ApplePay wireless payment system introduced, detailed at media event

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 16:39
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You’ve been hankering for Apple to incorporate a near-field communication payment system in its devices.

And it’s on its way.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced ApplePay, its mobile payment system, during its media Tuesday. The system requires the just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which include NFC support.

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ApplePay and the iPhone 6 lineup rely on a new chip dubbed Secure Element to securely store credit card information, and that data isn’t shared with Apple at any time. Cards registered with iTunes account are automatically available, and users can take photos of other credit cards to add them to ApplePay, too.

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Apple announces September 17th launch date for iOS 8

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The details of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are beginning to come in, but right now, there’s definitive word about iOS 8.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will officially launch on Tuesday, September 17th.

Originally introduced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, iOS 8 offers only incremental changes over its predecessor’s design language, but introduces a slew of new technologies that are destined to have a significant impact on Apple’s mobile ecosystem, such as Handoff, which allows users to seamlessly transfer their work between all the devices they own, a one-handed mode that can help users interact with the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen and Extensions.

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Rumor: iPhone 6, iWatch to incorporate NFC wireless payment features

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 15:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

The rumor mill is going at full speed with only five days until Apple’s September 9th media event.

This time, the Wall Street Journal has stated that Apple’s next iPhone and its anticipated wearable “iWatch” will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the “iWatch” is also said to sport a curved OLED display.

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According to AppleInsider, The Journal cited unnamed sources familiar with the unannounced devices. Both the “iWatch” and the “iPhone 6″ are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event next Tuesday.

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Apple reveals top 10 reasons for App Store rejections

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Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 17:56
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

If you ever wondered why your app was rejected from Apple’s App Store, now there’s something of an explanation. Apple’s infamously persnickety standards have been made a bit more transparent via a new page on its developer site explaining the top 10 reasons for App Store rejections.

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The page includes the following common criteria for rejection from Apple’s perspective:

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Video shows new, reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 16:54
Category: Accessory, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, Lightning, Patents, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Last week presented us with a look at a new cable rumored to be coming from Apple with the iPhone 6. This new USB to Lightning cable has a reversible USB connector, meaning you can insert it into an ordinary USB port in both orientations just like the Lightning end. Now MacRumors points us toward a video, posted by the same person as earlier photos, showing the cable being plugged in both ways.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPads to feature matte display, not glossy, for easier reading

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Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized

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The anti-glare/matte display you love may be en route for the next generation of iPads. Per The Mac Observer and Bloomberg, sources have claimed that a 9.7-inch iPad is in production and a 7.9-inch iPad will enter production later this year, both with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare.

Sources stated that Apple is going with a non-glare display for easier reading. They also said initial availability may be limited when the new iPad ships because of production issues related to the anti-glare coating.

Apple hasn’t dropped any hints about what to expect from the next iPad refresh — or when to expect an announcement. The company has shifted to fall iPad launches, so it’s likely we’ll see new models in time for the holiday buying season.

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Additional iPhone 6 component pictures linked, some images emblazoned with Apple logo

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Date: Monday, August 11th, 2014, 11:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Pictures, Uncategorized

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos are coming in. And they look interesting.

Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, an assortment of part images, some emblazoned with the Apple logo, have surfaced, including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device’s rear camera lens.

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Also included is what appears to be an external camera ring, though the likelihood of the next iPhone featuring a protruding lens seems suspect. It’s possible that the component — or all of the parts — could actually be for a next-generation iPod touch, as the current fifth-generation model does feature a protruding lens.

The other parts appear to show mounting brackets for an upcoming Apple device, whether it be an iPhone or iPod. They include a headphone jack hole, support around a home button, as well as a space for a Lightning connector, all of them lacking any electrical components.

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Purported iPhone 6 front panel video emerges, shows unit successfully enduring extreme abuse

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Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, 08:13
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You’re going to like the iPhone 6′s front glass component.

Per AppleInsider, hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6″ display on Monday, a short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

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Uploaded to YouTube by tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the video takes a close-up look at the purported iPhone 6 display, but goes further by attempting to scratch, bend and break the part. The display performed surprisingly well and came out of testing unscathed.

Brownlee said the component is made of sapphire crystal and came straight off Apple’s assembly line in Asia, but provided little evidence to support his claims. A number of manufactured materials offer similar properties to those shown off in the video, including Corning’s Gorilla Glass which Apple currently uses in its portable products. The glass maker said its next-generation Gorilla Glass 3 is more resistant to scratches, flexing and shattering than certain sapphire formulas.

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Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.4.3 update

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 13:44
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.3 update. The update, a 119 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and features:

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations.

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server.

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to continuously try to connect to public folders that are disabled or removed from the Exchange server by the administrator.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and Microsoft Office 2011 Service Pack 1 to install and run.

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

iTunes Festival app drops, no iOS 7.1

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Date: Friday, March 7th, 2014, 08:20
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ios7logoWell, so much for insider knowledge. As reported Wednesday, a short post by John Gruber on his blog generated a lot of excitement when it indicated that a source had intimated that an iOS 7.1 update would be out before next week’s iTunes Festival due to the fact that an update for the festival’s app would require 7.1 to run. Here is how the post went;

Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn’t out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now.

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Today’s release of the update to the iTunes Festival app, ahead of any 7.1 update, shows that John’s “birdie” is a gosh darn lier, or maybe it was one of those internal security tests that Apple uses to find out where leaks are coming from, but either way, the wait for 7.1 continues. John responded today with, “You win some, you lose some.”.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled speculation.