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Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and that they use the "strongest glass in the industry." The company went on to say that only nine customers had complained about bent iPhones, suggesting the issue is not as widespread as it has appeared in the media. It also stated that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have met or exceeded testing for strength and durability, and that bending in the iPhone 6 Plus during normal use is "extremely rare." Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first began trickling in on Monday, after several MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent while in a pocket. The bending issue went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands, which caused significant damage near the device's volume buttons. Given the media attention the bending received, it was difficult to tell how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. Though Apple kept quiet on the issue until today, the company has been directing its support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple has recently added the Mac Pro to the refurbished section of its online store, giving customers the opportunity to purchase the professional-level desktop at a 15 percent discount compared to a brand-new machine for the first time since the computer's December 2013 release. There are several different configurations available, ranging in price from $2,549 for the 3.7GHz quad-core machine with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage to $7,479 for the 2.7Ghz 12-core machine with 32GB RAM and 1TB storage. All available refurbished Mac Pro models ship within 3 to 5 business days. All of Apple's refurbished products, the Mac Pro included, have been thoroughly tested for reliability and come with the same one-year warranty offered with standard products. Apple's 2013 Mac Pro made waves when it was released, due to its radically redesigned cylindrical form factor and the fact that the machine is the first to be assembled in the United States. It features Ivy Bridge E processors, dual GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, and fast PCI Express-based flash storage. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Competition between mobile phone manufactures is fierce with handset companies using social media and other public platforms to call out their competitors. It's not surprising then to see a wave of tweets and comments from big name companies like Samsung and HTC mocking Apple following its recent iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy. LG and HTC were among the first to attack Apple, commenting on Twitter shortly after the #bendgate controversy began to escalate. At the same time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned the bending issue during the company's launch of its new Passport handset, saying "I challenge you to bend the Passport," reports CNET.Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets. #HTCOneM8— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) September 24, 2014 Our phone doesn't bend, it flexes...on purpose. #bendgate pic.twitter.com/d1DudxDQgf— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) September 24, 2014 Samsung, Nokia Deutschland, and even candy maker and Android sponsor KitKat also joined in on the mockery, noting that their products don't bend. Curved. Not bent. #GALAXYNoteEdge pic.twitter.com/OTPIYlI07f— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) September 25, 2014These social marketing efforts are a response to Apple's controversy in which some iPhone 6 Plus users were accidentally bending their 5.5-inch handsets after placing them in their pockets. While the prevalence of the issue appears fairly low, photos of warped iPhone 6 Plus units spread like wildfire, with subsequent "bend test" videos showcasing how much the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to bending. According to The Next Web, Apple reportedly is looking into the issue "with an insane amount of detail." A support representative also confirmed Genius technicians may replace bent phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Such inspections typically reject bent iPhones for warranty coverage, however, and it is unclear how much latitude Geniuses will have with this issue. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, with the latest report from Taiwan's TechNews (via G For Games) suggesting the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple's previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple's current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple shift away from using an "X" version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-resolution "iPad Pro", the graphics needs are likely high enough to require an enhanced main chip. In its recent report, TechNews also reiterates its previous claim that Apple's iPhone Air 2 will feature of RAM. This increased RAM would be a boost from the 1 GB present in both the current-generation iPad Air and the company's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. It also may serve to set the iPad Air 2 apart from the next Retina iPad mini, which is rumored to keep its current 1 GB RAM configuration. While the iPad Pro may land next year, Apple's iPad Air 2 is expected to be introduced sometime in the coming month. The new tablet may launch in time for the holiday shopping season with a redesign possibly including marginally a thinner body, redesigned speaker grille and other improvements such as Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple knew about an iCloud security flaw six months before it was utilized to hack celebrity accounts on the service, reports The Daily Dot. The company was notified of the exploit by independent security researcher Ibrahim Balic, who shared emails between himself and members of Apple's product security team. In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a "brute-force" hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations. Balic recommended to Apple that it should implement a feature in iCloud that prevents log-ins after a set number of failed attempts, and even reported the exploit through Apple's Bug Reporter. Balic was also the developer said to be behind the extended outage of Apple's Dev Center last year. In May 2014, Apple emailed Balic and questioned the validity of the exploit, stating that it "would take an extraordinarily long time" to find a valid authentication token to get into an iCloud account using the flaw. Balic states that Apple continued to ask him about the exploit and how it would be utilized. On September 1, 2014, hackers breached the iCloud accounts of many well-known actresses, downloading and leaking private photos and videos. While it was not initially known what caused the breach, The Next Web linked to a Python script on Github that may have been used for the hacking. The script utilized a brute-force like method which allowed hackers to keep guessing passwords without being locked out. Apple acknowledged later in the day that it was investigating the breach, ultimately leading to comments from CEO Tim Cook along with new security implementations. Those implementations included automatic emails when iCloud accounts are accessed via web browsers, automatic two-factor authentication for iCloud.com, and mandatory app-specific passwords for third-party apps accessing iCloud. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Security researchers from Red Hat have uncovered a new exploit in the common "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux which can be used to deploy malicious code with minimal effort. Due to the ubiquity of the Bash shell, the exploit can affect a wide variety of different web-connected devices and properties, including unsecured websites, smart home appliances, servers, and more. Security researcher Robert Graham noted on his blog that the Bash exploit is "as big as Heartbleed," referring to the flaw discovered earlier this year in the popular OpenSSL software which secures connections between clients and servers: Internet-of-things devices like video cameras are especially vulnerable because a lot of their software is built from web-enabled bash scripts. Thus, not only are they less likely to be patched, they are more likely to expose the vulnerability to the outside world. Unlike Heartbleed, which only affected a specific version of OpenSSL, this bash bug has been around for a long, long time. That means there are lots of old devices on the network vulnerable to this bug. The number of systems needing to be patched, but which won't be, is much larger than Heartbleed. Heartbleed was said to have affected 66% of the Internet, although Apple announced in April that the exploit did not affect software or "key services." Apple also released updates for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule to better secure both web devices against Heartbleed. A topic discussing the Bash exploit on StackExchange also notes that Apple did not include a fix for the bug in its latest round of security updates that came alongside the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 last week. It is possible however that Apple will release a fix for OS X in the near future to address the exploit, similar to what it has done for other security issues in the past. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.0.1, which ended up disabling cellular service and Touch ID on many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. Apple said that it was investigating the issue this afternoon, and it has now released a support document confirming that an iOS 8.0.2 update is in the works with a fix. In addition to announcing the upcoming update, the document also points users towards an interim fix involving reinstalling iOS 8 via iTunes. The document offers the same advice Apple support representatives have been giving to customers since the issue first surfaced, directing users to download iOS 8 and reinstall it on their devices using iTunes. Apple's specific steps are as follows:Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0. 1. Make sure that you're using the latest version of iTunes. 2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes. 3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won't restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0. 4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device: - iPhone 6 - iPhone 6 Plus 5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes: - Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update. - Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update. 6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.Apple has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 over-the-air update, but the software was available to customers for approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, leaving many users with broken devices. According to the Apple, iOS 8.0.2 is already in the works with a fix and will be ready "in the next few days." iOS 8.0.1 originally fixed a significant HealthKit bug that popped up just ahead of the public release of iOS 8. Apple pulled all HealthKit enabled apps from the App Store due to the issue, and iOS 8.0.1 fixed the original bug, allowing the apps to be redistributed. The update also included fixes for third-party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, SMS/MMS messages, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Yosemite 'AirDrop Test Fest' For AppleSeed Members • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has been receiving a huge amount of attention over the last day, following reports of users seeing significant bending after placing the phone in a pocket. A video made yesterday demonstrated the just how far the iPhone 6 Plus is able to bend, and now the video's creator, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, has created a second video to test the iPhone 6 and several other Samsung devices. Surprisingly, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 6 Plus bent significantly near the volume buttons under the force inflicted by Hilsenteger, he is unable to do as much damage to the iPhone 6. Aside from a small dent, the phone remains intact. "This one is far more durable," he says. Based on his preliminary testing, Hilsenteger does not believe that iPhone 6 users will see the same issues that some iPhone 6 Plus users are seeing in regards to bending. As we noted yesterday, it's unlikely that the force Hilsenteger used in the original video will be replicated inside of a pocket, but photos of bent iPhone 6 Plus devices have suggested that it does not take much force to cause a slight curvature in the device. Bending issues are not limited to the iPhone 6 Plus, as bending has been seen in prior versions of the iPhone, including the iPhone 5 and 5s. Apple has not commented on the iPhone 6 Plus bending incidents, but iPhone 6 Plus owners can likely prevent bending by removing the phone from their pockets before sitting or by placing the device in a rigid protective case. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former SVP of products, Jonathan Rosenberg, recently published a new book entitled "How Google Works, which explores topics like corporate culture, strategy, talent, innovation, dealing with disruption, and more. The duo have done an interview with Bloomberg to promote the title, with Schmidt commenting on the state of affairs between iOS and Google and Apple's new larger-screened iPhones. According to Schmidt, competition between Apple and Google is more brutal than ever before, with "enormous, enormous racing" going on between the two companies, which ultimately has "enormous benefits for consumers worldwide." In fact I would say that this brutal competition between Apple and Google over Android and iOS has enormous benefits for consumers worldwide. If you look at the innovation on the Apple side and on the Google side, that competition which I think is the defining fight of the computer industry, it benefits global at the billions of people level.When questioned about how he feels driving past an Apple Store and seeing people lined up around the block to purchase an iPhone, Schmidt said "I'll tell you what I think. Samsung had these products a year ago." The interviewer further notes that nobody "had a huge party" and Schmidt reiterated that Samsung had larger phones first once again. "I think Samsung had the products a year ago. That's what I think." Re/code has also published a short excerpt from "How Google Works," where Schmidt writes about a meeting he had with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2010. During the meeting, Jobs made it clear that he believed Android was based on Apple's intellectual property, and Schmidt worried that a dispute was brewing.The two had sat outside at the California-cuisine-oriented cafe, discussing Google's growing mobile operating system, Android. Steve was convinced that the open-source operating system was built on intellectual property created by Apple. Eric responded that we hadn't used Apple's IP and had in fact built Android on our own. But his argument was to no avail. "They are going to fight us," he thought.The excerpt goes on to detail the friendship between Jobs and Schmidt and the release of the iPhone in 2007, which led to Schmidt stepping down from Apple's board due to the similarities between iOS and Android. It also covers the differences between Apple's closed system compared to Google's open system, and why both methods work. Apple's control model works not just because of Steve Jobs's excellence, but also because of how he organized the company. At Apple — just like Google — the leaders are product people with technical backgrounds. When you build a team of great, smart creatives, and put the world’s uber-smart creative in charge, then you have a good chance of being right most of the time. And when you are right most of the time, then a highly controlled model can yield tremendous innovation.Schmidt and Rosenberg's full 15 minute Bloomberg interview contains additional details on the relationship between Google and Apple and is well worth watching. Their new book, "How Google Works," can be ordered on Amazon for $24. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers behind Twitterriffic, has written a blog post warning iOS users about in-app browsers, which he says are "considered harmful." According to Hockenberry, and as outlined in a video, an in-app browser has the ability to record what's being typed, even at a secure login screen. This means an unscrupulous developer could potentially create an app with an in-app browser to capture the usernames and passwords of users who login to websites like Twitter or Facebook with the browser. Many existing apps use in-app browsers to allow users to do things like login with an already existing social media account simply to make the login process easier, but it appears there's also potential for abuse. A few things to note about what you're seeing: The information at the top of the screen is generated by the app, not the web page. This information could easily be uploaded to remote server. This is not phishing: the site shown is the actual Twitter website. This technique can be applied to any site that has a input form. All the attacker needs to know can easily be obtained by viewing the public facing HTML on the site. The app is stealing your username and password by watching what you type on the site. There's nothing the site owner can do about this, since the web view has control over JavaScript that runs in the browser.Hockenberry says that acquiring usernames and passwords works in both iOS 7 and iOS 8, and may also work in earlier versions of iOS, but he is quick to point out that it is not a bug, as the techniques demonstrated in the video can be used for "good as well as evil." Hockenberry does not have a clear solution in mind for Apple, as fixing the core behavior of both WebKit and UIWebView would require the company to update every version of iOS that included Safari and WebKit, but he does suggest the company could protect users with OAuth. As for end users, Hockenberry warns not to enter private information when using an app that's not Safari. Browsing web content is safe, but he recommends that users open a link in Safari if there are any concerns about private information. More details on the security of in-app browsers, OAuth, and Hockenberry's recommendations can be found in his original blog post. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Following the release of iOS 8.0.1 this morning, numerous of users found that their cellular service was disabled, reporting "No Service" messages after updating. Affected users also appear to be experiencing problems with Touch ID, which seems to be completely non-functional. It appears that the issue is limited to users who have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, but affected devices span several carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint in the United States. Rogers subscribers in Canada have reported issues, as have EE subscribers in the United Kingdom and Vodafone subscribers in Germany. Restarting an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus does not fix cellular functionality, nor does attempting to use "Reset Network Settings," but some users have reported that restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes or doing the initial install from iTunes fixes the cellular connection issues. Apple support has also recommended restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes to fix the problem.Looks like doing a restore of 8.0.1 at least so far has fixed the cell service issue. Not sure about Touch ID yet. Still developing..— Chris Beiting (@beiting) September 24, 2014 Users with an iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, or 5c have reported no issues, so iOS 8.0.1 is likely safe for those who do not have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. iPad owners have also had no problems with the update. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple today released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, the new operating system released to the public last week. The new version arrives as build 12A402 and can be downloaded via an over-the-air update. The new update fixes an issue with HealthKit, which prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the App Store. The problem with HealthKit first came to light shortly before the public launch of iOS 8, and Apple opted to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store until a fix was available. Following today's update, apps that take advantage of the HealthKit API will once again be accepted into the App Store. As noted in yesterday's report on iOS 8.0.1, the update also fixes several other issues with third party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, and more. - Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store - Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode - Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library - Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages - Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases - Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups - Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from SafariApple will likely be releasing a second update to iOS 8 in the coming weeks, in order to enable Apple Pay, its mobile payment service expected to be released to the public in October. Update: It appears that there is an issue with iOS 8.0.1 causing cellular service to be disabled. Many early installers are reporting "No Service" messages after updating. There are also reports of problems with Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple may not be planning to launch the new Apple Watch until February 2015 or later, according to a new report from The Information (via Business Insider). When the Apple Watch was introduced earlier this month, Apple gave a non-specific "early 2015" timeline for its release, with no additional information on when we might expect to see the device.One person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch quipped that Apple would be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day." Apple has said only that the watch would ship in early 2015, and a spokeswoman did not comment for this article.According to the report, Apple initially planned to have the watch ready to ship in time for the 2014 holiday season, but had problems finishing software development in time. Hints of a delay on the software side first surfaced shortly after the keynote, as members of the press who were invited to spend some hands-on time with the devices noted that none of the display units were running the actual operating system, Watch OS. Instead, the devices displayed only screenshots of various functions and while some Apple employees gave demos of functional units, reporters were not able to explore the software themselves. Apple has also opted not to divulge the battery life of the device, possibly because it is continuing to tweak the Watch OS software for the best results. Concrete information on battery life likely can't be determined until software development is finished. Apple Watch includes several new cutting edge technologies that have not been incorporated into previous devices, including the pressure-sensitive Force Touch that can determine the difference between a tap and a press, and the Taptic Engine, Apple's unique haptic feedback vibration engine designed to deliver alerts in a subtle way. When it goes on sale in early 2015, the Apple Watch will be available in an array of materials and with several different band options, with pricing starting at $349. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Touch ID Still Vulnerable to Specialized Fake Fingerprint Hack • 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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide memo out to all employees this morning, thanking them for their hard work during the month of September, which saw the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 and the announcement of the Apple Watch. Cook also announced that Apple employees will be receiving additional vacation time during the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, as they have in past years. "Each of these introductions represents years of innovation and hard work by teams all across Apple," wrote Cook in the letter, which was first shared by 9to5Mac. "Many of you have put the best work of your lives into these amazing new products, which bring together world-class hardware, software, and services in the way only Apple can."Without you, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. Our people are the soul of our company, and we all need time to refresh and renew. To provide that time, and to recognize all of these achievements -- as well as your boundless talent and dedication -- I'm happy to announce that we're extending the Thanksgiving holiday this year. We will shut down with pay on November 24, 25 and 26 so our teams can enjoy the whole week off.Apple will be shutting down during the week of Thanksgiving, giving employees November 24, 25, and 26 off in addition to the actual holiday on November 27 and 28. While stores will remain open, retail employees will be given the same amount of time off, but at varying dates. International teams will also receive extra vacation. Apple routinely closes up shop for multiple days around Thanksgiving and Christmas, giving employees time off to spend the holidays with family. While iTunes Connect shuts down during the Christmas holidays, it has, in the past, remained functional over Thanksgiving leading to little end impact on customers. 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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Third-party systemwide keyboards have been one of the biggest hits of iOS 8 since its launch last week, with some of the big names in the business leaping straight to the top of the App Store charts. But with that success has come questions about privacy and the security of these keyboards, considering the personal information users are sometimes entering through them. Concern over these keyboards has been sparked in part by a standard warning displayed by iOS 8 when the keyboards are granted "full access" to enable their entire sets of features. Different keyboard apps break down their feature sets between standard install and "full access" differently, so we set out to find out what is driving those differences.Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including things you previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address.The early leader among free keyboard apps in the United States and many other countries was SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] which topped one million downloads in less than 24 hours of availability. While the basic keyboard works with a standard installation, several of its key features, including word predictions and the SwiftKey Flow finger-tracing typing method, require that full access be granted to SwiftKey Keyboard. This naturally has caused some concern among users worried that their sensitive information typed on the keyboard is being sent back to SwiftKey for unknown purposes. SwiftKey's communications chief Jennifer Kutz tells MacRumors that despite the request for full access, "none of your language insights leave your device unless you opt in to our SwiftKey Cloud service." Certain types of potentially personal information such as credit card and phone numbers (or any other long numbers) are also intentionally ignored by SwiftKey. The optional SwiftKey Cloud includes several services that allow for backup and syncing of language data across devices for more accurate typing, while also allowing SwiftKey to tap into the user's writing on Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter to help improve its predictions. So why does SwiftKey require full access for predictions and Flow even if SwiftKey Cloud services are not being used? According to Kutz, SwiftKey has opted to host the prediction engine for the keyboard within the container app that displays on the home screen rather than the extension that houses the keyboard itself. Kutz says this strategy helps "make sure the keyboard extension size stays manageable for better performance". Offloading more of the tasks to the container app and convincing users to allow full access also allows SwiftKey to more efficiently deliver upgrades such as language packs in the future without requiring App Store updates. As for those who choose to activate SwiftKey Cloud for improved predictions, Kutz notes that all data is fully encrypted in line with privacy protection laws and stored on Amazon S3 servers. Users can also opt out of SwiftKey Cloud at any time, which immediately deletes their data from SwiftKey's servers. SwiftKey has also published a blog post addressing its rationale for requiring full access to activate some of the app's key features. Some have also questioned whether SwiftKey is looking to mine user data as a revenue stream, as the app is offered free of charge. Kutz assures us, however, that this is not the case, with SwiftKey funding itself through licensing partnerships with manufacturers such as Samsung, in-app purchases such as themes in the Android app (and presumably coming to iOS in the future), and investor funding. Kutz also points to SwiftKey's privacy policy and data security fact sheet for more details on how user data is handled. For an alternative take, we also talked to Fleksy founder and chief operating officer Ioannis Verdelis. Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing [Direct Link] has proven to be another popular option among iOS 8 keyboard users, holding down the second spot on the U.S. paid iPhone apps chart. Unlike SwiftKey, Fleksy does not require full access be granted in order for predictions to function. Full access for Fleksy is, however, required for other personalization and customization options such as pulling in Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter typing data, adding languages, and managing other options. Fleksy performs all of its processing locally on the device, and does not need Full Access to perform its corrections. Users can improve its performance if they want, by allowing network access so they can sync their language data from Facebook, Gmail and Twitter. However, this is completely optional. [...] We don't collect people's keystrokes, typing data, credit card numbers, etc, regardless of whether you enable Full access or not. The Apple warning when you enable Full Access is a standard warning for all keyboards. But we also tried really hard to ensure that besides our privacy policy, customers are also protected about the standard iOS systems in place.Verdelis notes that Fleksy does perform all of its prediction work in the extension rather than the container app and that his team has seen no adverse effects on performance in using this method. He argues that basic auto-correction and prediction are "pretty core functionality, and it should not need network access to be done." Finally, we talked with Rebecca Paquette of Nuance Communications, the company known for its voice recognition technology but which is also behind the popular Swype [Direct Link] keyboard app currently topping the paid iPhone app charts. Nuance has embraced a fairly minimalist strategy with Swype, and as such does not require that full access be granted for any of its functionality except under certain circumstances such as when using it in Guided Access mode. All predictions, themes, and languages are currently accessible without requiring full access.The features we were most focused on for our launch of Swype on iOS 8 were speed and accuracy - a keyboard that is intuitive and powerful to use. Swype for iOS 8 currently stores personal language models on the device - getting smarter as people use it to predict the words and phrases they use the most, leveraging our pioneering predictive input capabilities.Paquette also notes that users of course have the ability to delete their language data, including custom dictionary entries, at any time. Unlike some other keyboards, Swype does not include an option for pulling in typing data from other services such as Facebook and Gmail, and does not offer a cloud backup or syncing service at this time, with this simplicity allowing it to forgo the need for full access. Ultimately, what it comes down to is trust. Granting a keyboard full access certainly does mean that any typing data can be transmitted back the developer's servers for a variety of uses. Most high-profile firms have a vested interest in maintaining user trust and being forthcoming about how that data is used. So while there are potential risks to granting a keyboard full access and some security researchers thus recommend not using any keyboard requiring full access, users weighing the usefulness of a given keyboard should at a minimum be informed enough to consider the level of trust they have in the developers behind those keyboards before deciding whether or not to grant full access. 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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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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