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Apple saw its U.S. PC marketshare decline to 10.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, down from 11.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, according to new data released from Gartner. With 1.6 million shipments, it trailed behind HP, Dell, and Lenovo, ranking fourth for the first time in several years. Lenovo saw the most significant growth at 20.3 percent, while HP and Dell also saw high growth rates of 15.5 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively. Toshiba, with just over a million shipments, also saw growth of 18.5 percent. Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q14 (In Thousands)"The consumer PC market also started picking up in the U.S. The availability of affordable, thin and light notebooks have drawn consumers' attention," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Touch enable devices are also widely available with decreasing price premiums compared to a year ago. The price premium is low enough for mainstream consumers to spend the extra money for the additional functionalities, such as touch." Four of the top five vendors in the U.S. market experienced double-digit growth. HP was the market leader, accounting for 27.7 percent of PC shipments.Overall, U.S. PC shipments totaled 15.9 million, up 7.4 percent year over year, while worldwide PC shipments saw flat growth compared to the year-ago quarter. Shipments totaled 75.8 million units, a 0.1 increase. Though worldwide PC shipments have ceased to decline in 2Q14, interest in low-cost tablets continues to eat into the traditional PC market. Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-2Q14 (Gartner) IDC has also released its own estimates of PC shipments for the second quarter of 2014, painting a similar picture. IDC puts Apple's shipments at 1.6 million and its market share at 10 percent, down from 10.9 percent, a 1.7 percent decline. IDC's numbers also rank HP, Dell, and Lenovo as the top three vendors in the United States, with all three seeing growth of 15.6, 12.9, and 24.7 percent, respectively. Unlike Gartner, IDC suggests worldwide PC sales totaled just 74.4 million, a year-over-year decline of 1.7 percent, with U.S. sales up 6.9 percent. IDC and Gartner did not list Apple's worldwide market share for the quarter, as usual, because the company does not rank among the top five vendors on a worldwide basis. Apple's U.S. decline comes even as the company dropped the prices on two of its flagship products in 2014 -- both the MacBook Air and the iMac saw price drops, with the former gaining a small spec boost and the latter seeing the introduction of a new low-cost version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Court Rules Against Apple in Siri-Related Patent Dispute • Vimeo Revamps Apple TV Channel With Streamlined Interface, Staff Favorites, and More • Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson Recounts Early Days of Apple Retail Stores • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

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Earlier this year, Apple entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to provide $32 million in refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items. As it turns out, while Apple was being targeted by the FTC for letting children make in-app purchases without parental consent, the company was attempting to get Google in trouble for doing the same thing. According to a report from Politico, head Apple lawyer Bruce Sewell sent the FTC a report highlighting the same in-app purchase issues in Google's own Play store."I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it," Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, pointing to a report that criticized Google's app store over the same issue of unauthorized purchases. The previously undisclosed email was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request.Apple has long faced issues over in-app purchases, with the company first landing in hot water with the FTC after multiple parental complaints over children over-spending within apps and several high profile stories of children spending thousands of dollars. While most of the focus has been on Apple, Google too has faced the same issues, as children were able to make purchases for up to 30 minutes after a parent entered a password, much as they could in the App Store before Apple implemented specific changes. Apple was not happy to be singled out by the FTC over in-app purchases, as the company had previously settled a lawsuit levied at it over the issue. Under the terms of the lawsuit, Apple had agreed to provide iTunes credit and cash refunds to parents, but the FTC demanded more. At the time, Tim Cook said the FTC's decision to sue over a previously settled case "smacked of double jeopardy," but agreed to the terms as it didn't "require us to do anything we weren't already going to do." Apple officially began sending emails to affected iTunes users and issuing refunds in March. Google has thus far not been targeted by the FTC. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Court Rules Against Apple in Siri-Related Patent Dispute • Vimeo Revamps Apple TV Channel With Streamlined Interface, Staff Favorites, and More • Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson Recounts Early Days of Apple Retail Stores • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

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Over the past six weeks, we've seen a few photos and even a video of what has been claimed to be the actual rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, showing a nearly all-metal design with separate bands presumably to accommodate the antennas at the top and bottom. Inside of rear shell (Click for larger) MacRumors has now received a number of new photos and a video showing a similar version of the part. The first part comes via Feld & Volk [Facebook page], a Moscow-based company selling modified luxury versions of the iPhone. Feld & Volk says it has been working with the same factories that make spare parts for Apple products for more than six years, enabling it to get a head start on modifying the device for its customers. Feld & Volk has been using sapphire crystal on its high-end modified iPhones for several years, and says that its sapphire suppliers are the same ones Apple has begun working with more recently. Bottom edge with holes for headphone jack and Lightning port - mic and speaker holes not yet cut (Click for larger) The part is shown on video and in a number of high-quality images, showing detail of the complex internals of the rear shell to accommodate the various features of the device. The part is not quite complete, with some features such as the full set of camera/mic/flash holes yet to be punched out of the shell, and Feld & Volk notes that some of physical features such as a number of screw holes shown on the part are actually from the manufacturing process and would be removed in later steps of production as the part is cleaned up. As seen on previous leaks, the Apple logo is cut out of the shell, unlike on current iPhone models. Some have speculated that Apple may looking to incorporate a lighted logo, but more likely the company is simply planning to use a durable embedded logo as it does on its iPad models. Embedding a logo make of a non-metal material would also give the device another radio-transparent window that could be used to improve reception. Exterior of rear shell (Click for larger) Feld & Volk speculates that the Apple logo could house a near field communications (NFC) antenna, but rumors have been split on whether the iPhone 6 will include that capability given Apple's emphasis on Bluetooth 4.0 for close-range communications and a long history of NFC iPhone rumors that have failed to come to fruition. The photo of the rear of the shell also offers a decent view of the antenna breaks, with Feld & Volk noting that they appear to be made of a "non-conductive polymer" to insulate the different antennas from each other.   Left edge with holes for mute switch and volume buttons and right edge with SIM tray and hole for power button (Click for larger) Photos of an essentially identical rear shell have also been shared with MacRumors by a separate source. The photos show a part in a darker gray than the Feld & Volk part, and even darker than the current space gray color used on the iPhone 5s. The part is in the same state of production, with temporary mounting screw holes still intact and only a single pilot hole for the rear flash. Darker gray rear shell part (Click for larger) The iPhone 6 is expected to launch around September of this year, with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models supplanting the current 4-inch screen that has been the iPhone standard for the past several years. Rumors had suggested the 5.5-inch model might launch somewhat later than the 4.7-inch version, but more recent claims have pointed toward the possibility of a simultaneous debut. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chinese Court Rules Against Apple in Siri-Related Patent Dispute • Vimeo Revamps Apple TV Channel With Streamlined Interface, Staff Favorites, and More • Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson Recounts Early Days of Apple Retail Stores • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

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Apple announced OS X Yosemite last month during its worldwide developers conference and released the first beta version of the operating system to developers at the same time. According to web analytics firm Chitika, developer interest in Yosemite is high with an early adoption rate that is significantly greater than its predecessor OS X Mavericks and still growing. Overall, the data point to a promising future for OS X Yosemite. In the short term, we expect the operating system’s usage share to grow in the wake of the release of the third Developer Preview edition on July 7, 2014. Additionally, with the increased level of developer activity thus far, along with the success of the similarly no cost OS X Mavericks, it’s very probable that OS X Yosemite adoption will outpace that of any other previous Mac desktop OS when it is released publicly later this year. Chitika measured Mac OS X ad impressions from users in the U.S. and Canadia between June 2 and July 2, 2014. Adoption of OS X Yosemite rose quickly after release, climbing to 0.15% of total U.S. and Canadian Mac OS X Web traffic in just a few days. In comparison, OS X Mavericks last year took about 30 days to reach only 0.05% of measured web traffic. Chitika attributes this higher adoption to curiosity about new features of OS X, especially those collaborative options that tie into iOS. Along with OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced iOS 8 with new continuity features that improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 with OS X Yosemite. Most notable is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one iCloud-enabled device and easily transfer that task to another nearby device without losing changes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Vimeo Revamps Apple TV Channel With Streamlined Interface, Staff Favorites, and More • Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson Recounts Early Days of Apple Retail Stores • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries

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Intel's line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are expected to be included in future versions of the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, have been further delayed, reports Chinese site VR Zone [Google Translate] (via CPU World). According to the site, while Intel will begin production on its extremely low power Core M processors in July and August for a 2014 launch, production on the U and H Broadwell chip series will not begin until much later in the year. As a result, the Broadwell U 2+3 dual-core chips with GT3 (HD 5000 or Iris) graphics, likely slated for use in the MacBook Air and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, won't be ready to ship until February of 2015. The Broadwell H 4+3e quad-core chips with Iris Pro graphics designed for the larger Retina MacBook Pro and iMac won't be shipping until July 2015 at the earliest. Back in May, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich promised Broadwell processors for the 2014 holiday season, but it appears that the promised chips will be limited to the company's Core M processor series, used in ultra low power products like two-in-one computers. Broadwell chips suitable for Apple products will not make their first appearance until 2015, which Intel essentially confirmed to CNET in June."We expect the initial Broadwell-based devices, including fanless 2-in-1s built on the Core M processor, will be on shelves by the end of this year with more products and broader OEM availability in 2015," Intel told CNET on Wednesday. Intel's Broadwell chips have seen several delays over the course of 2013 and 2014, and were originally slated to enter production in late 2013 before production was delayed until Q1 2014 and then Q3 2014. The delays are reportedly due to problems with the 14-nanometer process used to manufacture the chips. Intel's continual Broadwell delays are likely impacting Apple's own release plans. Rumors have suggested Apple is planning a fall launch of a refreshed Retina MacBook Pro and a new 12-inch MacBook Air, but it is unclear which chips the company will use. Apple may only be able to offer a minor Haswell processor boost for the Retina MacBook Pro, which will be the only update the line sees until Broadwell is ready. Apple has already given the MacBook Air a Haswell refresh bump alongside a price drop with an update in late April. On the desktop side, Apple introduced a new low-end iMac last month, but otherwise the lineup has not been updated since last September. The Mac mini has not even been updated to Haswell yet, with its last revision coming in October 2012. It is unknown why Apple has not released updated Mac mini models, as appropriate Haswell chips are readily available. Intel's Broadwell chips are said to be 30 percent faster and more power efficient than Haswell, offering even greater increases in battery life and performance. According to Intel, the Broadwell delays will not affect the company's next line of processors, Skylake, as the chips are based on new architecture. Broadwell, however, will have a very short lifespan as Skylake has a prospective late 2015 release date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies

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Over the weekend, it was reported that Foxconn would be soon deploying its own "Foxbot" robots to its factories to help assemble devices, with CEO Terry Gou noting that Apple would be the first use the service. Now, Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames) is sharing more details on the assembly robots, stating that they will play a supporting role in Foxconn's factories alongside employees. According to the paper, the assembly robots will be used for less intensive tasks such as tightening screws and positioning exterior components for polishing. Foxconn factory employees will still be responsible for more important tasks such as quality control and general assembly, however the company expects its robots to help greatly with device yield and output. Foxconn is reportedly on track to deploy 10,000 robots to its factories, with each robot costing anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to make. The company has recently gone on a hiring spree ahead of the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 this fall, bringing on 100,000 new workers to help assemble the device. The iPhone 6 is expected to launch this September, and will come in two sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In addition to a larger display, the device will also likely feature a thinner profile, an improved camera, a faster A8 processor, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies

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Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software. Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale. As noted by 9to5Mac, Bailey, who served as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple, while Gale, who was a Senior Firmware Engineer at Nike is now employed as a Sensing Systems Engineer at Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bailey specialized in wearable device and consumer electronic product development, focused on providing engineering recommendations to major engineering leads. Gale, meanwhile, developed hardware and firmware architectures for Nike Digital Sport products.Primary responsibility is to define both the hardware and firmware architectures for Nike Digital Sport products. Additionally, I managed the development of product firmware through partner companies. Responsible for delivering firmware to validate the design in a manufacturing environment, define and implementation of custom protocols to interact with other components of the Nike ecosystem, and translate high-level product requirements into actionable, testable definitions. I personally owned the delivery of firmware for the Nike FuelBand product line.It is unclear if Gale and Bailey have joined Apple's wearables team to work on the iWatch, but it is a distinct possibility given their expertise on wearable devices. Apple offers many positions under the job titles of Mechanical Design Engineer and Sensing Systems Engineer, however, so it is unknown exactly what the two are working on. Over the course of the past year, Apple has hired several experts in the health and fitness fields to join its iWatch team, including fitness guru Jay Blahnik, sleep expert Roy Raymann, pulse oximetry expert and former Chief Medical Officer Michael O'Reilly, and several other scientists and executives from notable sensor companies like AccuVein, C8 MediSensors, and Senseonics. Most recently, the company took on the former sales director of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer, Patrick Pruniaux, possibly to help market the iWatch. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple's upcoming wearable device will feature 10 different sensors to track various health and fitness metrics. It's said to integrate heavily with the Health app in iOS 8, and it may come in both multiple sizes and multiple designs to satisfy a wide range of tastes. Apple is expected to introduce the iWatch at an October event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates iTunes U With New Course Creation and Discussion Features for iPad • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies

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Developers running the beta version of iOS 8 can ask Siri for an opinion on the new operating system, prompting Apple's virtual assistant to provide one of several humorous responses. Asking "Siri, do you like iOS 8?" will result in tongue-in-cheek answers that hint at new features in iOS 8 like "It's just swift," alluding to the company's newly introduced programming language. Siri's answers also allude to new Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, which will allow Siri to control various connected devices such as Philips' line of Hue lights."I'm just thrilled about iOS 8 -- It's like moving into a bigger, nicer house. And I get to turn the lights on and off."The virtual assistant also pokes fun at the limited amount of time Apple spent going over new Siri features during its keynote event at the Worldwide Developers Conference."Impressive, but... you'd think they could have talked about me for more than thirty seconds. Sniff." Siri has gained several major new features in iOS 8, including Shazam integration that allows the voice assistant to identify songs upon request, and the ability to open the App Store for the first time. Siri's also able to be activated hands-free with the voice command "Hey Siri," when plugged in, and it supports streaming voice recognition for real-time feedback on requests. Apple has worked hard to improve Siri since its 2011 introduction alongside iOS 5, adding new capabilities and a never-ending stream of funny responses and quips to requests and queries. As of late, rumors have suggested that the company is planning to bring Siri development in-house, working to build a strong speech recognition team. Apple seeded the third iOS 8 beta to developers yesterday, with plans to release the operating system to the public in the fall following an extended beta testing period. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Open New Retail Store in Basel, Switzerland on July 12 • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter

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With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a significant visual change with an iOS 7-like "flat" look and completely redesigned icons. While Apple's icons will see a refresh once Yosemite is released, users will have to wait until third-party companies have updated their icons to match Apple's new design language for OS X icons. In the meantime, users in this long running MacRumors' forums thread have been designing their own "flat" versions of both Apple and third-party applications, allowing some users to switch out their icons until the real thing is available. Additionally, some users are redesigning Apple's own icons for users who are using Mavericks rather than the Yosemite beta. iWork, Twitter, Skype and 1Password icons by Arn0 While the icons may not be fully representative of the official icons, they do provide a look into Apple's new icon philosophy enacted upon an icon not designed for it, allowing for a glimpse into various companies' processes. Forum member Arn0 had been taking requests from other forum members, recreating various icons to fit more along more nicely with Yosemite's design aesthetics. Alongside stand-alone apps like 1Password, Twitter and Skype, Arn0 also redesigned icons for entire suites of software, like Adobe's Creative Suite. Adobe icons by Arn0 Other designers include thread starter Humex, who hewed closer to Apple's style than Arn0: "dots" icon set by Humex Alternatively, designers like drflash have taken a different approach to flat design. Rather than mimic Apple's philosophy and match OS X Yosemite, they created their own design language with Flat OS, which provides a completely different experience for OS X users. The design seems to marry "flat" design alongside some skeumorphic principles, giving icons a more tangible feel. Flat OS X by drflash In a blog post on Gizmodo, MartianCraft's Nick Keppol explains that Yosemite's new look centers around four basic ideas: visual rhythm in the dock, three basic icon shapes and their design grid, shape hierarchy and lighting effects and materials. Visual rhythm allows the new dock to look more consistent, although that is helped by the fact that OS X icons are now broken up into three types: circles, squares and titled rectangles. While Apple itself isn't totally consistent with these three types, Keppol found that - for the most part - circles are used for more consumer-oriented apps, squares are used for System-related utilizes and titled rectangles are used for applications that are most often used for work. Finally, Apple uses Hollywood-style yellow and orange highlights and blue and teal shadows to give the metal-like materials that the icons are made out of feel warm and tangible. This helps create the illusion that the icons are more physical than previous icons while also looking flatter than before. If you'd like to switch out your icons until they're fully upgraded with OS X Yosemite, the icon sets shown are linked above, while all of Arn0's redesigned icons are available to download via Dropbox. Icon sets from arn0 and other designers are also available to download via the forum thread. Here are easy instructions on how to change app icons on OS X. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More

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Apple is beginning the transition to move its Maps application online starting with the Find My iPhone web app on its iCloud.com beta website, as noticed by iPhoneBlog.de [Google Translate]. Though the public version of iCloud.com is still pulling data from Google Maps, beta.icloud.com now uses an online version of Apple maps for its location information. Apple has been slowly switching away from Google Maps after using the competing mapping service in the early versions of the iOS. The Cupertino company dropped support for the Google-based mapping solution and introduced Apple Maps as part of iOS 6 in 2012. While iCloud.com still remained tied to Google, iOS apps such as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends also were converted to Apple's mapping data in the same year. After a highly-criticized launch, Apple has been making efforts to bolster its mapping data, recently improving its points of interest database as well as notifying users when reported problems had been fixed. Apple was said to be adding indoor mapping and other new features to Apple Maps in iOS 8, but internal politics and the departure of key employees may have delayed those plans. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More

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Chris Blumenberg, a key Apple engineer who has long worked on Maps for iOS and OS X, is leaving the company to take a position with Uber, according to a report by The Information. Blumenberg is the latest of a number of departures from Apple's Maps team, which has been suffering from internal politics. Blumenberg is a 14-year veteran of Apple, initially working on Safari for OS X and later iOS. He famously built a version of Maps for iOS in just a few weeks in late 2006 so that Steve Jobs could demo it at the iPhone introduction in January 2007. For the last six years, Blumenberg has managed the Maps Apps & Frameworks group, overseeing a team of at least 40 employees handling Apple's Maps apps on iOS and OS X. From his LinkedIn profile:My team is primarily responsible for the Apple Maps app and the MapKit framework. Since 2006, we've worked on a number of Google and Apple service-backed features such as local search, directions, street view, next destination and CarPlay. I proudly drove and guided the implementation of vector maps, Flyover and navigation during the shift from Google's services to Apple's services in 2012. Apple's issues with its Maps team have reportedly slowed the company's work on that initiative, so much so that there were virtually no mentions of Maps at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last month. Apple reportedly has a number of iOS Maps improvements in the works, including transit directions and improved points of interest, but it is unclear whether they will be ready in time for the public release of iOS 8 later this year or if they will need to be held for a later update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More

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Several new photos published today by Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] show the purported power and volume flex cables as well as three SIM card trays that hint at the color options Apple is planning for the iPhone 6. This report follows a leak from earlier this month that first showcased these two internal flex cables from the iPhone 6, although the parts shown in the two reports are not identical. Similar to the previous photos but slightly different in layout, the volume flex cable contains both the mute button and volume buttons with a possible larger separation between the two components. The power flex cable also shows the same arrangement of connectors with a potentially larger-sized power button. Though we can't confirm how these cables will appear inside the iPhone 6, mockups and drawings have depicted a redesigned button layout on the iPhone 6 that includes oval-shaped volume buttons and a side-positioned power button. While the flex cables provide little new insight on the iPhone 6 itself, the supposed SIM card trays hint at the coloring of the iPhone 6. Not surprisingly, the trays suggest the iPhone 6 will keep the same color options as the iPhone 5S -- space gray, gold and silver. Physical mockups have been circulating in all three colors for some time, and a claimed genuine rear shell surfaced in silver, but the full set of three current color options had so far not been seen in claimed genuine iPhone 6 parts. Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 with a larger display as its key selling point. The Cupertino company is reportedly prepping a 4.7-inch model along with a 5.5-inch model as an update to the current 4-inch iPhone 5s. Besides the display, the iPhone 6 may include a faster A8 processor, a thinner design and improved camera optics. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Strikes Deal for Third Solar Farm at North Carolina Data Center • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More

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In late June, San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade, which saw several companies, including Apple, marching in support of the LGBT community. Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the event and walked alongside Apple's Environment Director Lisa Jackson and thousands of other Apple employees. Employees wore special T-shirts for the event and handed out iTunes gift cards good for a free song download. Apple has now posted a new video of the event on its YouTube channel, depicting the company's preparation for the parade, which included the aforementioned T-shirts, a pre-event celebration, special bicycles, and thousands of rainbow-colored flags. The song playing in the background of the video is Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars." On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world -- from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong -- to celebrate Apple's unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovationApple CEO Tim Cook has expressed a deep belief in equality in the past, supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which successfully added LGBT individuals to the U.S.'s existing nondiscrimination law. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video

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iOS 8 beta 3, which was released to developers earlier today, allows Apple's Health app to access the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, letting the app natively track movement like steps taken. Available in newer devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini, the M7 "motion coprocessor" functions alongside the A7 chip in those devices, measuring accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data for enhanced fitness tracking capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac the Health app's "Steps" section now tallies the number of steps a user has taken as measured by the iPhone 5s. Users accessing the Health app today will be able to access a full week's worth of data on their devices. The M7 has been leveraged by several third-party app developers, such as Nike and Strava, but this is the first time the data has been made available directly via Apple's own Health app and it is also the first real data the Health app is able to display. Along with M7 integration, the Health app also has a new "Caffeine" section in the Nutrition portion of the Health Data tab. This appears to track how much caffeine is consumed and will likely integrate with third-party caffeine tracking apps such as UP Coffee from Jawbone, which lets users track the amount of coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages that are consumed on a daily basis. At the current point in time, the Health app is rather limited, but by the time iOS 8 is released, dozens of device manufacturers and app developers will likely have built HealthKit into their apps, allowing the Health app to aggregate data from multiple sources into one easy-to-access spot. Health is also rumored to be heavily tied to Apple's upcoming health-tracking wearable device, the iWatch. As described by Apple, Health aims to be a one-stop dashboard for health and fitness data, tracking metrics measured by various devices and apps, including heart rate, food consumed, cholesterol, sleep quality, and more. Apple's iOS 8 Health page says "It might just be the beginning of a health revolution." iOS 8 is currently available only to registered developers and will likely be released to the public in the fall, after several more beta iterations to refine the look and feel of the operating system. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Target Offering Gift Cards Up to $100 With Purchase of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup

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The Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook's plans. Described as a "kinder, gentler" workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaboration between employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive more control over product development. He's also made major moves like acquiring Beats and hiring high-profile executives like Angela Ahrendts, and he's also said to be working on adding new board members.According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple's eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of the seven outside directors are aged 63 or older. Four of them have served for more than a decade, including two who have been on the board since the late 1990s: former Intuit Corp. Chief Executive Bill Campbell and J. Crew Group Inc. Chief Executive Millard S. "Mickey" Drexler.Cook is labeled as more of a manager and less of a visionary, causing current and former Apple employees to worry that without Steve Jobs, Apple is losing its "frenetic pace and focus" on new products. Employees also worry that the company may be working on too many projects at once.Under Mr. Cook, current and former employees say Apple may be spreading itself too thin, pursuing too many ideas and compromising the "laser focus" that Mr. Jobs used to create the iMac, iPhone and iPad. "It was Steve's job to say no," one of these people said. "Tim is not as comfortable doing that."The Wall Street Journal's full report has a much more detailed comparison of Cook and Jobs and it offers insight on other changes Cook has brought to the company, including lessening its impact on the environment and pledging to match employee charity donations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices

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Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 3 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Find My Friends - iOS 8 beta 3 includes a new beta version of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. According to the release notes, Find My Friends allows users to move their friends list to an iCloud account if necessary. iCloud Drive - There's a new popup window in beta 3 giving users the option to upgrade to iCloud Drive for the first time. Introduced at WWDC, iCloud Drive lets users store any type of file. Handoff - There's a new Handoff setting in the General menu of the Settings app that allows users to toggle Handoff on and off. Handoff allows users to seamlessly transfer tasks between iOS and OS X. QuickType Keyboard - There's a new option in the Keyboards section of the General menu in the Settings app that lets users toggle QuickType on and off. Wallpapers - iOS 8 beta 3 includes new wallpaper options in solid and gradient colors. Weather - Some minor changes have been made to the way information is displayed within the Weather app. New interface on the left, previous interface on the right. App Analytics - After installing the beta, there's a new option to opt into App Analytics. Users can choose to share crash data with app developers along with statistics about how apps are used. Additional features in iOS 8 beta 3 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8 at two or three-week intervals to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's launch. iOS 8 is expected to be released to the public in the fall. For more information on iOS 8's features, major and minor, make sure to check out our roundups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices

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Alongside iOS 8 beta 3, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, three weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and over a month after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A283o, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Ahead of today's new beta release, Apple announced plans to wipe all CloudKit data for the iOS and Yosemite betas, including data from iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop. OS X Yosemite is currently only available to developers, but Apple plans to offer a beta version of the software to Mac users at some point during the summer. A public release of OS X Yosemite is expected in the fall, after several additional beta iterations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices

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Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8 to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta update and more than a month since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4318c, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Dev Center. Apple has also released new beta versions of Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages. A June report suggested iOS 8 beta 3 would be released on Tuesday, July 8, but it appears the beta has come a day early. Today's update comes just after Apple announced plans to wipe all CloudKit data for the iOS and Yosemite betas, including data from iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop. iOS 8 is currently only available to developers, but it is expected to be released to the public this fall after several beta iterations. Based on past history, iOS 8 will likely be launched alongside new iPhones, and possibly the much-rumored iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS and OS X Calendar Glitch Pulls Holiday Data From Wrong Countries • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices

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Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video. The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire. Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers a number of benefits over sapphire, including better resistance to breakage. Some rumors have suggested that sapphire may only used on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so the smaller 4.7-inch model may still include a Gorilla Glass display. While a bending test offers some indication of durability for the component Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada

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A recent survey suggests consumers are looking forward to improved battery life as well as a bigger screen in the iPhone 6. But according to Chinese media reports (via GforGames), Apple's next-generation iPhone may disappoint with a lower-than-expected battery capacity that will provide only a slight boost from the battery used in the iPhone 5s. Chinese media sources claim the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will ship with a battery between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will include a 2,500 mAh battery. Though larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, these modest capacity increases place Apple behind competitors with similar sized handsets, and leave some wondering if Apple is keeping the battery too small in order to design an ultra-slim device. The larger screens on the iPhone 6 will naturally create more volume for larger batteries while maintaining a slim profile, but the displays themselves are likely to require increased battery to support the higher resolutions. Of course, these rumored battery capacities for the iPhone provide only part of the equation, with Apple's tight software-hardware integration also contributing to overall battery life. It is also possible that real-world battery life may be better than these speculated hardware specs imply due to underlying performance improvements added to iOS 8. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 during a September media event. The company may debut both a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch version that could feature a faster A8 processor, an upgraded Touch ID scanner and an improved camera with some form of image stabilization. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Quirky Updates 'Wink' App to Support Smart Products from Dropcam, GE, Philips, and More • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada

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At a recent shareholder meeting, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced that the company will soon deploy robots to help assemble devices, noting that Apple will be the first company to use the service, reports IT Home (Google Translate, via GSMDome). Named "Foxbots", each robot will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices and costs anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to make. Gou stated that the assembly devices are undergoing their final testing phase, as Foxconn plans to deploy 10,000 robots to its factories. Foxconn has been Apple's longtime primary partner in assembling its iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In 2011, it was reported that Foxconn would be replacing a portion of its workers with 1 million robots, although it was not clear at the time how many jobs would be replaced by the robots. As a part of its 2013 10-K annual report last year, Apple also revealed that it was investing a record $10.5 billion on advanced supply chain technology, with some of that investment going towards advanced machinery including assembly robots. A report earlier this year noted that Apple would be moving production of iPhone batteries to automated lines, allowing suppliers to reduce manpower demand and shift resources towards production efforts on other parts. Foxconn has recently ramped up its production efforts ahead of the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 this fall, with the company bringing on 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6. Production of the new device is reportedly set to ramp up next month ahead of a launch around September. The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two sizes of 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, and feature a thinner profile, an improved camera, a faster A8 processor, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Korean Government Orders Apple and Google to Change 'No-Refund' App Store Policies • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada • Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store

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Apple has notified developers of plans for a server-side data wipe on CloudKit public and private databases for both the beta versions iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The wipe, which will take place on Monday, July 7, will erase data for iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop. The wipe comes just a day ahead of the rumored launch date of iOS 8 beta 3 and also the likely launch date of the third Yosemite Developer Preview. Apple commonly seeds early versions of its iOS beta operating systems on roughly two-week intervals, moving on to three-week intervals later in the testing period. OS X beta updates have followed a similar update pattern in the past as well. Apple's second iOS 8 and Yosemite betas came approximately two weeks after the software was first provided to developers at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and it has now been three weeks since those updates were seeded. Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are expected to be released to the public in the fall, after an extended beta testing period. Thanks, Daniel! Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Range' iOS Food Thermometer Launches New Bluetooth LE Version on Kickstarter • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada • Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English

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Apple appears to have made another important iWatch-related hire as the device's rumored debut approaches, with CNBC reporting that the company has poached the sales director of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer. The hiring was revealed by Jean-Claude Biver, head of Jewelry and Watches at TAG Heuer's parent company LVMH. Biver had claimed earlier this year that Apple had been trying to hire some of his employees but at that point none of them had agreed to join Apple.Biver said the watchmaker's sales director left as recently as last week, "to take a contract with Apple" in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. [...] Biver said he was happy for the employee as the new role represents a great opportunity for him. "If it had been a direct competitor, I would have felt a bit betrayed, but if he goes to Apple I think it is a great experience for him," he said.Sixth-generation iPod nano in watch mode With Apple reportedly looking toward an October introduction for the iWatch, the company is building a formidable team with experience in the fashion industry. At the top of that list is new retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who officially joined the company two months ago. In another high-profile move, Apple last year hired Paul Deneve, CEO of French luxury label Yves Saint Laurent. Deneve reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and is working on "special projects" for the company, with most speculation centering around the iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada • Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy

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Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors. Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event. iPhone 6 render by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino An early September event is in line with previous rumors and with the event dates of the last two iPhone generations. The iPhone 5 was announced on Wednesday, September 12 with availability occurring on September 21 and the iPhone 5s/5c was announced on Tuesday, September 10 with availability starting on September 20. It remains unknown if the September iPhone 6 event will include just the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations. Early rumors pointed towards production issues that might delay the launch of the larger phone, but those problems appear to be solved and a recent rumor from Bloomberg has suggested both devices could launch at the same time. A report from earlier today pointed towards a September 25 launch date for the iPhone 6, but Apple typically releases the iPhone on a Friday, making this prediction unlikely. September 12, 19, and 26 are all probable launch dates for the iPhone 6, based on production speed and available inventory. Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to include a larger display size along with a thinner iPod-touch style design, an A8 processor, and camera improvements. The 5.5-inch iPhone has thus far been positioned as the premium version and may include upgrades like optical image stabilization and a larger storage capacity, with a $100 price premium. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: 4th of July Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Apps, Accessories, and More • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada • Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy

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Samsung today released a new ad for its Galaxy S5 smartphone, which mocks the iPhone for having both an unchangeable battery and a short battery life. The ad depicts forlorn iPhone users sitting along walls in an airport as they charge their iOS devices, while Galaxy S5 users eschew battery charging with Samsung's power saving mode and the Galaxy S5's replaceable battery. "There they are. Clustered around power outlets, near the recycling bins, stained carpeting, and bathrooms. Tethered to the wall. Denied the freedom to enjoy even the most basic things, like grabbing a drink, or sharing a laugh with your co-workers. Or sitting with someone you know. You're stuck here until your battery says so."An iPhone user charging his battery looks up enviously at a Samsung user, asking "Are you changing your battery? Is that the new Samsung?" While another Samsung user turns on power saving mode to save battery. "Don't be a wall hugger," says the ad. Unveiled in February, Samsung's 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 is its newest flagship device, with a fingerprint sensor, a water resistant casing, and a heart rate sensor. One of the device's most highly-touted features is an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which activates a black and white display with limited app access when the phone's battery is low. In power saving mode, users only have access to basic phone functions, such as making and receiving calls, accessing email, and browsing the web. It limits cellular connectivity to 3G, turning off LTE, and it also disables WiFi and Bluetooth. According to Samsung, this provides an additional 24 hours of standby time with less than 10 percent of battery left. Apple does not have a similar power saving feature on the iPhone, nor does it have a removable battery like the Galaxy S5, but users do have quick access to settings like WiFi and Bluetooth, along with options to disable battery draining features like background app usage and location services. iOS 8 also adds a function that lets users see which apps are draining the most battery. Samsung often turns to iPhone bashing to promote its Galaxy line of smartphones, with its most well-known commercial series depicting iPhone owners waiting in long lines for new iPhones while enviously eyeing Samsung devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 2.5-Inch iWatch Concept With Curved, Rectangular Display Demoed in New Video • Mophie Adds 64 GB 'Space Pack' to Battery Case Lineup • 2K Launches 'Civilization Revolution 2' for iOS Devices • Apple Cuts Maximum iPhone Trade-In Value Down to $225 in U.S. and Canada • Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store • 'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x Updated with Support for OS X and English • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy • Google to Remove 'Quickoffice' from App Store Soon

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