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Wednesday August 24

13:17
macOS Sierra Code Confirms Thunderbolt 3 and 10Gb/s USB 3....

Code discovered within the macOS Sierra beta suggests the operating system will include support for second-generation USB 3.1 transfer speeds of up 10Gb/s, hinting at hardware upgrades that will be included in future Macs set to be released later this year.

Found in a localizable text string in macOS Sierra by 9to5Mac, the code points to support for "Super Speed Plus," another name for the faster 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification. Current Macs (and OS X El Capitan) only support current-generation USB 3.1, capable of reaching transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s, so the obvious conclusion is that Apple is planning to add USB 3.1 Gen 2 support to its upcoming Mac machines.

Apple's new Macs almost always include support for the latest USB and Thunderbolt specifications...

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09:52
Should Apple Add a Privacy Feature to the iMac's Came...

Do you remember back in June when we learned that the director of the FBI James Comey and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg taped over the cameras on their respective computers?

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09:26
Apple Music's Reliance on Exclusives Coming Under Fir...

In the wake of the much-anticipated launch of Frank Ocean's new album "Blonde," Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out an email to UMG executives, saying that the company is prohibiting the practice of exclusive music streaming moving forward (via The Lefsetz Letter). The email officially ends "all future exclusives with Universal artists," meaning popular artists like Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd could all be affected by the change since they each belong to labels owned by UMG.

The news was shared by Bob Lefsetz, a music industry analyst and critic, who penned a letter over the weekend in response to Blonde's exclusive home on Apple...

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09:01
Apple's Machine Learning Has Cut Siri's Error Ra...

Steven Levy has published an in-depth article about Apple's artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts, after meeting with senior executives Craig Federighi, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, and two Siri scientists at the company's headquarters.

Apple provided Levy with a closer look at how machine learning is deeply integrated into Apple software and services, led by Siri, which the article reveals has been powered by a neural-net based system since 2014. Apple said the backend change greatly improved the personal assistant's accuracy."This was one of those things where the jump was so significant that you do the test again to make sure that somebody didn’t drop a decimal place...

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07:44
Fake 'iPhone 6 SE' Packaging Surfaces Online

A handful of photos claimed to show packaging for a device called the "iPhone 6 SE" have surfaced online today, presumably countering rumors that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 7, but the photos have quite clearly been digitally altered.

The photos have circulated on a number of sites with varying amounts of redaction, but the highest quality, least edited versions we've found were shared by frequent Weibo leaker "KK", who notes he collected them from other users and doesn't believe Apple will use the "iPhone 6 SE" name.

On the rear of the box shown in the photos, multiple lines of text have been Photoshopped, including both mentions of the name "iPhone6 SE," placing the six on the tail end of "iPhone" with none of Apple's traditional spacing. There are also font and background color discrepancies in the areas of the...

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06:35
Germany and France Join the War on Encrypted Apps Demandin...

Interior Ministers of France and Germany took to the podium yesterday to lobby for a law change that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations – especially decrypting terrorist cells' private communications, with a court order. Once again Apple is being drawn into this conversation.

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04:54
Best Buy sees H2 Sales Helped by Products like the iPhone...

Last week Target Stores reported that their electronic sales crashed 75% this quarter due to an Apple device slump. In Contrast, Best Buy's Chief Financial Officer Corie Barry said declines in tablet computers and mobile phones weren’t as bad as initially projected for the period.

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04:03
Like a Broken Record, Samsung's Laughable Marketing G...

Like clockwork, every time Samsung launches a new S-Series or Note smartphone, they shortly after get the marketing story out that they just can't keep up with pre-orders because the demand is so high. And every time the press drinks it up like a drunken sailor.

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03:55
Tim Cook Reaches Five Years as Apple CEO, Unlocks Over $10...

Today marks the fifth anniversary since Tim Cook was named Apple CEO on August 24, 2011, the same day that late co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down as chief executive for the final time and recommended the board of directors appoint Cook as his permanent successor.

Upon reaching the five-year mark, Cook has today unlocked previously awarded stock bonuses currently worth over $100 million. The bonuses are tied to both his tenure and Apple's performance under his leadership, including its total shareholder return relative to the S&P 500 index.

Cook's bonus includes 700,000 tenure-based restricted stock units that vested today as part of a larger compensation package of over 4.7 million shares awarded on August 24, 2011, in...

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02:01
Australian Retailers Back Banks' Right to Negotiate W...

Australian retail giant Coles, the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), and the Australian Retailers Association have all expressed their support to allow some of the country's banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over access to its NFC-based digital payment technology (via ZDNEt).

Last month, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac lodged a joint application with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to negotiate with Apple because they want to be able to use digital wallets they have already financed and developed, rather than be tied into using just Apple Pay.

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Tuesday August 23

17:09
Samsung invents a new Biometrics System for their Gear Fit...

Earlier this month Samsung introduced their new Note 7 along with a new biometrics authentication option using an iris scanner. Samsung's latest biometrics patent came to life this month via the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that illustrates how Samsung is thinking of adding fingerprint authentication to a future version of their Gear Fit watch and possibly ...

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13:11
Apple's Deep Pockets Affecting Spotify Contract Renew...

Several of Spotify's contracts are up for renewal and the high rates Apple pays record labels are affecting Spotify's negotiations, reports MusicBusinessWorldwide. As it considers a future IPO, Spotify is aiming to strike long-term deals with record labels at lower rates, while labels want Spotify to pay as much as Apple does.

Spotify reportedly pays record labels 55 percent of its revenue, while Apple Music pays 58 percent (Apple is also said to pay more to publishers than Spotify does). Spotify was initially given a "marketing discount," but now record labels want Spotify to pay what Apple pays. Meanwhile, Spotify, in an effort to become profitable, wants to pay less.The major labels, unimpressed with some of Spotify's recent spending decisions, believe that now's the time to up this figure. So where do...

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10:56
Growing Number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Devices Affected by...

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus approach their second birthday, a growing number of users are suffering from what appears to be a latent manufacturing issue that presents as a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and a display that's unresponsive or less responsive to touch.

In a new blog post and video, repair site iFixit says a number of third-party repair outlets have seen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models affected by the bug, which appears to be very common. STS Telecom owner Jason Villmer says he sees faulty iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models multiple times a week, while another repair tech in Louisiana sees up to 100 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices that don't respond well to touch.

"This issue is widespread enough that I feel like almost every iPhone 6/6+ has a touch of it (no pun intended) and are like ticking bombs just waiting to...

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07:44
Kanex's 'GoPower Watch' Portable Battery fo...

Kanex today made its GoPower Watch, one of the first MFi-certified portable batteries for Apple Watch, available for purchase for $99.95. The cordless, portable 1A/3.70V charging solution has a built-in 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery that can charge an Apple Watch up to six times before it needs to be recharged itself.

GoPower Watch has a built-in magnetic charging puck, the same one that comes with the Apple Watch, and a USB port for simultaneously charging an iPhone with a Lightning cable. It has pass-through charging while connected to power via Micro-USB, meaning that Apple devices charge first, and then the battery pack recharges.

To charge an Apple Watch or iPhone, simply press the button on the front of the GoPower Watch. The LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status.

GoPower...

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06:57
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering a Beacon Messaging...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a Prioritizing Beacon Messaging system for iOS devices and cover a few key design patents like the iPad Air and a gaming headset. To wrap up this week's ...

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05:46
Apple Wins Patent for Advanced 3D Eye/Head Tracking System...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another interesting 3D related invention that could come to life once Apple's 3D camera comes to market next month with the iPhone 7.

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03:02
Apple Wins a Patent for Next-Gen Indoor Mapping Technology...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover intellectual property that Apple had acquired from Flyby Media Inc. Regents of the University of Minnesota that has now become a granted patent. The patent titled "Visual-Based Inertial Navigation" covers indoor mapping services. The technology supplements and compliments that which Apple acquired from startup WiFiSLAM back in 2013.

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01:47
Samsung's Music Milk Radio Service to Close its Doors...

Samsung's official press release issued earlier this week stated that "Samsung is sun setting its Samsung Milk Music service in the United States on September 22, 2016. We have made the strategic decision to ....

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Monday August 22

14:01
Apple's iPhone 6s Crushes Samsung's Galaxy Note...

With the new Galaxy Note 7 being praised for it's seemingly better specifications than Apple's iPhone 6s with a whopping 4GB RAM you'd expect it to blow the iPhone 6s away in performance, but that's not the way it worked out in a new speed test

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13:09
Apple Music Festival Kicks Off in London on September 18,...

Apple Music Festival 10 returns to London in September for 10 exhilarating nights of live music. Residents of the UK can win tickets ...

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13:05
Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers and...

Apple today released the seventh beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers and public beta testers. macOS Sierra beta 7 comes one week after the release of the sixth beta and two months after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Developers and public beta testers can download today's update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Developers can also download the beta from the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer...

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12:51
iPhone 6s Bests Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 in App Sp...

Earlier this month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7, its newest smartphone with a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, waterproofing, and wireless charging.

Spec wise, the Galaxy Note 7 seems to best the dual-core A9 processor and the 2GB RAM of the iPhone 6s, but based on a new speed test, it's clear raw hardware can't quite match superior hardware and software integration when it comes to real world usage.

In the performance comparison in which the two phones simultaneously launched the same apps, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was thoroughly defeated by the iPhone 6s, despite the Note 7's cutting edge hardware and the fact that it's a year newer than Apple's latest iPhone.

The iPhone was able to launch apps in succession at a much faster rate than the...

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12:48
Microsoft Invents a New Laser-Light based Display that cou...

A new Microsoft patent application that was published last week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealed a vision of delivering a full wall interactive 3D display.

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09:23
Apple Announces 2016 Apple Music Festival in London

Apple today announced its 2016 Apple Music Festival, a free annual concert series that will see big name artists performing at the London Roundhouse. This year's event will take place from September 18 to September 30.

Apple Music Festival 10 returns to London in September for 10 exhilarating nights of live music. Residents of the UK can win tickets to the gigs. Apple Music members around the world can watch the performances for free. Ticket applications will be opening soon. Follow @AppleMusic on Twitter and Snapchat for up-to-the minute information and join the #AMF10 conversation.In 2015, Apple made some significant changes to the festival, which was called the iTunes Festival in the years before the launch of Apple Music. Prior to 2015, the event lasted for a full 30 days, but was scaled down to 10 days with the revamp. Apple also now offers the music...

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09:05
Apple's 2017 Curved OLED iPhone to Be a New Premium M...

Apple is planning to release at least three new iPhones next year, including a high-end model with a 5.5-inch-or-larger OLED display that is curved on both sides like Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge, according to Nikkei. The other two models are said to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models with flat LCD displays like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, corroborating previous reports.

The report reiterates that Samsung is expected to be Apple's primary supplier of OLED displays, but it may be unable to fully keep up with demand for both iPhones and its own Galaxy smartphones. Recognizing the opportunity, Apple manufacturer Foxconn has been ...

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07:39
Apple has Reportedly Acquired the Personal Health Data Pla...

Today we're learning that Apple has acquired a health related company called Gliimpse. The Gliimpse team describes themselves as "a well-heeled team of self-funded entrepreneurs with deep roots in the business of healthcare, technology and building successful ventures.

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06:34
One Mysterious Death outside of Foxconn's iPhone Plan...

As the iPhone 7 is now in high gear for release in September, sad news out of China has surfaced today. Reuters reports that Foxconn, which assembles Apple's products, said earlier today that a male worker ...

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06:13
Apple Acquires Personal Health Data Recording Platform...

Apple has acquired personal health and wellness startup Gliimpse, continuing its push into the health and fitness landscape that it began focusing on with the launch of the Apple Watch.

The company made the acquisition earlier in the year, according to Fast Company, but Apple has now confirmed the purchase with its usual response: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Gliimpse is a personal health platform that collects various fitness-related pieces of data for its users "to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data" at different stages of their personal journey. The company was funded by entrepreneur Anil Sethi and was founded in 2013, following...

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05:25
Samsung to Copy Apple's Premium Brand Refurbishing Sm...

In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Refurbished iPhone Program Rolled into Korea this week …" The report noted that South Korea's "CJ HelloVision had gone with this trend and made a good performance in April by selling refurbished iPhone 5s. It also had sold refurbished iPhone 6S Plus at the end of last month and its supplies were sold out within just 2 weeks. It's now being reported that Samsung ...

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04:18
Apple Continues to Dominate the Premium Smartphone Market

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "In the Smartphone Volume Game alone, Samsung remains Number One Worldwide." I noted in that report that Gartner's numbers were based on general worldwide "volume shipments" while Kantar's earlier report focused on the high-end of the smartphone market where Apple remained king. Today, a report from South Korea confirms Apple is still the high-end market leader.

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02:37
Privacy Advocates Cite NSA Hack as Vindication of Apple...

Privacy advocates have claimed the breach of hacking tools and exploits apparently stolen from the National Security Agency has vindicated Apple's stance in its dispute with the FBI earlier this year.

Last week, hackers allegedly stole a cache of the NSA's top espionage tools and offered to sell them to the highest bidder, according to multiple sources.

The malware was linked to the "Equation Group", a secretive team of cyber spies widely believed to be associated with the NSA and its state partners. The hacking collective that stole the malware posted two sets of files, including a free sample of the stolen data, which dates back to 2013, and a second encrypted file whose decryption key went up for sale in a bitcoin auction. Many...

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Sunday August 21

10:01
Apple Reinvents the Battery Icon with a Time Stamp System...

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed the reinvention of today's battery power icon found on mobile devices. The new system will be able to intelligently measure time remaining before recharging based on ...

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09:48
Apple Introduces Major Retail Changes, Including New Pro-L...

Apple held all-hands meetings with retail employees this weekend to introduce major new changes, including new and renamed positions, a new credo, and new store layouts, according to multiple retail sources.

Apple is implementing three new retail positions in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely elsewhere, including two pro-level positions and an all-new Technical Expert position to complement the Genius Bar/Grove:

Pro: A new sales position above Expert. These employees are considered the most knowledgable about Apple products and services.

Creative Pro: A new learning position above Creative. These employees are considered the most knowledgable about Apple products and services.

Technical Expert: An all-new customer support position in between Technical Specialist and Genius. These employees will be able to provide mobile repairs, previously limited to Geniuses, and...

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05:31
Apple's macOS Finder & Apple Music Icons are now...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest registered trademarks covering the Mac's Finder icon in two color schemes (blue and graphite) along with the multicolored Apple Music iOS icon. Apple Music is Apple's branded music-streaming service. Users select music to stream to their device on-demand, or they can listen to ...

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Saturday August 20

07:30
Apple Invents a Dendrite-Resistant Battery that Reduces Ov...

Battery life is such an issue these days. As Apple adds more features to the iPhone 7 next month and beyond, the battery life issue will be front and center even if it's not as sexy as a dual lens 3D camera. While tech companies are exploring the possible use of fuel cells for mobile devices down the road, it's safe to say that it's not likely to be on Apple's short-term road map. Apple's various engineering teams are intelligently working on ...

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Friday August 19

11:28
Apple Accepting Donations for Louisiana Flood Relief

Apple has added banners to its U.S. website, iTunes Store, and App Store encouraging customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help support people who have been affected by the widespread flooding in southern Louisiana.

Donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200, with all proceeds from donations sent to the American Red Cross. All transactions are processed as iTunes or App Store purchases.

Flooding in Louisiana, which started last week after torrential rainfall, have damaged more than 40,000 houses and left many thousands of people without homes. More than 20 parishes have been affected, and in many of the areas, flood insurance was not common because they weren't known flood zones. The Red Cross has called the Louisiana flooding the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy.

Apple often puts out a call for donations for disaster relief. In the past...

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09:57
Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 10 to Developers and Publi...

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of iOS 10 to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, just four days seeding the sixth beta and more than two months after first unveiling the new operating system at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference. It is not clear what is included in beta 7, but given its unconventional release date, it may contain critical bug fixes.

iOS 10 beta 7 is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first six betas or the beta configuration profile and it's available for direct download via Apple's Developer Center (developers only).

iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a ton of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible...

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08:59
Steve Jobs to Be Inducted Into International Photography H...

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, has announced that Steve Jobs will be posthumously inducted into its Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri, which recognizes the work of pioneers, artists, and innovators who have pushed photography forward.

Jobs will be one of eight new inductees on October 28, alongside Photoshop co-creators John Knoll and Thomas Knoll, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, photographers Ernst Haas and Annie Leibovitz, singer-songwriter and digital photographer Graham Nash, and documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado."As we look ahead to the next 50 years of the IPHF, we are honored to continue to recognize and celebrate photographers and industry professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession,...

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08:00
Apple Watch Navigation User Interface for Maps is now a Pa...

While Patently Apple would love to see every Apple invention in a patent application prior to it coming to market so that we could broadcast it to the world first, it doesn't always work out that conveniently of course. Apple's patent application for the Apple Watch working with Maps and the iPhone in sync for turn-by-turn directions was published yesterday ...

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07:13
Apple to Join 'Robocall Strike Force' to Crack D...

Apple, AT&T, Google, and 30 other companies will join efforts with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission this year to crack down on automated phone calls, otherwise known as "robocalls," according to Reuters.AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson will make the announcement at the first "Robocall Strike Force" meeting at the FCC later on Friday, the company said.The so-called "Robocall Strike Force" will provide the FCC with "concrete plans to accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions" to crack down on automated phone calls by October 19, the report claims.

Last month, the FCC sent a letter to phone companies and intermediaries, presumably including Apple, expressing how robocalls and telemarketing calls are the number one source of consumer complaints it receives. FCC...

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02:29
Australian Banks Denied Request to Negotiate Over Apple Pa...

An Australian antitrust regulator has denied a request from three of the country's biggest banks to collectively negotiate a deal with Apple over the use of third-party digital wallet software on its iPhones (via AppleInsider).

Last month, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac lodged a joint application with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to negotiate with Apple over gaining access to its NFC-based mobile payment technology, having so far resisted signing deals to use Apple Pay.

Apple strongly criticized the attempt to negotiate a deal over access to its payment hardware, claiming it would compromise security and dent innovation...

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Thursday August 18

15:56
Apple Continues their Work on Delivering an Augmented Real...

Apple first filed for a patent back in 2011 about transparent displays on all mobile devices from MacBooks to the iPad. Apple was granted that patent back in June 2016. Two months later and we see that Apple is still tweaking this invention that could be used with future Augmented Reality (AR) applications. A trend that's expected to grow more than 30-fold within the next 4 years according to the latest IDC data.

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14:35
Apple's 3D Depth Camera Team Invent a new Miniaturize...

Intel's RealSense Camera is one, if not the industry's first 3D depth camera being incorporated into PC's and mobile devices that incorporate a depth scanner. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that derived from their Israeli PrimeSense team. They were legendary for their 3D depth cameras that were used in Microsoft's Kinect device. And now, we may see their first 3D camera land on the iPhone 7 in September

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11:30
Apple Invents an Energy Harvesting Component to Augment Ba...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to providing haptic feedback from energy harvesting components, and in particular, to techniques for providing tactile feedback from an element which harvests kinetic energy in iOS devices.

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10:25
Apple Watch 2 With GPS for Improved Navigation, Fitness Tr...

Apple plans to announce new Apple Watch models this fall with improved health tracking and GPS chips, according to a new Bloomberg report that confirms previous rumors we've heard about the Apple Watch 2.

The upcoming Apple Watch 2 will not, however, feature cellular connectivity to make it less dependent on the iPhone, as Apple has not been able to compensate for the extra battery life that a cellular connection consumes.

Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have...

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09:30
iOS and Android Combined for Record 99% of Smartphone Sale...

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that the smartphone industry continues to be a virtual two-horse race between iOS and Android. The operating systems combined for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period.

Android remained the world's most widely used smartphone operating system with 86.2% market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago, while iOS dropped to 12.9% market share from 14.6% in the year-ago period. Windows and BlackBerry smartphones continued their long-running descent, dropping to 0.6% and 0.1% market share worldwide respectively.

iOS and Android achieving a 99% duopoly in the smartphone market is remarkable given that Symbian and BlackBerry operating systems were industry leaders...

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08:54
Apple Reveals Fanatical Attention to Product Details in Pr...

In this particular patent report we're not going to show you a new device but rather a few inventions that will show you the details behind varying processes of making a product that most of us never think about. Apple is a premium device maker and so it's only appropriate that once in a while we illustrate the depths that they'll go to get a product just right; the depths of refinement so that it has just the right finish.

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08:53
iPhone 7 Camera Module Confirms Optical Image Stabilizatio...

A new leaked image of the iPhone 7's rear camera module has been posted online today (via Nowhereelse.fr), bringing with it more concrete evidence that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will include optical image stabilization alongside its various other camera improvements. Previous reports surrounding the smaller-screen iPhone have hinted at the inclusion of image stabilization, but today's camera module leak provides the first visual hint of its addition into the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone.

Images via NWE

The component in question includes four small cutouts surrounding the single-lens camera, housing the springs and equipment that allow for the lens to float slightly, leading to clearer, less blurry images. The same component for the...

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08:37
Apple Drops 'Store' From Apple Store Branding

Apple appears to be making a slight branding change to its retail business, dropping the "Store" moniker when referring to its Apple Store locations. Apple has already made the change online, and all of its store pages now refer to stores by names like "Apple Union Square" or "Apple Valley Fair" or "Apple The Grove," instead of "Apple Store, Valley Fair" or "Apple Store, The Grove."

It's a change that appears to have started rolling out with the launch of the newer Apple Stores, like the Union Square location in San Francisco. Apple has always referred to that store as just Apple Union Square, and over the course of the last few days, the company has updated all of its retail store webpages to remove the "Store" branding. What was once "Apple Store, Fifth Avenue," for example, is now just "Apple Fifth Avenue."

The new website for The Grove Apple Store

An archived page for the...

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06:36
T-Mobile Introduces $70 Unlimited Data Plan, But HD Video...

T-Mobile has introduced a new plan called T-Mobile ONE [PDF] that offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data for $70 per month. A second line can be added for $50 per month, while up to six more lines can be added for an additional $20 per month each. The total cost for a family of four, for example, would be $160 per month.

T-Mobile ONE has some caveats to consider. First, unlimited video is limited to 480p standard definition for all services, with unlimited HD video available for $25 per month extra per line. Additionally, tethering is limited to 2G speeds, with 5GB of high-speed tethering available as a $15 add-on.

T-Mobile's existing Simple Choice plan with unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data costs $95...

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04:43
Apple Invents Waterproofing Port System

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple that reveals another aspect of waterproofing related to ports.

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03:16
In the Smartphone Volume Game alone, Samsung remains Numbe...

Kantar put a report out last week that we covered again yesterday, stating that Apple's iPhone 6s line-up edged out the Samsung S7 line-up in a direct comparison. That hasn't changed, even though a new report published today shows that Samsung is still the king in the unprofitable smartphone volume game.

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Wednesday August 17

21:51
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Comes With Sierra Support, St...

Parallels today announced Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac with support for macOS Sierra and the addition of several new features. The company also announced a new standalone app called Parallel Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren't necessarily tied to visualization.

New features in Desktop 12 include having Windows 10 "always on" in the background, the ability to instantly launch Windows apps, the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.

Version 12 also includes 90 percent faster snapshot creation, 60 percent faster...

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18:20
HP's New Omen X Gaming PC Borrows from the NeXTcube C...

Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs would have gotten a kick out of HP's new gaming PC called the Omen X that's scheduled to launch next month.

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17:17
Target Reports that their Electronic Sales Crashed 75% thi...

Apple's revenues were down 14.6% year-over-year this past quarter, with iPhone sales roughly down 18%, half of the drop that Xiaomi experienced this quarter. Yet somehow the drop in Apple device sales translated to a drop of 75% of Target stores electronics sales collapse this quarter

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16:35
According to Korean Press, Apple Music is a Failure

South Korea's Samsung got a friendly kick in the face last week when we reported that for Q2, Apple's slow selling iPhone 6s and 6s Plus ended up being the number one smartphone over Samsung's more up-to-date and flashy Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge according to Kantar. Samsung fans got their nose out of joint to be sure by eating up all of the hype that's been in the press for months of how the new Samsung smartphones bested the iPhone 6s by a wide margin. Hmm.

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13:57
Sales of Apple Products Down 20% at Target

During the second quarter of 2016, sales of Apple iPads, iPhones, and other devices fell 20 percent at popular retailer Target. Target CEO Brian Cornell highlighted the sales drop during an earnings call where he suggested the decline was due to a lack of "newness" and "innovation" and blamed poor Apple sales for Target's disappointing Q2 earnings results.

According to Cornell, electronics sales decreased by double digits, with Apple product sales responsible for a third of the overall drop.

"Our guests come to us looking for those products," Cornell said on a conference call to discuss earnings. "They're looking for the newness and the innovation. We're putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we're ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year."In the first calendar...

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10:45
AT&T Introduces New Data Plans Without Overage Charges

AT&T has introduced new Mobile Share Advantage plans that eliminate data overage charges. Instead, after customers use all of their high-speed data amounts, all data usage will be reduced to a maximum of 128 kbps for the rest of their bill cycle, akin to what T-Mobile has offered for several years.

Old Plans

- 300MB for $20/month

- 2GB for $30/month

- 5GB for $50/month

- 15GB for $100/month

- 20GB for $140/month

- 25GB for $175/month

- 30GB for $225/month

New Plans

- 1GB for $30/month

- 3GB for $40/month

- 6GB for $60/month

- 10GB for $80/month

- 16GB for $90/month

- 25GB for $110/month

- 30GB for $135/month

40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB data tiers are...

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08:38
256GB Storage Rumor Gaining Steam as iPhone 7 Launch Appro...

iPhone users that elect not to use iCloud storage will be pleased to learn that another source has thrown its weight behind at least one iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model having 256GB of flash storage.

DigiTimes, citing industry sources, is the latest to claim the iPhone 7 will feature up to 256GB of storage, corroborating previous reports from Chinese website MyDrivers and Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.NAND flash vendors have increased chip prices citing strong demand for new smartphones particularly the iPhone 7...

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07:04
Intel Touts USB-C as Future of Digital Audio as Apple Set...

While the consensus is that Apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on new iPhones unveiled next month, in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output, charging, and accessory connectivity, Intel continues to position USB-C as the open standard of the future for digital audio.

At IDF 2016 this week, CNET reports that Intel architect Brad Saunders addressed the USB Type-C Digital Audio specification due this quarter, noting that its...

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05:42
New Report Confirms 'iPhone 7' and 'iPhone...

The assumed names of this year's iPhone lineup -- "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" -- have been confirmed by "reliable sources" speaking with Japanese site Mac Otakara. The sources said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with "S" in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the chance for an additional third tier "iPhone 7 Pro," which was a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens "iPhone 7 Plus" early in the rumor cycle. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn't pan out. Now that everything seems to be...

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03:49
The 2017 iPhone Supply Chain adds two new players and TSMC...

Apple has recently added Chipbond Technology and MJC Probe (MPI) as new supply chain players related to the 2017 iPhone. The two Taiwan-based companies have both entered Apple's supply chain by working with TSMC.

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02:52
Apple making a Documentary about Drake's Hip Hop Labe...

Cash Money Records is an American Hip Hop record label founded by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. The label itself has been a home to a roster of prominent hip hop artists that include Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake. It's now being reported that Apple...

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Tuesday August 16

16:06
Full Video of Apple Engineer's Black Hat Security Tal...

Earlier this month, Apple's head of security engineering Ivan Krstic gave a talk at the Black Hat Conference, an annual event designed for the global InfoSec community. During the event, Krstic spoke about Apple security and unveiled the company's new bug bounty program.

Krstic's briefing is now available in full on YouTube, shared this morning on the Black Hat YouTube channel in a video entitled "Behind the Scenes of iOS Security."

In the talk, Krstic covers three major iOS security mechanisms -- HomeKit, Auto Unlock, and iCloud Keychain -- in "unprecedented technical detail," along with other iOS security measures.HomeKit, Auto Unlock and iCloud Keychain are three Apple technologies that handle exceptionally sensitive user data - controlling devices (...

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15:32
Apple Inks Apple Music Deal With Cash Money Records [Updat...

Apple has signed some kind of music agreement with Cash Money Records and its co-founder rapper Birdman, marking its first exclusivity deal with a full record label instead of individual artists, reports MusicBusinessWorldwide.

Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson and Birdman himself both confirmed the deal through Instagram posts, with Jackson calling Birdman a "tough negotiator." Details on the deal were not provided, so it is unclear what exactly it might entail.

Cash Money Records represents popular, well-known artists that include Drake, Young Money, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, suggesting the deal could result in future agreements that will see content from artists...

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14:54
The Two Story World Trade Center Transportation Hub Apple...

Report Updated 4:18 am Aug.17, 2016. Today Apple's World Trade Center Store officially opened. As C/Net's Samantha Rhodes saw it, the entrance of the Apple Store "appears otherworldly, as I look up and follow the dividers as they extend into the white steel ribs of the ceiling, part of the marquee structure known as the "Oculus." For a moment, it...

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13:20
Intel Foundries Able to Produce ARM-Based Chips Under New...

At today's Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced a new licensing deal with ARM, which will see Intel taking advantage of ARM technology in an effort to attract more manufacturing companies to its factories.

Under the terms of the deal, Intel plans to allow third-party semiconductor companies to use its 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing ARM-based chips for smartphones, expanding the production options available to companies like Apple.

Apple currently produces custom-designed ARM-based chips that are manufactured by companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), but with Intel and ARM's new licensing deal, Apple (and other manufacturers) could potentially use Intel to fabricate its chips.

LG Electronics has already inked a deal with Intel and will use Intel's foundry business to manufacture 10-nanometer...

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11:46
Leaked iPhone 7 Logic Boards Suggest Intel Modem, Other Co...

Last week, MacRumors covered photos of what appear to be the front and rear of bare iPhone 7 logic boards, and since that time we've been able to study these boards and compare them to previous iPhone generations' bare and populated logic boards.

Comparing the boards with existing component offerings and information suggests that Apple has indeed moved on from Qualcomm as its baseband modem supplier and switched to Intel for the upcoming iPhone generation. This does not preclude Apple from having other versions of the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus logic boards which feature a Qualcomm modem, such as an international model with differing LTE band options, as has been rumored.

Leaked iPhone 7 logic board with Intel modem location annotated...

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10:25
First Machines Using Kaby Lake Processors Coming This Fall...

At today's Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and other Intel execs showed off its 7th Generation Core, Kaby Lake. While information shared on Kaby Lake was limited, there was an on-screen demo of two machines equipped with Kaby Lake processors, shown editing 4K video and using built-in graphics to play popular Blizzard game Overwatch.

Kaby Lake is hardware accelerated for the HEVC Main10 profile, meaning it can "play the highest quality 4K premium content on the market today without a hitch." An HP two-in-one laptop on stage was used to edit 4K video and a Dell XPS laptop was used to show off Overwatch, which ran seamlessly on the machine thanks to Intel's efforts to "push the boundaries of processor graphics."

For those unfamiliar with Kaby Lake, it is the third chip manufactured using Intel's 14-nanometer process, following Broadwell and Skylake. It's a semi-tock with optimized microarchitecture, offering support for Thunderbolt 3, native USB 3.1, and...

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09:21
Apple Granted 55 Patents Today Covering HDR Technology, th...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two iOS device camera patents covering HDR images and a Compact Optic Camera Lens Design. Apple was also granted ten design patents today ...

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09:15
iPhone 7 Could Launch on September 23 Following September...

With Apple set to launch the iPhone 7 next month rumors about the phone and the event where it will debut have been picking up. We've already heard information suggesting the iPhone 7 will be introduced at an event set to take place on Wednesday, September 7, two days after the Labor Day holiday, and now it appears we may have some insight into the actual release date.

While Apple typically releases the iPhone about two weeks after introducing it, suggesting a September 16 launch date, new scheduling information from AT&T shared by 9to5Mac indicates that the iPhone 7 might not launch until later in the month, on September 23.

A leaked AT&T retail schedule featuring "Merchandising Reset" hours indicates employees will need to spend several hours reorganizing AT&T stores on both September 9, 2016 and September 23, 2016...

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08:07
New Surface Pro 4 Ad Takes on Apple's 'What...

Microsoft today launched a new commercial for its Surface Pro 4, comparing the tablet computer to Apple's iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard. The ad -- titled "What's a Computer? Just ask Cortana" -- was posted on YouTube today with a description claiming that "just because you call something a computer doesn’t mean it fits the description." The new ad is clearly targeting Apple's new "What's a Computer?" ad campaign and "Super. Computer." slogan for the iPad Pro.

The ad centers around a party that Siri is holding for its new Smart Keyboard, telling the Surface Pro 4 "I'm a computer now, like you." The Surface Pro 4 responds, asking if Apple's tablet has an Intel Core i7...

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07:18
Apple Granted Three Patents Relating to 3D Maps

Last week Fast Company posted an article titled "Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi open up about Learning from Apple's Failures." While one of the topics at the top of the list of failures for Apple was no doubt their Maps App debacle, Cue and Federighi also took the chance to talk up the great work their engineering teams are doing to advance Maps and make it a real market contender against Google maps. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published three specific granted patents for Apple regarding 3D maps ...

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06:22
Tim Cook Announces R&D Center to Be Built in China...

Apple is planning an all-new research and development center in China, attempting to boost its presence and market share in the country following multiple reports of the iPhone's dwindling returns as users flock towards low-cost alternatives. The R&D center, said "to be built by the end of the year," will mark Apple's first location of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region (via Reuters).

The announcement comes from Apple CEO Tim Cook, on a visit in China this week, who spoke with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Tuesday and detailed the company's plans for the center. Those details weren't specifically disclosed to the public, so it's still unclear where the new R&D center will be located, or how many employees it might house.

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05:45
Apple Wins a Patent for a 3D User Interface using Depth Se...

In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent for a 3D in-air gesture system. With so many patent applications and granted patents on this invention over a short period of time it's clear that this is one that Apple is hoping could be adapted to future Macs in conjunction with their next-generation dual lens iSight camera ...

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04:20
Apple granted a Patent for their Original iPad and Multi-M...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for the original iPad, and more importantly, for its Multi-Mode Human Interface (MMHI) engine.

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02:43
Apple's Late CEO Steve Jobs Posthumously Credited as...

Back in 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Stunner: A New Patent Surfaces Listing Steve Jobs as the Primary Inventor of a Non-Apple Invention." I had stumbled upon the patent that was credited to Savant Systems at the time with Steve Jobs noted as the primary inventor. It was a patent about controlling a yacht with an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad. Today the patent finally ...

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01:37
Google Introduces 'Duo', Video Calling for Andro...

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. Today, Apple's FaceTime has a competitor and it's Google's new app called 'Duo' ...

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01:01
Apple adds new Server Supplier in China to Reduce Costs

One of the concessions Apple made with China's Government was to use China-based data centers. Today we learn that Apple is planning to reduce its costs from servers. The company has been seeking new server suppliers with lower quotes ...

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Monday August 15

15:45
Jony Ive's Design Team Nixed Apple Watch Band With Se...

In an interview with Fast Company, former Apple employee Bob Messerschmidt, who helped design the heart rate sensors in the Apple Watch, gave some insight into what it was like working with Jony Ive and Apple's Industrial Design Group on the company's first wearable device.

After a 2010 acquisition, Messerschmidt joined the Apple Watch team, where he was in charge of designing some of the sensors for the device. In an anecdote relayed to Fast Company, during one meeting, Messerschmidt proposed putting health sensors in the Apple Watch band, an idea that was quickly shot down by the Industrial Design Group because of a desire for interchangeable bands.One great example is [when] I went to a meeting and said I'm going to put sensors in the watch but I'm going to put them down...

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15:25
Sketchy Rumor Suggests iPhone 7 Will Feature Faster Chargi...

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus could feature improved charging speeds, according to information shared by Twitter user The Malignant, citing an unverified Chinese source.

Alongside an image of an iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 logic board comparison that does not seem to divulge any clear info to confirm the rumor, The Malignant says the iPhone 7 will feature "at least" five volt two amp charging.

#Apple according to the source (导航i世界) seems #iphone7 will support #fastcharge at least 5V2A pic.twitter.com/Lu0AqnVHud

— The Malignant (@...

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10:44
Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers [Upda...

Apple today released the sixth beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers. macOS Sierra beta 6 comes one week after the release of the fifth beta and two months after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Developers can download today's beta update using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an...

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09:47
Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 10 to Developers and Public...

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of iOS 10 to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fifth beta and more than two months after first unveiling the new operating system at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

iOS 10 beta 6 is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first five betas or the beta configuration profile and it's available for direct download via Apple's Developer Center (developers only).

iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a ton of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible camera, a redesigned Control Center, and a new widgets screen. According to Apple, iOS 10 is the company's biggest iOS update...

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08:17
New Mockup Shows What the Rumored 'Space Black'...

A new set of iPhone 7 images have emerged online, this time showing a mockup of the larger-screened, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus in Space Black (via TechTastic). Earlier in the year, a sketchy rumor hinted that Apple might be introducing a "Deep Blue" color option in the 2016 iPhone lineup, but more recent reports have clarified that "Deep Blue" will ultimately be a darker version of the current Space Gray, now depicted in today's pictures.

Although the Space Black images fall largely in line with recent mockups and image leaks for the iPhone 7, there are a few inconsistencies. The dual-lens camera bump on the iPhone appears slightly less raised than previous depictions of the back of the iPhone 7,...

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05:56
A Forecast of an OLED based iPad for 2018 Seems Overzealou...

A new report out of Korea today states that Samsung "is not meeting requests for supplies of OLEDs that are flooding in. There is a phenomenon of scarcity of OLEDs for Smartphones," since Apple has made a deal with Samsung for future iPhones.

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04:38
Twitter in Talks with Apple to bring NFL Live Streaming Ap...

Twitter has always played second fiddle to Facebook and every effort to turn their fortunes around have fallen flat. Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, who is also CEO of Square that works with Apple on an iPad point-of-sales system, wants to now team up with Apple on a new NFL TV deal.

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Sunday August 14

22:57
Apple Planning 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017, 'Revoluti...

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple's iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches to be released in 2017.

According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone "Plus" models have helped lessen demand for Apple's smallest tablet.We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size,...

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20:24
Twitter Looking to Launch Apple TV App for NFL Live Stream...

In a piece covering Twitter's successful effort to win live streaming rights for Thursday night National Football League games this season, The New York Times reports that Twitter is in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter's users watch the NFL games on Apple's set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

To bolster the...

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11:15
A Deep Interview with Tim Cook Looks at his First Five Yea...

A new report today takes a look back at the first five years of Tim Cook as CEO. Under Tim Cook, Apple is now more systematic, more transparent, more team-oriented, more humble. Yet "He has engaged on social issues more than most CEOs, writing op-eds on legislation that limits gay rights and ...

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10:44
Tim Cook Discusses His Job, Apple's Long-Term Future,...

The Washington Post today posted a lengthy new interview with Tim Cook, in which he discussed his first five years as Apple CEO and hinted at the company's work on augmented reality products.

When asked how he handled the scrutiny that came with the role, Cook admitted that it was something he'd had to adapt to since taking over from Steve Jobs, and that there was very little Apple could do without it being reported somewhere.

You’re both praised and criticized, and the extremes are wide — very wide. And that can happen all in a day. You build up — my skin got materially thicker after August 2011. And I don’t mean in a bad way. I don’t mean that I’m callous and don’t care. I think I’m a bit better today about...

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09:34
Apple Wins More Design Patents Related to Next-Gen Apple S...

The Hong Kong Patent Office has granted Apple three design patents that relate to Beats. Two of the designs cover next-gen Apple Store display structures ...

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05:40
Cryptography Experts Recommend Apple Replace its iMessage...

Apple has implemented a series of short- and long-term defenses to its iMessage protocol after several issues were discovered by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University, according to a report published today (via PatentlyApple).

This attack is different to the one Johns Hopkins researchers discovered in March, which allowed an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage.

The technical paper details how another method known as a "ciphertext attack" allowed them to retrospectively decrypt certain types of payloads and attachments when either the sender or receiver is still online....

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Saturday August 13

20:36
Apple Fixed a Security Issue in iMessage that Researchers...

According to a new report out this evening, Apple had a security problem with iMessage but provided a fix in iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, which shipped in March 2016. The discovery of the problem was discovered by a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins ...

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10:17
Apple's Liam and Google's Ara Smartphone are Two...

A new report by Engadget today titled "Six Designs that bust E-Waste" covers designs and inventions that will keep smartphone phones from landfills a little longer, in-part or in-whole or have their circuit boards dissolve in hot water.

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08:32
Apple Scores Ten Apple Pencil Design Patents in China

Apple introduced the 12.9" iPad Pro and Apple Pencil back in September 2015. Late yesterday Apple was granted ten Apple Pencil design Patents in Hong Kong, China. Seven of the designs are line art with the remaining three ...

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05:14
Apple Granted Registered Trademarks for Apple Wallet and t...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks covering the Apple Wallet icon and the updated 'iPhone.' Although the iPhone trademark has been around since 2007, the update is to primarily cover the iPhone in context with repairs and after sales service. The class also covers the iPhone as being a personal assistant, digital and audio player, a handheld computer, and electronic organizer and electronic notepad.

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02:56
Samsung wants to Beat Apple to Market with a Smart Bracele...

In March Patently Apple posted a report covering LG's introduction to their next generation of wraparound OLED solutions that could eventually lead to some interesting smart device designs from LG, Apple, Samsung and others. The smart bracelet category of devices will greatly benefit from displays that could be created from a single display that's flexible enough to wraparound a user's wrist.

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Friday August 12

16:03
Razer's new iPad Pro Keyboard is a Legitimate Breakth...

If you're shopping for an iPad Pro and maybe even looking at a few keyboard alternatives to Apple's Smart Keyboard, then you're in luck. Two reviews this week might help you narrow your search. The first review is from the Verge's Sam Byford who has reviewed Razer's new iPad Pro mechanical keyboard that he describes as "indulgent typing heaven." The...

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11:09
Summer Class Students in East Oakland get their Hands on a...

Today we learn that the East Oakland Youth Development Center's six-week, hands-on summer class exposes kids ages seven to 12 to technology and the 21st century skills that come with it. For many in this classroom, this is the first time they have ever touched an iPad

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08:04
iPhone 7's Secondary Speaker Holes May Be Purely Cosm...

While multiple sources and leaked components have pointed towards iPhone 7 models having dual speakers, which could very well be the case, a new design drawing spotted by French website NWE suggests the additional holes may be purely cosmetic to give the bottom edge a symmetrical design.

The text in the documents refers to the area that occupies the 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones as having simply a microphone and microphone mesh, with no mention of a speaker in that location. Most of the secondary holes would be non-functional, except for the one furthest to the right, which would double as a microphone.

The veracity of the photo cannot be confirmed, and the rumor conflicts with some previous reports, but at least one previous iPhone 7 design drawing has depicted the left speaker grille as ornamental. In the photos,...

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