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Saturday February 6

05:26
Apple's Next Mass Market is India which has the Secon...

According to the latest research, India's Smartphone user base grew to 220 Million users by end of 2015 surpassing USA for the first time ever.

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Friday February 5

21:15
Apple Launches Repair Program for Late 2013 Mac Pro Video...

Apple today launched a new Repair Extension Program that addresses video issues on some late 2013 Mac Pro models, according to an internal notice obtained by MacRumors.

Apple has determined that graphics cards in some late 2013 Mac Pros, manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015, may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair eligible Mac Pro models affected by the video issues free of charge. Customers can book an appointment with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine if their Mac Pro is eligible for coverage.

Unlike Apple's voluntary recall of some international AC wall adapters last week, Apple is unlikely to publicly announce this repair program on its support website,...

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16:09
iPhone 5se May Come in Silver, Space Gray, and Bright Pink

Apple's rumored iPhone 5se may come in Silver, Space Gray, and a pink shade that's different than the Rose Gold of the iPhone 6s, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara [Google Translate], citing information obtained from a third-party vendor.

The site compares the shade of pink to that of the seventh-generation iPod nano and sixth-generation iPod touch, which is a deep pink that is brighter than the Rose Gold iPhone 6s. Mac Otakara was not able to see the shade of pink firsthand, so its exact tone is not clear, but the vendor said it is not the same color as the iPhone 6s.

Early iPhone 6s rumors said pink would be a color choice for...

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14:45
Not Surprising, Apple Files a Motion for a Mistrial in Vir...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent Infringement Case is Sign for why Patent Reform is desperately needed." The report covered the ongoing case with VirnetX and how the case that was once thrown came back to bite Apple this week in verdict costing them $625.6 million. Today a new report is claiming that Apple is now seeking a mistrial.

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10:21
Apple Possibly Working With Energous on Extended Range Wir...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on extended range wireless charging capabilities for future iPhones, there has been some speculation that Apple has partnered with Energous to implement the technology. Energous is the company behind WattUp, an emerging wireless charging technology that uses radio frequencies to charge devices from up to 15 feet away.

Though there's no concrete proof of a relationship between Energous and Apple, a new research report from Louis Basenese of Disruptive Tech Research highlights a large pool of circumstantial evidence pointing towards a potential...

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10:03
Foxconn Chairman & Sharp President Shake Hands on Acqu...

In July of 2012, Gou in his personal capacity acquired a 50% stake in Sharp's 10th-generation display panel plant situated in Sakai, a city in Osaka prefecture, at the cost of 66 billion yen (US$546.5 million). We reported in March 2015 that Foxconn was going to take a second run at acquiring Sharp but that the two sides couldn't find the right terms. Today it's being reported that Foxconn ...

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08:22
Apple Stores Roundup

A comprehensive tracker of Apple's retail stores around the world, including new, rumored, and renovated stores. Discuss this article in our forums

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08:18
Apple Patent Reveals Water Resistant Improvements Coming t...

In November 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone," which reviewed a series of Apple patents on the topic of waterproofing along with an iFixit report that said Apple still needed some work on their approach to make their technique work better. Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that revealed ...

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07:49
Users Facing 'Error 53' Bricking Message After T...

Some iPhone 6 users who had their smartphones repaired by third-party technicians are reporting that a mysterious "error 53" message is permanently bricking their iPhones (via The Guardian). Users who have had Touch ID on their iPhone 6 fixed by a non-Apple technician, and agreed to update the iPhone to the most recent version of iOS, are facing an issue which essentially prevents all access to the iPhone.

Freelance photographer Antonio Olmos is one such affected iPhone 6 user who had his iPhone repaired in Macedonia while working. He said "it worked perfectly" after the repair shop finished fixing the broken screen and home button, but once he updated to iOS 9 he got an "error 53" message and could no longer access any of his personal content on the iPhone. An Apple Store in London was shown the issue, and staff there admitted there...

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05:13
Smartwatch Adoption to Grow by 48% by 2017 with Head Mount...

This week Gartner published a report covering wearables. It noted that "From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48 percent growth largely due to Apple ...

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04:04
Apple Files Liquid Metal Patent for new Material that is T...

Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another liquid metal related patent application regarding zirconium and hafnium based BGM alloys.

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Thursday February 4

15:37
Apple Says U.S. Supreme Court Should Reject Samsung's...

In December, Samsung asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a final appeal in its ongoing patent battle with Apple, which would potentially nullify a $548 million settlement awarded to Apple. In a lengthy document filed with the court this afternoon (via Foss Patents), Apple urges the Supreme Court to deny Samsung's request, accusing the company of raising issues that do not "deserve review" in an effort to prolong court proceedings.

Samsung has claimed that the jury did not adequately understand the patents in question because members weren't provided with enough explanation by the court. The South Korean company has also suggested the case has wider implications that could encourage design patent trolls...

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13:24
Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands to FOX NOW, FXNO...

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, is one of the most useful features on the new fourth-generation Apple TV. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

Apple has made good on that promise. As of today, searching for content on the Apple TV will encompass the aforementioned apps along with FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

Apple maintains a full list of apps that are included in the Apple TV's universal search feature in a dedicated support document. The new channels aren't listed yet,...

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12:35
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales, Apple TV, Campus 2, and More...

Following Apple's first quarter earnings report, Apple executives hosted a Town Hall meeting with Apple employees to answer questions and to divulge a few details about the company's future plans. 9to5Mac has shared highlights of what was covered at the event. While much of what was said was reiterating information that was shared during the earnings call, there are a few tidbits worth noting.

When it comes to the iPhone and the rumor that Apple has perhaps reached "peak iPhone," Cook said the device is the "greatest business of the future" with growth potential in key emerging markets like India and China. He said Apple does not need to launch a less expensive device with pared-down features to entice buyers in these markets, as research suggests people will spend more for a better experience. These comments...

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12:04
Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch Screens

The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called "iPhone 5se" that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

Apple's newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company's latest...

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12:04
Apple Pay is Charging into 2016 with Two Million Retail Lo...

A new BloombergBusiness report noted that Apple has said that its mobile-payment service is now available in more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, ...

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08:40
A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent Infringement C...

In November 2012 Apple lost their FaceTime patent lawsuit to VirnetX who was awarded $368.2 million. Apple appealed and ...

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07:54
App Store and iTunes Experiencing Issues for Many Users Wo...

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect that many users may be unable to access, purchase, or update apps on the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Multiple other iCloud services are or were also experiencing downtime, including the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud.

The issues began shortly before 7:00 a.m. Pacific and appear to be widespread, affecting customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, according to social media posts. Apple TV services and Apple's Volume Purchase Program are also affected by the service issues.

Update (9:10 a.m. Pacific): Apple's System Status page shows that the App Store, iTunes, and other iCloud services have been restored.Tags: App Store, iTunes,...

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07:49
Apple Revisits a Key Flexible Display Invention that Once...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published continuation patent application 20160033994 from Apple. This particular patent application originally ignited the excitement behind the idea of a future iWatch.

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07:13
Five Original Apple Watch Interface Patents Surface Coveri...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple that are primarily related to the Apple Watch. The entire series of applications are identically titled "Context-Specific User Interfaces" and presents current and future ideas.

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04:19
Apple Inventions Reveal Original 3D Touch System & Fut...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to next-generation force and/or 3D Touch. One involves a new touch force deflection sensor system ...

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04:18
Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A a...

Apple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher...

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Wednesday February 3

14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent Disput...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices From...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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08:56
Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for Apple P...

Square has announced that its new NFC reader that enables small businesses to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments can now be purchased from Apple online or in U.S. stores for $49.

The reader is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone 6 or newer, and contactless Chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards based on technologies like American Express ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave.

The small square-shaped reader functions like other NFC-enabled payment terminals, allowing users to wave an iPhone, paired Apple Watch, or contactless Chip-and-PIN card near the reader for a few seconds to complete a purchase.

The NFC reader, which connects wirelessly with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, also works with Chip-and-PIN cards that are inserted rather than tapped. Square includes a magstripe reader in the box for accepting...

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