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Wednesday April 24

15:53
AT&T CEO Believe 5G Phone Plans Could Be Tiered and Pr...

The next couple of years will see the rollout of 5G cellular phone networks from companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and it sounds like 5G smartphone plans might not be priced in the same way as current 4G LTE plans.

During today's AT&T earnings call, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said (via The Verge) that he believes the pricing for 5G connectivity could resemble home broadband pricing with different prices for different speed tiers rather than one set price for the fastest connectivity available.

"I will be very surprised if, as we move into wireless, the pricing regime in wireless doesn't look something like the pricing regime you see in fixed line. If you can offer a gig speed, there are some customers that are willing to pay a premium for 500 meg to a gig speed, and so forth. So I expect that to be the case. We're two to...

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11:44
Trade-In Deals Propel Apple's iPhone XR into being th...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled " For Q1 2019 Apple's iPhone XR was #1 in the U.S. & Britain while the iPhone X was Apple's best Seller in Urban China." The Kantar based report told us that Apple was #1 in the U.S. without providing actual numbers. Today we have more concrete data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) on Apple's Fiscal Q2 2019 (calendar Q1 2019) that ended March 30, 2019.

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11:16
Apple Gets Top Marks on 'Tech Support Showdown'...

Apple continues to dominate when it comes to customer support, according to Laptop Mag's annual tech support showdown, which is designed to help customers determine which companies are offering the most reliable customer service in the tech industry.

Apple received an aggregate score of 91, earning 54 points for its web-based tech support and 37 points for its phone-based tech support. Laptop Mag says that Apple's support staff are among the "fastest and most knowledgeable," offering up "accurate answers" to Mac questions across live chat, social media, and the phone.

In a more in-depth breakdown of Apple's score, Laptop Mag says its editors queried Apple about Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, disabling automatic updates, and turning off the webcams...

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10:47
Samsung is #1 in Memory Chips today and over the Next Deca...

Korea's President Moon Jae-in said in a cabinet meeting on March 19 that the government should come up with a plan to enhance the competitiveness of the non-memory semiconductor sector to ease the nation’s excessive dependence on memory semiconductors. So it should come as any surprise that that Samsung has now stepped up to disclose a blueprint to become No. 1 in the global non-memory industry.

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10:33
The Apple Watch Launched Four Years Ago Today

On April 24, 2015, the original Apple Watch launched in nine countries around the world. Four years later and we are now on the fourth iteration of the wearable device, the Apple Watch Series 4. Over the years Apple has worked on improving Apple Watch with a better and bigger display, water resistance, additional health and fitness features, and more.

Apple Watch (first generation)

As usual for Apple products, rumors about an Apple wearable device began ramping up in the years before the official Apple Watch launch. In 2013, Apple filed a trademark for an "iWatch," despite the fact that the device would eventually be known as the Apple Watch. Apple did the same thing for the iPad, seeking to secure rights for the...

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10:11
Employees Who Listen to Amazon Alexa Requests Have Access...

Earlier this month, Bloomberg shared details on the thousands of employees that Amazon employs around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in the homes of Amazon Echo owners when the Alexa wake word is spoken, with the purpose of improving the service.

There was some concerning information in the report, including employee access to private recordings, recordings that are upsetting or potentially criminal, and an employee tendency to share private recordings in group work chat environments. As it turns out, there's something Alexa owners should be even more worried about -- some of these employees have access to the home addresses of Amazon customers.

In a new report on the team Amazon employs to listen to Amazon Echo recordings, ...

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09:47
Apple is Fighting Qualcomm, Nokia & others who Support...

On Monday a coalition of international companies, including technology giant Apple urged the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reaffirm its commitment to a 2013 policy statement on the issue of standards-essential patents. The letter to PTO director Andrei Iancu and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urged them to maintain support for the 2013 policy statement. On the flip side, Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson and others applaud the President, DOJ and PTO of withdrawing from the 2013 Obama patent policy.

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09:37
PSA: Make Sure to Cancel Apple News+ If You Signed Up for...

Tomorrow marks a month since Apple announced its Apple News+ subscription service, which means if you signed up on March 25 following the event, you're going to start getting charged $9.99 per month.

If you're not happy with Apple News+ and want to avoid the fee, make sure to cancel today. Here's how:

  • Open up the Apple News app.
  • On iPad, scroll to the bottom of the side bar. On iPhone, tap the "Following" tab.
  • Choose "Manage Subscriptions."
  • Tap on "Cancel Free Trial."

Once you've canceled Apple News+, the free trial ends immediately and you won't be charged. If you don't cancel, your subscription will renew at $9.99 per month going forward. After canceling, you can opt to resubscribe, and you'll be charged $9.99...

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09:37
PSA: Make Sure to Cancel Apple News+ If You Signed Up for...

Tomorrow marks a month since Apple announced its Apple News+ subscription service, which means if you signed up on March 25 following the event, you're going to start getting charged $9.99 per month.

If you're not happy with Apple News+ and want to avoid the fee, make sure to cancel today. Here's how:

  • Open up the Apple News app.
  • On iPad, scroll to the bottom of the side bar. On iPhone, tap the "Following" tab.
  • Choose "Manage Subscriptions."
  • Tap on "Cancel Free Trial."

Once you've canceled Apple News+, the free trial ends immediately and you won't be charged. If you don't cancel, your subscription will renew at $9.99 per month going forward. After canceling, you can opt to resubscribe, and you'll be charged $9.99...

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08:34
Apple's Jony Ive Talks Design with Kim Jones of Dior...

CELINE is a French ready-to-wear and leather luxury goods brand that has been owned by LVMH group since 1996. The brand publishes magazine-like "Documents" covering the world of fashion and in Document S/S 2019 published yesterday. One article in this latest Document is titled "Dior’s Kim Jones and Apple’s Jony Ive predict what our future will look like." Our report highlights just a few of the quotes made by Jony Ive, Apple's head of industrial design.

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07:53
Class Action Lawsuit Over Broken iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 Power...

A class action lawsuit originally filed against Apple in 2013 over broken iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and later iPhone 5 power buttons is finally set to proceed to jury trial in San Diego state court beginning October 25, 2019.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple knowingly sold the aforementioned iPhone models with "defective" power buttons and refused to properly remedy the issue. For this, Apple is accused of "deceptive" or "fraudulent" business practices, breach of warranty, and violating multiple California consumer laws.

The proposed class includes California residents who purchased an iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, or iPhone 5 from Apple or a third-party retailer:iPhone 4 and 4S Class:

All California citizens who purchased one or more iPhone 4 or 4S smartphones from Apple or a third-party retailer, from June 24, 2010 through October 10, 2011 for the iPhone 4, and from October 11, 2011 through September 20...

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07:27
Apple may add Noise Cancellation to AirPods 3 and their co...

At the top of the month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's AirPods Grabs 60% of the Global Wireless Hearables Market in Q4 2018." To give AirPods a boost going into 2019 Apple launched their AirPods 2 last month with a wireless charging case and more. Today a supply rumor states that Apple could release AirPods 3 in Q4 with the addition of noise cancellation.

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05:28
Kuo: Two New AirPods Models Likely in Late 2019 to Early 2...

Apple will likely launch two new AirPods models as early as the fourth quarter of 2019, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In his latest research note, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo forecasts that two new AirPods models will likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, with Luxshare, Goertek, and Amkor expected to be Apple's primary suppliers of the new earphones.

Kuo believes one of the new AirPods models will feature an "all-new form factor design" and a "higher price" than the second-generation AirPods, which cost $159 with a standard charging case and $199 with a wireless charging case. The other model is expected to be a more iterative update with the same pricing.

Both new AirPods models are said to adopt a new system-in-package design internally, which can improve assembly yield rates,...

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04:02
iFixit Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Fold Reveals Likely Desi...

iFixit today published its teardown of Samsung's Galaxy Fold, offering more details on a potential flaw in the device, which has now been delayed following reports of several broken review units.

Essentially, it looks as though Samsung was so focused on perfecting the folding mechanism on the smartphone/tablet hybrid that it made a major oversight: providing adequate protection against the ingress of debris between the OLED screen and the chassis bezel.

To achieve the fold, the thin bezel that surrounds (and protects) the screen leaves a gap where the two halves meet... This 7 mm gap doesn't seem like a huge deal, but it leaves the display exposed—so should something accidentally enter, it's curtains for the screen. (Oops.)

When closed, the screen is protected—but the spine is flanked by massive gaps that our opening picks hop right into. These gaps are less likely to...

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03:02
Apple Pay Officially Launches in Austria

Apple Pay officially launched in Austria this morning. Apple's mobile payment system is now supported by the country's largest bank Erste Bank und Sparkasse, as well as German-based mobile bank N26, allowing customers to add bank cards to their digital wallet.

Apple says additional Apple Pay partners "coming soon" to Austria will include Bank Austria, Boon, Edenred, Revolut and VIMPay.

Last month, both Erste Bank und Sparkasse and N26 banks announced that Apple Pay was coming to Austria, with support for Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa debit and credit cards.

Apple Pay...

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02:20
Report Claims AirPods 3 With Noise Canceling Feature to La...

DigiTimes reports this morning that Apple is set to launch third-generation AirPods with a noise cancelation function by the end of the year, a claim at odds with rumors that Apple's AirPods 3 have been pushed back to 2020.

Apple is reportedly set to release its third-generation AirPods for sales by the end of 2019, with the new wireless earphones to incorporate a noise cancellation function. And Taiwan's Inventec reportedly will be the major assembler of AirPods 3, while China's Luxshare Precision will also grab part of the orders for the new device, according to industry sources.Today's report claims that Apple will fend off competition from rival brands of true wireless earbuds by including a noise-canceling function in its third-generation AirPods, although doing so could throw up new design and assembly challenges.

The sources...

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Tuesday April 23

18:03
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has Sent Goog...

It's being report late today that "The top Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday wrote Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai raising concerns about reports of a massive database of precise consumer location information on hundreds of millions of consumers known as 'SensorVault.'

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14:44
Hands-On With Razer's New Core X Chroma eGPU

Razer last week announced the launch of its latest eGPU, the $400 Razer Core X Chroma, equipped with, as the name suggests, Razer's signature Chroma lighting.

Razer sent us one of the Core X Chroma eGPUs to check out, and we've gone hands-on with it in our latest YouTube video to see how well it works with Apple's Macs.

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The Core X Chroma looks similar to the previous-generation Core X eGPU, with a rather large all-aluminum enclosure that will support NVIDIA GeForce RTX, GeForce GTX, and Quadro cards along with AMD XConnect-enabled Radeon and Radeon Pro cards (note that there are no suitable modern NVIDIA drivers, so most...

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14:33
President Trump met with Twitter's Founder and CEO Ja...

Earlier today President Trump met with Twitter's founder and CEO Jack Dorsey in the oval office for about 30 minutes. The meeting came just hours after the president lashed out at Twitter ...

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13:17
Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of iOS 12.3 With New TV App

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 12.3 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the beta to developers and two weeks after releasing the second public beta.

Beta testers who have joined Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 12.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

Those who want to download the new beta can do so after signing up for the beta program, which gives access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

iOS 12.3 brings the new TV app that Apple first introduced at its March 25 event. The TV app is an updated version of the original TV app, offering up TV shows, movies, sports, news, and more all in one easy-to-access spot.

The updated TV app has improved content recommendations available through a new "For You" section in the app, which will suggest shows and movies you...

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11:30
Apple Launches New 'Apple TV' YouTube Channel

Apple has launched a new YouTube channel that's dedicated to its TV app, offering up trailers, behind the scenes commentary, interviews, show clips, and more.

Apple appears to have debuted the new channel, which was noticed this morning by MacStories, about a month ago. The channel seems to have launched when Apple announced plans for a revamped Apple TV app and a new Apple TV+ streaming service.

Quite a few videos have been uploaded, many of which are clearly labeled with titles like "Official Trailer," Interview," or "Clip."

Trailers for many popular upcoming movies are included, such as "The Lion King," "The Secret Life Of Pets 2," and "The Joker," along with clips and interviews from "Game of Thrones," "Veep," and more....

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11:18
Video Report: The Time 100 Summit began with a Yarn on...

Today Apple's CEO was the first guest to be interviewed at the Time 100 Summit hosted by Nancy Gibbs one time Editor-in-Chief at Time who is now a Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. If you like to hear Cook ramble on about "Company Values" then you'll enjoy this video interview

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10:03
Powerbeats Pro to Launch in Black in May, Other Colors Com...

Apple's Powerbeats Pro, set to launch in May, will only be available in black when they first go on sale. The detail, first noticed by 9to5Mac, was recently added to the Powerbeats Pro listing on the Beats website.

Powerbeats Pro will eventually be available in Ivory, Moss, and Navy alongside the standard Black color, with Apple offering a greater range of colors than are available with the AirPods.

Powerbeats Pro in Black availability begins in May. Ivory, Moss and Navy will be available this summer. Color availability is subject to change.Apple announced the Powerbeats Pro in Early April, positioning the $250 earbuds as an AirPods alternative...

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09:41
Apple Now Prioritizing MacBook Keyboard Repairs With Quote...

Apple has indicated that most MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repairs will be required to be completed at Apple Stores until further notice, rather than being shipped to an off-site Apple repair center, according to an internal memo shared with Apple Store employees last week and obtained by MacRumors.

Apple's memo, titled "How to support Mac customers with keyboard-related repairs in store," advises Genius Bar technicians that these keyboard repairs should be "prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time":Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the...

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09:41
Apple Now Prioritizing MacBook Keyboard Repairs With Quote...

Apple has indicated that most MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repairs will be required to be completed at Apple Stores until further notice, rather than being shipped to an off-site Apple repair center, according to an internal memo shared with Apple Store employees last week and obtained by MacRumors.

Apple's memo, titled "How to support Mac customers with keyboard-related repairs in store," advises Genius Bar technicians that these keyboard repairs should be "prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time":Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the...

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08:48
Apple won 54 Patents today covering their TrueDepth Camera...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this last IP report of the day we briefly cover patents relating to Apple's TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, and one relating to the future use of hover gestures controlling an iOS interface. 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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07:14
Apple Rumored to Add USB Mouse Support to iPad Pro as Acce...

On the latest episode of the Connected podcast on Relay FM, MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci suggested that USB mouse support could eventually be coming to the iPad Pro as an accessibility feature.

"What I heard is without adapters, you will be able to use any USB mouse on your iPad, but as an accessibility device," said Viticci. "The iPad Pro has a USB-C port, so just plug in a USB mouse and if you have physical impairments, if you have any other kinds of motor impairments, just use a USB mouse in accessibility mode."

It has long been possible to use a compatible adaptive accessory like a joystick or trackball with Apple's accessibility feature AssistiveTouch...

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07:05
Apple CEO Tim Cook Discusses Tech Regulation, Privacy, Edu...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with former TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the first-ever TIME 100 Summit in New York City today to discuss the need for regulation in the tech industry, privacy, education, health, and more.

We've paraphrased some of Cook's comments from the interview:

Cook on Apple's values:It's been an interesting time period to be a CEO. I've always deeply felt that people should have values. A corporation is nothing more than a collection of people, so by extension a corporation should have values. It's not unique to Apple. We've always had a unique set of values important to us. Part of that is how we treat the environment. Advocating for high-quality education. Privacy. I tend to think as I look at the world today, the issues that we face cannot be addressed solely by government. We cannot be looking to the government to solve all the problems. I think it takes...

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06:44
Apple Granted a Patent for Next-Gen Hybrid Animoji System...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover a single granted patent that takes Animojis to the next level by allowing a user to replace their head and face with an Animoji character while the user's body and movements are naturally from the user. Who says you can't stay young forever?

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06:20
Samsung Retrieving Defective Galaxy Fold Review Units as i...

One day after Samsung said it was delaying the public launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone, the company has now announced that it will be retrieving all Galaxy Fold devices that were distributed to reviewers (via Reuters). For many reviewers, the Galaxy Fold proved to be an unreliable smartphone as the display experienced multiple issues while being tested.

These issues included a random bulge appearing on the display, as well as flickering and failing screens. In many cases, the issues were enough to make the Galaxy Fold devices completely unusable. Now, Samsung will retrieve these units and prepare for the re-launch of the smartphone at an...

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05:21
Apple Wins Two Apple Pencil Patents Illustrating a New Hap...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today that cover new possible features coming to Apple Pencil. One of the features is a new haptics system built into Apple Pencil that is shown to work in sync with an iPhone.

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Monday April 22

19:41
Student Sues Apple for $1 Billion for Falsely Identifying...

It was reported this afternoon that a New York student has filed a lawsuit against Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company’s facial-recognition software ...

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19:14
Samsung Officially Delays the U.S. Launch of the Galaxy Fo...

Samsung sent out a press release earlier today stating the following: "We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials ...

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16:10
AT&T and Sprint Settle Lawsuit Over Misleading '5...

AT&T and Sprint have settled a lawsuit that Sprint levied against AT&T for its misleading "5G Evolution" or "5GE" branding that AT&T uses for its upgraded 4G LTE network.

A spokesperson for AT&T today told Law360 that the matter has been "amicably settled." Details on the terms of the settlement have not been shared, but AT&T is planning to continue to use its 5GE branding.

AT&T earlier this year began displaying a 5GE icon on some iPhone and Android smartphones. 5GE is AT&T's misleading name for an enhanced 4G LTE network and is not actual 5G connectivity, which incensed Sprint.

After AT&T rolled out the 5GE terminology, Sprint...

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16:10
AT&T and Sprint Settle Lawsuit Over Misleading '5...

AT&T and Sprint have settled a lawsuit that Sprint levied against AT&T for its misleading "5G Evolution" or "5GE" branding that AT&T uses for its upgraded 4G LTE network.

A spokesperson for AT&T today told Law360 that the matter has been "amicably settled." Details on the terms of the settlement have not been shared, but AT&T is planning to continue to use its 5GE branding.

AT&T earlier this year began displaying a 5GE icon on some iPhone and Android smartphones. 5GE is AT&T's misleading name for an enhanced 4G LTE network and is not actual 5G connectivity, which incensed Sprint.

After AT&T rolled out the 5GE terminology, Sprint...

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12:34
While In-Display Fingerprint ID is on the Rise for Mid-Lev...

The trend of offering in-display fingerprint sensors is quickly growing and the popularity of OLED panels paired with this technology will continue to expand in 2019. The trend is being driven by the reduction in sensor prices and the price gap between OLED and LTPS LCD panels according to industry source. While Apple may use in-display-like technology in the future on a number of devices, for now Apple's Face ID is for premium iPhones that the competition can't match.

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09:21
One Korean Tech Report Fuels the Flames of Anger over the...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung was hoping for a few days of Great Reviews for their Galaxy Fold when suddenly it all blew up in their Face. The report provided information on major Galaxy Fold displays brought to light by chosen reviewers that Samsung trusted. The rest is history. Well, maybe not. Today a Korean tech site and their fans are angry as hell again over how the western media is slamming native Samsung's defective product.

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09:07
Apple Seeding Third Beta of iOS 12.3 With New TV App to De...

Apple will today seed the third beta of an upcoming iOS 12.3 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the second beta and a month after the launch of iOS 12.2, an update that introduced Apple News+, new Animoji, and more.

Registered developers will be able to download the new iOS 12.3 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. The beta will be available right around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 introduce a new version of Apple's TV app, which has been updated with a new look and fresh functionality.

In the new TV app, "Watch Now" and "Up Next" are still front and center for keeping track of...

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09:05
Galaxy Fold Launch Delayed Until 'At Least Next Month...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung has delayed its launch of the Galaxy Fold until "at least next month" after multiple review units experienced sudden display failures while being tested by the media last week.

Todd Haselton/CNBC

Samsung initially said it remained committed to launching the Galaxy Fold on April 26, but the rollout is now expected in the "coming weeks." The company has yet to confirm the delay, but it wouldn't be surprising given that at least some of the folding smartphones appear to have a serious hardware issue.

Galaxy Fold launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai have already been postponed, according to ...

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08:26
WWDC 2019: Siri Expected to Become More Useful With Third-...

iOS 13 will enable developers to integrate Siri into their apps for several new use cases, including media playback, search, voice calling, event ticketing, message attachments, flights, train trips, and airport gate and seat information, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo.

In a report today, Rambo detailed several other developer-focused features that he expects Apple to announce at WWDC in June, including the ability for iOS apps ported to the Mac to use Mac-specific features such as the Touch Bar and keyboard shortcuts along with support for multiple windows.

Rambo says enabling Mac support for an existing iOS app is "as easy as checking a checkbox" in Xcode, akin to adding iPad support to an iPhone app.

Apple's...

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08:15
Apple Celebrates Earth Day 2019

Today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world that brings attention to various environmental causes. Apple is taking part in the event in a variety of ways, from green Apple logos in retail locations to providing an update on its mission to conserve mangrove trees in Colombia.

Image via @SetteBIT

As it does every year in its retail stores, Apple has turned the leaves of the Apple logo green in honor of Earth Day. Select locations have also provided workers with green t-shirts to mark the event, and all Apple stores today will promote environment-themed Today at Apple sessions.

The company is also hosting an Apple Watch challenge today,...

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07:52
Sony's Upcoming Smart TVs to Receive AirPlay 2 and Ho...

Sony today announced that some of its upcoming smart TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in summer 2019, including its A9G series of 4K OLED TVs, Z9G series of 8K LED TVs, and X950G series of 4K LED TVs.

The TVs themselves will be released on a staggered basis, starting with the X950G series in late April and followed by additional models in May and June, including a 98-inch 8K TV for a whopping $70,000. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will presumably be rolled out in a subsequent software update.

Apple also lists Sony's upcoming X850G series of 4K TVs in its AirPlay 2–enabled TVs list, but no timeframe for those features...

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06:49
Apple Spends more than $30 Million on Amazon Web Services...

As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amazon's cloud ...

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06:31
Kuo: 2020 iPhones to Support 5G, Qualcomm and Samsung Like...

2020 iPhones will support 5G networks, with chipmaker Qualcomm likely to supply Apple with 5G modems for the devices after the two companies settled their high-profile legal battle last week, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Interestingly, Kuo also expects Samsung to fulfill some of the 5G modem orders as well. Apple frequently aims to diversify its supply chain in an effort to reduce risk and have improved bargaining power, potentially reducing its costs.

An excerpt from Kuo's latest research note, obtained by MacRumors:Apple and Qualcomm’s end of patent dispute and entrance into a six-year licensing deal implies new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G; Qualcomm and Samsung are potential 5G baseband chip suppliers. The market was worried that Intel’s disappointing 5G baseband chip development might be the most...

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04:32
JCPenney Drops Apple Pay

JCPenney Drops Apple Pay without formal notice to customers.

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02:43
JCPenney Removes Apple Pay Support From Its Retail Stores...

American department store JCPenney has removed support for Apple Pay from its retail stores, it emerged over the weekend.

The withdrawal of support for Apple's digital payment system was confirmed on Saturday by the company's customer service Twitter account in response to a query, but offered no reason for its decision.

JCPenney made the decision to remove Apple Pay for our stores, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will definitely forward your feedback regarding this for review.

— Ask JCPenney (@askjcp) April 20, 2019

The option to use Apple Pay at checkout in the JCPenney iOS app has also been removed, reports...

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02:43
JCPenney Removes Apple Pay Support From Its Retail Stores...

American department store JCPenney has removed support for Apple Pay from its retail stores, it emerged over the weekend.

The withdrawal of support for Apple's digital payment system was confirmed on Saturday by the company's customer service Twitter account in response to a query, but offered no reason for its decision.

JCPenney made the decision to remove Apple Pay for our stores, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will definitely forward your feedback regarding this for review.

— Ask JCPenney (@askjcp) April 20, 2019

The option to use Apple Pay at checkout in the JCPenney iOS app has also been removed, reports...

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Sunday April 21

09:19
Facebook and other Social Media has been Shut Down in Sri...

In March it was reported that New Zealand's Prime Minister raised alarm bells about social media sites after the massacre of 50 Muslims in a mosque. Today over 200 Christians were massacred in churches in Sri Lanka which would appear to be some form of sick pay back.

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08:55
This week Samsung Published their Vehicle Digital Cockpit...

When the news leaked that Apple was working on some kind of semi or fully autonomous vehicle that Samsung would eventually reveal that they too were going down that same road. While Samsung is working on autonomous vehicle systems, they're also working on next-gen in-vehicle systems with some of them very interesting.

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Saturday April 20

11:35
This week Veteran iPhone Interface Designer Spoke about Ap...

In Early June 2018 Patently Apple posted a report on screen addition titled "Study finds Teens abandoning Facebook & that Addiction to Devices has almost doubled in the last 3 years." Weeks later during Apple's WWDC they addressed the issue by introducing a new app called 'Screen Time.' Now ex-Apple veteran spoke out about Apple taking too long to address this issue.

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10:27
This Week Apple was Granted Design Patents for Power Adapt...

On Thursday the Hong Kong Patent Office published two design patents issued to Apple for "Adapters" and earlier this week they were granted two design patents covering earphones and an Apple Store display.

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10:18
Alleged iPhone XI and XI Max Molds Show Triple Camera Layo...

SlashLeaks posts an image that is alleged to be iPhone XI and XI Max molds for 3rd party case production.

These physical molds are presumably produced by case manufacturers based on leaked schematics to test early cases for the upcoming 2019 iPhones.

The front design is also shown on a Weibo post which may have been the original source for the images:

The square grouping of the triple-camera is consistent with other rumors and images that have leaked from the supply chain regarding...

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07:06
The Washington Post Publishes an Anti-Apple, Pro-Qualcomm...

The timing of a new report by the Washington Post ("Post) is no coincidence. It's purposely designed to put a Qualcomm-spin to Apple's motives and character to show how Qualcomm was the victim here, not Apple. The timing of the report is to support Qualcomm in the hopes that Judge Koh's ruling in the FTC case will favor Qualcomm and not put their business model in danger if called a dangerous Monopolist hurting the entire industry.

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Friday April 19

13:00
A Class Action has been filed against Apple, its CEO and C...

On Wednesday Patently Apple posted a legal report titled "The City of Roseville Employees’ Retirement System files a Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit against Apple." Today Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC has filed a similar class action lawsuit against Apple, CEO Tim Cook and ,,,

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11:11
Apple Pulls 4K LG UltraFine Displays From Online Apple Sto...

Apple has removed the 4K LG UltraFine Displays from its online Apple Store in the United States, continuing a trend of pulling the display from its online stores around the world. Before disappearing from the store, the display had been listed as "Sold Out" for quite some time.

It's not clear why Apple has stopped selling the 4K LG UltraFine Display, but it is several years old at this point, having first debuted in 2016.

The 4K and 5K UltraFine Displays were designed by LG in partnership with Apple and were created to be used with the 2016 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which supported Thunderbolt 3 for the first time.

The 21.5-inch 4K LG UltraFine Display offered a resolution of 4096 x 2304 with support for P3 wide color gamut and 60W of power delivery for charging a...

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08:23
Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage Screen Effects C...

iOS apps and features including Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage effects will be coming to macOS later this year, after they're first unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The information was shared today by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who spoke with people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15.

The major update to macOS, which is expected to launch in the fall, will include support for Siri Shortcuts. Apple updated the previous Workflow app for iOS to become Siri Shortcuts in September 2018, alongside the release of iOS 12. It allows you to create multi-step automations that you can initiate with a simple Siri command.

Today, Shortcuts has...

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07:49
Apple Hires former Lionsgate Executive Danielle DePalma to...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Hiring is on the Rise for their Upcoming Apple TV+ Facility in Culver City, California." Now we're learning that one of Apple's latest hires is Danielle DePalma, most recently Executive VP, Worldwide Digital Marketing & Research at Lionsgate.

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07:09
Foxconn Responds to Anti-Trump Democrat Governor stating t...

Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday it remained committed to "long term" job creation in Wisconsin. Foxconn also mentioned its other planned projects in the state, including innovation centers in Green Bay, Eau Claire and Racine, and a $100 million partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for medical and other research.

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06:13
Apple Holds Environment Focused Event at Apple Park with W...

In 2015 Will Smith, his son Jaden Smith, Queen Latifa began a company called JUST Water that sells bottles made of paper to help the environment. Yesterday Apple's VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson moderated an event at Apple Park with the Will family ...

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05:42
Foxconn 'Remains Committed' to Wisconsin Plant a...

Apple supplier Foxconn today said that it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and research facility in Wisconsin (via Reuters). The company's comment comes a few days after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said that the state wanted to renegotiate the Foxconn deal, partly due to the belief that the Taiwanese company was not expected to reach its goal of creating 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin.

Foxconn's original goal for the project was to eventually employ 13,000 workers on the site, and today the company has confirmed that it "remains committed" to this plan. Foxconn initially announced the project in 2017 at a White House event alongside President Donald Trump. Governor Evers recently took office in January 2019, inheriting...

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04:44
Apple's Hiring is on the Rise for their Upcoming Appl...

A new report reveals that job openings at the Apple TV+ office in Culver City, California, are on the rise. Apple is busy setting up its soup-to-nuts television and movie production studio.

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Thursday April 18

20:21
Will, Jaden and Jada Smith Visit Apple Park for Environmen...

Will Smith, his wife Jada Smith, and his son Jaden Smith today visited Apple Park to discuss the environment and Jaden's Just Water company, according to a tweet Apple CEO Tim Cook shared on Twitter this evening.

Just Water is a water company that sells ethically sourced spring water in paper-based bottles with sugarcane caps, all of which is more environmentally friendly than a standard plastic bottle. In addition to plain spring water, Just Water also offers infused flavors like lemon, tangerine, and apple cinnamon.

Everyone deserves access to quality water. Thanks for the leading the charge, @officialjaden, and for sharing your passion for the environment with us today at Apple Park. Your enthusiasm is contagious! &#...

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11:27
Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Sto...

Back in March, Facebook announced that millions of Facebook passwords were stored on its servers in plain text with no encryption. At the time, Facebook also said that "tens of thousands" of Instagram passwords were also stored in the same unencrypted format, but as it turns out, the actual number was much, much higher.

In an update to its original blog post, Facebook now says that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed.These...

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11:23
Apple continues to evolve their Future Headset with a Spec...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published another continuation patent from Apple that relates to new features added to their long standing head mounted display (HMD) system. Patently Apple covered one of Apple's first patent with these particular patent figures back in 2010. We covered one of their continuation patents back in 2015. Today Apple evolves their HMD one more time with a specific sensor tracking head movements and more

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11:11
Apple Paid an Estimated $5-$6 Billion to Settle Qualcomm D...

Apple likely paid somewhere around $5 to $6 billion to settle its ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, according to estimates shared today by UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri (via CNBC).

The $5 to $6 billion payment would have been for royalty fees that Apple had stopped paying over the course of its two year legal fight with Qualcomm.

Qualcomm may also be receiving between $8 and $9 per iPhone from Apple in ongoing patent royalties, a figure calculated based on guidance numbers that Qualcomm provided following the settlement. Qualcomm said that it expects its earnings per share to increase by $2.

Apple previously paid $7.50 in royalties, so at $8 to $9 per iPhone, Apple would be shelling out more cash than it did before.

Apple appears to have had no alternative...

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10:02
Apple's Magic Mouse launched in 2009 and yet Apple Le...

Today a "continuation patent" patent was published by the U.S. Patent Office regarding Apple's Magic Mouse, that is technically patented as the "Ambidextrous Mouse." After being in the market for over 9 years, Apple decided to update their patent for gestures. Why you might ask? Well ....

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06:50
Apple Published their 2019 Environmental Responsibility Re...

This week Apple published two videos (01 & 02) on the power of nature with the theme of don't mess with Mother Earth. Today Apple has published their Environmental Responsibility Progress Report 2019 (covering 2018) that describes how they're working dilegently to make their products Eco-friendlier and much, much more.

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06:01
Apple updates their Smart-Fabric Health Glove Invention by...

Unlike a competing site's report this morning that claims that it's a new patent filing, the patent itself reveals it's nothing more than a "continuation patent" not a new patent in the least. Apple's continuation patent covers an emphasis on force touch being an important part of their original invention

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05:24
The Making of "Don't Mess with Mother" Shot...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Shot on iPhone XR: Don't Mess with Mother Earth, with Music by Megadeth." In a follow-up video, we're taken behind the scenes with Camp4 Collective as they capture the power of nature ...

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05:19
Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Feature 12MP Front Cameras, Special B...

All three 2019 iPhones will feature 12-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth cameras, up from 7-megapixels on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, according to the latest research note from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The note, obtained by MacRumors, adds that the next iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively will feature triple-lens rear cameras, including a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel super-wide-angle lens supplied by Sony:We forecast the camera upgrade will be one of the new 2H19 iPhone's major selling points. Critical spec upgrades are as follows. (1) Rear cameras of 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch...

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05:10
Apple Opens Material Recovery Lab in Austin to Improve Rec...

Apple has opened a new lab that will study how it can expand upon its current recycling processes through machine learning and robotics. The company announced the news today, along with other environmentally-focused updates, including that it will quadruple the number of locations where United States customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robot Daisy in a major expansion of its recycling programs.

In regards to its new lab, Apple is calling it the "Material Recovery Lab" and says that it will be dedicated to looking for innovative solutions that will improve on traditional methods of recycling. The lab will work with Apple engineering teams and members of academia to address and propose solutions to current recycling challenges. The 9,000 square foot lab is located in Austin, Texas.

The recycling expansion also includes select iPhones returned...

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Wednesday April 17

17:33
Samsung was hoping for a few days of Great Reviews for the...

Our Patently Mobile IP blog has been covering Samsung's folding and scrollable displays for smartphones for years – years before the general media ever caught on. So it was a bit of buzz to finally see Samsung introduce their Galaxy Fold back in February. It's a first generation device that will have growing pains to be sure. But I don't think anyone expected to see it all go wrong very quickly.

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12:39
Apple in Talks with Companies to Design a Revolutionary Se...

It's being reported today that Apple has been holding talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars, evaluating the companies’ technology while also still working on its own lidar unit. A revolutionary sensor is being sought that could ...

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11:16
Multiple Reviewers Facing Broken Galaxy Fold Devices After...

Samsung this week provided reviewers with Galaxy Fold devices for some hands-on time, and it appears the folding smartphone may be suffering from some serious flaws. Three of the reviewers who received a Galaxy Fold have already experienced failures, all of which focus on the display.

The Verge's Dieter Bohn says that his Galaxy Fold device broke after a random bulge appeared on the display, perhaps from a piece of debris that had gotten into the hinge. The debris, or whatever the bulge was, pressed into the display hard enough to break it.

Broken Galaxy Fold OLED display via The Verge

Bohn says that he did not mistreat the phone, doing "normal phone stuff" like putting it in a pocket and opening and closing the hinge.It's a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More...

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10:50
Shot on iPhone XR: Don't Mess with Mother Earth, with...

Some Apple ads are boring, some teach, others inform and a few are just plane cool. Apple has released a new ad titled "Don’t mess with Mother Earth" which was shot by ...

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10:38
Apple Hit With Securities Fraud Lawsuit for Hiding iPhone...

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit accusing the company of securities fraud for making false statements and failing to disclose adverse information regarding its business prospects. These actions allegedly led to an artificially inflated stock price.

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Apple was not initially forthcoming about a drop in demand for the iPhone due to poor sales in China and the 2018 battery replacement program, both of which contributed to lower than expected iPhone sales in the first fiscal quarter of 2019.

Apple is also accused of hiding the fact that production orders from suppliers had been slashed and prices had been cut, Apple's decision not to provide unit sales for iPhones and other hardware is also cited as a method Apple used to cause stock prices to rise to $209 per share.

When Apple did reveal the dip in iPhone sales and announced that it would not make its...

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10:11
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf Shares Thoughts on Apple Dea...

Following yesterday's surprise announcement of a settlement between Qualcomm and Apple, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf sat down with CNBC to share a few more details about the new agreement between the two companies.

According to Mollenkopf, after "a lot of talking" both between teams and with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple and Qualcomm came to an agreement that "both companies like." Qualcomm and Apple are now focusing on getting new products out, such as the 5G iPhone coming in 2020 that Qualcomm will supply chips for.

And really, if you look at the focus of that energy now, it's very much on, 'Let's get these products out.' You know, it really clears the way for, I think, a much more natural relationship between the two companies. One that we certainly enjoy working on products together....

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09:24
The City of Roseville Employees’ Retirement System files a...

The City of Roseville Employees’ Retirement System has filed a lawsuit against Apple. This is a securities fraud class action on behalf of all purchasers of Apple common stock between November 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019. The court filing lists Apple Inc., Timothy D. Cook and Luca Maestri as defendants.

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08:04
ASML, the World's Largest Chip Machinery Manufacturer...

On April 10th, Dutch ASML said it had been the victim of corporate espionage in 2015 involving employees from countries including China. While the media focused on China, ASML's CEO went on TV to clarify that the espionage was from their largest customer in South Korea which is known to be Samsung

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07:26
Apple Reportedly Working on Tile-Like Item Tracker Plus Me...

Apple is a developing a new app that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single package, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo. The report cites sources familiar with ongoing testing of the app.

In addition to existing Find My iPhone features like Lost Mode and the ability to remotely erase a device, the report claims the new unified app includes a new "find network" feature that allows Apple devices to be tracked even when they are not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

The app would also incorporate existing Find My Friends features, including location sharing and location-based notifications from friends and family.

The report claims the...

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06:19
Apple Supplier TSMC will Shake things up in 2020 by Launch...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Supplier TSMC announces its 5nm Design is Complete and on Schedule for 2020," a design that Apple has been engaged in for some time. Now comes a twist that TSMC will introduce a secondary processor in 2020 based on 6nm.

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05:38
The Apple-Qualcomm Chipset Deal Forces Intel's 5G Pla...

Late yesterday Intel Corporation announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.

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05:03
Apple Reportedly Seeking LiDAR Sensors With 'Revoluti...

Apple has held talks with at least four potential suppliers of LiDAR sensors for self-driving vehicles, providing fresh evidence of the company's renewed ambitions to enter the autonomous vehicle space, according to Reuters.

Apple has been using Lexus SUVs with LiDAR equipment to test autonomous technologies

The report claims Apple is seeking LiDAR units that are "smaller, cheaper and more easily mass produced" than current systems, which can cost over $100,000 and are considered "too bulky and prone to failure" for use in mass-produced vehicles. Apple is said to be "setting a high bar" with demands for a "revolutionary design."

While it remains unclear whether the goal of Apple's so-called "Project Titan" is to build its own vehicle or supply self-driving...

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03:29
Apple Shares New 'Shot on iPhone XS' Video Featu...

Apple this morning shared a new video in its ongoing "Shot on iPhone XS" series, this time focusing on awe-inspiring natural scenes caught on Apple's smartphone camera by artist group Camp4 Collective.

Titled "Don't Mess With Mother," the one-minute video features various stark images of nature in action, captured from around the world, synced to the song "Last Rites" by Megadeth.

Shots in the clip include galloping zebra, scurrying desert insects, ice-capped mountain vistas, charging antelopes, mingling elephants, swimming lizards, snow avalanches, lava-spewing volcanoes, and more.

Apple has shared many "Shot on iPhone" videos and photos over the course of the last several years, including one posted last week that focused on the Maldives Shark Research Programme, a charity focused on whale shark research and...

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02:24
Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Revised 4.7-inch iPhone 8...

Apple will launch a new version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 early next year with updated internals in a bid to boost its share of the mid-tier smartphone market, according to a report out today by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) [Google Translate].

Citing sources from Taiwan-based Fubon Securities Investment Trust, EDN claims Apple's revised iPhone 8, launching in March 2020, will...

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Tuesday April 16

16:51
Intel Exiting 5G Smartphone Modem Business, Won't Mak...

Intel this afternoon announced plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business to instead focus on opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices, and other data-centric devices.

The announcement comes just hours after Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement and agreed to drop all litigation against one another. Intel said that it will continue current customer commitments for existing 4G smartphone modems, but it will not launch 5G modems in the smartphone space.

In a statement, Intel CEO Bob Swan said that there is "no clear path to profitability and positive returns" in the smartphone modem business."We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the 'cloudification' of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability...

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15:26
Seven Useful Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know

There are lots of hidden shortcuts and features that have gone under the radar in watchOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch.

In our latest video over on YouTube, we've rounded up some Apple Watch tips and tricks that every Apple Watch owner should know. You may already be aware of some of these tips, but there's likely to be a few new things here for MacRumors readers.

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  • Get to Control Center/Notifications Quickly - Swiping down on the Apple Watch's screen opens Notifications while swiping up opens up the Control Center, which everyone knows. But you can also quickly get to Control Center or your Notifications when using an app by pressing at the edge of the...
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14:36
Apple Plans to Use Qualcomm Chips for 5G iPhones in 2020 F...

Apple is planning to purchase 5G modem chips from Qualcomm for use in its 2020 iPhones, according to a source with knowledge of today's settlement plans that spoke to Nikkei.

Apple won't be able to use Qualcomm chips in its 2019 iPhone lineup, but has already been testing Qualcomm's 5G chips for 2020 devices.

"It is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm's chips this year, but for 2020 it will purchase modem chips, including 5G modem chips, from the chipmaker for iPhones after finalizing the deal," a source with direct knowledge of the settlement plan told Nikkei.

As it moved toward a settlement, Apple started testing Qualcomm's 5G modem chips and asked some of its suppliers to test the chipmaker's product, Nikkei has learned.Qualcomm and Apple have reportedly been negotiating for weeks to reach the settlement that was...

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14:00
Netflix Not Concerned With New Streaming Services Coming F...

Netflix isn't worried about the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+ streaming services from Disney and Apple, respectively, the company said today in its Q1 2019 earnings report. [PDF]

In the document, Netflix says that it's "excited" to compete with Apple and Disney, and that it does not feel that the new services will affect Netflix's growth because of the "differing nature" of the content offerings.

Netflix says all streaming services will continue to grow as the market transitions away from the traditional cable viewing.Recently, Apple and Disney each unveiled their direct-to-consumer subscription video services. Both companies are world class consumer brands and we're excited to compete; the clear beneficiaries will be content creators and consumers who will reap the rewards of many...

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13:27
Apple and Qualcomm have Settled their long Legal Battle an...

The battle between Apple and Qualcomm could have been really ugly and the stakes were high. Before it really got started, it ended with Apple and Qualcomm having reached an agreement.

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12:07
Apple and Qualcomm Reach Settlement, Agree to Drop All Lit...

Apple and Qualcomm just kicked off a legal battle over unpaid royalty rebates in a San Diego court, but the case will be cut short as the two companies have reached a settlement.

Apple announced the news in a press release this afternoon. Apple says the settlement includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm and a six-year licensing agreement for Qualcomm's technologies.

Qualcomm and Apple today announced an agreement to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide. The settlement includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm. The companies also have reached a six-year license agreement, effective as of April 1, 2019, including a two-year option to extend, and a multiyear chipset supply agreement.The settlement ends all ongoing litigation between the two companies, including...

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10:37
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Leveraged User Data to Help F...

Facebook's executive team, including Mark Zuckerberg, used the data of Facebook users as leverage over partner companies, according to leaked emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets, and more obtained by NBC News.

More than 4,000 pages of leaked documents from 2011 to 2015 provide insight into how Facebook was taking advantage of user data while publicly promising to protect user privacy before and after its 2015 move to end broad access to user data.

The documents were sent to NBC News by British journalist Duncan Campbell and originated from a 2015 lawsuit filed against Facebook by startup Six4Three after Facebook cut back on third-party data access. Six4Three had an app called Pikinis that let users find photos of their friends in swimsuits that was not able to function after Facebook's data changes.

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09:14
Apple Revises 2018 MacBook Air Display Brightness to Up to...

As noted on Reddit, Apple has updated its tech specs for the 2018 MacBook Air to indicate that the notebook now has a display brightness of up to 400 nits, compared to up to 300 nits previously.

We've confirmed with Apple that this increase is tied to the macOS 10.14.4 software update released on March 25. Apple's release notes did mention that the update "corrects the default screen brightness" for 2018 MacBook Air models, although no specific details were known...

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08:02
Apple vs. Qualcomm Jury Includes Retired MLB Pitcher and W...

Apple's high-profile trial against chipmaker Qualcomm kicked off in San Diego federal court on Monday with jury selection.

Among the nine jurors selected are a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, a woman who has never owned a smartphone, a retired clinical psychologist, a pilot, an accountant, a retired nurse, and an environmental consultant, according to reports from CNET and Bloomberg.

Opening statements will be heard today. Apple has accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive business practices by way of demanding excessive patent royalties, while Qualcomm alleges that Apple manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron...

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07:10
Apple Donating to Notre Dame Rebuilding Efforts in Paris A...

Apple will be donating to Notre Dame rebuilding efforts to help restore the historic cathedral in Paris, according to a tweet from its CEO Tim Cook.

Notre Dame was significantly damaged in a fire on Monday. While the cause of the blaze remains unknown, the cathedral had been undergoing renovations, and at this point it is believed that it may have been accidental. Fortunately, reports indicate that no lives were lost in the fire, but at least one first responder is injured.

We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷

—...

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07:00
Apple won 62 Patents today covering the use of Radionaviga...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to radio-navigation used in an Apple Watch; Apple's eco-friendly paper bags for Apple Stores; and 3D lighting techniques. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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06:51
macOS 10.15 Said to Feature 'Luna Display-Like'...

macOS 10.15 will have a new feature that allows users to send any window of any app to an external display, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo. The external display can supposedly be a monitor connected to the Mac or even an iPad.

Luna Display

The report claims this functionality will be accessible via a new menu that can be opened by hovering over the green "maximize" button in a Mac app window for a split second. The menu is expected to provide options for making windows full-screen, tiling windows, and moving windows to external displays.

The feature, codenamed "Sidecar," is said to be similar to the Luna Display hardware solution that turns an iPad into a second display for the Mac.

Users with an iPad...

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05:27
Apple Won Patents Today Covering the MacBook Pro's...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two relating to the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar and a scanning depth engine that covers capturing imagery much further than available today on the iPhone's TrueDepth camera.

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04:04
Apple supports Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme and...

Apple has gone on an iPad Pro ad blitz with 6 new ads while launching an eight minute "Shot on iPhone" ad relating to the reef at Maldives.

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04:04
Procreate Illustration App for iPad Gains New Text Manipul...

The Procreate app for iOS was today updated to version 4.3, introducing several major features that enable new text manipulation abilities within illustrations, as well as general speed and performance improvements.

Users of the popular illustration app for iPad can now add editable typography to their illustrations, while precision sliders make it possible to refine spacing and alignment, and rasterize the results to finish.

This release also introduces the ability to drag and drop fonts into Procreate, while new layer export options allow you to share layers as folders containing PNG images, a multi-page PDF, or an animated GIF.

Elsewhere, there's new pressure smoothing settings to enhance strokes, and new layer blend modes including Darker/Lighter Color, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix and Divide.

Procreate 4.3 is a free update for existing users. New users can download Procreate...

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