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Apple drops prices on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus

Apple's new iPhone pricing

Sure, the brightest stars in Apple’s smartphone universe may be the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but what if you want a big-screen iPhone on a (relative) budget? Don’t worry, you’re covered: Apple has dropped the prices on its older iPhone models. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now start at $99 and $199 on 2-year contracts ($23 and $27 per month on typical installment plans, or $549 and $649 outright), making them much more palatable. The iPhone 5s is sticking around, too, and you can pick it up for free on a contract, $19 per month on installments or $450 up front.

As you may have gathered, this means big things for the broader iPhone lineup. All iPhones are now 64-bit, so it’s more likely that developers will write games and other apps that take advantage of the more powerful code. Also, you’ll notice that there’s now just one 4-inch smartphone in the mix, and that the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c has gone the way of the Dodo. Clearly, Apple believes that bigger, metal-clad phones are the way going forward.

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Tags: apple, iphone2015, iphone5s, iphone6, iphone6plus, iphone6s, mobilepostcross, smartphone


Apple introduces a carrier-free iPhone upgrade plan

Apple announced an alternative to paying your carrier for new iPhones at its press event today. Dubbed the iPhone Upgrade Program, the new system will allow customers to get a new phone every year while upgrading to the new flagship device annually. The 24-month installment plan starts at $32 a month for the 16GB iPhone 6s. As the Apple website explains, “After 12 installments, you can get a new iPhone and start a new iPhone Upgrade Program. No more waiting for your carrier contract to end. Just trade in your current iPhone for a new one, and your new program begins.” This is similar to installment plans offered by the major carriers, albeit for an unlocked device that also includes Apple Care. The program launches at 12:01 am on September 12th alongside the 6s pre-orders.

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Tags: apple, iphone, iphone2015, Iphone5, iphone6, iphone6plus, iphone6s, iphone6splus, mobilepostcross


The iPad Pro vs. the competition: Super-size your tablet

iPad Pro

Last year Apple embraced the mantra that “bigger is better” for the iPhone. Now it’s done the same with the iPad line, in the form of a larger-screen 12.9-inch tablet. But Apple isn’t the first to make a big tablet, and not even the first to call it “Pro.” How does the iPad Pro compare to other large tablets, like the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Surface Pro 3? We’ve lined up the specs side by side so you can decide which one you’d rather hold in your lap while you work.

iPad Pro Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Surface Pro 3
Price $799, $949, $1,079 $649 starts at $799
Thickness 6.9mm (0.27 inches) 7.95mm (0.313 inches) 9.14mm (0.36 inches)
Weight 713 or 723g (1.57 or 1.59 pounds) 750g (1.65 pounds) 790g (1.76 pounds)
OS iOS 9 Android 4.4 Windows 10
Display 12.9-inch IPS LCD Retina display 12.2-inch Crystal Clear LCD 12-inch ClearType Full HD
Resolution 2,732 x 2,048 (265 ppi) 2,560 x 1,600 (247 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 ( ppi)
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:10 3:2
Processor Apple A9X 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa Intel i3 / i5 / i7
Memory NA 3GB 4 / 8GB
Storage 32 / 128GB 32GB 64 / 128 / 256 / 512 GB
Ports Lightning microSD, HDMI, MHL, USB 3.0 microSD, USB 3.0
Front camera 1.2MP FaceTime, f2.2 2MP 5MP, 1080p
Rear camera 8MP iSight, f/2.4, 1080p video at 30fps 8MP 5MP, 1080p
Cellular radio Optional
None None
WiFi Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.0 v4.0
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Battery 10 hours 9,500mAh NA
Accessories Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil S Pen, S Mouse Surface Pen, Surface Pro Type Cover

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Tablets, Mobile, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo


Tags: apple, GalaxyNotePro12.2, iPadPro, iphone2015, lenovo, mobilepostcross, samsung, Yoga2Pro


Apple Seeds WatchOS 2 Golden Master to Developers

Apple-Watch-Midnight-Blue-250x299Apple today seeded the golden master (GM) version of watchOS 2 to developers, which is the version of watchOS 2 that will be released to the public on September 16 alongside iOS 9.

watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software Update.

Today’s golden master release follows five developer betas of watchOS 2, which were seeded to developers from June 8 to August 6, when the fifth and final beta was released.

watchOS 2 is the first major update to watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2 introduces several new features developers can use to improve their apps, including more efficient native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone. The new software also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and sensors like the heart rate monitor, microphone, and accelerometer.

Thanks to the new tools for developers, Apple Watch apps will be more complex, full-featured, and faster. Other features in watchOS 2 include photo and time-lapse watch faces, third-party Complications, a longer screen activation time, Time Travel, and a Nightstand mode that’s activated when the Apple Watch is charging.


The iPhone 6s vs. the iPhone 6: what’s changed?

iPhone 6sWe’ve just wrapped up this year’s big iPhone event, which means iPhone owners now get to ponder over whether or not to upgrade their handsets. It’s easy enough when there are plenty of cosmetic changes and new features to really distinguish a new iPhone from your old one, but this time around we’re looking at an iterative ‘S’ version where, aside from a new rose gold color, the improvements are not always obvious at first glance. Fortunately, we’ve got the specs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lined up for your perusal right here. So you can decide whether it’s got enough additional oomph for you to dig out your wallet now, or wait until next year’s edition instead.

iPhone 6s iPhone 6
Pricing $199, $299, $399 $199, $299, $399
Known Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches)
Weight 143g (5.04 ounces) 129g (4.55 ounces)
Screen size 4.7 inches 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,334 x 750 (326ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD, Retina HD IPS LCD, Retina HD
Battery 1,810mAh 1,810mAh
Internal storage 16/64/128GB 16/64/128GB
External storage None None
Rear camera 12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size 8MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.5µm pixel size
Front-facing cam 5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2 1.2MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2
Video capture 4K at 30fps 1080p
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.0
SoC Apple A9 Apple A8
CPU NA 1.4 GHz dual-core
GPU NA PowerVR GX6450
WiFi Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Operating system iOS 9 iOS 8
Standout features 3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash Touch ID, next-gen gyroscope, barometer, Apple Pay

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Tags: apple, iPhone, iphone2015, iPhone6, iPhone6s, mobilepostcross


Apple Seeds First iOS 9.1 and Apple tvOS Betas to Developers

ios_9_iconFollowing the conclusion of today’s iPhone-centric event in San Francisco, Apple has seeded the first betas of iOS 9.1 and Apple tvOS to developers. The betas were seeded alongside the iOS 9 Golden Master and the OS X 10.11 Golden Master. All of the beta software is available for download immediately from the Apple Developer Center.

tvOS, just announced today, is the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. It includes a full App Store and tools that will allow developers to create apps for the Apple TV.

iOS 9.1 is an upcoming update to iOS 9 that will include new features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which were designed for the 12.9-inch tablet.

tvOS will be available to the general public beginning in October, when the new Apple TV is released. iOS 9.1 will likely be released in November alongside the iPad Pro.


Here’s our first look at the new, supersized iPad Pro

We’re live at Apple’s iPhone press event where, in addition to two new handsets, the company unveiled the long-rumored iPad Pro. As the name would suggest (and as leaks already told us), this is a supersized tablet, with a 12.9-inch screen, an optional pen (excuse me: pencil) and a click-in keyboard. I just had a chance to play with the new Pro and its accessories for a few minutes. I’ll be updating this post soon with proper impressions but for now, here’s a bunch of hands-on photos to whet your appetite. Have a look — and check back frequently as I return with some early thoughts.Slideshow-318499

Where to begin? With the hardware, I suppose. It’s so obvious — the larger screen, the keyboard, the pencil. At the same time, all of these features would be fairly useless without the apps; without software designed to help you take advantage of that extra screen real estate. But I won’t get ahead of myself here. Before we talk about what you can do with a 12.9-inch iPad, or why you might want one, let’s take a brief tour of the hardware. As we’ve by now established, this is a big tablet, measuring nearly 13 inches diagonally. All told, it weighs in at 1.57 pounds, roughly the same as the original iPad. I know we tech blogger say this a lot in hands-on posts, but it feels lighter than it looks. That’s not to say I’d want to use this much in portrait mode; it feels a little too top-heavy in-hand. But in landscape, the height is actually on par with the iPad Air 2; it’s just wider. That makes it pretty manageable in horizontal use, which I suspect is how most iPad Pro-optimized apps were meant to be used anyway.

Other than the size, this looks, at first glance, like other iPads you’ve seen, with a matte aluminum finish, available in three colors (silver, space gray and gold), and all the usual buttons and openings — namely, a volume rocker and Lightning port. What’s new here is a special connector at the bottom designed to accommodate the optional keyboard, dubbed the Smart Keyboard. Whereas other two-in-one devices rely on Bluetooth to power their keyboards, this one draws power through that power connector. Similar to other keyboards, too, there’s a flap in the back that folds up to help prop up the tablet when it’s docked in. Unlike other tablet keyboards, though, including the Surface’s, it only holds the tablet at one angle; you can’t adjust it. Good thing, then, that the Retina display has wide viewing angles.

And what of that keyboard? It’s really too soon to put down a firm verdict, but tentatively, I like it. The cloth-covered keys feel nice beneath the fingers, and help give the illusion of control, despite the fact that these are otherwise some fairly flat buttons. As a bonus, too, the cloth covering helps make the keyboard splash resistant, though an Apple representative here at the event wouldn’t go so far as to call it water-resistant, much less waterproof. In addition to the textured feel, I appreciated that the buttons offered at least a modicum of travel — more than I expected on a such a thin, flat keyboard. It would be disingenuous to say it’s as comfortable as the MacBook Air’s keyboard, but it should do in a pinch, especially if you’re using the iPad Pro as a travel machine; a stand-in for your primary computer.


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Tags: apple, hands-on, ipad, ipadpro, iphone2015, mobilepostcross, uk-feature


UK pricing for the iPhone 6s duo, iPad Pro and Apple TV

Apple announced a bunch of new products today, including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, new Apple Watch finishes and bands, a monster iPad Pro, and a revamped Apple TV with Siri, universal search and games. Whether you’re interested in some, or all of the company’s new wares, we’ve got all available UK pricing right here.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

As expected, Apple has two new smartphones to replace the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Keeping with tradition, they’re iterative “s” updates that keep the same design and revamp the internals. They’ll be available in silver, gold, space grey, and a new rose gold colour scheme, with a new 64-bit A9 processor nestled inside. In addition to iOS 9, they’ll also support “3D Touch,” which is a pressure sensitive feature similar to Force Touch on the Apple Watch. With a slightly firmer press, you can “peek” and “pop” additional options.

16GB 64GB 128GB Pre-order date Release date
iPhone 6s £539 £619 £699 September 12th September 25th
iPhone 6s Plus £619 £699 £789 September 12th September 25th

As you’d expect, the price of Apple’s previous iPhone models have been knocked down a peg or two to make way for the new flagships. The dinky iPhone 5s now starts at £379, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available from £459 and £539, respectively.

iPad Pro and mini 4

With the iPad Pro, Apple is embracing the tablet’s potential as a laptop killer. The 12.9-inch display makes it easier to run apps side-by-side in iOS 9, and under the hood Apple claims its new A9X processor is beefy enough to handle demanding tasks like photo and video-editing. Similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, it also supports new Smart Keyboard and Pencil accessories, meaning you don’t have to spend all day poking the display with your fingers. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t given any firm details about pricing — the tablet and accessories hit store shelves in November, so expect more information closer to release.

If you just want an iPad for streaming Netflix in bed, you might want to opt for Apple’s iPad mini 4 instead, which comes with the same A8X processor found in the iPad Air 2. Finally, the iPad mini 2 has been reduced, making it the cheapest slate in Apple’s lineup.

16GB (WiFi/WiFi and cellular) 64GB (WiFi/WiFi and cellular) 128GB (WiFi/WiFi and cellular) Availability
iPad mini 4 £319/£419 £399/£499 £479/£579 Available now

16GB (WiFi/WiFi and cellular) 32GB (WiFi/WiFi and cellular) Availability
iPad mini 2 £219/£319 £259/£359 Available now

Apple TV

For years, it’s been rumoured that Apple was working on a major new product to disrupt the TV industry. The Apple TV unveiled today isn’t quite that, but it does give the company’s set-top box a much-needed refresh. It has universal search, meaning you can quickly find which, if any of your apps have a particular film or TV show, and a new remote which offers both a trackpad and Siri-powered voice commands. The device also runs on a new software platform called tvOS and will support Apple’s internet TV subscription service when it launches next year. The new Apple TV will be available in the UK at the end of October, and like the iPad Pro, Apple is keeping quiet about the pricing for now.

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Apple Releases OS X El Capitan Golden Master to Developers Ahead of September 30 Launch

Following today’s jam-packed media event in San Francisco, Apple has seeded the golden master (GM) version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers. The golden master represents the final version of OS X El Capitan that will be released to the public on Wednesday, September 30.

The update, build number 15A282b, is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

It is not clear if the OS X 10.11 GM will add any new outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as many of the prior betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release.

During the beta testing period, Apple seeded eight betas of OS X El Capitan to both developers and public beta testers. The final beta, beta 8, was seeded two weeks ago, on August 31.

As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan builds on the features introduced last year. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan make a number of apps and processes on the Mac faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient.

El Capitan introduces a new system-wide font, a revamped Mission Control feature, a split-view feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and improvements to Safari that include Pinned Sites and a universal mute button.

OS X El Capitan will be released to the public on September 30.


Samsung Pay is getting off to a strong start in beta tests

Samsung Pay is their attempt to move into the mobile banking sector. The app has been preloaded onto the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, Note5 and the S6 edge+ in the United States, and also launched in Korea last month. The most intriguing factor for Samsung Pay is that they are not charging users, banks and credit card companies fees to use this service which is set to take on the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay giving users more choices.

According to EVP Injong Rhee, Samsung Pay is off to a strong start with 25,000 new registrants daily in addition to a daily transaction rate of roughly $630USD per day. He didn’t say how many total registrants there actually are, but if Samsung Pay has 100,000 users, that’s $6.30 per user per day. Not a huge sum by any means.

80-90% of users have also made more than one purchase with their devices, and most of those users are Note5 users who tend to be ahead of the curve. Samsung intends to release Samsung Pay officially on Sept. 28th, and will come to countries with high credit card usage rates.

For my own opinion, I know that Samsung has been focusing on security more than most, which is why their devices are used by the NSA to protect their own employees. Samsung KNOX has been proven to be a great security system, so when I am ready to start using my Note to pay for things I most likely will use Samsung Pay too.

As of right now Samsung Pay cannot be used for online payments.

Read the full interview here.

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