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Apple today released the second Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the sixth Developer Preview earlier this week. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12 for Yosemite. The software update, build 14A329r, can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. It's likely the new public beta bundles the content introduced in the last several developer updates, including multiple design changes added with DP 6. The last beta included new wallpapers, a new System Preferences design, a translucent dashboard, several icon updates, and more. Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may also introduce both the iWatch and new iPads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Halts In-Store Pickup Option for Apple TV in Online Store, Still Available for Shipping • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers

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Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem. With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting involved in the situation. Attorneys from Washington, DC-based Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP have addressed the Facebook group, launching a survey to gather information from affected MacBook Pro owners as the firm considers a possible class action lawsuit.Alerted to the pervasive failures concerning the 2011 MBP GPU’s, we commenced an investigation leading us to your community. Your posts are a great source of information, but to determine if any legal claims may exist, we need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.The firm touts its experience with lawsuits against other technology companies including topics such as Google Buzz privacy issues, Lenovo IdeaPad hardware problems, and more. While it is not certain that a class action suit will be filed against Apple, it's clear the issue is a substantial one. The discrete graphics chips used in the affected machines are from AMD, and Apple previously launched a replacement program for AMD graphics cards used in 27-inch iMacs from a similar time period. While the graphics chips used in the two machines are different, the iMac repair program indicates that Apple would be willing to launch a similar program for the MacBook Pro if it is able to diagnose the issue and be convinced the problem requires such a program. Typically such programs provide for free repairs and reimbursement for those who had previously paid for repairs to fix the issue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Halts In-Store Pickup Option for Apple TV in Online Store, Still Available for Shipping • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published another Apple patent application that describes a reversible USB connector with a "double orientation design." (Via AppleInsider) Today's patent application, filed in February and titled "Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force," differs slightly from a separate application made a few weeks earlier by highlighting a key design detail that adds flexibility to the USB connector contacts. According to the patent description, the USB connector would feature a flexible tongue allowing it to bend to fit an existing USB port regardless of the insertion orientation. This flexible plug connector was mentioned briefly in the January patent, but Apple has expanded upon this idea in this latest patent application to address various types of support elements that would minimize stress on the flexible portion of the tongue while still ensuring strong contact between the connector and a USB port.As mentioned previously, some plug connectors of the present invention may include structural support elements made from materials chosen to allow plug connector tongues to deflect. Connector 1610 may also include a structural support element, e.g., a structural support 1635. Structural support 1635 may provide flexure to PCB 1632 to reduce stress and fatigue on PCB 1632 and allow tongue 1630, along with PCB 1632, to deflect toward and away from first or second inner surfaces 1620a, 1620b during insertion/extraction events. In order to provide this flexure, structural support 1635 may be made from an elastomer that deforms in response to stress, e.g., a mating event, but holds tongue 1630 centrally located between first and second inner surfaces 1620a, 1620b otherwise. As shown in the patent drawings, Apple's solution allows the contact portion of the tongue to be thicker and sturdier, while positioning it on a thinner, flexible "stalk". This stalk will deflect in either direction in order to provide room for mating with existing USB ports while maintaining a strong connection with the contacts. Apple's proposed USB connector with tongue showing durable contact portion (1939) on a thin, flexible stalk This flexible tongue provides a distinct advantage over current solutions from competing products, which typically use a rigid tongue that has been slimmed down to fit existing USB ports. Though these cables can be inserted in either orientation, the very thin tongue is susceptible to breakage. With Apple's proposed solution, the contact portion of the tongue can be thicker and more durable, with the flexible portion of the tongue minimizing the possibility of breakage and providing room for the thicker tongue to still fit in either orientation. Recently leaked photos and videos suggest Apple may be working on a new Lightning cable with this reversible USB connector. These cables may ship with future iOS devices and also may contain other features such as support for high-definition audio playback on Made For iPhone (MFi) audio accessories. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Halts In-Store Pickup Option for Apple TV in Online Store, Still Available for Shipping • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers

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Leaked schematics from phone repair company GeekBar (via G 4 Games) suggest Apple may be preparing to release a 128 GB iPhone 6 model. An accompanying part supply list contains entries for NAND flash modules from Toshiba and Hynix in capacities of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB storage option is notably absent from the list, although the reason for its exclusion is unknown. Previous rumors have suggested Apple has been working on a 128 GB iPhone model, with one rumor claiming the higher capacity module would debut in the 5.5-inch model only. The same leak also predicted Apple would drop the 16 GB option, introducing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with two storage options (32 and 64 GB) and a 5.5-inch model with three storage capacities (32, 64 and 128 GB). This new parts list from GeekBar appears to refute that claim, opening the door for Apple to add the 128 GB model as a fourth storage option for consumers. Apple launched its first 128 GB iOS device in early 2013 with a mid-cycle upgrade to the fourth-generation iPad. The option expanded across the iPad lineup with the October 2013 introduction of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which also are available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacities. The 128 GB option has, however, yet to make its way into the smaller iPhone and iPod touch form factors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Halts In-Store Pickup Option for Apple TV in Online Store, Still Available for Shipping • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers

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New photos shared by French Apple news website iPhonote (Google Translate) claim to show a number of components for the upcoming iPad Air 2, including the device's GPS antenna, microphone, and Wi-Fi module. While previous leaks have shown off the device's front panel and rear shell, these images could be the first look at the various internal components in the iPad Air 2. Purported iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, microphone, and WiFi module The website also posted a variety of comparison images between each component for the iPad Air 2 and its corresponding part on the current iPad Air. While no major changes can be immediately spotted from any of the comparisons, it does appear that the next-generation iPad Air's GPS antenna is longer than its predecessor. Also shown are pictures of the iPhone 6's front panel, which appear similar to prior leaks of the component. Apple is expected to announce the iPad Air 2 alongside the next-generation Retina iPad mini at an event this fall. A report from Re/code claimed that Apple would be unveiling the iWatch at an October event, which may also include the introduction of both new iPads. The iPad Air 2 may feature a thinner design thanks to an integrated display, anti-reflective coating, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a faster A8 processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Halts In-Store Pickup Option for Apple TV in Online Store, Still Available for Shipping • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers

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iMessage is responsible for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, according to research done by security expert Tom Landesman and anti-spam company Cloudmark (via Wired). The researcher notes that there are multiple reasons as to why the platform has become a prime choice for spammers, stating that iMessage's reach across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac along with its accessibility have made it easy to target users: That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.” With iMessage, spammers can send unwanted messages to a user's associated emails and phone numbers if enabled. The ability for the desktop Messages client to verify numbers with the iMessage network has also made sending spam to confirmed users easier, along with the fact that signing up for the service can be done with just an email. The researcher further notes that iMessage's read receipts feature (which can be turned off) allows spammers to better generate a list of verified users to spam based on activity. Apple has made a few moves to combat spam in iMessage over the past year, adding a rate-limit for sent messages after some iOS developers experienced a denial-of-service prank, and adding a spam reporting tool. However, that tool remains a bit complicated to use, as it requires users to send Apple an email containing the screenshot of the spam message, the email or phone number it was received from, and the date and time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Walmart Dropping Price of iPhone 5c to $0.97, iPhone 5s to $79 for 90-Day Period • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support

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While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell. Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble early images of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear shell, depicting thick antenna breaks, a rounded True Tone flash, a cutout for an embedded Apple logo, the camera, and the microphone. Inside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to outside of 4.7-inch rear shell More convincingly, the screw holes on the rear shell image accurately match up with the screw holes on an earlier leaked image of a logic board said to be for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so this may be our first look at a true 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, but it is unclear whether the company will show off both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models at the same time. If the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 does make an appearance at the event, it may not ship to customers until several months after the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 ships due to production delays. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Best Buy Offers One-Day $75 Discount on All iPad Air Models • SEC and Longhorn Networks Added to 'WatchESPN' Apple TV Channel • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier

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Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM. Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades, customers have been wondering when Apple might opt to bump up the RAM in its tablet lineup. iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID home button Previous generations of the iPad have likely not seen a memory increase in order to keep costs low, save space, and preserve battery, but with some of the upcoming iOS 8 features, more RAM might be a necessity for smooth performance. Apple is rumored to be working on split-screen multitasking for the iPad Air, a feature that will certainly be more memory intensive than running a single app at a time. The feature is said to allow two apps to run side-by-side on the iPad in multiple sizes, including 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4. While split-screen multitasking is likely to be available on existing devices, it may run better on Apple's upcoming iPad Air, which is also expected to gain a new A8 processor. Thus far, rumors have suggested that split-screen multitasking will be limited to the iPad Air, though support may come to the iPhone and the Retina iPad mini at a later date. Split-screen multitasking is unlikely to be ready for iOS 8's fall debut, but it may come as part of an 8.1 update. TechNews also shares some information on Apple's upcoming iWatch, suggesting the device will sport 512 MB of internal memory along with 8 GB of storage, which cannot be confirmed with previous rumors as little is known about the device. TechNews does not have much of a track record when it comes to Apple rumors, and what it has shared has seen mixed outcomes. The site accurately predicted a sapphire cover for the Touch ID home button ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5s, but it also incorrectly suggested the home button would be capacitive. Apple is said to be planning an October event to unveil the iWatch, even though the device may not ship until late 2014 or early 2015. That October event may also include the debut of the second-generation iPad Air and the second-generation Retina iPad mini. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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The National Football League earlier this month officially launched its NFL Now service, its next-generation video streaming service that provides access to the largest digital library of NFL videos available online. The video content can be viewed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac (via a web browser) and other connected devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and as of today, the Apple TV channel that was leaked earlier in the month. The NFL Now service delivers historic videos, breaking news, game highlights and original programming from the NFL Now studios. Personalization is a key feature -- allowing users to follow their favorite players and teams, with up to 4,800 minutes of team coverage being pushed across their screens each week. The service also will provide live video coverage of important press events and other important moments from the NFL. It will not live stream NFL games that are in progress. Customers who want to watch games as they are happening must download the NFL Mobile app [Direct Link]. NFL Now is available in two tiers, with the free NFL Now service providing access to the core news and video content. Football fans who want even more content and personalization can subscribe to the $1.99 monthly NFL Now Plus service, which offers instant in-game highlights, access to NFL Films videos and the ability to create custom video streams featuring their favorite teams or players. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download the NFL Now app [Direct Link] from the iOS App Store for free. Mac users can get their fill of NFL coverage via the NFL Now website, while Apple TV channels can access the new channel directly from the main screen on their set-top boxes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program's new Tablets/Slates category. As of today, Apple's four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro. In a blog post announcing the new category earlier this week, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee hailed the early inclusion of more than 100 tablets without mentioning that essentially all of them were Apple products.We are pleased at Participating Manufacturers’ enthusiasm to register these new products. In less than one week more than 100 slates/tablets have been registered in EPEAT, and we expect to see many more in the weeks and months to come. These products are an exciting addition to EPEAT and an important step into reducing the environmental impacts of a major new product type. We are confident the new products are leaders in their category.Apple has a bit of a rocky history with EPEAT, notifying the environmental assessment service in 2012 that it was withdrawing its products from the registry. At the time, Apple cited "changes in its design direction which were no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements" as the reason for this removal request. Apple quickly reversed its decision after businesses, municipalities and other Apple customers publicly decried the withdrawal decision. EPEAT also responded with a pledge to work with Apple and possibly adapt its judging standards to be more compatible with the company's cutting edge product designs. Apple's product lineup is now represented in several EPEAT categories, including desktops, notebooks, displays, integrated desktop computers, and tablets/slates. The company has earned a gold star rating for all of its eligible products, including its difficult-to-repair MacBook Pro with Retina display. This controversial gold rating has prompted some groups to accuse EPEAT of lowering its standards in order to include Apple on the list. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (Google Translate, via G for Games) once again shows a protruding camera ring on the back of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is measured at 0.67-0.77 millimeters. The website also claims that the phone will be 7 millimeters thick, which lines up with the most recent leak showing off the device's rear shell and front panel for the first time. Additionally, it is claimed that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been given a codename of N56, while the 5.5-inch version is known as N61. This is in line with the code names of prior iPhones, as the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 was known as N92. However, no additional evidence suggests that N56 and N61 are the exact code names of both iPhone 6 models. Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9, with a launch for the 4.7-inch version likely coming about a week or so after. It is possible that the 5.5-inch model may launch alongside its smaller counterpart, however production issues may push back its release until late next year or 2015. Both models of the iPhone 6 will likely incorporate a faster A8 processor, a thinner, rounded chassis, and iOS 8. The camera on the iPhone 6 will also be improved, featuring a unified, round dual-LED "True Tone" flash and some form of image stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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Last week, Apple posted retail job listings for a future retail store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, hinting that the company will soon open its first store in the Middle East. Now, Middle East website EDGARDaily.com reports that the store will be located at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, and will be Apple's biggest retail location to date. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates Our undisclosed source said that the store – which will be the biggest Apple has ever built – was originally planned to replace the current cinema complex. The timing of the recent job adverts suggest the store could have a planned opening for the first quarter of 2015. Dubai's Mall of the Emirates originally opened in September 2005 and boasts more than 700 stores and services over 2.4 million square feet, making it a desirable location for Apple to open a store. In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted visiting the country, posing for photos at Apple resellers and meeting with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. While the purpose of his visit was unknown, it is likely that Cook may have been meeting with officials to discuss growth opportunities for Apple in the region. MacRumors did receive a tip last year claiming that Apple was planning to open its biggest retail store in the world, however that source claimed that it would be located at The Galleria in Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi. Based on hiring schedules, it is possible that the Apple Store at the Mall of the Emirates could open in February 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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Parallels today announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the latest version of the company's software for running alternate operating systems like Windows in virtual environments on the Mac. The new version is available today as an upgrade for existing customers, and it will launch on August 26 for new customers. Parallels Desktop 10 offers a bevy of new features and enhancements, including OS X Yosemite support, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support and battery life and performance speed optimizations. The main new features of Desktop 10 include: - Mac OS X Yosemite integration, iPhone calling integration, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support - Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development. - The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place. - Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages. - Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machines. - Users can now open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster. - Battery life is now extended by up to 30 percent, giving people additional work time when they need it most.Upgrade pricing for users of Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 is $49.99, while standard retail pricing is set at $79.99 for regular users and $39.99 for students. Parallels Desktop 10 customers also receive a free three-month subscription to Parallels Access that allows Windows and Mac users to use their machines from their iPads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor and Motion With Reliability Improvements, Bug Fixes • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial

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Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display. A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960. The photograph posted by Feld & Volk does not, however, necessarily appear to agree with that claim, as it seems to show roughly 13 pixels per mm in the horizontal and vertical directions, while a 4.7-inch display at 1704 x 960 should be closer to 16 pixels per mm. The current iPhone 5s display is roughly 10.5 pixels per mm. A potential answer to this problem arrives in another report today from 9to5Mac, which has discovered references to yet another resolution of 1472 x 828 within recent Xcode 6 beta releases.This particular file outlines for the system where icons, by default, will be placed on an iPhone’s Home screen. This particular file, which was added in Xcode 6 beta 5 earlier this month and still exists in yesterday’s Xcode 6 beta 6, is optimized for an iPhone with a resolution of 414 (width) x 736 (height). The iPhone SDK parses hardware resolutions via “point values,” so the actual “Retina” resolution is in fact double (or potentially triple) whatever numbers the SDK presents.While analysis quickly becomes speculative, one way Apple could use both of these rumored resolutions would be to to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone at 1472 x 828 and a 5.5-inch model at 1704 x 960. In that scenario, both iPhone 6 models would have pixel densities of 355-360 pixels per inch. This translates to roughly 14 pixels per mm in each direction, close to what is seen in the Feld & Volk photograph. Depending on how the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes have been rounded for convenience, the two iPhone 6 panels could actually offer the exact same pixel density, slightly higher than current iPhones and allowing for efficiencies in the manufacturing process if the same technologies and production methods are used in the two new models. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at a media event on September 9, but it remains unclear whether the company plans to show off both models at the same time, and even it does, there have been rumors that the larger model should ship up to several months later than the smaller version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

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With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we've been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel's slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve. Top view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 A side view of the two pieces together also gives us a good idea of just how thin Apple's newest iPhone will be. Assembled, the iPhone 6 is expected to be significantly thinner than the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s, coming in at approximately 7mm. Side view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 With its softly rounded corners and redesigned pill-shaped volume buttons, the iPhone 6 closely resembles the style of the iPad mini, iPad Air, and newest iPod touch. Shell images also suggest the iPhone 6 will adopt redesigned speaker holes, a round True Tone flash, an embedded Apple logo, and a relocated right-side power button for easier one-handed use. It's important to note that Feld and Volk's images still depict unfinished iPhone 6 parts that are in rough condition, and Apple's completed device will undoubtedly look even more polished. Along with the assembled front panel and rear shell, we've seen virtually every other iPhone 6 part, giving us a fairly good idea of what to expect from the device. For a full walkthrough of each aspect of the iPhone 6, make sure to check out our roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Yosemite National Park and Wellington, New Zealand Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

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Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple's (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.In a July report, Kuo predicted mass production on the iWatch would begin in November, with a launch coming in 2015. Kuo has suggested that the iWatch's small form factor, its use of a flexible AMOLED screen, and its sapphire display cover have all contributed to production difficulties. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike Fuelband Kuo's language in the report, which suggests the launch of the iWatch "could" be postponed, indicates that he is somewhat uncertain about the target ship date for the device. Though Kuo has a solid track record when it comes to Apple rumors, he has provided inaccurate guesses at times. While it may seem like a 2015 launch date contradicts rumors that have pointed towards an October debut for the device, it is entirely possible that Apple will introduce the iWatch months before it is available to ship to customers. Historically, Apple has introduced some products in new categories ahead of their ship date. The Mac Pro, for example, was introduced at WWDC in June before sales began in December. Steve Jobs also unveiled the original iPhone six months before it launched, and the iPad was shown at an Apple event more than two months ahead of its sale date. Rumors have suggested the iWatch will contain a multitude of health and fitness sensors, measuring metrics like calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, and more. It's said to integrate deeply with iOS 8's Health app and it may come in multiple sizes and at multiple price points. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New South Windsor, Connecticut Store on August 23 • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F18 to Developers • Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More

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Apple today saw its stock hit the $100 mark for the first time since its seven-for-one split that took place in early June. Following the split, Apple was trading at roughly $92 a share, but since that time the stock has trended upward until hitting the $100 mark today. The company is also very close to an all-time high stock price, accounting for the stock split. Apple's all-time intraday high was set on September 21, 2012 at $100.72 ($705.07 on a pre-split basis), and the all-time high closing price was set just a few days earlier on September 19 at $100.30 ($702.10 pre-split). Even as Apple sits at almost record high share prices, the company is not ready to set a new high for overall market capitalization, which is calculated as the share price multiplied by the number of shares available. That is due to Apple's aggressive stock buyback program that has seen the company reduce its share count by almost 600 million over the past two years. The move is intended to boost value to investors by reducing share supplies while also putting to use some of Apple's vast cash holdings. Much of the share repurchase program is, however, being financed by low-interest debt, as the majority of Apple's cash is currently held overseas, and it would be considerably more expensive for Apple to pay required taxes on that cash to bring it home for domestic uses than to simply pay for the repurchase program out of its ongoing domestic earnings over time where tax is already being paid. The repurchase program has also signaled to investors that Apple has believed its stock to be undervalued, demonstrating the company sees purchasing its own stock as a better use of cash than other investment opportunities. And finally, reducing share counts also eliminates future dividend payments that would have been made on those now-retired shares, providing an additional financial benefit to the company. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion

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While Apple released a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday, a corresponding sixth beta of iOS 8 was not provided to developers at the same time. As a result, the company's iOS beta 5 released earlier this month may turn out to be the final build seeded to developers before the golden master release. Though developers may not see another beta version, a new report from BGR claims Apple has released a sixth iOS 8 beta to its testing partners. The release would explain conflicting rumors as to whether there would be a sixth beta version if this version is made available only to carriers and other partners for testing rather than the broader developer community. According to BGR, this beta 6 version of iOS 8 is being released only to testing partners and will not be seeded to developers for testing because the timing is so close to the golden master build. The build change log obtained by BGR is as follows: OTA Software Update Paths Carrier Builds Not Available User Builds Not Available Issues fixed since Seed 5 Baseband & Telephony Fixed an issue where incorrect pop up message was displayed when SIM was removed Fixed an issue where clicking on cancel button turned LTE on Fixed an issue where excessive registration was tried with dual IMSI SIM Continuity Fixed an occasional mail continuity failure from OS X to iOS Fixed an issue causing continuity to fail after opening control center FaceTime Fixed an occasional problem where MT call connection quality would be incorrectly treated as “poor” GameCenter Fixed an issue where the active photo cannot be deleted iCloud Fixed a problem where document sync would sometimes consume excessive cellular data iTunes Store URLs for the store app are no longer broken in received mail Fixed a problem with excessive prompts to sign in to the iTunes Store Keyboard Fixed an intermittent issue keyword shifting when rotating the screen Fixed an issue where the emoji keyboard was unusable on Safari Mail Notes are no longer duplicated when opened through Gmail Fixed an issue where after withdrawing a draft with attachments, browsing to another message resulted in the attachments getting lost Fixed an issue where forwarding an email without a photo attachment still sends a photo Fixed an issue when forwarding an email with an attached photo just brought up the original message without a photo Fixed an issue where email could be deleted from the lock screen without prompting for a passcode Maps Fixed a problem where maps would sometimes consume excessive cellular data Messages Added support for SMS relay opt-in prompt Fixed issue that caused devices to receive SMS via relay for unselected aliases Fixed failures sending current location via MMS Fixed an issue where messages partially overlap Chinese keyboards Fixed an issue where changing a group name didn’t propagate to other devices until a message is sent Phone Fixed an issue where an incoming call was being relayed back to originating phone Fixed an issue where options on declining a call didn’t work with call relay Photos Fixed an issue where edited photos did not display properly after restoring from backup Improved full screen photo sharing Set default to keep all photos on device for users with 5GB iCloud space Fixed an issue where a user could not select multiple photos and upload to Facebook via Safari Push Notifications Improved push connection management upon account logout with multiple associated devices Fixed a problem where Exchange push notifications would stop after responding to an invitation from the lock screen Fixed an issue where a user does not receive a notification for incoming messages when the banner for the previous one is pulled down Springboard Fixed an issue unlocking an iPhone while on an active call Fixed an issue where the keyboard would sometimes become unresponsive when the screen is locked Visual Voicemail Fixed an issue where Voicemail could not be played under certain error conditions Fixed an issue where Phone App hanged when tried to check Voicemail Testing partners with iOS beta 6 must approve the version by September 5, ahead of the final iOS 8 preview and the introduction of the iPhone 6 on September 9. A public release of iOS 8 for current devices will likely come roughly a week later, just a few days before the launch of the iPhone 6 in the first wave of markets. According to BGR's sources, Apple may still have some work to do, as this build allegedly has already been rejected for an issue with YouTube playback in Safari. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Supply Chain Indicates LG Display Will Be Primary iPhone 6 Display Supplier • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion

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The iPhone 6 may incorporate Qualcomm's MDM9625 LTE modem, according to a new photo of the device's supposed logic board shared by GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games). Originally announced in 2012 and featuring support for speeds of up to 150 MBPS and improved LTE networking along with faster speeds, the Category 4 chip would mark an improvement over the Qualcomm MDM9615 chip found in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. The MDM9625 is also more durable than its predecessor, allowing for lower temperatures thanks to a refined 28-nanometer production process. Along with those features, the MDM9625 includes support for next-generation LTE Advanced networks, which have yet to roll out in most parts of the world. News of the MDM9625's inclusion in the iPhone 6 also contrast a detailed yet sketchy report from VentureBeat posted earlier this month, which stated that the iPhone 6 would include a Category 6 LTE modem capable of 300 MBPS throughput speeds. That radio however was said to not include support for LTE Advanced as featured in the MDM9625. GeekBar also posted a supposed schematic from the iPhone 6 yesterday, which appeared to show support for near field communications (NFC) in the device. The schematic also references NAND flash memory, which was originally thought to be 1 GB of DRAM in the device. Apple will announce the iPhone 6 at an event on Tuesday, September 9. The launch of the 4.7-inch version will probably follow soon after, as production issues may hold back the release of the 5.5-inch version until late this year or early next year. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 will feature a thinner chassis, a faster A8 chip, an improved camera with stabilization, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages

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Apple today announced that it has added 21 more acts to the lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, adding artists such as Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes, and more. Those acts will join artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and many others for 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse throughout September. Free tickets for the concerts in London will be available through iTunes in a lottery system as well as through local radio stations. For those not attending in person, the iTunes Festival will be broadcast via Apple TV, iOS app, and the iTunes Desktop application. Earlier this year, Apple held the first iTunes U.S. Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, which was held at Moody Theater. The 2013 iTunes Festival in London featured performances from a large lineup including Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages

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Last Friday, a report and photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced, which was followed by another image from frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. Now, Dickson has shared a new short video of the Lightning cable in action, showing its USB connector being reversed and plugged in both ways. Apple could start shipping a new Lightning cable alongside the next wave of iOS device releases this fall, which will likely start with the iPhone 6 next month. It is unknown if the updated cable will contain any new features aside from a reversible USB connector, although past rumors have pointed to support for high-definition audio playback. An Apple patent discussing a reversible USB connector was also published last month, and discussed a more user-friendly design compared to current cables. However, it is unknown if this new cable will face challenges from the likes of California company UltraTek, which already holds a patent itself for a reversible connector and currently sells cables through major online retailers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages

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Sprint today announced the debut of a new Sprint Family Share Pack plan, aiming to draw customers by offering significant amounts of data. Sprint's new plan provides customers with 20GB of shared data, which is double the amount that Sprint offered with its previous Framily plans. For a limited time, customers who switch to Sprint will get the 20GB of shared data plus an additional 2GB of data per line for $100 per month until the end of 2015, with support for up to 10 lines (including a waived $15/month device fee). That equates to 40GB of shared data for 10 lines, up from the 1GB per line Sprint originally offered under its Framily plans. The Sprint Family Share Pack, offering double the high-speed shareable data for smartphones, basic phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices, will be available starting Aug. 22. For example you can get four lines and 20GB of data for $160 compared to 10GB of data for the same price from AT&T or Verizon. But wait, there's more. To kick off Sprint's "new day for data" campaign, Sprint is offering a limited-time promotion for the Sprint Family Share Pack: For a family with up to 10 lines, get 20GB of Shared Data and Unlimited Talk & Text for only $100 a month through 2015 – and, as an added bonus, customers will get an additional 2GB per line for up to 10 lines. For a family of four, that's a savings of $60 per month better than AT&T’s and Verizon’s current pricing through 2015; double the data of Verizon; and more than double the high-speed data of AT&T and T-Mobile.To further sweeten the deal and attract new users, Sprint is offering up to $350 (via Visa Prepaid Card) to cover early termination fees for users switching from other carriers. Sprint's device fees are still applicable, requiring both Easy Pay users and those who sign up for subsidized phones to pay device fees in the range of $15 to $25 (minus the $15 discount). While the promotional $100/month price is only for new customers, existing Sprint subscribers can get 20GB of shared data for up to 10 lines for $160 per month. Current subscribers cannot, however, get the 2GB of bonus data being offered to new customers. Sprint's website also promises to bring more "great announcements" in the near future. Sprint's new CEO, Marcelo Claure, has pledged to bring more disruptive pricing to Sprint following its failed merger with T-Mobile. Sprint's new plans will be available beginning on Friday, August 22. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Flappy Bird Creator Set to Release New 'Swing Copters' Game This Thursday • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages

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Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the fifth Developer Preview and more than two months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A3429f, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 6. 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. DP 4, for example, added a revamped version of iTunes with a streamlined design and support for Family Sharing, while an earlier beta introduced a new Dark Mode. Today's Developer Preview is limited to registered developers, but in late July, Apple made a version of OS X Yosemite available to the public as part of a wide-ranging beta test. The pre-release version of Yosemite available to those participating in the public beta program is not expected to receive as many updates as the developer version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Awarded Creative Arts Emmy for 'Misunderstood' Holiday Commercial • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers

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Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6. The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip from NXP, but offered no specific evidence in support of the claim. NXP PN65 NFC chip from Nexus 7 (Source: iFixit) But now Chinese repair firm GeekBar has shared what is said to be a wiring schematic for just such a chip to be included on the iPhone 6. NXP has been the rumored partner for NFC in the iPhone 6, and the company's PN65 NFC package is used in a number of Android mobile devices. Claimed iPhone 6 schematic for NXP PN65V NFC chip While GeekBar's interpretation of such schematics is questionable given a leak earlier today in which it claimed the iPhone 6 will contain only 1 GB of RAM as the schematic appears to be addressing NAND flash rather than DRAM, the appearance of a PN65V chip on the schematics seems straightforward if they are indeed legitimate. Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on a mobile payments system, with a launch coming perhaps as soon as this year in partnership with Visa. Details on the system are unclear, but Apple has reportedly been taking a "go-slow" approach for a number of years as it has tried to figure out the best way to deploy such a system without simply competing with existing providers "all fighting over their piece of the pie." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

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Several leaked photos in recent days have suggested Apple may be looking to move to a reversible USB connector for its next-generation Lightning cables, making it easier for users to plug the cables into their computers, chargers, and other equipment with standard USB ports. As noted by Patently Apple late last week, the idea is actually supported by an Apple patent application filed in January 2014 covering just such a design. The application was published just a few weeks ago and cites as priority a provisional patent application filed by Apple in January 2013. Apple isn't the only company with this technology, however, so it is unclear exactly how this situation will play out given that Apple's patent application was only assigned to an examiner ten days ago. A California company by the name of UltraTek already holds a patent for the reversible connector and is selling cables through major online retailers. UltraTek first filed a patent application for its "User-Friendly USB Connector" technology in 2009 and was awarded the patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2010. In the patent, the company describes a cable with two sets of conductive contact pins that allow it to be inserted into a USB port in either orientation. A new user-friendly USB (Universal Serial Bus) male connector is physically and functionally compatible to the existing and future USB female connectors. Unlike the conventional keyed, polarized and position dependent USB male connector. The new user-friendly USB male connector provides spare connections, eliminates potential connector damage and allows normal and opposite insertions to the USB female connectors. More than just a patent, UltraTek is marketing its reversible cable under the brand name, Flipper, with distribution through TrippLite. Different configurations of the reversible USB cables can be purchased through retailers such as Newegg, TigerDirect and others for less than $10. Given its resources, Apple would undoubtedly be able to overcome the existing patent protection on the concept of reversible USB connectors, either through licensing/purchasing the existing patent or finding a way to work around it. The existing patent is, however, rather broad in describing the concept of a reversible "Type A" USB connector of the sort apparently being considered by Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iPad Mini, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • Beats Music Creates Documentary On Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' • StackSocial Offers 8 Mac Apps in 'MacLovin' Bundle for $39.99 • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.6 and Safari 6.1.6 With Security Fixes for Mavericks/Mountain Lion • Mailbox for iOS Gains New Email Management Features, Languages • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F14 to Developers • Amazon Launches iOS Compatible 'Amazon Local Register' Card Reader

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