Apple launches new service allowing local businesses to get listed on Apple Maps, solicits indoor mapping partners

Apple launches new service allowing local businesses to get listed on Apple Maps, solicits indoor mapping partners
Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address. The iBeacon-powered indoor mapping tool allows […]

First iPad Air 2 deliveries begin in Australia

First iPad Air 2 deliveries begin in Australia
The iPad Air 2 only recently started shipping with delivery dates of October 22nd and 23rd, and it appears the first devices have been delivered to Australian owners over the past few hours, as several 9to5Mac readers have tipped us. At least one device in the wild was tested on Geekbench recently, revealing some interesting undisclosed […]

iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 compared: is Google’s bigger display really that much of an advantage?

iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 compared: is Google’s bigger display really that much of an advantage?
TechCrunch went hands-on with Google’s newest smartphone, the Nexus 6, and took some time to compare it to the iPhone 6 Plus. In the photo above, you’ll see that the two phones share near identical dimensions, though the Nexus still manages to pack a larger 6.22-inch display space into the same body. The Nexus is […]

Triple-core iPad Air 2 pegged as 55% faster than any other iOS device, Retina 5K iMac top score beats low-end Pro

Triple-core iPad Air 2 pegged as 55% faster than any other iOS device, Retina 5K iMac top score beats low-end Pro
Geekbench results for the iMac with Retina 5K Display have hit the web and show that when it comes to 64-bit processing, the 4.0 GHz model of the new all-in-one comes out ahead of the lowest-end (3.7 GHz) Mac Pro. Of course, the rest of the Mac Pro family handily beats the iMac in the […]

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68, Belkin Bluetooth car kit $28, Intel 120GB SSD $60, more

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68, Belkin Bluetooth car kit $28, Intel 120GB SSD $60, 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: SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for $45 (Reg. $60) Add Bluetooth to your car – Belkin Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit: $27.58 AC shipped 2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Intel […]

GT Advanced reaches deal to part ways w/ Apple, will sell sapphire furnaces to pay debt

GT Advanced reaches deal to part ways w/ Apple, will sell sapphire furnaces to pay debt
Following a report last week that Apple was seeking to keep its involvement in its sapphire supplier GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret, today Bloomberg reports that GT Advanced and Apple have reached an agreement that will allow the two companies to part ways. Lawyers for GT Advanced said the deal “will save millions of […]

You can now sign into the iOS iTunes Connect app with Touch ID

You can now sign into the iOS iTunes Connect app with Touch ID
Apple has released a nice update for the developer-focused iTunes Connect app today. Besides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support (finally), developers can now login to the app using the Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone and new iPads. This should make it even quicker for developers to check their app submission status and upload new […]

Apple responds to iCloud network attacks with guide on verifying browser security

Apple responds to iCloud network attacks with guide on verifying browser security
Following the recent attack by Chinese institutions on iCloud.com to attempt to steal account information, Apple has posted a new how-to article about verifying the page you visit when you type iCloud.com into your web browser is the genuine Apple site. The page doesn’t offer a fix per se, but walks through how to check the certificates of the page […]

Google’s iOS switcher guide goes unseen for over a week before execs start promoting it

Google’s iOS switcher guide goes unseen for over a week before execs start promoting it
Much like Apple recently published a guide for switching from an Android to iPhone, Google now has an official webpage for switchers detailing steps users can take to migrate content and data from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device. It actually published the guide over a week ago, but no one noticed until […]

Pre-ordered iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 units now shipping from Apple w/ Oct. 22-23 delivery date

Pre-ordered iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 units now shipping from Apple w/ Oct. 22-23 delivery date
For those that pre-ordered Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has now started shipping the devices with an expected delivery date of Oct. 22 or Oct. 23 quoted to several 9to5Mac readers who pre-ordered on day one. Others have been quoted a delivery date of between Oct. 22-27. Apple officially kicked off […]

Vine iPhone update adds iPhone 6/Plus enhancements, iOS 8 share extension, & more

Vine iPhone update adds iPhone 6/Plus enhancements, iOS 8 share extension, & more
The Vine iPhone app today received an updated to version 3.0.0 and with it comes UI enhancements and full support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Also included in today’s update is a new share extension for iOS 8, allowing users to take advantage of the new feature for quickly sharing videos from […]

T-Mobile’s iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 pre-orders open tomorrow starting at $0 down

T-Mobile’s iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 pre-orders open tomorrow starting at $0 down
T-Mobile confirmed today that it will officially start accepting preorders for Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tomorrow. The announcement follows preorders through Apple, AT&T and others kicking off late last week and an announcement from Sprint yesterday that it will begin selling the devices this week. The device through T-Mobile, unlike […]

Infuse for iOS updated for iPhone 6 and iOS 8 with new features and design tweaks

Infuse for iOS updated for iPhone 6 and iOS 8 with new features and design tweaks
Infuse has been updated to version 3.0 and introduced a host of changes and upgrades. The app is now fully compatible with iOS 8 and the newer iPhone models and features several design tweaks such as improvements to browsing TV shows and an all-new dark mode. Functional improvements include the ability to download videos in the […]

Certain card types through some banks (and all corporate cards) are not yet supported on Apple Pay

Certain card types through some banks (and all corporate cards) are not yet supported on Apple Pay
With Apple’s launch of its new Apple Pay payments service in the US yesterday, it has now published a support document detailing supported card types from each of its initial banking partners. We already knew that MasterCard, Visa, and American Express cards would be supported initially through a growing list of banking partners, but the […]

Chinese carrier offers pocket upgrades to iPhone 6 Plus buyers

Chinese carrier offers pocket upgrades to iPhone 6 Plus buyers
Dutch carrier KPN might have done it first as a publicity stunt, but Chinese carrier Unicom is seemingly offering pocket enlargements as a serious but publicity focussed service for iPhone 6 Plus buyers, reports Ubergizmo. It is offering in-house pocket enlargement to customers who pick up Apple’s largest iPhone ever. China Unicom has actually hired a […]

Apple Pay already works abroad on supported NFC terminals w/ US-based cards

Apple Pay already works abroad on supported NFC terminals w/ US-based cards
Following yesterday’s launch of Apple Pay through participating card issuers, banks and retailers in the US, some users have discovered that the payment service is also already being accepted through some retailers abroad. 9to5Mac readers report using Apple Pay loaded with a US-based credit card at retailers in Australia and Canada… Reader Beau Giles reports, […]

Mac mini teardowns are underway, with good news and bad news

Mac mini teardowns are underway, with good news and bad news
iFixit and MacminiVault have both completed their teardowns of the new Mac mini, with Macminicolo planning theirs soon. We already knew the main bad news: soldered RAM means you can’t upgrade the memory later, so you have to decide how much you want and pay Apple’s pricing for it. Both iFixit and MacminiVault described replacing […]

“iPad has a great future,” said Cook: long-term more important than “90-day clicks”

“iPad has a great future,” said Cook: long-term more important than “90-day clicks”
While yesterday’s iPad numbers don’t look great – down 12.5% year-on-year, the third successive quarter in which sales have fallen – Tim Cook remains upbeat about the product, stating that it “has a great future” and that its long-term prospects are more important than “individual 90-day clicks.” Quartz‘s Dan Frommer pulled together some of the things Cook has […]

Realmac debuts RapidWeaver 6 with all-new design and features, drops Mac App Store version for now

Realmac debuts RapidWeaver 6 with all-new design and features, drops Mac App Store version for now
Realmac Software’s popular website development tool RapidWeaver has been updated to version 6 today. The upgrade introduces many new features and enhancements to the app, including a completely redesigned interface for OS X Yosemite. The new update also adds improved publishing that’s much faster than the previous version and a new addon manager for keeping track […]

AAPL out-performs most bullish analyst predictions with its record numbers

AAPL out-performs most bullish analyst predictions with its record numbers
Apple not only announced record profits for Q4 results and smashed through its own revenue guidance, but out-performed even the most bullish of analyst estimates with earnings of $42.123B. The highest analyst estimate in yesterday’s Fortune roundup was for $41.8B. The consensus analyst expectation for earnings per share was $1.32, against the actual 20% climb to $1.42, […]