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Why Steve Jobs drowned the first iPod prototype

The first iPod. Steve Jobs drowned this. Photo: Grant Hutchison / Flickr (CC)

The first iPod. Steve Jobs drowned this to make a point. Photo: Grant Hutchison/Flickr CC

Every once in a while an anecdote comes along that so perfectly describes the late Steve Jobs’ vision, that it’s a perfect metaphor for Apple as a whole. This might be my favorite of those anecdotes.

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Samsung could supply 80% of Apple’s future mobile chips

Fabrizio Sciami/Flickr CC

Fabrizio Sciami/Flickr CC

Apple has apparently put its faith in Samsung to build the A-series application processors for its next generation iPhones and iPads, according to a new report coming out of Korea.

As of recently, Samsung was competing with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build the chips, which carry a contract said to be worth “billions of dollars.”

Unlike conventional memory chips, application processors reportedly count as logic chips and are said to carry much higher margins. From 2016, Samsung will supply 80% of the APs used in Apple devices, while TSMC will provide the remaining 20%.

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iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android. Here’s why.

Here's why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

Here’s why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced, many Android fans laughed at the “pitiful” 1GB of RAM of Apple’s flagship smartphone, when Android flagships tended to ship with 2GB and sometimes more.

But specs don’t always — or even most of the time — tell the whole story. As it turns out, an iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM runs much faster than a similarly specced Android smartphone with 2GB of RAM. And it all has to do with the fundamental difference in the way iOS and Android handle apps.

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ICYMI: Jony Ive’s design secrets, sexy iPhone 6 cases, and easy GIF creation

All the Apple news and views we can fit, right here. Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

All the Apple news and views we can fit, right here. Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Another week, another full docket of great stories at Cult of Mac, so we’ve put together yet another special Newsstand issue just for you, with all of the best news stories and features compiled in one place to easily read on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got some great stuff: Jony Ive’s design secrets, some sexy slim cases for your iPhone 6, quick tips for OS X Yosemite, the best Black Friday deals (so far), and a hot tutorial on making GIFS on your Mac. All that and more, like we do, in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

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iOS 8.1.1 may arrive as early as today

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

Thanks to Pangu, we have all been able to jailbreak our iPhone 6’s far earlier than most of us thought possible. Unfortunately, though, Apple has been moving to close the loophole that makes the iOS 8 jailbreak possible with the iOS 8.1.1 beta, which is currently snaking through developer channels. When it arrives, poof, no more jailbreak.

Unfortunately, it seems like the iOS 8.1.1 update could arrive soon, perhaps as early as today. Better jailbreak now, people

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The secret apps that Apple doesn’t want you to know about

One of Apple's many employees-only apps. Photo: iPhonewiki

One of Apple’s many employees-only apps. Photo: iPhonewiki

If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, there are a fair number of apps you can download for free: Pages, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand and so on.

But did you know there’s a secret cache of Apple apps that no one but Geniuses can download? There is, and they range from a basic flight sim game to a tank battler to an internal newspaper only Apple employees can read!

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Apple’s expands research and development into the U.K.

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Apple’s new UK headquarters. Photo: Savills

Apple is set to open its first office in the UK’s innovation capital Cambridge in the next couple of weeks, according to a new report.

The address of the office — which will serve as an R&D lab — is the centrally-located 90 Hills Road, not far from the offices of streaming music rival Spotify. In addition to a healthy startup scene, other major tech companies with offices in Cambridge include leading microprocessor manufacturer ARM, Microsoft, and others.

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Apple sued over counterfeit app claims

Some app developers just want to watch the world burn. Photo: The Dark Knight

Some app developers just want to watch the world burn. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Apple is being sued by China’s second biggest insurance company over claims that it allowed a “counterfeit app” to be sold in the iTunes App Store.

The app in question misleads users into thinking it is the official app of Lufax, the leading provider of wealth and financial assets management in China, and a subsidiary of the Ping insurance group.

Ping is arguing that users in China might download the counterfeit Lufax app instead of the legitimate one, and that the ensuing risk of fraud and potential loss for Lufax’s customers is significant.

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Dr. Dre teams up with Jimmy Iovine to create school for future Beats employees

In an interesting Wall Street Journal profile of Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, the two music industry vets and current Apple employees describe their new $70m undergraduate academy at the University of Southern California as a training ground for future Apple and Beats employees.

“We wanted to build a school that we feel is what the entertainment industry needs right now,” Iovine is quoted as saying. “There’s a new kid in town, and he’s brought up on an iPad from one and a half years old. But the problem with some of the companies up north [in Silicon Valley] is that they really are culturally inept.”

“I’ve been shocked at the different species in Northern and Southern California—we don’t even speak the same language. The kid who’s going to have an advantage in the entertainment industry today is the kid who speaks both languages: technology and liberal arts. That’s what this school is about.”

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Apple beats Samsung to be named China’s most powerful mobile brand

People queue for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus all across China. Photo: People's Daily/Weibo

People queue for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus all across China. Photo: People’s Daily/Weibo

It’s been a great year for Apple in China, and to top it off the China Brand Research Center just released its China Brand Power Index for the year — placing Apple in the no 1 position over long-time rival Samsung.

While Samsung Electronics took home brand value prizes in both the TV and monitor categories, Apple roundly beat it in the all-important mobile category, which Samsung has occupied for the previous two years.

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