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Rumor: Apple to release 21.5-inch 4K iMac in October

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Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015, 07:40
Category: 4K, Hardware, iMac, Rumor


A 4K iMac sounds undeniably cool and sexy.

And it might be en route for this October.

The rumor comes on the heels of a new 21.5-inch Retina iMac has been anticipated for several months, following the discovery of code in OS X El Capitan that pointed towards a 21.5-inch machine with a resolution of 4096 x 2304. That code pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 – M395X discrete graphics, which may hint at a 4K iMac.


Firefox for iOS preview released in New Zealand, full iOS version available before end of 2015

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Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015, 07:23
Category: iOS, News, Software


If you’ve been hankering for Firefox on your iOS device for years, it looks like it’s on its way.

Mozilla has launched a limited trial program of the web browser in New Zealand to shake out bugs and gather data ahead of a planned worldwide debut later this year.

Mozilla announced availability of the first Firefox for iOS preview on Thursday, noting testing will expand beyond New Zealand to other unnamed countries before a full public launch.


Recent patent shows Apple’s exploration into fuel cell-based devices with weeklong battery lives

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents


This could lead to some extremely cool stuff.

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows that Apple is looking into using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices.

Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel cell stack for generating power, but related aspects like connections with the portable device and a cartridge system for adding fuel.

The diagrams make reference to a MagSafe connector, implying that technology would be oriented towards MacBooks, and claim that a device could run for “days or even weeks” without refueling.


Rumor: New iPads, including “iPad Pro”, to debut at September 9th media event

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 05:42
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor


Apple might be debuting its long-awaited next-gen “iPad Pro” come the media event on September 9th.

The rumor mill currently has it that besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch, Apple is currently planning to debut a a refreshed version of the iPad mini and the iPad Pro at the event.


Rumor: Apple Watch to become available in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries in September

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:25
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables


The Apple Watch could be debuting in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries later this month.

A rumor from Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15th, citing information it received from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. As yet, Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.


Saddle Creek Apple Store to move, debut possible changes for retail chain

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 04:42
Category: News, retail


One of Apple’s “next-gen” Apple Store retail locations will debut near Memphis in the near future.

The Saddle Creek Apple Store location in Germantown will move, pending project approval.

Early plans for the new store, located to the east of Memphis, were approved by the local design review commission last week. In his presentation, Apple representative Rick Millitello called the project “the next generation of retail store that we’re rolling out,” saying it would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S.


Apple Pay transaction limit jumps to 30 pounds in UK

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 05:49
Category: News, retail


The amount of stuff you can buy with Apple Pay in the UK without entering a PIN or signature has grown to 30 pounds, wherein it had previously been 20 pounds.

That’s kind of like getting an expanded allowance.

The UK Cards Association, a national credit card payments industry group, raised the upper limit for contactless payments to 30 pounds on Tuesday local time, a change that also affects smartphone-based systems like Apple Pay. Previously, Apple Pay users were constrained to the UK’s contactless payment transaction limit of 20 pounds.


KeyRaider malware steals credential information for 225,000+ jailbroken iOS devices

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Date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 04:07
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


The bad news is that more than 225,000 Apple IDs and passwords were taken from assorted iPhones via a chunk of malware dubbed “KeyRaider”, which can also remotely lock iOS devices in order to hold them to ransom.

The good news is that this only occurred with jailbroken iOS devices and probably didn’t happen to you.

According to reports, the KeyRaider software will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes protocol to log in to Apple’s server and purchase apps or other items requested by users. The tweaks have been downloaded over 20,000 times, which suggests around 20,000 users are abusing the 225,000 stolen credentials.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV remote to feature motion sensors, features targeted at casual gamers

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:23
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


It’s an interesting rumor.

And there’s a decent chance it might be true.

According to recent reports, the next-gen Apple TV will feature an A8 processor, a native SDK for creating apps and a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, complete with a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.


Rumor: Fourth-gen Apple TV to be priced under $200, will debut in October

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:12
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting.

With Apple’s September 9th media event coming up, sources have stated that a fourth-gen Apple TV will be available for under US4200 and will become available this October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either US$149 or US$199, both higher than the third-generation Apple TV…

The next-gen device will arrive at a premium price compared to the US$60 to US$99 price range found on the current model Apple TV, is anticipated to be similar to the current model in appearance, but will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say.