New iPhone Lineup May Only Include iPhone 5 Models

Apple could be shaking up the entire iPhone lineup with the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. A leaked screenshot from Canadian carrier Telus reveals that the mobile provider is planning to discontinue the 32GB and 64GB models of the iPhone 5 on September 28. That's only a few days after the rumored launch of next-generation iPhone and new low-cost iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 5 model will most likely replace the iPhone 4S as the $99 model in Apple's new lineup. While this is nothing new, it is the rumored iPhone 5C that is really throwing a wrench into Apple's future iPhone pricing plans.

iPhone 5 Discontinued

In a typical Apple iPhone cycle, the iPhone 4S would normally slip into the Free slot of the upcoming lineup, but the iPhone 5C could be slated to take its place. If the rumors are true, this means we will be losing the iPhone 4 and 4S, instead of just the oldest model, and Apple could be planning to announce an all iPhone 5-branded lineup on September 10.

iPhone 5C Retail Packaging in Multiple Colors

Now that Apple's official iPhone announcement is only a week away, several photos of the iPhone 5C have leaked showing iPod-like packaging. Besides multiple colors on the exterior of the device, Apple adds the finishing touch of a matching iOS 7 background in the package. Chinese site pulled the images down, but not after they were widely circulated on the web.

iPhone 5C packaging retail

The iPhone 5C is expected to ship with the same internals as the iPhone 5. Instead of an aluminum and glass back, the less-expensive 5C comes with a plastic shell that's available in multiple colors. Pictured above is the blue version, while additional leaked photos show white, pink and yellow variations on the iPhone 5C.

New Evidence of Fingerprint Sensor on iPhone 5S

Finally, proof of the fingerprint scanning iPhone 5S home button has surfaced, assuming photos posted on are the real thing. Previously only the home button metal spacer was pictured, indicating a change to the home button internal design. Now the full iPhone 5S flex cable appears to have an embedded chip of its own.

Not only this, but the purported fingerprint scanning sensor looks to be pictured as well. The other home button parts pictured don't have the same color or suspicious dark hole in the center. This could very well be the eye of the sensor, which is expected to be contained underneath a sapphire home button. The part leak comes to us just days before Apple is scheduled to announce the upcoming iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

Apple Confirms September 10th Event, Expected to Announce iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

It's official, Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone on September 10th at 10 a.m PT at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. This year's invite reads: "This should brighten everyone's day." The tagline is surrounded by colorful dots that are reminiscent of Apple's upcoming redesigned iOS 7 icons. The official invites were sent out one day before Samsung plans to announce several new products including a possible new smartwatch.

Apple iPhone 5S September 10

Apple is expected to announce the successor to the iPhone 5 called the iPhone 5S, along with a low-cost device dubbed the iPhone 5C. The next-generation iPhone is rumored to be getting a gold variant, while the new low-cost iPhone will be available in a wide array of colors. Rumored iPhone 5S specs include a faster A7 chip, a new sapphire Home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor and an improved 13MP camera.

Apple Launches iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program

iPhone owners can now trade in their old devices at Apple retail stores across the US. Officially the iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program, Apple's offering gives customers up to $280 for a used device, as long as they leave the store with a new two-year contract for a new iPhone. The credit comes in the form of a gift card, which must be used towards a new iPhone.

Apple iPhone reuse and recycling program

Of course, any value left over on the card can be spent on merchandise or accessories at the Apple store. Customers must be deemed eligible for an upgrade by their wireless carrier to make use of the trade-in program. According to CNBC, smartphone trade in programs have become the hottest area of all smartphone transactions this year.

Aio Wireless Prepaid Service Available Mid-September

AT&T plans to make its Aio Wireless pre-paid plans available nationwide next month. Mid-September will see the service rolled out across the country, competing directly with similar plans offered by T-Mobile and others. When it comes to the basics, Aio plans start at $40 for 250MB of data, with other tiers upping the ante to $55 or $70 for 2GB or 7GB respectively.

Aio Wireless pre-paid

To help spark interest in the service, Aio is offering a fall promotion that delivers the third month of service free for customers who sign up by September 29. AT&T is billing Aio as the best way to access a high quality cellular network with no contract. 4G LTE speeds are included, and the new service is less expensive than AT&T's GoPhone prepaid offering.

Share iPhone Files Over Bluetooth with Celeste 2

Looking to share files with an iOS device over Bluetooth? Celeste 2 has arrived in the Cydia jailbreak app store, and the tweak incorporates several improvements over its predecessor. With Celeste 2 installed, a new Bluetooth sharing option becomes available across many stock and third party apps. Any compatible Bluetooth device can be paired with Celeste 2 to send and receive files.

Bluetooth file transfer iPhone

Sending files between iOS devices, or from an iOS device to a Mac or PC computer has never been easier. In fact, because Celeste 2 uses the original iOS Bluetooth stack, files can be transferred while simultaneously streaming music to a Bluetooth speaker, or while paired to another device. Celeste 2 will install the Notification Center Widget app on the home screen, and when a file transfer is in progress this is where you can find a status bar indicating how much data has been sent or received.

Sony to Announce iPhone and Android Smartphone Lenses at IFA

More details about Sony's new lens attachment for Apple and Android mobile phones has been leaked. Sony is expected to announce the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 “lenscameras” at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September. The QX10 will feature the same 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens as the Sony Cyber-shot WX150, and will be priced at $250, according to SonyAlphaRumors. The QX100 will cost around $450, and will feature the same sensor and lens as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II.

Sony Smart Shot

SonyAlphaRumors has also learned that the new lenses will be called “Smart Shots“, which is a combination of "smartphone" and "Cyber-Shot". The lens attachments will feature lens stabilization and will be able to capture low noise full HD video in MP4 format. The lenses will also support Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app, and connect to both iOS and Android devices via Wi-Fi/NFC.

iPhone 5S Launch Confirmed by AT&T Blackout Dates

Even more evidence points to a September 20 release date for the Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C this fall. Not only has T-Mobile blacked out vacation dates for employees around this time, now BGR confirms AT&T has done the same. The second half of September will also be reserved for the iPhone, with no other high-profile devices seeing initial release.

ATT blackout iPhone 5S

This comes as no surprise, as AT&T has blacked out employee vacation dates around each iPhone launch since the very beginning in 2007. Back then, the carrier had an exclusive deal with Apple to offer the iPhone stateside. Apple's next generation iPhone media event is widely expected to occur on September 10. Additional reports have confirmed a September 20 release date in Japan and other countries outside of the US.

iPhone 5 Half Price at Best Buy this Weekend

Looking for a deal on the soon-to-be obsolete iPhone 5? Best Buy is running a special over Labor Day weekend for those looking to trade in a working iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. Besides taking your old iPhone, Best Buy will ask for your signature on a two-year service contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. In exchange, the iPhone 5 can be had for half price.

Labor Day 2013 sale

That's right, a full 50% off on both the 16GB or 32GB iPhone 5, brand new. This equates to $100 savings on the 16GB model and $150 savings on the 32GB iPhone 5. CNET explains that the deal is good from Friday August 30 until Monday September 2, 2013. Of course, your old iPhone must not be water damaged or have a busted display.


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