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Friday June 24

Apple Watch May Switch to Micro-LED Display in Mid 2017 or...

Apple may switch to micro-LED displays for the Apple Watch in the second half of 2017 at the earliest, moving away from the current OLED technology used, according to supply chain sources for Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

The timeline suggests that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult...

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Brexit and the Markets: a Seismic Shock

As both shock and elation registered on the divided Brexit camps here Friday, concern mounted over the economic blow from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Global stocks, including U.S. heavyweights such as Apple and Google, swooned.

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Apple Supplier Foxconn Surprises Market by saying that Sha...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn-Sharp could Enter Apple's OLED Display Supply Chain in 2020." But apparently Foxconn's Chairman Terry Guo has a much more aggressive road map that could put Sharp in the OLED game by as earlier as next year.

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Apple's Supply Chain says Apple is Developing Micro L...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple could use a Micro-LED Display for a Future VR Headset." When Apple acquired LuxVue back in May 2014, a specialist in micro-LED screen technologies, Venture Capitalist John Doer of KPCB described LuxVue's technology as being "technical breakthrough in displays." Today, a new report is claiming that Apple's first use of LuxVue's technology may be for future Apple Watch displays.

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Thursday June 23

Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple today told several news sites that it plans to discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, which has been available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in the summer of 2011.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson.Apple will continue to sell existing Thunderbolt Display stock so long as it remains available, but once stock is exhausted, the Thunderbolt Display will no longer be available as production is ceasing. It is not clear why Apple has decided to make an announcement concerning the discontinuation of the display and if it...

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Here's the New 'Home' App for Controlling H...

HomeKit users have long wished for a centralized, Apple-designed app for controlling HomeKit-enabled products, and in iOS 10, Apple has granted that wish, with the debut of the new "Home" app. Designed to be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Home is Apple's new one-stop HomeKit control solution.

As can be seen in the video below, Home offers a simple, fast, convenient way to manage all of the connected products in your house. Not all accessories are fully functional with Home right now as its a beta, but support will improve before Home launches as part of iOS 10 this fall.

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Opening the Home app brings up a main screen that lists all favorite Scenes and favorite accessories for...

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Adele's Album titled '25' Arrives on Apple...

Last December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Adele's New Album Storms to the top of Apple's iTunes Charts & Becomes the Most Downloaded Album of the Year." Seven months later...

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Apple Still has one Last Snag Holding them back from Launc...

Last August Patently Apple posted a report titled "South Korean Apple Fans may be Getting Apple Music this Year." The report noted that officials at the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism made it public that Apple had plans to offer its popular "Apple Music" services to iPhone and iPad users in Korea. But Apple hit a few snags along the way.

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Apple Advances Touch ID on an iPhone to Unlock Macs and Ne...

One of Apple's latest continuation patents reveals their ongoing work to allow iPhone users to be able to use Touch ID to instantly login to future Macs just like how Apple Watch will accommodate this feature this fall. Apple also reveals that they're working on waterproofing future OLED Displays.

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Here's What a Headphone Jack to Lightning Adapter Loo...

With Apple planning to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, new iPhone owners are going to be stuck with a whole lot of headphones that don't work with their devices. There is a simple, though awkward, solution -- a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

Lightning adapters aren't common at this point in time, but as you can see in the video below, we tracked down an adapter from Japanese company Deff to give you an idea of what it'll be like using standard 3.5mm headphones with a device that doesn't have a headphone jack.

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Our adapter cost upwards of $70, but we...

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Apple Advances Last Month's Pencil Invention with New...

In Apple's second continuation patent regarding Apple Pencil, Apple has made some major changes and our report will focus on those changes.

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iTunes 12.4 Has Apple Music Playback Bug Related to Tracks...

A new iTunes bug has been discovered that causes Apple Music playback issues related to tracks shorter than 60 seconds. MacRumors was able to reproduce the issue on Macs running OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4.1.

Specifically, when an Apple Music track that is shorter than 60 seconds is streamed in its entirety, without skipping ahead, the subsequent song in an album or playlist fails to play and appears to be in a state of perpetual buffering.

MacRumors forum member B/D used backend file change monitoring tool fswatch and identified a plausible reason for the bug:It looks like the way Apple Music...

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Apple Pay Holdout Walmart Expands 'Walmart Pay'...

Walmart has announced that its mobile payments solution Walmart Pay is now available in fifteen additional U.S. states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Walmart Pay is built into the Walmart app [Direct Link] for iOS and Android and works at any checkout lane with any major credit, debit, pre-paid, or Walmart gift card.

The payments solution is based upon a QR code checkout process that involves opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register, and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt is...

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Apple Advances their Flexible Display/iPhone Invention by...

In April 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple continues their Work on Possible Future iDevices with Flexible Form Factors and Displays." Apple was updating their original 2013 patent application that we discovered in Europe. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a continuation patent from Apple that reveals that they're once again advancing their invention. Apple's latest moves describe the flexible iPhone housing being comprised of a fabric.

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Apple Invents All-New Methods to Accommodate One-Hand iPho...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new methods of assisting users who wish to operate their iPhone in one-hand-mode. Apple first introduced a 'reachability' feature with the iPhone 6 to assist those who wanted a way to operate the phablet for one-hand users. Today's invention illustrates all-new ways to make iPhones with larger displays work for one-hand iPhone users.

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Wednesday June 22

Apple Confirms Unencrypted Kernel in iOS 10 Beta is Intent...

Yesterday it was discovered that iOS 10 does not feature an encrypted kernel, allowing users and researchers access to the core of the operating system and its inner workings. It was unclear at the time whether the lack of encryption was an accident or intentional, but today Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that the company did not encrypt the kernel for a reason.

“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.The kernel, which dictates how software can use hardware and keeps the device secure, is unencrypted so that developers and researchers can "poke around" and find potential security flaws. Because the...

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3D Touch in iOS 10: Respond to Notifications, Share Apps,...

In iOS 10, Apple has focused heavily on making 3D Touch more useful and relevant, so if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, there are a whole slew of new gestures you can use on the Lock screen, the Home screen, and in certain apps.

Given the expansive new 3D Touch options in iOS 10, we've created a video that shows you everything you can do with one of Apple's newest iPhones. With Apple introducing so many new 3D Touch capabilities, we can expect 3D Touch to be a feature that will show up in all of Apple's future devices, from iPhones to iPads.

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Incoming notifications now support 3D Touch Peek and Pop capabilities, allowing users to do things like view photos and videos and respond to incoming messages all without...

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iPhone 7 to Feature Longer Earpiece Cutout, Relocated Ambi...

Some minor changes are coming to the front of the iPhone 7 that will render protective LCD films made for other devices unusable on the new iPhone, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara.

According to the site, manufacturers of LCD films have stopped receiving orders as the iPhone 7 is expected to feature some front panel changes that will require new film designs.

Mockup of what the iPhone 7 could look like, without front panel changes taken into accountRecently, some manufacturers of LCD protection films on have stopped receiving orders as iPhone 7 has its proximity sensor on the front changed to the dual specification in addition to the ambient light sensor on the side moving from the left side to the right while a slightly longer receiver.Mac Otakara also reiterates rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature...

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Two Apple Store Concessions have opened in the Dubai Inter...

In late May we posted a report titled "Apple's Tim Cook Surprises Apple fans at the Apple Store in Dubai on Saturday." This week two business publications in Dubai reported that Apple has opened two concessions at Dubai Duty Free in Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3.

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KFC India Offers a Meal Box with a Lightning Cable & P...

Apple just came off a busy business trip to India and now there's a unique deal to report on. KFC India has introduced ...

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The Recent Patent Infringement Case against Apple's i...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Beijing Court Rules that Apple's iPhone 6 Models Violate Chinese Design Patent and may be Banned," wherein we noted that "the politics of this simply reeks." That was an understatement. A new report surfacing today shows us the extent of this scam and wonder how the court could have ever taken this seriously.

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Company That Sued Apple for iPhone 6 Patent Infringement...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that claimed the iPhone 6 violated the patent of its 100c smartphone, is reported to "barely exist" following its victory in the Beijing Intellectual Property Office against Apple.

In response to Shenzhen Baili's patent lawsuit, The Wall Street Journal investigated the company, along with its parent Digione, and found that the latter company had collapsed, "brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors." Digione has apparently been absent from China's mobile phone market for nearly a year.

iPhone 6 (left) and Shenzhen Baili's 100c (right) Phone calls to the company, Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services...

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Apple files Trademarks for: 'Mac - Works with iMovie...

Over the years Apple has filed for various 'Works With' trademarks such as 'Works with AirPrint' and iBeacon and 'Works with CarPlay.' Today the US Patent and Trademark Office published three new 'Works with' trademarks that were filed last Friday by Apple. The three cover a new series specifically for the Mac...

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iOS 10: Taking a Closer Look at Apple's 'Swift P...

At WWDC last week, Apple revealed its all-new Swift Playgrounds iPad app, which aims to help younger users learn how to code in Apple's programming language by making the experience more interactive and fun.

For those unfamiliar with Swift, the open-source language was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014, and developed over four years to be "concise and expressive" in order to make coding for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch more approachable.

Using Swift Playgrounds, Apple invites users to "solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift" and "take on a series of...

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Tuesday June 21

Check Out iOS 10's Redesigned Apple Music Experience

iOS 10 introduces an all new Apple Music experience and a redesigned Music app, which is aimed at making it easier for users to find new content to listen to. As seen in the video below, the new look of the Music app focuses on album art with a bright, simple aesthetic featuring big, bold headlines and lots of white space.

At WWDC, Apple execs said the redesigned app was meant to bring "greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience."

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Along with a bolder look, the Music app features the following tabs: "Library," "For You," "Browse," "Radio," and "Search." Gone is the "Connect" tab that allowed for direct access to the built-in social networking service where fans can follow artists, but Connect posts continue to show up in the "For You" section...

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