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Friday September 4

15:37
Morgan Stanley is Bullish on Apple Going into the Apple Ev...

Morgan Stanley sees multiple growth drivers in the upcoming cycle for Apple. Analyst Katy Huberty, a noted Apple Bull who put a price target on Apple at $166/share back in May, chimed in on Apple prior to the iPhone event next week.

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15:27
Apple Decorating Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Ahead of Nex...

Ahead of next week's big iPhone-centric event, Apple has begun decorating the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco where the event will take place. As shared by several Twitter and Instagram users, signs with the Apple logo are beginning to go up, and several Apple-branded flags are flying. A white Apple logo with rainbow-colored accents against a blue background is shown on one wall of the auditorium, shared by CBS/CNET photographer James Martin. The same design was seen on the invitations for the event and was created to mimic Siri's look on the Apple Watch and iOS 9. Security is heavy around the auditorium, with security guards and police officers guarding signage that's being put up, according to someone on site who spoke to MacRumors and provided pictures. Some of the security guards are now wearing...

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13:24
Flimsy Rumor Claims that Apple may have Acquired the Realt...

A new rumor surfacing today states that Apple may have acquired Zurich based Faceshift. The company's application brings avatars to life driving new forms of communication and storytelling.

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10:43
Apple Could Face a Fine up to $19 Billion for Tax Avoidanc...

It's being reported today that Ireland will probably face censure from European authorities within months in relation to its tax dealings with Apple Inc.

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10:38
Real-Time Motion Capture Firm Faceshift May Have Been Acqu...

Based on a few whispers and some research, MacRumors believes that Swiss real-time motion capture firm Faceshift may have been acquired by Apple in recent weeks. Faceshift has been working with game and animation studios, as well as smaller companies, on technology to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including releasing Faceshift Studio software with plugins for animation software like Maya and Unity. More recently, the company has been working toward consumer-facing software such as a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat. Faceshift was launched in 2011 out of the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and has shown off some impressive demos of its technology in a number of settings. In mid-2013, the company brought on...

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09:36
Shazam creates a Light Weight version of Apple Music'...

Shazam began its verified-artist program with 30 artists including Alicia Keys, Maroon 5 and One Direction earlier this summer. Shazam is the only place that you can ....

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08:05
Apple Planning Revamped iPad Keyboard, New Metal Finishes...

Accompanying the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and next-generation Apple TV set to be announced next week, Apple is also planning a revamped iPad keyboard and new metal finishes for the Apple Watch Sport, including a less expensive gold version, according to The New York Times. 9to5Mac reported similar information, claiming the iPad Pro will have expanded Bluetooth keyboard support and that Apple is working on a new keyboard accessory for the rumored 12.9-inch tablet, which could be released by year end. The report also hinted at the possibility of new gold...

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06:43
Apple Leads the TV Everywhere Market and with the New Appl...

An interesting new report by Fortune's Phillip Elmer-DeWitt was published today based on Adobe's Digital Index report showing how Apple is dominating the "TV Everywhere" industry category by a whopping ...

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05:22
Firefox begins First Public Preview of their new Browser f...

Yesterday Firefox began the roll out of their first public preview version of the Firefox browser for iOS in New Zealand. Firefox is aiming ...

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04:25
Apple's First Store in Belgium Opens on September 19

It's been confirmed that Apple's is opening their first store in Belgium located on Toison d'Or Avenue on Saturday September 19.

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03:46
First Apple Store in Belgium Opens in Brussels on Septembe...

Apple has constructed a creative barricade with colorful artwork that confirms its first Apple Store in Belgium will open on Saturday, September 19. The retail store will be located on Avenue de la Toison d'Or in the capital city of Brussels. Apple confirmed the store opening to Belgian website Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen, which has shared several photos of the storefront. The store has not yet been listed on Apple's website, but store hours and grand opening details should be available soon. Update 8:32 AM: Apple's store page for the new Brussels location is now live, but with the opening still two weeks away the store is not yet taking reservations for Genius Bar appointments or workshops. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Firefox...

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Thursday September 3

16:47
Apple's Timing with the iPad Pro may just be Right as...

In the last few months, driven by a strong mobility trend, demand for 2-in-1s has soared and in 2Q15 as Germany became the largest 2-in-1 market in Western Europe ...

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16:01
Apple's MobileFirst Partner Teams up with ARM for IoT...

Apple's MobileFirst partner IBM just announced that their Internet of Things (IoT) platform can now work with IoT processors designed by ARM, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies.

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15:03
In the first Month, Apple Music Reached the Ears of 44 Mil...

While ComScore reported earlier today that Apple gained an extra 1.1% of market share in the US for the iPhone, the bigger news from this leading digital media analytics company was that Apple's new music service reached the ears of more than 44 million smartphone owners in the United States during its first month, making it one of the top...

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14:20
The 21.5" iMac is likely to Gain a 4K Display this fa...

While 9to5Mac claims to have an exclusive with the news that the 21.5 inch iMac will sport a 4K display, it was really a French journalist named Pierre Dandumont who first discovered ...

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13:26
Apple and Japan Display hold their Breath Hoping that the...

When Apple debuts their new iPhone 6s next Wednesday, Japan Display will holding their breath hoping Apple could hit another home run. In the bigger picture, Apple has a lot riding on their iPhone 6 follow-up.

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11:56
iPhone 6s Roundup Updated

We're just 6 days away from Apple's big iPhone event, which will see the debut of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The phones will include Force Touch, upgraded processors, improved front-facing and rear cameras, and a new rose gold color will be available. For more details on the new devices, check out our full iPhone 6s roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Disk Management App 'DaisyDisk' Gets Major Overhaul With Faster Scanning Speeds, New Look'Steve Jobs' to Premiere at Telluride Film Festival This Weekend Ahead of October ReleaseSkype Updates iOS and Android Apps With New Design, Improved Messaging, and Enhanced Search •...

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10:00
Apple Planning to Launch 4K 21.5-Inch iMac in Late October

Apple will announce an updated 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display at the end of October alongside the release of OS X El Capitan, reports 9to5Mac. The new iMac will then begin shipping out to customers in early November. A new 21.5-inch Retina iMac has been anticipated for several months, following the discovery of code in OS X El Capitan that pointed towards a 21.5-inch machine with a resolution of 4096 x 2304. That code pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X discrete graphics, which may hint at the hardware we'll see in the updated iMac. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said in early August that the iMac line would receive a refresh this...

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09:48
iPhone Continues to Increase Lead in U.S. Smartphone Marke...

The latest data from digital media analytics firm comScore shows that Apple continues to increase its lead over Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and other handset makers in U.S. smartphone market share, less than one week before the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. iPhones captured 44.2% market share among U.S. smartphone subscribers aged 13 and older based on a three-month average ending July 2015, an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the preceding three month average. Samsung's smartphone share in the U.S. dropped to 27.3% in July 2015, a decline of 1.3 percentage points over April 2015. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded off the top five smartphone makers with 8.7%, 4.9% and 3.5% smartphone market share in the U.S. respectively. Android remained the most widely adopted smartphone platform in the U.S. with 51.4% market share based on the...

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09:05
'6S Marketing' Ad Agency Asks Apple to Rename...

6S Marketing, an ad agency located in New York, is hoping to persuade Apple to change the name of its upcoming iOS device, the iPhone 6s, to the iPhone 7. The company has written an open letter addressed to Apple and rented several billboards, one in Times Square, reading "Dear Universe, Please call it the iPhone 7. Sincerely, 6S Marketing." 6S Marketing has also tagged its billboards with a campaign hashtag, #WeAre6S, which it says it uses to "highlight our unique and fun company culture." In the letter posted on its website, 6S Marketing goes on to say the company has heard rumors the next-generation iPhone will be called the iPhone 6s, and urges Apple to "reconsider" before detailing the company's long history.See, our company name is 6S Marketing, but our clients, friends, and colleagues simply refer to us as good ol' "6S." It's a small name but a big part of our...

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08:51
Apple Focused on Improving Apple Music Ahead of Android La...

Just over two months after the launch of Apple Music, the streaming music service has received a mix of praise and criticism from early adopters. Beats 1 and curated playlists are among the most acclaimed features of Apple Music, while a confusing user interface and iTunes library issues have caused frustration among some users. Addressing those issues, iTunes executive Oliver Schusser told The Guardian on Thursday that the company is actively working to improve Apple Music, ahead of its launch on Android and Sonos-connected hi-fi systems in the fall.“There’s a lot of work going into making the product better. Our focus is on editorial and...

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08:38
Apple to Promote iOS Games With New Dedicated Twitter Acco...

Apple today expanded its presence on social networking site Twitter, creating a new Twitter account dedicated to sharing App Store games. According to the account bio, which features the tagline, "Embrace the future of gaming," it's run by Apple's team of Games Editors. Apple has long had an App Store Twitter account that frequently shares new and popular games, but it also shares standard apps, creating a feed that's somewhat unfocused. Apple appears to have made the decision to distinguish and promote games separately from non-gaming apps going forward, in an effort to streamline each account and give both games and regular apps more attention. Games have been a cornerstone of the App Store since it first launched, and Apple makes an effort to highlight different game compilations and editor's picks on a weekly basis, in addition to offering frequent sales and detailed gaming...

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08:11
Apple's International iTunes VP is Focused on Getting...

Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, admits that Apple has more homework to be done to get Apple Music where they want it to be.

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06:35
A Quick Look at 5 Apple Inventions Covering Fuel Cells, Ma...

While it was a rather slow day at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for Apple patents, there were a few worth noting covering such things as iPhone fuel cell technology, MacBook magnets, advanced in-air gesturing ...

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05:08
KGI Expects New iPhones to Retain 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Cap...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors that claims the so-called "iPhone 6s" will be offered in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, the same sizes available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Kuo's prediction corroborates multiple rumors that claim Apple will retain 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage sizes for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are expected to be announced at the company's September 9th media event in San Francisco. The analyst also corroborates rumors that the iPhone 6s will have an improved front-facing FaceTime camera with a 5-megapixel sensor, in addition to Force Touch, a new rose gold casing color and an upgraded Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Kuo says the iPhone 6s entered mass production in mid-August after some manufacturing bottlenecks due to Force Touch, casing and vibration motors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips...

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