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Saturday February 18

11:55
Apple wins a Design Patent for a Next-Gen Apple Store Disp...

Most Apple Stores today present Apple TV as presented in our cover graphic. Apple has been experimenting with a new Apple TV display structure such as the one noted below in our report. Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published a series of new design patents issued to Apple for display structures and more. The first ...

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08:41
Another Analyst Report Confirms that Apple was Pounded int...

In Q3 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Oppo Flies to top Smartphone Vendor in China for Q3 with Apple landing in Fifth Spot." With Apple releasing their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a cool new dual lens camera it was expected to see Apple rebound in China in Q4 2016. While Apple had a record breaking quarter for the iPhone, it didn't even make the slightest dent in China ...

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06:46
Apple will Reportedly Bank on their Cheapest iPhone SE to...

In the coming months Apple will start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer's plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru. The rumor is that Apple will kick start production of the iPhone SE first because it's the least expensive iPhone ..

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03:54
Apple Loses Fourth Place to Xiaomi in Booming China Smartp...

Apple has fallen to fifth place in China's booming smartphone market, where combined sales reached 131.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, accounting for nearly a third of worldwide shipments. The Q4 figure confirmed the highest ever annual amount of smartphones sold in China, according to market research firm Canalys, with shipments for the year reaching 476.5 million units, rising 11.4 percent from 2015 levels.

Huawei shipments of 76.2 million units took the top spot in China's smartphone market in 2016, followed by Oppo with 73.2 million units and Vivo with 63.2 million. Apple meanwhile shipped 43.8 million units, down 18.2 percent year on year, influencing the company's 7 percent decline in global shipments compared to 2015. Apple also lost fourth place to Xiaomi, despite the Chinese maker also experiencing declines in the country.

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Friday February 17

16:57
Samsung Files U.S. Trademarks for 'Galaxy S8' an...

The Mobile World Congress kick starts on February 27, 2017 in Barcelona. While Samsung will not be launching the Galaxy S8 at the event, the U.S. Patent Office reveals that they filed for the Galaxy S8 trademark in January 2017 as noted below. The more interesting trademark that was discovered today was one filed on January 26 for Gear Fit Pro which is the first Samsung trademark to mention 'digital assistant.'

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14:44
Future iPhone May Use Customized Wireless Charging System...

A future version of the iPhone could use a customized wireless charging system created in partnership with Broadcom, according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur (via CNBC).

While Apple and Broadcom have reportedly been working together on a wireless charging solution for approximately two years, Sur is not sure whether the feature will be included in the 2017 iPhone due to "caution around the battery-related recall" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Despite Harlan's caution, the upcoming 2017 "iPhone 8" is widely rumored to include some kind of wireless charging solution, but details on how it is being implemented and whether or not Apple is working with a partner like Broadcom remain unknown at this time.

iPhone 8 concept image via Thadeu Brandão

Past rumors have suggested wireless charging...

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12:33
A New Batch of iPad Pro Ads are now out with one Dissemina...

Apple published a new round of iPad Pro TV commercials with one of them being about no viruses on iPad. That could be a stretch if not ...

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12:13
Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Back on the Table as SoftBank A...

Sprint parent company SoftBank is prepared to sell Sprint to T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom, reviving a potential merger between the two companies, reports Reuters.

According to unnamed sources that spoke to the site, SoftBank is reportedly frustrated with Sprint's growth in the United States and is ready to surrender control of the company and take a minority stake in T-Mobile.

Back in 2013, before T-Mobile soared in popularity, the situation was reversed. Sprint was prepared to purchase T-Mobile in a deal said to be worth more than $20 billion, but Sprint abandoned its plans in 2014...

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09:46
Apple Launches New Twitter-Based Ad Series Promoting iPad...

Apple today shared four new iPad Pro ads on its YouTube channel, which are focused on highlighting the features of the tablet and pointing out its benefits over a computer.

Each of the four ads is 16 seconds in length and starts out with a tweet a user has shared, either about the iPad Pro itself or a situation where an iPad Pro would be useful.

The first video opens with a person holding up a printed tweet that reads "An iPad Pro is not even close to being a computer." Apple's voiceover explains the benefits of the iPad Pro, pointing out LTE, the touchscreen that supports the Apple Pencil, and its speed.

Well, iPad Pro isn't a computer. It's actually faster than most laptops, has LTE like your phone, and a touchscreen you can write on. So you're kind of right.The second video also focuses on the iPad Pro's LTE functionality, allowing users to...

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08:41
Here's the 'Stealth' Case Apple Uses to Con...

Long before Apple takes the wraps off a new iPhone, the smartphone goes through months of design work, testing, and production between Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and its manufacturing partners in China.

It is during this time that iPhone parts usually begin to leak, despite Apple's best efforts to double down on secrecy. Nevertheless, noted leaker Sonny Dickson has provided MacRumors with a closer look at a few known measures the company takes to hide iPhone prototypes and prevent potential leaks.

Foremost, Dickson said an iPhone prototype travels across the world in a "stealth" case designed to prevent onlookers from seeing how it looks. The case conceals most of the iPhone, while it has yellow "security" tape along the sides that would show any tampering by somebody trying to get it open.

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08:06
Key Apple Touch Module Supplier sees a Bright 2017 with ne...

Did TPK's CEO let the cat out of the bag about a new Apple iPhone 8 feature coming later this year?

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06:36
Apple Store in Sydney Australia Evacuated due to Suspected...

Today it's being reported that the the Apple store in Sydney Australia was evacuated ...

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05:24
While Apple's iPad remained the Leader in Tablets for...

While Apple toppled iPad expectations for 2016, the fact remains that for the year iPad sales dropped 14.1%, more than double the industry as a whole which fell 6.6%, according to the latest TrendForce report covering the tablet market. Apple's total shipment for 2016 came in at ...

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01:20
Samsung Chief Arrested on Bribery Charges in Corruption Sc...

Samsung chief Jay Y Lee has been arrested over his alleged role in an influence-peddling scandal that reaches to the highest levels of the South Korean government, it was reported on Friday.

Reuters said the 48-year-old vice-chairman and heir-apparent of Samsung was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Center on Friday morning, after waiting there overnight for the decision.

Image via Reuters

South Korea's special prosecutor's office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of President Park Geun-hye – who is currently facing impeachment over the scandal – in order to win favors related to leadership succession at Samsung Group. Lee now faces charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury. Both Geun-hye and Lee have...

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Thursday February 16

16:34
Korean Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Samsung's Heir...

It began again on Sunday with Korean Prosecutors announcing that they planned to Summon Samsung's Heir Lee Jae-yong once again in respect to bribery. They didn't hide the fact that they could once again seek an arrest warrant from the Court. On Tuesday the Special Prosecutors grilled the Samsung Heir and afterwards filed for another arrest warrant for Lee. The first arrest warrant that they sought was denied because of lack of evidence. But this time around the Special Prosecutors had discovered new evidence ...

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15:45
Apple Continues to Advance their Fuel Cell Technology

Apple has thus far been granted two fuel cell patents. Their first fuel cell patent was granted back in 2015 and their second patent granted in 2016. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals advancements made to their previous patents.

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13:22
AT&T to Launch New Unlimited Data Plan

Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile and Verizon, AT&T today announced plans to debut a new unlimited data plan that's available to all of its postpaid customers. The unlimited plan will be available starting tomorrow.

AT&T previously offered an unlimited data plan, but it was limited to customers who were also DirecTV or U-Verse customers.

According to AT&T, the new plan will provide unlimited talk, text, and data on four lines for $180, which is more expensive than T-Mobile's ONE data plan for four customers and on par with Verizon's pricing, also at $180 for four lines. A single line is priced at $100.

AT&T is including unlimited calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico and unlimited texts to more than...

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13:11
Apple's Legal Team Met South Korean Financial Authori...

Patently Apple was first to report on Apple working on opening an Apple Store in South Korea on December 01 and then a confirmation from Apple follow-up report on January 06, 2017. Now that Apple has begun the process of hiring new staff, getting Apple Pay up and running is next on Apple's agenda for South Korea.

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12:50
iPhone 8 Expected to Have 3D Facial Recognition Instead of...

Apple's widely expected 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition, corroborating previous rumors, according to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall.

Hall said the scanner will replace Touch ID on the so-called iPhone 8, as Apple plans to remove the Home button to allow for the edge-to-edge display. His research note claims the so-called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could also have a 3D laser scanner based on increased volume of the module within Apple's...

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11:27
Apple's WWDC 2017 will be Returning to San Jose in Ju...

Last year's WWDC 2016 was held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This year's WWDC 2017 will be held at the San Jose ...

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11:26
Apple Continues Promoting iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode With...

Apple today shared two new videos on its YouTube channel, again designed to promote the Portrait Mode feature that's unique to the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

Both videos are 15 seconds in length and show the Portrait Mode in action, with an explanation on how it blurs out the background for better portrait shots of people.

Portrait Mode, introduced in iOS 10.1, uses a shallow depth-of-field effect to make portrait photos "pop," mimicking the results that can normally only be obtained with a high-end DSLR and a telephoto lens. Portrait Mode uses the 56mm lens included in the iPhone 7 Plus, with Apple's image signal processor working to scan a scene to recognize people and other objects to separate the foreground from the background for the blurring effect.

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10:43
FCC Chairman Encourages Activation of the FM Radio Chip Bu...

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has advocated for the activation of FM radio receivers built into nearly every smartphone, as part of opening remarks he made at the Future of Radio and Audio Symposium in Washington D.C. yesterday.

Many smartphones sold today, including iPhones, have an FM receiver built into the LTE modem that would allow people to listen to FM radio over the air; however, many carriers and phone makers have not enabled the functionality, forcing users to use an app to stream FM radio over Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Pai cited a NAB study that found only 44% of the top-selling smartphones in the United States had activated FM receivers as of last year. The vast majority—94%—of the non-activated smartphones are iPhones, according to the study.

"We could be doing a lot better," said Pai,...

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09:38
Apple invents new 'Shear Force' Sensors Designed...

Back in 2012 Apple's engineers were working on multitouch skin technology that would allow Apple one day to create next-gen devices that are multi-dimensional in nature such as a multi-touch world globe or sphere or a TV remote that would provide multiple touch areas including the sides. Five years later and Apple is now calling it shear force sensors that could basically do the same thing. Apple thinks it could one day be integrated into smart keyboards, gaming joysticks and beyond.

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08:25
Apple Considered Buying Ron Howard's Imagine Entertai...

Another rumor of Apple's interest in acquiring a company involved in film and television has come to light today, with Financial Times reporting that the Cupertino company was in talks to acquire production company Imagine Entertainment, co-founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The deal is said to have gotten "serious enough" to include Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president Eddy Cue, but discussions ultimately "fizzled out" for unknown reasons.

Those knowledgable about the deal said that possibilities ranged from a "first look" distribution strategy granted to Apple for movies and television shows released by Imagine all the way to an investment or even an outright purchase by Apple. Imagine is a...

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05:34
Apple Announces WWDC 2017 Takes Place June 5-9 in San Jose

Apple today announced that WWDC 2017 will run Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

WWDC is returning to San Jose for the first time since 2002. The conference had been held in San Francisco since 2003. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller told The Loop that downtown San Jose is closer to Apple's headquarters in nearby Cupertino and will provide a "great environment for developers."Schiller said that downtown San Jose is going to provide a great environment for developers attending the conference. Of course, San...

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05:22
Apple Testing 4K Capable Fifth-Generation Apple TV For Pos...

Apple is currently testing a new, fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming Ultra HD 4K video, according to a report released on Thursday.

The new Apple TV is internally codenamed "J105" and is able to output content in more vivid colors, according to Bloomberg. The fifth-gen device may release as soon as this year, with Apple's recent hiring of former Amazon Fire TV unit chief Timothy D. Twerdhal said to indicate a renewed focus on the set-top box.

Twerdhal's arrival comes as the company tests a new, fifth-generation Apple TV that it may release as soon as this year. Internally codenamed "J105," the new box will be capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K and more vivid...

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05:01
Apple Invents New Cracked Cover Glass Sensors to Assist Ap...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for detecting damage to a portable electronic device. More particularly, the present invention discussed the integration of a new sensor for detecting hairline cracks and alerting the user ...

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03:11
Apple Watch Patent Regarding Fast Charging Resurfaces

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published one of Apple's inventions today that was first granted back in September. The patent covers possibly adding a new function to the Digital Crown: Fast Charging. This is a revised patent not an original as an amateur patent writer claimed today.

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01:34
Yahoo Warns Users of Third Data Breach as Verizon Closes i...

Yahoo has issued a new warning to account holders about malicious hacks linked to a third data breach that the company disclosed late last year.

The warning relates to more recent malicious activity targeting accounts between 2015 and 2016, most likely perpetrated by a "state actor", according to Yahoo. Specifically, the hacks are said to have been achieved by using "forged" cookies – the text-based keys that give web users access to username and password information without having to re-enter it – created by software stolen from within Yahoo's internal systems.

A message was sent to affected Yahoo users on Wednesday, warning them of the unauthorized access to their account, but Yahoo did not reveal how many people were notified.

Hopefully the cookie was forged by a state known for such delicacies. #yahoo #security...

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Wednesday February 15

15:27
iPhone 8 to Feature 5.8-Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch M...

The upcoming 2017 iPhone will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable screen space according to new predictions shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo believes the iPhone 8 will use a 5.8-inch OLED display panel, but that some space will be reserved for virtual buttons.

As has been rumored, the display is said to take up the entire front panel of the iPhone, effectively eliminating bezels, which means Apple will eliminate both the current Home button and the current Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology used in iPhones.

Size wise, Kuo says the OLED iPhone will have measurements similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone, allowing for one-handed operation. Such a size is possible with a 5.8-inch panel because there will be no extra space outside of the display, as can be...

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14:58
Amazon Reportedly Working on bringing both a Display and P...

Amazon was granted a design patent for their Echo home device yesterday as noted in the patent figures in today's report. In addition it's being reported today by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon is likely to introduce their next-gen Echo device with a home phone feature.

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12:05
Amazon and Google Want to Turn Their Smart Home Speakers I...

Both Amazon and Google are working on turning their popular AI-based speaker products into replacements for a home telephone, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Amazon Echo and/or the Google Home could be used to make and receive phone calls, with the two companies planning to add the updated functionality as soon as this year. Smart home products like the Amazon Echo have become a staple in the lives of many people and the ability to make phone calls directly from the device would be a valuable addition.

Google and Amazon are said to be working to overcome concerns about privacy, telecom regulations, and emergency services, plus the "inherent awkwardness" of making phone conversations via a speaker. The two companies are worried consumers won't want to speak on a device that is able to record conversations. Both the Echo and the Home...

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11:56
Apple Set to Fight 'Right to Repair' Legislation...

According to a report posted yesterday by Motherboard, Apple is planning to fight proposed electronics 'Right to Repair' legislation being considered by the Nebraska state legislature

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11:40
BlackBerry Hits '0%' Market Share Nearly Ten Yea...

Nearly ten years after Apple launched the iPhone, which completely upended the smartphone industry, the device has effectively helped to wipe out one of its major predecessors: the BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has at last fallen to a rounded 0.0% share among smartphone operating systems, including iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile, following an over seven year decline from its peak market share of approximately 20% in 2009, according to the latest quarterly data from research firm Gartner.

The demise of the smartphone that was once the poster child of Canadian innovation has been a long one in the making, but one that was inevitable now that BlackBerry has shifted its focus to software and sold the global rights to future BlackBerry-branded smartphones to Chinese company TCL Communication.

BlackBerry actually continued to grow...

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10:50
Apple's Need for Slave Labor Clearly Overrides their...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri spoke at Goldman Sachs investor conference yesterday and stated that it would be difficult for Apple to increase its manufacturing base in the US ...

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08:13
Apple Explores Smart Keyboard With Siri, Share, and Emoji...

Apple recently filed a patent application containing drawings of a Smart Keyboard with "Share" and "Emoji" keys, and a key that can be used to both search and invoke Siri, suggesting it may be exploring a new version of the iPad Pro accessory to be sold alongside next-generation models.

The drawings show that pressing the "Share" key would bring up a share sheet on the iPad Pro with options to share through apps such as Facebook, Mail, and Messages. There is no description of how the "Emoji" key would function, but pressing it would presumably bring up the on-screen...

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06:23
Beyond the 160 Million OLED Displays already Secured with...

It was only Monday that Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Signed a Second Deal with Samsung for Additional OLED Displays for Next Gen iPhone(s)." The two deals with Samsung would account for 160 million OLED displays. That in itself is staggering and yet today we're learning that Apple is in discussions with China’s BOE Technology Group Co. to supply next-generation displays for future iPhones.

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Tuesday February 14

21:00
Apple Considering Adding China's BOE as OLED Supplier...

Apple is in discussions with China's BOE Technology Group to supply OLED screens for the 2018 iPhone, reports Bloomberg. The Cupertino company is looking for ways to shore up its OLED supplies as the iPhone transitions from LCD to OLED displays.

Apple has been testing BOE's OLED displays for months, according to Bloomberg, but it isn't yet sure whether to add the company as a supplier. BOE is one of China's largest display makers, recently spending about $14.5 billion on two AMOLED factories. Talks are too early to allow BOE to contribute displays for Apple's 2017 OLED-based iPhone, known as the iPhone 8, but BOE is hoping to contribute to the 2018 iPhone supply.

If Apple and BOE agree to a deal, the Chinese manufacturer will become Apple's first OLED...

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14:51
Apple's Siri Promotes The LEGO Batman Movie When You...

The LEGO Batman Movie, released last Friday, features the voice of Apple's personal assistant Siri as Batman's personal computer. Batman's computer works in much the same way as Siri, responding to his voice requests whenever he says "Hey 'puter."

As it turns out, there's a secret tie-in hidden in the iPhone, too. Whenever you say "Hey 'puter" (or "Hey Computer") to Siri, she responds to you as if you're LEGO Batman.

"I am at your service, Lego Batman sir," and "Welcome home, sir. I have your rom coms queued up, sorted by decade," are just two of the multiple humorous phrases Siri shares whenever the personal assistant hears "Hey 'puter."

Apple updates Siri on a regular basis, and this isn't the first time the personal assistant has gained humorous responses ahead of an upcoming event, but it may be the first serious movie tie-in.

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14:09
Berkshire Hathaway Nearly Quadrupled its Stake in Apple St...

Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway nearly quadrupled its stake in Apple stock to 57,359,652 shares last quarter, according to an SEC filing disclosed today. Its stake in Apple was worth nearly $6.7 billion as of December 31, and over $7.7 billion today if the shares are still held.

Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a nearly $1 billion stake in Apple last May, which led the iPhone maker's stock to soar 9% once the investment became public knowledge. Apple stock has been on the rise since then, closing at an all-time high of $135.02 today just nine months after setting a 52-week low of $89.47 in...

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12:04
Apple's Upcoming 2017 iPhone - Here's the Latest

We may have seven months to go before the unveiling of the iPhone 8, but thanks to its radical design changes, we're already getting non-stop rumors. The latest info suggests it'll include inductive wireless charging, iris scanning or facial recognition, and, most importantly, way better battery life.

We might also see a total of three iPhones in 2017 -- the rumored iPhone 8 with radical design changes and two other iPhones with more incremental updates.

Make sure to check out our full iPhone 8 roundup -- it's got everything we know about Apple's game-changing 2017 device.

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11:23
Many Apple Watch Models 'Sold Out' Ahead of Poss...

It's been five months since Apple launched a new line of band options for the Apple Watch alongside the Apple Watch Series 2 and iPhone 7 last September. Now, Apple.com has a few notable stock shortages of Series 2 bundles and -- to a lesser extent -- single band options for the Apple Watch, likely indicating an incoming spring collection of Apple Watch bands. New Apple Watch hardware is expected for later in 2017.

The same shortage phenomenon occurred last summer, ahead of the new bands that launched in September. While hardware updates have been less frequent, Apple has kept new band lineups on a seasonal release cycle approximately every six months, solidifying the Apple Watch as an ever-changing fashion accessory in the company...

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09:53
Apple's Stock Reaches its Highest Price Ever

Apple is having a good Valentine's Day, as its shares traded above $134.54 today, eclipsing a previous all-time intraday high set in April 2015.

Apple's market value has now surpassed $700 billion, making it the world's most valuable company by a sizeable margin. Google parent company Alphabet is second largest with a market cap of around $575 billion, followed by Microsoft at around $500 billion and Berkshire Hathaway at around $412 billion.

The milestone comes just one day after Apple's stock recorded its highest closing price ever of $133.29 on Monday. Following Apple's first annual revenue decline since 2001, its stock been steadily rising over the past four months, buoyed by record-breaking earnings results at the end of January.

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09:36
Amazon Web Services Introduces 'Amazon Chimes,'...

Amazon Chime is now available to all customers and offers rich apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. Amazon Chime is a modern, fully-managed communications service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that makes it easy for you to communicate with people inside and outside your organization ...

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09:03
Indian Minister Excited about Apple's iPhone Plant Ur...

At the top of the month Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Indian Government of Karnataka Officially Welcomed Apple's Proposed Manufacturing Operations in their City." On Monday at the 'Make in India' conference, organized by the State Government, the Minister wished to welcome Apple to Bengaluru and publicly called on the Government of India hurry up ...

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08:42
The Iconfactory Turns to Kickstarter to Reboot Twitterrifi...

The Iconfactory has launched a Kickstarter campaign called "Project Phoenix" in an effort to raise at least $75,000 to reboot Twitterrific for Mac.

Twitterrific for Mac was the very first Twitter client, but The Iconfactory admitted it has fallen out of date after its team made the tough decision to focus exclusively on development of Twitterrific for iOS since 2013. Now, it wants the Apple community to help rebuild the Mac version from the ground up.After much consideration, we decided that the best way forward was to go back to the beginning. Rather than bending the long-neglected Twitterrific for Mac into a new shape, we will borrow what we...

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06:10
iPhone 7s Said to Keep Aluminum Design as iPhone 8 Gets Gl...

Apple's next-generation smartphone lineup this year will include a 4.7-inch iPhone with aluminum casing, 5.5-inch iPhone of an unspecified material, and all-new 5.8-inch iPhone with glass casing reinforced by a stainless steel frame, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, which keeps tabs on Apple's supply chain.

The report, citing "sources from the upstream supply chain," claims the 5.8-inch model is expected to adopt an OLED display, and for that reason the smartphone is estimated to cost upwards of $1,000.

DisplayMate Technologies outlined the several advantages of OLED display technology when it tested Samsung's Galaxy S7 last...

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05:56
After 15 Hours of Grilling Samsung's Heir over Briber...

In January we posted a report titled "Korea's Special Counsel Recommends Arresting Samsung's Vice Chairman, the Court will Decide on Wednesday." But the special counsel's request was denied by the court days later for lack of evidence. After meeting with the Special Counsel again in round two yesterday, the Special Counsel has decided to once again request the Court issue an arrest warrant against Samsung's Heir.

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05:05
Apple Granted 48 Patents Today Covering Apple Pencil, iPad...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 amount newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major design patent win for the Apple Watch's Digital Crown along with utility patents covering Apple Pencil and the coded magnetic system ...

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03:51
Apple Granted a LuxVue Micro LED Display Patent with Inter...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent Apple received for a LuxVue patent. Apple acquired LuxVue in 2014. 99.9% of the patent is about advanced Micro LED displays in great detail, so it's highly unlikely that this technology will be used in the iPhone 8.

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02:20
Apple Wins Patent for a Next-Gen iPhone Audio Speaker that...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a new audio speaker system for the iPhone that increases a magnetic field that may generate a larger mechanical force on the voicecoil to improve acoustic performance while reducing ...

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Monday February 13

20:40
Eddy Cue Previews 'Planet of the Apps' at Code C...

Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Services, spoke at Code Conference tonight alongside Planet of the Apps producer Ben Silverman to preview the show and debut the first trailer from the program. Cue and Silverman also teased several unique aspects of the show, including a dedicated app that allows you to watch the show in a non-linear format.

The format of the show is similar to that of fellow talent-based reality shows The Voice and Shark Tank. Aspiring app developers descend down an escalator while pitching four judges on their idea. By the time they get to the bottom, the judges must swipe left or right to demonstrate whether they're interested. If multiple judges swipe right on a contestant, the contestant gets to choose who they want to pair with. Once paired, the developer goes through an incubator period, getting advise from developers at big companies like Uber, until it's ready...

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13:34
T-Mobile ONE Unlimited Plan Gains HD Video and 10GB High-S...

Over the weekend, Verizon announced a new unlimited data plan for $80 per month, designed to rival T-Mobile's ONE data plan that provides unlimited data for $70 per month.

To set itself apart from T-Mobile, Verizon promised 10GB of tethering data per month and full HD video streaming, two offers that have spurred T-Mobile to offer matching benefits.

As of this afternoon, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that T-Mobile ONE subscribers will be able to stream HD video and will get 10GB of high-speed data at no extra charge. Legere has also announced a promotion that will see T-Mobile offering customers two lines with unlimited data for $100 per month, a $20 discount off of the standard $120 price point and $40 cheaper than two...

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13:08
Apple's Stock Sets First New All-Time High Closing Pr...

Apple's stock set a new all-time high closing price of $133.29 today, eclipsing a previous record of $133 set on February 23, 2015. The stock still remains around $1 off its true all-time high of $134.54 set on April 28, 2015.

Apple's stock has been steadily rising over the past four months, particularly since the company reported record-breaking earnings results, including revenue of $78.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $17.9 billion, in late January. The stock rose over $7 in a single day following the January 31 results.

Apple analyst Brian White of investment firm Drexel Hamilton has persistently said AAPL remains "one of the most underappreciated stocks in the world," and his target price for the stock is $185. Steven...

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12:32
Apple Almost Built a Futuristic Cybercafe in 1997 With Com...

Around the time former Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company considered building an "Apple Cafe," a fanciful, futuristic cybercafe where people could gather to eat, do business, and use Apple computers. The idea was created in partnership with Mega Bytes, with Apple planning to license its name and brand.

Former Disney Imagineer and Landmark Entertainment Group founder Tony Christopher was tasked with coming up with a design for the concept, and in a new interview with Fast Company, he shared images of what the cafe might have looked like and the story behind its conceptualization.

Jobs was reportedly involved in the design process, choosing Christopher's team because of their work creating unique retail spaces. Jobs wanted a way for Apple to connect to customers, which led to the idea of a cafe equipped with Apple products. A computer was...

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11:54
Apple Shares Two New Ads Highlighting Portrait Mode on iPh...

Apple this morning shared two new iPhone ads on its YouTube channel, focused on highlighting the Portrait Mode feature available on the iPhone 7 Plus. Each 15 second ad explains how Portrait Mode works through blurring the background of a photograph to make a subject stand out.

The ads include examples of images taken with Portrait Mode compared to images taken without Portrait Mode to make the differences clear. The first ad features a dog in front of trees and the second features a child in a creek.

Introduced in iOS 10.1, Portrait mode uses a shallow depth of field to make portrait photos "pop," mimicking a high-end DSLR. The feature takes advantage of the 56mm telephoto lens included in the iPhone 7 Plus, using Apple's image signal processor to scan a scene and machine learning techniques to recognize people and other objects meant to be in the...

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07:29
Apple Shown to be listed on Wireless Charging Consortium...

In late December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Patent Reveals a Wireless Charging System for Apple Store Product Tables and Home Desktops." That was a smoking gun that Apple was now preparing to bring wireless charging to future Apple products.

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07:18
iPhone 8 Said to Pack Battery Capacity of Current 5.5-Inch...

The so-called "iPhone 8" will adopt a higher-cost stacked logic board design to support longer battery life, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said the stacked logic board, also known as a "substrate-like PCB (SLP) mainboard," will result in the "iPhone 8" with an OLED display having similar dimensions to a 4.7-inch iPhone, yet comparable battery life to a 5.5-inch iPhone.

As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED...

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06:40
Apple Reportedly Signed a Second Deal with Samsung for Add...

According to a new Korean report today, Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has won a fresh deal with Apple for additional OLED displays

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06:37
Apple Joins Wireless Power Consortium Behind 'Qi...

Apple recently became listed as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, committed to the open development of the Qi wireless charging standard. The listing was brought to our attention by IHS Technology.

Apple, which has since confirmed it is a member, has become one of over 200 companies that belong to the consortium, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Verizon, ConvenientPower, Aircharge, Dell, Canon, Sony, ST Microelectronics, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, Philips, Panasonic, Bosch, Nokia, and Huawei.

Qi is the leading wireless charging standard, used by more than 200 companies in products ranging from smartphones to cordless kitchen appliances. Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones, for example, feature Qi-based wireless charging which requires...

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06:21
Australian Banks Seek Open Access to NFC Functions of Appl...

A group of Australia's biggest banks have again applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in a bid to negotiate with Apple over Apple Pay. The banks -- including Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, and Westpac -- today announced that they have "narrowed" their application with the ACCC to focus on gaining open access to the NFC function integral to Apple Pay.

The new application echoes the banks' original, filed last July, which also included gaining access to the NFC-based mobile payments software in iPhones. Apple currently only allows its own mobile payment system to access the NFC-hardware in its iPhone...

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05:35
Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Invests in Apple Bonds

It's being reported today that TSMC has spent millions to acquire corporate bonds issued by Apple

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05:18
Dear Mr. Cook, the Political Left is Killing our Minds, Pl...

Do you remember Apple's famous 2009 TV Ad 'There's an App for That?" It was one of the ads that marked a generation. Last week we were abruptly informed by Apple's CEO Tim Cook that he's going to direct his engineering team to create a new app. Cook, who never talks about future Apple products, just couldn't help letting it out of the bag. It's going to be their greatest app of all time and it'll be out just in time for the next election.

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03:30
Australia's Big Banks Change their Tactic against App...

Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey said in an interview last week that big banks in Australia are paying lip service to acting in the best interests of their customers. Today the big banks changed their tactic against Apple and Apple Pay in a way that could hand them a legal victory with the Australian Commission.

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Sunday February 12

22:32
Apple Submits Third Model of Mystery 'Wireless Device...

Apple recently submitted an unnamed "Wireless Device" to the FCC, a U.S. government agency that regulates communications, for the third time. The latest filing lists a model number of A1845, slotting in between A1844 in the first filing and A1846 in the second, but there are no new clues as to what the device could be.

Apple again requested permanent confidentiality for most of the documents in the filing, including photos, user manuals, and schematics, so the entry largely remains a mystery. Test reports completed by UL Verification Services reveal that, just like in the first two filings, the device has Bluetooth LE and NFC.

The model numbers A1844, A1845, and A1846 do not correspond to any existing Apple products. A regulatory label in the first filing...

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19:07
Apple Releases Trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke' Ser...

During the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Apple released the first trailer for its Carpool Karaoke series coming soon to Apple Music.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series, based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, will feature 16 celebrity pairings "riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists" and "surprise fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over."

Apple said the series will feature James Corden, Will Smith, Billy Eichner, Metallica, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, John Cena, Shaquille O’Neal, and many more. The series is expected to have a different host every...

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15:04
Verizon Introduces $80 Unlimited Data Plan With 10GB of 4G...

Verizon today introduced its first unlimited data plan since 2011. Verizon Unlimited, which includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data, will cost $80 per month for a single smartphone or tablet, or $45 per month for four lines. The plan will be available to new and existing customers starting Monday.

Verizon charges an access fee of $20 per month per smartphone and $10 per month per tablet, but it did not confirm if those charges will apply to its new unlimited plan. If they do, the actual cost of Verizon Unlimited will start at over $100 per month. Taxes and any device payments if applicable are also extra.

Verizon Unlimited includes 10GB of 4G LTE tethering per month, with tethering reduced to 3G speeds after the 10GB of usage. The plan includes full...

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08:36
Korean Prosecutors Plan to Summon Samsung's Vice Chai...

South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye plan to summon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong again ..

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07:08
Apple Working on iPad Pro Smart Keyboard 2 with Special Sh...

Earlier this week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that could be revealing what the iPad Smart Keyboard 2 may entail. Whether Apple will implement all of the new additions, some of the additions or even more this year is unknown at this time. The key additions include new 'Share' and 'Emoji' keys along with an easy way to connect to Siri

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03:07
Apple and India are still in Negotiations over one Point o...

A new report out of New Delhi today notes that the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is optimistic that Apple would soon be able to start local production through its contract manufacturer. However, there's still one point of contention to deal with.

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Saturday February 11

12:46
Apple Encourages People to Get Moving in New 'Close Y...

Apple today shared its latest Apple Watch Series 2 ad called "Close Your Rings — Catch, Swim, Play" on its YouTube channel. The 15-second spot encourages Apple Watch wearers to get moving and exercising to close their rings in the Activity app, be it by throwing a frisbee, swimming, or simply playing around.

The ad is similar to the Apple Watch ad "Dance, Run, Rock" released last month, and reflects Apple's increasingly fitness oriented marketing for Apple Watch. However, ads part of a recent "Go" campaign such as "Go Swim" and "Go Run" appear to have been removed from Apple's YouTube channel.

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10:22
iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headph...

Apple is planning to release three new iPhone models later this year, including 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and an all-new 5-inch model with an OLED display and glass casing, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

iPhone 8 concept by visual designer Moe Slah

The report, citing "reliable sources" within Apple's supply chain, insists that only the OLED model will adopt glass casing and wireless charging capabilities, contradicting a Nikkei report and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's repeated claims that all 2017 iPhones will feature an all-glass design...

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08:22
Apple Wins Four Design Patents for iPad Pro in Hong Kong

It was a big design patent day for Apple in Hong Kong yesterday racking up a total of four covering the overall iPad Pro, the iPad Pro camera, its backside cellular antenna band and the Smart Keyboard. Apple officially introduced their first 12.9" Pro model classified by IDC as a "detachable" tablet on September 9, 2015

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07:00
Filming of Apple's Upcoming 'Planet of the Apps...

Apple has finished filming Planet of the Apps, an unscripted series about apps and the talented developers who make them, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous due to the person's involvement with the show. Principal filming took place on an Apple-built set near Hollywood, the source said.

Apple built the set and tore it down at the conclusion of filming. The set was absolutely beautiful and set up in a way like no other competition show I've seen before. It's very tech chic, with beautiful decor and decorations. Only Apple could do it this way. It's very, very well done. Steve Jobs would have been proud of the set.Planet of the Apps, produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, and William Adams, better known as will.i.am, will have a competitive theme that draws some comparisons to reality TV shows such as Shark Tank and The Voice, the source said. It was a "very stressful" but...

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04:25
Apple Patent reveals a New Solution that could Further Pro...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "To Avoid Note 7 Style Battery Fires, Apple Patent Reveals Instituting a new Heat Dissipator made of Graphene." We had noted in the report that KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo talked about Apple will be adding a new graphite layer will be added to Apple's next-gen iPhone because wireless charging will generate more heat that could lead to fires. Today Patently Apple discovered yet another new patent from Apple discussing the use of multiple layers of anisotropic material such as pyrolytic graphite

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04:08
Apple's CEO Kick Starts a Cultural War that will Incl...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Fake News is unlikely Hurting Apple, so why is the CEO of Apple making it an Issue Today?" The report was brief and based on short statement that Cook made while on a British morning TV show. It was a simple report with a simple question. However shortly after the report, it was made crystal clear that it was straight-up politically motivated. And on the surface it's very disturbing.

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Friday February 10

16:38
Apple CEO Takes a Magical Ride to Several Major Events in...

After meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Prime Minister Theresa May this morning over tea and politics, Apple's CEO took some time during his London stopover to visit The Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology where Macs are used front and center throughout the school for music,....

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15:16
Hands-On With Apple's New BeatsX Earphones

Apple's long-awaited BeatsX Earphones became available for purchase this morning, giving Apple customers an alternative to the hard-to-find AirPods.

Priced at $149.95, BeatsX Earphones are wireless like AirPods, but are connected together with a cord that makes them easier to keep track of and better suited to active lifestyles. We managed to get our hands on a set of BeatsX Earphones to give MacRumors readers a closer look at Apple's latest product.

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BeatsX Earphones feature the same W1 chip that's built into the AirPods, which makes pairing to any iOS device quick and simple, and because the BeatsX Earphones are connected via a cable, there's a space for an in-line remote for controlling media playback,...

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13:47
Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality is a 'Huge Idea...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been on a whirlwind of a trip in Europe this week, making stops in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to meet with everyone from students and developers to Apple retail employees and government officials.

On Thursday, Cook visited the Ustwo Games offices in London to meet the creators of popular iPhone game Monument Valley. There, he later sat down for a chat with The Independent's David Phelan to discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from Apple's hardware roadmap to...

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11:04
Apple's Jennifer Bailey Says Customers Are Willing to...

Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey believes that Apple Pay is valuable enough that "customers will say they are happy to switch banks to use it."

Bailey claims Australians are using Apple Pay more frequently than customers in any other countries, which she said "is in large part due to Australia being a recognized global leader in contactless payments and usage."

That's good news for ING Direct and Macquarie, which have announced they will enable support for Apple Pay in Australia by the end of February. Both banks are listed as "coming soon" on the Apple Pay website in Australia, alongside ANZ, Bank Australia, Beyond Bank, P&N Bank, and over 30 other smaller banks.

Bailey's...

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10:22
Matte Black iPhone 7 Users Complain About Chipped, Peeling...

A number of customers who purchased the matte Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus have noticed that the anodized finish on their devices has started chipping or peeling off in areas where there has allegedly been little wear, leading to a growing complaint thread on Apple's Support Communities.

Multiple photos in the thread depict chipping in areas near the speaker grille and the volume buttons, even in situations where the iPhone was said to be protected by a case.

I have the same issue, especially around the speaker grill, the color chipped off where there is clearly no sign of use anywhere around, plus the phone was always in a case from day 1. Chipped off about 20 days after I got it. That is really not a sign of quality here, and I will also certainly not buy a pen to cover this. Apple should recognise the matter and offer a...

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08:48
Apple VP Tells Australian Financial Paper that Aussies are...

We started the week with a report titled "Apple tells Australian Commission that their Bank's acting as a Cartel has a Chilling Effect on the Benefits of Competition." While the three big Australian banks are hoping that the final decision from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will fall in their favor, Apple let it be known today that they're going to be left behind in the development of digital wallets...

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06:57
Fake News is unlikely Hurting Apple, so why is the CEO of...

Why is Apple's CEO going out of his way in an interview to talk about Fake News? Does Apple make such a product? Do they want to snuff out the Apple rumor mill or is it that Cook is once again stepping into the political ring again...

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06:37
iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With...

Apple is widely rumored to launch a high-end iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display this year, which has been variously called the "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" to commemorate the smartphone's tenth anniversary, and rumors suggest the device will an include iris scanner to authenticate with your eyes.

iPhone 8 concept by visual designer Moe Slah

Taiwanese website DigiTimes, citing unnamed "industry sources," claims the so-called "iPhone 8" will include an OLED display, wireless charging, and iris scanning technology, the latter of which would presumably enable iPhone users to unlock their...

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05:51
Sportbrain Sues Apple Claiming that the Apple Watch Collec...

A new patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Apple earlier this week by Sportbrain Holdings LLC. The company sells the 'First Step" Personal Fitness Assistant on Amazon. The company has already sued Fitbit and Nike and so it was inevitable that Apple would be on their list of targets. In particular, the company claims that the Apple Watch...

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05:08
Tim Cook Describes Fake News as 'One of Today's...

As Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to make his rounds in Europe, Good Morning Britain managed to catch him for a quick interview while he was visiting Woodberry Down Primary School yesterday. Regarding fake news, which has been an increasingly hot topic since the U.S. Presidential election got into full swing last year, Cook said that "this is one of today's chief problems."

In the wake of growing fake news, companies like Facebook have taken action to bring the quality of an article to their users' attention before they share it with their friends. For Apple, Cook said that the solution to the problem is not a simple one.

"We have to give the consumer tools to help with this. And...

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04:16
You Know the VR Market is Lost when Facebook's CEO ge...

Facebook's CEO said on his Facebook page yesterday that he had just visited the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington where he was excited to try out new prototype VR gloves that allow a user wearing an Oculus VR headset to type on a virtual keyboard. Would that feature make you want to run out and buy a VR headset? I don't think so.

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02:15
BeatsX Earphones Launch on Apple Store for $150

Apple today officially launched the much-anticipated BeatsX Earphones on its online store for $149.95, after initially delaying the earphones from Fall 2016 and into February 2017. With the delay of BeatsX, Apple focused on the December launch of the AirPods, which have subsequently become hard to come by for those interested in Apple's own Bluetooth headphones.

Apple's website states shipping times of 1 business day for the White and Black color options, and 7-10 business days for Blue and Gray. Some Amazon orders for BeatsX suggested the earphones might arrive in late January, but those dates were inaccurately estimated for customers.

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Thursday February 9

18:19
Apple Patent Reveals Breakthrough Quantum Tunneling Touch-...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new breakthrough material described as deformable touch-sensitive quantum tunneling material. It could be used in a smart iPhone case allowing for touch zones on the back of the case to control your iPhone. More importantly, it could be used as a material for making the iPhone itself. The use of this material would virtually eliminate bulky physical buttons forever making the iPhone near waterproof perfect and slick to the touch. The material could extend to a new smart Apple Watch band and beyond

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14:31
Apple Delays Shipping for UltraFine 5K Display as LG Works...

As LG works on a fix for a Wi-Fi router issue plaguing its UltraFine 27-inch 5K Display, Apple has delayed shipments for the accessory and removed in store pickup options.

New orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display will now ship out in five to six weeks, ensuring buyers will get a display with updated hardware that fixes the Wi-Fi interference problem.

Prior to the shipping change, the displays were shipping out in a couple of weeks, and for a period in January, shipping estimates were as low as three to five days.

The shipping delay can be attributed to an issue that first popped up shortly after the displays began shipping out to customers in December. Users began noticing display glitches and freezes...

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14:06
Samsung Officially Chickened Out for a 2017 Foldable Smart...

In December Patently Apple posted a report titled "It's Crunch Time: Will Samsung Pull the Trigger and Launch a Foldable Smartphone in 2017 or Chicken Out?" While there was a moment that they might have given the project the green light, the Note7 fires have scared Samsung off from taking a gamble to be first to market with a foldable device this year. Yes, they chickened out as we thought they would.

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10:51
iCloud Was Storing Deleted Safari Browser History for Mont...

When clearing Safari browser history, iPhone and iPad users expect all records to be permanently deleted from their devices, but it appears Apple's cross-device browser syncing feature caused iCloud to secretly store browsing history for a much longer period of time ranging from several months to over a year.

iCloud was caught storing deleted browser history by software company Elcomsoft, which develops cracking tools for extracting protected data from iOS devices. Speaking to Forbes Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov explained that the company had been able to retrieve "deleted" browser history dating back more than a year.

Deleted browser history pulled from iCloud by...

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10:21
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 will Offer 5.7" & 6....

Today a new Apple patent application revealed that future iDevices may use a heat dissipator made of graphene to keep devices cooler and safer. That's important as Apple's next generation of smartphones will be offering wireless charging. Coincidentally today we learn that Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S8 will introduce both an entry model with a 5.7" display and their premium model offering a 6.2" display but not enlarge the battery powering the phone.

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09:34
To Avoid Note 7 Style Battery Fires, Apple Patent Reveals...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to heat dissipation in portable electronic devices like the iPhone. More specifically, the present embodiments relate to the use of graphene to avoid possible Note 7 style fires.

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08:56
All Three New iPhones to Feature Wireless Charging This Ye...

Apple is widely rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that all of them will feature wireless charging.

iPhone 8 concept by UI/UX designer Moe Slah

Kuo said wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones, so he expects the rumored iPhone 8 with an OLED display and glass casing to have a new 3D Touch module with "additional graphite sheet lamination" in order to prevent the device from malfunctioning due to overheating.While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for...

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07:11
12.9-Inch iPad Pro in Short Supply Ahead of Rumored March...

Just weeks before Apple is rumored to launch a trio of new iPads, 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock is drying up around the world.

A spot check of Apple's online store reveals that most if not all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now estimated to ship in 2-3 weeks in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, and elsewhere—that's up from a shipping estimate of 1-2 weeks as recently as last weekend.

Apple's in-store pickup tool lists most 12.9-inch iPad Pro models as available on March 3 to March 6 in locations ranging from New York and San Francisco to Toronto, Canada and London, England. Some models remain available for pickup as early as "today," but stock has increasingly depleted based upon our checks.

12.9-inch iPad Pro models are also largely out of stock or backordered by several weeks at resellers such as...

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06:56
Cool: Apple Invents a Dual Display MacBook that a User wil...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their most recent invention relating to dual display MacBooks. Apple was first to patent dual display notebooks back in 2010-2011 with reconfigurable interfaces that would be able to double as a keyboard, a game pad, an artist's pad and more. Today Apple revisits this class of device with a very interesting twist.

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05:25
Apple Invents Flexible Displays and Electronics to Work wi...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on flexible displays and electronics that extend to specialty applications. Beyond applying their revealed technology to known devices such as a smartphone or tablet, Apple see's the technology being widely adopted into smart clothing, smart windows, applications in vehicles, furniture and more.One of the inventors on the patent previously worked for a company where they made flexible medical devices, skin-mounted epidermal electronics and even next gen flexible processors.

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03:16
Apple Advances their 3D Mapping and Optical Scanning Techn...

Apple's PrimeSense Israeli team has many, many 3D scanning camera related patents on record. With Apple's iPhone 7 Plus users are able to create a Bokeh effect where the subject is frozen in clarity with the background slightly blurred so that the focus of the shot is emphasized. In this particular invention, Apple's technology could also be used in their Mapping vans that use LIDAR.

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Wednesday February 8

11:54
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Greeted with a Loud Cheer by App...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook arrived unannounced at the Buchanan Street Apple Store where he was flooded with selfie requests by excited store staff and customers. He said: "It's great to be here. I'm here but I'm already enjoying it. It's my first time in this Apple store. I've been to Scotland many times." He visited the store ahead of his...

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Apple refurbished Apple TVs available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs available for up to $30 off the cost of new models. Apple’s standard one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: -... Read more
2.6GHz Mac mini on sale for $559, $140 off MS...
Guitar Center has the 2.6GHz Mac mini (MGEN2LL/A) on sale for $559.99 including free shipping. Their price is $140 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
21-inch Apple iMacs on sale for $100-$150 off...
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1349 $150 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off MSRP - 21... Read more
Type Nine Keyboard 2.0 for iOS – World’s Firs...
Copenhagen, Denmark based indie developer Rasmus Porsager has released Type Nine Keyboard 2.0, an update to his keyboard utility for iOS devices. Type Nine Keyboard combines a t9 keypad layout with... Read more

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*Apple* macOS Systems Integration Administra...
…most exceptional support available in the industry. SCI is seeking an Junior Apple macOS systems integration administrator that will be responsible for providing Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
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Lead Senior *Apple* (Mac) Administrator - S...
…but also to protect them. Position Summary: SC3 is actively seeking a Senior Apple (Mac) Administrator that will be responsible for providing Apple Mac Read more
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