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Apple is phasing out Aperture and iPhoto on the Mac, replacing the pair with a new Photos app that is slated to debut early next year. Mac owners who want to access their iCloud photos before this new OS X app is released may soon be able to do so via an iCloud.com version of Photos that is currently under development, reports 9to5Mac. Screenshots from an Apple iCloud support document clearly show an icon for Photos, suggesting Apple is working on an iCloud version of its Photos app. Error messages obtained when trying to open the presumed URL for the app on the beta iCloud site also reference a "Photos" application that is unable to be opened. This alert does not appear for any other URL string, so it is not simply a generic message shown for any non-existent URL. It clearly indicates that some form of ‘Photos’ app is in development for the website. The fact it shows only on the beta site is interesting, as iCloud Photo Library is also currently denoted as ‘beta’ in developer builds of iOS 8. Details on the web app are not available, but it presumably will allow users to view and possibly manage pictures uploaded to Apple's iCloud service from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The launch date of this iCloud Photos app is, however, unknown. Apple already offers online versions of its iWork suite including Pages, Numbers,and Keynote, with its new iCloud Drive storage feature rolling out fully when OS X Yosemite debuts later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Now TV Adds New Entertainment and Sky Movies Passes to Apple TV in UK • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download

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In a first for streaming music, Pandora, Spotify and Apple's Beats Music are among the leaders in App Store revenue as customers increasingly subscribe to the services using in-app purchases. According to data provided by App Annie and published by Billboard, the music services were among the top ten revenue generators for all non-game applications in the iOS App Store during the month of August. Internet radio service Pandora lead the trio, maintaining its number 2 spot in iOS App Store revenue. Spotify climbed seven spots from number 14 in July to number 7 in August, while Apple's Beats Music moved up two spots to slide into the top ten at the number 9 slot. All three services offer free apps that allow customers to purchase a subscription using an in-app subscription option. Pandora offers access to its paid Pandora One plan ($4.99 monthly), while Spotify allows users to pay $12.99 a month for its ad-free, offline premium subscription. Beats Music provides two options, allowing users to choose between $9.99 monthly access or a yearly subscription for $99. Apple introduced in-app subscriptions a few years ago to iOS 6. As part of the App Store payment process, the company takes a 30 percent share of all in-app subscription revenue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329

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Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, its lower-cost photo and video editing software aimed at consumers. Both Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 have gained several new features, focusing on improved editing tools, additional guided techniques, and Elements Live, a new portal that offers tips and tricks directly within each app. "Our customers don't always have the time or the know-how to get the results they desire," said Shanmugh Natarajan, senior director, engineering, core technologies and products at Adobe. "In Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13, we focused on developing tools that automate the process or guide customers through the steps to create the photos they'll love and want to share."Photoshop Elements 13, Adobe's image editing software, includes updates that Adobe says were inspired by customer request. One of the main new features is the Photomerge Compose tool, which is used alongside the Refine Selection Brush to allow users to seamlessly copy people or objects from one image to another with just a few clicks. There are new tools to create matching Facebook cover and profile photos, customizable with text and graphics, plus there are new guided edits available for creating black and white photos with hits of color. Guided edits are Adobe's interactive tutorials, which offer step-by-step instructions on completing various tasks in app. Photoshop Elements 13 also gains new Effects Variations, offering extra options for each existing effect to give users up to 50 filters that can be applied with a click, and there are impressive new cropping tools that include crop suggestions. The Intelligent Crop Suggestions tool analyzes faces and photo composition to select the four best crops for a particular image. Premiere Elements 13, Adobe's video editing software, introduces new tools to minimize the time that users spend editing their footage. Favorite Moments can be used to mark the best spots in a video, which can then be automatically assembled into a short movie, and Video Story assembles various clips, adds in transitions, music, and applies a theme for a particular occasion like a birthday party. Simple themed slideshows can also be created. Premiere Elements 13 offers improved shake stabilization to improve the look of videos shot with hand-held devices like smartphones, and there are new Guided Edits to help users add motion to movie titles and improve dramatic effects in one area of a scene using masking techniques. Elements Live, available in both Photoshop and Premiere 13, includes content curated by Adobe, tips, tricks, and tutorials. It also lets users see what other people are using the software to create. Both Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac and Windows can be purchased separately on Adobe's website for $99.99 each, with bundles available for $149.99. Existing users can upgrade for $79.99 or $119.99 for the bundle. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329

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Apple has begun rolling out a new print ad on the back of magazines like Rolling Stone showing off how big the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are compared to older iPhone models, as noticed by The Mac Observer. The ad simply depicts both of the new iPhones at actual size with the tagline "Actual Sizes", and could likely tempt users of older iPhones to compare their current model to the new ones to see the size differences between the phones. Below the iPhones, the ad includes copy that briefly talks about the new features of the phones. Stunning Retina HD display. Amazing new iSight camera. Powerful 64-bit A8 processor. The most advanced iOS yet. All in an ultraslim design. The new iPhones are bigger than bigger. Apple has made the larger sizes of the new iPhones one of the cornerstones of its marketing for them, also debuting a TV ad starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake that talks about how "huge" the new phones are. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Plus Bending Limits Tested in New Video • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329

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Apple may have acquired Prss, a Dutch-based company that created a web app aimed to help people design magazines for Apple's Newsstand and other magazine platforms, reports iCulture [Google Translation]. While there is no solid proof of the acquisition at this point, iCulture suggests that an inside source has revealed the purchase and Prss co-founder Michel Elings recently moved to the bay area.The Dutch magazine platform Prss was acquired by Apple for an undisclosed amount. This discovery iCulture thanks to a knowledgeable source. This source confirms that several employees of Prss now employed by Apple. Several other former Prss employees are also now located in the bay area according to their LinkedIn profiles, suggesting an acquisition might have taken place in the summer months. Prss has also shut down its Twitter account and its website. Prss was known for creating a browser-based collaborative tool that could be used to design magazines for Apple's Newsstand. The tool included a simple drag-and-drop interface and let up to 30 people collaborate on a project, with the team charging 5 cents per magazine download for published content. iCulture is unsure what role the Prss team will take on at Apple, but suggests the acquisition might have been about talent rather than product. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple's former retail chief Ron Johnson is planning to launch a "high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets, reports The Information's Jessica Lessin. The startup has reportedly been described as "Best Buy's Geek Squad meets Apple's Genius Bar." MacRumors has heard similar rumors about Johnson's startup plans, with a source suggesting he's been attempting to recruit former and current Apple employees, including Jerry McDougal, who once served as Apple's vice president of retail under Johnson. Before leaving Apple, Johnson worked at the company for more than 10 years. He's largely credited with transforming the Apple retail experience and setting the company on a path towards rapid retail growth. In 2011, Johnson left the company to take over as CEO of J.C. Penney, a position that he held for just two years. Following Johnson's departure, Apple's retail division was left in flux, with no successor named. John Browett, formerly CEO of Dixons Retail, took over as head of retail at Apple in 2012, but he was ousted later that same year. Apple remained without a retail chief until the hiring of Angela Ahrendts, former Burberry CEO, who officially joined the company in May 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple might be planning to unveil both its revamped music subscription service and its new branding alongside the upcoming 2015 Grammy Awards, reports Re/code, citing some "industry scuttlebutt."When will Apple show off the new version of its subscription service and its new brand? Here's a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt: February -- presumably timed to the Grammy Awards, which will be held Feb. 8.News of an upcoming rebrand first surfaced yesterday, after TechCrunch reported that Apple would be shutting down Beats Music. An Apple representative quickly refuted the claim saying it was "not true." Re/code went on to suggest that while Apple won't be shuttering Beats Music, the company may have plans to "modify it over time," changing the brand name. Apple first acquired Beats Music back in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting the streaming music service would remain as a standalone product. Beats Music was largely seen as Apple's answer to popular services like Spotify, aimed at improving declining music sales. In recent weeks, Apple has made quite an effort to promote Beats Music, adding it to the list of "Apps Made by Apple" and recommending the app to new iOS users. Apple also added a Beats Music channel to the Apple TV last week alongside the release of iOS 8. Thus far, there is no word on what Apple is planning for Beats Music, but a source at TechCrunch has suggested that Apple might roll the streaming music functionality into iTunes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the Apple TV, providing users with content from the FXNOW network. Previously rumored in July, the new FXNOW channel is the on-demand portion of the FX, FXX, and FXM television channels, all of which are owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. Rumors suggested the FXNOW Apple TV channel would include content from The Simpsons, branded Simpsons World, which includes all 552 episodes of The Simpsons. Early reports on the channel suggested users would be able to create playlists of episodes and share favorite scenes. Currently, however, the channel offers a variety of content from FX, including episodes of The Strain and Sons of Anarchy. Like many cable-based channels on the Apple TV, much of the FXNOW content require cable authentication. Supported cable providers for the FXNOW channel include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Time-Warner. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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As it routinely does for new devices, IHS iSuppli has taken apart the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in an effort to estimate Apple's costs for the components included in the new devices, sharing the results with Re/code. According to IHS iSuppli's teardowns, parts and labor costs for the iPhone 6 are estimated to begin at $200 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 model, giving Apple a roughly 69 percent gross profit margin on the devices. That number of course does not take into account an array of other costs, from research and development to software to marketing and distribution, but it does offer an interesting glimpse at what goes into an iPhone.The margins are in line with more recent iPhone models but higher than the earliest ones. The gross margin on the iPhone 5, released in 2012, and the iPhone 5s, released last year, were about 69 percent, teardown studies at the time of their release showed. On the lower-priced iPhone 5c, also released in 2012, the gross margin was closer to 68 percent. By comparison, the gross margin on the very first iPhone, released in 2007, was closer to 55 percent.Apple does earn slightly higher margins on higher-capacity iPhone 6 models, as the 128 GB of storage is estimated to cost $47 more than the base 16 GB storage while the device retails for $200 more. The iPhone 6 Plus is also a higher-margin item for Apple, with IHS iSuppli estimating the device costs just $16 more to produce than the corresponding iPhone 6 models, with roughly half of that difference coming from the display and the remainder presumably related to the rear camera module with optical image stabilization, a larger battery, and other minor differences. Another interesting observation from IHS iSuppli is that Samsung does indeed remain involved in production of the main A-series processor for the iPhone. Early teardowns had shown the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus using A8 chips manufactured by TSMC for the first time, but IHS iSuppli says TSMC is providing 60 percent of A8 chips while Samsung is handling the remaining 40 percent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was preparing to seed carrier partners with iOS 8.0.1 even before the media event officially announcing launch dates for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Details on the update were unknown at the time, but we noted that we'd seen a significant uptick in activity from devices running iOS 8.0.1 in recent weeks. Web traffic from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks peaked around the time of Apple's media event before tailing off a bit, but Apple does indeed appear to have provided the update to carrier partners and MacRumors has received word from a source that the updates addresses several bugs present in the iOS 8 golden master version released to the public last week. Among the issues: - Phone: Addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail - Keyboard: Fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter iCloud Keychain verification codes - Safari: Fixes a problem with videos occasionally not playing - Sharing: Fixes AirDrop support for Passbook passes - VPN: Addresses an issue with installing VPN profiles Beyond the documented fixes, iOS 8.0.1 will undoubtedly fix a number of other early users have been experiencing although it will likely still be several more minor updates before most of them can be addressed. A release date for iOS 8.0.1 is not yet known, but it could appear fairly soon given that it is already in the hands of partners for testing and approval. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding. Photo by hanzohYesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly. As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted. This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier. Unlike smaller phones that can slide out of the way, pressure points from sitting or bending now have greater potential to cause the longer iPhone to flex in a way that will damage the device. Photo by DevinPitcher To prevent bending, iPhone 6 Plus owners may want to remove their iPhones from their pockets before sitting or bending. If a pocket is unavoidable, then customers may want to place their device in a roomier pocket that allows the device to slide out the way. A rigid case may also provide protection from flexing or bending, as well damage from dropping the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Opening Retail Store in Hanover, Germany on September 27 • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Roughly a week after its initial release, iOS 8 is now installed on 46% of devices connected to the App Store, according to the latest numbers posted on Apple's App Store developer support page (via iClarified). The numbers also indicate that 49% of users are using iOS 7 while 5% of users are on older versions of iOS. Earlier this month, Apple's analytics indicated that 92% of devices connected to the App Store were using iOS 7, while 7% were using iOS 6 and 1% were on earlier versions of the mobile operating system. In December 2013, iOS 7 usage was at 74 percent, which jumped to 78 percent later that month. In late January, iOS 7 usage was at 80% and then scaled to 85% in March. iOS 8 was released last Tuesday and brought several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, interactive notifications and more. However, a number of users have experienced a variety of problems with the operating system's initial release, including irregular battery drain, slow Wi-Fi, app crashes, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

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Apple today debuted two brand new ads called "Huge" and "Cameras", focusing on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both devices. Both ads once again feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake having some banter. The first ad, "Huge", has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new phones are. While Fallon points out "huge" new features like the Health app while Timberlake repeatedly points out how the phones are literally "huge". The second ad, "Cameras", has the duo talking about the camera features like time lapse, 240 frames per second slow-motion video and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series of ads starring Fallon and Timberlake. Earlier today, Apple announced that the company sold 10 million iPhone 6 models over the weekend. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

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Apple has plans to introduce the next-generation iPad Air in October, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times [Google Translate]. The site says the updated tablet will enter production in September, shipping next month. Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to follow in the second quarter of 2015. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air While the rumor suggesting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be coming in the second quarter of 2015 is in line with previous rumors, there has been no prior indication that second-generation iPad Air and the next-generation Retina iPad mini will see separate launch timelines. Previous rumors have indicated that both the Retina iPad mini and the iPad Air 2 will be introduced simultaneously at an event in October. Recently, a rumor suggested the two tablets could be introduced at an October 21 media event, but that prediction was quickly shot down by The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. Dalrymple did not, however, rule out an event at another date in October, so an October unveil of the two tablets remains likely. According to recent report from Bloomberg, the iPad Air 2 is in production and the Retina iPad mini 2 is entering production soon. Both the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are expected to gain updated A8 processors, camera improvements, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced with the iPhone 5s. Apple's iPad Air 2 may also gain an anti-reflective screen coating and it may also ship in gold, silver, and space gray, much like the iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

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Released last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life. As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears, based on complaints, that multiple devices may be affected by a Wi-Fi bug, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more.I also got an iPhone 6 on Friday, and noticed some sluggishness when connected to my home Wi-Fi network in New York. Twitter and Instagram photos took forever to appear, and opening a news story in Safari was hanging. I did a speed test using the Ookla app and got an abysmal 0.01 Mbps download and 1.05 Mbps upload. Minutes later, another test jumped up to 4.75 Mbps download and 0.24 upload, but a third test was again at 0.02 Mbps download and 0.76 upload.Some users reportedly had luck fixing the problem by disabling Wi-Fi Networking under Privacy --> Location Services --> System Services. Significant battery drain appears to be another complaint that's popping up frequently on the Apple Support forums, with users complaining of their batteries draining much faster than usual. According to one user, his battery drained from 100 percent to zero in four hours with minimal usage, a complaint echoed by several other users. While those seem to be some of the more prominent problems on the Apple forums, iOS 8 users are running into plenty of other bugs and issues with the software. On our own MacRumors forums, there's an eleven page thread cataloguing complaints, which range from app crashes to the same battery issues Apple forum members are seeing, and a second thread where people are posting a list of bugs. There's also a thread on people experiencing excessive battery drain and a thread on people seeing slow Wi-Fi speeds. Apple already has plans for an iOS 8 update that's coming in the near future, bringing support for Apple Pay and several features that are currently missing from the software, including SMS Relay. The update may also be used to fix some of the bugs that users are experiencing. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Comments on Discontinuation of iPod Classic • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update

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Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting that it would remain as a standalone service. Apple shutting down Beats Music is unusual news given the efforts that the company has gone to in order to promote it in recent weeks, adding it to the list of "Apps Made by Apple" and recommending the app to new iOS users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Mail Update for Developers and Public Beta Testers • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced a DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the upcoming USB Type-C connector standard, which will let USB-Type C connectors and cables deliver DisplayPort signals. As noted by AnandTech, DisplayPort technology built into USB Type-C has the potential to connect monitors, cables, docking stations, and more. With the ability to support displays and carry video data via USB, USB Type-C could potentially serve as the next Thunderbolt connector, powering 4K and higher resolution displays. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection) function. This enables computers, tablets, smartphones, displays, and docking stations to implement the new USB Type-C connector at both ends while using the DisplayPort Standard over USB Type-C to transmit high-resolution A/V along with USB data and power.Finalized in August, the USB Type-C connector specifications are much improved over previous USB generations. The slim connector is entirely reversible, making it easier to plug in, and due to its thin design, it's suitable for both mobile device and larger computers. It's also certified for USB 3.1 data rates of up to 10 Gbps and can deliver a maximum of 100W of power. With an alternate DisplayPort mode and four lanes of signaling, one USB Type-C cable could be used to provide power to a device while also driving a connected display. According to VESA, Type-C ports and the first DisplayPort Alt Mode capable devices (using DisplayPort 1.2a) will be available beginning in 2015. Earlier this morning, a rumor suggested Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook would take advantage of the new reversible USB Type-C connector, which is plausible as that device is rumored to begin shipping in mid-2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Faster Charging Using iPad 2.1A Adapter • iPhone 6 Adoption Easily Outpacing iPhone 6 Plus • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media

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DisplayMate, which routinely performs thorough testing of display quality on a variety of electronics, has released its iPhone 6 Display Technology Shoot-Out, taking a look at the performance of Apple's latest handsets using new "Retina HD" technology. While DisplayMate's Ray Soneira has not shied away from criticizing Apple's displays on some recent devices, he found the iPhone 6 Plus to have the "best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested" while the iPhone 6 also scored well in testing. While the "best ever" designation includes the caveat of applying to LED displays and DisplayMate continues to rate the OLED display from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the best overall smartphone display, the gains seen in the iPhone 6 and particularly the iPhone 6 Plus are impressive.Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch.In particular, the iPhone 6 Plus display sets new records among LCD displays for peak brightness, low reflectance, and several measures of contrast and accuracy. DisplayMate finds the iPhone 6 display to have many of the same strong areas of performance as in the iPhone 6 Plus, but the lower resolution and pixel density hold the smaller model back somewhat.Most rescaled images look noticeably better on the iPhone 6 Plus with 2.1 Mega Pixels compared to just 1.0 Mega Pixels on the iPhone 6. In addition, even at the native display resolution, fine text and graphics look better on the iPhone 6 Plus if you look carefully and closely at the screen (because you may want to or need to). The display on the iPhone 6 is none-the-less still a Very Good display, and most buyers will be happy with its performance, but it’s somewhat disappointing that Apple went for satisfactory as opposed to the best.DisplayMate's report includes a variety of charts and tables comparing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the iPhone 5/5s that are worth a look, as well as some discussion of how LCDs such as those found in the latest iPhones compares with OLEDs favored by Samsung. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

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Following a previous report claiming Apple's much-rumored 12" ultra-slim notebook is planned to arrive in silver, gold, and space gray color options, Jack March has issued a follow-up report sharing additional details on the machine. According to March's report, which MacRumors believes to be based on legitimate information, the new notebook has a much thinner design the appears to sacrifice many of the usual ports seen on Apple's current notebooks and may adopt the new reversible USB Type C connector that has seen its specifications recently finalized.A source familiar with Apple’s plans describes the 12 inch Macbook Air as having a noticeably thinner design, the source wouldn’t give dimensions however noted that the thinner design may sacrifice the standard USB port and Apple will move to the reversible USB Type C with this product, It is assumed Apple will include an adapter in the box for backwards compatibility.Interestingly, the report raises some questions about charging on the notebook, indicating that the usual MagSafe port has been removed in favor of a new, unspecified charging method. In line with previous rumors, the machine is reportedly fanless, suggesting it will adopt an ultra low-power processor such as the Broadwell-Y Core M processors recently announced by Intel. The body of the new notebook is also said to be narrower than the current MacBook Air, with narrower display bezels and a keyboard stretching right to the edges of the machine. Finally, the speakers are said to be located above the keyboard with visible grilles, unlike the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro that have their speakers located underneath the keyboard. Apple's 12-inch notebook has been rumored for some time, with the launch perhaps being pushed back due to multiple delays for Intel's Broadwell chips. March's previous report indicated Apple appears to be currently looking toward a mid-2015 launch. (Image: Chassis of current MacBook Air) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

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AnandTech spent the weekend benchmarking the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, comparing the duo to the iPhone 5s and competing Android handsets. The test results show that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are at the top of the charts in CPU benchmarks and battery life, while the iPhone 6 Plus lags in graphics performance due to the larger screen. In in GPU benchmarks, we generally see a pretty solid lead over the competition for the iPhone 6/A8. It's seems quite clear that there is a significant impact to GPU performance in the iPhone 6 Plus due to the 2208x1242 resolution that all content is rendered at. It seems that this is necessary though, as the rendering system for iOS cannot easily adapt to arbitrary resolutions and display sizes. AnandTech also examined battery life, noting that "Apple has managed to do something quite incredible with battery life. " Even with a smaller 1810 mAh battery, the iPhone 6 manages to beat out the iPhone 5s and most other Android phones on the market. Not surprisingly with its 2910 mAH battery, the iPhone 6 Plus grabs second place behind the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during its recent September press event and launched the phones on September 19. The two handsets include Apple's new A8 processor, M8 motion co-processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera, faster 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi and NFC. Demand for the two phones was high with Apple selling 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in the first weekend of sales. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

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Apple today announced that opening weekend sales of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year. “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. As with previous years, the company also claims that demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been very high, as more orders will be fulfilled over the coming weeks. Apple announced last Monday that it processed four million first-day pre-orders on September 12. Currently, shipping estimates for new iPhone 6 orders remains at 7-10 business days, while the iPhone 6 Plus is still showing a shipping delay of 3-4 weeks. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also be available in 20 more countries including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and more on September 26. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instapaper Updated for iOS 8 With Enhanced Saving Features, Now Free to Download • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Out-Of-Warranty Repairs Cost Up to $299/$329 • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China

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Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE service is now functional, allowing Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the first time when connected to a 4G LTE or Wi-Fi network. MacRumors has confirmed that VoLTE is indeed working, enabling users to browse the web or access apps while on a voice call. In addition to enabling simultaneous voice and data, Verizon's Advanced Calling features also allow for High-Definition voice calls, which are said to be more "natural-sounding" and Verizon-branded video calls.Advanced Calling 1.0, a first-generation service suite enabled by Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, technology, is now available on America's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with XLTE. With Advanced Calling 1.0, there is a clear difference. You will be able to enjoy natural-sounding High-Definition (HD) Voice and a Video Calling experience that's as simple as making a traditional voice call.Users can enabled Advanced Calling features by visiting the Verizon website and adding the feature to their accounts. Users also need to make sure both Voice and Data are turned on in the iPhone's Settings app. Go to Settings --> Cellular --> Enable LTE --> Tap Voice & Data. Verizon's Advanced Calling features are limited to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G2, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. (Thanks, Will!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: List of Cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support

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Apple's 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today. While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple back and forth rumors that made it unclear whether Samsung or TSMC was manufacturing the chips destined for the new iPhones. Previous generation chips, such as the A7 in the iPhone 5s, were manufactured by Samsung, but Apple reportedly entered into a partnership with TSMC in an effort to reduce its reliance on rival Samsung. The shift is also part of a larger effort by Apple to diversify its supply chain, which cuts down on potential manufacturing issues. Though TSMC created the 20-nanometer chips for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, rumors have suggested that Apple hasn't ended its relationship with Samsung entirely. The company is rumored to be producing the 14-nanometer chips that will be used in future iOS devices next year, indicating that Apple has plans to continue having both TSMC and Samsung create chips for its devices. According to Apple, the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offers a 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent better graphics performance compared to the A7 in the iPhone 5s. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete. A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact. A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came away unscathed. It's impossible to determine the overall durability of the screen in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus based on a limited number of drop tests that were conducted under different conditions, but this additional data does serve to reassure users that the devices do have the potential to survive a fall. Still, given the increased size of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it may be advisable for users to purchase a case. In fact, several reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus conducted by tech sites suggested the devices "need" a case, and described them as slippery. The Verge, for example, said the iPhone 6 Plus "works better in a case" because it makes the phone easier to hold, hides the camera bump, and covers "the weird lines on the back." Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today, and the devices are now in the hands of millions of customers around the world as customers pick up phones from the Apple Store and receive their pre-orders. New orders for the devices from the Apple Store will ship in 7 to 10 days for the iPhone 6 and 3 to 4 weeks for the iPhone 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

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With Apple's retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year's line. Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow) Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into the store to meet with staff and open the door to welcome customers. Several other executives are also out and about, with new retail chief Angela Ahrendts presiding over her first iPhone launch by visiting the flagship store in Sydney, Australia, and Internet software and services chief Eddy Cue making an appearance at the Stanford store. Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/28aww07wGj— Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) September 18, 2014 Nearly all Apple retail stores in launch countries have now opened for business today, with only the three stores in Honolulu, Hawaii yet to begin sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Utilizing Own Content Delivery Network to Help Deliver iOS 8 Update • Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps • Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media • Apple Watch Likely Uses BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip • Apple Receives One Out of Two Licenses Needed to Begin iPhone 6 Sales in China • Apple Updates iMovie and Numbers for iOS 8 [Update: iMovie Returns] • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped Design, iOS 8 Feature Support • iPhone 4s Users May Want to Avoid iOS 8 Due to Performance and Screen Size Issues

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