Today in Apple history: Last ever iBook goes on sale

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Did you own a G4 iBook?
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July 26July 26, 2005: Apple debuts the last of its laptops to launch under the iBook banner, before switching its brand over to the continuing MacBook product line.

The opaque white G4 iBook added Apple’s scrolling trackpad for the first time, incorporated Bluetooth 2.0 as a standard feature, and was the last Apple laptop to include a PowerPC chip — prior to Apple switching over to Intel processors in early 2006.

Apple could confirm major iPhone milestone this week

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Apple may announce billionth iPhone sold during tomorrow's earnings call.
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Nobody’s expecting big things from Apple’s quarterly earnings call this Tuesday, but it is possible that we’ll hear one incredibly significant metric announced at the event: Apple’s sale of its billionth iPhone.

While it is likely that iPhone sales will continue to decline this quarter — with 40 million likely to be reported as the number for the past three months — the billionth sales mark would serve to underline once again just what an enormous success the iPhone has been for Apple.

iPhone 7 might not go by the name you’re expecting

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Is Apple's next iPhone going to be called the iPhone 6SE?
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A new rumor coming out of China suggests that September’s next-gen iPhone won’t be called the iPhone 7 as expected, but rather the iPhone 6SE — continuing the naming scheme Apple introduced for its 4-inch iPhone SE earlier this year.

A separate report, meanwhile, suggests that it’s likely to debut on Friday, September 16. That’s just two months’ away…

Apple opening an app development center in India

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Apple is continuing its Indian drive.
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Apple plans to open a new high-end app development center in Bengaluru, India, according to a new report, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.

The report claims that Apple has already come to terms concerning a 40,000 square foot office space, spread across two floors. It is likely that this space will house around 300 people, and will open in early 2017.

Today in Apple history: Windows scores big victory over Mac

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Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI.
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July 25, 1989: Apple suffers a major setback in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Microsoft for allegedly stealing the Mac’s “look and feel” to create Windows.

While Apple had sued Microsoft for 189 counts of copyright infringement relating to Windows 2.0.3, the judge overseeing the case throws out 179 of them — thereby paving the way for Microsoft’s dominance over Apple in the coming decade.