Alleged iPhone 5S spotted with China Compulsary Certificate markings

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2013

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Apple’s upcoming iPhone plans for China. The company is expected to unveil two new handsets next week, the 5S and the 5C, and rumor has it that it just inked a deal with the country’s largest carrier.

So as you can imagine, that makes this next iPhone 5S shell leak rather interesting. Because while we’ve already seen a number of photos and videos of the handset’s rear casing, this particular one has China Compulsory Certificate markings… Read More


Apple updates apps with support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. Wait, what?

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2013

Apple posted tiny updates for a number of its apps this week, including iMovie, iPhoto, Pages and more. And while the updates themselves seem insignificant—most of their change logs read “addresses compatibility issues”—they may not be.

It’s been discovered that all of these apps, and several others from third party developers, now show that they’ve been “optimized for iPhone 6″ in their Compatibility sections on the App Store. Does this mean the iPhone 5S is actually the iPhone 6?

Update: as noted by several commenters below, it appears that Apple either has a major glitch in its iTunes backend, or is totally trolling us. Users are seeing “optimized for iPhone 6, 7″ and so on, depending on their region. We have updated the title of the post to reflect this.

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Analyst sees Apple launching iPhone with a 4.5 to 5-inch display next year

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2013

Thursday afternoon, The Wall Street Journal released a story claiming that Apple has begun testing different display sizes for future iPhone models. The outlet said that the company is experimenting with screens between 4.8 to 6-inches.

The report was The Journal’s second on the topic in as many months, leading many to believe that there really might be some truth to these plus-sized iPhone rumors. And today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his hat into the ring… Read More


WSJ: China Mobile to offer less-expensive iPhone this fall

By Cody Lee on Sep 6, 2013

China Mobile will be offering at least one of Apple’s new iPhones this fall, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Sherr. The news comes after several years of off-and-on negotiations between the companies.

Sherr claims that sources have confirmed with the news outlet that Apple is preparing to ship iPhones to the carrier, indicating that the Mac-maker has finally reached a long-awaited deal with the world’s largest wireless provider… Read More


WSJ: Apple testing larger iPhone displays of up to 6 inches

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2013

Apple is currently testing iPhone screens as large as six inches, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The news comes as many of the company’s competitors are releasing handsets with 5 and 6 inch displays—the new Note 3 measures in at 5.7.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple is toying with the idea of making a larger iPhone. In fact, The Journal told a similar story in mid-July. So it seems that while the bigger displays are not expected to debut on this year’s model, they are on the way… Read More


Rumor: Apple to release A7X-based iPad and iPad mini this year, lower-cost A6 mini in 2014

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2013

The oft-accurate Apple analyst has spoken again. KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo came down off of his proverbial mountain last night and sent out a letter to investors with some predictions regarding Apple’s iPad plans for the end of this year, and the beginning of next.

Kuo, who as we’ve said before has a solid track record in predicting Apple’s product plans, says that he believes we’ll see two new tablets from the company this year: a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini. And both of them will have an A7X chipset… Read More


New video compares alleged next-gen iPad mini shell to iPad 5, current mini

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2013

We must be getting close to an iPad refresh, because the leaks are becoming more and more prevalent. Hot on the heels of the video that surfaced this morning of an alleged iPad 5 shell, comes a similar clip showcasing a second generation iPad mini.

The clip comes from the same source as the first video, and it claims to show the shell of a next-gen iPad mini along with an iPad 5 shell and current mini for comparison. The two 7.9-inch tablets look very similar, but there’s one notable difference… Read More


Canadian carrier Telus to discontinue some iPhone 5 Models on September 28

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2013

With Apple widely expected to unveil two new iPhones next week, folks have been wondering what’s going to happen to the current iPhone 5. Apple typically keeps previous models around to sell at a discount, but it may not have to with a lower-cost ’5C’ in the lineup.

In fact, some pundits believe that Apple is going to discontinue the iPhone 5 later this month. And today comes purported evidence of that theory, with a leaked carrier inventory screenshot showing multiple current-gen iPhones being discontinued on September 28… Read More


Alleged iPad 5 casing compared to current model in new video

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2013

With Apple’s September 10 event now less than a week away, all of the tech world’s attention has turned to the next generation iPhones. It’s believed that we’ll see two of them next week: an updated iPhone 5S, and an all-new budget iPhone 5C.

But let’s not forget that these aren’t the only new products in Apple’s pipeline. The company also has updated iPads in the wings, which are expected to be unveiled in October. And one of them, said to be the iPad 5, was just caught on tape… Read More


Leaked shipping records suggest new Apple TV coming soon

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2013

Apple made it official yesterday. It will be holding a media event on September 10 where it is expected to unveil two new iPhones and the final version of iOS 7. But are smartphones all that’s on the docket for next week’s event? Perhaps not.

As it turns out, Apple may be planning to unveil a new Apple TV, or similar television-related product at the upcoming presser. A new report shows the company accepted three shipments last month labeled “Set Top Boxes” from a top supplier…

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New iPhone models begin arriving in the US ahead of September 10 media event

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2013

Apple made its long-rumored September 10 media event official this morning, as it sent out a number of invites to the presser. It’s widely believed that the company will use the event to unveil not one, but two new smartphones.

And according to a new report, those smartphones have already begun shipping to the US. Citing a reliable source, MacRumors claims that Apple has begun stockpiling both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C in various channels… Read More


Is this Samsung’s new smartwatch?

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2013

It appears that Samsung is going to beat Apple to the wearable tech space this week. The company has an ‘Unpacked’ media event scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, where it’s widely presumed to unveil a new smartwatch.

Now, this category is still fairly new, so we really don’t know what to expect to see on Wednesday. But if these images from VentureBeat are legitimate, Samsung’s Galaxy watch will feature a 3-inch display and a chunky design… Read More


Images of alleged iPhone 5C packaging and manual hit the web

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2013

A new image surfaced online this weekend, claiming to depict a dozen iPhone 5C units in their retail packaging. The phone, which is believed to be Apple’s long-rumored budget iPhone, is shown in a transparent box similar to that of the iPod touch.

The image was accompanied by two other photos, which also claim to show 5C packaging material. If legitimate, they offer a sneak peek at the handset’s user manual, including a device diagram and legal information, and its SIM card ejection tool… Read More


Apple’s iPhone Reuse and Recycle Program launches August 30, details here

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2013

Yesterday, a flurry of details was released regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone trade-in program, a sales initiative in partnership with the recycling firm BrightStar aimed at boosting iPhone sales and upgrades at company-run retail outlets across the United States. Sources stepped forward today, offering new details concerning the official name, availability, launch date and terms and conditions.

As suspected all along, the trade-ins will be handled through Apple’s existing Reuse and Recycle Program, which has been available for quite some time. Furthermore, the same program will serve as Apple’s new in-store recycling program.

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Flurry of details about Apple’s upcoming iPhone trade-in program emerge

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2013

Bloomberg in June asserted that Apple was gearing up to launch a trade-in program for iPhones at its own retail stores. While the company has been accepting trade-ins through its Reuse and Recycle program for quite some time, this would mark the first time it’s made trade-in offers first hand, via its rumored partnership with the recycling firm Brightstar.

More details have surface Monday on the long-expected initiative designed to allow would-be buyers to earn instant credit for their old iPhones as a way of driving upgrades to newer models. According to one source, Apple will refurbish traded-in iPhones and potentially resell them, while clearing up Genius Bar to focus on non-swappable devices.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


New report claims iPhone 5S, 5C will launch in China on November 28

By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2013

Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C won’t be released in China until November 28, according to a new report. That would put it roughly two months behind the handsets’ initial launch, which is expected to happen on Friday, September 20.

The reason for the delay is that the iPhones have apparently not completed the verification process required by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. And it’s not unusual—it happened last year with the iPhone 5… Read More


New photos show alleged gold iPhone 5S next to black, white iPhone 5

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2013

Some new photos hit the web tonight, showing what is believed to be an iPhone 5S shell in a gold/champagne color next to black and white versions of the iPhone 5. If legitimate, the photos reaffirm recent speculation that Apple will offer its new handset in three colors.

Talk of a golden iPhone reached a fever pitch earlier this week, following a number of reports and corroborating part leaks. And while many have scoffed at the idea of Apple releasing such a gaudy-looking device, others believe that the champagne color will be a hit… Read More


AT&T to offer refurbished iPhone 3GS models to GoPhone customers

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2013

AT&T will soon start offering refurbished iPhone 3GS models to prepaid GoPhone customers, according to a new report from MacRumors. The device will be sold full retail to those that don’t qualify for a subsidized phone.

Quoting an anonymous tipster, the site says that the handset won’t be openly available. Apparently the phones won’t even be displayed publicly, but sales reps will be able to offer them to certain price-sensitive customers… Read More


WSJ: Vevo music video channel could land on Apple TV this week

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2013

Earlier this month, a report surfaced claiming that music video website Vevo is developing an application for Apple TV that offers access to its 24-7 music video channel. But at the time, there were no other information available.

The Wall Street Journal has dug a little deeper, though, and offers up some new details on the story. The outlet says that Vevo has indeed inked a deal with Apple, and the app could launch on the Apple TV as soon as this week… Read More


iPhone 5S and 5C said to be launching in Japan on September 20

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on September 20, according to a report from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. That falls on a Friday, 10 days after the handsets are expected to be unveiled.

The date makes sense, based on Apple’s past history. The company typically launches its new iPhones in the United States and a handful of international markets on the Friday of the following week after they’re announced… Read More

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