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Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Several new bits and pieces are being tipped towards release this week as Apple’s next big event takes place tomorrow, the 16th of October. We’ll be there with bells on - and information releases as fast as you can read them. There we’ll see all manner of new devices, likely an iPad Air update, a new iPad Mini, and more than likely an official releasing of OS X Yosemite for desktop and notebook machines of all kinds - including a tipped new MacBook Air with Retina display - though that's just a less-than-respectable rumor.

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Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

There's no shortage of amazing Minecraft creations, some of which are more "common" like replicas of famous destinations and fictional cities, and others that are pretty mind-blowing, like the 1KB HDD. Joining that latter category is the work of YouTube user SHUFFLE, who has created a "functional" iPhone in Minecraft. Obviously the pixelated creation won't be making calls or firing off messages, but within the blocky realm of its digital world, the smartphone is incredibly functional, including a working passcode, home screens that can be toggled through, and more.

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Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Last month Apple surprised its users with U2's newest album for free, something that resulted in a huge number of downloads...not all of them intentional. Some users expressed frustration with the automatic downloads and the inability to reverse them, which eventually prompted Apple to release instructions on how to nuke the album. Fast-forward a bit and Bono has addressed the mini snafu in response to a fan's question, saying that he is sorry for the forced download and explaining what went awry with their "beautiful idea".

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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

The problems at Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner GT Advanced were longer in the tooth than previously realized. Their partnership, which GT deemed “oppressive” in bankruptcy filings, is being detailed a bit more, now. It seems their CEO wasn’t the only one dumping stock, as the guy in charge of the actual plant in Arizona was doing the same. Unable to meet Apple’s deadlines for getting the plant up and running — which means making Sapphire glass — GT execs instead chose to tuck tail, dump stock, and run.

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This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

The Apple Watch is an exciting concept, and though we’ve seen it for ourselves — it’s still a concept. Apple didn’t show off any apps that made good sense for their wearable, and were more than tight-lipped about how Apple Watch will take advantage of its home on your wrist while still working seamlessly with your iPhone. A new batch of app renders for the Apple Watch show what may be in store for us, and give an early glimpse as to how apps could end up working.

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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iPad Air 2 has A8X chip, possible 2GB RAM

iPad Air 2 has A8X chip, possible 2GB RAM

The iPad Air 2 is likely going to make an appearance later this week at Apple’s event. In addition to some Mac news, it’s believed we’ll get an iPad update, likely across the lineup. New components for the iPad Air 2 have reportedly leaked, and show a new processor as well as that rumored RAM uptick. If you held out on the iPad Air last year because it just wasn’t powerful enough, the iPad Air 2 one might be one worth grabbing.

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Here’s what Apple Pay will look like

Here’s what Apple Pay will look like

With an iOS 8 update (yeah, another one) coming sometime soon, Apple Pay is set to make its debut. Believed to hit right around October 18 — like, the time OS X Yosemite rolls in — Apple Pay will let iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users pay for good with a tap of their phone. Training materials seem to have been leaked, and show us a bit more about how Apple Pay works, and what we can expect to see on our phones.

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Don’t hold your breath for a Retina MacBook Air this week

Don’t hold your breath for a Retina MacBook Air this week

MacBook Air lovers may be crying out for a Retina display upgrade to their favorited ultraportable, but Apple will leave them wanting after Thursday's event, according to new leaks. A higher-resolution version of the MacBook Air, following its more expensive MacBook Pro sibling, has been rumored for some time now, with chatter back in July suggesting the pixel-packed notebook was headed into production imminently. However, for one reason or another, the new laptop won't actually be taking the stage in Cupertino this Thursday.

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