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Apple unleashes iOS 8 update amid app gold rush

Apple has released its new iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads this evening in preparation for the company's new line of products.

Developers have rushed to release updated apps, while others have moved onto Apple's new platform for the first time, as it was made available.

App gold rush as Apple unleashes iOS 8 update. Credit: Apple

The Guardian reported that Facebook has already updated its app, while popular Android keyboard apps Swype and SwiftKey have made the leap to the Apple ecosystem for the first time.

But a number of people have already complained on Twitter that the 1.1 GB update is taking longer that expected to download.

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Apple Watch 'could distract motorists at wheel'

The new Apple Watch Credit: PA Wire

Drivers could put themselves and others at risk by using the Apple Watch while behind the wheel, a road safety charity claims.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists said the watch, which will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists, could be a major cause of distraction that could impair driving performance.

"Constant alerts will require motorists' regular attention. As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment, the (Apple) iWatch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device - impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road," the IAM said.

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig warned that police have the power to seize and interrogate devices in the event of a serious crash.

"The very device that distracted you also has the power to convict you," he said.

Apple takes record four million orders for latest iPhone

Apple chief executive Tim Cook launched the iPhone 6 in Cupertino last week. Credit: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Apple has taken a record four million orders for the two new iPhone 6 models in the first 24 hours following last week's launch.

The figure is double the number of pre-orders taken for the iPhone 5 in September 2012.

The technology giant said that demand for the smartphones, which boast larger screens, outstripped the initial supply and that some customers would have to wait until October.

However, customers in Britain will be able to buy some stock of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from 8am Friday in Apple stores. It has been generally well received by reviewers.

It will run on Apple's iOS 8 software, which will be available to download on Wednesday for existing devices.

U2 giving away latest album free on iTunes

Irish rock band U2 surprised fans worldwide last night by giving away their first album for more than five years after performing at the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch.

U2 with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The band gave Songs Of Innocence to around half a billion iTunes music store users as well as subscribers to their website.

The announcement was made at the Apple launch last night and is the latest collaboration between the band and technology firm

We wanted to make a very personal album. Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family.

– Bono talking to Rolling Stone magazine

The 11-track album will be given an official release on October 13 and is their fist record in five years after 2009's No Line On The Horizon.

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Questions raised over the future of Apple's iPod classic

Questions have been raised over the future of Apple's iPod classic after the launch of the iPhone 6 and smartwatch.

The Apple iPod Classic. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The music playing device no longer shows up on the Online Apple Store or the technology giant's dedicated page to the iPod.

The iPod website does however still promote other versions of the device including the touch, nano and shuffle.

Apple has not made an official statement regarding the iPod classic, which was released in 2007 and has changed little since.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have larger screens and be thinner than their predecessors and will be available to pre-order from Friday.

Left-handers complain about Apple Watch

Apple Watch is operated using a "digital crown" shown here on the right. Credit: Apple

A number of people have taken about Apple's new smartwatch, claiming it is not designed for use by those who are left-handed.

The Apple Watch's functions rely on a 'digital crown', which in all photos released by the tech company so far have been on the right-hand side.

It remains unclear whether a left-handed model will be released. Apple could not be immediately contacted for comment.

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