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iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times improved

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Apple began improving shipping times on several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, especially in the 16 GB range.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 previously was shipped 7 to 10 days after being ordered, but that number has been shortened and now estimates just 5 to 7 days. Shipping times for the 64 and 128 GB models remains unchanged-3 to 4 weeks.

Currently, both 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models, as well as the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, are available to ship in all colors and on all major U.S. cellular carriers. 

As for the iPhone 6 Plus, the 16 GB model also saw an improvement and now can be shipped in just 7 to 10 days.
Shipment times for the 64 and 128 GB versions of the 6 Plus are slightly improved from previous 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks. According to the Online Apple Store, most iPhone 6 Plus variants operating on U.S. Networks are shipped 1 to 2 weeks, while only a few 16GB versions are available for in-store pickup. 

Several other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping estimates from the online Apple Store. 

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Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an event on Sept. 9. Initial supply quickly ran dry as both devices saw pre-order delivery dates slip just hours after going live.

Apple has been working hard to enhance iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supply and reportedly delayed mass production of the rumored iPad Pro in attempts to focus its resources on higher iPhone 6 Plus output. 

According to early analysis, users in the U.S. prefer the iPhone 6 to the 6 Plus by 3:1.  

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Apple can achieve trillion-dollar market cap

According to the words of Alexander Alternative Capital’s Michael Corcelli Apple has a chance to reach a $1 trillion market cap next year for sure.

Except Apple there are such companies like Omega Advisors with $10 billion hedge fund.

As of Tuesday morning trading, Apple’s market cap has been hovering around $670 billion. Up until last week, its previous record high was $658 billion, reached in September of 2012.

To put the market’s value on Apple in perspective, Google currently has a market cap of around $366 billion, Microsoft – $405 billion, Amazon – $151 billion, and Netflix – $23 billion.

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WatchKit available: developers can get apps ready for Apple Watch

Apple on Tuesday announced that its set of WatchKit development tools is now available for developers and allows them to start making custom third-party applications and software for the company’s upcoming Apple Watch, before the new accessory hits the market in early 2015.

WatchKit gives the opportunity to create not only WatchKit apps, but also Glances and actionable notifications. The tools along with the new iOS 8.2 software development kit, which includes programming instructions, human interface guidelines, templates and more, can be downloaded at the company’s developer website.

Glances can be used by developers to have users information they need most, including the latest news and sports scores, current Weather information, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe. There is a limited number of available templates, as described by Apple, as to how they can appear.

Actionable notifications offer a different way of getting the notifications that already present themselves on iOS today. Developers can give some custom images to personalize the notifications.

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Instagram has tried WatchKit to develop actionable notifications that allow users to instantly like a photo or send with an emoji, plus there’s an Instagram news and watch list to give users ability to view their friends favorite photos and get an overview of likes and comments

Apple also attached a 28-minute-long video, that aims to help developers start with WatchKit and begin making apps and more for the Apple Watch.1

“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.”

Apple has said that its Apple Watch will hit the market in “early 2015,” but an exact launch date remains unclear.

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The last news about Steve Jobs biopic

The movie based on the official biography of Steve Jobs is one of the major «long-term constructions» in Hollywood history.

The work on the movie started some time later after the death of Apple founder at the end of 2011.

During three years many actors were proposed to perform tha main role, but the actor is still not found.

But, despite of a lack of big progress, teh scrip-writer Aaron Sorkin told about work on the project.

Sorkin confirned the fim will consist of three novels, each of them narrates what happeed behind the screens of three major presentations in Jobs’ life – Macintosh, NeXT and iPod.

By the way, one of the characters in the movie will be Lisa Jobs, the adulterate child of the late genius.

The picture is sure to be intresting, but there is still one problem remains — the search of the actor for main role.

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Apple’s Chinese App Store accepting payments from China UnionPay

Apple’s Chinese App Store started accepting payments from China UnionPay, the largest bank card provider in the region.

App Store has previously not supported this payment method, but the company has announced that this issue has now been solved, and users in China are now allowed to link their Apple ID with debit or credit cards from UnionPay, which allows easy purchases.

UnionPay was first announce in 2002 and now features over 4.5 billion cards issued. Now, Apple’s Chinese App Store has become the second largest App Store market.

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 Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue,. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”

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UnionPay Cards are currently available in over 140 countries with issuance in over 30 countries, according to the company’s website. The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the biggest step by the company to expand its presence in China. Additionally, Tim Cook stated he was in talks with major Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba to integrate Alipay with the Apple Pay system. This alliance is believed to help Apple avoid regulatory delays and move Apple Pay closer to debuting in China.  

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Meet Beats Solo2 wireless headphones

Apple announced its first earphones independent of Beats — Solo2.

It’s a wireless device.

The headphones will be launched in the United States this month.

Now the headphones can be used up to 30 feet away from your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. You can now take phone calls, skip songs, change the volume using the “B” button and volume buttons on the ear cup.

The buttery can work up to 12 hours of wireless playback time.

Beats President Luke Wood comments on the device:

“We’re taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it. The Solo 2 is already a world-class headphone much lauded for its acoustics, and now it joins our growing family of successful wireless products.”

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The device is available in four colours: red, black, white, and blue.

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Red model will be available in Verizon retain and online stores.

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Apple is to open research center in Europe

Apple is going to open its Research and Development Center in the UK in the nearest future.

Buildings will be located in the prestigious district of Cambridge, not far away from Sony and Microsoft buildings.

The buildig the american company would be situated has three floors. The area is about 9030 square foot.

The photos of the project appeared in internet. It’s known that about 20 people will work there.

The next year the staff may be expanded to 40 people.

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Aplle aready has so-called R&D centers in Israel, Shanghai and in Taiwan. It’s rumoured the UK was the initiator.

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See life of genius in photos

Doug Menuez, the documentary film director presented a book about life of Steve Jobs.

The book is called «Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000».

Each photograph has its own history, the inscription under it shows.

You can look at some photos below.

Citing Menues, “I saw something uncontrollable, hungry, and wild – something human – that still exists in Silicon Valley today. That strain of fearless genius can and will drive a new technology revolution, perhaps even fulfilling the promises of the last one as it lifts its gaze to a world we have only begun to imagine.”

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You can visit the site of the author, where other materials can be found.

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Get the book on Amazon for $24,82.

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Apple Watch rumored to start at $500 for steel version, $4,000 for gold

According to the rumor from French website iGen on Tuesday, Apple’s expected Watch will be available at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold “Edition” versions.

The amount is much higher than previous estimates, when the Apple device was said to start at $349.

The French website claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will be priced at $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive model varying between $4,000 and $5,000. While the website has been reliable in predicting previous Apple device launches, the claims aren’t officially confirmed. iGen.fr accurately reported that Apple would launch both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at its September event and has also attached information that proved true regarding an iPod touch update in the past.

In addition, the site’s sources also said that the company still plans to release the Apple Watch by Valentine’s Day 2015. According to early claims from Apple, the Watch would come in Spring 2015.

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Ahead of the Apple Watch announcement, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo accurately predicted that the new product would be available in two sizes and different models spread across a wide range of price points. Additionally, he said the device could cost into the “thousands of dollars.”

Apple announced its upcoming watch in September, stating only that pricing would start at $350. 

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Xiaomi has become popular on the market

Smartphones market broadens constantly. 327 millions smartphones were sold suring last three months.

5% of them are Xiaomi models. Half a year ago quantity of Xiaomi sales was close to Apple sales quantity.

Now Xiaomi is on the honourable third place in Asia, while Samsung sales fell around 8,2% last year.

Korean company has saled 78,1 million smartphones, what is 6,9 million less than a year ago.
The quantity of Apple released smartphones increased to 5,5 million.

Xiaomi sales results were 5,6 million last year, following Lenovo and LG.

A year ago Xiaomi took 2,1%, this year it takes 5,3%, compare with Samsung – 23,8 % and Apple – 12,0%.

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The major sales of Xiaomi are on China market. However the company becomes more and more popular all over the world.

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So, it seems Apple now has a serious competitor.