Apple may have significantly underestimated the popularity of iPhone 6 Plus

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Everybody wants an iPhone 6 Plus. Who would have guessed? Photo: Apple

Cupertino is once again shifting supply ratios of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus due to higher-than-expected demand for the larger handset, according to a new report.

The source of the increased demand this time? China, where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus recently went on sale following a massive 20 million reported preorders.

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MLB stadiums become first sports venues to accept Apple Pay

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Baseball fans will be able to buy peanuts, Cracker Jack and garlic fries with Apple Pay. Photo: Andrei Niemimäki/Flickr CC

iPhone 6 owners who happen to also be fans of Major League Baseball have a treat on their hands, courtesy of a new deal that will see Apple Pay added at several stadiums in time for the 2014 World Series.

San Francisco’s AT&T Park and Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium support the contactless NFC payment system, which will allow World Series ticket holders to pay for food and beverages using their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

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Apple says all apps must support iOS 8 and 64-bit from February

Craig Federighi has bragged about iOS 8's adoption, even though it's considerably slower than Apple's used to.

Craig Federighi has bragged about iOS 8’s adoption, even though it’s considerably slower than Apple’s used to.

iOS 8 has only been out a short amount of time, but Apple’s already keen that it takes over as the company’s go-to mobile OS.

In a new posting on its developer portal, Apple announced that starting February 1, 2015, all new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support, and be built using the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later.

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Is Apple building James Bond’s car remote into your iPhone?

James Bond takes his BMW for a spin in Tomorrow Never Dies. Photo: United Artists Pictures

James Bond takes his BMW for a spin in Tomorrow Never Dies. Photo: United Artists Pictures

Your iPhone can make payments, control your smart home, and track your health — and soon it might be able to control your car, as well.

A new patent published Thursday describes a way of using the iPhone’s geo-location capabilities to intelligently monitor and control certain car functions, based on “geofences.”

Likely pairing with Apple’s vehicle-based OS, CarPlay, the patent notes how your car could be tracked in relation to your iPhone — with appropriate signals, sent using Bluetooth LE, to execute functions like locking your car and arming its alarm when you are a certain distance from the vehicle.

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10 key takeaways from Apple’s expectation-crushing earnings call

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Record iPhone sales keep Apple’s money machine humming. Photo: Apple

Apple surpassed analysts’ expectations with $42.1 billion in revenue in the back-to-school season, buoyed by unprecedented iPhone sales and surprisingly strong demand for Macs.

While breaking down the Q4 2014 numbers during today’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri offered insights into the company’s Q4 performance in China, the struggling iPad and hints of new product categories coming down the pipeline.

Here are the biggest takeaways.

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Apple rakes in $42.1 billion in revenue in Q4 2014

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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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Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

Spotlight is sending your searches back to Apple Photo: Apple

Spotlight is sending your search information back to Apple. Photo: Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to.

On the other hand, every time you type in Spotlight, your location and local search terms are sent to Apple, and, according to developer Landon Fuller, other third parties like Microsoft.

Fuller’s created a website, Fix Mac OS X Yosemite, where he’s posted up a way to stop Yosemite from sending such private data out. He’s also been contributing to a developer project on GitHub to find out and fix other ways that OS X phones home.

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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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Apple Store app updated with support for Apple Pay

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The first iOS app to receive Apple Pay integration is of course one of Apple’s very own. The official Apple Store app has been updated with “easy one-touch checkout with Apple Pay” on Touch ID-equipped iOS devices.

Using Apple Pay requires iOS 8.1 and a credit or debit card on file in Passbook. While NFC in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is required for making Apple Pay transactions at physical stores, online payments only require Touch ID. That means you can use Apple Pay through apps on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.

Several other apps should be updated with Apple Pay support any minute now, including Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Groupon, Instacart, OpenTable,, Panera Bread, Target, and the Disney Store app.