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Chinese company claims Apple copied its design for iPhone 6

A Chinese intellectual property bureau required Apple to stop the sales of its popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, after finding out that the Cupertino company infringed the patent right of a little-known local device maker.

Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled that Apple and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom infringed the patent of Shenzhen-based Baili, which is suing the iPhone maker for copying the exterior design of its 100C device.

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili’s 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So, this case falls into the patent rights protection category,” the ruling reads.

Apple didn’t comment on the matter, but  according to some reports, the Cupertino company has already filed a lawsuit calling for the ruling to be annulled. Bird and Bird partner and IP specialist Ted Chwu noted that Apple has some legal options open to it.


Apple has a problematic relationship with the Chinese government. In April, Chinese authorities abruptly closed Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movie just six months after they started in the country. There were no comments on the ban from authorities. In addition, this year the company lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name, and in 2012 it was required to pay out $60 million to settle a dispute over the “iPad” trademark.

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Pokémon GO may come to iOS in July

Pokémon Go — the crazy, augmented reality Pokémon title for iOS/Android built by the team behind Ingress, will be available this July.

Nintendo announced the release window during its second-day E3 live stream, but didn’t provide a specific release date. 

Nintendo has also mentioned a piece of hardware that will allow users to play the game without using their smartphones. This device will connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and will run $35. 

The Pokémon Company, and Niantic Labs, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto demonstrated the Pokémon GO Plus device, which is a Bluetooth wearable accessory that will let users receive alerts for nearby Pokémon without the need to check their iPhones constantly. 


During the presentation, Miyamoto said that the GO Plus device will hit the market by the end of July, meaning players will need to launch the game during that same timeframe.


Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company also confirmed that players won’t be able to trade Pokemon at launch, but the feature will be added sometime in the future.

Pokémon GO is currently in an ongoing Beta stage for the past few months or so in the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In the game, you can take the role of a trainer and travel to different places to capture pokémon and battle at gyms, which are located at notable landmarks.The gyms will be controlled by one of three groups, the Red, Blue, or Yellow team. Players can control gyms by battling their own pokémon, and joining others in the real world increases your chances to win. The game features hundreds of Pokémon to discover through exploring and evolution. 

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Bluetooth 5 with 4x speed and better range to be announced on June 16

Bluetooth Special Interest Group has revealed that its next generation of Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth 5, will be officially announced on June 16.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, shared the news in a published message sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The SIG, which works with such giants like Apple, Intel, and Microsoft, will officially lift the lid on Bluetooth 5 on June 16th in London.

Bluetooth 5 is promised to be an important upgrade over the current version of the wireless standard, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.

Bluetooth 5  is expected to add “significantly more capacity” for advertising transmissions and provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation.


There are no details on if the new Bluetooth will come to existing devices as a firmware update or need new hardware. Earlier, Bluetooth 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 items were not upgradeable to newer versions of the standard, but Bluetooth 4.0 devices could be upgraded to Bluetooth 4.1 via software patches. 

Last year, the Cupertino company quietly added Bluetooth 4.2 support to such devices like  iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2, offering 2.5x faster speeds and up to ten times higher data capacity to the devices.

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Bose pushes first wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Bose has announced four distinct wireless headphones, headlined by two noise cancelling Bluetooth models, including the around ear QuietComfort 35 model and QuietControl 30s. 

Available in black or silver and priced at $349.95, the QuietComfort 35 headphones has the same around-ear design as previous wired QC cans and the company says they offer similar audio quality to its QC25 headphones. 

The headphones feature four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out external noise. In addition, QuietComfort 35 offers Bluetooth/NFC pairing, 20 hours of wireless or 40 hours wired battery life, 15-minute quick-charge functionality that allows for 2.5 hours of use. There is also a button interface that allows users to answer phone calls or control music tracks and volume. 


In the meantime, the new $299.95 Bose QuietControl 30 wireless active noise-cancelling in-ear headphones are expected to allow users to block outside noise while they cram their skulls full of music.  The level of noise cancellation in this model can be adjusted via the Bose mobile app or via the physical controls on the buds. The company also packed the headphone’s battery, Bluetooth and ANC hardware into a compact, semi-rigid pod that wraps around a user’s neck.


Finally, Bose also unveiled two new models of fitness-oriented Bluetooth earbuds, the SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Wireless Pulse. Both models are water and sweat resistant, while the latter is equipped with a built-in heart-rate monitor inside the earbuds. 


The SoundSport comes in black and blue versions at $149.95 each. SoundSport Pulse ships this September, and will retail for $199.95.

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Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-headphone adapters ready for iPhone 7

While there are a lot of rumors suggesting that Apple will drop the 3.5mm audio jack to make its next-gen iPhone even thinner, Chinese accessory maker is now advertising a number of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

Tama Electric is currently advertising three Lightning-to-headphone adapters, two of which also feature a micro USB port for charging while using headphones. The listing was first spotted by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The Lightning-to-3.5mm-audio adapter appears to be MFi-certified and looks rather bulky.

First reports suggesting that the Cupertino company will drop the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning and wireless headphones appeared six months ago.

Apple is also rumored to be developing new Bluetooth EarPods that will pair and charge with a handset through the Lightning port, similar to the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.


The Tama products have no price listing, do not appear to be available for purchase yet and are unlikely to be sold as certified Made for iPhone accessories anytime soon. 

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to debut in September with $649 starting price. Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will feature an upgraded A-series processor and likely an improved camera. The iPhone 7 Plus is also rumored to include a 256GB storage option, a 3,100 mAh battery, and 3GB RAM. 

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Alleged iPhone 7 prototype сase leak indicates 4 speakers

French language blog Nowhereelse.fr shared a set of photos purporting to demonstrate a prototype rear case for the next-gen iPhone featuring four separate speakers, two at the top top and an additional two at the bottom.

According to previous suggestions, the company may drop the headphone jack in the new iPhone and replace it with a second speaker that would let users take advantages of an additional audio amp provided by Cirrus Logic, which would additionally supply the noise-cancellation smart codec in an also-rumored Lightning-equipped headphone accessory.

The posted image was likely borrowed from a promotional video created by an Italian case maker which obtained this prototype case in anticipation of the upcoming iPhone 7 refresh. The photo shows the wider camera lens hole and no horizontal antenna lines.

The case also features a stacked camera and LED flash package setup, now aligned across the vertical axis in the upper left corner as opposed to horizontal alignment like on all current iPhones.


According to other iPhone 7 rumors, the device may get the 3.5mm headphone jack, the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector and a dual-lens camera setup for better low light performance, better light sensitivity and the ability to adjust focus after the image has been taken.

Some other leaks suggest the company’s new iPhones will have look similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series, bringing only minor tweaks to the design, while the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model is expected to feature a dual-lens camera system and Smart Connector.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this fall at a special media event in September.

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Apple can allow users to unlock Mac via Touch ID on iPhone with OS X 10.12

Apple engineers are reportedly working on a remote unlock function that is tasked to let an iPhone unlock a Mac when in close proximity.

The auto-unlock feature may be integrated into OS X 10.12 update, which is expected to come in just a few weeks at its annual WWDC event.

There are also rumors speculating that Apple might also allow users to unlock a Mac using only an Apple Watch, though the company would have to devise a way to ensure security. This is similar to the functionality offered by the third-party app Knock. Last month, Knock’s developers even brought support for the Apple Watch, breaking real barrier to Apple adopting the same concept.

The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will likely serve as the automatic unlocking function on the Apple Watch, which allows an unlocked device to bypass the passcode restriction on a connected Apple Watch. iPhone’s Touch ID button would possibly be used as a verification method for simpler logins. 


Apple is reportedly planning to reveal OS X 10.12, alongside iOS 10 and other platform updates, during its developer conference in San Francisco next month.

The 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference is set to take place from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco.

In addition to the unlocking feature, the company is also working on integrating Siri into the Mac. Users may also see some improvements to Photos and iTunes. 

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TIME: Apple’s iPhone is most influential gadget of all time

TIME Magazine published its list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time and Apple’s iPhone sits in the No. 1 spot.

The magazine reported that the iPhone is the most influential gadget of all time because of it “fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information.”

“The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks,” TIME says, noting that iPhone marked a fundamental shift in computing. 

Meantime, Apple’s products appear on the list more than once. The company’s original Macintosh and iPod also made the top 10, coming in at No. 3 and No. 9, respectively. 

The Macintosh appears in the list thanks to its graphical interface, user-friendly mouse, and “overall friendly design.” “It forever set the standard for the way human beings interact with computers,” TIME reports.


Apple’s iPad sits at No. 25 and iBook at No. 38. TIME praises iBook for being the first laptop to offer WiFi:

“The iBook’s brightly-colored, plastic trim may look dated now, but it was the first laptop to offer wireless networking.”

Sony took two top-5 spots with the No. 2 Trinitron television set and No. 4 Walkman, a gadget on which iPod iterated.

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Apple may release iPhone with glass casing and AMOLED Screen in 2017

Apple will reportedly switch to non-aluminum casing, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed.

He noted some Apple’s competitors now offer smartphones with aluminum casings, and he believes next year’s iPhone will be provided with a glass back to stand out from the competition.

In a new report, Kuo said, that the iPhone will receive a major redesign in 2017, returning to the glass chassis. The company already adopts OLED technology in the wearable Apple Watch, but its iPhone lineup has relied on LCD technology since it first released in 2007.

“Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing. A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.”

Kuo suggests, a new AMOLED display panel will be thinner and lighter to compensate for the slight weight increase of glass compared with metal exteriors. Last week, the company reportedly reached a $2.6 billion agreement with Samsung to supply OLED panels for iPhone displays.


A number of sources have already stated that Apple will introduce an OLED-based iPhone as early as 2017, with possible suppliers eventually including Samsung, LG Display, AU Optronics, Japan Display, Foxconn-owned Sharp, and others.

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FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutor unlock iPhone, iPod involved in homicide case

The FBI has agreed to help unlock another iPhone and an iPod relating to a homicide case in Arkansas.

The news came days after the FBI announced that it had successfully unlocked the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino gunmen last December without Apple’s help.

“We always appreciate their cooperation and willingness to help their local law enforcement partners,” Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said. Patrick Benca, Drexler’s attorney, said he was notified the FBI agreed to help and that he was “not concerned about anything on that phone.”

According to the report, a judge agreed to postpone the trial so prosecutors could seek help unlocking the iOS devices. The both boys have pleaded not guilty to the murder.iPhone_6

There are no specific details at this point in the Arkansas case. It is also unclear if the FBI will use the same exploit in the Arkansas case. The target device is two generations removed from Farook’s iPhone 5c, which mean it not only contain stock with iOS 8, but also features hardware protection in a secure element embedded into the A8 processor.

In addition, the other teenager in the case reportedly used the iPod to discuss plans relating to the homicide.

“The iPod had just come into our possession a couple of weeks ago,” Hiland said. “Obviously when we heard that [the FBI] had been able to crack that phone we wanted to at least ask and see if they wanted to help.”

Prosecutors in the Arkansas case have possessed the device in question since July of last year, but have not received access. On Tuesday they asked trial proceedings be delayed as they sought FBI assistance.