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Sunday October 22

Serial Patent Troller Uniloc Sues Apple Claiming Apple Wat...

The serial Patent Troller known as Uniloc sued Apple last summer over their Messages app and again in April 2017 over iOS 7's 'Frequent Locations feature. In May of this year Patently Apple posted a report covering Uniloc filing a string of lawsuits against Apple regarding battery charging, AirPlay and Auto Dialing. The report also covered a segment about the documentary "The Patent Scam" by Austin Meyer. On Friday Uniloc once again filed a patent infringement case against Apple for allegedly infringing their patent or exercise monitoring on gym equipment and more specifically a watch.

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As we impatiently await the Arrival of iPhone X, Hot new P...

There have been all kinds of rumors flying around that the iPhone is outselling the iPhone 8 and that the iPhone X is having difficulty ramping up production, but putting the noise and clamor aside, Apple fans are impatiently waiting for the iPhone X to arrive at their local Apple Stores. The new iPhones in limited supply will likely be...

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Saturday October 21

A Secretive Apple Patent Filing discovered in Europe today...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to design, procedures and graphical user interfaces for haptic mixing. Apple is being secretive about this invention as their European filing provides no patent figures or any related documents detailing the invention which is customary.

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The Original and Detailed 'Beddit' Biometrics Pa...

On May 8th Beddit made it official that Apple had acquired them as noted in the video below. At the moment the company is still operating and maintaining its own web site that explains the product in more detail here. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman tweeted in late August that "Tech support for Beddit sleep trackers is now handled via Apple Support."...

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Apple Files for the 'Apple Music UP NEXT' Tradem...

Apple filed two figurative trademark applications this week for "Apple Music UP NEXT" as noted in our cover graphic. Apple introduced the new feature back in April which is designed to promote music's next generation of artists on Apple Music.

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Ten Great Photos of the New Apple Michigan Avenue Store Op...

It's Finally here. Apple Michigan Avenue opened Friday night to thousands of customers who came to see Apple’s most ambitious store to date. Crowds gathered on Pioneer Court, the Riverwalk and along the Chicago River to experience the opening. Believe it or not, this is Apple 497th store, up from 27 in 2001.

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Friday October 20

Apple Issues a Cellular Update Allowing iPhones in Puerto...

It was reported on October 9th that Google's parent company Alphabet would soon be sending Internet Balloons to restore cell service in Puerto Rico. Alphabet's Project Loon received an experimental license to provide emergency service. The urgency in Puerto Rico really allows Alphabet's project to shine and prove itself viable. Today we're also learning that Apple will update iPhones with an unused band that will work with Google's internet balloons.

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Apple and AT&T Team Up to Improve Cellular Service in...

Apple and AT&T have been working together to improve cellular connectivity for iPhone users in Puerto Rico who have been largely without cellular service since Hurricane Maria hit a month ago.

The two companies are enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that's been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, reports TechCrunch.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away."We are working with AT&T to activate cellular service for iPhone users in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria," read an Apple statement. "Apple engineers have created a special carrier settings update which users...

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Former Amazon Head of International Productions is moving...

Amazon Studios alum Morgan Wandell has been tapped to lead international development for Apple Video. Wandell built a career in US network television with series like ABC’s Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer and CBS’s Criminal Minds before going to Amazon. At Apple, Wandell will be tasked with developing big-ticket productions that can

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Apple Allowing iPhone Upgrade Program Customers to Get a...

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a "head start" on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

Apple started notifying customers about the option this morning through its website and via a notice in the Apple Store app.

Customers will need to download the Apple Store app and choose their preferred iPhone X model to get pre-approved for a loan ahead of the launch of iPhone X pre-orders. Apple says this process, which was also offered for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, will let customers "speed through checkout on 10/27."

Once approved for a loan on a device, customers can use the Apple Store app when iPhone X pre-orders kick off to complete the purchase, making the pre-order process faster for iPhone Upgrade customers as no approval will need to be completed at the time orders are...

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State Farm Fire and Casualty is Suing Apple for a Defectiv...

The State Farm Fire and Casualty Company is suing Apple. The company is acting as Subrogee of Andrew J. Heron and Deborah Heron who, according to the lawsuit, experienced a major fire in their home due to a MacBook with a defective battery.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.1 update to developers, just four days after releasing the third iOS 11.1 beta and a month after releasing the iOS 11 update to the public.

Registered developers can download the fourth iOS 11.1 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

iOS 11.1 introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

Several emoji also feature some small design changes in iOS 11.1, including the dolphin, octopus, bee,...

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Angela Ahrendts Says Apple Won't Try to Upsell Custom...

Apple Store employees won't try to upsell customers to the iPhone X, according to Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

Ahrendts, who is in Chicago today for the grand opening of Apple's new Michigan Avenue store, told CNBC that Apple recognizes each customer has different needs that may not require purchasing the most expensive iPhone model."Internally we said the tagline was 'an iPhone for everyone,'" she said. "I prefer that we ask you who you're buying it for. If they're 6 or 7 years old, what do they need? If it's someone who's leaning into something else, what do they need? We do that with Mac, we do that with iPad, why wouldn't we do that with [the] phone?"iPhone X starts at $999 in the United States with 64GB of storage, while a 256GB model is available for $1,149. By...

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Japan's Emonster who was granted a U.S. Registered Tr...

Japan's Emonster and Enrique Bonasea have collectively sued Apple for trademark infringement over Animoji. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) clearly presents 'Animoji' as a trademark owned by EMONSTER ...

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Apple COO Jeff Williams and Foxconn Chief Will Reportedly...

Apple's operating chief Jeff Williams will reportedly meet Foxconn chairman Terry Gou later this month, following several reports about ongoing iPhone X production issues, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

While the report did not say which topics Gou and Williams will discuss, it said the two executives will presumably look at ways to deal with the manufacturing bottleneck for Apple's new high-end smartphone.

Williams will be visiting Taiwan for the 30th anniversary of TSMC, the sole supplier of the A11 Bionic chip in the latest iPhone models, the report said. A ceremony marking the celebration is scheduled for Monday.

Apple's suppliers are still struggling to perfect manufacturing of the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition system, according to the report. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo...

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Billboard Charts Will Put 'Greater Emphasis' on...

Billboard has announced that its Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts -- which measure singles and albums, respectively -- will begin weighing plays made on paid subscription streaming services/tiers more than plays made on pure ad-supported services/tiers in 2018. This means services that only support paid subscriptions, like Apple Music, will receive a "greater emphasis" in Billboard chart calculations.

The Billboard calculations will include plays made on paid subscription tiers of hybrid services as well, related to Spotify and SoundCloud. For the Hot 100 list, Billboard said that there will now be "multiple weighted tiers" of streaming plays, with paid subscription at the top, then ad-supported streams, and programmed streams. Besides streaming, radio airplay and digital song sales are also still accounted for.

Currently, the Billboard Hot 100 chart...

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Apple's Craig Federighi Confirms There's No Octo...

This shouldn't come as any surprise given that it's already the 20th of October, but Apple has no plans to hold an event to introduce new products this month. Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi confirmed there will be no October event in an email to MacRumors reader Luke.

"Will we see an October keynote event?" Luke asked. "I think we're all Keynoted out for the season! :-)" Federighi replied.

Some people were expecting an event to take place this October because there was a Mac-centric event in October of 2016 that saw Apple unveil the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, but there have been no rumors of a second 2017 event, nor are there any new products on the immediate horizon.

iPads and Macs were both refreshed in June, and while Apple is still planning to introduce the HomePod and the iMac Pro this year, those products are set to debut in December.


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Apple Fine-Tunes an Augmented Reality Invention with the A...

Last week Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple Invents a 360° Head-Mounted Display System that Relates to Post-Production of VR Applications." Apple's invention related to monoscopic, stereoscopic, 180 degree (hemisphere) or 360 degree (full sphere) photography and post-production for distribution to dome, mobile or head-mounted display virtual reality applications. Yesterday another AR patent came to light that was an extension to one that was granted a patent this summer. One of the engineers on this invention worked for several years at Intel as a lead engineer on their RealSense team.

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U.S. Senators Send Apple's CEO a Letter Requesting An...

In August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Directly clarified why some VPN Apps were removed from the App Store in China " Today we learn that two U.S. Senators have sent a formal letter to Apple's CEO wanting answers to 10 specific questions as to why Apple banned some VPN apps from their Apple Store in China. The senators expressed their view that Apple may be assisting China's censorship and surveillance of the Internet.

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Apple's CEO didn't push back when France's...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Tim Cook's meeting with French President Macron was relatively brief and to the Point about future Taxes." The report noted that French officials had stated that Apple's CEO Tim Cook didn't push back against calls by the French president and European allies to change rules in the region to get technology giants to pay more taxes. Today a new report has surfaced that may explain why Cook stayed quite while French President Macron read him the riot act on taxes.

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U.S. Senators Ask Apple Why VPN Apps Were Removed From Chi...

Two U.S. senators have written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company removed third-party VPN apps from its App Store in China (via CNBC). Reports that Apple had pulled the VPN apps first arrived in July, following regulations passed earlier in the year that require such apps to be authorized by the Chinese government.

In the open letter dated October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy and Ted Cruz write that China has an "abysmal" human rights record when it comes to freedom of expression and free access to online and offline information, and say they are "concerned that Apple may be enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the internet".


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Thursday October 19

KGI: iPhone X Production Woes Ending, but Only 2–3 Million...

With just one week to go until pre-orders for the iPhone X begin, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report indicating that the "worst [will] soon [be] over" with regards to production difficulties.

According to Kuo, the biggest hurdle has likely been the flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) for the device's antenna, due to increased complexity and initial supply chain partner Murata's inability to meet specifications.Special materials, recipes, design, processes, equipments and tests are required for antenna FPCB, as the specifications for iPhone X antenna (supplied by Amphenol (US)) are higher than those of iPhone 8 and only Murata (JP) and Career Tech (6153 TT, NT$30.1, NR) can meet Apple's requirements. Murata (originally with a 60% order allocation or higher) won't be able to resolve its issues before 2Q18, and thus has been fully replaced by second supplier Career. We believe Career will ramp up in November, as capacity expansion takes time, and...

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Apple Sued Over 'Animoji' Trademark

Apple is facing a lawsuit for infringing on an existing Animoji trademark, reports The Recorder. Animoji is the name Apple chose for the 3D animated emoji-style characters that will be available on the iPhone X.

The lawsuit [PDF] was filed on Thursday by law firm Susman Godfrey LLP on behalf of Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan who owns a company called Emonster k.k. Bonansea says he came up with the name Animoji in 2014 and registered it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2015.

Since 2014, Bonansea has been using the Animoji name for a messaging app available in the iOS App Store. The lawsuit alleges Apple was aware of the Animoji app and attempted to purchase...

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iOS 11 Installed on Almost 55% of Devices One Month After...

One month after its official public release, iOS 11 has been installed on 54.49 percent of devices, according to data collected by analytics company Mixpanel.

iOS 11 was first released on September 19, and while adoption has been rather slow compared to iOS 10 adoption, it is steadily picking up. At the one week mark, iOS 11 was installed on 25 percent of devices, and at two weeks, installation climbed to 38.5 percent of devices.

At three weeks, iOS 11 adoption reached 47 percent, successfully overtaking iOS 10, and the gap between the two operating systems has continued to widen. With iOS 11 on nearly 55 percent of...

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Apple invents a new Six Lens Imaging Camera System Designe...

Looking at different Apple forums on iPhone cameras having problems with photo flaring today, it appears that some have experienced this problem. A number of Apple customers described a blue flare and yellow tint while others experienced the 'green dot' problem. As noted in a photo below from that same Apple forum, a customers states that "Festival of lights in...

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Apple's new Michigan Avenue Store Opens Tomorrow and...

Patently Apple has been closely following the developments with Apple's new Michigan Avenue store that opens tomorrow with a photo of the new building in the evening, from their patent of the building and the news that a realtor has already purchased the store and accompanying tower before opening day and Apple acknowledging the music culture of Chicago. Today Apple published a number of fantastic photos of the store from a number of angles that are must-sees.

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Mastercard's Plans to Fully Eliminate Signature Requi...

Mastercard today announced that cardholders will no longer have to provide a signature for any purchases in the United States and Canada after April 2018. The change will apply to both debit and credit cards.

Mastercard said removing the need to sign for card-present transactions will not have any impact on customer security due to modern safeguards.

"Our secure network and state-of-the art systems combined with new digital payment methods that include chip, tokenization, biometrics, and specialized digital platforms use newer and more secure methods to prove identity," said Linda Kirkpatrick, an Executive Vice President at Mastercard.

Mastercard's consumer research unsurprisingly found that a majority of people believe it would be easier to pay, and that checkout lines would move faster, if they didn't need to sign the receipt when making a purchase.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Mac Mini Will Be 'Important Part...

Apple's Mac mini celebrated its third birthday this week, marking three years since the device was last updated. The lack of attention Apple has given to the Mac mini has left many Mac users wondering about the future of the machine and whether there are updates to come.

MacRumors reader Krar decided to email Apple CEO Tim Cook to get an update on the Mac mini and he received a response. Cook said it was "not time to share any details," but he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company's product lineup in the future.

Cook's response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple's plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. "The...

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A Hysterical South Korean Tech report is already demanding...

On October 05, 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Southwest Airlines Flight Evacuated due to a Replacement Samsung Note 7 Catching on Fire." It was likely to straw that broke the camel's back that forced Samsung to formalize a full worldwide recall of their Note 7. The South Korean press went ballistic calling the U.S. recall of the Note 7 a protectionist move to protect Apple. Now the Korean tech press is out for blood and want the government to investigate the iPhone 8 battery bloating problem and force a recall.

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Jony Ive Says Apple's New Flagship Chicago Store is A...

Apple today previewed its new Michigan Avenue store along the Chicago River ahead of its grand opening on Friday.

Apple shared new pictures that provide a look at the store's 32-foot glass facades and 111-by-98 foot carbon-fiber roof. Two staircases lead to the store's lower level, featuring indoor trees and a seating area for Today at Apple sessions.

The flagship store is designed to create a new connection between North Michigan Avenue, Pioneer Court, and the Chicago River.

"Apple Michigan Avenue is about removing boundaries between inside and outside, reviving important urban connections within the city," said Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer. "It unites a historic city plaza that had been cut off from the water, giving Chicago a dynamic...

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Apple Store Remains Most Popular Destination to Purchase a...

Apple Stores continue to be the most popular destination to purchase a new Mac in the United States, according to a recent survey conducted by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Apple's retail locations and online store accounted for roughly 40 percent of Mac sales between October 2016 and September 2017, based on 2,000 survey respondents who purchased a Mac during that period.

When the first Apple Stores opened in 2001, Apple was still known as Apple Computer, and the Mac was its primary product. Nowadays, of course, there is the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and beyond.

"Since Apple designed its stores originally to promote Mac computers, it is not surprising that that they continue to account for roughly 40 percent of Mac sales," said Josh Lowitz, co-founder of Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

While it's generally unsurprising that Apple is the most popular Mac retailer, given...

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Apple Files a Patent Specifically to Legally Protect their...

Patently Apple posted a patent report back on September 29, 2016 titled "Apple Invents a Magnetic Array System Allowing an Apple Pencil to Securely Attach to an iPad +." The patent application covered many applications for the use of electromagnetics. The patent shows Apple is working on a new magnetics system that will allow a future Apple Pencil to attach to the side of an iOS device such an iPhone or iPad. Today the U.S. Patent Office revealed that Apple has revisited this invention solely to protect its tactile feedback system which was first used in the application of the piano in GarageBand.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Production Will Reportedly Drop Nearly...

Apple has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production by nearly 50 percent in November and December, according to Reuters, which cited China's Economic Daily News.

The report quotes an unnamed source who claims it is the first time in the iPhone's history that new models face a major cutback so shortly after mass production began. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus officially went on sale September 22.

Apple shares declined around 1.5 percent in pre-market trading as investors reacted to concerns about low sales of the devices.

Apple hasn't revealed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales numbers. The company will report its fourth quarter earnings results on November 2...

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Apple Watch Series 3 Facing LTE Setbacks in China, Likely...

The cellular capabilities of the Apple Watch Series 3 remain unavailable to new carrier plan subscribers in China, after having been "abruptly cut off...without explanation" just one week after the device's launch in September. A new report published today by The Wall Street Journal has looked into the LTE setbacks faced by the Apple Watch in the country, which is predicted to face ongoing issues over the next couple of months.

Originally, Apple Watch Series 3 models on launch were supported by the carrier China Unicom, but on September 28 -- almost one week after the September 22 launch -- Unicom cut off new LTE subscriptions for the device. Those who had signed up for a subscription prior to that date remain unaffected, but now anyone trying to sign up for LTE on their Apple Watch are unable to do so. Unicom said on its website that the feature had been available "on a...

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Apple Patent reveals the use of Millimeter Wave Antennas i...

In May, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Seeks License from FCC Covering new Wireless Millimeter Wave Technology Found in a Recent Patent Filing." Since that time several Apple patents covering millimeter wave technology have surfaced and today the U.S. Patent Office published yet another patent from Apple on this technology that is likely to be used with iPhones supporting 5G networks and possibly wireless charging and/or faster charging.

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Apple is considering the Application of a new Protective D...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to displays having a substrate with a visually imperceptible texture that provides tactile sensations varying with an object contacting the surface. Apple is considering applying a new finish on displays for Macs and iDevices that acts as an added protection layer ...

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Wednesday October 18

National Association of Broadcasters Again Urges Apple to...

Following Apple's clarification that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips or antennas designed to support FM signals, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has expressed some doubt about Apple's statement and has called on the company to add FM functionality to its future iPhones.

In a blog post, the NAB points to a series of iPhone 8 teardowns that indicate the iPhone 8 uses a Broadcom chip with an integrated FM radio core as evidence that Apple's devices already have some of the hardware required for FM radio support.

According to Apple, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 do not currently have FM radio chips or antennas to support FM signals, and it is not clear how simple it would be for the company to add these features to future devices. From a...

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Samsung Announces 'Bixby 2.0' Designed for Smart...

Samsung today announced the second-generation version of its Bixby voice assistant, seven months after Bixby was first unveiled ahead of the launch of the Galaxy S8.

According to Samsung, Bixby 2.0 is a "fundamental leap forward for digital assistants" and a "bold reinvention of the platform," designed with the aim of making Bixby available on "any and all devices."

Bixby 2.0 will be available on smartphones, TVs, refrigerators, home speakers, and other connected technology products. Bixby 2.0 will be "open," allowing developers to choose how users interact with Bixby in their services.

Samsung says Bixby 2.0 features enhanced natural language capabilities to support more natural commands and complex processing, so it can "really get to know and understand" who you are and who...

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Apple Publishes another Issue in their Machine Learning Jo...

A year ago Google's CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the Google Manifesto wherein they noted that tech world was shifting from a Mobile First and an AI First market. In so many words try to convey that Apple brought the world the mobile revolution and it would be Google bringing on the next revolution where AI was the leading force behind future services and products. The PR war for the leadership of the next revolution based on AI has begun and a part of Apple's PR drive is to publish an ongoing Machine Learning Journal. Their first October issue has been published and our report provides you with an overview of the journal thus far.

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Amazon Sending New Round of Credits to E-Book Buyers as Pa...

Customers who purchased a Kindle e-book between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 may be receiving a credit from Amazon this morning as the retailer continues distributing funds from an antitrust lawsuit levied against Apple back in 2013 by the United States Justice Department.

Emails were sent out to eligible customers in the United States this morning, and Amazon has also set up a website that will list available credits for those who are eligible for a refund.

Apple, along with five other publishers including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and Penguin, was found guilty of conspiring to inflate the prices of e-books to weaken Amazon's dominant position in the market. While the five publishers settled, Apple held out and appealed several...

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs & the City of Toronto ar...

While Google is trying to reinvent their hardware line of products of late and make AI the center of their universe, their parent company Alphabet Inc. is looking at bigger picture projects that fall under various companies that they own such as Calico, DeepMind, Nest labs and others including Sidewalk Labs who happens to be in the news today. Sidewalk is working with the Canadian City of Toronto to a futuristic high-tech neighborhood that could be a model for other cities to follow.

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Apple Says 'Hey Siri' Detection Briefly Becomes...

A new entry in Apple's Machine Learning Journal provides a closer look at how hardware, software, and internet services work together to power the hands-free "Hey Siri" feature on the latest iPhone and iPad Pro models.

Specifically, a very small speech recognizer built into the embedded motion coprocessor runs all the time and listens for "Hey Siri." When just those two words are detected, Siri parses any subsequent speech as a command or query.

The detector uses a Deep Neural Network to convert the acoustic pattern of a user's voice into a probability distribution. It then uses a temporal integration process to compute a confidence score that the phrase uttered was "Hey Siri."

If the score is high enough, Siri wakes up and proceeds to complete the command or answer the query automatically.

If the score exceeds Apple's lower threshold but not the upper threshold, however, the...

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Sonos One Reviews: Premium Sound Partners Well With Alexa,...

Earlier in October, Sonos announced its new smart speaker device, called the Sonos One, which will launch On October 24 with support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The Sonos One allows users to control the speaker entirely through voice, providing smart speaker capabilities into a music-focused device, similar to Apple's marketing for the upcoming HomePod.

Ahead of the October 24 launch, reviews for the Sonos One have been posted online, with many sites giving the new speaker a favorable review thanks to Sonos' expected high-quality playback, which becomes particularly useful with Alexa controls. Still, those voice commands are limited at launch with only a few music services supporting Alexa, making the Sonos One slightly harder to recommend for users not already in the Amazon ecosystem....

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Apple's New Michigan Avenue Store in Chicago Opening...

The new Apple Michigan Avenue is scheduled to open this Friday. Today we learn that that the new Apple store has been sold ...

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Apple and GE Partner to Deliver Powerful Industrial Apps f...

To the dismay of Microsoft and other competitors, Apple's iOS has been steamrolling into the enterprise market full steam ahead with partnerships with IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte and Accenture over the last three years. Today another major enterprise partnership with announced with GE that will benefit Apple's iDevices and Macs while providing Apple developers with new opportunities starting ...

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WhatsApp will be rolling out Live Location Sharing for iOS...

Yesterday WhatsApp announced that it will be rolling out a new feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with family or friends in the coming weeks.

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Qualcomm's CEO closes his eyes to being Ruled an Abus...

Qualcomm's CEO is in perpetual state of denial of any wrong doing in the industry or to Apple even though both South Korea and Taiwan have found them guilty of abusing their monopoly power and handed down record fines. Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf was at it again yesterday during a live tech conference interview. Qualcomm's entire business model is being challenged and he believes that pixie dust will win out at the end of the day.

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Apple Removes Pro-Life App from App Store after Alleged pr...

Pro-Life website 'Life Site' reports that "Apple banned a pro-life mobile application after abortion supporters complained, even though the app was approved and previously offered on its App Store." Note: While this is a legitimate news story, it's also a politically charged one. If you're sensitive to such reports, don't read this report.

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Tuesday October 17

Technology Dreamer & Ex-DARPA Director Regina Dugan is...

Technology Dreamer Regina E. Dugan, who served as the 19th Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been bouncing around Silicon Valley over the past few years with some of the craziest ideas that never seemed to take hold. Dugan worked for Motorola, Google and Facebook. It's being announced today that Dugan will be leaving Facebook in search of another dreamy project.

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Intel Pumps Up 8th Gen Core Processors in Microsoft's...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today claiming it's more powerful than Apple's MacBook Pro." After filing our report Intel published a report about Microsoft's Surface Book 2 adopting their new Intel 8th Gen Core processors. Intel also introduced the industry's first AI Neural processor called Nervana.

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Apple Seeds Third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Develo...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a little over a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 appears to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes, but it also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie,...

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Google's new 'Clips' App could legally Clas...

Apple introduced a free mobile video editing app called 'Clips' on the App Store on April 6, 2017. It's only available on 64-bit devices running iOS 10.3 or later. Apple describes it as an app for "making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Today Apple's European trademark filing surfaced from London for the figurative version of the 'Clips' trademark. Legally Apple has a priority date of 21/04/2017 which could be a problem for Google's new products with the same branding.

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Microsoft Says Its New Surface Book 2 is Twice as Powerful...

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid.

The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 17 hours of battery life based on video playback.

Microsoft says those tech specs make the Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than the original Surface Book, and twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, but it didn't specify which configurations.

Microsoft's comparisons to its primary competitor didn't end there. On its website, it said the Surface Book 2 has 70 percent more battery life than the latest MacBook Pro, which lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.


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Pixel 2 Reviews: Iterative Update Lacks 'Wow Factor...

Two weeks after first unveiling the Pixel 2 at an event in San Francisco, reviews of Google's latest smartphone have now been published online. Many of the reviews written on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are positive, with multiple articles referring to the smartphones as the best Android devices on the market, as well as legitimate competitors to Apple's iPhone series. The only slight negatives appear to surround Google's decision to aim for functional, more iterative updates over flashier feature additions.

Like most reviews posted today, The Verge was more impressed by the design and look of the Pixel 2 XL than the smaller Pixel 2, calling the latter phone "humdrum" with "big, chunky bezels" that don't compare favorably to the XL's smaller bezels and larger 6-inch screen....

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Microsoft Revealed their Next-Gen Surface Book 2 today cla...

In early September Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Hints that a new Device will be Unveiled at their European Event in Late October." It's very possible that Microsoft will use their London Keynote at the end of this month to introduce the new Windows 10 + Qualcomm 2-in-1 Always-On hybrid ARM based notebooks from partners HP, Lenovo, Asustek...

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Gartner Forecasts Smartphone Sales returning to Growth in...

According to a new Gartner report published today, worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones are predicted to exceed 2.35 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.0 percent from 2017. This would mark the highest year-over-year growth since 2015. The report also clarifies a common misconception about mobile PCs.

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Apple's Supply Chain confirms that they'll meet...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with Foxconn Production now up to 400,000 Units per Week. The report noted that Apple's iPhone X production had increased 4X per week from 100,000 units to 400,000. In the coming weeks production is likely to continue to make dramatic increases. On that note, Apple's supply chain is confirming that they're on target to meet iPhone X demand for the holidays unless ...

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Apple Wins 48 Patent Today Covering a Next-Gen Wireless Ai...

It was only this past April that Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple's Next-Gen AirPods Case could double as a Wireless Charging Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent in record time. In total Apple was granted 48 patents today and we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to Meet 20...

Yield rates for some iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping its first iPhone X units from its main plant in Zhengzhou, China. The same sources are now reporting improved production yield rates for key parts such as the 3D sensing modules, signaling the first positive indicator from suppliers previously struggling to meet Apple's demand.

The first batch of iPhone X devices has already been shipped out from Foxconn Electronics' site in Zhengzhou (Henan, China), said the sources. With production yield rates for certain key components such as 3D sensing modules improving, shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple's demand...

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Apple Wins Third Patent for Displays with an Active Edge I...

Before there was ever a Samsung phone with active icons on the curved sides, there was an Apple granted patent. We covered this invention last summer when Android fans were saying that Apple was about to copy the Samsung Galaxy Edge. In fact Apple had gained their first patent on this before Samsung's patent or product. Today Apple has won their 3rd patent for this invention with updated patent claims about ...

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Monday October 16

Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in 'Guide to Greener Elec...

Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics, which provides insight into the environmental practices of 17 major companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and more.

Among all of the companies Greenpeace evaluated for energy, resource consumption, and chemicals, Apple received the second best marks, trailing behind only Fairphone, a device designed with minimal environmental impact in mind.

Apple was lauded for its commitment to renewable energy and reducing supply chain emissions and its efforts to be transparent about the chemicals that are used in its products.

According to Greenpeace, Apple is the only company to have set a renewable energy goal for its supply chain, and several of its suppliers have already committed to using 100 percent renewable energy.


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New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.

In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, Western Europe, and China, Strategy Analytics discovered the majority of consumers are interested in CarPlay.

In the United States, 23 percent of respondents said CarPlay was a "must have" feature, while 56 percent said...

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Apple Responds to Senator's Request for Info on Face...

Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID.

Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the company's Vice President for Public Policy in the Americas.

In the letter, Hogan highlights its recent Face ID security paper and Face ID support document, which outline how Apple protects customer privacy and keeps customer data secure.

She also addresses several...

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Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup Crossover H...

Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized.

According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its existing customers include Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square, and Apple, with many of these companies offering on-campus medical care.

Citing three sources with knowledge of the talks, CNBC says it's not clear why no acquisition ultimately happened between the two companies. Apple also talked to One Medical...

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Apple's Mac Mini is Now Three Years Old, No Refresh D...

Today marks the third anniversary of the last update of the Mac mini, Apple's most affordable and compact desktop computer. The Mac mini was refreshed on October 16, 2014, and since then, the machine has seen no additional updates.

The Mac mini is positioned as a "bring your own" machine that comes without a mouse, keyboard, or display, and the current version is still running Haswell processors and integrated Intel HD 5000/Intel Iris Graphics.

Pricing on the Mac mini starts at $499 for the entry-level base configuration, making it far more affordable than the iMac, which starts at $1,099 for a non-4K 21-inch version.

With the 2014 refresh, fans were disappointed as Apple ceased offering a quad-core processor option and support for dual hard drives, features that have not returned.

At this point, it's not clear if and when Apple will introduce a new version of the Mac mini. Prior to the 2014...

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Apple Says 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Are Alr...

Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

The exploits have been addressed in the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS betas that are currently available to developers and will be rolling out to consumers soon.

A KRACK attack proof-of-concept from security researcher Mathy Vanhoef

Disclosed just this morning by researcher Mathy Vanhoef, the WPA2 vulnerabilities affect millions of routers, smartphones, PCs, and other devices, including Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Using a key installation attack, or "KRACK," attackers can exploit weaknesses in the WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out credit card numbers,...

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iMac Pros With Custom Xeon Chips Possibly Appear on Geekbe...

While the iMac Pro doesn't launch for another six weeks or so, possible benchmarks for the computer may have already surfaced on Geekbench. The results provide us with an early look at just how powerful Apple's $4,999-and-up desktop workstation will be when it is released in December.

Interestingly, the iMac Pro models benchmarked appear to have custom, downclocked Xeon chips that Intel hasn't publicly announced yet. There is a benchmark result for a model with a 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon W-2140B processor, while a third listing exists for a model with a 3.0GHz 10-core Xeon W-2150B chip.

All of the models are identified as "AAPJ1371,1," and unlike other Xeon chips, the processors have a "B" suffix. A few of the benchmark results are from late August, while the rest are...

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Consumer Research indicates that Apple Fans buying their N...

A new report by Strategy Analytics states that access to smartphone apps through in-car HMI is increasingly important to consumers’ purchase decisions. Mobile apps are preferred for many navigation tasks, especially more advanced ones.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 11.1 update to developers, one week after releasing the second iOS 11.1 beta and a month after releasing the iOS 11 update to the public.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

iOS 11.1 introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

Several emoji have also seen some small design changes in iOS 11.1, including the dolphin, octopus, bee, snail, and whale...

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Apple Plans to Appeal $439M 'Final Judgment' in...

VirnetX today announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has denied all of Apple's motions in a longstanding FaceTime-related patent lawsuit between the two companies.

The court also granted all of VirnetX's motions in the retrial and increased the royalty rates that Apple owes during the infringement period, resulting in a revised final judgment amount of $439.7 million.

"We are elated with the Court's Final Judgement of $439 million in that not only did it affirm the jury's verdict of $1.20 per infringing iPhone, iPad and Mac Product, but also added for willful infringement, interest and attorney fees. This is the third time a jury has ruled in our favor against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO.


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Huawei launched their new Mate 10 Smartphone Lineup in Ger...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "IDC Researcher Claims Huawei likely to Overtake Apple in 2018 as new Devices Debut in Germany this Morning." In this report we present you with the full Huawei's Mate 10 event keynote video from Germany. For those interested in knowing more about one of Apple's top competitors, you could watch their Keynote below which begins at the 1 hour mark. The presentation runs about 1.5 hours.

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Eddy Cue Says He 'Disagrees Vehemently' With Tho...

Just over a decade after the iPhone launched, and six years after Steve Jobs passed, some critics believe that Apple's pace of innovation has slowed. Unsurprisingly, Apple's services chief Eddy Cue doesn't share that opinion.

"I disagree vehemently with that and I think we've been incredibly innovative," said Cue, in a recent interview with Indian publication Livemint.

Cue pointed out that both the iPad and Apple Watch launched after the iPhone, while noting that revolutionary products take time. He also believes that Apple's work on Mac, macOS, and iOS has led the market.Apple historically has a track record of coming out with industry-defining products, whether it's the Mac or iPhone or iPod. But over the past decade, there's a been perception that the pace of innovation and the pace at which Apple has come out with...

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Major Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Uncovered Put Millions of Devi...

Mathy Vanhoef, a postdoctoral researcher at Belgian university KU Leuven, has discovered and disclosed major vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks.

Vanhoef said an attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using so-called KRACKs, or key reinstallation attacks, which can result in any data or information that the victim transmits being decrypted. Attackers can eavesdrop on network traffic on both private and public networks.

As explained by Ars Technica, the primary attack exploits a four-way handshake that is used to establish a key for encrypting traffic. During the third step, the key can be resent multiple times. When it's resent in...

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IDC Researcher Claims Huawei likely to Overtake Apple in 2...

According to a CNBC interview with Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC, "Huawei is today the biggest challenger to Apple and Samsung. Indeed they are growing very fast. They will probably overtake Apple in the smartphone business, either this year or next year.

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The Dark Side to Samsung's High Quarterly Profits is...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Dramatic Executive Departures at Samsung this week shows the Extent of Turmoil that remains behind the Scenes." In dramatic fashion, Kwon revealed that the company is facing a grave situation despite making record earnings. Kwon stated that "Record earnings are based on investment made in the past. But we are still struggling to find the next growth engine for the future." In today's report we get to understand what was behind Kwon's dark statement.

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Apple Reportedly begins shipping iPhone X to Stores with F...

It's being report today in a supply chain report that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has started shipping iPhone X devices, with the first batch of 46,500 units already being shipped out from Zhengzhou and Shanghai. Foxconn's production of the iPhone is beginning to gather steam.

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India's Economic Times TV Interviews Apple's SVP...

While in Mumbai, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue spoke to India's Economic Times TV Mahalingam about his current trip to India. Our report covers a few of the key questions posed to Cue.

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Sunday October 15

Samsung wins a Patent for a Smart Bracelet with a Flexible...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report covering IDC's wearable device market forecast up to 2021. While smart clothing is to experience a burst of strength over the next four years, it's still wrist-based wearables like smartwatches and wrist bands that will clearly dominated this market segment. Patently Apple has covered Apple patents covering smart fabrics back in August, while...

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Apple's VP of Inclusion & Diversity Honestly Spea...

Apple’s Denise Young Smith sent an apology to team members at Apple today over comments she made at the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. Political correctness wins the day.

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Activists urge Apple to drop Pro President Duterte Philipp...

A group of civil society organizations has demanded that Apple remove from its app store games it said violated the tech firm’s guidelines and promoted violence and killings commonplace in the Philippines’ war on drugs.

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Qualcomm Seeks to Stop iPhone Sales in China with new Pate...

Qualcomm confirmed an earlier report this week that the chipmaker had filed lawsuits in China, seeking to halt the manufacture and sale of Apple's iPhones in the country.

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Saturday October 14

Apple's Original 3D Touch Patents Surface in Europe t...

Earlier today Patently Apple discovered two patents in Europe that were published on Wednesday that covered their original filings for 3D Touch. In total there were more than 500 patent figures associated with the lead patent. The patent covers 3D Touch in almost every application from email to Apple Music to multi-page documents to Maps, the Control Center and more. Our report provides with full documents illustrating the patent figures and description documents.

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Friday October 13

Apple Extends Internal iOS 11.1 Apple Pay Cash Testing to...

Starting in early October, Apple corporate employees in the United States began testing Apple Pay Cash internally in the iOS 11.1 beta, suggesting the person-to-person Apple Pay feature could be introduced in iOS 11.1 despite its current absence from the iOS 11.1 developer beta.

Apple has now expanded its internal Apple Pay Cash feature to its retail employees, making it available to a much wider range of people for testing purposes.

Retail employees gained access to the feature today and have been asked to install both the iOS 11.1 beta and an additional internal-only beta profile to unlock the Apple Pay Cash feature. According to the retail employee who spoke to MacRumors, Apple is also requiring iCloud accounts to be whitelisted to use Apple Pay Cash.

The Apple Pay Cash setup process can be seen in the screenshot below -- it asks customers to verify their...

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Apple's Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor 'Sold Out,'...

Apple in May purchased Beddit, a company that develops health-related hardware. It was an unusual acquisition because Apple continued to sell the company's Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor on, and collected sleep data from the device.

As of early October, though, the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor has been listed as "Sold Out" on Apple's website, suggesting it has perhaps been quietly retired. When an Apple product is sold out, that typically means it's not going to be restocked. Since the Apple acquisition, the device has only been sold at and is not available elsewhere either.

With the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor no longer available, it's not known what Apple will do with the Beddit sleep technology in the future. Apple ...

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Qualcomm Asks China to Stop Manufacturing and Selling iPho...

Qualcomm recently filed lawsuits in China in an attempt to stop Apple from selling and manufacturing iPhones in the country, reports Bloomberg. Much of Apple's iPhone assembly process takes place in China, as does the manufacturing of many iPhone components. China is also an important market for Apple, accounting for 22.5 percent of Apple's sales in 2016.

In a filing with the Beijing intellectual property court on September 29, Qualcomm claimed patent infringement and requested injunctive relief. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them," said a Qualcomm spokesperson about the filing.

According to Qualcomm, the lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents covering power management and the Force Touch technology that Apple uses in its touch screens.

Qualcomm and Apple have been...

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Apple Updates Trademarks including 'Apple Music'...

Since Apple's WWDC event back in June Apple legal has been very busy filing a long string on new and updated trademarks for Apple as noted in our archives. The most recent trademark filings include an update to Apple Music and ....

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Apple Still Offering Free Delayed Battery Repairs for Some...

If you own a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display released in Mid 2012 or Early 2013, and your notebook qualifies for battery service, the repair should be free if you are willing to wait for around one month.

Apple has advised Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers to offer these customers a free battery repair if they are willing to wait until at least November 15 for the service to be completed.

Apple has offered this option since August 25 due to a continued shortage of the aluminum enclosure that the battery is glued into on the aforementioned MacBook Pro models, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors.

Top case with glued-in battery for Mid 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro via iFixit

If a customer does not wish to delay the repair, Apple says that standard out-of-warranty prices for battery service apply: $199 in the United States, £199 in the United Kingdom, $289 in Australia, or $259 in Canada...

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iOS Gained Market Share in Most Countries This Summer, Alt...

Apple's portion of the mobile ecosystem market increased in eight major territories in the three months ending August 2017, according to new data collected and shared by Kantar Worldpanel. Over the summer of 2017, iOS saw growth in the following territories compared to the same year-ago period: Spain (4.4 percentage point increase), followed by China (4.3), the United States (3.7), Germany (2.3), France (1.7), the European Union (1.2), Australia (0.9), and Italy (0.4).

Specifically, iOS grew from 31.3 to 35 percentage points year-over-year in the U.S., and although Android still dominates the U.S. smartphone OS market at 63.2 percentage points, it has dipped slightly from its hold of 66.1 percentage points in the same year-ago period. Dominic Sunnebo, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's Global Business Unit Director, said that "Apple maintained strong momentum in the US one...

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Dramatic Executive Departures at Samsung this week shows t...

On September first Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's President of Consumer Electronics Surprisingly Reveals the Depressing Current Reality at Samsung." Today we're learning that the same Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun is stepping down at the end of tenure ending next March. In a rare statement, Kwon described a nightmare at Samsung behind the scene.

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iPhone With Apple Pencil Support Could Launch 'As Ear...

Apple is reportedly "mulling" the idea of launching a stylus compatible with iPhone, believed to be a new iteration of the Apple Pencil, which is currently only supported by the iPad Pro. The rumor comes from industry sources speaking to The Korea Herald (via The Investor), which claimed that Apple engineers "have recently been working" on a new iPhone device that "comes with a digital pen," aiming for a potential launch in 2019.

The sources said that the iPhone stylus is likely to adopt a "supercapacitor stylus type" for price benefits, contrasting with Samsung's Galaxy Note pen which is based on electromagnetic resonance technology that needs additional panel components to be installed underneath the smartphone display. "A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel," according to the industry sources.

Notably, Apple's...

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Kantar: Apple's iOS Posted Growth in the U.S., German...

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar reveals that for the three months ending in August 2017, iOS posted growth in the US, China, Germany, France, and Spain. There was also great news for iOS in urban China.

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A Korean Rumor Claims that Apple is Working on a new Apple...

In 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Dodged a Bullet this week, but for How Long?" The report pointed to Apple's CEO alluding to have seen an iPhone using Apple Pencil. In an interview with India's NDTV in 2016, Apple's CEO stated that "If you've ever seen what can be created with that pencil on an iPad or an iPhone, it's really unbelievable." Today a new rumor from Korea claims that Apple will introduce an iPhone with an all-new Apple Pencil using new technology.

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Foxconn's Revenues Soared for September with iPhone X...

It's being reported today that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$451.04 billion (US$14.83 billion) for September, up 42.4% on month.

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Apple's iPhone X Supplier for Face ID Camera Modules...

Patently Apple posted a report on September 5th titled "Apple Reportedly Books up Production of High-End Dual Lens Camera Modules at Largan Precision's new Plant." The report stated that Apple was booking up production capacity 12 megapixel (and higher) lens modules at Largan's new factory. Only Largan meets Apple's minimum rate requirement. Today we're learning that the company is exploring a next-gen lens ..

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Thursday October 12

Kuo: All iPhone Models in 2018 Likely to Abandon Fingerpri...

All of the iPhones Apple plans to produce in 2018 are likely to abandon the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in favor of facial recognition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a note sent out this evening.

According to Kuo, Apple will embrace Face ID as its authentication method for a competitive advantage over Android smartphones. Kuo has previously said that it could take years for Android smartphone manufacturers to produce technology that can match the TrueDepth camera and the Face ID feature coming in the iPhone X.

We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications.Face ID, says Kuo, will...

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Remote Desktop Expert Aqua Connect Sues Apple on Two Count...

Aqua Connect Inc. and their wholly-owned subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners are jointly suing Apple for patent infringement. The companies claim that Apple is infringing two patents relating to a user session in a Mach-derived system environment. The company claims that Apple's AirPlay uses their technology without permission and more.

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Google Hammers Home Hardware 'Powered by AI' but...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "As the Transition from the Mobile Revolution to the AI Revolution begins, Google Declares War on Apple." Google's event on October 4th was out to make a statement about their leadership in all-things AI and that going forward it would play a role in new products that began with the Pixel 2 smartphone's camera. In today's report we show you more examples of how Google is pushing AI into multiple products and cover the fiasco over their new Google Home mini speaker recording private ...

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iOS 11 Overtakes iOS 10, Now Installed on 47% of Devices

A little over three weeks after being released to the public, iOS 11 adoption has reached its 47 percent, successfully overtaking iOS 10, according to data collected by analytics company Mixpanel.

With iOS 11 installed on 47 percent of devices, iOS 10 is now installed on 46 percent of devices. 6.7 percent of devices also continue to run iOS 9 or earlier.

iOS 11 adoption has been much slower than iOS 10 adoption during the same timeframe last year. It took just two weeks for iOS 10 to overtake iOS 9, while iOS 11 was only installed on 38.5 percent of devices at the two week mark.

Adoption rates have been steadily increasing, though. At 24 hours, iOS 11 was installed on...

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Games Are Most Popular ARKit-Only Apps, Accounting for 62%...

Apps that use the ARKit framework Apple introduced in iOS 11 have been installed 3 million times around the world since September 19, according to new data shared today by analytics firm Sensor Tower (via TechCrunch).

Many of the ARKit-only apps that are available are games, accounting for 35 percent of ARKit apps worldwide. ARKit-only apps include those that are built entirely around the new ARKit technology, rather than apps that have added some ARKit features.

Utilities are the second most popular ARKit category, accounting for 19 percent of apps, while 11 percent of ARKit apps are in the Entertainment category and 7 percent are in the Education category.

Many of the top ARKit-only apps are games, with four games among the top five highest-grossing ARKit apps. Titles like AR Dragon, Zombie Gunship Revenant, The Machines,...

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Apple's Health Project Aimed at the Heart Continues w...

It was just last week that Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple is Developing Watch Technology to Detect Heart Abnormalities and now blood Pressure. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple relating to a blood pressure app that could be presented in a future Apple Watch. It could be considered part two of last week's revelations.

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Apple restocks full line of refurbished 13″ M...
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
13″ 3.1GHz/256GB MacBook Pro on sale for $167...
Amazon has the 2017 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale today for $121 off MSRP including free shipping: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXV2LL/A): $1678 $121 off MSRP Keep an... Read more
13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $120 off M...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $120 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook... Read more
15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off M...
B&H Photo has 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2249, $150... Read more
Roundup of Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs,...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2017 21″ and 27″ iMacs available starting at $1019 and ranging up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free... Read more

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Engineering Manager, *Apple* Retail Enginee...
# Engineering Manager, Apple Retail Engineering Job Number: 58139948 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 20-Oct-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Commerce Engineer, *Apple* Media Products -...
Commerce Engineer, Apple Media Products (New York City) Job Number: 113028813New York City, New York, United StatesPosted: Sep. 20, 2017Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Read more
US- *Apple* Store Leader Program - Apple (Un...
US- Apple Store Leader Program Job Number: VariousUnited StatesPosted: Oct. 19, 2017Retail Store Job Summary Learn and grow as you explore the art of leadership at Read more
Product Manager - *Apple* Pay on the *Appl...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a talented product manager to drive the expansion of Apple Pay on the Apple Online Store. This position includes a unique Read more
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