Earth Day, OS X Beta, and More

It’s been a busy (earth) day for Apple.  

The company today celebrated Earth Day with banners promoting its efforts to help save the environment.  Apple touts its eco-friendly footprint with the tagline”there are some ideas we want every company to copy.”  The phrase is clearly a jab at Samsung, Apple’s greatest rival and a known copycat.Image

The company also extended it’s iPhone buy back program to iPads as well, allowing customers to sell back old iPads to Apple.  Apple updated it’s logo for Earth Day with a green leaf and reports indicate that Apple Stores around the world have done so as well.

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In a surprising turn of events, Apple will now allow non-developers to receive free OS X betas.  Previously, only registered developers had access to pre-release OS X software.  This leads us to wonder if Apple will offer OS X 10.10 (expected to be revealed at WWDC in June) to the public as a pre-release.  

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Lastly, the company released iOS 7.1.1 with bug fixes and Touch ID improvements.  Apple also updated it’s App Store rules and updated the store with minor enhancements in iOS 7.1.1.

Wow, busy day!

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Developer Betas Expiring

Developers who have not updated from the beta versions of iOS have discovered that the software has expired and requires “activation.”

Developers can resolve this problem by restoring their iDevice with a fresh install of the latest version of iOS, 7.0.02, from the iOS Developer Center. Developers will need iTunes 11.1.

Tech Talks Dates Announced

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Apple today announced the dates for it’s Tech Talks, described by many as “mini WWDC’s.”  Following the overwhelmingly high demand for WWDC last spring, Apple announced that it would bring back it’s popular tech talks, this year focusing on iOS 7.

Tech talks will be held in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London.  Apple will focus on game development and app development in two separate lectures.  Tech talks are free to registered Apple Developers, who will need to apply.

Developers must apply by today.