How Apple’s new software could change how you chat

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Love texting? Yeah, lots of iPhone users do, which is why Apple unveiled a bunch of new messaging features in its latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad: iOS 8.

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Apple reveals iPad Air, new Macs and new OS X

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Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage here in San Francisco to talk about “a lot”: New iPads, new Macs and the latest version of OS X — plus a lot of premium apps that are now free.

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Apple’s iOS 7: The iPhone and iPad are changing everything … again

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On Monday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote event and plenty of product announcements — which included iOS 7. This new version of Apple’s popular mobile operating system has a whole new look, making your ol’ iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch feel brand-spanking-new.

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Google putting final touches on iOS maps app, says report

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The Wall Street Jounal reports that Google is nearly ready to submit its Maps app to Apple for approval on iOS devices. The new app would compete directly with Apple’s poorly-received Maps. Though you can’t delete Apple native apps, the Google version would likely replace it, at least in use, for millions of iPhone owners.

Walmart: iPad-throwing employee video ‘made us wince’

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 ”Hi! This is why you don’t buy an iPad from Walmart,” a young man explains at the beginning of a YouTube video before turning the camera to his fellow Walmart associates, who are throwing — and occasionally dropping — some boxes.

"See? We like to throw s***," the man clarifies, while standing in the stockroom of a Walmart in Pikeville, Kentucky. "That’s iPad number three we’ve thrown."

Those at Walmart’s corporate offices were not amused by the antics.

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iPad Mini starts at $329, is thinner than a pencil

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"This isn’t just a shrunken down iPad," says Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, as he showed off the all new iPad Mini during Apple’s media event on Tuesday. "It’s an entirely new design."

Apple’s Oct. 23 ‘iPad Mini’ event: What to expect

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The rumors surrounding Apple’s press event, scheduled for Oct. 23, are deafening. Will the Cupertino-based company announce a smaller iPad? (It had better.) Will the company offer up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display? (Very likely!) How about an Apple-branded coffee maker? (No.)

What do you think of a smaller iPad? Would you buy an iPad Mini?

Apple event on Oct. 23 likely to star mini iPad

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As expected, Apple will hold a press event on Oct. 23. ”We’ve got a little more to show you,” the Cupertino-based company’s press invitation declares, hinting that the rumored “iPad Mini” may be unveiled.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in San Jose, Calif., and we will naturally report all the details live.

Report: Apple ordered over 10 million mini iPads

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While it is expected that Apple will announce a smaller version of its popular iPad on Oct. 17, the company has yet to confirm that such a device is in the works. But there are outside reports that Apple has placed an order for more than 10 million of these mini iPads with its suppliers.