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Someone assembled their own iPhone 6 using leaked parts (Video)

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Following photos that surfaced this morning showing much more subtle antenna breaks on the back of a supposed production model iPhone 6, a video of a device based on the upcoming flagship has surfaced thanks to Feld & Volk, an association of designers and engineers who create luxury custom versions of Apple’s most popular handsets. But what’s interesting about this device is that it seems to actually be built from working parts, and can be seen booting and asking the user to connect to iTunes.

Although many will likely spread this video under the assumption that it’s a fully-working model of the iPhone 6, it’s worth noting that Feld & Volk don’t outright claim this to be the case (although they obviously want us to believe it works). To further prove that this is Feld & Volk’s own work and not simply a leak, we can see plainly that the device—while obviously built from leaked iPhone 6 parts—isn’t running iOS 8. Instead of the blue and white iTunes logo from iOS 7 (that you can see in both devices in the video), iOS 8 features a red/orange and white logo as seen below:

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It’s worth noting, however, that it may or may not be actually running iOS at all. When the device is plugged in, the screen comes to life and for a second you can see a gear on screen that doesn’t look familiar and definitely doesn’t appear when setting up any of the current iOS 7 devices. Futhermore, the cable graphic on the screen is located far above the home button indicating that they may not be using a full-size 4.7-inch screen, either.

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Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: built, custom, feld & volk, iPhone, iPhone 6, leak, parts

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T-Mobile schedules Uncarrier 7.0 event for day after new iPhone unveiling: ‘This time it’s personal’

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T-Mobile just sent out invites to press for its big upcoming Uncarrier 7.0 event scheduled for September 10. That’s a day after Apple is set to announce its new iPhones and possibly other products on September 9, so it’s possible T-Mobile will dedicate at least some stage time to iPhone related announcements.

Its tagline on the invite reads, “This time it’s personal,” but what exactly that means will be anyone’s guess until early next month. Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPhones the day before T-Mobile’s September 10 event, but it’s also expected to give us a look at its new, much-hyped wearable product

T-Mobile has been rolling out a number of new services and initiatives in recent months including its new Music Freedom Program in June and most recently an announcement it would double tablet data and introduce enhanced family plan lines. 


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Apple, event, iPhone, iPhone 6, iWatch, september 10, T-Mobile, uncarrier 7.0

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Apple will appeal court decision to deny sales ban on Samsung devices

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We learned on Wednesday that Apple was denied a request to have certain Samsung devices banned from sale in the ongoing patent case between the two companies, and today The New York Times reports that Apple will appeal that decision.

A judge this week issued a decision denying a sales ban, and Apple on Friday said it would appeal the decision.

In the trial, which wrapped up in May, jurors concluded that Samsung should pay $119.6 million in damages for violating three of Apple’s patents — far below the $2 billion that Apple had asked for. Samsung’s Galaxy S III, a flagship smartphone, accounted for the biggest portion, contributing $52 million worth of the damages.

 Both Samsung and Apple agreed earlier this month to end all patent disputes outside of the United States, but as you can see that is not the case here.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: appeal, Apple, Galaxy, iPhone, patents, sales ban, Samsung

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Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC

Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.

Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Mini-review: Lensbaby LM-10, a fun if pricey accessory for iPhonography fans

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It took a while for Lensbaby’s Kickstarter-funded selective focus lens for the iPhone to make it into production, but the LM-10 is now here and I took it out for a play.

For those not familiar with Lensbaby, the company makes lenses for DSLRs with a bellows lens that provides a small in-focus area, with the rest of the image out of focus. It’s not the same effect as the shallow depth-of-field achieved with a wide-aperture lens, but a less-controllable effect designed to provide fun and unusual images … 

The company’s iPhone version works a little differently from the DSLR versions. There is no bellows, with the free accompanying app used to select the area in focus – the ‘sweet-spot.’ This is achieved simply by moving the sweet-spot around the screen with your finger. (In reality, what the app is showing is a cropped view of the image, and you’re actually moving the crop around the fixed sweet-spot.)

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It has to be said that in practice, viewing your iPhone screen on a bright day, achieving the kind of precision this suggests isn’t easy. But then that’s not really what the Lensbaby is all about – it’s a fun, experimental tool where getting unexpected results is kind of the point. You do, though, need to adopt a bit of a spray-and-pray approach – something that goes against the grain for those who take their photography seriously – shooting a number of variations and then looking afterwards at which one worked best.

The lens attaches to any iPhone magnetically. You attach one of two supplied self-adhesive rings around your iPhone lens (with a cutout to avoid covering the flash), then simply place the lens against the ring, where it is held very securely.

You can attach the lens either way around. One way gives a very small sweet-spot, the other way a larger one. I have to say the small sweet-spot is so small I don’t think there are many situations it would prove useful:

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And another angle on St Paul’s Cathedral, this time with the larger sweet-spot:

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You have both exposure and focus lock buttons in the app, though they can be fiddly to use. They do, though, allow things like shooting into the light.

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Though I did notice that highlights blow out very easily:

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But this is not a lens for those who worry about technicalities, and you can definitely get some fun results.

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It’s small and light enough to slip into your pocket on the off-chance you might want to use it, and the elasticated end-caps mean you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched. When it’s not in use, the ring around your lens doesn’t look out of place.

At $69.95, it may be cheap in DLSR lens terms, but it’s a pretty hefty price for an iPhone accessory. Ultimately, whether it’s a worthwhile purchase is going to come down to how deep your pockets are and how much use you think the lens will see. But if you’re a dedicated iPhonographer, I can definitely see this having appeal.

The LM-10 is available direct from Lensbaby or on Amazon, both at $69.95 with free shipping.


Filed under: Reviews Tagged: Camera, Camera lens, Depth of field, Digital single-lens reflex camera, iPhone, iPhone lens, iPhone lenses, iPhone photography, iphoneography, Kickstarter, Lensbaby, Lensbaby LM-10, LM-10, photography

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Mini-review: Lensbaby LM-10, a fun if pricey accessory for iPhonography fans

lm-10

It took a while for Lensbaby’s Kickstarter-funded selective focus lens for the iPhone to make it into production, but the LM-10 is now here and I took it out for a play.

For those not familiar with Lensbaby, the company makes lenses for DSLRs with a bellows lens that provides a small in-focus area, with the rest of the image out of focus. It’s not the same effect as the shallow depth-of-field achieved with a wide-aperture lens, but a less-controllable effect designed to provide fun and unusual images … 

The company’s iPhone version works a little differently from the DSLR versions. There is no bellows, with the free accompanying app used to select the area in focus – the ‘sweet-spot.’ This is achieved simply by moving the sweet-spot around the screen with your finger. (In reality, what the app is showing is a cropped view of the image, and you’re actually moving the crop around the fixed sweet-spot.)

app

It has to be said that in practice, viewing your iPhone screen on a bright day, achieving the kind of precision this suggests isn’t easy. But then that’s not really what the Lensbaby is all about – it’s a fun, experimental tool where getting unexpected results is kind of the point. You do, though, need to adopt a bit of a spray-and-pray approach – something that goes against the grain for those who take their photography seriously – shooting a number of variations and then looking afterwards at which one worked best.

The lens attaches to any iPhone magnetically. You attach one of two supplied self-adhesive rings around your iPhone lens (with a cutout to avoid covering the flash), then simply place the lens against the ring, where it is held very securely.

You can attach the lens either way around. One way gives a very small sweet-spot, the other way a larger one. I have to say the small sweet-spot is so small I don’t think there are many situations it would prove useful:

lensbaby-2

And another angle on St Paul’s Cathedral, this time with the larger sweet-spot:

lensbaby-4

You have both exposure and focus lock buttons in the app, though they can be fiddly to use. They do, though, allow things like shooting into the light.

lensbaby-5

Though I did notice that highlights blow out very easily:

lensbaby-7

But this is not a lens for those who worry about technicalities, and you can definitely get some fun results.

lensbaby-6

It’s small and light enough to slip into your pocket on the off-chance you might want to use it, and the elasticated end-caps mean you don’t have to worry about it getting scratched. When it’s not in use, the ring around your lens doesn’t look out of place.

At $69.95, it may be cheap in DLSR lens terms, but it’s a pretty hefty price for an iPhone accessory. Ultimately, whether it’s a worthwhile purchase is going to come down to how deep your pockets are and how much use you think the lens will see. But if you’re a dedicated iPhonographer, I can definitely see this having appeal.

The LM-10 is available direct from Lensbaby or on Amazon, both at $69.95 with free shipping.


Filed under: Reviews Tagged: Camera, Camera lens, Depth of field, Digital single-lens reflex camera, iPhone, iPhone lens, iPhone lenses, iPhone photography, iphoneography, Kickstarter, Lensbaby, Lensbaby LM-10, LM-10, photography

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Claimed production model of iPhone 6 casing shows more subtle Space Gray antenna breaks

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French site NWE claims to have found photos of a finished production model of the casing of the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6, shown in gray.

While not revealing anything new about the overall design of the phone, it does appear to give a much clearer view of how the antenna breaks are handled, with a significantly more subtle appearance than had been suggested by some earlier leaked parts, mockups and renders – as seen in the photo below … 

Breaks are needed in an all-metal casing to allow the transmission of radio signals, and there’s been a lot of concern about the aesthetics of these based on versions with either white or black lines. If this is indeed the real thing,  we suspect a lot of those concerns may be allayed.

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The degree to which the breaks stand out does appear to depend on the angle at which the light hits the casing, less noticeable here at the top of the phone than at the bottom. You can see a couple of interior shots over at NWEand iPhonote is showing a side view of what appears to be the same case:

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Claimed parts shown on the same site yesterday appear to show that the iPhone 6 will be available in similar or identical colors to the iPhone 5s. It is also looking near-certain that the traditional annual rumors about the inclusion of NFC for mobile payment are finally true, with the Financial Times lending its weight to earlier reports from Venture Beat, GeekBarWired and others.

We’ll find out for sure at the Flint Center in Cupertino on 9th September.


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