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Apple Asks Developers to Start Submitting OS X Yosemite Apps

Apple today notified registered developers that Mac App Store submissions are now open for OS X Yosemite apps. Apple repeated its previous statement that Yosemite will be made available to customers "later this fall", but it may arrive as early as next week. By comparison, Apple notified developers to submit their OS X Mavericks apps last year on October 15, with Mavericks becoming available to customers a week later on October 22.

Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative new Swift programming language, and take advantage of advances in game technologies, Safari, iCloud, and more. To prepare your apps for the Mac App Store, download and build with the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed from the Mac Dev Center. With these latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store.


Apple Announces Q4 2014 Conference Call for October 20

In an update to the Investor Relations website, Apple today announced their Q4 2014 earnings call, which will be held on Monday, October 20. As usual, Apple will provide a live webcast of the conference call.

Apple plans to conduct a conference call to discuss financial results of its fourth fiscal quarter on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET.

Apple's Q4 2014 earnings call will likely provide another insight into the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Released in 10 countries on September 19 and subsequently rolled out in 22 additional countries on September 26, the iPhone 6 line set a new record for Apple by topping 4 million pre-orders in 24 hours and over 10 million units sold in the opening weekend. It's also possible that the company may share details about iOS 8 adoption numbers (currently at 41%) and the launch of Yosemite, the next version of OS X that graduated to Golden Master status for registered developers today.

In the third quarter, Apple posted revenue of $37.4 billion. The company sold 13.3 million iPads, 35.2 million iPhones, and 4.4 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion. In the year-ago quarter (Q4 2013), Apple posted revenue of $37.5 billion and sold 14.1 million iPads, 33.8 million iPhones, and 4.6 million Macs. For the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple has set its guidance to "between $37 billion and $40 billion" of revenue.

We will provide live updates from the conference call on our site’s homepage on October 20 starting at 2 PM PT.


iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Launching in China on October 17

Apple issued a press release today noting that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will launch in China on Friday, October 17. Preorders will begin a week earlier on October 10 and they will be available on all three of China's major mobile networks; China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.

“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience.”

Prices for the iPhone 6 will start at 5,288 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 6,088 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 6,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. The iPhone 6 Plus will start at 6,088 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 6,888 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 7,788 (RMB) for the 128GB model.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus first went on sale on September 19 in the US and nine other countries where 10 million units were sold in the opening weekend. The second launch round took place last Friday when it went on sale in 20 countries.


Apple Highlights “Apps for Health”

Following the release of iOS 8.0.2 and the restoration of HealthKit functionalities for third-party apps, Apple has started highlighting iPhone apps that integrate with iOS 8's Health dashboard with a dedicated section on the App Store.

Experience an entirely new approach to wellness where your fitness app can talk to your calorie tracker, your doctor can be automatically notified of updates to your health data, and great apps work together for a healthier you. This handpicked collection highlights the best fitness, nutrition, and medical apps customized for iOS 8.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2

A day after releasing and then pulling iOS 8.0.1 due to bugs that caused cellular connections and Touch ID to not work on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2. The new version carries the same bug fixes of Wednesday's update and fixes the bugs that had been introduced by iOS 8.0.1.

iOS 8.0.2 fixes a number of bugs including an issue that prevented HealthKit apps from working correctly and a problem that caused custom keyboards to become deselected after entering a passcode. It also improves Reachability on the new iPhone 6, fixes a bug that disabled file uploads in Safari, and brings better support for the Ask to Buy feature in Family Sharing.

iOS 8.0.2 can be downloaded now from iTunes or software update on an iOS device.





Apple Airs New iPhone 6 Commercials – “Huge” and “Cameras”

Apple aired two new iPhone commercials last night, showcasing the new size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well the improved cameras on both devices.

Narrated by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, the ads are called "Huge" and "Cameras". In the first ad, Fallon tries to explain the additions to the new iPhones with Timberlake simply remarking that they're "huge". In the second ad, they go into more detail about new features such as time-lapse mode, Slo-Mo at 240 fps, and image stabilization, showing various parts of iOS 8's UI from the Camera and Photos apps.

Apple announced yesterday that 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units were sold over the opening weekend, a new record for the company. You can watch both ads below.

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Work doesn’t stop when you leave your desk (although most intranet software will have you believe that).
 
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Plus, when you design your Igloo, any change you make to the look and feel carries across all devices.
 
Igloo is free to use with up to ten people. Sign up now to start building your mobile-friendly intranet.

Our thanks to Igloo for sponsoring MacStories this week.