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Sept. 9 Event: No iWatch, But HomeKit Accessories from Elgato and Others Likely

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Of course, everyone is wondering what else Apple will introduce on Sept. 9 in addition to the iPhone 6. And according to the latest rumor, we won't see an iWatch. DigitTimes, which gets their information from Apple's suppliers and which isn't always accurate, is reporting that the iWatch is still in the experimental verification testing phase, meaning that Apple is still tinkering with the design. Once the design is settled, then comes the production verification testing phase, in which Apple does some production runs to see if the device can be mass produced with relatively few devices rejected for defects. So even though some suppliers are allegedly already making components for the iWatch, DigiTimes says it's unlikely Apple will announce it on Sept. 9 and that we probably won't see it until 2015. But that doesn't necessarily imply we won't see a wearable from Apple or from someone else. After all, HealthKit should be compatible with a variety of third-party devices, so maybe we'll be introduced to one or more.



September 8 Is the Last Day to Vote in the iPhone Life Photo Contest!

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Monday, September 8, is the last day to vote in our iPhone Photography Contest! Make sure you vote for all your favorite photos every day until then. The winners will receive awesome prizes and a spot in our magazine! 



Tip of the Day: Keep Your Photos Safe on Your iPhone

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In the wake of the recent hacking and distribution of celebrities' nude photos, you may be wondering how safe your own private photos are. Granted, it's unlikely the unauthorized publication of your photos on the Internet would get same attention as the publication of Jennifer Lawrence's, but it has been know to happen even to the average unknown. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your photos private:



This Week's Distraction: The Firm is Clever, Beautiful, and a Little Bit Crazy

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The Firm has all the right ingredients to be the “Papers, Please” for iOS, but is lacking the scope to really make it great.



Qmadix ChargerLeash Reminds You Not to Forget Your Charger

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Qmadix ChargerLeash

4 out of 5 stars

Qmadix continues to innovate with the forgetful traveler in mind. I’ve written a couple of times about the need to find ways to care for small things while on a trip (most recently with Travel Tips: Taking Care of the Little Things.) Even bigger things can be left behind, but it’s less likely if you employ this new Qmadix solution: the ChargerLeash.



Bloomberg Reports Mobile Payment System/NFC Chip; Videos Surface of Forthcoming Phones

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Rumors, reports, and videos are a-poppin' as we head toward the September 9 announcement, with Bloomberg reporting that the iPhone 6 will have an NFC chip and a new mobile payment system. Plus, a new video shows an assembled 4.7-inch iPhone, and another video shows the rear shell of the forthcoming 5.5-inch iPhone. 



Game Centered Special Edition: Rejoice Core Gamers, Bioshock for iOS Has Arrived!

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we’ve got a special edition to pay respect to the console classic first-person shooter, Bioshock ($14.99). This game not only took gaming to the next level at the time, its cinematic visuals and terrifyingly creepy storyline make this game equally compelling today as it makes its way to the gaming platform of the future, the iDevice.



Tip of the Day: Let Senders Know You Have Read Their iMessage

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Read receipts notify the senders of iMessages when the recipient reads the message. This is either great or evil depending on your perspective. My colleague and his wife both have read receipts turned on on their phones. That way if a timely SMS doesn't get read right away, they can call each other instead. Other people prefer that the senders of messages not get notified. That way there is no pressure for an immediate reply. Whichever camp you fall in, you'll need to know how to to turn read receipts on or off.



Apple to announce… "More"

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Apple's invitation is out, the date has been saved, and everyone is checking their upgrade eligibility. So what exactly is Apple announcing? Apple likes to use clues in their invitation. Last year, the invitation stated "This should brighten everyone's day" and included colorful circles, representative of the iPhone 5c, and a hollow circle that signaled the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.



Martian Watch Notifier puts Apple on Notice

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I'm a fan of Martian Watches, and I'm a fan of Steve Wozniak. It should be no surprise that Mr. Wozniak is also a fan of Martian Watches! When asked recently about a pending smartwatch from Apple, he pointed out that it needs to offer some of the features Martian does, like their Siri button. The Woz said "If it serves as a speakerphone, the speaker had better be good. My Martian watch is usable for phone calls but not my Galaxy Gear, for this reason."



Apple's September Event: Looking at the "Big" Picture.

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I love Apple's invite to their special media event on September 9. It is both elegant and evocative, conveying a sense of grandness and excitement. One of the first things that struck me about the image used in the invite was that it was an enlargement of Apple's logo, and how apropos consider the anticipated nature of the upcoming event.



September 8 Biweekly Giveaway!

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This is the official announcement of the iPhone Life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iPhoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce September 8! We are raffling off tons of great accessories for FREE.



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, AppieDayAppShopper and more.

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Tip of the Day: Keep Your Messages Private

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Previews of incoming text messages appear as banners or alerts on your home screen by default. This can be handy if you want to quickly decide whether you want to unlock your phone and reply to a message now or if you want to wait and reply later. But it can also be a pain if your mom or your boss catches sight of a message you'd rather they hadn't. And we all have that one friend or co-worker who thinks nothing of grabbing your phone to check out the notifications on your home screen.



It's Official! Apple Announces Sept 9 Event; iPhones, iWatch Expected

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Apple sent out invitations today to an event to be held September 9, as was rumored. Not only is everyone expecting Apple to announce the iPhone 6, but also, according to the well-connected website Re/code, they will be introducing a wearable device. The invitation simply gives the date and, as usual, is very cryptic, saying only "Wish we could say more." If Apple follows their typical schedule, the new iPhone 6 will go on sale September 19. The event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, which is three times larger and closer to Apple's headquarters than the usual venue at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Not only that, but according to iMore, Apple is constructing a large, three-storey building next the Flint Center in advance of the event. And everyone is tight-lipped about what purpose it will serve.

All of this is exciting — that the date is finally official, and that Apple seems to be planning something big.



Game Centered: Awesome Breaking News For Mobile eSports Enthusiasts

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we have some awesome news on the mobile gaming front. First, popular game streaming site, Twitch TV, was bought out by Amazon. Hot on the heels of that development is news that we are going to be treated to a first of its kind, Twitch supported iOS game from mobile game developer Gameloft. Finally, if you've embraced the mobile gaming platform and are wondering when it's really going to take off as a competitive level eSport platform, take heart! Reputable research firm, Juniper, just released a report projecting absolutely amazing growth for the mobile gaming industry, and predicts that mobile games, more than ever, are the games of the future.



5 Fun iPhone Pranks to Play on Your Friends

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Life can get a little boring if we're serious all the time. That's why it's important to have some fun once in a while, even if it's at the expense of your friends. Hopefully you will still have friends after having fun with them with these five iPhone pranks.



Bloomberg Reports 12.9-inch iPad Coming Early 2015

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Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple is already preparing to manufacture a 12.9-inch iPad that's slated to come out in early 2015. Production will begin in the first quarter. The report says that Apple has been working with their suppliers for at least a year on a range of larger touch-screen devices. This new iPad would give the line three different sizes: 7.9 inches, 9.7 inches, and 12.9 inches. 



It’s Time for Apple to Redesign Keynote

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Apple software still has an old school feel with its clear connection to object oriented programming with properties for everything and the seeming tension between menus and ribbons on the desktop implementations. But Apple misses some of the most important programming features, particularly with Keynote. 



Tip of the Day: Remove "Sent from my iPhone" from Your Email Signature

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The default signature in iOS Mail is "Sent from my iPad" or "Sent from my iPhone." But while some people may be happy to declare what device they are using at the bottom of every email they send, others prefer to provide more relevant information, such as the name of the sender and additional contact information.



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