Apple SIM lets you switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on new iPads

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Apple’s iPads with built-in cellular antennas have long let you hop between carriers just by swapping out the SIM card, something Apple seems to have solved with one SIM card that can hop onto whatever carrier you pick from a list inside iOS. The new technology, called Apple SIM, is only available in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, and limited to some carriers in the US and in the UK. It potentially paves the way for the company to include the same technology in the iPhone so it could just sell one device to people for them to set up with their carrier of choice later on.


In terms of the initial carriers, Apple says its new SIM technology works with short-term plans, like the monthly and on-demand data packages with AT&T,…

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Watch Apple’s full iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event video

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Apple wrapped up its event unveiling the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and the first iMac with a Retina display barely an hour ago, and it’s already posted a full video online of the presentation. You can head over to Apple’s website to view it if you want to hear the news straight from the mouths of Apple’s executives and see its extensive demos. If you’re already caught up on Apple’s previous announcements — including Yosemite and iOS 8 — there’s a lot you may want to skip over here, as Apple spent a bit of time covering major features that you may already have seen (if not tried out).

If you’re looking for a far quicker way to catch up on Apple’s announcements, you can also head to our roundup here:

The 8 most important…

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iMac with Retina display announced with ‘world’s highest resolution display’

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Apple has announced a new version of its iMac desktop computer complete with a high-resolution Retina display. The new model has what Apple says is the “world’s highest resolution display”, at 5120 x 2880 pixels on a 27-inch screen. Prior to this, the highest resolution iMac was the 27-inch version, which has a 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Apple notes that it has seven times as many pixels as an HD TV, with 14.7 million in total. It’s also 67 percent more pixels than 4K displays, and Apple is…

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iPad Air 2 price: new iPad will cost you $499

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Apple will sell the iPad Air 2 for $499 and will begin shipping them out to customers next week. Preorders for the tablet will begin tomorrow, October 17th. The base model of the tablet includes 16GB of storage, but Apple is also selling more expensive models with additional storage. It’s offering the Wi-Fi-only model with 64GB for $599 and with 128GB for $699.

The iPad Air 2 is also available with LTE, beginning at $629 for a 16GB model. Additional storage on the LTE models also increases in $100 increments until it hits the 128GB mark.

The iPad Air 2 was unveiled by Apple at an event in California today. The new tablet isn’t a big departure from its predecessor, it’s been made a bit thinner and still includes a number of significant…

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iPad mini 3: hands-on with Apple’s latest little tablet

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When Apple finds a formula it likes, it sticks with it. So the outer design of the iPad mini hasn’t changed in any appreciable way since it was first introduced in 2012. The iPad mini 3 still an excellently built tablet with a metal back (now available in gold) and a 4:3 display. It’s still a bit too wide to hold in one hand, but much more portable than the iPad Air, with bezwels around the screen that are just a little larger than is ideal.

The iPad mini 3 is thus not much of a change….

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The 8 most important announcements from the Apple iPad and Mac event

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Just about all of the announcements from Thursday’s Apple event leaked out in advance, and the event felt somewhat subdued compared to last month’s iPhone 6 announcement. A phone call with Stephen Colbert and a torrent of dad jokes livened the mood somewhat, but the bulk of the event focused on hardware. Just in time for the holidays, here come the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a gorgeous new iMac with a Retina display. On the software side of things, OS X Yosemite arrives today as a free…

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Apple Pay available on October 20th with 500 more banks on board

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When Apple first unveiled its Apple Pay payments system last month it promised the feature would be enabled as part of a software update in October. That software update, iOS 8.1, will debut alongside Apple Pay on October 20th, bringing Apple Pay to all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. Apple has been working with American Express, Mastercard, and Visa to link credit cards to the Apple Pay service so you can simply tap an iPhone at stores like Walgreens, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Disney, and more. Since last month, Apple has added 500 new banks to the Apple Pay service.

Apple Pay uses a combination of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an NFC chip inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to allow owners to touch a sensor at a store and confirm…

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Apple Watch developer tools to launch next month

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Apple announced today that WatchKit, the developer tools for the forthcoming Apple Watch, will be available for developers starting next month. Developers will be able to create apps and other utilities for the Apple Watch using WatchKit. Apple says that the Apple Watch will be available sometime early next year and will be priced at $349 to start.

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OS X Yosemite will be available today from the Mac App Store

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Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite today, launching what is arguably the most significant update to the Mac’s operating system in years. Yosemite, which will be made available for free in the Mac App Store, includes a total visual overhaul of OS X that introduces a simple and colorful style, much like what’s found on iOS.

In fact, the reason Yosemite is so significant is that it really begins to bring the Mac and the iPhone together in a meaningful way. For one, you’ll be able to start answering phone calls and sending and receiving text messages from your Mac. Apple demonstrated the phone call feature at an event today by ringing up Stephen Colbert, who held a brief conversation involving a lot of code words with software chief Craig…

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Apple announces iOS 8.1: Apple Pay, Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library beta

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Apple today announced iOS 8.1, the first dot update since iOS 8 launched that brings Apple Pay and various OS X Yosemite tie-in features to the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 8.1 also brings back Camera Roll, a feature iOS 8 removed, and iCloud Photo Library in beta, a feature Apple teased months ago that lets you store all of your photos from all your devices in the cloud. The update rolls out on October 20th.

Apple’s iOS 8 rollout has been its rockiest in years. An early update disabled cell service in many phones, an enormous update file size limited the number of people who could actually install it, and frequent crashes have plagued users and third-party app developers. Then there was the botched HealthKit launch, which…

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Apple has sold 225 million iPads since it launched, ‘almost half’ of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 8

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Apple is kicking off today’s iPad event with the usual numbers showing the health of Apple’s platforms and ecosystems that typically kick off Apple’s presentations. Today, Craig Federighi has just announced that announcing that 48 percent of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 8 since it launched last month. That’s down significantly from last year, when CEO Tim Cook said that about 64 percent of iOS users had upgraded to iOS 7 after a similarly short window. The launch of iOS 8 was plagued by a few pretty severe bugs, and last week some data showed that iOS 8 adoption was indeed lagging behind previous years.

Trying to spin things in a more positive fashion, Federighi noted that 94 percent of iOS users were on either iOS 7 or iOS 8,…

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iPad Air 2 announced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and ‘world’s thinnest’ body

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Apple is introducing the iPad Air 2, a new version of its wildly popular tablet with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an even thinner body. The new tablet is 6.1mm thick — down from 7.5 mm on the original iPad Air, an 18 percent reduction. This new model will also be available in gold.

The Air 2 has the same 9.7-inch display size, but that display should now look even nicer. The LCD, glass, and touch sensor are now all optically bonded, so there are no longer any air gaps between then. On…

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HP is killing all remaining Palm webOS devices on January 15th

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There’s no reasonable explanation for why anyone would still be actively using a Palm Pre or Pixi in 2014. Maybe you could make a case for the TouchPad, but if you’re using any of these things, know that the end of HP’s support for webOS is closing in. The company has announced that on January 15th, 2015, it will shut down all cloud services related to webOS that power the operating system across Palm’s hardware. No, HP isn’t flipping a kill switch on your obsolete hardware, but this move will eventually have the same end result. Once the shut down occurs, you’ll basically have to pray that nothing goes wrong with your Palm device. Ever again.

HP says users will no longer be able to download apps or updates once cloud services are…

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Whisper accused of monitoring users’ locations even after they opt out

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Anonymish social network Whisper is tracking some users’ location even after they opt out of tracking, according to a new report. The Guardian says that in the course of discussing a partnership with the Los Angeles company, it discovered that Whisper monitors users’ rough location regardless of whether tracking has been disabled, and re-wrote its terms of service this week to give itself explicit permission to do so.

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Report says illegal Airbnb apartments made up over a third of the company’s NYC revenue

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Airbnb got some very bad news today, in the form of a new report from the State Attorney General’s office. The report is intended as an impartial survey, a way of determining the scale of illegal rentals taking place on Airbnb’s network. According to the report, there’s quite a lot: the attorney general discovered more than 100 renters who were controlling ten apartments or more — a clear sign of an underground hotel network — and found that high-volume users made up a full 36 percent of the company’s revenue in New York, despite only making up six percent of users.

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The guy who inspired Gamergate ignored his mother’s advice to ‘cool off’

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In August, Eron Gjoni published a 9,000 word screed on his personal WordPress, detailing the private relationship he shared with game designer Zoe Quinn. The post catalyzed a movement that would become known as Gamergate, an ongoing internet protest that claims to be about journalistic ethics, but is fixated on suppressing progressive voices, particularly those of minorities and women. The group strategizes on the internet, but members have made threats in the real world, including doxxing Quinn and other designers and requesting advertisers pull campaigns from publications that publish coverage the group does not agree with. This week, critic Anita Sarkessian was forced to cancel a lecture at a Utah University after receiving threats of…

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Michigan could ban direct Tesla sales next week

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Tesla has another big hurdle to jump in its effort to sell directly to consumers, this time coming in the form of a bill that awaits the signature of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. House Bill 5606, which originally was focused on curtailing dealership fees, had an amendment added to it which precludes carmakers from direct sales in Michigan, effectively banning Tesla sales in the state. The bill was amended a day before the Michigan Senate voted and passed it almost unanimously, and Governor Snyder has until October 21st to sign it into law now that it’s made it through both parts of the state’s legislature.

This particular bill is important in both a practical and symbolic way because Michigan (specifically Detroit) is home to the “big…

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Microsoft’s next Build conference starts April 29th with Windows 10 on the agenda

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Microsoft’s next Build developer conference will start on April 29th in San Francisco next year. Build will run between April 29th and May 1st, just ahead of a new Ignite conference that Microsoft is holding in Chicago on May 4th. Build has traditionally focused on the future of Windows and any developer changes, and Windows 10 will undoubtedly be the star of next year’s show. Microsoft is currently testing early versions of Windows 10 with the public as part of a Technical Preview, but the timing of Build 2015 coincides with rumors that the company will release a final version in the spring.

Microsoft’s new Ignite conference is a combination of the company’s Tech-Ed and Management Summit events. Ignite will include appearances from CEO…

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