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iPhone 5 appeal unblunted by Apple Maps says research

iPhone 5 appeal unblunted by Apple Maps says research

Teething problems with Apple Maps failed to blunt mass market enthusiasm for the iPhone 5, new research suggests, with demand significantly higher than ahead of the iPhone 4S. 451 Research and ChangeWave Research surveyed 4,270 consumers in September, and found that those saying they were "very likely" to buy an iPhone 5 were almost double the number of those saying the same thing ahead of its predecessor's release last year. Meanwhile, Windows Phone 8 could "make serious inroads in the smartphone industry" the researchers claim, surprisingly highlighting Samsung as likely to be the manufacturer that benefits the most.

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Apple quietly turns on iOS 6 iPhone advert tracking

Apple quietly turns on iOS 6 iPhone advert tracking

Apple has quietly enabled a mobile ads tracking system in iOS 6, with unique per-device identifiers that provide advertisers with more user information than ever before. Having blocked developers from using UDID codes - device-specific codes that could be monitored to see if adverts led to app downloads - Apple replaced the unofficial functionality with an official version, IFA/IFDA (Identifier For Advertising) that comes automatically set active, Business Insider reports.

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iPod touch unboxing & first-impressions (late 2012)

iPod touch unboxing & first-impressions (late 2012)

Apple's 5th Gen iPod touch has landed, and it marks quite a departure for the touchscreen media player. What once was described as a phoneless-iPhone has evolved into a device with a distinct focus of its own, building on the gaming prowess of its predecessor and adding in a capable digital camera to this latest generation. The first batch of new iPod touch units are winging their way to preorder customers, but one has already landed on the SlashGear test bench, so read on for some first impressions.

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iPad mini visualized in bright color renderings

iPad mini visualized in bright color renderings

With rumors abound of an iPad mini device appearing in the Apple lab this season it's only appropriate that high-quality renderings of said device would begin to appear in droves. What we're looking at here is a set of renderings done by designer Martin Hajek, a fellow who is also in the process of making some 3D models of the device for real-world use - for case-makers, of course. For now though it's time to peek at some iterations, including brightly colored backside the same as the 5th generation iPod Touch models just introduced with the iPhone 5.

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Three iPad mistakes the iPad mini needs to fix

Three iPad mistakes the iPad mini needs to fix

Though Apple hasn't confirmed (nor denied) the existence of the iPad mini, the flurry of excitement surrounding the release of such a device quite recently makes this a perfect time to discuss what features a small iPad could fix. It's not as if the iPad (the 3rd generation, that is) has a whole lot wrong with it at the moment - it's far and away the best selling tablet-form device on the market, not to mention the best-selling iPad in the history of the iPad line. But what we've got here is the idea of the iPad made more accessible by the masses - the public that, believe it or not, can't quite figure out why they'd pay $500 USD for a device that they might accidentally drop when they're getting up from the couch.

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iPhone 5 Consumer Reports touts “best [camera] we’ve seen on a smartphone”

iPhone 5 Consumer Reports touts “best [camera] we’ve seen on a smartphone”

It would appear that Consumer Reports' look at the iPhone 5 has yielded a favorable collection of feedback bits, especially in the camera department. Though they do admit that the "phenomenal" 41-megapixel camera they tested on the Nokia 808 had a bit of an edge when it comes to delivering the highest quality shots, the iPhone 5's 8-megapixel camera was called "the best [they'd] seen on a smart phone." Consumer Reports also noted that the iPhone 5 "move[s] up the ranks, surpassing not only the previous iPhone 4S but also a number of other new Android-based smart phones."

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iPad Mini details leaked by Cygnett cases

iPad Mini details leaked by Cygnett cases

This week it appears that the iPad mini - a device not yet confirmed by Apple - has had details leaked by none other than accessory makers Cygnett in a couple of cases released to a storefront in Australia. Normally this sort of thing would be mentionable, but it's generally a small brand that makes a point of showing off their pre-release device cases - in this case, a big brand like Cygnett would never show off cases early because such a reveal would be looked upon by Apple as a major breach of trust. As it stands, if these cases are indeed real, Cygnett may be in a load of trouble.

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