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Wednesday May 25

12:09
Apple Music is now a Registered Trademark

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office approved Apple's latest registered trademark for "Apple Music" and published it today ...

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11:44
Apple Not Able to Open Retail Stores in India Without Sell...

Apple's plan to open three Apple Store locations in India may fall through following a ruling from the Indian finance ministry that says Apple must sell locally sourced goods if it wants to open stores in the country, reports Reuters.

In India, 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced in the country, a requirement Apple does not meet as its products are largely made in China. India last year exempted retailers selling state-of-the-art goods from the rule, prompting Apple to file a new application with the Indian government.

Apple was expected to receive an exemption from the rule, earning a recommendation from country's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion...

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10:47
Apple Supplier Foxconn Reduces Workforce from 110,00 to 50...

In July 2014 Foxconn threw cold water on speculation that robots were going to be used in the manufacture of the iPhone 6. Months later Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou spoke at the opening ceremony of The World Assembly of Jin Merchants in Taiyuan. While Gou continually and faithfully promises that Apple will be the first to benefit from their future robotic assembly, it wasn't to be in 2014. Today ...

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09:40
While Mossberg Hopes to See Apple Greatly advance Siri at...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Will Apple Introduce a Competing Home-Styled Siri Led Device at WWDC 2016?" It's a topic on a lot of writer's minds of late. The latest to put his thoughts to digital paper is Walt Mossberg.

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09:31
Apple in Talks About Charging Stations for Electric Vehicl...

Apple has been engaged in discussions with charging station companies about their underlying technologies, according to Reuters.

The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.

Apple would of course need to provide a way to charge the so-called Apple Car's battery, possibly akin to Tesla's network of Supercharger partners in the U.S. and around the world.Charging firms are treading carefully, the person added, wary of sharing too much with a company they view as a potential rival.

It...

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08:54
Apple is Reportedly Exploring how to Charge Electric Cars

Apple is reportedly investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and ...

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07:45
Qualcomm's Fast X12 LTE Modem is Appropriate Candidat...

While several rumors point towards Apple switching to Intel as its primary supplier of LTE modems for the iPhone 7 series, the consensus remains that longtime supplier Qualcomm will continue to share a portion of orders.

Assuming at least a percentage of orders go to Qualcomm, which has been the exclusive provider of LTE modems in iPhones for over three years, its X12 modem is a likely candidate for LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity on iPhone 7.

Qualcomm's X12 chipsets, announced in September 2015, feature theoretical LTE category 12 download speeds up to 600 Mbps and LTE category 13 upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. The lineup, including the MDM9x45 and MDM9x40 chipsets, also support...

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06:23
Microsoft to Refocus on Premium Smartphones as they Exit L...

A week ago Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn Subsidiary Buys Microsoft's Entry-Level Feature Phone Business and Vietnam Plant." Our report clarified that Microsoft was getting out of 'Feature Phone Business' not out of smartphones. Our cover graphic illustrates on the kinds of feature phones that they're dropping. Many in the press are incorrectly reporting today that Microsoft is getting out of the consumer smartphone market entirely which is incorrect.

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05:25
Huawei Files an 11-Count Patent Infringement lawsuit again...

Huawei Technologies Co. filed a patent infringement case against Samsung Electronics in the U.S. and China after the two weren’t able to reach a licensing deal over the use of technology fundamental to how mobile networks operate. Our report provides you with a Scribd copy of the full patent lawsuit filed in Northern California.

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Tuesday May 24

17:12
Apple Granted 55 Patents today covering a 3D Mapping Proce...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we point you to yet another granted patent relating to 3D Depth Mapping that Apple inherited when acquiring PrimeSense. Earlier today we posted another PrimeSense related patent covering In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for Controlling Future Macs & Apple TV based on 3D mapping. Today's second 3D Depth Mapping patent focuses on the actual processor ...

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16:19
Hyundai Releases Software Update to Expand CarPlay Support...

Hyundai is releasing a software update that brings CarPlay support to eight new vehicles, including the 2016 Elantra GT, 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata, 2017 Santa Fe Sport, 2017 Santa Fe, 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, and the 2016 Tucson.

The vehicles gaining CarPlay support through a software update join Hyundai's previously announced CarPlay models, the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and the 2017 IONIQ. Hyundai has not officially announced the news, but dealers were sent a notice about the update on May 19. Dealer information suggests the update is supposed to be available as of today, May 24.

Hyundai owners with an eligible vehicle can download the CarPlay update through the Hyundai website and are encouraged to go through the installation process themselves. A Mac or PC with an SD card slot or an external SD card reader is required to download the software and...

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15:21
Will Apple Introduce a Competing Home-Styled Siri Led Devi...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android Users Introduced at Google I/O." In that report we noted that Google Home was like Amazon's Echo meets Apple TV. Now a new rumor claims ...

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13:54
Apple Working on Amazon Echo Competitor, Opening Siri Up t...

Apple is actively developing a product that would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, reports The Information. Citing a source with direct knowledge of Apple's plans, the report suggests Apple is working on a Siri-based device that would include a speaker and microphone that could be used for features like listening to music, getting news headlines, and more.

In addition to developing such a device, Apple is planning to improve Siri by opening the voice assistant up to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

Opening Siri up to third-party developers will go a long way towards expanding the...

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13:21
Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3.3 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update for public beta testers, one day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.3 comes one week after the release of iOS 9.3.2, an update focusing primarily on bug fixes.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 appears to include mainly under-the-hood bug fixes and...

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12:16
Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Fo...

Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation.

Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the security of its iOS devices. Apple has said it will continually improve security to keep ahead of hackers, and its dispute with the FBI is said to have spurred the company begin work on implementing security measures "even it can't hack...

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11:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Health Industry is 'Ripe for Simp...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke this morning at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow, where he gave some sage business advice and shared some insight into Apple's future plans in the television and healthcare industries.

Some of Cook's most interesting comments were on healthcare, which has been a focus for Apple in recent years with ResearchKit, HealthKit, and the Apple Watch. According to Cook, healthcare could be significantly improved through the use of apps and it's one area where the App Store has potential for growth.

Cook went on to say that health is something that interests Apple because it's an area where hardware, software, and services can come together into "something that's magical." Apple said health is a...

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08:35
Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core Launch on Kickstarter

Pebble today launched a Kickstarter campaign for two new fitness-focused smartwatches, and an all-new cellular-connected wearable.

Pebble 2, the first major upgrade to the original Pebble smartwatch, features new built-in sleep, step, and heart rate tracking functionality alongside existing phone, text, and information notification capabilities.

The iOS- and Android-compatible smartwatch retains an always-on high contrast black and white display that is readable both indoors and outdoors. The watch also features an anti-scratch lens coating, built-in microphone, up to weeklong battery life, and water resistance up to 30 meters.

Pebble 2 is compatible with over 13,000 existing apps and watchfaces, and runs an updated version of its Timeline operating system that enables customizable one-click actions that, for example, make it easier to...

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08:27
India continues to hold off on Apple Store Licensing until...

After one of Apple's most concentrated business trips to India, Bloomberg reports that "India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled Apple must comply with regulations to procure 30 percent of components locally if it wants to sell through its own retail stores.

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07:13
Apple's CEO Emphasized the Growing Importance of Appl...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO landed in Amsterdam to Visit AssistiveWare and and while he was there he visited the Anne Frank Museum. Today we learn that Apple's CEO was one of the key CEO's being interviewed at the 'Speaking at Startup Fest Europe' that began in Amsterdam today.

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06:21
Apple Granted a Cellular MacBook Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we cover an Apple invention related to the category of cellular MacBook.

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05:09
Apple Granted an In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for Controll...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent titled "Three-Dimensional Mapping and Imaging." Apple inherited this particular invention from PrimeSense ...

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04:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a future Solar Power Accessory...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of xx newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention introducing us to a solar power panel accessory for mobile devices like a MacBook or iPhone that won't require a power converter. One of the inventors noted on this patent had originally worked at Samsung.

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03:39
Project Titan: Apple is Granted Patent for Advanced Vehicl...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's winning invention for advanced vehicle access and control system. Before there was ever a whisper of Project Titan, Apple had invented ...

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02:55
MacBook Pro to Gain OLED, Touch ID & First-to-Market M...

In April we reported on one of the likely first changes coming to Apple's Future MacBooks in the form of an next generation Hinge that uses a new metal injection molding process. A new rumor now tells us about more future features aimed for the MacBook Pro this fall.

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Monday May 23

20:05
2016 MacBook Pro May Include OLED Display Touch Bar and To...

Apple plans to introduce a revamped high-end MacBook Pro this year that'll include a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new MacBook Pro would come in 13- and 15-inch variations and arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.Kuo calls the new MacBook Pro updates the "most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."...

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