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China was left off the list of initial iPhone 6 launch partners, but according to a report from Reuters, the bending sensation that’s taken over the US and Europe is finally ready to hit mainland China.
Apple has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for its bigger than big device, and finally received a licence from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to be used on China’s wireless networks.
Update: After nearly two hours of downtime, iCloud services have been restored.
If you’ve been having trouble accessing some of iCloud’s services this afternoon, you are not alone.
Apple’s System Status page is showing that some iCloud users are unable to access all of the service’s features and have been unable to do so for about an hour.
We’ve received reports from users across the U.S. that iCloud is unavailable to them, and many other Apple users in other countries are reporting the same issue. An official statement on what’s caused the outage has not been released by Apple, though some reports have theorized that the company’s iCloud facility in North Carolina is facing issues.
We’ve reach out to Apple for comment, but for now there is no ETA on when iCloud will be up and running again for all users.
Apple has seeded the first major update to iOS 8 to developers this afternoon with the release of iOS 8.1 beta 1, along side a new build of Xcode 6 .1 beta 3 and a pre-release version of Apple TV Software that includes support for Family Sharing and can be used to test AirPlay and HomeKit in iOS apps.
The release notes don’t mention any new features that may have been added to the software, but lists a number of bug fixes. We’ll let you know what type of new goodies we find once we get it install on our devices. The new beta can be download from the iOS Developer Center or via the direct download links below.
Here are the direct download links:
Apple Pay, the new mobile payments system that unshackles iPhone users their wallets – will only be available in the U.S. when it launches next month, but Apple’s is already hiring a team to expand its mobile payments into Europe.
Mary Carol Harris has been poached away from Visa by Apple where she was the director of mobile at Visa Europe since 2008, and she’s also got some expertise with NFC too.
Apple is diving wrists first into the fashion industry next year with its first ever timepiece, and what better way for the Apple Watch strut its stuff for the public than at in front of the worlds most intolerable fashionistas at fashion week in Paris?
The first public showing of the Apple Watch might take place tomorrow, reports MacPlus, which spotted an announcement from the Parisian fashion boutique Colette (which sells a ton of fashionable watches), advertising a one day only experience in partnership with Apple.
Take a look at the subtle Apple Watch hint in the invite below:
The iMac is Apple’s only machine that hasn’t gone Retina, but a new report claims the wait is almost over for the desktop beast — Apple is “incredibly likely” to announce its new Retina iMac next month.
Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is notorious for its empire of iPhone-assembling employees and robots, but the electronics manufacturer is looking to shift gears, by building a dirt cheap electric car, and it’s already investing $811 million to speed up the process.
Apple added a new feature to iOS 8 that makes it harder for retailers to track your location by snooping info broadcast over WiFi, but after digging into the MAC randomization feature, a security researcher has found some bad news: it only works if you’ve got cellular data turned off.
The Mac randomization feature which debuted at WWDC, promises to limit retailers’ abilities to track your iPhone when you go to the mall, by sending a random MAC address, instead of the code can be used to grab your iPhone’s unique device ID and location, but users will have to turn off their cellular data connection to start broadcasting random MAC addresses.
The iPad rumors are heating up…
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
iPhone 6 is grabbing all the headlines, but iPad rumor season is heating up with an event rumored to be scheduled next week and whispers of a special A8X processor coming to the iPad Pro. We’ve also got new rumors on 12-inch MacBook Air, a possible Mac Mini update en route, and some new nuggets about Apple Watch.
Bono's got a new album format
The Rumor: U2 is working on a secret album format with Apple
The Verdict: Probably. We know how much Timmy and Bono love each other, and with rumors that Apple might spin Beats Music into something else, maybe the new audio-visual album format - that's supposed to rekindle to magic and money of buying vinyl and CDs - will get slipped into that new service.
No Digital Touch until V-day
The Rumor: Apple Watch will be 'lucky' to ship by Valentines day.
The Verdict: Sounds likely. The Information says that Apple employees and its partners thought the wearable would launch this year. Now that the launch has been pushed to early 2015, I expect the company won't be in a rush to get it on our wrists by January, if that means compromising the final product.
Bigger processor for bigger iPad
The Rumor: Apple's jumbo iPad will get a special A8X processor.
The Verdict: Sounds believable. The 3rd and 4th gen iPads had special A5X and A6X chips. Apple didn't make an X variant of the A7 processor, but if it really is building a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it's going to need to juice up the graphics performance on the wicked fast A8 processor to support all that screen real estate and give enterprise users that power they need.
The Rumor: MacBook Airs are going gold and fanless in 2015
The Verdict: Keep the gold, leave the fanlessness. We've been hearing rumors of a 12-inch MacBook Air for sometime now, and while I'm not too partial to the idea of gold MacBook Airs everywhere, I would get down with the space gray model if Apple really does release it.
October 21st iPad event
The Rumor: Apple is planning to hold an iPad event on October 21st
The Verdict: Start clearing up your schedule. If the iPad event doesn't land on 21st as predicted by the Daily Dot, it will definitely be held on either the 14th or 28th.
iPad mini gets neglected
The Rumor: New iPad mini won't launch this year to differentiate it from iPhone 6 Plus.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. We haven't seen any case or part leaks for the updated iPad mini. It could be Apple's holding it back for some bigger updates. With the iPhone 6 Plus canabalizing iPad mini sales, they're going to need some killer new features to convince fans to pay for a new model, when their big ass iPhone does the same thing plus Apple Pay.
Mac Mini freshens up
The Rumor: The Mac Mini will finally get updated at October event.
The Verdict: Maybe. It's been over two years since Apple's updated the Mac Mini, and timing the announcement with the release of Yosemite would make sense. Plus we've heard there could be some other Macbook updates at the event.
Brands were quick to pile on the iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate controversy this week with a heavy serving of scathing tweets and jokes, except in LG’s case, it can’t get enough iPhone either.
LG – makers of the curved LG G Flex smartphone – bragged on Twitter that its phone “doesn’t bend, it flexes… on purpose,” but like countless of ignorant celebrities and brands before them, their social media mavens didn’t know we can all see their belly busting joke was crafted on an iPhone.
Using an app like Tweetdeck or Tweetbot you can see that the joke was posted using Twitter for iPhone. Which iPhone they were using is anyone’s guess, but I hope they’re taking a few design lessons from it so they can finally start using their own phones someday.
- Via DailyDot