Apple removes all Bose products from its online store

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:46 PM - by sparkyscott21

Following the news that a lawsuit between Apple's Beats and Bose had been settled, all Bose products — including both headphones and speakers — have been removed from Apple's online store.

A rumor first surfaced a week ago claiming that Apple was planning to remove Bose sound products from its stores. On Friday, that became a reality, when all of the company's headphones and speakers disappeared from the online storefront.

Though the products are no longer available for purchase, as of Friday afternoon queries such as "Bose Headphones" and "Bose Speaker System" still showed up in the search bar as suggested topics.

As of Friday, Bose products still showed up as suggested searches, but were not available to purchase through Apple.

As of last week, Apple's online store listed a total of 17 Bose products, including a range of SoundLink Bluetooth speakers, and its popular QuietComfort series of noise-canceling headphones.

It was Bose's noise-canceling technology that prompted the company to file a lawsuit against Beats in July, accusing its Studio and Studio Wireless series of infringing on its patents. But one week ago, Bose announced in court that it had settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's Beats.

It's unknown whether the removal of Bose products from Apple's store was part of the terms of the settlement or if another reason was at play. The settlement between Beats and Bose remains confidential.

Bose products in Apple's store last week. As of Friday they were removed

It could also be that Apple simply prefers to spotlight its own brand rather than competing products from Bose. The company purchased Beats for $3 billion — Apple's largest-ever acquisition — back in May.

Also a potential reason is a public spat between Apple's Beats brand and Bose over sponsorship deals. The National Football League has banned its players from wearing Beats products when conducting interviews, including 90 minutes following the end of a game, because of an exclusive partnership that has made Bose the official audio sponsor of the league.

The issue came to a head last week when it was revealed that the NFL had fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing a pair of pink breast cancer awareness-themed Beats headphones at a post-game press conference.

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine, who cofounded Beats, commented on the controversy last week and said he was thankful for it, concluding that pressure from

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Apple's online store begins taking preorders for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:54 AM - by sparkyscott21

Ahead of next week's launch, Apple's online store on Friday began taking presales of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, its new Touch ID-equipped tablets being introduced for the holiday shopping season.

The company's store went offline early Friday morning, and returned after a downtime of more than three hours. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do not have a specific launch date, though the store advertises that new orders will ship in two to four business days.

The iPad Air 2 starts at $499, while the iPad mini 3 has an entry price of $399.

The highlight of this year's update is clearly the iPad Air 2, which features an 18 percent thinner design, an anti-reflective laminated display, improved cameras, and a beefed up A8X processor. AppleInsider went hands-on with the iPad Air 2 on Thursday and were impressed by the 6.1-millimeter-thick device, which is even thinner than the new iPhone 6.

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have also been outfitted with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensing home button. This will allow users to bypass lock screen passwords on their tablet, download iTunes and App Store purchases without entering an Apple ID password, access secure third-party apps, and also verify online purchases with Apple Pay.

And the new iPads are also available in a gold color option, and capacities of 16, 64, and 128 gigabytes at $100 tiers. LTE-capable models carry a $130 premium.

The 7.9-inch iPad mini 3, meanwhile, features the same design as its predecessor, and also includes the same A7 CPU. Aside from Touch ID and a new gold color option, it's unchanged from the 2013 model, which is still available for $100 less.



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Apple shows off Retina iMac and iPad Air 2 in new ads

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:22 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple product launches generally run like clockwork and, true to form, the moment today’s keynote came to a close, Cupertino’s digital media team sprung into action by uploading three new videos to its YouTube channel showcasing the company’s brand new iPad Air 2 and 27-inch Retina iMac.

The iPad video, embedded above, picks up where last year’s iPad Air commercial finished, by comparing the depth of Apple’s flagship tablet to a pencil.

This time the iPad’s even thinner, though, so the ad shows a laser slicing off an additional 18% of the pencil’s thickness. It’s a great, succinct spot, which immediately gives viewers an understanding of what the iPad Air 2’s 6.1mm thickness means in real world terms.

The second ad, seen below, shows how Apple’s Retina technology has evolved over the years: arriving first on the iPhone, then the iPad, then the MacBook Pro, and now finally on the desktop, courtesy of the new Retina iMac with its astonishing 5K display.

The song, if you’re interested, is “Little Monster” by the British rock band Royal Blood.



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OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on the Mac App Store today

Oct 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download.

Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, Calif., on Thursday, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.

Apple also shined a light on less-touted features like highly efficient operation in Safari, which helps with battery life when streaming video and performing other processor intensive operations.

Also demonstrated on Thursday were new versions of Numbers, Keynote and Pages, which encompass the company's iLife suite. The applications feature a new, flatter design that is in line with the changes made to OS X Yosemite.

OS X Yosemite will launch today for free from the Mac App Store.



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Apple announces 6.1mm-thin iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, anti-reflective coating Gold

Oct 16, 2014 - 1:27 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's next-generation tablet became official on Thursday with the introduction of the iPad Air 2, featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X chip

18 percent thinner than the iPad Air, making it the world's thinnest tablet. The new model is so thin that two of them stacked on top of each other would still be thinner than the first

"Look how thin it is," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. "Can you even see it?"

Like previous models, the Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes. But another $100 quadruples storage to 64 gigabytes, and a high-end model with 128 gigabytes runs $699. LTE-capable versions carry a $130 premium at the same capacities.

Preorders for the iPad Air 2, as well as the iPad mini 3, will begin on Friday, and the units will begin shipping next week.

A new anti-reflective coating reduces glare by 56 percent over its predecessor. Apple says the new display features the lowest reflectivity of any tablet on the market.

Apple's next-generation full-size iPad will come in color options of space gray and white, along with a new gold color option, bringing it in line with the iPhone.

iPad Air 2 also marks the debut of Touch ID on the iPad lineup. Just like on the iPhone, it can be used to unlock the iPad, authorize iTunes and App Store purchases, and enable security with third-party apps.

Touch ID will also integrate with Apple Pay when shopping online on their tablet, allowing users to securely authorize purchases using their fingertip.

The new A8X chip is 12 times faster than the original iPad's A4 chip, while graphics performance is 180 times faster. The A8X chip was designed specifically for the iPad Air 2, and still boasts 10-hours of battery life.

It also features the Apple M8 chip, which tracks motion and includes a barometric pressure sensor, which developers can tap into.

The camera has also been updated with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, capable of shooting 1080p HD video. It's boosted by an Apple-designed image signal processor included in the A8X chip.

The iPad Air 2 is also capable of capturing panoramic photos up to 43 megapixels. It can also be used to capture Burst Mode and Timelapse images, and slow-motion videos at 120 frames per second.

Better quality audio can also be captured thanks to dual microphones included on the rear and side of the iPad Air 2.

Internally it also has faster Wi-Fi 802.11ac with WiMo capable of up to 866Mbps. LTE is also improved with

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Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID for $399,keeps first-gen iPad mini for $249

Oct 16, 2014 - 1:24 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's diminutive iPad will also receive an update this week, the company announced Thursday, in the form of the iPad mini 3, which features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option starting at $399.

The company has also expanded the iPad mini lineup by continuing to offer the first-generation model, lacking a Retina display, for $249. And occupying the $299 space will be the iPad mini 2.

The entry-level iPad mini 3 will feature 16-gigabytes of storage for $399. Upgrading storage capacity in the iPad mini 3 will run $499 for 64 gigabytes, while 128 gigabytes will cost $599. In addition, a new gold color option will join silver and space gray, and LTE-capable models carry a $130 premium.

The home button of the iPad mini 3 now features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor Just like on the iPhone, it can be used to unlock the iPad, authorize iTunes and App Store purchases, and enable security with third-party apps.

Touch ID will also integrate with Apple Pay when shopping online on their tablet, allowing users to securely authorize purchases using their fingertip.

Preorders for the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 will begin on Friday, and the units will begin shipping next week.



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