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iPhone 6 Concept Based on Leaked Pictures

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MacFan, a Japanese magazine, posted the sketches below of the iPhone 6.  These pictures show two different-sized smartphones, which aligns with the rumor that Apple is working on releasing two models.  The first one is expected to have a 4.7-inch display and the second one, a 5.5-inch display.  According to the images, the devices will be slimmer, flat and bezel-free with a single LED flash and protruding camera (like found on the iPod touch).

 

 

iPhone 6 Sketches

iPhone 6 Sketches

 

These pictures inspired Nowhereelse.fr, a French Apple blog, and Martin Hajek, a graphic designer, to work together and design a very realistic concept for the iPhone 6.  If the leaked image above is actually for the iPhone 6, the concept below is likely to be what the iPhone 6 will look like.  These designs show an iPhone with rounded corners, a sapphire glass back and a rocker-style volume button.

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

To stay up to date with the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out the iPhone 6 page and follow us on Twitter. The iPhone is expected to be announced in September alongside iOS 8.

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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Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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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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October 22 Event Invitation Released

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Yesterday afternoon, Apple finally released their event invitation for the iPad-focused event on October 22.  We expect Apple will announce the slightly thicker Retina iPad mini (second generation), the slimmer iPad mini-shaped iPad 5 (fifth generation full-size iPad), the release date of OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.

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Invitation Clues:

“We still have a lot to cover”

  • “We still” –> Apple isn’t finished yet announcing products, the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be announced around this time and Apple is secretly confirming that “yes, we know and yes are going to be talking about iPads.”  Also, “still” refers to them updating their products, not necessarily announcing new ones.
  • “a lot” –> 2 new iPads do not qualify as “a lot”.  Apple is expected to announce the iPads in addition to the release date for OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.  Does 4 new products count as “a lot” to you?
  • “cover” –> very interesting choice of word, could it refer to the new color choice for the iPads (Space Grey, White and Gold) or maybe a new Smart Cover because their iPad 5 is changing form or something.
  • The colors of invitation and transparencies are interesting, I don’t think it has a direct referral to the iPads.  The leaves could represent Autumn, since the event is in Autumn and the colorful transparent leaves could relate to iOS 7.
  • Here’s a crazy theory: I mentioned on Facebook that 71% of users have upgraded to iOS 7 within a month.  What if the leaves represent people who have upgraded.  The non transparent leaves represent people who have not upgraded (they are in the minority towards the top of the invitation) and the transparent leaves are users who have upgraded (the majority towards the bottom of the invitation).  Or the leaves are covering one another, directly relating the the “We still have a lot to cover”.
  • We will know within a few days.

 

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iPad 5 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 7.2mm thin due to thinner display
  • iPad mini-like design, narrower bezels
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as previous generations

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iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • Retina display with 324ppi (2048×1536 resolution)
  • same form as previous generation, maybe slightly thicker to incorporate Retina display (like the iPad 2 vs. iPad 3)
  • A6X processor (same as iPad 4)
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, potentiall 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as before

 

 

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September 10th Event: One Week Later

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It has officially been a week since Apple has revealed their new iPhones.  We saw the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C be announced, but some other products came out too, but were left unannounced.  Here’s the recap:

iPhone 5C: the mid-tier iPhone 5 in multiple colors

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Apple usually decreases the price of the previous generation iPhone when they release a new one.  In theory, Apple should have brought the iPhone 5 to $99, the iPhone 4S to $0 and the new iPhone 5S was starting at $199.  However, they switched things up and discontinued the iPhone 5 in favor of the updated iPhone 5C, which is available in multiple colors.  It has similar specifications to the iPhone 5, like camera (back: 8MP, front: 1.2MP), A6 processor, LED flash, panorama, etc., but it is also a little heavier (lighter than the iPhone 4S), has a polycarbonate (plastic) back, slightly larger and bulkier and a battery battery.  This iPhone starts at $99 for the 16GB model on contract.

 

iPhone 5S: the best iPhone 5 ever

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This iPhone was highly expected because Apple always announces a new numbered iPhone (ex: iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and a year later, they announce an updated model with the “S” attached (ex: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S).  This model has improved specifications and always includes some extraordinary, like the iPhone 3GS had a video camera, iPhone 4S had Siri and now the iPhone 5S has TouchID (fingerprint scanner).  This iPhone is the same size and weight or the iPhone 5, it has an improved battery, a new A7 processor with a separate M7 motion tracking processor, the ability to take slow motion videos, a dual LED flash and TouchID.  This iPhone starts at $199 and comes in Black/Space Gray, White/Gold and White/Silver.

 

iPods: the silent color update

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The iPods were silently updated to include Apple’s new Space Gray color.  The specifications remain the same, but this new color is now available.  Since Apple decided to quietly update the old models with Space Gray, this suggests they will not be updating the iPods anytime soon.  Although the iPod Classic has not been updated since 2009, it is still available in two colors.

 

If you noticed any other updates to iDevices, leave a comment below.

Finally, don’t forget iOS 7 is coming out tomorrow.  Based on Apple’s history, they usually release the new operating system sometime between 9:30am and 10:30am PST or 1:30pm and 2:30pm EST.  Make sure you back up your iDevice before you update.

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Tech Specs

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UPDATE: 3:00pm, September 10: The tech specs below have been updated to the beautiful new iPhones that Apple has announced at their event earlier today.  This post will be moved relatively soon to a new page featuring iPhone and iPad comparisons.  Until then, see the specs below. Also, if you tweet or share this post, it will still count as 2x the number of entries. 

It is less than 24 hours until Tim Cook comes on stage at Town Hall at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California to talk about what Apple has done this past year; iOS 7 and of course, two new iPhones.  Apple is expected to announce a release date for iOS 7 (probably September 18th if history tells us anything about past Apple’s iOS releases), the iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), the iPhone 5C (a new inexpensive iPhone unlike anything we are used to) and potentially a software update to the Apple TV.  Recently, a rumor came out saying that the new iPad 5 and iPad mini could be announced too, but it is highly unlikely Apple will announce four major products on the same day.

The tech specs of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are shown below in the style Apple lists tech specs based completely on rumors.  We won’t know for sure about any of the specs until Apple officially announces them tomorrow.  To compare, the iPhone 5 tech specs are also listed.  This blog post should be updated again tomorrow or Wednesday with the legit specs that Apple gives us.

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More Evidence Released for iPhone 5S

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The iPhone 5S/5C event is only two days away! And, as expected, more photos of the iDevices are showing up online.  The iPhone 5S is rumored to feature a fingerprint scanner on the Home button and to help confirm this, Patently Apple discovered an European patent concerning a Home button with a sensor ring around it.  This picture, shown below, looks a lot like the Home button that we saw earlier on the iPhone 5S retail packaging.   Patently Apple believes it is a sensor ring surround the Home button with the ability to detect a user’s fingerprint without them actually hitting the Home button.

Apple's Home button patent

Apple’s Home button patent

After the September 10th event in the United States, Apple has planned a separate event in China on the 11th.  Apple is expected to reveal the same two iPhones in China, which is the first time they have held a separate event in another country!  Apple is said to have just made a deal with China’s largest carrier.  The iPhone in the picture below has CCC marks on the back, which are like our FCC mark in the United States.  The CCC and FCC marks are mandatory safety marks to show the device has undergone testing to make sure it is safe to use and that it will not interfere with government and emergency systems (iDownloadBlog).

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iPhone 5S

CCC safety marks

CCC safety marks

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Apple Confirms September 10 Event

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Apple has officially confirmed the September 10th event where it will reveal its new innovative products. The event will start at 10am PST (or 1pm EST) at Apple’s headquarters Town Hall in Cupertino. Like the past few media events, it is likely to be recorded live and available to watch on the Internet.

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It is widely anticipated that the event will reveal a new iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), new inexpensive iPhone 5C, a release date for iOS 7 and the new Apple TV (stay tuned for updates on this one). The iPhone 5S is rumored to contain a fingerprint scanner on its Home button, the new A7 chip that is 31% faster and better for the battery, a dedicated motion tracking chip for gesture control, a dual-LED flash and two more colors (gold/champagne and graphite) in addition to the current white and black iPhone 5’s. The iPhone 5C is expected to be Apple’s entry into the inexpensive smartphone market. It will have a cheaper price tag in addition to a polycarbonate outer shell that will come in blue, green, yellow, red and white. The 5C is also rumored to replace the iPhone 5.

In addition to confirming the event, Apple always includes hints in their invites. For starters, “this should brighten everyone’s day” is a reference to the iPhone 5C, which will be available in multiple colors, and iOS 7, which is a multicolored redesigned user interface. The “everyone” could be an additional reference to Apple offering a lower cost iPhone. It is probably not a coincidence that the colors of the iPhone 5C coincide with the colors of the event invitation: white, green, blue, yellow, red (pink), etc. I think the biggest hint is the gray circle indicating a white circle (or bubble). they purposely included a white circle.

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What to Expect This Week….

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The rumored date for the iPhone 5S/5C announcement is September 10. If the rumors are indeed true, Apple should be releasing invitations for the event over the next couple of days. And as the big day comes closer, more leaked photos of the new iDevice should make their way online. We may even get lucky again this year and catch an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C at a local Cupertino bar (like the iPhone 4).

Every day or so a few more pictures of the rumored devices make their way on to the Internet. As the product comes together and more parties are informed about the device, pictures are taken and shared. The fact that this past weekend some more pictures of the iPhone 5C were leaked (shown below) showing the whole iPhone in packaging with instruction manuals, legal information and the SIM card ejector pretty much confirms that Apple will release an iPhone 5C. The only thing we need now is a media event hosted by Apple telling us about the exciting new products.

The first picture is of the new red or pink-looking iPhone 5C in the retail packaging. This picture was initially posted by iApps.im. The picture is consistent with the images that were released within the past few weeks depicting a colored iPhone. It’s also consistent with Apple retail packing (at least for the iPod touch), which displays the iDevice in a clear plastic shell with a sticker of what the screen would look like if the device were on and an opaque outer shell containing the important stuff (manual, EarPods, etc.).

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The second and third pictures show the instruction manual for the iPhone 5C with iOS 7 on them. These pictures were found on a micro-blogging website called Weibo.

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On a final note, the new iPhone 5C is rumored to come in multiple colors: green, blue, white, yellow and red. It will also have a 4-inch Retina display, lightning connector, 8MP back camera, 1.2MP front camera, A6 chip and a much lower price as compared to the iPhone 5.

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