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Sunday August 30

08:46
Next-Generation Apple TV Said to Launch in October for $14...

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV will be released in October with a starting price of $149 or $199, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that Apple will also continue selling the third-generation Apple TV for $69 as an entry-level device, although the set-top box is not expected to have support for an App Store or Siri. The report adds that Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service will be available "as soon as next year" through a software update for both the third-generation and fourth-generation Apple TV. The web-based TV service is expected to deliver a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 and $40 per month. The new Apple TV is rumored to feature a dual-core A8 processor, an...

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05:27
Tidal Streaming Service Calls Apple 'Big Brother...

For Tidal, traction has been hard to come by. Last week Billboard surveyed the A-list of music professionals/executives and found that 71% of them have lost faith in the revamped streaming service. Yesterday news hit the wire via The New York Post that Apple hit Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit over a performance made by Drake at the Lil WeezyAna Fest on Friday night.

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Saturday August 29

14:37
Final Part: Apple Granted 67 Apple Watch Design Patents

Yesterday Apple was granted 67 Apple Watch related patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office. In Part 2 we conclude our report on Apple Watch designs that covers 31 user interfaces covering clock interfaces and many common apps and emoji. This report also covers Apple Watch ...

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12:16
Part 1: Apple Granted 67 Apple Watch Related Design Patent...

Apple was granted 67 Apple Watch design patents from the Hong Kong Patent Office on Friday covering various interfaces for clocks, apps and wallpapers in addition to Apple Watch packaging and more. In this report, the emphasis is on all things interface related. The designs were approved on Friday as noted in one of the registration certificates provided for in this report.

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07:19
Apple Granted 7 Design Patents for Specialty In-Store Appl...

Apple has once again been granted a monster load of granted design patents relating to the Apple Watch from interfaces to Apple Watch presentation tables. The latter is the focus of this first report covering two styles of specialty tables.

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Friday August 28

11:11
Apple TV Said to Have Motion Sensitive Remote Control Targ...

In a report corroborating several oft-rumored features of the next-generation Apple TV, including an A8 chip and a native SDK for creating apps, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino has revealed that the set-top box will also have a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri. Panzarino claims the redesigned remote control will likely be targeted at casual gamers:A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While Apple is likely going to target the broad casual gaming market, I would not be shocked to see innovative gameplay blossom from that...

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10:16
Apple Worked with the Israeli Military and Now the Pentago...

Although it took a while for Apple's new CEO Tim Cook to unveil their first major product after Steve Jobs passing, they've certainly have been making a lot of noise about really changing Apple beyond what any of us could have imagined. Today, another off-the-wall statement was made about Apple working with the Pentagon on next-gen devices.

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10:00
Currys and PC World Gearing Up to Sell Apple Watch in UK

MacRumors has learned that British electronics retailer Currys, which co-brands some locations as Currys and PC World, has added the Apple Watch to its internal inventory system as it gears up to begin selling the wrist-worn device. Currys and PC World has a large presence throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a combined 295 superstores and 73 high street stores in both countries. It remains unclear how many of those locations will be carrying the Apple Watch. When searching for the Apple Watch on the Currys website, a banner informs customers that the device is "currently not available at Currys and PC World" and advertises a range of smartwatches from Sony, Motorola, LG, Pebble and others. Apple has been expanding Apple Watch availability beyond Apple Stores over the past few months. Best Buy in the U.S. began selling the Apple...

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09:17
Apple is Fed Up with Samsung's Gamesmanship and Unwil...

Today it's being reported that Apple is asking a district court to order Samsung to pay over $548 million in damages, in a long-drawn patent dispute between the two companies that dates back to 2011.

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09:07
Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for Retina MacBook R...

Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance. The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook sold for $1,299. The mid-tier Core m5 6Y54 and Core m5 6Y57 are similar chips with 1.1 GHz dual-...

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07:53
Apple is Still King of Tablets and in Earnest Miles ahead...

Late yesterday a new analytical report surfaced stating that Apple has kept their comfortable lead in the tablet market by holding on to 31.4% of the market share by shipping 23.6 million iPads in the first half of 2015.

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06:03
South Korean Apple Fans may be Getting Apple Music this Ye...

Apple plans to offer its popular "Apple Music" services to iPhone and iPad users in Korea, officials at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday.

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06:02
iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But It...

iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any appliance - from lights to fans - into an iPhone-controlled Siri-compatible smart product using WiFi. We tested out three of iHome's SmartPlugs, simulating what it might be like to control lights and fans across multiple rooms to turn an ordinary home with ordinary outlets into a smart home with a reasonable monetary investment and a bit of time. As with the Elgato Eve review I did earlier this summer, using the iHome SmartPlugs makes it clear that there...

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04:18
Former Beats CEO Leaves Apple Abruptly

According to a new published report, the architect of Apple’s online radio strategy has resigned two months after the launch of its Beats1 radio service. Apple confirmed that Rogers was leaving but declined to comment.

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03:38
Beats 1 Lead Executive Ian Rogers Leaves Apple

Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of Apple's streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today. Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers's official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed "Europe-based company in an unrelated industry" on the west coast. He is credited for hiring Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who worked at BBC Radio 1 from 2002 to 2015. Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio station built into Apple Music, featuring a mix of...

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Thursday August 27

11:22
The Apple Watch is Likely to Take Top Spot in the Wearable...

A new IDC report that was published today shows that Apple is within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. Yet understandably IDC's report only covered up to Q2 when Best Buy was only selling Fitbit devices and not the Apple Watch. At the end of July Best Buy added the Apple Watch ...

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09:19
Apple's Big Event is on Cue for September 9 at a new...

It's official, Apple's iPhone event will take place on September 9 just as was called by John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed back in July. Paczkowski also forecasted that the new Apple TV box with Siri would be one of the key products to be introduced and by Apple's invitation graphic it's clear that it will be.

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08:16
Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: 'Hey Siri,...

As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold a media event on Wednesday, September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites were sent out today, with Yahoo's Alyssa Bereznak sharing a look at the artwork and tagline for the invitations: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." This year's iPhone-centric event is expected to see the debut of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which, according to rumors, will include a reinforced body constructed from stronger 7000 Series aluminum, Force Touch, an A9 processor, 2GB RAM, and an improved camera. Rumors have also suggested Apple will use the event to unveil the next-generation Apple TV, a major update from the existing set-top box. It will include a redesigned chassis with an A8 processor, more storage space, and a touch-based...

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06:58
Confirmed: Apple Retiring 'One to One' to Focus...

MacRumors recently learned that Apple's One to One training program for Mac, iPhone and iPad may be coming to an end soon, and we can now confirm that Apple Stores are holding meetings with retail employees about phasing out the membership-based service, which has been available under its current name since May 2007. One to One members should be informed about the changes in the near future. Apple is retiring One to One to focus on free public workshops such as Mac Basics, Personalize Your Mac, iPhone and iPad Basics, iCloud Basics and iPhone Photography. Group Training and Open Training will be discontinued immediately, while Personal Training will remain available for customers that recently purchased One to One until their membership expires, according to sources. One to One costs $99 per year and provides customers...

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06:53
Apple Reveals Force Touch for the iPad, Magic Mouse &...

Last week Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "An Advanced Force Touch Patent for the iPad Surfaces in Europe." Today the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that expands upon the foundation that was laid out last week. Apple's patent reveals that their 2-layer force-sensitive ...

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06:39
'iPhone 6s' to Feature Apple Watch-Like Motion W...

A new feature of the upcoming "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be a collection of improved animated wallpapers for the smartphones' lock screen, according to a few sources speaking with 9to5Mac. The designs of the wallpapers will be similar to the "Motion" watch faces seen on the Apple Watch, with the suggested hint that each animation will dynamically change and animate every time the user wakes their phone to interact with it. The new themes will range from fish in a koi pond to different color smoke clouds, the latter of which are suggested as becoming animated versions of the static backgrounds that got added in an iOS 9 beta update earlier in the month. The same sources do warn the feature could have been dropped at the last second, but a questionable leaked photo of a purported iPhone 6s Plus box -- which does in...

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05:57
'iPhone 6s' Display Panel With Mystery Chip Is S...

Following our look at a partially functioning "iPhone 6s" built from parts earlier this week, we're now getting some more details on the iPhone 6s display assembly itself. While the part has been seen in a few leaks over the past several weeks, a source has now provided us with some new information and high-quality photos of the part. Display assemblies from iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6s (right) Numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. We've yet to see confirmation that such functionality is present in these display assemblies that have been circulating, but there are some tantalizing differences from...

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05:39
IDC Estimates Apple Watch Sales Totaled 3.6 Million in Sec...

The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.6 million worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device during the three-month period ending June 30. Apple was within striking distance of market leader Fitbit, which sold an estimated 4.4 million fitness trackers in the second quarter. IDC estimates that Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi trailed in third place with 3.1 million wearables shipped in the quarter, representing 17.1% market share. Garmin and Samsung rounded off the top five with 700,000 (3.9%) and 600,000 (3.3%) wearables shipped respectively, while all other vendors accounted for a combined 5.7 million shipments and 31.5% market share. Last month, Strategy Analytics estimated...

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04:54
Apple's Latest Invention Focuses on Voice Quality Ass...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "To shake things Up, Apple may Add Cellular Voice Capabilities to the iPad via a new Wireless headset." Today, Apple continues on that same theme by focusing on improved voice quality in a wireless headset that could be used for telephony on Apple's desktops and mobile devices including ...

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03:23
Apple Advances their Work on Wireless Charging Systems Foc...

Apple revealed details of a highly sophisticated wireless charging system back in 2013 that utilizes near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power supply. It's likely the long term approach that Apple will eventually introduce. Today a new patent application was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that reveals ...

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