iOS 6

When can you expect iOS 6? Plan on 10AM PT / 1PM ET

When can you expect iOS 6? Plan on 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Apple is all set to release iOS 6 for existing iPhone and iPad users today, but when can you expect the new software to drop on your favorite phone or tablet? Officially that's a secret, but the unofficial expectation is 1PM ET, or 10AM PT this morning. iOS 6 brings with it Apple's own homegrown Maps app, along with Siri updates, and more.

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iPhone 5 Review

iPhone 5 Review

Apple's iPhone 5 has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor set sales records; its original ancestor changed the smartphone industry immeasurably. In the five years since the first iPhone, Apple's smartphones have taken the company's value sky-high, and made it a star performer in an otherwise laboring tech segment. In question: could the iPhone 5 shift the game ahead once again, while still retaining the essential DNA that makes iPhone users and developers so loyal to the platform? With competition surging, a bigger, faster, and bolder iPhone steps into the fray. Read on for our full iPhone 5 review to see if it can live up to those expectations.

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iPad Mini leaks: Launch imminent?

iPad Mini leaks: Launch imminent?

Now that all the hype and leaks of the iPhone 5 have calmed down it's time to focus on the iPad Mini. Between all the accurate leaks of the iPhone 5, as well as the increasingly large amount of photos and details about the 7.8-inch iPad Mini we are feeling pretty good about the image below. What is it? Purportedly the first image of a fully functioning iPad Mini.

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iCloud updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with Notes and Reminders

iCloud updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with Notes and Reminders

Head over to iCloud.com today and you'll find Apple's own central console showing off a couple new features, both of them bringing the environment into the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 universe. The first of these iCloud changes is a brand new drop-down notifications bar - what you're seeing here is a note from the Apple calendar showing us that we've got an imminent date with a skateboard. The other update is that Notes is now a cross-platform system - now in the browser-based iCloud environment, you'll be able to make a note to yourself on your iPhone or iPad and have it wherever you need it, no matter the device - just head to the web browser.

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iPhone 5 simultaneous voice and LTE data on GSM only – for now?

iPhone 5 simultaneous voice and LTE data on GSM only – for now?

Those of you pumped up about the iPhone 5 bringing in architecture that allows simultaneous voice and data on a single radio, take heed: it's been confirmed that this ability only works on GSM-based LTE (and 3G) networks. If you're planning on working with a network that uses CDMA for voice and LTE for data, you'll be out of luck - they'll both work, just not at the same time. The key here may be in the official Apple statement (as seen below) which includes a "not yet" which may keep some doors open.

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iPhone 5 unofficially coming to T-Mobile as Nano SIM orders leak

iPhone 5 unofficially coming to T-Mobile as Nano SIM orders leak

A sheet showing the newest SIM card size has been leaked showing T-Mobile working with the hardware that does not work with any other device on the carrier. This sheet ties up well with T-Mobile's earlier word that they'll be marketing themselves as an unlocked iPhone 5 alternative carrier for users in the USA that do not want to work with one of the top three - each of them, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, having their own iterations of the smartphone sold straight through their store officially. Of course you won't be able to work with 4G LTE here with T-Mobile, and you'll have to purchase an unlocked iPhone 5, but you'll have to do what you must!

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Lightning may bring USB host ability to iPhone 5

Lightning may bring USB host ability to iPhone 5

Up until this point with Apple mobile products, only the iPad has been able to work as a USB host - in a limited way - with the 30-pin dock and an adapter that only works to push photos from your 3rd party camera to your tablet. An iPhone 5 report today comes from Macotakara in Japan where they've got some insight - but not quite final confirmation - that the new Lightning connector Apple has revealed this week has added to the iPhone the ability to work as USB host. With this ability it is possible that users would be able to use essentially any accessory with the device that you can connect with a USB cord - keyboards, cameras, and MIDI controllers, oh my!

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iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

The iPhone 5 will be the first device to bring on iOS 6, the system from Apple that'll have the company's first mobile turn-by-turn navigation system as well as 3D mapping, and today Apple has listed the regions where each feature will be appearing. Traffic, 3D buildings (aka Flyover), and turn-by-turn navigation are limited to a certain set of countries at the launch of iOS 6 for not only iPhone 5 but the rest of the compatible list of Apple mobile devices as well. While 3D buildings is limited at the moment to the USA, traffic is open to a much larger list - and turn-by-turn navigation is ready for almost everywhere.

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