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May 2014

Have the Recent iWatch Rumors made you a Believer yet?

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With all the hype about electronic health bands and the iWatch, especially an iWatch with a round interface, you'd think that it's a done deal. But who are you going to believe on this matter? Do you believe a fairly unknown analyst at Rosenblatt Securities shooting darts at the wall or what Apple's CEO stated on the topic of a smartwatch? At last year's D11 conference (between the 19-21 minute marks of the Walt Mossberg interview) Cook grumbled at the idea of a watch of any kind, though later admitted that "other wearables" could be interesting down the road. Does anyone believe that Apple is really going to be just another copycat designer? I guess they do considering the frenzy of reports out there on the topic that now extends the iWatch to having wireless charging coils. Next we'll be seeing reports with fuzzy photos like the Lock Ness monster appearing any day now – yes it's real, look at this crazy photo we found in a back alley in Taiwan. Really: are you buying into the iWatch being real for Q4?

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Going into Apple's WWDC, iOS 7 Web Traffic Reigns Supreme

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In late February 2014, Chitika Insights observed that iOS 7 users generating the vast majority of Web traffic from U.S. and Canadian iPhones (84.3%) and iPads (78.5%). These high rates of adoption for the company's latest OS versions have been a frequently touted selling point for Apple in its efforts to maintain its strong developer community. With iOS 8 expected to be at least partially unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote on Monday, Chitika revisited overall iOS version distribution on each respective device type. Expectedly, the latest data indicate indicates that share growth for iOS 7 across both iPhones and iPads in North America is at a high going into the conference.

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Smartphone Subsidies in China Still Under Review

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Back in March Bloomberg reported that China Mobile faced a triple whammy of apps, iPhone subsidies and regulations that would likely cost them as much as $1.8 billion in profit this year. The state-run phone company is contending with falling income as customers flock to free messaging applications such as Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s WeChat and buy Apple Inc. devices at a subsidized price. The report noted that the government would impose a new telecommunications tax as part of an effort to lower prices and improve customer service. The reduction of smartphone subsidies and talk of it isn't new and is certainly not in concrete yet despite a new UBS report.

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Samsung's iTunes Store Equivalent is set to Shut Down in July

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Last March we reported that Samsung introduced their version of Apple's online iTunes store that's simply called Samsung Content & Services. The Korean report stated that the newly-launched portal would provide one-stop contents and service that could be enjoyed through Samsung's Smartphone, Smart Pad and Smart TV. Today it's being reported that their iTunes copycat service is shutting its doors.

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Apple Winning the Smartphone "Switchers" Battle with Samsung

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According to a new Kantar Worldpanel study, 88% of iPhone owners in the US who plan to change/upgrade devices over the next 12 months say that they'll stick with Apple. In Apple's other largest market, China, 41% of iPhone owners who intend to change devices in the next 12 months say they will stick with Apple. In other statistics, the study shows that Apple is wining the "switchers" battle with Samsung in the US and China and shows us which iPhone models are being sold in China. Kantar also states that the iPhone 6 is expected to sell well and that an iPhone with a larger display will sell better in China than it will in the US.

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Apple Patent Reveals Biometric Sensor for Human Presence Detection

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On May 29, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Biometric Sensor for Human Presence Detection and Associated Methods." The object of this present invention is to provide human presence verification with increased speed and accuracy, and with reduced user interaction using biometrics.

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Apple Invents Multimode Sensor to allow two users to Share One Set of EarPods Playing Different Content Simultaneously

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On May 29, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Earphones with Cable Orientation Sensors." The earphones incorporate multi-user sensor structures that determine whether or not the earphones are being shared by multiple users and will allow each EarPod to play different the same or different content simultaneously. I'm sure that dating and married love birds will love this.

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Apple to Add Presence Sensors to EarPods & Future Beats Headsets

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On May 29, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their plans to add presence sensors to both future versions of their current EarPods and Beats Headphones. The timing of this patent coming to light is perfect in light of Apple's acquisition of Beats yesterday. Our cover graphic illustrates that Apple was thinking of applying their new technology to over-the-ear headphones. The presence sensors will be able to stop streaming media from Apple's iTunes Radio and/or Beats Music along with iTunes services such as watching TV programming or Movies the second that the user removes their earphones from their head and instantly resume play of the media whenever they're worn again.

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Apple shines more light on their Home Controller

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On Monday we posted a report titled "Apple may Surprise the Market with a New Smart Home Platform." The report was about a news leak to the Financial Times. They stated at the time that
"Apple is preparing to announce a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the "internet of things." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work regarding networking residential consumer electronics devices. In particular, the invention provides integrated establishment and control of communication sessions between these consumer electronics devices. One scenario is to conduct a phone call or possible FaceTime call on your television. The timing of this patent couldn't have been better.

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Apple Officially Announces the Acquisition of Beats Music & Electronics Prior to their World Wide Developer Conference

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What began as a leak to the Financial Times in early May that "Apple Could be on the Verge of Acquiring Beats Electronics," is now official. This afternoon Apple put out a press release titled "Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics." Jimmy Iovine, a recording engineer that worked with John Lennon and helped to produce the great "Born to Run" Album by Bruce Springsteen stated that "I've always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple. The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple's unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple's deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special." Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time. The acquistion will now be etched into Apple's history book as the largest to date.  

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Apple Fans in Australia under "Lost Phone" Cyberattack

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According to a new report published by the Sydney Morning Herald, multiple users on Apple Inc's online support forum and Twitter have reported an unusual smartphone and tablet hack in which cyber attackers were said to have locked Australian users' smartphones and demanded payment in return for unlocking them.

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Japan's NTT DOCOMO to Begin Selling Apple's iPads in June

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According to a press release issued by Apple today, NTT DoCoMo and Apple announced that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on the DoCoMo network beginning on Tuesday, June 10. Japan is one of Apple's strongest foreign markets for iDevices.
In the first quarter, the numbers for Japanese carriers were strong. Apple secured 81% of Softbank sales, 59% at KDDI AU and 42% of smartphone sales on NTT DoCoMo. DoCoMo now supporting Apple's iPad is big news.

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LG Delivers their new G3 Smartphone with a QHD 5.5" Display

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Today LG introduced their new G3 smartphone at an event held in London, England. Just as we reported earlier this month, LG did in fact deliver their promised QHD 5.5 inch display that provides a 2560 x 1440 resolution. In February we first revealed Samsung's plan to deliver a similar type of display in a new "F-Series" Galaxy Model. That model has recently become the new rumored Galaxy S5-Prime smartphone. The race to deliver QHD displays on smartphones is now on and LG clearly beat Samsung to market. In fact, if anything was impressive about LG's new G3, it was definitely their new display. LG took the pains to carefully demonstrate the reinvention of their display in meaningful ways that dispelled the myth that the human eye could only see up to 300ppi. Their case was compelling which made the rumored 5.5 inch iPhone all that more exciting should it come to pass as we reported on earlier today. Our report presents you with a great number of photos from today's LG event and few other interesting factoids along the way.

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A Brief Overview of iBeacon Technology that could also be used in Future Home Automation

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A few years ago, it might have felt like the stuff of science fiction, but beacon technology built on BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) communications has the potential to change the way we shop and live. Imagine installing an app on your BLE-enabled mobile device, going to a store, and being able to view information about products by simply tapping your smartphone or tablet on a product. With small beacon devices placed all around the store, you might event receive welcome discounts just because it's the first time you used the iBeacon app in a particular store. Our report provides you with a brief overview of iBeacon in action and beyond.

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Foxconn reportedly gets Orders for 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhones

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According to a new DigiTimes report published today, Foxconn will become Apple's primary source for manufacturing both the 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone models this year. The report adds that Pegatron has landed orders as Apple's secondary supplier for the 4.7-inch iPhone model. Orders for Apple's existing 4-inch iPhones will be outsourced to Wistron.

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Patent Reveals Apple Began Working with Liquid Metal in 2008

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on a single patent relating to trapping a glass insert into a metal bezel using liquid metal. The original iPhone wasn't even out a year when one of Apple's engineers began his work on sealing the iPhone's cover glass with liquid metal. The patent describes the use of insertion molding. In 2013, this process was advanced in another patent that included Apple's metal frame that doubles as an antenna and it was at this point where we wondered aloud if Apple's iPhone wasn't already using liquid metal. Today's granted patent illustrates that the research that Apple's engineer did on this project in 2008 predated their first agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies in 2010. Last week Apple Extended their Master Agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies.

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Apple Granted 59 Patents Today Covering Game Center, The iPhone's New Camera Burst Mode, iPad Air & More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Game Center, the iPhone 5S's new Burst Mode, a design Patent for the iPad Air and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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Windows Phone OS is closing in on Apple's iOS in most of Europe

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According to a new study out by Kantar for Q1 2014, OS shares across Europe have stabilized with Android holding its position as the number one operating system in Europe, with a 72.4% share of the market. It is followed by Apple's iOS with a 17.5% share and Window's Phone OS taking third place with 8.4% market share. The notable break in that trend was found in Britain where Android is holding on to 58.2% market share while iOS is solidly in second with 30.2% and Windows Phone OS in third again with 9.5%.

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Apple may Surprise the Market with a New Smart Home Platform

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Patently Apple first reported on the basic aspects of Apple's move towards the smart home back in January 2010 in a report titled "Apple Reveals Smart-Home Energy Management Dashboard System." Then in 2011 we reported on a "Siri and Non-Visual Controls," patent that covered home appliances, kitchen counter tops and beyond. Following that in 2012, we posted a report titled "Apple's Wild New Patent Covers TV & Advanced 5D Technology," that covered an in-home entertainment system and beyond. Lastly, in 2013 an Apple patent application came to light that was primarily about in-vehicle controls and yet noted that "The technology could be used to configure in-home climate control settings, television settings and/or lighting preferences," and more. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that "Apple is preparing to announce a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the "internet of things," which is exactly what Apple's patents have covered over time.

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Apple Files New Motion Seeking Triple Damages from Samsung

50. Patently Legal
After the latest Patent Infringement case against Samsung was over we posted a report titled "Apple Wins Patent Infringement Case against Samsung that could be Worth More than $360 Million when this is all Over." Our report made the case that Samsung's infringement was "willful" and that the legal term meant that the Plaintiff-Apple could seek a treble or a tripling of the damages awarded. We made the case that Apple was using very specific language in their statements after the trial that supported that position. Well, Apple has filed a JMOL for Retrial where they are in fact seeking treble damages from Samsung.

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Another Samsung Sues Apple in one of the Craziest Lawsuits Ever

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At the top of this month we posted a report titled "Apple & Laurene Powel Jobs Dragged into a bizarre $32 Billion Dollar Lawsuit." That was one of the craziest cases that I've ever heard against Apple, until now. Apple is being sued by Michael Samsung. The allegations are so off-the-wall that I'm sure that you'll be choking with laughter over your breakfast or with your friends later tonight over drinks. If I didn't know it was an actual court filing, I'd swear it was a rough copy of a new comedy skit. Laugh or cry, check out the Tennessee lawsuit filing below.

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Emergency Bells go off at Samsung to use Sapphire Cover Glass

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The news of Apple's work with Sapphire for future products has been in the news for months now. In addition, there has been a series of patent application filed by Apple over the last months, enough to warrant us creating a "Sapphire" related archive. That of course rang emergency bells throughout the ranks at Samsung. The world's fastest copycat developer, or as they prefer to be called "fast-follower," is working overtime to add Sapphire smartphone cover glass to their line-up of premium smartphones later this year.

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Apple's iPhone won the 4G Race in China in the First Quarter

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China Mobile has a total of 770 million mobile service subscribers, accounting for over 60% of China's mobile service market, making the carrier a major force to push 4G services in China. Initially, users looking for 4G are more likely to buy high-end smartphones from international brands. Apple, which began to promote its 4G-enabled iPhones in China in cooperation with China Mobile in mid-January 2014, thus became the biggest winner in the race for 4G smartphone sales in China in the first quarter.

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Apple invents a new Robotic Arm Testing System for the iPhone and introduces a new iPhone Antenna that Adds NFC

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On May 22, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new robotic arm system for testing iPhones. Before devices are sold to customers, extensive wireless tests are performed. Testing allows designers to optimize antenna and wireless transceiver performance. Testing also ensures that regulatory limits on emitted radiation levels are satisfied. As smartphones are now being designed with the capability to operate in a large number of frequency bands and using multiple antennas, conventional testing systems are becoming overburdened leading to potential delays. Apple has designed a new testing system that uses a new robotic arm. And while we're on the topic of multiple antennas, another Apple patent surfacing today reveals a new antenna structure that will combine NFC with Non-NFC communications to the same antenna. With Apple recently signing an e-Wallet deal with China UnionPay requiring NFC, Apple's latest NFC invention may very well be making its way to the iPhone 6.

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