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Apple releases Mail app update for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview & Public Beta

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Apple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update as a standalone fix versus an entirely new developer preview. Apple released new developer and public betas for Yosemite last week. The final OS is expected to ship in late October.


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Apple engineers apparently already testing the Apple Watch in the wild

*Actors, not actual Apple employees

*Actors, not actual Apple employees

The Apple Watch is only shipping early next year, after being announced earlier this month, and Apple engineers are reportedly already sporting the wearable in the wild. According to reports on Twitter, Apple engineers have been spotted with the sport model at their usual bus stops en route to work:

Of course, they were carrying the new iPhones, too. We’ll know how the battery life is if they’re still wearing the watches when they return to the bus stop tonight. Another reader spotted the Raffi model last week:

 


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Apple rolling out app specifics passwords for iCloud, required starting on Oct. 1

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Apple has informed iCloud users via email that the company will begin rolling out an app-specific password feature. The feature allows users with iCloud two-factor authentication enabled to use third-party apps.

Apple explains:

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It will be required starting October 1st. Apple has also informed users via email about this morning’s general rollout of two-factor verification for iCloud. 


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Two-factor verification for iCloud.com is back following recent hacks

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Back in June, Apple rolled out a two-factor authentication system for the iCloud.com suite of web apps. The feature quickly disappeared, but today, users are noticing that it has returned. The feature requires users to verify their identity via a ping to a SMS text number or device connected to their particular iCloud login ID. This adds an extra layer of protection so that if even another person knows your iCloud password, they will still need one of your iOS devices or SMS-connected cell phones to access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and iWork on the web. The addition of two-factor verification comes following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s promise to bolster iCloud security after a small number of celebrity accounts were accessed by hackers.


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OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release imminent as pre-release build seeded to AppleCare

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We’ve received word from multiple AppleCare employees that the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release has been seeded internally. This typically means that AppleCare is preparing for the software’s release. With iOS 8 launching tomorrow, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will launch in the coming days or weeks.

Here are the release notes via multiple AppleCare employees:

- The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the Stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

- Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentications

- Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server

- Includes Safari 7.0.6

For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6400

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Don’t get too hooked on 10.9.5 however, because the redesigned OS X Yosemite with a bunch of new features is just around the corner. Sources indicated in July that the release is scheduled for toward the end of October. Apple most recently seeded a new Yosemite beta yesterday with minor enhancements.


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Apple seeds another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers

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Apple has seeded yet another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers today. This is a new version of OS X Server specifically for OS X Mavericks. It will soon be superseded by Server version 4.0 for OS X Yosemite next month. Apple has also been seeding 10.9.5 builds as of late. Thanks, D. 


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Apple edits its company description following Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements

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Besides the news about iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order numbers, Apple’s press release this morning introduced Apple’s new company description/mission statement. Apple tweaks this from time-to-time based on new product introductions. With Apple Pay and Apple Watch incoming, Apple has edited this company description. Here’s the new one:

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.

Here’s the previous one for comparison:

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.


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