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Tuesday September 12

15:43
Apple Retires (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Mode...

With the introduction of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Apple has quietly discontinued its (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. Apple's (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were first introduced in March of 2017, six months after the debut of the iPhone 7.

The two devices were released in celebration of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), with proceeds provided to the Global Fund to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Though the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been discontinued, Apple is still selling the devices in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Matte Black, and Jet Black. Pricing on the iPhone 7 now starts at $549 for the 32GB model, while pricing starts at $669 for the 32GB iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple is offering the two devices in 32 and 128GB configurations, with the 256GB models having been discontinued alongside all (PRODUCT)RED devices.

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15:35
Apple Watch Series 3: Skepticism Surrounds Usefulness of L...

While the focus and discussion following today's Apple event remains largely on the iPhone X, the company also announced the Apple Watch Series 3, which packs cellular connectivity into the same form factor of Apple's wearable device that we've seen since the first generation.

First impressions for the device have now been released, and The Verge pointed out that the Apple Watch Series 3 will be very familiar to any previous Apple Watch wearers, explaining that you can only really notice its slightly thicker case when comparing the Series 3 to the Series 2 from each side. The only other differentiating factor is the red dot on the Digital Crown of the LTE models.

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14:39
Apple Shares Full Video of Today's iPhone X Event Key...

Apple's iPhone X event has officially wrapped up, so as it does for every keynote the company has now posted the full video of the event on its website. For anyone who avoided news of the event, couldn't watch due to work or school, or followed our spoiler-free post, you now have the chance to catch up with all of the reveals on your own time.

Apple will also publish the keynote to iTunes and its YouTube channel, but it usually takes a bit longer for the videos to show up there. For Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this year, on June 5, it took four days for the WWDC keynote to appear on YouTube. We'll update this article each time the iPhone X event keynote is added to a new site to stream online.

The company has been quicker in adding the short videos that debuted during the keynote to its YouTube channel, giving...

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14:19
Apple Introduces 'Animoji' as iPhone X Exclusive...

With every new iPhone release, Apple introduces a new "magical" feature like Live Photos, and in the iPhone X, that new unique, Apple-only feature is Animoji, a new set of emoji-style characters that animate based on an iPhone user's facial expression.

Animoji take advantage of the new TrueDepth front-facing camera, which powers Face ID and features several new 3D sensors to detect your facial expressions. The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots projected onto your face to get a precise depth map that's able to accurately translate your own facial movements to the Animoji.

When used for Animoji, the TrueDepth camera is able to analyze more than 50 muscle movements in different areas of your face to mimic your speech patterns and expressions. It detects movement of the eyebrows, cheeks, chin, eyes, jaw, lips, eyes, and mouth.

There are 12 different Animoji to choose from, modeled after existing emoji characters: monkey, robot, cat, dog,...

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14:00
iPhone X Impressions: 'Striking' Display and...

Apple just officially announced the iPhone X, its all-new, drastically redesigned, tenth anniversary iPhone. Right after the keynote where it debuted, reporters were treated to the hands-on demo room within the Steve Jobs Theater where they got to be among the first people in the world to hold an iPhone X. Below we'll round up some of the first impressions on the device, which many publications are describing as "beautiful," "striking," and a "sensational-looking" iPhone.

SlashGear called the iPhone X "familiar, and yet so very different," alluding to the aluminum casing of the new iPhone that matches the original iPhone's design, while also commenting on the "striking" OLED display. While other smartphones have had OLED screens, SlashGear said the iPhone X "takes it to...

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13:46
Hands-On With Apple's New Glass-Backed iPhone 8 and i...

Apple today at the Steve Jobs Theater introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with an all-new aluminum and glass design.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus via The Verge

The Verge managed to get some hands-on time with the two new smartphones, which look more or less the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, beyond their glossier looking glass-backed finishes.The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look pretty much the same as their predecessors, but they have a new back cover that’s coated in glass and gives them a somewhat fresher look. The glass blends into the sides of the phone incredibly well, better than we’ve seen on other phones. There’s a subtle density to the glass, too, and overall it looks a lot better than the back of the 7. That glass back allows for wireless charging, which is...

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13:30
Contrary to Apple Gurus and Mystics, Making Calls on an Ap...

On August 4th Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Apple Watch Breakthrough that we've all been waiting for may arrive in Q4." The Apple Watch as a phone has been a dream for sometime, but the mystical Apple Guru said no way, no phone calling on the next Apple Watch. Ha! Today Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 3 that indeed allows users to make phone calls and will begin shipping on September 22. For me, it was a real 'Wow' moment of the keynote ...

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12:09
Apple Seeds iOS 11 Golden Master to Developers Ahead of Se...

Apple today seeded the golden master (GM) version of iOS 11 to developers. The golden master represents the final version of iOS 11 that will be released to the public, and it comes after a beta testing period that saw Apple release a record 10 betas.

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

iOS 11 is a major update to the operating system designed for the iPhone and the iPad. It introduces several new design changes like a customizable Control Center and a reimagined Lock screen that's been merged with the Notification Center, along with smaller tweaks like bolder fonts, redesigned app icons for major apps, and a revamped App Store.

Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are coming in the Messages app, a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is designed...

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11:31
Apple Announces 5.8-inch 'iPhone X' With Super R...

Apple announced the iPhone X during its special event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino today. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone X was "the future of the smartphone" and will "set the path for technology for the next decade".

"For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision," said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. "With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience."The iPhone X, pronounced "ten", features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, including HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone support.

The device uses touch-based gestures to interact with iOS 11 in lieu of a home button, and is powered by a next-generation A11 Bionic neural processor that handles world...

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10:40
Apple Reveals 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 8 Plus...

Apple today officially announced the all-new "iPhone 8" and 'iPhone 8 Plus." The iPhones are made from glass, combined with an aluminum frame design, and both come in three colors: Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold finish

The backs of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are made from "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone," according to Apple, and each one is color-matched to an aerospace-grade aluminum bezel. Both devices are splash, water, and dust resistant to IP67 standards.

The iPhone 8 measures in at 4.7 inches and the iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches, like the past few models of iPhone, and they come with a new Retina HD display with True Tone technology. True Tone adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light so looking at the iPhone 8 provides a "more natural, paper-like" experience.

“iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are a...

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10:33
Apple Reveals New 'Apple Watch Series 3' Models...

Apple today at the Steve Jobs Theater announced a new generation of Apple Watch called Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 3 is available with cellular capabilities built right into the device, so you can leave your iPhone behind and still send or receive calls and messages, listen to Apple Music, and more over LTE or 3G. Apple Watch shares the same phone number as your iPhone, but it requires an add-on plan.

Apple Watch Series 3 is also available in a Wi-Fi + GPS version without cellular. All models feature a 70 percent faster dual-core processor, a new wireless Apple W3 chip, and a barometric altimeter.

Series 3 models look the same as Series 2 models, with 38mm and 42mm sizes in gold, silver or space gray aluminum, or silver or space black stainless steel.

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10:31
Apple Announces 'Apple TV 4K' With 4K and HDR Vi...

Apple today at Steve Jobs Theater announced a fifth-generation Apple TV with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video.

The new Apple TV 4K supports HDR in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards.

Apple TV 4K is powered by an Apple A10X chip, which delivers up to two times the CPU performance and up to four times the GPU performance compared to the previous-generation Apple TV.

Apple services chief Eddy Cue said the price of 4K HDR movies on iTunes will be the same price as HD movies, and users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available for no additional charge.

4K content will also be available from popular services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video...

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09:08
Apple Files for Figurative Apple TV Trademark Update with...

Just as the big event is to start in Cupertino, Apple files an update to their figurative version of Apple TV as noted in our cover graphic. Apple has updated their international class coverage. Some of the 'new' verbiage covers telephony, FaceTime and a connection to Augmented Reality. Whether any of these updates will apply to anything coming to Apple TV today is unknown. The additional coverage is staggering in comparison to Apple's trademark update a year ago in Europe that you could review here. If Apple TV is to cover new apps or features, Apple has to eventually have them covered in their trademark filings. This is what could make today's last minute entries so interesting.

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08:24
A Last Minute Twist may have the Bain/SK Hynix/Apple bid t...

On August 30th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Bain Capital along with Apple Offer Last-Ditch Bid for Toshiba's Memory Chip Business." On Saturday Patently Apple posted a follow-up report titled "The Bain, SK Hynix, Apple bid for Toshiba has been upped to $22 Billion as Decision Time Draws Nigh." The Toshiba board is to meet tomorrow to make a final decision. Earlier this evening in Japan, news of what could be announced officially in the days to come is that the Bain bid with SK Hynix and Apple is going to be the winner for Toshiba's chip business.

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08:20
Live Coverage of Apple's iPhone X Event at Steve Jobs...

Apple's first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone X, a new Apple TV with 4K video, and Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE connectivity.

Steve Jobs Theater via Apple CEO Tim Cook

We should also be hearing final details and the official release date for iOS 11, and likely macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 as well. And, of course, there may be plenty of other announcements and surprises in the cards.

Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via the Apple Events app on Apple TV. We've shared instructions on how to watch along with a list of...

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07:12
Apple Wins 59 Patents Today Covering Advanced Telematics,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second patent win for a telematics system and a patent relating to Metal surface pretreatments using ionic liquids prior to electroplating. The latter patent is interesting because of its link to the Xtalic ...

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05:42
Apple wins Design Patents for Chicago's Newest Apple...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a series of eight design patents. The two designs that stood out most covered Apple's Chicago Apple Store that is under construction and noted in our cover graphic. The second design is for a MacBook with a single USB-C port that is located on the back edge of the MacBook and ...

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04:48
KGI: Apple's Own Wireless Charging Accessory Will Not...

Apple isn't prepared to debut its own first-party wireless charging accessory for the upcoming iPhones, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are all expected to support inductive wireless charging when they are announced later today, so in the interim between the smartphones' launch and the launch of a first-party Apple wireless charging pad, users will have to purchase third-party accessories.

Apple isn't ready for the launch of its own wireless charging accessory because it has "higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications," according to Kuo. This means that there is currently no definite timetable for the mass production of Apple's accessory, and it's unclear when such a device will launch. Apple might...

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04:12
Apple's Online Store Goes Down Ahead of iPhone X Even...

Apple's online store has gone down ahead of its first-ever event at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California later today.

Apple will provide a live stream of the event on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV starting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Related: Here's When You Can Watch Apple's First Event at Steve Jobs Theater in Time Zones Around the World

At the event, Apple is widely expected to announce the "iPhone X" with an OLED display, wireless charging, and facial recognition. It is rumored the company will also unveil a new Apple TV with support for 4K video playback, and new Apple Watch Series 3 models, including some with LTE connectivity.

Related: What to Expect at Apple's September 2017 Event...

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03:53
iPhone 5 owners will miss out on some the key new iOS 11 F...

A new report published this morning states that Apple's iOS11 being released later this month, will introduce new features that won't be able to run on models such as the iPhone 5 or older.

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03:19
Qualcomm demonstrates their Sleaziness by Posting a Press...

On the eve of Apple launching their new iPhones, sleazeball Qualcomm decided to stick Apple in the eye to state that most firsts in the smartphone world are due to Qualcomm technology on Android, not Apple. With Apple trying to destroy Qualcomm's business model, we expect Qualcomm to fight back. Though their latest press release is just childish in thinking that being first to market actually has merit all the time, because it doesn't.

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01:43
Samsung Attempts to Downplay Apple's new iPhones by C...

On September 4th Patently Apple posted a report titled "It's Circus Time: Apple Competitors race to discredit the coming iPhones as behind the Curve & Late to Market." In an effort to downplay anything new coming to the iPhone, Huawei announced this month that their next smartphone would introduce a dedicated AI chip ahead of Apple. Just yesterday Xiaomi launched their new Mi Mix 2 in an attempt to downplay the iPhone 8 by introducing several features the iPhone doesn't have. Qualcomm put out a press release showing Apple's iPhones are behind the curve and Samsung talks up a foldable Note smartphone for next year. Yes, the circus clowns are out in full bloom.

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Monday September 11

22:00
A11 Chip's 6-Core Architecture Highlights Apple'...

In the recent leak of information from Apple, a device tree shared by Steven Troughton-Smith and containing information specific to the iPhone X was used to glean CPU code names, presence of an OLED display, and information on many other things. Contained within that information were also specific details regarding the architecture behind Apple's new CPU cores, dubbed "Mistral" and "Monsoon." From this, we know that the A11 contains four Mistral cores and two Monsoon cores, and it's worth taking a technical look at what Apple might be up to with this new chip.

Leaked A11 chip

While the two Monsoon cores are clear...

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19:53
Apple Working With Stanford to Determine If Apple Watch Ca...

Apple is planning to work with Stanford and telemedicine vendor American Well to determine whether the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch can be used to detect abnormal heart rhythms and common heart conditions, reports CNBC.

An Apple Watch, if able to accurately detect arrhythmias, or abnormal heart patterns, could identify patients that are at a high risk of atrial fibrillation or similar conditions. Heart arrhythmias aren't always symptoms of a serious disease, but Apple Watch owners could find out about a problem from the Apple Watch and then get it checked out at a doctor if the device is determined to accurately predict heart problems.

"Atrial fibrillation is a common rhythm disorder and knowing someone has it is medically useful because those people might need specific treatments," said Bob Wachter, chair of the Department of Medicine at the...

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15:27
iPhone Upgrade Program Customers Able to Trade In Old Devi...

When customers who are members of the iPhone Upgrade Program to go trade in their devices this fall, they will likely be able to use a Trade-in Kit that's delivered by mail rather than being forced to visit an Apple Store to purchase a new device and trade in the old one.

Mail-in Trade-in Kits, highlighted this afternoon on the MacRumors forums, have been available as part of the iPhone Upgrade Program at least since July, and perhaps even earlier, but they were not an option during the iPhone 7 launch.

Based on wording on the iPhone Upgrade Program website, once a customer's new iPhone ships, Apple will send a Trade-in Kit with a prepaid shipping label to allow customers to send their current device back to Apple.

Last year, many iPhone Upgrade Program users were forced...

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11:45
The Temporary Approval to hold Apple's iPhone Event i...

I think that every Apple fan on the planet was just expecting that the anniversary iPhone would be introduced in the new Steve Jobs Theater. And while invitations to the event confirmed that on August 31, it appears that it was down to the wire for Apple in getting the right permit on time to host the event.

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10:32
Fortune Interviews Cook on Apple being one of the top Thre...

Steve Jobs once famously said that "We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?" If ever a company was self-consciously focused on making an impact—changing the world, it’s Apple. And yet, for Jobs the dent that he intended for Apple to make in the universe revolved almost totally around creating new products that would change people’s lives. Apple under Jobs was a ruthlessly efficient moneymaker that largely left social programs to others. Not anymore under Tim Cook

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10:19
New 4K Apple TV Could Feature Revamped Siri Remote With Ha...

Apple is planning to introduce a new 4K-compatible Apple TV at tomorrow's event, and the revamped fifth-generation set-top box could also include a redesigned Siri Remote that features haptic feedback.

Developer Guilherme Rambo dug into leaked golden master software that was released over the weekend and found "actuator calibration" and "force calibration" references, suggesting haptic feedback for the remote.

Looks like the new Apple TV remote will have haptics pic.twitter.com/FY9SYAPRYI

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) September 11, 2017 There's been little mention of design changes to the upcoming Apple TV, so it's not clear if the new Siri Remote will feature the same look and feel as the remote for the fourth-generation Apple TV or if there will be other design changes...

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09:52
Apple's Greg Joswiak on Siri: We Deliver a Personaliz...

Ahead of the launch of iOS 11, Apple VP of marketing Greg Joswiak sat down with several publications to talk about Siri, the personal assistant built into all major Apple devices. His interview with Wired was published last week, and today, Fast Company published its interview, in which Joswiak talks Siri and privacy, among other topics.

It's been long believed that Apple's Siri development has been hindered by the company's deep commitment to privacy, but according to Joswiak, privacy, respect for user data, and an intelligent AI can co-exist.

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09:36
Apple Received Approval Just Last Week to Host First-Ever...

Following several months of construction, Apple tomorrow will host its first-ever event at Steve Jobs Theater at its new Apple Park headquarters. Apple invited members of the press to the event on August 31.

Records uncovered by VentureBeat, however, show Apple didn't receive approval to host the event until the next day.

Cupertino, California city officials granted Apple a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Steve Jobs Theater on September 1, indicating that the theater has passed various fire and safety checks. The final signature was September...

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08:57
Tim Cook Says Apple Products 'Change the World'...

Apple has ranked third on Fortune's annual list of companies that "change the world" based on the social impact of their core businesses, and CEO Tim Cook sat down for a related interview with executive editor Adam Lashinsky.

Cook agreed that Apple has changed the world, primarily through its products, which simply enable people to accomplish more.I think the No. 1 way Apple changes the world is through our products. We make products for people that are tools to enable them to do things that they couldn’t otherwise do—to enable them to create or learn or teach or play. Or do something really wonderful.He added that Apple has also changed the world through environmentalism, education, and advocacy for human rights, privacy, and philanthropy.

When asked why Apple doesn't run a charitable foundation, Cook said having a "...

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07:16
Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone X Production Currently Just <10K U...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note to investors today in which he said Apple's current iPhone X production totals less than just 10,000 units per day. For this reason, Kuo anticipates the iPhone X will remain in "severe short supply for a while" following its expected launch later this month.

Kuo also anticipates that the so-called "Blush Gold" colored iPhone X will encounter some production problems and will initially be available only in "extremely low volume." He said there is even a chance that the gold version will go on sale at a later date than the other colorways, which are rumored to be silver and black.

Here's the excerpt from Kuo's research note obtained by MacRumors:Due to component supply constraints, we estimate current production of the OLED iPhone at less than 10k units per day, which means the model will remain in severe short supply...

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07:15
Xiaomi's CEO revealed their new Smartphone today and...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Reuters says the $1,000 iPhone is a real Danger to Apple in China." We noted Reuters saying that the stiff $1,000 price tag for Apple's top end smartphone being revealed tomorrow was going to be a real problem for Apple in the face of Chinese Vendors selling their premium smartphones at half price. Today, to get ahead of the iPhone's launch, Xiaomi held their keynote to introducing their new premium Mi Mix 2 smartphone starting at $535 while offering a 6" display.

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06:06
Xiaomi Takes Aim at Apple With New MacBook Pro and iPhone...

Chinese company Xiaomi today held an event in Beijing, where it unveiled new products that will rival the MacBook Pro and iPhone X.

First up was the new Mi Notebook Pro, with a fully metal enclosure that looks virtually identical to Apple's latest MacBook Pro in Space Gray.

Mi Notebook Pro is equipped with a 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels, a full-sized backlit keyboard, custom Harman Infinity speakers with Dolby Atmos sound, and seven ports: USB-C, data-only USB-C, dual USB 3.0, full-sized HDMI, a 3-in-1 SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The notebook is equipped with up to Intel's new eighth-generation Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, and 256GB of SSD storage. It will run Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box, with support for Windows Hello fingerprint authentication.

Mi Notebook Pro pricing ranges from about $850 to $1,075 based on current exchange rates, which is under...

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05:50
Reuters says the $1,000 iPhone is a real Danger to Apple i...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "It's Circus Time: Apple Competitors race to discredit the coming iPhones as behind the Curve & Late to Market." As the iPhone Circus is coming to a close, Reuters has decided to step up to the plate in the eleventh hour and and take their best shot at Apple by adopting a classic negative tactic called FUD.

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03:29
4K Apple TV Could Feature A10X Fusion Chip and 3GB of RAM

Apple's upcoming fifth-generation 4K Apple TV will be powered by an A10X Fusion chip and 3GB of RAM, according to details unearthed in the device's firmware.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith made the claim this morning in a tweet, after going through code in the final software builds that were at the center of a major Apple leak over the weekend.

Apple's current fourth-generation Apple TV, originally released in 2015, runs on an A8 chip coupled with 2GB of RAM. But the boost in performance provided by the A10 series – which also powers the latest iPad Pro models – suggests Apple could see a bigger role for its next set-top box, possibly expanding beyond 4K content.

On the other hand, Troughton-Smith believes Apple may have chosen the A10X Fusion processor to play 4K content at 60 frames per second, which...

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Sunday September 10

21:40
iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus to Feature 3GB RAM, iPhone 8 to...

Details about the unreleased iPhones Apple will announce on Tuesday continue to trickle out from the iOS 11 golden master that was leaked on Friday, and the latest information, sourced from developer Steve Troughton-Smith, confirms the RAM we can expect to see in the three devices.

The upcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus will both offer 3GB RAM while the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will include 2GB RAM.

iPhone X dummy model (in center) compared to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

That's in line with rumors about the three devices sourced from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously suggested the two larger devices would have 3GB RAM while the smaller 4.7-inch...

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11:35
iOS 11 GM Leak Reveals Details on Face ID, Apple Pay, Wire...

Over the weekend, the iOS 11 golden master software leaked out, revealing a wealth of details about Apple's unreleased devices just days ahead of their official unveiling.

New tidbits continue to come to light as developers dig through the software, and today we're hearing details on the new A11 processor in Apple's upcoming iPhone lineup, the Apple TV's resolution and 4K streaming requirements, and how Apple Pay will work with Face ID. There's also a confirmation that wireless charging is coming.

The iPhone X includes a new Face ID facial recognition system that replaces Touch ID. There have been some questions about how Apple Pay will work with the feature, and a new discovery from developer Jeffrey Grossman provides some clues. It seems the iPhone X will authenticate a payment using facial recognition, with payment confirmed using a double click on the side button (sleep/wake button) of the...

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Saturday September 9

14:13
Details Emerge Regarding 'Face ID' Setup Process...

Facial recognition has been rumored to be replacing Touch ID entirely on the OLED iPhone X, and today developer Guilherme Rambo shared a few glimpses into the setup process of the all-new "Face ID" feature.

Rambo tweeted the settings and preference screen for Face ID, where you can choose to use Face ID for iPhone Unlock, iTunes and App Store, and Safari Autofill. Apple Pay is missing from the page, but Rambo noted that it's most likely because he's using a Brazilian Apple ID and Apple Pay isn't available in Brazil.

Images via @_inside

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13:10
KGI: All iPhone X Colors Will Have Black Bezels to Ensure...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a new prediction about how Apple will design the front of the "iPhone X." Kuo believes that no matter the color of the device's casing, the front bezels will be black. This will ensure "better aesthetic design," hiding the front-facing camera sensors on the iPhone X's notch, which would otherwise stand out as little black dots on a white bezel.

This means that instead of white bezels on a silver or gold iPhone X (as seen above), Kuo argues that black bezels on every version of the new smartphone will better blend into the 5.8-inch OLED display and sensor notch. The iPhone X is expected to come in a limited number of colors, including silver, "blush gold", and black.

The same report highlights the "biggest selling point" of the new OLED iPhone X -- 3D sensing -- including a break down of all the components that will be working together...

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10:29
'iPhone X' Split Status Bar Leak Shows Off Anima...

Amid the leaked release of the golden master of iOS 11 last night, developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo shared a few interesting tidbits about how the split status bar on the OLED "iPhone X" will work (via 9to5Mac). Falling in line with previous rumors, the iPhone X's status bar will show the time of day on the left of the "notch" and cellular signal strength, Wi-Fi, and battery will be located on the right.

These "ears" of the iPhone X will also be animated in a few ways -- when you plug the device into a power source to charge it, the battery icon grows slightly larger (lower...

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09:03
Latest Leak Suggests Apple Will Announce 'iPhone 8...

Last night, the iOS 11 GM was leaked and we got a glimpse into numerous iPhone 8 features, including a look at a new edition of the Apple Watch, and even new "Animoji." Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has dug up new info related to the official names of the iPhones being announced on Tuesday.

According to the developer, Apple will call the smartphones the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (for the two LCD devices), and iPhone X (for the OLED model). These names will replace the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 monikers that have been attached to each respective model over the past few months.

iPhone 8
iPhone 8...

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07:09
Apple Files Patent in Taiwan Describing an iPhone with a S...

Today Patently Apple discovered an Apple patent in Taiwan that relates to enclosures that have the appearance of being seamless. More particularly, these enclosures, including an iPhone, could bring a new level of waterproofing that could match Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone.

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05:24
Apple wins four Design Patents for EarPod / AirPod Ear Hoo...

Late Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published four design patents for Apple regarding Ear / wireless AirPod tips. I've seen this style of AirPod tip online from EarBuddyz and others but not from Apple. Will Apple make these available soon, as in sometime next week?

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04:06
iPhone 8 Camera Allows Users to Customize 3D Animated Emoj...

Following last night's leak of the golden master version of iOS 11, further details of features Apple plans to announce next week continue to be unearthed, including more hints about the new 3D animated emoji for iMessage.

Based on information in the iOS 11 GM firmware, the new "Animoji", as they're called, appear to be a feature exclusive to Apple's so-called iPhone 8 and the phone's new 3D sensing capability, enabling users to create custom 3D animated emoji based on facial expressions picked up by the camera.

As noted by developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, several Animoji will be available for customization using the iPhone 8's 3D sensing features, including chimps, robots, pigs, cats, poop, chickens, dogs, foxes, and several others unearthed in the software.

The range of expressions that the iPhone 8...

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03:32
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revo...

A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music's paid audio subscription services. These two demographic groups are the power users when it comes to listening to music ...

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01:45
The Bain, SK Hynix, Apple bid for Toshiba has been upped t...

Over the last ten days it's become very clear that Apple wants a part of Toshiba. On August 30th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Bain Capital along with Apple Offer Last-Ditch Bid for Toshiba's Memory Chip Business," and on September 7th we posted a report titled "Foxconn says their Bid for Toshiba is not a Chinese Deal as Apple would own 20%, Kensington 20%, Sharp 15%." Now, just before midnight, a new report has surfaced claiming that the Bain, Apple offer was upped to $22 billion.

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Friday September 8

21:18
Leaked iOS 11 GM Reveals iPhone 8 Features, Hints at LTE A...

The golden master version of iOS 11 appears to have leaked this evening, shedding some early light on products and features Apple plans to announce next Tuesday. The golden master software seems to have been sent to multiple sites including MacRumors and 9to5Mac.

In the Apple Watch app, there's an image of what may be the third-generation Apple Watch with a cellular connection. The device has the same general design as the current Apple Watch, featuring a Space Gray body and matching band, but it appears to have a bright red Digital Crown. Code in the update suggests the Apple Watch will be able to make calls over LTE, sharing a phone number with the iPhone. The Apple Watch will be added to an existing phone plan, and there are hints that carriers will offer pricing promotions.

As noted by 9to5Mac, there are references to Face ID, which may be the name of the...

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13:41
U.S. Federal Judge Rules that Apple's Multiple Foreig...

Yesterday U.S. federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego ruled that Apple Inc.’s 11 foreign lawsuits against Qualcomm Inc can proceed while the company’s dispute plays out in the United States.

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13:02
What to Expect at Apple's September 2017 Event: Radic...

We're just four days away from Apple's 2017 iPhone-centric event, and this year's keynote promises to be the most exciting we've seen since the larger-screened iPhones came out in 2014. For the first time in 10 years, the iPhone is getting a complete overhaul, both inside and out, with the most advanced technologies Apple has to offer.

While the new iPhone will be the star of the event, we're also expecting to see new versions of the Apple Watch and the Apple TV, both coming with some highly anticipated features. For an idea of what to expect on September 12, watch the video below and read the post for even more detail, but be warned: there are some serious spoilers here based on all of the rumors we've heard about Apple's plans so far.

5.8-inch OLED iPhone

It's been 10 years since the original iPhone was introduced, and to celebrate the anniversary of the device that changed the world, Apple has been working on a re-engineered iPhone that will dictate...

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09:07
Advances in Micro-LED Displays are being made and Apple...

It's been recently thought by market players that it would take at least another three years before Micro LED displays would be able to hit the market due to current technological bottlenecks. Yet that might be changing faster than many think. According to PlayNitride's CEO Charles Li, Micro LED production is not as difficult as originally expected. PlayNitride aims to start trial production of Micro LED in the second half of 2017. Interesting to note that in the interview with Li, it was said that Apple's LuxVue owns a possibly important patent in producing micro-LED displays.

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06:33
Time Magazine's Series of Cover Shots for a Project a...

Time Magazine has published a series of covers on the topic of Firsts for women and all of the covers were shot on an iPhone by Brazilian Luisa Dörr who was discovered by Time's writer who was browsing through Instagram one day.

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06:14
Barclays Proposes Apple Could Lessen iPhone 8 Pricing Impa...

Leading up to Apple's September 12 media event, the exact price tag of the upcoming iPhone 8 has been one of the biggest question marks surrounding the smartphone. The latest rumors describe a premium device that will start at $999 (64GB) in the United States, then rise to $1,099 (256GB), and cap at $1,199 (512GB), although of course none of these price points or storage configurations have been confirmed.

Recently, a team of Barclays analysts including Mark Moskowitz have theorized one potential solution for the device's premium price tag: Apple could debut an iPhone 8 bundle that packs in a year's worth of Apple Music and a 200GB iCloud subscription into the cost of the smartphone (via Business Insider). In the U.S., one year...

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05:17
LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as...

As far back as June 21 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Korean Press is Convinced that LG will Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain by 2019," followed by a report weeks later titled "Apple and LG are reportedly in Negotiations for OLED Production for Future iDevices." Bloomberg's report this week really added little to the ongoing news on this subject if anything. Today a new report in Korea added a few new tidbits on LG's entry into Apple's OLED supply chain.

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04:35
Apple Supplier TSMC Enjoys 28.4% Revenue Increase for Augu...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced August consolidated revenues increased 28.4% due to robust shipments of A11 processors

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04:04
Another Secret Supplier behind Apple's new 3D Sensing...

In late June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Some of Apple's new 'iPhone X' suppliers have been identified associated with Technologies like 3D Sensing & more," followed by reports in July and August revealing more. All three reports had a common thread of revealing 3D sensing technology suppliers. Today we learn of yet another new supplier that may have been contracted by Apple.

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Thursday September 7

15:48
Apple's Marketing VP says that Siri was designed to b...

A new Wired report published today went a long way to show Apple's frustration with Siri being behind other digital assistants and how its competitors have framed what a digital assistant is to be used for. Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of product marketing, was out to do his "marketing thing" in the hopes of putting Siri in a better light. Like any good report, there's good and bad but in the end it was definitely a good read talking about mistakes Apple made and the strengths that Siri has over the competiton.

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15:12
OLED iPhone 8 Rumored to Ship Sometime After Standard iPho...

Apple's upcoming OLED iPhone 8 will not ship out alongside the standard LCD-equipped iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, reports TechCrunch, citing "trusted sources."

The high-end iPhone 8 will instead "ship out at a later time," but TechCrunch says it is unclear how long it will be between the availability of the two more affordable models and the iPhone 8.

Apple is planning its iPhone-centric event for Tuesday, September 12, and rumors have suggested the company will start accepting device pre-orders on Friday, September 15, with the first of the new iPhones becoming available on Friday, September 22.

If TechCrunch's information is correct, it's possible Apple will allow people to submit orders for the iPhone 8, but those orders may not ship out until sometime...

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12:50
Apple's Greg Joswiak: Siri Wasn't Engineered to...

In iOS 11, Apple's AI-based personal assistant Siri has a much more natural voice that goes a long way towards making Siri sound human like. Siri speaks with a faster, smoother cadence with elongated syllables and pitch variation, a noticeable departure from the more machine like sound in iOS 10.

The team behind Siri, including Siri senior director Alex Acero, has worked for years to improve the way Siri speaks, according to a new interview Acero did alongside Apple VP of marketing Greg Joswiak with Wired. While Siri's voice recognition capabilities were powered by a third-party company early on in Siri's life, Acero's team took over Siri development a few years back, leading to several improvements to the personal assistant since then.

Siri is powered by deep learning and AI, technology that has much improved her speech recognition capabilities. According to Wired...

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11:30
AirPods Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks

Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for its AirPods, and the highly desired earphones are now shipping out from the online Apple Store in just one to two weeks in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and several other countries around the world.

According to Apple's website in the United States, AirPods ordered today will be delivered between September 21 and September 28, the best estimates we've seen since the AirPods became available for purchase.

AirPods have been in short supply since launch. For many weeks, AirPods shipping estimates were at six weeks, but stock improved enough in early August that shipping estimates dropped to four weeks. Later in the month, estimates improved to...

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11:12
With iOS 11 Launching Next Week we take a final tally of i...

Apple's new iPhones launches in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater next Tuesday along with iOS 11. Apple promotes the new OS by stating that "iOS 11 is a giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad." The accumulative list of new features is going to pack an incredible punch for Apple fans. Our report takes one final look at the percentage of iDevices using iOS 10 and look at a few possible features that Apple could surprise us with next Tuesday at their iPhone keynote in the new Steve Jobs Theater.

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09:58
iPhone 8 Manufacturing Issues May Lead to Extended Supply...

Apple's upcoming OLED "iPhone 8" with an edge-to-edge display and facial recognition faced multiple production issues early in the manufacturing process, which is likely to result in "extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays," reports The Wall Street Journal.

The production problems have led to a setback of "about a month" in Apple's manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

Today's report is nothing we haven't heard before. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said for months that he expects the iPhone 8 will be hard to come by until early 2018, and we've heard several rumors pointing towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device. The Wall Street Journal points to OLED...

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09:10
ARKit Roundup: Tesla Customization, Spatial Audio Recordin...

ARKit demos have been popular over the summer, showcasing the features that iOS 11 users will gain on their iPhones once the new software update rolls out worldwide later in September. Today we've rounded up some of the latest tech demos of the software development kit, which you can check out below.

In the first ARKit demo, augmented reality and user experience designer Jelmer Verhoog has created an app that lets users design and customize a Tesla Model 3 car. This extends to the wheels, paint, and interior of the vehicle, and even includes driving controls. While Verhoog's demo is focused on the Model 3, it's easy to imagine other carmakers using Apple's ARKit to help customers when they're on the hunt for a new vehicle.

The next demo, by Zach Lieberman, shows off an interesting use of augmented...

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06:10
iPhone 7 Modded to Include Fully Functional 3.5mm Headphon...

Former software engineer Scotty Allen has posted his second video to YouTube this week, in which he decides to modify an iPhone 7 in order to add a functional 3.5mm headphone jack into the smartphone. On the Strange Parts website, Allen explained that he spent four months on the project, working in Shenzhen, China assembling the tools, going through 7 custom circuit boards designs, and 3 disassembled iPhones to finally arrive with a working unit.

Allen said that the hardest part of creating an iPhone 7 with a headphone jack centered on the electrical design and fitting the new parts inside of the smartphone. Upon the release of the iPhone 7, Apple said that the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack was needed to make room for...

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06:04
Foxconn says their Bid for Toshiba is not a Chinese Deal a...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Bain Capital along with Apple Offer Last-Ditch Bid for Toshiba's Memory Chip Business." The report noted that a consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple Inc had offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba Corp's prized memory chip unit worth $18 billion, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The same NHK reported back in June that the Bain was the preferred bid for Toshiba. Now Foxconn is back in the news making their case that their bid is the strongest and only politics could derail it.

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05:10
Apple secures their First Warner Music Deal for On-Demand...

A new report last night claims that Apple has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant's first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is also close to a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

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05:00
T-Mobile Offered Fastest LTE Speeds in the First Half of 2...

T-Mobile was the carrier with the fastest mobile network in the United States during the first half of 2017, according to a new U.S. Market Report for Mobile Broadband shared this morning by Ookla.

The carrier scored a 23.17 using Ookla's new "Speed Score" metric that combines low-end, median, and top-end performance for both upload and download speeds. Ookla says this is a comprehensive metric combining all factors that "matter to a good network experience" into a single score.

Coming in after T-Mobile was Verizon, with a Speed Score of 21.13, while AT&T came in third with a score of 20.05 and Sprint brought up the rear with a score of 15.39.

According to Ookla, T-Mobile's "tightly-spaced cell site grid" and smaller subscriber base gave it an edge over Verizon and AT&T, both of whom are dealing with higher traffic loads since their unlimited plans were introduced last year.

While...

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04:34
Apple Patent Reveals Possible Future use of Biometrics for...

As Apple prepares to introduce a TV service to compete with Amazon's Prime, Netflix and others, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they may bring biometric authentication to the Apple TV remote to eliminate the hassle of entering passcodes and be able to recognize who is attempting to use the services on Apple TV. Parents may have full access whereas children and teens in the household may have restrictions placed on what content they can access and more importantly, purchase. This future remote with biometrics may also work with many home devices in the future and may be tightly tied into HomeKit so that the remote could access and control other household devices, such as a security system, appliances, lights and more while watching TV.

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03:29
Apple Invents an Apple Store Retail Box with Retractable H...

In April 2016 Patently Apple covered a design patent from Apple relating to new retail bags for Apple Stores. In May 2017 we reported on an intelligent grocer bag with specialty tags. Apple's interest in packaging now extends to future Apple Store retail boxes. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to...

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Wednesday September 6

16:48
Pre-Orders for iPhone 8 Likely to Start on September 15, S...

For the past five years, Apple's September iPhone-centric events have followed the same general formula. An event during the first week or two of the month, pre-orders shortly after, and then an official launch date approximately 10 days later. Apple's September schedule for 2012 to 2016 is below:

- iPhone 5 (2012) - Sept. 12 event, Sept.14 pre-orders, Sept. 21 launch.

- iPhone 5s (2013) - Sept. 10 event, no pre-orders, Sept. 10 launch.

- iPhone 6/6 Plus (2014) - Sept. 9 event, Sept. 12 pre-orders, Sept. 19 launch.

- iPhone 6s/6s Plus (2015) - Sept. 9 event, Sept. 12 pre-orders, Sept. 25 launch.

- iPhone 7/7 Plus (2016) - Sept. 7 event, Sept. 9 pre-orders, Sept. 16 launch.

If Apple plans to follow this same formula -- and it looks like that's what's happening -- pre-orders for the new "iPhone 8" and its companion devices the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus...

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15:59
Four More TV Execs Join Apple's Video Content Team

Four additional veteran executives from the television industry are joining Apple's video content team, according to a new report from Variety.

Former head of current programming at Sony Pictures Kim Rozenfeld is joining Apple as its future head of programming and lead executive on documentary series development. Apple has thus far purchased several music-related documentaries that have aired on Apple Music, including Kygo: Stole the Show and Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story.

Rozenfeld formerly worked with Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, two Sony Pictures Television executives who joined Apple...

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13:53
Apple Developer Site Down as Developers Report Possible Ha...

Apple's Developer site has been down for a couple of hours now, and while it originally seemed like the outage was related to maintenance, a few reports trickling in from developers suggests there could potentially be another cause.

Several developers are reporting that all of their developer account addresses have been updated with an address in Russia, perhaps indicating some kind of breach or serious internal error. According to multiple developer reports, their accounts list a Russian address instead of their correct address.

All my teams on Developer Member Center at @apple are registered in Russia. Nice. pic.twitter.com/kyYyRyLTR7

— Dal Rupnik (@TheLegoless) September 6, 2017

It's not clear what's...

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10:08
Apple and Ireland will choose the investment managers hold...

On August 11th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Ireland close to a deal with Apple over holding Billions of Euros during the EU Tax Ruling Appeal Process. Today we're learning that Apple and Ireland will choose the investment managers that will take care of holding Apple's billions in an escrow account until ...

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09:52
Apple Seeds Tenth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers and Public...

Apple today seeded the tenth beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, just under one week after releasing the ninth beta and three months after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed. A new beta has also been made available for Apple's public beta testing group.

iOS 11 brings several new design changes like a customizable Control Center and a new Lock screen that's been merged with the Notification Center. Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are coming in the Messages app, which is also gaining a new App Drawer, and there's a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that's meant to help drivers stay...

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09:49
Samsung's OLED Display Monopoly May Explain iPhone 8...

Samsung is one of the only companies able to reliably mass produce OLED displays suitable for Apple's smartphone needs, giving Samsung a monopoly over OLED panel display and allowing the South Korean company to charge high prices.

In a new research note shared with investors this morning, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says OLED iPhone panel supply is "controlled wholly by Samsung," with Samsung likely charging Apple $120 to $130 per OLED panel module, which is approximately $75 more than the 5.5-inch LCD module price of $45 to $55 for "Plus" sized iPhones.

The high price Apple is currently shelling out for OLED displays explain in part why we're hearing rumors suggesting pricing on the upcoming OLED-equipped "iPhone 8" could start at somewhere right around $1,000 for the entry-level model. Along with an OLED panel, it also uses 3D sensor camera components for facial recognition and many other advanced components that could also add a premium to the price.

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09:17
Apple Files for 'Live Titles' and 'GymKit...

Today Apple filed for the 'Live Titles' trademark in London. Live Titles is related to Apple's 'Clips' and was introduced in March. Apple filed for their 'Clips' trademark in London last week. Also covered in today's report are dual trademark filings for Apple's 'GymKit' that was filed in the U.S.

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08:06
Microsoft Hints that a new Device will be Unveiled at thei...

A new report surfacing today says that Microsoft’s Surface chief will hold a keynote speech in London at the end of October and reveal a new device.

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07:32
Apple Looking to Purchase 'James Bond' Film Dist...

As its hunt for original television and film content heats up, Apple is now reportedly looking to land film distribution rights to the James Bond film franchise (via The Hollywood Reporter). Warner Bros. is said to be the front contender, but Apple and fellow tech company Amazon are both in "hot pursuit" of the spy series.

Sony's distribution rights for James Bond films ended with the release of the latest entry, 2015's Spectre, leading to multiple studios and companies vying for the rights. Sources close to the deal said that Apple and Amazon are willing to spend "in the same ballpark" as Warner Bros, "if not much more," in order to beef up their respective streaming businesses. Besides these companies, Universal and Fox are also pursuing the...

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07:03
The Steve Jobs Theater is a 4-Storey Building with a Wild...

Our first report posted today was titled "Apple Continues to Prepare the Steve Jobs Theater for Next Week's Keynote & Updates their Event Icon on Apple TV." Now we're learning more about some of the special features found in the Steve Jobs Theater's interior that sound really wild.

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06:54
Steve Jobs Theater Includes Custom-Made Rotating Elevators...

We're six days away from Apple's iPhone 8 reveal event, set to be the first major product unveiling taking place at Apple Park, in the new Steve Jobs Theater auditorium. To get fans ready, Bloomberg today posted a detailed look into the internals of the Steve Jobs Theater, highlighting a few well-known facts while also sharing new tidbits of information about the building that's dedicated in memory of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The theater is built on a piece of high ground, allowing its occupants to catch a wide view of Apple Park from inside its glass walls, as well as hiding the building's four underground stories. The media will enter through the glass-encased lobby, and will be able to descend down two curved staircases into the main auditorium. However, two custom-made rotating...

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06:27
Apple Beats Samsung in Smartphone Sales in China and More...

In August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Remains the King of Smartphones for Q2 2017, based on the useless Volume Shipments Metric." But in China, Samsung didn't fare well at all. In fact, Apple clobbered Samsung on many levels.

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04:39
Apple Shuts out the India Government's Anti-Spam App...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Chairman of India's Telecom Regulatory Authority Accuses Apple of being 'Anti-Consumer'." The report noted that Telecom regulator TRAI has accused Apple of engaging in "data colonization" in India and being "anti-consumer" by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities as well as their mobile operators. Today we're learning that Apple has yet to allow the Indian Government's anti-spam app into the Apple Store and the government's anger is growing over the issue

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03:21
Apple Continues to Prepare the Steve Jobs Theater for Next...

Next week the Apple team will be holding their annual iPhone event with the difference this time being that it will be held for the first time at the new Steve Jobs Theater. Last minute tweaks are being made and you can now see new benches have been added around the exterior of the building that weren't there in last...

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Tuesday September 5

19:35
New Apple Park Drone Video Shows Off Steve Jobs Theater Ah...

Construction on Apple Park is nearing completion and Apple is putting the finishing touches on the Steve Jobs Theater where next week's iPhone-centric event will be held, according to a new video shared this evening by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield.

Sinfield's video offers up a close look at the now-finished theater and it depicts landscaping progress at the campus, both inside and outside of the ring-shaped main building.

The theater is a 20-foot tall glass cylinder that overlooks the main campus building and is surrounded by greenery. It boasts the world's largest freestanding carbon fiber roof and spans 120,000 square feet with an underground auditorium area that seats 1,000 people.

Apple named the theater in honor of late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who envisioned the design for Apple...

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13:52
Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watch to Illicitly Steal Hand Si...

Investigators for Major League Baseball believe the Boston Red Sox, currently in first place in the American League East, have used the Apple Watch to illicitly steal hand signals from opposing teams, reports The New York Times.

The Red Sox are believed to have stolen hand signals from opponents' catchers in games using video recording equipment and communicated the information with the Apple Watch.

Tim Cook visiting Fenway Park in June

An inquiry into the Red Sox' practice started two weeks ago following a complaint from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who caught a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying information to players. It's believed the information was used to determine the type of pitch that...

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13:31
IDC sees a Flood of AR Apps rushing to market in Q4 and 20...

In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Senior VP of Software says that Apple will have the Largest AR Platform in the World." Apple's CEO is so excited about AR apps coming to iOS 11 that he wants to scream. Clearly Apple outsmarted Google for focusing on Augmented Reality first instead of Virtual Reality like Google, even if the latter is desperately trying to play catch up and is out to copy Apple quickly with their ARCore effort. Today IDC published a report positive about Augmented Reality due to Apple's ARKit ...

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12:57
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Reviews: 'Beautiful' Displ...

Nearly two weeks after being unveiled at an event in New York City, and with a week and a half still to go before it launches to customers on September 15, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 smartphone has received its first batch of reviews posted online today. Many publications marked the Note 8's large 6.3-inch "Infinity Display" as a step forward for Samsung, compared the smartphone's "Live Focus" bokeh effect mode to Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, and agreed that the lack of an explosive battery made the Note 8 a solid contender in the smartphone market.

Most reviews touched on comparing the Note 8's new dual rear camera system to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, and Engadget found that each smartphone's bokeh...

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12:24
As Expected, Apple's CEO Sends out an Emotional React...

Earlier today Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a press conference that the Trump Administration will end a program that deferred deportation of undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children. "To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here." As expected, Apple's CEO immediately reacted emotionally to the announcement. It's safe to say that his personal opinions on this matter are not shared by all.

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10:00
Apple to Open New Store in Ningbo City China on September...

The next flagship Apple Store in China will be in Ningbo City.

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09:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook Pledges Support to Employees Affected b...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning sent out an email to employees following the announcement that United States President Donald Trump will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the course of the next six months. Trump has called on Congress to replace DACA with new legislation by March 5, 2018.

In the email, Cook says Apple will work with members of Congress to advocate for a legislative solution that will continue to protect the children of immigrants, and he says Apple is working with impacted Apple employees to provide support, including access to immigration experts.Team,

America promises all its people the opportunity to achieve their dreams through hard work and perseverance. At Apple, we've dedicated ourselves to creating products that empower those dreams. And at our best, we aspire to be part of the promise that defines America....

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08:50
The iFixit Teardown for Andy Rubin's 'Essential...

While the initial reviews for Andy Rubin's Essential smartphone from the likes of The Verge and Digital Trends were very positive overall, the iFixit review just in gave it a big thumbs down and here's why ...

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06:45
Samsung is working with Harman Kardon to Deliver a Market...

Patently Apple posted three reports (01, 02 and 03) last month on the news that Samsung will soon be entering the smart speaker business to compete with Apple, Google, Amazon and others. One of the reports covered an elaborate design stemming from one of Samsung's recent patent filings. Yet to get to market quickly, it appears that Samsung is working with their recently acquired Harman Kardon on their first generation smart speaker system.

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04:57
Apple Reportedly Books up Production of High-End Dual Lens...

In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's 3D-Sensing Camera Supplier Largan Precision says they're on Target to ship the new Lenses for Facial and Iris Recognition." Today we're learning that Apple has reportedly "booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory...

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04:20
The Era of Apple Music Festivals in London Ends

Apple has confirmed to Music Business Worldwide that it will no longer be hosting the annual Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse.

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03:58
Apple Granted 44 Patents today covering Apple Pencil for i...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to Apple Pencil working with an iPhone, devices that have glass housings using an advanced fusion process, Apple's Digital Crown and ...

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Monday September 4

23:23
Apple Takes Early Step Towards iPhones With 'Above 12...

Apple reportedly has booked production capacity for "above 12-megapixel" camera lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens maker Largan Precision in Taichung, Taiwan, according to DigiTimes.

The report, citing "market rumors," claims Largan is the only supplier that can meet Apple's minimum yield rate. The new factory is reportedly designed to accommodate monthly production of 600 million lens modules.

Largan will allegedly start production in October 2017, suggesting the camera lens modules could be destined for future iPhone models released in 2018 or later, rather than the so-called iPhone 8 this fall.

It is widely rumored that the iPhone 8 will have a vertically-aligned dual-lens rear camera, with optical image stabilization for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but no credible rumors have...

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14:24
Apple Ends Its Annual Music Festival in London

Apple has confirmed to Music Business Worldwide that its annual Apple Music Festival has ended after a decade-long run.

Apple Music Festival, known as iTunes Festival prior to 2015, was a free annual concert series that saw big name artists and bands like Elton John, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Ozzy Osbourne, Florence + The Machine, Pharrell Williams, and Usher performing at the Roundhouse in London, England.

Other notable performers over the festival's ten-year history included Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Paul Simon, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Jack Johnson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Alicia Keys...

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12:43
Beats Launching New Studio3 Wireless Headphones With Pure...

Beats today introduced new Studio3 Wireless over-ear headphones with Apple's custom W1 chip and Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling technology.

Beats Studio3 Wireless deliver up to 22 hours of battery life with Pure ANC on, and up to 40 hours with Pure ANC off. Fast Fuel quick charging technology provides three hours of music playback with a 10-minute charge.

Here's how Beats describes Pure ANC:This groundbreaking new technology uses advanced algorithms to continuously monitor your listening environment, so that it can best block out ambient noise—not only on an airplane, but also in a noisy café or a busy office. Pure ANC also evaluates fit and adjusts for leakage caused by hair, glasses, different ear shapes and movement of your head as you go about the day. Additionally, Pure ANC...

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11:58
Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones with Pure ANC can be pre...

The new Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are here and they deliver a premium listening experience with Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) to actively block external noise, and real-time audio calibration to preserve clarity, range and emotion. It continuously pinpoints external sounds to block while ...

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11:15
Microsoft Invents Deformable Sensors for use in future Sur...

In late August the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application from Microsoft that relates to future deformable sensors that could be used in a wide variety of devices and other products such as fabric for clothing and furniture. As for the couch, the new sensors could be both friend and foe. On the good side the deformable sensors built into a future couch could be used to automatically turn your TV on when you sit on it or close it when there's no one left sitting on it. On the flip side, it could also be annoying. Our report tells you why.

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Quicken makes managing your money easier than ever. Whether paying bills, upgrading from Windows, enjoying more reliable downloads, or getting expert product help, Quicken's new and improved features... Read more
Smultron 10.0 - Easy-to-use, powerful te...
Smultron 10 is an elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use. You can use Smultron 10 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece... Read more
Apple Numbers 4.3 - Apple's spreads...
With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data... Read more
Apple Pages 6.3 - Apple's word proc...
Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and... Read more
Opera 47.0.2631.83 - High-performance We...
Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content... Read more
BetterTouchTool 2.304 - Customize multi-...
BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
Drive Genius 5.0.5 - $49.50 (50% off)
Drive Genius features a comprehensive Malware Scan. Automate your malware protection. Protect your investment from any threat. The Malware Scan is part of the automated DrivePulse utility. DrivePulse... Read more
Apple Configurator 2.5 - Configure and d...
Apple Configurator makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business. Use Apple Configurator to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to... Read more
Apple Keynote 7.3 - Apple's present...
Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow. The Theme Chooser lets you... Read more
Vivaldi 1.12.955.36 - An advanced browse...
Vivaldi is a browser for our friends. In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind... Read more

Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story...
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just... | Read more »
The Witness (Games)
The Witness 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don't remember who you are, and... | Read more »
Egg, Inc. guide - how to build your gold...
Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
Good news, everyone! Your favorite day of the week has arrived at last -- it's discount roundup day! This fine Wednesday evening we're gathering up the hottest deals on the App Store. We've got action platformers, we've got puzzle games, we've got... | Read more »
Morphite (Games)
Morphite 1.08 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.08 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fitness AR (Healthcare & Fitness)
Fitness AR 0.1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Healthcare & Fitness Price: $2.99, Version: 0.1.1 (iTunes) Description: Explore your Strava bike rides and runs in augmented reality. A beautiful 3D terrain map, powered by Mapbox... | Read more »
ARise (Games)
ARise 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: **ARKit only Puzzle game****Chapter 1 available now - More worlds coming soon!** ARise is an experience about perspective. Using the AR... | Read more »
The best games to play while you wait fo...
SteamWorld Dig 2 is out this week on PC and Switch, and people are understandably excited. This clever series by Image and Form combines our favorite metroidvania mechanics with an esquisite universe, excellent storytelling, and true wit. While... | Read more »
Drag'n'Boom beginner's gu...
Have you ever wanted to burn and pillage a village as a bloodthirsty dragon? If you answered yes to that question, Drag'n'Boom offers you the perfect chance to do so, casting you as an adorable little dragon that wants to set humankind aflame. It... | Read more »
Thimbleweed Park (Games)
Thimbleweed Park 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: A brand new adventure game from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, creators of the classics Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion!... | Read more »

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Apple restocks Certified Refurbished 13-inch...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $719 and 2016 models available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Is iPhone X Really The Future Of The Smartpho...
Should iPhone X even be called a telephone? It does of course support telephony and texting, but its main feature set is oriented to other things. It is also debatable whether it makes any rational... Read more
OtterBox Announces Full Case Lineup for iPhon...
Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry 10 years ago with the original iPhone, and OtterBox has set the standard of protection from the very beginning by protecting every generation of iPhone.... Read more
LifeProof Introduces What’s NEXT Cases for iP...
LifeProof built its reputation on sleek, ultra-protective iPhone cases. From 360-degree coverage to the first screenless waterproof case, the protection pioneer has always pushed the limits.... Read more
Apple Refurbished 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros available starting at $1949. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: – 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar Space... Read more
Wednesday deal: 15-inch MacBook Pros for up t...
B&H Photo has 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $150-$200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2199, $200 off MSRP... Read more
2.6GHz Mac mini on sale for $599, $100 off MS...
B&H Photo has the 2.6GHz Mac mini (MGEN2LL/A) on sale for $599 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Snag a 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro, App...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off original MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro currently offered by... Read more
Apple Refurbished 3TB Time Capsule for $279,...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 3TB Time Capsules available for $279 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $120 off MSRP. Read more
19% off Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 7
Amazon has both Black and White Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 7s available for $80.41 including free shipping. Their price is $18.59, or 19%, off MSRP. Read more

Jobs Board

Full time *Apple* Hardware Tech needed - ma...
…high level of attention to detail Ethics, integrity and trust Be a geek & Previous Apple experience a must. Previous Apple Retail or other Apple Specialist Read more
Development Operations and Site Reliability E...
Development Operations and Site Reliability Engineer, Apple Payment Gateway Job Number: 57572631 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jul. 27, 2017 Read more
*Apple* Store - Technical Specialist - Apple...
…customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*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
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