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Wednesday May 11

iPhone 7: Everything We Know So Far

New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blueprints point towards no headphone jack and no stereo speakers, along with a dual camera, a Smart Connector, and 3GB RAM limited to the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. New rumors also suggest Apple is working on a single dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, nullifying past rumors suggesting both a single-lens and dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus could launch.

Make sure to read the rumors about the iPhone coming in 2017 at the bottom of the roundup - it's rumored to have features like an edge-to-edge display with embedded Touch ID...

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2017 iPhone May Feature Edge-to-Edge Display With Embedded...

Rumors suggest Apple's 2016 iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone's form factor actually coming in 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device's initial launch. Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details about the 2017 iPhone, which may see some radical design tweaks.

In the latest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said he's heard "scuttlebutt" suggesting the 2017 iPhone will include an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

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Apple's Suppliers Projecting Weak Demand for iPhone 7...

Apple recently reported its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales, with CEO Tim Cook claiming one of the reasons is that the upgrade cycle for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series has stretched out longer than it anticipated.

Despite the launch of the lower-priced iPhone SE, that decline is expected to continue into the second half of this year. In reporting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003, Apple forecasted another revenue drop next quarter.

The sales decline is placing downward pressure on Apple's overseas suppliers...

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Rumor Season Kicks into High Gear with Questionable new...

A website that loves rumors and speculation just released 'exclusive blueprints' of the iPhone 7 case ...

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Apple to Produce Single iPhone 7 Plus Model With Dual-Lens...

Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus that will ship with a dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM to compensate for increased image processing demands, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that walks back from past reports suggesting Apple would produce two iPhone 7 Plus models.

Earlier rumors from Kuo indicated Apple was working on multiple versions of the iPhone 7 Plus -- a model with a single lens camera to match the iPhone 7 and a second "Pro" model with a dual-lens camera -- but Kuo now believes this is no longer Apple's plan as a single-camera iPhone 7 Plus would undermine demand for the dual-camera model. Apple is expected to continue producing two iPhone models, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch sizes.In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch...

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New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Drawings: Dual Camera and Smart Co...

Less than four months before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which may have a "Pro" moniker instead, purported new blueprints of the smartphones have been shared by uSwitch on behalf of noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs the Twitter account OnLeaks.

The drawings, purportedly sourced directly from Taiwan-based Apple casing subcontractor Catcher Technology, seemingly confirm that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus....

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Apple Issued Several Registered Trademark Certificates Rel...

Late yesterday Apple was issued three Registered Trademarks (RTMs) related to Apple Watch and one for the 'Apple Magic Keyboard.' For Apple Watch, they were granted a trademark for the figurative ...

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Apple's Notebook Sales Drop to Estimated 2.5M as Buye...

Apple reported its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 last month as iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales all declined compared to the year-ago period, and new data shows that notebook sales unsurprisingly fared no better when broken out.

MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro sales totaled an estimated 2.53 million in the first quarter of the 2016 calendar year, down from an estimated 3.4 million in the year-ago quarter, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Apple's notebook market share dropped to an estimated 7.1-percent in the first quarter, down from 8.8-percent in the previous March quarter, as Windows-based PC vendors and the overall notebook industry continue to suffer from slowing sales.


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Microsoft's Retail Stores don't have much of a P...

Microsoft's stores have a warm decor, plenty of helpful staffers and an array of PCs, phones and devices. They could use a few more customers, though ...

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End-to-End Encrypted WhatsApp for OS X is Now Available

With the governments wanting to weaken encryption around the world, WhatsApp introduces a new desktop version of their app for Mac OS 10.9+ and Windows so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work, and have your message protected end-to-end.

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Tuesday May 10

'Disney Infinity' Game Series Officially Discont...

Disney today announced the end of its Disney Infinity line of games and accompanying figurines, which are being discontinued as of today. Disney Infinity games, such as the one available on the Apple TV and iOS devices, will officially no longer be updated and the studio that developed the games is being shuttered.

In a blog post, senior vice president of Disney Infinity John Blackburn thanked fans for supporting the game and called the decision to discontinue the series "difficult."

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you--our fans--and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for...

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VoIP-Pal Republishes Old News of a Lawsuit against Apple

On February 10, 2016 Patently Apple posted a detailed report titled "Apple's iMessage and Wi-Fi Calling Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit." Inc. (VPLM) is a publicly traded corporation...

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Apple Granted 65 Patents Today Covering a 3D Apple TV Remo...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple inventions relating an audio speaker design and a 3D Apple TV remote control that could provide users with superior accuracy and speed in selecting items from various menus. We wrap up ...

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Apple Hit With $2.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit Over VoIP Techn...

VoIP-Pal announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, seeking over $2.8 billion in damages for alleged infringement of its patented internet communication technologies.

The Bellevue-based company calculated its $2,836,710,031 figure using a 1.25-percent royalty rate based on an apportionment of Apple's estimated historical profit from iPhone (55-percent), iPad (35-percent), and Mac (10-percent).

VoIP-Pal (VPLM) has over a dozen issued or pending patents, primarily related to VoIP technologies, a few of which it accuses Apple of infringing upon with services like FaceTime and iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.Apple employs VPLM’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has widely distributed infringing products that have...

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Apple Granted a Waterproofing Patent for Liquid Contact Se...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's inventions relating to advancing waterproofing on iOS devices with liquid intrusion sensing capabilities. Rumors keep pointing to Apple advancing their waterproofing iPhone features ...

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It's a Big Day for Apple Pay in Canada as Major Banks...

It’s been a long time coming for Canada and Apple Pay, a service first launched in the United States back in October, 2014. Starting today, debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology ...

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Apple Awarded a Patent for a Next-Gen iPad Pro Cover with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple patent that we originally covered back in August 2012 titled "Apple Invents Mind Boggling Next Generation Smart Cover with Multi-Touch Flexible Display, Solar Panels & Built-in Keyboard." At the time it was one of those inventions that most Apple fans thought was just too far-fetched to ever come true because ...

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Apple Pay Coming to Canada's Banks Starting With RBC...

Apple Pay has expanded to two major Canadian banks today in RBC and CIBC, with TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, and BMO expected to follow in the "coming months" to complete the rollout across the country's "Big Five" financial institutions. ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Bank also support Apple Pay as of today.

The expansion includes varying support for Visa, MasterCard, and Interac, covering most major debit and credit cards in Canada. Supported cards can be scanned or added manually to Apple Pay by tapping...

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A New Granted Patent Covers Apple TV Extending Siri's...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent covering Apple TV that will offer users Live TV programming and ...

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Apple Granted Patent for Laser Tag Gaming on iPhones

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent that relates to interactive gaming on an iPhone; gaming such as laser tag or paint ball.

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Siri Creators Offer First Demo of 'Viv', The Sel...

Siri co-founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer have offered their first public demonstration of Viv, the much-anticipated voice assistant that promises an advanced level of human-computer interaction. The demo took place yesterday at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY event, where Viv's creators wasted no time showing what the new AI bot is capable of.

Kittlaus began by asking Viv what the weather was like today, but then continued the conversation with increasingly complicated queries, like "Was it raining in Seattle three Thursdays ago?" and even "Will it be warmer than 70-degrees near the Golden Gate Bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?" Viv had no problems answering the stacked requests, showing a clear awareness of context.

Viv CEO Dag Kittlaus demos the new AI bot at...

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Monday May 9

Foxconn on the Cusp of Signing a Deal in India to Build a...

One year ago we posted a report titled "Foxconn May be Working on iPhone Assembly Plants in India." In a second report last May we noted that "One of the leading technology sites in India reported late last week that Foxconn has been given the approval to build new plants that will make future iPhones in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra whose capital is Mumbai." Today ...

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WWDC 2016 Scholarship Winners Being Notified

Apple has begun notifying recipients of scholarships to the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, according to several developers on social media and MacRumors readers. Apple is awarding 350 scholarships to students and members of participating STEM organizations and is also offering 125 scholarships to developers with financial limitations.

Winners of the scholarship receive a free ticket to WWDC 2016 and, in addition, may receive travel assistance to the event. To be eligible, developers had to be 13 years or older, a full or part-time student or a member / alumni of a STEM organization. Developers had to submit an app they worked on that demonstrated "creative use of Apple technologies and runs on an...

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Apple's Ive and Cook Land on a List of Most Influenti...

Today "The Drive" online magazine published a report titled "The 10 most Influential People in Automotive Technology." The ten people listed include the following: Pete Tenereillo; Former Founder and CEO, Trapster Uri Levine, 51, Founder, Waze Christian Von Koenigsegg, 43; CEO and founder, Koenigsegg Automotive AB Dan Greenawalt, 42; Creative Director, Turn 10 Studios, founder of Forza Jony Ive, 49,...

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Apple has known for Years that 99% of Malware is on Androi...

In 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Tim Cook had fun poking a Stick in Android's Eye," wherein we noted that "Compared to its chief rival mobile operating system, namely iOS, Android updates are typically slow to reach actual devices. For devices not under Google's own Nexus brand, updates often arrive months from the time the given version is officially released. Today the Federal Communications Commission joined the Federal Trade Commission to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices.

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