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Friday January 26

03:50
Apple's New 2018 iPhone Line-up May Consist of Two Ph...

Apple could release just one new OLED-based iPhone alongside two new iPhone models with LCD displays this year, according to a new report today. Previous reports have gravitated towards the view that Apple will launch two new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models and only one 6.1-inch model with an LCD display.

However, Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin believes Apple is increasingly leaning towards releasing two LCD-based models – one between 5.7-inch and 5.8-inches, and another between 6.0-inches and 6.1-inches. Lin also claims the 6.1-inch OLED device Apple is testing is falling out of favor, and the company sees more of a future in a larger 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED model it is also testing.

Apple originally intended to push the two OLED iPhones and the 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, but has recently started...

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03:36
'iPhone SE 2' With Wireless Charging Said to Lau...

Apple is reportedly working on a new entry-level smartphone model similar to the iPhone SE that will support wireless charging and be released in time for summer 2018.

The prediction comes from Digitimes Research analyst Luke Lin, who believes that Apple's iPhone SE successor will have a glass back similar to the iPhone 8 series and iPhone X, but will lack the 3D sensing capabilities of the latter model.

For the entry-level sector, Apple is preparing a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE for 2018, featuring the wireless charging functionality, but not 3D sensing. The smartphone will begin mass production in the second quarter with the official launch in May or June, Lin noted.Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans. Its sources within the upstream supply chain have proven reliable in the past, but predictions...

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Thursday January 25

17:56
Social Media will be chastised by Prime Minister Theresa M...

In a couple of new reports published today we're learning that both UK PM Theresa May and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson hammered Facebook and social media on several fronts. We're learning that Theresa May is going to call on investors to boycott social media platforms that don't delete and censor perceived "extremist" views. On another front, AT&T's wants the government to craft an Internet Bill of Rights.

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13:59
Apple Scoops up the Rights to a TV Project from Damien Cha...

It was just last week that we reported that Apple and Google were in Bidding War for new J.J. Abrams TV Series about a Monstrous Oppressive Force. Today it's being reported that Apple has just taken another step toward becoming a power in the entertainment business by scooping up the rights for a TV project from Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning writer and director of 'La La Land'

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11:09
Existing Customers get to download Apple's Logic Pro...

Today Apple announced the next update to Logic Pro X, its professional music production software, featuring a breakthrough new tempo detection technology and a number of powerful effect plug-ins, giving musicians even more creative control and flexibility with their projects.

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10:38
Apple highlights Emerging LA Filmmakers Creating Big Idea...

A new Apple story highlights MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro X and the LA Film Community boosting local productions. This detailed report covers 7 jumbo graphics and a series of YouTube supporting videos.

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10:16
Apple Orders New TV Series From 'La La Land' Cre...

Apple this week signed a straight-to-series order for a drama series from "La La Land" creator Damien Chazelle, according to reports from Variety and The New York Times.

Little is known about the series at this time, but Chazelle plans to write and direct each episode of the series, as well as executive produce. Apple did not divulge information about the subject of the series, where it will take place, or how many episodes Chazelle will make.

Chazelle is best known for writing and directing "La La Land," which starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. "La La Land" won six Academy Awards, including Best Director, and seven Golden Globe awards. In addition to "La La Land," Chazelle wrote and directed "Whiplash," an award winning film starring Miles Teller.

The original TV...

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10:09
Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 11.3 for Public Beta Test...

Apple today released the first public beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the first beta to developers and a few days after releasing the iOS 11.2.5 update.

Beta testers who are members of Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 11.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. iOS betas are not always stable and should not be installed on a primary device.

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iOS 11.3 is a significant update that introduces multiple new features like...

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09:21
Apple Patent Describes Introducing 'Force Touch'...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to Apple Watch and specifically its Digital Crown. Apple instructs Apple Watch users how to use the Digital Crown. It could be used to click or double-click to perform a specific function. Apple makes no mention of another option as of September 19, 2017. A newly published Apple patent application published today describes advancing the Digital Crown to accept 'Force Touch' to perform functions in a future instead of just clicking on the crown.

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08:16
Apple 'Accelerating' Efforts to Catch Up With Se...

Apple has expanded its California fleet of self-driving vehicles from three registered last April to 27 as of early 2018, according to a new report posted by Bloomberg today and sourced from emails with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Following the first three vehicle registrations, from July 2017 to January 2018 Apple has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sports utility vehicles in California as part of its self-driving tests. The company is believed to be "accelerating" efforts to catch up to one of the current leaders in the self-driving field, Alphabet's Waymo.

One of Apple's previous self-driving Lexus vehicles spotted on the road last year...

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08:02
iOS 11.3 Firmware Subtly Hints at iPad With Face ID

Apple is planning to release a next-generation iPad Pro this year with slim bezels and Face ID, like the iPhone X, according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News, and evidence of the tablet may have been uncovered in iOS 11.3.

iPad Pro with Face ID mockup by Carlos Guerra

iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito has discovered strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta that refer to a "modern iPad," which is notable since Apple's software engineers referred to the iPhone X as the "modern iPhone" in older firmware, according to both Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo.

Yep, there’s definitely some references to a “Modern...

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07:53
Apple Reveals Machine Learning Systems Applied to Apple Mu...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to machine learning. More specifically, Apple's invention covers systems and methods for a server generating a plurality of proxy prediction models for each of a plurality of applications for use by client devices. The patent reveals how machine learning is used to create music lists in Apple Music or heartbeat patterns for Apple Watch. The patent tells us that machine learning could be used in all Apple devices and for future services.

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06:33
The European Emergency Number Association thanks Apple for...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Previews of iOS 11.3 Reveals new Features like a Battery Health Setting, more AR Experiences, Business Chat & more." One of the features that might have gone unnoticed was Apple's announcement of supporting Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services. Today a European Association thanked Apple for this vital emergency service feature that will help save lives

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05:48
Apple's 4th Millimeter Wave Antenna Patent Surfaces t...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple relating to Millimeter Wave antennas on printed circuits. Earlier this month AT&T announced that it would launching 5G networks in a dozen U.S. markets later this year. So Millimeter Wave antennas will be needed in iPhones to take advantage of these networks.

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05:06
HomePod Disables Calendar, Messages, Notes, and Reminder F...

Earlier this week Apple announced the official HomePod launch date and revealed more details about the Siri-equipped smart speaker, including a built-in speakerphone feature and support for third-party music app streaming via peer-to-peer AirPlay, both of which anyone in the home can use. However, Apple has yet to adequately clarify the extent of its multi-user functionality with regards to Apple Music and other iCloud integrations, leaving many readers wondering if the HomePod is the right fit for their home.

In possibly the first hands-on HomePod report since Apple's launch date announcement, Refinery29 on Wednesday shed further light on the device's multi-user capabilities. According to the...

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04:44
Apple Working on Redesigned Books App With 'Simpler...

After changing the iBooks app to simply be called "Books" in the iOS 11.3 beta that released to developers yesterday, a new report out today by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg states that Apple is preparing to revamp the internals of the iPhone and iPad app as well.

In an update coming in the next few months -- potentially with the public release of iOS 11.3 in the spring -- Apple will redesign Books with a "simpler" interface aimed at highlighting books you're currently reading in a "Reading Now" section.

On the store side of things, Books will gain a marketplace that looks like the new iOS App Store that debuted in iOS 11, tying more of Apple's apps in together aesthetically. There will also be a dedicated tab for audio books.

According to Gurman, this...

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04:23
Samsung will introduce their new Galaxy S9 at a Mobile Wor...

Samsung has officially announced that they'll be launching their new Galaxy S9 at noon EST on February 25, 2018 during Mobile World Congress. This is a departure from Samsung introducing Galaxy smartphones in grand events in New York.

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03:29
Apple makes the Official Announcement of the Opening of th...

Apple officially announced today that Apple Garosugil will open in Seoul on Saturday at 10 a.m., bringing Apple’s products, in-store programming and services together for South Korean customers to experience for the first time all in one place.

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Wednesday January 24

18:50
A Senior Engineer who just left Google Claims the Company...

Last year an ex-Apple engineer grumbled that Apple has been slow to innovate. The former engineer further noted that Tim Cook converted Apple "from a dynamic change-maker into a boring operations company." It's not uncommon for ex-employees to lash out at their former employer. Now a former Google engineers has come out saying that his former employer can no longer innovate and in fact...

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16:21
Everything New in iOS 11.3: iCloud Messages, Animoji, Heal...

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update, and it introduces quite a few new features, including several major changes and a long list of smaller tweaks. iCloud Messages, a long-promised feature has finally made its debut in iOS 11.3, and there are new Animoji, new ARKit tools for developers, and tons more.

In the video and post below, we've outlined all of the new features that we've discovered in the iOS 11.3 beta so far.

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Major New Features

Ahead of the release of the first beta, Apple outlined many of the upcoming changes in iOS 11.3 in a preview that explains the new features and lets users know what to expect when the update is released to the public this spring.

Messages on iCloud
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16:17
iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 Introduce Support for AirPlay 2

The new developer betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 introduce AirPlay 2 features, allowing for multi-room music playback on Apple TVs using your iPhone.

With iOS 11.3 installed on an iOS device and tvOS 11.3 installed on one or more fourth or fifth-generation Apple TVs, you can use AirPlay 2 to stream music to multiple devices at the same time.

For example, with two Apple TVs running tvOS 11.3 set up in different rooms in the house, you can use the iPhone to play the same song on both, successfully using the multi-room audio feature of AirPlay 2.

Installing tvOS 11.3 prompts you to add your Apple TV to your HomeKit setup, and you'll be asked to choose a room for it during the setup process. After that's done, the Apple TV is displayed as an available device in the Home app. You can't do much with Apple TV in the Home app, but you can play and pause music.

Announced as part of iOS 11 back in June when the operating system was first introduced, AirPlay 2...

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15:55
The 50th Class Action against Apple comes from Fort Lauder...

The good news is that new Class Actions against Apple are coming in at a trickle at this point in time. The bad news is that two more class actions have been filed making the official count of class actions rise to an even 50 with 5 foreign lawsuits pending. The first lawsuit is from Alex Sens of Fort Lauderdale Florida. Mr. Sens notes in this filing that "Apple also purposefully concealed ...

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14:59
The U.S. Government wants Answers from Apple, Intel, AMD...

In a November security update to customers, Apple stated that "For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available." With that said, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee stated today that it has sent letters to the CEOs of several major technology companies about their agreement to delay disclosing information about security flaws Meltdown and Spectre ...

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11:25
macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Displays Warnings When Opening 3...

Starting with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Apple is commencing with its plan to begin phasing out 32-bit apps on Macs. Apple has promised that macOS High Sierra will be the "last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromises."

After installing macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, which is now available in a beta testing capacity, when you open up an app that's a 32-bit app, you'll get a warning about its future incompatibility with the macOS operating system.

This is the first of many warnings Apple plans to provide as it works to put an end to 32-bit Mac apps, and this initial warning will only be shown one time for each app.

Apple's efforts to phase out 32-bit apps on Macs mirror the path it took when ending 32-bit app support on iOS devices. In iOS 10, Apple provided increasingly more insistent warnings to let users know that their apps wouldn't work with future versions of iOS before...

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10:24
iCloud Messages Returns to iOS in First Beta of iOS 11.3

Apple in iOS 11 promised a new Messages in iCloud feature that will allow customers to save their iMessages in iCloud and sync them across devices. Messages in iCloud was pulled from iOS 11 during the beta testing period, with Apple promising to reintroduce it at a later date.

It was not clear if and when the feature was actually going to be implemented, though, as Apple stripped all mentions of it from the iOS 11 website.

As of iOS 11.3, Messages in iCloud is back and is available for "testing and evaluation purposes," marking the official return of the feature. According to Apple's release notes, once iOS 11.3 beta 1 is installed, Messages will prompt users to turn on Messages in the Cloud when it is first launched.

Messages in the Cloud is automatically enabled for users who have two-factor authentication and iCloud Backup enabled, says Apple.

The new Messages in iCloud feature will be a welcome change for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users who prefer not...

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10:04
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers With New...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers, one week after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

Apple this morning shared a preview of iOS 11.3, outlining all of the new features we can expect to see in the update.

iOS 11.3 will bring four new Animoji characters to the iPhone X, like a lion, bear, dragon, and skull, giving iPhone X users new characters to play with, and it reintroduces iCloud Messages, a feature that was removed from the initial iOS 11 release.

The software update includes improved ARKit tools for developers. ARKit 1.5 can recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces and it...

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08:53
A Previews of iOS 11.3 Reveals new Features like a Battery...

This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience augmented reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app along with Business Chat and a new Battery Health Gauge and more.

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07:43
Apple, Intel and Samsung to Benefit from the EU's Con...

Yesterday Patently Posted a report titled "Qualcomm could be fined to the tune of €2 Billion for abusing its dominance by Forcing Apple to use their Chips Exclusively. The final fine handed down by the EU antitrust regulators was announced today and it was for US$1.2 Billion. As yesterday's report noted, the judgement will help Apple legal's cases against Qualcomm around the world. The EU's decision will also help Intel's modem business and Samsung's processor business.

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06:11
iOS 11.3 Coming This Spring With New Animoji, Vertical ARK...

Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, its next major iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software update. The first beta will be seeded to developers later today, followed by a public beta soon, ahead of an official release this spring.

iOS 11.3 introduces new Animoji on the iPhone X, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull. There will now be 16 characters to choose from in total, including existing ones like a pig, fox, chicken, pile of poo, and robot.

iOS 11.3 will feature ARKit 1.5. In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, Apple's updated augmented reality platform will now be able to recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.

ARKit 1.5 can find and recognize the position of 2D images such as signs, posters, and artwork, and integrate these real-world images into...

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06:02
Salesforce CEO Agrees with Tim Cook on Social Media saying...

Last Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Decides to Turn the Tables from the iPhone being an Addictive Force to it being Social Media." While talking with a group of students, Cook turned the tables on the idea that the iPhone was too addictive to social media being the culprit. Yesterday in Davos, Salesforce's CEO agreed and said the government should tax Facebook like cigarettes ...

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05:49
Apple Introduces 'Health Records' Section Coming...

Apple today revealed an update coming to the Health app in the iOS 11.3 beta, which will bring a "Health Records" section to the app and allow users to see their medical records from various providers. The updated Health Records area will combine hospitals, clinics, and other information from Health "to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose."

Some of the first provider partners include John Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, and various other hospitals and clinics. Apple explained that the update is intended to serve as a consumer-friendly solution to easily access medical records, which were previously housed across multiple websites and online repositories. The company said it created Health Records based on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), which...

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05:42
iOS 11.3 Will Allow iPhone Users to View Battery Health an...

Apple today announced that iOS 11.3, available this spring, will enable users with an iPhone 6 or newer to view their smartphone's battery health under Settings > Battery. The software update will also allow users to disable Apple's power management feature.

More details to follow…

Related Roundups: iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iOS 11Tag: iOS 11.3Buyer's Guide: iPhone 8 (Neutral), iPhone 8 (Neutral), iPhone SE (Don't Buy),...

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Tuesday January 23

20:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Hardware and Software Integration Will...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is spending some time in Canada this week, and yesterday he attended a hockey game and visited the Eaton Centre Apple Store in Toronto.

Cook today stopped by the offices of Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify, where he spoke to the Financial Post about augmented reality apps and the HomePod.

On the topic of the HomePod, Cook said that Apple's deep integration between hardware and software will help to differentiate the smart speaker from competing products like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Home."Competition makes all of us better and I welcome it," Cook said. "(But) if you are both trying to license something and compete with your licensees, this is a difficult model and it remains to be seen if it can be successful or not."Cook also said a quality, "...

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18:23
Apple Shipped an Estimated 29 Million iPhone X Devices in...

Apple shipped 29 million iPhone X devices in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new research data shared today by Canalys. At 29 million devices shipped, the iPhone X was the "world's best-shipping smartphone model over the holidays."

iPhone X shipments were not, however, the fastest ever for an iPhone due to Apple's decision to offer the device alongside the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, and shipments were below industry expectations.

Canalys says that adoption was largely driven by upgrade demand in operator-centric markets like the United States where the installed base is high and customers can finance $999 cost of the device over many months. Apple was able to hit the 29 million number after a significant increase in production throughout November and December, with the company shipping out iPhone X orders earlier than expected and hitting supply/demand...

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13:41
Everything New in iOS 11.2.5: Siri Audio News, HomePod Sup...

Apple this morning officially released the iOS 11.2.5 update to the public, introducing support for the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which is set to be released on February 9.

In addition to adding support for HomePod, the update also introduces several HomePod-related features such as Siri podcast-based audio news reports and a new music interface, along with bug fixes and security improvements. Check the video and post below for everything that's new in iOS 11.2.5.

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Today's update introduces official support for podcast-based audio Siri news reports, a feature that first began rolling out on all devices last week.

When you ask Siri about the...

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12:29
AppleCare+ for HomePod Will Cost $39

The HomePod, set to be released on February 9, will be eligible for an AppleCare+ protection plan like all of Apple's devices.

AppleCare+ for the HomePod will be priced at $39, according to an internal memo sent to retail employees and shared by 9to5Mac. AppleCare+ for HomePod will extend warranty coverage for the HomePod from one year to two years, with two years of telephone support included.

The AppleCare+ coverage will provide support for two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a $39 service fee. Accidental damage includes damage done to the HomePod by the user - repairs for manufacturing issues will be free.

Like AppleCare+ for Macs, Apple TVs, and iPads, coverage for AirPort devices is included in AppleCare+ coverage for HomePod. The AirPort must be purchased up to two years before the iPad or during the term of the HomePod's AppleCare+ coverage to be eligible...

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12:15
Qualcomm could be fined to the tune of €2 Billion for abus...

About a year ago, Patentlly Apple posted a report titled 'The U.S. Fair Trade Commission Sues Qualcomm for Forcing Apple to use its Chips in iDevices," followed by another titled "Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion Claiming Unfair Exclusionary Tactics and Charging Excessive Royalties." While we don't have rulings on either of these cases to date, Apple seems to have gotten a break in that it's being reported today that "Brussels is poised to sanction Qualcomm for abusing its dominance when it paid Apple to use its chips exclusively ...

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11:52
Apple's Rumored 6.1-Inch iPhone Said to Be 18:9 With...

While the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone isn't expected to feature an OLED display like the iPhone X, the device will still have a more advanced LCD display than previous iPhones, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times.

Japan Display's Full Active LCD

The report, translated from Chinese, claims Apple will be adopting Japan Display's so-called "Full Active" LCD technology. Unlike traditional LCDs, like those of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Full Active LCDs only require ultra-slim 0.5mm bezels on all four sides, even smaller than those on the iPhone X.

Japan Display says its Full Active LCDs are six-inch displays with a resolution of 2,160×1,080 pixels. Accordingly, the panels have an 18:9 aspect ratio, meaning their...

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11:36
Déjà Vu? Another Sapphire Project goes wrong and a Chinese...

Back in late 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement between GTAT & Apple."It was a nasty divorce and Apple Legal fought hard to keep information about the details of their project(s) from being leaked to the press. While that dark chapter of making custom sapphire for Apple was thought to be over, another company in China has now stepped up to sue Apple over a breach of contract relating to the making of sapphire glass.

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11:18
Apple Addresses Meltdown and Spectre in macOS Sierra and O...

Along with macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Apple this morning released two new security updates that are designed to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities on machines that continue to run macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan.

As outlined in Apple's security support document, Security Update 2018-001 available for macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 offers several mitigations for both Meltdown and Spectre, along with fixes for other security issues, and the updates should be installed immediately.

Apple addressed the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra with the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, but older machines were left unprotected. Apple initially said a prior security update included fixes for the two older operating systems, but that information...

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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5 With Support for HomePod and Sir...

Apple today released iOS 11.2.5, the tenth official update to the iOS 11 operating system that first came out in September of 2017. iOS 11.2.5 comes two weeks after the release of iOS 11.2.2, an update that introduced Safari mitigations for the "Spectre" vulnerability impacting Apple's iOS devices.

The iOS 11.2.5 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the iOS 11.2.5 update introduces support for the HomePod, which will be released on Friday, February 9, and it brings fixes for several bugs in CarPlay, Messages, and Mail. The update also includes audio-based podcast news delivered via Siri, which was also officially unveiled...

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10:06
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 With Fix for Mess...

Apple today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, the third major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system available for Apple's Macs. macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 comes over a month after the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and a little over a week after a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental update which brought a fix for the Spectre vulnerability.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store or through the Software Update function in the Mac App Store on all compatible Macs that are already running macOS High Sierra.

No major outward-facing changes were discovered in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 during the beta testing period, but according to Apple's release notes, it brings security and feature improvements.

The update offers additional...

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09:31
HomePod Can Be Used as Speakerphone, Will Support Commands...

Apple this morning announced the official launch date for its much-anticipated HomePod, and that announcement included several new details that we hadn't previously heard about the Siri-equipped smart speaker.

In the HomePod press release, Apple says HomePod can be used as a speakerphone with the iPhone "for crisp and clear audio quality."

This means users will be able to take calls on the HomePod using a nearby iPhone, with the HomePod able to serve as a speaker and a microphone for the call. Further documentation shared with Apple Store staff (via Guilherme Rambo) says that this feature will allow "anyone" to make a call on their iPhone and then hand it off to the HomePod.Everyone can continue a...

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08:51
KGI: 6.1-Inch iPhone to Have Single-Lens Rear Camera, Alum...

Apple will release a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display, aluminum frame, and 3GB of RAM, but without 3D Touch, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo added that the 6.1-inch iPhone won't have a stacked logic board or an L-shaped battery pack like the iPhone X.

Kuo believes the 6.1-inch iPhone will cost between $700 and $800 in the United States, up from his previous $650 to $750 estimate. He previously said it will have Face ID like the iPhone X.

It's unclear if the aluminum frame refers to the entire back, in which case the device wouldn't support wireless charging.

More details to follow…

Related Roundup: iPhone XTags: KGI Securities, Ming-Chi KuoBuyer's Guide:...

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08:37
HomePod Works Abroad in English Only, Other Languages Comi...

While the HomePod is initially launching in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom next month, MacRumors can confirm that Apple's smart speaker will function in most other countries around the world.

When users try to set up the HomePod outside of the those aforementioned countries, a dialogue box will appear that directs them to choose one of three English language options to proceed. We can confirm this setup process can be completed, and that the HomePod functions, in mostly any country from day one.

The setup process was leaked by Guilherme Rambo‏ back in August:

This is how the HomePod setup will look like on an iPhone. pic.twitter.com/SARqsYslL6

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 22, 2017

What this all means is that if you manage to purchase a HomePod from one of the...

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07:43
Apple's iPhone X was the Worlds #1 Shipping Smartphon...

A new analytical report published today claims that Apple shipped 29 million iPhone Xs in Q4 2017. This made it the world’s best-shipping smartphone model over the holiday season.

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06:53
Apple Announces that HomePod will be in Stores on February...

Apple has announced today that their HomePod, their innovative wireless speaker, arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online ...

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06:32
Apple was Granted 39 Patents Today covering Facial Recogni...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two patents. The first covers the original work done on facial recognition to be used to unlock an electronic device. The second covers the Smart Keyboard's Smart Connector. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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05:40
HomePod Launches February 9, Available to Order Starting F...

Apple today announced its HomePod speaker will be released on Friday, February 9, with pre-orders beginning this Friday, January 26 via Apple's online store in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Apple added that HomePod will launch in France and Germany at some point "this spring."

HomePod is priced at $349 in the United States. On February 9, the speaker will be available in Apple Stores and at select resellers, including Best Buy in the United States; Argos, Dixons Carphone, John Lewis, Shop Direct, and EE in the UK; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, and Telstra in Australia.

Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller:HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple...

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04:18
Apple Supplier TSMC to Break Ground for 5nm Fab this Week

With Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) ramping up 7nm for smartphones in 2018, TSMC is expected to break ground this week for the construction of its new 5nm fab in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, where its 3nm fab is also slated to see construction start in 2020.

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03:45
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A new supply chain report this morning states that touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook ...

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01:04
Apple to Release New Entry-Level 13-inch MacBook This Year...

Apple plans to release a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources. The rumor stems from a DigiTimes report on Tuesday that General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to win more LCD display orders from Apple for the planned new model, after it began supplying the modules for existing MacBooks in the fourth quarter of last year.

Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources.

With new orders for MacBooks and other models, GIS is expected to ramp up its LCM shipments to 600,000 units a month by the end of 2018 compared to 300,000 units currently, said the sources.Extrapolating from today's report, which is light on detail, Apple's next entry-level MacBook will...

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Monday January 22

17:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook Learned to Code in College

Under the leadership of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has spearheaded an "Everyone Can Code" initiative designed to introduce coding curriculum into elementary schools, high schools, and colleges, so kids and adults of all ages can learn to code.

Apple CEO Tim Cook always speaks passionately about the importance of teaching coding to children of all ages, and last week in an interview, he even said that if you have to make a choice, it's more important to learn to code than to learn a foreign language.

Cook's recent comments spurred MacRumors reader El-ad to ask Cook about his own coding experience in an email, which Cook responded to. Cook says he learned to code in college because coding wasn't offered at the high school he attended.El-ad,

I learned in college. No classes exist in the high school I attended. I'm...

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17:18
Netflix Blows away Subscription Estimates and puts Pressur...

Apple Worldwide Video has been on a tear as 2018 kicked off by signing up a wide variety of new shows and series (one, two, three, four and more) for their future entertainment service. They have to put the pedal to the metal to get their service ready hopeful for later this year or next. Netflix just announced blow out subscription gains over the holiday quarter and their stock jumped 8% on the news.

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15:14
Apple Takes the Wraps off their South Korean Store days be...

It seems like yesterday when we first announced that Apple was going to open their first flagship store in South Korea in the hip Garosugil district. Today Apple took the wraps off their store for the public to see before Apple holds their grand opening this coming Saturday.

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13:48
Co-Founder of Yahoo! Discussing Business in China noted th...

Jerry Yang, co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc did a podcast last week with GGV Capital's Hans Tung and Zara Zhang on business in China. In podcast Yang notes that "Apple is the most successful American company in China.

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13:44
Apple Launching New Internal Fitness Challenge for Employe...

Starting in February, Apple will be hosting an internal company wide fitness challenge for all of its employees, with a prize that includes a unique fitness-themed Apple Watch band.

The band, as seen in a photo shared by 9to5Mac, appears to be similar to Apple's Woven Nylon bands. It comes in a solid black color but has an accent loop in a dark pink/red shade, lime green, and light blue, the three colors that represent the Activity rings on the Apple Watch.

The red colored ring tracks a person's overall movement and calorie burn throughout the day, and the amount of movement necessary to fill it up will vary based on each person's personal goal. The green ring represents exercise and can be completed with 30 minutes of exercise per day (based on an elevated heart rate), while the blue ring represents how many hours out of the...

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10:49
Apple Launches 'Apple Music for Artists' Analyti...

Apple is debuting "Apple Music for Artists," an analytics dashboard aimed specifically at musicians. The new feature, which was outlined by Billboard, is meant to provide artists and bands with insight into the listening and buying habits of their fans.

The dashboard home page offers up an artist's current number of plays, spins, song purchases, and album purchases, with built-in tools able to provide data dating back to June of 2015, which is when Apple Music first launched.

An Insights panel available through the dashboard highlights milestones like all time number of plays, purchases of specific songs, and cumulative purchases, while a global map is designed to allow musicians to click on any of the 115 countries where Apple Music/iTunes is available to see purchase history.

Data for individual cities is...

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07:18
For the month of November, Apple recorded its best ever iP...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report about an estimated overview of how Apple's iPhone models may have broken down for Q4 2017. Another analytical report published today provides us with a clearer picture for how iPhone sales played out for November when the iPhone X was released.

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07:07
KGI: Apple to Discontinue iPhone X Rather Than Sell at Low...

Apple will discontinue the first-generation iPhone X when the second-generation model launches later this year, rather than bump the device down its smartphone lineup for lower than $999, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who clarified his earlier prediction with a follow-up research note today.

Kuo said that Apple keeping the current iPhone X in its smartphone lineup for a reduced price, such as $899, would likely cannibalize sales of the mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID and a LCD display that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $650 and $750 in the United States.

An excerpt from Kuo's research note obtained by MacRumors on Monday:iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower...

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06:54
A new Analytical Report Reveals Apple's iPhone 8 Mode...

A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners gives us an overview of how Apple's iPhone sales may have broken down during the holiday quarter.

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06:10
Apple Fans will reportedly have the Option to Turn off Hom...

A new report states that Apple Fans will be able to turn off HomePod's always on Mic to avoid eavesdropping. The Google Home device was caught eavesdropping last year.

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05:21
Apple Teams up with the 'Malala Fund' to Signifi...

Apple and Malala Fund today announced that Apple will become the fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling a significant expansion of Malala’s effort to support girls’ education and advocate for equal opportunity.

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01:13
HomePod May Support Multiple User Accounts and HomeKit Sce...

Several new icons unearthed in the latest build of iOS 11.2.5 and shared on Twitter appear to reveal additional functionality included in Apple's upcoming HomePod smart speaker. On Sunday, Filipe Espósito found an image hidden amongst Apple's Home app assets that includes icons which suggest it will be possible to create custom scenes that mute the HomePod speaker's "Hey, Siri" function.

As Espósito notes, the function could be useful in a house party scenario, for example, where the owner might want to control other smart devices like lights and motion sensors while disabling Siri responses for privacy reasons.

Apple has not yet mentioned if HomePod can support more than one user, but Espósito believes there are references that indicate the speaker will distinguish between different voices to service multiple accounts. He also notes that existing assets show support for combining two HomePods...

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13:52
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