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Apple Daily: No Apple TV Service This Year; iPad as Work Tool; Apple Music Fixes

Once again the rumor mill is claiming that we won’t see Apple’s streaming TV service next month, and this time it appears final. Elsewhere, Apple is trying to make the iPad more appealing to business customers, and there’s a new patch out addressing some of the bigger problems with iOS 8′s Apple Music app.

No Apple TV Service in September; New Apple TV Likely a Go

Apple’s negotiations for its long-rumored streaming TV service continue to run into complications, and thus a new report from Bloomberg claims that we won’t see the service at Apple’s expected September 9 event. For that, we’ll probably have to wait until 2016. On the bright side, the report claims that we will, in fact, see the long-awaited refresh for Apple TV at the event.

Rumors of the sort have been floating around for a while, but considering Bloomberg’s credibility on such matters, this is the closest we’ve come to an official confirmation. The report notes that talks with major networks such as CBS and 21st Century Fox are progressing (although at a glacial pace).

A bit surprisingly, some of the hesitation comes from Apple itself, as the report claims the Cupertino company isn’t sure if it currently has the network capacity needed to deliver a quality viewing experience. As Bloomberg says, “Such a network requires storing popular shows close to viewers, so each time a customer in New York for example wants to see local baseball game or the evening news, the shows don’t have to be streamed all the way from one of Apple’s four data centers in California, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oregon.”

In addition, the Cupertino company is also struggling with the right mix of channels to complement the rumored monthly charge. That’s a small problem, of course, compared to the business of convincing the networks that they’ll make as much money or more with the service as they do with the traditional cable companies.

 

Apple Working to Improve iPad’s Business Appeal

The iPad may no longer be the force it once was, but Apple isn’t letting its tablet go down without a fight. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company is working with more than 40 tech companies in order to make the device more desirable to business professionals.

It’s possible to get an idea of the direction Apple has in mind from some of the names involved in the project. Accounting giant Xero is working with Apple, for instance, and so is Revel Systems, best known for their digital cash registers. Above all, Apple wants to make sure all of the business apps involved are compatible with each other — a notion that recalls Apple’s work with IBM to create a wide range of enterprise-related apps.

The Journal touched on Apple’s participation in the process: “Apple reviews the partners’ apps and offers detailed suggestions, down to which words should be shaded in gray.” Apple is reportedly calling the initative the “mobility partner program (MPP)” within its own ranks, but it’s also discouraging its roughly 40 partners from using the same term. Already is seems as though the program might impact the company’s future far beyond the need to sell a few more iPads.

“Thanks to the partnership, an Apple ally got the company on the phone with an iPad business customer that had never heard from an Apple representative,” the report days. “And Apple has played match maker by encouraging makers of complementary programs such as employee scheduling software and digital cash register systems to create interconnected apps.”

 

Apple Music-Focused Patch Released for iOS 8

If you’ve been frustrated with some aspects of the new Apple Music app for iOS, you’ll be happy to know that the Cupertino company released an update today in the form of iOS 8.4.1 that addresses some of the bigger issues. Most notably, it fixes a particularly annoying issue that was keeping some users from seeing their iCloud music libraries.

Other fixes abound. Now, for instance, you’ll no longer have to worry about music added from Apple Music not showing up because the device was set to show offline music only. You can also add songs to a new playlist if there isn’t an existing playlist to choose from, and you apparently won’t have to worry about the wrong artwork showing up for certain albums.

Rounding off the update is a fix for the issue that was keeping some artists from posting to Connect, and a fix for a bug that was keeping users from being able to click on the “Love” option while listening to Beats 1.

If you want to get the patch, simply head to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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Apple Daily: Apple to Hold iPhone, iPad Event Next Month; Tim Cook’s Security Costs How Much!?

Excited about all the updated Apple products we’ve been hearing about in the Apple rumor pipeline? It seems as though the Cupertino company is set to reveal almost all of them in one fell swoop next month. In other news, Apple pays a pretty penny to keep its CEO safe.

Apple Said to Hold iPhone, iPad Event on September 9

Good news, everyone! If you’re sick of attempting to separate the facts from the fiction in this year’s crop of Apple-related rumors, you’ll only have to wait until September 9 for the real story, according to a new report from BuzzFeed. What’s more, it looks as though it’s going to be quite the event. Not only is Apple expected to showcase iOS 9, a new and updated Apple TV, and the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” at the event, it’s also expected to reveal new iPads as well. The long-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro,” though, will reportedly remain a “wild card.”

That’s quite a handful. Such an extensive lineup is even more noteworthy since Apple chose to hold a separate event in October for its iPad announcements last year. It’s currently thought that Apple’s signature tablet is being included here because Apple wants the iPad to share in the same excitement that the new iPhones will undoubtedly enjoy in an effort to boost their consistently flagging sales.

As for the iPhones themselves, they’re not expected to look considerably different from the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (as befits an “S” release), but they’ll likely boast internal improvements such as Force Touch support, a better camera, and quicker wireless speeds.

 

Apple Reportedly Spends 0K on Tim Cook’s Security

Apple has a lot of money on its hands these days, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that it spends a lot of money on keeping the man who makes the decisions responsible for all that cash out of harm’s way. Indeed, according to the Schedule 14A document that Apple recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (via Patently Apple), the Cupertino company spends just under 0,000 per year to keep Apple CEO Tim Cook safe.

Specifically, in addition to “(i) the Company’s contributions to Mr. Cook’s account under its 401(k) plan in the amount of ,600; (ii) Company-paid term life insurance premiums in the amount of ,520; (iii) vacation cash-out in the amount of ,923,” Apple also pays “security expenses in the amount of 9,133.”

Photo: Reuters/Business Insider

For us little people, that might sound a little excessive, but it’s actually fairly humble by the standards of other world-class companies. According to a Fortune report on the matter from January (via Business Insider), Amazon spent .6 million on security for CEO Jeff Bezos alone last year, and Oracle spent .5 million protecting CEO Larry Ellison’s home.

It’s also important to note that the figure only seems to cover the specific security used to protect Mr. Cook himself. When extended to security for Apple’s events and its headquarters at One Infinite Loop, the numbers are undoubtedly much, much higher.

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Apple Daily: Apple Visitor’s Center; iPad Sales Fall Again; Third El Capitan Public Beta

Want a better look at Apple’s “spaceship” campus once it’s finished without having to work for Apple? It looks like you’ll be able to, thanks to a new visitor’s center that’s said to be going up on the site. In addition, iPad sales continue to fall (but there’s hope they’ll jump up again later this year), and Apple released the third public beta for Mac OS El Capitan.

Concept Art, Blueprints Emerge for Planned Apple Visitor’s Center

Apple has been much more open to the public in recent years, and in that spirit, the company is reportedly ready to build a new visitor’s center at the upcoming “spaceship campus” that will have a cafe and an observation deck for a better view of the campus itself (via the San Jose Business Journal).

Visually, the building will be “a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights,” and it will have a 10,114 square-foot Apple Store as well. The project has apparently been in the works for some time, as the Journal found documents pertaining to the visitor’s center that were filed with the city of Cupertino in April.

There will be 684 parking spaces “below grade” to accomodate the visitor’s center, and elevators will take the visitors up to the center itself. The report also notes that Apple’s neighbors in a single-family home community won’t have to worry about being bothered by all this, as there’s a “screen” blocking the view.

Apple is currently planning to finish construction of the campus as a whole by late 2016.

 

Report: iPad Sales Continues to Fall

Apple may remain the king of the tablets, but its market dominance is on the wane. The numbers for IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker came out today, and they show that the company “only” sold 10.9 million iPads during Q2 of 2015 compared to 13.3 million from the year before. Not bad, but it means that Apple’s market share went down from 27.7 to 24.5 percent in year-over-year.

But the numbers also show that the tablet market as a whole is declining, and the chief competition is coming from low-cost alternatives from complanies like Lenovo, Huawei, and LG, all of whom saw growth in the last quarter. (There’s also a nebulous “other” category, which accounts for a massive 45.6 percent of the market.) Longtime Apple rival Samsung even saw its share slip to 17 percent after it sold only 7.6 million tablets.

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple could break this trend if its fall lineup manages to impress. This year, Apple is expected to release its long-rumored (and highly anticipated) 12.9-inch “iPad Pro,” in addition to a new iPad Air and an updated iPad Mini with the same specs as the iPad Air 2.

 

Apple Releases Third Public Beta for Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple continues to plunk out of the public betas for Mac OS X El Capitan. Just three weeks after the original public beta for the upcoming operating system went live, the third public beta is already here.

This public beta comes just days after Apple seeded the fifth developer beta, and it’s currently thought that it contains relatively few surprises — for the most part, it just tidies up previous problems and squashes a few bugs.

Still, that might mean it’s a good time to jump in and try El Capitan, which includes better window control, improved Photos and Notes apps, and improved Spotlight searches. If you’ve never tried out Apple’s beta testing program, you can sign up for it here.

The operating system itself is expected to launch sometime in the fall.

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Apple Daily: No New 4-Inch iPhone; iPad Mini 4 Rumors; Shenzhen Fake iPhone Factory

Were you holding out for a 4-inch iPhone among this fall’s releases? It may not be coming, according to a new report. Elsewhere, the next iPad mini might be worth upgrading to, and Chinese police shut down a major fake-iPhone manufacturing facility.

Smaller ‘iPhone 6c’ Likely Not Coming, Analyst Says

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may have shattered Apple’s own records left and right, but some iPhone owners who believe that bigger isn’t better have been holding out for a rumored 4-inch “iPhone 6c.” But it apparently won’t be coming, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri (via Business Insider), who claims the previous hints that the device existed have vanished from the market.

According to Arcuri, Apple might have dropped the device out of fears that its lower price would cause it to eat into the sales for the iPhone 6, which many analysts expect to keep selling well even after the release of this year’s expected “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

“I think one of the reasons is because the iPhone 6 has sold so well,” Arcuri said in his note to investors. “And they said, ‘Look, why would we want to cannibalize? If we came out with an iPhone 6C, we would essentially cannibalize a price-reduced iPhone 6.’”

It’s worth noting that respected analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities claimed months back that a 4-inch iPhone is still possible (via MacRumors), even though he doubted that we’d see it this year. For that, he said at the time, we’ll probably have to wait until 2016 — after the mad rush for the iPhone 6 has truly died down.

 

Rumor: iPad Mini 4 to Resemble Small iPad Air 2

Last year’s iPad mini suffered from something of a lukewarm reception, but that might not be the case for its successor. According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, sources in “the industry” claim that the next generation iPad mini will likely amount to a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. Thus, like its larger cousin, it’ll likely sport an 8-megapixel rear camera, a thin 6.1-mm mody, and an anti-reflective display.

The report is also noteworthy for claiming that Apple might release a new iPad Air model later this year after all, in contrast to July 15′s rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claiming that we won’t see a new iPad Air among the upcoming releases. Notably, last week’s report also claimed that the iPad mini 4 could be Apple’s last iPad mini ever. While the latest rumor doesn’t exactly contradict that, it shows that Apple still believes the little device has some fight in it yet.

Keep in mind that, as with last week’s report, the evidence for all this is sketchy at best. If true, though, that means we could see as many as three iPads from Apple this fall: the iPad mini 4, the iPad Air 3, and the long-awaited (and long-rumored) 12.9-inch “iPad Pro.” With such a wide range of choices, it’s possible Apple’s tablet could see a boost in sales after multiple years of decline.

 

Beijing Police Shut Down Counterfeit iPhone Factory

Apple’s business in China is taking off, but the company still finds itself struggling to combat knockoff units of its products in the country. The scale of the problem is sometimes staggering. As Reuters reports, Beijing police recently shut down one operation that had managed to make more than 41,000 bonus iPhones, which equates into a market value of roughly million.

Above: Apple’s store in Hangzhou, China, shortly before opening.

Police arrested a total of nine people in connection with the operation, with the ringleaders alleged to be a married couple in their early 40s from the manufacturing-focused city of Shenzhen. The factory itself was reportedly set up to look like a maintenance shop for tech devices, when in truth it concealed “hundreds” of workers crafting fake iPhones from second-hand smartphone components.

All this happened back in May, but only now has the news gone public. The discovery of the operation was said to have been spurred by the discovery of some of the offending devices by American officials, who then told Beijing police to be on the lookout.

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Apple Daily: iPod Lineup Refresh; Back-to-School Promo Playing Hooky; No New iPad Air

Hey, there are updated iPods available from Apple! What is this, 2009? But while some old friends are making a comeback, others are strangely missing, such as Apple’s annual back-to-school promotion and, according to an analyst, an upcoming refresh for the iPad Air.

Apple Releases Updated iPod Line

Apple this morning rolled out a refreshed lineup of iPods, thus confirming one of the more persistent batch of rumors from the last couple of weeks. The Apple Online Store went down for a brief period earlier in the day, and when it came back up, shoppers were treated to new units with new features and hardware as well as new color options.

Quite a few commentators had started to doubt that this day would ever come for the iPod touch, the iPod shuffle, and the iPod nano. Apple’s portable music player line hasn’t seen any updates since 2012, and it’s nowhere near the generation-defining product line it was in the early 2000s.

Now, however, the iPod touch has an 8-megapixel camera that puts it on par with the iPhone 6, in addition to Bluetooth 4.1 support and a 64-bit A8 processor. TechCrunch has already managed to perform a benchmark test on the device, and it found that the new iPod touch’s processor runs at 1.10GHz per core, which is a bit slower than the 1.39GHz delivered by the iPhone 6. It’s currently thought that the difference springs from an effort to give the new iPod touch a longer battery life.

Alas, that’s the end of the big changes. The rest of the update consists of the introduction of a new gold color option for all iPod devices, as well as a (Product) RED color that will only be available in Apple retail stores. That brings the total colors available for the new devices to gold, red, silver, space gray, pink, and blue.

The new 16GB iPod touch costs 9, while its 32GB and 64GB siblings cost 9 and 9 respectively. If you really want some space, though, go for the 128GB unit at a fairly agreeable 9.

 

Apple’s Back-to-School Promotions Missing in Action

It’s the middle of July; noticed anything missing? The folks over at MacRumors have — specifically, Apple’s beloved Back-to-School promotions that normally pop up around this time of year. For the last two years, the promotions have started on the second Tuesday of July, and in the years before that they started as early as May or June. But as for this year, at least so far? Nada.

Above: Last year’s promotion

The more optimistic explanation is that Apple is just pushing back the start date yet again. From a grim business point of view, that means that there are fewer days in which to take advantage of this deal, which may equate into a bit more profit on Apple’s part. Even so, the more worrying news is that insider retail sources at Apple claim they haven’t heard a pip from Cupertino, leading to speculation that Apple may have ditched the program entirely. That seems a little extreme considering Apple’s long alliance with educational institutions, but it’s not impossible.

But if Apple has, in fact, decided to ditch the program, that could signal the emergence of a very different Apple. Customers have long been used to Apple’s back-to-school deals, and many of them hold off on buying new products until then as it’s one of the few occasions when Apple offers any kind of deals at all. In the past, deals have consisted of everything from free iPods with the purchase of a Mac to to 0 gift cards with a Mac purchase.

Seems like this would be a good opportunity to get those new iPods out into the hands of customers, right?

 

Rumor: Apple to Pass on iPad Air This Year to Make Way for iPad Pro

A new, somewhat sketchy report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News clams that the long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro will appear this fall alongside a new iPad mini. That much is more or less old news, at least based on previous rumors. But here’s the catch — as a result, Apple might not reveal a new iPad Air at all this year.

According to Liaoxian Li, an investment analyst at Fubon Hardware, Apple isn’t going to want to have anything detracting from the iPad Pro, and thus it’s supposedly letting manufacturer Foxconn throw almost all its resources into making the device.

In addition, the report claims that this release of the iPad mini could be the last as Apple might want to focus on the two larger iPad units beginning in 2016. Take all this with a grain of salt, though, as the Economic Daily News has a shaky reputation as regards rumors at best, and Liaoxian Li is a virtual unknown in the arena.

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