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Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following GM seeding

Final version imminent as golden master in hands of developers

On Tuesday, Apple signaled the end of active development of the first official version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite with the seeding of the "Golden Master," a one-last-lookover build that will be used as the final first release if no show-stopping bugs are found. An email was sent to registered developers calling for app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of Yosemite, though no date or deadline was given. The existence of a GM candidate suggests that Yosemite is not far from being released to the public.

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Apple to announce Q4 earnings on October 20

Will include initial iPhone 6 sales

Apple has announced that it will release the results of its fiscal fourth quarter on Monday, October 20. An earnings call is scheduled for 2PM Pacific time that day, or 5PM Eastern, but the company typically issues a press release about 30 minutes beforehand. Barring unexpected developments, the call should include commentary by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri as they respond to questions from analysts and investors.

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EU accuses Ireland of giving Apple illegal state aid

Apple denies 'selective treatment'

As expected , the European Commission has issued a preliminary finding in which it suggests that Apple is receiving illegal state aid from the Irish government. "In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission's preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute state aid, according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]," the document says. "The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such state aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question."

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Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

Just-released beta confirms expected Touch ID and online Apple Pay support

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood . He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.

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Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix flaw

Updates bash for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion.

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Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review Part 2

Spec sheets belie just how powerful and efficient the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are

This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1 , we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones might be best for you.

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China to begin iPhone 6 sales on October 10, reports say

Long-delayed device hampered by regulatory approval process

While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10 .

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Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 'bending' controversy overblown

Testing finds that larger iPhone 6 Plus actually less prone than iPhone 6

Adding to new suspicions that some of the "iPhone 6 Plus easily bends" videos appearing on the web may have been staged , Consumer Reports has now weighed in with the results of its own independent testing that largely refutes the claims that the phones can bend easily. After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One (M8) is actually the most prone to deformation.

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Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus roll out to 22 more countries

China still not on list due to regulatory morass; grey market thriving

While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated.

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Fixed iOS 8.0.2 now live; bent iPhone 6 Pluses may get replaced [u]

Apple copes with two simultaneous crises

[Updated: iOS 8.0.2 is now available, and Apple issues apology] The promised fix for iOS 8.0.1 will come in the form of an v8.0.2 download "as soon as it's ready in the next few days," according to a new Apple support document . In the meantime, the webpage offers instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.0 using iTunes and direct download links for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the firmware. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update," the company continues.

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Apple offers video tour of iPhone testing facility

Schiller suggests owners with bent iPhones visit Apple Stores

Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab , showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues.

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FBI Director Comey worried Apple, Google encryption 'above the law'

Agency thinks Android L, iOS 8 security put consumer security ahead of law enforcement

Addressing reporters in Washington today, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey voiced his concerns over the recent shifts in security policy for Android and iOS 8 . Specifically, Comey believes that the new security encryption measures that cannot be bypassed for law enforcement puts consumers before possible emergency situations.

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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Review Part 1

Apple makes substantial improvements across the board on iPhone 6

While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launch each year, there can be little doubt that the wait for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been particularly excruciating. The expected jump in display size with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays has been as eagerly awaited by iPhone fans as it has been causing angst for Apple's competitors. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap over the iPhone 5s. In Part 1 of our combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review, we take a closer look at design and construction, the enhanced display technologies, and the redesigned iSight cameras.

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Apple invites beta users to a 'test fest' for AirDrop in Yosemite

Bug-finding and reporting emphasized, event runs through Sunday

Developers and AppleSeed testers working with the latest beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite are receiving email invitations from Apple to join in on a focused "test fest" that concentrates on one particular feature -- AirDrop, which allows wireless transfers of files between Macs and iOS devices. This is the first time in recent memory that Apple has opened up a "test fest" to users outside Apple for this level of focused feature examination.

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Flawed iOS 8.0.1 can disable cellular, Touch ID; update pulled [u]

Solves glitches with Photo Library, Reachability, more

(Updated with warnings about potential iPhone problems, a fix for those who updated, and news of withdrawal of the delta update) Just a week after having released iOS 8.0 , Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The most prominent change is a solution to a HealthKit bug that led Apple to pull apps using the platform from the App Store. Those apps are now cleared to return.

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Confirmed: Apple acquired magazine-app maker Prss this summer

Software creates dynamically-updating magazine apps, could aid publishers, iBooks Author

One of Apple's routinely-unpublicized acquisitions this year was magazine-app creator Prss . The firm, which created software that makes it easy to create magazine apps (and more importantly, to dynamically refresh them with silent updates), shut down this July -- and some of the former employees now appear to be working at Apple , according to Dutch enthusiast site iCulture . The iPad maker recently confirmed the acquisition.

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Official Apple stats put iOS 8 adoption at 46 percent of devices

Figure significantly higher than unofficial tracking

New data from Apple -- based on Sunday traffic at the App Store -- indicates that iOS 8 adoption is actually up to 46 percent of iOS devices, despite lower numbers tracked by third-party firms . Apple's figures put iOS 7 at 49 percent, and iOS 6 or earlier at 5 percent. iOS 8 became available for compatible devices on September 17th, and is pre-installed on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which launched Friday.

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New iPhone 6 models best the competition, analysis sites say

Tom's Hardware, AnandTech both find the iPhone beats the rest

Early tests from PC performance sites Tom's Hardware and AnandTech have revealed that early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers aren't just buying style and elegance -- they're also getting a smartphone that appears to be the best all-around performer available, in some cases by a significant margin. Significant improvements in GPU performance, JavaScript performance and battery life once again see the iPhone outperforming phones with quad-core chips and twice the RAM.

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New iOS 8 hits 30 percent adoption, iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus

Figure represents doubling of users since Friday, but lags behind iOS 7 adoption

Apple has seen a near-doubling of user adoption of iOS 8 since it rocketed to 20 percent during its first two days of availability, and is now sitting at around 36 percent after the first weekend of iPhone 6 sales, according to figures from various aggregators including Mixpanel and Appsee . While still representing an astonishing uptake compared to any other computer or mobile platform, the figure is actually behind that of iOS 7 at the same point in its release.

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Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]

Apple plans for platform's tech still unknown

[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service , Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology.

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Apple says iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three days

Beats record set last year

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple reported on Monday. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some nine million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year.

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Apple raises prices on out-of-warranty iPhone 6 repairs

Now set at $299 for iPhone 6, $329 for iPhone 6 Plus

In a new note on its repairs webpage , Apple has raised prices on out-of-warranty repair costs for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has not, however, increased prices on its $99 AppleCare+ warranty, which adds a second year of coverage and allows two "accidental damage" repairs with a set $79 service fee for each incident. The new OOW repair pricing, at up to $299 and $329 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively, is between $30 and $60 higher than the iPhone 5 family price.

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Record crowds outside stores worldwide for iPhone 6, 6 Plus debut

Larger iPhone model in short supply; 'thousands' line up at all flagship stores

In some locations on Friday, it seemed like the whole world took off work Friday to stand in line for an iPhone 6 . Mass reports of "thousands" of customers standing in line for hours at flagship Apple stores around the globe have been received since MacNN reported on the queue in Australia, the first country to begin selling the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The latter has proven extremely hard to get, but we have heard from a few readers who were successful.

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First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look to be winners

The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model. We have got our hands on a 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey and a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in Silver, and both are stunning devices to behold. So how are they shaping up in our first few hours with them?

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Featured iPhone 6 apps Epic Zen Garden, CNN now available

Showing off Metal and landscape mode, both apps offer ways to show of iOS 8

Two programs demonstrated during the iPhone 6 event in Cupertino last week are now available for download. CNN's updated news app for the iPhone and newly optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a two-column landscape view that makes better use of the available space on the new devices' larger screens. In addition, the graphics demonstration program Epic Zen Garden , which incorporates Apple's Metal API, is also available.

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Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive' crowds

New Zealanders must wait an extra week for first shipments

While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN staffer visiting the Penrith Apple Store in New South Wales near Sydney has reported a "massive" lineup, consisting of hundreds of buyers outside the store.

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App Store introduces app bundles, sales as part of iOS 8 rollout

Users can pick up unowned remainder of bundled apps at savings

As part of the iOS App Store updated for iOS 8, Apple is now offering grouped "bundles" of applications at discounted prices, and a new ability to "Complete My Bundle" for those who already own some of the apps featured in the bundle. The bundles, usually grouped by developer at present, offer related apps shown in an "iOS folder" icon, and download together into a folder automatically when purchased. Users who already own one or more of the apps see the price discounted to reflect that.

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Apple 'warrant canary' gone from transparency report

Missing language suggests Apple has received Patriot Act request

Apple's transparency report on governmental information requests has made a minor but significant change. Language saying that "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us" has been completely removed from the latest version of the document, suggesting that Apple has now received a Patriot Act request, and is subject to a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant and subsequent gag order.

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Apple updates security policies in Cook open letter, stresses privacy

Security, user data respect seen as differentiators from rival companies

Late on Wednesday, Apple updated its privacy policy web page to feature a letter from CEO Tim Cook outlining new security initiatives, and reiterating the company's recent message that the iPhone maker is in the business of selling products, rather than harvesting data about users in order to target and sell advertising -- and consequently, takes pains to avoid collecting any unnecessary data. In the letter, Cook says that security and privacy are "fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services."

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Bloomberg profiles Apple CEO Tim Cook, sheds light on modern Apple

Company is a 'very different place,' but changing market suits Cook's management style

A hit-and-miss profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought some new details to light about changes made at Apple since Cook took over in late 2011. It also confirms that the Apple Watch project was started after former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs died, that the consolidation of hardware and software teams that led to Scott Forstall's ouster was a deliberate move by Cook, and that those who work with him have no doubts about the ability of the company to continue innovating.

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