Holdup revealed to be privacy concerns by regulators, October 10 still rumored debut
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and may hit the market as early as Tuesday (local time). According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.
Steven Lamar said to have exaggerated association to boost new venture
According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company.
Upgrade to iCloud Drive not recommended until after Yosemite official release
A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature.
Updates bash for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks
Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion.
May signify more intense update schedule
Apple is already testing iOS 8.1, 8.2, and even 8.3, sources say. The information has also reportedly been verified through website analytics, showing visits by devices with the firmware. Hits from v8.1 devices are said to have registered before 8.0 launched on September 17, but 8.2 and 8.3 traffic only began escalating post-launch.
Could involve public hands-on
Apple and a Parisian fashion boutique, Colette, are planning a "one day only experience" on September 30, according to the latter's website. The event will run from 11AM to 7PM local time at Colette's storefront on Rue Saint-Honoré. Although neither company has said so explicitly, it appears to involve the Apple Watch, since Apple has adopted a fashion angle to marketing the product and the logo for the event resembles the Watch's homescreen.
Allowed users to create app, task shortcuts
Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget.
Spec sheets belie just how powerful and efficient the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are
This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1, we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones might be best for you.
Two tax agreements between Apple, Irish government said to be illegal aid
[Updated to reflect new statement European Commission, Forbes clarification] A report from the European Union on tax deals between tech companies, including Apple, and Ireland could be coming as soon as tomorrow. The European Commission will allegedly be offering a document explaining its formal investigation -- first launched in June -- that could suggest Apple and other may have benefited from illegal state aid from the Irish government.
Long-delayed device hampered by regulatory approval process
While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10.
Testing finds that larger iPhone 6 Plus actually less prone than iPhone 6
Adding to new suspicions that some of the "iPhone 6 Plus easily bends" videos appearing on the web may have been staged, Consumer Reports has now weighed in with the results of its own independent testing that largely refutes the claims that the phones can bend easily. After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One (M8) is actually the most prone to deformation.
'Bendghazi' controversy not phasing sales, swift refutation by Apple credited
After falling four percent on Thursday, Apple's stock closed out the week by bouncing back and regaining more than half the drop as Wall Street reacted positively to the company's refutation of the "bending" controversy. Some new questions are being raised about the original video that started the kerfuffle, as careful observation reveals that the video was edited (and the reported noted in the video that his iPhone 6 was already slightly bent before demonstrating the flaw). Investment firms Stifel Nicolaus and BMO Capital Markets have both raised their target prices for AAPL.
Firmware still available for download by iPhone 4
Apple has officially stopping signing iOS 7.1.2, reports say. The move means that people who already have iOS 8 installed won't be able to downgrade. The v7.1.2 firmware can still be downloaded by iPhone 4 owners, however, since their devices are incompatible with iOS 8.
iOS 8.0.2 update fixes some reported issues
Today in the MacNN forums, members are discussing the second update to iOS 8. Some report no problems as of yet, others are stating there are some things missing such as recent pics. One Junior Member was trying to figure out why it was that every time they used "Find My iPhone" on the iPhone 6, it erased all their music.
current-gen. refurb. Mac Pros now available!
Finally on the refurbished shelf at Apple's online store are current-generation Mac Pro models. Starting at $2,549, after a $290 discount, is the Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. Priced at $4,919 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics processors.
MBP, refurbished Mac Pro and more
At B&H.com this week, a price cut on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Reina display has brought the price down from $1,379 to $1,279. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this MBP configuration by about $90. Free US shipping is included, along with a free copy of LoJack or Parallels, and there is no sales tax on the deal outside of New York. Buyers can also save $40 on a Canon Pixma wireless inkjet printer, and $50 on a Timbuk2 commute laptop messenger bag. This MacBook Pro features a 2.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Apple testing policies may ultimately be responsible
A quality assurance manager responsible for this week's botched iOS 8.0.1 release was also in charge of QA for iOS 6 Maps, sources tell Bloomberg. The man is identified as Josh Williams, who is said to have been removed from the Maps team after the app gave people bad directions and/or mislabeled important scenery. He has however been with Apple since 2000, and has been handling quality issues for iOS since the early days of the iPhone.
China still not on list due to regulatory morass; grey market thriving
While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated.
Only those running advanced UNIX services should be concerned, fix is on the way
An Apple spokesperson has reassured Mac users that the "vast majority" of users are not at risk from a serious bug discovered in the UNIX shell Bash that some researchers have called "potentially bigger than the Heartbleed vulnerability." Apple says that only those who have configured "advanced UNIX services" using the Terminal in OS X could be a risk of the flaw -- which would mean that nearly all OS X users would be unaffected. Nevertheless, the company is said to be working on a fix.
Apple copes with two simultaneous crises
[Updated: iOS 8.0.2 is now available, and Apple issues apology] The promised fix for iOS 8.0.1 will come in the form of an v8.0.2 download "as soon as it's ready in the next few days," according to a new Apple support document. In the meantime, the webpage offers instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.0 using iTunes and direct download links for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the firmware. 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," the company continues.
Schiller suggests owners with bent iPhones visit Apple Stores
Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab, showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues.
Agency thinks Android L, iOS 8 security put consumer security ahead of law enforcement
Addressing reporters in Washington today, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey voiced his concerns over the recent shifts in security policy for Android and iOS 8. Specifically, Comey believes that the new security encryption measures that cannot be bypassed for law enforcement puts consumers before possible emergency situations.
Suggests media attention overblown
Apple has issued a statement regarding the escalating "bendgate" controversy surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to CNBC reporter Jon Fortt. The company says that it has only received complaints from nine customers so far, and adds that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry." So far it hasn't announced plans to deal with the complaints, even though an AppleCare representative has hinted that it may be possible to get warranty replacements.
Adaptxt for iOS 8 now available
KeyPoint Technologies has released its Adaptxt keyboard app for iOS 8. Previously only available for Android, the new keyboard allows Apple users to customize their iPhone and iPad keyboards to their exact preferences, with over 90 languages and 40 specialized dictionaries to access. Auto-correction includes user controls such as dismiss and undo functionalities; and other customizable settings options include auto-capitalization, sound, visual and vibration feedback and special character bubbles. Users can use gesture text shortcuts to enter large amounts of text by gliding over one letter. Free to download, Adaptxt for iOS 8 can be downloaded through iTunes.
Vulnerability in Apple iCloud patched a week after celeb photo leak
According to emails between Apple and a security researcher, the brute force method of attack on iCloud passwords was clear to the Cupertino manufacturer since March 26 of this year, well before the attack on celebrity accounts. A lengthy email chain, made public in recent days documents communications between the researcher and Apple, as well as Apple's continued requests to Ibrahim Balic for more information on the exploit.
Apple makes substantial improvements across the board on iPhone 6
While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launches each year, there can be little doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was the most eagerly anticipated in recent times. The interest centered in large part on a substantial increase in display size putting the iPhone more in line with its competition. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap in other key areas. In Part 1 of our combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review, we take a closer look at design and construction, the enhanced display technologies, and the redesigned iSight cameras.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents say they're willing to switch platforms
A new survey suggests that the latest iPhone is attracting a very broad range of customers, with primarily four groups of roughly the same size who say they plan to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. About 26 percent were, as one might expect, current iPhone owners looking to upgrade. About 20 percent said they don't own a phone. A quarter of the 250 poll respondents indicated they would be switching from a non-Android phone, and other 27 percent say they will dump Android for iOS.
Bug-finding and reporting emphasized, event runs through Sunday
Developers and AppleSeed testers working with the latest beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite are receiving email invitations from Apple to join in on a focused "test fest" that concentrates on one particular feature -- AirDrop, which allows wireless transfers of files between Macs and iOS devices. This is the first time in recent memory that Apple has opened up a "test fest" to users outside Apple for this level of focused feature examination.
Influential test bests Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3
Backing up anecdotal evidence and tests by independent third parties such as the Wall Street Journal, high-end image software and optical lens testing company DxO Optics has issued its DxOMark ranking of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that both models beat the formerly top-rated Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3. The company, which also ranks high-end DSLR lenses, proclaimed that the new iPhones "set the gold standard for smartphone image quality."
Companies working with 'several large customers' on iOS apps
The Apple-IBM partnership announced in July took about eight months to negotiate, and was not the only arrangement the two corporations considered, according to a new profile of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. It's not mentioned what other options the companies were considering. IBM's global business executive, Bridget van Kralingen, says reaching the current agreement took "tons of meetings" that were "pretty broad-based," roping in engineering, marketing, and development teams as well as executives.
Solves glitches with Photo Library, Reachability, more
(Updated with warnings about potential iPhone problems, a fix for those who updated, and news of withdrawal of the delta update) Just a week after having released iOS 8.0, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The most prominent change is a solution to a HealthKit bug that led Apple to pull apps using the platform from the App Store. Those apps are now cleared to return.
Continues trend of recent years
Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to all of the company's workers, promising an extended vacation the week of the US Thanksgiving holiday. The decision is said to be a reward for this month's product launches, which included iOS 8, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and previews of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. The company, and Cook in particular, have instituted similar vacations in the past.
Hannover, Germany Apple Store to open Saturday
Apple's 14th store in Germany is set to open in Hannover this weekend. As has been previously reported, the planned location has been subject to delays due to building defects, with bad ventilation requiring additional attention. The grand opening is scheduled to begin the morning of Saturday, September 27.
Emphasizes main draw of new models
Apple is running a new print ad in magazines like Rolling Stone, in which the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are presented at "actual sizes," as stated in a tagline. The ad is otherwise minimalist, with logos and a small paragraph of text against a stark white background. "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," the paragraph reads.
Up to 480 songs on your wrist, perhaps, but only iPad Airs for Xmas
A new pair of rumors -- one from sketchy sources in Taiwan, the other a claim by a Wall Street analyst -- offer some unconfirmed sources of new details for the Apple Watch, as well as the company's holiday plans for the next iPad, the latter thus far being unmentioned by Apple but expected sometime next month. According to Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple will only offer an updated 7.9-inch iPad Air for the holidays, leaving the second-gen Retina iPad mini until early next year.
Mac maker tops competitors for 11th year running from 70,000 surveyed
For the 11th year in a row, Apple has topped the satisfaction ratings in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index rating buyer happiness with PC purchases, including tablets. Noting a slight uptick in overall satisfaction with desktop computers, ACSI Chairman Claes Fornell could not say if desktop PCs are poised for a comeback or if consumers who disliked being bound to a desk have simply moved on to other devices. Apple has won the top slot every year since 2004.
Software creates dynamically-updating magazine apps, could aid publishers, iBooks Author
One of Apple's routinely-unpublicized acquisitions this year was magazine-app creator Prss. The firm, which created software that makes it easy to create magazine apps (and more importantly, to dynamically refresh them with silent updates), shut down this July -- and some of the former employees now appear to be working at Apple, according to Dutch enthusiast site iCulture. The iPad maker recently confirmed the acquisition.
Includes former VP Jerry McDougal
Former Apple retail head and later JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson is working on a "high-end, on-demand delivery service" for gadgets, says The Information, citing sources in contact with him. Johnson has allegedly recruited some other former Apple workers, including ex-VP Jerry McDougal. McDougal left Apple at the beginning of 2013; Johnson left JC Penney roughly three months later.
Simpsons World yet to go live
Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with an expected FX Now app channel. The app offers on-demand streaming of content from FX, FXX, and FXM, such as American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. Viewers must however authenticate a cable subscription from a provider such as AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, or Time Warner Cable.
Timing could coincide with Grammy Awards
Apple could announce a new, rebranded version of Beats Music in February, according to "industry scuttlebutt" heard by Re/code's John Paczkowski. No other information has leaked, but it's speculated that the switch may happen in parallel with the Grammy Awards, which are being held February 8th. The event could theoretically serve as a marketing springboard for a new service.
Jack Dorsey encouraged by Apple Pay, does not see it as competition to Square
Square's next generation of payment terminal could allow retailers to accept payments from Bitcoin and Apple Pay, the company head has suggested. In an interview, CEO Jack Dorsey explained that a future version of its cash register system will be able to accept a number of different payment types, on top of the current credit card payments it currently works with.
Palm Pilots? (un)predictive text? iOS 8 internet problems?
This week in the MacNN Forums, "subego" started a thread that appears to be showcasing some of the bizarre interpretations Apple's new predictive text in iOS 8 creates -- either that, or he is simply trying to live up to his "Clinically Insane" ranking by spewing incoherent gibberish. Today a Fresh-Faced Recruit who goes by the name "Swervage" has started a rather unusual thread, lashing out at Apple for not making Mavericks compatible with Palm Pilots, going as far as saying that this is "monumentally moronic" of Apple.
MacBook Air from $769, MacBook Pro and iMac from $929
Apple's online store has a wide selection of low-cost refurbished MacBook Pro and iMac models, starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $769. Now priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive space.
MacBook Air, HP printer and more
Amazon has slashed the price on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air from $999 down to $805. That 19 percent discount dropped the price by $194, and also made this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by roughly $15. However, at B&H.com they are offering this same Air for $820, and it includes a full copy of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and $50 off Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Update for Evernote for Mac includes rebuilt note editor, image resizing
Evernote has announced the release of its updated productivity software for OS X. Offering users the ability to write, collect, find and present information in a centralized workspace, Evernote assists in organizing data and making it accessible across devices. The update focuses on improving its existing features, one being a rebuild of its note editor. Images within a note can now be resized by clicking on them and dragging the corner. Checkboxes have been redesigned to appear larger and cleaner, and creating tables is easier with simplified tools for deleting a row or column, change colors, and drag to resize cells.
Figure significantly higher than unofficial tracking
New data from Apple -- based on Sunday traffic at the App Store -- indicates that iOS 8 adoption is actually up to 46 percent of iOS devices, despite lower numbers tracked by third-party firms. Apple's figures put iOS 7 at 49 percent, and iOS 6 or earlier at 5 percent. iOS 8 became available for compatible devices on September 17th, and is pre-installed on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which launched Friday.
Tom's Hardware, AnandTech both find the iPhone beats the rest
Company offering 'iPhone for Life' endless upgrade promotion
New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on Monday tweeted that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this past weekend was the "most successful iPhone launch in our history," in a note thanking Sprint employees for their help. The announcement comes on the heels of Apple's news that it had sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the course of the opening weekend, a new record for the company, and Sprint's recent announcement of a special iPhone-centric lease promotion.
Figure represents doubling of users since Friday, but lags behind iOS 7 adoption
Apple has seen a near-doubling of user adoption of iOS 8 since it rocketed to 20 percent during its first two days of availability, and is now sitting at around 36 percent after the first weekend of iPhone 6 sales, according to figures from various aggregators including Mixpanel and Appsee. While still representing an astonishing uptake compared to any other computer or mobile platform, the figure is actually behind that of iOS 7 at the same point in its release.
Apple knew streaming would eventually replace product in 2003
In a new interview for the magazine Fast Company, former Apple executive and head of the original iPod project Tony Fadell, now CEO of Nest at Google, mentions his sense of loss that the last large-capacity iPod, the iPod classic, has been discontinued by Apple. While lamenting the passing of the unit that modelled most closely the design of the original iPod, Fadell notes that Apple began thinking about what would kill the product within two years of it emerging.