IDG cancels 2015 Macworld/iWorld event, announces “hiatus” for future conferences

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Macworld Expo, News

I wish there was better news, but it’s been some time coming…

Per iMore, IDG, the parent company of both Macworld magazine and the Macworld/iWorld conferences, announced on Tuesday that the conference is “going on hiatus”, and that the 2015 event will not happen. Macworld/iWorld has struggled in recent years with the loss of Apple as a keynote partner, with the company around which the conference revolved opting to focus more on their own events and putting significant capital into WWDC.

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IDG’s MacIT Mac-focused enterprise technology conference will continue, but the larger Macworld/iWorld is no more. IDG is likely working to rework the conference, but that it’s going on hiatus doesn’t bode well for Macworld/iWorld’s future. It’s a blow to have the January-duo of CES and Macworld be no more, although it’s unlikely that this will be a significant impediment to the OS X and iOS developer communities.

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Rumor: Apple to announce next-gen 27-inch iMac with Retina display, updated iPad Air units at October 16th media event

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 11:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, Rumor

There’s a lot of predictions as to what will be announced at tomorrow’s Apple media event.

With any luck, some of them will be right.

Per AppleInsider, ever-reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a note stating to expect a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply.

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Kuo expects only a 27-inch Retina iMac model to take the stage this week, though a 21-inch version is in the works and could debut in the second half of 2015. The analyst says Apple started on the 27-inch offering prior to the 21-inch because developing two different sized high-resolution panels is a demanding task. Comparatively, the larger-screened iteration draws high-end users who can afford the additional cost, making the model ripe for release.

Reports from September claimed the rumored 27-inch Retina iMac will feature a 5K display, though exact specifications have not been confirmed. Code discovered in an OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta in June pointed to 6,400-by-3,600-pixel screen resolutions, possibly hinting at scaling options for a Retina panel.

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Rumor: Leaked photo shows possible 2GB of RAM for next-gen iPad Air

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:02
Category: Hardware, iPad, Pictures, Rumor

The next-gen iPad Air component images are leaking at a fairly steady rate and revealing some interesting stuff.

Per MacRumors, a fairly clear image has been published by Apple.club.tw of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend.

Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw that seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining whether the chip is 1GB or 2GB.

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A 1GB Elpida chip would have an “8″ in the second character slot, while a 2GB chip would have an “A” in the same spot. Because of the quality of the image, it is difficult to say for certain what the character is, but it does appear to be an “A” rather than an “8″ given that it is narrower at the top and wider at the bottom.

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Samsung announces next-gen 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology, cites speeds five times faster than 802.11ac protocol

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:57
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

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As much as you may love your 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, it may not be the fastest thing on the block for long.

Per Macworld, on Sunday, Samsung announced it’s developing new 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that can boost network speeds fivefold, from today’s 866Mbps per-device maximum to a blistering 4.6Gbps. At that rate, Samsung says, a 1GB movie file can transfer from one device to another in under 3 seconds.

This feat is achieved by ditching the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels used by today’s routers and jumping to the 60GHz frequency band.

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Rumor: Apple won’t unveil Retina display MacBook Air at October 16th media event, will hold off until early 2015

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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You can expect a lot of nifty things from Apple’s media event on Thursday.

A Retina display MacBook Air probably won’t be one of them.

Per Re/code and AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the rumored new MacBook Air will not debut. He did, however, reiterate that the company is in fact planning to launch a new iMac with a high-resolution Retina display.

The absence of the new MacBook Air is largely in line with the latest rumors, which have indicated the device won’t be available in time for this holiday season. Instead, it’s been reported that the new ultraportable notebook with a Retina display won’t see the light of day until 2015.

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Rumor: Apple begins Apple Pay training for employees

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Date: Monday, October 13th, 2014, 12:07
Category: iOS, retail, Rumor, Software

With the launch of Apple Pay likely only days away, Apple has begun Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. According to 9to5Mac, training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores…

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As can be seen in the image above, Apple Pay can be set up via the Passbook application through both the initial iOS 8 setup process or in a new Settings.app tab called Passbook & Apple Pay. Some of these details were previously revealed by internal settings in the latest iOS 8.1 beta seed for developers.

Credit cards can be added to Passbook via an iTunes account or by using the iPhone’s camera to scan in details. Passbook will be able to store up to 8 credit/debit cards, according to the training materials.

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Leaked photos show possible components for upcoming iPad models

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Date: Monday, October 13th, 2014, 12:32
Category: Uncategorized

It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Per AppleInsider, Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has posted images of what are apparently next-gen iPad components. The images include a new logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.

Included among the supposedly leaked parts, interestingly enough, is a Touch ID fingerprint reader sporting a gold capacitive ring, hinting at a new iPhone-inspired color option previously rumored in a report from last month.

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The length of the flex cable attached to the scanning module suggests the part is bound for something larger than Apple’s iPhone lineup, though it is not clear whether that device is a new iPad Air or next-generation iPad mini with Retina display. Many expect Apple to update both tablet sizes with Touch ID capabilities, bringing the products in line with current iPhone models.

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Banks sign off on upcoming Apple Pay payment system, approve of token-centered security protocols

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 19:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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For what it’s worth, the banks seem to feel good about Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay system.

Per MacRumors and The Daily Dot, Apple Pay, which will be centered around tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID, has gotten the nod from several large banks.

The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.

According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was “very excited” to see what Apple had developed, because it is “convenient, secure, and private.” Apple’s use of tokenization “addresses all points of weakness across the payment system.”

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Apple releases third OS X Yosemite golden master candidate to developer community

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 11:30
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

Yosemite is coming.

It’s just going through a few more golden master candidates.

Per MacRumors, Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30th.

The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Developer Center.

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Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned Dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

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Apple to livestream October 16th media event

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 11:30
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, News, Software, Yosemite

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Apple’s next media event on October 16th will be live streamed.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Friday announced that it plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on October 16th, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.

The event will be streamed through www.apple.com/live/ with the event beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern with coverage piped to Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs. The company sent out invitations reading “It’s been way too long” to press outlets on Wednesday.

At the event, Apple is widely expected to launch next-generation iPad models with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, upgraded A8-series processor and minor aesthetic enhancements. Photos of a supposedly “leaked” iPad Air dummy unit hit the Web earlier this week showing recessed volume control buttons, porthole speaker grilles and a slimmed-down 7-millimeter profile.

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