Apple Announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (RED)

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 To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple and leading app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation. For the next two weeks, a special section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition,Red Apple

Apple will donate a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1. [Read more…]

Become an Apple Watch developer Watchkit SDK out today

2 Watchkit Apps Glances and Actionable NotificationsEDMONTON, AB, Nov 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Whether it is for Mac OS or Apple’s mobile iOS, it’s no secret that the success of the Apple App Store relies heavily on the development of apps by the developer community.

And today Apple has taken that innovation one step forward by opening up the development doors for the much-anticipated Apple Watch byannouncing the availability of Apple WatchKit a software development kit [SDK] that gives developers a set of tools to create apps specifically designed for the Apple Watch before the product even becomes available.

“Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.”   READ MORE  at Troy Media

Apple Adds UnionPay Payment Option for App Store Customers in China

consumers_heroBEIJING—November 17, 2014—Apple today announced that the App Store has added UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China. China UnionPay is the most popular payment card in China and will provide App Store customers with a simple and more convenient way to purchase their favourite apps. Customers can easily link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases.

“The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favourite apps with just one-tap.”

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Apple refreshes iPad, iPad mini, iMac and Mac Mini lineup

It’s been barely a month since Apple’s iPhone 6 event in September and yet another has already come and gone. Now perhaps this last held one held yesterday might have been a little more anticlimactic than the iPhone 6 event but nonetheless there were some significant announcements about new iPad, iMac and Mac Mini models and of course the official announcement of Mac OS X Yosemite.

iPad Air 2

As expected, the iPad Air was refreshed and replaced with the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air was already pretty thin but this new model is even thinner now at just 6.1 mm thick and weighing in at less than a single pound. They’ve improved on the Retina display offering richer vibrant colors and a new anti-reflective coating that is designed to reduce glare by up to 56%. It’s also zippier, incorporating a second generation 64-bit and 40% faster A8X chip into its belly and adding 2 1/2 times the graphics performance of the previous iPad Air. It also includes the M8 motion coprocessor, which like the newer iPhones gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer.

Read more……At Canoe Tech Blog

iPhone 6 models to arrive in 36 more countries

iPhone 6Apple today announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month and are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

Apple’s iPhone rollout continues on the following dates:

• Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco
• Thursday, October 23: Israel
• Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa
• Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait
• Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US Virgin Islands.

To read more about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and their differences, check out my CanoeTech Post

Latest iPhone first weekend sales blast through 10 million

IMG_7033EDMONTON, AB, Sep 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ – After record-breaking pre-orders and massive line-ups world-wide, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models – which launched on September 19 – broke first weekend record sales by topping the 10 million mark. This milestone is one million more than the then record-breaking nine million iPhone 5S and 5C handsets sold on their first weekend release set under a year ago.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”  READ MORE at Troy Media

iPhone 6 lineups prove Apple’s magic continues

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Jesse Letain emerges with his iPhone 6

With pre-orders at record levels, early indication was that Apple’s new iPhone 6 models were going to be a hit. And it looks like it is as the lineups at Apple Stores around the world are proving once again that Apple still has a lot of magic left in it.

And such was the case at Edmonton’s Southgate Centre where the first people to line up arrived at the doors of the Apple Store almost 24 hours before.

Read more… At Canoe Tech Blog

Tips before installing iOS 8 Update

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The rush to get the latest iOS 8 is in full swing.  But before you hit the “Install Now” button and do the upgrade there’s a little homework to do and few things you should know.

First, whenever you are doing any major update of any kind, stuff can and often will happen – so it’s probably a good idea, no, it’s a great idea to do a full backup of your device. You can either backup through iCloud or even better, hook your computer up to your Mac or PC and do a full backup through iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version of that app installed. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Apple iPhone 6 first 24 hours pre-orders a record four million units

iPhone 6Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were made available for pre-order on September 12th and in the first 24 hours that number exceeded four million units – a record for Apple.

Demand has certainly exceeded supply. In fact Apple says that while a chunk off the pre-order supply will be delivered to customers starting Friday, many will see their new iPhones until October.  Apple did say that there will be some stock available at Apple Retail Stores beginning at 8:00AM local time.

If you want to go that route, you might want to get there early. Depending on where you are, there may be some people lined up already.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus differ beyond size

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While the much-anticipated iPhone 6 models officially announced today, it seems that this time around the rumour mills more or less got it right. At today’s Apple Event, Apple unveiled the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. So besides size, what are the differences between the two models?

Unlike last year’s release, where we saw the unveiling of the iPhone 5C in the iPhone 5S, it was blatantly obvious that the unapologetically plastic 5C was the poor cousin to the iPhone 5S. This time, it’s a little bit different. The two new models are more closely related than you might think, but there are a few key differences.

Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog