Why the “S” in iPhone 5S Stands for Security

iPhone 5SApple’s next keynote is soon approaching, and its next iPhone is rumored to be named the “iPhone 5S”. Apple has previously launched two iPhone models with the “S” titled tagged on. First was the 3rd generation iPhone “3GS”–standing for speed–and later the iPhone 4S representing the device’s voice assistant–Siri. While the countdown to the “iPhone 5S” continues, let’s go over several possibilities as to what “S” could stand for. (more…)

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Poll: Do you plan on using iTunes Radio?

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Announced at WWDC 2013 iTunes Radio is a new music streaming service from Apple. Similar to services such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio streams music from the largest of all online music stores with over 26 million songs (as of September 2012) to you from anywhere. Officially launching in the fall alongside the next-generation iPhone, iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1. iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers at the cost of $25 a year while non-subscribers will have advertisements like “This is iTunes Radio” and limited amount of song skipping. (more…)

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The 15 Best iOS 7 Icons That Already Exist

The 15 Best iOS 7 Icons That Already Exist

splyceSuch subtle yet noticeable details lead to the overall de-cluttering of user interface, leading to more space freed up for icons. We’ve complied the top fifteen examples of the cleanest, concise, and most modern looking icons to showcase the newest design trends that build the new iOS visual experience.

I disagree with a few of these, but it’s a pretty good list. It’s amazing to me to see that even the icons we considered “trendy” and “flat” before the announcement of iOS 7 are starting to look a little dated and chunky. The shadows on the bottom of icons such as Snapseed don’t fit with iOS 7 at all.

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The iPhone 5S Might Ship with Gold Case Option, 128 GB Storage Tier?

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It sounds like a horrible idea to me, but a few reports are now suggesting that Apple may be introducing a “champagne gold” case option with the introduction of the iPhone 5S. The new research note, which comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, suggests that this new gold option will be in addition to Apple’s traditional black and white colors, and that the iPhone 5S might also be the first iPhone model to offer a 128 GB storage option. (more…)

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iOS 7 Beta 6 Released

Well that’s interesting. At such an odd time, this Thursday afternoon, Apple released iOS 7 beta 6 to developers. You can download the update OTA or via iTunes or Xcode. This is the smallest beta update weighing in at 13 mb.

Apple notes however that this updates solves an error with users unable to make purchases.

This update addresses an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items. If you have any devices running previous versions of iOS 7 beta, you must:

1. Install iOS 7 beta 6

2. Install the ResetMusicAndVideosLibraries configuration profile

3. From Settings > Music, tap the Reset Media Library button

4. Restart the device

Perhaps we’ll see beta 7 next week.

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Over 20 Parallax-Ready Wallpapers for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th Gen

One of the interesting new features in iOS 7 is parallax wallpapers, which appear to move behind the home screen icons when an iPhone or iPod touch is tilted. This new approach helps give iOS a sense of depth and, quite frankly, is rather fun to experiment with. And with this Imgur gallery of over 20 parallax-ready wallpapers for the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch, you can do just that.

(Tip: Click on the “settings” icon to view the wallpapers in full resolution).

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iOS 7 Beta 6 To Drop Next Week

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It was pretty much assumed considering Apple’s reliable every-two-weeks release schedule, but BGR is reporting this morning that its sources have confirmed iOS 6 beta 6 to be released sometime next week. Its sources couldn’t confirm which day, but Monday obviously makes sense seeing that every other iOS 7 seed–that dropped on time–dropped on a Monday.

The report also states that iOS 7 beta 6 will likely be the last beta version of the software, with partners and employees set to receive the GM (gold master) build on September 5th. Assuming that no major problems are found, this version will be released to developers on September 10th, the day of Apple’s upcoming press conference.

[BGR]

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September 10th Preview: Apple’s Next Keynote

Late last week, AllThingsD — reported that Apple’s next iPhone will be unveiled on September 10th. Two days before Apple’s previous announcement of the iPhone 5 last year. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed from Apple. Respected journalist Jim Dalrymple of The Loop confirmed the rumor with his signature “yep”. As if straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s how I think the event will play out on Apple’s big day.  (more…)

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Looking to Get the Low-Cost iPhone? You Might Have to Settle for No Siri

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You would think Siri would be a standard feature by now, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster released a new research note yesterday surrounding the upcoming Apple product launches. In the note, Munster predicts that the iPhone “5C” will not be shipping with Siri. He also predicts that it will be replacing the iPhone 4S to be the lowest iPhone tier, and that the device will ship for about $300 off contract. Other tidbits regarding the iPhone 5S, the next-gen iPads, as well as the Apple TV within. (more…)

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