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Friday February 23

08:31
Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its Stores...

The High Court of Paris on Friday denied Apple's request for an injunction that would have blocked activist group Attac from protesting at the company's retail stores across France, as it has been doing for the past several months.

The order states that the mere presence of protesters at Apple's stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, is not enough to justify limiting the group's rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union's Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover Attac's legal fees, according...

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08:19
A New Project Titan Patent Surfaces in Europe Covering Int...

Patently Apple discovered a new patent application from Apple today in Europe. The invention relates to an autonomous or smart vehicle system that will allow a driver to call up various interfaces on a heads-up display. The system also covers an advanced camera ID system that will recognize a driver and then ...

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01:44
Apple's AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Be Avail...

Apple will begin selling its AirPower wireless charging mat next month, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The publication has spoken to "reliable sources" who have apparently confirmed a claim made earlier in February by The Apple Post that the wireless accessory will go on sale in Apple retail stores sometime in March, although the specific date still remains unclear.

Announced by Apple in September, AirPower is an oval-shaped white charging mat featuring Qi-compatible networking technology that will allow it to charge multiple devices at once. Along with an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, and the Apple Watch Series 3, the...

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Thursday February 22

18:01
Intel didn't bother to tell U.S. Cyber Officials abou...

Today the U.S. government expressed their dismay over not being informed about Meltdown and Spectre until the public knew about it. According to a new Reuters report, "Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc. notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday.

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16:17
Fake News: Apple wasn't granted a patent for a "...

It's being falsely reported today by Apple World Today that Apple was "Granted a Patent" for a "travel guitar."

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13:49
Apple's Elk Grove Repair Facility Makes ~20 Accidenta...

Repair technicians who work at Apple's repair facility in Elk Grove, California make frequent accidental 911 calls when testing Apple devices, Elk Grove police dispatcher Jamie Hudson told a local Sacramento news site.

The influx of calls started back in October of 2017, which coincides with the introduction of the Emergency SOS feature that was added to the iPhone with the launch of iOS 11."We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson.

Dispatchers say the calls started back in October of 2017, and typically there's no one on the other line.To activate Emergency SOS, iPhone 8 and iPhone X simply owners need to press and hold on the Side button while also holding the two volume buttons at the same time, or rapidly press on the side button five times...

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13:12
Employment Questionnaire and Two Signatures From Steve Job...

An auction site is set to sell off three pieces of Steve Jobs memorabilia, including a rare employment questionnaire filled out by the former Apple CEO.

Jobs filled out the application in 1973, just after dropping out of Reed College, where he attended school for approximately six months and then audited classes for another year and a half.

On the document, Jobs lists "english lit" as his major, and Reed College as his address. He lists "Computer" and "Calculator" as skills, along with "Design" and "Tech," and says that he has special abilities that include "Electronics" and digital "Tech or Design Engineer."

Auction site RR Auction expects the questionnaire to fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction.

Along with the questionnaire, the site also plans to auction off two documents that feature a rare Steve Jobs signature. The first is a Mac OS X technical manual that Jobs signed back in...

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11:15
Apple Tweaks iPhone with Sidewall Icons Invention by Addin...

Patently Apple posted a granted patent report back in August 2016 titled "Apple Granted a Patent for a Curved Glass iPhone with Active Sidewall Virtual Buttons." Today Apple is adding new patent claims and our report points them out for you.

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10:15
Apple Worldwide Video Hires Carol Trussell as Head of Prod...

It's being reported today that Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has hired a seasoned production executive to oversee the growing portfolio. Carol Trussell has joined Apple as Head of Production.

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09:39
Intel to introduce 5G Connectivity for 2019 PC's from...

Today, Intel announced it is collaborating with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to bring 5G-connectivity to Windows PCs with Intel XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems. Intel expects the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs to surface in the market in the second half of 2019.

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09:35
iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Es...

A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner.

Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective operating systems last year. Android's dominance is unsurprising given the software is installed on dozens of different smartphone models offered at a range of price points, whereas the iPhone primarily caters to the high-end market.

iOS and Android have been the leading mobile operating systems for many years now, but the duopoly became so dominant last year that Gartner doesn't even break out BlackBerry and Windows Phone individually anymore. Together, the platforms accounted for less than 0.1 percent market share in 2017.

For perspective, Gartner estimates...

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08:34
Apple Envisions Tabletop & Ceiling Versions of their T...

Apple's TrueDepth camera on iPhone X took the market by surprise and enabled new features like Face ID, Animoji and more. Now we're learning from a new patent application published today by the U.S. Patent Office that Apple may have new secret products in mind that uses a much larger version of their depth camera. More specifically, Apple tells us that it may come in the form of tabletop or ceiling versions.

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06:47
Two of Apple's latest Inventions Indicate that Apple...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple that relate to taking Apple Watch to the next levels of fitness. The first patent application covers Apple Watch in context with Yoga while the second relates to Apple Watch in context with a Cycling session.

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05:07
Two New AirPods Updates planned for 2018-2019

Apple's AirPods have been one of Apple's greatest inventions. Apple fans who have them are super thrilled with their quality. Now we're learning that Apple is working on a couple of upgrades to their famed AirPods.

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04:33
Korean Sources Predict that Samsung will demonstrate Augme...

In early January Patently Apple reported on Samsung's Galaxy S9 would use their new Exynos9 processor that is to introduce a Face ID-like feature along with neural networks as introduced with the iPhone X. Last week we reported that the S9 will also add a 3D Emoji-like feature. Now we're learning that the un-original Samsung will go one step further and push Augmented Reality at their event this Sunday in Barcelona.

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04:06
Apple to Debut New AirPods This Year With Handsfree '...

Apple is reportedly working on several upgrades to its wireless AirPods with a new version of the popular headphones set for release as soon as this year, according to Bloomberg.

Like with its mobile devices -- the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch -- Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip, the people said. A subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant, they added, asking not to be identified discussing private product plans.The new 2018 AirPods are said to come with an upgraded wireless chip that will let...

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03:43
The new Apple Store in Vienna Officially Opens this Weeken...

At the top of the month Patently Apple reported that Apple's new Vienna Store would open on February 24th. Apple Kärntner Straße is located on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. Today Apple published an official statement saying that "Apple Kärntner Straße, Apple’s first store in Austria, will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the heart of Vienna.

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02:41
Apple Video provides us with a Peak into Creating Portrait...

Apple's latest iPhone X video states: "Take a look behind the iPhone X and discover the process we went through to create Portrait Lighting.

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Wednesday February 21

21:25
Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at How the Portrait Li...

Apple this evening uploaded a new "Portrait Lighting" video to its YouTube channel, which is designed to give a behind the scenes look at how the Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X were created.

Take a look behind the iPhone X and discover the process we went through to create Portrait Lighting. Combining timeless lighting principles with advanced machine learning, we created an iPhone that takes studio-quality portraits without the studio.In the video, Apple explains that it worked with global image makers and some of the world's best photographers to combine timeless lighting principles with machine learning techniques.

The result was the Portrait Lighting feature available in Portrait Mode on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus. On iPhone X, Portrait Lighting is available for both the front and rear facing cameras thanks to the TrueDepth camera system, while on iPhone 8 Plus, it's available for shots captured with the rear camera.

Apple's Portrait...

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14:53
In the Detachables Market in Western Europe Apple's i...

On February 5th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Pro Continues to be the World's #1 Detachable Tablet." In the latest IDC report about detachables centers on Western Europe statistics. Overall, this device segment continued to decline in 2017 by 13.1% with Apple only being down 1.0% because of strong ....

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10:08
Apple Releases Third Beta of iOS 11.3 for Public Beta Test...

Apple today released the third public beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update for its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the third beta to developers and two weeks after releasing the second public beta.

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

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

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The third betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3...

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08:29
New Interview with Apple's CEO gives us Fresh Insight...

Yesterday Patently Apple covered Fast Company's list of top innovators in the market where Apple was placed #1 for "Delivering the Future Today." Fast Company kept the best for last, with an in-depth interview with Apple's CEO Tim Cook who covered a lot of ground. Some of the key insights found in the Fast Company interview are presented in today's report.

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08:27
Tim Cook Says Apple is Always Focused on 'Products an...

Fast Company today published an interview with Tim Cook after naming Apple the world's most innovative company yesterday.

Image Credit: Fast Company/Ioulex Photography

Apple's CEO primarily reflected on the iPhone maker's culture and approach that has led to products such as the iPhone X, Apple Watch, AirPods, and HomePod, and as to be expected, he talked up the company he runs.

Cook said Apple's focus is always on "products and people," for example, rather than the company's earnings results or stock price.Fast Company: What makes a good year for Apple? Is it the new hit products? The stock price?

Tim Cook: Stock price is a result, not an achievement by itself. For me, it's about products and people. Did we make the...

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07:49
Apple Files Major Apple TV Logo Trademark Update Focused o...

Back in December Patently Apple posted a patent application report that related to next-gen gaming technology. Our report noted that "Norman Wang is listed as one of Apple's engineers credited with this invention. Wang was a Senior Software Engine at Sony in its PlayStation division. Now we're learning that Apple has updated their Apple TV logo trademark to add all-things related to gaming.

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06:27
iPad Refresh in March Likely as Apple Receives Certificati...

Apple has registered new tablets with the Eurasian Economic Commission this week, suggesting that an iPad refresh is likely on the horizon. The filings, uncovered by French website Consomac, are legally required for any devices with encryption sold in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

Two of the tablets have model numbers A1893 and A1954, which don't correspond with any current iPad mini, iPad, or iPad Pro. There are also a handful of "sample" products listed that have model numbers starting with AA and CC, which is uncharacteristic, so it's unclear what those listings may pertain to.

Recent rumors and logical guesswork suggest Apple could be planning an annual refresh of its lower-cost 9.7-inch iPad, introduced last March for $329 in the United States, while the iPad mini has also gone a few years without an update.

Eurasian Economic...

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06:23
Attorneys in a Class Action against Apple now Seek Court O...

On December 24th Patently Apple posted a Patently Legal report titled "Apple has been Hit with a Third Battery Issue Related Lawsuit by a Bay Area Resident." Today we're learning that the attorney in that lawsuit is now seeking a court order to force Apple to preserve the iPhone batteries ...

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04:52
Apple is attempting to Secure Supplies of Cobalt for Batte...

On February 12th, a report from Korea stated that Samsung SDI is South Korea’s leading battery maker. They're now embarking on research and development of cobalt-less batteries as a strategy to hedge against rising cobalt prices. International cobalt prices soared from $34,600 per ton in January 2017 to $81,360 this year, rising by about 135 percent. Now we're learning that Apple's solution to the cobalt shortage and rising prices is to secure cobalt resources directly with the miners.

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Tuesday February 20

16:03
Apple Named World's Most Innovative Company Due to Fo...

Fast Company today published its annual rankings of the 50 most innovative companies in the world, and this year, Apple is the number one company on the list for "delivering the future today."

Apple was picked for its impressive list of accomplishments in 2017, which included the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and its unique focus on hardware and software integration that sets it apart from its competitors. Apple designs its own chips that are optimized for its operating systems, resulting in performance that blows the competition away.

But creativity is more than skin deep--and Apple's approach to the hardware and software engineering that creates its experiences has never been more ambitious. Other makers of phones and tablets buy the same off-the-shelf chips as their competitors. Apple, by contrast, designs its own chips--so an iPhone packs a processor designed...

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12:05
AirPlay 2 Features Removed From iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3

Early AirPlay 2 functionality, which was present in initial iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, has been removed from the third beta that was provided to developers this morning.

With the first betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, when you installed these updates on an iOS device and two or more fourth or fifth-generation Apple TVs, AirPlay 2 could be used to stream music to multiple devices at the same time.

As an example, with two Apple TVs running tvOS 11.3 set up in different rooms of the house, you could use an iPhone to play the same song on both through AirPlay 2's multi-room audio feature.

Installing tvOS 11.3 also added the Apple TV to your HomeKit setup, with the Apple TV present in the Home app.

As noted by ...

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11:08
Smart Speaker Showdown: HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Sonos...

Apple's new HomePod is late to the smart speaker market, which is already crowded with speakers from companies like Amazon, Google, and Sonos. The latter two companies, Google and Sonos, have released speakers with high-quality sound and robust voice assistants, giving the HomePod some serious competition.

We decided to pit Apple's $349 HomePod against both the $399 Google Home Max, which comes with Google Assistant, and the $199 Alexa-powered Sonos One to see how the HomePod measures up.

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To compare the three speakers, we focused on design, sound quality, and the overall performance of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

When it comes to design -- and this is certainly subjective...

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10:22
Apple won 39 Patents today covering the iPhone X's Sc...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the most important patent of the day that covers scanning depth engine technology that ended up in Apple's iPhone X. Our report also covers a series of design patents issued to Apple today and 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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09:58
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta and one month after releasing iOS 11.2.5, an update that focused primarily on bug fixes and security improvements. The update also comes just a day after the release of iOS 11.2.6, which fixed a bug that caused iPhones and iPads to crash when a character from the Indian language Telugu was rendered improperly.

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

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09:17
Sketchy Rumor: iPhone SE 2 Will Debut at WWDC With Classic...

We've already heard multiple rumors suggesting Apple will unveil a so-called iPhone SE 2 later this year, and a new supply chain report from Chinese news website QQ.com claims to have knowledge of the device's tech specs.

First, the report says the new iPhone SE won't look like the iPhone X, which would make sense given it's a lower-end device. Instead, the new model will purportedly have a similar design as the original iPhone SE, with a metal back and frame, top and bottom bezels on the front, and a home button.

A key difference would supposedly be a larger 4.2-inch display, but this is questionable given it could make it harder to use the iPhone SE in one hand, which is preferred by a subset of customers. However, it's certainly possible Apple could trim down the bezels of the new iPhone SE slightly.

Apple is likely more focused on...

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07:43
Apple is #1 on Fast Company's Top 50 Innovative Compa...

Fast Company published their 2018 list of top 50 innovative Companies today with Apple topping the list ...

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06:35
Apple's TM Renewal for the Original Apple Logo is req...

Trademarks filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) only lasts 10 years and must be renewed before it expires. For historical sake, Apple continues to renew their original logo faithfully as they did again in December. The filing is not a sign of it returning as Apple's official logo. I could be used in a limited capacity buy using it for ....

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05:09
In the South Korean Market, Apple Beat the Odds in Q4 by G...

Apple got hammered in the Korean Press in Q4 starting with the hysterical story that the iPhone 8 should be banned because it was a hazard. Then South Korean Authorities raided Apple's Offices prior to the Launch of iPhone X. Even Apple's first flagship Apple Store was delayed from late December to January. If the negative stories about Apple were timed in an attempt to hurt their Q4 sales in South Korea, they failed miserably.

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Monday February 19

13:11
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for Telugu Character Bu...

Apple today released iOS 11.2.6, the eleventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.2.6 comes approximately one month after the launch of iOS 11.2.5, an update that introduced support for the HomePod, Control Center updates, Siri news, and a slew of bug fixes.

The iOS 11.2.6 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 to address a bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on the iPhone and iPad due to an inability to render a specific character in the Indian language Telugu. When sent, received, or input into Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and more, the Telugu character can cause the app to freeze up and become unresponsive.

In Messages, for example, receiving the character can freeze up...

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08:30
Could Apple's move into Health Care be a Game Changer...

Last week Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up the company's ambitions in the health-care sector by hinting that it will move beyond wellness apps and devices, like its step-tracking Apple Watch. Today a major tech publication lists three reasons why Apple's move into health care could be a game changer.

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07:01
Apple Widens the Smartphone Profit Gap with Samsung and ta...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues with the iPhone Capturing 51% of Global Smartphone Revenue Share." The data was from Strategy Analytics. Today a new report from a second analytical company goes one step further and shows us the profit breakdown across various markets that's even more impressive. One chart, as noted in-part above, shows us that the profit gap between Apple and Samsung is getting much wider.

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05:55
Industrial Design Experts Say HomePod's White Ring Is...

Last week, Apple confirmed that the HomePod can potentially leave white rings on the surface of wooden furniture with oil or wax finishes. In an effort to help users prevent seeing these rings appear on their own furniture, Apple shared a support document on "Where to place HomePod," detailing how the interaction between the HomePod's vibration-dampening silicone base and a wooden surface has the chance to result in a white ring.

Business Insider recently spoke with a few industrial design experts who believe that the problem "shouldn't be too hard to fix" for Apple." Gregor Berkowitz, a product development consultant for numerous consumer electronics brands, expects Apple to "re-tool" its HomePod manufacturing process to address the issue with the...

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02:48
APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When Wri...

Apple's APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner.

In a blog post last Thursday, software developer Mike Bombich explained that he had uncovered the data writing flaw in the Apple File System, or APFS, through his regular work with "sparse" disk images.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, a sparse disk image is basically a file that macOS mounts on the desktop and treats as if it was a physically attached drive with a classic disk volume structure. The flexibility of sparse disk images means they are commonly used in the course of performing backup and disk cloning operations, hence Bombich's extensive experience with them.

Earlier this week I noticed that an APFS-formatted sparsebundle disk image volume...

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Sunday February 18

12:36
Apple's iPhone X is the Instant Scapegoat for Samsung...

A story out of Japan on Friday stated that "Other smartphone makers, who Samsung had hoped would incorporate OLED panels, have been slow to make the transition due to their expense and are sticking to liquid crystal displays." Apparently that reality doesn't sell stories, so the Nikkei Asian Review decided to just throw in Apple as being Samsung's problem to make the story a mover.

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08:24
The City of Providence Sues Intel over Meltdown and Spectr...

While Class Action lawsuits against Apple over intentionally slowing older iPhones have sailed past 55 thus far, Intel made it public on Friday that they've been hit with 32 class actions over Meltdown and Spectre as of February 15, 2018. One of the Class Actions in that group was filed last Monday by the city of Providence who is demanding $5 billion.

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03:48
Creepy Robotic Smart Dogs and Apple Slapstick become Tech...

I'm a sucker for slapstick, hands down. One of this week's craziest stories that we heard about was Apple filming a slapstick series at Apple Park that turned out to be reality. The second craziest story or creepiest, depending how you view it, is about AI security dogs. You'll either want one, or fear the very thought of ever running into one.

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Friday February 16

15:47
Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod

Apple this afternoon shared a new HomePod tutorial video on its Apple Support YouTube channel, which is designed to help new HomePod users get the most out of their new speakers.

The three minute video covers various Siri commands for accessing music, podcasts, news, and personal requests, using the iPhone as a HomePod remote, using the HomePod as a speakerphone, controlling HomeKit devices, and more.

As a warning, this video does include "Hey Siri" commands that have the potential to activate your own HomePod when you watch it, so you might want to watch with headphones.

In the description of the video, Apple links to multiple HomePod support documents, which are useful for HomePod owners who are still learning the ins and outs of the HomePod. These documents cover topics like using the Home app, using VoiceOver, listening to Podcasts, AirPlaying audio, and more.

This is the...

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11:01
HP now Offers Apple Devices to Enterprise Clients as a Sub...

Under Apple's late CEO and Co-Founder, the company was deadly focused on the consumer side of the market. Unless you've been living under a rock, Apple's current CEO has been steadily moving deeper into the enterprise market with partners like IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte, GE, Accenture and others. This week HP announced they've expanded Device as a Service (DaaS) to now offer Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs) to enterprise customers.

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10:10
WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention C...

Apple has yet to announce dates for the 2018 edition of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, but there's evidence to suggest the event may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

First, we've heard from a reliable source who says WWDC will in fact return to the McEnery Convention Center for the second consecutive year, after having been hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

Next, we've discovered that the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

- June 4-8: WWDC 2018 (?)
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08:50
Iranian Spyware Designed to Follow Iranians and Iranian Ex...

In an explosive new report published today they claim that spyware-enabled messaging apps are being used by the Iranian regime to spy on their citizens and Iranian expats in the West. Iran could be spying on Brits and Americans using 'weaponized' apps which are available on Apple's App Store and Google's online store.

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07:53
The Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple Seven HomePod Des...

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, then the new HomePod is the ultimate smart speaker.

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Thursday February 15

14:15
Apple Renews 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' for S...

Apple has renewed "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" for a second season, CBS CEO Les Moonves announced this afternoon (via The Hollywood Reporter). Positioned as Apple's second original TV show after "Planet of the Apps," "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" season 1 debuted last August.

"Carpool Karaoke: The Series" is based on the Carpool Karaoke segment made popular by "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Apple's TV show pairs up different celebrities, musicians, athletes, putting them together in a car to sing popular songs.

In season 1, featured celebrity pairings included Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada...

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12:26
Apple to Fix Telugu Character Bug Causing Devices to Crash...

Apple has confirmed that a fix for a recently discovered bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has been included in iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, updates that are currently being beta tested ahead of a release this spring.

Furthermore, Apple told iMore's Rene Ritchie that the bug will also be addressed in an upcoming iOS update that will be released in the near future, ahead of iOS 11.3, so customers won't need to wait several weeks for a fix. Minor updates for other operating systems will likely come at the same time.

The bug, induced by sending a specific character in the Indian language Telugu, causes certain apps on iPhones, iPads, and Macs to freeze up and become unresponsive. Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and...

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11:09
Apple's First Flagship Store in Thailand Appears to b...

It's being reported today by Germany's Storeteller site that the city panorama of Bangkok gets a new landmark with ICONSIAM. Should the illustration adequately reflect the future luxury shopping mall, Apple will be exposed to the first Apple store in Thailand on the banks of the Chao Phraya. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) Other concept drawing below show different views...

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10:04
The Success of Apple's Holiday Quarter Continues with...

A quick peek at our recent reports covering Apple product market statistics for the holiday quarter will show you that Apple was running hot on all cylinders. Today we learn about the most important statistic by far. Apple generated more profit than the whole industry combined. It's not about iPhone volume down 1%, it's about showing the market the money!

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10:01
Like HomePod, Sonos One Leaves White Rings on Some Furnitu...

The HomePod's silicone base can leave white rings on some wood surfaces that have an oil or wax finish, a problem that Apple yesterday said was "not unusual." As it turns out, Apple wasn't incorrect -- the Sonos One, a competing smart speaker, also leaves white rings on furniture.

Tom's Guide reviewer Mike Prospero read about the HomePod causing rings on furniture yesterday and went to check his wood cabinet, where he did indeed discover a ring caused by the HomePod. But next to it, he found smaller square shaped marks, which had been caused by the Sonos One located near the HomePod.

Image via Tom's GuideWhen I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod's silicone...

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09:16
Apple Patent Reveals a Vital Signs Monitoring System Integ...

During Apple's shareholder meeting Apple's CEO stated that "We can make a 'significant contribution' in health care." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to health care titled "Vital Signs Monitoring System." Apple acquired Beddit in early 2017 and I thought today's patent could have derived from them. But that proved not to be the case as the inventors have been long standing Apple engineers.

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09:10
Apple Recorded More Than Half of Total Smartphone Industry...

Apple captured a record 51 percent share of revenue in the worldwide smartphone industry last quarter, which encompassed the launch of the iPhone X, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

iPhone revenue totaled $61.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, as Apple disclosed in its earnings report earlier this month. Strategy Analytics estimates Apple's smartphone revenue was three times higher than its nearest rival Samsung and seven times more than Chinese competitor Huawei.

Apple accounted for more smartphone revenue than the rest of the entire industry combined in the quarter, driven by "solid demand" for the iPhone X, said...

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07:40
Apple Patent Updates their Transparent Display Invention a...

Apple was granted a patent for specialty Augmented Reality display back in November 2017. We covered this development in a report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a Possible Future Augmented Reality Display Designed for Macs & Beyond." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application / continuation patent regarding this invention with a new theme being added to its patent claims.

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07:24
Indian Character Bug Causing System Crashes is Fixed in iO...

A recently discovered bug that causes app and system crashing on iPhone, iPad, and Mac due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu has been fixed in Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 software updates.

MacRumors has not been able to reproduce any crashes, freezes, or resprings on any devices running the latest iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas when the particular letter is present anywhere across the systems, as the upcoming software versions can now display the affected character properly.

On earlier software versions, including the latest publicly released versions iOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3, it appears that Apple devices are unable to render the Indian character for some reason, causing apps or the entire system to abruptly crash depending on where it is trying to be displayed.

If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. Likewise, if the character is...

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05:50
Apple Invents a Camera Lens Accessory System for iDevices...

The iPhone is Apple's #1 product line and they focus most of their energy in advancing features of the iPhone annually to keep it the number one premium smartphone in the world. Today the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application relating to a new camera lens accessory system for iDevices and MacBooks

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04:04
An Israeli Technology Company Undercuts Facial Recognition...

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require all companies that handle personal data of EU citizens to meet data protection requirements. Under the GDPR, face images are "Sensitive Personal Data" that has to be protected in a certain way. Apple introduced Face ID with the new iPhone X and more than likely it will have to comply with the new law kicking in this May.

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02:48
Check out the iFixit Teardown Video + Two Completely Diffe...

As always, the iFixit teardown video is another interesting one and it's made clear that repairability scores a hands down 1 with repairs costing 85% of the cost of a HomePod. In addition, we provide you with two completely different unboxing experiences that will either make you want to buy the HomePod now or definitely wait for HomePod 2

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Wednesday February 14

18:49
HomePod Costs an Estimated $216 to Make

It costs Apple an estimated $216 in raw components to build the HomePod, which sells for $349, according to research conducted by TechInsights and shared by Bloomberg.

Internal components like the microphones, tweeter, woofer, and power management chips cost Apple an estimated $58, while smaller components like the lighting system used for Siri and other animations cost $60. The A8 chip, which powers the speaker's spatial awareness, Siri features, sound adjustments, and other smart features, costs an estimated $25.

TechInsights believes the external housing and other exterior components add up to $25, while manufacturing, testing, and packaging cost an additional $17.50.

At $216 for parts and a $349 selling point, the HomePod brings in less money for each device sold than other Apple products like the iPhone. The $999 iPhone X...

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15:04
Apple Failed to Notify Customers that their New HomePod co...

Last week Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's HomePod in depth. They handed down a mixed verdict. Yet what was not expected, was the news that the HomePod could damage certain types of wooden furniture. So buyer beware!

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12:04
Some HomePod Owners Still Plagued With Setup Issues

Days after the HomePod was released, there are still some new HomePod owners who are unable to use their new speakers due to HomeKit and Wi-Fi-related setup errors.

Because it's controlled entirely through Apple's Home app, HomePod connects to HomeKit and relies on a functional HomeKit setup to function properly. Based on reports on Reddit, the Apple Support Communities, and the MacRumors forums, there are a handful of different errors people are running into.

The most common issue seems to be error -6722 or a blank white screen when setting up HomePod, caused by a bugged HomeKit setup. According a HomePod troubleshooting document...

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10:12
Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products in the United States to add a selection of Apple Watch Series 3 models, marking the first time Apple's newest wrist-worn device has been available from the refurbished store since its September 2017 release.

As of the writing of this article, there are two refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 GPS-only models available at a $50 discount, which equates to 13 to 15 percent off of the regular price. No LTE models or models with stainless steel or ceramic cases are available at this time.

A 38mm Gold Aluminum Apple Watch Series 3 with Pink Sand Sport Band is available for $279, down from $329, and Apple also has a...

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09:43
Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfa...

Apple has issued a statement confirming that the HomePod can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

Image: Wirecutter

The strange discovery was brought to light in HomePod reviews published by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint, as highlighted by VentureBeat, while at least one customer shared a picture of the same problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint's Stuart Miles:

For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod...

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08:38
Qualcomm Introduced their new 2Gbps LTE Modem today that w...

Qualcomm’s new 2Gbps LTE modem is an important step toward 5G. Today Qualcomm announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress. The Snapdragon X24 promises to reach top download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

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08:14
Apple News Drives Significant Traffic to Stories, Publishe...

Apple News can yield a flood of traffic for news publishers, with the app accounting for as much as 50 to 60 percent of readership for some stories, according to a paywalled report by Tom Dotan for The Information.

Apple News has generated half of Vox.com's daily traffic at times, according to a person familiar with Vox's numbers. An executive at the website of a major TV network said Apple News has accounted for as much as 60% of traffic for some stories.The report claims Apple has an editorial team of about a dozen former journalists, led by veteran Apple executive Roger Rosner, who decide which articles get featured in the Top Stories or Spotlight sections of Apple News, or in the News tab on an iPhone, accessible by swiping left from the first page of the home screen.

The editorial team in the United States runs a dedicated...

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07:13
Apple in Talks with China's Yangtze Memory Technologi...

Apple Inc is in talks to buy storage chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies, a move that would mark the iPhone maker’s first buy from a Chinese memory chipmaker

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07:02
Barclays Says Second-Generation iPhone X Could Have Smalle...

Apple will launch a trio of new iPhone models later this year with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system, which will potentially be reduced in size, according to a research note issued today by analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis at investment bank Barclays.

While the analysts believe the new TrueDepth system will only "evolve slightly," they predict it could allow for a "smaller notch" on the 2018 range of iPhones with Face ID, which is rumored to include a second-generation iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and an all-new mid-range 6.1-inch LCD model.

MacRumors obtained a copy of the research note, which also corroborates rumors about Apple extending Face ID to the iPad Pro this year:...

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06:25
New Apple Page Focuses on Augmented Reality Apps & Mor...

On Apple's new Augmented Reality promotions page they note: "Welcome to a new world. Imagine if the line between the virtual and the real simply didn’t exist. Your classroom could become the cosmos. The past could be as vivid as the present. Augmented reality is a new way to use technology that transforms how you work, learn, play, and connect with almost everything around you. And this is just the beginning."

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05:21
Facebook's Upcoming Smart Speakers with 15" Disp...

Later this year Facebook will be entering this hot new market segment focusing on the audio quality like Apple's HomePod but also adding a large display and of course a heavy social media angle. Facebook is out to challenge Apple Music and the HomePod.

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02:52
KGI: Apple Could Ship 100 Million Units of New 6.1-inch LC...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared shipment projections with MacRumors for Apple's rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.

The device is said to have some iPhone X features such as Face ID, but design compromises will enable Apple to put it at a more affordable price point. They could include an LCD screen instead of an OLED display, an aluminum frame, a single lens camera, and no 3D Touch.

We project shipments under the new product life cycle (4Q18-3Q19) for the 6.1" LCD iPhone, estimated to be launched in 2H18, will reach around 100mn units. According to Kuo's research note, shipment projections could fluctuate depending on the selling price of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which Kuo believes will be somewhere between $700 and $800 in the United States. In his analysis, shipments will be around 105-115 million units when priced at...

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Tuesday February 13

14:21
Microsoft is Granted a Patent for a Smart Pen Clip that co...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a granted patent for Microsoft today that reveals a smart pen retention clip that could be used to easily scroll through a document or web page, or zoom in on an object in a photo by simply sliding a finger up or down the touch sensitive clip.

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12:02
Highlights of Apple's 2018 Shareholders Meeting

Apple's annual shareholders meeting took place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park this morning, with shareholders gathering to vote on proposals and ask questions of Apple executives.

Apple does not live stream its shareholders meetings, but several members of the press, such as CNET's Shara Tibken and Business Insider's Kif Leswing, were at the event and shared details on what was covered on Twitter.

Image via Shara Tibken

Much of the meeting was spent discussing shareholder proposals, several of which were ...

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11:10
Apple Worldwide Video is developing a new Sports Drama Ser...

A new report today notes that Apple is developing a drama series based on the early life and career of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

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10:24
Apple Working on 'Swagger' TV Show Based on NBA...

Apple is developing a new drama series that's based on the early life and career of NBA star Kevin Durant, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, reports Variety.

The show, called "Swagger," was inspired by Durant's experiences as a youth playing basketball. It will highlight the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, taking a look into the lives of players, their families, and coaches.

Imagine Television, led by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, will produce alongside Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Media. Both Durant and Grazer will serve as executive producers, while Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct. Bythewood is known for his work on "Notorious," a movie that shared the story of Notorious B.I.G., and television series "Shots Fired."

Apple now has at least 10 television shows in the early stages of development, including an...

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08:34
Samsung's Galaxy S9 to Feature '3D Emoji,'...

In early January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung reveals that their new Galaxy S9 Processor will Deliver Apple-Like Face ID and Neural Network Features." Now that they're copying Apple's iPhone X hardware, a Korean report reveals today that Samsung will also be copying Apple's software by introducing their version of Animoji called '3D Emoji.'

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06:35
Samsung's Galaxy S9 Expected to Copy iPhone X's...

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will reportedly copy one of the iPhone X's most popular new features: Animoji.

Korean website ETNews claims the flagship smartphones will have a new 3D emoji function that is "more advanced" than Animoji. Like on the iPhone X, users will be able to choose from various 3D characters, including animals, that mimic facial movements as tracked by the Galaxy S9's facial recognition sensors.

Samsung should reveal the name of its Animoji competitor when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are unveiled at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Many details about the smartphones have already leaked, including entire images of the devices shared by Evan Blass, hinting at many features that can be expected.

While rumors suggest the next major version of Android will include...

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05:52
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today covering Structured Fabrics...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent for structured fabrics that are used in a Beats speaker and likely the new HomePod. The second patent covers an iPhone dock that could be controlled with unique gestures like knocking on a table. 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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04:37
Apple Wins Patents for Displays with Sophisticated Notches...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a design patent for an original iPad that carried a second connector on the left side so that it could sit on an iPad dock in landscape mode. The second patent covers an iDevice display that includes a notch to accommodate components such as a camera and more.

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02:47
Samsung's new S9 will introduce the LTE Gigabit Era

Unless Apple future proofs their next premium iPhones with Intel's 5G modems, it's a sure thing that Samsung will introduce 5G in their 2019 smartphones this time next year. Until such time, we're learning today that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 will be the first to open up the 'LTE Gigabit Era.'

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02:11
Google to deepen their Push into AI related Hardware and I...

Google wants to get the leap on Amazon and Apple regarding the coming 'Internet of Things' market that 5G networks will greatly advance. In the last week Google has shown that they want to put the Google Assistant and Google Home in a leadership position. Last week Google righted a wrong and brought Nest into their hardware division to push AI to more home devices. Today we're learning that Google has hired a key Samsung executive to run their Internet of Things business.

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Monday February 12

12:40
Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Bett...

Consumer Reports has conducted some early audio testing of the HomePod, and while the full evaluation isn't yet finished, the site believes that both the $400 Google Home Max and the $200 Sonos One sound better than Apple's new $349 smart speaker.

The HomePod received a "Very Good" sound quality rating, as did the Sonos One and the Google Home Max, but the latter two speakers also received higher overall sound quality scores.

Consumer Reports says that its speaker tests are conducted in a dedicated listening room, with experienced testers who compare each model with "high-quality reference speakers." In the case of the HomePod, testers found a few issues.

The bass was "boomy and overemphasized," while midrange tones were "somewhat hazy," and treble sounds were "underemphasized." Overall, Consumer Reports found the HomePod's sound to be "a bit muddy" when played next...

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09:59
Verizon No Longer Plans to Sell Unlocked iPhones

Verizon plans to stop selling unlocked smartphones as a way to deter criminals from stealing the devices, the company told CNET.

As of today, Verizon devices will be locked to the Verizon network and unlocked as soon as a customer signs up for service and activates the phone. Later in the spring, though, smartphones will remain locked until unlocked by Verizon, and Verizon has not yet shared details on how long it will keep phones locked before offering to unlock them.

Verizon previously sold all of its smartphones, iPhones included, unlocked, which means they were not tied to the Verizon network and could be used with any carrier right after purchase.

Purchasing a Verizon iPhone has long been a way to get an unlocked device right away, as Apple often does not sell its own unlocked models until several weeks to several months after a new iPhone launches.

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08:51
A new Global Notebook Shipment Report for 2017 Shows Apple...

During Tim Cook's summary for fiscal Q1 2018 he pointed to Macs and stated that "Worldwide 60% of our Mac sales were to first time buyers and switchers and in China, that number was almost 90%." According to TrendForce's new report on notebook statistics, they note that "The updated MacBook Pro in 2Q17 helped Apple expand shipments by ...

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08:32
MacBook Lineup Represented Estimated 1 in 10 Notebooks Shi...

Apple's lineup of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models accounted for roughly one in ten notebooks shipped worldwide last year, according to data published today by research firm TrendForce.

TrendForce claims that Apple surpassed ASUS to become the world's fourth largest notebook vendor, with an estimated 9.6 percent market share in 2017, up from 8.3 percent in 2016. ASUS saw its market share drop to an estimated 9.5 percent last year, down from a reported 10.3 percent in 2016.

The research firm says Apple releasing updated MacBook Pro models in June 2017 helped the company expand its shipments by 18 percent for the whole year—supposedly the highest growth rate among all notebook brands.

TrendForce estimates notebook shipments from all brands totaled 164.7 million units worldwide, a year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent. Windows PC makers HP, Lenovo, and Dell led the industry with...

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07:14
Apple invests in eMagin, maker of Advanced Microdisplays f...

Last week Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents an Optical System for a Future VR and AR Headset." Apple's invention covered an advanced optical system and new housing materials to lighten the headset overall. Today we're learning that Apple has invested in a company called eMagin who creates micro OLED Displays for ...

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06:41
iOS 12 Said to Feature Animoji in FaceTime, Deeper Siri In...

Apple's alleged plans to double down on the quality of its iPhone, iPad, and Mac software platforms, rather than rush to introduce new features, have been revealed in more detail by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News.

The report claims that Apple's software engineers will have more discretion to delay features that aren't as polished, with the company essentially shifting to more of a two-year roadmap for iOS and macOS, rather than trying to release major feature-packed upgrades every single year without question.Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar...

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06:07
Apple is the Richest Tech Company in the World and their f...

On January 30th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's SVP of Software is applying the Brakes on a String of iOS Features and rescheduling them for 2019." Now a new report elaborates by stating that Apple's software team will have more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap, people familiar with the situation say. That should be an internal matter and making it public makes Apple seem weak for a tech company that is the richest in the world.

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05:09
HomePod Teardown Reveals Hidden 14-Pin Connector, 16GB Sto...

iFixit has completed an exhaustive teardown of the HomePod and found that, while the speaker appears to have a simple design on the outside, it will likely be extremely difficult for customers to complete do-it-yourself repairs.

HomePod's mesh has a drawstring

The teardown experts, who admit there might be a better way to open the HomePod that they've yet to learn, were forced to use a variety of tools to gain access to the internal components, including a heat gun, a guitar pick, a knife, and after all else failed, even a hacksaw and an ultrasonic cutter.

Underneath the rubber foot, iFixit found a hidden 14-pin connector that they speculate is probably used to test or program HomePods on pogo pins during assembly in Taiwan. Given the port sits below a layer of strong adhesive, it's unclear if it will be used for any other purpose, such as diagnostic testing.

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03:58
Audiophile Review: HomePod 'Sounds Better' Than...

HomePod reviews from the tech press came thick and fast last week, and while the smart speaker's sound quality was consistently praised, most reviews were based on subjective assessments and didn't take into account professional-grade output measurements. Early on Monday, however, Reddit user WinterCharm posted exhaustive audio performance testing results for HomePod to the Reddit audiophile community.

Using specialized equipment and a controlled testing environment, the review features in-depth analysis of the smart speaker's output when compared to a pair of $999 KEF X300A digital hi-fi monitors, representing a "meticulously set up audiophile grade speaker versus a tiny little HomePod that claims to do room...

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03:15
Apple Will Repair HomePod Power Cables For $29, But Warns...

While a Reddit user recently demonstrated that the HomePod's power cable can technically be disconnected from the speaker by pulling on it with a lot of force, Apple warns that it should not be removed, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Apple's internal HomePod Service Readiness Guide, obtained by MacRumors, states that detaching the HomePod's power cable could potentially cause damage to the speaker's internal components or to the cable itself:The HomePod includes a built-in power cable that should not be removed.

In the rare instance that the cable is detached or damaged, do not attempt to remove or plug it back into HomePod. If the cable is removed or impaired, damage could have occurred to the cable or the internal components of HomePod.If a HomePod's power cable is damaged due to an unintentional reason, such...

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Sunday February 11

09:55
While Ford has invented a First-Gen AI Autonomous Cop Car,...

On Wednesday, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched the 'Falcon Heavy' successfully. The rocket is on its way to orbit Mars and Musk has the Tesla Roadster onboard and at one point will be positioned at the front of the rocket. On earth, Tesla will be conducting an autonomous vehicle test sometime in the next three to six months. Looking a little further out Ford Global Technologies foresees autonomous Police vehicles and their patent on this surfaced last month. Our report takes a peek at what it's all about.

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06:09
A 7-Count Class Action has been filed against Google for t...

Patricia Weeks and Waleed Anbar have filed a 7-count Class Action against Google over the faulty Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and are demanding $5 million.

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Saturday February 10

14:08
Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New...

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple's HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total.

Compared to previous tests of rival speakers, HomePod is "at the bottom of the totem pole" in the AI assistant performance category. Google Home answered 81 percent correctly, Amazon's Alexa answered 64 percent correctly, and Microsoft's Cortana answered 57 percent correctly.

Munster broke this information down further, stating that Siri is good for "local" and "commerce" queries, like asking about nearby coffee shops or assisting in buying new shoes. In this area, Siri beats Alexa and...

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13:14
Apple Shares New HomePod Tutorial Videos on YouTube

Following the launch of the HomePod, Apple updated its dedicated YouTube support channel with three new tutorials for the smart speaker, walking users through features like using Siri to play music, using the HomePod's touch controls, and adjusting the HomePod settings.

Each tutorial video is about a minute in length, and in the description, Apple links relevant support documents, which can be useful for finding additional HomePod documentation.

Apple's YouTube support channel, introduced back in November, is where Apple shares tutorial videos that are designed to provide users with tips on using their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices.

Along with the new HomePod videos, Apple has in the past shared quick tips on features like 3D Touch, iCloud backups, editing videos, sending emails, signing documents, taking screenshots, deleting photos, and more.

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Friday February 9

14:29
HomePod Hands-On: Unboxing and Overview

Today's the official launch day of the HomePod, Apple's new Siri-powered smart speaker. As of now, the HomePod is available in all three launch countries -- the United States, UK, and Australia.

The first orders have gone out to customers who purchased a HomePod starting on January 26, and Apple retail stores also have plenty of supply for walk-in purchases.

We picked up a couple of HomePods this morning, and MacRumors videographer Dan has spent the last few hours testing out the sound quality, the Siri integration, the HomeKit controls, the touch gesture integration, and more.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Design wise, the HomePod is deceptively small, but it's also heavy and has a solid build. It's covered in a soft, pliable mesh material meant to enhance sound, and there's a non-removable fabric-covered cable at the back.

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13:34
iPhone Source Code Was Leaked by Low-Level Apple Employee

Earlier this week, source code for iBoot, a core component of the iPhone's operating system, leaked on GitHub. The code was old, for a version of iOS 9, and it was quickly pulled from GitHub after Apple issued a DMCA takedown notice, but it left many wondering how such sensitive code ended up publicly available.

To answer that question, Motherboard got in touch with unnamed sources who were involved in the leak and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, to determine just how it happened.

As it turns out, the code originally came from a low-level Apple employee who took the code from Apple in 2016 to share with friends in the jailbreaking community. This employee wasn't...

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10:16
HomePod is Now Widely Available at Apple Stores

Today is HomePod launch day in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and as promised, the speaker is now on display and available to purchase at most of Apple's retail stores in each of those countries.

HomePod box via Kris Jones on Twitter

HomePod has already received rave reviews for its sound quality from both the media and early adopters, but customers who prefer their own listening demo can now visit one of Apple's stores to hear it for themselves. Of course, customers can also take advantage of Apple's 14-day return policy and try it at home.

Most if not all of Apple's retail locations currently have plentiful stock of the speaker in both Space Gray and White, but we recommend calling ahead before...

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Walmart has 9.7″ Apple iPads on sale for $50 off MSRP for a limited time. Sale prices are for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: – 9″ 32GB iPad: $279.99 $50 off – 9″ 128GB iPad: $379.99 $... Read more
15″ Apple MacBook Pros, Certified Refurbished...
Save $360-$420 on the purchase of a 2017 15″ MacBook Pro with Certified Refurbished models at Apple. Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest available for each model from any reseller. An standard... Read more
Amazon restocks MacBook Pros with models avai...
Amazon has restocked 15″ and 13″ Apple MacBook Pros with models on sale for up to $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go (and some sell out quickly), so check... Read more
Lowest price of the year: 15″ 2.8GHz Apple Ma...
Amazon has the 2017 Space Gray 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro on sale today for $251 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2148, $251 off MSRP Their price is... Read more
Apple restocks full line of Certified Refurbi...
Apple has restocked a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Lowest sale price available for 13″ 1.8GHz Ma...
Focus Camera has the 2017 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB Apple MacBook Air on sale today for $829 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a current 13″... Read more
21-inch 2.3GHz iMac on sale for $999, $100 of...
B&H Photo has the 2017 21″ 2.3GHz iMac (MMQA2LL/A) in stock and on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY & NJ tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis in stock again st...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more

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