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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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Wednesday August 26

20:16
Sketchy Photo of Claimed 'iPhone 6s Plus' Box Su...

A new photo obtained by cnBeta [Google Translate] (via Macotakara [Google Translate]) allegedly shows off what appears to be the packaging of the upcoming iPhone 6s Plus. The photo depicts a standard white iPhone box, similar to what Apple has used as packaging for previous phones. The box is unfolded and...

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15:54
Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to be Interviewed at this Year...

With its mix of muscular journalism, stunning photography, in-depth reporting, and memorable profiles of the movers and shakers of the day ...

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14:52
New Evidence Points Towards Bill Graham Civic Auditorium a...

Earlier this week, there was some speculation that Apple might be planning to hold its upcoming September 9 iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and now there are new details that further hint towards Apple's involvement with the site. Beginning on Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the auditorium, prompting San Francisco news site Hoodline to do some digging into what was going on. It turned out the auditorium was booked for a "trade show" set to run from September 4 until September 10, but because it was registered to a company called "Adams and Associates," nothing linked the booking back to Apple. A police officer outside the auditorium, via...

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13:14
Facebook Introduces their New Digital Assistant called...

Apple's Siri was first introduced with the launch of the iPhone 4s on October 14, 2011. Facebook is now entering the market with their own digital assistant. Today Facebook launched "M" nested inside Messenger, Facebook's messaging app.

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10:03
Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch Accessories i...

As of today, Apple has begun selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its retail stores. The first third-party Apple Watch product Apple is offering on store shelves is ElevationLab's NightStand for Apple Watch. Priced at $29.95, the NightStand is a simple, affordable Apple Watch stand that was one of the first Apple Watch stands on the market. The NightStand was originally offered only in blue, black, and red, but it appears the company partnered with Apple to offer stands that match each of the Apple Watch Sport bands. Apple is selling the NightStand in pink, blue, green, black, and white. We visited an Apple Store in North Carolina, where the NightStands are on display next to the Apple Watch Sport bands, Apple Watch chargers, and matching Beats headphones. The NightStand is one of the few Apple Watch stands available for purchase...

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07:23
Tim Cook and Eddy Cue Receive Combined $94 Million in Appl...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President Eddy Cue received 560,000 and 350,000 restricted stock units respectively this week, worth a combined $93.8 million based on AAPL's closing price of $103.12 on Monday, according to a pair of filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Tim Cook and Eddy Cue at an Apple Store in 2014 (Image: Bloomberg) Cook was awarded with 280,000 performance-based restricted stock units in full based on Apple's performance relative to the other companies in the S&P 500 over a two-year period ending August 24. Apple needed to achieve a total shareholder return (TSR) of at least 41.36% to place in the top third of companies in the index, and Apple's TSR for the two-year period was 76.76%. Cook and Cue did not sell any of their...

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06:52
Will Foxconn's Latest Joint Venture Lead to new Apple...

It was announced late yesterday that Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn ...

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05:58
TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secr...

In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets." Today, Taiwan's highest court ruled in favor of TSMC. Yet the punishment dished out for his crime was so pathetic that it tells those involved in corporate espionage ...

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04:06
Apple to lead the way for Next-Gen Low Powered Oxide TFT P...

A technical report released this week in Asia noted that Oxide (Oxide semiconductor) TFT display, which its strengths are low-power design and miniaturization, is rapidly expanding its influence in market. As Apple is planning to release iPad Pro ...

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Tuesday August 25

12:13
'iPhone 6s' Display and Logic Board Shown Bootin...

We've already seen a number of part leaks from the upcoming "iPhone 6s", and a source has now provided MacRumors with several photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a gear icon. The video shows the device booted to the gear screen and then opened, showing the various iPhone 6s and 6 components laid out and connected inside the rear shell. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display. One heavily rumored feature for the iPhone 6s is support for Force Touch, allowing the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the display and activate differential controls depending on how...

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11:47
Germany's Highest Appeals Court Rules Apple's Sl...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid ...

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10:51
Samsung's rushed Note 5 Smartphone has a Mechanical G...

It's being reported today by TechRadar that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 already has a problem.

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10:29
For Patently Apple, Twitter is both a Blessing and a Curse

Twitter has a lot of problems with finding the right CEO to run the company and their stock price keeps falling due to a lack of profits. Twitter's Interim CEO Jack Dorsey said earlier this month that "Twitter has not done enough to make the platform easier to use and added that attempts to spur user growth have stalled."

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09:58
Logic Pro X and MainStage Updated With Alchemy Integration...

Early this year, Apple acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, largely known for its Alchemy software, which bundled a range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, and sound libraries. Alchemy's powerful audio manipulation tools have now been built into Apple's own music software, Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, via updates that are available today. Described by Apple as "the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer," Alchemy introduces additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog sound generators, along with 3,000 presets for electronic music ranging from electronic dance to hip hop and rock. There's a built-in preset browser built around keywords that's designed to let users find sounds quickly, and reshaping them can be done with the Transform Pad. Up to four synth modules can be...

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09:21
Michael Stuhlbarg Speaks on Filming Steve Jobs Movie:...

Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays early Apple employee Andy Hertzfeld in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs movie, spoke with Collider about his experience shooting the movie and shared some insight into the three-act structure of the film. According to Stuhlbarg, the Steve Jobs movie was a "very unique project" with a rehearsal process that was split between each of the acts, with the actors spending two weeks rehearsing and then two weeks shooting the movie at each different location where the product unveilings took place. The film is centered around three product launches for the original Mac, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac. This shooting method, says Stuhlbarg, was "unlike anything I've ever done to this point and probably unlike anything I'll ever do again. He said it brought the actors together "in an extraordinary way."Also, it kind of gave us something in the...

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