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Apple's next-generation iPhones could adopt 7000 Series aluminum used for the Apple Watch Sport, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" would likely use Apple's custom Series 7000 aluminum alloy, which is designed to be 60% stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel, while still maintaining a light weight. Apple elaborated in more detail about the Series 7000 aluminum it used for the Apple Watch Sport on its website, noting that each casing is machined, polished and blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent satin texture found on each Apple Watch. An additional anodized outer layer helps protect against scratches and corrosion, while the anodizing process also makes possible Space Gray and Space Black variants.For Apple Watch Sport, we started with 7000 Series aluminum — the same used in competition bicycles. We altered it to create a new alloy that’s just as light, yet even more durable — it’s 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel. It has a bright, lustrous colour and a uniform structure free of defects and impurities. Each case is machined and polished, then blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent, satin texture. A special anodizing process creates a hard, clear outer layer that helps protect against scratches and corrosion.Economic Daily News has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, and the translated report does not offer many further details, so this rumor should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Nevertheless, it is common for Apple to introduce new features on one device before expanding to others. Force Touch, for example, was exclusive to the Apple Watch before making its way to MacBooks, and the technology is also rumored to be included in the next iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME's annual list of "the 100 most influential people" alongside several other notable celebrities, business executives, scientists, authors, healthcare professionals, iconic leaders and more. Cook's segment was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia. The chief executive last made TIME's list in 2012, less than one year after the passing of Steve Jobs."It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility. He is setting a new standard for what business can do in the world. Tim is unwavering in his support of an individual’s right to privacy and is not only embracing equality and LGBT rights but advocating for change through his words and actions. His commitment to renewable energy is also leaving our planet a little cleaner and a little greener for generations yet unborn."While not included in the list himself, Apple design chief Jonathan Ive also wrote a piece on Airbnb founder and fellow designer Brian Chesky, describing him as a "travel revolutionary" that has created a new way to build community through his startup. "Brian Chesky’s audacity is fabulous. He dares to believe that we shouldn’t be strangers, that we can have a sense of true belonging whenever, wherever we travel." Notable inclusions in the tech industry include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun. Other highly recognizable names making the list include Emma Watson, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, Tim McGraw and Vladimir Putin. Cook was also nominated for TIME's "Person of the Year" award in 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts issued an internal memo to retail employees on Thursday that helps eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the launch of the wrist-worn device. The memo, a roughly translated copy of which was obtained by iGen.fr, states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24 as planned."The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are fantastic experiences for creating them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up. Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I'll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, purpose we expect this to continue through the month of May." With no walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch available at Apple Stores until at least June, and product reservations for in-store pickup not available yet, it would appear that the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch day could be quieter than usual. The long lines that typically accompany an iPhone launch, for example, could be a lot shorter than usual at many Apple retail stores around the world. Fortunately, disappointed customers can rest assured that Apple's iconic lineups will not be going away forever. Ahrendts ensured in her memo to retail employees that not all Apple products will launch the same way as the Apple Watch, adding that both Apple and its customers love the long lines and that there will be many more of them to come in the future."I know this is a different experience for our customers, and has changed for you as well. Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days and there will be many more to come. They're the times where you, our teams, shine. And our customers love them as well!"Likely to reflect that many customers will not be receiving their pre-orders by April 24, and that in-store availability on launch day, if any, will be very limited, Apple changed the tagline on its website on late Wednesday to read "the Watch is coming" instead of "available 4.24.15" as it previously showed. Apple Watch pre-orders began on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific and sold out in less than six hours. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple, has issued a new note to investors estimating that global pre-orders for Apple Watch has exceeded 2.3 million units. Previously, a study from Slice Intelligence estimated that there were 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders in the United States. We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%.Kuo notes that Apple plans to expand the supply chains for Apple Watch, with the Cupertino company targeting production of 2 - 3 million units per month. However, they estimate that the potential bottlenecks in production could be the vibrators that power haptic feedback from AAC and AMOLED displays supplied by LGD. The Apple Watch's vibrator technical problems come from being stuffed in a smaller form factor than an iPhone while needing a more accurate vibration frequency than the vibrator in an iPhone. Additionally, the AMOLED display needs both good color performance and a long life span. Kuo predicts that Apple could reach 2.5 million units produced in June if production bottlenecks are absent. He also isn't sure whether the Apple Watch will be a hit, estimating that less than one-tenth of iPhone owners have pre-ordered the Apple Watch, suggesting that hardcore Apple fans have made up the bulk of Watch pre-orders thus far. Apple has not yet provided official sales figures for the Apple Watch, so the exact number of pre-orders the Watch has received remains to be seen. The Apple Watch sold out online 6 hours after pre-orders were available, with many shipping dates slipping to June. When responding to a MacRumors reader who was concerned about the Apple Watch launch, Apple noted that deliveries could arrive sooner than expected. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum that was meant to accompany the iPads. In a letter sent to Apple and shared in part by the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD asked for a refund and said it has no plans to "accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson Education] curriculum." When the school district entered into a contract with Apple, it paid approximately $768 per iPad, which included approximately $200 towards a three-year license for math and English curriculum from Pearson that was meant to replace many textbooks and other learning tools. The materials went largely unused by the district due to technical problems and the quality of the software."As you are aware, LAUSD is extremely dissatisfied with the work of Pearson," according to an April 13 letter signed by general counsel David Holmquist. "While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution ... they have yet to deliver it." Despite demands to fix the problem, the letter said that "the vast majority of our students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads."The letter asks for a meeting with Apple to discuss the dissolution of the district's deal with Pearson and a refund for the licenses that it was not able to use, letting it recoup some of the cost that it paid for the failed iPad initiative. Apple and the Los Angeles Unified School District first entered into a $30 million agreement in 2013, which saw 35,000 iPads being distributed to 47 schools as part of a pilot program. The deal was meant to expand to a $1.3 billion initiative to provide all 640,000 students in the district with iPads, but it began falling apart soon after iPads were distributed to students. Apple's contract with the LAUSD has since been under scrutiny from the FBI, under accusations that former L.A. superintendent John Deasy may have modified the bidding process for the initiative to favor Apple and Pearson due to ties with executives at Pearson. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing several Apple Watch walkthrough videos designed to teach prospective buyers how various features work on the device. As of today, Apple has updated the site with four new videos, covering Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. The first video, on Phone Calls, walks users through how phone calls work on the Apple Watch. It displays options for answering incoming calls and making outgoing calls. There are several options when receiving a phone call -- it can be muted by covering the Apple Watch with a hand or a response message can be sent by scrolling up with the digital crown. Making a call can be done through the "Friends" button on the side, or through Siri. Apple's Siri Apple Watch video covers how to use Siri on the Apple Watch. Siri can be accessed by holding down on the digital crown and the digital assistant can do things like setting alarms, opening apps, getting directions, and more, as on the iPhone. In the "Music" video, Apple walks through available controls in the Music app on the Apple Watch, demonstrating how to control music on the iPhone using the device. A playlist can be transferred to the Apple Watch by placing the device on its charger, going to the Apple Watch app on the iPhone, and choosing "Sync Playlist." Music can be played from the Apple Watch directly through a paired device by using a force tap within the Music app to select a source and a destination. As we've previously learned, Apple Watch has 8GB of storage, with 2GB of that available for storing music. Videos are currently only available on Apple's site, but they'll likely be uploaded to YouTube shortly. The Maps video is not available to watch yet on Apple's site as it may still be uploading. Apple's Guided Tour videos are a useful resource for both prospective buyers and those who have already pre-ordered an Apple Watch, as they highlight both Apple Watch features and the way they're accessed on the device. We've learned from reviews that learning to control the Apple Watch and becoming accustomed to its input methods can take some time, so these videos are a great way to get a heads up on Apple Watch features ahead of launch. Apple still has three additional videos that have yet to be uploaded to the page, including "Apple Pay," "Activity," and "Fitness." We'll likely see those added to the site next week, ahead of the device's April 24 ship date. The Apple Watch can be pre-ordered from the Apple online store, with prices that start at $349. Apple Watch demand has been high, so orders placed today will not ship out until June and beyond, depending on model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March. Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% on the strength of the United States and China."China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains that the iPhone made in the country. Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus proved immensely popular in the Chinese market where consumers prefer bigger display smartphones. In the first quarter of 2015, China passed the U.S. as the top country for iOS app downloads, App Annie said. China still trails the U.S. and Japan for App Store revenue. The Google Play store does not operate officially in mainland China."The disparity between the App Store and Google Play in terms of overall revenue and downloads is a longstanding trend between the iOS and Android storefronts. A number of popular developers turn to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch because Apple's ecosystem provides a more lucrative opportunity for earnings, while Google Play receives more downloads because there are significantly more Android users worldwide. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device's launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special -- a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet. In an image shared on Instagram by Lagerfeld's assistant and bodyguard Sebastian Jondeau, Lagerfeld wears a yellow gold Apple Watch with the one-of-a-kind yellow gold Link Bracelet, which Jondeau says was "specially made" by Apple. Karl Lagerfeld is a well-known fashion designer who's the head of both Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own fashion house. Lagerfeld was present at the Apple Watch's first public appearance at French Parisian boutique Colette and as a style icon, he could be an important asset for Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts. Though there's a Link Bracelet for the Silver and Space Gray stainless steel Apple Watches, Apple did not make a similar band available for the gold Apple watch Edition, presumably due to price and the sheer amount of gold that would be necessary for such a band. The existence of a custom gold Link Bracelet does, however, suggest that such a band could be made available to the public in the future. Just the gold used in the Modern Buckle band raises the price of the Apple Watch Edition from $10,000 (with Sport band) to $17,000, so the price of a pure gold Link Bracelet would likely be upwards of $25,000. The Link Bracelet for the standard Apple Watch is priced at $449 and is Apple's most expensive band. As we creep closer to the April 24 launch of the Apple Watch, we may see more custom designs like this on the wrists of celebrities and other fashion designers as Apple hopes to use these influencers to convince people to drive Apple Watch sales. (Thanks, John!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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For the third year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction through CharityBuzz, offering whoever bids the most the chance to enjoy lunch with him at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. This year's auction also includes two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products. Two people can have lunch with Cook, and the experience will last for approximately one hour. Lunch is included in the auction price, but the winning bidder will need to cover travel and accommodations. The exact date of the lunch will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time after the auction ends on May 6, 2015. Join me for lunch (and a keynote!) and help a great cause. @RFKHumanRights is working toward a more just world. https://t.co/QxaKne4itb— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 15, 2015 The auction has an estimated value of $100,000, and bids are currently up to $37,500. This is the third year that Tim Cook has auctioned off an opportunity to spend time with him, offering a coffee meeting in 2013 that sold for $610,000 and a lunch meeting in 2014 that sold for $330,001. Proceeds from the auction will once again benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, a charity that aims to achieve a "just and peaceful world by partnering with human rights leaders, teaching social justice and advancing corporate responsibility." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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After Apple revealed the new 12-inch Retina MacBook at its March "Spring Forward" event, the performance and speed of the sleek-but-slightly-underpowered machine came into question by many. Unlike the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Retina MacBook comes with an Intel Core M Processor and provides only a single USB-C port to double as an accessory and charging port. Today, iFixit answered some of those early questions in its teardown of the new MacBook, revealing a few unsurprising details of the base model MacBook, which includes a 1.1GHz processor, 12-inch Retina display, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300. What the company did find that was surprising was a battery connector hidden under the logic board, just one of a few internal comparisons to Apple's iPad line made with the new MacBook. Next, iFixit looked at Apple's new method of tapered battery cells, finding the glued-down cells particularly challenging to remove and replace. Finally emerging from the MacBook's innards, the company discovered a 7.55 V, 39.71 Wh, and 5263 mAh battery, what iFixit calls "just a hair more" powerful than this year's 5100 mAh 11-inch MacBook Air. Lastly the teardown focuses on the MacBook's much-touted Force Touch trackpad, which iFixit calls a "slimmer, daintier version" of the 13-inch MacBook Pro's trackpad. Delving further, the repair website found a Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller, ST Microelectronics 32F103 ARM Cortex-M based microcontroller, and Linear Technology LT3954 LED Converter with Internal PWM Generator as the main trio of chips running the new trackpad. All of iFixit's breakdown resulted in a repairability score of 1 out of 10 for the new MacBook, a 10 being easiest to repair. The company points to Apple's proprietary pentalobe screws surrounding the outside case, the tricky-to-remove tapered batteries, and the processor, RAM, and flash memory being soldered to the double-sided logic board as main reasons for the score. iFixit's full teardown is worth a read, showing intricate details of the Retina MacBook's double-sided logic board and new USB-C connection port. The 12-inch Retina MacBook went on sale on Apple's online store last Friday, April 10, along with pre-orders of the Apple Watch. Although the base 1.1GHz version of the MacBook appeared to many as an underpowered machine, recent benchmarks of the 1.2GHz model showcased decent speed and power boosts over its entry-level counterpart. No doubt more will be known when consumers begin receiving their MacBooks in the mail, especially regarding the 1.3GHz model, currently at a mid-May dispatch date due to its made-to-order upgrade parts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once

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Apple will award up to 350 students and developers belonging to select STEM organizations that promote diversity with scholarships to attend its recently announced Worldwide Developers Conference next June 8 to 12 in San Francisco, as spotted by Re/code. The company previously limited WWDC scholarships to 200 students and developers at past conferences, and is raising that limit in an effort to promote diversity within the developer community. WWDC scholarships are available to students aged 13 or older and members of participating organizations around the world that promote science, technology, engineering and math education for young women and other ethnic groups. Apple awards selected students with a free WWDC ticket, normally $1,599, although travel expenses and all other costs incurred during the trip must be covered by the student. WWDC scholarship submissions, including a Mac or iOS app, can be made April 22 at 10:00 AM PDT through April 26 at 5:00 PM PDT, and all applicants will be notified about their selection status by May 8. Apple specifies that developers between 13-17 years of age must have their submission completed by their parent or guardian. Eligible students can read Apple's WWDC Scholarships page and WWDC Scholarship Guidelines and Terms for more information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once

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Samsung has created a standalone team of about 200 employees working exclusively on displays for Apple products, according to Bloomberg Business. The report claims the secretive team was formed on April 1 to build screens for iPads and MacBooks, develop products and help with sales. The newly formed team implies that the relationship between Apple and Samsung, two fierce technology rivals, may be improving after the two companies spent millions of dollars fighting each other in the courtroom. Samsung was also recently awarded the majority of orders for Apple's A9 chip for next-generation products."Samsung is relying more on its display and semiconductor units after falling into a tie with Apple for leadership of the global smartphone market. Relations between the companies thawed after they dropped all lawsuits against each other outside the U.S., and Apple is now the biggest external customer for Samsung components, one of the people familiar said." LG Display also has a standalone team dedicated to Apple, the supplier's biggest U.S. customer, according to the report. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once

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Apple Watch demand among U.S. teens remains relatively low even as the device's launch approaches, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey, which asked approximately 6,200 teens in the United States about their device usage habits and future buying plans. Only 11 percent of teenagers surveyed plan on purchasing an Apple Watch, down from 16 percent in the fall survey. Of those 11 percent, the top reason teens cited for wanting an Apple Watch was style, followed by design. Only five percent of teens currently own a smart watch. We believe the lower purchase intent reflects a wait and see approach to the Watch as it seems unclear what will be the "killer app" for the Watch. We expect teens to be a good market for the Apple Watch given the popularity of the iPhone, but believe it will take time for influencers (celebrities) to make the watch popular among teens.Though teens don't yet seem to be interested in the Apple Watch, the iPhone and the iPad remain the most popular smartphone and tablet among teenagers. 66 percent of teenagers surveyed owned an iPhone, down slightly from 67 percent in the fall survey, while 64 percent owned an iPad, compared to 66 percent in fall of 2014. 72 percent of teens expect their next smartphone purchase will be an iPhone, while 60 percent expect their next tablet to be an iPad. Comparatively, interest in smartphones and tablets from other companies remains low. 21 percent of teens expect their next smartphone purchase to be an Android, and 16 percent plan to buy an Android tablet. Interest in Windows tablets has grown slightly, however, and 20 percent of teens expect their next tablet purchase to be Windows-based. Over the last couple of weeks, the Apple Watch has been popping up on the wrists of celebrities like Pharell Williams, Katy Perry, and Drake, as Apple attempts to boost its popularity ahead of the device's April 24 launch. Celebrity endorsements like these along with heavy marketing may lure teens towards the Apple Watch in the coming weeks. The next teen survey will be published in October, and by that time, it's possible the Apple Watch numbers will shift dramatically if Apple's marketing tactics are successful. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture

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Apple's recent acquisition of LinX Imaging is one of the company's more exciting acquisitions in the last several months, as the technology being developed by LinX could lead to some significant improvements in camera quality in future iOS devices. Given the significance of the purchase, we wanted to take a deeper look at LinX's technology and what it could do for future iPhone photography. No More Protruding Camera LinX specializes in multi-aperture cameras for mobile devices, which offer several benefits over single aperture cameras, including the ability to pack impressive image quality in a smaller size. With a multi-aperture camera, LinX is able to take advantage of several smaller sensors rather than one large sensor, preventing the camera from needing a longer lens. The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6 Plus were equipped with protruding lenses so Apple didn't have to sacrifice image quality for thinness, but it's possible Apple could shrink the length of the camera in future iOS devices with LinX technology, resulting in a flush rear exterior. According to LinX, the use of multiple sensors over a single large sensor let it shrink the height of its camera device by a factor of 1.4 to 2. Comparatively, one of LinX's dual-aperture cameras was described by the company as "significantly" thinner than the iPhone 5s camera and able to "fit in a device thinner than the iPhone." SLR Image Quality LinX announced the launch of its most recent mobile-ready multi-aperture camera in June of last year, and in documentation [PDF], the company highlighted the many ways in which its technology improved upon other multi-aperture camera designs, citing image quality as its first priority.When designing our algorithms and modules our first priority has always been IMAGE QUALITY. We even leveraged the multiple channels to boost the sensitivity of the camera which allows us to capture stunning images at very low light levels and keep exposure times short at normal indoor light levels.LinX's mobile cameras were described as offering SLR-like images in normal lighting conditions with low noise levels, due to their ability to capture more details than standard single aperture cameras. To offer proof, LinX captured several photos with its LinX 8 mpix, a dual aperture camera with two 4-megapixel sensors with 2.0 micron BSI (backside illumination) pixels, and compared those to images taken with the iPhone 5s (equipped with an 8-megapixel single aperture camera with 1.5 micron pixels) and an iPhone 5. Noise Reduction and Detail The images captured by the LinX camera were brighter and clearer, with a significant reduction in noise. Available detail when zoomed into a photo was also much greater, as can be seen in the comparison below. Indoor Lighting In the photo below, the image was taken in mid-levels of light, at approximately 40 to 50 lux, similar to a decently well-lit room in a house or restaurant. The LinX sensor let in more light than the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4, for a photo that is clearer and sharper with less noise. Very Low Lighting LinX technology is able to significantly improve low light performance by using multiple channels to increase the sensitivity of the camera for better detail. It also keeps exposure times short to cut down on the motion blurring that can impact photo quality in conditions where lighting is not optimal. For a mobile camera in one lux of lighting, the detail that the dual-aperture LinX 8 mpix was able to capture is impressive. Low light photos with less noise are also achieved through the use of clear pixels (adding clear pixels to standard red-green-blue filters) to let more light pass through in situations where lighting is low. The use of clear pixels lets in light without the need for larger pixels, keeping resolution high. Larger pixels typically result in more light for the sensor, but using large pixels cuts down on resolution. LinX technology doesn't have to compromise between pixel size and resolution, as it can use small pixels but still let in adequate amounts of light. Pixel Technology Smaller pixels also often introduce pixel crosstalk that can impact color clarity to result in muddier colors, but the LinX camera's clear pixels are less sensitive to this issue because they can collect more photons per pixel, also cutting down on noise levels. In its documentation, LinX describes a 1x2 (aperture) camera module with two 5-megapixel sensors with 1.12 micron BSI (backside illumination) pixels, intended for a "super-slim handset with very limited space for the camera module." The camera is cheaper than the one found in the iPhone 5s, but delivers the same resolution due to its smaller pixels, so image quality is largely the same. Presumably Apple would use something a bit more cutting edge in its newer devices, but the product gives an idea of the type of technology LinX was working on. Depth Mapping for 3D Models With multiple apertures, LinX camera modules are able to calculate "ultra accurate sub pixel disparities" between images, letting them create detailed depth maps of a scene. With depth information on a per-pixel basis along with RGB information, LinX cameras can create 3D point clouds of objects from a single frame or a complete 3D model by combining several frames captured from different angles. Point mapping with data taken from a single photo Outdoors, depth can be calculated even in direct sunlight or in complete darkness with flash lighting (either visible or infrared). This is interesting technology because it can be used in several fascinating ways. Depth mapping like this can let people create 3D scans of objects from simple photographs taken at multiple angles, and it can also determine the size of an object that's been photographed and its distance from another object (potentially useful for indoor mapping). It's also possible to use the depth information to refocus an image, introducing a synthetic blur that can emulate different depths of field (a method described in one of LinX's patents). In editing, the information could be used to remove and add objects to a photograph. LinX Depth Mapping LinX's Arrays LinX offers several different camera options, each of which have unique applications. A 1x2 aperture array with a color and mono sensor, for example, can create low quality depth maps, improve low light performance, and produce better images. A 2x2 array can create high quality depth maps with higher dynamic range, improved low light performance, and general image quality. A 1+1x2 array uses two small apertures to create a depth map that provides focusing input for the main aperture, leading to ultra fast focusing even in conditions with very low lighting. Apple and LinX's Technology It's not clear how and when Apple will incorporate LinX's technology into its devices, but it's possible we could see these types of camera improvements as soon as this year. Rumors have suggested Apple is looking into a major camera boost for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, with new technology that could produce SLR quality images, and LinX's multi-aperture lens systems could potentially accomplish that feat. Apple's iPhone is one of the most popular camera options in the world according to data from Flickr, which has led Apple to focus heavily on camera improvements over the years. Apple's commitment to photo quality has continually led to iOS cameras that offer superior images compared competing smartphones, and the acquisition of LinX could put it even further ahead of the competition. More detailed descriptions of LinX's technology as well as additional comparison photos can be seen in a June PDF released alongside its latest products. 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Apple has purchased Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging for approximately $20 million, reports Dow Jones via CNBC. The company specializes in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices and it's possible that Apple will use the company's technology in upcoming iOS devices. Last year, LinX announced the launch of miniature multi-aperture cameras half the height of standard mobile cameras with the ability to create "stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps." The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end. Device makers are striving to differentiate using imaging capabilities but the pixel size race has ended and next generation cameras do not reveal any dramatic improvements. LinX cameras revolutionize mobile photography and broaden the usability span and user experience, allowing us to leave our SLRs at home. The engineers at LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies.LinX's technology uses software to extract depth information for each pixel to create a depth map for that can also be used for 3D image reconstruction. LinX's website is now defunct, but the company offered products with two, three, and four camera arrays in multiple configurations and sizes. Its most recent technology was downscaled enough to be ready for use in mobile devices. LinX technology includes several other improvements Apple could potentially take advantage of, including multiple sensors for a smaller size, better sensitivity to light, and greatly improved image quality in low light. There have been rumors suggesting Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will offer much improved dual-lens camera technology with image quality on par with DSLR cameras, which could be made possible through mobile camera advancements like those LinX Imaging has worked on. Camera improvements and iPhone photography have always been important to Apple, and its iOS devices routinely offer highly competitive picture taking capabilities that often outclass devices from competing companies. In the past, major improvements to camera technology have come in "S" release years, so it is likely we will see at least some boost in picture quality in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture

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Popular iOS app Workflow was today updated with support for the upcoming Apple Watch, bringing its highly useful task automation capabilities to the wrist-worn device. For those of you unfamiliar with Workflow, it's a powerful automation app that was first launched on iOS last December. Workflow lets users create actions and connect apps to automatically perform a huge range of tasks on the iPad or the iPhone. Workflows can be built from a series of actions to perform tasks like making GIFs from a series of photos, creating PDFs from websites, appending content or recordings to Evernote, seeing older versions of websites, getting images from websites, and translating text on the clipboard. There are hundreds of actions that can be combined for an endless number of different workflows. On the Apple Watch, Workflow will work in the same way, giving users one-tap access to a wide range of different timesaving actions. For example, it'll be possible to pull up a map to the nearest coffee shop or call an Uber using Workflow. These type of quick-access actions may be particularly valuable on the Apple Watch, given its limited input methods. One of the best features about Workflow for iOS is its included Workflow Gallery, which makes it easy for even those new to the app to download actions that are immediately useful. The same gallery feature will be available on the Apple Watch for fast access to workflows. Workflow's Gallery and a workflow in action Workflows can be executed by raising the Apple Watch on the wrist to turn it on and swiping up at the bottom of the screen to get to the Workflow Glance. Workflows can be run directly from the Glance portion of the Apple Watch, so accessing them will be similar to accessing an app in the Notification Center on iOS. As a reminder, Glances are quick snippets of information that are meant to be easy to access. Third-party Glances on the Apple Watch are not interactive and do not support buttons or scrolling, so launching a workflow through the Apple Watch's Glance view is done in a unique way. The Glance automatically scrolls through the different workflows that are available and selecting one is done by tapping on the screen. Scrolling through workflows can be sped up with a rather unique interaction -- knocking the Apple Watch against the iPhone in a pants pocket. This causes the built-in scrolling mechanism to shift to the next available workflow in the list. Workflows from the iPhone are automatically available on the Apple Watch, including all custom-created workflows constructed from the available actions in the Workflow app. Many Apple Watch apps are somewhat limited in function due to the restricted access developers have to Apple APIs, and the same goes for Workflow. Apple Watch workflows aren't as full-featured as those on the iPhone -- it's not possible to run workflows that open other apps -- but Handoff is supported to allow users to transfer a workflow on the Apple Watch to the iPhone. Workflow's Glance menu and Handoff messageWorkflows that involve opening apps, sending messages, or placing phone calls will all require the iPhone because developers cannot use these functions. Workflows that are not supported on the Apple Watch will direct users to use Handoff to swap over to the iPhone. Though Apple Watch workflows can't open apps (aside from getting directions within Maps) they can still take advantage of the same data available to many iOS apps, like calendar info, contacts, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Currently, 163 out of 226 of available actions within the Workflow app are able to run natively on the Apple Watch, so there's still quite a lot that can be done directly on the device. Workflow for the Apple Watch is available through an update to the Workflow app as of today, so it'll be accessible on the Apple Watch as soon as the first devices arrive in customers' hands. Workflow can be downloaded from the App Store for the sale price of $2.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS

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Apple announced on Tuesday that ResearchKit is available today for developers and medical researchers. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.” Starting today, medical researchers worldwide can use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. Developing… Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models

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Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference takes place this June 8 to 12 in San Francisco. WWDC 2015 will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps

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Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, just five days after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta is available for download from the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.3 introduced several new features like diversified emoji, an updated emoji picker, new Siri abilities, and Wireless CarPlay support. It is not clear yet what updates iOS 8.4 will bring, but it has been rumored to be the update that will include Apple's new music service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Over the weekend, MacRumors reader Andrew Turko sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook sharing his thoughts on the launch of the Apple Watch and its limitation to online orders only, and he received a response from Apple's executive team that sheds some light on Apple's concern over its launch plans and the potential for Apple Watch devices to ship out ahead of their prospective shipping dates. Many people have been concerned with the long wait times for the Apple Watch, which saw shipping estimates slip for many models less than an hour after it became available for pre-order. All models sold out in less than six hours, and orders placed today won't ship for months. There are a lot of buyers who are facing delivery times than span into June, July, and August, but Apple believes that some of these orders could ship out earlier than their estimated shipping dates. The Apple executive team member that spoke to Andrew referenced long wait times for earlier devices like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, noting that shipping estimates were often much longer than actual wait times and suggesting that the same thing might happen with the Apple Watch. [Apple] said that June preorders will most likely ship sooner than June. Of course he didn't make any promises, but that's the reason Apple is announcing such an extended ship date after all - to avoid disappointment through false guarantees.Andrew's email focused on Apple's decision to advertise April 24th as the Apple Watch launch day despite the fact that it won't be purchasable in store on that date, a point that stood out to both Apple's executive team and Tim Cook, who personally read the email."I think it'd be silly not to believe that there will be queues lined up around the globe on launch day if the "online exclusive" information regarding the (false) advertisement of a launch day isn't spread soon and fast."The email echoed some of the problems Apple executives are debating, and Andrew was told the discussion over in-store stock on launch day and the advertisement of the 4/24 launch date for the Apple Watch are being considered by Apple with "great concern." Apple said it doesn't want people lining up at stores if there's no stock available to purchase. Due to supply constraints and the desire to provide the best purchasing experience for customers, Apple has so far decided that all Apple Watch orders must be placed online. There will be no walk-in Apple Watch purchases available on April 24, unless the company's plans change. Andrew was told Apple's plans are not final, but it is unclear if Apple would be able to sell Apple Watch units in-store on launch day given the significant supply issues. The executive Andrew spoke with said Apple "cares deeply" about the launch experience and hopes to improve the way people wait in line through the new Apple Watch reservation system. Online-only reservations are new territory for Apple in the United States, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the company could revert back to traditional sales methods if its Apple Watch sales experiment does not work out. Andrew's full email can be read on the MacRumors forums, as can more detail on the response that he received from Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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While the terms of the Apple-HBO partnership behind the launch of the HBO NOW streaming TV service on Apple TV last month have not been disclosed, Re/code reports that some Apple TV content providers, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and MLB.TV, provide Apple with 15% of revenue generated from monthly fees for subscribers that sign up through the set-top box. Apple collects 30% of revenue generated from the sale of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps, including in-app purchases, so the commission for Apple TV apps is half the amount developers are forced to hand over through the App Store. While the difference does not make a difference for consumers, the lower cut could make Apple TV a more attractive platform for HBO and other cable channels."But it’s even more interesting to think about Apple’s tiers of fees as we enter a world where lots of people are going to be selling Web video subscription products via platforms like Apple’s. Whether Apple is charging 15 percent or 30 percent a month, it’s giving distributors a much better deal than the 50 percent that pay TV providers usually charge premium networks like HBO. That makes the platform even more enticing to cable channels that are thinking about stepping outside of the traditional pay TV bundle — and it puts more pressure on the cable guys to sweeten the deals they already offer."The report adds that HBO is in negotiations to reach HBO NOW distribution deals with its existing pay TV distributors, enabling them to sell the service to their existing subscribers as an add-on. HBO is said to already have a deal in place with Cablevision and is reportedly in talks with Cox and Verizon as well. HBO NOW is exclusive to the Apple TV among streaming boxes for three months, at which point it should expand to other devices and platforms. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Ahead of last Friday's launch of the new Retina MacBook, we saw several early benchmarks for the entry-level notebook running a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor, putting CPU performance for the new machine roughly on par with the 2011 MacBook Air according to Geekbench. With the machines now available for purchase, we're starting to see Geekbench results for the mid-range 1.2 GHz processor, revealing a significant performance boost over the low-end chip for multi-core benchmarks, but less so for single-core testing. It will take a little while for Geekbench results to firm up as the machines work through their early housekeeping tasks, but the best results we're seeing so far for the 1.2 GHz model are approaching 2600 on 64-bit single-core tests and over 5300 on multi-core tests. That performance compares to roughly 2400/4450 for the 1.1 GHz model, meaning that the mid-range model seems to be showing performance improvements at least in line with the 9 percent increase in CPU frequency. Multi-core performance in particular seems to be seeing a nice bump with the faster chip. These scores for the 1.2 GHz Retina MacBook are roughly in the same range as the low-end models of the previous-generation Early 2014 MacBook Air, despite the much lower power consumption that has enabled Apple to build an ultra-thin fanless design. In addition to the 1.1 GHz and 1.2 GHz chip options, Apple is also offering a 1.3 GHz processor as a build-to-order option. We have, however, yet to see any Geekbench results for these chips, and shipping estimates for machines with these chips were at 3-4 weeks when Apple began taking orders on Friday, suggesting it may yet be some time before we see data on their performance. Apple is taking advantage of Intel's latest "Core M" Broadwell chips for the new Retina MacBook. The chips offer extremely low power usage, but Apple is slightly overclocking these chips for higher performance. The low-end MacBook uses a 5Y31 chip that runs by default at 900 MHz but which supports overclocking to 1.1 GHz at the cost of bumping power consumption from 4.5 watts to 6 watts, and Apple has elected to use the faster speeds to improve performance. The mid-range MacBook uses the 5Y51 chip, which defaults to 1.1 GHz but which Apple has bumped by 100 MHz to run at 1.2 GHz. The high-end custom MacBook takes advantage of the 5Y71 chip that is designed to run at 1.2 GHz, and Apple has similarly bumped this one by 100 MHz to run at 1.3 GHz. The Retina MacBook is in very short supply following its launch last Friday, with all stock and custom configurations currently listed as shipping in 4-6 weeks from Apple's online store. The company's retail stores also have yet to begin stocking the new machines, although some (mainly in the United States) do have models on display for customers to test out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Pop artist Romero Britto today filed a lawsuit against Apple over its "Start Something New" campaign, for using Craig & Karl artwork that allegedly mimics the design style that Britto is famous for. The lawsuit, levied at both Craig & Karl and Apple, accuses the two artists of violating the Britto trade dress and targets Apple because Britto became aware of the copycat art through Apple's recent promotion. Apple uses a Craig & Karl image featuring a patchwork hand on a bright yellow background on one of the iPads in the graphics used to promote the "Start Something New" campaign, and there's a profile of Craig & Karl on the company's website describing how the image was made on an iPad Air 2 using iOS apps. Apple also featured the Craig & Karl image heavily in retail stores, leading people to contact Britto with the false impression that he had created the artwork, where he discovered that the two had been making art similar to his own for years.As with any Apple campaign, the Start Something New Campaign had massive exposure and breathless press coverage, and many of the media profiles prominently featured the Infringing Apple Image. Plaintiff was inundated with reports of the Start Something New campaign and the Infringing Apple Image. These reports ranged from, for example, incorrect congratulations on Mr. Britto's new deal with Apple, to consternation from business partners in potentially collaborative or competing product categories, to inquiries from collectors wanting to know if the image they saw in the Apple store or on the Apple website was by Romero Britto.Britto's work is fairly well-known and on display in dozens of locations around the world. He's also worked with multiple different brands on major advertising campaigns, with all of his work featuring bright colors, strong lines, and simple designs. According to the lawsuit, Britto's specific Trade Dress is "strong, fanciful, non-functional, and inherently distinctive," composed of vibrant color combinations, the juxtaposition of different patterns, bold black outlines, and "uplifting, bright and happy visual themes." A quick visual comparison of Britto's work next to Craig & Karl's does indeed reveal similarities between the two. Britto contacted Apple and asked the company to cease using the Craig & Karl images, but he did not receive a response, leading him to file a lawsuit. Britto is asking for damages and attorneys' fees, along with an injunction that would require Apple to stop using the artwork and Craig & Karl to stop producing artwork that mimics his style. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000

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Apple today sent out a press release announcing an update to its professional video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, along with updates to companion apps Motion and Compressor. The updates bring new features for motion graphics and enhancements to speed up video editing, packaging, and delivery. As described by Apple, Final Cut Pro's 10.2 update marks the debut of easy-to-use tools for the creation of 3D titles, with a variety of templates that include built-in backgrounds and animations. Text styles can customize the look of titles with different materials and lighting, and it's possible to convert 2D to 3D titles and see changes in real time. Today's update also lets editors view up to four video scopes at the same time for better precision when color grading, and there are now improved Shape masks that can be applied to any effect and saved as a preset. Finally, the update includes support for more video formats and makes it faster to work with RED RAW files. Motion 5.2 offers additional options for 3D titles, bringing tools for the creation of dynamic titles with lights and cameras, while Compressor 4.2 makes it easier to prepare movies for sale on the iTunes Store."From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films." Apple's press release includes details from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who co-directed the Will Smith film Focus and used Final Cut Pro X to edit the video. The duo's work with the software was previously featured by Apple on its Final Cut Pro X feature page."We loved using Final Cut Pro X to edit Focus," said Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, co-directors of the 2015 feature film, Focus. "We created the final theatrical titles for the movie right in Final Cut Pro, and the new 3D titling and effects features will let us take in-app graphics even further. We're using the new Final Cut Pro on our next feature film."Several sites have been able to get hands-on access to the new software updates ahead of their launch, and have shared details on the new tools included in the update. Fcp.co has a complete rundown on all the new features, along with screenshots, as does The Next Web. All of today's updates are free for existing Final Cut Pro, Compressor, and Motion users. Final Cut Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link] Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link] Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment

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With the release of OS X 10.10.3 last Wednesday, Apple has expanded support for high-resolution 4K and even 5K external displays (via 9to5Mac). Most notably, OS X 10.10.3 enables the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro to drive Dell's UP2715K 27-inch 5K display released late last year. The display requires more bandwidth than is currently supported over a current single DisplayPort/Thunderbolt cable, so it uses a dual-cable solution taking up two ports on the user's machine. This bandwidth issue for the current DisplayPort standard has been seen as a major roadblock keeping Apple from releasing a standalone 5K Thunderbolt Display. With the Retina iMac, Apple has been able to build custom internal components to drive the massive display, but for external displays, a dual-cable solution such as that used by Dell has been considered by many to be "un-Apple like." As a result, Apple has been widely expected to wait until the release of Intel's Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year before releasing an external 5K Thunderbolt Display that will function over a single cable. Whether the inclusion of support for Dell's dual-cable solution in OS X 10.10.3 is a sign Apple may be willing to adopt that arrangement for its own display and perhaps release it earlier is, however, unclear. Beyond 5K displays, OS X 10.10.3 has also expanded support for 4K displays to include "most single-stream 4K (3840x2160) displays" at 60 Hz, expanding beyond the previous support of only Multi-Stream Transport displays introduced in late updates to Mavericks. The new 4K display support will function with most of the Mac line, from the 27-inch iMac to the brand-new Retina MacBook. However, only the Mac Pro and iMac will support full 4096x2160 resolution at 60Hz. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, most single-stream 4K (3840x2160) displays are supported at 60Hz operation on the following Mac computers: - MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) - MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) - Mac Pro (Late 2013) - iMac (27-inch, Late 2013 and later) - Mac mini (Late 2014) - MacBook Air (Early 2015) - MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) As for the new 12-inch MacBook, the laptop will be able to support displays and rates of 3840x2160 at a 30 Hz refresh rate and 4096x2160 at a 24 Hz refresh rate. MacBook users wanting to use such a display will, of course, need to use Apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to do so. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed

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