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Resource id #21Ongoing Apple Campus 2 Progress Shown in High-Quality Aerial Video
Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino is continuing at a steady pace, as seen in a new aerial video captured by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors.

Shot earlier today, Sinfield's video offers a detailed look at the progress Apple has made since he shot his last video on August 1, and it gives details on the different buildings Apple is constructing. Sinfield's also cleverly overlaid some of Steve Jobs' original commentary on the campus, making this video update well worth watching.


Work on the ring-shaped main building is continuing, as is construction on a multi-level underground parking structure. A secondary parking lot at the west of the campus is nearly finished, the auditorium has gained interior walls, and construction workers have also made progress on the Tantau development, housing research facilities.

When finished, the second Apple campus will feature a huge 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting events, and a dedicated visitor's center complete with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple Store.

Apple continues to be on track to complete construction on the campus at the end of 2016.


Ex-Apple Executive Ian Rogers Joins LVMH as Chief Digital Officer
ianrogersAfter it was announced that he would be leaving the company last week, former Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers has found his next position as the Chief Digital Officer for the French luxury company LVMH (via Re/code).

After moving to Paris for the job, Rogers will use his history in the digital space to help bolster the brands of the company, which include high-end items from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bvlgari. LVMH is also the parent company of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer.
So here are the details: Rogers will leave California and move to Paris, where he will be chief digital officer at LVMH, the holding company behind iconic luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bvlgari.

Prior to the LVMH job, Rogers has spent his entire life working in digital music: He started out helping the Beastie Boys get online, ran Yahoo Music for a while, and was CEO of Beats Music before Apple acquired the company in 2014. At Apple, he helped the company retool Beats Music into Apple Music, and focused in particular on Beats1 online music.
Today's news confirms last week's rumor that the former Apple executive would be joining an undisclosed "Europe-based company in an unrelated industry." Rogers was originally from Beats, and was brought into the Cupertino company last year following the $3 billion acquisition deal. At Apple, he oversaw the launch of Beats 1 and hired lead DJ Zane Lowe to anchor the radio station.


Apple Joins Massive Pentagon Partnership to Develop High-Tech Military Wearables
The Pentagon today announced a partnership with 162 companies and universities -- including Apple, Boeing, and Harvard -- to develop and produce a line of high-tech military gear designed to be flexible enough to be worn by both soldiers and even be "molded onto the outside of a jet" (via Reuters). The forward thrust of consumer technology is generating more trust for the Pentagon in the companies of Silicon Valley, a move that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been attempting to guide for a few years.

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"I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in prepared remarks on Friday.

"Now we’re taking another step forward."
The new technology would use advanced printing processes to produce "stretchable electronics" that would be outfitted with an array of sensors to be able to track everything from the vitals of the soldier wearing it to the structural integrity of the ship or warplane to which it is attached. All told, the United States government has confirmed it will contribute $75 million over the course of five years for the project, with the partnered companies offering another $90 million, and local government contributions bringing the grand total to just north of $171 million.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


First Poster for Upcoming 'Steve Jobs' Film Debuts
With just over a month to go until the October 9 release of Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" bio-pic, Universal yesterday released the first official poster for the movie. A simplistic one-sheet, the poster showcases a profile of Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs along with a brief list of the leading cast including Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen.

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Over the summer, Universal began the movie's advertising campaign after a year front-loaded with image leaks from the set and massive casting calls. The first official trailer was released in early July, and the movie was even chosen as the Centerpiece film to play at the New York Film Festival beginning in late September.


Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to Speak at Vanity Fair 'New Establishment' Summit in October
vanityfairsummitVanity Fair today announced its speaker lineup for the 2015 New Establishment Summit, revealing that Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive as well as Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine will be attending as speakers. This is the second year in a row Ive is attending as a speaker.

Last year, Ive detailed Apple's design process in his talk, explaining that he and his fellow designers gather around tables like the ones in Apple retail stores to draw and meet three or four times a week. He also noted that their ideas don't come along until after the team creates physical objects based on their drawings. Additionally, and perhaps most interesting, Ive said that when Chinese manufacturer Xioami copies its designs what it's really doing is theft.

The summit takes place from October 5 to 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and promises "two full days of inventive programming and inspiring conversations around the ideas and innovations shaping the future." The summit will kick off with a showing of the new Steven Spielberg film "Bridge of Spies," starring Tom Hanks. Other speakers include Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Disney's Bob Iger, film director J.J. Abrams and Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson. The entire speaking lineup can be viewed at Vanity Fair's website while a full schedule will be revealed soon.


Apple Seeds Xcode 7 Beta 6 to Developers
Apple today seeded Xcode 7 beta 6 to registered developers, more than two weeks after releasing Xcode 7 beta 5 alongside the fifth beta of iOS 9.

Xcode 7 beta 6 can be downloaded from the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

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Xcode 7 is designed to accompany Apple's next-generation operating systems: iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and watchOS 2, all of which will be released to the public in the coming weeks. Xcode 7 supports Swift 2.0 and includes new features like user interface testing and updated playgrounds.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More
It's still back to school season, so deals continue to be decent as retailers attempt to lure customers into their stores for school supplies. For the first time, Best Buy is offering discounts on the Retina MacBook, dropping the price by up to $80. Several models of the MacBook Air are also available at a discount, some at the lowest prices we've seen.

Apple's Back to School promotion is still going on both in stores and online, with Apple offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac. Eligible Macs include the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Pro.

As always, we've rounded up discounts on some useful Apple accessories and we've found plenty of deals on apps and games this week.

iPad Air 2


Discounts on the iPad Air 2 are mediocre this week, so it may be best to hold off on purchasing. For those who need a new tablet immediately, however, there are a few minor deals.

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B&H Photo is offering a discount on some of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $75. With the discount, the 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $569. MacMall is offering many of the same discounts, also dropping the price on the 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to $569.

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Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo have discounts on a bit of remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $525.94
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $580.99

iPad mini 3


Discounts on the iPad mini 3 aren't great this week, and with an update imminent in the next month or two, it's a bad time to buy. If you must get an iPad mini 3, though, there are a couple deals on select models.

Best Buy is discounting the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 3 in Silver by $100, dropping the price to $299.

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B&H Photo is also offering some discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in Gold is available for $429, the lowest price we've seen. The 128GB WiFi only iPad mini 3 in Silver is priced at $499, a $100 discount.

Discounts for each model and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

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Amazon has discounts on a few current iPad mini 2 models. The 16GB Verizon Cellular version in Silver is available for $329.99, while the 16GB Verizon Cellular version in Space Gray is available for $301.98, both of which are quite close to the lowest price we've seen.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $479.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $538.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $515.42
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $475

Retina MacBook


We haven't featured the Retina MacBook before because there have been no significant discounts since it launched. Best Buy is discounting its stock of Retina MacBook models by $65 to $80 this week, marking the first notable price drop we've seen.

With the discount, the 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB models in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray are available for $1,234.99, which is $65 off.

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The 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB models in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray are available for $1,519.99, an $80 discount.

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $1,679.99, $120 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,099.99, $100 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899.99, $100 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - 799.99, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $999, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) - $849, $150 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,139.99, $70 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $798, $300 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $849, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $999, $200 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,229.99, $70 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,815, $180 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,349, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,449 $350 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,979 $520 off

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Apps


There are also quite a few iOS apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Platformer Devious Dungeon 2 is available for free, down from $0.99. Arcade game David. is available for free, down from $1.99. Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is available for $0.99, down from $4.99.

Physics-based game Piloteer is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Sound making app BeepBoop is available for free, down from $1.99. Fighting game The Executive is available for $1.99, down from $4.99.

Puzzle game Quell Memento+ was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


For the next day, Staples is selling iTunes gift cards at a 20 percent discount, dropping the price of a $25 card to $20. Best Buy is selling select Mophie iPhone cases and batteries for up to 50 percent off. Groupon is selling MagSafe 2 Power Adapters for the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air for $44.99 to $49.99, down from $79.

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The Waloo Apple Watch Crocodile Print band is available from Groupon for $17.99, down from $49.99. LivingSocial has stainless steel link, mesh, or Milanese loop bands for Apple Watch for $29.99, down from $99.

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Best Buy has the Jawbone UP2 Activity Tracker for $20 off, dropping the price to $79.99. Groupon is selling a 2-pack of Misfit Flash Activity Trackers for $49.99, a $10 discount off the normal price.

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The Griffin Elevator Desktop Stand for laptops is available from Groupon for $31.99, down from $39.99. The Ghostek waterproof case for iPhone 6/6 Plus is available for $29.95 from StackSocial, down from $60.

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The Spigen Rugged Armor Watch Case and Night Stand is available from StackSocial for $21.99, down from $34.99 LivingSocial has the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5/5s for $9.99, down from $49.95. The LithiumCard Wallet Battery with Lightning Charger is available from StackSocial for $29.99, down from $39.99.

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Groupon's also hosting an ongoing Apple Event, discounting a huge range of additional Apple accessories ranging from the Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones to cases and keyboards. It's worth checking out the deals each week.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.


Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Recovery Update
OS X El Capitan LogoApple has seeded OS X El Capitan Recovery Update Version 2.0 for Mac that includes improvements to OS X Recovery. The software update can be installed through the Mac App Store and is recommended for all users running a pre-release version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

OS X Recovery is a feature on Mac that includes tools to reinstall OS X, repair your disk and restore from a Time Machine backup. The update supplements the seventh OS X El Capitan developer beta and fifth public beta released on Wednesday.

OS X El Capitan will be released in late 2015 as a free upgrade through the Mac App Store.

(Thanks, Nicky!)


Apple Disables Dashboard by Default in Latest OS X El Capitan Beta
Apple has quietly disabled Dashboard by default in the seventh beta of OS X El Capitan, an unsurprising move given the ten-year-old widget feature on Mac has not been updated in over four years and looks increasingly poised for retirement. Dashboard was similarly disabled by default on OS X Yosemite.

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While a fewwebsites claim that Apple has removed Dashboard from OS X El Capitan entirely, the feature can be re-enabled by opening System Preferences > Mission Control and choosing "As Space" from the Dashboard drop-down menu. Then, tap on the Dashboard key on your keyboard to bring up the window.

Dashboard was introduced on OS X Tiger in 2005 and acts as a secondary desktop for widgets such as a calculator, calendar, clock, weather, stocks, sticky notes, mini games, dictionary, flight tracker and more. Widgets can be added or removed from Dashboard by clicking on the plus or minus buttons in the bottom-left corner.


New OS X 10.10.5 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered
Just days after Apple patched the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE security hole with the release of OS X 10.10.5, a developer has found a similar unpatched exploit that could allow attackers to gain root-level access to a Mac.

Luca Todesco shared information (via AppleInsider) on the "tpwn" exploit on GitHub over the weekend. It affects all versions of OS X Yosemite, including OS X 10.10.5, but does not affect OS X El Capitan.

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Todesco did not give Apple a heads up on the vulnerability before sharing it publicly, so it is not clear when Apple will release a patch for machines running OS X Yosemite. As noted by AppleInsider, it is standard procedure (and a courtesy) for security researchers and developers to provide Apple with details on vulnerabilities before publicizing them to prevent hackers from using security holes for nefarious purposes.

According to Todesco, who has also shared what he says is a third-party fix, releasing details on the exploit is no different than releasing an iOS jailbreak, but as Engadget explains, Todesco's actions have the potential to be somewhat more harmful than a jailbreak.
Those are technically true, but they downplay the practical dangers of publishing this info. Many people aren't knowledgeable enough to try third-party safeguards or deal with the possible side effects, and jailbreaks are at least intended for semi-innocuous purposes. A 'surprise' exploit for the Mac only really serves to give attackers time that they wouldn't otherwise have.
It took Apple less than a month to release OS X 10.10.5 to fix the DYLD_PRINT_TO_ACCESS vulnerability after it was first publicized, but during the time between its discovery and the launch of the fix, an exploit using the vulnerability was discovered in the wild.

Ahead of a fix for this latest vulnerability, OS X Yosemite users can protect themselves by downloading apps solely from the Mac App Store and from trusted developers.


How to Move Your Playlists from Spotify to Apple Music
We've been experimenting with Apple Music for over a month now, but there are still a few important questions that pop up with the new music streaming service, the first being "How can I import my playlists from Spotify?"

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The short answer is that you can't without using third-party software. After much research, we've found there are two fairly reliable third-party services that work well. One is called STAMP, and the other is called Move to Apple Music. Both automatically search for and add tracks from Spotify to Apple Music so you don't have to manually go through your entire collection song-by-song. While the end result is pretty much the same, each app offers different features.

Before you get started, make sure you are logged into iTunes with your Apple ID and subscribed to Apple Music.

With both STAMP and Move to Apple Music, you can download the program from each company's website. Both apps must be given special permission to control your computer.

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For STAMP, you have to allow the program to control your Accessibility features under the Security and Privacy tab in your Mac's System Preference. For Move to Apple Music, you will be prompted to first "like" a song by clicking the heart icon next to it. You will then receive a series of alerts saying that the certification is invalid. If you click "continue each time the alert pops up, eventually, you will grant access for the program to intercept your iTunes data and replicate the action of clicking the "Add to My Music" button.

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STAMP allows you to import any .CSV file that you've downloaded to your computer. So, whether you use Spotify, Rdio, or another music streaming service to create playlists, you can export anything that works with Exportify and then import them through this program. Move to Apple Music only allows you to move playlists from Spotify or Rdio.

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However, Move to Apple Music does not lock you out of your computer while it is finding and adding tracks to your music library. The process of finding songs using these third-party apps can take hours. STAMP takes over control of your keyboard and mouse during the import process. Move to Apple Music runs in the background so you can continue to use your computer while it runs.

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Neither app recreates the playlist directly into your music library. They find and add tracks from Apple Music automatically. You must manually create a playlist after the tracks are added.

Both apps were not able to import every song from every playlist. However, they both were just about 70 percent accurate. The error is most likely due to Apple Music not supporting certain songs, or they are listed different in Spotify or Rdio than they are listed on Apple Music, and therefore cannot be found.

Troubleshooting


In STAMP:

If you get a message that reads "No Assistive Access" you may need to start over.

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  1. De-select STAMP from being able to control your Accessibility features by clicking on the remove (-) button.

  2. Quit both the STAMP app and iTunes.

  3. Restart your computer.

  4. Open the STAMP app again.

  5. Re-enable the app to control your Accessibility features.

  6. Continue with step three above.


If you get a message that reads "Can't get window 1 of process 'iTunes.' Invalid Index," try restarting iTunes and the STAMP app. I received that error a number of times and I just kept retrying until it eventually worked.

In Move to Apple Music:
When importing playlist files to iTunes, if you receive an error message that the .txt file is not a valid format.

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  1. Create a random playlist in iTunes

  2. Export the playlist you wish to add as a plain text file by accessing File in iTunes, selecting Library, and then selecting Export playlist.

  3. Open the file in TextEdit and reduce the size of the font.

  4. Copy the first line (name, album, artist). Then, open all exported playlists by Move to Apple Music.

  5. Replace the first line of each playlist with the line you previously copied.

  6. Save the files.

  7. Try to import the tracks in iTunes again.


If you lose your Internet connection while the program is capturing your iTunes session, you may need to cancel and restart. You could, however, wait until the session capture is complete if you don't need the Internet while it is processing.

For now, these third-party apps simply act as a workaround for allowing you to move your playlists from streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio to Apple Music. However, unless Apple adds a native feature, there are not many other options available and these two programs seem to work the best so far.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, and More
As we head into the middle of August, there are some recent deals available as retailers try to lure customers into their stores during the back to school shopping period. Best Buy is continuing to discount its entire line of iPad Air 2 models, and there are good deals on Apple's lightweight, affordable MacBook Air.

iMac and Retina MacBook Pro sales are less impressive, so it may be best to wait a week or two to see if better discounts arise if you're in search of one of those machines.

Apple's Back to School promotion is still going on both in stores and online, with Apple offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac. Eligible Macs include the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Pro.

As always, we've rounded up discounts on some useful Apple accessories and we've found plenty of deals on apps and games this week.

iPad Air 2


Best Buy is still discounting its selection of iPad Air 2 models this week, dropping prices from $75 to $100. The biggest discount is on the 128GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, available for $729.99, the lowest price we've seen on that particular model.

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The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is available for $449, the 64GB Wi-Fi model is available for $524.99, and the 128GB Wi-Fi model is available for $599.99, $100 off.

B&H Photo is offering a discount on some of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $75. The biggest discount is on the site's 64GB Cellular iPad Air 2 models, which are available for $654.99. The discount is available on all colors, including Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

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Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo have discounts on a bit of remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $539.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $580.99

iPad mini 3


Discounts on the iPad mini 3 aren't great this week, and with an update imminent in the next month or two, it's a bad time to buy. If you must get an iPad mini 3, though, there are a couple deals.

Amazon has some modest discounts on some models of the iPad mini 3. The WiFi only 16GB iPad mini 3 in Silver is available for $333.49 instead of $399, and the 16GB Space Gray WiFi only model is available for $375.

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B&H Photo is also offering some discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in silver is available for $429, the lowest price we've seen, and the 128GB version is available for $639. The 128GB WiFi only iPad mini 3 in Silver is priced at $549, a $50 discount.

Discounts for each model and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Amazon has discounts on a few current iPad mini 2 models. The 16GB Verizon Cellular version in Silver is available for $388, while the 16GB Verizon Cellular version in Space Gray is available for $302.58.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $549.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $538.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $629.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $1,679.99, $120 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) - $2,099.99, $200 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Amazon) (Best Buy) - $1,849.99, $100 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - 799.99, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $999, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $899, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H PHoto) - $1,099, $100 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $798, $300 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $849, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $999, $200 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,199, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,815, $180 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,349, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,449 $350 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,979 $520 off

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Apps


There are also quite a few iOS apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

War game Frontline: Road to Moscow is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Fighting game The Executive is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. Puzzle game Furdemption - A Quest for Wings is available for $0.99, down from $2.99.

Simulation game Farming Simulator 14 is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Note taking app Notability is available for $2.99, down from $5.99. Journaling app Day One is available for $1.99, down from $4.99.

Platformer Heroki is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. Writing app iA Writer Pro is available for $4.99, down from $9.99. Hybrid building platformer Terarria is available for $1.99, down from $4.99.

Endless runner Time Surfer was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


Speck is offering 20 percent offselect iPad and MacBook cases with the promo code LUNCHBREAK through 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 16.

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Best Buy is selling Mophie cases for iPhone 5/5s for $20 to $30 off. Best Buy has the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set for $49.99, down from $99.99.

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Groupon has the iPM Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone for $24.99, down from $49.99. Groupon is selling MagSafe 2 Power Adapters for the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air for $44.99 to $49.99, down from $79.

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The Spigen Rugged Armor Watch Case and Night Stand is available from StackSocial for $21.99, down from $34.99. MegaMacs is selling the Apple Bluetooth keyboard for $29.99, down from $69. LivingSocial has the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5/5s for $9.99, down from $49.95.

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Woot is selling Beats Solo HD headphones for $108.99, down from $199. The Beats Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker is available for $60 off from Best Buy, dropping the price to $139.99.

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MacMall is still offering MacRumors readers 20 percent off AppleCare for iPad with the purchase of any iPad or iPad Air 2, using the coupon code MWBCJMACRUMORS.

Groupon's also hosting an ongoing Apple Event, discounting a huge range of additional Apple accessories ranging from the Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones to cases and keyboards. It's worth checking out the deals each week.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.


Seagate Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive With Lyve Integration
Seagate has long sold a line of Backup Plus external hard drives that offer large amounts of storage space at a reasonable price, and in June, the company announced two new features added to all hard drives in the Backup Plus line: 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and the Lyve photo and video management app for automatically backing up photos.

Seagate also announced a new high capacity Backup Plus Portable hard drive, with 4TB of storage and a 20.5mm form factor, priced at $240. Seagate invited us to test out its newest hard drive to test the Backup Plus hard drive and the new Lyve app and service it ships with.

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Seagate's new Backup Plus offers the same 4TB of storage that the Backup Plus Fast offers, but it's less expensive and it is a single 4TB hard drive instead of two external drives in a RAID 0 configuration. It's also got more storage than the Backup Plus Slim, which caps out at 2TB, allowing Seagate's newest offering to fill a void between the two existing products (Fast and Slim) in the Backup Plus family.

Design and Features


Seagate's been selling its Backup Plus line for years. Design wise, the 4TB Backup Plus looks like any standard 2.5-inch portable hard drive. It measures in at 4.5 inches in length, 3.1 inches in width, it's .807 inches thick (20.5mm), and it weighs 0.54 pounds. In terms of usability, those dimensions mean it's slim and easy to slip into a bag or a backpack.

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The Backup Plus has a traditional black casing that's half metal and half plastic, with the metal plate located on the front of the drive. An LED on the front lights up when the hard drive is plugged in, and there's a single USB port on one side.

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There's a large but subtle Seagate logo on the back and another small logo in silver on the front. The Backup Plus is USB 2.0/3.0 only and ships with an 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, which is an adequate length for use on a desktop or while on the go.

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Software and Performance


Seagate ships the 4TB Backup Plus in an NTFS format, so to use the drive without formatting, users will need to install Seagate's NTFS driver for Mac. With the driver, the Backup Plus can be used interchangeably between Windows and Mac computers without needing to reformat.

With the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, we saw write speeds of 119 MB/s and read speeds of 114 MB/s, which is comparable to many other similar hard drives on the market. I also did standalone tests transferring 10GB chunks of photos and videos to and from the Backup Plus and saw similar but slightly lower average speeds of 97MB/s read and 99MB/s write. While conducting these tests, the drive got warm, but not hot.

There are multiple options for using the Backup Plus for backing up files, including the Lyve service, Microsoft OneDrive, and Seagate's own software, the Seagate Dashboard. Software doesn't come pre-installed on the drive, but can be downloaded from a link in the setup instructions.

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The Seagate Dashboard is Seagate's standard backup/restore software. It can be used to automatically backup files on a Mac, iPhone or iPad, and social networking sites, and it can transfer important files to a cloud service like Microsoft OneDrive for extra protection. Purchasing the Seagate Backup Plus entitles users to create a free OneDrive account with 200GB of storage, which will last for a period of two years.

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Backing up files from an iPhone or iPad will require the Seagate Dashboard app on the Mac and the accompanying Seagate Backup app. Files can be transferred via WiFi when at home or stored in the cloud when away from home using Google Drive or Dropbox.

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Photos and videos can be uploaded automatically from the drive to Flickr, Facebook, or YouTube, and photos from Facebook or Flickr can be downloaded from the social networking sites to the drive. There's also an option that will continually download photos from social networking sites whenever you upload them, which is a useful way to make sure you always have multiple copies of your photos.

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I set up the Seagate Dashboard so my iPhone and iPad photos would upload automatically to the Backup Plus, which in turn uploaded those files to the Microsoft OneDrive account that I set up. I use iCloud to store my photos so the Seagate Dashboard to Microsoft OneDrive option seemed like overkill, but if you don't use iCloud Photo Library and store your photos in the cloud, it's a good option. It's also a solid solution if you need something that's going to work across Windows and Mac devices.

Lyve is a separate service that works with the Backup Plus. Lyve is designed to sync with specific apps or folders on a Mac, continuously importing all new photos and videos that are added. For example, it can sync with the Photos app, transferring each photo uploaded to the hard drive.

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In my testing, Lyve was easy to use and it worked quickly. When synced with a folder on my Mac, every photo I uploaded to the folder was synced to the Lyve service and then uploaded to the Seagate Backup Plus. For people who only need to back up photos from a Mac and would like something automated, Lyve is even simpler to use than the Seagate Dashboard and it works well as a tertiary backup for iCloud Photo Library. Lyve and Seagate Dashboard can be used in tandem.

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As of July, all hard drives in the Backup Plus family, this one included, ship with the 200GB of OneDrive storage for two years and Lyve integration, bringing these backup options to all of the hard drives in the line up.

Bottom Line


The 4TB Backup Plus is a solid option for people who want a high capacity external hard drive that's compact and easily portable, plus it's one of the first 4TB 2.5" drives available. It's priced at $240, but sites like Amazon and Best Buy are selling it for $170 to $199, which is a much better deal and makes it a worthwhile purchase.

Along with a high storage capacity, the Backup Plus offers features that can't be found elsewhere. With Seagate Dashboard, it can backup files across a range of devices, including mobile devices, and it's able to backup the photos you upload to sites like Facebook and Flickr in a way that's fast and hassle free.

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Performance is average and on par with other similar hard drives, so there's nothing special there, but the addition of Lyve makes this useful for people who want to use to automatically backup photos, and having 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage is also a nice perk, as it provides a way to make sure important files and photos are backed up on the drive and in the cloud.

Pros:

  • High capacity

  • Slim, portable design

  • Classic look with minimal branding

  • Lots of software options

  • Microsoft OneDrive storage


Cons:

  • Pricier than some of the larger 4TB external drives

  • Performance is nothing special


How to Buy


The 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable has an MRSP of $240, but it can be purchased from Amazon.com for $179.99.


How to Recover Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud
When iOS 8 was released, there was an iCloud Drive bug that caused many users to lose all of their documents that were stored in iCloud Drive. Apple fixed that issue, but there are still rare problems that pop up that can cause iCloud content to be erased, either through user error or through bugs in the operating system.

Following the iOS 8 iCloud Drive deletion snafu, Apple quietly introduced tools to recover deleted files from iCloud, and more recently, added a way to recover Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders, giving users a way to restore any lost content. This is a little known feature, but it's good to know about if you run into an issue that wipes out content on your iOS device.

The first step is to log into iCloud on the web. These recovery tools are only available through iCloud.com. They are not present in the iCloud Settings app on iOS 8 or within the dedicated iCloud Drive app that's available in iOS 9.

To log into iCloud.com:



  1. Visit iCloud.com in a web browser of choice, such as Safari or Chrome.

  2. Enter your Apple ID and password.

  3. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you'll need a trusted device to generate a code to log into iCloud and access the settings.

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To access the recovery settings:



  1. Click on the "Settings" app in the main iCloud menu.

  2. icloudsettingspage

  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you get to the "Advanced" section."


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  5. Click on the content you need to restore. Options are files stored in iCloud Drive, a list of contacts, or your Calendar and Reminders.

Restoring files:


Using the "Restore Files" option on iCloud.com brings up a list of all files that have been deleted over the past 30 days. It includes files from apps that support iCloud Drive, such as Pixelmator, Napkin, and Byword.

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I deleted a file from the Byword folder in iCloud Drive, and it immediately showed up here.

You can select a single file to restore or multiple files, should there have been a catastrophic event that caused iCloud Drive to be wiped entirely. Check the box to make a selection and click "Restore File." Using the file restoration tool returns the file in question to iCloud Drive in its original parent folder, much like undeleting a photo on iOS.

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After clicking "Restore" on the file, it's been returned to the Byword folder in iCloud Drive.

Deleted iCloud Drive files remain available in iCloud for 30 days before being permanently deleted, at which point they become unrecoverable. As a side note, you cannot do a manual permanent deletion with iCloud Drive files as you can do with Photos on iOS -- they're sticking around for the full 30 days.

Restoring Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders:


Apple regularly archives a list of Contacts, which can be restored to an iOS device at any time. Restoring a list of contacts from the archive will replace the contacts on all iOS devices connected to your iCloud account, while archiving the current list of contacts to ensure nothing is lost. Contacts can't be restored one by one -- this is an all or nothing batch operation.

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Restoring Calendars and Reminders works like restoring Contacts. Apple frequently creates a backup for the two apps, capturing snapshots for more than a month. Any of these archives can be used to replace a current Calendar or Reminder list, replacing the existing information on all connected iOS devices.

Restoring a Calendar will remove all sharing information, so Calendars and Reminders shared with friends and family will need to be shared again. All scheduled events will also be cancelled and recreated, reissuing all invitations for events.

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Most users probably won't need to delve into the Advanced settings that will restore content like this, but it's nice to have a backup should something disastrous occur. It's also useful because it enables people to restore key information to a new iPhone or iPad without having to work from a full backup.

iCloud settings are also handy for immediately signing out of all browsers that are signed into iCloud should you suspect someone has gained unauthorized access to your account and for managing apps that let people look you up using your Apple ID. It also displays all devices you're signed into, offers up a look at available storage, and displays the members of your Family Sharing group.


Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.2 With Apple Music Fixes
newitunes122logoAlongside today's releases of OS X 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1, Apple has also released iTunes 12.2.2, bringing additional fixes for Apple Music.
This update includes the following improvements:

- Click on the Beats 1 banner to see what's currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show
- You can now view a list of the artists you're following on Apple Music
- Resolved an issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music
- Addressed a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music
- Fixed a problem where playlists displayed in the action menu may not match the playlists in your library
- Artists can now share thoughts, photos, music, and videos to Connect, right from iTunes

This update also includes improvements to overall stability and performance.
iTunes 12.2.2 for OS X can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.


Tim Cook Invests in Water-Efficient Shower Head Startup Nebia
Apple CEO Tim Cook is among a group of high-profile investors in Nebia, a San Francisco-based startup that has created a water-efficient shower head, according to The New York Times. Nebia is a self-installed shower system that atomizes water into millions of droplets to create 10 times more surface area than a regular shower for up to 70% less water consumption than a traditional shower head.

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Nebia Shower was recently introduced on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and has quickly reached its $100,000 funding goal, with over $130,000 in pledges and counting to be paid out to the six-person company on September 11. The shower head is available for a pledge between $269 and $299 and will retail for $399 once released.


According to the Kickstarter page, Nebia has tested its shower head with students, employees and customers at Equinox Gyms, Google, Apple and Stanford University. Apple noted that Cook's funding towards the Nebia was a personal investment, but declined to comment further on the matter. Other investors include Michael Birch, Y Combinator and the Schmidt Family Foundation.


Customers Who Bought MacKeeper Can Get a Refund Under New Settlement
If you were tricked into buying MacKeeper, you may be able to get your money refunded. MacKeeper, for those unfamiliar, is Mac software that purports to optimize a Mac and keep it secure from viruses and malware, advertising claims that it has not been able to live up to.

As shared by Macworld, following a class action lawsuit that accused MacKeeper developer ZeoBIT of deceptive advertising and false claims, a proposed settlement of $2 million has been established to provide to customers who bought MacKeeper and would like a refund.

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Customers who purchased MacKeeper before July 8, 2015 can file a claim to request a full refund of the purchase price. Customers must submit a claim form before November 30, 2015 to become a part of the class action settlement. More than 500,000 people have purchased MacKeeper, paying prices up to $39.95, and buyers will be contacted via email about the settlement.

Because of its aggressive marketing tactics, often appearing in intrusive pop-up and pop-under ads, MacKeeper has earned a negative reputation with most Mac users, who believe it's little more than bloatware.

As part of the $2 million settlement earmarked for refunds, ZeoBIT will not need to admit any fault in regards to claims of deceptive advertising and making false claims about the software's capabilities. MacKeeper is no longer ZeoBIT property, having been sold to Kromtech in April of 2013.


How to Download Beats 1 Playlists for Offline Listening
Now that you've been testing out Apple Music for about a month, you've probably come across some questions about what else you can do with the streaming music service. We sure have.

If you are a fan of Beats 1 but don't want to use up your data listening to Zane Lowe's voice on your commute to work everyday, you can download the playlist from your favorite deejays and listen to their chosen tunes offline for as long as you wish.

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You can't listen to Beats 1 live in offline mode, but you can access playlists from a deejay's previous radio show similar to the way you would access cable movies and television shows on-demand.

Step 1: Find a Deejay


The first thing you will need to do is find the deejay playlist you wish to listen to. If you want to find out whom Elton John is listening to, or think Julie Adenuga plays the songs you want to hear, you can find their Beats 1 playlists on their Apple Connect pages by performing a quick search in iTunes while in the Radio tab.

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The search will usually turn up "X on Beats 1" where X is the name of the deejay. Select that result to see a list of the deejay's playlists. Tracks will be listed by date, so you can easily find the most recent radio show, or even start from the beginning.

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On iOS, you can also find featured deejays under the Beats 1 tab. Tap the Beats 1 banner (not the Now Playing button) to access more information. Scroll down to Featured Shows and select one.

Step 2: Add Playlists to Your iOS Device


Select a playlist and add it to My Music. Tap the "..." symbol (aka the more tab) and tap "Add to My Music." Then tap "Make Available Offline." Or, tap the add (+) button below the playlist title.

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Songs will download onto your iPhone so you can take the playlists with you on the road. Tap the Playlist tab in your Music app to find them.

Step 3: Remove Playlists From Your iOS Device


Once you've finished listening to a Beats 1 playlist, you can remove it from your iOS device in the same way you added it. Go to the playlist and either tap the check mark, then tap "Remove from My Music" or tap the "..." symbol, then tap Remove Downloads.

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If you have not yet started your free 90-day trial of Apple Music, but are thinking about giving the streaming service a try, check out our Getting Started Guide and our additional Tidbits article. Remember, you must have iOS 8.4 on your iPhone or iPad and iTunes 12.2 on your Mac or PC.

If, after your three-month trial, you decide not to keep your subscription to Apple Music, you can disable automatic renewal through your account under the Subscription Management section. Without an Apple Music subscription, you can still listen to Beats 1 songs, but you won't be able to save them for offline listening.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More
If you've been waiting to buy an iPad Air 2, this may be the week to do it. Best Buy has cut prices on many models by $50 to $100. Prices aren't the lowest we've seen, but they're close, especially on higher-capacity models.

Best Buy is also having a sale on some of its MacBook Air models, dropping the prices by $100. With the deal, the prices are the lowest we've seen on the 11-inch MacBook Air models since they were released. Best Buy is also now selling the Apple Watch, but there are no discounts to be had on the device.

Apple's Back to School promotion is still going on, and as of this week, it's expanded to the online store as well. Apple is offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of a Mac.

iPad Air 2


Best Buy is discounting its selection of iPad Air 2 models this week, dropping prices from $75 to $100. The biggest discount is on the 128GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in Gold and Space Gray, available for $729.99, the lowest price we've seen on that particular model.

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The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is available for $449, the 64GB Wi-Fi model is available for $524.99, and the 128GB Wi-Fi model is available for $599.99, $100 off.

B&H Photo is offering a discount on some of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $75. The biggest discount is on the site's 64GB Cellular iPad Air 2 models, which are available for $654.99. The discount is available on all colors, including Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

Other B&H iPads are discounted by $30 to $50 and prices vary by model. The 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi model, for example, is priced at $469, while the 64GB Wi-Fi model is $569.

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Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo have discounts on a bit of remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $539.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $663.99

iPad mini 3


B&H Photo is offering some discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in silver is available for $429, the lowest price we've seen, and the 128GB version is available for $639. The 128GB WiFi only iPad mini 3 in Silver is priced at $499, a $100 discount.

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Discounts for each model and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $549.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $538.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $528.98
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99 (Lowest Price Ever)
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $1,679.99, $120 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,199.99, $100 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,899.99, $100 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - 799.99, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) - $999, $100 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $899, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H PHoto) - $1,099, $100 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $798, $300 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $879, $120 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $999, $200 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,199, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,399, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,815, $180 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,349, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,449 $350 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,999 $500 off

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Apps


There are also quite a few iOS apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Endless runner Canabalt is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Puzzle game Hundreds is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. DJ app GrooveMaker 2 is available for free, down from $9.99.

Shoot 'em up game Crazy Tanks is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Infinity Blade II is available for $2.99, down from $6.99. Infinity Blade is available for $2.99, down from $5.99.

Photography app Matter was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


PayPal Digital Gifts is offering a $50 iTunes eGift Card for $40 on eBay. DailySteals is selling an Apple Earpods and Lightning Cable bundle for $12, down from the regular price of $38. Groupon has a 4-pack of Griffin Lightning cables for $24.99, down from the regular price of $69.99.

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The LifeProof Nuud Waterproof Case for the iPhone 5 is available for $44.99 from Groupon, down from $89.99. The LifeProof Nuud case for the iPad mini is available from LivingSocial for $49.99, down from $119.99.

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Groupon has the Waloo crocodile print Apple Watch band for $24.99, down from $49.99. The site is also selling the iPM Leather Strap with Magnetic Closure for the Apple Watch for $54.99, down from $129.99. The Waloo Bamboo Charging Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch is available for $24.99 from Groupon, down from $49.99.

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The Titan Heavy Duty Lightning cable by FuseChicken is available from StackSocial for $24.99, down from $35. Groupon has a Nylon Incase Sleeve for the MacBook Pro for $24.99, down from $60. Best Buy has the Jawbone UP3 for $149.99, a $30 discount off the regular price.

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Best Buy has the Harman Kardon Onyx Bluetooth Speaker available at a $200 discount, dropping the price to $199.99. Best Buy is also selling select Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones for $229.99, a discount of $70.

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Best Buy has the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set for $49.99, down from $99.99, and the Logitech Type+ case for the iPad Air 2 is available for $69.99, a discount of $30 off the normal price.

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MacMall is still offering MacRumors readers 20 percent off AppleCare for iPad with the purchase of any iPad or iPad Air 2, using the coupon code MWBCJMACRUMORS.

Groupon's also hosting an Apple Event, discounting a huge range of additional Apple accessories ranging from the Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones to cases and keyboards.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.


MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Leather Backpack or Briefcase
For our next giveaway, we've partnered again with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is graciously offering three bags from the company's new line-up of briefcases and backpacks, including the Leather Backpack (also available in a larger size), the Briefcase (also available in a larger size), and the Luxury Briefcase.

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