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Apple today released a new series of Apple Watch commercials on its YouTube channel, depicting the Apple Watch being used in a number of ways in the daily lives of the people featured in the videos. Each of the four videos centers around people who use the watch's functions while traveling, while working out, and while communicating with and interacting with family. Apple has a knack for creating ads that are informative while being touching and funny, and its four new videos are no exception. Two of the videos, "Berlin" and "Beijing," show the Apple Watch in use as a tool to discover new places to visit while exploring the cities. Two women are seen using the app to get directions to places, look up nearby restaurants, and discover new sights as soft music plays in the background of each video. One woman uses the sketch tool in the Apple Watch to write "SOS" to let her friend know she needs help getting out of a conversation with a guy she isn't interested in. The third video, "Closer," shows the Apple Watch being used by parents and children, playing tic tac toe, starting up music, and communicating with family. A grandmother receives a sketch to let her know the sex of a baby that was just born, a tired mother accepts a call on her wrist without needing to put down a screaming baby, and a father and son duo play simple games on the device. Apple's fourth commercial is focused on fitness and shows the Apple Watch encouraging people to be more active. Individuals in the videos struggle through their workouts during fitness classes, runs, and martial arts lessons. One man tries to do pushups while his dog barks at him, while another is slammed to the ground at a martial arts class. The video wraps up with a man getting up in the middle of the night to fill his exercise ring with some late night jumping jacks. Today's ads follow in the footsteps of the first human-centric Apple Watch ads Apple created to promote the device, which were released in April. "Rise," "Up," and "Us" focused on time management, health and fitness, and communication. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup • Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for Late-2012 Mac Mini • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30

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Apple and Samsung are in talks with mobile standards organization GSMA to introduce electronic SIM cards, according to Financial Times. The talks are happening around the GSMA's impending announcement of the creation of a standardized embedded SIM card for consumer devices, which would involve both Apple and Samsung if the talks go through. Rumors of Apple creating its own SIM card line began in late 2010, when a report from Gigaom claimed the company was working with digital security firm Gemalto to create the custom built-in SIM. The iPhone 4s was even rumored to be "SIM-less," pointing once again to an electronic SIM card pre-built into the device to save space, and inaccessible to the user. The e-SIM would essentially allow customers to avoid being locked in to a dedicated mobile carrier, letting them sign up to their network of choice and even switch instantly if they changed their minds. With today's news, the networks expected to be on board with the new e-SIM standard include: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica, and Vodafone. GSMA's chief executive, Anne Bouverot, claims all parties are "heading towards an agreement" regarding the standardized e-SIM card. But, as the Financial Times points out, thanks to the technical specifications of the e-SIM, it will be "at least a year" before any devices supporting the new card reach the market.The GSMA said: “With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016.” “We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple and Samsung agreeing to be part of that specification,” said Ms Bouverot. “We have been working with them and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree a solution for consumer electronics.” The deal with Apple is yet to be finalized, however, with the GSMA noting it is "continuing to work with Apple to secure their support for the initiative" and an actual agreement with Apple "is still in progress." Last year, Apple took its first steps toward opening up carrier access on some of its devices, introducing an Apple SIM card for cellular versions of both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, allowing users -- particularly in the United States -- to switch easily between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, taking advantage of each carrier's short-term data plans as they saw fit. EE in the UK was also included in the Apple SIM program, and just weeks ago a partnership with GigSky expanded Apple SIM service to over 90 countries. The e-SIM standard has been under consideration for several years, but many carriers have resisted the concept over concerns it will be too easy for customers to switch. Even with Apple's physical Apple SIM card, AT&T moved to locking cards to the carrier's service. The company gave no reason why it decided to prevent the Apple SIM from functioning properly beyond "it's just simply the way we've chosen to do it." With only a handful of carriers currently on board and a 2016 launch date for the new e-SIM cards, it remains to be seen how quickly they will be able to gain momentum in the industry. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup • Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for Late-2012 Mac Mini • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30

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Apple manufacturing partners Samsung and TSMC have started volume production of A9 chips for the so-called "iPhone 6s," according to DigiTimes. The report claims Apple requested last-minute changes to the chip layout, requiring both chipmakers to rework wafers, but the modifications are not expected to impact the release schedule of the next-generation iPhone. Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and new iPod touch are powered by the A8 chip TSMC will reportedly begin mass production of A9 chips based on a 16nm process in the fourth quarter of 2015, and is also expected to manufacture fingerprint sensors and audio chips on a contract basis for future iPhones. Conflicting reports have surfaced over the past several months suggesting that Samsung, TSMC or a combination of the two would be responsible for A9 chip production. DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, but it does have close connections with the overseas supply chain, and A9 chip production in July is reasonable with less than two months until the next iPhone is expected to launch. Apple will reportedly order a record-breaking 85-90 million "iPhone 6s" units from suppliers by the end of 2015. The much-rumored "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" are expected to be announced in September and could feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes, an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, a faster Qualcomm LTE chip, an improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and 7000 Series aluminum. The overall design of the smartphones will likely be nearly identical to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup • Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for Late-2012 Mac Mini • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30

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A few days after seeding OS X 10.10.5 to developers for testing, Apple has released the first OS X 10.10.5 beta to public beta testers. With only a few months until the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite. The new beta can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism through the Mac App Store on Macs enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program. The pre-release software's build number is 14F6a, the same as the OS X 10.10.5 beta seeded to developers earlier this week. It also appears that the first OS X 10.10.5 beta is now showing up in Software Update for developers who were unable to see the pre-release software following its release on Tuesday. OS X 10.10.5 beta includes stability, compatibility and security improvements. OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, was publicly released on June 30 with multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Rovio Announces 'Angry Birds 2' Launching July 30 • Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30 • How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup • Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for Late-2012 Mac Mini • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30

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The new iPod touch with an A8 processor and upgraded 8-megapixel rear camera just launched this morning, but TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino already has one in hand and has run some benchmarks on the device. According to early testing, the A8 processor in the new iPod touch appears to be running at 1.10GHz per core, which is slower than the 1.39GHz per core the iPhone 6 runs at, presumably to manage battery life. In Geekbench 3, the iPod touch scored 1379 on the single-core test and 2440 on the multi-core test right out of the box. The previous-generation A5 iPod touch scored 215/410 on Geekbench's single and multi-core tests, so the new sixth-generation iPod is six times faster and a massive improvement over the fifth-generation iPod. Labeled as iPod7,1 instead of iPod6,1 as expected (the previous-generation iPod's model ID was iPod5,1), the new iPod touch ships with Apple's latest operating system, iOS 8.4, so it works with Apple Music out of the box. Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPod touch has 1GB of RAM to go along with its A8 processor. The new iPod also includes an M8 motion coprocessor for recording motion activity that's uploaded to the Health app, and it supports 802.11ac wireless. Its 64-bit A8 processor is a major improvement over the A5 processor in the older iPod touch, and it includes support for Metal, bringing much-improved games to the device. The iPod touch has one feature that hasn't yet made it into other Apple products -- Bluetooth 4.1. It's the first of Apple's devices to offer the new specification. Bluetooth 4.1 is more reliable, offering less interference with LTE bands, improved power management, and better data transfer. Available in several new colors, the iPod touch is priced at $199 for the 16GB model, $249 for the 32GB model, $299 for the 64GB model, and $399 for the 128GB model. It's available from the Apple online store beginning today. Apple's also released new iPod nano and shuffle models in updated colors, but the internal components of those devices have not changed. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30 • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger

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For many years running, Apple has offered a Back to School promotion for students and educators, providing discounts on Apple products ahead of the coming school year. Back to School promotions have kicked off on the first Tuesday of July for the last two years, so when July 6 came and went without a Back to School announcement, many people began wondering when Apple would launch the 2015 promotion. We've been receiving questions about the Back to School program for several weeks now, and in mid-July, there's still no sign of an imminent launch. Some have wondered whether Apple is canceling the program all together, but it's too early to say. It may be late in the month, but there are still several weeks to go before kids and teachers begin returning to classrooms. Apple's 2014 Back to School Promotion Historically, the latest Apple has launched a previous Back to School program was July 2, and that was in 2013. From 2006 to 2012, Back to School kicked off in May or early June, while it launched in July in 2013 and 2014. It's entirely possible that Apple has simply decided to launch the promotion a bit later in the year, once again adjusting the dates as it did in 2013. MacRumors has spoken to several retail employees who often hear word on Back to School a few days ahead of its debut, but so far, no one we've contacted has heard anything from Apple. The last Back to School promotion Apple introduced was for Australian customers in January of 2015. Apple's Back to School promotion is highly anticipated because it's one of the few times a year that Apple offers deals to customers, and many hold off on summer purchases until the event begins. Last year, Apple's Back to School offer included a $50 to $100 Apple Store Gift Card with the purchase of a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, while years past included a $50 to $100 App Store Gift Card. In the early days of the Back to School promotion, deals were offered in the form of rebates that provided a free iPod with the purchase of a Mac, but Apple has offered gift cards instead of iPods since 2011. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips Hue Lights Sync With Xbox One Game 'Chariot', TV Movie 'Sharknado 3' • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30 • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger

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Apple today introduced the sixth-generation iPod touch with a 64-bit A8 chip and M8 coprocessor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and new colors, with 16GB and 64GB models costing $199 and $299 respectively and a larger 128GB model available for $399. Apple also updated the iPod shuffle and iPod nano with a matching lineup of colors, including deep blue, pink, silver, space gray, gold and red. New iPod touch via The Loop iPods have become an increasingly minor business for Apple over the past several years, with only 2.6 million units sold in Q4 2014, the last quarter when Apple reported iPod sales. Beyond new colors and storage capacities, Apple had last updated the iPod touch and nano in October 2012 and the iPod shuffle in September 2010. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30 • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales

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The Apple Online Store was taken offline momentarily ago ahead of an expected refresh to the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle lineup of portable media players. The sixth-generation iPod touch will likely feature a 64-bit processor, new colors and other hardware improvements, while the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are expected to be released in new colors only. iPods discovered in unreleased colors (left) and Apple Store down (right) iPods in unreleased colors were first spotted in iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, including a darker blue for the iPod touch, a new gold color for the iPod nano and a brighter pink color for the iPod shuffle. MacRumors subsequently discovered a full lineup of six new colors for the iPod touch, nano and shuffle hidden within iTunes resource files, including silver, space gray, red, bright pink, deep blue and light gold. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Logitech Debuts new 'Logi BLOK' Protective Case, Shell and Keyboard Case for iPad • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30 • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales

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With Apple said to unveil its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro in November, many assumed that both the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 would see refreshes as well. However, a new report from Economic Daily News [Translation] (via Macotakara [Translation]) says that no new iPad Air will be revealed. While the iPad Air 2 may not see a refresh, the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro will see introductions. Liaoxian Li, investment advisor at Fubon Hardware, tells Economic Daily News that Apple may want the attention on the new iPad Pro and thus will let its main assembly plant for iPads, Foxconn, focus on the Pro to maximize deployment capacity. Li believes a new iPad Air might not be released until 2016. Economic Daily News has a mixed track record on rumors and the accuracy of this particular analyst isn't known. Additionally, the report claims that the new iPad mini might be the last one as the Apple wants to focus on the two larger iPads in the future. Many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update in 2014, which essentially added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2. The next iPad mini will likely be more of an upgrade, with a rumored rear shell featuring iPad Air 2 design elements already making the rounds. While it's possible Apple won't upgrade the iPad Air 2 this year, the company has been constraining supplies of the iPad Air to third-party retailers, suggesting the iPad Air 2 would become the lower-cost option as an iPad Air 3 slots into Apple's tablet lineup. However, it's possible Apple introduces an iPad Air 3 with minimal additions, as it did with the iPad mini 3. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30 • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components

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Chevron has kicked off an Apple Pay pilot program in the Bay Area that allows customers to use Apple Pay to pay for their gasoline directly at the pump, according to the company's Twitter account. Apple Pay can currently be used at a Chevron location in San Ramon, with a second location in Cupertino becoming available in the near future. @kevinkeitai 18060 San Ramon Valley Blvd in San Ramon accepts NFC including Apple Pay at the dispenser now. Cupertino coming soon!— Chevron (@Chevron) July 14, 2015 Chevron first announced plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in late 2014, but company did not have a clear timeline for the rollout of Apple Pay at the pump. Following the pilot program testing, it's likely Chevron will expand Apple Pay to other locations across the United States. Though support for Apple Pay at the pump is just now rolling out, Chevron was listed as an early Apple Pay partner. The payments service is supported at Chevron and Texaco gas stations, but can only be used at the in-store cash register, a considerably less convenient option than paying right at the pump. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis

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Ahead of the launch of Apple Music, Taylor Swift made headlines when she wrote a scathing open letter to Apple, criticizing its decision not to pay artists for their work during its three-month free trial. Her letter, combined with pushback from indie labels, led Apple to reverse course and opt to pay artists during the three months that customers can listen for free. Record label exec Scott Borchetta, who serves as the head of Big Machine Records and signed Swift when she was 14, recently spoke at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference and shared some backstory on the negotiations that eventually led Swift to write the letter. According to Borchetta, he'd been in talks with Apple and told the company that his label couldn't support no compensation during the three-month free trial, but wasn't making headway. Borchetta hadn't spoken to Swift about the negotiations and was caught unawares by her letter, which she didn't clear with her record label. He wasn't angry, though, because her post, as we know, caused Apple to change its policy and made negotiations easier."She literally texted me and said, 'Don't be mad,' with the link," Borchetta said. "She was in Europe. I responded and said, 'You don't have any idea how good your timing is right now.'"A day after Swift's letter, Borchetta had a conference call with Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue, where they capitulated and agreed to the demands of both Swift and many other artists who had been resisting signing on with Apple Music due to the free trial. Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager, was also at the Fortune event and said that Swift's letter gave Apple the push the industry needed to secure a better deal. "Everyone was fighting that fight," he said. "Taylor pushed it over the edge. She made them aware it wasn't just the executives. Sometimes it's good to hear the artists saying it." Shortly after Apple changed its policy, the company secured a deal with Swift and signed deals with thousands of indie labels a week ahead of Apple Music's launch. Apple Music became the first and only streaming music service to offer Swift's most recent album, 1989. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis

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Apple is cautious with its Apple Watch and doesn't market the device as waterproof, instead giving it a water resistance rating of IPX7. Apple says it's fine to wear the watch in the rain or while washing your hands, but the company doesn't recommend submerging the device. Many Apple Watch owners have tested Apple's water resistance claims, coming to the conclusion that the Apple Watch is more water resistant than Apple claims. It's survived submersion in a bucket, laps in a pool, lengthy swim tests, and even a 10m dive with no damage. Image via Craig Hockenberry iOS developer Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory has followed up each of those tests with a thorough look at the Apple Watch's ability to function in water, which he's compiled into a detailed report that's well worth a read. Hockenberry wears his Apple Watch while swimming in both pools and the ocean with no discernible damage. Because other reports have already proven the Apple Watch can function in water, Hockenberry goes deeper and looks at how well the watch works while it's in water, how it can be used while swimming, how accurate the data tracking is for water-based activities like swimming, and how to keep the Apple Watch in good condition after using it in salt water and chlorine. The Apple Watch's capacitive touch screen doesn't work while the device is under water, nor does Force Touch. This is a problem when using the Workout app, as it can't be accessed in the water, and occasionally, water can activate a swipe on the display, swapping from the timer to the calorie view. A workout can only be started before getting into the water and ended after getting out, leading to some inaccuracies.You have to start the workout before getting in the water and stop after you've gotten a chance to dry off. For an ocean swim, this screws up your timing: you don't really start swimming until after you get beyond the surf break. If there's heavy surf, this can take several minutes. Workout data is being collected while you're standing and waiting for waves to clear.Hockenberry postulates that Apple recommends customers don't use the Apple Watch in water "because of the erratic behavior it causes" when the screen is wet, rather than out of concern for how well it holds up in water. As he suggests, it's possible water activity tracking will improve upon the release of WatchOS 2 if native swimming apps are allowed, but it is not clear if Apple will approve swimming apps as they encourage users to wear the Apple Watch in a way that Apple does not support. Hockenberry's full, detailed report on how the Apple Watch functions in water can be read over at his site, Furbo.org. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis

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Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just two weeks after releasing iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service to the public. With iOS 9 already in the works and on track for a fall release, iOS 8.4.1 will likely be the last significant update to iOS 8. Today's beta, build number 12H304, can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. It is not yet clear what changes will be introduced with iOS 8.4.1, but as with past betas, it's likely to include bug fixes, performance enhancements, and minor tweaks to the operating system. We'll update this post with any new features or tweaks that are found within the new update. iOS 8.4.1 follows on the heels of iOS 8.4, which introduced an entirely revamped Music app along with the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Aside from music updates, iOS 8.4 included only minor changes to iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis

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Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Coming just a few months ahead of the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite. The new beta, build number 14F6a, can be downloaded fro the Apple Developer Center. It is not yet clear what's new in the OS X 10.10.5 beta, but like 10.10.4 and earlier betas, it likely includes bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, introduced multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Being Sued in Europe Over 'iWatch' Ad Campaign on Google • New T-Mobile Family Plan Offers Four Lines With 10 GB of Data Each at $120 • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis

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Apple's discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for its much-rumored streaming TV service are gaining momentum, according to the New York Post. The report claims that Apple has enlisted networks to negotiate with local TV stations on their behalf, and the networks are said to be close to securing those rights with affiliate groups such as Tribune and Sinclair. Networks are reportedly telling affiliates that they will be able to share in the revenue generated from Apple's streaming TV service if they offer their feeds on the platform. The inclusion of local TV stations is important for the success of Apple's cable-cutter service, expected to launch in the fall for devices including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. At CBS, executives are talking to affiliates about conducting Apple negotiations on their behalf, one TV source confirmed. At Fox, the network “has the ability to negotiate with Apple [for affiliates], or it will have it very soon,” a second executive added.Disney or CBS will likely be the first networks to reach a deal with Apple for its à-la-carte streaming TV service, according to the report, although some sticking points remain in the negotiations. Cable channels such as Discovery and ESPN are also expected to be included in the subscription-based service, which is rumored to include a skinny bundle of around 25 channels. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements • TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More

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Barclays today announced that it will support Apple Pay for debit and credit cards in the United Kingdom in the future, confirming a MacRumors report that claimed the bank expected "imminent" support of the mobile payments service. Apple Pay officially launched in the U.K. earlier today and can be used at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A full list of retail shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on Apple's website. We are really excited about the launch of Apple Pay and will bring Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to Apple Pay in future.— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) July 14, 2015 Apple has also updated its Apple Pay participating banks list in the U.K. and moved First Direct and HSBC to the "coming soon" section. First Direct has confirmed on Twitter that Apple Pay will be "available later in July," while HSBC tweeted that it will be "launching Apple Pay by the end of this month." @davidashleyrw I'm sorry you feel the need to leave Ashley. We will be launching Apple Pay by the end of this month. ^JH— HSBC UK Help (@HSBC_UK_Help) July 14, 2015 The full list of banks with plans to support Apple Pay includes Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, M&S Bank, MBNA, NatWest, Nationwide, Santander, TSB and Ulster Bank. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook Working on 'Moneypenny' Personal Assistant for Messenger • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati

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Over the past several days, banks and merchants in the United Kingdom have been gearing up for the launch of Apple Pay, and as of today, Apple's payments service will be officially available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple's UK Apple Pay site, banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch include American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. Additional banks like Barclays, MBNA, TSB, and more are expected to add support in the future. More than 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom support Apple Pay as of today, ranging from fast food places like KFC and McDonald's to shops like Boots, Marks & Spencer, and Waitrose. A full list of retail shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on Apple's website. Apple Pay has been available in the United States since last October and today's UK Apple Pay launch marks its first expansion. Apple is also rumored to be working on expanding the payments service to several other countries, including China and Canada. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails

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Insider inventory constraint information from major retailer Target hints at some possible end of life timelines for various products like the iPod, iPad mini 2, and iPad Air, many of which may be discontinued in the near future following the launch of new products. According to a screenshot of an internal inventory system shared by a Target employee, all models of the iPod are currently constrained by Apple ahead of a rumored update that could come as soon as tomorrow. Images of unreleased iPod touches, nanos, and shuffles were first discovered hidden within iTunes 12.2, and a rumor has suggested the iPod touch could receive a processor upgrade and new color options while the nano and the shuffle might be available in new colorways. As for the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air, replenishment of existing stock is currently constrained, with Target aiming to have 1 color in stock at each of its stores. Dwindling in-store stock suggests Apple could be planning to discontinue the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air following the release of new models, which is expected to happen in the fall. The iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air may be replaced by the iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 as lower-cost older-generation models following the launch of a third-generation iPad Air and a fourth-generation iPad mini. We haven't heard much on what a third-generation iPad Air might offer, but an A9 processor and Force Touch are solid guesses. A fourth-generation iPad mini has been rumored to be in the works, with an iPad Air-style redesign that eliminates the mute switch and introduces larger speaker holes. An updated iPad mini would also likely incorporate a much-improved processor, more RAM, and possibly Force Touch. It is not clear when Apple plans to introduce new iPad mini and iPad Air models, but Target's guess of fall 2015 is a safe bet. For the last several years, Apple has updated its iPad lineup in October or November, and that's when we're likely to see new iPads in 2015. This year's iPad update may include an all new model, the much-rumored larger-screened iPad Pro. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails

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Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1, a minor update that introduces some much needed bug fixes for iTunes Match and other features introduced with Apple Music. Apple Music was first released two weeks ago, but included several major bugs with iTunes Match that caused the deletion of entire music libraries and other issues, such as an inability to sign up for Apple Music for former iTunes Match subscribers. The iTunes 12.2.1 update is available immediately from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. - Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music. - Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers. - Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1. Today's update fixes the iTunes Match issue that caused iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to Apple Music and it will allow several former iTunes Match subscribers who were unable to sign up for Apple Music to get the service for the first time. In addition, it also includes bug fixes for the Beats 1 radio station, which is built into Apple Music. iTunes 12.2, first released two weeks ago alongside iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite, is the second major update to iTunes 12 and the version of iTunes that includes support for the Apple Music service. Apple Music lets iTunes listeners get access to on-demand music, create playlists, and more, plus it includes the Beats 1 radio station and Apple Music Connect, Apple's artist-centric social network. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Share of Smartphone Industry Profit Rises to 92%, Despite iPhone Representing Less Than 20% of Sales • 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components • Apple Gives iCloud Customers in Greece 30 Extra Days of Storage Amid Fiscal Crisis • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails

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Apple Watch online sales in the United States are estimated to have totaled 3,039,353 at an average price of $505 through July 10, exactly three months after Apple began accepting pre-orders for the wrist-worn device, according to the latest data from market research firm Slice Intelligence obtained exclusively by MacRumors. The entry-level Apple Watch Sport has been the most popular model among early adopters by almost a two-to-one margin, with an estimated 1,950,909 units sold at an average price of $381 since April 10. Meanwhile, stainless steel Apple Watch sales are estimated at 1,086,569 units to date, at an average price of $695. Apple has also sold 1,875 Apple Watch Edition models to date, at an average price of $13,700, according to Slice Intelligence. The 18-karat gold Apple Watch models, seen on the wrists of celebrities such as Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, cost between $10,000 and $17,000 in the U.S. Slice Intelligence's data does not include Apple Watch sales in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, nor does it account for walk-in purchases made through the Apple Store. A Recap of Slice Intelligence's Previous Estimates Last week, Slice Intelligence released new data that showed Apple Watch online sales in the U.S. steadily declined throughout June. Specifically, the survey revealed that Apple Watch sales in the U.S. remained consistent at around 20,000 per day in May before dropping to less than 10,000 per day last month. The research firm previously estimated that Apple received 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders at launch, averaged 30,000 Apple Watch sales per day in late May and had topped 2.8 million total Apple Watch sales as of mid June. It also found that around 17% of online shoppers buy at least one extra band for the Apple Watch. A Closer Look at Slice Intelligence's Methodology Given that Apple has not publicly disclosed any official Apple Watch sales figures, and will be grouping the wrist-worn device under its "Other Products" category in quarterly earnings reports, the accuracy and methodology behind the Slice Intelligence data has been called into question -- so we went looking for answers. MacRumors spoke with Slice Intelligence's Chief Data Officer Kanishka Agarwal and VP of Marketing and PR Jaimee Minney to learn more about Slice Intelligence's methodology. The details below should provide a better understanding of how its Apple Watch sales estimates were calculated over the past three months. Slice Intelligence tracks e-receipts from 2.5 million online shoppers in the U.S., which it claims is the largest panel anywhere, that sign up for the company's value-added services such as Slice and Unroll.me. Slice, for example, is a free app for tracking packages, receipts, price drops, product recall alerts and more. The research firm had a sample size of about 22,000 Apple Watch customers among its panel of 2.5 million online shoppers in the U.S. through July 10, more than double the sample size of about 9,000 shoppers it had when it estimated Apple Watch pre-orders reached nearly 1 million on launch day in the U.S. on April 10. Slice Intelligence also offers an API for developers to provide users with their purchase history and can aggregate e-receipt data through some of these third-party apps and services. The research firm claims to be the only one to provide direct measurement of all digital commerce activity and customer loyalty. Slice Intelligence says it is "very confident" that its Apple Watch sales estimates are within proximity to what Apple has actually sold, noting that its data is measured against third-party sources such as Amazon and the U.S. Department of Commerce with between 97% and 99% accuracy. Slice and Apple have not been in contact. The research firm claims to have a diversified pool of consumers that is highly representative of the online shopping population and balanced to eliminate biases. Agarwal says that his firm's panel lines up nicely with the overall market and is supplemented by detailed competitive insight and data from clients. Apple's Q3 FY 2015 results are scheduled to be released on July 21 at 2:00 PM Pacific. 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On Wednesday, Spotify sent emails to subscribers asking them to cancel their App Store subscriptions to the service to resubscribe on the web to avoid a $3 surcharge because of Apple's App Store policies. The Federal Trade Commission is now looking into Apple's policies, which include a 30 percent fee that it collects on all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store, reports Reuters. U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.The antitrust concerns stem from certain App Store restrictions placed on streaming companies, which include a prohibition that the company is on other platforms, a ban on advertising how users can subscribe on a company's website and the ban on links to the company's website. While users can still subscribe to the service of their choice outside of the App Store, avoiding the 30 percent fee for the respective companies, sources tell Reuters that many users do not realize its an option. That 30 percent fee reduces margins for those streaming companies in an industry with already thin margins and makes it difficult for them to compete, Deezer CEO Tyler Goldman tells the news organization. The news also comes after the FTC and other government bodies began looking into Apple's efforts to set up deals with music labels. While the FTC is looking into the App Store rules, there's no guarantee they launch a formal investigation as antitrust lawyers that spoke to Reuters were split on whether Apple is breaking the law. This isn't the first time Apple has gotten in trouble for its 30 percent subscription cut, as it landed in hot water with the Department of Justice during the e-book price fixing case. In June, it was reported that Apple was considering changing the 30 percent cut for media apps like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated]

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Earlier today Apple Music exclusively debuted a new music video from Drake, titled "Energy" from his latest album "If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Previously, Apple has exclusively debuted the music videos for Pharrell's "Freedom" and Eminem's "Phenomenal". These music videos may be developed in-house at Apple, reports Pitchfork. The launch of Apple Music hasn't only included a new radio station, social network, and streaming service. Apple have also started creating their own original content. The company made Drake's amazing "Energy" video in-house, as well as Pharrell's "Freedom" and Eminem's "Phenomenal". Next up: M.I.A.'s "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border", coming to Apple Music on Monday, July 13.In addition to M.I.A.'s forthcoming music video, Pitchfork, which is an Apple Music Curation Partner, says rumors indicate that Apple Music has projects in the works with artists like Purity Ring, Diddy and James Bay. However, M.I.A.'s music video has been in the works since before May, when the artist insinuated that her label was holding up her "Matahdatah" music video because of potential controversy around its cultural appropriation of African culture. Pitchfork claims that when they reached out to Larry Jackson, Apple Music's head of content, for comment he responded with a tweet consisting of a dig at Spotify CEO Daniel Elk's "Oh ok" tweet when Apple Music was announced in addition to the hashtags "Content", "Curation", "Culture" and a link to Drake's music video on Apple Music. Apple has been trying to secure exclusive content for its new streaming service in an effort to lure customers away from rival services like Spotify and Tidal. That effort continues with Drake, who today announced he'll have a radio show on Beats 1 that'll start on Saturday, July 11 at 6 PM EST. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated]

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MacRumors has learned that a high-level executive at Barclays, one of the largest banks in the United Kingdom, anticipates "imminent" support of Apple Pay in the country. Apple Pay in the U.K. is expected to go live on Tuesday, although it remains unclear if Barclays will be a first wave launch partner because of its delayed negotiations with Apple about the mobile payments service. Apple confirmed at WWDC last month that Apple Pay will be available in the U.K. in July, but stopped short of providing a specific launch date. Recently released employee training documents have suggested the launch could come next week, on July 14, and some Santander customers were able to add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay and make purchases ahead of that date. Barclays was notably absent from Apple's list of banks that will support Apple Pay in the U.K. at launch or soon after, which presently includes HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, M&S Bank, MBNA, NatWest, Nationwide, Santander, TSB and Ulster Bank. The bank's subsidiary Barclaycard has offered an Apple Rewards Visa Card for several years. Barclaycard recently expanded its "bPay" lineup of wearable solutions for contactless payments to include a wristband, key fob and sticker, leading to speculation that Barclays may be electing to use its own mobile payments services as opposed to Apple Pay, similar to how some retailers maintained exclusivity to the CurrentC platform last year. Today's confirmation, however, indicates otherwise. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More • Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes • MasterCard and MLB Bringing Apple Pay Purchases & Rewards to All-Star Game in Cincinnati • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated] • T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE Data in Canada and Mexico at No Additional Charge

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Apple will announce a refreshed lineup of iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle portable media players around July 14, according to oft-reliable French website iGen.fr. The report claims the new iPod touch (codenamed "N102") should be a more significant update, likely including a bump to a 64-bit A-based processor, while the iPod nano ("N31A") and iPod shuffle ("N12D") may be refreshed with new colors only. iPods in unreleased colors were spotted in iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, including a darker blue for the iPod touch, a new gold or beige color for the iPod nano and a brighter pink color for the iPod shuffle. MacRumors subsequently discovered a full lineup of six new colors for the iPod touch, nano and shuffle hidden within iTunes resource files, including silver, space gray, red, bright pink, deep blue, and light gold. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated] • T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE Data in Canada and Mexico at No Additional Charge • Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities

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Samsung is planning to move up the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 by one month to avoid competing with Apple's annual iPhone event in September, according to The Wall Street Journal. The South Korean handset maker will reportedly unveil the next Galaxy Note in mid-August instead of announcing the smartphone at the IFA Berlin trade show in early September as it has done for four consecutive years. Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just six days after the Galaxy Note 4 was announced on September 3 last year, shifting much of the media coverage and consumer attention away from Samsung. After experiencing poor Galaxy S6 sales, Samsung will reportedly look to avoid that same fate by unveiling the Galaxy Note 5 about one month earlier to maximize awareness of the new smartphone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails • Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion • Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed • Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others [Updated] • T-Mobile Now Offers Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE Data in Canada and Mexico at No Additional Charge • Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac • Fleksy Keyboard Goes Permanently Free, Adds Improved GIF and Sticker Browsing • Withings' Activité and Activité Pop Updated With Swim Tracking Capabilities

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