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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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Apple holds $50m axe over surprise-spoiling suppliers

Apple holds $50m axe over surprise-spoiling suppliers

GT Advanced Technologies is currently firing on all cylinders in light of their bankruptcy filing earlier this month. One of the most interesting bits of data that’ve come out of the bankruptcy investigation is Apple’s non-disclosure agreement, and the $50 million dollar penalty the company imposes for product or information leaks. Lawyers representing GT are arguing that they need to reveal additional information about their close relationship with Apple "in the interests of creditors and shareholders."

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iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are getting even bigger, with China, Israel, and South Korea among 36 new countries and territories set to get the new iOS 8 smartphones in October. A staggered roll-out across locations through the month will see the iPhone 6 family available in 69 countries and territories before November has even started, though Apple says it's still on track to increase that number to more than 115 before 2014 is through.

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Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

It appears as though Apple is planning to launch its Apple Pay wireless payment system in the U.S. on Saturday, October 18th. What appears to be a leaked internal Walgreens memo was sent to MacRumors, and seems to explain to company employees how the NFC payment method will work in stores, as well as how to be prepared.

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Latest iPad Air 2 image leaks reveal Touch ID button, front panel, logic board

Latest iPad Air 2 image leaks reveal Touch ID button, front panel, logic board

While we've already seen a number of possible leaked images and mockups of Apple's update to the iPad Air this year, a new set of pictures from a Taiwanese site shows a handful of what could be the tablet's internal components. Apple.club.tw has posted one of the first looks at parts including the logic board, a cable for the Touch ID home button, a cable for the volume buttons, as well as the front panel.

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New iTunes rolling out, looks just like OS X Yosemite

New iTunes rolling out, looks just like OS X Yosemite

If you’re currently running iTunes 12 on your desktop, open it up right now. See anything different? It might be everything! Apple has started rolling a new-look iTunes out to those running iTunes 12, with an aesthetic change that mimics OS X and new functionality. Visually, iTunes is flatter, with the top carousel getting away from the “pop-out” look. Much like OS X Yosemite, the desktop iTunes looks to offer a bit more of a mobile look and feel.

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It might be time to kiss the iPod goodbye

It might be time to kiss the iPod goodbye

Apple’s latest event is happening next week, and we’re all fairly certain what we’re getting. New iPads are likely on the horizon, and we’re expecting something in the way of Mac and iMac to come as well. Though we’re not expecting apple to unleash that massive iPad Pro we’ve been hearing about just yet, there’s good reason to think another of their products is falling by the wayside yet again. If we’re being totally honest, there might be good reason for it to slip quietly away, too.

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