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Apple quietly introduces 2m Lightning to USB Cable

Among new iPhones and corresponding accessories, Apple today added a 2m version of its Lightning to USB Cable to its online store. It appears that the only differences between this cord and the 0.5m and 1m cables are the length, and the $10-higher price.

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Apple’s website lists the cable as shipping within 24 hours, and ready for in-store pickup starting September 12, 2013.

 

AppleCare+ launches in Europe

Apple launched its AppleCare+ program in Europe today. The extended warranty program is available in the UK, France, and Italy. Apple is offering AppleCare+ for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod in each country. In the UK, AppleCare+ will cost about $124 for iPad and iPhone, and $78 for iPod. Until today, AppleCare+ was only available in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. It’s unknown if or when other countries will gain access to AppleCare+. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple unveils iPhone 5c, 5s Docks

After abandoning its white plastic docks with the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple has brought them back with new editions for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

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Both docks cost $29, and sport Lightning connectors inside recessed ridges. On the back, each has a Lightning output, next to line out audio. They’ll both be available for purchase on September 20, 2013.

Apple debuts iPhone 5c, 5s Cases

At its keynote address today, Apple introduced cases to accompany its new iPhone 5c and 5s handsets. The iPhone 5c Case, which goes for $29, is made of silicone rubber and features a 5 x 7 series of dots to reveal the color of the device below. It will be available in white, pink, yellow, blue green, and black.

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The iPhone 5s Case sells for $39, and is made of leather, with brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and PRODCT (RED) hues. It’ll also fit the iPhone 5.

Apple debuts flagship iPhone 5s with Touch ID

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5s. It comes in three colors — space gray, silver, and gold. The iPhone 5s is made of aluminum, with chamfered edges. It uses a Touch ID fingerprint scanner within a sapphire Home Button, for security purposes. Touch ID can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s, or to authenticate iTunes purchases. It can be set up to read multiple fingerprints. Apple says fingerprints will never be uploaded to its servers, or backed up to iCloud. The data will be encrypted. The Touch ID sensor is 170 microns thin, with 500 ppi resolution. It can be read in any orientation — 360 degree readability. A ring around the Home Button is a detection ring that activates the Touch ID.

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It contains a 64-bit A7 processor with 2x general purpose registers and one billion transistors. Apple pointed out the 5s is 40 times faster than the original iPhone, while graphics are 56 times faster. It’s noted that iOS 7 has been reengineered for 64-bit, and is backward-compatible with 32-bit apps. The iPhone 5s runs Open GL ES 3.0, which will allow for greater graphic performance. A demo showing off the graphics used Infinity Blade III, which will be along with the iPhone 5s.

A new part, the M7, works as a motion coprocessor alongside the A7. It continuously measures motion data, with accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass support.

The new iPhone 5s iSight camera has a newly developed five-element Apple lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 15 percent larger active area. iOS 7 is designed to work with the new camera — to set white balance and exposure level, and to create a dynamic local tone map. The camera actually takes multiple photos and picks the best one available. True Tone Flash is the expected dual-flash LED — one cool and white, the other warm and amber. The flashes are used in tandem to improve color balance. Auto image stablization has also been added, and a new 10 frames-per-second Burst Mode is activated when holding the button down to take pictures. Exposure in a 28MP panoramic shot can be adjusted automatically.

As for video, the iPhone 5s camera can record slow-motion video and 720 HD video at 120 frames-per-second. It’s possible to select separate parts of a video to be normal speed or in slow-motion.

Battery life is 250 hours on standby, 10 hours of 3G talk, 10 hours of LTE browsing, and 40 hours of music playback.

iPhone 5s costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB, with a standard two-year contract. A line of Apple cases for the device will be $39 each. The iPhone 5s will be released Friday, Sept. 20.

Apple debuts colorful iPhone 5c

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c comes in five different colors — white, blue, pink, yellow, and green. Made from a single part, the seamless iPhone 5c has a polycarbonate shell.

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Containing a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c comes with the same A6 processor as the iPhone 5, with the same rear camera. The front-facing FaceTime camera is improved, with larger pixels and improved backside illumination. It supports “more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.” The iPhone 5c is also equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. A steel frame inside the device doubles as an antenna.

The iPhone 5c is $99 for a 16GB model, and $199 for a 32GB model with two-year contract. Apple also introduced a line of its own custom cases for the iPhone 5c at $29 each. The iPhone 5c will be released Friday, Sept. 20. It will be available for pre-order on Friday, Sept. 13.

Apple announces iWork, iPhoto, iMovie iOS apps go free*

Apple today announced that its iWork productivity apps for iOS—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—along with iPhoto and iMovie, will now be available for free to purchasers of new iOS devices. Previously, each app individually cost between $5 and $10. No mention was made of GarageBand, the third iLife app. Updated: This story was updated after initial publication for clarity; it remains uncertain at this point whether the apps will continue to have their old price tags for prior iOS device users.

Apple sets iOS 7 release date

During today’s iPhone event, Apple announced the official release date for iOS 7, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system. Originally unveiled at WWDC in June, iOS 7 includes a “stunning new user interface” that marks a dramatic visual departure from every prior version of iOS, sporting refined typography, with new animations, layered effects, and transparency.

During the event, Senior VP Craig Federighi took the stage to quickly demonstrate several of the major new features in iOS 7, including the new lock screen and “harmonious layout” of the home screen, along with the new Control Center, Notification Center, and multitasking view. He also highlighted how Siri can search Twitter, Wikipedia, and perform inline web and photo searches, and showed off the new camera filters and mode features and the new “share sheet” with AirDrop support for sharing items with other nearby iOS devices over a Wi-Fi connection. Federighi highlighted the new iTunes Radio feature as well, describing it as “the best way to experience new music.”

iOS 7 is compatible with the iPhone 4 and later, fifth-generation iPod, iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, and iPad mini. It will be available for download as a free update via iTunes and OTA update on September 18th.

Live updates from Apple’s 2013 iPhone Event

Breaking with recent tradition, Apple apparently will not be streaming live video of its 2013 “brighten everyone’s day” iPhone Event from its Cupertino headquarters. Regardless, we’ll be posting live updates here to discuss what’s taking place at the event as it happens. Thus far, details leaked before the event strongly suggest that we will see the introduction of the iPhone 5S (possibly styled “iPhone 5s”), iPhone 5C (“iPhone 5c”), and iOS 7, as well as software updates to iTunes and the Apple TV—the basic details of which have been known for days or weeks. Also possible are price changes and other tweaks to the iPod lineup, which has been suffering from declining sales for quite some time.

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Apple has announced the plastic iPhone 5c ($99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB) as a complete replacement for the iPhone 5, available in five plastic colors (white/pink/blue/green/yellow). It has also debuted the iPhone 5s (16GB: $199, 32GB: $299, 64GB: $399) as a sequel, in three colors (space gray, silver/white, and gold/white), with a 64-bit processor, improved cameras (improved FaceTime HD, faster iSight lens, plus 120fps 720p video recording), Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and promised somewhat better battery life. The iPhone 4S (now restyled as “iPhone 4s”) will oddly remain as an 8GB model for $0 on contract. The new phones will go on pre-order September 13 and hit stores on September 20.

Additional details are found after the fold, so if you’re on our main page, click on the title of this article for the full story. Updated: Apple’s official video of the event was posted after its conclusion, and is available here.

Fast Company interviews reveal Apple design history

Fast Company is on the cusp of concluding an extensive feature story titled “An Oral History of Apple Design.” The story has interviews from many interesting figures throughout Apple’s recent history, revealing a number of details that were little-known or unknown before. As the piece notes, very few designers have left the design team of Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive — “Two quit; three died.” Fast Company interviewed the two designers who quit, along with a number of other Apple veterans. The series is set to end tomorrow, and it’s a recommended read for anyone with a remote interest in Apple design. We’ve highlighted a few interesting tidbits and revelations within the expansive article.

The feature starts in 1992. It notes that Ive personally tailored the design studio’s every facet to make former Apple CEO Steve Jobs comfortable, ranging from the clothing people wore to the music they played, to the rule that people had to slowly move away from where Steve was when he came in. It became the CEO’s “happy place.” Apple designers chose translucent plastic for the iMac because it gave “the feeling that there was something intelligent” inside the computer, which were all previously opaque beige boxes, a design theme that carried over to the iPod.

Keep reading for many additional interesting details.

Class action filed over iTunes Breaking Bad Season Pass

Apple is being sued by an Ohio man who claims he’s owed $22.99 for not receiving all 16 episodes in the iTunes Season Pass for Breaking Bad — the fifth and final season of which was split into two parts by AMC. The suit claims Apple engaged in false advertising, as the Season Pass page notes that viewers will get “every episode in that season,” but Apple only provided the first eight episodes with the pass. The suit makes the case that the last 16 episodes of the show have always been referred to by show creators as “Season 5.” The class action suit seeks either $14.99 or $22.99 depending on whether viewers purchased the Season Pass in standard or high definition. [via GigaOM]

Jony Ive collaborates on gold EarPods for auction

Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive has teamed up with U2’s Bono and designer Marc Newson to create special items for The Global Fund in an upcoming auction, including a pair of 18-karat solid rose gold Apple EarPods. Ive and Newson customized the EarPods for the (RED) Auction, which takes place on Nov. 23 at Sotheby’s in New York. The two also designed a customized Leica Digital Rangefinder camera for the auction. The Global Fund is an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. [via AppleInsider]

Report: China Mobile to carry iPhone 5C

China Mobile will carry Apple’s iPhone 5C, according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Sherr. It’s been speculated that China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, would carry the iPhone — especially after Apple announced its Sept. 11 event at Beijing’s China World Trade Center. Apple and China Mobile have long been in negotiations for the carrier to sell the device. Sherr did not report any additional information about any other iPhone models China Mobile might sell; given the carrier’s long-time interest in an iPhone model catering to price-conscious customers, it’s possible that China Mobile could only carry the iPhone 5C.

Apple issued injunction in e-book case

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has issued an injunction against Apple for its involvement in fixing e-book prices, Reuters reports. Cote barred Apple from entering any agreements with the five major publishers — Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette — that would impede its ability to reduce e-book prices or offer discounts. Judge Cote also said an external monitor would be appointed for two years to prevent antitrust behavior from Apple. The terms will expire after five years, but the judgment could be extended in one-year increments. As expected, no App Store changes were included in the injunction.

Additionally, GigaOM notes Apple may not enforce most-favored-nation clauses in any e-book publishing contracts for five years. The company must also stagger new contract negotiations with the five major publishers in an order set by the judge. Apple plans to appeal the injunction. “Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said. “The iBookstore gave customers more choice and injected much-needed innovation and competition into the market.”

Report: Apple testing 4.8 to 6-inch iPhone screens

Apple is reportedly testing new iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches, according to The Wall Street Journal. Suppliers say Apple has tested larger iPhone screens recently, and the company has been “particularly interested” in testing a 4.8-inch screen. As the report notes, Apple eventually adopted a multi-size approach to its iPod — it wouldn’t be out of the question to see the company take a similar path with the iPhone in the future. Sources indicate Apple is “more willing” to move in that direction than it was before.

Apple supplier Jabil Circuit accused of labor violations

Reportedly involved in producing the iPhone 5C, Apple supplier Jabil Circuit has been accused of numerous labor violations by China Labor Watch. The watchdog group has alleged that Jabil Circuit’s factory in Wuxi, China has engaged in infringements including millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages, more than 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, more than 11 hours of daily standing work with no rest other than 30-minute meal breaks, hiring discrimination, and inadequate pre-work training. The full report can be found on the China Labor Watch website. Notably, the company is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Report: Apple working on product with 17W power supply

A new report claims that Apple is working on a new 17-Watt power supply for a new product. The new product would require around 40% more wattage than the current iPad, but considerably less power than the 11” MacBook Air. Apple has reportedly started to obtain components for the 17W adapter, which could belong to a “portable product which could launch within the next 12 months.” The report notes that the new adapter would not upgrade any existing Apple products, and it’s possible that such a power supply could be for a new, larger iPad; a July report claimed Apple is testing tablet screens “measuring slightly less than 13 inches,” following rumors of a 12.9” iPad prototype. [via AppleInsider]

Apple shipments signal new Apple TV?

Three recent shipments of “set top boxes” received by Apple in August could signify a new upcoming version of its Apple TV. A blog post citing bills of lading documents notes that Apple received a 35,000-pound shipment from Shenzhen, China on Aug. 25 described as “Set Top Box with Communication Function.” An Aug. 18 shipment with the same weight was described as “Set Top Boxes,” and an initial 15,000-pound shipment of set top boxes was received another week earlier on Aug. 11. The large shipments came from Apple supplier BYD; a previous shipment of “set top boxes” from Apple partner Hon Hai/Foxconn in December 2012 contained prior-generation Apple TVs. It’s possible Apple could reveal a new TV product — a refreshed Apple TV or something else — at the company’s Sept. 10 event, which is believed to be focused on iPhones and iOS 7. If not, a later expected event for new iPads could bring news of a new TV-related product. [via Panjiva]

Apple sets Sept. 11 Chinese event; China Mobile to get iPhone?

Apple has invited Chinese media for a second special event, set to be held at Beijing’s China World Trade Center on September 11. Scheduled to start roughly six hours after the conclusion of Apple’s American iPhone event on September 10, it’s speculated that Apple will use the Beijing venue to announce a deal with China Mobile to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest carrier. Apple CEO Tim Cook met with the chairman of China Mobile about a month ago, and negotiations have been ongoing for some time. The official Apple event will be the first of its kind in China. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple invite officially confirms Sept. 10 iPhone event

Apple has started to invite members of the media to a special event on September 10 at 10:00AM Pacific Time, one week from today. Scheduled to be held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, the event’s invitation includes the phrase, “This should brighten everyone’s day.” It consists of an Apple logo atop a collection of dots, brightly colored similarly to tones seen in both iOS 7 icons and leaks of the iPhone 5C.

The event will almost certainly include the formal announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, as well as the final release of iOS 7—at the very least, for iPhones and iPod touches. Reports have suggested that Apple will use a separate event, most likely in October, to debut new iPad models.

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