Apple Invites Media to October 16 Event: ‘It’s Been Way Too Long’

As expected, Apple will be holding a media event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino headquarters campus, with the company today sending out media invitations for the event. The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific (5:00 PM GMT), and the invitations carry the tagline “It’s been way too long”.

Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air (and possibly a new iPad mini), as well as updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to see its final overview before public launch, and one rumor has suggested updated Mac minis are also in the works and could see an announcement at the event.

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Apple Media Event October 16

While Apple’s big September event has come and gone, and with it we saw the unveiling of the iPhone 6 lineup, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, there’s another event often rumored to be right around the corner.

According to a report published by Re/code on Friday, October 3, it would appear that Apple is gearing up to hold a smaller event on October 16. The report claims that the event will be focused not only on new iPads, but also serve as a launching pad for new iMacs. In addition, OS X Yosemite (which is currently in a developer preview and public beta) will also share some time on stage. The new iMacs will reportedly include the new Retina desktop Macs previously reported on just recently.

If Yosemite does indeed take some time out of the event’s plans, that means the desktop software will launch soon after.

This event will be much smaller than the September media event, as it’s being held at Apple’s Town Hall, where the capacity is much smaller.

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Bill Gates Calls Apple Pay A “Fantastic” Idea

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Apple announced Apple Pay, its much-rumored mobile payments system at the iPhone 6 event last month. The payment service uses a combination of NFC, Touch ID and credit cards to give users a quick, but secure way of paying at physical stores as well as online.

While Apple Pay hasn’t launched yet, the service has found an appreciator in Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft. In an interview given to Bloomberg about digital payments and banking, Gates said that Apple Pay is a fantastic idea:

Apple Pay’s a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive. So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that’s fantastic. The fact I don’t need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you’re going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution.

On further being asked why Microsoft hasn’t launched a similar offering, Gates said:

And all the platforms, whether it’s Apple’s or Google’s or Microsoft, you’ll see this payment capability get built in. That’s built on industry standard protocols, NFC. And these companies have all participated in getting those going. Apple will help make sure it gets to critical mass for all the devices.

Apple Pay will likely launch with iOS 8.1, which is rumored to launch on October 20. Apple reportedly also has a media event lined up for October 16th, where the company will introduce new iPads with Touch ID and Apple Pay.

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Apple Releases Patch For OS X Shellshock Bug


Apple has released a patch for the Shellshock bug. If you don’t know what this bug is, take a few minutes to find out about it here and then head over to one of these links, depending on which version of OS X you are running (10.7.5 Lion, 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.5 Mavericks) and apply the patch.

If you are unsure which version of OS X you are running, just click the apple in the top left corner of your screen and press About This Mac.

We take security issues very seriously so please, don’t just dismiss this.

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iPhone 6/6 Plus Benchmarks According To AnandTech

Check out these preliminary numbers courtesy of AnandTech:

While we’re still working on the full review, I want to get out some preliminary results for the iPhone 6. For now, this means some basic performance data and battery life, which include browser benchmarks, game-type benchmarks, and our standard web browsing battery life test. There’s definitely a lot more to talk about for this phone, but this should give an idea of what to expect in the full review. To start, we’ll look at the browser benchmarks, which can serve as a relatively useful proxy for CPU performance.

SunSpider 1.0.2 Benchmark  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT (Chrome/Safari/IE)

There are a few interesting observations here, as a great deal of the scaling is above what one would expect from the minor frequency bump when comparing A7 and A8. In SunSpider, we see about a 13% increase in performance that can’t be explained by frequency increases alone. For Kraken, this change is around 7.5%, and we see a similar trend across the board for the rest of these tests. This points towards a relatively similar underlying architecture, although it’s still too early to tell how much changes between the A7 and A8 CPU architectures. Next, we’ll look at GPU performance in 3DMark and GFXBench, although we’re still working on figuring out the exact GPU in A8.

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Overall

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Physics

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

In in GPU benchmarks, we generally see a pretty solid lead over the competition for the iPhone 6/A8. It’s seems quite clear that there is a significant impact to GPU performance in the iPhone 6 Plus due to the 2208×1242 resolution that all content is rendered at. It seems that this is necessary though, as the rendering system for iOS cannot easily adapt to arbitrary resolutions and display sizes. Before we wrap up this article though, I definitely need to address battery life. As with all of our battery life tests, we standardize on 200 nits and ensure that our workload in the web browsing test has a reasonable amount of time in all power states of an SoC.

Web Browsing Battery Life (WiFi)

As one can see, it seems that Apple has managed to do something quite incredible with battery life. Normally an 1810 mAh battery with 3.82V nominal voltage would be quite a poor performer, but the iPhone 6 is a step above just about every other Android smartphone on the market. The iPhone 6 Plus also has a strong showing, although not quite delivering outrageous levels of battery life the way the Ascend Mate 2 does. That’s it for now, but the full review should be coming in the near future.

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Oh Samsung… 😂 #GapGate

So Samsung just published this new ad taking a shot at Apple.

But Samsung, poor, poor Samsung, before you go mocking Apple, you might want to get your act together first.



The release of Samsung’s latest phablet — the Galaxy Note 4 — in South Korea, which was brought forward by a couple of weeks, has already been marred by reports of poor build quality of the device. 

According to many Korean buyers, there is a very noticeable gap between the Note 4’s display and the casing. The gap is so wide that you can insert a credit card, business cards, two A4 size papers and more into it without any issues. While not a deal breaking issue at first glance, these gaps are perfect for dust to settle in over long periods of usage or worse — for water droplets to seep in and damage the device.

According to the source of the news, Samsung is already aware of the issue, though it is not yet known as to what the company will do to fix the issue.

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Let’s Put This iPhone 6 Plus Bending Business To Bed

This past week has been filled with the world mocking Apple over its new iPhones. But key the following points into your equation before gallivanting about and speaking nonsense.

1) Reports had surfaced in 2012 that said the iPhone 5 was susceptible to a similar kind of bending as the iPhone 6 Plus. However, the issue didn’t gain anywhere near as much attention as the current controversy. (Beauty of the media eh?)

2) You saw one video and went crazy, watch another that uses science and actually shows you hard numbers instead of some guy just grabbing phones and bending them without really knowing if he’s applying the same amount of force to all phones (Yes, it’s not difficult to pretend to bend objects…)

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Confused About The Shellshock Bug? Here Is A Simple Explanation

If you’ve read my post about the security bug in Bash called Shellshock, or heard about it somewhere else but didn’t quite understand what it does, here is a short, simple video explaining it:

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Apple: Most OS X Users Safe from ‘Bash’ Security Flaw, Software Update Coming Soon

Yesterday, it was revealed that security researchers from Red Hat uncovered a major exploit in the “Bash” command shell found in OS X and Linux. Named “Shellshock” by security experts, the exploit allows hackers to gain access to web connected devices and services through the use of malicious code.

Now, an Apple spokesperson has commented on the matter, stating that the majority of OS X users are safe from the exploits and that the company is working to provide a software update for advanced UNIX users:

The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.

The exploit was called “as big as Heartbleed” by security researcher Robert Graham, who was referring to a flaw discovered in the popular open-source software OpenSSL that affected 66% of the Internet earlier this year. Apple eventually announced that Heartbleed did not affect its software or key services, and also released updates for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule. It is likely that a fix for the Bash exploit will arrive relatively soon for users.

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Apple Apologizes For iOS 8.0.1 Bug And Releases iOS 8.0.2


iOS 8.0.2

On Wednesday, September 24, Apple officially released the first public update for iOS 8, iOS 8.0.1, and it didn’t go over too well. Now, though, the Apple has launched a new update to address those issues, and fix the previous ones as well.

Apple has officially launched iOS 8.0.2 for iOS devices capable of running the new software. With it, Apple is aiming to fix keyboard, HealthKit and other issues that some users have complained about since the launch of iOS 8 earlier in the month. This new update, which bumps up the version to iOS 8.0.2, also allows people to use their cellular connection, make use of Touch ID, and keep Wi-Fi functioning as well.

Apple had confirmed the update to iOS 8.0.2 would be coming “in the next few days,” but it turns out the update was ready to go sooner, rather than later. (Which is good for everyone.) A new report also shed light on the problem with iOS 8.0.1, with a revelation that the quality assurance manager that was in charge of Apple’s Maps launch was also in charge of finding bugs within iOS 8.0.1.

The update is available now, and can be found in the Software Update function inside Settings. The size of the OTA update is 72.2MB on iPhone 6 Plus. Please don’t forget to take a backup before installing the update.

Update 1:

Here’s the full list of changes and improvements according to the release notes:

iOS 8.0.2 Release Notes

Update 2:

According to Apple, less than 40,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users were affected by yesterday’s iOS 8.0.1 bugs.

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Update 3:

Readers have reported that they’ve been able to successfully upgrade to iOS 8.0.2, without facing the cellular connectivity and Touch ID issues.

Update 4: 

The build number of the iOS 8.0.2 update on the iPhone 6 Plus is 12A405.

Update 5:

Apple has issued an apology to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 users affected by iOS 8.0.1 update along with the release of iOS 8.0.2:

iOS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.

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