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Wednesday June 8

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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12:10
Hands-On With Feld & Volk's Custom $5000+ Carbon...

Luxury device manufacturer Feld & Volk is known for ripping the internals out of iPhones and building new enclosures for them from a range of high-quality materials, and now the company is doing the same thing with the Apple Watch.

Feld & Volk extracted the components of the Apple Watch and built a unique carbon fiber Apple Watch body from the ground up, for a line of Apple Watches unlike anything Apple is able to offer. Ahead of the launch of its new carbon fiber Apple Watch, Feld & Volk invited us to take a closer look at the device, so MacRumors videographer Matt did a hands-on video to show off its construction and build quality.

As can be seen in the video, the carbon fiber enclosure of the Apple Watch has been built with precision, incorporating a custom carbon fiber side button in addition to...

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10:19
Apple Announces Major App Store Changes Including New Subs...

Apple's Phil Schiller recently sat down with several publications including The Loop and The Verge to detail some of the changes that are going to be made to the App Store under his reign, including major improvements to search, subscription access for all developers, App Store ads when searching for content, and some other smaller tweaks that should go a long way towards improving app discoverability.

Apple is...

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09:03
Updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro With USB-C May Still B...

Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models within the month of June, and begin shipping the notebooks to retailers in August, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The conflicting report also claims that Apple will announce a refresh to its entire MacBook Pro series this month, although it did not specify when shipments of those models would begin.

The report, citing "a reliable Chinese supplier," mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models, although it is unclear if Mac Otakara's source is independently corroborating them. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with...

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07:41
Report Insists Apple Will Eliminate iTunes Store Music Dow...

New sources have come forth claiming that Apple is in fact aiming to phase out digital music downloads on iTunes, despite the fact that Apple rep Tom Neumayr specifically stated such rumors were "not true" in May.

Speaking with Digital Music News, the insiders said that Apple is simply "keeping their options open" while moving forward, intending to keep a watch on how Apple Music performs in comparison to the digital sales numbers in iTunes.

According to the sources, Apple might be gearing up for an iTunes revamp that would introduce software architecture with the ability for the company to "more easily drop iTunes music downloads" down the road. This would allow Apple to subtly shift the service towards the...

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06:53
It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that Actually...

When Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPhone back in 2007 it was considered a real game changer in the mobile industry. Everyone who say that keynote knew this was revolutionary. Yet according to ...

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05:54
New Survey Places Tim Cook as one of the Top 10 CEO's...

Seven of the 10 most popular chief executives in America lead tech firms, including Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Inc. and Tim Cook at Apple Inc.

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04:37
Apple's 2018 iPhone could launch with a UHD 4K OLED D...

When the news broke that Samsung had signed a deal with Apple for OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, it somehow cemented the reality that Apple was actually making the leap to a display technology it once downplayed as inferior. Looking forward, the news today out of Korea is that Samsung demonstrated a 5.5 inch smartphone 4K OLED display ...

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03:58
iPhone 7 and the Audiophile Case For Lightning Headphones

According to some rumors, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not include a headphone jack, requiring headphones to connect to the devices using a Lightning connector.

Last month, MacRumors considered the case for and against Lightning headphones by comparing the audio performance of existing brands at three different price points: the $45 Brightech earphones, the $300 Philips Fidelio M2L headphones, and the $800 Audeze El...

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Tuesday June 7

16:23
The UK's Controversial Investigatory Powers Bill now...

Back in March Patently Apple reported that the UK's revised Investigatory Powers Bill that would go to UK's House of Commons for a vote that would in some ways ease up on tech companies like Apple and Google.

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15:01
MCX Ends CurrentC Beta Test, Postpones All Further Release...

The Merchant Consortium Exchange, aka MCX, today told beta testers that it is suspending its CurrentC beta test on June 28 and postponing all further releases of the payments platform.

The news was delivered in an email sent to all Columbus, Ohio beta testers and shared by The Consumerist. On June 28, when the beta test ends, MCX plans to disable all active accounts and end customer access.

MCX has also announced the news on the CurrentC website, complete with an FAQ for customers that says MCX has "not yet determined the future timing of CurrentC" but will provide further details in the future addressing whether or not the project will be continuing.

Last month, MCX CEO Brian Mooney announced plans to postpone the rollout of the CurrentC payments platform following feedback from the...

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14:56
Oddball Rumor Claims Kaby Lake will be Delayed until CES

Intel's website published an editorial titled "Intel at Computex 2016: 5 Things to Know." In that editorial, they clearly noted that "Intel also talked about the innovation that is coming later this year to PCs, demonstrating 7th Gen Intel Core processors (code named Kaby Lake) for the first time and highlighting some of the advancements in performance ...

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13:26
Apple to Live Stream June 13 WWDC Keynote

Apple has added a page for the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference to its events website, confirming plans to live stream the keynote event on June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

The keynote event, which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, will be available on Macs and iOS devices through an event stream on Apple.com and on the Apple TV through an events app.

On the second and third generation Apple TV, there will be an event channel, and on the fourth-generation Apple TV, the event will either be watched through the dedicated WWDC app, which expanded to the Apple TV this year, or through an upcoming events app. Apple has not yet updated its apps on the Apple TV to reflect the...

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11:49
Google Debuts 'Motion Stills' App for Creating G...

Google today announced the launch of a new app called Motion Stills, which is designed to create unique GIFs from Live Photo images captured with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

According to Google, the app was built by the Google Research Team and uses the company's video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create cinematic panoramas. Multiple clips can also be combined into a montage.

GIFs created by Motion Stills can be shared via apps like Messages or on social media networks.

We pioneered this technology by stabilizing hundreds of millions of videos and creating GIF animations from photo bursts. Our algorithm uses linear programming to compute a virtual camera path that is optimized to...

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11:24
Apple Supplier Already Shipping 13-Inch MacBook Pro Hinges...

Apple's suppliers have already begun providing it with parts for an upcoming 13-inch "MacBook" update, according to a paywalled report from China's Commercial Times summarized by DigiTimes.

Notebook hinge maker Jarllytec reportedly started shipping metal injection mold-made (MiM) hinges to Apple in May, said to be destined for a 13-inch MacBook. The MacBook in question is likely to be a future revamped 13-inch MacBook Pro, which past rumors suggest will use MiM hinges.

Metal injection molding is a technique used to create small, intricate metal parts. Apple is rumored to be using hinges crafted this way to save space, as the next-generation MacBook Pro models are...

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10:17
Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan Beta to Public...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.6 beta to public beta testers, one day after releasing the second OS X 10.11.6 beta to developers. OS X 10.11.6 has been in testing since May 23 and the second beta comes three weeks after the public release of OS X 10.11.5, the fifth update to the El Capitan operating system.

Beta 2 is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who are enrolled in Apple's beta testing program. Mac users who want to join the program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website.

OS X 10.11.6, like most of the previous updates to the El Capitan operating system, appears to be minor in scale,...

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10:15
Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.3.3 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the second iOS 9.3.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23 and comes three weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.2, an update focusing primarily on bug fixes.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 includes under-the-hood...

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10:04
Apple Pay to Launch in Switzerland on June 13

According to a Switzerland's financial news site, Apple Pay is set to launch on June 13. The news site claims that ...

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09:29
Second Source Now Claims to be Supplying Apple with Next-G...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Future MacBooks Likely to Introduce Next-Gen Hinge." A supply chain report stated that Apple's next generation MacBooks would once again be thinner due to an all new metal injection molding (MIM) process. Today ...

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08:35
Rumor Claims that Samsung may Finally Deliver a Foldable S...

On June 01 we posted a report titled "Will Samsung ever have the Courage to deliver on their Foldable Smartphone Dream?" According to a new Bloomberg report posted today, Samsung may have just answered that question with news that they're considering to deliver a smartphone with a bendable and/or foldable display as early as Q1 2017. The report notes that one of the designs may fold like a cosmetic compact.

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06:59
Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Touch ID, Liquid R...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original Touch ID inventions regarding on-chip security against fraud, tampering and viruses. Apple was also granted a series of design patents ...

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05:33
Samsung Rumored to Launch Fully Bendable Smartphones in 20...

Smartphone maker and display manufacturer Samsung is believed to launch a pair of smartphones in early 2017, each with a bendable OLED display. According to people familiar with the smartphones' development (via Bloomberg), the two devices could be unveiled as early as Q1 2017 -- potentially at Mobile World Congress in February -- and come in two different sizes, similar to that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Bendable smartphone mockup by Samsung

One phone would have a 5-inch screen when used in a normal handset fashion, and could then be opened to a tablet size that's "as large as 8 inches." The smaller alternative is estimated to be sized around a traditional modern 5-inch smartphone, but users would have the ability to fold it in half "like a cosmetic...

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Monday June 6

16:47
iOS 10 Concept Features Dark Mode, Split Screen for iPhone

There's been some speculation that the dark theme of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference website and WWDC app are hinting at a potential dark mode set to be released as part of iOS 10, and a new set of concept images from iHelpBR imagines what a dark mode setting could look like on iOS devices.

A system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more. iHelpBR speculates that such a feature could be set to come on automatically when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the...

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14:44
Spotify Hires Ex-Lady Gaga and John Legend Music Manager t...

A music trade magazine by the name of Hits Daily Double is reporting today that Troy Carter is taking a high-ranking position at Spotify where he'll compete head to head with Apple and Tidal for exclusive artist content as well as focus on the creation of original content. Highly respected and well-liked, Philly native Carter came up through the ranks...

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