Apple SIM simplifies buying international data plans with supported carriers, internal document clarifies

Apple SIM simplifies buying international data plans with supported carriers, internal document clarifies
An internal Apple sales document clarifies the possible uses of the Apple SIM, which is included in cellular versions of the iPad mini 3 and Apple iPad Air 2. The Apple SIM launched with several supported carriers: T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and EE in the UK. Given that EE is the only available carrier in the UK, the […]

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use SMS Relay

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use SMS Relay
Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can set up SMS Relay. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices, running Yosemite and iOS 8.1. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, Instant Hotspot, and AirDrop. With iMessage, […]

9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air from $800 w/ .edu email, Camera+ for iOS free inside Apple Store app, more

9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air from $800 w/ .edu email, Camera+ for iOS free inside Apple Store app, more
Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $850 or $800 w/ .edu email (Reg. $999) Camera+ for iOS now available for free inside the Apple Store app ($2.99 value) VisionTek packs a high-performance Solid-State Drive into a […]

Chitika: OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly higher than Mavericks in first week

Chitika: OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly higher than Mavericks in first week
New numbers released by analytics firm Chitika have revealed that public adoption of OS X Yosemite has been very similar to that of its predecessor, Mavericks. According to the stats, Mavericks achieved an install base of 12.4% in North America in its first week. Yosemite is performing slightly better, coming in at 12.8% in the […]

DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign

DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign
We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and […]

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

AT&T confirms it locks iPad’s new Apple SIM card after activation
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 document that “AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to […]

Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their chatroom app, threaten legal action

Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their chatroom app, threaten legal action
Facebook’s new ‘Rooms’ app                              Room Inc’s ‘Room’ app Following the launch of Facebook’s new “Rooms” app for iPhone, the company behind a similar piece of software called “Room” is claiming the social media outlet copied its intellectual property. The Room application, which like […]

Apple shortens iBooks review times, allows more promo codes for authors

Apple shortens iBooks review times, allows more promo codes for authors
Apple today emailed out registered authors for iBooks to announce some interesting changes and enhancements to the program. Some notable enhancements, via Apple’s email: To help you get your book to readers quickly, we review 95 percent of all book submissions within one business day. Note that you do not need an ISBN to deliver […]

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

Source: NFC chip in new iPads just the Secure Element for Apple Pay
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 have 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 securely store account numbers associated […]

Apple’s music sales down 14% in 2014 as it plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes next year

Apple’s music sales down 14% in 2014 as it plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes next year
Apple’s worldwide digital music sales through iTunes have dropped up as much as 14% in 2014, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources close to the situation. That’s a big decrease, as the report points out, when compared to data available for digital sales last year: The dive in download […]

Sprint’s new ‘iPhone for Life’ plan coming Nov. 14 w/ yearly upgrades, starts at $80/month

Sprint’s new ‘iPhone for Life’ plan coming Nov. 14 w/ yearly upgrades, starts at $80/month
After last month announcing its $70/month iPhone for Life plan that allows users to “rent” an iPhone and upgrade every two years, today Sprint announced that it will be launching a new 12-month lease option starting Nov. 14. That means that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users signing up for the iPhone for Life Plan will […]

AAPL on third straight day of all-time high stock price, following Apple Pay launch

AAPL on third straight day of all-time high stock price, following Apple Pay launch
AAPL stock has reached an all-time high three days straight in the week it launched Apple Pay, with the company touching $105.49 today …  The company hit triple-digits for the first time (post stock-split) in August. Analysts responding to last month’s announcements of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay predicted that the stock would climb. […]

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

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

Amazon Rewards Visa card now ready to load in Apple Pay

Amazon Rewards Visa card now ready to load in Apple Pay
Update: A spokesperson for Amazon confirmed Amazon Rewards Visa cards now support Apple Pay: “Amazon Rewards Visa Cardholders can now pay with Apple Pay. The website (https://www.chasedigitalpayments.com/) has been updated and cardholders can now start provisioning their cards.” Just two days after Amazon said it was working to enable its Rewards Visa card in Apple Pay, the […]

PSA: Bitcasa ending unlimited cloud storage, data will be deleted if not migrated by 15th Nov

PSA: Bitcasa ending unlimited cloud storage, data will be deleted if not migrated by 15th Nov
The (almost) free lunch promised by Bitcasa of unlimited cloud storage for just $99/year is coming to an end, and the company has also informed users that they will need to manually migrate all data to a new backend by 15th November or it will be deleted. Bitcasa was able to offer low-cost “infinite storage” […]

Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Apple Watch and security on final day in China

Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Apple Watch and security on final day in China
On the final day of Tim Cook’s four-day visit to China, he told state news agency Xinhuanet that Apple Pay was top of the list of things the company wanted to take to China. “China is a really key market for us,” said the CEO. “Everything we do, we are going to work it here. […]

Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Apple Watch and security on final day in China

Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Apple Watch and security on final day in China
On the final day of Tim Cook’s four-day visit to China, he told state news agency Xinhuanet that Apple Pay was top of the list of things the company wanted to take to China. “China is a really key market for us,” said the CEO. “Everything we do, we are going to work it here. […]

Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson raises $30M for intriguing online shopping startup

Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson raises $30M for intriguing online shopping startup
Ron Johnson, who headed up Apple’s retail operations for almost 12 years, has raised $30M in funding for an intriguing-sounding online shopping service due to launch next year, reports the WSJ. The new company is called Enjoy, and Mr. Johnson says its goal is to change the way people buy and use the “things that matter” […]

Developer says Apple sent them pornographic image when rejecting app

Developer says Apple sent them pornographic image when rejecting app
An iOS developer said Apple demonstrated that their app could be used to surf for porn by sending them a screenshot containing a pornographic image. Carl Smith shared the story of the rejection of Wave, an app for browsing Instagram and public images, in a blog post. It turns out Apple thought the best way to […]

BBEdit 11 released with updated clipping system, text extraction tool, and more

BBEdit 11 released with updated clipping system, text extraction tool, and more
Text/HTML editor BBEdit got upgraded to version 11 this week with a huge number of new features, improvements, and fixes. The highlights include improved syntax highlighting, an updated interface for the “Find Differences” feature, and a new text extraction capability. The Clipping system has been updated to allow for the creation of snippets that can be […]