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Apple Releases iOS 6 with New Maps App, Facebook Integration, Siri Improvements, and More





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Apple has just released iOS 6, making it available to users of the latest iPad, iPhone and iPod touch models. To get updates, you need to connect your device to iTunes and click "check for updates" or using the menu: Settings-General-> Software update. However, the update can take several minutes to propagate to all users.

About 200 new features have been added in iOS 6, including Maps from Apple, Facebook integration, improved Siri, Passbook e-wallet program from Apple and more.

iOS 6 is compatible with the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch. The operating system will be preinstalled on the iPhone 5 to be released on Friday, and the fifth-generation iPod touch models set for the release next month.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. 22:09

iPhone 5 Estimated Component Costs Begin At $199



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HIS iSuppi has published its estimate of the cost of iPhone 5’s bill of materials (BOM), which they made based on industry knowledge and information disclosed by Apple. The estimate, which doesn’t include many other costs associated with manufacturing, sales and product development, pegs the bill of materials of the entry-level iPhone 5 with 16 GB at $199. HIS iSuppi notes:


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. 19:52

iPhone 5 Javascript Benchmarks More Than Two Times As Fast As iPhone 4S



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AnandTech published the first SunSpider benchmark for the iPhone 5. This benchmark measures performance of Javascript in web browsers.

Lower is better, so the iPhone 5 with the score of 914.7ms outstripped all other devices measured in the test. Moreover, it is the fastest SunSpider test for a smartphone they have ever recorded. The new iPhone is more than twice as fast as the iPhone 4S that scored 2250ms and significantly faster than the Galaxy S III that scored 1442.9-1824.9ms.


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. 13:19

Retina MacBook Pro Users Still Complaining of Image Persistence



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Back in late June,early purchasers of Apple's Retina MacBook Pro reported on the image persistence caused by some production issues. Having used a device for a certain period of time, they noticed its screen became vaguely and left traces of previous images.

Apple replaced the defective devices. DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira has mentioned the persistence was caused by early production issue, but three months later, users still complain of the released product’s “ghosting” issue. A lot of messages were posted on MacRumors' forums and at Apple Support Communities which are largely reported on the issues related to the LG displays and experienced by the manufacturer. Samsung Displays were not affected by the issue.


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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012. 19:43

Apple Tweaked App Store To Promote Quick Installation Of Its Free Apps



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Apple seems to be adding the final touches on the revamped App Store ahead of the iOS 6 public release this week. As of today, a new page promotes Apple’s own free apps, offering an easy way for first-time users to “get the most out of” their device.


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First Third-Party 30-pin Lightning Adapter Is Available On Amazon



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First third-party 30-pin Lightning adapters just appeared on Amazon. The manufacturer is the company called Nanotech that is now offering pre-orders for them. There was some concern when a recent report said Apple would be the exclusive manufacturer of 9-pin adapters at a price of $10 each, but this rumor looks to be false.


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Monday, September 17th, 2012. 14:45

iPhone 5 Bill of Materials Estimated at $167.50



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UBM TechInsights has released an early Bill of Materials estimate for the new iPhone 5. This does not include the cost of hardware design, software, production, etc. But still quite interesting:


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Saturday, September 15th, 2012. 16:05

The iPhone 5 Should Deliver Improved Signal Reception



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According to antenna expert and owner of website AntennaSys Spencer Webb, the iPhone 5’s increase in height and other changes in its design should improve signal reception. He wrote extensively about the antenna issues in the original iPhone 4.


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Thursday, September 13th, 2012. 13:59

Live iPhone 5 launch coverage




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iPhone 5 preorders to start on September 14th



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Rumors say that pre-orders for the next generation iPhone 5 are reportedly set to begin the morning of Friday, September 14th, according to MacRumors:

MacRumors is now hearing that pre-orders may not begin tomorrow following the media event and that they may instead start on Friday morning in a scenario similar to last year's debut. We're hearing that certain portions of Apple's online sales support team are significantly increasing their staffing levels beginning at 6:00 AM Eastern on Friday, with a major surge for the initial shift beginning at that time and a sustained level of high staffing for at least the remainder of the day.

Last year, the iPhone 4S was set to begin pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific Time the Friday following the Apple's media event.

So users are given an extra couple of days to get the money together.




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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. 23:43

New iPod Touch: codename N78AP, 1136x640 display



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Will Strafach, also known as Chronic, has revealed rumors that the new iPod touch has a codename N78AP and will probably feature a 1136x640 display.

it's not even worth leaking to press friend's this close to launch, so: the new iPod5,1 is code name N78AP, and sports a 1136x640 display.

oh wait, another thing worth mentioning: the new iPod touch / N78AP runs on an S5L8942X, NOT an S5L8950X.


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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. 23:14

Upcoming OS X Mountain Lion version may solve laptop battery life woes



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The unscientific test carried out by The Mac Observer claims to show significant boost in MacBook battery life using a new developer build 12C35 of OS X Mountain Lion, with the latest beta showing an 85-minute increase from the current 10.8.1.

Using OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard as a baseline, the compiled test data showed a significant hit to battery performance with the introductions of 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. Upon release, Lion lost over 40 minutes of battery life and took three revisions to regain Snow Leopard power efficiency. In contrast, Mountain Lion saw a huge 105 minute loss in battery performance when it was released in July, with the latest 10.8.1 version moving the OS only 30 minutes closer to baseline.


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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. 21:17

Google Released Native YouTube App For iPhone



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Google, as promised, has launched a native YouTube app for Apple’s smartphone. Previously we reported that Apple would be removing the YouTube app from IOS 6 that is expected to be released in the immediate future. At that time, Google said that a native iOS app is in the pipeline.

YouTube app just appeared as a free download in the App Store.


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Apple's alleged 9-pin dock connector may be same size as Micro USB



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The side-by-side comparison shots of what appear to be a Micro-A USB cable with the smaller 9-pin dock connector Apple is rumored to be deploying with the sixth-generation iPhone were released  by French blog nowhereelse.fr on Saturday. The purported 9-pin format is nearly identical in size to the Micro USB plug, though Apple's rumored part appears to be slightly longer and thinner.


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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. 0:47

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Publishing Company Blue Toad Admits “FBI” UDIDs Were Stolen From Its Servers



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Last week a hacker group released around 1 million UDIDs from iOS devices. The group said that they stole the list from the FBI, but a day later the law enforcement organization rejected this claim.

Now NBC News reports that Blue Toad, small Florida company that develops apps for App Store, said that UDIDs were stolen from its servers. The report notes:


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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. 0:47