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AutoBracket comes to iPhone/iPad photography

Oct 25, 2014 12:13 am

Pictional LLC has announced the release of AutoBracket, a new app that brings the "autobracketing" feature previously only seen in high-end DSLR cameras to iPhones and iPads. Users can shoot 3 photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure compensation. This allows the photographer to... [more]


WaterField Unveils Sporty Outback iPad Slip Case for Apple's New iPads

Oct 25, 2014 12:13 am

The rugged, relaxed look of WaterField Designs' new iPad Outback Slip Case, crafted from waxed canvas & leather, befits both leisure and the casual dress style of the modern workplace. The custom-fitted Outback iPad Slip Case includes a softly padded interior and a stiff plastic insert to provide... [more]


Connected: An Italian Stephen

Oct 24, 2014 7:25 pm

This week, the boys discuss the ever-expanding iPad line and Stephen yells about Yosemite. This week's episode of Connected was recorded before I got my iPad Air 2, and it includes some thoughts on moving from the iPad mini to the larger iPad as well as software we're not seeing from Apple. You... [more]


New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions

Oct 24, 2014 6:44 pm

Apple's newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card. [more]


First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly Outpacing Mavericks

Oct 24, 2014 5:49 pm

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Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its... [more]


AT&T Confirms It's Locking Apple's New iPad SIM Card After Activation

Oct 24, 2014 5:46 pm

For consumers, at least, the news that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 would support a SIM card that could freely be switched out among AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and EE in the United Kingdom seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, AT&T refuses to play along. Word surfaced at... [more]


Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 10/24/14 - 'Pixel Boat Rush'

Oct 24, 2014 5:30 pm

This is a weird week for reviews this week. While we posted a lot of them, our highest scored game was only a 4.5... Which is still pretty great where I'm sitting. Be sure to hit up the links at the end of the post to find the other games we reviewed this week, or [more]


AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Oct 24, 2014 4:47 pm

As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary)... [more]


Apple Made A Move That Could Shake Up The Wireless Industry, But AT&T Is Making That A Little More Difficult

Oct 24, 2014 4:07 pm

When Apple unveiled its new iPads last week, it also quietly announced a new technology that will enable you to switch between wireless carriers at your own will. But AT&T didn't like it as much as we did. [more]


Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&T locks down Apple SIM cards to their network after sign-up

Oct 24, 2014 4:00 pm

One of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they please. On its website, Apple describes the benefits... [more]


Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores

Oct 24, 2014 3:43 pm

It was discovered on Friday that AT&T is dedicating the new multi-carrier Apple SIM included with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its network, forcing buyers to obtain a new one when switching to another carrier, while Sprint Stores will not supply the card at all. [more]


AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain

Oct 24, 2014 2:52 pm

The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a new Apple support document. "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to... [more]


Fenced in: That unlocked Apple iPad SIM gets locked when activated on AT&T

Oct 24, 2014 2:45 pm

This is why we can't have nice things. The Apple SIM that comes with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 was supposed to let customers switch between service… [more]


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Original iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, and Apple Accessories

Oct 24, 2014 2:37 pm

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Now that Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available, retailers have been offering discounts on the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 2. There are quite a few deals on previous-generation higher capacity cellular and Wi-Fi iPads, and this week also sees some discounts on remaining 2013... [more]


AT&T confirms it locks iPad’s new Apple SIM card after activation

Oct 24, 2014 2:35 pm

AT&T has confirmed in a statement that the new universal Apple SIM card in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 becomes locked to the carrier after being activated on its network. It appears AT&T might be the only carrier locking the SIM card after activation, as Apple confirms in a support... [more]


External Link: Secrets of the iPad Air 2

Oct 24, 2014 2:03 pm

The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which in theory would allow for physical Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is compatible with the new model. However, it... [more]


External Link: Secrets of the iPad Air 2

Oct 24, 2014 2:03 pm

The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which in theory would allow for physical Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is compatible with the new model. However, it... [more]


AT&T locking carrier-interchangeable Apple SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Oct 24, 2014 1:59 pm

Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal... [more]


AT&T locking carrier-interchangeable Apple SIMs in iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Oct 24, 2014 1:59 pm

Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal... [more]


External Link: Josh Centers Joined the MacJury to Discuss Recent Apple Releases

Oct 24, 2014 1:57 pm

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss Apple’s recent releases such as Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with Retina 5K display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are lame, pondered the plateaus of... [more]


External Link: Josh Centers Joined the MacJury to Discuss Recent Apple Releases

Oct 24, 2014 1:57 pm

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss Apple’s recent releases such as Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with Retina 5K display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are lame, pondered the plateaus of... [more]


AT&T locks Apple SIM in new iPads, thereby defeating its purpose

Oct 24, 2014 1:57 pm

The Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is based on an awesome idea—who doesn’t want to switch carriers with a tap of the screen? But the actual utility of the Apple SIM is pretty muddled, as evidenced…Read more › [more]


Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New Campus Construction

Oct 24, 2014 1:36 pm

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Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed. In a massive 72 page PDF, Apple outlines... [more]


AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

Oct 24, 2014 1:29 pm

Apple support document: Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other... [more]


That new multi-carrier SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will lock to AT&T after activation

Oct 24, 2014 1:28 pm

While the introduction of what amounts to a universal SIM card in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 brought on celebration of an impending future of easier carrier switching with just one SIM, we're only halfway there. Not only does the SIM not support Verizon, but if you try to activate it on... [more]


AT&T locks multi-carrier iPad SIM, T-Mobile and Sprint leave it open

Oct 24, 2014 1:00 pm

After buying AT&T data on Apple SIM, you need a new SIM card to switch carriers. [more]


Best iPad apps for TV watchers: Couch surfing at its best!

Oct 24, 2014 12:20 pm

If you've got an iPad, you most likely enjoy consuming media on it. For most people, that includes their favorite television shows. With full HD support, not only is the iPad a convenient way to access your favorite content, it looks great too. So if you're looking for the best iPad apps to get... [more]


Rooms by Facebook is a modern take on the message board

Oct 24, 2014 12:13 pm

Rooms is the latest app from Facebook's Creative Labs group. Rooms is a new app that lets you create and find spaces for the things you love. You can create a room about a topic, style it how you want, and invite others to join. Rooms like a miniature forum. You can post text, pictures, and... [more]


AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini 3

Oct 24, 2014 11:54 am

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Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors forums and on Twitter, AT&T is not... [more]


Apple reportedly planning to integrate Beats Music with iTunes as music sales decline

Oct 24, 2014 11:53 am

As digital music sales drop, Apple may be looking to rebuild its subscription-based Beats Music and integrate it completely into iTunes. Apple's digital music sales reportedly fell between 13 and 14 percent this year. The integration of Beats Music into iTunes would reportedly take place some... [more]


OS X Server 4.0 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (Commercial)

Oct 24, 2014 11:51 am

Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more. OS X Server is an application you can add... [more]


iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for Apple Pay, Hot Glued Home Button

Oct 24, 2014 11:43 am

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After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold color option and a Touch ID... [more]


iPad buyers' guide

Oct 24, 2014 11:07 am

There's a lot to consider before you buy or upgrade to a new tablet, even a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini-3. What's more important, portability or display size? Can you live with an older, cheaper model or do you really need something more future-proof? Which color and what capacity is best for... [more]


Source: NFC chip in new iPads just the Secure Element for Apple Pay

Oct 24, 2014 11:04 am

Teardowns of Apple’s new iPad Air 2 revealed an NFC chip that wasn’t officially announced by Apple, but sources close to the situation confirmed it’s only being used as a Secure Element for Apple Pay in-app purchases. Apple describes the Secure Element on its website, which is used to... [more]


iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

Oct 24, 2014 11:01 am

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Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year. This continued decline... [more]


iPad mini 3 tear down reveals that it's mostly the same as the iPad mini 2

Oct 24, 2014 10:56 am

The iPad mini 3 is now the latest Apple device to get the tear-down treatment. iFixit opened the device up to get a look inside, and found what amounts to last year's iPad mini with the addition of a Touch ID sensor, as well as a gold option. The iPad mini 3 still utilizes the Apple A7... [more]


iPad Air 2 vs. MacBook Air: Which Apple ultra-portable should you get?

Oct 24, 2014 10:23 am

Apple has two products designated as "Air", the MacBook Air, updated last June with the latest generation Intel Haswell processors, and the brand new iPad Air 2, introduced in October with a custom Apple A8X chipset. Both are ultra light, super thin, and have insanely great battery life, but one... [more]


How to take time-lapse videos with iPhone or iPad

Oct 24, 2014 9:56 am

If you've ever seen a video of clouds rolling across a sky quickly, you're already familiar with the wonders of time-lapse captures. Photos are taken at intervals over time in order to put together a high speed video of sorts. If you have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPad Air 2, you... [more]


Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for October 24

Oct 24, 2014 9:40 am

We've gathered together some great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices for you today. We'll keep showing sales that are ongoing after double-checking that they're still active and the price is the same, as well as updating the list with anything new that we find. Of... [more]


NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 Sparks Speculation of Future Apple Pay Registers for Small Businesses

Oct 24, 2014 9:39 am

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Earlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never advertised the Air 2 as having NFC, and the tablet doesn't support... [more]


Record Your iPhone or iPad Screen Over Lightning With Your Mac

Oct 24, 2014 9:30 am

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Recording an iPhone or iPad’s screen has long been an incredibly difficult task. YouTube’s gigabytes of blurry, glare-filled and out-of-focus video attest to this fact – slamming a camera in front of an iPad and recording was never ideal, but it’s always been the easiest... [more]


iPad Air 2 teardown reveals mystery NFC chip

Oct 24, 2014 9:27 am

A teardown of Apple's iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module. According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The same chip also appears inside Apple's iPad Mini 3, iFixit found. Apple Pay lets users... [more]


iPad Air 2 teardown reveals mystery NFC chip

Oct 24, 2014 9:27 am

A teardown of Apple's iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module. According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The same chip also appears inside Apple's iPad Mini 3, iFixit found. Apple Pay lets users... [more]


Sprint iPhone for Life plan will now let you upgrade annually, iPhone 5s added to the mix

Oct 24, 2014 9:25 am

Sprint is adjusting their iPhone for Life rental plan, giving customers the option of upgrading yearly, rather than every two years. Customers will be able to rent the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on a twelve-month plan beginning November 14. Pricing for the yearly upgrade path starts at $30 per... [more]


Deezer acquires Stitcher, adding talk radio and podcasts to its collection

Oct 24, 2014 9:06 am

Cross-platform music streaming and discovery service Deezer has purchased Stitcher. The company plans to aid efforts worldwide and break into the US by acquiring the podcast and talk radio service to provide more content on its own platform. Fear not if you already enjoy content through Stitcher... [more]


iMore show 427: iPad & Mac buyers' guide

Oct 24, 2014 8:20 am

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode — Which iPad model should you get, iPad Air or iPad mini? In what color and at which capacity? Which desktop Mac, iMac mac mini will best fit your needs, and with which options?... [more]


Full Fledged 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation' Soft Launches in Canada

Oct 24, 2014 8:18 am

This is a hell of a time to be a collectable card game player, and if you are but don't own an iPad yet, consider this one more thing to push you over the edge. Joining Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and Pokemon TCG Online [Free (HD)] is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation, which appears to be a full [more]


Why NFC in the iPad Air 2 is a big deal for small businesses

Oct 24, 2014 8:08 am

Apple stuck an NFC controller chip in the iPad Air 2, although it's not used for anything at the moment. [more]


Teardown shows iPad mini 3’s “hastily glued” Touch ID Home button makes for difficult screen repairs

Oct 24, 2014 8:03 am

Following a teardown of the new iPad Air 2 earlier this week, our friends over at iFixit have now opened up Apple’s other new tablet: the iPad mini 3 …  While the new iPad mini 3 was more of a minor refresh compared to the iPad Air 2, it does add some notable new features […] [more]


Reviews are in on iPad Air 2 and our day with Apple Pay on The CultCast

Oct 24, 2014 8:02 am

This week: the iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s feeling the love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity features delight; a potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; some welcome…Read more › [more]


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