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iPhone 6s said to be identical to previous models, featur...

Today, 05:03 PM

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Update 9/2/15: 9to5Mac is also reporting that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be made from the same 7000 series aluminum alloy as the Apple Watch.

The iPhone 6s will reportedly look almost identical to both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, though with many internal changes to its casing. Internal changes will apparently include a new mounting structure for the logic board and other components.

According to photos obtained by 9to5Mac, most components visible to customers will remain unchanged:

The bottom design of the iPhone 6S is exactly the same as with the prior model, down to the number of speaker holes and the position of the headphone, microphone, and Lightning holes. This will be good news for case and accessory makers, who won't have to worry about redesigning their iPhone 6 products for the iPhone 6S.

This isn't that surprising, as the the so-called "S" iPhone models tend to have, if any, only minor external differences with their predecessors, with those changes often coming down to colors. The iPhone 6s is expected to be released later this year, and is said to include Apple's A9 system-on-a-chip, support for Force Touch, 2GB of RAM, and a 12MP camera.





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Apple TV refresh said to offer 16GB option, no 4K support...

Today, 04:33 PM

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The expected reveal of the new Apple TV is coming soon, and a clearer picture is forming as to the hardware expected in the little box. In addition to the expected A8 system-on-a-chip and faster Wi-Fi, the new Apple TV will reportedly come in a 16GB variant. This would make sense, as the new model is also said to come with an App Store.

While 16GB might seem a little small, Apple is apparently unconcerned, as most content will stream to the box from the Internet, according to 9to5Mac:

While the new Apple TV will include an App Store for deep support for gaming, sources say that the limited storage offered by 8GB and 16GB flash memory is appropriate for the new model, as all content outside of applications will be streamed directly from the Internet.

The new Apple TV will also reportedly not include 4K support in this iteration. Given the current dearth of 4K content that's available, it's likely that Apple wouldn't want to devote resources to something that only a very small fraction of users would even be able to experience.

The new Apple TV is expected to be unveiled next week at Apple's September 9 event. The first major update to the set-top box in five years, the new Apple TV is expected to feature an Apple A8 system-on-a-chip, a brand new remote with motion control, a touchpad, and Siri support, as well as universal search. Recent reports put the starting price of the Apple TV at $149.

Source: 9to5Mac





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Emirates gains Apple Pay ticket booking for your next fli...

Today, 03:56 PM

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Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced that it will offer customers in the U.S. and U.K. the chance to use Apple Pay for booking their flights. Support for the payment service comes as part of the app's latest update.

With Apple Pay support in the app, Emirates customers can purchase their tickets through the app without needing to fill in and store any credit or debit card information with Emirates. Emirates will also apparently offer the same rewards to customers purchasing with Apple Pay as they do to those that purchase with credit and debit cards.

You can grab the latest update to the Emirates app with support for Apple Pay from the App Store now.

Source: Travel Daily UK





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Hulu adds commercial-free video streaming option for...

Today, 03:33 PM

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Hulu is finally going to give its subscribers an option to get rid of those pesky ads while watching current episodes of their favorite TV shows. The company has launched a new option that will offer commercial-free video streaming option for $11.99 a month.

The company stated:

"At Hulu, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them the best possible experience," said Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. "Many of our customers have asked us for a commercial free option, and so today we are excited to introduce just that. Providing more choice for consumers is fundamental to the Hulu experience, in addition to an array of choices in content and devices, our customers can now choose to watch with or without commercials."

People who are already signed up for the current $7.99 a month option, with ads, can switch to the new commercial-free subscription program for an extra $4 a month. The new $11.99 service comes as Hulu is expanding into offering more movies, including a new multi-year agreement to stream movies from the Epix cable TV network. It is also making more investments in original programming like its biggest rival Netflix, including the upcoming event series 11/22/63, based on the novel by Stephen King.

There is some fine print to this deal, however, as explained in Hulu's FAQ page:

For a small number of shows, however, we have not obtained the rights to stream commercial free and they are not included in our No Commercials plan. You can still easily access these shows with a short commercial before and after each episode with no interruptions during the episode. Specific shows that still have commercials accessible through the No Commercials plan will be noted throughout the signup, switching, and playback experience. While the list of shows may change, these shows are currently: Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, Grimm, New Girl, and How To Get Away With Murder.

Source: Hulu





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New Apple TV said to bet big on universal search

Today, 03:21 PM

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With the expected reveal of the new Apple TV just a week away, a new report offers more detail on the rumored universal search feature for the box. A major facet of the Apple TV's reported software overall, universal search is said to allow users to search not only the iTunes Store, but also other video services like Netflix and Hulu. Siri will also reportedly serve as the primary way to use this new search.

From Buzzfeed:

Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one-at-a-time for a particular movie, you'll now be able to search all — or most of them — at once and then choose the service on which you'd like to watch it. You'll also be able to search for actors and directors, and run other more targeted searches as well — all with Siri.

Search is said not only to be powered by the same proactive assistant that will be found in iOS 9 on the iPhone and iPad, but also technology from Matcha, which Apple acquired in 2013.

Buzzfeed also reports that the new Apple TV will also start at $149. We expect to get all the details on Apple's new set-top box next week at Apple's September 9 event.

Source: Buzzfeed





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Mojang prepping native Minecraft launcher for OS X

Today, 03:18 PM

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Minecraft has been available on OS X for a long time, but Mac gamers have so far had to use a Java launcher to start the sandbox game. Now, Minecraft's developer Mojang has created an early version of a native OS X launcher for the game that should make it easier for Mac players to get started.

A post on the Reddit Minecraft page has a link to the new Mac OS X launcher. Mojang stated:

It does not require Java to be installed, nor any other dependencies. Just open up the link, drag the Minecraft icon to your applications folder, and you're all done. That's it.

There is one caveat: You must be running at least Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or newer. Sorry, but Java itself isn't supported on anything lower. :(

Please give it a test and let me know any issues you encounter with it. Note that the visual launcher itself has not changed, so any bugs in that are probably pre-existing and we aren't looking to fix those right now (but will very soon; there's some big changes coming!). We will test the self-updating a few times over the course of the day, so be prepared to allow it to download up to 55MB a few times over.

Mojang is looking for players to give feedback on the native OS X Minecraft launcher. It adds that while this early version is a bit slow, it will "be much, much faster" when the final version of the launcher is released.

Source: Reddit





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Trident Aegis Cases for iPhone 6 are 43% off today

Today, 03:09 PM

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Drop tested and environmentally approved, the Aegis Cases from Trident take an eco-friendly approach to dual-layer protection. The rugged plastic shells add grip when matched with the shock absorbent TPU core. Choose your favorite color today for only $19.95!





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Best flip cases for iPhone 6

Today, 03:00 PM

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Keep your screen covered.

You want to protect your iPhone 6—or, theoretically, your upcoming iPhone 6s—as best you can, and that means keeping it completely covered with a case, including the front. Often enough, these kinds of flip cases can stash your credit card or help keep your iPhone propped up as a stand. We've got a wide range of flip cases for iPhone 6 here, including

Tech21 Classic Shell Flip Cover


Tech21's tried-and-true slim snap case with impact-absorbing D3O gel has a few covered variants. The Classic Shell Flip Cover is a portrait flip which clasps at the top of your iPhone 6. When open, it can easily act as a portrait stand for your iPhone. There's also a wallet-style case with the same classic shell, if you're looking to stash a few credit cards in there somewhere.

TwelveSouth BookBook

The BookBook is one of the better-looking wallet cases available for the iPhone 6. It has the feel and exterior of a well-worn novel, complete with real leather construction. Inside there's plenty of room for ID cards and some cash. New to the latest generation of BookBook cases is a mounting mechanism so you can slip off the wallet portion when you need to. Beneath is a soft-touch shell that still offers baseline protection. The outer wallet layer can act as a stand when partially disconnected from the inner shell. The TwelveSouth BookBook is a great-looking way to bring everything with you at once. Models in real brown and black leather are available.

Totu Smart Cover


The Totu Smart Cover is an imaginative take on iPhone 6 flip cases. In addition to providing a window through which you can check the time, a band lets you answer calls without having to open the flap. A small slit for the earpiece is also there to take the calls. A magnetic latch keeps the front cover closed and secure. Gaps in the rear of the case give your camera and Apple logo a clear view. The caveat here is that these interface elements will stay persistent through iOS 9, though it's safe to assume Totu will update their lineup accordingly.

Pad & Quill Luxury Pocket Book

The Pad & Quill Luxury Pocket Book offers a similar bookish charm to it as TwelveSouth, but with this model you also get a Baltic birch frame and folio-style band to keep the front flap closed. The bookmark release mechanism is cute, too. You can store ID cards and money on the inside, though it doesn't seem like it can be propped up as a stand. There are a handful of color combinations for the exterior leather and interior lining, depending on your style.

Nitto Trick Cover

Nitto's Trick Cover case might be goofy, but the novelty value can't be denied. It packs a sliding mechanism that allows you flip your iPhone 6 one-handed between covering the rear and covering the front. Though you might not be inclined to bust your sweet nunchaku moves in public, it would certainly keep fiddling with clasps and magnets to a minimum. Combinations of black, red, and white for either section of the case are available, plus it can be used to keep your iPhone 6 propped up as a stand. As an added bonus, there's a separate card compartment with a signal protection sheet so you can use transit passes with your iPhone 6 in this case.

Your favorites?

Hopefully one of these options will protect your iPhone 6 just the way you want to. Let us know in the comments which flip cases you're really interested lately.





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Android users throughout Europe continue to switch to iPhone

Today, 02:45 PM

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Europe's five largest markets saw an increasing number of smartphone buyers move from Android to iOS in recent months. For the three months ending in July 2015, customers in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain switched from Android to iOS at a rate of 27%, far exceeding the U.S. switching rate of 9%.

From Kantar Worldpanel:

"The maturity of the European market is evident when looking at the declining number of first time smartphone buyers – in the 3 months ending July 2015, only 25% of smartphones sold went to first-time buyers versus 29% for the same period in 2014," said Dominic Sunnebo, business unit director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Europe. "This type of market maturity increases the impact of churn on overall performance as we have seen with Android this time around – 27% of smartphone buyers across Europe left Android for iOS versus 9% in the US."

In the U.S., the market continues to be dominated by Apple and Samsung, who account for a total of 64% of all smartphone sold. Both the Android marketshare climb and the iOS share decline slowed in the U.S. in the three months ending in July as well. Kantar also sees a major opportunity for phone replacements in 2016, as users in Apple's two biggest markets, the U.S. and China, are using phones that are at least two years old.

This data suggests Apple has ample opportunity for upgrades in 4Q15 and 2016. As in the previous year, upgrades will come not only from the new iPhone models, but from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which should experience the drop in price we have seen in previous years for retiring flagship devices. In the US, 32% of iPhone 5s sales were generated after the launch of the iPhone 6 and, in the three months ending in July 2015, the iPhone 5s was still the fourth best-selling smartphone in the US.

In addition, many iPhone users in China acquired their iPhones about 24 months ago, within the average timeframe for upgrades in that country. Upgrades have already increased in China since September 2014, with 18% of iPhone owners upgrading in the last year, versus 12% the previous year.

Source: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (1), (2)





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Apple Pay adds support from 17 more U.S. banks and credit...

Today, 02:21 PM

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Apple Pay support in the United States continues to grow. The company has now added 17 more U.S. banks and credit unions to the list of such institutions that offer support for Apple's payment system.

Here's the list of the 17 new Apple Pay supporters:

  • AltaOne Federal Credit Union
  • American Bank of Commerce
  • Capital Bank, N.A.
  • Cardinal Community Credit Union
  • Del-One Federal Credit Union
  • Enterprise Bank and Trust Co.
  • Envision Credit Union
  • First Commonwealth Bank
  • First South Financial Credit Union
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • Fort Worth City Credit Union
  • Leominster Credit Union
  • Magnolia Federal Credit Union
  • Monticello Banking Company
  • Northfield Bank
  • Southern States Bank
  • Spire Credit Union

Apple Pay allows owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and Apple Watch to pay for purchases using their devices, rather than pulling out their credit or debit card. Apple Pay expanded into the U.K. earlier this year.

Source: Apple





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