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More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to Sept 9 Media Event

12:28 PM, Sep. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.

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Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-05

1:28 PM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's reputation for tight-lipped control over what it shares with the media seems to be changing, and company CEO Tim Cook is a big part of that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's recent interview where he talks about iCloud security and Apple's plans for improvement, plus they talk about how you can manage your Photo Stream so photos you don't want to share won't be seen.

Apple CEO Says Better iCloud Security Coming Soon

11:47 AM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company has new security measures ready for its iCloud online services and they'll launch in two weeks. His comments follow a publicity headache stemming from nude celebrity photos stolen from iCloud accounts.

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Apple has been straight forward with information surrounding the stolen nude photos, and considering how bad it would be for the company's reputation to lie about its findings, it makes sense be up front and honest about the incident. It's good two-factor authentication will be added to more of Apple's services, but it sure would've been nice if that had happened earlier.

Analyst: iWatch Won’t Have iPhone’s Appeal

10:38 AM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple is hosting a media event on September 9 where it is expected to show off the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple's first wearable device will interest consumers, but won't have the same appeal as the iPhone because it will be seen more as jewelry or a status symbol.

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Assuming the iWatch is perceived as more of a status symbol than a nice looking health and fitness tracker, it probably won't sell as well as the iPhone. That said, unless Apple completely fails on the device's design, it still has the potential to be a big hit for the company.

Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

9:43 AM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.

Apple to Live Stream Sept 9 Media Event

4:13 PM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple special media event on September 9 just became a little more accessible because the iPhone and iPad maker will be live streaming the invitation-only presentation. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models along with the rumored iWatch wearable fitness tracker.

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It's pretty clear Apple has some big announcements in store for next Tuesday, and the company wants to make sure as many people as possible get in on its message.

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.