Apple announces iPad mini 3, adds Touch ID fingerprint sensor, gold color option

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 14:31
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, News

You might just get everything you want from the new iPad mini 3.

Per AppleInsider, the tablet will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option while starting at a US$399 price point.

The company has also expanded the iPad mini lineup by continuing to offer the first-generation model, lacking a Retina display, for US$249. And occupying the US$299 space will be the iPad mini 2.

The entry-level iPad mini 3 will feature 16-gigabytes of storage for US$399. Upgrading storage capacity in the iPad mini 3 will run US$499 for 64 gigabytes, while 128 gigabytes will cost US$599. In addition, a new gold color option will join silver and space gray, and LTE-capable models carry a US$130 premium.

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Apple to release iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20th

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 14:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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You’ll have to wait until Monday for iOS 8.1.

Per the mighty iMore, Apple announced that it will release iOS 8.1, with full support for Apple Pay and features such as the return of the Camera Roll and the iCloud Photo Library.

After iOS 8 launched in September, many users were confused about the disappearance of the traditional Camera Roll and Photo Stream interfaces. Although photos weren’t gone, and simply moved to the collections tab, it seems as if Apple is willing to bring them back. Part of this could be due to the fact of making it easier to differentiate what photos and videos are actually using physical storage and what are using iCloud Photo Library storage, which will also come out of beta as of iOS 8.1. That means that whatever iCloud storage plan you choose, you can use as much or as little as you’d like to offload photos and videos, in turn freeing up actual physical storage.

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Apple announces iPad Air 2 tablets, will begin accepting preorders on Friday

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 14:36
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Uncategorized

Apple’s top of the line iPad just got a bit thinner and faster.

Per AppleInsider, Apple announced the iPad Air 2, its next-gen full-sized iPad. The new version, which will begin preorders on Friday, includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X processor.

The new iPad Air stands at 18 percent thinner than the previous model, making it the world’s thinnest tablet to date.

Like previous models, the Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 starts at US$499 for 16 gigabytes. But another $100 quadruples storage to 64 gigabytes, and a high-end model with 128 gigabytes runs US$699. LTE-capable versions carry a US$130 premium at the same capacities.

Preorders for the iPad Air 2 will begin on Friday, and the units will begin shipping next week.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite, iWork updates as free updates on Mac App Store

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 14:30
Category: News, OS X, Software, Yosemite

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The OS X 10.10 Yosemite downloading and installation frenzy begins today.

Over at its media event, Apple announced that OS X 10.10 Yosemite, its free next-generation operating system, will arrive on the Mac App Store today. The new version includes a new design that’s more contiguous with iOS 8 as well as features like Continuity and Handoff. Apple has also released a redesigned version of its iWork suite, which will be available as a free download.

Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, California today, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple Pay to launch on Monday, October 20th

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 13:21
Category: iOS 8, iPhone, News, Software

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Apple Pay will launch in four days.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple announced that it will launch its Apple Pay service for use with the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced that the company has signed up 500 additional banks since first announcing initial partners last month. The banks will roll out Apple Pay this year and next, according to Cook. Initially the service will only be available for users in the US.

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Apple accidentally leaks next-gen iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 details to iOS 8 document

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 15:35
Category: iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, News

The next-gen iPad information you wanted came a bit ahead of schedule.

According to The Verge and 9to5Mac, Apple accidentally revealed both of its new iPads: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on its web site. An official user guide for iOS 8 in the iTunes Store has apparently had its screenshots updated ahead of schedule; both new iPads are pictured, and the images reveal each will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Aside from the addition of Touch ID, it seems these latest iPads will look nearly identical to their predecessors. 9to5Mac first spotted the premature iPad screenshots. The full-resolution image is still sitting on Apple’s servers.

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It’s expected that Apple will improve the performance of each iPad with the help of an updated chipset, likely the iPhone 6′s A8 or a slightly more powerful A8X processor. What’s not clear is whether the iPad mini 3 will match the larger iPad Air 2 spec for spec. Last year, Apple essentially put both tablets on equal footing, but the company may revise its strategy to put more room between them. The user guide hints that one new feature for iPads — burst photography mode — will be available on the iPad Air 2 with no mention of the mini 3.

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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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