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Tuesday July 19

11:32
Apple Stores Promoting Apple Pay With Bonus $5 iTunes Gift...

In Apple retail stores in the United Kingdom and the United States, Apple is running a promotion to encourage its customers to sign up for Apple Pay this week.

When making a purchase in store, Apple employees will ask customers if they would like to pay via Apple Pay. If a customer declines and does not have Apple Pay set up, employees will guide customers through the setup process to make the purchase and will offer a bonus $5 or £5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay as their payment method.

The $5 iTunes gift card is available for any purchase made in an Apple Store, whether purchasing an accessory, an Apple product, or an iTunes/Apple Store gift card. Should a customer need to return a product within the return period, the iTunes gift card will still be theirs to keep as a reward for having set up Apple Pay.

Apple's promotion comes just as Apple Pay has...

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10:51
Brazilian Judge Orders Phone Carriers to Block WhatsApp, C...

Reuters is reporting that a Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months. The decision ...

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09:44
Apple Watch Sales Remain Steady After 15 Months Despite La...

Nearly fifteen months after the Apple Watch launched in the U.S. and eight other countries on April 24, 2015, new data shows that sales of the device have yet to experience an overly precipitous decline so far this year.

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, a somewhat surprising increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter.

Apple Watch sales have remained steady throughout the first half of 2016, despite the formation of an elongated refresh cycle that will likely reach at least 17 months -- the so-called Apple Watch 2 is rumored to launch in the third...

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09:01
iPhone SE Estimated to Grab 16% of U.S. iPhone Market in L...

Apple's newest 4-inch iPhone SE has taken a 16 percent share of the overall United States iPhone market in its launch quarter, according to new survey data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners and UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. The data shows that the iPhone SE has been successful in "flushing out" older phones, with 26 percent of iPhone buyers in the quarter moving up from an iPhone 4s, up from 16 percent in the previous quarter.

The strong entry of the iPhone SE naturally came at the expense of Apple's other phones in model share, with the iPhone SE helping to prop up overall iPhone sales as the other models begin showing their age by serving as an enticing upgrade option for more frugal customers and those unwilling to upgrade to a larger screen.The percentage of plus models sold fell by 6 points in the June quarter following a 9 point increase in March. The success of the iPhone SE could demonstrate...

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08:40
Apple Testing Google Graphics WebP Format for iOS and macO...

According to a new report, Apple has begun testing a Google graphics technology called WebP, a significant endorsement for an effort get websites to load faster.

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08:00
Apple is granted a Patent for the Haptics behind Apple Wat...

In November Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "An Apple Watch Patent Surfaces Regarding Haptics based on Orientation, Positioning & Environment." Douglas Weber was one of the inventors. Weber was also behind another recent invention that came to light regarding "Apple Watch Bands with Individual Smart Links Could Add New Functionality." With these two recent patents under his belt...

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06:31
Kia to Release CarPlay Software Update for Select 2014 to...

Kia has announced that CarPlay and Android Auto will be available as free software updates for a wider range of select 2014 to 2017 model year vehicles equipped with UVO3 or a compatible navigation system.

The new U.S. models eligible for the CarPlay update specifically, in addition to the 2017 Sorento and Sportage, include the 2017 Forte, 2015-16 Optima, 2015-16 Optima Hybrid, 2015-16 Sedona, 2014-16 Soul, and 2015-16 Soul EV.

The CarPlay software update will be available for download by the end of July on the UVO Home website. Kia said it will notify customers signed up for email notifications via UVO Home when the software...

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04:59
Xiaomi Surprisingly Chooses Windows 10 for Notebooks, Coul...

Last September Patently Apple posted a report titled "As Xiaomi Prepares to Invade North America they're setting their Eyes on High End Notebooks at Cheap Prices." Today we learn that Xiaomi will offer two notebooks. One will be made by Inventec as we noted last year and the other will be made by Wistron.

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04:08
Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering Cellular MacBooks,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's latest cellular MacBook invention relating to specialized antennas along with Apple's overview of the Mac Pro's internal architecture. Apple was granted several Apple Watch related design patents and one for a MacBook Pro ...

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01:41
Iran Issues an Ultimatum to Apple: Register iPhones or Ris...

A news report out of Tehran late yesterday noted that in an ultimatum, Iranian officials asked Apple to either officially register ...

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Monday July 18

22:29
Apple Pay Now Available in France

Apple Pay today expanded to France, marking the availability of the payment service in a total of eight countries (via iPhoneAddict.fr). MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards issued by Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant, Carrefour Banque, and Caisse d'Epargne can now be added to Apple Pay on eligible devices.

According to the Apple Pay France website, both Boon and Orange plan to add Apple Pay support in the near future, further expanding the availability of Apple Pay in the country.

Cards can be added to Apple Pay by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option in the Wallet app on a device running iOS 8.1 or later. Apple Pay works with the...

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15:44
iOS 10 Beta 3 Tidbits: iOS 9-Style Touch ID Option, New Ke...

With any major beta update, there are several small changes and tweaks as Apple aims to refine the operating system ahead of its public release, and iOS 10 beta three, seeded to developers this morning, is no exception.

Today's update, available as an over-the-air download for those who installed the first two betas or the beta configuration profile, features new Touch ID accessibility options, new haptic feedback when locking the iPhone, better keyboard sounds, and more.

We've rounded up all of the new features in beta three in the video below, so make sure to check it out to get a quick look at what's changed. We're also listing the changes in the post below.

Locking haptic feedback - When locking an iPhone...

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14:47
New Shot on iPhone Ads Show Worker Ant & Big Mouth Squ...

Apple released a pair of new Shot on iPhone ads with a squirrel trying to hide his nuts...

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13:08
Microsoft's Surface Team continues their work on a Fu...

In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Rumored to be Preparing an iMac Challenger," wherein we outlined Microsoft's clear intentions of matching all of Apple's devices from a smartphone through to an iMac competitor in the not-too-distant future. Earlier this month Microsoft's second patent on their modular desktop came to light and our report points out some of the highlights.

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13:08
Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers. macOS Sierra beta 3 comes two weeks after the release of the second beta and more than a month after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an...

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13:00
iPhone 7 Mockups Revive Rumors of 'Plus' and...

Two months before the prospective launch date of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, there are dozens of images of the two devices floating around on the internet. Some of those images are likely showcasing real parts, while others are dummy models used by case makers to get a head start on designing accessories for the new devices.

Dummy units are often accurate representations of what we can expect to see in new iPhones, but because they're constructed based on rumors, early leaks, and other third-party information, they can't always be trusted. That's the case with a new set of images shared by French site Nowhereelse.Fr, depicting front and back of an "iPhone 7 Pro" dummy model alongside iPhone 7 Plus and an iPhone 7 dummies.

The iPhone 7 Pro features a dual-lens camera and a...

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12:11
Apple Shares Two New 'Shot on iPhone' Videos Fea...

Apple today shared two new "Shot on iPhone" ad spots on its YouTube channel, highlighting the video capturing capabilities of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Both spots are 16 seconds in length and are accompanied by music, much like previous Shot on iPhone videos.

In the first video, shot by Tim W., a close-up of an ant is shown crawling across sand while it carries a seed pod.

The second video by Linda H., also wildlife-themed, features an adorable chipmunk filmed in slow motion stuffing a shelled peanut into its mouth.

In late June, Apple revamped its "Shot on iPhone" campaign to feature bright colors, updating all of its advertising imagery and billboards with new color-focused photos. It appears the video campaign will feature more varied video...

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11:24
HP to Launch 6" Phablet with Windows 10 & Iris Sc...

Before Apple's iPhone 7 rolls out in September, HP's new Elite X3 phablet will roll out on August 29 for US$699. Technically HP's new smartphone with a giant 5.96" Quad HD Display running Windows 10 was shown to the press in February – but HP is ramping it up a notch now that they're getting ready to launch the device.

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10:32
Apple Debuts iTunes Match With Audio Fingerprint for Apple...

Apple has introduced a fix for a persistent and frustrating Apple Music bug that caused pre-existing music libraries to sometimes be improperly matched with Apple Music songs, reports The Loop.

To make sure songs are correctly matched, Apple is now using iTunes Match audio fingerprint for Apple Music, a more accurate matching method than the metadata matching that was previously employed. Apple Music matching now also offers up DRM-free music files, just like iTunes Match.

Apple has been quietly rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprint to all Apple Music subscribers. Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn't always match the correct version of a particular song. We've all seen the stories of a...

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10:09
Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3 With Bug Fixes and Performance Im...

Apple today released iOS 9.3.3 to the public, marking the third minor update to iOS 9 since iOS 9.3 launched in March of 2016. In testing since May 23, there were five betas of iOS 9.3.3 released to developers and public beta testers ahead of the public release of the software.

Today's iOS 9.3.3 release is available as an over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users and it can also be downloaded through iTunes.

As a small 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes rather than outward-facing changes.

iOS 9.3.2 is the ninth update to the iOS 9 operating system, following...

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09:54
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan With Bug Fixes and...

Apple today released OS X 10.11.6 to the public, marking the sixth update to the El Capitan operating system that was first released on September 30, 2015. OS X 10.11.6 comes two months after the release of OS X 10.11.5, a small bug fix update. OS X 10.11.6 has been in testing since May 23.

The OS X 10.11.6 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. It is available to all OS X El Capitan users.

Many of the updates to the El Capitan operating system have focused primarily on under-the-hood improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements...

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09:49
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 10 to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta and more than a month after first unveiling the new operating system at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today's update is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first beta or the beta configuration profile and it's available for direct download through the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a host of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible camera, a redesigned Control Center, and a new widgets screen.

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08:49
Apple Stock Rises Above $100 Per Share For First Time in S...

Apple shares rose above $100 in intraday trading today for the first time since June 6, just weeks after the stock hit its latest bottom around the $92 mark.

AAPL is up over 1 percent on the day at the time of publishing, contributing to a slight rise in the Dow Jones stock index on the day.ALERT: Apple shares just rose above $100 per share for the first time since June 6 https://t.co/C9RCFmaq9f pic.twitter.com/onOEOnJZqU— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) July 18, 2016Beyond a short-lived rebound in March and April, Apple shares had steadily declined since the second half of 2015. Some investors have expressed concerns over Apple's recent slowdown, including its...

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04:31
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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03:31
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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