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Apple releases iOS 8.4 update, launches Apple Music streaming service

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Date: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, 08:43
Category: Apple Music, iOS, iTunes, News, Software

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iOS 8.4 is here.

And so are the hefty changes to the Music app that have been noted over the past few weeks.

Early Tuesday, Apple released iOS 8.4. The new version of the mobile operating system includes an overhauled Music app with access to Beats Music, Beats 1 and the new Apple Music streaming service.

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Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing of next-gen iPhone, will include Force Touch systems in all models

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Whatever the next-gen iPhone is packing for features, they’re apparently building it right now.

This is the rumor, as Apple has started early production of its next-generation iPhone models that will retain 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors and integrate Force Touch technology.

A Bloomberg article has sources close to Apple suppliers stating that they’re in the midst of an early manufacturing run of the company’s next iPhone models, which will bring pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology to the device.

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DisplayMate runs full comparison between glass, sapphire Apple Watch displays

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Dr. Raymond Soneira went bananas yet again, this time pulling out all the stops and testing the Apple Watch glass and sapphire displays.

The testing seeks to answer the question as to whether there’s a visual difference between a watch that uses sapphire versus glass? If the two were held up side by side, the one with a glass crystal would be about 20 percent brighter than the one with sapphire (due to fundamental principles of optics that reduce its light transmission), so it appears somewhat darker and duller, particularly because the light has to pass through the crystal twice.

As such, what are the tradeoffs to using a sapphire display, especially when it’s important to minimize screen reflections and sapphire has almost double (191%) the reflectance of glass.

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Apple employees’ chatter, posts, confirm Tuesday, 8 AM release date for iOS 8.4, Apple Music launch

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 08:18
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple’s employees have gotten a bit chatty over the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch.

The company will reportedly be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10 AM release window. The change in scheduling seems to be in service of Beats 1, Apple’s worldwide radio station, which will start streaming from 9 AM on the same day.

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Some iPhone users on T-Mobile U.S. network reporting random “blue screen of death” errors

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 09:11
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This is a bit weird.

In the past few weeks, a growing number of iPhone owners on the T-Mobile U.S. network have been impacted by seemingly random crashes and reboots, without any clear indication as to why or how to solve the problem.

The problem seems to manifest itself with an iPhone briefly flashing a blue screen before resetting, according to reports. This can happen as frequently as every 10 to 30 minutes, even if a phone isn’t actively in use.

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Apple Watch to go on sale in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17th

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Come July 17th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.

Apple made the reveal quietly via updates to its official Dutch, Swedish, and Thai websites. The 38-millimeter Apple Watch Sport will start at €419 (US$468) in The Netherlands, 3,995kr (US$481) in Sweden, and ฿13,500 (US$399) in Thailand.

The announcements came on the same day that Apple kicked off its second wave of Watch launches, bringing the wearable to Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.

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Apple allows for wider battery coverage in updated AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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The AppleCare+ Protection Plan terms for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch just got a little better. Apple has now included language that would cover batteries with less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 9th, 2015 or later.

The new criteria will allow for the replacement of defective batteries that do not live up to the 80 percent specification free of charge as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. Otherwise, Apple charges US$79 for out-of-warranty battery service for all Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity per Apple’s diagnostic testing, plus a US$6.95 shipping charge if required.

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Latest OS X El Capitan beta build hints at 4K 21.5-inch Mac, Bluetooth remote for possible new Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:09
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Hardware, iMac, News, Software

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It’s the beta builds that sometimes show the cool stuff that’s coming down the road.

The newest developer build of OS X El Capitan has revealed hints of a 4K 21.5-inch iMac as well as a Bluetooth remote control for the Apple TV.

The beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel. While the larger, more expensive 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make sense for the smaller screen to be upgraded to a 4K resolution.

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Apple decides on royalty rate of 0.2 cents per play during 90-day Apple Music free trial period

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Finance, News, Software

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Apple’s decided on a royalty amount to pay the artists on Apple Music during its 90-day free trial.

And that number is 0.2 cents per play.

The New York Times is reporting that music executives close to the story have stated that Apple has negotiated 0.2 cents per play with the record labels. The amount is comparable to free tier rates paid by competing streaming services.

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1Password for iOS updated to 5.4.3, includes bug fixes

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 09:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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1Password’s proven fairly infallible so far and its updates have been useful.

On that note, AgileBits announced the release of 1Password 5.4.3 for iOS. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

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