Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

10:18 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.

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If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.

Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

1:54 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

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Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.

South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App Store Refunds

10:08 AM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

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An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.

iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

8:30 AM, Jul. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

Let’s talk about the Music app’s toolbar. Wanna change it? Wanna remove that iTunes Radio icon and put in something that you actually use? Hey, we understand. That’s what we’ve got for you here in this Quick Tip!

Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

11:19 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

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iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.

Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

9:56 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

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Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.

Want In-app Purchases Back in ComiXology? There’s a Survey for That

4:07 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

When ComiXology pulled in-app purchases from its iPad app after being bought by Amazon, the digital comic experience was ruined for a lot of us. If that includes you, it's time to make your voice heard. ComiXology is conducting a customer survey right now where you can tell the company exactly how you feel about losing in-app purchases.

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Amazon really doesn't like the idea of sharing 30 percent of ComiXology's sales with Apple, so it won't be easy to convince the company to change. Still, if we don't try there isn't any hope of making ComiXology into the great experience it once was.

iPhone Liberation Week, iFixit Swaps Out iPhone Screws Free

2:40 PM, Jul. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

iPhone Liberation Kit

For Independence Day, iFixit is giving away free iPhone LIberation Kits, swapping Pentalobe screws with more common Phillips screws allowing better access to your device.

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Good move iFixit! I love them and what they do so I'm happy to support their idea.

6 Great iPad Alternatives to ComiXology for Comic Fans

2:20 PM, Jul. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Shortly after Amazon bought the big name in the digital comic book world, ComiXology, it removed the ability to buy from within the company's iPad and iPhone app. For some people, that wasn't a big deal because they don't mind shopping through a website. For others, however, it killed the experience because they couldn't easily browse and impulse buy titles anymore. If that's what you're looking for, read on to see our favorite alternatives to ComiXology.