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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 outsides 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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Briefly: iPhone 6/iOS 8 e-book available; Apple Camera Raw updated

Official iPhone User Guide updated on iBooks for iPhone 6 line, iOS 8

Following the arrival of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has updated its official iPhone User Guide (a free e-book download available from the iBookstore) to cover its release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as offer a tour of all the new and changed features of iOS 8. The e-Book can be read on the iBooks app for iOS, or on the OS X version of iBooks for Mavericks and later. The guide covers all iOS 8-compatible iPhone hardware, from the iPhone 4S to the latest iPhone 6 models as well as offering iOS 8 tutorials, including the new Health app.

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OS X 10.9.5 released, iMovie for iOS updated for iOS 8

Mavericks updated includes Safari 7.0.6, fixes VPN and SMB server bugs

In what is likely the final numerical update for OS X Mavericks, Apple has released version 10.9.5 just one day after it was seeded to AppleCare representatives . The release notes indicate that it improves the reliability of VPN connections requiring USB smart cards, and access to files on SMB servers. The patch also includes Safari 7.0.6, though it was released separately about a month ago , alongside v6.1.6 for older operating systems for security patches. The company also updated iMovie for iOS to add iOS 8 compatibility.

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Apple acknowledges HealthKit bug, promises fix

Compatible titles should return to App Store by end of September

Apple has confirmed the existence of a bug in HealthKit that resulted in the removal of related apps from the App Store. In an email to the Financial Times ' Tim Bradshaw, the company states that it has "discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month."

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iOS 8 now live, adds features like Health app, Extensions, Continuity

Over-the-air updates may be impossible for some users

As planned , Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Full Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook now posted

Show website features full interview in two parts, includes talk of Jobs, diversity, innovation

A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel . Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system.

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Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to iOS devices

Company confident that new larger iPhones will attract switchers

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family.

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VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

Virtual private networking used in FaceTime infringed VirnetX patents

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX . While the court agreed that some patents were infringed by Apple, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

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Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch release strategy

Battery life is critical to widespread consumer adoption of the Apple Watch

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.

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Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking' 33 million in 'sales'

Some users downloading, some streaming, averaging 5.1 million per day

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift , Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.

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Apple seeds third public, eighth developer previews of OS Yosemite

Little time left before gold master ships

Apple has released a third public beta of OS X Yosemite, as well as an eighth developer preview. Both are available through the Mac App Store; for the former people must be participants in the AppleSeed program, and for the latter users must be registered developers. So far, any changes beyond bugfixes have yet to be discovered.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus preorders top 4 million in first 24 hours

Full weekend numbers being kept quiet

Having only made ambiguous references on Friday, Apple has today officially announced that it achieved a "record" 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability. "Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October," the company continues.

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H.265 video on iPhone 6 models to improve FaceTime over cellular

HEVC implementation likely assisted by hardware boost, offers high-quality video calls

In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding , otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.

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Cook: Apple working on projects 'not even rumored'

New interview reveals CEO still focused on TV, thinking bigger

In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times . As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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Best Buy, Walmart decline to support Apple Pay

Retailers choose platform-agnostic option

Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay , according to the Wall Street Journal . The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.

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Pre-orders underway: T-Mobile no-contract iPhone not yet available

Customers report difficulty as servers hammered with demand

Buyers trying to be among the first to pre-order the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are running into problems, including overloaded Apple servers, carrier communication issues, and an absent player. Ironically, Apple's own Online Store was among the last outlet to open its pre-ordering page, though reports indicate that at least some users are successfully able to pre-order their preferred model, size and color.

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Apple Store online down in preparation for iPhone 6 pre-orders [u]

Store to return at midnight for flood of expected early adopters

[Update: Pre-orders have begun] The familiar "We'll be back" sign has appeared on the US and other countries' online Apple Stores in advance of the expected 12AM PT Friday opening for pre-orders on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Customers in Australia, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Puerto Rico and of course the US can pre-order the devices, which will appear at retail September 19.

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Sept. 26 to mark second wave of international iPhone 6 launches

Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27.

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Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite testers

Minor cosmetic tweaks a-plenty, but no new major features

Following its update of the iOS 8 beta to Golden Master status , Apple on Wednesday also updated iTunes 12 , being tested as part of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite public and developer betas. The new version, which still carries the same v12.0 moniker, does not list any significant changes but testers have reported minor tweaks, ranging from a new transparency in the sidebar to a variety of tiny cosmetic changes.

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Apple hires Gap director of marketing Marcela Aguilar

Gap CEO offers high praise, adds to small army of recent fashion-oriented hires

The campaign of hiring leading names from the world of fashion continues at Apple with trade magazine AdAge reporting that the iPhone maker has secured the services of Marcela Aguilar , the former senior global director of marketing and communications at US clothing retailer Gap. According to the report, she will be taking on a similar role at Apple, reporting to Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.

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Apple cagey about Watch battery life, working on improvements

Current life estimated to be 'about a day'

Apple has been avoiding talk about the battery life of its first-generation Watch , and with good reason, sources claim. The people say that the company isn't happy with performance, which is currently "about a day" on a single charge. An Apple spokeswoman, Nat Kerris, admits in fact that the company expects people to charge the Watch at night.

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