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iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

This week a hoax was dropped by the likes of some as-yet-unknown graphic designer who had a hankering for some iOS 7 trickery. The first joke in this series consisted of a series of images that suggested an upgrade to iOS 7 would include full waterproofing of whatever device you bumped to the new operating system. Needless to say, those that believed in the hoax were sorely disappointed when they found their iPhones dead as a doornail under water.

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iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.

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Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Earlier this week, a teardown by IHS revealed that Apple’s iPhone 5c costs the company $173 to produce, representing a 12 percent reduction compared to the iPhone 5. The entry-level iPhone 5s, meanwhile, sets customers back $199.

The news was not at all surprising. Apple has for years been building products for a relatively cheap sum. But as Apple continues to generate massive profits and carriers sell unlocked iPhones for several hundred dollars, I can’t help but wonder if the company is going a little far with its pricing.

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iOS 7 downgrades remain available as iOS 6 is ushered out [UPDATE]

iOS 7 downgrades remain available as iOS 6 is ushered out [UPDATE]

As with all upgrades to a new operating system on the device you use most during the day, with iOS 7 there's a set of features not all iPhone users are going to like. Lucky you, there's a way to switch quite a few (if not nearly all) of the odds and ends back off, as it were, back to the way they were in iOS 6 before iOS 7 turned the iPhone on its head - see our iOS 7 review if you've not already. While users can still (for now) go through the steps to actually resetting their smartphone back to factory settings to get iOS 6, they'll still eventually (probably) be coerced into moving to iOS 7 anyway - for them, toggles are in place.

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iPhone 5s in gold first to sell out: reports of boosted production

iPhone 5s in gold first to sell out: reports of boosted production

Starting at 8AM local time here in the United States (that's local whatever time zone you're in), the iPhone 5s will be going on sale - and at midnight (this morning) the iPhone 5s in gold was the first to start flying off digital shelves. It's become readily apparent not only online, where at Apple's online store you'll find the gold iPhone 5s kicked back to a general October ship date, but in store openings across the nation (through mountain time, at this point) that the gold iPhone 5s is headed for short supply. Meanwhile those satisfied with their older-model iPhones appear to be asking line-goers and online sources in droves: when does iOS 7 come out? Good news: it was released Wednesday, two full days before the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c hit the hands of consumers.

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iPhone 5s, 5c, and iOS 7 review wrap-up

iPhone 5s, 5c, and iOS 7 review wrap-up

They're the new smartphones we've been waiting all year for, and Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c didn't disappoint. Replacing the discontinued iPhone 5 and taking the mid-range and flagship spots in Apple's line-up, each runs iOS 7, itself a considerable departure from versions of the smartphone software before it. With sales set to begin imminently, head on past the cut as we pick out exactly what you need to know about the new iPhones.

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iPhone 5s and 5c teardown confirms bigger batteries & power button tweak

iPhone 5s and 5c teardown confirms bigger batteries & power button tweak

Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c went on sale in Australia a few hours ago, and new owners have wasted no time in cracking open the iOS 7 smartphones to see how they compare in a teardown to the existing iPhone 5. Wielding screwdrivers and spatulas, the iExperts Australia team laid the components bare, including confirming what had been expected about slightly larger batteries in both of the new iPhone versions.

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iOS 7 web usage tops 18% in first day, beats iOS 6 record

iOS 7 web usage tops 18% in first day, beats iOS 6 record

This year's first day of adoption for Apple's iOS 7 has, according to Chitika, hit just over 18% in just under 24 hours since release. In the first day of adoption for iOS 6 last year - one year ago nearly to the day, as it were - web usage for Apple's newest mobile operating system hit just over 16%, making this - at least by one metric - Apple's most successful upgrade of its mobile OS to date. Meanwhile analytics from Mixpanel suggest that iOS 7 adoption may itself be at a cool 30% in just under a day as well.

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iPhone 5s 64-Bit app submissions opened by Apple

iPhone 5s 64-Bit app submissions opened by Apple

This week those responsible for holding the keys to the gates of Apple's mobile app store have taken the lock off of submissions for 64-bit apps. Developers will be able to create and submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 only for the time being. In the near future, Apple will be sending out availability for both 32-bit and 64-bit development for both iOS 7 and iOS 6 in a single app binary.

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iOS 7 Siri gets serious: out of Beta at last

iOS 7 Siri gets serious: out of Beta at last

As of the 18th of September, iOS 7 will be out in the wild, and with it the final (or first, however you like to see it) full version of Siri. Up until now Siri has been labeled with a "Beta" tag by Apple for all of the devices that've used it - iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd and 4th generations, iPhone 5 and all. Now with the launch of iOS 7, this "supercharged" version of Apple's virtual assistant Siri will be sent out to the masses.

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