Apple takes a hands-off approach to streaming for new TV service

More details surrounding Apple’s unreleased TV streaming service are leaking out as its Worldwide Developer Conference approaches in June. There’s still a lot we don’t know for sure, but a new report sheds light on how Apple is proposing to…Read more ›



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Apple to Launch Public Beta Testing Programs for iOS 8.3 and iOS 9

Following up on the public beta program used for OS X Yosemite that allowed non-developers to try out and offer feedback on the operating system before its release, Apple will be launching similar programs for iOS 8.3 next month and iOS 9 later this year, reports 9to5Mac.

…Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall.

iOS 8.2 is still in developer testing as Apple gears up for an April launch of the Apple Watch, but the company has also begun seeding iOS 8.3 to developers. The update includes a number of tweaks including support for wireless CarPlay, two-step verification on Google accounts, a new emoji picker, and Apple Pay through China UnionPay.

After a dramatic visual overhaul with iOS 7 in 2013 and a number of new features such as Continuity in iOS 8 last year, iOS 9 will reportedly focus on stability and optimization, although some new features are likely to be included.




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Xcode 6 Allows Developers to Test Larger iPhone and iPad Screen Sizes

With the release of Xcode 6 today after Worldwide Developer Conference, developers have found an option within Xcode to size apps for devices referred to as „Resizable iPhone“ and „Resizable iPad“, as pointed out by Mac4Ever [Google Translate]. The option is next to other Apple devices, including iPad Air, iPhone 5s, and iPad Retina.

The options are likely to enable developers to start developing apps that fit on the rumored larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens of the iPhone 6 and, perhaps, the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. Another photo of the Xcode simulator shows the difference between an app visually optimized for an older iPhone in what appears to be the resolution for one of the two iPhone 6 models.

It’s not yet known what the exact resolutions are for the 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6 models or even the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro, but the „resizable“ functionality would allow developers to explore building versions of their apps for larger screens that are currently available.




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Apple to Announce Beats Acquisition This Week, Drops Price to $3 Billion

Apple’s rumored acquisition of Beats will indeed happen, just for a slightly reduced fee, according to a report from the New York Post this evening. The acquisition, which was originally reported to be roughly $3.2 billion for both Beats companies – the headphone and consumer electronics division as well as the streaming music service – will now happen at $3 billion.

Since the acquisition was originally reported on May 8, Spotify – the leading player in the subscription music field – announced that it had 10 million paying subscribers, and this could have given Apple additional negotiating leverage.

Still, the company is understood to place a high value on the profitable Beats audio business which retails headphones — costing up to $450 — and speakers around the globe.

That business recorded sales of $1.3 billion in 2013.

“Apple hadn’t even begun its due diligence process when news of the number came out,” one source close to the talks said Tuesday.

The paper notes that both Jimmy Iovine and fellow Beats co-founder Dr. Dre are expected to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week. Dre is expected to net somewhere around $750 million from the sale as he currently owns approximately 25 percent of the company.




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Apple’s Purchase of Beats May Not Be Finalized Until Next Week

Following reports last week that Apple had purchased Beats Electronics, it was thought the deal would be finalized and announced this week. However, Re/code is reporting the deal may not be finalized until next week.

Apple’s planned deal to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may not be finalized until next week, according to people familiar with the transaction. That’s a longer timetable than some people expected as recently as a few days ago.

Once the deal is completed, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are expected to take on senior roles at Apple, with Iovine potentially becoming Apple’s new music chief. In addition, Iovine and Dre’s first official appearance as Apple employees is expected to take place at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference.




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Apple Launches Redesign of Bug Reporter Tool with Improved Search, Streamlined File Attachments [Mac Blog]

Apple has launched a redesign of its Bug Reporter tool (also known as Radar) with numerous improvements and enhancements, reports 9To5Mac. Specifically, the redesign adds new features such as auto-saving drafts of incident reports, additional options for forms, a streamlined file attachment system, and better organization of open and closed bug reports.

Developers tell us that the new design opens up the door for Apple to add new functionality. Additionally, the updated reporter more intuitively informs developers if their bug report has already been submitted. Other new features include improved search of filed bug reports, more intuitive attaching of files, and the auto-saving (every five minutes) of bug report write-ups.

The update for the service was originally launched in June during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, but was taken offline after several bugs and problems were found. Previously, the service was notable for having various problems, with 600 developers joining a campaign asking Apple to fix the tool in hopes of streamlining incident and bug reporting. The updated Bug Reporter is live now for members of Apple’s Developer program.




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WWDC 2013 Spoiler Free Video Stream [iOS Blog]

With Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicking off on Monday, some users are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until Apple posts the recorded video of the event so as to experience it without already knowing the outcome.

For those individuals, we’ve posted this news story, which will be updated with the link to the presentation once it becomes available from Apple. No other news stories or announcements will be displayed alongside this story.

Users waiting for the video to be posted are welcome to gather in the thread associated with this news story, and we ask that those who follow the events refrain from making any posts in the thread about tomorrow’s announcements.


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