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Wednesday December 12

03:58
Apple Offering Discounts on HomePod to Apple Music Subscri...

Apple this morning began offering promo codes to Apple Music subscribers that allow them to buy a HomePod at a discounted price for a limited time, in a holiday-themed promotion.

As of writing, customers in the UK have received codes for £50 off a new HomePod, bringing the price down to £269, with the offer available until December 16.

The discount is being offered via an email from Apple that includes a button-style link to 'Get Your Promo Code', which sends customers to the official Apple website with the promotional offer applied.

HomePod brings out the best in Apple Music. To celebrate the holidays, we're giving only Apple Music subscribers £50 off HomePod now through December 16. Claim your special promo code now.The £50 discount narrowly beats the price of HomePod from John Lewis and...

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Tuesday December 11

20:03
Samsung Unveils new Infinity-O Display & 5G Modem and...

In November Patently Apple posted a report that talked about the crisis that Samsung was undergoing with their smartphone division losing a lot of ground in 2018 to Chinese rivals Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi in Asian markets. The report also touched on a "punch-hole" display coming to the Galaxy S10 in early 2019 along with a fingerprint scanner under the display using ultrasonic technology. The rumor of the "punch-hole' display coming to the Galaxy S10 became a reality yesterday ...

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16:00
Microsoft Office Apps Now Support Dark Mode on macOS Mojav...

Microsoft today updated its suite of Office for Mac apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, with support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave and several other new features. The updates are available to both Office 365 subscribers and to users who purchased Office 2019 for Mac as a one-time purchase.

The update also makes it easier to insert a photo from an iPhone or iPad into a PowerPoint slide using Apple's new Continuity Camera feature. This allows users to control-click in a PowerPoint window where you want the photo to appear, quickly take a photo on a nearby iPhone or iPad, and import it into a slide.

And with v16.20 some customers will see our Ribbon Visual Refresh with new icons and styling in Office 365 for Mac, as we begin...

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13:26
Verizon App Now Allows eSIM Activation on iPhone XS, iPhon...

It is now possible to use the My Verizon app to activate eSIM service on an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR in the United States.

The app was updated today to allow Verizon customers to purchase a cellular plan for the eSIM line of an iPhone without needing to visit a Verizon store. The in-app process should be more straightforward and convenient.

"My Verizon" changelog via Gabriel Lewis

Verizon and AT&T rolled out eSIM support last week, while T-Mobile is expected to offer an in-app solution for setting up eSIM...

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10:27
Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iOS 12.1.2, macOS Mojave...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 12.1.2 to public beta testers, one day after seeding the same beta to developers and six days after the release of the iOS 12.1.1 update with expanded eSIM support and many other new features.

iPhone and iPad users enrolled in the free Apple Beta Software Program will receive the iOS 12.1.2 beta over-the-air in Settings > General > Software Update after installing the necessary configuration profile from Apple's beta site.

iOS 12.1.2 looks to be a minor update focused on "bug fixes and improvements," according to Apple's release notes.

Apple also seeded the first betas of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 and tvOS 12.1.2 to public beta testers today. The...

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07:29
Apple Won 45 Patents Today Covering a 3D Depth Camera, Aut...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover (1) Apple's robotic system that places electric car batteries into place, (2) a possible future auto adjustment Apple Watch band, and (3) a depth mapping system that could work with a possible new Mac, television or gaming system (Apple TV). Apple was also granted design patents for ...

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04:23
Four Years After Apple Pay was introduced, German Banks...

A local German news site is reporting that Apple is finally bringing its iPhone payment service Apple Pay to Germany some four years after it was first launched in the US. The service will be introduced in the Bundesrepublik by the end of the year, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday at a presentation of current quarterly figures. Cook did not initially disclose further details such as the names of participating supermarket chains.

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Monday December 10

20:51
Apple Pay Launches in Germany

Apple Pay made its long-awaited debut in Germany this evening, allowing iPhone and Apple Watch users in the country to finally take advantage of the contactless mobile payments service if their card issuer supports it.

At launch, Apple Pay partners in Germany include American Express, Deutsche Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, Edenred, Comdirect, Fidor Bank, and mobile banks and payment services o2, N26, boon, bunq, and VIMpay. It may take until the end of the day before the rollout is fully completed.

MacRumors readers and Twitter users are starting to share screenshots of their Apple Pay cards in the Wallet app on iPhone.

Apple Pay ist nun auch in Deutschland endlich verfügbar!#ApplePay #ApplePayGermany...

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20:24
As Expected, Silicon Valley Bitterly Complains about the A...

Last Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Australia Passes their Anti-Encryption Law which is likely to create Sparks in Silicon Valley." If anything, Silicon Valley is predictable and late this afternoon TechCrunch reports that Apple, Google and Microsoft under the "Global Government Surveillance Reform" rebuked the anti-encryption law passed last week.

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19:32
Samsung Kills Headphone Jack in Latest Smartphone After Ye...

Samsung today introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. It is Samsung's first smartphone with an Infinity-O display, which has a nearly edge-to-edge, uninterrupted design beyond a small hole for the front-facing camera.

It is also Samsung's first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

While on stage unveiling the new Galaxy Note7 in 2016, for example, Samsung executive Justin Denison made sure to point out that the device came with a headphone jack. "Want to know what else it comes with?" he asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he answered, smirking as the...

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18:12
Epic Games Removes 'Infinity Blade' Trilogy From...

Epic Games today announced that its Infinity Blade role-playing game trilogy has been removed from the App Store.

In a blog post, the video game studio said "it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards," adding that the trilogy "will always hold a special place" in its history.

Along with the three Infinity Blade games, all in-app purchase options have been removed, according to Epic Games. iPhone users who already purchased the games will remain able to play them, and re-download them from the App Store using the same Apple ID that was originally used, for the foreseeable future.

The news was first reported by Eli Hodapp at MacRumors sister site ...

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12:27
Hands-On With the iPhone XR Clear Case From Apple

It took nearly two months following the on-sale date for the iPhone XR, but Apple's highly anticipated clear case for the colorful device is now available. We're not entirely sure what the delay was in launching it, and it's currently the only first-party case available for the iPhone XR, so we went hands-on with the new case to see how it stacks up.

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Apple's clear case is intended to show off the colorful rear shell of the iPhone XR, and it does a great job at that, with a crystal clear view of the phone itself all around. The case is a bit firmer than we expected based on our previous experiences with third-party clear cases, so Apple's case holds its shape well while also providing solid protection.

The iPhone XR Clear Case...

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12:01
Qualcomm Fools Chinese Court with Invalided Patent to gain...

Apple's CEO got an instant headache this morning as a Chinese court ordered a ban on most iPhone sales in the country as part of two preliminary injunctions. Apple was quick to respond in a statement stating that "Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world. All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China."

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10:27
EU is just looking for an Excuse to Investigate Apple Pay

EU regulators looked into Apple’s mobile payment service and found it was not market dominant but they could review it again if they receive formal complaints, according to anti-trust chief Vestager

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10:10
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.2 to Developers With...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1.2 update to developers, five days after releasing iOS 12.1.1, an update that introduced a revamped FaceTime layout, re-added Live Photos for FaceTime, and brought Haptic Touch for notifications on iPhone XR.

Apple's release notes state that iOS 12.1.2 "contains bug fixes and improvements," so this appears to be a minor update.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1.2 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

We'll update this post if we discover any notable changes.

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09:23
Apple's Future 5G Service Bundles could include Movie...

Apple's new movie / TV service that's currently under development is, for the time being, known as "Apple Worldwide Video." Their content budget is dwarfed by Netflix and Amazon. Apple had reportedly started their project with a billion dollar budget that will grow to four billion by 2025, according to a Loup Ventures 2017 report. Amazon and Netflix reportedly have...

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08:10
Apple Pay Will Reportedly Launch in Germany This Week, Pos...

Apple Pay will make its long-awaited debut in Germany this week, according to German blog Macerkopf.

The report, citing unnamed sources within German banking circles, says the launch will likely occur on Tuesday with mobile bank N26 and Comdirect expected to be among the initial participating issuers in the country.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple Pay would launch in Germany by the end of this year back in July. Apple Pay is also listed as "coming soon" on Apple's website in Germany, so a launch is to be expected imminently.

Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and has since expanded to many other countries, including the United Kingdom,...

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08:02
Green Monday Deals: Get Black Friday Prices on HomePod, iP...

Today is Green Monday, an online shopping event that is similar to Cyber Monday, allowing customers another chance to buy gifts for the holidays at Black Friday prices and get their items shipped before Christmas.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Most major retailers are running Green Monday deals today, and we've rounded up some of the best and most notable deals in this article. These include HomePod for $250 at Target, an iPad mini 4 for $250 at Best Buy, all-new Anker discount codes on Amazon, and more.

Target

Target today has brought back one of the best Black Friday discounts, offering shoppers the chance to get Apple's HomePod for just $249...

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07:27
Samsung Invents a 360° Camera Attachment for a Future 5G R...

During Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 we learned a little about their 7nm next-gen processors designed to kick start the 5G network revolution. One of the many new features that Qualcomm's processor will be able to handle in conjunction with their 5G modem is interactive live event 360° streaming. While Samsung Gear 360 could do the trick, a Samsung patent filing shows they're working on a snap-on 360 degree camera accessory for their smartphones that supports Qualcomm's new 5G smartphone chipsets

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06:37
Qualcomm Wins Import Ban on iPhone 6s Through iPhone X in...

CNBC and Reuters today report that the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court has granted Qualcomm an import ban on the iPhone 6s through iPhone X in China after the court found those devices violated two Qualcomm patents. This could result in those iPhone models being unavailable to purchase in China.

However, in a statement issued to those publications, Apple said all iPhone models remain available for customers in China:Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world. All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China. Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one...

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06:13
Apple Still Mentioning AirPower in Job Listings

Apple continues to mention its unreleased wireless charging mat AirPower in recent job listings in the United States and New Zealand.

The openings range from student co-op positions to hardware engineers on Apple's Wireless Power Technology team in its hometown of Cupertino, California as well as Auckland, New Zealand, where wireless charging company PowerbyProxi remains based following its acquisition by Apple in October 2017.

The job description for the openings, posted between late October and early December, each refer to the AirPower a single time:The mission of the Wireless Power Technology team - Build the world's best Wireless Charging user-experience by inventing state-of...

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Sunday December 9

16:51
Google Chrome Will Support Dark Mode in macOS Mojave by Ea...

Google released Chrome 71 earlier this week, but the latest version of the web browser still lacks support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave. Fortunately, it appears that will change by early next year.

Dark Mode in Canary, a developer build of Chrome

As mentioned on Reddit, a Google developer recently submitted a code change that implements system-level Dark Mode in Chromium, the open source web browser that serves as the foundation of Chrome. The code change passed the review process and will make its way into a future release of Chrome.

For those unaware, there are...

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04:46
Apple Patent reveals a Security Feature Built-Into Future...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to AirPower, their possible future wireless charging pad that could charge multiple devices simultaneously. Apple's patent application reveals a security aspect to AirPower and how the charging status of up to three devices is communicated to the user.

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04:46
Apple Patent reveals a Security Feature Built-Into Future...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to AirPower, their possible future wireless charging pad that could charge multiple devices simultaneously. Apple's patent application reveals a security aspect to AirPower and how the charging status of up to three devices is communicated to the user.

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02:56
A Supply Chain Rumor Claims that Apple Supplier Japan Disp...

Apple supplier Japan Display reportedly began cutting production of liquid crystal display panels for the iPhone XR in December, sales of which have reportedly proved disappointing

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Saturday December 8

08:45
Idina Menzel Entertained at Apple's Annual Beer Bash

Apple's annual beer bash included entertainment from Idina Menzel who recently released her version of Bridge over Troubled Waters which is presented in our report.

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Friday December 7

20:33
Apple Celebrates Holiday Spirit With Live Performance of...

Apple celebrated the holiday season today with a live performance by award-winning singer Idina Menzel, who sang a handful of songs from the Disney animated film Frozen, including the soundtrack Let It Go.

A big thank-you from our Apple family to the phenomenally talented @idinamenzel. Your voice is a gift — thank you for sharing it with us. What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays! ☃️ pic.twitter.com/nc9SOpVmMj

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 8, 2018

"A big thank-you from our Apple family to the phenomenally talented Idina Menzel," tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Your voice is a gift — thank you for sharing it with us. What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays!"

The concert took place at Apple's Infinite Loop...

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15:49
In September Apple hired former CEO of Mango Health Jason...

According to LinkedIn, the co-founder and CEO of Mango Health is now on Apple's Health Team. The Mango Health app is designed to help people track their medications. We learned just yesterday that Apple has a patent-pending health related invention that comprises of a system that includes user interfaces to facilitate cooperative health management.

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11:42
Apple Expected to Release iPhone XS Battery Case Soon, Pos...

Apple appears to be readying the release of a new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, and possibly versions for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR too, based on information uncovered by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo.

Rambo uncovered references to three model identifiers for the case in iOS code, including A2070, A2071 and A2171, suggesting that Apple could release the case in three different sizes for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Another identifier found in the iOS code reportedly points towards a 2018 release.

Apple's first Smart Battery Case was for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, and was equipped with a 1,877 mAh battery that protruded out of the back of the case. Apple later released an...

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08:34
Apple Begins Selling New Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor

Apple today began selling a new Beddit sleep monitor on its online store after receiving FCC clearance for the product earlier this week.

The new version has a model number of 3.5 and retails for the same $149.95 price as the previous model 3.0. The new version looks similar to the previous one, but it is ever so slightly smaller and lighter. It remains 2mm thin.

This represents Apple's first update to the sleep monitor since it acquired Beddit in May 2017. It remains an ultra-thin 2mm flexible sensor strip that is designed to be placed under the sheet on top of the mattress and automatically begins tracking sleep-related data when you lie down for sleep.

The data collected and analyzed includes...

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08:17
Bluesound's Generation 2i Speakers and Home Theater S...

Bluesound today announced that its Generation 2i line of high-fidelity wireless speakers and home theater systems will each receive a software update on December 11 that will enable AirPlay 2, including the Pulse 2i, Pulse Mini 2i, Pulse Flex 2i, Pulse Soundbar 2i, Node 2i, Powernode 2i, and Vault 2i.

With the AirPlay 2 update, multi-room audio playback will be possible between multiple Generation 2i speakers or systems and other AirPlay 2-enabled devices, including the HomePod, Apple TV, select speakers from Sonos, Libratone, and Bang & Olufsen, and...

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08:16
Apple Patent covers Next-Gen In-Home Entertainment System...

It was only August that Apple was granted a patent for a future entertainment system. We covered in our report titled "Apple Wins a Surprising Patent for a Future Entertainment System that Could Respond to a user's Presence & Activity." Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a follow-up patent application from Apple relating to this same invention. When...

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06:00
The U.S. Patent Office Publishes Six HomePod and Future Ap...

Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of six patent applications from Apple that relate to HomePod and possible future speaker systems and/or features.

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05:41
Apple Has Reportedly Acquired British Startup 'Platoo...

Apple has acquired Platoon, a London-based A&R startup focused on discovering rising music artists, according to Music Business Worldwide.

Platoon was founded in 2016 by Saul Klein, co-founder of defunct British video-on-demand service LoveFilm, and Denzyl Feigelson, who is a 40-year music industry veteran and has been advisor to Apple about matters related to iTunes and later Apple Music since 2003, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The startup reportedly worked with California singer Billie Eilish before she signed to Interscope in 2017. The 16-year-old recently debuted a new song "Come Out And Play" as the backdrop to Apple's "Share Your Gifts" holiday ad.

Feigelson...

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04:55
DxOMark: iPhone XR is 'Best Single-Cam Smartphone We...

DxOMark today published the results of its in-depth analysis of the iPhone XR's single-lens rear camera. Apple's flagship smartphone achieved an overall score of 101 points, surpassing Google's Pixel 2 to make it the top-ranked single lens phone in the site's rankings.

In its testing, DxOMark found the iPhone XR to offer "a very similar proposition for image quality as the flagship iPhone XS Max," across key photo attributes like exposure, color, detail, noise, and artifacts.

Both devices also achieved the same overall score for video, but the dual lenses of the iPhone XS Max meant the XR fell behind on zoom and bokeh shots, although DxOMark noted that Apple had managed to improve the flash on the more affordable single-lens iPhone.

Colored panels shot on iPhone XR

The review adds that the iPhone XR has very good exposure and dynamic range in bright light and indoor...

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04:11
Apple's ECG App with Irregular Heart Rhythm Notificat...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted an extensive IP report covering six new Apple Watch granted patents which covered Apple's ECG technology. At the same time Apple posted a press release on the new ECG app now available on Apple Watch Series 4.

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03:36
Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opp...

The Australian parliament on Thursday passed controversial encryption legislation that could result in tech companies being forced to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer messages.

As we reported in October, Apple opposed the legislation in a seven-page letter to the Australian parliament, calling the encryption bill "dangerously ambiguous" and wide open to potential abuse by authorities.

Advocates of the bill, officially titled "Assistance and Access Bill 2018," argue it is essential to national security because encrypted communications are used by terrorist groups and criminals to avoid detection.

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Thursday December 6

16:34
Australia Passes their Anti-Encryption Law which is likely...

Back in October Apple submitted a detailed seven-page letter to the Australian Parliament objecting to six major points. Today, the Australian parliament approved a measure that some critics say will weaken encryption in favor of law enforcement and the demands of government.

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15:59
Microsoft's Desktop Edge Browser is Shifting to the C...

On Tuesday Patently Apple was early on the news that Microsoft could Dump Edge for a Chromium Based Browser. This morning Microsoft made it official in a press release titled "Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration."

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14:29
Apple in talks for Gritty TV Drama about two Vietnam Vets...

It was starting to look that Apple was shooting for a Disney-like image for their upcoming video service. To counter that image Apple is now shooting for a real drama in the vein of shows like "24" or "Homeland." Apple is now in negotiations ...

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13:12
Hands-On With the ECG Feature for Apple Watch Series 4

Apple today released the watchOS 5.1.2 update to the public, and the update implements a much-anticipated ECG feature for all Apple Watch Series 4 users in the United States.

Following the launch of the new update, we installed the software and went hands-on with the ECG function to see just how it works.

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An ECG, or electrocardiogram, is designed to measure the electrical activity of the heart to detect abnormal rhythms and diagnose serious heart conditions.

The Apple Watch Series 4 allows users to take a single-lead electrocardiogram to keep an eye on heart health. This isn't as informative or as sensitive as the multi-lead ECGs you might get in a doctor's office or hospital, which use several points of contact, but it...

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13:03
Apple Invents an AR Application for Uber-like Services to...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to an augmented reality application and interface that could benefit services like Uber or Didi Chuxing facilitate in identifying an arriving vehicle and/or a passenger in a crowded area.

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12:00
Changing Your Apple Watch or iPhone's Region Won...

Apple today released watchOS 5.1.2, which enables the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models. However, as Apple made clear, the ECG app is currently only available in the United States and its territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, preventing it from being used internationally at this time.

Many software features on Apple devices are initially limited to the United States, but international users have often been able to simply change their iPhone or Apple Watch region to the United States to gain access.

That's not the case with the the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4, though, as it only functions on models purchased in the United States. Those who live in and bought an Apple Watch in Canada, the UK, or elsewhere abroad can't use the region-switching trick to enable the ECG app — it doesn't work.

Note that the ECG app requires an Apple Watch...

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11:45
Apple Hunting for Next 'Breaking Bad', Intereste...

Apple is reportedly in negotiations to purchase the rights to Israeli drama series "Nevelot" (or, "Bastards"), which is described as a violent and mature drama series (via CNBC). Richard Gere could star in the adaptation, which is being written and created by "Homeland" creator Howard Gordon and "Law and Order: SVU" showrunner Warren Leight.

Image via Variety / Rex Features

Apple is said to be in a bidding war with Showtime, FX, and Amazon for the show, which revolves around two military veterans who go on a killing spree targeting young people, "because they believe today's kids don’t understand the sacrifices of their generation." Gordon and Leight would reformat the show for the American market, and potentially change the...

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11:20
Did one of Apple's latest Patents just reveal Apple...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a system that includes an iPhone comprising a protective case and an internal inductive charging assembly positioned within the case. This would be designed for iPhones using inductive charging beginning with iPhone X. Today, 9to5Mac is convinced that a new Smart Battery Case is due and you have to wonder if it will use the technology from this patent-pending invention.

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10:13
Apple Shares Heartfelt 'Real Stories' From Apple...

Apple today shared a pair of heartfelt videos titled Real Stories and Real Stories: Michael on its YouTube channel.

The first video focuses on the Apple Watch's potential to save lives, including a man who crashed while kitesurfing and used his Apple Watch to call his son, a 13-year-old boy whose Apple Watch alerted him to an elevated heart rate, a mother in a car crash who called 911 from her Apple Watch, and a man with blood clots.

"People reach out to Apple all the time to share how Apple Watch has become an indispensable part of their lives," said Apple in the Real Stories video description. "Here are some of their stories."

The second video highlights the story of Michael Jackson, from Duluth, Minnesota, who was born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. One night, he was woken up by an Apple Watch notification about an elevated heart...

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10:02
Apple Releases watchOS 5.1.2 With ECG, New Infograph Compl...

Apple today released watchOS 5.1.2, the third update to the watchOS 5 operating system that runs on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 5.1.2 comes one month after the release of watchOS 5.1.1, an update that introduced new emoji and color watch faces and addressed a bricking bug that had been introduced with watchOS 5.1.

watchOS 5.1.2 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 5.1.2 introduces the long-awaited ECG feature for Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. The ECG functionality works through electrodes built into the back of the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Digital Crown, allowing users to take a single-lead...

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09:54
Apple Potentially Working on Smart Battery Case for Latest...

It's been three years since Apple first debuted the $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and eventually 7, which included a rear-facing protrusion that held a 1,877 mAh battery. Apple may be working on a similar accessory for newer iPhone models, according to a discovery made by 9to5Mac in the second beta of watchOS 5.1.2.

In previous versions of watchOS, Apple Watch had an icon that displayed a battery case with a bottom chin and horizontal camera, indicating this as the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. In the latest beta of watchOS 5.1.2, things have been changed and this icon now displays a battery case with no bottom chin and a vertical camera.

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09:34
Microsoft Edge Web Browser Coming to the Mac Over 15 Years...

Microsoft today announced that it expects to bring its Edge web browser to the Mac, possibly as early as next year.

"Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS," said Microsoft.

The news was revealed as part of Microsoft's larger announcement that Edge will be rebuilt based on the open source Chromium rendering engine, the same engine used by Google Chrome. Microsoft said it expects to have a preview build of the Chromium-based Edge browser ready in early 2019 for users to try.

However, it's unclear if the preview will initially be limited to Windows or extend to the Mac simultaneously.

Edge succeeded Internet Explorer as Microsoft's default web...

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09:30
Apple Continues their Work on an Indoor Mall Directory App...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to providing map related features concerning venues in a map application. While Apple has been expanding indoor maps for airports, the next wave of indoor maps will be covering large city malls. Not only will you be able to view the mall like a directory on your iPhone, you'll be able to drill down further to see the floor plans of larger branded stores.

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07:53
Six Apple Watch Patents Surfaced today covering GymKit, th...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of six Apple Watch related patent applications covering things like GymKit, Activity Rings, the new ECG app and even threw in a little hint that an Apple fitness band could be on the minds of Apple's engineers.

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07:14
Apple Watch Chief Jeff Williams Says ECG App is 'Huge...

Apple today announced that its ECG app will be available on the Apple Watch Series 4 today as part of watchOS 5.1.2. Alongside that news, TIME has published a new interview with Apple's CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams.

The article begins with a story about 46-year-old Texas resident Kevin Foley, who was having trouble breathing normally during a movie. Fortunately, since he was wearing an Apple Watch and participating in the recent Apple Heart Study, he was alerted to signs of an irregular heartbeat and went to the emergency room.

At the hospital, doctors hooked Foley up to an ECG machine and found signs of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other potentially fatal complications. Foley spent the next few...

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05:23
Apple Invents System and User Interfaces to facilitate Coo...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to cooperative health management, and in particular, to user interfaces facilitating cooperative health management.

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04:55
watchOS 5.1.2 Possibly Coming Today With ECG App on Apple...

watchOS 5.1.2 will be publicly released today and enable the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models, according to a report by The Verge that has since been pulled, likely because it was embargoed information published at the incorrect hour.

There is a chance the article was published on an entirely incorrect day instead, so we'll have to wait and see. The software update should be available around the usual 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time timeframe if it is indeed coming today.

Last week, MacRumors was first to report that watchOS 5.1.2 will enable the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models.

More details to follow…

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Tag:...

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02:09
Apple HomePod Coming to China in Early 2019 Beating out U....

Apple's HomePod will land in China and Hong Kong Apple Store's in early 2019, according to Apple's Chinese websites (Hong Kong and Mainland China). Apple is likely to beat out Amazon and Google to China

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Wednesday December 5

20:54
Verizon Expected to Implement eSIM Support for iPhone XR a...

Verizon is expected to implement support for the eSIM in the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR on December 7, according to an internal employee memo that was shared with MacRumors.

Apple's newest iPhones have supported eSIM functionality since the October release of iOS 12.1, but to use the feature, carriers also needed to add support. At the time iOS 12.1 was released, U.S. carriers that include Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T said that support would not be implemented until later in the year.

AT&T at the time said that there were issues with visual voicemail, while Verizon had to work out some issues that would cause performance problems when its customers activated eSIMs from other carriers.

According to the document seen by MacRumors, Verizon will be implementing dual-SIM support and it will start activating eSIMs on Friday, December 7.

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17:31
Apple Files for Figurative 'Walkie-Talkie' Trade...

Apple introduced the new Walkie-Talkie feature in the new Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 in June during their WWDC 2018 Keynote. Today the U.S. and Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Offices published Apple's application for the figurative trademark for Walkie-Talkie

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17:11
Siri Shortcuts Not Working Properly For Some iPhone Users

It's not just you: it appears that Siri Shortcuts have not been working properly for some iPhone users since as early as Tuesday.

A small but increasing numbers of users on Twitter and the MacRumors forums claim that they are unable to invoke shortcuts using Siri, including Federico Viticci of MacStories and Rene Ritchie of iMore. The shortcuts still work if executed directly from the Shortcuts app, but not with a Siri voice command.

The issue is not affecting all users, nor is it affecting all apps. Third-party apps appear to be affected more than Apple's apps. It also doesn't appear to be related to today's release of iOS 12.1.1 or Shortcuts version 2.1.2. Your mileage may vary, so leave us a comment in our forums if you are affected.

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15:39
Huawei's Global CFO Arrested in Vancouver Canada will...

While Huawei's Jim Xu, vice president of the company's consumer unit was talking up a storm with the Nikkei Asian Review, Canada was busy arresting Huawei's global Chief Financial Officer

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14:54
Foxconn Thinks the US-China Trade War could Take up to a D...

On Sunday Patentlly Apple posted a report titled "While the G20 US-China Meeting ends with a 90 Day Halt to new Tariffs." The news was fairly positive. But big business can't rely on big maybe's from governments when the stakes are this high and so we reported yesterday that Foxconn could possibly set up a plant in Vietnam if tensions rise again after the 90 day tariff freeze ends. Now Foxconn's CEO is turning more pessimistic. Today we learn that Foxconn sees the US-China trade war lasting much longer than most think

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13:42
AT&T in US, Rogers and Fido in Canada, and Many Other...

Coinciding with today's release of iOS 12.1.1, additional carriers around the world are enabling eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, allowing for dual-SIM functionality on those devices.

According to Apple's website, the latest carriers supporting the eSIM feature include AT&T in the United States; Rogers and Fido in Canada; 3 in Denmark and Sweden; Orange in Poland and Spain; Telia in Estonia and Finland; Telenor in Norway; Swisscom and Sunrise in Switzerland; Vodafone in Qatar; and select others.

In Asia, the eSIM feature can now be used with 1010, CSL, China Mobile, and SmarTone in Hong Kong; M1 in Singapore; APT in Taiwan; Airtel and Reliance Jio in India; and AIS, dtac, and True Move in Thailand.

AT&T's website confirms that it supports eSIM on the latest iPhones...

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11:39
British MP Publishes Facebook's internal emails showi...

A British lawmaker has released more than 200 pages of confidential, internal Facebook emails revealing discussions of payments for user data and special access for certain companies, including Netflix, Airbnb and Lyft.

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11:17
HomePod 12.1.1 Update and Shortcuts 2.1.2 Released, But No...

Alongside the public release of iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple today released a companion 12.1.1 software update for the HomePod and updated its Shortcuts app for iOS 12 to version 2.1.2.

The software update for HomePod is a relatively minor one, adding Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong ahead of the HomePod's release in those regions in early 2019. In addition, the LEDs on the top of the HomePod will now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod upon updating...

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09:56
Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1 With Expanded eSIM Support, Rede...

Apple today released iOS 12.1.1, the third update to the iOS 12 operating system since its September launch. iOS 12.1.1 is a minor update that follows iOS 12.1, a more significant release that brought features like Group FaceTime, eSIM support, and new emoji.

The iOS 12.1.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.1.1 is free to download.

iOS 12.1.1 reintroduces a feature that's designed to let you take a Live Photo while on a FaceTime call so you can capture favorite moments and save them indefinitely. Taking a Live Photo on a FaceTime call requires the person you're video chatting with to have the "FaceTime Live Photos" setting toggled on, which can be accessed by going to...

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09:56
Unlike Apple, Huawei is Confident about the Strength of 20...

With Apple's forecast for the holiday quarter being cautious and their announcement that they would no longer be reporting hardware data, Apple's competitor Huawei has decided to go on the offensive aggressively promoting his company as seeing strong growth for 2019 with great new products to stimulate consumer excitement including a folding phone and 5G. In additon there's a rumor of an advanced 3D camera soon to be revealed.

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09:47
Apple Receives FCC Approval For What Appears to Be a New B...

Apple today received FCC approval for a nondescript "sleep monitor" in the United States. While much of the application is hidden due to a standard confidentiality agreement, one document reveals that the sleep monitor is "designed by Beddit in California" and has an all-new model number 3.5.

Simply put, this could end up being an all-new Beddit 3.5 sleep monitor that Apple will eventually release, but no further details are available. It could also be a modified version of the existing Beddit 3 sleep monitor.

Apple acquired Beddit, a company that develops health-related hardware, in May 2017 and continues to sell the Beddit 3 sleep monitor for $149.95 on its online store. The thin, flexible sensor is placed under the sheet on top of the mattress and automatically begins tracking sleep-...

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09:22
iOS 12.1.1 Coming Today With Expanded eSIM Support, FaceTi...

Apple will be releasing iOS 12.1.1 today, likely around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time as usual, with several new features and bug fixes, including eSIM support for additional carriers on the latest iPhones, Live Photos support in FaceTime, Haptic Touch for notifications on iPhone XR, a Face ID bug fix, and more.

iOS 12.1.1 release notes:iOS 12.1.1 adds features and fixes bugs for your iPhone and iPad. Features and improvements include:

- Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR

- Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

- One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call

- Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls

- The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation

- Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch

- Stability improvements for dictation along...

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08:23
Apple Begins Selling iPhone XR Clear Case, Costs $39 in Un...

Apple has begun selling its long-awaited iPhone XR clear case on Apple.com and at many Apple Stores around the world. The case is priced at $39 in the United States, with online orders placed today estimated for delivery within a few days.

Apple says the case is crafted from a blend of clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU plastics, with a scratch-resistant coating applied to both the exterior and interior. The clear design is appropriate given the iPhone XR is available in a variety of colors, such as yellow, blue, white, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED.

Apple's description of the case:Thin, light and easy to grip — this case lets you enjoy the look of iPhone XR while providing extra protection. It's also crafted with a blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials, so the case fits right over the buttons for easy use. On the surface, a scratch-resistant coating has been applied...

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08:23
Apple Begins Selling iPhone XR Clear Case, Costs $39 in Un...

Apple has begun selling its long-awaited iPhone XR clear case on Apple.com and at many Apple Stores around the world. The case is priced at $39 in the United States, with online orders placed today estimated for delivery within a few days.

Apple says the case is crafted from a blend of clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU plastics, with a scratch-resistant coating applied to both the exterior and interior. The clear design is appropriate given the iPhone XR is available in a variety of colors, such as yellow, blue, white, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED.

Apple's description of the case:Thin, light and easy to grip — this case lets you enjoy the look of iPhone XR while providing extra protection. It's also crafted with a blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials, so the case fits right over the buttons for easy use. On the surface, a scratch-resistant coating has been applied...

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07:15
Premiere Issue of Macworld Magazine Autographed by Steve J...

A copy of the February 1984 premiere issue of Macworld magazine signed by Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs will be up for auction on the RR Auction website between December 6 and December 13.

Jobs signed the magazine at the grand opening of Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York on May 19, 2006, writing "to Matt, steven jobs" on the front cover, which features a photo of Jobs posing with a trio of original Macintosh computers. The magazine is listed in fine condition with light handling and edge wear.

The premiere issue of Macworld magazine is considered to be scarce and desirable in its own right, while Jobs was often reluctant to provide his autograph, so this is a rare collectible estimated to fetch at least $10,000 at auction.

There is both photo and video proof of Jobs signing the magazine, along with letters of authenticity from verification services Beckett and PSA/DNA....

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07:07
Apple has been granted their Second Patent Covering Future...

Back in 2014 Intel introduced an earbud prototype with built-in biometrics and a digital assistant called Jarvis. The fact is that the original idea for that was first patented by Apple. Patently Apple first covered Apple's work on biometrics for earbuds all the way back in 2009. Yesterday Apple was granted their second patent for biometric EarPods / future AirPods.

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05:46
While the Iron is Hot, Microsoft Launches a new 'Surf...

Last Friday Microsoft surprisingly overtook Apple as the leading U.S. company in market value. The chart below shows that the two companies could be jostling for top status along with Amazon for weeks, months or a quarter or two. That's insprired Microsoft to strike while the iron is hot and hit back at Apple in a new ad.

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05:37
Apple Jumps 13 Spots in Glassdoor's Annual List of Be...

Apple has ranked 71st on Glassdoor's annual list of the best companies to work for in the United States, an improvement over its rank of 84th last year, but the iPhone maker remains far behind a handful of tech rivals.

Facebook and Google are both among the top of the 2019 list, ranking seventh and eighth respectively, followed by Adobe in 30th and Microsoft in 34th. Other tech-related companies that cracked the list include LinkedIn in sixth, Nvidia in 36th, VMware in 51st, T-Mobile in 59th, and HP in 87th.

Beyond tech, notable inclusions are In-N-Out Burger in third, Southwest Airlines in 10th, St. Jude Children's Hospital in 13th, and FedEx in 85th. The best place to work overall is considered to be management consulting firm Bain & Company.

Apple has an...

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05:16
Toby Kebbell Takes Lead Role in Apple's Thriller Seri...

Actor Toby Kebbell has been hired as the lead character in Apple's upcoming psychological thriller series being created by M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop (via Deadline). Kebbell will star opposite Lauren Ambrose, who was cast in Apple's show back in August.

Toby Kebbell via Wikimedia Commons

M. Night Shyamalan's series is said to follow a young couple, Dorothy (Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Kebbell), who hire a nanny to help care for their newborn child. Also in the cast is Rupert Grint, who will play the younger brother of Ambrose's character.

Kebbell is known for his role as Koba in...

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03:45
Next-Gen AirPods to Spark Intense Competition in Smart Ear...

Continuing improvements to Apple's popular AirPods wireless earphones will trigger an intense round of ear-device innovation and competition in 2019 as tech companies look to other avenues for growth amid declining smartphone sales, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a research note published today and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted that AirPods, which are the most successful current Apple product, will rapidly grow in popularity next year when upgraded models appear, with many brands to follow Apple's steps with their own competing products. Kuo also laid out how he expects the in-ear devices to evolve over the coming years in the context of Apple's ecosystem.

We believe that the AirPods are more than just earbuds for Apple and will become increasingly important in Apple's ecosystem for the following reasons. (1) They increase the switching costs for users to Android from the iOS ecosystem. (2) This is an important device for voice assistant/AI...

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Tuesday December 4

20:00
Qualcomm Says Every Android Manufacturer Will Have 5G Flag...

Apple is reportedly waiting until at least 2020 to roll out next-generation 5G cellular data technology in its iPhone lineup, but according to Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon, "every" Android handset manufacturer will have a flagship phone with 5G support across U.S. carriers by the end of next year, reports CNET.

By the holidays next year, every flagship handset -- at least when it comes to those running Google's Android software and using Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor -- will tap into 5G, said Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon.

"When we get to exactly this time of year one year from now … we will see every [handset maker] on the Android ecosystem, their flagship across all US carriers will be a 5G device," he told CNET in an interview Tuesday at...

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16:08
Patently Apple now Supports the 'MeWe' Social Me...

Facebook and Twitter are losing fans and for good reason. Selling or losing our data isn't cool. Empty apologies aren't enough. Patently Apple now offers our reports on MeWe.

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11:19
iOS 12 Adoption Hits 70%, Compared to 59% for iOS 11 Last...

70 percent of eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 12, as measured by the App Store on December 3, 2018, according to the latest adoption figures shared by Apple on its App Store support page today.

Apple also says 72 percent of devices sold in the last four years are running iOS 12. By comparison, 63 percent of devices introduced since September 2014 were running iOS 12 as of October 29, 2018, but those figures cannot be directly compared due to Apple's tweaked wording for this particular chart.

iOS 12 was installed on 60 percent of all eligible devices as of October 29, 2018, so adoption is up 10 percentage points in five weeks.

iOS 12 adoption is outpacing iOS 11, which was installed on 59 percent of...

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10:46
Apple Orders Drama Series 'Swagger' Based on Ear...

Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for "Swagger," a drama series based on the early life of NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, according to Variety. The series was put into development back in February.

The series, produced by Durant's Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television, and CBS Television Studios, is said to be inspired by Durant's youth basketball experiences. It reportedly explores the world of amateur basketball in the Washington, D.C. area, including players, their families, and coaches.

"Swagger" is said to "walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption." Reggie Rock Bythewood will reportedly serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner.

Durant is a two-time NBA champion with his current Golden State Warriors team, a...

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10:26
Hybrid Notebooks seen as the only PC Driver until 2022 whi...

Unit shipments for the global personal computing devices market, comprised of traditional PCs (made up of desktops, notebooks and workstations) and tablets, is expected to decline 3.9% in 2018. The only ray of sunshine over the next five years is growth in hybrid notebooks or detachables. Beyond PC stats, a rumor has surfaced stating that Microsoft will dump their Edge Browser for one based on Chrome.

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08:11
Apple-Certified Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables Expe...

Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year.

Last week, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone or "MFi" licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing are now permitted to be manufactured. These cables require a new Lightning connector with part number C94, which Made for iPhone program members can now order.

Apple is selling the new Lightning connector to eligible hardware manufacturers for $2.88 per, and it is estimated to ship in six weeks, according to documentation shared with MacRumors by Hong Kong website ChargerLab.

This means that third-party accessory makers enrolled in the Made for iPhone program, such as Anker, Aukey, Belkin, and Incipio, should have the part necessary to create MFi-certified Lightning to USB-C cables by mid-January...

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08:11
Apple Files for 'Apple Music for Business' Trade...

There's a common misunderstanding among business owners that songwriters are only compensated by the purchase of their CDs, so that a business owner can freely play copyrighted music for customers. Not so, and Apple's new trademark filing for 'Apple Music for Business' indicates that Apple will be ...

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08:11
Apple Files for 'Apple Music for Business' Trade...

There's a common misunderstanding among business owners that songwriters are only compensated by the purchase of their CDs, so that a business owner can freely play copyrighted music for customers. Not so, and Apple's new trademark filing for 'Apple Music for Business' indicates that Apple will be ...

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06:59
Apple Reportedly Reassigned Some Marketing Staff to Work o...

Apple moved some of its marketing staff off other projects to focus on bolstering sales of the latest iPhone lineup in late October, around the time the iPhone XR launched, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

The report cites an unnamed person familiar with the situation who described the move as a "fire drill" and "a possible admission that the devices may have been selling below some expectations," a concern shared by some analysts and investors. Apple's stock price has plunged nearly 17 percent since November 1.

Apple is certainly marketing the latest iPhones more aggressively than in previous years. A banner at the top of its website advertises the iPhone XR "from $449," but with an asterisk, as that price requires trading in an iPhone 7 Plus for a $300 credit as part of a...

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06:14
Apple Won 50 Patents today covering Advanced Speaker Array...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 50 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly touch on a speaker array that is part of a family of next-gen speakers that started with HomePod, an alternative Apple Watch form factor and one relating to 3D depth cameras. Apple was also granted a design patent for a three person sitting bench. And as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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04:55
Microsoft Shares Holiday Ad Promoting Surface Go Over Appl...

Microsoft this week shared a new ad on its Microsoft Surface YouTube channel, this one aimed at promoting the Surface Go. As the ad begins, a little girl stares into the window of a Microsoft Store and begins singing about her preference for the Surface Go over Apple's iPad, to the tune of the song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

She sings, "Grandma don't run out and buy an iPad, it was fine when I was six but now I'm 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer, to do all the amazing things I know I can." Microsoft's ad is aimed at Apple's own "What's a Computer?" ad campaign, which began in 2016 and showed off a few of the things that the iPad Pro can do as a replacement to a traditional laptop computer.

Microsoft's description of the video includes a reference to needing a "real computer": "...

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04:23
Foxconn may Setup a Plant in Vietnam should the US-China T...

Although the US-China talks at the G20 ended with a 90-day freeze on new tariffs, Apple Inc’s biggest iPhone assembler, Foxconn, is still considering setting up a factory in Vietnam

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03:58
A Brief Interview with one of Apple's Siri Team Membe...

A South Korean publication has been writing about Korean students finding meaningful employment in Silicon Valley. One of them landed a job with Apple and today they covered a brief interview with Jeong Min-woo. When Jeong Min-woo began his master's program in natural language processing (NLP) at Pohang University of Science and Technology 15 year ago, he had no idea that artificial intelligence (AI) would become the next big thing.

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02:49
Apple Presents the Best App Store Content for 2018 that sh...

Apple presents the best of 2018 in Apps, Games, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts and more that shaped entertainment and culture around the world this year. As the year comes to a close there are so many unanswered questions: Who is Kiki, and does she love me? Should I start a podcast? Where is Donut County? Why didn’t Offred escape Gilead (again!)? Today, Apple reveals the Best of 2018 ...

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Monday December 3

22:56
Apple Shares the 'Best of 2018' Highlighting Top...

Apple today presented its best of 2018 lists, highlighting the apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and audiobooks that "shaped entertainment and culture around the world this year."

Apple shares its top lists for the App Store, iTunes Store, and more each and every year, and this year's lists are available via the Apple Newsroom.

According to Apple, the App Trend of the Year is "Self-Care," featuring wellness apps like Fabulous, Shine, and Calm. The Game Trend of the Year was, unsurprisingly, "Battle Royale-style gaming" so named because of the popularity of apps like Fortnite and PUBG.

Apple's other top app and game lists are below, with Apple offering up separate winners for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

  • iPhone App of the...
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17:12
Apple Shipped an Estimated 4.2 Million Apple Watches in 3Q...

Apple shipped an estimated 4.2 million Apple Watches during the third quarter of 2018, according to new wearable device shipment data shared today by IDC.

Apple Watch shipments were up 54 percent year over year, with Apple having shipped an estimated 2.7 million devices in the third quarter of 2017. Apple's jump in shipments wasn't enough to make it the top wearable vendor, however, with that title going to Xiaomi.

Xiaomi shipped an estimated 6.9 million wearable devices during the quarter, giving the company 21.5 percent market share, while Apple came in at 13.1 percent market share. Fitbit trailed Apple in the number 3 slot with an estimated 3.5 million wearable devices shipped.

Wearable devices as measured by IDC include basic wearable devices such as simple fitness trackers along with smart watches like the Apple Watch. Overall, the wearables market reached 32 million units in 3Q18, up...

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15:29
Apple Offers rare iPhone Sale with Big Trade-In Values for...

While we can't say why Apple is having a a last minute sale, but they are right now on Apple's US Home Page as you can see in our cover graphic. The offer is not available in Canada at the moment. Moments ago the home page began with the announcement of the iPhone XR from $449 with a trade in...

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14:48
Apple Supplier Sharp moves iPhone Sensor Production to Chi...

Several sources are reporting today that Sharp has laid off more than 3,000 foreign workers in Japan as the company moves production of iPhone sensors to a Chinese plant owned by parent Foxconn.

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13:55
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Hate Speech: 'You Have No Place...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this afternoon accepted the Anti-Defamation League's inaugural Courage Against Hate Award at the Never is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, where he gave a keynote speech that had a strong message for those seeking to spread hate on Apple's platform.

"We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence, Cook said. "You have no place on our platform. You have no home here."

Cook went on to say that this is a longtime view of Apple's, and he pointed out the company's removal of Infowars content earlier this year. Apple, he said, is not afraid to say that its values drive its curation decisions.From the earliest days of iTunes to Apple Music today, we have always prohibited music with a message of white supremacy. Why? Because it's the right thing to do.

And as we showed this year, we won't give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists on the App Store. Why? Because it's the right thing to do.

My...

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13:03
Apple Debuts Online Store With 10 Percent Discount for Vet...

Apple today launched a new online store in the U.S. that's designed to provide a 10 percent discount on select products for both activity military and veterans, along with members of their households.

With the discount, the iPhone XS is available priced starting at $899, while the iPhone XR is available priced starting at $674. These devices are priced at $999 and $749, respectively, in Apple's standard online store.

Discounted prices are available on iPhones, Macs, Apple Watch models, iPads, the Apple TV, HomePod, AirPods, and accessories like cases, Apple Watch bands, and even third-party items that include speakers, drones, and more.

Apple told TechCrunch that it is "proud" to offer the discount to active military and veterans.We're proud to offer active...

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09:18
Apple's Machine Learning Journal Posts "Optimizi...

Apple's Machine Learning Journal Volume 1, Issue 12 begins by noting that the typical audio environment for HomePod has many challenges — echo, reverberation, and noise. Unlike Siri on iPhone, which operates close to the user’s mouth, Siri on HomePod must work well in a far-field setting. Users want to invoke Siri from many locations, like the couch or the kitchen, without regard to where HomePod sits.

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08:35
Top Executives at Toptec have been arrested for Leaking co...

Samsung still controls the majority of OLED smartphone displays sold to Chinese smartphone vendors and China obviously wants to change this situation so as to give local brands access to Chinese made displays. News surfaced late last week that 11 executives and employees of a Samsung partner leaked sensitive display technology to Chinese entities.

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08:26
Apple Details How HomePod Can Detect 'Hey Siri'...

In a new entry in its Machine Learning Journal, Apple has detailed how Siri on the HomePod is designed to work in challenging usage scenarios, such as during loud music playback, when the user is far away from the HomePod, or when there are other active sound sources in a room, such as a TV or household appliances.

An overview of the task:The typical audio environment for HomePod has many challenges — echo, reverberation, and noise. Unlike Siri on iPhone, which operates close to the user’s mouth, Siri on HomePod must work well in a far-field setting. Users want to invoke Siri from many locations, like the couch or the kitchen, without regard to where HomePod sits. A complete online system, which addresses all of the environmental issues that HomePod can experience, requires a tight integration of various multichannel signal processing technologies.To accomplish...

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07:23
Rumor Claims that Apple's First 5G Ready iPhones will...

According to a major rumor-report, "Apple Inc. plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, according to people familiar with its plans." Our report covers more of the rumor while taking a look at the status of 5G networks around the globe including some of the politics at play. Lastly, Qualcomm will be holding a major 5G event from Hawaii tomorrow to show off their next-gen 5G processors that will be adopted by Samsung and others in the first half of 2019.

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07:18
Apple Music to Reveal 2019 GRAMMY Award Nominees in Select...

Ahead of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, Apple Music will reveal nominees in select categories on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, according to Variety. Additional nominees will be announced live on CBS This Morning at the same time, followed by a full list on Grammy.com at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

Apple has used the GRAMMY Awards as a platform to promote Apple Music for the past few years. Last year, for example, Apple Music offered an exclusive collection of 60-plus memorable GRAMMY performances and playlists specifically curated across six genres: pop, rap, country, rock, R&B, and jazz.

Apple usually releases a new musical-themed ad or two during the GRAMMYs, with...

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We've reached the fifth month of the year in our round-up of all of the top games for iPhone and iPad that came out in 2018. If you've missed the other entries in this massive list, don't you worry, because we're going to give you links to them all... | Read more »
148Apps year end round-up: These are the...
Oh hi there, and welcome to the fourth part of our series about the very best iPhone and iPad games that came out in 2018. We've made it to April, which is when Fortnite came out. So, yeah, Fortnite is at top of this part of the list. Not really a... | Read more »
148Apps year end round-up: These are the...
It's Monday, and our round-up of the best games of 2018 has landed on March. There were some pretty amazing developments in the third month of the year, mainly thanks to the launch of PUBG and the start of the Fortnite beta (technically Fortnite... | Read more »
Twinfold guide
Twinfold may look like a cheap Threes! clone at first glance, but it's so much more than that. It's actually a rather deep roguelite with a really satisfying difficulty curve and almost endless replayability. Since the game's depth does take some... | Read more »
Which of these iPhone and iPad games sho...
On a normal week we like to give you the chance to vote for your game of the week on Thursday. But since this clearly isn't a normal week, we've decided to give you the chance to vote for our game of the week on Friday. You're welcome. [Read more... | Read more »
Munchkin.io ends 2018 in style with a ne...
While it can sometimes seem like we are drowning in a sea of battle royale games, few struggle to actually deliver the kind of fun and frantic experience you’d expect from a refined entry in the genre. Well step aside from those other games because... | Read more »
Choose a side in Rift of Raigard, the ne...
If you’re an RTS player that’s constantly underwhelmed by most genre entries on mobile, or sick of putting up with stingy F2P models and cheaters, Rift of Raigard is the base building game for you. Developed by a team of creators who are equally... | Read more »
148Apps year end round-up: These are the...
Our round up of the best games of the year has rolled along to February. Which makes sense, since we started off with January - click here and you'll be able to read the top 5 in its entirety - and February was definitely a doozy, we can tell you... | Read more »
The top 5 best gifts for mobile gamers t...
Since it's the most wonderful time of the year according to most adverts, and since the most wonderful time of the year is all about the giving and receiving of presents (and probably some other stuff, we guess), we thought it was high time we... | Read more »
Dragalia Lost - Resplendent Refrain Sabn...
Dragalia Lost's latest event, Resplendent Refrain, is an event that favors light Adventurers in an all new raid dungeon. This dungeon has four teams of four face off against the mighty Sabnock, which is probably the toughest raid fight in the game... | Read more »

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Flash deal: Apple HomePods for $249 at B&...
B&H Photo has Apple HomePods on sale for $249 as part of their Holiday 2018 sale. Their price is $100 off Apple’s price and the lowest available from any Apple reseller. Shipping is free: –... Read more
12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook on sale for $11...
B&H Photo has new 2017 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP this week, just $1149. Shipping is free: – 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP Amazon lowered their... Read more
Roundup of Sprint Holiday 2018 sales: Deals o...
Sprint is offering a number of deals this Holiday 2018 season on Apple products, including the new 2018 iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4, and 9.7″ iPad: – $100 off an Apple Watch Series 4 when you add a... Read more
$190-$200 off on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus at T...
Total Wireless is offering the iPhone 6s starting at $199.99 through December 31, 2018. Sale prices are available on the following models: – $100 OFF on the 32GB iPhone 6s, now $199.99, free shipping... Read more
B&H offers clearance 2017 MacBook Airs fo...
B&H Photo has clearance 2017 13″ 1.8GHz MacBook Airs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP, with models available starting at $869. Shipping is free: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $869, $... Read more
Get last year’s 10.5″ iPad Pro, Certified Ref...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 10.5″ iPad Pros available for $100-$170 off original MSRP, depending on the model. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free... Read more
Apple still offering Certified Refurbished 9....
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 9.7″ iPad Pros available starting at $469. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: – 32GB 9″ iPad Pro WiFi: $469 original... Read more
21 Days Left To Avail Apple $29 Battery Repla...
FEATURE: 12.10.18- There are only 21 days left in 2018 before it will be that time once again for making New Year’s resolutions but for a handful of certain iPhone users these next three weeks will... Read more
Get a new 2018 Apple iMac for $100-$220 off M...
B&H Photo has 2018 Apple iMacs on sale for up to $220 off MSRP for Green Monday 2018. Current-generation 21″ models are on sale for $100-$170 off MSRP, and 27″ iMacs are on sale for $200-$220 off... Read more
Amazon offers 9″ 32GB WiFi iPads for $249, $8...
Amazon is offering 9.7″ 32GB & 128GB WiFi iPads with Apple Pencil Support, in Space Gray & Gold, for $80 off MSRP for Green Monday 2018. Silver iPads are on sale for $60 off. These are the... Read more

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