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Apple releases Boot Camp 6 drivers, offers boosted Windows 10 compatibility

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:30
Category: BootCamp, News, Software


If you’re using Boot Camp and just installed Windows 10, you might want to snag this.

Apple on Wednesday released its Boot Camp 6 update to add drivers for Windows 10. The update is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X, although it’s been noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.


Apple quietly recalling some Apple TV units, cites Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


This is why recall programs exist.

Apparently, a few Apple TV units have been quietly recalled due to Wi-Fi-related problems. In one case, a user received an email from Apple Apple informing him that his device has a faulty part.

Apple is offering affected customers the opportunity to exchange their faulty Apple TV unit for a functional one. The company is reaching out to each affected customer individually and has not updated its website to acknowledge the recall, suggesting that only a few users received Apple TVs with the faulty part.


Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay beginning Saturday, August 15th

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News, retail, Uncategorized


Rite Aid has apparently gone for both CurrentC and Apple Pay.

Last year, when a group of retailers disabled their Merchant Customer Exchange devices in favor of the upcoming CurrentC payment system, it was unknown as to whether they’d opt for Apple Pay. Drug store chains CVS and Rite Aid were among the first to block Apple Pay support after initially accepting it. Now, drug store chain Rite Aid is ending that blockade as it announced today that it will officially accept Apple Pay starting this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, August 15th, Rite Aid will turn on support for Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay at almost 4,600 locations around the country. Competing drug store chain Walgreens has officially accepted Apple Pay since launch while CVS remains a hold out.


Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 6c” alongside “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” handsets

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Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 07:16
Category: iPhone, Rumor


It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that essentially puts a small, medium and large next-gen iPhone in your hands so that everyone is happy with the size of the device.

The new word around the camp fire is that Apple will release a smaller “iPhone 6c” as well as ship the device in a variety of colors alongside the flagship models.

The rumor comes from Evan Blass, whose @evleaks Twitter account has been the source of numerous accurate leaks in the past.


Leaked 3D CAD images, video, show thinner iPad mini 4

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Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015, 07:41
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor


It’s a leak.

But it’s a pretty specific leak.

A series of 3D CAD images from @OnLeaks show that Apple’s upcoming iPad mini 4 tablet might be as thin as the current iPad Air 2, boasting a revised thickness of 6.1mm. A leaked video supports this claim as well.


Leaked video purportedly shows upcoming “iPhone 6s” display, offers new details as to design

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Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


It’s the leaks that make things interesting.

A video released by European Mac repair firm MacManiack purportedly shows the iPhone 6s display as compared to the current iPhone 6 display. The firm claimed it obtained the parts from a Chinese supplier and the dimensions are identical to the iPhone 6 version.

The locations of the FaceTime camera and proximity sensor also mirror the current model, but the ribbon connectors have been slightly altered. Additionally, the shielding on the back of the LCD is glued into place, another variation from the iPhone 6.


iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:40
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.

Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.


Apple Music hits 11 million trial users in five weeks

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 08:09
Category: Apple Music, News


It’s been five weeks and there’s 11 million trial users on board so far.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated that Apple Music has garnered 11 million trial users, with two million of these users opting in to the multi-user family plan.

To compare it to its competitors, streaming music heavyweight Spotify boasts about 80 million users worldwide, 20 million of whom pay regular monthly fees for access to ad-free, on-demand content. That would put Apple Music at half the capacity of an industry leader if each existing trial member converts their single-user or family plan to a full paying membership. After a free three-month trial, users can continue to use Apple Music for US$9.99 per month, or US$14.99 per month for access on up to six devices.


12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now available for Apple Store Personal Pickup

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 06:52
Category: MacBook, News, retail


You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.


Apple Music data added to Billboard 200 chart system

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Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Apple Music, News


This is pretty interesting.

You know that incredibly complex group of sources that tallies the data for the Billboard charts? Apple is now part of it.

Music magazine Billboard has quietly added Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main gauge of popular music in the United States.

The Apple Music data is now part of the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the Hot 100 singles list and various other rankings, the magazine said. The Billboard 200 incorporates “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums” alongside conventional sales numbers.