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Wednesday October 18

Samsung Announces 'Bixby 2.0' Designed for Smart...

Samsung today announced the second-generation version of its Bixby voice assistant, seven months after Bixby was first unveiled ahead of the launch of the Galaxy S8.

According to Samsung, Bixby 2.0 is a "fundamental leap forward for digital assistants" and a "bold reinvention of the platform," designed with the aim of making Bixby available on "any and all devices."

Bixby 2.0 will be available on smartphones, TVs, refrigerators, home speakers, and other connected technology products. Bixby 2.0 will be "open," allowing developers to choose how users interact with Bixby in their services.

Samsung says Bixby 2.0 features enhanced natural language capabilities to support more natural commands and complex processing, so it can "really get to know and understand" who you are and who...

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Apple Publishes another Issue in their Machine Learning Jo...

A year ago Google's CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the Google Manifesto wherein they noted that tech world was shifting from a Mobile First and an AI First market. In so many words try to convey that Apple brought the world the mobile revolution and it would be Google bringing on the next revolution where AI was the leading force behind future services and products. The PR war for the leadership of the next revolution based on AI has begun and a part of Apple's PR drive is to publish an ongoing Machine Learning Journal. Their first October issue has been published and our report provides you with an overview of the journal thus far.

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Amazon Sending New Round of Credits to E-Book Buyers as Pa...

Customers who purchased a Kindle e-book between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 may be receiving a credit from Amazon this morning as the retailer continues distributing funds from an antitrust lawsuit levied against Apple back in 2013 by the United States Justice Department.

Emails were sent out to eligible customers in the United States this morning, and Amazon has also set up a website that will list available credits for those who are eligible for a refund.

Apple, along with five other publishers including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and Penguin, was found guilty of conspiring to inflate the prices of e-books to weaken Amazon's dominant position in the market. While the five publishers settled, Apple held out and appealed several...

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs & the City of Toronto ar...

While Google is trying to reinvent their hardware line of products of late and make AI the center of their universe, their parent company Alphabet Inc. is looking at bigger picture projects that fall under various companies that they own such as Calico, DeepMind, Nest labs and others including Sidewalk Labs who happens to be in the news today. Sidewalk is working with the Canadian City of Toronto to a futuristic high-tech neighborhood that could be a model for other cities to follow.

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Apple Says 'Hey Siri' Detection Briefly Becomes...

A new entry in Apple's Machine Learning Journal provides a closer look at how hardware, software, and internet services work together to power the hands-free "Hey Siri" feature on the latest iPhone and iPad Pro models.

Specifically, a very small speech recognizer built into the embedded motion coprocessor runs all the time and listens for "Hey Siri." When just those two words are detected, Siri parses any subsequent speech as a command or query.

The detector uses a Deep Neural Network to convert the acoustic pattern of a user's voice into a probability distribution. It then uses a temporal integration process to compute a confidence score that the phrase uttered was "Hey Siri."

If the score is high enough, Siri wakes up and proceeds to complete the command or answer the query automatically.

If the score exceeds Apple's lower threshold but not the upper threshold, however, the...

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Sonos One Reviews: Premium Sound Partners Well With Alexa,...

Earlier in October, Sonos announced its new smart speaker device, called the Sonos One, which will launch On October 24 with support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The Sonos One allows users to control the speaker entirely through voice, providing smart speaker capabilities into a music-focused device, similar to Apple's marketing for the upcoming HomePod.

Ahead of the October 24 launch, reviews for the Sonos One have been posted online, with many sites giving the new speaker a favorable review thanks to Sonos' expected high-quality playback, which becomes particularly useful with Alexa controls. Still, those voice commands are limited at launch with only a few music services supporting Alexa, making the Sonos One slightly harder to recommend for users not already in the Amazon ecosystem....

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Apple's New Michigan Avenue Store in Chicago Opening...

The new Apple Michigan Avenue is scheduled to open this Friday. Today we learn that that the new Apple store has been sold ...

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Apple and GE Partner to Deliver Powerful Industrial Apps f...

To the dismay of Microsoft and other competitors, Apple's iOS has been steamrolling into the enterprise market full steam ahead with partnerships with IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte and Accenture over the last three years. Today another major enterprise partnership with announced with GE that will benefit Apple's iDevices and Macs while providing Apple developers with new opportunities starting ...

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WhatsApp will be rolling out Live Location Sharing for iOS...

Yesterday WhatsApp announced that it will be rolling out a new feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with family or friends in the coming weeks.

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Qualcomm's CEO closes his eyes to being Ruled an Abus...

Qualcomm's CEO is in perpetual state of denial of any wrong doing in the industry or to Apple even though both South Korea and Taiwan have found them guilty of abusing their monopoly power and handed down record fines. Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf was at it again yesterday during a live tech conference interview. Qualcomm's entire business model is being challenged and he believes that pixie dust will win out at the end of the day.

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Apple Removes Pro-Life App from App Store after Alleged pr...

Pro-Life website 'Life Site' reports that "Apple banned a pro-life mobile application after abortion supporters complained, even though the app was approved and previously offered on its App Store." Note: While this is a legitimate news story, it's also a politically charged one. If you're sensitive to such reports, don't read this report.

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Tuesday October 17

Technology Dreamer & Ex-DARPA Director Regina Dugan is...

Technology Dreamer Regina E. Dugan, who served as the 19th Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been bouncing around Silicon Valley over the past few years with some of the craziest ideas that never seemed to take hold. Dugan worked for Motorola, Google and Facebook. It's being announced today that Dugan will be leaving Facebook in search of another dreamy project.

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Intel Pumps Up 8th Gen Core Processors in Microsoft's...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today claiming it's more powerful than Apple's MacBook Pro." After filing our report Intel published a report about Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adopting their new Intel 8th Gen Core processors. Intel also introduced the industry's first AI Neural processor called Nervana.

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Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Develo...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a little over a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 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 10.13.1 appears to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes, but it also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie,...

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Google's new 'Clips' App could legally Clas...

Apple introduced a free mobile video editing app called 'Clips' on the App Store on April 6, 2017. It's only available on 64-bit devices running iOS 10.3 or later. Apple describes it as an app for "making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Today Apple's European trademark filing surfaced from London for the figurative version of the 'Clips' trademark. Legally Apple has a priority date of 21/04/2017 which could be a problem for Google's new products with the same branding.

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Microsoft Says Its New Surface Book 2 is Twice as Powerful...

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid.

The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 17 hours of battery life based on video playback.

Microsoft says those tech specs make the Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than the original Surface Book, and twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, but it didn't specify which configurations.

Microsoft's comparisons to its primary competitor didn't end there. On its website, it said the Surface Book 2 has 70 percent more battery life than the latest MacBook Pro, which lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.


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Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks 'Wow Factor...

Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google's latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple's iPhone series. The only slight negatives appear to surround Google's decision to aim for functional, more iterative updates over flashier feature additions.

Like most reviews posted today, The Verge was more impressed by the design and look of the Pixel 2 XL than the smaller Pixel 2, calling the latter phone "humdrum" with "big, chunky bezels" that don't compare favorably to the XL's smaller bezels and larger 6-inch screen....

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Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today cla...

In early September Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Hints that a new Device will be Unveiled at their European Event in Late October." It's very possible that Microsoft will use their London Keynote at the end of this month to introduce the new Windows 10 + Qualcomm 2-in-1 Always-On hybrid ARM based notebooks from partners HP, Lenovo, Asustek...

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Gartner Forecasts Smartphone Sales returning to Growth in...

According to a new Gartner report published today, worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are predicted to exceed 2.35 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.0 percent from 2017. This would mark the highest year-over-year growth since 2015. The report also clarifies a common misconception about mobile PCs.

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Apple's Supply Chain confirms that they'll meet...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with Foxconn Production now up to 400,000 Units per Week. The report noted that Apple's iPhone X production had increased 4X per week from 100,000 units to 400,000. In the coming weeks production is likely to continue to make dramatic increases. On that note, Apple's supply chain is confirming that they're on target to meet iPhone X demand for the holidays unless ...

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Apple Wins 48 Patent Today Covering a Next-Gen Wireless Ai...

It was only this past April that Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple's Next-Gen AirPods Case could double as a Wireless Charging Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent in record time. In total Apple was granted 48 patents today and 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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iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to Meet 20...

Yield rates for some iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping its first iPhone X units from its main plant in Zhengzhou, China. The same sources are now reporting improved production yield rates for key parts such as the 3D sensing modules, signaling the first positive indicator from suppliers previously struggling to meet Apple's demand.

The first batch of iPhone X devices has already been shipped out from Foxconn Electronics' site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple's demand...

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Apple Wins Third Patent for Displays with an Active Edge I...

Before there was ever a Samsung phone with active icons on the curved sides, there was an Apple granted patent. We covered this invention last summer when Android fans were saying that Apple was about to copy the Samsung Galaxy Edge. In fact Apple had gained their first patent on this before Samsung's patent or product. Today Apple has won their 3rd patent for this invention with updated patent claims about ...

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Monday October 16

Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in 'Guide to Greener Elec...

Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics, which provides insight into the environmental practices of 17 major companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and more.

Among all of the companies Greenpeace evaluated for energy, resource consumption, and chemicals, Apple received the second best marks, trailing behind only Fairphone, a device designed with minimal environmental impact in mind.

Apple was lauded for its commitment to renewable energy and reducing supply chain emissions and its efforts to be transparent about the chemicals that are used in its products.

According to Greenpeace, Apple is the only company to have set a renewable energy goal for its supply chain, and several of its suppliers have already committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.


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New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.

In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics discovered the majority of consumers are interested in CarPlay.

In the United States, 23 percent of respondents said CarPlay was a "must have" feature, while 56 percent said...

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Apple Responds to Senator's Request for Info on Face...

Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID.

Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the company's Vice President for Public Policy in the Americas.

In the letter, Hogan highlights its recent Face ID security paper and Face ID support document, which outline how Apple protects customer privacy and keeps customer data secure.

She also addresses several...

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Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup Crossover H...

Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized.

According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its existing customers include Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square, and Apple, with many of these companies offering on-campus medical care.

Citing three sources with knowledge of the talks, CNBC says it's not clear why no acquisition ultimately happened between the two companies. Apple also talked to One Medical...

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Apple's Mac Mini is Now Three Years Old, No Refresh D...

Today marks the third anniversary of the last update of the Mac mini, Apple's most affordable and compact desktop computer. The Mac mini was refreshed on October 16, 2014, and since then, the machine has seen no additional updates.

The Mac mini is positioned as a "bring your own" machine that comes without a mouse, keyboard, or display, and the current version is still running Haswell processors and integrated Intel HD 5000/Intel Iris Graphics.

Pricing on the Mac mini starts at $499 for the entry-level base configuration, making it far more affordable than the iMac, which starts at $1,099 for a non-4K 21-inch version.

With the 2014 refresh, fans were disappointed as Apple ceased offering a quad-core processor option and support for dual hard drives, features that have not returned.

At this point, it's not clear if and when Apple will introduce a new version of the Mac mini. Prior to the 2014...

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Apple Says 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Are Alr...

Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

The exploits have been addressed in the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS betas that are currently available to developers and will be rolling out to consumers soon.

A KRACK attack proof-of-concept from security researcher Mathy Vanhoef

Disclosed just this morning by researcher Mathy Vanhoef, the WPA2 vulnerabilities affect millions of routers, smartphones, PCs, and other devices, including Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Using a key installation attack, or "KRACK," attackers can exploit weaknesses in the WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out credit card numbers,...

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iMac Pros With Custom Xeon Chips Possibly Appear on Geekbe...

While the iMac Pro doesn't launch for another six weeks or so, possible benchmarks for the computer may have already surfaced on Geekbench. The results provide us with an early look at just how powerful Apple's $4,999-and-up desktop workstation will be when it is released in December.

Interestingly, the iMac Pro models benchmarked appear to have custom, downclocked Xeon chips that Intel hasn't publicly announced yet. There is a benchmark result for a model with a 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon W-2140B processor, while a third listing exists for a model with a 3.0GHz 10-core Xeon W-2150B chip.

All of the models are identified as "AAPJ1371,1," and unlike other Xeon chips, the processors have a "B" suffix. A few of the benchmark results are from late August, while the rest are...

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Consumer Research indicates that Apple Fans buying their N...

A new report by Strategy Analytics states that access to smartphone apps through in-car HMI is increasingly important to consumers’ purchase decisions. Mobile apps are preferred for many navigation tasks, especially more advanced ones.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 11.1 update to developers, one week after releasing the second iOS 11.1 beta and a month after releasing the iOS 11 update to the public.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

iOS 11.1 introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

Several emoji have also seen some small design changes in iOS 11.1, including the dolphin, octopus, bee, snail, and whale...

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Apple Plans to Appeal $439M 'Final Judgment' in...

VirnetX today announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has denied all of Apple's motions in a longstanding FaceTime-related patent lawsuit between the two companies.

The court also granted all of VirnetX's motions in the retrial and increased the royalty rates that Apple owes during the infringement period, resulting in a revised final judgment amount of $439.7 million.

"We are elated with the Court's Final Judgement of $439 million in that not only did it affirm the jury's verdict of $1.20 per infringing iPhone, iPad and Mac Product, but also added for willful infringement, interest and attorney fees. This is the third time a jury has ruled in our favor against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO.


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Huawei launched their new Mate 10 Smartphone Lineup in Ger...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "IDC Researcher Claims Huawei likely to Overtake Apple in 2018 as new Devices Debut in Germany this Morning." In this report we present you with the full Huawei's Mate 10 event keynote video from Germany. For those interested in knowing more about one of Apple's top competitors, you could watch their Keynote below which begins at the 1 hour mark. The presentation runs about 1.5 hours.

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Eddy Cue Says He 'Disagrees Vehemently' With Tho...

Just over a decade after the iPhone launched, and six years after Steve Jobs passed, some critics believe that Apple's pace of innovation has slowed. Unsurprisingly, Apple's services chief Eddy Cue doesn't share that opinion.

"I disagree vehemently with that and I think we've been incredibly innovative," said Cue, in a recent interview with Indian publication Livemint.

Cue pointed out that both the iPad and Apple Watch launched after the iPhone, while noting that revolutionary products take time. He also believes that Apple's work on Mac, macOS, and iOS has led the market.Apple historically has a track record of coming out with industry-defining products, whether it's the Mac or iPhone or iPod. But over the past decade, there's a been perception that the pace of innovation and the pace at which Apple has come out with...

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Major Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Uncovered Put Millions of Devi...

Mathy Vanhoef, a postdoctoral researcher at Belgian university KU Leuven, has discovered and disclosed major vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks.

Vanhoef said an attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using so-called KRACKs, or key reinstallation attacks, which can result in any data or information that the victim transmits being decrypted. Attackers can eavesdrop on network traffic on both private and public networks.

As explained by Ars Technica, the primary attack exploits a four-way handshake that is used to establish a key for encrypting traffic. During the third step, the key can be resent multiple times. When it's resent in...

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IDC Researcher Claims Huawei likely to Overtake Apple in 2...

According to a CNBC interview with Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, "Huawei is today the biggest challenger to Apple and Samsung. Indeed they are growing very fast. They will probably overtake Apple in the smartphone business, either this year or next year.

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The Dark Side to Samsung's High Quarterly Profits is...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Dramatic Executive Departures at Samsung this week shows the Extent of Turmoil that remains behind the Scenes." In dramatic fashion, Kwon revealed that the company is facing a grave situation despite making record earnings. Kwon stated that "Record earnings are based on investment made in the past. But we are still struggling to find the next growth engine for the future." In today's report we get to understand what was behind Kwon's dark statement.

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Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with F...

It's being report today in a supply chain report that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has started shipping iPhone X devices, with the first batch of 46,500 units already being shipped out from Zhengzhou and Shanghai. Foxconn's production of the iPhone is beginning to gather steam.

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India's Economic Times TV Interviews Apple's SVP...

While in Mumbai, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue spoke to India's Economic Times TV Mahalingam about his current trip to India. Our report covers a few of the key questions posed to Cue.

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Sunday October 15

Samsung wins a Patent for a Smart Bracelet with a Flexible...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report covering IDC's wearable device market forecast up to 2021. While smart clothing is to experience a burst of strength over the next four years, it's still wrist-based wearables like smartwatches and wrist bands that will clearly dominated this market segment. Patently Apple has covered Apple patents covering smart fabrics back in August, while...

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Apple's VP of Inclusion & Diversity Honestly Spea...

Apple’s Denise Young Smith sent an apology to team members at Apple today over comments she made at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. Political correctness wins the day.

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Activists urge Apple to drop Pro President Duterte Philipp...

A group of civil society organizations has demanded that Apple remove from its app store games it said violated the tech firm’s guidelines and promoted violence and killings commonplace in the Philippines’ war on drugs.

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Qualcomm Seeks to Stop iPhone Sales in China with new Pate...

Qualcomm confirmed an earlier report this week that the chipmaker had filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple's iPhones in the country.

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Saturday October 14

Apple's Original 3D Touch Patents Surface in Europe t...

Earlier today Patently Apple discovered two patents in Europe that were published on Wednesday that covered their original filings for 3D Touch. In total there were more than 500 patent figures associated with the lead patent. The patent covers 3D Touch in almost every application from email to Apple Music to multi-page documents to Maps, the Control Center and more. Our report provides with full documents illustrating the patent figures and description documents.

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Friday October 13

Apple Extends Internal iOS 11.1 Apple Pay Cash Testing to...

Starting in early October, Apple corporate employees in the United States began testing Apple Pay Cash internally in the iOS 11.1 beta, suggesting the person-to-person Apple Pay feature could be introduced in iOS 11.1 despite its current absence from the iOS 11.1 developer beta.

Apple has now expanded its internal Apple Pay Cash feature to its retail employees, making it available to a much wider range of people for testing purposes.

Retail employees gained access to the feature today and have been asked to install both the iOS 11.1 beta and an additional internal-only beta profile to unlock the Apple Pay Cash feature. According to the retail employee who spoke to MacRumors, Apple is also requiring iCloud accounts to be whitelisted to use Apple Pay Cash.

The Apple Pay Cash setup process can be seen in the screenshot below -- it asks customers to verify their...

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Apple's Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor 'Sold Out,'...

Apple in May purchased Beddit, a company that develops health-related hardware. It was an unusual acquisition because Apple continued to sell the company's Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor on, and collected sleep data from the device.

As of early October, though, the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor has been listed as "Sold Out" on Apple's website, suggesting it has perhaps been quietly retired. When an Apple product is sold out, that typically means it's not going to be restocked. Since the Apple acquisition, the device has only been sold at and is not available elsewhere either.

With the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor no longer available, it's not known what Apple will do with the Beddit sleep technology in the future. Apple ...

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Qualcomm Asks China to Stop Manufacturing and Selling iPho...

Qualcomm recently filed lawsuits in China in an attempt to stop Apple from selling and manufacturing iPhones in the country, reports Bloomberg. Much of Apple's iPhone assembly process takes place in China, as does the manufacturing of many iPhone components. China is also an important market for Apple, accounting for 22.5 percent of Apple's sales in 2016.

In a filing with the Beijing intellectual property court on September 29, Qualcomm claimed patent infringement and requested injunctive relief. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them," said a Qualcomm spokesperson about the filing.

According to Qualcomm, the lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents covering power management and the Force Touch technology that Apple uses in its touch screens.

Qualcomm and Apple have been...

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Apple Updates Trademarks including 'Apple Music'...

Since Apple's WWDC event back in June Apple legal has been very busy filing a long string on new and updated trademarks for Apple as noted in our archives. The most recent trademark filings include an update to Apple Music and ....

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Apple Still Offering Free Delayed Battery Repairs for Some...

If you own a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display released in Mid 2012 or Early 2013, and your notebook qualifies for battery service, the repair should be free if you are willing to wait for around one month.

Apple has advised Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers to offer these customers a free battery repair if they are willing to wait until at least November 15 for the service to be completed.

Apple has offered this option since August 25 due to a continued shortage of the aluminum enclosure that the battery is glued into on the aforementioned MacBook Pro models, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors.

Top case with glued-in battery for Mid 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro via iFixit

If a customer does not wish to delay the repair, Apple says that standard out-of-warranty prices for battery service apply: $199 in the United States, £199 in the United Kingdom, $289 in Australia, or $259 in Canada...

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iOS Gained Market Share in Most Countries This Summer, Alt...

Apple's portion of the mobile ecosystem market increased in eight major territories in the three months ending August 2017, according to new data collected and shared by Kantar Worldpanel. Over the summer of 2017, iOS saw growth in the following territories compared to the same year-ago period: Spain (4.4 percentage point increase), followed by China (4.3), the United States (3.7), Germany (2.3), France (1.7), the European Union (1.2), Australia (0.9), and Italy (0.4).

Specifically, iOS grew from 31.3 to 35 percentage points year-over-year in the U.S., and although Android still dominates the U.S. smartphone OS market at 63.2 percentage points, it has dipped slightly from its hold of 66.1 percentage points in the same year-ago period. Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's Global Business Unit Director, said that "Apple maintained strong momentum in the US one...

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Dramatic Executive Departures at Samsung this week shows t...

On September first Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's President of Consumer Electronics Surprisingly Reveals the Depressing Current Reality at Samsung." Today we're learning that the same Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun is stepping down at the end of tenure ending next March. In a rare statement, Kwon described a nightmare at Samsung behind the scene.

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iPhone With Apple Pencil Support Could Launch 'As Ear...

Apple is reportedly "mulling" the idea of launching a stylus compatible with iPhone, believed to be a new iteration of the Apple Pencil, which is currently only supported by the iPad Pro. The rumor comes from industry sources speaking to The Korea Herald (via The Investor), which claimed that Apple engineers "have recently been working" on a new iPhone device that "comes with a digital pen," aiming for a potential launch in 2019.

The sources said that the iPhone stylus is likely to adopt a "supercapacitor stylus type" for price benefits, contrasting with Samsung's Galaxy Note pen which is based on electromagnetic resonance technology that needs additional panel components to be installed underneath the smartphone display. "A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel," according to the industry sources.

Notably, Apple's...

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Kantar: Apple's iOS Posted Growth in the U.S., German...

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar reveals that for the three months ending in August 2017, iOS posted growth in the US, China, Germany, France, and Spain. There was also great news for iOS in urban China.

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A Korean Rumor Claims that Apple is Working on a new Apple...

In 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Dodged a Bullet this week, but for How Long?" The report pointed to Apple's CEO alluding to have seen an iPhone using Apple Pencil. In an interview with India's NDTV in 2016, Apple's CEO stated that "If you've ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it's really unbelievable." Today a new rumor from Korea claims that Apple will introduce an iPhone with an all-new Apple Pencil using new technology.

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Foxconn's Revenues Soared for September with iPhone X...

It's being reported today that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$451.04 billion (US$14.83 billion) for September, up 42.4% on month.

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Apple's iPhone X Supplier for Face ID Camera Modules...

Patently Apple posted a report on September 5th titled "Apple Reportedly Books up Production of High-End Dual Lens Camera Modules at Largan Precision's new Plant." The report stated that Apple was booking up production capacity 12 megapixel (and higher) lens modules at Largan's new factory. Only Largan meets Apple's minimum rate requirement. Today we're learning that the company is exploring a next-gen lens ..

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Thursday October 12

Kuo: All iPhone Models in 2018 Likely to Abandon Fingerpri...

All of the iPhones Apple plans to produce in 2018 are likely to abandon the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in favor of facial recognition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a note sent out this evening.

According to Kuo, Apple will embrace Face ID as its authentication method for a competitive advantage over Android smartphones. Kuo has previously said that it could take years for Android smartphone manufacturers to produce technology that can match the TrueDepth camera and the Face ID feature coming in the iPhone X.

We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications.Face ID, says Kuo, will...

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Remote Desktop Expert Aqua Connect Sues Apple on Two Count...

Aqua Connect Inc. and their wholly-owned subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners are jointly suing Apple for patent infringement. The companies claim that Apple is infringing two patents relating to a user session in a Mach-derived system environment. The company claims that Apple's AirPlay uses their technology without permission and more.

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Google Hammers Home Hardware 'Powered by AI' but...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "As the Transition from the Mobile Revolution to the AI Revolution begins, Google Declares War on Apple." Google's event on October 4th was out to make a statement about their leadership in all-things AI and that going forward it would play a role in new products that began with the Pixel 2 smartphone's camera. In today's report we show you more examples of how Google is pushing AI into multiple products and cover the fiasco over their new Google Home mini speaker recording private ...

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iOS 11 Overtakes iOS 10, Now Installed on 47% of Devices

A little over three weeks after being released to the public, iOS 11 adoption has reached its 47 percent, successfully overtaking iOS 10, according to data collected by analytics company Mixpanel.

With iOS 11 installed on 47 percent of devices, iOS 10 is now installed on 46 percent of devices. 6.7 percent of devices also continue to run iOS 9 or earlier.

iOS 11 adoption has been much slower than iOS 10 adoption during the same timeframe last year. It took just two weeks for iOS 10 to overtake iOS 9, while iOS 11 was only installed on 38.5 percent of devices at the two week mark.

Adoption rates have been steadily increasing, though. At 24 hours, iOS 11 was installed on...

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Games Are Most Popular ARKit-Only Apps, Accounting for 62%...

Apps that use the ARKit framework Apple introduced in iOS 11 have been installed 3 million times around the world since September 19, according to new data shared today by analytics firm Sensor Tower (via TechCrunch).

Many of the ARKit-only apps that are available are games, accounting for 35 percent of ARKit apps worldwide. ARKit-only apps include those that are built entirely around the new ARKit technology, rather than apps that have added some ARKit features.

Utilities are the second most popular ARKit category, accounting for 19 percent of apps, while 11 percent of ARKit apps are in the Entertainment category and 7 percent are in the Education category.

Many of the top ARKit-only apps are games, with four games among the top five highest-grossing ARKit apps. Titles like AR Dragon, Zombie Gunship Revenant, The Machines,...

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Apple's Health Project Aimed at the Heart Continues w...

It was just last week that Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple is Developing Watch Technology to Detect Heart Abnormalities and now blood Pressure. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple relating to a blood pressure app that could be presented in a future Apple Watch. It could be considered part two of last week's revelations.

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Here's How Much the Inside of an iPhone Has Changed i...

Bloomberg has partnered with iFixit to provide a high-resolution look at how the inside of the iPhone has changed since first launching a decade ago.

The original iPhone on left vs. brand new iPhone 8 via Bloomberg

The original iPhone, above left, is equipped with a bulky, yellow lithium-ion battery rated for 1,400 mAh. Apple said that was good enough for up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of web browsing, seven hours of video playback, or 24 hours of audio playback, but real-world results certainly varied.

In the top-left corner sits a 2-megapixel rear camera that lacks an LED flash and shoots photos that are unequivocally blurry by today's standards.

While shielding covers many of the other components, the original iPhone is equipped with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of storage, a single-core ARM11 processor downclocked to 412 MHz, just 128MB of RAM, and a PowerVR...

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iPhone X Supply Revised Lower Yet Again as TrueDepth Syste...

A new report today yet again suggests that customers looking to get an iPhone X this year might face quite the challenge.

Jeff Pu, an analyst with Taipei-based Yuanta Investment Consulting, has cut his forecast of the number of iPhone X devices that will be produced this year from 40 million units to 36 million. It's the second time he has revised down his estimate, which originally totaled 45 million earlier this year.

The underlying reason is that Apple's suppliers are still struggling to perfect manufacturing of the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition system, according to Japan's Nikkei Asian Review. We first heard about the production issues...

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Himax Technology has reportedly begun shipments of Chips S...

According to a new supply chain report today, Fabless IC firm Himax Technologies has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple. It's a crucial part for the iPhone X ...

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Tim Cook Travels to Sweden to Visit Local Apple Office and...

After first traveling around France earlier in the week and meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron, then heading to Oxford University in the United Kingdom for the opening of The Oxford Foundry, Apple CEO Tim Cook has now traveled to Stockholm, Sweden today. Just after 9 a.m. local time, Cook was spotted getting out of a black, unmarked Mercedes in Stockholm.

Cook was on Kungsgatan, a street in central Stockholm where Apple's office is located within the city, and an eyewitness speaking to Breakit [...

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Apple Invents a Laser that cuts Micro Slots in OLED or Mic...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple relating to future folding iDevices titled "Electronic Devices with Displays." The timing of Apple's latest patent filing being made public is interesting in light of a report that Patently Apple was first to report on yesterday titled "A New Rumor Surfaces in South Korea claiming that Apple and LG are collaborating on a future Foldable iPhone."

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An Industry Group Representing Apple & Other Tech Comp...

It's being reported that US industry groups representing Apple, IBM and other tech giants have blamed China’s rules on inbound investment for infringing the intellectual property rights of US companies.

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High Court in Ireland Gives Apple Green Light for a $1 Bil...

On Sunday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Hardy Group of Irishman from Athenry attended a Rally today Supporting Apple's Proposed Data Centre." We noted that the decision on this matter would be handed down by the court on Thursday. Today we learn that Apple's $1 billion data center has been given the green light, dismissing ...

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Apple Invents a 360° Head-Mounted Display System that Rela...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to monoscopic (1 view) or stereoscopic (2 view) 180 degree (hemisphere) or 360 degree (full sphere) photography and post-production for distribution to dome, mobile or head-mounted display virtual reality applications.

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Wednesday October 11

78% of Teens Surveyed Own an iPhone, 82% Plan to Purchase

The iPhone's popularity among teens continues to grow, according to new data gathered by investment firm Piper Jaffray for the fall edition of its semiannual U.S. teen survey.

78 percent of teens surveyed own an iPhone, up two percent from the spring 2017 survey conducted earlier this year. 82 percent of teens said their next smartphone will be an iPhone, the highest amount of interest ever noted in one of these surveys.

This jump in interest can perhaps be attributed to the 2017 iPhone lineup, which includes the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge display and a TrueDepth camera for facial recognition purposes.

Teen interest in the Apple Watch is also up, and 17 percent of teens surveyed said they plan to buy an Apple Watch in the next six months, up from 13 percent in spring 2017.

Piper Jaffray says the...

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Facebook Just introduced the new 'Oculus Go' $19...

In July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Facebook's Oculus Slashes Headset Prices in 'Summer of Rift' Promotion that many see as a Panic Sale." With Microsoft partners launching mixed reality headsets for as low as $299 this Christmas, Facebook had to go into panic mode and hold a fire sale. Today Facebook introduced their all-new headset called 'Oculus Go.'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks to Students at Oxford University

Apple CEO Tim Cook today headed over to Oxford University for the opening of The Oxford Foundry, a new "innovation space" that's open to all University of Oxford students.

Cook was on hand to cut the ribbon at the new location, and afterwards, he sat down for a Q&A session with Oxford students alongside Oxford professors and administrators.

Because he was speaking to a group of students, Cook talked about his early life experiences, how he began to hunt for a job after leaving college, and his decision to join Apple. Early on, he said, his goal was to find a job that he loved. "I wanted to love the work I did," he said. "I no longer have that goal."I realized the purpose of life wasn't to love your job, it was to serve humanity in a broad way. And the outcome of doing that would mean you love your job. I realized I wasn't in a place to do that, so sometime thereafter, I...

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Taiwan's FTC Hits Qualcomm with a Record $773 Million...

Patently Apple posted a report back in late 2016 titled "Korea's Antitrust Agency Hits Qualcomm with Record $865 Million Fine for Excessive Licensing Fees to Phone Makers." In a statement, the South Korean FTC had said that "It is the first time that the FTC corrects Qualcomm's unfair business model. Today we learn that Taiwan's FTC has now slammed Qualcomm with yet another record fine for violating antitrust rules for at least the last 7 years.

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Apple Working With LG Display on Future Foldable iPhone

Apple is developing an iPhone with a foldable display alongside LG Display, reports Korean site The Investor. Apple is said to have chosen to work with LG and not Samsung out of fears that Samsung could get ahold of sensitive tech.

This is not the first time we've heard rumors of a future iPhone with a foldable display. Back in December of 2016, rumors suggested LG's display division would begin mass-producing foldable displays for smartphones as early as 2018, with Apple said to be one possible partner.

LG has shown off several foldable display prototypes over the last two years, including one that folds over like a book and a second that rolls up much like a newspaper. LG's foldable displays use flexible OLED panels and LG has been working to increase durability and yield rate.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.0.3 Update With Haptic Feedback and...

Apple today released iOS 11.0.3, the third official update to the new iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.0.3 comes a little over one week after Apple released iOS 11.0.2, an update that fixed an issue causing crackling sounds to come from the iPhone 8 earpiece, and almost one month after the official release of iOS 11.

The iOS 11.0.3 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.

Today's update addresses bugs and issues that have been discovered since the release of iOS 11.0.2. According to Apple's release notes, the update fixes issues related to haptic feedback and the touchscreen. - Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices

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A New Rumor Surfaces in South Korea claiming that Apple an...

Patently Apple posted a report back in December 2016 titled "Korean Report Wildly Speculates that LG is Working with Apple, Google & Microsoft to Deliver Foldable Devices by 2018." Will we actually see a folding smartphone from Apple next year? Likely not, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill in Korea from expanding on that original rumor. Today we're learning that "Apple has reportedly started ...

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Tim Cook Thinks Retailers Will Find Augmented Reality as K...

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes there isn't any sector or industry that will be untouched by augmented reality going forward.

Tim Cook via Alastair Nicol for Vogue

In a recent interview with Vogue, Cook said he believes the technology will transform everything from fashion runway shows to shopping."If you think about a runway show in the fashion world, that's a great application of AR because some of these, you want to see the dress all the way around, you do not want to just see the front." That kind of experience is all the more important now that runway shows are catering to a wider consumer audience watching online, and not just those seated in the front rows, he added.Apple's chief envisions a world where customers will essentially be able to "point and buy" products. If your friend is wearing a pair of shoes you like, for example, you...

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As the Transition from the Mobile Revolution to the AI Rev...

Right up to yesterday Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated in an interview with the Independent that its competitors "don’t control the hardware and software. It goes to what Apple is about – the integration of those two things."
Microsoft has been trying to copy Apple's secret sauce with their Surface line of products for years with little success. Now Google, starting with their October 4th event, has decide to take a similar stance to beat Apple at their own game.

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Apple Trails Google, Amazon, and Microsoft Among Ideal Emp...

Apple has ranked fourth, behind Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, in a recent survey of the most ideal employers for tech professionals in the United States. Apple ranked ahead of Facebook, IBM, The Walt Disney Company, and Tesla.

The online survey was conducted by tech careers site Dice between June 2017 and August 2017. There were a total of 5,477 respondents, who were asked to name their top three choices for the most desirable company for which to work.

When asked what matters most to them in an employer, tech professionals mentioned competitive salaries, challenging work, benefits, positive organizational culture, and transparent communication as the most important factors.

While the survey results are subjective, having a career at Apple undoubtedly has some benefits, including generous compensation and the chance to work on some of the world's most iconic products like the Mac and iPhone.


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Tuesday October 10

Apple Adds 2017 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models to Refurbished...

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add a selection of 15-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with a Touch Bar, which is the first time the new machines have been available through the refurbished store since their June 2017 release.

As of the writing of this article, Apple's refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15 percent.

The base model 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and a Radeon Pro 555 graphics card is available for $2,039, for example, a discount of $360 off the price when purchased new. Both Silver and Space Gray models are available in a handful of different configurations.

All of these machines are listing shipping estimates of 30 days, which may be in error as they have just recently been added to the refurbished store.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Technology Doesn't Exist to do AR...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down for a wide ranging interview with The Independent alongside several app developers where he discussed augmented reality in its current incarnation on the iPhone and provided a bit of insight into Apple's plans for future devices that could potentially take advantage of augmented reality, like smart glasses.

As is typical, Cook refused to comment on products Apple has in development, but when questioned about the topic, he said the technology to create a pair of augmented reality smart glasses "in a quality way" does not exist today."But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face - there's huge challenges with that.

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Round Two over Encryption between the U.S. Government and...

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday sharply criticized technology companies that have built strongly encrypted products, suggesting Silicon Valley is more willing to comply with foreign government demands for data than those made by their home country.

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IDC shows that Apple Scratched out mild growth in PC'...

A new IDC report shows that PC shipments for Q3 2017 showed a 0.5% decline, better than the 1.4% decline forecast. Only Japan and Canada showed healthy PC growth. In the U.S. experienced a notable decline in notebooks shipments with desktops faring better. HP is the only company to have had decent growth at 6% with Lenovo, Dell and Apple ...

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Apple's Mac Shipments Down in Q3 2017 Amid Continuing...

Amid an ongoing decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple's Mac shipments also experienced a decline in the third quarter of 2017 according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner. In Q3 2017, Apple shipped an estimated 4.6 million Macs worldwide, down from 4.89 million in the year-ago quarter, marking a 5.6 percent decline in growth.

Apple's market share for the quarter comes in at 6.9 percent, down from 7 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Apple was ranked the number five worldwide PC vendor after HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Asus. Apple was also the number five worldwide PC vendor in 3Q 2016, but the company has dropped from number four since Q2 2017.

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Developer Demonstrates iOS Phishing Attack That Uses Apple...

Developer Felix Krause today shared a proof of concept phishing attack that's gaining some traction as it clearly demonstrates how app developers can use Apple-style popups to gain access to an iPhone user's Apple ID and password.

As Krause explains, iPhone and iPad users are accustomed to official Apple requests for their Apple ID and password for making purchases and accessing iCloud, even when not in the App Store or iTunes app.

Using a UIAlertController that emulates the design of the system request for a password, developers can create an identical interface as a phishing tool that can fool many iOS users.Showing a dialog that looks just like a system popup is super easy, there is no magic or secret code involved, it's literally the examples provided in the Apple docs, with a custom text.

I decided not to open source the actual popup...

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Apple Inks Content Deal with Spielberg and NBCUniversal

Reuters is reporting today that "Apple Inc has signed a content deal with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Comcast Corp‘s NBCUniversal television production business. The deal involves a 10 episode...

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Apple Granted Two Patents Related to 3D Depth Mapping Syst...

On September 16 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Face ID has been in the work for many Years and its Debut fulfills many In-Depth Camera Patents." Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published another couple of granted patents that cover Apple's 3D scanner that's included in the camera projector found in the new iPhone X smartphone.

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Apple Inks Deal With Steven Spielberg for 'Amazing St...

Apple is teaming up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast's NBC Universal TV production unit to create new episodes of sci-fi series "Amazing Stories," reports The Wall Street Journal.

"Amazing Stories" is a science fiction and horror series created by Spielberg that originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987. During its two-year tenure, the show won five Emmy Awards. It focused on a new topic each episode, in the vein of "Tales From the Crypt," "Twilight Zone," and "Black Mirror."

Apple plans to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories" alongside Amblin and NBC Universal, with plans to spend more than $5 million per episode. Spielberg is likely to be an executive producer for the new version of the show, according to The Wall Street Journal's sources.

"Amazing Stories" is the...

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This Video will make Apple's Greg Joswiak pull his Ha...

Patently Apple posted a report back in early September titled "Apple's Marketing VP says that Siri was designed to be a "Get-Shit-Done Machine" not Trivial Pursuit!" Well, a new video out today on Siri is enough to have Apple's VP pull the hair out of his head one strand at a time.

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Apple Shares Meticulous Steps Taken to Ensure iPhone Packa...

Apple has shared a new Paper and Packaging Strategy white paper, outlining steps the company takes to reduce its paper impact by using paper more efficiently, sourcing it responsibly, and protecting or creating sustainable working forests.

iPhone 7 packaging

To protect the environment for the future, Apple said three priorities guide its efforts:

1. Reduce impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in products and facilities.

2. Conserve precious resources by using materials efficiently, using more recycled and renewable content in products, and recovering material from products at the end of their life.

3. Identify, develop, and utilize safer materials in products and processes.

The change in iPhone packaging from iPhone 6s to iPhone 7 illustrates the significant impact of Apple's...

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India is Close to being a 'Basket Case' Country...

On October 5th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Indian Government Considering Exemptions sought by Apple for setting up another iPhone Assembly Unit." Within 24 hours there was a TV report in India where the Minister had said that Apple wasn't getting any special consessions and there was a lot of anger pointed at Apple wanting special treatment. Today a new report from India's Economic Times claims that the Government is weighing up Apple's proposal to set up manufacturing unit in India. Is the governement speaking from both sides of their mouth?

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Now Own at Least One Apple...

A new survey conducted by CNBC has found that 64 percent of Americans own an Apple product of some kind, a number that's increased from 50 percent in a similar survey published in 2012. The average American household owns 2.6 Apple products, which is "up by a full Apple product" from the previous survey. The All-America Economic Survey polled 800 people across the United States in late September, and CNBC said that the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Apple device ownership rates dip below 50 percent in the 2017 survey for Americans with incomes under $30,000, retirees, and women over the age of 50. CNBC reported that the "wealthiest Americans" own 4.7 Apple products per household, while the "poorest" have...

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Apple, Cisco and other Foreign Companies will have to star...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Tim Cook's meeting with French President Macron was relatively brief and to the Point about future Taxes." Today, it looks like South Korea now wants in the tax grab as well.

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Apple may Gain BOE as a new Supply Chain Participant for f...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Beyond the 160 Million OLED Displays already Secured with Samsung, Apple is now in Talks with China's BOE." Today a new report reiterates that Apple is still in talks with BOE who now has entered the flexible OLED market that could directly compete with Samsung.

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Eye-Popping new Poll finds that the average household owns...

Apple's iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and iMacs are as American as Apple Pie these days according to a new poll. The CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds that 64 percent of Americans now own an Apple product, up from ...

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Wells Fargo Adds Apple Pay Support to More Than 5,000 ATMs

Wells Fargo today announced that NFC functionality is now available at more than 5,000 of its ATMs across the United States.

The technology enables customers to initiate an ATM transaction by holding their smartphone or wearable device with mobile payment functionality near an NFC-enabled ATM terminal and inputting their PIN.

Supported digital wallets include Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and the bank's own Wells Fargo Wallet for Android.

Customers that have added their Wells Fargo debit card to Apple Pay, for example, can simply hold their iPhone near the ATM, enter their PIN, and complete a transaction, with no physical plastic card required.

Wells Fargo said it plans to upgrade the rest of the company's more than 13,000 ATMs with NFC by 2019. NFC-enabled terminals are marked with the universal contactless...

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Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering the iPad Pro'...

This week Apple's design master Jony Ive was interviewed by the New Yorker during their Tech Fest. Noted in the transcript, Ive said at one point that "there are certain ideas that we have and we are waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea." One such invention that has to wait for the technology to catch up is integrating solar cells into devices such as Apple's Magic Mouse and MacBook trackpad. Today Apple was granted their seventh solar cell patent. Beyond that, our report covers Apple's patent win for the iPad Pro's Multitasking, making it another patent fulfilled. Apple was also granted patents for ...

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Apple Wins Patent for Reinventing the Watch Band with Auto...

Patently Apple posted an Apple patent application report a year ago titled "Apple Reinvents the Watch Band with Auto Adjustment+." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple Inc. this patent. The invention will allow owners of a future Apple Watch to dynamically adjust the fit of their watch band through a simple automated system. The perfect fit will be achieved for your leisurely times or when you crank up your workout and need your watch band to hug your wrist like its one with you as you move. It will even assist users to take ...

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12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook on sale for $11...
Amazon has the 2017 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free: 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP Read more
Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierr...
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 12.0, a significant upgrade to its professional strength text and code editor. BBEdit 12 introduces a new foundation... Read more
Yale Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-...
Yale Locks & Hardware has announced that Apple HomeKit support for its Assure Lock family is available this month. The new Yale iM1 Network Module, which provides support for the Apple Home app... Read more

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*Apple* News Product Marketing Mgr., Publish...
Job Summary The Apple News Product Marketing Manager will work closely with a cross-functional group to assist in defining and marketing new features and services. Read more
Fraud Analyst, *Apple* Advertising Platform...
Job Summary Apple Ad Platforms has an opportunity to redefine advertising on mobile devices. Apple reaches hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Read more
*Apple* Information Security - Security Data...
Job Summary This role is responsible for helping to strengthen Apple 's information security posture through the identification and curation of security event data. Read more
Lead *Apple* Solution Consultant - Apple In...
…develop a team of diverse partner employees focusing on excellence to deliver the Apple story. Even when you're not present, you will maintain a consistent influence Read more
watchOS Frameworks Engineering Manager, *App...
Job Summary Join the team that is shaping the future of software development for Apple Watch! Apple is looking for an exceptional software engineering leader to Read more
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