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Facebook Planning Significant iOS App Updates as Head Mobile Engineer Returns to Apple

Wednesday October 9, 2013 6:26 am PDT by
Facebook is preparing significant updates for its primary iOS app and its Facebook Messenger app in the near future, reports 9to5Mac. The main Facebook for iOS app will reportedly feature the social network's "Graph Search" feature, which was introduced last year and allows for users to enter specific search queries for better results. Meanwhile, an updated Facebook Messenger app is set to...
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Apple Working to Leverage New 'M7' Motion-Sensing Chip for Mapping Improvements

Thursday September 12, 2013 8:53 am PDT by
Alongside the new A7 main chip unveiled in the iPhone 5s this week, Apple also featured a new "M7" motion coprocessor designed to capture motion data to support new features such as health and fitness applications. As Apple notes on its feature page, the chip can also enhance mapping and location functions, helping the iPhone 5s sense and interpret movement.The new M7 coprocessor is like a...
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Apple Targeting Late October for OS X Mavericks Launch

Friday September 6, 2013 6:07 am PDT by
Apple is currently planning a late October launch for OS X Mavericks, according to a report from 9to5Mac.The late-October Mavericks release is planned so Apple could focus the majority of its software engineering resources on pushing out iOS 7 alongside the new iPhone hardware over the next couple of weeks.For its past two major OS X updates, Apple has released the new software the day after an...

Apple Launches Redesigned AppleCare Website With 24/7 Live Chat Support

Monday August 26, 2013 5:15 pm PDT by
Apple has launched a newly redesigned AppleCare website that includes 24/7 live chat support, reports 9to5Mac. First rumored in early August, the redesign includes large, easy-to-click buttons and a simpler design. The page features links to each of Apple's products, including Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as a number of services including iTunes and other apps. When clicking...
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Apple Preparing to Upgrade AppleCare with 24/7 Chat Support, Revamped Website

Wednesday August 7, 2013 8:33 am PDT by
Apple is preparing to launch several enhancements to its AppleCare services including 24/7 access to chat support services, reports 9to5Mac . The company is reportedly planning to launch the expanded chat services on August 12, although that target date may not yet be firm. Alongside the expanded chat services, Apple will also be launching a redesigned AppleCare support website, featuring...

Apple Taps New Hires in Health Sensors, Broad Array of Internal Experts for 'iWatch' Team

Thursday July 18, 2013 7:45 am PDT by
Following a report from earlier this week indicating that Apple is still "aggressively" hiring new employees to support its smart watch project, 9to5Mac has published a lengthy feature highlighting a number of the company's recent hires. In particular, the report focus on Apple's hiring in the health sensor field.Based on new hires, it seems that Apple’s interest in sensors focuses on the...
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Apple Set to Launch Annual 'Back to School' Promotion, iPhone Included for First Time

Monday July 1, 2013 11:32 am PDT by
9to5Mac reports that Apple is likely to launch its annual "Back to School" promotion in the United States and other countries this week, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. The program offers iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students who purchase a Mac or iPad, and for the first time the program will also include iPhone purchases this year.The promotion will give eligible students an iTunes/App...
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Description and Mockup of Apple's Flatter iOS 7

Monday June 10, 2013 3:20 am PDT by
9to5Mac reports that it has "been given a quick peek" at an early beta version of iOS 7, and while the report's source would not allow screenshots to be posted, 9to5Mac is able to share a description of the new design and has created a mockup (at right) highlighting some of the main features. Among the details: - Skinny font as seen on the iOS 7 banner at WWDC. - Carrier signal in status...
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Leaked Model Numbers Hint at Updated Notebooks for WWDC

Monday June 3, 2013 10:26 am PDT by
9to5Mac reports that it has received an initial set of leaked model numbers for products expected to be released at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference.The first series of codes that we have received are: MD711LL/A — Better — USA MD712LL/A — Best – USA MD760LL/A — Better – USA MD761LL/A — Best – USAWhile the identities of the products corresponding to the four model numbers is ...

iOS 7 May Include AirDrop Wireless File Sharing Capabilities

Sunday June 2, 2013 7:52 pm PDT by
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is internally testing versions of iOS 7 that include AirDrop drag-and-drop file sharing capabilities. First introduced with OS X Lion, AirDrop is a Finder function that allows Mac users to share files with other Mac users without the need for a Wi-Fi network or storage device. AirDrop for iOS is said to work in the same way, allowing files to be quickly shared...
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More Details on Jony Ive's Flat iOS 7 Design: Heavier on Black and White

Friday May 24, 2013 6:30 am PDT by
9to5Mac shares more details on Jony Ive's redesign for iOS 7, noting that not only will it bring a flatter look to the operating system but also more emphasis on black and white design elements.Sources have described iOS 7 as “black, white, and flat all over.” This refers to the dropping of heavy textures and the addition of several new black and white user interface elements. [...] For...

Apple to Expand Social Network Integration in iOS 7 with Support for Flickr and Vimeo

Tuesday May 21, 2013 11:53 am PDT by
Apple has been making efforts to offer deep social network integration in its mobile operating system, first offering Twitter integration in iOS 5 and then Facebook integration in iOS 6. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will expand its social network integration even further with iOS 7, including support for both photo sharing site Flickr and video sharing site Vimeo. As with Facebook and Twitter...
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Apple Looking to Boost In-Car Integration of Maps and Siri in iOS 7

Tuesday April 30, 2013 6:54 am PDT by
Building on yesterday's report describing a "very, very flat" design for iOS 7, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is also looking to make significant improvements to vehicle integration with the next-generation mobile operating system. In particular, Apple is looking at ways to integrate Maps and Siri with the built-in displays increasingly found in cars.According to people familiar with the plans,...
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Details on Jony Ive's 'Very, Very Flat' Design for iOS 7

Monday April 29, 2013 1:03 pm PDT by
Echoing recent reports about a redesigned 'flatter' user interface in iOS 7, 9to5Mac says the next version of the operating system will lose "all signs of gloss, shine and skeuomorphism". Jony Ive took charge of all Apple's user interface teams last October following a management shakeup. While the look of the updated system may be surprising to some, iOS 7 is reportedly not more difficult to ...
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OS X 10.9 to Bring Enhancements to Finder, Safari, Multiple Monitor Support, and Multitasking

Monday April 29, 2013 6:46 am PDT by
9to5Mac shares some details on Apple's upcoming OS X 10.9 operating system, noting that the update will focus in large part on "power-user" features while also incorporating a few more concepts from the company's iOS operating system. Among the enhancements said to be included in OS X 10.9, codenamed "Cabernet": - New tabbed browsing and tags in Finder - Redesigned backend for Safari to...
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Apple Preparing to Launch 128 GB Versions of Full-Size iPad?

Sunday January 27, 2013 6:46 pm PST by
Following today's revelation of code in iOS 6.1 Beta 5 hinting at future 128 GB iOS devices, 9to5Mac reports that four new high-end iPad configurations have appeared in a U.S. retailer's database. While the exact identity of the devices is not revealed in the stock database, they do appear as "ultimate" configurations of the current full-size iPad models, suggesting that they may represent 128 ...
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Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5 Models in U.S. as Soon as Later Today

Thursday November 29, 2012 10:39 am PST by
9to5Mac reports that Apple is set to begin sales of unlocked iPhone 5 units to U.S. customers as soon as later today. Sales are said to begin in the company's online store, with retail stores currently receiving units ahead of an unspecified in-store launch date.Apple will begin selling an unlocked version of its iPhone 5 through its online store as soon as 9 PM tonight, according to our retail...

AppleCare Representatives Receiving Prerelease Builds of iTunes 11 Ahead of Public Launch

Thursday November 29, 2012 8:32 am PST by
With Apple said to be launching its revamped iTunes 11 "as soon as" today as the company rushes to meet its already-postponed goal of a November release, 9to5Mac reports that AppleCare support representatives are currently being seeded with prerelease versions of the new software.It is unclear if these builds point to a release today, as the WSJ predicted, and if they are the final versions....
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'iPad Mini' Name Confirmed by Smart Cover Part Descriptions

Tuesday October 23, 2012 8:03 am PDT by
9to5Mac reports that it has received confirmation of a new set of Smart Covers launching today for Apple's "iPad mini". The accessories are described as "iPad Mini Smart Covers", all but confirming that Apple will use the "mini" designation as part of the device's official name. Smart Cover for full-size iPad Japanese blog Mac Otakara claimed in late August that Apple would use the...
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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Starts at 128 GB Flash Storage, Mac Mini Goes Quad-Core

Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:49 am PDT by
9to5Mac reports that it has received information on three models of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro launching today. According to sources, the machines appear to use the same 2.5 GHz and 2.9 GHz processors found in the non-Retina models, and like the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro all of the 13-inch Retina models start at 8 GB of RAM. Unlike the 15-inch lineup, however, the entry-level 13-inch...