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Friday February 20

11:00
An In-Depth Look at Apple Watch Band Options and Potential...

Daring Fireball's John Gruber today published a piece going in-depth on what he believes Apple's upcoming Apple Watch wearable will sell for, how the various accessory bands will be sold at retail, and just how much the all-gold Apple Watch Edition could possibly cost. Taking a step back from the tech industry, Gruber looked at the upper tier of the fashion accessory market and decided to revisit his early fall guess that the lowest price the Apple Watch Edition could sell for would be $5,000. He began asking "friends who might know" whether they thought that estimate was too high.The answer has always been “No”. But the way I’ve been told “No” has given me the uneasy feeling that I’ve been asking the wrong question. I should have been asking if $5,000 is too low. I now think Edition models will start around $10,000 — and, if my hunch is right...

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10:01
Introducing MacRumors Giveaways: Win a Nomad Lightning Cab...

Today we're debuting giveaways on MacRumors, a new feature that will see us partnering up with companies to give away products to our readers. You can expect to see giveaways from us on a regular basis throughout the year. For our first giveaway, we've partnered up with Kero, a company that makes a few awesome accessories for iOS devices, like the Nomad Lightning Cable. The Nomad cable is a three-inch Apple-certified Lightning cable that comes equipped with a USB cap that attaches to a key ring or clip for portability. If you've been a long-time MacRumors reader, you might recognize the Nomad, because we've covered it on a few occasions since it first originated on Kickstarter in 2012. There have been several iterations of the...

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07:09
Apple to Launch Public Beta Testing Programs for iOS 8.3 a...

Following up on the public beta program used for OS X Yosemite that allowed non-developers to try out and offer feedback on the operating system before its release, Apple will be launching similar programs for iOS 8.3 next month and iOS 9 later this year, reports 9to5Mac....Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall.iOS 8.2 is still in developer testing as Apple gears up for an April launch of the Apple Watch, but the company has also begun seeding iOS 8.3 to developers...

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04:29
Sketchy Rumor has Apple Investing in a Display Plant in Ja...

Many news sites are reporting the rumor that Japan Display Inc. (JDI) may build a new display factory in Japan that could be ready for 2016 production. Even though JDI won't confirm the rumor, details ...

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Thursday February 19

15:56
Apple Aiming to Begin Electric Car Production in 2020

Apple is hoping to begin production on the car project that it is secretly developing as early as 2020, reports Bloomberg. According to the sites sources, Apple is pushing employees working on the car to have it ready to go in five years, a timeline that will eventually allow it to compete with similar electric vehicles coming out from Tesla and GM in 2017.The timeframe -- automakers typically spend five to seven years developing a car -- underscores the project's aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co., both of which are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000.Apple's electric car plans first came to light last week, after The Wall Street Journal...

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15:30
Finally Some Relief over Longstanding MacBook Pro Issues

Apple has just launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.

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14:58
Samsung Invents Unique Zoom Functionality for their Next-G...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that's designed to advance their digital pen known as the S-Pen with an all-new capability.

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14:44
Apple Initiates Repair Program for 2011-2013 MacBook Pros...

Apple has launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. As of February 20 in the United States and Canada (February 27 in other countries), users with affected machines will be able to visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to receive repairs for their MacBook Pros at no charge. Customers will be able to bring their MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or service provider or send it in via mail for repairs. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms: -Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen -No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on -Computer restarts unexpectedlyAffected products include 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models...

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13:38
A Look at Fuel Cell Technology With Intelligent Energy...

Fuel cells, which generate power via chemical reactions, aren't exactly new technology, having been invented in the 1830s, but they're seen by some as one of the next steps in the evolution of electrical power. In the not-so-distant future, we may adopt fuel cells for powering cars, homes, and a whole range of consumer electronics with clean energy. Intelligent Energy is one of the companies working to further fuel cell technology in the consumer space, having recently introduced its first hydrogen fuel cell iPhone charger, the "Upp." MacRumors went hands-on with the Upp to give fuel cell technology a try, and we spoke to Intelligent Energy's Corporate Development Director Julian Hughes, who shared some details about Intelligent Energy's fuel cell ambitions. The Upp, introduced in the U.K. in...

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09:57
Apple Watch Display Rumored to Be Going Up in High-End Par...

Apple may be building a stand for the Apple Watch at Galeries Lafayette, a high-end department store located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, according to a few news outlets based in France. Mac4Ever [Google Translate] reports that the stand would reside on the first floor of the department store, with possible expansion to other stores along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Image of the Galeries Lafayette via Mac4Ever Mac4Ever claims the current construction on the stand, which began at the beginning of February, is hidden as workers finish it up ahead of the...

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09:52
Microsoft Announces Handwriting Capabilities for OneNote o...

Today Microsoft announced that handwriting has been added to OneNote for Apple's iPad. Below is a video showing how easy it is to use ...

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09:15
Apple's Automotive Team Includes Former Tesla, Ford a...

Apple's alleged automotive team consisting of hundreds of employees working on an electric vehicle includes several former Tesla, Ford and GM employees, according to 9to5Mac. The report reveals that Apple has also recruited talent from smaller firms in the automotive industry and other fields, including A123 Systems, MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv, Concept Systems and General Dynamics. The list of recent hires from Tesla includes David Nelson, a...

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08:28
Citigroup Lists 6 Reasons why they See AAPL going Higher

Citigroup’s Jim Suva late yesterday reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Apple (AAPL), and a $135 price target, writing about six reasons why it could trade higher.

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07:19
New Apple Inventions cover Biometrics and a possible Thinn...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that cover a possible new MacBook hinge supporting cellular connectivity and biometrics related to Touch ID that could eventually extend to Macs.

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05:10
Apple Invents a New CarPlay/HomeKit Related iDevice System

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new system that will determine when a user has exited from a vehicle and automatically perform a series of tasks depending on the location that the user has exited. This invention will tie into future HomeKit and parking related applications.

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03:32
Apple Sued by Advanced Lithium Battery Maker on Several Co...

A Delaware limited liability company by the name of A123 with a principal place of business in Michigan and offices in Middlesex County, Massachusetts is suing Apple on several counts including unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.

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Wednesday February 18

17:27
Apple Watch Makes U.S. Magazine Cover Debut In Latest Issu...

Back in October, the Apple Watch made its magazine cover debut with Vogue China, on the wrist of Chinese model Liu Wen. Now, as Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch in April, the device is seeing its U.S. magazine cover debut, featured in the March issue of Self magazine (via AppleInsider). Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will be wearing the Apple Watch Sport with a white fluoroelastomer band on the cover of the magazine. Self also has more in-depth coverage on the device, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS and WiFi in print and in photos...

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16:21
Apple Facing Lawsuit for Poaching Key Battery Engineering...

Amid rumors that Apple is hiring employees for a secret car project, the company is today facing a new lawsuit for poaching employees from battery manufacturing company A123 Systems. While the specific battery expertise of many of the employees is unknown, at least one of the employees had experience with developing battery technology for electric vehicles. According to a lawsuit shared by Law360 (via 9to5Mac) Apple recently hired five employees from A123 Systems to create a "large scale battery division," violating noncompete agreements that employees signed with the latter company. A123 filed suit Feb. 6 in Massachusetts Superior...

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15:01
Patently Apple Wishes our Fans in China a Happy New Year

Patently Apple would like to thank our many fans in China a Happy New Year! This is the year of the Goat.

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13:58
Samsung Acquires LoopPay to breathe new Life into their Di...

In December we posted a report titled "Confused Samsung Looking for an Apple Pay Equivalent." We noted in that report that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. A new rumor...

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13:01
Samsung Acquires Apple Pay Rival LoopPay

Samsung today announced plans to purchase LoopPay, in an effort to compete with Apple's Apple Pay payments service. The two companies were in previously talks over a potential partnership in December for a payment system that would rival Apple Pay. LoopPay's technology stores payment information from a credit or debit card's magnetic stripe, transmitting payment details to card readers in lieu of a physical card. Because it works over a magnetic field, LoopPay is compatible with 90 percent of existing card readers and does not require merchants to support NFC as Apple Pay does. Currently, LoopPay works through an app and a standalone hardware device (a case is one of the company's most popular LoopPay offerings), but...

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11:12
Former GM CEO on Apple Car: 'They Have No Idea What T...

Amid rumors that Apple is developing an electric vehicle, former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has shared his opinion on Apple's plans, suggesting the Cupertino company avoid getting into a business with such low margins. In an interview with Bloomberg, Akerson said that Apple may be underestimating the difficulty of operating in the car business, as it's hard to navigate regulatory and safety requirements. "A lot of people who don't ever operate in it don't understand and have a tendency to underestimate," he said"They'd better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing," he said of Apple. "We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they're getting into if they get into that."According to Akerson, Apple should stick with the iPhone, which has much higher margins than a car and none of the...

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09:52
'GIF Finder' Pulled from App Store Over Copyrigh...

GIF Finder creator Matt Cheetham today announced that his popular GIF curating app will be pulled from the App Store following a lengthy back-and-forth with Apple. Cheetham faced stonewalling from the company thanks mostly to a few copyright issues of Disney-related characters within the app. Begun by Cheetham as a side project a few summers ago, the app used Tumblr and Imgur's APIs to discover and curate a collection of GIFs and images and distill them into categories or as search results for users to browse. It launched in 2012 and had nearly 90,000 downloads in the years since. Image via iDownloadBlog A recent update caused the app to crash on the iPad version when sharing a GIF, so Cheetham submitted an update to fix the issue. Instead of the usual okay from Apple, on January 25 he received a...

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08:33
Former GM CEO Doesn't Think Apple's Move into Ca...

Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors up until last year said Apple should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker.

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08:11
Apple Watch Revenue Will Likely Be Dominated by Expensive...

Earlier this week, in a report about the Apple Watch's missing health features, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple has placed 5 to 6 million Apple Watch orders with overseas suppliers ahead of the wrist-worn device's launch in April. The report specified that half of the first-quarter orders will be allocated to the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, while one-third of shipments will be for the mid-tier Apple Watch. The remaining orders will be for the expensive Apple Watch Edition. While the Apple Watch Edition will have the least amount of orders among the three models, with between 850,000 to 1 million units shipped, well-known Apple pundit John...

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