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An Apple patent filed in December 2014, but only published on Thursday, could point to future display technology destined for a future Apple Watch. The patent is for a "conformable electronic device," which suggests that it could be fitted to an Apple Watch that could feature a display that curves or wraps around a wrist. Interestingly, the patent was awarded to Apple employees Andreas Bibl and Hsin-Hua Hu -- Andreas Bibl was previously the CEO of LuxVue, a company that specialized in micro-LED technology acquired by Apple in 2014.
Two of the largest food-delivery services in the US, Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless, have updated their iOS apps to accept Apple Pay payments, widening the circle of merchants who accept Apple Pay online. Grubhub generated $2.4 billion in sales in 2015, and 60 percent of that came from online ordering through its mobile apps, so the addition of Apple Pay may help further spur adoption. As recently reported, Apple Pay is highly-regarded among users and banks, but merchants in the US have been slow to adopt the technology, since it generally requires a change in point-of-sale (POS) terminals.
Two weeks to get a handle on a technology isn't that long, if you think about it. It's been two weeks and two days since I started putting on the Apple Watch for every waking hour of every day. While I can't say that I've completely mastered the device, I can say that I have a much better feel for it -- and its somewhat-limited role in my life going forward.
Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers in the past four months, and over a dozen engineers over the past two years, all of whom specialize in wireless charging. The hires align with a report from Bloomberg earlier this year that Apple was working towards an introduction of the technology for the 2017 iPhone. Currently, the only product that supports a form of wireless charging is the Apple Watch, which uses a standard method of inductive charging to keep the device powered up. The rumored technology that Apple is working on for a future iPhone would allow wireless charging from a distance.
A wide array of technology companies, led by Intel, have started capitalizing on a new technology that promises to offer solid-state storage that is up to 1,000 times faster than conventional flash storage and with 50 percent lower latency. The new SSD standard, originally called NVMe for Non-Volatile Memory Express, along with a Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI), has been re-branded "Optane" by Intel, and essentially re-writes previous AHCI controller technology to optimize systems for solid-state drives, which use non-volatile memory solid-state drives.
We've entered the second quarter of the year, and this is the tenth weekly slice of Apple history: we're taking the company's four decades, and seeing the growth and the similarities in the same weeks from 1976 to 2016. So far, it's been an eventful ride, and also a startling one -- as we've seen both Apple's hits and its misses repeatedly occurring in very similar ways. This week, it's as if the company and the technology industry got together to plan: with the start of Spring, people's minds turn to new ventures and new companies.
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This is it, surely. Week Four of our slicing through four decades of Apple history brings us to the moment when Steve Jobs launched the device he said was his most important one. It's also the week that Apple made a dent in the universe, and it's the week when new Apple technology was proclaimed as being the next killer product. These are three different things, though, and maybe none of them are what you'd expect.
There were intelligent assistants on iPhone before Siri, and there are now many of them on every phone, but Siri is the Hoover or Coca-Cola of them. It is the one you're talking about when you refer to speaking to your phone and getting sarky comments back. It's the one that has gone the further to making this Star Trek-like technology mainstream.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE