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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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    You likely have heard by now that Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 6, is hitting store shelves very soon. Why shell out hundreds of dollars and wait in a line up for what will seem like an eternity when you could just enter to win The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store? The iPhone 6 is a big deal. Literally! It comes in two screen sizes: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, making each iPhone 6 version larger than any iPhone before it. Bigger screens means you can see more detail in pictures and videos, and it will be easier to type emails and text messages. Entering The Epic ...

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    Last week's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus afforded Apple the opportunity to give its smartphone lineup some hardware it had been missing for years: an NFC transceiver. While NFC has been present on Android devices going back several generations, and we've even seen it come to platforms like Windows Phone, Apple has been hesitant to follow suit. But this year was different, as Apple didn't just launch new hardware, but also its Apple Pay mobile payments system, finally giving it a solid reason to justify NFC's presence; just as you might do with Google Wallet or Softcard (née ...

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    Do subsidized on-contract smartphone sales make a lot of sense? We could (and in the past, have) argue that point until the cows come home, but whether through choice or chance of fate, let's say you find yourself in that on-contract wagon. Record numbers of smartphone users are pre-ordering the iPhone 6 right now, so what do you do if you find yourself craving Apple's latest handset, but it's not quite time for you to upgrade just yet? If you're a Verizon user, you may be in luck, as the carrier confirms early upgrade support for certain subscribers. Basically, if you're with Verizon but ...

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    The iPhone 6 (and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus) is going to be big. And no, we don't just mean this year's arrival of the largest screens for iPhone handsets to date; this thing is selling like hotcakes. At least, that's the impression we got last week when hearing from AT&T that pre-orders for the phone had managed to outdo either of the previous two years' iPhone launches, but just how many sales are we talking about, anyway? Apple has weighed-in with some official numbers, confirming record-setting interest. In the first 24 hours of pre-orders alone, Apple fans bought over four ...

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    It's impossible to talk about this week's launch announcement of Apple Pay, the NFC-enabled mobile payment system available with the new iPhones and Apple Watch, without drawing comparisons to Google Wallet. And with good reason, as the two services are more alike than either company would probably like to admit – at the end of the day, they're both moving money from A to B, and there aren't that many ways to spice things up. But now one small, though still notable difference is emerging, as we learn how Apple intends to profit from Apple Pay's use. With Google Wallet, we were always ...

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