Rumor: iOS 8.2 could arrive next week with iOS 8.3 close behind

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 13:58
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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iOS could be out the door as early as next week with iOS 8.3 not far behind it.

The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.2 could become available as soon as Monday. However, the report did qualify that “last minute problems” could delay the release until the following week.

A total of five betas of iOS 8.2 have been provided to developers, though the most recent one was a month ago.

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iWork for iCloud out of beta, now available to all users

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 08:00
Category: iCloud, News, Software

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What a difference a name change makes.

Well, that and taking something out of its beta cycle.

Apple removed the “beta” tag to its online suite of iWork apps on Thursday. The move means that anyone with an iCloud account can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on their browser.

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iOS hits 73% of enterprise market share in Q4 2014 report

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 08:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It never hurts to have decent market share in the enterprise space.

And that’s what Apple appears to be doing.

iOS gained another 4 percentage points, growing to 73 percent of global device activations in Q4 2014. Android device activations, meanwhile, dropped the same amount to 25 percent of total activations last quarter.

The latest findings come from Good Technology‘s Mobility Index Report. Windows Phone activations remain consistent with the seven previous quarters: flat at 1 percent. Since BlackBerry devices use BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good Technology does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activations.

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Apple announces March 9th “Spring Forward” special event

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 10:45
Category: News, Wearables

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This could provide all the Apple Watch details you’ve been hankering for.

Apple said it will hold a “special event” for March 9 that is likely to be a coming-out party for Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch in September when it also showed off its new iPhones and Apple Pay, its mobile-payment service. On March 9, Apple is expected to delve deeper into the various features of the watch. The presentation aims to answer the defining purpose of the company’s first all-new product since it introduced the iPad in 2010.

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iPhone accounting for almost 90% of smartphone industry profits in fourth quarter report

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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If nothing else, the iPhone industry is profitable for Apple.

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple continued to dominate in global smartphone profit during the fourth quarter of 2014, capturing a record-high 88.7 percent share of profit during the three-month period ending December. Apple earned quarterly operating profit of US$18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from US$11.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Global smartphone operating profit grew 31 percent annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11 percent global smartphone profit share, down from 29 percent one year ago. In contrast, Apple iOS captured a record-high 89 percent profit share, up from 71 percent in Q4 2013.”

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Rumor: Apple to overhaul Genius Bar operating procedures as early as March 9th

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Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 12:11
Category: retail, Rumor

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Your Genius Bar experience could be changing as soon as next month.

According to the rumor mill, Apple Retail is reportedly in the process of overhauling its Genius Bar experience. In a bid to better serve customers, starting from the week of March 9, a new initiative dubbed “Concierge” will be rolled out to replace walk-in appointments. The program involves Apple Store employees using an algorithm-driven iPad app to provide priority-assessed wait times for a customer’s query.

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Apple adds Maps Flyover support for nine new cities

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Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 14:41
Category: iOS, News, Software

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In spite of a pretty rough birth, Apple’s working to expand on Maps, its locations and its features.

Recently, the company added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

The latest Maps Flyover additions were announced through Apple’s iOS 8 feature availability webpage and include a number of medium- to large-sized cities across Europe and North America.

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Visa Europe announces installation efforts for European Apple Pay terminals, cites mid-April completion date

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Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 08:57
Category: Finance, Hardware, News, Software

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It never hurts to have the infrastructure in place.

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for European financial institutions from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be available in Europe too–at least for Visa cards…

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Auto maker Toyota slow to add CarPlay support, will stay with own technology for the time being

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Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2015, 03:50
Category: iOS, News, Software

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As nifty as Apple’s CarPlay technology is – and promises to be – some auto makers seem slow to pick it up and run with it.

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple’s CarPlay initiative, Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

“We may all eventually wind up [with CarPlay or Android Auto], but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Toyota spokesperson John Hanson told the New York Times. Hanson limited his comments to the U.S. market, and while Apple’s iPhone remains wildly popular in Toyota’s home country of Japan, it does not seem likely that the stance will change across the Pacific.

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Rumor: Apple Car could be available as early as 2020

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Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015, 06:29
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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You could have an Apple Car as early as 2020.

According to a Bloomberg article, Apple is pushing its development team to have the car in production in that time frame, albeit Apple has yet to comment on the story and sources have remained anonymous.

Apple Car has all but pushed Apple Watch out of the headlines in the last two weeks. Successive reports from mainstream outlets have claimed Apple has a team as large as a thousand people working on the project, that it is codenamed “Titan,” and that Apple has hired any number of people from the automotive industry.

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