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Tesla hires former Apple VP Doug Field

Tesla Motors has hired away Apple’s Doug Field, who worked at the company in design and engineering capacities since 2008. Field was most recently Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple, leading development of the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to a Tesla press release. His 2008 hiring from Segway was rumored at the time to be for a “moonshot” project, details of which were never confirmed. Field will be Vice President of Vehicle Programs at Tesla. [via Electrek]

Apple stores to open at 8 a.m. for iPad Air launch

Apple has confirmed on its website that its retail stores will open at 8 a.m. Nov. 1 for the launch of the iPad Air. Customers will also be able to order the iPad Air online on Nov. 1. Apple still lists the iPad mini with Retina display as “coming to stores later in November,” and will not be selling that model in stores during the Air launch.

Apple updates Find My iPhone for iOS 7

Following today’s release of iLife and iWork updates for iOS 7, Apple has also released an update to Find My iPhone providing a complete redesign for iOS 7. In keeping with the new iOS 7 design ethos, Find My iPhone 3.0 removes all of the traditional skeuomorphic elements in favour of the flatter iOS 7 user interface. The new update is primarily focused on UI redesign; a prior update already delivered an iOS 7 styled icon along with the new iOS 7 Find My iPhone features supporting Activation Lock and Lost Mode improvements.

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.2

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.2, its latest update to its venerable media management app. The latest version introduces support for OS X Mavericks, along with support for Arabic and Hebrew languages and performance and stability improvements. The latest version of iTunes can be downloaded via OS X Software Update or the “Check for Updates” options found within the iTunes app, or directly from Apple at http://www.itunes.com.

iLife and iWork app updates now live on App Store

The anticipated updates to Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now live on the App Store. Announced at the company’s iPad Event earlier today, the entire set of apps have been updated for iOS7 along with 64-bit support for the A7-equipped iPhone 5s and new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display models. All of the apps now include tighter iCloud integration, with iWork supporting new features to allow users to collaborate on documents across devices and platforms.

All of the apps now sport a 2.0 version number, and are a free update for existing users as well as available for free for anybody activating a new iOS device after September 1, 2013. Garageband is now available as a free download for anybody, with additional sounds and instruments available via in-app purchase.

Apple quietly changes iPad Air, Retina mini batteries

Apple’s new iPads — the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display — have quietly undergone significant battery changes from their prior incarnations, iLounge has learned. The iPad Air actually has a much smaller battery than the fourth-generation iPad — 32.4-Watt-hours compared to the previous model’s 42.5-Watt-hours; as a result, the battery should recharge faster, coming closer to the four-hour refueling times required from the iPad and iPad 2 than the five- to six-hours of the last two iPads.

Meanwhile, the Retina iPad mini is moving up to 23.8-Watt-hours from 16.3-Watt-hours in the original iPad mini—a 46% increase in battery size that will change how the new model works with external battery packs. Apple is now including a 10W charger to reduce recharging time. To read about the battery changes and more under-the-radar features in the new iPads, read our newest Ten Things You Didn’t Know article.

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

During today’s Apple event, Apple announced it would be discontinuing the fourth-generation iPad, and keeping the second-generation iPad in its lineup. The iPad 2 stays the same price, starting at $399 for the least expensive model. Apple also announced the original iPad mini would remain in its lineup, with its price now starting at $299 for the base model.

Updated Smart Cover, Smart Case launching with new iPads

In addition to the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple today announced new protective options for both devices.

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The polyurethane Smart Cover will cost $39 for either model. A brand new leather Smart Case will cost $79 for the iPad Air, and $69 for the iPad mini.

Apple debuts second-gen iPad mini with Retina display

Apple unveiled its second-generation iPad mini today, the first iPad mini with a Retina display. Like the iPad air, the new mini also features the 64-bit A7 chip and Wi-Fi 802.11n with MIMO. The new mini comes in silver and space gray.

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Wi-Fi versions of the second-generation iPad mini are priced at $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB), $599 (64GB), and $699 (128GB). The Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the device are priced at $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), $729 (64GB), and $829 (128GB), respectively. The new iPad mini will be available “later in November.”

Live updates from Apple’s 2013 iPad Event

Apple is holding a special event today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California to unveil the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini, alongside updated iLife and iWork software—and quite possibly some surprises. In addition to individual stories discussing the developments as they happen, we’re providing this running, updated feed of what’s taking place at the event. If you have computer or iOS device access, you can watch the proceedings for yourself at Apple’s web site, otherwise enjoy our text-based coverage as the event takes place, and afterwards.

iPad: Apple sold 170m iPads as of this month. 475,000 apps just for iPad. iPad Air introduced as the fifth-generation iPad’s name. New A7 chip is inside. iPad 2 lives on for $399, amazingly. iPad mini 1G drops to $299, and Retina iPad mini starts at $399.

Apps: Apple announces 1 million apps in the App Store, downloaded 60 billion times. All new iLife apps for iOS + Mac, including flattened and simplified iMovie, flattened iPhoto, and 64-bit support for A7-series devices. Free with iOS devices, starting today. iWork also free, available today.

Mac: Retina MacBook Pros now $200 less expensive, featuring new components, and 13” model is thinner and lighter than before. OS X Mavericks released today, free to all Mac users of Snow Leopard or newer machines.

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Today’s Apple event to stream live on web, Apple TV

Today’s Apple event will be streamed live on Apple’s web site and on Apple TV. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific. This morning, the Apple Events icon popped up on the Apple TV main page, followed by the announcement on Apple.com.

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It’s expected that Apple will unveil a fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini with Retina display today. Recent speculation suggests that the company could also debut iPad covers, and other accessories are also likely for the new models.

GarageBand to go freemium, new iLife, iWork icons shown

Apple accidentally disclosed all of the icons and several new features for its upcoming iLife and iWork updates last night, while also noting that GarageBand will become a free download with in-app purchases. An updated Apple.com web page for “built-in apps” has since changed back to its previous state.

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While new icons for iPhoto and GarageBand appeared briefly last week, the leak revealed an updated iMovie icon, as well as some seriously downgraded icons for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. It appears that some changes will come to the apps, as well, including photo books in iPhoto, and a new iMovie Theater feature in iMovie. [via MacRumors]

Apple plans iPad keyboard cover, new Apple TV not ready?

Apple is developing a new keyboard for the full-size iPad that “mimics” Microsoft’s Surface touch cover, according to a blog post from Jamie Ryan, who formerly worked for Apple in Developer Relations. Ryan writes that it’s “not clear whether the process is far enough along” to debut tomorrow, but a number of different keyboards have been tested; he speculates the keyboard could use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect. As Ryan also claims that other “cover like” accessories have been looked at, there’s a possibility that Apple’s “We still have a lot to cover” invitation for tomorrow’s event is a reference to this. He also writes that Apple believes that “the market for the large iPad is mainly professionals looking to work on it whereas the iPad mini is mainly content consumption.”

It also appears as if new Apple TV hardware won’t be debuting at tomorrow’s event, despite prior claims from MG Siegler, who tweeted last month that new Apple TV hardware would be unveiled in October, and in August claimed that a “television product” with a possible new way of interacting with the device could be released by November. Siegler now says that “the most recent whispers I have heard is that the Apple TV project has been delayed a bit.” While leaving open the possibility that there could be an updated Apple TV unit or software at tomorrow’s event, “the device with some sort of newfangled control system” doesn’t appear to be ready to ship.

 

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

An interesting new lawsuit against Apple CEO Tim Cook has been launched by a California man over the automatic downloading of iOS 7. Mark Menacher filed a small-claims complaint specifically against Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday requesting that Apple provide the ability to remove the automatically downloaded iOS 7 installation package.

The over-the-air software update process introduced in iOS 5 automatically downloads any available iOS update whenever a device is automatically connected to power and on a Wi-Fi network. It notably provides no way to remove this download for users who may choose not to update to the latest iOS version, which in the case of iOS 7 is approximately 1GB of now unrecoverable storage space. Menacher’s complaint asks that Apple provide a way to get rid of the downloaded installer file as well as providing $50 in compensation. Menacher is also said to be considering escalating the issue to a higher court and exploring the possibility of class action status. [via CNET]

Apple reaffirms iMessage security in statement

In response to a recent claim that Apple could access users’ iMessages if they desired, the company has reaffirmed the security and privacy of the system. Security researchers at QuarksLab claim that Apple could change the infrastructure of the system to access iMessages — perhaps if required by a government order. Apple, however, says QuarksLab’s claim is merely a theory, and the company has no desire or motivation to change iMessage. “iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages,” Apple spokeswoman told AllThingsD. “The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.”

Two top Apple execs leave company

Two Apple executives have left the company recently, as e-commerce executive RJ Pittman has been hired by eBay to be the website’s newly created chief product officer of its eBay Marketplaces business. As his LinkedIn profile notes, Pittman was in charge of the design, product management, operations and growth of Apple’s e-commerce platform. He was with the company since March 2010. AllThingsD notes Pittman’s departure is unrelated to Apple’s recent hiring of Angela Ahrendts as head of retail.

Suzanne Lindbergh, whose LinkedIn profile refers to her position as worldwide director of buzz marketing at Apple, has reportedly left the company for Jawbone. Lindbergh was in charge of product placement of Apple products in movies and TV shows, a topic the company discussed little over the years, but disclosed during a recent trial was critical to the company’s extended, high-profile visibility in Hollywood productions. Jawbone hasn’t verified Lindbergh’s hiring. [via Apple Insider]

USPTO confirms all claims of ‘Steve Jobs patent’

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently confirmed all 20 claims of Apple’s U.S. Patent 7,479,949, commonly known as the “Steve Jobs patent.” A multitouch patent for a “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” the USPTO tentatively ruled the patent invalid last December. However, that action was non-final, and the patent has now been strengthened due to the most recent finding. The confirmation of this key patent gives Apple a more secure position in the iPhone patent wars, and makes things trickier for the company’s rivals. [via FOSS Patents]

New iPhoto, GarageBand icons suggest iOS 7 redesigns

Redesigned icons for Apple’s GarageBand and iPhoto appeared briefly today in iCloud storage management, seemingly alluding to an impending redesign of the two apps. It’s possible the icons weren’t meant to be uploaded yet, as they have disappeared.

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As would be expected, the new icons are flatter and more basic, matching the look of iOS 7. While Apple may solely have changed the icons, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a revamped GarageBand and iPhoto debut at next week’s iPad event, as Apple historically debuted those apps alongside iPads before adding smaller-screened iPhone support. iMovie, another of Apple’s iLife apps, could also receive a similar makeover. [via 9to5Mac]

WSJ: Apple cuts iPhone 5c orders, boosts 5s

Apple is reducing orders of its iPhone 5c for the fourth quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal. The article echoes recent analyst reports, and questions the lack of demand and pricing strategy for the 5c. Assemblers Pegatron and Hon Hai/Foxconn were both told orders would be cut — sources say Pegatron was told a 20 percent cut would be forthcoming, while Hon Hai was told orders would be slashed by a third. Another supplier was reportedly notified of a 50 percent cut in part orders for the device. Meanwhile, executives at Hon Hai said Apple has increased iPhone 5s orders for the fourth quarter, lending further credence to a recent survey that found the iPhone 5s was outselling the 5c by more than two to one.

Steve Jobs believed he was WWII fighter pilot in past life

Steve Jobs believed himself to be a World War II fighter pilot in a past life, according to a new memoir by Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Jobs’ oldest child Lisa. The New York Post published an explosive excerpt from Brennan’s upcoming “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs,” including a number of intimate details about Jobs’ personal life, including spiritual discussions and bedroom habits. Brennan dated Jobs during his earliest days at Apple, and describes herself as his first girlfriend. According to the excerpt, Jobs told Brennan that while driving, he “felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff.” Brennan also writes that Jobs’ behaviors didn’t “improve” with Apple’s success, rather, “they changed from adolescent and dopey to just plain vicious,” as she details how he would savage restaurant waitstaffs and humiliate people, sometimes without their knowledge. The memoir will be released Oct. 29.

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