Rumor: Next-gen iOS devices to see delays, only 4.6-inch iPhone 6 to make September debut

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Date: Friday, July 25th, 2014, 11:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, Rumor

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You may have to wait a little longer for the cool nw iOS-based devices that you’re hankering for.

Per Taiwanese newspaper UDN and GforGames, a current rumor suggests that only one of Apple’s next-generation handsets — the 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ — will be ready for launch at the company’s anticipated September media event, as the larger 5.5-inch model will allegedly not even enter production until that month.

This marks the latest in a string of rumors that sum up a delayed launch for Apple’s larger “phablet”-sized iPhone 6, which is said to arrive after the 4.7-inch model debuts. The UDN article also suggests that initial production capacity will be limited. Capacity is expected to increase by as much as 85 percent in the fourth quarter, perhaps due to the addition of so-called “Foxbots,” robots designed to aid assembly workers.

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Rumor: Apple working on e-wallet, could debut technology alongside iPhone 6

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Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 10:43
Category: iPhone, Rumor, Software

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It probably won’t come as a surprise, but Apple may be working on its own e-wallet technology that could debut alongside the iPhone 6 this fall.

Per The Information, anonymous sources close to the store claim that Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash.

The report states that Apple is in talks with partner companies to launch a Google Wallet competitor as soon as this fall, with some saying the service may roll out with the so-called “iPhone 6.”

Sources have indicated that Apple is in talks with major credit card company Visa to forge a partnership that could revolutionize the way consumers pay for goods. As noted by the article, a direct partnership with Visa — or other major credit card company — would be a huge step in bypassing the payment processing chain, saving both merchants and customers money.

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Apple posts support document detailing iOS “backdoor” allegations

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 16:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The timing’s a bit strange, but Apple seems to be trying to explain what its assortment of “backdoor” services are doing on its iOS devices only days after forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski disclosed the services during a speech at a hacker convention.

Per AppleInsider, a recently published support document on Apple’s web site.

In what appears to be a response to allegations of installing “backdoor” services with the intent to harvest data from iOS devices, Apple on Tuesday posted to its website an explanation of three diagnostics capabilities built in to the mobile OS.

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Apple removes Macbook Air firmware updater after reports of problems

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 13:51
Category: Announcement, App Store, Apple, Installation, Mac, MacBook Air, OS X, Software

appstorelogoAfter a day of user complaints of problems applying the Macbook Air 2.9 EFI firmware update after its release, Apple has finally pulled the update from the App Store. As we reported yesterday, threads like this one, started reporting that attempts to apply the update would run and fail to actually update the firmware, or that it would “brick” their laptop leaving it unusable. Those that weren’t left with a non-working Macbook Air also reported that after attempting the failed update, the App Store app would show the update as installed with an additional entry showing that it still needed to be applied.

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Apple opens up OS X 10.10 Yosemite public beta to one million test users via Appleseed program

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 11:48
Category: News, Software

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Get on the Appleseed email list and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to snag the public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Per iMore, beginning Thursday, Apple will be sending out invitations to test out the next version of OS X. The invites will be going out to the first million people that are signed up through the Appleseed public beta program.

Apple says that the beta should be available for download starting at 1PM Eastern time. If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can. There’s no guarantee those million spots haven’t already been filled, but that also doesn’t mean that Apple might not open testing up to a broader audience for subsequent betas as they troubleshoot bugs.

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Apple posts $37.4 billion in revenues, $7.7 billion profit for Q3 2014

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 18:52
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

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Apple’s money train kept rolling into the third quarter.

Per Macworld, the company posted revenues of US$37.4 billion and a net profit of US$7.7 billion, making for a record June quarter for the company.

Those numbers were up from the third quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied US$35.3 billion in revenue and US$6.9 billion in net profit.

For the 2014 third quarter, Apple earned US$1.28 per diluted share, up from US$1.07 a diluted share the company earned in the year-ago quarter. Apple has declared a cash dividend of US$0.47 per share of the company’s common stock.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9, addresses sleep issue with mid-2011 MacBook Air [Update!]

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 10:12
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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With any luck, this will work.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 late Monday. The update, a 4.3 MB download, addresses a sleep issue with the mid-2011 MacBook Air notebook:

- This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

The update can be directly downloaded from Apple’s web site or located and installed via OS X’s Software update feature.

If you’ve tried the new firmware and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Update! :

Some users have been reporting problems with the EFI update. In some cases, users’ computers would not restart after installation. In others the update would appear to install, but when the laptop restarts, the update is not applied, appears as installed in the App Store app, and STILL shows up as needing to be installed. Multiple attempts at the install simply add an identical entry to the list of installed software with no changes to the computers firmware.

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I personally ran into the latter situation. My Macbook Air is still working fine, but the firmware did not update. People are also having problems with the separate installer downloaded from Apple’s web site. We highly recommend that if you have not updated yet that you hold off until more data can be collected and Apple possibly deploys an update to the update.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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Rumor: 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 09:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You may have to wait a little longer for the 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.

Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, current rumors have it that Apple’s 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air could be delayed until 2015 given processor supply constraints, while the release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.

The current stories claim a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air may see its release date pushed back to late 2014 or early 2015, while parts for Apple’s refreshed 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models are now being shipped to partner supplier Quanta ahead of production next month.

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Microsoft is trimming the fat with 18,000 layoffs

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 08:47
Category: Announcement, Business, Microsoft, News, Windows

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It’s not an easy thing being a Microsoft employee right now, as the software giant is doing quite a bit of refocusing which means some of those workers will inevitably be left in the dust. Just ask the 13,000 employees who were let go last Thursday after CEO Satya Nadella outlined the coming changes in an email to employees sent the morning that the axe fell. About 12,500 of those layoffs were actually Nokia employees who only recently became Microsoft employees as the result of a $7.2 billion acquisition of the company in April. However, the layoff spree isn’t finished as there are still 5500 more layoffs to come in the next six months according to a report at Business Insider.

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