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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with WiFi fixes, iCloud Drive in Time Machine

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In line with our report from earlier this week, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 via the Mac App Store. The update brings the changes that we detailed in our previous report:

  • Resolves an issue that may cause WiFi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
  • Improves stability and security in Safari

Apple also released iOS 8.1.3 with various bug fixes today.

Included with OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 is the latest version of Safari, version 8.0.3, while Mavericks 10.9 users received Safari 7.1.3 and Mountain Lion 10.8 received Safari 6.2.3. Security changes for the latest versions of Apple’s web browser are detailed here.

A stability update to Remote Desktop Client was also issued bringing the current version to 3.8.2.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 10.10.2, iCloud Drive, OS X 10.10, OS X 10.10.2, os x yosemite, Time Machine, wifi, WiFi fixes

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Pandora for iPhone redesigned, adds mini-player and notifications

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The Pandora iPhone and iPod touch app today received a thorough redesign that is slightly more starker and in line with the iOS 7/iOS 8 design style. The update formats the app for iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus’s higher-resolution display and adds various new mini-player and notifications features:

• With the new Personalization Icon, the Thumb History for your favorite stations is at your fingertips.
• Accidentally thumbed a song up or down – now you can un-thumb simply by re-tapping the Thumb Icon.
• We’ve included a new Mini-Player so you can control your music while you browse your track history.
• Stay in the loop when new music is added to your favorite stations and much more with our redesigned Notification & Activity Feed.

Pandora is free on iTunes.


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Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands beyond the U.S.

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Apple has notified Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses users that the service has expanded beyond the United States into the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore. As we detailed in October of last year, Apple Maps Connect is a web-based tool for businesses to either add or edit their listings to the Apple Maps database. The site is also used to bolster Apple’s indoor mapping data for future iOS Maps features. Thanks, Matt!


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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to add iCloud Drive in Time Machine, Wi-Fi, security + VoiceOver fixes

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After existing in beta with developers for a few months, Apple is preparing to release the second update to OS X Yosemite in the coming days to customers. The OS X 10.10.2 update was seeded to Apple employees this week under the build 14C109, which is a bit newer than the most recent developer preview. Sources provided the release notes, and there are some notable feature additions and fixes…

First, the new release adds the ability for iCloud Drive to be viewed in Time Machine. This means users will be able to track changes over time, and locate lost items that were previously in their iCloud Drive accounts. Next, Apple says that WiFi disconnection issues will be fixed in this release. Apple has been promising WiFi fixes for some time, but, based on recent history, it’s unclear whether this release will actually solve the issues users have been reporting.

Earlier this month, reports from security researchers revealed that OS X Yosemite’s enhanced Spotlight feature loads remote email content even with that preference disabled within the native Mail application. The release notes say that this issue is fixed in 10.10.2. Other fixes are included for some issues in VoiceOver, loading web page content in Safari, Bluetooth connectivity, and language switching.

Here are all of full release notes via Apple employees:

  • Resolves an issue that may cause WiFi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
  • Improves stability and security in Safari

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Angela Ahrendts recruiting U.S. employees for China as new stores & initiatives revealed

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Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts is continuing to go all in on growth in China. In video messages to employees in recent days and weeks, Ahrendts has been recruiting employees from United States-based Apple Retail stores to relocate to China to help build up Apple’s retail efforts in the region. In a note to employees late last week, sources say that Ahrendts reported that approximately 200 Apple retail workers from the U.S. have already offered to make the move. Ahrendts added that the offer to move to China “has no expiration date because as the business grows, our needs will only become greater, so as your personal and professional life changes, just always keep China at the top of your mind, because we’re going to need you…”

Ahrendts’s heavy emphasis on China began in her earliest days with Apple. In a May 2014 profile, we noted that China was a key element of Ahrendt’s three-part strategy in reinventing Apple retail in her image. Last summer, Ahrendts also reconstructed Apple’s retail executive team by adding a dedicated China-based leader to the top brass. Earlier this month, Ahrendts announced that five new Apple Retail Stores in China are opening earlier this year in advance of the Chinese New Year in February. As part of the announcement, Ahrendts said that “China is a huge and important market for every global company today.”

westlake_gallery_china-retailApple’s recent West Lake Store opening via Apple.com

Ahrendts also added that Apple is hiring for an additional 15 stores in the China market, but she did not comment on the locations. Sources now tell us that Apple has just begun hiring for new stores in the Chinese regions of South Nanjing and Dalian. The new Dalian store has been in the works for the past few years, with reports from 2012 indicating that the new store would be large in size and placed within a shopping mall. These two stores are not part of the five stores opening by the end of February, but are instead planned to open later in 2015. Apple opened up a massive new store in Hangzou over the weekend.

Apple has also begun hiring for a new store in South Sydney, Australia for an opening toward the middle of 2015, according to sources. This store adds to a growing list of over 20 stores located across Australia.

In addition to new stores, Ahrendts has been planning some new initiatives and features for Apple Retail Stores. Sources say that Apple has begun piloting a rollout of a new SMS-based system for alerting customers with wait time status updates for upcoming Genius Bar appointments. Apple is also working to completely revamp the Workshops program within Apple Stores. Workshops have traditionally been small classes for people with Macs, iPads, and iPhones to learn about the capabilities of their devices. Ahrendts is said to have told retail employees that these Workshops going forward will have different themes each month.

Finally, Apple is said to be planning to roll out new Apple Store employee attire. For years, Apple Store employees have worn work t-shirts themed to holidays or product launches. Going forward, employees will wear blue collared shirts with the Apple logo printed to the side. Ahrendts believes this is a more professional look, which may be appreciated by future customers of more fashion-oriented, higher-end Apple products.


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Apple hires Burberry’s VP of Digital Retail initiatives ahead of Watch launch

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Apple has made yet another key hire from the fashion industry: Chester Chipperfield, the Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design at Burberry. Chipperfield was “responsible for User Experience and Digital Design for all channels” and was “highly involved in digital retail initiatives” at Burberry, according to his LinkedIn profile. He confirmed the move to Apple on his profile as well as on Twitter

With experience in digital initiatives for a fashion powerhouse, Chipperfield will likely be critical in the rollout of the Apple Watch over the next few months.

Apple is planning to reorganize parts of its retail stores to sell the Apple Watch, and Chipperfield will likely play a role in Watch sales via Apple’s online store and mobile shopping application. Chipperfield does not specifically explain his new role, simply saying he is part of Apple’s “Special Projects” group.

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Chipperfield’s hire marks the latest in a string of major moves from Burberry to Apple. Angela Ahrendts, the Senior Vice President of Apple Retail, was formerly the CEO of Burberry before moving over in 2014. Apple also recently hired former Burberry social media executive Musa Tariq. These former Burberry directors join a long list of Apple fashion executives such as Paul Deneve from Yves St. Laurent, Jacob Jordan from Louis Vuitton, and Patrick Pruniaux from Tag Heur. Apple has also been seeking fashion experts to work in its retail stores.

As of earlier this month, Apple is on schedule to ship the Apple Watch by the end of March alongside iOS 8.2. In addition to being a timepiece, fitness tracker, and a communications device, the Apple Watch has a strong connection to the fashion industry. The device ships in three collections with various wrist band options. Apple has promoted the fashion-sense of the Watch by sending its design team to Paris Fashion Week, displaying the Watch at Colette, and working on a feature with Vogue China.


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Apple Director Millard Drexler to retire, replacement yet to be named

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In a filing for shareholders today, Apple announced that Millard Drexler, a member of the eight-person Board of Directors, is retiring from the Board. Apple has not yet named a replacement. Drexler’s term will end in March upon the next official shareholder meeting.

On January 16, 2015, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, which will expire at the Annual Meeting. The Board has not yet nominated an individual to fill the vacancy that will be created by Mr. Drexler’s departure from the Board. At the Annual Meeting, proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of individuals than the seven nominees named in this Proxy Statement. Each of the directors listed below has consented to serving as a nominee, being named in this proxy statement, and serving on the Board if elected. Each director elected at the Annual Meeting will serve a one-year term.

Drexler will be the second board member to retire within the last year. In mid-2014, former director Bill Campbell retired. He was replaced by BlackRock Founding Partner Susan Wagner, who, along with the rest of Apple’s board, is up for reelection in March. Apple has also disclosed 2014 salary information for most of its top senior executives.

Drexler has held key positions at J.Crew and Gap, and he was a close member of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’s inner circle. He was instrumental in the development of Apple’s original retail stores in the early 2000s. Drexler has been the longest-serving Apple board member, and that title will turn over to Arthur Levinson upon Drexler’s leave.


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