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Thursday October 16

13:07
Apple's OS X Yosemite now available for free...

As promised, Apple's next-generation OS X Yosemite Mac operating system is now available for download through the Mac App Store, bringing with it a host of enhancements like iOS Continuity, a redesigned UI, iTunes 12 and more.

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13:04
Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver, and space gray, iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID and — in the U.S. — Apple Pay. “iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

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12:59
Apple Pay Set to Transform Mobile Payments Starting...

Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores and within apps. Users of the just-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your finger,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The reaction to Apple Pay has been amazing. We continue to add more Apple Pay-ready banks, credit card companies, and merchants, and think our users will love paying with Apple Pay.”

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12:59
OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade

Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight, and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages, and iTunes. “OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features, and powerful versions of the apps you use every day,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”

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12:59
Apple updates iWork for OS X with features like...

As promised, Apple has revealed its updates to the OS X iWork suite. The apps have been redesigned for OS X Yosemite, and now support related features such as iCloud Drive, and Handoff to iPads and iPhones. Pages has gained a variety of specific features, such as a sidebar for comments and changes, the ability to insert images in tables, headers, and footers, and better compatibility with Word documents, including password-protected DOCX export....

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12:58
Apple makes iPad Air 2 carrier-agnostic with new...

It’s not as flashy as a gold patina and not as thrilling as a Retina iMac, but the capabilities of the SIM card in the new iPad Air 2 are every bit as major as Apple’s other announcements on Thursday.When you buy an iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, you won’t have to confine yourself to one carrier for your data plan. The new Apple SIM lets you choose a carrier and a plan on your iPad, and you can switch service at any time. If you’re in the States, you can choose from the majors—AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile—and you can switch to a different one if you’re traveling. Unlike traditional smartphone data plans, iPad cell service is pay-as-you-go, but before Apple introduced its new SIM card, you had to pick a carrier and stick with it....

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12:49
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the...

Quartz:

Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple’s new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.

It’s early, but it’s easy to see how this concept could significantly disrupt the mobile industry if Apple brings it to the iPhone.

That small announcement could be the shot heard round the telecom world.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in photos. “Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7-million-pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”

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12:46
Apple Updates Mac mini

Apple has updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple’s most affordable Mac an even better value. Mac mini now features fourth-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt 2. “People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”

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12:30
Rumor Roundup: Pre/post 2014 iPad event

Well, this is slightly awkward. Due to the vagaries of time zones and schedules and "the real world" and various other bits of whatnot, by the time this Rumor Roundup is published Apple's event will have already taken place.

Oh, well. In the grand...

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12:25
First look: Hands-on with Apple's new iPad Air...

The iPad Air and iPad mini have both been outfitted by Apple with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, but it's clear that Apple is positioning its flagship iPad Air 2 as the tablet to beat, boasting a beefed-up A8X CPU, improved camera, thinner design, and anti-reflective laminated display.

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12:21
Apple's iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and OS X...

Apple has posted to its website an on-demand version of Thursday's special event that saw the introduction of new iPads, a Retina display iMac, revamped Mac mini and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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12:15
Sizing Up Apple’s October 16 Event: More Than Meets...

We pretty much knew what to expect for Apple's October media event. So then, how does having good hunches about what to expect affect our judgment about the products and technologies presented? It's an important question, and John Martellaro weighs in.

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12:13
Hands- and eyes-on with the new iPads and the iMac’s...


CUPERTINO, CA—Apple’s media event today was light on surprises. Apple really didn’t show anything that hadn’t already been leaked by the rumor mill (or by Apple itself), but that doesn’t mean that the upgrades to the iPad and Mac lineups are unwelcome.
We spent some quality time with the hardware after the announcement, and our impressions are below. As for the software, you can already grab OS X Yosemite for yourself now, and iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay will follow on Monday (at least for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners).
The Retina iMac

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12:13
Apple's WatchKit SDK is coming in November

Among Apple's many announcements on Thursday, some of the more intriguing aspects were the things Apple execs didn’t really talk about. CEO Tim Cook briefly teased the launch of Apple’s WatchKit, which will let third-party app developers create compatible apps for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is slated to launch sometime in early 2015, and the WatchKit SDK will be available in November. WatchKit was first announced during September’s event, when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. But today’s event made the SDK more concrete, with its own prospective launch date. Apple has already been working on apps for the Apple watch with selected third-party companies—Cook name-checked BMW, American Airlines, and Starwood—but come November, even more developers can join the Watch party....

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12:10
Apple adds PetSmart, Office Depot, others to growing...

With Apple's announcement that its NFC-based Apple Pay service will launch in the U.S. on Monday, Oct. 20, AppleInsider has rounded up a list of establishments at which consumers will be able to test out the new mobile payment platform.

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12:08
Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2...

Every time Apple holds a media event, it delivers a pithy, upbeat spin on its new hardware and software—sometimes omitting good and bad details that prospective customers would want to know. Today’s iPad event was no different, as there were some interesting details left out about both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Here they are: (1) One iPad To Rule Them All. It didn’t happen with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple’s…

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12:00
iPad Air 2 includes multi-carrier One SIM option for...

Apple today announced the iPad Air 2 with a new A8X processor, anti-reflective display and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. One unannounced feature highlighted on Apple's website is a universal SIM card that ships with the device and is compatible with a...

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11:55
New iPads, Macs

Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and a Retina iMac at a Cupertino press event, as well as details on Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, and OS X Yosemite.

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11:52
Apple Smart Covers and Smart Cases updated for iPad...

In addition to introducing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has refreshed its online store with new Smart Cases and Smart Covers to compliment and protect the new hardware.
The latest iPad Air Smart Cover will work with both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. The iPad Air Smart Cover is available in polyurethane for $39 with options in black, white, pink, yellow, blue, green, and red. Apple says each iPad Air Smart Cover is available to ship in 1-3 days currently.
The iPad mini Smart Cover is available at the same $39 price point in the same colors. All three 7.9-...

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11:52
Apple iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event now available...

Apple just wrapped up its October press event, which saw the unveiling several new products including the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iMac. If you missed the original broadcast, you can now watch a rebroadcast of the full event on Apple's dedicated...

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11:51
First look: Eyes-on with the new iMac's super-...

Apple's all-in-one desktop received a major upgrade on Thursday with the unveiling of the new iMac, featuring an ultra-high-resolution 5K Retina display that will be a major selling point for professional users working with high-resolution images.

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11:38
Apple posts full video of October 16th iPad, Mac...

It’s the last thing of the day.
Per MacRumors, following a veritable cornucopia of announcements, Apple has posted the full video of today’s iPad and Mac event on its website.
The video should also be made available later this afternoon on the Apple Keynotes podcast, which can be found on the iTunes Store.
As always, let us know what you make of the new stuff in the comments.

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11:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.

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11:30
How to make your own bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite...

Even in the download-only era, it's easy to make yourself offline OS X install media.

Andrew Cunningham


It was 2009 when Apple last released a new operating system on physical media. Things have proceeded remarkably smoothly since version 10.7 switched to download-only installers, but there are still good reasons to want an old, reliable USB stick. For instance, if you find yourself doing multiple installs, a USB drive may be faster than multiple downloads (especially if you use a USB 3.0 drive). Or maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don't support the Internet Recovery feature. Whatever the reason, you're in luck, because it's not hard to make one.
As with last year, there are two ways to get it done. There's the super easy...

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11:30
Apple announces 27" iMac Retina 5K display

Along with new iPads, today Apple announced the next step it it's line of iMacs, the 27" iMac Retina 5K display. The Retina 5K features the most powerful high resolution screen Apple has ever produced with 5120 x 2880 pixels; thats 14.7 million...

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11:25
New Mac mini

“People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

I think Phil summed it up perfectly—People love the Mac mini. Even though this wasn’t a staggering update, consumers are going to love it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:23
Apple unveils new Retina iMac, featuring 5K display

At its iPad event, Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, featuring an all-new display that offers 5K (5120x2880) resolution, 67 percent more pixels than found in a new 4K HDTV. Although previously rumored, the new iMac still managed to surprise with a lower-than-expected price tag starting at $2,499, considerably less than the cost of a typical high-end 4K HDTV. The new model, which will be sold in addition to the existing iMac models, also offers processing power up to a 4.0GHz Core i7....

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11:23
'One more thing' from Apple: Mac mini...

Alongside a new iMac, Apple has refreshed the Mac mini. The new Mac mini brings Intel fourth-generation "Haswell" processors to the diminutive computer, which retains the same form factor. Also added are a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports, replacing the single original Thunderbolt port in the 2012 model. Possibly most importantly, the base price for an entry level Mac mini that will have performance similar to the entry level MacBook Air, has dropped by $100 to $499....

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11:21
Apple includes its own SIM card with cellular iPad...


Since the cellular model of the iPad isn’t subject to typically two-year contracts, users have always been free to start or end pre-paid cellular data plans at will from the device’s settings. In the past, however, this meant buying your iPad from one carrier and being locked into that carrier’s plans.
With tomorrow’s launch of the iPad Air 2, however, Apple is changing that by including its own SIM card with each unit. This SIM card will work with multiple US carriers—AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile—and allow users to not only enable or disable a cellular plan as they...

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11:21
27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

iMac with Retina 5K display delivers an amazingly immersive user experience. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. Text looks as sharp as it does on a printed page, and you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail.

I just saw the new iMac in the hands-on area after the event and it is incredible.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
iPad mini 3 gets Touch ID, other modest upgrades

In addition to the iPad Air 2, Apple has announced the iPad mini 3. The tablet has fewer improvements, mainly gaining Touch ID and a gold color option. It sports a smaller 5 megapixel iSight camera, nevertheless capable of 1080p video recording. Wi-Fi is limited to 802.11n speeds, as opposed to the Air 2's 802.11ac. The tablet in fact continues to use an A7 processor, despite the A8 being in the iPhone 6/6 Plus and the A8X finding its way into the Air 2....

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11:18
OS X Yosemite available today for free

Apple today announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store.

I’ve been using Yosemite for a while now and I really like all of the changes, especially the redesigned interface.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:13
iOS 8.1 to launch October 20 with Apple Pay, Camera...

Right alongside the launch of Yosemite, Apple announced the launch of iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8 since it launched in September. As expected, the update will include support for Apple Pay, a re-introduced Camera Roll, and iCloud Photo Library in beta. It also adds Continuity support, so iOS devices can be more smoothly integrated with OS X Yosemite, which launched today. iOS 8.1 drops on October 20—just in time for the Apple Pay rollout.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:08
Apple Pay starts October 20

Apple today announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the US.

This could very well be one of Apple’s most significant announcements in years.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:08
Apple Launches iMac with Retina Display, Refreshes...

Apple has launched a stunning new iMac with a 5K Retina display, and has finally updated the long-neglected Mac mini. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:06
Apple announces fourth-gen Mac mini, drops price to...

The Mac mini just got a hefty update and a nice price cut.
Per AppleInsider, Apple’s desktop received an update and accompanying price reduction on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at US$499.
The new Mac mini lineup features integrated Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000. It also has PCIe-based flash storage for faster performance.
The hardware refresh adds two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, but retains the title of world’s most energy efficient desktop.

Though it had been priced at US$599 for some time, the Mac mini saw a reduction on Thursday, with a new entry price at US$499 for a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up...

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11:06
Apple introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple today introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay.

Great looking devices.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
Mac: Apple Mac mini (Late 2014)

While the big hit today in the Mac world was Apple’s introduction of the iMac with a Retina 5K Display, the venerable Mac mini ($499—$999) had a place in the spotlight as well. Apple’s diminutive little powerhouse gets a nice technology refresh and drops the starting price by $100 for an even better value for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of Macs. The update brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2, fourth-generation…

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11:03
A visual tour of OS X Yosemite’s changes


CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});John Siracusa's gigantic review of OS X Yosemite tells you everything you need to know about the new operating system. The biggest, most noticeable change is the revised user interface, which has been redesigned in the image of iOS 7 even though it remains distinctly Mac-like.
When the first Yosemite Public Beta was released, we ran through a bunch of apps and compared them side-by-side with their Mavericks iterations to show just what had changed, and by how much. Apple continued to tweak the look of the interface throughout the beta period, addressing a few of our initial gripes.
Below is a comprehensive visual tour of Yosemite's new changes. Many of these screenshots are similar to what shipped with the Public Beta,...

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11:00
OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

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When the book is finally closed on the product line known as OS X, last year’s release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks may end up getting short shrift. Sure, it brought tangible energy saving benefits to Mac laptop owners, but such gains are quickly taken for granted; internal changes and new frameworks are not as memorable to customers as they may be to developers and technophiles. And while...

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11:00
Daily Deals for October 15, 2014, featuring the Mac...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:59
Apple’s iPad Air 2/Retina iMac event is now...


You can now relive all of the excitement of Craig Federighi’s call Stephen Colbert from his Mac. Apple has made the replay of today’s iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event available on its website and Apple TV channel.
Or you can just watch it right here, on this very page. Why not?
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10:56
News: Apple introduces Apple SIM, multi-carrier...

Buried in other announcements today, Apple has introduced Apple SIM, a single pre-installed SIM card that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.” Pre-installed on Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple SIM provides a list of participating national carriers—currently only AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United…

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10:53
Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina display,...

The rumors of the 5K Retina iMac were true.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple today announced the first Retina desktop computer with the Retina 5K iMac, complete with a 5,120-by-2,880 pixel resolution that Apple claims is 30 percent more power efficient than the previous model.
The new Retina 5K iMac will start at $US2499 for the all-in-one desktop computer and begin shipping today. The base model Retina 5K iMac will include a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMX Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive.
Apple will continue to sell the non-Retina 27-inch iMac which starts at US$1799 as well as the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac starting at US$1099.

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10:46
Apple unveils iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, A8X processor

Through its press event, Apple today unveiled the iPad Air 2, and a third-generation iPad mini. Both are the first iPads equipped with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, previously limited to iPhones. For the first time, the tablets are also available in a gold color along with previous silver and "space gray" options. Touch ID can be used for Apple Pay, but only online, not at retail outlets....

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10:45
Apple keeps iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Air...

Apple today introduced two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. While Apple quickly glossed over the iPad Mini 3, it spent a considerable amount of time discussing the iPad Air 2, an upgrade which delivers a host of attractive...

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10:43
Retina iMac now available for purchase as Apple...


The Apple Store online is back up following today’s event and there are a bunch of new products to check out. The new iMac with Retina 5K display is now available for purchase starting at $2499 for the base model. The updated Mac Mini is also available with prices...

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10:42
Apple announces iPad mini 3, adds Touch ID...

You might just get everything you want from the new iPad mini 3.
Per AppleInsider, the tablet will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option while starting at a US$399 price point.
The company has also expanded the iPad mini lineup by continuing to offer the first-generation model, lacking a Retina display, for US$249. And occupying the US$299 space will be the iPad mini 2.
The entry-level iPad mini 3 will feature 16-gigabytes of storage for US$399. Upgrading storage capacity in the iPad mini 3 will run US$499 for 64 gigabytes, while 128 gigabytes will cost US$599. In addition, a new gold color option will join silver and space gray, and LTE-capable models carry a US$130 premium.

The...

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10:36
News: New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad...

Alongside today’s announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has updated the prior $39 iPad Smart Covers and $69-$79 iPad Smart Cases. Apple’s iPad Air Smart Cover now comes in seven colors—blue, red, yellow, green, black, white, or red—each made from polyurethane, and compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. By comparison, the leather iPad Air 2 Smart Case comes in five different colors, namely black, white,…

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10:34
Apple releasing smartwatch SDK WatchKit next month

Apple is going to help developers create apps for the Apple Watch before its release early next year, by making available a software development kit for the device. WatchKit, being made available to download in November, will allow developers to work on and test their smartwatch apps without having the Apple Watch hardware to hand....

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10:34
Apple Updates Mac mini with New Processors, Faster...

Apple updated its Mac mini line Thursday, a long awaited boost to the company's entry-level Mac. The update includes faster processors, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower starting price of US$499.

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10:31
Apple to release iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20th


You’ll have to wait until Monday for iOS 8.1.
Per the mighty iMore, Apple announced that it will release iOS 8.1, with full support for Apple Pay and features such as the return of the Camera Roll and the iCloud Photo Library.
After iOS 8 launched in September, many users were confused about the disappearance of the traditional Camera Roll and Photo Stream interfaces. Although photos weren’t gone, and simply moved to the collections tab, it seems as if Apple is willing to bring them back. Part of this could be due to the fact of making it easier to differentiate what photos and videos are actually using physical storage and what are using iCloud Photo Library storage, which will also come out of beta as of iOS 8.1. That means that whatever iCloud...

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10:31
Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."

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10:30
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina Display

Apple has finally brought the Retina Display to the big time, taking the wraps off a new iMac. Dubbed simply the iMac with Retina Display ($2,499), it features a new “Retina 5K” display featuring 5120 x 2880 pixels in a 27” screen, for a total of 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution display. Announced at Apple’s October 16th event, alongside the release of OS X Yosemite, the new iMac with Retina…

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10:30
Mac grows even as industry slides

The computer industry is having a bit of trouble pushing against the horde of smartphones and tablets that are stealing away customers' gadget dollars. Not the Mac. According to new numbers revealed today at Apple's special event, the company...

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10:25
Apple updates the Mac mini line with improved...

Apple today announced it was refreshing its Mac mini desktops, the first update the product line has seen in two years. The new Mac minis will include a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, PCIe flash storage,...

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10:23
Apple announces iPad Air 2 tablets, will begin...

Apple’s top of the line iPad just got a bit thinner and faster.
Per AppleInsider, Apple announced the iPad Air 2, its next-gen full-sized iPad. The new version, which will begin preorders on Friday, includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X processor.
The new iPad Air stands at 18 percent thinner than the previous model, making it the world’s thinnest tablet to date.
Like previous models, the Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 starts at US$499 for 16 gigabytes. But another $100 quadruples storage to 64 gigabytes, and a high-end model with 128 gigabytes runs US$699. LTE-capable versions carry a US$130 premium at the same capacities.
Preorders for the iPad Air 2 will begin on Friday, and the units will begin shipping next week.
...

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10:21
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Arrives, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay...

Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite, with iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay due to follow on Monday, 20 October 2014. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:21
Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X...

Many outlets are reporting on Apple's iPad event today. Highlights include: Apple pay will launch Monday.WatchKit -- a way for developers to make apps for the Apple Watch will launch next month.iOS 8.1Messages, iTunes, and iWork updated and many more new features in OS X Yosemite.You can send and receive calls on your Mac if you have an iPhone with iOS 8 that's signed into the same FaceTime account.iPad Air 2: New camera, 10 hour battery life, 12x faster than the original iPad.iPad mini 3.iMac with Retina display.And a Mac mini update: Faster processors, Intel Iris graphics, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. ...

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10:19
Apple's Mac mini receives long-awaited update...

Apple's tiny, affordable Mac mini desktop received a hardware refresh and an accompanying price cut on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at $499.

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10:15
Apple drops old iPad prices as low as $249


CUPERTINO, CA—On Thursday, Apple followed its announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with price drops across the board for older models in those lines, which will continue to be produced alongside today's newest models.
"Our lineup has the lowest price point ever for iPad," Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said while standing in front of a slide revealing the price points. The original iPad Mini price has dropped to $249 at its smallest memory configuration of 16GB, followed by the iPad Mini 2 at $299 and the iPad Air at $399 (also set at 16GB). Each of those price drops is $100.
In terms of competitive pricing, the original iPad Mini now costs only $50 more than Amazon's Kindle HDX 7 without advertising offers and Google's Nexus 7...

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10:13
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Expand the Line

After being leaked — by Apple! — the day before, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were formally announced, featuring evolutionary advancements and a broadening of the iPad product line. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:13
Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina display, 5,...

Apple on Thursday revealed the "next step" in Retina display technology by packing what it calls the "world's highest resolution display" into its popular all-in-one desktop.

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10:12
Apple announces the Retina iPad mini 3 with Touch ID...

Apple today announced the latest addition to its iPad mini lineup -- the Retina iPad mini 3. The mini 3 is a small improvement over last generation's model with a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor and different storage options. The Retina iPad mini...

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10:11
Apple launch event: Apple Pay October 20, Yosemite...

Apple's October product event has begun. Alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook calling the iPhone 6 launch the "biggest launch ever," Apple has announced that Apple Pay is "getting going" in the United States. The official launch of Apple Pay is Monday, October 20 to compatible device users. Apple has also shown details of iOS 8.1 with improvements to photo and video storage....

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10:10
OS X Yosemite: New Notification Center finally gives...

Notification Center has been a part of OS X for two years: It was introduced in Mountain Lion and expanded upon in Mavericks. But with OS X Yosemite, Notification Center has transformed into something exponentially more useful than it was before. In fact, in Yosemite Notification Center is so different—and so much more useful than it was—that it probably deserves a new name. A supply of widgets
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the most fundamental of changes: With Yosemite, Notification Center no longer slides a Mac’s entire interface off to the left in order to pop out from the right side of the screen. Now, Dock-like, it slides in on top of the right side of your screen while you’re using it. The old approach was certainly dramatic, but I think this...

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10:10
Apple announces the iPad Air 2

As part of its October press event, Apple today unveiled its sixth generation tablet -- the iPad Air 2. The Air 2 features an even thinner device, 6.1 mm, 18% thinner than the previous model. Phil Schiller noted that two new iPad Air 2s are still...

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10:09
Apple updates desktop iMac line with “5k” Retina...


One of the big "tentpole" announcements from Apple’s event this morning was the long-awaited arrival of iMacs with "retina" displays. The flagship 27-inch iMac form factor has been updated with a high-resolution, high-DPI screen, and it's now known as the "iMac with Retina Display." It runs at a resolution of 5120x2880.
The updated iMac with Retina Display keeps the same external form factor as the existing iMacs, so externally, things are unchanged. However, the new internals include an updated LED backlight, an updated oxide TFT display panel, and an updated timing controller to push around the display's 14.7 million pixels.

Apple also says that although the display is brighter and denser than the 27-inch 2560x1440 panel on older 27-inch iMacs, the panel uses 30% less power thanks to the efficient LED design.
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10:05
Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID for $399,...

Apple's diminutive iPad will also receive an update this week, the company announced Thursday, in the form of the iPad mini 3, which features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option starting at $399.

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10:04
News: Apple unveils iPad mini 3, renames Retina iPad...

Apple has debuted the newest edition of its 7.9” tablet, which it’s calling iPad mini 3. The new iPad mini 3 includes Touch ID, and it comes in silver, space gray, and gold. It notably continues to have an A7 processor, not an A8 or A8X, and does not include any of the wireless or camera upgrades found in the iPad Air 2. iPad mini 3 starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499 for 64GB, and $599 for 128GB. Cellular + Wi-Fi models add…

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10:03
iPad Air 2 Sports Faster Processor, Thinner Body,...

Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 during a special media event on Thursday. The new tablet is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 4 and faster than the first generation iPad, sports an improved display with better clarity, and includes Touch ID.

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10:02
Apple releases OS X Yosemite, iWork updates as free...


The OS X 10.10 Yosemite downloading and installation frenzy begins today.
Over at its media event, Apple announced that OS X 10.10 Yosemite, its free next-generation operating system, will arrive on the Mac App Store today. The new version includes a new design that’s more contiguous with iOS 8 as well as features like Continuity and Handoff. Apple has also released a redesigned version of its iWork suite, which will be available as a free download.
Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, California today, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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10:00
Pixelmator announces iPad version of its photo-...


As part of the Apple event, Pixelmator has announced an iPad version of its popular Mac image-editor. The app is a near complete representation of the desktop app, with color correction, effects and other edits.
The photo-editing app will be released very soon for all recent iPads, but is specifically optimized to take advantage of the power of the A8X in the iPad Air 2.
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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Smart Yoga mats and dumb-...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:59
OS X Yosemite: Spotlight gets a new look and power...

Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X’s Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it’s been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we’ve come to know.Front and center

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09:47
Apple announces TouchID-equipped, 6.1 mm-thin iPad...

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CUPERTINO, CA—Apple has officially announced its new iPad Air 2 at today's media event on its campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The iPad Air 2 was inadvertently outed yesterday in an iBooks listing for the iPad user guide.
The new device is only 6.1 mm thin, and Phil Shiller told the audience, "In every iPad, there's been an air gap between glass and display. Now they've been bonded together. There's no air gap. Makes it thinner, and the images sharper."
The screen also has an anti-reflective coating," Shiller added, which "reduces reflections by 56 percent."
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09:47
Apple announces 6.1mm-thin iPad Air 2 with Touch ID...

Apple's next-generation tablet became official on Thursday with the introduction of the iPad Air 2, featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X chip

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09:45
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Camera Roll, iCloud...

As part of its October press event, Apple announced several upcoming features it is adding to iOS 8.1. The next major release of iOS 8 will see the return of the popular camera roll, which was replaced in iOS 8 much to the chagrin of iOS...

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09:45
iOS 8.1 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Oct 20

Apple will roll out iOS 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Monday, October 20. The timing fits with the launch of Apple Pay, which needs the update so iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can make mobile payments at participating retailers.

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09:43
Apple officially announces 18% thinner ‘iPad Air 2’...

Live on stage during its iPad/Mac press event today in Cupertino, Apple has officially introduced the new iPad Air dubbed “iPad Air 2”.
As previously rumored, the new full-sized iPad features a slimmer profile compared to the previous generation but largely retains the same physical design of the first gen iPad Air. It does, however, come in the gold color option that Apple previously only offered on iPhones.
Apple says the new iPad Air is 18% thinner than the previous generation thanks to improvements to the display manufacturing process. The display also introduces an anti-reflective coating that Apple says makes iPad Air 2’s display 56% less reflective.
The iPad Air 2 includes an A8X chip that Apple says includes 2nd-gen 64-bit architecture and 3 billion transistors for 40% faster CPU and 2.5x faster GPU...

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09:43
Apple Pay launches Oct. 20 in a play to kill credit...

If you own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, get excited: Apple is turning on Apple Pay on Oct. 20.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the long-awaited mobile payment system, which uses Near-Field Communications technology baked into the new iPhones, will hit the ground running on Monday with hundreds of new partners. The company signed on 500 more banks, in addition to majors like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase.
What we care about most: Where can you use Apple Pay? The company revealed some participating retailers when it announced Apple Pay last month, but Cook added a few more partners to that list at Apple's Thursday media event. You can use Apple Pay to make purchases at Staples, Chevron, Subway, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale's, Apple, and a slew of other stores....

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09:42
225 million satisfied customers: iPad is fastest...

Apple has announced some numbers regarding its iPad lineup, mentioning that the company sells more iPad units in a year than the full PC lineups of Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Tim Cook says there are an impressive 225 million satisfied customers. The iPad gives Apple the number one spot in customer satisfaction, and the Cupertino Corporation touts that the iPad mini with Retina Display has achieved 100% customer satisfaction. “You just don’t see these numbers in customer sat,” Cook says.Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPad, Numbers ...

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09:40
OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free...

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.

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09:40
News: iPad stats: 225 million sold, 675,000 apps

During his introduction of new iPads today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that 225 million iPads have already been sold—70 million of them in the last 12 months, outstripping the unit sales of any PC manufacturer over the past year. Cook also noted that the product has a 100% customer satisfaction rating, and now has 675,000 iPad-specific apps available....

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09:40
OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on...

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download.

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09:40
OS X Yosemite available publicly starting today for...

​After unveiling OS X Yosemite earlier this year at WWDC, Apple today announced that its next generation desktop operating system would be available publicly starting today, October 16. Similar to past releases, Yosemite will be bundled on all new...

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09:35
Apple releasing OS X Yosemite to the public today...

Yosemite is here.

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CUPERTINO, CA—Today at a product event, Apple announced that it would be releasing OS X Yosemite to the public. The eleventh major release of OS X was announced back in June at WWDC, and Apple began sending public beta builds to interested parties in July. Though it includes other new features, the operating system's most noticeable change is its redesigned user interface, which echoes the overhaul Apple gave iOS 7 last year.
Yosemite's brighter, flatter applications and icons, its heavy use of translucency, and its switch to Helvetica Neue will be familiar to anyone with an iPhone...

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09:33
Apple Pay goes live on October 20, many new retail...

Tim Cook earlier today provided new details regarding Apple Pay, the company's upcoming mobile payments platform.

First and foremost, the service is slated to go live on Monday, October 20.

Second, Apple has shored up the number of banks and retail...

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09:30
News: Apple debuts iPad Air 2

Apple has officially introduced the newest edition of its full-sized tablet today with the debut of iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 is 6.1 mm thin, 18 percent thinner than the previous iPad Air.

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09:30
Mac: Apple OS X Yosemite

Debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June, and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just announced that it has officially released OS X Yosemite (Free), taking the Mac operating system into the second-generation of California park-themed releases with a new flattened look that’s reminiscent of the changes made last year in iOS 7. From the dock to Finder windows, icons to typography, there are some serious refinements. And it’s…

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09:25
News: Apple formally debuts iTunes 12 after three...

Oddly released without any fanfare in beta form to developers back in July, iTunes 12 has officially debuted at Apple’s media event today. As noted in our What’s New in iTunes 12 article, the Mac and PC application has received a “flatter” cosmetic overhaul inspired by iOS 7 and iOS 8. It largely does away with the traditional sidebar found in earlier versions of iTunes — a feature that was hidden but still present in iTunes…

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09:25
Apple reminds us how much less fragmented iOS is,...

iOS has the advantage of being a far less fragmented platform than its primary competitor, and Craig Federighi took the stage at Apple's special event today to remind us of that very fact. Using the adoption of iOS 8 as an example, Federighi noted...

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09:22
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

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Apple has just released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8. The majority of the update's new features have already been announced, but for one reason or another weren't ready to be included in iOS 8 when it shipped last month.
In the update, Apple plans to add back the "Camera Roll" album in iOS 8 with 8.1, to help users find their recently taken shots. The new version will also include a beta of iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library offers users the options of either backing up their photos to iCloud, or using it as primary storage to clear up space on their devices, only downloading photos when necessary.
8.1 will also mark the formal release Apple Pay, the contactless payment system Apple teased when it unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September. The new...

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09:20
News: iOS 8.1 gets official, adding Apple Pay, photo...

Following earlier beta releases of iOS 8.1, Apple today formally announced the release of the first point update to September’s iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 adds support for Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as bringing back user-requested features, including the Camera Roll. Apple is also using iOS 8.1 to debut the iCloud Photo Library tied in with the public beta of Photos,…

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09:19
Apple announces WatchKit SDK for developers,...

In preparation of the upcoming Apple Watch launch, Apple on Thursday announced a new software developers kit called WatchKit for creating apps tailored for the company's highly anticipated wearable device.

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09:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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09:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

Apple Pay is officially launching on Monday, October 20. Apple confirmed its mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during a special media event on Thursday.

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08:54
GT Advanced stock delisted from NASDAQ

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has today had its stock removed from NASDAQ listings, and is not planning to appeal the decision, according to an announcement by the former. NASDAQ based the decision on GT declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. That event caused GT's stock to drop over 90 percent, and it has since slipped even further, last closing at 44 cents yesterday. Shares can still be bought under the GTATQ symbol on the OTC Pink marketplace....

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