The MOGA Rebel MFi controller is releasing just a few days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 17th. The good news is that it's extendable clip (or MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock), which holds the iPhone, extends to 3.75 inches, meaning users will be able to attach the 3.07-inch iPhone 6 Plus to the controller.
The MOGA Rebel connects to the iPad (4th generation and above) and the iPhone/iPod Touch (5th generation and above) via Bluetooth. Obviously the MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock will not work with anything larger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but any basic iPad stand will work for use with all of Apple's tablets. The controller features an Xbox-like design with shoulder buttons and triggers, a D-pad and two analog sticks. It is also supports "hundreds" of games, according to MOGA.
Now that the dust has settled from Apple's latest product announcement lets look at the company's newest addition, the Apple Watch. If you were busy on Tuesday and rather watch the keynote yourself, you can watch the entire video here.
The biggest question about Apple's new wearable device is if it is worth buying. The Apple Watch is going to be released in several versions or collections starting at $349 in early 2015. This is good news for Apple fans who wanted to buy an iPhone 6 and Apple Watch because it gives you time to save some money between product launches. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available on September 19 starting at $199.
The Apple Watch will be available in two sizes, small (38mm) and large (42mm). It is equipped with a Digital Crown that will act as the device's Home button, a sapphire display, a water-resistant speaker and four sensors on the back for the heart-rate monitor and accelerometer. The Apple Watch supports Siri for voice commands and it includes a Glance feature for quickly checking weather updates and other information. You will also be able to check notifications by simply lifting your wrist and control music on your iPhone.
As with every other product refresh Apple has discounted its older generation devices. Apple did not discontinue the iPhone 5c like some reports claimed they would, but the iPod classic did disappear from Apple's iPod page. The iPod classic was the oldest device on Apple's roster, up until now. The iPhone 5s has been replaced with the iPhone 6 as Apple's $199 smartphone and is now only $99. The iPhone 5c takes the place of the iPhone 4s as the lowest device on the totem pole and is now free.
The price drops are not that drastic since Walmart was offering the iPhone 5c for $0.97 and the iPhone 5s for $79 before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Both Apple and Walmart's lower prices require a new two-year contract.
It is time to decide what to do with your old iPhone now that Apple has officially announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new models will be available on September 19th, which still gives you time to lock-in a trade-in value for your old device. The electronics re-seller Gazelle is currently offering up to $335 for select used iPhone models, but prices normally fall sharply when a new iPhone is announced, so you should act now.
Trading-in your old iPhone model for cash is easy and can nab you a new iPhone 6 for free. For example, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available for pre-order on September 12th starting at $199 and the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus will be available starting at $299. If you lock-in your trade-in value now you could potentially get up to $335 depending on the condition and model of your iPhone. That's more than enough money to buy a 16GB iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
As expected, Apple today announced two new iPhone 6 models and its first wearable device named the "Apple Watch". The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 Retina Display HD, and the iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch Retina Display HD. Both devices are powered by Apple's new A8 chip, which is 25 percent faster than the A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s. The A8 is also 50 percent more energy efficient offering up to an estimated 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video and 10 days of standby.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture and a new imaging chip with improved features such as better noise reduction and so on. Both models also support 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, and slow-motion video is now capable of 240 frames per second. The iPhone 6 Plus also includes optical image stabilization. Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, 150Mbps LTE data, WiFi calling, one-handed mode, NFC and Apple Pay.
The iPhone 6 keynote presentation at Flint Center is coming up fast. Speculation and last minute leaks have been piling up for weeks, with the next generation camera being one area of interest. Apple routinely touts the lens improvements and low-light capabilities of the iPhone camera. Now, parts photographed by Feld & Volk show optical image stabilization (OIS) could be entering the mix.
OIS works by allowing the components to physically move, in turn sharpening the image by reducing vibrations and other movement at the image sensor. The rear camera parts pictured here are said to be from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. It remains unclear whether or not the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model will also feature OIS. Compared to the current iPhone 5s camera module (below, right) the new part is larger and flatter.
Apple Weekly News Roundup: iPhone 6 Event Announced, More Security for iCloud, iWatch Details and More
Much of the news over the past week was about Apple's big event this coming Tuesday, September 9th. Apple announced on Thursday that the event would be streamed live on Apple.com. Official invitations were sent out the previous Thursday. The iPhone 6 will definitely be unveiled, and it is almost certain at this point that the company's wearable device (popularly, but unofficially, dubbed "iWatch") will make its debut as well. The event will take place at the Flint Center for Performing Arts, which has about four times the capacity of Apple's traditional venue, the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
In addition to the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iWatch, many analysts believe the next generation iPad Air will be announced as well. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes it will debut next week and will feature an A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an improved camera. You also may be able to get it with a gold chassis.
It was a big week for Rovio Entertainment who released Angry Birds Stella to the App Store on Thursday. The gaming studio also got the internet buzzing with its retro 80's trailer for Angry Birds Transformers. The Angry Birds / Transformers crossover will be available for mobile devices on October 15, 2014.
In non-Rovio news, Team Meat released more details about Super Meat Boy Forever, and Sony announced that Run SackBoy! Run!, a LittleBigPlanet endless runner, is coming to PS Vita and mobile devices later this year.
After announcing that an iCloud security breach was not to blame for hackers posting nude photos of celebrities to the internet, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with The Wall Street Journal for his first interview since the leak. Cook claims that the hackers either correctly guessed security questions to gain access to celebrity accounts, or that the celebrities themselves fell for a phishing scam.
Apple plans to give iCloud users a better sense of security by sending a notification every time someone attempts to access an iCloud account for the first time on a new device or alter any information like passwords. The new notifications will begin rolling out in two weeks when iOS 8 is expected to be released to the public.
Apple has added a new live page and countdown clock to apple.com. The page reads: "Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more. Join us at Apple.com on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT to follow every moment."
Apple sent out invites for the event on Thursday, August 28th. The keynote is being held at Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, instead of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco where Apple normally makes its new product announcements.