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Apple Patents Flexible Docking Station

Judging from a recently awarded patent, Apple may have its sights set on a flexible version of the Lightning dock. Titled "Dock connector with compliance mechanism", the patent features a docking station for iOS devices that would allow the unit to pivot when plugged in.

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Think of it as MagSafe for the Lightning dock. Not only would pushing on a connected device simply roll, slide or pivot the mechanism to avoid damage, but the dock could be configured to return the connector to an upright position. Current dock-based Lightning connectors aren't known for their flexibility. Much like the previous 30-pin connector, male Lightning connectors are generally in a fixed position.

Apple Rumored to launch 4-inch iPhone 6c in Second Half of 2015

Apple will release three iPhone 6 models in the second half of 2015, according to the DigiTimes. Unnamed "industry sources" claim that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone 6c model alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus later this year. All three models will come equipped with LTPS panels manufactured by Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display, NFC and Touch ID. The S-series models will also be powered by new A9 chips, while the smaller iPhone 6c will run on the same A8 chip found in the current iPhone 6 models, according to the report.

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If true, the iPhone 6c will be the second iPhone released under Apple's "c" brand. The first was the iPhone 5c released in 2013. The DigiTimes' report makes no mention if the iPhone 6c will also be plastic like its predecessor, but it did mention that all new iPhone models "will come equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass".

Try On the Apple Watch with Augmented Reality

For iPhone owners who can't wait another three weeks to try on the Apple Watch, there's an app for that. ARWatch comes from Underside, a Belgian company with a portfolio including iOS apps and augmented reality projects. The app is free, easy to install and works like a charm.

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That being said, you won't find ARWatch on the App Store. While there are no indications that ARWatch contains malware, install at your own risk. Everything begins with a magical PDF file that can be downloaded here. Print out this file, then use an app such as QR Reader for iPhone to scan the QR code at the bottom of the page.

BioShock, Civilization Revolution 2 and More on Sale on the App Store

2K Games is currently holding a spring sale for some of its top premium games on the Apple App Store. The normally $10 BioShock is now only $2.99. The first-person shooter was ported to the iPhone and iPad with touch-screen gamepad controls in 2014. The iOS version is the same complete version as the original Xbox 360 release. The game supports the iPhone 5s and later running iOS 7.1 or later, the original and second-generation iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini 2 and 3. BioShock also includes third-party controller support.

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You are a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified “splicers” and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same, and no two gamers will play the game the same way.

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood to its Lineup

Apple added three new apps to its Apple TV lineup on Tuesday, including TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood. This brings the total to 60 apps/channels.

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With the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading," TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) offers over 1,900 "TED Talks," which cover a variety of social, cultural, scientific and economic topics. The presentations are often given by well known/respected figures within their fields, with past speakers including Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Larry Page and Sergey Brin among others, not to mention a

Apple Patents iPhone Camera with Light Splitter

Apple is continually improving the iPhone camera, and it comes as no surprise the company has been awarded another patent in this area. The latest, simply titled Digital Camera with Light Splitter illustrates a possible camera upgrade for future iPhones.

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According to AppleInsider, the design would further improve low-light performance and color accuracy. The camera works by splitting incoming light into red, green and blue wavelengths. This would allow three independent imaging sensors to capture the scene.

Unauthorized Biography 'Becoming Steve Jobs' Now Available

The unauthorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now available in various formats on Amazon.com and the iBooks Store starting at $11.99. The new book written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli has been endorsed by Apple, unlike Walter Isaacson's biography, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said did a “tremendous disservice” to Jobs.

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Eddy Cue, Apple’s chief of software and Internet services, tweeted his approval of the biography last week, and Apple promoted it on the official iBooks Twitter account when it was released on Tuesday.

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AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple Begins Trading on DOW, Streaming TV Could Push Service Revenues Over 20% and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock prices didn't move much last week, gaining about 1.6% after opening Monday at $123.88 and closing Friday at $125.90. Shares reached a high of $129.25 on Thursday which, coincidentally, was the same day the company replaced AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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The big news of last week, though not yet official, is that Apple is working on a subscription TV service that analysts believe will debut in the fall and offer a bundle of about 25 channels for a price in the $30 - $40 per month range. The

Third-Party Apple Watch Bands Coming Soon

The floodgates on Apple Watch accessories are about to open. The question on everyone's mind is where can I get more bands for Apple Watch? Monowear has already been funded on Kickstarter, and plans to launch an array of Apple Watch compatible bands "for every occasion".

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Nylon, leather, mesh and metal link options will attach directly to Apple Watch in two sizes, 20mm and 22mm to accommodate the smaller and larger Apple Watch case sizes. Pricing on Kickstarter puts the nylon band starting at $45. At the top pledge level, $135 brings two Monowear watch bands in any material. The manufacturers will need two weeks of tooling after the Apple Watch is released to start producing a variety of different band styles.

Downgrade Tool TinyUmbrella Updated for iOS 8

A new beta version of TinyUmbrella has been released, to easily save SHSH blobs for jailbroken iOS 8 devices. The software has a long history in the community, previously used to facilitate downgrading to earlier (jailbreakable) versions of iOS. Apple has prevented this practice with its latest security procedures, including signing firmware. So why save SHSH blobs now?

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The developer of TinyUmbrella, semaphore sees a future in SHSH blobs and has spent time and energy rewriting the firmware umbrella tool with the expectation that downgrading will once again be possible. Of course, this does not mean jailbroken devices can be upgraded at the moment. Updating iOS will result in a stock device, and the jailbreak will be lost.

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