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Tuesday April 19

12:44
A Surprising Revelation Surfaces that China Demanded to ha...

According to a new published report, Apple had been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday.

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11:47
AMD's New 400-Series 'Polaris' Graphics Chi...

Following up on its rumor of a major AMD design win reported last October, WCCFtech has confirmed via multiple sources that the customer in question is indeed Apple. The latest design win follows Apple's use of AMD 200/300 series GPUs in the top-end 27-inch Retina iMac and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and is a boon for the chipmaker that has seen its share of the graphics market dwindle over the past several years.

The design wins make mention of two graphics processor families, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11. The former carries a code name "Ellesmere" and is believed to be in the power range that would make it suitable for an upgrade to the iMac. Polaris 11 has the code...

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11:35
Apple Settles Lawsuit Regarding Siri to the Tune of $24.9...

Back in October 2014 Patently Apple posted a report regarding Dynamic Advances suing Apple over Siri infringing on an invention patented by two professors from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The patent in question had been cited in patent applications from HP, IBM, Google and Apple.

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10:06
New 12-Inch MacBook Tidbits: 15% Faster, 41.4-Watt-Hour Ba...

Apple today announced the next-generation 12-inch Retina MacBook with several faster tech specs, one hour longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold color option.

The ultra-thin notebook is available on Apple's online store starting today from $1,299, and from Apple retail stores and authorized resellers beginning tomorrow.

15% to 18% Faster CPU Performance

Christina Warren has shared 64-bit Geekbench results that show the new 12-inch MacBook (1.2GHz configuration) has around 15% to 18% faster CPU performance compared to last year's equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Primate...

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07:13
Former Tesla / Aston Martin VP Joins Apple's Project...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is preparing for Possible Production in 2020" While that was definitely interesting news, today we find out that Apple has hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer ....

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06:44
Samsung may Re-Enter NAND-Flash Business for the iPhone Ne...

In February we posted a report titled "Apple is Adding EMI Shielding Technology to the iPhone 7." The report noted that Apple has StatsChipPac and Amkor responsible for the EMI Shield process on major chips of iPhone 7. In a new report published today, we learn that Samsung may be included in Apple's supply chain for NAND-Flash for iPhones again after being locked out for the last four years.

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05:30
Apple Updates their MacBook with New Intel Processors, Lon...

Today Apple surprises us with their updated MacBook with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and ...

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04:56
Apple Granted 62 Patents Today Covering a Folded Telephoto...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patents covering a folded telephoto lens system for iOS devices and one for Siri that covers an in-vehicle component which we now know is CarPlay.

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04:40
Apple Updates 12-Inch MacBook With Skylake Processors, Fas...

Apple today announced that it has released new 12-inch MacBook models with the latest sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, new Intel HD Graphics 515 that deliver up to 25% faster performance, faster PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life, and faster 1866 MHz memory.

The ultra-thin notebook has the same all-metal unibody enclosure that remains 13.1 mm thick and weighs just 2 pounds, with a full-sized butterfly mechanism keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. Like the original model, the new 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents.

The notebook continues to have a 12-inch display with a 2,304-by-1,440 resolution at 226 PPI, single USB 3.1 Type-C port, 256GB or 512GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...

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02:53
Tidal and Kanye West Face Class Action over the Album...

Back in February egotistical and angry Kanye West said bye-bye to Apple fans vowing his new album 'The Life of Pablo' would never, ever be on Apple Music or iTunes. Then the following month, Kanye reversed his vow. The contradictory actions taken by Kanye angered one Chicago resident who filed a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit ...

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02:09
Apple's Wins Patent for Advancing Touch Surfaces to S...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that allows a touchpad or touch surface to simulate textures and temperatures such as cool metal or hot cement.

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Monday April 18

16:40
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference Keynote is Of...

Apple has made it official. Their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. Will we hear Eddy Cue update us about new content coming to Apple TV?

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16:13
With Amazon set to take Netflix Head-On, is Apple Far Behi...

Last August we learned that Apple may actually be considering a direct run a Netflix and Amazon Prime by creating their own original content for Apple TV. Many in the Apple community have wondered for years why Apple wasn't trying to create original content or buy a studio to beef up Apple TV. In a new report posted today we learn a little more about Apple's efforts in securing future content for Apple TV.

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16:09
Apple Pay Expands to Singapore Through American Express Pa...

Apple today updated its website and its Apple Pay support document to note the expansion of the Apple Pay payment service to Singapore. With the addition of Singapore, Apple Pay is now available in six countries, including Canada, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Apple Pay is available in Singapore through a partnership with American Express, first announced by Apple in October of 2015. By partnering with American Express, Apple has brought Apple Pay to Singapore, Canada, and Australia and will expand it to Hong...

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15:05
Apple Launches WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery

Apple today confirmed its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for 2016 will take place on June 13 to 17 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California, the same venue where WWDC has been held for the last 10 years. A keynote set to be held on Monday, June 13 will also take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The dates of Apple's conference were first leaked by Siri earlier today.

Apple's 2016 conference will give developers the opportunity to meet with more than 1,000 Apple engineers and attend hands-on labs, over 100 technical sessions, and more. The event will also be used to unveil new versions of iOS and OS X, likely iOS 10 and...

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14:10
Apple Secretly Pursuing Deep Push Into Original Television...

In a longer piece covering the streaming television and video ambitions of Apple, Alibaba, Facebook, and Google, Fast Company suggests Apple is covertly pursuing original television programming deals that would establish it as a major player in the entertainment industry.

Apple is said to be seeking deals with "triple A-list" talent to create a full roster of shows to put it on par with Netflix and Amazon, both of which have successfully launched popular original television shows like House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Sources that spoke to Fast Company say Apple is aiming to run several major shows at once, perhaps as part of a major launch.

At last year's Sundance Film Festival, Apple created an iTunes Lounge where it hosted private invitation-only events for film makers, producers, and other talent...

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10:09
WWDC to Be Held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco

As we reported in January, Apple plans to hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco, at the Moscone West convention center where the conference has been held for the past several years.

The official WWDC dates have leaked courtesy of Siri (via 9to5Mac), who, when asked when WWDC will be held responds: "The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. I'm so excited!"

While today's information counts as official confirmation that the conference will be held from June 13 to June 17, the dates in question were...

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09:20
Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Passes Away

Former Intuit chairman and Apple board member Bill Campbell has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer, reports Re/code. Known as "The Coach" around Silicon Valley, Campbell was known for providing sage advice to the leaders of some of the Bay Area's biggest companies, including Apple and Google. At one point, he was even assisting Apple and Google at the same time, something Steve Jobs wasn't happy with. From a 2014 interview with Fortune:"Steve would say, 'If you're helping them you're hurting me.' He would yell at me," recalls Campbell, whose normal banter typically needs to be sanitized for most publications. " I'd say, 'I can't do HTML, come on. I'm just coaching them on how to run their company better.'A longtime friend of Steve Jobs, Campbell first joined Apple under John...

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09:15
The EU Commissioner who is determined to Pursue the Apple...

It's being reported today that the European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers ...

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08:32
Best Buy Pulls 12-Inch MacBook, Fueling Hopes for April Re...

Electronics retailer Best Buy has quietly removed all 12-inch MacBook models from its U.S. online store this week, fueling anticipation that Apple will refresh the ultra-thin notebook lineup in the near future.

The authorized reseller now lists all 12-inch MacBook models as "no longer available" on its website, whereas some remained available for purchase or in-store pickup as recently as this weekend.

Select MacBook Air models are also on sale for $150 off, potentially signaling that a broader Mac refresh could be imminent. Most current machines are historically due for an update, and appropriate...

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08:22
Microsoft Invents an IBM-Like TrackPoint Feature for Futur...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application last week for a next generation low profile notebook pointing stick, very much like the IBM or Lenovo TrackPoint.

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07:36
iPhone SE Remains in Tight Supply at Apple Stores and Onli...

Nearly three weeks after the launch of the iPhone SE in the U.S. and eleven other regions, availability of the new 4-inch smartphone remains limited.

iPhone SE continues to be out of stock at Apple Stores in a number of major U.S. cities, including most or all locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Apple's web-based Personal Pickup tool shows that the smartphone remains in tight supply in many other international cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Toronto. Most models are currently available on a ship-to-store basis only.

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05:55
Apple Files for Figurative 'Add to Apple Wallet'...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for the figurative logo 'Add to Apple Wallet' that was originally filed on April 13. Apple discusses the use of the Apple Wallet and how to 'Add to Apple Wallet' ...

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04:18
A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is prep...

In March we learned that Apple had leased an old Pepsi bottling plant in California speculatively for Project Titan. Today the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine' news site in Berlin is reporting that Apple is pushing ahead with the development of its own cars in Berlin ...

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03:16
Apple Reportedly Running Secret Car Lab in German Capital

Apple is operating a secret vehicle research and development lab in the heart of Berlin, claims a report published in a German news outlet this morning.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z.), Apple's clandestine facility employs between 15 and 20 "top class" men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, software, hardware, and sales.

The workers at the car lab are described as "progressive thinkers" in their respective fields who agreed to work with Apple after their ideas for innovation were stifled by the more conservative outlooks of their previous employers.

The article goes on to repeat previous speculation surrounding Apple's rumored vehicle research, noting that the company's first car will be electric, but also ventures...

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