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Ahead of today's special media event, Apple has once again made its "Apple Events" channel available on the Apple TV. Image credit: MacStories Apple will also be streaming the event live on its website, and users will need to be running Safari on Mac/iOS in order to watch the stream. Apple is expected to unveil the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iWatch, and will likely provide updates on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple's keynote kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and MacRumors will also be providing a live blog, live tweets via the MacRumorsLive Twitter account, and a spoiler-free page for those who want to watch the full keynote at a later time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon

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Over the weekend, Weibo user zzray showed off an apparently working 4.7-inch iPhone 6, offering a first look at the device. Now, the user has also posted more information about the device (Google Translate, via GforGames), including results from a Geekbench 3 test that reveal a 1.4 GHz ARM processor and 1 GB of RAM for the device. The results show that the iPhone 6 scored a 1633 on the single-core test and a 2920 on the multi-core test, which is greater than the 1305 single-core and 2347 dual-core Geekbench 3 scores for the 1.3 GHz A7 chip on the iPhone 5s. This also contrasts a previous report, which claimed that the A8 chip would top 2 GHz while remaining dual-core. The data also displays 1GB of RAM, which is the same amount of RAM included on the iPhone 5s. A wiring schematic said to be from the iPhone 6 that surfaced last month also indicated that the device would have 1 GB of RAM. iPhone 6 shot (left) compared to iPhone 5s (middle) and LG G3 (right) The user has also posted a photo from the iPhone 6 and compared it to the same shot taken with iPhone 5s and LG G3. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is said to come with an improved camera module which is said to offer faster focusing speeds and power efficiency. Other leaks have pointed to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 featuring an optical image stabilization system. Apple is expected to reveal both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iWatch at a media event scheduled for today at 10 AM. MacRumors will have live coverage of the event as it unfolds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon

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Minnesota-based medical group Mayo Clinic will be at Apple's special media event tomorrow to demonstrate how iOS 8's new Health app can benefit medical professionals, reports the Star Tribune. The paper states that Mayo will show how data from the Health app can flow into a sophisticated management system of a major health center. Apple and Mayo Clinic have reportedly been working together for two years. The medical group's CEO Dr. John H. Noseworthy was quoted as saying that Apple's Health and HealthKit development tools have the potential to "revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people" when both were introduced at WWDC this past June. Last month, Apple was also said to be in talks with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to roll out HealthKit to their facilities. According to sources close to the discussions, Apple has been positioning HealthKit and its Health app as an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data for easier access and to improve diagnostics. Apple's media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and MacRumors will have full coverage of the event as it unfolds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon

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This past July, Apple and IBM announced an exclusive enterprise mobility partnership that would see both companies collaborating on a series of new business apps and services. As a part of the agreement, IBM would begin selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, create iOS apps, and provide cloud services, while Apple would offer a new AppleCare service tailored to specific enterprise needs. Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (Apple/Paul Sakuma) Now, in an interview with Tech Pro Research, IBM executive Glenn Finch has given new details on the company's partnership with Apple, including how its enterprise apps will fit into the iOS ecosystem. According to Finch, IBM will create a hundred apps across a number of industries including software for financial services, telecom, and health. The executive also noted that the apps with be tailored to "client demand", as feedback will play a major role in making design changes. "The promise of this whole partnership," Finch explained to me, is that "you have a built-in adoption curve already present." His customers in the enterprise already use iPhones and iPads at home; they trust Apple, they trust the apps, and they intuitively know how to work with them. The devices are known. Finch also spoke on where the companies overlap, stating Apple's focus on user experience and design compliment IBM's data-driven approach. AppleCare support for enterprises will also be a joint effort between the two companies, as Apple technicians will perform warranty work on hardware while app maintenance and support will be provided by IBM. From a procurement perspective, Apple already has an enterprise group and IBM isn't looking to step on their toes - however, IBM has an army of salespeople with clients every day, something that Apple is sorely lacking. The two companies are working out the specifics there to make sure they don't trip over each other too much. Apple and IBM will begin rolling out its first apps under the new partnership later this fall, as more apps are scheduled to be released in 2015. Both companies will also look to launch AppleCare support for enterprises later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Analysts: Apple Could Sell 10 Million iWatches in First Year • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon

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Last week, rumors suggested that Apple was planning to involve U2 in its upcoming iPhone 6 launch, with the band possibly performing at the event or including its new album on the iPhone 6. Those rumors were later dismissed by a U2 spokesperson, but it appears U2 may indeed be a part of tomorrow's event. According to a new report from The New York Times, U2 will play a "significant part" in Apple's event at the Flint Center. Not only will U2 play at the event, its upcoming album will be integrated into Apple's products. Bono with Steve Jobs at 2004 U2 iPod event courtesy of The New York TimesExtending a decade-long connection with Apple, U2 will play a significant part in Apple's event, which will be held at a performing arts center in Cupertino, Calif., the company's home base, according to three people briefed on its plans. In addition to performing, the band will reveal an integration with Apple's products that is connected to its next album, which is expected to come out by the end of the year, according to these people, who spoke anonymously because the band's appearance -- and its deal with Apple -- is supposed to be a surprise.Apple and U2 have had a long partnership, as Steve Jobs and Bono were good friends. Starting in 2004, Apple released several special edition U2 iPods, which included the band's signatures and U2's music. Apple has also been a longtime partner of (Product) RED, a charity founded by Bono. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple September 2014 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp

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Last year, we highlighted a profile of Apple's Boston-area speech technology team speculated to be working on enhancements to Siri. The group's efforts appear to have been ramping up since that time, with a June report claiming Apple is seeking to eventually move away from the Nuance-powered system currently used for Siri. Apple's team in Cambridge appears to still be growing, with BetaBoston reporting Apple has leased 13,000 square feet of new space to house the team.Several commercial realtors tell me that the Cupertino company has leased more than half a floor at One Broadway, an MIT-owned building that also houses Facebook’s small local team, several venture capital firms, and the Cambridge Innovation Center. The new office, about 13,000 square feet on one of the building’s upper floors, is a major expansion for Apple, which currently has a small team on the building’s fifth floor.Earlier reports had noted Apple's recruitment of several former Nuance employees for the team, and BetaBoston reports Apple has recently added members from Amazon, research and development firm BBN Technologies, and data management firm Actifio. Apple has reportedly not yet begin building out its new space in Cambridge, but it could house up to 65 employees once completed. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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Apple may be developing a rewards program as part of its mobile payments initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is reportedly working on a pilot program that will see it developing partnerships with multiple retailers, which goes hand in hand with several previous loyalty program rumors. A proprietary rewards program could give Apple a way to distinguish itself from other mobile payment services. According to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, the company has been in talks with InterContinental Hotels Group (seemingly incorrectly referred to as "IGH International" in the report), a global hotel chain, about a possible partnership for a loyalty program and has been hiring to fill positions related to the pilot program, which may be built into iTunes. Bank Innovation specifically points towards an Apple job opening seeking a "Senior World Wide Partner Marketing Manager," who will create programs and training materials for "external partners" and who will focus on driving customer adoption of "existing and new features." Other similar job postings also hint at the development of a major program focused on third-party partnerships, which may be a loyalty program. The site suggests that the company is just now beginning to hire for the division, which means a possible loyalty program is unlikely to be available right when its payments service launches.Sources close to Apple say the company has just started hiring for this division, and that, before the recent high-profile iCloud hack, the plan was to announce the pilot on Tuesday along with Apple's other announcements. That very well may happen, or the announcement could be postponed until a later date -- when more deals are in place and the mainstream media moves on from the iCloud cyberattack. Since Apple's hiring for positions for this program now, but we don't expect this program to be fully ready in the near future.If a rewards program is indeed in the works, it appears to be in the early stages. There's no word yet on the scope of the program or how it might work, but more information may be revealed tomorrow, when Apple unveils its mobile payments initiative for the first time. Rumors about Apple's payment plans have been leaking out in recent weeks, and the company has reportedly signed deals with major credit card companies including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as major credit card issuers. Apple is also said to be partnering with multiple retailers for the service, including Walgreens, CVS, and Nordstrom. Apple's payment service is said to rely on NFC, which will be built into both the iPhone 6 and Apple's upcoming wearable device. It will also integrate with Touch ID for security purposes, and it will take advantage of tokenization to provide additional security and to prevent theft. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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With less than 24 hours to go until tomorrow's major media event, Apple has begun redirecting its entire homepage, Apple.com, to Apple.com/live, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple's move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for its upcoming announcements. Apple's promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow's announcements. While Apple's media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling. Apple has plans to live stream the event on its website and the company will likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event, both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple's live stream. Tomorrow's event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. Apple is expected to unveil a multitude of new products and services, including two versions of the iPhone 6, its much-rumored wearable device, and its mobile payments initiative. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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When iOS 8 is released to the public this fall, users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including app extensions. App extensions are designed to allow third-party apps to share services with other apps, letting apps work together and interface in ways that they never have before. We've shared a brief look at app extensions in the iOS 8 version of 1Password, but as the launch date of the new operating system approaches, developers are hard at work integrating Apple's APIs into their apps and have been sharing more information on some of the ways app extensions will work. Microsoft will be updating OneNote for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of Apple's iOS 8 share extension, adding useful new capabilities to the note taking app through built-in share sheets. As demoed in the video above, a OneNote button in Safari (accessed via the share sheet) will let users quickly clip articles and information from the web, automatically inserting content into the OneNote app. The OneNote Share Extension will also allow users to export files to OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, and it's also possible to save photos from the device's camera roll to the app. The sharing functions built into the OneNote app will undoubtedly become common features in many iOS apps in the future, making it easier than ever to share content between apps and services. In addition to offering inter-app sharing features, Apple's Extensibility APIs let apps access system-wide third party keyboards, add widgets to the Notification Center, share photo editing extensions, and more. Microsoft plans to release its OneNote update on the same day that iOS 8 becomes available to the public, which should be shortly before the iPhone 6 begins shipping to customers. Microsoft OneNote can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link: iPad/iPhone] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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Though Apple is planning to unveil two iPhones tomorrow, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch varieties, there's been surprisingly little information on what the two devices might be called. According to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate], Apple will refer to the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 6," while the larger 5.5-inch version will be called the "iPhone 6 Plus." It is unknown what source Mac Otakara derived its information from, but the site has provided accurate predictions in the past. MacRumors has also heard the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus monikers from a second source, but it remains unclear if that is indeed Apple's naming plan. iPhone 5s next to physical mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Interestingly, the "plus" naming schematic actually dates back to very early iPhone rumors, where the device was reportedly referred to as the "iPhone Math" in a mistranslation that many assumed meant "iPhone Plus." Other possible names for the 5.5-inch iPhone included "iPhone Air," a term that surfaced from Chinese media sources and seemed to fit in with the rest of Apple's "Air" lineup, including the MacBook Air and the iPad Air." With approximately 24 hours to go until Apple's September 9 media event, it won't be long before we find out the official names for the two devices. Along with the iPhone 6, the event is also expected to see the unveiling of the much-anticipated "iWatch" and Apple's mobile payments service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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A new report [Google Translate] from French site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple's previous announcement and launch patterns. Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be available in higher quantities than the 5.5-inch model. MacRumors has heard similar news from a reliable source, who has indicated that two different iPhone models are incoming with the larger model shipping at only half the rates of the smaller one. Reports of a simultaneous launch for both iPhone 6 models contradicts some earlier reports, including a recent research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes Apple will stagger the launch of the two iPhone models. According to Kuo, Apple will begin selling the 4.7-inch in September and the 5.5-inch before the end of the year. This staggered launch is attributed to production issues with the 5.5-inch model. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 tomorrow at a press event being held at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Besides a larger display, the new iPhone may include a faster A8 processor, up to 128 GB of storage, an updated Touch ID and an improved camera module with image stabilization and a round True Tone flash. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Older iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Models Still Lead Apple's iOS Device Lineups in Usage • Apple Now Sending Alert Emails When iCloud Accounts Accessed via Web • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers

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With just one day to go until Apple's media event where it is expected to show off not only the iPhone 6 but also its much-rumored "iWatch" wearable device, last-minute leaks and rumors are continuing to roll in. The latest involves schematics and details on the iWatch, and while it is difficult to assess the validity of the claims and images (which have been reposted to Imgur) given that they come from an anonymous Reddit post, the slide images are detailed enough that they are worth highlighting as a possibility. The poster claims the iWatch will include a microphone, speaker, and support for Siri, and be waterproof to 20 meters with battery life of over a day. The device will reportedly come in eight different varieties as four "colors" in two sizes each. Purported schematics are labeled as coming from Quanta, which has been reported to be Apple's manufacturing partner for the device. The majority of the slides appear to show comparisons of how various parts have evolved between an earlier prototype stage (P2B) and the engineering validation test stage (EVT). As shown in one poor-quality and obviously manipulated picture of what is said to be the device's housing, the body would be somewhat rectangular in shape, with a large circular region centered in the bottom where the device's health and fitness sensors are to be located to contact the skin. While an assortment of iWatch rumors have pointed to displays of around 1.5 inches or as high as 2.5 inches, there have yet to be any leaks of claimed physical parts for the device, making it difficult to assess schematics such as these. At any rate, their validity will apparently become clear tomorrow as Apple officially takes the wraps off of the iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch

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Following a photo of the component last week, a video shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate) once again shows what is said to be a 2,915 mAh battery from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The battery shown is also shown carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675, and running at 4.35 volts, which is also in line with previous leaks. A capacity of 2,915 mAh would be much greater than that of the 1,560 mAh battery found on the iPhone 5s and the rumored 1,810 mAh battery said to be included on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. It is also likely that Apple will look to tightly integrate iOS 8 and the hardware of the iPhone 6 to allow for optimal performance and battery life. Apple is expected to show off of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at a media event tomorrow. In addition to a larger display, the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 is said to contain an improved camera module with optical image stabilization, a faster processor, and more. It is unknown whether the larger iPhone 6 will ship with the smaller model of the handset, as production issues may hold the 5.5-inch version back. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch

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Recently, a number of recent reports and rumors have suggested a variety of different resolutions for Apple's larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Prominent Apple blogger John Gruber speculated that the company will ship a 2208 x 1242 display at a "3x" Retina resolution for the device, while the current iOS 8 beta also indicates a preference for displaying 3x images when available. Now, developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via 9to5Mac) has modified Apple's iOS Simulator to show what apps may look like on a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 that contains a 2208 x 1242 display, suggesting that they could use a landscape orientation to provide a more productive iPad-like experience. For example, the Calendar app would be able to display the view of an entire month similar to the iPad, while the Phone app may be able to show separate sections for contacts and single contact info. Troughton-Smith notes that this view enables more apps like Game Center to run in landscape at the given size. The developer also states that these landscape views are not possible at a resolution of 1472 x 828, which has been a suggested resolution for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Apple's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 are expected to be unveiled alongside the iWatch at the company's media event this Tuesday. The larger iPhone 6 is also said to come with a number of exclusive features aside from a larger display, including optical image stabilization, a faster processor, larger storage capacity options, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch

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Apple may be integrating tokenization technology in its forthcoming mobile payments solution, reports Bank Innovation. Citing sources close to the matter, the report notes that the company will look to utilize token technology to address security and fraud concerns as integrates the service with the iPhone 6 and iWatch. Financial institutions — card issuers and networks — prefer token technology because it replaces primary account numbers, those 16-digit card numbers on the front of credit and debit cards. Instead, the tokenization technology uses complex codes that are easily transmittable over the air and between devices, but that are used only once, so even if they are intercepted, are of no use to fraudsters. An Apple patent discussing token technology has also been discovered, as the application was granted last month and filed for in 2009. In its example, Apple discusses a token system as a method for two devices to communicate sensitive data with disposable, one-time use codes. EasyPay mobile payments concept by Ricardo Del Toro The report also once again discusses the NFC capabilities in the iPhone 6 and iWatch, stating that chip-maker NXP will be rolling out NFC chips to the iWatch and the iPhone 6. Apple Stores and Apple retail partners are also said to be gearing up to utilize NFC technology, as a number of retail locations will be using the NFC-enabled Verifone MX 915 terminal. Prior reports have stated that Apple's payment service will be supported by a number of credit card companies including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. The company is also said to be partnering with a number of retailers for the service, including Walgreens, CVS, Nordstrom, and more. Apple is expected to announce its mobile payments solution at this Tuesday's media event, which will likely be shown off alongside the iPhone 6 and iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch

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Apple is rolling out near field communication (NFC) readers and updated versions of its iBeacon transmitters to its own stores and Disney Stores ahead of the launch of its mobile payments service and the iPhone 6, reports 9to5Mac. The company will begin integrating new proximity beacons made by Gimbal that will provide more accurate iBeacon location tracking in its own stores, and roll out new payment systems to support the NFC capabilities on the iPhone 6 and its highly-anticipated wearable device. The report also notes that Apple may be planning to roll out its own first-party iBeacon sensors in its retail locations, and could also provide or sell the transmitters to other retailers as an incentive to sign up for its new mobile payments service. An FCC filing earlier this year revealed that Apple was developing its own first-party iBeacon hardware, which may end up being the new hardware discussed in this latest report. Disney's retail stores are also said to be receiving new credit card machines that support NFC, which will also likely integrate with Apple's new mobile payment service. Reports from this past week have also indicated that Apple will be partnering with a number of other retailers for the service, including Walgreens, CVS, Nordstrom and more. Apple has also established deals with major credit companies such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and credit card issuers to support its mobile payments service. Apple will likely unveil its mobile payments service on Tuesday, along with the new iPhone 6 and its highly-rumored wearable device. Apple's media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and MacRumors will have full coverage as the event unfolds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch

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While it is commonly taken as a foregone conclusion that the sapphire partnership between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies is focused on iPhone display covers, it bears noting that the two companies have never publicly confirmed what the sapphire will be used for. Sapphire is already used to protect the camera and Touch ID sensor on recent iPhone models, and the material is also said to be planned for Apple's rumored iWatch, but the sheer amount of sapphire production apparently involved points to much bigger plans such as iPhone display covers. Given the lack of confirmation from the two companies, it is interesting that Paul Matthews, a former GT product manager, outright claims on his LinkedIn profile (via TechViking) that he played a key role in convincing Apple to use sapphire for display covers on "mobile devices."Worked with GT Advanced Technology to help market and sell the idear [sic] of sapphire as a cover screen for mobile devices to Apple. [...] After marketing and selling the ASF [advanced sapphire furnace] into the LED market targeted mobile screen covers as a market for growth, conducted a focused marketing campaign and developed a cost model across the supply chain that has brought sapphire to Apple’s mobile displayMatthews, who spent three years at GT before leaving in January to join Applied Materials, does not identify the mobile devices in question, but given circulating rumors, the iPhone is the obvious candidate. The iWatch could also be considered in the category of mobile devices, but in general it seems clear from Matthews' wording that Apple indeed has plans to use sapphire to protect device displays, a much broader use for the material than seen to date. Alongside GT's apparently aggressive ramp-up of sapphire production at its new Arizona plant, rumors have indicated Apple had indeed been targeting the iPhone 6 for the launch of sapphire display covers. Analysts have, however, been debating how extensively the material will be used in the lineup's displays, with most claims ranging from only high-end models to not at all as Apple and GT work to boost production and overcome other hurdles. (Image: GT sapphire furnace) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Following yesterday's leak of what appeared to be a working 4.7-inch iPhone 6, passions have run high between those who believe the device to be genuine and those who believe it to be a fake or a clone. Commenters in our forums naturally scrutinized the images and videos looking for inconsistencies and have found a few, including longer hands on the Clock app icon, an "upside down" color gradient on the Music app icon, while others argue the complete package of features shown would almost certainly not be able to faked to the degree seen. Since the original leak, several other claimed iPhone 6 devices have been appearing on Chinese sites, giving the opportunity for even more examination of the possible authenticity. One user on video sharing site MiaoPai who had posted a few brief videos of the device in action that we added in an update to our previous post has continued posting clips, with well over a dozen now available on his page. In addition, a seven-minute Youku video review of the device has been posted walking through a number of features and giving overall impressions of the device. Debate about the authenticity of these devices will obviously continue until Tuesday's official unveiling of the iPhone 6, and readers are welcome to share their thoughts in our discussion forums. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Apple's upcoming wearable device, popularly known as the iWatch, is expected to be unveiled at Tuesday's media event, although a launch will reportedly come perhaps as late as early 2015. Part of the reason for the early unveiling may be to give third-party developers time to build apps for the new device, and 9to5Mac reports that will indeed be the case. Moreover, key third-party developers are said to have already been seeded with software development kit (SDK) tools to facilitate their work.A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. The SDK was seeded “very recently” to these developers, and Apple likely wants to demonstrate some third-party wearable apps at Tuesday’s event, according to one source.iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike Fuelband The iWatch is expected to work closely with the iPhone, but contain its own array of health and fitness sensors as well as near field communications (NFC) technology for a new mobile payments initiative. A host of new iOS 8 features such as HealthKit, HomeKit, and extensions are also expected to be key to the iWatch's functionality. Apple's media event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, and MacRumors will have full coverage as the event unfolds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Apple has extended invites for its upcoming September 9 media event to "top fashion editors and bloggers", reports Reuters. The news comes as the company is expected to unveil its first wearable device at the event, which has been frequently referred to as the iWatch. Apple is forging closer ties to the fashion world as it plots its foray into the fertile field of wearable technology, trying to win over a critical crowd that may prove crucial to the success of consumer gadgets worn around the body. Previous reports have suggested that the iWatch will be a "fashionable device", coming in a number of different materials and having a variety of band and face options. Other rumors have suggested that the device may also come in a number of screen sizes , and feature a curved, flexible display along with biometric sensors to track health-related metrics. The report also states that Apple held a private, "first-of-its-kind event" last month at an Apple Store in New York to show a variety of fashion and retail apps to a group of style editors. Multiple fashion editors also told Reuters that the company has held other separate events in New York City for members of the fashion industry to review new products and meet the team behind them. Apple has also hired a number of fashion industry experts in the past year, which include former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve who works on "special projects" and directly reports to CEO Tim Cook. Last October, the company also hired former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who is currently Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. While the iWatch is expected to be announced at the company's media event next week, reports have suggested that the device will not begin shipping until early next year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Chinese site cnBeta highlights a series of photos posted by Weibo user zzray showing what is claimed to be an official, functional, and activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the device can not be confirmed, it does have some interesting characteristics worth noting. iPhone 5s (left) and claimed iPhone 6 (right) (Click for full size) First, the overall design looks very polished and in line with previous iPhone 6 leaks. The tapered edges of the front glass can be clearly seen, and the round dual-LED True Tone generally missing in clones is present. The body also shows a recessed cavity for the volume buttons, as has been seen recently on a shell believed to be legitimate but also generally missing from clones. Claimed iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right) (Click for full size) Photos of the home screen reveal a different icon for Passbook, adding a fourth horizontal stripe to the current stripes showing an airplane, a movie camera, and a coffee cup. This new red stripe appears to include an image of a credit card, likely indicating support for mobile payments through Passbook. Claimed iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 5s (right) The home screen layout includes the possibility of a sixth row of icons (in addition to the dock at the bottom), one more than on 4-inch iPhones. The horizontal layout remains at four icons, with simply a bit more separation between the icons. App Store (left) and Settings "About" screen (right) on claimed iPhone 6 (Click for full size) The user has also posted a brief video showing the device being unlocked with Touch ID. Photos also show the App Store, as well as the About screen in the Settings app showing a 64 GB model running iOS 8.0 build 12A365, being accessed on the device. While there is certainly a chance the device could be a fake or clone, there appear to be no immediate indications from the photos Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 6 and its much-rumored iWatch at its September 9 event, TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company has once again booked a high amount of shipping space out of China. The company's shipping volume is reportedly so high that it's begun displacing competitors attempts at shipping during the fall. Apple shipments via major concerns like FedEx and UPS are said to be ‘unprecedented’ for the holiday quarter, pointing to a massive number of iPhones and whatever other devices Apple announces for the fall season. The company is apparently flooding its channels with devices, causing shipments for other ‘top tier’ device makers to be delayed to make way for Apple products.Competing manufacturers have apparently been told by shipping companies that they cannot fulfill their deadlines because they were being booked by a "very important customer", which is likely to be Apple. Last year, a report indicated that Apple begins moving new iPhones from Foxconn and Pegatron factories to distribution centers around the world through shipping companies with extra security detail. Once they're in distribution centers, Apple begins managing the flow of the devices to the people who want them based on device color and size. Similarly, MacRumors reported in 2012 that Apple had been moving buying up shipping space in high volume in advance of the launch of the iPad 3, also moving them to distribution centers around the world before its official launch. Ahead of Apple's September 9 event, it's highly likely iPhone 6 models are stealthily being moved across the world, ready for deployment as soon as orders begin. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Popular drugstores Walgreens and CVS are expected to partner with Apple on its upcoming mobile payments initiative, accepting purchases made with the company's new iPhone payment system, reports Re/code.CVS and Walgreens are expected to accept purchases made with the new iPhone payment system, details of which Apple plans to announce Tuesday, according to a person briefed on the plans. With more than 15,000 locations combined, acceptance by the two chains will give Apple a huge footprint if all of their stores are involved.Earlier this week, Apple was rumored to be partnering with retailer Nordstrom, leading to fears that its upcoming payments service would be limited to higher-end retailers, but it appears that Apple will also be aiming to sign deals with stores people visit regularly. As noted by Re/code, getting stores that people frequent on board could lead to quick acceptance of the new mobile payment service. EasyPay mobile payments concept by Ricardo Del Toro Re/code's report also divulges some information on how the system might work, allowing shoppers to "wave or tap" their iPhones at checkout terminals. The service is said to work over NFC, transmitting payment information from the phone when the device is near the store's checkout area. NFC may, however, be supplemented by other wireless technologies, and Touch ID is expected to be integrated into the system for added security.Sources caution that Apple's payment system may in some cases employ additional wireless technologies either in conjunction with, or in place of, NFC. The new payment method will also likely include the use of fingerprint identification already available on the latest iPhones as an added security measure.In addition to inking deals with various retailers to support the system, Apple has also established deals with major credit card companies Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as credit card issuers. Apple is expected to unveil its mobile payments service on Tuesday, along with the iPhone 6 and its much-anticipated wearable device. Both the iWatch and the iPhone 6 are said to play an important role in the new mobile payment service, as the two devices are rumored to include support for NFC. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple, under the leadership of design head Jony Ive, reports Vanity Fair. Newson is a well-known industrial designer who has created a range of items for luxury retailers, and his work has even been shown off at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Newson has created everything from furniture to eye glasses, and he has been described by Vanity Fair as having a "love of color and of sensual curves," with his work taking on a "futuristic, vaguely Jetson-like flair." Mark Newson with Bono and Jonathan Ive Newson is a longtime friend of Jony Ive. Last year, Ive and Newson teamed up to create a range of products for an auction to benefit Product (RED), including an aluminum desk, a Leica camera, and a set of solid gold EarPods, among other items."Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation," Ive said in a statement provided to VF Daily. "He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective."According to the report, Newson will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, but will make frequent trips to the company's Cupertino headquarters. Newson is also said to have collaborated on some designs for Apple earlier this year, before joining the company. While Newson will work under Jony Ive, it is unclear which specific projects he will take on. When asked if he would work on the iWatch, Apple declined to comment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on the 2013/2014 Retina MacBook Pro, 2013 MacBook Air, and More • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers

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Ahead of the expected debut of Apple's wearable at Tuesday's media event, Jessica Lessin of The Information (via Business Insider) has shared some hints on what the device's battery life might be like. According to her report, employees familiar with the device have "set low expectations" for its battery life. Lessin did not give details on how long the iWatch's battery might last, but past rumors have suggested that battery life was one of the main areas Apple was struggling with during the device's development. 2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular displayIn the build-up to the new Apple Watch, it is easy to get seduced by the rumored features. Curved screen! Wireless charging! Jony Ive thinks it's slick! But--and I hate to burst everyone's bubble here--the appeal of the world's most highly anticipated wearable computer is going to come down to something a lot more mundane: battery life.News of battery life issues first surfaced in March of 2013, suggesting iWatch prototypes had been seeing poor battery life, in the range of a day or two. At the time, Apple was said to be aiming for four to five days before charging, but it's unknown if the company managed to hit that goal. In light of battery issues, Apple explored several different charging technologies for the device, including solar charging, motion charging, and wireless charging. Solar charging was a bust, but according to rumors, the final device will ship with wireless charging capabilities, which could help to reduce the burden of frequent charges. With just four days to go until Apple's wearable device is unveiled, rumors have been picking up. Recent information for the iWatch points towards two display sizes, a curved OLED display, a range of band options, a multitude of high-quality sensors, and NFC support, in addition to the aforementioned wireless charging. Though we expect to see the iWatch at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 event, many reputable sources have suggested the device won't ship to consumers until early 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F31 to Developers • Apple to Expand AppleCare+ to Australia Soon • Apple's TestFlight Beta Testing Service Gearing Up Alongside iTunes Connect Revamp • Apple Rolls Out Refreshed iTunes Connect Web Portal for Developers • Apple's Digital Stores, iTunes Radio Down for Some Users [Update: Fixed] • Get an Inside Look at Apple's Early Field Failure Analysis Program Ahead of the iPhone 6 Launch • Apple Supplier Catcher Accused of Endangering and Exploiting Factory Workers • 'Angry Birds Stella' Now Available for iOS Devices Worldwide

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