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: Apple to begin mass production of 4.7-inch model iPhone 6 in July, 5.5-inch model in August

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Date: Friday, July 18th, 2014, 06:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple’s iPhone 6 could start seeing mass production this month and next month, depending on the model in question.

Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and AppleInsider, Apple supplier Foxconn will begin production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in the third week of July while a rumored 5.5-inch model is to hit the assembly line in the second week of August.

The publication noted a separate Chinese news service report that said the head of China’s Henan Provincial Commerce Department made comments that Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is looking to hire some 100,000 workers to cope with expectedly high demand for the upcoming handsets. That figure echoes a previous rumor from June, but today’s report adds partner supplier Pegatron is also preparing to hire some 10,000 employees for its part of Apple’s order.

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Leaked photo of purported 1,800 mAh iPhone 6 battery surfaces

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Date: Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 10:20
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

Additional evidence of Apple’s next-gen battery for its upcoming iPhone 6 handset has surfaced. Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr, a picture has been leaked of Apple’s purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 battery, which is rumored to bump the handset’s battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s’s 1,500 mAh unit.

The pictured parts bear a capacity rating of 1,810 mAh and appear to be manufactured by Desay Battery, a supplier previously rumored to have been certified by Apple for the iPhone 6.

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Purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor image leaked, minimal changes seen from iPhone 5s model

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Date: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 12:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

An image of the purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor has leaked.

Unfortunately, it’s not a radical departure from the current iPhone 5s iPhone sensor, save for where the screw holes are located.

Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Electronista, the part is thought to fit in the anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model.

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Rumor: Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies resolves iPhone 6 battery production issues

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 11:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new manufacturer might have resolved the battery problem for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and GforGames, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies is said to have been able to craft batteries thin and flexible enough for the so-called “iPhone 6,” a feat apparently not able to be matched by current suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical.

Reports that Apple’s new 5.5-inch “phablet” may be delayed first surfaced in April. The device’s design is said to call for a battery less than 2 millimeters tall, a significant reduction from the current generation.

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Apple is looking to employees to test its new Photos app

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Mac, News, Opinion, OS X, photos, Pictures, Pro Apps, Software

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We’ve mentioned in a previous post that Apple plans to replace the once venerated pro-level photo management app, Aperture, and presumably iPhoto as well, with an all new application called simply Photos. Now Apple is looking for someone to put it through its paces, and looking no further than its own collective of employees.

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Apple expands iPad, iPhone trade-in program to Australian market

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Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 06:31
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s iPhone and iPad trade-in program is coming to the land down under.

Per MacRumors, Apple today expanded its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, giving customers who trade in an older device credit towards the purchase of a new device. Users who trade in an iPhone can earn up to A$250, while users who trade in an iPad can get up to A$215.

Apple’s current press release states that the iPhone 5s, 5c, and iPad Air are not eligible for the credit, nor are first-generation devices like the iPhone 3GS or the original iPad. All other devices are eligible, however, and Apple will still recycle original models for free.

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