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    It's been about three weeks now since the usual nebulous rumors of a late-summer Apple launch event started taking form, zeroing in on one date: September 9. And while that initial report sounded a wee bit unsure of itself, subsequent rumors have circled back around on, if not that precise date, at least a narrow timeframe bordering it. But even with this feeling like a sure thing, all the speculation in the world can't replace some good old fashioned confirmation. That's just what we have this afternoon, as Apple goes official with its plans for a September 9 announcement. Obviously, ...

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    September 9 has been bandied about as the most likely unveil date of Apple’s next-gen iPhones for many weeks now, and a reputable source claims it has confirmed that’s indeed the plan. To our knowledge, media invitations haven’t gone out yet, but that may be because Cupertino was trying to keep the event’s location under wraps. All signs point to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, as the local Planning Department says a mysterious “trade show” should take place there between September 4 and 10. Since no company has made public an intention to hold ...

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    Apple's recent change in retail leadership has brought some interesting changes to Apple Stores. The Apple Watch pre-orders were definitely not popular, and forcing third-party accessory makers to adopt Apple-style packaging was just odd, but not all is bad. Today we see more changes happening as part of the new retail strategy. Starting today we see that Apple Stores will now be selling Apple Watch third-party accessories, something never done before. The company starts with the $29.95 NightStand made by ElevationLabs. This is actually one of the first to have ever launched to the market, ...

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    We all know that Apple owns an insane amount of patents, and in most of these cases, these patents cover things that would be insane to patent because of their simplicity. That said, these patents have helped Cupertino win trials against Samsung in the US, and against the Google-owned Motorola in Europe. This second patent case was subject to an Appeal by Motorola tough, and it seems Apple has just lost it. The patent EP1964022 that was granted to Apple back in 2010 focused on the "swipe to unlock" gesture that is now common on all smartphones, and that gave Cupertino teeth to sue and ...

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    Even though we've been using voice commands for over a decade, it's not until Apple launched Siri that things began to take shape to what we see today. Today we've seen major improvements to Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but these services are still not good enough to be widely used. We heard that Facebook's "Moneypenny" project planned to add some human touch to this problem, and today we learn about it. Today the company has announced "Facebook M," the company's new Messenger-based digital assistant. The service will initially be limited to a certain amount of users in the Bay Area, but ...

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    It’s hard to believe that the no-doubt-looming Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus still hold a slew of secrets after a downpour of leaks in recent weeks, but visually, we mostly know what to expect. Namely, a pair of iDevices eerily similar to their predecessors on the outside, although a small gain in overall thickness is definitely possible. It seems the two new iPhones are so architecturally close to last year’s models that you can even randomly mix components from all of them and get the end result to boot. Well, perhaps random is a bit of a stretch, as the below video shows off a ...

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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    As we get closer to the rumored announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, it only makes sense for all the batch of rumors to start falling into place. By this time Apple has most likely sat down with partners to reveal whatever it is that it has cooked up for its smartphone business, so anything we hear going forward should be close to what the final product should look like. China is a major business area for Apple particularly with the iPhone, and today we hear about it from Chinese sources. A China Telecom representative has just brought more credibility to certain iPhone 6s ...

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    We still can't understand Apple's reluctance to provide sales figures for the Apple Watch, so the only logical thing we can think of is that they aren't going so well. This is the best selling smartwatch by numbers and popularity, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it reached Apple's own expectations. Cupertino recently decided to begin expanding sales availability of the Apple Watch to other retailers, and that doesn't seem to go so bad. One of the stores that the Apple Watch expanded sales to earlier this month was Best Buy, and the company's CEO, Hubert Joly, was recently on record to ...

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    Remember the HTC Aero, aka A9? Yesterday we posted an HTC A9 leak in the form of a press render, and that phone looked a lot like the Apple iPhone 6. As a matter of fact, the resemblance was so obvious that some readers were asking themselves why exactly did we decide to run the story, which seemed to be an obvious "fake". Well, it's not, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is completely up to you. The image above was posted on Weibo and claims to show off the upcoming A9, next to the phone it looks a lot like: the iPhone. While this HTC A9 leak seems to confirm the previous one, ...

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    The smartwatch market is still anybody's game, as even company's like Apple haven't figured out the right combination for success. As a result we've heard major brands like Tag Heuer and Fossil interested in a piece of the pie, in addition to Swatch. We have yet to see what these watch experts come up with in the future, but today we get a minor teaser. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek was recently interviewed about the smartwatch market, and his reaction to the Cupertino offering in particular was that "The Apple Watch is an interesting toy, but not a revolution." According to Hayek, the biggest ...

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    Today the news are all about a major slump happening in the stock market as the weakening Chinese economy has created a ton of negative speculation. Most of Apple's growth in the last few quarters has concentrated in China, so it's only natural that Cupertino's stock plunged this morning to an all time low for 2015. As a reaction to this, Apple has decided to speak up. Apple CEO Tim Cook just responded to an inquiry from Mad Money's Jim Cramer to give investors positive insight on Apple's operations in China. According to Cook, Apple has continued to experience growth even with the ...

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    Though we can't be certain of anything, some of the gossip we've heard might be true, specifically the bits according to which Samsung has moved its Note 5 unveiling to an earlier date in order to have a jump-start, as Apple's refreshed iPhone 6 Plus should be official beginning of September. Whether that's the case or not is up to you to decide, but Samsung is definitely going after iPhone owners, and what better way to prove it than by its most recent Samsung test drive program. If you live in the US, Samsung will give you a Samsung smartphone of your choice, for 30 days, with no ...

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    It's not #cameragate (yet!), but Apple has acknowledged a shooter problem on its own oversized smartphone. Due to the iPhone 6 Plus faulty camera issue, a limited number of devices are producing blurred stills. These devices, as Apple puts it, "fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015". If you discover that stills snapped with the main (back) iSight camera of your iPhone 6 Plus come out blurry, you will be eligible for a camera replacement, free of charge. Additionally, at the source link below, you can input your device's ...

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    At this point, it's become so easy to take a bunch of things for granted when it comes to the new iPhone. There's little doubt that we're about to see Apple introduce at least two new models, an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6S Plus, with a rather conservative set of upgrades. That could mean a new SoC, the arrival of a Force Touch display, and maybe even some extra RAM, but a pair of phones that still largely resemble their predecessors. We've also come to accept many of the rumors surrounding Apple's launch plans, and even if the September 9 date we've heard is less than 100% guaranteed, few ...

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    Even though Apple pretty much depends on its partnership with Samsung for the existence of most of its products, their rivalry is already a viral topic. At this point the last thing we remember is of Apple winning the patent lawsuit and forcing Samsung to pay hundreds of millions in damages. Samsung on the other hand has tried its way to not have to pay the damages to Apple, and some cases have succeeded and others haven’t. Samsung has just filed court documents to take this whole patent dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court. Samsung was already able to shed off almost $500 million in ...

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    Signs of wear and tear are common to gadgets, and particularly to wearables. The Apple Watch is not exempt to this, even if the price tag of the most affordable model is still higher than every other smartwatch in the market. The question is if you’re really getting your money’s worth, and today we read about it. Apple Discussion Forums and even Reddit has a good amount of posts complaining about the durability of the Apple Watch Sport. Users of the Space Gray model complain about the Apple Logo and even the text behind the Apple Watch to already be wearing off. Others complain that ...

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    From the sound of things, Apple's been developing a next-gen version of its Apple TV set-top box – one that, based on the age of the company's currently available option, is very much overdue. And though we've heard earlier claims talking about the unit's launch, this time the stars may have finally aligned, and there's a good chance Apple could introduce the accessory at next month's anticipated iPhone (and maybe even iPad) launch event. Some new statistics suggest that such an introduction can't come soon enough, with Apple's stake of the streaming-media box market in the US showing ...

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    The smartphone market is a very interesting business. It doesn't matter how popular brands like Nokia and Motorola were a few years ago, we all know how things went for most of the leaders these last few years. Apple, an unknown to the business in that period is seeing an opposite response from the market, and even more so now with the iPhone 6. Gartner has just published its world-wide smartphone market numbers, and the results are rather revealing. Year over Year, Apple has grown a crazy 36% in sales when compared to last year, while market leaders like Samsung have seen a drop of 5.3%. ...

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    Sony launched its original SmartBand fitness tracker all the way back at CES 2014, though it wouldn't be until June of that year when we saw the company bring sales of the wearable to the US. In the mobile electronics world, a span of one year feels like a lifetime, so Sony's been seriously overdue for some kind of follow-up if it hoped to keep the SmartBand fresh. Today that's just what we see the company do, as it announces the new SmartBand 2 with heart rate monitor. We first saw this guy pop up a little earlier this summer, with the publication of its companion app, but it's taken ...

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    It's funny but we've been covering iPad Pro rumors since 2013. At this point we don't know what's taken Apple so long to launch this product, but rumors have gotten much stronger these last couple of months. Sources claim that we might see this product later this year, and today we find proof. Analyst firm Appsee claims that it has found concrete evidence to prove that the iPad Pro does exit. The company's data logs have found iPad model 6.8 already testing applications. You could say this could be just any iPad, but the fact that it's testing apps at a resolution of 2048 x 2732 is a clear ...

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    One of the biggest questions on the table for the iPhone 6s and even more so for the iPhone 6s Plus is if either will bend. We've heard a ton of rumors of Apple using the same 7000 grade aluminum that it currently uses with the Apple Watch on its new batch of smartphones. If you're wondering just how much stronger this new material will be, the answer is a lot. Lou from Unbox Therapy was able to get himself a leaked iPhone 6s chassis and compare its rigidity against the original iPhone 6 in a pressure tester. In his preliminary tests he was able to show that the iPhone 6 bends at just 30 ...

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    With Apple expected to introduce its next iPhone models in just a matter of weeks, we find ourselves circling back around on a number of rumors that have popped up over the last few months, wondering if they'll indeed end up proving accurate. One we've heard a couple times has suggested that Apple could be bringing a new color option to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, allowing shoppers to choose to get their phones with a rose gold body. Will Apple actually deliver such models? Some new imagery sure attempts to assert as much, depicting some purported iPhone 6S-series handsets in the new ...

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    At this point in time when we're reportedly very close to Apple's iPhone announcement, any debate of less or more products does make us skeptical. We've followed the reports of an iPhone mini and of an iPhone 6c for a while now, and even those rumors died out weeks ago. That said, Apple is known for being unpredictable, so we can't just ignore rumors of yet another device. Trusted sources from within Foxconn claim that Apple is also building a 5-inch iPhone for a launch along with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We do see that this device might sport a 5-inch 1080p display, but the rumor ...

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    There are surveys that claim that Apple Music was up to a good start, and we even heard some solid data from the company's SVP of Internet Services recently. The question left on the table is if Apple Music will continue with its trend, or whither down when the trial period ends next month. New surveys claim that things aren't going too well. A new study from MusicWatch has surveyed 5,000 U.S. customers between the ages of 13 or higher, and the results were rather under whelming. 48% of Apple Music users claim they no longer use the service, and 61% have already disabled the auto-renew ...

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