With iOS 6, Apple will be introducing new iPhone functionality that's aimed at alleviating the frustration many feel when connected to a weak WI-Fi hotspot. The feature is called Wi-Fi Plus Cellular, it helps keep the data flowing, and it can end up costing you some unexpected cash if you aren't careful.
After reading through the Stabil-i Case Kickstarter page and viewing the videos, we've gotta say, we're pretty excited about the prospects of a product that promises to make videos you shoot with your iPhone look much more fantastic by virtually eliminating the shakiness. You know what we mean. Your smartphones is typically the camera you have with you at all times, right? If you wanna capture a moment on video, it's likely that you'll bust out your phone rather than a camcorder. The Stabil-i case gets rid of the "shaky cam" look, bringing a level of smoothness to your iPhone videos. A version for the next-generation iPhone 5 is even in the works. The project is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, and has raised $23,140 out of the $80,000 goal, and there are just 4 days left. Check out the video after the break, and if it's something you think you'd like, head on over to the Kickstarter page and pre-order one.
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The next-generation iPhone 5 leaks continue, this time seemingly revealing a built-in NFC module. NFC code has been found in iPhone prototypes, and Apple has even patented its method for including NFC into a future iPhone--and it just so happens that the patents and the location of this new chip match up perfectly (the top-left corner of the front of the device.) At the iOS 6 reveal, Apple showed off its Passbook digital wallet app. Since then, many have commented that NFC might be the perfect companion to Passbook. We'll find out on September 12.
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For the past few weeks, we figured that Apple would be unveiling both its next-generation iPhone 5 as well as a 7.85-inch iPad at the same event on September 12. We thought it made sense that the company would introduce its new iOS devices all at once, but Daring Fireball's John Gruber theorized that a simultaneous unveiling might not be in the cards because then the two devices would steal each other's thunder, so to speak.
An image of the purported updated Apple USB sync cable with updated miniature dock connector has surfaced from Veister, a China-based accessory seller. As you can see, this matches up nicely with the rumored change from a 30-pin connector over to a 9-pin connector for the next iPhone 5, 7.85-inch iPad, modified third-generation iPad, and updated iPod touch.
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The fine folks over at FreePress are asking the public to take action in an attempt to convince AT&T to reconsiders its position on blocking iOS 6 feature FaceTime over Cellular for all customers unless they switch to a Mobile Share plan. It's an obvious money-grab, a way to encourage its unlimited data users to leave those plans behind, and it shows preferential treatment on how users can use their own data plans. We're signing, and we encourage you to do the same. According to Public Knowledge:
“By blocking FaceTime for many of its customers, AT&T is violating the FCC’s Open Internet rules. These rules state that mobile providers shall not ‘block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.’ Although carriers are permitted to engage in ‘reasonable network management,’ there is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime, and another not. ‘Over-the-top’ communications services like FaceTime are a threat to carriers’ revenue, but they should respond by competing with these services and not by engaging in discriminatory behavior.”
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Do you plan on picking up the next-generation iPhone 5 on September 21? If you're currently rocking an iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, you can sell it for cash in order to help pay for your upgrade. This year, Gazelle is giving quotes on Apple smartphones that are locked in through October 1. That means you can head over to Gazelle right now, fill in the details on your current iPhone, accept an offer for it, and then send it to them after you pick up the next iPhone. That means you can get a guaranteed sale on your device without having to be without a phone while you wait for the next one to be released. Prices on the iPhone 4S range from $90-370 depending on storage capacity and condition.
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While we wait for Apple to officially announce the next-generation iPhone 5 on September 12 (and the subsequent September 21 launch date,) those who just can't wait a month can now order what's alleged to be the display and digitizer of the next Apple smartphone. It's a 4-inch 1136 x 640 LCD display, and it's currently selling on ChinaGadgetLand for $199.
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Earlier today we gave you a look at what the 7.85-inch iPad should look like based on leaked schematics. That said, sometimes you need context to get a true feel for these things, and 9to5Mac put together another image that shows how the iPad mini mockup stacks up against the third-generation iPad and the current iPhone 4S. As you can see, it's enough of a difference to make it a standalone produce, resting between the iPhone display size and the larger iPad. Anyone else excited about this one yet? We're expecting to hear more about the iPad mini during Apple's September 12 iPhone event.
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Apple is set to begin pre-orders of the next-generation iPhone 5 on September 12, according to iMore. You might recognize that date as being the same day that Apple will unveil its next smartphone to the world, so it looks like pre-orders will begin later that day. The smaller 7.85-inch iPad is also heavily rumored to make an appearance on 9/12 as well. The next iPhone is expected to see a September 21 release, with international sales kicking off on October 5.
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