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Friday May 22

11:32
Mixed Profits Picture from Galaxy S6 Suppliers Indicate th...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A new Report is claiming that Samsung's S6 is looking like another Disaster in the Making." In that report we noted that it was beginning to appear that Samsung's Galaxy S6 sales were imploding. Today, more evidence is surfacing ...

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10:59
Apple Begins Shipping Gold Edition Watches to Early Pre-Or...

Starting on Monday of this week, Apple began preparing to ship out the first batch of gold Apple Watch Editions to customers who pre-ordered in April. MacRumors readers have begun seeing credit card charges for the devices and have received shipping notifications and courier information from Apple. Some of the first Apple Watch Edition orders will begin arriving tomorrow. Image via MacRumors reader Calvin The Apple Watch Edition is available in yellow gold or rose gold and is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. Given its high price tag, the Apple Watch Edition delivery process is somewhat different than the delivery process of Apple's less expensive watches, with customers receiving emails asking them to set up a delivery time. iFixit's Kyle Wiens ordered a 38mm Apple Watch Edition with a Black Sport Band and shared his tracking information and courier...

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10:10
Some Apple Watch Users Experiencing Issues With Inconsiste...

Following the release of Watch OS 1.0.1 on Tuesday, Apple Watch users have been noticing a problem concerning the frequency with which the Apple Watch sends heart rate data to the iPhone. Prior to the update, the Apple Watch sent heart rate information to the iPhone's Health app every 10 minutes, but now some users are seeing inconsistent update times. As highlighted by everythingiCafe on Wednesday, Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple's Support Communities have been complaining that their Apple Watches are sending data sporadically, with gaps up to eight hours in some cases. Before update on left, after update on right. Image...

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09:32
While Apple Watch Sales are Slowing, they're Likely t...

Quartz is reporting today that while Apple Watch pre-orders had started off with a bang and that Apple’s initial inventory had quickly sold out, the fact remained that US orders immediately fell off and have remained mostly flat ever since.

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08:42
OS X 10.11 Could Feature Control Center, 'Rootless...

While OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac. OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release."Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac’s Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac’s display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the report claims. "However, Control Center...

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07:36
Famed Montblanc Watchmaker Thinks that the Apple Watch wil...

As the Apple Watch gains steam in the market and the likes of Morgan Stanley and TrendForce see Apple leading the smartwatch race handily in 2015 and 2016, the traditional watch makers have gone into high defence mode.

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06:29
Apple Watch Orders Estimated to Average 30,000 Per Day in...

An estimated 2.5 million Apple Watch orders have been processed in the United States in the first five weeks of availability, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). Extrapolating from the e-receipts of about 14,000 online shoppers who use Slice's services, more than half of the orders placed so far came on April 10, the first day of pre-orders, with the Apple Watch averaging 30,000 orders per day since. Daily Apple Watch order estimates in U.S. (first-day orders of nearly 1.5 million omitted) As Quartz points out, the Apple Watch saw a notable rise in order interest on April 24, the day most initial Apple Watch pre-orders that weren't high in demand, like the Leather Loop or Black Sport band, began...

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06:02
Analyst Report Sees Apple Shipping 250 Million iPhones in...

The beginning of 2015 was excellent for Apple as the sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S remained strong. The total shipment of iPhones in the first quarter was over 60 million units, exceeding the market expectations. Apple's next generation iPhone will help drive the 2015 shipments of all iPhones to over 230 million

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05:16
Apple's Desire to Include Local Stations in Streaming...

Apple's efforts to provide customers with live programming from local broadcasting stations in the United States could delay the company's plans to launch a streaming TV service in early fall, according to Re/code. The report, citing industry executives, also claims that Apple has not reached any content deals with TV programmers yet, making it unlikely that the web-based TV service is announced at WWDC next month. "Apple’s ambitions have complicated its negotiations with the broadcast TV networks, because most broadcasters don’t own all their local stations, and have an affiliate, or franchise system. Clearing the rights to show local programs and commercials takes some time — ABC, for instance, spent two years getting the rights to show live programming via its Watch...

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04:58
New Analyst Report Forecasts Apple Watch will easily Outpa...

A new report published today is projecting Apple Watch sales will reach 15 million in 2015 and 26 million in 2016. While that's not as exuberant as the 36 million units that Morgan Stanley forecast over the next 12 months, it will all come down to what applications come to market over the course of the next 18 months.

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Thursday May 21

15:33
Three Key MobileFirst Apps now Integrate Apple Watch Push...

The Apple + IBM MobileFirst Homepage graphic has been changed today to reflect the Healthcare Industry. The MobileFirst app shown in the graphic is one titled "Hospital RN" that keeps patient data live for doctors and nurses. In addition, Apple has added updates to three key apps ...

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13:08
New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro Lives Up to Apple's Cl...

Apple's new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn't include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s. In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration [Google Translate], the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple's claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at 2GB/s and 1.25GB/s,...

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10:49
A new Report is Claiming that Samsung's 6S is looking...

Over the last month we've posted a series of reports about Samsung's problems (one, two, three and four) in general and the sales of the S6 specifically. No matter how you slice it, Samsung had another bad quarter to kick start 2015 and all the hype surrounding the S6 once again doesn't seem to be actually panning out.

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09:41
Apple Working on Split-Screen Multitasking, Multi-User Sup...

We've had previous rumors suggesting Apple is working on split-screen multitasking capabilities for the iPad, and hints of the feature are buried within iOS 8, but thus far multitasking has not made its way into the hands of customers. In a post covering information on future iPad upgrades, 9to5Mac confirms split-screen multitasking is still in the works and on schedule to be released as part of iOS 9. Split-screen multitasking will display two apps side-by-side on the iPad's screen or two views of the same app, allowing users to see multiple documents in Pages at the same time, for example. As was first discovered in code buried within iOS 8, apps will be able to be arranged in multiple views...

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09:20
Apple's Stock Rises Today on Bullish Note from Morgan...

Apple shares are up $1.40 to US$131.46 today (as of 1PM EST) following a bullish note from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty ...

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08:35
Apple Invents Compact and Powerful Hotspot Devices

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two new Hotspot devices enabling internet connectivity through a cellular network for devices like the non-Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad or any MacBook that doesn't have built-in wireless connectivity.

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08:28
Apple to Remodel Flagship Regent Street Store in United Ki...

Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area. A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners) The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new side staircases, and re-...

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07:39
Apple Planning Transit Routing in iOS 9 Maps, Advances on...

Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project."Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views."Transit features in Apple Maps were originally expected to...

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06:15
Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple Stores

Apple Stores in the United States, United Kingdom and possibly other launch countries began stocking standalone Apple Watch bands for purchase as confirmed by MacRumors and multiple users on social media. The photo below shared by Twitter user Apple Radar shows an Apple Store in Miami stocking the Sport Band in multiple colors, and he says that the Classic Buckle is also available. Apple is selling individual Sport Bands for $49, while the Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop retail for $149 each. The Modern Buckle is costlier at $249 and the Link Bracelet is the most expensive Apple Watch strap available at $449. The prices listed are based on the United States and will vary in international countries based on local currencies and exchange rates. Apple Watch bands can also be ordered online through the Apple Online Store....

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05:02
Apple adds a new Series of Ideas that Could Power a Next-G...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another stylus related invention. Apple's latest stylus would work with the iPad but could be used to sign documents on a MacBook Trackpad. Apple also hints ...

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04:32
Apple Could Unveil Next iPhones in August, Launch to Follo...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, has issued a research note to clients that claims Apple will announce its next iPhones in August ahead of a September launch. Apple has never unveiled an iPhone in August, having introduced early iPhone models at or around WWDC in June, the iPhone 4s in October 2011 and all subsequent iPhone models in September. It is worth noting that Kuo has sometimes been off with his launch timing predictions in the past. The research note, a copy of which was first obtained by The China Post, also claims that Foxconn is expected to secure between 60% to 70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Kuo notes that Foxconn has a higher yield rate for iPhones, helping it secure the majority of orders, and adds that the Taiwanese manufacturing company will also serve as the sole...

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03:31
iCloud, Mail, Photos and Other Apple Services Experiencing...

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific. iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it's down for you as well #iclouddown— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015 Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely for others. The issues follow a prolonged...

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02:56
Apple Invents Spatially Interactive 2D/3D Displays and Nex...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computing devices, and more specifically to computing devices capable of displaying a spatially interactive, combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional ...

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00:53
TSMC to Supply Apple with Fingerprint Sensors for Next iPh...

A new supply chain report today is claiming that TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors ...

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Wednesday May 20

15:32
Photos Reveal Secrets Behind Apple Watch Retail Display Un...

In its retail stores, Apple uses special Apple Watch display units to allow customers to test the Apple Watch ahead of making a purchase. The units, which have been available in stores since try-on appointments began on April 10, combine a functional Apple Watch (secured to prevent theft) with an iPad mini that gives details on various aspects of the device. Most of us probably haven't stopped to wonder about how these units work, but new Brazilian regulatory documents and images shared by Blog do iPhone [Google Translate] give us a fascinating inside look at how Apple engineered the display units....

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