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As indicated by an announcement yesterday, Apple has teamed up with Parisian fashion boutique Colette to show off the Apple Watch at the retailer's gallery on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris for today only. The special event marks the first public appearance for the Apple Watch since being announced last month at a media event, as a long line began forming around Colette's before the event started at 11 AM local time. According to Engadget, Colette is displaying both the 38mm and 42mm versions of the Apple Watch to the public, while MacGeneration (Google Translate) states that the models being displayed are mostly from the Apple Watch Sport Collection while some are from the Apple Watch Collection. Also on display are some watches from the Apple Watch Edition Collection, which feature 18-karat gold casings and a sapphire display. Image taken by Elle magazine editor-in-chief Robbie Myers Customers are only being allowed to look at the devices and will not have the opportunity to actually try out the smartwatch's capabilities. However, some journalists were allowed to try on the devices. Apple will also not be announcing any new details about the device at today's event, as info about full pricing and battery life remain unknown. Left to right: Colette's Sarah Andelman with Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Jony Ive, and Mark Newson (via Vogue's Suzy Menkes) A number of members from Apple's industrial design team are also present at the event, including Apple's Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive and newly hired Apple designer Marc Newson. Both Ive and Newson were also pictured with a number of high-profile fashion personalities, including notable designer Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Other fashion journalists present also include Jean-Seb Stehli of Madame Figaro and Elle magazine editor-in-chief Robbie Myers. In addition to positioning the Apple Watch as a brand new product, Apple has also been pushing the wearable device as a fashionable accessory. The company invited top fashion editors and bloggers to its September 9 media event, and even allowed some to go hands-on with the smartwatch. Fashion publications including InStyle and Voguewere impressed with the Apple Watch, praising its design and the Digital Crown input method. However, others like The Doneger Group's Roseanne Morrison were unimpressed with the device, calling it "not pretty" and "future techno as opposed to feminine sexy." At its event earlier this month, Apple said it is targeting a early 2015 launch for its wearable device. A report after the event stated that Apple would be "lucky" to launch the watch by Valentine's Day due to software development issues. The Apple Watch will start at $349 and may run up to $1,200 for the high-end Edition version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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Apple has announced that it will be begin selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 17. The devices will be available through Apple's online store and retail locations in China and will also be sold at China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom stores. Customers in China will be able to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 10. “We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience.” Earlier today, it was revealed that Apple had received the final license needed to start iPhone 6 sales in China. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched in the first wave of countries on September 19, and was made available to more countries last Friday, September 26. Apple revealed on September 22 that it had sold ten million units of both phones in its opening weekend, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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The first beta of iOS 8.1 seeded earlier today has not yet revealed a significant number of changes visible to regular users, but developer Hamza Sood has managed to uncover several interesting hidden settings and strings from the new version. First, Sood shares a screenshot of a hidden Settings pane for Apple Pay inside. The pane will allow users to manage their entered credit and debit cards linked to Apple Pay, as well as define their default card, billing and shipping address, email, and phone. The Settings screen for Apple Pay also links to a privacy disclosure outlining how the user's card and device information and location may be sent back to Apple and perhaps passed on to the card issuer to determine eligibility and detect possible fraud. Apple Pay will allow users to easily authenticate payments to their preferred credit and debit cards, using NFC for point-of-sale transactions with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Apple Watch while also allowing for Touch ID-based authentication of purchase transactions in apps supporting Apple Pay. Apple has announced that Apple Pay will be launching in October, and iOS 8.1 is likely to be the update carrying that support, but the company has not yet flipped the switch to broadly enable it in this first developer seed. While Apple has so far only announced that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Apple Watch will be compatible with Apple Pay, Sood has also turned up evidence suggesting next-generation iPad models will include Touch ID support and Apple Pay. The evidence comes in the form of a code string addressing support for the services:Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information.It is unclear whether the upcoming iPads will include NFC technology for point-of-sale transactions or if Apple Pay support on the iPad will be limited to app-based transactions, but Apple's upcoming iPad have been widely rumored to see the addition of Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Ahead of an event planned for tomorrow in conjunction with Apple, Parisian fashion boutique Colette appears to be preparing to show off the Apple Watch at its boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Various photos on Twitter and Instagram show the location displaying the Apple Watch prominently, with different variants of the device being placed in colored ovals. (Image credit: papasoey via Instagram) While it is not known as to what exactly will be shown off at Colette's event tomorrow, hints from the invitation flyer suggest that the Apple Watch will be the highlight. Colette has also been known to be very selective of what makes it into their flagship location, and it is likely that a collaboration with Apple is part of an initiative by the Cupertino company to push its wearable device as a fashionable item. (Image credit: @JeromeRoussin on Twitter) Apple is said to be targeting an early 2015 for the Apple Watch, however reported hardware problems may push it back until February 2015 or later. The device will be available in three collections, including a high-end Edition collection which boasts an 18-karat gold enclosure and sapphire crystal display. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Apple's iCloud appears to be down for some users, with many people reporting issues logging into iCloud.com and accessing iCloud content like Mail, Calendar, and Notes. According to Apple's System Status Page, all iCloud services and features are entirely inaccessible for some users, with the outage starting just after 3 PM Pacific Time. The downtime comes just after Apple released an iOS 8.1 update to developers and following news of a significant iCloud Drive bug that causes documents to be deleted when "Reset All Settings" is used on an iOS 8 devices. Apple has not provided a timeline for when access to iCloud services might be restored, but the issue appears to be affecting just a portion of iCloud users, as others are reporting no problems at all. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Apple today released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a few days after the release of iOS 8.0.2, which fixed a bug introduced with iOS 8.0.1. The beta arrives as build number 12B401. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta and Xcode 6.1 beta 3. iOS 8.1 likely includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, and it also likely includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Apple today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks to fix a vulnerability in the bash UNIX shell. The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code. According to an Apple spokesperson, most OS X users were not at risk form the bash vulnerabilities, but the company promised to work quickly to provide an update.Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.Along with the fix for OS X Mavericks, Apple has released updates for both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. There is no Yosemite download available as of yet, but Apple may be planning to issue a fix in the near future. The three updates are available via Apple's support pages and should be available via the Software Update tool soon. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive. According to multiple posters on the MacRumors forums, using the "Reset All Settings" option under General --> Reset has caused documents to be permanently deleted from iCloud Drive. Because iOS 8 was so sluggish on my iPad 3 I reset all settings (No data or media will be deleted) and sped it up BUT deleted my iWork data! Then promptly synced and deleted it in iCloud.I have public beta of Yosemite so can't roll back via time machine. I have no pre iOS 8 backups in iTunes or iCloud to revert to (well iCloud device backups don't contain cloud documents and I should have iOS 7 backups in iTunes but can't find any. iCloud has no trash like dropbox. They seem gone forever.The "Reset All Settings" option explicitly says that "No data or media will be deleted," and it is meant to reset all user preferences to the default out-of-the-box settings. That the option is deleting iCloud Drive documents appears to be a serious bug, though it may be limited to Apple's own iWork apps like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. One user had all of his iWork documents wiped by using "Reset All Settings," while other app information remained in iCloud. In our own testing, using "Reset All Settings" deleted all iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive on the iPhone and on iCloud.com. After allowing time for syncing to a Mac running OS X Yosemite, all of the documents disappeared from that machine as well. Preview and TextEdit documents, which cannot be accessed on the iPhone, remained untouched on the Mac. There appears to be no simple way to recover iCloud Drive documents that have been erased by "Reset All Settings," in Yosemite and several people who have been affected by the bug are now in contact with Apple support in an effort to retrieve their documents. A Mavericks user was, however, able to recover his files from a backup folder. One user said that Apple was waiting on engineers to investigate the issue, while another said his account had been placed in troubleshooting mode to attempt to recover the data. Introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, iCloud Drive is Apple's answer to cloud-based storage services like Dropbox. iCloud Drive allows users to store a variety of documents like spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and more, accessing them on any device. Currently OS X Mavericks users can access iCloud Drive documents via iCloud.com, but iCloud Drive will be fully functional in October, after OS X Yosemite is released. Users who have iCloud Drive enabled may want to refrain from using the "Reset All Settings" option on their devices for the time being, in order to avoid accidentally erasing important documents stored in iCloud Drive. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Based on web traffic data, it appears Apple may be hastening its iOS updates as it prepares to launch several major products in the coming months. As noted by 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company is simultaneously testing three major iOS 8 iterations that may be released according to an expedited schedule. Web server analytics indicate Apple is currently actively testing iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3. The development is an unusual one, as Apple typically only publicly tests one of each iOS version (full, major update, minor update) at a time, releasing major updates months apart after the initial September rollout. An example is iOS 7, which debuted in September 2013 and was not updated to iOS 7.1 until March 2014. Visits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.2 now numbering in the dozens per day The most likely explanation for this change in pattern involves major product launches over the coming months. The company is preparing to roll out Apple Pay in October, with the new NFC-based payment system almost certainly falling into the major software update category. Other products on the horizon include the upcoming Apple Watch and a rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro", both of which appear set to launch early next year and which would also require significant iOS updates to support them. Apple released iOS 8 earlier this month with a handful of new features including support for extensions, widget notifications, and third-party keyboards. iOS 8 has had a rocky start, with the company temporarily removing HealthKit-enabled apps at launch due to an unspecified issue. Apple also released and quickly removed iOS 8.0.1 after the update disabled cellular connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Apple and Parisian fashion boutique Colette are preparing a "one day only experience" on September 30, reports French blog Macplus [Google Translate]. Showcased on Colette's website, the event will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time at the retailer's gallery on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Information on what will be shown during the one-day event has not been revealed, but hints from the invitation and Colette's own fashion focus suggest the Apple Watch will be the highlight. The pattern of dots on the promotional image appears very similar to the zoomed-out home screen of the Apple Watch, with each dot representing an app icon. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch earlier this month alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The smartwatch will be available in a variety of configurations, including a high-fashion Edition collection that features an 18-karat gold casing and sapphire crystal display and a Sport collection for fitness enthusiasts. Apple is targeting an early 2015 launch, but the company will reportedly be hard-pressed to make the device available to the public in time for February's Valentine's Day holiday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Last month, it was reported that Apple was in talks with health insurers about its HealthKit tools that officially launched to the public with iOS 8 earlier this month. The report suggested Apple may have been looking to partner with insurers on programs to reward users for maintaining healthy lifestyles and reaching fitness goals as tracked by HealthKit. One of the insurers mentioned in the report was Humana, which today officially announced integration between its HumanaVitality rewards program and HealthKit. Under the program, members can receive wellness points redeemable for a variety of rewards including fitness equipment, electronics, and movie tickets. Recent updates to the HumanaVitality app have added HealthKit support to pull in data from wearable devices and Apple's own fitness-oriented tracking features, making it easy for users to document their progress.The HumanaVitality App, designed to make it easy and simple for consumers to engage with their health, enables users to create and measure specific, personal wellness goals (get active, eat better, lose weight or reduce stress). HumanaVitality rewards members for meeting these goals and for other healthy behaviors, from getting a biometrics screening to taking 10,000 physician-recommended steps a day. HumanaVitality members who use the HumanaVitality App can upload fitness data from their favorite wearables into Apple Health and earn Vitality Points for hitting their health and fitness milestones. HumanaVitality [Direct Link] is a free download from the App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Following several recent reports on Apple's long-rumored ultra thin 12-inch notebook, Jack March is now reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 27-inch "5K" Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. According to the report, which MacRumors has reason to believe is based on legitimate information, the machine could launch as soon as next month.A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.This new 27-inch Retina iMac would continue to use Haswell processors, topping out at the 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K, as Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors will not be ready until possibly the middle of next year. The report also claims Apple will be switching to AMD graphics for this new iMac, while the overall design and port configuration would remain the same as the current model. The report's sources suggest the move to Retina will be limited to the larger 27-inch iMac at this time, with the 21.5-inch model continuing to use the current 1920 x 1080 display. Rumors of a 27-inch Retina display or iMac from Apple have been circulating for some time, but have picked up steam in recent weeks with a specific claim of a 5K Apple display launching before the end of the year, as well as Dell's own announcement of such a display. With finalization of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification, connectivity will also become easier as that standard rolls out, allowing for single-cable uncompressed video at 5K resolutions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

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Just a day after Apple issued its first statement regarding the ongoing complaints that the iPhone 6 Plus bends in user pockets, Consumer Reports has released its test results for how "bendable" Apple's new phones are. In summary, the results show that the new phones are far stronger than what some testimonies have suggested in the past few days. brightcove.createExperiences(); To test the phones, Consumer Reports put them through the "three-point flexural test", which has the phone supported at two ends and has pressure applied at a third point, alongside competitors like the HTC One (m8), Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and iPhone 5. Consumer Reports' tests pushed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus much further than [Apple's test of 55 pounds of force]. We started light, applying 10 pounds of force for 30 seconds, then releasing the force. Then we upped the force in 10-pound increments, noted when the phones first started to deform (that's what our engineers call it) and stopped the test for each phone when we saw the screen come loose from the case.The results showed that the 6 Plus was actually stronger than the iPhone 6, starting to deform at 90 pounds of force and having its screen and case separate at 110 pounds of force. The iPhone 6 started to deform at 70 pounds of force and started coming apart at 100 pounds of force. The HTC One (m8) performed the worst in Consumer Reports' test, deforming at 70 pounds of force and coming apart at 90 pounds of force. iPhone 6 Plus after Consumer Reports' test The LG G3 started to deform and come apart at 130 pounds of force while the iPhone 5 deformed at 130 pounds of force and came apart at 150 pounds of force. The Galaxy Note 3, on the other hand, deformed and came apart at 150 pounds of force. Consumer Reports notes that while other phones, like the iPhone 6 and HTC One, were still functioning after deforming and coming apart, the Note 3 stopped working right away. Overall, the magazine notes that while none of the phones they tested were indestructible, all devices tested should hold up fine under everyday use Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27

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Apple has opted to equip the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with two separate accelerometers, as discovered in Chipworks' comprehensive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardown. There's a three-axis Bosch BMA280 accelerometer and what Chipworks believes is a MPU-6700 six-axis accelerometer from InvenSense. According to Chipworks, Apple may have decided to incorporate two accelerometers into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to both minimize power consumption and "improve the overall user experience." The InvenSense accelerometer has a range of functions, allowing it to operate in several different modes, but it can draw more power than the Bosch accelerometer due to its higher sensitivity. The maximum sensitivity of the InvenSense is at 16684 LSB/g, much higher than the Bosch's 4096. The InvenSense device can operate as a six axis inertial sensor, or as either a three-axis gyroscope or a three-axis accelerometer. It is rated to consume 3.4 mA in the six-axis mode, 3.2 mA in the gyroscope mode and 450 µA in the accelerometer normal mode. By contrast, the Bosch device operates as a 3-axis accelerometer only and it consumes 130 µA of current in the accelerometer normal mode. Both devices offer two low power levels of operation for the accelerometer function. The InvenSense device actually consumes less current in its lowest power mode, with a 1 Hz update rate. The main benefit of the InvenSense is full six-axis integration of the data by the on-chip digital motion processor (DMP). This will provide a direct benefit for gaming and other applications that need sophisticated inertial sensing capabilities. In addition the InvenSense provides significantly higher sensitivity than the Bosch device. The price however, is higher power consumption.The Bosch accelerometer is able to operate at a lower power than the InvenSense and it has a "much faster" cold start up time, at 3ms compared to 30ms, allowing it to be used when complete six-axis integration is unnecessary. Chipworks speculates that it may be used for tasks where higher sensitivity is unneeded, perhaps for rotating the screen from landscape to portrait mode or for pedometer functionality. According to Chipworks, the inclusion of two accelerometers in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is an example of Apple's "elegant engineering." A single InvenSense accelerometer would have enabled the device to work perfectly well, but the addition of the Bosch accelerometer allows for lower power consumption in the appropriate situations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27

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Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything that's currently known about the service into a roundup so users can get an idea of what to expect. With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using the NFC chip built into the devices. While Apple Pay will initially be restricted to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users will also be able to take advantage of the service if they purchase an Apple Watch after it is released. Apple has described Apple Pay as the most secure payment solution available, as it uses Device Account Numbers rather than storing credit card numbers and keeps all payment information in a dedicated chip on the iPhone, called the Secure Element. All payments are verified using Touch ID, which prevents someone who has stolen a device to make unauthorized purchases. Furthermore, if an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is stolen, its ability to make payments can be disabled through Find My iPhone. Apple has said that Apple Pay will be available beginning in October, enabled through an upcoming update to iOS 8. The Apple Pay roundup, like all of our other roundups is accessible through a dedicated index page that shows a full list of all available roundups ordered by most recent update. The roundup is also accessible directly through the "Roundups" tab in the top navigation bar on all MacRumors pages. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27

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Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to be adding support for high-definition audio playback in iOS 8 and shipping new EarPods with the iPhone 6 in order to support this 24bit/96kHz standard. Apple ultimately made no such announcements for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6, and Mashable has now confirmed with some testing that Apple's latest iPhone 6 does not currently support high definition audio playback. With the help of audio testing expert David Ranada, Mashable tested several sample .wav files encoded at a 96kHz sampling rate with 24 bits per sample. The tracks were played using third-party apps such as Onkyo's HF music player and recordings were made through the headphone jack to determine the quality of the audio output. The results show that iPhone 6 does not yet support HD audio playback, even though the audio hardware inside the phone may be capable of 24bit/96kHz output. According to teardown analyses, Apple's iPhone 6 includes the custom made Cirrus Logic 338S1201 chip, which is likely the successor to the Cirrus Logic CS42L61 chip used in previous iPhone models. Though also a custom build, the older CS42L61 chip is part of Cirrus Logic's CS42L51 family, which supports 24bit/96kHz HD audio. It's hard to conceive of Apple either creating a custom chip that's less capable than the equivalent off-the-shelf component, let alone downgrading the audio capabilities of the iPhone's DAC in subsequent generations. So it stands to reason the DAC on board the iPhone 6 is capable of sampling 24-bit/96kHz audio. It's possible, however, that Apple could later update iOS 8 with support for HD audio and enable the playback of hi-res music through the iPhone's headphone jack. Apple is accepting 24bit/96kHz uploads from musicians and is allegedly preparing to enable high-definition 24-bit downloads from iTunes. Customers who want HD audio sooner will have to look at Lightning-equipped audio devices such as the recently announced Fidelio M2L headphones from Philips. The Fidelio M2Ls will connect to an iPhone or iPad via the Lightning port and will support 24-bit audio using an internal DAC and amplifier built into the headphone unit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier this month, Apple removed all HealthKit-enabled apps from the iOS App Store due to an last-minute issue with the service. Addressing the issue, Apple promised it was working on a fix with the goal to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is now allowing apps with HealthKit features back into the iOS App Store. One of the first apps to debut with HealthKit today is FitPort [Direct Link], a replacement for the iOS 8 Health app. The fitness dashboard allows users both to view health stats pulled from Apple's Health database and to enter new data manually. Now that Apple is approving these apps, there should be a deluge of new HealthKit-capable apps appearing in the App Store in the coming days. Apple planned to fix the HealthKit issue with iOS 8.0.1, but problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices forced Apple to pull the update shortly after release. The company fixed these iOS problems and updated HealthKit in iOS 8.0.2, which was released late Thursday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Yesterday, it was revealed that security researchers from Red Hat uncovered a major exploit in the "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux. Named "Shellshock" by security experts, the exploit allows hackers to gain access to web connected devices and services through the use of malicious code. Now, an Apple spokesperson (via iMore) has commented on the matter, stating that the majority of OS X users are safe from the exploits and that the company is working to provide a software update for advanced UNIX users: The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users. The exploit was called "as big as Heartbleed" by security researcher Robert Graham, who was referring to a flaw discovered in the popular open-source software OpenSSL that affected 66% of the Internet earlier this year. Apple eventually announced that Heartbleed did not affect its software or key services, and also released updates for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule. It is likely that a fix for the Bash exploit will arrive relatively soon for users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2, its second update to iOS 8 designed to fix major issues introduced with iOS 8.0.1, which went out to iPhone owners on Wednesday. After installing iOS 8.0.1, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users found that their cellular service was disabled and that Touch ID was non-functional. Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, but not before numerous iPhone users were able to download the software. The company announced an investigation in the afternoon, and in the evening, released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to fix the problem via an iTunes restore to iOS 8. iOS 8.0.2 is available immediately as an over-the-air download and presumably fixes all of the issues that were introduced with iOS 8.0.1. iOS 8.0.1 contained a fix for a major HealthKit issue that was discovered just before the public release of iOS 8, prompting Apple to remove all HealthKit enabled apps from the App Store. Following iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2, these apps will be able to return to the App Store. The updates also bring fixes for third-party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, SMS/MMS messages, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple's recent iOS 8.0.1 issue, which saw the update disable the cellular connection and Touch ID functionality on numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, may have links to Apple's 2012 Maps debacle, reports Bloomberg. According to "people familiar with Apple's management structure," the same mid-level manager was in charge of overseeing quality assurance for both projects, having been moved to the iOS team after being removed from the Maps team.[The manager] was removed from the maps team after the software gave users unreliable directions and mislabeled landmarks, though he remained in charge of testing for iOS, said one person, who asked not to be identified since the information isn't public.The employee in question, who has worked at Apple since 2000, is in charge of a team of more than "100 people around the world" responsible for testing the software before it reaches consumers, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, engineers who test the new software often are unable to get the latest iPhones until they are available to customers, "resulting in updates that may not have gone through tests that are are rigorous as those for the latest handsets," and internal issues can also impact Apple's testing, which may explain how such a significant bug got through the testing process. Internal turf battles also can impact quality testing, according to a former senior manager. Teams responsible for testing cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity will sometimes sign off on a product release, then [the manager's] team will discover later that it’s not compatible with another feature, the person said.Released yesterday, iOS 8.0.1 contained a critical bug that caused the cellular service and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices to malfunction. Though the update was pulled after approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, numerous iPhone users were able to download the software, which effectively disabled their phones. Apple announced that it was investigating the situation in the afternoon, and yesterday evening, the company released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to fix the problem via an iTunes restore to iOS 8. Apple has seen several issues with iOS 8 in recent weeks, including a major bug with HealthKit that caused the company to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store ahead of the public release of iOS 8. Apple promised a quick fix, and iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to repair the issue and allow apps that use HealthKit back into the App Store. Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the bugs that were introduced with iOS 8.0.1. Update: This post has been updated to remove the individual's name. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple Online Stores around the world have begun accepting orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as part of a second wave launch that will see the devices become available in more than 20 additional countries. The two devices are now available for order online in multiple different countries, and will become available in local retail stores in the morning. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already on sale in stores in New Zealand, where it is just after 11:30 AM. Second wave launch countries for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Many countries where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available for purchase online are displaying shipping estimates of five to seven days for both devices, for all colors, carriers, and capacities. In many cases, these shipping estimates are better than the shipping estimates for new orders placed in first wave launch countries, but estimates may change as available supply per country dwindles. Initial iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Singapore topped 10 million during the first weekend that the devices were available for purchase, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said "exceeded expectations." Apple has plans to bring the new iPhones to 115 countries by the end of 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Earlier today, Apple released a statement to several different media outlets in response to reports about the iPhone 6 Plus bending within user pockets, stating that bending from normal use was "extremely rare" and suggesting only nine customers had complained about bending issues. In addition to outlining its rigorous testing policies, Apple has now invited reporters from both CNBC and The Verge to its testing facility to see the machines that it uses to test its products in person. The lab contains an array of different testing equipment, with Apple's head of engineering Dan Riccio telling CNBC the iPhone 6 was "the most tested product we have ever done" and that Apple had not tested another phone as exhaustively. "As we add more and more features, we have to find out a way to break them before customers do," Riccio told The Verge. According to Apple, 15,000 separate tests were conducted on both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. "The bottom line is that if you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it's going to deform," said Riccio. When asked about the reports of bending, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller, called them "extremely rare occurrences" reiterating to CNBC that out of millions of iPhones sold, Apple had only received nine complaints. He also told The Verge that Apple "designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use." Apple also outlined some of the different durability tests conducted on the iPhone 6 Plus to The Wall Street Journal, explaining that it's subjected to three-point bend tests, which place pressure on the iPhone to ensure it can handle reasonable force, and pressure-point cycling, which places "substantial" force on the enclosure hundreds of times. The iPhone is also subjected to torsion testing, which twists and torques the device, and there were sit tests simulating real-life scenarios. Torsion test image, courtesy of The VergeApple pointed to five different tests that new iPhones go through in the development process, including what is known as "pressure point cycling test" when it applies substantial force on the display and enclosure hundreds of times while the phone is held by the sides. Apple said this process bends the enclosure repeatedly to ensure that the iPhone can be bent and pressed at reasonable force throughout its life. Another test, according to Apple, is called the "sit test." This test simulates sitting on a hard surface with the phone in the back pocket of a pair of tight jeans. Apple said it runs the phones through thousands of cycles testing the phone in different positions.In addition to all of the above testing, Apple also tested the phone in real-life, handing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices out to "hundreds of company employees" to use in various situations to test for durability and performance. Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first surfaced on Monday, after multiple MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent subtly while in a pocket. The bending issue then went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands. Given the significant amount of media attention the bending has received over the course of the last few days, it has been difficult to determine how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. According to Apple, the number of affected users is comparatively low based on how many devices are now out in the wild. Despite keeping quiet on the issue for several days, Apple has directed support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. "In this case, as in many things, we tell customers that if you think something's occurred that shouldn't have with your device, go to AppleCare, go to The Genius Bar, and let them take a look at it," Schiller told The Verge. "And we'll see if your product is having an experience it shouldn't have and is covered under warranty." Additional photos of Apple's testing equipment and details on the testing process can be found in The Verge's original report on Apple's testing facility. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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At just under two years since its last update, the Mac mini seems to have become the forgotten part of Apple's Mac lineup, with a number of fans of the small desktop waiting for any word of a potential update. As they typically are with Mac products, rumors and leaks regarding the Mac mini's future have been relatively rare, with essentially nothing having appeared on the radar since a reference to a "Mid 2014" Mac mini surfaced on an Apple support page as a likely error several months ago. MacRumors has now received word that Apple is planning a Mac mini update possibly launching next month alongside new iPad models and presumably OS X Yosemite. While we have been unable to obtain corroborating information of an imminent update, the mere possibility of an update as soon as next month is likely to be welcome news to Mac mini fans. The single source has provided no additional details on what to expect in terms of a next-generation Mac mini, but has provided accurate information in the past. The timing of such an update would be a bit odd, as it is unclear what processors Apple would use in these machines. Next-generation Broadwell processors from Intel appropriate for the Mac mini are not scheduled to arrive until early next year, and the current Haswell processors are no longer cutting edge as Intel has been forced to prolong their shelf life due to continued delays with Broadwell. Still, the Mac mini is not generally intended to be a workhorse machine with the fastest processors (although they are popular as servers), so Apple may be willing to launch the updated models with Haswell refresh processors released earlier this year. The Mac mini typically uses the some of the same processors as the MacBook Pro except shifted several months later, meaning that an updated Mac mini released next month could use some of the processors from the late July MacBook Pro update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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The FBI has been in talks with Apple and Google about the way the technology companies are marketing the privacy features in their smartphones, according to FBI Director James Comey (via The Huffington Post). Comey says that he is concerned that the two companies are "marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law." Comey's remarks come following both privacy changes introduced with iOS 8 and a new privacy site that Apple introduced last week, explaining that the company has altered the way encryption works in iOS 8. Apple no longer stores the encryption keys for devices in iOS 8, making it impossible for it to unlock content on devices under police request. "Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access your data," reads its new privacy site. "So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8." Shortly after Apple announced the encryption changes to iOS 8, Google announced that the next generation of Android, set to be released next month, will also encrypt data by default, providing the same encryption protections to its smartphones that a passcode provides to iPhones. According to Comey, though he understands the need for privacy, he believes government access to electronic devices is necessary in some cases."I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyone's closet or their smart phone," he said. "The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened -- even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order -- to me does not make any sense."He goes on to say that one day, it may matter "a great, great deal" that the government be able to infiltrate "a kidnapper's or a terrorist or a criminal's device." His goal, he says, is to have a "good conversation" in the country "before that day comes." The exact nature of the talks between FBI officials and Apple and Google remains unknown, with Comey only stating that the discussion has been over the "marketing of their devices." 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's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and that they use the "strongest glass in the industry." The company went on to say that only nine customers had complained about bent iPhones, suggesting the issue is not as widespread as it has appeared in the media. It also stated that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have met or exceeded testing for strength and durability, and that bending in the iPhone 6 Plus during normal use is "extremely rare." Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first began trickling in on Monday, after several MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent while in a pocket. The bending issue went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands, which caused significant damage near the device's volume buttons. Given the media attention the bending received, it was difficult to tell how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. Though Apple kept quiet on the issue until today, the company has been directing its support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers

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