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Wednesday September 17

08:15
Apple Apparently Finds Last-Minute HealthKit Problems, Pul...

Apple appears to have discovered a significant last-minute issue with its HealthKit services for iOS 8, a problem that will result in a delay for the launch of new and updated apps that include HealthKit functionality. Apple reportedly has pulled HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store and is confirming this issue to affected developers. As highlighted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, both CARROT Fit and MyFitnessPal have disappeared from the App Store after being updated with HealthKit support earlier today. Well that’s a relief. Just got a call from Apple, there’s nothing wrong with CARROT Fit. HealthKit is just broken and isn’t ready to launch.— Brian Mueller (@BrianMueller333) September 17, 2014 While the exact issue is unclear, it is certainly...

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07:56
Apple Said to Plan October 21 Media Event to Launch New iP...

With its iPhone 6 announcement completed, Apple reportedly is preparing a second announcement event that will will launch new iPad models, claims AppleInsider, citing a trusted insider familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics. The report points to the second half of October for the event, but The Daily Dot has gone a step further and predicted an October 21 event based on its own sources.A person familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics says Apple has set internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October, ahead of the planned unveiling of major new products during the second half of the month. That would align with an anticipated media event previously rumored to be held at some...

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06:54
LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & App...

In February 2013 Apple hired a high profile leader in AMOLED displays from LG Display. So it's no wonder that Apple's new Apple Watch display using an AMOLED display will be manufactured by LG Display. Reportedly LG Display will supply ...

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06:06
iPhone 6 Mania: Pre-Orders in Taiwan Sold out in 40 Minute...

Earlier this morning we reported that TSMC, Apple's A8 processor supplier, placed new follow-up orders for iPhone 6 parts due to high demand. Now the news continues ...

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05:37
TSMC has Placed Follow-Up Orders for iPhone 6 Parts to kee...

Projected sales for the iPhone 6 had been in the 80-100 million-range prior to its release on September ninth. Those projections may have a chance of becoming a reality with positive news out of Taiwan today in context with new demand for iPhone parts from TSMC.

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04:47
Foxconn Facing Display Shortages as it Struggles to Meet i...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supplies may continue to be constrained as Foxconn reportedly is struggling to keep up with demand for the handsets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Unlike previous years that saw Foxconn handling the launch of one flagship handset, the manufacturer is now tasked with producing two iPhone models that are in high demand. The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, is operating about 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou. The challenge is to manufacture two complicated new iPhones on a large scale at the same time because Foxconn is the sole assembler of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It also makes the majority of the iPhone 6 that comes with a 4.7-inch display, the people said. Foxconn reportedly has hired more than 200,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site to work on Apple's new iPhone. Even with this...

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04:29
Apple Files for the Apple "Pay" Trademark

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for Apple "Pay" under application number 86393745. For those of you, who missed the Apple Event that introduced Apple Pay, let it be said that "Apple Pay" is a mobile payment and digital wallet service ...

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Tuesday September 16

17:46
First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reviews: 'Thin and Sexy...

At its September 9 iPhone event, Apple provided multiple publications with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we have gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple's two new devices are essentially identical in design aside from the difference in screen size and the battery life/optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus, so we've chosen to combine the device reviews into one post. Brad Molen, Engadget: Both iPhones are thinner than their predecessor. Whereas the 5s was 7.6mm thick, the 6 comes in at 6.9mm, with the 6 Plus measuring a hair thicker at 7.1mm. I don't always subscribe to the "thinner is better" mantra, but it's a benefit in this case because larger iPhones wouldn't feel as comfortable if they had the same shape as the 5s. If I had to...

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17:11
Part Two of the Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook now A...

In our report covering part one of the Charlie Rose interview with Tim Cook we noted that Rose gave us a teaser about part two of his interview. The teaser was Rose stating that he would ask Tim Cook: "What's beyond the Internet." That certainly got my attention to tune into part two. Yet the answer to that question was...

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16:52
Apple to Require App-Specific Passwords For Third-Party Ap...

Apple is now offering app-specific passwords for third-party apps that access iCloud, allowing users to generate unique one-time use passwords to sign into iCloud securely. In a support document, Apple describes app-specific passwords as a feature of two-step verification and states that app-specific passwords will be required to sign into iCloud when using a third-party app beginning on October 1, 2014. If you use iCloud with any third party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use.App-specific passwords, which have long been used by other sites like Google, are a function of two-step...

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12:46
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to iPhone

Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone. The document includes information on moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add email accounts to the Mail app. It suggests using a third-party app (Copy My Data [Direct Link]) to transfer data like contacts, calendars, and photos. Apple suggests Android users can transfer photos, videos, books, and music from Android devices to iPhones using iTunes on a Mac or PC, giving step-by-step instructions. The document also walks users through transferring various documents to iCloud, which can then be opened in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers via iCloud and on iOS...

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11:22
Official iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases Arriving Ahead of Frida...

While shipping vendors have been instructed to hold deliveries of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus until Friday's official launch date, there is no such restriction on the official Apple cases designed for the new devices. As a result, several MacRumors readers and others who placed orders for cases when iPhone pre-orders went live last Friday have already begun receiving their case orders. iLounge has shared some good photos of the brown leather iPhone 6 Plus case. The cases are very similar to the leather iPhone 5s cases with a microfiber interior to protect the iPhone itself, although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases have an open bottom edge where as the iPhone 5s cases are enclosed with distinct holes for the various physical features. At least one MacRumors reader has received his black leather case for the iPhone 6...

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10:53
iCloud.com Now Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication

Apple's two-factor authentication system is now enabled for iCloud.com, with the site asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor authentication enabled to access various iCloud.com apps. Access to iCloud.com apps like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is restricted until the verification code is entered on the website, but Find My iPhone remains accessible. Users also receive an email when their Apple ID is used to sign into iCloud via the web browser, a feature that was implemented following the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts that led to hundreds of photos being shared on the Internet. Following the hacking incident, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to improve iCloud security by expanding two-factor authentication and sending out security emails when a device is restored, iCloud is...

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10:41
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shown Off in Early Hands-On Videos

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won't be available to consumers until Friday, September 19, but some devices have been trickling out early ahead of the phone's launch. Korean site UNDERkg has managed to get both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, sharing hands-on videos and photos. The first video focuses on the 4.7-inch gold iPhone 6, walking through all of the features including the display, the Touch ID home button, the protruding lens, and the power button, which has been relocated to the right side of the device for easier one-handed access. In the video, the iPhone 6 is also compared to earlier models of the iPhone, like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 3G, as well as Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5 and Alpha. The device is shown running iOS 8, with several of the...

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10:37
While the Federal Appeals Court has just Thrown out the Vi...

In November 2012 we reported that Apple lost their FaceTime Patent Lawsuit to VirnetX. A US court had ruled that Apple should pay damages to a Connecticut-based company because its FaceTime video chat tool had infringed the firm's patents. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million. The sum was about half the amount VirnetX had originally demanded. Today a federal appeals court threw out a jury order ...

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09:35
iPhone 6 Plus Might Be Limited to 1 GB of RAM

Part leaks have previously suggested that the iPhone 6 has just 1 GB of RAM, much like its predecessor the iPhone 5s, but the memory status of the iPhone 6 Plus has thus far remained a mystery, leading many to hope that the larger device has been upgraded to 2 GB of RAM. New information suggests that the iPhone 6 Plus may not be getting a memory upgrade, and will continue to offer 1GB of RAM like the iPhone 6. A screenshot allegedly from an iPhone 6 Plus depicting what appears to be iPhone monitoring app System Status has surfaced on a Korean message board (via Phone Arena...

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09:14
Actually LG Dislikes Samsung more than Apple

On the topic of competition, Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently told Charlie Rose that he viewed Google as their top competitor. When pressed as to why it wasn't Samsung, Cook noted that it's Google that supplies Android to Samsung, and others. C'mon Charlie, did you really think ....

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07:15
Foxconn Factory Worker Detained Over iPhone 6 Shell Leaks

A Foxconn worker is being detained after being accused of stealing six iPhone 6 rear shells from the factory line and reselling them to an unidentified party in Shenzhen, China, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing details in Chinese newspaper Taihang Daily. The thefts started in late July and netted the 40-year-old male factory worker a total of 6,000 yuan ($960). The suspect, identified only with the surname Qiao, allegedly responded to an advertisement that offered to purchase "parts from Apple Inc. at high prices." Qiao snuck out his first shell on July 24 and shipped the product to an address in Shenzhen."On July 24, according to the article, Qiao hid one shell in his pocket and successfully avoided the security check by leaving at the peak of quitting time...

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06:53
Samsung Vows to Advance Tizen OS in Wearables & Beyond

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was asked who Apple's number one competitor was. Although Charlie Rose thought it was Samsung, Cook made it clear it was really Google who supplies Android to Samsung and others. That was a nice slap in Samsung's face who truly believes that they're Apple's toughest competitor. While it's a long standing fact that Samsung has been attempting to get their Tizen OS off the ground, they've run into some rather embarrassing missteps thus far. But like a dog on a bone ...

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06:28
Apple Approving iOS 8-Optimized Apps, but Extensions Not W...

Following last week's iPhone and Apple Watch media event, Apple officially invited developers to begin submitting their iOS 8 apps for App Store review ahead of tomorrow's public release of the new operating system. While a number of developers have been tweaking their apps to work better with iOS 8 over the past few months, the major step forward comes as apps begin to support the new functionalities supported in iOS 8. Apple has already begun approving some of these iOS 8-optimized apps, but a few high-profile developers are finding that some of their highly anticipated extensions are not working properly in the updated apps being distributed through the App Store. While only a small subset of iOS users are affected due to limited distribution of the iOS 8 golden master released to developers last week, the issue has been a concerning one for developers trying to diagnose it. One example is OmniFocus 2 for...

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04:48
Apple was Granted 65 Patents Today Covering Advanced Hapti...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents relating to the iPhone, advanced haptics, GarageBand, liquid metal and a few design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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02:10
Apple Wins Third Patent Covering iOS Metaphors for Aging F...

In February 2011 HP first introduced an innovative feature for their new TouchPad tablets running WebOS called "Touch to Share." HP Fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation. In that same month we posted a granted patent report that described something similar that Apple had been working on. Of course in typical Apple fashion, the concepts envisioned appeared to be far more creative as they implement gesturing with Physics Metaphors.

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00:10
Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and 6 Plu...

The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances. The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that developers would be...

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Monday September 15

17:32
Apple's Tim Cook Gets Fired Up about Privacy & Ap...

On Sunday we posted a report titled "One More Thing: The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook," that covered part one of a two part interview. The topics were many from their womb to tomb business model to their reasoning for partnering with IBM. Tonight the Charlie Rose Show released a small 3 minute segment where Cook talked about Privacy and Apple Pay.

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15:38
Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy. Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible and that he believes that people "have a right to privacy." Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have a key. Our business is based on selling [products]. Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product.As he has stated previously, Cook says that no one has backdoor access to Apple's servers. "We would never allow that to...

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