 billion cards issued. With today's announcement, users can simply link their UnionPay debit or credit card for easy purchases. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.” The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China. The company is also in talks with major Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba over a China-focused payments partnership, which could see the Alipay electronics payment service integrate with Apple Pay. Discussions between the two companies were acknowledged by Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai and Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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In a new interview with The Independent, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin shares a few more details regarding his upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, noting that while there is no word on who will play the leading role yet, an announcement is imminent.Leonardo DiCaprio and, more recently, Christian Bale, pulled out, the latter because of the sheer demands of the role: “It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character,” says Sorkin. The frontrunner is now believed to be Michael Fassbender. Sorkin, today, can confirm only that an announcement is imminent.As previously shared by Sorkin, the film will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing Jobs backstage before the announcement of the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod. Sorkin also reveals in the new interview that the character of Jobs' daughter Lisa will play a major role as the "heroine" of the film. Lisa Brennan-Jobs had declined to contribute to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of her father while he was alive, but has worked with Sorkin on the screenplay for the film.“[I]in the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it,” he says. Jobs initially denied paternity of his daughter, now 36, though they later reconnected and she lived with him in her teens. “She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me,” says Sorkin. “She is the heroine of the movie.”Sorkin's Jobs film does not yet have a release date, but with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle on board and casting starting to firm up, things are clearly moving forward. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Apple Pay has been available in quite a few retail stores since its release more than three weeks ago on October 20, but thus far there's been little concrete indication of its popularity with customers. A new report from The New York Times, however, sheds some light on Apple Pay's early success. McDonald's, an early Apple Pay partner that accepts the payment system in all of its 14,000 restaurants in the United States, saw Apple Pay accounting for 50 percent of all of its tap-to-pay transactions. At Walgreens, a drugstore chain of more than 8,000 stores, Apple Pay doubled the number of mobile wallet payments being made. As shared earlier this month, Whole Foods processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions between October 20 and November 6, which equated to an estimated one percent of all Whole Foods transactions. Some stores, however, haven't seen as much success with Apple Pay. According to Toys R Us, which has 870 stores in the United States, while there was an increase in mobile payments, it was minor "because customers were still learning about the new technology." As noted by The New York Times, the interest consumers are expressing in Apple Pay hints at a growing acceptance for mobile payment solutions. Denée Carrington, a Forrester Research analyst attributed Apple Pay's early success to the "strength of the Apple Brand" and the ease of the experience. "I'm not saying it's changing the landscape overnight," she said. "But this has never happened with other mobile wallets." Along with bolstering mobile wallet usage in retail stores, Apple Pay has also been responsible for increasing consumer interest in the mobile payment arena in general. Google Wallet, for example, saw a surge in usage after the launch of Apple Pay, and Softcard, another mobile payment solution backed by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile has also seen a growing number of users. According to Softcard CEO Michael Abbott, "Apple Pay has been a huge tailwind" and a "rising tide that has lifted all boats."Mr. Abbott said that because of Apple, many companies now want to support the same technology for paying by phone: near-field communication, which enables devices to exchange information wirelessly over very short distances. This consistency would help make paying for things with a smartphone less confusing for shoppers.Apple currently has 36 retail partners that accept Apple Pay in their stores, and new partners are signing up on a regular basis as the payments service catches on. Just this week office supply store Staples and grocery chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO began accepting Apple Pay payments. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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In late October, researchers discovered that AT&T and Verizon had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking methods, using unique identifying numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver target advertisements. Following significant negative attention from the media, AT&T today told the Associated Press that it is no longer injecting the hidden web tracking codes into the data sent from its customers' devices.The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users' identities based on their browsing habits.AT&T's customer tracking practices, called "Relevant Advertising," were the result of a pilot program the company had been experimenting with, which has apparently come to an end. While AT&T has opted to stop using the invasive tracking method, Verizon is continuing to utilize perma-cookies to track the web activity of its customers. Unlike AT&T's experimental program, Verizon has been using Relevant Advertising techniques for approximately two years.Verizon Wireless, the country's largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this type of tracking, known as "super cookies." Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said business and government customers don't have the code inserted. There has been no evidence that Sprint and T-Mobile have used such codes. "As with any program, we're constantly evaluating, and this is no different," Lewis said, adding that consumers can ask that their codes not be used for advertising tracking. But that still passes along the codes to websites, even if subscribers say they don't want their data being used for marketing purposes.Verizon and AT&T customers are able to check whether their devices are sending identifying codes by visiting a website created by Kenneth White, one of the security researchers who discovered the tracking methods. While Verizon customers can opt out of tracking on the Verizon website, that does not stop the identifying code from being inserted into the URLs of the websites that they visit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Earlier this week, Beats Electronics introduced new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product the company has released since its acquisition by Apple became official back in August. While the headphones are not yet available for purchase on the Beats website, Mike Liang, aka HiFiGuy on YouTube has gotten an advanced first look at the new Solo2 Wireless headphones and has shared both photos and first impressions with MacRumors. The Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones share the same design as the Solo2 headphones that Beats introduced back in May, with Beats' signature large cups emblazoned with the Beats logo. Aside from some small print on the box, there's no Apple branding or Apple references on the Solo2 Wireless headphones. Reviews of the original Solo2 headphones suggested Beats had toned down the bass with the new design, offering better acoustics, and Liang says that the Solo2 Wireless headphones sound identical to the existing Solo2 headphones.Solo2 Wireless has an exciting/energetic sound signature that's suitable for a wide variety of music genres (even Classical). No more muffled midrange and flabby bass of the old SoloHD by Monster. Audiophiles will certainly appreciate the much improved sound signature. No one can honestly say that the new Solo2 Wireless sound bad. These are good!According to Liang, the Solo2 Wireless headphones paired easily to his MacBook Pro, taking only seconds to setup, but unfortunately it appears that Beats has opted to use the SBC Bluetooth codec rather than aptX, which is believed to offer superior sound quality. Beats plans to begin selling its Solo2 Wireless headphones later this month for $300, a $100 premium over the standard Solo2 headphones. The Solo2 Wireless headphones are available in black, white, and blue, with Verizon exclusively offering a red option through the end of the year. Beats has also released new "Royal Edition" color options for the standard Solo2 headphones, making them available in Stone Grey, Hunter Green, Imperial Violet, Blush Rose, and Sapphire Blue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel', iPad Mini 2, Retina MacBook Pro, and More • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores

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Following in the footsteps of office supply store Staples, Winn-Dixie and BI-LO have become the second and third retail chaisn this week to begin accepting Apple Pay in their retail locations. According to a tipster who spoke to MacRumors, Apple Pay will officially be supported at Winn-Dixie beginning on Monday, November 17, but multiple reports on Twitter suggest that both Winn-Dixie and its sister store BI-LO have already begun processing Apple Pay payments. Winn-Dixie is is a major grocery store chain that operates in the southeastern United States, with more than 500 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Similarly, BI-LO, a grocery store chain owned by the same parent company, consists of more than 800 stores across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The two grocery store chains will join Meijer, Wegmans, and Whole Foods, becoming the fourth and fifth grocery stores to accept Apple Pay. Unlike Staples, which also recently began accepting Apple Pay, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie were not listed under Apple's "Coming later this year" banner, making their adoption of Apple Pay somewhat of a surprise. Winn-Dixie did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the addition of Apple Pay in its stores. With the addition of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO, Apple Pay now has 36 retail partners, including major retailers like Macy's, Disney, Foot Locker, Petco, Walgreens, and Toys R Us. Apple Pay is also unofficially accepted in many stores that support contactless payments. Because Apple Pay is still in the early stages of rolling out, there's little data available on its popularity in retail stores, but Whole Foods processed 150,000 transactions in the 17 days following Apple Pay's October 20 debut, which equated to approximately one percent of all Whole Foods transactions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay

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Following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus back in September, a new survey of U.S. customers by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) details the adoption rate of the first thirty days of the devices' lifespan. The survey data, shared in a research note published today by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, indicates that 91 percent of iPhone owners bought either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the first four weeks of launch, rising from 86 percent in the first two weeks. Uptake of the new models also compares favorably to last year's iPhone launch, which saw 84 percent of customers in the first thirty days opting for the iPhone 5s and 5c. Most of the increase in share for the new models since the initial launch period has come from the iPhone 6, which saw an increase of six percentage points to 68 percent, while the iPhone 6 Plus remains at around 23-24 percent of purchases, despite both facing high demand during their initial launch. The 3:1 ratio favoring the iPhone 6 over 6 Plus has come down slightly from early adoption rate data, but as highlighted by Apple's Greg Joswiak last month, the true balance of customer interest won't be known until production constraints, which more heavily affect the iPhone 6 Plus, are resolved. The balance will also vary significantly by country, with customers in Asian countries tending to prefer larger screens than those in other countries. The study by CIRP also measured future intentions on purchasing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Of those asked, over 40 percent were planning to buy an iPhone 6 within the next year. Nineteen percent of Samsung users surveyed also plan to switch over to Apple for their next phone purchases, with over half of those intended purchases favoring the iPhone 6 Plus. While that marks a significant potential share gain for Apple, recent data has so far shown lower than expected shares of Android customers switching over to the iPhone 6. A more realistic picture will, however, come later as the surge of iPhone early adopters wanes. When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in September, they sold over ten million units in their launch weekend, including 4 million first-day pre-orders. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also outpaced last year's nine million units of the iPhone 5s and 5c shipped in their opening weekend, but that figure is widely viewed as somewhat inflated by ample stocks of iPhone 5c units shipping into inventory channels. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay

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Apple and manufacturer partner GT Advanced parted ways after the sapphire supplier filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. While most Apple supplier relationships are kept secretive, the background story behind the GT-Apple partnership was revealed in a series of court documents filed by GT that were recently made public. A follow-up report by The Guardian provides an interesting look at how a deal with Apple often can make and sometimes break a supplier. While the report does not introduce any significant new information, it is a good summary of the chain of events and may help some readers get caught up on the story. In the case of GT, the outcome of its partnership with Apple was not favorable, with the supplier filing for bankruptcy in order to sever the ties between the two companies. On 9 September Cook showed off the new phones - without sapphire screens. By 10 September GTAT stock was down 25% to $12.78; by Friday 3 October it stood at $11.05. On Monday 6 October, GTAT filed for Chapter 11, and its stock plummeted to $0.80. Trading ceased on 15 October. Squiller says in the deposition that GTAT put itself into Chapter 11 bankruptcy (which protects a company from its creditors) simply to release itself from the Apple deal - and hence save the company. The narrative of the relationship by GT paints a bleak picture of Apple and includes allegations of deceptive "bait and switch" business practices on Apple's part and onerous contract terms that led to productions delays. When GT questioned the contract it was about to sign, Apple reportedly confirmed "similar terms are required for other Apple suppliers" and told GT to "put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement." In the end, GT failed to produce sapphire in suitable quality and sufficient quantity to meet Apple's demands. Instead of a success story, GT is an excellent example of what happens when a supplier goes all in with Apple and fails to scale its production technology fast enough. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Announces New Skype for Web Beta with Future Plugin-Free Safari Support • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay

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Just a couple days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability referred to as Masque Attack because of its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps with malicious ones, Apple has responded in a statement to iMore.  "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."Masque Attack works by luring a user to install an app outside of the iOS App Store by clicking a phishing link in a text message or email. For example, a user could be prompted to download a new app in a text message that says something like "Hey, try out Flappy Bird 2". A user is then directed to a website where they're prompted to download the app, which will install the fake app over the legitimate one using iOS enterprise provision profiles, making it virtually undetectable. Masque Attack in actionEarlier today, the United States government issued a warning about Masque Attack to iOS users. The vulnerability was discovered just a week after reports of malware called WireLurker surfaced. WireLurker is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using a USB cable. Both vulnerabilities are unlikely to affect the average iOS user as long as Apple's security features are not bypassed. Both WireLurker and Masque Attack can be avoided by staying away from suspicious apps and avoiding links that prompt users to install apps outside of Apple's App Stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States Justice Department has been using fake communications towers installed in airplanes to acquire cellular phone data for tracking down criminals, reports The Wall Street Journal. The program has reportedly been in place since 2007 and uses Cessna airplanes that operate out of "at least five" metropolitan-area airports. Aircraft in the program out outfitted with "dirtbox" devices produced by Boeing that are designed to mimic cellular towers, fooling cellphones into reporting "unique registration information" to track down "individuals under investigation." According to the WSJ, these devices let investigators gather "identifying information and general location" data from thousands of cellular phones in one flight, and Apple's encryption policies don't prevent the collection of data. Cellphones are programmed to connect automatically to the strongest cell tower signal. The device being used by the U.S. Marshals Service identifies itself as having the closest, strongest signal, even though it doesn't, and forces all the phones that can detect its signal to send in their unique registration information. Even having encryption on one's phone, such as Apple Co. 's iPhone 6 now includes, doesn't prevent this process. The technology is aimed at locating cellphones linked to individuals under investigation by the government, including fugitives and drug dealers, but it collects information on cellphones belonging to people who aren't criminal suspects, these people said. They said the device determines which phones belong to suspects and "lets go" of the non-suspect phones.The fake tower devices are able to interrupt calls on "certain phones," with authorities attempting to minimize harm by ensuring they doesn't interrupt emergency calls, and the technology can pinpoint a suspect's cellphone location down to three meters. The program is run by the U.S. Marshals Service, and some individuals involved have raised concerns about the legality of the operation and "if there are effective procedures" in place to safeguard the handling of data acquired, as it is said to capture data from thousands of non-criminal individuals as well. It is not known how often the flights take place as the WSJ's sources did not divulge that information, but they reportedly "take place on a regular basis." Justice Department officials did not confirm or deny the existence of the program when questioned, stating that a discussion of the matter could "allow criminal suspects or foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance capabilities," but a representative said that Justice Department agencies comply with federal law and seek court approval for their activities. A Verizon spokesperson said that the company was not aware of such a program and did not participate, while spokespeople from AT&T and Sprint declined to comment. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States Federal Trade Commission has met with Apple representatives several times over the past few months to discuss Apple's privacy practices covering health data collection, reports Reuters. The FTC is reportedly seeking assurance that Apple will prevent health data collected by the Apple Watch and other iOS devices via the Health app from being used without express user consent.The two people, both familiar with the FTC's thinking, said Apple representatives have met on multiple occasions with agency officials in recent months, to stress that it will not sell its users' health data to third-party entities such as marketers or allow third-party developers to do so.An Apple spokesperson told Reuters that the company "works closely with regulators around the world" to make its built-in data protections clear. "We've been very encouraged by their support," she said, adding that Apple's new health-focused initiative, HealthKit, had been designed "with privacy in mind." While the FTC declined to comment, Reuters does not believe that the government agency will launch a formal inquiry into Apple's data protection policies, though it is clearly taking a great interest in the Apple Watch, which collects data like heart rate and movement, and HealthKit, which allows Apple's Health app to aggregate health-related data from various apps and accessories. Though it hasn't even hit the market, other government officials have also taken an interest in the Apple Watch. In September, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for information on what data Apple plans to collect with the device, how the information will be stored, and what Apple's policies are for apps that access health information. Earlier this year, ahead of the Apple Watch's debut, Apple released new guidelines for HealthKit APIs, which also applies to the Apple Watch. In the document, Apple explains that HealthKit information will not be stored in iCloud and that apps attempting to store health-related data in iCloud will be rejected. It also clearly states that apps will not be able to share data with third parties without express user consent. In recent months, Apple has attempted to make its privacy policies more transparent, creating a comprehensive new privacy site that details all of its privacy practices. Tim Cook also spoke on privacy in a recent interview, stating that users "have a right to privacy" and that the company "tries not to collect data." "Our business is based on selling [products]," he said. "Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 • Apple Seeds New Betas of Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

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The United States government today issued a bulletin warning iPhone and iPad users about the recent "Masque Attack" vulnerability, a security flaw that first surfaced on Monday of this week, reports Reuters. Masque Attack is a vulnerability that can allow malicious third-party iOS apps to masquerade as legitimate apps via iOS enterprise provision profiles. Written by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams, the bulletin outlines how Masque Attack spreads -- luring users to install an untrusted app through a phishing link -- and what a malicious app is capable of doing.An app installed on an iOS device using this technique may: -Mimic the original app's login interface to steal the victim's login credentials. -Access sensitive data from local data caches. -Perform background monitoring of the user's device. -Gain root privileges to the iOS device. -Be indistinguishable from a genuine app.The post also advises iOS users to protect themselves by avoiding apps that have been installed from sources other than the App Store or an organization they're affiliated with, avoiding tapping "Install" on third-party pop-ups when viewing web pages, and tapping "Don't Trust" on any iOS app that shows an "Untrusted App Developer Alert." Masque Attack in action Computer security alerts issued by the government are fairly rare, and only 13 have been sent over the course of 2014. Other vulnerabilities that have prompted alerts include Heartbleed and an SSL 3.0 flaw called "Poodle." FireEye, the team that discovered Masque Attack, has notified Apple about the vulnerability, but it has not been patched in the recent iOS 8.1.1 beta thus far. It also affects iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, and 8.1, and as of today, Apple has not yet commented on Masque Attack. Masque Attack, along with WireLurker, another vulnerability outlined earlier this month, is unlikely to affect the average iOS user so long as Apple's security features are not bypassed. Masque Attack works by circumventing the iOS App Store to install apps, while WireLurker is similar, infecting machines via third-party software downloaded outside of the Mac App Store. Both WireLurker and Masque Attack can be avoided by staying away from suspicious apps and avoiding links that prompt users to install apps outside of Apple's App Stores. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday

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Supplies of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display have been slowly dwindling ahead of the holidays, and as of this week, shipping estimates for both standard and custom configurations have slipped to two to three weeks. At launch on October 16, shipping estimates were briefly at a day before slipping to 3 to 5 days, later moving to 7 to 10 days before slipping again on Monday. The base Retina iMac, with a 3.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB fusion drive, is in stock at many retail Apple Stores around the country and can be picked up same day, but when ordered from the online store, it carries the same two to three week shipping estimate as all custom configurations. While Retina iMacs ordered from the online Apple Store may not arrive until December, some Apple resellers have available stock that will ship much earlier. Amazon, for example, has the base model in stock available with Amazon Prime shipping and a $50 discount. MacMall has the base model in stock for immediate shipping, plus the site has several machines with various custom configurations on hand, which it says will ship in five to seven days. MacMall is also offering a discount of $50 on much of its stock. Other stores like Best Buy and B&H Photo also have the base Retina iMac in stock and available to ship immediately. Equipped with a 5120 x 2880 "5K" Retina screen, Apple's newest iMac has received largely positive reviews for its impressive display, and configured with a 4.0GHz processor and 32GB of RAM, the higher-end Retina iMac models are able to outperform the low-end Mac Pro. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple's market capitalization reached a record high today, breaking the $660 billion mark to sit in the range of $662-664 billion for much of the day's trading so far. The new high breaks a previous closing record of $658.15 billion set on September 19, 2012 and intraday high of nearly $661 billion reached two days later. Market capitalization measures the market value of a business and is calculated by multiplying the stock price by the number of available shares. Apple comfortably leads all U.S. companies in market capitalization, with its closest competitors being Microsoft and Exxon, which have market capitalizations of just over $400 billion each. Fourth-place Google falls sits at roughly $370 billion. While Apple's share price has been routinely setting new records since surpassing its previous September 2012 high in August, it has taken a bit longer for Apple to return to its record market capitalization levels as the company's expanded stock buyback program has reduced the number of outstanding shares. Apple's stock has surged 17 percent in just the four weeks since Apple's October media event and subsequent earnings announcement where the company announced strong fiscal Q4 2014 earnings fueled by the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and record Mac sales. The company's share price is up approximately 50 percent over the past twelve months. Apple last quarter reported $8.5 billion in profit on $42.1 billion in revenue with sales of 39 million iPhones, 12.31 iPads and 5.5 million Mac units. While Mac and iPhone revenue climbed, iPad sales slumped with quarterly revenue dropping 14 percent year over year and 10 percent from the previous quarter. iPad sales are expected to temporarily rebound in the upcoming quarter following the introduction of the new iPad Air 2, with holiday season discounts expected to propel sales of Apple hardware. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior VP of Design, made a rare public appearance at the Design Museum in London yesterday (via Cult of Mac). At the event, he discussed everything from his view on the future of design to his opinions on failure with museum director Deyan Sudjic.We shouldn’t be afraid to fail - if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it.The talk with Sudjic also included a roomful of up-and-coming design students, with Ive offering additional perspective on the design process and rejection."The best ideas start as conversations. A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end. At the start of the process the idea is just a thought - very fragile and exclusive. When the first physical manifestation is created everything changes. It is no longer exclusive, now it involves a lot of people." Ive also mentioned, "There are 9 rejected ideas for every idea that works." Photo by @nickcorston) Unfortunately for those design hopefuls listening to Ive, the odds of working in his team are slim. Apple's Industrial Design team is notoriously difficult to get into, in large part because its members never leave the company. The eighteen-person team hasn't seen a single member leave for fifteen years. "I like to work in a small team," Ive told Sudjic. "There is only 18 of us on the design team. Nobody has ever left." Ive also touched on how to gain experience in the field, design studies in schools today, and the difference between making something different and making it better.Our goal is to desperately make the best products we can. We’re not naive. We trust that if we’re successful and we make good products, that people will like them. And we trust that if people like them, they’ll buy them. And we figured out the operation and we’re effective. We know what we’re doing, so we’ll make money, but it’s a tough sequence.Ive has famously remained out of the spotlight for much of his tenure at Apple, but has opened up considerably since taking on new responsibilities for software design and more recently with the impending launch of the Apple Watch. Recent appearances have included an awards ceremony hosted by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a Vanity Fair summit in San Francisco. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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Customers looking for discounts on Apple products this Black Friday have two more retailers to add to their shopping lists -- Staples and Radio Shack. Black Friday discount website BFads recently published leaked sales flyers from both retailers in advance of the biggest shopping day of the year. Staples is offering discounts on a variety of Apple gear, including $80 off the 16GB iPad Air WiFi ($319), $60 off the Retina iPad mini 2 ($239), $70 off the iPad with Retina Display ($279) and $20 off the Apple TV ($79). The office supplier also is taking 10 percent off all Beats by Dr Dre headphones and 15 percent off all iTunes gift cards of $50 or more. As an added bonus, customers with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can save time during checkout by using Apple Pay. Radio Shack isn't offering any discounts on iPad or iPhone models, but the retailer still is lowering prices on the Apple TV ($85), iPod Touch 16GB 5th generation ($149), and iTunes gift cards (15 percent off). Other Apple-related items going on sale include the Beats Solo HD Drenched headphones ($69.99 After Mail-in Rebate) and a variety of Apple iPhone and iPad accessories. For even more Black Friday sales, be sure to check out our Black Friday roundup. We are updating that page with additional deals on Apple-related items as they are announced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Offers USB and Lightning Connectors for Easy File Transfers • How to Enable Family Sharing in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite • AT&T Offering $50 Bill Credit for iPhone Upgrades Made Through Apple Online and Retail Stores • Regions Bank Adds Support for Apple Pay • Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux • Box for iOS Updated with Touch ID and iPhone 6 Support, Notification Center Widget • Wal-Mart Offering Gift Cards with Purchase of Discounted iPads and More on Black Friday • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus

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