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Review: Monk Magnet Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The Monk Magnet Wallet Case ($35) from Sewell Direct is a magnetic removable folio case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Like a few other cases we've seen, Monk Magnet Wallet Case lets users remove the phone from the wallet folio for use — when removed, it sits inside a faux-leather backed shell case (the folio is faux-leather, as well). The magnetic attachment makes installation and removal simple. Monk Magnet Wallet Case has three card slots and a pocket for cash. As is the norm with most folio cases, Monk Magnet Wallet Case doesn't provide much protection, especially when the phone is used while solely in the shell.

Report: New iPhone 6S LTE chip could ‘double’ download speeds

A newer Qualcomm LTE chip in Apple’s upcoming iPhone will be able to deliver “up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds” compared to the current iPhones, according to 9to5Mac. Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip is capable of offering 300 Mbps download speeds, as compared to the current 150 Mbps download speeds found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Upload speeds will be the same, however (50 Mbps), and the report notes real world performance will likely hover around 225 Mbps “or lower,” depending on cellular network performance. Since the new processor is more power efficient, it may mean slight battery gains — the report also claims the next iPhone motherboard will be thinner, possibly allowing for a larger battery.

Cue: New iOS 9 beta coming next week

A new iOS 9 beta will be arriving “early next week,” according to a tweet from Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. Cue was responding to another tweet asking why Apple didn’t release Apple Music to developers — presumably, the upcoming third iOS 9 beta will contain Apple Music. Apple just released the second iOS 9 beta last week, alongside its watchOS 2 beta for Apple Watch.

iTunes 12.2 release includes support for Apple Music

Apple released iTunes 12.2 a bit later than usual on Tuesday, but as expected, the new release brings Apple Music to the Mac. iTunes 12.2 includes full Apple Music support, including Beats 1 and Apple Music Radio. The newest edition of iTunes can be downloaded on Apple’s iTunes website or through the Mac App Store.

Daily Deal: IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive & 1TB Cloud Backup Bundle

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive & 1TB Cloud Backup Bundle for only $84.99 – that’s 46% off the regular price. With an iDrive Wi-Fi 1TB wireless hard drive and a one-year subscription to 1TB of cloud-based backup storage, you can back up your data from your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device wirelessly from anywhere in your home, securing it with 256-bit AES encryption to protect the backups on your drive in case of theft, and you get much faster backups and restores since it runs over your local home Wi-Fi network rather than sending your data across the Internet. In addition, you get a one-year subscription to the IDrive Pro Personal 1TB Cloud Backup plan, allowing you to backup and sync up to 1TB of data from an unlimited number of devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices from anywhere that you have an Internet connection, all secured in the cloud with 256-bit AES encryption that allows you to specify your own private key.

Get the IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive & 1TB Cloud Backup Bundle now for only $84.99

Mac: Apple GarageBand 10.1

In tandem with today’s launch of Apple Music, the company has also pushed out an update to its GarageBand ($5) music creation software, with a tie-in that allows artists to now publish their tracks directly to the Apple Music Connect service, allowing jams and mixes in progress to be quickly shared with fans.

Report: iPhone 6S to look ‘nearly identical’ to iPhone 6

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the exterior design of this year’s “iPhone 6S” models will look substantially the same on the outside despite a collection of internal changes. Citing “a proven source familiar with Apple’s supply chain,” the report claims, as others have, that Apple is planning on bringing Force Touch to the new models. However, the design of the iPhone 6S will be identical to the current iPhone 6 in terms of thickness and width, although it was less clear whether the same would apply to the iPhone 6S Plus. The new models will, however, reportedly include a different internal mounting structure for the new logic board and components, meaning casings will not be interchangeable between the devices. The design of the rear casing seems to quash the rumours of a dual-lens camera system, since it sports the same holes for camera, microphone, and LED flash as the current iPhone 6. Other design features such as the antenna lines, connectors, speakers, and microphones remain present.

Review: Just Mobile TimeStand for Apple Watch

TimeStand ($40) is Just Mobile's first Apple Watch stand. As any casual follower of Just Mobile would guess, TimeStand is made of aluminum. It's a relatively small stand with an oval-shaped rubberized bottom. A small channel lets users run the Apple Watch's charging cable down the side of the stand and out the back.

Appeals court: Apple conspired to fix e-book prices

A federal appeals court ruled against Apple Tuesday, affirming that the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, Reuters reports. The 2-1 decision upheld a lower court ruling that the agreement that raised e-book prices to higher levels than those previously charged by Amazon violated antitrust laws. In his dissenting opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Jacobs said he would have reversed the ruling, holding that Apple’s behavior was pro-competitive in taking on “monopolist” Amazon, which controls about 90 percent of the e-book market.

Losing the appeal means Apple is on the hook for the previously determined $450 million settlement to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims from the case. The loss also means that Apple’s contentious relationship with its court-appointed antitrust monitor will continue. Neither Apple nor the Justice Department commented on the ruling.

Apple Music makes subscriptions available through carriers, adds iCloud Music Library

The updated iTunes terms of service rolling out with Apple Music today indicate that carriers may be handling at least some Apple Music subscriptions. “Where available, you may be offered an Apple Music Subscription through your carrier (a ‘Carrier Subscription’). If you purchase a Carrier Subscription, your carrier will bill you for the cost of your Apple Music Subscription,” the updated terms read. Apple makes it clear that issues with subscriptions purchased this way will have to be handled with the carrier, not Apple, and that buying a carrier subscription will mean the carrier and Apple exchanging a user’s personal information. Which carriers will be offering Apple Music subscriptions is still unclear. AT&T currently handles subscriptions for Beats Music, which will be canceled when Beats Music users migrate to Apple Music according to a Beats support page.

The Apple Music update also makes the iCloud Music Library feature available to subscribers logged in with their Apple ID. The iCloud Music Library is turned on automatically when users set up their Apple Music subscription, and like iTunes Match, the library can hold up to 25,000 songs, not including those a user has purchased in iTunes. A tweet from iTunes head Eddy Cue teased that the capacity for the iCloud Music Library will go from the 25,000 tracks to 100,000 tracks soon, but as it stands 25,000 is the limit at launch. While listening to Apple Music radio stations, users can store songs they like on the cloud for later playback, but those letting their Apple Music subscriptions lapse will lose access to any saved Apple Music content in the iCloud Music Library that hasn’t also been purchased through iTunes.






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