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Tuesday July 8

06:39
Claimed iPhone 6 SIM Card Trays Point to Space Gray, Gold,...

Several new photos published today by Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] show the purported power and volume flex cables as well as three SIM card trays that hint at the color options Apple is planning for the iPhone 6. This report follows a leak from earlier this month that first showcased these two internal flex cables from the iPhone 6, although the parts shown in the two reports are not identical. Similar to the previous photos but slightly different in layout, the volume flex cable contains both the mute button and volume buttons with a possible larger separation between the two components. The power flex cable also...

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06:36
Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales

On June 16 we published a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials" and were first to report on Samsung's CFO Admitting that their 2nd Quarter wasn't going to be good on June 25. Today Samsung officially reported that their operating profit fell sharply by 24.4% due in large part to a slowdown in smartphone sales. Translation: the Galaxy S5 was a dud and unable to beat Apple's iPhone 5S at the high-end of the market while the Chinese phone makers ate away at their low to mid-range smartphone products.

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05:36
Apple Granted 51 Patents Covering Thunderbolt & Much M...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for Thunderbolt and a series of design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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03:50
Apple Granted a Patent for Fused Glass Device Housings

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to fused glass device housings. As noted in cover graphic, the process could possibly cover a future Apple TV and/or a future iMac which would ...

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01:55
Apple Granted a Patent for a Secure Enclave Processor

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's granted patents relating to a Secure Enclave Processor. Such a processor was first introduced in Apple's A7 chip for securing a user's fingerprint in conjunction with Apple's new Touch ID ...

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Monday July 7

18:51
Apple Shares 'Pride' Video Featuring Preparation...

In late June, San Francisco held its 44th annual Pride parade, which saw several companies, including Apple, marching in support of the LGBT community. Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the event and walked alongside Apple's Environment Director Lisa Jackson and thousands of other Apple employees. Employees wore special T-shirts for the event and handed out iTunes gift cards good for a free song download. Apple has now posted a new video of the event on its YouTube channel, depicting the company's preparation for the parade, which included the aforementioned T-shirts, a pre-event celebration, special bicycles, and thousands of rainbow-colored flags. The song playing in the background of the video is Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars." On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world -- from cities as far...

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15:12
Apple's 'Health' App Gains Ability to Track...

iOS 8 beta 3, which was released to developers earlier today, allows Apple's Health app to access the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, letting the app natively track movement like steps taken. Available in newer devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini, the M7 "motion coprocessor" functions alongside the A7 chip in those devices, measuring accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data for enhanced fitness tracking capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac the Health app's "Steps" section now tallies the number of steps a user has taken as measured by the iPhone 5s. Users accessing the Health app today will be...

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11:14
Tim Cook's Impact on Apple Detailed in New Profile Al...

The Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook's plans. Described as a "kinder, gentler" workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaboration between employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive...

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10:01
iOS 8 Beta 3 Tidbits: iCloud Drive Access, New Handoff Set...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 3 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below, and to find out about all of the under-the-radar tweaks in iOS 8, make sure to check out our iOS 8 Hidden Features Roundup. Find My Friends - iOS 8 beta 3 includes a new beta version of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. According to the release notes, Find My Friends allows users to move their friends list to an iCloud account if necessary. iCloud Drive - There's a new popup window in beta 3 giving users the option to upgrade to iCloud...

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09:05
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3

Alongside iOS 8 beta 3, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, three weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and over a month after introducing the new operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 14A283o, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for...

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08:52
Apple Releases iOS 8 Beta 3 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8 to developers, three weeks after releasing the second beta update and more than a month since unveiling the new operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4318c, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and can also be downloaded via the iOS Dev Center. Apple has released a new beta version of Find My iPhone, a brand new iOS 8 version of Find My Friends, a new Apple TV beta, and updates to Swift, the programming language the company introduced at WWDC. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard...

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08:44
A New Study confirms that Apple's iPhone 5S is the Le...

A new ABI report published today illustrates that Apple and Samsung account for the majority of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide in Q1 2014. Apple's flagship iPhone 5S clocked in as the number one smartphone around the world. Samsung's heavily marketed flagship device Galaxy S4 ...

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06:51
iPhone 6 Front Panel Survives Limited Bending Test

Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video. The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire. Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers...

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05:20
iPhone 6 May See Only Modest Battery Capacity Boost as App...

A recent survey suggests consumers are looking forward to improved battery life as well as a bigger screen in the iPhone 6. But according to Chinese media reports (via GforGames), Apple's next-generation iPhone may disappoint with a lower-than-expected battery capacity that will provide only a slight boost from the battery used in the iPhone 5s. Chinese media sources claim the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will ship with a battery between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will include a 2,500 mAh battery. Though larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, these modest capacity increases place Apple behind...

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05:10
Hon Hai's Plan to Hire 100,000 Workers for iPhone 6 P...

Apple, which outsources assembly of iPhones and iPads to Foxconn, accounts for about 48 percent of Hon Hai’s revenue, according to Bloomberg Industries. Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently urged shareholders to have patience as Hon Hai's sales slow. Foxconn, the key iPhone manufacturer for Apple, and China’s largest private employer, also plans to boost investment in robotics and add more high-skilled positions as Gou strives to meet his goal for profit growth of 10 percent. This tidbit of information about robot investment somehow has led to the latest rumor about the iPhone 6 being made with robots. A contradictory report out of China today puts that rumor into question.

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Sunday July 6

14:25
Foxconn Set to Deploy Robots to Help Assemble the iPhone

At a recent shareholder meeting, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced that the company will soon deploy robots to help assemble devices, noting that Apple will be the first company to use the service, reports IT Home (Google Translate, via GSMDome). Named "Foxbots", each robot will be able to assemble an average of 30,000 devices and costs anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to make. Gou stated that the assembly devices are undergoing their final testing phase, as Foxconn plans to deploy 10,000 robots to its factories. Foxconn has been Apple's longtime primary partner in assembling its iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In 2011, it was...

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14:06
South Korea's Antitrust Watchdog Orders Apple to Revi...

According to a new Korean report this afternoon, the South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said that it had ordered Apple and Google to revise unfair provisions, including the no-refund policy, in operating their mobile application stores. It is the first time that an antitrust body here has taken corrective action against international app store operators.

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13:47
Microsoft's Version of Think Different: A Mood Changi...

Mark Twain once said that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that confirms that very saying. Today Fitbit is duking it out with Samsung's Gear and there's great anticipation regarding Apple's possible entry into the wearables market this fall with a health-related device with advanced biosensors. While Microsoft is considering a smartwatch as well, it now appears that they may want to take a completely different course that's quite eccentric. They've invented a mood changing/health device in the form of a robotic butterfly.

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07:48
Apple Could Get Dragged into Russia's new Internet Bi...

In April we reported on two stats from Apple's financial conference call regarding Russia. Firstly, is that Russia was in the top five countries for App Store downloads in calendar Q1; secondly, that Apple's business grew 97% in Russia in Q1. Apple opened their online Apple Store in Russia last summer but that could be jeopardized over the next 18 months. Today we've learned that the Russian Parliament has passed a bill ....

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Friday July 4

12:05
Apple Planning to Wipe CloudKit Data for iOS 8 and Yosemit...

Apple has notified developers of plans for a server-side data wipe on CloudKit public and private databases for both the beta versions iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The wipe, which will take place on Monday, July 7, will erase data for iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop. The wipe comes just a day ahead of the rumored launch date of iOS 8 beta 3 and also the likely launch date of the third Yosemite Developer Preview. Apple commonly seeds early versions of its iOS beta operating systems on roughly two-week intervals, moving on to three-week intervals later in the testing period. OS X beta updates have followed a similar update pattern in the past as well. Apple's second iOS 8 and Yosemite betas came...

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08:27
Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for their Fi...

Last month 46 year old Alexander Stubb became the Prime Minister of Finland. He was formerly the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade from 2011 to 2014. As Prime Minister and someone who thoroughly understands economics and foreign trade, it was disturbing to read that he actually blamed Steve Jobs for killing Finland's economy. Finland is now undergoing its worst financial crisis in more than 20 years.

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06:33
Holy Toledo, 32,000 Mormon Missionaries to get iPad minis!

Well I don't know about Toledo, but Salt Lake City's Mormon Church in Utah is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week.

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05:43
TAG Heuer Sales Director Joins Apple in Run-Up to iWatch L...

Apple appears to have made another important iWatch-related hire as the device's rumored debut approaches, with CNBC reporting that the company has poached the sales director of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer. The hiring was revealed by Jean-Claude Biver, head of Jewelry and Watches at TAG Heuer's parent company LVMH. Biver had claimed earlier this year that Apple had been trying to hire some of his employees but at that point none of them had agreed to join Apple.Biver said the watchmaker's sales director left as recently as last week, "to take a contract with Apple" in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. [...] Biver said he was happy for the employee as the new role represents a great opportunity for him. "If it had been a direct competitor, I would have felt...

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05:40
Apple Hires TAG Heuer's Sales Director to assist iWat...

It was reported on CNBC this morning that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch. Apple intends on using the prestigious "Swiss made" label to market its new gadget, according to the head of LVMH's watch brands Jean-Claude Biver.

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03:19
Apple Looks to Expand Sales in Saudi Arabia with new Deal

In the first deal of its kind in the Middle East, Apple has inked an agreement with Saudi ...

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