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October 1, 2014

Report: Next iPad Will Come in Gold

Rumored Gold iPhoneIf the silver and space gray iPads are a little too boring for your taste, you might soon have a new color option to choose from — gold.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed people familiar with the plans, Apple is planning to add a gold color option for its next-gen 9.7-inch iPad, expected to be unveiled later this month.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company is reportedly adding the gold model in an effort to "boost a category that's posted declining shipments this year," Bloomberg noted. Apple sold 13.3 million iPads during the most recent quarter, down from 16.3 million in the previous quarter and 26 million over the holiday quarter.

September 29, 2014

Apple Pulls iOS 8 Launcher App From App Store

One of the big changes in iOS 8 is the addition of widgets in Notification Center. Apple has resisted the call to add more glanceable information to its platform for years, but it has finally acquiesced. Cupertino isn't letting developers go completely wild, though. The most recent app to be drummed out of the App Store shows us where Apple is drawing the line with this feature.

Before it was booted from the App Store on Friday, Launcher allowed users to create links to their favorite apps and actions in a small notification widget. It's the sort of capability Android has offered for years. People were excited for good reason—Notification Center is easily accessible almost everywhere on the device, so these links were just a tap away. Launcher had hundreds of thousands of users.

Apple told the developer upon removal of the app that using an app to link to other apps in Notification Center was a "misuse of widgets." He attempted to submit a fix that bounced users to the Launcher app first before continuing on to the selected app, but Apple rejected that as well.

September 26, 2014

Apple to Replace Bent iPhones That Pass ‘Visual Inspection’

iPhone 6 Plus bend

Did your brand-new iPhone 6 Plus bend under the pressure of your own skinny jeans? That's got to be a bummer, but the good news is that if you're one of the nine people who reportedly suffered this problem you may be able to get a replacement — as long as your phone passes a "visual inspection."

TheNextWeb recently struck up an online chat with Apple's support desk to ask if a bend in an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that occurred during normal use would qualify for a replacement. The answer was optimistic, though not definitive.

"That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store," the Apple representative said. "There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one."

September 24, 2014

Unintentional iPhone 6 Plus Feature: Bending

Curved smartphones are slowly making their way into the market. But Apple's new super-sized iPhone was not supposed to be one of them.

Some iPhone 6 Plus owners are reporting that their 5.5-inch phablets are bending when placed in back pockets.

"Maybe at 5.5" it is too thin?" owner hanzoh wrote in a MacRumors forum, posting a photo of a slightly handset, which was kept in a pants pocket for almost 18 hours of continuous sitting.

The folks at Unbox Therapy tested the theory—a first for the Web-based show—to prove whether Apple's latest fare is a hazard to tight-pants-wearing users. And, as painful as it is to watch someone deform a brand-new 6 Plus, the video (below) indeed shows the phone getting bent out of shape.

September 24, 2014

Apple Quickly Pulls Buggy iOS 8.0.1 Update

iOS 8.0.1

Update: Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update within an hour of its release, and a fix is expected.

"We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement, according to reports.

Original Story: A week after releasing iOS 8, Apple on Wednesday dropped it first update for the new mobile operating system.

But you might want to hold off downloading it for now, because the software appears to have some major issues. A number of users are reporting that the update, iOS 8.0.1, has disabled their cellular reception and Touch ID.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the issue. Affected individuals are seeing a dreaded "No Service" banner after downloading the update, and powering the phone off and on isn't correcting the issue.

September 23, 2014

iOS 8 on 46 Percent of Apple Devices


In just five days, 46 percent of those with an iOS device are running iOS 8, according to Apple.

According to Cupertino's developer support site, the next-generation operating system is swiftly catching up with iOS 7, which currently holds the lead with 49 percent, as of Sept. 21.

Only 5 percent of "earlier" systems are still running on iPods, iPhones, and iPads around the world.

September 22, 2014

Apple Sells ‘Record’ 10M iPhones Over the Weekend

iPhone 6 Launch

If you rushed out to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus this weekend, you obviously weren't alone.

Apple on Monday announced it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models since the coveted handsets made their debut this Friday — a new three-day record for the company. This shouldn't really be a huge surprise to anyone, given the longer-than-usual lines at Apple Stores on Friday.

"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."

In New York City on Friday, hundreds of eager Apple fans lined up outside of the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store to be among the first in the world to get their hands on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The line literally wrapped around an entire city block — and then some.

September 20, 2014

iPhone 6, 6 Plus Pass Repairability Tests

iFixit teardown iPhone 6

Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are like two peas in an easily repaired pod, according to iFixit's latest reports.

The teardown experts rated both handsets a reasonable 7 out of 10, scoring the next-gen devices slightly higher than predecessors iPhone 5c and 5s.

Cupertino unveiled its largest-ever smartphones early this month, boasting better displays, faster processors, and slimmer bodies, as well as a handful of new software capabilities.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (above) and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus (below) come with the 64-bit A8 chip and M8 motion co-processor, plus Touch ID and an 8-megapixel iSight camera with support for up to 20 LTE bands, as well as 802.11ac and voice over LTE (VoLTE).

But the question remains: How easily can you play Mr. Fix-It?

September 18, 2014

Early iOS 8 Adoption Slower Than iOS 7, iOS 6

Generic iOS 8

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.