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Apple Retail Stores to Offer Third-Party Accessories in N...

Yesterday, 09:00 PM

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Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by 9to5Mac. Apple has reportedly been working with several third-party accessory manufacturers on packaging design, helping to create a new look for boxes to better fit in with the packaging that's used for Apple's own products.

Companies participating in Apple's revamped packaging efforts include Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. When these products are sold in Apple Stores, they'll be sold with simple, no-frills white boxes with minimal labeling as seen in photos.

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According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling. This shift is yet another in a string for third-parties that has included new environmental guidelines and a ban on leveraging early iPhone leaks.

Apple's new head of retail, Angela Ahrendts, has been working to revamp the Apple Store experience in recent months, streamlining the purchasing process and reimagining both product discovery and customer-employee interactions. The packaging redesign is part of a larger effort to overhaul Apple's in-store accessory lineup, limiting the number of products that are sold for a more refined look.

News of the revamped packaging was first shared by Mac Otakara in June, and a sneak preview of what the accessory sections of Apple's retail stores might look like can be seen at the company's Upper East Side store in New York.

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Apple Store accessory sections are expected to begin seeing changes starting next week, which is when the new packaging will be introduced.


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How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You U...

Yesterday, 06:17 PM

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We've been waiting for the fourth-generation Apple TV for at least two years now, and we've been teased with vague comments, leaks from the supply chain, and analyst predictions for several years running. We thought we’d get a look at it this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple was still not ready to show it off.

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Until we get a whole new model with, hopefully, a brand new look to the operating system, we have to stick with what we've got. The number of media channels is not getting any smaller, with Apple adding new content on a regular basis. For example, Apple recently added NatGeo TV. Content options are great, but sifting through dozens of channels can be a pain sometimes.

If you're tired of scrolling through the nearly seven dozen channels looking for the ones you use most, you can hide everything you don’t want to access, making it much easier to get to the content you want. We've got a quick tutorial to show you how.

Customizing Channels on the Main Menu
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  1. On Apple TV, go to your Settings app, which is always in the second row below your iTunes and shared computer channels.

  2. Select Main Menu from the list.

  3. Select "Hide" for every channel that you don't want showing by selecting the channel and clicking the center select button on the Apple TV remote. Channels that will be visible on the Apple TV are listed as "Show," while channels that will no longer show up are listed as "Hide."

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New channels will appear on the Main Menu whenever they are added to Apple TV. If you don't want to see them, follow the steps above for the new channel.

You can also go back and add channels to Main Menu whenever you like by clicking on it until it has "Show" next to it instead.

Troubleshooting
If your Apple TV is running slowly, shuts off randomly, or is otherwise working poorly, one way to fix it is to restart it.

  1. Unplug the connection to your television set.

  2. Unplug the power cable from the box.

  3. Plug the TV cable back in.

  4. Plug the power cable back in.

  5. Wait for Apple TV to finish reloading.

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There may be deeper issues with your set-top box that a simple restart can't fix. If so, you may need to reset it to factory settings.

  1. On Apple TV, go to the Settings app.

  2. Select General.

  3. Scroll down to select Reset.

  4. Select Restore.

This will restore Apple TV to its factory settings, removing all passwords you have entered for all of your channels. The restoration will take a while. Don't unplug your Apple TV during the process.

If you can't restore Apple TV to its factory settings from the Main Menu (like, if your box is frozen and just stops working altogether), you can perform the process via iTunes by connecting your Apple TV to your computer.

You will need a micro-USB cable and the latest version of iTunes running on your Internet-connected computer for this process.

  1. Disconnect the power and television cables from Apple TV.

  2. Open iTunes on your computer. Then connect Apple TV to your computer using the micro-USB cable. If you have the third-generation Apple TV, you will also need to plug the box into a power source.

  3. Once connected, Go to the Apple TV summary page in iTunes and select "Restore Apple TV."

  4. When the restoration process is finished, disconnect Apple TV from your computer and reconnect it to your television set.

Hopefully, we wont be waiting around for too much longer before Apple finally presents us with the next big thing for television. But, until then, at least we can organize our channels the way we want to.


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Hub hotel has smart rooms you run from your wrist

Yesterday, 09:24 PM

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I typically look for two things in a hotel room: Internet included with the room and free breakfast. But a new hotel in London’s Covent Gardens might have me adding some things to that list. The recently opened Hub hotel<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...ur-wrist/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194333735/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c171/sc/26/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47e2c171/sc/26/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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Hey, Siri: Play a fart sound

Yesterday, 09:22 PM

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If you’ve got the future strapped to your wrist and an iPhone paired with said Apple Watch, you can prank your friends with the lowest form of humor imaginable: the fart sound. You’ll also need Apple Music, as this trick<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...rt-sound/">Readmore ›</a></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/233194333734/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/47e2c176/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/47e2c176/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/>

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Review: Apple Music offers great discovery & radio fe...

Yesterday, 09:12 PM

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<p>Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...official/">whenApple announced it last month at WWDC</a>. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio or a specific artist or album. For the past two years, I’ve been using Spotify for all of my streaming music needs. I never had a problem with the service, especially recently as it has upped the quality of both its iOS and Mac apps to be both more stable and feature-rich. A combination that is hard to come by nowadays.</p>
<p>Being the Apple fanboy that I am, however, I obviously had to give Apple Music a try. For the past week, I’ve been using the service as my exclusive source for music. How does it compare to Spotify? Is it enough to make me permanently switch? Read on…</p>
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<li>30 million songs</li>
<li>Beats 1  – 24/7 live radio</li>
<li>Hand-picked playlists from Apple, other sources</li>
<li>Available on iOS, Mac, and Windows now; Apple TV &amp; Android later this fall</li>
<li>$9.99/mo individual plan</li>
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<p>Prior to the launch of Apple Music, I <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...eds/">explainedthe biggest hits and misses of existing streaming music services</a> and what Apple’s service would need to succeed. Those requested features included excellent support for my previously acquired music; well-designed, cross-platform apps; exclusive content; competitive pricing; and a killer radio functionality. Those five qualities are ones I’m going to address often in this review, for both good and bad.</p>
<h3><strong>The Apps</strong></h3>
<p>To support Apple Music, Apple introduced a new <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...e-music/">Musicapp for iOS via iOS 8.4</a> and on the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/30/itunes-apple-music-beats-1/">Mac via iTunes 12.2</a>. I covered the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/13/hands-on-ios-music-app/">redesign of the app earlier this year when it was still in beta form</a>, and as you would hope from beta to stable, several aspects of the app have changed since then.</p>
<p>The biggest change, of course, is that everything that was once spread across the entire app is now relegated to a single tab labeled “My Music.” The app now has five tabs; one titled “For You,” another labeled “New,” a Radio tab, a tab for Apple’s Connect service, and one called “My Music.”</p>
<p><img title="Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &amp; radio features, but has room for improvement" class=" size-large wp-image-387751 aligncenter" src="https://9to5mac.file...ng?w=704&h=551"alt="Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.58.32 PM" width="704" height="551" />The For You tab is arguably the most useful in the app on iOS and the desktop. When you first launch Music in iOS 8.4, you’ll be presented with an interface that allows you to choose your favorite genres then your favorite artists within those genres. Apple will then use that data to customize the For You tab with suggestions as to what it believes you would enjoy. The tab gets more accurate the more you use the Music app and tap the “heart” option on radio and streaming content. The For You tab also takes into account what you listen to and what you already have in your music library.</p>
<p>I’ve found that the curation aspect of Apple Music is unrivaled by any other streaming music service. Spotify would often try to tell me what artists and songs it thought I should listen to, but often to little or no avail. With Apple Music, however, I’ve already discovered several new artists worth listening to, as well as several playlists that are great from start to finish.</p>
<p>Next is a tab entitled New that, as you can guess, showcases content that is freshly released. Here you can find the top charts for both songs and music videos, as well as new albums. You can also find more handpicked curated content from Apple and other publications like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and the NME. There’s also activity-based playlists for tasks such as running, partying, dancing, and breaking up. These playlists are all incredibly unique and include content from a variety of time periods.</p>
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<p>One major playlist feature that is missing from Apple Music, however, is collaboration. You can’t start a playlist and invite other users to add content to it. Only one user or source can have master control over the content. It’s a feature that rival services like Spotify offer, as seen to the left, so it’s disappointing that Apple neglected to include it, but it’s nothing that can’t be added at a future date.</p>
<p>Next, and perhaps most importantly, is a tab for Radio. This tab houses both radio stations you create based on artists/albums/songs, as well as Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station. I’ll discuss Beats 1 more in a little bit, but everything is there and self-explanatory. One thing I wish was offered in iTunes 12.2 was a built-in schedule for Beats 1, which is offered on iOS. On the desktop, however, you have to visit Apple’s <a href="beats1radio.com">dedicated Beats 1 website</a> to view that schedule, which seems like an unnecessary added layer of complication.</p>
<p>Connect is Apple’s latest attempt at a social network and so far, I don’t see any point in it. Artists I follow have rarely shared anything of interest on the platform, and when they have, it’s not unique and has also been shared on Twitter or Facebook. One thing it’s useful for, however, is following Beats 1 hosts. For instance, Zane Lowe shares his setlist after every broadcast, which makes it easy to go back and find a song that you may have missed. Lowe also shares the audio of his World Record every day, which is very useful for the tracks that he chooses that aren’t on Apple Music or iTunes yet. Other than that, however, Connect is yet another ill-advised attempt by Apple to enter the social networking arena.</p>
<p>Finally, you have your My Music tab. This is where all of your music lives. Whether purchased from iTunes, uploaded to the cloud, or obtained via Apple Music, you can access it from here. The My Music tab offers access to recently added content as well as playlists and the ability to search for other content on Apple Music. It’s a lot of features to cram into one interface and it certainly shows.</p>
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<p>Overall, that’s a theme with Apple Music on both the desktop and iOS. There are a lot of features, all crammed into small amounts of space. For instance, the number of clicks required to create a new playlist on iOS is way too high, simply due to the fact that you have to narrow the interface face down so far before you’re actually presented with the option.</p>
<p>Just because there are a lot features doesn’t mean there still aren’t some missing either. One annoyance, which <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-issues/">we’vecovered before</a>, is the amount of effort it takes to shuffle an artist. For instance, if I want to listen to Coldplay on shuffle, I should be able to go to the Coldplay page on Apple Music and choose shuffle. Another feature that I miss from Spotify is the ability to jump directly from a song to the full album on which the track is featured or to the artist by which the track is performed.</p>

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<p>That’s not to say there aren’t things I like about the interface, though. The new Now Playing interface is very nice and it’s convenient having the static bar at the bottom of the screen with now playing information and controls. One change I was happy to see from the initial iOS 8.4 beta is that when you tap on an artist in the artists view of the My Music tab, you see a list of all the albums you have sorted by release date. In order to view track listings for an album, you then have to tap on a specific album. Previously, track listings were shown on the initial screen, which made for an overwhelming experience in instances where I had a large discography of a single artist.</p>
<p>In iTunes, it gets confusing when trying to figure out whether or not it is best to right-click to reveal controls or choose the three dots that appear next to content. Both reveal similar options, but right clicking shows more options than the three dots. It’s a nitpick-y complaint, but something I noticed during my usage.</p>
<h3><strong>The Service </strong></h3>
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<p>Putting the apps aside and focusing on the actual streaming service aspect of Apple Music, the service truly excels. First, its pricing is the best you’ll get from any service. The $9.99/mo individual plan is pretty standard, but the $14.99/mo family plan is unheard of. For comparison’s sake, 6 people on a Spotify plan would run you $35/mo. Apple Music also offers a three-month free trial, which is more than long enough to get hooked and build an impressive library of content. The only exception to Apple Music’s price advantage relates to student discounts. Spotify offers college students (or anyone with a .edu email address) access to its service for $4.99/mo.</p>
<p>As far as Apple Music’s catalog of content goes, I have been able to find almost every artist I have searched for. The reason for that “almost” relates mainly to some of the content Zane Lowe plays during his show. I’ll discuss this more later, but Lowe plays content that is so unknown – yet still amazing – that it’s not available on Apple Music or even iTunes.</p>
<p>The biggest selling point for me is Apple Music’s integration with the songs I already had uploaded to iTunes Match. While some users reported that the transition from iTunes Match to Apple Music/iCloud Music Library was rocky, mine was as flawless as I could have imagined. All of the live and ripped content that I had uploaded to iTunes Match prior to Apple Music’s launch remained exactly how I had left it after signing up for Apple Music, metadata and all. I love that any song I add from Apple Music to my library integrates itself perfectly with my existing content. Spotify never offered a feature like this. Adding local files to my library with Spotify was always much harder than it needed to be, especially on iOS, and even when I finally got the tracks added, they were neglected to their own “local files” tab and could not be added to my actual library of content.</p>
<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...39-pm.png"><imgtitle="Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &amp; radio features, but has room for improvement" class=" size-large wp-image-387753 aligncenter" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2025/07/screen-shot-2015-07-06-at-3-58-39-pm.png?w=704&h=551" alt="Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.58.39 PM" width="704" height="551" /></a>Let’s talk about the standout feature of Apple Music: Beats 1. I wrote earlier this year <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/09/beats-1-zane-lowe-standout-feature-apple-music/">that Beats 1 is what truly set Apple Music apart from the competition</a> and I stand by that statement today. Between Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden, the service has music for every listener. During the opening broadcast last week, Zane Lowe stated that “The genre of Beats 1 is great.” and that is beyond true. The station has no specific genre and no matter what time you tune in, you’ll almost always hear something worth listening to.</p>
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<p>Zane Lowe arguably brings the most to the table with Beats 1. After one week, the host has given great interviews with popular <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ats-1/">artistslike Eminem</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/03/ed-sheeran-zane-lowe/">Ed Sheeran</a>, and Elton John. Lowe’s show, as well as Adnuga’s and Darden’s, is also a great source of content discovery. For instance, I’ve discovered a handful of new artists thanks to Beats 1, including Gavin James, Jack Garratt, Coasts, and The Beach. There’s a problem with hosts, especially Lowe, playing such new and up and coming content: some of it isn’t available on Apple Music. Jack Garratt’s new single “Weathered” isn’t available on the service. Neither is Gavin James’ track “Bitter Pill.” The same goes for From Above by The Beach. It’s frustrating and I really wish there was a way for any song played on Beats 1 to added directly to my library. Or at least an option to add a song not available on Apple Music to my wish list.</p>
<p>Another feature I wish Beats 1 supported is push notifications for shows. The Beats 1 and Apple Music Twitter accounts promote shows and interviews heavily before they take place, but I wish there was a way I could receive a notification directly to my iPhone before a new show was about to air or before an exclusive interview was about to take place. It seems odd that Apple doesn’t support something like that at launch. Could you imagine the engagement the service would get if Apple sent a push notification to users saying, “Zane Lowe’s exclusive interview with One Direction airs in 15 minutes. Be sure to tune in!”?</p>
<p>Apple Music isn’t without its bugs, however. Beats 1, of course, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...many/">sufferedfrom a 30+ minute outage</a> the day of its launch and I have had several issues getting both it and Apple Music to load. Sometimes the issues are fixed by force quitting the Music app, but often I just have to wait for Apple Music to decide it wants to play the song I asked for. Another issue I have is speed in general. Spotify was almost instantaneous when I chose a song to play. With Apple Music, however, there’s often a few seconds of silence before the track actually.</p>
<h3><strong>Wrap-up</strong></h3>
<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...music.png"><imgtitle="Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &amp; radio features, but has room for improvement" class=" size-large wp-image-387766 aligncenter" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2025/07/apple-music.png?w=704&h=551" alt="apple-music" width="704" height="551" /></a>At the beginning of this review and earlier this year, I mentioned the five qualities that Apple Music needed to have for me to switch from Spotify:</p>
<ol>
<li>Excellent support for my previously acquired music</li>
<li>Well-designed, cross-platform apps</li>
<li>Exclusive content</li>
<li>A killer radio functionality</li>
<li>Competitive pricing</li>
</ol>
<p>Regarding support for my previously acquired music, Apple Music excels in every way imaginable. As I mentioned before, all of my content is integrated together, as if it was all acquired from the same source. I have metadata for every album and every song and the transition from iTunes Match to Apple Music/iCloud Music Library was perfect.</p>
<p>Apple Music’s apps are certainly not without their flaws, but on both OS X and iOS they are good starting points from which Apple can build. The main issue with the apps is that there are so many features crammed into such small amounts of space that it’s overwhelming, especially at first use. There’s a high learning curve with Apple Music and that used to be something Apple was always against. Overall, however, I’m a fan of the interfaces of both the iTunes and iOS designs, but there’s room to grow.</p>
<p>As I mentioned earlier, Apple Music’s $9.99/mo individual plan is standard across most services, but the $14.99 family pricing is the best you’ll get from any service.</p>
<p>Exclusive content is where Apple Music shines. Beats 1 in itself is entirely exclusive to Apple Music. There’s no way that Spotify, Rdio, Google, or any other streaming music service can ever compete with what Apple has built with Beats 1. There is room for Apple to grow too. Beats 2? A news radio station? What about sports? There is so much potential to Beats 1 and the exclusive content it can bring to the table that it’s unbelievable. Beats 1 is Apple Music’s killer radio functionality.</p>
<p>Overall, Apple Music has more than enough for me to switch from Spotify. It’s certainly not perfect, nor is it without its bugs, but it’s fantastic as a streaming service and music storage service. Beats 1 is something I’ve listened to every day since it went live and I don’t see that habit changing anytime soon. Take my money, Apple and so long, Spotify.</p>

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All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selectio...

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<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...9to51.png"><imgtitle="All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed boxes" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-387767" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/9to51.png?w=704&h=502" alt="9to51" width="704" height="502" /></a><em>Apple-designed packaging for the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/mophie-juice-pack-plus-iPhone/dp/B00TE8MHPU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;linkCode=w01&amp;linkId=XXW7ETDSCDD5E4BW&amp;creativeASIN=B00TE8MHPU">Mophie Juice Pack</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=Logitech%20apple%20tv%20keyboard&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ALogitech%20apple%20tv%20keyboard&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N3JEOYSPMSODKI2J">Logitech iPad Keyboard</a></em></p>
<p>Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party accessory makers over the past six months to redesign boxes so that the experience more closely matches the boxes of Apple’s own products…</p>
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<p>According to a notice that Apple has sent to retail store employees, new packaging will start to appear on store shelves for accessories from <a href="http://www.amazon.co...IG">Tech21</a>,<a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=tech21&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=PHGHTSMIFLO5CXJ7">Sena</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=incase&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aincase&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=R3X7SJPTEW5H6I6E">Incase</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=mophie&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amophie&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=WDKD6REQO5ECTWTO">Mophie</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=logitech%20iPad%20keyboard&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alogitech%20iPad%20keyboard&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=KU2VNLGOSSDIIICL">Logitech</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=life%20proof%20iphone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alife%20proof%20iphone&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=EKMI22QYS2BPCCUC">Life Proof</a>. According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling. This shift is yet another in a string for third-parties that has <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/12/11/apple-mfi-case-standards/">included new environmental guidelines</a> and a ban on leveraging <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/10/apple-threatens-to-ban-iphone-ipad-accessory-makers-that-design-based-on-leaks/">early iPhone leaks</a>.</p>
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...9to52.png"><imgtitle="All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed boxes" class="aligncenter wp-image-387768" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/9to52.png?w=663&h=487" alt="9to52" width="663" height="487" /></a><em>Apple-designed packaging for the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Tech21%20MacBook%20Snap%20Case&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ATech21%20MacBook%20Snap%20Case&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=HGPAPVUQ6NDIUT4Y">Tech21 MacBook Snap Case</a></em></p>
<p>Over time, Apple will work with more accessory makers to support the new packaging style as it reduces inventory of items that do not fit the new look. A <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...s-july/">reportfrom June indicated</a> that Apple would revamp its accessory selection with new boxes as soon as July, while Apple’s new Upper East Side store in New York has <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/13/apple-ues-store-opening/">provided a small preview</a> of Apple’s new limited accessory selection. Apple has begun rolling out the new boxes in other large stores such as the Fifth Avenue location in New York. In his new role as Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/jony-ive-deisgn-officer/">oversees Apple’s packaging</a>, so perhaps he has played a role in this shift.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/angela-ahrendts/'>Angela Ahrendts</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-inc/'>Apple Inc</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-store/'>Apple Store</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/bank-vault/'>Bank vault</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone/'>iPhone</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/madison-avenue/'>Madison Avenue</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/new-york-city/'>New York City</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/retail-and-wholesalers/'>Retail and Wholesalers</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/upper-east-side/'>Upper East Side</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387757/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387757&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more information about <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone/">iPhone</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-store/">Apple Store</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/06/apple-stores-white-boxes-accessories/#comments">Discuss "All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed&nbsp;boxes" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger iPad?

Yesterday, 08:30 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
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<p>There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ays-wsj/">earlydetails leaked in 2013</a> and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MH0W2LL-Wi-Fi-NEWEST-VERSION/dp/B00OTWOAAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;sr=1-1&amp;s=pc&amp;keywords=ipad%2Bair%2B2&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;qid=1436201720">iPad Air 2</a>, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of the leaks have suggested major new design elements, such as an <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/04/ipad-pro-usb-3/">extra connector port</a>, an <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/12/18/9to5-guide-the-best-ipad-stands-docks-and-cases-with-built-in-stands/">integrated stand</a>, or <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/18/kgi-apple-likely-to-sell-stylus-accessory-alongside-12-inch-ipad-pro/">a stylus</a>; no one believes Apple will even rotate the rear logo to signify a preferred horizontal orientation. In short, the “iPad Pro” will likely be a bigger-screened iPad Air, much as the iPad Air was just a bigger version of the iPad mini that preceded it.</p>
<p>Despite <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...">once-crediblereports of an early 2015 release</a>, the big iPad was apparently <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/11/12/kgi-ipad-pro-pushed-back-to-q2-2015-q1-to-see-under-10m-ipads-shipped/">pushed back at least twice</a> so Apple could focus on making more iPhones. Since it’s supposedly been rescheduled for a fall release, I wanted to pose a question: given what we (think we) know about it, do you believe a bigger-screened iPad without other major design changes will be compelling enough to succeed?…</p>
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<p><strong>What is “known” about the hardware?</strong></p>
<p>Leaks have more or less established several of the big iPad’s key physical characteristics. First, it’s believed to be roughly 8.6″ wide by 11.9″ tall, with the same basic shape of the iPad Air 2. Second, the screen is almost certainly larger than 12″ and smaller than 13″ on the diagonal. Third, the locations of ports, buttons, and other elements are apparently staying the same from iPad mini to Air to Pro.</p>
<p>Apple has apparently tested everything from 12.2″ to 12.9″ displays, but reports have differed on the final size and resolution of the display. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...solution/">Coderecently found in iOS 9</a> suggests that the resolution will be 2732 by 2048, which at 12.9″ would have an equal pixel density to the iPad Air. However, 3-D models with dimensions matching leaked body dimensions suggest that the display could be closer to 12.7″. As shown in the rendering above, if Apple preserves the same 4:3 screen aspect ratio as all earlier iPads, the front of the new iPad would need to have extremely thin left and right bezels with a 12.7″ screen — even thinner than ones on the iPad Air. The FaceTime camera would have to be in the same position as on earlier iPads, above the portrait orientation screen, with equal space for a Home button below the screen.</p>
<p>As such, while the screen will be roughly comparable to the one on the 12″ Retina MacBook, it will be different in that its primary intended orientation will be portrait rather than landscape, and it will be less wide when laid on its side. If Apple wanted to change this usage scenario to make the big iPad more Mac-like, it would need to change both the shape of the iPad and the location of its key front- and bottom-facing components.</p>
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<p>Instead, Apple is apparently adding two additional speakers to the unit’s top, which will likely enable the new iPad to perform stereo audio in either portrait or landscape orientation, switching speaker outputs based on the way the iPad’s being held. Case makers have produced prototype cases that feature an extra hole on one of the long edges, potentially for SIM card access, possibly for a second connector port. The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple was considering <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-usb-3/">addinga USB-C port to the new iPad</a> to improve support for computer peripherals, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/27/ipad-pro-dual-connectors/">dummy models</a> have shown how it would look. But there’s no other evidence that an extra port — USB-C or Lightning — will make it into the final device. Given that the 12″ MacBook shipped with a single port, it may well be wishful thinking.</p>
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<p><strong>What is “known” about the software?</strong></p>
<p>iOS 9 is clearly being designed with an eye towards larger iPads. Most notably, it adds support for split-screen iOS applications that dynamically adjust their sizes to fit smaller and larger windows. Apple set the stage for the feature by introducing iOS features such as <a href="https://developer.ap...tion.html">autolayout</a> before officially debuting <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/06/08/ipad-split-screen-multitasking/">split-screen multitasking in iOS 9</a> last month. As valuable as split-screen support is for iPad Airs (and “nice” as it is for iPad minis), it would basically be mandatory for larger-screened iPads. Running only one app on a nearly 10″ screen often doesn’t feel like a good use of space; as shown on the 13″ MacBook Pro screen below, even running only two apps on a 12″ or larger screen seems wasteful.</p>
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<p>Apple has been priming Mac users for an iOS-like working environment by introducing a full-screen mode in OS X Lion, which enabled one app to take over the entire display like an iPad. This year, it introduced a split-screen mode for OS X El Capitan akin to the same feature in iOS 9. Personally, I’ve never found OS X’s full-screen mode compelling on even the smallest-screened MacBook Air, and El Capitan’s split-screen mode isn’t better in any way than just using normal Mac windows. Going full-screen or two-pane becomes increasingly ridiculous as screen sizes increase, but it’s as close as Apple can come to bridging the obvious divide between iOS’s and OS X’s capabilities.</p>
<p>It appears highly unlikely that Apple will allow the big iPad to run OS X, although there’s mounting evidence that the processing capabilities of high-end iPads and low-end Macs will begin to overlap this year. The hardware differences between an entry-level 1.1GHz 12″ Retina MacBook and sub-13″ iPad Pro may well come down to their different philosophies on storage capacity, RAM, keyboards, trackpads, and touchscreens rather than CPUs and GPUs. And who knows what will happen with iOS 10 (or… iOS X) in 2016?</p>
<p><strong>Who will this iPad be for?</strong></p>
<p>Conventional wisdom suggests that the big iPad will be pitched at two categories of customers — creatives and enterprises — because the screen size will be roughly equivalent to the usable area of an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper. But it’s also possible that Apple will market it to potential Windows PC switchers who have held off on going Apple until now, as well as to educational institutions.</p>
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<li>Creatives will view a bigger iPad as a larger (and better) canvas for drawing, editing, writing, and displaying work, including art, photos, and videos. They’re a natural audience for this product.</li>
<li>Enterprise customers will similarly like the larger composition and display surface; corporations with thousands of employees may also find field uses for the bigger screen, which will be closer to the Windows laptops and tablets they are transitioning away from.</li>
<li>PC switcher holdouts may find the larger-screened iPad easier to buy as a complete replacement for a Windows laptop, though they’ll wonder whether the iPad Air would be enough for them. The PC switcher market can be a challenge because it’s price-sensitive, and if someone hasn’t switched yet, it’s unclear whether a more expensive iPad would make a difference.</li>
<li>Educational institutions, particularly collegiate ones, are in the same camp. Older students and instructors may have valid reasons to prefer larger iPads, which could fully replace textbooks in size. And the price point could be close enough to a Windows PC to serve as a viable laptop replacement, if the necessary peripheral support is there. Younger students will likely continue to be served (well) by the iPad mini and iPad Air.</li>
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<p><strong>Will you want one?</strong></p>
<p>That’s up to you — previous polls we’ve run have suggested that roughly half of our readers are at least open-minded about the value of larger-screened iPads, and some people are actively looking forward to buying them. Share your thoughts below!</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/c...-company/'>AAPLCompany</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/mac/'>Mac</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/opinion/'>Opinion</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/12-ipad/'>12" iPad</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/13-ipad/'>13" iPad</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/ipad-plus/'>iPad Plus</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/ipad-pro/'>iPad Pro</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387650/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387650&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/category/mac/">Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/06/opinion-will-size-alone-be-enough-to-sell-a-bigger-ipad/#comments">Discuss "Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger&nbsp;iPad?" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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According to Bonner, his two-and-a-half months of tennis elbow made it so painful for him to shoot that he'd "almost be cringing" before catching the ball. He spoke to a Spurs strength and conditioning coach, who reported suffering from a similar injury after spending time playing a game on a larger-screened iPhone.

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