Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Ask: Play Saved Content through Apple TV http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_play_saved_content_through_apple_tv <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we check out Apple TV and explain how you can use it play media content that's been saved to your computer.</p><p><strong>Question: I use an Apple TV, and I was wondering if there is any way to save movies or a TV series that I want to watch on my computer hard drive so that I can watch them later? I have DSL, which makes it difficult to stream my shows. Is there any way to do this with the latest Apple TV?</strong></p><p>Answer: Absolutely! Using AirPlay, you can purchase your shows, movies, and other iTunes Store content on your computer using iTunes, then play it back over your local network to the Apple TV. Because streaming the content from your computer to your Apple TV happens locally, the speed depends on your wireless router rather than your Internet connection.&nbsp;</p><p>To begin, purchase any content from the iTunes Store: movies, music, and TV shows all work with AirPlay. Next, once the content files have downloaded, navigate to iTunes, and begin playing the content using the latest version of the iTunes software.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/ask_airplay.png" />Selecting the <span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>AirPlay button will prompt iTunes to divert the content to an Apple TV connected to your local network.</strong></span></p><div>In the toolbar of iTunes, you’ll notice an AirPlay icon (this is compatible with all current-generation Apple TV hardware). Clicking this icon will show a list of all the AirPlay-compatible devices found on your local network. Clicking one of these devices, then playing the content through iTunes will divert the currently playing content to the remote AirPlay device on your local network instead of playing the content on your computer.&nbsp;</div><p>Another way to handle this is to set up iTunes Home Sharing. To enable this, checkout the Apple guide located at <a href="http://bit.ly/ml_appletvsharing" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/ml_appletvsharing</a>.</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_play_saved_content_through_apple_tv#comments airplay Apple TV Ask iTunes Store Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Cory Bohon 20510 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes, Quicken 2015 for Mac, iWork Updates http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_iphone_6_display_woes_quicken_2015_mac_iwork_updates <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/quicken_2015_for_mac_620px.png" alt="Quicken 2015 for Mac" width="620" height="299" /></p><p>Judging from a "hot off the presses" report straight from Apple's supply chain, prospective iPhone 6 buyers might want to line up even earlier this year, as the smartphone is rumored to suffer a production setback. Meanwhile, the company's iWork apps received minor updates Thursday, and venerable financial software Quicken makes a triumphant return to the Mac in today's Morning Report.</p><h3>Redesigned Display Panel Blamed for iPhone 6 Launch Woes</h3><p>Although Apple appears to be playing it cool from the outside, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/22/us-apple-iphone-idUSKBN0GM0N620140822" target="_blank">Reuters today reported</a> the company's Asian supply chain vendors are apparently "scrambling" to come up with enough screens for Cupertino's new iPhone 6 ahead of the rumored launch next month. Unnamed sources claim the snafu was caused by the redesign of a "key component" of the display panel, which is apparently serious enough for Apple to consider limiting the number of units available at launch, or possibly delaying the launch altogether.<br /><br />"Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July," the report noted, adding that Apple is attempting to create "the thinnest phone possible" by consolidating two layers of backlight film into one.<br /><br />According to sources, Cupertino's ambitions may have reached a hair too far in this case, with the backlight on the rumored 4.7-inch handset failing to live up to expectations, "costing precious time and temporarily idling some screen assembly operations." Things are back on track now, but the ripple effects may be felt next month as consumers once again line up to purchase Apple's latest and greatest.</p><h3>Quicken for Mac Returns with Mobile-Friendly 2015 Edition</h3><p>Intuit announced Thursday the immediate availability of <a href="http://www.quicken.com/mac" target="_blank">Quicken 2015 for Mac</a>, a long-gestating revamp of the company's money management application. The first new version of Quicken for Mac in years, the 2015 edition shines a spotlight on mobile, with free smartphone and tablet apps capable of syncing to the desktop edition for keeping tabs on personal finances from anywhere there's an internet connection. The apps also allow Quicken users to snap photos of receipts while on the go.<br /><br />Quicken 2015 for Mac also includes new investment tools for continuously updated portfolio values, capital gains estimates, and tracking of cost basis. With a fresh new user interface and the ability to import data from earlier Quicken Essentials for Mac, Quicken Mac 2007 or even Quicken 2010 for Windows or newer, the $74.99 downloadable software comes with a 60-day, money-back guarantee and the ability to export data directly to Intuit's TurboTax.</p><h3>iWork for iOS, Mac Apps Receive Minor Bug Fix Updates</h3><p>Apple was busy Thursday pushing out minor updates to its iWork apps for iOS and Mac, as well as <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id408981434?mt=12" target="_blank">iMovie 10.0.5 for Mac</a>, which specifically included "iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater." As for the others — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id409201541?mt=12" target="_blank">Pages for Mac</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id361309726?mt=8" target="_blank">Pages for iOS</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers/id409203825?mt=12" target="_blank">Numbers for Mac</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id361304891?mt=8" target="_blank">Numbers for iOS</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id409183694?mt=12" target="_blank">Keynote for Mac</a>, and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id361285480?mt=8" target="_blank">Keynote for iOS</a> — Cupertino followed up the larger updates released in April with the typically vague "stability improvements and bug fixes" patches yesterday. But fear not, presumably larger updates are ahead this fall, given that OS X Yosemite is on the horizon...<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_iphone_6_display_woes_quicken_2015_mac_iwork_updates#comments News App Store iMovie Intuit iphone 6 iWork launch delays mac app store Morning Report Quicken Reuters supply chain iPhone Mac Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:01 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20514 at http://www.maclife.com Law Firm Could Sue Over 2011 MacBook Pro Issues http://www.maclife.com/article/news/law_firm_could_sue_over_2011_macbook_pro_issues <!--paging_filter--><p>Few devices in Apple's history have been plagued with so many problems as the 2011 line of 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, and now a group of lawyers is trying to see if there's enough evidence to start a class action lawsuit against Apple. As <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/21/lawsuit-2011-macbook-pro-graphics/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a> notes, the group made their intentions known on a Facebook group devoted to the line's troublesome AMD graphics units.</p><p>Called "2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card Issue," the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/2011mbp" target="_blank">associated Facebook group </a>contains more than 2,600 members. The pervasive issues have also spawned a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/timothy-d-cook-replace-or-fix-all-early-2011-macbook-pro-with-graphics-failure" target="_blank">Change.org petition</a>, which has amassed 11,183 supporters so far (although it still has around 3,800 signatures to go). As for the lawyers? They hail from Washington D.C.'s <a href="http://www.wbmllp.com/overview" target="_blank">Whitfield Bryson &amp; Mason LLP firm</a>, and today they posted a message on the Facebook group.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/proissues_0.jpg" width="620" height="396" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/21/lawsuit-2011-macbook-pro-graphics/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>"Alerted to the pervasive failures concerning the 2011 MBP GPU’s, we commenced an investigation leading us to your community," the post reads. "Your posts are a great source of information, but to determine if any legal claims may exist, we need your help."</p><p>The "help" consists of filling out a short survey if you've been affected by the problems. The firm has a history of tackling such subjects, and its previous endeavors have included everything from privacy issues surrounding Google Buzz to hardware problems associated with the Lenovo IdeaPad.</p><p>And they may have a case. Around the same time that the MacBook issues started popping up, Apple initiated a replacement program for 27-inch iMacs having trouble with their AMD graphics cards. Based on this precedent, so the argument goes, Apple should replace the cards in the affected MacBook Pros.</p><p>Apple is said to have helped some users by replacing the logic boards, but the problems reportedly persist even after the repair.</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/law_firm_could_sue_over_2011_macbook_pro_issues#comments News AMD apple class action gpu graphics card Law lawyers Legal MacBook macbook pro Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:17:25 +0000 Leif Johnson 20513 at http://www.maclife.com Alleged Leaked Schematics Hint That iPhone 6 Might Support 128GB Storage http://www.maclife.com/article/news/alleged_leaked_schematics_hint_iphone_6_might_support_128gb_storage <!--paging_filter--><p>A new report from <a href="http://www.weibo.com/p/1001593746053840081450" target="_blank">GeekBar</a> (via <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/leaked-iphone-6-schematic-confirms-128gb-version-44909/" target="_blank">G for Games</a>) suggests that the screen may not be the only thing that's big about the iPhone 6 — it may be getting a substantially bigger storage module as well. According to the alleged leaked schematics posted on the site, at least one of the two rumored new iPhones will boast 128GB of NAND flash storage.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/iphone-6-128.jpg" width="482" height="500" /></p><p>If true, Apple might even phase out the 32 GB storage option in preparation for the enhanced storage, as the list of NAND flash modules from manufacturers Toshiba and Hynix only list units with capacities of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB.</p><p>The news supports an earlier rumor that Apple would release the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone with a 128GB storage option, but that report (from Chinese website <a href="http://www.feng.com/iPhone/news/2014-06-26/Sources_said_5.5_inches_iPhone_6_will_have_128_GB_version_587962.shtml" target="_blank">Wei Feng</a>) suggested that would phase out the 16GB unit. (And honestly, that makes more sense, considering the increasingly large file sizes for even the most basic contemporary programs.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/iphone-6-memory-suppliers.jpg" width="550" height="243" /></p><p>If Apple does, in fact, release a unit with such a hefty amount of storage, it could mean that we could see a new high-end price point for the popular smartphone line once it hits shelves sometime this fall. The list also suggests that the next iPhones could support as many as four different storage choices, marking a significant improvement over the two we tend to find today.</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="http://www.maclife.com/article/iphone/iphone-6-features-rumors-release-date" 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="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/alleged_leaked_schematics_hint_iphone_6_might_support_128gb_storage#comments News Flash iphone memory NAND Storage Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:53:07 +0000 Leif Johnson 20512 at http://www.maclife.com New iOS Games This Week: August 21, 2014 http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_august_21_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/games/new_ios_games_week_august_21_2014#comments Gallery Ace Ferrara App Store AppLife Apps Assassin’s Creed Columns Deep Under the Sky games iOS Max Gentlemen new releases pac-man star wars Superhero Workout Swing Copters The Firm The Shakedown iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:50:22 +0000 Andrew Hayward 20511 at http://www.maclife.com Review: Jawbone UP24 http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-jawbone-up24 <!--paging_filter--><p>The smart and sporty Jawbone UP24 is the most fashionable, lightweight and comfortable fitness tracking wearable you can buy, and it has a beautiful app to match. Of course, some functionality is sacrificed in the name of vanity. For starters, there’s no display on the device itself for on-demand workout stats or a web-based portal to chart the quantified self data it silently collects. All metrics have to be synced to an iOS app, but the UP24 improves over the original UP with Bluetooth wireless syncing to make data uploads almost effortless. Battery life takes a hit, but it will still last an impressive seven days.</p><p>As its name suggests, this new version of the UP can truly be worn 24 hours a day without the need to take it off between syncs. The flexible bracelet is coated with the same incredibly smooth non-latex rubber and if you want to check your fitness stats, you need to fire up the companion iOS app, which is full of rich color and helpful wellness tips, plus detailed activity and sleep analysis tracking options.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/jawbone_620.png" width="620" height="524" /></p><p>Your activity is represented by a vertical orange bar that shoots up with more physical movement and is based on the number of steps taken and miles or kilometers traveled. Additional readouts include active time, longest active time, longest idle time, total calories burned, active calories burned and resting calories burned. It’s almost the full spectrum of fitness metrics. Flights of stairs climbed is the one missing stat. Unlike the Fitbit Force, there’s no altimeter sensor inside.</p><p>But the Jawbone UP24 is arguably a more accurate tracker than the Force and its idle alerts cause the bracelet to vibrate whenever you’re inactive for a set amount of time. Other exercise motivators include “Today I Will” challenges (get to sleep earlier, drink more water, walk further, etc.) and the ability to find teammates among your contacts. The UP24’s sleep tracking capabilities, meanwhile, chart whether you’re sound asleep, restless or awake in bed. It’s surprisingly accurate for a fitness bracelet, which can also replace your alarm clock with silent, wrist-vibrating wake-up calls.</p><p>The Jawbone UP24’s fashionable, lightweight design makes it easier to wear for a full 24 hours and the activity and sleep tracking metrics make it useful day and night. Our only gripe? The 2.5mm power jack makes it fiddly to charge — it comes with a 2.5mm-to-USB charger, but it’s too easy to lose.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> With Bluetooth, the UP24 is $50 more expensive than the original, but until Apple releases an iWatch, it remains one of the slickest fitness wearables you can snap onto your wrist.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jawbone UP24</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jawbone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.jawbone.com/up" target="_blank">www.jawbone.com/up</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $149.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>iPhone 4s and newer, iPod touch 5th gen and newer, iPad 3rd gen and newer, or iPad mini and newer</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wireless syncing added. Stylish and lightweight. Soft rubber for comfort. iOS compatible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>No display for on-demand stats. No web app. Fiddly 2.5mm stereo jack for charging.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/review-jawbone-up24#comments Reviews fitness fitness tracker Health Jawbone Jawbone UP24 iPad iPhone iPod Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:14:05 +0000 Matt Swider 20509 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Check Out Mac App Madness Featuring CrossOver 13, TuneUp, and More http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_check_out_mac_app_madness_featuring_crossover_13_tuneup_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. 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We're talking three models from April of this year, which is about as new as you can get. In honor that youthfulness, all the other models on offer this week are no older than October of last year, under one year old, still babies. That means great savings for you and you still get that new Mac smell.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/weeks_best_deals_your_mac_and_ios_device_august_21#comments Gallery battery battery case Deals External Battery Flash Drive iMac iPad iPad Air ipad air case iPad case iPad Mini ipad mini with retina display iphone battery case iPhone case MacBook macbook air macbook pro Mophie refurb Refurbished refurbs sales weekly deals Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:01:55 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20508 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Dirty Rotten iMessage Spam, Walmart's 97-Cent iPhone 5c http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_dirty_rotten_imessage_spam_walmarts_97cent_iphone_5c <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/imessage_spam_620px.png" alt="iMessage spam" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Thursday's edition of the Morning Report takes a look at Apple's growing iMessage spam nuisance and also questions why the Apple TV can no longer be purchased online for in-store pickup, with a great deal for iPhone 5c buyers tossed into the mix for good measure. Read on for the details!</p><h3>iMessage Rapidly Becoming "A Spammer's Dream"</h3><p>Are you the victim of iMessage spam? <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/apples-imessage-is-being-taken-over-by-spammers/" target="_blank">According to a Wired report published this week</a>, more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now coming from Apple's own system, and security firm Cloudmark claims more is coming — and that it's not even particularly hard to do.<br /><br />“It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” explained Cloudmark's Tom Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want. In 10 minutes, if you have a whole bunch of accounts, you’d be able to send a huge volume of messages.”<br /><br />The dilemma apparently stems from the way Apple attaches email addresses to iMessage accounts. User-convenience features such as the way iMessage indicates whether or not a recipient is registered with the service and a read receipt option only wind up making life easier for spammers, who can sign up for iMessage using nothing but an email address.<br /><br />Apple has yet to comment on the growing nuisance, and the only remedy currently available to beleaguered iMessage users requires emailing Cupertino a screenshot of the alleged spam along with the spammer's phone number, email address, and date and time when the message was sent.</p><h3>Walmart's Having a 97-Cent Fire Sale on iPhone 5c</h3><p>Had your eye on an iPhone 5c and are decidedly indifferent to whatever new smartphone model(s) Apple may or may not announce next month? <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/21/iphone-5c-5s-walmart-price-drop/" target="_blank">Engadget today reported</a> that retail behemoth Walmart is apparently looking to move as many iPhone 5c units as possible over the next 90 days by discounting the price to a mere $0.97.<br /><br />Of course, the bad news is you'll still need to sign a two-year agreement with AT&amp;T, Sprint, US Cellular, or Verizon Wireless. Walmart has also dropped the price of an entry-level iPhone 5s to $79, a $20 discount...but we're guessing the allure of buying a current-generation smartphone for under a buck will be too much temptation for many folks.</p><h3>Apple TV Mysteriously Unavailable for In-Store Pickup</h3><p>Don't panic, but if you have your heart set on ordering an Apple TV from the company's website using the in-store Personal Pickup option, you may find that choice unavailable to you for the moment. <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/21/apple-halts-pickup-apple-tv-still-shipping/" target="_blank">According to MacRumors</a>, Apple TV can still be purchased from the Apple Online Store for shipment to your home within 24 hours, but it appears Cupertino has suspended in-store pickup for reasons as yet unknown.<br /><br />The report is quick to note the lack of Apple TV Personal Pickup could simply be a glitch on the company's website, although if that's the case, it doesn't seem to be affecting other products at this writing. The natural assumption would be Apple may be planning to soon replace or refresh the little black media box, although there's none of the usual evidence to support that theory, such as dwindling inventory at retailers like Amazon or Best Buy. Any readers happened to have picked up an Apple TV via in-store pickup lately? Chime in on the comments if so....<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Image courtesy of Wired)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_dirty_rotten_imessage_spam_walmarts_97cent_iphone_5c#comments News Apple Online Store Apple TV Deals iMessage iPhone 5C Morning Report Personal Pickup spammers text messaging walmart iPad iPhone iPod Mac Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:21:06 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20507 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Rumored to Bump 'iPad Air 2' Up to 2GB of RAM http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_rumored_bump_ipad_air_2_2gb_ram <!--paging_filter--><p>Rumors about the iPhone 6 have flowed like water over the last couple of weeks, but we've heard comparatively little about the so-called "iPad Air 2." That changed today with a report from Taiwan's <a href="http://technews.tw/2014/08/20/ipad-air-has-2gb-memory/" target="_blank">TechNews.tw</a> (via <a href="http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ipad/ipad-air2-2-gb-ram-iwatch-8gb-storage/" target="_blank">iPhoneInCanada</a>), which states that the upcoming tablet will get a memory boost to 2GB, up from the current 1GB.</p><p>Expecting the same kind of boost for the iPad mini with Retina display? It's not happening. According to the report, the next iteration of the diminutive unit will still only support 1GB of RAM. <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/282961/ios-8-hiding-split-screen-app-mode-code/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a> suggests that the memory boost for the iPad Air 2 might allow for a rumored split-screen multitasking feature in iOS 8.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/ipadair.jpg" width="620" height="354" /></p><p>The news marks a welcome addition to the comparatively small list of credible rumors associated with the upcoming tablet. So far, it's generally thought that the tablet's next generation will sport a home button that supports Touch ID along with a faster A8 processor.</p><p>It's likely that we won't hear an official announcement concerning the device during the rumored media event on September 9, as Apple has lately started holding off iPad announcements for a followup event in October.</p><p>For now, if you want to get your hands on a current iPad Air, you'd do well to take advantage of Best Buy's one-day sale for the device, which knocks<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-16gb-silver-white/2579045.p?id=1219074892314&amp;skuId=2579045&amp;ref=199&amp;loc=SnlbqrT3b2s&amp;acampID=1&amp;siteID=SnlbqrT3b2s-ukvqacEC9ppeke4MhiNHYw" target="_blank"> $75 off </a>of the<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ipad-air-with-wi-fi-cellular-128gb-verizon-wireless-silver-white/7574058.p?id=1218858779485&amp;skuId=7574058&amp;ref=199&amp;loc=SnlbqrT3b2s&amp;acampID=1&amp;siteID=SnlbqrT3b2s-2Bjlr9zIJloPPu.IXGDm_Q" target="_blank"> thin tablet</a>. Act now, though. The sale only lasts through today.</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_rumored_bump_ipad_air_2_2gb_ram#comments News iPad RAM Rumors speculation Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:08:05 +0000 Leif Johnson 20506 at http://www.maclife.com