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Saturday February 16

19:45
Apple Hires Ex-Microsoft Exec to Revamp Smart Home Busines...

CNBC reports that Apple has hired ex-Microsoft exec and former CEO of a smart lock company to revamp Apple's home initiatives. Hiring Jadallah is the latest signal that Apple plans to get serious about its own efforts in the home. Recently, the company acquired a start-up called Pullstring, a start-up that specializes in voice-enabled toys. That purchase could help the smartphone maker become the center of a connected living room.Apple has been making movement into the home space for years, with the introduction of HomeKit as well as the HomePod which is powered by Siri. HomePod, however, has lagged behind its competitors despite making...

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07:56
Samsung Files for 'Neuro Game Booster' Trademark...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Samsung's latest trademark filing for "Neuro Game Booster under number 88270921.Samsung's new trademark is focused on optimizing gaming performance using ...

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Friday February 15

17:13
For a Change, Apple Releases a Funny Ad about Apple's...

Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. But seriously, who bokeh's a neighbor's kid in a photo? I mean, that's totally unacceptable, right? (Ha!)

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16:48
Apple Acquires PullString that offers Powerful Tools for V...

Apple has agreed to buy Pullstring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps. Their Home Page states: "Collaboratively Design, Prototype and Publish Voice Applications for Amazon Alexa." Beyond general market Voice Apps, the company also focuses on Entertainment, Health Care and Financial Services that will fit in well with Apple's endeavors into health care and Apple Pay.

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14:06
Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription to a F...

Apple is today sending out notifications to Apple Music subscribers that, when tapped, allows them to send a referral to friend to sign up for a free one-month subscription to Apple Music.

According to Apple, the referrals for a free month of service can only be sent to people who do not already subscribe to Apple Music.

The person who signs up for the free trial will see their subscription renew after a month, or one month after the standard free trial.

That means people who have not used Apple Music before can get a total of four months of service for free, because Apple already offers a three month free trial for everyone.

Those who have already used a three month trial and then canceled may be able to get an additional month through this referral link.

Not all Apple Music users appear to be getting these notifications at this time, but we've seen multiple reports both from ...

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13:52
Apple Acquires Voice App Startup PullString

Apple recently purchased PullString, a San Francisco startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps through its PullString Converse platform, reports Axios.

PullString could be used to improve the voice capabilities of Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant.

On its website, PullString says that it can be used to "collaboratively design, prototype and publish voice applications for Amazon Alexa."At PullString, we strive to help people talk effortlessly with voice technology that surrounds us. Working at the intersection of creative expression and artificial intelligence, we provide agencies and enterprises with the leading solution to collaboratively design, prototype, and publish highly engaging voice applications for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant...

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13:45
Apple to Release AirPods With New Coating and Black Color...

Apple is planning to release AirPods that feature a new surface coating, wireless charging, and a black color option, according to a report from Taiwanese Economic Daily News.

Apple supplier Inventec has been manufacturing the new AirPods and is ready to ship them in the spring, perhaps alongside the AirPower, which is now in mass production.

Image of BlackPods, aka painted AirPods

Economic Daily Times says that the AirPods will be priced the same as the previous version, which was $159 in the United States, though curiously the site suggests the prior pricing was $199.

The information shared by the Taiwanese publication matches up with rumors that we heard earlier this week from MySmartPrice.

That rumor...

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12:33
Apple Shares Humorous 'Bokeh'd' Ad Highligh...

Apple today shared a new "Bokeh'd" video on its YouTube channel, which highlights the Depth Control feature on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

In the spot, a group of mothers are looking at photos, when one notices that her son has been blurred out in the background of an image. "Did you bokeh my child?" she asks, while the other mother attempts to explain that it was accidental.

The mother who took the photograph uses Depth Control to show that she can remove the bokeh effect so that the blurred child is back in focus. From the video description:Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. So you can turn a cute portrait of two kids into a stunning portrait of one kid.Introduced in the new 2018 iPhone lineup, Depth Control is designed to allow you to control the amount of blur in...

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11:53
Twitter Has Been Keeping Deleted DMs for Years

If you've deleted your DMs, they may be unavailable on your phone and on the web, but Twitter is still saving them, according to data from security researcher Karan Saini that was shared today by TechCrunch.

Twitter also keeps direct messages and data sent to and from accounts that have either been deactivated or suspended, according to Saini, who discovered years-old messages in a file from an archive of data from an account that was no longer active.

A bug in a now-deprecated API used to allow him to get direct messages even after a message was deleted by both sender and recipient.

Twitter says that accounts that are deactivated and deleted are removed along with all of their data after 30 days, but TechCrunch found that's not the case.But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago -- including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or...

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11:41
Study Finds iPhone XS Max Users Experience More Than Twice...

iPhone XS Max users experience more than two times faster real-world LTE data speeds as iPhone 5s users on average in the United States, according to OpenSignal, although there are caveats to consider.

OpenSignal says it measured speeds on hundreds of thousands of iPhones across the United States from October 26, 2018 to January 24, 2019 and found that iPhone XS Max users experienced an average LTE download speed of 21.7 Mbps compared to just 10.2 Mbps for iPhone 5s users.

iPhone XS users saw an average LTE download speed of 17.6 Mbps, while iPhone 6 through iPhone 8 Plus users posted average LTE download speeds of between 15.6 Mbps and 17.1 Mbps, as measured by OpenSignal.

OpenSignal attributes the faster data speeds...

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10:30
Classical Music on Apple Music: What's Wrong and How...

Last August, Apple Music was updated with a new section in Browse curated by Deutsche Grammophon, one of the biggest classical music labels in the world. While classical music fans welcomed the specific focus of the area, many of our readers quickly pointed out the numerous issues that remain for classical listeners on a daily basis within Apple Music, and the fact that they've been there since the launch of the service with seemingly no correction in sight.

To help break down and highlight these problems, we reached out to a few experts in the classical music field, including professor Benjamin Charles, who wrote a blog post about his frustrations with...

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07:31
Apple's Latest Conflict Minerals Report Details their...

In Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report filed with SEC, it states that they directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that didn't otherwise meet Apple's requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals. This year's expanded work included ...

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06:32
Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor 'Galaxy Bud...

Samsung has leaked its upcoming wearables lineup through its Galaxy Wearable app for Android ahead of its February 20 event.

Image credit: SamCentralTech

As spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech, and reported by The Verge, the initial "pick your device" screen of the app reveals the names and marketing images for a new Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit fitness trackers, and Galaxy Buds.

Galaxy Buds are the least known of the three products, serving as Samsung's latest AirPods competitor. They won't be Samsung's first pair of truly wireless earphones, succeeding the...

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06:14
Samsung Quickly Copies Apple's Aggressive Trade-In Sa...

Samsung who was hit harder than Apple in Q4 2018 is now getting the word out that their new Galaxy S10 will offer customers huge trade-in values up to ...

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04:59
Large Hedge Funds Dumped Apple and High Profile Chinese St...

Prominent hedge fund managers sold out of Chinese technology stocks and dumped Silicon Valley majors such as Apple and Facebook while global stock markets cratered during the fourth quarter

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04:06
Red iPhone XS and XS Max Rumored to Launch in China This M...

A red variant of the iPhone XS and XS Max could be launching in China sooner rather than later, if a social media rumor proves to be accurate.

A Weibo post spotted by iPhoneHacks.com claims Apple will launch the red color models by the end of this month, in a bid to boost struggling iPhone sales in the region.

The leaker, who claims to have received the tip from sources in Apple's supply chain, says that Apple will call the model "China Red," and not the PRODUCT(RED) branding that the company typically associates with the color.

Apple globally launched a mid-cycle (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in March 2017 and a similar edition for the...

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Thursday February 14

17:51
Apple sued over Reportedly Defective iPad causing Fire lea...

Julia Ireland Meo, whose husband died from injuries caused by a fire that started in the kitchen of their apartment reportedly due to a defected iPad, is suing Apple as Administrator ad Prosequendum, by and through her undersigned counsel.

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16:44
Samsung Set to Copy Apple's Retail Formula in three n...

If you happen to be a Samsung fan living in Los Angeles, Houston or on Long Island, New York, then you'll finally be able to buy Samsung products in their new stores directly. Samsung promises to launch more pop-up stores in other malls beginning next month. The stores in many ways copies the Apple Store formula ...

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15:40
Apple Acquires London-Based Marketing Company 'DataTi...

Apple has reportedly acquired the London-based startup DataTiger. CEO Philipp Mohr's Profile describes his company as one that is "re-thinking the whole marketing experience."

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14:01
Battery Case Showdown: Apple's Smart Case vs. Mophie...

Right around the time that Apple debuted new Smart Battery cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, Mophie, a popular accessory maker, also introduced its Juice Pack Access battery cases for the new iPhones.

In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Juice Pack Access to compare it to Apple's Smart Battery Case to see if it's a better option for those looking to extend their iPhone batteries.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

The cases are similar in weight and thickness, and both cases have a hump design with an area where the battery inside the case protrudes. The Juice Pack Access is also made from a smooth plastic while the Smart Battery...

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14:01
Battery Case Showdown: Apple's Smart Case vs. Mophie...

Right around the time that Apple debuted new Smart Battery cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, Mophie, a popular accessory maker, also introduced its Juice Pack Access battery cases for the new iPhones.

In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Juice Pack Access to compare it to Apple's Smart Battery Case to see if it's a better option for those looking to extend their iPhone batteries.

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The cases are similar in weight and thickness, and both cases have a hump design with an area where the battery inside the case protrudes. The Juice Pack Access is also made from a smooth plastic while the Smart Battery...

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13:52
Apple Buys DataTiger, a UK Digital Marketing Startup

Apple recently purchased Data Tiger, a UK startup focused on digital marketing, reports Bloomberg. The acquisition, says Bloomberg, could improve Apple's digital marketing and make it "more relevant to customers."

DataTiger's website is blank, but a LinkedIn page for the company says that it offers a set of tools that enable customers to build marketing software that "puts data to work."

Using DataTiger is the fastest and easiest way to increase retention & monetisation. With our platform you can individually optimize the marketing flows for your customers in real-time across all channels.

DataTiger can be used as an online tool, importing your data and set up user flows in minutes, with all of your data living in the...

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12:21
Apple to Announce TV Service at March 25 Event, But Launch...

While Apple is planning to preview its rumored streaming TV service at an event that's set to be held on March 25, a launch may not happen for several months.

According to sources that spoke to Variety, Apple will announce the service in March, but it may not be available to customers until the summer, or as late as fall.

Sources familiar with the plans say Apple's video service will be targeted for a launch in summer or fall rather than the April timing that has been the subject of media speculation. Apple has vowed to its high-caliber producing partners to mount marketing blitzes on behalf of the shows in addition to the service itself.Apple has more than two dozen original television shows in the works, many of which have already been cast. It's not clear if filming has started, but holding the launch of the service until at least some of the shows are...

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12:12
Google's Planning a Cheaper Smartphone to Rival iPhon...

Google is planning to unveil a cheaper smartphone as part of an aggressive effort to draw more users into the Google ecosystem and to better compete with Apple, according to a recent report from Nikkei.

Google is said to be planning to exploit Apple's current pricing issues. Apple suffered poorer iPhone sales than expected during the holiday quarter, and one major factor was the high cost of iPhones around the world.

Google's alleged low-cost smartphone, via Andro News

Google's upcoming...

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10:57
$249 iPhone SE Temporarily Back in Stock on Apple's C...

For those who have been unable to take advantage of the $249 iPhone SE deal on Apple's U.S. clearance site, Apple again has a limited supply of the discounted 4-inch devices.

You can purchase the 32GB iPhone SE in gold for $249 or the 128GB iPhone SE in space gray or silver for $299.

Apple has been offering iPhone SE models on clearance since mid-January, but available stock often sells out quickly. Apple has done several restocks, however, giving those who prefer smaller devices one last chance to purchase a 4-inch iPhone on the cheap.

Apple originally discontinued the iPhone SE in September 2018 when the...

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07:46
Advertising Legend Behind Apple's Iconic '1984...

The creative mastermind behind some of Apple's most iconic advertising campaigns announced his retirement today.

Lee Clow

Lee Clow, the Global Director of Media Arts at Apple's advertising agency partner TBWA, will move into an advisory role as Chairman Emeritus of TBWA\Media Arts Lab, a division of the agency he founded in 2006 to exclusively serve Apple. His iconic, award-winning career spanned five decades.

Over a 30-plus-year partnership with Apple, Clow worked on some of the company's most famous campaigns, including its "1984" ad for the original Macintosh, "Get a Mac" series of Mac vs. PC ads, "Think Different" slogan after Steve Jobs returned in 1997, and colorful silhouette ads for the iPod and iTunes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook reflected on Clow's legendary career:...

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06:44
Apple Invents Headphones that will play Audio in sync with...

In today's published patent application we learn that these future headphones are designed to work with music but also 'on-screen content' as noted in the patent that obviously would support Apple's upcoming entertainment content. Apple's future headphones may be able to sense through motion and grip sensors if the headphones are being put on in reverse and to automatically reverse the audio so that it could be in sync with content on screen.

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04:59
Software Pirates Hijacked Apple Technology to distribute H...

Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple introduced to let corporations distribute business...

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04:36
T-Mobile Surprises Market by Announcing there won't b...

T-Mobile's quarterly results are in for the fourth quarter of 2018. While US carriers have all been bragging about being the 'first' to roll out 5G service, never has pricing been discussed. The biggest bombshell from the quarterly earnings was T-Mobile talking about 5G service pricing. The carrier announced ...

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03:26
Apple Announced that they'll Resume Selling iPhone 7...

Today, in a weird twist, Apple said that it will resume selling older iPhone models in its stores in Germany after they were banned last year, but only with chips from Qualcomm.

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01:59
Apple to Sell Modified iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany to...

Apple today confirmed rumors that it will start selling modified iPhone models in its German stores to comply with a patent infringement lawsuit Qualcomm won against the company in December.

The California-based company said it had "no choice" but to replace Intel chips in the iPhone models with chips from Qualcomm in order to allow them to be sold again in the country.

"Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands. In many cases they are using patents they purchased or that have nothing to do with their cellular technology to harass Apple and other industry players," an Apple spokesperson said.

"To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry...

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Wednesday February 13

20:21
Apple's Enterprise Developer Program Also Being Used...

Misuse of Apple's enterprise developer program certificates continues to make news, with a new report from Reuters outlining how software pirates have been using the program to distribute hacked versions of popular apps like Minecraft, Pokemon Go, Spotify, Angry Birds, and more.

Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, these pirate operations are providing modified versions of popular apps to consumers, enabling them to stream music without ads and to circumvent fees and rules in games, depriving Apple and legitimate app makers of revenue.The software pirates in turn make money by charging some users annual subscription fees for "VIP" versions of their hacked apps that are "more stable than the free versions."

After being alerted by Reuters to these developer accounts being used to distribute hacked apps...

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17:01
Barry Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of 'Moonlight,...

In last year’s Behind the Mac campaign that celebrates creators using Mac in their work, Barry Jenkins, director of "Moonlight" is seen in a photo in our report holding his MacBook Pro while standing under an umbrella in the rain.

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16:45
Magazine Publishers Support Apple's 50% Split for Pai...

Apple is set to launch an Apple News service that will provide access to paywalled news content and magazines for one $9.99 monthly fee in March, but the company is still working to establish deals with newspapers.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal said that Apple was having trouble convincing some major news publications like the Washington Post and The New York Times to sign up for the service, due to Apple wanting a 50 percent revenue split.

Apple would keep 50 percent of all subscription revenue and the other half of the revenue would be split among publishers "according to the amount of time users spend engaged with their articles."

Compared to Apple's 70/30...

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16:34
Former Senior Lawyer who advised Tim Cook on Apple’s Compl...

The New York Times reported today that Gene Levoff, a former senior director of corporate law and a corporate secretary at Apple, repeatedly traded on inside information. The S.E.C. said Mr. Levoff violated insider trading laws three times from 2015 to 2016.

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13:21
Apple to Invite Hollywood Stars to TV Service Launch on Ma...

Apple is planning to unveil both its news service and its TV streaming service at its March 25 event, reports Bloomberg, and celebrities will be in attendance.

Apple's plans for a March 25 event were revealed yesterday, but at the time, Apple was only known to be unveiling an upcoming news subscription service in Apple News. The rumored TV service that's in the works will also reportedly be included.

Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and JJ Abrams are set to attend the event, which will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. All of these actresses are...

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12:28
Apple is Reportedly in the Final Stages of Launching their...

During last month's financial conference Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that "We see huge changes in customer behavior taking place now and we think that it will accelerate as the year goes by with the breakdown of the cable bundle. I think that it'll likely take place at a much faster pace this year. Just two weeks after that statement a rumor breaks claiming Apple's new service will launch ...

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12:17
Apple's Self-Driving Car Performance May Not Be So Ba...

Apple's preliminary disengagement data for its self-driving car project surfaced yesterday pointing towards a high number of disengagements, and today, the DMV has shared the full disengagement reports from the company, providing more insight into Apple's autonomous car testing.

A disengagement report tracks the number of times an autonomous vehicle disengages and gives control back to a safety driver or the number of times the safety driver in the vehicle interferes.

Yesterday's information suggested Apple had the worst rank when it came to disengagements, but Apple has now provided details [PDF] explaining its disengagement reporting procedures and some changes that were made mid-year.

For the period between April 2017 and June 2018...

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11:59
Apple has Road Tested their Autonomous Vehicle 95 Times mo...

Apple Inc logged tens of thousands of miles testing self-driving cars in 2018, up sharply from just hundreds of miles the year before

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11:24
Apple Aiming to Launch New Streaming Video Service in Apri...

Apple is planning to launch its rumored streaming television service in April or May, but some cable content providers won't be participating, reports CNBC.

Recent rumors have suggested that along with Apple's own original content, which will be provided to Apple users for free, the service will allow Apple customers to subscribe to additional add-on subscription services on top of Apple's own offering. Customers will be able to sign up for existing digital services like Showtime and watch that content within the TV app, so long as those services are partnered with Apple.

According to CNBC, as Apple prepares to launch the service, some content providers are still not on board. HBO may not be participating because of disagreements over data sharing and revenue...

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09:17
SEC Charges Former Apple Lawyer Gene Levoff With Insider T...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Apple's former vice president of corporate law Gene Levoff with insider trading, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey on Tuesday.

The complaint alleges that Levoff had access to Apple's earnings results before they were publicly announced and used this information to buy Apple shares in advance of better-than-expected earnings results and to sell shares ahead of weaker-than-expected earnings results between 2011 and 2016.

Through his illegal insider trading in 2015-2016, the complaint alleges that Levoff profited and avoided losses of approximately $382,000:For example, in July 2015 Levoff received material nonpublic financial data that showed Apple would miss analysts' third quarter estimates for iPhone unit sales. Between July 17 and the public release of Apple's quarterly earnings information on July 21, Levoff sold approximately $10 million dollars of Apple stock – virtually...

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08:56
Apple's CEO Joins White House Advisory Board Designed...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "U.S. President Trump Signed Executive Order to Accelerate America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." In a follow-up announcement we're learning that the chief executives of Apple Inc, Walmart Inc, IBM Corp and other major companies will be joining a Trump administration advisory board that hopes to prepare U.S. workers to deal with job training issues ...

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08:29
Tim Cook Named to President Trump's American Workforc...

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the 25 members of the Trump administration's new American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

The advisory board's recommendations will help guide the National Council for the American Worker's efforts to establish a strategy to ensure that American students and workers have access to "affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy."

The board is co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor...

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08:15
While Apple Remains the King of Smartphones in the U.K., H...

It's not just China that experienced a slowdown in smartphone sales this year, the U.K. did as well. A new report by Strategy Analytics shows us that UK smartphone shipments declined 14% annually from 8.5 million units in Q4 2017 to 7.3 million in Q4 2018. While Apple remains the king of smartphones in the U.K. Huawei is gaining market share at a fast pace.

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07:29
While Australia was the first Country to Crack down on Enc...

The subject of governments challenging Facebook and its WhatsApp is surfacing again. The subject is so secret in the U.S. that a court denied civil liberty groups from seeing the documents related to the U.S. Government requesting Facebook recode its Messenger app to allow feds to listen into and encrypted calls. But now India could be ready to join Australia and force companies like Facebook to follow the same laws that telecom companies follow. By court order, law enforcement must have access to vital wire taps.

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07:02
Apple Tweaks British and Australian Speaking Voices for Si...

Over the past 24 hours, we've seen a handful of reports talking about a new update to the speaking voice of Siri on HomePod in a few regions. These reports are mostly located in the United Kingdom and Australia, and mention the British (Male and Female) and Australian (Male and Female) speaking voices for the assistant, specifically on Apple's HomePod smart speaker.

The change appears to be very subtle. MacRumors readers described the Australian Female and British Male voices as "more natural" and "much clearer," and similar reports have emerged about other voices. Although there are many different descriptions for each voice, the consensus appears to be that the tweaks make Siri sound more human-like.

HomePod users can choose any Siri voice no matter the region they are located in, but as of now the vast majority of these reports appear to be located in the...

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05:03
A Research Report by NPD Confirms Apple Watch Market Domin...

In the wearables market for smartwatches the Apple Watch has been the runnaway winner hands down quarter after quarter. In Q2 2018, Apple held 41% market share. Now market research company The NPD Group reports that dollar sales of smartwatches in the U.S. were up 51 percent, totaling nearly $5 billion in sales, while unit sales saw a 61 percent increase with Apple Watch the clear winner.

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03:12
Apple Watch Leads in Rapidly Growing Smartwatch Market, Re...

Apple Watch is the "clear market leader" in the burgeoning U.S. smartwatch market, according to a new report from consumer research firm The NPD Group.

Market data shows U.S. smartwatch sales showed strong growth in the 12 months ending November 2018 when compared to the same timeframe a year ago. Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit made up 88 percent of smartwatch unit sales in that time.

The report found dollar sales of the devices were up 51 percent, amounting to nearly $5 billion in sales, while unit sales experienced a 61 percent increase, indicating an impressive acceleration in demand for the wearables.

"Over the last 18 months smartwatch sales gained strong momentum, proving the naysayers, who didn't think the category could achieve mainstream acceptance...

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Tuesday February 12

16:37
Apple Reports Self-Driving Car Disengagements to DMV, Earn...

Apple has been testing Lexus SUVs equipped with its autonomous driving software out on the roads around Cupertino since April 2017, and for the first time, the company has filed a disengagement report with the DMV.

A disengagement report tracks the number of times an autonomous vehicle disengages and gives control back to a safety driver or the number of times the safety driver in the vehicle interferes. All of Apple's self-driving SUVs have safety drivers able to take over in the event of an emergency.

The DMV will be publishing the full reports later this week, but they appeared briefly on the website and The Last Driver License Holder was able to get a brief look at some of the data. The information covers the period from December 2017 to November 2018...

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15:36
Upcoming Apple Products Guide: Everything We Expect to See...

The MacRumors guide to upcoming products is designed to provide an overview of everything that we're expecting to see from Apple, both in the near and more distant future. Dates listed are not always concrete, but are based on the most recent rumors and information that we have.

We're updating the guide on a regular basis, so it will be the go to place to see every Apple product that's on the horizon at a glance. For more detail on the rumors we've heard about each upcoming item, make sure to click on the links to visit our roundups.

Spring

Multiple products are rumored for a spring launch, and while we don't know exactly when in spring these devices will debut, Apple has held an event in March for the last few years. This year, Apple is planning to host an event on March 25, but it's going to be focused on subscription services and therefore may not include hardware...

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13:41
Apple to Hold Subscription-Focused Media Event March 25, N...

Apple is planning to hold an event on March 25, its first of 2019, according to a new report from BuzzFeed. The event will reportedly take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

Apple will use the event to unveil its rumored news service, which will add paid subscription options to Apple News.

While Apple has many products in the works that are rumored to be debuting in the spring, BuzzFeed says not to expect the company to unveil a new iPad mini or second-generation AirPods, as their appearance at the event is "unlikely."

Instead, the event will be "subscription services focused," though it is unclear if it will also include details on the upcoming TV news service that...

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13:19
Five of the Best Camera Apps on iOS

There's nothing wrong with the stock Camera app that comes on every iPhone, but there are many third-party camera apps available in the App Store that add additional functionality, filters, and other effects that are worth checking out.

For our latest YouTube video, we asked MacRumors readers for their favorite camera apps, and compiled a list of the best and most popular options. If you're looking to take your iPhone photography up a notch, make sure to check these out.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Halide

Halide, priced at $5.99, was the top pick when we asked for preferred camera apps. More MacRumors readers chose it than any other camera app, which is no surprise because Halide...

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11:39
Apple Clashing With Publishers Over Subscription News Serv...

Apple is having trouble negotiating financial terms with publishers for its planned subscription news service, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Said to be like "Netflix for news," the planned subscription news service is designed to let users read unlimited content from participating publishers for one monthly fee, set at about $10 per month.

Major publishers are said to be resisting Apple's proposed revenue split, which would provide Apple with half of the revenue from the service. The other half of the revenue would be split among publishers "according to the amount of time users spend engaged with their articles."

Apple does not want to provide credit card information or email addresses to publishers, details that news sites use to create customer databases and market their products.

The New York Times and the ...

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11:19
EU's Second-Highest Court to Rule on the legality of...

It's being reported this afternoon that Europe’s second-highest court will rule on Thursday whether a Belgian tax break which benefited some 35 large companies is illegal state aid, a judgment which could provide clues to other tax cases involving Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler.

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10:35
U.S. Senator Demands Apple and Google Drop the Saudi Gover...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Accused of Supporting a Saudi Government App that Monitors the whereabouts of Saudi Women."

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09:08
Dozens of Adult Content and Gambling Apps Found Abusing Ap...

Following last month's revelations that Facebook and Google were using Apple's enterprise developer program to bypass the App Store and collect analytics from participating users, TechCrunch now reports that dozens of pornography and gambling apps are abusing the program as well.

TechCrunch's Josh Constine:TechCrunch was able to download and verify 12 pornography and 12 real-money gambling apps over the past week that were abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate system to offer apps prohibited from the App Store. These apps either offered streaming or pay-per-view hardcore pornography, or allowed users to deposit, win, and withdraw real money — all...

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06:57
WWDC 2019 Dates Confirmed: June 3-7 in San Jose

Apple has yet to announce the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2019, but MacRumors has uncovered evidence that confirms the event will take place June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

WWDC took place June 4-8 in 2018 and June 5-9 in 2017 at McEnery, so it would be natural if WWDC 2019 were scheduled for the same week of June. The weeklong conference has been hosted in the first half of June every year since 2007 and at McEnery specifically since 2017.

While we were already confident the WWDC 2019 dates would fall on June 3-7, we confirmed with a source that a large annual event of some kind will be taking place during that week at McEnery. Meanwhile, the second and fourth weeks of June are ruled out due to the already-announced O'Reilly Velocity conference on June 10-...

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06:57
WWDC 2019 Dates Confirmed: June 3-7 in San Jose

Apple has yet to announce the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2019, but MacRumors has uncovered evidence that confirms the event will take place June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

WWDC took place June 4-8 in 2018 and June 5-9 in 2017 at McEnery, so it would be natural if WWDC 2019 were scheduled for the same week of June. The weeklong conference has been hosted in the first half of June every year since 2007 and at McEnery specifically since 2017.

While we were already confident the WWDC 2019 dates would fall on June 3-7, we confirmed with a source that a large annual event of some kind will be taking place during that week at McEnery. Meanwhile, the second and fourth weeks of June are ruled out due to the already-announced O'Reilly Velocity conference on June 10-...

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05:27
Wireless AirPods Charging Case Expected Soon, but AirPods...

OnLeaks' Steve Hemmerstoffer today tweeted that the AirPods wireless charging case will be ready to launch sometime soon, but the actual AirPods 2 with "Hey, Siri" funtionality may be delayed to the fall.

OnLeaks itself casts some doubt on this rumor, by stating up front that the news was gained from a "new and yet unconfirmed," but seemingly reliable source. Hemmerstoffer appears to be most certain about the wireless charging case launching soon and being shipped with the first-generation AirPods.

Some #AirPods2 details I got from a new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source. Thus, I can't vouch these at 100...

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05:13
Apple won 47 Patents Today Covering an Optical System for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an optical system for a future Head Mounted Display device, 5G millimeter wave antennas for future iDevices, a Project Titan autonomous vehicle system and more. 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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03:36
Apple Supplier Japan Display will be Bailed Out by Chinese...

It's being reported today that ailing Apple supplier Japan Display Inc. will receive up to 80 billion yen ($723 million) in a bailout from a group of Chinese and Taiwanese investors.

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03:02
Apple Files Figurative Trademark in The Hague, Netherlands...

Late last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Rumor of Apple moving to Design its own Modem Chips for Future Devices Appears to be gaining Momentum." Today Patently Apple discovered that Apple has filed for a figurative trademark related to 5G in the Netherlands

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02:08
Sketchy Rumor Claims AirPods 2, AirPower and New iPads to...

Apple plans to hold a product event in the second half of March where it will officially announce second-generation AirPods, the AirPower wireless charging pad, a new affordable iPad and the so-called "iPad mini 5", according to the latest rumor.

The claim comes courtesy of Greek tech news site iphonehellas.gr [Google Translate], which says it has received "exclusive information" from "a reliable source through Apple's production chain in China" that pre-orders for the AirPods 2, AirPower, and new iPads will start on...

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01:59
Qualcomm has lost a Major Lawsuit against Korea's Fai...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Qualcomm's Infringement Cases against Apple are Dropping like Flies." Today Qualcomm has lost a Major Lawsuit against Korea's Fair Trade Commission over Unfair Practices to Maintain a Monopoly. Korea's Supreme Court ruled ...

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01:35
TSMC is on Schedule to Kick Start Volume Production of 7nm...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "New Reports point to the Winners in Apple's Key Product Supply Chain for 2019," and the main winner was Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) gaining another exclusive contract for Apple's next-gen 7nm processors with EUV. The new technology promises to deliver vastly lower power consumption. Supply Chain sources now say that TSMC is on schedule ...

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00:55
U.S. President Trump Signed Executive Order to Accelerate...

In his 2019 State of the Union address, President Trump stressed the importance of investing in the cutting-edge Industries of the Future. Emerging technologies are driving the creation of the Industries of the Future, and none more so than artificial intelligence (AI).

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00:34
Apple's Lens Supplier Confident in Triple-Camera Adop...

Digitimes reports that despite a sizable drop in fourth-quarter 2018 revenues and operating profits for lens-supplier Largan Precision, the company remains confident about "adoption of 3-lens or more modules for flagship smartphone models".

Rendering of possible 3-camera system in future iPhone

As a result, Largan is continuing to expand their production capacity, despite this recent dip in revenue. Largan has also become a lens module supplier for China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, and Korean giant Samsung Electronics. Among lens module makers, Largan stands a better chance of obtaining orders for 3-lens modules in 2019 due to competitiveness enabled by its economy of scale and technological capability.Largan's confidence remains steady since...

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00:33
Apple Appoints Veteran Frank Casanova to Senior Director o...

It's being reported that Apple has appointed Frank Casanova, a 30 year veteran and iPhone executive, to Senior Director, Worldwide Product Marketing, Augmented Reality ...

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Monday February 11

17:56
Longtime iPhone Executive Named New Head of Augmented Real...

Apple has named longtime Apple employee and iPhone executive Frank Casanova as its first head of marketing for augmented reality, reports Bloomberg.

Casanova, who has been at Apple since 1988, is responsible for all aspects of product marketing for Apple's "augmented reality initiative," according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to being named head of Apple's AR marketing effort, Casanova worked as Apple's senior director of iPhone partner marketing. He started at Apple as a product manager in May 1988, spent a short stint at another company for a year in 1997, and has been working at Apple since then. He was around for the launch of the iPhone as well as many other pivotal products.

As Bloomberg points out, Apple's decision to name a head of product marketing...

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14:46
Qualcomm's Infringement Cases against Apple are Dropp...

In the last two weeks, a Munich court threw out four more of Qualcomm's Patent infringement lawsuits against Apple and in the U.S., Qualcomm got slammed by a California Judge for their procedural shenanigans that produced a baseless injunction against Apple. Today we're leaning that Apple has already found a workaround to one the Qualcomm patents ...

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14:12
MacRumors Readers Hoping for USB-C Instead of Lightning in...

This morning, we asked our readers on Twitter if they'd prefer to see USB-C ports or Lightning ports in the 2019 iPhone lineup, and the results so far are clear -- MacRumors readers are ready to transition to USB-C.

With more than 15,000 responses across both platforms at the time this article was written, 74% of Twitter users have chosen USB-C over Lightning, as have 71% of Facebook users.

There have been some rumors suggesting Apple is at least considering transitioning to USB-C in the 2019 iPhone lineup, with USB-C prototypes supposedly floating around, but the most recent information from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple will continue to use Lightning for the 2019 iPhone lineup.

Given the mixed rumors, it's looking like we may not be seeing a shift to...

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13:32
Average U.S. iPhone User Spent $79 on Apps Last Year

iPhone users in the United States spent an average of $79 on App Store games and apps in 2018 according to an upcoming Sensor Tower report shared today by TechCrunch.

At $79, the revenue generated per active U.S. iPhone grew 36 percent year over year, up from an average of $58 spent per iPhone in 2017. iPhone users spent about $21 more in 2018 on in-app purchases and paid downloads.

Much of the spending growth came from mobile gaming, with 56 percent of the $79 total average attributed to App Store games.

Spending was also up quite a lot in other categories such as entertainment, music, social networking, and health and fitness.

Sensor Tower believes that subscription apps are a contributing factor for the increased spending in many of these non-faming categories.

Apple's App...

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12:21
Samsung Again Teases Foldable Smartphone Ahead of February...

In a new "The Future Unfolds" ad for its upcoming February 20 keynote event, Samsung today teased hints of its upcoming "Galaxy Fold" foldable smartphone.

Not a lot can be seen in the video, but the words in the video appear to wrap around a foldable surface, a reference to Samsung's first smartphone with this folding design.

Samsung in November introduced its Infinity Flex display technology, demonstrating it in a device with a 7.3-inch flexible display that can be folded right in half, collapsing from a tablet size down to a smartphone size.

At the time, Samsung said that it had to invent new materials and reimagine the display from the ground up to create its Infinity Flex technology.

Samsung is developing a new software platform for the device in partnership with Google, which is designed to support two UIs - one for when the device is open and one for...

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11:43
Qualcomm's U.S. ITC Complaint Falling Apart as Apple...

Back in 2017, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing Apple's iPhones of infringing on six Qualcomm patents.

Qualcomm was hoping to ban imports of select iPhone and iPad models using Intel modems, but as it turns out, the company's efforts have been a poor use of time and money.

As outlined by FOSS Patents, in a recent filing with the ITC Apple said that it has implemented an iOS 12.1 workaround to one key patent in the complaint, U.S. Patent No. 9,535,490, which covers "power saving techniques in computing devices."

Apple said that it introduced changes in...

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11:15
Samsung's 2019 AirPlay 2-Compatible QLED TVs Now Avai...

Samsung today announced that its 2019 TV lineup with QLED 4K and 8K options, can now be pre-ordered or purchased from the Samsung website or from select retailers across the United States.

Available in sizes ranging from 43 inches to 98 inches, the QLED lineup works with AirPlay 2, thanks to Apple's move to expand AirPlay 2 availability to many television manufacturers. AirPlay 2 will allow Apple users to stream music, podcasts, and more directly to Samsung TVs.

Samsung's 2019 TVs will also feature a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, allowing iTunes content like movies and TV shows to be accessed directly on a Samsung television set.

Existing 2018 smart Samsung TV sets will also get AirPlay 2 support and the iTunes app through an upcoming firmware update. Samsung...

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09:47
A Foldable Smartphone Teaser ad from Samsung is released t...

Our Patently Mobile blog has been covering Samsung's future foldable, rollable, scrollable and stretchable patents since mid-2012. Such next-gen smartphone were just a dream back with naysayers typically saying it would never happen. Samsung is pumping up their fan base today with a new trailer today ...

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08:58
Apple's 'Health Records' App will be the Fi...

Apple announced that the Health Records on iPhone feature will be available soon to U.S. veterans. For the first time, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone.

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07:56
Apple's Health Records Feature Will Be Available Soon...

Apple today announced that its Health Records feature on iPhone will be available soon to U.S. veterans.

In partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook:We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community. It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes.Apple introduced the Health Records feature in iOS 11.3 in March 2018, allowing patients to view their medical records from multiple participating hospitals and clinics directly in the Health app on the iPhone, including allergies,...

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07:07
Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins Coalition Renewing Push for Immig...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and others have signed a new letter urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would enable more than 700,000 immigrants to legally work and live in the United States (via CNBC).

The coalition's letter to help "Dreamers" will be featured in a full-page ad in The New York Times today. The term Dreamers refers to individuals who were brought to the United States at a young age when their parents or guardians illegally immigrated into the country. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, these people are protected and can gain legal work status in the United States.

"With the re-opening of the federal government and...

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06:45
Apple Forced to Add Notice About iPhone Slowdown Saga on I...

Last year, the Italian Competition Authority hit Apple with a 10 million euro fine over "dishonest commercial practices" related to an iPhone performance management system it introduced in iOS 10.2.1 without informing customers. The antitrust watchdog said the update was a form of planned obsolescence.

As a result of the investigation, Apple has been forced to add a consumer protection notice about these "incorrect" practices on its Italian homepage. The notice, loosely translated below, was spotted by setteBIT on Twitter.Apple, Apple Distribution International, Apple Italia, and Apple Retail Italia have led consumers in possession of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone 6s Plus to install iOS 10 and...

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06:15
New Reports point to the Winners in Apple's Key Produ...

A new supply chain report today confirms what Patently Apple fans have known for months. TSMC will remain the sole iPhone chip supplier in 2019. For MacBooks ...

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05:59
New Report Delves Into Poor Working Conditions at an Apple...

A new report out today by Bloomberg offers a look inside one of Apple's so-called "black sites," this one a satellite office near Apple Park in California where the company hires contractors to work on Apple Maps. These contract workers were hired by Apex Systems, which staffs and manages a few Apple mapping offices, and creates a "culture of fear" according to former employees.

One former worker at the black site near Apple Park, on Hammerwood Avenue in Sunnyvale, said that "it was made pretty plain to us that we were at-will employees and they would fire us at any time." Most workers at the office signed up for 12-15 month work contracts, but many didn't make it that long.

Image via David Paul Morris/Bloomberg...

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05:34
2019 iPhones Said to Keep Lightning Connector With Same Ol...

While it was recently reported that Apple has at least considered switching to USB-C on the iPhone, Japanese blog Mac Otakara believes that 2019 models will stick with the Lightning connector as a cost-saving measure.

Based on its conversations with various accessory manufacturers, the blog also predicts that 2019 iPhones will continue to be bundled with the same old 5W power adapter, forcing customers to spend extra on a faster charger like the 18W USB-C version that ships with the latest iPad Pro models.

Likewise, the blog predicts that 2019 iPhones will continue to ship with a Lightning to USB-A cable and Lightning-based EarPods.

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05:23
All 21 Chinese listed Apple Suppliers Closed Higher today...

All 21 Chinese listed Apple Suppliers Closed Higher today in China as U.S.-China Trade Talks & 5G Pressures Mount. Huawei's lead over Apple will continue as they introduce 5G this month that could sell into about 58 million in 3 major cities that will begin offering 5G services.

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04:57
New iPads Expected in First Half of 2019, Including iPad M...

Apple is set to launch new iPad models in the first half of 2019, according to Taiwanese supply chain website DigiTimes.

One of those new models is expected to be the so-called iPad mini 5, but anyone hoping for a major redesign should lower their expectations, as Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that the tablet will have a similar design as the iPad mini 4. The information comes from the blog's discussions with accessory makers.

Mac Otakara claims the iPad mini 5 will have identical dimensions as the iPad mini 4, including a thickness of 6.1mm, suggesting that the tablet will have the same 7.9-inch display is bezel size remains unchanged. The blog also expects the tablet to retain a Lightning...

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02:06
AirPods 2 with Grip Coating and AirPower Said to launch th...

Apple's forthcoming second-generation AirPods will feature a new design and improved audio performance, while its AirPower wireless charging pad will launch in the Spring, a new report claims today.

Rumor site MySmartPrice said one of its "trusted sources" claims the AirPods 2, tipped for release this year, will offer better bass response thanks to improved internals, and both the earbuds and case will include a special matte coating to enhance grip, similar to a coating used on the glass back of Google's Pixel 3 phone.

The report also repeats previous rumors suggesting Apple's second-generation AirPods will feature health monitoring features, including heart-rate monitoring, and claims that battery life is likely to be more or less similar to the current model.

In addition,...

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Sunday February 10

07:57
An Overview of Apple's Second Round of Face ID Secret...

Apple filed a new patent application months after Face ID had been cracked so as to ensure that the 3D mask approach that first beat Face ID would fail in the future.

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04:20
A new Class Action has been filed against Apple for not pr...

A Plaintiff by the name of Jay Brodsky has filed with a California court a formal complaint against Apple Inc. in an effort to get a class action approved. The nature of the action, according to the formal complaint, is  based on Apple locking out Plaintiff from use of his personal devices by a business policy requiring two-factor authentication that cannot be disabled after a lapse of an initial fourteen (14) days.

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Saturday February 9

11:06
Apple Sued Over Not Letting Customers Disable Two-Factor A...

New York resident Jay Brodsky has filed a frivolous class action lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company's so-called "coercive" policy of not letting customers disable two-factor authentication beyond a two-week grace period is both inconvenient and violates a variety of California laws.

The complaint alleges that Brodsky "and millions of similarly situated consumers across the nation have been and continue to suffer harm" and "economic losses" as a result of Apple's "interference with the use of their personal devices and waste of their personal time in using additional time for simple logging in."

In a support document, Apple says it prevents customers from turning off two-factor authentication after two weeks because "certain features in the latest versions of iOS and macOS require this extra level of security":If you already use two-factor authentication, you can no longer turn it off. Certain...

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09:49
Apple Expands Availability of Refurbished 2018 MacBook Air...

Apple has begun selling certified refurbished 2018 MacBook Air and Mac mini models in the United States and Canada for the first time, following availability in several European countries starting Friday.

In the United States, refurbished pricing starts at $1,019 for the base model MacBook Air, down from $1,199 brand new, and $679 for the base model Mac mini, down from $...

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Friday February 8

17:36
Apple Preemptively Files a Lawsuit against a Patent Troll...

Patently Apple is now learning that Apple's legal team has filed a "Complaint for Declaratory Judgement of Non-Infringement" against patent trolls by the name of Fundamental Innovation Systems International. This kind of lawsuit is filed when a party is threatened with a patent infringement lawsuit. It may then preemptively sue the patent owner(s)

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12:09
Apple Reportedly Advised Technicians to Push iPhone Upgrad...

Last month, Apple lowered its revenue guidance for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year by up to $9 billion due to fewer iPhone upgrades than it anticipated, primarily due to economic weakness in the Greater China region.

A few months prior to the announcement, Apple began heavily promoting iPhone XR and iPhone XS trade-ins with a limited time promotion, prominent banner on its website, emails to older iPhone users, store signage, App Store...

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11:50
HP Patents Next-Gen Digital Pen Functionality to Assist St...

Samsung was first to take their a digital Pen, in their case the S Pen, to another level by using it as a tool beyond entering mere text and scribbles (art) onto a display. They updated the S Pen with remote functionality so that the pen's side trigger could be used to take a photo without the user having to touch their smartphone. Now a new patent filing by HP shows that they too are looking to advance a smart pen for HP devices with new functionality that could assist students and professionals who make small presentations and more

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09:09
Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2018 MacBook Air and Mac...

Apple today began selling refurbished 2018 models of the MacBook Air and Mac mini for the first time, although availability is currently limited to Europe. Listings for refurbished 2018 MacBook Air models have also gone live in the United States, but the purchase button does not work yet.

In the UK, the base model MacBook Air is priced at £1,019, which is £180 off Apple's regular price of £1,199 brand new. The base model Mac mini is priced at £679, reflecting savings of £120 off £799 brand new.

The refurbished MacBook Air models will start at $1,019 in the United...

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07:56
Apple Accused of Supporting a Saudi Government App that Mo...

A new report points to Apple and Google being accused by human rights groups of helping 'enforce gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi government app that tracks women and stops them leaving the country.

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06:27
Apple is Unable to Keep up with Developers Bent on Raiding...

Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store. It’s the latest privacy debacle that has forced Apple to wade in to protect its customers after apps were caught misbehaving. Our report also covers some of the letter sent to Apple's CEO by three Senators now looking into matter of Project Atlas.

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06:11
Apple Shares New Memoji Ads Featuring Ariana Grande, Khali...

Apple today shared a trio of new Memoji ads on its YouTube channel featuring Ariana Grande, Khalid, and Florida Georgia Line.

The videos highlight today's release of Grande's full album "Thank U, Next," yesterday's release of Khalid's single "Talk," and the upcoming release of Florida Georgia Line's country album "Can't Say I Ain't Country" on February 15. All of the songs and albums can be streamed with Apple Music.

Grande and Florida Georgia Line are nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards, airing this Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Grande and fellow nominees Shawn Mendes and Kacey Musgraves are featured on Memoji billboards in Los Angeles.

Tags: Apple ads,...

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05:30
Texas Software Engineer Daven Morris Also Reported FaceTim...

In a support document outlining the security content of iOS 12.1.4, Apple credited both 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona and Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas with reporting a major Group FaceTime bug to the company that allowed users to eavesdrop on others.

Thompson and his mother are widely known for being the first people to discover and report the bug to Apple, over a week before it made headlines on January 28, but nothing was known about Morris until now.

The Wall Street Journal today shared a few details about Morris, noting he is a 27-year-old software engineer who reported the bug...

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05:01
AT&T Sued by Sprint for Misleading '5GE' Bra...

Sprint has filed a lawsuit in federal court against AT&T for its false "5G Evolution" claims that appeared on some iPhones in iOS 12.2 beta 2 earlier this week, and on Android phones in January (via Engadget). AT&T says that this "5GE" label indicates to customers when they are in an area where 5G Evolution "may be available," but it's really just an upgraded version of 4G LTE, because any form of 5G on an iPhone is impossible at this point.

Apple will have to release new hardware to support 5G services, a launch that isn't expected until 2020. Because of this, Sprint has filed an injunction to prevent AT...

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Thursday February 7

17:22
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Commencement Speech to Tulan...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to deliver the keynote address to Tulane graduates at the university's 2019 commencement event, set to take place on May 18 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the university announced today.

Tulane University shared the news with students through a cute video that spelled out Cook's visit in emoji.

Tulane President Mike Fitts said that Cook represents the "kind of success" that the university hopes that all graduates can attain."At Tulane, we are committed to addressing global challenges, giving back to our community and always acting with integrity and wisdom. Tim shows us how we can incorporate these values into life beyond graduation, and we are thrilled to have him as part of our commencement celebration."Cook said that he "can't wait" to celebrate alongside new Tulane...

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B&H Photo has dropped prices on new 2018 15″ 6-Core Touch Bar MacBook Pros with models now on sale for $300-$400 off MSRP, starting at $2099. These are the same models sold by Apple in their... Read more
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B&H Photo has new 2018 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $100-$200 off MSRP this weekend, starting at only $1049. Shipping is free: – 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air Space Gray: $1099.99. $100 off MSRP... Read more
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Adorama offers new 2018 15″ 6-Core MacBook Pr...
Adorama has new 2018 15″ 6-Core Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale today for $164-$224 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 2018 15″ 2.2GHz Space... Read more
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Amazon has the new 2018 Apple 11″ 256GB WiFi iPad Pro in stock today and on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 11″ 256GB WiFi iPad Pro: $799.99 $150 off Their price is the lowest available... Read more

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