Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may see production delays, be delayed until 2015

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Date: Monday, July 14th, 2014, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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You might have to wait a bit longer for the larger version of the iPhone 6.

Per AppleInsider, Apple may be having production issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new “iPhone 6″ metal casing, thus causing the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 to be pushed back to 2015.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, issued a note on Sunday. In it, he revealed that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still expected to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could be introduced at a later date.

According to Kuo, Apple is already facing production bottlenecks on the 4.7-inch model related to the new technology for the device’s in-cell touch panel, as well as color unevenness on the redesigned “iPhone 6″ metal casing. Those problems are said to be even worse with the larger 5.5-inch model.

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Apple blocks older Flash plug-in version if Safari, pushes users to adopt new, more secure, version

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Date: Friday, July 11th, 2014, 11:51
Category: News, security, Software

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You may not like doing it, but you’re going to have to snag the newest version of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in.

Per AppleInsider, Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

Users with out of date plug-ins will be met with a message saying, “Blocked plug-in,” “Flash Security Alert” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to access Flash content in Safari. Clicking on the alert takes users to Adobe’s Flash installer page, where the latest version of the plug-in can be downloaded and installed.

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Apple falls to third place behind Google, Roku in U.S. streaming device market

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Date: Friday, July 11th, 2014, 06:30
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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As much as you may love and adore your Apple TV, it’s fallen to third place in sales next to its competitors.

Per Gigaom, Google sold 3.8 of its Chromecast streaming devices in 2013, making the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.

Roku and Chromecast were the two most successful streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, according to new data from Parks Associates, which puts Apple TV on third place.

Google sold an estimated 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks after introducing the product in mid-2013, according to Parks, which also estimates that this about equals Roku’s sales throughout 2013. Apple, on the other hand is trailing, having sold just a bit more than two million devices in the U.S. last year, according to data shared by Parks.

Still, the global picture might prove a little rosier for Apple, which has sold more than 20 million Apple TV units since its introduction in 2007, whereas Roku’s total sales since its launch were 8 million by the end of 2013.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.3 update

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 17:54
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but it might add to your movie watching experience.

On Thursday, Apple released version 11.3 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 239.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall. New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available at no additional charge.

iTunes 11.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Rumor: TSMC begins producing A-series processors for Apple’s iOS devices

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 10:44
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has finally begun producing Apple’s A-series processors.

Per the Wall Street Journal and AppleInsider, TSMC started production on its 20-nanometer fabrication lines in the first quarter of 2014, with shipments commencing in the second quarter. While Samsung will reportedly remain one of Apple’s top suppliers for now, the company will split orders with TSMC for the near future.

“Apple’s order is a big deal to the company. TSMC has assigned a large team to support Apple as you know this client is very picky,” a source familiar with the Apple deal told the publication.

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The current rumors have stated that TSMC had begun manufacturing so-called “A8″ chips for Apple’s next-generation iPhones and iPads surfaced in March. Those processors are though to be quad-core models, doubling the dual-core setup of the current-generation A7.

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Apple hires two more Nike FuelBand engineers, looks to be focusing on wearable/fitness project

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 00:50
Category: News, Wearables

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It all comes down to the recent hires.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple has apparently snagged two former Nike FuelBand engineers for what could be its wearable technologies/iWatch project. The new hires are Jon Gale, who wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey, who worked as a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team. While not officially confirmed by Apple, it’s been surmised that the two will be working on an Apple fitness tracking device effort

Mr. Gale’s title at Apple is Sensing Systems Engineer, according to his LinkedIn profile, and Mr. Bailey is a Mechanical Design Engineer. Both have plenty of experience with the FuelBand fitness tracker.

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Foxconn insists robot workers will assist, not replace, human workers on iPhone 6 assembly line

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 11:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

The Foxbots will work alongside and assist their human counterparts and won’t actually replace them…

Per Taiwan’s United Daily News, the 10,000 robotic workers deployed by Foxconn will play a limited role alongside the humans. According to industry insiders, the robots will assist in iPhone 6 production by locking down screws, polishing parts and performing menial duties once installed on the assembly line.

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South Korea may inspire global App Store policy change

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 08:52
Category: Android, App Store, Apple, Apps, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Legal, Mobile Phone, Software

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According to CNETSouth Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds contained within applications’ terms and services on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store (for iPhone and iPad). The Commission declared that the clauses were, “explicitly unfair and responsible for damages to the consumer”.

In a press release, South Korea’s FTC said;

‘‘We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world.”

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Apple turns off legacy AIM access and inadvertently kills it for everyone

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 08:54
Category: Apple, Mac, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, OS X, Social, Software, Yosemite

AOL_TrashIcon-macosxWell, I say “inadvertently”, but no word on whether it was in fact so, or if it was intentional…or maybe Apple just doesn’t care enough to make sure it was functional for Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite users (granted, Yosemite is still in beta). As it was foretold many months ago by messages from Apple itself, as of July 1, 2014, Apple was discontinuing support of iChat for AIM users with legacy IDs created with mac.com, me.com, or icloud.com addresses for versions of OS X (and iChat) earlier than 10.7.5. The support article regarding the change can be found on Apple’s web site.

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Purported iPhone 6 front panel video emerges, shows unit successfully enduring extreme abuse

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Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, 08:13
Category: Uncategorized

You’re going to like the iPhone 6’s front glass component.

Per AppleInsider, hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6″ display on Monday, a short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

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Uploaded to YouTube by tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the video takes a close-up look at the purported iPhone 6 display, but goes further by attempting to scratch, bend and break the part. The display performed surprisingly well and came out of testing unscathed.

Brownlee said the component is made of sapphire crystal and came straight off Apple’s assembly line in Asia, but provided little evidence to support his claims. A number of manufactured materials offer similar properties to those shown off in the video, including Corning’s Gorilla Glass which Apple currently uses in its portable products. The glass maker said its next-generation Gorilla Glass 3 is more resistant to scratches, flexing and shattering than certain sapphire formulas.

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