Goodbye Aperture, hello Photos

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 15:10
Category: Announcement, Apple, Mac, photos, Pro Apps, Software, The Apple Core, Yosemite

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Last week an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company would be discontinuing the development of Aperture, Apple’s pro-level photo editing and management application, in favor of the new Photos app that will be released later this year;

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

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Recent iPhone 6 mockups may not be final design, back panel expected to feature glass similar to 5s model

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following the recent parade of iPhone 6 mockups, a new report by Japanese web site Nikkei (spotted by G Games) claims that the final iPhone 6 design will have straight lines across the back and that the back will look largely similar to the current iPhone 5s model.

The report could also explain why most mockups to date have strangely shown round camera flash parts. Apple switched to a pill-shaped dual-color “True Tone” flash starting with the iPhone 5s last year, a feature the company will likely continue to offer with this year’s flagship model.

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Walmart now offering iPhone 5s for $49, iPhone 5c for $29 with two-year contract

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 12:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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You may not love Walmart, but you can get a cheap iPhone 5s and 5c there if you sign a two-year contract…

Per Engadget, in an announcement on Thursday, Walmart announced it will be slashing prices on Apple’s latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.

Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5s will be available in stores for US$99 with two-year contract, down from US$149, while the 16GB iPhone 5c will be reduced to US$29, down from US$49.

The price changes were scheduled to take effect Thursday at 9 a.m. local time and are only available through brick-and-mortar stores. Further deals for higher capacity models like the 32GB iPhone 5s and 5c are also expected, though specific details have yet to be released.

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iFixit performs full teardown of 16GB 2014 iPod touch, finds similar components to larger capacity models

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 11:32
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

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The 16GB 2014 iPod touch is out, it’s gotten some favorable feedback, is available for US$199 and apparently includes the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

Upon getting their mitts on the new iPod touch, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the unit, revealing a near-identical build to previous models with the exception of a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a button for the iPod touch loop to accommodate Apple’s US$9 strap for the device.

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Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, includes rear camera, lowers price

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 16:32
Category: iPod Touch, retail

The new iPod touch has arrived.

And it’s available at a pretty decent price.

Per TechHive, Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just US$199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by US$50 and US$100, respectively.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8 beta 3 to developer community on July 8th

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 12:02
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8 is coming that much closer to fruition, but may be a bit behind schedule.

Per Boy Genius Report and AppleInsider, a new rumor has the third beta of Apple’s iOS 8 operating system as scheduled for release to the developer community on Tuesday, July 8th.

The report cites “trusted sources”, while the publication itself has been accurate as to this kind of story in the past.

If true, the release date would be later than expected, as Apple traditionally issues new beta builds to developers on a two week schedule. The second beta of iOS 8 was release on June 17, just over two weeks after the launch of beta 1.

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Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant will feature optical image stabilization feature

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, 12:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with optical image stabilization (OIS), it may only be available on the rumored 5.5-inch version.

Per AppleInsider, a research note published by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that while the iPhone 6 will use a middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor, not an OIS VCM. The part is said to be an updated version of what is being used in the iPhone 5s.

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Unlike common VCMs, an OIS system mechanically controls a light path as it travels from lens to sensor either through manipulation of lens elements or the sensor itself. OIS modules are more expensive than middle-mount VCMs and, in some cases, can be heavier as well.

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Rumor: Sources indicate September 19th launch date for iPhone 6

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, 11:41
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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If there’s a rumor out there, there’s generally some kernel of truth to it.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company’s track record makes a September release plausible, but albeit the unnamed sources and vagaries make this less than certain.

What’s currently presumed is that the next iPhone will come in two sizes with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display, a redesigned body that follows the iPad mini and iPad Air design, improved cameras, and faster processors.

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Apple switches iPhone 6 chassis suppliers, may have dodged major manufacturing hurdle

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 15:31
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple may have dodged its first major obstacle in manufacturing the iPhone 6 handsets.

Per Boy Genius Report and DigiTimes, Apple has had to overcome a serious issue with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6′s housing. The report claims that orders were first placed with component supplier Catcher for the metal phone cases, but Apple has been forced to reject the company’s chassis due to defects involving the “connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts.”

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Apple TV update adds four new channels, including ABC News , PBS Kids, others

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 11:12
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

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Another Apple TV update has added new channels.

Per AppleInsider, a new Apple TV update has added channels for ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow as part of an over-the-air update Tuesday morning.

ABC News brings both live and on-demand streaming coverage of current events, with most content open to users without a cable subscription. The channel will broadcast hourly news updates as well as four to five live reports each day, and viewers can access a growing archive of historical footage from the venerable network.

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