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Huge Crowds at Apple Stores; Apple Offers Free iPhone iOS 8 iBook

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So far the reviews for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus verge on the ecstatic, and huge crowds lined up Friday to purchase the new phone. You can see a roundup of photos and videos of the crowds from around the world on BGR and AppleInsider. The size of the crowds is much larger than the iPhone 5/5s launches. If you're lucky enough to have a new iPhone, or if you're eager to have a comprehensive guide to iOS 8 on your iPhone, you'll want to get the free iPhone User Guide for iOS 8. You can download it via iBooks on your iOS device or on your Mac, or via iTunes. Here's Apple's description:



Do NOT upgrade to iOS 8 just because you can

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Apple is great about making the latest operating system run on older equipment. But just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should! There are reports from iPhone 4S owners that suggest they might have been better off without upgrading.



Next Apple Event Rumored for Second Half of October [update]

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Apple put on a good show on September 9, and on Friday, many lucky people will be the owners of a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now it's time to start gearing up the rumors for Apple's next event. According to AppleInsider, citing a source who's given accurate information in the past about forthcoming Apple announcements, Apple's next event will be in the second half of October.



Here's What's New in iOS 8

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Messages

You can now respond to incoming text messages from the lock screen or from within other apps. You no longer need to go to the Messages app.



Why I Won't Be Buying the iPhone 6 Plus

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I wasn't one of the 4 million people who pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and Plus in 24 hours.

There is one simple reason why: it's too big for me. Their motto—"iPhone 6: Bigger than Bigger"—isn't necessarily a good thing.



Adventure Safely and in Style with These Rugged iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Cases

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One of the many grand achievements that Apple has made with the new iPhone 6 series, is that even though they are larger than the 4-inch screened iPhones we've all become so used to, they are so lightweight and thin that they aren't a burden to take anywhere and everywhere. Of course, this doesn't mean they won't get cracked or dented if they are subjected to rough handling or mishaps. Nonetheless, I can guarantee that within a year, we'll have seen plenty of extreme videos and pictures captured on these new iDevices, and it's safe to say that much of the adventurous footage that will come from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come courtesy of devices encased in one of the following protective cases. Of course, not everyone who wants heavy-duty protection from their iPhone case intends to compete in the X-Games or to climb Everest. A lot of people just want a hardy case that can stand up to the inevitable abuse of a busy and active life. So this roundup is also for anyone who wants a rugged iPhone 6/6 Plus case that can take a beating but still manages to have a slim profile, and takes into consideration things like having good acoustics for calls, music, and videos, as well as easy access to all of the iPhone's buttons and ports.



Now You Can Use Your Phone During Takeoff

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Now you don't have to take a break from your new iPhone or Apple Watch during a flight.

The airlines have been notoriously criticized for making airline passengers turning off phones during takeoff. So when I boarded a flight last week and United told me I could keep my phone and iPad powered on, albeit on airplane mode, I was surprised.



Apple News: Bigger Cases for Bigger iPhones

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Apple had so much to talk about on Tuesday that some new products didn't get mentioned. Apple first introduced bumpers with the iPhone 4, in part to help with the AntennaGate problem. Later, the iPhone 5c got a bunch of brightly colored cases. Now, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus customers can choose official silicone or leather cases from Apple. The cases also come in assorted colors, but they are more muted choices. There's a (PRODUCT)RED option with proceeds going to fight Aids in Africa. Silicone cases cost $35 for the iPhone 6 and $39 for the iPhone 6 Plus. For leather, expect to spend $45 or $49, respectively.



Visualizing the New iPhones

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I ordered the iPhone 6 today, and thanks in part to a printout, I was able to use to see how big the new iPhones are. A colleague, Adam Engst, of TidBITS Publishing, makers of the Take Control ebooks, had printed those prototypes and taped them to cardboard, for a better sense of the three-dimensional size. That helped me rule out the iPhone 6 Plus.



Infinity Blade Chronicles: The Movie

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If ever an iOS game deserved to have a movie made about it, it is Infinity Blade. In what will come as great news for any fans of the groundbreaking, award-winning iOS game, Infinity Blade is potentially about to be made into a short, fan-funded movie. At the helm of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for this project is Josh Aker, composer of the Infinity Blade soundtracks. He talks to us about his vision and the incredible talent he's already amassed for this project in his Kickstarter video below. As you will see, his enthusiasm for the game and for the movie is infectious.



Apple Prepares A New Digital Queue System For Their Stores

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With the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple's Live Event this past Tuesday and its release next Friday, September 19, Apple is taking major steps to make standing in line to purchase the newest devices less onerous. The new system is call Reservation Pass and it will replace the paper cards that used to be handed out to each person in line.



Carriers Offering Major Deals on iPhone 6

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Already the iPhone 6 is selling so well that some websites are down, and shipping time is now 3–4 weeks. The carriers, recognizing that the iPhone 6 is going to be a big seller, are offering great deals in an effort to poach customers from other carriers. According to CNN Money, Sprint has rolled out a deal just for the iPhone 6 that offers you unlimited talk, text, and data for $50 per month. Plus, with their new iPhone For Life Plan, you get the iPhone 6 for $20/month, iPhone 6 Plus for $25/month — with no money down. The iPhone for Life Plan also guarantees a new device every two years. According to Bloomberg, Verizon initially launched an offer of a free iPhone 6 if you traded in your old iPhone. However, the article says that Apple complained, and so Verizon changed their offer. You can get a $100 gift card for a 16 GB iPhone 4S up to a $300 gift card for a 16 GB iPhone 5s.



More Apple Watch Details Emerge

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It will be fun to see how the Apple Watch is received next year. Some reviews have been a bit negative, but I continue to be wowed by the many cool and innovative features. I've never liked wearing watches, so I doubt I'd ever get one, yet I'm excited by what Apple has done. It does seem like a very narrow market, though, since the Apple Watch only works in conjunction with an iPhone. In addition, most young people today don't wear watches. Details about the watch beyond what Apple said on Tuesday are emerging, as journalists write about their experience with the device and glean info from Apple employees. TUAW has helpfully assembled some of these details. The most interesting is how Apple ensures Apple Pay security when the device isn't on your wrist. 



The Apple Watch: What We Got Versus What We Hoped For

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To say I wasn't overly impressed by the Apple Watch would be an understatement. To say I don't like the Apple Watch would be an overstatement. I get it, the Apple Watch is a huge evolutionary step forward, especially for a company known for making shrewd and cautious moves when it comes to entering new product categories. However, history has led me to have what are perhaps unduly high expectations regarding Apple and their products. So when the Apple Watch was unveiled, and it looked almost identical to the Samsung Gear, and it was dependent on being within 30-feet or so of your iPhone in order to function properly (among many other shortcomings including lack of waterproofness and poor battery life) I was left with the awareness that I'd expected "more" from Apple in terms of what their new smartwatch delivered.



Wondering Which iPhone Size Is Right for You? Get Some Hands-On Time With This Printout

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If you are like me, you may be wondering which iPhone size is best for you and your hand size. Everyone is different and what's comfortable for one person isn't necessarily so for the next person. To help you decide which iPhone will work best for you we've included a link to a printout that lets you see for yourself.



The Apple Watch: Why I Expected "More"...

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I love Apple products. They show great innovation, thought, attention to detail and practicality. So please don't get me wrong, I certainly appreciate the concept and technology inheret within the Apple Watch. It's a great device for what it is. That being said...



Tough Choices: iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

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I knew I'd be excited about the new iPhone 6, but I didn't expect to be torn between the two new iPhones announced at today's Apple Keynote: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Maybe you can help me choose?



Developing Next-Generation Apps for the Apple Watch

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The word is out! The new Apple Watch is coming your way in early 2015, providing a brand new platform and great opportunities for a new category of apps. In this post I'll cover some of the basic features available for app developers so you can begin thinking about how these features can be put to use in your own custom apps.



Apple's Very Smart Watch

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The smartwatch. Manufacturers have been trying to deliver on the promise of a full-featured wrist gadget for years. The pitfalls are plentiful: Battery Life. Charging. Water Resistance. Rugged Display. Comfort. Fashion. Features and interface. Price. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and Jony Ive’s team have addressed almost all of these areas of concern with Apple’s traditional attention to detail.



Apple Announcement Roundup

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Today Apple announced some long anticipated new products and upgrades at an event near their headquarters in Cupertino, California. Though we worried that Apple might leave us disappointed, quite a few of our predictions were spot on this year, and we were pleasantly surprised with many of Apple’s newest innovations.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus



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