Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

9:46 AM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

With Apple's rumored iPhone 6 media event less than a month away, leaked photos showing what appears to be the next version of the company's smartphone are finally surfacing. The pics include shots of the device's screen and seem to confirm the new model will be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.

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It's just about the right time for photos of completed iPhone 6 models to appear. Assuming they're legit, the new iPhone will be much taller and wider than the iPhone 5S.

Apple Ready for iPhone 6 Mass Production

3:33 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of the all but confirmed September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company's smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6's projected release date.

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Apple hasn't confirmed the September 9 media event, or even that new iPhone models have been designed. That said, it's pretty likely we'll get our early September announcement, and the new models will ship a week or so later.

Siri Developers Hard at Work on Your Next AI Overlord

9:41 AM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's Siri voice recognition technology may be the culmination of the efforts from a long list of engineers, but it's also just the beginning. Part of the Siri development team has spun off to form their own company where they're working on a new voice recognition system that's more like Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. than asking your iPhone for a weather update.

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Siri is amazing technology, but it's barely the first step into true voice interaction with our smartphones. A true artificial intelligence system that learns and improves as it interacts with us sounds awesome -- and just a little scary.

Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major Medical Centers

11:43 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.

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Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

9:11 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.

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Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

5:39 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your Data

11:25 AM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini: Polycarbonate and Steel

2:15 PM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

Zagg Rugged Folio for iPad mini case

The Rugged Folio Bluetooth iPad mini keyboard and case from Zagg is made of polycarbonate, silicone and steel. It includes a backlit keyboard, complete protection when closed, and a removable portion that lets you keep the iPad mini protected when you don’t need the keyboard. The battery lasts for up to two years on one charge.

Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How to Turn that Off

10:48 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.