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October 8, 2014

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More investigation into the newest beat of iOS 8.1 has revealed that the operating system contains 3x versions of some iPad UI elements. Triple-size elements are used by the new iPhone 6 Plus to maintain “Retina” quality on the larger display, and this change could indicate that a larger or higher-resolution iPad could be coming with next week’s announcement.

Like the new Apple Pay UI that was recently uncovered in this beta, the new assets were discovered by Hamza Sood and posted to Twitter:

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Apple enters top 5 PC vendors worldwide by shipments, takes third domestically

New IDC numbers released today reveal that Apple has jumped into the top five PC vendors worldwide by shipment this quarter, with Mac shipments coming in at 4.9 million units for 6.3% market share. That’s a year-over-year growth of just under 9%. Lenovo and HP held the top two slots with 20% and 18.8% respectively.

The same report indicated that the Cupertino company had held steady in third place for domestic shipments. With 2.26 million Macs shipped within the United States, the company was able to grab 13% marketshare. The domestic year-over-year growth came out to 9.3%. Apple was beat out by Dell with a 24% share, while HP held the top position with 27.%.

Apple will be announcing several new products next week, including new iMacs, which should provide a boost for Q4 shipments.

Apple releases beta version of OS X Server 4.0 for Yosemite to developers

Apple has just posted a pre-release build of OS X Server version 4.0 on its developer portal. The update is designed for systems running the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite and has a build number of 14S323. The seed notes are below:

OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323 (app version 3.5.9) is now available for testing. This version is designed for OS X Yosemite and includes many new features and improvements. Minimum System Requirements To install OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323, you need one of these computers: • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) • Xserve (Early 2009) Your Mac needs: • OS X Yosemite Developer Preview • Atleast2GBofRAM • At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server) Clean installs, updates from OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S310 and upgrade and migration from OS X Snow Leopard, OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Mavericks systems are supported (exceptions noted below) for this seed. What’s New In OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview Server Application • OS X Server can perform network diagnostic tests to verify your server is accessible from the Internet. Network diagnostic tests verify reachability by checking your server’s host name, and service ports. • Firewall and user/group-based service access controls can now be defined in the Access tab of Server pane. Access restrictions may be applied in multiple levels – for all networks, local networks, this Mac, custom networks, and for specific users and groups. File Sharing • SMB 3 is the default protocol for sharing files in OS X Yosemite. SMB 3 helps protect against tampering and eavesdropping by encrypting and signing data “in-flight.” In addition to SMB 3, OS X Yosemite maintains support for SMB 2, AFP and SMB network file sharing protocols, automatically selecting the appropriate protocol as needed. • SMB 3 provides end-to-end encryption to protect data and secure communication on untrusted networks. SMB 3 uses AES CCM for encryption to ensure communications between client and server are private. • To guard against tampering, SMB 3 adds a signature to every packet transmitted over the wire. SMB 3 uses AES-CMAC to validate the integrity of the signature, ensuring the packets have not been intercepted, changed or replayed and that communication between hosts is authenticated and authorized. Profile Manager Profile Manager features new payload settings and Mobile Device Management (MDM) support for new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. iOS and OS X • MDM support for device renaming • MDM query to display which VPP account is configured on a device, if any • Network settings for WPA-2 Enterprise and WPA2-PSD security types • VPN settings to support “Always On” and Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2) iOS 8 • MDM support for pushing the installation of media assets including PDF, EPUB and iBook Author files • MDM query to determine the most recent iCloud backup • Restriction setting to Allow user to configure restrictions on a device • Restriction setting to restrict cellular data usage • Restriction setting to allow or restrict use of Handoff • Restriction setting to prevent backup of managed books • Restriction setting to prevent syncing of highlights and notes of managed books • Restriction setting to allow Internet results in Spotlight search • Restriction setting to Allow Erase of All Content and Settings • Restriction setting to Allow Managed Apps to Store Data in iCloud • Network setting for EAP-SIM random key challenges • Updated Content Filter setting for third-party Plug-in filters • Updated Mail setting with per-message S/MIME signing encryption switch • Managed Domains setting to manage web and mail account domains OS X Yosemite • MDM support for OS X enterprise app installation • AD Certificate settings to support AllowAllAppsAccess and KeyIsExtractable • SCEP and AD Certificate settings to allow specifying certificate renewal notification time • Passcode setting to prevent login after a specified number of incorrect attempts Mail Server • Simpler interface for setting up email for multiple domains. Calendar Server • Administrators can store address information for all meeting rooms in the Calendar Server. This allows Calendar clients to associate map location with a schedule-able location, support travel times, etc. Caching Server • IP address range registration to support caching content in non-NAT’ed networks. What’s New and Noteworthy to Test • Upgrade and migration from OS X Snow Leopard and higher systems • Xsan Bug Reporting When reporting a bug, enter the following command in Terminal, then attach the output to the bug report. $ sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/sbin/ serverloggather Known Issues Server App • On first launch following a migration from a OS X Server 3.1.2, Open Directory users and groups may not appear. The workaround is to quit Server App and relaunch. Wiki service. Xsan Configuration Instructions • Create a SAN • Start Xsan and create a new SAN. This machine will become an Xsan Controller. • Joining a Controller to an existing SAN • Start Xsan and select to Join a SAN. • Clients • Use the “Save Configuration Profile” command available on the Xsan pane of Server App to add a client to the SAN and copy the profile to the client. Install the profile on clients by double-clicking the profile and following the installation process. Configure SAN Clients Using Profile Manager Clients can be configured using an Xsan Configuration Profile generated using Profile Manager. 1. Enroll one of the Xsan controllers into Device Management of Profile Manager. 2. Enroll each SAN client into Device Management of Profile Manager. 3. Use Profile Manager to push the Xsan configuration profile to the Clients. 4. Install the Profile on each SAN client. Upgrade and Migration 1. 2. 3. Upgrade or Migrate your legacy Primary MDC first • Launch Server App and turn Xsan ON • Select to Restore a previous SAN configuration Upgrade or Migrate your legacy Backup MDC’s (one at at time) • Launch Server App and turn Xsan ON • Select to Restore a previous SAN configuration Upgrade or Migrate Xsan Clients • Xsan will not be enabled at the end of the upgrade/migration • Copy the Xsan Configuration Profile from one of the MDC’s and install on the client OR Configure SAN Clients using Profile Manager (see notes above)

October 7, 2014

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KGI has published a new report clarifying that the recent announcement that Apple’s sapphire supplier had filed for bankruptcy will likely have no impact on the production of the comapny’s sapphire display-equipped wearable. According to KGI, GT was mainly contracted to create the sapphire crystal displays for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The reason Apple partnered with GT Advanced on the iPhone displays was related to the size of the screens. Because GT was the best equipped to manufacture a display the size of the new iPhone models. However, because the Apple Watch uses a smaller display, other companies are able to produce the covers as easily as GT. This is also why the Touch ID sensor and iPhone cameras, which both use a sapphire lens, will also be unaffected.

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Just in case there hadn’t already been enough evidence of Apple Pay support coming to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the iOS 8.1 update, the second beta of the operating system, which was released earlier today, contains the setup screen for the system. The change isn’t visible to most users right now, but Hamad Sood been able to make it appear:

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Apple’s sapphire processing plant in Mesa, AZ

The Wall Street Journal has cast some more light on recent reports that Apple’s sapphire supplier had declared bankruptcy earlier this week. According to the Journal’s report, Apple withheld a payment of $139 million from GT Advanced, though currently there’s no indication of why this decision was made.

In another interesting revelation, the Journal also discovered that the CEO of GT Advanced, Thomas Gutierrez, unloaded all of his stock in the company in a sale just one day before the iPhone 6 was unveiled. The device was widely expected to use sapphire supplied by GT for its displays. GT Advanced had enjoyed a rising stock price that had nearly doubled since initial rumors of a collaboration on the iPhone 6 started swirling.

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October 6, 2014

1Password, the powerful and popular password manager for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 5.1 today, introducing a host of new features and improvements. First on the list is support for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with full 3x image support on the Plus model.

Touch ID support has also been significantly improved, with the app’s security settings now simplified to avoid the confusing and unnecessary differentiation between the Master Password and PIN code, and Touch ID is now more reliable. You can also create new tags to add to your stored data, allowing for easier sorting on-the-go.

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Gmail for iOS updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus display sizes

Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS with support for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There don’t seem to be any other unmentioned changes (still no unified inbox), but you won’t have to use the awkward zoomed view when using the app anymore.

You can grab Gmail version 3.1415926 (yes, that’s Pi) for free from the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 3.1415926 Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

October 3, 2014

Ten-year-old Real Networks lawsuit against Apple over iTunes DRM will go to trial

Remember RealPlayer? Well, the company behind that software has been granted a jury trial in an antitrust lawsuit from 2004. At the heart of the suit is an anti-piracy measure added to iTunes and the iPod after Real Networks debuted its RealPlayer competitor. According to the suit, Apple deliberately stopped iTunes and iPods from playing music purchased from the competing store through several iTunes updates.

Real Networks says that this cause $351,631,153 in damages, breaking the claim down even further as “$148,947,126 for resellers, $194,655,141 for direct purchasers, and $8,028,886 for additional iPod sales from the additional transactions.” The full ruling is below.

October 2, 2014

Beats on Apple TV

Last month Apple was rumored to be looking for a way to shut down the current version of the Beats Music streaming service that it acquired as part of the Beats Electronics deal, though the claim of a shutdown was quickly shot down in favor of an upcoming rebranding effort.

Today Re/code has revealed a bit more about Apple’s plans for the new service, which is expected to be revealed in February, according to some reports. According to Re/code, Apple wants to cut the price of the streaming service below the current $10 mark, and it’s asking music companies to cut a special deal on licensing rights to accomplish that.

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DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed biopic after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was first reported as being considered for the role back in April, with Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct.

The Aaron Sorkin-penned film has been in development for years now and will reportedly depict the thirty minutes prior to three of Apple’s most important keynotes from Jobs’s perspective. David Fincher, who was in talks to direct the movie before Boyle, said in March that Christian Bale would have been his first choice to play the Apple co-founder, though both ended up being rejected by Sony.

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Apple has pushed out the fourth pre-release version of iTunes 12 to users running the developer preview or public beta of OS X Yosemite. The update weighs in at 214 MB, but the seed notes don’t list anything new in this build. There do appear to be some new icons in the preferences screen, but for the most part it’s the same as the other betas we’ve seen.

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October 1, 2014

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Apple has unveiled a new tool for users to help determine whether an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is configured to use Activation Lock. The page works much like the tools used by carriers such as AT&T to determine whether a potential trade-in device was protected with the feature. You enter the IMEI or serial number of the device, fill in a CAPTCHA, and press “Continue” to get your results (via iDownloadblog).

If the device is protected, you’ll find instructions for disabling the security measure before selling it. You’ll also find help for removing a used device from another user’s account, in the event that you were sold a phone and the original owner had not disabled it (of course, all of those options involve contacting the previous owner and having them do it, for security purposes).

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Here’s a clip of cybersecurity expert Gary Miliefsky explaining how all of the top ten flashlight apps on the Google Play Store are malware over b-roll footage of iPhone users toggling the flashlight in Control Center. In fairness to the editor who put the package together, there probably isn’t a whole lot of file footage of people opening random free flashlight apps on an Android phone.

The actual information in the clip is somewhat amusing (if you’re an iPhone owner) or frightening (if you don’t pay attention to the Android apps you’re downloading). According to Miliefsky, a large number of flashlight apps on the Google Play Store are actually transmitting user data including address book entries and personal information to multiple endpoints in at least three different countries.

Half a billion devices have apparently downloaded the malicious software, which Miliefsky says can only be fully removed via a full factory reset. Whether these app developers are using the data for anything nefarious hasn’t been determined but it’s best to be on your guard when downloading apps, even from official sources like Google Play. Miliefsky’s suggestion is to find a flashlight app with a very small file size since larger apps likely contain a large amount of malicious code, but for advice from a security expert that doesn’t seem like a great way to be sure of an app’s intentions.

When iOS 8.0 launched, it shipped without support for SMS Forwarding, one of the many “Continuity” features that were demonstrated to work between iOS devices and Macs running OS X Yosemite. The reason for this was fairly simple: there was no need to include the feature if Yosemite was not yet available to the public.

Earlier this week Apple delivered the first beta version of iOS 8.1 to developers. Aside from a few design tweaks, not a whole lot of changes were visible, though there were references and initial support for Apple Pay, indicating that this would be the update to enable that feature. Now it seems the update will also activate the SMS Forwarding function.

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Tweetbot, the incredibly popular iPhone Twitter client, has just been updated with support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. The update includes interactive notification banners that allow you to quickly favorite, retweet, or reply to tweets as they come in.

The new version also includes the ability to login to an account using the new 1Password extension introduced in the newest update to that app. Other third-party extensions will also be supported through native iOS 8 share sheets. Other miscellaneous bug fixes are included to round out the update.

You can grab Tweetbot 3.5 for iPhone on the App Store for $4.99. It’s free for existing users. The full change log is below.

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September 30, 2014

In August we got a glimpse of the upcoming Pokemon trading card game for iPad in what would be the first official Pokemon game for Apple’s platform. Tonight the app became available on the App Store.

The game features both a single-player mode in which you play against a computer as well as an online version that allows you to challenge other players as well as a full deck management system.

You can grab Pokemon TCG for free on any iPad that has a Retina display (non-Retina models aren’t supported). The App Store description is below:

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Apple has announced that for the month of October it will be accepting donations through the iTunes Store on behalf of City of Hope in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. City of Hope is a research facility that focuses on prevention and treatment of not only cancer, but many serious diseases such as lymphoma.

The Cupertino company has previously collected donations on behalf of organizations such as the Red Cross following catastrophic events such as typhoons and hurricanes. This is the first time Apple has collected donations for City of Hope or Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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On Tuesday Apple provided developers and beta testers with the GM build of OS X Yosemite, which will likely be the version that ships to consumers later in October (although since this is only a “GM candidate” we may see another build sometime before then). Earlier we noted that this build includes updated videos to demonstrate the trackpad gestures in System Preferences that showed off new iWork icons.

As it turns out, those demo videos also give us a quick look at what will almost certainly be the next major version of Apple’s iWork suite. Above you can see an unreleased version of Pages that features a redesigned toolbar and other tweaks. Another of the videos has our first look at the updated Keynote app:

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In line with previous claims, Bloomberg is now reporting that Apple is planning to introduce a gold model to its iPad lineup with the release of the next-generation iPad Air. Interestingly, the report is specific to note that the full-size model will get the color while the mini line goes without mention.

Per the report:

New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.

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