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Apple now selling unlocked iPhone 5

iPhone 5 unlocked

Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 5 smartphones in the U.S., starting at $649. The unlocked and off-contract iPhone 5 works on GSM, HSPA+, and LTE networks in certain countries.

The subtle move popped up in a low-key option on Apple's iPhone page, and doesn't offer any extra perks for the hefty price tag. Besides that, you can expect the same colors and features you're used to in the standard carrier models.

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Merril Lynch Analyst: T-Mobile possibly getting iPhone next week

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Rumors

iPhone coming to T-Mobile?

Apple could get access to an additional 33 million users as speculation circulates that T-Mobile could get the iPhone by next week. Scott Craig of Merrill Lynch is saying "speculation is heightening" as parent holder Deutsch Telecom is slated to ink a deal with Apple to bring iPhone to T-Mobile stateside. This past year, T-Mobile has been very busy making its networks iPhone-compatible to utilize HSPA+.

Perhaps this is a change of heart as just last week T-Mobile COO Jim Alling stated, "Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone," … "However, we want the economies to be right for us." Still, it's a double edge sword not having the iPhone. "We recognize that it has been a point of churn for us".

T-Mobile would have had the iPhone last year if the U.S. Dept. of Justice hadn't opposed AT&T (T) proposed acquisition of the company on antitrust grounds. - Philip Elmer-Dewitt, CNN Money

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will.i.am to release 14 megapixel iPhone camera attachment

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cameras

will.i.am i.am+

Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame apparently doesn't think his iPhone is smart enough, so he's planning to do something about it. He's even received a development license from Apple to produce and sell what he claims will turn the iPhone into a "genius phone" under his new i.am+ brand.

We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock your phone into our device and it turns your smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera...

"I was just hanging out [after a photo shoot], and one of the models took an iPhone picture, which circulated the planet before the shoot was even over... I took one of the photographer's lenses and held it up on my [phone] and said "imagine this one day". Then I said: "I'm going to do this"."

The camera attachment will clips onto the iPhone, bumping the 8 megapixel camera to 14 megapixels. A website is currently being produced (www.i.am) where users will be able to create profiles and assumedly share pictures and other content created with Will.i.am's app.

I.am+ is scheduled to make it's debut in London later this week, where pricing will also be announced.

Read More | The Telegraph

Apple debuts two new iPhone 5 ads: Turkey and Orchestra

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Videos

iPhone Tv Ad

In the spirit of the holidays, Apple has debuted two new iPhone 5 ads: "Turkey" and "Orchestra." The Turkey ad showcases Shared Photo Streams, while Orchestra focuses on the noise cancellation features of the iPhone 5. Watch them here after the break. 

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Skype app for iOS updated for iPhone 5

Skype 4.1.2 for iPhone 5 Skype 4.1.2 for iPhone 5 (2)

The popular Voice Over IP service, Skype, has updated its iOS app to 4.1.2 for iPhone 5 display; so no more funky black borders. It only took them what? Two months to update it? Better late than never, we guess. This update also brings along the usual bug fixes. You can download Skype 4.1.2 now.

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iOS 6.1 beta 2 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6.1 beta 2 download

Apple has just released iOS 6.1 beta 2 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago. This release comes just 11 days after the initial iOS 6.1 beta was released to developers, alongside the public release of iOS 6.0.1. iOS 6.1 will make it easier for users to report issues with the Apple Maps data, bring better music controls to the lock screen, makes it easier to find Passbook apps, and more. If you're already running the iOS 6.1 beta, check Software Update in your settings app to grab the latest update - if not, head over to the Dev Center for the download!


Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 bug fix and optimization update

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6.0.1 iOS 6.0.1 (2)

Apple has just released iOS 6.0.1, a maintenance update for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The update adds a plethora of fixes and software optimizations, fixing things like that nasty Microsoft Exchange meeting cancellation bug. So now those employees with BYOD policies under IT rule can get a green light to update. This comes just in time for the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad, both of which launch tomorrow. As always, do a backup before updating. Here is a list of changes that iOS 6.0.1 brings:

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How to disable Interest Based iAds and limit ad tracking on your iPhone and iPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Interest Based iAds

Recently, it has been reported that, with iOS 6, Apple has a new tracking mechanism built-in that allows targeted advertising. Basically, this just means that when there are ads in apps, that they can display ads that Apple feels will be more relevant to you, rather than having them be completely random. Some users don't appreciate any sort of behavior tracking, and would rather turn this feature off. One easy way to get to this setting is to visit the following address from your iOS device: http://oo.apple.com. That will redirect you to the opt out panel for Interest Based iAds. Turn the setting to OFF to disable the feature, and you'll no longer see ads that are targeted to your interests.

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Unboxing Live 098: iPhone 5 (white and black!)

We brought you our iPhone 5 white unboxing gallery and iPhone 5 black unboxing gallery a few weeks ago, but we know there are some out there who just prefer seeing it all unfold on video. It's a bit delayed, but in this episode we are on location for the launch of the new iPhone 5! This time, we come to you from the Northbrook Mall Apple Store in the Chicago area, and we've got a white & silver and black & slate iPhone to open up and show off in this episode. Did you get your iPhone 5 yet? Also, be sure to check out our comprehensive iPhone 5 review.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings.


The ever-shrinking SIM card

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Editorial, Features

SIM, micro SIM, and nano SIM

What you see in the image above is the evolution of mobile phone SIM card design over the past four years. The largest in the image, known as the mini-SIM, was used for quite a while as the standard in GSM cell phones. However, as smartphones began to rise in popularity, drop is cost, and brought increased functionality, it was determined that the mini-SIM just wasn't mini enough. It took up too much of the precious real estate that mobile phone manufacturers needed for other things. Thing like a GPS radio, Wi-Fi, larger batteries, dock connectors, graphics chips, and more. And so began the start of the shrinking SIM card.

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