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Vogue editor Robert Sullivan today published a profile of Apple's Jony Ive, documenting his rise from a small London design firm to become one of the most recognized and respected designers in the world. The life-changing moment happened when Ive met Steve Jobs and the two "just clicked." Ive talks about feeling a little apart, like Jobs. "When you feel that the way you interpret the world is fairly idiosyncratic, you can feel somewhat ostracized and lonely"—big laugh here—"and I think that we both perceived the world in the same way." In his time at Apple, Ive has led design efforts on a number of iconic products including the iMac, iPhone, MacBook Pro and most recently the Apple Watch, which the company unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and which Ive showed to Sullivan weeks before its public unveiling. Speaking about the Apple Watch, Ive hopes to rekindle interest in a device the smartphone threatens to make obsolete."It’s strange when you’ve been working on something for three years . . ." he says, shaking his head. He describes the trajectory of clocks to watches: from a public clock in a Bavarian square to timepieces owned by royalty, to military chronometers, to the watch’s arrival, only at the beginning of the twentieth century, on the wrist. "It’s fascinating how people struggled with wearing this incredibly powerful technology personally." The cell phone, of course, killed the watch to some extent. Now he wants to reset the balance. Ive's emphasis with the Watch and all of his designs is simplicity. "Everything we’ve been trying to do," he says, "it’s that pursuit of the very pure and very simple." Ive also strives to foster an intimate connection between people and the technology they use, a philosophy that is apparent in the Apple Watch."You know how very often technology tends to inhibit rather than enable more nuanced, subtle communication?" he asks. This is the question that haunts the son of a craftsman: Is he making tools that improve the world or shut people down? "We spent a lot of time working on this special mechanism inside, combined with the built-in speaker" —he demonstrates on his wrist. You can select a chosen person, also wearing the watch, and transmit your pulse to them. "You feel this very gentle tap," he says, "and you can feel my heartbeat. This is a very big deal, I think. It’s being able to communicate in a very gentle way." The full interview and profile is an interesting look at Ive, his design philosophy, and the Apple Watch. Ive's careful design will be put to the test once again when the Apple Watch hits retail shelves early next year. The smartwatch will be available in a variety of configurations designed to appeal to athletes, fashionistas, and the everyday consumer. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 5c Topped UK Smartphone Sales Charts Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch • Pokemon Trading Card Game Now Available for iPad with Online Multiplayer • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice

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Apple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to donate to City of Hope, which is a non-profit charity focusing on medical research and treatment. The page can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store as well as the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available. Apple will transfer 100% of each donation to City of Hope, as all donations will be billed to an iTunes account. With Apple currently holding 800 million iTunes accounts, the company has a large customer base that can take part in the donation program. Apple has conducted similar donation campaigns throughout the past few years, which include programs for Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in 2013, Superstorm Sandy relief in 2012, Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief in 2011, and Haitian earthquake relief efforts in 2010. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Now Includes Models with Third-Party Displays • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion

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Hours after Apple released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers and members of the public beta, the Cupertino company has begun asking developers to begin submitting their Yosemite apps to the Mac App Store. Additionally, developers can now submit their apps written in Swift to the Mac App Store as well. Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in OS X Yosemite, which will be available to millions of customers around the world later this fall. Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative new Swift programming language, and take advantage of advances in game technologies, Safari, iCloud, and more. To prepare your apps for the Mac App Store, download and build with the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed from the Mac Dev Center. With the latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store.The public release of the new OS is expected in late October and will include a redesigned interface and new features like Continuity, iCloud Drive and more. Thanks Justin! Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple is planning to offer its new 9.7-inch iPad, which has thus far been known as the iPad Air 2 unofficially, in a gold color choice in addition to the already available silver and space gray variations, reports Bloomberg. The new option would bring the iPad up to color parity with its iPhone models, which have been offered in three colors since last year's iPhone 5s. New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.Bloomberg's sources indicate that the new color choice may be an attempt to boost iPad sales, which dropped slightly in the past year. CEO Tim Cook previously said the iPad sales dip was a "speed bump". In early September, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would announce an iPad Air 2 with a gold option amongst other features like an anti-reflective display and the Touch ID Home button. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Microsoft today unveiled its next-generation Windows operating system, Windows 10, previewing the OS at an event in San Francisco focused on its corporate users. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 utilizes live tiles, but it also draws in design elements from Windows 7 to make it more appealing to users who have thus far opted not to upgrade to Windows 8. The Start menu and taskbar, interface elements that are familiar to all Windows users, are placed front and center in Windows 10 in an effort to make the OS "familiar, compatible, and productive, according to Microsoft's head of operating systems Terry Myerson. While Apple has managed to get the bulk of its user base to update to the newest version of OS X on a regular basis, Microsoft has had less success in recent years. As of April, 49 percent of Windows users continued to use Windows 7 (introduced in 2009), while 28 percent continued to use Windows XP, an operating system more than 12 years old. Windows 8 and 8.1 were installed on just 11 percent of devices in April. In a press release, Microsoft outlines some of the specific features that are coming to Windows 10: Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites. Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click. Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps. New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created. Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.In addition to introducing some familiar Windows 7 features into Windows 10, Microsoft is also hoping to focus on personalization, creating a Windows experience that is customized to each individual user's preferences. Windows 10, like Windows 8, will run on a wide range of devices, including both PCs and tablets, with "a tailored experience for each device." Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide.Many of the details on Windows 10 remain unknown at the time being, as the software is in the early development stages. Microsoft is aiming for a public release in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will provide beta testers with a technical preview of Windows 10 for laptops and desktops, with access on other devices coming later. With the program, Microsoft is hoping to make the development of Windows 10 the "largest-ever open collaborative development effort." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple and PayPal were in talks that would potentially have seen PayPal becoming a "preferred payment process" for Apple Pay, reports Bank Innovation, but those talks ended abruptly after PayPal inked a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor. Apple was reportedly so annoyed with the partnership between the two companies that it ended talks with PayPal and even went so far as to exclude PayPal from Apple Pay all together, not listing it as an acceptable payment platform in its developer documentation. But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe. PayPal's now-former president David Marcus was purportedly categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal's relationship with Apple. Donahoe won the day, however.Apple and PayPal appear to be in somewhat of a dispute following the introduction of Apple Pay and PayPal's exclusion, with the latter company recently launching an ad campaign that subtly attacks Apple and Apple Pay. In the advertisement, PayPal alluded to the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts and suggested PayPal was the safer platform for transferring money. Without a deal between the two companies, PayPal is facing significant competition from Apple Pay. In addition to allowing users to make purchases in retail stores with their phones, Apple Pay also lets users buy items in support apps using a debit or credit card connected with an iTunes account. PayPal works in a very similar way, letting users attach a credit or debit card and then make purchases through the service, alleviating the need to enter credit card details. Apple has plans to launch Apple Pay in the coming weeks, through an update to iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Pebble is dealing with the threat of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch by making jokes about the enthusiasm Apple employees have shown for the device. On its website, Pebble has a graphic of a gleeful Pebble, which says "Chill." Above that, are the words "Breathe, Jony. It's just a watch." Further down, Pebble advertises the seven day battery life of its smart watches. "Why measure battery life in days? 'Cuz we can." This is a reference to the poor battery life seen in other smart watches, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360, both of which last less than a day before requiring a charge. Though Apple has not announced battery life of the Apple Watch, rumors have suggested that it will last for about a day, requiring nightly charging. It is likely, however, that the company is continuing to make tweaks to improve battery as much as it can, which is why no specific information on battery has been released. Pebble also touts its customizability and its relatively low cost while poking a bit of fun at some of Apple's Apple Watch statements. "Overpriced trophy watch wasn't on our to-do list," reads the site. "Pebble is made by real people, for real people keeping it real," it says, wrapping up with the following statement: "Just to recap, we made a watch. We didn't solve global warming." In addition to highlighting the capabilities of the product with sly references to the Apple Watch, Pebble has also announced plans to cut the prices of both the Pebble and the Pebble Steel. The standard Pebble watch now retails for $99, while the more recently introduced Pebble Steel retails for $199. Both options are quite a bit more affordable than the Apple Watch, which is said to start at a price of $349. Pebble has also introduced new health and fitness capabilities for Pebble devices. Following an update, Pebble users are now able to track activity non-stop and monitor their sleep habits. Additionally, Pebble watches will be available in more retail locations, including Sam's Club, Fry's Electronics, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Back in April 2013, it was announced that Apple had agreed to a $53 million settlement in a class action lawsuit involving iPhone and iPod touch units that may have been improperly denied warranty coverage due to liquid damage indicators having been triggered in the devices. The settlement, which covers iPhones denied warranty coverage on or before December 31, 2009 and iPod touches denied coverage on or before June 30, 2010, stems from Apple's use of triggered liquid damage indicators as sufficient reason for denying warranty coverage. Given the timeframe for the issue, the settlement is limited to iPhone 3GS and earlier and third-generation iPod touch and earlier models. With the indicators' manufacturer, 3M, acknowledging the indicators could be at least partially triggered by humidity and not necessarily direct liquid contact, some owners pursued a case against Apple for improperly denying warranty coverage. Apple did later adjust its procedures to require additional visual inspection for liquid damage on devices where the indicators had been triggered, but for those who had already paid out of pocket to replace their devices, the case continued. As outlined on the settlement home page, administrators finally began sending out settlement checks to eligible claimants last week, and a number of MacRumors readers have reported receiving their checks over the past few days. Owners of several different iPhone models have reported receiving checks for $251.55, with some reporting amounts as high as $300 while others have received smaller amounts for affected iPod touch units. Users receiving checks have until January 21 to cash or deposit them. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Announce Q4 2014 Earnings on October 20 • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China

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Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system. The latest update for developers can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release, which is expected in late October. The current build may or may not be a final version of OS X Yosemite, depending on the outcome of final testing. As an example, Apple last year seeded its planned golden master build to developers on October 3, although it did release a second golden master version a few weeks later just ahead of the public release on October 22. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Apple is reportedly finalizing the details on its upcoming Apple Watch as it prepares to begin mass production of the device ahead of its launch early next year. Mass production of the smartwatch device may begin January 2015, reports Taiwanese news source AppleDaily (via G For Games). According to the news report, Apple is working only with long-time manufacturing partner Quanta to produce the device. This contradicts an earlier report suggesting Quanta would be handling the bulk of the production with Inventec supplementing the supply.Quanta has allegedly received Apple’s heads-up and has begun making preparations (which involve increasing its worker head count to 4 million). Even more, it is said that Apple and Quanta have entered a deal which prohibits the Taiwanese company from manufacturing/assembling smartwatches for Apple’s rival OEMs.Inventec was among several assembly companies said to be vying for Apple Watch orders months ago, but Quanta may have won an exclusive arrangement due to the complexity associated with manufacturing the device. Apple says its Watch is unlike any device it has ever made, with cutting edge sensor and haptic feddback technologies. Given the advanced features of the device, it's not surprising Apple has selected to work with only one manufacturer as it streamlines the production process, as others may have been unable to meet Apple's standards. Relatively reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously reported that Apple was planning a November production ramp for the Apple Watch, so a shift to January could indicate Apple believes it needs a bit more time to finalize the product's design. Apple is expected to begin selling the Watch starting in early 2015, with one insider saying Apple would be "lucky" to launch it in time for Valentine's Day on February 14. A production ramp beginning in January would indeed make it difficult for Apple to have significant quantities available in time for Valentine's Day purchases. The smartwatch will retail at a starting price of $349 for the base model, with several collections including 18-karat gold luxury options available at higher prices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Smart energy company Velvetwire today announced Powerslayer Blu, the latest addition to its Powerslayer lineup of USB chargers. This new model offers Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity and is compatible with Apple's HomeKit technology rolling out with iOS 8. Apple's vision for HomeKit is to make it easy for developers to allow users to control and interact with accessories around the home, leveraging BLE for energy-efficient communications. "We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices," said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. "By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we're offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple's HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent, energy-efficient devices that allow users to live more consciously without sacrificing convenience. We look forward to sharing Powerslayer Blu and future generations of our power-saving devices with the world."The Powerslayer Blu improves upon earlier Powerslayer models with HomeKit integration and iOS app support that gathers information from the charger using Bluetooth LE. Users can receive notifications about the charging status of their devices and view energy level information via Velvetwire's iOS app. The device also includes the option to switch between a fast, high-power charging profile and an energy conservation mode that maximizes battery life. The Powerslayer Blu will be available before the end of the year and will retail for $89. While the price tag is likely to be a hurdle for many potential customers, Powerslayer Blu serves as a good example of the potential of HomeKit to use iOS as a hub for bringing together devices from around the home. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Hiring More Workers to Help with Strong Demand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible

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Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple's current line of iPads. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early 2015, which may lead to Samsung becoming the top supplier of displays for the new tablet if other suppliers are unable to meet Apple's demands. Rendering of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to tensions between the two companies as they have become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, Samsung's technological advantages and production capacity as a display supplier have proven valuable to Apple over the years, as the Korean company even became Apple's top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014. The iPad Air 2 is rumored to feature a slightly thinner body, a faster A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to include a more powerful A8X processor to power its large, high-resolution display. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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The European Commission today announced the results of its formal investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, accusing the company of receiving illegal state aid from the country, reports The Wall Street Journal. In its findings, the regulatory body stated that deals between Apple and Ireland struck in 1991 and 2007 helped Irish authorities "confer a selective advantage upon Apple" that resulted in a lowering of its tax liability. The Commission also added that Apple's increase in sales for its business in Ireland appear to be inconsistent when related to comparable operating costs that would come with growth. Furthermore, the Commission notes that there was a reported increase in "sales income" by 415%, but states that most of the profit-generating work was done elsewhere. Accordingly, the Commission's of the opinion that through those rulings the Irish authorities confer an advantage on Apple. That advantage is obtained every year and on-going, when the annual tax liability is agreed upon by the tax authorities in view of that ruling. Apple's tax policies have been questioned on numerous occasions throughout the past few years, as the company is said to utilize multiple subsidiary companies located in the Irish city of Cork to move money around without significant tax penalties. This in due in part to an exemption in the region's law, which allows companies that are managed abroad but located in Ireland to be exempt from taxes. CEO Tim Cook defended the company's tax practices in 2013, calling for a tax reform and simplified corporate tax policies along with lower rates for repatriation. Apple and the Irish government will now have one month to respond to the findings published in the Commission's reports, as the case will likely take up to 18 months to reach a conclusion. In addition to its findings regarding Apple and Ireland, the European Commission also announced that it is investigating state aid cases involving coffee company Starbucks and car maker Fiat and their arrangements with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, respectively. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Receives Second and Final License Needed to Start iPhone 6 Sales in China • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube • Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice • iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images • AT&T Doubling Data on Mobile Share Value Plans in Limited Time Promotion • Supposed Internal Memo Suggests October 10 Launch for iPhone 6 in China • Apple Ceases Signing iOS 7.1.2, Downgrading No Longer Possible • Buyer's Guide: Deals on Civilization V for Mac, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases, and More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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