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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free streaming radio has come a long way in recent years, but there are always some limitations in popular radio apps. iTunes Radio entered the fray with iOS 7, integrating the stock Music app with customized radio offerings. Besides advertising, there are skip limits and other restrictions common to many other radio apps. The jailbreak tweak True iRadio seeks to improve the user experience for those with jailbroken devices.
Once installed, there are no options or settings to configure. All of the magic happens within the Music app when using iTunes Radio. For one, the limitation on skips is changed from six per hour to unlimited. True iRadio also provides dynamic scrubbing functionality to streaming tracks, which means the time in a track can be pinpointed even from the Control Center or lock screen.