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September 18, 2014

Early iOS 8 Adoption Slower Than iOS 7, iOS 6

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If you decided not to download iOS 8 when it became available yesterday — or simply didn't have enough free space on your device to do it — you weren't alone.

Initial adoption of Apple's new mobile operating system has been significantly slower than the last two versions - iOS 7 and iOS 6, early assessments have revealed. A full 24 hours after it was released, iOS 8 was running on some 7.3 percent of iOS devices in North America, according to new data from online ad network Chitika. That pales in comparison to iOS 7, which was installed on 18.2 percent of devices after its first day of availability, and iOS 6, which found its way onto 14.8 percent of Apple smartphones and tablets in 24 hours.

To come up with its adoption figures, Chitika examined a sample of millions of U.S. and Canadian impressions on its network between Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, and compared the iOS 8 growth rate to total iOS Web usage.

September 18, 2014

Report: Apple Needs Another License to Sell iPhone 6 in China

iPhone 6

Apple fanatics are already lining up around the globe to be the first to nab an iPhone 6 on Sept. 19. But consumers will have to wait in China, where Cupertino must obtain more licenses before its new phones can enter the mainland market.

According to Chinese news site Xinhua, Apple won two major regulatory approvals, but still needs a key network access license.

Reuters suggested that the licensing process has "not completely stalled." Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale Friday in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the U.K. But Apple has not yet announced a solid launch date for China—one of Apple's most important markets, and home to many of its supplier factories.

Cupertino unveiled the next-generation gadgets earlier this month, showing off its bigger, better 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets, with the new A8 chip and M8 co-processor, as well as NFC support.

September 17, 2014

How to Get iOS 8


Today Apple released iOS 8, the next mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Long-time iOS users likely already know that getting the operating system isn't always a piece of cake on day one. Apple's servers are often overloaded, making it impossible to install the new OS under the crush of everyone else trying to do the same. One new change this year is making the process much smoother, though.

If you request to update through your iOS device, from the Software Update section in the Settings, you might notice that Apple will put in a "request" for you to download and install iOS 8. Some users are still getting rejected, but this request system already seems to be a lot smoother than how the process used to run.

Waiting isn't a bad idea, though, and rushing certainly can be. You need to take a couple of precautionary steps first, like backing up, which I outline below, to make sure you upgrade to the new operating system safely!

Depending on the state of your device, Internet download speed, which version of iTunes you have, and a few other factors, it could take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or longer to install iOS 8, although that time will likely be reduced if you wait until a time when fewer Apple users are also trying to get the OS.

September 17, 2014

Report: iPhone 6 Demand Overwhelms Foxconn

Foxconn iPhone WorkerAnother iPhone launch, another round of reports about overseas suppliers overwhelmed by orders.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn is operating 100 production lines "around the clock," churching out 140,000 phablets and 400,000 smartphones every day, but it's still not enough to satisfy pre-orders.

The Journal said the Zhengzhou, China-based factory has more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and their key components. But with a record 4 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, Foxconn is reportedly struggling to craft the devices fast enough.

These type of reports are nothing new. In 2012, Foxconn acknowledged iPhone 5 production delays. And yet, everyone eventually got their phones.

A July report from the Journal said that Apple asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70 and 80 million of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets by Dec. 30.

September 15, 2014

Eager Apple Fans Pre-Order iPhone 6 in Record Numbers

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven't even hit store shelves yet, but eager Apple aficionados have already turned out in droves to reserve the new handset.

Apple on Friday began accepting pre-orders for the phones, and fans around the world reserved more than 4 million devices in the first 24 hours, the Cupertino tech giant announced Monday.

"Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can't wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

Demand for the new iPhones already exceeds Apple's initial pre-order supply, meaning only the fastest to successfully pre-order will receive their new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus this Friday while others will get it later this month or in October. Apple said that additional iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets will be available to walk-in customers at its retail stores this Friday at 8 a.m.

September 12, 2014

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Begin, 3-4 Weeks for 6 Plus Shipments

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Apple's new iPhones are now available for pre-order, and it appears that you'll be waiting a bit longer for the iPhone 6 Plus than the iPhone 6 - for now, at least.

On Apple's website, the iPhone 6 Plus is listed as available to ship in 3-4 weeks, while the iPhone 6 is still on track to be delivered by Sept. 19. Those dates will likely slip as more people buy, so put in your orders now if you want your new phone this month.

Pre-orders kicked off at midnight PT/3 am. ET, and some Apple fans stayed up late to get their hands on a device.

September 10, 2014

Farewell Apple iPod classic, We Audiophiles Will Miss You

iPod Classic

It's finally official: After almost 13 years on the market, and four years without changes, Apple has quietly discontinued its iconic iPod classic, removing it from the online store. The first model, introduced on Oct. 23, 2001, was a revelation when it launched, albeit an expensive one ($399!). It was super easy to use and gave you access to a then-unheard-of 5GB of music.

Later editions were less expensive and offered more storage. The iPod line eventually spelled doom for not just the millions of cassette and CD-based portable music players that proceeded it, but pretty much all other MP3 players available on the market as well, including the six that were available before the iPod launched. (Anyone remember the Diamond Rio?)

This isn't an obituary for the entire line, since you can still buy iPods. The app-supporting iPod touch will likely be available for some time to come, and the familiar, clip-on iPod Shuffle and larger iPod nano both ride on for now. But in a world where the smartphone does more and more of what used to require separate devices—rendering entire categories of products like camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras, voice recorders, personal digital assistants, and others, obsolete—it's only natural that there eventually wouldn't be enough demand for a dedicated, high-end MP3 player.

September 9, 2014

$349 Apple Watch Coming in 2015

Apple Watch

The device will start at $349, but it won't arrive until early 2015. You can choose from three versions, which have different bands: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.

The watch requires that you be connected to an iPhone. Apple Watch will work with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but also the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. To charge it, a circular, magnetic charger snaps into the back of the watch face.

There's a touch screen like most smartwatches, but Apple added a dial - known as the crown - that can be used to zoom in and out.

Press the digital crown to tap into Siri and ask questions. During an on-stage demo, Apple exec Kevin Lynch asked about movies nearby, and list appeared with film art.

The watch activates the display when you raise your wrist, and apps appear in a sort-of cloud bubble.

Apple Watch includes haptic feedback so you'll feel a slight pulse when you get a notification; like someone tapping you on the wrist, Apple said. But lest you fear that your Apple Watch will be shocking you, Apple said it's subtle enough that the person sitting next to you won't notice it.

September 9, 2014

Apple Goes Big With iPhone 6, 6 Plus

iPhone 6 PlusAs expected, Apple today unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Both devices will arrive on Sept. 19, but Apple will start accepting pre-orders this Friday, Sept. 12. They will come in gold, silver, and space gray.

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for the 16GB device, but Apple has bumped up the storage on the $299 version to 64GB, while you can get a 128GB iPhone 6 for $399. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, will be $100 more at $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB) or $499 (128GB).

The iPhone 5c will now be free, while the iPhone 5s will be $99.

The iPhone 6 display sports 1 million pixels, while its larger counterpart has 2 million, Apple's Phil Schiller said. That's 38 percent more pixels than the 5s on the iPhone 6 and 185 percent more on the 6 Plus.

Still, both new phones are slimmer than their predecessor at 6.9mm on the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm on the iPhone 6 Plus - down from 7.6mm on the 5s.

September 2, 2014

Apple: No iCloud, Find My iPhone Breach in Celeb Photo Hack

How to Back Up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Using iCloud Apple today said that the hack of celebrity photos did not include a breach of iCloud or Find My iPhone.

Instead, "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement.

"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone," according to the company.

Cupertino said it came to this conclusion after "more than 40 hours of investigation," and is working with law enforcement officials to track down the hackers.

"When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source," Apple said in its statement. "Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us."