Mac Turns 30 Today

Happy Birthday, Mac!
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Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs, just 29 years old, took to stage in an event that would define his career forever.  On January 24, 1984, Jobs unveiled the Macintosh, a computer which would revolutionize the industry forever.

Jobs’ device took years of work and the perfectionist would not stop until his product was perfect.  His love of perfection and minimalism defined who he was and revolutionized countless industries.

Today, the Mac lives on, a revolutionary machine, in various forms.  Customers can purchase a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iMac, or the newly redesigned Mac Pro.

Apple today changed its homepage to commemorate the thirty year anniversary.  Various celebrations are also being held today and this weekend around the globe.

Feel free to enjoy the video below, a historic event and landmark in  tech industry.

Briefly: iPhone Sales may have topped 60 Million in Holiday Quarter

Rumors hint that Apple sold over 60 Million iPhones in the holiday quarter of 2013.  This would be a record breaker for Apple and does not include any iPhones sold with China Mobile, which Apple partnered with in late December.  This could be almost 16% increase over the 2012 holiday quarter.

Apple is expected to announce its quarterly earnings next week.  AppleRumors.NET will bring you up-to-date information then. 20130919-111358.jpg

China Mobile iPhones go on Sale

Apple on Friday began selling iPhones on China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier. China Mobile boasts an incredible 700 Million+ users, more than Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprit combined.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was present at an Apple Store to offer signed iPhones. Days prior, both Cook and a China Mobile Executive showed their enthusiasm about the upcoming deal. The deal is expected to generate approximately 17 Million new users for Apple.

I’m personally really excited about this deal. There’s a ton of potential for Apple.

Apple: Year in Review

Here at AppleRumors.NET, we’re remembering the amazing year of 2013.  Apple certainly had an incredible year and to do so, rather than write a full fledged article, we’ve prepared a timeline photo to visualize what Apple’s been up to.

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The year started with the introduction of the iPad (4) with 128 GB, then iTunes U hit 1 Billion downloads, WWDC 2013 sold out in less than two minutes (71 seconds), iTunes has 25 Millions songs and turned 10 this year, the App Store hit 50 Billion downloads, and WWDC 2013 began on June 10.  At WWDC, the new Mac Pro, iTunes Radio was unveiled along with OS X Mavericks and the radical iOS 7.  The MacBook Airs as well as new Airport Extremes and time Capsules were also released.  Apple updated Logic pro to Logic Pro X, a major upgrade, in July and new iMacs launched in late September.  September was also the month of the iPhone: the iPhone 5s with Touch ID and iPhone 5c.  In October, the new iPads were released (iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display) along with new MacBook Pros (Retina); Apple also updated it’s iWork and iLife Suites (also, it included iWork for iCloud).  In December, Apple pushed iBeacons an signed a major deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier.

That’s not all…see the picture for a full description.  Happy New Year!  We can’t wait for 2014!

Apple Roundup

It’s been a slow week for rumors (and a busy one for holiday shoppers), so I decided to compile everything into one article.

Apple recently released the first beta of OS X 10.9.2 to developers.  The update includes various bug fixes and other minor enhancements, but most notably now includes FaceTime Audio, a service introduced in iOS 7.

FaceTime Audio is available currently only on iDevices, but will soon include Macs.  Apple is likely to release 10.9.2 (to the public) sometime next year.

On other Mac news, Apple’s Mac Pro, radically redesigned and re-envisioned, saw preorders on Thursday and is now shipping in February.  Wow.  You probably have a better shot of getting your hands on one at your local Apple Store.

Furthermore, iTunes Connect, the developer portal, will not be accessible to developers for over a week.  This means that App Pricing, Stats, and app uploads will not be available.  While this doesn’t officially affect customers, you won’t have any updates or price changes during this time.

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Apple Teases Black Friday Deals

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Apple has begun to tease its Black Friday deals in an email sent to customers today.  The event will be offered online and in Apple retail stores this Friday.  Apple rarely, if ever, offers discounts on any of its products with the exception of Black Friday.

Prices have yet to be announced, but they’re likely to be the same as last year: $100-200 off Macs (depending on the model), about $50 off an iPad, etc.  We will bring you updated prices when we learn more.

Is it a good time to buy an Apple product?  You decide!  Let us know in the poll below. 


Breaking: Apple releases Apple Store app for iPad

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Apple today finally released an iPad version of its popular Apple Store app. The Apple Store app had long been an iPhone-only app, making many wonder if Apple would ever release an iPad version. iPhone user Saint0327 reviewed the last iPhone version with a mere one star writing “Hey Apple, there’s a new device called the iPad.” Many other users have also voiced their concern about the current iPhone version.

The iPad version, however, is not a universal app and is separate from the iPhone version. The new app sports a design in-line with iOS 7.

You can download the new app from the App Store.

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Apple Updates Find my Friends App

Apple yesterday updated its Find my Friends app for iOS 7. This marks the last major Apple app to be updated with the new design changes in iOS 7. iOS 7 debuted in mid-September and Apple issued subsequent updates for its iOS apps.

Only iTunes Connect, the developer portal, is missing an iOS 7 update (this is not a consumer app).

Find my Friends now sports a completely new and redesigned interface. Let us know what you think of the new UI in the comments below!

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Breaking: Apple Releases iOS 7.1

Apple today released iOS 7.1 to developers, the first major upgrade to iOS.  iOS 7.1 provides many minor changes and much needed bug fixes.  7.1 features various minor changes such as a new Yahoo! logo in notification center, dark keyboard option, bold text, and a new flash indicator.

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iOS 7.1 will likely be released next year (as with previous versions of iOS — 5.1 and 6.1).  As with any beta, there are still many bugs.  Apple also seeded Xcode 5.1 and a new Apple TV update.