Want to Try the iPhone 5S for Free? Ask T-Mobile

10:27 AM, Jun. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

T-Mobile is offering prospective subscribers a way to try out its cell network for free, and it teamed up with Apple to use the iPhone 5S as the smartphone of choice for the deal. The T-Mobile Test Drive program gives you an iPhone 5S for a week, along with unlimited nation-wide service, plus it gives people the opportunity to see Apple's popular smartphone in action.

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This is a good move for T-Mobile and a great way for Apple to give prospective iPhone buyers a way to try before they buy. Yet again, T-Mobile is trying something its bigger competitors aren't doing.

Adonit Joins Creative Cloud with Jot Touch with Pixelpoint

5:38 PM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Adonit gave the Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus a smaller tip and Adobe Creative Cloud support on Wednesday, adding to the iPad stylus news for the day. The new Jot Touch with Pixelpoint sports a 3.18 mm tip, and can copy and paste content through Creative Cloud, much like Adobe's own Ink and Slide, also announced today and co-developed with Adonit.

Amazon Debuts Amazon Fire Phone

4:18 PM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Amazon has released the Amazon Fire Phone, which debuted at a live event in Seattle on Wednesday. As rumored, it sports four front-facing cameras to track the position of the user's head and uses that data to create "Dynamic Perspective," which means 3D views of some things and a tilt to scroll feature.

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This looks like kind of a neat phone, but even more it looks like another way to buy stuff that happens to also let you call people.

Adobe Unveils Ink and Slide Stylus and Ruler Combo for iPad

2:46 PM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Adobe's Mighty and Napoleon iPad stylus and ruler have finally moved from the drawing board to shipping products, although now they have new names: Ink and Slide. The Ink stylus is pressure sensitive, and the two devices work together with Adobe's Creative Cloud for accessing, storing and sharing content.

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Adobe is serious about being a strong player in the mobile market, and its Ink and Slide combo have the potential to turn our iPad styluses into more than replacements for our finger tips. The new stylus and ruler are also a clear sign that Adobe wants to make Creative Cloud an indispensable part of our creative world.

Cowen Raises AAPL Target to $102 on iPhone 6 Prospects

11:34 AM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Cowen & Company analyst Timothy Arcuri thinks Apple's smartphone sales will remain strong this year and the upcoming iPhone 6 will drive those numbers up enough to warrant bumping his target price for the company's stock from US$90 up to $102. He said Apple has been able to maintain strong sales despite the fact that it doesn't offer a smartphone with a larger screen, although that's expected to change this fall with the launch of the iPhone 6.

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Everyone is expecting bigger screens and bigger sales for the iPhone 6 this fall. Get ready for a lot of disappointment in the stock market if Apple sticks with the current iPhone 5S display.

FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus Draws Up Surface Pressure in iOS 8

9:44 AM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iPad drawing app Paper, are planning on adding a new angle to their Pencil stylus this fall when Apple launches iOS 8. The stylus will gain Surface Pressure control which lets users control the width and darkness of lines based on the tip's angle.

Apple Allows First Bitcoin Wallet Back to the App Store

3:34 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Apple has allowed the first Bitcoin wallet app back onto the App Store after publicly changing its policy on such apps earlier in June. A free app called Coin Pocket was released on Friday, and it allows users to both send and receive Bitcoins directly in the app.

Apple Producing Enough Sapphire for iWatch, Two iPhones

11:20 AM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's sapphire glass production has ramped up to the point where it is manufacturing enough to make surfaces for the rumored iWatch as well as two different sizes of iPhone. All of that sapphire glass is coming from GT Advanced Technologies, and the company is still installing more furnaces to meet Apple's needs.

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Assuming GTAT can produce enough synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, we could be seeing super-hard and more durable surfaces on iPhones and the rumored iWatch this fall. That also means Corning won't be selling nearly as much Gorilla Glass to Apple as it has been.