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Thursday Morning News

As the battle for original video content heats up, Apple will be putting up a solid fight with $1 billion to spend on producing and procuring original video content. Apple’s video efforts so far have been somewhat poorly received, but even if you’re not a fan of Apple Music’s Carpool Caraoke or Planet of the Apps, there’s still a chance that Apple might come out with something good. It has to happen eventually, right?

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Tuesday Morning News

We now have a name for the copper-coloured iPhone that we’ve seen leaked, with a tweet claiming that Foxconn’s internal name for the device is “blush gold“. The blush gold versions that we’ve seen so far still appear to have a black front, at least for the parts where you can see a black border around the edge-to-edge display.

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Friday Morning News

The next iPhone has been revealed via photos of a dummy unit. Even though there aren’t any working parts within the demo units, we now get an extremely clear picture of what the next iPhone is expected to look like. The 5.8-inch display extends nearly all the way to the edge, housed within an enclosure that’s smaller than the Plus-sized iPhone but has a larger display. There’s also photos of the rumoured copper colour, with the next iPhone also expected to have a glass back.

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Wednesday Morning News

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that there will be three new iPhones launching in September, consisting of LCD versions of the current 4.7 and 5.5-inch form factors, along with the 5.8-inch OLED version that everyone is interested to see. It’s also said that all three devices will be limited to three colours, with rose gold being the casualty this time around. Perhaps the “bros’ gold” version just hasn’t been as popular as the other colour variants?

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Monday Morning News

The HomePod firmware continues to deliver the goods about Apple’s upcoming product roadmap, including details about the next iPhone that we might not have known if it wasn’t for this prematurely released software for an unreleased product. Now, details of the screen resolution of the next iPhone give us a pretty good idea of the size and resolution of the next iPhone display, with John Gruber taking an educated guess and saying that it will be 5.8-inches, 2436×1125, 462 ppi, and a true @3x Retina display with no scaling.

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Thursday Morning News

As per Apple’s financial results that were released yesterday, this was the first quarter in more than three years that Apple saw growth in iPad revenue. No matter which way you’re looking at it, there’s a big gap between where the iPad was at over 18 million units per quarter, to the just over 10 that Apple is now moving. Turns out, if you give the iPad a little attention, you can turn that frown upside down. Or something like that.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple’s financial results for Q3 2017 are in, and the story remains the same. Apple reported US $8.7 billion in profit on US $45.4 billion in revenue, with 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads sold. 4.3 million Macs were also sold during the period, and Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was happy to report its third consecutive quarter of growth, with services revenue setting an all-time quarterly revenue record.

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Tuesday Morning News

A lawsuit involving Apple deliberately disabling FaceTime on older iPhones cannot be dismissed by the court. Judge Lucy Koh ruled over the weekend that Apple consciously made the decision to disable FaceTime on devices running anything other than iOS 7 and above, which meant that iPhone 4 and 4S users had no choice but to upgrade. According to Ars, Apple told consumers that FaceTime not working was due to a certificate expiring, when in fact it had to do with their ongoing legal battle with VirnetX, which was costing them licensing fees.

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Monday Morning News

A Florida-based company has sued Apple for the Apple TV’s “what did she say?” feature. CustomPlay filed a patent for skipping back a predetermined number of seconds, temporarily enabling captions, and then disabling them after the predetermined time has elapsed, and has owned the patent since 1998. CustomPlay says they attempted to contact Apple starting in 2014, but without any response from Apple.

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Friday Morning News

The iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been discontinued. Apple says it’s a move that’s designed to simplify the iPod lineup, which means just leaving the iPod touch in the ranks of what was once the world’s most popular personal audio player. You’ll note that the iPod lost its own header on the Apple homepage a long time ago in favour of “Music”, and now, the iPod touch starts at $299 for a 32GB version, with a 128GB also available for $449.

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