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Monday August 17

13:10
Apple Display Supplier LG Develops 'Game Changing...

Apple had decided long ago to explore AMOLED displays when they recruited a former senior researcher at LG Display, Dr. Lee Jeung-jil ...

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09:45
iOS 9.1 Web Activity Tapers Off After Surfacing in July

Even as we await the public launch of iOS 9 in September, Apple is already looking ahead to iOS 9.1. During a two week span in July, Apple engineers appear to have focused their attention on developing the first major update to iOS 9, as seen in the MacRumors visitor logs from Apple IPs. Beginning on July 21, we started seeing a small number of hits from devices running iOS 9.1. Visits picked up on July 22 and peaked in the dozens on July 28, before dying down as August approached. The majority of hits we received came from an iPad or iPad mini-sized device, while the rest came from a device the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus. It is not clear if the visits came from existing iOS devices or from new devices that are in testing, including the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPad mini 3. Visits to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 9.1 Visits from iOS 9.1 devices have since tapered off, suggesting Apple's iOS team is once again working on getting iOS 9 ready for...

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09:10
German Carriers Preparing for September 18 iPhone 6s Launc...

Two of the three major mobile providers in Germany are said to be preparing for an iPhone 6s launch on Friday, September 18, reports German Apple news site Macerkopf [Google Translate]. Carriers expect the iPhone 6s to be available for purchase beginning on that date, which is in line with previous rumors and past launch timelines. Earlier this month, BuzzFeed's John Packzkowski, who has reliably predicted several Apple event dates in the past, said Apple would hold its iPhone 6 launch event on Wednesday, September 9. After launch events, Apple typically accepts pre-orders on the Friday...

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05:39
Russia's New Internet Law Kicks in September First wi...

Last July we reported on two stats from Apple's financial conference call regarding Russia. The first was that Russia was in the top five countries for App Store downloads in calendar Q1; the second ...

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04:51
While Apple Music get's a Little Boost from Dr. Dre...

When Apple introduced its new streaming service, Apple Music, at the end of June, one of the big questions hanging over it was whether it could compete with outlets like Spotify to deliver blockbuster results for big new albums ...

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04:48
Best Buy to Offer AppleCare and AppleCare+ Starting Septem...

Best Buy will begin offering AppleCare and AppleCare+ extended warranty plans for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and other eligible Apple products across its U.S. stores starting September 13, according to an internal training video obtained by MacRumors. The news was first reported by 9to5Mac. AppleCare and AppleCare+ purchased through Best Buy will include accidental damage coverage for the same service fees charged by Apple. The protection plans will also cover the accessories in the box and most other products on the same transaction, such as an Apple Display or AirPort Express purchased alongside an iMac. Customers that purchase AppleCare or AppleCare+ can receive service at Best Buy or take their product directly to Apple. Best Buy will continue to offer revamped Geek Squad warranty plans for non-Apple products, including Geek Squad Protect...

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Sunday August 16

14:15
Apple Shares New Apple Music Ads: 'All the Artists Yo...

Apple today released a series of three Apple Music ads focused on how the service helps users discover artists. The first ad is a 60-second spot highlighting a number of artists and sharing Apple's motivation for creating Apple Music, ending with the tagline "All the artists you love and are about to love. All in one place." Music has never had a bigger place in our lives. To have access nearly all the music in world at our fingertips is remarkable. And yet, there needs to be a place where artists and fans can discover one another. Where the entire experience, from playlists to radio to new releases, is powered by people who live and breathe music. A place that brings you the artists you love, as well as the artists you're about to love. That kind of place would be pretty great. And that's what we set out to do with Apple Music.Two other ads are artist-focused 30-second spots, with one featuring James Bay and the second featuring Kygo. As with the longer general "Discovery"...

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07:28
Apple Seeks Discovery with Qualcomm over Ericsson Licenses

Yesterday we discovered that Apple had applied to the court for an ex parte order granting them leave to obtain targeted discovery from Qualcomm for ...

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04:45
Apple Granted 11 Design Patents in China for Apple Store D...

Late on Friday the Patent and Trademark Office in Hong Kong China granted Apple eleven design patents relating to Apple Store product display stand components ...

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Saturday August 15

12:43
New 'Magic Mouse 2' and Apple Wireless Keyboard...

A group of filings posted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission website yesterday (via SlashGear) reveal impending upgrades for Apple's Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard accessories. Images accompanying the filings point to the Magic Mouse's successor to simply be titled "Magic Mouse 2," but no specific name for the new wireless keyboard has been revealed. The internals of both devices will see a notable overhaul in their Bluetooth capabilities, with each device getting a bump from Bluetooth 2.1 to Bluetooth 4.2. The upgrade will bring about Apple accessories that should see a noticeable increase in battery life and more robust communication between the input devices and the main computer. Also of note is the inclusion of integrated lithium battery packs, which users will have to charge instead of the swapping in traditional AA batteries as seen in the...

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07:22
Are the New Round of Car Rumors Believable?

Runaway rumors have surfaced once again on the flimsiest of evidence that Apple is building a car.

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Friday August 14

11:45
Apple in Discussions With Bay Area Test Track Focused on S...

Apple's work on its much-rumored Apple Car is progressing, and the company is said to be scouting for secure locations in the Bay Area where the vehicle can be tested, reports The Guardian. Engineers working on the car project are said to have met with officials at GoMentum Station in May to explore the site as a possible testing facility, suggesting work on the car may be further along than previously thought if there are already prototypes ready for testing. GoMentum Station is a 2,100-acre former naval base run by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority that's located in the East Bay, approximately an hour and a half from Apple's Cupertino headquarters. The site, advertised as "the largest secure test facility in the world," is used to test both Connected Vehicles...

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09:40
Apple Begins Taking Orders for Standalone Modern Buckle Ap...

Apple today began selling the 38mm Modern Buckle band on a standalone basis, marking the first time the Modern Buckle band has been available for purchase since the Apple Watch launched on April 24. Over the course of the last several months, all other bands have become readily available, but the Modern Buckle bands in all sizes and colors has continued to say "Currently unavailable," with no prospective ship date given. The only way to get a Modern Buckle band prior to this morning was to purchase it alongside an Apple Watch. The Modern Buckle is made from Granada leather sourced from a single small tannery in France, which may explain why it has been available in such limited quantities. The Modern Buckle also includes a unique magnetic buckle closure and the leather of the band is reinforced with Vectran weave to keep it from stretching. All sizes and colors of the Modern Buckle band...

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08:56
Apple Introduces New $49 Apple Watch Link Bracelet Kit to...

Apple today introduced a new Link Bracelet Kit, which is equipped with six additional stainless steel links to make the 42mm Link Bracelet able to fit wrists that exceed 205mm. The six links expand the band by up to 40mm, for a maximum size of 245mm. The Link Bracelet is Apple's only modular band, with size that can be adjusted by adding or removing links. That makes it the only band that can be expanded in this way, and with six additional links, it'll be the band best suited for wrists larger than 215mm, which is where the Classic Buckle maxes out. While Apple Watch bands were designed to fit a wide range of wrist sizes [PDF], from 135mm to 215mm, but there have been complaints that the Apple Watch bands are not large enough for bigger wrists. Quite a few people on Apple's support forums have...

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08:49
Another Report Claims No iPad Air 3 Launching in Near Futu...

Apple is expected to announce new iPhones and iPads over the next month or so in preparation for the holiday shopping season, but it remains unclear which iPad models in particular will be unveiled. It is widely believed that a new iPad mini 4 will be announced, but rumors about the iPad Air 3 and so-called "iPad Pro" and their respective release dates have been inconsistent thus far. A new report from Taiwanese blog DigiTimes offers some further details, corroborating a previous rumor that Apple is not planning an iPad Air 3 right now and focusing its efforts on the iPad mini 4. The report claims that Apple's upstream supply chain is readying components for the fourth-generation tablet, noting that it will only have...

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08:34
Apple's iPhone 6 Supplier Foxconn Beats Market Expect...

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. rose after posting gross profit that beat estimates.

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07:13
Apple's iPhone Shipments Grew 35% Year over Year due...

Apple iPhone shipments worldwide grew +35% year-over-year in Q2 2015, as the bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus continued to gain momentum ...

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06:43
Tablet Shipments in Europe Stabilize while Showing 50% Gro...

In a new IDC report on the Western European tablet market that was published this morning tablets stabilized in Q2 2015 with total shipments contracting annually by 1.2% and reaching 7.5 million units.

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04:33
While the Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Cas...

A federal appeals court late yesterday refused to re-examine Samsung's appeal of a stinging 2012 jury verdict that found the tech giant violated Apple's iPhone patents ...

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Thursday August 13

18:44
Court Rejects Samsung's Latest Appeal in Patent Case

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected Samsung's latest appeal in its patent infringement case with Apple without comment, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The appeal was Samsung's effort to get the court to reconsider a central part of the ruling, which would account for $400 million of the $548 million in damages owed to Apple. Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury's verdict that the South Korean tech giant's smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple's design patents.Samsung's only legal option to overturn the latest verdict is to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision comes weeks after Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies...

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13:59
The Israeli Military uses Apple iPads extensively on the B...

A new report informs us that during Israel’s seven-week Gaza Strip war with Hamas last year, company commanders were just as likely to be holding an iPad as an M-16, as the mobile wireless device took on an unprecedentedly critical role.

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13:26
Apple Live TV Service Not Coming Until 2016

Bloomberg reports that Apple will be unable to deliver their rumored live TV-over-internet streaming service for the Apple TV until 2016. Content negotiations are reportedly stalling the launch of the service, which Apple had hoped to be ready for their rumored September 9th media event. The company wanted to introduce this year a live TV service delivered via the Internet, but is now aiming for 2016, said people familiar with Apple’s plans. Apparently, pricing of the new TV service is one of the main hurdles in the negotiations. Bloomberg reports that Apple wants to offer "a package of popular channels" for $40/month, a significant discount from the average cable bill. A new Apple TV set top box, however, is still said to be ready for release. The new Apple TV is...

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13:13
Global Equities Research Talks up a Trippy Large Curving G...

Global Equities Research‘s Trip Chowdhry wrote today that Apple is likely "creating a completely new device," something he vaguely describes as a large, curving piece of glass ...

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12:27
Apple's CEO Talks about the Company's Diversity...

Last month Denis Young Smith, Apple's VP of human resources talked about Diversity at Apple. Smith noted that the problem didn't happen overnight and so it's not going to be changed overnight. Smith later articulated the point that "diversity" shouldn't be viewed as a tech problem but rather a talent strategy. Today Apple released their latest report regarding their employment diversity program and a personal message from Apple's CEO Tim Cook.

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11:36
Apple Releases New Diversity Numbers, Hired Over 11,000 Wo...

Apple has released updated diversity numbers that provide a breakdown of the company's workforce based on gender, race and ethnicity in 2015. The new data reveals that Apple hired over 11,000 women globally over the past year, a 65% increase over the previous year, in addition to 2,200 Black employees, a 50% year-over-year increase, and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66% increase over the previous year. Apple says that is has hired more diverse candidates in 2015 than any year to date, with the percentage of new hires in the past year broken down as follows: 35% Women (Global), 19% Asian (U.S.), 13% Hispanic (U.S.), 11% Black (U.S.). Apple's global gender split is now 69% male and 31% female, a marginal change from last year's 70% male-30% female split. Apple CEO Tim Cook:Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available to...

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