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Tuesday August 26

16:46
Apple's iBeacon Technology is being adopted by UK...

In May we reported on Duane Reade Inc. testing out Apple's iBeacon technology for it New York drugstore and convenient store chain. Today it's being reported that IPC Media, the publisher of magazines including Chat and Woman, will next month run the first UK-wide campaign using the Bluetooth beacon technology that Apple pioneered in its stores.

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13:08
Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion Keyboard...

When iOS 8 is released to the public in the fall, iOS users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including system wide third-party keyboards, which will bring fresh functionality to the default iOS keyboard. Third-party keyboards are available on Android devices and have been long-desired on iOS, so several popular keyboard developers announced plans to bring their software to iOS shortly after third-party keyboard integration was announced at WWDC. After iOS 8 launches, we'll be seeing new keyboards from well-known developers like Fleksy, Swype, SwiftKey, and TouchPal. iOS 8's third-...

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12:20
Bloomberg reignites the Old Rumor of a Coming Larger Pad

As far back as May 2013 there were rumors of "Apple working on a Larger iPad for Education Market." This same rumor resurfaced again in December 2013 and with Apple's CEO Tim Cook showing that he's sharply focused on the iPad during Apple's latest financial conference call with hints of significant innovation on the way – the rumor mill is resurrecting the rumor of a 12.9 or larger iPad is in the works. This time it's Bloomberg that's shuffling the dust, though there's not much evidence of anything really in play.

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11:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Drop in iPad Sales Just a 'Speed...

Just before news of Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro was reported by Bloomberg, Re/Code's Walt Mossberg shared a snippet of an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook commenting on the recent state of the tablet market, which has been on the decline. According to Cook, the dip in iPad sales over the past two quarters is just a "speed bump" for Apple.In a brief interview about tablets I had this week with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he said, "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," and added that, "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category."The sentiment echoes comments that Cook made during the company's third quarter earnings call, where Apple announced iPad...

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11:02
Apple to Launch 12.9-Inch iPad in Early 2015

Apple is planning to launch its much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, reports Bloomberg. Hints of the tablet, which has been dubbed the "iPad Pro" in rumors, first appeared in mid-2013, with a prospective 2014 launch date. Recent rumors, however, suggested plans for the tablet had been put on hold. Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook AirThe new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't public. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-...

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09:52
Beats Music Launches Promotional iTunes Festival Contest

In an attempt to garner new users from parent company Apple, Beats Music has launched a contest to coincide with the upcoming London iTunes Festival. Beats Music's #GoWithMe contest is offering 25 Beats Music users in the United States a chance to win two tickets to see one of several musical acts during the festival, with the prize package including airfare to London and hotel accommodation. Users do not need to pay for Beats Music to enter the contest, but a Beats Music account is required. After signing up for an account, Beats listeners can enter to win tickets to one of five performances by navigating to the artist's page on the Beats Music site: Kiesza, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams + Jungle, Maroon 5 + Matthew Koma, and Ed Sheeran + Foy Vance....

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08:36
L.A. School District Suspends a Massive iPad Contract

At the top of the month we posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Dominance in Education is Being Challenged by new Common Core Rules, Chromebooks and Hybrid Devices." The report covered a number of school districts that were opting for iPad alternatives like hybrid notebooks so that their students could meet the needs of the Common Core rules. Today, the L.A Times is reporting that that L.A. Unified, the second largest school system in the U.S. have officially cancelled a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads ...

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08:27
Verizon Preparing to Launch Voice Over LTE Network in Sept...

Verizon today announced that it is preparing to launch its voice over LTE (VoLTE) service sometime in September, reports CNET. The new service will be available nationwide on supported phones that are connected to the carrier's LTE network. VoLTE will provide high-definition quality voice and video calls that will significantly improve the overall calling experience. Not only will customers notice an enhancement in voice call quality, they also will be able to initiate a FaceTime-like video call right from the dialer app. Once you experience the HD quality voice, you don't want to go back," Greg Dial, executive director of mobile services for Verizon, said in a pre-briefing and demonstration of the new service with reporters. "The tight integration of the video calling feature is also significant. You can launch it right from the dialer. There's no opening a separate app...

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07:45
Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering a Future Shopp...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we mainly cover Apple's possible future shopping app and briefly touch on a revised multitouch patent. We also cover several new design patents issued to Apple today. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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07:06
L.A. Unified School District Suspends $1 Billion iPad Cont...

Los Angeles school district superintendent John Deasy halted the district's iPad contract with Apple in mid-rollout, reports the LA Times. The $1-billion multi-year contract would supply LAUSD students with iPads that were pre-loaded with curriculum from Pearson. The contract was administered in phases with an initial $30-million investment to equip a pilot group of students with iPads. Additional payments totaling almost $1 billion would expand the project to additional students and build out the wireless infrastructure to support tablet usage at the district's schools. Each phase was subject to approval with the option of canceling the...

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06:16
Premium Channel 'Showtime Anytime' Comes to Appl...

In addition to the return of the iTunes Festival channel for Apple TV today ahead of September's concert series in London, Apple has also added a new Showtime Anytime channel to its set-top box. The Apple TV channel is a companion to the Showtime premium cable network and offers limited free content to all users. Most content, which includes live and on-demand shows and events, is limited to customers who subscribe to the network through a participating cable provider. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Likely Fake iPhone 6 Box Insert Surfaces Google Launches New 'Slides' iOS App, Updates Docs and Sheets With Microsoft SupportTSMC...

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06:13
Apple Launches Apple TV Channel for 2014 London iTunes Fes...

Apple today launched its iTunes Festival channel on the Apple TV ahead of the festival's start on September 1. Similar to previous years, the iTunes Festival channel contains information relevant to the upcoming London version of the popular music festival. Ahead of the event, the channel allows you to browse information on the history of the festival, details on the Roadhouse, and the performance schedule for next month. When the festival begins, Apple TV owners can watch HD streams of both live and archived performances. Apple recently filled its performance calendar adding well-known musicians such as Mary J. Blige and Tony Bennett to the festival lineup. These performers will join previously announced acts such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams...

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05:06
Apple Wins a Patent for their Famous NYC Glass Store Desig...

In August 2010 Apple applied for a trademark related to the famous Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City that's a stunning Glass Cube. While that trademark is still pending, Apple has been granted a design patent ...

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04:11
Apple has been Granted Two New Liquid Metal Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two of Apple's latest patent wins related to liquid metal that could one day be used for future Apple devices or parts of devices relating to displays including a TV, the iWatch ...

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03:33
Apple Wins a Flexible Display Patent with Unique Functiona...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that relates to flexible displays that may include one or more flexible layers. A display cover such as a cover glass layer may be mounted over a flexible display. The display-based speaker structures may ...

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02:33
Apple Wins a Patent for an e-Clapperboard for TV & Fil...

On August 26, 2014, The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent that covers Apple's work on an e-clapperboard for the TV and Film industry. Jeff Roenning, a 13 year veteran engineer at Apple was once an assistant editor at Motion Picture ...

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Monday August 25

22:28
Apple Once Again Adds to Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival i...

As first reported by The Loop, Apple has announced that it will again be expanding the lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London to include 19 more acts such as Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, and more. The festival's schedule has also been updated to show when artists will perform, as deadmau5 will kick off the show on September 1, which will be followed by Beck and Jenny Lewis the next day. Apple has not yet revealed the lineup for the final day. Apple announced earlier this month that it would be expanding its original lineup to include acts such as Lenny Kravitz and Foxes. The festival's date was...

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14:22
California Law Now Requires All Smartphones to Have Built-...

A California bill requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have antitheft technology installed was today signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. Introduced in February, the SB-962 Smartphones bill, which mandates a "kill switch" for cellular devices, was initially approved by the California State Assembly in early August and passed a final vote in the California Senate shortly after. The law requires smartphones to include software or hardware that will render the device inoperable to an unauthorized user in the event that the phone is...

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14:09
The Emerging Smart Clothing Market Gets a Giant Boost from...

In April we posted a report titled "Could Apple be Eying Smart Clothing as the Next Big Thing?." In that report we discussed Apple's new fashion world star power now on hand and wondered aloud if Apple could be eyeing the smart clothing market as one of the next big things. We also covered clothing like pants that could use a future glass fiber material capable of recharging your device when it's sitting in your pocket. Today, Ralf Lauren launched a new line of sports shirts that contain a series of biometric sensors that will work with an iPhone. The technology behind the new shirts is from a Canadian Company by the name of OMsignal as seen in the video above.

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08:28
iPhone 6 'Phosphorus' Component Likely a Baromet...

Earlier today, Weibo user GeekBar continued his leaks of claimed wiring schematics of iPhone 6 components with a new "Phosphorus" component he had interpreted as the next-generation version of Apple's M7 co-processor. The M7 collects and tracks motion data from various sensors in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini, and with the iPhone 6 rumored to be including a number of new health- and fitness-related sensors, a more powerful version of the M7 seems possible for the new device. But according to MacRumors forum poster leecbaker, who is clearly familiar with these types of components, the item depicted in the schematic is not a next-generation M7 and actually appears to be a barometric pressure sensor. The iPhone 6 has been ...

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06:49
The Latest 4G LTE Smartphone Market Share Stats in China i...

In mid-July we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 5S Crushes Samsung's S5 Globally and Takes Third Spot in China." The statistical research results were derived from a report from Counterpoint. Late on Friday Counterpoint's latest report came to light covering new statistics from China. China remains the bright spot for the entire mobile phone value chain and crux of all the growth. More specifically, Counterpoint's report focuses on China's shift to 4G LTE and presents us with stats that clearly indicate that there's currently a close three horse race in play in China with Apple being one of them.

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04:58
TSMC Ready to Test Apple's A9 16nm Processor in Q1 20...

A prominent Chinese website is reporting this morning that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will have a trial production of its 16nm process ahead of schedule and also accelerate the pace of capacity building, according to the sources. The company will obtain most of Apple's orders concerning the next generation A9 processor which will become the main growth force for TSMC in the future.

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04:24
Apple to reportedly update their M7 Co-Processor for iPhon...

The Apple M7 chip (then codename Oscar) is a motion co-processor used in Apple's iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad mini (2nd generation). Its function is designed to collect sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses and offload the collecting and processing of sensor data from the main central processing unit (CPU). It was introduced in September 2013, and is used in the iPhone 5S. Today a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the iPhone 6 will pack a more powerful updated M7 chip.

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04:00
Schematics Allegedly Reveal M7 Successor Chip 'Phosph...

Apple may be working on a new version of the M7 co-processor for the upcoming iPhone 6, claims GeekBar (Via G 4 Games) in a post on Weibo. In this latest report, a new set of schematics allegedly showcase this new co-processor chip, which internally is labeled "Phosphorus." GeekBar claims "Phosphorus" will be the successor the M7, collecting motion data as well as processing other health-related information handled by Apple's new HealthKit API. This chip potentially is the power behind Apple's new Health app, which will import data from the iPhone and other third-party devices in order to create an overview of the user's health. Apple introduced its new Health tracking app and its HealthKit API at WWDC in June. Besides encouraging developers to build health and fitness-related functionality into its...

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04:00
Schematics Allegedly Reveal M7 Successor Chip 'Phosph...

Apple is unsurprisingly working on a new version of the M7 co-processor for the upcoming iPhone 6, claims GeekBar (Via G 4 Games) in a post on Weibo. In this latest report, a new set of schematics allegedly showcase this new co-processor chip, which is internally labeled "Phosphorus." GeekBar claims "Phosphorus" will be the successor to the M7, collecting motion data as well as processing other health-related information handled by Apple's new HealthKit API. This chip potentially is the power behind Apple's new Health app for iOS 8, which will import data from the iPhone and other third-party devices in order to create an overview of the user's health. Apple introduced its...

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