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Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and that the time needed for component yield and assembly to improve will push back production until 2Q 2015. Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg suggested the iPad Pro might be released in early 2015, but an October report from The Wall Street Journal indicated Apple had delayed its planned December mass production of the tablet in order to focus its attention on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, leaving a potential iPad Pro release date up in the air. Mockup of 12.9-inch iPad Pro next to 13-inch MacBook Air Little is known about the iPad Pro aside from its 12.2 to 12.9-inch display size, which dwarfs the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3. Rumors have also suggested that it will offer the same A8X processor introduced with the iPad Air 2 along with an ultra high resolution display and a 7mm-thick form factor that's similar to existing iPads. Kuo's report also focuses on forecasting iPad shipments, which he believes will fall 54.5 percent quarter over quarter to just 9.8 million units during the first calendar quarter of 2015. He points towards the lack of new applications and a saturation of the tablet market as the basis for his prediction.We believe that, in a major shift, while Apple (US) used to be able to use new form factor designs to boost demand, it has failed to do so this time around. The lighter and thinner iPad Air 2 will face strong headwinds in increasing sales in 1Q15, we believe; we also hold that this means that iPad, along with the entire tablet market, is faced with structural challenges characterized by a lack of new applications and market saturation. We don't think these challenges will be easily overcome by upgraded specs, new form factor designs or lower prices.Kuo's estimate is rather low, considering Apple sold 16.35 million million iPads during the first calendar quarter of 2014, but iPad sales have been down for the past three quarters in a row. During the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple sold 12.3 million iPads, down from 14.1 million units in 2013. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the drop in iPad sales is just a "speed bump" that the company will overcome. He told investors earlier this year that "significant innovation can be brought to the iPad," and suggested Apple was working on such improvements. The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be Apple's first step towards bolstering its iPad lineup, and the company is also said to be working on new iPad features, like split-screen multitasking. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers

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As of today, popular office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple's Apple Pay payments service in its retail stores across the United States, according to information shared with MacRumors.Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. In Staples over 1,400 stores in the United States, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability.When Apple Pay was first announced, Staples was listed as one of the retailers implementing in-store support for the payments service "later this year" along with Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Walt Disney World. Staples has been an eager Apple Pay partner, initially promising support for the service back in September. The Staples iOS app has included Apple Pay support since it first launched on October 20, and when Staples announced Apple Pay integration, it said that in-store availability would be rolling out "within a few weeks." Apple first teamed up with Staples last year, with the two striking a deal that saw Staples selling Apple products in its U.S. stores for the first time beginning in September. Since then, Staples has gone on to heavily promote Apple products both online and in stores, offering frequent deals. With the addition of Staples, Apple Pay now has 34 retail partners, including competing office supply store Office Depot and other major retailers like Macy's, Disney, Foot Locker, Petco, Walgreens, and Toys R Us. Apple Pay is also accepted in any store that supports NFC contactless payments. Retailers have largely been silent on the popularity of Apple Pay during its first month of availability, but Whole Foods' chief information officer told The Wall Street Journal that the company had processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the 17 days following its October 20 debut. That equates to an estimated one percent of all Whole Foods transactions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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In late October, Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg at the site's inaugural Code Conference, answering questions about iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. While we initially covered the interview when it took place, Re/code has now posted the full video footage of Joswiak's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching for Apple enthusiasts. Your browser does not support iframes. During the interview, Joswiak apologized for the iOS 8.0.1 bug that bricked many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, commented on the Apple Pay situation with Rite Aid and CVS, and hinted at possible Apple Watch pricing. Joswiak's interview occurred at the same time as Tim Cook's October interview with The Wall Street Journal, and a full video of that appearance was also released earlier this week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing. Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app. Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister service, Google Play Music. Alongside YouTube Music Key, the YouTube apps for iOS and Android and YouTube.com have been updated with a new section dedicated to music videos, which provides recommended mood-based playlists and features trending music. The new focus on music will also highlight full-length albums and artist pages. YouTube Music Key is currently in beta, with access going to the company's "biggest music fans" first before seeing a wider worldwide launch. YouTube users who receive an invite to the Music Key beta will receive six months of access for free. Customers who sign up for Google Play Music will get immediate access to the YouTube Music Key beta. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday

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The larger-screened iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been less popular with Android switchers than analysts initially predicted, according to new data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). A survey revealed that fewer iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform in 2014 compared to the number of buyers who switched from Android to an iPhone in 2013. In 2014, 12 percent of iPhone buyers reported formerly owning an Android phone, while 23 percent reported being former Android customers in 2013. The launch of the iPhone 5s also saw a higher number of customers coming from BlackBerry and Windows Devices. "The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners." said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80% of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65% after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in September 2013. Android owners accounted for a much smaller share of buyers immediately after this year's iPhone launch, and with smartphones so prevalent in the US, we also saw a smaller percentage of iPhone buyers moving from basic phones."Former Android owners who were already accustomed to larger screens were more likely to buy the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus than iPhone owners who were upgrading to a new device. 31 percent of former Android owners chose the iPhone 6 Plus, while only 25 percent of existing iPhone owners opted for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus over the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The data also shows that those who did switch from Android in 2014 tended to go for more expensive flagship iPhones. In September of 2014, 85 percent of former Android owners who bought an iPhone chose the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, while only 52 percent of former Android owners who bought an iPhone chose the iPhone 5s in 2013. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, analysts suggested the larger screens of the two devices could cause a massive spike in upgrades and lure an unprecedented number of former Android users who desired bigger displays. In anticipation of a large number of Android switchers, Apple even launched a guide designed to walk Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone. During Apple's most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple had seen a huge numbers of upgraders along with many first time buyers, including both customers who had never had a smartphone and switchers from Android. Cook also explained that demand was "far outstripping" supply, with no clear date for supply/demand balance in sight. Though it appears that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may not have been highly popular with Android switchers, it is important to note that CIRP gathered its data from just 300 Apple customers who purchased an iPhone in the 30 days following the device's September 19 launch. A survey encompassing 300 customers is a very small sample size relative to the number of people who have purchased one of Apple's new devices, a figure that had already hit 10 million during launch weekend. It will be interesting to see if the balance between upgraders and Android switchers shifts over time, as it's possible that iPhone users already on Apple's timetable may be more inclined to upgrade their devices right away while Android users may be waiting for their contracts to expire. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014

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New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from AnandTech revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought. Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner workings of the iPad Air 2 in the days following its launch, but a new image of the A8X die provided to AnandTech reveals the layout of the Apple-designed chip. The die photo shows the A8X includes eight-core graphics, even larger than the 6-core GX6650 graphics from Imagination Technologies previously assumed to be in the chip.To get right down to business then, the die shot confirms what we had begun suspecting: that A8X has an 8 cluster Series6XT configuration. All 8 GPU clusters are clearly visible, and perhaps unsurprisingly it looks a lot like the GPU layout of the GX6450. To put it in words, imagine A8’s GX6450 with another GX6450 placed right above it, and that would be the A8X’s 8 cluster GPU.AnandTech was unable to share the source's actual image of the die, but Chipworks has just provided MacRumors with a similar image showing the eight graphics cores taking up a substantial portion of the A8X's die. The photo also shows the new triple-core CPU and a number of other features included on the chip. A8X die photo from Chipworks Uncertainty over the A8X graphics stems from Imagination's public list of Series6XT graphics offerings, which tops out with the 6-core GX6650, but the new die photo reveals that Apple has employed a semi-custom design essentially pairing two quad-core packages on the chip to yield eight-core graphics. Thanks to its licensing agreements with Imagination, Apple is free to modify the GPU designs developed by the graphics company, and Apple's position as a key investor in Imagination almost certainly gives it advance access to Imagination's pipeline, allowing such custom designs to be launched just nine months after Series6XT was announced. Other gathered information includes details about the A8X's size and design. The die shot places the A8X at roughly 128mm2, only a bit larger than the 123 mm2 A6X used the last time Apple developed a custom "X" chip for the iPad. Compared to other models on the market, the A8X is a bit larger than NVIDIA’s 118mm2 GK107 GPU but also smaller than Intel’s 130mm2 2C+GT2 Haswell CPU. Design-wise, the A8X otherwise appears to have not drastically changed much from the A8, besides slight tweaks to make the eight-cluster design functional and the addition of a third CPU core. Just yesterday, Imagination announced its next-generation Series7XT designs, and given the timing of this year's announcements and releases, the new graphics are likely to make their way into Apple's A9-series chips for inclusion in its 2015 iOS devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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Apple may open a new retail store and corporate campus in downtown Los Angeles, according to a report in Downtown LA Examiner (via ifoAppleStore). The new location would be situated in the historic Broadway Trade Center, which opened in 1908 as Hamburger's Department Store and occupies almost a full city block. Apple's expansion in Los Angeles would be part of a 10-year-long "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative that has been working to revitalize the downtown district by attracting high-profile retailers and other businesses to the area. According to the report's sources, Apple has signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet of space in the Broadway building.Rumors swirling are Apple Corp will have a campus in the building with multiple uses such as office space, residential, and retail. There is also talk of Apple opening up a branch for their recent 3 Billion dollar purchase of Beats By Dre, which is a critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.The inclusion of a residential component for the project does not seem to make much sense for Apple, so the mention does draw some skepticism to the entire report. The rumored campus wouldn't be Apple's first LA location, as the company already operates several retail stores in the Southern California city and its suburbs, and Beats has its main headquarters in nearby Culver City. Apple has been expanding both its retail and corporate presences, opening a number of new stores around the world as well as offices in Seattle, Boston and Cambridge, England. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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Following the appearance of a regulatory filing last week, Beats Electronics today announced the launch of its new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product release since Apple's acquisition of Beats officially closed. The new headphones are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones introduced the day after the Apple-Beats deal was announced. Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the “b” button and volume buttons on the ear cup. Its rechargeable battery allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalkTM cable and enjoy your music.The new Solo2 Wireless headphones, which are available in red, black, white, and blue, will be available through Apple and other retailers later this month at a retail price of $299.95. The red version is a Verizon Wireless exclusive through the end of 2014. Alongside the launch of the Solo2 Wireless headphones, Beats is also announcing new "Royal Edition" color options for the wired version of Solo2. The Royal Edition includes a "satin, iridescent finish" in Stone Grey, Hunter Green, Imperial Violet, Blush Rose, or Sapphire Blue, available later this month at the same $199.95 pricing as the original Solo2 headphones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options

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After seven and a half weeks of availability, Apple's mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of iOS devices, according to the latest data posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the past two weeks, which means iOS 8 adoption has jumped eight percent in the past month. During Apple's October 16 iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13. Before that, as of September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices, indicating that adoption is steadily increasing after several weeks of stagnation. The boost in iOS 8 adoption follows the October 20 release of iOS 8.1, which included several new features like Apple Pay that likely have enticed users to upgrade. Other desired features included SMS Forwarding, Instant Hotspot, iCloud Photo Library beta access and the return of the Camera Roll. iOS 8's initial release was plagued by a number of bugs that may have scared some users away. All HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store prior to the launch of iOS 8 due to a major HealthKit bug. iOS 8.0.1, a fix to that issue, introduced new bugs that disabled cellular service and Touch ID for thousands of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 was soon released, fixing the bugs of the previous release but introducing several other bugs. And finally, iOS 8.1 fixed many more issues with the previous updates, providing the most stable version of iOS 8 yet. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Netflix for iOS Updated With iPhone 6 Support, 1080p Video for iPhone 6 Plus • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac

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Nautilus, the company behind the Bowflex line of exercise equipment, today announced that its Bowflex Max Trainer models have gained HealthKit integration, making them one of the first fitness products to support Apple's new health initiative. Support will also be coming in the near future for the company's Nautilus 616 cardio product lineup. With HealthKit integration, Bowflex users can now see their Bowflex workouts displayed in Apple's Health app, which is able to offer up dashboard data like calories burned, heart rate, time spent working out, and distance traveled. Data is acquired from the existing Bowflex Max Trainer app that transfers workout data from the exercise equipment using Bluetooth. The Bowflex Max Trainer workout equipment, which starts at $999, is designed to burn more calories than competing treadmills and ellipticals, featuring 14-minute interval workouts. Nautilus's line of cardio equipment, which is gaining HealthKit support in the near future, includes a range of elliptical, treadmill, and upright and recumbent bikes. "As one of the first fitness equipment companies to support Apple HealthKit, Nautilus, Inc. continues to lead the category by offering the latest health and fitness tools to help consumers achieve their fitness goals," said Rob Murdock, Vice President/General Manager of Nautilus, Inc. "Studies prove that digital connectivity and the ability to track progress play a critical role in keeping people motivated and engaged. We are dedicated to leveraging these tools and engaging consumers to better understand and manage their health and fitness."Introduced alongside the iOS 8 Health app as part of a fitness and health-focused initiative, HealthKit is designed to tap into data from sensors within the iPhone and integrate with existing health and fitness apps and hardware. Information gathered from third-party apps like the Bowflex software is aggregated in the Health app to provide an overall picture of a person's activity levels. HealthKit experienced a few hiccups when iOS 8 was first released, with Apple initially withholding HealthKit functionality from third-party apps due to a bug, but as of the iOS 8.0.2 update in September, HealthKit has been fully functional. With HealthKit widely available to third-party developers, several fitness-related apps have begun to support the feature, including Pocket Yoga, 7 Minute Workout, CARROT Fit, and more. Several hardware products with accompanying apps have also gained HealthKit support, including the Jawbone UP and the Withings Smart Body Analyzer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners. According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless. Moore is seeking both class-action status and unspecified damages from Apple. In court documents, Apple argued that there's no law covering technology that "simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should," and that it did not claim iMessage and Messages would be able to recognize when iPhone users switched to non-iPhone devices.In a Monday night decision, Koh said Moore deserved a chance to show Apple disrupted her wireless service contract and violated a California unfair competition law, by blocking messages meant for her. "Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple's intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship," Koh wrote.An inability to receive messages after switching from an iPhone to an Android or Windows device is an issue that has affected many former iPhone users over the years. It occurs when iMessages sent from other iPhone owners are routed to a deactivated iPhone rather than being forwarded as a text message to an active smartphone. Earlier this week, Apple introduced a tool that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in order to prevent the issue from occurring. Prior to the launch of the web tool, there was no way for users to effectively remove themselves from the iMessage system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Construction at Apple's spaceship is progressing at a rapid pace, with workers on site at the campus seven days a week. A new photo shared by the City of Cupertino suggests Apple is almost finished with the foundation of the structure and has begun construction on the actual circular-shaped building. Back in October, the foundation was nearly done, so it is not surprising that construction has progressed to the actual structure itself. Though much of the construction is hidden behind privacy walls, Apple continues to have two enormous concrete mixers on site, as well as other heavy construction machinery. Over the weekend, a YouTube user who has been capturing a series of videos of the Campus 2 site with a drone shared a new video, which depicts the walls that are going up now that the foundation is mostly complete. The area around the campus continues to see heavy traffic at all times of the day due to ongoing roadwork, and several streets are seeing daily road closures as construction workers aim to complete necessary upgrades in a timely manner. Pruneridge Avenue has been permanently closed, and both Wolfe Road and Homestead Road are heavily congested. According to Apple's project schedule, roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, while earthwork and the planting of trees will continue on until mid-2015. Full demolition is expected to end during the first quarter of 2015, while building construction is expected to last until the end of 2016. Apple's completed campus will feature the iconic 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking facility capable of accommodating 2,400 cars, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium. A second phase of construction will see Apple building several additional satellite facilities for research and development. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Major retailers are gearing up for the upcoming holiday shopping season, which officially kicks off on the post-Thanksgiving shopping day of Black Friday. Following leaked Black Friday sales flyers from both Sam's Club and Target, Best Buy today published its door buster deals ahead of the November 28 shopping holiday. Similar to Target, Best Buy is discounting all iPad Air 2 models, with prices starting at $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only version. While Target is offering a $140 gift card, Best Buy is offering a more straightforward but smaller $100 discount off the purchase price of the device. Best Buy also is slashing the price of the iPad mini 3 by $75, lowering the cost of Apple's latest tablet to $324.99 for the base 16GB WiFi model. Customers looking for Mac hardware can save up to $200 on select MacBook Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and non-retina iMac models. Other sale items include the 16GB iPhone 6, which is being sold for $100 with a new two-year customer agreement, the 5th generation iPod touch 16GB ($149), the Apple TV ($89), a $100 iTunes gift card ($85) and select third-party accessories. Best Buy is opening its retail stores in the early morning hours on Black Friday, with times varying by region. Shoppers can visit Best Buy's Black Friday website to find the specific retail hours for their local stores. For additional Black Friday discounts, check out our Black Friday roundup, where we are aggregating published Black Friday deals on Apple products and related Apple accessories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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An Alibaba executive said today that the Chinese e-commerce company and Apple are currently in talks over a partnership to provide a payments solution for China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The comments were shared by Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai, who also noted that the partnership would focus on Apple's presence in China and that the details are still being worked out. A partnership between both companies could potentially see Alibaba's Alipay electronic payments service integrate with Apple Pay to provide a comprehensive mobile payments solution for the Chinese market. The comments from Tsai come weeks after Alibaba founder Jack Ma noted that he was interesting in teaming up Apple in the payments sector. Earlier this year, Alipay overtook PayPal to become the largest mobile payments platform in the world with an estimated $150 billion in transactions processed in 2013. Alibaba also noted that the service has 300 million registered users and 100 million mobile users. Integrating Alipay with Apple Pay would be the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China, which has grown over the past few years. Last year, Apple struck a deal with country's biggest carrier China Mobile and has opened a number of new retail stores in populated areas like Shanghai and Shenzhen. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Apple is planning an aggressive expansion into the enterprise market, hiring a sales team focused on talking with key enterprise customers, reports Reuters. The sales team may also work alongside "a dozen or so" developers focused on creating corporate-facing apps. Apple is said to have developed partnerships with several app development startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, both of which build customized industry-specific apps. ServiceMax, for example, already has customers that could be valuable to Apple, including Procter & Gamble and DuPont. Apple is also pursing other relationships with similar corporate app developers, possibly for an initiative aimed at providing custom-made apps for corporate customers. Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple's plans who could not speak publicly provided additional details on how the iPhone maker is working behind the scenes. The iPhone maker has worked closely with a group of startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, that already specialize in selling apps to corporate America. The two people familiar with the plans, but who could not speak publicly about them, say Apple is already in talks with other mobile enterprise developers to bring them into a more formal partnership.In addition to forming partnerships with app developers, Apple is also said to be sending sales teams to speak with the chief information officers of major companies, including Citigroup, which is already in talks to sign up for an enterprise package with Apple. Earlier this year, Apple announced a major enterprise-focused partnership with IBM, with IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers and developing more than 100 industry-specific native apps that are built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad in six sectors: banking, government, insurance, retail, travel, transportation, and telecommunications. According to the most recent earnings call, IBM's first apps will be coming before the end of the year. Apple has also developed a special AppleCare for Enterprise, which includes on-site repairs handled by IBM. Apple's major enterprise push may be an effort to boost flagging iPad sales by attracting a new market and introducing new use cases. iPad sales have been on the decline in recent months, and during its October earnings call, Apple announced sales were down for the third straight quarter in a row. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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In late October, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, the discontinuation of the iPod classic, and more. While we covered the content of interview at the time, The Wall Street Journal has today posted the full 30 minute video of Tim Cook's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching in its entirety. Some highlights of the video include an explanation of why the iPod classic was discontinued (it's impossible to get the parts), the impressive early success of Apple Pay, Cook's thoughts on the Mac and iPad, and some details on the Apple Watch, including hints on the device's battery life. "You're going to wind up charging it daily," said Cook. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds Second Beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to Developers • Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 Graphics, Likely Headed for Apple's 2015 iOS Devices • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads

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Just a week after new WireLurker iOS malware surfaced, there's yet another vulnerability in iOS that can potentially be used to install malicious third-party apps. Called Masque Attack for its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps, the flaw was discovered by security research company FireEye. Masque Attack works by luring users to install an app outside of the iOS App Store, by clicking a phishing link in a text message or email. For example, in a demo video, an SMS message with a link attached was sent with the following text "Hey, check this out, the New Flappy Bird." Once clicked, the link directs to a website, which prompts the user to install an app. The app in the video isn't Flappy Bird, but a malicious version of Gmail that installs directly over the legitimate version of Gmail downloaded from the App Store, making it virtually undetectable. Masque Attack can be used to install fake versions of apps over legitimate App Store versions using iOS enterprise provision profiles, which are used for beta testing or by companies to distribute apps to employees without the need for the official App Store. As explained in a blog post, as long as both the existing App Store app and the malicious imposter app use the same bundle identifier (a unique identifying number), the fake version will replace the actual app in a way that's very difficult for the user to detect. The hidden malicious app is able to upload email messages, SMS messages, phone calls, and more, which is possible because "iOS doesn't enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier." While the attack cannot replace stock Apple apps like Safari and Mail, it is able to affect apps that have been installed via the App Store, and has the potential to be much more dangerous than other vulnerabilities like WireLurker.Masque Attacks can pose much bigger threats than WireLurker. Masque Attacks can replace authentic apps,such as banking and email apps, using attacker's malware through the Internet. That means the attacker can steal user's banking credentials by replacing an authentic banking app with an malware that has identical UI. Surprisingly, the malware can even access the original app's local data, which wasn't removed when the original app was replaced. These data may contain cached emails, or even login-tokens which the malware can use to log into the user's account directly.FireEye has gotten the attack to work on iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and the 8.1.1 beta. The company notified Apple about the vulnerability on July 26, but iOS users can protect themselves by not installing apps from third-party sources other than the official App Store, avoiding clicking on "install" popups in SMS messages or third-party websites, and avoiding apps/uninstalling apps that give an "Untrusted App Developer" alert. iOS 7 users can check to see if they've been the victim of an attack by going to Settings --> General --> Profiles to see what provisioning profiles are installed. iOS 8 devices do not show installed provisioning profiles, making it more difficult to detect an attack. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Target Offering Gift Cards up to $140 With iPad, iPhone Purchase on Black Friday • Android Slips as Apple Gains Enterprise Market Share in Q3 2014 • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13

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Rumors have suggested that Apple is aiming to open a new research and development facility in Cambridge, England, over the coming weeks, and it appears the company has also made some hires in the area. According to TechCrunch, Apple has hired five employees that created the Pin Drop mapping app. The hires are not part of an acquisition of the Pin Drop technology, but have included multiple former Pin Drop employees. Pin Drop was a map app that allowed users to drop custom created tags and pins that could be shared with others to point out interesting landmarks and spots to visit. Pins could be kept private, shared with friends, or shared with the community. Pin Drop's service was shut down on October 31 and the app was removed from the App Store. On Facebook, the app's creators said they were unable to secure the necessary funding to "turn Pin Drop in to the world changing app we envisaged." The now-defunct Pin Drop app An initial Pin Drop blog post mentioned the core Pin Drop team had acquired their "dream jobs" ahead of the shutdown, and one former employee tweeted that he had been hired by Apple, though both hints of new jobs were later deleted. Currently, five former Pin Drop developers are listed as Apple employees, with the following jobs: Senior Product Designer, Software Engineer, Software Engineer, iOS Software Engineer, and Maps Data Analyst. All of the former Pin Drop employees who now work at Apple continue to be located in London and have not moved to Apple's Cupertino headquarters, suggesting they could eventually be housed in the company's upcoming Cambridge office. It is unclear what their specific roles include, but at least one employee is working on Apple's Maps team. Apple has worked hard to improve Maps over the last two years, acquiring several mapping companies including C3 Technologies, Broadmap, Embark, Hopstop, WifiSlam, and Locationary. Some major Maps improvements are said to be in the works, like transit directions and indoor mapping, both of which could come in a future iOS 8 update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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Apple's assembly partner Pegatron is boosting its production capacity in order to help Apple increase inventory of the popular iPhone 6, reports Nikkei. According to local press sources, Apple may also be turning to Pegatron to supplement production of the iPhone 6 Plus, which has seen tight supplies as Foxconn has struggled to meet demand. Local press reports suggest Apple may also tap Pegatron to produce the iPhone 6 Plus since Foxconn has been struggling to cope with demand. Pegatron officials did not comment directly on the media speculation.Pegatron's Chief Executive Jason Cheng confirmed in a recent earnings conference call that the company has invested more than $200 million this year in capital expenditures to boost production output, with an additional $300 million planned for 2015. Pegatron repeatedly has benefitted from strong iPhone sales with an increasing amount of revenue coming from its communications products division, which is responsible for smartphone and tablet production. Though the company's overall Q3 2014 revenue fell due a dip in its computer assembly business, revenue from its communications division increased 10 percent year-over-year. Pegatron is a long-time manufacturing partner for Apple, serving as a supplementary assembler for previous iPhone and iPad models. The company took a lead manufacturing role for the first time in the assembly of Apple's iPhone 5c, which was introduced alongside the iPhone 5s last year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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Barclaycard last week announced a revamped version of its credit card partnership with Apple, the Barclaycard Apple Rewards Visa, offering a new Apple rewards program and financing deals (via AppleInsider). The new reward card offers three points per dollar spent at the Apple Store (iTunes and App Stores do not qualify), two points spent in restaurants, and one point on all other purchases. Once a customer breaks 2,500 points, they receive a $25 Apple Store gift card. Within the first thirty days of opening an account, users can also finance purchases made through Apple with deferred interest. Purchases under $498 can be financed for six months, $499-$998 for twelve months, and $999 and over for eighteen months. The last Barclaycard with iTunes Rewards didn't have a triple-points reward tier for customers. It started at paying out two points for every dollar spent at the Apple Store or iTunes Store, and one point for every dollar spent everywhere else. Instead of an Apple Store gift card, the payout at 2,500 points was an iTunes gift card. The card isn't yet confirmed to work with Apple Pay, but is expected to as both Visa and Barclaycard are participating partners. The new card also supports Chip & Pin security, not Chip & Signature like most other new cards in the United States, with an embedded EMV Chip for security. The Barclaycard Apple Rewards Visa can be applied for today on Barclaycard's Official Website. Apple is also promoting the new card, touting its reward and financing options, on the company's online store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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Apple is planning to open a new facility that includes research and development operations in Cambridge, England within the next few weeks, reports Business Weekly (via MacGeneration). 90 Hills Road, which is said to be location of Apple's new offices in Cambridge The company's new offices are said to be located at 90 Hills Road, which is described as a prestigious corporate building and is located near the likes of headquarters belonging to Microsoft and Sony. More than 1000 technology companies have established offices in Cambridge since 1998, with the region earning the nickname of "Silicon Fen" in reference to Silicon Valley. Other companies including microprocessor manufacturer ARM and wireless communications company Broadcom also have campuses in Cambridge. According to the report, Apple is aiming to start with 20 employees in its new offices, and will look to grow to a total of 40 employees in the coming year. The UK was also said to be working hard for the past 25 years to persuade Apple to establish an office in Britain. Apple has numerous R&D centers around the world, including buildings in Israel, Shanghai, Taiwan, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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Apple today released a new web tool for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event they switched to a non-Apple device. To deregister a phone number from iMessage, users simply enter their phone number in Apple's web tool, receive a free text message containing a code, and submit the code to complete the process. Users who still have their original iPhone can also transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Users switching from an iPhone to another device were often unable to receive SMS messages from another iPhone due to their phone number still being linked to iMessage. These specific errors with iMessage have been a well-known issue since 2011, which is when the messaging service debuted with iOS 5. They were also made even more apparent this past May, where a server glitch caused widespread message delivery problems. Apple was even sued over the matter in a California court, although the company claimed that it was aware of the issue and could not provide a fix. Apple's web tool for deregistering phone numbers from iMessage is available now. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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The Pangu development team today updated its jailbreak for iOS 8 and 8.1, bringing full support for the Mac. The update comes a week after the program saw an update for Windows that brought an automatic installation of Cydia and support for the English language. Pangu's jailbreak tool for iOS 8 is the first that is compatible with any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1, including newer devices such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The jailbreak method allows users to install content like themes, tweaks, and apps from other sources than the App Store. The Pangu development team recommends that users backup their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches before using the tool, and notes that devices upgraded over-the-air may need to be restored before being jailbroken. Cydia administrator Jay Freeman noted on his Twitter that the Pangu jailbreak is "stable enough" and said that developers on Cydia are now able to mark their own apps as iOS 8 compatible. Members on our forums are also maintaining an active list of which Cydia apps are compatible with iOS 8 and Pangu's jailbreak, and interested users should look there for more specific information. Pangu can be downloaded for OS X and Windows as an untethered jailbreak, meaning that users only have to apply the method once. The release of the tool follows an announcement by the Electronic Frontier Foundation yesterday stating that a new petition was filed with the Librarian of Congress to extend an exemption that allows jailbreaking to be legal. The exemption was last renewed in 2012 and created by the U.S. Congress in 2010. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Genius Bar Reservations to Product Support Options • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Retina iMac, Older iPads, Apple Accessories, and More • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free

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As forecasted, the third calendar quarter of 2014 was a stellar quarter for Mac shipments, with Apple gaining ground on its competitors in the US. According to IDC's quarterly PC tracker (via Re/code), Apple reached its highest PC market share ever reported, a metric that accounts only for Mac shipments and does not include the iPad. The company gained ground with 13.4 percent of the US PC market, edging out Lenovo (10.7 percent) to grab the number three spot behind HP (27.7 percent) and Dell (24 percent). Shipments in the US climbed to more than 2.26 million in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Globally, Apple's market share climbed 5.7 percent year over year, with the company selling a record-breaking 5.5 million units in the just ending quarter. Apple now sits in the number five spot when it comes to global Mac shipments, behind Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer. Apple refreshed its MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro earlier this year with updated processors and other minor improvements. The company also dropped prices on some models and heavily promoted the desktops during the back-to-school season with a $100 gift card along with a discounted purchase price for both students and educators. Next year may see even stronger Mac sales as Apple prepares to update its Mac lineup with Intel's Broadwell processors. A 12-inch MacBook with an ultra thin chassis, a Retina display, and an Intel Core M chip may be one of the first Broadwell machines to ship in the new year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free • iMovie for iOS Updated With Support for iCloud Photo Library • Apple Adds CBS News Channel to Apple TV

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The first Beats product to be released under Apple's guidance has been unveiled in documents recently submitted to the FCC, suggesting Apple will soon be releasing a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that include wireless Bluetooth functionality. As seen in diagrams, the design of the new wireless Solo2 headphones is nearly identical to Beats' existing Solo2 line. The Solo2 headphones are the company's newest product, released in May, just a day after Apple's Beats acquisition became official. The Beats Solo2 headphones will contain Bluetooth and BLE radios, allowing them to function wirelessly. Beats currently offers a wireless version of its more expensive Studio headphones, but its Solo2 line is somewhat more affordable. The company's current non-wireless Studio headphones retail for $300 while the wireless version retails for $379, suggesting Solo2 wireless headphones could sell for approximately $279 if it uses the same markup. At $3 billion, Apple's Beats acquisition is its largest in history, and Beats' line of successful headphones was said to be one of the driving factors behind the purchase. Beats' aggressive marketing tactics and clever advertising campaigns have skyrocketed its headphones to popularity, and they are very popular with athletes and the younger demographic. A survey released shortly after the acquisition was finalized suggested that a large percentage of students believed Beats would make Apple more "cool." The new Solo2 wireless headphones remain under FCC review for the time being and a potential release date is unknown. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Spotify Connect for Computers Turns An iPhone Into a Remote Control for Mac • United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads • Lenovo Borrows Heavily From Apple in New S90 Smartphone Marketing Push • Monument Valley Expansion 'Forgotten Shores' Coming to iOS November 13 • Facebook CEO Explains Separate Messenger Download, Points Towards 'Dedicated' Experience • 'Swype' Keyboard for iOS Named Apple's App of the Week, Available for Free • iMovie for iOS Updated With Support for iCloud Photo Library • Apple Adds CBS News Channel to Apple TV

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