Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS 6 Still Not Working

Apple tonight released an update for FaceTime on OS X [Direct Link], which resolves connections issues and is recommended for all FaceTime users currently running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The connection issues are presumably related to the problems reported last week which affected both older versions of OS X and iOS 6 versions of FaceTime. Apple, however, has not yet addressed the problems with FaceTime that are in iOS 6. While it is encouraging that Apple released an update for FaceTime for OS X 10.6, Apple support's recommendations for iOS 6 users has been to upgrade to iOS 7. One user has quoted Apple support as saying that the only fix for iOS 6 is to upgrade to the latest version of iOS 7, with no current plans to release a fix on iOS 6 or iOS 5. According to Apple's updated FaceTime troubleshooting page, users who are still having trouble with the application are recommended to update to the latest version of iOS or OS X. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Jobs' Infamous Temper Lives on at Apple in Bug-Wrangler Kim Vorrath • Apple Releases AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.7.3 With Heartbleed Fix • ElevationLab Debuts Aluminum Elevation Stand for iMac and Apple Displays • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 11:19 pm

Apple Debuts New 'Powerful' TV Ad Focusing on iPhone 5s [Updated]

Apple has debuted a new TV ad alongside Marvel's Agents of SHIELD tonight on ABC called "Powerful". The ad, which was first spotted by 9to5Mac, showcases iPhone 5s owners using the device to enhance their lives in multiple ways. With "Gigantic" by the Pixies [iTunes] playing in the background, the app has users using the iPhone 5s to check their health, check for directions, create short monster movies, record videos, create art installations and more, including the Pixies preparing to play their song. The ad ends with the tagline "You're more powerful than you think". Apple has not aired an iPhone 5s ad since the seasonal holiday ad "Misunderstood", which has since been removed from its YouTube channel. In the meantime, Apple has instead focusing its advertising efforts on the iPad's "Your Verse" ad campaign. Update 8:31 PM: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the ad as "Gigantic". It has been corrected to its proper name, "Powerful". Apple's official YouTube video for the ad has also been swapped in. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Steve Jobs' Infamous Temper Lives on at Apple in Bug-Wrangler Kim Vorrath • Apple Releases AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.7.3 With Heartbleed Fix • ElevationLab Debuts Aluminum Elevation Stand for iMac and Apple Displays • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 9:26 pm

iWatch May Ultimately Replace iPod, No iPod Updates Expected in 2014

A research note (via Barrons) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014. Caso says Apple has production targets of 5-6 million units, but believes the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup" and will see lowered iPod sales as a result of customers choosing the iWatch instead. The note says the iPod is not expected to be updated this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that the iPod "is a declining business", with sales dropping to under $5 billion in 2013, down from a peak of more than $8 billion in 2008. Apple's iPod lineup has not seen a significant update since Fall 2012, other than a minor color change to match the rest of Apple's portable offerings. The iPod Classic has not been updated in several years. Apple has worked hard to have products at a variety of price points, from the $49 iPod Shuffle up to the 128GB iPad Air at $799, and then to the various Mac products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.7.3 With Heartbleed Fix • ElevationLab Debuts Aluminum Elevation Stand for iMac and Apple Displays • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero'

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:13 pm

Google Covering Defense Costs and Damage Awards for Four Patents in Apple/Samsung Case

Google is covering lawyer fees and potential damage awards with regards to four patents in the ongoing Apple/Samsung patent case, according to a report from Re/code, quoting deposition testimony from a Google attorney that Apple introduced in court today. Google's contractual obligations to defend Samsung relate to a "Mobile Application Distribution Agreement" between the two companies related to the distribution of Google applications, including Gmail on Samsung's Android devices. Samsung called several Google employees as witnesses as part of its defense. The case between Apple and Samsung is seen by many as a proxy for the larger battle between Google and Apple over the company's respective mobile operating systems. Apple played deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Mccoun, who verified e-mail in which Google agreed to provide partial or full indemnity with regards to four patents as well as to take over defense of those claims. A Samsung representative said he could not immediately say which if any claims in the case for which Google is in fact providing the defense and indemnity.Yesterday, Samsung argued that, if it lost at trial, it would only owe Apple $40 million in damages, substantially less than the $2 billion that Apple says it is owed for infringement of five of its patents. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ElevationLab Debuts Aluminum Elevation Stand for iMac and Apple Displays • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 4:33 pm

Apple Allowing Non-Developers to Apply for OS X Beta Program

Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public. Previously, participating in OS X betas required a developer account, priced at $99 per year. Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.Users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website, which allows users to apply using an Apple ID.Apple requires everyone who signs up to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents users from disclosing, publishing, or disseminating confidential information to anyone not also enrolled in the Appleseed program. After agreeing to keep beta information confidential, Apple asks users to make a backup on their Macs before downloading a special Beta Access Utility App which allows a Mac to be enrolled for beta software updates. All updates will be delivered via the Mac App Store, similar to standard OS X updates. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 3:26 pm

iOS 7.1.1 Now Labels Apps with 'In-App Purchases' in Top Charts and Featured Sections

As part of iOS 7.1.1, released earlier today, Apple has implemented some minor changes to the iOS App Store to make it more clear which apps offer in-app purchases. Apple has provided an "Offers In-App Purchases" disclosure on individual app detail pages since March of 2013, but now the App Store has been updated to include a small "In-App Purchases" notification for apps in Top Charts listings and on specific featured apps listings, such as in the "Great Free Games" category. Old Top Charts view on left, new Top Charts view with in-app purchase disclosure on right This expanded in-app purchase view allows users to determine which apps on the Top Free, Paid, and Grossing charts offer in-app purchases. The disclosure is also available on top category listings as well. Apple's new in-app purchase warnings come following a January settlement with the FTC that saw Apple providing $32 million in refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items. Apple was also required to obtain express consent from consumers before billing them for an in-app purchase, a measure that it initially implemented with iOS 7.1. In-app purchases have long been an issue for Apple, first landing the company in hot water with the FTC in 2011 after multiple parental complaints over children over-spending within apps. Apple has made many updates to its in-app purchase policies since that time, including requiring a separate passcode entry for initiating an in-app purchase and providing multiple notifications before a purchase is made. Along with changes to the App Store, iOS 7.1.1 also includes improvements to Touch ID, Safari support for top-level domains such as .photo, and a few bug fixes. It can be downloaded over-the-air via the Software Update tool in the Settings menu. Update 3:40 PM PT: Apple has notified developers that it is also adding new app content descriptions to the App Store.You can now use the following descriptions: Medical/Treatment Information, Gambling and Contests, and Unrestricted Web Access (for apps that permit navigating and viewing web pages, for example with an embedded browser).There are also new territory specific restrictions based on rating. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Logitech Adds Multi-Angle Viewing to Ultrathin Keyboard, Launches New iPad Cases • First Generation Apple TVs Once Again Able to Connect to iTunes • Apple Releases OS X Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Users • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 3:18 pm

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 With Touch ID Improvements, Bug Fixes

Apple today released iOS 7.1.1 to the public, a month and a half after releasing its first major update, iOS 7.1. While iOS 7.1 included several visual tweaks along with the addition of CarPlay, Siri improvements, and Touch ID enhancements, today's minor update focuses only on bug fixes. iOS 7.1.1, labeled as build 11D201, offers additional improvements to Apple's Touch ID, fixes a bug that impacts keyboard responsiveness, and fixes a bug involving Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled. The update also includes Safari support for new top-level domains like .photo and .camera. This update contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including: - Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition - Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness - Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled iOS 7.1.1 can be downloaded via the software update tool in the settings menu on iOS devices. Apple has also released a 6.1.1 update for the Apple TV. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 11:55 am

Apple's In-Store Reuse and Recycling Program Now Offering Trade-In Credit for Used iPads

As part of a larger green initiative to help consumers recycle old iOS devices, Apple is now expanding its Reuse & Recycling program in the U.S. and Canada to include the iPad, reports 9to5Mac. Apple also is making it easier for consumers to purchase new devices with more flexible terms for applying in-store credits obtained when recycling an iOS device. Previously, Apple's in-store Reuse & Recycling program accepted only iPhone models, which customers could trade-in for a store credit that could be used to purchase a new iPhone. Under this new plan, Apple will accept either an iPad or an iPhone for trade-in and will issue a credit that can be used towards a new purchase. Customers may apply this credit towards a new iPhone or iPad, regardless of which device they are trading in, and they can even combine iPad and iPhone credits (with a limit of one of each device type) to apply toward the purchase of a new device. For example, a customer could trade-in an iPhone 5 and an iPad 2 to receive credits that can be combined to purchase a new iPad Air. Apple yesterday confirmed it was expanding its Reuse & Recycling program to include all devices, regardless of their condition. Besides the iPad, Apple will accept for free any broken or older model Apple product providing customers with a way to easily recycle the device responsibly. If a recycled iPhone or iPad has some remaining value as determined by in-store Apple Specialists, Apple will issue a store credit. This expansion is part of Apple's Earth Day celebration that began with the company's "Better" environmental campaign, which highlighted Apple's environmental efforts across its supply chain, its data centers and in its new Apple Campus 2 project. Apple also is commemorating Earth Day at its retail stores by placing a green leaf on its traditionally white Apple logo and issuing green t-shirts to its retail employees. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nike Could Partner With Apple to Bring NikeFuel Features to iWatch • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:59 am

Apple May Be Using 'Brightflash' Shell Company to Pursue iWatch Trademark Protection

Following our report yesterday about Apple expanding its trademark protection to use the "Apple" name in association with jewelry and watches in a number of countries, MacRumors has discovered that Apple may be quietly continuing to pursue trademarks on the "iWatch" name itself. Evidence of Apple's interest in the iWatch name surfaced last June as the company began registering for trademarks on the "iWatch" name in a number of countries. Several major countries including the United States were not included in that list, and it was unclear whether Apple was holding off due to conflicts with pending trademark applications in those countries or if there were other issues in play. At the time, reports mentioned several of those conflicting applications in the United States, but we now believe that one of those applications may in fact be Apple itself operating in disguise using a shell company by the name of Brightflash USA LLC. While MacRumors has yet to discover a smoking gun linking Apple to Brightflash, there are several pieces of circumstantial evidence pointing in that direction, thereby suggesting that Apple is indeed continuing to quietly lay the groundwork for an iWatch launch. - Timing: Brightflash filed its iWatch trademark application in the United States on June 5, 2013, alongside the surge of applications by Apple in other countries during the span of June 3-5. While it is possible that the timing is a coincidence or the result of a separate company moving extremely quickly to apply for the mark after news of Apple's applications in other countries started breaking on June 5, this would appear to be unlikely. - Concealed company structure and location: Brightflash is registered in Delaware, a common location for incorporation due to the state's business-friendly laws. According to state records, Brightflash was formed on June 27, 2012 and the company uses the Corporation Trust Center in Wilmington, Delaware as its address. That building serves as the home of hundreds of thousands of companies, streamlining the process of locating in Delaware and providing a level of anonymity for companies registering using the firm's services. - Few leads on company representatives: Efforts to determine Brightflash's executives and representatives have proven difficult as well, with the initial trademark application using attorney John Sullivan at the same Corporation Trust Center address. Last month, Brightflash filed a change of attorney form with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office listing a David Harris also at that address, with that document signed by a manager "J. Yori". It is possible that this is Joan Yori, an executive with Stewart Management Company, a firm offering services for establishing so-called special purpose entities.SMC offers a full service domicile management package including office space, employees, officers and directors, accounting services, and coordinates services with recommended local legal and banking providers.- Legal links from Ecuador: As we noted yesterday, Apple filed for a trademark on the "Apple" name in Class 14 (jewelry and watches) in Ecuador last December, and the attorney who facilitated that application was Alejandro Ponce Martinez, a principal attorney with Quevedo & Ponce in Quito. Ponce has helped Apple with a number of other trademark applications, including recent filings for iOS 7 icons and iPad Air, and just weeks prior to the Apple jewelry filing he helped Brightflash file its application (PDF: page 164) for the "iWatch" mark. In an initial response to Brightflash's U.S. application for the iWatch trademark, the examiner cited several prior pending applications from other firms that would potentially be confusing with Brightflash's desired usage. As a result, Brightflash late last month filed its own response requesting that its application be put on hold until the other pending applications were either granted or abandoned. Last week, the patent examiner issued a letter granting the suspension of Brightflash's application for the time being. If Brightflash is indeed Apple, the company would very likely make an effort to acquire the rights to any of the other trademarks if they are granted. Brightflash continues to file trademark applications in other countries, including Australia and Macau. And just last month, United Kingdom and Denmark were added to the list, indicating that the firm is indeed still interested in protecting the iWatch name. As noted by French site Consomac [Google Translate], Brightflash is pursuing registration of the iWatch name in at least four dozen countries around the world. Brightflash is also attempting to trademark the "Brightflash" name itself in a number of countries, and it is unclear whether this is simply part of the process of pursuing the iWatch mark or if there is an additional feature or product that could use the Brightflash name. In the background of any efforts by Brightflash or Apple to secure a U.S. trademark on the iWatch name is a years-long battle between Swiss watchmaker Swatch and New York firm M.Z. Berger. MZB applied for a U.S. trademark on the iWatch name back in July 2007 and the application was nearly approved before Swatch opposed the mark on two fronts: potential confusion with the Swatch brand and a lack of intent by MZB to actually use the iWatch name. An appeals board has ruled that MZB should not be awarded the trademark on the basis that there is no evidence of MZB's intent to use the iWatch name at the time of filing, although Swatch's claim of potential confusion was not found to be warranted. Both parties appealed the respective decisions against them late last year, and the case remains unresolved. Apple's potential use of Brightflash as a shell company to hide its efforts to protect intellectual property would certainly not be the first time the company has engaged in such tactics. Last November, the company created an entity by the name of CarPlay Enterprises to file a U.S. trademark application on the term "CarPlay", which last month became the new name for the previously named iOS in the Car feature in iOS 7.1. In an earlier example leading up to the launch of the iPad, Apple used a shell company by the name of Slate Computing to protect "iSlate" and "MagicSlate" while using a separate firm under the name IP Application Development to secure the "iPad" name. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Patents Technology to Disable Certain Phone Functions While Driving • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 8:47 am

Apple Reportedly Delaying Launch of 5.5-Inch 'iPhone Air' Due to Battery Issues

According to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times [Google Translate, via G for Games] Apple's larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has been delayed and will launch in 2015. The report notes that the company is struggling with finding a sufficient battery that measures 2 mm or less to fit in the device's "very thin" profile. Renderings of iPhone 6 (4.7'') and iPhone 6 (5.7'') based on leaked schematics The report also notes that Apple suppliers are referring to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 as the "iPhone Air", which has not been finalized as an official name for the device. If the claims are true, however, an iPhone Air would join Apple's MacBook Air and recently released iPad Air in carrying a similar name and delivering a product with a slim chassis. Past reports have indicated that Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will launch first this fall, and have shared similar details about the 5.5-inch version being delayed due to production issues. A report from Reuters last month noted that Apple was having issues with in-cell production technology in the 5.5-inch version's display, with Japan Display, LG Display, and Sharp set to produce screens for the device. In addition to a larger screen and thinner design, Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to include a new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an upgraded camera featuring optical image stabilization. Apple is also said to be negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 6:37 am

Apple Takes Jab at Samsung in Full Page Earth Day Newspaper Ad

Apple is honoring Earth Day in a new ad found on newspapers across the UK that appears to also include a jab at rival Samsung, reports CNET. The ad, which comes with a headline stating "There are some ideas we want everyone to copy," includes two paragraphs that allude to the company's ongoing patent trial with Samsung. Apple notes that there is "one area" where the company "encourages others" to imitate, calling for initiatives that are similar to its recent environmental efforts. There's one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us. Because when everyone makes the environment a priority, we all benefit. We'd be more than happy to see every data centre fuelled by 100% renewable energy sources. And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours. Of course we know we can continue to do better. We've set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change, making our products with greener materials and conserving our planet's limited resources. So the next time we come across a great idea that can help leave the world better than we found it, we look forward to sharing it. Apple and Samsung are currently in their second legal battle over accusations of patent infringement, with the former requesting $2 billion in damages from the latter. In its defense, Samsung stated that it only owes Apple $40 million, as the trial is expected to conclude and head into jury deliberations sometime this week. The ad is one part of Apple's "Better" environmental campaign launched yesterday ahead of today's Earth Day event, which included a video about the ecological efforts of its Apple Campus 2 project and the expansion of its recycling program to include all products at its stores. Apple will be updating its store logos with green leaf accents and encouraging its employees to wear commemorative green shirts, as an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California is also planned. Update: The newspaper ad is also appearing in Australia, and presumably other countries as well. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 5:38 am

Apple Now Accepting All Products for Recycling at Retail Stores

Apple will now begin accepting old products for recycling at all of its retail stores worldwide, reports The Associated Press. While the company has had a recycling program for quite some time, the terms for trading in a product would vary by device category. For instance, those looking to trade in a Mac or iPad for recycling were limited to filling out an online form and shipping it with a prepaid label, while those looking to drop off an iPhone or iPod could bring it into an Apple Retail Store or ship it to a recycling center. Now, customers are welcome to bring in all products to any of its retail locations, where the company will recycle them for free. While all devices will be accepted for recycling at no charge, those who bring in products that are in fair condition will also receive a store gift card. Apple made changes to its recycling program in 2011, expanding the program to include more devices and older computers. Last year, Apple also introduced an iPhone trade-in program that allowed customers to trade in a device for a gift card that could be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone, which has since expanded to multiple countries. The move comes as Apple launched its "Better" environmental campaign yesterday ahead of Earth Day, which included a video detailing the environmental efforts of its Apple Campus 2 project. Apple will celebrate Earth Day at its retail locations around the world by giving its logos green leaves and having its employees wear special green shirts. The company will also reportedly hold an event at its main campus in Cupertino, California. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs Movie Portrayal: He's 'Part Hero, Part Anti-Hero' • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 2:56 am

Apple Retail Store Logos Gain Green Leaves in Honor of Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, which takes place on April 22, Apple has started updating the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, a departure from the standard white logo. For example, Apple's massive Nanjing East retail store in Shanghai has been updated with the green Earth Day logo, as it is just after 8AM on April 22 in China. Image courtesy of Instagram user znnina As noted last week by 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to celebrate Earth Day at multiple retail locations around the world, changing its logo and encouraging employees to wear special green shirts. The company is also planning to hold a special event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. Earlier today, Apple launched its "Better" environmental campaign, highlighting its efforts to lower its carbon footprint. Included in the campaign was a video detailing the construction of Apple Campus 2, which will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources. (Thanks, Nina!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 7:15 pm

Leaked Info on Third-Generation Thunderbolt Points to 40Gbps Transfer Speeds

Intel's third-generation Thunderbolt technology could see throughput increase to 40Gbps, double the current capacity of Thunderbolt 2, first introduced in Macs last fall, according to leaked information posted on a Chinese technology site [Google Translate]. The site says Intel's new Thunderbolt controller, code-named Alpine Ridge, will see power consumption reduced by 50 percent, support for PCIe generation-3, and charging capacities of up to 100 watts. Backward compatibility will be maintained through the use of connector adapters, but the new Thunderbolt connector itself will be reduced in size. Last April, Intel first announced Thunderbolt 2 in April before seeing it move to the Mac in October. There is no indication of when the third-generation of Thunderbolt could make its way to consumers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Samsung Expert Says It Only Owes Apple $40 Million in Patent Case, Not $2 Billion • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 6:15 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio Could Star in Sony's 'Steve Jobs' Biopic, Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct

Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic may be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes a week after The Social Network director David Fincher failed to reach a deal with Sony, reportedly over fees. Boyle is said to be in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the film, which uses material from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and will focus on three 30-minute scenes ahead of three product launches. While Fincher was rumored to be interested in Christian Bale to play the role of Steve Jobs, Boyle reportedly has his eye on another big star -- Leonardo DiCaprio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle has approached DiCaprio to play Jobs in the film. Aside from Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle has directed hits like 127 Hours, Trainspotting, and The Beach, which DiCaprio also starred in. DiCaprio has been in major films like Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Great Gatsby. Boyle was also in charge of the opening ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics in London. Aaron Sorkin completed the script for the biopic back in January, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak working as a consultant on the film. No potential release date has been announced. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D45a to Developers • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake'

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 5:45 pm

Apple Continues Pursuing Mobile Payment Solution, Seeking to Hire Industry Executives

Apple is continuing with its plans to introduce a mobile payments service and has began interviewing senior payments industry executives to take on roles within the company, reports Re/code. Apple is looking to fill two new positions, focused on building an electronic payment service based on the company's existing iTunes accounts. Millions of customers have personal accounts that already store credit card information, allowing them to make purchases within the Apple Store app, in retail stores, and through iTunes. Apple hopes to expand this to third-party avenues as well, both online and at retail locations.The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file. Apple is seeking to fill head of product and head of business development positions, one of these people said. "Their ambitions are very, very serious," one of the sources said.Apple's interest in the mobile payment arena has been rumored for years but gained renewed attention in early 2014, when The Wall Street Journal announced the company was working on a new mobile payment service, hoping to allow people to use their iOS devices to make purchases for physical goods in apps and on the web as well as in retail stores using payment info stored in iTunes accounts. Apple has also been in talks with Paypal about a possible partnership and reportedly mulled an acquisition of mobile payments company Square, though it appears an acquisition did not pan out. The company's mobile payment system will possibly be tied to Touch ID, the fingerprint scanning home button built into the iPhone 5s and reportedly slated for the upcoming iPhone 6 and future iPads. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in January that mobile payments were "one of the thoughts" behind Touch ID. He has also said that Apple is "intrigued" with mobile payments and noted there's a "big opportunity on the platform." Apple has promised new hardware, software, and services across 2014, and it's possible that a mobile payment solution could come later this year, though a set date is unclear as the company is clearly still in the hiring stages. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 2:27 pm

Apple Highlights Video Detailing Environmental Friendliness of Campus 2 Project

As part of the "Better" environmental campaign that was initially unveiled this morning, Apple has posted a video of its Apple Campus 2 project, displaying a series of renderings of the building along with some details on the site from campus designer Norman Foster. Foster speaks on Jobs' inspiration for the campus, noting his love of both Stanford and the area that he grew up in. "The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino," said Apple's senior arborist David Muffly, who is in charge of the flora that will be added to Apple's campus. Along with the video, Apple outlines its plans to make its second campus more environmentally friendly. The site will be "the most energy-efficient building of its kind," powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources, including a massive solar energy installation. The company also plans to have huge amounts of open space, which will be accompanied by both fruit and shade trees, and commute alternatives will see 15,000 Cupertino employees using biofuel buses, public transit, bikes, and more instead of cars. The building itself is just part of the story. Just under 80 percent of the site will be open space, populated by more than 7000 trees — including more than 6000 newly planted shade and fruit trees. Drought-tolerant plants will be used throughout the landscape to minimize water use.While the Apple Campus 2 video shared by Apple was initially unveiled in October during a session with the City of Cupertino, this is the first time Apple has released the video in high quality to the public. Apple is hoping to complete its second campus by 2016. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 1:02 pm

Apple Extends Company's Trademark to Include 'Jewelry and Watches'

Last June, Apple began registering for trademarks on the "iWatch" name in a number of countries, but since that time the company has been bolstering its trademarks on the actual company name "Apple" to also cover jewelry and watches, MacRumors has discovered. By international agreement, trademarks are broken down into 45 different classes to organize the types of goods and services being registered for protection. Watches and other jewelry are part of Class 14, which is focused on precious metals/stones and products made from those materials. While some of Apple's trademarks on the "Apple" name have previously included some goods from Class 14, the company is now broadening and cleaning up its trademark applications in those areas. The moves come as the company is widely expected to introduce its "iWatch" smart watch as soon as later this year. Among the recent expansions for Apple is Ecuador, where Apple filed a new trademark application in late December specifically to add protection in Class 14 for a long list of product types including jewelry and watches. Google translation of new category application for "Apple" trademark:jewelry; watches; watches; goods in precious metals or coated therewith; cufflinks or cufflinks; keychains; timers; brooches in precious metals or coated therewith; ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; tie pins in precious metals or coated therewith; tie clips or tie clips of precious metal or coated therewith; badges of precious metal or coated therewith; bracelets of precious metal or coated therewith; Necklaces in precious metals or coated therewith; medals in precious metals or coated therewith; short chains and ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; buttons in precious metals or coated therewith; clip in precious metals or coated therewith; boxes of precious metal or coated therewith; decorations in precious metals or coated therewith; jewelry; sculptures and precious metals products.Applications in other countries have followed in recent months, including a nearly identical filing in Mexico in early January that again solely focused on Class 14. Other expansions have come as part of larger filings, such as in Norway, where Apple in mid-February applied for increased protection in seven different classes including a significant list within Class 14. And just last month that effort extended to the United Kingdom, where Apple filed to broaden its protections in over a dozen classes, including Class 14 for the first time there. While new applications to protect Apple's use of its own name in jewelry and watches have appeared in a number of countries in recent months, the company has yet to make the move in all countries where it operates, most notably the United States where the "Apple" name is not currently covered under Class 14 at all. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 11:26 am

Apple Launches 'Better' Environmental Campaign, Shares Glimpse of New Nevada Data Center

In advance of Earth Day, Apple overhauled its Environmental Responsibility website with new content that reconfirms the company's dedication to operate its business in a way that is best for the environment. The updated website features a new "Better" video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook that explains the company's environmentally friendly values. Keeping with this Earth Day theme, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives, recently gave Wired an exclusive tour of Apple's newest data center in Yerington, Nevada. Apple is close to powering all its facilities entirely with renewable energy, with both its corporate office and data centers now at 94 percent and climbing. This Nevada facility continues Apple's commitment to obtain its energy from cleaner sources. Apple’s data center in Sparks, NV. Photo: David Calvert/WIREDThough Jackson can’t take credit for Apple’s renewable initiative, she monitors its progress and, perhaps even more important, spreads the word that renewables aren’t just for tree-huggers, but are serious energy sources that can take on the biggest jobs. “No one can ever claim again you can’t have a data center that runs on 100 percent renewable,” says. “Once those proof points are out there, it makes it easier for policies to follow.” Though the company uses wind and hydroelectric power in its other facilities, Apple is relying on solar power in its Nevada facility. This design mirrors the company's Maiden, North Carolina data center, which uses two 100-acre solar fields to produce a total of 50 megawatts. Apple is now building out a similar solar array in Nevada on a 134-acre field within the grounds of the Nevada facility. When completed sometime next year, this array will generate approximately 18-20 megawatts of power, with the remaining power for the center being supplied by geothermal energy. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 10:15 am

A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime Channels Added to Apple TV

Apple today has added new channels from A&E Networks to its Apple TV, including A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime. Select Apple TV owners will be able to watch episodes from popular TV shows such as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Project Runway. These new channels on the Apple TV offer a preview to all users, but full content is only available to cable television subscribers. Currently, the service is available to customers who subscribe to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, with support for additional providers coming in the near future. The addition of these channels is part of a larger push by A&E Networks to expand their content beyond broadcast TV. Earlier this month, the network updated both its A&E [iTunes Link] and History Channel apps [iTunes Link], letting iOS owners stream live episodes of popular shows to their iPhone or iPad. Similar to the Apple TV, this iOS-based live streaming requires a valid cable subscription. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 9:50 am

Apple and Google Vying for Exclusive Games from Developers With Promotional Perks

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today highlights the increasing competition between Apple and Google to gain exclusive games for their respective iOS and Android platforms. According to the report, both companies have been offering developers promotional perks, such as premium placement on their app store home pages, in exchange for the first rights to a title. For instance, the popular title Cut The Rope 2 was reportedly part of an exclusivity agreement between Apple and and developer ZeptoLab: ZeptoLab's sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope”, introduced in December, reflected a similar pattern. The company and Apple agreed to about a three-month window of exclusivity for Apple's App Store, in exchange for the store prominently promoting the game, one person familiar with the matter said. ZeptoLab launched an Android version in late March. The report also notes a promotional agreement between Apple and EA to launch Plants VS. Zombies 2 on iOS two months before its release on Android. This is in line with a story from Giant Bomb last September that shared similar details. However, while both companies denied the claims and stated that no money was exchanged as asserted by the original story, The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple doesn’t offer money for game exclusives, but rather just marketing and promotional assistance. Plants VS. Zombies 2 was prominently featured by Apple during the week of its release, as it was mentioned on the App Store Facebook page and featured in top banners on the App Store itself. Amazon has also carried out similar practices, offering promotional spots on its Amazon Appstore in order for the rights to launch games on its Kindle family of devices. An Amazon spokeswoman corroborated these claims, stating that the company "works with many developers to bring their apps to the Amazon Appstore." The company’s new Fire TV media streaming box, which was released earlier this month, contains dedicated support for games, even offering a $39 wireless Fire game controller. The news also comes as the amount of money spent by consumers on mobile content grows. According to the results of a study done by research firms IDC and App Annie, mobile games accounted for $16 billion of app sales, jumping 2.3x over the past year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 11:20 pm

First Generation Apple TVs Unable to Connect to iTunes

Apple's first generation Apple TVs have lost their ability to connect to iTunes and appears to be affecting users worldwide. A lengthy Apple Discussions page shows that the problem started on the 17th of April and has persisted for 1st generation Apple TV users. Forum poster georgevargas describes the issue:As of last night I had full access to the iTunes Store. Since this morning I was getting an Itunes Store Not Available message, and after unplugging the AppleTv the iTunes Store access completly disappeared except for movie trailers. Users have gone through the usual diagnostics, including rebooting and restoring, but have found that nothing has restored connectivity. MacRumors has confirmed the issue on our own 1st generation Apple TV. The initial timing of the outage corresponds to the FaceTime not working for iOS 6 users, suggesting some internal changes by Apple has affected both services. Some users are speculating that internal communication upgrades related to the Heartbleed security issue could be related. Apple denied that Heartbleed affected any of its "key services" but did not elaborate on what those might be. Apple has not provided any statement on if and when 1st generation Apple TV functionality will be restored or not. The first generation Apple TV was released in January, 2007 and was sold until September, 2010. Update 4/22 12:00 PM PT: Apple appears to have resolved the issue preventing first-generation Apple TVs from connecting to iTunes. Many users are reporting that their Apple TVs are once again functional. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update

Posted by on 20 April 2014 | 11:10 am

Nike Fires Majority of FuelBand Team, Plans to Stop Making Wearables

Nike plans to cease making wearable hardware and it has fired the majority of the 80-person team responsible for the FuelBand fitness tracker. Instead, the company will focus its efforts on fitness software, according to an unnamed source that spoke to CNET. The shoemaker isn't throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it's turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said. As the competition in the fitness wearable category has increased with entries from Jawbone and Fitbit, Nike has opted to shift its focus to software. Company spokesman Brian Strong told CNET in an email that Nike continually aligns its resources with business priorities and that it has made changes to its team as its Digital Sport priorities have shifted. Nike is also opening an incubator called Fuel Lab in San Francisco to allow developers to create products that incorporate its workout metric NikeFuel and plug into a Nike+ API that'll come this fall. Nike's move away from wearables also comes as Apple's long-rumored iWatch is expected to come to fruition. Apple CEO Tim Cook is an avid wearer of the FuelBand and has sat on the Nike board for the last nine years, which has helped the two brands foster a strong relationship. A possible partnership between Apple and Nike wouldn't be out of the question as the athletic company was one of the first to show support for the iPhone 5s' motion coprocessor, debuting the Nike+ Move app alongside the iPhone 5s at Apple's media event. Apple also helped Nike enter the wearable market in 2006 with the Nike+iPod shoe package. Apple has also hired former members of the Nike's Digital Sport team, picking up former FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik last August and Nike design director Ben Shaffer last September. Apple is expected to release the iWatch later this year alongside iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. Update 9:54 PM: Nike has issued a statement to Re/code indicating that it plans to continue selling and supporting the current Nike FuelBand and that it plans a "small number" of layoffs, but the company did not directly address whether development of any new hardware will continue.“The Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business,” the company said in a statement emailed to Re/code. “We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colors, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future.” The language does seem to leave a lot of room, however, for the possibility that the Portland athletic apparel giant won’t produce future products in the FuelBand line. One source with knowledge of the situation said that it could be that Nike wants to be able to run down its inventory of devices, or that it still has not completely decided to shutter the unit.Sources have told Re/code that Nike has been debating for months what to do with the FuelBand line in the face of issues with financial performance and attracting engineers to work on the project. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 8:11 pm

Apple Offering Some Developers Second Chance to Buy Unclaimed WWDC Tickets

Apple is offering some developers a chance to buy unclaimed WWDC tickets, according to a report from 9to5Mac and several Twitter users. Apple has emailed certain developers to offer them WWDC tickets, giving them 24 hours to pay the $1,599 ticket fee. This year, because of nearly immediate ticket sellouts in past years, Apple decided to offer WWDC tickets to registered, paid iOS and Mac developers through a lottery system. Developers who won the ticket lottery had until April 14 to complete their purchases. Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy one of the tickets that winners failed to claim before the 14th.It is unknown how many WWDC tickets went unclaimed by lottery winners, nor how the company is choosing developers to receive a second chance at tickets. The annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 2-6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 5:14 pm

Apple's Shazam Partnership Could Boost Advertising Efforts

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple has plans to integrate song identification features into iOS 8 through a partnership with audio discovery platform Shazam, but as suggested by media professor Aram Sinnreich, Apple's ambitions may go beyond simple music recognition capabilities. Speaking with Computerworld, Sinnreich, a media professor at Rutgers University, points out that Apple could use Shazam's audio recognition abilities to gather information on the media that iPhone and iPad users are consuming, including music, television shows, movies, and more, for targeted advertisements. While Shazam is known for identifying songs that are playing on the radio or through other sources, the service is also capable of identifying and tagging television shows and advertisements. Shazam works by analyzing captured sound and comparing its acoustic fingerprint to an audio database, which began including television content in 2012. Shazam's technology could, of course, be used to deliver music and television information to consumers, providing identification along with additional content like news, facts, and iTunes purchase links, but at the same time, Apple could also use it to gather information on consumer preferences each time a song, television show, or advertisement is "tagged" or identified by a user, allowing the company to use those preferences to deliver more targeted ad suggestions across iOS.Sinnreich pointed out that Shazam has been indexing advertisements broadcast on television, as well as the pre-show ads shown in movie theaters, and in some cases, has stuck deals with advertisers to provide metrics of those who "tag" an ad. In some cases, tagging an ad presents the consumer with additional information, or even a special offer.Currently, the existing Shazam app is able to run in the background of iOS, continually cataloging and identifying all of the music, television shows, and TV ads that a user watches. Apple could potentially integrate the feature in the same way into iOS 8, allowing it to run in the background to continually listen for various audio content. This functionality would allow Apple to know what a user prefers to watch and listen to. For example, if someone was watching Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones, Apple's media recognition capabilities could theoretically automatically identify what's being watched, cataloging it for future use in advertisements. Sinnreich likens this functionality to an audio QR code."Apple could do whatever a QR code is used for now, but sonically," said Sinnreich of the audio fingerprinting technology. "Someone tags a commercial, and that's entered into a database, effectively targeting [that consumer] for further ads," he said.While Sinnreich's theory is mere speculation at this point, it does fit in with Apple's current advertising methods, which the company says include "exceptional targeting." Apple has been working to expand its iAd platform in recent months, moving beyond app advertisements to encompass iTunes Radio ads as well. Further improving its targeting methods could entice major advertisers, which has been the company's goal -- recently, Apple made it simpler for advertisers large and small to sign up for the platform, eliminating the need for a developer account. Apple's audio recognition capabilities are said to be coming alongside iOS 8, which is expected to make its debut during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The operating system will likely be released to the public later in the year, in September or October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 3:53 pm