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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    Tomorrow Apple begins in-store sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Shoppers are already lined up to get their shot at buying both models, and earlier this week we checked out some leaked docs that tried to offer some insight into Apple's plans for the day. They discussed strategies for dealing with inventory, including how much hardware Apple would be reserving for inevitable returns, but one thing we didn't hear about the time was the 6/6 Plus breakdown; just many of which model would Apple have on-hand in stores? Some last-minute check-ins with Apple retail locations suggests that ...

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    Apple's iOS 8 has been out for a day now. And understandably, plenty of iOS users are flocking to update their hardware to this very latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. But not everyone's quite so keen to be an early adopter, and traffic stats from a number of trackers are revealing a pattern, showing far slower iOS 8 adoption than we saw last year with the release of iOS 7. Obviously, a lot of factors are going to affect the timetable by which an Apple user upgrades to a new version of iOS – maybe they're worried about early bugs and are waiting for Apple to iron-out any ...

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    Apple released the iOS 8 developer betas back in June, following WWDC 2014. We did a quick hands-on of iOS 8 Beta 1, showing off all the new features and talking about the things iOS 8 would eventually bring to the table. Being a beta release, not everything worked and some things were a little buggy … as expected in an early beta. However, iOS 8 was publicly released today and several changes have been made. Some visual alterations were made, usability has understandably improved, and many (not all) of the missing features have been activated. Things like Continuity and iCloud Drive ...

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    A little earlier this afternoon we were talking about Samsung's retail plans for its latest phablets, and in particular what kind of pricing the Note Edge might find. At the time, we mentioned how Samsung didn't give us a very tight release window for the Edge, only saying that it would be out before the end of the year. That's in contrast to what the manufacturer had revealed about the Galaxy Note 4, announcing at the time of the phone's launch that sales would get underway in October. As it turns out, even that may be too long of a wait to get this horse out of the gate, and we hear this ...

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    At times when the spec sheet is everything for Android smartphones, Apple and Microsoft have adopted a much different approach to hardware. We have seen Microsoft change its game recently with devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows, but that doesn't change the fact that Windows Phone requires very little hardware to run smoothly. The same can be said of iOS, and if you thought that Apple needs a V8 engine to run its new phablet, think again. As reviews of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have begun to emerge, one of the most interesting claims that we see is that both the iPhone 6 and the ...

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    iOS 8 is Apple's second iteration of the full revamp that iOS received with iOS 7. It's now a more mature platform, with a ton of new features that make a lot of sense, but that have taken years for Apple to acknowledge as necessary to satisfy its customers. If you've been curious to know what all the fuzz has been about, your wait is over, sort of. Apple has just released iOS 8 to the public, and if you're rocking an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch (5th generation), or any iPad that's iPad 2 or newer, you're eligible for the update. iOS 8 brings a bevy a new features ...

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    All things considered, Apple's launch event last week very much delivered on our expectations for new hardware. Yes, the release of the Apple Watch is still months away, but at least Apple announced the wearable. And while rumors had been on the fence about whether we'd see both iPhone 6 sizes launch simultaneously, Apple came through with the pair. The only thing we didn't get was news about this year's iPad line, but even with late-stage rumors suggesting there could be a joint launch event, Apple's modus operandi has been to keep such launches separate. So when is the new iPad going to ...

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    To say that Apple's launch of the Apple Watch was a little unorthodox for the company might be an understatement: we don't have a firm release date, nor a solid sense of pricing. Sure, Apple told us that the line will start at about $350, but with so many different options for both case materials and straps, that figure's bound to go up quickly. But just how quickly, and how high will it get? John Gruber over at Daring Fireball makes the case for his Apple Watch pricing theory, and it quickly sees the company blowing past that $350 mark to hit prices in the thousands of dollars. The base ...

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    If you were following iPhone 6 rumors going all the way back through the beginning of the year, you were probably a little surprised to see the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut without a sapphire display on either of them. Reports about Apple's sapphire investment may have gone back-and-forth over whether both screen sizes would see the sapphire treatment, but surely at least one of them would end up with such an extremely scratch-resistant screen, right? Well, apparently not, and post-launch rumors attempted to frame the component's absence as a late-stage manufacturing issue. But is that ...

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    It's not surprising to think that our app usage changes over time: new titles and services emerge, and as Angry Birds fails to have the same punch as it did back in 2010, we find ourselves moving on to new software. But now a recent study suggests that not only are our tastes in specific apps constantly evolving, but the amount of time we spend interacting with them on a whole is on the upswing, with users spending an average of 21 percent more time in apps than they were just one year ago. Localytics breaks down its data by app type, and certain genres see much more pronounced growth than ...

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    Being the smartphone-obsessive types that we are, we've seen more than a few cameras in our day that stick out from the handset's body. Those range from the exaggerated, like the old Nokia 808 PureView, to the minimal, like on the Nexus 5. This year, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both sport some cameras that protrude a bit from the phones' back panels. On the grand scale of things, the bump is minimal – much more in line with the Nexus 5 than the 808. So why, then, does Apple appear to be going to some lengths to obscure the presence of that raised lens? Looking at most of the imagery ...

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    If you're wondering why people go so crazy on the launch date of any iPhone, it really has nothing to do with wanting to have it first on that specific day. The biggest problem is that for the longest of time, Apple has always struggled with meeting the amount of demand that it gets. We already saw how crazy the preorders went on September 12, and with Apple's online store now pushing shipments to three weeks, you can imagine the same will happen this Friday. Sources claim that Apple will struggle to meet demand of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19. The amount of units that ...

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    Apple is not only famous for its products and services, but also for how crazy things get whenever the company launches a new product, and specially a new iPhone. We've already heard that the company is making some dramatic changes to its Apple Store device reservation system, but it seems the company is preparing for more. Today we find new leaks that expose how Apple plans to handle the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, and we sure hope it works. The leak claims that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus inventories will arrive at Apple Stores on September 17th, and that ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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