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Friday August 22

06:55
China Telecom iPhone 6 Ad Suggests Simplified Model Lineup...

According to a Sina News report (via ZDNet), China Telecom this week briefly announced plans to sell an unlocked version of the iPhone 6 in order to compete with rival carriers. The Sina report sources a Weibo post from China Telecom's Shanghai office that was posted earlier this week and later deleted. The move suggests Apple is planning to sell a version of the iPhone 6 that will support all wireless networks in the country, including dual 4G (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE), WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X. This opens up LTE to China Telecom subscribers and makes the country's number three carrier more competitive with its bigger rivals China Unicom and China Mobile. Apple currently sells three different models each of the iPhone 5s and 5c in China in order to accommodate the different technologies...

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06:25
After Retooling, Apple's iPhone 6 Production is Flyin...

It was just last week that we reported that Apple's iPhone 6 was now in the Product Validation Test stage prior to mass production. A reader commented on that aspect of the report by saying "…given the rumors of a September 9 unveiling, isn't it a bit late for the Product Validation Test stage?" I agreed with him because it was an oddity and today we've been given a partial answer to as to why that testing phase was so late in coming. We wrap up our report with several supply-chain rumors that surfaced earlier today.

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02:40
Apple Suppliers 'Scrambling' to Produce Enough i...

Apple's supply chain is scrambling to get enough displays ready for the iPhone 6 ahead of its launch next month, reports Reuters. Front panel said to be from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 The report notes that production issues were made prevalent when the backlight film for the device's display panel had to be redesigned, halting production for two months: Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version. After the backlight film component was...

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01:56
iPhone 6 Information Leak Sourced from Foxconn Details Dim...

French Apple website IGen.fr (Google Translate) has shared a variety of new details about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, including dimensions for each model, info about the protruding camera ring on the rear of both devices, and more. The photos appear to be of internal information residing in a Foxconn factory, as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 carry code names of N56 and N61, respectively. The information states that the final version of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158 mm long, 78 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick (7.7 with the protruding camera), weighing 184.6 grams, or 6.5 ounces. Also spotted is information for a first prototype, which retained the same length and width...

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Thursday August 21

10:30
Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over HealthKit Par...

In addition to seeking partnerships with several different hospitals and health institutions for its HealthKit initiative, Apple is also speaking with major U.S. insurance companies like UnitedHealth and Humana. In a report on rising medical costs and partnerships between insurance providers, corporate employers, and fitness device makers, Bloomberg suggests that Apple has spoken with insurance companies about HealthKit, but no specifics on the conversation were provided. The focus of the piece, highlighting the insurance perks that companies can offer to employees with healthy habits, implies that Apple may be exploring partnerships that would possibly allow its collected data to be shared with insurance companies and other medical providers.Under the Affordable Care Act, the new national health-care law, companies can spend as much as 30 percent of...

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09:47
Apple Job Postings Point Towards Continued Work on Voice O...

Several new job listings suggest Apple is continuing to work on building support for Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) into its line of mobile devices. VoLTE is designed to allow carriers to send voice calls over LTE networks, right alongside data. On the consumer end, this results in higher quality voice calls and faster call connection times. Subscribers on CDMA networks (Sprint and Verizon) will further benefit from VoLTE, as it allows the simultaneous use of data and voice, something that's not currently possible. First discovered by LightReading (via Gigaom) job openings at Apple include Cellular Systems Protocol Engineer and...

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09:16
Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Public Beta, iTunes 12...

Apple today released the second Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the sixth Developer Preview earlier this week. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12 for Yosemite. The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. It's likely the new public beta bundles the content introduced in the last several developer updates, including multiple design changes added with DP 6. The last beta included new wallpapers, new System Preferences icons, and more. Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may also introduce both the iWatch and new iPads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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09:04
Apple Introduces Sensor-Assisted Location Technology that...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services for Parking." It was one of three new location based patent filings revealed today by the US Patent Office. In a third filing today titled "Sensor-Assisted Location Fix," Apple describes location scenarios beyond parking and discusses location-centric problems and solutions associated with driving in urban canyons, which is a powerful image when you think of cities like New York, Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and others that have massive buildings in their downtown business cores.

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07:51
Lawyers Researching Possible Class Action Lawsuit Over 201...

Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem. With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting involved in the situation. Attorneys from Washington, DC-based Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP have...

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07:37
Apple Reveals Furthers Details on Reversible USB Cable Wit...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published another Apple patent application that describes a reversible USB connector with a "double orientation design." (Via AppleInsider) Today's patent application, filed in February and titled "Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force," differs slightly from a separate application made a few weeks earlier by highlighting a key design detail that adds flexibility to the USB connector contacts. According to the patent description,...

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06:49
Apple Invents an Intelligent Home Screen for iOS

On August 21, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the addition of a new intelligent dimension to a future iOS Home Screen.

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05:25
Leaked Schematics Suggest 128 GB Storage Option for iPhone...

Leaked schematics from phone repair company GeekBar (via G 4 Games) suggest Apple may be preparing to release a 128 GB iPhone 6 model. An accompanying part supply list contains entries for NAND flash modules from Toshiba and Hynix in capacities of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB storage option is notably absent from the list, although the reason for its exclusion is unknown. Previous rumors have suggested Apple has been working on a 128 GB iPhone model, with one rumor claiming the higher capacity module would debut in the 5.5-inch model only. The same leak also predicted Apple would drop the 16 GB option, introducing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with two storage options (32 and 64 GB) and a 5.5-inch model with three storage capacities (32,...

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05:12
Apple's Second Reversible USB Connector Invention Sur...

In late July we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector." Shortly thereafter a rumor of Apple preparing to launch this connector in connection with the upcoming iPhone 6 surfaced and a second rumor came to light this past Monday. I don't know about the iPhone 6, but having a reversible USB connector coming to market for Macs is ...

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04:25
Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services for Par...

Apple's intent to create a parking app for future iDevices began to surface with a pair of inventions (one, two) that we reported on back in 2013. Since that time there have been two follow-up patents in 2014 including this one and an important second one that we'll point to later in this report. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third patent application of the year that relates to finding your car or any vehicle in an outside parking lot, a marina, inside a Parkade and beyond. Last Saturday we posted a report titled "Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location Services War" illustrating that indoor location services are going to go far beyond just parking applications. Yet for now, we have to wonder if Apple's new parking location app will make it into iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The good news is that we'll get the answer to that question in just a few weeks' time.

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03:16
New Photos Claim to Show Various Internal Parts from iPad...

New photos shared by French Apple news website iPhonote (Google Translate) claim to show a number of components for the upcoming iPad Air 2, including the device's GPS antenna, microphone, and Wi-Fi module. While previous leaks have shown off the device's front panel and rear shell, these images could be the first look at the various internal components in the iPad Air 2. Purported iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, microphone, and WiFi module The website also posted a...

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02:08
Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera

In 2012 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices" which was way ahead of Google's Project Tango. Interestingly Project Tango is shone to be using Apple's new technology acquired from PrimeSense. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for manipulating mobile device imagery in a 3D space on future iDevices and Macs.

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00:52
New Research Claims iMessage Accounts for 30% of Mobile Sp...

iMessage is responsible for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, according to research done by security expert Tom Landesman and anti-spam company Cloudmark (via Wired). The researcher notes that there are multiple reasons as to why the platform has become a prime choice for spammers, stating that iMessage's reach across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac along with its accessibility have made it easy to target users: That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.” With iMessage, spammers can send unwanted messages to a user's associated emails and phone numbers if...

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Wednesday August 20

16:47
Will Apple Address the Growing Trend Towards Hybrid Device...

In June we reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one smartphone in the world as reported by research firm Counterpoint. That particular report further noted that 3 out of the top smartphones were in the phablet category which marked a 40% increase in just the past year. That's great news as Apple is about to ride that surging wave come September and take those stats to new historical highs. Yet just as Apple is tackling that market segment that they originally missed, IDC is now reporting that the phablet market will begin to drop as 7" tablets with built-in telephony will rule the day in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

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15:15
Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Surfaces

While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell. Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble...

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10:12
Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB

Apple's second-generation iPad Air may get a memory upgrade, bumping it up to 2 GB of RAM instead of the 1 GB in the current-generation device, reports Taiwan's TechNews [Google Translate] (via iPhone in Canada). According to the site, the increased RAM will be limited to the iPad Air, as the second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to continue to offer 1 GB of RAM. Apple began offering 1 GB of RAM with the third generation iPad, keeping the same amount of memory in the fourth-generation device and the fifth-generation iPad Air. With such a long span of time between memory upgrades, customers have been...

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09:06
'NFL Now' Launches on Apple TV With Breaking Foo...

The National Football League earlier this month officially launched its NFL Now service, its next-generation video streaming service that provides access to the largest digital library of NFL videos available online. The video content can be viewed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac (via a web browser) and other connected devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and as of today, the Apple TV channel that was leaked earlier in the month. The NFL Now service delivers historic videos, breaking news, game highlights and original programming from the NFL Now studios. Personalization is a key feature -- allowing users to follow their...

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07:58
Apple's "OS X Mavericks" is now a Registere...

With Apple's next generation OS X Yosemite due to arrive this fall, the US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's "OS X Mavericks" as a Registered Trademark (RTM) today under registration number 4,590,319. As the saying goes, "it's better late than never." In other trademark news, Apple has ...

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07:02
Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After Nearly Wit...

After almost removing itself from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry two years ago, Apple is now leading the charge into the program's new Tablets/Slates category. As of today, Apple's four iPad models account for 134 of the 135 tablets on the list, although the number of entries appear to be growing nearly by the minute. While Apple is represented by the various configurations of the iPad Air, the iPad mini, the iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini with Retina display, the sole non-iPad model currently on the list is the Dell Venue 11 Pro. In a blog post announcing the new category earlier this week, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee hailed the early inclusion of more than 100 tablets without mentioning that essentially all of them...

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06:44
Parallels Brings OS X Yosemite Coolness to Windows

The next generation Parallels has just been launched. The Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition upgrades are available today and the packaged software version will debut worldwide on August 29. Parallel notes in their promotional video that ...

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02:08
Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4.7-Inch...

Throughout the past few months, a number of design drawings, physical mockups, and component leaks have hinted at a protruding camera ring camera on the iPhone 6. Initial rumors indicated that the physical feature would be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, however recent photos of the 4.7-inch version's rear shell may indicate that it will also include a protruding camera ring. Now, an alleged schematic shared by Apple.club.tw (...

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