Rumor: Apple to unveil iPad Air 2, updated Retina iPad mini in October

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Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 10:10
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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With the vast amount of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch kerfluffle generally behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-gen iPad Air, which could be introduced sometime in October if Apple’s October 21 event is any indication.

Per Taiwan’s Commercial Times, the next-gen iPad Air will enter production in September, shipping next month.

Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to follow in the second quarter of 2015.

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Feature list surfaces for USB Type 3 protocol, cables to carry audio, video, power

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Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 10:16
Category: Hardware, News

There’s a lot to be said for a reversible cable.

And if it carries different kinds of data, that’s even better.

Per Macworld, industry groups VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group outlined some of the specs of the upcoming, reversible Type-C USB cable. The cable, which is said to offer USB 3.1′s 10Gbps of data transfer speed, will also carry up to 100 watts of power and be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology.

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These features come courtesy of the “Alternate Mode” technology introduced in the recent USB Power Delivery specification—the one that enables 100W power delivery. Alternate Mode essentially lets Type-C be used for more than mere data transfer by allowing “Structured Vendor Defined Messages” to repurpose the pins in the cable for alternative uses. VESA’s “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” announced today leverages those capabilities.

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The iPhone 6 Plus has a content problem

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Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 03:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone

WIRED Magazine is only available on the iPad, and that's a problem - Jason O'GradyI purchased an iPhone 6 Plus on Friday to replace my iPhone 5s and an iPad mini Retina. I figured that the large, 5.5-inch screen on the 6 Plus would allow me to consolidate two devices into one.

It turns out that while the concept of an iPhone-6-Plus-as-an-iPad (think iPad nano) sounds good in theory, it fails in practice.

The iPhone 6 Plus ships with a different build of iOS 8 (12A366) than the iPhone 6 (12A365) which allows it to do a few new tricks that aren’t possible on its smaller 4.7-inch cousin. Most notably, the iPhone 6 Plus home screen can be rotated to a horizontal (or “landscape”) view with the dock running along the right-hand side.

Another new trick: the 6 Plus home screen be flipped 180-degrees (another first) to the delight legions of commuters that connect Lightning and/or audio cables into the bottom of their iPhone only to promptly stick them into their vehicle’s cup holder upside-down. Sadly the UIs for Apple Maps and Google Maps don’t rotate 180-degrees (but Waze does).

Most of Apple’s first-party apps (including Mail, Calendar, Messages, Settings and Clock) feature a new dual-pane mode when rotated into landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, similar to how they behave on the iPad. It’s a nice trick that I hope that more iOS developers integrate into their apps.

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Apple announces 10 million iPhone 6 handsets sold during launch weekend

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Date: Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 11:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Another year, another broken record.

Per Macworld, Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It’s no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.

The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19th in 10 countries and territories worldwide.

Apple’s latest sales record beats the company’s 2013 iPhone launch weekend for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which topped out at nine million devices.

However, the iPhone 5s and 5c were available in 11 regions worldwide including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. For this year’s launch weekend, China was left off the initial launch list.

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Apple to hold iPad Air, Yosemite-focused media event on October 21st

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Date: Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 11:05
Category: iPad, iPad Air, News, Software

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Following up on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch and the Apple Watch announcement, Apple has stated that the company will be holding its next media event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company is expected to unveil two new iPad models and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Mac operating system, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Last year, Apple held an event on Oct. 22, where it announced the iPad Air, second generation iPad mini, and released OS X Mavericks.

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iPhone 6 launches to enthusiastic crowds

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Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 12:04
Category: iPhone, News, Pictures, retail

At long last, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets are out.

Down at the Apple Store location on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the line attendees, led by Abdul Karim of Fremont, California, were more than ready. Karim, who had set up a lawn chair outside the Apple Store early Tuesday afternoon, appeared relaxed and ready the day before the iPhone 6 launch, spending time camping out in the line with his brother, Faz.

First in line attendee Abdul Karim at the Apple Store iPhone 6 launch in Palo Alto.

First in line attendee Abdul Karim at the Apple Store iPhone 6 launch in Palo Alto.

“We could have pre-ordered it, but it’s just time bonding with my brother, my cousin’s here with me too, so we’re having fun just camping out together,” said Karim. “Apple’s been fantastic. They’ve been telling us ‘if you need anything, water, umbrellas, whatever, just request it.’ Other than that, it’s Palo Alto, it’s a nice area, it’s fun.”

When asked what the most compelling feature of the iPhone 6 for him was, he commented as to the larger screen, its overall size and presence.

“The whole product just looks amazing,” said Karim.

The Palo Alto Apple Store location.

The Palo Alto Apple Store location.

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Repair firms perform first teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets, report initial findings

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Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 09:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

As per usual, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handsets only hours after getting their hands on them at the first launches around the world. Over in another corner of the woods, Japanese blog Mac Otakara performed its own teardown of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset.

Per AppleInsider, the Mac Otakara teardown revealed an intricately designed interior with all-new components squeezing into a slightly revamped layout.

As seen in the video below, Apple was forced to make concessions in designing the ultra thin handset. For example, the 1,810mAh battery is now fastened to the aluminum chassis via adhesive tabs, a major change that sits somewhere between removable batteries from past iPhones and glued-in power packs from the current iPad lineup.

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Samsung takes swipe at iPhone 6 Plus in snarky web video

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Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 02:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Samsung

Samsung touts its Note in a new web video

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the web video that Samsung posted on its YouTube channel. The video trolls Apple for coming out with a 5.5-inch iPhone (the fabled iPhone 6 Plus) two years after it released the Galaxy Note 2 in 2012.

The video highlights early negative reviews of the Galaxy Note (the WSJ said it “looks like you’re talking into a piece of toast,” Mashable called the Note “an unwieldy beast”). It then shows a recent BGR post from September 9, 2014 titled “The truth hurts, Apple fans: You can thank Samsung for your big new iPhone displays.”

The Samsung video then takes a few potshots at features that the Note has over the iPhone 6 Plus, including a stylus, handwriting recognition, and dual window mode.

While Samsung beat Apple to market with a “phablet” (anyone else dislike that term?), that doesn;t mean that it’s better. Apple’s a notorious second-mover on many technologies. It lets companies like Samsung test the waters with multiple screen sizes, then releases its version when it feels like, a) there’s enough of a market for it, and b) when the product is just right.

So… Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus? Which is better?

Here’s the video:

iPhone 6 lines shape up in Australia, around the world

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Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 11:04
Category: iPhone, News

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets being released tomorrow, long lines have been reported around the world.

Per MacRumors, a photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the Apple Store Doncaster, as the line is said to have started at 6 AM and stretches around the entire length of the shopping center.

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In addition to Australia, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK starting Friday, with Apple Retail Stores beginning sales at 8 AM. The company is also implementing a reservation pass system at its retail stores for those who line up, which will keep track of the line position of each customer and ensure that those waiting receive a device.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update

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Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 11:49
Category: Mavericks, News, security, Software

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In the midst of the iPhone 6 hype and hoopla, a major operating system update just hit.

Late Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.9.5, which includes the following fixes and changes:

- Safari version 7.0.6.

- Fix for VPN-related vulnerability.

- Fix for file access from SMB servers.

- Fix for the reliability of virtual private network connections that use USB Smart Cards as IDs.

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