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Apple Daily: Apple Denies Carrier Rumors; iPhone 6c in 2016 (Maybe); Five More Beats 1 Stations

Were you excited about Apple’s rumored experiments into becoming its own wireless carrier? Well, it’s not going to happen, according to a statement from the Cupertino company itself. In addition, the “iPhone 6c” might not be dead, but we’re not going to see it for a while; and it appears that Apple has the authority to create five additional radio stations like Beats 1 if it so wishes.

Apple Denies It’s Trying to Become a Wireless Carrier

Well, that was quick. Apple usually doesn’t rush to quash rumors, but the Cupertino company wasted no time in denying yesterday’s report from Business Insider that it was looking to become its own wireless carrier — or, most specifically, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Earlier this afternoon, Apple sent a statement to CNBC, Reuters, and other outlets claiming that: “We have not discussed not do we have plans to launch an MVNO.”

That’s about as emphatic as you get get. In fact, it’s worth noting that Apple hasn’t made similar statements regarding other seemingly far-fetched rumors, such as the one that claims that the personal computing giant is currently trying to create its own electric car. With that direct and swift of a response, it seems likely that Apple means it.

Investors apparently aren’t too happy with the news, as the company’s stock fell by 3.80 percent after Apple’s statements went out.

 

No ‘iPhone 6c’ This Year, But Maybe in 2016

Earlier we reported a rumor saying we won’t be seeing an heir to the plastic-encased iPhone 5c this year, but according to a new rumor from DigiTimes, we could be seeing on in 2016. Manufacturers along the supply line are reportedly already preparing to make the device, and it’s thought that if it does see the light of day, it won’t be until around the second quarter of next year.

Source: iPhonesoft.fr

The report claims that Apple is using 14- to 16-nanometer FinFET chips manufactured by TSMC and Samsung to make the devices, although Apple originally wanted to use 20-nanometer chips from TSMC. Although smaller, the other ships would reportedly help with the device’s power consumption.

Rumors (and parts leaks) about the so-called iPhone 6s have been circulating for some time, but the general consensus is that Apple ceased speedy development on the device (or devices) out of worries that it would cut into the still-impressive sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Apple Has Rights to Make Five More Stations Like Beats 1

Apple’s Beats 1 radio station is off to a good start, and according to industry insider sources who spoke with The Verge, Apple’s licensing agreements with record labels give it permission to create as many as five additional radio channels without having to consult with labels or artists. That means the Cupertino company could create new Beats 1 stations for specific countries (possibly in an effort to facilitate 24-hour broadcasts, up from the current 12) or make stations that cater to specific audiences.

And apparently, Apple is already taking steps that could lead to just that. As discovered by MacRumors, Apple has already registered domains that could fill in the necessary blanks — domans like beats2.com.cn, beats3.hk, and beats5.com.ru. It’s thought that Apple may have been given permission to make the new stations on account that it’s believed to be paying more on a per-play basis than rival Pandora.

There are hints that Apple might indeed be readying itself such a push. The company recently launched a massive marketing campaign for Apple Music, and advertisements for the service are popping up in Tokyo, Toronto, Mexico City, and in homegrown metropolises such as Los Angeles. In addition, Billboard just announced that music streamed on Apple Music now counts toward the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200. With that kind of momentum, we may only be seeing a touch of what Apple Music will eventually achieve.

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Apple Daily: More Leaked iPhone 6s Photos; Back-to-School Promo; Equality Act of 2015

Yet another supposedly leaked photo of the next iPhone appeared today, which means we’ll probably know what the entire thing looks like by the time Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage to announce it. In other news, Apple’s Back-to-School promo isn’t dead after all, and everyone’s favorite Cupertino company has expressed support for the Equality Act of 2015 introduced today.

More ‘Leaked’ iPhone 6s Photos Appear

Two more alleged leaked photos featuring the so-called “iPhone 6s” appeared today, proving that Tim Cook really meant it when he said Apple would “double down” on secrecy. In all seriousness, though, the photos purport to show the front panel for the silver and gold versions of the upcoming iPhone (via Nowhereelse.fr).

Look familiar? As we’ve noted before, the next iPhone release is thought to be an “S” release, and in the case of the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5s, that means a phone that looks almost identical to the phone that came before it but with improved internal components. That appears to be the case here as well.

One of the big improvements for the next phone is thought to be the inclusion of Apple’s new Force Touch technology, but the source who provided the photos reportedly couldn’t confirm if the panel supported the feature or even whether the panel was made out of sapphire crystal. Other improvements are thought to include an A9 processor, a 12-megapixel camera, and better support for Touch ID.

 

Get a Free Pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones with Apple’s Back-to-School Deal

Apple’s Back-to-School promotion for 2015 is here at last, and it takes advantage of some of the new friends Apple has picked up during its rush of acquisitions. Instead of gift cards or free iPods, customers who purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro this year as a part of the deal will get a free pair of Beats Solo 2 headphones. Sorry Mac mini buyers — you’re not eligible for the offer.

And that’s it. There are no deals involving the iPad, despite Apple’s somewhat recent efforts to get the tablet into the hands of students at school districts across the United States. But if you’re willing to shell out an additional 0, you can pick up the wireless Beats Solo2 headphones as a part of the deal instead of the standard wired ‘phones, so that’s something, right?

At the time of writing, Apple isn’t even doing that much to advertise the promotion, and you’ll only see it if you look closely at the Cupertino company’s minimalist Rebates page. The promotion itself runs from today through September 18 in Apple retail stores, although it’s only active from August 6 through September 18 for orders from the online store.

Be sure to check out the full terms and conditions here.

 

Apple Announces Support for Equality Act of 2015

Apple has emerged as a major champion of LGBT rights in recent years, and true to form, the company is throwing its support behing the Equality Act of 2015, which was introduced by members of Congress earlier this afternoon. The act is meant to serve as an expansion to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it would protect both gay and transgendered people from discrimination when seeking for jobs, housing, and more.

Photo: Tim Cook

Specifically, Apple sent a statement to the Human Rights Campaign that echoes statements the Cupertino company has used on other, similar occasions:

“At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.”

This is particularly relevant event for Apple as Tim Cook was the first CEO for a Fortune 500 company to announce that he was gay, and earlier this year Apple was a vocal advocate of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality.

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Apple Daily: No More 16 GB iPhones?; Back-to-School Promo Update; On-Demand NFL

A little annoyed that Apple is still releasing iPhones that start with 16 GB of storage in 2015? If a report from China is correct, you won’t have to worry any longer. Elsewhere, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts hints that the Cupertino company might be preparing some kind of Back-to-School promo after all, and the NFL is releasing a new on-demand streaming option for iOS and Apple TV.

Apple May Start with 32GB Storage with ‘iPhone 6s’

A common criticism of the iPhone in recent years is that Apple has been amiss in making the base units contain a mere 16 GB (and, the horror, the iPhone 5c’s 8 GB) in a age when contemporary apps and media fill that up in no time. Those days may soon be gone, though, according to a new report from MIC Gadget in China (via 9to5Mac), which claims the upcoming so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus won’t have 16 GB models. Instead, they’ll come in tiers of 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB.

This isn’t mere analyst speculation; the news allegedly comes from sources inside Foxconn, one of Apple’s primary manufacturers for the iPhone.

“Some Foxconn insiders confirmed that new iPhone 6s (and we think all ‘future iPhone’ like iPhone 7) will have 32GB and more capacity,” the report says. “We can’t tell you from what Foxconn’s department we received information, but we can only say that the packaging of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t have sticker with ’16GB capacity’, but 32, 64, 128.”

That sounds sketchy at best, so it looks like we’ll have to wait for more leaks for confirmation. The way things have been this year, though, that shouldn’t be a problem.

 

Apple’s Back-to-School Promos Not Dead, According to Ahrendts Video

Apple’s Back-to-School promotions are a little overdue, which lead to widespread speculation last week that Apple was preparing to discontinue offers such as free iPods and -0 gift cards with substantial purchases in the weeks before classes start again. But that’s maybe not entirely the case, according to the most recent of the weekly videos sent out by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts (via Consomac.fr). Employees, in fact, should hear something sometime this week.

“I’m sure many of you are thinking also ‘but is there anything else for Back to School?’ ” Ahrendts said in the video. “Well, I need you to wait until next week’s video and I’ll share a little bit more insight with you then.”

As the video was from last week, it’s likely we’ll hear something in the coming days. Of course, it’s possible that whatever she announces won’t be an actual Back-to-School promotion, but the report notes that her tone suggests customers will be getting at least some kind of deal.

 

NFL Bringing On-Demand Games Coverage to Apple Devices

The cable-free revolution continues apace, as the NFL is on the verge of offering on-demand football game viewing to users of its mobile app. The app, called Game Pass, will allow users to watch all 256 games from the regular season through the app as well as though Apple TV. As a bonus, you’ll get to watch all games from regular seasons since 2009 as well as out-of-market pre-season games.

It’s also friendly to viewers who want to avoid spoilers before they watch a game, as you can turn off scores for games that you haven’t watched. Short on time? You can also watch condensed versions of games that last only 30 minutes. Seeking a bit more interactivity? You can check out exclusive camera angles from All-22 and EndZone. All this, and in HD and without commercials.

Some of these features have been available through the NFL’s Game Rewind (which isn’t available on Apple TV), but that service will cease to be on July 31 in order to make way for Game Pass. There’s currently no word on how much the Game Pass service will cost.

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Apple Daily: More iPhone 6s Leaks; Next Apple Watch Rumors; Music Home Sharing Vanishes

More alleged leaks pertaining to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have appeared, and Apple seems poised to continue its tradition of “same on the outside, different on the inside” with the next Apple Watch. Also, Apple apparently removes a beloved feature from iOS with the launch of Apple Music.

Leaked Documents Seemingly Confirm 12MP Camera for ‘iPhone 6s’

It’s been a big week for leaks concerning the upcoming iPhones, and the latest one comes from an alleged Foxconn employee who posted what looks like two official Foxconn documents on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via PhoneArena). One document appears to show specifications for the next iPhone camera, and if it’s real, it confirms existing and persistent rumors that the next iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera that boasts 4K video recording capabilities and the ability to capture slow-motion footage at 240 FPS.

Another document listing the device’s specs in Chinese confirms other rumors as well, such as how the so-called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus (listed as “N66″ and “N71″ respectively) will both feature 2GB of RAM. In addition, the iPhone 6s’s front-facing camera looks as though it will have a 5-megapixel sensor, which marks a big step up from the 1.2-megapixel sensor that’s currently being used.

The images have already been taken down by Weibo user KJuma, but not before the images were picked up by dozens of other sites around the web. That alone seems to suggest that the images might be genuine, as does the documents’ appearance on the heels of a Bloomberg report stating that the next generation of iPhones was already in production.

 

Rumor: Next Apple Watch to Look the Same, Contain Bigger Battery

If you were hoping for big changes to emerge with the appearance of the next generation of Apple Watches — changes that might include, oh, a round display — then you’ll have to keep hoping. A new rumor out of South Korea (via GforGames) claims the exterior of the next Apple Watch will look almost exactly the same in terms of shape, size, and resolution. This time, at least, it’s the insides that will change.

The biggest change will be the introduction of a larger battery, which is fitting since battery life was a constant concern in the months leading up to the device’s launch. (Fascinatingly enough, it doesn’t seem to be a real problem now that the device is actually out.)

In order to accommodate the battery, the display will reportedly be a tad thinner in order to retain the same dimensions of the current watch. The rumor also states that Samsung will be helping out LG with the production of P-OLED panels for those displays, which counters rumors from earlier in the month that LG would be the sole display provider.

 

Home Sharing for Music for iPhone Disappears with Launch of Apple Music

The launch of Apple Music brought a lot of new features to the Music app on iOS 8, but it also took a much-beloved one away. Shortly after upgrading to iOS 8.4, users across the Internet discovered that Home Sharing for music was no longer available via iPhone, and thus they could no longer share their iTunes libraries over Wi-Fi. Still, as AppleInsider notes, the release notes merely say that the feature (along with Genius Mixes) is “not currently available,” which seems to suggest that both features could come back to the iPhone in a future update.

It’s important to note that Home Sharing as a feature hasn’t completely vanished; it’s still available for video on iOS devices, for one, and even the music component is still available for Mac and Apple TV.

The idea here seems to be to push users toward using the Apple Music family plan for six people for .99 per month, which in turn suggests that Apple had to pull Home Sharing because it couldn’t secure the needed licensing agreements for Apple Music while the feature was still active.

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Apple Daily: No More iOS Custom Ads; Apple Gains 20,000 Indie Labels, Top Design Honor

Seeing ads tailored to your preferences in social networking apps in iOS is usually a normal thing these days, but that will probably change for iOS users after a new move from Apple to further protect its users’ privacy. In other news, Apple gains over 20,000 indie music labels following its decision to pay artists during the Apple Music three-month trial, and Apple wins a top prize for its efforts in advertorial design.

iOS 9 to Prevent Ad Companies from Seeing Which Apps You Have Installed

Apple has repeatedly made it clear that it cares about the privacy of its users, and its latest move affects even the advertisers who would use iOS for their own gain. With the release of iOS 9, reports The Information, advertisers will no longer be able to see which apps you have installed on your devices for the sake of specific ad targeting.

The practice is currently most associated with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which gather such data from your iPhone or iPad to deliver eerily appropriate advertisements to your social feeds. As The Information notes, if you have a lot of games installed on your phone, this means that you’ll see a lot of ads for games as you scroll through friends’ status updates.

This use of iOS apparently was never expressly advocated by Apple, but companies have been using it by taking advantage of iOS’s “canopenURL” API. With the release of iOS 9, however, that will no longer be the case. The new mobile operating system is expected to launch sometime in the fall, but until then, you’ll continue to see user-specific ads in your feed.

 

Apple Music Gains Over 20,000 Indie Music Labels

Apple’s decision to pay artists royalties during the free trial for Apple Music following a much-publicized online tussle with Taylor Swift has had farther-reaching consequences than the company probably could have guessed. Now that the Cupertino giant is handing out cash for streams, Billboard reports, indie label giants Beggars Group and Merlin Network have reportedly inked a deal that will bring the approximately 20,000 indie labels they have between them to Apple Music.

That means that, at launch, Apple Music will not only have access to hosts of bands that hipsters take pride in being one of the few people to know about, but also to well-known acts like Radiohead, Adele, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., and The Prodigy.

Above: Arcade Fire

Merlin Network sent out an e-mail to its members explaining its decision, although, as is appropriate for an indie label conglomerate, the letter points out that “each member must make its own independent decisions in relation to Apple Music and its business in general.” Highlights from the letter itself can be found below:

I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal.

As you know Merlin has not historically had a direct contract with Apple. Apple has direct deals with our members, and that continues to be the case. Therefore, the amendments referred to above will apply to your existing direct agreements, and the amended contract will shortly appear on iTunes Connect. However, Apple has indicated that in the future they are open to engaging with Merlin as a central point of communication and negotiation for our membership.

Apple has a long standing, deep rooted relationship with the music community and has always helped ensure artists get paid for their work. We think Apple Music provides artists with a business model that’s good for the long term and we look forward to its launch on June 30.


Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ Campaign Wins Design Grand Prize

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6″ ad campaign managed to turn our heads earlier this year, especially after the Cupertino company started using the images in its World Gallery and for a globe-spanning billboard campaign. Now the campaign has caught the attention of the judges at the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, where they awarded Apple the “Grand Prix” in the Outdoor Lions category.

The photos used in the billboard campaign were used in 13 different countries. A total of 162 iPhone 6 users were behind the World Gallery photos as a whole, which were marketed in 73 different cities in 25 countries.

Qualifying entries for the “Outdoor Lions” award include those “encountered in the out of home environment, honouring the skilful engagement of consumers by both traditional (billboards, posters) and progressive (ambient, non-formatted use of the surrounding environment) means.”

Apple’s campaign so impressed the team responsible for selecting the images, in fact, that jury president Juan Carlos Ortiz claimed the World Gallery photos chose them for the top honor rather than the other way around in an interview with Fast Company.

“It’s not just a great idea, it’s a game changer,” said Ortiz. “It’s really opening a new way of doing things and changing behavior.”

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