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Wednesday May 24

Apple was the first to deliver a MacBook with only USB-C P...

Apple was of course first to deliver a MacBook with only USB-C ports. Not that everyone was happy about that shift; in fact the critics hammered Apple for that "innovation." The cover of the WSJ story mocked the move, as noted in the graphic in our report. Now Intel is bringing this solution to the PC World via Thunderbolt 3. Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering said that "Apple and Intel have collaborated on Thunderbolt from the beginning ...

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Apple Watch Proves Most Accurate at Measuring Heart Rate i...

In a new study comparing the accuracy of seven different fitness trackers, the Apple Watch was found to have the lowest margin of error when measuring heart rate, beating the Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2.

Researchers set out to determine the accuracy of wrist-worn devices at measuring both heart rate and energy expenditure, aka calories burned via physical activity. 60 volunteers participated, including 29 males and 31 females, each of whom wore several fitness trackers and completed activities like cycling, running, and walking.

Data gathered by the fitness devices was compared against a "gold standard" tracking method, which included an electrocardiograph (ECG) for measuring heart rate and clinical grade indirect calorimetry (measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide expelled when breathing) for measuring calories burned. An error rate of 5 percent was determined...

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New iPhone 8 Dummy Video Surfaces as Third-Party Companies...

Though we're only four months away from the presumed launch of the "iPhone 8," we haven't seen any part leaks for the much-rumored OLED device nor have we seen parts for the two standard LCD iPhones that are said to accompany it.

With a lack of part leaks, we're relying on dummy units, design drawings, and design renders to give us an idea of what to expect from the device, and there's been no shortage of those leaks, many of which are somewhat confusing due to the fact that Apple tested several iPhone 8 prototypes.

This week, the first hands-on video featuring an alleged iPhone 8 dummy model surfaced. We already saw the dummy model in question in photographs back in April, but the video provides a better look at the device, and perhaps a better picture of what the iPhone 8 might look like if accurate.

This particular dummy device, said to be a CNC model, aligns with...

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Apple Seeks License from FCC Covering new Wireless Millime...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Today the World's First Live Hologram Phone Call was made between Seoul and New Jersey on a 5G Network." Then on May 02 we reported on T-Mobile Vowing to be first with nationwide '5G' Coverage by 2020. Apple is likely to bring advanced Augmented Reality capabilities to iDevices when 5G comes to market in addition to possibly bringing advanced Apple TV capabilities regarding live sporting events and beyond. So it comes as no surprise that Apple has filed an application with the FCC regarding wireless technologies associated with 5G Networks.

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Intel Looks to Broaden Thunderbolt 3 Adoption by Integrati...

Intel today announced that it plans to drive large-scale mainstream adoption of Thunderbolt by releasing the protocol's specification to the industry next year under a nonexclusive, royalty-free license.

The move should help expand the Thunderbolt ecosystem by making the protocol more affordable for technology companies and accessory makers alike. Intel expects third-party Thunderbolt-compatible chip development to accelerate a wide range of new devices and user experiences.

Intel also revealed plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into its future CPUs, but it didn't provide a timeline as to when. The all-in-one design will take up less space on a Mac or PC's logic board, and reduce power consumption by eliminating the need for a standalone Thunderbolt controller.“Apple and Intel have collaborated on Thunderbolt from the beginning,...

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Apple asks the Supreme Court to Deny Samsung's Petiti...

Apple had a deadline for responding to Samsung's mid-March petition for Supreme Court review in the second California Apple v. Samsung case

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Interest in Micro-LED Displays is Exploding as Test Runs a...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn-Sharp to Acquire a U.S. micro-LED Display Startup," which covered a lot of ground regarding the next generation display that could one day sweep the industry. Today the news about micro-LED keeps pouring in with news of trial runs starting in the 2017-2018 timeline.

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Apple Launches a New App Development Curriculum for High S...

Today Apple launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download today from Apple’s iBooks Store.

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Hackers Trick Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Recognition Using a P...

German hackers have successfully broken the iris recognition authentication in the Samsung Galaxy S8 using equipment that costs less than the price of the smartphone, according to ArsTechnica.

Hackers with the Chaos Computer Club used a digital camera, a Samsung laser printer, and a contact lens to achieve the feat. The hack involved taking a picture of the phone owner's face, printing it out on paper, carefully placing the contact lens on the iris in the printout, and holding the image in front of the locked Galaxy S8.

The video shown above was posted by the hackers to demonstrate the process in action. The photo doesn't have to be a close-up shot, although using night-shot mode or removing the infrared filter helps, according to...

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Tuesday May 23

Apple Files FCC Application to Test Next-Generation 5G Wir...

Apple is planning to test next-generation 5G wireless technologies, according to an application document filed with the FCC and discovered by Business Insider.

Apple applied for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands. Millimeter wave bands provide higher bandwidth and throughput up to 10Gb/s, but are limited by line of sight issues that cause problems in dense urban areas."Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum," Apple wrote in its application.

"These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks," it continued.Apple will test the technology in two locations in Milpitas and Cupertino over a period of time...

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Apple's Latest Transparency Report Shows Spike in U.S...

Apple last night released its latest transparency report [PDF] outlining government data requests from July 1 to December 31, 2016. According to the data, which features several new request categories, Apple is making an effort to be as clear as possible about the types of information governments around the world have asked for. Apple's report is the most detailed report the company has produced yet.

Worldwide, Apple received 30,184 device requests, covering 151,105 devices. Apple provided data for 21,737 device requests, which equates to a 72 percent response rate. In the U.S. specifically, Apple responded to 3,335 requests out of 4,268 (78 percent). According to Apple, device-based requests cover fraud investigations as well as customers who have asked law enforcement to help locate lost or stolen devices.

Apple received 2,392 financial identifier requests worldwide, covering...

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Denise Young Smith Takes on New Role as VP of Diversity an...

Denise Young Smith, who served as Apple's head of Worldwide Human Resources, has taken on a new role, according to her LinkedIn page. Going forward, Smith will tackle diversity issues at the company as Apple's Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.Denise Young Smith is Apple's vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Apple. She reports to CEO Tim Cook.

Since joining Apple in 1997, Denise has served in several key HR roles. Most recently as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources and Talent. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple's retail organization, which now welcomes more than one million people every day. Apple stores have redefined the retail experience and their talented employees have become the face of Apple for customers around the world. Before retail, Denise ran HR for Apple's Worldwide Operations and Corporate...

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Microsoft Launched their New Surface Pro & Pen during...

The new Surface Pro debuted in Shanghai China this morning during a Microsoft Event Keynote. Microsoft continues to position their latest tablet as "the most versatile laptop" because it uses a new i7 Core processor.

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India Offers Apple a Tax Deal on Imported iPhone Parts on...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Indian Officials Claim that Wistron will begin manufacturing iPhones for India in May." In that report we noted that officials in Bengaluru were unhappy with the progress with negotiations that could bring a whole new high tech ecosystem to the region. Today we're learning that "India has offered to allow Apple Inc to import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax free ...

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Korea's CJ E&M has become the first Major Distrib...

Patently Apple posted a report last August titled "Apple Music Surprisingly Launched in South Korea Today." The report noted that Apple Music had a real battle ahead because it didn't secure many Korean songs. . Today we're learning that CJ E&M has become the first major distributor in Korea ...

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'iPhone 9' Rumored to Come in 5.28-Inch and 6.46...

As stories surrounding the 2017 launch of the "iPhone 8" continue to heat up, a report from The Bell this morning has already begun rumors for next year's so-called "iPhone 9." According to the report, which centers on Apple's and Samsung's supply chain deal for the 2018 iPhone, the iPhone 9 will launch in two OLED screen sizes: 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch (via The Investor).

Apple currently sells a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display in its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphone devices, respectively. Later this year, the company is expected to launch new iPhones in three sizes: two "iPhone 7s" models will keep the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, while the major new "iPhone 8" will include a 5.8-inch OLED...

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Apple Reportedly Signed a Deal with Samsung Display for iP...

It's being reported in Korea today that Samsung Display, the display-making unit of Samsung Electronics has recently signed a deal with Apple to supply OLED panels for the new iPhone next year, tentatively called the iPhone 9.

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Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is 1.7× Faster Than iPad Pr...

Microsoft today introduced the new Surface Pro, choosing that name over Surface Pro 5, at a media event in Shanghai, China.

Microsoft said the new Surface Pro delivers up to 13.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, a 50 percent increase over the Surface Pro 4 and 35 percent more battery life than the iPad Pro's advertised 10 hours.

The notebook-tablet hybrid features Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, including Core m3, i5, and i7 chips depending on the model. Microsoft says the high-end Surface Pro with a Core i7 processor is 2.5× faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 1.7× faster than the iPad Pro with Apple's own A9X chip.

Surface Pro m3 and i5 models feature a new fanless cooling...

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10.5-Inch iPad Pro 3D Renderings Include Three Microphones...

After posting a few images yesterday that claimed to show cases for the upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Benjamin Geskin has now shared a few CAD images, dummy models, and renderings of the 10.5-inch iPad model. The first set of computer-aided design drawings are based on the model that case manufacturers have received from the factory, which Geskin said is "already in mass production."

The new iPad images align with all of the port cutouts seen in yesterday's wooden accessory case, including a device that has four speakers, a Lightning port, camera with vertically-...

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Apple and Nokia have settled all Litigation over IP Disput...

Patently Apple covered Nokia suing Apple in two detailed reports (one and two) back in November covering such matters as the H.264 standard, Siri, Qualcomm parts and more. Today Nokia and Apple announced that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.

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Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Apple Pencil for i...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple Pencil patent that clearly notes that it will work with an iPhone for apps such as word processing and spreadsheets. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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iPhone Sales Flat in Q1 2017 as Chinese Phone Makers Incre...

Worldwide iPhone sales were flat in the first quarter of 2017, according to Gartner, causing a year-on-year drop in Apple's share of a growing smartphone industry boosted by the rise of top Chinese mobile manufacturers breaking out into neighboring markets.

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, reported Gartner. Of that figure, Apple sold 51.9 million units, up from 51.6 million in Q1 2016, leading to a drop in market share year over year. Samsung retained top spot with 78.6 million units sold to end users, and held on to 20.7 per cent market share, but both figures were declines on a year ago.

"Sales of iPhones were flat, which led to a drop in market share year over year," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "Similar to Samsung, Apple is increasingly facing fierce competition from Chinese brands Oppo and Vivo, among others, and its...

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Apple and Nokia Settle Patent Dispute With New Licensing A...

Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.

Under the collaborative agreement, Nokia said it will provide "certain network infrastructure products and services" to Apple. In turn, Apple agreed to return all Nokia health products to Apple retail and online stores.

"This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple," said Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer at Nokia, responsible for Nokia's patent licensing business. "It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers."In December of last year, Nokia filed multiple complaints against Apple in several countries, accusing the Cupertino company...

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Monday May 22

iPhone SE Tops Customer Satisfaction Survey Despite Shift...

Despite a shift towards smartphones with larger screens, the iPhone SE has topped all other smartphones in the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Apple's four-inch smartphone received a customer satisfaction score of 87 out of 100 to finish just ahead of Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 edge+ and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

20 other smartphones, mostly including other iPhone and Galaxy models, received customer satisfaction scores of between 70 and 85, according to the ACSI results published today.“Over the past few years, the general trend for smartphones has been toward larger screens,” says ACSI Managing Director David VanAmburg. “But apparently, consumers were...

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Samsung will unveil a new 'Stretchable Display'...

Samsung Display revealed that its stretchable display will be presented publicly for the first time at the US Society for Information Display 2017 conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is a next-gen display technology that Apple has shown interest in via a recent patent application.

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Foxconn-Sharp to Acquire a U.S. Micro-LED Display Startup

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn to make 'Capital Intensive' Investment in the U.S. that will be revealed at a Special Event this Summer." Today we learn that Sharp and other Hon Hai Precision Industry group companies will acquire an American startup working on next-generation display technology, MicroLED.

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Apple Debuts Revamped 'Switch' Site to Lure Andr...

Apple today debuted an overhauled webpage aimed at encouraging Android users to switch to the iPhone, introducing a simpler FAQ-style site that highlights iPhone features and makes it clear how simple it is to switch from an Android device to an iPhone.

Apple previously had a webpage dedicated to customers coming to an iPhone from Android devices, but it featured less information on the iPhone itself and focused primarily on the Move to iOS app, a dedicated app that helps Android users transfer contacts, message history, photos, mail accounts, calendars, and more.

The new site, while featuring a section on Move to iOS, also attempts to lure Android users with details on the iPhone's camera and its processor, along with information on Apple Pay, Apple's privacy policy, the Messages app, Apple's commitment to the environment, and Apple Support.

The site, which...

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Scrolling Changes Coming to Mobile Safari in Future Update

Apple is planning to make some changes to scrolling behavior in mobile Safari in a future update, making for a more unified scrolling experience.

The news comes courtesy of a Hacker News thread discussing Apple's default scrolling behavior vs. the scrolling behavior of webpages that use Google AMP, a discussion inspired by a Daring Fireball post on the subject.

Google AMP (or Accelerated Mobile Pages), for those unfamiliar, is an online publishing format created by Google that's optimized for mobile web browsing and rapid page loading. It is used by multiple news sites, including CNN, ABC, and The Washington Post. On mobile Safari, AMP uses its own scrolling behavior, making AMP pages stand out from non-AMP pages.

In the Hacker News...

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Apple's Self-Driving Car Spotted on Freeway in New Vi...

For the last few weeks, Apple has been testing its autonomous driving software in three Lexus RX450h SUVs, which have been photographed around the San Francisco Bay Area. This morning, MacRumors reader Andrew was able to capture some video of one of the SUVs, giving us our closest look yet at the vehicles Apple is using to test its system.

The SUV is equipped with multiple sensors and cameras, making it easy to see when it's out on the road. It uses a top-end Velodyne 64-channel lidar, two or more radar, and several cameras to navigate. The video was captured on the 101 North, with Apple's vehicle exiting towards University Avenue in Palo Alto.

Apple received a DMV permit to test autonomous vehicles on April 14 and...

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Brash CEO of LeEco who Likened Apple to Hitler Steps Down...

In March 2015 LeEco's CEO was behind a new Ad likening Apple to Hitler as noted in our cover graph of that ad. In April 2016 the brash CEO Jia Yueting confidently stated on CNBC that Apple was simply an outdated company. Today the CEO of LeEco has stepped down.

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Nike Announces New Apple Watch Bands With Matching Running...

Nike today announced four new Apple Watch bands for Apple Watch Nike+ that will match the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" collection of shoes. The company said that the new colors of bands and shoes are "inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk," and mark the first time that Apple Watch owners can directly match their band choice to their Nike sneakers.

Similar to previous Nike+ Apple Watch bands, the new options are made of the same flexible fluoroelastomer material that Apple uses in its own Sport bands, but include a perforated design for ventilation and sweat management. The most recent Nike and Apple partnership was in the cream and black NikeLab band that launched in April, following the first Apple Watch...

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Apple iPhone Shipments in the U.S. and U.K Grew over 5.2%...

Despite an overall 0.8% on year shipment decline in the first quarter of 2017, shipments of iPhone devices in the UK, US and Australia still posted decent growth.

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Cases for Upcoming 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Reveal...

A collection of new images today claim to show cases for Apple's upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is believed to be an update similar in vein to the iPhone 8, with a size that remains close to that of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but includes a larger 10.5-inch display thanks to shrinking bezels.

2017 iPad Pro 10.5' & iPad Pro 12.9' cases.

(No new iPad mini this year)

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) May 22, 2017

Benjamin Geskin has shared the iPad Pro accessory images on Twitter today, showing off cutouts for...

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The New Two Story Apple Store in Singapore Opens on May 28

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's new Singapore Store that will be powered by Solar Energy will be Opening Soon." Today we learn that the Apple Orchard Road - the official name of the Apple retail store in Singapore, will be officially opening its doors on May 27 at 10am. The new Today at Apple classes and events will be in full bloom on day one.

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Apple Sees Notebook Shipments Increase Year on Year in Q1...

Apple's notebook shipments totaled an estimated 3.4 million units in the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year, compared to an estimated 2.9 million in the previous quarter, according to new data published by market research firm TrendForce.

The figure represents a 15.8 percent decline against the last quarter of 2016, reflecting a somewhat similar decline for the overall notebook market over the same period, however the company's Q1 2017 numbers also indicate a year-on-year increase in overall MacBook shipments.

Apple shipped 3.4 million units of MacBook devices this first quarter and claimed fifth place in the ranking. The latest generation of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which was released in last year's fourth quarter, was well-received by consumers and contributed...

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Apple Sued by RSA, the Security Division of Dell/EMC, for...

RSA SecurID, formerly referred to as SecurID, is a mechanism developed by Security Dynamics (later RSA Security and now RSA, The Security Division of EMC) for performing two-factor authentication for a user to a network resource. Today we learn that RSA SecurID, sued Apple and Visa on Sunday, arguing that the Apple Pay digital payment technology violates its patents.

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Alleged Molds Purport to Show Relative Sizes of Apple...

A series of photos claiming to show molds of Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhone range appeared online over the weekend, providing a potential look at the relative sizes of the rumored new devices. Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models this year: two LCD-based "S" cycle upgrades to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, alongside a radically redesigned tenth-anniversary "iPhone 8" with an edge-to-edge OLED display.

It's worth bearing in mind that the molds shown in the images could simply be made for use in the production of third-party iPhone cases rather than actual handsets. Either way, they do appear to line up with unconfirmed details we've been hearing over recent months, particularly with regard to the dimensions of the devices.

The mold of the so-called "iPhone 8" is pictured...

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Bullish Analyst Says Apple Has Potential to Become Trillio...

Apple has the potential to become a trillion dollar company by 2019, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani.

In a research note on Monday, Daryanani said Apple could reach or exceed a trillion dollar market cap within the next 12 to 18 months.

An excerpt from Daryanani's research note, edited slightly for clarity:In aggregate, we see a scenario where in the 2019 fiscal year, Apple sustains $12+ earnings per share and, assuming the valuation frameworks remains stable/improves, it should get AAPL stock toward $192–$195, which would equate to a market cap above $1 trillion.Daryanani believes the so-called "iPhone 8" and the upgrade supercycle it's expected to drive will be a major catalyst towards Apple's path to a trillion dollar valuation. Looking further ahead, he thinks there is potential for Apple to continue growing its...

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Sunday May 21

U.S. President Signs Deal with Saudi Arabia's Soverei...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "SoftBank's Chief Masayoshi Son follows President Trump to Saudi Arabia to Officially Launch $100 Billion Fund." The trip indeed delivered what was expected. The world's largest private equity fund, backed by Japan's Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The new fund's investors include Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment, which has committed $15 billion, Apple Inc ...

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Apple Music's Three-Month Trial is No Longer Free in...

Since launching in June 2015, Apple Music has offered a free three-month trial in the United States and over 100 other countries around the world. In some countries, such as Ireland and the Netherlands, the free trial is for one month.

According to Apple's website, however, the trial now costs 99 cents in Australia, 0,99 € in Spain, and Fr. 0.99 in Switzerland. Based on our spot check, the trial remains free in all other countries where Apple Music is available.

The reason why Apple has started charging a nominal fee for the trial in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland is unclear. The trial was still free in those countries as of May 14, according to archived versions of Apple's website.

Apple Music rival Spotify's three-month trial also costs 99 cents in Australia...

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Apple wins a Design Patent for an Apple TV Retail Store Di...

In February Patently Apple posted a report that covered a design patent from Hong Kong for one of Apple's display structures for Beats Headphones. The latest design patent from Hong Kong for Apple is one designed to house Apple TV within a display structure ...

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Saturday May 20

Apple Says 2011 MacBook Pro No Longer Eligible For 'V...

Apple says the following models are no longer eligible for its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues:

• 15-inch, Early 2011

• 15-inch, Late 2011

• 17-inch, Early 2011

• 17-inch, Late 2011

The following MacBook Pro models remain eligible, so long as they were purchased less than four years ago:

• Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012

• Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013

Apple launched the repair program in February 2015 to address a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro models that "may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts," allegedly...

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Friday May 19

New Video: A Drone's Sunset Flight over Apple Park

Apple Park has to be the most famous building on the planet when it comes to drone flights per week. There's no end to them. Patently Apple has only covered a few since they began rolling out. Yet today's drone rendezvous takes us on a flight at sunset ...

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iOS 11 Concept Imagines Overhauled iPad Interface With Dra...

Apple is planning to unveil its next-generation operating system for iOS devices, iOS 11, in less than a month. Despite the imminent debut date of the new OS, we've heard very little about what we should expect to see in the update.

Based on the fact that iOS 10 offered very few features for the iPad, Federico Vittici of MacStories, who uses an iPad for much of his daily work, has imagined an iOS 11 update wishlist that overhauls the iPad interface, introducing new iPad-only features that many pro users would undoubtedly love to see.

Vittici collaborated with designer Sam Beckett to bring his iOS 11 wishlist to life, providing concrete examples of ways Apple could redesign...

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Apple Shares New iPhone 7 Photography Tutorial Videos

Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" website and video series featuring short tutorials designed to help users take advantage of the camera features built into the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

As of yesterday, four new tutorial videos have been added to the site, including how to shoot a horizon, how to capture an intimate moment, how to convert to black and white, and how to shoot with zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus. All four can be watched on Apple's tutorial site, but the latter two are also available on YouTube.

Apple has 20 tutorial videos on its "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" website, and the company is slowly uploading each of the videos to YouTube. 13 of the 20 videos...

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ElcomSoft Claims It's Able to Recover Deleted iCloud...

Russian software company ElcomSoft today claimed in a blog post that iCloud notes marked as deleted are being stored on Apple's servers well past the advertised 30-day period they are kept in the "Recently Deleted" folder.

ElcomSoft said it used an updated version of its Phone Breaker tool, version 6.5, to recover dozens of iCloud notes deleted more than a month ago. ElcomSoft said many of the notes were deleted a few weeks past the 30-day window, but in some cases, it was allegedly able to extract notes deleted "several months ago."

When a user deletes a note in Apple's Notes app, it's moved to the "Recently Deleted" folder, which explicitly states that "notes are permanently deleted after 30 days." Likewise, a...

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Apple CEO Tweets Out a Photo of Stevie Wonder at Apple...

Earlier this morning Apple's CEO tweeted the photo that we have as our cover graphic. Cook tweeted "Thank you to the incomparable Stevie Wonder for lifting hearts and celebrating accessibility with us!

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Apple Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day With S...

Apple yesterday held a concert at One Infinite Loop in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This morning, CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a thank you to Stevie Wonder, who performed at the concert.

Thank you to the incomparable Stevie Wonder for lifting hearts and celebrating accessibility with us! #GAAD

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 19, 2017

The event marked one of Apple's traditional "Beer Bash" celebrations, which in the past have seen performances by Maroon 5, One Republic, Darius Rucker, and more, usually coinciding with a major milestone like the 30th...

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SoftBank's Chief Masayoshi Son follows President Trum...

Apple and Foxconn have contributed to the $100 billion dollar Vision Fund with Softbank's Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man. Patently Apple posted a report way back in December titled "Softbank to Invest $50 Billion in the U.S. to create 50,000 new Tech Jobs and Somehow Foxconn is Included in the Deal." A part of that investment will be used by Foxconn later this year. Softbank's chief who made the pitch to President Trump is now joining the President on his trip to Saudi Arabia.

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Samsung's Next-Gen Note 8 will introduce a Dual Lens...

The largest European trade show covering all aspects of technology is the IFA in Berlin that closely resembles CES in the USA. This year the show is just ahead of Apple's iPhone event in September and the IFA really wants Samsung to unveil their next-gen Note 8 at the event. One of the Note 8's features is a dual lens camera

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Ford Brings CarPlay to 2016 Vehicles With SYNC 3 Update

Ford today released a SYNC 3 software update that adds CarPlay and Android Auto support to its 2016 model year vehicles.

Ford said customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically. SYNC 3 version 2.2 can also be downloaded from the Ford Owner website and installed with a USB drive, or customers can visit any Ford dealership to have the update process completed for free.

Last summer, Ford made CarPlay and Android Auto available in all of its 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3. At the time, it promised it would bring CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016 model year vehicles by the end of the year, and while it missed...

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Apple Blames Third Party Batteries as Cause of Apple Headp...

In March the story broke about a woman on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne who was abruptly woken up when her headphones exploded burning her face. It was a nightmare. Yet the make of the headphones was somehow suppressed. We now learn that they were Apple headphones.

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Apple Officially Signed on TPK for Next-Gen OLED Based 3D...

Patently Apple posted a report in March titled "Apple Suppliers GIS and TPK are Building New Capacity to Handle Apple's Next-Gen 3D OLED Touch Panels." This was confirmed in a new report published today by the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News. The news also noted that Apple had accepted TPK's quote for their 3D Touch solutions for the iPhone 8

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Apple Said to Be Increasing Production of Rumored 10.5-inc...

Apple is said to be boosting production of its upcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro, making launch of the new form-factor tablet over the next couple of months increasingly possible, according to sources in the Taiwanese supply chain.

DigiTimes reported on Friday that shipments for the company's 10.5-inch iPad Pro are expected to increase to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units currently, with annual shipments said to reach 5 million units this year, said market watchers.

Previously, reports suggested Apple's manufacturing partners had begun limited production of the new-size tablet in March, when it remained unclear when the device would be announced. Rumors have lacked...

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Apple's Taiwan Supply Chain Estimates that Apple will...

It's being reported today that the upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units currently, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017

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Thursday May 18

Google Assistant for iOS Can't Match Apple's Int...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Google Assistant is now Available for iOS and Google Home will be Offering Free Phone Calls within the U.S. and Canada." One of Google's headline catching announcements out of their I/O developer conference yesterday was that Google Assistant was available on iOS. That was met with a lot of cheering. But for a certain iOS Guru, Google Assistant doesn't hold a candle to Apple's Siri on iOS devices.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Spotted Testing Apple Watch-Connected G...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has allegedly been spotted testing a prototype glucose monitor that's connected to his Apple Watch, reports CNBC. Cook, who is said to be aiming to understand how his blood sugar is affected by food and exercise, has been seen wearing the device around the Apple Campus.

Cook also mentioned the glucose monitor in a February meeting with students at the University of Glasgow. It's not clear if the device he spoke of in Glasgow is the same one he's been wearing around the Apple campus."I've been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks," he said. "I just took it off before coming on this trip."

Cook explained that he was able to understand how his blood sugar responded to foods he was eating. He made modifications to keep his blood sugar more constant.Current continuous glucose...

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Samsung Tablets Overtake the iPad in Western Europe in Q1,...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung introduced the new Tab S3 and Galaxy Book Today at a Special Event in Barcelona Spain." Due to the Samsung S8 delay that was caused by the Note 7 investigation, the company decided to instead launch new tablets at the Barcelona Mobile device trade show in late February. That move may...

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Apple reveals all-new Apple Watch Design with a Display co...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that delivers quite the punch. The inventions in the filing cover a new Apple Watch Design and a possible HDTV. The patent is a technical one and so the design may not be the look of the actual smartwatch or TV of the future.

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Apple Takes Risk By Telling Chinese Chat Apps to Disable...

Apple has told several Chinese social networking apps to disable their "tip" functions to comply with App Store rules, according to executives at WeChat and other companies.

The tip functions in Chinese messaging platforms are free to use and allow people to send authors and other content creators monetary tips through transfers to mobile wallet accounts. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has decided that tips are equivalent to in-app purchases – similar to buying games, music, and videos – therefore Apple is entitled to a 30 percent cut of every transaction.

WeChat on iPhone

The move by Apple appears to be a way to eke out additional revenue from Chinese iPhone users as part of a broader effort to increase its market share in the...

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Wednesday May 17

Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Accessibility With Three Accessib...

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which takes place tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with three YouTubers to discuss the Accessibility features built into Apple's iOS and Mac devices.

Each of the three YouTubers, who met Cook at Apple's campus for coffee, have shared their conversations with the CEO on their respective YouTube channels. All three, including legally blind filmmaker James Rath, deaf advocate and vlogger Rikki Poynter, and actress Tatiana Lee, who was born with Spina Bifida, talked about the Apple products that they use in their daily lives. The three interviews can be watched below.

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Google Assistant is now Available for iOS and Google Home...

You can usually learn something new watching a developer conference, whether it's from Apple, Microsoft or yes, even Google. Last week we learned about Microsoft's updates to HoloLens, their new Digital Pen input and a new Windows 10 UI coming with subtle 3D effects this fall. If the new Windows 10 UI is successful, you could bet that 3D UI's from competitors are sure to follow. Today at Google I/O 2017 there was a lot of little things of mild interest, among them Google Assistant coming to iOS as noted in our cover graphic. That announcement received a lot of applause from a pro-Android developer audience which was both strange and interesting. Today's report provides our audience with the full Google I/O conference video along with a few highlights of new features of interest ...

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iPhone Scores 92% Loyalty Rate in Recent Survey Ahead of i...

92 percent of iPhone owners that are "somewhat likely" or "extremely likely" to upgrade their smartphone in the next 12 months plan to purchase another iPhone, according to investment banking firm Morgan Stanley.

Apple's loyalty rate, up from 86 percent a year ago, is based on an April 2017 survey of 1,000 smartphone owners aged 18 and above in the United States. It's the iPhone's highest retention rate measured by Morgan Stanley since a record high of 93 percent set in September 2015, when the iPhone 6s launched.

An excerpt from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty's research note distributed today:It's our belief that a maturing installed base that is accustomed to iOS and increased press around potential new technologies in the upcoming iPhone drove the strong year-over-year increase. Importantly, the rise in Apple's loyalty rates comes after Samsung, Apple's biggest competitor in the United States,...

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Google I/O 2017: Assistant on iOS, Bluetooth Streaming on...

Google today kicked off its annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, beginning with a keynote where the company announced Google Assistant for iPhone, new Google Home features including the ability to stream Apple Music via Bluetooth, and new photo sharing features in Google Photos.

Google Assistant on iOS

As it was rumored earlier this week, Google today announced that its AI helper Google Assistant is out now for iOS as its own standalone app [Direct Link]. This way, users will be able to chat with Google and gain access to all of its...

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Two Great Interviews Surface today with Apple's Angel...

Daniel Roth is the editor of LinkedIn, based out of LinkedIn's NYC offices in the Empire State Building. In his role, Roth oversees the global editorial team that handles curation of breaking insights on LinkedIn, creation of original articles and videos and the cultivation of new and top contributors across the site. Today Roth's 'Influencer' interview series continues with Apple's SVP Retail Angela Ahrendts. On a second note, a new interview of Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine has surfaced and it's one the best to date.

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Jimmy Iovine Says Apple Music Would Have '400 Million...

Apple Music executive and recording industry mogul Jimmy Iovine recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Music Business Worldwide, reflecting upon his desire for more people to start paying for music.

The spread of free music has proliferated since the earliest days of the internet, starting with shady peer-to-peer services like Napster and LimeWire and progressing to legal, ad-supported platforms like Spotify and YouTube. Iovine thinks it's wrong, and insists artists should get paid for their work.

However, he admitted that free music is "so technically good" that many people simply aren't willing to pay up. In fact, he said if Apple Music were to offer a free tier like Spotify, it "would have 400 million people on it" and make his job a lot easier. But that's...

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Two-Faced Samsung Magically Claims Global Sales of their S...

Yesterday ZNet, Appleinsider and others reported that Samsung's Global sales of their new Galaxy S8 smartphone were far blow their Galaxy S4 peak. Hell, even some Korean press reports backed that up. Overnight however, The Korea Times reports that Galaxy S8 sales top 10 million in 3 weeks. So which is it?

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Former Starbucks Worker Says Attending Apple's Develo...

Apple's first iOS Developer Academy opened in Naples, Italy last October, providing 200 students with practical skills and experience to help turn their app ideas into reality and bring them to market on the App Store.

One of those students is a young Neapolitan man named Luigi, who left Naples for the United Kingdom to find a technology job, but was enticed to return to the city upon hearing about Apple's Developer Academy.

The Independent says after Luigi applied for the academy, he left his job at Starbucks so that he could study properly. He felt it was a risky...

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New Court Filing Details Qualcomm Suing Apple's iPhon...

The legal wranglings between Apple and Qualcom have been going on all year as noted in our list of actions noted at the bottom of our report. Today, Qualcomm begins a new chapter in their legal fight with Apple by suing four of Apple's key iPhone suppliers. Our report covers Qualcomm's press release and a Scribd document of the actual court filing against Apple's iPhone suppliers.

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Apple Engineers Invented a Different Kind of Pizza Contain...

Mark Doutt, Sr. Manager, Packaging Engineer, is one of the inventors noted on an Apple design patent for a 'Container' that was published by the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) back in December 2016. Who could have guessed it was for a Pizza Container?

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Tuesday May 16

Apple Pay Officially Launches in Italy

Apple Pay is now available in Italy, and iPhone users in the country are able to add eligible credit and debit cards to the Wallet app for use with Apple's payments service in stores and online.

According to Apple's Italian Apple Pay website, Visa and MasterCards issued by Boon, Carrefour, and UniCredit can be used with Apple Pay in Italy. The site says support for additional banks will be added later this year.

Rumors of Apple Pay's expansion to Italy have been circulating for several weeks as Apple worked to add support for its payments service in the country, and the service has been listed as "Coming Soon" on the Apple Pay Italy site since March.

Apple Pay is available as a purchase option...

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Apple Highlights Accessibility Features in New 'Desig...

Apple today updated its YouTube channel with a series of Accessibility videos, highlighting the different ways the Accessibility features built into the iPhone and iPad are used to help people accomplish a range of tasks.

In one video, for example, a sight impaired singer and drummer named Carlos Vasquez shares how he uses features like VoiceOver to promote his band on social media sites.

Carlos is the lead singer, drummer and PR manager for his metal band Distartica. Using VoiceOver, with Screen Curtain on iPhone, he can hail a ride, take a photo, and get the word out about his band's album release while keeping his screen entirely black.Another video features a middle school band teacher named Shane, who uses Made for iPhone hearing aids along with her iPhone to listen to her students perform.

Shane is a middle school band and choir director who uses...

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AMD Set to Thrill Pros and Gamers alike with a new High-En...

With desktop sales sagging, AMD has decided to wake the industry up and give Pros and gamers alike a system to drool over. AMD just unveiled a brand new enthusiast CPU lineup called “Threadripper” featuring ...

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Bragi Launches 'The Dash Pro' With Bigger Batter...

At an event in New York City today, hearable company Bragi announced a trio of updates coming to its line of wireless Bluetooth headphones, including The Dash Pro, The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey, and Bragi OS 3. The updates follow the launch of The Headphone device that Bragi debuted earlier this year at a lower cost to The Dash, allowing The Headphone to enter the market as a more direct competitor to Apple's AirPods.

The Dash Pro

The Dash Pro's major updates center around what Bragi described as "professional grade" Bluetooth connectivity that provides audio to users "without interruption," improving on some connection issues that...

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TheStreet Launches a Free New Financial App that's Av...

Today TheStreet, a leading financial news and information provider, announced the launch of its new mobile application. TheStreet app is free to download in the Apple Store and provides access to business news, ...

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'Today at Apple' is Finally Rolling out at an Ap...

Apple today announced the official launch of 'Today at Apple' where dozens of new educational sessions will be available at all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions ...

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Apple Likely to Introduce a MacBook Pro Refresh at WWDC wi...

Microsoft introduced a new Surface Laptop earlier this month, primarily aimed at students that uses a cloud based version of their OS called Windows 10S. The laptop comes with a high-end PixelSense display with 3.4 million pixels, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD and weighs under 3 pounds for US$999. Reviews from PCWorld, PC Advisor, PCMag and others give it 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5. Now we're learning that Apple plans to announce an update to its MacBook lineup at their upcoming WWDC event in June.

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Apple Launches 'Today at Apple' Classes Around t...

Apple in April announced plans to begin offering "Today at Apple" educational classes at all of its 495 stores around the world, and as of today, the company has launched a new website to allow customers to sign up for the sessions.

More than 4,000 sessions are being offered each day this week across all of Apple's retail stores.

The "Today at Apple" program, which has been in place at Apple's Union Square location since the store opened, offers a range of classes on topics like coding, art, music, design, and photography. There are classes designed for both beginners and more experienced users, as well as classes for all ages, including children.

Most sessions are taught by trained employees known as "Creative Pros," but in select cities, there are classes taught by well-known artists, photographers, and musicians....

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LG to introduce their First OLED Smartphone in H2 as they...

LG has been an important supplier of LCD displays for Apple for some time now. Apple's shift to OLED displays took LG by surprise. We noted a year ago that LG was racing to become Apple's number two supplier for OLED. While LG is ramping up OLED production, it can't reportedly meet Apple's demands or quality standards at this point in time.

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Apple to Announce New MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Possibly M...

Apple is planning to announce refreshes for its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June, reports Bloomberg. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most affordable notebook.

The MacBook Pro, which was just updated in October with a slimmer design and a Touch Bar, will be refreshed with a faster Kaby Lake processor, an update from the Skylake processors in the current machines. It will look the same as the current model, adopting only internal updates.


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Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 to Develope...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.5, a minor update that introduced a fix for a bug with USB headphones and other small improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

We don't know yet what's included in the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update, but with the debut of the next-generation version of macOS approaching, it's likely to feature minor bug fixes, improvements, and security enhancements.

Development of macOS is wrapping up as Apple transitions to macOS 10.13, which will be introduced at the...

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Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update to developers, one day after releasing iOS 10.3.2, a minor bug fix update that introduced minor bug fixes and a long list of security updates.

Registered developers can download the first iOS 10.3.3 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile is installed.

We don’t yet know what’s included in iOS 10.3.3, but with a 10.x.x version number, it’s likely to be another minor update that focuses on bug fixes and security improvements rather than outward-facing changes. If anything notable is found in the beta, we’ll update this post.

iOS 10.3.3 may be one of the last updates we see to iOS 10, as Apple is starting to shift focus to iOS 11. iOS 11 will be introduced at the...

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Apple Rumored to Discontinue iPad Mini

Waiting for an iPad mini 5? You may be disappointed. BGR, citing a source close to Apple, claims the 7.9-inch tablet is being phased out. The report doesn't offer a timeline as to when the iPad mini will be discontinued, and its sources couldn't confirm if the iPad mini 4 will remain on sale for a period of time.

Apple is rumored to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as early as the WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5, so it's conceivable to think the iPad mini could be axed then if the report is accurate. Apple's tablet lineup would then consist of the iPad Pro in 12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-...

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Behind-The-Scenes Look Into Apple Park Shares Up Close Pho...

In a new article by Wired today, Apple has shared the first in-depth look inside its new Apple Park campus, providing glimpses into the "Ring" building's original design, up-close images of the campus' construction and interiors, and even personal tidbits about former CEO Steve Jobs' connection to Apple Campus 2. As construction and updates on the site have stretched out over the years, current Apple CEO Tim Cook referred to Apple Park as the company's "biggest project ever."

Jobs' vision of the campus dates back to 2004, when he and Jony Ive began discussing a reimagined headquarters, but it wasn't until the company hired architect Norman Foster in 2009 that the plans began to ramp up. Meetings that Jobs had with architects working on the project lasted five or six...

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Third-Party Apps Will Need App-Specific Passwords for iClo...

App-specific passwords are set to become a mandatory requirement for third-party apps that access iCloud user data, according to an Apple Support email sent out today.

Currently, app-specific passwords are used to allow non-native apps like email clients to sign in to iCloud accounts that are protected by two-factor authentication. The security measure ensures that users can still link up their iCloud account to apps and services not provided by Apple, while also avoiding the need to disclose their Apple ID password to third parties.

However, app-specific passwords will become a basic requirement from June 15, according to Apple. The policy change basically means that users who want to continue using third-party apps with their iCloud account will have to enable two-factor authentication and generate individual passwords for each app.

Beginning on 15 June, app-specific passwords will be required to...

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Apple Granted 56 Patents Today Covering an Edge-to-Edge iP...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Our report covers three specific patents. One covers a portable 3D scanner associated with a Kinect-like device. Another covers Touch ID that moves from the Home Button to beneath the display. The last patent covers a touch panel that will allow a device like the iPhone 8 to have a display that extends edge-to-edge eliminating the traditional bezel.

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Monday May 15

Apple Seeking Programming Chief to Lead Video Efforts

Apple is looking for a programming chief, suggesting the company is serious about delving further into original programming, reports The Information.

In its search to find someone to lead its video efforts, Apple is said to have met with former HBO president and programming lead Michael Lombardo earlier this year to "discuss Apple's video programming strategy." Lombardo left his high-profile role as HBO president in early 2016 to become a producer because he wanted a more active creative role.

Lombardo is currently producing a show for HBO, but given his meeting with Apple, it's possible the company is considering him for the head programming role. Apple is said to be actively seeking to fill the position, which could answer some questions Hollywood has about the...

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Future Apple Watch Rumored to Include Glucose Monitoring a...

Apple is planning major new health features for future versions of the Apple Watch, according to a new report from BGR citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.

The company is said to be working on implementing a new glucose monitoring feature and interchangeable smart bands, which could add new health functionality to the Apple Watch. Both features have been previously rumored in the past, but BGR suggests the functionality could be coming soon.

It has been rumored that Apple is interested in glucose monitoring, and it appears that the time may now be right. Previous rumors have stated that Apple might only be able to achieve this through a separate device that might complement the watch, however BGR has learned that this might not be accurate.In April, a CNBC report suggested Apple had a...

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In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don’t just look...

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus continues to be Apple's number one selling iPhone model and it's all because of their dual Lens camera with 'Portrait Mode."

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Apple Releases New 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus Ad Pr...

Apple today shared a new iPhone 7 Plus ad on its YouTube channel, once again promoting the Portrait Mode feature of its flagship device.

The spot takes place in a barbershop, with photos from the iPhone 7 Plus used to advertise the shop's skills. Images captured with the iPhone are added to the storefront, drawing in more and more customers until there's a long line out the door. "In Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, you don't just look good. You look fantastic," reads the ad's description.

Apple has been heavily promoting the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode feature, which Tim Cook recently said is one of the reasons why the iPhone 7 Plus has been the most popular "Plus" model the company has released yet.

Interest in the...

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Apple Italy announces that their Advanced Apple Store with...

Back in January Patently Apple posted a report titled "One of Apple's most Innovative and Technologically Advanced Stores is coming to Piazza Liberty in Milan Italy," that illustrated several concept drawings. In our cover graphic you could see a fountain wall in the distance. Today Apple provided a photo of the store's dramatic entrance where they say that customers will descend into the store, passing between two high walls of water. Sounds cool to me.

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Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.5 With Headphones Audio...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.5, the fifth update to the macOS Sierra operating system that first launched in September of 2016. macOS Sierra 10.12.5 comes more than one month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, an update that introduced Night Shift for Mac. Five betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 were seeded to developers and public beta testers ahead of the update's release.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

No feature additions, bug fixes, or other changes were found in...

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Apple Releases iOS 10.3.2 With Multiple Bug Fixes and Secu...

Apple today released iOS 10.3.2 to the public, following several weeks of testing and four betas. iOS 10.3.2 comes six weeks after the release of iOS 10.3, a major update that introduced a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. It also comes more than a month after iOS 10.3.1, a security update.

iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible device. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.

There were no outward-facing changes or new features discovered during the beta testing process, aside from a small fix for SiriKit car commands, which are now working as...

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Samsung and Apple in a Race to Introduce both a Selfie Cam...

Within the last year Apple patent filings have covered a selfie camera for their Apple Watch (graphic below) along with a secondary display built into the band. Is it any surprise then that a new Samsung's patent for similar features has just surfaced? No – as Apple and Samsung are always on a war footing trying to outdo the other. On one hand I'd like to laugh at the Samsung idea of a zoom camera lens designed to protrude through the display while on the other hand I'd be amazed if they could actually pull it off. For now, both Apple and Samsung are racing to introduce a camera and a band display into their respective smartwatches. With Apple leading the smartwatch market globally and Samsung far behind, Samsung has to take more chances if they hope to catch up with the Apple Watch. Though with consumer's obsessed with taking selfies, it's likely to be a feature both want to get to market sooner rather than later. This may end up being the feature of the year.

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Apple Announces New Piazza Liberty Store in Milan, Italy O...

Apple today announced that it will soon open a new retail store at Piazza Liberty, or Liberty Square, in Milan, Italy.

As revealed in city planning documents earlier this year, the store will be located entirely below the outdoor amphitheater. The sales floor will be accessible by walking down a staircase situated between two waterfalls that form part of the larger fountain. There will also be an elevator available.

Apple is developing the store in partnership with architecture firm Foster and Partners, who have helped design many of the company's most significant retail spaces around the world and its new Apple Park headquarters.

Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants Apple Stores...

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VoIP-Pal Raises Damages Claim against Apple in Patent Laws...

In February 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iMessage and Wi-Fi Calling Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit." A patent troll by the name of VoIP-Pal who acquired a 2013 patent from Digifonica was seeking damages of $2.8 billion in damages. Today we learn that announced plans to increase damage demands in lawsuits versus Apple by almost tenfold.

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Sunday May 14

New Apple Park Drone Video Recaps Construction Progress Ma...

Drone videographer Matthew Roberts today uploaded a new video about Apple Park, this time showcasing the construction progress that Apple has made on its new campus over the past year. The video starts in June 2016 and goes up through Roberts' most recent drone updates in April and May 2017, where last minute pieces of construction were being put into place as the first small batch of employees moved into the new workspace.

Roberts separated the video to focus on the major buildings and features at Apple Park, allowing viewers to watch all the progress that has been made on the central "Spaceship" building,...

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Like the Pharaoh's who built the Great Pyramids, Appl...

Apple employees last month began testing the company's latest innovation: Apple Park, one of history's most expensive corporate campuses and the leading example of the tech industry's newfound love for splashy architecture. Since unveiling plans in 2011, Apple's design team has sought to influence everything from sprinklers to door handles. The Public is likely to see the new Steve Jobs Theater later this year when ...

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Apple has designed a new Siri Architecture allowing Two Di...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report regarding Apple acquiring their third AI Company in three years to advance Siri and beyond. This week we also posted a report titled "AI Wars are almost reaching Fever Pitch with new Home Devices and Apple Fans look to WWDC 2017 for Apple's Response." Independent Digital Assistant-centric devices aimed at advancing the smart home are going to be a huge market over time. Interestingly the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple this week that revealed real advancements coming to future applications for Siri beyond today's iDevices and Mac. Apple introduces us to the concept of Siri on a user's iDevice communicating with an automated system hub. One of the advances will apply to your smart home, and it's a real eye opener.

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Apple Acquires Lattice Data, their Third Major AI Company...

Last Summer Apple acquired Turi a Seattle based artificial intelligence (AI) start-up for roughly $200 million. The year before that Apple aquired Vocal IQ whose artificial intelligence focused on specific markets such as automotive via Auto-Pilot Driver Assistance, wearable devices, smart homes and robotics. We're now learning that Apple has acquired their third AI startup in three years called Lattice Data, specializing in Dark Data.

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