First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly Outpacing Mavericks

Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013.

Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one adoption rate of Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

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OS X Yosemite may be seeing slightly faster adoption rates as the operating system introduces a complete visual overhaul along with several features that allow it to deeply integrate with iOS 8. While Mavericks focused heavily on under-the-hood updates that improved battery life and responsiveness, OS X Yosemite brought revamped apps, Continuity, Notification Center improvements, iCloud Drive, and more. Chitika also speculates that the OS's public beta may have positively impacted its adoption numbers.
Apple had previously made a public beta of the OS available for the first time in the company's history, and this seems to have helped boost initial adoption rates slightly beyond what was observed for OS X Mavericks back in 2013.
Chitika's numbers are drawn from millions of U.S. and Canadian Mac OS X-based online ad impressions from the Chitika Ad Network. Chitika measured ad impressions from October 16 to October 22 to acquire its data. Similar but somewhat higher numbers are being reported by GoSquared, which offers real-time analytics that measure OS X traffic.

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Yosemite installation numbers from GoSquared

According to the site, Yosemite is installed on approximately 16 percent of Macs, though numbers fluctuated up to 10 percent over a seven day period as GoSquared measures real-time visits to more than 50,000 sites.

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Yosemite installation rates over the past 7 days, measured by GoSquared

Released on October 16, OS X Yosemite is available from the Mac App Store as a free download. It is compatible with all Macs that were previously able to run Mountain Lion and Mavericks. [Direct Link]


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DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign

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We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and faces.

The covers will wrap around the watch itself, while the bands will fit into place just like any of Apple’s own bands. There will also be a lineup of custom software watch faces available.

The DWISS team is seeking $30,000 in funding by December 1st. All backers will get access to at least one of the five custom watch faces. For $19 you’ll get a cover in your choice of color, and contributions of $49-$79 will get you one of the watch bands. You can back the campaign at Indiegogo.


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DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign

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We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and faces.

The covers will wrap around the watch itself, while the bands will fit into place just like any of Apple’s own bands. There will also be a lineup of custom software watch faces available.

The DWISS team is seeking $30,000 in funding by December 1st. All backers will get access to at least one of the five custom watch faces. For $19 you’ll get a cover in your choice of color, and contributions of $49-$79 will get you one of the watch bands. You can back the campaign at Indiegogo.


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AT&T confirms it locks iPad’s new Apple SIM card after activation

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AT&T has confirmed in a statement that the new universal Apple SIM card in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 becomes locked to the carrier after being activated on its network.

It appears AT&T might be the only carrier locking the SIM card after activation, as Apple confirms in a support document that “AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only” with no mention of other carriers.

When Apple launched its iPad Air 2 earlier this month, one surprise was the company’s decision to include a new universal SIM in the cellular version of device. The Apple SIM, preinstalled in the iPads ordered through Apple’s online store and elsewhere, supports a number of carriers out of the box making it easier for users to sign up with the carrier of their choice. In the US it supports AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (but not Verizon) and in the UK carrier EE.

Some thought the new Apple SIM, along with improved LTE support for a long list of carriers in a single model, would make it easier to switch between service providers on the fly. Apple even mentions “the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers” on its website. That’s not the case for AT&T, however, as users will have to change the SIM if moving the iPad to a new carrier (much the same as you had to do pre-Apple SIM). The device itself, however, is completely unlocked, the carrier told us.

There’s no confirmation yet from other carriers, but rumors that T-Mobile plans to lock the Apple SIM inside iPad Air 2 when purchased direct through its own channels were denied by the company. 


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