Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

1 hour, 16 minutes ago · · iObserver

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.

Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa, MasterCard

3 hours, 48 minutes ago · · iObserver

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.

New Photos Show iPhone 6 in Grey, Gold, Silver

11:05 AM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

New photos of Apple's unannounced iPhone 6 have surfaced only days before the company is expected to unveil the new device at a special media event, and along with the space gray and gold models we're already familiar with, they also show a silver version. If the photos are accurate, we'll still have three color choices for the next iPhone model, just as we do for the iPhone 5s.

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It's hard to tell from photos if the bands through the metal back on the iPhone 6 will look weird in real life. September 9 can't come soon enough.

iTunes: Deauthorize Before You Sell Your Mac

8:45 AM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Selling your Mac? Then you'll want to read this article. We're going to cover what to do to revoke that old machine's permission to play your iTunes media (and how you can do that remotely if you've already gotten rid of your Mac). 

Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

7:39 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.

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Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.

Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

2:00 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Ipad Air will evolve

Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding?  John Martellaro reflects on the situation.

Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

10:42 AM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.

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Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.

Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

9:30 AM, Aug. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.