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Wednesday June 3

11:48
Pebble Time iOS App in Limbo, Pebble Asks Customers for He...

Pebble's latest smart watch, the Pebble Time, has already begun shipping out to early Kickstarter backers, but customers receiving the device may not be able to use it with an iPhone because the accompanying Pebble Time Watch app has not yet been approved by Apple. According to a Kickstarter update posted this afternoon, the Pebble Time app has been in limbo since May 22, spending more than two weeks going through Apple's app review process without approval. The unreleased Pebble Time Watch app was first submitted to the App Store in early May, and approved on May 18. Pebble went on to push a bug fix for the app on May 22, requesting an expedited review from Apple, which was not granted. Pebble has also been unable to add Pebble Time support to its existing iPhone app because...

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10:23
Apple TV to Introduce "Showtime" Channel in July...

During the Re/code Conference last week the CEO of CBS Les Moonves said that they'd probably make a deal with Apple for Apple TV. Before that announcement is made ...

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09:19
The Owner of Smartflash Reveals a Barrage of Death Threats...

Back in May 2013 Patently Apple was the first to report on a company by the name of Smartflash suing Apple over the iTunes Store Allegedly infringing several of their patents. In February of this year we reported that Smartflash had won their case against Apple that was argued in a Texas court district that has a long standing reputation for supporting patent troll cases. While Apple vowed to appeal the case, Smartflash decided to strike at Apple while the iron was hot by filing a second patent infringement case. Now Smartflash inventor is ...

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08:09
A new LG Product being showcased at a U.S. Trade Show this...

Kicking off 2015 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Adds Multimedia to Future Digital Newspaper." While the original invention was covered by us in early October 2014, the update to Apple's patent claims specifically added one thing of interest: The patent claim stated that "wherein the multimedia content comprises content selected from the group consisting of audio and video." New developments ...

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07:45
Showtime's Standalone Streaming Service Set to Premie...

A new report from Variety today (via iClarified) suggests that Showtime's parent company CBS is putting the final touches on a standalone streaming service for the premium cable network, with rumors pointing to an official announcement either later today or sometime on Thursday. Just like HBO NOW, the service would allow customers interested in Showtime to circumvent a traditional cable subscription and gain access to all of the network's shows and films for a single monthly fee. Variety says that CBS will reveal a partnership with Apple and the Apple TV that will be the exclusive home of the Showtime online-only service, similar to HBO NOW's initial exclusivity window on Apple TV and iOS...

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06:30
Apple Announces their Voluntary Recall of Beats Pill XL Sp...

Today Apple announced a voluntary recall of Beats Pill XL speakers, including a refund ...

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06:08
Android Sales are Dropping in Europe as iOS makes Gains

According to a new report today, we're learning that across Europe, Android’s share declined by ...

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06:07
Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Due to Possible Fire...

Apple today announced a voluntary recall of all Beats Pill XL speakers due to the rare possibility that the battery in the speakers may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Apple advises all customers to stop using the Beats Pill XL speakers and will issue a $325 refund or Apple Store credit to affected customers. The recall does not extend to other Apple or Beats products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that the recall applies to about 222,000 Beats Pill XL speakers sold in the United States from January 2014 through June 2015, while...

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05:38
New Study Finds that iPhone 6 Owners are Still Sitting on...

It was just last week that we broke the news that Apple is likely to introduce a new rewards program for Apple Pay in June, maybe as early as Monday when their keynote kicks off Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. Today a new study shows us why Apple is going to introduce such a program.

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04:46
Apple TV Confirmed as Central Hub for Remotely Controlling...

Apple has added a new support document on its website (via iFun.de) that confirms the third-generation Apple TV or later can be used to control HomeKit-enabled accessories when you are away from home using an iOS device. After signing in with the same Apple ID on an iOS device and Apple TV, users can use Siri commands to remotely control lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs and other HomeKit-enabled accessories. A separate new support document lists the available HomeKit-compatible devices as they begin to roll out. The new support documents were added just as multiple accessory makers announced the first HomeKit-compatible products, including Lutron, iHome,...

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04:45
Rumor may Confirm Force Touch Coming to the next iPhone

A new supply chain report this morning states that the touch panel module subsidiary of Foxconn Group's called "General Interface ...

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04:02
Toyota Working on a New Infotainment System that Opens the...

Today we're learning that Toyota is exploring the development of an open source version of Ford's AppLink infotainment system. "The move is yet another sign ...

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Tuesday June 2

15:30
Last Night Apple's CEO was Honored for Corporate Lead...

Last September Apple publicized "A message from Tim Cook about Apple's commitment to your privacy." Last night, Apple's CEO Tim Cook "was honored last night for 'corporate leadership' during EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event in Washington ...

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14:18
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks on Importance of Privacy, Encryp...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored at the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Champions of Freedom event in Washington yesterday, where he took the opportunity to give a speech covering Apple's stance on privacy, the importance of guarding customer information, and the company's views on encryption. TechCrunch has shared details on both the event and Cook's speech, calling him "characteristically passionate" about the topics he spoke on."Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security," Cook opened. "We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demands it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it."Cook highlighted Apple's commitment to customer privacy...

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12:04
WWDC 2015 Decorations Going Up at Moscone Center Ahead of...

Apple is set to kick off its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday with a keynote event that begins at 10:00 a.m., and as it does every year, the company has begun decorating the Moscone Center in San Francisco where the conference will be held. As of this afternoon, work crews have begun placing the iconic Apple stickers on the outside of the building, while also preparing to begin erecting banners in the lobby of Moscone West. As can be seen in photos shared by MacStories, the first leaves of the logo are visible. In a few hours, we'll likely see the first banners for the 2015 event, which may sport the tagline "The epicenter of change." Apple will continue decorating the center throughout the week, adding additional signage both inside and outside. Oftentimes Apple's banners...

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11:20
Samsung may Quickly Shift Tactics against Apple's 4.7...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Analyst States that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Can't Match the Performance of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus." With Samsung being unable to overtake the iPhone 6 in the market, a new Korean report surfacing this afternoon reveals their plan to take another run at the iPhone in late August with a resurrected tactic.

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09:13
Apple TV Gains New National Geographic Channel

Apple today updated the Apple TV with a brand new National Geographic channel, bringing popular National Geographic shows and content to the company's set-top box. National Geographic first announced plans to introduce an Apple TV channel in November. The channel includes shows like Life Below Zero, Live Free or Die, The Incredible Dr. Pol, and more. As with the company's iOS apps, content is available through the Apple TV channel the day after it airs on television. The channel also offers on-demand access to back episodes of popular shows. Like many of the channels on the Apple TV, accessing content like full on-demand episodes requires authentication with a cable TV provider. For those without a cable subscription, there are a few select episodes available for free, plus there are digital shorts and clips from shows...

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08:43
Intel Revealed Thunderbolt 3 and new i7 Processors at Comp...

Today Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 3 at the Computex event being held in Taipei Taiwan. Thunderbolt 3 is being touted as the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or peripheral device ...

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08:05
iCloud and iTunes Experiencing Widespread Outage [Updated]

A number of iCloud services are currently experiencing downtime in the United States, Canada and other countries, an issue that became widespread within the past hour or so. A significant number of users have tipped MacRumors and posted on Twitter and other social media platforms about being unable to sign into iCloud or access related services such as Mail and Find My iPhone. iTunes is having issues since 11:26 AM EDT. http://t.co/yWqpPuOqLN RT if it's down for you as well #itunesdown— DownDetector (@downdetector) June 2, 2015 iTunes has also been experiencing an outage since at least 8:30 AM Pacific, although Apple has yet to update its system status page to reflect any ongoing issues with either iCloud or iTunes. MacRumors will...

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07:21
MacRumors Forums Redesigned and on a New Platform

Over the weekend, we launched a new version of the MacRumors Forums. Beyond a long overdue redesign, we also migrated to a new discussion platform called XenForo. The MacRumors Forums have been running since 2001 and have over 800,000 members and 20,000,000 posts. We have discussions documenting the first iPod, the first iPhone and the death of Steve Jobs. The move to a new software platform brings us a number of new features, including but not limited to: - Responsive design - Auto save text editor - Social registration and login. Register with...

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06:55
Analyst States that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Can't Ma...

Today, while there's still a debate about how the sales of the Galaxy S6 are really doing, the majority of analysts that are in the press weighing in on the matter say that the iPhone 6 is still looking like the winner for this quarter which is bad news for Samsung.

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06:41
Intel Announces New Quad-Core Broadwell Processors Appropr...

Intel today at Computex 2015 announced its next-generation lineup of quad-core Broadwell processors for notebooks and desktop computers, including a trio of Core i7 processors appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro: i7-5950HQ, i7-5850HQ and i7-5750HQ. The new processors have base frequencies of between 2.5 GHz and 2.9 GHz and feature integrated Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics. The fifth-generation Broadwell chips are expected to be available in the next 30-60 days, meaning the first notebooks and desktop computers with the new processors should be available in July or August. Interestingly, Apple refreshed the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro just last month, but noticeably missing were processor upgrades, as the new machines continue to use the same Haswell processors...

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04:54
Apple Acquires Metaio Creator of Thermal Touch - A New Aug...

Late yesterday we posted a report titled "Samsung Attempting to Leap Frog Apple with Future Holographic Device with Specialized Display." Little did we know that within hours of that report we would learn that Apple had just acquired augmented reality pioneer Metaio ...

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04:30
First HomeKit-Compatible Products Launching Today, Led by...

Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, several of the company's HomeKit partners are today announcing the availability of the first HomeKit-compatible products. HomeKit is Apple's home automation platform, first introduced at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference. HomeKit provides a standardized framework for manufacturers that develop home automation products, letting them interface with the Apple ecosystem and with each other. Through HomeKit, connected devices like lights, thermostats, speakers, smart plugs, and more can be controlled by Siri. For example, HomeKit enables commands like "Siri, turn off my lights," or "Siri, turn the temperature up before I get home." Though HomeKit was announced in 2014, it has taken nearly a year for companies to complete Apple's certification process and get products ready for store shelves. Several companies like iDevices, Schlage, and Elgato have previously announced plans for HomeKit-compatible products, but until today, no...

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04:08
Intel Announces Thunderbolt 3 With USB-C, Single-Cable Sup...

Intel today at Computex 2015 unveiled Thunderbolt 3 with a USB Type-C connector, instead of Mini DisplayPort, and support for USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, PCI Express 3.0, as outlined by Ars Technica. The new spec's Thunderbolt transport layer provides up to 40Gbps throughput, double the max bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2, alongside an optional 100 watts of power for charging devices in accordance with the USB Power Delivery spec, or 15 watts of power without USB PD."Thunderbolt 3 is backed by Intel's new Alpine Ridge controller. USB 3.1 support is provided by integrating a USB 3.1 host controller into Alpine Ridge. There will be two flavours of the controller, one that uses four PCIe 3.0 lanes to drive two Thunderbolt ports, and another version that only uses two PCIe...

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