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Thursday November 12

Apple's Second Waterproofing Invention Surfaces this...

Last week we posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone." Today, part two of the invention has come to light that provides a new method relating to the expulsion of liquid from iDevice acoustic cavities of an acoustic module.

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The Patent behind Apple's Next-Gen Display Tables tha...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's latest Apple Store related invention that covers next generation product display tables that have built in pop-up ports for supplying power and/or data to electronic devices.

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Wednesday November 11

iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Four Speaker Desig...

iFixit is in the process of tearing down the iPad Pro, providing a closer look at how Apple organized the internals of the larger iPad. While the majority of the internal layout is similar to the iPad Air 2, there are some significant differences, including the inclusion of a brand new four-speaker audio setup.

Each corner of the iPad Pro has a speaker driver sitting next to a capped resonance chamber. Each speaker is designed identically, as the iPad Pro shifts the speaker's function depending on the orientation of the device. The two speakers on top provide higher frequencies while the bottom speakers provide lower frequencies.

Once it removed the speaker drivers, iFixit uncapped the volume chambers, which Apple says gives the iPad Pro's speakers 61 percent more "back volume" than previous...

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Apple's Patent-Pending Person-to-Person Payment Servi...

In July Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." Today we're learning that Apple is taking their patent-pending idea to several U.S. banks to create a Vermo-like platform ...

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Apple Working on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

Apple is in talks with U.S. banks over a potential person-to-person mobile payments service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Such a service would perhaps be positioned as an expansion to Apple Pay, and it would allow people to send each other payments, much like PayPal's Venmo or Square's Square Cash service.

Little is known about the talks at this early date, but The Wall Street Journal says communication between Apple and the banks is ongoing and it's not known if Apple has inked any concrete deals. Apple is said to be speaking to Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, but key details "remain in flux" and the technical details still need to be worked out. It isn't clear how Apple intends to make money from the service. Indeed, the company may view a person-to-person offering mostly as a way to get more consumers...

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Apple's CEO Oddly Strikes out at Microsoft's Sur...

It's being reported today that while Apple's CEO was at Dublin's Trinity College, he expressed out of character sharp words against Microsoft's latest product.

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Britain's Director of Eavesdropping Agency Denies App...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Hot Button Issue of Encryption." In that report Cook stated that "Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences."

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iPad Pro Tidbits: A9X Outperforms MacBook, Apple Pencil is...

Apple released the iPad Pro on the Apple Online Store and at select Apple Retail Stores and resellers earlier today, and we have rounded up some interesting facts and news announcements surrounding the 12.9-inch tablet.

iPad Pro Delivers Notebook-Level Performance

Geekbench results show that the iPad Pro's A9X processor is a dual-core chip running at about 2.25 GHz, as reported by Ars Technica.

The A9X chip had a 3,233 single-core score and 5,498 multi-score score in browser-based CPU tests, outperforming the iPad Air 2 and other recent iPhones and iPads by a significant margin.

iPad Pro also outperformed the 12-inch Retina MacBook, equipped with an Intel Core M dual-core processor clocked at 1.1 to 1.2 GHz, but...

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The Figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' is now a Re...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for the figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' under ...

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Jony Ive Says that the 'Apple Pencil' was a Sign...

Back in February we posted a report titled "Could Apple be on the Cusp of a New Era of Remarkable Innovation?" In that report, Ive stated that Apple was at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products would be developed. Today, Jony Ive to talks about one of the new magical devices Apple debuted this year: Apple Pencil.

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Apple's CEO Announces Expansion of Cork Ireland Campu...

In early October we posted a report titled "Fiery Irish Finance Minister Says they'll fight any Negative Ruling Regarding their Tax Deal with Apple." With the tension over that tax issue mounting, the announcement today that Apple is planning to expand its campus in Cork Ireland ...

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Apple Still in Negotiations to get Adele's New Album...

Multiple sources indicated that Apple Music had tried to sign Adele for an exclusive release of the album '25' this past summer ...

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iPad Pro Review Roundup: Powerful Creative Canvas, but Not...

Apple released the iPad Pro online and in stores earlier today, and the embargo has now lifted for hands-on reviews of the new 12.9-inch tablet.

The consensus opinion is that the iPad Pro is an excellent device for content creation, with powerful hardware for intensive apps and multitasking, but not quite a PC replacement due to its iOS limitations. The tablet's experience will be better realized once more developers update their apps to take advantage of the larger canvas.

From left to right: iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (Image: WSJ)

iPad Pro reviews praised its large display, which at 2,732×2,048 pixels has a higher resolution than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and most early adopters claim the tablet meets or exceeds its advertised 10-hour battery life. The new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard also received positive reviews.


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iPad Pro Now Available for Purchase From Apple Online Stor...

Apple is now accepting orders for the iPad Pro, both through its online storefront and through the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13 when one-day shipping is selected, and Apple's site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today.

The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.

Logitech's CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro is available in stores beginning today, however, for $149.95. Apple is advertising the keyboard right alongside the Apple Pencil and its own Smart Keyboard. Logitech's keyboard was designed with input from Apple and it is the...

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Tuesday November 10

T-Mobile Takes Cable Head-On with Free Video Streaming fro...

Just when we though Apple was going to blow us away with a new bundled TV package for Apple TV this fall, T-Mobile rocks the market by announcing their new free video streaming service called 'BingeOn.'

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Malicious App 'InstaAgent' Sends Instagram Passw...

InstaAgent, an app that connects to Instagram and promises to track the people that have visited a user's Instagram account, appears to be storing the usernames and passwords of Instagram users, sending them to a suspicious remote server.

An app developer from Peppersoft downloaded InstaAgent -- full name "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent" -- and discovered it's reading Instagram account usernames and passwords, sending them via clear text to a remote server -

InstaAgent is also using the credentials to log into accounts and post unauthorized images. Instagram does not permit third-party apps to upload photos to user accounts.

While InstaAgent isn't particularly popular in the United States, it is currently the number one free app in both the United Kingdom and Canada, with...

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Apple is Holding Specialized Tech Talks in 11 Major Cities...

Apple will be holding new Apple TV specific Tech Talks in eleven cities between December 7, 2015 and February 3, 2016.

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T-Mobile Unveils Doubled Data Plans, Free Video Streaming...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-Carrier X event, where he announced T-Mobile's latest offering, free video streaming. Going forward, T-Mobile customers who watch streaming video will not have the video data count towards their monthly data usage.

That means services like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu will no longer eat up data, making T-Mobile's data plans go further. T-Mobile's lowest-priced plan costs $50 per month and includes just 2GB of data, but T-Mobile is now the only company that excludes video streaming data from data usage. T-Mobile also allows for free streaming music, a perk introduced at an earlier event.

With the new Binge-On free video streaming service, there are 24 current partners, and the program is open to any video streaming product that wants to...

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Apple Releases Second Beta of tvOS 9.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first major software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV. The first beta of tvOS 9.1 was seeded to developers last week.

The second tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first beta. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking...

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Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, just one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing the first OS X El Capitan update to the public, OS X 10.11.1.

The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

We don't know exactly what improvements the second update to OS X El Capitan will introduce, as many of the changes seem to be under-the-hood upgrades. It’s likely to focus on bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address problems that have popped up since the release of OS X 10.11.1.

Apple's release notes for OS X 10.11.2 have asked developers to focus on Networking, Graphics...

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Apple Seeds Third iOS 9.2 Beta to Developers and Public Be...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9.2 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second iOS 9.2 beta and three weeks after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. As a .1 upgrade, iOS 9.2 will mark the second major update to iOS 9.

The new iOS 9.2 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Today's beta is also available to public beta testers, and there's also a new version of the Xcode 7.2 beta available.

Earlier betas of iOS 9.2 introduced changes for the Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used in third-party apps. Safari View Controller now supports third-party Action Extensions, allowing apps like 1Password to be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.

Safari View Controller has also been updated with the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content...

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Apple Music Expands to Android With New App

Apple is launching its first major app for Android devices today, expanding its Apple Music platform to Android-based smartphones and tablets. With the introduction of a beta Apple Music app for the Google Play Store, Android users will be able to subscribe to the Apple Music streaming service, listen to Beats 1 radio, and access the Apple Connect artist-based social network.

The new Apple Music app is available from the Google Play store and requires Android 4.3 or later. It's available in all of the countries where Apple Music for iOS is available, with the exception of China. Apple Music includes the same three-month trial for Android users and it is priced the same - $9.99 for an individual plan and $14.99 for a family plan.

Image via TechCrunch


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Apple may Gain Permission to Open Flagship 'Apple Sto...

Last February we posted a report titled "Apple Blocked by the Indian Government to Open Apple Stores." At the time the Indian Government refused to ease the rules that would allow Apple to open their own Apple Stores. Today ...

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iPhone Unlikely to Adopt AMOLED Display in Foreseeable Fut...

Apple is unlikely to adopt AMOLED displays for next-generation iPhones in the foreseeable future, according to often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst believes Apple will continue using TFT-LCD display technology for at least the next three years -- and likely beyond.

Kuo claims that Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, is preparing to invest in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018, and coupled with recent comments made by iPhone backlight supplier Minebea, the analyst believes iPhones will continue using TFT-LCD displays in the future.Based on recent comments by Minebea, one of the main iPhone backlight unit suppliers, we believe AMOLED will not penetrate iPhone for the next three years. Moreover, Hon Hai is preparing to invest in Gen-6 LTPS TFT-LCD production lines in Zhengzhou, China for mass production in 2018, suggesting the iPhone line will likely stick with TFT-LCD technology in...

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The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro,...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook stopped over in the UK yesterday and visited Touchpress who is supporting Apple's new iPad Pro and Apple TV with new creative apps. While in London, Cook also gave the Telegraph an extensive interview to pump their latest new products and talk about encryption which is a big issue in the UK.

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