Early reviews confirm the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the 4.7-inch model (Updated)

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Early reviews confirm that the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the iPhone 6. It had been suggested by some that the 5.5-inch model might have a higher spec, with 2GB RAM.

They reveal that both models of the iPhone 6 have identical specs bar the display, battery and optical stabilisation in the camera of the larger model (the 4.7-inch model having only electronic stabilisation) …  Read more

Part two of Charlie Rose’s Tim Cook interview now available to stream in full

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Following the publishing of the first half of the interview, and several subsequent clips, part two Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook is now available to watch – in full – on Hulu (below) and Charlie Roses’s website. In the interview, Cook discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from privacy, to U2, and “what comes after the internet.”

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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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Foxconn employee detained by Chinese police for iPhone 6 shell leaks

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An employee at Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly been detained by Chinese police over allegations the 40-year old man stole and sold iPhone 6 shells in the week’s leading up to the device’s unveiling. The report comes from The Wall Street Journal, which cites local reports from Communist Party-run newspaper Taihang Daily: Read more

Major Chinese business paper claims iPhone 6 won’t go on sale in China this year – reliability unclear

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Bloomberg is quoting a report from the major Chinese business paper 21st Century Business Herald that the iPhone 6 may not go on sale in China this year due to regulatory delays. Apple was unable to confirm a launch date in the country.

Apple may have to wait until next year to get approval for new iPhones in China after failing to reach agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology this month, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing an unidentified person close to Apple.

Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple, said she couldn’t provide a date for the China release. “China is a key market for us and we will get here as soon as possible,” Wu said in an e-mail today …

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Tim Cook talks privacy in part two of Charlie Rose interview

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The first clip of part two of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose has posted tonight with a segment on Apple and privacy. In the interview, Cook discussed the privacy of user data using Apple services as Apple has mentioned in the past.

We’re not reading your email, we’re not reading your iMessages. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have the key.

Cook also discussed how Apple’s approach to Apple Pay, its new mobile payment system, emphasizing that Apple is in the business of selling iPhones, not user information like other companies. Cook commented strongly that he is “offended” by the practices of some other companies. The shot at Google, which Cook stated is his idea of Apple’s competition in the part one with Charlie Rose, was mentioned similarly during last week’s iPhone event. Cook also discussed earlier privacy issues involving “server backdoors” and Edward Snowden. You can view the new clip below…

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PayPal takes a swipe at Apple Pay security over iCloud celebrity photo leaks

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PayPal appears to be calling out Apple and its newly announced mobile payment service Apple Pay with an ad appearing in The New York Times print edition (via Pando Daily) indirectly reminding people of last month’s disastrous iCloud photo leak when a list of celebrities found their personal photos an intimate situations published on the web. The ad reads “We the people want our money safer than our selfies,” but PayPal isn’t without its own security issue in the past.

Apple already has over 500 million iTunes account with most having credit cards, the company says, and iCloud features like iCloud Keychain manage and utilize credit card data for auto-completing credit card information. Read more

Apple joins secure chip standards and NFC group GlobalPlatform ahead of Apple Pay release

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Ahead of Apple’s entry into the mobile payment space next month with the release of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, Apple has joined the GlobalPlatform, the non-profit association focused on standards for secure chip technology across various industries, as a full member.

Existing members of GlobalPlatform include various Apple partners and competitors alike with carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon being members as well as handset makers Samsung and BlackBerry. More importantly, Apple Pay partners American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are also members; Discover, which is not yet an Apple Pay partner but has said it is discussions over participation with Apple, is also a member. Read more

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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Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8 and Public Beta 3

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This morning, Apple has released a pair of OS X Yosemite beta updates. The first is OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8 for registered developers. That update is available via the Mac App Store. The Cupertino-based company has also released OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3, which is the third release for end users that are part of Apple’s AppleSeed customer software seeding program. That update is, too, available on the Mac App Store for applicable users. We’ll be updating this post with new changes as they are discovered. OS X Yosemite is expected to ship in October, according to sources.

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