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Friday June 10

12:09
What to Expect at WWDC 2016

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, June 13 with a keynote event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where Apple is expected to show off the latest versions of its iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems and perhaps debut new features for services like Apple Pay and iCloud.

Ahead of the conference, we've compiled all of the rumors that we've heard about features that could potentially debut at the event to give MacRumors readers an idea of what to expect.

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iOS 10

Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads has gone largely without design changes since iOS 7, so it's reasonable to assume iOS 10 may feature some design tweaks to update the look of the OS. A dark mode is...

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12:08
WWDC 2016 Decorations Going Up at Bill Graham Civic Audito...

Apple today began decorating the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which is where the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote will be held on Monday. Crews have started putting up window decorations, and rainbow-colored flags, and as the weekend progresses, we should see additional banners and signage.

This year's Worldwide Developers Conference website, app, and media invites have all featured a simple but colorful dark theme, and it's likely signs and banners will adopt the same aesthetic.

Image via Instagram

Decorations have not yet started going up at the Moscone Center, where the rest of the conference will take place. Apple typically starts decorating Moscone West on Tuesday or Wednesday during the week ahead of WWDC, but...

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10:48
It's been confirmed that Intel has landed a Major Mod...

On May 17 Patently Apple was first in the Apple community to report that Intel had reportedly won Apple's modem chip business for about 50% of Apple's iPhone 7. Today it's being confirmed ...

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08:46
Apple to Use Intel Modems in AT&T iPhone 7, Qualcomm M...

Multiple rumors have claimed that Intel will supply at least a portion of LTE and Wi-Fi modems for the iPhone 7 series, alongside existing supplier Qualcomm, and a new report offers a closer look at how the orders will be divided between the companies.

Bloomberg reports that Intel modems will be reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models, and some other versions of the smartphone sold in other countries, while Qualcomm is said to remain a supplier of modems for Verizon and all Chinese models. The wording suggests that Qualcomm may retain orders in some other regions as well.Choosing Intel’s part for an important role in the product that generates about two-thirds of Apple’s annual revenue may represent a...

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06:02
Lenovo's Super High-End Project Tango Smartphone will...

Google's smartphone concept called Project Tango has taken forever to get off the ground, primarily due to Apple acquiring PrimeSense that was to deliver a key technology for their 3D camera. After a long delay Lenovo will be the first to deliver a Project Tango based smartphone this September, likely prior to the release of Apple's iPhone 7.

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03:12
'Bluetooth 5' to be Announced Next Week, With 4x...

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

The standard's adoption of the title "Bluetooth 5" drops reference to both the version and point number, indicating both a significant revision of the protocol and an effort by SIG to simplify its marketing strategy.

The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet...

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Thursday June 9

19:19
Sketchy Rumor Says Apple Will Add 'Deep Blue' Co...

Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The new color will stand alongside the already available Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

Mac Otakara says Apple plans to discontinue the "Space Gray" color, which was introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013. The lighter shade replaced the darker slate black used on the iPhone 5. The color has since found its way to other Apple products, like the iPad Air, iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook.

The Cupertino company has steadily added color options to its iPhone lineup. In 2008, Apple debuted a white color option alongside the black iPhone 3G. The company later renamed the white option Silver with the...

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16:17
Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel Could Loo...

Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like.

Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that's in use. Hajek imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission.

Also included in the images is an example of Siri on the Mac, with the colorful Siri waveform depicted on the touch...

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15:47
Shot on iPhone: Soccer - The Beautiful Game

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016 begins tomorrow. On the eve of the games, Apple releases a soccer themed TV ad.

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14:00
iPhone 7 Case: Nearly Identical Fit to 6s, Except for Came...

With only three months to go until the launch of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, case makers have already started creating cases for the two devices based on rumored specifications. We were able to get our hands on a set of iPhone 7 cases, so we did a comparison video to see how it measures up to the iPhone 6.

Early iPhone cases are always built on specifications gleaned from rumors, supply chain information, and other third-party sources, and oftentimes, they're an accurate representation of what we can expect a next-generation iPhone to look like.

Cases aren't always spot on because they're only as precise as the information they've been built on, but these iPhone 7 cases match with almost all of the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 7 so far.

As can be seen in the video, the iPhone 7 case fits well on an...

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13:15
Motorola's New 'Moto Z' and 'Z Force...

Amid rumors suggesting Apple will remove the headphone jack in upcoming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the Moto Z and the Z Force, two new smartphones that eschew headphone jacks in favor of an ultra-thin design.

Sans headphone jack, Motorola has managed to shrink the Moto Z down to 5.19mm thick, while the Z Force, Motorola's more powerful smartphone, measures in at 6.9mm thick. Instead of a headphone jack, both devices feature a single USB-C port which will require a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter to use with existing headphones with a 3.5mm headphone plug.

Smaller smartphone companies like LeEco have previously eliminated headphone jacks in their devices, but Motorola is the first major...

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08:54
Apple Quietly Creates Energy Subsidiary called 'Apple...

It's being reported today that "Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware ...

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08:21
Sorry, the PC Market is Under Construction: Come Back in 2...

IDC's latest report on the health of the overall PC market indicates that it won't see daylight until sometime in 2018.

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08:20
Siri Offers Witty Responses to Users Asking About WWDC Ann...

Ahead of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote next Monday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Siri is now offering up some traditionally witty responses to users that ask about potential announcements. iPhone users can test Siri themselves by asking "what to expect at WWDC?" or similar questions.

All of Siri's responses are unsurprisingly vague, including one related to the popular HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Each response includes a link to Apple's WWDC website, which provides a schedule of events and other details about the weeklong developer conference at Moscone West in San Francisco.

Siri previously revealed that WWDC 2016 would be held on June 13-17, prior to any official announcement, and offered similar...

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06:24
LG Innotek to be Apple's Exclusive Dual Camera Module...

While rumors have been swirling around for some time now that Apple could turn to LG for the iPhone 7's dual lens camera, news out of Korea today confirms and clarifies this position.

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05:36
Steve Jobs Met With 'V-Vehicle' Creator in 2010...

Although rumors surrounding Apple's electric car project began intensifying after the vehicle's development sped up last September, a new report out of The Guardian looks back before all of the current hubbub began, at the "secret car" that became of special interest to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Called the V-Vehicle and created by industrial designer Bryan Thompson, Jobs flew the designer out to San Francisco in 2010 to discuss Thompson's plans for the car, and pick his brain on the status of the automotive industry as a whole.

Thompson and the V-Vehicle

Thompson and his team created the V-Vehicle with the goal of constructing a disruptive force in the car industry with "a lightweight, petroleum-powered car that used cheaper materials and could sell for...

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05:07
Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable Virtual iOS...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices for displaying user interfaces that improve user interaction with virtual desktops on the electronic devices.

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03:59
Payback Time! The DOJ Sides with Samsung in Apple's P...

Back in January of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for 'Balance' between National Security and Consumer Privacy." Apple had no intention of playing nice with the government and was specifically noted as actually lashing out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials and openly criticizing the White House for a lack of leadership. Yesterday it was payback time for the DOJ.

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03:56
'Cardiogram' App Update Brings Native Apple Watc...

HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app Cardiogram has received its 1.0 release, bringing native watchOS 2 compatibility, 3D Touch for supporting devices, and a redesigned interface.

The app has been developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, which aims to help end heart disease. The program wants to develop a way to detect atrial fibrillation – a medical condition that can lead to stroke – using innovations in everyday consumer technology.

By that token, the Cardiogram developer team have been refining an algorithm that attempts to detect abnormal heart rhythms using the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors.

The 1.0 version of the app at the center of its efforts brings that goal...

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03:23
Apple Invents Conformable, Wearable Displays

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on conformable, wearable displays. The inventors on this patent were LuxVue engineers. Apple acquired LuxVue in May 2014.

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Wednesday June 8

16:40
Apple Again References 'MacOS', This Time on Dev...

Because iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all share a common naming scheme, there's been some speculation that OS X, the operating system for Macs, could see a name change to "MacOS" at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Earlier this year, Apple referenced "MacOS" in an environmental website update, and today the company has made the same gaffe on a developer FAQ page outlining new App Store revenue sharing policies, again raising the question of whether a name change is on the horizon.

In a section on when the new revenue split goes into effect, Apple references the types of apps that are eligible, listing iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Unlike the...

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16:09
Samsung Wins a Design Patent for a Desktop Display that Fo...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a desktop or TV display stand that appears to be based on magnetics. The design will also allow the display to fold into a position that could accommodate a virtual multitouch keyboard and or an S-Pen for drawing. In October 2014, Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi ...

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15:08
Gartner: The Top Ten Features Coming to Smartphones by 201...

Gartner has published a new report today covering the top ten features for 2016 and 2017 that smartphones are likely to have. The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic...

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13:52
In Q1 2016, Apple Led the Detachables Market in the U.K. H...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Pro was surprisingly the Top 'Detachable' Sold in Q4 2015." Now a new report tells us that the U.K. became the largest detachable market in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2016 ...

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12:30
Apple Set to Introduce a Major App Store Shakeup Focused o...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that Actually Changed the Mobile World Forever." The reason Apple's iPhone 3G changed the world is because it introduced the App Store. Some 20 years since that dream and Apple is about to take their humble App Store and take it to the next-level.

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