Reading the Tea Leaves: New iPhones on September 18

2:31 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The next iPhone will launch on Sept 18

Apple hasn't made any official announcements yet, but enough pieces are coming together so that it's easy to make an educated guess on when the iPhone 6 replacement is coming out: September 18. Apple typically releases new iPhone models in September so that's a given, and thanks to the company's cell service partners who don't get the meaning of "secret," the actual launch date is looking like Friday, September 18.

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Apple hasn't confirmed anything yet, but it's looking pretty solid for a mid-September iPhone 6s launch.

You Will Want Lynktec’s New Apex Electronic Stylus for iOS

2:15 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Lynktex Apex Stylus

Last year, Lynktec improved on its original battery powered electronic stylus by including a rechargeable battery. TMO gave it a 5 out of 5 rating. On Aug 13, Lynktec relased an improved version that's lighter, has a new nib material for a better feel and is optimized for the iPad Air 2 display, all the while retaining its compatibility with all other iOS devices. John Martellaro reports on this exceptional stylus.

Misfit Offers Swimmers their own Fitness Tracker

11:17 AM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Misfit and Speedo are teaming up on a new version of the Shine fitness tracker designed for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters, and is designed to track how many laps you swim, and can track your distance regardless of your swimming stroke. It also sports the usual tracking features like steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns. You can pick up a Speedo Shine from Misfit and Apple retail stores starting September 1 for US$79.99.

New OS X Security Flaw Detailed on the Internet Instead of Going to Apple

10:21 AM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OS X tpwn security flaw posted online before alerting Apple

Another big security flaw in OS X Yosemite has been discovered, but instead of telling Apple first, the guy who found it posted his findings on the Internet. That means Apple doesn't have a head start on patching the flaw, and potential hackers have the access to the potential exploit now.

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Operating system security flaws suck, and doubly so when the people who discover them go directly to the Internet with their exploit instead of contacting the developers so they can work on a patch. Thanks to Luca Todesco, tpwn is in the wild and Apple didn't have a chance to check it out ahead of time.

Apple Music Festival Includes Pharrell, Florence + The Machine

9:10 AM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Festival is now Apple Music Festival

Apple's 2015 London Apple Music Festival will include performances from Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine, One Direction, Disclosure, and more. The Festival runs from September 19 through September 28 at the Roundhouse, and just as Apple has done in past years, tickets to the concerts will be given away through a lottery system.

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The Apple Music Festival, formerly known as iTunes Festival, always has a diverse list of performers so it's cool that everyone who can't be there will be able to watch the concerts on Apple TV.

Sprint Follows T-Mobile, Offers iPhone 6s Upgrade Deal

7:07 PM EDT, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sprint follows T-Mobile's lead with new iPhone upgrade offer

Sprint is following T-Mobile's lead and offering customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s when it's released, presumably in September. The deal, called iPhone Forever, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

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Once again, it's T-Mobile setting the standards for the smartphone market. To see what kind of deals we'll get from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the coming months just look to see what T-Mobile is doing today.

iOS 9 Developer Course 90% Off: $99

4:06 PM EDT, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course for only $99

If you're looking for some help on getting up to speed on coding apps for Apple's soon to be released iOS 9, check out TMO's special deal on StackSkills' online training: The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course. You'll get 90 hours of course content where you learn to build 100 apps with Xcode 7, plus you'll learn to use Swift 2, develop watchOS 2 Apple Watch apps, work with SpriteKit, and more. The training series is regularly priced at US$999, but you can sign up for $99—a 90 percent discount!

How Big is a 12 Megapixel Photo?

2:33 PM EDT, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Your next iPhone could have a 12 megapixel camera. Is that a big deal?

Rumors claim that Apple will introduce a new iPhone model in September with a 12 megapixel camera. Aside from "that's more megapixels!" exactly what will a 12 megapixel camera in your next iPhone get you? Read on to see Jeff Gamet's explanation.

Apple Ready for its First Australian Bond Sale

10:41 AM EDT, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets ready for kangaroo bond sale

Apple is ready to expand its bond sales to Australia and has calls with investors lined up for Monday. The bonds could raise between AU$500 million (about US$368.4 million) and $1 billion, and are expected to give the Australian investor's market a big boost.

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Apple has been diversifying its bond sales, so it isn't a surprise that Australia is on the list. The bonus is that this bond sale will bring a much needed boost to the Australian market, too.

Documented Proof of Apple Car Project Emerges

5:50 PM EDT, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

GoMentum Grounds

The Guardian has uncovered documented proof of the existence of Apple's Car project. According to those documents, Apple has been in touch with GoMentum Station, a testing and research facility built on the bones of the Concord naval weapons station that specializes in autonomous vehicles.

Apple Should Release a New Apple TV Soon and Be Done

5:20 PM EDT, Aug. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Time for a new Apple TV

Apple has dragged its feet for years on a next generation Apple TV, and now the competition is really heating up. Instead of releasing the very best hardware it knows how to make and letting a subscription TV service sort itself out, Apple, it seems, delayed hardware when it had every reason to expect that negotiations with content holders would be difficult and protracted. John Martellaro thinks this was a very bad strategy.

Sponsor: Macphun’s Creative Kit with 5 Essential Photo Editing Apps

4:20 PM EDT, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

We're very pleased to welcome – and thank! – Macphun to TMO as this week's sponsor. Macphun has been creating software for the Mac and iOS for a long time and has earned "best-of App Store" honors for all of the last 3 years. Right now they're featuring their Creative Kit, a suite of 5 apps to help you create stunning monochrome images, reveal hidden details, fix imperfections, add depth, remove digital noise and more with your photos.

Tab LapDesk Has Writing Surface and Holds Devices

4:19 PM EDT, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the Tab LapDesk from iSkelter. It's a wooden desk for your lap that has a slot designed to hold your iPad, iPhone, or both devices at the same time. I suppose it would hold Android devices, too, if that's your thing. In any event, it gives you a nice writing surface while holding your devices. Simple and elegant. It's priced at $49. Oh, and there's an optional built-in white board—one for lefties and one for right-handed folks! That's just clever.