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Apple's rumored "Healthbook" app for iOS 8 may be the company's first big push into the current health and fitness craze that is being fueled by wearable technology, and a new report from 9to5Mac offers a look at what users can expect from the app as well as a few renderings of the app said to be recreated from actual screenshots. The renderings show a Passbook-inspired user interface with cards for different heath and fitness data points, with the app able to keep track of vitals mentioned in previous rumors such as heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity and more. Notably missing from the renders are parameters for other topic such as stress and pregnancy tracking, which had been suggested in a separate report from MobiHealthNews last month.Each category of functionality is a card in the Healthbook. Cards are distinguished by a color, and the tabs can be arranged to fit user preferences. As can be seen in the above images, Healthbook has sections that can track data pertaining to bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight. A big chunk of the Healtbook app will be dedicated to measurable health parameters such as blood sugar levels, oxygen saturation, bloodwork values and more. The blood sugar tracking would let diabetics enter their daily or weekly glucose levels and track changes over time, while the bloodwork tab would allow users to enter the results of routine bloodwork tests that are used to screen for overall nutrition as well as heart, kidney or liver disease. When combined, these parameters will provide the user and their doctor with a snapshot of the person's overall health at any given time. Another focus of the app is fitness, with the ability to track activity levels, nutrition, and weight changes over time. Data in these tabs would provide detailed analysis of calories burned, BMI, body fat percentage and more. This section, which also includes sleep tracking and hydration measurement, provides the user with an overview of their fitness and allows them to monitor any changes over time. The mechanisms by which the app will retrieve this health and fitness data, especially the more difficult to measure vitals such as hydration and blood sugar, are not clear, although it is likely the app will utilize some combination of the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, third-party devices, third-party apps and Apple's own wearable devices such as the rumored iWatch.Thanks to the capabilities of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion co-processor, Healthbook could technically receive steps, miles walked, and caloric data from the iPhone itself. However, that is where the M7 stops being useful for Healthbook. Blood, hydration, and respiratory rate information would clearly need to come from other sources. Apple has been hiring health and fitness experts to build out its iWatch team, and is rumored to be using this expertise in the development of its first wearable device. The iWatch is rumored to launch later this year, and Healthbook should debut as part of iOS 8 in a similar timeframe late this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' Apps for iPhone and iPad With Minor Improvements • Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote • Transcend Debuts 128GB RAM Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface    

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Apple is planning to release a new 8 GB version of the iPhone 5c tomorrow, according to an alleged note to retailers from Vodafone's O2 unit in Germany shared by Caschys Blog [Google Translate]. The legitimacy of the note is unverified, but German site iFun reported a similar tip [Google Translate] just a few minutes later and several tipsters have even reported to MacRumors that shipments of the new models have arrived at carrier stores in the UK. Pricing on the 8 GB model has yet to be revealed, but one of the sources has indicated that the device will be available in all of the existing color options. All of the reports we've seen so far have come from Europe, but the device would presumably see a worldwide launch as there would seem to be little reason for Apple to limit distribution to Europe. Apple's iPhone 5c has seen lower than expected sales since its debut last September alongside the flagship iPhone 5s, with the iPhone 5c essentially representing an iPhone 5 repackaged in colorful new plastic shells and available in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities priced $100 below the corresponding iPhone 5s models. A new 8 GB model would allow Apple to bring the entry-level price for the iPhone 5c even lower, and while the capacity may not be enough for some users, many budget consumers may find it acceptable and Apple does currently offer an 8 GB iPhone 4s as its cheapest option in most countries. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' Apps for iPhone and iPad With Minor Improvements • Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote • Transcend Debuts 128GB RAM Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface    

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Former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane's highly anticipated book, Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs, debuts tomorrow with the goal of examining Apple's transition following the death of Steve Jobs. While the book includes some interesting tidbits such as Jobs' comments on TV at a 2010 company retreat, Haunted Empire will likely not sit well with many Apple fans given Kane's thesis that the company is entering a period of decline without Jobs' guidance. That may indeed be the case, but the impression Kane gives readers is that she reached her conclusion before even embarking on the project, proceeding to selectively choose anecdotes to support her predetermined view. Haunted Empire has relatively little praise for Apple, offering a rather disjointed series of chapters jumping from one topic to the next in an effort to show how dysfunctional Apple has become without Jobs. The book begins with a prologue setting the stage for Apple's transition with a description of the company's celebration of Steve Jobs following his death in October 2011. The first few chapters then focus on Jobs' earlier decline in health, including inside details on his 2008 conversation with New York Times reporter Joe Nocera regarding his health issues. As Jobs began to move to the sidelines with several medical leaves of absence, Tim Cook's star began to rise with his handling of Apple's day-to-day operations, and his so-called "Cook Doctrine" shared on an earnings conference call in January 2009 offered the first good look at the executive's philosophy. Apple was flying high at that point on strong iPhone growth, but Kane alleges that Jobs resented Apple's success under Cook's stewardship:Jobs returned to Apple at the end of June [2009] just as had said he would. On his first day, he threw a series of tantrums, ripping people apart and tearing up marketing plans. When Jobs heard about the press's sterling evaluation of Cook's performance, he hit the roof. Cook had done an excellent job, but the leadership and skill he showed in doing so was unsettling. He was also still sore about the "Cook Doctrine." Jobs chewed him out in a meeting with other executives. "I'm the CEO!" Jobs yelled.In support of her argument that Apple has been on the decline for some time now, Kane proceeds to cite a series of events dating back to Jobs' final years, including the lost iPhone 4, "Antennagate", and a Daily Show segment in which Jon Stewart took Apple to task for its handling of the lost iPhone 4 situation. Even Apple's dispute with Adobe over Flash is painted as a losing situation for Apple:[T]he victory cost Apple. The fight with Adobe enforced the perception that Apple was turning into an eight-hundred-pound gorilla. Despite Jobs's justifiable reasons to exclude Flash from the iPad, Apple came across as an oppressor. The controversy tarnished the empire's sterling brand image.Once Jobs stepped down as CEO for good in August 2011 just six weeks before his death, Cook was better able to assert himself and Kane notes that Cook got off to a good start by promoting popular services chief Eddy Cue to a senior vice president position and instituting a matching program for employees' charitable gifts. But Cook soon faced a number of new problems, including a lukewarm reception to the new Siri personal assistant introduced on the iPhone 4S, issues with working conditions at manufacturing partner Foxconn and other suppliers as highlighted in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of "iEconomy" articles from The New York Times, and the wide-ranging patent wars with Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and others. Kane spends several chapters addressing the patent battles and the Samsung dispute in particular, arguing that while Apple has seen some victories in court, the effort has ultimately proven fruitless given judges' unwillingness to issue injunctions that would prevent Samsung from selling any of its most popular models of smartphones and tablets over infringement issues. Beyond the growing patent battles, other issues continued to mount for Cook, including the Maps iOS app debacle that led to the ouster of iOS chief Scott Forstall, the e-book pricing investigation, criticism from Chinese state-run media, and tax issues. Kane gives Cook relatively high marks for his U.S. Senate committee testimony on the tax issue, but otherwise argues that Cook has been unable to make his mark on Apple, with his low-key demeanor and a lack of significant product releases generating little excitement around the company. Even Apple's effort to bring Mac manufacturing back to the United States is played off as a minor development, with Apple's $100 million investment a "pittance compared to its $137 billion cash hoard" and the company having to partner with Flextronics on Mac Pro assembly because the project was "too insignificant for Foxconn to care." The last several chapters bring readers close to the present time, including a critical look at Cook's May 2013 appearance at the D11: All Things Digital conference in which Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher peppered Cook with a series of hard questions about Apple's product plans, competition from Android, and the weight of the patent wars.The performance was a disaster. Cook came across as delusional and painfully out of touch. If he was truly unfazed by the host of problems facing Apple, if he actually believed that everything was going well, then the company was really in trouble.Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 and the introduction of iOS 7 are also addressed, with Kane taking exception to executives' repeated efforts to dismiss much of the previous design work led by Scott Forstall.Fathoming the motives behind the ridicule required the skills of a Kremlinologist. Why was Apple's leadership wasting its time tearing down someone they'd already shoved out into the cold? Why so much animus over fake green felt? Did they really believe that the world recoiled under the tyranny of skeuomorphism? The putdowns may have been a kind of chest thumping, intended to trumpet the alpha ascendancy of Cook and Ive, who led the overhaul of the mobile software. Maybe they wanted to underscore that they had won that Forstall had lost. Even more intriguing was the possibility that the real target might not have been Forstall, but their visionary founder. [...] Was this Apple's odd way of declaring independence from his legacy?In an epilogue written in November, Kane leaves no doubt of her belief that Apple is on a downward slide, led by "a man laboring at an impossible task" with "no spark" and "no fire" in the way he presents his company to the world.The truth is, Apple used to be exceptional. Not necessarily in its behavior, which was often predatory. But certainly in its ability to inspire. Those days are waning. Outside the echo chamber of Apple's headquarters, the notion of the company's exceptionalism has been shattered.Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs debuts on Tuesday, March 18 and is available from a variety of outlets including Amazon and Apple's iBooks Store. 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Electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu reports on her Weibo account that the next iPhone may add a pressure, temperature and humidity sensor. G for Games relayed the relayed the report and points out that the "pressure" in this context is certainly atmospheric, not blood pressure:According to Sun Chang Xu (news chief analyst at ESM-China), sources close to the matter have revealed that Apple will catch up in the “sensors department”, as the iPhone 6 will feature pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. Please note that the analyst is probably not referring to blood pressure (this feature is rumored to be implemented in Apple’s iWatch) but to atmospheric pressure.This same analyst previously reported that Apple may use "optical sensors" to measure heart rate and oxygen levels in the rumored iWatch. The addition of these atmospheric sensors would bring it up in line with Samsung's S4 which included similar atmospheric sensors. The addition of more sensors to the iPhone 6 seems a natural progression with all the recent reports that Apple has been aggressively hiring individuals in the area of health sensors. iOS 8 is said to include a Healthbook app which reports on many health related sensors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' Apps for iPhone and iPad With Minor Improvements • Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote • Transcend Debuts 128GB RAM Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface    

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In a lengthy interview with The Sunday Times (via 9To5Mac), Apple's Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive discussed a number of topics including his philosophy on design and collaboration, the strong relationship he had with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and the future of Apple along with thoughts on new product categories. Speaking on his approach to design, Ive stated that he starts on a project by imagining what "a new kind of product should be and what it should do," revealing that his design team consists of 15 people from the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Britain. Ive added that the majority of work amongst his team happens in his office, which consists of computer controlled cutting machines and a large wooden bench that resembles a Genius Bar for new products and prototypes. Ive also discussed his tried-and-true approach of perfecting a product's design: [Ive] spent "months and months and months" working out the exact shape of the stand of the desktop iMac computer because "it's very hard to design something that you almost do not see because it just seems so obvious, natural, and inevitable." When he has finished a product, even one as fresh and iconic as the white headphones that came with the first iPod, he is haunted by the idea: could I have done it better? "It's an affliction designers are cursed with," Ive frowns. On the topic of his late friend and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Ive spoke out against the negative comments about Jobs' tough management style, stating that the former CEO had unique characteristics which led to great work: So much has been written about Steve, and I don't recognize my friend in much of it. Yes, he had a surgically precise opinion. Yes, it could sting. Yes, he constantly questioned. 'Is this good enough? Is this right?' But he was so clever. His ideas were bold and magnificent. They could suck the air from the room. And when the ideas didn't come, he decided to believe we would eventually make something great. And oh, the joy of getting there! When asked about wearable technology and whether Apple will make an iWatch smart watch, Ive replied that there are "obviously rumors about about [Apple] working on one", but stated that he would "obviously" not be talking about the subject, likening the rumors surrounding the iWatch to "a game of chess." Recent reports have pointed to Apple currently developing such a device to be revealed later this year, which may include health-tracking features and integration with other iOS devices. Finally, Ive answered as to whether he'd stop working at Apple if the company could no longer make innovative products, and gave his optimistic vision for the future: "Yes. I'd stop. I'd make things for myself, for my friends at home instead. The bar needs to be high." But, he adds: "I don't think that will happen. We are at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products will be developed. When you think about technology and what it has enabled us to do so far, and what it will enable us to do in the future, we're not even close to any kind of limit. It's still so, so new." Traditionally a quiet figure, Ive has been very instrumental in Apple's success since assuming his role after the return of Steve Jobs in 1997, designing some of Apple's most successful products including the iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Currently, he leads Apple's Industrial Design Group and oversees the company's Human Interface division, a position he took in October 2012 after then-Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall left the company. Ive also directed the effort behind iOS 7, which was released last September and featured a completely new design in addition to various other tweaks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' Apps for iPhone and iPad With Minor Improvements • Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote • Transcend Debuts 128GB RAM Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface    

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According to a passage from Yukari Kane's upcoming book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs, in 2010, Steve Jobs told Apple executives that the company would not be releasing a television. Business Insider relays the exchange which occurred at Apple's 2010 "Top 100" retreat for Apple executive, managers and employees. The attendees of the Top 100 retreat would hear presentations of Apple's business and often be exposed to new Apple products. The contents of the meeting are supposed to remain secret. The last day of the meeting, Jobs offered to answer any questions, and someone asked if Apple was going to release a television next.Yukari says "Jobs didn't hesitate." He said, "No." "TV is a terrible business. They don't turn over and the margins suck," said Jobs. (Unlike iPhones which are wildly profitable and replaced every two years, a TV gets replaced every 8 years, and isn't all that profitable.)Jobs reportedly went on to say that he did want to control the living room, but that the current Apple TV set-top-box would remain a hobby until Apple was able to get the the content it needed. There was apparently some disagreement amongst attendees if Jobs was sincere in his comments. Back in 2003, Jobs had told reporters that he didn't feel that Apple could add much value to mobile phones. The iPhone was announced four years later. Meanwhile, it's been three years since this statement, and other reports, including Steve Jobs' biography attributes comments from Jobs that he had "finally cracked" the difficulties in building an Apple television set. Meanwhile, Tim Cook also has made comments more recently that TV remains an "intense interest" for Apple, though that may refer to enhancing the Apple TV set-top-box experience than releasing a full-scale television. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates 'Apple Store' Apps for iPhone and iPad With Minor Improvements • Apple TV Concept Envisions iPod Touch-Style Remote • Transcend Debuts 128GB RAM Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface    

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While a recent report from a customer service representative indicated that Pioneer was exploring the possibility of bringing support for Apple's new CarPlay iPhone vehicle integration to third-party dashboard systems and Mercedes-Benz acknowledged efforts to bring extend support to its own older vehicles, it appears that full support will take some time to appear given challenges involved in the implementation. AppleToolbox spoke with both Volvo and Ferrari, two of Apple's launch partners for CarPlay, and both manufacturers acknowledged that extending compatibility to older vehicles would be difficult, with Ferrari ruling out the possibility and instead promoting its alternative phone integration systems.The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones. However, since we know that infotainment solutions are really important for our customers and also owners of older vehicles deserve the same care as all other customers, we developed an AfterMarket product aimed at offering last generation infotainment, completely compatible with most recent phones.Volvo does not appear to have ruled out older model support for CarPlay entirely, but acknowledges that it would be difficult for the company to add that support.We have not announced any plans for an aftermarket solution for Apple CarPlay. While I cannot reveal any potential future products, I can say that there are major roadblocks for this, both from a technical as well as from a usability point-of-view.And despite Pioneer's statement of interest earlier this week, which the company backed away from in a statement to AppleInsider, other third-party manufacturers are expressing reservations about whether they will even pursue CarPlay support. In an email to MacRumors, a Kenwood representative indicated that the firm would be "looking at" CarPlay but that adoption is not imminent.I can tell you Apple CarPlay won't be in any of our 2014 product. We will be looking at this operating system along with Google's. I haven't had any discussions with our engineers regarding Apples willingness or unwillingness to extend into aftermarket. Currently our [radios] support many of the features found on Apple CarPlay including SIRI control, AV content and even Navigation Apps, so perhaps this interface will have more of an impact with OEM systems that lack that kind of connectivity?It's clear that there remain a number of unknowns regarding CarPlay, and it seems that Apple has not kept third-party manufacturers abreast of its plans. As a result, it may yet be some time before those manufacturers can have proper discussions with Apple and explore just what it would entail to add CarPlay support to their products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface • Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April    

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Microsoft has a complete version of Office ready for release on the iPhone and the iPad, according to a new report from Reuters. The software is said to be ready to go as soon as new CEO Satya Nadella decides on a launch date. The lack of Office software on Apple's devices is becoming a serious issue for Microsoft as it hemorrhages both users and revenue to simpler apps, losing its grasp on an entire generation of users. According to one analyst estimate, Microsoft is losing approximately $2.5 billion per year avoiding an iPad version of Office. As Microsoft fails to bring its productivity software to Apple's mobile platform, companies are switching from the Office suite on computers to a cheaper, simpler, touch friendly solution. Reuters gives Artivest Holdings, a New York financial services startup, as an example of one company that has begun to shun Microsoft Office. At Artivest Holdings, Office has been largely replaced by Quip, a simple and free word processor that allows users to create documents and send messages on any platform, including iPhone, iPad, and desktop. Hundreds of similar productivity apps that mimic Office features are available in the App Store at little or no cost."There are no more Microsoft Word documents being circulated. If someone emails me a Word document, I'll tell them to put it in Quip," said Artivest Chief Investment Officer David Levine.Microsoft has positioned its products, including PCs and tablets, as productivity tools that outshine the iPad's capabilities, but the company's moves to keep its software largely on its own platforms have not been paying off as the iPad has soared in popularity despite Microsoft's efforts to paint it as a device solely for consumption in an extensive anti-iPad advertising campaign. The slew of Office-style apps available for users has begun to motivate Microsoft to ramp up its deployment efforts, in the hope that it's not too late to win back some customers. Office for iOS could come at any time, and news leaked earlier this week that Microsoft has plans to release a free version of its OneNote note-taking app on OS X to increase cross-platform compatibility and to compete with apps like Evernote.The speed with which apps like Quip have been adopted is forcing Microsoft to intensify its efforts to bring the powerful but ageing Office software suite to tablets and smartphones, according to people close to the company. "We have some pretty exciting plans," said John Case, the top Office marketing executive, without giving any details. "Certainly, interest in Office on the iPad is extreme. When they (customers) want to do real work, they are going to want to use Office."Recent rumors have suggested a version of Office for the iPad will be available soon, though an exact release date is unclear. Microsoft is also working on an updated version of Office for Mac that should debut later in the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface • Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April    

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Apple has "shelved" its plans to produce a larger-sized tablet, according to a report from Digitimes. Nicknamed the "iPad Pro", the 12.9-inch tablet was rumored to be under development with a launch date possible early next year. Apple's alleged move comes as these larger tablets face hurdles because the form factors are not compatible with the existing ecosystems, forcing manufacturers to scale back on their plans, claims Digitimes. However, most of the large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems. Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project. Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air It is unclear whether Apple having "shelved" the iPad Pro is a permanent move or if the company is simply taking a wait-and-see attitude with the project for the time being. Rumors of the iPad Pro first surfaced last May with a claimed early 2014 launch timeframe, but while a number of other sources have weighed in with their own claims about the device including word that production on the device's display had already begun, targets for the device's launch have slipped over time. Most recently, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has frequently offered accurate information on Apple's product plans, suggested last month that while the iPad Pro remained under development, its launch would likely not come this year. As rumors of a larger iPad gained steam throughout the latter half of 2013, Samsung moved to introduce its own product with the launch of a 12.2-inch tablet early this year. Digitimes has a mixed track record with its reporting, frequently obtaining accurate information from within Apple's supply chain, but on occasion seeming to misinterpret that information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface • Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April    

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Besides adding new Healthbook, TextEdit and Preview apps, Apple may also change existing pre-bundled applications in iOS 8, claims 9to5Mac. Apps slated for improvement include Notification Center, Voice Memos, Messages, Game Center and CarPlay. Apple may be simplifying existing apps like Notification Center, doing away with the "All" and "Missed" views and combing them into one “Notifications” view. The new Notification Center will contain "Today" and "Notifications" views, making it easier for users to keep track of items that are immediately important. Voice Memos also will see a redesign with controls that distinguish between recording and playback functions. Messaging may be tweaked with an optional auto-delete function that will remove older messages after a certain amount of time. This new feature would be useful for iOS owners who have older devices with less storage space and prefer not to use that valuable space to store old messages. Apple also may remove Game Center as a standalone app from both iOS and OS X, opting instead to embed the functionality into games that support the social gaming service. The company also is considering improving inter-app communication by creating a new API that allows apps to share data. For example, a future photo editing application could have the ability to push the edited content for upload via the Instagram or Facebook apps. The debut of the API has been in development for the past couple of years, and it had been removed from the launch version of iOS 7 last year for unspecified reasons. With that in mind, it is plausible that Apple could, again, choose to hold back the functionality. As hinted by Volvo, CarPlay may be updated to support WiFi connections instead of relying on the lightning cable to link an iOS device to the car's in-dash system. From these early iOS 8 rumors, Apple appears to focusing on the overall experience by improving key apps like Maps, Siri and Notification Center and speeding up performance of the OS. The company is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC later this year, with a release possible this fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Security Team Exploits Safari Security Flaw at PWN2OWN • Report Claims GT Advanced Will Only Supply 9% - 16% of iPhone 6 Sapphire Displays • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D17 to Developers • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface • Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April    

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After debuting a range of playful iPhone 5c ads on Tumblr in early March, Apple has expanded its campaign to the The New York Times and the front page of Yahoo.com. The Yahoo homepage currently features an ad block on the right side hand of the page that houses eight different iPhone 5c ads with the tagline "Find your colors." Each ad features a short animation, mirroring some of the original Tumblr ads. There's a spot called "Catwalk," for example, which features a series of lens flashes, "Baaaa," which mimics a herd of sheep, and "99 Luftballoons," which offers floating red dots with music from the popular song. In each video, a series of dots are depicted in different arrangements that eventually come into line as the same dots on the back of the iPhone 5c case, which then zoom out to show the full iPhone 5c. Apple has approximately 17 different animated iPhone 5c ads that are being displayed on the web, both on Yahoo's properties and on The New York Times site earlier this week. According to a Times representative, Apple's grid-based ad was a customized format offering "a transparent overlay to depict a rich brand experience" that was indeed designed by the company though it featured a Sprint logo. Apple has aggressively advertised the iPhone 5c since its release, but the move to social media sites like Tumblr is new territory for the company, which typically sticks to billboards, television commercials, and other types of traditional advertising formats. Web ads are not new for the company, however, as Apple has recently shown its Your Verse ads on a range of websites. It appears that the campaign on the Times website may have ended, but it is likely that Apple will expand the animated advertisements to other websites as well in an effort to further market the iPhone 5c to a wide range of consumers. During the company's Q1 2014 earnings call, Apple revealed it had seen lower than expected sales of the iPhone 5c due to high demand for the flagship iPhone 5s. Some reports indicated that the iPhone 5s was outselling the iPhone 5c by a two-to-one margin and Apple scaled back production of the mid-tier phone shortly after launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twelve South Introduces 'Rutledge' BookBook With New Leather Coloring Technique • First Images of Official Family Guy iOS Game Surface • Titanfall Creators in Talks With Aspyr, Mac Version May Be in the Works • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April • Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth • Apple's iTunes, App Store, and iCloud Experiencing Issues [Update: Google DNS Problem, Now Fixed] • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France    

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Apple's granted patents and patent applications over the last couple of months have revealed a significant interest in camera lens systems that attach to the iPhone's existing camera, enhancing its photo taking capabilities much like third-party lens attachment solutions from companies like Olloclip. In a newly published patent application (via Patently Apple), Apple explores a bayonet lens attachment mechanism to fix a separate lens to an iPhone. Bayonet is a type of pin-based of lens mount that is designed to precisely align the mechanical and electrical features between a lens and a body in a traditional camera, preventing the components from rotating. According to Apple, this attachment method is superior to other solutions such as a separate case that lenses can be mounted to or a magnetic attachment system that may not be strong enough to keep a lens attached while in motion. Apple describes both a case and a magnetic mount as "undesirable" and "unsightly." Detachable lenses from third-party manufacturer Olloclip The application explains in detail how a lens can be mounted to an iPhone or other device through a bayonet attachment, with the iPhone or other device possessing a cavity that the can attach to a lens and the bayonets being located around the aperture of the lens. It also describes quick release methods, should a device with a lens attached by dropped or otherwise damaged.Attachment mechanisms are provided. The attachment mechanisms may be configured to couple accessory devices, such as lens devices to an electronic device. For example, a lens may be coupled to the exterior of an electronic device with first and second attachment mechanisms. While there are a range of third-party add-on lenses for the iPhone and the iPad, none of the available solutions are able to use an attachment method as Apple describes due to the fact that such a system would have to be manufactured directly into the iPhone. Instead, they use magnets, cases, or other less than ideal attachment solutions that would be unable to compete with a native solution from Apple, should the company choose to pursue camera enhancements in the form of lens attachments. A drawing of Apple's lens attachment method Apple has also explored other attachment methods in recent years, including a magnetic lens attachment system that was detailed in a patent granted in January and a similar lens attachment system that worked with a removable back panel used to swap in different lenses, unveiled in 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April • Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth • Apple's iTunes, App Store, and iCloud Experiencing Issues [Update: Google DNS Problem, Now Fixed] • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac    

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A screenshot of an iOS 8 homescreen with the new Healthbook, Preview and TextEdit icons was posted to China's Weibo microblog and spotted by 9to5mac. The source of the screenshot cannot be verified, but insiders close to 9to5 claim the icons represented in the image are legitimate. Healthbook is Apple's rumored fitness app for iOS 8 and its icon revealed in the screenshot loosely matches earlier descriptions. It may connect to the iWatch and track vital health and fitness parameters such as calories burned, heart rate and potentially other statistics like hydration and blood glucose levels. Preview and TextEdit may debut in iOS later this year as part of an expansion of Apple's iCloud service. Their icons mirror those of their OS X counterparts, which is unusual as Apple uses different icons for its OS X and iOS apps. This suggests the icons are placeholders and may change before the apps are released. Tips is an unknown app, and its role in iOS 8 is not certain. Overall, the screenshot shows the iOS 8 design appearing essentially identical to that of iOS 7, although this may change over time as work continues on the next-generation operating system. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 later this year at WWDC 2014 and release it publicly sometime this fall. Besides underlying improvements to services like Maps and Siri, it also is expected to include health and fitness features that will integrate with Apple's iWatch wearable device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April • Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth • Apple's iTunes, App Store, and iCloud Experiencing Issues [Update: Google DNS Problem, Now Fixed] • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac    

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Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on an "iWatch" featuring biometric sensors and integration with other iOS devices, and a recently published patent application (via AppleInsider) addressing pedometer functions is being presented as evidence that the company is indeed working on a wrist-worn fitness device. In some implementations, optimizations for detecting steps when a pedometer is worn at a user's wrist are described. In some implementations, a threshold crossing step detection method can be enhanced for wrist locations by counting the number of positive peaks between comparison threshold crossings, adjusting a minimum peak-to-peak threshold for qualifying threshold crossings, and inferring a second step based on the amount of time between threshold crossings. In some implementations, the pedometer can automatically determine that the pedometer is being worn on a user's wrist. The problem with this interpretation is that Apple already offers a product with a built-in pedometer and which is frequently worn on the wrist or arm: the iPod nano with Nike+ integration. Also supporting the idea that this research was pursued with the iPod in mind is the fact that the sole inventor listed on the patent, Yash Modi, is open about his work on iPod pedometer functionality during his time at the company. Modi left Apple in March 2012 to join Nest. While such pedometer functionality is likely to make its way into the iWatch given rumors of emphasis on biometric sensors for the device, Apple's patent application is by no means a smoking gun given that the technology has been in use for a number of years already. The built-in pedometer debuted in the fifth-generation iPod nano introduced in September 2009. Still, Apple's "Wrist Pedometer Step Detection" patent offers an interesting glimpse at how Apple has worked to optimize algorithms for detecting steps when a device is worn on the wrist. Unlike standard pedometers that are worn on the waist and provide consistent step data, the wrist adds complexity to step measurement because its motion is not always tied to actual forward movement. Algorithms analyzing wrist movement data must isolate actual steps from the background movement when users are typing, driving or performing other common tasks. Apple's filtering method of step analysis accurately measures this movement and has the added benefit of being able to analyze movement from a device that is worn anywhere on the body. The software powering the device also can determine when a device is worn on the wrist or another body part and will adjust its analysis based on the device's location. Apple is expected to unveil its iWatch wearable later this year with health and productivity features that connect the device to a user's iPhone or iPad via Siri and iOS 8's Healthbook app. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April • Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth • Apple's iTunes, App Store, and iCloud Experiencing Issues [Update: Google DNS Problem, Now Fixed] • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac    

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Apple may be expanding iCloud in iOS 8 by releasing iOS versions of Preview and TextEdit that use iCloud for document retrieval and storage. It also is developing tools that will make it easier for developers to create iCloud-based applications. These improvements are expected to arrive later this year, reports 9to5Mac. Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system’s Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents. Instead, the apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronized content. These new Preview and TextEdit apps will be document viewers only and won't include editing functionality. iPhone and iPad owners will be encouraged to use iWork applications to edit common document types and iBooks to manipulate PDFs. These changes reflect a new development strategy championed by Apple Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. Instead of two separate teams with one focusing on iOS and the other dedicated to OS X, Federighi has merged the teams so the same group of developers work on both the iOS and OS X versions. Apple also is exploring ways to make iCloud app development easier for developers. Details are sparse, but Apple may provide new iCloud storage tools that allow developers to use iCloud as a file system for sharing data across iOS and OS X platforms. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password for Mac Gets Updated with 30 New Features, 1Password Mini Item Editing • United Airlines to Debut In-Flight Movie Service for iPad and iPhone in April • Apple TV Update 6.1 Allows AirPlay Discoverability Over Bluetooth • Apple's iTunes, App Store, and iCloud Experiencing Issues [Update: Google DNS Problem, Now Fixed] • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac    

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For several years, Apple has put on a month-long concert series in London called the iTunes Festival. This year's series included performances from a number of artists, across a variety of genres, including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Elton John, Ludovico Einaudi and many more. Even with the huge success of the festival in London, Apple was hesitant to put on a similar series in the United States. This month, however, at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, Apple presented an iTunes Festival with a number of different artists including Willie Nelson, Soundgarden and Coldplay. Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple sat down with Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue to discuss the concert and why it took so long to bring it to the States. "I wasn't sure we would ever bring it to the U.S.," Cue said. "We have something so special at the festival in London that you had the feeling that if you did it anywhere else, it just wasn't going to be quite good enough. You have to have the right place. The combination of Austin, which has a culture of music, and this venue is fantastic -- it's made for music."Cue went on to note that Apple is "not trying to pitch our products", instead the company wants to focus on "the emotion of the artists and the fans." Dalrymple says that it's not just the fans who like to enjoy the music -- after playing its opening performance, the band Imagine Dragons went offstage and then sat in the balcony to watch Coldplay, an atypical thing for a major musical act. Apple doesn't choose huge stadiums for its musical events, though it could probably sell out. Instead, Apple chooses small venues like the 2750-seat Moody Theater in Austin that it used at SXSW. It also gives away tickets for free, allowing all fans an equal opportunity to see their favorite acts, regardless of their ability to pay for tickets. He also mentions the production behind the iTunes Festival, saying that the sound quality is the best he's ever heard at a live event. With concerts being streamed live around the world on iPhones, iPads and the Apple TV, quality is important. Cue says that Apple takes a lot of pride in the iTunes Festival because the company has "such an admiration for what the artists do." Apple updated both the iTunes Festival iOS app and the companion Apple TV channel ahead of this week's iTunes Festival. On-demand streams of the Austin concerts will be available for a limited time, while concerts will also stream live through Saturday. Tonight, Isaiah Rashad, ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar will appear, with Capital Cities, Band of Skulls and Soundgarden on stage on Thursday. Friday will see G.R.L, Zedd and Pitbull, with Mickey Guyton, Willie Nelson and Keith Urban wrapping up the festival on Saturday. The full lineup is also available on the iTunes Festival website. iTunes Festival can be downloaded free from the App Store. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts    

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Pioneer Electronics, a company that manufacturers many in-car electronic systems, is looking into the possibility of implementing CarPlay compatibility with both its existing and future products. The news comes courtesy of a Pioneer customer service representative and was relayed to MacRumors via a reader. Introduced in early March, CarPlay is Apple’s iOS vehicle integration system that allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone functions, messages, and music. While the service initially debuted solely in new cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, it appears CarPlay could be introduced into a wide range of existing vehicles through Pioneer, which offers aftermarket navigation and audio systems for cars. Because Apple has thus far only announced CarPlay partnerships with specific car manufacturers for new 2014 models, it has been unclear whether the service is compatible with older vehicles. CarPlay does, however, work in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which is used to power many existing in-car infotainment systems installed in a wide variety of automobiles, suggesting aftermarket solutions are indeed a possibility. Mercedes-Benz, one of Apple’s official CarPlay partners, has also indicated that it is working on aftermarket installations, but Pioneer’s potential solution is more promising as it would be available in a wider range of existing vehicles. Apple has officially announced deals with several different vehicle manufacturers including Honda, Ford, GM, Jaguar, and Hyundai, in addition to Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz, but it appears the company is also striking deals with accessory manufacturers like Pioneer, suggesting CarPlay could be widely distributed to vehicle owners over the course of the next few months. (Thanks, Matt!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Jobs Opera Based on Shakespeare's 'Henry V' to Open in France • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts    

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Along with several visual tweaks, CarPlay support, and Touch ID enhancements, iOS 7.1 also brought some changes to the way in-app purchases work. When making an in-app purchase for the first time after updating, users are notified via a pop-up window that additional in-app purchases can be made for 15 minutes without reentering a password. The message also points to an existing option in the Settings menu that allows users to require a password with every in-app purchase. First uncovered by AppleInsider, the new message is likely the result of an agreement between Apple and the Federal Trade Commission, which required the company to implement measures to obtain express consent from consumers before billing them for an in-app purchase. According to the consent decree that was initially signed in January, Apple had until March 31 to make the necessary changes, which may or may not be completed with the inclusion of the new message that requires users to acknowledge the possibility of additional in-app purchases. While the pop-up is new, Apple has always had a 15-minute purchase window allowing additional in-app purchases to be made without reentering a password, a policy that landed the company in hot water in 2011 after parental complaints about children over-spending in apps sparked the FTC's interest. Apple made some changes to in-app purchases following the complaints, requiring a separate password entry specifically for in-app purchases, but the company was still forced by the FTC to to provide full refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items. In addition to implementing the required changes to the App Store, Apple will refund approximately $32 million to parents. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers    

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Microsoft is working on a version of OneNote for the Mac that will debut later this month, claims The Verge. This release will expand the note-taking software beyond its roots as a paid desktop app for Windows users and will complement the mobile apps that exist on iOS and Android. According to The Verge's report, Microsoft will drop the price on the note-taking app and release it for free to both OS X and Windows owners. The latest version of OneNote also may include companion web-clipper extensions that plug into popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. These plug-ins will make it easy for people to grab snippets from web pages and immediately share them with the OneNote app. Microsoft hopes the price drop along with new web-clipping feature will make OneNote attractive to customers who currently use competing note-taking apps such as Evernote. We understand that Microsoft will release the OneNote for Mac app for free, and the company is also planning to make the Windows desktop version available at no extra cost. This marks a significant change in the way Microsoft manages OneNote, unbundling it fully from the cost of Office. We’re told part of this free approach is targeted at competitors like Evernote, but Microsoft is also adding additional features to entice people away from the competition. The launch of OneNote is part of a larger push by Microsoft into the Apple ecosystem. The company is rumored to be working on a new version of Office for the Mac that may debut later this year as well as Office for the iPad that allegedly is coming soon. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers    

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Following its introduction at WWDC 2013, Apple's iTunes Radio music streaming service launched alongside iOS 7 in September of last year. The service is available within iTunes on the desktop and the Music app for iOS, allowing users create channels based on artists, genres or songs. To bring attention to the service and increase engagement, Apple may be spinning off iTunes Radio into its own app in iOS 8, according to a report by 9to5Mac.As a standalone application, users will be able to more quickly access iTunes Radio. Psychologically for users, iTunes Radio will be its own app competing with the likes of the Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio apps found on the App Store. The benefit for Apple, however, is that iTunes Radio will be pre-installed. The interface for the standalone iTunes Radio application is said to be nearly identical to the one found inside of the iOS Music app and its Home screen icon is a terrestrial radio graphic atop a red background. Apple originally wanted to launch iTunes Radio as a standalone app alongside iOS 6, but those plans allegedly fell through when licensing negotiations with major music labels hit a snag. As envisioned for iOS 8, the new standalone iTunes Radio reportedly would be similar to the current Music app version, continuing to offer Featured Stations and include a browsable music history. iOS users would maintain their ability to create and manage their music channels as well as purchase individual tracks. Despite being buried within the iOS Music app, iTunes Radio continues to grow in popularity. A recent report from Edison Research and Statista places iTunes Radio as the third most popular music streaming service in the United States, edging out Spotify to land behind market leaders Pandora and iHeartRadio. The breakout of iTunes Radio into its own app in iOS 8 could further boost usage of the service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Window to 14 Calendar Days • Apple to Focus on Selling Entry-Level iPhones and iPads in Small Stores Across India • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers    

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Apple has received final approval for its upcoming Union Square Apple Store from the San Francisco Planning Commission and the city’s Board of Supervisors, reports Re/code. With the go ahead from the city, Apple can begin construction on the new store, which is located approximately three blocks away from its existing San Francisco store. A model of the San Francisco Apple Store courtesy of ifoAppleStore"We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs," Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Re/code. "Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square."Apple first earned final approval from the planning commission in February and it received a necessary zoning concession from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week after agreeing to revise its initial building plans. Apple’s original plan, which received some criticism, called for the removal of the historical Ruth Asawa fountain at the location and the installation of an 80-foot wide wall along a key pedestrian and transit corridor. The company filed a revised plan back in August, pledging to move the fountain to a nearby location, add an eight-foot wide window for visual interest, and move the glass wall of the store back by four feet. Apple's new Union Square store will be located in the former Levi's building at the corner of Post and Stockton streets. Renderings of the location have suggested it will have massive 44-foot tall sliding glass panels at the entry way, with an Apple representative calling the location "more iconic" than the company's well-known Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers • Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 • iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks    

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Though it was only released yesterday morning, iOS 7.1 has already been installed on 5.9 percent of iOS devices in North America, according to a new report from analytics firm Chitika. To get its numbers, Chitika measured ad impressions from tens of millions of iOS-based devices in the U.S. and Canada from March 9 to March 11, 2014. The adoption rates are similar to those of iOS 7.0.6, which offered a critical security fix and was installed on 13.3 percent of iOS devices 48 hours after release and 25 percent of devices after four days. As with most minor version updates, iOS 7.1 adoption rates have been less dramatic than those of its major-version counterparts. In the 24 hours following the operating system's public release, iOS 7.1 users generated 5.9% of total North American iOS Web traffic.iOS 7.1 offers CarPlay support, Touch ID improvements, bug fixes, and several visual tweaks for iOS, including revamped shift and caps locks keys for the keyboard, refined icons for the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps, and a redesign for several aspects of the Phone dialer and shutdown screen. Beyond iOS 7.1, iOS 7 users generated more than 80 percent of all iOS web traffic over the three days Chitika measured, a number that has remained steady since the company's previous February 26 study. Chitika's overall iOS 7 usage numbers in North America are in line with reports from Apple's App Store support page for developers, which indicates 83 percent of all iOS devices have iOS 7 installed as of March 9, 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac • Listen to All of Apple's Text-to-Speech Voices From Around the World • LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers • Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 • iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks    

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Microsoft is planning to introduce an updated version of its Office productivity suite for the Mac in 2014, according to Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Lead at Microsoft Germany, who gave Computerwoche (via Macworld) the news at the Cebit trade fair in Hanover. While there's little information available on a possible release date, Hübschen said more news on the product should come during the second quarter of 2014. Microsoft's current Office software for the Mac was released more than three years ago in October of 2010.At the Cebit trade fair in Hanover, Hübschen told Computerwoche that there are now development teams for each of the Office applications, which each produce versions of their product for different platforms. In addition to MacOS, other possible targets for the future may include tablets running iOS and Android. Microsoft originally had plans to release Office for Mac in the spring of 2014, but it appears the company will miss that timeline, instead planning for a release later in the year. According to a representative from Microsoft, the company is indeed working on the next version of Office for Mac."The team is hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac," she said in an email. "While I don't have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost."The company is also said to be working on an iPad version of Office, but it remains unclear when that app might arrive. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers • Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 • iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks • 4.7-Inch 'iPhone Air' Shown Off In New Concept Video • Apple TV 6.1 Software Update Makes Hiding Channels Easier • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Canadian Retail Stores    

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The next iteration of Apple's iOS software for mobile devices is likely coming this fall. Apple generally pre-announces details during the summer, but a handful of rumors have already given us some information about what to expect. iOS 8 is said to be heavily focused on health, and may integrate with the iWatch, Apple's much-rumored smart watch currently in development. The operating system will reportedly include a "Healthbook" app that pulls fitness-related information from both the M7 motion co-processor included in the iPhone 5s and sensors to be included with the iWatch. Because iOS 7 included a complete visual overhaul of the operating system, iOS 8 is not expected to feature many design changes. Instead, Apple will likely focus on polishing existing features, possibly improving Maps and Siri, along with bolstering the functionality of Touch ID through a new mobile payments system. Read full roundup for more details... Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers • Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 • iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks • 4.7-Inch 'iPhone Air' Shown Off In New Concept Video • Apple TV 6.1 Software Update Makes Hiding Channels Easier • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Canadian Retail Stores    

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The next iteration of Apple's iOS software for mobile devices is likely coming this fall. Apple generally pre-announces details during the summer, but a handful of rumors have already given us some information about what to expect. iOS 8 is said to be heavily focused on health, and may integrate with the iWatch, Apple's much-rumored smart watch currently in development. The operating system will reportedly include a "Healthbook" app that pulls fitness-related information from both the M7 motion co-processor included in the iPhone 5s and sensors to be included with the iWatch. Because iOS 7 included a complete visual overhaul of the operating system, iOS 8 is not expected to feature many design changes. Instead, Apple will likely focus on polishing existing features, possibly improving Maps and Siri, along with bolstering the functionality of Touch ID through a new mobile payments system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vevo Partners with Apple to Stream iTunes Festival from SXSW • Former Apple Engineer Recalls Steve Jobs' Great Displeasure with Multi-Button Mouse Concepts • Apple Improves Loyalty Discounts for Business and Education Customers • Apple Credits 'Evad3rs' Jailbreak Team for Discovering Security Issues Fixed in iOS 7.1 • iOS 7.1 Includes Support for Two Unannounced iPads, Likely Minor Tweaks • 4.7-Inch 'iPhone Air' Shown Off In New Concept Video • Apple TV 6.1 Software Update Makes Hiding Channels Easier • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Canadian Retail Stores    

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