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Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: ‘We Try Not to Collect Data’

Posted by | September 15, 2014.

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company’s thoughts on privacy.

Cook’s first comments are on Apple’s privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible. He believes that people “have a right to privacy.”

Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we’re not reading your email. We’re not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have a key.

Our business is based on selling [products]. Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product.

As he has stated previously, Cook says that no one has backdoor access to Apple’s servers. “We would never allow that to happen,” he says, repeating his prior statement on the issue. “They would have to cart us out in a box before we Continue Reading

U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Accessed Over 33 Million Times Since Start of iTunes Promotion [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Six days after it began offering U2′s latest album “Songs of Innocence” for free to 500 million iTunes customers, Apple has announced (via the Associated Press) that over 33 million customers have accessed the record.

In a statement, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software and Services Eddy Cue called the numbers record-breaking, and said that the numbers include users who downloaded the album from their iTunes account, streamed it, or used iTunes Radio to listen to it.

Earlier this morning, Apple also released a tool for customers to delete the U2 album off of their iTunes accounts, as some users were upset with it being added to their devices without their knowledge.

Last Friday, it was reported that Songs of Innocence was downloaded 2 million times after three days of being made available. The album will be free for iTunes customers until October 13.

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Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Privacy

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Though it won’t be released until early 2015, Apple’s new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives.

In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information.

In his letter, the Attorney General noted several areas of concern, including:

-Whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded;

-If and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users’ health information is safeguarded;

-If and how Apple intends to enforce policies that require the rejection of applications that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval;

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Macy’s Announces iBeacon Expansion, Support for Apple Pay [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.

Macy’s today announced plans to expand its partnership with Shopkick, which will see more than 4000 shopBeacon devices installed in Macy’s stores across the United States by the end of September.

Macy’s and Shopkick originally teamed up in November of 2013 to roll out the first retail based iBeacons, allowing customers to access location-specific deals, discounts, and recommendations in the Shopkick app while in a Macy’s retail store. Customers will get these types of notifications in all Macy’s locations beginning this fall, and in early 2015, Macy’s will be able to offer discounts tailored by specific departments in each store.

Along with plans for an iBeacon expansion, Macy’s has also announced that both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores will be some of the first retailers to support Apple Pay, Apple’s new mobile payment service. With Apple Pay, customers will be able to pay for purchases in stores using an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or Apple Watch.

As announced on Sept. 9, 2014, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores will be among the first retailers to support the new Apple PayTM mobile payment system which will be available beginning this fall on new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Continue Reading

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Popping Up in China, Vietnam Ahead of September 19 Launch

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not expected to be delivered to customers and released to stores until Friday, September 19, some devices have already begun showing up in Vietnam and China.

According to forums sharing several photos of the devices.

Apple was unable to keep a tight rein on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus this year, with several parts leaking out ahead of the iPhone announcement. Enough parts leaked, in fact, that Feld & Volk was able to assemble a functional iPhone well ahead of release, and the weekend before Apple unveiled the two devices, a fully functional version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was shared by a Chinese user.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in retail stores beginning on Friday, September 19. Early pre-orders placed on September 12 will also begin arriving on that date, though a few lucky customers often get their devices delivered early due to shipping errors and the logistics of delivering hundreds of thousands of devices simultaneously.

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Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Public Beta, Developer Preview 8

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Apple today released the third Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the second Yosemite public beta on August 21. Developer Preview 8 has also been released for developers, two weeks after the seventh Developer Preview was released.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store, and developers can also download DP 8 from the Mac Developer Center.

It is possible given the release timing that both versions of Yosemite, DP 8 and the new public beta, are the same. The public beta will also include updates from Developer Preview 7, which included a new look for Dark Mode, several tweaked icons, and the removal of the “Software Update” option from the main Apple menu.

Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may introduce new iPads.

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Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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During Apple’s keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2′s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission.

The move upset users who did not want to have U2′s album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user’s devices. According to Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr, who gave a statement to Re/code, customers were asking Apple how to delete the album after it was distributed, which has led Apple to create both a tool and a support document that outlines the process for removing the album from iCloud.

Here’s Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr’s explanation: “Some customers asked for the ability to delete ‘Songs of Innocence’ from their library, so we set up http://www.itunes.com/soi-remove to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs additional help should contact AppleCare.”

To remove the U2 album, users are directed to Apple’s new removal tool that will automatically remove the U2 album from an account after Continue Reading

Retina iMacs and Apple Displays Within Reach as New DisplayPort 1.3 Spec Finalized

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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With Dell having announced its upcoming 5120 x 2880 “5K” display that would be the equivalent of a Retina 27-inch iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display and Apple rumored to be launching its own such display later this year, connectivity options for such displays have now taken a significant step forward with today’s official release of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification by the Video Electronics Standards Association (via 9to5Mac).

The new standard offers a 50 percent increase in bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, or 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data once overhead is accounted for.

The increased bandwidth enables higher resolution monitors, including recently announced 5K monitors (with pixel resolutions of 5120 x 2880) using a single DisplayPort cable, without the use of compression. It will also enable higher resolutions when driving multiple monitors through a single connection using DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream feature, such as the use of two 4K UHD monitors, each with a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2160, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing.

Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on Retina iMacs and displays, but connectivity bottlenecks have been one of the factors slowing progress in that area.

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Apple to Preinstall iLife and iWork on Higher-Capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Taking advantage of the high storage capacities available on its 64 GB and 128 GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple will be including the free iLife and iWork apps on those models preinstalled. The 16 GB models will still be eligible for the free apps, but users will have to download them manually, based on early word from a MacRumors source and now seconded by a separate source who provided 9to5Mac with details from Apple’s internal documentation on the matter.

The preinstalled apps includes iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U, all of which are currently offered as free downloads the first time the App Store is launched on a new device.

Apple last year updated its iLife and iWork apps and started offering the two suites for free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device. New device owners received the apps for free in the App Store with the option to download them to their devices at any point in time.

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Photos From Inside a 747 Flying iPhone 6 Units to the U.S.

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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As retailers prepare to begin sending out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders to customers, shipping company employees behind the scenes are working hard to transport the phones from China to the United States. One MacRumors reader who works in shipping has posted photos of 195,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders that he flew from China to Alaska in a 747, which will then be sent on to Chicago.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus orders in cargo plane, courtesy of goforblacksky.

Yep, that’s what I do. I fly stuff. Privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6′s in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It’ll be on the ground at O’hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You’re welcome

According to the poster, goforblacksky, the massive load of phones weighed approximately 256,000 pounds. Though the photo shows the cargo under tarps and concealed, a second shipping photo from China Daily depicts a similar plane loaded with iPhones departing from the Henan province in China bound Continue Reading

Microsoft Acquiring ‘Minecraft’ Developer Mojang for $2.5 Billion [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Microsoft today [Direct Link] consistently ranks near the top of the paid app charts.

“Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.”

As part of the deal, Mojang founders Carl Manneh, Markus Persson (Notch) and Jakob Porsér are leaving the company to work on new projects. The remaining team will continue to work at Mojang under the guidance of Microsoft, which expects to recoup its investment by the end of 2015.

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Duke and Stanford Begin Patient Trials With Apple’s HealthKit Service

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Duke University, Stanford University Hospital, and medical device manufacturers are working with Apple on patient trials involving Apple’s new HealthKit API, reports Reuters. Apple mentioned the trials in its recent September press event, but did not provide any details on the health parameters or patient groups being studied.

Speaking to Reuters, Duke University’s Ricky Bloomfield, internal medicine pediatrician and director of mobile strategy, confirmed the research institution will use HealthKit to track vital health parameters such as blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer or heart disease. iOS 8′s HealthKit API will gather this health-related information from a variety of sources and compile it so patients and doctors can easily view this information in one place.

“This could eliminate the hassle of getting data from patients, who want to give it to us,” said Bloomfield, “HealthKit removes some of the error from patients’ manually entering their data.”

Stanford Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer Christopher Longhurst confirmed that the research hospital will be monitoring Type 1 diabetes patients, who will be sent home with an iPod touch and instructed to enter blood sugar levels in between doctor visits. Two patients already are enrolled in the trial. Continue Reading

T-Mobile’s iPhone ‘Test Drive’ Program Upgrades: iOS 8 Soon, iPhone 6 Units Later

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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Several months ago, T-Mobile US launched an that it will continue offering the program and plans to upgrade the test drive units to iOS 8 within days of its public launch this Wednesday. T-Mobile also has plans to begin offering iPhone 6 units through the testing program, but it will take some time for those to become available as supplies will be tight in the early weeks after release and they will unsurprisingly be prioritized for customer purchases.

“We don’t have a definitive timeline, but we do intend to switch over in future,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said. “There are a variety of factors that affect that timeline, (including) product availability.”

T-Mobile’s test drive program is one component of its ongoing “Un-carrier” initiative in which has sought to differentiate itself from the other major U.S. carriers. The latest piece of the program, unveiled last week, includes support for Wi-Fi calling and a partnership with inflight Internet service provider Gogo to allow T-Mobile customers to use text, picture message, and visual voicemail services on Gogo-enabled airplanes free of charge.

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MacUpdate Offers 10 Apps for $49.99, Including Toast 12 Titanium and NoteBook 4 [Mac Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.

A few times a year, MacRumors partners with MacUpdate to promote a Mac app bundle deal. MacUpdate’s current bundle, which was released this morning and is priced at $49.99, features 10 apps with a total retail value of $480 if purchased individually.

MacUpdate has created a video providing an overview of all of the apps included in the bundle:

The full list of apps included is as follows:

Toast 12 Titanium ($99.99)
NoteBook 4 ($49.95)
Tonality Pro ($69.99)
Scrivener 2.5 ($44.95)
Bookends 12 ($59.99)
Mac DVDRipper Pro 5 ($24.95)
NetShade 6 ($45.00)
iStat Menus 5 ($19.00)
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition ($19.99)

The first 8,000 buyers also receive Realmac Software’s digital scrapbooking app, Ember, which has a retail value of $49.99.

Buyers have the option to purchase an optional plug-in for Toast 12 Titanium to add the ability to copy and burn Blu-ray discs for an additional $9.99.

MacRumors is a promotional partner with MacUpdate. Bundle sales through links in this article benefit MacRumors financially and provide a way for readers to directly support this Continue Reading

Phones4U Cancels All iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-orders as UK Retailer Faces Closure [iOS Blog]

Posted by | September 15, 2014.
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UK retailer Phones4U confirmed today in a public statement that it is canceling all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders as the company enters administration, reports Huffington Post UK via Engadget. Administration allows a company to address its creditors as it attempts to rescue its business operations. Phones4U was forced to make this decision after UK mobile phone operators Vodafone and EE failed to renew their contracts with the retailer.

Phones4U has shut down its online store and closed its retail store operations as part of this administration process. The retailer is no longer accepting any new orders and canceling any existing orders that have not been shipped, including those for the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. All payments for these canceled orders will be refunded to customers.

“Any orders that have not already been dispatched will be cancelled and any payments refunded to customers. Phones 4u apologise for any inconvenience.”

Customers can still preorder an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Apple UK, but will face longer wait times as the delivery window for the two phones has slipped into October due to record-breaking demand. Customers also can wait in Continue Reading

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