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Monday July 25

14:37
Safari in iOS 10 Offers Improved Animated GIF Viewing and...

In iOS 10, Apple plans to make some changes to the way videos are handled, putting a stop to irritating autoplay videos and offering improvements to animated GIFs. The changes will come in the form of updated policies for "video" elements, as outlined today by Apple software engineer Jer Noble on the Webkit blog

As iOS 8 and iOS 9 users know, an animated GIF encoded using "video" tags requires users to tap on the GIF to play it as a video would play, creating a frustrating user experience. When viewing such a GIF, it's currently necessary to load the image, tap it to play, and wait for it to be displayed full screen. In iOS 10, the user experience is being simplified.

Going forward, Webkit will allow videos with no audio element or a muted audio element to honor autoplay attributes, so GIFs...

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09:55
iPhone Rumored to Include Iris Scanning Capabilities Start...

Apple is working on iPhones with iris scanning capabilities that could debut in 2018, reports DigiTimes in a wider piece about increasing interest in advanced biometric functionality in smartphones.

Iris scanning would potentially be used in place of Touch ID as a way to verify a user's identity, performing functions like making payments and unlocking an iOS device. Each person's iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual, much like a fingerprint.

An iris recognition machine at the Schiphol Airport

Apple has been rumored to be looking into iris scanning in the past and it is a technology that is gaining...

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08:46
Apple may have Appointed Bob Mansfield to Head Apple'...

According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. has tapped a highly-regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee Apple's automobile Project Titan Project ...

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08:08
Apple wins Two Design Patents for a User Interface Element...

Over the weekend Patently Apple posted as series of design patent reports covering iOS Maps, the Apple Watch magnetic charging dock, Apple Pencil replacement tips and the Apple Store's 'Grove'. The last two in the group of granted design patents from Hong Kong relate to Apple's iMessage. The designs focus ...

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08:06
Apple Appoints Bob Mansfield to Oversee Electric Vehicle T...

Apple has appointed former longtime executive Bob Mansfield, who last served as Senior Vice President of Technologies at the company, to oversee development of its widely rumored electric vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal. All senior managers on the project now report to him.

Apple announced that Mansfield was retiring in June 2012, but a few months later said he would remain with the company as an advisor. He last worked on Apple's...

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07:09
Apple Stock Forecasted to Rise as Lifetime iPhone Sales Re...

Apple will report its fiscal third quarter earnings results tomorrow, and both the company and analysts project a year-over-year decline in iPhone sales and overall revenue for a second consecutive quarter.

Apple expects third quarter revenue of between $41 billion and $43 billion, which would be up to 18 percent lower than the $49.6 billion in revenue it posted in the year-ago quarter. The consensus among analysts is around $42.1 billion in revenue, which is essentially the midpoint of Apple's guidance.

Analysts estimate that Apple sold at least another 40 million iPhones during the June quarter, raising lifetime sales of the smartphone to some 987 million. Applying that sales rate to July -- just...

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05:10
Apple announces a new Development Accelerator to open in B...

Apple is to open a third facility in India this year, according to a new report. The development accelerator will open in Bengaluru in Q2 2017, a city with a population of 8.42 million.

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03:23
First Alleged Leaked Images of 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro 2...

Amidst the recent flurry of videos and images of iPhone 7 mockups coming out of China, one pair of pictures that emerged over the weekend claims to offer evidence of Apple's successor to the first iteration 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Sent in to AppleInsider and said to originate from a Chinese supplier, the combined image below shows a device identified with model number MH1C2CD/F, which has yet to be assigned to an iPad by Apple so far.

While the identifier proves little, the nomenclature is in line with Apple's existing numbering convention for its iPad Pro range, and Apple is due to refresh its largest tablet this fall.

AppleInsider notes that the device's screen shows a 12GB capacity, which is just enough for installing an OS...

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Sunday July 24

22:43
CarPlay Now Available in All 2017 Ford Vehicles Equipped W...

Ford has announced that its SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes CarPlay and Android Auto, is now available across its entire 2017 lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks, and electric vehicles in the United States.

The expansion brings CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry's QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the...

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08:13
Samsung Files Patent for a New Wireless Charger Designs

Samsung will be holding an event on August 2 to introduce their new Galaxy Note 7 and we have to wonder if it'll be the time to introduce a new wireless charger design that surfaced in a Samsung patent filing this past week at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Samsung illustrates 3 new distinct designs that are stylish...

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05:32
Majority of Chinese Consumers didn't Buy into the An...

On Wednesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Chinese Nationalists Smash iPhones over the UN's Dispute over Developments in the South China Sea." A new report today noted that one young Chinese woman on Weibo who said that she had smashed her iPhone in protest later admitted later that she had lied."

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Saturday July 23

11:30
Apple Wins a Pair of Design Patents Related to iOS Maps

The last set of design patent wins for Apple from the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office today cover various graphical user interfaces related to iOS Maps such as transit and services.

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09:26
Apple Wins Two Design Patents for the Apple Watch Magnetic...

It's been a big design patent day for Apple with wins for the Apple Store's Grove, Apple Pencil replacement tips and now two more designs for the Apple Watch Magnetic charging dock.

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08:07
Apple Wins Two Design Patents for Apple Pencil Replacement...

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published two design patents granted to Apple regarding Apple Pencil tips described as 'Stylus Tip.' When Apple ...

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06:06
Apple Wins a Design Patent for the Apple Store's...

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published a design patent granted to Apple for their new Apple Store Feature called 'The Grove.'

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04:30
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Launch Predicted to Be Week of Septemb...

Well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass has this morning predicted which week of September that Apple will announce the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Blass, who has accurately leaked images and details about unreleased smartphones on Twitter (@evleaks) in the past, tweeted today simply "iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th."

Blass is better known for leaking Android-based smartphone details ahead of their official confirmation, but his prediction for the iPhone 7's launch falls in line with Apple's typical September iPhone announcements – the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched on September 9th, 2015 – making it a pretty safe bet.

iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016

Blass's prediction...

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Friday July 22

11:25
Verizon in Push to Acquire Yahoo as Early as Next Week

The NYTimes is reporting that the end of Yahoo as an independent company may be near, and Verizon — long considered the leading contender to buy the aging web pioneer — is the most likely acquirer.

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11:09
Pokémon Go Set App Store Record for Most Ever Downloads Du...

Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go set a new App Store record during its first week of availability, seeing more first week downloads than any other app in App Store history. Apple unveiled the statistic to iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

According to Apple, #PokemonGo has set an @AppStore record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in the Store’s history.— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) July 22, 2016

Pokémon Go was first released in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States on July 5, rolling out to...

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10:41
Apple to Sell a Limited Edition of Country-Themed Apple Wa...

If you happen to be attending the Olympics in Brazil next month you'll be able to purchase country-themed Apple Watch bands as noted in our cover graphic for the USA and many other countries that are presented in our report. The bands will only be sold at the olympics and only at the Apple Store at VillageMall in Barra da...

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09:13
iPhone 7 Again Said to Ship With Lightning-to-3.5mm Headph...

With just over six weeks remaining until Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, leaked photos and rumors surrounding the smartphones are starting to become clear and consistent.

Deutsche Bank is the latest group to add its expectations to the mix, issuing a research note obtained by Business Insider that corroborates several previously rumored features coming in this year's refresh.

New photo of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus rear shell molds (Image: KK低调 on Weibo)

The bank, which allegedly made supply chain checks, believes the 4.7-inch model will have an improved camera and optical image stabilization, while the larger 5.5-...

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07:30
Mad Money's Jim Cramer Reverses Position and Sides wi...

TheStreet's Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer has a warning about Apple's stock.

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06:44
Apple Takes Top Spot in FutureBrand's Ranking of Worl...

FutureBrand recently released the results of a survey that questioned 3,000 consumers about the 100 biggest companies in the world, asking them to score each company on 18 different factors like trust, innovation, individuality, and price premium. The 2016 results crowned Apple as the top company in the world, "in terms of perception strength, rather than financial strength" (via CNET).

Some of the highest marks Apple received this year surrounded its individuality, authenticity, and purpose, while it scored less well in resource management, wellbeing, and respect among the consumers surveyed. Compared to the second-place entry in the Top 100 listing, Microsoft, Apple edges out ever so slightly in personality and consistency, while customers...

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06:04
The Apple Watch Remains the Number One Smartwatch in the W...

In a new IDC report on smartwatches for Q2 2016, Apple remained number one with Apple Watch holding a commanding 47% market share. Samsung was ...

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05:24
Apple to Open an Apple Store in Taipei Taiwan this Year

Apple is finally planning to open its first Apple Store in Taiwan, which is home to over 40 supplier facilities in Taiwan with TSMC and Hon Hai (Foxconn) being major iOS device suppliers.

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Thursday July 21

15:08
Apple Supplier LG Racing to Develop Foldable Displays for...

With Samsung cranking out foldable device patents in record numbers with the clear intention of bringing their first such device in the next 18 months, LG has started to accelerate their development of similar foldable displays and devices with "commercialization of foldable Smart devices" in the next two or so years.

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