US Cellular & C Spire launching iPhone 6 on Sep. 19 ahead of several regional carriers on Sep. 26

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Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus yesterday with pre-orders for the new phones on the four major carriers kicking off on September 12th and both new iPhones launching on September 19th. Apple, however, does not directly share availability for its new iPhones on regional carriers.

We’ve reached out to the more than two dozen regional and prepaid carriers that supported the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, though, and put together a comprehensive list of when each carrier plans to release the new iPhone 6 models. US Cellular and C Spire, the fifth and sixth largest wireless carriers in the United States after the big four national carriers, have both announced plans to carry the new iPhone 6 models on launch day next Friday, and more than a half dozen regional carriers have already announced availability starting September 26th. Read more

Apple reportedly ‘not happy’ with one day Watch battery life, expects improvements by 2015 launch

 

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Re/code is reporting that Apple is currently seeing about a day’s worth of battery life. The company was notably sheepish to mention anything specific, but internally Re/code says Apple’s current marketing strategy is that users charge it over night to get full use during daylight hours.

Interestingly, the report notes that Apple is unhappy with current performance and the situation is very much still in flux. Apparently, Apple is doing many different things to improve battery longevity, by the time the device launches in ‘early 2015′.

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Security researcher says many of his iOS ‘backdoor’ vulnerabilities are fixed in iOS 8 GM, but not all

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Jonathan Zdziarski, who flared up the initial round of iOS surveillance claims a couple of months ago, is now reporting that some of these flaws have been rectified with iOS 8. Apple said that these services were used for debugging purposes, and had no connection to government agencies. It then proceeded to detail these processes in a support note.

Zdziarski’s post explains that many issues have been addressed, particularly with File Relay. Before, this service blindly sent data from the device to an external source, without authentication. In iOS 8, he says that the service has been disabled. It seems that data is no longer available either through physical connection or wirelessly. Zdziarski notes law enforcement will not be able to use current tools to access any of this previously-exposed information.

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Apple demonstrates just how quick & easy Apple Pay is to use [Video]

After launching its new mobile wallet service Apple Pay during yesterday’s keynote, the company gave demos afterwards, TechCrunch sharing a video.

The card you have registered with your Apple ID becomes your default card, but you can add others by using the camera on the iPhone 6 to identify it. The iPhone requests permission from your bank, and the card is then added to Passbook …  Read more

Apple keynote recap: What you need to know (Video)

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The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Apple has officially introduced its new iPhone lineup and announced an entirely new product in the wearables department. There was quite a bit of information between most of the major announcements from today, and because of that, we thought it would be helpful to condense the “need to know” information into a short video…

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Sprint debuts new ‘iPhone for Life’ plan with unlimited data and iPhone upgrades every two years

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Sprint has debuted a new iPhone-exclusive plan that allows users to “rent” an iPhone for two years, then upgrade to the newest model for $70 a month (via Bloomberg). The plan allows users to get the latest Apple smartphone for no money down and no tax, then pay $50 a month for unlimited data, texting, and calling, plus $20 each month for the phone, for a total of $70 monthly.

After two years, users will be able to switch to the newest iPhone model. However, because the phone is only being “rented” from the carrier, it must be returned in at the time of upgrade, where customers on a typical two-year contract would be allowed to keep the device after they paid it off.

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Apple announces WatchKit for Apple Watch, demos Facebook, Twitter, and other functionality

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After the unveiling of Apple Watch during the Sept. 9 iPhone launch event, Apple announced WatchKit for Apple Watch. This is a new development kit will allow developers to create interesting and exciting ways to use the Apple Watch hardware and software in their apps.

WatchKit allows integration for Actionable notifications, WatchKit apps, and Glances. During the keynote, Apple demonstrated Facebook and Twitter functionality with Apple Watch along with other apps with the ability to unlock a hotel door, get transit directions, post to Pinterest, find your car, change the temperature with a Honeywell thermostat, and use Nike fitness features. All of these features and functionality will exist within individual Apple Watch apps.

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Apple announces new wireless technologies in iPhone 6, including VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling

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Apple has announced several new wireless features for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including faster Wi-Fi that achieves speeds of up to 3x faster than previous models. New LTE technology is also preset, allowing speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Perhaps more importantly, Voice over LTE calling has been enabled, and can take advantage of the new Wi-Fi hardware to place calls over a Wi-Fi connection while still using your cellular phone number. T-Mobile is one of the first carriers rolling this out in the United States.

The iPhone 6 will operate on over 200 carriers on 20 different LTE bands.

Apple announces next-generation M8, barometer in iPhone 6

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Apple has added the next-generation of motion tracking to its iPhone 6. The new device can measure elevation, such as tracking flights of stairs, using an inbuilt barometer. It works by analyzing relative air pressure.

All of this information will appear in the iPhone’s Health app, tracking how often you climb stairs and other related metrics. The chip can also differentiate between running and walking distances, as shown below.

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