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More Detail Emerges on Home Button with Fingerprint Sensor


According to the website Electronista, a post by China Telecom accidentally confirmed that Apple will be announcing the iPhone 5S and 5C next Tuesday. As if there were any doubt by now. Details on the new iPhone 5S continue to emerge, including some clues about the Home button/fingerprint sensor. According to AppleInsider, it appears that Apple will place a subtle silver ring around the Home button to differentiate the fingerprint-enabled button from its appearance on the other iPhones. 

Videos of Forthcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini Appear Online


Two videos have been posted this week that give you a clear look at the forthcoming iPads based on the front panel and the back casing. First a video of the the fifth-generation iPad was posted by Lou of Unboxing Therapy earlier this week. (See the video embedded below.) It shows in detail the new device compared to the current fourth-generation iPad. As expected, the new version is narrower overall, thanks to the narrower bezels left and right. In that respect, it has the same form factor as the iPad mini. The video demonstrates that by placing the iPad 5 front panel on top of a fourth-generation iPad, so you can see easily compare the size, and does the same for the back panel. 

Australian Teen Leaks Hi Res Photos of New iPhone Fingerprint Sensor


Somehow an Australian teen named Sonny Dickson is getting some big scoops, first attracting attention last month by posting quality images and videos of the champagne and gray casings for the expected iPhone 5S. Now he's posted hi-res photos of the fingerprint sensor that's expected to be in the new phone. While one can never be sure the photos are authentic, he insists he's verified their authenticity. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be part of the Home button and to be used to enhance security.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sony Releases World's First Smartphone-Attachable Lens-Style Camera!


Sony has just announced its release of the world's first smartphone-attachable lens-style camera!

Snap it on your iPhone, prop it on its legs, or hold it in your hands, the DSC-QX10 or QX100 (coming soon) does not require any wires or very much technical know-how. If you can download an app and press the camera icon on your iPhone, you will be well on your way to snapping images pretty much right out of the box.

Apple May Introduce a New Apple TV at Sept. 10 Event


This summer, Apple added eight content providers to their Apple TV set-top box, including Disney, ESPN, HBO Go, and Smithsonian, indicating that this product is getting increased attention. Not only that, but some evidence suggests that Apple may be working on a software developer's kit that will let content providers create their own apps for the device. That would hugely increase its appeal.

Now it's been discovered that Apple has received three shipments from China labeled "set-top boxes." Those three shipments total 40 metric tons. That's a lot of product. You can read more details on AppleInsider. Clearly something is going on, and the speculation is that Apple may announce a new set-top box at their event on September 10.

Should they release an enhanced version of their Apple TV set-top box, and should they announce a developer's kit, this will be unexpected—and big news.

Planning to Get the New iPhone? How To Get the Most Money For Your Old Device


iMore has posted a great article on how to get the most money for your old iPhone. The site gives tips for preparing it for sale, including unlocking it. The article also gives an overview of services that buy your old phone. Plus, it notes that last Friday, Apple began offering its own in-store trade-in program. You can read more on InformationWeek. It doesn't pay quite as much as other services, but you get the convenience of simply trading in your old phone when you go to buy a new one. The iMore article says a typical price for a used 16GB iPhone 5 is $250.

It's Official! Apple Announces Sept. 10 Event


Apple sent out invitations today for an event next Tuesday, Sept. 10. The colorful invitation reads, "This should brighten everyone's day." The announcement appears to confirm two rumors: that the next iPhone will launch on that date, and that Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone 5C that will come in multiple colors. Plus, the top-of-the-line iPhone 5S is expected to come in a gold or champagne color as well as white and slate.

New iPhones Expected to Go on Sale Sept. 20


It seems pretty certain that Apple will host an event September 10 to announce new iPhones. And now new evidence suggests that those iPhones will go on sale Friday, September 20. The evidence? Both AT&T and T-Mobile have told their employees that nobody can take vacation time the weekend of September 20. This usually happens when a new iPhone launches: All hands are needed on deck because of the huge crowds.

Surprise Me, Apple! Think Different, Please!


Sept. 10 promises to be a very interesting day for those of us who love our Apple products, as well as for the company itself. Lately, consumer confidence in the innovative tech company has been fluctuating, and despite record-setting sales of its iDevices, Apple is still being lambasted for an apparent lack of innovation and an inability to keep up with the changing times in the smartphone market that it revolutionized. All eyes are on Apple, with both consumer and investor confidence hanging in the balance.

Leaked Video Shows Champagne iPhone 5S, Blue iPhone 5C


All the evidence continues to point toward a Sept. 10 event to launch two new iPhones, and we can likely expect Apple to make an official announcement next week. A new video has appeared on the web that gives you a good look at the forthcoming champagne- or gold-colored iPhone 5S as well as a blue iPhone 5C.

Watch Out Pandora: iTunes Radio Set to Debut Next Month


September should be fun. We'll get new iPhones, new iOS software, and the new iTunes Radio service. According to an article on Ad Age Digital, things are all set for the launch of iTunes Radio next month, with Apple having signed advertising deals with McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and others. The article says the streaming music service, which will be similar to Pandora, will have an audio ad every 15 minutes and a video ad every hour.

Voice Recognition Smackdown: Siri vs. Android


Any comparison of iPhone and Android is bound to generate heat, but I thought David Pogue's smackdown between Siri and Android voice recognition was informative. The bottom line: the iPhone is better for dictation and for voice control of apps. But Android blows Siri away when it comes to web searches. 

Siri's dictation gets the edge because it understands a variety of formatting controls, such as "all caps," and all punctuation, such as "dash" and "ellipsis." Android just understands basic punctuation such as "comma," "period," and "exclamation point." Android, however, can do dictation even if you're not online whereas Siri requires an Internet connection. And Android transcribes as you talk, whereas Siri waits until you pause.

Why the Forthcoming iPhone 5S Needs a Fingerprint Sensor


We keep hearing rumors that Apple's next iPhone, expected to be announced Sept. 10, will have a fingerprint sensor. The rumors say it will be a convex home button covered with super-hard sapphire crystal. The presence of related code found by developers in iOS 7 support these rumors. So assuming all this is true, what's the point? Security, of course. A helpful post on Macworld explains that passwords are fairly weak security, especially since so many people still do dumb things like use "password" as their password. Even two-factor authentication, in which a code is sent via SMS, still doesn't guarantee that the person with phone in hand is the rightful owner.

Rumors: Champagne iPhone, iPhone 5C to Replace iPhone 5, Photos of New iPad Casings


Apple's stock has really been jumping up the past week. After having dropped below 400, it's now well over 500 and heading up. Excitement is building, thanks to rumors of a Sept. 10 launch event for the new iPhones. Yet more photos of a champagne-colored iPhone 5S have appeared, seemingly confirming that Apple will be expanding its palette of colors, not only for the polycarbonate low-cost iPhone 5C but also for the iPhone 5S.

Big questions remain, though: how much will Apple charge for the low-cost iPhone, and will it discontinue all earlier low-end models in favor of the iPhone 5C? An interesting post today on AppleInsider says that Apple will drop the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, but retain the iPhone 4S as its low-end device. The iPhone 5C will be its mid-range phone. 

Forthcoming iPhone 5S May Sport Champagne Color, 128GB Storage, 64-Bit Chip


It's just over three weeks until the rumored Sept. 10 introduction of the iPhone 5S, and the rumors are coming hot and heavy. The latest rumors, reported in an article on CNET, say the new phone may also come in a gold or champagne color. Plus, it may follow the precedent of the iPad 4 and offer an option of 128GB of storage. Also, this new baby is rumored to be even faster, thanks to a new A7 chip. A post on AppleInsider suggests this new chip will boost performance by 20 percent and that it may use a 64-bit architecture.

Steve Jobs Movie Starring Ashton Kutcher Opens Friday; New Trailer Posted


The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is finally hitting the big screen this Friday, with a new trailer available (see below) and reviews starting to appear. Titled Jobs, the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival early this year. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely, it also features Josh Gad (Steve Wozniak), Dermot Mulroney, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine. According to the synopsis, "jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life." It covers Jobs's life from 1971 to 2000.

iTunes Store Offering Discounts on 25 Movie Series Bundles


Apple is currently offering a special movie promotion in the iTunes Store that lets you buy 25 bundles of movies for low prices, most of which are HD. For example, you can get the entire series of 10 HD Star Trek movies for $49.99. They even offer the entire Harry Potter series of 10 movies for $9.99. But when I tried to buy it, I got a message saying the item was being revised. Other series include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy ($9.99), The Bourne Collection ($29.99 for HD version), The Matrix Trilogy ($9.99), and The Godfather Trilogy ($19.99).

Apple Rumored to Introduce iPhone 5S and Low-Cost iPhone 5C at Sept. 10 Event


All Things D broke the news over the weekend that Apple will be holding an event Sept. 10 to introduce the new iPhone. Nothing's official of course, but All Things D has a reputation for having solid inside information. It's not known exactly what Apple will introduce, but the evidence suggests Apple will announce the iPhone 5S and an iPhone 5C. Many parts and photos of the latter have been leaked, so the details of this phone seem fairly clear. The most intriguing photo, which accompanies this post, shows a carton of iPhone 5Cs in their boxes, which are clearly labeled iPhone 5C. I suspect that the "C" stands for color, since leaked photos have shown that the phone will come in multiple colors.

iPhone 5S Launch May Be Delayed to Late September


All the evidence continues to point toward Apple's rumored low-cost iPhone and an updated 5th-generation iPad that's thinner and lighter being on track for an early September launch. However, according to AppleInsider, the iPhone 5S is much more challenging to manufacture, and production problems with various components could push back its availability to late September. And even then, supplies would be constrained but would gradually increase through October and November. A separate post on AppleInsider about the forthcoming iPad mini says the expected model with Retina display could be delayed until next March or April. It would launch alongside a second new version that would be somewhat lower-priced than the current iPad mini and without a Retina display. 

Apple Testing Prototypes of Larger-Screened iPhone and iPad


Apple is always experimenting with prototypes, so a report in today's Wall Street Journal doesn't necessarily mean we'll see these devices. But the details are fun to contemplate: they say Apple is testing an iPhone with a screen larger than 4 inches and an iPad with a screen that's nearly 13 inches. The article doesn't say what size iPhone screen Apple is considering, but an artist's rendering by Marco Arment on AppleInsider shows what a 5-inch iPhone might look like (second from right).

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