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Friday September 8

Barclays Proposes Apple Could Lessen iPhone 8 Pricing Impa...

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

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

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

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

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Apple Supplier TSMC Enjoys 28.4% Revenue Increase for Augu...

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

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

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

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Thursday September 7

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

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

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OLED iPhone 8 Rumored to Ship Sometime After Standard iPho...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AirPods Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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iPhone 8 Manufacturing Issues May Lead to Extended Supply...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iPhone 7 Modded to Include Fully Functional 3.5mm Headphon...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Apple Patent Reveals Possible Future use of Biometrics for...

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

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Apple Invents an Apple Store Retail Box with Retractable H...

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

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Wednesday September 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four More TV Execs Join Apple's Video Content Team

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

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

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

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Apple Developer Site Down as Developers Report Possible Ha...

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

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

All my teams on Developer Member Center at @apple are registered in Russia. Nice.

— Dal Rupnik (@TheLegoless) September 6, 2017

It's not clear what's...

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Apple and Ireland will choose the investment managers hold...

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

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

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

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

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

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Samsung's OLED Display Monopoly May Explain iPhone 8...

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

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

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

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Apple Files for 'Live Titles' and 'GymKit...

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

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

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

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Apple Looking to Purchase 'James Bond' Film Dist...

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

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

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

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

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Steve Jobs Theater Includes Custom-Made Rotating Elevators...

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

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

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Apple Beats Samsung in Smartphone Sales in China and More...

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

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

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

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Apple Continues to Prepare the Steve Jobs Theater for Next...

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

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Tuesday September 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Cook visiting Fenway Park in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Pledges Support to Employees Affected b...

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

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

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

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The iFixit Teardown for Andy Rubin's 'Essential...

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

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Samsung is working with Harman Kardon to Deliver a Market...

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

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

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

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The Era of Apple Music Festivals in London Ends

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

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Apple Granted 44 Patents today covering Apple Pencil for i...

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

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Monday September 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple Ends Its Annual Music Festival in London

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

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

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

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Beats Launching New Studio3 Wireless Headphones With Pure...

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

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

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

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Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones with Pure ANC can be pre...

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

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Microsoft Invents Deformable Sensors for use in future Sur...

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

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A Microsoft Patent Shows that a Smartwatch with Smart Band...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed their work on a possible future Windows smartwatch. While the body of the watch will naturally contain vital components, users will also be able to add functionality by snapping specialty modules into the watch band as presented in our report. This very concept mirrors one that Apple is also attempting to patent.

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It's Circus Time: Apple Competitors race to discredit...

The Asian press is obsessed about reporting that the iPhone X will ship late as if that's a failure rather than a strategic move on Apple's part. While the iPhone 8 will be on track to ship in September, it's special anniversary iPhone that will debut with the latest features such as a larger OLED display and 3D facial recognition may begin sales later in the quarter. Yet in the bigger picture we must remind ourselves that we're now seeing the smartphone circus rolling into town and Apple's competitors will be trying every trick in the book to discourage consumers from buying a new iPhone.

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Korean Court Rejects Qualcomm's Request to Suspend an...

As 2016 was coming to a close Patently Apple posted a report titled "Korea's Antitrust Agency Hits Qualcomm with Record $865 Million Fine for Excessive Licensing Fees to Phone Makers." Our report noted that the agency accused Qualcomm of coercing mobile phone makers, including South Korea's Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics as well as Apple of U.S., to pay excessive licensing fees under unfair conditions set by the company. Today we're learning that a South Korean court rejected Qualcomm's request to suspend an order by the country's antitrust agency to take corrective action on the way it licenses patents.

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Optical Plastics & Semiconductor Material Suppliers in...

Two reports of Apple's supply chain having strong revenue growth for July were reported on in August (one and two). With Apple expected to launch its new iPhone on September 12, Taiwan players in Apple's smartphone supply chain are warming up to embrace a new round of business boom ...

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Sunday September 3

Tim Cook Says 250 Apple Employees Are 'Dreamers'...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday tweeted that Apple employs 250 so-called "dreamers," or individuals who were brought to the United States at a young age when their parents or guardians illegally immigrated to the country.

Image: Nicholas Kamm/Associated Free Press/Getty Images

"I stand with them," said Cook. "They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values."

250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017

Cook's tweet comes shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether he will end the...

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Apple's CEO Revealed Sunday that 250 of their Employe...

ABC News reported on Friday that hundreds of major business leaders signed an open letter Thursday night encouraging President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Apple's CEO confirmed on Sunday that Apple employs ...

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Apple wins an Industrial Design Patent for a 'Credenz...

Earlier today Patently Apple discovered a European Patent Office database entry for an Industrial Design Patent for a 'Credenza' issued by the Canadian Patent Office in late August. Canada registered the design under number 164717. The design appears to be

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Secretive Apple Tries to Open Up On AI

The battle for artificial-intelligence expertise is forcing Apple Inc. to grapple with its famous penchant for secrecy...

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Apple Wins 7 Design Patents for their Ragingly Popular Air...

On Wednesday Research firm NPD reported on the state of the wireless earbud market in the retail space and their findings were simply staggering. Even though companies like Sony, Bose, Bragi and Doppler Labs are in this wireless earbud space, Apple thus far this year holds an 85% market share lead. On Friday the Hong Kong Patent Office officially granted Apple seven design patents, 56 patent figures in total, for AirPods.

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'iPhone 8' May Include Option to Activate Siri B...

In the absence of a physical Home button, Apple's so-called "iPhone 8" may allow users to activate Siri by holding down the Sleep/Wake button if they prefer not to do so using the voice command "Hey Siri". That's according to iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, based on a discovery he has made in source code that points to the possibility.

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Rambo said he wondered if Apple had moved any of the original Home button's functionality to the "lock" button (or Sleep/Wake, as Apple calls it) located on the upper right side of the handset. When asked by a follower if he had found something in Apple's code to suggest this, Rambo revealed that he had indeed discovered a gesture to invoke Siri by holding the lock button.

It's unclear what type of code Rambo refers to, but the Brazilian...

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Saturday September 2

An Apple Patent introduces us to a Different Kind of Wirel...

Apple has a large portfolio of patents covering wireless charging from charging plates to using millimeter wave technology through to inductive charging systems using advanced plug connectors. This week a major inductive charging system patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office that's one of the most elaborate that I've seen to date. This wireless inductive system doesn't use an inductive charging pad, it uses a new kind of ...

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Apple Reinvents Force Touch to Address Devices with bases...

On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to electronic devices that use a dynamic or variable threshold to detect a force input. Today Apple's Force Touch used on iDevices is generally stable because it's either being held by a user or it's resting on a stable surface. Apple's engineers have reinvented Force Touch to work with future devices that may not have a stable base such as an iPad sitting a future metal stand that pivots. The thresholds have to automatically adjust so that less pressure is needed to activate Force Touch features.

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Friday September 1

Leaked Apple Document Outlines Apple's iPhone Repair...

A leaked Apple "Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide" shared this afternoon by Business Insider provides some insight into how Apple's repair policies work, highlighting how Apple determines when to offer an in-warranty repair, an out-of-warranty repair, or a denial of service.

Dated March 3, 2017, the document is known internally as the "VMI" and covers the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, along with Plus models. An Apple technician told Business Insider that there's a similar document for all of its products, and that it's generally used for training.

The guide is divided into three sections. The green section denotes problems where Apple will provide a warranty service, the yellow covers issues where Apple will offer out-of-warranty repairs, and the red section contains examples of issues Apple will refuse to fix.


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Apple's Audio Engineers are at it again, this time th...

Over the summer the US Patent & Trademark Office has published a string of patent applications from Apple that relate to next generation audio systems of one kind or another from the HomePod through to elaborate multi-speaker systems for home theaters. Yesterday a fifth patent application came to light at USPTO and this time Apple's audio engineers have invented a new FaceTime audio system focused on group conferences with family members or colleagues.

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Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the ninth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers for testing purposes, four days after seeding the eighth beta and more than two months after introducing the new software at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The ninth beta of macOS High Sierra can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

macOS High Sierra builds on features first introduced in macOS Sierra, focusing on new storage, video, and graphics technology. It brings a new Apple File System (APFS), High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), and an updated version of Metal with support for VR and external GPUs.

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Will Apple's 3D Facial Recognition System Really be S...

Apple will be rolling out their iPhone X with an OLED Display and an all-new 3D face side camera that will be used for Facial Recognition authentication. Older technologies were easily fooled with a simple photo of a person. The next-generation of facial recognition will use a 3D camera with a mix of custom algorithms to ensure that the one staring at the camera is actually a real living person. This generation of facial recognition is now elaborately being promoted at a KFC restaurant in China as our cover graphic clearly illustrates. Yet the nagging question remains. Is it really a secure system?

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Apple in Talks with Iconic Movie Studio behind such Films...

It's being reported by The Financial Times today that Apple is eyeing The Culver Studios where films like Gone with the Wind and The Matrix were shot, as a base for its big push into Hollywood productions. That would be a major leap forward in the minds of those in the industry and for Apple fans wanting Apple to finally take their Apple TV dream to the next level.

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Apple Acknowledges Siri Leadership Has Officially Moved Fr...

Apple has updated its executive profiles to acknowledge that software engineering chief Craig Federighi now officially oversees development of Siri. The responsibility previously belonged to Apple's services chief Eddy Cue.

Craig Federighi is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Craig oversees the development of iOS, macOS, and Siri. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple’s innovative products, including the user interface, applications and frameworks.Apple's leadership page is only now reflecting Federighi's role as head of Siri, but the transition has been apparent for several months, based on recent interviews and stage appearances at Apple's keynotes.

At WWDC 2016, for example, Federighi and Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller...

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Interesting Information Surrounding Apple's Last Minu...

On Wednesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Bain Capital along with Apple Offer Last-Ditch Bid for Toshiba's Memory Chip Business." The report noted that a consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple Inc had offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba Corp's prized memory chip unit worth $18 billion. Apparently the new bid has turned the bidding into a whole new phase that was unexpected. Today we learn a little more about Apple's involvement.

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Apple Eyes Lease at The Culver Studios, Bidding on Drama S...

Apple is reportedly seeking to move its original content division to an iconic California studio where movies like Gone With The Wind and The Matrix were shot, in order to serve as a base for its big push into Hollywood production.

According to the Financial Times, Apple is interested in leasing space at The Culver Studios, which was built by silent movie pioneer Thomas Ince and counts RKO, Howard Hughes and Cecil B DeMille among its former owners. The studio is close to Sony Pictures' studio lot in Culver City, as well as Beats, the audio group Apple bought two years ago.

Image via WikipediaLeasing at The Culver Studios would give Apple room to expand, as it hires top Hollywood talent, according to three people familiar with the discussions. The site has...

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Apple Files for 'Apple Pay Cash' & 'App...

Two years before there were any rumors of Apple based peer-to-peer payments app, Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." Prior to iOS 11 debuting during their special Apple event scheduled for September 12, Apple filed two trademark applications regarding 'Apple Pay Cash' with one being in figurative form late yesterday in Europe. At the same time they also filed for the 'Apple Clips' trademark.

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Samsung's President of Consumer Electronics Surprisin...

Amid mounting uncertainty over the future of Samsung, with its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong in jail, the world’s largest chip and handset maker has recently lost a business opportunity to acquire an artificial intelligence technology company, said one of the top brass of the company late Thursday. This revelation is shocking to have been made public and is likely a precursor to the company taking legal steps to side step Chairman Lee's authority while he's imprisoned.

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Sharp Introduces 8K TVs at the IFA Show in Germany Proving...

In July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn's Terry Gou Announces Plan for a $10 Billion LCD Plant in Wisconsin Hiring 13,000 Workers at $53,000/year." It was here where Foxconn's chairman revealed that the Wisconsin plant was going to make 8K TVs. Yesterday Sharp introduced the world's first 8K TV proving that Foxconn vision for the Wisconsin plant is on the right track

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Apple Files Trademark Application for Apple Pay Cash Peer-...

Apple has filed a trademark application in Europe for Apple Pay Cash, the company's new iMessage-based peer-to-peer payments service coming with iOS 11.

Unearthed by tech blog LetsGoDigital, the application was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on Thursday and is classified as "computer software for use in connection with electronic payment and funds transfers".

By integrating with iMessage in iOS 11, Apple Pay Cash will enable users to make person to person payments right from within chat threads. To send a cash payment, the user authenticates it with Touch ID (or perhaps via facial authentication on the upcoming "iPhone 8") on their iOS device or Apple Watch.

Money received using the service goes on to an auto-generated virtual Apple Pay cash card, similar to a...

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Thursday August 31

Apple invents another Series of Haptic Mice but has yet to...

Looking at some of the last reviews of Apple's Magic Mouse 2 and at Apple forums, it's clear that haptics have never come to market as hoped for. In fact Apple's Magic Mouse 2 hasn't been updated in close to two years. The good news is that the odds for an update are extremely high within the next year, so the long wait may be over soon enough. Apple's latest patent title makes it clear that they're serious about bringing haptics and force touch to the next version of the Magic Mouse.

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iPhone 8 Roundup: New iPhones are coming September 12!

Apple today sent out invites for an upcoming event on at its Apple Park campus, confirming that we'll be seeing new iPhones on September 12.

We're expecting three iPhones this year -- a 5.8-inch nearly bezel-free OLED premium model with facial recognition and no Home button, a standard 4.7-inch iPhone, and a standard 5.5-inch iPhone. All three will feature wireless charging, upgraded processors, camera improvements, and more.

For a complete look at what to expect on September 12, make sure to check out our full iPhone roundup. It features part leaks, dummy models, design mockups, and all the rumors we've heard about the new devices so far.


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Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers [Update: Pu...

Apple today seeded the ninth beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, just a few days after releasing the eighth beta and more than two months after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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

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

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Apple confirms the iPhone Event at the Steve Jobs Theater

On Monday we posted a report titled "Multiple Sources Report that Apple's Anniversary iPhone Event is Set for September 12," and today Apple officially sent out invitations confirming the date and more importantly ....

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Apple Reveals all-new iDevice Case Concepts for iPad &...

It's been a while since we've seen a fresh new accessory patent from Apple and today the US Patent & Trademark Office published one that covers new case concepts for the iPad and iPhone. The more elaborate casing concept covers the iPhone where it uses advanced magnets to hold it in place while upright and even incorporates an embedded keyboard.

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Apple Invites Media to September 12 Event at Apple Park:...

Apple today sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company's new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The media invites offer a first look at the theme of the event and feature the tagline: "Let's meet at our place." (via The Loop)

Apple's fall 2017 event will be its most significant in years thanks to the debut of a radically redesigned iPhone that features an edge-to-edge display, a vertical rear camera, facial recognition capabilities, a much improved processor, and wireless inductive charging functionality. The new iPhone features a display similar in...

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Apple Urges FCC Not to Roll Back Ban on Internet 'Fas...

In a letter submitted during the Restoring Internet Freedom comment period, Apple has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission not to roll back regulations that prevent "paid fast lanes" on the internet.

Image via Apple logo added by MacRumors.Broadband providers should not create paid fast lanes on the internet. Lifting the current ban on paid prioritization arrangements could allow broadband providers to favor the transmission of one provider's content or services (or the broadband provider’s own online content or services) over other online content, fundamentally altering the internet as we know it today—to the detriment of consumers, competition, and innovation.Apple warns that paid fast lanes could result in an "internet with distorted competition" based on an online provider's ability or willingness to pay, which in turn could put some customers in the "slow lane."Consumers today...

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Nearly Half of All Smartwatches Shipped Last Quarter Were...

Apple Watch was the world's most popular smartwatch by a significant margin last quarter, with an estimated 49.6 percent market share in the April-June period, according to data shared with MacRumors by research firm IDC.

In other words, the Apple Watch accounted for just under half of all smartwatches shipped in the June quarter.

IDC estimates Apple Watch shipments totaled 3.4 million units in the quarter, well ahead of runner-up Samsung's estimated 800,000 smartwatches shipped. Garmin trailed in third place with an estimated 600,000 shipments.

IDC: worldwide smartwatch shipments (units in millions)

Strategy Analytics estimated Apple Watch shipments totaled 2.8 million units last quarter, which is 600,000 lower, so there is clearly some discrepancy between the datasets. As it stands, only Apple knows exactly how many it's sold.

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Three Major Smart Fabric Patents Surfaced today Focusing o...

Apple has a few standing patent application in regards to using future smart fabrics for various devices such as a MacBook, Apple Watch band, iMacs, headphones, iPhone and beyond. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published three new major smart fabric patent applications titled Fabric Sensing Device; 3D Fabric with Embedded Input-Output Devices; and Fabric with Embedded Electrical Components. As noted in our cover graphic, the main patent covers smart fabrics that could be used in next-gen wearables in the form of clothing, purses, bags, pockets and more. The other patents reveal that smart fabrics may one day apply to iDevices, Macs, TVs, Headsets, vehicle car seats, sofas, office furniture and far beyond.

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Apple May Launch Galaxy Note 8-Sized iPhone With 6.4-Inch...

While a few weeks remain until Apple is expected to unveil the so-called iPhone 8, widely rumored to be its first smartphone with an OLED display, the rumor mill has already turned its attention to next year.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 next to iPhone mockup by Benjamin Geskin

South Korea's ETNews, citing unnamed industry sources, claims Apple is working with Samsung Display and its other suppliers on the development of next-generation OLED displays in 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch sizes.

The report said the displays are expected to be used in new iPhone models released in 2018, although Apple's plans could change.

With a nearly 6.5 inch display, the so-called iPhone 9 would have an even larger screen than the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8 introduced earlier this month...

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Chinese Regulators are now reviewing an Antitrust Complain...

A formal complaint against Apple that was filed in early August on behalf of 28 local developers is now being seriously reviewed by Chinese regulators

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Apple Reveals Apple Pencil for iPhone with Notifications o...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Two more Apple Patent Filings point to Apple Pencil Eventually working with a Future iPhone." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that once again proves that the Apple Pencil is destined to work with future iPhones; it's just a matter of when Apple thinks it's time to bring it to market. Today's invention focuses on a notification system alerting users when to change the tip so as to avoid damaging the iPhone's display.

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Apple Rumored to be introducing 5.85" and 6.46"...

In May the Korea Herald reported that Samsung Display signed a second deal for 2018 iPhones. Apple's future iPhone 9 is rumored to include two models including one with a 5.28" OLED display and their higher-end coming with a 6.46" OLED display. Today the Herald is updating their news about the size of Apple's smaller iPhone 9 model and more.

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Wednesday August 30

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Raised Over $3 Million for Hurrica...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out an email to Apple employees addressing Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that it's wrought in areas of southeast Texas and Louisiana.

Cook says Apple has helped raise over $3 million for relief efforts, both through its own donations and donations from Apple customers.

Apple on Sunday began accepting donations from its website and iTunes Store, with the money going directly to the American Red Cross to support people affected by catastrophic flooding. Cook's full email is below, courtesy of BuzzFeed.As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact on Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts are with our employees in the storm zone and the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by rain, wind and floods. I want to...

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Apple Informs Chinese e-Commerce Sites that Pisen Products...

One of the largest electronics parts makers in China by the name of Pisen has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, claiming that a mandatory certification program from the Cupertino, California-based technology giant is a form of "unfair competition" in the data cable market.

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An Autonomous Vehicle Startup in Menlo Park California cal...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report that covered a new low key project for Apple's Titan team involving a self-driving shuttle service transferring employees from one Apple building to another. Today we're learning that 17 Titan team members have defected to a new Menlo Park autonomous vehicle startup called Zoox

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Autonomous Vehicle Startup Zoox Snags 17 Former Apple Auto...

Seventeen automotive engineers who previously worked for Apple left the company to join self-driving startup Zoox following Apple's shift away from developing a full autonomous car, reports Bloomberg.

The group of engineers, who originally came to Apple from several Detroit carmakers and suppliers among other automotive companies, are said to specialize in designing hardware like braking and suspension systems.

One of the Lexus SUVs Apple is using to test its self-driving software

Many engineers who were recruited for Apple's car project left as Apple pivoted away from developing its own autonomous vehicle and instead began work on an autonomous driving system. Under the leadership of Bob Mansfield, the "Project Titan" car team is now developing autonomous software and testing that software out on the road in...

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Berkshire Hathaway owns 2.5% of Apple and Buffet has never...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Warren Buffet says Apple is their Second-Biggest Holding because they have 'Quite a Sticky Product'." Back then Buffet noted that Berkshire's stake in Apple stood at 133 million shares. We learn today from a CNBC interview that Berkshire owns ..

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Samsung Announces Two New Smart Watches and New Wire-Free...

Samsung today held an event at the IFA trade show in Berlin, where the company introduced two new smart watches and a second-generation version of its Gear IconX wireless earbuds. The two new watches come just weeks ahead of the prospective launch date of Apple's third-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to feature LTE as its main selling point.

The new Samsung Gear Sport is positioned as a fitness-focused smart watch with a round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 AMOLED display and a 20mm strap, making it one of Samsung's slimmest smart watches. It features an improved interface, "military-level durability," and comes in two colors - blue and black.

Inside, there's a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 4GB storage space, 768MB RAM, a 300mAh battery, and the traditional sensors, including a heart rate...

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iPhone Chip Supplier TSMC Urges the Taiwanese Government t...

Chairman Morris Chang of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the sole supplier of the key chip for Apple's upcoming iPhones, urged the Taiwanese government Wednesday to provide local companies with ..

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Samsung Unveiled New Gear Sport Smartwatch, Gear Fit2 Spor...

Prior to the Apple Watch 3 debuting in September, Samsung Electronics America today introduced three new devices to its wearable portfolio: Gear Sport (cover graphic), a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant; Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS fitness band with smart features; and Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s cord free earbuds.

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Microsoft breaks down the AI Wall with Cortana Communicati...

Today Amazon and Microsoft announced that Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa. You will be able to turn to your Echo device and say, "Alexa, open Cortana," or turn to your Windows 10 device and say, "Cortana, open Alexa." One day Apple's Siri will be joining the united nations of AI

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Here's What the Status Bar and iPad-Style Dock Could...

Earlier today, well-connected Apple reporter Mark Gurman said the so-called "iPhone 8" will have a thin software-based bar along the bottom of the home screen, controlled by gestures, in lieu of a physical home button.

Gurman also said the Dock, which houses up to four commonly used apps, will be redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11. Above it, there will still be six rows of apps, with up to 24 apps per page.

The status bar is said to be split into left and right sides, which some Apple employees supposedly call "ears" internally. By default, the left side shows the time, while the right side displays Wi-Fi, signal bars, and battery life.

With those details in mind, graphic designer Olivier Charavel created a mockup of what the Home screen could look like on...

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Apple Strategically Decides to Accept 'WeChat Pay...

There was noise last week that Apple not offering WeChat on iPhones was one of the reasons for Apple's fall to the fifth position in the Chinese market with Oppo, Vivo, Huewai and Xiaomi overtaking them. While the story from China's 'The Star' appears to have been propaganda against Apple, we learn now that perhaps there was a missing element not articulated in the original Chinese report. A Shanghaiist report published yesterday confirmed that 'WeChat Pay' can now be used in Apple's App Store. It's great timing before the new iPhones debut in just weeks.

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Apple to Surprise the Market by Introducing In-Air Gesture...

Patently Apple has been reporting on Apple's long list of 3D depth camera patents for years that has on many occasions included the future use of hand gestures to control aspects of a device's user interface – be it iOS, macOS or even watchOS. In June we posted a report titled "Apple Working on a Future Hand Gesturing Interface to Control Gaming, Apple TV and Home Appliances." In January we posted a report titled "Apple Wins a Patent for a 3D Camera System for Controlling Games, Apps and Possibly Facial Recognition." Now we're learning that indeed Apple is likely to add another exciting dimension to their next-gen iPhones with in-air gesturing controls next month.

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Apple Outsmarted Google by Focusing on AR for Smartphones...

Without a doubt the buzz generated from the Wingnut AR demo at Apple WWDC 2017 keynote blew everyone away. Since that time there have been many developers jumping in with examples of their AR experiments (one and two). In June Apple's CEO told Businessweek that he's so excited about the future of Augmented Reality that he wants to scream. Now Google is introducing ARCore in an effort to steal the thunder surrounding Apple's ARKit. But in round one, Apple will by a TKO.

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iOS 11 Dock and Gesture Controls to Replace 'iPhone 8...

Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" could rely entirely on gesture controls for carrying out tasks like navigating to the home screen and opening the new multitasking App Switcher in iOS 11, a new report on Wednesday claimed.

Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button – including even a virtual one – in favor of touch-based gestures, according to images of the new OLED iPhone viewed by Bloomberg and people familiar with the device.

Across the bottom of the screen there’s a thin, software bar in lieu of the home button. A user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone. When inside an app, a similar gesture starts multitasking. From here, users can continue to flick upwards to close the app and go back to the home screen. An animation in testing sucks the app back into its icon. The multitasking interface has been...

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Bain Capital along with Apple Offer Last-Ditch Bid for Tos...

A consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple Inc has offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba Corp’s prized memory chip unit worth $18 billion, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The same NHK reported back in June that the Bain was the preferred bid for Toshiba.

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Development Operations and Site Reliability E...
Development Operations and Site Reliability Engineer, Apple Payment Gateway Job Number: 57572631 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jul. 27, 2017 Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Instructional Designer, *Apple* Product Doc...
Job Summary The Apple Product Documentation team is looking for an instructional designer or a video editor to write user documentation for its professional video Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
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