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Sunday April 22

11:14
Apple Celebrates Earth Day With Ziggy Marley Concert, Appl...

Today is Earth Day, and around the globe people are celebrating the annual event through demonstrations and gatherings aimed at showing support for the planet and protecting the environment. Apple began celebrations this past week in its retail stores, sending green shirts for its employees to wear and lighting up the Apple logo with a green leaf to mark the April 22 global event.

We’re celebrating Earth Day here at Apple. Thanks @ziggymarley for an inspired performance! 🎶 🌏 pic.twitter.com/cuNvbzdbiA

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 21, 2018
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09:59
In case you didn't know, Amazon has the most Impact o...

A new SurveyMonkey poll ranks Amazon as the #1 company for having the most impact on society today. Why is apparently irrelevant.

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09:59
In case you didn't know, Amazon has the most Impact o...

A new SurveyMonkey poll ranks Amazon as the #1 company for having the most impact on society today. Why is apparently irrelevant.

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07:08
The Fix is in, the Korean Court accepts Samsung’s request...

Back in 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The BBC Report about Apple is motivated by Politics and Unions." It was a hit job on Apple on an epic scale bringing Ralf Nader and the BBC's Richard Bilton whose disdain for Apple was evident in the documentary titled 'Broken Promises.' While the press had a field day with Apple, they seem to be turning a blind eye to what Samsung is getting away with in terms of deadly chemicals in their plants.

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Saturday April 21

10:49
Samsung wins a Patent for a Virtual Dog Leash that's...

This week Samsung was granted a U.S. patent for a "Virtual Leash" system that includes a smart collar. Pet owners will be able to control how far their dog could run while on a walk by using their Galaxy smartphone in wireless communication with the smart dog collar. With so many dog lovers in the world, could this be a killer application for a future Galaxy smartphone? Only time will tell. Yet the thing with this idea is that it's likely to be used far beyond it's original intent.

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08:14
Apple Celebrates Earth Day with Ziggy Marley Performance

Apple's CEO Tim Cook introduced Ziggy Marley yesterday at a special event and our report has jumbo photos and brief video of a tune by Marley

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06:41
Euro Patent from Apple reveals Tubular Glass iPhone

Apple has been working on an all-glass iPhone for close to seven years, with their first patent coming to light in 2011. Patently Apple covered another one that even covered a glass encased iMac or TV since at least 2013. Today, an Apple patent filing discovered in Europe shows Apple working on a tubular glass iPhone and more

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03:01
Apple will replace certain 2016-2017 MacBook Pro Non Touch...

It's a battery from hell year for Apple starting with the iPhone battery replacement offer. Now Apple has announced that they've determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro...

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Friday April 20

16:05
The DOJ is investigating all Major U.S. Carriers over coll...

It's being reported this afternoon that the Justice Department had reached out to all four major U.S. wireless carriers as part of an antitrust investigation. The NY Times claims the letters were sent out in February and is only now coming to light. Word is that it was Apple who complained to the government of the issue of eSIM cards

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15:53
Apple Launches Battery Replacement Program for Non-Touch B...

Apple today announced a new worldwide battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pro models that do not have a Touch Bar. Affected machines were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.

Apple says that a limited number of these units feature a component that can fail and cause the built-in battery to expand. It is not a safety issue, according to the company, and Apple will replace all eligible batteries.

Customers who want to see if their machines are eligible for a fresh battery should use the serial number checker on the MacBook Pro Battery Replacement page. You can find your serial number by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and selecting "About This Mac." The serial number is located at the bottom of the information window.

Affected customers who are eligible for...

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14:54
Apple wins two Design Patents for their Leather iPad Pro S...

Earlier today we learned that Samsung and Huawei are struggling to deliver an equivalent to Apple's high-end 3D Face ID feature for their smartphones and later today we learned that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Apple a Registered Trademark certificate for 'Face ID.' Additionally, Hong Kong issued Apple ..

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13:28
U.S. Department of Justice Investigating Claims AT&T,...

The United States Department of Justice today launched an antitrust investigation to determine whether U.S. carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, have coordinated to prevent consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, reports The New York Times.

AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA, an industry group that sets mobile standards, were asked in February for documents related to their efforts to hinder the implementation of eSIMs. An embedded SIM, or eSIM, is a standardized chip that's designed to replace a physical SIM card.

A physical SIM card slot in an iPhone, via iFixit

With eSIM technology, there is no need to swap out SIM cards when switching carriers, making it easier to make a switch from one carrier to another. eSIMs are designed to be compatible with all major carriers, regardless of network type.

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11:45
Featured Apps in Revamped iOS 11 App Store Can See 800% Do...

Earning a featured spot in the revamped iOS App Store can increase app downloads by up to 800 percent, according to new data sourced from app analytics site Sensor Tower and shared by TechCrunch.

The data, collected from September 2017 to the present, suggests an app that's highlighted using either the "App of the Day" or "Game of the Day" feature in the U.S. sees the greatest increase in downloads.

Specifically, "Game of the Day" apps have seen a median download increase of 802 percent for the week following the feature, while "App of the Day" apps have seen a boost of 685 percent.

Other features, such as a developer story or an app list can increase downloads by up to 240 percent. Stories resulted in a 222 percent boost in downloads, while app lists increased downloads by 240 percent. A theme feature had the lowest impact at a 164 percent...

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07:01
New iPhone SE Could Launch in May With Touch ID and A10 Fu...

Apple will release an updated iPhone SE in May, according to case makers who spoke with Japanese website Mac Otakara at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week.

The case makers said the second-generation model will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, and Touch ID is expected to remain, suggesting the device will continue to have a four-inch display sandwiched between top and bottom bezels for the home button, camera, and earpiece.

Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 7 and beyond, the case makers do not expect the new iPhone SE to have a 3.5mm headphone jack. If accurate, and with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus likely to be discontinued in September, Apple would no longer sell any iPhone model with a headphone jack.

Also like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the new iPhone SE will supposedly be powered by Apple's last-generation...

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06:43
Apple Competitors Samsung and Huawei are struggling to Mat...

Patently Apple posted a report in December titled "Apple Details their Finisar Investment while revealing they're the Largest Customer of VCSEL Wafers in the World." Today we're seeing that being the largest customer of VCSEL wafers is making life hard for their competitors trying to match Apple's 3D Face ID

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05:43
TSMC Reveals that Smartphones with 7nm Processors on Track...

On January 19th Patently Apple posted a report titled "TSMC Announces 7nm Processors will be the story of the Year with Production Kicking off in Q2." We're now in Q2 and TSMC states that products with 7nm on track for Q4 2018. Smartphones using 7nm could see up to 40% power reduction, extending battery life.

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01:59
Apple Retail Store Logos Gain Green Leaves in Celebration...

In celebration of Earth Day, which takes place on Sunday, April 22, Apple has started tweaking the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, in a departure from the usual uniformly white design.

Apple Orchard Road Store, Singapore (Images courtesy of Stanford Chong)

For example, Singapore's Apple Orchard Road store has already been updated with the green logo, as Apple gears up for its annual Earth Day celebrations at multiple retail locations around the world.

In typical fashion, Apple store staff are also encouraged to wear green shirts instead of their usual blue ones to promote the event. Apple may also be planning to hold a special Earth Day celebratory event at its Cupertino headquarters, as it has done in the past.

Apple often uses Earth Day as a way to highlight its environmental efforts and reaffirm its commitment to recycling, renewable energy, and other initiatives. This year it is explicitly tying the...

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Thursday April 19

12:35
Greenpeace Criticizes Apple's 'Daisy' Recyc...

As part of its 2018 environmental report, Apple today unveiled the latest iteration of its recycling robot, named Daisy. Daisy is an upgraded version of Liam, the recycling robot Apple debuted in 2016. Daisy is smaller, faster, and more efficient than Liam, able to disassemble 200 iPhones per hour and obtain their component parts for recycling.

In response to Apple's environmental report and details about the new robot, Greenpeace has released a statement suggesting Apple's focus should be on product longevity rather than recycling robots.

Daisy, Apple's newest recycling robot.

In a statement, Greenpeace Senior analyst Gary Cook said Apple needs to work on product designs that better accommodate upgrades and repairs, allowing for devices to be used for a longer period of...

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12:02
Apple Shares 2018 Environmental Report With Details on Dai...

Apple today shared its 2018 environmental report [PDF], outlining all of the improvements and changes that were implemented throughout 2017 and early 2018 to lessen the company's overall environmental impact.

As was announced earlier this month, Apple recently hit a major milestone and longtime environmental goal, with 100 percent of its operations around the world powered by renewable energy. Apple has also convinced 23 of its suppliers to commit to using 100 percent renewable energy so far.

A map of Apple's renewable energy projects

These efforts allowed Apple to cut down on its total carbon footprint in 2017. During the year, Apple was responsible for 27.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, down from 29.5 million metric tons in 2016.

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11:50
Today Apple introduces us to Liam's Big Sister '...

Last summer Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "A Bizarre Twist in an Apple Patent about a Rechargeable Battery System Reveals a Second Generation 'Liam' Device." Today Apple introduced us to their second generation recycling robot called Daisy. Daisy looks like a menacing ...

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11:04
Apple's CEO Brushes Off the Notion of Platform Conver...

There's been some interest floating around in the blogosphere for years that Apple would some day converge macOS with iOS. The latest report published earlier this month hinted at this was one by Bloomberg's Gurman. The report notes "Apple working on a software platform to merge iPad and Mac apps. Today Apple's CEO once again made it clear ...

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10:00
Apple Debuts New iPhone Disassembly Robot Daisy and GiveBa...

Ahead of Earth Day on Sunday, Apple today announced a few initiatives that support the company's commitment to the environment, including its goal of making its products using only recycled or renewable materials.

Apple's new iPhone disassembly robot Daisy

First, for every device traded in or recycled at Apple Stores or on Apple.com worldwide between today and April 30, the company will make a donation of an undisclosed amount to the non-profit environmental organization Conservation International, which has worked to protect the nature in more than 30 countries.

Second, Apple introduced a new iPhone disassembly robot named Daisy as an improved version of...

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09:15
Apple's First PowerbyProxi Patent Application Surface...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple has acquired a New Zealand based Wireless Power Company for Future iDevice and Project Titan Solutions." Apple PowerbyProxi, which develops wireless charging technology. Apple's SVP of hardware engineering Dan Riccio told Fairfax Media at the time that PowerbyProxi was a great addition to the team. Today one of their original patents for a wireless charging mat came to light supported by a very important component for safety.

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09:15
Apple's First PowerbyProxi Patent Application Surface...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple has acquired a New Zealand based Wireless Power Company for Future iDevice and Project Titan Solutions." Apple PowerbyProxi, which develops wireless charging technology. Apple's SVP of hardware engineering Dan Riccio told Fairfax Media at the time that PowerbyProxi was a great addition to the team. Today one of their original patents for a wireless charging mat came to light supported by a very important component for safety.

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08:45
Tim Cook Insists Merging Mac and iPad Would Result in Comp...

Apple CEO Tim Cook remains against the idea of merging the Mac and iPad to create one unified hardware and software experience, according to a brief conversation he had at Apple's education event in Chicago last month.

"We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other," said Cook, speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Wells. "One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises."

"So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day, but that's not what it's about," he added. "It's about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their...

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06:34
The Media unjustifiably points the finger at Apple for bri...

It's being reported today that Apple supplier TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, reported a 2.5 percent rise in net profit at T$89.8 billion ($3.1 billion) - in line with market estimates and a record for the first quarter. The second quarter is going to be extremely positive. The second half will be profitable as well but slightly off. Somehow the media is unjustifiably pointing to Apple as the problem.

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05:35
U.S. Patent Office publishes two more of Apple's Pate...

Back on March 18 Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled "Apple files Patent Describing a new Water Resistant Coating Process and other Waterproofing Modifications." The patent pending invention was discovered in Europe which described new ways of waterproofing iDevices. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple covering the identical European patent's main theme but with additional focus on waterproofing the audio modules and more.

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04:34
Qualcomm cuts 1,500 US Jobs as they Prepare to Absorb 45,0...

Patently Apple posted a report on Tuesday titled "U.S. Bans American Firms from Selling Components to ZTE, Qualcomm Directly Hit." Late yesterday Bloomberg reported that Qualcomm has begun slashing jobs, with estimates as high as 1,500. However, there could be good reason for the cuts.

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03:34
Intel Exits AR Glasses Business before their Product was C...

Back in January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Word from CES 2018 is that the Race for AR Glasses is on." Intel was in the race under the radar. Intel owned a company called Recon. Late yesterday Intel confirmed ...

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Wednesday April 18

15:19
Apple May Offer Two 6.1-Inch iPhone Models in 2018 With Pr...

Apple's upcoming lower-cost 6.1-inch iPhone could be available in two models, one that includes a single SIM and a second that offers dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) functionality, aka two physical SIM card slots, according to an investor's note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo believes that the 6.1-inch dual-SIM iPhone could be priced at $650 to $750, while a single SIM model could potentially be less expensive at $550 to $650. Prospective prices for the two OLED iPhones Apple plans to introduce in 2018 were not mentioned in today's note, but those two devices are expected to be significantly more expensive.

6.1" LCD iPhone may have model that supports DSDS. If the 6.1" LCD iPhone comes with DSDS and single-SIM models, we believe it will result in two benefits: (1) more price segments would be created, significantly boosting shipments via the low-price single-SIM...

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11:21
Apple Releases Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to...

Apple today released the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update to public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the first beta and three weeks after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. Today's public beta is identical to the second beta provided to developers earlier this week.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the new macOS High Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 once again introduces support for...

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10:15
Popular YouTuber Says Apple Won't Fix His iMac Pro, B...

Linus Sebastian, who runs the popular YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips, recently shared a video in which he claimed Apple and an Apple Authorized Service Provider denied to service his damaged iMac Pro.

For background, Sebastian and his team fully disassembled the iMac Pro in January for their video review, which shows components like the main logic board and memory modules laid out individually. The real-time footage of the damage occurring in the new video appears to be a reenactment with visual effects.

The damage resulted when they dropped the display while attempting to reattach it to the aluminum chassis. Towards the end of the video, Sebastian also says the iMac Pro requires a new logic board and power supply unit, suggesting there may have been a short circuit that caused damage to internal components as well.

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09:42
Samsung's Galaxy S9 Launch led to 39% of US Smartphon...

During the holiday quarter 2017, Apple's strong iPhone X sales catapulted the activations into first place. With the Samsung S9 launching in Q1, the tables have switched, with Samsung having more activations than Apple in Q1 2018 according to the latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP). Then again, aren't the stats skewed when Samsung gave phones away during the quarter?

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07:26
Black Eye for Apple? Canada's Popular host of Linus T...

Linus Gabriel Sebastian is a Canadian YouTube personality, presenter, producer, and founder of Linus Media Group out of Vancouver. In his latest video, Linus smacks Apple in the head, and on the surface, rightfully so. Linus Tech Tips was in the process of producing a video reviewing the iMac Pro, when something went wrong.

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04:02
Apple Registers Several New Unreleased iPhone Models in Eu...

French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database pointing towards several unreleased iPhone models that Apple could be launching relatively soon.

Versions of iPhone running iOS 11 are listed with the model numbers A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106. None of the numbers correspond to Apple's existing smartphone lineup.

The EEC filing, published on Tuesday, satisfies Russia's requirement for companies to register all products containing encryption and/or cryptographic tools. On February 19, the EEC revealed the existence of two new models of iPad, which proved to be the Wi-Fi and cellular versions of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad unveiled on March 27, so there's a decent chance...

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Tuesday April 17

15:53
Apple won more Patents today covering new Features for iPa...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this last granted patent report of the day we cover Apple's Smart Keyboard and possible new features that could one day surface. Other granted patents of interest we highlight include one for the Mac Pro, another for augmented reality and yet another for ...

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13:35
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Granted Apple 5 Regis...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published five registered trademarks that were issued to Apple on April 10th. One of the registered trademarks covered "Today at Apple." Apple announced this specific in-store service back in April 2017.

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12:40
iPhone X Responsible for 35% of Total Worldwide Phone Prof...

The iPhone X accounted for 35 percent of total worldwide handset profits in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new estimates shared this morning by Counterpoint Research.

The device generated 5x more profit than the combined profit of more than 600 Android OEMs during the quarter, despite the fact that it was only available for purchase during the final two months of the year and in spite of reports pointing towards lackluster sales of the device.

Other Apple iPhones, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for a second large chunk of global handset profits, with iPhones holding 8 of the top 10 profit share rankings. Apple was the most profitable brand with 86 percent of total handset market profits.

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10:17
Apple Releases Second Beta of iOS 11.4 for Public Beta Tes...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to its public beta testing group, two weeks after seeding the first beta and three weeks after releasing iOS 11.3, the last major update to the iOS 11 operating system. Today's public beta is identical to the developer beta that was provided to developers earlier this week.

Beta testers who are members of Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 11.4 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

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

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10:07
Apple Wins Patents for Devices with Foldable Displays and...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we highlight two of Apple's patents. The first invention relates to a possible future foldable/bendable smartphone. This particular style of smartphone is referred to in the industry as either a fold-in or fold-out style. The second invention could make Apple's AirPods more popular.

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09:59
Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to De...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first beta and three weeks after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update.

The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 beta can be downloaded through Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 introduces support for Messages on iCloud, a feature that was previously present in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 betas before being pulled ahead of the release of the update. Messages on iCloud is also available in iOS 11.4.

The update also likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, but as Apple does...

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06:43
Apple Expands Its Machine Learning Hub in Downtown Seattle

Apple has expanded its office space at Two Union Square, a 56-story office tower in Downtown Seattle, according to GeekWire.

The report claims Apple will soon occupy five floors inside the skyscraper, up from a floor-and-a-half of space it originally leased, based on permits filed with the city and the publication's own visits to the building.

The expansion gives Apple more than 70,000 square feet of space, enough for potentially close to 500 people, the report adds.

Last year, Apple confirmed that its Seattle engineering hub is focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning, technologies that power the likes of Siri and advanced facial recognition on the...

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06:35
Apple was Granted 55 Patents Today Covering HomePod, 4...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to HomePod, 4 & 8 speaker iPad Pros and design patents for the iPhone X, Apple's most profitable smartphone to date. 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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05:00
Apple Expected to Launch Subscription News Service Within...

Apple plans to offer a subscription-based news service within the next year, according to Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg News. Apple declined to comment on the report, as it has not announced the plans publicly.

The service is said to be based on subscription-based digital magazine app Texture, which is expected to be integrated into the Apple News app on iPhone and iPad, pending approval of Apple's agreement to acquire the company.

Texture provides unlimited access to over 200 digital magazines for $9.99 per month. Available magazine titles include People, Vogue, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Maxim, Men's Health, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, and...

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03:42
Stunning: The iPhone X Generated 5X more Profit than the C...

An analytical report today covering Q4 2017 is making the claim that the Global smartphone market has now reached its peak due to longer replacement cycles. Now key smartphone OEMs are under pressure to book profits. Of course that's nothing new for Apple who is known to be the most profitable smartphone company in the world by a wide margin. Today we learn that Apple has once again racked up the most profits in the smartphone industry for Q4 2017 in blowout fashion.

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02:59
U.S. Bans American Firms from Selling Components to ZTE, Q...

A new report this morning reveals that a move by the United States to ban American firms selling components to the Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp will also hit a target closer to home: Qualcomm

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02:59
U.S. Bans American Firms from Selling Components to ZTE, Q...

A new report this morning reveals that a move by the United States to ban American firms selling components to the Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp will also hit a target closer to home: Qualcomm

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02:38
Russia's State Regulator asks Apple to remove the...

Last Friday Patently Apple reported that a Russian Court ordered the Telegram app to be blocked. In the report we wondered aloud if Apple could be next. While that bell has yet to be rung, Russia has requested Apple ...

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02:38
Russia's State Regulator asks Apple to remove the...

Last Friday Patently Apple reported that a Russian Court ordered the Telegram app to be blocked. In the report we wondered aloud if Apple could be next. While that bell has yet to be rung, Russia has requested Apple ...

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Monday April 16

15:40
NOTICE: Patently Apple's Blogging Service will be Con...

According to our blogging service Typepad, Patently Apple's blog may experience some disruptions beginning at 8pm Central Time tonight. We hope to be fully operational by early morning if all goes right. Sorry for any inconvenience. Jack Purcher Patently Apple / Patently Mobile

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14:47
Brussels to give EU Judges the Power to Seize non-encrypte...

In late February Patently Apple posted a report titled "After China, the EU is now working on a Law that could Force Companies like Apple to give up Customer Data on Demand." The report stated that the European Union was preparing legislation to force companies to turn over customers' personal data when requested even if it is stored on servers outside the bloc, a position that would put Europe at loggerheads with tech giants and privacy campaigners. Tomorrow the EU will give EU judges broad new powers on collected data on tech company servers.

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12:10
iPhone Cracking Methods Like GrayKey Box Can Guess a Six-D...

Law enforcement agencies have a new iPhone cracking tool that works with all modern iPhones and the newest versions of iOS 11, the GrayKey, designed by a company called Grayshift.

Previous reports have suggested the GrayKey can crack 4-digit passcodes in a matter of hours and 6-digit passcodes in days, but as highlighted by VICE's Motherboard, cracking times for the GrayKey and other similar iPhone unlocking methods can potentially be even faster and 6-digit passcodes no longer offer adequate protection.

GrayKey iPhone cracking box, via MalwareBytes...

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10:02
Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the first beta and three weeks after releasing iOS 11.3, a major update that introduced several new features.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.4 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

The iOS 11.4 update introduces a new ClassKit framework for educational institutions, which will support new features announced at Apple's March 27 event.

For standard users, the iOS 11.4 update adds features that were originally present in the iOS 11.3 beta but removed ahead of release. It includes support for Messages on iCloud, designed to store your iMessages in iCloud and sync them across devices...

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09:17
Amazon Has Reportedly Gained Edge Over Apple in Deals With...

Amazon appears to have gained an edge over Apple in deals with smart home builders, according to The Information.

The paywalled report claims that an increasing number of home builders have agreed to partnerships with Amazon to build homes with preinstalled Alexa-enabled accessories, rather than HomeKit-based products from Apple.

Last year, for example, Amazon reportedly struck a large-scale deal with Lennar, one of the biggest home builders in the United States. Lennar first had a partnership with Apple in 2016, but the company is "prioritizing Amazon now."As part of its deal, Lennar gets access to Amazon's growing army of so-called Amazon experts, the company's in-home service team, to go around to every new homeowner and make sure their smart home is hooked up....

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09:16
Apple's Siri Team Publishes Machine Learning Journal...

Until today, Apple's last entry into their Machine Learning journal was in December or four months ago. Today Apple's Siri Team published Volume 1, Issue 9 titled "Personalized Hey Siri." The new issue covers ...

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08:26
Apple's Latest Machine Learning Journal Entry Focuses...

Apple's latest entry in its online Machine Learning Journal focuses on the personalization process that users partake in when activating "Hey Siri" features on iOS devices. Across all Apple products, "Hey Siri" invokes the company's AI assistant, and can be followed up by questions like "How is the weather?" or "Message Dad I'm on my way."

"Hey Siri" was introduced in iOS 8 on the iPhone 6, and at that time it could only be used while the iPhone was charging. Afterwards, the trigger phrase could be used at all times thanks to a low-power and always-on processor that fueled the iPhone and iPad's ability to continuously listen for "Hey Siri."

In the new Machine Learning Journal entry, Apple's Siri team breaks down its technical approach to the development of a "speaker recognition system." The team created deep neural networks and "set the stage for improvements" in future iterations...

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08:21
Updates to the Milan Apple Store Construction site reveal...

Late last month Patently Apple posted a report that provided an update in the construction of the Apple Piazza Liberty store in Milan that will offer an amphitheater situated on the roof of the Apple store which is below ground level. Today two more great photos have surfaced giving us better perspective of ...

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08:13
Former iPod Chief Tony Fadell Believes Apple Should Tackle...

Tony Fadell, who was instrumental to the creation of the iPod, believes Apple should tackle the issue of smartphone addiction.

Tony Fadell, second from the left, alongside Steve Jobs and other Apple executives following the original iPhone announcement in 2007

In an editorial with Wired UK, the former Senior Vice President of the iPod division said Apple can solve the problem at the software level by "empowering users to understand more about how they use their devices."

"To do this, it should let people track their digital activity in detail and across all devices," said Fadell. "You should be able to see exactly how you spend your time and, if you wish, moderate your behavior accordingly."

Fadell said his solution would essentially be like a digital scale to monitor time spent in apps, web browsing, and other tasks:We need a "scale" for our...

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07:52
Drone Videographer Duncan Sinfield: 'Only a Matter of...

Duncan Sinfield says that piloting his drones over Apple Park has become increasingly difficult in the past few weeks, and that he believes it's "only a matter of time until the campus becomes shut-off to drones completely." Sinfield's comment on Apple Park security comes in the text description of a new video that he uploaded today, where he talks about the response that he's been getting to drone piloting over the campus.

The drone videographer says that security "generally responds" to his precise takeoff location "in 10 minutes or less." He speculates that Apple has set up a geofence of some kind and that the company could be tracking all drone flights near the campus in an effort to lower the amount of eyes on Apple Park. He further guesses that Apple might be using technology from a company like Dedrone, which describes itself as "the airspace security platform that detects, classifies, and mitigates all drone threats.​"
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07:01
Consumer Reports Strangely gives Samsung's Galaxy S9...

According to a new report this morning, "Samsung Electronics' latest top-of-the-line smartphones swept the smartphone rankings list of the U.S.-based Consumer Reports magazine."

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02:53
watchOS 4.3.1 Beta Hints at Future Support for Third-Party...

Apple may be considering allowing third-party developers to create custom Apple Watch faces, if a line of code discovered in the latest watchOS beta is anything to go by.

Historically, Apple has resisted allowing third-party developers to create and release custom watch faces for Apple Watch, instead electing to add to its stock options for watch faces in successive iterations of the device's operating system, such as the Siri and kaleidoscope watch faces introduced in watchOS 4.

However, a log message in watchOS 4.3.1 beta, unearthed by 9to5Mac, suggests Apple may be considering the possibility in a future version of Apple Watch software. As part of its NanoTimeKit framework which provides developer access to watch face components, the beta includes references to a currently inactive developer tools server that will likely allow communication with...

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Sunday April 15

11:01
Samsung wins a Patent for a Multi-Folding Tablet with new...

Samsung was granted a design patent for a multi-fold tablet back in September 2016 and last Tuesday they were granted at least their second utility patent for a multi-fold tablet. Samsung will probably have to deliver a next-gen foldable tablet to market if they're ever expected to have a chance of leap frogging Apple's iPad.

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11:01
Samsung wins a Patent for a Multi-Folding Tablet with new...

Samsung was granted a design patent for a multi-fold tablet back in September 2016 and last Tuesday they were granted at least their second utility patent for a multi-fold tablet. Samsung will probably have to deliver a next-gen foldable tablet to market if they're ever expected to have a chance of leap frogging Apple's iPad.

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Saturday April 14

10:26
Apple Now Offering Free Repairs of 42mm Apple Watch Series...

Apple will repair select Apple Watch Series 2 models that do not power on or have a swollen battery free of charge as part of a new service policy.

An original Apple Watch with an expanded battery via Apple Support Communities

"Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery," wrote Apple, in an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers on Friday and subsequently obtained by MacRumors.

"Apple will service eligible devices free of charge," according to the document, numbered SN4534 in Apple's internal GSX portal. "Apple will authorized coverage for eligible devices for three years after the original date of purchase."

The policy was issued in at least the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, so it is likely a worldwide initiative where service providers are...

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08:19
Korean Company Firstface Sues Apple in U.S. for Patent Inf...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Korean Company is Considering a Patent Lawsuit against Apple over Touch ID." We noted in an update in our original report that a Korean business site had claimed that the lawsuit was indeed launched in the U.S. and that the company, Firstface had three patents regarding touch based ID. Today Patently Apple was first to discover the patent infringement case filed in California by Firstface Co., Ltd., from Seoul, Korea.

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Friday April 13

17:03
Apple Patents the iPhone X Glass Back with Metal Backer

On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that related to iPhone X and specifically to the makeup of the glass back panel that accommodates wireless charging.

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14:37
Apple Warns Employees once again to Stop Leaking Informati...

A new report today claims that Apple has warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges ...

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13:33
Hands-On With the New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 Plus and iPhon...

Apple early this week introduced new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, which officially launched today. As of this morning, the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone devices are available for purchase in Apple retail stores, and the first (PRODUCT)RED orders have been delivered to customers.

We got our hands on one of the new candy Apple-colored devices to check out how the new bright red shade looks with a glass body, and, as is no surprise, it's gorgeous.

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Apple in 2017 introduced (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, but those devices paired an aluminum shell with a white front plate. 2018's (PRODUCT)RED options are arguably more attractive with a glossy red glass backplate, a red aluminum shell, and a black faceplate for the first time.

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11:52
FCC Filing Confirms Apple Planned on Launching Gold iPhone...

Apple appears to have designed a gold iPhone X, according to documents filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission.

When releasing a new device, smartphone companies must share details with the FCC, which Apple did for the iPhone X in September of 2017. In the document, Apple appears to have used an iPhone X in a gold colorway that was not ultimately released.

The document in question, which again, was filed back in September, includes several images of a gold iPhone X from multiple angles to outline included features and the device's dimensions. The gold shade of the iPhone X appears to be similar to the gold color of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Other documents indicate Apple had prepared its FCC filing in July, suggesting the photos were taken as much as several months ahead of the iPhone X unveiling in September. While many of the documents in the filing were available soon after submission, external photos and other sensitive...

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11:15
Leaked Apple Memo Warns Employees About Leaking Info to Me...

Apple recently posted a "lengthy" cautionary memo on its internal website that uses aggressive scare tactics to warn employees against leaking details about future products to the media, reports Bloomberg.

In 2017, Apple said it caught 29 leakers and that 12 of those people were arrested. "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere," the company said in the memo.

Images of iPhone X components that leaked well ahead of the device's launch

The memo details several instances where sensitive data had been leaked to the media, such as the leaked iOS 11 GM, which divulged details on the iPhone X, and...

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09:51
Apple Lost Lawsuit Against Independent iPhone Repair Shop...

Apple last year sued an aftermarket repair shop in Norway, accusing the owner, Henrik Huseby of infringing on Apple's trademarks by using non-genuine aftermarket repair parts.

Details on the lawsuit were shared today by Motherboard, a site that has been covering "Right to Repair" efforts in the United States.

Apple started out by sending Huseby a letter demanding that he stop using aftermarket displays to repair broken devices after Norwegian customs officials seized iPhone 6 and 6s replacement screens that were addressed to him and discovered they were counterfeit.

Image via iFixit

Huseby had ordered the screens, which were "refurbished screens assembled by a third party" from Hong Kong. The displays were refurbished using genuine broken...

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09:51
Apple Lost Lawsuit Against Independent iPhone Repair Shop...

Apple last year sued an aftermarket repair shop in Norway, accusing the owner, Henrik Huseby of infringing on Apple's trademarks by using non-genuine aftermarket repair parts.

Details on the lawsuit were shared today by Motherboard, a site that has been covering "Right to Repair" efforts in the United States.

Apple started out by sending Huseby a letter demanding that he stop using aftermarket displays to repair broken devices after Norwegian customs officials seized iPhone 6 and 6s replacement screens that were addressed to him and discovered they were counterfeit.

Image via iFixit

Huseby had ordered the screens, which were "refurbished screens assembled by a third party" from Hong Kong. The displays were refurbished using genuine broken...

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09:09
(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Now Available for...

On Monday, Apple introduced new (PRODUCT)RED models of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which went up for pre-order on Tuesday and are available to purchase in Apple Stores as of today. Since it's an Apple product launch day, customers interested in the new iPhone 8 color can visit Apple.com to check stock at their local Apple stores and arrange for an in-store pickup on the smartphone.

Apple's iPhone availability tool shows that the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices should be easy to obtain today at most Apple stores across the United States and in other countries, in both 64GB and 256GB. Those who don't feel like picking up at an Apple store, or who don't live nearby one, can also choose to have the iPhone delivered via...

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08:09
Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Considering Lower-Priced HomePod A...

HomePod shipments "could be far below market expectations" this year, according to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

"Our understanding is that the market expects HomePod shipments to arrive at 5-10 million units in the 2018 fiscal year, versus our forecast of only 2.0-2.5 million units," wrote Kuo, in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

Kuo believes the "major miss" in HomePod shipments could be attributable to the speaker's design and pricing, among other factors.

For starters, at $349, he said the HomePod's high price "could undermine demand despite excellent sound quality." He added that Siri provides an "uninspiring user experience" compared to competitors, presumably including the Amazon Echo with Alexa and the Google Home with Google Assistant.

Kuo said the HomePod's potentially lackluster sales highlights "underlying concerns" in Apple's development of artificial intelligence.It's been six years since Apple introduced Siri to the...

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07:20
Wistron has reportedly begun a Trial Run of the iPhone 6s...

In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier Wistron has been given the Green Light to build a Larger Assembly Plant in India to Expand iPhone Production." Earlier in January we also reported that Wistron may use the new facility to expand to manufacturing the iPhone 6s. We're learning from a rumor today out of India that a trial run of the iPhone 6s Plus ...

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06:35
Many Android OEMs found Purposely Deceiving their Customer...

On Wednesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "In a Legal Case Involving Samsung and the Galaxy S4, a U.S. District Judge Slammed Samsung for Rigging Benchmarks." Basically Samsung created fake benchmarks, sent them to Android blogging sites who published them as facts. Now we're learning about how Samsung other Android phone makers are currently lying to their customers about security updates to their smartphones.

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04:42
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling that the Smartflash Patents i...

In 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "In 2015 Smartflash won a $533 Million Verdict against Apple, but Two out of Three Patents have now been invalidated." Today we're learning that "A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld that ruling ...

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04:17
As Expected, a Russian Court Orders the 'Telegram...

Last Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Telegram Sued by Russia's new KGB Service to gain Access to user Messages. Could Apple be next?" Today we're learning that a Russian court ordered the Telegram messenger service to be blocked in Russia.

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Thursday April 12

14:49
New Vehicle Owners Largely Satisfied With Apple CarPlay an...

New vehicle owners who have purchased a car that's equipped with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are satisfied with the system and are increasingly relying on it for all in-car tasks, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.

In a survey querying new vehicle owners that have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto installed in their vehicles, Strategy Analytics found that 34 percent of CarPlay owners rely on CarPlay for all of their audio infotainment needs, while 27 percent of Android Auto users use the Android platform exclusively for audio infotainment.

32 percent of CarPlay users and 33 percent of Android Auto users rely on those systems for all of their navigation needs, with CarPlay's slightly lower...

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12:24
'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Seeing Wide Adopt...

GrayShift's recently publicized "GrayKey" box designed to crack locked iPhones is seeing wide adoption among police forces and federal agencies across the United States according to a recent investigation by Motherboard.

Motherboard found that regional police forces like the Maryland State Police, the Indiana State Police, and the Miami-Dade County Police have purchased or are soon purchasing GrayKey technology, while other forces like the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have looked into boxes and received quotes from GrayShift.

GrayKey box, via MalwareBytes

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11:30
Mastercard, Discover and Amex Ending Signature Requirement...

Starting tomorrow, the major credit card companies in the United States are officially eliminating the signature requirement for purchases, marking an end to a long running but increasingly unnecessary policy.

American Express, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard first announced plans to end credit card signatures late last year, but have now confirmed to The Verge that the policy change will go into effect starting on April 13. American Express, Mastercard, and Discover all plan to stop requiring signatures tomorrow, while Visa plans to follow later in the month.

Credit and debit card companies have long required signatures for purchases as an added security measure, but with technology improvements that include contactless payments and the adoption of EMV...

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08:39
Apple Store Employees to Celebrate Earth Day With Green Sh...

Apple Store employees will celebrate Earth Day by again wearing green shirts instead of traditional navy blue for the next few weeks.

Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts with employees ahead of Earth Day in 2017

Apple has already provided many of its retail employees with the new uniform, which they will begin wearing as early as Friday, April 13 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries, according to a reliable source. The new shirts will likely be worn at least through Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.

A tipster who asked to be identified as The Apple Post informant today sent us photos of what appears to be the new uniform items.

Apple also celebrates Earth Day by adding a green leaf accent to the Apple logos at its retail stores around the world, and by offering an Earth Day activity challenge on Apple Watch. And, in recent years...

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06:04
China Times Echoes Poor HomePod Sales and Rumors About Pos...

A new supply chain report out of Taiwan echoes a recent Bloomberg News story suggesting that HomePod sales have been lackluster, but as with most channel checks, it can be difficult to draw accurate conclusions.

Namely, the China Times claims that Apple has reduced its HomePod shipment forecast to 200,000 units or less per month in the second quarter, down from around 500,000 units per month in the first quarter, due to lower-than-expected sales. Apple is also said to revise down its shipment forecast for all of 2018.

HomePod sales may very well be lackluster, as a relatively niche product with an expensive $349 price tag, and given a handful of early reviews that criticized Siri's capabilities, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has...

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05:59
Apple's HomePod is Reportedly Struggling to get Tract...

Last week we posted a report titled "Bingo! Apple Hires Google's AI Chief, a move that should translate into Siri Catching up with Leading Digital Assistants." The New York Times has stated that "Apple has hired Google's chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals." However the catching up will take time and at present, Apple has reportedly lowered sales forecasts and cut some orders with Inventec Corp., according to a new report.

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03:43
PACid Technologies Sues Samsung over Biometric Solutions f...

PACid Technologies, a US data encryption company, has filed a suit against Samsung Electronics, claiming the latest Galaxy S phones have infringed its patents related to biometric solutions.

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03:24
A Korean Company is Considering a Patent Lawsuit against A...

It's being reported today that Korean mobile technology solutions firm Firstface will be filing a patent infringement suit against Apple for allegedly copying their feature to unlock a smartphone screen through a biometric sensor-based user authentication.

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02:08
Apple Promotes Oliver Schusser to VP Apple Music

Last month we reported that after months of rumors, Jimmy Iovine was going to fade into the background of Apple Music and stay on as a consultant, opening the door for new blood to come in to run Apple Music. Late yesterday that's exactly what happened. Apple appointed a new executive to oversee its Apple Music streaming business and hit 48 million subscribers.

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Wednesday April 11

18:25
Apple Cuts HomePod Orders After Sales Prove to Be Lacklust...

Apple's HomePod hasn't ended up selling as well as the company was hoping, leading it to cut orders with suppliers, reports Bloomberg.

In late March, nearly two month after the HomePod first became available for purchase, Apple reportedly lowered its sales forecasts and dropped some orders with Inventec, the company responsible for manufacturing the HomePod. HomePod inventory in retail locations is said to be "piling up" with some stores selling "fewer than 10 HomePods a day."

Early analyst estimates based on strong pre-orders and initial sales figures suggested the HomePod would sell well and capture a solid portion of the smart speaker market, but Apple hasn't managed to maintain sales momentum.During the HomePod's first 10 weeks of sales...

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17:53
Apple's Siri Learns New Jokes

Apple appears to have recently updated Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod with a slew of new jokes to tell. Based on reports on Twitter and from MacRumors readers, the new jokes started rolling out earlier this month.

When you ask Siri a question like "tell me a joke" on an iOS device, Mac, or the HomePod, Siri has dozens of fresh responses to share with you.

  • "What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup? Anyone can roast beef."
  • "One night, I paid $20 to see Prince. But I partied like it was $19.99."
  • "I taught a wolf to meditate. Now he's Aware Wolf."
  • "What do you call a labrador that becomes a magician? A labracadabrador."
  • "What do you call a talking dinosaur? Thesaurus."
  • "What do cats like to eat for breakfast? Mice Krispies."

With the humorous new additions, Siri's joke repertoire has expanded significantly, and you need...

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17:22
Apple Reminds Developers App Updates Must Support 64-Bit S...

Apple today reminded developers about upcoming changes being made to the Mac App Store. Starting on June 1, all new app updates submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit.

Apple already requires new apps submitted to the Mac App Store to offer 64-bit support, a change that went into effect in January of 2018, so this upcoming policy shift will only affect older apps that have not yet implemented 64-bit support.

Along with the warning to developers, Apple says customers who are running the latest macOS 10.13.4 update will begin receiving warning messages when launching a 32-bit app for the first time to let them know that the app is not optimized for their Mac. According to TechCrunch, these warnings will start at midnight...

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16:39
IDC and Gartner Publish Stable PC Shipments for Q1 2018

IDC published PC shipments today for Q1 2018 and the results were flat at 0.0% year on year growth. Apple finished the quarter in ...

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16:39
IDC and Gartner Publish Stable PC Shipments for Q1 2018

IDC published PC shipments today for Q1 2018 and the results were flat at 0.0% year on year growth. Apple finished the quarter in ...

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15:26
Mac Shipments Remain Steady in Q1 2018 Amid Continuing Wor...

Amid a continuing decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple's Mac sales have remained steady in the first quarter of 2018, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

Apple shipped an estimated 4.26 million Macs during the first quarter of 2018, up from 4.2 million Macs in the year-ago quarter, marking 1.5 percent growth.

Apple's market share for the quarter comes in at 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in Q1 2017. Apple was ranked as the number four PC vendor worldwide during the quarter, coming in after HP, Lenovo, and Dell, and ahead of Asus and Acer. Apple was ranked the number five vendor during the same quarter last year, but this year, it surpassed Asus.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q18 (Thousands of Units)

Most vendors saw shipments remain steady...

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15:26
Mac Shipments Remain Steady in Q1 2018 Amid Continuing Wor...

Amid a continuing decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple's Mac sales have remained steady in the first quarter of 2018, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

Apple shipped an estimated 4.26 million Macs during the first quarter of 2018, up from 4.2 million Macs in the year-ago quarter, marking 1.5 percent growth.

Apple's market share for the quarter comes in at 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in Q1 2017. Apple was ranked as the number four PC vendor worldwide during the quarter, coming in after HP, Lenovo, and Dell, and ahead of Asus and Acer. Apple was ranked the number five vendor during the same quarter last year, but this year, it surpassed Asus.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q18 (Thousands of Units)

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12:44
Unauthorized iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X Display Replacements C...

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models that have been repaired with a new display by an unauthorized third-party repair outlet are affected by a problem where the fix seems to disable the device's ability to adjust brightness automatically, according to report from Engadget and Motherboard.

The issue appears to impact replacement displays installed by non-Apple certified repair shops even when using genuine Apple parts, and it seems to be related to the functionality of the ambient light sensor. It is not a problem that affects display components replaced by Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

iPhone X internal image via iFixit

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11:53
In a Legal Case Involving Samsung and the Galaxy S4, a U.S...

It's being reported today that Samsung and a class of consumers who purchased the Samsung Galaxy S4, and who are represented by Prometheus Partners, will mediate their claims before a U.S. Magistrate Judge next week. In an earlier hearing, U.S. District Judge James Donato said from the bench "Samsung rigged the deck ...

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09:39
Apple Music Hits 40 Million Subscriber Milestone

Apple Music hit a new milestone this week as it officially reached 40 million paid subscribers across 115 countries, reports Variety. The new number was shared in a memo circulated by Eddy Cue, who also announced the promotion of Oliver Schusser to Apple's new head of Apple Music Worldwide.

Schusser previously served as vice president of Apple Music and International Content and has worked alongside Eddy Cue for several years handling Apple's non-U.S. affairs for Apple Music, the App Store, iTunes Movies and TV shows, iBooks, Podcasts, and more. He is said to have had a key role in Apple's recently announced, but not yet finalized, acquisition of Shazam.

Apple hit its new 40 million subscriber milestone less than a month after iTunes chief Eddy Cue...

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09:21
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's Biggest Challenge to Innovation...

Apple's "biggest challenge in innovation in recent years has been in software, not hardware," according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

"In several cases we have seen Apple lagging in software versus hardware development, which bodes badly for its innovation strategy of software and hardware integration," wrote Kuo, in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

Kuo's sole example is that Apple's first-mover advantage in augmented reality has been "significantly narrowed" by Chinese smartphone maker OPPO.

He believes that OPPO has caught up with Apple's ARKit platform in only six to nine months, largely based on the fact that the augmented reality version of Honour of Kings will be compatible with not only iPhones but also OPPO's lower-priced smartphones when it launches next month, despite high-tech requirements.

"The key is that OPPO is in charge of...

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07:18
Israel's Consumer Protection Authority Suspects Apple...

On Christmas day 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Hit with a $125 Million Class Action in Israel over Purposely Slowing iPhones." The Israeli class action filed in Tel Aviv stated that Apple is known for its 'closed' nature: The code of its system is not accessible, and users are entirely dependent on Apple's judgment regarding their use...

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02:09
PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 8 Plus Gets First Unboxing and Hands-o...

Yesterday, Apple began taking pre-orders for new PRODUCT(RED) versions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus ahead of the smartphones' official launch this Friday.

Like it did with last year's (RED) iPhone 7, Apple has given YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) exclusive access to one of the phones ahead of launch to bring viewers the first obligatory unboxing and hands-on video of a 256GB iPhone 8 Plus.

As expected, the handset comes in a familiar box containing Lightning cable, wired headphones, and standard wall plug, with the only addition being a small card detailing the (RED) brand's aim of raising funds for HIV/AIDS programs – for each (RED) product sold, Apple makes a contribution to The Global Fund, raising over $160 million to date.

As for the handset itself, it has an anodized red...

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Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
New 2017 15″ MacBook Pros available for up to...
B&H Photo has new 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $160-$250 off MSRP today. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 15″ 2.8GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro... Read more
Thursday roundup of Certified Refurbished iPa...
Apple dropped prices recently on Certified Refurbished 2017 9.7″ WiFi iPads, with models now starting at only $239. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each iPad, and shipping is free: – 9″... Read more
Apple Canada customers can save up to $560 wi...
Canadian shoppers can save up to $560 on the purchase of a 2017 current-generation iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook, or MacBook Air with Certified Refurbished models at Apple Canada. Apple’s refurbished... Read more
27″ iMacs on sale for $150-$200 off MSRP, plu...
B&H Photo has new 2017 27″ Apple iMacs on sale today for $150-$200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2099.... Read more
Save 10% on an iPhone 7 with these certified...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ available starting at only $499 or 9-10% off the cost of new iPhones. Black, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models are available. Each phone comes... Read more
8-Core iMac Pro on sale for $4499, $500 off M...
Adorama has the new 8-Core iMac Pro on sale today for $4499 including free shipping plus NY & NJ tax only. Their price is $500 off MSRP, and it’s currently the lowest price available for an iMac... Read more

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