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Apple Releases iOS 8.3 Beta 3 to Users Worldwide, Here’s How to Update

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After announcing the release of iOS 8.2 immediately after the “Spring Forward” event that took place on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA, Apple has now released iOS Beta 3, build 12F5047f, which is available for anyone who wants to test the upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

iOS 8.3 Public Beta 3 brings a wide variety of improvements in stability and performance. To test the iOS 8.3 Public Beta 3 software update on your device (see below the entire list of supported devices), which we don’t recommend because it’s an unstable operating system, you will have to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. After logging in, make sure to select the “Enroll your iOS device to receive beta updates” option.

Apple Overtakes Samsung as the Leader in Global Smartphone Sales

iPhone6_10Apple has officially overtaken Samsung as the leader in global smartphone sales. In the fourth quarter, Apple reported its best results ever — selling 74.8 million units, helped by the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Seeing 56% growth in China and 88% growth in the U.S., Apple finished the year with 20.4% of the smartphone market.

Meanwhile, Samsung saw its market share drop to 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 29.5% in the same quarter the year before. Samsung is trying to win back consumers, recently unveiling its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. However, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White doesn’t expect the new phones to pose too much of a threat to Apple, according to TheStreet’s Gary Krakow.

Windows Is No Longer the Most Vulnerable Operating System in the World

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Windows is often referred to as the most insecure operating system in the world, pretty much because it’s targeted by the majority of malware infections out there, but as far as security vulnerabilities are concerned, Microsoft’s platform is no longer number one.

Statistics provided by GFI show that Windows security is getting stronger, so the leading place in the chart called “Top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014” goes to Apple’s Mac OS X. A total of 147 vulnerabilities were found on OS X, 64 of which were rated as “high.”

Apple gives Europeans Black Friday discounts, US settles for gift cards

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If you’ve been mulling the latest Apple gizmo but wince at the prices, today could be the day to act. That’s because Cupertino’s offering UK discounts of up to £81 on the latest and greatest iMac or MacBook models and £31 off of the iPad Air.

Other iPad models are discounted too, and you can score a deal on the iPod Touch or accessories like the Parrot AR drone. As for the US and Canada, gift cards are being handed out in lieu of cash off, including $75 offerings on the iPad Air, $150 for iMacs and MacBooks and $50 for an iPod Touch. As for the rest of the EU, other countries like France and Germany are seeing similar cash discounts to their UK counterparts on the same products.

Not everything is on sale, though. For instance, the iPad Mini with Retina display is still full price. Still, if your iProduct trigger finger’s been feeling itchy lately, hit the source.

Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion sending 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins

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This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California.

Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

The funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.

iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor called Touch ID, recognizes your thumb on the Home button: here’s how it works and what it does

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Apple’s brand-new iPhone 5s isn’t dramatically different from last year’s model, but it has at least one major addition: a “Touch ID” sensor. Us human beings are calling it a fingerprint sensor, and it’s built into the phone’s main Home button below the screen. Apple’s Phil Schiller says, “It reads your fingerprint at an entirely new level” — it’s 170 microns in thickness with 500 ppi resolution. According to Cupertino, it “scans sub-epidermal skin layers,” and can read 360 degrees. As expected, the sensor is actually part of the Home button, making it less of a button and more of a…well, sensor. Using Touch ID, users can authorize purchases in iTunes, the App Store, or in iBooks by simply using their thumbprint (starting in iOS 7, of course). Pretty neat / scary!

As rumored, the sensor uses a laser cut sapphire crystal cover; it retains a tactile input for those wary of the sensor wearing down after lengthy use. The sapphire crystal, acting as a lens, takes a highly detailed image of your fingerprint, which Apple says is “never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.” According to Apple’s official PR on the new phone, Touch ID’s fingerprint info is “encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip” (the A7 chip is the new processor at the heart of the 5s). Apple hasn’t made clear whether Touch ID allows for multiple users on a single iPhone or not, nor has the company said whether you could turn off fingerprint authentication (though we have to presume the answer is yes given previous authentication standards on the iPhone).

Apple iPhone 4S now free on-contract in wake of iPhone 5c reveal

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Just yesterday, the venerable iPhone 4S sat as Apple’s mid-tier smartphone, but now it’s moving into a new role as the company’s go-to option for budget seekers: an 8GB iPhone 4S is now free on-contract. The news follows this morning’s introduction of the iPhone 5c ($99), which brings a dash of color to Apple’s mid-range and replaces the iPhone 5.

A similar discount is also in effect for the unlocked iPhone 4S, which now sells for $450 outright for the new 8GB model. Alongside the price drop, the continuation of the iPhone 4S brings a reprieve for Apple’s legacy 30-pin dock connector, which is an important consideration for compatibility-minded folks. Naturally, you won’t find all the latest goodies — or even LTE — in this 2-year old smartphone, but living behind the curve sure is easier on the wallet.

iPhone 5c and 5s coming to 9 countries, including the US and China on September 20th

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pple’s new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are now in the wild, and here’s how you’ll be able to grab one. Both will arrive on September 20th in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK, with iPhone 5c pre-orders starting September 13th. That marks the first time China will get the iPhone at launch, and NTT DoCoMo will get it in Japan for the first time. By December, Apple said the phones will be available in over 100 countries.

Stateside, a basic 16GB iPhone 5s model will run $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB on a two year contract. The iPhone 5c will cost $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model. You’ll also be able to grab them at those prices from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, while an unlocked, contract free iPhone 5c will be available through T-Mobile for $549 (16GB) and $649 (32GB).

Apple iPhone 5s hands-on

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To Apple faithful, iPhone day is as much a holiday as Thanksgiving (and much more so than, say, Columbus Day), and it typically only comes once a year. This time, however, was a little different, since we received even more presents than usual — both the iPhone 5s and the 5c. We headed to the demo tables after this morning’s announcement and had a chance to get our hands on both smartphones.

First, we’ll begin with the 5s, which is the new flagship iPhone that will start at $199 for a 16GB model (32 and 64GB versions will be $299 and $399, respectively) on September 20th.

As you may have already heard, the 5s is rather similar in overall hardware to the iPhone 5, though there are a few changes in key places. As you can see in the above image, it’s available in three colors: space grey (which has black highlights on top and bottom), white and — as rumored so many times — gold.

Apple iPhone 5c hands-on

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Wait, Apple unveiled two completely different iPhones on the same day? In the same year? The answer is a resounding yes, though we have a feeling Tim Cook’s little surprise wasn’t the most well-kept secret in Cupertino. Known as the iPhone 5c, this is the less expensive (yet vibrant) sidekick to the 5s, and we’ve been playing with the device here at Apple HQ.

The device will be available for pre-order starting September 13th, and can be picked up at stores a week later on September 20th. You can get your choice of five colors, and the 16GB version will be offered for $99 on contract, while the 32GB tacks on an extra $100 to the total; if contracts aren’t your thing, the off-contract costs are $549 and $649, respectively. We’ll be bringing you a full helping of pics, vids and our initial impressions as we go along, so keep your eyes peeled here!