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Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

When Apple quietly acquired Burstly to better wrangle TestFlight into their App Store beta testing mix, it was seen as a positive move forward. Apple didn’t yet have an effective way to encourage more testing of their apps, meaning what you ended up with was largely imagined and realized in-house from the Developer(s). TestFlight provides a solid, known platform for Developers, but it’s shifting under their feet. Apple will now take TestFlight’s beta wholly in-house, shutting down it’s original platform altogether in February.

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Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

You can use Apple Pay in a lot of locations, with Walgreens, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s all comprising the bulk of sales. There are still a large number of places you can’t use Apple Pay, unfortunately. Partners of competing platforms like CurrentC notwithstanding, plenty of stores and restaurants don’t accept the mobile payment method Apple bought forth with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, if they accept any at all. That is likely to change in 2015, and at least one major restaurant chain is very interested in Apple Pay.

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Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

According to Apple, App Store sales rose 50% in 2014 year-over-year. Though they didn’t release specific numbers, 2013 saw $10 billion in sales via the App Store. That means 2014 ran $15 billion or more through the App Store, which amounts to a tidy profit for Apple. In keeping a 30% cut, Apple raked in $4.5 billion or better. It might not touch their hardware income, but the impressive growth does indicate they’re on the right track with software and services.

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Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

According to Apple, iOS 8 adoption is now at 68%. The last iteration of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, is at 29%. As for ‘older’ variants of iOS, 4% of people are still using a dates OS, according to Apple. The numbers detail a strong Christmas showing, too, with iOS 8 growing form 64% of December 22 — likely due to new activations. There’s more to the story, of course, but Apple is still wrong. We’re sure they know their distribution numbers, but they’re still wrong.

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Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

No stranger to lawsuits, Apple has been hit with a new case over the reduced storage iPhones have due to iOS 8. In the new class action suit, claimants are saying the advertised storage space for iPhones isn’t accurate as iOS 8 and above take up more storage space than previous iterations. According to the lawsuit, iOS 8 takes as much as 23.1% of storage space on the phones, which isn’t mentioned in any advertising literature. The complaint covers all devices capable of operating iOS 8.

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Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

It must be Apple’s day to roll stuff out and update their services, because there’s a lot going on. After seeing Apple TV would get some needed love from YouTube, as well as some new channels, there is a lot more to discuss. Apple’s iCloud seems to have replaced Google Maps for their own when using Find my iPhone, and Bose is coming back to the Apple Store. There’s also a new version of iOS out, though we wouldn’t get too excited there. The latest iOS fixes one small issue regarding iTunes ringtone purchases.

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Apple changes stance on widgets again

Apple changes stance on widgets again

Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, has had a rough start. Aside from just plain rendering devices useless, there is also a group of new features that are all very new to iOS. Growing pains persist, and they aren’t done just yet. After side-lining a few notification widgets, Apple is once again changing the rules as they go along, and is asking that one prominent app be changed by its Developer. this time, it has to do with buttons and actions instead of in-widget functionality.

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Updates for OS X, iOS now available for download

Updates for OS X, iOS now available for download

Have your Apple devices ready, everyone — it’s time for updates! Today, Apple has pushed an update for both iOS and OS X, spanning just about every device they have on offer (sorry, iPod nano or Apple TV users; no soup for you). Both updates fix small but notable issues, with the uptick to iOS 8.1.1 perhaps being the most important this time around. If you’ve got an older iOS device, you’re going to want to upgrade straight away. Same goes for just about all OS X users currently on Yosemite.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

This week the folks at Pangu have expanded their jailbreaking software for iOS 8 to Mac. Before now, their jailbreaking solution worked just fine - just so long as you had a Windows PC to use it. Now you'll be able to use your Apple computer which, if you're a die-hard Mac user like most iPhone owners are, you'll have been waiting for. All of this hacking action is at your own risk, of course. You'll need to use all caution and understand the risks before you do anything.

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