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Thursday June 2

04:07
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Apple may have left it too...

Never one to shy away from provocative opinions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the Re/code conference that Apple may have left it too late to compete effectively in the autonomous car field. He also said that not all companies exploring the idea appreciate the scale of the undertaking.

I think they should have embarked on this project sooner. I don’t think they’ll be in production sooner until 2020. Is that too late? […]

The sheer scale of automotive manufacturing is hard to imagine until you see the plants. The size of the industrial infrastructure is astonishing.

He did, though, wish Apple luck …

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Wednesday June 1

22:21
Elon Musk expects 'Apple Car' to be late...

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference, Tesla founder Elon Musk restated assumptions that Apple -- not Google -- will one day be an automotive industry contender, but said the mythical project is already a "missed opportunity."

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20:33
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report shows Android...

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report for 2016 became available this evening, and as usual it serves as a great tool to analyze the ongoing battle between Android and iOS. Apple saw its first ever decline in revenue last quarter and Meeker’s report definitely takes that into account. One slide from  the report shows the marketshare and average selling point difference. As usual, Android has a commanding lead in marketshare and shipments, while Apple dominates in ASP. There are a few differences this year, however.

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18:34
Facebook Messenger puts 1500 new, more diverse emoji...

Facebook announced today that it is adding over 1,500 new emoji to Facebook Messenger. The company made the announcement on the Messenger Facebook page, explaining that the new emoji bring a lot more diversity to the service.

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18:00
Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015,...

Apple customers who provisioned credit and debit cards with Apple Pay made $10.9 billion in purchases in 2015, a report said Wednesday, suggesting the nascent payments service is -- slowly -- gaining momentum as the company expands beyond core markets.

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17:52
Report: Apple Pay faces technical issues and slow...

Apple Pay has expanding gradually around the world, most recently to all five big banks in Canada. A new report from Reuters, however, details that the global rollout has not been short of issues for Apple, banks, and retailers alike. The report explains how data shows Apple Pay is popular with core Apple enthusiasts, but not with the general public. In 2015, Apple Pay usage totaled $10.9 billion, but the majority of that was in the United States.

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17:45
Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report:...

Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has delivered her annual report that offers critical stats and trends about how technology is evolving. TechCrunch has highlighted the takeaways from the report: 1) The global internet adoption rate was flat year-over-year at 9%, reaching 3 billion users or 42% of the world's population. 2) Smartphone adoption's growth is slowing, while Android increases marketshare despite a shrinking average selling price. 3) Video viewership is exploding, with Snapchat and Facebook Live showing the way, though video ads aren't always effective. 4) Messaging is dominated by Facebook and WeChat, it's growing rapidly, and evolving from simple text communication to become our new home screen with options for vivid self-expression and commerce. 5) US advertising is growing, with Google and Facebook controlling 76% of the market and rising, but advertisers still spend too much...

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16:10
Report: Apple may use a separate GPU to drive new 5K...

Enlarge / The current (chunky, old) Thunderbolt Displays. (credit: Apple)

Remember the Thunderbolt Display? Because sometimes it seems like Apple doesn't; it's been nearly five years since the last time the monitor-plus-laptop-dock was updated, and it's increasingly an anachronism as high-resolution Retina displays take over the lineup. For some time now, the Thunderbolt Display has actually been larger and heavier than the 27-inch iMac, which has a whole computer inside of it.

One of the roadblocks to releasing a new 5K Retina-capable version of the Thunderbolt Display is the DisplayPort graphics interface, which in its current iteration (1.2) is only capable of driving a...

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16:05
Jawbone says it is still committed to wearables,...

Last week, a report emerged claiming that Jawbone, the company behind many Bluetooth speakers and fitness wearbles, was going to stop making its UP line of fitness trackers. At the time, it was reported that the company would stop selling its UP2, UP3, and UP4 trackers. Now, however, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman has shared a blog post saying that last week’s report is “unequivocally false.”

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15:53
Apple edges past rival in ACSI’s smartphone...

After tying with Samsung last year in terms of smartphone satisfaction, Apple has (barley) edged past its rival to take the top spot this year, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index report — as noted by CNET.

In 2015, both companies scored 80 out of 100 for customer satisfaction. This year Apple inched up to score 81 out of 100, while Samsung stayed where it was the year before.

Apple was the only major phone maker to improve in customer satisfaction, according to the ACSI, which attributed the improvement to its large-screen models, introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Among the top smartphones for customer satisfaction...

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15:50
Google will help people find lost iPhones

Google is giving iPhone users another way to find their misplaced devices -- by searching the Web for it. 

Soon, when iPhone or Android users enter "I lost my phone" at Google.com, the search engine will respond with options that will allow them to ring the device, or locate it on a map. Right now, users can already get access to that functionality through Google's My Account feature, which serves as the nexus for people to understand and access the information connected to their Google account.

Unlike Apple's Find my iPhone, Google's phone location feature isn't capable of locking an iPhone or remotely erasing it. Still, it may be a useful feature for someone who have misplaced his phone and just wants to figure out where it is.

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15:44
Apple Daily Report for June 1, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photovoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.”

Photos have leaked depicting alleged components destined for the rumored redesigned MacBook Pro, giving us a look at the thin body of the device, the space where a rumored OLED touch panel will be positioned, and its possible ports.

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15:44
Notable apps and app updates for June 1, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has introduced Menu Calendar 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool makes a small calendar available under the menu bar in any running app.

Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon under the menu bar not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the app will instantly show the resulting day.

You can also optionally select from the menu to have Menu Calendar launched any time you log in to your Mac.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $1.99 and is available at...

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14:55
Purchasing your own cable modem may save money and...

If you get your home internet connection via your local cable provider, then it may be wise to invest in your own cable modem. Why? Have a look at your bill. If the cable company provided you with a modem, you might notice that it’s charging you a monthly lease fee.

This leasing option seems to be more common in the US, but investing in your own modem could end up saving you money in the long run. Outright owning a modem also means that you can sell it once you’re finished using it.

Saving money isn’t necessarily the only benefit of purchasing or upgrading your own modem. It may be possible to achieve significantly faster download and upload speeds by taking advantage of new hardware advancements....

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14:45
Macworld’s June Digital Edition: 2016 MacBook Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the June issue

We review the more powerful and just as portable 2016 MacBook. Also one year after it’s release, Susie Ochs examines how the Apple Watch really is Apple’s most personal product. Plus, hands on with CarPlay in iOS 9.3.

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13:56
Apple deploys first preview branch of Swift 3.0...

Developers now have access to the first preview release branch for Swift 3.0, the next evolution of Apple's custom programming language.

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13:50
Comment: One year later, Apple Watch has kickstarted...

For all of its shortcomings, the Apple Watch has redeemed itself for me with its fitness and health tracking features. I wear it primarily because it’s a watch but I like (the idea of) having Siri always there plus access to important alerts instantly. The sports watch part can be ignored if you’re not interested, but being one device means its still there if you decide to explore activity tracking later.

That’s been my experience. I generally ignored activity tracking for the first year, but decided at the end of March to use the start of April as a reason to pay attention. The Activity app uses week- and month-long streaks to mark achievements, so the start of a new month (like today) can be motivating.

My real goal was to lose weight using Apple Watch as a motivator. Two months in, I’ve been very happy with the results so far and have...

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13:37
Apple releases Swift 3.0 preview 1 ahead of WWDC

If you’re a Mac or iOS developer, this is huge.

Prior to the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has release Swift 3.0 preview 1, the tech preview for the latest version of its Swift programming language.

According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

Developers can grab the preview as well as implement it into Ubuntu 14.04, 15.10 or directly into Apple’s Xcode. With WWDC 2016 coming in the following weeks, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that later Xcode betas might have the...

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13:24
iCloud Music Library outage triggers error messages...

A component of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, was hit with extended downtime on Wednesday, causing numerous problems for people trying to play songs and albums.

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13:10
Apple readying new external 5K Display as current...

If true, this is great news. Props to Marc A. Morissette, who wrote about this exact solution back in February.

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13:09
Apple releases Swift 3.0 Preview 1 ahead of WWDC 2016

Apple’s programing language Swift saw its first preview release branch for 3.0 hit yesterday as the programming language moves closer to a finalized 3.0 release due later this year. Though nowhere near a final release of Swift 3.0, this marks the beginning of the major Swift revisions that developers will see coming later this year.

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13:04
KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants

Fried chicken chain KFC on Wednesday announced that it has finally begun supporting Apple Pay, something originally teased by Apple in October 2015.

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12:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: In the clutch!

Clutch perfromance

The newest way to recharge your iPhone? Toss it into your battery-equipped handbag. Read on!

Amigo

Amigo is a dual-purpose device—it acts as a tiny, portable stand for your iPhone (so easy to slip into you pocket between uses) and as a cord minder, keeping your electronics tangle-free. The Amigo is still in its Kickstarter phase; pledge $14 or more to secure your own copy.

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12:43
Podcast 510: No more 16GB iPhone?

The iPhone doesn’t even get announced at WWDC—well, not typically, anyway. But this year the run-up to WWDC is silly with iPhone rumors, and Glenn and Susie are in a tizzy about two in particular. One is that we may finally see the end of the era when iPhone storage started at a paltry 16GB. The other is that we may see the end of the tick-tock cycle for iPhone upgrades—this year’s iPhone is rumored to keep the same form-factor as the iPhone 6 and 6s, with a bigger redesign pushed out to 2017.

Elsewhere, don’t make billionaires angry. Don’t buy into that study about rats getting cancer from smartphone radiation. Don’t worry about that ridiculous anti-encryption bill proposal, since it looks to be DOA. Don’t be surprised if Apple buys a cable company someday. And don’t miss the Macworld WWDC Happy Hour.

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12:42
Rumor: next Thunderbolt Display could pack an...

As I noted yesterday, a revamped Apple Thunderbolt Display could be announced at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference. If not then, almost certainly whenever new MacBook Pros are introduced (probably in August). A new rumor says the displays could include an integrated GPU.

A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the central processing unit (CPU).  Removing this burden from the CPU frees up cycles that can be used for other tasks.

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12:42
Get ready for Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 13 at 10...

Apple hasn’t yet announced whether or not the WWDC Keynote will be livestreamed but it has in the past so I’m going to assume it will be for this event as well. I like to play the game of “Spot Jim Dalrymple in the crowd” at these keynotes. To be fair, he’s not hard to find. Waldo he’s not.

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12:34
Mophie introduces wirelessly charging battery case...

I’ve always liked mophie’s product offerings and I like the look of this system. But at $100, I don’t know that I need/want this product just yet. It certainly points the way to the future of charging our iPhones, though. Thanks to my friend Loren Finkelstein for the link.

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12:18
Widespread iCloud Music Library issue affecting...

A widespread issue with iCloud Music Library is currently affecting Apple Music subscribers. Apple’s System Status board hasn’t acknowledged the issue yet, but several Apple Music customers have complained online and the issue is affecting several of us here. Launching the Music app on iOS prompts users to ‘Join Apple Music’ regardless of subscription status and some customers are reporting libraries disappearing.

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12:05
New Yerba Buena Center for the Arts logo reviewed

If you’ve ever been to WWDC, the you know Yerba Buena Gardens and the venues surrounding the gardens. Brand New gives its thoughts on the new logo and identity.

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12:04
Rumor: Apple preparing Thunderbolt Retina 5K display...

Rumors of a revamped Thunderbolt Display with high-resolution Retina display have persisted for years, but a new report claims that Apple may finally update its standalone display, complete with an external graphics card that would ensure all Macs could push the pixels necessary for a 5K resolution.

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12:03
The 100 best stories from Radium Age sci-fi, which...

As a kid, I was a huge fan of science fiction and my local library had a bunch of these old stories. In checking out the list, I see I’ve read about 25% of them. Some of them don’t stand up because of writing style but if you’re looking for some stuff to put on you summer reading list, you can’t go too far wrong grabbing a few of the listed books.

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12:00
Satechi unveils space gray, gold, and silver dual...

Satechi is launching a nice-looking new dual USB car charger that comes in iPhone-matching gold, silver, and space gray.

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11:40
Get ready for Apple's WWDC keynote on June 13...

Time to create a Calendar event: 10 a.m. Pacific on June 13 is when Apple will unveil iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, and maybe a few surprises.

Only Tim Cook and co. know exactly what the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote has in store, but now we know the day, time, and place those announcements will happen. We’re expecting the latest versions of iOS and OS X to take the spotlight at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and hopefully some news about the Apple Watch (watchOS 3 or new hardware, perhaps). WWDC is primarily a developers conference, so expect Apple’s emphasis to be on software.

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11:37
Mark Gurman is leaving 9to5 Mac

Neither Weintraub nor Gurman could confirm where Gurman would be working next, or what his role will be, but Weintraub did say he would be working for a big name media publication. Gurman also confirmed plans to move to San Francisco to start his new gig, which will still include reporting and breaking news about Apple, among other companies. He will officially start work in July.

It will be interesting to see where Gurman lands. Maybe Buzzfeed or perhaps one of the more traditional media outlets.

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11:35
WWDC 2016 rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple...

Members of the press were invited on Wednesday to an Apple keynote that will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern in San Francisco. Here's what you can expect.

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11:21
Google adds “Find your phone” feature

Find your phone is a new feature that will help you if your phone is ever lost or stolen. In a few simple steps, you can not only locate your phone, but also lock and call it, secure your account, leave a callback number on the screen, and more. The feature can be used to find lost Android and iOS devices, and soon, you’ll also be able to access it by searching Google for “I lost my phone.”

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11:14
Google Home a dressed up version of Chromecast

According to technology news site The Information, Google Home will share many of the hardware components of the company’s popular internet-connected TV streaming device, Chromecast, relying on the same dual-core ARM-based microprocessor, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip.

The similarities are apparently so close between the two devices because the same team responsible for the Chromecast headed up development of the Google Home. As a result, it is being described as “dressed-up version” of the company’s existing device, with the addition of a microphone, speaker, plastic top with LED lights, and a fabric or metal bottom.

I have no issue at all with that—it makes sense. My big question with these types of devices is how, and if, I would use it in my everyday life. I suppose you would get used to it, but I have a hard time visualizing how that happens.

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11:01
Jeff Bezos reveals why he kicked Apple TV, Google...

“[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms,” he said. “You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?”

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10:20
WWDC keynote to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (...

Apple has announced to members of the press that its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote will take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17 and will spotlight the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. According to Apple, the Keynote and State of the Union “promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world.” The most remarkable developers of the year will be honored at the Apple Design Awards.

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Aurora HDR: The only Mac app you'll need for High Dynamic Range photography

 

 

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10:15
Office 365 now snoops on users with a new Advanced...

Enterprises using Microsoft’s Office 365 have a new security product that they can use to better lock down their organizations—for a price. 

The company introduced a new Advanced Security Management service on Wednesday that gives companies a trio of tools aimed at helping detect security threats, provide granular controls and let IT administrators track if people in their organization are using unauthorized services.

It’s another part of Microsoft’s push to lure businesses over to its subscription-based productivity suite. By providing more advanced security capabilities, Microsoft may be able to convince security-conscious businesses to buy into Office 365, rather than avoid a subscription or choose one of Office’s competitors like Google Apps for Work.

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10:10
TrendForce: iPhone 7s will sport expanded storage...

According to the global research firm TrendForce, Apple has settled on most of the specs for the next iPhone, which, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, will come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The major hardware highlights include expanded storage for all models and dual-camera specifically for the 5.5-inch model. 

The iPhone 7 — picked here in fanciful mock-ups — will be generally consistent with its predecessor appearance-wise, according to the research group On the whole, the market keeps a conservative outlook on the annual iPhone sales for this year. TrendForce’s latest analysis puts this year’s iPhone production volume at 216.5 million units, down 8.2% from 2015.

Apple will hold on to LPDDR4 and the 5.5-inch model of iPhone 7 will be first in the series to carry 3GB of memory, the research group predicts. As the latest generation of mobile DRAM, LPDDR4 will continue to serve the iPhone 7 as it did for iPhone 6s....

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10:02
Myspace Crowned King of Mega Breaches, With More...


Myspace and Tumblr this week emerged as the latest in a string of mega breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of user IDs -- not just recently but years ago.
"Over the period of this month, we've seen an interesting trend of data breaches," wrote security researcher Troy Hunt, operator of the Have I Been Pwned website. "Any one of these four I'm going to talk about on their own would be notable, but to see a cluster of them appear together is quite intriguing."

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09:58
Forecast says Apple iPhone shipments will drop to...

iPhone shipments may actually slip from about 232 million in 2015 to 227 million this year, marking the first such decline in Apple history, according to a research forecast published on Wednesday.

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09:56
IDC: iPhone market share to grow from 26% in 2016 to...

According to a forecast update from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 3.1% in 2016, which is a substantial slowdown from the 10.5% growth in 2015 and 27.8% in 2014. 

Apple is expected to face its first down year for iPhone in 2016 with shipments dropping from 232 million in 2015 to 227 million in 2016, according to the research group. The expected decline of 2% year over year is...

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09:34
Coach will start selling Apple Watch bands June 6

Expect at least part of Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 13 to cover Apple Watch news: Even if Apple doesn’t unveil a second-generation Apple Watch itself, there will be new bands.

Several new Apple Watch bands from Coach were revealed by hidden listings on Coach’s website, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Coach then confirmed the new bands would start appearing in Coach stores on June 6, priced at $150.

One band is made from “glovetanned” leather with little metal charms that attach to a leather loop just below the watch face. (You might want to refrain from busting out random jumping jacks, to keep the metal pieces from banging the watch’s glass face or metal bezel.) That strap has “hand-creased edges and hand-tacking at stress points for durability,” (which, same), according to the...

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07:01
Massive library of 3D objects: Rotate to view you...

From the PixelSquid site:

Browse thousands of objects in our library, spin for the right angle, and then download a PNG or layered PSD with perfect transparency. With PixelSquid objects, you’ll never need to spend your time masking.

Great concept. Worth a look.

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06:54
Rumor: iPhone 7, 7 Plus could see storage capacities...

Apple’s next-gen iPhone may see an increased storage capacity up to 256 gigabytes.

The rumor comes from research firm TrendForce, which reported on Wednesday that Apple has “settled on most of the specs for the next iPhone.” Most of the details they shared have already been reported, including 3 gigabytes of RAM exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch “iPhone 7 Plus.”

The report revealed that Apple is looking to offer a high-end 256 gigabyte capacity for the next-gen iPhone. In addition, the 256-gigabyte option will reportedly be available for both the “iPhone 7” and the larger Plus variant.

TrendForce’s report hinted that the 256 gigabyte option is a possibility, but did not indicate whether Apple will discontinue the 64-gigabyte capacity and replace it with the...

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06:40
Apple working on first Taiwanese bond sale, new...

Apple is exploring a new bond sale in Australia in light of a successful offering last year, and is also looking at launching its first-ever Taiwanese bonds, a report said on Wednesday.

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06:36
NetMarketShare: OS X and iOS market share dip in May

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both Mac OS X and iOS declined in May.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 8.52% of the global market share in May, down from 9.2% percent in April (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of May.

iOS had 23.10% of the mobile operating system market share in May, down from 28.62% in April. This compares to 70.85% for Android, 2.57% for Windows Phone, and 1.50% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t...

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06:30
Analyst: iPhone 7 is ‘sitting in front of a massive...

In a note to investors (as obtained by Business Insider) from BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long and his team, the iPhone 7 is “sitting in front of a massive wave of untapped sales.”

Long says Apple has the largest base of existing users it has ever had, and those whose phones are at least two years old form the largest percentage of those users in years. Twenty-five percent of the "installed user base" is poised for an upgrade, the analyst believes. That’s an audience of 120 million phones.

According to Business Insider, Long went back through the history of all iPhone sales and calculated that on average 17% of users upgrade as soon as the next year's model comes out; 58% upgrade a year after that; and 22% the year after that. Only 2% of users hang on longer. However, the analyst predicts...

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06:13
Apple Pay now supported by Canada’s ‘Big Five’ banks

Apple Pay users in Canada have three more banking options now that Apple has rolled out support for the country's remaining "Big Five" banks (BMO, TD and Scotiabank), according to The Toronto Star.

In May Apple announced had inked deals with the big banks, as well as Interac and credit card companies to bring the digital payment service to Canada. CIBC and RBC launched the app May 10, the day the announcement was made, but the rest of the banks said they’d be ready to launch in June.

As of today, BMO, TD and Scotiabank, join the others. All of the Big Five banks, as well as Alberta-based ATB and Canadian Tire are also launching in-app payments for credit cards, which will allow users to make online payments to retailers on their iPads and iPhones using apps, notes The Toronto Star.

Six countries now have Apple Pay support: Canada, the U...

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06:00
Native Union introduces stylish Italian leather...

Native Union makes some really well designed accessories for Apple products, and TAG is the latest to join its collection. TAG is a stylish Lightning cable meant to look attractive enough to carry on your key chain or loop around your bag.

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05:44
Apple planning $1B bond launch in Foxconn’s home...

If an unconfirmed Reuters report is correct, Apple could be tapping Taiwan for more than just components and assembly – it is also looking to raise capital from the island.

Apple Inc plans to issue bonds in Taiwan for the first time with the aim of raising $1 billion, sources familiar with the matter said, joining a queue of big global names that have sold billions of dollars on the island’s busy debt market.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, AAPL bonds, Bonds, Dividends,...

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05:06
Apple Stores, starting in San Francisco, will use...

After our attempt at explaining the 500% markup on Apple’s new solar array yesterday, further information has now confirmed that Apple’s new stores – starting in the brand new San Francisco location – will be utilizing a new walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photovoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.” more…

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04:44
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company no...

If you search Amazon for streaming media players, you’ll find plenty of them. The one thing you won’t find is the Apple TV, and company CEO Jeff Bezos told the Re/code conference why not. Apple TV doesn’t currently offer access to Amazon’s own Prime Video platform, and Bezos says that isn’t because Apple refuses to include it, but because it wants too much money for doing so.

[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?

While he doesn’t say so outright, the meaning of the vague phrase is pretty clear...

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04:30
Ready any good BookBooks lately? You should

Twelve South is known for creating great products to enhance the Apple experience, and that’s certainly not changed with the BookBook cases for the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook. While each case will set you back a pretty penny at $99.99, it’s worth every dollar. 

Yours Truly is shown holding BookBooks for the iPad Pro (in front) and the 12-inch MacBook (behind it).

The quality is obvious as soon as you touch the case. The hard leather front and back assure you that your precious iPad Pro and MacBook will be in good hands while you are away — and even more so when you’re not. Since I am prone to dropping things the reinforced corners give me a sense of security that I have yet to have with any other case. 

The inside of the BookBook is covered in a soft felt to ensure the computer has a cozy ride wherever I take it. And taking it anywhere iseasy to do due to the BookBook's lightweight, slim design. While...

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04:27
BMO analyst says iPhone 7 could see record sales as...

It’s been mostly doom and gloom where iPhone sales and forecasts are concerned, but one analyst believes that the iPhone 7 could see record sales in September, reports Business Insider. BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long says the reason is because such a high proportion of existing iPhone owners currently have a model two or more years old.

Twenty-five percent of the “installed user base” is poised for an upgrade, Long believes — an audience of 120 million phones. BMO’s Long went back through the history of all iPhone sales and calculated that on average, 17% of users upgrade as soon as the next year’s model comes out; 58% upgrade a year after that; and 22% the year after that. Only 2% of users hang on longer.

While he’s predicting a...

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04:00
If you're a movie buff, you need can I Stream It

Let's say that you want to stream a movie on your Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV, but you don't know if it's available for streaming. What do you do? Well, you can go to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and a dozen other sites and search them individually. Or you can do it the easy way and go to Can I Stream It.

Can I Stream It is a free web site/service/app that lets you enter the name of a movie you'd like to see. It will search iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube, EPIX, Xfinity StreamPix, SnagFilms, Redbox Instant, HitBliss, Vudu, Starz and more to see if it's available for free streaming, digital rental, digital purchase or DVD/Blu-ray purchase. 

For example, when I searched for "Take Shelter," I found that it's offered for digital purchase, digital rental and DVD/Blu-ray purchase, but isn't offered for free streaming. On the other hand, when I did a search for "Star Trek: The Wrath of   Khan," I found...

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02:00
Daily Deal: The World Class Mac Bundle

I thought our last Mac bundle was good, but this one? I've been waiting for this one to start so I can pick it up. The World Class Mac Bundle ($29.99) is a pack of 8 OS X apps (several of which I already own, but...) that run the gamut between useful utilities and astounding applications.  What does the bundle include?

  • Data Rescue 4: World-class data recovery software from Prosoft, usually $99
  • Hype 3.5: Powerful HTML5/CSS editor, priced at $49.99
  • Freeway Pro 7: From Softpress, a drag-n-drop website design tool usually priced at $150
  • Painter Essentials 5: Corel's excellent Mac painting app, regular price of $49.99
  • uBar 3: Replace the OS X Dock with this excellent $20 utility
  • iStat Menus 5: One of my favorites for keeping an...
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01:45
OnePlus starts selling phones via Amazon UK

If you've been eyeing up a OnePlus phone, there's now another place you can order one in the UK. The company is selling the OnePlus 2 on Amazon UK for £249 -- the same, recently reduced price found on its own website. A spokesperson for OnePlus...

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Tuesday May 31

21:41
Apple Pay adds support for BMO, TD and Scotiabank in...

Canadian Apple Pay users have three more banking options from which to choose, as Apple on Wednesday rolled out support for the country's remaining "Big Five" banks BMO, TD and Scotiabank.

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21:11
Apple Pay coming to BMO, TD, and Scotiabank...

Following a rollout to the Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce earlier this month, Apple Pay is now coming to the other three big banks in Canada. With this rollout, Apple Pay is now supported by all of Canada’s “big five banks.” As reported by The Toronto Star, BMO, TD and Scotiabank customers will be able to use Apple starting tomorrow, June 1st.

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20:54
Apple TV won't get Amazon Prime Video until...

Apple TV owners will have to wait until Apple presents Amazon with "acceptable business terms" before the e-commerce giant releases a long awaited, and highly anticipated, tvOS app for serving up Amazon Prime Video content.

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18:19
Apple removes same-sex couple from Mother’s Day...

First noticed by French news outlet Jeanne Magazine, Apple modified its Mother’s Day iPhone ad in several countries to remove a same-sex couple that appears in the Untied States version of the ad. The couple does not appear in the German, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, or French versions of the ad, while they do appear in the Mexican, Australian, and Canadian versions (via BuzzFeed News).

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16:43
"Sleep of Death" bug hits buyers of...

Microsoft's pricey Surface Book laptop is frustrating buyers with crashes, "unplanned shutdowns," overheating issues and a "Sleep of Death" issue that regularly causes machines to become completely unresponsive during sleep. Users complain that Microsoft isn't addressing the problem.

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16:05
Silicon Valley Debates Thiel's Money Man Role...


The digital media world was abuzz last week when news surfaced that billionaire Peter Thiel had provided financial backing for a defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media. The suit stemmed from Gawker's publication of a sex tape involving ex-WWE superstar Terry Bollea, better known as "Hulk Hogan." A Florida jury awarded Bollea $140 million in March. Thiel, a Facebook board member and longtime financial supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists, confirmed that he backed the Hogan case in part due to his concerns about Gawker's tactics.

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16:02
Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD,...

Samsung on Tuesday announced production has started for its new PM971-NVMe, a solid state drive that crams non-volatile memory express technology, onboard NAND flash memory, DRAM and an SSD controller into a package slightly larger than a postage stamp.

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15:08
Opinion: Siri should be interconnected between...

When Siri originally launched on the iPhone a little over four years ago, we postulated that it would be a world-changing event. A personal assistant in our pockets that could handle real-world requests felt like the future. When it launched onto the Apple Watch, it was described as potentially being the quickest and most fun way to interact with the wearable. Then when it came to  the Apple TV, it became the fastest way to disseminate the content you want to watch across multiple apps.

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15:00
US Court Says No Warrant Needed For Cellphone...

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person's cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates. The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, voted 12-3 that the government can get the information under a decades-old legal theory that it had already been disclosed to a third party, in this case a telephone company. The ruling overturns a divided 2015 opinion from the court's three-judge panel and reduces the likelihood that the Supreme Court would consider the issue. The decision arose from several armed robberies in Baltimore and Baltimore County, Maryland, in early 2011, leading to the convictions of Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan. The convictions were based in part on 221 days of cellphone data investigators obtained from wireless provider Sprint, which included about 29,000 location records for the defendants, according to the appeals court...

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14:59
Apple Daily Report for May 31, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

With Apple's next-generation iPhone rumored to ditch the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, one Chinese accessory maker is hoping to capitalize on the anticipated switch, and is now advertising a series of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

Apple spent $1 million on the staircase of its new flagship store in San Francisco. But that's a small chunk of the total $23.6 million the company spent on the...

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14:54
Notable apps and app updates for May 31, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Softpress has introduced Chroma for Mac. The $10 (for a limited time) app generates “well-balanced and complementary color palettes” from images. 

 

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, it emulates the way the human eye perceives color to create natural looking palettes. Individual colors from palettes can be copied or dragged in various formats, or entire palettes can be exported and integrated with most major design applications and the built-in system color picker.

min:60 has launched Vernissage 1.0. It’s a vector-based tool for Mac OS X 10...

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14:53
Samsung’s NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) a likely...

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing what it says is the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) — the PM971-NVMe — in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation computers and “ultra-slim” laptops.

Apple has used Samsung SSDs in past Macs. It’s very possible we’ll see the new version in iMacs, MacBook Pros, and MacBooks in the near future.

The new BGA NVMe SSD triples the performance of a typical SATA SSD with storage capacity reaching 512GB, according to Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, Samsung. It features an extremely compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller while delivering outstanding performance, he adds.

The new SSD is 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighs only about one gram (an American dime by comparison weighs 2.3 grams). The single-package SSD’s volume is approximately a hundredth of a...

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14:52
Photos of purported MacBook Pro chassis surface with...

Photos of a supposed next-generation MacBook Pro chassis that surfaced Tuesday appear to support recent predictions that Apple is planning to drastically revamp the laptop's design by adding an OLED touch bar and winnowing down external connections to four USB format ports.

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14:48
Leaked images claim to show MacBook Pro with OLED...

Apple is reportedly set to introduce a major update to its MacBook Pro lineup sometime during the fourth quarter of this year. The update is said to bring a thinner design and a new OLED touch bar above the keyboard. Now, a set of spy shots claim to show the chassis of the refreshed MacBook Pro and where the reported OLED touch bar will be located.

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14:03
Next-gen Intel Kaby Lake processors on track to...

We can usually get a decent idea of what the insides of an upcoming Mac will look like thanks to announcements from part manufacturers. A report last week detailed some of the changes that Apple has planned for its MacBook Pro refresh in the fourth quarter of this year and now Intel and Samsung have both made announcements that could offer a glimpse into what else Apple will introduce…

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13:48
Try Amazon’s Alexa in your web browser

There has been a lot of talk about Alexa over the last few weeks and now you can try it out for yourself in your web browser. You’ll have to use Chrome though.

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13:38
EU cautions governments about banning Uber, Airbnb

European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the “sharing economy”.

Sharing services have faced an uphill battle in many countries, so it will be interesting to see how governments take these recommendations.

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13:36
Instagram will let you run a business profile if you...

Soon, business owners will be able to tap into new tools on Instagram, as long as their business has a Facebook Page.

On Tuesday, Instagram introduced a set of new features to allow business owners to better engage with customers using Instagram. These new business tools include official business profiles, analytics, and the ability for business owners to create sponsored posts directly in the Instagram app.

“With so many companies using Instagram, and many people on the platform interacting with them, there was a desire from our business community to do more. So we listened. And, after hundreds of interviews with businesses, three key needs became clear—stand out, get insights and find new customers,” reads the Instagram for Business blog post announcing the new features.

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13:19
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 2


With lucrative broadcast deals and cup competitions now crowding calendars, the sport of drone racing has become one of the primary factors driving the surge in demand for consumer drones. Mountain Dew and DR1 Racing earlier this month announced a special DR1 Invitational presented by Mountain Dew. The one-hour broadcast will air on Discovery Communication's Discovery and Science channels this August. That's just one example of the forces driving a consumer drone market that's expected to be worth $4.19 billion by 2024.

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13:17
No warrant needed to obtain location data held by...

Law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to gain access to a cellphone's location data, as long as they obtain it from wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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13:00
Road trip! State of the internet for US travelers

Image via Hercampus.com

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably seen quite a few entries lately showing me eating really good food or holding a microbrew. Yes, my spouse of almost 37 years (our anniversary is on June 9th) and I are taking a long-delayed road trip through Texas, visiting such beautiful and historical cities as Austin and San Antonio while hitting some world-renowned barbecue and steak restaurants. It's been a great opportunity to see how thing have changed for road trippers in terms of Internet availability and quality.

First off, I'm pretty pleased with the ubiquity of 4G -- even in spots where you wouldn't expect to have service. That's been a good thing, as my wife has been using Maps for navigation and having that capability even when out in the Texas "sticks" has kept us from getting lost. Of course, there are areas where one carrier may dominate another. For example, while we were stopped overnight in Fort Worth,...

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12:34
Limited availability may mean one of Apple’s most...

It’s been true for way too long now that Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is due for a comprehensive upgrade. Apple’s $999 27-inch display has a dated design and has much lower resolution than the Retina 5K iMac for $800 more. For those reasons and more, it’s been on everyone’s Do Not Buy list for quite some time, but that may be about to change.

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12:30
Facebook working on optional end-to-end encryption...

Following greater industry trends toward security, Facebook is looking to bring end-to-end encryption to its popular Messenger platform, a report said on Tuesday.

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11:53
Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new...

For businesses interested in buying Square's new Apple Pay-compatible contactless terminal but put off by its $49 cost, a new $1-per-week installment plan option is now available.

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10:58
Perhaps we’ll see an updated Thunderbolt Display at...

Apple’s long-in-the-tooth Thunderbolt Display may FINALLY be getting an upgrade at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in two weeks. The monitor hasn’t been upgraded since July 2011. It’s time for a 5K version to match the gorgeous display of the 27-inch iMac.

According to Macrumors.com, stock is limited or unavailable at several Apple Stores in North America, Europe, Australia, and other regions. For example, the article says that a spot check of Apple Stores in the U.S., for example, reveals that the Thunderbolt Display is available on a ship-to-store basis only at all or select locations in Albany, Buffalo, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, Syracuse, and many other mid-sized cities and their surrounding areas. 

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10:52
Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS gains layer support,...

Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS is already one of my favorite iPad Pro apps to use with Apple Pencil, and the latest update adds new features that makes it even better for illustrating. Sketch also added iPhone support earlier this year, and the new version includes 3D Touch features for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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09:59
Apple TV's App Store now hiding installed apps...

Apple has quietly tweaked the tvOS App Store to hide apps a user already has installed when browsing the store's top charts, a German developer noted on Tuesday.

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09:41
Mophie launches new iPhone Juice Pack battery cases...

Mophie is today launching a new line of wireless Juice Pack products for iPhone that add wireless charging capabilities to the previous lineup of popular battery cases.

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Battery pack, charge force, charging, iPhone, juice pack, Mophie, QI, Wireless...

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09:30
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09:05
Apple To Extend iPhone's Product Cycle; Shift...

According to Japanese outlet Nikkei, which has a good track record, Apple is planning to extend its iPhone's product cycle. The Cupertino, California-based company, which currently utilizes the same design language for two years, now plans to make major refreshes to its iconic smartphone every three years. The report claims that Apple is changing the refresh cycle as it struggles to innovate and provide new features and substantial improvements to its iPhone. For those planning to purchase the next iPhone, don't expect any design changes, the report adds. From the report: The new version slated for this autumn will look almost identical to the current iPhone 6. Functions such as the camera, water resistance and battery capacity will likely be improved, and the headphone jack will be removed. Also, a high-end version of the model will give users better-quality photo capabilities via correction functions. On the sidelines, the media is abuzz with reports that the next iPhone will...

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09:03
Giveaway: Win a baseball, basketball or golf sensor...

Blast Motion is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win their choice of a baseball, basketball or golf sensor complete with app. And arguably the best part of this week's giveaway is that there are 10 sensors up for grabs.

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08:38
Apple TV App Store Top Charts algorithm now hides...

Apple has quietly rolled out a change to the Apple TV App Store on tvOS in the last few days, which affects how apps are listed in the Top Charts. For the Top Charts (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing), the Apple TV App Store will now hide listings for apps that the user has already downloaded, so the charts update dynamically per user. This means users can only browse for apps they don’t already own, removing some clutter and allowing less popular apps more opportunity to be seen. This behavior is novel and isn’t currently replicated by the iPhone and iPad App Stores.

To try this out for yourself, open the Apple TV App Store and download the #1 Top Free app. After force-quitting and re-opening the App Store (by swiping it away in the multitasking tray), the app will disappear from the charts. What was previously listed at #2 will now take the top spot (via Equinux)....

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08:11
Chinese accessory company advertises Lightning-to-...

Sometimes it’s the accessory makers that show what’s coming around the bend for a major new Apple product.

Chinese accessory maker Tama Electric is now advertising a series of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls, thereby lending credence that Apple is ditching the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack in exchange for a Lightning-based equivalent.

The company is currently advertising three Lightning-to-headphone adapters, two of which also include a micro USB port for charging while using headphones.

There are a handful of Lightning-connected headphones currently available on the market, but Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapters are not yet sold as certified Made for iPhone accessories....

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07:54
Mophie launches wireless chargers to keep your phone...

Wireless charging is slowly becoming more mainstream, but one company is going all-in to try to boost its adoption.

On Tuesday, Mophie released three wireless chargers that can charge your Mophie-encased phone on contact. This “Charge Force” product line includes a charging pad for your nightstand, a vent clip for your car, and a desk mount for the office – all with built-in magnets to help stabilize your phone and keep it in place.

These wireless chargers require a compatible Mophie case. The company tells us that all Mophie cases moving forward will be equipped with this technology. In fact, Mophie’s Juice Packs for the Samsung Galaxy S7 that went on sale earlier this year are already Charge Force-compatible.

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07:46
Rumor: iPhone 7 to start at 32 GB of storage, Apple...

It’s a rumor, but if it’s true, it could be pretty useful.

A post on a Chinese social media site cites supply chain research indicates that the iPhone 7 will feature 32 GB storage as the $199 base model, which would mean Apple would finally drop the 16 GB SKU from its lineup with its new flagship smartphone expected in the fall.

The source has a credible background in terms of Apple rumor accuracy and correctly predicted the 4-inch iPhone SE in 2016 based on supply chain sources.

The analyst also claims that iPhone 7 will feature 2 GB of RAM, the same specification as iPhone 6s. It is unclear if the analyst is referring to the iPhone 7 as a category or the specific 4.7 inch model. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 7...

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06:39
The Apple TV shoots from ninth to third place in...

Okay, let’s quit calling it a hobby. Apple TV sales have propelled Apple into third place for global set-top box popularity in 2015, based on revenue, according to IHS, Inc. That’s up from ninth place in 2014, according to the research group.

The surge is courtesy of continued strong growth in consumer retail over-the-top television (OTT) boxes, and the consolidation of the top players of the global set-top box market with Arris's acquisition of Pace and Technicolor's acquisition of Cisco's set-top box division, which were finalized last year. Bringing Apple into global contention from a unit-shipment standpoint, more than 10 million Apple TVs were shipped in 2015 -- the fifth largest volume in the world -- following Arris, Technicolor, and Skyworth and ZTE, according to IHS, Inc.

 “The STB market has certainly grown since 2007, when Steve Jobs originally described the Apple TV business line as a ‘hobby,’” says Daniel Simmons, director of connected home for IHS...

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05:59
Patent report: multi-screen video user interface for...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

A future remote control app for the Apple TV may provide a “multi-screen video user interface” as evidenced by a patent (number 9,357,250) granted Apple today. It involves a handheld device — an iPhone or iPad, most likely — used to search for content to be displayed on a television. 

The device presents data according to a first user interface, and while searching for content, any changes to the navigation state of the handheld device are sent to the TV. The television receives an update and reformats the data according to a second user interface optimized for displaying the data on the television. 

The first user interface is native to the handheld device and the second user...

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05:47
Caltech sues Apple over Wi-Fi tech
05:35
Following Coke, Toyota leads, Apple removes lesbian...

Assma Maad, writing for BuzzFeed:

But looking at the various versions of the video published worldwide, it’s clear that several adaptations are not completely faithful to the original. The lesbian couple present in the English version does not appear in the French version

This really surprised me.

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05:24
The Apple Watch is being shunned by Apple’s most...

Business Insider ran the headline: “The Apple Watch is being shunned by Apple’s most important community”.

The implication being that developers have lost interest in building Apple Watch apps. I think this is way off base.

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*Apple* iPhone 6s and New Products Tester Ne...
…we therefore look forward to put out products to quality test for durability. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, Read more
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…Music Marketing Lead is responsible for developing robust marketing campaigns and programs for Apple Music and iTunes across the whole of Apple ecosystem. This Read more
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Apple Valley Medical Clinic is Hiring! Apple Valley Medical Clinic is an independently owned practice operating a Family Medicine Clinic, a 24/7 Urgent Care, Read more
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
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