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Wednesday November 23

11:44
Samsung wins a Design Patent for a Slick Foldable Smartpho...

Over the last year Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display have been pounding out design and utility patents regarding future bendable and foldable smartphone designs as they seek to find a new niche of smartphone that will give them a market edge over Apple and Chinese OEM such as Huawei and Oppo. Surprisingly this month two Apple patents for foldable smartphones have come to light as well to illustrate that this on the minds of many smartphone vendors around the globe. Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a slick foldable smartphone

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10:54
U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Simplified 'D...

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new federal guidelines [PDF] intended to reduce distracted driving caused by smartphone use behind the wheel.

The voluntary guidelines recommend smartphone makers like Apple develop a Driver Mode, a simplified interface that would prevent access to non-driving-related tasks such as manual text messaging, social media content, automatically scrolling text, and viewing images and video not related to driving.

Driver Mode would not be initiated if the smartphone is already paired to a vehicle's infotainment system, while certain features such as maps and access to emergency services and alerts would not be locked out.

The NHTSA said technologies...

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06:44
Donald Trump Tells Tim Cook He'll Offer Apple Incenti...

In a recent interview with The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said he received phone calls from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates after winning the presidential election earlier this month.

Donald Trump at The New York Times offices in Manhattan

Trump told Cook it will be a "real achievement" for him when he gets Apple to make its products in the United States, as opposed to countries like China and Vietnam where many of its current manufacturing partners operate.I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going...

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05:25
Jony Ive Said to Be 'As Connected to Product Design a...

Over the last few days, speculation has begun brewing over the potential winding down of Jony Ive's career at Apple, where he works as the company's chief design officer. During an episode of "The Talk Show" podcast posted last Friday, John Gruber mentioned that he had recently heard Ive has been "checked out or not as directly involved with product design" at Apple, and instead focused on architecture projects for its campuses and retail locations.

Earlier this week, a couple of websites began sharing Gruber's words in stories angled with Ive's lessening involvement at Apple, backed up by the recent release of "Designed by Apple in California," which many look at as the designer's swan song within the company.

Rumors of Ive being "on his way out...

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04:04
Rumor Claims Apple will Shift to Glass iPhone in 2017 to A...

A rumor of Apple introducing a curved glass iPhone began in March of this year. Today a report has surfaced noting that the new glass iPhone design is to support wireless charging.

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03:05
iPhone 8 to Feature All-Glass Casing in Order to Support W...

Apple will switch to an all-glass casing for next year's entire iPhone line-up in order to support wireless charging, with Pegatron being the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger. That's according to the latest research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors.

According to Kuo, the transition from metal to glass casing is key if Apple is to introduce a wireless charging feature in the 2017 iPhone. While patented engineering solutions do exist for wirelessly charging devices with metal cases, issues with wireless frequency tolerances for metal alloys can limit the speed at which charging takes place. On top of that, it is widely believed that Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years...

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Tuesday November 22

17:27
iPhone Generated Record-Breaking Profits Last Quarter Desp...

iPhone sales may have declined for three consecutive quarters, but the latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics suggests Apple is unsurprisingly still doing exceptionally well in the smartphone market.

Apple captured a record 91% of profits in the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, or $8.5 billion of the overall $9 billion in profits recorded by all vendors combined, according to Strategy Analytics.

Apple's biggest competitor Samsung was nowhere to be found on the list, as Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Vivo, and OPPO took the second, third, and fourth spots respectively with between 2.2% and 2.4% of profits."Apple’s ability to maximize pricing and minimize production cost is hugely...

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16:59
For Six Quarters Straight Apple's iPhone has taken 91...

On Sunday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Only Top Chinese Smartphone Vendors Mark Gains in Q3 2016 as both Samsung and Apple Tumble." Despite Apple tumbling 13% in Q3 and BBK and their Oppo brand combined technically dislodged Apple's long standing position as the number two smartphone company, the fact not present in Gartner's report is that Apple took 91% of all smartphone profits worldwide.

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15:18
Cook Did the Right Thing and Congratulated Trump on his Gr...

Today Donald Trump reportedly told the New York Times that Apple's CEO Tim Cook called to congratulate him on his stunning election victory. The news ...

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13:58
Apple Inks Apple Music Deal With Indian Ride-Hailing Compa...

Apple has partnered with Indian ride-sharing company Ola to make Apple Music available to customers who order a ride, reports The Los Angeles Times. Apple Music, along with services from Sony, Fynd, and Audio Compass, will be incorporated into a platform called Ola Play, allowing customers to control music, watch videos, read ebooks, and adjust in-car temperature, all from a tablet inside the car.

Apple Music will be one of the audio choices, letting customers choose which music to listen to on the car's audio system while on their journey. Ola, which holds 75 percent of the ride-sharing market in India, ...

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12:58
Black Friday Deals on Apps and Software for iPhone, iPad,...

With fewer than three days until Black Friday, a number of developers are beginning to offer deals on their apps and software. Below, we have rounded up some of the notable discounts available for popular iOS and Mac apps and software. More deals will inevitably be announced, so keep an eye on our Black Friday roundup.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Square Enix has discounted both the iPhone and iPad versions of Final Fantasy Tactics to $3.99 for a limited time, marking the game's lowest price ever. The lowest previous sale was $6.99 for the iPhone version and $7.99 for the iPad version. Regular prices are $13.99 for iPhone and $15.99 for iPad.

TouchArcade gave the title a rather mediocre...

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10:54
Apple's Temporary Black Friday Sales Event Website is...

Unlike last year, Apple is holding a classic Black Friday Event this Friday.

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09:15
Did Microsoft make Apple Blink with the Success of Surface...

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella was in Sydney on a brief visit Down Under last week in which he addressed a local developers conference to outline its advances in cognitive computing, and increasing strength of its AI-driven Azure cloud-based services. While those were the key topics focused on by Nadella during his keynote, his interview with the Australian Financial Review veered off at times about other matters like the Surface line of products, more specifically Surface tablets and notebook.

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08:31
BeatsX Release Rumors Point to December Launch Date

Similar to the current confusion regarding the release date of Apple's AirPods, a couple of differing launch days for the new wireless BeatsX earphones have begun sprouting up online, leading to uncertainty over when exactly Apple will begin selling the new Beats-branded earphones.

In line with some AirPods rumors, most retailers are placing order dates in December for BeatsX. The new rumors would mean BeatsX will miss the retail rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up this week, but would place the earphones as potentially available for last-minute holiday shopping later in December.

Fry's Electronics has the earphones listed as estimated to ship on December 5, 2016. Users can add the BeatsX...

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04:09
Apple Granted 39 Patents Today Covering a One-Time Secret...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for a possible future, flexible and foldable smartphone design. Patently was first to discover that Apple had filed this patent application in South Korea back in January 2014.

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Monday November 21

22:55
DirecTV Now Supports Single Sign-on for Upcoming 'TV...

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 updates will bring a new "TV" app where users will be able to view much of their TV and movie content from across various apps, all centrally located to make it easy to pick up where you left off and receive recommendations on additional content.

The new TV app has been gradually going live on both platforms for U.S. users during the beta testing period, and it works hand-in-hand with a "Single Sign-on" feature that will let subscribers to certain pay TV services authenticate their accounts once on a systemwide basis and receive access to content across all supported apps for which they are eligible.

When the early beta of Single Sign-on...

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21:41
Apple Teases One-Day Black Friday Shopping Event

Apple tonight updated its website with a brand new page teasing a one-day Black Friday shopping event. Apple didn't offer Black Friday deals last year, opting to allow third-party retailers like Best Buy and Target to offer deals instead.

Friday can't come soon enough.

Our one-day shopping event will be here before you know it. Come back this Friday to check off everyone on your list.Last year, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts said the company was backing away from Black Friday promotions because "being good to your employees will always be good for your business."

On its Black Friday website, Apple says that its one-day shopping event will include free shipping on in-stock items ordered by 5 PM. You'll also be able to take part in the event with the Apple Store...

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17:13
Samsung Plans to Launch 'Jet Black' Version of G...

Samsung plans to launch a glossy black version of its nine-month-old Galaxy S7 smartphone early next month, according to The Korea Herald.

The report claims the new color will help Samsung compete with the popular Jet Black and Matte Black variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new color could also fuel additional Galaxy S7 sales to help fill the void left by the permanently discontinued Galaxy Note 7 following battery safety concerns.

If the report proves accurate, it would not be the first time Samsung has followed in the footsteps of Apple in terms of smartphone colors. Earlier this year, it released a "pink gold"...

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15:49
Sweep! Apple's iPad has Won the Last 4 Quarters as to...

Apple's iPad, despite losing sales momentum all year long, remained the leading tablet by far. Apple's iPad Pro took top spot for the touch detachable tablet segment over last holiday season and it continued through to Q1 2016 hands down and for Q2 and Q3 as well. Apple's iPad also won the J.D. Power's 2016 U.S. tablet customer satisfaction study and ...

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14:17
Key Component Shortages for Next-Gen Notebooks like the Ma...

Apple's Phil Schiller told London's Independent earlier this month that Apple received more orders on their online store for the MacBook Pro than any previous model. Today we learn in a Taiwanese supply chain report that business class and pro models like the MacBook Pro are experiencing component shortages

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11:37
Even in the Quickly Growing Refurbished Smartphone Market...

Apple recently began selling refurbished iPhones officially through its online store for the first time earlier this month. You were able to trade in your iPhones for some time now, but Apple used a third party to refurbish and resell the older iPhones. Even Apple's refurbished iPhones cost more that some new Android smartphones to show you the pricing power ...

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09:54
Apple is Exiting the Router Business as Microsoft and D-Li...

Apple's notebooks were always using the latest wireless standards, sometimes well ahead of their competitors. Apple then entered the wireless router business in the summer of 1999 with AirPort. Today we're learning that Apple is now in the process of exiting that business for good.

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07:14
Apple Says to 'Open Your Heart to Everyone' in F...

Apple has shared a new TV ad called "Frankie's Holiday" in time for the holiday season, accompanied with the tagline "open your heart to everyone."

In the ad, Frankenstein brings a package with ornaments to a town square and starts singing "Home for the Holidays" by The Carpenters on his iPhone. While he initially shocks the large group of people in the town, a young girl urges Frankenstein to come forward, and everyone joins along in singing with him.

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07:00
Phil Schiller Says 32GB RAM on New MacBook Pro Would Have...

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has allegedly responded to an email from software developer Ben Slaney to further clarify why the new MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB of RAM, noting that supporting 32GB of RAM would require a different logic board design which might reduce space for batteries.Schiller: The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life.Slaney himself wrote an article explaining how the new MacBook Pro uses a low power, enhanced version of DDR3 RAM called LPDDR3E, which maxes out at 16GB. To...

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05:47
Apple Ceases Development of 'AirPort' Wireless R...

Apple has dissolved its division which develops wireless routers and is now sending engineers who worked on the AirPort lineup into other product teams, including one currently working on Apple TV. The news comes from a report by Bloomberg, who said Apple has been slowly shutting down the division over the past year and made the decision "to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue."

Currently, Apple sells three wireless routers, including the AirPort Express ($99), AirPort Extreme ($199), and AirPort Time Capsule ($299), but none of the devices have seen a refresh since 2013. A temporary stock...

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04:53
Apple Announces a Free Battery Fix for iPhone 6 and 6s use...

A new Apple announcement published today outlines their iPhone 6s Program relating to battery issues. Apple notes that they have "determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s...

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Sunday November 20

19:50
Apple Launches Repair Program for iPhone 6s Devices Experi...

Apple today launched a new repair program for iPhone 6s users whose devices may be unexpectedly shutting down. The issue is a limited one only affecting certain devices manufactured between September and October 2015.

Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.

If you have experienced this issue, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider and have your device's serial number checked to confirm eligibility for a battery replacement, free of charge.Apple's resolution for the issue is to replace the device's battery free of charge, although Apple notes that if there are other problems with a user's device such as a...

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18:59
Drake Gets Distracted While Singing Taylor Swift in New Ap...

Apple tonight has posted a new Apple Music ad that continues its "distractingly good" campaign. The ad stars Drake, an artist who has developed a good relationship with Apple and its music service.

In the ad, Drake is working out with a friend and listening to music. When his friend leaves, he decides to use Apple Music's curated "Pop Workout" playlist to play Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." Drake then begins dancing around the gym while lip synching. He eventually goes back to his workout, but he's so distracted having a fun time singing Swift's song that he botches the bench press.

The ad works as a companion to an ad from February in which Taylor Swift works out to Drake and Future's "Jumpman." Swift, like Drake, is so distracted by Apple Music that she messes up her workout.

Swift's latest album, "1989", is still...

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10:03
Only Top Chinese Smartphone Vendors Mark Gains in Q3 2016...

A newly published statistical report from Gartner this week noted that Worldwide sales of smartphones grew by 5.4 percent year over year. While that was positive news, it was only positive for the top Chinese smartphone vendors who reaped all of the gains while Apple and Samsung sales fell for the quarter. Samsung suffered its worst decline in smartphone sales falling 4.4% in a single quarter due to the recall and discontinuation of their Note7 smartphone line, yet held on as the number one smartphone vendor for Q3. Apple fell by ....

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Saturday November 19

08:12
Taiwan's Largest Industrial Conglomerate now Consider...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Preparing a Responsible U.S. iPhone Plant Back-Up Business Plan." Now Taiwan's largest conglomerate is also considering opening more plants in the U.S. if it means keeping their business interests in America alive.

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07:49
McLaren Confirms Talks With Apple 'Never Matured to D...

In late September, the Financial Times reported Apple was considering a full takeover of McLaren Automotive or a strategic investment in the British supercar maker.

The New York Times and Bloomberg separately reported talks were underway as well, noting Apple was more likely to make a large investment in McLaren rather than buy it.

Two months later, it now turns out those reports were accurate. In an interview with Reuters, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed McLaren was in discussions with Apple, but he said the talks...

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07:43
The Touch Disease Class Action Lawsuit in Canada to Contin...

Late on Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Formally Acknowledges the iPhone 6 Plus 'Touch Disease' Issue and Offers Customers with this Problem Some Relief." Yet those involved with the Canadian Class Action lawsuit say no thanks, this is your fault, not ours.

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Friday November 18

15:39
California Builder Creates Community Homes with Slick Home...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Home Automation: Apple Keeps their Eye on the Prize," wherein we noted Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing stating that "We want to bring home automation to the mainstream, and the best place to start is at the beginning, when a house is just being created." Well that was certainly a humble statement considering that KB Home just unveiled the nation’s first HomeKit-enabled community in California ...

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14:44
Stephen Colbert Show Mocks Jony Ive and his new Design Boo...

This week Apple's Jony Ive revealed a new high-end Apple book for Christmas that will be available at select Apple Stores worldwide titled "Designed by Apple in California." Well, that was just too damn tempting for Stephen Colbert to pass on and so his team slapped together a video mocking Apple's famed industrial designer ....

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13:57
Apple Files for iOS 10 Trademarks in the UK and Hong Kong...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a patent report covering the new GPS system for Apple Watch Series 2. . In other intellectual property (IP) news today Apple filed a series of new iOS 10 trademark applications in Europe and Hong Kong.

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13:06
The Patent behind the New Accurate GPS System in Apple Wat...

The new Apple Watch Series 2 introduced built-in GPS that Apple notes can record precise distance, speed and pace while you're walking, running or cyclin outdoors. Yesterday the patent behind this new GPS/GNSS system was published ...

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10:22
Apple May Be Throttling Verizon iPhone 7 LTE Performance

Apple may be throttling the LTE performance of the Verizon iPhone 7 to keep it on par with the AT&T iPhone 7, according to research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights and shared by Bloomberg. Based on testing, the Verizon iPhone 7 performs about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7, but it does not reach the data transfer speeds that it is capable of hitting.

The Verizon (and Sprint) iPhone 7 models use different LTE hardware than the AT&T (and T-Mobile) iPhone 7 models, adopting a Qualcomm LTE modem instead of an Intel LTE modem.

The hardware from Qualcomm is capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of 600Mb/s, while the Intel LTE modem tops out at 450Mb/s, but the...

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07:57
China Warns Tech Companies at World Internet Conference in...

Early last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Chinese Cyber Security Law goes into Effect in June 2017 that may Require Apple to surrender iOS Source Code." Today at World Internet Conference in China it was made crystal clear that "Nothing outweighs National Security" ...

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05:37
Apple Hires Wall Street Journal Reporter to become Apple...

Apple Hires Wall Street Journal Reporter to become Apple's PR Director in China and will be stationed in Shanghai, China.

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05:27
Some 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models Misreporting Intel Iris Pr...

Several MacRumors readers have discovered that System Information readouts on some 15-inch MacBook Pro units appear to suggest they are running Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics, rather than Intel HD Graphics 530 as advertised in Apple's tech specs.

The strange inconsistency was first found on some demo units running in Apple Store showrooms, leading some readers to suggest Apple was running higher-specced machines in-store. However, since then, some owners of newly shipped 15-inch MacBook Pros have also noted the same inconsistency in stock laptops sold to them.

MacRumors forum member torquer discovered that on their machine, System Information reports an Intel HD Graphics 530 when the laptop is running on battery, but reports Iris Pro 580 once it's plugged in.

This would...

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04:55
Samsung's Note 7 Crisis Causes Chaos in Korean Export...

It's being reported today that South Korea’s Mobile Phone Exports Dropped by Half in Oct. due largely to Samsung's Note 7 Crisis

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Thursday November 17

17:20
Apple Formally Acknowledges the iPhone 6 Plus 'Touch...

Patently Apple began covering a string of class action lawsuits filed against Apple regarding the issue of "Touch Disease" back in late August. Another two reports were posted in October. Until now Apple has been relatively silent on this issue. Today a special website was made public dealing with this issue in-part.

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15:07
Apple Launches 'Touch Disease' Repair Program fo...

Apple today launched a new repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, addressing complaints about a manufacturing issue that can cause the iPhone 6 Plus to become unresponsive to touch.

According to Apple, some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit Multi-Touch issues after "being dropped multiple times on a hard surface," causing damage to the device. Under its repair program, Apple will fix affected iPhone 6 Plus devices for a service price of $149.

Customers who paid more than $149 to have their devices fixed before the repair program was implemented will be able to get their money reimbursed by Apple.

Complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus touchscreen issue started in August, after iFixit published a video highlighting the bug and dubbed it "Touch Disease." Touch Disease presents as a gray flickering bar at the...

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14:21
In-Store Pickup Now Available for MacBook Pro With Touch B...

Starting today, Apple has made in-store pickup available for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in the United States, allowing customers to check stock at their local store and reserve a machine online.

The MacBook Pro first started popping up in retail stores on Tuesday, but because there was no in-store pickup option, there was no way to tell which stores had stock and which didn't. It's now much easier to see which locations have MacBook Pro models available for immediate purchase.

Many stores around the country are listing December 30 pickup dates for the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro model and the two 15-inch models, but there are some locations where the new MacBook Pros are currently in stock. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

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13:58
Apple Celebrates 'Ideas that Push the World Forward...

Apple's latest TV ad is about ideas that push the world forward. In this case the ad is referring to the latest MacBook Pro with ...

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13:28
Here's a Look Inside Apple's New $200 Photo Book

Apple this week unveiled its latest product, a hardbound photo book that showcases 20 years of Apple products, highlighting every Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad released between 1998 and 2015.

Because it's positioned as an art piece, Apple's "Designed by Apple in California" book costs a jaw dropping $200 to $300 depending on size, so we thought we'd take a look inside to see just what you're getting for that price tag.

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Aside from a dedication page dedicating the book to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a foreword by Apple design chief Jony Ive, and an insert with product descriptions, the book is text-free, filled with large, high-quality images of Apple products. There are 450 images in total, with multiple photographs of each item to highlight...

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12:29
Apple Releases New 'Bulbs' MacBook Pro Ad Highli...

Apple today uploaded a new MacBook Pro ad to its YouTube channel, showcasing the machine's Touch Bar and comparing it to major inventions throughout time.

Called "Bulbs," the ad features hundreds of exploding lightbulbs alongside brief glimpses of world-changing innovations, starting with fire and running through tilling, blacksmithing, trains, flight, the telephone, the typewriter, toilet paper, the microwave, the television, the freezer, cameras, computers, robotics, and space flight before finishing with a glimpse of the new MacBook Pro.

The ad ends with the lines "Ideas push the world forward" and "Introducing a tool for all the ideas to come" as a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is displayed. In line with the rest of the ad, an image of a lightbulb is briefly shown on the MacBook Pro's screen before being exploded and unexploded via a quick gesture...

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12:10
Apple Reportedly Preparing a Responsible U.S. iPhone Plant...

Back in July Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Impossible Dream of a Made-in-America iPhone." I noted in the report that "Some, like Presidential candidate Donald Trump, think that if Apple was given the right tax beaks to bring back their money that's offshore and get Foxconn to open a plant in the US, that it could bring back needed jobs to America. A new report that has surfaced today states that Apple is in fact ...

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11:29
Apple Says it Syncs Call Logs on iCloud As a 'Conveni...

Earlier today, reports surfaced on The Intercept and Forbes claiming Apple "secretly" syncs Phone and FaceTime call history logs on iCloud, complete with phone numbers, dates and times, and duration. The info comes from Russian software firm Elcomsoft, which said the call history logs are stored for up to four months.

Likewise, on iOS 10, Elcomsoft said incoming missed calls that are made through third-party VoIP apps using Apple's CallKit framework, such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, also get synced to iCloud. The call logs have been collected since at least iOS 8.2, released in March 2015, so long as a user has...

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10:53
Microsoft Surface Studio Reviews: Apple Fans Might Be...

A few weeks after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio to the public at a media event in New York City, a few websites have begun publishing the first reviews for Microsoft's new desktop PC/tablet hybrid. During its announcement in October, the Surface Studio was revealed to have a 12.5mm thin touch screen, with a 28-inch PixelSense Display that packs in 13.5 million pixels. Microsoft said that there's "no monitor like this on the planet."

The first reviews of the Surface Studio are largely positive, with many reviewers enamored with the computer's large screen and slick design, as well as its purpose to fulfill and enhance productivity for creatives. However, in line with the unrest over the price of the new MacBook Pros,...

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10:21
System Integrity Protection Inexplicably Disabled by Defau...

Since OS X El Capitan, the operating system that runs on Macs has been protected by a feature called System Integrity Protection (SIP), which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

System Integrity Protection runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Macs running OS X El Capitan or later, but it seems the feature is inexplicably turned off on some new MacBook Pro models, leaving them vulnerable.

Developer Jonathan Wight noticed System Integrity Protection was disabled on some machines and tweeted about it this morning, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new...

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10:21
Apple Patent Shows Siri being used in an iMessage Thread t...

Back in 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." The idea was to allow two individuals that use Apple Pay to be able to make person-to-person payments. Today we learn that Apple is contemplating the use of Siri within iMessage to simplify transactions ...

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08:23
Future iPhones Could be 'Made in America' as Fox...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review, leading to hopeful speculation some iPhones could one day be "Made in America" rather than be assembled and imported from China.

The report claims Apple asked both Foxconn and rival supplier Pegatron, which denied the request, to look into making iPhones stateside, although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is said to be less enthusiastic about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs in the United States compared to China."Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," a source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns."In a speech at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this...

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08:23
Mozilla Introduces 'Firefox Focus,' a Fast and E...

When Apple was battling the DOJ and FBI over an encrypted iPhones, Apple's CEO Tim Cook posted a statement online titled "Apple's commitment to your Privacy." Now, Firefox is stepping in to cash in on those who want privacy extended to their browsing history.

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08:10
AirPods Launch Rumors Now Include Dates in Late November a...

Adding to the pile of recent guesswork rumors centering around the launch of Apple's AirPods, this week a collection of foreign retail websites have listed the Bluetooth headphones with new dates suggesting availability before the end of the year.

First off, today Mac4Ever discovered that French retail website Fnac has posted the AirPods for pre-order, with a suggested shipping date of November 30. If true, that would mark a launch following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but still leave customers plenty of time to add AirPods to their holiday shopping list.

One of many predicted AirPods shipping dates from foreign resellers, this one Fnac

Last week, a...

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07:16
HP introduces their Second Mac Mini Challenger in 90 Days...

Microsoft challenged Apple's iMac last month and now HP has launched their second Mac mini challenger aimed at CAD and creative users. And what would a product lunch be without taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Apple.

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07:14
Apple Stores to Host Free 'Hour of Code' Worksho...

Apple today announced it is opening registration for free one-hour "Hour of Code" workshops between December 5 and December 11 at all 487 of its retail stores worldwide. This year's workshops will include an introduction to Apple's new educational Swift Playgrounds coding app for iPad.

“Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.” Since 2013, Apple has...

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05:45
Rumored 5.8" OLED iPhone Said to Have 5.1" to 5....

Apple is widely rumored to release its first iPhone with an OLED display next year, but reports have been conflicting about its potential screen size.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year, while Barclays analysts recently called for a 5-inch iPhone with a curved, bezel-free OLED display. Japanese website Nikkei also expects a new glass-backed 5-inch iPhone.

Now, in a new research note, Kuo said the much-rumored premium iPhone model will indeed have a 5.8-inch OLED panel, but with a smaller actual active display area of between 5.1 and 5....

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02:24
Amazon Prime Membership for $79 Tomorrow Only, £59 for U.K...

Amazon is set to cut its Prime annual membership price from $99 for a year to $79 on Friday, November 18. The one-day sale will run from 12am ET until 11:59pm PT and is only available for new members.

Amazon customers in the U.K. can take advantage of a similar promotion beginning today: Anyone who signs up for Amazon Prime between now and the end of Friday will receive a year's subscription for £59 instead of the usual £79 asking price, essentially amounting to three free months of the service.

The promotion coincides with the release of Amazon's new motoring show "The Grand Tour", the first episode of which can be streamed or downloaded on Friday morning by Prime members in the U.K., U.S., Germany, Austria...

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Wednesday November 16

20:40
Apple’s OLED Suppliers Won’t Be Able to Meet Demand for 20...

Apple's four main OLED suppliers won't be able to meet the production capacity necessary to match demand for the 2017 iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Supply constraints are expected to last until 2018.

OLED screens are more difficult to produce in mass quantities than LCD screens, which means Apple is "at the mercy" of suppliers who are willing to produce them in the necessary quantities. Bloomberg notes that the supply constraints may force Apple to either restrict OLED use to one version of the next iPhone or push adoption of the technology back.

While Apple and Samsung have an exclusive OLED deal for 2017, it doesn't guarantee that the company will be able to meet Apple's demand. For example, Samsung's OLED supplies have already been constrained due to its own smartphones, like the Galaxy S7 and S7...

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17:47
Apple to Integrate Augmented Reality Functionality Into iP...

Apple has a team of people working on integrating augmented reality functionality into the iPhone's camera app, reports Business Insider. Employees from several different augmented reality companies Apple has acquired are said to be involved in the effort, including those from Metaio and Flyby Media.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Business Insider says Apple's goal is for consumers to be able point the phone at a real-world object and have that object be recognized. Apple is already working on similar technology using machine learning techniques and has built basic object recognition capabilities into the Photos app.

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17:10
Apple to Halve App Store Fees for Subscription Video Apps

To appease video content makers and lure new video services to the App Store, Apple plans to cut the fees it charges streaming video apps, reports Bloomberg.

Apple normally takes a 30 percent cut of all App Store app purchases and subscriptions, but for subscription-based streaming video apps like Netflix and Hulu, Apple plans to cut its fee to 15 percent. Apple has already reduced the fees for some of its video partners, and will soon extend the 15 percent rate to all subscription video services that are integrated with the company's upcoming TV app.

Apple's hefty cut of sales made via its App Store has long angered partners, some of whom have accused the technology giant of anti-competitive behavior. The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which...

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16:38
In Part Two of Designed by Apple in California, Jony Ive M...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A New Hardbound Book from Apple Dedicated to Steve Jobs Memory Chronicles 20 Years of Product Design." In part two, Jony Ive makes the story of design very personal

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15:43
Apple Files Figurative Trademarks Relating to Apple Watch,...

Late Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly working on Digital Glasses Supporting Telephony and Augmented Reality." Today, Apple filed for two trademarks relating to Apple Watch. So why did Apple list Smart Glasses nine times in their international class coverage?.

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12:49
Hands-On With the New 'TV' App in the tvOS 10.1...

As of this morning, fourth-generation Apple TV owners running the tvOS 10.1 beta were given access to the new "TV" app, which is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding and watching television and movies across the Apple TV and iOS devices.

The TV app, which works hand-in-hand with features like Live Tune-In and Single Sign On, aims to make it easier for users to locate content that's spread across dozens of television and movie apps. In the video below, you can see that the TV app is now fully functional, with a dedicated store, recommended content, and an Up Next syncing feature.

The TV app is organized into several sections. Watch Now, the main menu, feature a collection of shows and movies available from iTunes and other...

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11:40
USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Display Buyer's Guide for New...

Apple's new MacBook Pro models feature between two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports that carry power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA over a single cable, creating one standard for connecting most accessories and peripherals. Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connector type as USB-C, also called Type-C, meaning the new MacBook Pros are compatible with a growing lineup of USB-C external displays.

USB-C displays can display up to 4K video, transfer data, and charge the new MacBook Pro at up to 60W over a single cable connected between the display and notebook. LG's new UltraFine 5K display, meanwhile, uses Thunderbolt 3 to display 5K video and fully charge the new MacBook Pro at up to 85W. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can drive dual 5K displays, while the 13-inch model can drive one 5K display.

LG launched its...

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09:53
Amazon Heard the Anger from Apple Fans and has Begun Lawsu...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Sues Mobile Star for Selling Counterfeit Power Adapters and Charging Cables through Amazon." What was surprising in our comment section was the anger aimed at Amazon. Today news has broken that Amazon has filed lawsuits targeting sellers allegedly listing counterfeit goods on its website.

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08:28
Researchers discover that Certain Cheap Android Phones are...

In 2014 Cisco's Annual Security Report revealed that 99% of all malware targeted Android devices. Then there was the ransomware problem and now there's even a larger problem for some Android users ...

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08:27
Apple Eyes Original Content, But Looks to Avoid Expensive...

Apple has shown a willingness to buy projects that can help promote its services, but its interest in acquiring original content remains tepid, according to The Information. The report claims Apple is not interested in getting into billion-dollar bidding wars over projects with rivals such as Netflix and Amazon.

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Apple bought an unscripted TV series based on James Corden's highly popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment to promote Apple Music, for example, while it is also planning an original TV series called Vital Signs, described as a dark semi-autobiographical drama starring Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre....

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07:17
Audi, Genesis, and Kia Debut New CarPlay Vehicles at LA Au...

A number of new CarPlay-enabled vehicles are making their North American debuts ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, including models from Audi, Kia, and Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis.

Interior of all-new 2018 Audi Q5 (European model shown)

Audi introduced a trio of CarPlay vehicles, including the all-new 2018 A5 and S5 cars and Q5 SUV. Audi's standard smartphone interface provides CarPlay and Android Auto integration via USB connection. The vehicles will arrive at U.S. dealerships in spring 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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06:09
Samsung Acquires NewNet Communications to Accelerate a Nex...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Aggressively Gets into Apple's Face with Moves into AI and Telematics with Harman Acquisition." Yesterday Samsung made another huge software acquisition. Samsung has announced that they've acquired Canadian company NewNet Communication Technologies. The new technology will be used in future smartphone and connected car businesses.

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04:50
Teardown of 13-inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Reveals...

iFixit has published a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and discovered a few interesting differences compared to Apple's new lower tier MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar. Both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop's smaller battery.

As expected, Apple's new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, earning an iFixit repairability rating of 1/10. In the course of disassembly, iFixit found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting the Touch Bar to the mainboard also wraps underneath it, making removal even more difficult.

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Tuesday November 15

16:30
MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Now Available for Purchase at S...

Just a day after the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders began arriving to customers, a select number of Apple retail stores have received stock and are offering limited quantities of the new machine.

MacRumors reader Nicholas was able to purchase a new 15-inch MacBook Pro at the Apple Store in La Brea, California, and according to a Reddit thread, several other stores across California have also been selling Touch Bar MacBook Pro models. New MacBook Pros have been spotted in Rancho Cucamonga, Fairview, Emeryville, and Walnut Creek, and one Redditor claims to have purchased a 13-inch MacBook Pro from the Soho Apple Store in New York, while a MacRumors reader says he found a MacBook Pro...

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15:46
Apple Granted 18 Design Patents Today Covering Apple TV Re...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted design patents for Apple Inc. today. The main designs covered in this report include the Apple TV Remote with Siri, next-gen Apple Store glass doors, the iPhone's Home Button and more.

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11:05
Apple Removed 47,300 Outdated iOS Apps From App Store in O...

Back in September, Apple announced plans to start removing outdated apps from the App Store, promising to eliminate apps that are non-functional, not compatible with recent versions of iOS, or that do not adhere to current review guidelines.

According to data app analytics firm Sensor Tower shared with TechCrunch, Apple has made good on that promise. In October of 2016, the number of apps removed from the App Store increased by 238 percent, with Apple purging a total of 47,300 apps throughout the month.

On an average month, Apple removes approximately 14,000 iOS apps, so October's much larger purge represents a significant step towards cleaning up the App Store.

Developers with problematic apps were notified starting in...

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09:02
Next Year's iPhones to Include 4.7" LCD Model Wi...

Apple will release a trio of new iPhones next year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo believes Apple will launch a 4.7-inch model with a single-lens camera and LCD display, 5.5-inch model with a dual-lens camera and LCD display, and an all-new OLED model with a dual-lens camera in 2017.We look for new 2017F iPhones to come in three models: one OLED model, and two TFT-LCD models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display. We believe the OLED and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhones will feature dual-camera. Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017F iPhone models is revised up from 30-40% to 65-75%. We view this increase as favoring Largan’s sales and profit momentum as it is the exclusive supplier of wide-angle and telephoto lens. It also bodes well for Apple’s dual camera software ecosystem.Kuo did not specify the display size for the all-new OLED...

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07:39
A New Hardbound Book from Apple Dedicated to Steve Jobs Me...

Today Apple announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. "Designed by Apple in California," which covers products from 1998’s iMac to ....

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06:54
15-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Removable SSD

While the new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys has a removable SSD, the same cannot be said for the Touch Bar model.

MacRumors reader Jesse D. unscrewed the bottom lid on his new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and discovered, unlike the 13-inch model sans Touch Bar, there is no cutout in the logic board for removable flash storage. Another reader said the 13-inch model with a Touch Bar also has a non-removable SSD.

Given the SSD appears to be permanently soldered to the logic board, users will be unable to upgrade the Touch Bar MacBook Pro's flash storage beyond Apple's 512GB to 2TB built-to-order options on its website at the time of purchase. In other words, the amount of flash...

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06:20
Apple Wins 61 Patents Today Covering Future iPad Pro Acces...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series 61 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover possible future iPad Pro accessories that point to an Apple Pencil holder, a high-end pivoting stand and docking station, new keyboard configurations and more.

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04:48
Apple Releases $200+ Photo Book Called 'Designed by A...

Apple today announced the release of a new hardbound photo book, called "Designed by Apple in California," that chronicles 20 years of Apple product designs through 450 photographs. The book ranges from the iMac in 1998 to the Apple Pencil in 2015, and "also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation." It is dedicated in the memory of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The photographs in the book were shot by Andrew Zuckerman and are said to showcase each product's design process as well as its final form. Apple chief design officer, Jony Ive, gives the foreword for the book, explaining that its purpose is not to illustrate the success of Apple's design team, but to "describe how we work...

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03:32
Apple Granted a Patent for a Sports Version of Apple EarPo...

Back in 2014 Intel introduced a next-generation of music earbuds that were designed for runners and sports enthusiasts. The new earbuds introduced biometrics that could monitor a user's heartbeat and more while being controlled by their digital assistant called "Jarvis." Of course Apple had such an invention going all the way back to their filing in 2008. That invention has now been granted a patent.

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Monday November 14

18:04
Apple Reportedly working on Digital Glasses Supporting Tel...

Last Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Refines their Head-Mounted Display Device for a Second Time this Year." The report covered Apple updating their patent to include possible touch sensor on the headset to control various functions be it volume or perhaps answering an incoming phone call and beyond. Tonight a new report is claiming that ...

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16:39
Apple Testing Augmented Reality 'Smart Glasses'...

As part of its effort to expand further into wearable devices, Apple is working on a set of smart glasses, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, the site says the smart glasses would connect wirelessly to the iPhone, much like the Apple Watch, and would display "images and other information" to the wearer.

Apple has contacted potential suppliers about its glasses project and has ordered "small quantities" of near-eye displays, suggesting the project is in the exploratory prototyping phase of development. If work on the glasses progresses, they could be released in 2018.

Google Glass

Apple's glasses sound similar to Google Glass, the head-mounted display that Google first introduced in 2013. Google Glass used augmented reality and voice commands to allow users to do things like check the weather, make...

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14:34
MacBook Pro Reviews fly in while Apostle Schiller continue...

The MacBook Pro reviews are coming in fast and furious and most generally like the new MacBook Pro, some not, and the new Touch Bar gets mixed reviews. Beyond the reviews, Phil Schiller or Phil the Philosopher is back on his stump preaching the Gospel of Apple about how touch displays are a temptation of the devil. It reminds me...

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13:42
Apple Highlights Mac Apps Updated With Support for MacBook...

As the new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar begin arriving to customers, Apple has updated the Mac App Store with a featured section highlighting a selection of Mac apps that have been updated with Touch Bar support.

Apple's list includes 14 apps that now work with the Touch Bar, like Day One, OmniGraffle 7, PocketCAS, Mail Designer Pro 3, Focus, and 1Password. Some of the apps, like Final Cut Pro and djay Pro, were previously shown off by Apple on stage when the MacBook Pro was announced.

The scope of Touch Bar support varies by app, but in many apps, once-buried settings and frequently used shortcuts are now available in the Touch Bar, allowing users to speed up their workflows. In djay Pro, for example, the Touch Bar can be used for full music manipulation,...

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13:02
What's New in iOS 10.2 Beta 3: TV App Updates, SOS an...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 10.2 to developers, introducing some notable improvements to the new "TV" app that was introduced in the second iOS 10.2 beta.

As can be seen in the video below, the TV app is more fully functional, with support for the "Up Next" feature that keeps track of what you're watching across multiple devices. TV has now completely replaced the former Videos app in the United States, which has now been eliminated.

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Here's a full list of changes that can be found in iOS 10.2 beta 3:

SOS - The SOS functionality that allowed...

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10:35
New MacBook Pro's Dedicated AMD Graphics Chips Are...

Apple dropped Intel's integrated Iris Pro graphics in favor of dedicated AMD graphics across its entire new 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup, resulting in performance improvements over previous models. Perhaps more interestingly, the switch to AMD provides expanded external display support that desktop users have patiently waited for.

As Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica explains, AMD's Polaris-based Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455, and built-to-order Radeon Pro 460 GPUs in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro support up to six displays, whereas Intel's integrated GPUs affixed to the logic board can drive a total of three displays.

The expanded support...

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10:05
Apple Seeds Third macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of the upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to developers, one week after releasing the second 10.12.2 beta and three weeks following the public release of macOS 10.12.1.

The third macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center and through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store, but the Mac App Store appears to be having trouble updating apps for some people at the moment.

macOS Sierra 10.12.2 includes new emoji, introducing Unicode 9 characters like clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, bacon and more, plus many profession emoji available in both male and...

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09:52
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta of iOS 10.2 and three weeks after releasing iOS 10.1, the first major update to iOS 10.

Registered developers can download iOS 10.2 beta 3 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

iOS 10.2 doesn't have a single main feature like Portrait mode in iOS 10.1, but it does offer several smaller feature tweaks.

New emoji are included the update, such as clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more. There are...

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08:51
Samsung Aggressively Gets into Apple's Face with Move...

Samsung has tried to beat Apple on hardware alone and hasn't been overly successful over the years on that front, especially when Apple took away their phablet advantage with the iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung is now focusing on software to catch up with Apple and hopefully pull ahead at some point in time. First it was Viv or artificial intelligence and now Harman for telematics.

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08:29
Phil Schiller Says Apple Tested and Rejected Touch Screen...

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, recently continued the company's stance against turning its desktop and laptop devices into touch screen-enabled computers, which some customers believe could be advantageous additions to the macOS platform. With the new addition of the "Touch Bar" on the MacBook Pro line, seen by some as a potential step towards a full-on Mac touch screen, many Apple executives have come out saying this isn't the case.

Speaking with Backchannel, Schiller has now stated that a multi-touch display on a MacBook "wouldn't be enough," because it would begin a divide between MacBook and...

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08:19
First Customers Begin to Receive New MacBook Pro With Touc...

The calendar has turned to Monday, delivery trucks have hit the streets, and the first customers around the world are now beginning to receive Apple's new MacBook Pro with the all-new Touch Bar. Orders began shipping over the weekend, with deliveries starting today and continuing into next week for the earliest adopters.

A number of MacRumors readers are beginning to unbox their shiny new Mac, including user WayneShorter, who shared the above photo in our 2016 MacBook Pro order/shipping discussion topic. Likewise, Reddit user Xales received his new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar as seen below a few hours ago.

Those still...

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07:38
iPhone 7 Demand Has 'Peaked' as Shipments Foreca...

Just two months after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launched, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes demand for the smartphones has "peaked" in line with a significant monthly shipment decline starting in November.

Kuo predicted Apple's overseas suppliers will revise down their iPhone shipments by 5-15% in November-December due to lower-than-expected demand stemming from a lack of significant improvements.As the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, which accounts for a higher share of iPhone shipments, is in stock in the main global markets, we believe overall iPhone shipments have peaked. We think iPhone shipment forecasts will be revised down due to: (1) lower-than-expected demand due to a lack of spec surprises in the 4.7-inch iPhone 7; and (2) shorter times for delivering online orders of 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which implies slowing demand. We note that the out-of-...

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07:02
New MacBook Pro Reviews Mixed as Touch Bar Called Everythi...

Apple has started shipping its new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to customers just as reviews of the all-new 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks are hitting the web. The reviews provide a closer look at the Touch Bar and whether or not the new MacBook Pro is a suitable upgrade for those with older models.

The new MacBook Pro's headline feature is the Touch Bar (Image: The Verge)

Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica said he "liked the Touch Bar a lot," calling it "more convenient to use" than a traditional row of function keys. However, he noted the Touch Bar's usefulness depends entirely on the apps you use and, to a lesser extent, how you use your computer.

If you primarily use the MacBook Pro with a...

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05:34
Chinese State Publication Warns President Elect Trump that...

Last week China appeared to be threatening U.S. tech companies with word of their new legislation coming in June 2017. With President Elect Trump wanting to push back against China's monetary manipulation and unfair trade practices, a Chinese state publication sent a message out to President Elect Trump that they have the cards to hurt the U.S. in any trade war.

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01:33
Revamped Google Play Music Streams Content Based on User L...

Google today announced an overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming platform, with new contextually aware, opt-in music recommendation features that promise a more personal music listening experience.

Building on its stated aim of helping users find the right music for any moment, Google says the fresh take on its streaming service is "smarter, easier to use, and much more assistive", thanks in large part to deeper integration with machine learning technology that allows it to offer content based on user location, time of day, current activity, and music preferences.

Central to the overhaul is a redesigned home screen that Google likens to "the ultimate personal DJ", which learns what you like to listen to and when you like to listen to it, presenting content accordingly. Examples...

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Sunday November 13

13:27
Microsoft, Apple and Google Aim to Extend Touch Technologi...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft about a new embedded sensor system that will allow touch controls to extend beyond traditional devices like a notebook touchpad through to clothing, in-home appliances, vehicle dashboards and steering wheels, a future Xbox controller, HoloLens and beyond. Apple, on the other hand, has already brought embedded touch controls to their Magic Mouse and ...

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Saturday November 12

14:30
Samsung sets their Eyes on a Revolutionary Holographic TV

Back in 2015 Patently Mobile posted a report titled "Samsung Considers Quantum Dot Displays for 2020 TVs." Samsung delivered on that promise early and now they're setting their eyes on delivering a Holographic TV experience.

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09:35
Touch Bar MacBook Pro Orders Begin Shipping to Customers

After entering the "Preparing for Shipment" stage on Thursday, the first wave of MacBook Pros with Touch Bars have begun shipping to customers for delivery next week. While Apple is quoting Wednesday, November 16 as the estimated delivery date, UPS is telling some customers that they can expect their new MacBooks on Monday, November 14.

When the Touch Bar MacBook Pros became available for pre-order on October 27 customers received shipping estimates ranging from November 17 to November 25, making UPS' delivery estimates a couple days earlier than expected. Thus far, the majority of the MacBook Pros that have begun shipping have been 15-inch models and custom orders, according to MacRumors readers who have...

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Friday November 11

19:15
Apple Begins Shipping LG UltraFine 4K Displays

A day after the first 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars began shipping to customers, Apple and LG's UltraFine 4K Display has also begun shipping. Shipments are expected to deliver next week, with one MacRumors forum member noting November 15 as their delivery date.

The 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display went up for pre-order at the same time as the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. At the time, delivery dates were estimated to arrive on November 15 at the earliest. Current delivery estimates quote 5 to 6 weeks.

Apple debuted the UltraFine Display at its MacBook Pro event last month in 4K and 5K variations. While the 4K display has...

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Adorama has the new 2016 15″ 2.6GHz Silver Touch Bar MacBook Pro (MLW72LL/A) in stock and available for $2349 including free shipping. Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ only. Their price is $... Read more
13-inch MacBook Airs on sale for up to $180 o...
Overstock.com has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $180 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MMGF2LL/A): $869.99 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (sku... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (MD101LL/A) available for $829, or $270 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook... Read more
Monday roundup of Holiday Mac sales: Up to $3...
Take up to $300 off MSRP on the price of a new Apple Mac at B&H Photo today as part of their Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Touch Bar MacBook Pros are in... Read more
12-inch WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has 12″ WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for up to $50 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 12″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749 $50 off MSRP... Read more
9-inch Apple WiFi iPad Pros on sale for $20-$...
B&H Photo has 9.7″ Apple WiFi iPad Pros on sale for $20-$50 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 9″ Space Gray 256GB WiFi iPad Pro: $779.95 $20 off MSRP... Read more
Holiday sale: Apple MacBook Airs available fo...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MMGF2LL/A): $899 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/... Read more

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Lead *Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple (...
# Lead Apple Solutions Consultant Job Number: 53586123 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Posted: Nov. 28, 2016 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Lead ASC Read more
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