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Facebook updates Paper app for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, fixes issues

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Facebook has pushed out an update for its popular alternative client, Paper, that adds support for the larger displays on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It also addresses issues that could arise with the keyboard and video playback. Finally, a few stability issues have been fixed to keep the app from crashing.

The new Paper 1.2.4 update is available for free on the iOS App Store.


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Both MLB stadiums will accept Apple Pay at concession stands for 2014 World Series

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Forbes reports today that during the 2014 World Series (which starts tomorrow) two MLB stadiums will be accepting Apple Pay at concessions stands. Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium and San Francisco’s AT&T Park will be the first professional sports stadiums to accept Apple’s new payment process.

MLB also plans to implement Apple Pay in its At the Ballpark app to allow users to purchase tickets using Touch ID in a future update, though there’s no timeline for when that feature will be available just yet.

Major League Baseball has previously been home to early rollouts of Apple technology, like iBeacons and CarPlay. Apple even went to bat in court to protect MLB and others from a patent infringement lawsuit.


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Tim Cook praises Apple’s growth and new products in letter to employees

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Following today’s release of Apple’s quarterly earnings report, Tim Cook has sent a letter to employees praising the company’s growth and the dedication of Apple employees to the development of new iPhones, iPads, and Retina iMac. Cook calls the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch the “most successful” in the history of the device.

Cook also talks about the Apple Pay launch and reiterates the points made during today’s earnings call, saying that the purpose of introducing a payment system was to ensure that customers have a “simple, secure and private way to pay.” He also commends the software development teams on the consistent cross-platform experience introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Cook closes by saying that he will be traveling to Beijing to talk to employees in a meeting that will be recorded and posted the company’s internal website. Employees from across Apple will be able to submit questions beforehand to be asked during the Q&A session.

You can read the full letter below:

Team,

Today we reported Apple’s highest September quarter revenue ever and our strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters. These very strong results were made possible by your hard work and dedication.

Customers around the world are loving the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, quickly making this the fastest and most successful iPhone launch in history. The Mac set a new all-time record while the rest of the PC market declined. And the App Store was once again an important driver of our overall revenue growth.

Today we’re launching Apple Pay in the U.S., giving our customers a simple, secure and private way to pay. Later this week we’ll be shipping the new iPad Air 2, the world’s thinnest tablet and the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made. The new 27” iMac with Retina 5K display, which we just introduced last week, is already being hailed as the best visual experience ever on a computer. This is an amazing lineup for the holidays.

The user experience across all our products keeps getting better, thanks to the deep collaboration among our teams. iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have raised the bar for mobile and desktop operating systems, and they work together in elegant, intuitive ways that only Apple can deliver.

Later this week, I’ll be talking with a group of Apple employees in Beijing. We’re going to record the meeting so you can watch it on AppleWeb, and we’ll include questions from other sites. Please visit AppleWeb to submit a question and I’ll answer as many as I can.

Congratulations on the strong results we’ve achieved together. We can all be proud of the quarter we just reported, and the work that keeps Apple the most innovative company in the world.

Tim


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Live blog: Apple’s Q4 2014 earnings call

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As we mentioned last month, Apple is scheduled to host its quarterly conference call today to discuss its earnings report from the fourth quarter of its fiscal year: this includes 39 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 2.6 million iPods, and 5.5 million Macs. Apple already reported today that it earned $42.1 billion in revenue during its Q4 period.

This will quarterly conference call with analysts and investors will include the opening weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales which included a record 10 million sales including 4 million units sold during the first 24 hours of pre-orders. It will also be the first call since Apple previewed the Apple Watch to the public, shipped iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and introduced new iPads and a Retina 5K iMac, although sales for those devices are not included in the previous quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri will also likely mention Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment service which launched for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users earlier today.

Investors and analysts will have an opportunity to ask Tim Cook and company questions during the earnings call and we’ll be listening to bring you coverage starting at 5pm EST/ 2pm PST.

-Earnings report is out! 

-Hold music has begun… you can listen along, but we’ll include the highlights here.

-Lots of hold music, 3 minute warning, no U2 music yet.

-Hopefully no one is using iOS 8.0.1 for this call…

-And here we go…

-Tim Cook is up first

-Tim recapping iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches: “best we’ve ever created, customers absolutely love them”

-32 countires with iPhone 6 so far, 69 more before the end of October

-115 countries by the end of 2014

-Apple Pay is live today, as you may have heard

-Apple Watch still coming “early calendar 2015″ with more details coming later

-Quick mentions of iPad Air 2, iMac with Retina 5K,  iOS 8 and Yosemite

-Cook says Apple exceeded its own expectations this quarter, now going over the numbers that were released earlier

-Mac now has highest PC market share since 1995

-Cumulative app downloads hit 85 billion

-20 acquisitions this year, 7 in the September quarter

-Luca Maestri talking more numbers, breaking down product sales as released earlier today

-Chinese search engine Baidu is now using iPhones in their office, 20,000 employees and 30 in-house apps

-That 100% customer satisfaction rate for iPad mini 2 is back, and 55% of people polled say they plan to buy an iPad as their next tablet

-All-time record billings in iTunes thanks to the App Store

-Registered developers up 39% over last year

-Final remarks now, covering a few reporting changes for Q1 2015

-Time for some questions

-Apple Pay question – how does Apple see this as a business model? A way to sell hardware products or more of its own product?

-Tim says it’s about creating a better customer experience and more secure payment system; dislikes companies monetizing customer payment data

-“The most customer-centric mobile payment system” – can’t wait to add more retailers and banks

-Question about iPhone ramping, Tim says fastest in history but demand is outstripping supply, no indication of when that will balance

-Tim notes again that demand is outweighing supply on iPhone 6, says “we’ve done a pretty good job on that,” but won’t say there’s no issue, calls it “a good problem to have.”

-Every answer to every question so far has essentially ended with “we can’t make enough iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units yet”

-Tim talking iPhone upgrades and the opportunities provided by customers upgrading at different times of the year, switching from Android, and buying their first iPhones. Also once again points out constrained supply.

-Question about iPhone 6/6 Plus sales split, Tim won’t give any specifics but says that Apple is selling everything they make; says it’s likely that a geographic difference will appear in popularity of certain models, but nothing solid yet

-68 million iPad sales in 2014, down YOY, Tim calls it “a speed bump, not a huge issue,” but wants to improve growth

-Tim says 50-75% first time buyers in some markets indicates tablet market isn’t saturated, but many people hold onto iPads longer than other products

-Tim says he is fine with Apple products cannibalizing one another

-Question about why Apple Watch is grouped into “other” category in new reporting groups, along with iPods and others

-Tim says it doesn’t indicate expectations for Apple Watch sales, categories were based on current revenue

-Question about any new product categories we don’t know about. Tim says “obviously we are working on other things as well,” won’t get any more specific.

-Question about China numbers, Tim says things are looking just fine, very optimistic about the future

-That’s all folks! You can catch a replay of the call on Apple’s earnings call podcast a little later.


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Full video from Vanity Fair Jony Ive interview on design, Steve Jobs, and more now available

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Last week Jony Ive took part in an interview during Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit where he discussed topics such as his views on product design, development of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs, and more. Today the magazine made the full 25-minute video from the interview available for viewing.

In the interview, Ive calls the fact that some other companies copy Apple’s product design style “theft” and gives more insight into the process behind why (and how) the first iPhone featured a large touchscreen display when other phones of the day were getting smaller and smaller. He also discusses his first experience with an Apple product and how to led to his current career in design.

You can watch the full video below:


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PSA: You can still upgrade the RAM in the Retina iMac, save hundreds over Apple’s price

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Yesterday Apple released a new version of the Mac Mini that no longer features user-servicable RAM, but thankfully the new iMac with Retina 5K display still allows users to upgrade memory through an access door on the back, just like previous models. The new machine houses four memory slots.

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If you want to upgrade your memory, you can get 16 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM for $136.50 (about $30 off) at Amazon (below). The kit comes with two 8 GB modules, meaning you can grab two of these kits for a total of 32 GB for around $270. Not a bad deal at all, given that some outlets are charging just under $400 for the same memory—never mind the comical $600 Apple is asking. (Comical in that the 1st 2x8GB kit costs $200 and the second one costs $400 more :/)

The Crucial RAM at Amazon (or other upgrade kitss that are around) will also give you 2 extra 4GB Sims which you can sell or keep in case of emergency.

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iFixit tears down the new Retina iMac, finds it largely unchanged over previous versions

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The folks over at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of Apple’s new 27″ Retina iMacs, and, as they are wont to do, immediately opened it up to find out what makes these things tick. Inside they found that most of the internal components are actually somewhat familiar.

The SSD inside the new iMac is the same unit found inside the latest-generation MacBook Pro, while the logic board, Bluetooth controller, and more are identical to that of previous iMacs. In fact, in the case of the logic board, iFixit didn’t even document the dissection, instead referring back to the previous year’s teardown.

Obviously there are new components in play here, especially the processor, GPU, and display hardware. The custom timing controller Apple boasted about during the keynote was present, and iFixit notes that this appears to be a modified version of a Parade Technologies DP665 controller. The display panel itself was built by LG.

You can find more photos along with more specifics like model numbers for every component on iFixit.


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