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Coach releasing new Apple Watch bands for fall

Coach is releasing limited quantities of new Apple Watch bands for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Some of the old bands have been renamed and new bands are available in colors like heather grey, melon, beige and a brown with darker patches to mimic a camo look. Many of the bands also feature embroidered embellishments, like stars, a leaping shark and a penguin holding a martini glass. The bands retail for $150-$175, but some are only available for the 42mm Apple Watch.

International Trade Commission investigating patent infringement claims against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating patent infringement claims against Apple, Reuters reports. This particular inquiry stems from complaints made by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners over technology used in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs and Macs. The USITC is also currently conducting a separate investigation into Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices violate its patents, on of many fronts in Apple’s ongoing legal war with the chipmaker.

Apple to help design anti-spam app to end stalemate with Indian regulators

After refusing to allow India’s anti-spam app onto the App Store over privacy concerns, Apple is going to provide “limited help” to the Indian government to develop a suitable substitute for iOS, Reuters reports. Apple’s refusal to approve the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s app has drawn the ire of the TRAI at a very inconvenient time for the company, which is trying to expand its presence in India’s massive smartphone market. Google’s Android system already supports the app, which accesses the device’s SMS details and call records to enable users to report numbers and block numbers that have been reported. But Apple doesn’t provide third-party apps the ability to access those details, so the government’s app won’t function even though iOS does feature other apps that identify and block calls through other means.

Apple assembly partner hints at AR headset coming in 2019

Apple assembly partner Quanta Computer’s Vice Chairman C.C. Leung said he sees a “significant” augmented reality device “available in the market no later than the year 2019,” Nikkei Asian Review reports. He said the AR product is a “headset-like gadget with a fully transparent lens that allows users to see through and interact with the environment,” leading analysts to speculate he’s referring to the rumored AR headset being developed by Apple. A previous report claimed Apple is working to have an augmented reality headset developed by 2019 and shipped out to consumers as early as 2020, trying to get away from the traditional model of using a smartphone as the screen and engine. Leung said the device would need to cost less than $1,000 to be a hit in the market, solidly undercutting devices like Microsoft’s Hololens headset, which has a $3,000 price tag.

First GymKit-compatible equipment goes online in Australia

A Fitness First gym in Australia is the first to feature GymKit-compatible equipment, 9 News reports. In a demonstration of the new capabilities, reporters saw users tap their Apple Watches to a treadmill to send data back and forth automatically, with the watch pre-loading all of the user’s vital stats and the treadmill sending calories burned and incline information back to the watch during the workout. There’s no word on when the specialized gym equipment necessary for the connection will appear in the U.S., but Apple has previously said compatible machines from TechnoGym, Life Fitness, Matrix, StairMaster and Schwinn will start rolling out by the end of thew year. [via 9to5Mac]

10-year-old boy unlocks mom’s iPhone X with Face ID

In the latest case of mistaken Face ID verification, a video showing a 10-year-old boy unlocking his mom’s iPhone X underscores previous reports that even non-identical family members may be able to access the devices, WIRED reports. While hackers using sophisticated 3D mapping to create elaborate masks might not be of much concern to the average iPhone X owner, knowing that a child could fool the device and scroll through their texts or order food off GrubHub may give some pause. In an interview with WIRED, Attaullah Malik puzzled over his son’s ability to unlock his wife’s iPhone X reliably but not his, since “People generally say he looks more like me.”

iOS 11.2 to bring 7.5W wireless charging to iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X

While the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are currently limited to 5-watt wireless charging speeds, MacRumors reports the release of iOS 11.2 will boost that speed to 7.5 watts. The speed increase will require a charging pad capable of achieving those speeds, and not all are up to the challenge. A test showed that the Belkin wireless charger currently sold by Apple—which supports 7.5 watt charging—did charge an iPhone X running the iOS 11.2 beta faster than a 5-watt charger, even proving faster than a wired 5 watt connection. Apple is expected to release its own AirPower wireless charging mat later this year, which will be large enough to allow users to charge iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods on a single pad, but Apple hasn’t released specs on how fast it will be able to charge the devices. The Qi standard used in Apple’s wireless charging technology is capable of handling up to 15 watt speeds.

Analyst predicts two OLED models, one LCD model for all-bezel-less 2018 iPhones

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a larger OLED iPhone and a bezel-less LCD iPhone will join a device similar to the iPhone X to round out Apple’s 2018 three-device offering, AppleInsider reports. Kuo expects Apple to release an updated 5.8” OLED iPhone with the same footprint and general appearance as the iPhone X alongside a 6.5” version that will likely serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus.” But with the ballooning cost of the premium devices in mind, the company is also rumored to be working on a 6.1” LCD iPhone that mimics the bezel-less appearance of the iPhone X in a slightly larger size and with a lower-resolution display. That device would likely come in at a $650-$750 price range while still featuring Face ID and improved cameras.

Report: Apple working on 3D sensors for 2019 iPhone’s rear-facing camera

Apple is working on bringing a 3D sensor system to the iPhone’s rear camera as early as 2019, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the plan said the sensors would likely be different than those that power the iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor system in the front-facing camera, which powers Face ID and other features. Instead of using the structured light technique that projects thousands of laser dots onto the user’s face, the rear-facing sensor would use time-of-flight measurements that calculate the return time for laser light projected off objects and use that to create a 3D image of the environment. Sources said Apple has already reached out to prospective suppliers for the new sensors.

Apple releases third betas for iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple has released the third developer betas for iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2. The iOS 11.2 beta is reportedly allowing users to wirelessly charge their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X devices at 7.5-watt speeds instead of the previous 5-watt limit. The latest iOS 11.2 beta also provides a new explainer for how the Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles work. Tapping these no longer turns off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth radios, but instead merely disconnects or re-establishes your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections, and Apple has clarified that for users. The latest beta for tvOS 11.2 provides more control over when videos are played in HDR and at different frame rates.

Report: iPhone 8 production may decrease as a result of iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus popularity

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that Apple’s production of the iPhone 8 may decrease by over 50 percent this quarter due to strong consumer preference for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models. According to a research note obtained by MacRumors, demand for the iPhone 8 has been lower than expected and could result in fewer orders for Apple’s supplier Pegatron. While Apple doesn’t disclose iPhone sales on a per-model basis, CEO Tim Cook noted recently that the company was surprised by how fast iPhone 8 Plus sales took off after the new model was released, citing it as “the fastest start of any Plus model.” Research firm Canalys also noted that the iPhone 8 Plus outpaced the iPhone 8 last quarter, making it the first 5.5-inch iPhone to beat out it’s smaller sibling in shipments.

Apple updates Clips app with iPhone X exclusive ‘Scenes’ feature

Apple has released a major update to its Clips app for the iPhone X, adding a new Scenes feature that takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera to place you in animated, 360-degree scenes with matching selfie filters to transform your appearance. Some of the scenes include the Millennium Falcon with a Star Wars style holo effect filter, a sketchbook scene with a filter that provides a charcoal drawing effect, and a scene that puts you into an 8-bit video game setting. Since Scenes require the TrueDepth camera, they’re only available to iPhone X users, however Clips 2.0 adds plenty of additional enhancements for users of other iPhone models as well, including a completely redesigned user interface, a collection of new stickers, posters, and titles, featuring Star Wars characters and Mickey and Friends along with retro Apple-designed stickers, four new artistic effects, a selection of new filters from the Camera app, and 21 new royalty-free soundtracks. Clips also now sync via iCloud so you can view and edit your work from any of your iOS devices.

Corephotonics sues Apple over dual camera technology patents

Israeli startup Corephotonics has filed lawsuit claiming Apple infringed on its patents to create the dual cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus, Reuters reports. Corephotonics alleges that its CEO David Mendlovic approached Apple about a partnership and that “Apple’s lead negotiator expressed contempt for Corephotonics’ patents, telling Dr. Mendlovic and others that even if Apple infringed, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple might have to pay something.” Apple has its own patents on dual camera technology, so it’s unclear which parts of the technology are at issue in the case. Apple refused to comment on the story.

EU wants more information on Apple’s tax moves in Jersey after leaked documents surface

After leaked documents detailing the process Apple undertook to relocate its Irish holdings to the island of Jersey were printed in The New York Times and other news outlets, the European Union’s competition chief is asking for more details from the company, The Washington Post reports. In its response to the initial reports, Apple claimed to have notified the US, Ireland and the EU about the reorganization of its Irish subsidiaries, claiming, “The changes we made did not reduce our tax payments in any country.” But Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition, said, “I have been asking for an update on the arrangement made by Apple, the recent way they have been organized, in order to get the feeling whether or not this is in accordance with our European rules but that remains to be seen.” Vestager said the information request came before the leaked documents came to light and is still unsure whether Apple’s moves will prompt more investigations.

Apple working on AR headset that could launch as early as 2020, run its own ‘rOS’ operating system

Apple is working to have an augmented reality headset developed by 2019 and shipped out to consumers as early as 2020, Bloomberg reports. Previous rumors have revealed that Apple has hundreds of engineers working on AR applications and has developed multiple prototypes for AR glasses, and some bolder bloggers have even speculated that a partnership with Zeiss would lead to a viable product coming out this year. But Tim Cook has thrown cold water on the idea that the technology is anywhere near ready for Apple to ship a product to consumers, saying, “Today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that. The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet.”

Apple Pay Cash finally appears in iOS 11.2 beta

After weeks of speculation about when Apple Pay Cash would be made available to the public and confirmation that Apple employees had been testing it, the feature has finally appeard in the latest iOS 11.2 beta according to an Apple support document. Now users enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program can download the new beta and begin transferring money to one another through the Messages app. The feature only works if the person receiving the transfer is also running a compatible version of iOS, has two-factor identification set up and has an eligible credit or debit card in Wallet. Once that is all squared away, users can use Messages or Siri to send funds from the linked credit or debit cards, and once received they are stored in an Apple Pay Cash card within Apple Wallet, from which funds can be spent through Apple Pay or transferred to a bank account. Transferring cash from a debit card is free, but using a credit card to send funds charges a three percent fee. Apple Pay Cash is also currently only available in the United States, and users must be at least 18 years of age to send and receive money with Apple Pay.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung’s appeal on Apple patent case

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear Samsung’s appeal of a patent case the company lost to Apple, Reuters reports. The refusal leaves Samsung on the hook for just under $120 million in payments to Apple after an appeals court upheld a verdict finding Samsung infringed on several Apple patents, including slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and the ability to turn things like phone numbers and addresses into quick links. The Supreme Court recently threw out a $399 million ruling against Samsung, but that trial has been sent to another court to be retried.

Apple responds after leaked records show overseas profits being moved to avoid taxes

Leaked documents show Apple began to move its offshore profits to the English Channel island of Jersey after heat from the European Union threatened to compromise its low-tax arrangement in Ireland, The New York Times reports. The records show Apple solicited the help of law firms that specialize in creating offshore tax shelters to research multiple tax jurisdictions before settling on Jersey, an independent island outside of EU jurisdiction that usually doesn’t tax corporate income. By the end of 2014, Apple had relocated Apple Sales International and Apple Operations International from Ireland to Jersey and moved Apple Operations Europe to Ireland, shuffling around its tax homes just ahead of Ireland’s new policy of allowing existing companies or those created before December 2014 to claim $1 billion in tax credits every year for up to 15 years if they transfer the rights to intellectual property to an Irish company — even if it’s a transfer from one company’s subsidiary to another.

Introductory pricing for app subscriptions in iOS 11.2 beta; watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2 betas released

In the release notes for its latest developer beta for iOS 11.2, Apple has revealed that it will allow developers to offer “a discounted introductory price for your auto-renewable subscriptions.” Auto-renewing subscriptions became available with the release of iOS 10, and the public release of iOS 11.2 will include new subscription classes for developers looking to entice users to try their product with a lower introductory rate. Apple said developers will be able to set up introductory pricing options in iTunes Connect soon. The company also released a second developer beta for watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 alongside the iOS 11.2 release.

Future of Apple’s planned Irish data center uncertain after years of legal wrangling

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Apple CEO Tim Cook is no longer committing to build a $1 billion data center in the country after multiple objections have slowed the process, Reuters reports. Apple committed to build the data center back in Febuary 2015 and last month Business Insider reported that an Irish court had cleared the way for its construction. But in a meeting last Thursday Cook refused to commit to moving forward with the project, Varadkar said. While the PM said the government would do “anything within our power” to move the project along — including amending its planning laws to make data centers easier to approve by listing them as “strategic infrastructure” — he said, “We didn’t get a start date, or a definite commitment or anything like that,” at the meeting. Meanwhile a second European data center is already in the works in Denmark after another announced around the same time as the project in Ireland is preparing to go online later this year.

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