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Friday April 22

03:55
Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a Regulato...

It's being reported today that the Government of India is now set to waive the requirement of mandatory domestic sourcing for Apple, paving the way for them to open their legendary flagship Apple Stores.

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01:53
As Promised, China begins Crack Down on Apple over Content...

Days after we learned that China demanded to have Apple's iOS Source Code but was denied, we learn that China's regulatory body known as the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television abruptly shut down Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies.

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Thursday April 21

20:14
Apple Shares New Ad Explaining How iMessages are Powered b...

Apple has released a brand new ad called "Renewable Energy," which takes place entirely within the Messages app. The ad is focused on explaining how 100% renewable energy at Apple's data centers enables users to send and enjoy iMessages to and from friends.

The ad argues that since the tech behind iMessages is renewable and environmentally friendly, users are showing Earth "some love" by using the service. The ad ends with Apple's green-stemmed Earth Day logo and arrives just in time for Earth Day, which is April 22.

In 2013, Apple announced that its data centers were using 100% renewable energy. Worldwide, 93% of Apple's facilities run on renewable energy. Its new headquarters, Apple Campus 2, will also run on 100% renewable energy.

Apple is celebrating...

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19:10
Report: iTunes Movies and iBooks Stores in China Ordered C...

Last week, the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores mysteriously went down in China. A new New York Times report says the stores were forced down by the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.An Apple spokeswoman said the company "hoped to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible." The store closures come six months after they...

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17:40
Laugh or Cry: The Woz Tells the BBC that Apple Should Pay...

The Woz was interviewed in length by the BBC earlier today and on one hand he sided with Apple in respect to the encryption battle. But when it came to Apple and taxes ...

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16:16
iTunes Store Accepting Donations to Support Earthquake Rel...

Apple today added banners to the iTunes and App Stores allowing customers to donate to the American Red Cross in support of people affected by the earthquakes that hit Ecuador and Japan last week.

Donations made through iTunes and the App Store can be placed using credit cards already on file with Apple, making the donation process simple. Customers are able to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to relief efforts. 100% of all donations made through iTunes will be given to the American Red Cross. [Direct Link to Donations]

48 people have died in Japan and thousands more were injured after magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 earthquakes hit southwest Japan on April 14 and 16, causing severe damage in the Kumamoto and Ōita prefectures. More than 140 aftershocks have also affected the region.

In Ecuador, a magnitude 7.8...

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12:24
Alphabet Inc. Misses Street Expectations, Stock Tumbles

Alphabet shares fell in Thursday after-hours trade after the company reported earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

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11:44
Griffin's BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable for ne...

Apple’s MagSafe connector has saved literally millions of laptops from destructions caused by tripping over one’s power cord. But with the introduction of USB-C on new MacBooks, this safety feature is absent. Griffin's new $39.99 BreakSafe brings the safety and convenience back ...

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11:02
FBI Paid Upwards of $1.3 Million to Unlock San Bernardino...

United States Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey today gave some hints on how much the agency paid to access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, suggesting a sum upwards of $1.3 million.

According to Reuters, Comey said the FBI paid an amount exceeding what he will make in the next seven years and four months as director of the FBI. Comey's annual salary is at $183,300, and without raises or bonuses, will result in earnings of $1.34 million.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.

"A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure," Comey said. "But it was, in my view, worth it."According...

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10:51
The FBI Reportedly Paid More than $1.34 Million to Unlock...

Yesterday we reported that the unlocked iPhone 5c confirmed that no other conspirators were involved in San Bernardino's terrorist attack. Today we learned that it cost the FBI more than $1.34 million to break into the iPhone.

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10:35
Apple's New 12-Inch MacBook Now Widely Available for...

Following the launch of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook earlier this week, Apple Stores in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, U.K. and other countries have begun receiving limited stock of the notebook to set up as display models and to fulfill in-store purchases.

Apple today reenabled its web-based Personal Pickup tool for the 12-inch MacBook, and the availability checker shows that select models are currently in stock at select Apple Stores in or near major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Outside of the U.S., the 12-inch MacBook is also available in or within the surrounding metropolitan area of a number of major international...

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10:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook Named to TIME's Annual List of 100...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was once again named one of "the 100 most influential people" by TIME magazine in its annual list recognizing individuals who have made a major impact on the world. Tim Cook is recognized as a "Titan" alongside people like Yuri Milner, Binny and Sachin Bansal, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Wang Jianlin, and Pope Francis.

Each person included on TIME's list is featured alongside an essay written by an associate, with Cook's 2016 note penned by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Apple is known for elegant, innovative products that change the world by transforming how we connect, create and communicate, as well as how we work, think and act. Its continued success requires a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical...

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09:02
Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Public Beta Tester...

Apple today released the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to public beta testers, just a day after seeding the second iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 comes just over a month after the public release of iOS 9.3 and three weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing...

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07:42
iCloud and Siri Teams at Odds as Apple Seeks to Move Cloud...

Apple's efforts to move its cloud infrastructure in-house for its web services are being slowed by "political infighting" between the company's iCloud and Siri engineering teams, according to The Information.

The paywalled report claims that the fighting is holding back Apple from fixing "technical problems that have plagued iCloud and iTunes," while at least one key engineering manager is said to have departed the company over the ongoing conflict.Steve D’Aurora, an engineering manager in a team led by Patrick Gates, resigned last week. That’s raised the possibility that Mr. D’Aurora’s superior, Darren Haas, a “head of cloud engineering,” would leave as well. Both Mr. D’Aurora and Mr. Haas joined Apple through its 2010 acquisition of Siri, the voice-activated...

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07:35
Could Qualcomm's Possible Loss of Apple's iPhone...

Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest maker of chips that go inside smartphones, indicated on an earnings call Wednesday that it may be losing some orders from Apple for modem chips that link the iPhone to the web.

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06:52
Qualcomm Hints at Apple's Switch to Intel for LTE Mod...

Qualcomm shares are currently trading lower after the chip maker suggested during an earnings call Wednesday that it will be losing orders from one of its major customers to one of its leading competitors.

Analysts believe that customer will be Apple, according to Bloomberg, following rumors that the Cupertino-based company will rely on Intel to supply the majority of LTE modems for the iPhone 7, which is expected to be announced at a media event this September.Qualcomm Chief Executive Officer Steve Mollenkopf told analysts he is “assuming” that a major customer will give orders to a rival, indicating a potential loss of...

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06:27
Future Korean TmaxOS to run iOS, Android & Windows App...

Leading Korean software company TmaxSoft has unveiled its own operating system for PC's as part of a bid to further challenge big global software firms such as Oracle and Microsoft.

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05:43
Apple-Beats Wireless Headphones Patent Comes to Light

A minor Apple patent application published today covers a wireless Beats-like headphone set. It describes much of what the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless headset does in the sense of working with Apple's iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch with a built in mic so you could take hands-free calls.

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03:51
Apple's iOS App Store Clobbered Google's Play St...

Even though Google's Play Store enjoyed twice the downloads than Apple's iOS App Store in Q1 2016, when it came to profits it was the App Store raking in twice the revenue...

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01:25
Apple Completes their Work with Korea's Fair Trade Co...

It was reported back in December that South Korea’s antitrust regulator was investigating Apple’s repair policy of iPhones at its local service centers. After months of negotiations with Apple, it's being reported today that Apple Korea Inc., Apple's local unit, has revised its unfair business agreement

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00:56
Apple's iPhone SE is Squeezing Market Share from Chin...

We had noted back in late March that pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone SE in China alone had exceeded 3.4 million units which pointed to a roaring start for Apple's third iPhone model that returns the 4" display with upgraded features. Today, a new Taiwan supply chain report states that the launch of the relatively low-priced iPhone SE in China has squeezed ...

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Wednesday April 20

14:33
Notice: Apple Delays Q2 2016 Conference Call Due to Bill C...

Apple is officially moving their Q2 2016 Conference Call to April 26 from April 25 due to the Memorial Service being held for former board member Bill Campbell who passed away this week.

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11:39
Apple Ended Talks with BMW and Daimler over new Vehicle Co...

On Monday we posted a report titled "A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is preparing for Possible Production in 2020," wherein we noted that while Daimler's CEO stated in 2015 that they had no plan to become the Foxconn of Apple, that Magna was hungry and foolish enough to want to get in at the ground level...

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11:01
Apple Car Talks With Daimler and BMW Fell Apart Over Leade...

Apple has been unable to establish a deal with Daimler and BMW over a possible manufacturing deal for the Apple Car, reports German news site Handelsblatt. Apple is said to be seeking a partner that could potentially help it produce the Apple Car, as Apple has no experience with vehicle production.

Talks with Daimler and BMW reportedly ended because there were questions over who would lead the project and which company would have ownership over data. Apple is said to be holding out for deep iCloud integration.

A Magna Steyr conceptual vehicle from 2012Apple wants the car to be closely built into its own cloud software, while the German carmakers have made customer data protection a key element of their future strategy.

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08:57
Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.3.2 Beta to Developers With Night...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the release of the first iOS 9.3.2 beta. iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 comes nearly a month after the launch of iOS 9.3, a major update that introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements, and three weeks after the iOS 9.3.1 bug fix update.

The second iOS 9.3.2 beta is available for download over-the-air or from the Apple Developer Center.

Like iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3.2 is a minor update that appears to focus mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and fixes for bugs that have been discovered since the...

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