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Wednesday August 13

Apple and HP Discussed 'Enterprise Siri' Search...

Before announcing an enterprise partnership with IBM, Apple reportedly had discussions with Hewlett-Packard over a mobile search product nicknamed "Enterprise Siri." Detailed in a report from The Information (via BusinessInsider), "Enterprise Siri" is an HP product designed to allow employees to ask their devices for company-specific information like financial data or product inventory numbers. According to The Information's report, though Apple held discussions with HP, the latter company has also been in talks with Google's Android unit for the past year over a potential partnership for the "Enterprise Siri" technology, which could lead to something like an enterprise...

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Angry Fans Continue their Battle over Faulty 2011 MacBooks

Over the last two years Patently Apple has covered two (one, two) class action lawsuits against Apple regarding Faulty MacBook Pro Logic Boards. The feedback that we've received over the years from disgruntled Apple fans about this problem has been disturbing. How could there be so many faulty MacBook's out there without Apple addressing this issue satisfactorily? Today, a new report ...

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'iPhone 6' Case Giveaway and Other Prizes from M...

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th, 2014 with an Apple Media event. The actual launch will likely take place a couple of weeks later. Some of the first rumors of any new Apple iPhone seems to come from the case manufacturers. There's a huge financial incentive for case manufacturers to be early to market with case designs for a new iPhone. The first leaked schematics for the iPhone 6 were published in March, 2014 and the first cases based on the designs started appearing shortly thereafter. These case-design leaks aren't always correct, but this time there have been part leaks as well. Our iPhone 6 roundup goes...

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Thailand's Telecom Commissioner Confirms 2 iPhone 6 M...

Thailand's National Telecommunications Commissioner Thakom Tanthanan has revealed Apple's request for permission to import two new iPhone 6 models that are at present only known as products A1586 and A1524.

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Samsung Debuts Galaxy Alpha with Fanatical Details Coverin...

On August 4 we reported on Samsung's upcoming smartphone would offer a metal casing with chamfered edges. Today, the new Galaxy Alpha delivered on that promise. They shied away from using the term "chamfered edges" but they emphasized "elegantly curved corners" ...

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Apple Receives Approval to Sell Two iPhone 6 Models in Tha...

Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand, announced earlier this week that the agency has approved Apple's application to distribute two iPhone 6 models in the country, reports Manager Online [Google Translate]. The Secretary also tweeted word of the approval from his @TakornNBTC Twitter account. Google Translate version of Tantasith's Tweet Apple reportedly filed the import application on August 5 and received certification of equipment and a written approval notice on August 8 for two iPhones with model numbers A1586 and A1524. According to...

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Special Apple Webpage Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

Yesterday Apple's CEO Tim Cook Tweeted on the passing of Robin Williams stating that he was heartbroken. Today Apple adds a respectful tribute to Robins Williams.

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Strong iPhone 5S Sales Boosted Hon Hai's Revenues

Last week Catcher Technology reported that their revenues spiked due to their production of cases for the new iPhones and then on Monday Pegatron echoed that their earnings sharply rose due to gaining iPhone contracts. Today, the positive revenue train is extended to Taiwan's Hon Hai...

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iPhone 6 Reportedly Entering Final Quality Control Stage A...

New reports from Chinese media sources (Google Translate, via G for Games) claim that the iPhone 6 has entered a final product validation testing stage ahead of mass production before its launch this fall. Apple is reportedly working with Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory to produce a small number of units to ensure quality control standards have been implemented, as the device will then be mass produced at Apple's various supply partners. Previously, a report last month claimed that Apple had already begun mass production for the iPhone 6, however it is possible that...

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Tuesday August 12

Apple Video on Diversity: Inclusion Inspires Innovation

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Publishes their 2014 Diversity in the Workplace Report," that covered Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressing Diversity at Apple. Apple has now followed up their report with a video ...

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Apple Honors Robin Williams With iTunes Store Section Feat...

Following the tragic news of the death of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, Apple has created a "Remembering Robin Williams" dedicated section of the iTunes Store housing many of the actor's popular movies and stand up comedy routines. Along with offering movies organized into categories like "Essentials," "Comedy," and "Drama," the Robin Williams iTunes Store section includes a photo of the actor along with a short paragraph on his decades-long career and his involvement in Comic Relief USA, a charity that's raised upwards of $50 million for homeless assistance. One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams...

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Apple Continues to Dominate Enterprise Market Despite Andr...

Apple's mobile operating system continues to dominate the enterprise sector, according to new numbers in Good Technology's latest Mobility Index Report [PDF], but Android has made enterprise market share gains at Apple's expense. Android's rising share of the enterprise market shows the wisdom behind Apple's recent IBM deal, which will see the two companies partnering up for custom enterprise apps. iOS activations represented 67 percent of total global device activations, but Apple's numbers were down five percent quarter over quarter. At the same time, Android saw a five percent gain, with Android devices representing 32 percent of total device activations. Windows activations were at just 1 percent, while Blackberry activations were unable to be measured by Good due to their usage of the BlackBerry Enterprise...

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Apple Publishes their 2014 Diversity in the Workplace Repo...

In a newly released report on Apple's diversity in the workplace, Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products." Cook added that "This summer marks the anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 ....

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A Newly Leaked iPhone 6 Photo Hints at new Camera Lens Sys...

Although I'm not a fan of rumored iPhone 6 parts, there's probably one exception and that's a photo from Australia's Sonny Dickson who has a rather good track record for leaked photos of upcoming iDevices. This time around he's posted a few new photos that he's certain are for real. The photos show a unique ring around the camera lens. What is that for? It's very possible it pertains to an Apple invention that we covered earlier this year. In that patent filing, Apple noted that ...

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Apple Releases Employee Diversity Report, 7 out of 10 Work...

Following in the footsteps of several other major tech companies, Apple has released a diversity report on the sex and race of its employees (via Re/code). As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple's workforce is male -- only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. In the United States, Apple's workers are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Black. Nine percent of workers declined to state their ethnicity, while two percent listed more than one. According to CEO Tim Cook, he is unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them."As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a letter that accompanies the report. "They're not new to us and we've been working hard for quite...

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Apple Once Again Offering $25 iTunes Gift Card With Apple...

Ahead of its London iTunes Festival in September, Apple is promoting its Apple TV with a bundle deal offering a $25 iTunes gift card with each Apple TV purchase (via 9to5Mac). The gift card can be used to purchase apps, music, and movies available in the iTunes Store, and the promotion is valid through September 30. Earlier this year, Apple offered a similar $25 gift card promotion that sparked speculation about a possible imminent launch of an updated Apple TV. These rumors turned out to be false, and Apple is still selling the same third-generation model that saw its last substantial update in early 2012. Though this latest...

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Apple Wins Design Patents for iPhone, MacBook Pro & Mo...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today plus 4 new design patents that cover the iPhone, MacBook Pro and ...

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Siri Co-Founders Building Viv, a Next-Generation Flexible...

When Apple acquired Siri in 2010, several members of the team behind the technology joined Apple to continue development of the virtual assistant. As iOS evolved and the vision for Siri changed, co-founders Dag Kitt­laus and Adam Cheyer left Apple to pursue other opportunities. This liberation led to their reunion and the formation of Viv Labs, which is now working on new virtual assistant software that may change how we interact with our devices. Writer Steven Levy takes a close look at Viv in a lengthy profile on Wired. Viv Labs is building a virtual assistant that is capable of more than just pre-programmed answers in response to a question. Viv expands further into the realm of artificial intelligence with a codebase that can interpret the question, make connections across a variety of services and apps and even...

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Apple Oddly Seeks to Trademark their USB Power Adapter

On August 12, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for their USB Power Adapter. Usually such inventions are covered by design patents, but Apple technically chose to file for a trademark. However, the design visual may be deceptive ...

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Apple was Granted 55 Patents Today Covering Water Jet Shap...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two manufacturing processes used by Apple's Jony Ives to deliver Apple's cool designs with their famous chamfered edges. Something that Samsung appears to be thinking of copying for a future smartphone design. This report also covers ...

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Additional Photos of Purported Silver iPhone 6 Rear Shell...

More photos said to be of the iPhone 6's rear shell have been shared by frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component. Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round "True Tone" dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device. Apple is expected to...

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Apple Granted a Patent for the Original iPhone Camera

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent that relates to their original iPhone camera that has become a crucial component driving the success of Apple's iDevices.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook Tweets on the Passing of Robin W...

Robin Williams was a comedic tour de force. He was Hollywood’s grand jester. A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy. A whirlwind of hilarity. But Robin Williams will, sadly, no longer be sending us into hysterical fits of laughter. On Aug. 11 Williams died of an...

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Apple's HealthKit may be a Challenge due to a Web of...

A new report published today confirms that Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. Apple hasn't divulged the specific details on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But Apple intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare. One of the biggest issues facing Apple's Health app is regulatory requirements in respect to privacy.

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Monday August 11

Apple In Talks to Rollout HealthKit to Medical Professiona...

Apple is preparing to rollout its Healthkit development tools to health professionals across the U.S., and has been discussions with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to use the new system, reports Reuters. Apple is said to be pushing Healthkit and its Health app as being an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data like blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Apple is also hoping that physicians will use the available data to improve diagnostics and treatment decisions. The company is also looking to partner with electronic health records provider Epic Systems to integrate its software and services. The article notes that Apple is likely to face challenges in the mobile health data field due to privacy and regulatory requirements. Apple's...

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