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Monday April 18

Apple Pay Expands to Singapore Through American Express Pa...

Apple today updated its website and its Apple Pay support document to note the expansion of the Apple Pay payment service to Singapore. With the addition of Singapore, Apple Pay is now available in six countries, including Canada, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Apple Pay is available in Singapore through a partnership with American Express, first announced by Apple in October of 2015. By partnering with American Express, Apple has brought Apple Pay to Singapore, Canada, and Australia and will expand it to Hong...

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Apple Launches WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery

Apple today confirmed its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for 2016 will take place on June 13 to 17 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California, the same venue where WWDC has been held for the last 10 years. A keynote set to be held on Monday, June 13 will also take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The dates of Apple's conference were first leaked by Siri earlier today.

Apple's 2016 conference will give developers the opportunity to meet with more than 1,000 Apple engineers and attend hands-on labs, over 100 technical sessions, and more. The event will also be used to unveil new versions of iOS and OS X, likely iOS 10 and...

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Apple Secretly Pursuing Deep Push Into Original Television...

In a longer piece covering the streaming television and video ambitions of Apple, Alibaba, Facebook, and Google, Fast Company suggests Apple is covertly pursuing original television programming deals that would establish it as a major player in the entertainment industry.

Apple is said to be seeking deals with "triple A-list" talent to create a full roster of shows to put it on par with Netflix and Amazon, both of which have successfully launched popular original television shows like House of Cards, Jessica Jones, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Sources that spoke to Fast Company say Apple is aiming to run several major shows at once, perhaps as part of a major launch.

At last year's Sundance Film Festival, Apple created an iTunes Lounge where it hosted private invitation-only events for film makers, producers, and other talent...

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WWDC to Be Held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco

As we reported in January, Apple plans to hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco, at the Moscone West convention center where the conference has been held for the past several years.

The official WWDC dates have leaked courtesy of Siri (via 9to5Mac), who, when asked when WWDC will be held responds: "The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. I'm so excited!"

While today's information counts as official confirmation that the conference will be held from June 13 to June 17, the dates in question were...

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Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Passes Away

Former Intuit chairman and Apple board member Bill Campbell has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer, reports Re/code. Known as "The Coach" around Silicon Valley, Campbell was known for providing sage advice to the leaders of some of the Bay Area's biggest companies, including Apple and Google. At one point, he was even assisting Apple and Google at the same time, something Steve Jobs wasn't happy with. From a 2014 interview with Fortune:"Steve would say, 'If you're helping them you're hurting me.' He would yell at me," recalls Campbell, whose normal banter typically needs to be sanitized for most publications. " I'd say, 'I can't do HTML, come on. I'm just coaching them on how to run their company better.'A longtime friend of Steve Jobs, Campbell first joined Apple under John...

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The EU Commissioner who is determined to Pursue the Apple...

It's being reported today that the European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers ...

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Best Buy Pulls 12-Inch MacBook, Fueling Hopes for April Re...

Electronics retailer Best Buy has quietly removed all 12-inch MacBook models from its U.S. online store this week, fueling anticipation that Apple will refresh the ultra-thin notebook lineup in the near future.

The authorized reseller now lists all 12-inch MacBook models as "no longer available" on its website, whereas some remained available for purchase or in-store pickup as recently as this weekend.

Select MacBook Air models are also on sale for $150 off, potentially signaling that a broader Mac refresh could be imminent. Most current machines are historically due for an update, and appropriate...

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Microsoft Invents an IBM-Like TrackPoint Feature for Futur...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application last week for a next generation low profile notebook pointing stick, very much like the IBM or Lenovo TrackPoint.

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iPhone SE Remains in Tight Supply at Apple Stores and Onli...

Nearly three weeks after the launch of the iPhone SE in the U.S. and eleven other regions, availability of the new 4-inch smartphone remains limited.

iPhone SE continues to be out of stock at Apple Stores in a number of major U.S. cities, including most or all locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Apple's web-based Personal Pickup tool shows that the smartphone remains in tight supply in many other international cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Toronto. Most models are currently available on a ship-to-store basis only.

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Apple Files for Figurative 'Add to Apple Wallet'...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for the figurative logo 'Add to Apple Wallet' that was originally filed on April 13. Apple discusses the use of the Apple Wallet and how to 'Add to Apple Wallet' ...

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A Small Secret Project Titan Team Found in Germany is prep...

In March we learned that Apple had leased an old Pepsi bottling plant in California speculatively for Project Titan. Today the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine' news site in Berlin is reporting that Apple is pushing ahead with the development of its own cars in Berlin ...

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Apple Reportedly Running Secret Car Lab in German Capital

Apple is operating a secret vehicle research and development lab in the heart of Berlin, claims a report published in a German news outlet this morning.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z.), Apple's clandestine facility employs between 15 and 20 "top class" men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, software, hardware, and sales.

The workers at the car lab are described as "progressive thinkers" in their respective fields who agreed to work with Apple after their ideas for innovation were stifled by the more conservative outlooks of their previous employers.

The article goes on to repeat previous speculation surrounding Apple's rumored vehicle research, noting that the company's first car will be electric, but also ventures...

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Sunday April 17

Apple to Release iPhone With Glass Casing and AMOLED Scree...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that predicts Apple will switch to non-aluminum casing, with glass being the most likely candidate, for the majority of new iPhone models starting in 2017. If accurate, the design change would not apply to the iPhone 7 expected to be launch this September.

Specifically, Kuo believes that in order to differentiate iPhone from an increasing number of competing aluminum smartphones, Apple will return to iPhone 4s-like glass casing next year to allow for an all-new form-factor design. The switch would allow Apple to again "enhance the competitiveness" and innovation of iPhone.If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are...

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KGI Securities Reiterates Claim of an All-Glass iPhone Com...

Last month we posted a report titled "Apple may push the Design Envelope with a Curved Glass iPhone." Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities was noted as stating at the time that Apple's 2017 iPhone will feature a completely new form factor ...

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Apple Wins Design Patent for Large Swing-Out Glass Doors f...

On Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a design patent for their next generation Apple Store glass doors. The Large swing-out styled glass doors are being implemented in new and upgraded Apple Stores.

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Saturday April 16

Apple is Considering the Government as Part of their iOS S...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Malware on Android Continues to Embarrassingly Grow Exponentially in Comparison to iOS," wherein we showed the number of cases of malware that have been found on Android vs. iOS. The contrast was amazing. Apple's security team is obviously doing a great job and yesterday they spent time talking to a limited number in the press about the depth of their security. One thing is for sure, it may soon be time to include the government in Apple’s threat model, right alongside the hackers."

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Friday April 15

Jony Ive Designed a One-of-a-Kind Yellow iPad Pro for Char...

Jony Ive's design team has created a one-of-a-kind 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Pro Smart Cover, and Apple Pencil holder that will be auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for the London Design Museum, reports Wallpaper.

The iPad Pro has been anodized with a bright yellow dye, making it unique among Apple's standard color lineup of Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Compared to the Gold iPad Pro, it's a much brighter, more vibrant shade of yellow.

Unique and exclusive customised design by the Apple Design Team for Time for Design.

Jony Ive showed a prototype mobile phone at the Design Museum in 1990, long before he started working for Apple. He was winner of the museum's first 'Designer of the Year' award...

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Senior Apple Engineers Say Hackers Are Main iPhone Securit...

Apple may be embroiled in an ongoing battle with the U.S. government over privacy rights and the boundaries of encryption, but in a meeting with reporters (via TechCrunch), Apple security engineers said the government is not the threat they aim to counter when implementing new security features for iOS devices.Senior Apple engineers feel that government intrusion is not their primary threat model when designing iPhone security and said they instead prefer to focus on fending off hackers.

The engineers also characterized Apple's pushback against the FBI as motivated not by a desire to impede a terrorism investigation, but rather to defend its ability to protect users against non-governmental threats.Hackers, not the government, are what Apple aims to counter by beefing up...

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Apple Fights Government Demand to Unlock iPhone in New Yor...

Following the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to dismiss its lawsuit against Apple after it managed to access the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the agency announced its intention to continue on with a similar New York lawsuit where it is attempting to get Apple's help to breach an iPhone 5s used in a drug case.

In a filing this afternoon, Apple again refused to help the DOJ gain access to the device in question and asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming the government has not proven that it has exhausted all other means of getting the data. There are specific references made to the San Bernardino case, where the FBI did manage to find another way into the iPhone without involving Apple. Via ...

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The News of iPhone Production Cuts of 30% for the First Ha...

A report from Tokyo's Nikkei Asian Review bluntly stated that Apple had cut iPhone production by an estimated 30 percent in Q1 and plans to extend that slowdown through Q2. The news spread quickly to major news sites in North America including Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today and others. While the market is acting surprised, the slowdown was made public from Apple's supply chain way back in February.

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Apple Files for the Figurative 'Music Memos' Log...

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office revealed Apple's trademark application for their bright orange figurative 'Music Memo' logo.

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Apple Begins Promoting 'Live Tune-In' Feature on...

Apple today began promoting a new feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV called "Live Tune-In," which lets users jump directly into the live streams of select apps using Siri. The company is specifically promoting CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD as apps that support Live Tune-In, but it hasn't disclosed yet how soon other apps that have live channel functionality will gain the new feature as well.

To use Live Tune-In, Apple TV users can speak into the Siri Remote using commands like "Watch CBS," or specifically ask to "Watch ESPN live." Other features on the new splash screen of the Apple TV include updates that were released in March's tvOS 9.2 update -- including Folders and Bluetooth keyboard support -- but Apple is just now beginning to promote the Live Tune-In ability as an option for those...

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Malware on Android Continues to Embarrassingly Grow Expone...

Symantec Korea, the local subsidiary of the world's largest security software provider, revealed that the amount of Android malware increased by ...

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Apple Stores Celebrate Earth Day With Green Logos and Staf...

In honor of Earth Day next Friday, April 22, Apple has updated the logos of over one hundred of its retail stores with green leaf accents in countries around the world, and provided retail employees with matching green t-shirts to wear. Apple is also promoting stores that run on 100% renewable energy with new signage.

Apple Store photos shared by Instagram users Pierre Atruz and Ethan Masselli

Many customers have shared pictures of the green-leafed Apple logos on Instagram and Twitter at stores in the United States, Australia, Belgium,...

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Reported Apple-Samsung iPhone OLED Display Deal Rocks LG...

It's being reported today in a Korean news report that shares of LG Display have fallen 6.7 percent on news that Samsung Display has just signed a deal with Apple to supply OLED (organic light-emitting diode displays) for next generation iPhones.

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