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Wednesday July 9

08:35
Samsung Drastically Cuts Galaxy S5 Orders for Q3 While the...

In yesterday's report titled "Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales" we noted that Samsung stated that a market slowdown and heightened competition had resulted in a build-up of unsold smartphones in China and Europe" Due to the result of Samsung's Galaxy S5 inventory, we learn today ...

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08:01
OS X Yosemite Beta Usage Beats Mavericks' Pace by 4x...

Apple announced OS X Yosemite last month during its worldwide developers conference and released the first beta version of the operating system to developers at the same time. According to web analytics firm Chitika, developer interest in Yosemite is high with an early adoption rate that is significantly greater than its predecessor OS X Mavericks and still growing. Overall, the data point to a promising future for OS X Yosemite. In the short term, we expect the operating system’s usage share to grow in the wake of the release of the third Developer Preview edition on July 7, 2014. Additionally, with the increased level of developer activity thus far, along with the success of the similarly no cost OS X Mavericks, it’s very probable that OS X Yosemite adoption will outpace that of any other previous Mac desktop OS when it is released publicly later...

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06:40
OS X Yosemite's Developer Preview Adoption Rate Smash...

Apple unveiled the initial build of its latest desktop operating system at the company's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in early June 2014. With a bevy of new features, including a tighter integration with other Apple devices and services, on top of some user interface changes, many considered Yosemite to represent a dramatic change for Apple in the desktop arena. Subsequent...

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05:50
Intel's Broadwell Chips for Most Macs Not Shipping Un...

Intel's line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are expected to be included in future versions of the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, have been further delayed, reports Chinese site VR Zone [Google Translate] (via CPU World). According to the site, while Intel will begin production on its extremely low power Core M processors in July and August for a 2014 launch, production on the U and H Broadwell...

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Tuesday July 8

22:35
Foxconn's 'Foxbot' Robots to Play Supportin...

Over the weekend, it was reported that Foxconn would be soon deploying its own "Foxbot" robots to its factories to help assemble devices, with CEO Terry Gou noting that Apple would be the first use the service. Now, Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames) is sharing more details on the assembly robots, stating that they will play a supporting role in Foxconn's factories alongside employees. According to the paper, the assembly robots will be used for less intensive tasks such as tightening screws and positioning exterior components for polishing. Foxconn factory employees will still be responsible for more important tasks such as quality control and general...

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13:40
Apple Hires Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers, Possibly f...

Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software. Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale. As noted by 9to5Mac, Bailey, who served as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer at Nike is now listed as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple, while Gale, who was a Senior Firmware Engineer at Nike is now employed as a Sensing Systems Engineer at Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bailey specialized in wearable device and consumer...

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12:11
Siri 'Just Thrilled' About iOS 8, but Sad About...

Developers running the beta version of iOS 8 can ask Siri for an opinion on the new operating system, prompting Apple's virtual assistant to provide one of several humorous responses. Asking "Siri, do you like iOS 8?" will result in tongue-in-cheek answers that hint at new features in iOS 8 like "It's just swift," alluding to the company's newly introduced programming language. Siri's answers also allude to new Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, which will allow Siri to control various connected devices such as Philips' line of Hue lights."I'm just thrilled about iOS 8 -- It's like moving into a bigger, nicer house. And I get to turn the lights on and off."The virtual assistant also pokes fun at the limited amount of...

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08:14
Third-Party Mac Icons Reimagined in OS X Yosemite Style

With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a significant visual change with an iOS 7-like "flat" look and completely redesigned icons. While Apple's icons will see a refresh once Yosemite is released, users will have to wait until third-party companies have updated their icons to match Apple's new design language for OS X icons. In the meantime, users in this long running MacRumors' forums thread have been designing their own "flat" versions of both Apple and third-party applications, allowing some users to switch out their icons until the real thing is available. Additionally, some users are redesigning Apple's own icons for users who are using Mavericks rather than the Yosemite beta. iWork, Twitter, Skype and...

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07:43
Apple's 'Find My iPhone' Web Maps for iClou...

Apple is beginning the transition to move its Maps application online starting with the Find My iPhone web app on its iCloud.com beta website, as noticed by iPhoneBlog.de [Google Translate]. Though the public version of iCloud.com is still pulling data from Google Maps, beta.icloud.com now uses an online version of Apple maps for its location information. Apple has been slowly switching away from Google Maps after using the competing mapping service in the early versions of the iOS. The Cupertino company dropped support for the Google-based mapping solution and introduced Apple Maps as part of...

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07:32
Switzerland's Fourth Apple Store Opens Saturday

Apple fans in Switzerland will soon have their fourth Apple retail store.

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07:30
Key Maps Engineer Chris Blumenberg Leaving Apple for Uber

Chris Blumenberg, a key Apple engineer who has long worked on Maps for iOS and OS X, is leaving the company to take a position with Uber, according to a report by The Information. Blumenberg is the latest of a number of departures from Apple's Maps team, which has been suffering from internal politics. Blumenberg is a 14-year veteran of Apple, initially working on Safari for OS X and later iOS. He famously built a version of Maps for iOS in just a few weeks in late 2006 so that Steve Jobs could demo it at the iPhone introduction in January 2007. For the last six years, Blumenberg has managed the Maps Apps & Frameworks group, overseeing a team of at least 40 employees handling Apple's Maps apps on iOS and OS X. From...

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06:39
Claimed iPhone 6 SIM Card Trays Point to Space Gray, Gold,...

Several new photos published today by Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] show the purported power and volume flex cables as well as three SIM card trays that hint at the color options Apple is planning for the iPhone 6. This report follows a leak from earlier this month that first showcased these two internal flex cables from the iPhone 6, although the parts shown in the two reports are not identical. Similar to the previous photos but slightly different in layout, the volume flex cable contains both the mute button and volume buttons with a possible larger separation between the two components. The power flex cable also...

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06:36
Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales

On June 16 we published a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials" and were first to report on Samsung's CFO Admitting that their 2nd Quarter wasn't going to be good on June 25. Today Samsung officially reported that their operating profit fell sharply by 24.4% due in large part to a slowdown in smartphone sales. Translation: the Galaxy S5 was a dud and unable to beat Apple's iPhone 5S at the high-end of the market while the Chinese phone makers ate away at their low to mid-range smartphone products.

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05:36
Apple Granted 51 Patents Covering Thunderbolt & Much M...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for Thunderbolt and a series of design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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03:50
Apple Granted a Patent for Fused Glass Device Housings

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to fused glass device housings. As noted in cover graphic, the process could possibly cover a future Apple TV and/or a future iMac which would ...

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01:55
Apple Granted a Patent for a Secure Enclave Processor

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's granted patents relating to a Secure Enclave Processor. Such a processor was first introduced in Apple's A7 chip for securing a user's fingerprint in conjunction with Apple's new Touch ID ...

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Monday July 7

18:51
Apple Shares 'Pride' Video Featuring Preparation...

In late June, San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade, which saw several companies, including Apple, marching in support of the LGBT community. Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the event and walked alongside Apple's Environment Director Lisa Jackson and thousands of other Apple employees. Employees wore special T-shirts for the event and handed out iTunes gift cards good for a free song download. Apple has now posted a new video of the event on its YouTube channel, depicting the company's preparation for the parade, which included the aforementioned T-shirts, a pre-event celebration, special bicycles, and thousands of rainbow-colored flags. The song playing in the background of the video is Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars." On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world -- from cities as far...

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15:12
Apple's 'Health' App Gains Ability to Track...

iOS 8 beta 3, which was released to developers earlier today, allows Apple's Health app to access the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, letting the app natively track movement like steps taken. Available in newer devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini, the M7 "motion coprocessor" functions alongside the A7 chip in those devices, measuring accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data for enhanced fitness tracking capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac the Health app's "Steps" section now tallies the number of steps a user has taken as measured by the iPhone 5s. Users accessing the Health app today will be...

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11:14
Tim Cook's Impact on Apple Detailed in New Profile Al...

The Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook's plans. Described as a "kinder, gentler" workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaboration between employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive...

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10:01
iOS 8 Beta 3 Tidbits: iCloud Drive Access, New Handoff Set...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 3 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Find My Friends - iOS 8 beta 3 includes a new beta version of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. According to the release notes, Find My Friends allows users to move their friends list to an iCloud account if necessary. iCloud Drive - There's a new popup window in beta 3 giving users the option to upgrade to iCloud...

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09:05
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3

Alongside iOS 8 beta 3, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, three weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and over a month after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A283o, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for...

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08:52
Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 3 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8 to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta update and more than a month since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4318c, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Dev Center. Apple has released a new beta version of Find My iPhone, a brand new iOS 8 version of Find My Friends, a new Apple TV beta, and updates to Swift, the programming language the company introduced at WWDC. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard...

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08:44
A New Study confirms that Apple's iPhone 5S is the Le...

A new ABI report published today illustrates that Apple and Samsung account for the majority of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide in Q1 2014. Apple's flagship iPhone 5S clocked in as the number one smartphone around the world. Samsung's heavily marketed flagship device Galaxy S4 ...

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06:51
iPhone 6 Front Panel Survives Limited Bending Test

Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video. The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire. Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers...

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05:20
iPhone 6 May See Only Modest Battery Capacity Boost as App...

A recent survey suggests consumers are looking forward to improved battery life as well as a bigger screen in the iPhone 6. But according to Chinese media reports (via GforGames), Apple's next-generation iPhone may disappoint with a lower-than-expected battery capacity that will provide only a slight boost from the battery used in the iPhone 5s. Chinese media sources claim the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will ship with a battery between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will include a 2,500 mAh battery. Though larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, these modest capacity increases place Apple behind...

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