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    Buried under a pile of flashy exclusivity ploys, bombastic incremental iPhone and Apple Watch upgrades, and even eye-catching software release recaps, one of Apple’s lower-key announcements yesterday that may have escaped your radar so far is its mobile payment app’s next expansion wave. Yes, Apple Pay already has an impressive nine countries under its belt, constantly picking up support for more banks and payment methods from the US to the UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, and Hong Kong. But the digital wallet’s slow global takeover will officially ...

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    There’s no denying the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while perhaps too aesthetically similar to their predecessors, bring plenty of exciting goodies to the table. Well, there is, but it’s groundless, with the dual rear cam setup on the 5.5-inch variant looking intriguing, to say the least. And then you have stereo speakers, water-resistant bodies, “magical” wireless AirPods, a faster processor, brighter screens, cool new black options, and so on. At the same time, Apple couldn’t possibly escape the indignation of many iFans, and ridicule of rivals, for ditching the beloved tolerated 3.5mm ...

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    It’s not a buy one, get one free deal, at least not yet, but T-Mobile’s iPhone 7 launch promotion is still something Apple fans aren’t used to seeing so early in an iDevice’s commercial run. Literally right after Cupertino wrapped up yesterday’s jam-packed, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, Super Mario Run, and Pokemon Go for Apple Watch-announcing keynote, John Legere dropped Magenta’s own bombshell on Twitter. Starting this Friday, September 9, at 12:01AM PT, new and existing T-Mo customers looking to offload a well-preserved iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus can score ...

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    Yesterday was as much Apple’s big day as it surprisingly was Nintendo’s, with Mario’s own “father”, Shigeru Miyamoto, dropping by San Francisco to let the near-resigned mobile world know the best-selling video game franchise ever is finally extending iPhone users an olive branch. Oh, and Pokémon Go is headed for Apple Watches, in case anyone’s still interested. Niantic and The Pokémon Company of course wanted to bring the AR monster hunt extravaganza to your wrist months ago, with a rudimentary little wearable device called Pokémon Go Plus. This is also just about ready for ...

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    No one wants to think about this, but even a robust, water-resistant device like the spanking new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can sometimes break. If that happens, God forbid, the AppleCare+ protection plan will save you a lot of hassle and, possibly, quite a bit of money, extending your standard one-year limited warranty with an additional 12 months. For a flat admission fee of $129 ($99, as far as the iPhone SE is concerned), plus a $29 “service” charge, you’ll now be able to quickly, painlessly fix a busted-up screen, no questions asked. A second accidental screen damage situation up to ...

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    The magnificent seven is here (no, not Antoine Fuqua’s unnecessary reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s classic), and we all know what that means for previous-generation iPhones. Discounts. Small but meaningful. EOLs. And, surprise, surprise, storage upgrades. No more 16GB iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, with 32 gigs now the bare minimum offered to buyers of the last traditional headphone jack-including iOS handheld. Despite its storage bump, the 2015-released, non-water-resistant 4.7/5.5-inch duo also gets a nice starting price trim, from $650 and $750 respectively to $550 and $650 outright. ...

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    We've spent the last couple of years, to a certain degree complaining, about an Apple that has lost its mojo. The Cupertino we knew got lost for a bit with iterative iPhone updates, and a few gimmicks here in there in the last few iPhone and Apple Watch releases. The effects of this were clearly seen in the company seeing the first decline in iPhone sales in history over the last two quarters. Apple clearly got the memo though, as today's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcement have shown us that the bold Apple of years past should not be written off as the innovator of the past. We even ...

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    The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Drumroll, please. The freshly unveiled Apple iPhone 7 will start at $649 outright stateside with 32 (not 16, thankfully) storage, while the plus-sized model shall set you back an unsurprisingly much steeper $769 in its entry-level configuration. Other options include 128 and 256 gigs of internal digital hoarding room (buh-bye, 64), pre-orders officially kicking off this Friday, September 9. Actual sales and deliveries are underway exactly one week later, on the 16th, in 28 countries around the world, with 30 more following the ...

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    It's not exactly the all-glass iPhone we've tagged 2017 for — this year's iPhone 7 looks to be a unibody glass sheath with an aluminium chassis underneath. It's designed for IP67 ingress protection (that's dust and water immersion resistance up to 1 meter and 30 minutes). Unique as it may be, that's just the Jet Black variant of this new phone. The other models, in gold, silver and rose gold (no second black flavor, apparently) get standard aluminium bodies with IP67, too. If you can't tell, hardware changes are abound with the iPhone 7. The Home Button is now a solid-state, ...

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    You almost certainly already know the deal. After all, today’s big Apple event was supposed to be primarily about hardware. Until Nintendo stole the show. But anyways, iOS 10, which got its actual unveiling at the WWDC keynote back in June, is now re-announced. It’s launching… soon, both for new and old iPhones (plus some other iStuff), moving out of a public beta, and integrates Siri support in third-party apps, a redesigned Maps, fresh Messages app, HomeKit for easy one-place controls over all sorts of smart accessories, and so on, and so forth. Basically, there’s nothing new to ...

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    Mobile and wrist gaming appears to be one of the recurring themes of Apple’s ongoing iPhone 7 announcement event, with Pokemon Go on its way to the “iWatch” presumably around the same time Mario will be debuting on iOS handhelds. Boy, this Nintendo alliance is sure paying massive dividends. The first-gen Apple Watch, as well as its sequel, will let you capture Poke-monsters directly from your wrist, not needing the synched-up iPhone to be whipped out of the pocket and interfere with your workout. By the way, Pokemon Go hunts will be logged as actual physical activity (which it is) by ...

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    Instead of opening the highly anticipated iPhone 7-presenting September 7 keynote with, you know, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook just dropped an absolute bombshell on mobile gamers. While the App Store already includes more than 500,000 games, “there’s been something, or rather someone, missing.” Mario. Yes, that Mario! Nintendo’s Mario. Shigeru Miyamoto’s Mario. Super Mario Run was unveiled in San Francisco by Miyamoto himself, who confirmed the Holy Grail of smartphone games will be an iOS-exclusive title at first (ouch for Google), letting you play with just one ...

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    Samsung’s had its chance(s) to bring out the big guns for the upcoming holiday season, largely spoiled by a series of unfortunate exploding events, companies like Sony, Acer, Asus and Lenovo shared the IFA 2016 spotlight, LG did everything in its power yesterday to rain on iPhone 7’s parade, and now, it’s finally time for Apple’s big day. Another big day after the WWDC introduction of iOS 10 back on June 13, that is, this time centered on highly anticipated hardware releases. Yes, plural, with the Apple Watch 2 likely joining the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on the Bill Graham Civic Center ...

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    The absence of a time-honored, universally used and generally accepted 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus due out later today will obviously displease plenty of iFans, many of which have already voiced their disapproval and concerns regarding wireless or Lightning audio. But as it turns out, Apple may not only want to rid you of unnecessary cables and double down on speakers as a direct consequence of the archaic jack removal, also potentially working on higher-end own-brand “AirPods” than even Beats products. This wild last-minute rumor sounds an awful lot like conjecture ...

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    Still not convinced a second-generation Apple Watch will finally break cover later today, alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, thinking perhaps Cupertino might take even more time to substantially upgrade the rudimentary original model? One look over the International Data Corporation’s global wearable shipment numbers for Q2 2016, and you’ll understand why the Apple Watch 2 needs to launch yesterday. The OG’s post-holiday slump continued, despite a “reduced price strategy” on the Sport variant, with 1.6 million units sold worldwide between April and June, massively down from 3.6 ...

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    The original Apple Watch is already relatively slim and lightweight, at 10.5mm and as little as 25 grams with no strap counted in, but knowing Cupertino’s soft spot for progressively thinner designs, an uber-slender second-gen iOS-compatible wearable always felt like a safe bet. Yet everyone can probably agree the greatest weakness of last year’s “iWatch” was meager battery life, an issue that’s bound to be aggravated by a prospectively skinnier build, not to mention the near-certain addition of GPS support to the Apple Watch 2’s bag of tricks. Only one practical way to solve ...

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    So you think you have the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus all figured out now that even renowned Apple-specialized financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has presented its final, crazy detailed speculative report including everything from water ingress rating to A10 CPU clock speed, color options and camera tricks? Believe it or not, there’s still room for last-minute surprises, like 4K video recording capabilities at an industry-leading, road-opening 60 frames per second. On the non-Plus iPhone 7, no less, i.e. the slightly lower-end 4.7-inch configuration featuring just one, albeit much larger than ...

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    The worldwide smartphone OS sales numbers for the three-month period ending July 2016 are in, and as always, Android comfortably dominates every single important market, with iOS a distant second across the board, and Windows Phone (or Mobile) plunging further down towards obsolescence. But interestingly enough, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech claims, Apple managed to achieve year-on-year growth in most regions, including the US, EU5, and Australia, despite iPhone 7’s proximity presumably prompting many iFans to hold off for a “major” upgrade. All in all, the iPhone SE no longer looks like ...

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    Discounts ahead of highly anticipated product announcement events? That doesn’t sound like Apple’s modus operandi at all, yet two days before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are finally brought to light, Cupertino’s music streaming service becomes cheaper than ever. Of course, that’s not as simple as it sounds, and you can’t just sign up to a new $8 a month Apple Music subscription. Instead, gift cards, both physical and virtual, are available starting today at $99, covering one year of premium, no-ad, unlimited tunes for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Windows PC, or Android ...

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    Hold the phone, stop the presses, and drop the “coulds” and “shoulds” from pre-September 7 Apple discussions. The most knowledgeable financial analyst in the world in all iThings, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, shares with us today exactly what will happen on Wednesday, and what the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are all about. Literally, what they’re all about, right down to details very few other tipsters have dared to tackle, like the supreme 2.4 or 2.45GHz clock speed of the new A10 processor, up from just 1.85 for the A9 inside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. There’s also an official rating to ...

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    Apple pre-announced its new app subscription model in June. The model would see Apple's cut of app developers' per-user profits drop from 30 percent to 15 percent if a user went out on a limb to continuously give them money for 12 consecutive months. It's not just for access to features within the app, but for access to the app itself. Such a model could give a new mission to publishing houses and maybe we're going to see that effect starting from this point. Apple has officially raised the curtain on subscriptions, free trials and variable pricing depending on country. Any company can ...

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    While France-based connected health device specialist Withings has been producing classically handsome activity-tracking watches for several years now, it’s only a few months back that a high-profile Nokia acquisition truly put the 2008-founded company on the smart wearable map. But if you perhaps feared the slowly recovering sleeping Finnish giant would mess with its newest subsidiary’s winning design DNA to enter the Apple-dominated premium smartwatch arena, the IFA 2016-unveiled Withings Steel HR will put you at ease. Extremely similar to stylish yet rudimentary members of the ...

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    A familiar-looking pair of “new” iPhones, mysterious second-gen Apple Watch with built-in GPS but likely no cellular connectivity, and… iPads? MacBook Pros? Probably not. Instead, Cupertino may plan to keep things mobile all the way at its highly anticipated September 7 press event, matching the otherwise underwhelming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with an exciting slew of life-easing accessories. As the two escape the traditional shackles of the 3.5mm audio jack and ensuing wired headphones, they’re now expected to ship with adapters, Lightning-connecting or even truly wireless ...

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    September 7 will be a big day for Apple, its fans and the developers surrounding its ecosystem. The iPhone 7 will be unveiled, software platforms are getting a major update and a whole bunch of apps are going to leave the App Store. Yes, the iOS app ecosystem may shrink just a tiny bit. Whoa. This is huge. Apple reviewing old apps for quality + encouraging shorter app names. pic.twitter.com/S7C10yCOBC — Jake Marsh (@jakemarsh) September 1, 2016 An email going out to developers and an update to Apple's Developer site has them in a tizzy. The company is focused on whittling away apps that ...

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    No third-gen Moto 360 or second-gen Huawei Watch unveiled at Lenovo and Huawei’s respective pre-IFA press events, so with just the Samsung Gear S3 and Asus ZenWatch 3 brought to Berlin for predictable coming-out parties thus far, Garmin or Fossil can swoop down and partake in the customarily rich media attention attracted by fresh new wearable products. Of course, much like the Forerunner 35, the latest four entries in Fossil’s increasingly diverse Q lineup aren’t technically your everyday fancy smartwatches. The American fashion accessory designer calls them “curiously unassuming ...

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