Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Resolved: According to a report from a Chinese news outlet, Apple (AAPL) has overcome manufacturing issues with its iPhone 6 phablet, MacRumors notes. Apple is widely expected to launch an iPhone 6 handset featuring a 5.5-inch display later this year, some time after it launches a new iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen — likely in September. Recent rumors suggested that the larger iPhone 6 model would be delayed due to production issues surrounding its battery. The new report indicates that Apple has partnered with Sunwoda Electronics to produce batteries for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Apple is reportedly planning to build 20 million 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units this year.
Connected: At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple unveiled its new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 operating systems, USA TODAY notes. Among the changes to OS X are features that allow a more seamless user experience across Mac and mobile platforms. This includes making and receiving iPhone calls from Mac computers and starting emails on an iPad and then completing and sending them from a Mac. To demonstrate the new features, Apple executive Craig Federighi used the software to call Beats Electronics co-founder Dr. Dre, who asked “What time should I get in to work?,” a reference to Apple’s recent $3 billion acquisition of Beats. Yosemite will be released during the fall as a free download. Apple did not show off any new hardware during the WWDC, but gave an extensive look at iOS 8, which will launch along with the iPhone 6 in September. The new mobile OS will include HealthKit, an app that will consolidate health information from a variety of sources, and Family Sharing, a tool that allows users to share images and data among a specified set of users. Siri will now feature music recognition, allowing users to quickly identify music through integration with Shazam. Apple also introduced HomeKit, a standard that will allow developers to create apps to control home appliances and lighting.
Shift: Apple is altering its developer terms for mobile apps in a way that could lead to bitcoin payments through Apple devices, Bloomberg notes. The changes don’t reference bitcoin by name, but indicate that “approved virtual currencies” are now permitted in apps that use digital money. Apple did not define which virtual currencies were approved. Apple has previously dropped bitcoin apps from the App Store. The new move has bitcoin enthusiasts salivating, with some predicting that a “plethora” of bitcoin apps for iOS will soon appear. Bitcoin is the most widely-used digital currency, though it has encountered resistance from national governments, like China’s. A growing number of retailers now accept bitcoin payments.
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