Sprint, T-Mobile offer revamped data plans ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:00
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Say what you want about the open market, at least it spurs competition.

Following Wednesday’s announcement as to changes to its mobile plans, wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new “unlimited” plans of their own.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

The Mobile One plan apparent offers the following:

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

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The real reason Apple dumbed-down the iPhone 7 camera

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Opinion

I agree 100 percent with Chris Smith’s post on BGR about how the iPhone 7 is about to become inferior to the larger iPhone 7 Plus in a very significant way.

The iPhone 7 Plus' dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo: BGR.com)

The iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo: BGR.com)

I greatly prefer the 4.7-inch form factor iPhone and won’t buy the larger “Plus size” iPhone because it’s too bulky and it can’t be used with one hand. Plus, my iPad Pro and MacBook usually aren’t far away for when I need a larger screen.

In his article Smith lists several possible excuses Apple might trot out for omitting the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7, but the real reason is after the jump.

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AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.

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Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-gen handset

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known “Plus” moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to “Pro” altogether.

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Apple rolls out iPhone carrier billing systems in Taiwan, Switzerland

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 07:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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This could be helpful if you’re traveling.

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

Like carrier billing systems already available in Germany and Russia Apple’s Taiwan rollout lets customers pay for apps, music, Apple Music subscriptions and more using their phone number.

The same features have also been rolled out in Switzerland and in Taiwan, the alternative payment plan will first be available to monthly contract customers for area telecom Far EasTone.

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Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 07:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.

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Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.

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Rumor: New photos show gold iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, photos, Rumor

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It’s time for photo leaks of the next-gen iPhone again.

A series of high-resolution leaked images show what are apparently an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The photos claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this “Deep Blue” iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.

The photos show both the front and rear side, albeit it’s difficult to confirm if the rumor regarding a traditional, tactile Home button instead of the flush, Force Touch-enabled Home button is present.

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Rumor: 4K video of purported iPhone 7 variants leaks, adds credence to previous rumors

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 12:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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This is the video you may have been hankering for.

A 4K video comparing three dummy iPhone 7 units has hit, the video lending credence to the rumor that Apple will offer the next-gen handset in two sizes.

The video, picked up by Dutch blog TechTastic.nl, was posted on YouTube by the account ‘Bshop Kuwa’, which appears to be linked to a Japanese iPhone reservation store.

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Rumor: Fully-functional Lightning-enabled EarPods may have been leaked

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 08:18
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor

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These may be the real McCoy where the long-fabled Lightning-enabled EarPods are concerned. After a series of fakes were found online, MobileFun posted a video of a working pair of Lightning EarPods, and the overall look of the accessory appears more in line with Apple’s design than any of the previous leaks.

The structure features a clean, white design alongside left and right markers on each earpiece, in-line volume and play/pause controls. Interestingly, the in-line controls are placed farther down on the EarPods, directly below the right/left split in the cable design. If real, this would mark a design change from the current generation, which places the volume rocker along the right cable, above the bifurcation in the cord.

The most notable part is the addition of the Lightning plug on the EarPods, which lends credence to the idea that the 3.5 mm headphone jack will be removed from the next-gen iPhone. The plug on the Lightning-enabled EarPods appears slightly bigger than Apple’s traditional Lightning adapters thanks to the inclusion of a digital-to-analog converter needed for music playback and not just straightforward charging.

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