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Pandora confirmed today that Apple's newly released CarPlay feature does not include integration with Pandora's popular streaming music service, despite CarPlay offering support for other music services including iTunes Radio, Spotify, Beats Radio, Stitcher Radio for Podcasts, and iHeartRadio. In a statement to MacRumors, Pandora said that although its service was not integrated into CarPlay, Apple "continues to be a valued partner." The company also suggests that it is continuing to explore opportunities to expand its presence within the car, hinting that it could be working towards integration with CarPlay in the future.At this time, Pandora is not integrated with Apple CarPlay. As a first mover in the auto space, we continue to broaden our relationships with OEMs while also exploring other opportunities to expand our presence in the car. Apple has been and continues to be a valued partner.It is unclear why Apple chose to exclude Pandora from CarPlay while supporting other competing services from companies like Beats Music and Spotify, but it may be due to the similarities between iTunes Radio and Pandora's own service. Both services are station-based, allowing users to create radio stations based on music genres, artists, and specific songs, which are then used to play similar music, making Pandora a direct competitor for iTunes Radio. Pandora, in addition to mirroring iTunes Radio's functionality, is also ranked as the most popular music app in the App Store, sitting at the top of the free app charts in that category and the number 22 free app overall. The less popular services from Spotify and Beats Music work differently than Pandora and iTunes Radio, allowing users to search for specific songs, while iHeartRadio acts more like a traditional radio station. In its statement, Pandora was quick to point out that although it is not included in CarPlay, its service is already integrated with more than 130 different vehicle models and present on several aftermarket stereo devices. With CarPlay, iOS users with compatible cars will be able to utilize voice and touch commands, along with car controls, to access functions like Maps and various music apps, in addition to making phone calls and sending messages. CarPlay will debut this week in vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Apple has also made deals with other car companies for future integration, including BMW, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Kia, Toyota, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer Joins Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Launches in France Retail Stores • Apple Targeted 'CarPlay' Trademark Protection Beginning in May 2013 • Apple Debuts New Ad Campaign for iPhone 5c on Tumblr • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub    

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Apple's Campus 2 project, which includes the giant "spaceship"-esque building envisioned by Steve Jobs, has been thoroughly outlined in city plans and models that depict the company's vision for the space, but in an interview with Architectural Record, Norman Foster, who designed the campus, gives some additional insight and context on the planning process behind the project. Foster, who is the chairman of Foster + Partners, has led the construction of multiple high-profile buildings, including the massive Hearst Tower in New York and the bean-shaped McLaren Technology Centre that rests on an artificial lake. He helped Jobs design the campus based on Jobs' love of the Main Quad on the Stanford campus, and his desire to reintroduce native flora to the area. Foster did a series of case studies, inspired by a London square with a park in the center, which eventually evolved into a perimeter area surrounding a larger outdoor park.So a series of organic segments in the early studies started to form enclosures, all of which were in turn related to the scale of the Stanford campus. These studies finally morphed into a circular building that would enclose the private space in the middle—essentially a park that would replicate the original California landscape, and parts of it would also recapture the orchards of the past. The car would visually be banished, and tarmac would be replaced by greenery, and car parks by jogging and bicycle trails.According to Foster, though the building is large, spanning more than a mile around, it's also compact, much like an airport. To combat the sheer size of the building, its sections have been broken up with cafes, lobbies, and entrances, with each section of the building carefully constructed with social interactions in mind.Of course, you have got an enormous range of skills in this building—from software programmers, from designers, marketing, retail—but you can move vertically in the building as well as horizontally. The proximity, the adjacencies are very, very carefully considered.The campus also houses miles of jogging and cycling trails, and Foster says that more than 1,000 bikes will be kept on the site for employees to travel around the campus. Landscaping connections and pathways will also help it to be more easily traversable, and parking will be underground to avoid marring the scenery. Currently, construction on Apple's Campus 2 project is well under way, and just a few months after receiving final approval for the campus, Apple has demolished all of the existing buildings on the site, allowing the building portion of the project to begin. When finished, the campus will house 12,000 Apple employees and will also include a fitness center, a presentation center, and more. Apple hopes to complete the project by 2016. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer Joins Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Launches in France Retail Stores • Apple Targeted 'CarPlay' Trademark Protection Beginning in May 2013 • Apple Debuts New Ad Campaign for iPhone 5c on Tumblr • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub    

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Microsoft has been aiming to entrench its popular Xbox Live service into both the iOS and Android ecosystems for several years, having introduced its first Xbox-compatible app SmartGlass in 2011, along with a few other iOS and Xbox hybrid apps. SmartGlass, which is also available for the Xbox One, is designed to be a companion app that allows gamers to access and control their Xbox game consoles to browse content and track achievements. The SmartGlass app also allows an iOS device to be used as a remote control and a keyboard for the system. Microsoft may be aiming to expand Xbox Live on iOS even further, according to a new report from The Verge, which suggests the company wants to poise Xbox Live as an optional replacement for Game Center.While Microsoft has experimented with achievements on iOS and Android recently, the company is planning to push Xbox Live cross-platform in a big way soon. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games.Back in December of 2012, Microsoft experimented with an iOS game that provided gamers with Xbox Live achievements for reaching in-game milestones. The company plans to expand on this concept, making it easier for iOS and Android developers to incorporate Microsoft's framework into games on their respective platforms. Microsoft already offers tools that allow Xbox Live functionality to be integrated into games, but to access them developers are required to be certified through Microsoft, which is a significant barrier to entry. According to job listings found by The Verge, Microsoft is currently assembling a team that will create an "open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable" framework that spans multiple platforms including the Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. Such a system, with fewer restrictions, could make it easier to integrate Xbox Live into apps and games. Apple and Google both have proprietary game progress tracking in the form of Game Center and Google Play Games, but Microsoft appears to be aiming to get Xbox Live on all platforms, leading to a unified achievement system that would work with multiple systems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer Joins Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Launches in France Retail Stores • Apple Targeted 'CarPlay' Trademark Protection Beginning in May 2013 • Apple Debuts New Ad Campaign for iPhone 5c on Tumblr • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub    

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Following this morning's announcement from Apple that it will officially begin rolling out its "CarPlay" iOS vehicle integration with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo on board as the first launch partners this week, Volvo has published its own press release announcing the launch. Volvo's promotional materials include a new video briefly showing off CarPlay in action. Volvo also goes a step beyond the basic CarPlay implementation to take advantage of the large portrait touch screen on the upcoming XC90 SUV, making both Apple and Volvo controls available simultaneously.Volvo enhances Apple’s capabilities by linking them to a specially-developed interface that allows drivers to use voice and touch controls to access Apple features and services, ensuring the entire interaction is always safe and easy to use. With Apple CarPlay, users will immediately recognise their basic iPhone applications, such as phone, messages, music and navigation. The initial offer also features third party audio apps including Spotify, the popular music streaming service. Volvo's press release also makes clear that while the initial implementation of CarPlay will require a wired connection using an iPhone's Lightning connector, Wi-Fi connectivity will be "coming soon". Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Launches in France Retail Stores • Apple Targeted 'CarPlay' Trademark Protection Beginning in May 2013 • Apple Debuts New Ad Campaign for iPhone 5c on Tumblr • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller    

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Apple is hiring engineers and supply chain managers for its operations in Asia as its seeks to expand and quicken the production of new and existing products, reports the Wall Street Journal. These new teams will work out of the company's main Asian campus in Shanghai, China and its office in Taipei, Taiwan. The report states that the company is hiring engineers away from HTC, Inventec and other Taiwanese tech firms to build an engineering team in Taipei. These new hires will quicken the pace of production by working closely with Apple's Asian suppliers on hardware components for the iPhone and iPad. They also will oversee software quality assurance. Apple has added several hundred new engineers and operations staff in China over the past two years, with a blitz of hiring that began in mid-2013, people familiar with the matter said. The total number of engineers and operations staff in China now exceeds 600, they said. Apple also is adding supply chain managers to its Asian staff in response to ongoing criticism of working conditions in select supplier factories. Apple's new operations in Asia may help combat supply constraints that have plagued recent product launches. The company admitted during its Q1 2013 earnings conference call that production issues limited the supply of the iMac during the holiday shopping season. More recently, Apple warned of low Retina iPad mini inventory prior to the tablet's launch in late 2013. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Debuts New Ad Campaign for iPhone 5c on Tumblr • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers    

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As indicated last week, Apple today announced its CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature at the Geneva International Motor Show, which allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music. CarPlay will be accessible this week with vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while other manufacturers such as BMW Group, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will receive the update later. “CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.” The feature was originally named iOS in the Car and was revealed last year at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). While Apple executives went on record to say that the functionality was "very important to the company" and is an essential "part of the ecosystem," reports earlier this year stated that CarPlay was plagued by development issues. However, a video of the feature surfaced last month, and showed support for multiple resolutions of external displays, touch input and hardware controls, and voice input. CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup    

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Apple's iTunes chief Robert Kondrk met with record label executives during Grammy Week in January about the potential of more exclusive album releases, like Beyoncé's iTunes-exclusive album last December, according to Billboard. Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels for releases similar to last year's Beyonce exclusive, excluding services like YouTube and Spotify to help shore up slowing download sales, according to music executives familiar with the conversations.While digital movie sales fell from 1.34 billion units to 1.24 billion units in 2013 due to the rise of streaming services like Spotify and YouTube, Beyoncé's album sold 1 million copies globally on in a week iTunes alone. Kondrk is using the album's success to sell label executives on the prospect of exclusively releasing albums on digital storefronts like iTunes. He told executives the exclusives don't have to be limited to iTunes as long as they weren't on streaming services like Spotify. The move would be to preserve sales on digital storefronts. Finally, Kondrk asked executives if they could lock down individual track sales until after a certain window of time, which would then allow users to purchase individual music tracks and listen to albums on streaming services. This is in stark contract to Steve Jobs' sell of unbundled legal access to music when the iTunes Music Store was introduced in 2003. In January, it was reported that digital music sales declined year-over-year for the first time since the opening of the iTunes Music Store as more users opt for streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and iTunes Radio. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup    

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The Wall Street Journal today published a new excerpt from former WSJ reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane's new book Haunted Empire, Apple After Steve Jobs, offering a new look into the management style of Tim Cook. Kane notes that when Cook started at Apple in 1998, he set high expectations for everyone working for him, asking them to act like Apple was a $20 billion company when they were a $6 billion company and to procure the best yields, delivery and prices on components. To some, Cook was a machine; to others, he was riveting. He could strike terror in the hearts of his subordinates, but he could also motivate them to toil from dawn to midnight for just a word of praise.Cook ran his operations meetings in an orderly and disciplined fashion, going through every item and finding any possible error in meetings that could last up to six hours long. These meetings, according to Kane, could sometimes be terrifying for employees. Meetings with Cook could be terrifying. He exuded a Zenlike calm and didn't waste words. "Talk about your numbers. Put your spreadsheet up," he'd say as he nursed a Mountain Dew. (Some staffers wondered why he wasn't bouncing off the walls from the caffeine.) When Cook turned the spotlight on someone, he hammered them with questions until he was satisfied. "Why is that?" "What do you mean?" "I don't understand. Why are you not making it clear?" He was known to ask the same exact question 10 times in a row.Unlike Jobs, Cook apparently used deafening silence when he wasn't happy with something. For instance, the excerpt explains an incident where someone was unable to answer one of Cook's questions so Cook didn't say a word and let the silence fester, causing everyone in the room to stare at the table. The atmosphere of the room would grow to intense levels as Cook kept his eyes on the person who wasn't able to answer until Cook pulled out an energy bar from his pocket to eat as he waited for an answer. However, once Cook became CEO he made moves to make Apple feel more open internally than it had under Jobs. He opted to communicate with employees more often via emails and town-hall meetings. And, unlike Jobs, who opted to have lunch with Jony Ive, Cook would have lunch at the cafeteria and introduce himself to employees he didn't know and ask to eat with them. Haunted Empire, Apple After Steve Jobs will be published on March 18. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup    

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Nearly a year after it was announced, Apple appears ready to introduce launch partners for its "iOS in the Car" initiative, according to a report in the Financial Times. The piece claims Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari -- where Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is a board member -- will be Apple's initial partners. Though it does not mention iOS in the Car by name, the article claims drivers will be able to use Apple Maps for navigation on the car's in-dash screen, as well as watch movies, listen to music, make calls and send text messages through the system with full Siri integration. The FT says the announcement will be made at the Geneva Motor Show next week, one of the premier motor shows on the calendar. The technology group will next week launch its first in-car operating system with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as it attempts to take the lead in a fierce race to dominate tomorrow’s smart cars. [...] The deal marks the first time that Apple is embedding its software in devices other than its own branded products. The choice of the Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz is seen to be in keeping with the US tech group’s high-end phones.Apple executives have said in the past that iOS in the Car is "very important" to the company and is an essential "part of the ecosystem". At it's WWDC keynote last year, Apple claimed it was working with a number of partners including Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and more, in addition to Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes. It was reported earlier this year that iOS in the Car had been plagued by organizational issues but, if the FT report is accurate, it would appear the project is quickly moving towards a public launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup    

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During Apple's annual shareholder's meeting today, CEO Tim Cook angrily rebuffed a representative from the National Center for Public Policy Research or NCPPR -- a conservative think tank -- that asked the company to disclose the costs of its sustainability programs, such as solar energy facilities, and to embrace a corporate policy that focused on profits above all else. The representative asked Cook about the impact of the company's renewable energy programs on its bottom line, and also asked Cook to commit to only undertaking projects that were explicitly profitable. The CEO did not take this well, according to a report from MacObserver, which said that Cook's body language changed significantly and his gentle and controlled speaking style gave way to a rapid-fire response. What ensued was the only time I can recall seeing Tim Cook angry, and he categorically rejected the worldview behind the NCPPR's advocacy. He said that there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues. "When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind," he said, "I don't consider the bloody ROI." He said that the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader.Finally, Cook looked at the questioner and said "if you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock." Following the meeting, the NCPPR released an incendiary press release that is heavily critical of Cook, flaming that shareholder value is destroyed in favor of efforts to combat climate change. 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 • Best Buy Offering Free 16GB iPhone 5s With Trade-In of iPhone 4s or 5 • New Apple TV Not Imminent Despite $25 Gift Card Promotion • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup    

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Apple's much-rumored revamped Apple TV product will be revealed "any week now" according to a new report from the Financial Times, though notable Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple poured water on the report, saying an Apple TV will not be launching soon. Though a launch date is uncertain, rumors have indicated the redesigned Apple TV product will include support for games, which the Financial Times confirms. It may also include a full-fledged App Store, bringing apps to the set-top box for the first time.The significantly redesigned hardware will include greater support for video-games, already a popular pastime on its iPhones and iPads, as well as other new features which could include bringing its App Store to the TV set for the first time. The release, which was delayed from the end of last year, could come "any week now", this source said. Apple has not commented on the rumours.Rumors of a revamped set-top box first began appearing in early 2013, with TechCrunch's MG Siegler pointing towards an Apple TV product with a focus on gaming. Later in the year, hints of a delay surfaced, and it appears that the product was indeed scheduled for a 2013 launch that was later pushed back to 2014. A recent report from Bloomberg suggested Apple was on the verge of revealing a new set-top box, possibly at some point in April, but indicated an actual product launch might come somewhat later in the year, which could potentially account for the discrepancy between launch reports from the Financial Times and a "Nope" from Jim Dalrymple. In addition to games and support for Apple's iOS 7 controllers, other Apple TV rumors have pointed to a hardware product that combines the Apple TV with the router features of the existing AirPort Express. It has also been suggested that Apple is planning to work in conjunction with cable companies to build an Apple TV interface over existing cable content, essentially replacing the cable box. Earlier today, Tim Cook told shareholders that the Apple TV generated $1 billion during 2013, counting hardware sales and movie/TV show rentals. He also noted that it was "a little more difficult to call [the Apple TV] a hobby these days" given its ever-increasing growth. The company has also began offering a $25 gift card with the purchase of an Apple TV, likely in an effort to clear out existing inventory ahead of a new product launch, and the Apple TV has also gained its own product section on Apple's online storefront. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases     

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When asked about Apple's U.S. manufacturing efforts during a question-and-answer session with Apple shareholders today, CEO Tim Cook said the company's new sapphire production facility was for a "secret project" that he couldn't talk about, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Cook did not give any more information, but did say separately that the company is working on "extensions of what we're already doing" and also "things you can't see". He reiterated that secrecy is important because Apple is "getting ripped off left, right and sideways" by competitors. In response to a question about manufacturing in the U.S., Cook pointed to a plant a supplier recently opened in Arizona to produce sapphire exclusively for Apple. There’s been speculation that Apple may use the super-hard sapphire to produce scratch-resistant screens for future iPhones. Cook said the Arizona facility was a "secret project" that he couldn’t talk about. But then, he said other Apple suppliers "already make" glass for iPhones in the U.S. An Apple spokeswoman declined additional comment.Apple routinely denies having any particular new project in the works, so it's possible that a future iPhone model with an ultra-durable sapphire screen is the "secret project" to which Cook is referring, though there are a number of other possibilities for sapphire crystal including a potential smart watch product. Cook previously confirmed that the plant would make sapphire, but the company has thus far refused to say anything more about it. He also said that investors should plan to hold Apple stock for the long term, saying to investors looking for a quick turnaround, "I encourage you not to invest in Apple." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases     

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Apple is planning to institute fees for users that are seeking online chat support for out-of-warranty products, reports 9to5Mac. The company has reportedly been working on a new web payment system that includes a paid chat support feature as well as a function allowing customers to schedule product repairs and replacements. Currently, customers can use Apple Support's online chat feature at no cost to receive technical support on out-of-warranty products that are not covered by AppleCare, but the new rules would bring chat support under the same umbrella as Apple's phone support, which does carry fees for products with expired warranty periods. All of Apple's products receive 90 days of phone support at purchase, which can be extended to three years with AppleCare. Customers seeking over-the-phone help for out-of-warranty products must pay a fee between $29 and $49. A similar fee of $19.99 will be required for chat support going forward, though users will be able to request an exception to the fee. Apple has also developed a system that will allow customers to make payments via its support website, and that system will be used to set up hardware repairs and replacements via chat.Using the new web payment system, we're told Apple plans to offer the ability to set up hardware repairs via chat that require a hold on a credit card or pay per incident fee. Rather than having to call in, users will be sent a link that's live for 24 hours in order to complete the payment.Chat fees reportedly began appearing in August following Apple's support site redesign that introduced 24/7 live chat, but thus far, employees have been instructed to grant exceptions on all support requests up to the official launch of the paid service. Apple's new chat support policies may go into effect as soon as next week, but the company will reportedly be waiving fees for iCloud issues and accidental damage cases where users are requesting to purchase repair or a replacement via chat. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Handles 'Several Billion' iMessages and 15 to 20 Million FaceTime Calls Daily [Updated] • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases     

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During Apple's annual stockholders meeting in Cupertino today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple sold more than $1 billion worth of its Apple TV set-top box in 2013, putting sales at close to 10 million units for the year. This is a roughly double the 5 million it sold in fiscal 2012, which was double its Apple TV sales in 2011. Cook has traditionally called the Apple TV a "hobby", but said today that "it's a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days". Horace Dediu created a chart showing the impressive growth of Apple TV sales over the past several years, making it the fastest growing device in Apple's hardware lineup. It has been repeatedly rumored that Apple is working on an improved set-top box and also a full-fledged television set. A new set-top box is expected to be introduced in the next couple of months, though it's unclear when the device itself would go on sale. A recent report said Apple would be introducing an SDK for Apple TV application development with an accompanying App Store launching to the public later in 2014. Apple also launched a sale on the Apple TV at the company's online and retail outlets in the U.S., giving out a $25 iTunes Gift Card with purchase of the $99 device -- an unusual move for the company which only rarely offers sales on its devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Compiles iOS Development Resources in New 'Designing Great Apps' Hub • MOGA Working on New Bluetooth iOS 7 Game Controller • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio    

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With rumors of a new Apple TV set-top box swirling, Apple's brick and mortar stores have launched a one-week promotion offering customers who purchase the current model a $25 iTunes Store gift card, reports 9to5Mac. The promotion naturally sparks speculation that Apple is trying to clear stock of the current model ahead of new hardware. A recent report from Bloomberg claimed, however, that while Apple was aiming for an April introduction of the new Apple TV, a launch would not come until much later in the year around the holiday shopping season. The Apple TV recently received added prominence in the Apple online store with its own major heading as opposed to its previous placement as an accessory, suggesting that Apple may be laying the groundwork to move the Apple TV from its longtime "hobby" status to a full-fledged product on par with its other lines. Apple has reportedly considered a new set-top box that would combine the features of the current Apple TV with the Wi-Fi router features of the existing AirPort Express. The new Apple TV could also leverage iOS devices and Bluetooth accessories as game controllers for a potential Apple TV App Store, while also adding an Apple software layer on top of users' existing cable television services. Apple has also reportedly been in talks with Time Warner Cable about a potential content deal. The new gift card offer on the existing Apple TV runs through March 5 and is currently not offered on the Apple online store. As with all iTunes gift cards, the credit can be used in any of Apple's digital content stores, including the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, and iBooks Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments    

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Apple is preparing an update that will improve performance of the Touch ID sensor on its iPhone 5s handset, claims AppleInsider. Apple has tapped its AuthenTec team to eliminate "fade", a term coined to describe the increasingly erratic performance of the fingerprint sensor that is experienced by some iPhone 5s owners. After launching iPhone 5s last fall, Apple has continued to work with the original AuthenTec team to improve its recognition software and will release an update relatively soon, the source confidently reported. However, AppleInsider could not verify whether the update will ship as part of iOS 7.1, which is expected to drop in mid-March. Issues with Touch ID surfaced shortly after the iPhone 5s was introduced, with owners reporting an increasing number of failed scans shortly after they enter their fingerprints. Deleting and rescanning a fingerprint only temporarily fixes the issue. iPhone 5s owners have devised creative homemade fixes that include scanning the same fingerprint five times and overtraining the sensor for improved accuracy, but these are workarounds that don't address the underlying problem. Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5s and promoted the technology in an ad campaign that appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated and other print newspapers and magazines. Apple obtained the fingerprint scanning technology when it acquired AuthenTec in 2012. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments    

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German patent licensing company IPCom was handed a setback today when both of its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple were dismissed in a German court, reports FOSS Patents. The decisions were handed down by two different chambers within the Mannheim Regional Court. Two lawsuits against Apple, including one involving a €1.57 billion ($2.2 billion) "partial" damages claim, and one against HTC (a company IPCom has been suing for about six years) were dismissed because the court concluded that Apple and HTC didn't infringe a certain IPCom patent family by implementing the 3G/UMTS standard. The patents cited in the dismissed lawsuits include European patent EP1841268 and German patent DE19910239, which describe methods of managing priority emergency access when wireless networks are overloaded. Apple, Nokia, HTC and others asked the European Patent Office to invalidate the European patent, but the EPO denied this request. IPCom is expected to appeal these decisions, while Apple and other mobile manufacturers likely will continue to challenge the validity of this patent. Outside of Germany, Apple is petitioning both the EU to limit the power of patent holding companies like IPCom in future infringement cases. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Hangouts for iOS Gains iPad Optimization, iOS 7 Redesign • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments    

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A California appeals court has ruled that a driver cannot be convicted of distracted driving for using a smartphone mapping application under current state law that prohibits the use of talking and texting while driving. Because the law is so narrowly tailored -- it prohibits "listening" and talking on a phone without a hands-free device, as well as sending and receiving text-based messages -- it does not specifically apply to using smartphones in other ways. The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine and won. Spriggs was caught up by road work and grabbed his cellphone to find an alternate route when a California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle spotted him and stopped him to write the ticket.It is possible that the California state legislature will address the issue in a future session as the law was likely intended to ban drivers from playing Angry Birds or making changes in a smartphone mapping app while driving, though a strict reading of the law doesn't explicitly make those activities illegal. The decision reversed the ruling of a lower appeals court from last year. Laws in other states may or may not cover the use of smartphone mapping apps, and this ruling will have no impact in states other than California. In addition, California drivers can still be cited for distracted driving, but could point to this case when fighting their ticket in court. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues    

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Amazon may be planning to introduce a streaming music product that could be bundled into its Amazon Prime service, competing with existing streaming music services from companies like Spotify, Pandora, Apple, and Google reports Re/code. Amazon is reportedly in talks with major music labels with the aim of releasing a music service in the future, hoping for low rates much as Apple did when negotiating for iTunes Radio.One label source reports that Amazon isn’t close to getting a deal done, because its executives are asking for a substantial discount on the pricing the labels have given to other services, like Spotify, Rhapsody and Beats. Still, label talks have been going on for the past few months, sources say.Amazon already offers its Amazon Prime subscribers a Netflix-style movie and television streaming service – Amazon Instant Video – but music could entice customers to pay more. Earlier this year, Amazon said that it may be raising the price of Prime by up to $40, increasing the cost of the service from $79.99 to $120. Amazon already offers a Cloud Player service for playing music purchased or stored using its Cloud Drive, which is similar to iTunes Match. Last year, Apple released its own streaming music service, iTunes Radio, which is built into the Music app of iOS 7. The service is radio-based, allowing users to discover new music through stations based on specific artists and songs, much like Pandora. It is unclear whether Amazon's service would mirror Apple's, or whether it will more closely resemble services like Spotify, which allow users to search for and play specific songs. Like Amazon, Apple was originally aiming to pay lower prices than the industry standard at six cents per 100 songs streamed, or half of Pandora's royalty rate, but the company was unable to reach deals with music labels at such low rates. Apple ended up agreeing to pay labels 0.13 cents for each song played, along with 15 percent of net advertising revenue, and it is likely that Amazon may have to make similar pricing concessions to bring a music service to fruition. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ABC to Stream Oscars Live to 'Watch ABC' iOS App for Select Customers • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues    

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Though it has been three weeks since Dong Nguyen pulled his hit game Flappy Bird from the App Store, Flappy clones are continuing to flood the App Store. Over a 24-hour period beginning yesterday, approximately 293 new iOS games have been released into the App Store. 95 of those games are either Flappy Bird clones or heavily inspired by the original Flappy Bird title, according to data gathered by The Guardian. Various games inspired by Flappy Bird The Flappy Bird clones run the gamut of themes and main characters, and while a large number feature birds, there are also unicorns, floppy disks, cats, sponges, bricks, worms, pigs, and more. Flappy Beard Hipster Quest lets gamers guide a bearded hipster through cans of beer, while Buffalo Wings, from well-known developer Tapity, asks players to navigate a flying buffalo through brick pillars. Buffalo Wings from Tapity Flappy Bird clones have been appearing in the App Store since shortly after the original game ceased to be available. Mere hours after Flappy Bird's removal, Flappy Bee, a clone game that utilized stolen artwork, shot up the App Store charts, reaching the top five most popular free apps. Apple began rejecting some Flappy Bird clones in mid-February, and even cracked down on Flappy Bee, insisting on a name change, but it appears the company has given up trying to filter out the slew of games attempting to capitalize on Flappy Bird's success. Many of the games released today even include Flappy in the title, a term that Apple was previously attempting to filter out. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 per day, leading the developer to remove it from the App Store because it was an "addictive product," leaving a void that other developers have been attempting to fill, sometimes successfully. According to the unscrupulous developer behind Flappy Bee, Apple's aforementioned forced name change caused the app to fall 300 places in the App Store charts, depriving him of 99 percent of the downloads and income he received by copying the Flappy Bird concept. In an interview, the developer hinted Flappy Bee may have been earning somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000 dollars a day. The developer behind Flappy Bee has since restored the app to its original name and removed the stolen artwork, but the app has failed to make its way back up the charts. Given Flappy Bird's incredible popularity and its lucrativeness during the time it was on the App Store, Flappy Bird clones and games inspired by the concept are unlikely to disappear from the App Store anytime soon. As for the original game, developer Dong Nguyen has no plans to return it to the App Store, though he will continue to release new titles. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements    

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Just hours after Apple began taking orders for the new Mac Pro back in December, shipping estimates slipped to "February". However, Apple will not meet that deadline for a number of customers. One customer told MacRumors that an Apple representative told him earlier today that his 6-core unit, originally ordered on January 7, "will not ship in February as originally stated" and instead "will be shipping in 5-7 business days and will be reflected in the on-line shipping status early next week." Some Mac Pro buyers on the MacRumors forums have been notified of similar delays. The delay puts deliveries in the first or second week of March. The reader told us that he received two emails at the beginning and middle of the month promising delivery by the end of February, however, both those emails turned out to be incorrect. Here's the text of one from February 17: We'd like to give you another update on the status of your Mac Pro order. Your Mac Pro is still scheduled to ship in February. We'll send you an email notification with the delivery date and tracking information once its on its way. For the most up-to-date delivery information, visit Order Status on the Apple Online store. If you have an iOS device, you can check your order status using the Apple Store app for iPad or iPhone. We appreciate your patience and look forward to getting the new Mac Pro to you as soon as possible.Current U.S. Apple Online Store orders for the Mac Pro have an expected ship date of April. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup • Moov Personal Training Device Tracks and Evaluates Motion to Improve Workout Efficiency • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements    

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A Bitcoin-stealing trojan has been detected in downloads claiming to be cracked versions of popular Mac applications, reports security firm ESET through its We Live Security blog. The OSX/CoinThief.A malware was discovered in popular Bitcoin software earlier this month by SecureMac, but is now being used to target users of more mainstream apps. The trojan initially surfaced on open source software hosting site GitHub, and it was quickly bundled into several Bitcoin apps available through multiple download sites. Further investigation by ESET has now uncovered the trojan masquerading as cracked versions of popular Mac apps such as BBEdit, Pixelmator, Angry Birds, and Delicious Library. OSX/CoinThief.A involves a malicious browser add-on used to intercept logins for Bitcoin wallet sites and related exchanges such as MtGox, BTC-e, and blockchain.info. Stolen login credentials are then forwarded to the malware's developer.There is clearly strong evidence that the trojan was specifically designed to profit from the current Bitcoin craze and fluctuating exchange rates. According to detection statistics gathered by the ESET LiveGrid, the threat is mostly active amongst Mac users based in the United States.The websites where these files are being distributed from have not been revealed, but Mac owners can prevent infection by avoiding pirated software and downloading titles directly from the developer's website or the Mac App Store. Users can find instructions on how to check for and remove the malware on SecureMac's blog post. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • EU Meeting With Apple and Google to Discuss Concerns Over In-App Purchases • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements • Soundgarden Added to SXSW iTunes Festival Lineup • Apple Files Formal Appeal in E-Books Antitrust Case    

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Apple again topped Fortune's annual list of the "World's Most Admired Companies", claiming the title for the seventh year in a row. Apple's ranking on the list was followed by Amazon, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, and Starbucks. The ranking was based on a survey taken by corporate peers including executives, directors, and industry analysts who graded each company based on key attributes such as innovation, people management, social responsibility and more. Apple earned an overall score of 7.94, beating out Amazon which scored a 7.09. The iconic tech company known for the iPhone and other stylish and user-friendly products is back in the top spot on this year's list, for the seventh year in a row. Apple, the most valuable brand on the planet according to Interbrand, brought in $171 billion in revenues in FY2013 and is flush with cash, but fan boys and girls (not to mention the market) are getting antsy to see its next big product. Bets are on a smartwatch or AppleTV, but the company is also reportedly turning its attention to cars and medical devices. -- Erika Fry Apple was also ranked number one in seven of the nine key attributes of reputation listed in the poll. It ranked number five in social responsibility and number two in global competitiveness, following rival Google in the latter category. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Construct New Retail Store in Dayton, Ohio • NimbleBit and Milkbag Games' Collaboration 'Disco Zoo' Now Available for Download • Apple Updates Enterprise Tools for Large iOS Device Deployments • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements • Soundgarden Added to SXSW iTunes Festival Lineup • Apple Files Formal Appeal in E-Books Antitrust Case • FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance    

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Apple today posted an updated security document [PDF] on its iPhone in Business site, offering details on the inner workings of both Touch ID and the "Secure Enclave" built into Apple's A7 processor (via TechCrunch). Since its 2013 release, Touch ID has faced scrutiny over privacy concerns from both users and government officials, and while Apple has previously offered few details on how Secure Enclave works, it has assured users that the system stores only fingerprint data rather than images. According to the updated security document, Secure Enclave is a coprocessor within the A7 chip that uses a secure boot process to ensure that its separate software is both verified and signed by Apple. All Secure Enclaves can function independently even if a kernel is compromised and each one contains a unique ID inaccessible to other parts of the system and unknown to Apple, preventing the company or any other third parties from accessing data contained within.Each Secure Enclave is provisioned during fabrication with its own UID (Unique ID) that is not accessible to other parts of the system and is not known to Apple. When the device starts up, an ephemeral key is created, tangled with its UID, and used to encrypt the Secure Enclave's portion of the device's memory space. Additionally, data that is saved to the file system by the Secure Enclave is encrypted with a key tangled with the UID and an anti-replay counter.Fingerprint data collected from Touch ID is stored within the Secure Enclave, which is used to determine a match and then enable a purchase. While the A7 processor collects data from the Touch ID sensor, it is unable to read it because it is encrypted and authenticated with a session key built into Touch ID and the Secure Enclave.It's encrypted and authenticated with a session key that is negotiated using the device's shared key that is built into the Touch ID sensor and the Secure Enclave. The session key exchange uses AES key wrap- ping with both sides providing a random key that establishes the session key and uses AES-CCM transport encryption.Along with details on the function and security of the Secure Enclave, the document contains details on Touch ID, most of which have been previously published by Apple in other documents and literature on the feature. It also offers some specifics on the security of fingerprint capturing and a reminder that fingerprint data is accessible only to the Secure Enclave and never sent to Apple or backed up to iTunes or iCloud. The document's section on Touch ID and the Secure Enclave ends with a detailed description of how both Secure Enclave and Touch ID work together to unlock an iPhone 5s, which is well worth a read for users interested in how the technology functions. Apple's updated security document has been added as part of a larger redesign of the IT section of its iPhone in Business site, which now features a cleaner design with navigation icons at the top of the page. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements • Soundgarden Added to SXSW iTunes Festival Lineup • Apple Files Formal Appeal in E-Books Antitrust Case • FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance • Square Testing 'Pickup' App to Speed Up Ordering of Takeout • MLB At Bat Updated for 2014 Baseball Season With Full iOS 7 Redesign • 'The Bureau: XCOM Declassified' for Mac Gains Three New DLC Packs    

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Apple on Friday released iOS 7.0.6, fixing a then unknown SSL verification bug that turned out to be a glaring security issue that also affected OS X 10.9. Following the extensive amount of media coverage on the SSL vulnerability that left users open to having sensitive information like login credentials and passwords stolen, iOS users exposed to the news rushed to upgrade their devices. On Sunday, iOS 7.0.6 adoption was at 13.3 percent, according to analytics firm Chitika. Yesterday, four days after iOS 7.0.6's release and following a slew of stories that were released over the past few days, iOS 7.0.6 adoption rates have climbed to a total of 25.9 percent, based on ad impressions from tens of millions of iOS-based devices in the U.S. and Canada. The security update for iOS 7.0.6 appears to be propagating to iOS 7 users much more quickly than a similar 2012 iOS 5.1.1 update that also included a notable security fix. iOS 5.1.1 was installed on just 12 percent of devices after the first week, indicating iOS 7.0.6 adoption is roughly twice as fast. MacRumors readers have been particularly quick to upgrade to iOS 7.0.6 in order to patch the SSL vulnerability. According to our data, 61.1 percent of iOS visitors to the main site were running iOS 7.0.6 as of yesterday, while 43.6 percent of forum users had updated to iOS 7.0.6. iOS 7 users who have not yet upgraded should do so immediately in order to keep their devices and data secure. Apple yesterday released a 10.9.2 update for OS X Mavericks that patches the vulnerability on desktops, which Mavericks users should also download as soon as possible. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Firmware Update for 2013 Mac Pro to Fix Power Nap Issues • Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 With Bug Fixes, Compatibility Improvements • Soundgarden Added to SXSW iTunes Festival Lineup • Apple Files Formal Appeal in E-Books Antitrust Case • FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance • Square Testing 'Pickup' App to Speed Up Ordering of Takeout • MLB At Bat Updated for 2014 Baseball Season With Full iOS 7 Redesign • 'The Bureau: XCOM Declassified' for Mac Gains Three New DLC Packs    

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