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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

1:45 PM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.

Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an App for That

11:19 AM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.

Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch, Sort Of

10:09 AM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.

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Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.

U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

9:03 AM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.

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The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-02

1:03 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Your online photos may not be quite as safe as you think. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the news that nude photos from several celebrities have been stolen, how thermal imaging cameras can steal your credit card PIN code, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

11:22 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.

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If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

Report Claims iWatch Still in Testing, No Sept 9 Unveiling

10:13 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored iWatch is still in the engineering testing phase and hasn't made it to production testing yet, according to insider sources. The sources also say the iWatch won't make an appearance at Apple's September 9 media event.

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This looks like a case where someone is trying to weave an entire tapestry from a single thread, and they're misinterpreting what little information they have. What's more likely is that Apple will introduce its wearable next week, but won't ship anything until late this year or some time in early 2015.

Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa, MasterCard

8:50 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major retailers and banks, according to insider sources familiar with the company's plans.

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Assuming Apple does include NFC technology in the iPhone 6, it could be a move to support digital wallet systems outside the United States. Or, Apple could continue to ignore NFC and pursue its own digital payment system that combines WiFi, iBeacons, and apps.

Happy Labor Day

8:00 AM, Sep. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!

8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

6:40 PM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't saying what they have in store, so I came up with some of my ideas and I turned to the TMO staff to see what they're expecting, too.