Report Claims iPhone 6 Launching Sept 19

10:47 AM, Jun. 25th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company's track record makes a September release plausible, but expecting unnamed sources who are probably in the parts supply chain to know Apple's product launch plans seems unlikely.

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Apple hasn't made any announcements about new iPhone models, so for all we know the next model includes holographic displays and pink buttons. That said, the company's track record points to a September launch, and the 19th sounds like as good a date as any.

Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s: Pros Outweigh Cons

3:30 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · iPhone

The Rokform Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s has military good looks and ruggedness. It is one of the best cases reviewed to date with respect to ultimate protection and has many strengths. However, there are a few negatives that keep it from being great. John Martellaro explains.

Withings goes Upscale with Activite Fitness Tracker Watch

8:48 AM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · iPhone

Health and fitness monitoring company Withings introduced its Activite fitness tracker on Tuesday with a traditional analog wristwatch design. The Activite uses watch hands to show the time as well as your overall daily fitness activity level.

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A fitness tracker that looks like a nice watch instead of a plastic band on your wrist. That sounds a lot like something Apple would do.

Foxconn Hunting for 100K People to Build iPhone 6

9:49 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2014 · · iPhone

Foxconn is apparently on the biggest hiring spree in the company's history as it hunts for 100,000 people to build Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Foxconn has been building iPhone models for Apple for years and is expected to produce 70 percent of the what the company has ordered.

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If Foxconn and Pegatron really are hiring as many new employees as it sounds like, Apple has some pretty big iPhone orders in the works. Bringing on over 100,000 new workers also helps back up the idea that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models really are happening.

T-Mobile gives Subscribers Free Music Streaming for iTunes Radio, More

9:36 AM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · iPhone

T-Mobile has made another move to set itself apart from Verizon and AT&T by announcing subscribers can stream music from several online services without worrying about hitting their wireless data cap. The company said T-Mobile Simple Choice subscribers can stream music from iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify over LTE without incurring any data charges.

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T-Mobile is getting pretty agressive with its push to draw customers away from the big cell service providers. It's your move, Verizon and AT&T.

Analyst: Apple Unaffected By Amazon Fire Phone

5:52 PM, Jun. 19th, 2014 · · iPhone

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Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald wrote a note to clients right after Amazon's announcement of its new device, saying "…we do not anticipate any impact to Apple’s iPhone franchise."

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Until we can actually see and use the device, it seems like it's just a thing to buy so I can buy more things, which isn't the feeling I get from the iPhone.

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

10:27 AM, Jun. 19th, 2014 · · iPhone

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.

Amazon Debuts Amazon Fire Phone

4:18 PM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · · iPhone

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.

Cowen Raises AAPL Target to $102 on iPhone 6 Prospects

11:34 AM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · iPhone

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.

Apple Producing Enough Sapphire for iWatch, Two iPhones

11:20 AM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · iPhone

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.