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Rumor: Apple Watch to become available in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries in September

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:25
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch could be debuting in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries later this month.

A rumor from Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15th, citing information it received from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. As yet, Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.

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Saddle Creek Apple Store to move, debut possible changes for retail chain

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:42
Category: News, retail

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One of Apple’s “next-gen” Apple Store retail locations will debut near Memphis in the near future.

The Saddle Creek Apple Store location in Germantown will move, pending project approval.

Early plans for the new store, located to the east of Memphis, were approved by the local design review commission last week. In his presentation, Apple representative Rick Millitello called the project “the next generation of retail store that we’re rolling out,” saying it would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

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Apple Pay transaction limit jumps to 30 pounds in UK

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 05:49
Category: News, retail

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The amount of stuff you can buy with Apple Pay in the UK without entering a PIN or signature has grown to 30 pounds, wherein it had previously been 20 pounds.

That’s kind of like getting an expanded allowance.

The UK Cards Association, a national credit card payments industry group, raised the upper limit for contactless payments to 30 pounds on Tuesday local time, a change that also affects smartphone-based systems like Apple Pay. Previously, Apple Pay users were constrained to the UK’s contactless payment transaction limit of 20 pounds.

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KeyRaider malware steals credential information for 225,000+ jailbroken iOS devices

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 04:07
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The bad news is that more than 225,000 Apple IDs and passwords were taken from assorted iPhones via a chunk of malware dubbed “KeyRaider”, which can also remotely lock iOS devices in order to hold them to ransom.

The good news is that this only occurred with jailbroken iOS devices and probably didn’t happen to you.

According to reports, the KeyRaider software will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes protocol to log in to Apple’s server and purchase apps or other items requested by users. The tweaks have been downloaded over 20,000 times, which suggests around 20,000 users are abusing the 225,000 stolen credentials.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV remote to feature motion sensors, features targeted at casual gamers

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:23
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s an interesting rumor.

And there’s a decent chance it might be true.

According to recent reports, the next-gen Apple TV will feature an A8 processor, a native SDK for creating apps and a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, complete with a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.

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Rumor: Fourth-gen Apple TV to be priced under $200, will debut in October

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:12
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting.

With Apple’s September 9th media event coming up, sources have stated that a fourth-gen Apple TV will be available for under US4200 and will become available this October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either US$149 or US$199, both higher than the third-generation Apple TV…

The next-gen device will arrive at a premium price compared to the US$60 to US$99 price range found on the current model Apple TV, is anticipated to be similar to the current model in appearance, but will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say.

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New details revealed as to Skylake processors that may be geared towards Retina MacBooks

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Date: Friday, August 28th, 2015, 12:28
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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New information for the Intel Skylake processors that are most likely to wind up in a MacBook Air has been released.

The Skylake processors, which may be branded the “Core m3”, “Core m5” and “Core m7” offer the following specs:

The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook sold for US$1,299.

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Rumor: Apple to keep next-gen iPhone base end storage at 16 GB

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Date: Friday, August 28th, 2015, 12:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like 16 gigabytes will continue to remain the low end of storage for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

A purported photo of an iPhone 6S information sheet seems to indicate that Apple will stick with 16 GB of storage for the base model. The image comes from Steve Hemmerstoffer and matches analysis of iPhone 6S components obtained by 9to5Mac back in June, which showed Apple using 16 GB memory chips in preproduction units.

It was initially thought that Apple would bump the low end’s storage up appreciably, although early builds of iOS 9 indicate that the new operating system is more efficient with its storage space.

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Apple sends out invitations for September 9th media event, hints at new iPhone, Apple TV hardware

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 14:21
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, iPhone, News

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The rumors of the media event on September 9th were true.

Apple just sent out official invitations to assorted media outlets for its media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The invitation teases the reader with “Hey Siri, give us a hint” and the event itself will take place at 10 AM PT at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California. Apple’s September event is set to include the next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as well as the long awaited Apple TV hardware update.

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Additional iPhone 6s leaks point towards slightly heavier display, mystery chip

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Some additional points have come out about Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset.

Namely, the display panel might be a bit thicker.

And there’s a weird mystery chip with an unspecified function to date.

Following up on an overview of leaked images, numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. This has yet to be confirmed, although a small, rectangular chip has been noted on the rear of the display. It has been seen in all leaked parts seen so far, and its function remains unconfirmed, it’s thought its function is related to a Force Touch feature.

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