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12:16
Apple quietly discontinues iPod classic

Apple appears to have quietly discontinued its venerable iPod classic following today’s event. The iPod Product and iPod Apple Store pages no longer show any references to the older device, nor does it appear on Apple’s refurbished iPod listings. The iPod classic was originally released in 2007 and last updated in 2009, and although it has remained on sale until now, it has been almost entirely ignored by Apple, and raised questions each…

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12:15
The Apple Watch health app is an incredible tool for...

Apple has been pushing an increased emphasis on health since this year's WWDC event, but the Health app for its Apple Watch is officially their biggest move yet. The app's goal is to motivate people to be more healthy and active, regardless of what...

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12:11
Apple introduces Apple Pay mobile payment platform

Apple today announced Apple Pay, its long-awaited mobile payment system. The technology relies on a mix of Passbook, Touch ID, and new NFC and "Secure Element" hardware in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Users can add credit cards from their iTunes account, or take a photo of one and verify it with the bank. A credit card number isn't stored on a phone or shared, and transactions are tokenized, as was rumored. Should a phone be stolen, Find My iPhone can be used to disable purchasing functions, eliminating the need to cancel cards. Cashiers don't see any of the transaction data....



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12:10
News: Apple releases iOS 8 GM seed to developers

Apple has released its Gold Master seed of iOS 8 to registered developers. Listed as build 12A365, the GM build is normally the last to be seeded prior to the software’s official launch, expected on September 17, and as such can be used to submit iOS 8 applications to the App Store for review. It is unclear whether the iOS 8 GM seed will be made available as an over-the-air software update, as has been the case with past iOS beta releases, however…

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12:09
Apple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets, offers...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets have been announced over at Apple’s media event.

And you could have one within your paws come the 19th.

Per Mac|Life, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil W. Schiller introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will be available for preorder on September 12th, with in-store availability coming September 19th.

In addition to a Retina Display HD and A8 processor, Schiller outlined a new addition to the iPhone 6′s M8 coprocessor lineup with a new barometer sensor, which measures relative elevation from air pressure — perfect for capturing footsteps moving up or down stairs, for example.

Wireless has also been further...

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12:06
Apple releases iOS 8 GM ahead of Sep. 17 public...

Following today’s announcements, Apple has released the golden master version of iOS 8. The last iOS 8 beta seed for developers was released on August 4th with the push of iOS 8 beta 5. 9to5Mac previously reported to expect iOS 8 beta 5 to be the final developer beta before today’s iOS 8 GM seed.

iOS 8 is scheduled to be released over-the-air next week on September 17th for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 7 with a list of new features including iCloud Drive; a new Health app; support for app extensions and third party keyboards; continuity features that bridge iPhone, iPad, and Mac; new Family Sharing functionality; and more. iOS...

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12:06
Apple Watch features include fitness tracking, Apple...

Promising that the Apple Watch will "redefine what people expect from a watch," Apple showcased a wide variety of functions for its upcoming wearable device on Tuesday, including built-in fitness tracking, support for secure Apple Pay wireless transactions, and even a unique MagSafe-style inductive charging cable.

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12:05
Apple publishes new iPhone 6, Apple Watch pages on...

Apple has just wrapped up its media event and has pushed several new pages online. The first is a new page dedicated to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the second is a page for the Apple Watch. But Apple has gone even further, revealing a whole new look for its entire website that features a flattened navigation bar.

A new page about the U2 “Songs of Innocence” album is also live, and includes details on how to redeem your free copy of the album.

Apple has also, for the first time ever, released an iPhone-optimized version of its site. Check it out below:

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12:01
Apple releases latest U2 album as free iTunes...

During today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2’s Bono jointly announced that Apple and U2 will be distributing the bands’ latest album, Songs of Innocence, to all 500 million iTunes customers, entirely free of charge. Cook noted that this is the largest album release of all time, with a simultaneous launch in 119 countries. Users should be able to find the new album in their iTunes Music library and also available on iTunes Radio…

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11:59
Apple Watch to start at $349, with 3 versions, 2...

Briefly mentioned at the end of today’s official announcement of the Apple Watch, Apple has set the “starting” price of the wearable device at $349, noting that it will come in three different versions, each with two sizes, and with six watch band options. The two different sizes will enable Apple Watch to be worn fashionably by men (generally larger) and women (generally smaller), while the three versions differ in the metal and…

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11:59
U2’s New Album Debuts on iTunes Store as Free...

U2 fans that also happen to be iTunes Store customers got a special treat at the end of Apple's special media event on Tuesday when the band closed out the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch introduction, and then announced that its new album will be available exclusively through iTunes as a free download. The album will be available exclusively through the iTunes Store through October 13.


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11:57
Apple offering new U2 album Songs of Innocence for...

As previously rumored, U2 announced today that its new album Songs of Innocence will be available for free. The news came in an announcement on stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook and the band following a performance at the company’s iPhone and Apple Watch event earlier today. Rather than bundling the album with new iPhone models as rumored, Apple is making the album available for free to download on iTunes for all users.

Apple says the new album is the largest album release ever with every iTunes Store customer in 119 countries getting access to the album for free. The album will also be available for free on iTunes Radio and Beats Music. The offer is available through October 13.

Apple also showed a new commercial shot with the band...

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11:50
Apple Watch available in early 2015, prices starting...

Apple today announced the new Apple Watch and confirmed the device will be available early in 2015 with a starting price of US$349. Leaning heavily on the watch side, the new Watch will be available in two different sizes and three different...

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11:46
Apple Watch starts at $349 and launches in early 2015

Promising it will be "worth the wait," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that his company's upcoming smart wearable device, the Apple Watch, will go on sale in early 2015 with a starting price of $349.

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11:46
Apple Watch to include built-in Messaging,...

Apple today announced the new Apple Watch with a sapphire display and a UI that combines both a physical dial and a touchscreen for control. The new Watch will ship with a handful of built-in applications including a Messaging app with emoji support...

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11:45
Apple announces WatchKit for Apple Watch, demos...

After the unveiling of Apple Watch during the Sept. 9 iPhone launch event, Apple announced WatchKit for Apple Watch. This is a new development kit will allow developers to create interesting and exciting ways to use the Apple Watch hardware and software in their apps.

WatchKit allows integration for Actionable notifications, WatchKit apps, and Glances. During the keynote, Apple demonstrated Facebook and Twitter functionality with Apple Watch along with other apps with the ability to unlock a hotel door, get transit directions, post to Pinterest, find your car, change the...

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11:43
Apple announces Apple Watch pricing and availability

Possibly the most highly anticipated announcement from its special event today, Apple announced that customers will be able to purchase the newly announced Apple Watch starting “early next year” in 2015The Apple Watch will be available in various configurations differing from collection, size, and band. Price wise the wearable will start at $349 and go up. Compatibility for the Apple Watch and iPhone, which it requires, works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Compatibility goes back to support the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s as well.

The announcement-to-availability gap is...

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11:40
Apple Previews the New Apple Watch

It’s not just about time. It’s past time. And future time, as Apple previews a wristwatch from the future — literally, since the Apple Watch won’t come out until early 2015.

 

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11:38
Apple Watch revolutionizes emojis with live edited...

Apple Watch is already a groundbreaking device, but for those of you who text, there is obviously one feature that's even more important than biometrics or interactivity. We're speaking, of course, of the real-time emoji editor.

With Apple Watch...

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11:31
Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile...

Today at Apple's September press conference, they announced the new iPhone 6 models. There are two of them — the iPhone 6 is 4.7" at 1334x750, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5" at 1920x1080. Both phones are thinner than earlier models: 5S: 7.6mm, 6: 6.9mm, 6 Plus: 7.1mm. The phones have a new-generation chip, the 64-bit A8. Apple says the new phones have a 25% faster CPU, 50% faster GPU, and they're 50% more energy efficient (though they were careful to say the phones have "equal or better" battery life to the 5S). Apple upgrade the phones' wireless capabilities, moving voice calls to LTE and also enabling voice calls over Wi-Fi. The phones ship on September 19th, preceded by the release of iOS 8 on September 17th. Apple also announced its entry into the payments market with "Apple Pay." They're trying to replace traditional credit card payments with holding an iPhone up to a scanner instead. It uses NFC and the iPhone's TouchID fingerprint scanner. Users can take a picture of their...

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11:28
Apple announces September 17th launch date for iOS 8

The details of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are beginning to come in, but right now, there’s definitive word about iOS 8.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will officially launch on Tuesday, September 17th.

Originally introduced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, iOS 8 offers only incremental changes over its predecessor’s design language, but introduces a slew of new technologies that are destined to have a significant impact on Apple’s mobile ecosystem, such as Handoff, which allows users to seamlessly transfer their work between all the devices they own, a one-handed mode that can help users...

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11:23
How big is the iPhone 6 Plus? Find out with our...

Aurich Lawson

When Apple announced that it would finally make a large iPhone to compete against all the large Android phones, my first thought was, "Will it even fit in my pocket?" It's hard to get a sense of what things look like in real life from seeing them on a computer screen, even when they're placed next to other objects for scale.

So I grabbed Apple's official press shot of the iPhone 5S compared with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and I whipped up some quick wireframe drawings to scale. You can print them out, cut around the edges with a pair of scissors, and hold the paper outlines in your hand to see just what each size really feels like.

Spoiler alert: the iPhone 6 Plus feels huge.

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11:18
Apple Pay Aims to Disrupt Payment Industry

With the triple promise of “easy, secure, private,” Apple announced Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that takes advantage of the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 6 and also works in the forthcoming Apple Watch. With Apple’s market clout behind it, Apple Pay could be the nudge the payment industry needs to move beyond today’s insecure credit card system.

 

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11:16
iPhone 6 introduces Apple Pay turning your phone...

With the iPhone 6, Apple is taking on mobile payments in a big way. Every day Americans make 200 million transactions using credit cards. Apple wants to simplify that. Rather than take your card out of your wallet or purse and swipe it in the machine...

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11:13
Apple Watch: Apple's smartwatch redefines the...

The rumors were true, and although we didn't actually see the device or any single hint of it before today, the iWatch exists, and it's called "Apple Watch." Tim Cook just showed off the device for the first time with an amazing video that showed a...

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11:12
Apple Moves into Wearable Tech with Introduction of...

Apple announced the Apple Watch at its live media event on Tuesday, bringing and end to rumors that the company has been working on a smart watch device. Not only does it interact with iOS 8 devices, but it also tracks health information, and will be available in two sizes and several colors.


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11:10
Apple Pay aims to replace your wallet with an iPhone

Apple’s event in Cupertino on Tuesday wasn’t all about iPhones. CEO Tim Cook also took the stage to launch the company’s new wallet-killer technology, Apple Pay.

It's a new payment system that works using NFC (near-field communication technology), so all you have to do is hold your phone to a sensor at the cash register, then use TouchID to complete the purchase. Apple Pay will be exclusive to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, because the new phones are equipped with the requisite NFC radio antenna.

Apple is also opening an Apple Pay API to developers in iOS 8, and will officially launch its wallet replacement as an update to the new OS next month.

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11:09
Meet Apple Watch, the new Apple smartwatch with a...

It’s called the Apple Watch, it looks like a luxurious synthesis of technology and traditional timepiece craftsmanship, and it uses a “digital crown” to navigate through lists and zoom in on data. Apple finally announced its long-awaited smartwatch on Tuesday, and, boom, just like that, the center of gravity of the shaky wearables market has shifted in a seismic reset.

No, not because the watch looks that revolutionary. It’s because this is an Apple smartwatch. And for better or worse, this is the new wearable’s most important feature.

The new Apple “this changes everything” device starts at $350, and will be available early next year. But here’s the kicker for potential fence sitters: Apple Watch supports the new Apple Pay system, so you can quickly purchase items from retailers ranging from Bloomingdales to Staples with a flick of your wrist.

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11:08
iPhone gets new camera sensor with improved...

You knew that Apple would improve the camera in the new iPhone, and it has. The iPhone 6 will feature a completely redesigned sensor, not adding more megapixels, which is a bit of a surprise, but adding new tech to make photos better.

The 2 new...

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11:01
Apple reveals long-rumored Apple Watch

On Tuesday, Apple finally unveiled the Apple Watch, the company's first dedicated wearable device.

Once rumored for an October reveal, the Watch was only recently linked to today's iPhone announcement event, and while it follows devices from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and LG, the Watch stands out thanks to its total integration with the iPhone and iOS ecosystem. The Apple Watch comes in two different sizes—one larger and one smaller.

According to CEO Tim Cook, the Apple Watch has been in development for a considerable amount of time and required a reassessment of how users interact with devices. Not content to take the iPhone experience and simply shrink it to wrist-like proportions, the Apple Watch discards traditional gesture controls like pinch-to-zoom, since they are impractical in the tiny form factor. Instead, the primary means of interaction...

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10:59
Apple announces 4.7-, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models

As expected, Apple has formally debuted the long-speculated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ models at its press event this morning in Cupertino. The new models will take their place as the flagship phones, featuring much higher-density screens of one million pixels (for the iPhone 6, a 1334x750 resolution) and two million pixels (for the 6+, a FullHD 1920x1080 resolution). The new iPhones are both thinner than any previous model, at 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively, and come with up to 128GB capacity....



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10:57
iOS 8 update available publicly on September 17

Apple today announced that it is rolling out iOS 8 to public starting September 17, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this year at WWDC with significant changes to the underlying OS, including a new...

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10:57
News: Apple debuts Apple Watch

Apple has officially introduced Apple Watch, a wearable device referred to as the iWatch until now. The watch has a square display. Coming in silver and gold with a number of different watch straps, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch is “the most personal device” Apple has ever created. As expected, Apple Watch is also being billed as a health and fitness device. The Apple Watch uses a digital crown — a type of dial — on the side…

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10:56
Live: Apple's Sept. 9th iPhone/iWatch event

Apple is today hosting a special event at the Frank Center in Cupertino. Tune into our live blog to follow along -- the event starts at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern. The company is expected to announce new iPhones, the iWatch, and possibly surprises such as a mobile payment system....



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10:55
Apple to release iOS 8 to device users on Sept. 17

Apple on Tuesday announced the official release date for its next-generation iOS 8 mobile operating system, with user able to update on Sept. 17.

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10:54
Apple unveils Touch ID-based 'Apple Pay'...

Apple will enter the mobile payment space in a big way with this month's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which will ship with integrated near-field communications technology to allow secure wireless payments through a service called Apple Pay.

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10:50
Apple unveils Apple Pay mobile payment platform

Megan Geuss

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay, a new mobile payment platform built into every iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It will launch in October as a free update to iOS 8, and it will be supported by 220,000 merchants that already support contactless payments.

"Our mission is to replace your wallet, starting by focusing on payments," Cook said before showing a brief demonstration video of an iPhone user holding the phone up to a sensor at a payment kiosk. "That's it!" Cook said, and then he showed the video once more for those who may have "blinked and missed it." Like other payment apps, Apple Pay will support taking photos of credit cards to import their information.

Retailers are already poised to support Apple Pay. Megan Geuss

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue confirmed that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models will support Apple Pay thanks to NFC, along with a new chip called the Secure Element that stores...

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10:50
iOS 8 to launch on September 17

Apple on Tuesday announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will officially launch on September 17th, just ahead of the company's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

Speaking at today’s special event, held at Cupertino’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts, vice president Phil Schiller showcased some of iOS 8’s new tricks, including support for a new landscape mode on the company’s iPhone Plus, as well as a new one-handed mode to help users better interact with the larger screens that will make their appearance on new handsets.

Originally introduced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, iOS 8 offers only incremental changes over its predecessor’s design language, but introduces a slew of new technologies that are destined to have a significant impact on Apple’s mobile ecosystem, such as Handoff,...

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10:48
Apple to Release iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch...

Apple's iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available on September 17, two days ahead of the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ship date. iOS 8 includes several new features such as HealthKit and HomeKit.


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10:47
Apple unveils ApplePay mobile payment system

Apple has formally introduced its own mobile payment system, ApplePay. CEO Tim Cook described the “outdated and vulnerable magnetic stripe interface” on credit cards before introducing the system. A short demo was shown — twice — illustrating the ease and quickness of the payment process.

Apple Pay uses NFC, Touch ID, and the new Secure Element.

Developing…...

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10:47
Apple drops iPhone 5c to $0, iPhone 5s to $99

During its introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple today announced that the iPhone 5c will become its “free” on contract phone, while the iPhone 5s will become a “starting at $99” model. It appears that the iPhone 5c will only be available in one capacity—perhaps 16GB—while the iPhone 5s will come in more than one capacity....

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10:46
Apple Announces ApplePay iPhone Mobile Payment System

Apple announced ApplePay, its mobile payment system, at a live event Tuesday. The system requires the just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which include NFC support.


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10:43
Apple to release iOS 8 on September 17

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CUPERTINO, CA—Apple has officially announced a release date for iOS 8, the latest version of the operating system that powers iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The new software launches on September 17, and as we've written before it will be available on the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; the iPad 2, both Retina iPads, the iPad Air, and both iPad minis; the fifth-generation iPod touch; and all revisions of the third-generation Apple TV.

While iOS 7 was all about a complete, comprehensive visual refresh, iOS 8 focuses more on the underlying components of the operating system. The most important of these are the new Extensions, which will allow...

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10:39
Apple shows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases

Silicone rubber and leather cases were introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today. Each will come in a variety of different colors. Prices have not yet been announced....

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10:35
News: Apple sets iOS 8 release date

During today’s event, Apple announced the official release date for iOS 8, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system. Originally unveiled at WWDC in June, iOS 8 adds several significant enhancements such as new Health and Home Automation frameworks, an iCloud-based Photo Library, Family Sharing, and more. iOS 8 is compatible with the iPhone 4S and later, fifth-generation iPod, iPad 2 and later models, and all iPad mini…

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10:31
Apple announces new wireless technologies in iPhone...

Apple has announced several new wireless features for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including faster Wi-Fi that achieves speeds of up to 3x faster than previous models. New LTE technology is also preset, allowing speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Perhaps more importantly, Voice over LTE calling has been enabled, and can take advantage of the new Wi-Fi hardware to place calls over a Wi-Fi connection while still using your cellular phone number. T-Mobile is one of the first carriers rolling this out in the United States.

The iPhone 6 will operate on over 200 carriers on 20 different LTE bands.

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10:29
Apple: App Store’s 1.3 million apps should ‘just...

During the iPhone 6 launch event, Apple announced that the 1.3 million apps available on the App Store should “just work” on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that are expected to be released soon. This is possible thanks to the Auto Layout that was introduced at WWDC…

Everything should be seamless for the user and apps should automatically adjust to the screen sizes that will be available with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. For more...

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10:29
Apple announces next-generation M8, barometer in...

Apple has added the next-generation of motion tracking to its iPhone 6. The new device can measure elevation, such as tracking flights of stairs, using an inbuilt barometer. It works by analyzing relative air pressure.

All of this information will appear in the iPhone’s Health app, tracking how often you climb stairs and other related metrics. The chip can also differentiate between running and walking distances, as shown below.


Image via The Verge

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10:25
Apple announces new A8 chip w/ up to 25% faster CPU...

Alongside new iPhone 6 models, Apple introduced the new A8 chip to power both devices. The company says its new system-on-a-chip has 2 billion transistors over 1 billion transistors from the A7 chip introduced last year with the iPhone 5s and iPad Air/iPad mini with Retina display. The actual A8 chip has a 13% smaller footprint making more room in the device for other components. Performance wise, the A8 chip boasts up to 25% faster CPU and up to 50% graphics performance. Compared to the first iPhone’s process the A8 is 50x faster.

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10:12
Apple’s Live Streaming Undergoing Massive Fail,...

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right. And Twitter is in full meltdown over it.


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10:10
Apple announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

CUPERTINO, CA—As expected, Apple has just updated its iPhone lineup with brand-new handsets. While last year's 5C and 5S were both variants of 2012's iPhone 5, the new phones feature a redesigned chassis made to hold their larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. The new enclosures are thinner, too, with the iPhone 6 measuring 6.9mm and the Plus coming out to 7.1mm—both thinner than the iPhone 5S's 7.6mm.

This is just the second time that Apple has changed the size of the iPhone's screen since the original model was introduced back in 2007, and it's the first time Apple has changed the width of its screens—the 4-inch iPhone 5 design just made the previous 3.5-inch displays taller. The new phones are better-suited to compete against ever-increasing screen sizes from Android phone OEMs like Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola. According to Apple slides revealed during the Apple vs...

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10:09
Apple officially debuts iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Calling it the “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” Tim Cook today introduced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are the same devices previously leaked. They are glass-fronted, with anodized aluminum backs and stainless steel Apple logos. The new iPhone 6 comes in two screen sizes—4.7” and 5.5”—which Apple is calling “Retina HD displays,” “new in every way,” and SRGB…

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10:09
Apple Unveils Larger Screen iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday during its special media event. True to the rumors, the new models are available with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, plus Apple is keeping the 4-inch iPhone 5S in its lineup, too.


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09:50
Ruminations on Apple’s Media Event: It’s Not an ‘...

The iPod wasn't just another MP3 player, the iPhone wasn't just another smartphone and the iPad wasn't a tablet computer. So then, the 'iWatch' won't be yet another a smart watch -- even if it wraps around your wrist and tells you the time. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous throws in his two cents about today's Apple announcement just in time for you to tell him just how wrong he was.


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09:45
TUAW Liveblog of the September 9, 2014 Apple Event
09:35
Take a quick peek at the media frenzy outside Apple...

With less than 30 minutes to go until Apple reveals what secret products it's been working on, the tech news media has congregated in Cupertino, next to a giant mysterious white box, awaiting the big event. AppleInsider offers a quick peek at the scene as we count down to showtime.

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09:28
Tweet storm: Follow Apple's big event, 140...

What will Tim Cook announce at Apple's fall event? An iPhone? Two iPhones? Two iPhones and an iPod Shuffle?We'll find out Tuesday, starting at 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET. We'll keep this page updated with all of the highlights and some commentary, pulled straight from the source in Cupertino and from social media. 

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09:19
Live from Apple's "Wish We Could Say More...

Join us as we join Apple on Sept 9, 2014 for its "Wish We Could Say More" media event, in which the company is widely expected to unveil multiple "iPhone 6" models, preview its so-called "iWatch," and introduce a mobile payment platform backed by the industry's most respected players.

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09:15
Alleged iPhone 6 benchmarks indicate 1.38GHz A8 chip...

A Chinese Weibo user -- who over the weekend claimed to have posted photos and videos of a working iPhone 6 -- has now posted benchmarks, indicating that the device will have a 1.38GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Although it will presumably be a dual-core 64-bit processor, like the A7 in the iPhone 5s, the specifications may potentially come as a disappointment. Rival smartphones are typically 32-bit, but often equipped with quad-core chips rated over 2GHz and with at least 2GB of RAM....



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08:35
Apple shares dedicated page w/ updates from today’s...

In addition to hyping today’s event with a countdown on the home page, Apple has debuted a dedicated page on its website to presumably break down the announcements shared by the company later today. The microsite so far includes photographs, captions, and a tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook hyping the event under the header Apple Live. The blog-style page marks a first for Apple and how it presents its special events. Each tile, for instance, can be shared across the web with support for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, email, and URL linking.

Apple shared last week that today’s special event will be live streamed, and this morning the Apple Events channel was revived on Apple TV. We’re expecting to...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Suspension of disbelief

Suspension of disbelief

In this week’s roundup of new and updated Mac apps, we bring you ways to keep your drive clean, draw like a pro, and finally finish that movie you’ve always dreamt of writing.

Animated Knots 4.0

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a clove hitch and a half hitch is, or if you spend more time undoing your knots than tying them, Grog’s $5 Animated Knots gives you a full rundown of many popular ligatures used in everything from fishing to bushcraft.

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08:30
Yes, Martha, the Apple Store is down until after the...

So it shall forever be, the Apple Store is down in advance of Apple's latest event. An event the company calls "historic," no less! We can't wait to see what's in the box. Join us here for live coverage....

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08:26
Mayo Clinic to demonstrate HealthKit at Apple iPhone...

The Mayo Clinic will make an appearance at today's Apple press event in order to demonstrate integration with iOS 8's HealthKit platform, according to the Star Tribune. Mayo was one of the first partners announced for HealthKit at WWDC, where an example given was a patient recording blood pressure, and unusual readings being automatically forwarded to a doctor. It's unclear what exactly will be shown today, but presumably a more elaborate demonstration will be involved....



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08:23
iPhone Apps: SoundHound Infinity, Where To?,...
08:06
News Hub and Live Blog: Apple’s ‘wish we could say...

It’s September 9th, and you know what that means: Apple’s biggest event in several years is happening today. We’re expecting Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team of executives to discuss two new and larger iPhone models, a mobile payments system, and of course, a fashion/health/fitness-centric wearable device. We’ll be following along and providing articles with the latest news throughout the day. This News Hub will embed the latest action from the ground at the Flint Center in Cupertino and provide an easy access view of the latest news articles. You can also follow us on Twitter at @9to5Mac for quick updates as they break, and all our updates below:

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08:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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07:37
Court Denies Retrial in Second Apple v Samsung...

Apple's motion for for judgement as a matter of law or a retrial in its second patent infringement case against Samsung was denied on Monday. The iPhone and iPad maker had hoped to find a way to get a ruling more in its favor in the case, but it appears the U.S. Federal Court wasn't swayed by the company's arguments.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's series of wins in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Samsung have all been slowly eroding away. Samsung's drag-it-out strategy seems to be paying off because the longer the legal fight continues the less Apple looks like a winner.


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07:29
News: Daily Deal: Get the AluPen Twist Stylus+Pen...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AluPen Twist, a convenient and sleek stylus and ballpoint pen combination for your iPad or iPhone. The AluPen Twist offers you the convenience of a stylus for your touchscreen and in just a twist, a high-quality ballpoint pen appears for quick note taking and jotting down all those brilliant ideas. Made from high-quality ABS/aluminum construction with a tapered design, AluPen Twist isn’t simply ergonomic…

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07:22
Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire...

Whatever it is that Apple's going to announce a few hours from now, it seems Amazon has decided it's probably not going to send people rushing to buy its Fire phone. Amazon's cut the price of the phone from $199 to 99 cents. At that price, the Fire phone comes with free Amazon Prime membership, too -- but also a 2-year contract with (exclusive carrier) AT&T. Writes ExtremeTech: Whether that’s going to be enough to stimulate sales is an open question — $450 unlocked is still a tough sell for a device that is overmatched by products like the cheaper Nexus 5, or the recently unveiled $500 second-gen Moto X. In August, adoption data from advertising agency Chitika claimed that total Amazon Fire Phone sales were paltry, representing just 0.015-0.02% of phones in use, or fewer than 30,000 phones. That number will have doubtlessly ticked up slightly since then, and it’s true that Amazon’s partners, like AT&T, have aggressively pushed the phone in online stores.

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07:16
HP's 'Chromebook Killer' Delivers a...


HP on Monday unveiled the Windows-based Stream laptop some have referred to as a "Chromebook killer," but instead of sporting the $199 price that was expected, it will cost $299. Featuring a 1366 x 768 display, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of local storage, the new 14-inch machine is powered by an AMD A4 Micro processor with a fanless design. It comes with 100 GB of space on Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service for two years, included at no additional cost for a limited time.

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07:13
Live Apple event coverage

MacNN will be covering today's Apple press event live. Tune in here to follow along; the event gets underway at 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern.



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07:12
News: Mayo Clinic to play role in today’s Apple event

Renowned Minnesota-based medical group the Mayo Clinic will reportedly be “at (Apple’s) side” during today’s event, according to the Star Tribune. Mayo will demonstrate how Apple’s iOS 8 Health app can mesh with a major health center system. According to the article, Mayo and Apple “have been working together for about two years.” An August report noted Apple has discussed its HealthKit with other providers,…

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07:09
The iPhone 5 ad that Apple wants you to forget

Ahhhh, it seems like just yesterday when 4-inches was the perfect screen size for everyone’s thumbs no matter how big or small you were. Well, today Apple is expected to move up the screen size ladder a few rungs to 4.7 and 5.5 inches – a pretty big leap.

So what about the commercial above that aired at the launch of the iPhone 5? Perhaps Apple has a plan for that.

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07:08
Apple Store goes down, Apple TV channel goes up...

The online Apple store has gone down temporarily ahead of today's press event. Apple regularly takes the store offline just before an event so that product pages can be put in place without spoiling announcements. Typically, the store only returns after the event is completely finished....



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07:00
Watch today's Apple event on Apple TV

Apple has added its Events channel to the Apple TV ahead of today's press event. The channel appears before each major event and is dedicated to streaming the presentation live. It will remain on the Apple TV for a short time after the event for...

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06:33
AppleInsider introduces new mobile edition designed...

Just in time for what is shaping up to be Apple's biggest keynote in years, AppleInsider introduces a major revamp to its mobile website, bringing fast HTML5 support, new content sections and a powerful redesign inspired by the latest version of Apple's iOS.

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06:30
How Apple fans view announcement events

This humorous comic from Brian Gordon of Fowl Language Comics captures the excitement and enthusiasm that surrounds each Apple product announcement event. You can view or even buy the full-size version along with Gordon's other comics on his website...

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06:29
News: Alleged iPhone 6 benchmarks: 1.4 GHz dual-core...

Following what appeared to be a leak of a fully operational 4.7” iPhone 6 in China, a Weibo user has posted alleged results from a Geekbench 3 test on the device. The tests show a 1.4 GHz dual-core A8 chip that is “almost 20 percent more powerful” than the previous A7 chip. Reportedly, the device will continue to contain 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera that is said to feature an improvement in low-light image quality despite remaining…

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06:21
News: Apple Events channel returns to Apple TV for...

Following Apple’s announcement last week that today’s event will be live streamed, the Apple Events channel has returned to the Apple TV, allowing viewers to view the live stream on a television via Apple’s set-top box. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and Apple is expected to reveal its newest iPhones, debut the iWatch, and announce an official release date for iOS 8, amongst other announcements....

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06:10
TMO Live Coverage: Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Apple's September 9 media event is only hours away and The Mac Observer is on location to bring you the latest news and announcements. The company is expected to show off the iPhone 6 as well as the iWatch, and may very well have more surprises in store, too.


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06:00
ABC News teases "exclusive access"...

Well it's not as if we really need any more reason to get pumped up for Apple's mega event tomorrow. Not only did Eddy Cue state earlier this year that Apple's product pipeline in 2014 is the best he's seen in 25 years, but we also have this...

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05:53
Nancy Pelosi writes FCC, calls for Title II...

House Minority Leader (D-CA) Nancy Pelosi has called for broadband to be reclassified as a public utility, under Title II legislation. Instead of railing against the Internet Service Providers themselves, the Pelosi wants the reclassification as she is concerned that upcoming Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rulings will result in discrimination against consumers and innovators relying on an unfettered Internet to survive....



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05:50
Apple TV gets Live Stream Channel for Sept 9 Media...

Apple's Special Events channel appeared again on Apple TV Tuesday morning leading up to the company's media presentation at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The channel will live stream today's iPhone 6 and iWatch launch, and includes recordings from past events, too.


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05:22
What are your purchase plans for the iPhone 6? (Poll)

Last time we asked you, back in April, we’d seen only reports and alleged molds for the two different sizes of iPhone 6. At that stage, 60 percent of you planned to buy the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with just under a third eyeing-up the 5.5-inch model. A further 8 percent were planning to stick with existing models, and two percent expecting to get a Droid.

Since then we’ve of course seen a huge number of leaked parts, and even what appear to be working versions of the 4.7-inch model. Both models are now expected to go on sale on 19th September, so we thought it would be interesting to...

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05:17
Alleged 'iPhone 6' benchmark suggests...

A Chinese user who claims to have gotten their hands on a functioning "iPhone 6" has posted pictures taken with the device's camera, along with benchmarks suggesting that Apple's next-generation "A8" processor will boast a gigabyte of RAM and will run at a speed of 1.4 gigahertz.

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05:14
Apple TV special events channel launches hours ahead...

As Apple gears up for what at least one national news channel has called a "historic" announcement, the iPhone maker has re-added its own Special Events channel the Apple TV, providing interested consumers with another avenue for watching the event unfold live.

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05:10
Apple Store Offline Ahead of iPhone 6 Media Event

Apple's online store closed its virtual doors Tuesday morning ahead of the company's highly anticipated media event. The company is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 today, along with its first product in the wearable tech market.


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05:04
Apple Store goes down ahead of iPhone/iWatch event...

The Apple Store has gone down ahead of Apple’s latest media event at 10 AM PDT today. Apple is widely expected to announce two new iPhones and a brand new wearable device. Interestingly, Apple has finally dropped the linen from its ‘We’ll be back’ page, finally modernizing it with a post-iOS 7 stark white design.

When the store goes back up, it will likely include information about Apple’s latest announcements. Information about preorders for the new phones is not known. If Apples follows its traditional patterns, the iPhone 6 should be available for preorder this coming Friday, with a launch a week later. Meanwhile, the iWatch is not expected to be available for sale anytime soon.

Although the Apple Store...

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04:08
Microsoft pays millions for NFL to use Surface,...

[VIDEO] > Microsoft may be understandably peeved about this after committing to spend $400 million on an exclusive advertising and equipment deal with the NFL, but then the networks that cover the games aren’t under the league’s control. Educating their commentators may be as important to Microsoft as enlightening the rest of the world to the Surface’s advantages.

I disagree. These announcers are well educated. Watch the video below. They know an iPad-like device when they see one.

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03:48
Jawbone opens Up fitness tracker API to other...

Data from the Jawbone Up and Up24 fitness trackers could be used by more apps and devices in the future, courtesy of the device's new API. The company's platform, itself called Up, will be able to incorporate data from multiple devices and sources, including Fitbit, Android Wear smartwatches, and devices compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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03:07
Apple Events channel added to Apple TV for iPhone /...

 


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Apple announced on Thursday that it will broadcast this year’s iPhone event live for Safari and Apple TV users, and today Apple TV has revived the dedicated Apple Events channel for viewing the announcement live during the event. The channel usually remains for a short time after the event for on-demand viewing. As always, we’ll be live blogging Apple’s event for those who cannot view the live stream and posting major announcements as they develop throughout the event.

As for what to expect...

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03:00
The most personal device you own

Pavan Rajam, writing about a potential iWatch and its place in your device ecosystem:

The smartphone is easily the most personal device we own today. It is our life in our pockets. It is our connection to the rest of the world. We take them with us and use them where ever we can.

There is simply no guarantee that the person using a smartphone is the person to whom it belongs.

Not the case with your watch, which is a much more personal device.

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02:32
Supposed iPhone 6 ran through Geekbench, once again...


The same person who posted the original convincing videos of a working iPhone 6 is back with some more analysis, after having the device for a couple of days. In particular, zzray ran his device through Geekbench to try and find out some technical specifications. The supposed Geekbench results say that the device (with identifier iPhone 7,2) has 1 GB of RAM and an ARM processor clocked at 1.4 GHz.

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02:28
∞ Apple Special Event streaming live today at 10a PDT

The event will stream live from Apple’s web site:

Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more.
Join us at Apple.com on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT to follow every

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00:46
Apple partner Mayo Clinic to reportedly demo...

Minnesota-based healthcare provider Mayo Clinic will be part of Apple's special media event on Tuesday, one report says, suggesting medical systems solutions will play a major role in today's product announcements.

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Monday September 8

23:54
Apple expanding Siri team, adding new technologies

More evidence of earlier speculation that Apple was developing its own Siri engine to replace the licensed one from Nuance emerged on Monday, as a local newspaper reported that Apple is expanding its Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Siri operations with recent hires from Nuance and VoiceSignal Technologies, a company now owned by Nuance. The team would be staying in the same building, but moving to larger quarters on the upper floors -- enough for 65 workers, reports say....



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23:44
Mayo Clinic will reportedly take part in HealthKit...

Apple first unveiled its Health application and associated HealthKit framework during WWDC earlier this year with a quote from Dr. John H. Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, a development partner for the iOS Health platform. Now a new report from the Star Tribune claims that the Mayo Clinic will have a role in revealing the next-generation health capabilities of an upcoming device at tomorrow’s event.

It’s not yet clear whether this will happen during a look at iOS 8...

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22:17
Disney stores being fitted with upgraded iBeacons,...

Ahead of an expected announcement of an Apple-led mobile payments solution, there have been new reports that prominent retailers such as Disney Stores, McDonald's and Apple's own retail stores have joined the ranks of businesses receiving new, upgraded NFC readers and iBeacon sensors as required. The system, if successful, could offer a future alternative to the planned move to a "chip and PIN" credit- and debit-card system already widely in use in Canada and Europe....



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20:58
Prelude to Tomorrow’s Big-Ass iPhone Apple Event

The iPhones

Here’s what I expect. Two new iPhones, one 4.7 inches, the other 5.5. Same internal specs on both — same A8 SoC, same cameras, same guts. The only difference will be the screen (and the software implications that result from it). I think my predictions on display resolutions from a few weeks ago are still looking good:

  • 4.7-inch display: 1334 × 750, 326 PPI @2x
  • 5.5-inch display: 2208 × 1242, 461 PPI @3x

(More on that @2x/@3x difference in a moment.)

I think the 5.5-inch model will have a starting price $100 higher, and that the new iPhone lineup will look like this (based on U.S. subsidized prices, with two-year carrier contracts):

  • New 5.5-inch iPhone: $299/399/499
  • New 4.7-inch iPhone: $199/299/399
  • iPhone 5S: $99
  • iPhone 5C: “free”

I suspect now the whole point of the iPhone 5C was to get...

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20:27
NYT claims U2 denial a ruse, band will appear at...

Despite denials by the band themselves, The New York Times on Monday reported that the rock group will play "a significant part" in the Tuesday media event for Apple, possibly performing songs from the group's latest album and announcing some form of tie-up on one of the new devices. A previous report that the next U2 album would come pre-loaded on the next iPhone continues to be unlikely, as Apple has a long history of avoiding promotionally-motivated "bloatware."...



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