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Wednesday June 29

07:50
Samsung to Capitalize on First OLED-Based iPhone in 2017

Samsung Display will remain the global leader among AMOLED display suppliers over the next few years, with shipments estimated to increase to 560 million units by 2019, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes Research.

Samsung Electronics, which produces the company's lineup of Android-based Galaxy smartphones, is expected to remain Samsung Display's largest customer over the next few years, with its in-house AMOLED panel demand projected to grow from 239 million units in 2016 to 290 million units in 2019.

Apple is rumored to release its first OLED-based iPhone in 2017, moving away from traditional LCD technology it has used since 2007 for at least one iPhone model. The report estimates that Samsung Display will supply Apple with 40...

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07:28
Apple, Microsoft and Google are ready to Battle it out wit...

Apple has been granted a series of 3D depth camera patents since May (one, two, three and four) that could work with future Macs and Apple TV to detect in-air gestures to control an interface, support virtual keyboards and be a part of a possible future facial recognition system very much like Windows Hello that works today with Intel's RealSense camera. Both PC's and Macs are likely to take advantage of this technology over the next few years. Windows got the leap on Apple ...

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05:17
Uber Debuts Safety-Focused Update, Citing Positive Impact...

Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, ride hailing app Uber today announced a suite of safety improvements for its driver app, aimed at "predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road." The update comes in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governor's Highway Safety Association, and focuses on parsing out more information to the company's drivers to ensure the safety of its customers.

As part of the update, Uber will send out daily reports to drivers with detailed statistics showing their driving patterns, as well as comparisons to other drivers in the city, "with suggestions on how to provide a smoother, safer ride." According to a more detailed report in the company's engineering blog, multiple readings taken from GPS and accelerometer data in the smartphone will fuel these statistics, and also...

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04:36
Apple Could Introduce a 3D Touch iPhone Home Button by 201...

In February Patently Apple posted a patent report detailing a 3D Touch Home Button, one that would appear flat on the surface of an iOS device like the iPhone as noted in our cover graphic. Yesterday analyst Cowen and Company said that ..

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Tuesday June 28

17:07
Apple Modeling Apple Music Exclusive Content After ‘MTV in...

Apple has consistently been securing exclusive content, like Drake's latest album "Views", Taylor Swift's "The 1989 World Tour" concert film and music videos from The Weeknd and Eminem. In a new feature from Rolling Stone, Larry Jackson, Apple Music's head of original content, said the goal of securing that exclusive content is to put the service "at the intersection of all things relevant in pop culture."

Jackson says that the model is "MTV in its Eighties and Nineties heyday. You always felt that Michael Jackson or Britney Spears lived there. How do you emotionally conjure up that feeling for people?"Apple's...

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15:33
iPhone 7 Again Rumored to Have Flush, Touch-Sensitive Home...

Apple may be planning to introduce a Force Touch home button on the iPhone 7, according to analysts at Cowen and Company (via Business Insider). Citing supply chain "field checks," Cowen and Company predicts the iPhone 7 will do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple's Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.

Cowen and Company has a mixed track record, but it's worth noting that we've heard two other rumors about a redesigned home button on the iPhone 7. In April, ...

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14:05
Hands-On With the New 'Face Gallery' for Apple W...

In iOS 10, there's a new Face Gallery in the Watch app, which is designed to let users customize their Apple Watch faces in watchOS 3 right from their iPhones. Tweaking an Apple Watch face from an awkward angle on a wrist and on a tiny screen can be a hassle, making the Face Gallery a welcome addition to the Watch app.

Face Gallery is accessible through the Watch app in iOS 10, available via a new "Face Gallery" tab, which replaces "Explore" and "Featured" tabs that have been combined into a new "App Store" tab.

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"My Watch," the section the Watch app opens to, has been updated with a direct view of all the faces you've added to your Apple Watch, allowing...

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13:20
Apple Invites Retail Employees in Wheelchairs to Test watc...

Apple last week sent out a memo to employees, inviting those in wheelchairs to help the company test an upcoming watchOS 3 feature that adds a dedicated wheelchair mode to the Apple Watch.

With the wheelchair setting, Activity options can be customized for wheelchair users. Wheelchair pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals, there are wheelchair-specific workouts, and the "time to stand" reminders are replaced with "time to roll" reminders.

During the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple said wheelchair tracking had been in development for months through a partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which saw 300 people in wheelchairs participating in more than 3,000 hours of activity research, and the beta testing period will give Apple more time to refine and perfect the feature.

In its memo...

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11:45
Apple Simplifies 'Trade Up With Installments' iP...

Apple today made some changes to its recently introduced "Trade Up With Installments" payment plan, which is designed to let prospective customers trade in an old iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone, putting the value of the device towards a new 24-month iPhone installment plan.

Previously, Apple's Trade Up program relied on a 24-month installment loan from Apple partner Citizens Bank, but Apple is simplifying the service and instead relying on financing plans handled by carriers. Trading in a device at the Apple Store will now allow the value of the device to be applied to the purchase of a new iPhone from a carrier. Credits can be used to lower the cost of an outright purchase or to reduce monthly payments.

It is no longer necessary to undergo a credit check to trade in a device, nor do customers have to agree to a 24-month...

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10:26
Inventor Sues Apple for More than $13 Billion for ripping-...

Inventor Thomas Ross is suing Apple because the iPhone infringes on his 1992 patent for a device called the Electronic Reading Device. Even though the U.S. Patent and Trademark office officially deemed the patent "abandoned" in 1995 because Ross decided not to renew it and pay for renewal fee, Ross still believes that Apple has to pay for stealing his idea.

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09:00
Weak iPhone 7 Demand Predictions Continue With 'Conse...

Apple "is being more conservative" when placing its orders with chip assembler Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, once again suggesting that the 2016 "iPhone 7" will face a weaker demand in comparison to normal cycles, due to a dearth of hardware innovation in the handset (via Nikkei). Apple wasn't specifically mentioned during ASE's recent shareholder meeting, but a reference to "the big client in the U.S." overtly ties in with Apple, which contributed 31.2 percent of ASE's $8.73 billion revenue in 2015.

"The big client in the U.S. is a little more conservative when placing orders this year," said Tien Wu, ASE's chief operating officer, ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting.

"In the smartphone market, meanwhile, other players besides Apple are more aggressive regarding booking chips this...

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08:55
Apple is a 'Powder Keg' Waiting to Explode to th...

According to a new financial report this morning, "Cowen & Co.’s Timothy Arcuri writes that Apple is a 'powder keg' waiting to go boom, in a good way, as regards the iPhone, and that 'it pays to get involved and wait it out.'

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08:30
Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS Devices...

Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992."What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit. He further imagined that it could include communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be...

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07:17
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPhone 5s Desi...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover design patents for the iPhone 5s, the Apple Watch Leather loop band and utility patent covering liquid metal blocks.

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06:37
New 3D Touch Action in iOS 10 Lets You Prioritize App Down...

After a few weeks of new iOS 10 features slowly being discovered by beta testers, one new 3D Touch-enabled shortcut was stumbled upon recently that will let users prioritize the bulk download of apps. When more than one app is installing, users on iOS 10 can 3D Touch to select "Prioritize Download" and temporarily pause the installation of other apps while the selected one gains favor.

On devices running iOS 9 and earlier, bulk downloads require users to run through every app downloading and tap to pause them, leaving only their favored app downloading. Apple's streamlined process in iOS 10 should greatly alleviate the frustration in moments where multiple apps are waiting to be downloaded and installed onto...

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05:18
Apple Wins a Patent for an Infrared Camera System that Ori...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple invention that pointed to the coming indoor GPS trend that is about to come to market first with the Lenovo-Google Tango smartphone this fall. The second aspect of this invention caused a massive roar from techies who were upset with the camera being able to block smartphone video recording at concerts.

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04:09
Apple Granted Patent for Controlling Apple TV's User...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Wins Patent for a 3D GUI Gaze-Enhanced Virtual Touchscreen." The patent covered a computer system that could implement a non-tactile three-dimensional (3D) user interface. We updated the report to also show that the system hints at having a dimension to it that resembles HP's Sprout computer. Today, a second Apple/PrimeSense 3D camera patent has been granted that illustrates how it could possibly working with Apple TV in the future to control iTunes content for music, movies, photos and more.

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02:51
Apple Wins Patent for a 3D GUI Gaze-Enhanced Virtual Touch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another PrimeSense invention that illustrates how a computer system could implement a non-tactile three-dimensional (3D) user interface. . The invention illustrates how the 3D interface could be used to advance the iMac with a gaze-enhanced virtual touchscreen.

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01:26
Korea's Fair Trade Commission Confirms Investigation...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc, the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details, reports Reuters. Yet Patently Apple reported on this a week ago with more specificity.

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Monday June 27

16:30
Here's the Upcoming Apple TV 'Remote' App

At its recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled an all new "Remote" app for iOS devices, which has been entirely overhauled to make it easier than ever to control a fourth-generation Apple TV with an iPhone.

In the video below, we took a look at the Remote app to give MacRumors readers an early glimpse at what's in store. The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the Siri Remote for a navigation experience that's streamlined across different input methods.

When content like movies or music is playing, the Remote app includes a full "Now Playing" view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done via touch gestures.

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier...

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08:00
Intel Patent Reveals RealSense Camera System adding a New...

This will be the year that we begin to see Intel's RealSense camera come to market in a wide range of products from PCs to smartphones and tablets. Intel continues to advance their 3D camera technology with an emphasis on in-air gestures for video gaming as revealed in a patent that surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week.

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07:06
Rumored 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 Said to Actually Be...

Following a sketchy rumor last week that said Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, Japanese blog Mac Otakara has clarified to AppleInsider that the new color will actually be a "much darker" variant of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Black and slate iPhone 5 on left vs. space gray iPhone 5s (Mike Cronin via YouTube)Monday's indications from Macotakara sources appear to be a clarification from earlier reports that suggested Apple would ditch space gray for a "deep blue" color option. Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone coloring apparently mistook the...

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04:44
Samsung & Huawei Lower their Smartphone Sales Forecast...

While Apple's iPhone sales were down for the first time in nine years, it's clearly an industry trend that no one is escaping. It's being reported today in a supply chain report that "Some leading Android smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics and Huawei have lowered their shipment targets ...

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03:59
Google Reportedly Working on Own-Branded Phone Set for Rel...

Google is set to launch its own smartphone by the end of the year in an effort to compete more directly with Apple and Samsung devices, according to The Telegraph.

Citing "senior sources" familiar with the matter, the report claims that the company plans to unveil a Google-branded handset that is separate from its Nexus range of phones, which are designed and manufactured through partnerships with the likes of LG and HTC. Google is also said to be in discussions with mobile operators about the release of the phone by the end of 2016.

If true, the news would be a significant shift in ambitions for the company's mobile arm, which has historically focused on software development with its Android OS and left handset design in the hands of hardware manufacturers.

By contrast, Google's own internal handset division will take full...

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Sunday June 26

10:36
A Samsung Patent Comes to Light Illustrating a New Multi-C...

On June 15 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's New York Event in August to Introduce the Galaxy Note 7 with Iris Scanning Security." That particular news stemmed from a Korean press report which was somewhat supported by the fact that Samsung had also interestingly filed for "Galaxy Iris" and 'Galaxy Eyeprint' trademarks recently. This week another patent-pending invention from Samsung surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office showcasing a new kind of triple camera system to accommodate iris scanning.

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