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Apple Store App for iOS Updated Touch ID Support, Two-Step Verification [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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Apple today updated its Apple Store app for iOS to version 3.3, adding additional security and convenience features to the app. There’s now a “Touch ID” option in the Account section of the app that allows users to enable Touch ID for viewing orders, accessing EasyPay receipts, and making reservations at an Apple Store.

Previously, these sections of the app required an Apple ID password to be input whenever they were accessed, but now the app will ask for Touch ID verification in lieu of a password when Touch ID is toggled on. Before the update, Touch ID usage was limited to Apple Pay for making purchases, but with the expanded Touch ID capabilities, accessing various sections of the app to get order information is much quicker.

Accessing features like EasyPay Receipts before update on left, after on right
Today’s update also adds support for two-step verification within the Apple Store app.

What’s New in Version 3.3
– Use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at an Apple Store.
– Support for two-step verification, giving you extra security for your Apple ID.

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New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro Lives Up to Apple’s Claims, Reaches SSD Throughput Speeds of 2GB/s

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn’t include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement — new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s.

In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration [Google Translate], the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple’s claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at 2GB/s and 1.25GB/s, respectively, in QuickBench 4.0.

Those read/write speeds far exceed the read/write speeds achieved by the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air, which also received faster flash storage that doubles the speeds available in previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Air machines. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro’s performance is similar to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

At speeds that reach 2GB/s throughput, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has the fastest storage of any of Apple’s notebooks. It took 14 seconds to transfer an 8.76GB file to the machine, compared to 32 seconds for the slower Retina MacBook. With small files, read/write speeds exceed a gigabyte Continue Reading

Duet Review: A Premium Two-in-One Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Duet Apple Watch Stand Full

Given that the Apple Watch has an advertised 18-hours battery life based on mixed usage, chances are that you will be taking off the wrist-worn device each night to charge. Naturally, accessory makers have been quick to jump on the opportunity to create a wide variety of Apple Watch stands for docking the watch on your bedside table or elsewhere. Ahead, we take a closer look at one of them.

Antsy Labs has risen to the challenge with a Kickstarter project for Duet, a two-in-one stand for docking the Apple Watch and iPhone together. The stand is machined from a solid block of aluminum, in silver, space gray or gold, giving it considerable weight and a sleek design that closely matches the look of the MacBook, iPad, iPhone and other anodized aluminum Apple products.

I received a prototype unit of the Duet that I have been testing over the past week, and my first impressions are mostly favorable. Given that the Duet unit I received was part of a limited production run for members of the press, the stand has a few imperfections that will not be found on the final product. In particular, there are Continue Reading

Adobe Removing Photoshop Touch From App Store Next Week [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Photoshop Touch

Adobe has announced that it will remove Photoshop Touch for iPhone and iPad from the App Store and other platforms on May 28. The software company says it will be focusing its mobile efforts on other apps in the Creative Cloud suite, including Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. In total, the software maker has over 50 apps on the App Store.

Adobe also announced that it is working on a new retouching solution for mobile devices called Project Rigel that is expected to be available in late 2015. Adobe product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shared a teaser video of the software through an iPad simulator today, demonstrating retouching features and filter effects such as warping, puckering and bloating, reconstructing, recoloring, brightness and contrast.

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Apple Working on Split-Screen Multitasking, Multi-User Support for iPad

Posted by | May 21, 2015.

We’ve had previous rumors suggesting Apple is working on split-screen multitasking capabilities for the iPad, and hints of the feature are buried within iOS 8, but thus far multitasking has not made its way into the hands of customers. In a post covering information on future iPad upgrades, 9to5Mac confirms split-screen multitasking is still in the works and on schedule to be released as part of iOS 9.

Split-screen multitasking will display two apps side-by-side on the iPad’s screen or two views of the same app, allowing users to see multiple documents in Pages at the same time, for example. As was first discovered in code buried within iOS 8, apps will be able to be arranged in multiple views, covering 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 of the screen in the latest iteration.

Concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors)
9to5Mac warns that though the split-screen multitasking feature is slated for inclusion in iOS 9, it could be removed before the update’s debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference if it is not ready in time as it was originally developed for the upcoming “iPad Pro.” 9to5Mac previously said the Continue Reading

Apple to Remodel Flagship Regent Street Store in United Kingdom

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Regent Street Apple Store

Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area.

A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners)
The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new staircases, and re-configuration of the back of house at the basement level with improved staff facilities.

“The proposal looks to enhance the ground floor sales area by removing the front part of the mezzanine and creating a double height entrance,” reads Foster and Partners’ project rationale. “This partial removal of the mezzanine also enhances the transparency from the street and floods the store with natural light. The interior front facade, with Continue Reading

Apple Planning Transit Routing in iOS 9 Maps, Advances on Indoor Mapping Project

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project.

“Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views.”

Transit features in Apple Maps were originally expected to launch alongside iOS 8 last year, but were delayed due to personnel issues and data inconsistencies within Apple. The company has reportedly “refined the data, added new cities, and developed a new push notifications system” since that time, however, and the feature is now ready to be unveiled at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple Stores

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Apple Bands

At least one Apple Store in the United States appears to be now stocking standalone Apple Watch bands per the photo below submitted by MacRumors reader Alireza. The photo was allegedly taken at an Apple Store in Miami and appears to show both the Sport Band and Classic Buckle on the shelves.

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Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple Stores

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Apple Bands

At least one Apple Store in the United States appears to be now stocking standalone Apple Watch bands per the photo below submitted by MacRumors reader Alireza. The photo was allegedly taken at an Apple Store in Miami and appears to show both the Sport Band and Classic Buckle on the shelves.

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Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan ‘To Stay Afloat’ [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Pebble Time

Popular smartwatch maker Pebble appears to be in some financial trouble, according to a few sources “close to the company,” as reported by TechCrunch. The company is having trouble maintaining its growth, turning to a bank in its home base of Silicon Valley for not only a $5 million loan but a $5 million line of credit. According to those same sources, banks in the Valley have been turning down Pebble’s financial support requests repeatedly.

The smartwatch company’s rocky monetary troubles come a few weeks after a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign, which reached its $500,000 goal in under 20 minutes of going live. The project’s final funding amount – which received numerous stretch goals along the way – saw 78,471 backers pledge $20,338,986 for the new slimmer design and color display smartwatch.

The company actually received around $18 million from the Kickstarter campaign, after fees, and currently staffs about 150 people with more being hired in new positions. Despite all of this success, and an infusion of forward momentum thanks directly to Apple’s Apple Watch-focused “Spring Forward” event, the logistics of running the company have forced CEO Eric Migicovsky and fellow company heads to seek Continue Reading

Despite Popular Kickstarter, Pebble Seeks $5 Million Loan ‘To Stay Afloat’ [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
Pebble Time

Popular smartwatch maker Pebble appears to be in some financial trouble, according to a few sources “close to the company,” as reported by TechCrunch. The company is having trouble maintaining its growth, turning to a bank in its home base of Silicon Valley for not only a $5 million loan but a $5 million line of credit. According to those same sources, banks in the Valley have been turning down Pebble’s financial support requests repeatedly.

The smartwatch company’s rocky monetary troubles come a few weeks after a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign, which reached its $500,000 goal in under 20 minutes of going live. The project’s final funding amount – which received numerous stretch goals along the way – saw 78,471 backers pledge $20,338,986 for the new slimmer design and color display smartwatch.

The company actually received around $18 million from the Kickstarter campaign, after fees, and currently staffs about 150 people with more being hired in new positions. Despite all of this success, and an infusion of forward momentum thanks directly to Apple’s Apple Watch-focused “Spring Forward” event, the logistics of running the company have forced CEO Eric Migicovsky and fellow company heads to seek Continue Reading

iPhone 5c With Touch ID on Apple’s Website Fuels Unlikely Refresh Rumors [iOS Blog]

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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A collection of iPhones are modeled alongside the brand new Apple-branded Lightning Dock, revealed Tuesday, on the dock’s official store page. An iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5s are shown placed on the new dock’s lightning charger port, but a mysterious pink-and-black outlier, which appears to be an iPhone 5c at first glance, upon closer inspection can be seen including a Touch ID sensor instead of a traditional home button.

Rumors of a cheaper, 4-inch “iPhone 6c” model of the next generation of iPhones began late last year, backed by a few sources out of the Asian supply chain who manufacture the smartphones. More recently, however, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed these rumors as false, noting that Apple will stick with 4.7- and 5.5-inch models this year.

While the iPhone on Apple’s website in question today could in fact be the accidental unveiling of a new iPhone 6c, it’s highly unlikely the company made such a slip-up in revealing an entirely new iPhone. It’s more likely a curiously egregious Photoshopping error having to do with one of Apple’s website designers, and will no doubt be taken down in due time.

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Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More
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Apple Could Unveil Next iPhones in August, Launch to Follow in September

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple’s upcoming product plans, has issued a research note to clients that claims Apple will announce its next iPhones in August ahead of a September launch. Apple has never unveiled an iPhone in August, having introduced the iPhone 4s in October 2011 and all subsequent iPhone models in September.

The research note, a copy of which was first obtained by The China Post, also claims that Foxconn is expected to secure between 60% to 70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Kuo notes that Foxconn has a higher yield rate for iPhones, helping it secure the majority of orders, and adds that the Taiwanese manufacturing company will also serve as the sole assembler of the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad.

Kuo previously predicted that the main selling point of the next iPhones will be Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. His other predicted features for the next iPhones, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new Rose Gold color option, improved Touch ID Continue Reading

iCloud, Mail, Photos and Other Apple Services Experiencing Issues

Posted by | May 21, 2015.
iCloud System Status May

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific.

iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it’s down for you as well #iclouddown

— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015

Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely for others. The issues follow a prolonged iTunes and App Store outage in early March and lengthy iTunes Connect and TestFlight downtime for developers earlier this month.

This article will be updated to reflect any system status changes.

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