Tim Cook pays a visit to Zhengzhou iPhone factory during trip to China

Taste_of_Apple:

If nothing else, he seems like he is genuinely concerned about the people working at Apple – even those in the trenches. Still, there’s more that can be done for all of the employees who work with and directly for Apple.

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Tim Cook paid a visit to a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China during a trip across the country. The Apple executive tweeted the photo above with one of the workers assembling an iPhone. Cook will meet with Chinese Apple employees later for a special Q&A session where he will answer questions from workers across the world.

The CEO is also scheduled to meet with the Vice Premier of China following recent reports that the nation’s government was engaging in iCloud phishing attacks.

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Apple iPad Air 2 first look: Unboxing, benchmarks, and camera performance (Video)

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Nice video.

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Today we’re taking a look at Apple’s fastest and thinnest tablet to date. The iPad Air 2 is more than just a pretty shell. This tablet packs some decent performance over its predecessor. While we haven’t had enough time with it to put together a full review, there are some main points we wanted to go over.

First up, this thing is crazy thin. Apple wasn’t exaggerating when claiming that it was thinner than a pencil. It’s 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air measuring a mere 6.1mm in thickness. This may not be a good thing for everyone, but for the most part it was comfortable to hold while playing games, watching movies, or any other tablet-based task. I’d hate to sound redundant, but damn this iPad is thin. Anyway, let’s jump in and take a look…

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Review: Pixelmator for iPad out now, a desktop-class photo editor for a mobile device

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Great review.

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Announced during Apple’s October event, Pixelmator for iPad ($4.99) is an important stepping stone in the iPad’s history. The Mac app is regularly featured by Apple as an exemplar app in the Mac App Store and it is clear Apple wants to use Pixelmator as a ‘trophy’ app in the same way. No doubt this app (aside from games) is one of a handful that will directly benefit from the A8X performance gains.

I tested the app on an iPad Air, although the app technically supports all the way back to iPad 3, even some operations on the Air felt slow. I would be a bit cautious if you intend to install it on one of Apple’s older tablets.

As a 1.0 release, the depth and breadth of this app is staggering. There are a myriad of effects, painting brushes, color adjustments and other features to help edit and create images. The vast…

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Apple to grow retail stores in China from 15 to 40 within two years, says Cook

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Great news for customers in China.

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Tim Cook noted during Monday’s earnings call that Apple was “investing like crazy” in China, but he took the opportunity of his current visit to the country to put a specific number on the company’s retail expansion plans: it will open 25 new Apple Stores in Greater China within the next two years. Greater China includes both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Speaking to local media, Cook also said that China would in time become Apple’s biggest market, reports the WSJ … 

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iPad Air 2 teardown shows minor internal tweaks, 15% smaller 7340 mAh battery

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Some expected changes, along with a few interesting tidbits.

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With iPad Air 2 units now officially arriving in the hands of customers, our friends over at iFixit have officially kicked off their ritual teardown of the device. For the most part the teardown only revealed minor changes on the inside, such as repositioned display cables that iFixit calls a welcomed changed for repairs. Also revealed are minor tweaks to Wi-Fi antennas and other components. In addition, the teardown confirms an approximately 15% smaller battery compared to the previous generation iPad Air…

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Amazon confirms it’s working on Apple Pay support for its Visa rewards card

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Good news.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Following our report yesterday that some card types are not yet supported with Apple Pay, today Amazon confirmed in a statement to GeekWire that its working to offer support for its Amazon Rewards Visa Cards.

A Chase spokesman confirmed to GeekWire that Amazon is not supporting Apple Pay initially, but did not provide a reason… But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay, although declined to say when it would be available.

Yesterday we noted that some co-branded cards, as well as other card types from business cards to prepaid cards, are not yet supported on Apple Pay through certain banks. Many readers reported that Amazon’s Rewards cards for Chase were not yet working, but today is our first official word from Amazon that its indeed not yet supporting the platform. Apple lists Chase as supporting co-branded cards, but it does…

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