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Tuesday June 28

Korea's Fair Trade Commission Confirms Investigation...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc, the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details, reports Reuters. Yet Patently Apple reported on this a week ago with more specificity.

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Monday June 27

Here's the Upcoming Apple TV 'Remote' App

At its recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled an all new "Remote" app for iOS devices, which has been entirely overhauled to make it easier than ever to control a fourth-generation Apple TV with an iPhone.

In the video below, we took a look at the Remote app to give MacRumors readers an early glimpse at what's in store. The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the Siri Remote for a navigation experience that's streamlined across different input methods.

When content like movies or music is playing, the Remote app includes a full "Now Playing" view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done via touch gestures.

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier...

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Intel Patent Reveals RealSense Camera System adding a New...

This will be the year that we begin to see Intel's RealSense camera come to market in a wide range of products from PCs to smartphones and tablets. Intel continues to advance their 3D camera technology with an emphasis on in-air gestures for video gaming as revealed in a patent that surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week.

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Rumored 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 Said to Actually Be...

Following a sketchy rumor last week that said Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, Japanese blog Mac Otakara has clarified to AppleInsider that the new color will actually be a "much darker" variant of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Black and slate iPhone 5 on left vs. space gray iPhone 5s (Mike Cronin via YouTube)Monday's indications from Macotakara sources appear to be a clarification from earlier reports that suggested Apple would ditch space gray for a "deep blue" color option. Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone coloring apparently mistook the...

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Samsung & Huawei Lower their Smartphone Sales Forecast...

While Apple's iPhone sales were down for the first time in nine years, it's clearly an industry trend that no one is escaping. It's being reported today in a supply chain report that "Some leading Android smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics and Huawei have lowered their shipment targets ...

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Google Reportedly Working on Own-Branded Phone Set for Rel...

Google is set to launch its own smartphone by the end of the year in an effort to compete more directly with Apple and Samsung devices, according to The Telegraph.

Citing "senior sources" familiar with the matter, the report claims that the company plans to unveil a Google-branded handset that is separate from its Nexus range of phones, which are designed and manufactured through partnerships with the likes of LG and HTC. Google is also said to be in discussions with mobile operators about the release of the phone by the end of 2016.

If true, the news would be a significant shift in ambitions for the company's mobile arm, which has historically focused on software development with its Android OS and left handset design in the hands of hardware manufacturers.

By contrast, Google's own internal handset division will take full...

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Sunday June 26

A Samsung Patent Comes to Light Illustrating a New Multi-C...

On June 15 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's New York Event in August to Introduce the Galaxy Note 7 with Iris Scanning Security." That particular news stemmed from a Korean press report which was somewhat supported by the fact that Samsung had also interestingly filed for "Galaxy Iris" and 'Galaxy Eyeprint' trademarks recently. This week another patent-pending invention from Samsung surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office showcasing a new kind of triple camera system to accommodate iris scanning.

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Is Google Really Planning to Attack the iPhone this Fall w...

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said last month that Google was "investing more effort" into phones, although he seemed to clarify that they would continue to support the Google-backed Nexus smartphones and smartphone projects like the latest from Lenovo that will introduce the first phone based on project Tango – not make phones of their own. But actions speak louder than words and earlier this year Google hired Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, to lead a new hardware division ...

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Saturday June 25

Inventors of the Ancient 'WebPhone' are Suing Ap...

In September 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Sued with Patents from 90's WebPhone Product." Apple was being sued by Straight Path IP Group. The case was reportedly dismissed without prejudice in 2015. Now the Straight Path IP group has decided to try this case once again using four out of the five patents used in their first case.

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Apple Wins 2 Design Patents for the iPad Pro's Smart...

It's been a big day for Apple design patents. Earlier today we noted that Apple was granted three design patents in Hong Kong covering OS X 'Spaces Bar' and 'Split View' features followed by two design patents for their Smart Battery iPhone case. The last two design patents ...

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Apple wins 2 Design Patents for their Smart Battery Case

Apple has been granted two design patents for their iPhone 6 Smart Battery Case in Hong Kong China. Apple introduced their Smart Battery Case in December 2015. The Smart Battery Case is engineered specifically ...

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Apple Wins 3 Design Patents for OS X 'Spaces Bar...

Yesterday Apple was granted three design patents relating to OS X Mission Control in Hong Kong. Two of the design patents specifically cover the 'Spaces Bar' feature first introduced with last year's OS X El Capitan.

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Latest Alleged Leaked Image of iPhone 7 Depicts Larger Rea...

Two images have emerged online this morning allegedly showing the rear cases of an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus leaked from the Chinese supply chain.

The first image posted by French site claims to show the back of the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 7 with the expected antenna bands restricted to the edges of the casing, rather than running along the rear.

Alongside the usual microphone and LED flash, it also appears to show a larger protruding camera cut-out, which is consistent with rumors that the device will feature a larger back camera with likely improved CMOS sensor.

Interestingly, ...

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Friday June 24

tvOS 10 Overview: Single Sign-On, Dark Mode, New Siri Abil...

tvOS, the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV, is also set to receive some updates this fall alongside iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

tvOS isn't getting as many changes as these other operating systems, but as can be seen in the video below, there are some important new features being added that make it easier to find content and easier to watch live television.

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New in tvOS 10 is Siri's ability to search for movies by topic, bringing up content around a theme. Queries like "Show me high school comedies from the 80s" or "Find me movies about dinosaurs" now work. Siri's also gaining the ability to open live channels directly through a Live Tune-In feature that works when you say something like "...

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The Lawyer Behind the iPhone 6 Design Lawsuit in Beijing L...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Beijing Court Rules that Apple's iPhone 6 Models Violate Chinese Design Patent and may be Banned," wherein we noted that the politics of this simply reeked. Today, Andy Yang, the Beijing-based attorney representing Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co., held a press conference ...

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Apple's New Differential Privacy Feature is Opt-In

When Apple introduced iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, it also announced plans to implement a new technology called Differential Privacy, which helps the company gather data and usage patterns for a large number of users without compromising individual security.

At the time, Apple said Differential Privacy would be used in iOS 10 to collect data to improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions, and Lookup Hints in Notes, and said it would be used in macOS Sierra to improve autocorrect suggestions and Lookup Hints.

There's been a lot of confusion about differential privacy and what it means for end users, leading ...

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New Thunderbolt Display With Integrated GPU Still in the W...

Apple yesterday announced plans to discontinue the 5-year-old Thunderbolt Display, leaving it unclear if Apple's display business is coming to an end or if another model is in the works for a future release. According to BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, Apple isn't done with Thunderbolt displays.

In a tweet shared this morning, Paczkowski said he's heard from unspecified sources that a next-generation display will feature an integrated GPU, a possibility that was first bandied about in early June, ahead of WWDC.

Thunderbolt Display takes dirt nap as expected. Sources telling me next-gen display will indeed have integrated GPU— John Paczkowski (@...

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Apple to use Next-Gen Fuel Cells in their Spaceship Campus...

According to a new report today, Apple’s new massive campus, dubbed the Spaceship will be opening its doors next year and in-part will be powered by rows of big silver boxes containing fuel cells like those noted in our cover graphic.

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Apple Watch May Switch to Micro-LED Display in Mid 2017 or...

Apple may switch to micro-LED displays for the Apple Watch in the second half of 2017 at the earliest, moving away from the current OLED technology used, according to supply chain sources for Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

The timeline suggests that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult...

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Brexit and the Markets: a Seismic Shock

As both shock and elation registered on the divided Brexit camps here Friday, concern mounted over the economic blow from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Global stocks, including U.S. heavyweights such as Apple and Google, swooned.

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Apple Supplier Foxconn Surprises Market by saying that Sha...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn-Sharp could Enter Apple's OLED Display Supply Chain in 2020." But apparently Foxconn's Chairman Terry Guo has a much more aggressive road map that could put Sharp in the OLED game by as earlier as next year.

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Apple's Supply Chain says Apple is Developing Micro L...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple could use a Micro-LED Display for a Future VR Headset." When Apple acquired LuxVue back in May 2014, a specialist in micro-LED screen technologies, Venture Capitalist John Doer of KPCB described LuxVue's technology as being "technical breakthrough in displays." Today, a new report is claiming that Apple's first use of LuxVue's technology may be for future Apple Watch displays.

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Thursday June 23

Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple today told several news sites that it plans to discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, which has been available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in the summer of 2011.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson.Apple will continue to sell existing Thunderbolt Display stock so long as it remains available, but once stock is exhausted, the Thunderbolt Display will no longer be available as production is ceasing. It is not clear why Apple has decided to make an announcement concerning the discontinuation of the display and if it...

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Here's the New 'Home' App for Controlling H...

HomeKit users have long wished for a centralized, Apple-designed app for controlling HomeKit-enabled products, and in iOS 10, Apple has granted that wish, with the debut of the new "Home" app. Designed to be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Home is Apple's new one-stop HomeKit control solution.

As can be seen in the video below, Home offers a simple, fast, convenient way to manage all of the connected products in your house. Not all accessories are fully functional with Home right now as its a beta, but support will improve before Home launches as part of iOS 10 this fall.

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Opening the Home app brings up a main screen that lists all favorite Scenes and favorite accessories for...

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Adele's Album titled '25' Arrives on Apple...

Last December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Adele's New Album Storms to the top of Apple's iTunes Charts & Becomes the Most Downloaded Album of the Year." Seven months later...

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