This year’s iPad Air will reportedly come in gold

The Rumor: Apple will reveal a gold iPad Air 2 alongside the iPhone 6. The Verdict: No way. Gold iPads are probably in the cards, but Apple always waits until October to reveal its new tablets, and next week's event is going to be jam packed as is with iOS 8, iPhone 6, mobile payments, and the iWatch. Save some more goodies for later Apple.

A gold iPad concept design

2014 will be the year the iPad turns golden, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

After introducing gold as a color option in the iPhone lineup with the 5s last year, the second-gen iPad Air will reportedly also be offered in gold.

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Apple brings back SMS Continuity in OS X Yosemite GM

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iOS 8 and Yosemite work together unlike any other operating systems Apple’s ever created, but after removing one of Continuity’s most promising new features – the ability to send and receive SMS texts from Messages on a Mac – Apple has restored the feature to OS X Yosemite slightly ahead of schedule.

Apple removed the feature from the Yosemite beta earlier this month, stating it would be available again in October, but it looks like today’s Yosemite GM has restored SMS Continuity to iMessages

Here’s how to enables it from an iPhone running iOS 8.1 beta 1:

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The virtual bicycle race is on

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The official Zwift launch took place simultaneously in all three Rapha Cycle Clubs locations: San Francisco (pictured here), London and New York. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

New bicycling game Zwift cruises along at the crossroads where video game nerds, bike fanatics and the land of the long winter come together. Launched in beta today, Zwift lets you compete with friends in a massively multiplayer cycling game designed to turn indoor rides into something more exciting.

The basic premise is this: You pick your avatar, pick your whip, pick your kit, pick your route and then pedal with/against your friends, no matter where they are in the country. You watch the action on the virtual terrain on a computer (most any reasonably modern desktop or notebook will do).

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PayPal got kicked out of Apple Pay for partnering with Samsung

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Apple Pay’s launch in the U.S. next month is being supported by some of the biggest players in the payments industry in the country except PayPal, but according to a report from Banking Innovation, Apple actually wanted PayPal to be the “preferred payment process” for Apple Pay.

Talks between PayPal and Apple began at the early stages of Apple Pay’s development, but after PayPal decided to partner with Samsung on the Galaxy S5, Apple execs got so mad they nuked the talks altogether.

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Apple Watch mass-production might not start until January

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Apple is still trying to work out the last few details of its first wearable, but with an early 2015 launch just months away, plans to manufacture and assemble the Apple Watch are being finalized. But AppleDaily reports production isn’t scheduled to ramp into high gear until January 2015.

To manufacture its first wearable, Apple has turned to its old partner Quanta Computer to churn out the first units, and they’re already hiring an army of assemblers for the hyped release.

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Apple to hold Q4 2014 earnings call on October 20th

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Apple announced today that its financial earnings call with investors for Q4 2013 will be held on Monday, October 20th at 2PM PT.

AAPL shares have been holding steady around $100 after breaking the century barrier last month, but the price could start ticking upward after announced record breaking iPhone 6 launch week sales with over 10 million units sold.

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6 things Mac users need to know about Windows 10

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Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on its next operating system, but Microsoft gave the world an early look at the next version of Windows today that is set to run on everything from smartphones to PCs.

Microsoft says its next version of Windows will be the most comprehensive platform ever, and while the company is retreating from the disaster that was Windows 8, it’s bringing back some classic features and stealing a few things from the Mac too.

Here’s everything Mac users need to know about Windows 10:

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Apple reportedly punishes German mag for its iPhone 6 Plus bend test

Apple wants people to stop bending its iPhones.

Apple wants people to stop bending its iPhones.

An iPhone 6 bend test left a German tech magazine with bigger worries than a needlessly broken smartphone: The publication was reportedly banned from future Apple events and told it would no longer receive the Cupertino company’s latest products for review.

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 to developers

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The official release of Yosemite is nearly here, as Apple has just seeded the Gold Master of OS X 10.10 to developers.

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 is now available in the Mac Dev Center or via the Mac App Store to members of Apple’s developer program. The new GM is accompanied by a new Xcode 6.1 GM seed and OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview.

Apple also released a beta version of Yosemite to the public that received it 3rd preview earlier this month, but it doesn’t appear that Apple is seeding the GM to the public testers yet.

Yosemite brings a revamped UI to OS X along with a host of new features aimed at making your iPhone and Mac work smarter together. No official word from Apple on what’s inside the Yosemite GM but we’ll let you know what we find as soon as its installed.

How to fix Bluetooth connectivity in the car after iOS 8.0.2 broke it

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s release of iOS 8.0.2 brought a number of bug fixes to the new operating system, but many iPhone users have reported Bluetooth connection problems with automobiles, including some of us here at Cult of Mac.

Since the iOS 8.0.2 update, iPhone users have taken to Apple’s Support forums to report that they’re unable to initiate calls over Bluetooth. The bug seems to affect a range of iPhone models and automobile makers, but there’s a quick solution that can get you back on the road and slinging cars while you drive.

Just follow these quick steps:

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