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Wednesday February 11

21:58
New 'App Pins' Allow Users to Install iOS Apps R...

Pinterest today announced a new partnership with Apple to launch "App Pins" that will allow users to install iOS apps on their devices without ever needing to leave the Pinterest app. Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest. When you come across an app Pin, tap Install to download the app right to your iPhone or iPad without ever leaving Pinterest (you’ll only see app Pins when you’re using the Pinterest app on your iPhone or iPad).As part of the rollout, Apple is also launching its own App Store board on Pinterest, giving the company a place to feature apps on a variety of topics within Pinterest. Apple is currently featuring a number of apps and other pins focused on fashion and recipes,...

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19:01
Sneak Peak at Apple Campus 2 Offers New Look at Constructi...

Apple's new spaceship-shaped Apple Campus 2 is under construction, and the company gave KQED News a tour of the site, providing them with new details and a ground-based look at its progress. As previously revealed, the building has an enviromentally-conscious design, with features like using recycled water to flush toilets and solar arrays to power its functions. Keeping with this theme, the building also uses recycled parts from older buildings. Photo of Apple Campus 2 main office, via KQED News.“What Apple inherited on the property was several older buildings, all of which were broken down and deconstructed,” says KQED Science reporter Amy Standen, who got a tour of the site. “Much of the...

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18:09
Apple Publishes Supplier Responsibility Progress Report 20...

In December there was a BBC documentary about Apple's Broken Promises to better the working condition of workers in Chinese factories where Apple products are made. We posted a report on the matter titled "The BBC Report about Apple is Motivated by Politics and Unions," showing that the BBC was most definitely being led by China's Union in the making of their documentary. It's still a contentious issue ...

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16:30
J.P. Morgan Forecasts 26 Million Units of Apple Watch will...

Samsung first introduced their Gear smartwatch sixteen months ago with sugar plumbs dancing in their heads that they would sell tens of millions of the new device. From October 2013 until June 2014, under 500,000 smartwatches were sold and not all by Samsung. One of the first reviews of Samsung's smartwatch ...

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15:58
Apple Outlines New Ban on Bonded Labor at Supplier Factori...

Apple on Wednesday released its 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report [PDF] and updated its Supplier Responsibility website, giving new details on its efforts to improve the lives of the workers that assemble its products. For its ninth annual progress report, Apple conducted 633 audits covering more than 1.6 million workers in 19 countries, and called an additional 30,000 workers to survey them on working conditions. One of Apple's main achievements in 2014 was putting an end to bonded labor. In October, the company told all of its suppliers that as of 2015, no worker employed on an Apple line could be charged recruitment fees. Employees have, in the past, faced significant fees levied against them by third-party recruiters, who offer them a job at an Apple factory in exchange for money. In some cases, they lose...

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10:18
iPhone 6 Plus Owners Use Twice as Much Data as iPhone 6 Ow...

There's a new mobile analytics report out from Citrix [PDF] and it's filled with interesting data on mobile usage, including a tidbit that suggests iPhone 6 Plus owners use far more data than other iPhone owners. People who own the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as people who own the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus data usage is 10 times higher than data usage on the 3.5-inch iPhone 3GS. That last statistic isn't surprising -- along with a small screen, the iPhone 3GS is much slower with hardware that's almost six years old. Citrix suggests that the higher iPhone 6 Plus data usage is due to its users treating it like a tablet, consuming more media like streaming movies on the device.iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts subscribers when...

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10:06
Apple Seeks Trademarks for Ten Round "Apple Watch...

Last Friday Apple filed a series of ten trademark applications covering various "Apple Watch" app icons that were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. Although all were filed under International Class 9, the specific verbiage for each has been custom tailored for each of the specific Apple Watch icons.

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09:36
Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App Store A...

Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches. The same notice can also be found in the app's Mac App Store description, as noted by MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have previously...

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09:25
Apple Shares Continue to Surge as Record-Breaking Market C...

Apple shares are currently valued at roughly $124 each in intraday trading, giving the Cupertino-based company a record-breaking market cap exceeding $720 billion. Apple stock continues to rise after the iPhone maker became the first U.S. company to close with a market cap over $700 billion on Tuesday, the same day in which CEO Tim Cook spoke live at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Apple shares have risen over 48% since the start of 2014, despite some critics suggesting that the company has faced a lack of innovation since the passing of late co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple has been particularly successful in China, which Cook claims has grown from a $1 billion to $38 billion market for the company in the past five years. Apple plans to expand from 19 to 40 retail stores in China over the next year to keep...

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07:27
Apple Releases a New "Make Music with iPad" Vide...

Apple has released a new "Make Music with iPad" video as noted above featuring the tune "All or Nothing" by Elliphant.

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06:46
Apple Seeks to Trademark a Key "Apple Watch" Use...

Last Friday Apple filed a trademark application for a key "Apple Watch" user interface graphic. Today the U.S. and European Patent & Trademark Offices published Apple's application filed under International Class 9 which covers all manner of computers, interfaces for computers and beyond.

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05:51
Pegatron's Pegacasa Team to Introduce Designer iPhone...

Taiwan-based Pegatron, a contract electronics supplier for Apple and other brands, has unveiled a new product line of mobile accessories to cater to big-screen iPhone users.

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05:26
TMSC and Foxconn Report Strong Growth Due to the iPhone 6

Due to iPhone 6 mania sweeping the globe, both TSMC and Foxconn Electronics have reported strong year-over-year growth ...

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05:04
Kill Switch Adoption has Smartphone Theft down Dramaticall...

A year ago we posted a report titled "New Smartphone Kill Switch Legislation Tabled in California may Force Apple and Others to Comply," and a follow-up report in April. The proposed law was designed to require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen ...

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Tuesday February 10

15:06
Samsung, the Great Copycat Machine, Decides to Introduce A...

With Samsung's profits plunging for the second quarter in a row, it appears that Samsung will be once again tapping into Apple's designs and business methodologies in the hopes of returning to profitability later this year. Rumors have the Galaxy S6 looking a lot like an iPhone 6 instead of being original. There's little new there. Though a report out of Korea tells us that Samsung is out to copy another idea of Apple's relating to using authentication chips in third party devices.

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13:53
In 2014 the iMac with Retina 5K Displays Blew us Away and...

Apple was the first PC vendor to introduce a 5K display for a desktop this past holiday season with their new iMac that sported a 5K Retina Display. Now the industry ...

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13:08
Tim Cook: Our Objective With Apple Watch is to Change the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the annual Goldman Sach's Technology and Internet Conference today, where he covered a range of topics from Apple's dedication to the environment, the major products the company launched in 2014, and his thoughts on the Apple Watch. When asked by Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn what makes the Apple Watch different from other smart watches on the market, Cook recalled the MP3 industry.If you think about the MP3 industry, we weren't the first company to make an MP3 player, there were lots of companies in this. They weren't used very much. They were fundamentally hard to use -- the user interface was bad and you almost needed a PhD to use them. They're not memorable. [...] I see the smart watch category very much like that. There are several things that are called smart watches, but I'm not sure you could name any. There hasn't been one that changed the way people live...

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12:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaking Live at 2015 Goldman Sachs Tec...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference today, with the session kicking off at 3:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Pacific. Cook's presentation is being broadcast on Apple's website and MacRumors will be updating this post to summarize Cook's comments. Cook has spoken at the annual conference a number of times over the years, although he did not appear in 2014. While Cook has not made any major announcements at the venue in the past, he has at times offered an interesting perspective into Apple's business, so it generally worth paying attention to his comments. Cook will almost certainly be asked about Apple's blockbuster iPhone sales and earnings in the last quarter, the company's strategy for managing cash and capital return to investors, company philosophy and more, and he is generally fairly open and thoughtful in sharing his ideas on many topics....

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10:29
Apple's CEO Live at Goldman Sachs Technology & In...

Apple has announced that they'll be providing live coverage of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference scheduled for later today at ...

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10:07
Tim Cook Speaking at Goldman Sachs Conference Today, Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this afternoon, beginning at 12:30 PM Pacific Time. While Cook was not present at last year's conference, he has attended many times in the past. Cook is not likely to make product announcements during today's session, but previous conferences have seen him divulging details on Apple's philosophies and business practices. In 2013, for example, he spoke about Apple's cash usage, innovation, design choices, retail strategy, iPhone growth, and more. Streaming audio of the Goldman Sachs conference will be available beginning at 12:30, and ...

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08:52
New DisplayPort 1.4a Standard Points to 8K Notebook and Al...

The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) yesterday announced a new Embedded DisplayPort Standard, version 1.4a, that the association claims "enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates." Along with other upgrades, the new standard will be able to take advantage of more advanced GPU video performance and display technologies, meaning a wider range of computing devices - laptops and all-in-one PCs like the iMac in particular - will be able to produce 8K content sometime next year. The new standard is for "embedded" panels with the ability to produce up to 8K quality display images, meaning eDP 1.4a won't work with external displays. The current DisplayPort standard is 1.2a, with VESA having announced the next-generation...

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08:24
President Obama to Address Cybersecurity and Secure Paymen...

Stanford University will be welcoming President Obama on Friday the thirteenth to speak about cybersecurity and secure payment technologies at the Cemex Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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07:19
Next-Generation iPhone Said to Feature Upgraded Touch ID W...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided reliable information about Apple's upcoming product plans in the past, claims that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID module with reduced reading errors for an improved and safer Apple Pay experience. "We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models."Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he expects the next-generation iPhone to ship in the third quarter of 2015, lining up historically with past releases of iPhones in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon...

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07:00
'Anki Overdrive' Bringing Modular Tracks and New...

Anki today announced a sequel to its innovative iOS-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Called "Anki Overdrive" and set for launch in September, it will include brand new cars, a customizable track - courtesy of magnetically interlocking track pieces and "bridges" that adjust track height - and even jump ramps (via Re/code). Originally debuted on stage at WWDC 2013, Anki has slowly grown support for the original Anki Drive by adding new cars and track support but keeping the same basic static roll-out mat technology. The sequel, which the company plans to announce today at the New York Toy Fair, will retain the same...

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04:44
Apple's Stunning iPhone 6 Performance in Japan Humili...

In November we posted two reports on just how well the iPhone 6 was selling in Japan (one and two). Apple is so loved in Japan that even Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was pleased to announce that "Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan." 2014 was also the year that ...

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