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iPhone 6 Rumors

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Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year.  The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected.  There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass).  This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.

The iPhone 6

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Display

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Two models will be available: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Tech Specs

 

Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:

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Credit: MacRumors

This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.

Credit: MacRumors

Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack.  Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration
  • Healthbook (new app made by Apple)
  • integration with iWatch
Credit: MacRumors

Credit: MacRumors

Release Date

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Other Rumors

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out our iPhone 6 Rumors page and see Rumors for everything else.

Motivation to Exercise This Year

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It has been a few days since the new year has started and many New Year’s resolutions that were made might seem to be nearly impossible.  The number one New Year’s resolution is to exercise because the holidays always take a toll on people’s bodies. With delicious treats like gingerbread and pumpkin pie, it is hard to say no to a second or third helping.  To keep you motivated in your New Year’s resolutions, there are some excellent apps on the App Store and Google Play (for our Android users).  My New Year’s resolution in 2013 was to exercise and I exercised the entire year.  To take it a step further this year, my resolution is to exercise at least twice a week and these are the apps that I will be using to help me accomplish this:

1. Lift – Daily Motivation by Lift Worldwide

20140104-125223.jpgThis app is excellent motivation for any goal.  Choose from hundreds of plans; including exercise, drink more water and spend less time on Facebook.  Once you decide on a plan, you’ll see you are not alone in your plan.  Many of them have thousands of participants that you can connect to.  Set a goal, like exercise, and make it your priority for 21 days (the time it takes the average person to make something into a habit) with this app.  Lift is free on the App Store and Google Play.

2. POPSUGAR Active by POPSUGAR Inc.

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The POPSUGAR Active app is a great exercising app that makes any workout fun.  Discover new workouts (yoga, strength training, running, etc.), save workouts and create custom routines, download workouts for offline viewing, schedule workouts directly into your calendar and more.  The workouts either come with a video that makes you feel like you are part of the class or a step-by-step guide that moves at your own pace.  For exercising apps, this one covers a broad range of exercises. POPSUGAR Active is free on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Fooducate by Fooducate Ltd.

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Fooducate has to be the best app on the App Store that tells you more information about the food you have in front of you.  It can be used to track your meals and exercise, personalize your weight loss goal and help you achieve it.  I rather use the app to find out how healthy my food is and what are some better alternatives.  Scan any product to reveal if any ingredients are genetically modified, if there is excessive sugar present, additives and preservatives, vitamins, good fats and more.  The app not only identifies the negative aspects of the food, but the positive aspects too.  The food is graded on a scale with “A” being the highest depending on nutrition and ingredients.  Fooducate is free on the App Store and Google Play.

For more great exercising apps, check out RunKeeper (App Store and Google Play), 7 Minutes by Lolo (App Store) and MyFitnessPal (App Store and Google Play).

Download these three apps and you will be on your way to a healthier 2014 full of exercising.  Many New Year’s resolutions don’t survive the first month, but it is time we change this.  Stick to your New Year’s resolutions so when Christmas comes around, you can indulge without having to worry about the effect on your body.   Good luck and enjoy your 2014.

2013: Year in Review

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2013 has been an excellent year for iDevices.  We started out the year with the newly released iPad with Retina (iPad 4) and iPad mini, iPhone 5, redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano, iOS 6 and more.  This year, Apple, planned to show they are still innovating by releasing improved products and a new one too.  Here is the summary of what Apple has released for iDevices over this past year.

May, June:
Until Autumn, Apple had a small presence in iDevices over the year.  In May, they released the fifth generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage.  This iPod is a less expensive version of the colorful iPod touch that lacks the back iSight camera, iPod touch loop and back flash.  It would only be available in silver, but has the same size screen as the larger storage iPods (32GB and 64GB models).  At WWDC, Apple introduced the new operating system for iDevices.  The redesigned OS came straight from the mind of Jonathan Ive, SVP of Design.  iOS 7 eliminated the felt and leather we were used to since the start of iPhone.  It added new colors, redesigned apps, many features, more multitouch/gesture control and increased accessibility to allow more people to use it.

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7

 

September:
In September, Apple announced the iPhones.  The iPhone 4S was still a major competitor for $0 with a new two-year contract and 8GB of storage.  The iPhone 5 was being replaced by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.  This iPhone 5s was expected to be announced this year.  It came with a fingerprint scanner, 64-bit A7 processor, motion-tracking M7 co-processor, dual-LED flash and a slow-motion HD camera.  The iPhone 5s is available in space gray/black, silver/white and gold/white, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and starting at $199 with a new two-year contract.  The iPhone 5c, a mid-range less expensive iPhone, comes in multiple colors with similar specifications to the iPhone 5s. In addition, iOS 7 was released.  We also saw a new case for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

iPhone line-up at Apple's September Media Event

iPhone line-up at Apple’s September Media Event

October:
Apple announced the next generation to the iPad line-up.  The fifth generation iPad, as expected, was announced, but it came as “iPad Air” instead of “iPad 5” or the “new iPad”.  This iPad came with a redesigned form factor, with less weight and similar bezels to the iPad mini, new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 co-processor, advanced wireless and dual microphones.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and replaced the iPad 3/4 with the new iPad air.  The iPad mini was debated all year to either include a Retina display or to not include one.  In the end, Apple went with the Retina display at 326ppi, 64-bit A7 chip and advanced wireless.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and iPad mini (1st generation) to sell alongside the iPad air and iPad mini with Retina.  We also saw new smart covers and smart cases. 

iPad line-up at Apple's October event

iPad line-up at Apple’s October event

 

Expectations for 2014

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2013 was an excellent year for Apple products.  We saw many next generation products and a couple new, unexpected products.  As expected, we saw a second generation iPad mini (although it was unsure whether it would have a Retina display or not), the fifth generation iPad with the redesign, the iPhone 5s (with a similar design to the iPhone 5) and iOS 7 with an announcement at WWDC and release in Autumn.  We saw (and were not expecting) the iPhone 5c and fifth generation iPod touch 16GB.

Tim Cook has reflected on 2013 to Apple’s employees in a memo recently and has cited “big plans” for 2014.  Each year seems to improve for Apple and we are mostly beyond what Steve Jobs has helped develop before his death.  Here are the expectations for iDevices in 2014 (many are a given):

1. iPhone 6 (or iPhone air)

The iPhone 6 will feature a redesign with better internal components then the iPhone 5s, a larger display (possibly 4.8 to 5 inches) and may be released in May.

2. iPhone 6c

Apple may release the next generation device to the iPhone 5c or they may stick with an update every other year.  They have never released a less expensive iPhone so this one is up in the air.  I am anticipating a similarly designed iPhone 6c with updated colors.  The iPhone 5c will likely become free with a new two-year contract.

3. iPad air (2nd generation)

The next generation iPad air should feature a similar design with updated internal components (A8 chip, M8 chip, etc.)  It will likely come with Touch ID, a higher resolution display (Retina HD?) and be released in Autumn.

4. iPad mini with Retina (3rd generation)

This new iPad mini would theoretically be redesigned (based on Apple’s past history).  It will also likely feature Touch ID and also be released in Autumn.

5. iPad pro

A larger iPad has been rumored for the education market with a screen display around 12.9 inches.  It would be a hybrid device between the iPad air and MacBook Air.  The iPad pro could be considered a substitute to the MacBook air.

6. iWatch

The iWatch may be seen in 2014, since Samsung released their Galaxy gear this past year.  Apple has interest in the wearable technology market, but may be holding out for the right moment.  If they are going to release a wearable device, they want to do it right.

7. iOS 8

The next generation operating system is a given and will likely be announced at WWDC and released in the Fall (unless the iPhone 6 is released in May like rumored to be).  It should feature more gesture/multitouch controls, the same design with many bugs fixed and a lot of new features.  I am still hoping for widgets.

8. iPods

Apple released new iPods in 2012 and we should see updated models this year.  The iPods should roughly stay the same, but include better internal components.  I doubt Apple would kill off the iPod classic (unless they updated it) because there still is a market for 160GB of music.

9. Innovative Technology

Although not completely rumored, Tim Cook did hint at something in 2013.  I expect we will see a new product, unforeseen.  You may argue I expect this every year, and that is true.  The past year, the unexpected product was the iPhone 5c.

Wishlist for 2014:

  • iCar- the next generation of cars featuring smarter technology
  • more integration between iDevices and Mac (i.e. wireless charging for iPhone within 1 foot of iMac or something)

The featured image of the iPhone 6 is from TechFaster and created by Jared DiPane.

12 Days of Gifts

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Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the smells, the sights, people coming together, being able to spend time with family and friends and receiving gifts.  I love spending the entire month deciding which gifts to get each of my loved ones in order to have a great Christmas (and they do the same so I have a great Christmas too.)  However, as soon as Christmas comes, the season ends and everything goes back to the way it was.  To keep the Christmas ball rolling, Apple has created an app called 12 Days of Gifts.  This app has been around for many years in other parts of the world, like the UK and Japan, but this is the first year it is available in the United States.

12 Days of Gifts, created by Apple, gives you a new gift (free song, movie, app, book and more) each day from December 26 to January 6.  The gifts are only available for 24 hours and they are not available in all countries.  Apple gives you Lorde’s new single to get you started once you download the app.

12 Days of Gifts app

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

Cyber Week Deals

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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:

Walmart:

  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

Cyber Monday Week:

Regular Deals:

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Black Friday Survival Guide

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Black Friday is almost here and that means most of the advertisements are out.  Apple, as expected, waits until nearly the last minute to post their Black Friday deals.  For now, we have all the major retailers with their Black Friday Apple iDevice deals.  Here is your full guide to getting the best deals for the best iDevices, for hours check out this page:

First, the hot buys:
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5 Hidden iOS 7 Features

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iOS 7 was officially announced in June at WWDC 2013 and was released in September. Along with a brand new user interface that was more colorful and simpler, Apple loaded hundreds of new features into the operating system. The biggest new part of iOS 7 (besides the obvious interface changes) is the gesture control. Apple has really embraced multi-touch and added a lot of new gesture features, which in my opinion should have existed since the birth of the iPhone, but oh well. Here is a list of 5 hidden iOS 7 features I bet you that you didn’t know existed.

Spirit Level

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Apple has added a Spirit and Bubble Level in the Compass app. In the Compass app, you’ll notice two circles near the bottom center of the screen to indicate two pages. Swipe left to reveal the Spirit and Bubble level. Lay your iPhone flat for the bubble level. It is primarily black and white, but turns green at 0°. The Spirit Level is shown when your device is turned on its side. Also it is primarily black and white and turns green at 0°. However, this is not the hidden feature.

Apple has added a memory component to the Spirit and Bubble level. In the Spirit or Bubble Level, tap the screen to turn level into red and white. This causes the level to recalibrate to whatever you are trying to level. For example, say you want two picture frames to be exactly 17° (so slightly slanted). You could either measure one to 17°, remember the number 17 and measure the second one. Or you can take out your iPhone’s Spirit Level, measure the black and white level to 17° then tap the screen and measure the next one to the same angle. It’s difficult to explain, so you should just take out your iPhone and try it. The black line is the saved level (in our example, 17°) and the red line is the current iPhone’s angle.

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Swipe Back

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In many of Apple’s stock apps, such as Mail, Messages and Safari, you can swipe right to go back to the previous screen or reveal other messages. For example, in the Mail app on the iPhone, swipe right to reveal your other emails. The screenshot above is taken while my finger was in the middle of a right swipe. For an example of Back Swipe in Safari, check out my iOS 7 Top Features post.

Undo Email Deletion

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To delete an email, swipe the email from left to right. This has been possible for awhile, but what do you do if you accidently deleted the wrong email? Sometimes the email is completely deleted and not in your Trash, so Apple has finally added a way to get back the email, to undelete it. It’s easier you think! Just shake your device after deleting the email (as shown above), tap “Undo” and your email will magically reappear.

Frequent Locations

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This feature is really amazing, but also kind of creepy at the same time. Frequent locations (when turned on) allows your iPhone to learn places you visit frequently and help predict when you’ll be there next. For example, I am a University of Maine student and (as shown above) my iPhone has recorded 44 visits since September 30 and the times I spent at the University. So according to my iPhone, I was at the University November 15 from 9:28am to 11:33am. Now this sounds creepy that your iPhone knows where you are and how long you are there for, but there are plenty of good uses for this. First and foremost, it is proof that your iPhone was in these locations at these times. Also, my iPhone tells me every morning roughly how long the drive will be to campus, usually between 17 and 20 minutes based on traffic. It can help you remember when you went shopping or hung out with that friend (and the times you were there for). It can help you win arguments too! To access this Setting (or turn it off); open the Settings app, Privacy, Location Services, scroll down to System Services and then Frequent Locations. You can turn it off, turn off improving Maps, check out your history and clear your history.

Create Events in Other Apps

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I always like to create an event if my friends and I plan to meet up for lunch or dinner. Instead of opening the Calendar app and creating an event that way, it is usually easier just to type it out in a message. In the sent message, an underline should appear under the time (and date if applicable). Tap on the underlined date/time to either Create Event, Show in Calendar or Copy. Tap Create Event and the time/date should already be in the event. The title, location, repetition, invitees, alert, calendar group, etc. need to be filled out. See below for a continuation of what to do.

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Black Friday Deals Update

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Why look online through Black Friday advertisements looking for Apple iDevice deals when I have already done that for you.  Come back here often to see the iDevice deals. (Updated 11/12 8pm)
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iDevice Deals

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Apple has already announced all of the products they plan on releasing this year, which means that the rumor mill has quieted down for a little while. We are still waiting for the Retina iPad mini to be released (November 22 most likely) and the Mac Pro (December?). For the next month and a half/until the end of the year, this blog will be primarily focused on deals for iDevices and their accessories. My twitter feed will be updated with bunch of deals, the Facebook page will have the iOS 7 Tip of the Day in addition to deals and the blog will feature the best deals and a full guide to Black Friday.

At the top, you’ll see the link for the Black Friday page of deals. This page has all the deals for Black Friday 2013 at major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Apple Store, etc. The page will be updated at least twice a week and more frequently as Black Friday approaches. You can also click here to get to the page.

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