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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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Amazon Gold Box: 40% or more off iOttie car mounts – One Touch 2 Holder $17 Prime shipped (Orig. $30), more deals from as low as $12.99

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iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 64GB in Space Gray or Silver: $600 shipped (Reg. $729)iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

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Best Buy 4-Day Sale: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 256GB $1,350 & 21″ iMac 1TB $1,150 + extra $100 off w/ .edutrackiss.png?w=73&h=130stargaze.png?w=73&h=130App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)The first chapter in the epic Infinity Blade trilogy is now available for free (Reg. $6)App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)moreReaddle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

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Amazon is now treating its Prime members to extra savings on new/upcoming video games

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Score a 3-pack of discounted Monoprice MFi Lightning Cables for $16 shipped (Reg. $25)USB-C cables $8 Prime shipped (Reg. $11), Anker 16,000mAh + Anker 3,200mAh Power Banks $37 shipped ($20 off)

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$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

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LAST CHANCE! Giveaway: Owen & Fred’s Desk Essentials collection ups your work game while looking good, $250+ valueReview: Logitech’s Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse shines w/ adaptive scrollingReview: MPOW’s pocketable iStick is the best Bluetooth selfie stick you can buy todayMore new gear from today:

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Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Games/Apps: Wii U bundle w/ Power A Gamer Kit $275, Car Club Tuning Storm free, more iOS freebiesGet access to every Nintendo 3DS game for only $65 shipped w/ this refurbished 2DS deal

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Daily Deals: Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $230, HP Chromebook 14 $249, moreMore deals still alive:

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Griffin 30% off sitewide: Survivor Slim Case for iPad Air 2 $56 (Reg. $80)more

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Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)New products & more:

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Sony’s three new Bluetooth/AirPlay compatible speakers with price tags to match

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Olloclip’s Kickstarter project delivers a customized photography setup for your iPhone 6/Plus
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Scanner Pro 6 adds ability to scan documents in your phot...

Yesterday, 12:42 PM

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Readdle has just updated Scanner Pro to version 6, making it even easier to use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents. Improved edge-detection means that it continues to automatically align documents within the camera frame, and a Scan Radar feature intelligently analyzes your photo library to find pictures of documents.

This feature lets Scanner Pro to automatically find photos that look like document in your Photo Library. This means that you no longer have to launch the app to scan something – simply open your camera app from a lock screen and take pictures of things you want to scan. Once you launch Scanner Pro, it will automatically notify you about the new scans that it found.

The developers say they analyzed more than half a million documents to build the functionality … 

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A batch scanning mode means you can just pass documents in front of your camera and it will automatically scan each in turn with no need to press a button, making it easier to hold the phone in one hand while positioning documents with the other.

The app normally costs $5.99, but is currently available for $2.99 “for a limited time.”

If you prefer a desktop scanner, check out my review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, and my guide to living a paperless life.


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No, Google isn’t capping your unlimited Photos storage

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Struggling to upload all of your cat snaps to Google Photos? You’re not the only one. A bug has been preventing some users from adding more images to their Photos library after reaching a certain number — but don’t worry;

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'iPhone 6s' Logic Board Suggests 16GB Base Model...

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New images of the logic board from the next-generation "iPhone 6s" have been obtained by 9to5Mac, a few days after the site shared photos from an unnamed source which showed that a new, updated Qualcomm LTE chip could be in store for the iPhone this year. Today's images suggest that, on top of the Qualcomm chip's faster LTE speeds and increased energy efficiency, the iPhone 6s will include fewer chips that are collectively more efficient, updated NFC hardware for Apple Pay, and likely the same 16GB entry-level capacity seen on current iPhones.

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The Toshiba flash memory chip shown in the photos has a 16GB capacity based on the "G7" in the part number, and was built using a 19nm production process. This suggests that the new line of iPhones this year will once again offer a starting storage option of 16GB, likely supplemented with the same 64GB and 128GB options at higher price points seen currently.

While many have complained 16GB is not enough entry-level storage as HD video and space-hungry apps have proliferated, recently Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller claimed the company's cloud-focused services, like the just-launched Apple Music, help alleviate some of the storage stresses on low-end storage configurations. Other changes with iOS 9 such as smaller iOS update sizes and app thinning to load only the app assets needed for a particular device, will also help trim down storage needs.

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On the NFC side of the new iPhone, the new chip inside the iPhone 6s is again from NXP but with a new 66VP2 part number compared to the 65V10 part in the iPhone 6. Chip teardown experts at Chipworks were unclear, however, exactly what kind of improvements such a chip will bring to the new line of smartphones, although they posit it could be eliminating the need for a separate secure element processor altogether and folding the two into one chip.

Echoing earlier rumors, today's images suggest once again that the iPhone 6s will remain identical in look and shape to its predecessor, as seen in a case maker's design drawings and logical for the continuation of the "S" generation trend. Any changes in dimensions would be negligible, leaving the device compatible with nearly all existing iPhone 6 cases and accessories.


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Brad Mangin is one of sport photography’s best shooters –...

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Brad Mangin’s friends gave him a good ribbing as “the last photographer on the planet” to carry a flip phone. They all had iPhones and couldn’t believe it took him so long to not only own one but discover the

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Swiss custom Apple Watch offers Edition style at (relativ...

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If you like the look of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, but the $10,000+ price point makes your heart and wallet hurt, a Swiss company might have a nice alternative for you. Golden Dreams of Geneva specializes in classing up

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The man in charge of Apple’s Secret Design Studio leaves...

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<p>Jony Ive’s <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2.../a> aide HarperAlexander, who managed Apple’s secretive design studio, appears to have left his role at Apple. In his own words, Alexander was previously in charge of Ive’s design studio, calendar, security, meetings, expenses, and personal projects, since 2009.</p>
<p>Referenced in multiple recent profiles as Ive’s top assistant, Harper updated his LinkedIn on July 1st, Ive’s first day in his new “Chief Design Officer,” to indicate that he no longer runs Ive’s design studio or serves as executive assistant to Apple’s CDO. On July 1st, this is what became of Harper’s biography:</p>
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<p>He clearly states he “was” Ive’s assistant and office manager, and that he finished this job in July 2015. After discovering this change on Alexander’ LinkedIn, we contacted him for comment, and received no reply. A day later, his only public-facing website was deleted and his LinkedIn biography was mostly reverted to its state prior to July 1st:</p>
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<p>It is possible that Alexander has not left Apple and has instead taken on a new role, but his brief biography change on the LinkedIn job site does seem to strongly indicate that he no longer is Ive’s assistant nor in charge of Apple’s design studio. While Apple has positioned Ive’s move to “Chief Design Officer” as a promotion, the possibility that his Cupertino-based assistant would depart on the first official day of the new role is intriguing.</p>
<p>Alexander no longer being Ive’s assistant would indicate that Ive no longer has any direct reports. Contrary to what was implied in <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...n-officer/">TheTelegraph’s Memorial Day 2015 profile</a> of Ive and his new role and Apple CEO Tim Cook’s own email to employees, the new vice presidents of Human Interface and Industrial Design, Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/jony-ive-deisgn-officer/">actually report to Cook</a> rather than Ive.</p>
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<p>This means that Ive is shedding the entirety of his managerial duties with this new role, and the possibility of his assistant leaving raises the question of how involved Ive could be at Apple to no longer need a design studio manager or lead assistant. Of course, it is possible that Apple could simply have hired a replacement for Alexander, but the July 1st timing seems to indicate a planned departure.</p>
<p>Following the announcement of Ive’s new role, we noted <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ng-apple/">thatthe change raises several interesting questions</a> that could point to Ive reducing his direct product involvement at Apple beyond what Apple has portrayed. Ive’s top assistant and office manager leaving, combined with Dye and Howarth actually reporting to Cook, adds fuel to the theory that Ive’s responsibilities are shrinking rather than growing.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-inc/'>Apple Inc</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/chief-design-officer/'>chief design officer</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/harper-alexander/'>Harper Alexander</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/industrial-design/'>Industrial design</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/jonathan-ive/'>Jonathan Ive</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387462/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387462&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Visit <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> to find more special coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-inc/">Apple Inc</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/jonathan-ive/">Jonathan Ive</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/02/the-man-in-charge-of-apples-secret-design-studio-leaves-as-ive-starts-new-role/#comments">Discuss "The man in charge of Apple’s Secret Design Studio leaves as Ive starts new&nbsp;role" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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Trademark filing hints that El Capitan is coming to iPad

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Hidden in the dense verbiage of Apple’s latest trademark filing for OS X El Capitan is an intriguing detail not previously seen in similar filings for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite — revealing that Apple’s next-gen OS X could possibly

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New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage,...

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Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.

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These conclusions are based upon new images showing a prototype of the next iPhone’s logic board, as well as a joint analysis undertaken by 9to5Mac and Chipworks, an Ottawa-based company that partners with technology companies across the globe on patent intelligence and competitive technical intelligence needs. Keep an eye out for their usual technical teardown of the new iPhone in September or sign up to be notified here.

New NFC Processor + Noticeable Reduction in Chips:

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A new NFC chip inside the iPhone 6S is from NXP and labelled 66VP2, said by Chipworks to be an upgrade from the NXP 65V10 NFC processor found inside the iPhone 6. It’s unclear what the new 66VP2 may change in the iPhone, but it is likely to add a secure element processor, reducing the need for a separate chip. Apple added NFC to the iPhone in 2014 for Apple Pay, but used a part that dated back to 2012; the 66VP2 appears to be a brand new chip.

Along with a slight shrinkage in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple also appears to be aggressively reducing the number of chips it’s using. One section of the board that previously had in excess of 10 components has been pared down to 3 main chips, simultaneously cutting the number of parts and increasing the power efficiency of the ones that remain. Other necessary and remaining chips, such as the flash memory and CPU, notably benefit from smaller manufacturing processes that enable the iPhone 6S to offer the same or faster functionality with smaller, less power-hungry parts.

It appears that Apple will preserve a Cirrus Logic audio chip, a Murata Wi-Fi module, and wireless power amplifiers from RFMD, Triquint, Avago and Skyworks within the iPhone 6S. Although the prototype includes what appear to be similar Bosch and InvenSense accelerometer and gyroscope parts to the iPhone 6, ChipWorks speculates that a tiny new alternative from STMicroelectronics could replace it on the final logic board, having debuted in the Apple Watch.

16GB Base Storage Possible:

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With the introduction of higher-quality media files and larger applications, iPhone users over the past few years have noted that a 16GB base storage capacity may no longer be large enough for most users. However, it appears that Apple could launch its next iPhone in a 16GB starting capacity, serving as an option priced below higher 64GB and 128GB options.

According to both our analysis and confirmation from Chipworks of the above Toshiba Flash Memory chip, the chip has a 16GB capacity and is built with a 19nm production process. There is a possibility that Apple may not ship this 16GB flash storage option, and was solely using it for early production and test models. Apple has previously tested future iPhone hardware using smaller storage capacities prior to finalizing its production, so a last-minute upgrade to a higher capacity would not be unprecedented. However, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller recently noted that 16GB is still suitable for many users due to new cloud-based services like iCloud and Apple Music, in addition to iOS 9’s new app-slimming features.

iPhone 6 Design:

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We have also separately received purported design drawings from a case maker showing the new iPhone’s external design, corroborating our images from earlier this week that indicate a design essentially identical to that of the current iPhone 6. In line with our comments from earlier this week, these design drawings indicate that the iPhone 6S will likely be fully compatible with most of the existing iPhone 6 accessories on the market.

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Apple’s tolerance for measurement differences allows a 0.2mm difference between individual iPhone units, and it appears that the iPhone 6S, at maximum, may be 0.13mm thicker than the iPhone 6. This change would be indiscernible to the human eye, and Apple might not specify any thickness changes when it updates its iPhone technical specifications page in the fall.

In terms of the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6S’s height and width, we’re told there are similarly tiny differences from the current model. The 6S is claimed to be an indiscernible 0.16mm taller than the 6, as well as 0.13mm wider, differences that could be attributable to Apple’s tolerances, or reflective of tiny tweaks to the external casing. A report from last month indicated that the new iPhones could be slightly thicker to accommodate the new panel for Force Touch.


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Woz: Entertainment trumps accuracy in new Steve Jobs trailer

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The Woz wasn’t exactly the world’s biggest fan of the Ashton Kutcher-starring 2013 movie Jobs, whose script he infamously dismissed as “crap.” But what did he make of the trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, which landed earlier this week? In an

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