iPhone 5’s First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million

Today, Apple announced that the company has sold over two million iPhone 5s in China, just three days after its launch. “Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”

The original iPhone 5 launch weekend occurred in September and saw over 5 million sales to the initial 9 countries including the U.S.

Google Maps for iOS Released

Today, Google has released a standalone Maps app for iOS [App Store]. It is available via the App Store for free. The new app offers a significant number of features that weren’t offered in the built-in Maps app on iOS 5 and earlier. Turn-by-turn directions are offered along with the famous Street View.

Here’s the full list of features the Google Maps app offers:


  • Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
  • Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
  • Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.


  • Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
  • Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
  • Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery

  • View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
  • See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
  • View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use

  • An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
  • Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
  • Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
The app is not optimized for the iPad yet, but can be used as an iPhone app.

Apple Testing Television Set Prototypes

The rumors for an Apple Television seem to be all over the place these days. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has testing “a few designs” for a large format HDTV. However, the report states that the company may not actually be building the device.

“It isn’t a formal project yet. It is still in the early stage of testing,” said one source.

The report also notes that Apple has been testing television set prototypes for a number of years and that the company tests many different prototype products that never come to market. This would suggest that a launch is not imminent and that Apple could get rid of plans to make a television set.

Adobe Updates Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 with Retina Display

Today, Adobe has updated both Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 for the Retina displays found on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models.

With this update, customers can see more detail in images, text, and in the Illustrator user interface when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro. The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.

The updates are available for both Creative Cloud subscribers and owners with standalone licenses.

Apple Releases Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7 to Fix Flickering on HDMI External Displays

Today, Apple released an update for the Mac mini that was released earlier this fall, which fixes an issue with flickering on external monitors connected via HDMI.

The 4.53MB update can be downloaded via Apple’s support website or via the App Store/Software Update on the Mac mini itself.

Apple Will Bring Back Some Mac Production Back to U.S. in 2013

NBC reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce during an interview airing on Rock Center tonight that Apple will starting producing some Mac production back to the United States.

In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. Cook’s announcement may or may not confirm recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

“We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams.

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Upcoming iTunes 11 Update to Restore Duplicate Search, Fix Album Art and Movie Streaming Bugs

AllThingsD‘s Walt Mossberg notes in his review of iTunes 11 that Apple is preparing a minor update to fix several issues with the initial release of the software. Among the changes in the update, it will bring the return of a feature that allows users to find duplicate songs in their libraries.

Mossberg also reports that Apple has no intention of bringing back the Cover Flow view of album art. Apple learned that few users were interested in it and the new Expanded View integrates large album art into library browsing.

Apple Updates Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Mac and iOS

Today, Apple has updated both the iOS and Mac versions of iWork, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS. The full release notes are below:

Pages 1.7:

In this release Pages for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Word and Pages for Mac.

• Use Change Tracking to track changes to body text in a document
• Accept and reject individual changes as you review a document
• Import Pages and Microsoft Word documents with change tracking and continue to track changes to body text
• Preserve tracked changes in documents exported in Microsoft Word or Pages format
• Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Pages for Mac
• Add reflections to shapes
• Lock and unlock objects

Numbers 1.7:

In this release Numbers for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel and Numbers for Mac.

• Hide and unhide rows and columns
• Import and export Numbers for Mac spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off
• Preserve rich text in tables when importing and exporting
• Add reflections to shapes
• Lock and unlock objects

Keynote 1.7:

In this release Keynote for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac.

• Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
• Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
• Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
• Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
• Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
• Add reflections to shapes
• New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds
• Lock and unlock objects

About iWork 9.3 for Mac:

iWork Update 9.3 adds support for iWork for iOS 1.7 apps.

This update is recommended for users of iWork 9.0 and later.

For detailed information on this update and individual application changes, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5534.

iTunes Music Store Launched in India

Today, Apple has launched the iTunes store in India. By doing so, the users can purchase local and international music and movies from the store. The store now offers Bollywood, Tamil film songs, and other international music from all major labels.

Songs are priced between Rs 7 and Rs 15 and albums start from Rs 70. In addition, the company has also made iTunes Match available in India. iTunes Match allows users to upload music bought from other than iTunes into the cloud. It costs Rs 1,200 per year. Before today, the iTunes Store only offered some free books and podcasts.

Apple also introduced the iTunes Store in the following countries today:

– Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

– Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zimbabwe

– Asia Pacific: Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

– Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago

The company published a press release confirming that it has launched the iTunes Store in 56 new countries.

Apple Releases iTunes 11

Back in September, Apple gave a sneak peak at iTunes 11 during the iPhone 5 event. Today, the company has released the new version of iTunes to consumers. iTunes 11 features a redesigned store, simplified player, and better iCloud integration.

 – Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows. You’ll love the beautiful edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations any time you click in the Store.

– A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a clean look that makes it simpler than ever to see what’s hot and discover new favorites.

– Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.

– Up Next. It’s now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place. Just click the Up Next icon in the center display and they’ll instantly appear. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

– New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space. In addition to showing what’s playing, MiniPlayer now includes album art, adds Up Next, and makes it easy to search for something new to play – all from a smaller and more elegant design.

– Improved search. It’s never been easier to find what you’re looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you’ll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it.

– Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

The software is available through Software Update in the Mac App Store and via Apple’s iTunes page.