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Apple formally introduces iOS 8 on the new iPhone 6

What's a new iPhone without a new operating system? That's right, iOS 8 has been formally unveiled with the new iPhones, with a bunch of new features.

 

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Starting with the new messaging app, which allows you to send small voice notes - similar to Facebook Messenger. There's also a new health app, and improved notifications. Extensibility also allows applications to talk to each other in real ways. We will have more on iOS 8 soon.

 

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iOS 8 will be made to work with plenty of Apple devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, most of the iPads, and the recent iPod.

Apple bakes 'great new cameras' into the new iPhones

The iPhone has always featured an above-average camera, with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featuring "great new cameras". Both of the new iPhones feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, with True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and f/2.2 aperture.

 

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Apple has also baked in something it calls "focus pixels" into the new iPhone 6 with its 'next-generation iSight sensor'. The new iPhone has faster 'phase detection' autofocus, which means that the iSight camera is twice as fast as the iPhone 5S when it comes to focusing on your photo.

 

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Panorama shots receive an injection of technology, with panorama shots now capable of being a massive 43 megapixels.

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iPhone 6 features Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi calling and more

With the new iPhone being unveiled, we're finding out the detailed technical side of things - with one of the big improvements being on the networking side of the iPhone 6. Apple has provided LTE 150Mbps, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which should keep fast users very happy.

 

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The iPhone 6 now supports up to 20 LTE bands (which is more than any other smartphone) and LTE roaming. The iPhone 6 also does "carrier aggregation" which ensures the maximum speed on your bigger iPhone. The new iPhone also supports VoLTE, or Voice over LTE. Wi-Fi calling is also a thing with the iPhone 6, but it is limited to just two providers: T-Mobile in the US, and EE in the UK.

Apple's new iPhone 6 powered by the 64-bit capable A8 processor

The new iPhone was just announced, with two models being unveiled in Cupertino today: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of Apple's new smartphones are using the company's new A8 processor, which is a 64-bit capable chip.

 

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Apple's new A8 processor is built on the 20nm process, has 2 billion transistors and it 13% smaller than the previous generation A7 processor. The A8 is 20% faster in CPU tasks, and 50% faster in graphics tasks compared to its predecessor. Paul Schiller also talked about sustained performance, something that I'm sure we're going to see talked about in the coming weeks. This sees the new iPhone running at full power, without pumping out more heat.

 

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The new A8 processor also has Apple working with some of the biggest developers in the world, allowing game developers to get "closer to the metal" - a term where developers use less software between the game itself, and the processor, equating to more performance.

Apple unveils its new iPhone: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has just revealed its next generation iPhone, announcing two models: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of the new iPhones feature a 'Retina HD' display' and much stronger build quality, with an anodized aluminum backing. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, with the iPhone 6 Plus cranking it up to 5.5 inches.

 

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The iPhone 6 and its 4.7-inch display features a resolution of 1334x750, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display. Compared to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 has 38% more pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has 185% more pixels.

 

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The iPhone 6 is 6.8mm thin while the iPhone 6 Plus is just 7.1mm thin, and when compared to the iPhone 5S, they're both much thinner - with the iPhone 5S being 7.6mm.

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Hands-on with Sony's new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

We got some hands-on time with the new Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at IFA 2014, with Sony's new 8-inch slate featuring a 1920x1200 display, and much, much more.

 

 

We have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chip, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of on-board flash which is expandable through microSD, a SIM card slot in case you wanted to use data on-the-go, a 4500mAh battery, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera with an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing snapper.

Continue reading 'Hands-on with Sony's new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact' (full post)

Amazon cuts Fire Phone smartphone down to just 99 cents

Amazon wants consumers to purchase its 32GB Fire smartphone, and hopes a price tag of just 99 cents will help entice customers to sign up for an exclusive AT&T phone contract. The launch price of the 32GB phone was $199 earlier in the year, but the phone has seen disappointing sales. Consumers interested in the 64GB model can purchase it for just $99, a $200 price drop from the launch price of $299.

 

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"With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers," said Ian Freed, Amazon Devices VP.

 

The company reportedly sold just 35,000 Fire Phone units through mid-August, with AT&T exclusivity hurting sales even further. In addition to the Apple iPhone, Amazon will need to compete against a growing list of Google Android-powered devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, and other manufacturers.

Exclusive: A closer look at iPhone 6, and a tease of iPhone 6 Air

After a few leaked photos, it seems that LUXA2 is one of the first in the world to unveil the first legitimate shots of Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6. The shots come courtesy of a look of LUXA2's accessories for the iPhone 6, such as a new 'Elite Leather Stand Case' for the iPhone 6.

 

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The second shot is of the purported iPhone 6 Air, a surprise for us as that's what we might expect from Apple - two models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Air. The second shot shows off the iPhone 6 Air High Clear.

 

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My gut tells me this isn't fake, as the e-mail is from a company I deal with quite a lot. It fully states 'LUXA2 Debuts Exciting New Accessories for iPhone 6," so not only are we getting confirmation of the iPhone 6 - which we know is coming - but the tease of the iPhone 6 Air is huge. Previously, we thought it was going to be called iPhone 6+ or iPhone 6 Plus, we you've just read it here first: iPhone 6 Air confirmed.

The lines begin to form for the iPhone 6, over a week out from release

The iPhone 6 launches in just five days time, but over a week out from its announcement (and not its release date) eager Apple fans are already lining up at Apple's flagship store in New York City.

 

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Apple is poised to unveil its iPhone 6 next week, with two devices to be unveiled - a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone. The 4.7-inch iPhone should be available starting September 19, ten days after its announcement, while the 5.5-inch version might be launched at a later date. But with IFA 2014 kicking off, Apple has a mountain of competition to fight off, with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones from Samsung. Sony has announced its new Xperia Z3 smartphone, and that's not counting the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and more that are already here, and purchased by millions of consumers around the world.

 

Rumor has it that we will also see Apple unveil its new iWatch at the event on September 9, as well as a full unveiling of its next mobile OS, iOS 8.

Phablet shipments to top portable PCs this year, and tablets in 2015

The demand for phablets, smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches, will hit 175 million units this year, surpassing an estimated 170 million portable PCs that will ship this year, according to IDC. Looking ahead to 2015, the phablet market should see 318 million units shipped, which will be significantly higher than an estimated 233 million tablets forecasted to ship during the same period.

 

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The phablet market first became a major player in 2012, and has continually carved out its own market share, as Samsung and Xiaomi help drive growth - Apple's looming phone announcement should only help drive phablet growth higher.

 

"Clearly, mobile computing is a space where consumers are still trying to figure out what mix of devices and screen sizes will suit them best," said Tom Mainelli, IDC Devices and Displays Program VP, in a press statement. "What works well today could very well shift tomorrow as phones gain larger screens, tablets become more powerful replacements for PCs, and even smartwatch screens join the fray."

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