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Here’s what the new iPhone 6 will look like!

#BreakingNews for Apple fanatics! The most recent whispers reveal a dramatic size increase and rounded edges for the new iPhone 6.  The new iPhone will come with either a 4.7 inch screen or a 5.5 inch screen – this innovation trumps the current 4 inch screen – and brings an important philosophical question to light: at what point will the iPhone become an iPad with a phone?  How many more inches are needed to bridge the gap between the two devices, and how will this merger affect the well-being of Humanity?

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-6-video-photos-2014-9

New Video Provides A Stunningly Detailed Look At The iPhone 6

The latest iPhone 6 leak, which comes courtesy of Russian website Rozetked, shows exactly what Apple’s next smartphone will look like from the front, back, side, and any other angle you could possibly imagine.

The video, which was first spotted by 9to5Mac, shows the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 5s. This is one of the rare times we’re actually seeing the front panel attached to the rear plate. Luxury designer Feld & Volk posted photos that had reportedly shown a rendering of a fully assembled iPhone 6, but this might be the first time we’re seeing the real thing. 

Here’s a look at the back of the iPhone 6. Notice it looks exactly like the rear plate we’ve seen leaked over the past several months.

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This might be the back of the iPhone 6

The narrator is holding the iPhone 6 in one hand and the iPhone 5s in another. The iPhone 6 is significantly larger. The top bezel on the iPhone 6 also looks a bit thinner than that of the iPhone 5s. 

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Here’s what the iPhone 6 might look like next to the iPhone 5s.

The rounded edges we’ve seen so many times before also make an appearance here. We can also see how much thinner the iPhone 6 will be than the iPhone 5s. 

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The iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 5s from the side.

And here’s another look at the rear shell of the iPhone 6 compared to that of the iPhone 5s.

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Here’s how much larger the iPhone 6 might be compared to the iPhone 5s.

We’re expecting to see the iPhone 6 debut at Apple’s upcoming press event on Sept. 9. Rumor has it that Apple will also unveil a larger 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 that day, but the two phones may not launch at the same time. We might also get a preview of Apple’s long-rumored iWatch, which is now expected to be released in 2015.

Other than a larger screen and a new design, Apple’s next iPhone will likely come with a new chip dedicated to monitoring your health statistics and support for NFC, which means you’ll be able to tap your iPhone to make payments.

Check out Rozetked’s full video below for an even better look at the iPhone 6. 

This Is The Most Exciting Time At Apple Since 2007

This Is The Most Exciting Time At Apple Since 2007

The title might be a  bit of a stretch.  Basically, they are releasing a larger iPhone with the option of a 4.7” or 5.5” screen, compared to the current 4” screen (sign me up!).  How big is too big though?  It still need to fit in your pocket, right?  I guess the iWatch will be perfect for those who find the new iPhone cumbersome.
Besides these new products and iPhone enlargements, Apple is modifying their marketing significantly, moving more advertising in-house, hiring new PR, and giving their retail stores a big makeover.  Oh, and they have been on an acquisitions spree, buying 24 companies in the past 18 months, but then again, what big tech firm in Silicon Valley hasn’t been doing that (cough* ‘Facebook’ cough*).

Jun. 11, 2014, 9:01 AM

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Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi.

 

Apple is suddenly, somewhat unexpectedly, in the middle of its most exciting period of activity since it launched the iPhone seven years ago.

 

Tim Cook has taken over the company and is changing it in ways both small and big that will alter how the world thinks of Apple. For the most part, we think the changes are pretty good.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening:

  • Apple opened up iOS, the software that powers iPhones and iPads, giving developers a few more hooks into the system. As Matt Drance put it, “Apple knocked nearly every item off the community’s list of wishes and complaints” about iOS. Apple was also a little more relaxed about NDAs for developers, allowing them to talk about things they learned at WWDC, the big developer conference.
  • Apple is going to release two bigger iPhones. For years now, people have wanted a big screen iPhone from Apple. This year it’s going to deliver a 4.7-inch phone and a 5.5-inch phone. The current phone is 4 inches, which is tiny compared to most Android phones. 
  • Apple is looking for a new, more friendly, more approachable PR person to lead communications. This is one of those things that people in the media are more interested in since they deal with PR. However, PR does more than deal with annoying reporters; it guides the story around Apple for the public. It will be fascinating to see how the story of Apple evolves. Since Steve Jobs’ death, Apple has lost its grip on the story, and people started to think Apple was less innovative than Google, which is a bit silly really. 
  • Apple is shaking up its marketing department, bringing more people in-house to run advertising. Apple has been trashed over the years as nothing more than a “marketing company” that sold cool to customers. This, too, is silly because the products are great. But there’s no denying that its advertising and marketing was excellent. That advertising inspired a generation of companies who are all doing excellent work. Apple’s work by comparison started to go sideways. Can Apple regain its marketing mojo by bringing its ad team in-house?
  • Apple retail is going to get a big make over. Angela Ahrendts was brought in from Burberry to shake things up. 
  • Apple has been on an acquisitions spree. On earnings, Cook said the company bought 24 companies in the past 18 months. And it feels like every other day we’re hearing about a new little pick-up. It’s an un-Apple-like move, but it can’t hurt to bring in fresh new talent with good ideas.
  • It bought Beats for $3 billion. The cool kids in Silicon Valley snort at the deal. (A typical response we saw on Twitter on Tuesday: Google buys a satellite company, Facebook buys Oculus, the leading virtual-reality company, and Apple buys a bad headphones company?) But, whatever, this is something completely different. It’s a low-cost, low-risk deal, and Apple can easily expand the distribution and quality of Beats headphones. Not to mention that it infuses the company with some creative “think different”-types of people who don’t live in the insular world of tech. 
  • Apple is going to release the iWatch, its first post-Steve Jobs product in October. Whether it’s a smash hit or a flop, this is exciting. We’re getting the first new hardware product from Apple in four years. 
  • “Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” That’s a quote from Eddy Cue, who runs Apple’s internet services. Personally, I think it’s crazy to do hype like that, but Cue and the rest of Apple’s executive team seem confident in what they’re doing. 

We are firmly in the post-Steve Jobs era, and Apple is doing a lot of stuff that Jobs would not have liked. Whether that’s for the best won’t be known for a few years, but as of right now these changes look good and necessary.

Because Jobs was such a powerful, brilliant executive, his flaws tend to be swept over. But he had flaws. For instance, he was opposed to putting iTunes on Windows-based computers. However, that was the right call as it led to widespread adoption of the iPod, which kick-started Apple’s comeback. Jobs was opposed to an App Store because he wanted total control over the iPhone’s software. The App Store was the right call.

After Jobs died, I spoke with a former Apple executive, and one thing he said has stuck with me. Basically, Jobs created bottlenecks at Apple because every major decision flowed through him. With Jobs gone, and power more diffuse, it seems as if Apple can do more within its product categories.

Cook has taken over the company, and it looks like he’s managed to balance Jobs’ obsession with secrecy and control with just enough openness to make the iPhone and iPad better products. 

Things are changing at Apple, and it’s going to be exciting to see what happens. 

The iPhone 6 Is Coming In September And It Will Be In Two Sizes With A Higher-Resolution Screen

The iPhone 6 Is Coming In September And It Will Be In Two Sizes With A Higher-Resolution Screen

Jay Yarow

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Apple will release the iPhone 6 in September, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review.

It said suppliers of the iPhone’s screens are set to ramp up production to hit the September release.

Nikkei said the iPhone would come in two screen sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Right now Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S have four-inch screens. Apple is the only major phone manufacturer with a screen that small.

The latest flagship Android phones from Samsung and HTC have five-inch screens.

As a result, the iPhone’s screen feels small and cramped relative to its Android competition.

In addition to enlarging the screen, Apple will make the resolution of the new iPhones significantly higher, said Nikkei.

For Apple, this has the potential to be massive.

Brian Marshall at ISI said this would be the “mother lode” of upgrade cycles for Apple. The new iPhones, with their larger screens, will be significantly different from older models, and as a result Marshall expects big sales to existing customers.

A Generic iPhone Charger Reportedly Shocked A Woman To Death, So Apple Is Selling Its Chargers For $10

A Generic iPhone Charger Reportedly Shocked A Woman To Death, So Apple Is Selling Its Chargers For $10

Following the news last week, of a woman in China being electrocuted by an iPhone charger, Apple has announced that it will sell its iPhone chargers for $10 to anyone who exchanges a third-party charger – valid up until October 13.

If you need a replacement adapter to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, we recommend getting an Apple USB power adapter. For a limited time, you can purchase one Apple USB power adapter at a special price — $10 USD or approximate equivalent in local currency. To qualify, you must turn in at least one USB power adapter and bring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for serial number validation. The special pricing on Apple USB power adapters is limited to one adapter for each iPhone, iPad, and iPod you own and is valid until October 18, 2013.

They should do a full exchange!  I’m not paying $10

Lady Gets Electrocuted by iPhone in China

Lady Gets Electrocuted by iPhone in China

I find this article a little hard-to-believe based on the number of times I have used an iPhone while it was plugged in.  Investigators are still uncertain how a 5V USB cord delivered enough current to electrocute Ma Ailun’s neck, which brings into question whether there was foul-play involved.

This article is sketchy!  They don’t know what kind of phone she had or what kind of charger…?  She died while speaking on her phone connected to her charger!  Whose in charge of this crime scene?  Come on MacGyver, I think you can do a better job interpreting evidence.  #AppleConspiracyTheory