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Thursday November 13

Has Apple Changed their Patent Strategy?

It's hard to say if Apple engineering teams are just in a bit of a lull or if Apple's battle with Samsung has gotten them paranoid, but Apple's great ideas in the form of patent filings are far and few between lately in comparison to years past. Today the US Patent Office published a great number of Apple patents that are basically technical inventions. One covers a new liquid metal invention, another about ceramics with sapphire or zirconia, and yet another about ...

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Wednesday November 12

Apple Watch Chipmakers Said to Be Gearing Up Production

Chip suppliers within the Apple Watch supply chain have begun "gearing up" to start production for Apple's new device, according to a new report from Digitimes. Chip orders are estimated to be around 30 - 40 million units for a debut in early 2015. Digitimes had previously reported, prior to Apple's September 9 event, that the device was at the engineering verification test stage and needed to complete product verification testing before entering mass production. It appears that the Apple Watch has now passed that milestone and is beginning to enter mass production for its debut in early 2015. Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts had previously revealed that the device would debut in Spring...

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Samsung Invents their Oddest Bendable Smartphone Yet

In September Samsung introduced their new Galaxy Note Edge that has a distinct curve on one side of its display which fulfilled a 2013 patent application that our Patently Mobile site covered. To date, Samsung has many patents on record regarding possible future smartphones with varying styled bendable and foldable displays. In one of Samsung's latest bendable device/display inventions, they go far beyond a mere bent edge to the entire device being able to be bent if not rolled to extremes. While it could be ...

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12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Production Rumored for Q2 2...

Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and that the time needed for component yield and assembly to improve will push back production until 2Q 2015. Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg suggested the iPad Pro might be released in early 2015, but an October report from The Wall Street Journal indicated Apple had delayed its planned December mass production of the tablet in order to focus its attention on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, leaving a potential iPad Pro release date up in the air. ...

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Staples Begins Accepting Apple Pay in Retail Stores

As of today, popular office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple's Apple Pay payments service in its retail stores across the United States, according to information shared with MacRumors.Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. In Staples over 1,400 stores in the United States, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability.When Apple Pay was first announced, Staples was listed as one of the retailers implementing in-store support for the payments service "later this year" along with Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Walt Disney World. Staples has been an eager Apple Pay partner, initially promising support for the service back in September. The...

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Full Video of Apple VP Greg Joswiak Discussing iOS 8.0.1,...

In late October, Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg at the site's inaugural Code Conference, answering questions about iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. While we initially covered the interview when it took place, Re/code has now posted the full video footage of Joswiak's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching for Apple enthusiasts. Your browser does not support iframes. During the interview, Joswiak apologized for the iOS 8.0.1 bug that bricked many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, commented on the Apple Pay situation with Rite Aid and CVS, and hinted at possible Apple Watch pricing. Joswiak's...

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YouTube Announces 'YouTube Music Key' Subscripti...

YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing. Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app. Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister service,...

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Large-Screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Less Popular With Andro...

The larger-screened iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been less popular with Android switchers than analysts initially predicted, according to new data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). A survey revealed that fewer iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform in 2014 compared to the number of buyers who switched from Android to an iPhone in 2013. In 2014, 12 percent of iPhone buyers reported formerly owning an Android phone, while 23 percent reported being former Android customers in 2013. The launch of the iPhone 5s also saw a higher number of customers coming from BlackBerry and Windows Devices. "The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners." said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80% of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65% after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in September 2013....

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iPad Air 2's A8X Chip Includes Semi-Custom Series6XT...

New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from AnandTech revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought. Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner workings of the iPad Air 2 in the days following its launch, but a new image of the A8X die provided to AnandTech reveals the layout of the Apple-designed chip. The die photo shows the A8X includes eight-core graphics, even larger than the 6-core GX6650 graphics from Imagination Technologies previously assumed to be in the chip.To get right...

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Here's the latest Bird's Eye Video of Apple Camp...

An iMovie Production: In late August we posted our first video of a drone flying over Apple's Spaceship headquarters site that's now under construction. It gave us a feeling that we were flying with a massive swarm of killer bees, as the drone's mechanics were audibly captured. This latest video of the construction site shows us the steady progress being...

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Apple Likely to Adopt Next-Gen Flash Memory for 2015 iDevi...

It was reported yesterday that Samsung, the world's largest memory chip maker by revenue, resumed supplying its memory chips to Apple for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earlier this year, after ties were cut during the peak of the two rivals' court battles over copyright infringement. Today we learn about the giant leap coming to next generation NAND flash that is based on the new UFS 2.0 standard. Apple's next generation iDevices that are on the drawing board for late 2015 are likely to adopt this powerful new NAND flash memory.

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Apple Reportedly Eyeing Los Angeles' Historic Broadwa...

Apple may open a new retail store and corporate campus in downtown Los Angeles, according to a report in Downtown LA Examiner (via ifoAppleStore). The new location would be situated in the historic Broadway Trade Center, which opened in 1908 as Hamburger's Department Store and occupies almost a full city block. Apple's expansion in Los Angeles would be part of a 10-year-long "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative that has been working to revitalize the downtown district by attracting high-profile retailers and other businesses to the area. According to the report's sources, Apple has signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet of space in the Broadway building.Rumors swirling are Apple Corp will have a...

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Apple-owned Beats Electronics Introduces New $300 Solo2 Wi...

Following the appearance of a regulatory filing last week, Beats Electronics today announced the launch of its new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product release since Apple's acquisition of Beats officially closed. The new headphones are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones introduced the day after the Apple-Beats deal was announced. Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the...

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Apple's hot iPhone 6 Sends Hon Hai's Profits Soa...

Hon Hai Reports Record Sales due to the iPhone 6: According to Taiwan media reports, Hon Hai's October revenues hit a new record monthly high as revealed in their financial call yesterday. The increase is due to Apple's ...

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TSMC ahead of Schedule with Advanced 16nm FinFET Process

Last month we reported that TSMC had completed the development of their 16 nano FinFET plus (16FF+) process technology and began preparation for mass-production together with its suppliers. FinFET is a technology to design and produce system semiconductors in a 3D structure. Today TSMC announced their progress on this process that will likely be adopted by Apple for their A9 processor.

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Tuesday November 11

iOS 8 Now Installed on Nearly 60 Percent of Active iOS Dev...

After seven and a half weeks of availability, Apple's mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of iOS devices, according to the latest data posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the past two weeks, which means iOS 8 adoption has jumped eight percent in the past month. During Apple's October 16 iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13. Before that, as of September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices, indicating that adoption is steadily increasing after several weeks of stagnation. The boost in iOS 8...

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UBS Analyst See's Demand for Apple's New Phablet...

A little over a month ago we reported that Apple had to adjust their iPhone Plus orders twice just to keep up with demand. The day before that we reported that 3 out of 4 Korean consumers want an iPhone 6 Plus over a Galaxy Note 4. Today, Apple's first phablet is continuing to win consumers vote all over the world including the U.K, Italy, and beyond.

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Nautilus Brings HealthKit Integration to Exercise Equipmen...

Nautilus, the company behind the Bowflex line of exercise equipment, today announced that its Bowflex Max Trainer models have gained HealthKit integration, making them one of the first fitness products to support Apple's new health initiative. Support will also be coming in the near future for the company's Nautilus 616 cardio product lineup. With HealthKit integration, Bowflex users can now see their Bowflex workouts displayed in Apple's Health app, which is able to offer up dashboard data like calories burned, heart rate, time spent working out, and distance traveled. Data is acquired from the existing Bowflex Max Trainer app that transfers workout data from the exercise equipment using Bluetooth. The Bowflex Max Trainer workout...

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TSMC may Purchase Key Plant to Lure More of Apple's B...

More Apple Business Please: Today news out of Taiwan states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor OEM and the major chipmaker for Apple, is considering ...

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Apple, HP, Microsoft and others could Greatly Benefit from...

According to a new report published late this afternoon, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are likely to be some of the big beneficiaries if a deal reached between China and the U.S. leads to slashed tariffs on a range of technology products around the world, including videogame consoles, advanced chips and prepaid cards. U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the deal Tuesday, saying it would "contribute to a rapid conclusion to the broader negotiations in Geneva."

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Bloomberg Interviews the FCC Commissioner on Net Neutralit...

Yesterday we covered US President Obama's statement about net neutrality wherein he stated that "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. Today FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel discussed President Obama’s net neutrality stance.

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Russia's Currency Drop makes a new iPhone 6 a Screami...

Russia, Land of Cheat Vodka and iPhones: John Heisel, Moscow-based vice president of sales and trading at Renaissance Capital Holdings Ltd. Told Bloomberg that while sanctions and the ruble’s ongoing collapse had made his grocery bill jump by 25 percent, at least one thing has gotten cheaper in dollar terms: iPhones.

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Judge Lucy Koh Orders Apple to face lawsuit over iMessage...

In May we posted a report titled "New Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Apple Concerns Android Phones & iMessage." The plaintiff in that case, Adrienne Moore, filed the class action lawsuit against Apple because when she switched from her iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S5, she was no longer able to receive iMessages from her friends with iPhones. Today, Apple was ordered ...

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Apple Will Face Lawsuit Over Phone-Switching iMessage Issu...

Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners. According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with her...

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Construction at Apple Campus 2 Progresses, Work on Structu...

Construction at Apple's spaceship is progressing at a rapid pace, with workers on site at the campus seven days a week. A new photo shared by the City of Cupertino suggests Apple is almost finished with the foundation of the structure and has begun construction on the actual circular-shaped building. Back in October, the foundation was nearly done, so it is not surprising that construction has progressed to the actual structure itself. Though much of the construction is hidden behind privacy walls, Apple continues to have two enormous concrete mixers on site, as well as other heavy construction machinery. Over the weekend, a YouTube user who has been capturing a series of videos of the Campus 2 site with a drone shared a...

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