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Thursday July 23

03:57
Apple reveals their Apple Music and Future Apple TV User I...

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their iTunes and Apple Music invention as it relates to new interfaces for media playback for music or future TV streaming services from Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and more. Apple's Trent Reznor is listed as one of the inventors of the new design.

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02:16
Patent Reveals New Apple TV Remote with Touch ID Controlle...

In May 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple may Surprise the Market with a New Smart Home Platform," and in June 2014 we posted a follow-up report titled "Could Apple TV be one of Apple's hottest iDevices of the Year?" The second report was about using Apple TV as an in-home automation hub. Samsung had been working on this idea at the same time. Today, more proof of Apple ...

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Wednesday July 22

17:01
Apple Expanding Made for Apple Watch Program to Include St...

While the release of the Apple Watch has seen a boom in third-party docks and stands for the device, those accessories have needed the stock charger that Apple supplies to charge the Apple Watch. However, Apple will soon allow manufacturers to make official third-party Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac. Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple Watch charger The change is coming for manufacturers in Apple's Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad program, known more simply as the MFi program. This will allow manufacturers to obtain the charging pad at the end of the Apple Watch charging cable so that they can install them in their dock and stand accessories. Previously...

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10:39
Only 1 in 19 Wall Street Brokerage Firms Downgrade Apple

Only one of 19 brokerages that issued reports assessing Apple's earnings cut its rating on the stock.

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09:07
Apple Releases Second iOS 9 Public Beta

Apple today seeded a second beta of iOS 9 to public beta testers, nearly two weeks after beta testers received access to the first public beta. Today's public beta offering has a build number of 13A4305g, which means content-wise, it's the same as the fourth iOS 9 beta that was seeded to developers yesterday. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program and already have the first public beta installed can update over-the-air. The beta includes the return of Home Sharing for music, which was removed in iOS 8.4, and it's the first beta that supports Apple's new iPod touch. Other changes include a new look for Handoff in the app switcher...

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08:53
Reviewing the Highlights from Apple's Q3 2015 Confere...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri upgraded Apple's forecast last quarter generously and Apple came within a hair of hitting that forecast. The disappointment of the street and tech media was greatly overstated. Proof of that ...

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07:37
Apple Watch Captured Estimated 75% Smartwatch Market Share...

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that the Apple Watch captured 75.5% global smartwatch market share during its launch quarter, trailed by Samsung's estimated 7.5% market share. Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple sold 4 million Apple Watches in the second quarter of 2015, while runner-up Samsung sold an estimated 400,000 smartwatches during the three-month period ending June 30. Many analysts have adjusted their Apple Watch sales estimates following the company's earnings report on Tuesday, with the consensus now ranging between 2.2 million and 3 million units sold, so Strategy Analytics's 4 million estimate seems overly high. Nevertheless...

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07:09
MacRumors and Aspyr Giveaway: Get a Free Copy of 'Civ...

Most of our giveaways have focused on hardware products, but this week, we've partnered with Aspyr to set up a special one-of-a-kind giveaway. We've teamed up to offer our MacRumors readers a free copy of the ultra popular game Civilization V: Campaign Edition, which normally retails for $29. We've created a dedicated page for the giveaway. Head over there to get a promotion code for Civilization V: Campaign Edition that can then be redeemed within the Mac App Store. The promotion is open to readers worldwide. For those of you unfamiliar with Civilization V, it's a turn-based strategy game that lets players lead a civilization to world domination through time, waging wars, discovering technologies, trading...

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Tuesday July 21

21:35
Apple Disables App Store Reviews From Devices Running iOS...

Apple has quietly changed its App Store policies and is no longer permitting iOS devices running pre-release software to be used to write App Store reviews. When attempting to write a review from a device that has iOS 9 installed, a popup is displayed that tells users reviews can't be submitted while using beta software. This is a much needed change that will prevent developers from having their App Store ratings and reviews affected by beta-related problems that are out of their control. As MacStories' Federico Vittici pointed out last week, negative App Store reviews left by beta testers have been an unaddressed issue for developers since Apple started providing beta software to public testers. When beta software is released, some customers fault developers for apps that crash or do not function properly with beta features, leading them to leave negative App...

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15:55
Manhatten Venture Partners Chief Enonomist: Apple is Still...

After Apple's Financial Conference Call concluded today, shares of AAPL stock fell by roughly 6.75% as noted in the chart below. One of the voices of reason on Wall Street was that of Max Wolf, Chief Economist, Manhattan Venture Partners.

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13:57
Tim Cook: Apple Watch Sales 'Exceeded Expectations...

As expected, Apple did not share specific sales numbers on the Apple Watch during its third quarter earnings call, but Apple CEO Tim Cook did shed some light on how well the Apple Watch did during its first quarter of availability. According to Cook, Apple Watch sales "exceeded expectations" despite supply continuing to trail demand at the end of the quarter. "We feel really great about how we did," he said. Cook also pointed out that Apple Watch sales during their first few months of availability were higher than sales of the original iPad and iPhone when those devices first became available for sale. Apple includes the Apple Watch in its "Other Products" category in an effort to keep its competitors from getting a detailed look at its shipments. Other Products includes the Apple Watch, the iPod, the Apple TV, and accessories like Beats headphones. During the third quarter of 2015, the Other Products...

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13:04
Apple's iPhone 6 Mania Drives Apple to Third Quarter...

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended June 27, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.

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12:34
Apple Reports Q3 2015 Earnings of $10.7B on $49.6B Revenue...

Apple today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter and second calendar quarter of 2015. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $49.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $37.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 64 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an upcoming dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on August 13 to shareholders of record as of August 10. The company currently holds $202.8 billion in cash and marketable securities. Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 35.2 million a year...

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11:28
iOS 9 Beta 4 Tidbits: Home Sharing for Music, Volume Butto...

Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are quite a few new features bundled into the release. There are some major additions, such as the promised return of Home Sharing for Music, and several other minor tweaks intended to refine the look and feel of the operating system. With approximately two months to go until release, iOS 9 is already feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what's coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we've rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 4 below. You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2, iOS 9 beta 3. Home...

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10:21
Apple Seeds Fourth WatchOS 2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth watchOS 2 beta to developers, build 13S5305d, just under two weeks after seeding the third watchOS 2 beta and more than a month after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to the first version of watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the...

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10:18
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developer...

Apple today released the fourth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the third El Capitan beta and more than a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear what today's update adds to the operating system, but we will add any new features and bug fixes to this post as they're discovered. Previous betas have featured primarily under-the-hood fixes to improve performance and reliability. OS X El Capitan builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have...

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10:18
Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 9 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, nearly two weeks after releasing the third beta and more than a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 13A4305g, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. Xcode 7 beta 4 is also available. Today's beta includes the return of Home Sharing for Music, which was removed in iOS 8.4. iTunes chief Eddy Cue said Apple was working to re-add the feature in iOS 9, and he's kept his promise. This is also the first iOS 9 beta that's...

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09:52
MobileFirst Unveils a New Array of iPad Apps for the Enter...

It's been a while since the MobileFirst site has been updated with new business apps. In fact it was in May when we last covered new additions. Today, MobileFirst launched another ten new apps with eight of them presented to you below in Jumbo format (once you click on the images).

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08:07
New Analyst Report Claims Apple Shipped 4.2 Million Watche...

Last week we posted a report titled "A Colossal Overreaction to Slice Intelligence's Data on the Apple Watch," that claimed that Apple had barely sold 2.79 million watches. One week later and new data magically appears from Canalys that reportedly puts the real number of Apple Watch shipments at 4.2 million units.

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06:48
Apple Music, Beats 1, iTunes and App Store Experiencing Is...

A growing number of users on Twitter are reporting issues with Apple Music, Beats 1, iTunes and the App Store as nominees are announced for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) exclusively on Beats 1. MacRumors can confirm that many of Apple's cloud-based services are currently not loading or are displaying error messages in the United States and Canada. Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect service disruptions for some users for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, OS X Software Update, Beats 1 Radio and Volume Purchase Program. The issues have been ongoing since approximately 9:45 AM Eastern. Update 10:38 AM Pacific: Apple's System Status page now indicates that all services are online again. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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05:52
Fearing Apple's New iPhone Models, Samsung Confirms E...

We reported last week that the rumor was that Samsung was going to debut their new Note 5 on August 12 and Samsung has now confirmed to the Korean Press that the official date for their launch is now set for August 13th in New York.

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04:18
WTF: Samsung and a Coalition of Whiners Filed a Motion aga...

Last Thursday we posted a report titled "Xiaomi's Barra Says that they can't allow a Company (Apple) to Take Ownership of Smartphone Design." In that report we noted the incredible statement by Bara who said that "I just don't think that we can allow a company to take ownership of things that just are or how they are, right?" ...

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03:56
Apple Watch Launches in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey on...

Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will be available for purchase on the Apple Online Store in New Zealand, Russia and Turkey starting July 31 after 7:01 AM local time. Turkish customers should also have the option of in-store pickup at one of two physical Apple Store locations at the Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center in Istanbul. Apple Watch will now be available in over 20 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. New Zealand - Apple Watch Sport: NZ$599 to NZ$699 - Apple Watch: NZ$949 to NZ$1,949 - Apple Watch Edition: NZ$17,500 to NZ$30,000 Russia - Apple Watch Sport: 23,990 RUB to 27,990 RUB - Apple Watch: 37,990 RUB to 78,990 RUB - Apple Watch Edition: 660,000 RUB to 1,120,000 RUB Turkey...

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03:40
Apple to Blow Away Smartphone Industry Growth in Q2

Later today Apple will be announcing their third quarter financial results in a Conference Call scheduled for 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. Yesterday TrendForce reported that smartphone shipments in the calendar second quarter of 2015 grew 1.9% ...

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02:43
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering 3D Biometric ID, a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three inventions including a new iPhone tapping feature for games along with ...

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