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Wednesday October 15

13:03
Will Apple be able to reverse the Troubling Tablet Trend t...

On the eve of the Apple Event scheduled for tomorrow morning, Gartner rains down and states that the tablet trend is on a steep decline as growth has gone from 55% in 2013 to a measly 11% in 2014.

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12:18
AT&T No Longer Offering Beats Music Subscriptions to C...

AT&T is no longer offering Beats Music subscriptions to its subscribers as an add-on service, according to an AT&T employee who spoke to MacRumors. The cellular company has ceased giving customers the option to sign up for Beats Music when purchasing a new phone plan and the Beats Music website has been updated to remove its "Subscribe with AT&T" options. AT&T employees have also been instructed to stop selling Beats Music subscriptions to customers, suggesting the partnership between Beats Music and AT&T has come to an end following Apple's Beats acquisition. AT&T subscription options formerly offered on the Beats Music Pricing page Beats Music and AT&T first struck an...

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11:41
iMac Roundup Updated

Apple is holding a media event tomorrow where it is expected to introduce a new 27-inch Retina iMac. Details are scarce, but find out what we know in our updated iMac roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook and YouTube Apps Updated With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SupportSkype for iPhone Now Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' Launches Simultaneously on Mac, PC, and ConsolesAutodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users •...

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11:16
Mac Apps With OS X Yosemite-Specific Features Begin Hittin...

Ahead of tomorrow's media event that will likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time ahead of the software's public release, apps that contain support for Yosemite-only features have begun hitting the Mac App Store. PCalc, a popular calculator app for Mac, for example, has been updated with full support for OS X Yosemite, offering a Notification Center Widget and Handoff capabilities. The arrival of Mac apps with Yosemite support suggests that the new operating system will be debuting shortly after the upcoming media event, possibly arriving as soon as tomorrow. Apple has seeded three separate Yosemite GM candidates, suggesting the software is nearing completion. OS X Yosemite introduces a system-wide redesign that brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with a heavy emphasis on translucency. The update includes a redesigned...

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11:02
Christian Bale in Talks to Star in Sony's Steve Jobs...

Actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the leading role in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic being produced by Sony, reports Variety. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally in talks to play Jobs, but withdrew from negotiations earlier this month. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, the Steve Jobs biopic was originally set to be directed by "The Social Network" director David Fincher, who was said to be in talks with Sony earlier this year, but the director title went to Danny Boyle instead, who also directed the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire." When David Fincher was still attached to the project, he reportedly was...

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10:47
Morgan Stanley Screamingly Bullish on Apple iPhone Momentu...

The iPhone 6 upgrade cycle could last a year: Morgan Stanley added Apple to its list of Best Ideas this morning. Apple analyst, Katie Huberty, has an Overweight rating and ...

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09:09
Apple Stores: Fitbit out, Apple Watch Sport in

According to a new report, Apple may be dropping the popular Fitbit devices from their Stores ...

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09:09
Apple's iPad User Guide for iOS Confirms iPad Air 2,...

Apple appears to have mistakenly updated its iPad User Guide for iOS 8 [Direct Link] with screenshots that divulge details on the company's upcoming iPad updates. The screenshots, designed for its upcoming iOS 8.1 updates, suggests new iPads referred to as the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2" are coming tomorrow. Both tablets are confirmed to have Touch ID support as the guide specifically points towards Touch ID support and the design of the two tablets appears to be largely the same as the existing versions. Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, an upgraded camera, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option. It is unclear if the iPad mini will receive updates beyond Touch ID support as rumors have suggested Apple...

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08:36
Apple to Cease Selling Fitbit Activity Tracking Devices in...

Apple has plans to stop selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores as it prepares to launch its own Apple Watch in the coming months, reports Re/code. While it is not known why Apple plans to cease selling Fitbit products, its decision comes shortly after Fitbit told its users that it had no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit at the current time, as it was "working on other exciting projects" for its users. Fitbit's line of activity trackers are similar in function to the Apple Watch, offering users the ability to track their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and sleep quality. Recent rumors have suggested Fitbit has several...

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07:50
Apple's "iCloud Keychain" is now a Register...

On October 15, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks. Both of the trademarks were for "iCloud Keychain" that Apple originally filed for ...

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06:48
Japan Display Forecasts a Major Loss, Fingers Point to App...

Japan Display, a maker of mobile-device screens, has forecast a surprise annual loss due to delayed shipments to Apple and reduced sales to Sony. Apple's business is about a third of Japan Displays business. Allegedly Japan Display couldn’t ...

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06:43
Apple Reportedly Rolling Out New '3D-Like' Apple...

Apple may be enhancing the iconic look of its Apple logo on upcoming products, claims Digitimes in a report sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain insiders. While the site has a sketchy history with Apple rumors, it does sometimes offer accurate information and this is a rather specific and unique claim that could mark an interesting visual change for Apple's future products. According to these anonymous sources, Apple has been developing new cutting and etching technology that will give the Apple logo a "3D-like" appearance. Apple is also planning to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and will use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. All Apple's products will feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the next-generation iMac, the sources detailed.Apple is actually expected to introduce the new iMac, which is...

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06:20
Apple's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Event Fees Paid to D...

Apple's September iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event marked the first time the company held an event at the Flint Center on the campus of De Anza College since the introduction of the original iMac in 1998, and The Wall Street Journal reports the latest event resulted in Apple paying the college over $1 million for the privilege, including costs for campus disruption and security. According to the records, the cost included a “disruption fee” to the college of $500,000, rental fees for campus buildings and around-the-clock security involving more than 35 officers from three departments. [...] The agreement was dated Aug. 14, almost a month before its event, but it refers to a confidentiality agreement signed in June by the district and Apple. The agreement specifies that confidentiality is a “key element,” in order to achieve the “surprise and delight that...

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04:02
Apple Products may Sport a new 3D-Like Logo in 2015

A Taiwan supply chain report this morning notes that shipments of Apple's new MacBook Air model with a 12-inch Retina screen have begun shipping in small volumes with large-volume shipments to begin in November. Whether this will translate into the MacBook Air being in Apple Stores for the holidays is unknown ...

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03:32
Pegatron's Subsidiary Sales Surge as iPad Chassis Sup...

News out of Taiwan today notes that Casetek Holdings, a chassis making subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced revenues of US$108.22 million for September 2014, up 21.25% on month and 16.48% on year. The revenue growth was mainly due to shipments for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad ...

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03:14
TSMC to Produce Apple's 8AX Processor for new iPad Pl...

Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. If Apple's marketing is to be consistent, then the new ...

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Tuesday October 14

23:55
TSMC Reportedly In Charge of A8X Chip Production for 12.9-...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has landed the contract to produce Apple's A8X chip that will be featured in the company's forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad, according to Digitimes. The report notes that the processors will be intended for "Apple's next-generation iPad to be released in early 2015," and lines up with a report earlier year from Taiwan's TechNews which shared similar details. Apple's A8X chip as seen on a supposed logic board for the iPad Air 2 Sources close to the production of the A8X also state that the chip is being manufactured with the same 20-nanometer process used for the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the report also notes that the A8X's bigger system-on-a-chip may create potential yield...

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20:22
Initial iPad Air 2 Supplies May Be Limited, 27-Inch Retina...

Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained. His report also suggests that the 27-inch Retina Display iMac to begin shipments before the end of the year and reiterates that the new iPad Minis won't be a significant upgrade. Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013. We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don’t expect the event to boost supply chain shares much.Kuo goes on to once again suggest that a significant update to the iPad Mini isn...

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14:35
U2's Bono Apologizes for Automatic 'Songs of Inn...

In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band's new album "Songs of Innocence" was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent. In the apology, Bono says that the group "got carried away" with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on "might not be heard." Oops. Um. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.U2's newest album, "Songs of Innocence," was...

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13:37
A New Smart Home Door Lock is Available for iDevice Owners

As Apple's developers begin to use HomeKit to create smart home products controlled by your iPhone, we'll have a lot of choices to consider. One such product is the August smart lock.

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12:52
GTAT's COO Sold Stock at Initial Signs of Plant Troub...

It's Really Starting to Stink: An executive from bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw its troubled sapphire production facility set up a plan to sell part of his shareholdings after the company failed to meet Apple’s technical milestones on time.

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12:37
iPad mini Roundup Updated

Apple's Thursday, October 16 event may see the debut of a new Retina iPad mini. While rumors about the new mini have been overshadowed by the iPad Air, it is expected to see a processor upgrade and the addition of Touch ID. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All UsersApple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This WeekiPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JDBuyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple...

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11:13
GT Advanced Saw Production Troubles as Early as February

GT Advanced Technologies, Apple's sapphire partner, may have been seeing production problems and missing technical milestones as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal that examines GT's securities filings. It's widely known that Apple did not provide GT Advanced with a fourth and final $139 million loan payment aimed at giving the sapphire supplier a means to purchase vital equipment, but Apple also delivered its third payment to the company two months after it was expected. GT was set to receive a $103 million payment in February of 2014, but did not receive the payment until April 2014, two months later, as it had failed to meet Apple's requirements on time.The third payment, of $103 million, was due in February, but Apple...

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09:40
Macworld/iWorld Goes on Hiatus, No 2015 Event Planned

IDG today announced plans to put its annual Macworld/iWorld Expo on hiatus, which means the San Francisco event planned for 2015 will no longer take place. Macworld/iWorld, held annually, has long been one of the major Mac-based trade shows, dating back to 1985. Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus. The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace.Though the shuttering of Macworld/iWorld comes as a surprise, the expo's popularity has been on the decline in recent years. Prior to 2009, Apple attended the event and used it to unveil new products, drawing thousands of attendees, but the company...

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09:04
iPad Air Roundup Updated

Apple is debuting its next-generation iPad Air this Thursday, with part leaks pointing towards an A8X chip, 2GB of RAM, and storage starting at 16GB. Rumors also suggest the updated tablet will feature Touch ID, an improved camera, a gold color option, and a new anti-reflective coating. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Autodesk Launches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All UsersApple Opening New Retail Stores in Florida and New Hampshire This WeekiPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million Through Carriers and E-Commerce Site JD •...

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