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Monday July 10

Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, more than two weeks after releasing the original second beta and over a month after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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.

The second iOS 11 beta included a slew of bug fixes, addressing issues that were discovered in the first beta. The third beta will also include many bug fixes, but could also focus more heavily on feature tweaks and changes. In iOS 11 beta 2, there were only a handful of changes, most notably the enabling of Do Not Disturb mode.

iOS 11 introduces some design changes, including a customizable Control...

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Apple is Designing their Largest Retail Stores ever for In...

Xiaomi opened their second plant in India in March and now makes a smartphone every second of the day. Xiaomi's plants are operated by Foxconn and they employ over 5,000 people. Xiaomi has one retail store at present in Bengaluru and aim to open 100 new stores over the next two years while Apple is still waiting for the Indian...

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Charitybuzz Auctions Another Lunch With Eddy Cue at Apple...

Charitybuzz today launched an auction in which the winning bidder will have lunch with Apple's services chief Eddy Cue at the company's newly constructed Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The auction has an estimated value of $50,000. Bids can be placed between now and Tuesday, July 25 at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time, in support of non-profit organization Autism Movement Therapy, based in Van Nuys, California.

Autism Movement Therapy works to provide expressive movement therapy and workplace readiness skills resulting in meaningful, dignified employment for individuals with autism and related disorders, according to Charitybuzz.Here's your chance to have lunch with Eddy Cue at the stunning new 175-acre Apple Headquarters in...

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Facebook's Oculus Slashes Headset Prices in 'Sum...

With Apple supporting HTC's VIVE on the high-end and Microsoft partners HP, Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Acer announcing support for HoloLens technology with headsets at the low-end at $299 for this Christmas, Facebook sees the walls closing in on them. Today we learn that the harsh reality for Facebook-owned Oculus is that sales of its premium Rift virtual reality headsets have not taken off.

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Apple Suppliers for Processors, Chassis and new 'Head...

A number of Apple suppliers are reporting upbeat results for Q2 and about the second half of the year. Chinese publication Commercial Times reporting on TSMC today noted that "Looking forward to the third quarter, with Apple's new iphone processor A11 shipments, coupled with the traditional peak season, TSMC's 10 nm shipments this season is expected to be significantly amplified....

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Apple announces that a Second Data Center is planned to op...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Enters Agreement with Denmark University for new Biogas R&D Partnership." Their first center is to open later this year. Today we're learning that Apple will open a second data center in Denmark in first half of 2019

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'iPhone 8' to Come in Four Colors Including New...

Apple could make its upcoming OLED iPhone available in four different shades, including a new "mirror-like" reflective version not seen before in previous models. That's the latest claim from mobile leaker Benjamin Geskin, who shared an example image via Twitter over the weekend showing what the new color option could resemble.

The image the leaker provided is just an iPhone in a third-party reflective case, but it offers some idea of what a purported "mirrored" handset might look like if Apple decided to offer such a design as part of its color options.

2017 OLED iPhone - four colors. New one - mirror like.

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 8, 2017

Geskin offered no details regarding the source of his...

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Sunday July 9

Patents show Apple & Microsoft Racing to bring Hand Ge...

In late June Patently Apple posted two back to back patent reports titled "Apple Working on a Future Hand Gesturing Interface to Control Gaming, Apple TV and Home Appliances," and "Apple Invents a 3D Depth Mapping Camera for Hand Gesturing Interfaces for Future Macs & Smartglasses." Late last week the U.S. Patent Office published a Microsoft patent covering an advanced hand gesturing system that will one day work with home appliances, desktops, notebooks, vehicles and so forth. The patent covers elements of Microsoft's Project Prague, a next-gen hand-gesturing system. Our report show a demo of the system in action today.

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Apple's Expands their War with Imagination Technologi...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple States that Recent Comments made by Imagination Technologies are Inaccurate and Misleading." Today we learn that Apple has raised the stakes in its bitter stand-off with Imagination Technologies by opening an office on the British microchip company’s doorstep.

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Apple Expands their Work on 'Differential Privacy...

Last year, Apple Inc. kicked off a massive experiment with new privacy technology aimed at solving an increasingly thorny problem: how to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities. Its answer is differential privacy, a term virtually unknown outside of academic circles until a year ago. Today, other companies such as Microsoft Corp. and Uber Technologies Inc. are also experimenting with this technology. In the AI Era ....

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Saturday July 8

Apple Patent from Passif Semiconductor Focuses on Audio St...

A patent from Apple has recently surfaced that originated with Passif Semiconductor focused on a new Bluetooth chip specifically focused on delivering superior audio streaming applications that could be use with home audio systems and/or home theaters. Apple Music was introduced years after this invention was filed.

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Friday July 7

Wireless Charging Accessory Might Not Ship Until After New...

Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhone lineup is expected to include an inductive wireless charging feature enabled through a standalone charging accessory, and new information shared by Apple blogger John Gruber suggests the accessory might not ship alongside the iPhones in September.

In a tweet shared this evening, Gruber says he's heard that the inductive charging accessory will be sold separately rather than included with the iPhones, a rumor we've heard previously, and that it might be shipped later in the year alongside an iOS 11.1 update.

I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year).

— John Gruber (@gruber) July 8, 2017 Gruber's wording says the charging...

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Apple Begins Surveying Spain With Mapping Vehicles

Since 2015, Apple has been using LIDAR-equipped mapping vehicles to capture street-level imagery for the Apple Maps app. Apple has expanded the areas where it is collecting data several times over the course of the last two years, and according to the latest update to the company's support page, Apple Maps vehicles have recently made their way into Spain.

Apple regularly highlights the countries and cities around the world where its vehicles are located, and between July 3 and August 13, Apple will collect data in the Biscay province of Spain, in Arratia-Nerbioi, Busturialdea, Durangaldea, Enkarterri, Greater Bilbao, Lea Artibai, and Uribe-Kosta.

Apple is also collecting data in new areas in England, France, Italy, and multiple U.S. states during the months of July and August, but Apple Maps vehicles have been seen in these countries in...

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Apple Files for Figurative iCloud Trademark Update to cove...

Since April Apple legal has begun to include specific types of products like smartglasses, head mounted displays, virtual and augmented reality displays and the like to updated trademarks that could be associated with a new class of iDevice or iDevice peripheral. Thus far Apple has added these descriptors to trademarks covering the Mac Pro, iMac Pro and ARKit (figurative TM). This week the Hong Kong Trademark Office database shows us that Apple has updated their figurative trademark for 'iCloud.' It too now lists smartglasses and the like associated with iCloud. More importantly, one of the items listed in the international class covers a headset as a peripheral for an iPhone. Why is that important? Well ...

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Apple Predicted to Become Trillion Dollar Company Within 1...

Apple's stock price has declined around 9 percent from its all-time high of $156.10 in May, but Wall Street analyst Brian White believes the recent sell-off represents "yet another buying opportunity" as investors turn their focus to the so-called "iPhone 8" rumored to launch this fall.

White believes Apple remains "among the most underappreciated stocks in the world," according to his research note distributed to clients today. A copy of the report was obtained by MacRumors.In our view, Apple's quarterly results will be less important this summer as investors are focused on the iPhone 8 this fall, along with the company's raised capital distribution initiative, depressed valuation and new innovations as showcased at WWDC. We still believe Apple remains among the most underappreciated stocks in the world.White, an Apple bull, added that the upcoming iPhone cycle is setting up Apple to reach his $202 price target over...

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Apple Hits Back at Supplier Imagination for 'Inaccura...

Apple today hit back at disgruntled chipmaker Imagination Technologies for questioning whether it can develop new graphics technology without using the supplier's intellectual property, calling the British firm's response to Apple's decision to part ways with it "disappointing, inaccurate, and misleading."

Back in April, Imagination Technologies announced that Apple had told the U.K. firm it planned to stop using its graphics processors in consumer devices over the next two years. The news came as a shock to investors and the company's shares fell by 60 percent on the day.

At the same time, the company criticized Apple, claiming that it doubted the tech giant could go it alone without violating Imagination's patents, intellectual property, and confidential information. One month later, the company opened a "...

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Apple hands Samsung their most profitable quarter to date

In 2016 Patenty reported that Apple could sign an exclusive iPhone OLED dsplay contract with Samsung for their 2017 anniversary iPhone and they went on to do just that. So it's ironic that Apple's massive OLED display and NAND flash memory orders for the new iPhones have handed Samsung their most profitable quarter ever ...

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Thursday July 6

Qualcomm Seeks iPhone and iPad Import Ban in the United St...

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple continues to escalate, with Qualcomm asking the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to block imports of select iPhone and iPad models, reports Fortune. Qualcomm also wants to stop sales of devices that are already in the United States and has filed a new patent infringement case against Apple in the Southern District of California.

According to Qualcomm, Apple is infringing on six Qualcomm patents related to carrier aggregation and technologies that are designed to allow iPhones to save battery life while communicating. The six patents cited by Qualcomm were granted between 2013 and 2017 and are not licensed or standard-essential patents that are part of the ongoing Qualcomm v. Apple battle over royalty payments.

Qualcomm is asking the ITC to block all iPhones that are equipped with LTE chips from competing mobile communications...

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Qualcomm Files another Patent Infringement Complaint again...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Qualcomm Plans Retaliation against Apple and ask the International Trade Commission to Stop iPhone Sales." It was reported then that Qualcomm was preparing to ask the International Trade Commission to stop the iPhone, which is built in Asia, from entering the country, threatening to block Apple's iconic product from the American market in advance of its anticipated new model this fall. Today Qualcomm did just that.

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New Audio Patents Support the Rumored Enhanced Receiver fo...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to audio inventions. The first patent was invented by acoustical engineer specialists at Apple who previously worked at JBL and Bose. The invention can be applied to iDevices that can't support high Fidelity speakers such as an iPhone, iPad, headphones over or in-ear styles. Apple's engineers invent a new approach to smaller speakers by creating a decoupled speaker membrane assembly which improves sound output. The second patent may relate to the HomePod's ...

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Security Researchers Don't Think Apple Pays Enough fo...

Apple's bug bounty program has been available to select security researchers for almost a year now, but according to a new report from Motherboard, most researchers prefer not to share bugs with Apple due to low payouts. More money can be obtained from third-party sources for bugs in Apple software.

"People can get more cash if they sell their bugs to others," said Nikias Bassen, a security researcher for the company Zimperium, and who joined Apple's program last year. "If you're just doing it for the money, you're not going to give [bugs] to Apple directly."Motherboard spoke to several members of Apple's bug bounty program with the condition of anonymity. Every single one said they had yet to report a bug to Apple and did not know anyone who had. iOS bugs are "...

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Apple Plans to Shift all Top End iPhones to OLED in 2018...

Last week Patently Apple posted two reports covering Apple OLED suppliers racing to build new OLED plants and bring in new machinery to pound out new OLED display panels for future iPhones. A new report today claims that all top end iPhones will offer OLED displays instead of a single model for 2017. Our report also touches on a new patent by China's BOE that talks about improving force touch displays like those used by Apple.

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Apple Planning to Launch Three New OLED iPhones in 2018

Earlier this year, a supply chain report said that Apple plans to make all of its iPhones with an OLED screen by 2019. Apple was believed to be preparing to adopt OLED panels for 60 million units of the "iPhone 8" in 2017, and then the company would double the adoption of OLED panels in 2018 before wholly transitioning to OLED-only iPhones in 2019.

In a report by Nikkei today, that timeline has been bumped up slightly based on two industry sources, who said that Apple is planning to use OLED displays "in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018."

iPhone 8 rendering via Benjamin Geskin

Not only that, but one source said that Apple is "...

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While 3D Facial Recognition is coming to the iPhone, a Sys...

By now most know that advanced 3D Facial Recognition is coming to Apple's high-end iPhone launching in September. Once Apple has successfully delivered this next-gen feature, Apple is likely to bring it over to the Mac and today's patent is all about just that. Apple has been working on both facial and presence recognition for some time now. In a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent Office today, we learn that Apple is working on a sophisticated system that combines both features and much more in future Macs. In fact, Apple states that "The fusion and detection logic may include the use of neural networks ..."

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Apple Advances their Work on bringing Radial Menus to futu...

Patently Apple first reported on a radial menu patent back in 2012 when Apple was granted their first patent. It was filed in 2008, five years prior to Samsung introducing "Air Commands" at an event on September 4, 2013 for their Galaxy Note. Since then Patently Apple has posted several other patent reports on this possible future feature for both iOS and macOS (one, two and three). Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that's titled "Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for a Radial Menu System." The invention discusses how a user will be able to rearrange the various menu options of the radial menu to accommodate a user's workflow so as to save on the battery life of mobile devices.

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Apple's Next-Gen 3D Touch Force Module Suppliers for...

In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Suppliers GIS and TKP are Building New Capacity to Handle Apple's Next-Gen 3D OLED Touch Panels." Today we're learning that Touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS) both are expected to see their revenues grow by a double-digit rate in the third quarter of 2017, buoyed by increasing production of the next-generation iPhone and tablet products.

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Apple Joins the W3C Working Group WebVR, a Project Dedicat...

The biggest surprise at this year's WWDC 2017 keynote was Apple's Senior VP of software introducing ARKit. There were two demonstrations given with one involving IKEA furniture and the other about an AR game from Wingnut VR. That second demonstration was a jaw dropper making it crystal clear that AR was going to be a game changer. More importantly, Apple has a chance of owning the largest AR Platform in the world. In order for Appe to take on a leadership role in this field, Apple has joined the W3C work group for VR called WebVR, a project to bring VR to all major browsers: Mozilla, Edge, Chrome and Safari.

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Wednesday July 5

Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 10.3.3 to Developers and Pub...

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the fifth beta and over a month after the release of iOS 10.3.2, which was a minor bug fix update.

Registered developers can download iOS 10.3.3 beta 6 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed. Public beta testers can also download the beta over-the-air after installing the configuration profile.

There were no significant features or notable bug fixes found in the first five iOS 10.3.3 betas, suggesting iOS 10.3.3 is an update that's minor in scale, focusing primarily on security updates, bug fixes, and other small improvements.

iOS 10.3.3 is likely to be one of the last updates to the iOS 10 operating system...

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Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 to Develope...

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the fifth beta and more than a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.5, a minor bug fix update.

The sixth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

We didn't find any significant feature changes, design tweaks, or notable bug fixes in the first five macOS Sierra betas, and because Apple does not provide beta release notes, we may not know what's included in the update until it sees a public release.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is likely to be one of the final updates to the Sierra operating system as Apple transitions to...

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Alibaba introduced their Smart Speaker Device today in Chi...

While Apple fans will be able to get their hands on the new HomePod smart speaker iDevice this fall and Samsung getting on track with one of their own in January, Alibaba today introduced their own smart home speaker. The company launched their device called the Tianmao JinglingX1 (Tmall Genie X1) that will only be sold in China and only converse in Mandarin.

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Apple News May Expand Ways Publishers Can Sell Ads, Enable...

Apple News attracts millions of monthly readers on iPhone and iPad, but some publishers have been reluctant to adopt the platform due to limited revenue and hassles placing ads alongside content. Fortunately for publishers, that could soon change.

Ad Age reports that Apple eventually plans to allow publishers to use the ad tech they already employ on their sites, such as Google's DoubleClick for Publishers, to deliver third-party ads in the Apple News app.

The report, citing multiple unnamed publishers, claims Apple also plans to enable micropayment options so people can access articles "for cents at a time," but no specific details were provided.

The changes, which reportedly remain at least a few months away from being implemented, could lead to increased revenue for publishers, who in turn may find...

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As we get closer to Apple launching their new 2018 iPhones...

This is the anniversary year of the iconic iPhone and the excitement is building around the globe for the new high-end iPhone X with its 3D Sensing face side Camera delivering advanced facial recognition and an augmented reality dimension to it. Samsung has to pull all the stops to make their new smartphones sound better and so their hype machine is going into high gear starting today.

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Samsung to launch their new Smart Speaker Device with...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Wall Street Journal Catches on that Samsung is working on Smart Speaker Device for their Digital Assistant 'Bixby'." The U.S. Patent Office had published two of Samsung's patents covering a possible future design and utility patent covering a possible future motion sensitive method of controller their smart speaker. But Samsung is now...

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Tuesday July 4

The U.S. Government has Filed an Application with EU Court...

On June 23, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Ireland Looks to indemnify itself against any Losses Stemming from Holding Apple's €13bn in Back Taxes." Towards the end of that report I had reminded readers that the U.S. Treasury had warned Europe that there would be retaliation for any harsh move against Apple. As with all red lines in the sand, the Obama administration failed to push for such action. Now we're learning that the U.S. government ....

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Imagination Technologies Remains For Sale as No Progress M...

British chipmaker Imagination Technologies today disclosed that its formal sale process continues, despite successful restructuring and a return to profitability in its fiscal year ended April 30, 2017. It also said it is reviewing options in its dispute with Apple, but added that no progress has been made.

"The management team have done a tremendous job over the last year, turning the business around, returning it to profitability and with a clear strategy for growth," said chairman Peter Hill. "It's therefore highly regrettable that this progress has been so severely impacted by the stance taken by Apple."

Earlier this year, Apple informed Imagination that it...

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Report Says U.S. Government Filed to Intervene in Apple...

The U.S. government has filed an application with the General Court of the European Union to intervene in an ongoing tax-related case between Apple and the European Commission, according to Reuters."I can confirm the United States filed an application with the European Union General Court to intervene in the case involving the retroactive application of state aid rules to Apple," said the source, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.The report did not specify when the application was submitted, so it's unclear if it occurred under the Barack Obama or Donald Trump administrations.

Last August, following a three-year investigation, the European Commission found Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland. The iPhone maker allegedly paid between 0.005 percent and 1...

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The Wall Street Journal Catches on that Samsung is working...

Last Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung is aiming to Beat Apple to Market with Gesture Controls for Notebooks, Smartphones and Smart Speaker Device" The first set of patent figures shown below show a possible Bixby smart speaker device that surfaced at US Patent Office last week. A second set of patent figures presented below were from a Samsung design patent that was published in late May. Samsung no doubt wants to provide their new digital assistant with home so it can compete with Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) now believes that Samsung is developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its virtual assistant Bixby. It's nice to see that they're catching on.

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Apple Won 43 Patents today covering AirPods with built-in...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One patent that stands out in this group is granted patent 9,699,546 which marks Apple's third patent win regarding future AirPods with biometric sensors built-in this year alone. The iPhone 6 won a design patent and there's a crazy disconnected patent about a golf cart.

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Apple granted a patent relating to Xcode's 3D Renderi...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One of the patents is titled "Unwrapping 3D meshes into low-distortion texture maps." One of the inventors worked on Apple’s 3D rendering engine related to Xcode.

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Pegatron Claims that Microsoft Surface Device Orders have...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft set to Layoff Thousands of Sales Staff around the World" Today we're learning that Microsoft's hardware isn't moving well. According to Microsoft hardware supplier Pegatron, orders for Microsoft's Surface devices have been smaller than expected.

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Monday July 3

Apple Reportedly signed a Deal with 3D-Sensing Module Supp...

On June 23 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Some of Apple's new 'iPhone X' suppliers have been identified associated with Technologies like 3D Sensing & more." The three 3D sensing suppliers mentioned in the report were Lumentum, Finisar and Viavi Solutions that covers 3D motion sensing. It was reported yesterday that Viavi signed a deal with Apple for ...

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Advanced 3D Facial Recognition for Secure Authentication i...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predictions." Within that report analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made an oddball prediction that the anniversary iPhone with the OLED display would come with 3D sensing Facial Recognition and eliminate Touch ID. This afternoon Bloomberg also weighed in on the matter who leans towards Apple testing the feature for ....

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All 2017 iPhone Models Said to Include Standard 5W USB-A A...

Well-regarded KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this morning released a note for investors in which he made 10 predictions related to the three iPhones slated for release in 2017, including the elimination of Touch ID in the "iPhone 8."

We've now gotten our hands on Kuo's full note, and it includes several additional details that were not covered in our original post.

iPhone 8 renders from iDrop News

First and foremost, on the topic of Touch ID, Kuo's note clearly says the iPhone 8 will not support fingerprint recognition, a prediction some MacRumors readers thought was ambiguous in the first post based on the included wording. Direct from the note:As the OLED iPhone will not support...

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Apple Working on 'Improved' Security System for...

Following a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting the next-generation "iPhone 8" will do away with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely, Bloomberg says Apple is working on an "improved" security system that will let customers unlock their iPhones and make Apple Pay payments with facial recognition technology.

Apple's new facial recognition engine is powered by a 3D sensor rumored to be built into the front-facing camera, and according to Bloomberg's sources, Apple is also said to be testing eye scanning to "augment the system." Using facial recognition, the iPhone can be unlocked within a few hundred milliseconds and it allegedly works even when the device is lying on a table. It's said to capture more data points than a fingerprint scan,...

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LeEco's Founder who said that Apple was an outdated C...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Brash CEO of LeEco who Likened Apple to Hitler Steps Down as CEO and out of the Limelight." In April 2016 this brash CEO Jia Yueting also confidently stated on CNBC that Apple was simply an outdated company. Since then LeEco has been in a death spirial while Apple has been raking in corporate billions quarter in and quarter out. Today the news got worse for the former CEO ...

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KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predicti...

Disciples of the Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo will be happy to know that that the Apple guru has posted yet another round of predictions from his crystal ball today.

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Microsoft set to Layoff Thousands of Sales Staff around th...

In July 2015, Microsoft cut 7,800 job cuts and wrote down $7.6 billion associated with its Nokia acquisition. In 2016, the Seattle Times reported that Microsoft announced they would cut 2,850 jobs. For 2017, it's being reported that Microsoft is about to make another round of job cuts in the thousands as they reorganize their sales force.

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Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts iPhone 8 Will Omit Touch ID Entirely...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today made ten predictions related to the 2017 debut of the "iPhone 8," "iPhone 7s," and "iPhone 7s Plus," which are expected to be announced in September and launch sometime afterwards (via StreetInsider).

Kuo's predictions today largely fall in line with all the rumors we've been hearing about the 2017 iPhones over the past few months, with a few new tidbits that suggest the iPhone 8 will be industry-leading in terms of its edge-to-edge design, come in limited color options, and that Apple may be removing Touch ID completely from the OLED smartphone.

A combination of leaked iPhone 8 parts via Benjamin Geskin

According to...

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Apple and LG are reportedly in Negotiations for OLED Produ...

On June 21 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Korean Press is Convinced that LG will Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain by 2019." Today a new Korean report is claiming that Apple is now in talks with LG Display to invest about two billion dollars in equipment to secure OLED displays for Apple in LG's new plant that we reported on back in May.

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An Australian Bank is trying another Tactic to Force Apple...

Today we're learning that Apple's controversial decision to order Westpac Banking Corporation to disable a mobile banking feature that let customers make payments in chat apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger has caught the attention of Australia's competition watchdog, amid concerns it could be attempting to remove rivals to its own upcoming service.

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Sunday July 2

Apple and Microsoft are set to Face-Off for Market Leaders...

When Microsoft introduced their new HoloLens, they believed that they had finally gotten the jump on Apple with mixed reality. It was something that they could tout was there's alone and miles ahead of Apple. After entering the hardware market with 'Surface Pro' to challenge the iPad, the Surface Book to challenge the MacBook Pro and the Surface Studio to challenge the iMac, they've yet to make a dent in Apple sales. So the HoloLens was supposed to be the Next Big Thing for Microsoft. Then came Apple's WWDC 2017 and Apple pulled off a shocker with their new ARKit and a demo from Wingnut AR that blew everyone away. For sure it was a surprise left hook Microsoft never saw coming.

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Suspect in Custody for Stealing $50,000 worth of iPhones a...

Earlier this month we reported that the Apple Store in Valencia Town Center was Robbed and today we've learned of another case involving the robbery of Apple products. According to a newly published report, a San Jose man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of taking about $50,000 worth of Apple iPhone and iPad devices ...

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Samsung's Note 7, the Fiery Blunder, Re-enters the Ma...

Samsung's President of Mobile Communications, D.J. Koh, announced during a special presentation earlier this year that 4.7 million Note 7 smartphones were produced in 2016 and that 96% of them had been returned to them after the recall due to battery related fires. Samsung further noted that they would sell their refurbished Note 7s at a later date. That date has now been confirmed as next Friday, July seventh.

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Uniloc Continues their War against Apple with three Counts...

It seems as though the Australian patent scammer Uniloc Corporation is making Apple their number one target. We have them on record suing Apple in April, May and early June accounting for 11 counts of patent infringement based on patents they own by assignment. In many cases they note in their court filings that they're the exclusive 'licensee' giving them the right to sue and recover past damages. Meaning they didn't invent anything, they didn't make any product, they only license patents for the sole purpose of suing companies like Apple Their latest lawsuit against Apple was filed on Friday that covers iDevices using ...

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Saturday July 1

Apple's First Retail Location in Taiwan Officially Op...

Apple officially opened up its first retail store in Taiwan at 11:00 a.m. local time on July 1. Located in Taiwan's capital of Taipei, and called Apple Taipei 101, the store is situated on the ground floor and basement level of the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Apple Taipei 101 is another expansion of Apple's next-generation retail plans and features the company's latest store designs and principles, including various "Today at Apple" programs.

Similar to the opening of Apple Orchard Road in Singapore, Apple Taipei 101 is the first major Apple store in its country and has received much attention in the weeks leading up to its grand opening. Apple originally announced...

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Taipei Apple Fans stay overnight to cheer on first Apple S...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's First Store in Taiwan Opens this Saturday in Taipei" and today some of the photos came in from opening day. Crowds of customers started gathering overnight at Taipei 101 for the grand opening of Apple’s first store in Taiwan on Saturday. Check out our five jumbo photos from opening day

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Apple Patent filing in Australia Delves into all Aspects o...

In December 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Invents Siri for Home Automation." Today Patently Apple has discovered an Apple patent filing in Europe that was filed in Australia June 22, 2017 titled "Intelligent automated assistant in a home environment." While the two patents cover the same title, they in fact cover different graphics and more. Apple's Australian patent filing incorporates five Apple patents relating to home automation in context with an intelligent automated assistant that were filed between 2014 and 2016.

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Friday June 30

Here's How iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving...

iOS 11 introduces a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that's designed to block incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you're driving, with the aim of cutting down on distractions to prevent accidents.

Do Not Disturb While Driving was enabled in the second developer beta of iOS 11, and is available now for developers and public beta testers. We went hands-on with the feature to give MacRumors readers an idea of how it works.

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An extension of the existing Do Not Disturb feature that blocks incoming notifications during set times, such as while you're asleep, Do Not Disturb While Driving can be set to come on automatically, when connected to a car's Bluetooth, or manually.

With the automatic setting, Do Not Disturb While Driving will turn on whenever your iPhone detects the acceleration of...

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Join in as Apple Celebrates U.S. National Parks July 1-15

Today Apple introduced new ways customers can enjoy and support America’s national parks next month. Starting this Saturday through to the fifthteenth, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on or through the Apple Store app in the US. Apple Pay is accepted at select locations in some of the most popular national parks, from Yellowstone and Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods National Monument. Apple fans can also earn ...

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Samsung is aiming to Beat Apple to Market with Gesture Con...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on a Future Hand Gesturing Interface to Control Gaming, Apple TV and Home Appliances," illustrating how Apple has been working on this project in various forms for many years. Apple acquired Israel's PrimeSense in 2013 to accellerate their project to catch up or surpass companies like Microsoft and Samsung. Microsoft had successfully implented PrimeSense technology into their Kinect device for Xbox and TV applications. Samsung on the other hand is beginning to enter this technology sphere as their latest patent filing reveals. Samsung is aiming to integrate motion and gesture sensors into future notebooks, smartphones, tablets, a smart home speaker device, smart TVs and beyond. Theoretically in-air gesture controls could also be used to control a feature set of functions for smartglasses or headset.

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Apple Celebrates America's National Parks This July W...

Apple today announced it will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on, or through the Apple Store app in the United States from July 1 through July 15.

Apple Watch challenge inspired by U.S. National Parks

Apple said proceeds will support the National Park Foundation's mission to help protect and preserve national parks.“America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.”Additionally, on July 15, Apple Watch users around the world can...

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New iPad Pro's A10X Chip Revealed as First Manufactur...

With the launch of the new iPad Pro models at WWDC this year, Apple introduced new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch devices that both came with an A10X Fusion Chip, which is said to deliver 30 percent faster CPU performance than previous-generation iPad Pro models and 40 percent faster graphics performance. The manufacturing process by which Apple fabricated the chip was never clear, but now TechInsights has confirmed that the A10X chip was built using a 10-nanometer FinFET process.

Specifically, the the chips were built using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's new 10-nanometer FinFET process, making the A10X the first TSMC 10-nanometer chip to show up in a consumer device. In comparison, the A9 and A10 were built using a 16-nanometer process, the A8 used a 20-nanometer...

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Samsung to Build Largest OLED Plant to Keep up with Apple...

Whether we like Samsung or not, Apple designs their next-gen iPhones and iPads based on the best parts that could give their premium devices an edge. Samsung at the moment is the best OLED supplier on the planet and because of their leadership Apple has awarded them contracts extending out for two years. In turn, Samsung has announced they'll be building the largest OLED plant in the world to keep up with demand. On a second front, Samsung is looking to bring solid state batteries to market and Apple having a patent on this technology may be interested in these new batteries if the delivery clear advantages.

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Thursday June 29

South Korea Announces they'll Invest $12.8 Billion in...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Signs Deal for new Appliance Plant in South Carolina" that will be worth $380 million. In the big picture, Samsung's investment was only one of many deals coming to the U.S. from South Korea. Over the next five years, the Nikkei reports that the total investment in the U.S. will be $12.8 billion.

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Apple's VP iPhone and iOS Marketing Talks Up Augmente...

Apple’s entry into augmented reality is gathering pace at an amazing rate, says one of its vice-presidents visiting Australia. In an interview with The Australian yesterday, Apple vice-president of product marketing Greg Joswiak said the enthusiasm of Apple’s development community building augmented reality (AR) applications had been "unbelievable."

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Hands On: Siri's Translation Features in iOS 11

In iOS 11, Siri has a new feature that lets you ask the personal assistant to translate English into one of several different languages. We already did a Siri overview video showing off Siri's new capabilities, but we thought we'd take a closer look at translate, which can come in handy when you're traveling.

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Translate works as expected -- ask Siri how to say something in another language, and Siri does it. For example, you might say "Translate 'Where's the bathroom' to Spanish," or "How do I say 'I am a vegetarian' in Chinese?"

When translating, Siri speaks the translation aloud, so whomever you're speaking to can hear what you have to say directly in their language. There's also a button for quickly repeating the spoken...

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Apple's Lisa Jackson Joins Rector ManFredi in Naples...

Apple opened the first iOS Developer Academy on October 6, 2017 to train app developers on the world’s most exciting and innovative software ecosystem. An initial class of 100 students are beginning their one-year training at a new center at the University of Frederico II in Naples. Today Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social initiatives was on hand as the first class graduated today and received their certificates. A group photo is presented in our report along with others.

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Apple Marketing Lead Greg Joswiak Talks ARKit in New Inter...

Apple's vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak this week sat down for an interview with The Australian, where he spoke about the company's augmented reality efforts, including ARKit and the response that its gotten from developers so far.

Enthusiasm about ARKit has been "unbelievable" says Joswiak, who went on to describe some of the things developers have built so far, including virtual tape measures that can accurately measure real-world objects. "It's absolutely incredible what people are doing in so little time," he said. Joswiak declined to speak about Apple's future AR plans, but said the company is going to "start at zero" with the iPhone and the iPad....

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Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra to Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the first public beta of macOS High Sierra to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to download and test the update for the first time since it was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. The first public beta of macOS High Sierra corresponds to the second developer beta, which was updated this morning.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the macOS High Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

Potential beta testers should make a...

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Apple Releases Revised Version of Second macOS High Sierra...

Apple today released a revised version of the second macOS High Sierra beta, introducing macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 2 Update 1. The new version of High Sierra comes a little over a week after the second macOS High Sierra beta was first released to developers.

The new beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Apple earlier this week introduced updated versions of both iOS 11 and tvOS 11, and those beta 2 updates preceded public beta releases, so it's possible we'll get a macOS High Sierra public beta release in the near future.

macOS High Sierra builds on features introduced with macOS Sierra. It focuses on new core storage, video, and graphics technology,...

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Samsung Signs Deal for new Appliance Plant in South Caroli...

In March Patently Apple reported that three Southern U.S. States were battling it out for Samsung's new $300 million dollar appliance plant. Today we're learning that Samsung Electronics officially announced late yesterday that the company will build their appliance factory in South Carolina, marking the company’s first major investment in the US since it relocated production facilities for US exports to Mexico in the early 1990s.

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Did Foxconn lose the iPhone SE Contract to Wistron because...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "What's the Game Plan for the Ever Aggressive Foxconn?" We noted in that report that Foxconn had invested in Andy Rubin's smartphone company 'Essential' that launched in May. Foxconn is also pushing Sharp into manufacturing OLED displays while putting Sharp smartphones back into the market under the 'Aquos R' brand. In a new report from India we learn something very interesting that may reveal a conflict of Interest between Foxconn and Apple...

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Apple's First Store in Taiwan Opens this Saturday in...

Apple was to open their first store in Taiwan last year but the project got delayed. On June 11, 2017 we reported that Apple's first store in Taipei Taiwan would open this month but technically their store is opening this Saturday, July 1. Apple Taipei 101 officially opens Saturday at 11 a.m. The new store is located in Taipei's iconic tower and tallest building.

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10 Years Ago Today, the Original iPhone Officially Launche...

Exactly 10 years ago today, on June 29, 2007, the original iPhone went on sale, six months after Steve Jobs stood onstage at Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco and told the world Apple was reinventing the phone, revolutionizing an entire industry like it had done with the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in 2001.

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The iPhone, with its 3.5-inch display, lack of a physical keyboard, Apple-designed touch-based user interface, and multi-touch support, was unique among phones of that era, and as Jobs promised, it changed everything. The product that some speculated would fail miserably shaped the smartphone industry and made Apple one of...

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Apple adds new Refinements to their Future Head Mounted Di...

Apple has been tweaking their headset patents over the last few years as noted in our Augmented Reality and 3D archives. One such example could be found in our report titled "Apple Filed another Update to their Video Headset back in August Describing Two Viewing Modes for iPhone." Today we see that Apple has tweaked their invention once again to cover the wireless remote associated with the headset and refinements to help the user focus the display to their liking.

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Journaling Platform 'Day One' Transitions to a S...

Popular journaling app Day One announced on Wednesday that it is transitioning its platform to a subscription-based service because it offers a more sustainable business model.

The Day One Premium service costs $50 per year and allows users to create unlimited journals, with the promise of additional forthcoming features like Audio Entries, Writing Prompts, and Guided Journaling, as well as a 25 percent discount on book orders.

Subscription-based apps tend to divide the user community, but adoption of the model has increased over recent months. Apple incentivized developers to sell their apps for a recurring fee instead of a one-time cost when it made changes to its App Store subscription policies last year. Usually, Apple takes 30 percent of app revenue, but...

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Apple Working on a Future Hand Gesturing Interface to Cont...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple invents a 3D Depth Mapping Camera for Hand Gesturing Interfaces for Future Macs & Smartglasses." It's a recurring theme (one, two and three) from Apple's PrimeSense team from Israel. Today another such patent filing has surfaced that relates to controlling devices like Apple TV or home appliances by using a hand gesturing interface

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Wednesday June 28

New Dummy Video Gives Yet Another Look at Prospective iPho...

We've seen countless renderings, dummy models, and design leaks that give us a decent idea of what we can expect the "iPhone 8" to look like, but OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles have teamed up on a new video that perhaps gives us the clearest look yet at the iPhone 8's design based on current rumors.

The video features an iPhone 8 dummy model with an edge-to-edge display, a top bar that will accommodate the front-facing camera and sensors, a vertical dual-lens rear camera, and a glossy black chassis made from glass with a matching and indistinguishable steel band around the edges.

This new dummy model is similar to previous dummy models that we've seen, and it is in line with rumors and design drawings that have suggested the iPhone 8 will feature a slim, almost bezel-free design with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the display of the device.

It measures in at 71mm wide,...

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Albany's District Attorney Released a Video of a Shoo...

Today, for the first time, the Albany District Attorney's Office released the video of a shooting that took place at the Crossgates Mall in Albany, New York on November 12, 2016. The video shows the chaos of people in and running into the Apple Store ...

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Nearly One in Four Windows Users Surveyed Plan to Switch t...

Nearly 21 percent of current Windows laptop owners and 25 percent of current Windows desktop owners intend to switch to a Mac within the next six months, according to a recent survey conducted by market research firm Verto Analytics.

Verto Analytics told MacRumors the survey is based on 6,000 current Windows PC owners age 18 and older in the United States.

Of the respondents, those with an average annual income of $150,000 or more showed the highest likelihood of switching to a Mac.

By comparison, the research firm said at least 98 percent of current Mac owners surveyed intend to stick with Mac as their next computer. In other words, only 2 percent of current Mac users surveyed are planning to switch to another computer brand, be it running Windows or another operating system.

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New Charging Sound Discovered in iOS 11, Perhaps for iPhon...

Buried in iOS 11, there seems to be a new sound file that could potentially be implemented when the rumored "iPhone 8" is released with inductive wireless charging capabilities. Highlighted on YouTube, the sound file is called "engage_power.caf," and it is distinct from the existing "connect_power.caf" sound file that's used whenever an iPhone is connected to a Lightning cable.

In the video below, the unused charging sound is compared to the existing charging sound in iOS 11. The new audio file provides a longer, more distinct sound that could perhaps be used to assure iPhone users that their devices are properly charging should the iPhone 8 indeed include an inductive-based wireless charging function as has been rumored.

While both the name of the file and the sound seem to indicate that it is related to some kind of charging purpose, there's no way to confirm why the sound has been added, so this is all pure speculation at this point.

In fact, there are...

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 10.3.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and over a month after the release of iOS 10.3.2, which was a minor bug fix update.

Registered developers can download the fifth iOS 10.3.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

There were no significant features or notable bug fixes found in the first four iOS 10.3.3 betas, suggesting iOS 10.3.3 is an update that's minor in scale, focusing primarily on security updates and bug fixes.

iOS 10.3.3 will likely be one of the last updates to the iOS 10 operating system as Apple shifts development to iOS 11. The first beta of iOS 11 was released to developers on June 5 following Apple's Worldwide Developers...

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iPhone 8 Expected to Include Faster 10W USB-C Wall Charger

Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said the widely rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display will feature a Lightning connector with USB-C Power Delivery that enables fast charging capabilities.

"iPhone 8" mockup by Benjamin Geskin for iDrop News

Lending credence to that rumor, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis today in a research note said the so-called "iPhone 8" will come bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector and an integrated USB-C Power Delivery chip.

Curtis said the USB-C Power Delivery chips built into both the iPhone and 10W power adapter will be supplied by Cypress Semiconductor. The research note suggests it'll be the same CYPD2104 chip used in the new 10.5...

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Foxconn's Spin-Off Connector Company 'FIT Hong T...

FIT Hong Teng, an electronic connector and cable maker controlled by Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry, said on Wednesday that it hoped to raise $2.7 billion Hong Kong dollars ($350 million) from an initial public offering in Hong Kong. FIT was spun off from the contract electronics giant Foxconn in April 2013 as part of its streamlining process. Foxconn still...

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Tony Fadell Talks Apple's Pre-iPhone Days of Failed M...

Over the past few weeks, former Apple executives that originally led the team behind the iPhone's creation have been reminiscing about the time before the smartphone's debut, which will see its tenth birthday tomorrow, June 29. The latest interview has been posted by Wired, with "father of the iPod" Tony Fadell discussing the multiple prototypes of the original iPhone, Apple's attempt to create a touchscreen MacBook, the poorly received collaboration between Apple and Motorola in the Rokr, and more.

Addressing the "many different origin stories for the iPhone," Fadell pointed out that such stories were the result of Apple's...

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Apple may take Advantage of Samsung's Revolutionary e...

In in April Patently Apple reported that Samsung would be introducing a new MRAM Memory chip set for 2018 devices that would mark a breakthrough. The advances as noted in the graphic in our report illustrates the leap that could be coming to future iDevices, especially the iPhone. The next generation of embedded MRAM memory will specifically support "real-time vision processing and 3D mapping updates," which translates to supporting mixed reality headsets and applications. This is likely something that Apple will be interested in adopting.

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HTC says more Developers will be Inspired to Develop for V...

As we learned during Apple's WWDC 2017 Keynote at the top of the month, Apple's macOS High Sierra operating system launching this fall will support HTC's VIVE VR headsets and Raymond Pao, vice president of HTC’s VR New Technology Department couldn't be more pleased about that move. According to Pao ...

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Vivo Unveils Screen-Embedded Fingerprint Sensor Technology...

As predicted, Vivo showcased fingerprint sensor technology embedded in a smartphone screen on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai. The 'Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution' is based on Qualcomm technology and was demonstrated running on prototype devices based on the existing Vivo Xplay 6 phone.

Vivo claimed the under-display fingerprint solution, which doesn't require a physical button for the sensor, is "the first to be demonstrated by a smartphone manufacturer". The technology enables the use of a "true full-screen display and an integrated unibody and mechanical waterproofing design", said the company.

"In Vivo's R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region. It will be realised more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame.

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Tuesday June 27

Gene Munster Predicts Apple Will Eventually Earn More From...

Despite selling for $159, considerably less than the Apple Watch at between $269 and $1,499, longtime Apple analyst turned venture capitalist Gene Munster believes AirPods will be "bigger than the Apple Watch" over the next decade.

Munster predicts that AirPods will contribute "about the same amount of revenue" to Apple's pocket as the Apple Watch by the company's 2022 fiscal year. He also predicts that AirPods will have an average price of $200 by then, as the product shifts towards what he calls "augmented audio."AirPods: Bigger Than Apple Watch. Over the next 10 years, we anticipate that AirPods will be bigger than the Apple Watch as the product evolves from simple wireless headphones to a wearable, augmented audio device. While both AirPods and Apple Watch should continue to grow, we see AirPods contributing about the same amount of revenue as Apple Watch by FY22. We...

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Greenpeace Combats Planned Obsolescence in New Repairabili...

A new campaign by Greenpeace today has rated the repairability of six Apple devices against the smartphone, tablet, and laptop market at large, the purpose of which is to highlight planned obsolescence in the technology industry. Greenpeace partnered with iFixit to assess over forty different devices that debuted between 2015 and 2017, with iFixit's teardown repairability scores serving as the basis for the data.

Apple's products looked at in the campaign included the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad (fifth generation), 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 12-inch MacBook (refreshed in 2017). All products were rated in the following categories: battery replaceability, display replaceability, no special tools needed, and spare parts available.

Scoring worst on the list were the two MacBooks, which each got a 1/10, and the two iPads didn't fare much better,...

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Apple Granted a Patent Relating to Sleep Onset Latency

Back in February 2014 Apple hired sleep research expert Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Phillips for their iWatch team. Before joining Apple, Raymann served as a senior scientist at Philips Research working as a lead on various sleep related research projects. He founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research facility, and also led projects researching various aspects of sleep and activity monitoring. Today Apple was granted a patent titled "Adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency," where Roy Raymann is listed as the leading inventor.

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Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering a 3D Display, Ligh...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One of the more interesting patents issued to Apple today covers a future 3D display (9,690,110). Apple acquired this patent from an inventor who worked at Holoplex, a pioneer in virtual reality headsets and experiences. The 3D display may therefore relate to a future Apple headset.

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Monday June 26

Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Pencil for $85

Apple today began selling a certified refurbished Apple Pencil for $85 on its online store in the United States. A brand new Apple Pencil costs $99 in the country, so purchasing a refurbished model yields a savings of $14. The deal does not yet appear to be available in any other regions.

A refurbished Apple Pencil isn't brand new, but Apple says it undergoes a thorough cleaning process and inspection to ensure it meets Apple's quality standards, including full functionality testing. It's then repackaged in a new box with a Lightning adapter, an extra tip, and the appropriate documentation.

Apple Pencil is a stylus designed specifically to work with iPad Pro, giving artists a tool with a level of precision far beyond that of a finger.

Designed to mimic the feel and sensation of using a...

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The Cisco-Apple Partnership to introduce the most Advanced...

In August 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple and Cisco Partnership Designed to Optimize Cisco Networks for iOS Devices and Apps." It was a major deal with Apple pushing further into the enterprise after striking a deal with IBM for MobileFirst a year earlier. Two weeks ago in an interview with Businessweek, Cook said that he thought the enterprise market is "like the mother of all opportunities. Today we're learning that Apple and Cisco are expanding on their partnership to help businesses with security on iDevices in the enterprise and ...

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Apple may have acquired a Company Specializing in Eye Trac...

One of Apple's first patent applications for advanced eye and head tracking began in 2008, the year after the iPhone came to market. They were granted that patent last summer. Today we learn that Apple may have acquired an established company specializing in eye tracking technology and glasses for Augmented Reality and more

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Apple Denies Bloomberg's Report about a Partnership w...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Confirms Project Titan is the 'Mother of all AI Projects' Focused on Self-Driving Vehicles." This afternoon Bloomberg report that Apple was partnering with Hertz. However, Apple was quick to squash the rumor.

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Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 11 to Public Beta...

Apple today released the first public beta of iOS 11 to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to download and test the update ahead of its fall release. iOS 11 has been available for developers since June 5, and the first public beta corresponds with the second developer beta.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 11 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. Before installing a beta, make sure to create a full encrypted iTunes backup and be sure to install it on a secondary device because beta software is not stable and can include...

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Apple Acquires German Eye Tracking Firm SensoMotoric Instr...

Apple has almost certainly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, a provider of eye tracking glasses and systems, based on evidence compiled by MacRumors.

On May 2, Apple's vice president of corporate law Gene Levoff, representing Delaware-based shell company Vineyard Capital Corporation, granted power of attorney to German law firm Hiking Kühn Lüer Wojtek to represent Vineyard Capital Corporation in all business related to the acquisition of SensoMotoric Instruments.

On June 16, SensoMotoric Instruments filed several documents with the German Company Register outlining new articles of incorporation. SensoMotoric's previous managing director Eberhard Schmidt was replaced by Dr. Ali Sahin, one of the German attorneys representing Vineyard Capital Corporation.

Vineyard Capital Corporation is listed as having acquired...

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Tim Cook Appears Onstage at Cisco Live to Debut New Enterp...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at Cisco Live in Las Vegas today, sitting down with Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins to discuss the ongoing partnership between the two companies that has leveraged Apple's expertise in devices and apps and Cisco's strength in networking and enterprise tools.

Wow! @tim_cook and @ChuckRobbins announcing our IOS security partnership at #CLUS!

— ☁ David Ulevitch ☁ (@davidu) June 26, 2017 During the session, Cook argued that business customers who use the integrated Apple-Cisco ecosystem should be granted a...

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Apple Working With Hertz on Autonomous Car Testing

Apple's effort to test autonomous vehicle technology in California involves a collaboration with Hertz, the second largest U.S. car rental company, reports Bloomberg.

The disclosure of the relationship between Apple and Hertz came in documents recently released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The documents note Apple is leasing its small fleet of Lexus RX450h SUVs for autonomous driving tests from Hertz's fleet management group.The iPhone maker is leasing Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles from Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit, according to documents released recently by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. When Apple received its license...

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A newly released app is designed to help business owners to get creative with their branding by designing their own logos. With more than 1,000 editable templates, Logo Maker Shop 1.0 provides the... Read more
Sale! New 15-inch MacBook Pros for up to $150...
Amazon has the new 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2249 $150 off MSRP – 15″ 2.89Hz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2779 $... Read more
DEVONthink To Go 2.1.7 For iOS Brings Usabili...
DEVONtechnologies has updated DEVONthink To Go, the iOS companion to DEVONthink for Mac, with enhancements and bug fixes. Version 2.1.7 adds an option to clear the Global Inbox and makes the grid... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro, Apple refu...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro. An Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.3GHz Silver MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the new 2017 13″ 2.3GHz/256GB Silver MacBook Pro (MPXU2LL/A) on sale for $1399 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple Tackles Distracted Driving With iOS 11...
One of the most important new features coming in iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb while driving, intended to help drivers stay more focused on the road. With Do Not Disturb while driving, your iPhone can... Read more
iMazing Mini for Mac: Free Automatic and Priv...
Geneva, Switzerland-based indie developer DigiDNA has released iMazing Mini, their free macOS utility designed to automatically back up iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network. The app offers users... Read more
Clearance 2016 13-inch MacBook Airs, Apple re...
Apple dropped prices recently on Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs, with models now available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
9.7-inch 2017 iPads available for $299, save...
B&H Photo has 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi iPads on sale for $30 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and pay sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 32GB iPad WiFi: $299, $30 off Read more

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Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
Manager, *Apple* Media Products - Apple Inc...
Job Summary The Apple Media Products Discovery, Fraud and Abuse team is responsible for protecting the integrity of Apple services. As a manager of the team, you Read more
*Apple* Watch, Accessories, Engineering Proj...
Job Summary Engineering Project Manager, Apple Watch Accessories. The Accessories group is looking for an Engineering Project Manager (EPM) to lead the design and Read more
Sr. Technical Writer - *Apple* Information...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
Full Stack Web Developer - *Apple* Maps Tra...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
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