iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

9:35 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.

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There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.

Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm with Similar Capacity

7:27 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Battery Diet

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone—dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media—to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.

XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes Bottle Opener: $45

2:29 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes Bottle Opener

For today's deal, I have another device that qualifies for Cool Stuff Found, except that we get to offer it to you at a discount. It's called XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone. It has eight functions, including magnetically-attached lenses for your iPhone's camera, dual tripod mount, a multi-position stand, a capacitive stylus, ear-bud wrap, a key ring, and my favorite, a bottle opener.  That's a lot of functionality, and it's normally priced at $70. Through our deal, you can get it for $44.99.

How to Add iTunes Pass to Passbook on your iPhone

11:44 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's new iTunes Pass lets you use your iPhone as a sort of digital wallet in Apple retail stores, but setting it up isn't quite as straight forward as it could be. Read on to learn just how to get iTunes Pass up and running.

Apple Brings iTunes Pass Account Reloading to US Stores

10:39 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's Passbook-based iTunes Pass system for adding money to your iTunes account launched in Japan only days ago and now is available in the United States, too. The system lets users pre-load thier iTunes account in retail stores via a Passbook card. Those credits can then be redeemed for iTunes and App Store purchases, much like gift card balances work today.

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iTunes Pass is limited to purchases through Apple because it's another way to add money to your iTunes account. Presumably Apple has bigger plans for this which will turn our iPhones into proper digital wallets.

Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning Connector

8:54 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.

Analyst: Apple, IBM Partnership No Big Deal for iPhone Sales

9:51 AM, Jul. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple and IBM announced a partnership on Tuesday to push iOS deeper into the enterprise market through the MobileFirst for iOS program. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn't see the team up as a big deal for Apple sales, but only because the iPhone and iPad are already being tested or deployed in nearly every Fortune 500 company.

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Even if MobileFirst doesn't significantly drive up iPhone and iPad sales, it'll boost confidence in companies that otherwise might be concerned that Apple is making only a half hearted attempt at bringing mobile products and support to the enterprise market.

Samsung Ready to Release its Next iPhone Killer

4:10 PM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

Samsung is ramping up to launch its next smartphone designed to take down Apple's iPhone in August, and the electronics maker is hoping its preemptive strike will draw in consumers before the iPhone 6 hits store shelves. The latest iPhone contender from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Alpha and will be more of a cross between its not so successful Galaxy S5 smartphone and mini tablet Galaxy Note.

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Samsung has proven time and again that it doesn't need to be the best to have a large slice of the smartphone market; It just needs to be good enough. That's all we're expecting from the company's next iPhone killer competitor.