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Tuesday May 24

13:54
Apple Working on Amazon Echo Competitor, Opening Siri Up t...

Apple is actively developing a product that would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, reports The Information. Citing a source with direct knowledge of Apple's plans, the report suggests Apple is working on a Siri-based device that would include a speaker and microphone that could be used for features like listening to music, getting news headlines, and more.

In addition to developing such a device, Apple is planning to improve Siri by opening the voice assistant up to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

Opening Siri up to third-party developers will go a long way towards expanding the...

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13:21
Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3.3 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update for public beta testers, one day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.3 comes one week after the release of iOS 9.3.2, an update focusing primarily on bug fixes.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 appears to include mainly under-the-hood bug fixes and...

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12:16
Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Fo...

Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation.

Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the security of its iOS devices. Apple has said it will continually improve security to keep ahead of hackers, and its dispute with the FBI is said to have spurred the company begin work on implementing security measures "even it can't hack...

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11:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Health Industry is 'Ripe for Simp...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke this morning at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow, where he gave some sage business advice and shared some insight into Apple's future plans in the television and healthcare industries.

Some of Cook's most interesting comments were on healthcare, which has been a focus for Apple in recent years with ResearchKit, HealthKit, and the Apple Watch. According to Cook, healthcare could be significantly improved through the use of apps and it's one area where the App Store has potential for growth.

Cook went on to say that health is something that interests Apple because it's an area where hardware, software, and services can come together into "something that's magical." Apple said health is a...

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08:35
Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core Launch on Kickstarter

Pebble today launched a Kickstarter campaign for two new fitness-focused smartwatches, and an all-new cellular-connected wearable.

Pebble 2, the first major upgrade to the original Pebble smartwatch, features new built-in sleep, step, and heart rate tracking functionality alongside existing phone, text, and information notification capabilities.

The iOS- and Android-compatible smartwatch retains an always-on high contrast black and white display that is readable both indoors and outdoors. The watch also features an anti-scratch lens coating, built-in microphone, up to weeklong battery life, and water resistance up to 30 meters.

Pebble 2 is compatible with over 13,000 existing apps and watchfaces, and runs an updated version of its Timeline operating system that enables customizable one-click actions that, for example, make it easier to...

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08:27
India continues to hold off on Apple Store Licensing until...

After one of Apple's most concentrated business trips to India, Bloomberg reports that "India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled Apple must comply with regulations to procure 30 percent of components locally if it wants to sell through its own retail stores.

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07:13
Apple's CEO Emphasized the Growing Importance of Appl...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO landed in Amsterdam to Visit AssistiveWare and and while he was there he visited the Anne Frank Museum. Today we learn that Apple's CEO was one of the key CEO's being interviewed at the 'Speaking at Startup Fest Europe' that began in Amsterdam today.

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06:21
Apple Granted a Cellular MacBook Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we cover an Apple invention related to the category of cellular MacBook.

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05:09
Apple Granted an In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for Controll...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent titled "Three-Dimensional Mapping and Imaging." Apple inherited this particular invention from PrimeSense ...

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04:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a future Solar Power Accessory...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of xx newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention introducing us to a solar power panel accessory for mobile devices like a MacBook or iPhone that won't require a power converter. One of the inventors noted on this patent had originally worked at Samsung.

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03:39
Project Titan: Apple is Granted Patent for Advanced Vehicl...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's winning invention for advanced vehicle access and control system. Before there was ever a whisper of Project Titan, Apple had invented ...

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02:55
MacBook Pro to Gain OLED, Touch ID & First-to-Market M...

In April we reported on one of the likely first changes coming to Apple's Future MacBooks in the form of an next generation Hinge that uses a new metal injection molding process. A new rumor now tells us about more future features aimed for the MacBook Pro this fall.

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Monday May 23

20:05
2016 MacBook Pro May Include OLED Display Touch Bar and To...

Apple plans to introduce a revamped high-end MacBook Pro this year that'll include a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new MacBook Pro would come in 13- and 15-inch variations and arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.Kuo calls the new MacBook Pro updates the "most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."...

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15:40
OLED Supplier Sees Fourfold Leap in Orders as Apple Gears...

As Apple gears up to introduce OLED displays in the 2017 iPhone, the impact is already being felt in the company's supply chain. During a recent earnings call, Applied Materials, a company that creates equipment for making displays, reported a fourfold increase in orders.

According to Bloomberg, the growing demand for new display manufacturing equipment from Applied Materials serves as evidence that display makers are retooling their processes to produce OLED displays for Apple's line of iPhones in 2017.

Edge-to-edge iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhone

Applied Materials executives did not mention Apple by name during the earnings call, but CEO Gary Dickerson dropped some hints in a statement given to Bloomberg, pointing towards long term, sustainable growth and naming the "leader" of mobile products."It's...

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14:01
Possible iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Molds Confirm Camera Layouts,...

With the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus creeping closer, rumors about the two devices have been leaking out at a rapid pace, offering a lot of conflicting information that makes it difficult to narrow down the features that might be included.

Images of a set of molds and schematics said to be for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have surfaced on Chinese site Baidu and were shared by HDBlog, but as with all the alleged iPhone 7 renderings, schematics, and dummies floating around, the authenticity of the parts in the images cannot be confirmed.

iPhone 7 mold on left, iPhone 7 Plus mold on right

According to the source on Baidu, the molds in the images are plates used during the finishing process of creating the aluminum casing for the devices. There are plates for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus,...

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10:00
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing OS X 10.11.5, the fifth update to the OS X 10.11 operating system.

The OS X 10.11.6 update, build 15G7a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

We don't know what improvements the sixth update to OS X El Capitan might bring, but like prior updates, it's likely to focus mainly on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues that have popped up since the release of OS X 10.11.5. According to Apple's release notes for the update, OS X 10.11.6 improves the stability, compatibility, and security of Macs.

OS X 10.11.5, the previous...

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09:49
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after the public release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update.

The first iOS 9.3.3 beta, build 13G12, can be downloaded immediately from the Apple Developer Center.

We don't yet know what changes iOS 9.3.3 will bring to iOS 9, but as a minor 9.x.x update, it's unlikely to introduce any major tweaks. There is no iOS 9.3.3 update available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, suggesting the new beta does not fix an issue that bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices. Apple has also...

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08:35
News Site in China Claims Apple has Raised Orders to 78 Mi...

A new report from China's UDN news claims that their reporter visited various parts of China where Apple's supply chain resides

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07:07
It's Back to Macs for Schools in Maine

A new report tells us that after hearing students and teachers overwhelmingly say that iPad computers are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other districts are sending iPads packing and returning to laptops; MacBook Air laptops to be exact.

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07:05
Conflicting Supplier Report Now Says iPhone 7 Orders Highe...

Directly contradicting a previous claim of projected weak demand for the iPhone 7, Apple has reportedly asked its Asian suppliers to prepare for the highest iPhone production target in "about two years", according to Barron's Asia.

Citing a story in the Taiwanese Economic Daily Times this morning, the financial news publication said Apple has requested between 72-78 million units of the new iPhone, which is much higher than the 65 million handsets that Wall Street analysts previously predicted.

Supply chain sources claim that Foxconn will remain the key manufacturer for Apple's next-gen handset, while competing contractor Pegatron will also be involved in the assembly process. Additionally, it is claimed that both companies...

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06:41
Apple's CEO Lands in Amsterdam to Visit AssistiveWare

Late Saturday Apple's CEO paid a surprise visit to the Apple Store in Dubai to meet with customers and see their two new stores in person for the first time. Apple's CEO business trip has now continued with a visit to AssistiveWare in Amsterdam,

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05:36
Apple's Supply Chain Already Ramping up for the Switc...

Last November Apple notified their supply chain of its plans to switch to OLED display for future iPhones. One of the first signs that OLED is already on the fast track for 2017 with Apple's suppliers has surfaced in earnest. At least one company in Apple's supply chain is already reaping the benefit from plans to outfit next year’s version of the iPhone with a brighter, higher-definition screen.

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02:20
Apple Offers to Replace iPads With MacBooks in Maine State...

Apple and the Maine Department of Education have offered to swap school iPads for MacBooks at no additional cost, after it emerged that students and teachers overwhelmingly favor the use of laptops in class.

According to a report in the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, schools in Auburn and other districts in Maine are set to benefit from the "Refresh" swap, following surveys of students and teachers across grades 7 through 12, which revealed that 88.5 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students preferred laptops over iPads.

An Edward Little High School senior works on her iPad during class (Image: Sun Journal)

iPads were perceived to have poor educational value in the classroom and were often used to play games in class...

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Sunday May 22

11:55
Another Off-Beat iPhone 7 Rumor: Quad Speakers

The latest rumor du jour on the iPhone 7 is that it will be offering quad speakers. A reported photo ...

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11:12
Alleged iPhone 7 Prototype Case Leak Shows Four Separate S...

In a curious twist on recent rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7, French language blog Nowhereelse.fr today posted a series of images purporting to show a prototype rear case for the next-gen iPhone featuring four separate speakers.

According to previous rumors, Apple could drop the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and replace it with a second speaker that would potentially allow for the use of an additional audio amp provided by Cirrus Logic, which would also supply the noise-cancellation smart codec in an also-rumored Lightning-equipped headphone accessory.

Other more recent rumors based on alleged leaked iPhone 7 blueprints have cast doubt...

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