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Apple Rolls Out 6.1.1 Update for 2nd, 3rd Gen Apple TV

1:09 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released Apple TV Update 6.1.1 for the second and third generation Apple TV on Tuesday along side iOS 7.1.1 for the iPhone and iPad. So far, there aren't any details available about what's included in the update, but it seems likely that it's intended to keep the Apple TV software in step with the new iOS 7.1.1 update.

Jailbroken iPhones Give Up Apple IDs in Malware Attack

11:45 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone jailbreak community is facing a malware threat that steals user's Apple IDs and passwords. Since the threat targets only iPhones and iPads that have been hacked to allow the installation of unauthorized apps, most users are safe.

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People may complain about Apple's "walled garden" approach to the App Store, but it does help keep out malicious threats like Unflod.

Report Claims Rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Delayed Until 2015

10:01 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may or may not be planning on shipping an iPhone model with a 5.5-inch display, but that isn't stopping insider sources from saying it's delayed and won't ship until some time in 2015. Sources claim the rumored device is real, and that production issues will keep Apple from releasing it until next year.

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Apple is undoubtedly testing multiple iPhone screen sizes, but calling a rumored 5.5-inch model delayed isn't accurate. Apple hasn't announced the device, or promised a shipping date. What's more likely is that people with limited access to parts of the company's supply chain are misinterpreting what little they know about Apple's test products.

Apple Hires FDA Expert Divya Nag for Health and Fitness Team

9:08 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's list of health and fitness experts just got longer now that the company has hired FDA approval expert Divya Nag. Her expertise with the FDA's medical approval process makes her a good fit for the iPhone and iPad maker's health and fitness plans for the rumored iWatch and other wearable products that may be in development.

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Considering the long list of health and fitness related hires Apple has made over the past couple years, it isn't a question of what it's working on, but instead a question of which features it will have.

Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better Gross Margins

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Interview

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.

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Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.

1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

11:42 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution.

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It seems likely that Apple has made some backend changes that leave first generation Apple TV owners in the dust. The company does, after all, leave products behind when it doesn't see any value in continued support.

Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

10:49 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.

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Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.

Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

9:58 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.

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If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

8:45 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.

Apple Maps Misses Your Coffee Shop, but Finds Loch Ness Monster

1:13 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Just because Apple's Maps may not be able to get you to your favorite coffee shop doesn't mean it's a failure. You just need to search for the right things, like the Loch Ness Monster. Satellite images that show up only for the iPhone and iPad show what Nessy fans are calling proof positive that the monster is real even though you can't actually see the beast in the water. Instead, there's a big wake from something that seems to be just below the water surface, and it isn't a boat, according to the Mail Online. Unfortunately, we can't get Siri to give us driving directions to the monster. Maybe in iOS 8.