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Tuesday May 16

07:02
Behind-The-Scenes Look Into Apple Park Shares Up Close Pho...

In a new article by Wired today, Apple has shared the first in-depth look inside its new Apple Park campus, providing glimpses into the "Ring" building's original design, up-close images of the campus' construction and interiors, and even personal tidbits about former CEO Steve Jobs' connection to Apple Campus 2. As construction and updates on the site have stretched out over the years, current Apple CEO Tim Cook referred to Apple Park as the company's "biggest project ever."

Jobs' vision of the campus dates back to 2004, when he and Jony Ive began discussing a reimagined headquarters, but it wasn't until the company hired architect Norman Foster in 2009 that the plans began to ramp up. Meetings that Jobs had with architects working on the project lasted five or six...

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03:55
Third-Party Apps Will Need App-Specific Passwords for iClo...

App-specific passwords are set to become a mandatory requirement for third-party apps that access iCloud user data, according to an Apple Support email sent out today.

Currently, app-specific passwords are used to allow non-native apps like email clients to sign in to iCloud accounts that are protected by two-factor authentication. The security measure ensures that users can still link up their iCloud account to apps and services not provided by Apple, while also avoiding the need to disclose their Apple ID password to third parties.

However, app-specific passwords will become a basic requirement from June 15, according to Apple. The policy change basically means that users who want to continue using third-party apps with their iCloud account will have to enable two-factor authentication and generate individual passwords for each app.

Beginning on 15 June, app-specific passwords will be required to...

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03:38
Apple Granted 56 Patents Today Covering an Edge-to-Edge iP...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Our report covers three specific patents. One covers a portable 3D scanner associated with a Kinect-like device. Another covers Touch ID that moves from the Home Button to beneath the display. The last patent covers a touch panel that will allow a device like the iPhone 8 to have a display that extends edge-to-edge eliminating the traditional bezel.

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Monday May 15

18:29
Apple Seeking Programming Chief to Lead Video Efforts

Apple is looking for a programming chief, suggesting the company is serious about delving further into original programming, reports The Information.

In its search to find someone to lead its video efforts, Apple is said to have met with former HBO president and programming lead Michael Lombardo earlier this year to "discuss Apple's video programming strategy." Lombardo left his high-profile role as HBO president in early 2016 to become a producer because he wanted a more active creative role.

Lombardo is currently producing a show for HBO, but given his meeting with Apple, it's possible the company is considering him for the head programming role. Apple is said to be actively seeking to fill the position, which could answer some questions Hollywood has about the...

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12:39
Future Apple Watch Rumored to Include Glucose Monitoring a...

Apple is planning major new health features for future versions of the Apple Watch, according to a new report from BGR citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.

The company is said to be working on implementing a new glucose monitoring feature and interchangeable smart bands, which could add new health functionality to the Apple Watch. Both features have been previously rumored in the past, but BGR suggests the functionality could be coming soon.

It has been rumored that Apple is interested in glucose monitoring, and it appears that the time may now be right. Previous rumors have stated that Apple might only be able to achieve this through a separate device that might complement the watch, however BGR has learned that this might not be accurate.In April, a CNBC report suggested Apple had a...

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12:22
In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don’t just look...

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus continues to be Apple's number one selling iPhone model and it's all because of their dual Lens camera with 'Portrait Mode."

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12:13
Apple Releases New 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus Ad Pr...

Apple today shared a new iPhone 7 Plus ad on its YouTube channel, once again promoting the Portrait Mode feature of its flagship device.

The spot takes place in a barbershop, with photos from the iPhone 7 Plus used to advertise the shop's skills. Images captured with the iPhone are added to the storefront, drawing in more and more customers until there's a long line out the door. "In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don't just look good. You look fantastic," reads the ad's description.

Apple has been heavily promoting the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode feature, which Tim Cook recently said is one of the reasons why the iPhone 7 Plus has been the most popular "Plus" model the company has released yet.

Interest in the...

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10:37
Apple Italy announces that their Advanced Apple Store with...

Back in January Patently Apple posted a report titled "One of Apple's most Innovative and Technologically Advanced Stores is coming to Piazza Liberty in Milan Italy," that illustrated several concept drawings. In our cover graphic you could see a fountain wall in the distance. Today Apple provided a photo of the store's dramatic entrance where they say that customers will descend into the store, passing between two high walls of water. Sounds cool to me.

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10:03
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.5 With Headphones Audio...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.5, the fifth update to the macOS Sierra operating system that first launched in September of 2016. macOS Sierra 10.12.5 comes more than one month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, an update that introduced Night Shift for Mac. Five betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 were seeded to developers and public beta testers ahead of the update's release.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

No feature additions, bug fixes, or other changes were found in...

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09:58
Apple Releases iOS 10.3.2 With Multiple Bug Fixes and Secu...

Apple today released iOS 10.3.2 to the public, following several weeks of testing and four betas. iOS 10.3.2 comes six weeks after the release of iOS 10.3, a major update that introduced a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. It also comes more than a month after iOS 10.3.1, a security update.

iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible device. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.

There were no outward-facing changes or new features discovered during the beta testing process, aside from a small fix for SiriKit car commands, which are now working as...

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08:39
Samsung and Apple in a Race to Introduce both a Selfie Cam...

Within the last year Apple patent filings have covered a selfie camera for their Apple Watch (graphic below) along with a secondary display built into the band. Is it any surprise then that a new Samsung's patent for similar features has just surfaced? No – as Apple and Samsung are always on a war footing trying to outdo the other. On one hand I'd like to laugh at the Samsung idea of a zoom camera lens designed to protrude through the display while on the other hand I'd be amazed if they could actually pull it off. For now, both Apple and Samsung are racing to introduce a camera and a band display into their respective smartwatches. With Apple leading the smartwatch market globally and Samsung far behind, Samsung has to take more chances if they hope to catch up with the Apple Watch. Though with consumer's obsessed with taking selfies, it's likely to be a feature both want to get to market sooner rather than later. This may end up being the feature of the year.

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05:50
Apple Announces New Piazza Liberty Store in Milan, Italy O...

Apple today announced that it will soon open a new retail store at Piazza Liberty, or Liberty Square, in Milan, Italy.

As revealed in city planning documents earlier this year, the store will be located entirely below the outdoor amphitheater. The sales floor will be accessible by walking down a staircase situated between two waterfalls that form part of the larger fountain. There will also be an elevator available.

Apple is developing the store in partnership with architecture firm Foster and Partners, who have helped design many of the company's most significant retail spaces around the world and its new Apple Park headquarters.

Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants Apple Stores...

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04:30
VoIP-Pal Raises Damages Claim against Apple in Patent Laws...

In February 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iMessage and Wi-Fi Calling Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit." A patent troll by the name of VoIP-Pal who acquired a 2013 patent from Digifonica was seeking damages of $2.8 billion in damages. Today we learn that VoIP-Pal.com announced plans to increase damage demands in lawsuits versus Apple by almost tenfold.

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Sunday May 14

21:51
New Apple Park Drone Video Recaps Construction Progress Ma...

Drone videographer Matthew Roberts today uploaded a new video about Apple Park, this time showcasing the construction progress that Apple has made on its new campus over the past year. The video starts in June 2016 and goes up through Roberts' most recent drone updates in April and May 2017, where last minute pieces of construction were being put into place as the first small batch of employees moved into the new workspace.

Roberts separated the video to focus on the major buildings and features at Apple Park, allowing viewers to watch all the progress that has been made on the central "Spaceship" building,...

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10:56
Like the Pharaoh's who built the Great Pyramids, Appl...

Apple employees last month began testing the company's latest innovation: Apple Park, one of history's most expensive corporate campuses and the leading example of the tech industry's newfound love for splashy architecture. Since unveiling plans in 2011, Apple's design team has sought to influence everything from sprinklers to door handles. The Public is likely to see the new Steve Jobs Theater later this year when ...

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08:51
Apple has designed a new Siri Architecture allowing Two Di...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report regarding Apple acquiring their third AI Company in three years to advance Siri and beyond. This week we also posted a report titled "AI Wars are almost reaching Fever Pitch with new Home Devices and Apple Fans look to WWDC 2017 for Apple's Response." Independent Digital Assistant-centric devices aimed at advancing the smart home are going to be a huge market over time. Interestingly the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple this week that revealed real advancements coming to future applications for Siri beyond today's iDevices and Mac. Apple introduces us to the concept of Siri on a user's iDevice communicating with an automated system hub. One of the advances will apply to your smart home, and it's a real eye opener.

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04:28
Apple Acquires Lattice Data, their Third Major AI Company...

Last Summer Apple acquired Turi a Seattle based artificial intelligence (AI) start-up for roughly $200 million. The year before that Apple aquired Vocal IQ whose artificial intelligence focused on specific markets such as automotive via Auto-Pilot Driver Assistance, wearable devices, smart homes and robotics. We're now learning that Apple has acquired their third AI startup in three years called Lattice Data, specializing in Dark Data.

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Saturday May 13

11:29
Apple Acquires 'Dark Data' Machine Learning Comp...

Apple recently paid around $200 million to acquire Lattice Data, a firm that aims to turn unstructured "dark data" such as text and images into structured data that can then be handled with traditional data analysis tools. News of the acquisition comes from TechCrunch, and Apple has essentially confirmed the acquisition by issuing its standard statement on the topic.

Lattice uses machine learning techniques to take mass amounts of initially unusable data and turn it into properly labeled and categorized data that can be used for AI, medical research, and more.It’s unclear who Lattice has been working with, or how Apple would intend to use the technology. Our guess is that there is an AI play here: Our source said that Lattice had been “talking to other tech companies about enhancing their AI assistants,”...

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07:56
Steve Jobs Changed the Attire Worn at Keynotes Forever and...

Apple's CEO Gil Amelio and other CEO's of that era were still wearing business suits at keynote events. When Steve Jobs came back together and introduced their Think Different campaign, he was determinged to kill the stuffy business suit forever in the tech community. He made wearing jeans and sneakers the cool look that has change Silicon Valley forever.

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06:39
Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5" iPad P...

Prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a "2017 WWDC highlights" report, outlining his expectations for next month's keynote event. While he expects the typical previews of the next versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, he also predicts we will see several hardware-related announcements.

One major debut Kuo expects to see is the long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which he says has a greater than 70 percent chance of debuting at the event based on the timing of production ramp-up, which he sees as happening at the end of the current quarter. In line with previous rumors, Kuo believes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a similar form factor as the current 9.7-inch model, squeezing in a larger display thanks to narrower bezels.The...

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Friday May 12

16:10
The FTC Responds to Qualcomm's Motion to dismiss thei...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "The U.S. Fair Trade Commission Sues Qualcomm for Forcing Apple to use its Chips in iDevices." The report noted that the U.S. Fair Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm accusing the biggest maker of mobile phone chips of illegally maintaining a monopoly over semiconductors used in cellphones and pocketing elevated royalties from customers. Earlier today the FTC responded to Qualcomm's motion to dismiss the case.

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15:00
Quanta Reports Best Q1 sales since 2012 Due to Strong MacB...

Major Apple assembler Quanta Computer reported on Friday its best first quarter sales since 2012, boosted by the MacBook Pro ..

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10:37
iPhone 8 Predicted to Cost $999 For 128GB And $1,099 For 2...

Apple's so-called "iPhone 8" with an OLED display and wireless charging is widely expected to cost in the neighborhood of $1,000 in the United States, and Wall Street analysts continue to guess just how much it'll sell for.

iPhone 8 concept by Benjamin Geskin

The latest prediction comes from Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski, who today said she expects the rumored high-end iPhone to be available in 128GB and 256GB storage capacities for $999 and $1,099 respectively. Unlike the iPhone 7, she doesn't believe the iPhone 8 will be available in 32GB.

An excerpt from her research note distributed today:Relative to the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, we estimate the new features and higher commodity prices to increase the...

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10:33
Microsoft Keynote Revealed Advances in HoloLens, Digital P...

Yesterday's Microsoft Day 2 Build Keynote was packed with announcements not seen in their opening keynote on Wednesday. A few standouts included the introduction of their 'Fluent Design System' that will advance the Windows UI for this fall with a subtle 3D interface that will also include motion, depth, Lighting effects and more as noted in the video in our report. Other announcements included iTunes coming to the Windows Store this fall, a giant leap for Pen control and their HoloLens platform coming to market this Christmas. To conclude their keynote, they announced a very interesting partnership for HoloLens which could be very interesting over time.

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04:31
Apple Awards Corning First Investment from their Advanced...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple CEO Reveals for the First Time that they Spent $50 Billion last year with U.S. Suppliers." On May 03, Cook told CNBC's Jim Cramer announced that a one billion dollar investment in U.S. jobs would be announced later this month. Today Apple announced Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apple’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the company’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers.

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03:25
Apple Awards Corning First Advanced Manufacturing Fund Inv...

Apple today announced that Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, will be the first major benefactor of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this month.

Corning is a long-time Apple Supplier, and its Gorilla Glass products have been used in the iPhone and the iPad for several years. Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from Apple's new fund, which aims to foster innovation among American manufacturers and lead to more U.S. jobs. The investment will support Corning's research and development, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing, according to Apple's press release.

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Thursday May 11

17:51
Apple Introduces a Series of 16 Short 'How to' V...

Late this afternoon Apple released a new web page that offers iPhone users with a number of 'How to' videos. The first four videos are presented in this report ...

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17:12
Researchers at UCSF and Cardiogram Confirm Apple Watch Sen...

In a joint study published today, Cardiogram and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) relied on the Apple Watch -- and Cardiogram's algorithm -- to gather heart rate and electrocardiogram data ...

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16:20
Apple Launches New Website and Videos Featuring iPhone 7 P...

Apple today launched a new iPhone 7 video series entitled "How to Shoot on iPhone 7," featuring a range of tutorial videos that it's uploaded both to a new website and to its YouTube channel.

There are five videos on YouTube, which are designed to teach iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners how to use the camera on their devices to capture various types of photos, including panoramas, portraits, action shorts, and more.

Each video is approximately 40 seconds in length and features a clear step-by-step tutorial on how to use each feature directly on the iPhone. For the Portrait Mode video, for example, step 1 is swiping over to Portrait Mode, while Step 2 is looking for the depth effect tag before taking the shot.

All of the videos are super simple and are going to be most useful for people who don't often use the camera or who haven't invested a lot of...

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12:58
Apple to Announce Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV at WWDC

Apple plans to make a major Apple TV announcement at WWDC that should delight Amazon Prime subscribers - the addition of an Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV.

The news comes courtesy of BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, who often accurately shares details on Apple's plans ahead of events. According to Paczkowski, sources of Apple's plans say the company will announce an Amazon Prime Video app during its keynote event.

There are tentative plans for the app to go live in the summer, but its official release date could change.

With Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV, Amazon also plans to resume offering the Apple TV through Amazon.com. Amazon ...

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12:41
Apple Watch Able to Detect Abnormal Heart Rhythm With 97%...

The Apple Watch's built-in heart rate monitor is 97 percent accurate when detecting the most common form of an abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an algorithm to sort through the data, according to a new study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco and the team behind the Cardiogram app (via TechCrunch).

There were 6,158 participants in the study, all of whom used the Cardiogram app on the Apple Watch to monitor their heart rate. Most were known to have normal EKG readings, but 200 suffer from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an occasional irregular heartbeat).

Data from these participants, along with data taken from normal...

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10:35
Apple Invents Future USB-C, Lightning Connectors to light...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Illuminated Printed Circuit Boards for Connectors." The new system lights up the connector's end so as to act as a light guide making it easier for users to connect a connector to their devices in a dimly lit or dark environment. The system will also provide users with status information and more importantly, will confirm to the user that a device like a power adapter is an official Apple product or a counterfeit.

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10:00
Apple to Start Offering iTunes on the Windows Store

Apple plans to bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store, Microsoft announced today at its Build developer event. iTunes, is, of course, already available on the Windows platform, but adding it to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software.

Gaining iTunes for the Windows Store is a win for Microsoft, as the Windows store is currently lacking many key apps like Google's Chrome browser and Spotify. Microsoft has strict app requirements that some companies aren't able to work with.

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. #MSBuild pic.twitter.com/WHM533S7Sv

— Windows (@Windows) May 11, 2017 The addition of iTunes could potentially drive more customers to use the Windows 10 Store, with iTunes said to be one of the apps that...

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08:25
AI Wars are almost reaching Fever Pitch with new Home Devi...

There's no doubt that the AI war is going to be in full swing by Christmas. The leader for digital assistant home devices is currently Amazon with Google Home coming in a distant second place. It was revealed at Microsoft's developer conference yesterday that they're working with HP and Intel to bring more Cortana-powered devices to the world. With the rumor that Apple has a new Siri device preparing for production, will Apple introduce their new Siri smart home device at their upcoming developer conference next month? This is the next tech war front and Apple fans are hoping that Apple will deliver a powerful response

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07:59
LG Named as Supplier of iPhone 8's 3D Facial Recognit...

LG Innotek will supply Apple with 3D facial recognition modules for the iPhone 8, according to The Korea Economic Daily (via The Investor).

iPhone 8 concept with two cameras and two sensors by Benjamin Geskin

LG, which already supplies Apple with dual-lens camera modules for the rear-facing iSight Duo camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, reportedly plans to build a new $238 million plant for production of the 3D facial recognition modules, which will be part of the iPhone 8's front-facing FaceTime camera system.

It's not entirely clear if the front-facing camera will also have dual lenses, or retain a single lens in line with previous iPhone models.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI...

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06:12
LG Innotek to Supply Apple with World's First 3D Faci...

In January 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Snaps Up Yet More Talent in the Area of Facial Recognition with their Acquisition of Emotient" Then in February 2017 we learned that Apple acquired another facial recognition company based in Israel called RealFace. Apple began working on facial recognition back in 2011 with their first two patents on this feature being published by the U.S. Patent Office in 2012. After hearing rumors about Apple possibly adopting facial recognition for the iPhone 8, we're now learning that LG Innotek, the parts unit of LG Group, will supply facial recognition camera modules for the upcoming iPhone, tentatively called the iPhone 8.

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05:04
Apple continues Work on Siri within Messages to assist use...

Today, the U.S. Patent Office revealed more of Apple's work on Siri for Messages where users could interact with Siri via Messages if they're in a quite library or in a very noisy environment and still get Siri's assistance and more.

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04:36
Another Wireless Charging Patent comes to light covering t...

After taking a second look at the details of a recent patent application, Apple clearly notes that the wireless charger is for an iPhone and other devices. One part of the device that you think is the Apple Watch charger is actually a component that will be incorporated within an iPhone or other Apple device as highlighted in our report.

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Wednesday May 10

16:17
Microsoft Announces Visual Studio for Mac at Build Confere...

Microsoft made a preview of Visual Studio for Mac available in November 2016. Today during Microsoft's developer's Build keynote they introduced the new software. VentureBeat reported earlier today that "At Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, its biggest Visual Studio news wasn't even for its own platform: Visual Studio 2017 for Mac has hit general availability (download here, requires OS X...

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16:06
A Look at What Apple Could Do With Beddit's Sleep Tec...

Apple recently purchased Beddit, a sleep monitoring system that pairs a pliable under-sheet sleep sensor with an app, all of which is designed to help users analyze and improve their sleeping habits.

The acquisition is unusual because it appears Apple plans to keep selling the Beddit hardware while collecting sleep-related data from users. For that reason, we took a look at some of the things Apple might be planning to do with this data and how it might impact future products.

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Apple's Beddit purchase came to light because Beddit updated its privacy policy to both highlight the acquisition and implement Apple's privacy rules. "Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in...

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13:41
Laptop Ban May Expand to Flights Coming to U.S. From Europ...

The United States Department of Homeland Security may be planning expand its laptop ban, disallowing laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States. News of the expanded ban, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, came from European security officials that spoke to The Daily Beast.

Passengers flying from Europe to the United States will need to put their laptops in their checked luggage should the ban be expanded to cover European countries. The Department of Homeland Security has not yet made a final decision on whether or not to expand the laptop restrictions, with Security Secretary John Kelly planning to discuss the matter with senators in a classified briefing on Thursday."No final decisions have been made on...

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07:55
iPhone Remained World's Most Popular Smartphone Last...

iPhone remained the world's most popular smartphone by a significant margin last quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were the two most popular models specifically, with an estimated 21.5 million and 17.4 million shipments respectively.

Chinese brand OPPO's flagship R9 smartphone trailed in third with an estimated 8.9 million shipments, while Samsung's mid-range Galaxy J3 and J5 rounded off the top five with an estimated 6.1 million and 5 million shipments respectively. Other brands combined for an estimated 294.4 million smartphone shipments.

Apple reported that it sold 50.8 million iPhones last quarter, but it does not break out sales on a model-by-model basis.

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06:59
Possible Leak Suggests Next iPhone SE or iPhone 7s Could H...

A new photo depicting what could be the rear shell for the next-generation iPhone SE or "iPhone 7s" has surfaced on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. The photo was later submitted to leak aggregator Slashleaks.

There's no way of telling whether this photo is real or not, but it appears to show a bump-less cutout for a single-lens camera with another cutout for what might be a vertically-aligned LED flash.

The document in the photo suggests the iPhone, codenamed N79, could have a strengthened Ion-X glass display like the Apple Watch. If real, the paperwork likely belongs to one of Apple's contract manufacturing partners in Taiwan, such as Foxconn, Pegatron, or Wistron.

There's not much else that can be gleaned from the photo, asides from what appears to be more...

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06:21
Visual Design Student Reimagines Apple Music With Unified...

When Apple Music launched in 2015, one of the biggest complaints from users and critics centered on the somewhat confusing user interface of Apple's first foray into music streaming. Although the app was redesigned last year in iOS 10, concerns were then raised around the oversized nature of Apple Music's new typography and artwork.

This week visual design student Jason Yuan, who studies at Northwestern University, has shared a new project that he's been working on the past few months, which was sparked when Apple rejected him for a graphic design internship at Apple Music. Yuan decided to take Apple's rejection, which referenced wanting to see "more growth and training,"...

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05:47
Softbank Seeks to begin Talks with T-Mobile for a Possible...

It's being reported today that SoftBank will seek talks to merge its US mobile business Sprint with rival T-Mobile USA to trigger a long-awaited consolidation in the US telecoms sector, according to its chief executive. "Our top choice remains T-Mobile."

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04:59
While Apple only Holds 3% of the Indian Market, 15% of the...

It's being reported today that Chinese vendors have increased their smartphone sales share in India from 27% in Q1 2016 to 50% in Q1 2017. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Lenovo have made significant investments in India in an effort to disrupt the local vendors, and out-maneuver South Korean giant Samsung, which continues to rank as the largest smartphone supplier in India with 27% of smartphone sales in Q1 2017. Apple accounted for 3% of sales in the most recent period but has recently made several strategic moves in India that will pay big dividends down the road. Apple's brand is growing in India.

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03:35
After Foxconn's Intensive Investment Statement in the...

Patently Apple posted a report in late April titled "Foxconn to make 'Capital Intensive' Investment in the U.S." wherein we noted that Foxconn's Chairman noted that their proposed "project will include both capital-intensive and skilled labor-intensive and high-tech investment." That seemed to anger some in China. It's being reported today in Taiwan that "China's Premier Li Keqiang has called for Foxconn Electronics to place its high-end research and development projects in China

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03:34
New 'iPhone 8' Renders Shared Online Based on Al...

Mobile phone leaker @OnLeaks and tech blog @GearIndia posted a series of high-quality renders on Tuesday that claim to be based on leaked factory CAD images of Apple's upcoming OLED iPhone.

The images offer perhaps the clearest idea yet of how Apple's redesigned "iPhone 8" with edge-to-edge display may look with the screen powered off, if the company does indeed choose to sign off on a stainless steel-edged, all-glass design. The renders are based on the expectation that the iPhone 8 will be 144mm tall, 71mm wide, and 77mm thick, making it slightly larger than an iPhone 7 but...

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Tuesday May 9

17:37
Apple Acquires Beddit, Developer behind a Sleep Tracking A...

Beddit's Private Policy was updated today and announced that "Beddit has been acquired by Apple.

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17:05
Samsung wins Design Patents for a New 'Note' Sma...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published two possible key design patents for Samsung today. The first is for a new 'Note' smartphone and the second is for a possible Bixby digital assistant device with a display. The timing of both is interesting. Digital Assistant devices are a focal point of many Silicon Valley companies including Amazon, who released their new Echo Show today, Microsoft, Google Home and likely Apple if rumors pan out this year.

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15:19
Apple Acquires 'Beddit' iPhone-Connected Sleep M...

Apple recently acquired Beddit Sleep Monitor, an app and sleep system designed to monitor daily sleep habits through the iPhone, according to an updated privacy policy posted both on the Beddit website and in the Beddit app when creating an account. A link within the app also directs to the Apple Privacy Policy.

As of May 8, the Beddit privacy policy says the following:Beddit has been acquired by Apple. Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy.The Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor, which can be purchased from Apple for $150, is a thin, flexible sensor that's designed to be placed under the sheet on the top of a mattress. It collects and analyzes sleep-related data like sleep time and efficiency, heart rate, respiration, movement, snoring, room temperature,...

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13:56
Apple Sends out Press Invites to WWDC 2017

On Tuesday afternoon, Apple began inviting media to its WWDC keynote, noting that the festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 5. This year's keynote will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. With Amazon launching their new 'Echo Show' with 7" touch display to advance their digital assistant device today ...

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13:39
Severe Supply Shortages Again Rumored for iPhone 8 Due to...

There have been several rumors suggesting the upcoming OLED "iPhone 8" could potentially be delayed due to production delays, and in a new note to investors sent out today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterates his prediction that production ramp-up will be delayed.

According to Kuo, who titled his note "Rising probability of worst-case scenario for iPhone shipments," production ramp-up of the iPhone 8 could be delayed to "as late as October-November," a departure from Apple's traditional August to September ramp-up period.

The result will be "severe supply shortages" that persist for "a while" after the new iPhone models are introduced in September. To be clear, Kuo continues to believe Apple will introduce the iPhone in September, but he suggests there's a strong possibility the device will be hard to come by for several months following...

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11:49
Apple Sends Out Press Invites for WWDC Keynote on June 5

Apple today sent press invites to a variety of news and media sites for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, confirming plans to hold a keynote event on June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Apple traditionally holds a keynote event on the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference, where new software is introduced. We expect to see new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS at the conference, and there's a chance we could also see new hardware like updated iMacs and Apple's rumored Siri speaker.

As was announced in February, the Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 5 to June 9 in San Jose, California, a departure from past events that have long been held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

Tickets, which were priced at $1,599, were ...

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11:40
Many Apple Stores Set to Receive Overnight Makeover on May...

MacRumors has learned that Apple is planning to quickly refurbish several of its retail stores after closing time on May 16, with the overnight transformations to be completed by the time each store reopens on May 17.

Many older and smaller Apple Stores that have yet to be fully renovated with the company's next-generation retail design will receive new fixtures that mirror the updated look and feel as much as possible, according to a source. It's unclear how many stores will be involved, but we've learned it's a worldwide effort.

Apple plans to replace its existing accessory shelves in each store with what it calls the Avenue, as pictured above, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple will also be adding more "feature bays" to each store for displaying products and accessories, and new stools for the Genius Bar and other seating areas.

Here's how Apple described the Avenue...

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11:07
Apple's Plans for Upcoming Siri Speaker Remain Unclea...

With Amazon having launched the Echo Show, a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker that comes equipped with a 7-inch screen, Bloomberg has shared a little tidbit on Apple's own speaker plans, making it clear that there's still no concrete information on whether Apple's speaker will include a display.

In a piece outlining Amazon's new speaker, Bloomberg references a comment made recently by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, where he said that a voice assistant in a device without a screen doesn't "suit many situations."While marketing chief Phil Schiller recently talked up the benefits of having a screen on a...

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09:03
TIME Announces the Top 20 Influential People in Techland f...

TIME just released their latest top 20 most influential people in technology for 2017. Apple's CEO Tim Cook came in at #4. A second Apple executive made the list. Who do you think it is? Overall you may applaud the new list or throw popcorn at it, but perhaps that's the fun of any top 10 or 20 list. You're bound to boo someone.

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08:45
Tim Cook and Jeff Williams Named to TIME's List of 20...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams have been named to TIME's list of The 20 Most Influential People in Tech Right Now.

Cook ranked fourth for his "nearly unmatched influence over the technology world" as head of the world's most valuable company.Anything Apple does is bound to be copied by a seemingly endless number of rivals, meaning his choices will reverberate far beyond One Infinite Loop. Today, Apple is rumored to be experimenting with everything from advanced artificial intelligence to augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Given Apple’s role as tastemaker extraordinaire, how Cook decides to move forward with any one of these projects will shape the future of the consumer technology landscape.Cook finished behind Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the list.

Williams ranked...

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08:09
Amazon introduces their Next-Gen 'Echo Show' wit...

Earlier today we reported that Amazon was preparing to launch their next-gen Echo device. And like magic, it launched after our report. The video found in our report explains it all in a nutshell.

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07:53
Apple's Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts and Top Lawyer B...

Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts and top lawyer Bruce Sewell each sold over $10 million in company stock over the past week, according to a pair of disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Pursuant to her trading plan adopted in February, Ahrendts sold 75,000 shares of Apple stock between May 4 and May 8, netting nearly $11.1 million based on the weighted average sale price of the five transactions. Ahrendts still owns 103,116 shares in Apple following the sale, worth nearly $16 million.

Sewell sold 67,500 shares of Apple stock in multiple transactions on May 5, netting just over $10 million based on the weighted average sale price. Sewell still owns 141,325 shares in Apple following the sale, worth nearly $22...

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07:37
Apple Granted 76 Patents Today Covering iPad Pro Multitask...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 76 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. This particular report briefly covers the patent for the iPad Pro's multitasking feature. In addition, we point out patents covering Apple's Mac Mini, the Lightning Connector, ear presence sensors earphones along with pointing out a number of design patents that were issued to Apple today.

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07:00
Amazon Reveals $230 Touchscreen 'Echo Show' Laun...

Amazon today debuted an all-new touchscreen Echo device, which it's calling the "Echo Show," following a report from yesterday that said the company was gearing up to debut the new Echo as soon as today. As was expected, the Echo Show is a smart home speaker system that has all of the features of the basic Echo system with an additional 7-inch touchscreen.

With the addition of a touchscreen, Amazon said that users will be able to watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, check on security cameras, swipe through photos, view weather forecasts, make to-do and shopping lists, and more. Far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation allow users to be heard from anywhere in the room, as well as over loud music coming from the Echo Show itself.

One of the biggest...

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05:59
Apple Wins Patent for a Personal Items Network Covering an...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 76 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on a patent that potentially covers many sports related inventions like an advanced heart rate monitor and ways to interact with sports on a future Apple TV. Apple is focusing more and more on health via the Apple Watch today and it's likely to extend to new apps and services in the future.

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03:57
Apple Granted Two New Patents for a Future Headset that co...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 76 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two new granted patents relating to a future Apple head mounted display device. The two patents add new claims that reveal a few features like VR capabilities using a camera on the headset or associated with an iPhone. The headset will be able to operate ...

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01:47
WSJ Reports that Amazon is Preparing to Launch Next-Gen Ec...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Amazon Reportedly Working on bringing both a Display and Possibly Telephony to Next-Gen 'Echo' Home Device." It's now being reported that Amazon.com is due to unveil a new Echo speaker with a screen that will incorporate video calling capabilities.

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Monday May 8

16:26
Amazon to Unveil New Echo Speaker With Touchscreen as Soon...

Amazon is planning to update its Amazon Echo line with a new speaker that includes a screen and video calling capabilities, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The upcoming speaker will feature a 7-inch touchscreen, used to make internet-based video/telephone calls and display visual results for spoken queries. Camera functionality could also be included, mirroring the capabilities of the recently introduced Echo Look.

Amazon's existing Echo speakerThe new Echo screen device will likely support some of the same functionality as the Echo Look, which will enable consumers to take videos and photos of their outfits and compare them via algorithms, according to one of the people. It is unclear why Amazon is launching the two devices so close together or how the market segments they target may differ....

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11:43
T-Mobile to Stop Offering 200MB of Free Data for New iPad...

When T-Mobile first began offering cellular iPads in the fall of 2013, the company included a plan that provided customers with 200MB of free LTE data each month for the life of the tablet, a promotion that is now coming to an end.

As noted by TmoNews, T-Mobile has updated its Free Data for Life support page to note that the program is no longer available for new activations as of May 7, 2017. Customers who signed up for Free Data for Life on or before May 6, 2017, are able to keep the 200MB data plan with their current iPads so long as they continue to be T-Mobile subscribers.

T-Mobile's free data plan has always been tied to a specific device rather than...

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10:33
Workflow for iOS Regains Chrome and Pocket Actions, Suppor...

Apple-owned Workflow was updated to version 1.7.4 today, re-introducing features that were removed when Apple acquired the app and adding new Apple Music actions.

For those unfamiliar with Workflow, it's an automation tool that can be used to create a variety of workflows to accomplish tasks like creating GIFs from photos, pulling images from a website, calculating a tip, posting photos to multiple social networks at once, and much more.

When Apple purchased Workflow back in March, several actions were removed, but support for Google Chrome and Pocket has now been re-added and workflows involving those apps are now functional once again.

Along with support for Google Chrome and Pocket, today's update introduces new actions for Apple Music users. There's now an...

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08:56
Mother's Day Activity Challenge Will Require Apple Wa...

Mother's Day takes place in the United States this Sunday, May 14, and Apple is gearing up to launch an all-new challenge in the Activity app for Apple Watch owners in order to celebrate the national holiday. The challenge will begin showing up in the Activity app this Friday, May 12, but will only be open on Sunday.

To accomplish the challenge, users will have to complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout that lasts for one mile or longer on Mother's Day. Users who meet that goal will get a Mother's Day achievement in the Activity app, and a sticker to use in Messages. The challenge will only be available to Apple Watch owners in the United States (via 9to5Mac).

"Earn this rose badge and a special Messages sticker on Mother's Day. Just do a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile or more in the Workout app or in any third party app that writes...

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08:31
Apple Nears $800 Billion Valuation On Path to Becoming Wor...

Apple's stock is currently trading above the $150 mark for the first time ever, after factoring in a 7-for-1 split in 2014, giving the company a record-high market cap of nearly $790 billion. That means Apple is just over $200 billion away from becoming the world's first trillion dollar company.

Google Finance shows Apple flirting with the $800 billion mark today, but the tool appears to be overcounting the company's number of outstanding shares, which totaled 5,225,791,000 as of last quarter. Apple's outstanding shares have declined as the company continues its share buyback program.

Apple's stock price will actually need to hit around $153 based on basic outstanding shares, or around $152 based on diluted outstanding shares, for a true $800 billion capitalization. Either way, it's close.

Apple's stock has been on an impressive...

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07:34
Apple's Carnegie Library Store in Washington, DC to R...

Following a few reports from last year that centered upon Apple's intent to restore the historic Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. and outfit it as a prime destination for Apple retail, the company has now shared a few renderings and details about the location with The Washington Post.

The location will be home to Apple's new "Today at Apple" events, which will include concerts, art exhibitions, photography classes, coding sessions, and more. Still a retail location, Apple will generate customer interest in purchasing a new...

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06:08
Apple Offering Free Smart Keyboard Repairs Under New 3-Yea...

Apple has initiated a new three-year service policy for the Smart Keyboard for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple has determined that some Smart Keyboards may experience "functional issues" during use, such as the Smart Connector not working or certain keys sticking, repeating, or not responding, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers last week.

Apple says it will service any qualifying Smart Keyboard free of charge within three years of the date it was originally purchased.

We recommend affected customers call an Apple Store to schedule a Genius Bar appointment or visit an...

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05:44
A new Supply Chain report Claims that Foxconn is likely to...

In late April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn to make 'Capital Intensive' Investment in the U.S. that will be revealed at a Special Event this Summer." I noted at the time that a part of that investment may include an LCD plant that was Foxconn was contemplating back in January. It's being reported today in a new supply chain report that "Foxconn Electronics is talking with the US federal government and State governments about investing in the US and is likely to set up a 6G TFT-LCD panel factory...

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05:05
Apple Makes their Official Pitch Tonight for their new Sto...

A new report today informs us that Apple and B.J. Siegel, Apple Retail’s senior design director, are scheduled to present their official plans to the neighborhood Advisory Neighborhood Commission this evening on the Restored Carnegie Library Building in D.C..

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04:09
Chinese News Site Reports there will be no Delay in the La...

A new Chinese report defies previous speculation that volume production of Apple's next-gen iPhone will be delayed to the fourth quarter of 2017 due to yield rate issues on production of some parts.

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02:49
'iPhone 8' Production on Schedule for September...

Apple will begin selling its new range of iPhones in October this year following a September unveiling, according to a report out on Monday. Previous rumors have claimed that Apple will struggle to meet its usual fall launch timeframe for its upcoming OLED iPhone, which is set to debut alongside two more typical LCD models, with several sources claiming the "tenth anniversary" phone faces a possible delay late into the fourth quarter because of production yield rate issues.

Japanese site Mac Otakara earlier this year suggested the "iPhone 8" would launch "very much" behind the the LCD models, while KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will debut the OLED iPhone in September, but the device will face "severe supply shortages" until as late as October-November, two months later than previous ramp-ups in August-September. Similar...

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Sunday May 7

04:57
Senator Feinstein Revealed the True Cost the FBI Paid to B...

Patently Apple reported back in April 2016 that the FBI reportedly paid more than $1.34 million to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone used in the terrorist attack. This week we learned the official amount for that service when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, said publicly that the government paid...

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04:03
Federal Court Rules that an Affinity Labs Patent used agai...

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that invalidated a patent owned by Affinity Labs of Texas LLC, a serial plaintiff in patent infringement cases against Apple

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Saturday May 6

18:57
Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying Connecticut, Imagery C...

Apple has updated its website to indicate that its Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Connecticut for the first time this month.

For nearly two years, Apple has been driving vehicles around the world to collect data for Apple Maps—widely believed to be street-level imagery. Since 2015, the vehicles have surveyed over 30 states in the United States, in addition to parts of the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Sweden.

Apple said it will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication,...

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16:40
iPhone 8 Said to Have Enhanced Earpiece With Further Impro...

Apple's so-called "iPhone 8" with an OLED display and wireless charging will also feature an "enhanced receiver" with "further improvements" to stereo sound and waterproofing, according to new research shared this week by JPMorgan analysts, who track the company's supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region.

For those unfamiliar, the receiver is the slim, meshed earpiece cutout above the screen that you hold against your ear during a phone call. Since the iPhone 7, it has doubled as a full-out speaker. With two speakers, Apple says the iPhone 7 delivers two times the audio output of an iPhone 6s with increased dynamic range.

JPMorgan didn't specify what acoustical improvements will be made to the iPhone 8's receiver, but it's reasonable to assume it could have higher peak volume at the very least....

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14:07
Rumors Persist About Apple Placing Touch ID on Back of iPh...

Apple's rumored "iPhone 8" with an OLED display and wireless charging will continue to have Touch ID, but there is a "high chance" it will be on the back of the smartphone, says Hong Kong-based equity research firm CLSA.

"iPhone 8" mockup with rear Touch ID sensor by Benjamin Geskin

An excerpt from a research note distributed this week by CLSA analysts Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen:iPhone to ditch fingerprint sensor? We don’t think so.

Both Samsung and Apple tried to enable in-display fingerprint sensing on full-screen OLED phones in 2017, but their optical tech seems immature and the major iPhone 8 bottleneck. Some thus speculate the fingerprint sensor will be removed and replaced by 3D sensing. Our latest supply chain checks indicate the...

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07:17
Apple's SVP Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller thinks...

Apple's App Accelerator officially opened in Bengaluru India in March. When Apple's SVP Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller came to the Bengaluru office recently, he said in an interview with an Indian tech website that Echo-like devices should have a display

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06:04
The EU Commission is preparing to Lay Down new Digital Pol...

Back in April 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "European Regulators Sticking their Nose into Apple's Streaming Music Business before it even gets off the Ground." In August 2015 we posted a follow-up report titled "The EU Commission ends one Apple Music Probe while considering another." In that report we noted that "The European Commission failed to find evidence of collusion among the major music labels and Apple to quash free music streaming services such as those offered by Spotify." Guess what? The EU Commission will now magically find that Apple is hurting their European tech companies like Spotify and introduce new digital policies later this year to turn the tables on U.S. tech companies like Apple.

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04:42
Apple VP Phil Schiller Suggests Voice-Activated Smart Spea...

Gadgets 360 published an interview with Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller this week that could shed some light on Apple's plans for a dedicated Siri-based voice-assistant for the home. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks about Apple's plans to unveil an Amazon Echo-like smart connected speaker, possibly as early as WWDC in June, so Schiller's thoughts on the topic could potentially relate to the way Apple is approaching the design of its Echo rival.

During the interview, Schiller demurred when asked what he thought about Amazon's Echo and Google Home, but his comments clearly imply...

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Friday May 5

12:07
Windows 'Snake' Malware Ported to Mac, Imitates...

Well-known Windows backdoor malware "Snake" has been ported to the Mac for the first time, according to MalwareBytes. Described as "highly-sophisticated," Snake (also called Turla and Uroburos) has been infecting Windows systems since 2008 and was ported to Linux systems in 2014 before making its way to the Mac.

The Snake malware was found earlier this week in an installer masquerading as Adobe Flash Player, buried inside a file named "Install Adobe Flash Player.app.zip." It is designed to look like a legitimate Adobe Flash installer, but is signed by an illegitimate certificate.

It does, actually, install Adobe Flash Player, but it is accompanied by additional software that is malicious and designed to provide a backdoor into the Mac. The malicious files are well hidden...

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10:56
Tim Cook Says 'Strong Demand' For 2016 MacBook P...

Apple reported its second quarter earnings results earlier this week, and during its subsequent conference call, CEO Tim Cook said Mac revenue hit a new March quarter record due to "strong demand" for the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, released in October 2016.

We had great Mac results during the quarter. Revenue grew 14 percent to a new March quarter record, and we gained market share thanks to strong demand for our new MacBook Pros. Our Mac business has generated over $25 billion in revenue over the past four quarters.Apple sold 4.2 million Macs in the quarter, up four percent from the 4 million it sold in the year-ago quarter, but it does not break out sales on a model-by-model basis. Mac-related revenue...

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08:43
Apple's Stock Has Already Bounced Back After Earnings...

Apple's stock has recovered from early week losses incurred after the company's earnings results fell slightly below Wall Street expectations.

Apple shares are currently trading for roughly $148, slightly above Tuesday's closing price of $147.51, set just before the company's earnings report. The stock had dropped to as low as $144.27 on Wednesday, but Apple has bounced back since alongside an overall rise in the S&P 500 index today.

Wall Street remains bullish on Apple heading into the second half of the year, as most analysts think the so-called "iPhone 8" with an OLED display and wireless charging will be a hit among customers. There's also a larger than usual "supercycle" of customers...

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07:21
Amazon Prime Video App Reportedly Coming to Apple TV Somet...

After nearly two years of being absent from the fourth generation Apple TV's app lineup, Amazon Prime Video is reportedly on its way to Apple's set-top box and could arrive for Prime subscribers to download and watch videos as soon as this summer. The news comes from Recode, citing sources familiar with the plans of each company who said that Apple and Amazon are "close to an agreement" in regards to Amazon Prime Video finally being available on Apple TV.

Specifically, Amazon employees are expecting the app to appear on the Apple TV App Store sometime in the third quarter of 2017. The sources at the heart of the story didn't divulge what compromises or agreements might have happened behind the scenes for Amazon to come to Apple TV, but those watching...

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06:48
Apple Raises $7 Billion in Debt Ahead of Trump's Prop...

Apple has raised $7 billion in debt in a six-part bond sale, according the company's final pricing term sheet filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The fixed and floating notes mature between 2020 and 2027.

Apple said it entered 2017 with $256.8 billion in cash and marketable securities, but approximately 93 percent of that amount is held outside of the United States. Those foreign reserves would be subject to up to a 35 percent corporate tax rate if repatriated, so Apple turns to the debt markets to raise money at a cheaper cost.

Apple will use the $7 billion raised to continue funding dividend payments and share buybacks. Apple expanded its share repurchase authorization by an additional $50 billion this week, and the company says it expects to spend a total $300 billion in cash under...

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06:27
Apple Chooses Bosch for Sensors that Support Augmented Rea...

According to a new report, Robert Bosch GmbH has won orders from Apple Inc. to supply the next iPhone with some of its motion sensors. Yet these chips could be used with Augmented Reality, gesture recognition, smart glasses and more.

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05:18
China's Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continue to dominate th...

One of IDC's latest reports covers new smartphone statistics in China for Q1 2017. Apple's iPhone remains in fourth spot barely beating out Xiaomi. While Apple is king of smartphone profits, sells the most premium smartphones in China, they miss the mark in the important Chinese sector where the iPhone SE is the clear loser

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Thursday May 4

18:57
Apple Watch Takes Global Wearables Lead over Fitbit in Q1...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the first quarter of 2017. Apple captured 16 percent marketshare and became the world’s largest wearables vendor, overtaking Fitbit and staying slightly ahead of Xiaomi who sells bottom line devices.

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18:25
Samsung Invents a Smartphone-Like Device with a 360 Degree...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a new kind of cylindrical mobile device that is designed to take advantage of flexible displays that are coming to market in the not-too-distant future. Unique characteristics include a display that could be cylindrical and yet fold out to be seen as a flat display. It may include a 360 degree camera and a projection system that can present users with a virtual keyboard.

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15:58
Apple Named World's Largest Wearables Vendor With an...

Apple became the world's largest wearables vendor in the first quarter of 2017 with an estimated 3.5 million Apple Watch shipments, according to new research data shared this afternoon by Strategy Analytics.

Apple Watch shipments overtook Fitbit shipments during Q1 2017, allowing Apple to capture 15.9 percent global marketshare to become the top wearables vendor. Fitbit shipped an estimated 2.9 million wearable devices during the quarter, while Apple's closest competitor, Xiaomi, shipped an estimated 3.4 million wearable devices.

Apple's estimated 3.5 million shipments are up from an estimated 2.2 million Apple Watch shipments in the year-ago quarter. As Apple Watch shipments have grown, Fitbit shipments have dropped sharply from an estimated 4.5 million units in Q1 2016.

Xiaomi is still close to Apple at 15.5 percent global marketshare...

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07:30
Apple Sold Fewer iPads Year Over Year for 13th Straight Qu...

The worldwide tablet market declined for a tenth straight quarter on a year-over-year basis last quarter, according to IDC. The market research firm estimates tablet shipments totaled only 36.2 million in the first quarter, the fewest since the third quarter of 2012, establishing a nearly five year low.

While the iPad remains the world's most popular tablet, it has been no exception. Earlier this week, Apple reported that it sold 8.9 million iPads in the quarter, down from 10.2 million iPads in the year-ago quarter, marking the 13th consecutive quarter that it has sold fewer iPads on a year-over-year unit basis.

"Apple's results show that it is not immune to the changing dynamics of industry and consumer demand, part of which is due to the ongoing success of its other product...

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07:23
Apple Remains the Tablet Leader for Q1 2017 Despite Showin...

According to the latest IDC statistics report the worldwide tablet market once again contracted in the first quarter of 2017 with total shipments of 36.2 million, a year-over-year decline of 8.5%. Apple, while remaining the tablet leader, fell a whopping 13% this quarter. The only company showing any growth was China's Huawei that delivered an impressive 31.7% increase.

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06:11
Apple Supplier 'Imagination' begins a Dispute Re...

On April 03 Patently Apple posted a report titled "News of Apple Ending their Contract with Imagination Technologies in 2018 Sends Shares Plunging." Today we're learning that Imagination Technologies has started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, its biggest customer, after failing to resolve a standoff over licensing between the two companies.

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05:26
Apple's new Singapore Store that will be powered by S...

A Singapore publication posted a photo of Apple's new store location last night showing the store is getting closer to opening. The store will the first in Singapore the run entirely on solar power energy. Apple started the solar panel project in January 2016.

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04:34
Apple launches new Website Promoting the Company's Co...

Yesterday on Jim Cramer's Mad Money, Apple's CEO talked about a wide range of topics in a great interview. Cook announced a $1 billion investment in advanced manufacturing jobs that will be announced in May or June. As advanced manufacturing jobs are in high demand in the U.S., the sector was already high on Apple's list of priorities, and Cook hopes the investment will spur even more job creation. Late yesterday, Apple launched a new website about creating 2 million jobs in the U.S.

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Wednesday May 3

17:32
Qualcomm Plans Retaliation against Apple and ask the Inter...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Qualcomm Lowers Q3 Fiscal 2017 Guidance due to Apple Holding back Royalty Payments." Qualcomm's legal team hit the roof with that move from Apple and will now retaliate by asking a U.S. trade agency to ban the imports of iPhones, according to a new Bloomberg report.

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Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** WARNING: iPad 2, iPad Mini 1 & iPhone 4S are NOT compatible. ** *** Special Launch Price for a limited... | Read more »
Subdivision Infinity (Games)
Subdivision Infinity 1.03 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.03 (iTunes) Description: Launch sale! 40% Off! Subdivision Infinity is an immersive and pulse pounding sci-fi 3D space shooter. https://www.... | Read more »
Clash of Clans' gets a huge new upd...
Clash of Clans just got a massive new update, and that's not hyperbole. The update easily tacks on a whole new game's worth of content to the hit base building game. In the update, that mysterious boat on the edge of the map has been repaired and... | Read more »
Thimbleweed Park officially headed to iO...
Welp, it's official. Thimbleweed Park will be getting a mobile version. After lots of wondering and speculation, the developers confirmed it today. Thimbleweed Park will be available on both iOS and Android sometime in the near future. There's no... | Read more »

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Amazon has the 2016 Gold 12″ 1.2GHz Retina MacBook (MLHF2LL/A) on sale for $350 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gold Retina MacBook: $1249.99 $350 off MSRP We expect this... Read more
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B&H has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space... Read more
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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

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