Apple announces updated iCloud pricing tiers, offers 1TB of space for $19.99 per month

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Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 14:18
Category: iCloud

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The new iCloud pricing tiers have arrived.

On Wednesday, Apple put its new iCloud pricing tiers into effect, announcing the changes on its web site and offering users up to one terabyte of space for US$19.99 per month.

The new tiers range from 5GB to 1TB of online storage space and can be purchased now via the iCloud settings menu on any connected iOS device.

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First iPhone shipments arriving on U.S. soil via China Southern

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Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have landed on U.S. soil.

Per iPhone in Canada and MacRumors, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two “special cargo” batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

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Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10th. Previous rumors indicated that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units at central locations before distributing them around the country for launch.

As a very rough estimate based on the device weight supplied by Apple, these parcels could hold approximately 720,000 iPhone 6 units or 540,000 iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Apple is reportedly paying up to 200 million yuan for the freight in what may be a single-day shipment record for China Southern freight.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update, includes support for iOS 8

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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Like most major Apple announcements, this one came with a new iTunes update.

On Tuesday, Apple released version 11.4 of its iTunes media suite. The new version, a 249.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

iTunes 11.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Mac user creates iPhone 6 size chart to help with pre-order selection process

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 15:57
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced and a Mac user has assembled asomewhat nifty pre-order picker to help you choose the right size iPhone handset when the device becomes available for pre-order in a few days.

Per AppleInsider, Jeremy Anticouni assembled a cool PDF that, when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper at 100 percent scale, will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

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ApplePay wireless payment system introduced, detailed at media event

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 16:39
Category: Uncategorized

You’ve been hankering for Apple to incorporate a near-field communication payment system in its devices.

And it’s on its way.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced ApplePay, its mobile payment system, during its media Tuesday. The system requires the just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which include NFC support.

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ApplePay and the iPhone 6 lineup rely on a new chip dubbed Secure Element to securely store credit card information, and that data isn’t shared with Apple at any time. Cards registered with iTunes account are automatically available, and users can take photos of other credit cards to add them to ApplePay, too.

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Apple Watch announced at media event, device to be available in early 2015

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 15:21
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

This definitely fit into the category of “one last thing…” that Apple historically concluded its keynote speeches with, but it might be worth the hype and anticipation.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its long-awaited Apple Watch, a device that the company said will define the emerging wearable devices market.

Per AppleInsider, the device uses a “digital crown”, a physical dial that rests on the right side of the device. Using this, users can interact with the device without a need to touch the screen, which would obscure it.

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The crown button also acts as the home button, and can be pressed to return a user to the main screen. A button located below the crown allows users to quickly access contacts.

The face is also an input, with unique “tap” and “force press” gestures enabled by special electrodes capable of sensing pressure.

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Apple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets, offers September 19th release date

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 15:05
Category: iPhone, News

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets have been announced over at Apple’s media event.

And you could have one within your paws come the 19th.

Per Mac|Life, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil W. Schiller introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will be available for preorder on September 12th, with in-store availability coming September 19th.

In addition to a Retina Display HD and A8 processor, Schiller outlined a new addition to the iPhone 6’s M8 coprocessor lineup with a new barometer sensor, which measures relative elevation from air pressure — perfect for capturing footsteps moving up or down stairs, for example.

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Wireless has also been further improved on iPhone 6, with a new, advanced 150Mbps LTE that takes advantage of 20 different LTE bands — more than any other smartphone, according to Apple. Cupertino is now working with 200 LTE carriers around the globe, with support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling as well.

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Apple announces September 17th launch date for iOS 8

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Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 14:37
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The details of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are beginning to come in, but right now, there’s definitive word about iOS 8.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will officially launch on Tuesday, September 17th.

Originally introduced during this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, iOS 8 offers only incremental changes over its predecessor’s design language, but introduces a slew of new technologies that are destined to have a significant impact on Apple’s mobile ecosystem, such as Handoff, which allows users to seamlessly transfer their work between all the devices they own, a one-handed mode that can help users interact with the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen and Extensions.

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Rumor: Apple to release both 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 handsets on Friday, September 19th

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Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 16:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

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While no one knows exactly what Apple will announce at its media event tomorrow, the Europeans seem to have a few decent guesses. Per MacRumors, French web site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19th. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple’s previous announcement and launch patterns.

Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be available in higher quantities than the 5.5-inch model. Similar rumors have also been heard via a reliable source, who has indicated that two different iPhone models are incoming with the larger model shipping at only half the rates of the smaller one.

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Leaked videos purport to show functioning iPhone 6 units, new 2,915 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 15:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

With only a day left before Apple’s much-anticipated media event, an assortment of leaked new videos show off the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset along with a new Passbook icon and a video of the 5.5-inch model’s jumbo 2,915 mAH battery.

The videos, released via French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Chinese web site Miaopai, bring new elements to life about the battery, HomeKit and Health functionalities, near-field communication payment system, the overall look of the device, assorted camera parts and the larger battery, which would provide almost double the capacity of the current 1,560 mAH battery found in the iPhone 5s.

Apple is expected to show off the “iPhone 6,” as well as the anticipated wearable “iWatch,” at a media event scheduled for tomorrow at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif. Apple will also be streaming the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

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