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iOS 7 to be released on September 18th

ios7logoExcited for iOS 7, but don’t really have any plans to get your hands on one of those shiny new iPhones? Good news – Apple has just today announced that they’ll be releasing the final build of iOS 7 to the general public on September 18th, two days prior to when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale.

iOS 7 is a radical redesign and reimplementation of iOS, which had been showing its age prior to the upgrade. iOS 7 is a free update to anyone who owns an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, or iPod touch 5th generation. Most notably, iOS 7 improves the multitasking implementation on iOS, adds a new “flat” design, a new quick settings pane dubbed Control Center, improvements to Siri, and much, much more.

The best mobile productivity apps get better

iLife and iWork to come free with all new iPhones


While Apple was intensely focused on their new iPhones today, they did make one other large, major announcement. Starting soon, their popular iLife and iWork iOS applications will come entirely free of charge on all new iPhones. Considered the two best productivity applications in the mobile market, iLife and iWork were fairly costly applications prior to this.

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to update either iLife or iWork with iOS 7’s new user interface and user experience design, so the two apps still look fairly out of place on your shiny new iOS 7 install. But hey, who’s going to scoff at free candy – especially when the candy tastes so, so good?

We cut through the garbage

What to realistically expect at Apple’s September 10th iPhone event

apple-sept10The iPhone has been long considered the smartphone that started it all, but in recent months the wave of excitement towards Apple’s iPhone line has mostly quelled. Android is finally more than “good enough” and now leans more towards great, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most compelling phones ever made, and the HTC One is by all means one of the most well designed pieces of technology in history – and let’s not forget the newcomer, the Moto X.

As people began to tune out the iPhone 5, the industry has begun to eagerly await the next generation of iPhones, which may perhaps go down as the most important iPhone lineup since the original’s introduction in 2007. This is really make it or begin-to-break-it for Apple, and we’ve been eagerly counting down the days until their September 10th iPhone event for months now. Well, the day is finally nearly upon us, and you’re probably wondering – what can I realistically expect on Tuesday? Click through after the break to find out more.

What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for you’re concerned about that sort of thing.)

Look at all the matching colors

iPhone 5C leaks again, new photos reveal packaging and marketing materials


Good news to everyone looking forward to Apple’s new “budget” iPhone – the iPhone 5C – which should be revealed at Apple’s much-rumored September 10th media event. Photos of the iPhone 5C have leaked once again, this time revealing packaging and marketing materials for the upcoming iPhone.

It looks as though the new devices will be housed in plastic, see-through packaging not altogether dissimilar from the packaging used on Apple’s iPod touch and iPod nano lines. Also of note, it looks like Apple is planning on marketing each color iPhone 5C – which will come in blue, pink, yellow, green, white – with a wallpaper of the corresponding color. The affects are certainly appealing and do well at showcasing iOS 7’s new visual style, with highly transparent elements in order to allow users to see more of their wallpaper and color “scheme” then before.


Also of note, the packaging seems to confirm the iPhone 5C name, which we first learned in June of this year. It’s been a strange and leaky summer for an Apple that was said to be “doubling down on security” as the iPhone 5C now seems totally similar to everyone paying attention in the tech atmosphere, despite the fact that Apple still refuses to even acknowledge its existence.

We’ll be covering Apple’s big iPhone event as it happens on September 10th, so be sure to stay tuned for that! Apple is expected to be releasing iOS 7, their new iPhone 5S flagship phone (which could be launching in Champaign Gold and Graphite colors), the aforementioned iPhone 5C, and maybe a surprise or two.

Via: Engadget

Get cash towards your new iPhone

Apple officially launches iPhone Trade-In Program


Confirming earlier reports, Apple has officially announced that they will begin offering a brancd new iPhone Trade-In Program. The new Program is offered exclusively at Apple’s Retail Stores and will allow would-be customers to trade in their previous-generation iPhone’s for a gift card towards the purchase of a new iPhone. Said gift card must be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone at the time of the gift card’s transaction, meaning you can’t trade-in your iPhone, take the gift card, and walk out of the store without a new iPhone in hand.

There are of course some slight limitations to the program. Owners of the original iPhone, which was released in 2007 and has become known as the “iPhone 2G’, are unfortunately not eligible to trade in their iPhones for a gift card. Secondly, the new iPhone must be an on-contract model, meaning that you won’t be able to put that gift card towards an unlocked iPhone.

Though we’re can not confirm what the value of iPhone models currently are, reports are indicating that a 16GB iPhone 4S is worth about $120, while a 64GB iPhone 4S is worth $250. However we’d highly recommend that you take this with a heavy, heavy grain of salt and don’t use that information to put your finances in order quite yet.

Source: @jonfortt (Twitter, via Apple)

I'm getting that one

Hands-on video of the new Graphite iPhone 5S posted on YouTube

I’ve been rocking a white iPhone 4S for the last two years now, and I’m still contemplating what my next cell phone purchase will be. But when photos of a supposed Graphite colored iPhone 5S leaked last week, I almost instantly fell in love. Well, now we’ve got yet another look at that fourth color option for the iPhone 5S in a new video posted to YouTube, and we have a feeling this’ll be a very popular option indeed.

The video confirms not only the existence of the nigh-steel colored iPhone 5S, but also some key functionality of the new iPhone as well. This leak once again confirms the existence of a revamped camera system for the iPhone, featuring a new dual-LED camera flash. The housing also confirms room for a much larger battery than what’s found in the existing iPhone 5, suggesting that the new iPhone will also be boasting much improved battery life over the iPhone 5 as well.

Of course, rumor has it that the iPhone 5S will be featuring a new quad-core A7 processor, so a larger battery would likely also go to help handle the expected A7’s beefier processor. At this point we know almost everything there is to know about the new iPhone, so we’ll leave you with this – what are you going to be doing the week of September 10th?

Via: MacRumors
Source: BestTechInfo

Say hello to the "graphite" iPhone

iPhone 5S to be released in not three, but… four colors?

Here’s a curveball. We’ve known for some time now that Apple will likely be selling their upcoming flagship iPhone, the iPhone 5S, in a new “champaign gold” color. But what we’re just learning today is that might not be the only new addition to the flagship iPhone line. Some interesting leaked photos backed by Sonny Dickson, who has been a reliable source in the past, showcase a new fourth color for the next iPhone, which Sonny is calling “graphite”.

Similar to the slate iPhone but slightly lighter in color, the new graphite iPhone – photographed below – seems to be a striking balance between the silver/white and the slate/black options of the iPhone 5. While we can’t independently confirm that Apple is planning on releasing such an iPhone, we do have reason to believe that Apple was at least at one point testing the new color option fairly late in the iPhone 5S’s development.


Adding credence to the rumor, popular Apple repair shop MendMyI claims that they’ve managed to obtain the volume buttons for all four new iPhone 5S’s, including the rumored “champaign” and “graphite” iPhones. This gives us our best comparison of the the original two iPhone colors against the two new 5S colors.


Apple is expected to announce both the iPhone 5S and a new, more affordable line of iPhones dubbed the “iPhone 5C” at an expected special event on September 10th. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the latest iPhone news as we know more.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Sonny Dickson / MendMyI

Yes, for real.

Apple to release iPhone 5S in gold

We’ve held out on reporting this until we were absolutely sure, but with today’s confirmation by AllThingsD – the same folks who confirmed that the iPhone 5S will be unveiled at a September 10th launch event – we’re absolutely sure it’s real. Yes, the rumors do indeed appear to be true – Apple is planning on launching the iPhone 5S next month in no less than three colors… black, white, and now gold.


Above is a mockup by iMore which is said to be a fairly accurate depiction of the new gold iPhone 5S. Apple is said to be developing a new, low cost iPhone – dubbed the iPhone 5C – in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, yellow, green, and white, and this move to further colorize the iPhone 5S line could be an attempt to make the iPhone 5S more appealing next to the new rainbow iPhone 5C lineup, avoiding cannibalization of sales.

Sure it’s a bit – well, erm, gaudy – and I wouldn’t want to purchase one myself, but there does certainly appear to be a market for these sorts of things… I guess.

Source: AllThingsD


Jim Dalrymple further confirms September 10th iPhone 5S unveiling


A photo of the purported “budget” iPhone, the iPhone 5C, expected to be released this fall.

If it wasn’t official, it sure is now – Jim Dalrymple, the man of famous few words in the Apple world has just confirmed that Apple will indeed be unveiling the iPhone 5S on September 10th, just as AllThingsD had reported this weekend. While we were inclined to believe AllThingsD from the get go – the guys and gals over there have more than proven their accuracy with their past track record – it’s always good to hear the news straight from the horse’s mouth. Jim Dalrymple is the same man who originally confirmed that the iPhone 5S would not be making an appearance at WWDC ’13, along with confirming/denying countless of other Apple rumors with 100% accuracy.

So if you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to mark it down in your calendars – the iPhone 5S is coming on September 10th. Let’s hope you have that upgrade ready. Or, if you don’t care too terribly much about a certain dear Apple company, perhaps we can interest you in a Blackberry instead?

Source: LoopInsight

Double the flash

Leaked photos suggest iPhone 5S to have dual-LED camera flash


The iPhone 5S is quickly approaching now, and you know what that means – as the days get closer to the September 10th unveiling, so will the amount of leaks. Today we’ve got some good news for you camera fanatics among us. If leaked photos of the iPhone 5S’s back enclosure is to be believed, the iPhone 5S will feature a beefier camera system – as we expected – complete with a dual-LED camera flash. Yes, count ’em – not one, but two LED flashes.

What does this mean for you and your photos? Well, first, it means that you’ll be able to take nicer low-light photos with the flash on. A dual-LED flash system will allow more light to light up the surroundings, making dark objects brighter while also improving the scope of the flash. For example, if you ever have tried taking a photo of an entire room in the dark, you might be saddened to see that your iPhone 5’s flash can’t quite light up the entirety of the room. A dual-LED flash would have no such problem, emitting enough light to take a clear and bright photo.

The iPhone 5S is expected to launch with a 12MP camera, up from the 8MP camera found in the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. This would bring the iPhone’s camera resolution roughly up to par with the Samsung Galaxy S4, although both are still dwarfed by the insanely massive sensor that is the Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41MP camera. But then again, who needs a 41MP camera when you have dual-LED flash?

Via: MacRumors
Source: NowhereElse

Mark your calendars

Apple to unveil the next-generation iPhone on September 10th

iphone5If by now you haven’t heard the news – unlikely, considered it’s been plastered all over both the real world and the internet – reliable rumors coming out of the folks at AllThingsD this weekend are claiming that the time has finally come; Apple will be unveiling the next-generation iPhone, long expected to be the iPhone 5S, on September 10th. This first in perfectly with what we’ve heard before following the news that Apple had missed the window for a WWDC ’13 launch, and the thought that development of iOS 7 – which will almost certainly launch alongside the iPhone 5S – is close to finished.

Adding a minor wrinkle to the story is the thought that Apple will be launching more than the iPhone 5S this fall. Apple has been expected to launch an all-new plastic iPhone, which the tech world has taken to calling the iPhone 5C, later on in the year. We’ve seen it show its pretty little plastic head on camera numerous times now in some incredibly high quality photos, so now it’s just a matter of settling whether or not you’ll be able to actually get your hands on one following the September 10th event or if that’ll have to wait for another day.

The iPhone 5S is expected to launch with the same design as the iPhone 5, however rumors have it it will include a fingerprint sensor, a 12MP camera, a higher quality IGZO display, a redesigned volume button layout, an upgraded A7 processor, and more.

Source: AllThingsD

Reports say iOS 7 is close to

Could iOS 7 already be close to finished?

ios7logoiOS 7 is a radical departure from iOS 6. I know it, you know it, and by this point the whole entire universe probably knows it. As such, we were all expecting a long and arduous development period riddled with bugs, an evolving UX and UI, glitz, and glamor. But instead what we’ve got is a relatively quiet development cycle, not unlike the sorts iOS 6 – which was a much, much more minor upgrade – went through. Sure, iOS 7 beta 1 and beta 2 were a bit buggy, and beta 3 has a showstopper here or there, but on the whole in my approximation iOS 7 has been nearly “ready” since I started using the third beta. Outside reports are now indicating that my suspicions have been seemingly right on the money – both 9to5Mac and BGR have reportedly heard that development on iOS 7 is wrapping up, with the OS entering a “zero-priority-1 bug status” period any day now.

What’s more, Apple is reportedly about to build the first gold-master candidate build of the OS – or, in plain speak, the first build of the OS that will be considered for status as the final iOS 7.0 build. These sorts of “pre-GM” builds are common in large development projects and often considered retail quality; only if major bugs are found do companies tend to go back and do more fixes and compile another pre-GM build. It’s probably obvious to any iOS 7 beta 3 user that the OS has been somewhat close to this, though these reports are throwing concrete fuel onto the metaphorical fire. BGR reports that Apple is gearing up to release iOS 7 in early September.

What’s more, Apple has for the last six years released a major new version of iOS just days before the release of a new iPhone, so if that early September date is accurate it’s also an indication that that’s when we’ll be seeing this year’s hardware upgrades, expected to be the iPhone 5S and “budget” iPhone, as well. iOS 7 beta 4 is expected to be released within 24-hours, with a fifth beta expected in just another two weeks.

Via: MacRumors
Source: BGN / 9to5Mac