Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en Apple Daily: More iPhone 6s Leaks; Next Apple Watch Rumors; Music Home Sharing Vanishes http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_more_iphone_6s_leaks_next_apple_watch_rumors_music_home_sharing_vanishes <!--paging_filter--><p>More alleged leaks pertaining to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have appeared, and Apple seems poised to continue its tradition of "same on the outside, different on the inside" with the next Apple Watch. Also, Apple apparently removes a beloved feature from iOS with the launch of Apple Music.</p><h3>Leaked Documents Seemingly Confirm 12MP Camera for 'iPhone 6s'</h3><p>It's been a <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_faster_lte_next_iphone_steve_jobs_biopic_trailer_new_ipod_colors" target="_blank">big week</a> <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_battery_blackberry_and_forced_app_ports_apple_salaries" target="_blank">for leaks</a> concerning the upcoming iPhones, and the latest one comes from an alleged Foxconn employee who <a href="http://www.weibo.com/p/1005052554757470/home?from=page_100505&amp;mod=TAB" target="_blank">posted </a>what looks like two official Foxconn documents on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via <a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-6s-leaked-doc-reveals-12MP-camera-that-can-record-4K-video_id71093" target="_blank">PhoneArena</a>). One&nbsp;document appears to show specifications for the next iPhone camera, and if it's&nbsp;real, it&nbsp;confirms existing and persistent rumors that the next iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera that boasts 4K video recording capabilities and the ability to capture slow-motion footage at 240 FPS.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/leakeddocs.jpg" /></p><p>Another&nbsp;document listing the device's specs in Chinese confirms other rumors as well, such as how the so-called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus (listed as "N66" and "N71" respectively) will both feature 2GB of RAM. In addition, the iPhone 6s's front-facing camera looks as though it will have a 5-megapixel sensor, which marks a big step up from the 1.2-megapixel sensor that's currently being used.</p><p>The images have already been taken down by Weibo user KJuma, but not before the images were picked up by dozens of other sites around the web. That alone seems to suggest that the images might be genuine, as does the documents' appearance on the heels of a<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_84_and_apple_music_launch_tomorrow_force_touch_iphones_cook_pride_parade" target="_blank"> Bloomberg report </a>stating that the next generation of iPhones was already in production.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Rumor: Next Apple Watch to Look the Same, Contain Bigger Battery</h3><p>If you were hoping for big changes to emerge with the appearance of the next generation of Apple Watches — changes that might include, oh, a round display — then you'll have to keep hoping. A new rumor out of South Korea (via <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/apple-watch-2-display-no-changes-47692/" target="_blank">GforGames</a>) claims the exterior of the next Apple Watch will look almost exactly the same in terms of shape, size, and resolution. This time, at least, it's the insides that will change.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/applewatch.png" width="620" height="356" /></p><p>The biggest change will be the introduction of a larger battery, which is fitting since battery life was a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_watch_battery_said_last_about_day_could_improve_2015" target="_blank">constant concern</a> in the months leading up to the device's launch. (Fascinatingly enough, it doesn't seem to be a real problem now that the device is actually out.)</p><p>In order to accommodate the battery, the display will reportedly be a tad thinner in order to retain the same dimensions of the current watch. The rumor also states that Samsung will be helping out LG with the production of P-OLED panels for those displays, which counters rumors from earlier in the month that LG would be the sole display provider.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Home Sharing for Music for iPhone Disappears with Launch of Apple Music</h3><p>The launch of Apple Music brought a lot of new features to the Music app on iOS 8, but it also took a much-beloved one away. Shortly after upgrading to iOS 8.4, users across the Internet discovered that Home Sharing for music was no longer available via iPhone, and thus they could no longer share their iTunes libraries over Wi-Fi. Still, as <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/07/01/apples-ios-84-kneecaps-home-sharing-music-streaming-now-limited-to-apple-tv" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>&nbsp;notes, the release notes merely say that the feature (along with Genius Mixes) is "not currently available," which seems to suggest that both features could come back to the iPhone in a future update.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/applehomesharing.png" /></p><p>It's important to note that Home Sharing as a feature hasn't completely vanished; it's still available&nbsp;<a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202190" target="_blank">for video</a>&nbsp;on iOS devices, for one, and even the music component is still available for Mac and Apple TV.</p><p>The idea here seems to be to push users toward using the Apple Music family plan for six people for $14.99 per month, which in turn suggests that Apple had to pull Home Sharing because it couldn't secure the needed licensing agreements for Apple Music while the feature was still active.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_more_iphone_6s_leaks_next_apple_watch_rumors_music_home_sharing_vanishes#comments News Apple Music Apple Watch displays Foxconn home sharing iOS 8 iPad iphone iTunes P-OLED Weibo Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:37:41 +0000 Leif Johnson 21803 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Faster LTE in Next iPhone; Steve Jobs Biopic Trailer; New iPod Colors http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_faster_lte_next_iphone_steve_jobs_biopic_trailer_new_ipod_colors <!--paging_filter--><p>Another set of "leaked" photos appeared today, and these hint that we'll get to enjoy a much more powerful LTE chip in the upcoming iPhones. And that's not all on the hardware front: new iPods (or at least new colors) may be on the way, too! Also, there's now a full-length trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.</p><h3>Photos Suggest 'iPhone 6s' Will Have a Stronger LTE Chip</h3><p>Yesterday we got a look at the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_music_officially_launches_leaked_iphone_6s_photos_emerge" target="_blank">purported shell</a> of the so-called "iPhone 6s," and thanks to the same unidentified sources along Apple's supply line (via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/phone-6s-twice-as-fast-better-battery/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>), we now have new photos of alleged logic boards for the upcoming smartphone. Notably, the photos suggest that the new device will sport an updated Qualcomm LTE chip, which will bring iPhone users both greater LTE speeds and reduced battery consumption.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/chip.jpg" /></p><p><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/phone-6s-twice-as-fast-better-battery/" target="_blank"><strong>Source: 9to5Mac</strong></a></p><p>The specific chip pictured is the Qualcomm MDM9635M, which should provide a significant boost over the 9x25 modem platform found in both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This in turn means that the new iPhones could see LTE download speeds of around 300 Mbps, which is double what we can get through the current models. Qualcomm claims that the chip is much more energy efficient, which should result in longer battery life.</p><p>In conjunction with the leak from yesterday, today's leak (if real) confirms the most common assumption about the upcoming iPhones — namely, that they won't look too different from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the outside, but they'll boast some significant improvements within.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Universal Releases Full-Length Trailer for Upcoming Steve Jobs Biopic</h3><p>Smartly timed in the wake of a major Apple release, the first official trailer for the<em> Steve Jobs</em> biopic starring Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen has arrived. Lasting almost three minutes, the trailer confirms earlier reports that the film would revolve around three major product launches in Jobs' life, in addition to Jobs' relationship with his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aEr6K1bwIVs" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>This is the first time we've seen Fassbender in the title role aside from shots taken on set, and while he still doesn't look a thing like Jobs, Fassbender seems to accurately capture the personality and mannerisms of the late Apple co-founder. The trailer also places considerable focus on the performances of Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Kate Winslet as former Macintosh and NeXT team member Joanna Hoffman.</p><p>Production of the film got off to a rough start, as both <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/christian_bale_says_no_steve_jobs_role" target="_blank">Christian Bale</a> and <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_cheaper_beats_music_iphone_6_plus_shipments_rise_who_plays_jobs" target="_blank">Leonardo DiCaprio</a> dropped out of the lead role, and at one point the director changed a well. While the trailer is but a glimpse of what we can expect, it appears that director Danny Boyle has created a film that has a much better chance of capturing the hearts of critics than Ashton Kutcher's earnest but widely panned <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/mixed_reviews_ashton_kutchers_jobs_biopic_roll" target="_blank">film </a>from 2013. The latest film will hit theaters later this year on October 9.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple's iPod Lineup May Soon See New Colors</h3><p>The iPod is dead; long live the iPod. Early this morning users digging round in the new iTunes 12.2 release noticed that there was an unannounced Apple product update possibly hiding in plain sight, as official images of the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle often tended to show the devices in colors that currently aren't available. <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/07/01/color-lineup-for-upcoming-ipod-refresh/" target="_blank">MacRumors </a>did some additional digging, and now it seems all but certain that all products from the iPod lineup could soon be available in pink, blue, and gold. It's a small thing, perhaps, but it shows that Apple's not quite ready to give up on the device that did so much during the company's long, slow march back to the top.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/07/ipod_colors.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/07/01/color-lineup-for-upcoming-ipod-refresh/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>If true, this means that the devices should soon be available in a total of six different colors (with silver, space gray, and red representing the existing hues). Since this is all based on speculation from visual evidence, though, there's no word as to whether the devices will receive updated internal components to complement their bright new colors. But we can always hope, right?</p><p>As things stand, the iPod hasn't seen any new colors or internal updates since 2013. Some readers, however, think we might learn something from Apple on the matter as soon as July 14. Admittedly, it's a bit of a stretch, as it's based on a "clue" in the Calendar app icon shown on the devices, which reads "Tuesday 14."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_faster_lte_next_iphone_steve_jobs_biopic_trailer_new_ipod_colors#comments News Aaron Sorkin biopic Danny Boyle iphone iPod LTE Michael Fassbender Movie Qualcomm Steve Jobs Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:59:59 +0000 Leif Johnson 21798 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Music Officially Launches; Leaked 'iPhone 6s' Photos Emerge http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_music_officially_launches_leaked_iphone_6s_photos_emerge <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple Music is finally live, and you can get it both through the iOS 8.4 update and iTunes 12.2, both of which were released today. In addition, the first leaked photos from the so-called "iPhone 6s" have surfaced, and they're about what we'd expect.</p><h3>Apple Music Officially Launches, iTunes 12.2 Released As Well</h3><p>At last, after months of rumors and acquisitions and last-minutes deals, Apple Music is finally here. The service dropped with the release of iOS 8.4 this morning, prompting several outlets to post their impressions. <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/06/30/apple-music-hands-on/" target="_blank">Mashable</a>&nbsp;praised the "For You" recommendations system, as did <em><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/apple-music-everything-you-need-to-know-20150630" target="_blank">Rolling Stone</a></em>, which also cheered the service's "Netflix-style hyper customization." The general consensus among multiple sources seemed to be that Apple has produced a worthy rival of Spotify here, even if its very variety made the experience "overwhelming." In addition, most seemed to believe that the UI wasn't as intuitive as it could have been.</p><p>There were also some surprises associated with the music itself, such as <em>The New York Times</em>' <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/business/media/ac-dc-songs-will-be-added-to-streaming-services-like-apple-music.html?smid=tw-nytmedia&amp;seid=auto&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">revelation</a>&nbsp;that AC/DC's music catalog would be available for streaming for the first time with Apple Music. Closer to home, Apple announced that Dr. Dre's 1992 album <em>The Chronic</em> would also be an Apple Music streaming exclusive, and that it would be available as a&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-chronic/id6654037" target="_blank">digital purchase</a> through&nbsp;iTunes for the first time.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/beats1.jpg" width="620" height="297" /></p><p>This morning also saw the first broadcast of Apple's worldwide radio station<a href="http://applemusic.tumblr.com/beats1" target="_blank"> Beats 1</a>, headed by acclaimed DJ Zane Lowe, who was the defining personality of BBC 1 for over a decade. The first song to be played on the station was Spring King's "City," followed by Beck's single "Dreams." Beats 1 is also notable for hosting exclusive interviews, and it will hold its first with Beck tomorrow.</p><p>As a reminder, Apple Music is <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_try_apple_music_free_without_paying_later" target="_blank">completely free</a> for the first three months, after which you'll have to pay a $9.99 monthly subscription or $14.99 for the six-person family plan.</p><p>One of the big questions on everyone's minds in the wake of the public release of Apple Music this morning was "Where's the new version of iTunes?" Well, ask no longer — iTunes 12.2 is here now with desktop support for Apple Music, at least for OS X Yosemite users.</p><p>You can now download it through the Mac App Store's Software Update panel, where you'll have access to on-demand streaming music, custom playlists, the Beats 1 radio channel, and the new artist/listener social network Apple Music Connect, just as you would with the iOS version. A Windows version is also planned, although it wasn't available for download at the time of writing.</p><p>Apple Music might have hogged the spotlight today, but Apple also gave some love to the Mac with the public release of OS X 10.10.4, which brings a host of stability and security fixes, the most notable being repairs for some persistent networking issues in OS X Yosemite. The update is available for download on the Mac App Store.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Alleged Leaked Photos of 'iPhone 6s' Shell Show Minimal Changes to Exterior</h3><p>Earlier this afternoon <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/30/revealed-iphone-6s-will-look-nearly-identical-outside-but-numerous-changes-inside-gallery/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>&nbsp;reported that they'd managed to secure a purported shell for the "iPhone 6s" from a source along Apple's supply line, and, well, it's about what you'd expect from a "S" release shell. Based on the shell, the phone will maintain the basic look of the iPhone 6 in teams of dimensions and general appearances, but the inside may be stuffed with internal changes such as a Force Touch pressure-sensitive display. In other words, it improves on the internal components on the phone that came before it, which follows Apple's general theme for "S" releases to date.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/6s.jpg" /></p><p>Even so, based on the photos, many of the internal components will actually be the same as those found in the iPhone 6. This seems to include the speakers, the Lightning connector, the headphone jack, the volume control, microphone, and SIM slot. Even the cutouts for the rear-facing camera look the same, which seems to dash recent rumors that the next phone will feature a dual lens. (Perhaps we'll get that next year.)</p><p>Still, there are hints of key differences, such as different mounting plates that suggest that a redesigned logic board might be fitted in place along with other, possibly new components. Current rumors tend to agree that the next phone will also sport an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, in addition to a new 12-megapixel camera. And you know what they say: don't judge an iPhone by its cover&nbsp;— it's what's on the inside that matters.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_music_officially_launches_leaked_iphone_6s_photos_emerge#comments News Apple Music Apps Beats 1 force touch iOS 8 iPad iphone iTunes leaks Mac Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:35:28 +0000 Leif Johnson 21795 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iOS 8.4 and Apple Music Launch Tomorrow; Force Touch iPhones; Cook in Pride Parade http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_84_and_apple_music_launch_tomorrow_force_touch_iphones_cook_pride_parade <!--paging_filter--><p>Ready for Apple Music? It's set for release tomorrow, along with a company of other goodies bundled up in iOS 8.4. In addition, Apple is said to be already hard at work making iPhones for Force Touch, and over the weekend Apple CEO Tim Cook led 8,000 Apple employees through the streets of San Francisco.</p><h3>iOS 8.4, Apple Music, and Beats 1 All Set to Release Tomorrow</h3><p>Tomorrow's a big day for Apple users who've been eagerly awaiting the end results of Apple's latest foray into the music business. According to a <a href="http://www.fistfulayen.com/blog/2015/06/apple-music-and-beats-1-launch-tuesday-june-30th/" target="_blank">blog post</a> by Ian Rogers, a senior director of Apple Music and former Beats CEO, Apple will release iOS 8.4 tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., which in turn means that Apple Music and its associated <a href="https://www.apple.com/music/radio/" target="_blank">Beats 1</a> worldwide radio station will be launching as well.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y1zs0uHHoSw" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>That's slightly earlier than the 10:00 a.m. release time normally preferred by Apple for iOS releases, and it's currently thought that it's meant to accommodate Beats 1's first broadcast, which is said to go live at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. Someone high up at Apple must not have liked Rogers' frank reporting of the launch time, however, as the specific 8:00 a.m. release time has since disappeared from Rogers' post.</p><p>There are some other surprises in store as well, although we're likely have to wait a bit longer for one of them. In a series of tweets from earlier today, Apple executive Eddy Cue noted that iOS 9 will <a href="https://twitter.com/cue/status/614632890740027392" target="_blank">boost </a>the track limit for iTunes Match from 25,000 to 100,000, and that Apple will be releasing a new seed for the iOS 9 beta that will allow iOS 9 beta users to use Apple Music as well.</p><p>In case you missed all of the hubbub, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/8-reasons-we-can’t-wait-apple-music" target="_blank">Apple Music</a> will cost $9.99 for a single account and $14.99 for a family plan that will support up to six people.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Insider Sources Claim Force Touch iPhones Already in Production</h3><p>It looks as though all those rumors about Force Touch coming to the next iPhone are true after all. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-26/apple-suppliers-said-to-start-making-iphones-with-force-touch" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>'s reliable insider sources recently confirmed that Apple is indeed incorporating the new technology into the so-called iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, and what's more, the company is reportedly already hard at work producing them.</p><p>Force Touch first garnered attention when the Cupertino company started incorporating it into MacBook touchpads, thus bringing a new level of interactivity depending on how hard you pressed on the surface. The technology seems ideally suited for the iPhone's touch-based interface, and for <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_possible_new_iphone_features_greenpeace_praises_apple" target="_blank">months&nbsp;now</a> it's been taken as all but a given that the next incarnation of Apple's beloved smartphones will feature it. As Bloomberg's sources "with knowledge of the matter" claim, "volume manufacturing is scheduled to ramp up as soon as next month."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/forcetouch.jpg" width="620" height="368" /></p><p>Coincidentally, the original iPhone was released eight years ago today, at a time when the smartphone industry was utterly dominated by the likes of BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola. Force Touch is a reminder of just how far the "Touch Revolution" had advanced since those days when many critics were unconvinced that the whole touch-interface thing would ever catch on. Today, Apple is quite literally on top of the tech world thanks to the device, which now accounts for almost 70 percent of the company's annual revenue.</p><p>Come July 21, we'll also get a chance to see how well the iPhone is still working for the company, as Apple just announced that its Q3 2015 earnings call will take place on that date.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Leads 8,000 Apple Employees in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade</h3><p>Last week we <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_hits_new_countries_gets_extended_battery_cook_cheers_scotus" target="_blank">reported</a>&nbsp;that Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed satisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of marriage quality last week. But that turned about to be a comparatively subdued reaction. On Sunday, June 28, Cook led a whopping 8,000 Apple employees through the streets of San Francisco for the city's annual Gay Pride Parade, along with other Apple executives such as Phil Schiller and Lisa P. Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives (via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/327585/tim-cook-leads-8000-apple-employees-in-gay-pride-parade/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/applepride.png" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/TUSK81/status/615232378026393600/photo/1" target="_blank">Gabe Ortiz</a></strong></p><p>Cook has championed gay rights while CEO of Apple ever since coming out last year, and he remains the only openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_84_and_apple_music_launch_tomorrow_force_touch_iphones_cook_pride_parade#comments News Apple Music force touch Gay pride iOS 8.4 iOS 9 iphone Tim Cook Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:33:59 +0000 Leif Johnson 21792 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Watch Hits New Countries, Gets Extended Battery; Cook Cheers SCOTUS http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_hits_new_countries_gets_extended_battery_cook_cheers_scotus <!--paging_filter--><p>One of the few consistent complaints surrounding the Apple Watch centers on its battery life, but a new watch strap due out in November aims to change all that. In other news, Apple CEO Tim Cook expresses public support for today's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and the Apple Watch heads to new countries beyond the initial launch countries for the first time.</p><h3>Battery-Extending Band for Apple Watch Due Out Nov. 3</h3><p>News first circulated about the "<a href="http://reservestrap.com/" target="_blank">Reserve Strap</a>" band for adding battery life to the Apple Watch way back in March, but only now has the development team come back with finalized designs and specs. There's also a price and a release date now:&nbsp;the strap will cost $249.99 and it'll start shipping out to customers on November 3 of this year.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/info.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>The strap itself boasts a 167 increase to the Apple Watch's battery life, which in itself marks a big step up from the 125 percent boost the design team originally reported. When the strap is fully charged, that equates into an extra 30 hours of battery life through the strap, which in turn amounts to roughly 48 hours of battery life when both the watch and the Reserve Strap are fully charged.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DAbaX9XWvic" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>The latest update also includes the final details about the strap's design&nbsp;— specifically, that it will be 25mm wide, 3-9mm thick, and will weigh a total of 65g. The finalized design also includes a "Thermoset Elastomer Silicone" band that the team claims is just as resistant to water as the Apple Watch itself. Customers can buy the strap in white, gray, or black.</p><p>The strap is noteworthy because it's one of the first known peripheral devices to take advantage of the Apple Watch's hidden accessory port to achieve its purpose, and while that sounds dodgy, the company claims that the strap complies with Apple Watch Band Guidelines and that it "doesn't violate either AppleCare warranty or Apple Terms &amp; Conditions."</p><p>The company has released a video detailing exactly how the Reserve Strap works, which you can watch above.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Tweets Support for U.S. Supreme Court Ruling</h3><p>Earlier this morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in all 50 U.S. states, and already Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to express his support. In his statement, Cook <a href="https://twitter.com/tim_cook/status/614449593627979776" target="_blank">recalled </a>Apple's iconic 1997 "Crazy Ones" advertisement: "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." A bit earlier Cook <a href="https://twitter.com/tim_cook/status/614449483292618752" target="_blank">tweeted </a>his belief that the Court's ruling "marks a victory for equality, perseverance, and love."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/timcook.jpg" width="620" height="413" /></p><p><strong>Photo: Reuters</strong></p><p>The ruling no doubt has personal meaning for Cook, who publicly came out as gay back in October for the first time, although friends and family had reportedly known about his orientation for years. "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," said Cook in an opinion article for Bloomberg <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_tim_cook_speaks_out_ios_8_widget_drama_microsoft_health" target="_blank">last year</a>.</p><p>The ruling and Cook's statement also came just a day after Apple updated the App Store to feature content centered on LGBT issues in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York&nbsp;— a time, Apple says, "in which gay men and women fought back after decades of relentless discrimination."</p><p>The selection includes such acclaimed films as 2008's <em>Milk</em> and 2005's <em>Brokeback Mountain</em>, as well as a host of related books, podcasts, music, apps, and magazines.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Watch Heads to Seven New Countries, Three More on July 17</h3><p>Now that a few months have passed between the official release of the Apple Watch (and all the associated supply troubles), Apple is at last working on expanding the list of countries where you can buy the device. As of today, international sales of the device have expanded to Mexico, Singapore, Italy, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland, and on July 17, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Thailand will join the club as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/milan.png" /></p><p><strong>Above: Waiting for an Apple Watch in Milan</strong></p><p>As expected, it's already a hit. Apple released a series of photos today showing the launch for the first wave of new countries, and it's full of shots of Apple enthusiasts standing in long lines that snake around the sides of Apple stores (via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/26/apple-watch-lands-in-seven-new-countries-coming-to-three-more-july-17/?ncid=rss&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>). Not only is this noteworthy for being the same type of thing we often see here in the States, but the lines also prove that the device still generates a lot of enthusiasm months after it's been on the market elsewhere.</p><p>As you might recall (or have experienced), the Apple Watch's appearance in retail stores has been a long time coming, particularly since supply issues originally limited the device to online orders. Now, at last, the device is working its way to multiple countries around the world, which means we may finally get a chance to see what kind of adoption rate the device is truly capable of. If you're considering picking one up for yourself, we at <em>Mac|Life</em> have an extensive review ready for you, which you can read <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/hardware/apple-watch-review-score" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_watch_hits_new_countries_gets_extended_battery_cook_cheers_scotus#comments News Apple Watch Battery Life Reserve Band SCOTUS supreme court Tim Cook Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:44:41 +0000 Leif Johnson 21781 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: New Retina iMac coming?; Apple Pulls Confederate Flag Apps; Taylor Swift to Stream '1989' http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_new_retina_imac_coming_apple_pulls_confederate_flag_apps_taylor_swift_stream_1989 <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple just involved itself in the timely debate over the display of the Confederate flag by yanking some Civil War-focused games from the App Store, and some onlookers believe Apple's actions are more harsh than necessary. In other news, Taylor Swift has agreed to allow streaming of her album <em>1989</em> on Apple Music, and code in the El Capitan beta hints that we might be seeing a 21.5-inch Retina iMac sometime soon.</p><h3>OS X El Capitan Beta Code Hints at 21.5-Inch Retina iMac</h3><p>Once more, secrets in Apple's code seem to hint at upcoming products, and this time it's the code for the OS X El Capitan beta suggesting that we can expect a 21.5-inch Retina iMac with 4096 x 2304 resolution at some point in the future (via&nbsp;<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/25/4k-imac-2015-apple-tv-remote-touch/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>). Apple has already released a gigantic 27-inch Retina iMac, but the Cupertino company reportedly has had to wait on the proper chips before it can achieve the same results with a smaller 21.5-inch model.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/code.png" width="620" height="219" /></p><p>Adding fuel to the speculation is the discovery of references to a new graphics chipset known as Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, which is integrated with Intel's Broadwell processors and which just launched earlier this month. There's a chance that the chipset is actually meant to be included in the MacBook line, but it should also work well for a 4K iMac.</p><p>The code also points to a new Bluetooth Remote Control, which features a multi-touch trackpad with inertial scrolling support and possible support for Siri commands. Current speculation from multiple outlets seems to agree that this is upcoming redesigned Apple TV remote, which alleged insider sources<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_tv_and_beats_reboot_rumors_more_3rdparty_watchbands" target="_blank">&nbsp;first discussed</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;back in May.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Confirms It's Removing Apps with Confederate Flag from App Store</h3><p>Earlier this morning Apple made headlines when Civil War-focused games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg started disappearing from the App Store, presumably in response to the widespread protests against the display of the Confederate flag in the wake of the Charleston church massacre last week. This afternoon, Apple confirmed to <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnpaczkowski/apple-boots-games-featuring-confederate-flag-from-the-app-st#.svNnpxEVg" target="_blank">BuzzFeed News</a> that it had indeed removed apps from the App Store featuring the Confederate flag, at least if they used it "in offensive or mean-spirited ways."</p><p>In its statement, Apple claims that it hasn't enacted a wholesale ban on the flag, and that images of the flag can remain if they're shown for "educational or historical uses." The problem is that Apple appears to be interpreting "offensive and mean-spirited" quite broadly, as it has even pulled games like Hunted Cow's Civil War series, which simply features the flag in its historically accurate context as the flag of the army of the Confederate States of America.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/confederate.png" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.ultimategeneral.com/blog/our-game-has-been-removed-from-appstore" target="_blank">Game-Labs</a></strong></p><p>Apple is said to be working with the developers to get their apps on the App Store again, although reportedly this mostly entails replacing the Confederate flag with some other flag. In one case, developer HexWar plans to replace the familiar St. Andrew's cross with a lesser-known flag from 1861. In the meantime, critics throughout the Internet are pointing out the seeming inconsistency of removing the Confederate flag from such settings while leaving flags with Nazi swastikas visible in iOS games like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wolfenstein-3d-classic-platinum/id309470478?mt=8" target="_blank">Wolfenstein 3D</a>.</p><p>For its part, Game-Labs, the developer behind Ultimate General: Gettysburg, announced on its<a href="http://www.ultimategeneral.com/blog/our-game-has-been-removed-from-appstore" target="_blank"> blog </a>that won't redesign its game to fit Apple's policies. The studio reports that educators have found their game to be a useful tool for teaching history in the classroom, particularly for understanding key battles from the commander's perspective.</p><p>"Spielberg's '<em>Schindler's List</em>' did not try to amend his movie to look more comfortable," Game-Labs said in its notice. "The historical "Gettysburg" movie (1993) is still on iTunes. We believe that all historical art forms: books, movies, or games such as ours, help to learn and understand history, depicting events as they were. True stories are more important to us than money. Therefore we are not going to amend the game's content and Ultimate General: Gettysburg will no longer be available on AppStore. We really hope that Apple’s decision will achieve the desired results."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Taylor Swift to Allow Streaming of '1989' Album on Apple Music</h3><p>Mere days after Apple <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_taylor_swift_vs_apple_end_home_button" target="_blank">reversed its stance</a> on paying artists during Apple Music's three-month free trial period following an open letter from singer Taylor Swift, Swift has taken to Twitter to <a href="https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/614092816940167168" target="_blank">announce </a>that she'll be streaming her hit album <em>1989 </em>on Apple Music after all. Last week, Swift announced on <a href="http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor" target="_blank">Tumblr </a>that she was pulling the album in protest of Apple's initial decision not to pay artists during the trial.</p><p>Late yesterday, <em>The New York Times </em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/business/media/apple-signs-thousands-of-independent-labels-in-royalty-deal.html?_r=0" target="_blank">revealed </a>that Apple would pay artists 0.2 cents for each song streamed during a customer's trial period, which potentially amounts to a hefty sum of cash considering Apple's pool of millions of listeners. Swift <a href="https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/614093248961847296" target="_blank">claimed </a>on Twitter that her decision wasn't based on any exclusive deal with Apple (such as the one Pharrell Williams made for iTunes exclusivity with his upcoming single "Freedom"), but rather <a href="https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/614093540902195200" target="_blank">because</a>&nbsp;she believes this "is simply the first time it's felt right in my gut to stream my album." Swift's <em>1989 </em>album currently isn't available for streaming on Spotify, one of Apple's chief rivals in the streaming arena.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/shake.jpg" width="620" height="412" /></p><p>The news follows on the heels of yesterday's revelation that Apple's decision to pay artists during the trial period had <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_no_more_ios_custom_ads_apple_gains_20000_indie_labels_top_design_honor" target="_blank">won over</a> indie music rights holders Beggars Group and Merlin Network, thus bringing over 20,000 indie music brands over to Apple Music in time for the service's launch on June 30. The Cupertino company <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/wwdc_2015_apple_music_arrives_june_30_90day_trial_6person_family_plan" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;Apple Music as the "one more thing" during this year's WWDC keynote on June 8, where it also revealed that users will pay a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 following a three-month free trial period.</p><p>The service will initially launch for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC, although versions for Apple TV and Android are expected to appear sometime this fall.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_new_retina_imac_coming_apple_pulls_confederate_flag_apps_taylor_swift_stream_1989#comments News 1989 Apple Music Apps Civil War Confederate flag Game-Labs games iMac iphone iTunes Mac retina Taylor Swift Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:37:00 +0000 Leif Johnson 21777 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: No More iOS Custom Ads; Apple Gains 20,000 Indie Labels, Top Design Honor http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_no_more_ios_custom_ads_apple_gains_20000_indie_labels_top_design_honor <!--paging_filter--><p>Seeing ads tailored to your preferences in social networking apps in iOS is usually a normal thing these days, but that will probably change for iOS users after a new move from Apple to further protect its users' privacy. In other news, Apple gains over 20,000 indie music labels following its decision to pay artists during the Apple Music three-month trial, and Apple wins a top prize for its efforts in advertorial design.</p><h3>iOS 9 to Prevent Ad Companies from Seeing Which Apps You Have Installed</h3><p>Apple has repeatedly made it clear that it cares about the privacy of its users, and its latest move affects even the advertisers who would use iOS for their own gain. With the release of iOS 9, reports <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Apple-Moves-to-Block-iPhone-App-Scanning" target="_blank">The Information</a>, advertisers will no longer be able to see which apps you have installed on your devices for the sake of specific ad targeting.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/personalized.jpg" /></p><p>The practice is currently most associated with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which gather such data from your iPhone or iPad to deliver eerily appropriate advertisements to your social feeds. As The Information notes, if you have a lot of games installed on your phone, this means that you'll see a lot of ads for games as you scroll through friends' status updates.</p><p>This use of iOS apparently was never expressly advocated by Apple, but companies have been using it by taking advantage of iOS's "canopenURL" API. With the release of iOS 9, however, that will no longer be the case. The new mobile operating system is expected to launch sometime in the fall, but until then, you'll continue to see user-specific ads in your feed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Music Gains Over 20,000 Indie Music Labels</h3><p>Apple's decision to pay artists royalties during the free trial for Apple Music following a much-publicized <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_taylor_swift_vs_apple_end_home_button" target="_blank">online tussle </a>with Taylor Swift has had farther-reaching consequences than the company probably could have guessed. Now that the Cupertino giant is handing out cash for streams, <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6605798/apple-music-signs-beggars-group-merlin-sources" target="_blank">Billboard </a>reports, indie label giants Beggars Group and Merlin Network have reportedly inked a deal that will bring the approximately 20,000 indie labels they have between them to Apple Music.</p><p>That means that, at launch, Apple Music will not only have access to hosts of bands that hipsters take pride in being one of the few people to know about, but also to well-known acts like Radiohead, Adele, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., and The Prodigy.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/arcadefire.jpg" width="620" height="347" /></p><p><strong>Above: Arcade Fire</strong></p><p>Merlin Network sent out an e-mail to its members explaining its decision, although, as is appropriate for an indie label conglomerate, the letter points out that "each member must make its own independent decisions in relation to Apple Music and its business in general." Highlights from the letter itself can be found below:</p><p><em>I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal. </em></p><p><em>As you know Merlin has not historically had a direct contract with Apple. Apple has direct deals with our members, and that continues to be the case. Therefore, the amendments referred to above will apply to your existing direct agreements, and the amended contract will shortly appear on iTunes Connect. However, Apple has indicated that in the future they are open to engaging with Merlin as a central point of communication and negotiation for our membership.</em></p><p><em>Apple has a long standing, deep rooted relationship with the music community and has always helped ensure artists get paid for their work. We think Apple Music provides artists with a business model that’s good for the long term and we look forward to its launch on June 30.</em></p><p><em><br /></em></p><h3>Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' Campaign Wins Design Grand Prize</h3><p>Apple's "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign managed to turn our heads earlier this year, especially after the Cupertino company started using the images in its World Gallery and for a globe-spanning billboard campaign. Now the campaign has caught the attention of the judges at the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, where they awarded Apple the "Grand Prix"&nbsp;in the <a href="http://www.canneslionsarchive.com/winners/entries/cannes-lions/outdoor/" target="_blank">Outdoor Lions</a> category.</p><p>The photos used in the billboard campaign were used in 13 different countries. A total of 162 iPhone 6 users were behind the World Gallery photos as a whole, which were marketed in 73 different cities in 25 countries.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/iphone6.png" width="620" height="247" /></p><p>Qualifying entries for the "Outdoor Lions" award include those "encountered in the out of home environment, honouring the skilful engagement of consumers by both traditional (billboards, posters) and progressive (ambient, non-formatted use of the surrounding environment) means."</p><p>Apple's campaign so impressed the team responsible for selecting the images, in fact, that jury president Juan Carlos Ortiz claimed the World Gallery photos chose <em>them</em> for the top honor rather than the other way around in an interview with <em><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3047756/cannes/apples-world-gallery-campaign-wins-outdoor-lions-grand-prix-at-cannes" target="_blank">Fast Company</a></em>.</p><p>"It's not just a great idea, it's a game changer," said Ortiz. "It's really opening a new way of doing things and changing behavior."</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_no_more_ios_custom_ads_apple_gains_20000_indie_labels_top_design_honor#comments News Adele ads Apple Music Arcade Fire Awards Cannes Lions Design Facebook iOS iOS 9 Radiohead Twitter Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:59:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 21771 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iOS 9 App-Replacement Tool for Installations, 1996 Mac OS on Apple Watch http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_appreplacement_tool_installations_1996_mac_os_apple_watch <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has heard your complaints about massive free-space requirements for new updates to iOS, and a new tool found in the latest iOS 9 beta aims to make the installation process much less painful. In addition, a software developer proves you can get a Macintosh OS from 1996 to run on an Apple Watch, and events from the weekend show why it's not a good idea to ask Siri about 9/11 or 9-1-1.</p><h3>iOS 9 Tool Replaces Apps Deleted for Space After Installation</h3><p>As people attempting to download the second beta for iOS 9 discovered today, Apple is apparently doing everything it can to avoid criticisms that the download file is too large (as it was with iOS 8's 4GB file). Not only does iOS 9 take up a mere 1.3 GB, it also includes an "Insufficient Space" tool that allows certain apps to be deleted to make room for the operating system update. Once the update is complete, iOS 9 will automatically reinstall the deleted apps (via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/23/ios-9-app-delete-reinstall-os-update-feature/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/download.png" width="620" height="334" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/23/ios-9-will-delete-apps-to-make-room-for-system-updates/" target="_blank">Engadget</a></strong></p><p>The notice only shows up if you don't have enough space, although that's still probably likely to happen for many users considering the large number of 16GB iPhone owners who found themselves with insufficient room to download iOS 8. As of the time of writing, it's not known if the update also replaces your data, but just to be on the safe side, it's probably a good idea to only delete apps with cloud content rather than local.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Software Developer Gets 19-year-old Mac OS Running on Apple Watch</h3><p>Just in case you needed yet another reminder of how far computer technology has come in the last two decades, a software developer by the name of Nick Lee has managed to get the System 7.5.5 operating system for the Macintosh running on the Apple Watch. Lee used a combination of the<a href="http://www.gryphel.com/c/minivmac/" target="_blank"> Mini vMac</a> Macintosh emulator and watchOS 2 to achieve the feat.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R1xJxS_kr-M" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>The Apple Watch is generally considered a weak device by modern standards, at least in comparison to more powerful machines such as the iPhone and (of course) the contemporary Mac line. But Lee's video shows this relic from the year of <em>Jerry Maguire</em> and the blockbuster film <em>Independence Day </em>running quite fine on the diminutive device. Just under 20 years ago, one needed a heavy, stationary unit like a PowerPC Mac to produce the same results.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Emergency Call Center in Canada Get Flooded with Hangups After Siri Prank</h3><p>It may seem obvious, but it's not a good idea to ask Siri about the emergency number 9-1-1 unless, of course, you're reporting an actual emergency. Following the emergence of a number of memes spread through social medial outlets such as Twitter and Facebook saying things like "You won't believe what happens when you ask Siri about 9/11" (referring to the terrorist attacks in 2001), the Canadian city of Regina, Saskatchewan received no less than 114 calls to 9-1-1 in just two hours over the weekend (via <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-police-getting-many-siri-generated-911-calls-1.3124380" target="_blank">CBC</a>). The local police have since sent out a <a href="http://www.reginapolice.ca/2015/06/dont-ask-siri-about-911please/" target="_blank">warning </a>about the prank, noting that Siri's response "isn't hilarious."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/siri911call.jpg" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Hearing anything about 9/11 or 9-1-1, Siri apparently automatically interprets the statement as an imperative to dial 9-1-1 regardless of context. Once the callers realized what was happening, they likely shut off the call immediately after realizing what was happening. The issue is quite serious, though, as the local receivers are reportedly required to follow up on every call, which means they're wasting time chasing down the effects of a prank rather than taking care of real emergencies.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_appreplacement_tool_installations_1996_mac_os_apple_watch#comments News Apple Watch emergency service iOS iOS 9 iphone Nick Lee Regina Saskatchewan Siri watchOS Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:20:40 +0000 Leif Johnson 21768 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Taylor Swift vs. Apple; End of the Home Button? http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_taylor_swift_vs_apple_end_home_button <!--paging_filter--><p>There aren't too many people who can get Apple to change its tune on a particular issue, but apparently Taylor Swift is one of them. This weekend, she managed to get the Cupertino company to alter its stance on a thorny issue associated with Apple Music. In other news, the iconic iOS "Home" button might be going virtual, and Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms that, yes, all those gold devices are specifically meant for Chinese customers.</p><h3>Apple Changes Tune on Artist Payments After Letter from Taylor Swift</h3><p>Apple initially hadn't planned on paying royalties to artists when users streamed their music through Apple Music during their free three-month trial, but the company backed off last night after singer Taylor Swift penned them a <a href="http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor" target="_blank">strongly worded letter</a> on Tumblr. "We don't ask you for free iPhones," said Swift. "Please don't ask us to provide you with our music with no compensation." In addition, Swift announced she was pulling her popular 1989 album from Apple Music in protest.</p><p>Apple's issues with artist payments during the free trial apparently isn't a new thing; it was one of the major hurdles the company had to overcome during all those months when it was pitching the service to labels and artists. Following Swift's letter, however, all that fell by the wayside when Apple executive Eddy Cue took to Twitter to announce that Apple would be altering its policy.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/taylorswift.jpg" width="620" height="348" /></p><p>"Apple will always make sure that artist [sic] are paid," <a href="https://twitter.com/cue/status/612824625345511425" target="_blank">said </a>Cue. He added in a followup <a href="https://twitter.com/cue/status/612824775220555776" target="_blank">tweet </a>that "#AppleMusic will pay artist [sic] for streaming, even during customer's free trial period."</p><p>For her part, Swift was, erm, swift to note in her letter that she was protesting Apple's actions for the sake of artists with lesser means than her own.</p><p>"This is not about me," Swift said. "This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs."</p><p>According to <a href="http://recode.net/2015/06/21/apple-says-it-will-pay-taylor-swift-for-free-streams-after-all/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, Apple said that artists will get paid on a per-stream basis during the three-month trial period rather than from a percentage based off of Apple's revenue (since there won't be any revenue during the free trial).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Rumor: Apple May Shift to Virtual 'Home' Button</h3><p>If a new report from Taiwan is correct, the iPhone's iconic "Home" button could soon be on the way out, or at least from where we can physically see it. According to the moderately reliable <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150618PD208.html" target="_blank">DigiTimes</a>, Apple is already internally working on a new chip that will handle both the touchscreen and display functions for the iPhone. Furthermore, rumors from "sources in Taiwan's IC design industry" claim the chip might be able to fit into "models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/homebutton.jpg" width="620" height="252" /></p><p>If the report's true (and again, DigiTimes has its ups and downs), that means that Apple would be able to use more of the iPhone's face for the display than it currently does while retaining the current sizes. It's also worth noting that Apple is reportedly designing the chip "internally," which marks but yet another way in which the Cupertino company is bringing its creation process under one roof to ensure greater secrecy. Apparently, though, it wasn't enough to stop this particular "leak."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Tim Cook Confirms Gold Devices Meant to Cater to Chinese Tastes</h3><p>Today Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed in an interview with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-22/cook-says-chinese-tastes-considered-in-apple-product-designs" target="_blank">Bloomberg Businessweek</a> what many <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_boosting_production_gold_iphone_5s_meet_huge_demand" target="_blank">commentators </a>have long <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/gold_iphone_5s_out_reach_chinese_apply_gold_stickers_regular_iphones" target="_blank">suggested </a>— yes, all those gold devices we've been seeing from Apple lately are specifically meant to cater to customers in China. Cook noted that the country's large size enables Apple to take its customers' tastes into account when designing its products, and thus the introduction of a gold iPhone 5s back in 2013 reflected "in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/gold.png" width="620" height="221" /></p><p>The report acknowledged that "Greater China" (which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan) is now Apple's second-most-important market, and that Chinese sales accounted for an impressive 29 percent of Apple's entire revenue in the quarter ending March of this year. Cook also noted that Apple is currently planning to start over 180 mobile technology learning programs at schools around China that will "transform traditional educational models and help students contribute to society" with Apple applications such as GarageBand.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_taylor_swift_vs_apple_end_home_button#comments News AppleMusic China Gold iphone Taylor Swift Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:17:21 +0000 Leif Johnson 21764 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iMac Hard Drive Replacements; Apple Watch vs. Switzerland; iPad Mini http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_imac_hard_drive_replacements_apple_watch_vs_switzerland_ipad_mini <!--paging_filter--><p>Apple has discovered that the hard drives for a few of its late-2012 iMacs are susceptible to failure, and is offering to replace the drives for free. Also, the Apple Watch may have had a negative impact on the Swiss watch market, and Apple seems to have pulled the first-generation iPad mini from its stores for good.</p><h3>Apple Announces Hard Drive Replacement Program for Late-2012 iMacs</h3><p>If you happened to buy a late-2012 model 27-inch iMac between December 2012 and September 2013, Apple announced today that you're eligible for a free hard drive replacement. A small number of the 3TB hard drives used for&nbsp;the units were found to be susceptible to failure, and Apple is <a href="https://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive-3tb/" target="_blank">offering </a>to replace them through its own stores or through its network of Apple Authorized Service Providers (via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/19/apple-27-imac-3tb-hdd-replacement-program/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/imac.jpg" width="620" /></p><p>It's even possible that Apple has already contacted you, as owners who registered the device with a valid e-mail address after purchase are reportedly receiving notifications about the program. If you haven't received an e-mail, you can check to see if you qualify by checking your serial number on <a href="https://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive-3tb/" target="_blank">Apple's website</a>.</p><p>Apple intends to keep the replacement program in effect until December 19, 2015, or three years from the qualifying iMac's original purchase date, based on whatever comes first for the affected device.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Swiss Watch Industry Reports Downturn Following Apple Watch Launch</h3><p>The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry's latest <a href="http://www.fhs.ch/file/59/comm_150505_a.pdf" target="_blank">report </a>on exports is out, and it seems to confirm that the Apple Watch had a massive impact on the country's storied luxury watch market, reports <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-18/swiss-watch-exports-drop-most-since-2009-amid-apple-watch-debut" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>. According to their figures, traditional Swiss watch exports declined by almost 9 percent between April and May — the time frame surrounding the Apple Watch's April 28 launch. Not only is that a precipitous drop, it's also the industry's first downturn since 2009.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/applewatch_0.png" width="620" /></p><p>Some analysts are saying what the Federation apparently doesn't want to say. According to analyst Patrik Schwendimann, the Apple Watch's launch may have had a negative impact on "watch exports to the U.S. in the lower price segments." The hit to the industry was strong enough that Schwendimann predicts that even the U.S. market for traditional timepieces might grow by a single-digit percentage point this year, down considerably from the 6 percent growth it saw in 2014.</p><p>Sales of traditional watches appear to be down around the world in the aftermath of the Apple Watch's launch, even in Hong Kong, where visitors from mainland China buy timepieces in order to take advantage of the lower tax rates. The sales there have gone down by a whopping 34 percent, although that may have had at least something to do with the fact that there were two fewer&nbsp;work days in May there compared to last year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>First-Generation iPad Mini Pulled from Apple Store</h3><p>As far as Apple is concerned, the original iPad mini is no more. The device disappeared from Apple's Online Store today, just under three years after its first appearance on October 2012. Notably, it was also the last non-Retina iOS device left on the Online Store. As of right now, you'll only be able to find the device in the <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad_mini" target="_blank">refurbished </a>units area of Apple's site, where it sells for $209 to $409 depending on features.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/06/ipadmini_0.jpg" /></p><p>At $249, the device was the cheapest iPad available on the store. Now that honor belongs to the iPad mini 2, which sells for just $299 and comes with a better cameras, a better processor, and a Retina display. For many customers, 50 bucks must have seemed like a small price to pay to avoid sacrificing all those features.</p><p>If you absolutely must have a first-generation Apple iPad mini, however, you'll still be able to find it on third-party sellers such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MD531LL-Wi-Fi-White-Silver/dp/B00746W9F2/ref=sr_1_1?sr=1-1&amp;qid=1434718141&amp;keywords=ipad%2Bmini&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;refinements=p_89%253AApple&amp;s=pc" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;until they run out of stock.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_imac_hard_drive_replacements_apple_watch_vs_switzerland_ipad_mini#comments News 2012 Apple Watch free replacement hard drive iMac iPad iPad Mini Mac replacement Switzerland Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:30:28 +0000 Leif Johnson 21755 at http://www.maclife.com