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Monday September 15

17:32
Apple's Tim Cook Gets Fired Up about Privacy & Ap...

On Sunday we posted a report titled "One More Thing: The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook," that covered part one of a two part interview. The topics were many from their womb to tomb business model to their reasoning for partnering with IBM. Tonight the Charlie Rose Show released a small 3 minute segment where Cook talked about Privacy and Apple Pay.

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15:38
Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: 'We Try...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy. Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible and that he believes that people "have a right to privacy." Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have a key. Our business is based on selling [products]. Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product.As he has stated previously, Cook says that no one has backdoor access to Apple's servers. "We would never allow that to...

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13:43
Angry Apple Fans demanded a way to remove the Free U2 Albu...

." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world. ." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world.

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11:55
Kantar Thinks that Apple's Holistic Approach to the S...

The Kantar-Group is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks. In their latest report published today, they tackle the Apple Watch. Kantar believes that the Apple Watch has tremendous growth ahead in 2015 as they roll out three variants of their smartwatch. According to Kantar, the key to Apple's future success will be in their holistic approach to the smartwatch market.

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11:49
Apple Watch Already Facing Questions Concerning User Priva...

Though it won't be released until early 2015, Apple's new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives. In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information. In his letter, the Attorney General noted several areas of concern, including: -Whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded; -If and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users' health...

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10:57
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Popping Up in China, Vietnam Ah...

Though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not expected to be delivered to customers and released to stores until Friday, September 19, some devices have already begun showing up in Vietnam and China. According to Dan Tri [Google Translate] an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were spotted in a Red River restaurant in Vietnam by an AP reporter, who confirmed the legitimacy of the devices. The reporter is said to have tested features like Messages and Siri to confirm that the devices seen in Vietnam were real, and Dan Tri snapped several photos of the two phones. The images show off the size difference between the two models and how the devices...

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09:49
Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple today released the third Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the second Yosemite public beta on August 21. The last developer beta, Developer Preview 7, was released on September 2. The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. It's likely the new public beta includes content released in the last developer update, version 7, which included a new look for Dark Mode, several tweaked icons, and the removal of the "Software Update" option from the main Apple menu. Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may introduce new iPads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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09:43
Apple Creates Tool for Users to Delete Unwanted U2 Album

During Apple's keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission. The move upset users who did not want to have U2's album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user's devices. According to Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr, who gave a statement to Re/code, customers were asking Apple how to delete the album after it was distributed, which has led Apple to create both a tool and a support document that outlines the process for removing the album from iCloud. Here's Apple...

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09:34
Retina iMacs and Apple Displays Within Reach as New Displa...

With Dell having announced its upcoming 5120 x 2880 "5K" display that would be the equivalent of a Retina 27-inch iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display and Apple rumored to be launching its own such display later this year, connectivity options for such displays have now taken a significant step forward with today's official release of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification by the Video Electronics Standards Association (via 9to5Mac). The new standard offers a 50 percent increase in bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, or 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data once overhead is accounted for.The increased bandwidth enables higher...

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08:54
Photos From Inside a 747 Flying iPhone 6 Units to the U.S.

As retailers prepare to begin sending out iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders to customers, shipping company employees behind the scenes are working hard to transport the phones from China to the United States. One MacRumors reader who works in shipping has posted photos of 195,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders that he flew from China to Alaska in a 747, which will then be sent on to Chicago. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus orders in cargo plane, courtesy of goforblacksky. Yep, that's what I do. I fly stuff. Privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6's in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It'll be on the ground at O'hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You're welcomeAccording to the poster...

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07:16
Samsung Shows Brave Face in Light of Apple's iPhone 6...

Silly Samsung is trying once again to mock Apple's products. This time around they're mocking the iPhone 6 Plus for copying the Galaxy Note smartphone that debuted in 2011. That's funny, because Samsung ...

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07:08
Duke and Stanford Begin Patient Trials With Apple's H...

Duke University, Stanford University Hospital, and medical device manufacturers are working with Apple on patient trials involving Apple's new HealthKit API, reports Reuters. Apple mentioned the trials in its recent September press event, but did not provide any details on the health parameters or patient groups being studied. Speaking to Reuters, Duke University's Ricky Bloomfield, internal medicine pediatrician and director of mobile strategy, confirmed the research institution will use HealthKit to track vital health parameters such as blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer or heart disease. iOS 8's HealthKit API will gather this health-related information from a variety of sources and compile it so patients and doctors can...

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06:25
T-Mobile's iPhone 'Test Drive' Program Upgr...

Several months ago, T-Mobile US launched an iPhone "test drive" program allowing users to test an iPhone 5s on the carrier's network for seven days free of charge. The program helps users decide if T-Mobile's coverage is satisfactory in the areas they frequent, and also gives users unfamiliar with the iPhone a free introduction to the platform. With Apple ready to release new iPhone hardware and software, T-Mobile has informed Re/code that it will continue offering the program and plans to upgrade the test drive units to iOS 8 within days of its public launch this Wednesday. T-Mobile also has plans to begin offering iPhone 6 units through the testing program, but it will take some time for those to become available as supplies will be tight in the early weeks after release and they will...

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06:08
Korean Brokers Foresee Samsung Experiencing another Drop

In a string of reports that we covered this past June and July (one, two and three) we hammered home the fact that Samsung's financials would plunge due to poor Galaxy S5 phone sales. In the end, poor Galaxy S5 sales hurt Samsung's financials badly despite the false exuberance that Android website reports portrayed about the Galaxy 5 being a smash hit. Today, a new Korean report is stating that Samsung Electronics is expected to suffer another earnings shock in the third quarter ...

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05:24
Apple's iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Smash All Previous Record...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook exuberantly stated in a press release issued earlier this morning that the "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled ...

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04:44
Stanford & Duke Prepare Major Trials with Apple's...

Apple first introduced HealthKit to their developers this past June and their Health app will debut with iOS 8 for the iPhone 6 on September 19. The new Health app will provide iPhone 6 users with an easy‑to‑read dashboard of their health and fitness data. Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi ...

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04:38
Apple Confirms Record-Breaking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-Ord...

Apple today announced that it processed more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in the first day of pre-launch sales. Demand was strong for the phone with pre-orders pushing out availability of the handset to October. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.” After announcing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its September press event, Apple will begin selling the two phones in its retail stores and through third-part retailers and carriers starting on September 19th. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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Sunday September 14

17:41
New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Commercial Attacks Apple for iPh...

Samsung has introduced a new ad for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, talking about how the company first introduced the Galaxy Note series in 2011 and popularized the "phablet" form factor while calling out Apple for making the similarly sized iPhone 6 Plus three years later. The ad begins recounting the history of the Galaxy Note before talking about some of the features of the device, like multi-window multitasking and its S-Pen stylus. The ad then shows articles from online publications criticizing Samsung for releasing the original Galaxy Note due to the device's large size before showing articles praising Apple for releasing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Finally, the ad shows select tweets from users criticizing Apple for releasing the iPhone 6 Plus three years after Samsung started the Galaxy Note line of devices. The commercial ends with the release date for the new device. Samsung has continually created advertising going after Apple, its products and its fan base...

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09:54
One More Thing:The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Co...

If you ever really want to know more about Apple's CEO Tim Cook, then watching the Charlie Rose interview that originally aired last Friday is by far one of the best ways of doing that in one sitting. It's hard to believe that there's actually another concentrated hour of that interview to be aired on Monday. The first hour covered a lot of territory that we touch on in this report and on Monday, Charlie Rose will talk to Tim Cook about "What comes after the internet?" That question alone will have me tuning in on Monday.

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07:38
Hon Hai May end up Selling the iPhone 6 in China as an MVN...

provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which the MVNO provides services to its customers. An MVNO enters into a business agreement with a mobile network operator to obtain bulk access to network services at wholesale rates, and then sets retail prices independently. A news story out of China on Friday claims that Hon Hai will ...

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Saturday September 13

11:10
Apple Updates their Logo Trademarks to Reflect Apple Pay

The Afternoon prior to the big Apple Event on September ninth, Apple's legal representation in China filed two trademark filings to update the international classes relating to their Apple logo.

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09:44
iPhone 6 Begins Shipping to Customers for Sept 19th Delive...

Apple begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on Friday, September 12th. The first of those orders are beginning to ship to customers. Verizon sent notices to customers today with tracking numbers for their early orders. Despite the early shipping, FedEx will hold shipments for simultaneous delivery on launch day -- Friday, September 19th. Despite the coordinated effort, some new iPhones may slip through and arrive a day early or so. Readers on our forums are tracking their shipments and order status in various threads: - The "I just bought/ordered/shipped/received my new iPhone 6/6 Plus" thread - iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sprint Pre-Order Thread! - T-Mobile.com preorder thread -...

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09:26
Core Wireless uses Former Nokia Patents to Sue Apple

Core Wireless, headquartered in Luxembourg with an office in Texas, had their attorney Bunsow, De Mory, Smith & Allison file a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday. What makes this an interesting case is that many of the patents listed in this case are Nokia patents. They note on their website that Core Wireless holds one of the world’s largest patent portfolios related to mobile communications networks – and that "all 2,000 patents and applications were originally filed by Nokia ...

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05:20
Tim Cook Talks up Apple TV, Steve Jobs and the Future with...

In a new Charlie Rose interview that aired last night, Tim Cook talked about the late Steve Jobs, Apple TV, the acquisition of Beats and that Apple is working on 'blow away" products that haven't been rumored on thus far. When you think of Apple's ...

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Friday September 12

17:57
Shipping Estimates for iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Slipping to 7-1...

Pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 in the United States have dwindled significantly since pre-orders kicked off last night, with most models of the device now displaying shipping estimates of 7 to 10 days. The new shipping estimates mean customers who place an order now will likely be receiving their phones in October rather than September. While there are still a some AT&T and Verizon iPhone 6 models available in space gray and gold, silver models for most carriers have now sold out. T-Mobile continues to have some availability in gold, with space gray models carrying shipping estimates of 7 to 10 days. Though it has taken nearly a day for Apple to run out of most iPhone 6 models available to ship on 9/19, supplies of the larger iPhone 6 Plus were much more limited. Apple's online store was down until...

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