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New photos of purported True Tone flash and other iPhone 6/6L parts appear online

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New photos of what appear to be the True Tone flash components for both versions of the iPhone 6 have appeared on ElekWorld, providing even more evidence that Apple is planning to announce and release both models at around the same time. Interestingly, the website also carries a whole host of purported iPhone 6 parts, including front display panels, volume rockers, and home button assemblies.

Apple, of course, is expected to announce a redesigned 4.7″ iPhone 6 and a 5.5″ iPhone 6L on September 9th. We’ve seen part and design leaks for both of these models in recent months, and both variants recently entered mass production.

Check out the gallery below for even more images of the site’s claimed iPhone 6 and 6L parts:

iPhone 6 Home button assembly iPhone 6 Home button iPhone 6 Home buttons iPhone 6L flash iPhone 6 Loudspeaker 4.7" front panel iPhone 6 dock connector iPhone 6 dock connector iPhone 6 SIM trays Mainboard iPhone 6 home button assembly Mainboard Battery cover fasteners 4.7" front frame iPhone 6L dock connector iPhone 6L dock connector iPhone 6 home button assembly iPhone 6 volume rocker iPhone 6 flash iPhone 6 vibration motor iPhone 6 volume rocker iPhone 6 flash iPhone 6L flash
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T-Mobile offering up to $50 off all iPhone models starting tomorrow

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As noted by the folks over at TmoNews, the magenta-branded un-carrier will be offering a discount of up to $50 on all iPhones starting tomorrow. An internal memo leaked from the company indicates that not every model will get the full $50 drop, but at least a few will. The cut comes off of the “device-only price,” or the full price of the phone. Subsidized models won’t be affected, it seems.

This discount is just the latest blow in the ongoing war between U.S. mobile carriers. Sprint recently announced all-new family and individual plans in an attempt to compete with more capable networks like AT&T and Verizon, while scrappy underdog T-Mobile continues its campaign against the norms established by its competition.

If T-Mobile isn’t your thing, you can get a new iPhone 5c for only $.97 or an iPhone 5s for as low as $79 over at Wal-Mart. That deal applies to all carriers except T-Mobile.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone, sale, tmobile, uncarrier

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Is this iPhone case company worth $2.5B? Goldman Sachs thinks so.

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From Reuters:

Otter Products LLC, the privately held company that makes the OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, is exploring a sale that could value the company at more than $2.5 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Otter Products, founded in 1998 by entrepreneur Curt Richardson and owned by him and his family, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to manage the sale process, the people said this week.

Some private equity firms have expressed interest in the company, the people added, cautioning that no deal is certain.

Looks like smartphone case maker Otterbox may be looking to cash in on its success to the tune of $2.5 billion. That would be quite the sale, if anyone were to take them up on it. Otterbox itself acquired fellow case maker Lifeproof last year.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: OtterBox

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Apple rolls out new iAd formats, launches network in Russia and Switzerland

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Apple announced two changes to its iAd platform today, expanding the reach and available formats of the ad network in an attempt to reel in more advertisers. The first of these changes is support for brand new iAd styles, including those pre-roll videos we’ve all come to know and love on YouTube. Full-screeninterstitial have also been added to the selection, with both new formats detailed in an updated implementation guide.

The company also announced that it starting today the iAd network is available in two new countries: Russia and Switzerland.  iAd creators can use the iAd Workbench to update their target audiences to cover these new demographics.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: IAd

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iPhone-connected August smart lock finally overcomes delays, begins shipping

The August smart lock system, which was originally announced in May 2013 and expected to ship in Q1 2014, has finally overcome shipping challenges and delays, the company announced today. The Yves Behar-designed device has already started shipping to a few buyers, and pre-order pricing has ended, bringing the price up to $249.99.

The August is one of many similar replacements for traditional keyed deadbolts that uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to manage who can and can’t unlock your doors. Owners can add and remove authorized users through the iOS application, and the door will automatically unlock whenever the Bluetooth-enabled smartphone of one of these users comes within range.

Users who pre-ordered the August lock can expect to finally see some progress on their shipments within the next few months, according to CEO Jason Johnson. The device is available for purchase on the company’s website.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: August, door lock, Smart lock

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iTunes Festival 2014 schedule updated with new acts including Mary J. Blige and deadmau5

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Apple has once again updated the lineup for its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, adding several new musical artists to the schedule, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, and Ed Sheeran. The addition of 19 more acts brings the current announced total to 40, with another 20+ still to be announced.

The complete list of artists added tonight is below:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • deadmau5
  • Tony Bennett
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Nick Gardner
  • Rae Morris
  • Ben Howard
  • Nicola Benedetti
  • James Bay
  • Placebo
  • Foy Vance
  • Wolf Alice
  • Alison Balsom
  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Miloš
  • Little Dragon
  • Jessie J
  • Nick Mulvey
  • Hozier

The festival kicks off on September 1st and will continue through the entire month.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Alison Balsom, Ben Howard, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance, Hozier, iTunes Festival, James Bay, Jessie J, Lisa Hannigan, Little Dragon, London, Mary J Blige, Miloš, Nick Gardner, Nick Mulvey, Nicola Benedetti, Placebo, Rae Morris, Tony Bennett, Wolf Alice

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Apple says Yosemite and iOS 8 beta 4 and older will lose CloudKit functionality tomorrow

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Apple has sent an email developers alerting them to the fact that certain older betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will no longer be able to take advantage of CloudKit functions like MailDrop, iCloud Photo Library, or iCloud Drive. This is likely due to an older sandbox server being taken offline as the operating systems come closer to reaching their public releases.

Developers who wish to keep testing against these features will need to update to at least beta 5 of each operating system. CloudKit and its various applications are part of iOS 8 and Yosemite, which will be required for all users who wish to use these functions when they are released later this fall.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone 6 in just over two weeks. The two new devices are expected to ship with iOS 8 pre-installed.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: CloudKit, iOS 8, yosemite

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