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Tuesday February 20

06:35
Apple's TM Renewal for the Original Apple Logo is req...

Trademarks filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) only lasts 10 years and must be renewed before it expires. For historical sake, Apple continues to renew their original logo faithfully as they did again in December. The filing is not a sign of it returning as Apple's official logo. I could be used in a limited capacity buy using it for ....

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05:09
In the South Korean Market, Apple Beat the Odds in Q4 by G...

Apple got hammered in the Korean Press in Q4 starting with the hysterical story that the iPhone 8 should be banned because it was a hazard. Then South Korean Authorities raided Apple's Offices prior to the Launch of iPhone X. Even Apple's first flagship Apple Store was delayed from late December to January. If the negative stories about Apple were timed in an attempt to hurt their Q4 sales in South Korea, they failed miserably.

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Monday February 19

13:11
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for Telugu Character Bu...

Apple today released iOS 11.2.6, the eleventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.2.6 comes approximately one month after the launch of iOS 11.2.5, an update that introduced support for the HomePod, Control Center updates, Siri news, and a slew of bug fixes.

The iOS 11.2.6 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 to address a bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on the iPhone and iPad due to an inability to render a specific character in the Indian language Telugu. When sent, received, or input into Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and more, the Telugu character can cause the app to freeze up and become unresponsive.

In Messages, for example, receiving the character can freeze up...

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08:30
Could Apple's move into Health Care be a Game Changer...

Last week Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up the company's ambitions in the health-care sector by hinting that it will move beyond wellness apps and devices, like its step-tracking Apple Watch. Today a major tech publication lists three reasons why Apple's move into health care could be a game changer.

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07:01
Apple Widens the Smartphone Profit Gap with Samsung and ta...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues with the iPhone Capturing 51% of Global Smartphone Revenue Share." The data was from Strategy Analytics. Today a new report from a second analytical company goes one step further and shows us the profit breakdown across various markets that's even more impressive. One chart, as noted in-part above, shows us that the profit gap between Apple and Samsung is getting much wider.

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05:55
Industrial Design Experts Say HomePod's White Ring Is...

Last week, Apple confirmed that the HomePod can potentially leave white rings on the surface of wooden furniture with oil or wax finishes. In an effort to help users prevent seeing these rings appear on their own furniture, Apple shared a support document on "Where to place HomePod," detailing how the interaction between the HomePod's vibration-dampening silicone base and a wooden surface has the chance to result in a white ring.

Business Insider recently spoke with a few industrial design experts who believe that the problem "shouldn't be too hard to fix" for Apple." Gregor Berkowitz, a product development consultant for numerous consumer electronics brands, expects Apple to "re-tool" its HomePod manufacturing process to address the issue with the...

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02:48
APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When Wri...

Apple's APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner.

In a blog post last Thursday, software developer Mike Bombich explained that he had uncovered the data writing flaw in the Apple File System, or APFS, through his regular work with "sparse" disk images.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, a sparse disk image is basically a file that macOS mounts on the desktop and treats as if it was a physically attached drive with a classic disk volume structure. The flexibility of sparse disk images means they are commonly used in the course of performing backup and disk cloning operations, hence Bombich's extensive experience with them.

Earlier this week I noticed that an APFS-formatted sparsebundle disk image volume...

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Sunday February 18

12:36
Apple's iPhone X is the Instant Scapegoat for Samsung...

A story out of Japan on Friday stated that "Other smartphone makers, who Samsung had hoped would incorporate OLED panels, have been slow to make the transition due to their expense and are sticking to liquid crystal displays." Apparently that reality doesn't sell stories, so the Nikkei Asian Review decided to just throw in Apple as being Samsung's problem to make the story a mover.

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08:24
The City of Providence Sues Intel over Meltdown and Spectr...

While Class Action lawsuits against Apple over intentionally slowing older iPhones have sailed past 55 thus far, Intel made it public on Friday that they've been hit with 32 class actions over Meltdown and Spectre as of February 15, 2018. One of the Class Actions in that group was filed last Monday by the city of Providence who is demanding $5 billion.

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03:48
Creepy Robotic Smart Dogs and Apple Slapstick become Tech...

I'm a sucker for slapstick, hands down. One of this week's craziest stories that we heard about was Apple filming a slapstick series at Apple Park that turned out to be reality. The second craziest story or creepiest, depending how you view it, is about AI security dogs. You'll either want one, or fear the very thought of ever running into one.

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Friday February 16

15:47
Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod

Apple this afternoon shared a new HomePod tutorial video on its Apple Support YouTube channel, which is designed to help new HomePod users get the most out of their new speakers.

The three minute video covers various Siri commands for accessing music, podcasts, news, and personal requests, using the iPhone as a HomePod remote, using the HomePod as a speakerphone, controlling HomeKit devices, and more.

As a warning, this video does include "Hey Siri" commands that have the potential to activate your own HomePod when you watch it, so you might want to watch with headphones.

In the description of the video, Apple links to multiple HomePod support documents, which are useful for HomePod owners who are still learning the ins and outs of the HomePod. These documents cover topics like using the Home app, using VoiceOver, listening to Podcasts, AirPlaying audio, and more.

This is the...

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11:01
HP now Offers Apple Devices to Enterprise Clients as a Sub...

Under Apple's late CEO and Co-Founder, the company was deadly focused on the consumer side of the market. Unless you've been living under a rock, Apple's current CEO has been steadily moving deeper into the enterprise market with partners like IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte, GE, Accenture and others. This week HP announced they've expanded Device as a Service (DaaS) to now offer Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs) to enterprise customers.

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10:10
WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention C...

Apple has yet to announce dates for the 2018 edition of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, but there's evidence to suggest the event may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

First, we've heard from a reliable source who says WWDC will in fact return to the McEnery Convention Center for the second consecutive year, after having been hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

Next, we've discovered that the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

- June 4-8: WWDC 2018 (?)
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08:50
Iranian Spyware Designed to Follow Iranians and Iranian Ex...

In an explosive new report published today they claim that spyware-enabled messaging apps are being used by the Iranian regime to spy on their citizens and Iranian expats in the West. Iran could be spying on Brits and Americans using 'weaponized' apps which are available on Apple's App Store and Google's online store.

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07:53
The Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple Seven HomePod Des...

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, then the new HomePod is the ultimate smart speaker.

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Thursday February 15

14:15
Apple Renews 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' for S...

Apple has renewed "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" for a second season, CBS CEO Les Moonves announced this afternoon (via The Hollywood Reporter). Positioned as Apple's second original TV show after "Planet of the Apps," "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" season 1 debuted last August.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is based on the Carpool Karaoke segment made popular by "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Apple's TV show pairs up different celebrities, musicians, athletes, putting them together in a car to sing popular songs.

In season 1, featured celebrity pairings included Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada...

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12:26
Apple to Fix Telugu Character Bug Causing Devices to Crash...

Apple has confirmed that a fix for a recently discovered bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has been included in iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, updates that are currently being beta tested ahead of a release this spring.

Furthermore, Apple told iMore's Rene Ritchie that the bug will also be addressed in an upcoming iOS update that will be released in the near future, ahead of iOS 11.3, so customers won't need to wait several weeks for a fix. Minor updates for other operating systems will likely come at the same time.

The bug, induced by sending a specific character in the Indian language Telugu, causes certain apps on iPhones, iPads, and Macs to freeze up and become unresponsive. Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and...

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11:09
Apple's First Flagship Store in Thailand Appears to b...

It's being reported today by Germany's Storeteller site that the city panorama of Bangkok gets a new landmark with ICONSIAM. Should the illustration adequately reflect the future luxury shopping mall, Apple will be exposed to the first Apple store in Thailand on the banks of the Chao Phraya. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) Other concept drawing below show different views...

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10:04
The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues with...

A quick peek at our recent reports covering Apple product market statistics for the holiday quarter will show you that Apple was running hot on all cylinders. Today we learn about the most important statistic by far. Apple generated more profit than the whole industry combined. It's not about iPhone volume down 1%, it's about showing the market the money!

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10:01
Like HomePod, Sonos One Leaves White Rings on Some Furnitu...

The HomePod's silicone base can leave white rings on some wood surfaces that have an oil or wax finish, a problem that Apple yesterday said was "not unusual." As it turns out, Apple wasn't incorrect -- the Sonos One, a competing smart speaker, also leaves white rings on furniture.

Tom's Guide reviewer Mike Prospero read about the HomePod causing rings on furniture yesterday and went to check his wood cabinet, where he did indeed discover a ring caused by the HomePod. But next to it, he found smaller square shaped marks, which had been caused by the Sonos One located near the HomePod.

Image via Tom's GuideWhen I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod's silicone...

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09:16
Apple Patent Reveals a Vital Signs Monitoring System Integ...

During Apple's shareholder meeting Apple's CEO stated that "We can make a 'significant contribution' in health care." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to health care titled "Vital Signs Monitoring System." Apple acquired Beddit in early 2017 and I thought today's patent could have derived from them. But that proved not to be the case as the inventors have been long standing Apple engineers.

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09:10
Apple Recorded More Than Half of Total Smartphone Industry...

Apple captured a record 51 percent share of revenue in the worldwide smartphone industry last quarter, which encompassed the launch of the iPhone X, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

iPhone revenue totaled $61.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, as Apple disclosed in its earnings report earlier this month. Strategy Analytics estimates Apple's smartphone revenue was three times higher than its nearest rival Samsung and seven times more than Chinese competitor Huawei.

Apple accounted for more smartphone revenue than the rest of the entire industry combined in the quarter, driven by "solid demand" for the iPhone X, said...

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07:40
Apple Patent Updates their Transparent Display Invention a...

Apple was granted a patent for specialty Augmented Reality display back in November 2017. We covered this development in a report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a Possible Future Augmented Reality Display Designed for Macs & Beyond." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application / continuation patent regarding this invention with a new theme being added to its patent claims.

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07:24
Indian Character Bug Causing System Crashes is Fixed in iO...

A recently discovered bug that causes app and system crashing on iPhone, iPad, and Mac due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu has been fixed in Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 software updates.

MacRumors has not been able to reproduce any crashes, freezes, or resprings on any devices running the latest iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas when the particular letter is present anywhere across the systems, as the upcoming software versions can now display the affected character properly.

On earlier software versions, including the latest publicly released versions iOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3, it appears that Apple devices are unable to render the Indian character for some reason, causing apps or the entire system to abruptly crash depending on where it is trying to be displayed.

If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. Likewise, if the character is...

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05:50
Apple Invents a Camera Lens Accessory System for iDevices...

The iPhone is Apple's #1 product line and they focus most of their energy in advancing features of the iPhone annually to keep it the number one premium smartphone in the world. Today the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application relating to a new camera lens accessory system for iDevices and MacBooks

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04:04
An Israeli Technology Company Undercuts Facial Recognition...

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require all companies that handle personal data of EU citizens to meet data protection requirements. Under the GDPR, face images are "Sensitive Personal Data" that has to be protected in a certain way. Apple introduced Face ID with the new iPhone X and more than likely it will have to comply with the new law kicking in this May.

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02:48
Check out the iFixit Teardown Video + Two Completely Diffe...

As always, the iFixit teardown video is another interesting one and it's made clear that repairability scores a hands down 1 with repairs costing 85% of the cost of a HomePod. In addition, we provide you with two completely different unboxing experiences that will either make you want to buy the HomePod now or definitely wait for HomePod 2

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Wednesday February 14

18:49
HomePod Costs an Estimated $216 to Make

It costs Apple an estimated $216 in raw components to build the HomePod, which sells for $349, according to research conducted by TechInsights and shared by Bloomberg.

Internal components like the microphones, tweeter, woofer, and power management chips cost Apple an estimated $58, while smaller components like the lighting system used for Siri and other animations cost $60. The A8 chip, which powers the speaker's spatial awareness, Siri features, sound adjustments, and other smart features, costs an estimated $25.

TechInsights believes the external housing and other exterior components add up to $25, while manufacturing, testing, and packaging cost an additional $17.50.

At $216 for parts and a $349 selling point, the HomePod brings in less money for each device sold than other Apple products like the iPhone. The $999 iPhone X...

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15:04
Apple Failed to Notify Customers that their New HomePod co...

Last week Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's HomePod in depth. They handed down a mixed verdict. Yet what was not expected, was the news that the HomePod could damage certain types of wooden furniture. So buyer beware!

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12:04
Some HomePod Owners Still Plagued With Setup Issues

Days after the HomePod was released, there are still some new HomePod owners who are unable to use their new speakers due to HomeKit and Wi-Fi-related setup errors.

Because it's controlled entirely through Apple's Home app, HomePod connects to HomeKit and relies on a functional HomeKit setup to function properly. Based on reports on Reddit, the Apple Support Communities, and the MacRumors forums, there are a handful of different errors people are running into.

The most common issue seems to be error -6722 or a blank white screen when setting up HomePod, caused by a bugged HomeKit setup. According a HomePod troubleshooting document...

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10:12
Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products in the United States to add a selection of Apple Watch Series 3 models, marking the first time Apple's newest wrist-worn device has been available from the refurbished store since its September 2017 release.

As of the writing of this article, there are two refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 GPS-only models available at a $50 discount, which equates to 13 to 15 percent off of the regular price. No LTE models or models with stainless steel or ceramic cases are available at this time.

A 38mm Gold Aluminum Apple Watch Series 3 with Pink Sand Sport Band is available for $279, down from $329, and Apple also has a...

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09:43
Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfa...

Apple has issued a statement confirming that the HomePod can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

Image: Wirecutter

The strange discovery was brought to light in HomePod reviews published by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint, as highlighted by VentureBeat, while at least one customer shared a picture of the same problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint's Stuart Miles:

For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod...

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08:38
Qualcomm Introduced their new 2Gbps LTE Modem today that w...

Qualcomm’s new 2Gbps LTE modem is an important step toward 5G. Today Qualcomm announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress. The Snapdragon X24 promises to reach top download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

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08:14
Apple News Drives Significant Traffic to Stories, Publishe...

Apple News can yield a flood of traffic for news publishers, with the app accounting for as much as 50 to 60 percent of readership for some stories, according to a paywalled report by Tom Dotan for The Information.

Apple News has generated half of Vox.com's daily traffic at times, according to a person familiar with Vox's numbers. An executive at the website of a major TV network said Apple News has accounted for as much as 60% of traffic for some stories.The report claims Apple has an editorial team of about a dozen former journalists, led by veteran Apple executive Roger Rosner, who decide which articles get featured in the Top Stories or Spotlight sections of Apple News, or in the News tab on an iPhone, accessible by swiping left from the first page of the home screen.

The editorial team in the United States runs a dedicated...

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07:13
Apple in Talks with China's Yangtze Memory Technologi...

Apple Inc is in talks to buy storage chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies, a move that would mark the iPhone maker’s first buy from a Chinese memory chipmaker

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07:02
Barclays Says Second-Generation iPhone X Could Have Smalle...

Apple will launch a trio of new iPhone models later this year with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system, which will potentially be reduced in size, according to a research note issued today by analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis at investment bank Barclays.

While the analysts believe the new TrueDepth system will only "evolve slightly," they predict it could allow for a "smaller notch" on the 2018 range of iPhones with Face ID, which is rumored to include a second-generation iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and an all-new mid-range 6.1-inch LCD model.

MacRumors obtained a copy of the research note, which also corroborates rumors about Apple extending Face ID to the iPad Pro this year:...

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06:25
New Apple Page Focuses on Augmented Reality Apps & Mor...

On Apple's new Augmented Reality promotions page they note: "Welcome to a new world. Imagine if the line between the virtual and the real simply didn’t exist. Your classroom could become the cosmos. The past could be as vivid as the present. Augmented reality is a new way to use technology that transforms how you work, learn, play, and connect with almost everything around you. And this is just the beginning."

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05:21
Facebook's Upcoming Smart Speakers with 15" Disp...

Later this year Facebook will be entering this hot new market segment focusing on the audio quality like Apple's HomePod but also adding a large display and of course a heavy social media angle. Facebook is out to challenge Apple Music and the HomePod.

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02:52
KGI: Apple Could Ship 100 Million Units of New 6.1-inch LC...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared shipment projections with MacRumors for Apple's rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.

The device is said to have some iPhone X features such as Face ID, but design compromises will enable Apple to put it at a more affordable price point. They could include an LCD screen instead of an OLED display, an aluminum frame, a single lens camera, and no 3D Touch.

We project shipments under the new product life cycle (4Q18-3Q19) for the 6.1" LCD iPhone, estimated to be launched in 2H18, will reach around 100mn units. According to Kuo's research note, shipment projections could fluctuate depending on the selling price of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which Kuo believes will be somewhere between $700 and $800 in the United States. In his analysis, shipments will be around 105-115 million units when priced at...

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Tuesday February 13

14:21
Microsoft is Granted a Patent for a Smart Pen Clip that co...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a granted patent for Microsoft today that reveals a smart pen retention clip that could be used to easily scroll through a document or web page, or zoom in on an object in a photo by simply sliding a finger up or down the touch sensitive clip.

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12:02
Highlights of Apple's 2018 Shareholders Meeting

Apple's annual shareholders meeting took place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park this morning, with shareholders gathering to vote on proposals and ask questions of Apple executives.

Apple does not live stream its shareholders meetings, but several members of the press, such as CNET's Shara Tibken and Business Insider's Kif Leswing, were at the event and shared details on what was covered on Twitter.

Image via Shara Tibken

Much of the meeting was spent discussing shareholder proposals, several of which were ...

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11:10
Apple Worldwide Video is developing a new Sports Drama Ser...

A new report today notes that Apple is developing a drama series based on the early life and career of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

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10:24
Apple Working on 'Swagger' TV Show Based on NBA...

Apple is developing a new drama series that's based on the early life and career of NBA star Kevin Durant, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, reports Variety.

The show, called "Swagger," was inspired by Durant's experiences as a youth playing basketball. It will highlight the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, taking a look into the lives of players, their families, and coaches.

Imagine Television, led by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, will produce alongside Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Media. Both Durant and Grazer will serve as executive producers, while Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct. Bythewood is known for his work on "Notorious," a movie that shared the story of Notorious B.I.G., and television series "Shots Fired."

Apple now has at least 10 television shows in the early stages of development, including an...

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08:34
Samsung's Galaxy S9 to Feature '3D Emoji,'...

In early January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung reveals that their new Galaxy S9 Processor will Deliver Apple-Like Face ID and Neural Network Features." Now that they're copying Apple's iPhone X hardware, a Korean report reveals today that Samsung will also be copying Apple's software by introducing their version of Animoji called '3D Emoji.'

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06:35
Samsung's Galaxy S9 Expected to Copy iPhone X's...

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will reportedly copy one of the iPhone X's most popular new features: Animoji.

Korean website ETNews claims the flagship smartphones will have a new 3D emoji function that is "more advanced" than Animoji. Like on the iPhone X, users will be able to choose from various 3D characters, including animals, that mimic facial movements as tracked by the Galaxy S9's facial recognition sensors.

Samsung should reveal the name of its Animoji competitor when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are unveiled at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Many details about the smartphones have already leaked, including entire images of the devices shared by Evan Blass, hinting at many features that can be expected.

While rumors suggest the next major version of Android will include...

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05:52
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today covering Structured Fabrics...

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 patent for structured fabrics that are used in a Beats speaker and likely the new HomePod. The second patent covers an iPhone dock that could be controlled with unique gestures like knocking on a table. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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04:37
Apple Wins Patents for Displays with Sophisticated Notches...

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 design patent for an original iPad that carried a second connector on the left side so that it could sit on an iPad dock in landscape mode. The second patent covers an iDevice display that includes a notch to accommodate components such as a camera and more.

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02:47
Samsung's new S9 will introduce the LTE Gigabit Era

Unless Apple future proofs their next premium iPhones with Intel's 5G modems, it's a sure thing that Samsung will introduce 5G in their 2019 smartphones this time next year. Until such time, we're learning today that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 will be the first to open up the 'LTE Gigabit Era.'

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02:11
Google to deepen their Push into AI related Hardware and I...

Google wants to get the leap on Amazon and Apple regarding the coming 'Internet of Things' market that 5G networks will greatly advance. In the last week Google has shown that they want to put the Google Assistant and Google Home in a leadership position. Last week Google righted a wrong and brought Nest into their hardware division to push AI to more home devices. Today we're learning that Google has hired a key Samsung executive to run their Internet of Things business.

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Monday February 12

12:40
Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Bett...

Consumer Reports has conducted some early audio testing of the HomePod, and while the full evaluation isn't yet finished, the site believes that both the $400 Google Home Max and the $200 Sonos One sound better than Apple's new $349 smart speaker.

The HomePod received a "Very Good" sound quality rating, as did the Sonos One and the Google Home Max, but the latter two speakers also received higher overall sound quality scores.

Consumer Reports says that its speaker tests are conducted in a dedicated listening room, with experienced testers who compare each model with "high-quality reference speakers." In the case of the HomePod, testers found a few issues.

The bass was "boomy and overemphasized," while midrange tones were "somewhat hazy," and treble sounds were "underemphasized." Overall, Consumer Reports found the HomePod's sound to be "a bit muddy" when played next...

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09:59
Verizon No Longer Plans to Sell Unlocked iPhones

Verizon plans to stop selling unlocked smartphones as a way to deter criminals from stealing the devices, the company told CNET.

As of today, Verizon devices will be locked to the Verizon network and unlocked as soon as a customer signs up for service and activates the phone. Later in the spring, though, smartphones will remain locked until unlocked by Verizon, and Verizon has not yet shared details on how long it will keep phones locked before offering to unlock them.

Verizon previously sold all of its smartphones, iPhones included, unlocked, which means they were not tied to the Verizon network and could be used with any carrier right after purchase.

Purchasing a Verizon iPhone has long been a way to get an unlocked device right away, as Apple often does not sell its own unlocked models until several weeks to several months after a new iPhone launches.

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08:51
A new Global Notebook Shipment Report for 2017 Shows Apple...

During Tim Cook's summary for fiscal Q1 2018 he pointed to Macs and stated that "Worldwide 60% of our Mac sales were to first time buyers and switchers and in China, that number was almost 90%." According to TrendForce's new report on notebook statistics, they note that "The updated MacBook Pro in 2Q17 helped Apple expand shipments by ...

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08:32
MacBook Lineup Represented Estimated 1 in 10 Notebooks Shi...

Apple's lineup of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models accounted for roughly one in ten notebooks shipped worldwide last year, according to data published today by research firm TrendForce.

TrendForce claims that Apple surpassed ASUS to become the world's fourth largest notebook vendor, with an estimated 9.6 percent market share in 2017, up from 8.3 percent in 2016. ASUS saw its market share drop to an estimated 9.5 percent last year, down from a reported 10.3 percent in 2016.

The research firm says Apple releasing updated MacBook Pro models in June 2017 helped the company expand its shipments by 18 percent for the whole year—supposedly the highest growth rate among all notebook brands.

TrendForce estimates notebook shipments from all brands totaled 164.7 million units worldwide, a year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent. Windows PC makers HP, Lenovo, and Dell led the industry with...

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07:14
Apple invests in eMagin, maker of Advanced Microdisplays f...

Last week Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents an Optical System for a Future VR and AR Headset." Apple's invention covered an advanced optical system and new housing materials to lighten the headset overall. Today we're learning that Apple has invested in a company called eMagin who creates micro OLED Displays for ...

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06:41
iOS 12 Said to Feature Animoji in FaceTime, Deeper Siri In...

Apple's alleged plans to double down on the quality of its iPhone, iPad, and Mac software platforms, rather than rush to introduce new features, have been revealed in more detail by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News.

The report claims that Apple's software engineers will have more discretion to delay features that aren't as polished, with the company essentially shifting to more of a two-year roadmap for iOS and macOS, rather than trying to release major feature-packed upgrades every single year without question.Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar...

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06:07
Apple is the Richest Tech Company in the World and their f...

On January 30th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's SVP of Software is applying the Brakes on a String of iOS Features and rescheduling them for 2019." Now a new report elaborates by stating that Apple's software team will have more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap, people familiar with the situation say. That should be an internal matter and making it public makes Apple seem weak for a tech company that is the richest in the world.

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05:09
HomePod Teardown Reveals Hidden 14-Pin Connector, 16GB Sto...

iFixit has completed an exhaustive teardown of the HomePod and found that, while the speaker appears to have a simple design on the outside, it will likely be extremely difficult for customers to complete do-it-yourself repairs.

HomePod's mesh has a drawstring

The teardown experts, who admit there might be a better way to open the HomePod that they've yet to learn, were forced to use a variety of tools to gain access to the internal components, including a heat gun, a guitar pick, a knife, and after all else failed, even a hacksaw and an ultrasonic cutter.

Underneath the rubber foot, iFixit found a hidden 14-pin connector that they speculate is probably used to test or program HomePods on pogo pins during assembly in Taiwan. Given the port sits below a layer of strong adhesive, it's unclear if it will be used for any other purpose, such as diagnostic testing.

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03:58
Audiophile Review: HomePod 'Sounds Better' Than...

HomePod reviews from the tech press came thick and fast last week, and while the smart speaker's sound quality was consistently praised, most reviews were based on subjective assessments and didn't take into account professional-grade output measurements. Early on Monday, however, Reddit user WinterCharm posted exhaustive audio performance testing results for HomePod to the Reddit audiophile community.

Using specialized equipment and a controlled testing environment, the review features in-depth analysis of the smart speaker's output when compared to a pair of $999 KEF X300A digital hi-fi monitors, representing a "meticulously set up audiophile grade speaker versus a tiny little HomePod that claims to do room...

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03:15
Apple Will Repair HomePod Power Cables For $29, But Warns...

While a Reddit user recently demonstrated that the HomePod's power cable can technically be disconnected from the speaker by pulling on it with a lot of force, Apple warns that it should not be removed, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Apple's internal HomePod Service Readiness Guide, obtained by MacRumors, states that detaching the HomePod's power cable could potentially cause damage to the speaker's internal components or to the cable itself:The HomePod includes a built-in power cable that should not be removed.

In the rare instance that the cable is detached or damaged, do not attempt to remove or plug it back into HomePod. If the cable is removed or impaired, damage could have occurred to the cable or the internal components of HomePod.If a HomePod's power cable is damaged due to an unintentional reason, such...

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Sunday February 11

09:55
While Ford has invented a First-Gen AI Autonomous Cop Car,...

On Wednesday, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched the 'Falcon Heavy' successfully. The rocket is on its way to orbit Mars and Musk has the Tesla Roadster onboard and at one point will be positioned at the front of the rocket. On earth, Tesla will be conducting an autonomous vehicle test sometime in the next three to six months. Looking a little further out Ford Global Technologies foresees autonomous Police vehicles and their patent on this surfaced last month. Our report takes a peek at what it's all about.

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06:09
A 7-Count Class Action has been filed against Google for t...

Patricia Weeks and Waleed Anbar have filed a 7-count Class Action against Google over the faulty Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and are demanding $5 million.

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Saturday February 10

14:08
Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New...

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple's HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total.

Compared to previous tests of rival speakers, HomePod is "at the bottom of the totem pole" in the AI assistant performance category. Google Home answered 81 percent correctly, Amazon's Alexa answered 64 percent correctly, and Microsoft's Cortana answered 57 percent correctly.

Munster broke this information down further, stating that Siri is good for "local" and "commerce" queries, like asking about nearby coffee shops or assisting in buying new shoes. In this area, Siri beats Alexa and...

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13:14
Apple Shares New HomePod Tutorial Videos on YouTube

Following the launch of the HomePod, Apple updated its dedicated YouTube support channel with three new tutorials for the smart speaker, walking users through features like using Siri to play music, using the HomePod's touch controls, and adjusting the HomePod settings.

Each tutorial video is about a minute in length, and in the description, Apple links relevant support documents, which can be useful for finding additional HomePod documentation.

Apple's YouTube support channel, introduced back in November, is where Apple shares tutorial videos that are designed to provide users with tips on using their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices.

Along with the new HomePod videos, Apple has in the past shared quick tips on features like 3D Touch, iCloud backups, editing videos, sending emails, signing documents, taking screenshots, deleting photos, and more.

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Friday February 9

14:29
HomePod Hands-On: Unboxing and Overview

Today's the official launch day of the HomePod, Apple's new Siri-powered smart speaker. As of now, the HomePod is available in all three launch countries -- the United States, UK, and Australia.

The first orders have gone out to customers who purchased a HomePod starting on January 26, and Apple retail stores also have plenty of supply for walk-in purchases.

We picked up a couple of HomePods this morning, and MacRumors videographer Dan has spent the last few hours testing out the sound quality, the Siri integration, the HomeKit controls, the touch gesture integration, and more.

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Design wise, the HomePod is deceptively small, but it's also heavy and has a solid build. It's covered in a soft, pliable mesh material meant to enhance sound, and there's a non-removable fabric-covered cable at the back.

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13:34
iPhone Source Code Was Leaked by Low-Level Apple Employee

Earlier this week, source code for iBoot, a core component of the iPhone's operating system, leaked on GitHub. The code was old, for a version of iOS 9, and it was quickly pulled from GitHub after Apple issued a DMCA takedown notice, but it left many wondering how such sensitive code ended up publicly available.

To answer that question, Motherboard got in touch with unnamed sources who were involved in the leak and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, to determine just how it happened.

As it turns out, the code originally came from a low-level Apple employee who took the code from Apple in 2016 to share with friends in the jailbreaking community. This employee wasn't...

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10:16
HomePod is Now Widely Available at Apple Stores

Today is HomePod launch day in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and as promised, the speaker is now on display and available to purchase at most of Apple's retail stores in each of those countries.

HomePod box via Kris Jones on Twitter

HomePod has already received rave reviews for its sound quality from both the media and early adopters, but customers who prefer their own listening demo can now visit one of Apple's stores to hear it for themselves. Of course, customers can also take advantage of Apple's 14-day return policy and try it at home.

Most if not all of Apple's retail locations currently have plentiful stock of the speaker in both Space Gray and White, but we recommend calling ahead before...

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07:10
There's been a Wild Swing of Good and Bad Apple News...

While there's been a lot of great news about Apple surfacing this month there's been an equal amount of negatives. The latest is an incident of Apple AirPods blowing up. While it's only one in millions sold, it's going to get headlines, because it's an Apple product.

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06:20
Apple to Charge $279 to Repair or Replace a Damaged HomePo...

Apple today updated its HomePod support website with out-of-warranty service pricing for the speaker, which is arriving to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia starting today.

HomePod owners who do not purchase AppleCare+ will pay $279 in the United States, £268.44 in the United Kingdom, and $399 in Australia for Apple to repair or replace a HomePod with any damage, unless the issue is the result of a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty.

HomePod service can be obtained with an appointment at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple also offers to send customers a box to ship...

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06:02
Korean Prosecutors Seek Revenge for Samsung's Vice Ch...

Last August Samsung's Vice Chairman Lee Jae-young was sentenced to a five year prison sentence. At the time the prosecution was angry as they had requested a 12 year sentence. On Monday Lee Jae-young was magically freed by a higher court proving once again that Samsung has the power to bend the courts in their favor. Today, Prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics and a house in Seoul belonging to a former Samsung executive ...

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06:00
DirecTV Now Sweetens Deal: Prepay Three Months of Service...

DirecTV Now has updated its Apple TV 4K deal today with an even lower price point: if you prepay for just three months of the streaming TV service for a total of about $105, you'll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K for free. The deal is an improvement on the original DirecTV Now offer of prepaying for four months of the $35/month service (that's the entry price point), which ended up costing $140 for the 32GB Apple TV 4K.

This makes DirecTV Now's deal the best sale price currently available online for the Apple TV 4K, with the $105 price tag up to $75 cheaper than the device's current going rate of about $170 to $180 at retailers like B&H Photo and Best Buy. You could also opt for the higher cost packages of DirecTV Now when prepaying for three months, with the service increasing to $50/month, $60/month, and $70/month for additional...

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Thursday February 8

18:22
First Impressions From New HomePod Owners: Siri's Voi...

We've seen quite a few HomePod reviews from media sites that Apple invited to test the speaker, but now that the HomePod has officially launched in Australia, HomePod first impressions from regular Apple customers are now available.

New HomePod owners on reddit, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums have been sharing their opinions on the device, and for those awaiting a HomePod of their own or considering purchasing, these comments from average consumers provide interesting insight.

MacRumors reader ApeBot was one of the first to receive a new HomePod in Australia, and he said setting it up was "incredibly fast and easy with an iPhone." As for sound quality, it's "impressive" and "fills the room beautifully."

When using "Hey Siri" with other compatible iOS devices around, the HomePod is the...

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14:54
First HomePod Orders Start Arriving to Customers in Austra...

Apple customers in Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices on launch day, and now that it's after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9 in the country, the first HomePod orders have started arriving to customers.

Australians who ordered the HomePod starting on January 26 have begun receiving their deliveries and have shared their excitement over the new device on reddit, Twitter, Instagram, and the MacRumors forums.

Image via Twitter user @rajduet

Apple Stores in Australia are also now open, allowing customers who placed orders for in-store pickup to receive their devices. Retail locations also have stock for walk-in purchases, and in Australia, same-day in-store pickup is once again available....

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13:18
In Q4 2017 Apple Surpassed Samsung to become the #1 Smartp...

Global smartphone shipments grew 2% annually in CY 2017 but declined 5% in Q4 2017. Top 10 players now capture 77% of the market thereby leaving just below a quarter of segment for over 600+ brands to compete. While Samsung led the smartphone market by volume with a market share of 21% in CY 2017, it lost the top spot to Apple in the fourth quarter.

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11:05
Apple Confirms iPhone Source Code Leak is Real, But Says i...

Source code for iBoot, a core component of the iPhone's operating system leaked on GitHub yesterday, raising concerns that the hackers and security researchers could dig into the code to find iOS vulnerabilities.

In a statement issued to MacRumors this morning, Apple confirmed the authenticity of the code but emphasized that it's for iOS 9, a three-year-old operating system that's been replaced with iOS 11 and is in use on only a small number of devices."Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections."Based on data from Apple's...

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10:58
Apple's Politics to Spill Over to their Worldwide Vid...

With Apple's CEO saying that DACA is the biggest issue of our time, is it any wonder that Apple is now developing a half-hour anthology series dubbed 'Little America.' Then again, who knew that 70's sitcom 'All in the Family' would have turned out to be a smash hit? If written well, it might take us all by surprise.

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10:35
Apple Picks Up 'Little America' TV Show Written...

Apple has picked up a new TV show called "Little America," a half-hour anthology series written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the duo behind popular movie "The Big Sick," and Lee Eisenberg, who produced comedy series "SMILF" and will serve as showrunner.

According to Deadline, "Little America" is based on a series of true stories featured in Epic Magazine that paint a portrait of America's immigrants. From the magazine description:

Everyone here came from somewhere else. Even Native Americans crossed the Bering Strait at some point. This is the basic American idea -- an identity open to all -- but it can be easy to forget from inside. And that's when politics can turn ugly, as it has recently, with our...

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07:10
Apple News Introduces Coverage Portal of 2018 Winter Olymp...

Apple News will be a go-to source for coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which officially begin with Friday's opening ceremony, although some competition is already underway.

A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the "For You" tab of Apple News in the United States, and it will feature articles, videos, and other coverage of the games over the next two weeks.

Apple has partnered with NBC for the new section, but coverage will be provided from a variety of sources, according to Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch. Live streams and full replays of specific events will link directly to the NBC Sports app, while clips from events will be viewable within Apple News itself.

The portal will also feature a planner for viewers to figure out when specific events are scheduled, and it...

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05:24
Apple invents new ways to Advance macOS Keyboards

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to keyboards, such as a MacBook Pro keyboard and a key assembly that can include a number of discrete parts including, but not limited to, a keycap, a key mechanism, and a buckling dome. In some embodiments, the key assembly can also include parts or subcomponents such as backlights, light guides, optical films, color filters, pivot bars, position sensors, force sensors, touch sensors and more.

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04:12
Apple Invents an Optical System for a Future VR and AR Hea...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to optical systems and, more particularly, to optical systems for head-mounted displays. While augmented reality is mentioned, the priority in this patent is virtual reality. This head-mounted display system is to view virtual reality content, movies and specialty content that could include movies and games using Voxel technology. While Apple's CEO said in an interview in the UK that AR glasses are a ways off, that statement didn't apply to a VR headset.

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01:52
A Supply Chain Report Confirms Apple to Extend Face ID to...

A new report this morning claims that Apple will include Face ID feature to all three new iPhones that will be released this year. It was recognized for its convenience after it was first introduced through iPhone X. As Apple begins to apply this feature to more of its products, its relevant partners will be faced with increased demands.

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00:20
First HomePod Orders Start Shipping Out in Australia

Customers in Australia who ordered a HomePod for February 9 delivery have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

It's Thursday evening on February 8 in Australia, so the first HomePod deliveries will begin in the country in just a matter of hours.

Though the screenshot says February 6, MacRumors reader Ben tells us that he first saw his order status change about an hour ago.

Apple does not appear to have sent out any shipment notifications in the United Kingdom or the United States as of yet, but those alerts should be going out soon, at least in the UK.

While U.S. shipment alerts have not gone out yet and orders are still listed as "Preparing for Shipment," Apple actually sent preliminary shipment information to UPS several days ago.

Customers expecting launch day delivery in the United States may be able to locate their HomePod's shipping...

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Wednesday February 7

22:11
HomePod No Longer Available for Launch Day Delivery From A...

As the launch of the HomePod approaches, it's no longer possible to place an order for delivery on Friday, February 9 in the United States. HomePod orders submitted today on the Apple online store will deliver next week, on February 12 to February 13.

In-store pickup for HomePod orders also became unavailable on Tuesday morning, suggesting Apple's initial online HomePod supply has been exhausted.

HomePod supply in the United Kingdom and Australia has also dwindled, and new HomePod orders placed in those countries will be delivered between Monday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 14.

Although HomePod shipping estimates have slipped into next week, HomePod supply has been plentiful throughout the pre-order process, and it's still going to be possible to get a HomePod on launch day.

In the United...

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20:36
iPhone Source Code From iOS 9 Leaked on Github

Source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system recently leaked on GitHub, according to reports from Motherboard and Redmond Pie.

The code, which appears to be for iBoot, or the part of iOS that ensures a trusted boot of the operating system, was initially shared online several months ago on Reddit, but it resurfaced today on GitHub where it will presumably receive more attention. Motherboard consulted security experts who have confirmed that the code appears to be legitimate.

The iBoot code appears to be from a version of iOS 9, so it's not entirely relevant to the current iOS 11.2.5...

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15:50
New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Detec...

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes.

Cardiogram researchers teamed up with the University of California, San Francisco and used the Cardiogram DeepHeart neural network to determine that heart rate data collected from the Apple Watch was 85 percent accurate at distinguishing between people with diabetes and people without diabetes.

For the study, Cardiogram used more than 200 million sensor measurements from 14,011 participants using an Apple Watch or Android Wear device and the Cardiogram app, aggregating data that included heart rate, step count, and other activity.

Prediabetes is a condition that often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed because traditional methods of...

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13:03
Showrunner for Upcoming 'Amazing Stories' Series...

Bryan Fuller, who was set to serve as showrunner on Apple's upcoming "Amazing Stories" reboot has opted to cut ties with Apple over creative differences, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fuller is said to have wanted to turn "Amazing Stories" into a Black Mirror-style show, while Apple is aiming for a more family friendly series.

"Amazing Stories," which Apple picked up in October, is a science fiction and horror series created by Steven Spielberg. It originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and during the two years that it aired, the show won five Emmy Awards. The show focused on a new topic each episode, similar to "Tales From the Crypt" and Twilight Zone."

Fuller has been involved with "Amazing Stories" since 2015, and was originally set to write the script for the show before Steven...

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12:48
iTunes Chief Eddy Cue Says Apple Will Share Details on its...

Apple iTunes chief Eddy Cue today spoke at Variety's 2018 Pollstar Live event in Los Angeles, California, where he discussed Apple Music and the Music Business with Variety Executive Music Editor Shirley Halperin.

Cue's talk wasn't streamed live for viewers at home to watch, but several attendees shared Cue's major talking points on Twitter.

Image via Stacey Cohen White

Unsurprisingly, some of the discussion focused on the HomePod, which is officially launching this Friday. According to Cue, the HomePod will use its built-in A8 chip and AI algorithms to automatically adjust the bass, treble, and other settings on a song-by-song basis, so there won't be a need for users to fuss with settings.

In fact, Apple is confident enough in the HomePod's...

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12:37
Here Are 150+ New Emoji Coming to iPhones and iPads Later...

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji that companies like Apple will be able to implement later this year. There are actually only 77 new emoji in total, as some have multiple skin tones.

Jeremy Burge, who runs the popular emoji-themed website Emojipedia, has shared sample images of every new emoji in an Apple-like style to show how they might look on devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Emoji 11.0 will include several new hairstyles and types, including male and female faces with red hair, curly hair, gray hair at a younger age, and no hair or baldness, along with hot and cold faces, and woozy and pleading faces.

Other notable inclusions are new male and female superhero and supervillain options, a...

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12:09
Apple to Offer Presentation on ARKit at This Year's G...

Apple will be hosting a session at this year's Game Developers Conference for the first time, offering an introduction to ARKit, its augmented reality platform for developers.

The session will be presented by Michael Kuhn, who leads Apple's ARKit engineering team.

Entitled "Introduction to Apple's ARKit: Best practices and recent updates," the talk will cover core concepts of the ARKit framework and the ARKit API. It's designed to teach game developers how to get started with ARKit, and it will cover ARKit best practices.This session introduces core concepts of the ARKit framework, it's underlying principles, and the ARKit API. It explains how to get started with ARKit using the different tracking and scene understanding capabilities as well...

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10:08
Apple Releases Second Beta of iOS 11.3 for Public Beta Tes...

Apple today released the second public beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the second beta to developers and two weeks after releasing the first public beta.

Beta testers who are members of Apple's beta testing program will receive the new iOS 11.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. iOS betas are not always stable and should not be installed on a primary device.

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09:43
HomePod Music Streams Don't Count Toward Apple Music...

Yesterday, reviews for the HomePod launched online and with them new details about Apple's smart speaker began emerging ahead of its release date on February 9. One new tidbit of information came from Rene Ritchie's review of the speaker on iMore, which confirmed that any music streamed via HomePod does not count toward an Apple Music subscription's device streaming limit. Additionally, HomePod does not count toward the 10 device limit placed on devices associated with an Apple ID.

This means that subscribers with single memberships to Apple Music will be able to ask Siri to play a song on HomePod while listening to music on another iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Prior to HomePod, if single membership users streamed Apple Music on an iPhone and then began listening to music on a Mac, for example, the iPhone...

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09:27
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearab...

During Tim Cook's summary for the quarter (Fiscal Q1 2018) on the topic of Apple Watch he stated that it was their best quarter ever for the Apple Watch. Today a new analytical report shows us just how well Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Series 3 in particular is selling.

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07:50
Apple Took 85% of China's Premium Smartphone Sales in...

Statistics on Apple's great iPhone sales for Q4 2017 have been pouring in and IDC has added more fuel for the fire. Not only was Apple's iPhone X the number one smartphone in China in December, they completely dominated the premium smartphone sector in the over US$600 range.

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06:58
Goldman Sachs in Talks with Apple to Offer Consumers Reali...

It's being reported today that as Apple’s investment bank, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has raised tens of billions of dollars for the technology company. Now, Goldman wants to bank Apple’s customers ...

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06:51
Developers Report Recent Enforcement of Stricter Rules for...

Over the past few weeks, iOS app developers have been sharing stories on Twitter about their apps getting rejected by Apple's App Review team because emojis were used in "non-keyboard based situations." So if an app displayed an emoji in its user interface, where the user did not type it in with a keyboard, Apple said it was not complying with its trademark and Apple Emoji imagery guidelines.

As accounts of similar situations begin to build, Emojipedia this week reported on the topic, and attempted to make sense of the new rules, with a handful of examples of apps that have been using emoji within their UI and are now being rejected by Apple. In the iOS app "Reaction Match," a Game Center error screen saw the use of the loudly crying face and alien emojis become problems for...

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05:42
First Fake Apple Service Center Raided in Beijing and Fine...

It's being reported in China that authorities in Beijing have fined a fake 'Apple service center' as part of a crackdown on intellectual property right breaches in the capital.

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04:56
Apple's 41 Stores in China will now Accept Alipay

Alipay overtook PayPal as the world's largest mobile payment platform in 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Alipay had a 54% share of China's US$5.5 trillion mobile payment market, by far the largest in the world. It's being reported today that Apple will begin accepting Alipay ...

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Tuesday February 6

15:23
Apple Changes the Timeline of Disclosure to Customers abou...

In a report that we posted on January 18 we noted that Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke about the battery issue with ABC News and in-part he blamed iPhone customers for "not paying attention" to when Apple explained the battery policy update. Now we're learning that Cook's statement was untrue.

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13:18
Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to De...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. The update includes support for some features that are also available in iOS 11.3, like Messages on iCloud, which uploads all of your iMessages to the cloud. It will also support Business Chat, a feature coming when iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 are released to the...

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12:49
Europe's Antitrust Commission says that Apple's...

In December the news of Apple acquiring Shazam became public. Shazam is based in Britain and is therefore subject to EU review. It's being reported today that the EU antitrust regulators will examine Apple’s acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam following a request from seven European countries. However they're already showing bias ..

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11:54
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X Batteries Less Impacted by Perform...

Apple's newest iPhones, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, use a "different performance management system" than older iPhones, which means any performance management features may be less noticeable on these devices.

Apple outlined the difference between its newer iPhones and older models in an updated support document covering the Battery Health features introduced in today's iOS 11.3 beta. Apple says iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X use a more advanced hardware and software design that's better able to estimate power needs and battery performance.

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery's power...

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A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and... | Read more »
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It's Valentine's Day! Did you get loads of cards and chocolates and other tacky, simple expressions of human affection? Did you send out tat because you find it almost impossible to express emotion unless there's a section dedicated to it at your... | Read more »
Florence (Games)
Florence 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Florence is an interactive storybook from the award-winning lead designer of Monument Valley about the heart-racing highs and... | Read more »
Purrfect Date (Games)
Purrfect Date 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cats are a lil’ like marmite. Either you absolutely head-over-heels love’ em, or… nahhh, who are we kidding?! Everyone... | Read more »
More monsters to collect and evolve in C...
A laid-back mix of RPG and TCG, Creature Quest is all about building your deck, evolving your creatures and winning in battle. It’s the creation of VC Mobile, set up by Might and Magic producer Jon Van Caneghem. There are elements of that classic... | Read more »
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Well, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has come out on mobile. This isn't a clone, this isn't a riff on the battleroyale mechanics of the game, it's the official mobile port by Tencent. But there's a little bit of a hitch. [Read more] | Read more »

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Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: – 27... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP for this model, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro currently offered by... Read more
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Amazon has the Silver 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Touch Bar MacBook Pro (MPXX2LL/A) on sale for $1649.99 including free shipping. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a new 13″... Read more
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Amazon has the 13″ 1.8GHz/256B Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $250 off MSRP including free shipping: – 13″ 1.8GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MQD42LL/A): $949.99, $250 off MSRP Their price is the lowest... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Apple offers Certified Refurbished 10″ and 12...
Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished 2017 10″ and 12″ iPad Pros for $100-$190 off MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: –... Read more
Apple Canada offers Certified Refurbished Mac...
 Canadian shoppers can save up to $560 on the purchase of a 2017 current-generation MacBook Pro, MacBook, or MacBook Air with Certified Refurbished models at Apple Canada. Apple’s refurbished prices... Read more

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