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October 2013

The Sparkless Mac Pro Intro and Other Interesting Moments

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This year's fall event for the iPad has come and gone and it was interesting no matter how you sliced it. There was a little of everything for everyone in the community from MacBook Pro upgrades to free upgraded software to new iPads through to the introduction of the all-new Mac Pro. You could tell there was a lot of depth behind some of Apple's upgrades, though I must confess that I thought Apple fumbled on the Mac Pro's introduction. I also think that Apple's focus on thin being a big innovation is getting a little old and tired. I'm sure there's a lot of engineering that goes into making a product thin, no doubt. Yet it sure would be nice if Apple would deliver a little more zing. I mean, why didn't the iPad get the new Touch ID this year? That should have been a natural but instead we got more thin air in the form of the iPad Air. Yet all in all, Apple delivered a solid round of product refreshes and we once again applaud the Crazy Ones in Cupertino for their hard work.

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China Central Television Slams Samsung for Faulty Phones

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Last week we reported that Samsung's Galaxy S3 battery problems were now plaguing their S4 model. Today we're learning that Samsung's headaches continued last night on another front. The official China Central Television (CCTV) station aired a 30-minute special report yesterday night on Samsung Electronics, criticizing their "faulty" Galaxy S3 smartphones.

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Apple Introduces Next Generation Retina Resolution for iPad mini

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The doubting is over. The iPad mini with a Retina Display is a reality and will be available before the holiday season really kicks in. The rumor that got the news right was actually the earliest rumor of them all. In February Patently Apple reported that a rumor stated that the iPad mini 2 would deliver a new level of Retina to 2048 x 1536 ppi resolution. That's exactly what Apple announced would be coming to market earlier today during their special event.

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Apple Granted 36 Patents Today Covering the Lightning Connector, Micro-SIM Assembly, Future iPad Materials & More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we mainly cover two of Apple's granted patents. The first one covers Apple's new Lightning connector while the second covers compact ejectable assemblies designed for Micro-SIM cards. Our report also highlights a few other interesting patents that were granted to Apple today including two design patents. Our report concludes with a handy list of the remaining patents that were granted to Apple today should you wish to independently research them further.

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Apple has been granted a Second Killer Steve Jobs Patent

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On October 22, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published another killer Steve Jobs patent regarding the iPhone that Apple is likely to use in future litigation. One of the key patents regarding the iPhone that Samsung and Google have tried to invalidate at all costs was reaffirmed by the US Patent Office last week. The patent was known as the "Steve Jobs patent." Patent specialist and blogger Florian Mueller made it known that last week's patent reaffirmation represented a major victory for Apple and the beginning of a massive uphill battle for Samsung. Today, Apple was granted a secondary major "Steve Jobs patent" that builds on the first patent by covering a "Graphical User Interface" and more. If last week's reaffirmed patent was considered a major victory for Apple against Samsung, then the second one is bound to pound Samsung o the mat even faster.

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iPhone Mania in Korea: Pre-Orders Sell Out in 7 Minutes Flat

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On October eleventh we noted that a Korean report had stated that the influence of the iPhone to be released in Korea at the end of this month was attracting their attention. The report further stated that "as there are maniac consumers for the Apple iPhone in Korea, the question is how much replacement demand the new iPhone will generate." Well, the answer to that question was made loud and clear. According to a new Korean report, KT's online pre-orders for Apple's latest iPhones ended in 7 minutes flat.

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Gartner Forecasts Steady Growth for Apple's Operating Systems While seeing Hybrid Ultrabooks Boosting PC Sales by 2014

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A new Gartner study published today provides us with a new round of statistics to mull over and dissect regarding 2013 worldwide shipments and trends. Combined worldwide shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32 billion units in 2013, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012. A generalized trend that Gartner sees in the year's closing quarter is that it will be driven by lower-priced devices in all categories while there'll be a boost for PC devices coming from hybrid notebook-tablets

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Apple Seen as Potential Indoor Location Services Market Leader

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In August we reported that the race for indoor location services was heating up with Apple on the prowl with a key acquisition and new patent filings. New research from ABI this week noted that Apple, eBay, Google, and others are all making definite moves on indoor location in 2013, with a view towards a $4 billion plus market in 2018.

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Apple Files for Three iOS 7 Icon Trademarks in China

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Late on Friday the Hong Kong IP Office published three new Apple trademark filings for iOS 7 icons relating to iBooks, Music and the iTunes Store. Apple's iOS 7 was officially launched with their latest iPhone models iPhone 5S and 5C in September. While Apple's new colorfully bolder "flat design" was applauded by most, it certainly has its critics who think that Apple failed in both design and function. Today's report presents you with the three redesigned iOS 7 icons which were originally filed in Jamaica.

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Google Invents a Squeezable, Bendable Pressure Sensitive Smartphone

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A new Google patent application that was recently published by the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals an ambitiously unique invention that's related to the construction of a future Android smartphone structure. The structure would be pressure sensitive to user-directed squeezes and other physical gestures to control applications in a more intuitive manner than by touchscreen alone.

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Verizon's Strong iPhone Sales this Quarter a Good Sign for Apple

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Many Apple investors are a little jittery at the moment with concerns about the success of Apple's new iPhone models. Investors are hoping to hear a little good news away from those reports about poor iPhone 5C sales. With Apple only reporting its quarterly earnings on Oct. 28th, a little good news could go a long way in calming any fears investors may have. That good news arrived late Thursday when Verizon reported their iPhone sales numbers. The news was positive – very positive. Whether Apple's success with Verizon is any indication of how things will translate for the current quarter is unknown at this time, but the first signs are positive. 

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U.S. Cellular set to enter the iPhone Market November Eighth

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During a conference call in 2011, the former CEO of U.S. Cellular, Mary Dillon, stated in the company's third-quarter earnings conference call that it had turned down Apple's iPhone because it did not make sense for the company economically. Dillon said that the carrier had the opportunity to sell the iPhone but that Apple's "terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint." Well, that all changes on November eighth. 

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Will Samsung Outdo Apple's Touch ID with a Retina Scanner?

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Only a month ago, Apple released its premium handset iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner feature called Touch ID. Now, archrival Samsung is rumored to be going the extra mile to introduce a new authentication system into their next smartphone so as to avoid being called a copycat. After blaming the US firm Validity for their not having a fingerprint scanner out on time for their Note 3, Samsung may take the gamble and shoot for integrating advanced eye-scanning technology into their Galaxy S4 successor.

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Will Apple use Sharp's new 8G Glass IGZO Displays for the iPhone 6 in 2014?

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In July we reported on a rumor that Apple was going to make a huge shift to IGZO displays in 2014. Sharp announced earlier this month that they were producing IGZO display for notebooks and today they're announcing that volume production for IGZO based smartphone displays will begin before the end of the year at their Kameyama Plant number 2.

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Invalidation Theorists go Down in Flames as US Patent Office Reaffirms a Key Apple Patent in the Apple v. Samsung Patent War

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The anchor of Apple's suit against Samsung, once invalidated by the US Patent and Trademark office, has been reaffirmed and is now likely stronger, believes one patent lawyer. Apple's US Patent 7,479,949, entitled, "Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics," lists Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs and 24 other prominent current and former Apple engineers as inventors. Apple applied for the patent in April 2008 and was granted the patent less than a year later. Apple's patent covered close to 300 patent figures covering key elements of their invention. Apple's latest victory once again mocks the pipe dream of Samsung supporters who think that Apple has invented nothing. We laugh as we watch their crazed "invalidation theories" go up in flames.

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Apple's Magnificent New Round of Manufacturing Process Patents

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Anyone who loves Apple's products knows that all of Apple and especially Jony Ive and his band of merry men go to extraordinary lengths to design products with precision and attention to detail far beyond your typical technology company. Apple fans around the world always enjoy Jony Ive and his team putting together short videos that showcase various manufacturing processes involved in making insanely beautiful products such as the current iPhone 5C or 5S. We even get a kick out of Ive's meticulous mannerisms and vocabulary for describing new Apple products. This week the US Patent Office published a series of new patent applications from Apple that allow us to dip into Ive's pool of delights. Apple's latest manufacturing process patents allows us to take a peek behind the magic that goes into Apple's cool products. They reveal Apple's fanaticism and attention to unthinkable detail. In Apple's new round of magnificent inventions we see Apple working on new materials, advanced adhesives that you'd never imagine and much, much more. If you're one that appreciates Apple's detail and have a fascination for manufacturing processes, then you're in for a real treat.

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Apple Reveals New Laser Manufacturing Process for the iMac

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On October 17, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that their 2012 ultrathin iMac was manufactured by using a very sophisticated robotic force. The insane design precision didn't come about by accident. Apple's latest patent application describes a robotic solution created by Apple for the iMac and beyond. Apple's iMac webpage as noted above states that Apple re-imagined everything, re-engineered everything about the iMac and today's patent filing proves that out. This is Apple's second robotic invention. Apple's first design was for a robotic arm for manufacturing the iPhone that we covered back in January. Lastly, we present you with a secondary patent published today titled "Cosmetic Defect Reduction in Anodized Parts." It's Apple's new "finishing" bath designed to degrease, de-smut, anodize and chemically polish the iMac and other future iDevices until they reflect Apple's aesthetically insane finish so that they can give it their official stamp of approval: Designed by Apple in California.

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Galaxy S3 Customers Outraged Over Swollen Battery Problems

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A new Korean report this morning revealed that industry insiders acknowledged yesterday that many Samsung Galaxy S3 owners have seen their phone's batteries swollen. S3 phone owners claim that their cell phone turn off when the battery swell due to contact failure and in some cases the rear cover is bent open and unable to close. Most of these customers are experienced the swollen batteries after one year after purchase which is six months after the warranty expired and they're outraged.

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Apple to Beef Up their iPhone Hearing Aid Compatibility Features

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On October 17, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals improved technology coming to future iPhones that will further their support for Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) which began with the iPhone 4.

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Four New Siri Patents filed under Tom Gruber Come to Light

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On October 17, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of four new Siri patent applications that were filed under Tom Gruber who was one of the original co-founders of Siri. Gruber was the man behind an in-depth Apple patent application which we covered back in January 2012 titled "Apple introduces us to Siri, the Killer Patent." While Apple has yet to take assignment, you could be assured that they will. Our report briefly covers the four Siri related patents that include coverage of Siri for vehicles. This is going to be a part of Apple's forthcoming iOS for the Car application debuting in 2014.

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Apple Reveals More Details of Touch ID for iPhone, iPad & beyond

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On October 17, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals more details behind Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Apple reveals that they added a method to the sensor that would allow it to scan a fingerprint at a much higher resolution than other sensors on the market without electrically shocking the finger. Apple also notes that their Touch ID technology could eventually apply to an iPad, MacBook and beyond. Technically speaking, Apple's patent relates to circuits that may be used to support fingerprint sensing, including boost circuits, such as inductive boost circuits.

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