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Monday July 18

UK Chip Designer ARM to be Acquired by Japan's Softba...

British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holdings is set to be acquired by Japanese firm Softbank for $31.4 billion, the BBC has revealed.

According to the report, the board of ARM is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer, which amounts to a 43 percent premium on its closing market value of $22.2 billion last week.

Shares in the U.K. technology firm surged by 45 percent at the open of the London Stock Exchange this morning on news of the deal, adding $10 billion to ARM's market value.

The Cambridge-based company was founded in 1990 and employs 3,000 staff. The acquisition is said to be the biggest ever purchase of a European technology company, one that will be funded by Softbank's own cash reserves and a long-term loan from Japan's Mizuho Bank. Commenting on the deal, chairman and chief executive of Softbank, Masayoshi Son, said:

This is one of the most...

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TSMC Reportedly Lands Exclusive Deal for Apple's 2017...

In May, Patently Apple posted a report titled "TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone A11 Chips." Today a report is claiming that "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has obtained all of Apple's A11 chip orders."

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Apple Supplier ARM is acquired by Japan's Softbank

Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to buy ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home. ARM's technology is the engine behind Apple's AX processors for all iOS devices.

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Sunday July 17

A Longer 4.7" iPhone 7 Video Surfaces

Another day, another iPhone 7 video; It's the same design we presented in another video on Friday, with this video being much longer. Under Tim Cook ...

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Microsoft Invents Advanced Haptics for Next Xbox Game Cont...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft's Paranoia of Apple's Gaming Intentions has ushered in Project Scorpio." Microsoft wants to take gaming to the next level which means driving 4K gaming to the mainstream market. It's partly to fend off Sony's PS4 Neo which likewise promises a leap to 4K gaming and to ensure that Apple's intentions of challenging them on the traditional video gaming console front never materializes, despite Apple's work with top gaming developers. Earlier this month another Microsoft patent was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealing some of their work on Xbox's next gaming controller (likely coming to Project Scorpio) ....

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New iPhone 7 Video Offers Side-by-Side Comparison With iPh...

A new video and images posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and picked up this morning by NWE offer a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone 7 casing against Apple's current flagship iPhone 6s.

Embedded below, the new video runs to over two and a half minutes and gives a much better idea of the prospective design than last week's seven-second clip.

Whatever the origin of the assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 7 unit, it matches the Space Grey of the iPhone 6s, and features the larger camera and repositioned antenna bands seen in previous images and alleged design leaks. It also clearly shows a lack of headphone jack, with a second speaker grille alongside the Lightning port where it used to...

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Saturday July 16

Apple Wins Second MacBook Design Patent and the 'AirP...

Last month we missed a design patent win of Apple's in the Hong Kong database. The win is Apple's second design patent for the MacBook. The first design was granted in early February and could be reviewed here. Our report also takes a look at the rumored U.S. based 'AirPods' trademark.

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Friday July 15

Apple’s New Music Royalty Proposal Would Make Streaming Co...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for a simplified way to pay songwriters and music publishers for streaming music, according to Billboard. While the change would benefit labels, artists and publishers, it would make it more difficult for streaming services like Spotify to continue offering free tiers.

Apple, which has always had a gift for creative simplicity, wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the filing obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board suggests a simple, “all-in” statutory rate that would be “fair, simple and transparent, unlike the incredibly complicated structure that currently exists.”Apple's suggested rate is 9.1 cents per 100 plays, which would make the songwriting royalties for 100 streams...

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GlaxoSmithKline is the First Drug Company to Test Out Appl...

It's being reported today that GlaxoSmithKline has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple's ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research.

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Samsung's Obsession with Bendable Smartphone Concepts...

On July 3 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Continues to Push the Concept of Foldable Smartphones and Tablets." Days later, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published yet another pair of new patent applications. Samsung's inventions cover flex displays with artificial muscles and a method of allowing multitasking users to quickly switch between multiple favorite apps with a simple bend of their smartphones.

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Trademark Filings Seemingly Confirm Apple's Work on U...

With it looking more and more like Apple is going to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, we've seen considerable speculation and discussion about the transition to either wired Lightning headphones or Bluetooth options. Looking at the wireless possibilities, the first iPhone 7 headphone jack rumors immediately reminded us of an "AirPods" trademark filing we discovered last October that seemed likely to be linked to Apple, although conclusive proof could not be found at the time.

That AirPods trademark application was filed by a previously unknown company by the name of Entertainment in Flight LLC, which carried many of the hallmarks of being a shell company operated by Apple for the purposes of hiding its true identity. Apple has used such companies on many previous occasions, including for "...

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Cardless Withdrawals With Touch ID Coming to Over 70,000 A...

FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.

FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

Payment Alliance International is the largest independent operator of non-bank-owned ATMs in...

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Weibo video shows what could be Apple's iPhone 7

A Weibo video making the rounds this morning shows what could be the finished 4.7" iPhone 7. Importantly, the leaker sneaks in a quick glance at the bottom of the phone, revealing no headphone jack and two rows of speaker holes.

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Vevo to Challenge Apple Music with new 'Artist Focuse...

Vevo aims to roll out a sleek new app this week and an ad-free subscription service in the coming months to deliver the 200,000 music videos ...

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Senator John McCain Rebuked Apple's CEO for Declining...

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain warned Google and Apple executives Thursday that the Committee "has subpoena power" that could compel them to testify on why their encryption systems on newer smartphones are not accessible to law enforcement operating under court orders.

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Thursday July 14

Apple's Secret Camera Team in France is Stepping Up t...

According to European sources (one and two) Apple has been working on a secret camera related project in Minatec, a research center in Grenoble, France with a small team of about 20 engineers. They'll be moving to a new ...

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New Video Shows Off Alleged iPhone 7 Design With No Headph...

Several images depicting what's believed to be the rear casing of the iPhone 7 have been surfacing on Chinese social networking sites in recent weeks, and today, a short video gives a more in-depth look at the prospective design of the device.

Shared by Dutch site TechTastic, the video features the same casing we've seen in photos, with relocated antenna bands that no longer span across the back of the device, a larger protruding camera hole to perhaps accommodate an improved image sensor, and overall, a design that's not much different than the design of the iPhone 6s.

Photos of the iPhone 7 casing have largely ignored the bottom of the device, which is actually visible in the video. Of note is the lack...

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Apple to Open Imaging Research Lab in Grenoble, France

Apple plans to open a research laboratory in Grenoble, France focused on developing improved imaging sensors and techniques for its iOS devices, according to French newspaper Dauphiné Libéré, with details shared by [Google Translate].

Apple has had a team of more than a dozen researchers and engineers working on imaging research and development for more than a year at the Minatec European research center, and recently signed a lease to establish its own research laboratory in Grenoble.

The new facility, located on Rue Ampere, will give Apple the space to hire additional researchers and it will allow the company to...

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Apple Patent Points to 3D Touch Coming to a Future Version...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intention of adding Force Touch to a future version of the Apple TV Remote that will likely translate to 3D Touch.

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Patent Illustrates Future iPhone having Backside Invisible...

On Tuesday new iPhone 7 Plus rumor photos surfaced supporting the notion that Apple's 'Smart Connector' will replace the bottom Lightning port for the top of the line model. One of Apple's patent applications today supports a backside iPhone 'Smart Connector' and goes one step further

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Eddy Cue Says Apple 'Not Trying to Create TV Shows,...

Apple executive Eddy Cue, who oversees services like the iTunes Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, Siri, Maps, and iAd, sat down for a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of Apple TV, the company's relationship with Hollywood studios, and more.

When questioned about the original programming space, Cue said Apple is not in the business of trying to create TV shows, nor is it trying to compete with the likes of Netflix or Comcast. Instead, he said Apple may "help" producers, as it is doing for ...

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Apple Invents New Behavior & Action/Intent Modules for...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that shows us how a user's wearable device, be it eyewear, a smart buckle or Apple Watch, can work with an iPhone in new and interesting ways.

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iPhone 7 Case Molds Lack Rumored ‘Dark Space Gray’ Option...

Alleged photographs of the upcoming iPhone 7 have been popping up online for a few months now, and today Apple news and reviews site Macitynet [Google Translate] has shared one, showing off what the handset will look like in Rose Gold, Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. Following in the footsteps of previous images, the new photo doesn't contribute anything new to the iPhone 7 rumor mill, but it does fall in line with a few design expectations of previous reports.

The picture is said to be of a mold for the iPhone 7, used by case manufacturers ahead of the smartphone's launch to prepare exact measurements for...

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Google Introduces Home Security via their new Outdoor Secu...

Today Nest Labs, Inc. announced sweeping changes to its security camera portfolio with the introduction of Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and ...

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Apple Working on Curved OLED Display for Future iPhone...

A couple of reports have surfaced this year (one and two) about the 2017 anniversary iPhone introducing a new form factor that has curved glass for a better grip. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more of the technical aspects behind a flexible OLED display with bent edges ...

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