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Thursday December 14

08:21
iMac Pro: Apple's Pro Community gets the First Instal...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Santa begins Delivering Apple's new iMac Pro Desktops Tomorrow in Time for Holiday Cheers." On cue, Apple released their entirely new product line for Pro users called the iMac Pro, that offers workstation power in an all-in-one that's unprecedented. Apple also introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro with 360 degree VR editing which represents a patent fulfilled.

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05:59
iMac Pro Now Available to Order With 8 to 18 Cores and Pri...

The all-new iMac Pro is now available to order from Apple's online store and through the Apple Store app on iPhone and iPad.

8-core and 10-core models start at $4,999 and $5,799 respectively and currently ship by late December in the United States, while 14-core and 18-core models starting at $6,599 and $7,399 can also be ordered today, but aren't estimated to ship for 6-8 weeks, which pushes deliveries into February.

From there, each iMac Pro configuration has optional upgrades available for storage, memory, and graphics, with prices topping out at $13,199 for a maxed-out, high-end 18-core model with 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

iMac Pro is a powerful, top-of-the-line workstation designed for professional users with demanding workflows, such...

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05:27
Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Released With Support for 360º VR Vid...

Apple today announced it has released Final Cut Pro X 10.4 and updated Logic Pro X, Motion, and Compressor alongside the launch of the iMac Pro.

As previewed earlier this year, Final Cut Pro X 10.4 includes 360º VR video editing, HDR support, and new color tools like a white balance picker. It also includes support for HEVC, the new video format introduced in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, and direct import of iMovie for iOS timelines.

Meanwhile, Logic Pro X has been updated with optimized performance for the iMac Pro...

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05:06
The Walt Disney Company to Acquire 21st Century Fox Assets...

Following weeks of news coverage about the potential acquisition of certain Fox assets by The Walt Disney Company, today the confirmation of that acquisition has come from Disney with a press release detailing the specific parts of Fox that will now merge into Disney. Notably, Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, including Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television Studios and Fox-related cable and international TV businesses, for $52.4 billion in stock.

The "definitive agreement" between Disney and Fox will still need to face various customary closing conditions, including shareholder approval and other regulatory and antitrust reviews.

Movie assets that are now Disney-owned under 21st Century Fox include Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, homes of movies like Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four...

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Wednesday December 13

15:30
iOS 11.2.1 Fixes Autofocus Issue Some iPhone X, 8, and 8 P...

The iOS 11.2.1 update released this morning appears to address an ongoing camera focus issue that some iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus users began experiencing following the release of iOS 11.2.

According to affected users, the camera was not able to focus properly when attempting to capture an image. The camera either shifted continually between the two lenses of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, or refused to focus entirely. From MacRumors reader Nixie:Hello there, was wondering if anyone have this issue too, when on iOS 11.2 the camera isnt able to get in focus, the lense just go back and forth indefinetly. Restored back to 11.1.2 and the...

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13:12
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11 update to developers, just over one week after releasing iOS 11.2, the second major iOS 11 update, and just a few hours after releasing iOS 11.2.1.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

It's not clear what new features will be included in the iOS 11.2.5 beta, but as a minor 11.x.x update, it is likely to focus primarily on bug fixes and security improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. It's not clear why Apple has skipped several numbers to release an 11.2.5 beta.

We are still waiting on two major iOS 11 features that have yet to be introduced, though. iCloud Messages and...

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10:03
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 Update With HomeKit Remote Shari...

Apple today released iOS 11.2.1, the eighth official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.2.1 comes a week and a half after the release of iOS 11.2, the second major update to the iOS 11 operating system, which brought Apple Pay Cash, faster 7.5W wireless charging, and a long list of bug fixes.

The iOS 11.2.1 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

The iOS 11.2.1 update addresses bugs and issues that have been discovered since the release of iOS 11.2.

According to Apple's release notes, the update re-enables remote access for shared users of the Home app. Apple broke remote access for shared users when implementing a fix for a major HomeKit vulnerability last week...

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09:39
Finisar and Apple are transforming the future of Sherman T...

In Part Two of the Apple-Finisar story, Apple covers the human side of the impact of such an investment in Sherman Texas. Giving the working class jobs has a powerful impact on smaller towns

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08:06
T-Mobile Announces Internet TV Service Coming in 2018

T-Mobile today announced that it will launch its own over-the-top TV service in 2018, which will be fueled in part through the acquisition of Layer3 TV. Details about the service are scarce, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that it will continue the company's theme of being a "disruptive" solution to its rivals, this time in both the internet TV and paid cable markets.

Layer3 TV will help T-Mobile build the service, which is said to provide solutions to lengthy contracts, increasing monthly bill costs, confusing bundles, outdated user interfaces, and more. T-Mobile will fold in Layer3 TV's current services and expand it to a wider audience. Right now this includes select TV channels, streaming online video content, and social media, but is only available in five U.S. cities.

Non-finalized demo of T-Mobile's upcoming service via...

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07:00
Apple Details their Finisar Investment while revealing the...

While Patently Apple posted a report on the general news earlier this morning of the Finisar investment, Apple has now officially announced their investment in more detail while revealing a rather significant factoid.

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05:37
iPhone 8 Was Nearly World's Top Google Search This Ye...

Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, and iPhone X were three of the world's most popular search terms on Google this year, according to the company.

While the results make it look like the iPhone 8 is more popular than the iPhone X, it's important to consider that Apple's flagship smartphone was more commonly referred to as the iPhone 8 in rumors until a leaked version of iOS 11 essentially confirmed its stealthier name back in August.

In the consumer tech category, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were the highest trending search terms in 2017, ahead of the Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X in the top five globally. In the United States in particular, the iPhone 8 Plus was the sixth-most trending search term.

Google Trends outlines other popular search terms in its Year in Search 2017 categories, including actors, athletes, car brands...

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05:19
Apple Hires Two Experienced Entertainment Industry Veteran...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Worldwide Video Hires Michelle Lee who was behind a Number of Shows on NBC, Hulu and CBS." Now we're learning that Apple is stepping up their organizational team by hiring two industry veterans ...

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04:11
Apple Invests in new Finisar Plant coming to Texas that wi...

Patently Apple posted a report in May titled "Apple Awards Corning First Investment from their Advanced Manufacturing Fund as Promised. It's being reported today that Apple has made another huge investment in Finisar ...

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04:02
Apple to Invest $390 Million in Finisar, US Maker of iPhon...

Apple announced on Wednesday its plans to invest $390 million in Finisar Corp, which supplies components for the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) found in the iPhone X True Depth camera.

The investment will be used to build a plant in Texas to make more of the chips, and will be financed by Apple's $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which the company created earlier this year to foster innovation and create jobs in the U.S.

"VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "Technology is only as good as the people behind it, and Finisar is a company with a long history of putting its employees first and supporting the community it's a...

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Tuesday December 12

16:01
Synaptics Creating In-Display Fingerprint Sensors for...

Synaptics today announced that it has begun mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensors in partnership with a "top five" manufacturer, suggesting at least one major smartphone brand will sport in-display fingerprint sensing technology in the future.

Synaptics has been working on fingerprint sensors capable of reading a fingerprint through display glass for some time now, and its first product, the Clear ID-FS9100, was announced back in late 2016.

The updated Clear ID-FS9500 fingerprint sensors are designed specifically for smartphones with button-free bezel-free "infinity displays" much like the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8. Synaptics says its fingerprint sensors "magically activate" in the display when necessary, and the company believes its solution is "twice as...

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10:35
Apple Increases Mac Trade-In Values to Up to $2,500

Apple today increased its trade-in values for select Mac models released in 2009 and later. In partnership with buyback company Phobio, Apple now offers customers up to $2,500, compared to up to $1,500 previously.

The new trade-in values in the United States are as follows:

• MacBook: up to $1,110

• MacBook Air: up to $430

• MacBook Pro: up to $2,500

• iMac: up to $2,500

• Mac Pro: up to $1,560

To determine how much credit you can receive, visit the Phobio website, enter your Mac's serial number, and answer a few questions about its current condition. Phobio will then provide an estimate based on the information provided.

If you accept the quote, you'll receive payment after your Mac has been inspected and its condition has been verified. The payment can be in the form of an emailed Apple Store gift card,...

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10:35
Apple Increases Mac Trade-In Values to Up to $2,500

Apple today increased its trade-in values for select Mac models released in 2009 and later. In partnership with buyback company Phobio, Apple now offers customers up to $2,500, compared to up to $1,500 previously.

The new trade-in values in the United States are as follows:

• MacBook: up to $1,110

• MacBook Air: up to $430

• MacBook Pro: up to $2,500

• iMac: up to $2,500

• Mac Pro: up to $1,560

To determine how much credit you can receive, visit the Phobio website, enter your Mac's serial number, and answer a few questions about its current condition. Phobio will then provide an estimate based on the information provided.

If you accept the quote, you'll receive payment after your Mac has been inspected and its condition has been verified. The payment can be in the form of an emailed Apple Store gift card,...

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09:32
Phil Schiller Says iPad Pro Can Both Supplement and Replac...

Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller believes the iPad Pro can be both a PC replacement and a supplementary device to the Mac.

In a wide-ranging interview with T3 about the iPad Pro and other Apple products, including the iPhone X, iMac Pro, HomePod, and AirPods, Schiller said the iPad Pro's exact use case ultimately varies by customer.What we've learned, truthfully, is that it's both, and that depends on the user. For some people, iPad Pro is a replacement for their computer. Not that you throw away your computer. People don't often do that.Schiller added that, for many customers, the iPad Pro becomes their primary computing device, especially while traveling.But that it becomes your primary computing device. The way you mostly hear about this is people say, 'I use a computer at my desk' or 'I use a notebook at my desk, but when I travel, I travel just with my iPad Pro'. It is so great in that...

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08:27
iMac Pro Available With 8 or 10 Cores This Week, 14 and 18...

Apple today announced that the iMac Pro will be released this Thursday, December 14, but YouTube reviewer Marques Brownlee says only 8-core and 10-core models will be available to order this week.

Brownlee in his hands-on video said the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will ship early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will apparently be added to the lineup for a total of four Intel Xeon processor configurations.

Skip to the 1:53 mark of the video

The 10-core iMac Pro clocked at 3.0GHz earned a multi-core score of just over 37,400 on Geekbench, which is up to 93 percent faster than the latest 27-inch 5K iMac and up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro.

The...

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07:26
iMac Pro Described as Blazingly Fast, Quiet, and Fairly Pr...

Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison have shared hands-on videos of the iMac Pro, which Apple said is available to order on December 14.

Image: Jonathan Morrison

Brownlee spent the past week with the iMac Pro, using it to create his hands-on video itself with Final Cut Pro X, and found it to be a super capable yet quiet machine with a beautiful display and a stealthy space gray enclosure.

He said the iMac Pro's biggest weakness is its lack of upgradeability, but he said its expensive $4,999 starting price is actually fair for the hardware included, and he priced out a PC with mostly equivalent tech specs at $5,100.

Brownlee benchmarked the 10-core iMac Pro on Geekbench and recorded a multi-core score of 37,417, which is up to 45 percent...

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07:16
Apple was Granted 48 Patents Today Covering the eSIM that...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the e-SIM used in the Apple Watch series 3. Apple introduced the new eSIM during their presentation in September. The eSIM is what ...

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06:04
iMac Pro Available to Order December 14, Starting at $4,99...

Apple today announced the iMac Pro will be available to order on Thursday, December 14. Pricing starts at $4,999 in the United States.

iMac Pro is a powerful, top-of-the-line workstation designed for professional users with demanding workflows, such as advanced video and graphics editing, virtual reality content creation, and real-time 3D rendering.

"iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it," said John Ternus, Apple's VP of Hardware Engineering.

The all-in-one desktop computer has a 27-inch Retina 5K display within a sleek space gray enclosure. Apple also includes a space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 in the box.

Apple said the iMac Pro is the fastest and most powerful Mac ever, at least until the...

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Monday December 11

12:13
Apple Shares New Ads Highlighting iPhone X Face ID and Por...

Apple this afternoon shared three new ads on its YouTube channel, all of which are quick clips that focus on select iPhone X features like Portrait Lighting and Face ID.

The first video, "Opens with a Glance," displays the iPhone X with the words "Introducing the most unforgettable magical password ever created. Your face," before showing off a series of faces to demonstrate how the iPhone X can be unlocked with facial recognition.

A second video, "Adapts to Your Face," was previously available on Apple's Canadian YouTube channel. It's designed to highlight the machine learning techniques used to allow Face ID to adapt to beards, hats, sunglasses, and other facial changes.

The third video, "Introducing Portrait Lighting," demonstrates the Portrait Lighting feature that's available on the iPhone X. Portrait lighting is designed to allow users to adjust the lighting in an image using depth mapping techniques, and it is also available on iPhone 8 Plus.

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11:52
American Express, Mastercard and Discover to Eliminate Sig...

American Express today announced plans to eliminate signature requirements when customers make credit or debit card purchases, joining both Mastercard and Discover.

All three companies plan to stop asking customers to provide a signature when making a purchase in the United States and Canada starting in April of 2018. The change is designed to allow for a more consistent, streamlined, and speedy checkout experience for both merchants and cardholders.

Credit and debit card companies have long required signatures for purchases as an added security measure, but with technology improvements...

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10:21
Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Dev...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, less than one week after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update, the second major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system.

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 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.

It's not yet clear what improvements the third update to macOS High Sierra will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2.

The previous macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update focused solely on security fixes and performance improvements, with no outward-facing changes introduced.

Related Roundup: macOS High...

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09:55
First Photos of Apple's New Stores Coming to Suzhou C...

The first photos surface showing that Apple will be opening stores in Seoul Korea and in the new Massive Suzhou Center in China in 2018

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09:01
Apple Acquires Shazam and Says 'Exciting Plans'...

Apple today announced it has acquired music recognition service Shazam, marking the company's highest-profile purchase since it acquired headphone maker Beats for a confirmed $3 billion in May 2014.

Apple did not disclose financial terms this time, but when TechCrunch broke news of the acquisition plans last week, one of its sources said the deal could be worth around $400 million. Shazam was valued at $1 billion in January 2015.

Apple confirmed the acquisition in a statement provided to MacRumors and several other media outlets today:We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has...

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08:46
New Report Breaks Down Smartphone Sales in October by Bran...

According to a new research report providing insights into the mobile handset market sales in the month of October 2017, Apple is starting to gain momentum with iPhone 8. Both the iPhone 8 Series models captured ...

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07:46
Many Sprint Customers Unable to Use Wi-Fi Calling on iOS 1...

Sprint customers with an iPhone are widely reporting that Wi-Fi calling does not work after installing iOS 11.2 and carrier settings version 31.0.

Hundreds of complaints have surfaced across the web, including the MacRumors discussion forums, Sprint and Apple Support Communities, Twitter, and Reddit, since the software update was released earlier this month.

All models of the iPhone that support Wi-Fi calling appear to be affected, ranging from the iPhone 6 to iPhone 8 Plus, among others.

It's...

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07:27
Samsung Brushes-Off Apple's 3D Facial Recognition as...

In late November patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung won't be able to Copy Apple's 3D Face ID in Time for Galaxy S9 Smartphone in 2018." Today we're learning that in order to blur the line and sidestep not having 3D facial recognition like Apple's iPhone X, Samsung will announce they're advancing their Iris recognition feature for their next smartphone debuting in early 2018. Their justification for improving Iris scanning biometrics over using 3D facial recognition is that ...

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06:31
Fake 'MyEtherWallet' App Rises to #3 Spot on the...

An unofficial iOS app for MyEtherWallet.com rose to the top of the App Store over the weekend, nabbing the third spot in the Finance category after being on the storefront for a little over a week (via TechCrunch). MyEtherWallet.com is a popular service made for storing cryptocurrencies but it doesn't have an official iOS app, so the company tweeted out a warning for users to not be fooled by the "MyEtherWallet" iOS app, as well as asking for Apple to remove it from the App Store.

At the time of writing, MyEtherWallet still remains at #3 on the App Store's Finance chart. The app lists its developer as Nam Le, who has two other iOS apps -- "Panda Warrior: Kung Fu Awesomeness" and "Mr. Beard: Icehole Fishermans" -- and one Apple Watch app called "Wrist Count."...

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06:12
Apple Supplier Foxconn Announces a Smashing Revenue Record...

It's being reported this morning in a new supply chain report that Apple supplier Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has announced consolidated revenues of US$18.85 billion for November, its highest in history.

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05:50
Apple to Score a Record Holiday Season for Apple Watch tha...

A new supply chain report published this morning states that shipments of Apple Watch 3 are expected to surge by ...

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05:33
Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degr...

A Reddit post over the weekend has drawn a flurry of interest after an iPhone 6s owner reported that a battery replacement significantly increased the device's performance running iOS 11. The ensuing discussion thread, also picked up by readers in the MacRumors forum, has led to speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to retain a full day's charge if the battery has degraded over time.

According to TeckFire, the author of the original Reddit post, their iPhone had been very slow after updating to iOS 11, especially compared to their brother's iPhone 6 Plus, so they decided to do some research with GeekBench and battery life apps, and ended up replacing the battery.

MacRumors' Geekbench scores for iPhone 6s...

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05:24
Apple Continues to get nothing but Resistance from the Ind...

In early October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Indian Government Considering Exemptions sought by Apple for setting up another iPhone Assembly Unit." Yet once again, the Indian government had shown to have no interest in working with Apple. A new report published today claims that Apple's latest proposal to the Indian Government has been rejected outright.

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05:04
You Can Now Get an iPhone X Delivered in Just a Few Days

iPhone X shipping estimates continue to improve on Apple's online store amid the busy holiday shopping season.

Apple's flagship smartphone is now available for delivery within two to four business days on average in the United States, meaning that online orders placed today will arrive at your doorstep by Wednesday to Friday.

The improved timeframe applies to most AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and SIM-free iPhone X models, while T-Mobile variants are estimated for delivery by December 19, or roughly six business days from today.

The same two to four day delivery estimate is quoted in several other countries where the iPhone X is sold, including Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, December 19 is a common estimate.

iPhone X inventory continues to improve at Apple retail stores around the world as well, with pickup available today in many locations.

Shortly after iPhone X...

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Sunday December 10

05:52
Top Tech Disappointments of 2017 from Google, Amazon, Appl...

A new business site report listed the top tech disappointments for 2017 that included those from Google, Amazon, Apple and others. Our report only highlights a few of the biggest disappointments of the year.

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04:09
Apple Participated at the NIPS Machine Learning Event of t...

Apple opened a public Machine Learning Journal in July and reveal some of the projects that they're involved in. On Friday Apple made a formal presentation at the Machine Learning event of the year at NIPS. Hundreds of machine learning engineers attended as Apple made a major announcement and revealed several deep projects.

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Saturday December 9

10:43
Apple has won a Patent for a Unique OLED Display that coul...

Apple's invention relates to integrated Silicon-OLED display and touch sensor panel stackup configurations that can be used in portable electronic devices such as media players, mobile telephones, and tablet computing devices. The OLED display is able to accept fingerprints for the purpose of identification to unlock a device.

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06:27
Oddly Apple Felt the Need to Formally Announce that Jony I...

For the last few years Jonathan Ive was up to his eyeballs involved with the new Apple Park Headquarters and worked tirelessly to ensure that the vision of the late Steve Jobs had for the new headquarters would be adhered to meticulously. Ive was definitely distracted from his core role at Apple: design. In a formal statement from Apple yesterday, they announced that Jonathan Ive ...

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04:03
Apple is Close to Acquiring Shazam, the World's Best...

Yesterday we posted a report that noted it had been a busy 24 hours in the streaming music business with news of a new YouTube music service and Spotify and Tencent acquiring minor stakes in each other. Well, before the 24 hour clock ran out, the news began to surface that Apple is reportedly in the process of acquiring Shazam.

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Friday December 8

14:30
Face ID in iPhone X vs. 'Face Unlock' Facial Rec...

The iPhone X has been available for a little over a month now, which has given consumers time to adjust to the new biometric authentication method, Face ID. Face ID replaces Touch ID, unlocking the iPhone X via a face scan rather than a fingerprint.

In the video below, we decided to take a second look at Face ID after having spent some time with it to see how it measures up to Touch ID and how it compares to similar facial recognition options in devices like the OnePlus 5T.

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For the most part, Face ID works well and is at least as quick as Touch ID, but there are some undeniable pain points. When the iPhone X is held in landscape mode, like when you're in bed, Face ID often doesn't work. It can also have trouble when it's flat on a surface and can't get a good read on your face, and when you have sunglasses, a hat, or...

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12:58
Apple May Acquire Music Recognition Service Shazam

Apple may be planning to acquire music recognition service Shazam, reports TechCrunch, which would be one of the most high-profile acquisitions Apple has made since it purchased Beats in 2014.

Shazam is a well-known music service that uses machine learning techniques to identify short audio clips from songs, television shows, and more. Shazam operates a standalone app for iOS, macOS, and watchOS, but also has a close relationship with Apple.

Since iOS 8, Shazam has been integrated into Siri, and it's what powers the feature that lets Siri identify songs that are playing aloud. If, for example, there's a specific song on television and you ask Siri "What song is this?" Siri uses Shazam to identify it.

Shazam is integrated with Apple Music, and Apple Music subscribers who Shazam a...

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12:51
Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Retaking Direct Control of Des...

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is once again taking over management of the design team at Apple according to changes made to Apple's official "Apple Leadership" website.

The site was updated this morning to remove the profiles of Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who were managing the day-to-day operations at Apple while Ive oversaw all of Apple's design projects, and Bloomberg has confirmed that Ive is once again in direct control of the team as shared by Mark Gurman.

Ive first stepped back from day-to-day management of Apple's design teams in 2015, when he took on the role of "Chief Design Officer." Alan Dye and Richard Howarth were elevated to vice president positions at that time, with Howarth responsible for industrial design and Dye...

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12:10
Apple's Phil Schiller: Facial Recognition Techniques...

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller recently sat down with Dutch website Bright.nl, where he covered topics like Face ID and augmented reality, which he's discussed several times in interviews over the past few months.

According to Schiller, one of Apple's goals with Face ID is to make security easy enough "that we all want to do it." Apple believes its implementation of Face ID is superior to the facial recognition techniques available in Android phones, which Schiller says "all stink."

"They don't work in all the ways we need Face ID to work. We're very aware that through the years the simple thing, this Home button, that started as the way you click to get to the Home screen, grew into doing so many things for us. We added Touch ID, it took you to the multitasking...

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10:40
Beats 1 Charity Auction Offers Behind the Scenes Studio T...

Apple's Beats 1 Radio division is teaming up with auction site Charitybuzz to raise money for MusiCares through an auction that offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the Beats 1 studio in Los Angeles with Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

Described as a one-day internship, the auction provides one winner with a full day at Beats 1, as well as access to a few members of the Beats 1 team. In addition to spending time in studio with Zane Lowe, the auction winner will also get to attend a mentoring lunch with Beats 1 Global Operations Manager and LA Chapter Grammy Governer Julie Pilat.

Several other benefits are included as well, like a free pair of Studio3 headphones and the chance to play a song on the Beats 1 radio. A full list of benefits:- One (1) day at Apple Music's live station, Beats 1, which broadcasts to over 100 countries

- Time in studio with Zane...

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07:12
Spotify and China's Tencent Strike a Deal to Acquire...

It's been a busy 24 hours in the streaming music business. Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "YouTube is finally getting on Board with a Streaming Music Service the Major Labels Approve of." Now we're learning that Spotify and China's Tencent have struck a deal ...

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05:49
Apple's 'TV' App Starts Showing Up for User...

Apple's official TV app today started showing up for some fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV owners in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, almost a year after Apple originally announced the service in the U.S.

The TV app is billed as an easy way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in a single place. It offers a unified experience for accessing TV shows and movies across multiple video apps, and aims to help users discover new TV and movie content by offering recommendations based on what they've previously watched. The service syncs content in the cloud so users can pick up where they left off on other devices via the accompanying iOS TV app, which has also been appearing on devices across the pond.

More than 60 services are supported by the U.S. version of the TV app, but with the expansion to new countries, Apple is adding support for additional local content, such as ITV, Channel 5, and BBC iPlayer in the U.K.

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04:08
YouTube is finally getting on Board with a Streaming Music...

It's being reported that YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, which would mark the third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple Inc.

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03:33
A Number of iPhone X Suppliers saw part sales begin to wea...

A new supply chain report this morning is stating that despite having enjoyed a surge in orders for the iPhone X in September and October, the component supply chain saw their shipments for iPhone devices weaken in November and are likely to drop further in December. Yet even if true, that may not tell the full iPhone story for Q4

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02:06
Apple Supplier TSMC ahead of Schedule on Chips for AI, Mac...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier TSMC is Aggressively Scheduling smaller faster processors for iDevices between 2018-2021." Today we're learning that TSMC's co-CEO Mark Liu made a number of disclosures while speaking at the firm's annual Supply Chain Management Forum held yesterday. He touched on AI and ...

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01:07
Apple will be among the Biggest Beneficiaries of the Repub...

Republicans are hard at work at tax reform, passing two different bills in the House and Senate earlier this month. Tax reform has been a hot topic of debate for the past year with the issue of repatriation being particularly relevant for Apple, the largest U.S. hoarder of overseas cash by far ..

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Thursday December 7

21:34
2018 iPhone X Successor Could Feature Up to 10% More Power...

Next year's version of the iPhone X could feature up to 10 percent more battery power if Apple and LG Chem are able to deploy a one-cell design for the device's L-shaped battery, as opposed to the two-cell battery used in the iPhone X, according to a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that was obtained by MacRumors.

Kuo says the more space efficient two-cell design would allow Apple to boost battery capacity from 2716 mAh in the iPhone X to somewhere between 2900 and 3000 mAh for next year's 5.8-inch iPhone.

As he previously claimed, Kuo believes Apple will release three new iPhones with TrueDepth cameras next year: a larger 6.5-inch OLED model that can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus", a 5.8-inch OLED successor to the iPhone X, and a 6.1-inch LCD model. Today's report says that Apple is likely to use a two-cell battery design in the 6.5-inch model, but the larger size of...

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13:42
Apple Fixed iOS 11.2 Vulnerability That Allowed Unauthoriz...

A HomeKit vulnerability in iOS 11.2 that allowed unauthorized access to HomeKit accessories that included smart locks has been fixed by Apple, the company told 9to5Mac in a statement today.

"The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week."To patch the vulnerability, which was reportedly difficult to reproduce, Apple disabled remote access for shared users, something the company says will be reintroduced in a software update that's set to be released early next week.

Apple was able to address the vulnerability server side as it affected the HomeKit framework rather than individual HomeKit products. Though the vulnerability impacted all HomeKit devices, it is of particular interest...

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08:00
iPhone Remains Flickr's Most Popular Camera in 2017 A...

As it does every year, Flickr today shared its 2017 Year in Review statistics highlighting various aspects of the photo-sharing community with lists including the Top 25 Photos of 2017, Top Devices, and Top Brands. For the Top Brands category, Apple has once again beaten out dedicated camera makers with iPhones being used by 54 percent of photographers uploading photos to Flickr this year, followed by Canon in second place (23 percent) and Nikon in third place (18 percent).

Over the past few years, iPhones have been rising up Flickr's Year in Review rankings. In 2015 iPhones were used for 42 percent of the photos shared to Flickr, and then...

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06:36
When it comes to 'Best Places to Work' in 2018,...

In June Patently Apple covered the 2017 Glassdoor 'Highest Rated CEO' list where Apple's CEO took quite the beating. Cook had been steadily climbing in the rankings until this year when he crashed to #53. Now the best company to work for rankings came out and Apple has sunk badly to #84

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05:14
An LG Regulatory Statement made Public today suggests that...

In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as early as H2 2018 if Plans are on Track." The report noted that while LG's goal is to enter Apple's supply chain in full force in 2019, LG may be able to begin producing some OLED displays by the second half of 2018. Today there's positive information that would support this development.

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04:35
Apple Reveals 2017’s most Popular Apps, Movies, Music and...

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts. Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe.

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03:52
Apple's Patent behind their Apple Watch Wheelchair Ap...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the Apple Watch used in conjunction with a person in a wheelchair, especially for athletics. It's the patent behind Apple's Wheelchair Activity App.

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02:39
Apple Fine-Tunes one of their Head Mounted Display Inventi...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a head mounted display systems for watching movies and TV content, virtual imagery and a hint that the HMD could also be used for a future medical application.

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01:10
Apple's Best of the App Store in 2017: Calm, Splitter...

Apple today published its annual Best of 2017 charts for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store, highlighting the top media content and trends across 2017.

Apple's App Store editors chose two standout games and two standout apps for the iPhone and the iPad as their best of 2017 picks. On the iPhone, meditation app Calm and popular game Splitter Critters won top honors, while photo editing app Affinity Photo and puzzle game The Witness took the top spots on iPad.

- iPhone App of the Year: Calm

- iPhone Game of the Year: Splitter Critters

- iPad App of the Year: Affinity Photo

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Wednesday December 6

16:20
Apple's Rumored 2018 6.1-Inch Lower-Cost iPhone With...

Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Citing a source "privy to the company's product designs," Nikkei says the LCD model will feature a 6.1-inch display, while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

The LCD model with a metal back will "come in several colors," much like existing aluminum iPhones, and the body for the device could be manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

Nikkei's information is in line with previous details shared by KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often has accurate insight into Apple's plans, though there is some variance in size predictions for the three devices.

Kuo believes Apple will introduce three...

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15:46
Hands-On With the New Amazon Prime Video App for Apple TV

The long-awaited Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV finally debuted today after a wait that spanned six months since it was first teased at WWDC.

Apple's set-top box is one of the last platforms to support the Amazon Prime Video app, which is now available on third, fourth, and fifth-generation Apple TV models. We spent the afternoon checking out the new app for a hands-on look at its feature set.

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If you've used the Amazon Prime Video app on an iOS device or on another platform like a console, the interface will be immediately familiar, organized into sections that include...

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14:31
New on CarPlay: Tidal Streaming

Tidal is now compatible with CarPlay

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14:12
Apple Worldwide Video Hires Michelle Lee who was behind a...

It's being reported this afternoon that programming veteran Michelle Lee has joined Apple’s venture into scripted television content. Lee has been named a creative executive at Apple Worldwide Video ...

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13:01
Apple's Greg Joswiak thinks that the Notch in iPhone...

In November Patently Apple posted a report titled "Great Interview with Apple's SVP Hardware Technologies covers the Bionic A11 Chip, PrimeSense's Face ID and much more." Now in a new report posted about the most innovative tech of 2017, Apple's iPhone X got the 'Best Overall' innovation title and Apple's Greg Joswiak, vice president of product marketing, continued from where Apple's SVP hardware left off in last month's interview.

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12:12
Apple's Greg Joswiak Talks iPhone X Face ID, Display...

Tom's Guide today shared its list of "2017 Innovation Award Winners," which of course includes the iPhone X, among other products like the Nintendo Switch, the DJI Spark, and the Amazon Echo.

Apple's iPhone X took the Tom's Guide "Best Overall" award for its Super Retina Display, Face ID, and A11 Bionic chip, and the site's iPhone X writeup includes some interesting commentary from Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing.

For the iPhone X's Super Retina Display, which incorporates the first-ever OLED panel in an iOS device, Joswiak says Apple had to "do a lot of engineering" to come up with "panels that were better" to address traditional OLED issues like oversaturated colors.

The iPhone X is using its own color management system, a folding panel design that stacks circuits for minimal bezel, and other technology improvements to outshine competing smartphone...

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12:11
Apple Announces Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV in over 100...

Starting today, customers around the world can access the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV to stream award-winning original series and more

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10:27
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 With Compatibilit...

Apple today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, the second update for the macOS High Sierra operating system available for Apple's Macs. macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 comes a little over a month after the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, the first update to High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store or through the Software Update function in the Mac App Store on all compatible Macs that are already running macOS High Sierra.

No major outward-facing changes were found in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 during the beta testing period, but according to Apple's release notes, it offers security and feature improvements. The update improves compatibility with third-party USB audio devices, it introduces better VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview, and it improves...

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08:29
Here's How Apple Improves the iOS and Mac User Experi...

Apple has added a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal with in-depth technical details about how it uses differential privacy to gather anonymous usage insights from devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

At a high level, differential privacy allows Apple to crowdsource data from a large number of users without compromising the privacy of any individual.

There are two types of differential privacy: central and local. Apple has chosen to use the local setting, which means that data is randomized before being sent from devices, so that its servers never see or receive raw data from users.

When users set up their device, Apple explicitly asks users if they wish to provide usage information on an opt-...

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07:11
Apple and Amazon Confirm Amazon Prime Video on tvOS Suppor...

Following the early morning launch of the long-awaited Amazon Prime Video tvOS app, both Apple and Amazon have now posted press releases about the launch, each confirming a few details about Prime Video on Apple TV.

Firstly, Apple's PR officially confirms that Amazon Prime Video does support Apple's centralized TV app. This means that users can use Siri Universal Search to find Amazon Prime Video content, and add it to their "Up Next" queue of shows and movies. Prime Video content will then appear within the TV app and users can immediately jump into their shows without needing to navigate to the Amazon app itself.

Some MacRumors staff members...

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07:10
Samsung to launch a foldable Phone at the end of the month...

After the initial hype of a next-gen foldable smartphone from Samsung coming in 2018 Samsung has reportedly announced that they'll be launching a high-end folder phone in China by the end of the month.

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06:16
Apple Plummets to Lowest Ranking Ever in Glassdoor's...

Apple has ranked 84th on Glassdoor's annual list of the best companies to work for in the United States, after finishing no lower than 36th every year since 2009. In fact, heading into 2012, Apple was 10th on the same list.

It is Apple's lowest-ever finish over the decade that Glassdoor has published these Employees' Choice Awards:

• 2018: 84th

• 2017: 36th

• 2016: 25th

• 2015: 22nd

• 2014: 35th

• 2013: 34th

• 2012: 10th

• 2011: 20th

• 2010: 22nd

• 2009: 19th

Apple trailed well behind several other technology companies in the rankings, including first-place Facebook, fifth-place Google, 21st-place LinkedIn, 31st-place Adobe, 39th-place Microsoft, and 65th-place Yahoo.

It's not just technology companies that are on the list, with fast food chain In-N-...

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05:58
Foxconn, Intel and Asia Pacific Telecom Unveil new Platfor...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Qualcomm announced that their Always Connected PC using a Snapdragon Processor will be hitting the Market in Spring 2018." We noted that the new PC platform powered by Snapdragon processors would be a challenge to Intel. While Intel has yet to counter that punch, Foxconn Electronics, Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) and Intel have jointly unveiled a multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform in Taiwan aiming to offer smart solutions for augmented reality and next-gen facial recognition ...

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03:47
Apple's CEO Dismisses Harsh Criticism for Supporting...

Adam Lashinsky Interviewed Apple's CEO at Fortune's Global Forum and the general theme was about Cook's keynote at China's Internet Conference on Sunday. Cook has been harshly criticized for appearing to endorse the Chinese government’s Internet policy, which tightly controls the flow of information in the communist nation.

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03:41
Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV

It's been six months since Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV later this year, and now that app is officially beginning to roll out to tvOS devices in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and several other regions across Europe.

Similar to other versions of Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app allows Prime subscribers to sign into their accounts and watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, as well as browse a collection of movies. Users can add shows and movies to a watchlist, sync their watchlist across devices, and use Apple TV's Siri Remote to search for Amazon content from inside the app.

The updated Amazon Prime Video iOS app now supports Universal Search, allowing users to look up Prime videos using the native search function on their devices. Version 5.0 of the iOS app also supports iPhone X displays. While the tvOS app is a separate component of...

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Tuesday December 5

19:18
Apple Accidentally Promotes Amazon Prime Video for Apple T...

There are 26 days left until the end of the year, which is the deadline for when Apple said the highly-anticipated Amazon Prime Video app would be coming to the Apple TV. A launch could perhaps come as soon as this week, and maybe as even as early as tomorrow, based on an App Store leak spotted on reddit.

After setting his iPhone date to December 6, a redditor opened up the App Store and allegedly saw an Amazon Prime Video story as the top feature in the "Today" section. He linked the section on reddit, which other users were able to see temporarily before the content was pulled by Apple. The "Today" App Store description in question specifically referenced Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV.

Apple pulled this a few minutes ago. (Hi Apple?)

As said, my time/date is set to tomorrow. That is relevant because I saw the story at the top of the "Today" tab...

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17:37
Apple announces that Apple Pay Cash and Person to Person P...

Beginning today, Apple customers in the US can use Apple Pay to send and receive money with friends and family quickly, easily and securely. Whether splitting a bill, paying someone back or sending a last-minute gift, Apple Pay makes it easy to pay and get paid, right in Messages.

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16:30
Qualcomm Announced that their Always Connected PC using a...

It was first announced a year ago that Qualcomm was working with Microsoft to deliver a new kind of family of hybrid 2-in-1 devices that would be called Always-Connected PCs running on a Snapdragon processor. In April 2017 ARM confirmed the new devices would hit the market Q4. During today's Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit Keynote they confirmed that the Always Connected PCs would start rolling out by Spring 2018

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14:54
Apple Says iOS 11 is Now Installed on 59% of Devices

iOS 11 is now installed on 59 percent of iOS devices, according to new statistics Apple shared this week on its App Store support page for developers.

That's up from 52 percent on November 6, indicating iOS 11 adoption has grown just 7 percentage points over the course of the last month.

33 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices continues to run iOS 10, while 8 percent of devices run a version of iOS earlier than iOS 10.

iOS 11 adoption has been slower than iOS 10 adoption. Based on Apple's official App Store numbers, for example, iOS 10 was installed on 54 percent of devices in October, a month after the operating system had been released. Comparatively, iOS 11 was only at 52 percent in November, a month and a half after launch.

Apple has already released several updates for iOS 11, but that...

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13:18
Apple Wins Patents for Foldable iPhone Encapsulation, Hove...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a folding smartphone component, hover sensing devices, a magnetics based iPad stand and biometric EarPods or possible AirPods.

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11:31
iPhone X Charging Speeds Compared: The Fastest and Easiest...

With the addition of both fast charging and wireless charging to Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup, there are more ways than ever to charge your iPhone. Every method is different -- some are faster and more expensive, while others are slower but more convenient.

We tested several charging accessories from both Apple and third-party manufacturers with the iPhone X to see how charging speeds compare across different charging methods. These tests also apply to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which share many of the same features available in the iPhone X.

Accessories Tested

- Apple's default 5W iPhone charger (Free with iPhone, $19 alone)

- 5W wireless charger from...

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10:53
Consumer Reports Ranks iPhone X Below iPhone 8 Because of...

Consumer Reports today shared its final iPhone X testing results, and while the site has given the iPhone X a recommendation, Apple's new flagship smartphone has been ranked below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in the Consumer Reports recommended list.

The iPhone X did make the Consumer Reports list of top 10 smartphones in the number 9 slot, but the site says it did not beat out the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus because of its poor performance on a durability test. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus better survived a tumble test for emulating real-world drops and fumbles of about 2.5 feet that can result in device damage, despite the fact that all three devices have glass bodies.

After 50-100 tumbles, one iPhone X model suffered serious body damage, while two others had screen defects....

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10:07
Apple Releases watchOS 4.2 With Support for Apple Pay Cash

Apple today released watchOS 4.2, the second major update to the watchOS 4 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4.2 comes a little over one month after the release of watchOS 4.1, the first major update to watchOS 4 that brought Apple Music streaming over LTE.

watchOS 4.2 can be downloaded 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.

The watchOS 4.2 update introduces support for Apple Pay Cash, Apple's new peer-to-peer payments service designed to let users transfer money to one another. Apple Pay Cash, which is also available in iOS 11.2, can be used to send and receive money through the Messages app on the Apple Watch. Apple Pay Cash...

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09:08
Apple Pay Cash Officially Launches Today After Early Roll...

Apple has announced that Apple Pay Cash officially launches today for all iOS 11.2 users with an eligible iPhone or iPad model in the United States.

Apple's peer-to-peer payment service actually began rolling out in iOS 11.2 on Monday, but some users received an error message stating the service was unavailable. The activation issues began to resolve for many users later in the day, although there are still a few lasting reports of activation issues.

Apple Pay Cash's official launch today comes three days after iOS 11.2 was released early in order to address a serious date bug that was affecting some users on December 2...

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08:04
iOS Lost Market Share in Numerous Countries From August to...

Apple's piece of the smartphone ecosystem market fell in eight total territories during the August-October 2017 timeframe, according to new data tracked by Kantar Worldpanel. Echoing numerous stories from earlier this fall that reported people were waiting for the iPhone X and not purchasing an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, Kantar's data showed a 7.6 percentage point drop for iOS in the United States when compared to the same year-ago period.

That number was higher in Great Britain where iOS dropped 8.5 percentage points from 2016, and was followed by Japan (down 6.9 percentage points), Germany (down 1.6), France (down 0.6), Italy (down 0.5), and Australia (down 0.2). While iOS dropped 7.6 points in the U.S., Android...

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06:54
Apple Granted 51 Patents Today Covering Stackable Connecto...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover in-air gesturing that could be used to control Apple TV and stackable connectors as noted in our cover graphic. MacBook Pro fans complained about the lack of ports and killing off MagSafe connectors. With Apple proposed invention now granted could offer future MacBook users with a next-gen version of MagSafe connector that is stackable allowing for more devices to be plugged in ...

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06:20
Apple Devices Could Have Reversible Emoji Next Year

The Unicode Consortium has proposed new guidelines that would allow for reversible emoji. In other words, emojis such as a car or train that currently face to the left or right only would be able to face either direction.

Reversible emoji mockup via Emojipedia

Apple and other vendors would be able to choose which emoji can be reversible on their devices, if any, according to their preferences.

The guidelines are still a draft that should be finalized by time the next major batch of over 100 new emoji characters are made available for companies like Apple to implement starting in the second half of 2018.

The Unicode Consortium has also introduced a handful of new emoji candidates for the second half of 2018, including a swan, badger, infinity, and pirate flag, according to...

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05:54
Vietnam's FPT sets their Eyes on Opening 100 Authoriz...

The retail arm of Vietnam's biggest information technology company FPT will list its shares on the Ho Chi Minh City stock exchange in the first half of next year, with the plan of using the proceeds over the next three years to open 100 stores selling Apple products.

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05:22
Europe's General Court Ruled in Apple's Favor by...

According to a new report this morning, Apple succeeded today in preventing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering its 'Mi Pad' tablet computer as an EU trademark because the name was too similar to Apple’s 'iPad.'

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04:23
Apple Wins Patent for a Collision Avoidance Graphics Syste...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a graphics system that could be used in gaming, vehicle simulators like "emergency training simulations" and to control "mobile robots."

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Monday December 4

17:19
SIM-Free iPhone X Now Available From Apple Online Store in...

Starting today, Apple is offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone X from its online store in the United States, allowing customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone X in all capacities list the same ~one week delivery estimate available for other iPhone X devices. SIM-free iPhone X models ordered today will arrive on December 12.

SIM-free iPhone X models will work with any carrier and have full support for both CDMA and GSM networks, much like the Sprint and Verizon versions of the new smartphone. iPhone X models from AT&T and T-Mobile do not support CDMA networks and are not compatible with Sprint or Verizon.

Since iPhone X pre-orders kicked off on October 27, Apple has only allowed customers to buy an iPhone X with an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon SIM, though models purchased in full are listed as unlocked. At launch, Apple was requiring carrier pre-activation to make an iPhone X purchase, but...

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15:31
Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Recycling Program Offerin...

Apple today updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch, offering Apple Store gift cards for older Apple Watch devices that are in good working condition through a partnership with Brightstar.

Apple previously allowed customers to recycle the Apple Watch through its recycling program, but there were no gift cards offered. Gift cards received from recycling products can be put towards new devices purchased from the Apple Store, either at retail locations or online.

Gift cards are available for original Apple Watch models, Apple Watch Series 1 models, and Apple Watch Series 2 models, with Apple offering between $50 and $175 depending on device. For a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 2 in full working condition, for example, Apple is offering $175, which is the highest payout available.

For an original 42mm Apple Watch Sport model in good working condition, Apple is offering $50, the lowest...

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13:59
Apple Pay Holdout Target Launches New In-App Mobile Paymen...

Target today launched its own payments platform, allowing customers to pay for purchases using a new Wallet feature in the dedicated Target app available on iOS and Android devices.

Target's Wallet feature lets customers pay with their Target REDcard and get Cartwheel discounts and benefits all in one phone scan during checkout.

To use the feature, Target customers need to add a Target REDcard to the Wallet in the Target app. REDcard is Target's store-branded credit card, which offers customers discounts on purchases.

When checking out, Target customers will need to open up the Target app, tap on Wallet, scan coupon barcodes and then scan the wallet barcode to make a purchase.

Target's payments service is a barcode-based system, similar to Walmart's dedicated Walmart Pay option, which uses QR codes. While Walmart Pay supports any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift...

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10:40
Apple Supplier Quanta Computer Teams Up With Lumus to Make...

Apple manufacturing partner Quanta Computer has teamed up with Israeli-based augmented reality company Lumus to manufacture lenses for smart glasses, reports Bloomberg.

Lumus designs displays for AR glasses and will use Quanta for manufacturing purposes. In an interview with Bloomberg, Lumus CEO Ari Grobman said Quanta, which led a $45 million investment in Lumus in 2016, will also be able to produce AR lenses for other tech companies.

Totem headset from VRvana, the virtual reality company Apple recently purchased

The partnership will result in more affordable lenses for wearable augmented reality products, lowering the overall cost for future products. "Quanta has suggested that full AR headsets would be priced...

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09:14
Samsung Thinks that Biometric Palm Reading Could be their...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth Camera for Face ID has Android OEMs Scrambling to copy this Feature for 2018 Smartphones." The iPhone X is a major hit and their competitors Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and others are scrambling to match the feature that distinguishes the iPhone: The TrueDepth Camera. Recently, a Samsung patent came to light showing how they were thinking of using a different kind of biometrics to take on Face ID ..

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09:03
Apple Pay Cash Now Available for iOS 11.2 Users

Apple released iOS 11.2 early in order to address a serious date bug that was affecting some users on December 2, and while the update introduced Apple Pay Cash, the feature was not yet activated by Apple.

Because it wasn't activated, Apple Pay Cash was not usable, despite being listed as a feature in the update's release notes. Apple today made Apple Pay Cash officially available in the United States, so it can be used by all iPhone and iPad owners who have iOS 11.2 installed. Apple Pay Cash is just now rolling out, so it may take a bit of time before it's fully functional and available for everyone.

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Apple Pay Cash is Apple's new peer-to-peer payments service, designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers, much like Square Cash or Venmo. The service is currently limited to the United States.

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07:36
Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete

Apple this week added all Mac mini models released in mid 2011 to its public-facing vintage and obsolete products list.

Mid 2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

The distinction means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured, except where required by law.

The only regions exempted include California and Turkey, where customers may still obtain service for up to two additional years.

Apple repairs and services products for up to five years after they are no longer manufactured, and 2011 Mac mini models have now eclipsed that coverage period after being discontinued in late 2012.

2011 Mac mini models were...

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06:41
Korean Telecoms Complain they're Unduly Pressured by...

On November 23rd Patently Apple posted a report titled "South Korean Authorities have Raided Apple's Offices Prior to the Launch of iPhone X in their Country." Earlier in November we had posted another report that noted France imposed a US$5.7 million fine on Apple last April for having mobile carriers pay for advertisements. Today we're learning about what the South Korean Fair Trade Commission is investigating Apple for in more detail. The agency is to probe into the company’s ...

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05:06
IHS Predict Apple will Ship close to 89 Million iPhones in...

A new report this morning claims that the leading countries for iPhone X adoption are markets with high gross domestic product (GDP) per head such as Singapore, Denmark, Switzerland and Japan. Beyond delivering a record breaking quarter, the report further states that Apple's iPhone will deliver ...

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The time has almost come.Star Wars: The Last Jedifinally hits theaters in the cinematic event that might be bigger than Christmas. To celebrate, we're taking a look at the best--and only the best--Star Warsmobile games to date. [Read more] | Read more »
Life Is Strange (Games)
Life Is Strange 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Life Is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by... | Read more »
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Game...
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** PLEASE NOTE: Requires 3.6GB free space to install. Runs at variable resolutions based on device capabilities.... | Read more »
Gorogoa (Games)
Gorogoa 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Gorogoa is an elegant evolution of the puzzle genre, told through a beautifully hand-drawn story designed and illustrated by Jason... | Read more »
Why Guns of Boom will be big for mobile...
Earlier this week, Game Insight, the minds that brought you Guns of Boom, revealed plans for an esports mode in the popular FPS title, with big implications for the game's future. Guns of Boom has been quite popular for some time now, so it's... | Read more »
The best mobile games to play on lazy ho...
With the holidays in full swing, there's hopefully going to be a lot of time off work lazing around the house. With all of that free time, it's a perfect opportunity to catch up on some mobile games that you might have missed out on earlier this... | Read more »
Rules of Survival guide - how to boost y...
It's not easy surviving in the "every-man-for-himself" world of Rules of Survival. You'll be facing off against many other players who might be more skilled than you, or are luckier than you. There are a lot of factors weighing against you. With... | Read more »
FEZ Pocket Edition (Games)
FEZ Pocket Edition 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Amazing Katamari Damacy guide - beginner...
Amazing Katamari Damacy brings the bizarro world of the original games to mobile and shifts them into an endless format that's just as addictive as the PlayStation entries. Your goal is still to roll as much random stuff as you possibly can, though... | Read more »

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Apple Macs back in stock at Amazon with model...
Amazon has MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, MacBooks, and iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP as part of their Holiday/Christmas sale. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go (and... Read more
Apple offering free overnight delivery on all...
Apple is now offering free overnight delivery on all in stock products until 3pm local time on December 22nd. This includes new as well as refurbished computers. Click here for more information. Read more
Beats Holiday sale at B&H, headphones and...
B&H Photo has Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, earphones, and speakers on sale for up to $80 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Expedited shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax to NY... Read more
Holiday sale: Apple resellers offer 2017 15″...
MacMall has 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $220-$300 off MSRP, each including free shipping: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2179, $220 off MSRP – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Silver (... Read more
Holiday sale: Apple resellers offer 13″ MacBo...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (... Read more
Apple Watch Series 2, Certified Refurbished,...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Apple Watch Nike+ Series 2s, 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Bands, available for $249 (38mm) or $279 (42mm). The 38mm model was out of... Read more
Apple offers Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ R...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks available starting at $949. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
B&H drops price on 13″ 256GB MacBook Air...
B&H has the 13″ 1.8GHz/256GB Apple MacBook Air (MQD42LL/A) now on sale for $1079 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price... Read more
Holiday sale: 9″ iPads starting at $299, take...
MacMall has 9″ WiFi iPads on sale for $30 off including free shipping: – 9″ 32GB WiFi iPad: $299 – 9″ 128GB WiFi iPad: $399 Read more
Green Monday deal: 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro on...
B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.8GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale for $250 off MSRP for today only as part of their Green Monday/Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple (United...
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# QA Automation Engineer, Apple Pay Job Number: 113202642 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 11-Dec-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** At Read more
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