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  • Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New Campus Construction

    24 October 2014, 3:36 pm by: Juli Clover

    Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed. In a…
  • AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 [Updated]

    24 October 2014, 1:54 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors…
  • iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for Apple Pay, Hot Glued Home Button

    24 October 2014, 1:43 pm by: Juli Clover

    After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold…
  • iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

    24 October 2014, 1:01 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent…
  • NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 Sparks Speculation of Future Apple Pay Registers for Small Businesses…

    24 October 2014, 11:39 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Earlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never advertised the Air 2 as having…
  • Amazon Visa Rewards Card Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    24 October 2014, 9:10 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    According to reports on Twitter, Reddit and MacRumors forums, Amazon's Visa Rewards card is now compatible with Apple Pay. Amazon reportedly enabled the feature today, moving quickly to bring the mobile payments service to consumers who were disappointed in…
  • Tim Cook Says Chinese Security Talks Were 'Very Open', Bringing Apple Pay to China a Priority

    24 October 2014, 9:09 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Tim Cook was optimistic about Apple's relationship with China following a meeting with top Chinese government officials in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss data privacy and security. Cook told China's Xinhua news agency (Via Reuters) that he had "very open"…
  • 'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on Older Macs

    23 October 2014, 2:30 pm by: Juli Clover

    With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs…
  • Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire Production Progress, Looking for New Uses for Arizona…

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Juli Clover

    Earlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to…
  • Rite Aid Disables Apple Pay Support After Initially Accepting Payments

    23 October 2014, 12:37 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    A growing number of Apple Pay users are angry with retailer Rite Aid following the reported disabling of the mobile payment service within the past 24 hours. Apple Pay should technically be compatible with any point-of-sale systems supporting NFC technology,…
  • Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple to Develop Stylish Fitness Wearables

    23 October 2014, 10:24 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market,…
  • GT Advanced Technologies Officially Announces Sapphire Settlement With Apple

    23 October 2014, 9:53 am by: Eric Slivka

    Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple and its sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies had reached an agreement to effectively dissolve their partnership and allow GT to shut down operations at the Apple-owned sapphire production plant in Mesa,…
  • Christian Bale Hired for Steve Jobs Role in Sorkin Biopic Without Auditioning

    23 October 2014, 9:13 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed in a Bloomberg interview that actor Christian Bale will indeed star as Steve Jobs in Sorkin's upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder. Bale, who was said last week to be in talks…
  • iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller Battery, A8X Chip, and 2GB RAM

    22 October 2014, 6:23 pm by: Juli Clover

    Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2.…
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via Personal Pickup

    22 October 2014, 3:28 pm by: Juli Clover

    Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability…
  • Apple Encouraging Chrome and Firefox Users to Try Safari After Installing Yosemite

    22 October 2014, 3:21 pm by: Juli Clover

    Chrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari.…
  • Bank of America Glitch Causes Apple Pay Users to Be Charged Twice for Purchases [Updated]

    22 October 2014, 2:21 pm by: Juli Clover

    With Apple Pay positioned as a brand new service that requires banks, credit card companies, and vendors to all work together, it seems that some glitches in the system are inevitable. Some Bank of America customers have been running into a serious problem…
  • MasterCard Airs 'Priceless Surprises' World Series Ads Featuring Apple Pay

    22 October 2014, 11:10 am by: Eric Slivka

    Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced a partnership that has seen Apple Pay support roll out at concession stands at ballparks in San Francisco and Kansas City for the World Series. As part of its World Series promotional push,…
  • iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini iPad 3 Pre-Orders Arrive as Apple Begins In-Store Sales

    22 October 2014, 10:18 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Following the launch of pre-orders last Friday, Apple's new iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 models are now making their way into customers' hands and onto retail store shelves. According to The Inquirer and reports from MacRumors readers, pre-orders are now…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Top Chinese Official After iCloud Login Harvesting Claims

    22 October 2014, 7:12 am by: Richard Padilla

    Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing Wednesday to discuss the security of user data, reports Reuters. The meeting comes after web censorship blog Great Fire claimed earlier this week that hackers worked with Chinese…
  • First iPad Air 2 Reviews: 'Ridiculously Fast', 'Vibrant Display', Thinner Profile Comes at the Cost…

    21 October 2014, 9:54 pm by: Juli Clover

    Following Apple's October 16 event that saw the debut of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, Apple provided multiple publications with review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we've gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in…
  • Apple and GT Advanced Reach Deal to End Partnership, GT to Sell Furnaces to Pay Debt

    21 October 2014, 7:07 pm by: Juli Clover

    GT Advanced and Apple have reached a deal that will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, according to documents submitted to the court earlier today, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to GT Advanced attorney Luc Despins, the agreement…
  • iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air

    21 October 2014, 4:50 pm by: Eric Slivka

    A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. While we mentioned that the enhanced specs have led to huge performance gains compared to the A8…
  • iPad Air 2 Benchmark Points to A8X Chip With Triple-Core 1.5 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM

    21 October 2014, 3:17 pm by: Eric Slivka

    While Apple touted the power of the new A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2 at the company's media event last week, the company as usual opted not to disclose exact specifications on the part, leaving the details up to rumor and speculation until the device starts…
  • High-End Retina 5K iMac Benchmarked Faster Than Low-End Mac Pro

    21 October 2014, 2:35 pm by: Eric Slivka

    Yesterday, Primate Labs highlighted some Geekbench 3 benchmarking results for the new 3.5 GHz 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, unsurprisingly showing the machine performing better than slower-clocked Core i5 chips in non-Retina models but below that of high-end Core i7…

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