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Next-Generation MacBook Pro's Touch ID Feature Likely Built Into the Power Button

Monday August 8, 2016 8:51 am PDT by
Back in May, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the next-generation MacBook Pro will include an OLED "touch bar" above the keyboard and Touch ID support, with a subsequent part leak of the machine's chassis supporting the idea of this touch bar replacing the current row of function keys. Leaked MacBook Pro top case showing space for touch bar in place of function keys Kuo did not address...
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New A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone to Replace iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Monday January 25, 2016 5:57 am PST by
Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone is more likely to include variants of the A9 and M9 motion coprocessor chips, allowing for always-on Hey Siri, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims the so-called "iPhone 5se" will likely replace the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's fall 2016 smartphone lineup, while the iPhone 5s will then be discontinued.Because the iPhone 7 will include a faster...

Apple to Launch 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac Next Week, iPad Pro in Early November

Tuesday October 6, 2015 11:07 am PDT by
Apple plans to introduce the rumored 21.5-inch Retina iMac next week, reports 9to5Mac. There will be several models that could show up in stores as early as October 13, but supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November. As has been previously rumored, the 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards...
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Apple Planning Revamped iPad Keyboard, New Metal Finishes for Apple Watch

Friday September 4, 2015 9:05 am PDT by
Accompanying the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and next-generation Apple TV set to be announced next week, Apple is also planning a revamped iPad keyboard and new metal finishes for the Apple Watch Sport, including a less expensive gold version, according to The New York Times. 9to5Mac reported similar information, claiming the iPad Pro will have expanded Bluetooth keyboard support...

Apple Likely to Introduce iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 at September 9 Event

Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00 am PDT by
Along with unveiling the next-generation iPhones, the revamped Apple TV, and new Apple Watch Sport bands at its September 9 event, Apple is also likely planning to introduce the updated iPad mini 4 and the much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro, reports 9to5Mac. While the event will see the debut of the 12.9-inch tablet, Apple does not plan to ship it until November, following late October...
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Apple to Demote iPod Stock to Accessory Shelves In Retail Stores

Tuesday August 18, 2015 8:58 pm PDT by
Apple will relocate iPod stock from the sales floor and back storage area to the accessory shelves and remove the iPad-based Smart Signs that sit next to many display devices starting on Wednesday, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The changes are an effort by Apple to simplify the shopping experience in its retail stores. Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to ...
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Force Touch on iPhone 6s to Make iPhone Interactions Faster With Focus on 'Shortcuts'

Monday August 10, 2015 1:45 pm PDT by
Rumors have all but confirmed the upcoming iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will include Force Touch, allowing the device to distinguish between a light tap and a deeper press to enable a wide range of new gestures. Force Touch has been built into the Apple Watch and the trackpads of the Retina MacBook and the newest Retina MacBook Pros, adding a whole new dimension to the way the devices are...
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Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera, Expanded Wi-Fi Capabilities and New Models

Thursday June 18, 2015 8:19 am PDT by
Apple is planning a second-generation Apple Watch with new features including a front-facing FaceTime video camera, expanded Wi-Fi capabilities and possibly additional models based on new materials, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims the so-called "Apple Watch 2" is likely to be introduced in 2016 following the release of WatchOS 2 and native Apple Watch apps in the fall. The new...
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iOS 9 to Gain New 'Proactive' Lifestyle Management Feature With Augmented Reality Maps

Wednesday May 27, 2015 10:57 am PDT by
Apple's Siri and search features may expand significantly in iOS 9, letting Apple better compete with Google's feature rich voice-based search component, Google Now. As detailed in a lengthy report from 9to5Mac, Apple is said to be working on an iOS initiative called "Proactive," integrating features like Siri, Maps, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps into an expanded Spotlight...
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Apple Working on 'Find My Watch' and Third-Party Watch Complications, 'TVKit' Dev Tools for Apple TV

Monday May 18, 2015 8:43 am PDT by
Ahead of next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is laying the groundwork for future software and hardware updates for both the Apple Watch and Apple TV, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Timing for some of the new features remains unclear, but the report claims Apple is working on a "Find My Watch" implementation that could be paired with a "Smart Leashing" feature that...

Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy Usage, Will Last All Day With Mixed Use

Friday March 6, 2015 10:21 am PST by
With just over two days to go until Apple's big March 9 "Spring Forward" event that's said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple's been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to...

Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

Thursday March 5, 2015 11:49 am PST by
Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming " 9">Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to ...
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iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New Music Service

Monday February 9, 2015 11:23 am PST by
Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April. Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4...

iOS 9 to Focus Heavily on Stability and Optimization

Monday February 9, 2015 8:33 am PST by
With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization. Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 ...
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Apple Working on New Beats Music Service Integrated into OS X and iOS, Available on Android

Wednesday February 4, 2015 8:41 am PST by
Apple is working on a new Beats-based paid music streaming service that will be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that the Apple-designed streaming service will also be available for Android and through a new Apple TV app in the works."Based heavily upon cloud streaming, Apple’s new service is...

Apple Pay May Be Expanding to Canada as Soon as March

Friday January 9, 2015 6:37 am PST by
Apple Pay has been exclusive to the United States since its launch last October, but it now appears Apple is preparing to take the mobile payments service international with an expansion to Canada as soon as this March. Citing sources "close to the situation," 9to5Mac reports Apple is currently in negotiations with Canadian partners, preparing and planning various promotional materials over the...

Apple Targeting March for Apple Watch Launch, Retail Training Begins Next Month

Tuesday January 6, 2015 11:51 am PST by
While Apple has yet to publicly announce a specific launch date for the Apple Watch beyond "Early 2015", sources speaking to 9to5Mac say the company is currently planning for a March debut in the initial wave of countries. Sources in the retail segment indicate that select store employees will undergo centralized Apple Watch training the week of February 9, with those employees in turn training...
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Apple to Begin Offering Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models in the U.S. Tomorrow

Monday January 5, 2015 1:48 pm PST by
Apple will begin offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting tomorrow on its online store and at its retail locations, reports 9to5Mac. Pricing will remain the same alongside the other unsubsidized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 selling for $649/$749/$849 respectively, while the 16/64/128GB versions of the...

Apple Pay Setup Process Revealed as Retail Employees and Partners Begin Training

Sunday October 12, 2014 4:54 pm PDT by
Apple has begun preparing its retail employees and retail partners for the upcoming launch of its Apple Pay mobile payments service with a host of new training materials that show the feature in action, reports 9to5Mac. Users will be able to set up Apple Pay in Passbook or through the Settings app, as up to eight credit or debit cards be connected with an iTunes account or by scanning one...
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Apple Rolling Out New iBeacon Transmitters, NFC Readers to Apple Stores and Disney Stores

Sunday September 7, 2014 1:23 pm PDT by
Apple is rolling out near field communication (NFC) readers and updated versions of its iBeacon transmitters to its own stores and Disney Stores ahead of the launch of its mobile payments service and the iPhone 6, reports 9to5Mac. The company will begin integrating new proximity beacons made by Gimbal that will provide more accurate iBeacon location tracking in its own stores, and roll out...