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Thursday April 21

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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08:43
iOS 10 Concept Imagines Customizable Control Center, Siri...

Federico Vittici of MacStories has teamed up with Sam Beckett to create an iOS 10 concept video covering "wishlist" features Vittici hopes to see in the next version of iOS. Most concept videos we see are fanciful and filled with features unlikely to make it into iOS, but Vittici's vision of the future of iOS is logical and well thought out.

Major features covered in the video include a customizable Control Center with icons that can be rearranged and third-party app integration, a Siri API for third-party apps, and a system-wide dark mode.

Smaller tweaks include searchable emoji and rich previews in Messages, a document picker for iCloud...

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07:00
Apple's 'Mac mini' is now a Registered Trad...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for 'Mac mini. Whether Apple will take their Mac mini to the next level this year with new Intel processors as noted further below is unknown at this time.

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06:08
Samsung Said to Supply Apple with NAND Flash Memory in 201...

Samsung is once again set to begin supplying Apple with NAND flash memory chips in 2017, ending a five-year hiatus dating back to the debut of the iPhone 5 in 2012, according to ETNews. The reason for the dissolution of the original supplier relationship is given as Samsung's unwillingness to comply with Apple's electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding requirements via packaging changes or special coatings on the memory packages themselves.

This new claim comes on the heels of an report earlier report, also by ETNews, suggesting Apple was looking to individually shield more parts inside its devices for performance and EMI compliance reasons.

The earlier article claimed the impetus for this change was the use of multiple diverse systems such as 3D Touch along with the presence of...

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04:57
Apple Locks out the Apple Watch Accessory Port Leaving...

Reserve Strap announced late on Monday that Apple had made the decision to remove all functionality from Apple Watch's accessory port thereby blocking Reserve Strap's ability to charge the Apple Watch.

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03:15
Tech Coalitions Express 'Deep Concerns' Over new...

A week ago today the 'Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016,' or Anti-Encryption Bill, was Officially Circulated. CNN observed that the new act was basically "an order to decrypt on demand." Today we learn that four tech coalitions (Reform Government Surveillance; Computer & Communications Industry Association; Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2C) and The Entertainment Software Association) representing major companies like...

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02:37
The Unlocked iPhone 5c clarified that no other Conspirator...

In February the war between the FBI and Apple really began. What's been on the minds of many following this case is what was on the iPhone 5c that was worth going to court over. In-part, we learned late yesterday ...

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Tuesday April 19

15:29
Apple will introduce a new GPU for Macs this Year with VR...

Do you remember in early March when Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey bluntly said that the Oculus Rift would come to the Mac if Apple ever released a good computer. Luckey added that "It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs." Well ...

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14:40
iPhone Hack Answered Questions About San Bernardino Attack...

Breaking into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook yielded no new leads in the FBI's investigation, but it did help answer remaining questions about the attack, reports CNN.

According to anonymous U.S. law enforcement officials, the iPhone did not contain encrypted messages or evidence of communications with other unknown ISIS supporters, but it did confirm the shooters did not have outside help as there was no evidence Farook made contact with a third-party during an 18-minute timeline gap.

The FBI has also concluded there was data on the phone it did not have access to previously, an unsurprising find because the iPhone was in use for several weeks after the last iCloud backup. Apple was able to provide data from iCloud backups to the FBI, but the FBI pursued the iPhone unlocking because there was...

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