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Tuesday April 1

07:40
Samsung has Mixed Feelings about the New Jury in the Paten...

Officials of Samsung Electronics showed mixed feelings for the newly formed jury which will review the blockbuster patent infringement case involving Samsung and Apple. On the first day of the second round of their legal battle, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the San Jose court selected new jurors. The jury includes a number of iPhone owners as well as several people with ties to the technology industry.

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06:48
Apple Buys iFixit, and Other 2014 April Fools' Jokes

Today is April Fools' Day, which means readers should be wary of what they read online as much of it will be a gross hyperbole created in the name of fun. Today also marks Apple's 38th anniversary, with the company having been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Among the popular April Fools' Day jokes making the rounds today are the following: Apple Acquires iFixit Based on the number of tips we've received, iFixit wins the award for the most believable Apple-related April Fools' prank for 2014. The popular device repair company changed its entire website to announce that it is being acquired by Apple. It’s finally here. We're thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Apple starting this summer. It has been an exciting adventure for all of us at iFixit, and we can’t thank our dedicated community enough. Let’s start our next chapter...

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05:50
Apple Granted 51 Patents Today Covering a 3D Apple TV Remo...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we primarily cover integrated camera windows in Apple iDevices, the MacBook Pro's unibody design and a possible future 3D remote controller for Apple TV. While we may not be getting an Apple centric HDTV anytime soon, perhaps we could look forward to Apple's 3D remote on the horizon. Only time will tell ...

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03:53
Apple is granted a Patent for one of their Most Important...

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 the most important gesturing inventions that define Apple's revolutionary iDevices. This is a classic patent invented by Greg Christie. We noted in a report that we posted last week that back In February 2005, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave senior software engineer Greg Christie

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01:46
Apple Granted an Attachable Camera Lens Patent in Record T...

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 a patent that just came to light as a patent application two weeks ago. We covered it extensively in our report titled "Apple Reveals New Camera Lens Attachment System for iDevices." This has got to be one of the fastest patent approvals I've ever seen. Does this ...

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Monday March 31

22:05
Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This Fall, 5...

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device’s general release this fall, according to a new report from Reuters. Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and is likely to commence several months after the initial production of the 4.7-inch displays. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. …But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone. Production of 5...

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14:11
Apple to Announce Q2 2014 Earnings on April 23

Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2014 on Wednesday, April 23. The earnings release typically occurs just after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. MacRumors will provide running coverage of the earnings release and conference call. The release will provide a look at sales of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini sales during their second quarter of availability as well as iPhone 5s and 5c sales through the first three months of 2014. Apple reported a record number of iPhone/iPad sales during first quarter of 2014, at 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. In its fiscal first-quarter earnings call, Apple guided expected revenue of $42-44...

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13:17
Apple’s A7 Processor Truly ‘Desktop Class’, iOS Apps Don...

Anandtech provides a detailed analysis of Apple's A7 (ARM-based) mobile processor which was introduced in the iPhone 5s. The latest information and analysis comes from Apple's own code changes to the LLVM Compiler project. While Anandtech goes into great detail on the architecture of the A7 chip and how it compares to the A6, they conclude that the A7 chip is indeed -- as Apple claimed -- "desktop class" and "the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough". In fact, they found that there are almost no iOS apps that take full advantage of the A7 processor. The processor even seems overpowered for the current devices in both RAM bottlenecks and battery consumption. Qualcomm chief...

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12:37
iOS Users Overwhelmingly Prefer Free Games With Advertisem...

The majority of iOS users prefer iOS games that are available for free and supported with advertisements, according to a new study conducted by Wild Tangent in collaboration with analytics firm IHS Technology. The survey, which queried 500 iOS users, saw 86 percent of respondents state that they prefer free games with ads over paid games without ads. Broken down, 70 percent of respondents preferred free games supported by advertising, while 16 percent were in favor of freemium games with the option to pay for levels. Just 14 percent of those surveyed preferred iOS games that required money upfront to download. When asked about their preference for the types of games online gamers preferred, advertising supported games were chosen by the vast majority of those surveyed. 70% of respondents said they preferred free games supported by advertising and 16%...

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08:56
Sketchy iPhone 6 Images Said to be Sourced from Foxconn Su...

A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s. The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture. The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-...

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08:16
Apple and Samsung Face Off in Court as Second Patent Infri...

Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times). This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices. Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android...

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06:53
Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Show Sapphire Glass-...

Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via TechCrunch). These renderings show an ultrathin iPhone 6 that shaves at least 0.5 mm off the width of the current iPhone 5S, which measures 7.6 mm thick. The concept phone features curved edges and rounded buttons that are similar to early iPhone models. Other notable design elements include an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing. The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these...

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04:59
TSMC Fighting for Apple's 16nm A9 Processor Business

It's being reported today out of Taiwan that TSMC (Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with ...

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03:54
Apple Attacking Samsung in India with Aggressive iPad Prom...

A report from India today points to Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO at The Mobile Store, India's largest mobility devices retail chain stating that Apple now wants to challenge Samsung in the tablet space like it's doing in premium smartphone space. The "iPad Mini is expected to be the game changer ...

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Sunday March 30

15:48
Thumbs Up to Judge Koh for Overruling Samsung's Objec...

Yesterday we reported that Samsung didn't want jurors in the Apple-Samsung to see an instructional video from the Federal Judicial Center, claiming that the video strongly suggests that Apple's products are innovative and patentable. We expressed our view of that request and Judge Koh poked Samsung in the eye by overruling their objection earlier today.

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15:19
Google Plays a Bigger Role in Latest Apple vs. Samsung Law...

Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android...

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10:04
Apple Files New Round of iOS 7 Icon Trademarks in China...

Apple filed for new iOS 7 icons in the US this past week and we covered their filings in four separate reports (01, 02 and 03) including a bizarre abandonment of their iMovie icon that they had just filed for the day before. Today, we discovered that Apple has mirrored those filings in Hong Kong China as well as adding three additional icons to the list. Our report covers Apple's new filings in China as well as a few design patents that surfaced this month.

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05:30
The Apple-Samsung Patent Trial Begins this Week with Googl...

The next round in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement war begins this week. Yesterday we presented a video that Samsung doesn't want the jurors to see from the Federal Judicial Center, as it all but screams out that Apple is a leading US inventor. In a trial where Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages for copying features of its iPhone, the stakes are higher than they were in the first trial. So much so that Google will ...

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Saturday March 29

12:20
Samsung Doesn't Want Jurors to See this Video Next We...

Samsung has raised objections to the video above being shown to the jury this coming week during the new Apple Samsung patent infringement case. At the 2:58 point of the noted video from the Federal Judicial Center, US District Judge Jeremy Fogel states that "During ...

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09:47
Apple Seeks Patent for their new US Plant Five Axis Roboti...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they're seeking protection for a newly advanced five axis robotic arm used in the manufacture of their new Mac Pro. Apple's Senior Vice President Operations Jeff Williams states in a video presented below that in order to make the advanced Mac Pro Tower, Apple had to pioneer entirely new processes. Of course one of them relates to Apple's new robotic arm.

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Friday March 28

11:28
Microsoft Office Apps Top App Store Charts One Day After R...

Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft's new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot. Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft's downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts. While Microsoft's apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that also...

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08:51
Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant May See Expansion to B...

As construction on Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, progresses, the two companies are already looking at expanding their available space. According to AppleInsider, several companies in the area are currently bidding on a potential expansion, which would possibly allow GT Advanced to put out even greater quantities of sapphire for use in Apple's products. While it remains unclear just how Apple will use the sapphire, there have been several strong hints and equipment orders pointing towards sapphire displays for the upcoming iPhone 6. Aerial view of Apple's existing facility (via AppleInsider) Announced...

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07:24
Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership and Hiri...

Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino company. Swatch chief executive officer Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker has talked to several companies about their wearable products, but he is not interested in forging a partnership with any group. We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek told the Financial Times. “However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.” Hayek says his reluctance to work with Apple and similar companies comes from his desire to protect Swatch's advancements in...

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06:10
Subscription and Streaming Music Services Still Dwarfed by...

Looking at the past five years, music downloads are still up by more than 50% as our chart below confirms despite the noise that the download music market is dying. The stats of subscription and steaming music services sound hot, but they're still miles from catching up to the download music market that's led by Apple's iTunes.

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05:55
Apple to Open First Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul on Ap...

Apple is ready to open its first retail store next week in Turkey, with a grand opening gala that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Located in Istanbul's Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the retail store will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, reports Elma Dergisi. The Turkish store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet in the heart of Istanbul's popular, multi-use shopping center. The Zorlu Center store is thought to feature a cubic glass ceiling, glass sides and in-store services such as a dedicated "Family Room" floor and dual Genius Bars, reports...

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