Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers improvements to currently available MacBook Pro, MacBook Air models

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Kicking off mucho new stuff today, Apple released iOS 8.2 for its iOS devices on Monday.

The update, a 476 megabyte download accessible either via iTunes or the Software Update feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

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Rumor: Power Reserve reportedly offers significant battery savings for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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This could prove helpful.

The Apple Watch’s battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

Citing sources who have spent “extended time” with the product, TechCrunch reports that Apple has been working on improving longevity, such that during a normal day of periodic use, the Watch should still have roughly 25 percent of its power left.

While people will still have to charge the device overnight, they should be able to make it through a full day on a single charge. Sources also said it takes about two hours to fully recharge a depleted device.

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Apple Store down in advance of “Spring Forward” event, predictions made

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 08:47
Category: MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Store has gone down in advance of the Apple Watch announcement.

Not that this hasn’t happened before, but this tends to be a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event. It’s also expected that you’ll be able to order a next-gen MacBook after the event is over, as the 13-inch MacBook refresh reported is the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the most likely to be ready to ship immediately after announcement. There is also a good chance that this product refresh may not even feature during the presentation, but appear online afterwards as as silent update.

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Rumor: AppleCare now offering support for Beats Music products, accepting Apple Pay for business clients

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 08:28
Category: retail, Rumor

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As of Thursday, AppleCare has begun providing support for Beats Music customers as well as accepting Apple Pay for payment. Prior to this, support for Beats’ customers went through an alternate service. According to sources, AppleCare staff are now taking Apple Pay as a form of compensation.

Support for the Beats music products has been slowly integrated into Apple’s system since the company’s purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for US$3 billion in 2014.
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Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 07:21
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

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Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 16:50
Category: Microsoft, Office, Software

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Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is widely expected to become Office 2016 for Mac when it’s released in “the second half of 2015.”

A few things worth noting about Office ’16, er, the Office for Mac preview:

  1. It doesn’t require you to subscribe to Office 365,
  2. It doesn’t require you to register or complete a lengthy questionnaire,
  3. It doesn’t even require you to login to your Microsoft Live, Passport, 365 account.

Shocking, I know.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8.2 early next week, focus on Health-related, app improvements

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 11:36
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8.2 could come out as early as next Monday alongside Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event, which is slated to take place on March 9th at the Yerba Buena in downtown San Francisco.

The update reportedly brings a number of improvements to the iPhone’s health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

The GM released internally this week is said to be identified as build 12D508. The accompanying release notes mention the following improvements to the iOS 8 Health application:

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Rumor: Apple to delay production of larger, 12.9-inch “Pro” iPad until Q2

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 07:34
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The larger, “pro” iPad could be pushed back yet again.

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed according to a Bloomberg report. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems.

The larger tablet is expected to include an A8X processor built by Apple and is far enough along in the development process that leaked images and specs have filtered out to the media.

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Apple, HBO in talks to bring HBO Now service to Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 07:26
Category: News, Software

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HBO could enter the partnership it wants with Apple.

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans.

When it launches, consumers will be able to subscribe to HBO Now directly from HBO for the first time, rather than through a cable, satellite or telco TV distributor such as Comcast or Verizon. The retail price is expected to be US$15 a month when purchased directly from HBO, or about what consumers pay when they order HBO through their cable, satellite or telco provider.

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