AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High, NFC Chip in iPhone 6, iWatch, Mobile Payments and More

After closing at an all-time high of $103.30 last Tuesday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) share prices dropped off and closed at $98.97 on Friday. It will be interesting to see how tomorrow's big event will affect trading. We expect a slight drop off tomorrow, followed by another shortly after the iPhone 6 launch, following the historical trend of the stock price/iPhone launch relationship. Though this time things could play out differently, as Apple is also expected to announce its first wearable device (popularly, but unofficially, known as the "iWatch"), which is a brand new product category for the company.

AAPL stock news roundup and outlook.

In addition to the iPhone 6 and iWatch, several analysts, including KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, expect Apple to unveil the next generation iPad Air as well. It seems to us, however, that there is more than enough content for tomorrow's event, and the rumored October event seems a more likely setting for new iPad announcements.

Don't Panic, Lock iPhone Apps with an Activator Gesture

PanicLock is a jailbreak tweak that brings a new layer of security to iOS devices. With panicLock installed, an Activator gesture can be configured to lock access to all apps. This means that even if there is no passcode set, or someone knows the passcode, apps can be locked out completely.

iOS 7 jailbreak lock apps

The secret gesture is selected from Settings -> panicLock -> Activation Methods. Once panicLock is installed and configured, performing the secret gesture blocks access to all iOS apps immediately. To disable the lock, invoke the secret gesture a second time.

Add a Quick Memo Widget to the Notification Center

Expanding the widgets and capabilities of Notification Center is a favorite hobby of jailbreak developers. Prolific note takers might like the recent jailbreak tweak NCMemo, which is available for free on Cydia. NCMemo inserts a text box directly into the Today tab of the iOS Notification Center.

iOS 7 jailbreak Notification Center widget

Once installed, NCMemo can be switched on under Notification Center -> NCMemo. The text box can be resized and moved directly within the Today tab. Colors and fonts appearing within the text box are fully customizable under Settings -> NCMemo. To create a note, just open the Notification Center from anywhere in iOS and enter text.

How to Download and Manage Media Files on the iPhone

Bringing desktop file management to the iPhone is not a new concept. The tweak iFile is a familiar example of what is possible with a jailbroken iOS device. Media Downloader brings a new level of features to Safari users, making it possible to download media files and more.

iOS 7 jailbreak media download and play

Even complete web pages can be downloaded to the iPhone for later viewing without Wi-Fi or data service. Media Downloader is a browser app that grabs and stores a variety of media files to iOS, providing options to play files and open them in different apps.

Set an iOS Sleep Timer with a Simple Gesture

Music fans who fall asleep listening to tunes may already know how to set a sleep timer in iOS. While the process is relatively straightforward, it takes a few steps to enable. Now jailbreakers can quickly set a sleep timer using a simple gesture, thanks to Activator and the Cydia tweak Lullaby.

iOS 7 jailbreak

Once installed, Lullaby can be assigned to a custom gesture in Activator. Once configured, when music is playing in the stock Music app the sleep timer can be enabled. Performing the gesture assigned to Lullaby will immediately provide a pop-up dialog box asking for the number of minutes to keep playing. Once the specified number of minutes elapses, the music stops automatically.


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