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Thursday December 29

13:41
In Apple's Wearable Device Universe you'll one d...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to an overview of their wearable mobile device vision. Yet there was one aspect of their vision that took me totally by surprise. Apple not only envisions being able to interchange wearable bands with differing materials and clasps but also to eventually provide interchangeable bodies...

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13:20
Here's a Detailed Aerial Photograph of Apple Campus 2

Apple's spaceship-shaped campus in Cupertino, California is nearing completion, and most of the ring-shaped main structure and auxiliary buildings have been finished.

We've seen monthly drone updates of the location during the construction period, letting us keep an eye on Apple's progress, and now SkyIMD has created a neat high-resolution aerial mosaic that gives an incredibly detailed overall view of the nearly-finished campus.

Click here to see a larger high-resolution image on the SkyIMD website

The image depicts the main spaceship building that is the highlight of the campus, with its massive curved glass windows and huge built-in glass doors that open up into a cafeteria area. The aerial photo, composed of ten 100-megapixel images captured with a PhaseOne iXA-RS1000,...

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11:09
Apple Advances the Concept of the Apple Watch's Digit...

In late July Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Considers using a Digital Crown Mechanism for iPad." Then in August another invention covering a Digital Crown for an iDevice discussed and illustrated a far more elaborate concept that could be used with a unique 3D UI whereby the user would be able to rotate an interface-cube with each side containing different information. Today Apple advances the Digital Crown concept on all iDevices with ....

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09:23
New Report Delves Into Inner Workings of Foxconn's Zh...

In a lengthy new article posted online today, The New York Times has delved into the inner workings of Foxconn's major iPhone manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, China, referred to locally as "iPhone City." The article describes how the facility became one of Apple's major global manufacturing plants, as well as the "hidden bounty of perks, tax breaks, and subsidies" uncovered behind the scenes of Foxconn's operations -- negotiations Apple said it is "not a party to."

Looking at the origins of Apple's move to production overseas, the article first details Steve Jobs' decision to manufacture the Macintosh in its facilities in Texas and California in the mid-1980s. Following the company's financial slump in the 1990s, Jobs upon his return made the decision to outsource production in places like China. Partnerships with the likes of Foxconn provided Apple with the "heft and...

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09:21
Senior Indian Government Officials Reportedly meeting with...

In early November Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Politics over Opening an iPhone Plant in India Takes another Twist as Apple Seeks Government Incentives up Front." On December 20 the WSJ basically covered the same news. Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has followed-up on their report with newer information.

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07:38
Apple Reportedly adds third ODM Wistron to Make 2017 iPhon...

Taiwan-based ODM Wistron reportedly has landed next-generation iPhone orders from Apple, making it the third manufacturer of iPhone

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07:12
Another Report Claims that Samsung has the Exclusive OLED...

Patently Apple posted a report back in late April titled "Rumor Claims that Apple Could Sign an Exclusive iPhone OLED Display Contract with Samsung." A new supply chain report today notes that Samsung Display will become the exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for use in Apple's new ...

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06:57
Samsung Again Rumored to Be Exclusive Supplier of 5.8-Inch...

Samsung Display has again been rumored as the exclusive supplier of OLED panels for the 2017 iPhone, according to new claims made by sources in the Taiwan supply chain (via DigiTimes). Back in April, The Korea Herald reported that Samsung would supply Apple with OLED panels in 2017, furthering rumors from as early as January that Apple and Samsung were in talks for an OLED manufacturing partnership.

Next year's iPhone is said to come in 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch sizes, with the last model believed to be the only iPhone with an OLED display. The OLED version's actual touch-sensitive screen real estate may in fact be closer to...

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06:43
Foxconn/Sharp Aim to Grab iPhone Lens Module Business from...

As noted in a report yesterday, Foxconn has been exploring a way to open an iPhone plant in the U.S. since Apple's CEO made the request back in June of this year. They may have found a weakness in the supply chain that they could fill. According to a new Japanese report, Sharp, backed by Foxconn Electronics, is likely to increase its investment in Japan-based lens module maker ....

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05:44
Apple Patent Filing Shows new MacBook Pro Touch Bar Possib...

A new Apple patent filing shows the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar possibly coming to their Magic Keyboard and beyond. While the chosen method ended up being OLED, the history of the patent is based on an entirely different technology

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05:15
iPhone 7's Lack of 'Compelling' Features Co...

In a recent piece by The Wall Street Journal, hardware analyst Stephen Baker commented on the state of holiday sales figures for both Apple and Samsung. While many believed Apple would have it easy this season due to Samsung's Galaxy Note7 crisis, Baker said that "Apple's own lack of a wowing product this year" meant that woeful Note7 owners opted for other high-end Galaxy phones, and not the iPhone 7.

“Most of those who bought or wanted to buy a Note 7 opted for a different high-end Galaxy phone,” Mr. Baker said. “Samsung was able to fend off other Android competition, and Apple, too, thanks to Apple’s own lack of a wowing product this year.” Apple decided to not release the first...

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03:42
Next-Gen AirPods may use a Radically Different Design with...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals next-gen wireless AirPods and wired EarPods that utilizes a new wraparound mechanism for the ear that uses magnets ...

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Wednesday December 28

16:53
Retiring Lead Lawyer in the 2012 Apple v. Samsung Trial sa...

McElhinny closes in on Morrison & Foerster's mandatory retirement age for partners, he has decided to leave the place he's practiced for 40 years. McElhinny was Apple's lead lawyer in the 2012 smartphone "trial of the century."

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15:38
Some AirPod Customers are now Experiencing Wonky Charging...

It was reported earlier today that "Some AirPods Users Facing Battery Drain Issues With Charging Case."

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09:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls AirPods 'A Runaway Success,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook toured the New York Stock Exchange with his nephew this morning, where he took a few moments to do a quick interview with CNBC.

Cook said he couldn't comment on business when asked, but he told the interviewer that Apple has had a "great" holiday season. "It's been a great holiday," he said.

When questioned about Apple's recently released AirPods and the lack of available stock, Cook called the AirPods a "runaway success." "We're making them just as fast as we can," he said.

Introduced in mid-December, the first AirPods began shipping out to customers during the week of December 19th, the first day retail stores began...

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08:30
TSMC Refutes DigiTimes Report that their 10nm is Experienc...

Back on December 23, Patently Apple posted a report titled "TSMC Experiencing Initial Low Yield Problems with their new 10nm Processor which Could Delay the 2017 iPad Pro," based on a report from DigiTimes. TSMC has now responded to that report by stating that ...

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07:12
The False Narrative that Apple's Supply Chain in Taiw...

Today, DigiTimes posted a report that provides its readers with somewhat of a false narrative stating that if Apple shifts production from China to the U.S. that most china-based supply chain makers won't go to the U.S. for a host of reasons.

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07:09
Some AirPods Users Facing Battery Drain Issues With Chargi...

After the AirPods launched online and then arrived to the first set of customers earlier in December, some users have begun realizing that the charging case that comes with the headphones isn't holding Apple's advertised 24 hours of charge. In theory, the charging case should only lose noticeable amounts of charge when the AirPods are low on battery and recharging within the case, and when users flip the pack open to check battery levels or otherwise activate Bluetooth with a connected Apple device.

The unlucky set of users facing the battery issues, however, are...

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06:31
Korea's Antitrust Agency Hits Qualcomm with Record $8...

Korea's antitrust agency imposed a record US$865 million fine on Qualcomm, accusing the U.S. chipmaker of monopolistic behavior and abusing its leading status in the market, the Fair Trade Commission said Wednesday. 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 ...

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04:32
Microsoft's new Surface Studio Desktop Sales for the...

Apple ships about 3.5-4 million all-in-one PCs a year and is the second-largest all-in-one PC vendor worldwide behind Lenovo. According to a new report published earlier today global shipments of Microsoft's top-end Surface Studio all-in-one PC during the fourth quarter were surprising at ...

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Tuesday December 27

15:40
Sketchy Video Shows What 'Jet White' iPhone 7 an...

Back in November, a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggested Apple would add a sixth "Jet White" color option to its iPhone 7 lineup, and while no Jet White iPhone has surfaced as of yet, a video making the rounds tonight hints at what a Jet White iPhone might look like if Apple does indeed release such a device.

The video, shared by Sonny Dickson, appears to depict an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, both with white casings. While the iPhone 7 Plus features an Apple logo, the iPhone 7 model does not, suggesting it is very likely fake.

Similar iPhone 7 and 7 Plus casing replacements can be found on various auction sites like Alibaba, so it seems the iPhones in the video are sporting third-party shells rather than representing actual forthcoming iPhone models.

Could this be the Jet White iPhone 7...

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13:11
More Apple iDevices got Activated this Holiday Season than...

Flurry Analytics reports today that with the dates of Christmas and Hanukkah synced this year, smartphones were once again predominate on everyone’s wish lists. For every Samsung Device Activated, Apple Saw Two. While that's great, the ratio is closing every year and if it weren't for the Note7 disaster the gap would have been a closer race this year.

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13:08
2016's Biggest Apple Leaks: iPhone, Macs, Apple Watch...

Apple's product lineup has expanded over the past couple of years with the addition of the Apple Watch, a third notebook line, and most recently AirPods, and while 2016 turned out to be a bit of a disappointment for some with the Mac in particular seeing many models go the entire year without an update, there were still a number of significant updates.

July 2016 mockups showing iPhone 7 and two variations of iPhone 7 Plus

As we reach the end of the year, it's worth a look back at some of the more notable and accurate rumors and leaks from 2016 to see how the sometimes long and winding road of rumors led to the product launches we eventually saw.

iPhone 7

As always, the iPhone rumor cycle starts early, although this year seemed to have a smaller than usual number of part leaks beyond the usual casing leaks, most of which were physical mockups based on circulating design specs....

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12:10
Apple Tops Holiday Sales With 44% of All New Device Activa...

Apple's iPhone and iPad were the most popular mobile devices gifted during the holidays this year, according to new data shared by Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry.

Flurry examined device activations by manufacturer between 12/19 and 12/25, finding Apple devices to be twice as popular as Samsung devices.

44 percent of all new phone activations were Apple iPhones, while Samsung smartphones accounted for 21 percent of activations. Huawei, LG, Amazon, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Motorola trailed behind with between two and three percent of activations each.

While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. Holding the third and fourth positions for activations are Huawei and LG; which is remarkable, as both manufacturers do not have an individual device within...

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12:07
New Patents Show that Samsung's Engineers are continu...

This month two Samsung patent applications came to light at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office regarding possible future wearable devices. One invention covers a wide-band display smartwatch that's been a work in progress since 2013. Consumers in general haven't been so keen on smartwatches that look like traditional watches with tiny displays. The shift to a truly large wraparound display on a user's wrist could be the way to change gears and shake up the market. The other invention is a twist on a more traditional smartwatch-bracelet wherein the band or bands of this watch design could be stretched in different directions and by doing so triggers the display to change user interface.

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06:28
Beyond the Courts, Nokia's Revenge against Apple begi...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Politics and the Chinese Smartphone Invasion into the U.S could Cause some Havoc for both Samsung and Apple in 2017." Today we're learning that more chaos could be coming in 2017 against Apple. Beyond Nokia's court battles, we're going to see Nokia reenter the smartphone market at prices aimed to hurt Apple over time.

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Monday January 3

13:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users
 

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