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Sunday October 20

12:53
Apple led the way with Major Health Studies Associated wit...

While trying to catch up with Apple, competitor Fitbit announced this week that they formed The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance.

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Saturday October 19

05:58
Apple Files a Complaint with the Court to Stop a Patent Tr...

On September 11, 2018, Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Federal Appeals Court invalidates Key Claims in an Israeli Patent that was used to Sue both Apple and Samsung." Apple is now back in court over this patent case ...

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Friday October 18

16:47
Today the Hong Patent Office Granted Apple a Design Patent...

Apple was granted a design patent today by the Hong Kong Patent Office under number 1913543.7. Apple filed it under Locarno Classification ...

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13:35
U.S. Lawmakers Call Apple's Move to Remove HKMap Live...

U.S lawmakers on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over Apple's decision to remove the HKMap Live app from the App Store after complaints from the Chinese Government.

The letter [PDF] calls Apple's removal of the HKMap Live app "disappointing" and points out a prior quote from ‌Tim Cook‌ that reads "At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions."

The HKMap Live app, which was used by protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, was...

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08:53
Quanta Reportedly Supplying Apple With 'Autonomous Dr...

While the status of Apple's electric vehicle plans are unclear at this point, hit-or-miss DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer is currently supplying Apple with unspecified "autonomous driving solutions."

Tesla Autopilot illustration

An excerpt from the paywalled report, emphasis ours:With the test of its autonomous vehicle, Quanta is now able to prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform, which is expected to assist the company to obtain more partnerships, said the sources, adding that Quanta is currently one of the suppliers of Google's and Apple's autonomous driving solutions.Quanta recently confirmed that it has developed and tested its first autonomous vehicle on closed tracks in the United States, according to the report, allowing it to "prove its ability in designing an autonomous driving platform." Quanta did not...

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06:47
Apple's CEO met with China’s Chief Market Regulator a...

It's clear that Apple has been torn between supporting Hong Kong protesters and appeasing those in Mainland China. In the end, Mainland China won with apple complying and removing the HKmap app in a nanosecond

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05:32
Apple TV+ Comedy Series 'Dickinson' Starring Hai...

Apple TV+ comedy series "Dickinson" made its global premiere on Thursday evening at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Created, written, and executive produced by Alena Smith, the 19th-century coming-of-age story explores the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson. The series stars Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski.

Apple says the complete 10-episode first season of "Dickinson" will be available to stream on Apple TV+ starting November 1, the day the service launches, in over 100 countries and regions around the world.

In other Apple TV+ news, Variety reports that screenwriter and...

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03:52
Google Pixel 4's Face Unlock Feature Works With Eyes...

Google has ignited security concerns over the facial authentication system in its new Pixel 4 smartphone by admitting that it will unlock the device even when the user's eyes are shut.

Google unveiled the Pixel 4 this week to mostly positive reviews, many of which praised the phone for is super-fast new face unlock system, which replaces the fingerprint sensor and works much the same as Apple's Face ID on iPhones, except for one key security feature.

The BBC has discovered that the Pixel 4 can be unlocked even with the user's face even if they're sleeping (or pretending to be asleep). That contrasts with Apple's Face ID system, which engages by default an "Attention Aware" feature that requires the user's eyes to be open for the iPhone to be...

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03:00
16-Inch MacBook Pro Possibly Referenced in macOS Catalina...

Alleged icons depicting the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro have been uncovered by French blog MacGeneration in the first two betas of macOS Catalina version 10.15.1, which has been in testing since last week.

The icon looks similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro asset that is included in previous versions of macOS, but with slightly thinner bezels. The notebook is depicted in both Silver and Space Gray, with "16" in both filenames.

Earlier this year, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple is readying a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design, including the return of a more reliable scissor mechanism keyboard, for release by the end of 2019. However, it is unclear if the notebook is still planned for this year or has been pushed back to 2020.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro...

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02:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Fairness...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week tweeted in support of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, urging the U.S. Senate to move quickly to pass the bipartisan bill, which would eliminate per-country limits on employment-based green cards and increase per-country limits for family-sponsored green cards.

"Immigrants make this country stronger and our economy more dynamic," said Cook. "As a first step toward needed comprehensive reform, I urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The contributions of these workers are critical to America's future."

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the High-Skilled Immigrants Act in July, but the Senate has so far blocked the bill.

Apple and Cook frequently back pro-immigration legislation. Earlier this month, for example, Cook lent his name to...

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02:20
Report: 'AirPods Pro' to Launch End of October w...

Apple's rumored next-generation noise-canceling AirPods will launch at the end of this month with a new "Pro" moniker and a price tag of around $260, claims a new Chinese-language report this morning.

According to China Economic Daily, Apple's third-generation ‌AirPods‌ will adopt a new in-ear design to support the new noise-canceling feature and enhance the listening experience. The paper claims the "Pro" suffix, which Apple recently adopted for its most expensive iPhone 11 models, will help to differentiate the new wireless earbuds from Apple's existing ‌AirPods‌ and underscores the marketing rationale justifying the higher $260 price tag.

According to a separate report on Friday from the same Chinese-language financial...

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Thursday October 17

17:40
Interbrand Names Apple the #1 Global Brand for 2019

Interbrand today released its Best Global Brands 2019 report, the 20th edition of the world’s first brand valuation survey, showing that Apple...

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16:53
Another Day another EU Investigation into Apple's Bus...

The European Commission says it is taking a look at antitrust concerns involving Apple Pay, the digital payment tool for iPhones

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15:47
Apple Patent hints that AirDrop will Adopt Millimeter Wave...

In July 2017 Patently Apple reported on the FCC approving a license for limited testing of Millimeter Wave technology. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that appears to be a possible AirDrop technology update or replacement that uses millimeter wave signals. The new system will provide a superior methodology for sharing data accurately and more securely.

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13:59
Hands-On With Apple's New Beats Solo Pro Headphones

On Tuesday, Apple's Beats brand introduced the new Beats Solo Pro headphones, the company's first on-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. The new $300 headphones don't launch until October 30, but we've already had a chance to test them out so check out our video below for our early impressions.

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Starting with the unboxing experience, you'll find that the Beats Solo Pro headphones come with a new soft case covered in a nice felt-like material, as well as a few accessories such as a Lightning to USB-A cable for recharging the headphones. While USB-C rather than Lightning might have been a bit more universal, at least you can charge your headphones with the same cable you use for your iPhone.

The Solo Pro headphones come in six colors including...

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11:10
Apple Seeds Second Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.1...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update to developers, a little under a week after seeding the first beta and a week and a half after releasing macOS Catalina to the public.

The new ‌macOS Catalina‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

The first update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ is minor in scale and appears to focus on performance improvements and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the first version of Catalina. An interim supplemental update was released just two days ago with some other bug fixes...

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08:50
Apple Patent Points to Image Stabilization & Face-Trac...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to dynamic image stabilization built into mobile devices so that users will be able to view messages or read content when walking, Jogging, running on a treadmill or riding in a car with bumpy roads.

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06:41
The Patent behind the Apple Watch Series 5 ECG Feature sur...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to advancing the digital crown found on the Apple Watch to include an ECG feature, now found in Series 5.

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04:42
Samsung Admits Major Security Flaw in Galaxy S10 Under-Scr...

A major flaw in Samsung's Galaxy S10 smartphone has been discovered that basically means any fingerprint can unlock the device with the help of a cheap screen protector.

According to the BBC, a British woman discovered the authentication flaw after she applied a cheap gel screen protector bought off eBay to her Galaxy S10.

She soon discovered that she was able to authenticate as the owner by pressing her left thumbprint against the phone's onscreen fingerprint sensor – the problem being that she hadn't registered her thumb with the device's biometric authenticaton system.

Her suspicions were confirmed when her husband was also able to unlock the phone by pressing either one of his thumbs on the screen's built-in sensor. The screen protector was then applied to another relative's Galaxy S10 and the same thing occurred.

Responding to the incident, Samsung said it was "aware of the...

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04:40
A Future Apple Headset could offer an AR Application for t...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a granted patent report covering one of Apple's acquired patents from Metaio about augmented reality in respect to 3D reconstruction. Today, Patently Apple was first to discover that the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to another acquired patent from Metaio about another aspect of augmented reality titled...

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Wednesday October 16

17:48
Intel on Target to Deliver a 10nm Discreet Graphic Card wi...

In late 2017 Ex-Apple and AMD Graphic Guru joined Intel to design a high-end discrete graphics solution to take on Nvidia. In mid-June 2018 Intel stated that its first GPU code named Arctic Sound was scheduled for 2020. Today we're learning that Intel has confirmed its original 2020 timetable.

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15:38
iOS 13 Now Installed on 55% of iPhones Introduced in Last...

Apple has posted the first stats for iOS 13 adoption since its launch on September 19th for iPhone.

Apple shared the statistics on the App Store Developers page which was updated today. Apple reports that ‌iOS 13‌ is installed on 55% of all iPhones introduced in the past four years, and 50% of all iPhone devices, as measured by App Store activity. The pace puts ‌iOS 13‌ approximately on par with iOS 12 adoption last year which hit 53% of active devices in a slightly shorter timeframe and a different device breakdown.

This year, Apple has broken down the stats between both ‌iOS 13‌ and iPadOS...

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15:38
iOS 13 Now Installed on 55% of iPhones Introduced in Last...

Apple has posted the first stats for iOS 13 adoption since its launch on September 19th for iPhone.

Apple shared the statistics on the App Store Developers page which was updated today. Apple reports that ‌iOS 13‌ is installed on 55% of all iPhones introduced in the past four years, and 50% of all iPhone devices, as measured by App Store activity. The pace puts ‌iOS 13‌ approximately on par with iOS 12 adoption last year which hit 53% of active devices in a slightly shorter timeframe and a different device breakdown.

This year, Apple has broken down the stats between both ‌iOS 13‌ and iPadOS...

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10:02
Studio A24 and Apple Announce their Second Project from th...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple and Studio A24 have Chosen their first Joint Project Called "On the Rocks" Starring Bill Murray. Today we're learning that their second project has been chosen. It's being reported today that Apple has announced the second feature that will be produced under its pact with indie studio A24

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10:02
Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 to Dev...

Apple today released the third betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.2 updates to developers, just under a week after seeding the second betas and three weeks after the release of iOS 13.1.

iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.2 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profiles have been installed.

iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion for the cameras in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models. Deep Fusion is a new image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic and the Neural Engine. Deep Fusion takes advantage of machine learning techniques to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing...

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09:37
Quanta Reportedly Likely to Stop Assembling the Apple Watc...

Quanta Computer will likely stop taking assembly orders for the Apple Watch at some point in 2020 due to profit concerns, and may sell its manufacturing plant in Changshu, China dedicated to assembling the wearable device, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.

The full DigiTimes story is not yet available, but a paywalled preview reads as follows:Quanta may stop assembly for ‌Apple Watch‌ in 2020, say sources:

Quanta Computer is likely to stop taking assembly orders for the ‌Apple Watch‌ next year due to profit concerns, and may sell its Changshu plant in China dedicated to assembling the wearable device, according to industry sources.Quanta has been the primary manufacturer of the ‌Apple Watch‌ since the original model was released in 2015, while Compal Electronics...

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08:48
Samsung to Introduce a Second Foldable Smartphone Design t...

Samsung's foldable smartphone branded the 'Galaxy Fold' debuted back in April. Within days of being in the hands of a number of key tech reviewers, it suddenly blew up in their face after a number of serious screen problems came to light. Samsung cancelled its scheduled launch. Samsung is now working on a completely different second foldable design that reinvents the flip phone that is a safer design to manufacture.

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08:33
AnandTech Finds iPhone 11 Pro Has 50-60% Higher Sustained...

AnandTech today published its in-depth review of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, including a detailed overview of the processor and graphics performance gains of Apple's latest A13 Bionic chip.

Starting with CPU performance, AnandTech found the A13 chip is around 20 percent faster than the A12 chip in last year's iPhone models, consistent with Apple's advertised claims. However, to fully achieve that improvement, the site claims Apple had to increase the peak power consumption of the CPU cores:In virtually all of the SPECint2006 tests, Apple has gone and increased the peak power draw of the A13 SoC; and so in many cases we're almost 1W above the A12. Here at peak performance it seems the power increase was greater than the performance increase, and that's why in almost all workloads the A13 ends up as less efficient than the A12.In terms of efficiency at the A13...

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08:22
Apple and A24 Partnering for Film Adaptation of Jandy Nels...

Apple has set up its second partnership with film studio A24, this time for an adaptation of the young adult novel "The Sky is Everywhere" (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"The Sky is Everywhere" will be directed by Josephine Decker and the film will be written by the novel's author, Jandy Nelson. The book was published in 2010 and tells the story of a high schooler named Lennie Walker who is coping with the sudden death of her older sister.

Apple and A24 first announced a plan to produce the film "On the Rocks" with director Sofia Coppola earlier this year. "The Sky is Everywhere" will be the second project to come out of the agreement.

Apple and A24 have a multiyear agreement, and the two plan to produce a series of films for...

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05:50
House of Representatives Investigators say that Apple, Goo...

On September 13th Patently Apple posted a report titled "A U.S. House of Representatives Panel Sent Apple's CEO a Letter Demanding Internal Emails, Financial Information & More." We're learning today that the leaders of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee have said that they've begun receiving data from Apple ....

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04:51
Apple premieres “For All Mankind,” coming to Apple TV+ on...

Yesterday Apple premiered “For All Mankind” at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, California.

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01:57
Apple Reportedly Renews 'For All Mankind' and Ot...

Deadline reports that Apple has already greenlighted a second season of Apple TV+ space drama "For All Mankind," along with additional seasons for several other shows set to debut on its upcoming streaming video service.

The cast of "For All Mankind" celebrated the show's premiere on Tuesday

Renewing the shows early is said to be part of a strategy by Apple to queue up original content and ensure there's a steady pipeline of programming by avoiding lengthy hiatuses between seasons.

Apart from "The Morning Show", which was picked up on a two-season deal, Apple previously hasn't officially confirmed second seasons for any of the shows it's promoting ahead of the launch of ‌Apple TV‌+ on November 1.

Shows also reportedly renewed or in the process of being...

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Tuesday October 15

17:11
Apple Won 59 Patents Today Covering Augmented Reality 3D R...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 59 newly granted patents today. Our final granted report of the day covers spatial coordinates of a 3D reconstruction that played a role in developing ARKit. 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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12:08
While Goldman Sachs took a Hit with WeWork in Q3, they sta...

Goldman Sachs announced their Q3 2019 Results today. On the bad side, they lost $80 millon on WeWork investment. On the good side, Apple Card ...

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11:21
Today's Google Event introduced the Pixel 4 with In-A...

Today was Google's day to show off their new goodies for Christmas and for many Android fans, it'll likely be upgrade time. Below you'll find the full keynote along with several product promotional videos and more.

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10:34
Apple Releases macOS Catalina Supplemental Update With Fix...

Alongside iOS 13.1.3, Apple today also released a supplemental update for macOS Catalina, addressing several bugs from the initial public release version, including a problem with Setup Assistant hanging during Catalina installation.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ Supplemental Update includes installation and reliability improvements, and is recommended for all users.



This update:

- Improves installation reliability of ‌macOS Catalina‌ on Macs with low disk space

- Fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing during some installations

- Resolves an issue that prevents accepting iCloud Terms and Conditions when multiple ‌...

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10:26
New Report Dives Into History of Apple TV+ As November 1 L...

With just over two weeks to go until the launch of Apple TV+, The Hollywood Reporter today shared a deep dive into the service's history. The new report reiterates that the majority of projects coming out of ‌Apple TV‌+ will reflect Apple's aspirational company brand -- a move that has led to behind-the-scenes drama for shows like Amazing Stories and the shelved Vital Signs.

Despite previous reports, ‌Apple TV‌+ will not solely focus on family-friendly content; as long as explicit content serves the story, Apple will approve of the project. Still, Apple is steering the platform to be headlined by its so-called aspirational brand identity, putting the brakes on an "edgy, high-concept" version of Amazing Stories...

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10:09
Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3 With Bug Fixes for Phone, Mail,...

Apple today released iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 software that was released two weeks ago. This is the fourth update to the iOS 13 operating system that came out in September.

The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes for the software, the iOS 13.1.3 update introduces bug fixes and performance improvements. Full details below:iOS 13.1.3 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:

- Addresses an issue that could prevent a device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call

- Fixes an issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in...

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10:08
Google Event Highlights: Pixel 4, Pixel Buds 2, Pixelbook...

Google today unveiled several new products at its Made by Google event in New York, including the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, Pixel Buds 2 wireless earphones, Pixelbook Go notebook, and new Nest devices.

Pixel 4

The new Pixel 4 and 4 XL were widely rumored ahead of their release, to the point that Google even shared teaser photos of its own, and now the devices are official. Key features include 90Hz displays, a new rear-facing 16-megapixel telephoto lens, facial authentication, motion sensing, and more.

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The Pixel 4 sports a 5.7-inch OLED display, while the larger Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED display. Both displays are 90Hz for a smoother experience, compared to 60Hz for the...

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09:44
Persistent Kids Finding Loopholes in Apple's Screen T...

Apple is currently engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with persistent kids looking to circumvent Screen Time restrictions, but the company has been receiving some criticism for not moving quickly enough to lock down some of the loopholes, reports The Washington Post.

A few of the loopholes and ways for parents to shut them down are documented on the site Protect Young Eyes, while these and others are frequently shared by kids through various social channels.“These are not rocket science, backdoor, dark web sort of hacks,” says Chris McKenna, founder of the Internet safety group Protect Young Eyes. “It blows me away that Apple hasn’t thought through the fact that a persistent middle school boy or girl can bang around and find them.”...

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09:29
Apple Wins Two Project Titan Patents covering the Control...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 59 newly granted patents today. In this report we cover two of Apple's latest Project Titan patents covering road stability and a next-gen dual-radar system that will assist in the aesthetics of an autonomous or semi autonomous vehicle while providing high resolution and highly accurate 4D information of tracked objects.

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08:49
Goldman Sachs CEO Calls Apple Card the 'Most Successf...

The Apple Card was "the most successful credit-card launch ever," according to Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon (via CNBC). The quote came from a Goldman Sachs conference call held earlier today, in which Solomon discussed the bank's new initiatives with its investors.

Apple created the ‌Apple Card‌ in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard, launching the credit card in August. Solomon stated that since the August launch, the bank has seen a high level of consumer demand for the ‌Apple Card‌.

“In three short years, we have raised $55 billion in deposits on the Marcus platform, generated $5 billion in loans, and built a new credit-card platform and launched ‌Apple Card‌,” Solomon said, adding “which we believe is the most successful credit-card launch ever.”...

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07:20
Apple Introduces $300 Beats Solo Pro Headphones With Noise...

Apple-owned Beats today introduced the Beats Solo Pro, its first on-ear headphones with active noise cancellation.

Like the over-ear Beats Studio3 headphones, the Solo Pro feature proprietary Beats noise cancelling technology known as Pure ANC, but with updated tuning to accommodate the on-ear form factor. Apple says Pure ANC uses advanced algorithms to continuously monitor and adjust to the listening environment.

When enabled, a new feature called Transparency turns on the external microphones on the Solo Pro so the wearer can hear announcements, talk with friends, stay aware of their surroundings, and so forth without pausing music playback.

Additional features include the Apple-designed H1 chip for hands-free "Hey Siri" support, the ability to unfold the headphones to power them on, upgraded ergonomics for improved comfort,...

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06:19
Apple TV App Available on Roku Starting Today

Roku today announced that the Apple TV app will be available on its platform starting today, allowing users to access their iTunes libraries of movies and TV shows, the Apple TV Channels feature, and soon Apple TV+.

The Apple TV app can be downloaded from the Roku Channel Store on smart TVs that either have Roku preinstalled or have a Roku dongle connected, although select older Roku models are not supported.

The Apple TV app is available to Roku users in the United States, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to Roku, Apple TV+ will be available through the Apple TV app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, select 2018 and newer Samsung smart TVs, and on select LG, Sony, and VIZIO smart TVs in the...

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05:32
Apple Wins Headset Patent designed to work with Games, but...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent regarding a headset, single lens or full smart glasses invention that includes a head and/or eye tracking system. While the headset or glasses will work with mixed reality games, the unique aspect of this invention is that the headset will be able to work with real world applications like a spreadsheet.

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04:00
Apple wins Patent Covering their 3D Augmented Reality...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to electronic devices for virtual/augmented reality, including but not limited to electronic devices for measuring physical spaces and/or objects using virtual/augmented reality environments. While the invention technically covers Apple's iOS "Measuring" app, it also covers ...

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03:18
Apple Pay Expands to Additional Banks in Germany, Austria,...

Apple Pay has expanded to more banks in Europe today, including ING in Germany, bunq in Austria, and ABN AMRO in the Netherlands.

ING supporting ‌Apple Pay‌ in Germany is notable after a lengthy waiting period following the original announcement. ‌Apple Pay‌ made its debut in Germany in December, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users in the country to take advantage of the contactless mobile payments service if their card issuer supports it.

Meanwhile, the Federation of German Cooperative banks (BVR) are said to be preparing for ‌Apple Pay‌ support, as are the Sparkassen...

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02:46
Apple has won its First Smart Ring Patent with Biometrics,...

On September 25, Patently Apple posted two reports (01 & 02) covering Amazon's product event wherein they introduced a first-gen smart ring branded the Echo Loop as illustrated below. In 2016 Microsoft filed for a smart ring patent. Apple filed for a smart ring patent in 2015 and we covered it in a patent report titled "Apple introduces us to the Apple Ring in all its Glory." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this invention.

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Monday October 14

13:06
Relocated Items in macOS Catalina Explained

After upgrading to macOS Catalina, you may be surprised to discover a shortcut on your Mac's desktop to a Relocated Items folder that wasn't there previously. The generation of this folder is actually normal behavior when upgrading an older version of macOS to Catalina, but we're highlighting it in this article because a lot of users are confused about why the folder exists and what to do with its contents.

What Are Relocated Items?

Relocated items are older files and data from previous macOS installations that Apple is not sure what to do with after upgrading to Catalina.

Catalina is the first version of macOS to adopt wholesale the relatively new Apple File System (APFS), which is optimized for the flash storage used in recent Macs. Aside from introducing a bunch of other new technical features, an APFS-formatted disk uses a space-sharing "container" that can house multiple secure "volumes" or...

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13:06
Relocated Items in macOS Catalina Explained

After upgrading to macOS Catalina, you may be surprised to discover a shortcut on your Mac's desktop to a Relocated Items folder that wasn't there previously. The generation of this folder is actually normal behavior when upgrading an older version of macOS to Catalina, but we're highlighting it in this article because a lot of users are confused about why the folder exists and what to do with its contents.

What Are Relocated Items?

Relocated items are older files and data from previous macOS installations that Apple is not sure what to do with after upgrading to Catalina.

Catalina is the first version of macOS to adopt wholesale the relatively new Apple File System (APFS), which is optimized for the flash storage used in recent Macs. Aside from introducing a bunch of other new technical features, an APFS-formatted disk uses a space-sharing "container" that can house multiple secure "volumes" or...

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12:20
Apple Launches New Press Site With Details on Upcoming App...

Apple has launched a new press site for its upcoming Apple TV+ service, offering quick access to details on each of the movies and series coming to the service.

Feature pages on each title include summaries, release dates, cast lists, trailers and photos, and press contacts.

Apple is currently featuring 15 titles on the press page, eight of which will be launching on November 1 alongside the service's debut. Others will be following in later weeks, while some are still listed only as "coming soon."

‌Apple TV‌+ will be priced at $4.99 per month with a one-week free trial. Users who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, ‌Apple TV‌, iPod touch, or Mac on or after September 10 will qualify for a free one-year subscription. Up to six...

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09:23
Apple Clarifies Tencent's Role in Fraudulent Website...

Following user concern over Apple using Chinese company Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing partners for Safari, Apple has issued a statement assuring customers that website URLs are not shared with its safe browsing partners.

For those unfamiliar with the feature, Safari sends data to Google Safe Browsing to cross reference URLs against a blacklist to protect users against scams and malicious sites. It recently came to light that Apple is also using Tencent for this purpose, and there was concern that data from users outside of China was being sent to Tencent.

According to Apple's statement, that is not the case, and Tencent is used for devices that have their region code set to mainland China. Users in the United States, the UK, and other countries do not have their website browsing checked against Tencent's safe list.Apple protects user privacy and safeguards your...

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08:49
Netgear Launches New Orbi Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi System for...

Netgear today announced a new mesh router in the Orbi family of products, called the Orbi Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi System. The new system consists of one router and one or more satellites, and is aimed at homes that measure up to 4,500 square feet (with two satellites).

The router and satellites all feature the same design, measuring 4.1 inches on all sides and 2.7 inches tall. As with other mesh systems, after users purchase the base router they can continue to add on satellites to boost the range of the network throughout the home.

The new router delivers Wi-Fi at speeds up to 1.2Gbps, supports MU-MIMO for simultaneous data streaming, includes two high performance internal antennas, and is powered by a quad-core 710MHz processor. Because it's a dual band router, it also supports 2.4GHz (400Mbps) and 5GHz (866Mbps) bands.

The Orbi...

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06:09
Rumor Claims Apple will Release an SE2-Like Smartphone in...

According to Apple analyst Guo Minghao, better known as Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, Apple will be introducing an SE2-like smartphone in Q1 2020. Kuo believes the new SE2 will attract iPhone 6 and 6S series users that number between ...

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02:52
Apple Sending User Data to Chinese Company for Fraudulent...

Apple's Fraudulent Website Warning feature in Safari for iOS and Mac has come under scrutiny for using Chinese internet giant Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing providers.

The Safari feature has long sent data to Google Safe Browsing to cross-reference URLs against a blacklist and protect users against phishing scams and sites that attempt to push malware. However, it's unclear when Apple started sending user data to Tencent as well.

Apple notes in iOS that it sends some user IP addresses to Tencent, but most users are probably unaware of the fact. The mention can be found in the "About Safari & Privacy" screen, which is linked via small text under the Privacy & Security section in Settings -> Safari. The Fraudulent Website Warning feature is also enabled by default, so users aren't likely to know that their IP address may be logged unless they opt to view the information screen....

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Sunday October 13

17:02
Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launching in Q1 2020 with A13 at $399 Pri...

Apple is planning on releasing an iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020 and starting at a $399 price point, according to the latest research report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo goes into more detail about the expected specs of the so called "‌iPhone SE‌ 2" in the latest research note obtained by MacRumors. Specs for the new low-end iPhone are said to include:

  • A13 CPU (same as iPhone 11)
  • 3GB LPDDR4X
  • 64GB and 128GB options
  • Space Gray, Silver and Red colors
  • No 3D Touch

Kuo expects the new ‌iPhone SE‌ 2 will be a popular upgrade option for existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners.

Despite being referred to as a "‌iPhone SE‌ 2" by Kuo, the analyst...

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06:21
Apple Patent Describes the Wireless Charging System for th...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to wireless systems, and, more particularly, to systems in which devices are wirelessly charged. Once the patent application was reviewed, it was evident that part of Apple's invention was in-part already in use with their new Apple Pencil's wireless charging system which Apple illustrating that it may possibly extend to the iPad Pro, iPhone and beyond.

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Saturday October 12

12:48
Apple Files a Trademark for 'SwiftStrike' Relate...

C/Net posted a video report today talking up rumors about Apple's next-gen AirPods 3 with noise-cancellation and a possible new pro design that may or may not look like those in the mock-up rendering by Michael Rieplhuber. Beyond rumors, Apple updated their trademark for EarPods, which covers AirPods and reveals ...

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02:13
PSA: Apple Mail Bugs Can Lead to Data Loss in macOS Catali...

Michael Tsai, the developer of EagleFiler and the SpamSieve plug-in for Apple Mail on Mac, has written a blog post warning macOS users about potential data loss in Mail when upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15.0 (build 19A583).

According to Tsai, he's heard from several users that updating Mail's data store from Mojave to Catalina sometimes says that it has succeeded, when in fact on closer inspection it turns out that large numbers of messages are incomplete or missing entirely.

In addition, users have reported the loss of message content when moving emails between mailboxes. From Tsai's post:

Moving messages between mailboxes, both via drag-and-drop and AppleScript, can result in a blank message (only headers) on the Mac. If the message was moved to a server mailbox, other devices see the message as deleted. And...

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Friday October 11

17:45
While the PC Industry Experienced its best Quarter Since Q...

The global PC market, inclusive of desktops and workstations, grew 4.7% in Q3 2019 to 70.9 million units, the best growth performance for the segment since Q1 2012, when shipments grew 5.4%. Apple and HP ...

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13:26
AirPlay 2 Speakers Compared: Sonos Move vs. Bose Portable...

Bose and Sonos, both well-known speaker manufacturers, recently came out with new AirPlay 2-enabled speakers that are designed to work with Apple's latest ‌AirPlay‌ protocol and offer an alternative to products like the HomePod.

In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Bose Portable Home Speaker and the Sonos Move to see what the speakers have to offer and how they compare to one another.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Both the Bose Portable and the Sonos Move are designed to offer a premium audio experience and are more expensive than the ‌HomePod‌. The Sonos Move costs $399 and the Bose Portable costs $349, but each company is known for its audio quality and audiophiles won't flinch at that price point.

When it...

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12:14
Apple TV+ Studio Lands ‘Masters of the Air’ Mini Series, t...

Apple is set to produce its first in-house series titled “Masters of the Air”and will stream exclusively on Apple TV+. There were reports, like this one, that surfaced last year believing this was to be an HBO series. Filming had reportedly started while scouting for more locations was ongoing and then news of the series died. Our report even has a video of the author talking about the HBO series in 2017 and then ...

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10:40
iOS 13.2 Beta 2 Bricking Some iPad Pro Models, Update Now...

Following the release of iOS 13.2 beta 2 yesterday, some 2018 iPad Pro owners found that the update failed to install properly, ultimately bricking their tablets and requiring a full restore.

We've seen several complaints from ‌iPad Pro‌ owners who were affected by the issue, and in some cases, even a restore from DFU mode failed to work. From the MacRumors forums:

My ‌iPad Pro‌ 11" is in the same position, it failed during the update of iOS 13.2 beta 2. What you can try is putting it into DFU mode (press volume up, volume down, then hold power for 5 or so seconds) and plug it into iTunes via cable to restore it that way.

However, unfortunately mine gets an error when i try this so i have an Apple appointment tomorrow to get them to fix it.Amid these reports,...

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10:11
Apple Releases First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update to developers, just days after releasing macOS Catalina to the public.

The new ‌macOS Catalina‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

It's not yet known what improvements the first update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it likely includes performance improvements and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the first version of Catalina.

‌macOS Catalina‌ is a major update that eliminates iTunes in favor of new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, nixes support for 32-bit apps, adds a new Find My app, brings a new Photos...

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09:10
Apple's Stock Sets New All-Time High

Apple shares are currently trading above the $234 mark on the intraday market, setting a new all-time high for the company. As noted by CNBC, the stock's previous all-time high was $233.47 in October 2018.

AAPL has surged nearly 10 percent over the past month, fueled in part by multiple reports indicating that iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro sales have been better than expected so far in several countries, including the United States, China, and India, something that Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to in a recent interview.

Apple is set to report its fourth quarter earnings results on...

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09:04
World War II Drama 'Masters of the Air' Will Be...

Apple has set up its own internal production studio called "Masters," run by the company's heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The studio's first project will be a follow-up series to HBO's "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" called "Masters of the Air," set to launch exclusively on Apple TV+ (via Variety).

The new show will follow the true story of the American bomber boys in World War II, based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller. It will be written by John Orloff, who worked on "Band of Brothers." Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will also produce "Masters of the Air," reprising their producer roles from the previous shows.

Although Apple has announced numerous TV shows and films for ‌Apple TV‌+, "Masters of the Air" will be the first...

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08:16
Apple is Reportedly Aiming to Deliver their First Home-Dev...

After buying Intel’s 5G modem business earlier this year, Apple is wasting no time building its own 5G modem for the iPhone. The company is pushing to have its modem in iPhones by 2022

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07:43
Apple Arcade Adds Five New Games for iPhone, iPad, and App...

Apple Arcade today gained five new games for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV:

  • Decoherence by Efecto Studios: A strategy game that tasks players with building robots and planning a battle strategy for victory.

  • INMOST by Chucklefish: An atmospheric, story-driven puzzle platformer following three playable characters within one dark, interconnecting story.
  • Mind Symphony by Rogue Games: A classic shoot-'em-up game with both an intense, fast-pace mode and a calm mode with peaceful, rhythmic interactions focused on relaxation.
  • ShockRods by Stainless Games: A vehicle-based arena shooter where players score points by shooting opponents, achieving objectives, scoring goals, stealing the other team's flag, or dealing the most destruction.
  • Stela by SkyBox Labs: A cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the...
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    06:21
    Apple Slammed by Hong Kong and U.S. Politicians over Pulli...

    Yesterday morning Patently Apple posted a report titled “Under Extreme Pressure Apple Reverses Course and Pulls both ‘HKmap.live’ and Quartz App from their Chinese App Store.” Apple justified the move by stating in-part that they had learned that the HKmap.live app had been used in way that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong. The reaction to Apple's move has been swift.

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    04:02
    Apple Sets 'Aggressive' 2022 Deadline to Bring C...

    Apple has reportedly set an aggressive 2022 deadline to develop in-house 5G modems as part of a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design to be used in future iPhones and iPads, claims a new report today.

    According to Fast Company, Apple plans to have completed all the development, testing, and certification necessary by the new deadline to be able to include the modems in new iPhones the same year.

    However, given the arduous testing and certification process required after the chip design and fabrication is complete, a two-years deadline for the modem is "really pushing it," according to the report's source, who is said to have knowledge of Apple's plans.

    The main stumbling block is said to be the network optimization testing that's necessary to make sure the modem doesn't conflict with the wireless networks of other carriers. In addition,...

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    03:06
    Tim Cook Defends Removal of Hong Kong Mapping App From App...

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees defending the company's controversial decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors to coordinate gatherings and avoid large concentrations of police.

    Apple removed HKMap Live from the App Store on Thursday following the app's approval last week, which itself only came after an internal review of the company's original decision to reject it. Apple's reversal came after the Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper criticized Apple for letting the app into its store.

    In a company-wide memo, a verified copy of which has been...

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    Thursday October 10

    18:44
    Twitter for Mac Now Available From Mac App Store

    When Apple announced macOS Catalina at the Worldwide Developers Conference and unveiled its new Catalyst feature that would allow iPad apps to be easily ported over to the Mac, Twitter was one of the upcoming apps shown off.

    ‌macOS Catalina‌ launched on Monday, and as of today, the Twitter for Mac app is now available. ‌macOS Catalina‌ is required to download and use the new app, as it is built using Catalina technologies.

    Twitter discontinued its prior Twitter for Mac client more than a year ago, which wasn't a popular decision with Twitter users. At the time, Twitter said that it was ending support for the app to focus on a Twitter experience consistent across platforms, and recommended Mac users use Twitter on the web.

    Because Apple's Catalyst...

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    14:52
    Apple Signs Multi-Year Deal With Director Alfonso Cuarón

    Film director has Alfonso Cuarón has signed a multi-year deal to develop television projects for the Apple TV+ streaming service, reports Variety.

    Cuarón is primarily known for his work on films, and has not done much television, so his partnership with Apple will mark his first major foray into TV. He did previously co-create 2014 NBC drama "Believe," and he directed Mexican anthology series "La Hora Marcada," but other than that he has focused on movies.

    Image via The Telegraph

    Cuarón directed award-winning films that include "Y Tu Mamá También," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Children of Men," "Gravity," and "Roma."

    According...

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    14:35
    Mac Shipments Down in Q3 2019 Amid Overall Worldwide PC Ma...

    Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were down in the third quarter of 2019, according to new preliminary Pc shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

    During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 5.1 million Macs, down from 5.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, marking a 3.7 percent drop in shipments. Apple's marketshare also declined slightly, dropping from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent.

    Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q19 (Thousands of Units)

    Apple continues to be the number four PC vendor in the world, ranking below Lenovo, HP, and Dell, but above Acer and Asus. Lenovo was the number one vendor during the quarter, shipping an estimated 16.8 million PCs for 24.7 percent market share.

    HP came in second with 15.3 million PCs shipped for...

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    11:33
    Everything New in iOS 13.2 Beta 2: Delete Apps From Home S...

    The first beta of iOS 13.2 brought a handful of changes like Deep Fusion support, Announce Messages With Siri and HomePod handoff options, but iOS 13.2 beta 2 introduces even more significant changes.

    There are new emoji and new Siri privacy settings as we outlined earlier today, but there are also some other smaller changes worth highlighting.

    - Rearrange Apps - The "Rearrange Apps" option that pops up when 3D Touching or using a Haptic Touch on an app icon is now "Edit Home Screen."

    - Delete...

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    10:44
    Apple Patent Reveals Smart Finger Devices that will be use...

    Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple Patent Reveals Finger Sensory Devices that will Work with a Future Headset and Designed to be Stored Together.” The patent claims of the first patent emphasized the power circuitry along with charging case. In part two, Apple’s second patent focuses more on the use of ultrasonic sensors on the finger device. While headsets like the Oculus uses the large Oculus Touch controllers for their VR headset as shown below, Apple appears to be placing a lot of emphasis on finger device controllers that could provide users with advanced haptics.

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    10:39
    Apple Adds Option to Delete Siri History and Opt Out of Sh...

    Today's iOS 13.2 beta introduces a new option that allows iPhone and iPad users to delete their Siri and Dictation history and opt out of sharing audio recordings, features that Apple promised after being called out for its ‌Siri‌ quality evaluation processes.

    Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate ‌Siri‌'s responses with the purpose of improving the assistant's accuracy and reliability.

    A report from one of those contractors who spoke to The Guardian said that the employees working on Siri "regularly" heard "confidential details" while listening to the audio recordings. The contractor also criticized Apple for not making it clear to consumers that some of their ‌...

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    10:39
    Apple Adds Option to Delete Siri History and Opt Out of Sh...

    Today's iOS 13.2 beta introduces a new option that allows iPhone and iPad users to delete their Siri and Dictation history and opt out of sharing audio recordings, features that Apple promised after being called out for its ‌Siri‌ quality evaluation processes.

    Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate ‌Siri‌'s responses with the purpose of improving the assistant's accuracy and reliability.

    A report from one of those contractors who spoke to The Guardian said that the employees working on Siri "regularly" heard "confidential details" while listening to the audio recordings. The contractor also criticized Apple for not making it clear to consumers that some of their ‌...

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    10:23
    iOS 13.2 Beta 2 Brings New Emojis

    Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 13.2 update, and the beta adds new emoji characters that are part of the Unicode 12 emoji release.

    Apple previewed its new emoji earlier this year, and now the new options are set to roll out when iOS 13.2 becomes available. Unicode 12 adds 59 new emoji characters, 75 when gender variations are counted, and 230 when gender variations and skin tones are counted.

    Image via Emojipedia

    Orangutan, sloth, otter, skunk, and flamingo are the new animals included in the update, while new food items include garlic, onion, waffle, falafel, butter, oyster, beverage box, maté, and ice cube.

    New faces, gestures, and poses include yawning face, pinching hand, person kneeling, person standing, and new people holding hands options that are both gender and skin tone inclusive.

    Several new...

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    10:03
    Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 to De...

    Apple today released the second betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.2 updates to developers, a week after seeding the first betas and two weeks after the release of iOS 13.1.

    iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.2 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profiles have been installed.

    iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion for the cameras in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models. Deep Fusion is a new image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic and the Neural Engine. Deep Fusion takes advantage of machine learning techniques to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for...

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    09:27
    Apple Shares New Trailer for Upcoming 'Truth Be Told...

    Apple today shared a new full length trailer for its upcoming series "Truth Be Told" starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.

    Spencer, known for her former roles in movies like "The Shape of Water" and "Hidden Figures," plays podcaster Poppy Parnell who aims to reopen a murder case that she was involved in solving 18 years earlier, putting Warren Cave, played by Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), behind bars.

    Spencer's character is unsure if she made a mistake when she helped put Paul's character (Warren Cave) in prison, and with her podcast, she tries to discover the truth and determine whether Cave was wrongfully convicted.

    "Truth Be Told" is based on the novel "Are You Sleeping" by Kathleen Barber, which has been described as a psychological thriller. Sarah Koenig, who created and produced "Serial," a podcast similar to the storyline in "Truth Be Told," consulted on the series.

    Other stars in "Truth Be Told" include Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Ron...

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    07:17
    Apple Patent Reveals Finger Sensory Devices that will Work...

    In Q1 of this year Patently Apple posted two reports covering Apple’s initial work on Mixed Reality Headset accessories in the form finger sensory devices (01 & 02) in a couple of styles. Apple is also considering sensory gloves for headsets as well (01 & 02.). Today the U.S. Patent Office published two more detailed patent Applications from Apple. Our cover graphics shows the finger devices being able to be stored on the headset when not in use or while charging.

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    05:00
    Apple Reveals Touch ID under the Display will use Sensors...

    Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s fourth next-gen Touch ID patent application for 2019 that involves the user simply touching the display to have their fingerprint captured for authentication. The patent states that the finger could be statically positioned to work or even in action like sliding a finger across the sensor area.

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    02:47
    Under Extreme Pressure Apple Reverses Course and Pulls bot...

    Apple Approved the app “HKmap.live” late last Friday and yesterday the Chinese Communist Party’s ‘People Daily’ erupted in anger over Apple’s move which has led Apple to reverse course and remove the App.

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    02:01
    Apple Pulls Hong Kong Protest App From App Store Following...

    Apple has pulled an app from the App Store that Hong Kong protestors have been using to track police movements, saying it violates the company's guidelines and local laws.

    Apple approved HKmap Live last week after reviewing its decision to initially reject the app from the  App Store .

    However, on Wednesday Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for its decision to make the app available. "Letting poisonous software have its way is a betrayal of the Chinese people's feelings," said the People's Daily.

    The app has since been delisted from the  App Store  and Apple has issued the following statement:

    We created the  ...

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    Wednesday October 9

    14:30
    Apple Offers Disaster Relief Program for Apple Card Holder...

    The Apple Card comes with a Disaster Relief Program, according to a MacRumors reader who lives in Houston and recently experienced some flooding from tropical storm Imelda.

    Apple sent MacRumors reader Frequeniquity an email suggesting that he apply for the card after Apple detected that he "may have been affected by a natural disaster."

    Emails sent out by Apple, which were also received by another MacRumors reader, offer the following benefits:

    • No interest for two months, starting with the month you enroll. After two months, your standard purchase APR will apply.
    • You can skip the payment due in the month you enroll.
    • If your account is in good standing, you will remain current while enrolled.
    • If your account is past...
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    14:18
    Patently Apple will be Undergoing Maintenance this week wi...

    Patently Apple's blog will be undergoing maintenance with our service provider this week while integrating new backend hardware. This has the potential of knocking out our service for ...

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    13:55
    macOS Catalina's Biggest Changes: What to Check Out A...

    macOS Catalina, which came out on Monday, is the newest version of the operating system that runs on the Mac. Catalina brings some significant changes, including the removal of the iTunes app, a new Sidecar feature, an updated Find My app, and more.

    In our latest YouTube video and in the article below, we're going to go over some must-know  macOS Catalina  features that will be useful to those who have just updated and want to familiarize themselves with the changes.

    Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

    • No More iTunes - Apple removed iTunes in  macOS Catalina , splitting it up into three new apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. These three apps offer all of the...
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    08:57
    Logitech Crayon in Gray, Ember Mug 2, and More Added to Ap...

    Apple has added a new selection of accessories to its online store this week.

    For starters, the Logitech Crayon is now available in a new gray finish, complementing the existing silver option with red accents.

    Priced at $69.95, the Logitech Crayon is a lower-cost alternative to the Apple Pencil. The drawing tool features a slim aluminum body and an Apple Pencil-like tip, with the same latency, tilt, and palm rejection that you get with the Apple Pencil. Unlike the Pencil, however, it lacks pressure sensitivity.

    The Logitech Crayon is compatible with the sixth- and seventh-generation iPad, as well as the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini models.

    Also new to Apple's online store...

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    08:13
    Rumor Claims that Apple will Introduce Augmented Reality H...

    Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Wins Third Eye-Tracking Patent this Year Relating to a Head-Mounted Display System." Patently Apple has posted over 30 patent reports relating to both mixed reality headsets and glasses that you could review here. A new rumor surfacing today states that Apple will introduce a headset in 2020

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    06:58
    Apple Adds Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller to it...

    Apple has added the Xbox Wireless Controller to Apple.com, although the accessory is currently unavailable to purchase at the time of writing. Apple sells a few different gaming controllers on its website to connect to iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS devices, but as of yet the company has never directly sold Microsoft or Sony's own gaming controllers.

    Now that players can connect the Xbox Wireless Controller to their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to play games on Apple devices, it appears that Apple has worked out a deal with Microsoft to sell its controller on the Apple...

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    06:58
    Apple Adds Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller to it...

    Apple has added the Xbox Wireless Controller to Apple.com, although the accessory is currently unavailable to purchase at the time of writing. Apple sells a few different gaming controllers on its website to connect to iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS devices, but as of yet the company has never directly sold Microsoft or Sony's own gaming controllers.

    Now that players can connect the Xbox Wireless Controller to their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to play games on Apple devices, it appears that Apple has worked out a deal with Microsoft to sell its controller on the Apple...

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    05:58
    The Chinese Communist Party's 'People Daily...

    On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Approved HKmap.live late on Friday, an App that Shows Police activity within Hong Kong that they initially Rejected." What does China's government think of Apple's move? Well ...

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    03:26
    Kuo: iPad Pro With Rear 3D ToF Camera and Scissor Mechanis...

    Apple will launch a new iPad Pro with a rear-facing 3D Time of Flight camera in the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report out today from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and seen by MacRumors.

    We've previously heard multiple rumors suggesting a time-of-flight camera system for Apple's 2020 iPhones and iPad Pros, including info from Kuo himself, but this is the first time that he's specified the 3D sensing camera system will be available in new iPad Pro models to be released early next year.

    A time-of-flight camera system measures the time that it takes for a laser or LED to bounce off of objects in a room, providing an accurate 3D map of the surroundings. A rear time-of-flight camera would also bolster photo...

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    02:14
    Kuo: Apple's AR Headset to Launch in Second Quarter o...

    Apple's augmented reality headset will enter mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year in time for an early 2020 launch, according to a new report out today from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and seen by MacRumors.

    An Apple Glasses mockup

    In his latest research note with TF International Securities, the analyst says Apple will cooperate with third-party brands to launch its first head-mounted AR product in 2020, with Changying Precision tipped to be the main chassis supplier.

    A Kuo report in March claimed Apple would launch an AR product in 2020 that could be ready by the middle of next year. However, Kuo has brought forward his predicted time of release and the analyst now believes the launch window for the...

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    Tuesday October 8

    15:27
    Twitter 'Unintentionally' Used Some Customer Dat...

    Twitter's support account today announced that Twitter used some customer email addresses and phone numbers that were provided for account security for advertising purposes, which Twitter says was done "unintentionally."

    More specifically, email addresses and phone numbers were used in Twitter's Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising systems. Tailored Audiences is a feature that's designed to let advertisers target ads to customers based on the advertiser's marketing lists, while Partner Audiences is similar.

    According to Twitter, when an advertiser uploaded a marketing list, it "may have matched" people on Twitter to their list based on the email or phone number the Twitter account holder provided for security purposes.

    We recently found that some email addresses and phone numbers provided...

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    14:05
    Apple's Refurbished Store Now Offering 2019 MacBook A...

    Apple today began adding the 13-inch MacBook Air and the lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro to its online store for refurbished products in the United States, offering the machines at a discount for the first time.

    Both of the new machines were first released in July 2019. The updated MacBook Air features a True Tone display, an updated butterfly keyboard that's more durable, and a lower price point.

    As for the lower-end MacBook Pro, the July 2019 update brought Touch ID, a Touch Bar, faster processors, and a True Tone display to Apple's entry-level machines.

    Pricing on the MacBook Air starts at $1,099 new and pricing on the entry-level MacBook...

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    13:03
    Apple Inks Deal for 'A Christmas Carol' Musical...

    Apple has picked up the rights to "A Christmas Carol," which is a live action musical that's set to star Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, reports Variety.

    Prior to acquiring the musical, based on the classic novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, Apple entered into a heated bidding war with rivals like Netflix, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures.

    Image courtesy of Shutterstock

    Apple is said to have offered a "lavish" deal that "blew away other offers." Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds will both make millions, with Apple planning to shell out "north of $60 million" just for talent.Reynolds and Ferrell stand to make a staggering amounts as producers and stars, along with significant paydays for writer-directors Sean Anders and John Morris ("Daddy's Home," "Instant Family"). Fees for talent alone will clock in at...

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    12:13
    Apple Won 64 Patents today covering the Mac-Apple Watch...

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 64 newly granted patents today. Our final granted report of the day covers the 'Auto Unlock' feature with Apple Watch and a Mass transfer system for micro LED displays. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

    | Read more »
    10:11
    Some Developers Facing 'Several Problems' Portin...

    One of macOS Catalina's biggest new features for developers is Mac Catalyst—initially known as Project Catalyst—which Apple says makes porting iPad apps to the Mac as easy as checking a box in Xcode.

    However, more work is required for the iPad apps to truly resemble native Mac apps, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that some developers have encountered "several problems" with Catalyst so far.

    For example, the report claims that James Thomson had to work harder than he expected to get his popular PCalc calculator app for iPad to run well on the Mac. Thomson said the Mac version initially "looked like an iPad app floating on a larger Mac screen," so he had to redesign much of the user interface.

    Thomson added that some older...

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