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Apple and GT Advanced Technologies amicably part ways

GTAT's sapphire glass didn't land in the iPhone

GTAT’s sapphire glass didn’t land in the iPhone

Apple is in the market for a new sapphire supplier.

GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have reached an agreement that will see the two companies amicably parting ways, after the sapphire supplier filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month.

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Apple Pay’s innovative loyalty program could supercharge holiday shopping


Apple Pay’s loyalty program could arrive in time to reward your holiday shopping spree. Photo: Apple

Apple Pay is set to completely change the way we pay for things at the register, and to reward early adopters’ use of the new mobile payments system, Apple is planning to launch a new Apple Pay loyalty program in time for the holidays.

The rumored Apple Pay loyalty program supposedly wasn’t slated to launch until 2015  (to go with the launch of Apple Pay 2.0), but after market demand was stronger than expected, Bank Innovation reports the program could be here in time to help you with your Christmas Shopping.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders start delivering tomorrow

The iPad mini 3. Photo: Apple

The iPad mini 3 will be in hands this week. Photo: Apple

Apple mysteriously didn’t mention an exact launch date for the iPad Air 2 or the iPad mini 3, but if you pre-ordered your new tablet last week, it could be on your doorstep as soon as tomorrow.

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Apple rakes in $42.1 billion in revenue in Q4 2014

Apple shareholders are suing Tim Cook for

Apple announced its financial results for Q4 2014 this afternoon and the numbers were big.

Backed by strong iPhone and Mac sales, Apple posted $42.1 billion in quarterly revenue, with $8.5 billion net profits, or $1.42 per diluted share. Both profit and revenue for the quarter bested Apple’s previous record in the year ago quarter.

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Liveblog: Apple’s Q4 2014 earnings extravaganza

Tim Cook takes the stage at Apple's Oct. 16 event. in Cupertino, California. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook takes the stage at the iPhone 6/Apple Pay event in Cupertino, California. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are getting ready to follow up the launch of Apple Pay by revealing Apple’s Q4 earnings with investors this afternoon. The results are expected to be record breaking, anchored by the unprecedented demand of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple’s earnings call will reveal just how much money the company raked in over the past three months and we’ll be here to liveblog whole thing. AAPL shares are up 1.60% this afternoon, with the earnings expected to arrive shortly after the market closes, so keep this page open for the full scoop on how ridiculously profitable Apple was last quarter.

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Toggle Yosemite’s dark mode quicker with this little hack

Yosemite's "dark mode." Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Yosemite’s “dark mode.” Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Yosemite’s new Dark Mode is one of my favorite new features in OS X 10.10, but toggling it on and off can be a pain.

Apple didn’t include a hotkey combo that lets you switch from Light to Dark mode, but with after digging through Yosemite’s code, someone has discovered a single line of code you can paste into Terminal that will allow you to dynamically switch to dark mode without digging through your System Preferences each time.

Here’s how to do it:

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Beats drops epic commercial celebrating LeBron’s return to Cleveland


The NBA season is set to tip off on October 28th and Beats is ready to celebrate with a new epic ad all about King James’ return to Cleveland.

The long cinematic ad is similar to Beats’ incredible World Cup ad, and flashes between LeBron’s fierce workout regimen he went through this summer – while rocking the Beats earbuds of course – as well as showing spurts from his past like St. Vincent-St. Mary high school, his old Spring Hill apartments, and his mom.

Check it out:

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iPhone 6 lines in NYC are still bigger than big a month after launch


One month after the iPhone 6 launched and the lines in NYC are still massive. Photo: Walter Piecyk

Tim Cook called the iPhone 6 the fastest-selling smartphone in history during yesterday’s Apple event. It’s set a new high-water mark for the most first-month orders ever, and if you need any more evidence, just look at this line outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City today.

It’s been a month since the iPhone 6 launched and the line is still down the street. Unlike a month ago, Asian resellers can’t be blamed for the length, as China just got its fingers all over the bigger-than-big displays this morning.

Apple didn’t announce how many iPhones it sold in the first month – although we might find out during Monday’s earnings call – but with 32 countries accepting orders in the first few weeks, and another 36 getting it this month, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are poised to be Apple’s biggest cash machines ever.

Conan reveals Christian Bale as Steve Jobs for the first time


Photo: Team Coco

Christian Bale has reportedly been tapped to don Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck in the upcoming biopic from Sony, and I got to admit I’m stoked. Bale seems like the perfect fit. He looks as much like Steve as Ashton did, only he’s actually a phenomenal actor.

Conan is pretty excited about the Dark Knight playing el Jobso too. So much so, that last night he gave us a hilarious sneak preview of how Bale’s portrayal of Jobs will probably turn out.

Check it out:

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Apple’s sapphire supplier fired 727 employees during iPad keynote

GTAT's sapphire glass didn't land in the iPhone, but its execs still made a fortune.

GTAT’s sapphire glass didn’t land in the iPhone, but its execs still made a fortune.

There’s no better time to drop some bad news than during an Apple keynote. So while the rest of the world was distracted with new iPads and a Retina iMac, Apple’s sapphire glass supplier informed workers at its Mesa, Arizona plant that most of them are getting laid off.

The sapphire plant was expected to bring over 2,000 new jobs to the area in its effort to supply iPhones and Apple Watches with unbreakable displays, but after 12 months of disaster, GT Advanced Technologies informed Mesa City Council today of its plan to eliminate 727 jobs from the plant.

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