Major iWatch Details Appear


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Two new reports have appeared in the past 24 hours which give some more information on the long-rumored iWatch that Apple is expected to release this year. The reports, sourced from people familiar with the device, come from Reuters and the WSJ, both suggest that the iWatch will be be launching in the Fall, with Reuters suggesting that October will be the launch time. Apparently, the device will have a rectangular 2.5 inch screen when measured diagonally, and will have an arched shape. One of the more interesting points is that it will have wireless enabled charging.

The Reuters report also suggests that the iWatch will require a paired iPhone for full functionality and tasks like making a phone call and messaging. However, the WSJ goes on to offer further detail by saying that the iWatch will have in excess of 10 individual sensors to monitor health indicators, presumably also related to fitness. In addition, the iWatch is also expected to come in multiple sizes, in similarity to devices made by companies such as Fitbit.
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Apple Launches New Lower Cost iMac


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Apple has today released a new lower cost iMac with 21.5 inch screen with a price starting at $1099. Hours after the Apple online store went down for updates, the store is now back open with the new iMac available. In addition to the new lower price, the new base iMac model comes with a 1.4GHz dual core Intel i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 8GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD 5000 graphics. The new model is also available in other countries such as the UK, where it is priced at £899.
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Apple Releases iOS 8 And OS X Yosemite Beta 2


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Apple has today released the second beta versions of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite for testing. The beta software, available only to registered members of the Apple Developer program, represents the next step towards the public release of the software, and is available now through the software update mechanisms of both iOS 8 beta 1 and on the Mac App Store.

The new Developer Previews come just over two weeks after the new operating systems were unveiled at the Worldwide Developer Conference and were made available to Developers. Both betas contain a number of changes to the user interface of several apps as well as stability improvements.
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Rumor: Apple Starting ‘Back To School’ Program Very Soon


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Apple is likely to be launching its ‘Back To School’ promotion at the end of this month, suggests a new report from 9to5Mac. According to the report, employee sources have suggested that Apple retail stores will be changing their front glass displays on the evening of 30th June once the stores close. This normally indicates a promotion of some kind, and falls within the expected timeframe of the Back To School program when it launched last year.
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Photos Of Both 5.5 Inch And 4.7 Inch iPhone 6 Devices Appear


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New images have been published which apparently depict the front and rear of the next generation iPhone 6 devices. The photos offer the best look so far at the new devices, and clearly show the larger screens and brand new design of the iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in two screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally. The images come from Sonny Dickson, who has posted pictures of unreleased Apple devices in the past, but interestingly lack either the Apple logo or the text ‘iPhone’ on the rear panel.
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Apple Patents Cool Smart Cover That Displays Push Notifications


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A new Apple patent has been uncovered which describes a Smart Cover for the iPad that is able to display push notifications from the device it is covering. As discovered by AppleInsider, the patent describes a Smart Cover that has embedded LEDs or electroluminescent panels that would allow the Cover itself to display notification alerts when placed over the screen of an iPad, essentially replicating some portions of what is displayed on the iPad screen itself.

A variation on this theme is a flexible Smart Cover that is translucent in specific areas, so that whatever is displayed in predetermined locations on the iPad screen can actually be seen through the cover itself. The advantage of this cover would be that, unlike the first, it would not require any physical electronic connection to the device below, unless the Smart Cover with LEDs could be charged via inductive charging methods.
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New Images Of Assembled iPhone 6


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A user of the microblogging service Weibo has posted pictures of what appears to be the front and back of a fully assembled gold iPhone 6. The user, dreamerjimmy shows images that depict the new device alongside the current generation iPhones and the the difference in the screen size of the two devices are immediately apparent. There’s no word on where the images have been sourced from but it can be seen that the new iPhone 6 looks very like the current generation iPad mini.
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Rumor: New iMacs Ready To Be Launched Next Week


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A new report is suggesting that the next generation of iMac is on the verge of being launched next week, with improvements in processors, and also at a lower price point. The report comes from French site MacGeneration, who suggest that the new models will feature processor bumps of 100MHz. An example given means that the current model 21.5 inch iMac with a 2.9GHz processor (3.6GHz with Turbo Boost), will be boosted to 3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost).

In addition the new models will also drop in price by 100 Euros, which is equivalent to $135 or £80. Howebver, it is not clear yet if these price drops would extend across the entire line, and whether they would be applicable in every country.
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ESPN And Multiple Local NPR Stations Arrive On iTunes Radio


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Apple has today updated the radio stations that are available on iTunes Radio to include ESPN Radio, and in excess of 40 local NPR stations. The stations are available to stream now and can be accessed on iTunes Radio on iOS and OS X (via AppleInsider). The ESPN Radio station offers a live stream of sports content 24 hours a day, and replicates the broadcast that is sent to terrestrial radio stations. The NPR affiliate channels give access to over 40 local National Public Radio stations from around the country.
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iPad And iPhone Coming To Costco


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Following on from Costco ceasing the sales of Apple products in 2010, the company will soon be selling iPad and iPhone as part of a new agreement with Apple. According to an email from Wireless Advocates, a subsidiary company, the new partnership will allow the selling of wireless Apple products through Costco stores (via MacRumors). However, it is not clear what the timeline is for the launch, as Costco apparently requires some preparation before it can incorporate the new products into its line-up.
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