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Sunday August 17

07:04
Israeli News Sites are Celebrating Apple's New VP of...

When Apple updated their leadership page lately it was revealed that Israeli-Arab Johny Srouji, a former Haifa resident, hailed from Israel’s Institute of Technology called the Technion, was appointed to VP of Hardware technologies.

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01:07
Another Image of New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB C...

Earlier this week, photos claiming to be of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced. The images were said to be sourced from Apple supplier Foxconn, and were shown in a production stage. Now, frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson shares a new photo of the accessory, further indicating that a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector may be on the horizon: The current Lightning cable (left) compared to new Lightning cable (right) While the USB connector on the current Lightning cable is attached to the bottom of its metal housing, the connector of the supposedly newer cable is attached to the center. The structure of the newer cable was also spotted in previous photos, and likely indicates that this is a reversible USB...

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Saturday August 16

08:41
Apple Supplier found in Violation of Apple's Worker G...

In a report that was published late yesterday it was noted that Apple has been working with supplier Quanta over the past year to improve working conditions after a 2013 audit, published on Friday, uncovered a profusion of violations, including excessive overtime and health hazards. The new report found Quanta guilty of forcing overtime on their workers.

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07:16
Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location Services Wa...

In 2011 we posted a report titled "Apple working on a Sophisticated Infrared System for iOS Cameras." In that report we pointed to Apple's patent application providing a specific example regarding infrared technology's use in a museum scenario The museum would be set up with an infrared transmitter ...

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06:03
More Photos Point Toward 1,810 mAh Battery for 4.7-Inch iP...

Last month, a photo surfaced showing what looked very much in line with Apple's usual iPhone battery design but with a capacity of 1,810 mAh, higher than the 1,560 mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s. Speculation naturally pointed toward the new battery being for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with a number of observers being disappointed in the modest capacity increase considering the larger display slated for the device. Just last week, an analyst report claimed the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually include a 2,100 mAh battery, giving hope to those looking for a more substantial increase but lacking any evidence to support the claim. New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [...

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Friday August 15

17:14
Apparent Photo of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Battery Reveals 2,915...

A purported photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery on Chinese site Apple Daily [Google Translate] (via Macotakara) alleges that the larger new iPhone could have a capacity of 2,915 mAH. The photo shows the battery carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675 and that it runs at 4.35 volts, although no model number is shown. While it's difficult to confirm the authenticity of the battery, it does appear to have markings similar to...

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10:31
Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of 'Apps Mad...

Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads. This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and more, can be found in the Quick Links section of the iOS App Store and the desktop iTunes Store. The addition of Beats Music to the Apps Made by Apple list follows its inclusion in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users, another move that will undoubtedly result in a high number of Beats Music app downloads. According to Appshopper, Beats Music's popularity has soared in recent weeks. It is currently ranked fourth in music and number 23 in overall free apps. As of May, Beats Music had...

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09:36
Apple Working to Remedy Labor Violations Found at Quanta F...

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today published a new report examining two factories operated by Apple-supplier Quanta Computer, finding several code violations related to working hours, recruitment policies, compensation, health and safety, and more in August of 2013 [PDF] (via TechCrunch). Factories examined included a Quanta facility in Shanghai and one in Changshu. Quanta is a long-time Apple partner that manufactures Apple's MacBook Air and much of the rest of the company's Mac lineup. Violations were found in both locations, with some of the more egregious issues including verbal abuse by supervisors, a hiring fee charged to workers by a...

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09:11
Apple Adds Five Vice Presidents, Including Two Women, to...

Apple today updated its Apple Leadership press page to add the bios of five vice presidents, including Paul Deneve, Lisa Jackson, Joel Podolny, Johny Srouji, and Denise Young Smith. The inclusion of several vice presidents on the executive team is a new move for the company, as the page previously only listed the company's lineup of senior vice presidents. Since taking over as CEO, Tim Cook has aimed to share the spotlight with his employees, letting company leaders like Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive take part in press interviews and lead Apple events. The addition of five new VPs to the press roster suggests Cook and the team at Apple are more open than ever, recognizing the efforts of an even larger number of key employees. Of the new executives joining the page,...

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08:26
Will Apple Challenge Intel's Next-Generation Earbuds...

.... in January 2014 Intel made an announcement mirroring Apple's patent pending invention at CES. According to Intel, they had invented earbuds with a heart rate monitor that accepted verbal instructions via a digital assistant that they called "Jarvis." Yesterday Intel made further announcements regarding the launch of their new earphone systems scheduled to hit the street later this year.

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07:08
Earphones Filled With Health and Fitness Sensors Ready to...

As Apple moves closer to launching its rumored health and fitness oriented iWatch, there has been significant focus on the types of sensors Apple might be looking to deploy. Among the intriguing options have been sensor-equipped earphones, which Apple has filed patent applications on in the past and which saw renewed attention following the posting of an unfounded rumor about EarPods with embedded biometric sensors earlier this year. Earphones with health and fitness sensors do continue to be a topic of interest, and other manufacturers are preparing to bring their own products to the wearables market later this year. One biometric headphone attracting attention is a new offering from Intel and SMS Audio, which has musician 50 Cent as a co-founder (via...

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06:00
Apple's iDevice Orders are so massive that it's...

There have been wild rumors over the last few months with claims that Apple has put in iPhone orders in the range of 70-120 million units. Yet today's new revelation would almost confirm that Apple has record breaking orders in for chips with TSMC. According to a new report published today in Asia, "The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs ...

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05:18
Apple Adapts to Post-Snowdon World by Storing Data Locally...

According to several sources, Apple's decision to begin storing some of its users’ data on mainland China underscores how technology companies are adapting to digital nationalism in a post-Snowden world.

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04:04
The Rumor Mill spins a new Tale that the iPhone 6 may use...

Rumors are spun everyday over supposed Apple parts for the iPhone 6 to keep the rumor mill well oiled. Today a new rumor has sprung from the minds of the good folks over at NowhereElse.fr. Their latest rumor-report is trying to put a square peg into a round hole about Apple adopting the new reversible USB standard for the iPhone 6.

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03:07
Apple Now Using China Telecom as Data Center Provider in C...

Apple has officially added China Telecom as a data center provider in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move comes after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" by the Fuzhou city government, as Apple states that all data stored on the servers is encrypted. According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes Store in the region. "Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China," it said. The move could also help ease tensions between Apple and China as of late, as the...

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02:28
Photos Claiming to Be of New Lightning Cable with Reversib...

Apple may be shipping a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB connector with forthcoming iOS devices, reports Chinese website Dianxinshouji.com (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr). The source shares a few photos of the new cables said to be from Apple supplier Foxconn, with the images showing a USB connector that is attached to the center of its metal casing. By comparison, the USB connector on Apple's current Lightning cable attach against the bottom of the metal housing's inner surface. While it is unable to tell for sure whether these cables are legitimate or not, it is possible that Apple could ship new Lightning cables to match the forthcoming USB 3.1 cables that will soon come...

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00:29
Apple Hiring for Future Retail Store in United Arab Emirat...

Apple today posted retail job listings for a future store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, indicating that the company may be soon opening its first store in the Middle East. The postings were initially spotted by ifoAppleStore and show typical openings for Specialists, Creatives, and Experts, as well as managerial positions for Store Leader and Market Leader. The report speculates that the store could already been under construction for an opening in February 2015 based on hiring schedules. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE, posing for photos at various Apple resellers and meeting with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. While...

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00:00
Apple Sued by Shareholders Over Anti-Poaching Agreements w...

Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein is suing Apple on behalf of all of its shareholders over the company's anti-poaching agreements, reports Patently Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple's no-hire agreements with other companies including Google, Adobe, and Intel caused the company to grossly mismanage its assets, mislead its investors, breach the duty of "honest services", and hurt its overall value. The suit seeks damages for all shareholders through a jury trial, and names a number of Apple executives as individual defendants including current CEO Tim Cook and even former CEO Steve Jobs. The suit follows a rejection of a $324 million settlement proposal between the four tech companies and tech workers by a California...

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Thursday August 14

17:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Phil Schiller Take On 'Ice Bucket...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today took the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which is designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The challenge asks people to pour buckets of ice water over their heads (documented on film and shared on social media sites) and then tag three friends to do the same. Friends unwilling to complete the challenge are asked to donate money towards ALS, but as noted by The Verge, many participants have chosen to participate and donate money to the cause. According to Instagram and Twitter photos, Tim Cook had a bucket of ice water dumped on him at Apple's Cupertino campus this afternoon during the company's weekly beer bash, after...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of Sprint's Reinv...

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of their Reinvention

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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11:17
Higher-End 4.7 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to Get Sapphire Displ...

Apple has plans to use a sapphire crystal display in the higher-end models of the two versions of the iPhone 6 that it plans to debut this fall, reports The Wall Street Journal. Because of the higher cost of sapphire, Apple may also charge more for the high-end versions of the devices.Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.Multiple iPhone 6 rumors have speculated that sapphire could be constrained to either the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the higher-end models due to cost and production issues, but The Wall Street Journal is the first mainstream publication to confirm those rumors...

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10:37
Intel Preparing to Launch New Xeon Processors for Potentia...

After nearly three and a half years with only a minor processor bump, Apple late last year launched its redesigned Mac Pro, moving to a compact cylindrical design relying on a slew of Thunderbolt 2 ports for expandability. While the new machine began shipping in the last few days of 2013, extreme shortages of the machine persisted for months and it wasn't until two months ago that shipping estimates reached the "within 24 hours" level and Apple's own retail stores began stocking the Mac Pro for immediate purchase. Potential Mac Pro customers may now, however, be starting to look forward to the first update for the redesigned Mac Pro, as Intel appears set to launch new processors appropriate for the Mac Pro next month. As...

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10:19
IDC's New Smartphone Report illustrates that the iPho...

According to a new IDC report, the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. Vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013. The...

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08:45
Apple Invents In-Cell for OLED Displays & Touch ID for...

Apple was granted a patent this week for their In-Cell or "Integrated Touch" display technology. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for their latest technology regarding "In-Cell for LED" or OLED/AMOLED displays. In a secondary patent filing Apple focuses on fingerprint imaging and quality characterization. One of the patent figures illustrates the iPad integrating Touch ID which is likely to debut this fall.

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