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Apple Q4 breakdown details hits to iPad, iPod numbers

10/20, 5:26pm

Company's performance generally healthy

In the wake of its official announcement, Apple has posted a detailed breakdown (PDF) of its Q4 financial results. On a regional basis the company did well in most cases, for instance increasing Americans revenue 17 percent year-over-year to $16.247 billion, and European revenue 19 percent to $9.535 billion. "Greater" China -- including Hong Kong and Taiwan -- advanced 1 percent to $5.778 billion, and Japan was up 5 percent to $3.507 billion. Only the rest of the Asia Pacific region saw problems, with revenue dipping 3 percent to $1.923 billion. Global retail sales rose 15 percent to $5.133 billion.

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Apple pulls in $42.12 billion in Q4 revenues, driven by iPhone 6

10/20, 4:53pm

iPad shipments see decline

Apple pulled in $42.12 billion in revenues during its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended in September, according to an announcement. That figure surpasses the $37.47 billion the company posted in Q4 2013, as well as consensus expectations of $40 billion, and Apple's own guidance in the last quarter. Net profits rose year-over-year from $7.5 billion -- or $1.18 per diluted share -- to $8.5 billion and $1.42 per share. Gross margins increased from 37 to 38 percent.

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All iOS apps must support 64-bit code as of February, Apple says

10/20, 4:24pm

Should improve performance on more recent devices

As of February 1st, all new or updating iOS apps must not only be based on the iOS 8 SDK, but contain 64-bit code, Apple is informing developers. At the moment developers are still being allowed to submit 32-bit-only apps or universal binaries. The problem is that more recent iOS devices -- namely those based on 64-bit A7, A8, and A8X processors -- have to load extra resources into memory to handle 32-bit code, taking a toll on performance.

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Apple Store, other iOS apps update with support for Apple Pay

10/20, 3:19pm

Relative handful of third-party apps currently showing support

The official Apple Store app has been updated to v3.1, enabling support for online Apple Pay transactions. Shoppers can now also make NFC-based payments at the company's retail outlets, but this doesn't require an app update; in either scenario, users must have a compatible device running iOS 8.1, which was released earlier today. Online payments are supported by the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Only the 6 and 6 Plus can be used at retail.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, more

10/20, 1:32pm

Includes delayed SMS Relay tech, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8.1 to the public. The main addition is support for Apple Pay, but a number of other important features are present. These include beta support for iCloud Photo Library, and the return of the Camera Roll to the Photos app. SMS Relay enables SMS/MMS messaging via a nearby Mac or iPad, and people can now force a device to use 2G, 3G, or 4G for data, instead of it selecting networks automatically. A minor photo-related improvement generates alerts whenever there's too little storage to start a timelapse video.

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Briefly: Tumblr's native OS X app, Griffin launches new iPad cases

10/19, 5:33pm

Tumblr releases OS X app, features full screen viewing, easy posting

Blogging social platform Tumblr has released a native OS X app. A microblogging service, Tumblr lets users share media ranging from text, photos, music, links, video and more. Tumbler's app for OS X features a full-screen viewing option, and additionally allows posting to Tumblr from anywhere on one's Mac that has a Share button in its window. Free to download, the new Tumblr app requires OS X 10.10.

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Opinion: iPad Air 2 demo highlights power of 64-bit mobile computing

10/18, 12:56am

Apple A8X chip in iPad Air 2 set to smoke the competition

Apple's demo for the iPad Air 2 during its latest keynote event was hugely impressive. As the company often does during its live presentations, it invited two developers on stage to highlight not only their apps, but also the power of the new iPad Air 2. Although all the technical details are not yet fully known about the powerful new custom 64-bit A8X chip, Apple did reveal some impressive numbers. But numbers aside, if you ever held any doubts about the benefits of Apple going 64-bit for the iPhone and iPad, the performance capabilities of iPad Air 2 as demonstrated should put them to bed.

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DealNN: $382 off new Retina 27-inch iMac

10/17, 3:50pm

$382 off new Retina 27-inch iMac

It's hard to believe, but Expercom has already managed to secure lower pricing on the brand new 27-inch Retina iMac with a 3.5GHz quad-core i5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion drive and AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB video card. This configuration retails for $3,349 from Apple, but is priced at only $2,942 with $25 for shipping. That's a savings of $382. The only difference is the wait time of 10 days to 3 weeks before it ships, versus Apples' 3-5 day shipping time. As always, this item is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Apple opens up online preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

10/17, 11:26am

In-store pickup options only listed as 'coming soon'

Apple has officially opened up preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online store. In the US, Apple is currently promising delivery sometime between October 23rd and the 27th. Delivery in fact appears to be the only option, as in-store pickup is quoted as "coming soon."

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Apple debuts Apple SIM, Smart Covers and Cases for new iPads

10/16, 4:40pm

New SIM tech lets users switch between carriers

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both announced today, will also come with a new SIM card dubbed the Apple SIM. Previously, people ordering a cellular iPad had to choose their carrier in advance. The Apple SIM will let buyers pick a single iPad and quickly switch between AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile plans in the US, and even EE in the UK. Verizon is not participating, and the service will require activating through a store.

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Touch ID comes to iPad mini 3, alongside other modest upgrades

10/16, 2:20pm

Older Mini models still on sale

In addition to the iPad Air 2, Apple has announced the iPad mini 3. The tablet has fewer improvements, mainly gaining Touch ID and a gold color option. It sports a smaller five-megapixel iSight camera, nevertheless capable of 1080p video recording. Wi-Fi is limited to 802.11n speeds, as opposed to the Air 2's 802.11ac. The tablet, in fact, continues to use an A7 processor, despite the A8 being in the iPhone 6/6 Plus and the A8X finding its way into the Air 2.

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Apple unveils iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, A8X processor

10/16, 1:46pm

New tablet even thinner than iPad Air, half the thickness of original iPad

Through its press event, Apple today unveiled the iPad Air 2, and a third-generation iPad mini. Both are the first iPads equipped with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, previously limited to iPhones. For the first time, the tablets are also available in a gold color along with previous silver and "space gray" options. Touch ID can be used for Apple Pay, but only online, not at retail outlets.

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Apple event: Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 October 20; Yosemite available now

10/16, 1:11pm

All the October Apple event news from the Cupertino Town Hall

Apple's October product event has begun. Alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook calling the iPhone 6 launch the "biggest launch ever," Apple has announced that Apple Pay is "getting going" in the United States. The official launch of Apple Pay is Monday, October 20 to compatible device users. Apple has also shown details of iOS 8.1, with improvements to photo and video storage.

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Pre-event roundup: what to expect at today's Apple unveiling

10/16, 2:37am

New iPads for sure, but invitation may hints at a surprise or two

Many sites, pundits and people think they have a sure grip on what's going to be announced later today at Apple's press event, which begins at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern time) and is being held in Apple's own community town hall theatre at the company's headquarters. This generally means a smaller affair and a strictly press-only audience, and on tap for the event is the expected announcement of new iPad models. But what else is likely to happen? We weigh up the rumors and make a few wild guesses.

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Apple leaks images, features for second-gen iPad Air, third-gen Mini

10/15, 1:50pm

Leak coincides with Google Nexus 9 announcement

New screenshots for Apple's iOS 8 User Guide have revealed details of the new iPads the company is expected to reveal tomorrow. The tablets are identified as the "iPad Air 2" and "iPad mini 3." Both appear similar to their predecessors design-wise, but are equipped with Touch ID sensors. The screenshots also indicate that the Air 2's camera will support burst photography, as on the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.

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Analyst claims delays will limit second-gen iPad Air numbers

10/15, 10:51am

Calls for 27-inch Retina iMac, modest Mini update at press event

Apple will announce a second-generation iPad Air at tomorrow's press event, but 2014 shipments of the tablet will be hampered by production delays, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 to 7M to 9M units, lower than the 12M units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013," he writes. "We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don't expect the event to boost supply chain shares much."

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TSMC pegged to deliver A8X processors for 12.9-inch iPad

10/15, 9:42am

Said to be heavily involved in chips for iPhone 6

Taiwanese supplier TSMC has secured orders to produce a processor for an "upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015," according to Digitimes sources. The chip is said to be "tentatively" codenamed the A8X, and be based on the same 20nm manufacturing process as the A8. TSMC is said to be producing A8 chips for the iPhone 6, and even a variety of related chips, including Dialog power management ICs, Qualcomm baseband chips, Synaptics LCD driver ICs, InvenSense gyroscropes, and Apple's own fingerprint sensors.

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New iPads may ship on October 24, source indicates

10/14, 1:30pm

'Mass quantities' of new product already en route to US

Apple is already shipping "mass quantities" of a new product to the US, apparently with the aim an October 24 launch, a source says. The product in question is unspecified, but given the timing it's anticipated to be the second-generation iPad Air, third-gen iPad mini, or both. Apple has an iPad-centric press event scheduled for this Thursday, and typically likes to ship new iOS devices a little over a week after their introduction.

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More info on second-gen iPad Air, Retina iPad mini emerges

10/13, 7:00pm

Images of next iPad Air logic board leak, reveal 2GB of RAM, A8X chip, more

What looks to be a legitimate logic board for the next-generation iPad Air has leaked, and appears to support several previous rumors regarding the changes that are likely. A new rumor, however, adds to what is generally "known" about the upcoming revision by stating that, like the unexpected debut of the iPhone 6 Plus, the second-generation Retina iPad mini -- long thought to be delayed -- will be debuting alongside the larger version at Apple's press event, scheduled for Thursday.

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October 16 iPad event to be live-streamed

10/10, 9:33am

Apple continues with practice despite past technical glitches

Apple will indeed run a livestream of its October 16 iPad event, the company has confirmed. Details have been added to the webpage normally reserved for such streams. To watch, people will need to use the iOS or OS X versions of Safari, or else an Apple TV. The event begins at 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern.

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Alleged 12.9-inch iPad production likely coming in 2015, says WSJ

10/09, 9:33am

Suppliers prioritizing iPhone 6, 6 Plus demand

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro', but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger-screen iPad now."

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Retina HD iPads? Beta 2 of iOS 8.1 hints at higher resolution

10/09, 2:07am

Art assets suggest new iPads will follow iPhone 6 in jumping up pixels, resolution

Further investigation into the recently-release iOS 8.1 beta by developer Hamza Sood has uncovered clues that the forthcoming new iPad models, expected to be revealed on October 16, may be offering significantly higher resolution and pixels-per-inch counts. Certain frameworks call for, and other already have, graphics rated at 1x ("ipad"), "2x-ipad" and a new "3x-ipad," suggesting up to a 50 percent jump in resolution or pixel count. This would create what Apple calls "Retina HD" display quality.

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Apple confirms October 16 press event

10/08, 12:34pm

Event should feature new iPads, Yosemite; may include new Macs

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has sent out media invites to an October 16 press event. The invitations reveal virtually nothing about the showcase, simply offering an iOS 8-style Apple logo, the tagline "it's been way too long," and a time and place: the company's Cupertino headquarters at 10AM Pacific time. Apple is mainly expected to reveal a second-generation iPad Air and a third-gen iPad mini.

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Photos allegedly show assembled second-gen iPad Air model

10/08, 10:36am

Tablet even thinner than iPhone 6 Plus

A Vietnamese website has produced photos of what appears to be a fully-assembled dummy model of the second-generation iPad Air. The tablet is said to be just 7mm thick, making it even thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus -- which is rated at 7.1mm -- and marginally thicker than the 6.9mm iPhone 6. In contrast, the current Air measures 7.5mm.

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Apple Pay hidden setup screens found in iOS 8.1 beta 2

10/08, 9:39am

Indicates iPads won't get retail purchase functions

As anticipated, the second iOS 8.1 beta includes more elaborate Apple Pay content. Coder Hamza Sood demonstrates that while the content isn't visible to the average user, it can be made to appear. The new material includes setup screens explaining what Apple Pay is and offering fields to enter credit/debit card details into Passbook. Those details can be entered manually, or by scanning a card with a device's camera.

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Munster: Teens still keen for iPhones, iPads, 'tepid' on Apple Watch

10/08, 1:26am

Price may be key factor in low interest, but regard for Apple generally still growing

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has revealed more of the results of his semi-annual survey of teenaged buyers, which recently showed the iPhone and iPad as continuing to dominate teen buying choices when it came to smartphones and tablets. The latest data unsurprisingly showed that teenagers are lukewarm about the forthcoming Apple Watch.

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Forums: pigment ink vs dye ink printers

10/07, 7:01pm

pigment ink vs dye ink printers

This week in the MacNN forums, members debate the the differences between pigment ink and dye ink in printers, after one Mac Enthusiast started a thread trying to determine which kind of ink was ultimately better. Good news coming from the forums on iOS 8 today, as one Professional Poster reports that they have not found any bugs so far in iOS 8.0.2 on an iPhone 6.

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Briefly: Splot platformer iOS game, Tiggly's iPad compatible math toy

10/07, 4:36pm

Frozenbyte to release Spot platformer game for iOS October 23

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has announced the upcoming release of its new platformed game, Splot. Players follow the story of a blue alien, Splot, who crashes onto an unfamiliar planet along with his adversaries, the Hungry Blobs. Splot sets out to rescue a native population of birds that are being eaten by the Blobs. Playable on three different difficulties though 56 levels, gameplay consists of fast-paced platforming with the goal of reaching captured birds before they are eaten.

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Second iOS 8.1 beta seeds to developers

10/07, 1:47pm

Could enable Apple Pay testing

Apple is seeding a second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, users note. The contents of the code are unknown, but it likely builds out upcoming Apple Pay support, references to which were found in the first beta. If recent rumors are true the new beta may enable Apple Pay testing, and prefigure a public launch of v8.1 on or around October 20th.

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Adoption of iOS 8 stalled at 47 percent, new Apple tracking data shows

10/07, 10:37am

Figure just 1 percent higher than post-iPhone 6 launch data

Adoption of iOS 8 has slowed dramatically, having only gained a single percentage point between September 21 and October 5, according to new App Store tracking data from Apple. The company's iOS 8 and iOS 7 are now in equal use. In fact, use of pre-iOS 7 firmware has somehow increased from five to six percent, even though Apple no longer supports it on any substantial level.

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Survey: iPads now the top consumer brand among kids 6-12

10/06, 11:05pm

Beats out McDonald's, Toys R Us, Disney thanks in part to schools, parents

Since it was introduced nearly five years ago, the iPad has made a huge cultural impact on families, schools and seniors, but the full extent of the influence on the former two groups has been made more obvious in a new survey of children ages 6-12 conducted by youth and family research firm Smarty Pants. The 2014 edition of the firm's "Young Love" survey found that the iPad was the highest-rated brand name with children and families, beating out 255 other iconic contenders including Nickelodeon, Disney and McDonald's.

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Rumor has second-gen iPad Air getting better display, 2GB of RAM

10/06, 4:21pm

Could ditch 16GB model, support Apple Pay

A new report -- citing researchers with access to pictures and illustrations from Apple sources -- claims to have details of what the final or near-final second-generation iPad Air will feature. One major improvement is said to be a fully-laminated display, in which the LCD and cover glass are merged into a single unit, as with the iPhone. This should improve the size and weight of the device. TPK, GIS, Sharp, Samsung, and LG are mentioned as manufacturers, with the report saying that the screen should improve in quality as well.

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Adobe updates iOS suite, introduces Premiere Clip, Brush CC, Shape CC

10/06, 11:17am

Clip marks first attempt at iOS-based video editing

Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or in tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud.

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Belgian teenager racks up over $46,000 in in-app purchases

10/03, 4:51pm

iOS and 'free-to-play' game blamed

A 15-year-old from Antwerp, Belgium has managed to accumulate over 37,000 euro ($46,000) in iTunes charges on a credit card through in-app purchases, according to local publication Nieuwsblad. The teenager was reportedly playing a free-to-play iOS game called Game of War: Fire Age; several months in, his mother asked him to buy some e-books using her credit card. The boy then discovered he could buy virtual gold in-game using real money, greatly accelerating his progress. The title even has a casino minigame.

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Forums: Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6, iOS 8

10/03, 1:58pm

Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6, iOS 8

This week has been rather slow in the MacNN forums, however debates rage on about the new iPhone 6. Conversations continue about problems with iOS 8, and of course our helpful forum-goers assist with troubleshooting. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has recommended some good Mac utilities to use for optimizing OS X. In the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+," members continue to debate the usefulness of each device, and why they would pick one over the other.

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Sources claim 2014 Apple iPad event to be held October 16

10/03, 1:33pm

Yosemite, new iMacs also anticipated

Apple may be planning to hold its expected iPad event on Thursday, October 16, sources indicate. The emphasis will reportedly be on a second-generation iPad Air and a third-generation iPad mini. The sources add, however, that the event could also feature refreshed, possibly Retina-equipped iMacs, as well as OS X Yosemite. Apple has yet to confirm a release date for Yosemite, and the event could give the company an excuse to demonstrate previously-unseen (or little-seen) features. New iMacs would presumably ship with the OS pre-installed.

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Patent litigant Unwired Planet seeking uncut Apple versus Samsung info

10/02, 2:00pm

Non-practicing entity seeking to use Apple expert testimony in possible trial

Patent licensing firm and non-practicing entity Unwired Planet (formerly known as Openwave) is demanding that Apple produce the damages reports it filed in 2012's Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial. Unwired Planet's attorneys claim in a filing that the documents produced in the trial will prove how its patents, that it claims are abused in iCloud, iPhones, iPads, and Siri, drive sales of Apple hardware. Apple is fighting the filing, saying that not only is its confidential data at stake and not relevant to this issue, but Samsung's data is at risk as well.

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Pro-democracy protesters targeted with malware on iOS, Android

10/02, 1:47am

Malware entry vector not yet identified; may capitalize on jailbreak compromise

In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses.

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Find My iPhone web page lets users check on Activation Lock status

10/02, 12:03am

Users can enter IMEI to learn more; technology is on by default in iOS 8

Users who are unsure if their iOS device has the anti-theft feature Activation Lock turned on can now easily check through a new page based on Apple's iCloud site. While the page is currently not linked to the main menu on iCloud.com -- suggesting it may still be undergoing testing -- it offers users a chance to input the devices serial number or IMEI identifier, and returns information on whether the device is protected.

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Bug causing App Store to include wrong apps in Kids categories

10/01, 11:26am

Apparently tied to iOS 8

A bug involving the iOS App Store is causing it to display inappropriate apps under the various Kids categories, according to complaints. Browsing those categories' Top Charts sections, users can currently spot many apps that would normally fall under the All Categories umbrella. This includes obvious mistakes, such as gambling and dating apps.

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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

10/01, 5:28am

Spotify opens Canadian streaming service to everyone

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Bloomberg: Apple to offer next iPad Air in gold color option

10/01, 12:09am

Lineup will match iPhone 6 family, but major feature will be Touch ID

As previously reported, Apple will launch the second-generation iPad Air, and possibly the iPad mini with Retina display, with an option for a gold color -- to match the options available for the iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 family. The gold color, first introduced last year, is said to be the most popular color for the iPhone 5s and caused severe shortages for the gold model during its debut. The next iPad models are also expected to gain the latest A8 processor, improved graphics and Touch ID.

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Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

09/30, 2:10am

Just-released beta confirms expected Touch ID and online Apple Pay support

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.

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Bug in iOS 8 can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report warns

09/29, 8:13pm

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.

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Tracking shows iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 already in development [u]

09/29, 2:58pm

May signify more intense update schedule

[Updated: iOS 8.1, Xcode 6.1 beta 3, Apple TV beta made available to developers] 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.

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Apple no longer signing iOS 7.1.2, preventing downgrades

09/26, 4:29pm

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.

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Rumor puts 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015 with A8X processor

09/25, 1:05pm

Second-gen Air may meanwhile get 2GB of RAM

Apple's alleged 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could ship in early 2015, and with a new A8X processor, claims Taiwan's TechNews. The site doesn't have any more details, but based on Apple's past "X" processors, the A8X would probably be a version of the A8 -- used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus -- with superior graphics processing. Apple introduced the concept with the A5X, which used the extra power to support its first-ever Retina iPad.

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Flawed iOS 8.0.1 can disable cellular, Touch ID; update pulled [u]

09/24, 1:30pm

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.

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Rumors: Apple Watch to have 4GB-8GB storage, Retina iPad mini delayed

09/24, 3:46am

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.

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Apple again tops in PC customer satisfaction, but some rivals gaining

09/23, 8:06pm

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.

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