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New ‘iTime’ Patent Reveals Apple’s Smartwatch Ambitions

Apple was today granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via Appleinsider) detailing a wearable device that features augmented strap capabilities and wireless sensors that enable it to communicate with nearby devices, such as an iPhone, iPad or a Mac.

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One of the notable features of Apple’s envisioned wrist-worn wearable is the incorporation of custom-made straps that augment the device’s capabilities, an idea previously implemented in the  sixth-generation iPod nano.

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Apple Preparing For Largest Initial Production Run with iPhone 6

Apple is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones with the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6, according to a report yesterday by The Wall Street Journal.

The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter.

The tech giant is heavily rumoured to be launching the iPhone 6 in two sizes – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch – this fall, in a move seen by many as an attempt to lure consumers drawn by larger screens on its competitors’ smartphones.

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Apple Issues MacBook Air Firmware Update to Address Sleep-Wake Issues

Apple yesterday issued a firmware update for the MacBook Air, addressing potential sleep wake issues associated with the laptop.

The following is Apple’s full change log for EFI Firmware Update 2.9:

This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models.  This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

The update can be downloaded via the “Updates” section of the Mac App Store and is available for devices running OS X 10.9.2 or later.

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Reportedly Coming Later This Month

More than a month after announcing OS X Yosemite at its annual developers conference, Apple will reportedly release the first public beta of the software later this month, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple is planning to release a publicly available beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite later this month, according to sources briefed on the plans. This release will mark the first time Apple has released a public beta of a new OS X version in over a decade.

According to the site’s sources, Apple has chosen to release the beta at this time to give itself time to polish the software for consumers’ use. To-date, Apple has released three developer previews of Yosemite, with the fourth reportedly coming later today.

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New iPhone 6 Rear Shell Photos Hint at Light-Up Notifications as a Possible Feature

New photos of an alleged 4.7″ iPhone 6 rear casing is making the rounds on the net, after being leaked by tech site uSwitch earlier today.

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The most notable feature of the purported rear shell is the presence of an Apple logo-shaped aperture in the centre, seemingly confirming earlier speculation that Apple could be using light-up notifications for the device.

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Apple Announces iTunes Festival 2014

Apple today announced its annual iTunes Festival, showing off a star-studded lineup that includes music heavyweights Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta.

From the historic stage of the Roundhouse to audiences around the globe, iTunes Festival brings together the biggest names in music for 30 nights of exhilarating performances. Wherever you are, you can experience the festival for free on iTunes or with Apple TV.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

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Bloomberg: Jay Carney In The Running for Apple PR Chief

Last week, a Re/Code report claimed that former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was in the running for the position of Apple’s new PR chief, only to have the well-connected Jim Dalrymple shoot down its claim subsequently.

Despite Dalrymple’s denial that Carney had ever met Apple CEO Tim Cook, a new Bloomberg report today surprisingly claims otherwise, stating that the former Obama spokesman has, in fact, spoken to Apple about the job.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has talked with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about a public relations job, a friend of his said. Carney hasn’t made up his mind, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private and no agreement has been reached.

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New Video Shows 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Front Panel May Not Be Made of Sapphire After All

Last week, tech blogger Marques Brownlee posted a video showing an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire display panel being put through a series of rigorous bend and scratch tests.

While the display came out unscathed in that video, Brownlee has now uploaded a new video putting the same display through an even more rigorous scratch test using sandpaper with varying results.

As seen from the video, both types of sandpaper left visible scratches on the iPhone 6′s display panel. Brownless also uses the sandpaper on an iPhone 5s display, which is made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, leaving even more significant scratches.

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Free ‘Single of the Week’: 陳惠婷 – 荊棘的冠冕

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “荊棘的冠冕” by Taiwanese singer 陳惠婷 (Hui Ting Chen).

Singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist Hui Ting Chen first came to attention as one third of Taiwan’s acclaimed indie rockers Tizzy Bac. “Crown of Thorns” introduces Chen’s solo ambitions with a coy stylistic evolution. The gentle, cascading electronic production is rounded out by winsome synth lines before the song blossoms with layered instruments and a driving, deliriously catchy chorus.

Download it for free here.

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