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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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    We recently heard that the Apple will announce the iPhone 6s on September 9, a date that makes a lot of sense given Apple's track record. Then we heard separate rumors that Best Buy will be adopting AppleCare+ for the sale of the iPhone 6s starting September 18. That later date gave us a good hint on the launch date, but today we get more confirmation on the topic. It seems that all major German carriers have confirmed that they're already making preparations for an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch on September 18 as well. Given the volume of iPhone sales in the country, it makes sense ...

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    With exciting new wearables on the horizon like Motorola's second-gen Moto 360 or Samsung's first round-screened smartwatch, the model we just saw it confirm as the Gear S2, it's easy to lose sight of this year's most successful wearable to date, the Apple Watch. At least, we're a couple months removed from the smartwatch's retail debut at this point, and initial problems with availability have largely found themselves resolved. Back when things got started, Apple attempted to manage demand through a regimented appointment system for try-on demonstrations in its stores. And while we ...

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    Apple isn't only famous for its gadgets, but also for its customer service. The Apple Store Genius Bar is well known for helping consumers address problems, even for Apple products that were built a decade ago. The same goes AppleCare+, Cupertino's extended warranty service, which we now hear will extend its availability as well. It seems that Apple and BestBuy have just partnered to sell AppleCare+ on Best Buy stores starting September 14th, which is apparently just ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6s. These news are rather weird though, as Best Buy is notorious for offering its own ...

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    Even though Apple has never been famous for wanting to start a spec race with any competitor, the company did pioneer certain technologies that Android OEMs are still in the process of adopting. 64-bit processors would be a clear example of this, but we still debate how well Apple takes advantage of features like this one in particular. Many of us are curious as to how Apple plans to address this with the iPhone 6s, and today we learn more about it. It seems that an iPhone 6s prototype was recently benchmarked by Geekbench, and even if this is not a final product, it does provide some ...

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    Even though Apple has seen a lot of success lately with the iPhone, the iPad has been a different story. iPad sales have been on decline for the last couple of quarters, making us wonder what Apple will do next. We thought Cupertino would come up with new consumer-oriented ideas, but instead we see a focus on business. An extensive article by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple has partnered with as many as 40 tech companies in order to help raise the popularity of the iPad in business. Apple has partnered with small companies like Xero, Revel Systems and ServiceMax to collaborate on ...

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    After Apple had Siri abandoned for years since the departure of Scott Forstall, iOS 9 has changed that dramatically. Siri has mimicked Google Now's functionality of proactively suggesting content even before you ask for it. Now this wouldn't be Apple if it would just copy what Google does, and today we see some innovation to come. Apple hasn't made any noise, but we just learned that theres a nifty flight tracking service available for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Yes, we know that Cortana and Google Now can already track flights, but Apple's service doesn't just provide timely information ...

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    Feeling lucky? A brand new Apple tablet could be yours if you enter the iPad Air 2 Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. The thin and lightweight iPad Air 2 blends fun with productivity. It features a stunning 9.7 inch Retina display, two full-featured cameras, a battery that can last 10 hours on a single charge, and processing speeds that rival some desktop computers. In fact, there’s almost nothing that the iPad Air 2 can’t handle. Play games, make music, write a novel, and more with this awesome tablet. For your chance to win, just go to the iPad Air 2 Giveaway page at the ...

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    The possibility of an iPhone mini, or even a more affordable iPhone 6c is still a topic for much debate. Yesterday we had famous tipster Evan Blass claiming that we should see three iPhones announced at the same time, giving us credible belief that we won't have to wait until 2016 for this new unit to arrive. Today we get opposite information on the topic, and this time based on hard evidence. Web traffic statistics reveal that an iPhone 8.1 and iPhone 8.2 are currently being tested in the US, Germany and Brazil. If you remember, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were models 7.1 and 7.2 ...

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    One of Apple's most praised features for iOS 9 is also something that only those that own an iPad Air 2 can enjoy, and it's Split View multitasking. Those who bought the iPad mini 3 were highly disappointed, and specially when both tablets share almost identical specifications in everything but their RAM. Apple might have noticed the disappointment, and it seems the company will do something about it. Files within OS X El Capitan now indicate that the developers will be allowed to test "Responsive design mode" with the iPad mini 3. That isn't a guarantee that iPad mini 3 hardware will ...

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    The slow roll towards the debut of Windows 10 Mobile continues as the last preview build before final release is out. Or at least, what we think will be the final preview build. Application development for Windows Phone 8.1 has all but stood still for obvious reasons. Yet, each day that Microsoft isn't updating its core apps on its home platform, it's doing so for others. Microsoft's Office suite of apps for iOS and Android get more updates than the same set for Windows Phone. One of Microsoft's latest acquisitions, Sunrise Calendar, has yet to announce any push in the Windows mobile ...

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    Even though iOS is famous for its simplicity, it's also infamous for how many steps are required to fulfill an action. We've followed continues rumors of Apple's plan to bring Force Touch technology on its new line of smartphones, but we wondered if this would only confuse users, just as it has with the Apple Watch. New sources claim that this is actually the other way around. It seems that Apple's plan with Force Touch on the iPhone is to simplify the user experience and provide new shortcut options. For example, a Force Touch on Maps will apparently launch navigation, on Music it may ...

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    In the constantly evolving field of social networking, feature creep is a fact of life. You give your users new image-sharing tools, and six months later your biggest competitor is doing the same thing. Then they add video support, and you scramble to implement your own. Or a dialer. Or mobile payments. And while we certainly see success from firms that do one thing, and do it really well, there's huge pressure on the larger players in the field to do offer users every last feature they can. Inevitably, that leads to claims of one mimicking the other's functionality, and that's basically ...

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    When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus landed last year armed with NFC support, retailers started seeing a huge uptick in consumer mobile payment interest, as users tried Apple Pay for the first time. Thanks to the presence of contactless payment chips on existing credit cards, not to mention previous NFC-based mobile payment systems like Google Pay and Softcard, lots of these retailers already had Apple Pay-compatible POS systems in place, so everything should have been ready to go for all these new users to start making payments … until retailers started switching their systems off. Now at least ...

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    Apple has had an amazing track record with its sales of the iPhone 6. The company has broken every single sales record it held in the past in just a few weeks of sales, and it even took over the Chinese market for a brief stint. Reports claim that Apple is preparing for significant growth the iPhone 6s, but analysts predict otherwise. KGI has gained a significant amount of fame for the accuracy of its Apple predictions. Today the company claims that the iPhone 6s might not be the success that Apple is predicting for two major reasons, out of which only one is in Apple's control. On one ...

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    The week of September 7 -- with a possibility of September 9 -- is what the latest rumors talk about with regards to Apple's upcoming event. Of course, nothing's certain until we see press invites going out, and, until then, we have to rely on various reports and leaks, like this most recent iPhone 6s assembly leak in the form of a video. When it comes to the iPhone 6c, things aren't clear at all, with so many conflicting rumors hitting from all directions. Last we heard about the iPhone 6c was last week when a report claimed we won't see the phone until the second quarter of 2016 (after ...

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    If the recent rumors are true, we’re pretty much just a month away from Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus combo. We know Cupertino is out to build a ton of them in order to meet demand, so manufacturing had to begin quite early this year. The cool thing about that is the amount of supply chain leaks that Apple has historically been terrible at controlling, and today we get more. A new video of the display assembly of the iPhone 6s has emerged, and it gives additional credibility to the previous leaks we saw in photos last week. We see the same cut out in the ...

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    Even though most of the rumors have been focused on a possible iPad Pro to be launched later this year, we've also kept a close eye on Apple's plan to revamp its aging iPad mini. Apple has kept the current design for three generations now, something odd coming from Cupertino's typical two-year revamp cycle. We saw this particularly with the iPad Air 2, and as some iPad mini 4 leaks have claimed, that's exactly what Apple plans to do here. Today we land a new batch of leaks of the iPad mini 4 in 3D CAD drawings, and if looks were everything, this gives us more solid data with regards to ...

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    These next several weeks are going to be big ones for new smartphone launches. Samsung Unpacked is next Thursday, and then we've just got a couple weeks to go before IFA rolls around and we look forward to the next wave of hardware announcements. After that, we've been expecting Apple to show off its latest iPhone models sometime in September, but so far we haven't been able to narrow that window down by much. Apple's yet to make anything official, but a fresh rumor out this afternoon attempts to give us an early heads-up before Apple sends out its own invites, claiming that this year's ...

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    When Apple introduces its next wave of iPad tablets, what devices will be among them? A new iPad Air and mini, sure, but will that be it? What about the possibility of finally seeing one of those long-rumored bigger iPads launch – like the 12.9-inch device we've been calling the iPad Pro? Some sources are adamant about the tablet's presence in Apple's fall lineup, but then again, these plus-sized iPad rumors have been around for years, and so far nothing's come of them; why should this year be different? As we wait to learn if there's really a new, larger iPad in our future, a new report ...

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    The last couple months have seen Pebble's next generation of smartwatches arrive bit by bit. First we saw the Pebble Time start going out to its crowdfunding backers, then later become available to shoppers at large; most recently, we've even started talking about brick-and-mortar retail sales. But that's only half of the new Pebble picture, and we've also been anxiously awaiting the new Pebble Time Steel. While that Pebble's been a little behind schedule, it's finally on its way out now – just not necessarily with its matching steel band (not yet, at least). And while that's great news ...

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated “We’re not reading your email. We’re not reading your iMessage,” in addition to claiming that “If the government laid a subpoena to get iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have a key. And so it’s sort of — the door is closed.” The question is if it's really as secure as he claims. Nicholas Weaver, a computer security researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkley, wrote a very interesting article that claims otherwise. Surely the FBI would need a warrant to tap your information, but ...

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    Even though Apple championed the digital music era for years, its reluctance to adopt a music streaming model has clearly taken a toll. Cupertino's response with the launch of Apple Music has still not proven to be as good as Spotify, the service it pretty much copied and is trying to defeat. That said, the company doesn't seem far from defeating it either, and today we learn more. Apple's Internet services SVP Eddy Cue has just told USA Today that Apple Music has 11 million trial members after a month of being in the market. Two million of these users signed up for family plans as well, ...

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    Windows 10 promises big changes for the way code is shared across devices, and beyond the arrival of useful universal apps that will easily transition between PC, phone, and tablet form factors, Windows 10 also looks to help break down boundaries between competing platforms. Back in April we learned about Microsoft's plans for encouraging devs to bring existing Android and iOS software to Windows 10, thanks to an Android subsystem that would allow for very lightweight porting, as well as tools to help adapt Objective-C apps from iOS. That sounded all kinds of promising, but will the ...

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    Apple's challenge to make its Apple Music service hotter than the likes of Spotify does require some unique tactics, and we've seen a few lately. This is an on going business though, and today we learn that Cupertino has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. The first is that Dr. Dre's new Album, "Compton," will be an Apple Music exclusive. It's been a crazy 16 years since his last album, and given the fact that his "Detox" music project never delivered, Dre promises that this new album will be worth it. It should reach the service tonight, just in time for the release of the film "Straight ...

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