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Thursday June 30

08:52
Apple's 'ResearchKit' and OS X iBooks icon...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks for the OS X iBooks icon and "ResearchKit" that were officially granted on Tuesday. Apple updated ...

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07:19
Apple Music Turns One Year Old With 15 Million Subscribers...

Today marks the one year anniversary of Apple Music, which launched in 110 countries on June 30, 2015. The streaming music service was initially limited to the Mac and iOS devices, and it has since expanded to Apple TV and Android.

Apple's streaming music service, an evolution of the Beats Music service it acquired in 2014, has steadily gained listeners over the past twelve months, reaching over 15 million paying subscribers as of WWDC 2016 earlier this month.

Spotify still remains the world's most popular streaming music service, with roughly twice as many paying subscribers as Apple Music, but the Swedish rival has been available in Europe for nearly eight years and in the U.S. since 2011.

Assuming that Apple Music maintains its current pace of growth, it is reasonable to...

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05:12
Another Apple Waterproofing Invention comes to Light

In 2015 Patently Apple posted an IP report titled "Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future iDevices using Hydrophobic Conformal Coatings and Silicon Seals." One of the features rumored to be associated with Apple's iPhone 7 is waterproofing. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals another waterproofing invention.

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03:46
The Invention behind Apple's Force-Sensing Pencil Sur...

When describing Apple Pencil, Apple states that you could draw lines of any weight by just applying pressure. Today Apple's force-sensing Apple Pencil patent surfaced at the U.S. Patent Office.

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02:02
Microsoft Rumored to be Preparing an iMac Challenger

Last October Patently Apple posted a report titled "With Microsoft launching their First Notebook Today could a Desktop be next? Then this past February we posted a follow-up report titled "Microsoft Invents a Modular Desktop PC to take on Apple's iMac." Today we learn that Microsoft is planning to introduce a new all-in-one PC to take on Apple's iMac.

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01:12
BMW, Intel & Mobileye will Jointly Announce a Driverle...

Senior executives from BMW, Intel and Mobileye will hold an event on Friday to discuss their new driverless-vehicle initiative

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Wednesday June 29

15:42
Democrats are landing a Few Big Political Hits against App...

"Google, Apple and Amazon aren’t just giant tech companies. They’re giant tech companies that use their size to 'snuff out competition.' That’s the charge levied by Elizabeth Warren in a speech the Massachusetts senator delivered today in Washington.

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13:35
Senator Elizabeth Warren Accuses Apple of Trying to '...

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren today gave a speech where she accused Amazon, Apple, and Google of attempting to "snuff out competition" by locking out smaller companies, reports Recode."Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful," Warren said. "But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again."In regard to Apple specifically, Warren said the company has made it difficult for its rivals to offer competitive streaming services able to compete with Apple Music, presumably through the cut that it takes from streaming services like Spotify when people sign up through the iOS app.

To account for Apple's cut,...

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09:59
Forbes Misguided View is that Apple has Missed the AI Revo...

Jon Markman, a contributor to Forbes has posted an article today titled "Apple's Problems Are Worse Than You Think." Markman writes that "Apple became a consumer electronics titan because it correctly saw touch as the next computing paradigm. In tandem with Google, it won. Yet, times change.

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09:56
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers and Pub...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the third beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

Today's iOS 9.3.3 beta update can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (developer only) or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues unearthed since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug...

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09:26
Apple Supplier Cirrus Logic Releases Kit for Creating Ligh...

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has announced a new MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" accessory makers quickly develop Lightning-based headphones.

The development kit, available through Apple's MFi Program, includes a form factor reference design and other resources to help MFi licensees create Lightning-based headphones. A reference iOS app is also available.The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets. For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-...

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08:42
Many Apple Watch Bands and Bundles Currently Listed as...

Over the past few weeks, some Apple Watch wearers have noticed that a growing portion of Apple's band inventory has been marked as "sold out," with many styles, sizes, and colors, now included in that group.

While Apple has made it clear that its first foray into fashion accessories will follow a "seasonal" cycle, with certain styles leaving its store forever once sold out, the array of bands unavailable on the store paints an erratic picture of shortages from all three of the Apple Watch's seasonal collections: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

Tracked in the U.S. on both Apple.com and the Apple Store iOS app [...

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07:50
Samsung to Capitalize on First OLED-Based iPhone in 2017

Samsung Display will remain the global leader among AMOLED display suppliers over the next few years, with shipments estimated to increase to 560 million units by 2019, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes Research.

Samsung Electronics, which produces the company's lineup of Android-based Galaxy smartphones, is expected to remain Samsung Display's largest customer over the next few years, with its in-house AMOLED panel demand projected to grow from 239 million units in 2016 to 290 million units in 2019.

Apple is rumored to release its first OLED-based iPhone in 2017, moving away from traditional LCD technology it has used since 2007 for at least one iPhone model. The report estimates that Samsung Display will supply Apple with 40...

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07:28
Apple, Microsoft and Google are ready to Battle it out wit...

Apple has been granted a series of 3D depth camera patents since May (one, two, three and four) that could work with future Macs and Apple TV to detect in-air gestures to control an interface, support virtual keyboards and be a part of a possible future facial recognition system very much like Windows Hello that works today with Intel's RealSense camera. Both PC's and Macs are likely to take advantage of this technology over the next few years. Windows got the leap on Apple ...

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05:17
Uber Debuts Safety-Focused Update, Citing Positive Impact...

Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, ride hailing app Uber today announced a suite of safety improvements for its driver app, aimed at "predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road." The update comes in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governor's Highway Safety Association, and focuses on parsing out more information to the company's drivers to ensure the safety of its customers.

As part of the update, Uber will send out daily reports to drivers with detailed statistics showing their driving patterns, as well as comparisons to other drivers in the city, "with suggestions on how to provide a smoother, safer ride." According to a more detailed report in the company's engineering blog, multiple readings taken from GPS and accelerometer data in the smartphone will fuel these statistics, and also...

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04:36
Apple Could Introduce a 3D Touch iPhone Home Button by 201...

In February Patently Apple posted a patent report detailing a 3D Touch Home Button, one that would appear flat on the surface of an iOS device like the iPhone as noted in our cover graphic. Yesterday analyst Cowen and Company said that ..

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Tuesday June 28

17:07
Apple Modeling Apple Music Exclusive Content After ‘MTV in...

Apple has consistently been securing exclusive content, like Drake's latest album "Views", Taylor Swift's "The 1989 World Tour" concert film and music videos from The Weeknd and Eminem. In a new feature from Rolling Stone, Larry Jackson, Apple Music's head of original content, said the goal of securing that exclusive content is to put the service "at the intersection of all things relevant in pop culture."

Jackson says that the model is "MTV in its Eighties and Nineties heyday. You always felt that Michael Jackson or Britney Spears lived there. How do you emotionally conjure up that feeling for people?"Apple's...

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15:33
iPhone 7 Again Rumored to Have Flush, Touch-Sensitive Home...

Apple may be planning to introduce a Force Touch home button on the iPhone 7, according to analysts at Cowen and Company (via Business Insider). Citing supply chain "field checks," Cowen and Company predicts the iPhone 7 will do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple's Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.

Cowen and Company has a mixed track record, but it's worth noting that we've heard two other rumors about a redesigned home button on the iPhone 7. In April, ...

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14:05
Hands-On With the New 'Face Gallery' for Apple W...

In iOS 10, there's a new Face Gallery in the Watch app, which is designed to let users customize their Apple Watch faces in watchOS 3 right from their iPhones. Tweaking an Apple Watch face from an awkward angle on a wrist and on a tiny screen can be a hassle, making the Face Gallery a welcome addition to the Watch app.

Face Gallery is accessible through the Watch app in iOS 10, available via a new "Face Gallery" tab, which replaces "Explore" and "Featured" tabs that have been combined into a new "App Store" tab.

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"My Watch," the section the Watch app opens to, has been updated with a direct view of all the faces you've added to your Apple Watch,...

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13:20
Apple Invites Retail Employees in Wheelchairs to Test watc...

Apple last week sent out a memo to employees, inviting those in wheelchairs to help the company test an upcoming watchOS 3 feature that adds a dedicated wheelchair mode to the Apple Watch.

With the wheelchair setting, Activity options can be customized for wheelchair users. Wheelchair pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals, there are wheelchair-specific workouts, and the "time to stand" reminders are replaced with "time to roll" reminders.

During the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple said wheelchair tracking had been in development for months through a partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which saw 300 people in wheelchairs participating in more than 3,000 hours of activity research, and the beta testing period will give Apple more time to refine and perfect the feature.

In its memo...

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11:45
Apple Simplifies 'Trade Up With Installments' iP...

Apple today made some changes to its recently introduced "Trade Up With Installments" payment plan, which is designed to let prospective customers trade in an old iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone, putting the value of the device towards a new 24-month iPhone installment plan.

Previously, Apple's Trade Up program relied on a 24-month installment loan from Apple partner Citizens Bank, but Apple is simplifying the service and instead relying on financing plans handled by carriers. Trading in a device at the Apple Store will now allow the value of the device to be applied to the purchase of a new iPhone from a carrier. Credits can be used to lower the cost of an outright purchase or to reduce monthly payments.

It is no longer necessary to undergo a credit check to trade in a device, nor do customers have to agree to a 24-month...

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10:26
Inventor Sues Apple for More than $13 Billion for ripping-...

Inventor Thomas Ross is suing Apple because the iPhone infringes on his 1992 patent for a device called the Electronic Reading Device. Even though the U.S. Patent and Trademark office officially deemed the patent "abandoned" in 1995 because Ross decided not to renew it and pay for renewal fee, Ross still believes that Apple has to pay for stealing his idea.

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09:00
Weak iPhone 7 Demand Predictions Continue With 'Conse...

Apple "is being more conservative" when placing its orders with chip assembler Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, once again suggesting that the 2016 "iPhone 7" will face a weaker demand in comparison to normal cycles, due to a dearth of hardware innovation in the handset (via Nikkei). Apple wasn't specifically mentioned during ASE's recent shareholder meeting, but a reference to "the big client in the U.S." overtly ties in with Apple, which contributed 31.2 percent of ASE's $8.73 billion revenue in 2015.

"The big client in the U.S. is a little more conservative when placing orders this year," said Tien Wu, ASE's chief operating officer, ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting.

"In the smartphone market, meanwhile, other players besides Apple are more aggressive regarding booking chips this...

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08:55
Apple is a 'Powder Keg' Waiting to Explode to th...

According to a new financial report this morning, "Cowen & Co.’s Timothy Arcuri writes that Apple is a 'powder keg' waiting to go boom, in a good way, as regards the iPhone, and that 'it pays to get involved and wait it out.'

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08:30
Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS Devices...

Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992."What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit. He further imagined that it could include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be...

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07:17
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPhone 5s Desi...

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 design patents for the iPhone 5s, the Apple Watch Leather loop band and utility patent covering liquid metal blocks.

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06:37
New 3D Touch Action in iOS 10 Lets You Prioritize App Down...

After a few weeks of new iOS 10 features slowly being discovered by beta testers, one new 3D Touch-enabled shortcut was stumbled upon recently that will let users prioritize the bulk download of apps. When more than one app is installing, users on iOS 10 can 3D Touch to select "Prioritize Download" and temporarily pause the installation of other apps while the selected one gains favor.

On devices running iOS 9 and earlier, bulk downloads require users to run through every app downloading and tap to pause them, leaving only their favored app downloading. Apple's streamlined process in iOS 10 should greatly alleviate the frustration in moments where multiple apps are waiting to be downloaded and installed onto...

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05:18
Apple Wins a Patent for an Infrared Camera System that Ori...

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 an Apple invention that pointed to the coming indoor GPS trend that is about to come to market first with the Lenovo-Google Tango smartphone this fall. The second aspect of this invention caused a massive roar from techies who were upset with the camera being able to block smartphone video recording at concerts.

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04:09
Apple Granted Patent for Controlling Apple TV's User...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a 3D GUI Gaze-Enhanced Virtual Touchscreen." The patent covered a computer system that could implement a non-tactile three-dimensional (3D) user interface. We updated the report to also show that the system hints at having a dimension to it that resembles HP's Sprout computer. Today, a second Apple/PrimeSense 3D camera patent has been granted that illustrates how it could possibly working with Apple TV in the future to control iTunes content for music, movies, photos and more.

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