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Yesterday, 10:33 PM

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Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in the United States will begin surveying 13 more U.S. states between July 15 and July 31, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple Maps vehicles have been spotted in 15 states to date and will have reached 28 states in total after this next wave.

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Apple confirmed last month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

The cities and counties in the 13 U.S. states where Apple Maps vehicles will survey…
Colorado
Denver

Idaho
Ada County (Boise)

Indiana
Marion County (Indianapolis)

Kentucky
Jefferson County (Louisville)

Maryland
Baltimore

Minnesota
Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)

Missisippi
Harrison County (Gulfport)

New Mexico
Santa Fe

Ohio
Hamilton County (Cincinnati)

Oregon
Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

South Dakota
Pennington County (Rapid City)

Wyoming
Laramie County (Cheyenne)
Apple has posted a complete list of new areas in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland where it will begin surveying throughout the last two-and-a-half weeks of July on its Apple Maps vehicles website. In addition to 12 new U.S. states, Apple will continue surveying unmapped areas in California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.


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Satechi external batteries are like lightning in your pocket

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If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve

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Apple Music will be super cheap in some countries

Yesterday, 08:37 PM

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Apple Music, the new song-streaming platform that started rolling out yesterday, is currently free for everyone while the company shows off how cool its new product is. After the three-month trial period that we’re all enjoying, however, using the full

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Apple expanding its camera-equipped vans to 13 new states...

Yesterday, 10:56 PM

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Apple today has updated its Apple Maps vehicles webpage with a list of new cities it will begin surveying later this month. Earlier this year we reported that Apple was using its camera-equipped vans to collect next-gen Maps data, including Street View storefronts and 3D images. Apple now has revealed 13 new U.S. that it will begin surveying later this month, as well as a handful of locations in the U.K. and Ireland.

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Apple’s new cities are located in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Apple will also continue surveying areas in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Earlier this year, we revealed that Apple is in the process of collecting data for Maps in its effort to use in-house data by 2018. The company is also collecting 3D Street View data.

The 15 new counties that Apple will begin surveying between July 15th and July 31st are below:

  • Colorado
    Denver
  • Idaho
    Ada County (Boise)
  • Indiana
    Marion County (Indianapolis)
  • Kentucky
    Jefferson County (Louisville)
  • Maryland
    Baltimore
  • Minnesota
    Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)
  • Mississippi
    Harrison County (Gulfport)
  • New Mexico
    Santa Fe
  • Ohio
    Hamilton County (Cincinnati)
  • Oregon
    Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)
  • Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia
  • South Dakota
    Pennington County (Rapid City)
  • Wyoming
    Laramie County (Cheyenne)

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iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with...

Yesterday, 02:19 PM

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<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...c_6s3.jpg"><imgtitle="iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm chip" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-386944" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/9to5mac_6s3.jpg?w=704&h=469" alt="9to5Mac_6S3" width="704" height="469" /></a></p>
<p>One of the main upgrades to the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-gallery/">nextiPhone’s internals</a> will be a redesigned wireless system featuring a new Qualcomm-made LTE chip, as revealed by images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board shared by a source. As shown in the image below, the new device will include Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. This new chip promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds…</p>
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<p>The new MDM9635M chip was first <a href="https://www.qualcomm...>introduced</a>by Qualcomm in late 2013, nearly two years after the chip inside the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5D2WRVVKXXODR2WH">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206%20plus&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206%20plus&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5YJMTLRJ6CPMB5NA">6 Plus</a> was first announced. However, due to standard production lag times, the chip only hit the smartphone market one year ago, as the modem inside a South Korean variant on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=galaxy%20s5&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=7WC6ROFCEY7YYBBF">Samsung’s Galaxy S5</a>. For end users, the most important new feature from the chip will be the potential for up to 300 Mbps download speeds, doubling the 150 Mbps download speeds found in the current generation iPhone lineup. The new chip has the same 50 Mbps upload speed limit, however, and real-world performance is likely to be closer to 225Mbps or lower, depending on the cellular network.</p>
<p>The newer processor also is more power efficient, according to Qualcomm, which could mean improved battery life when the iPhone 6S is used for LTE functionality. We are also told that the new iPhone’s motherboard is slightly narrower and more compact overall than the iPhone 6’s and iPhone 6 Plus’s motherboard, which could mean extra room for a modestly larger battery. Combined with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...h-gallery/">iOS9’s new power-saving features</a> and low-power mode, it would make sense for Apple to also improve battery life by way of upgraded hardware.</p>
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<p>Qualcomm’s new chip saves Apple some motherboard space due to its slightly more compact size. The “9X35″ is built using a newer 20nm production process, more condensed than the 28nm process used for the Qualcomm cellular data chip in the current iPhones. The “9X35″ new chip is Qualcomm’s first built with the new production process, which leads to power efficiency and reduced heat generation. This new chip could prevent iPhones from warming up when under intense data usage.</p>
<p>An upgrade over the “Category 4″ chipset in the current iPhone, the new chip is in the category of “Category 6″ cellular modems due to its speed. “The Category 6 speeds enabled by the Gobi 9×35 will allow customers to enjoy blazing-fast downloads, snappier application performance due to lower network response time, and run more connectivity based applications smoothly, as well as concurrently,” Qualcomm said when discussing the new chip.</p>
<p>It is still “backwards compatible and supports all other major cellular technologies, including DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA,” Qualcomm later added. The chip maker also said that the chip enables smartphone makers to “design sleeker devices without sacrificing performance, while at the same time allowing operators to increase their network capacity and efficiency,” which could open up the door for slimmer iPhones in the future.</p>
<p>However, it does not appear that a slimmer iPhone is ready for 2015, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...de-gallery/">asour earlier images indicated no easily discernible external design differences</a> between the upcoming iPhone and the current iPhone line. In addition to more robust wireless networking and potentially improved battery life, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/26/ios-9-supports-iphone-6s-force-touch-may-enhance-imessage-keyboard-apple-pay/">we were told in May that the new iPhone will include a Force Touch display</a> akin to that on the Apple Watch. We’re still tracking additional iPhone 6S details this week, so stay tuned.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/20nm/'>20nm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/3g/'>3G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/4g/'>4G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x25/'>9X25</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x35/'>9X35</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/'>AT&amp;T</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/chip/'>chip</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/efficiency/'>Efficiency</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s/'>iphone 6s</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s-plus/'>iphone 6s plus</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/lte/'>LTE</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/mdm9635m/'>MDM9635M</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/processor/'>processor</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/qualcomm/'>Qualcomm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/sprint/'>Sprint</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/verizon/'>Verizon</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387127&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Check out <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> for more breaking coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/">iOS Devices</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/">AT&amp;T</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/phone-6s-twice-as-fast-better-battery/#comments">Discuss "iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm&nbsp;chip" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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First in-depth video trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Job...

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<p>The first in-depth video preview trailer for the upcoming, official Steve Jobs movie has gone live. The movie features Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, and it was written by Aaron Sorkin. The film is based off of Jobs’s official biography by Walter Isaacson. Earlier this year, the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...trailer/">firstteaser trailer for the movie appeared</a>, but it did not provide an extensive look into the story or characters. The movie starts showing in theaters in October 9th.</p>
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Trent Reznor Shares his Thoughts on Apple Music: 'The...

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Following Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor spoke with music site Pitchfork about his thoughts on the service and his role in its development. Reznor joined Apple in 2014, following the company's acquisition of Beats Music, where Reznor served as Chief Creative Officer.

Ahead of the Apple Music launch, rumors suggested Reznor was leading development of the service alongside Jimmy Iovine, playing a major role in the redesign of the new Music app.

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According to Reznor, his role in the creation of Apple Music shifted over time. While he initially worked on design alongside Apple's design team and iTunes engineers, he shifted to concentrating on marketing in recent months, helping to explain the service and Apple's goals to artists.

Reznor compared his experience working with Apple to his experience working at Beats Music before the acquisition, calling Apple a "respectful, collaborative environment" with ideas that fit into his own thoughts on music.
When I sat down with the people at Apple, I found a very respectful, collaborative environment that wanted to take some of the tentpoles that mattered to us at Beats Music, which really was trying to make an experience that didn't feel like data. Something that felt organic and respectful to music rather than just, "We're just delivering assets to your mobile device." They treated music in a way that put an emphasis on curation and taste.
In earlier interviews, Reznor suggested that no streaming service had hit "the right formula" before Apple Music, a sentiment that he again shared with Pitchfork. With endless music available at our fingertips, he believes the experience is the most important aspect of any streaming service. With Apple Music, the goal was to improve upon the impersonal, "less than optimal" experience being offered by competitors.
What we tried to do with Apple Music is make the experience around the catalog feel like people that love music have touched it in the various ways it gets presented to you: playlists that noticeably feel better, radio stations that were programmed by people, recommendations that feel less like a computer and more like someone made you a mixtape and you like their taste.
Apple Connect, Apple's social networking service, was also developed to improve the listening experience by introducing tools to let artists share music and video that "lives outside the paywall." Apple wanted to give artists a way to be involved in the way music is consumed. "We wanted to create a place where the people making the art could feel like they could have a center," Reznor said.

Released yesterday, Apple Music has a deep focus on curated content. The new Music app delivers recommendations based on personal tastes and playlists created by editors, while the accompanying Beats 1 radio features all music chosen by DJs like Zane Lowe.


Reznor's full interview, which includes additional details on his role in the development of Apple Music, his thoughts on music, and Apple's aim with the new service, is available at Pitchfork and well worth a read.


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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ wasn’t worth all that Spotify drama

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No one has shut up about this album since it came out in October 2014. Taylor Swift’s “1989” sold over a million copies in the first week alone and continues to sell well even today, largely due to the fact

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Apple hit with slowdowns in iCloud Backup, iMessage, Phot...

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According to Apple’s own Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud status page, several important services are experiencing slow downs and possible outages. iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, iMessage, and Photos are all showing yellow, as are Mail Drop, iCloud Drive,

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You won’t find these Apple Music albums on Spotify

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Taylor Swift fans aren’t the only ones with reasons to celebrate Apple Music. Apple’s new streaming service boasts over 30 million songs. That’s according to the company, anyway; we definitely haven’t counted them. And even though it’s only a day

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