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    Apple's Activation Lock, enabled by default on devices running iOS 7 or better, is an invaluable tool in helping stem the growing threat of smartphone theft. As a part of Apple's Find My iPhone service, the lock prevents thieves from simply wiping a device and pawning it off to an unsuspecting buyer. But how do you know whether or not the iPhone you're buying has its Activation Lock engaged, especially if you're purchasing it online, not having the opportunity to first interact with the handset yourself? Apple just launched a new tool to give you a hand, letting you instantly check an iOS ...

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    There is a time when comparisons get tough. Yes, believe it or not, there are cases where we compare two great phones and find it hard to decide on a winner. On one hand we have Apple’s latest iPhone, which has gained the praise of most of our editorial team, and on the other hand we have the LG G3, considered by most to be the ultimate powerhouse. Would it be fair to declare a winner in the case of two devices that were clearly designed with different users in mind? Would it also be fair to declare both devices as winners when their differences are so substantial? Make sure you watch ...

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    Alongside its new iPhone and smartwatch hardware launches last month, Apple also introduced users to a new service it was getting ready to kick off, announcing Apple Pay. Intimately tied to the NFC support present on those new iPhones, Apple Pay is set to go active sometime this month, after not being quite ready for prime time when iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales first began. But now that October's here, when exactly can we hope to see Apple flip the switch on Apple Pay and welcome iPhone users into the world of mobile payments? According to some sources, we're a little under three weeks out, ...

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    Big smartphones are in. The is evidenced by the fact that most high-end smartphones are approaching (and crossing) the 5-inch threshold. The new Moto X, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and many other notable smartphones are all 5-inches or larger. Apple, until now, avoided the growing fad. In 2012, when it announced the iPhone 5, Apple only stretched the iPhone 4S display vertically and added just enough pixels to maintain the 326 pixels per inch rating. It referred to the size of the iPhone 5 display as "a dazzling display of common sense", showing how it was sized perfectly for the ...

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    Last year, with the release of the iPhone 5S, we saw Apple move from offering its smartphone with a pair of color options to give customers a choice of three shades, adding a golden handset to the mix. We've seen that gold color return with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus this year (above), but so far this option has found itself constrained to Apple's smartphones. To hear a new rumor, however, that situation may soon be changing, with claims that Apple will be launching its next iPad with a gold option of its own. According to Bloomberg, the full-sized iPad (presumed to be the iPad Air 2) will ...

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    Apple may be showing its new Apple Watch off to the public for one day only in Paris this week, but for the vast majority of us, the only exposure we've had to the wearable so far (and will continue to have for the months to come) has been through what we've seen online, and the majority of that comes from official imagery Apple itself has provided. But could even these Apple-sourced pics be a little misleading? That's what we're wondering today, after Apple's been caught editing its Apple Watch into video. The original video was posted by Apple back when the Apple Watch launched at the ...

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    This year has seen major new players arrive in the smartwatch space, both as Google introduced Android Wear and Apple showed-off its Apple Watch series. But throughout all this, the old stalwart Pebble has remained a more than viable contender. Even Pebble needs to evolve sometimes to keep up with the Joneses, and today we get word of not just some price reductions, but also the arrival of new Pebble functionality in the form of ongoing activity monitoring. The new software update empowers Pebble apps to gather sensor data in the background, even when you're not actively engaging with the ...

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    With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple's looking forward to what's next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn't just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We're already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community. On the surface, there aren't yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, ...

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    Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 has definitely made a ton of headlines. From the acclaimed “bendgate” issues of the iPhone 6 Plus, to this being Apple’s best selling iPhone lineup in history, a lot is to be expected from Apple’s latest and greates smartphone. Is this iPhone really worth your money, or should you consider other Android options in the market? My Twitter account has been on fire lately, and that’s mainly because I was the guy that ditched the iPhone 5s for an HTC One M8 a few months ago. Now that everyone has learned that I’m back to using an iPhone 6, it’s ...

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    By this point, iOS users everywhere are familiar with the 8.0.1 mishap last week, and the release of iOS 8.0.2 Apple came through with a couple days later as a solution. But now that we're at 8.0.2, where do we go from here? With iOS 7, we saw several months of minor bugfix releases before 7.1 came around in March, and even then we only saw a couple more bugfix builds that brought us up to 7.1.2. But to look at some of the latest evidence, Apple could be planning something quite different for its iOS 8 cycle, and may already be testing elements of 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3. Signs of such iOS ...

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    Apple's iPhone 6 Plus arrived in our review labs one week ago today. Unlike most review phones, this one is a personal device – my personal phone. I picked up the 6 Plus to replace the iPhone 5 I bought two years ago which, in the last six months, has found itself in my pocket more than my hand. It's entirely too small for me to use with any sort of comfort. My thumbs are too big for its narrow screen. No less, I've had the largest iPhone ever in my pocket (and hands) for a week now. No, there's no sign of bending, despite all the time it's spent in my admittedly tight pants pocket. I've ...

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    Well, that was fast. This week has seen Apple making swift moves with the updates it's been preparing for iOS 8, and in just a matter of hours we went from looking at an iOS 8.0.1 changelog leak, to seeing the update itself arrive, to hearing users complain that it was killing the cellular connection on their phones, to Apple halting distribution and releasing an 8.0.0 downgrade. At least we'd come full circle, and our phones were usable again, but what of all those bugfixes 8.0.1 was supposed to deliver in the first place? Apple told us to sit tight, as it was hard at work on an 8.0.2 ...

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    About a month back, Instagram delivered one of its coolest updates since it started supporting video in the first place, giving users the ability to create very smooth time lapse videos with a technology it called Hyperlapse. The results were quite impressive, but there was at least one little hitch limiting Hyperlapse's use: it only worked with your phone's rear camera. Today Instagram's got a new update incoming that does something about that, finally letting you shoot Hyperlapse vids with your front-facer. Operation is as straightforward as it was when creating regular Hyperlapse clips, ...

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    September came and has (almost) gone without the release of new iPads, so we're looking squarely at October for the release of new entries to Apple's tablet lineup – which means it's about time that the rumor train start rolling. Today, a report from Taiwanese site Technews.tw looks to start detailing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, allegedly one of the upcoming Apple slates. The source states that the Pro will have an upgraded version of the Apple A8 processor found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the A8X. This naming convention is believable, as the fourth-gen iPad had an Apple A6X processor (and ...

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    Yesterday afternoon Apple started with distribution of its iOS 8.0.1 update. Having just looked at a leaked list of bugfixes and improvements, we were happy to see the update already going live, but those good feelings didn't last for long, as users were quick to take to social media to report major new issues being introduced with 8.0.1, especially a near-phone-killing bug that broke cellular radio connectivity. Apple subsequently pulled the plug on the update, but what happens now? In a new statement, the company confirms plans to deliver 8.0.2 in the days to come, as well as provides ...

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