Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to Developers

os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first 10.10.5 beta and one month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Because we’re just a couple of months away from the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it’s possible that OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last updates to Yosemite.

Today’s beta, build 14F19a, is available as an over-the-air update and can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

The first OS X 10.10.5 beta did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it’s likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Over the course of its lifespan, OS X Yosemite has received four updates. The first two brought bug fixes and security improvements, while OS X 10.10.3, the most significant update to Yosemite, introduced the new Photos app, Force Touch APIs, new emoji features, and more.

OS X 10.10.4, the current version of Yosemite, also focused on bug fixes and stability improvements, most notably introducing TRIM support for third-party SSDs and eliminating the Discoveryd process that caused ongoing connectivity issues in the OS.









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Apple Plans to Debut New Apple TV in September With Touch-Based Remote, Full App Store

Apple is planning to introduce its long-awaited next-generation Apple TV in September, reports Buzzfeed‘s John Paczkowski. According to sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the new set-top box will be unveiled in September at the same event where Apple will unveil the next-generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

As has been previously rumored, it is said to include an A8 processor, a touch-pad based remote that’s “drastically improved” compared to the current version, a new operating system that supports a full App Store, developer APIs, and Siri voice control, and more on-board storage to accommodate apps. Physically, the Apple TV will take on a new, slimmer look.

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Apple will not be introducing its rumored television service at the same time, with sources telling Buzzfeed that the Internet-based streaming service could possibly launch in late 2015, but 2016 is more likely. Current rumors suggest Apple’s television offering will bundle approximately 25 channels and cost between $30 to $40 per month.

Apple was widely expected to introduce both its new Apple TV and its upcoming streaming television service in June, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, but the two products were not ready for launch at that time. Apple postponed its release of the set-top box because it was “not ready for prime time” and held off on the television service because deals were not completed.

Apple has not introduced a revamped version of its Apple TV since 2012, so an updated set-top box with App Store support and other features will be a major change from the platform that we know and use today.









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Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps.

Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds, In-App purchases, and tons more.

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Udemy promises that by the end of the course, students will be able to build “clones” of popular apps like Uber, Tinder, Flappy Bird, and Instagram. The program also includes unlimited web hosting for 1 year, an eBook on earning money while learning to code, and over 1,000 graphic assets to use within apps.

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Udemy’s iOS 9 course is the followup to the iOS 8 course, which saw more than 100,000 students enroll and received a 4.8/5 rating from attendees. The course continues to be taught by Rob Percival, who taught the iOS 8 course.

Udemy’s Complete iOS 9 Developer Course is priced at $199, but Udemy has agreed to give interested MacRumors readers a significant discount, cutting the price by 87 percent. When checking out, MacRumors readers can enter the code MACRUMORS to get access to the course for $24. The deal will last until the end of the day on August 4.









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Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

ios_8_iconApple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4.1 beta and a month after launching iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service.

Today’s beta, build 12H318, is available via an over the air update and it can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

No outward facing changes were discovered in the first iOS 8.4.1 beta, and it’s a .1 update, so it’s likely that it includes only minor bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements designed to prepare the update for its upcoming retirement.

iOS 8.4.1 may be one of the last updates to iOS 8 as Apple is working on its successor, iOS 9. iOS 9 builds on many of the features introduced with iOS 8 and adds new content and underlying performance improvements. iOS 9 is currently in beta testing and will be released in the fall.









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Apple Expands Into San Francisco With New Office Building Lease

Apple has offices located around the Bay Area, in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose, but for the first time, the company is planning to expand into San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Apple has leased 76,000 square feet of office space in the popular South of Market neighborhood (SoMa) in San Francisco.

Many startups and major tech companies are located in San Francisco, in the very neighborhood Apple is moving into. It is not clear what Apple plans to do with the office space, but Beats Music leases office space in San Francisco, so it’s possible Apple will house its Apple Music employees in the city.

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Though Apple’s offices have long been located in the South Bay, many employees live in the city and face a daily hour-long commute by car or Apple bus, so San Francisco office space for at least some of the commuters will likely be welcome news. The ability to work in San Francisco could also help Apple recruit key employees that are reluctant to work outside of the city.

In the building Apple plans to sublease through 2022, employees will share office space with CBS Interactive, the main tenant. The 76,000 square foot space could accommodate an estimated 400 to 500 employees. It’s not known what Apple is paying to rent the space, but SoMa is one of San Francisco’s most expensive areas due to its popularity with tech companies. On average, rent in SoMa costs $66 per square foot, so Apple is likely paying millions of dollars per year to occupy the space.

News of Apple’s San Francisco lease comes shortly after news that the company leased 300,000 square feet of space in North San Jose. Apple also recently expanded into Seattle, leasing office space in a popular downtown area.









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More ‘iPhone 6s’ Part Photos Surface as Production Ramps Up

Less than two months before Apple is expected to launch the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus,” new photos of leaked components for the next-generation smartphones continue to surface from within the supply chain. The images support rumors that claim the next iPhones will have minimal design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The main part shared by French website Nowhereelse.fr is a purported iPhone 6s single flex cable that houses the volume rocker, mute switch, power button and LED flash. The blog also shared photos of the device’s Lightning connector and headphone jack assembly, rear-facing camera rings and home button enclosure, which appears to be anodized in a gold or champagne color.

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Apple has returned to using a single flex cable for the iPhone 6s after splitting the flex cables for the iPhone 6, but otherwise that part and the Lightning connector assembly remain largely unchanged, which is unsurprising given Apple’s “tick-tock” refresh cycle for iPhones. Apple typically makes major changes in a “tick” year (iPhone 6) while focusing on smaller improvements and refinements in a “tock” year (“iPhone 6s”).

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The leaked camera rings suggest that the “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” could also have a protruding rear-facing camera lens, a design choice that Apple received some complaints over for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Particularly, some users expressed frustration at being unable to lay their smartphone flat on a table because the camera lens sticks out about one millimeter.

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“iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” production is believed to be underway, with leaked images of the front panel, rear shell and logic board surfacing earlier this month. The smartphones are rumored to feature an A9 chip with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, a faster Qualcomm LTE modem, an improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 7000 Series aluminum and more.









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Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It’s unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future.

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The account’s first Snapchat “story”, which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1’s Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London and fellow DJ Julie Adenuga. After watching Adenuga work, the account changes course to Ebro Darden in New York City.

The account provides an interesting look into the work environments of Beats 1’s three DJs, with each of them showing off their equipment and enthusiasm for the music they’re playing. Adenuga’s segment includes her teasing an interview with musical artist Ellie Goulding, answering questions and letting users know they should check out the For You tab of Apple Music. The Snapchat story, which currently sits at 184 seconds, is being updated periodically throughout the day.

Apple has thus far taken a very liberal approach to using social media to draw awareness to Apple Music, heavily using Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to tease and announce exclusive music, interviews and music videos. Snapchat, whose users tend to be younger, is yet another progression of that effort. Snapchat users can follow Apple Music on the service by adding “applemusic” as a friend.









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Apple Campus 2 Visitor Center Will Include Cafe, Store and Rooftop Observation Deck

Apple is planning to build a visitor’s center on its new “spaceship” campus, which will include a rooftop observation deck that overlooks the main building, a cafe, and a 10,114 square-foot store where visitors will be able to “view and purchase the newest Apple products.”

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The structure, like many of Apple’s retail stores, will be made of glass with a carbon fiber roof and large skylights. Stairs and elevators will take visitors up to the viewing deck, where the ring-shaped building housing Apple employees will be visible. Apple’s current campus included a now-closed store that sold Apple-branded apparel and sundries, but a dedicated visitor’s center with a store selling Apple products will be a new addition.

Details on the visitor’s center were found by Silicon Valley Business Journal in documents that were filed with the city of Cupertino back in April. Previous approvals for the campus included mention of a visitor’s center in a glass building, but details on the interior of the building were not available until this year.

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According to the plans, Apple aims for the visitor’s center at 10700 N. Tantau to “create a public face of the Apple Campus 2 that reflects Apple’s business and design practices, and allows for a long-term presence in Cupertino.” (Neighbors will be glad to know that a screen will block views onto an adjacent single-family-home community.) Parking will be mostly below grade with 684 spaces, with elevators taking visitors into the center.

Construction on Apple’s second campus is still underway. Video footage shot in June suggests the foundation has been finished, with the first walls of the ring-shaped structure going up. Work on a nearby underground parking facility is also nearing completion. Apple is planning to finish construction on the main building in late 2016.

When complete, the new campus will feature a 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground aprking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot 1,000-seat auditorium for hosting events, and the newly-described visitor’s center.









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