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Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7 has been a lightning rod of controversy over the last week. The operating system has been called the very best mobile software Apple has ever released by the company’s hardcore fans, while those who aren’t so quick to sing its praises say that it has much room for improvement.

Of course, that there’s some backlash isn’t all that surprising. Apple’s iOS 7 is a major departure from the previous operating system, featuring an all-new design, new visual effects, and new functions. The operating system was crafted by Jonathan Ive, and by the look of things, Apple is going in whatever direction he chooses in the future.

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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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Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from October 1, the carrier has confirmed, one of the few opportunities to pick up Apple's newest smartphones with service but without an ongoing contract. Both handsets - along with the existing iPhone 4S - will be offered with Virgin Mobile's "unlimited data & messaging" plans, starting from $35 per month (or $30 if you opt for automatic payments); however, the big question is exactly how much freedom from a two-year agreement will cost in terms of the upfront iPhone price.

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iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

All the way upstream in the wild west (or Wild East, if you prefer) of secondhand parts stores sourced from what's supposedly Apple's own assembly line appears a Gold colored iPad mini 2. This device follows with the release of the iPhone 5s in Gold and the suggestion that the iPad's 5th generation release will kick out the Gold as well. Here a set of up-close photos also suggest that this model will be released with Touch ID - aka the fingerprint sensor delivered with the iPhone 5s as well.

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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 7.0.2 out now: Lockscreen bypass fixed

iOS 7.0.2 out now: Lockscreen bypass fixed

Just days after the first release of iOS 7, 7.0 that is, the folks at Apple saw some intrepid explorers bypass the basic lockscreen security of the software. Today the fix is in - iOS 7.0.2 is available for iOS devices of all kinds - all those that could use iOS 7 in the first place, that is - complete with a newly refreshed bit of security as its headline change. This version of iOS will ring in at 17.4MB and should be available to everyone by the end of the day.

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iPhone 5s and 5c US regional carrier release details emerge

iPhone 5s and 5c US regional carrier release details emerge

C Spire Wireless confirmed the upcoming release of the iPhone 5s and 5c earlier in the week and it looks like they will end up being part of a larger release date. In fact, it looks like C Spire will be releasing the new iPhone models alongside eight other US regional carriers. There are also several others promising the iPhone soon, but for now the October 1st release date has only been confirmed by these nine.

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iOS 7 waterproof hoax goes viral: lesson learned

iOS 7 waterproof hoax goes viral: lesson learned

There's little doubt now that the world understands Apple's design language so well that those with the ability to replicate it have more power than they know what to do with. Case in point: a falsified advertisement for iOS 7 that suggests the software update can make an iPhone waterproof. People fell for it, hook, line, and sunken smartphone.

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iPhone 5s build cost pegged at $199, iPhone 5c at $173

iPhone 5s build cost pegged at $199, iPhone 5c at $173

When a device as popular as the iPhone is torn down by a group like IHS, every little nook and cranny is investigated with great interest. What the team at IHS have found today, shared with AllThingsD today, but will be producing in full tomorrow, is that their teardown has pulled up costs of "at least" $199 for the construction of the iPhone 5s. They've also found that the iPhone 5c must cost Apple around $173 USD to build, citing the display to cost the most for both models.

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