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Latest OS X El Capitan beta build hints at 4K 21.5-inch Mac, Bluetooth remote for possible new Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:09
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Hardware, iMac, News, Software

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It’s the beta builds that sometimes show the cool stuff that’s coming down the road.

The newest developer build of OS X El Capitan has revealed hints of a 4K 21.5-inch iMac as well as a Bluetooth remote control for the Apple TV.

The beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel. While the larger, more expensive 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make sense for the smaller screen to be upgraded to a 4K resolution.

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Apple decides on royalty rate of 0.2 cents per play during 90-day Apple Music free trial period

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Finance, News, Software

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Apple’s decided on a royalty amount to pay the artists on Apple Music during its 90-day free trial.

And that number is 0.2 cents per play.

The New York Times is reporting that music executives close to the story have stated that Apple has negotiated 0.2 cents per play with the record labels. The amount is comparable to free tier rates paid by competing streaming services.

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Apple begins labeling Apple Maps camera vans in US, UK

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 08:21
Category: News, Pictures, Software

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The good news is that Apple is now labeling the camera-laden SUVs that may or may not be taking a picture of your house.

Weeks after confirming the existence of the vans, the minivans now sport a simple “Apple Maps” decal along the rear quarter panels, with the address of Apple’s Maps microsite below. Both decals appear to be set in Myriad, Apple’s marketing typeface of choice for years.

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Apple initiates 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program for 3TB hard drives shipped with some 27-inch iMacs

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 13:52
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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This is Apple admitting it goofed.

Apple has initiated a 3TB Hard Drive Replacement program for 3 terabyte hard drives ordered on 27-inch iMacs manufactured between December 2012 and September 2013 in which the company will replace the drive for free.

Apple has stated that the drive can fail “under certain conditions.” The service will be performed at your local apple Store or at a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone display could feature Touch ID function, eliminate Home button

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 09:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone’s display may incorporate some interesting additional features.

The sometimes-reliable DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple is developing touch and display driver integration single-chip solutions for future iPhones. The chips are also said to include fingerprint sensors, which would allow for new iPhone designs without a home button, enabling the entire front panel to be the device’s display.

This syncs with Apple’s recent patents and acquisitions, which has signaled interest in moving Touch ID to the iPhone’s display.

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Apple quietly pulls first-gen iPad mini from its online store

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 07:12
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, retail

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The original iPad mini has disappeared into the night from the Apple online store.

Early Friday, Apple unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

The company offered no explanation as to why it was pulled and it’s presumed that this cleared out unsold inventory after sales of the tablet tapered off. The first-generation iPad mini is now largely outdated, sporting a 32-bit A5 processor and a non-Retina display.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front-facing camera for FaceTime, etc.

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 12:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.

And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.

Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.

As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed without an iPhone in Bluetooth range.

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Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units, Apple profiting handsomely from watch band sales

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.

And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.

Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

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Apple fires Campus 2 primary contractor, Swedish firm Skanska

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 13:50
Category: News

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There’s just no pleasing some people.

Apple has fired Skanska, its Swedish contractor, which has been working on its “spaceship” Campus 2 project.

Skanska issued a statement saying that it had reached an impasse in negotiations with an unidentified customer over changes in the scope of work, and that it had been terminated from the project. It said the lost work would cost it roughly US$800 million.

A Cupertino city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the joint venture partnership of DPR/Skanska had been replaced on Apple’s high-profile project.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to incorporate 7000 Series aluminum

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 10:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone may be getting a niftier aluminum body.

KGI Securities analyst and general dude-in-the-know Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions.

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