Mac|Life - News en The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, August 30 <!--paging_filter--><p>Well, we're entering the home stretch of the last few weeks before the release of the iPhone 6. Have the spate or articles and leaks and so on dampened enthusiasm or stoked it? Guess we'll find out soon enough. At the very least, this week's been heavy on the iPhone 6 "news" so let's see what we have in the hopper for Labor Day weekend.</p> Gallery News Apple Event apple iphone event apple leaks ipad pro ipad rumor iphone iphone 6 iphone 6 leaks iphone 6 rumors iphone event iphone leaks iphone rumors iWatch leaks NFC NFC chip Russian Steve Wozniak the woz Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:52:47 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20557 at Shares of Apple Stock Close at All-Time High <!--paging_filter--><p>With only a few days left before Apple's big iPhone event, the tech world is expecting great things from Apple. Wall Street, too, is caught up in all the excitement generated by rumors and leaked parts, and today the fervor pushed the Cupertino company's to its all-time high.</p><p>The final stock price for the day was $102.50, and the intraday stock price (also representing a record) was $102.90. Such numbers mark the continuation of the impressive trend we reported back on <a href="" target="_blank">August 19</a>, when the company's stock price sat at $100.53. Apple recently <a href="" target="_blank">split its stock</a>, and these "record" numbers account for the split.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/appl1.jpg" width="538" height="458" /></p><p>Investors, of course, are hoping that the stock won't collapse after the highly anticipated September 9 event, when Apple is expected to announce two new iPhones and the long-awaited "iWatch." Current rumors suggest that Apple may go ahead and announce the latter device on September 9, although it's possible we won't get our own hands on it until early 2015.</p><p>Apple stock was at an all-time low just under a year ago, when it sat at $63.89 in September of 2013. When the Cupertino company's stock bumped over $100 again on August 19, it was the first time that the stock had reached such highs since way back in 2012 on the eve of the iPhone 5's launch.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News AAPL apple Business shares stock Wall Street Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:10:46 +0000 Leif Johnson 20556 at Russian Team Reportedly Makes Working 'iPhone 6' from Leaked Parts <!--paging_filter--><p>We've heard endless stories about leaked parts for the iPhone 6 over the last couple of weeks, but the Feld &amp; Volk team in Russia apparently took these leaks to the next logical step and built their own iPhone 6 with them. Something about the audaciousness of the project seems more exciting than finding a iPhone 4 <a href="" target="_blank">in a Redwood City bar</a>.</p><p>You can watch the full video made by Feld &amp; Volk <a href="" target="_blank">via the YouTube link</a> below. Specifically, the team used a leaked case, a logic board, a display, a true-tone flash and camera, and they then hooked up the finished creation to a Mac to see what would happen. Surprisingly enough, it actually booted up, but it wouldn't connect to Apple's update servers.</p><p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>In their coverage, <a href="" target="_blank">9to5Mac </a>adds some healthy skepticism to the news. When the device boots up, for instance, you briefly see a gear icon that currently isn't a part of any iOS programming. The site also points out that iOS 8 actually has a red and white iTunes logo as opposed to the familiar blue and white one we see in the logo, which may cast some further doubts on the authenticity of the actually programming we see. The parts themselves, they claim, appear to be genuine.</p><p>All in all, the buildup to this year's iPhone event is starting to sound<a href="" target="_blank"> just like last year's</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News Feld & Volk iphone iphone 6 leaks Rumors Sept. 9 September 9 speculation Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:11:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 20555 at Morning Report: Dutch Chipmaker Locks Up iPhone 6 NFC, Chrome 64-Bit Beta <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/simplicam_face_detection_620px.png" alt="Simplicam" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>If you've been feeling iPhone 6 rumor fatigue over the last few weeks, that suffering is finally coming to an end in less than two weeks — but not before we extract a few more tidbits about Apple's supposed NFC plans first. Friday's Morning Report also closes out the week with a look at a 64-bit beta of Chrome for Mac and a new connected security camera, so jump forward for the details.</p><h3>Dutch Firm NXP Reportedly Providing iPhone 6 NFC Chips</h3><p>Now that September 9 appears to be a lock for the debut of iPhone 6, the rumor mill has turned from what the device might look like to what it could pack inside. <a href="" target="_blank">Financial Times today reported</a> that a Dutch chipmaker named NXP appears to be a lock to provide what it called "secure short-range wireless technology" for a mobile wallet, which sources claim are the same near-field communications (NFC) technology that has been around since just prior to the original iPhone.<br /><br />Despite the trails blazed by Nokia — the first to adopt NFC way back in 2006 — and Google's hardware partners Samsung and LG, contactless payments have yet to take off in the United States. But analysts claim Apple could have the upper hand, given the iPhone maker already has more than 800 million customers payment information for its iTunes service.<br /><br />Not so coincidentally, NXP is also the provider of NFC chips for many of Samsung's Galaxy-branded smartphones, and the report notes the company has also worked with Apple "in other areas" as well.</p><h3>Chrome for Mac Beta Delivers 64-Bit Support</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Chromium Blog announced Thursday</a> that Mac Chrome beta channel users now have access to a 64-bit build of Chrome 38, promising welcome "speed and security improvements." The beta release comes on the heels of releasing a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows earlier this week.<br /><br />Chromium software engineer Mark Mentovai noted Chrome has been one of "the last remaining 32-bit" apps on the Mac, causing "launch-time and memory-footprint penalties" that its 64-bit counterpart will not. In fact, the beta release reportedly "launches more quickly," while "overall system memory use decreases." First-generation Intel Mac owners won't be able to install the 64-bit version, but will be able to continue running the stable version of Chrome 37 for the foreseeable future.</p><h3>Simplicam Takes on Dropcom with iPhone-Connected Camera</h3><p>Competition is always a good thing, which is why <a href="" target="_blank">ArcSoft this week introduced Simplicam</a>, a Wi-Fi based home video monitoring solution similar to Dropcam. Powered by Closeli, Simplicam aims to improve upon the connected camera experience with the addition of Face Detection, a feature intended to reduce the number of incorrect alert notifications whenever a family pet walks past the camera by recognizing faces in real time.<br /><br />Also including motion and sound detection, Simplicam can be set up on any iOS or Android smartphone in as little as three minutes for live 720p HD video streamed right to the free Closeli app. Simplicam can also be connected to a Mac or PC, thanks to the included 10-foot USB cable.<br /><br />Available for $149.99 on Amazon or the Simplicam website, the connected camera also offers cloud-based recording plans via Closeli, starting at $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually for one-day recording.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> News 64-bit apple rumors ArcSoft chrome Closeli iphone 6 mac apps Morning Report NFC NXP Simplicam web browsers iPad iPhone iPod Mac Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:11:58 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20549 at Apple Co-Founder 'Woz' Thinks Wearables Like iWatch Will Be A 'Hard Sell' <!--paging_filter--><p>So what does Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, think of the "wearables" category of technology, which the so-called "iWatch" will join when it's presumably announced on September 9? "I feel that wearables are a hard sell," he says. "Woz" explained his beliefs further in a recent interview with <a href="" target="_blank">Cnet</a> shortly after word leaked that we would probably be seeing the long-awaited smartwatch next month after all.</p><p>Wearable pieces of technology like the iWatch, he says, are simply "go-betweens for your smartphone, but are an extra piece and need special advantages that the smartphone doesn’t have, in my opinion. If they are just a Bluetooth go-between then it could wind up in the category of Bluetooth headsets: Fun to wear and show off for a day."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/steve_wozniak_2012.jpg" width="620" height="410" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a></strong></p><p>For his part, he sounds like he's more interested in what the rumored larger iPhones have to offer.</p><p>"I personally want a larger screen that can do more of what my iPhone does," he says. "The small 1.5-inch by 1.5-inch screens don’t hack it for me. If it serves as a speakerphone, the speaker had better be good. My Martian watch is usable for phone calls but not my Galaxy Gear, for this reason."</p><p>The Galaxy Gear, of course, was Samsung's ill-fated attempt to beat Apple to the punch in the smartwatch phase, and<a href="" target="_blank"> the project fell flat</a> at release. Woz's predictions for Apple's own device echo some of the most notable rumors, such as how the device might have "personal health aids built in, Fitbit style."</p><p>In spite of his skepticism, Woz seems excited to see what Apple unveiled on Sept. 9.</p><p>"Apple works very hard to produce exceptionally great products and doesn’t quickly release things like a wearable," he says. "So if one is introduced I expect it to have a chance to set the direction and make the product category finally viable."</p><p>"I'm holding my breath," he says. So are we, Woz.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News cnet iWatch Rumors speculation Steve Wozniak wearable tech wearables Woz Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:03:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20548 at Apple Building Massive Mystery Side Stage for Sept. 9 Media Event <!--paging_filter--><p>This morning Apple<a href="" target="_blank"> started sending out invitations</a> confirming that there will, indeed, be a media event on September 9. In all likelihood, we'll finally get to see the iPhone 6 and the fabled "iWatch" then. And in sharp contrast to another announcements Apple's made in the past, the company is apparently building a mysterious auxiliary stage.</p><p>That stage is reportedly off to the side of the main event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts. It's not a small thing — according to eyewitness accounts at <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>, it measures a full three stories. "Scads" of security personnel are said to protect the thing, and the company is keeping it wrapped under a white barricade. When asked what it was for, the security team simply responded: "We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/flintcenter.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Here's where things get interesting. Steve Jobs first unveiled the Mac at the Flint Center way back in 1984, and the building itself serves as the main theater for De Anza College, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's alma mater. It also seats considerably more people that San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. All three facts seem to indicate that Apple expects to be the unveiling to mark a milestone in the company's history.</p><p>It's possible that the stage may have something to do with the unveiling of the "iWatch" — perhaps in the form of an athletic demonstration of the health-sensor activities. It also may serve as a demonstration area for iOS 8's HomeKit capabilities. Earlier today <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> also added strength to reports that Apple's long-awaited wearable would be revealed at the event, and <em><a href="" target="_blank">Wired </a></em>added credence to <a href="" target="_blank">yesterday's report</a> that the iPhone 6 would support NFC payments.</p><p>(Also, as a bit of humor? According to<a href="" target="_blank"> Cult of Mac</a>, the Flint Center hasn't updated its website since around the time of the reveal of the iMac.)</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News fitness iphone iphone 6 iWatch media event NFC Sept. 9 September 9 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:16:18 +0000 Leif Johnson 20546 at Big Apple Event Confirmed for Sept. 9 <!--paging_filter--><p>We've been hearing the rumors for weeks, but now Apple's made it official: the company will indeed be holding a major press event on Tuesday, September 9. Though Apple hasn't said what they'll be showing — the invitation cryptically reads "Wish we could tell you more" — it's widely expected that the event will feature the long-anticipated official unveiling of the iPhone 6. Rumors also started popping up earlier this week suggesting that the iWatch will make its debut at the event as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/invite_620.png" width="620" height="530" /></p><p>The event is scheduled for 10AM Pacific time on September 9, and will be held at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino. Check back on that date to see all the breaking news at!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #0099cc; text-decoration: none; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;" href="" target="_self">here</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">.</span></p> News apple events events iWatch iPhone Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:45:01 +0000 MacLife Staff 20543 at Morning Report: Still More iPhone 6 Parts, NYC Glass Cube Patent, Dropbox Pro <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/iphone_6_sim_tray_home_button_parts_620px.png" alt="iPhone 6 SIM tray &amp; home button parts" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>We hope you like the existing iPhone color options, because Apple appears to be continuing that tradition with this year's iPhone 6 — that is, if a new set of leaked components can be believed. Thursday's Morning Report also has details on a patent for Apple's iconic glass cube store, along with Dropbox going on the offensive with its cheapest cloud storage yet. What are you waiting for? Click and read on for more!</p><h3>iPhone 6 Components Confirm Same Trio of Color Options</h3><p>Getting sick of iPhone 6 leaks yet and hoping Apple will just announce the thing already? <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a> that yet another batch of leaked components have turned up online, this time in a triumvirate of color schemes which seemingly confirm Cupertino's plans to unleash the handset in the Space Grey, Silver, and Gold options currently available with the iPhone 5s.<br /><br />Among the parts shown are the nano-SIM card tray, the Touch ID-enabled home button, and an embedded Apple logo from the rear of the handset, which appears to contradict earlier rumors of a scratch-resistant Liquidmetal alloy. However, the component marks the first time since the original iPhone in 2007 that Apple has returned to an embedded logo component.<br /><br />Last but not least, the <a href=";sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;u=" target="_blank">leaked images from</a> (via Google Translate) appear to show off both the internal speaker as well as the vibration motor of the alleged iPhone 6, which is expected to be unveiled on September 9.</p><h3>Apple Nabs Patent for Iconic Glass Cube Flagship Store Design</h3><p>Usually when Apple patent filings make headlines, it's because Cupertino has some amazing new technology up its sleeve. But this week, <a href="" target="_blank">Patently Apple reported</a> that the iPhone maker has also filed for both trademark and patent design protection for its most famous retail store, the so-called "glass cube" on Fifth Avenue in New York City.<br /><br />First filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back in August 2010, the trademark on that iconic design may still be pending, but Apple was recently granted the design patent D712,067, protecting yet another invention that credits late co-founder Steve Jobs as one of the structure's inventors and designers.</p><h3>Dropbox Pro Takes Aim at Google Drive with 1TB for $10/Mo.</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Dropbox Blog announced Wednesday</a> an extensive revamp of Dropbox Pro, the cloud storage provider's paid service tier. Although Dropbox is widely considered something of a cheapskate when it comes to storage capacity, the company has moved to eliminate that perception by distilling its Pro offering to a single pricing plan: 1TB of space for only $9.99 per month.<br /><br />That matches a similar Google Drive offer launched earlier this year, and now makes Dropbox an exceptional value, especially considering the extensive range of features included. In addition to the price change, Dropbox Pro now includes new sharing controls including passwords and expirations for shared links, as well as view-only permission for shared folders. Pro users also have the option to unlink a lost or stolen computer from their account, remotely wiping the contents of a Dropbox account from that system in the process.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter<br /><br />(Image courtesy of MacRumors and</em></p> News apple leaks apple patents Apple Retail Stores components Dropbox Dropbox Pro flagship iphone 6 Morning Report iPad iPhone Mac Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:00 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20541 at Leaked Logic Boards for 'iPhone 6' May Confirm NFC Rumors <!--paging_filter--><p>China's GeekBar has been on a roll lately, as <a href="" target="_blank">almost every day</a> brings a new set of schematics and parts that supposedly come from one of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. The repair firm sometimes doesn't properly identify the parts, <a href="" target="_blank">according to other experts</a>, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. GeekBar earlier <a href="" target="_blank">claimed</a> that one part in particular was the iPhone's <a href="" target="_blank">long-rumored</a> near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now the forum users over at MacRumors <a href="" target="_blank">maintain</a>&nbsp;there might be some truth to the claim.</p><p>At the time, GeekBar claimed that the schematic listed as PN65V was a new iPhone version of the PN65 NFC package made by NXP that you sometimes find in Android devices. One of MacRumors's forum users, chrmjenkins, attempted to confirm the claim by pulling up a separate document for NXP's PN65 chip, which pointed out that the chip measures 5x5mm and contains 32 connectivity channels. With that in mind, verifying GeekBar's claim seemed to be a simple case of looking for the appropriate spot on the leaked photos of the iPhone 6's alleged logic boards.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/nfc.jpg" width="620" height="427" /></p><p><strong>Logic boards (alleged) of 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5s, and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Via <a href="" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>And surprisingly enough, there's a space on both of the&nbsp;boards that look like they could support the chip in question. (You can see it outlined in red in the space above.) So far, MacRumors says, "many of the current major components can be mapped reasonably well to locations on the iPhone 6 logic board," leaving this mystery piece of real estate a prime candidate for an NPC chip.</p><p>And not a moment too soon. According to some commentators, the iPhone 6 is going to be the device that finally makes mobile payments a big thing at Apple, and an NFC chip would mark an important step toward making that vision a reality. Fortunately, we should only have to wait until <a href="" target="_blank">September 9</a> to learn if all this speculation has any weight.</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #0099cc; text-decoration: none; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;" href="" target="_self">here</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">.</span></p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 mobile payments NFC Rumors speculation Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:51:36 +0000 Leif Johnson 20539 at iWatch Possible to Debut At Sept. 9 Apple Event <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're sick of <a href="" target="_blank">all the "iWatch" rumors</a> that have clogged the Apple news pipeline for what seems like years now, take heart — it might all be over on September 9. According to sources who spoke with <a href="" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, at least, that's the day when Apple will at last officially announced its highly anticipated piece of wearable tech.</p><p>That's also the day, of course, when we're supposed to hear about the <a href="" target="_blank">two new iPhones</a>, which means we're in for a more exciting media event than we've had in some years. (Previously, the word among Apple rumormongers was that we wouldn't hear about iWatch until a separate media event <a href="" target="_blank">held in October</a> —&nbsp;or worse yet, until sometime in 2015.)</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/balogh-iwatch.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gábor Balogh</a></strong></p><p>All Re/code's sources say is that Apple will reveal a piece of "wearable tech" at this event, and at this point, it's not even clear if it's going to be called the iWatch. One of Apple's patent applications for the device, after all, referred to it as <a href="" target="_blank">"iTime."</a> The device will reportedly work in tandem with iOS 8's HealthKit platform, and HomeKit, too, will play a noteworthy role in its day-to-day use.</p><p>September 9 isn't that far away, which means that if this new rumor has any weight to it, we should start seeing the invitations any day now. As for the October event? It's now thought that Apple will reserve it for new models from its iPad and MacBook lines.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> News iOS 7 iOS 8 iTime iWatch Rumors September 9 speculation wearable tech Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:00:30 +0000 Leif Johnson 20538 at