Rumors, rumors, some news, and more rumors on the edition of Week In Review...
Apple files for HealthKit trademark
The filing contains lots of hints pointing towards wearable devices:
"List of goods and services Health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors and displays; medical apparatus and devices…Horological and chronometric instruments; watches; clocks; timepieces; chronographs for use as timepieces; chronometers; watchstraps; watch bands; cases for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; parts for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; jewelry"
Apple is rumored to be launching a wearable product this fall.
Apple & Samsung agree to drop lawsuits
The two tech giants have apparently come to an agreement to drop all litigation outside of the US. They have a joint statement announcing they’re abandoning claims in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K.
This is great news for both companies. They can now use the time and dollars spent on litigation on improving their products. Though with Apple expected to release new devices soon, the two companies may be at it again as Samsung has a history of copying Apple.
Apple brings on another fashion expert
Apple has reportedly hired former Yves Saint Laurent’s Europe President and Retail Head Catherine Monier. Monier will reportedly work on former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve's team that works on special projects under Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Mark your calendars for these next two highlights folks...
WWDC 2015 scheduled for June 8th
MacRumors has discovered a "Corporate Event" scheduled for June 8th - June 12th at the Moscone West Center. Apple usually holds their WWDC conference at the beginning of June at Moscone so this is very possible.
Apple to hold event on September 9th
Recode is reporting their sources have confirmed the date for Apple to hold the event. They are expected to announce new iPhones, review iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite.
iWatch being announced in September
John Gruber, a person very well in the know when it comes to Apple, had an interesting blog post:
"The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month"
The comment was made while referring to The Verge article on charging the Moto 360 watch.
Siri could be coming to the Mac
As has been awarded a patent that describes a "Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment" It has been rumored for a while now that Siri would be integrated into the Mac OS.
Details of iPhone 6 "Confirmed"
A strong & reliable source tells Venturebeat the iPhone 6 event will be held on September 9th and both the 4.7" & 5.5" iPhone will be revealed. The 4.7" phone will be available mid September while the 5.5" phone won't ship for a month later. The report goes on to say the phone will have a 2.0 GHZ A8 processor, improved Touch ID, a new glass that has sapphire and not gorilla glass, 802.11 AC WiFi, NFC, a faster LTE radio that could allow downloads of 300mbps.
I don't really care for NFC as it hasn't really taken off in the US but the other specs do sound like they would work.
Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1
The update contains fixes related to podcasts. The update is free and available in the Mac App Store.
US Patent Office rejects parts of Apple patent for autocorrect
The USPO has rejected parts of Apple's patent that Samsung was ruled to have infringed upon. This will likely reduce the recently awarded $119 million dollar settlement that Apple was awarded
Apple hits a snag in FaceTime patent lawsuit
Apple has been battling VirnetX since 2011 over the way FaceTime works. In the latest update, Apple had argued that a number of the claims being used against it were not specific enough to warrant patent protection, and thus should be invalidated. U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis rejected Apple's interpretations.
Apple in partnership talks over HealthKit
According to Reuters, Apple is in major talks with health care providers such as Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and medical records providers Allscripts and Epic Systems to incorporate HealthKit as the central hub for data.
Is this the casing for the iPhone 6?
Notorious Apple part leaker, Sonny Dickson has tweeted out 2 images of what could be the iPhone 6 shell.
That's a good place to end the week. A new beta, new rumors and a new part leak. Hope you are getting excited for the up coming weeks!!
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